One thing The Music Ninja always loves is an up-and-coming artist who we know is on their way to taking over the music scene. When said artist gives us the honor of premiering their work, well, we are pretty ecstatic. Tonight, I have the honor of writing up the premiere of Feature Cuts remix of Ellie Goulding’s “Figure 8”. Feature Cuts is a fairly new EDM producer hailing from Houston who started off on the hip-hop and rap side of the spectrum but after a while decided to use his energy towards producing electronic music and I’d have to say, that was the right move on his part.
Almost every artist out there in the electronic world attempts to take on an always phenomenal Ellie Goulding song and some of those artists do an unforgettable job like Feature Cuts. Feature takes this Ellie Goulding song and completely breaks the softness apart in a mind blowing awesome way. Starting strong immediately with bass and drums, Feature carefully strings Ellie’s voice into his constant moving melody. Then at 1:05, Feature shows just how heavy a drop he can make. The ear drums vibrate along with the body as he continues to carry this powerful drop for a good forty seconds before bringing back Ellie with a sweet, charismatic tune. Once again, Feature takes the listener on a drop that carries before pulling out the bass and carving Ellie’s voice in with a drum tool. As a lover for this music, I am going to keep holding on to see just what amazing new music Feature Cuts comes out with next.
Figure 8 (Feature Cuts Remix)
Elliot Berger, formerly known as System, may not be a name you’re familiar with but it’s never too late to become acquainted. Beginning to play the violin at the ripe age of six, Elliot’s extensive knowledge of composition is apparent in each and every one of his productions. His most recent effort, “Hanging On” is an amazing liquid dubstep track that without a doubt emphasizes the inherent beauty of well-developed progressive dubstep. Combining deep wobbles, poignant piano melodies, and Thallie’s hypnotic vocals, this trance-like dubstep track is nothing short of fantastic. Grab this free download and make sure to show Elliot your appreciation on Facebook here!
Hanging On ft. Thallie Ann Seenyen
Mad dubstep scientist and producer Figure is here to lecture us on grey matter. Well not quite as educational as you think it will indeed expand your musical universe. Taking on the work of the alternative hip hop group Deltron 3030 single “Upgrade” from their 2000 self-titled debut album, Figure does just that by enhancing the song for consumption in 2012. He explains
“Deltron 3030 was essential music to me for so long that to have the groups blessing on this remix is more than a honor. Dan The Automator was more than kind enough to send me Del’s studio acapella, and Del gave me the thumbs up on the mix … In short, I am very giddy about this one!
I tried to capture the vibe of the original all while keeping my sound intact. This remix isn’t made for just dj sets… it’s for the people who grew up on this album like I did and still hold that era up on a pedestal.”
A classic case of oldschool turned newschool by the crafty and relentlessly aggressive Indiana producer.
Upgrade (Figure Remix)
Aside from similarities with the google tablet, we knew nothing about rising producer Nexus, out of Winter Park, Florida. Electronic music has had an explosion around the United States and it is so rewarding to see talent come out of smaller cities, granted the greater Orlando area is by no means small (with EDC making its premiere this year), but as a former resident, I am so proud to see new talent rise. “Ginger Kids” looks to be one of the handful of songs Nexus released this year but it is already out to be his greatest. The 19 year old producer lays a formidable foundation with an exuberant introduction of captivating melodies interlaced with a slow grind of a bass that is unique and fluid, setting him apart from the many dubstep producers trying to do the same.
We had no idea who Nexus was but as of today, and thanks to “Ginger Kids”, we predict a bright future.
Being a Top 25 Club from DJ Mag comes at no surprise as Beta Nightclub has been featuring an amazing array of talent all year, and this weekend is once again no exception.
Being regulars at Beta, we figured we should share their line up with you, in hopes that you’ll come down and rage with us. Also, just like last time, we have arranged for something special.
MUSIC NINJAS GET FREE COVER
For the shows Friday and Saturday, make sure you bring your phone with you. If you’re 21+, get there before 11pm, and show them this post on your phone – your cover is comped. Just make sure to enter through the front door, and not the side VIP entrance. Can’t wait to see you down there!
Fedde le Grand
Dark Light Sessions 017
I Need Your Love (Original Mix) FREE DOWNLOAD
Gabriel & Dresden feat Betsie Larkin
Play it Back (G&D Sunrise mix)
Updating a Zedd original is not an easy feat but when it comes to New Jersey producer Aylen, nothing is impossible. The incredible voice Foxes lends herself for this track is sure to induce more than just goosebumps as her sensible vocals glide through this progressive single from Zedd. And yet, Aylen is able to expose the beautiful harmonies of the original track while still lifting “Clarity” to welcomed, and much aggressive, heights. The rise of reconstructing songs and turning them into the next juggernaut dubstep/trap banger is far too common nowadays and it is producers like Aylen that are inherently capable of striking the perfect balance between fluid melodies combined with the harsher elements of electro house. DID I MENTION THIS SONG IS FREE? Grab it right now and don’t forget to check out Aylen soundcloud for more.
Zedd ft Foxes
Clarity (Aylen Remix)
It is easy to be saturated with M83 remixes, after all their rise to popularity have paved the way for indie-seeking producers seeking special harmonics for their next electronic tune. “Steve McQueen” of French electronic band M83′s sixth studio album Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming is already more than a year old but thanks to french producing duo BeatauCue, we are welcoming its resurgence. Combining many of the current electronic elements that make dance music so vibrant today, BeatauCue have packed it all into a worthy remix.
Steve McQueen (BeatauCue Remix)