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Dope Music Village – You’re Welcome [TMN PREMIERE]

It takes a village. That’s the mantra that this DC, Maryland, and Virginia-based collective are using as the catalyst behind their creative endeavor. And, from what we’re seeing and hearing from their first album together, You’re Welcome produces a cohesive vibe that has us bobbing our heads, tapping our feet, and looking ahead into the rest of our long weekend.

Dope Music Village, aka DMV, is comprised of three unique artists, each of which brings their own individualistic creative visions to this project. The name is a play off of two things: the DMV (DC, Maryland, and Virginia), and the village centers that make up their hometown of Columbia. Together, it’s setting the framework for what Nature Boi, Brian Rapp, and Ezko are crafting.

In 2015 we formed a collective known as Dope Music Village. We have adapted the motto, “it takes a village” because it reflects our ethos when it comes to our music scene. Everything we do is collaborative and inclusive. When we put together shows we partner with other collectives and groups instead of keeping everything in house. Our website even features other local artists who we think make good music. We truly believe that a rising tide lifts all ships. – Brain Rapp

Musically, this trio covers a broad breadth of hip-hop and R&B influences that span across nuances of multiple decades. What drew us in at first was an advance listen of “Venting” which features Liqui. The pronounced percussion, fluttering brass sample, and organic vocal harmonies call on associations of legends like De La Soul and Jurassic 5. Yet, as classic as the beat and flows feel, the production brings it forth into current times, blending the best of both worlds effortlessly. It’s the perfect addition to kicking the night off, maybe spouting off the chorus as you get cleaned up and ready to hit the town.

Other tracks provide a more modern, bass-heavy, trap offering, yet still carry the DMV originality throughout. “Hands and Bands” boasts a heavy 808 kick, window-rattling bassline, quick rolling hi-hat hits, and verses that will have you primed and ready for an epic night out. Should you find yourself at late-night after party, this will serve as the perfect soundtrack. Conversely, if you head home with someone who caught your interest instead of going to that after party, maybe you’d prefer to round out your evening with “Ms. Amerykah Badu,” which features a silky smooth beat and evocative lyrics worthy of a permanent addition into your bedroom playlist.

Wherever this weekend takes you, you’re now set up with a tasty set of tracks to cover any situation you should come up on. Whether it’s smoking out at home, or hitting the clubs with your fam, Dope Music Village has you covered. Make sure to show some proper support by picking up You’re Welcome on Bandcamp.

’Dope Music Village – Feel It’
’Dope Music Village – It’s Been Lit Ever Since’
’Dope Music Village – Hands & Bands (feat. Stef Is Dope)’
’Dope Music Village – Inhale Mary’
’Dope Music Village – This Is It (feat. Liqui)’
’Dope Music Village – Ms. Amerykah Badu’
’Dope Music Village – 5011 (feat. S.U. The Clique)’
’Dope Music Village – Venting (feat. Liqui)’
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[Secret Ninja Pass] This Week at Beta 11/23 – 11/27

Thanksgiving weekend is finally here! Along with football, epic naps, and endless plates of turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing, we can also look forward to a bass-heavy weekend at Beta Nightclub. Per usual, we’re making it incredibly easy for you to get off your couch and head down. Why’s that? Because we’re hooking you up with free entry.

Here’s how:
– Head to the front door and enter the club before 11pm on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Get there before 9:00 on Sunday
– Show this post to the cashier (Valid for 21+ only).
– The deal is valid for WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY this week.

Kill the Noise - 11/23
’AWOLNATION – Run (Kill The Noise Rmx)’
Ephwurd - 11/24
’Jauz & Ephwurd – Rock The Party (Original Mix)’
Pendulum DJ Set - 11/25
’Pendulum – Slam’
Manufactured Superstars - 11/26
’You Got The Love – Manufactured Superstars and Noodles’
Dubfire - 11/27
’Hot Since 82 & Habischman – Leave Me (Dubfire Playa Remix)’
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Zanski – Soul [TMN PREMIERE]


Following a successful string of releases that have racked up over three million streams on Soundcloud and Spotify, the now Toronto-based Zanski is ready to offer up his debut EP, Collapse.

This five-track collection is coming your way January 13th, but we have an exclusive sneak peek at the first single. “Soul” is a groovy little number, featuring funky guitar licks, heavy, thumping basslines, and a playful balance of alternating versions of Zanski’s own voice. Creating his own vocal harmonies with separate recordings, he’s able to blend RnB and pop seamlessly, bringing together the best of both worlds. His impassioned delivery can be felt throughout, a testament to what this track and EP mean to him.

Since moving to Toronto, I’ve had a lot of time to take in everything around me and really hone in on my music making process. ‘Soul’ is about feeling alone; like you’re not moving. It’s a feeling I had before I arrived. The song encapsulates the stagnation that artists can feel and the release that you get when there is a change of scenery.

Make sure to keep up with all the release by following Zanski on Facebook, Soundcloud, and Twitter.

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[Secret Ninja Pass] This Week at Beta – 11/17 – 11/20

Winter weather is finally here! Along with snowboarding, sledding, snowball fights, and schnapps-spiked hot cocoa, we can also look forward to a winter stacked with top-notch talent at Beta Nightclub. Per usual, we’re making it incredibly easy for you to get off your couch and head down. Why’s that? Because we’re hooking you up with free entry.

Here’s how:
– Head to the front door and enter the club before 11pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Get there before 9:00 on Sunday
– Show this post to the cashier (Valid for 21+ only).
– The deal is valid for FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY this week.

Infected Mushroom - 11/17
’Infected Mushroom – Fields Of Grey (feat. Sasha Grey)’
Delta Heavy / Apashe - 11/18
’Nero – Must Be The Feeling (Delta Heavy Remix)’
’Apashe – The Landing Feat. Wasiu’
Covina & Mateo - 11/19
’Covina & Mateo – Bare Knuckles’
Nora En Pure - 11/20
’Oliver Heldens & Shaun Frank – Shades Of Grey ft. Delaney Jane (Nora En Pure Remix)’
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Matthew and Me – Starpoint EP [TMN PREMIERE]

Amongst the long list of things that influence music, location is arguably one of the most prominent. Your inner circle of friends is where you first started to discover your own musical taste, eagerly trying to introduce each other to something the other hadn’t heard. From there, you could analyze trends from the actual city that surrounds you. Punk in Salt Lake City. Techno in Detroit. Hip-Hop in the Twin Cities. Beyond that, though, even the actual geographical surroundings play a role in shaping musical tastes. The sandy beaches of California inspire surf rock acts regularly, while the jetting Red Rocks of Morrison, Colorado give way to jam bands and electro funk acts by the droves.

Matthew & Me certainly have a dog in the fight with the aforementioned argument, finding themselves musically inspired by the expansive landscape of South Devon. Far away from the mainstream offerings of cultural centers like Leeds and London, vocalist/songwriter Matthew Board and drummer Lucy Fawcett were able to craft their own sound. And, it’s one that more and more are falling head-over-heels for.

Today, we’re bringing you the first, full look at their debut EP, Starpoint. Since “Silver,” “Figure,” and “Joy,” are already floating around the blogoshpere, we’ll give the spotlight to the only unreleased tune in the bunch. “Cravings” follows suit with what fans have come to know and love from this inventive duo. There’s a strong focus on Board’s hauntingly beautiful vocals, per usual, which call on associations of other iconic leads, like Alex Trimble from Two Door Cinema Club. Differing from the other selections, the instrumentals in “Cravings” are more subdued, for the most part, slowly building with light percussion, soaring strings, and calming guitars. Emotively crafted, it evokes an intense experience, keeping you locked in throughout the entire five-minute ride.

This collection officially drops on November 18th via Beatnik Creative. If you’re a vinyl enthusiast, we strongly recommend adding this to your personal collection.

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Nora En Pure discusses her Beta Nightclub Debut [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW + MINI MIX]

’Nora En Pure – November Mini Mix’

Nora En Pure is locked in for a set at Beta Nightclub on November 20th, bringing her silky smooth deep house vibes to one of our all-time favorite clubs. We caught up with her ahead of this upcoming performance to ask a few choice questions about her first time at Beta and in the Mile High City.

As icing on the proverbial cake, she’s also graciously thrown in a tasty mini-mix. If you’ve never indulged in her skills, take time to do so as you read through this quick Q&A.

TMN: Miss En Pure. It’s a pleasure to have you for a few minutes before your upcoming show at Beta. This is your first time playing at this highly accoladed nightclub. Is it your first time in Denver as well?

NEP: Yeah, I saw it has an amazing line up, happy to be part of it! And yes, it will be my first time in Denver, as well!

TMN: Any club goers that haven’t been introduced to your mixing skills are in for a serious treat, which is why we wanted to showcase one of your mixes beforehand. Can you talk to us a little bit about your history behind the decks? Did that come before you dove into production?

I actually only started DJing after I began producing. I met some friends in Zurich that had their own studios, and they introduced me to creating music. I have always been musical, but discovering electronic music was huge for me, as I realized how free one can be with it! Once I started, I was hooked and loved exploring with new sounds and material for hours and hours on end.

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Paris Youth Foundation – Losing Your Love [TMN PREMIERE]

Paris Youth Foundation
Losing Your Love

Here we are. We’ve officially made it through one of the most baffling and bizarre weeks in recent memory. Our recipe for taking a step forward and trying to get past the painful bemusement? Two days of freedom listening to a combination of some stunning new artists and, of course, the regular rotation of our all-time favorites. Paris Youth Foundation recently placed themselves into the former, giving us a healthy dose of upbeat indie rock with their debut single, “Losing Your Love.”

This infectious-as-hell track should call on blissful associations of Two Door Cinema Club, Mutemath, and Foals, brought to life with a memorable hook and spirited instrumentals. Hell, it’s pretty much a thrill ride from the get-go, surging forward with echoing vocals, a beautiful blend of tight, swirling drums, and a combination of alternating clean, melodic riffs and interspersed reverb-rich chords.

If you’re digging this tune, you’ll be joining ranks with those who caught their sizzling debut performance at Reading Festival, Huw Stephens, and those lucky enough to catch it on BBC Radio 1 recently. What’s next? The sky is the limit for Kevin Potter, Tom Morris Jones, Jamie Hive, Paul Bates, Jonny Alderton. We’re just glad you’ll get to enjoy the ride from the very beginning.

This single and the previously release “If You Wanna” will soon be up for grabs on vinyl. Pre-order your autographed copy today.

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