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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.

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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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[MP3 Playlist] The Chill Dojo #94

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Get set for an edition stacked with vocal delights and enough groove to last well through the week. German pair Gamper & Dadoni have been building momentum with each successive release this year, and their latest remix might just be their best yet. We were calling game over when Oliver Nelson and Tobtok unleashed their version of the Naughty Boy hit single, but this dance-floor igniter looks to have the final say on the matter. With all the trimmings of their signature style, the duo have re-invented this track to give the original a run for its money. Speaking of remakes, Sam Smith’s cover of ‘How Will I Know’ is another fitting tribute to an iconic piece of music history, and this deep house touch from London’s Chris Meid serves to accentuate the emotion even further. Again, it’s summer melodies and sax which are the heroes of this effort, bestowing a heavy sense of nostalgia on every line of these well-known lyrics. There is equal praise for the original works released this week as well, and Toronto’s Tep No caught our attention with this tune which is ready-built to be a summer anthem. The folks at SuicideSheep are always on point with their selections, and to have this picked up by their label, Seeking Blue, is a testament to the potential of both this song and the artist behind it. It’s not hard to picture the vivid image of festival crowds swaying in the afternoon heat, soaking up the feel-good vibes encapsulated here. French Kiwi Juice is no stranger to these kind of feelings, and every track posted from his recent Take Off EP has been oozing the sexy smoothness he’s famous for. This week’s reveal was ‘Higher in Love’, and as the name suggests, it’s one to share with that special someone for sure. We couldn’t end this week’s proceedings without a good dose of the tropics, and luckily dojo-favorite Manila Killa is happy to oblige with something truly beautiful. If this marks what he’s capable of at just 21 years of age, then we can’t wait to hear how his craftsmanship continues to evolve in the future to come.

As for now, that’s another edition in the books, but we’re steadily creeping towards a milestone of our own. Peace out.

Chill Dojo #94 zip

The La La La Remix
Sam Smith
How Will I Know (Chris Meid Remix)
Tep No
Its Alright ( feat. Lizz Kellermann )
Higher In Love feat. Damon Trueitt
Dawn Golden
All I Want (Manila Killa Remix)
Wont Win (Japanese Wallpaper Remix)
Sam Smith
Stay With Me (Prince Fox Remix)
Full Crate x Mar
Man x Woman (GANZ Edition)
Everyday Adventures (ft. sleepytimejesse)
Salt Cathedral
Tease (Kodak to Graph Remix)
Pharaohs (The NEF Project Remix)
So Deep
Everybody Loves The Sunshine (Roy Ayers Cover)
3LAU feat. Bright Lights
How You Love Me (JUSTice Remix)
Kanye West
Good Life (SevnthWonder Remix)
Pierce Fulton
As You Were
Collide (Keljet Remix)
LES VOILES (Moi je Remix)
Back Back Forward Punch
Solid Gold (Pat Lok Remix)
Skyscraper Souls Feat. Freedom Fry (Citizen Select Remix)
Danny Darko
Butterfly (Tontario Remix)
Bad Suns
We Move Like The Ocean (Sebastian Carter Remix)
Robin Thicke, Felon & Isla
Get Her Back (AA Isla Bootleg)
Chill Love Feat. Resin Moon
High Tide (Avenue Remix)
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[T-T-T-T-TRAP] Empia – My Own

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The Australian sound has really come to the fore in 2014, with a mob of talented artists delighting the world with bright upbeat jams, and enough chill electronica to populate an entire festival’s worth of playlists. Just don’t underestimate them when it comes to getting down and dirty, because as Sydney’s Empia will prove, they’re more than capable of unleashing an absolute melter. Like many of his fellow countrymen, the young producer has found a home in plenty of our past Chill Dojo editions, and the charming mix of vocal chants and woodblocks which prelude this track would have you believe this is another to add comfortably to the list. Well you’d be dead wrong, because this one was a trap all along. Behind those calming jungle sounds lies a monster, and an insanely nasty one at that. Don’t say we didn’t warn you…

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[MP3 Playlist] The Chill Dojo #93

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As chill as this dojo is, we all need a holiday once in a while, and thankfully Ninjette Brooke was kind enough to step in during my break to make sure that the vibes kept flowing. Let’s pick up exactly where we left off and launch back into some of the best new music that has this summer thriving.

There’s no better style than tropical tunage to get things going, and no better man than Viceroy to kick-start this sun-drenched playlist. Now you’d be forgiven for anticipating the lyrics of Nicki Minaj to enter after hearing the first few chords of ‘The Life’, but thankfully it’s the sweet vocals of Penguin Prison that greet us in this 2014 anthem from Mr “Summertime All the Time”. This is the quintessential track for any beach party this year, no questions asked, but would you have expected anything less when these two names combine? I may have been on a break for a little while, but Oliver Nelson is a man who never stops pumping out one tropical gem after the next. His fiendish disco frenzy continues with his latest remix of ‘Busy Baby’, complete with those trademark slapping drums that never fail to induce some serious head bopping. Long Beach duo LBCK are another group geared up for a big summer this year, and they’re firing things up with a remix of a burning classic from Mariah Carey. The perfect combo of soul, funk and warm groove make for one hell of a start to their campaign, and it’s one we’ll watch with eager eyes.

It just wouldn’t be a summer playlist without a good showing of some Norwegian talent, and once again Bearson demonstrates that he has it in spades with another mind-blowing remix. We knew this brand of mellow house would make him blow up very soon, and we’re sure it won’t be too much longer at all before he reaches the heights he deserves. Not to be outdone, fellow countryman Matoma is another Scandinavian superstar who wields a nu-disco vibe to be revered. No stranger to a golden hip-hop acapella, his latest slice of paradise is seamless in its treatment of those untouchable lyrics, and will ensure they’re enjoyed for countless years to come. While we’re talking about stunning revivals, this Damian Marley cover from EFIX will take things to a whole new level of chill. With amazing control and pace, every minute of this delightful journey will take you to a completely new place, and is truly a marvel in musical construction. That guitar and violin partnership is absolutely mesmerizing. Rounding out this wrap-up is the latest bootleg magic from DJ AA, which hits all the right notes in its use of Sam Smith together with some dance-floor heat from 1up.

Whether you’re gunning for a holiday or just the weekend, this playlist will set the mood right to get you there. Peace out.

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The Life Feat. Penguin Prison

Tomas Barfod
Busy Baby Feat. Nina K (Oliver Nelson Remix)

Mariah Carey
Emotions (LBCK Rmx)

Nothin On My Mind (Bearson Remix)

Hold On Be Strong Vs. Big Poppa (Matoma Remix)

Damian Marley
Road To Zion ( EFIX & XKAEM Cover )

1up & Sam Smith
Gir1s (AA Latch Ibiza Bootleg)

Waiting feat. Madelyn Grant

Tom Misch

Sinead Harnett
No Other Way (Ryan Hemsworth Remix)

Days With You ft Sinead Harnett (Pomo Remix)

Lay by

Memories That You Call (feat. Monsoonsiren)

Saint Pepsi
Fiona Coyne (Maxo Yo yomix)

Happy Boy

Nice Feelings

Rainbows And Skunks

The Sneekers
All You Need Is Lovin (Red Milk Remix)

If You (Original Mix)

Henry Krinkle
Stay (Justin Martin Remix)

The Avener
Fade Out Lines (Synapson Remix)

Patrick Baker

Florian Bery
The Wave

Slow Magic

Fritz 12 8

Giorgio Oehlers
I Rise

Freddie Joachim

Tales For Her

Harris Cole X Birocratic
Summer Nights

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[Deep House] Cœur de Pirate – Wicked Games (Daniele Di Martino Remix)

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Wicked Games (Daniele Di Martino Remix)

German producer Daniele Di Martino has made 2014 his year, with a string of chilled house remixes gathering plenty of attention for his emotion-steeped style. Fresh off the release of his first EP, he delivers yet another beautiful rendition of indie music mixed with hypnotic beats and fading synths. Canadian singer/songwriter Cœur de Pirate had already brought a new presence to her cover of the popular original from The Weeknd, but it’s the extra touch from Daniele’s handiwork which truly brings this track into its own. The deepened vocals and poignant piano elicit another level of meaning from the haunting tune, creating an experience that extends far beyond the ears. Grab the free download on his Facebook page and keep this one at the ready for when you need a heavy dose of feels.

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