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[Secret Ninja Pass] This Week at Beta 1/15 – 1/17


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!

Kap Slap - January 15
Kap Slap feat. Angelika Vee
Let It All Out (Preview)

12th Planet - January 16
12th Planet & Protohype

Pete Tong - January 17
John Monkman & Pete Tong
The Bumps (Original Mix)
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Kid Moxie w/ The Gaslamp Killer – Museum Motel (Serafim Tsotsonis Remix) [TMN PREMIERE]

Kid Moxie
Museum Motel (with The Gaslamp Killer) - Serafim Tsotsonis Remix

As if hand-delivered on a silver platter by the gods of music nerdery themselves, we have a synergistic soundscape that boasts nuances of three very different artists, all of which are of the headier variety. Needless to say, we’re stoked about it.

Kid Moxie, the multi-faceted Los Angeles-based artist, is unpredictable, to say the least. Sometimes poppy, sometimes orchestral, she keeps us guessing with childlike glee. The Gaslamp Killer is in the mix, who’s alt-hip hop has speaks for itself, what with all the expertly crafted samples and ingenious hip hop beats. Today we’re pleased to announce the third leg to this brainy collaboration, bringing you an intriguing remix from Greek producer Serafim Tsotsonis.

This accomplished musician has composed music for films, plays, documentaries, and video art in addition to remixing songs for numerous artists. Garnering adoration through the use of sonic experimentation and elaborate live performances, this impressive individual is coming to the blogosphere with an interesting take on “Museum Motel.”

In a way, he’s effectively brought it into the Gaslamp Killer’s realm, crafting a relaxed and cinematic soundscape that can be looked at in three parts. Before 3:25, the song builds dramatically through the use of sampled strings from the original, light spattering percussion, and layers upon layers of melodic piano work, synths, whistling, and vocal hauntings. After 3:25, we’re led through a dark and ominous breakdown, complete with an intensified industrial style drums and crunchy synths. When we pass the 4:15 mark, the song comes back full circle to the what we fell in love with in the beginning.

Gushing aside, Tsotsonis has found a new group of fans here at TMN. If you’re digging what he’s crafting, make sure to head to his website to pick up his recently released third album, Beautiful People.

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Galantis – Runaway (U&I) (Kicks N Licks Remix)

Runaway (U&I) (Kicks N Licks Remix)

It seems like every time we hear a Kicks N Licks song, we’re instantly transported to an entirely different world for a few minutes. It’s quite surreal, the soundscapes that they craft, and today’s release is no different. This time around, this sunny San Diego duo has knocked out their interpretation of Galatis‘ “Runaway,” giving an already stellar tune a new look and feel.

We’re not sure if this was intentional or not, but we’re admittedly giddy that it turned out the way it did. Did you notice the lead melody that comes in right at the drop? Does it sound familiar? If you’re a little bit younger, you might not connect the dots, but most of you probably heard “Tom’s Diner” from Suzanne Vega. If you didn’t, fully expect to start singing “do do dodo do do dodo” when you hit replay above.

90′s nostalgia aside, it’s been an absolute pleasure to see these guys continually evolve their craft, getting better and better each step along the way. We’re certainly going to enjoy this one for a while, but we’re eager to hear what’s next as well.

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[Future House] Rae Sremmurd – No Type (PatrickReza Remix)

Rae Sremmurd
No Type (PatrickReza Remix) (Free Download)

Yes, there was a point in time where we made the call to never post another Rae Sremmurd original or subsequent remix. Since we try to keep thing all sunshine and unicorns with our reviews, we won’t get into the reasoning, but we’re pretty sure you can guess why.

We’ve been long time fans of Patrick Reza, and the only reason why we checked it out is because of that long-time adoration. We’ll be honest, up until the 1:00 minute mark, it was definitely going to be a “no” from us. Then the drop came.

Patrick Reza is trying out some new sounds, and they’re pretty damn impressive. Taking a departure from his usual bass-heavy dubstep style, Reza has crafted a tune that boasts a happy medium between future house, trap, and dubstep at a heart-pounding 128 BPM. This is new look and feel for him and his brand, but he still leaves little breadcrumbs throughout that bring us back to those razor sharp sounds he drew us in with so many years ago.

Pick up this gem from Patrick on his Facebook page for three easy payments of free-ninety-nine.

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argonaut&wasp – Higher Ground [TMN PREMIERE + INTERVIEW]

Higher Ground

There’s a song that has been in heavy rotation here at TMN HQ, and it has been since July of last year. We’ve been patiently waiting for a new song to appear from Burlington-based indietronic duo argonaut&wasp, and luckily for us, we’re getting to premiere that brand new song.

Dropping today out of your favorite musical dojo, “Higher Ground” is a delightful return to the blogosphere, providing a smooth, funky bassline, a powerful chorus, and light, accentuating synths. Harnessing elements from multiple genres, it brings us right back to where we were when we first heard tunes from members Trey and Theo.

Coupled with today’s premiere is a quick Q&A sesh with these two. Press play and enjoy the read.

argonaut&wasp’s new EP Future Protocol is out February 20th.

Follow them on Facebook and Twitter for more info.

TMN: Hey guys. Thanks for taking some time to answer a few questions for us! Before we even kick things off, we gotta know…how did you come up with the name?

Trey: Right around the time that Theo and I had started collaborating I was introduced to the writer Ambrose Bierce. I fell in love with his satirical prose and fearless muckraking journalism. Beyond his style, Bierce had a compelling story: He disappeared to Mexico and has never been found—rumor has it he linked up with the famous rebel leader, Pancho Villa!

Anyway, Bierce wrote for two columns, The Argonaut and The Wasp- I fancied the name and brought it up to Theo.

TMN: We still listen to “Pistol Pump Funk” religiously. It’s such an eclectic blend of genres. Where’d the inspiration for that tune come from?

Trey: I was listening to a lot of UK garage at the time and really trying to learn how to get that swing and jerk of the drums/bass down. While it now sounds nothing like that, the bones of that track really just stem from experimenting: the two-tone synth patch and groundwork for the drums were the result. Lyrically- the track encompasses the same overall theme of the songs on the rest of the EP—a ‘coming of age’ story and learning how to stand up for your ideas and inspirations… “You won’t take me, from these city streets… I’ve had to crawl for miles, now I’m on two feet…” (Pistol Pump Funk).

TMN: After that release, you guys went quiet. What were you up to over that time?

Originally, this EP was going to be a fall release. So our plan was to have the single, “Pistol Pump Funk”, drop in the summer and follow up shortly after with the rest. However, we decided to take an extra couple months and re-visit the studio. We had been playing extensively in the Burlington area with our live band, and we really wanted to capture what they brought to the tracks on stage as well as we could on the record. Controlling the balance between the extremely dynamic workings of organic instrumentation and the locked-down synth work took a ton of editing, mixing and re-producing.

TMN: We once again find ourselves experiencing numerous influences with “Higher Ground”, which that has us curious. What does the creative process look like for you guys? Since there are elements of classic instrumentation and electronic elements, what goes in first?

Trey: The creative process begins with Theo and I developing the roots of the track (synth hooks, chord progressions, drums, vocal ideas and e-bass) and then the organic elements are added (finalized vocals, guitar, etc…). We then work with a talented group of musicians (Kevin Whitehead, Alec Donkin, Willoughby Morse, and Max Freedberg) to track and record live instrumentation that we cannot recreate using computer technology. Then Theo and I take back into the studio, make sure everything is crisp, and then send it off to our amazing sound engineer Jonathan Doyon for a master.

TMN: How many other songs are on the upcoming EP? Is it meant to be listened to as a whole, or is it more so a collection of songs?

There are three other tracks on Future Protocol (one of which has been already released with a music video – “Pistol Pump Funk”). The other two tracks will be coming out in the next few weeks…the EP is definitely meant to be listened to as a whole but each song stands alone strongly. As noted in an earlier question, these tracks work together to express a fairly singular theme; this is our first compiled body of work and a huge step in maturation and development for ourselves as both artists and individuals—these songs tell that story. The entire EP will be available with a limited physical release as a CD (artwork designed by the wonderful Elizabeth Goodspeed) and also available on Spotify, iTunes, Pandora, etc.

TMN: We’re hoping this EP kicks off some bookings for you. Is there anywhere in particular that’s on your list once that starts happening?

We are planning on starting in the northeast and going south. We would love to play venues in Montreal, Boston, NYC, Philadelphia, and Washington DC this Spring. While we are not disclosing much of our “Future Protocol Tour” just yet, we cannot express how excited we are to share some big festival dates soon.

What would be the holy grail of events or venues for you guys?
‘Chella Bra!

TMN: Alright, last one. It’s a bit odd, but we ask this to everyone. If your music were an animal, what would it be?

In fact our music is an animal, one indigenous to Peru… the alpaca.

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ELICIT – Traffic Jamz Mix [TMN PREMIERE]

traffic jamz
Traffic Jamz V2

You know why there’s no insurance-slinging animal who consistently asks what day it is on Fridays? That’s because every knows it’s Friday. There’s never a question that we’re approaching two days of sweet, sweet freedom.

As we approach the weekend, it’s always important to stock up on solid tunes to groove to. While we will have another solid Friday Party Playlist coming out this afternoon, we thought we’d kick off the vibes earlier than usual, and we brought in ELICIT to do so.

Following up his radio release an amazing Prince re-work of “I Wanna Be Your Lover” on BBC Radio1, we’re stoked to bring you and exclusive mix from this mutli-grenre producer. Fusing together some newcomers like Lion Babe, G R A D E S, Vic Mensa, and Wookie with classics from the likes of Maya Jane Cole, Daft Punk, and LL Cool J, this 45 minute mix is perfect to carry you through your work day.

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[Secret Ninja Pass] This Week at Beta 1/8 – 1/10


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!

Manufactured Superstars - January 8
Eden xo
Too Cool To Dance (Manufactured Superstars Remix)

LOUDPVCK - January 9
Freaks Have More Fun (LOUDPVCK Remix)

Chris Liebling - January 10
Lie Down In Darkness (Chris Liebing Anti Dub Remix)
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