[Festival Review] TMN Dives Into Denver’s Underground Music Showcase

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The UMS Main Stage (Photo Credit: Robert Castro Ultra5280)

If you’re wondering whether or not Colorado’s music scene is embodied solely by bass-heavy barons devastating Red Rocks on a regular basis, or the constant national and international accolades given to Beta Nightclub year after year, you can stop that right now. While much of the Mile High City’s music scene’s notoriety falls into those two aforementioned venues, The UMS flexed it’s mighty indie muscle two weekends ago, showing the city, the state, the nation, and the world that a handful of tiny venues deserves just as much attention.

Taking over one of Denver’s most prized neighborhoods, The UMS flooded the numerous dive bars, galleries, and restaurants that adorn the colorful South Broadway stretch. In a meticulous blend of some well known acts coupled with hyper-indie (so indie, even the hippest of your friends haven’t heard about them yet) there was more than enough to appease the auditory appetite of the thousands of festival goers that flooded the streets.

Knowing that there was too much music for one ninja to cover, we had to break up The UMS between two from our clan. Check out what Matty and Clayton experienced during their first full experience of this must-attend event.

Day 1, Thursday:

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CRL CRRL. (Photo Credit: Robert Castro Ultra5280)

While we couldn’t yet make it out in full force to the first night of Denver’s incredible Underground Music Showcase, we did manage to make it to one of our favorite electronic artist’s sets, with CRL CRRLL (pronounced Carl Carrell) at Blue Ice. An abbreviated set to say the least, CRL CRRLL managed to warp our minds through different texturized soundscapes played off of his bevy of machines, MIDI controllers and gadgets on stage through the 40 minute performance. This was the second time we’ve had the pleasure of witnessing him live, as he played our TMN presented show in Denver with Young & Sick (which if you haven’t heard his remix of their tune “Glass”, check it out below) and it seems in the short span of time, CRLCRRLL’s reached a more fluid, comfortable and mature stage presence.

Young & Sick Glass Remix By CRL CRRLL

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[TMN RESIDENT ARTIST] Le Castle Vania

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Le Castle Vania
Nobody Gets Out Alive Part II

Holy shit, ninjas. It seems like just yesterday we were welcoming in our Resident Artist for May, casually talking about the sunny summer months that lied ahead. Well, as it seems to go every year, summer is passing us by without so much as a glance, and will soon leave us wondering why the hell it’s already so cold out.

As we look into the final weeks of summer, it’s important to remember two things. One, there are still a few weeks left for your warm-weather debauchery. Two, Le Castle Vania is going to close it out like it’s nobody’s business.

Few artists can electrify a stage, bringing endless energy, showcasing what is ultimately a culmination of years of experience. This Hotlanta-based recording artist, DJ, and label owner does so with ease, bringing hard, relentless, and unforgiving electro styles that have a rock-infused edge to them. With an original sound founded in razor sharp synths and driving basslines, this storied artist has carried through years of an evolving scene, always maintaining a unique presence and a defined sound.

Starting back in ’06, LCV was asked to remix “Black Eyes,” his fellow ATL-musician kin Snowden’s track. After tagging the name Le Castle Vania in association to the remix, the name once associated with the 1986 video game was about to have an entirely new identity associated with it. Fast forward to just a few months ago, the world was left wide eyed and ready to dance as he dropped his debut EP, Phrophication, on deadmau5‘ mau5trap label. With that in the rearview mirror, LCV’s fanbase had only a quick window to catch their breath, as Feels Like Fire came out a few short months later.

Hitting a lengthy stride, Dylan Eiland, seems to be charging ahead with no intention of letting his foot off the gas. We couldn’t be more excited to be showcasing him all month long during this thrilling time in his career. Stay tuned with us all month long as we feature everything that is Le Castle Vania.

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[Secret Ninja Pass] This Week at Beta 7/31 – 8/2

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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)
- Deal is NOT valid for the Subfocus show. If you wanna catch his amazing set, you’re going to have to cough up some dough.

That’s it! Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, it’s not. Head to Beta and see for yourself.

Ilan Bluestone - July 31
Above & Beyond pres. OceanLab
Satellite (ilan Bluestone Remix)

Sub Focus - August 1
Close Feat MNEK

No Regular Play - August 2
No Regular Play
Endangered Species (Special Version)
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[Dubstep] Varien – Gunmetal Black

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Varien!
Gunmetal Black

It’s early as hell right now and the hangover has comfortably settled in its place. The only logical thing to do to cure this throbbing headache is to blast some Varien as loud as you can. The Monstercat native just unleashed an epic monstrosity to the world to which he takes dubstep to an entirely new cinematic level. Bringing in elements from the metal and hardcore genre, Varien’s new track, “Gunmetal Black”, is everything you need in life; whether you’re getting married or simply going to the grocery store for more eggs, this song is ideal for any and all settings.

Varien’s, “Gunmetal Black” appears to have been influenced by Chinese culture considering it makes you feel like you’re Mulan and you’re about to defeat the Huns. If that doesn’t sound like a good time to you, then maybe you should go on a Disney movie binge and watch that classic gem until you’ve convinced yourself otherwise. Varien effectively takes hold of our emotions and masterfully builds us up for easily one of the most epic releases we’ve had in a long time. So if you like to cure your hangovers with more hangovers, then this song is for you. Check it out on Beatport and rage on, ninjas.

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[Get Crunk] Friday Party Playlist (Vol. 114)

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It’s Fridayyyy so say heyyyy to the weekend! After a crazy week of working, petting cats, and anxiously counting down the seconds to today, one could say we have been biting at the bit to get you all another playlist of party poppin’ bangers. This week we have yet another intense stack of mind blowing (literally speaking) tracks to help pump you up for a rage-tastic next couple of days.

I’ve been trying to do a better job at incorporating all different types of party music in each weeks FPP whether it be some twerk-worthy trap, dirty wub wub dubstep, groovy deep house, or some amplifying electro house – I AM DOING MY BEST OVER HERE. It’s my job to give you music to brag to your friends about because knowing music before everyone else makes you appear cooler than the rest. Totally kidding on that part – you’re worth far more than the bangers provided to you every Friday afternoon. Go grab a bottle, fill up those cups, press play, and TURN THE BLEEP UP.

Until next week, ninjas. #danceirresponsibly

JSTJR
Twerk Team
heRobust X Cvpellv
URDNO
RiFF RAFF
How To Be The Man (MEAUX GREEN REMiX)
Ummet Ozcan
Smash (Goshfather & Jinco Remix)
GAWTBASS ✖ Mister Black
Midnight
Porter Robinson
Unison Knife Party Remix (Closed Eyes Music Bootleg)
Clockwork
Champion (Michael Wayne Remix)
Ummet Ozcan
Smash! (808 CONGLOMERATE Trap Remix)
Vamos A La Playa (LVX Twerk VIP)
Calvin Harris
C.U.B.A (Frankie Sanchez X Instant Party! Remix)
Dread Pitt
Pitt
Yo Majesty
Club Action (Twine Bootleg)
Stylust Beats
Baby Im a Pro ft JLeon (OG Status Promo)

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Part Of Me (Duplex Sound Remix)

Panic City
Girls On Shoulders
Yung Joc
Its Going Down (Big Sandz Remix)
BeazyTymes
Goblin
GLADIATOR & the MO$T
Touch (My Ass)
Hide & Seek Ft. Audien (White Panda Edit)
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[Secret Ninja Pass] This Week at Beta 7/24-7/26

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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)
- Deal valid for THURSDAY AND FRIDAY only. If you want to see Danny Tenaglia, you’re going to have to cough up some dough.

That’s it! Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, it’s not. Head to Beta and see for yourself.

Sultan & Ned Sheppard - July 24th
Sultan + Ned Shepard vs. The Boxer Rebellion
Keep Moving (OUT NOW)

Kill Paris - July 25th
Carbon Airways
Black Sun (Kill Paris Remix)

Danny Tenaglia - July 26th
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Dj mix for electric zoo
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[Chill/Future/Trap] The Weeknd – Often (Free n Losh Remix)

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The Weeknd
Often (Free n Losh Remix)

Rolling off of the wave of success experienced on their first original release, “Lost”, Free n Losh have returned to remix “Often” from one of R&B’s most intriguing artists, and a favorite of quite a few Ninjas here; The Weeknd. Perhaps some of the most versatile electronic producers at the moment with credits on Mac Miller tunes, an official Pretty Lights remix and multiple trips to the almighty Hype Machine Top Ten charts through gleaming and cutting edge takes on dance genres; Free n Losh have peeled back yet another layer of their collective production psyche with this latest remix. The Canadian duo blends a distinct steel drum over a luscious two-step melody and  and layer it all seductively amongst a sea of contorted snare kicks and hi-claps for a sound completely their own. With every passing release Free n Losh continually impress the hell out of our ears, and this cut might be one of our favorite from their entire catalogue. Grab the free download here, and slip into something sexy for this one, it might get a little hot.

 

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