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[Chill House] LANY – ILYSB (Ferdinand Weber Remix)

ILYSB (Ferdinand Weber Remix)

There’s no doubting that the heartfelt original from LANY delivered some unreal emotions and powerful lyrics for the lovesick individual. But for those craving a little more groove to go along with their feels, Ferdinand Weber has bumped things up in that signature chill style we love so much. He may be without his partner in crime Fabich this time, but even without all its parts, there’s no stopping this German machine from producing quality summer vibes for your listening pleasure. The bright leads and bouncing piano melodies would fool you into believing the vocals were always built for a track like this, and that’s the kind of polish that makes for the perfect official remix.

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[MP3 Playlist] The Chill Dojo #98

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The Dojo is second only to the Ice Bucket Challenge when it comes to spreading chill across the internet, but our only nomination for you is to sit back and enjoy the infectious vibes we’ve got in store for edition 98. It may not leave you shivering, but you might just need a new change of clothes after this sweltering remix of Bondax’s ‘All I See’. Sultry Frenchman Darius has come up with one of the hottest tracks of the week, driven by a deep groove that pulsates some seriously good feelings. Also contributing to this week’s funk factor is dojo-favorite JNL, who gives us a sneak preview for a future release that’s packed full of classic smoothness reminiscent of the great MJ himself. ‘Only Lover’ is ready-built for an intimate dance-floor experience, so make sure you’ve got all your moves down pat when this jam is getting spun.  We’re shifting into anthem territory with these next two features, and kicking things off are NY duo Sava & Razz, who reignite the love for the 90′s Oasis hit with a tropical house revival. You know all the words for sure, but now your communal sing-along can be accompanied by smooth sax and pool-party vibes, and that is something this playlist lives and breathes every week. The catchy summer fun continues courtesy of Canada’s Shèmce and a rendition of the ever-popular ‘Teenage Crime’ that just oozes happiness. What was once a staple festival track has now been flipped on its head with a fresh nu-disco outfit, and from our point of view it’s never looked or sounded so good.

Goldroom’s ‘Till Sunrise’ was always meant for the tropical treatment though, and Pacifico amplifies the dreamy chillwave style with a captivating sea-disco ambiance capable of picking you up from where you sit and transporting you to the beachfront paradise of your wildest imagination. This is the kind of music we need in our ears all year long. Another welcome addition to the recent stream of ‘Higher’ remixes is another favorite in jackLNDN, bringing a more downtempo feel layered with sun-kissed chords and vocal sampling in all the right places.

It may technically be the final week of summer for some, but the warm vibes show no sign of slowing down anytime soon. Peace out.

Chill Dojo #98 zip

All I See (Darius Remix)
Soft Touch
Only Lover (JNLs Monogamix)
Wonderwall (Sava&Razz Remix)
Adrian Lux
Teenage Crime (Shèmce Remix)
Till Sunrise (Pacifico Remix)
Higher feat Emil Hero (JackLNDN remix)
Sound of Erasing (The M Machine Remix)
Lets Stay Here Forever
Bebe Rexha
I Cant Stop Drinking About You (Eric Gitau Remix)
John Mayer
Waiting On The World To Change (Scheinizzl Remix)
Sam Smith
How Will I Know (SJUR Remix)
Deep End ft. Eastside & Mayer Hawthorne (Matoma Remix)
Dont Wanna Be Your Girl (Thero Remix)
Ji Nilsson
Heartbreakfree (Keljet Remix)
Anna Lunoe
All Out (Hotel Garuda Remix)
Sleepless (Vaux & Rivera Remode)
The Knocks
Classic (RAC Mix)
Embers Feat. Jill Harris
Coward (feat. Ngaiire)
Say My Name (feat. Zyra)
Night Owl
Alex Wiley
Vibration (Honest Remix)
Magic Man
Out Of Mind (Tontario Remix)
Satin Jackets
Gelee Royale
Chevaliers Liqueur
Tropical Screen
Royals Theme
Makin Love 2 U Feat. Kyross
Time (Lxury Remix)
froyo ma
sidereal (feat. off.white)
sam gellaitry
huxley anne
sex in the daytime
Luca Gache
MadBliss & silo
space girl
El. Train
U Say 2 Me
Dave Luxe
Move That Dope
Spectre (Bibio Remix)
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[Future] ABSRDST – Even If We Were Birds

ABSRDST Even If We Were Birds
Even If We Were Birds

Followers of the Chill Dojo may recognize the name of Massachusetts native ABSRDST (read ab-surd-ist), with the host of charmingly quirky tunes that have been popping up in the playlists over recent months. For those unfamiliar, his latest jam, “Even If We Were Birds,” is a prime example of his truly unique style, which has an inherent ability to bring a smile to any listener. Blending video game and cartoony vibes with insanely funky chords, his undefinable brand of future music still manages to possess an undeniable sense of nostalgia. Whether it’s the subtle throwbacks to the 90′s console era or the emotion carved by those glorious melodies, his music will find a way to bring out memories of a happier time, and that’s definitely something worth spreading.

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[Bass] ZHU – Superfriends (Just A Gent Remix)

Superfriends (Just A Gent Remix)

Aussie young gun Just A Gent has been reaping the rewards of his ambition of late, winning accolades, gigs, and a growing fan-base all before his age lets him legally enter a club. The rising producer has set the precedent for all the other aspiring talents out there and continues to push the bar with every new original and big name remix he creates. His latest statement in his own progression comes in the form of this huge take of ZHU’s ‘Superfriends’, and this one is set to cause the biggest stir yet. Preserving the menacing tone of the intensely deep original track, he kicks things up a notch in signature bass-heavy style. It’s genre-bending music at its very best, and exactly what we love about every new release from the surprising young gent.

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[MP3 Playlist] The Chill Dojo #97

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There’s been a lot of attention on the tropical house genre of late, and certainly a dramatic increase in the amount of producers looking to prove their worth with this style in 2014. Whether you could argue it’s a case of inspiration, pursuit of fame, or maybe just down to the season, we’re just happy to have heaps of quality chill material to feature each week.

But no matter the amount of artists that try their hand at the genre, Goldroom will forever be a name associated with championing the chill disco style, and nothing reinforces that better than his latest release in ‘Till Sunrise’. Luscious synths and floating pads embody the essence of what makes the artist the perfect accompaniment to warm climates and beach surroundings, and the dreamy vocals of Mammals act as the umbrella to this glorious summer cocktail. As we mentioned in the write-up from last week, these stems were actually made available weeks before the song’s release, providing ample opportunity for the inevitable flood of remixes to be put into motion well ahead of time. One of the best we’ve heard so far comes courtesy of disco diehard Justin Faust, who crafts a seriously sexy melody to complement this sun-drenched tune. In a similar fashion, Oliver Nelson and Skogsrå have elevated the latest single from Tobtok to new heights with their amazing edit. There’s a special kind of joy when you read about friends bringing their own elements to each other’s work, and the combined effort of all parties involved here has brought a very big smile to this ninja’s face.

When it comes to the tropical fever which has been rising this year, Norway has indeed been the epicenter of this craze, and Matoma has quickly become a favorite who proudly flies the flag for this style. His latest effort wraps his feel-good vibes around the solid vocal work of Marlon Roudette for another quality addition to his ever-growing arsenal of mellow magic. Oslo has plenty more talent to give though, and Jerry Folk is staking his claim for recognition with a laid-back funky rendition of ‘Wait’ off the recent Lemaitre Singularity EP. The young producer has struck the perfect groove with this lovely little jam, and shown plenty of promise for future success. One man who certainly deserves that kind of praise is dojo favorite Glastrophobie, who provides yet another beautiful interpretation of an indie original. Only this time his stunning piano composition is capped off with the sweet sounds of sax, which is a sure-fire way to get the thumbs up from us. Finally, we couldn’t end proceedings without a shout out to the latest remix from Samuel. His latest piece of summer-ready music takes on the soulful stylings of a Brandy classic, demonstrating a versatility that we’ll continue to encourage from him with each new release.

There’s no shortage of serene sounds in this week’s edition, so immerse yourself in the calm waters of number 97. Peace out.

Chill Dojo #97 zip

Till Sunrise
Till Sunrise (Justin Faust Premix)
Tobtok ft. Emil Heró
Higher (Oliver Nelson & Skogsrå Remix)
Marlon Roudette
When The Beat Drops Out (Matoma Tropical Remix)
Wait (Jerry Folk Remix)
Hafdis Huld
Lucky (Glastrophobie Remix)
Right Here (Samuel Remix)
Basic Tape
Sunny Spell
Jennifer Lopez Ft Ja Rule
Im Real (Basic Tape Remix)
Ocean Floor Kisses
When You Walked In
Route 94
My Love (Prince Fox Remix)
Kendrick Lamar vs Tycho
Vibe Walk (Break Science Remix)
Rare Ware
Coast To Coast (Original Mix)
Bear Hands
Giants (Adrian Lux Remix)
DJ Cassidy
Make The World Go Round ft R Kelly (Gigamesh Remix)
The Kooks
Forgive & Forget (Oliver Nelson Remix)
Mystery Skulls
Paralyzed (Aeroplane Remix)
Bag Raiders
Nairobi (Drop Out Orchestra Barely Legal Remix)
Nico & Vinz
Am I Wrong (Gryffin Remix)
Fall In Love (NEUS Remix)
Tensnake & Jacques Lu Cont
Feel Of Love (JackLNDN Remix)
Kastle Ft. Lotti
Anythings Possible
Cee Roo
Im So Happy
Faded (BNJMN Rework)
Keep U Warm
Sage The Gemini ft IamSu!
Gas Pedal (PHNM 5am Remix)
Cigarette Song (Snakehips Remix)
Let Me Love You (Tío Remix)
Bubbly Bulbasaur X DIVERSA
Lost (SH?M Edit)
Breathe (Myles.William X Grand&Warren Remix)
Skydive (Broke For Free Remix)
Say My Name Feat. Beau Young Prince
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[MP3 Playlist] The Chill Dojo #96

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Every so often you come across a track which pushes the boundaries of what one would generally consider “chill” music, but there are inherent qualities to the sound which undeniably fit the vibe of what we preach in this Dojo. That so happens to be the case in our leading feature from the talented Haywyre, who has crafted a melody that reaches straight for the emotions. ‘Everchanging’ may hit hard with its moments of glitch hop flare, but there’s no overlooking the irrefutable soul contained behind the writing in this song. There was no such contention in considering this next one from young producer Y2K. Together with the captivating vocals of Mark Johns, ‘White Wine’ is a dose of future sounds that will command your full attention from beginning to end. Even if you had caught the post last week, take this as another reason to keep this one on heavy rotation. Actually, 3 of the remaining features in this write-up aren’t exclusive to this playlist, but they’ve been covered by the ninja crew for good reason, and that’s because they’re some of the best chill releases for the week. There’s the stunning cover of the iconic ‘One’ courtesy of Autograf, transforming the Swedish House Mafia classic into a magical wave of tropical synths and percussion. Kicks n Licks drifted outside their usual style with a piece of ambient delight in ‘Morning Light’, filled with glimpses of pure serenity in the form of echoing vocals and naturalistic soundscape. And of course, there’s no forgetting this glorious rendition of ‘Latch’ from TEEMID and Daniela Andrade. But one you might not have heard is this charming deep house edit from German duo Lakechild, who add their touch to the fresh original from Angus & Julia Stone. It may have only been a minute since the release of the newest self-titled album from the Australian siblings, but summer only lasts so long, and when there’s a remix as perfect as this, we can only be thankful we get to play out the later end of the season with this flowing from the speakers.

Rest-assured, whether you’re a religious music blog follower or not, we’ll have you covered right here with all our favorites for the week. Peace out.

Chill Dojo #96 zip

White Wine ft. Mark Johns
One (Swedish House Mafia Cover)
Kicks n Licks
Morning Light (ft. K Emeline)
Latch (TEEMID X Daniela Andrade Edition)
Angus & Julia Stone
Grizzly Bear (Lakechild Edit)
Open The Door
This Love Is For Real
You And Me VS Maxi Priest
Close To You (Claes Rosen Mashup)
Violet Hues
Dreamers ft Phoebe Lou
Pixel Fix
Lungs (The Walton Hoax Remix)
Susie Suh x Robot Koch
Here With Me (Bearson Remix)
When I Die (Alex Young + Jonah Baseball Version)
FutureXPusha T
Move That Dope (NeguimBeatsRemix)
Sadie Ama
Fallin (Midliife Remix)
Polar Youth
maybe tomorrow
Sleepless (Tyord Remix)
Yumi Shizukusa
I Dont Love You (starRo Remix)
Lost in a Dream
Ill See You Later
Dont You Mind
Summer Day
mystline (AbJo Refix)
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[MP3 Playlist] The Chill Dojo #95

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Whatever the events of your weekend, be it wild or chilled, Dojo number 95 has more than enough material to make sure the wind-down continues well into the working week. Now Joe Garston is a name that you wouldn’t necessarily think of in kicking off a chill playlist, being widely known for his energetic brand of bouncy electro-house. But as many artists have shown us in previous editions, there’s every possibility that elements of your style can be given a mellow feel. Though there’s no thumping bassline present at all in ‘Someday’, the pure happiness embodied in this track is undoubtedly the work of the UK producer. The nostalgic tone is a surreal experience, and will invoke all those memories you hold close to your heart. On the opposite end of the spectrum, New Zealand beatsmith Samuel Truth gives us a soundtrack to a frozen land of fantasy. Well NZ is the land of fantasy after all, and the wintery feel coupled with the palpable emotion is a combo that makes ‘The Cold’ all too real. If that’s way too frosty for your liking, we’ve always got some new Snakehips to breathe the feeling of summer back into your ears. Their latest single ‘After I Met U’ is another jam for your festival season oozing in that signature groove that is so damn addictive, showing just why they consistently provide hit after hit. Another name who delivers one funky tune after the next is none other than Dojo-favorite JNL. The feisty Canadian has outdone himself once again with ‘By Yourself’, bringing a vibe that echoes some serious Daft Punk influences, and will induce some spontaneous dance-floor behavior.

German label Jakarta Records recently released a free compilation of unreleased music from a number of familiar names, and among them was an absolute gem from MURAMASA. Amongst the wealth of smooth beats contained in Summer In Jakarta, ‘Miss You’ immediately stuck out with its lush melody and emotive vocals that reach straight for the heartstrings without any sign of letting go. This will be a go-to song in your library for when you need it most. Hold on tight, because we’re gonna go really deep with this last one. KAASI is notorious for concocting a dangerously deep tune, and you know you’re in for something special when he declares it’s his best yet. We would very much agree with that, because this one flows endlessly into a state of sheer serenity.

Monday sorrows are nothing in the face of this seriously chill tunage. Peace out.

Chill Dojo #95 zip

Joe Garston
Samuel Truth
The Cold
After I Met U
By Yourself
Mura Masa
Miss You
Work With Me
Begin Again (Thero Remix)
Marlon Roudette
When The Beat Drops Out (Samuel Remix)
John Legend
All Of Me (Kungs & Noah Cover)
Ciara & Justin Timberlake
Love Sex Magic (Axmod Remix)
1901 (J Art & Madan Remix)
Help Our Souls (Urban Contact Remix)
Miami Mais
Planet Funk
Chase The Sun (Drop Out Orchestra Rework)
Tobtok ft. Emil Heró
I Am Oak
On Trees and Birds and Fire (Sam Feldt & Bloombox Remix)
Dual Citizen
Say It Anyway
SARAH (Touch Sensitive Remix)
Warm Water (Freddy Verano / Berger & Shaqiri Edit)
The Weeknd
Often (Kygo Remix)
Learn To Fly feat. Jordan Rakei
Patrick Baker
Feel the Same
Faded (Madeaux Remix)
Howie Lee
Everywhere I Go
New World (Fracx XO Remix)
Ellie Goulding
Burn (WiSkiM REWORK)
Paper Walls (Sebastian Carter Remix)
At Dawn We Rage
Edible Universe
Calum Bowen
Lovely Forest (Maxo Fightermix)
Only You
Zikomo x Esta
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