Vibration (Honest Remix)
Holy mackerel did this tune set us off on the correct foot this morning. Arizona repping electronic producer Honest came to us armed with what has been our favorite tune to make its way our of her studio thus far. This time around Honest has tackled Alex Wiley’s ragga tipping hip-hop groover “Vibration” and has worked it into a sumptuous slice of sophisticated house music. Rather than approaching her take on the tune with a formulaic four-four kick to start things off, Honest rides a wave of filtered pads and vocal chops into a gorgeously arpeggiated lead piano line before a sampling of staccato synth stabs sidles in through the back door. Further establishing the tune’s laid back but highly danceable vibe is the way Honest has toyed with Wiley’s raspy vocal track and made it sound as if it was made solely for her production to begin with. This one’s got us feeling all kinds of groovy, so do us one better after your listen and grab the free download here in exchange for a Face book “like”.
Lana Del Rey
Ultraviolence (Hotel Garuda Remix)
Do you know what time it is ninjas? It’s time for another Lana Del Rey remix to make those moody Mondays not so moody. We know, Lana is pretty much the Adele of 2014, but we don’t see her fading off anytime soon because a) Lana has fiery redhair (biased) and b) her eerie, sadgirl music makes it more fun for producers to spice things up a bit. Today we are stoked to give you the latest House hit by NYC/LA producers, Hotel Garuda, with their stellar take on Lana’s “Ultraviolence”.
The moment we pressed play, we found ourselves falling down the rabbit hole into a place where we were instantly seduced by 90′s synths, beachy basslines, and Lana’s flawless voice. Hotel Garuda turned this classic song into something truly extraordinary and we can’t seem to stop listening. If anything, we think this remix is symbolic to that of a siren in which we are sent into an elusive trance and we haven’t yet snapped out of it. These guys definitely know how to enchant their listeners – maybe too well…
If you make it out of this remix alive and want to experience the magic in a live setting, make sure to catch Hotel Garuda next month (9/26) at Webster Hall in NYC along with Tropical House king, Thomas Jack.
Not too long ago, we came across an artist that would forever make us swoon until ends meet. Not only did his previous song, “Fiona Coyne”, make us go back and re-watch every episode of Degrassi: The Next Generation, but it gave us all the reason to abuse the shit out of the replay button. If you haven’t picked up on our clues, we are talking about Saint Pepsi. Now that his tasty name is making its rounds across outlets of all sorts, the young producer has proved to us that he is on his way to becoming next Passion Pit of our time. With a huge statement like that, we have nothing but confidence in his music because it sure does speak for itself when you end up being the most blogged about artist in a little under a month. Who knows, maybe we could see his name at Coachella in the near future? A ninja can only hope so.
Just last week, Saint Pepsi released the latest gem, “Fall Harder” off his newly released EP out now on Carpark Records. As tastemakers, we are put to the challenge when it comes down to analyzing sound waves and putting them into words. Conceptually that just seems like too much to process all at once, however, when the music is as good as what we have for you today then the words just seem to naturally flow. “Fall Harder” is just auditory proof that sound is evolving into a more organic, happy state. With its 80′s style Breakfast Club guitar riffs, cheerful synth progression, and easily some of the most adorable lyrics since Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours”, Saint Pepsi makes us fall even harder in love with his productions. If you’re just now tuning out for the day then you dropped by at the perfect time, so why don’t you just press play and drown out the white noise around you.
Sur Chic (RAMBO V REMIX)
There seems to be a new wave of tropical music washing up on our shores these days, making those endless Summer vibes a year-round experience. With big names like Thomas Jack and Kygo making Tropical House the forefront of dance music, others are starting to take this genre somewhere different. San Diego producer, RAMBO V, is one artist who seems to be catching on rather quickly. After checking out his SoundCloud collection, we felt a dire urge to go lounge in a hammock with a Coronarita in hand.
Earlier this week, the Tropical Deep House connoisseur sent a hurricane our way with his latest remix of “Sur Chic” by Colour Vision. Right off the bat this song sends you straight to the clubs of Ibiza to which you won’t want to come back. After all, it’s only Saturday so you’re allowed to stay in paradise for a little while longer. With a beachy bassline, some choppy tropical synths, and a catchy percussion to flow with, RAMBO V takes “Sur Chic” to an entirely new level. You might want to go pack your Tommy Bahamas gear because you’re about to take a one-way trip to tropical heaven.
The Juan Maclean
A Simple Design
Some labels just manage to carry a weight with them when uttered: in that regardless of who or what is being released people take notice. So when anything from indie-dance imprint DFA bubbles to the surface, we tend to take notice. And what better way to revisit one of our favorite labels than with one of the cornerstones which helped solidify their status as indie icon; The Juan Maclean. The long time DFA staple is ready to release another full LP on September 16, In A Dream, and have brought with them the second single from the album in the form of “A Simple Design”. A moody groover which rides the line between new-wave and darker disko, the tune once again features full time The Juan Maclean member Nancy Whang (of LCD Soundsystem acclaim) front and center. Her effortless vocal stems glide throughout John Maclean’s expansive, spacey dance vibes like never before, consummately fueling a hypnotic hip shaker of a melody. You can preorder In A Dream from iTunes, but for now we’ll be relishing in the beautiful dancefloor rumblings of “A Simple Design” to satiate our anticipation.
Return Of The Mack (SNBRN Remix)
Some artists seem to waltz into your life at exactly the correct time, armed with the exact stockpile of tunes to draw its listener in from the first exposure, all the way through their entire library of releases. While this observation may sound too good to be true to some, it has absolutely been the modus operandi of L.A. house purveyor SNBRN, who returns to TMN with yet another irresistible twist on a classic. Already credited with clubby underground alterations of Ace of Base and 50 Cent, SNBRN has reshaped Mark Morrison’s genre staple “Return of The Mack” and brought it directly into deep-house waters. While certainly not a newbie to the deeper sound kits, SNBRN’s bassline is as chunky as ever, coalescing superbly with Mark Morrison’s soulful R&B vocal track which coats the tune with a sublime ratio of sexy and grimy. SNBRN’s clear influence from classic house doesn’t go unfiltered either as he’s painted his high end with a garage leaning hi-hat shuffle to go along with a classic piano line à la Marshal Jefferson circa 1986 (which if you know your history, is a pretty damn good thing to be reminded of in dance music). It seems SNBRN has appealed to every ounce of our proper house brain brilliantly this time around; and had this to say about his latest remix: “So, I’m back up in the game…with a brand new remix of one of my all time favorite songs. There hadn’t been a remix in years and decided to give this thee old SNBRN touch. With tons of live instruments and a nice warm bassline this track is sure to keep you dancing from the pool to the club all summer long. You can bet that’s exactly what we’ll be doing over the next few months.
The way So-Cal dance-producer-turned-live act Goldroom approached the release of “Till Sunrise” was nothing short of inspiring. By now within most relevant electronic communities, Goldroom has become somewhat of a household name; and with every passing release, it would be quite simple to pick a handful of big name artists to author remixes and pocket a nice penny or two. But, rather than that extremely tired formula, the entire stem package was given away for free weeks ago, allowing any artist with a pirated copy of Ableton to try their hands at an official remix before anyone had even had a chance to hear it. We’ve heard great revisions already from names like MyKill and Justin Faust, which truly only stoked our proverbial fire before its concrete release today. But alas, it is Goldroom’s original tune which of course surpasses anything else done with the song. A wave of soft synth and airy pads give life to the track’s two-steppy stride of a melody before Mammals’ breathy vocal incantations take their seat as our focal point. Goldroom’s slowed down brand of dance plays as luminous as ever, immediately taking our subconscious to late night rooftop parties and beach side soirees with our best friends; which is something we’ve almost come to expect from the multi-faceted dance creator. This one is about to go viral, so be a few steps ahead and stream “Till Sunrise”, which is out now on Binary, above. Trust us, it’s the most perfect Monday tune you’ll have listened to in months.