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The Chill Dojo #125

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A playlist 45 tracks strong means a huge week in music has just passed by, and we really mean it when we say Dojo #125 is a journey through sound. Kicking off this epic adventure is the combined handiwork of Lido and Canblaster, bringing together their genre-bending skills for a taste of their highly anticipated EP. ‘Rush Hour’ is no simple task to define, equally dark in sections as it is uplifting in others. It’s curious, unsettling, but the seamless transition between the two opposite ends of the emotional spectrum is what makes it a display of true craftsmanship. On the flip side, this next collab from B.Lewis and Brasstracks wastes no time in declaring which side it’s on, gripping the listener in a state of joyous celebration and never letting go. Watch out if you’re wearing headphones, cos your body is about to be doing weird things that won’t make sense to anyone not currently in tune to these unreal sounds. Another duo in ABSRDST and Diveo are going to capitalize on these present feelings of glee with a charming vocal delight in ‘We’re Beautiful’. Don’t be disarmed by the first minute of magical elements and whimsical lyrics, because what lies in wait is a wave of future sounds that will burst like colorful fireworks around the expanse of your aural ability. Following this, it felt only necessary to continue onto the next phase with similar vibes from Midnight Snack’s ‘Majora’. Those familiar with the title’s reference can guess the style likely to be involved here, and it will no doubt be music to the ears of all the Wave Racer and Pusher faithful. Sydney’s Kilter has been on the rise for a good while now, and this week he solidified this point in his career with a glorious remix of Hermitude’s ‘Through The Roof’. It’s quite a moment for him to take on official remix duties for artists he’s idolized since the beginning, but he does so with a mature sound that stays true to his signature style. Creativity like this promises even more success in the near future for sure.

This week’s journey is far from over at this point though, so make sure to keep it locked until you’re through the whole thing. Peace out.

Lido & Canblaster
Rush Hour
B. Lewis x Brasstracks
Panorama
ABSRDST and Diveo
Were Beautiful
Midnight Smack
Majora
Hermitude
Through The Roof (Kilter Remix)
Hoodboi
By Ur Side
Daktyl
Forgettable ft. Evan Mellows (Slow Magic Remix)
GodWolf
Resist
Attom
Cruise
Kerri Watt
You (Oliver Nelson Remix)
Henry Land & Samuel
Demons (Feat. Jasmine Thompson & Hilman)
Free n Losh
I Love You So
JMSN
Score (67th Hour Remix)
Viceroy
Back At The Start (Delusion Remix)
Porter Robinson
Fellow Feeling (Chet Porter Flip)
Alesso
Cool ft. Roy English (Sweater Beats Remix)
Oh Wonder
Technicolour Beat (Urban Contact Remix)
Harrison
How Can It Be  (Feat. Maddee)
Kučka
Divinity (Mazde Remix)
Michna
Solid Gold (StarChiller Remix)
A Sol Mechanic
flight
Kan~G
Innocence
Kan~G
Eclipse
Escaping Animals
Archipelago (Izzard And Spire Remix)
Dreamchild
THE DOJO FT. CHAHINE
SevnthWonder
Lost Ones
SevnthWonder
Dollar And A Dream
SevnthWonder
Care 4 U
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Multi
Young Franco x Set Mo
Pick You Up Darlin
Falcon Punch
Square One
Fleu
Magic
Flor
Back Again
Rascal
Elhaes Joint
lyric walls
wrong
Feverkin & Koresma
Golden (feat. Cuff Malloy)
steeziak
late night vibes FT. VESTIGE
Jimmy Whoo
Santa Cruz
Omari Jazz
Model Z
Shagabond
Miraj
LAKEY INSPIRED
Pasta
Jamiroquai
Morning Glory (Pazmal Bounce Edit)
Robot Orchestra x Dephrase
Stardust
Coubo x Screw3000
Slow Down
holy rain
Static
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[Electronic] Redial – Reflections EP

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The musical landscape is an ever-evolving place and with it comes the listener’s insatiable thirst for fresh sounds and genres to constantly break new grounds. With that desire we often forget that this need exists as much with the artists making the music as it is with the wider population that listen to it. As far as we can tell from the new direction Australian bass producer Redial has taken with his latest Reflections EP, this was exactly the line of thinking that led to this journey from his traditional electro style into the future feel at play here.

Ironically, as much as “Reflections” suggests a lingering thought on the past, everything about this opening track of the EP suggests he is looking forward with a renewed perspective. Grand sweeping chords now replace the growling aggression of previous years, and there is a clear statement being made to suggest he is out to push the boundaries of current trends. Nevertheless, atmosphere has always been the key element behind all of his work, and that strength is certainly not forgotten here now. From the bass-ridden hypnotism of “Just What I Need” to the funk-driven “Vision,” the ethereal soundscape is the common link that ties this majestic collection together and will no doubt continue to be the feature of his arsenal to come.

As for us, we can definitely share this excitement for what’s in store next, given what’s on display here. The Reflections EP is out now via Beatport.

Redial
Reflections
Redial
Just What I Need
Redial
Vision
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The Chill Dojo #124

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We’ve had no shortage of fresh musical offerings in 2015, each week bringing with it a diverse list of names as we uncover incredible new talent. This edition’s shining discovery is a French artist by the name of Petit Biscuit, who in one fell swoop has made us fall in love with his gentle sound. The culprit, ‘Sunset Lover’, is simple in premise but complex in sound, gliding through waves of vocal chops, beautiful guitar melody and blissful chords. When it all comes together it creates a vivid mental image saturated in all the colors of summer. jackLNDN may be a much more familiar name to our humble Dojo, but he never fails to delight with each successive installment of his signature chill grooves. As always, there’s just the right touch of dance-floor influence to keep this one ready for just about any occasion.

As far as other newcomers go though, Spire was unearthed onto our radar this week as another one to watch on the renowned Australian scene. Never before have we heard the ability to blend such peaceful vibes with elements of glitch-hop. Together it creates the most bizarre sensation of extreme bass and serene soundscape, but it’s a feeling we would very much like to experience more in future. Anticipation is the only thing that comes over us with each new teaser of GRiZ’s new album, and with the early stream of his collab with Talib Kweli released this week, it’s fair to say it has never been stronger than now. On the lighter side of his notoriously funky sound, ‘For The Love’ tones down the usual glitchy bass for a more hip hop style, but as can be expected, the sax is the thing that really steals the show for us. We couldn’t cut short this funky affair without a shout out to the beatmaster Gramatik, and it’s with very good reason too. Only a few days ago he unleashed the ‘Faraway’ instrumental that is one of the smoothest we’ve ever come across from the maestro. This dog is certainly not out of tricks that’s for sure, and our bodies are once again powerless against his hypnotic groove that he wields with almost effortless power.

All this goes to show that we’re never short on surprises when it comes to the quality music on display every week. And that’s exactly why this obsession is too good to give up anytime soon. Peace out.

Petit Biscuit
Sunset Lover
jackLNDN
Fooled Around
spire
Still Dont Understand
spire
The Clouds Pass By
GRiZ
For The Love (feat. Talib Kweli)
Gramatik
Faraway (Instrumental)
Hermitude
Through The Roof (Sable Remix)
Ordinary Youngstr
This Took Way Too Long
Veens
Irezumi
Steve1der and Marvel 
Pushing On (Tchami Flip)
Vanilla
Somebody
Moglebaum
Fox (Bjorn Olson Remix)
Kattch
Thinking Of You
Kattch
Little Better
LAKIM
Get Out On Your Own
Second Nature
H E R (Part 2)
esta
Only One
Chris McClenney
Amor Celestial
Zikomo
Fly Love
D’Angelo
Left & Right (FloFilz Remix)
stwo
one (ryan jacob remix)
MaLuca
The One
Tidur
Detached
SINGULARIS
Tar Baby
oshi
Hang On
AbJo
I Still Really Love You
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The Chill Dojo #123

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When it comes to chill vibes, nostalgia has the power to evoke vivid memories that can be triggered by just a single note. With his latest track ‘childhood’, rising producer Sam Gellaitry has done just that, and made no secret of his intentions either. Utilizing a potent combination of emotion-rich flute, superb beats and a soul-touching melody, this is one that hits straight in the feels, and transports you into a time-warp of distant recollections. It’s almost impossible not to lose yourself with this in your ears. If it’s got you craving blissful sounds of a similar nature, then we’ve got the perfect follow-up with a few additions from Krys Talk. ‘Rainbow Resort’ has the nostalgia-meter continuing to run on overdrive with some serious Kirby vibes and colorful sounds that burst into feelings of a carefree time. On the flip-side, ‘Forget-Me-Not’ turns up jazzy elements to express its relaxed sentiments, and yet as the title alludes, there is still an undeniable tinge of longing about it all. ‘Forever’ may just voice the exact opposite of this idea, but this latest jam from long-time favorites Snakehips is very much on the same wavelength when it comes to the undeniable funk laid down over the beat. It’s time to shake yourself out of the deep thought of the previous features, because this one was made to groove to!

It’s always a good week for the Chill Dojo with news of the next compilation from the always magical Moving Castle collective. It was only yesterday that volume 004 graced our ears, but the immense talent of the artists involved demanded a few shout outs in the write-up. Awaiting your ears are the glorious musical creations from names such as AObeats, Jai Wolf, Manilla Killa, Mark Johns…and that’s just one collab!

Make your way down the rest of the packed playlist this edition and you’re bound to stumble across many more gems. Peace out.

sam gellaitry
childhood
Krys Talk
**✿❀ Rainbow Resort ❀✿**
Krys Talk
Forget Me Not
Snakehips
Forever (Pt. II) Feat. Kaleem Taylor
AObeats & Jai Wolf & Manila Killa Ft. Mark Johns
Diamonds For Breakfast
ELOQ & QRION
Beach 2.0
Tove Styrke
Ego (Bearson Remix)
Autograf
Dream
Just A Gent
Limelight (SMLE Remix)
George Maple
Talk Talk ( 11 Lit3s X Emoh Remix)
Skrux
My Love Is A Weapon ft. Delacey
Kill Paris
Space Forest
KidGhost
Save Our Souls #ILoveMondays
Conrank
Seattle
Bamf
Aquarium
steeelix
elevator (feat. falcxne)
Lockah & ELOQ
Nr 2
Grynpyret
A Song About Naps
Chet Porter
Aluko River
brasstracks
Corduroy
Masego Music
73 Degrees (Dem Apples Remix)
cryptogram
Bless It
Falcon Punch
Donalds Bird
Le Youth
R E A L (Figgy Remix)
Royksopp
I Had This Thing (Joris Voorn Remix)
Mao Ra Sun feat Lulu James
I Wont Take You Back
babel
everythings right ft. pools
manila
ramzoid (airvei fix)
LEWIS and KRNE
  Pipes
GARREN
Back 2 Love
Thomas White
You
Black Monday
Replica
Great Dane
Cosmotronique
Great Dane
Fairhaven
Divine
4AM
Beyonce
Jealous (Yinyues Bootleg)
Beardyman
Mountain Side (Cura Remix)
Hellion
THOUGHT YOU LOVED ME, NOW YOURE GONE (ft. ASPEN)
Str8 Outta Mumbai (BenZel Remix)
Finis Mundi, Melou, Rasmus Hagen vs Kygo
Firestone
Mitis
WildFlower (Special Mix)
Meija & Faraway Skies
Home
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[Funk] Zanski – Saturnine EP

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Young Canadian producer Zanski has been on our music radar for a little while, successfully whetting our appetite for his potential with incredibly funky remixes of the likes of Porter Robinson, Childish Gambino, and most recently a Stardust classic. Now the up-and-comer is ensuring we take note of his talents in crafting his own originals with the release of his latest Saturnine EP on SectionZ Records. Heavy-hitting electro-funk grooves and jammin melodic breakdowns are set in motion from the get-go, with all intentions to unleash this energetic display and command total intention from all listeners, familiar or otherwise. For those coming in fresh, there are clear traces of influence from fellow genre ambassadors uppermost and Lemaitre, but the EP really comes into its own here with the unrelenting assault of insane instrumentation that could only have been the result of countless hours of studio sweat. While the first 3 songs carry a very similar passion for this style, interestingly enough the final (and title) track switches things up with a much softer feel. As if allowing your body some reprieve from the intensity of the musical experience so far, ‘Saturnine’ heroes progression and astral vibes to add a sweet touch to this ending of what is a very memorable release. It’s one that we’ll surely be referencing when we continue to write about this talented individual in his bright future ahead.

The Saturnine EP is out now via Bandcamp.

Jersey Kids
Stylefighter
Agate Beach
Saturnine
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The Chill Dojo #122

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Sultry vocals, playful brass and an infectious deep house groove are everything we would want in a Chill Dojo headliner, and that’s exactly what we were lucky enough to receive this week from Mark Johns and co. The talented songstress celebrated her 21st birthday when we covered this one a few days ago, and you can definitely hear the maturity on display here. The gifts kept on coming though, as the young Braeden Bailey chimed in with a quick remix effort shortly after ’5 South’ surfaced. Slowing things down to a more sensual pace, the original is flipped with a stunning drum mix and sweet chords which accentuate the power of the brass instrumentation involved. The vocals are teased in the final seconds of the track, leaving us desperately craving a follow-up with an extended version. Seriously.

Louis Futon has been a consistent groove machine in recent weeks, his name an ever-familiar presence in reviews and playlists on TMN of late. If you happened to miss his latest remix on our site, or the #1 spot on HypeM no less, let this be another friendly reminder to catch his future bass style mix effortlessly together with some lyrical fire from G-Eazy. This next track had us digging through the Dojo archives as nu-disco fiend La Felix throws back to his unforgettable DCUP remix with a fresh upbeat original ‘Don’t You’. It was over a year ago when we were smitten by his incredible take on ‘Don’t Be Shy’, so to hear this similar vibe again brings back plenty of good memories. Seeing names like Hoodboi and Lido together on a release always bodes well for the incredible musical ride we are about to experience, so it wouldn’t take someone with any clairvoyance whatsoever to predict that ‘Palm Reader’ would be nothing short of amazing. No matter what’s in store for this week to come, we’ll be wearing a smile as long as we have this replaying in our ears. Peace out.

Mark Johns
5 South (Prod. Alexander Lewis) Ft. Brasstracks
Mark Johns
5 South (Braeden Bailey remix)
G Eazy
Lets Get Lost Ft. Devon Baldwin (Louis Futon Remix)
La Félix
Dont You
Hoodboi
Palm Reader feat. Lido
Just A Gent
Pure Imagination
Zanski
Saturnine
Connell Cruise
Into The Wild (SMLE Remix)
Ekkah
Last Chance To Dance (Goldroom Remix)
Hayley Kiyoko
Given It All (Cesare Remix)
Thats Nice
Holiday ft. Josh Moriarty (Mogul Remix)
Tracy Chapman
Talkin Bout A Revolution (Bobby Brush x Deep Chills Remix)
June Marieezy
Fly (FKJ Remix)
Gravez
Where We From
Gravez
Where We From (Lege Kale Remix)
Borgeous & Shaun Frank
This Could Be Love (Pusher Flip)
Tokyo Megaplex
Introducing (Beefwells Theme)
Mitski
Francis Forever (Ryan Hemsworth Remix)
Tennyson
Smother (with Mothica)
folkestadd
lowkey lights  ☽
SevnthWonder
1995
Kupla
Cruisin
Kupla
Cosmic
AbJo
Imperial Lights
Awolnation
Sail (Jeftuz Remix)
Krs.
Bbygirl
et aliae
Only U
Adam Snow
Meghans Theme
Midoca
Heartbeat (Feat. CYN)
Romby
Mtn
sov X leaf beach
tokismokey
SKVTR
Palpitation (tfw)
oshi
motion (demo)
su na
Traced
RJ Tripps
Now>Then
IanEwing x Garrett Benally
MelodySoul
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The Chill Dojo #121

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We’re ensuring you kick off the week with a smile on your face thanks to some fresh young talent coming out of the UK. Ollygon’s chipper take on ‘Promise’ is bubbling with brightness and positivity, with an infectious groove to back up all its youthful enthusiasm. Loaded with generous helpings of recognizable pop culture samples, this track is far more than novelty though, that change-up displaying just how much musical expertise is at play here. With the mood set right now, it’s time to radiate more sunshine courtesy of a European triple-threat in Freddy Verano, De Hofnar, and MÖWE. With their powers combined, they’ve crafted a summer-ready chill house delight topped off with catchy vocals and a glorious piano melody. You can picture this one playing at your favorite outdoor venue while the drinks are flowing. In similar fashion, Dutch duo Larrykoek have brewed a special little acoustic number with plenty of kick. The refreshing cocktail of joyful melody and dance floor beat make for the perfect fuel to your next summer party. LA producer Matt DiMona continues our obsession with this week’s feel-good vibe as he adds a little deep house flare to the stunning LANY original. The beauty in this remix lies in how all the elements are designed to amplify the vocals, and the pace is treated with pure finesse all throughout.

The happiness flows much deeper than that for edition 121 though, and we guarantee your grin won’t fade until well after you’re done here. Peace out.

Spazzkid
Promise (Ollygon Remix)
Freddy Verano & De Hofnar & Möwe
Crazy Love (Original Edit)
Larrykoek
Premiere Fois (Edit)
LANY
Bad, Bad, Bad (Matt DiMona Remix)
Montmartre
Out Of Violence (Louis La Roche Remix)
Prides
Higher Love (Fred Falke Remix)
Rihanna, Kanye West, Paul McCartney
FourFiveSeconds (Afrojack Remix)
George FitzGerald
Full Circle (feat Boxed In)
Eminence
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Eminence
Where The Light Is
SevnthWonder
Higher Love (ft. Tokyo Megaplex & Stel Leo)
San Holo
We Rise
Cathedrals
Want My Love (TastyTreat X Black Monday Remix)
Sheppard
Geronimo (Matoma Remix)
Ben Briggs
Today
Au5
Neptuna
real slow
way up
Dirty Chocolate
Memory Cards
ryan jacob
reverse
joseph letranger
droptop
drip133
b thoughts
holy rain
essence
VRSYJNES
56°c in West Palm Beach
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