[TMN Exclusive Interview] UK House Duo Just Kiddin’ Talks About New Music, Tour Life & More With TMN

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Ever since first cropping up on our Ninja radar back in 2014 with the underground sweeping single “Thinking About It”, Just Kiddin’, the British House duo comprised of Lewis Thompson and Laurie Revel, have held down a tender place within many of our writers’ hearts. Formed in 2010 and originating from the small town of Kettering, Northamptonshire, England, Just Kiddin’ have quickly become one of the hottest acts in all of Club-Land over the last few years, and for good reason. We had the chance to catch up with Lewis & Laurie not long after wrapping up their most recent North American tour & behind the release of their latest music video for “Fall For You” (see below to watch the entire piece); and as always the two brought a smile to our face while dropping some insight into what’s been going on with them as well. Read the transcript of our entire conversation below, and be on the lookout for more music from Just Kiddin’ very soon.

The Music Ninja: First off, thanks so much for taking the time to sit down and answer a few questions on behalf of TMN. We’ve been following you guys pretty closely since all the way back in August of 2014. So thanks again, we’re very excited to pick your brains. Let’s just get right after it! After a bit (read: a lot!) of background research on you guys, we came across some interesting arcs to the Just Kiddin’ saga. Lewis & Laurie, you both grew up in the same town of Kettering, and from what we understand, were near the same social circles, and both grew up with more traditional music backgrounds as well. With those rich musical histories, how did you both manage to fall in with each other in a musical capacity, and what led you both towards the world of club & electronic music; and also why did you decide to apply your talents in that direction?

Just Kiddin (Lewis): Good researching! Laurie & I have been friends since we were about 13, from a young age we got into electronic music together really, hence why our tastes are so similar. We tried to go down the band route originally, but got frustrated with organising band practise and how long things can take. I think this impatience made us grab copies of some music production software, and there’s been no looking back ever since!

The Music Ninja:You guys had early releases as Just Kiddin’ on Nurvous, HK & Exploited before becoming an Eton Messy staple. Obviously, Eton Messy has released and pushed some of your most notable tunes. How did you guys end up getting involved with the YouTube page turned club night, record label and electronic industry leaders? We assume you guys have a pretty solid relationship with the number of releases you’ve had under their banner.

Just Kiddin’: We love the guys at Eton Messy, they’re our good friends and we’ve had some wicked times together. We originally met them at a club night we played at in Bristol after they had been supporting our music on the channel, we hit it off and then decided to release “Thinking About It” with them.

The Music Ninja: Do you both consider Eton Messy to be a home of sorts for Just Kiddin’?

Just Kiddin’: Yes and no really. Like we said, we love the Eton Messy guys and really appreciate the help they’ve given us along the way. But we don’t want to state one place as our home and sounds & styles can change.

The Music Ninja:Your last release was the original record “Fall For You”, for which the official music video recently dropped as well (watch the whole thing above). It’s got quite the buoyant, summery feel to it. Do you think of Just Kiddin’ as maintaining a certain aesthetic and sound, or do you feel you both can go in any number of directions with the project?

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[Pop] The Gifted – Purity feat. Kossisko

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James Bairian & Louis Castle of Los Angeles make up the duo The Gifted. This is an act that you won’t be forgetting any time soon, even if you try as hard as you can to rid them from your memory.

The duo’s newest single “Purity” features Kossisko, and is easily one of the coolest songs of the Summer, taking inspiration from classic disco records. Although it has that old school aesthetic, you can’t miss the new age characteristics that breathe through the composition. Fans of funk are going to be flocking to this single whose replay value is nearly infinite. The Gifted and Kossisko did more than knock this one out of the park, they cleared the stadium and maybe even the parking lot. “Purity” is a genuinely solid record that would do insanely well on the radio. Hopefully these acts manage to make it there, because they certainly deserve it with this one.

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Benny Benassi Shares What Songs Inspire Him [TMN EXCLUSIVE]

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Benny Benassi’s songs have undoubtedly inspired millions across the globe. From hard hitting, energetic tracks like “Satisfaction,” to uplifting vocal tracks like “Cinema” and “Paradise,” you won’t have to look long and hard to find someone who holds a track from this storied artist near and dear to their heart. Yet, as much as we associate our own musical journies with our favorite tracks, we often forget that artists are the exact same way. Songs throughout their upbringing and career inspired them and continued to influence their art, just as they have for us.

With that in mind, we wanted to ask our Resident Artist for ten songs that inspired him at some point in his life. From new wave, to disco, to progressive house, Benny dialed up an eclectic collection for your listening enjoyment. Press play below and get a deeper understanding of everyone’s favorite Italian producer/DJ.

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[TMN Exclusive Interview] 909 Til Infinity ‘Drops The Mic’ and Dishes on New EP

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The musical union of L.A. based MANIK & Denver’s option4, otherwise known as 909 Til Infinity, has been like a breath of fresh air sweeping through house music’s underground. In late 2015 we had the pleasure of breaking the ascending duo’s first ever recorded interview, and after two more stellar EP’s, The Bee/Dee EP and Don’t Clock Me Out, the always diligent duo have stopped back by our hallowed pages armed with yet another piece of booty-shaking house music in the form of “Drop The Mic”. We had a chance to sit down with the pair a few days before the official release of their latest EP on the Treasure Fingers fronted Psycho Disco Records. Read our entire conversation below.

The Music Ninja: We last featured your collective talents back in February on the heels of your Don’t Clock Me Out EP on Psycho Disco Records. Thus far you guys have really been one of the premiere acts in taking that label into more of a national tastemaking spotlight. Do you both consider Psycho Disco to be a permanent home of sorts for 909 or are their plans to release on other labels down the line as well?

Chris: Yes. Psycho Disco has become our family for the 909 project and we couldn’t be happier. Ashley aka Treasure Fingers aka The King Of The ATL is like a big brother and always has our back. We always keep an open mind to our music, and do like a lot of different stuff, so some music may actually not fit the label, but a lot of our music will totally be busting through the scene with that Psycho Disco logo!

Brennen: I mean we might do some stuff with other partners depending on how the songs come out after we make em.. but family is family. Ashley has been so awesome to work with and I don’t know if anyone gets us more visually. His vision for the artwork is always SO on point. It’s just a perfect match.

READ THE REST OF OUR INTERVIEW WITH 909 TIL INFINITY AFTER THE JUMP!

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[Denver Event Preview] Corona Electric Beach w/ Thomas Jack, JLEET, Lost Empire, option4 & KEEZ – 8/13

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If there’s one great thing about Summer, it’s the seemingly endless supply of craftily curated pool, daytime & rooftop parties. Of course, there are plenty of not-so-tastefully created parties, but we’re not here to talk about those. We’re here to highlight Corona Electric Beach‘s (which has held events in Chicago, Las Vegas, Miami and more) foray into the Mile High City of Denver, CO this Saturday from 2 – 8 p.m., which is armed to the teeth with quality artists. Headlining the bill is TMN favorite and international trop-house superstar Thomas Jack, who will no doubt look to wrap things up quite boisterously, while attracting more than a few Hawaiian shirts in the process. Most recently, the Australian wunderkind dropped the collaboratively anthemic house single “Rise Up” with Jasmine Thompson and is riding high on the heels of that one, so once again we’re getting geared up for another fun set from the global phenom of all things tropical.

Rounding out the rest of the bill are a slew of our favorite up and coming producers & DJ’s. Denver’s own option4, who has held down an artist residency with us while becoming one of underground dance music’s favorite personalities as well. The proper house artiste has released on some of House music’s biggest labels including Nurvous, Sweat It Out! and Ninja Tune, and looks to be a brilliant way to get things going. Rounding out the rest of support at Denver’s Lincoln Street Station will be opening acts Lost Empire, JLEET, and KEEZ. Check out our preview playlist below, get ready bask in some Summertime debauchery, crack a few Coronas, and revel in six hours of beats from some of electronic music’s finest. Corona Electric Beach’s Denver event is 21+, and will be free with an RSVP e-mail to info@findyourelectricbeach.com. We’ll see our favorite Denverites this Saturday!

’Somewhere Over The Rainbow (Thomas Jack Remix)’
’Autograf – Future Soup ft. Patrick Baker (option4 Remix)’
’Luminary – Amsterdam (Lost Empire’s Calling to You Rework)’
’Alt J – Something Good (Thomas Jack Edit)’
’option4 – DOAUK (Club Sweat)’

 

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Bee Gees – Stayin’ Alive (Viceroy Edit) [TMN EXCLUSIVE]

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As the old adage goes, all good things must come to an end. While it’s always bittersweet to bring one of our residencies to a close, it usually means we’re bringing you a taste of something that’s never seen the light of day. Today is no different than what you’ve come to expect over the past two years.

In true warm-weather fashion, the Sultan of Summer, Viceroy, is offering up something he’s had in his arsenal for years. If you’ve seen him live, which we certainly hope you have, you’ve probably heard this gem mixed into his sets. It’s his edit of the Bee Gees 1977 monster hit, “Stayin’ Alive,” and it’s absolutely perfect for your weekend beach, pool, or BBQ plans.

To make sure you spend the rest of your summer in proper “summertime all the time” fashion, Viceroy is also hooking this up as a free download. Make sure to send him a tweet and give him some love.

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[House] 8150 – Wonderful

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Wonderful (Original Mix)

Perhaps the single largest lifeline pumping through this wonderful site of ours is the passion to discover artists & bands that might’ve been passed over by some larger tastemaking publications, or not had the type of marketing teams bringing so many acts to prominence in today’s musical climate. Our latest discovery falls within the realm of proper house in the form of Sacramento based 8150. Although the mysterious producer wields years of studio production credits, his first foray into solo territory waited until its level of quality was on par with the sterling sounds of bigger-label dance tunes. “Wonderful”, our house tune du jour does just that, pacing itself behind a blissful intro comprised of sultry pads and a delicately crafted piano progression, before giving into girthy bass licks and just a lovely set of vocal chops pulled from the one and only Aretha Franklin. We could dive even further into the minutiae of why this one hits our chochlear cavities so well, but we’ll just shut up now and let your ears be the judge. 8150’s latest single finds a home on fledgling imprint THNK TNK Records, marking their debut release, and if “Wonderful” is anything to go off of, we may have a new label in the running for favorite independent dance collective in the Western U.S. within the next few years. “Wonderful” is available as a free download over on Soundcloud, but since you’ve made it this far, don’t bounce on out of here without streaming above.

 

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