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The Chill Dojo #118

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Album-mode had left releases from Madeon few and far between in 2014, but with the eargerly awaited Adventure now officially dated for the end of March, we’re sure to have plenty of material in store from the prodigious youngster. This week already saw some jaw-dropping remixes surface in the blogosphere, and boy were we stoked when we saw Gramatik’s name etched across one of them. The legendary beatmaker has pulled out all the stops in bringing the funk to ‘You’re On’, bolstered by jazzy riffs and breathtaking drum breakdowns which amplify the power of the anthemic vocals. It’s the perfect mix of 70′s dancefloor groove with the ability to set festival crowds alight, all while maintaining a steady chill vibe throughout. It wasn’t the end to the star-studded remix lineup though, with Oliver also throwing their funky influence behind this same song. In effortless fashion, they hold complete control over the progression of this song and movements of the listener alike, leaving it completely impossible to deny the unrestrained dancing your body will crave with this in your ears. And when you thought things couldn’t get any more mesmerizing, the saxophone solo comes in just to leave this remix mastery complete.

Hot on the heels of the unveiling of ‘Four Five Seconds’, Lido has further proven his musical dominance with a mind-blowing version that leaves the original irrelevant in comparison. If the sheer agility of this release wasn’t enough, the use of live brass and guitar is just insanely good, combining for a flawless interpretation that wouldn’t be out of place at any uplifting Sunday Service. Something this addictive has to be a sin right? Capitalizing on this state of euphoria, this next tune from Denver-based Said The Sky will keep things elevated and the feelings right. Channeling some serious Porter vibes, ‘Run Away’ is wrapped in floating melodies that burst into colorful moments of bass-filled happiness. It’s ecstasy from start to finish, steeped in emotional vocals that reflect a palpable dream-like state. While we’re talking all things heavenly, Australia’s Omniment has kicked off his 2015 with another magical addition to his growing repertoire. Where stwo’s original allows plenty of time to build, this blissful take on ‘Eden’ enjoys exploration through serene melodies and gorgeous chords that do well to represent the paradise the title embodies.

Despite the words written above, you’ll find that this week’s playlist has all intentions of leaving you speechless. We much prefer to let the music do the talking anyway. Peace out.

Madeon
Youre On ft. Kyan (Gramatik Remix)
Madeon
Youre On ft. Kyan (Oliver Remix)
Lido
FourFiveSeconds (Lidos Sunday Service)
Said The Sky
Run Away (Ft. Car)
Stwo
Eden (Omniment Remix)
Hopium
Dreamers (Kicks N Licks Remix)
Tobu & Jordan Kelvin James
Summer Breeze
Porsches
Horses
Earth, Wind & Fire
September (wolfskind & Mokoa Remix)
London Grammar
Hey Now (Good Life Remix)
Lenny Kravitz x KANT
Believe In Me (AA Outside Bootleg)
Falcon Punch
Silk
ODESZA
Bloom (Lane 8 Remix)
Solomon Grey
Miradors (The Him Remix)
Oliver Heldens ft. KStewart
Last All Night (Koala) (Keljet Remix)
bewilderbeast
Place X
Adam Snow
Amelia’s Theme
Sorrow
Never Too Far
Mark Johns
In Paris (Prod. Sable)
duncan gerow
Aaliyah + Tim & Bob = Rock The Boat
Hozier
Take Me To Church (TEEMID & Jasmine Thompson Edition)
Stwo
Far Away (OPIATES Rashiid Remix)
Alicia Keys
Feelin U, Feelin Me (Fade & Break Remix)
Kastle
Falling Up ft. Xavier
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The Chill Dojo #117

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Let us ease you into another working week with some smooth head-bopping action from jackLNDN. The London boy does what he does best, infusing the gorgeous vocals of the Lapsley original with his trademark sexy grooves that float gracefully along without a care in the world. The antics of the weekend may be a distant memory, but there’s no reason Monday should be any harder than it needs to be. Tontario shares a similar vision for ‘Falling Short’, offering a vibe that’s a little more upbeat, but equally as silky when it comes to the beat and flow. Only a month ago we were graced with the late night disco vibes from Lenno’s ‘No More’, and with the first release of the Wake Up Remix EP comes the perfect rework from Les Loups. The German production trio put their deep house finesse on full display, adding a layer of glorious summer melody to elevate the feel-good sensation that the original cultivates.

Where these first features sat comfortably on the mellow side, Austrian duo Urban Contact turn up the heat on a sultry original from Olympique. Burning riffs and melting sax create a formidable energy behind the soulful lyrics, but despite the intensity there is still an undeniable element of chill to the heated affair. Pierce Fulton had no trace of laid back intentions with the original mix of ‘Kuaga’, but the live version shifts gear from the electro style and lets the blissful chants play out with stunning melodies and instrumental touches. This one forgoes the desire for a sweaty crowd and instead aims to inspire palpable chills and hair-tingling feelings. It’s the musical sensation that Snakehips live and breathe with each and every release, and they’ve kick-started their 2015 campaign with a sublime statement in ‘Gone’. Jazzy tones have always been their forte, but this time it’s a slow jam that brings the funk together with the sexy voice of Syd.

It won’t take much to lose yourself in the grooves this week. Before you know it, Friday night will arrive and the fun begins all over again. Peace out.

Lapsley
Falling Short (JackLNDN Remix)
Låpsley
Falling Short (Tontario Remix)
Lenno
No More (Les Loups Remix)
Olympique
Face Down The Earth (Urban Contact Remix)
Pierce Fulton
Kuaga (Live Version)
Snakehips
Gone (Feat. Syd)
PHONY PPL
Why iii Love The Moon.
Just A Gent
Limelight (Louis Futon Remix)
Tegan And Sara
I Cant Take It (Matoma Remix)
Tracy Chapman
Fast Car (Smiles Davis Remix)
Amy Winehouse
Rehab (Tom Misch Remix)
OAK
Hold Me Close
Tabrill
Moving On (ft. Feki)
Oh Wonder
The Rain (Saje Remix)
Hiko Momoji
Mirage Island
The White Panda
Pony Lasts Forever (Ginuwine // Feki)
Alex Young / Lontalius
Maybe Your Smile Will
Aeuria
Wrapped Up In Her
Goose Bumps & Squib
I´m Gonna Make It (Original Mix)
Notize
Meadow Run
Aquilo
I Gave It All (Wayward Remix)
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The Chill Dojo #116

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There’s nothing like a bit of shelter from the cold outside with some hearty tunes to warm the soul. This week the fire gets kindled by a bumpin remix from Toronto native Birthday Boy whichdebuted just a few days ago. An initial listen suggests some inspiration from fellow countryman Kaytranada, as this rendition of ‘Dark Doo Wop’ has been flipped with the funkiest of basslines generating infectious bounce from beginning to end. The amazing transformations don’t end there though, because up next is an acoustic take on a classic deep house jam from Ben Pearce. Those familiar with the original will understand the immense feat that French duo Mandeh and GuitK have achieved with this collab, trading the intense bass for feelgood vibes that brings the iconic lyrics into a whole new light. But if we’re talking timeless vocals, then something along the lines of ‘Tom’s Diner’ would definitely make the list. It’s only appropriate then that Gianni Kosta has delivered this remake as our next serving of groovy goodness. Laced with the perfect touch of tropical, this is a fun interpretation that brings a fresh perspective to the unforgettable original.

From there we transition into some summery goodness from none other than Keljet, bringing their trademark nu-disco stylings over ‘The Sign’. Even though we didn’t need any more convincing on the quality of this track, they even capped it off with a sweet sax solo to win our hearts over good and proper. Rounding out the write-up is another Dojo favorite in Lenno, kicking off his 2015 campaign with a dance-inducing concoction like only he knows how. Carefree feelings and a catchy chorus give this one all the elements to be a late night anthem, and it’s definitely what you’d want as the soundtrack to your next adventure.

The fun never stops when you’re on the hunt for new music though. Just one of the reasons that keeps bringing us back for more. Peace out.

MS MR
Dark Doo Wop (Birthday Boy Version)
Mandeh & GuitK
What I might do (Cover)
Gianni Kosta
Toms Diner
Lyon Hart
The Sign (Keljet Remix)
Scavenger Hunt
Lost (Lenno Remix)
Carter
Used ft. Taylor (Original Mix)
Younker
Eden
Hedegaard ft Lukas Graham
Happy Home (Sam Feldt Remix)
MNEK
The Rhythm (Tontario Remix)
ABSRDST
Touch The Source
Atlas Bound
Talk (Jerry Folk Remix)
Motorcycle
As The Rush Comes (Its Always Austins Fault Remix)
Suprafive
Fountain of Life
coyote kisses
revive
simplí
passion fruit
Samuel Proffitt X AOBeats
Sirens ft. Jeff Sontag & Jess Zobler
Phazz
I Think About U
Tory Lanez
Henny In Hand (Fortune & Ekali Remix)

 

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The Chill Dojo #115

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New years often bring about declarations of resolutions that never come to pass, but one thing you can count on in 2015 is that the Chill Dojo will continue to share the music that will make you smile.

On that note, we’re kicking off this year’s editions with the ‘Bright Side’, a feelgood collaboration from French groups Mozambo and Basic Tape, featuring the catchy vocals from Julia Church. Whether it’s reflecting on a stellar 12 months just past, or gazing forward with a positive outlook, this jam has the perfect vibe to get you in the right space. More than that though, the funky jazz riff ensures this one has plenty of dance-ability to keep it on heavy rotation. In much the same way, ‘Movin On’ carries similar sentiments of positivity melded within an incredible groove courtesy of Twax. Released on the eclectic Bearded Man Recordings, it’s the perfect upbeat addition to your music addiction for 2015. Acoustic melodies and deep electronic vibes have always been a guilty pleasure for the Dojo, and French artist RÆVE has definitely reconfirmed that with ‘The Sweetest Sin’. The tropical tinge combines with the suggestive lyrics to make this a very heated affair, and one best enjoyed in the right company.

2014 highlighted a massive progression for TMN favorite Glastrophobie, so it’s fitting that this year began with a premiere of his latest remix of GEMOLOGY. He continues to impress with his unique arsenal of glorious melodies, all while retaining the elements that make the original so great. We were certainly blessed with a year full of amazing sounds, but right before things came to a close, Bondax unleashed this funky weapon to put the icing on the cake. The talents of this young duo needed no reaffirmation, but it’s definitely got us psyched for what’s in store for playlists ahead.

All in all, whatever 2015 brings, Dojo #115 will give you the sounds to take it all on with the right attitude. Peace out.

Mozambo & Basic Tape Ft. Julia Church
Bright Side
Twax Feat. Solomina
Movin On
RÆVE
The Sweetest Sin (Original Mix)
GEMOLOGY
First & Last (Glastrophobie Remix)
Bondax
Dusk Funk Ft. Ayah Marar
Patrick Baker
More Love
KR
LOVE 4 YOU
Sprill
All My Love
The HIPSTA
MARBLE
Toby Gale
Hawaii Wifi Tiger Moves
Brandy
I Wanna Be Down (Canblaster ReMIX)
Banks
Stick (Myles.William Remix)
XXYYXX
About You (DIVERSA Edit)
Gladys Knight & The Pips
If I Were Your Woman (Akshin Alizadeh Remix)
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The Chill Dojo #114

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We’ve come to the last Chill Dojo of the year and there’s still plenty of amazing music to cover off before 2014 is done and dusted. As always, the Christmas period is a generous time where artists gift their fans with the end-of year releases, so rest-assured this final edition is stuffed with the freshest tunes we could find.

What is it with New Zealand and talented young vocalists? ‘If Only’ boasts some serious potential from 17 year-old songstress Maya Payne, and we can only hope future songs of this same caliber can rocket her to Lorde levels of stardom. The enchanting vocals alone are enough to warrant our full support, but the Flume-like production elevates this track to a certified anthem. Speaking about recognition, young Melbourne duo Two Can are finally getting their just deserts thanks to their recent soulful release ‘Double Edge’, which is since nearing the 200k play mark. The clean beat creates the perfect environment for Father Dude to work his vocal magic, and together they combine for an incredible feeling that reaches deep inside. This year has seen its fair share of remixes for the sun-drenched ‘Till Sunrise’, but it’s Mysto and Pizzi who will have the last say on Goldroom’s hit before 2014 is up. Their re-imagination  makes a point of demonstrating the evident depth to their musical prowess, floating between progressive and downtempo elements which meld together in a wonderful cohesion.

2014 will be remembered for the rise of the Tropical genre, and the next two features from Henri Pfr and Matoma will be our nods to the success it achieved in the world of electronic music. It’s been another great year for Chill vibes as a whole though, and the Dojo has been kept busy each and every day scouting for all those treasures that just need to be shared. You can be sure the work will continue right where we left off. Peace out.

Maya Payne
If Only
Two Can & Father Dude
Double Edge
Goldroom
Till Sunrise (Mysto & Pizzi Remix)
Gostan
Klanga (Henri Pfr Remix)
MYNGA
Back Home (Matoma Remix)
Blue Satellite feat. Jhameel
Just A Little Bit
Listenbee
Save Me
La Plage
Rendez Vous (Saint Pepsi Remix)
Wu Tang Clan Ft. Ron Isley
Back In The Game (Sohight & Cheevy Remix)
Nora En Pure
Turn It Around (Original Mix)
Robin Schulz x Nicolas Jaar
Prayer In C (AA Gravy Train Bootleg)
SiR
The Bullet and The Gun (HMLT Edit)
John Mayer
Free Fallin (/ˈlo͞osid/ Remix)
Harrison
Space Jam
Autolaser
Ya Comin Home (Autolaser Vip)
Sable
Feels So Good (XMAS VIP)
Japanese Wallpaper
Between Friends (Sable remix)
Polar Youth
Samuel
Mr. Carmack
love loving you in 3/4

 

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[Trap] Deorro – Five Hours (Empia Remix)

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Five Hours (Empia Remix)

There’s no doubt that Deorro’s ‘Five Hours’ is one of the best electro house tracks of 2014, but there has been much contention over the inclusion of DyCy’s lyrical work in the vocal edition. Many listeners have voiced their preference for the instrumental version, feeling the unnecessary addition takes away from the melodic power of the original. Here to put those quarrels to rest, Sydney’s Empia has shone a new light on the validity of the lyrics by flipping it into a glorious trap experience. In stripping back the energized house beat into a more reserved vibe, the emotion of the song comes to the fore and reaches the euphoric peak it had always intended. More impressive though, he’s managed to keep those iconic vocal chops intact as a proper tribute to the artist’s work, and that’s the level of detail that elevates this to be exactly our kind of remix.

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The Chill Dojo #113

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The snow is well and truly falling here at TMN through the festive season, and we’ve got the perfect edition of chill to complement the magical vibe we’re going for. Our first gift for your ears comes from Austrian producer filous, who has received support from Porter Robinson himself for his amazing remix of ‘Divinity’. One of the highlights of the Worlds album, the original is steeped in emotion, ready to be unleashed at the peak moment of his glorious set. The young talent does well to extract the powerful feeling the song evokes, while leaning on lighter chords to deliver the euphoric sentiment that underlies its purpose. French wonder Nebbra has been putting in plenty of work lately, and his latest melodic trap installment is a reflection of just how well he’s been mastering the craft throughout the year. ‘Nothing’ already offered a strong vocal base to play with, and now it’s been blessed with a slick beat to propel it into a proper future jam. SWEATER BEATS is no stranger to creating that effect in his music, and his recent redux of the killer Kimbra original demonstrates exactly what adept skills he has at his disposal. This refreshing take is so clean you’d imagine this was always how ‘Settle Down’ was meant to be played out. In any case, that’s exactly what we’ll be doing to this one for a long time to come.

Now the accusation of certain songs ‘sounding exactly like Flume’ gets thrown around a lot these days, but dubstep producer T-Mass is leaving no mystery to the main influence of his latest experiment. Sure it’s a bit of fun, but damn if he didn’t nail the perfect sound for this one. We’d be more than happy if he continues to dabble in this style a little longer. The incredible imagination of Galimatias never fails to surprise as well, and his ability to mold soulful vocals, smooth beats and crisp instrumentals continues to blow our minds on a regular basis. His fresh remix of ‘Jaigantic’ may just be one of the best tracks of the year, weaving playfulness and intricate emotion together into a seamless blend of blissful happiness. We cap off this week’s festivities with a newly wrapped EP from Australian beatmaker Real Slow. Just in time for Christmas, this is the present you’ve been waiting for, and we’ve filled your stocking with four of our favorites from Things That Remind Me of You.

There’s no better way to get into the spirit than with chill gems just made for the season of giving. Trade in those tired carols for something you’ll enjoy playing on heavy rotation. Peace out.

Porter Robinson
Divinity (filous Remix)
Sheare
Nothing (Nebbra Remix)
Kimbra
Settle Down (Sweater Beats Redux)
T Mass
Up In Flumes
Tora
Jaigantic (Galimatias Remix)
Real Slow
1990
Real Slow
Drake Songs
Real Slow
W E D N E S D A Y
Real Slow
Endlessly
Keys N Krates
Yes We Faded (Autolaser Remix)
LUM
Flute
Oh Wonder
All We Do (salute Remix)
Bassnectar
So Butterfly (Beats Antique Remix Ft. Sorne)
Minister
Crystal Ambience (Blaz Rebirth)
Howie Lee
Fused Pagoda (Polar Youth Flip)
Free n Losh & Tyler Rix
Witchcraft
Kartell
Lights
The Sugarhill Gang
Rappers Delight (Tom Misch Remix)
MYNGA feat. Cosmo Klein
Back Home (Bender Remix)
Penguin Prison
Calling Out (Avenue Remix)
Wyclef Jean Ft. Avicii 
Divine Sorrow (NightRider Remix)
Eli & Fur
Turn The Lights Down
Bipolar Sunshine
Daydreamer (Gryffin Remix)
San Holo
Hiding (Kav Verhouzer Remix)
ZX
Devil

 

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