Lana Del Rey
Meet Me In The Pale Moonlight
If you’re feeling trepidation at the possibility of enduring summertime sadness next season, we have some timely good news for you. A late 70s-inspired number written by the “Young & Beautiful” artist, Lana Del Rey, was released yesterday. According to her tweet to Prefix Magazine, “Meet Me in the Pale Moonlight” was written 4 years ago, which suggests that it won’t be featured on her forthcoming album, Ultraviolence. However, in her reply, she also reveals the title of her next single, named “West Coast”.
There’s less than a month before her album release -set to come out May 1st. So why not sway a little, and allow the moonlit night set in with the picturesque lyrics of the tune below.
Real Slow (Tropicool Remix)
LA based house and disco slanger Tropicool, who is known primarily for his impressive output of eclectic mixtapes, has dipped his toes into the remix pond, much to our delight, authoring quite the groovy club edit of Miami Horror’s dance-poppy single “Real Slow”. A pulsing bass line fuels Tropicool’s deep disco take on the track while the tune’s original vocals spring along quite harmoniously over a glossy dose of synth work, and a funk inspired chord progression. We were immediately hooked into Tropicool’s huge slinky groove, and for our house, dance and club crowd we think you’ll have a tough time avoiding the same fate. This one can be snagged for free as a digital copy over on his official Facebook so do yourself a solid and snag one; and with the man playing Snowball Music Festival this weekend in Denver , we’ll soon hopefully be hearing it rinsed live amongst a sweaty sea of festival dancers.
Under Pressure (Juno Ray Club Mix)
Some tunes, while immensely classic in nature and cultural significance, just somehow seem to benefit from a glossy injection of Nu-Disco into its system. Now obviously we’re not throwing the umbrella over every song or declaring that they should made into a disco/club edit, that would be silly, but the way South Korean electronic producer Juno Ray pumps new life into Queen & David Bowie’s “Under Pressure” got us out of bed on the right foot this morning. A powerful lead synth which modulates as if it were pulled right out of a 1980′s MOOG Prodigy kicks Juno Ray’s remix into full gear and unsurprisingly Freddie Mercury and Bowie’s iconic, but versatile vocals fold themselves seamlessly into the four-four fueled groove. With the weather stateside beginning to roll back into sunshine and chirpy sparrows making their welcome appearance once again, we’re reviving our thirst for all things Nu-Disco, and with Winter Music Conference in full swing, we can already envision the gorgeous rooftops Juno Ray’s remix may make it to. Grab the free download above.
The Way I Feel
Chicago’s Bestfriends may have released this buzzy-addictive piece of dance-pop a few weeks back, but as their forthcoming EP Refine inches closer to release we realized we hadn’t yet published their single “The Way I Feel” and had done a disservice to you Ninjas in the process. From the onset we were reeled in as a towering synthesizer emanates a contorted sea of arpeggiated keys which act as the tune’s fishing pole, while the simple and hooky seven line chorus is in turn the bait for which us fortuitous listeners are able to sink our teeth into. At first listen, it may seem a bit frenetic in structure, but “The Way I Feel” carries more than enough poppy sensibility to attract droves of plays from all walks of sonic backgrounds. We dare you to try and not scoot a little to this one. Stream Bestfriends’ “The Way I Feel” above.
Cologne upstart Roosevelt has been a blip on our ambitious radar for over a year, notably behind this writer’s favorite EP of 2013 Elliot, but today he’s peeled back yet another layer of production prowess, offering a smooth cover of John Martyn’s 1977 classic “Small Hours” which begs the attention of an entire blogosphere. Roosevelt cuts the original running time down significantly, routing his cover with a syrupy sweet downtempo melody and a focus on perhaps one of the most beautiful chorus line we’ve consumed in eons. “Keep on Lovin’ while your love is strong/Keep on lovin’ til your love is gone…away” may be simplistic on paper, but such a highly emotive vocal sang by Roosevelt stirred our pot in the perfect direction and adds an entire new dimension of depth to the ambient original. “Small Hours” is being pushed as a single on Joe Goddard’s tastemaking imprint Greco-Roman, and judging by the fact that we adore most anything from their camp, we were plenty excited that they were the genius music minds behind its release. So stream Roosevelt’s cover of “Small Hours” above, slink back somewhere comfy and let this absolutely gorgeous tune point you in the right direction.
Walker & Royce
Insanity (Original Mix)- FREE DOWNLOAD
As the most popular electronic sounds stateside begin to stray away from gigantic stadium-sized drops coupled with over-the-top lasers, strobes and everything in between; we’ve been gifted with a renaissance of sorts -back to the purest forms of house and its many offspring- thanks in part to efficacious artists like Brooklyn duo Walker & Royce. Sam Walker and Gavin Royce have been plying their stirringly groovy brand of deep-house since 2011 to great critical response behind singles on some of the most influential taste-making imprints in the game including Crosstown Rebels, OFF and Pets Recordings along with the shining and untouchable distinction of being tabbed as one of legendary Radio 1 DJ Pete Tong’s “Future Stars” back in October . Today, they’ve gifted us with a brand new original tune, “Insanity” and we couldn’t wait to share it with you Ninjas. “Insanity” kicks off out of the gate behind a compressed kick drum leading into some entrancing synth work and a welcome vocal track spliced from ‘Mr. Let’s Get It On’ himself, Marvin Gaye. The entire movement plays wonderfully as a club groover, but simultaneously can be aurally consumed in any number of mellow to hyphy settings, proving the pair’s firm understanding of music structure and deft ear for addicting sounds in the process. “Insanity” is being given away as a free download via growing house imprint Night Supply, so take the jump here and grab yourself a digital copy in exchange for a Facebook “like”.
Track Premiere: Duke Dumont feat. Jax Jones
I Got U (Jonas Rathsman Remix)
Let’s face it. Duke Dumont’s uber-addictive single “I Got U” was bound to father a slew of remixes from the moment it began receiving its due diligence in live sets from the world’s most influential dance artists. So when we heard about an entire EP being put out behind the clubby house tune, we crossed our fingers hoping that a suitable slate of talented producers would be there to move “I Got U” under their vision. We were more than pleased with the way remix duties were handed out, especially when we discovered Swedish artist Jonas Rathsman was amongst those commissioned. We last featured Rathsman on a stunning original track “I Feel What I Feel” late last year, which was put out on tastemaking dance imprint French Express and in the time since, the Swedish producer has remained relatively quiet except for a few remixes. Suffice it to say, when we got a chance to glue our ears to his trademark brand of dreamy house and disko painted over the Duke’s dance-floor hit, we couldn’t help but be thrilled. Jonas executes his version masterfully, using much of the original stems as its core but infuses a healthy bit of atmospheric tinge throughout. If you’re feeling this one like we were, be sure to look out for the entire EP, featuring remixes by TMN favorites MK, Tensnake, Bondax, and High Contrast. Get shaking a little early today and stream Rathsman’s remix above.