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Lovesick Youth

Aside from the weekend, Tuesday has to be our favorite day of the week. There’s just something about the throngs of new music bring released that really makes this day stand apart from any other weekday. Today, we’re kicking things off with a bang, thanks to Portland artist/producer EXROYALE.

Josh Schroeder (EXROYALE) has already had a busy year, producing singles for the ever-so-soulful JMR and newcomer Áine Aura. On top of which, he’s dropped five remixes and three singles of his own. We’ve had the ultimate pleasure of watching this artist through the years, and it has been tremendous to see the growth in musical exploration, which shines bright in “Lovesick Youth.”

This premiere has a shimmering electro pop glimmer to it, riding happily along a booming bassline and wavering, distorted guitar. Shroeder’s vocals, which we’ve come to adore over the years, create an enveloping experience with lyrics that we’re having trouble shaking after just one listen. Expertly accompanying the glowing pop cadence, the end result is one hell of a catchy tune, which is available as a free download on his Soundcloud.

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Barkhouse – Wolves at The Wall [EP PREMIERE]

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Alright, ninjas. Unfortunately the weekend is over. It’s time to gear up, grab the bull by the horns, and absolutely own the pathetic excuse for a weekday known as Monday. Luckily for us, we have some rippin’ tunes to help carry the tempo for today’s hustle, and it comes via New York outfit Barkhouse.

Do us a favor before you get too far into this post. Can you press play on “Oh No?” There we go. Now we have the proper mood set for this write up. As if pre-destined to be the perfect song to kick your day off, “Oh No” has a strong focus on frenetic percussion and grainy vocals, all of which create a manic, grin-inducing energy which produces the need to get up and punch the day right in the face. It beckons on associations of The Strokes, while maintaining a more feverish tempo than those larger-than-life fellow New Yorkers.

Not every song on Wolves at the Wall boasts a fast-paced intensity worthy of replacing your morning caffeine fix though. In fact, “Getting Away,” holds quite the contrast, displaying a delicate, indie rock vibe. The slowly cascading guitar riffs carefully accentuate the pronounced bassline, providing the perfect compliment to your road trip playlist.

“Twice a Day” continues to show the breadth of their talent, giving us a progressive rock build up. The glowing intro and haunting vocals slowly build into a crescendo of engaging guitar work and a head-nodding rhythm section, which quickly reminds us of some of our favorite Brit-pop acts.

At the end of the day, this five-track EP (recorded at Adrian Grenier’s Wreckroom Records) has us grinning ear-to-ear and wondering how in the hell they aren’t bigger yet. Regardless of whatever reason that may be, it won’t be long. Make sure to snag this gem, which comes out tomorrow, and be ahead of the curve.

Wolves At The Wall
Twice A Day
Oh No!
Getting Away
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[Secret Ninja Pass] This Week at Beta 11/13 – 11/15


Alright, ninjas. We’ve been hooking you up with free entry to Beta over the past year. We know you’ve have some epic times, catching some of the most legendary talent EDM has to offer, and we’re on board to keep this thing going. So, we’re once again giving you an opportunity to check out the best night club in North America for free. What all do you have to do to get in? It’s pretty damn easy. Just follow these steps:

- Head to the front door and enter the club before 11 pm
- Show this post to the cashier (Valid for 21+ only)

That’s it! Unfortunately though, this deal isn’t valid for ATB. If you wanna see catch his set, you’re going to have to cough up the dough.

ATB - Nov 13

Salva - Nov 14
Boys Noize
Push Em Up (Salva Remix)

Daniel Dubb - Nov 8
Gang Starr vs Daniel Dubb
Mass Appeal (Daniel Dubb Rework)
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Áine Aura – Uncover [TMN PREMIERE]

Áine Aura

There are few things that we love more than debuting an artist. Something about being the first to share a person’s gift with the world is overwhelmingly enticing. While it doesn’t happen very often, we’re always chomping at the bit to get that opportunity. Luckily for us, that opportunity came to us by way of Rip City.

Hailing from Portland, Oregon, Áine Aura (pronounced: awn + ye aura) is ready to flaunt her vocal prowess in front of the masses, bringing us her debut single, “Uncover.” This electro-pop gem is truly radiant, providing a ethereal glow through it’s Chet Faker-style build (notice the humming harmonies similar to “Drop the Game”). Production wise, EXROYALE knocked it out of the park, crafting a surging melody that walks effortlessly along a booming bassline. The clean and simplistic percussion work, comprised of claps and light hi-hat hits, fit perfectly, creating the proper space for the listener to focus on Aura’s stunning vocals.

Speaking of those vocals – good lord. How long will it take these to get on the radio? Days? Hours? Minutes? We wouldn’t be surprised to hear it booming over speakers in a public place later today. Gushing of a music nerd aside, she truly does have a unique tone and a range that flirts effortlessly between haunting deep lows and heavenly highs, leaving us grinning ear-to-ear.

This gem of a tune will be available on iTunes next week. Mark your calendar.

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[Hip Hop] Jez Dior – Leather

Jez Dior

It’s becoming overwhelmingly clear that we’re going to have a new meaning for Ol’ Number 7. Yes, we all know of that moniker’s ties to the classic sour mash whiskey. And for all of you Mile High Magic fans, you know we think of one thing when we hear “Number 7.” However, LA grunge rapper Jez Dior keeps dropping tunes that make us want to associate just one more thing with that profound nickname, and with one listen through “Leather,” you’ll understand why.

Dropping earlier today on Mr. Dior’s soundcloud, “Leather” boasts a slightly more speedy flow than what we’re used to from this budding young artist. While he casually speeds over counts, at times, he slows it up with ease, switching up lyrical cadence at the drop of a pin. That classic change of pace becomes even more evident when he switches gears to those smokey choruses, this time, completed with crunchy guitar riffs.

We would be remiss to glaze over the instrumentals, whose percussion-heavy approach provide a sturdy backbone for the artfully crafted lyrics. It’s a match made in harmony, one of which we won’t be able to soon forget. Get used to hitting repeat on this one. It’s pretty much a guarantee.

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[DnB] Rameses B – We Love

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Rameses B
We Love

Hear that, ninjas? Take moment to drink it in – the smooth rolling basslines, the intense snare work, the ethereal vocals. It’s drum and bass, and boy, is it fine.

Hailing from Leeds, Rameses B is coming back at us with another delicious liquid drum and bass tune, one that boasts a soundscape worthy of comparisons of Bonobo and Odesza. It’s other worldly, providing a much needed mid-week break from all of your daily minutia. The glitchy, pitched-up vocal samples help to offer up a near-future style element, which we can certainly appreciate, ultimately displaying what drum and bass in 2014 should sound like.

If you’re feelin’ this tune, which we’re sure you are, head over to beatport and pick it up. For the low, low price of $1.99, you can experience audible bliss, if only for four minutes and thirty two seconds.

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[House] Deadmau5 & Kaskade – I Remember (Shiba San remix)

Deadmau5 & Kaskade
I Remember (Shiba San remix)

Correct us if we’re wrong, but did we somehow sleep though the week and wind up knee deep in Friday night grooves? If we did, we certainly hope we can soon replicate said time travel, as we could probably market it pretty effectively. With that being said, holy shit. This remix from Shiba San is straight fire, sure to crush dance floors left and right this weekend.

There was a time and place in dance music where you couldn’t escape the original version of “I Remember.” Crafted by two industry legends, Deadmau5 and Kaskade, this tune cascaded through clubs, festivals, beaches, pools, cars, house parties, bathrooms, and pretty much anywhere else where one would find music. The invigorating lyrics provided by Haley Gibby are forever burned into the brains of partygoers from the first decade of the 2000′s, as all of us can remember a time where we said, “I love this song,” at a live venue.

Fanboy banter aside, taking on such a legendary song is no easy feat, yet Shiba San did so with effortless ease. Seamlessly blending in a splashy percussion section with a deep house bassline, this unique beatsmith has reinvigorated one of the most iconic tunes for modern dance floors. All we can say is – is it the weekend yet?

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