[Secret Ninja Pass] This Week at Beta 12/18 – 12/20

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Alright, ninjas. We’ve been hooking you up with free entry to Beta over the past year. We know you’ve have some epic times, catching some of the most legendary talent EDM has to offer, and we’re on board to keep this thing going. So, we’re once again giving you an opportunity to check out the best night club in North America for free. What all do you have to do to get in? It’s pretty damn easy. Just follow these steps:

- Head to the front door and enter the club before 11 pm
- Show this post to the cashier (Valid for 21+ only)

That’s it!

LA Riots - Dec 18th
LA Riots
Burn It Down (Original Mix)

Reid Speed - Dec 19th
Azealia Banks
Chasing Time (Reid Speed LQD Remix)

Guy Gerber - Dec 20th
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11 11/My Heart
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[Drum & Bass] Decade Of Viper LP

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2014 marks ten years in the game for Viper Recordings, the popular UK drum and bass label ran by producer and DJ Futurebound. The past decade has seen the platform gain considerable success, signing some of the scene’s most impressive artists and releasing a string of classic tunes that will be played for well over the next ten years. The label is choosing to celebrate their birthday by putting out a brand new compilation, “Decade Of Viper”, filled with both exclusive tracks and a set of classic Viper tunes that have been doing the rounds at D&B nights since they were first unleashed.

The array of artists that feature on this LP is quite astonishing – from Sigma to Delta Heavy, The Prototypes to Koven. Previously unheard music takes the form (amongst many others) of Tali “Forces”(Trei Remix), Smooth & Futurebound “Savoy Affair” and Cyantific “Bring You Love.” There are twenty Viper favourites on this album, ranging from DC Breaks “Halo”, Smooth “Virgo Cluster”, The
Prototypes “Pale Blue Dot” and Seven Lions “Below Us” ft. Shaz Sparks.

It’s certainly been an impressive decade for the Viper family, and we’re looking forward to the next one. The “Decade Of Viper” LP is out now, and you can purchase a copy here.

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DJ Fresh Feat. Ella Eyre – Gravity (DJ Marky Remix) [TMN PREMIERE]

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DJ Fresh Feat. Ella Eyre
Gravity (DJ Marky Remix)

Drum and bass is alive and well in Sao Paolo, and DJ Marky has his fingerprints all over it. The famed beatsmithing gaucho recently corralled an official remix for DJ Fresh’s monster tune “Gravity,” which features the glorious vocals of MOBO and Brit Award winner miss Ella Eyre.

Delightfully delivering a delicate jungle-inspired remix of an already stellar tune, Marky is bringing the masses a light and vibrant take. With a cascading blend of fast-paced maracas, a classic piano melody, and expert vocal sampling, “Gravity” floats along our cerebellum, making us smile and dance all across the office.

We’re pretty sure you’ll fall into suit, so just make sure you wait until everyone is out at lunch before you press play.

Remember – always check to make sure you’re laced up before boogying. You don’t want your co-workers to come back to an awful mess.

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[DnB] Droptek – Killing Time (feat. Isabel Higuero)

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Killing Time (feat. Isabel Higuero)

Drum and Bass is the perfect genre for just about any activity. The intensity of the percussion is a perfect match for a grueling workout or getting amped up for a night out on the town. The melodic intricacies often found in liquid DnB make an ideal match for cranking out some work, or taking a moment to step back and think. In a set or playlist, it seamlessly blends from track to track, creating an energetic feed that’s rivaled by none.

Following up on the deservedly adored “Boundaries,” DJ/Producer Lewis Munns, aka Droptek, has checked off all of those aforementioned boxes with this lovely, rolling DnB tune. “Killing Time” boasts an incredible mix of classic piano work and synths which work perfectly with the expertly crafted drum pad arrangement. It’s highlighted even further by the addition of vocalist Isabel Higuero, who brings the perfect set of lyrics for this radiant tune.

Whether you’re a seasoned DnB vet, or you’re just getting your feet wet in this incredible genre, “Killing Time” offers the perfect blend of what makes this style of dance music so wonderful. Press play and get ready to drift away.

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Catching up with Netsky at 1015 Folsom, SF 11/23 [TMN Exclusive Interview + Event Review]

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Come Alive

Ambitious may be an understatement in describing Belgian producer Boris Daenen, better known as Netsky. By the age of 23, he had released two innovative drum ‘n bass albums showcasing his brilliant brand of liquid funk and placing himself in electronic music’s elite as part of Hospital Records. Taking advantage of the energetic percussion and wobbling bass of DnB, Netsky layers cross-genre melodies that draw influence from soul, jazz, hip-hop and funk making for an undeniably infectious sound and living up to the origins of his moniker.

In 2012, shortly before releasing his second album, Boris turned his attention towards performance assembling a band of talented musicians capable of keeping up with his fast-paced productions. Dubbed Netsky LIVE, the band consists of Netsky, keyboardist BABL, drummer Michael Schack, London’s Script MC and vocalist Billie. Not only is playing EDM live a tall feat from a technical perspective, but logistically it is a much more costly and risky endeavor. Nevertheless, Netsky, who could easily sell out shows worldwide as a solo DJ, takes this risk because he believes that it is the most powerful way to convey his music.

We caught Netsky LIVE at the intimate 1015 Folsom in San Francisco last weekend and it was without a doubt one of the most electrifying, energetic performances we have seen all year. The band seems fit for a stadium, which made seeing them in a smaller venue a special experience for the crowd whose feet were off the ground more often than not. With over two years of experience under their belt, every part of Netsky LIVE feels polished–Netsky takes on the overarching melodies, BABL absolutely shreds on the keyboard, Schnack keeps up with seemingly impossible breakbeats and Script gets the crowd amped as the musicians focus on their respective roles. Although Billie marvelously took on most of the vocals, at one point Boris even busted out the vocoder breaking his mostly quiet on-stage demeanor. We were honored to have the opportunity to sit down with Netsky, one of EDM’s most genuine stars, before the performance to talk about Netsky LIVE, his musical influences and his upcoming album. Check out the interview below and Netsky LIVE’s upcoming US tour dates here–it’s not a show you want to miss.

TMN: How’s the tour life treating you?

Netsky: It’s the first time with the band that we do a full 30-day tour with the bus, which is fucking mental. Because it means 30 days of no privacy and sleeping in a bunk. But it’s fucking amazing, I’ve got to say. You need the right team for it but once you have the right people for it, it’s amazing.

TMN: So, this is your third stop in the US after a couple shows in Canada. How’s the reception been so far? Anything different you’ve noticed in the crowd?

Netsky: Yeah, I think so. We started in Canada with Victoria and Vancouver and the day after we did Seattle. Even that was a bit of a change from Canada. It’s been fun. The crowd in Seattle was amazing and Portland was really good. Portland was a bit strange because they had to block off half the club for 21 over folks. It was funny because the left side was jumping the whole time with all the younger crowd and the right side was just getting wasted basically. It’s really cool to see the difference between those two.

TMN: Can you talk a bit about your musical background?

Netsky: I got into music at quite a young age. My dad is a massive record collector. He just loved showing me music that I hated back then. He just wanted to be the cool dad that showed me good music while I was listening to just pop music when I was young. After a while it worked because he got me into 70s, Motown and Marvin Gaye to 80s music and Prince and some reggae even. He just got me really interested in music. I started researching music and actually becoming a fan of bands. I started watching bands play. And then for some reason I started getting into electronic music, which was a fucking revelation. I loved the idea of being able to make music on your own on a computer. I was really obsessed with that when I was younger. I got into drum ’n bass then because I love the energy and how you can combine it with different sounds. I was listening to a lot of hip-hop back then and soul. Some producers would take those samples and make them into dance floor versions of them. I love that.
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[DnB] Alesso – Heroes feat. Tove Lo (Kayzo Remix)

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Heroes Feat. Tove Lo (Kayzo DNB Mix)

With everyone and their mom standing in line to remix Alesso and Tove Lo’s hit record, “Heroes”, we can’t help but fall in love with the surge of creative minds that engulf our ears and coax them with originality. Standing at the forefront of the line is Los Angeles producer, Kayzo, and his incredibly diverse Drum and Bass version of “Heroes”. This young producer has been gaining much momentum in the electronic music community and consistently goes above and beyond the expectations of today’s overly-saturated world of cut, copy, and paste approach to sound design. With his aggressive, balls to the wall, bass in your face methods of production, Kayzo proves to us all that music is not limited to any one genre, but rather how a producer feels and how he/she wants their audience to feel. This time around, Kayzo gives us a spoon full of some sweet, sweet, synthy DnB and it’s a 10/10 for every category. Maintaining the integrity of the original, Kayzo speeds us up to a proper tempo and glorifies this remix with adorable (in a manly way, of course) synth melodies that flawlessly blend with Tove Lo’s signature voice. Once these adorable melodies take over our mind, body, and soul, we are welcomed with much more aggressive synth breakdowns that propel this remix to new heights. Kayzo’s intricate transitions between the soft, melodic builds and his intense, yet progressive breakdowns create the perfect yin and yang for this particular production and leaves us in a state of complete happiness. We guarantee you’ll fall in love with the latest from this LA stud so prepare to utilize the hell of the repeat button and do yourself a favor and get your freebie while you’re at it.

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[DnB] Rameses B – We Love

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We Love

Hear that, ninjas? Take moment to drink it in – the smooth rolling basslines, the intense snare work, the ethereal vocals. It’s drum and bass, and boy, is it fine.

Hailing from Leeds, Rameses B is coming back at us with another delicious liquid drum and bass tune, one that boasts a soundscape worthy of comparisons of Bonobo and Odesza. It’s other worldly, providing a much needed mid-week break from all of your daily minutia. The glitchy, pitched-up vocal samples help to offer up a near-future style element, which we can certainly appreciate, ultimately displaying what drum and bass in 2014 should sound like.

If you’re feelin’ this tune, which we’re sure you are, head over to beatport and pick it up. For the low, low price of $1.99, you can experience audible bliss, if only for four minutes and thirty two seconds.

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