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The Chill Dojo #177

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This past week more than ever was a time to celebrate good music. While legends will never be replaced, 2016 has already revealed its fair share of new talent, one of which being the newly formed Chymes. The merging of Cameron Taylor and Kiersten Nyman, the Sydney electronic duo have announced their collaborative creativity with ‘Oracle’, a gorgeous tune that gently floats as if carried along by a zephyr. The delicate vocals caress the sparse atmosphere, filled only with light touches of metallic percussion which produces surprising power through its minimalism.

We’re picking up the pace with our next feature from another young talent to add to our watch-list. Italian producer FlyBoy makes his Chill Dojo debut with a smooth little number in ‘Maze’, glimmering with a polished groove that is hard to resist. As its title would suggest, it’s a track that’s certainly easy to get lost in, but we’re not keen on finding our way out of its deep sound anytime soon. We’re in that dancing mood now, so it’s the perfect time to move right into the latest remix from Sydney producer Cabu. The slow funk of ‘Stay Lost’ is dialed up a notch, infused with a silky bassline that combines the chill vibe of the original with an undeniable urge to cut loose and get your body moving.

Just as soon as we can turn on the party feeling, we can flip things in the completely opposite direction with Tim Legend’s  ‘call me’. The South Carolinian producer lays down a lush future track that is just perfect for those moments of pure relaxation. Whether it’s during a glorious day on the beach, or a time when you don’t want to even leave your bed, this dose of fresh melodic bliss will make that picture complete.

As much as we mourn the passing of icons, we take comfort in knowing the inspiration for creating good music is alive now more than ever. Peace out.

’Chymes – Oracle’
’FlyBoy – Maze (feat. Gavrielle & Jake Newton)’
’Joe Hertz – Stay Lost ft. Amber
Simone (Cabu Remix)’
’Tim Legend – call me’
’kuiters – purify’
’kuiters – crystal rose ft. sophie meiers’
’Tennyson – XYZ’
’Koresma – Far Away Coast’
’Twin Caverns – Swell (Clayjay Remix)’
’Ember Island – Need You (Severo Remix)’
’TastyTreat – Simple Things Ft. Choice’
’Mark Redito – Goodbye (Bohkeh Remix)’
’Jupe – Hurry 2.0 (James Gent Remix)’
’Louis The Child – From Here ( Huge Flip )’
’vbnd – things change’
’xander – ifitsmoreii’sshelikesyou’
’Vince – 4/20’
’Stereo Cube – Avenoir (Aosmos Remix)’
’LODENT – what you deserve.’
’TREGS – flood’
’Mi Ka ft Ayelle – Clarity’
’Monogem – Take It Slow’
’Donatachi – Bubblegum (ft. Rosebud Leach)’
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The Chill Dojo #176

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Moving Castle have been good to us since their inception only a few years ago, and this week we witnessed another one of our Chill Dojo favorites add their name to the growing list of talent within the collective. Kidswaste has continually wowed us with his knack for chill ambience, made all the more brilliant through the deep emotion he brings to his melodic craft. To that end, there could be no better canvas than Chet Porter’s ‘tbh ily’ to take his game to the next level, blending the gorgeous soundscape of the original with his unique style of orchestral elements and golden vocal additions that echo nothing but pure bliss. Now that’s a way to announce your arrival to the family!

If we’re talking feels though, Izzard’s ‘Threads’ was one of the most emotive songs of 2015, and thanks to an incredibly lush edit from the newly surfaced sundial, we get to revisit its charm all over again. The experience is only a short and sweet one on this occasion, making us treasure every precious second of this track’s touching quality. If you’re still craving more of this uplifting vibe, they have an original production to their name as well, and it’s every bit as beautiful as the feature just heard. Though still fresh on the scene, ‘your scarf’ wields a polished shine that belies any sense of just starting out in the production game. It’s masterfully constructed and laced with an infectious sense of nostalgia, cementing our view that this will certainly be a name to watch in the near future.

Still riding that wave of emotion, we come to our final feature of the week from another Dojo newcomer in exyle. Gorgeous sampling, wondrous melody and a punchy beat all come together to create a jam that is rich in impassioned feelings.

The feels train still has many more stations to pass before this one is all done though. Grab your ticket and hop aboard. Peace out.

’Chet Porter – tbh ily (Kidswaste Remix)’
’threads w/ sundial’
’sundial – your scarf’
’exyle – baby, u and i’
’Fossa Beats – Echoes (feat. Elkka)’
’Kučka – Honey (medasin redo)’
’Goldwash – Separate’
’Matoma – Running Out (ben maxwell edit)’
’Louis The Child ft. K.Flay – It’s Strange (TRAILS Remix)’
’Manuel Darquart – Next Dance’
’Allure – Glow’
’Icarus – Home feat. Aurora (Lane 8 Remix)’
’Janet Jackson – No Sleep (With You. Remix)’
’Oliver Chang & Evan James – Cruise’
’Douchka – Love You Still’
’ELJAY – Love Again’
’lauren cruz – clandestine (whereisalex remix)’
’Dragon Baby – Small Planets’
’Knapsack – Custom’
’lil hank – Oops, was that me?’
’samsin x PRODBYICE – Circuit’
’voia – Almost Human (sanjaux Remix)’
’Zeph – Hallway of Forgotten Names (feat. Roxanne)’
’LoneMoon – Green Eyes’
’Comodo & Eli Way – Rain’
’Solstis – Echoes’
’Harry Hudson – Stop (Kill Them With Colour Remix)’
’Kayjo – Trophy (Feat. RahRah The Savage (JR Nelson Remix)’
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[Future] NERVO – Let It Go (Empia Remix)

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Let It Go (Empia Remix)

In a period of big festival announcements and surprises, there is definitely a buzz in the air for what 2016 will bring to the music world. Sydney’s Empia has certainly embraced the start to this year, offering a string of releases that have been doing numbers and building exposure to his energetic style. He follows that up now with another impressive remix of a big name track that already boasts a significant firepower of its own. The young talent is yet to shy away from a challenge though, dialing back the tempo to produce a bass-heavy future take on ‘Let It Go’ that has every intention of urging a crowd into a frenzied state. It’s the perfect track to sum up all the excitement that surrounds the scene at present, and that feeling pulsates through every burst of spirited sound here.

This one is up for free download as well, so you can bottle up that energy for whenever you need.

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The Chill Dojo #175

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It’s always heartening to see artists we’ve supported from the beginning achieve broader success with a breakthrough hit, and this week was PUSHER’s time to shine with a clean original that has all the makings of an indie electronic anthem. Having already been called out in the first edition of our Saturday Selection, it was only fitting we pushed ‘Clear’ up the feed once again. The crisp chill vibes are enriched by the angelic voice of Mothica, whose presence adds further depth to an already moving track. Rather than working from scratch, young prodigy Wynd utilizes the future pop stylings of Voia’s ‘Almost Human’ as a canvas for his artistry. His interpretation adds a little more restraint to the original’s bass, with the focus instead on crafting space for the blissful melodies to dance between the mesmerizing breaks.

Arguably already one of the biggest tracks of 2016, Flume’s ‘Never Be Like You’ will continue to receive the remix treatment as the months roll on. It’s no small feat to attempt a new take on the incredible song, but to do so while also covering Kai’s vocals makes the task at hand even greater. Though only surfacing recently, Nikö Blank has proven he’s more than up to it, creating a gloriously constructed soundscape laced with future feelings befitting an edit for one of the pioneers for the sound. The cover work from Marco Foster is equally as impressive, pouring emotion into the iconic lyrics with the proper treatment they deserve. On that note we leave you with another infectious rework from Jengi Beats, taking the stunningly beautiful voice of Billie Eilish from ‘Ocean Eyes’ and transforming the enchanting indie original into one of his trademark grooves. This one carries an exceptional polish, his funky touch oozing a sweetness that surpasses any point he’s reached before.

It’s definitely a week more magical than most, with captivating vocal tracks at the forefront of our chill experience for #175. Peace out.

’PUSHER – Clear (ft. Mothica)’
’Voia – Almost Human (Wynd Remix)’
’Flume – Never Be Like You feat. Marco Foster (Nikö Blank Remix)’
’Billie Eilish – Ocean Eyes (Jengi Beats Remix)’
’oshi – vacant’
’tiedye ky – Take My Hand’
’Alina Baraz & Galimatias – Show Me (LOKI X Wildfire FLIP)’
’Tom Redwood – I’ve Fallen For You’
’gnash ft. Olivia O’ Brien – I Hate U I Love U (Oscar’s Remix)’
’Edd – Fade Ft. Tom Dunne (nimino Remix)’
’JONES – How Deep Is Your Love (Crvvcks Edit)’
’AURORA – Conqueror (Kartell Remix)’
’Robots Can’t Dance – stay’
’Finding Hope – Without You (ft. Holly Drummond)’
’LANIER – I’ll Be Alright (Cover)’
’Wet – All The Ways (Branchez Remix)’
’theMIND – Mercury Rising (Fwdslxsh Remix)’
’River Tiber – Gravity (prod. by River Tiber and KAYTRANADA)’
’Two Another – Shouldn’t Have Done That’
’Jerry Folk – Been A While’
’JMSN – Most Of All’
’ROM – I Want You (ft Wade)’
’ALVY – Tell Me’
’Side Project – Devoid (Side Project mix)’
’SYRE – Don’t Be So’
’Lindsay Lowend & Jonah Baseball – Jeremy’s Pet Peeve’
’Kozoro – Departure (Original Mix)’
’Mordecai x Wolfe Grey – I’m Yours’
’Aloka – Wait’
’Sizzlebird – Escape From Reality’
’Sizzlebird – Imagine’
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The Chill Dojo #174

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This week’s write-up is inspired by a healthy dose of soul, starting with a sweet remix that boasts production chops every bit as silky as the voice it surrounds. Future Classic’s Wafia set hearts on fire with her aptly titled ‘Heartburn’ at the end of last year, and Swedish duo Jarami have infused the original with an infectious groove to make sure dance floors experience that similar incendiary feeling. Bounce is the necessary trademark of any Jaramix, and we’ve been dealt a generous helping here to ensure we keep this bumping all week long.

Now there’s not a lot of info out there on newly surfaced moniker Moss Kena, and only this glorious rework of ‘If These Walls Could Talk’ to its name. What we can tell you though is that there is some insane funk on display as this track steadily builds, with the female talent handling the lyrical responsibilities with smooth finesse at every turn. We can only hope there is more where this came from.

Another fresh name on the scene this week is London-based MALIKA, but with the backing of Snakehips and Maths Times Joy in the production department of her debut track, you can be sure there is some serious promise there. The lush vibes are no surprise coming from these two Dojo veterans, but the soulful vocals are where the true delight can be discovered. In much the same way, we conclude proceedings with another UK songstress in Sundai, her latest single ‘Sugar Sweet Tea’ receiving support from a similar caliber of beat-making mastery in Jarreau Vandal. With sounds every bit as buttery as the title would promise, it’s safe to say that the future of the R&B genre is in very good hands with creations like these.

There’s plenty of love for other styles as well, making sure the mood is set to chill at all times. Peace out.

’Wafia – Heartburn (Jaramix)’
’Kendrick Lamar – These Walls (Moss Kena Rework)’
’MALIKA – Put It On Me (prod. by Snakehips & Maths Time Joy)’
’Sundai – Sugar Sweet Tea’
’laguna. – you (ft. maye)’
’Evil Needle X Mercy’
’dayla – Al Luna’
’ROM – You Love Em (feat. Emmavie)’
’innanet james – Summer (The Kount Remix)’
’G EAZY – Me, Myself & I (Viceroy Remix)’
’Kaskade – Whatever (Dallas Cotton Remix)’
’Cappa – Goddess (Eau Claire Remix)’
’Coubo – Alien Party’
’Louis the Child ft. K.Flay – it’s strange (wallflower edit)’
’THEY. – Motley Crue (Feki Remix)’
’Lóbo – Trapped’
’Ryan Hemsworth & Lucas – U Remain (Celadon City Remix)’
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The Chill Dojo #173

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We’re back with a stacked playlist to cap off your Easter weekend, and we’re kicking it off with a talented group who have come together for Skrillex’s remix of ‘Show Me Love’. We haven’t seen too many productions from Skrilly grace our Dojo over the years, but this mellow beat over the original from Hundred Waters is as beautiful in its sound as it is in its message. The lyrical contributions from all 3 vocalists carry the enchanting vibe from start to finish, crafting the perfect track to play out with your crew. That same vocal quality had us hooked from the first moment we heard ‘All That’s Left’ from Manila Killa at the start of this year, and now thanks to a velvety edit from Audiobot we get to experience that all over again. More than that though, the euphoric journey is the result of masterful production that drifts through wonderfully varied elements, forming the pieces of this dream-like tune.

In a similar fashion, the astral atmosphere of ‘Mind’ was the cornerstone for this different approach from Kicks N Licks, and At Dawn We Rage championed that feeling at every stage of their remix for the EP. Their hypnotic spin adds a little more kick, but the focus is very much still on the interplanetary sensations that the original soundscape emitted. While Yacht club doesn’t intend that same imagery from ‘keep you close’, the melodies constructed are definitely out of this world. He’s been keeping this one under wraps for a while, but we’re glad it’s found its way out of the archives to be shared with the Soundcloud universe.

With a playlist of this size though, you’re guaranteed to still be chewing through it long after your supply of Easter chocolate has vanished. Peace out.
’Hundred Waters – Show Me Love (Skrillex Remix) ft. Chance The Rapper, Moses Sumney, Robin Hannibal’
’Manila Killa – All Thats Left (Feat Joni Fatora) (Audiobot Remix)’
’Kicks N Licks – Mind ft. Lauren Hunter (At Dawn We Rage Remix)’
’yacht club – keep you close’
’Gigamesh – Control (feat. Caroline Smith)’
’St Albion – Hold On feat. Teischa (UNO Stereo Remix)’
’Lucas Chambon – Chimera’
’Ellie Goulding – Something In The Way You Move (Kue Remix)’
’Claptone – Before I Lose My Mind feat. Say Yes Dog’
’Veens – Explode’

 

’Alex Clare – Too Close (White Cliffs Remix)’
’TRAILS – Crying In The Shadows’
’Danelle – Chairs (Cabu Remix)’
’AmPro – All The Little Things’
’Attom – Stay’
’Falqo – Across The Sea’
’IAMNOBODI – 02 Luther’s Joint’
’Kultur – Let It Be’
’Atlas Bound – Lullaby’
’gnash – rumours (ft. mark johns)’
’Kiiara – Hang up tha phone’
’BANKS – someone new (uth fruit remix)’
’Feki – Thankful’
’Cosmic Quest & SmokeStacks – Misuse Ft. Virginia Palms’
’dojo – HYMNS’
’Andrew Luce – Watch Her Leave’
’silo – Discovery
’Mo Vibez – Like Us’
’Point Point – True Summer’
’DROELOE – zZz’
’Baribal – Close To Me’
’Sensi Sye – Coughs & Sips w/ Cresce’
’CHIEFS X Creepa – Glocked’
’octbr – nighttime stroll’
’Taku – You&I’
’Zanski – Satellite’
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The Chill Dojo #172

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We may be 172 editions strong, but The Chill Dojo has yet to be graced with any doo-wop style jams to add to its ranks. Well that ends this week as LA based singer Clans open our minds to the forgotten art with his killer ‘Alibi’. Amidst all the craze of discovering new sounds and genres, sometimes we forget just how good the classics can be when they’re done right. If this track is any indication, these fresh vibes are more than welcome to be welcomed back to the modern era. On the other hand, it’s hard to deny the creative diversity that is on display from forward-thinking producers who are pushing the boundaries with their consistent innovation. LUCA LUSH is just one of those championing the cause, and his latest rework of ‘Hands to Myself’ explores that versatility that defines the contemporary artist. What opens with a mellow beat and deep vocal edit gradually develops into something so much more, journeying through chilly atmosphere and reaching an incredible sax solo that truly brings home the power of this piece.

Where the potency of Just A Gent’s ‘Heavy As A Heartbreak’ could simply be attributed to its bass-driven drops, Syntact proves that there is so much more for the original to offer through a retrained remix that heroes the vocal and melodic components. Who knew funk-filled piano riffs could hit just as hard and yet feel so light all at the same time? Mazde echoes that same sentiment around the power of melody with an experimental release ‘Bandland’, inspired by the wonderful world of Rayman. Nothing like a bit of nostalgia to amplify the beauty of this one and make that childhood universe so vivid in our minds.

Not a week goes by where we’re not surprised by the creativity that is out there. There’s plenty more to discover here too. Peace out.

’Clans – Alibi’
’LUCA LUSH – HANDS TO MYSELF’
’Just A Gent – Heavy As A Heartbreak Ft. LANKS (Syntact Remix)’
’Mazde – Bandland’
’StarRo – Milk’
’S H I N D I G – Rabbit Onesie’
’R.O.M – girlfriend?’
’Opia – Falling (Wheathin Redo)’
’Aire Atlantica – April’
’Koyö – Here For You’
’KLOE – Teenage Craze (Sachi Remix)’
’The Code – Mood (Find You)’
’Annabel Jones – IOU (AObeats Remix)’
’Goldwash – Need To Hear’
’GARREN – 17 Weeks’
’MARY J – I CAN LOVE YOU (KAYTRAFLIP)’
’Paperwhite – Unstoppable (Mogul Remix)’
’Autograf – Slow Burn’
’Basenji – Chroma’
’Jamie Prado – African Sun’
’Deadmau5 – 4ware 01’
’Mazde – Pitch Black ft. LissA (Piecey Remix)’
’EFIX & Kokenn – Louise ( Feat Edgar )’
’Lane 8 – Klara (Theo Kottis Remix)’
’Kiiara – Feels (Jai Wolf Remix)’
’Povi – Park Hill feat. ILoveMakonnen (prod. by Christian Rich)’
’Yuma X – You Said’
’AK, Brenton Mattheus & Laura Brehm – Falling’
’DJ Mustard Ft. Travi$ Scott – Whole Lotta Lovin’ (Djemba Djemba Remix)’
’Fossa Beats – Mirrors (feat. Maesu)’
’Yung Death Ray – Budapest’
’Slushii – Some More’
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