[Event Review/Preview] Boatylicious 2014 + Christmas in July

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A few weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to go boogie the night away with the Take 2 Entertainment crew for the return of Boatylicious. After experiencing the ultimate dance party of the Summer, I was convinced that I would never want to attend another event that wasn’t on some sort of boat. Before the boat departed from the dock, everyone on board S.S. Boatylicious got their drinks and headed up to the top deck to check out the gorgeous view of Long Beach, CA. With Sam Hiller and Kid B. spinning in the background, I found myself grooving all the way around the boat until my cup was empty.

As the sun began to set, the music shifted from an ambient and smooth vibe into a more club-like atmosphere that had everyone up on their feet dancing the night away. With artists like Moon Boots, Yolanda Be Cool, The Interns, Sam Hiller, Kid B., aRod, and Ruby Sparks, I was bound to experience the best of the best beats of all time. I have never had the chance to see both Moon Boots or Yolanda Be Cool and Boatylicious gave me the opportunity to listen to my music idols and intimately connect with everyone on board. There were a couple of other artists that definitely made me turn my head multiple times throughout the night and I just want to give a big shout out to both Kid B. and Sam Hiller once again for setting the mood at the beginning of the night – those dudes sent me straight to funky town and i’m pretty sure I still haven’t returned. Overall, Take 2 Entertainment threw down a bitchin’ party and I could not have had a much better time than I did that night; plus, I was on boat with a bunch of beautiful people who genuinely love good music…who could say no to that opportunity?

After that successful night, Take 2 Entertainment decided to surprise us all with ANOTHER Boatylicious event that will be departing the docks to cruise along the Long Beach Harbor this Saturday, July 26th. With a ‘Christmas in July’ theme and a line-up to knock you overboard, it’s imperative that you make your way out to this side of town and experience something truly magical. Hitting the decks this time around are legendary producer/DJ’s: Viceroy, Jessie Andrews, Bones, Troy Kurtz, Hendo, Bees Knees, Kid B., Shae B, and Wilks Music. If Viceroy, Jessie Andrews, or Kid B. don’t give you enough incentive to buy a ticket, then maybe a little introduction to their music will make you think twice. If you didn’t take advantage the first time, then make sure you grab a spot on one of the party buses so you can party and stay safe all at once; trust us, it was well worth the extra few bucks!

If you want to experience the party of a lifetime, then hop aboard S.S. Boatylicious and grab your tickets here and make sure to check out the entire schedule on Take 2 Entertainments website for bus arrivals and departures!

Here are a few songs from some of my personal favorite artists on this weekend’s line-up.

Viceroy:

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The Life Feat. Penguin Prison
Mystery Skulls
Ghost (Viceroy Remix)

Jessie Andrews:

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You Wont Forget Tonight Feat. Comets We Fall
Slim Fit Jeans

Troy Kurtz:

Casino Gold
All I Need (Troy Kurtz Remix)
The Rolling Stones
Miss You (Troy Kurtz & Pirate Stereo Mix)

Bees Knees:

Kill Paris
Falling In Love Again Feat. Marty Rod & Alma (Kill Paris & Bees Knees Keytar Mix)
Robin Thicke
Blurred Lines ft. T.I., Pharrell (Bees Knees Remix)
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[Interview/Deep-House] TMN Gets Burnt With SNBRN + 50 Cent – 21 Questions (SNBRN Remix)

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50 Cent
21 Questions (SNBRN Remix)

It’s safe to say that we’ve fallen absolutely head over heels for S0-Cal sunny house maestro SNBRN over the last few months. After two TMN premieres: a remix of Morgan Page’s anthem “In The Air” and a collaborative take with KLATCH on Ace of Base’s “All That She Wants”; both of which caught on like viral wildfire, we thought it was the perfect time to sit down with the blossoming producer and ask him a few questions on behalf of Ninja Land while simultaneously dropping SNBRN’s latest remix of 50 Cent’s “21 Questions”. About the new tune, SNBRN said: “I came across 21 questions a few weeks ago and I thought to myself, I have to remix this track. I wanted to create a fusion of nu disco meets hip hop while still keeping the flow of the vocals. The result was a bouncy, funky remix. Hope you guys enjoy this summer revival and remember to stay burnt.” It’s another refreshing take on a tune we didn’t think would work in the underground, but once again SNBRN revealed his knack for flipping tunes beautifully into dance territory. Check out the SNBRN remix of “21 Questions” above, grab the free download here, and read the full transcript of our interview below.

There always seems to be a wave of eclectic dance music emanating from the L.A. area. Does the surrounding music scene provide a bit of inspiration for you or do you try to shut in and work on your own sound without too much outside influence?

The surrounding scene does have a big roll in the music I produce. LA has become a hub for underground dance music, so I’m constantly being introduced to new tunes. I tend to not jump on the trend bag wagon and make music that I personally want to listen to. I wanted to create a hybrid sound of multiple genres and decades construed into a feeling that a lot of people can relate to.

So far you’ve remixed a couple tunes which premiered on The Music Ninja which were both on fairly opposite ends of the spectrum. First you reworked Morgan Page’s big-room anthem “In The Air” into an incredibly groovy indie-deep cut and then put a deeper, almost gargey lean on Ace of Base’s 90’s pop smash “All She Wants”. Now you’re taking another classic, this time of the hip-hop persuasion with 50 Cent’s “21 Questions” into “burnt” territory. How do you decide which tracks to remix for the most part?

The most important thing to me is originality, remixing tracks that haven’t been touched or that would take people by surprise. I usually start by listening to a bunch of tracks and artists I have written down over a few weeks and see if the track already has 1000 remixes. I then look for an acapella online and typically start by writing an entirely new chord progression to the vocals. I don’t like to use lots of pieces from the original, but more creating a whole new song from the vocal.

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[Disco/Pop] Lemaitre – Wait feat. LOLO

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Lemaitre
Wait feat. LOLO

While we might be a few days late to the party on this one, there was just no way we couldn’t feature Oslo electro-pop troupe Lemaitre and their latest single “Wait”; which features an alluring vocal from LOLO. A single from their forthcoming EP Singularity , due out tomorrow, July 22; “Wait” jumps off immediately with a subdued funk-guitar riff and classic piano stabs before bursting open behind LOLO’s exquisitely primed vocal track and huge snare kick. Structurally Lemaitre employs a very pop leaning backbone, but just past the tune’s halfway point, a heavy, but welcome dose of electro synth ushers in a high energy apex that meshes just wonderfully with LOLO’s infectious chorus. There just is simply nothing we can do but start dancing along to this one, which is also the reason it’s a Monday must have today. Lemaitre’s Singularity EP drops via Astralwerks, also home to Porter Robinson, Mat Zo and more TMN favorites, so be ready to get your hands on this one tomorrow.

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[Indie/Synth-Pop] Mansions on the Moon – Don’t Tell

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Don't Tell

If you’ve scrolled the pages of TMN regularly over the past few years, you may have realized that we absolutely adore most everything from alt-pop purveyors Mansions on the Moon. From their excellent Full Moon EP last year, which was championed around the TMN office as the year’s choice extended play by more than one staffer, all the way back to their first ever mixtape produced by Diplo & Benzi and everything in between; it’s safe to say we’ve been hooked on their uniquely sophisticated sound for years. Today, Ted Wendler, Ben Hazlegrove, Lane Shaw and Jeff Maccora are back with their first single in almost an entire calendar year, “Don’t Tell” and as with every passing album, we’re offered a slight shift in instrumental focus with all of the careful execution we’ve come to expect from the So-Cal troupe. Fueled by a punchy kickdrum before diving into an irresistible synth pattern and Wendler’s reverb soaked angelic refrain; “Don’t Tell” plays like just as much rooftop pop anthem as it does disco and funk fueled club number; striking a delicate balance between pop sensibilties & structure and expert musicianship. As if we weren’t already excited by this one, the real icing on the cake is that it is the lead single from an impending debut, self-titled Long Player due out on October 22, which we have been drooling for like one of Pavlov’s canines since our first taste of Mansions. About the forthcoming LP the band this to say: “The name, “Mansions On The Moon,” comes from the concept of turning a dream into reality, which for us, means making the best music we can possibly create. After countless studio sessions, nights of crashing on friends’ couches, and bus rides to mixing sessions – our Mansion On The Moon is here.” Keep your eyes on us as we’ll be following every single leading up to the LP’s official release, but until then, enjoy “Don’t Tell” above.

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[Disco] Hannah Georgas – Somebody (Avenue Remix)

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Hannah Georgas
Somebody (Avenue Remix)

It’s hard not to fall in love with Hannah Georgas’ subdued, sultry and emotional tune “Somebody.” With a understated pop structure reminiscent of other notable indie acts like The Whitest Boy Alive, Oh Land and Feist, there’s an undeniable charm that commands you to listen and get lost.

It’s hard to get into a remix when you’re enamored with the original. There’s always a brief moment of anxiety where you say, “did they ruin it?” If you’re asking that question right now, we can assure you that Toronto-based Avenue has done this track up proper. Once you press play, any feelings of anxiety will melt into cool, groovy disco.

Adding a nice, danceable tempo, some 70′s style synths and bassline, “Somebody” maintains it’s lovelorn message and initial appeal, yet takes on a whole new form. Transformations like this are hard to do, but we’ve come to expect nothing less from this newcomer. Case in point: their remix of Tears for Fears’ “Shout,” which recently climbed the ranks of the Hype Machine, gaining that coveted number 1 spot.

Keep your eyes on both Hannah Georgas and Avenue, as they’re both artists that you’re sure to hear more of as the years roll on.

 

 

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[House/Disko] Jess Glynne – Right Here (Slinger Remix)

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Jess Glynne
Right Here (Slinger Remix)

Once again, enigmatic groove purveyor Slinger drops another stellar remix; this time for Jess Glynne‘s powerplay pop tune “Right Here”. Having already taken on remixes for Michael Jackson, Prince and Pharrell; it is Slinger’s dancey instrumentation paired with an excellent female vocal which has worked the best for our ears thus far. Glynne’s angelic refrain paints itself around Slinger’s composition wonderfully, sounding as if it was plucked right out of the 80′s nu-wave era. Rather than the past few high energy nu-disko remixes though, Slinger’s remix of “Right Here” is shaped around a much more classic house and garage structure crafted with the same exerted musicianship we’ve come to fall for. His hi-hats shuffle and pop on a different level this time around and the tune’s kick-drum carries a bit less punch but rather a more hollow pounding thud; producing a darker but utterly danceable atmosphere.  Stream this one above for a perfect hump-day pick me up, and we’ll keep digging up more dirt on this cryptic producer for you ninjas.

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[House] Need & Necessity – This Life [TMN Premiere]

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Need & Necessity
This Life (Original Mix)

Denver based Deep and Tech-House producers Need & Necessity have glowingly been on our radar here at TMN for over a year behind a veritable smattering of precisely constructed dance tunes, including the “Thong Song” leaning cut “Lemme See” and a joint collaboration with option4 entitled “We Comin Up”. While we were one of the very first to feature the hip-swing-inducing pair’s eclectic blend of techno, classic,G, and deep house; it’s been great to see their tunes begin to take more of a foothold as each passing production comes out more polished than the previous. “This Life” is the latest addition to Need & Necessity’s sturdy output, and also the clear favorite to come out of their camp for us thus far. A surprisingly soulful trip into more tech-house recognized samples and sound kits, “This Life” plies its groove off of an expansive kick-drum and snapping snare before glossing up behind that signature Need & Necessity hi-hat shuffle. Further establishing the rhythmic cadence on “This Life”, a sparsely filtered vocal works its way into a mesmerizing loop and simultaneous focal point as the words “We Don’t Need” glide effortlessly around the tune to steal the show. It seems that Matt Friedman & Ross Kiser’s dance project is hitting the most mature stretch of their young production career and coming out of performances at Winter Music Conference, Snowball Music Festival and pairings in their home city with Rob Garza, Anna Lunoe and Moon Boots in July alone; it’s no wonder. “This Life” is being released on Night Supply Records and as with all of their releases, will be given away for free as a digital download, so hop to it here Ninjas. Stream “This Life” from Need & Necessity above, and if you missed our interview with them and their label mates a few months back, check it out here.

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