Author Archives: Michael Serratore

[Chill] Still Parade – Actors (Dinnerdate Remix)

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Still Parade
Actors (Dinnerdate Remix)

There are some music lovers out there who just melt when it comes to slow, dreamy songs that ooze indie vibes and echo longing voices of lyrical ambiguity.  Then there are some who can appreciate the sentiment, but need a little more oomph before they can fully warm up to the feel the song is going for. For those of us in the second category, we have talented artists like Dinnerdate to help us out, with an ear for the right original to work their magic over, opening it up to an entirely new audience with their own musical preferences.

The beauty in this remix, other than the obvious elegance of the sound itself, is the fact that it caters to listeners in both of those categories, staying true enough to the original to satisfy this fan-base, but also working in its own touch for those craving a rhythmic beat to go with their serving of indie goodness. It’s the perfect balance of both worlds, and the perfect way for one of our favorite artists to break his period of relative silence over the last few months. For those wanting even more, there should be plenty more in the works from this name before the year is out. This will certainly help to tide us over until then.

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The Chill Dojo #104

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It’s a rather funky edition this week, but before we get the groove officially going, we couldn’t go passed this killer piece of freshness from Sweater Beats. The title track off his upcoming EP, ‘Cloud City’ may draw a few comparisons to Flume in its future trap elements, but the artist brings this into his own with an energizing melody that will inspire you to take whatever challenges the day brings head on. Now that we’ve got your attention, let’s direct that towards Hoodboi’s glorious rendition of the Lido anthem ‘I Love You’. Known for his heavy Jersey influence, this time he takes a lighter approach to the remix, opting for a floaty atmosphere that peaks at the iconic “shout at the top of your lungs” hook.

Now it’s officially funk time, and there’s no better song to bring this in than this absolute jam from the young Canadian Zanski. A warning though, hit play on this bad boy and you won’t be satisfied until you hear it another 10 times. The funk leads and Gambino’s bars are a match made in musical heaven, and the slick combination is completely seamless. Too good! It’s timely that in our edition of funk we’ve got a new one from the dojo favorite Snakehips. As you’d expect, it’s just the right mix of soul and dance-ability to hit all the right spots and get a crowd moving as one. The feeling continues straight into this next one from LBCK, who have unleashed a theme song for an undying summer. Something about this song just screams skateboards and beaches, long nights and cool drinks, good friends and great times. It’s all feeling a bit nostalgic right now, but packaged amongst all the memories that this tune invokes is the excitement for what the next year’s season will bring. And you better believe this will be playing when that time comes around again.

Until then, there will be plenty more weeks of chill vibes like these to tide you over. Peace out.

Chill Dojo #104 zip

Sweater Beats
Cloud City
Lido
I Love You (Hoodboi Remix)
Childish Gambino
3005 Pt. I & II (Zanski Remix)
Lion Babe
Treat Me Like Fire (Snakehips Remix)
LBCK
Takin Over (Original Mix)
ATTICUS BEATS
Decisions Feat. Woodes (PACES Remix)
Future
I Won ft. Kanye West (Louis Futon Remix)
Kaskade & Wild Children
Catalyst
Luke Million
Light & Sound (Louis La Roche Remix)
Young & Sick
Ghost Of A Chance (RAC Mix)
Penguin Prison
Calling Out
Keljet x AYER
If Its Not You
Ellie
Loyal x Dont (Coucheron Remix)
Daniele Di Martino
Looking For feat. Max Joni (Original Mix)
James Bay
Let It Go (Bearson Remix)
Tkay Maidza
Switch Lanes (Prod by. Paces)
Bondax
All I See (Pomo Remix)
Kource
Slowmo
Pharrell Williams
Gust Of Wind (Prizm Shift)
SteLouse x ahh ooh
Sex Panther
Lemonade
Come Down Softly (et aliae Remix)
Bonobo
Flashlight
Snow Dayy
The Tunnel (Said The Sky Remix)
Lindsay Lowend
zoning ordinance: venus
Slade
Skull Kid
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[Trap] Calvin Harris – Blame (Pipe Down Chachi Remix)

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Pipe Down Chachi
Blame (Pipe Down Chachi Remix)

2014 started with a wave of fresh Australian talent producing unique music powerful enough to carve out a signature style that formed a communal identity around the ‘Australian sound’. It wasn’t that long ago at all, but as the year progressed the trend continued to evolve as its popularity proliferated around the globe, and it almost fell victim to its own identity crisis as ‘future’ became the new buzzword to hit the net.

Despite how it sounds, this isn’t a post done in mourning at all, but quite the opposite. This is a declaration that the world-renowned ‘Australian sound’ has not faded away into the background just yet, because there are still plenty of artists out there to be discovered, and where better to find them than the musical hotbed of Sydney. Pipe Down Chachi may be a new name to us here at TMN, but this bright and colorful Calvin Harris remix is just the example we needed to showcase what the scene down-under still has left to offer. In this case, it’s heavy hitting trap kicks and an infectious synth-driven melody that’s bound to stick in your head for days. Soundcloud may have removed the initial upload of this track and taken the wind out of the momentum it was garnering online, but we’re here to return this one to its rightful status and once again give it the attention it deserves. Takes more than that to keep a good tune down!

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[MP3 Playlist] The Chill Dojo #103

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A mix of tropical vibes and seductive sax is always a winner when it comes to the Chill Dojo, so there’s no overlooking this feel-good remix by one of our recent favorites in Boehm. The Romanian producer is another to add to the ranks of artists crafting quality beachside sounds, taking the sensitive original and lacing it with the sensation of a setting sun. The talented Autograf has also thrown his hat into the tropical ring this week, bringing a complex mellow sounding spin that many would recognize as “future”. No matter what you want to label it, it’s one of the best Lorde mixes we’ve heard, and we’ll call attention to it as much as we can. Moving into even deeper territory now and one of Germany’s finest in Daniele Di Martino has teamed up with a fellow countryman in Max Joni for a stellar take on the iconic ‘Open’ from Rhye. The dreamy lyrics of the original take on a completely new life in this brooding interpretation, driving the listener further and further into the hypnotic, addictive groove.

Speaking of vocal power, this next tune from Belgian-born BABEL is an absolute delight. You’d find it near impossible not to hang on every word from the heavenly Wrenn for the first minute and a half, until the stunning atmosphere takes control and brings this creation into the realm of perfection. And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, sweet sweet sax. There are plenty more feels to give where that came from though, and the cult favorite tennyson is just the man to be dishing them out. The appropriately titled ‘With You’ is a track dripping with sultry flavors from the get-go, and it’s not long before that leak bursts into a wave of utter smoothness and desire. Not sure about you, but could you really go for a cigarette after listening to this or what? In any case, what does go down really well afterwards is the latest mind-trip from Saturn. ‘Looking Glass’ is one of those songs with the ability to break consciousness in a snap and transport you to whichever dimension the astral soundscape chooses.

Let that journey continue even further with the rest of these delicious selections chosen for you. Peace out.

Chill Dojo #103 zip

Mr. Probz
Nothing Really Matters (Boehm Remix)
Lorde
Team (Autograf Remix)
Rhye
Open (Max Joni & Daniele Di Martino Remix)
BABEL
Incredibly Close feat. Wrenn
tennyson
With You
Saturn
Looking Glass
Zackery Wilson
RIGHT Off The Bat (Harrison Remix)
spazzkid
Truly (Go Yama Remix)
spazzkid
Promise (Demicat Remix)
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Promise (tofubeats Remix)
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Lovers (EASTGHOST Remix)
spazzkid
Goodbye (Grimecraft Remix)
Lido
Lost Feat. Muri ( 813 Remix )
Dj Rafik
Hide (AObeats Remix)
SWEATER BEATS
Dark Matter ft. a l l i e
SAFIA
You Are The One
Ferraz
XTC (Feat. Marti Ann)
5 Reasons
Shine For Me (ft. Vijee)
Figgy
Take You Away
Figgy
All That I Need
Figgy
You Were Mine
Obey City
100% CHANCE OF RAIN
Lost Empire
The Way I Feel (Original mix)
Calvin Harris Ft John Newman
Blame (Good Life Cover)
Mansionair
Hold Me Down ( LCAW Remix )
Slinger
How Does It Feel
Dream Beach
Missing Peace
Brandy & Monica
The Boy Is Mine (The Theorist Remix)

 

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[MP3 Playlist] The Chill Dojo #102

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The Chill Dojo is back after a little hiatus, but we’ve still been keeping our ears out during the two week break to make sure you don’t miss a thing. To make up for the time away, this catch-up playlist is over 50 tracks strong to bring us all back to speed on what’s been happening in the world of chill music.

We covered this one when it came out over a week ago, but there was no denying ‘Fantasy’ from topping the list of our return edition. Seductive songstress Alina Baraz has been teaming up with the sensual sounds of Galimatias for a while now, but nothing has come quite so close to musical perfection until now. From the very moment this song begins, the dreamy atmosphere and angelic vocals shroud your mind into a vision of pure serenity. From there, this glorious hypnotism is led along by the beat like a benevolent puppetmaster whose performance is tragically limited to under 4 minutes. Needless to say, it made us feel some kind of way.

Next up, we have WRLD once again draw us into his universe of future music bliss, and ‘Triumph’ is every bit a success as its title suggests. It’s a unique dimension where jungle beats meet massive chords fueled by the power of pure ecstasy, and it’s ready-made to be the soundtrack for moments of epic proportions. If you haven’t learnt by now, we’re a little obsessed with sounds like this, so it’s fitting we have one of our favorites in Pusher continue the trend with two of his own magical concoctions he cooked up during our downtime. His latest remix of Jack U is set to be his biggest track to date, and it’s not hard to see why this one should put him on the radar as a certified talent in the future game. And speaking of games, his recent original ‘ABXY’ shows off his signature style that is every bit true to his roots, and will no doubt be a fan favorite for a long time to come.

We’ve also got a few features from another dojo elite in Lindsay Lowend, gracing our ears with a jammin little remix of the iconic ‘Irreplaceable’. The song has been cleverly disguised on his Soundcloud to try and avert the iron fist of the copyright crawler, but we’re here to make sure you don’t miss hearing this infectious beat in all its glory. If you’re finding that still hasn’t satisfied your cravings, we’ve also got another serving of sweetness from him in ‘Memory Foam’. As its name promises, this one will tug at those nostalgic heartstrings with its simplistic beauty, evoking all the memories you hold so dear.

In case you somehow missed it, there has been a wave of ‘Say My Name’ remixes since the release of Odesza’s album, and this makes plenty of great listening material for the Dojo. We can’t get enough of them, so we’ve included some of our top picks from the bunch so far, but they’re likely to keep popping up for a while to come.

It’s time to get the chill back into your life. We hope you haven’t missed it too badly. Peace out.

Chill Dojo #102 zip

Alina Baraz & Galimatias
Fantasy
WRLD
Triumph
Jack Ü feat. Kiesza
Take U There (Pusher Flip)
PUSHER
ABXY
Irreplaceable (Lindsay Lowend Remix)
Lindsay Lowend
Memory Foam
Odesza
Say My Name (AutoLaser Remix)
Odesza
Say My Name (feat. Zyra) (Hayden James Remix)
Odesza
Say My Name Ft. Zyra (Nebbra Remix)
ODESZA
Say My Name (ft. Zyra) (cln Remix)
Odesza
Say My Name (feat. Zyra) (GANZ Remix)
Odesza
Say My Name (feat. Zyra) (Hermitude Remix)
London Grammar
Strong (Manila Killa Remix)
Karma Kid
No Qualms
Hopium
Dreamers (Two Can Remix)
Lights
Up We Go (Knight One Remix)
Anna of the North
Sway (The Chainsmokers Remix)
QT
Hey QT (Blackbird Blackbird Remix)
Clean Bandit
Rather Be Feat. Jess Glynne (Arthur Younger Remix)
Gorgon City & MNEK
Ready For Your Love ft. Hobbie Stuart (Monkey Joker Edit)
Les Sins
Why Ft. Nate Salman
Andreas Moe
Ocean ( LCAW Remix)
Love Inks
Too Wild (Daniele Di Martino Remix)
Francesco Yates
Call (Ferdinand Weber Remix)
Chris Malinchak
Happiness (feat. MNEK)
Beshken
Right Time (feat. Soraya)
2Pac
Dear Mama (Boehm Remix)
2Pac
Changes (Vijay & Sofia Zlatko, Kasùal Remix)
Naomie K
Open Your Mind (Matoma Tropical Remix)
Marit Larsen
I Dont Want To Talk About It (Nelsaan & Matoma Remix)
Mattafix
Big City Life (LEEX Remix)
The Lighthouse and the Whaler
Venice (Bearson Remix)
Ben Sollee
Letting Go (Thomas Jack Remix)
Nick Mulvey
Cucurucu (Sterkøl & Summerscent Bootleg)
Jaymes Young
One Last Time (Felix Jaehn feat. Chris Meid Remix)
Young The Giant
Mind Over Matter (Stint Remix)
RAC
Cheap Sunglasses Feat. Matthew Koma (Le Youth Remix)
RAC
Cheap Sunglasses ft. Matthew Koma (Viceroy Remix)
Iamsu x Zeni x Scott & Brendo
Carry On (AA Only That Real Bootleg)
at dawn we rage
Summers End
Glass Animals
Gooey (Klaves Bootleg)
Patrick Baker
Come Undone
KarlK & Ofenbach
What I Want
Calvin Harris
Thinking About You (Tez Cadey Remix)
Singularis
Turn To You
Fossa Beats
Goals (Dugong Jr Rock The Boat Edit)
Grace Mitchell
Broken Over You (Hippie Sabotage Remix)
Sizzlebird
Mountains
Trashlagoon
Feel (Nikolas Noam Remix)
Hush
Sterrenstof
Pearl
I Know (Kastle Remix)
MNEK
Wrote a song about you (Rvdical The Kid Rendition)
Exyle
Good 2 U
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[MP3 Playlist] The Chill Dojo #101

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We’re fresh into the triple figures now, and it’s interesting to hear how the sounds we feature have developed since the very beginning. Case in point, Kasbo kicks off edition 101 with some future bass goodness, demonstrating the evolution of the kind of music that push this chill playlist into the expansive reaches of electronic music. ‘Kaleidoscope’ is a more than appropriate title for this magnificent aural experience, with the cosmic effects seeming to manifest themselves into visions of color inside the listener’s mind. From reflections of light to sensations of pure serenity, Dutch producer Arman Cekin has conjured up some sun-kissed vibes truly befitting the name ‘Smooth Waves’. The feel-good acapella sampling coupled with the beach-side atmosphere combine for the perfect backdrop to your next majestic summer holiday. Repeat this song enough times and you’ll already be halfway on a plane to get there. With a new Flight Facilities track hitting the site this week, there was no doubting it would appear in the features for this week’s Dojo as well. The ethereal new original from the Australian act may just be the chillest we’ve heard from them so far, scoring points in our book for just about every single element they’ve included in this blissful 7-minute dreamscape.

Another vocal delight comes courtesy of this gorgeous cover of ‘Sky Full of Stars’ from Michael Schulte, given additional tropical treatment from Germany’s Shoby. The electronic pop style of the original is replicated to perfection, with flute and bright acoustics breathing a softer voice to the uplifting melody of this 2014 anthem. Much like many of his Norwegian countrymen, Matoma is one of the best in the business when it comes to similar kinds of tropical transformations, and the past few days have seen two new remixes from the talented workhorse. Saturated in his signature string-filled melodies, he’s worked another spell over these two to ensure your bank of summer tunes continues to grow despite the season coming to a close. Now we’ve posted our fair share of takes on the sexy Ciara hit, but when you hear a version as good as this, how could we possibly resist another? Trust a Frenchman to take things to the next level of smooth, and ALVY has done that and so much more with this sultry number. Silky chords and deep vocal sampling are the ingredients which have our ears infatuated with this one, ensuring that the memorable lyrics continue to be spun for a long time to come.

The sounds may change over time, but the chill vibes of the Dojo will always be undying. Peace out.

Chill Dojo #101 zip

Kasbo
Kaleidoscope
Arman Cekin
Smooth Waves
Flight Facilities
Two Bodies feat. Emma Louise (Extended Version)
Coldplay
Sky Full Of Stars (Michael Schulte Cover) (Shoby Edit)
Imagine Dragons
Its Time (Matoma Tropical Remix)
Truls
The Next (Matoma Remix)
Ciara
Love Sex Magic (Alvy Remix)
Knight One
Hollow (Les Loups Remix)
Icona Pop
Get Lost (Tobtok Remix)
Miami Horror
Wild Motion (RAC Mix)
Miami Horror
Wild Motion (Rogue Vogue Remix)
The Magician 
Sunlight (Darius Remix)
Futurecop!
Sun Is Mine feat. Mereki (Cesare Remix)
Embody
Bad News
Pretty Pink Feat. Ian Late
Hey Girl (Pretty Pink Mix)
Dinnerdate
Filou
Viceroy
The Life Ft. Penguin Prison (Two Can Remix)
Tapes
Find Y.O.U.
20syl
Seven Eleven Feat Ibrahim Maalouf
Moods
Flashback
Sebell
Promiseland (Stint Remix)
Lqd Hrmny
Time (Original Mix)
Hatch
New Direction
JACUZZI
CURTAIN CALL (P A T H REMIX)
Son House
John The Revelator (Charlie Beale Remix)
Jordan Bratton
Must Be (esta Remix)
Sia
Breathe Me (Metwally Edit)
Krono feat. Linying 
Run (ManiezzL Remix)
Disclosure
Latch (Chas Bronz & Ser Clave Remix)
Midnight Pool Party
If You Were Mine (Baby) (cln Remix)
IGLOOGHOST
Bristol Airport (feat. Riley Lake)
Howie Lee
Yrmt Feat.I Am Kaiju (NeguimBeats Remix)
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[Filthy] Carmada – Maybe

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Carmada
Maybe

What’s more exciting than a massive new track from a talented artist right in the hotbed of the blistering Australian music scene? A massive new track from two of these artists, combining to form a united force ready to dominate the festival season both at home and abroad. The lads in question, LDRU and Yahtzel, have been making waves all year and have tag-teamed many a crowd over recent tours in the local scene. Now, they’ve cemented their mateship with a new identity in Carmada, and have consecrated the union in the filthiest way possible. From its soulful future sounds to getting down and dirty with hard grinding basslines, ‘Maybe’ is a demonstration of just what these two are capable of with their skills pooled into one entity. Their debut EP is on the way in the coming months, but if this is any indication of what’s ahead, we foresee big things for this promising duo.

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