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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

Arman Cekin
Smooth Waves
Flight Facilities
Two Bodies feat. Emma Louise (Extended Version)
Sky Full Of Stars (Michael Schulte Cover) (Shoby Edit)
Imagine Dragons
Its Time (Matoma Tropical Remix)
The Next (Matoma Remix)
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)
Sun Is Mine feat. Mereki (Cesare Remix)
Bad News
Pretty Pink Feat. Ian Late
Hey Girl (Pretty Pink Mix)
The Life Ft. Penguin Prison (Two Can Remix)
Find Y.O.U.
Seven Eleven Feat Ibrahim Maalouf
Promiseland (Stint Remix)
Lqd Hrmny
Time (Original Mix)
New Direction
Son House
John The Revelator (Charlie Beale Remix)
Jordan Bratton
Must Be (esta Remix)
Breathe Me (Metwally Edit)
Krono feat. Linying 
Run (ManiezzL Remix)
Latch (Chas Bronz & Ser Clave Remix)
Midnight Pool Party
If You Were Mine (Baby) (cln Remix)
Bristol Airport (feat. Riley Lake)
Howie Lee
Yrmt Feat.I Am Kaiju (NeguimBeats Remix)
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[Filthy] 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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[Deep House] Florence + The Machine – You’ve Got The Love (Dennis Kruissen Remix)

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You've Got The Love (Dennis Kruissen Remix)

The iconic voice of Florence Welch has been a staple of club mixes and DJ sets ever since the release of ‘You’ve Got The Love’ back in 09. Some may think it worn after its fair share of handling over time, but five years later and it’s clear that the electronic scene still has more to offer this timeless anthem. Enter Dutchman Dennis Kruissen, wielding a slick blend of deep garage beats to breathe new life and dance-ability into the heavily rinsed original. Forget the long-winded buildups and generic base-filled drops, every part of this track has been crafted with the vocals at center stage, leading the listener into each new surprise that the producer has left in store. That sweet sax breakdown is our favorite shining moment and caps off the unique interpretation that this song truly deserves.

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[Chill] Emily Wells x Mapps – Juicy (AA ‘Elation’ Bootleg)

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Juicy (AA Elation Bootleg).mp3

It’s been a little while since our last dose of bootleg action from DJ AA, but he’s broken the drought with one of his best efforts yet. Seamlessness is the best indicator of a top notch vocal mix, and he definitely has us believing that this indie-style cover of Biggie from Emily Wells was always made for this glorious instrumental from Mapps. It’s a perfect match to our ears, and another downtempo success to add to his library of chill goodness. Soundcloud may not appreciate his craft in the same way that we do, but we’ve got the exclusive free download to make sure you can have this ready whenever you’re in the mood for some serious lounging.

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[MP3 Playlist] The Chill Dojo #100

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Well we’ve finally reached the big 100, but it’ll be business as usual this edition. You follow this playlist to hear the best chill music we’ve discovered for the week, and that’s exactly what we’ll be dishing up again this time. That’s not to say we’re not chuffed about it all. In fact we’re marking the occasion with one of the happiest tunes we’ve heard in a long time. Young producer Ownglow may be new to our playlist, but he’s gracing the 100th installment in style with the delightful ‘Palm Top Tiger’. Sometimes it’s an infectious groove, sometimes it’s a captivating voice, and then there are those moments when it’s just the raw power of an emotion-filled melody that stamp a song’s clear contention for Dojo supremacy. The feel-good vibes are overflowing from this nostalgic slice of joy, representing all the charming qualities of the “kawaii” movement in electronic music. With his recent Worlds album, Porter Robinson is certainly a prominent voice in this popular style, and no track featured this more boldly than ‘Flicker’. Enter another Dojo newcomer in Zanski, who amplifies the glorious melodies of the original with funky slap bass and chill breakdowns, taking this uplifting musical experience to even greater heights. It’s a remix like this which hints a promising future for the talented Canadian, and one we’ll gladly assist wherever we can.

When we’re talking remixes, it’s always hard for other artists to follow up on a single that has already been touched by the likes of Kygo, but French beatmaker 20syl has definitely made a case for his version of ‘Cut Your Teeth’. Soundcloud’s date stamp would have us believe this release is 7 months old, but whatever the official date, this edit is fresh as hell that’s for sure. It’s a similar story for the ever-popular ‘I See Fire’, but you’d be a fool to overlook this magical interpretation from a fellow Norwegian Jonas Vincent. We don’t see a need to argue over the superiority of either artist’s effort, but what is clear is that Jonas has incorporated a host of expertly crafted chill elements to ensure his is not forgotten amongst the ocean of other remakes.

It’s time to get things groovin in this edition, and for that purpose we’ve enlisted the services of Austrian duo Urban Contact, who work a Nu-disco spell over this recent indie single from LA artists Freedom Fry. The catchy lyrics and whistle-led melody were ready-made for an upbeat dancefloor jam, and luckily this potential has been fulfilled just in time to rock your end-of-summer playlist. If you want to say goodbye to the season in more melancholy fashion, well EFIX has the song for that too, utilizing his signature violin with a harmonica that echoes heavy sentiments over this cover of the timeless Pixies classic.

That’s all for the write-up, but there are plenty of free downloads this week courtesy of an amazing beat-tape from Soulection. As always, enjoy the music we’ve selected for you and will keep doing well into the foreseeable future. Peace out.

Chill Dojo #100 zip

Palm Top Tiger
Porter Robinson
Flicker (Zanski Remix)
Kyla La Grange
Cut Your Teeth ( 20syl Remix )
Ed Sheeran
I See Fire (Jonas Vincent Remix)
Freedom Fry
The Wilder Mile (Urban Contact Remix)
Where is my mind ( EFIX & Maugan Kenward cover)
Seven Lions Feat. Kerli
Worlds Apart (SoulCircuit Remix)
Seven Lions Feat. Kerli
Worlds Apart (Bit Funk Remix)
New Horizons
Tobtok ft. Emil Heró
Higher (Avenue Remix)
Butterflies Ft. Latir (Pro. DA)
Travi$ Scott
Drive (The 1975 Remix)
Insane ft. Moon Holiday (Sebastian Carter Edition)
The Magician 
Sunlight (Darius Remix)
Florian Paetzold
Shake It Off (Bootleg)
Basement Jaxx
Never Say Never (Louis La Roche Remix)
Syn Cole
Bright Lights (Sam Feldt Remix)
Break Up To Make Up (WYLN Edit)
Mr. Carmack
J Louis
Jarreau Vandal
When You Know It
The One
If You Only Knew (Original)
Marshmallow Grove (Elènne Remix)
Share The World (Chris McClenney X Sango Remix)
Penthouse Penthouse
let me see that
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[MP3 Playlist] The Chill Dojo #99

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It astounds me even as I write this, but yes we are up to edition #99 of The Chill Dojo. We’re not going to get all emotional on you yet, but we’ll let the music do that for us as we always do. First up is an artist we’ve watched since his early days, and have seen grow more and more with every release since. Basenji first caught our ear with his eclectic Cashmere Cat style, but his uniqueness has really come to the fore since. ‘Heirloom’ demonstrates exactly why this guy deserves to pack shows in Australia and beyond, and why he’ll always be someone we call out in all the playlists to come. We’re moving into some super chill house next, and this is a domain that Germany’s finest know all too well. The young LCAW is one of these producers reinventing libraries of indie folk songs with gorgeous downtempo beats and gentle touches which elevate the originals to levels of pure serenity. Ferdinand Weber is another one of these Munich-based adepts, and we highlighted his latest take on ‘ILYSB’ only a few days ago. One remix we’re yet to mention is from LA artist Woodys Produce, but we’d be foolish not to give a shout-out to his smooth slice of summer as half the world farewells this glorious season.

Look out, because this next feature may just steal your heart in more ways than one. The angelic Evangelia will captivate both sight and sound with her first electronic release in ‘Hourglass’. Every so often you hear a song that preludes an artist’s future greatness, and the vocal power of the NJ singer/songwriter reveals something truly special indeed, and we’ll be sure to hear her on many more tracks to come. We’re already well aware of the prolific abilities of Rameses B, and he once again delivers a melodic gem in ‘Broken Trust’. Weaving through ambient electronica like no one else can, the UK producer seems to control the very fragments of time with every moment of liquid tranquility, creating an astral journey through the pure emotion of sound.

Next week may be the milestone, but every week brings with it incredible highlights worth remembering well into the future.

Chill Dojo #99 zip

Ruu Campbell x LCAW
The Call
ILYSB (Ferdinand Weber Remix)
ILYSB (WoodysProduce Summer Citrus Remix #8)
Hourglass (Prod. Iron Giant)
Rameses B
Broken Trust
The Way She Moves
Sad Kids
You Flow
Days With You (Fwdslxsh Remix)
Kill Paris
Silence Of Heartbreak (Random Movement Remix)
Sleepless (Prince Fox & Jenaux Remix)
Flux Pavilion
Freeway (Kill The Noise & Flux Pavilion Remix)
Louis Futon
Silk (Kill Paris Remix)
Crystal Fighters
Love Alight (GANZ Remix)
Sable Feat. Kele
The One
Nothing Lasts Forever
Tattoos On My Heart
Ryan Hemsworth
Cream Soda (with Tomggg)
Play It Back
Golfland Sunsplash
Turqouise G Perspective
Aston Shuffle
Back And Forth (MooZ Remix)
Say Anything (Feat. Twin Shadow and DAngelo Lacy)
Aphrodite (Ramzoid Remix)
London Grammar
Strong (Claude VonStroke Remix)
Ms. Jackson (The Golden Pony Remix)
Heart On Fire (Duncan Murray Bootleg)
Electro Deluxe
Devil (BLVD95 Remix)
De Hofnar
Shower (Bootleg)
Body Language
Good Things
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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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