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[Progressive House] Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do (ATB Remix)

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Ellie Goulding
Love Me Like You Do (ATB Remix)

Here’s a quick little history lesson for any dance music newbies that just became accustomed to the scene over the past year or two. When the EDM boom came to America, it was predominantly lead by a clique of European DJs/producers that were finally able to take their aspirations to the next level. One instrumental artist within the aforementioned group has been recently locked away in the studio. You probably guessed who it is, but if you haven’t, we’ll fill you in – ATB.

This storied German producer can be defined by his uplifting melody-driven anthems that teeter on the line between progressive house and trance. To kick off 2015 in an epic fashion, ATB has remixed songstress Ellie Goulding’s single “Love Me Like You Do” off the soundtrack of everybody’s favorite Valentines Day movie, Fifty Shades of Grey. The German powerhouse overlays an assortment of galactic chord progressions, engaging synth trickles, and electrifying kick drums to reassert his dominance as a pioneering producer. To gift his loyal fans for his support, ATB has uploaded the track for free and it can be downloaded here.

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Let’s face it. If you’ve done any business in the music industry, you’ve undoubtedly come across a Boris (see above for visual reference). You know the type – in the business for all the wrong reasons, obsessing over numbers, trends, and anything other than the art itself. Up and coming indie act BREAKFAST says it best:

He doesn’t give a shit about you or your future, though he loves to talk your ear off.

“Boris” is inspired by the aforementioned music industry lore. Crafted by this analog-synth, LA-based four piece, this tune walks two different parallels with ease. Members Andrea Adolph, Max Bussell, Sean Dwyer, Luciano Russo have developed sounds that are both playful and cautionary. The end result is a haunting, foreboding, ominous tale that also makes you bob your head and smile at the same time.

After just two tracks, we’re becoming increasingly interested in what BREAKFAST has going on. If you’re in the same boat, throw them a follow on soundcloud.

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Acre Tarn – Dawn Faces [TMN PREMIERE]

Acre Tarn
Dawn Faces

New music Tuesday is upon us, and boy, is it something. Amidst the many tracks we’ll have going up today, this gem from Acre Tarn has us beaming. Even though we were already very familiar with their stuff after having premiered their debut song, “This Once,” we are once again caught pleasantly off guard with their intricate, layered electronic pop approach.

Anna-Louisa Etherington is bringing another glowing tune that’s sure to grab your audible attention this morning. “Dawn Faces” boasts an often frenetic soundscape, rife with fluttering synths and larger-than-life percussion. The vocal cadence adds to the cinematic qualities of the tune, swirling in a culminating spattering of soaring vocals and intense musical arrangements.

We fully expect this as one piece of an upcoming EP, so make sure you keep tabs on her by following on Soundcloud.

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Little Daylight – My Life (Halogen Remix) [TMN PREMIERE]

Little Daylight
My Life (Halogen Remix)

It’s only been a few weeks since this Atlanta-based producer/DJ duo has graced the pages of TMN, but Halogen has apparently been busy in the studio crafting more solid tunes. This time around, they’re taking a crack at the vocoder-heavy stylings of Little Daylight, and it’s quite spectacular.

Gone are the whimsical electro pop vibes that so many have come to swoon over for the past few years, and in their place are festival and club-friendly grooves we’ve come to expect from these two up-and-coming producers. Undeniably a dance floor pleaser, this future house interpretation calls on the original through well-crafted vocal samples, but takes on a personality of it’s own with engaging percussion work and a melody that immediately draws you in.

Look for more big things from Halogen throughout this year. We have a feeling they have plenty of tricks up their sleeves for 2015.

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[House] Sander Kleinenberg ft. Audio Bullys – Wicked Things

Sander Kleinenberg ft. Audio Bullys
Wicked Things (Available February 23)

Now that we have a full week of work in our rearview mirror, it’s time to start thinking about what kind of devious mischief we’ll be getting into. To kick off those delightful fantasies, we’re going to ask you to press play above, and soak in all that is “Wicked Things.”

Coming hot off of Spinnin’ Deep, this tune from Sander Kleinenberg and Audio Bullys‘ flawlessly mends decades of dance music together in one three minute journey. With vocals and synthesized elements reminiscent of Grandmaster Flash, “Wicked Things” boasts a striking nostalgic appeal, only updated with modern house sensibilities.

Whatever you do this weekend, make it epic. We expect nothing less out of you ninjas.

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[Americana] JJ Grey & Mofro – Every Minute

JJ Grey & Mofro
Every Minute

Every so often, we stumble across a song that perfectly embodies a particular situation. That situation could be a crazy night out at the club. That situation could be the most epic backyard BBQ you’ve ever thrown. That situation could be a sultry night in the bedroom. Well, those songs are great, but few transcend past those moments, fully encapsulating a nation. Did we just throw out a bold statement? Yes, we did. And we’re right. JJ Grey & Mofro are America, and they’re the tough as nails, beer and whisky drinking, tobacco chewing America to boot.

This often celebrated soulful Jacksonville seven-piece are set to release their newest record on Ol’Glory come March 3rd. This album marks their debut on Provogue, which is a part of Mascot Label Group. Amongst the 12 intriguing, soulful, bluesy, rock tunes, “Every Minute” stands out far above in our mind.

With instantaneous timelessness, this tune immediately boasts a historically classic sound, providing younger listeners with a taste of some influences from the best of the best (Bruce Springsteen, Bob Seger, John Fogherty, etc). It’s one that should be held onto for every red, white, and blue get together, no matter how big, or how small.

If you have a chance to catch them live, make sure to do so. We’re pretty sure you won’t be disappointed.

2/20 House of Blues – Boston, MA
2/21 Terminal 5 – New York, NY
2/25 Mr. Smalls – Pittsburgh, PA
2/26 Vogue – Indianapolis, IN
2/27 Taft Theatre – Cincinnati, OH
2/28 The Vic – Chicago, IL
3/01 Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
3/04 Jefferson – Charlottesville, VA
3/05 Ziggy’s – Winston-Salem, NC
3/06 Track 29 – Chattanooga, TN
3/07 Buckhead – Atlanta, GA
3/18 Islington Academy – London, England
3/19 New Morning – Paris, France
3/20 Kaufleuten Zurich – Zurich, Switzerland
3/21 Technik Museum – Munich, Germany
3/23 Batschkapp – Frankfurt, Germany
3/24 Kesselhaus – Berlin, Germany
3/25 Bluestage – Nuremberg, Germany
3/26 Rockpalast Crossroads Festival – Bonn, Germany
3/27 Paradiso Main Hall – Amsterdam, The Netherlands
3/28 Paard van Troje (Main Hall) – Den Haag, The Netherlands
4/2 – 6 Byron Bay Bluesfest – Byron Bay, Australia

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[DnB] Steven Lee vs Goldie – SuperHero feat Macy Gray (Goldie Remix)

Steven Lee vs Goldie
SuperHero feat Macy Gray (Goldie Remix)

This ninja has been going to parties and clubs for over a decade and half. Through all the sets, all the singles, all the albums, and all of the crazy nights, one genre has always stood out – drum and bass. Something about the fast paced snare hits, the smooth, rolling bass, and those often uplifting vocals always have us beaming, and today, we have just that.

London-based Goldie threw us for a bit of a loop on this remix, leading us to believe we were going to enter a world of fluid liquid sounds, gracefully rolling throughout a six-minute drum ‘n bass journey. Macy Gray’s soulful vocals helped with to build that assumption, all of which came blissfully crumbling down as razor sharp industrial elements came charging in after the build.

Reminding us a bit of Dieselboy’s The 6ixth Session, this remix is an intriguing ride. Hopefully it adds to the growing movement of this often forgotten, but legendary genre.

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