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[Secret Ninja Pass] This Week at Beta 6/19

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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)
- This deal is only valid for Thursday and Friday night’s shows. If you wanna peep Booka Shade, you’re going to have to buy tickets.

That’s it! Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, it’s not. Head to Beta and see for yourself.

Blasterjaxx - June 19th
Jack Eye Jones
Far East (Blasterjaxx Remix)

Eskimo (DJ Set) - June 20th
Push And Pull 2013 (Free download)

Booka Shade - June 14th
Love Drug feat. Fritz Helder (Bookas Red Light Mix)
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[Sexy] Mayer Hawthorne – Crime (DYNOHUNTER Remix)

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Mayer Hawthorne
Crime (DYNOHUNTER Remix)

Livetronic trio DYNOHUNTER are following the footsteps of numerous other notable electronic musicians from their hometown of Boulder, Colorado, and they’re doing it in a big way. Combining pristine production, soulful sax, live drumming, and heavy electric bass, these boys are doing the Centennial State proud.

With their latest release, we’re offered up a groovy interpretation of Mayer Hawethorne and Kendrick Lamar’s vibe-heavy song, “Crime.” Orchestrating a luscious soundscape, this party song is given a new identity, complete with a smooth bassline, gorgeous melodies, and top notch sampling. What could possibly make this track any better? The fact that it’s available as a free download on their Soundcloud page.

If you happen to be heading out to Sonic Bloom this weekend, make sure to swing by and catch Clark Smith (Sax/Production), Justin Ehmer (Drums), and Fred Reisen (Bass/Synth) live. We promise you won’t be disappointed.

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Kid Astray – Taking You With Me [TMN PREMIERE]

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Kid Astray
Taking You With Me

Get ready to go on a ride, because Oslo based Kid Astray are taking you with them. Comprised of six childhood friends from the land of the midnight sun, this indie synth-pop act has created a remarkably memorable tune that is sure to carry you through the summer months with ease.

Made up of an eclectic bunch, including a Vogue cover model, a junior golf champion, and a Chinese/Norwegian piano virtuoso, this sextuplet has a sound that flirts effortless between classic 80′s synth pop and contemporary gold. Displayed by this premiere of “Taking You With Me”, we’re shown a love-laced journey driven by a repitious melody and a downright catchy hook.

Coming off their second EP, (due out June 23, 2014 via Cosmos) this title track boasts influences ranging from M83 to Pet Shop Boys, which will surely going to take the blogosphere by storm. Hopefully we’ll see them come through the states full swing for 2015′s festival season.

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James Bay – If You Ever Want to Be in Love [TMN VIDEO PREMIERE]

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James Bay
If You Ever Want To Be In Love

We’ve had James Bay on our radar since last year, covering “Move Together,” a song dripping with soulful cadence and raw emotions. Fast forward a year and a few months, we had the pleasure of writing up this ahead-of-his-time vocalist’s most recent release, “If You Ever Want to Be in Love.”

Carried by the backbone of a booming piano melody, this beautifully produced, heartfelt single off of the Let It Go EP possesses an undeniable charm that carries across generations of music lovers effortlessly. While the instrumentals are second to none, they are elevated to an entirely different level with the raspy yet refined vocals of Mr. Bay.

One would be crazy to argue against that last point, especially when given the opportunity to watch this acoustic version. Coupled only with a guitar, we find the inescapable raw captivation displayed right in front of our eyes, leaving us only one option: swoon.

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[Progressive House] Down With Webster – Chills (Shaun Frank Remix)

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Down With Webster
Chills (Shaun Frank Remix)

If you’re getting ready to head to bed right now, don’t press play. Actually, do press play. You have it in you to get up and boogie for a couple of minutes before you call it a night.

Originally composed by Down With Webster, whom also reside in Toronto, “Chills” is a pop/hip hop tune that gained quite a bit of attention just six months ago. With an anthemic chorus, one could see why an artist would take on remixing a tune like this.

Torontonian beatsmith Shaun Frank has a crafted a progressive house remix rife with big room bounce, glitchy electro house elements, and a melody that will get stuck in your head for days. Soloing out perfectly timed vocal samples provides this energetic, melodic backdrop with the type of mental associations that occur in some of the catchiest pop songs. It’s because of this, that we’re not only posting this song, but also why we simply can’t stop singing:

They came from you. They came from you
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Eric Sharp & Sir DSS ft. Katxx – And Work! [TMN PREMIERE]

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We can picture it now: a mysterious warehouse, bass reverberating off the walls and out the singular open door, which has a line of neon lit party-goers anxiously awaiting to get in and start dancing. Yes, Eric Sharp has effectively taken us to an underground party, and we haven’t even left our desk.

This Los Angeles based DJ/Producer not only has the best mustache in the biz, but he’s also one of Vibe’s Top Ten DJs You Should Know By Name. Throwing genre barriers to the wind, Sharp cites musical influences from early Chicago and New York house, giving a mighty nod to the likes of Farley Jackmaster Funk, Green Velvet and Armand Van Helden through his production style.

In his latest release (dropping tomorrow via Love F.A.M.E. Records), Sharp teamed up with Sir DSS and Katxx (owner of the aforementioned label). Comprised of a gloriously industrial soundscape, drippy acid house synths and the obviously suggestive lyrics, this original has all the necessary energy for your late night cravings. Just don’t blame us if you wake up with a wicked hangover from partying till 5AM.

Keep an eye out next week as well, as Sharp has teamed up with Tommie Sunshine’s Brooklyn Fire Records to drop a new original and a remix from Tommie himself.

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Qtier – Set Me On (Edu Imbernon On Fayer Remix) [TMN EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE]

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Qtier
Set Me On (Edu Imbernon On Fayer Remix)

It’s always tough when you look ahead in your calendar and see four more full days of work ahead of you. It’s time like these we need to dig deep and find some amazing music to get us through the bulk of it. Bourbon also helps, but we certainly don’t encourage that while at work.

Electronic soul outfit Qtier released the sultry “Set On Me” just last month, gaining some significant attention with music lovers all over the world. With a funky, soulful bassline layered with atmospheric elements, sexy vocals and industrial percussion, it was only natural to see some solid remixes loaded up in the queue.

Today we’re offered up Valencia based Edu Imbernon’s remix of this tune, premiered exclusively here on The Music Ninja. In this groovy interpretation, we get a glimpse at some rhythmic cymbal work that provides a dancier feel that the original. Keeping the vocals intact, Imbernon has elevated this tune in tempo while still maintaining the engaging vibe set by Qtier.

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