[Festie Preview] Snowball Music Festival – Winter Park, CO

Snow and music, music and snow, I mean this combination ranks up there with good ideas right alongside peanut butter mixing up with that jelly.

Only three years young, the Snowball Music Festival of Colorado is back this coming weekend, March 8-10, and this year the artists are bigger and better than ever. There is always that tough decision to make as a festival go-er; if two artists are on at the same time that you just have to see, how do you decide which artist to go get down with? Do you flip a coin? Have your best friend pick a number between one and ten? Or maybe, just maybe, the festival takes place in such an amazing outdoor venue that you have the ability to catch the first half of one of your favorite artists’ acts and then mosey on over to the other stage where your second favorite artist is laying down hard, hard beats. I’ll plead the third please and thank you.

This year, Snowball is taking place in the beautiful mountain city of Winter Park and as I mentioned before, this line-up would make any music lover blush with anticipation. So who to see? Well as much as I wish I could take up more precious space on the TMN site, I think I will break it down to one artist for each day that this ninja is beyond excited to see.

Friday, I’ve got to get a taste of that poetic justice with Kendrick Lamar. This 23-year-old Compton native has been taking the rap scene by storm in the past couple of years and he continues to turn out hits on every music piece he touches. Lamar’s music shows a candid vulnerability. Pair that with his smoky seducing voice and you have yourself one ear thrilling musician.

Saturday is an all day event and I may be biased but there is one artist who lights up the stage with not only his unbelievable set but also his soul sweeping music, Colorado’s own Pretty Lights. Derek Smith started off playing music at parties in Boulder and today is one of the most renowned artists of the music scene. Lately Smith has been saying he is trying out some new things and as a fan I’ve got to say I am always excited to see what new music Smith brings to the stage. Here’s to a late night of lights, instrumental persuasion, and body swooning melodies.

On Sunday, the final day of no rest, it is time to let digital freedom take over with the mad liberations of Griz and Gramatik or as the mash-up goes, Grizmatik. What can I say I’m a sucker for both of these insane electronic producers and when you put them together it just is double the pleasure double the fun. These two bring out the soul and the funk while not forgetting about your desire for the bass drops and hand-raising beats. A perfect duo to end of what is sure to be an amazing music utopia weekend.

Here’s to all the music, dancing and s-n-o-w this weekend Rado music lovers, see you there!

Grizmatik
Digital Liberation Is Mad Freedom

Play Hard EP
Available Now on Beatport.com

Pretty Lights vs. The End Of The World 2012

Porter Robinson & Mat Zo
Easy

Kendrick Lamar
Bitch, Dont Kill My Vibe

1. Datsik
Cold Blooded

Moullinex
Take My Pain Away (Gigamesh Remix)

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[Dubstep] Alvin Risk – Skyclad

It’s been quite awhile since Alvin Risk has blessed us with an original mix of his own. With “Skyclad,” he assures us that it was well worth the wait. “Skyclad” is a dichotomy of sorts, a song of epic proportions with two drastically different sides representing the same coin. This may sound lame, but envision the song as a heated battle in Dragonball Z for just a second.

The minute and a half build up would represent the training and preparation needed for the huge duel. Once you hit the break though, you’re nose diving into the heart of battle, and all hell breaks loose. Risk pretty much removes all bars from there until about two and a half minutes in when the song calms down again for just a moment. That would be the period when Goku prepares his finishing move and then proceeds to unleash his entire strength on the baddie, finally ending the fight. I now expect any future fan videos to provide credit to me for bringing up the idea. Honestly, you could imagine almost any heroic scenario there, but the point is that Risk is able to create an atmosphere unlike anything else with his music. If you want to relive that fight again, I’d suggest purchasing the track, available now on iTunes.

SKYCLAD
Alvin Risk
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Crywolf & Aylen – Silence Pt. II

Justin Phillips better known as Crywolf has teamed up with New Jersey super star Aylen to create a soothing new dubstep track titled “Silenced Pt. II”. Infused with angelic vocals over a backdrop of strong wobbles and flirtatious synths for a production full of substance. Even as Aylen currently experiments with Trap music, there is a certain delight on our behalf with another dubstep release. Crywolf who has been releasing fantastic remixes, most notably a rendition of Alt-j’s ‘Breezeblocks’ and The Knifes’s ‘You Make Me Like Charity’, are set to make this year even greater under the Always Never Records umbrella.

Crywolf & Aylen
Silence Pt. II
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The M Machine – Ghosts In The Machine (Kill The Noise Remix) [Filthy]

The M Machine gets remixed by Kill The Noise, enough said. The incredible melodies from “Ghosts In The Machine” get mixed with the explosive sound design that KTN is so well known for. This was recently played by Kill The Noise in an untitled Mix that was sent over to me. No release date yet, we will keep you posted. Cheers.

The M Machine
Ghosts In The Machine (Kill The Noise Remix)

via Neighbors Hate Us 

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[Denver Events] This Week at Beta 2/27

Being a Top 25 Club from DJ Mag comes at no surprise as Beta Nightclub has been featuring an amazing array of talent this summer, 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

Details:
For the shows Thursday, 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!

Bart B More - February 27th
Bart B More
Jack
Bare Noize and Goth Trad - February 28th
Foreign Beggars & Bare Noize
See The Light

James Zabiela - March 1st

James Zabiela Paradigm Shift Pt 3
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Major Lazer – Watch Out For This (Bumaye) ft Busy Signal, The Flexican, and FS Green

When the time for mega-producer(s) Major Lazer comes close for a new project, he usually drops some extra heat to keep his already high buzz consistent. Yesterday he took to the interwebs to grace fans for a new track “Watch out for this(Bumaye)”. Staying true to Lazer fashion, this cross between EDM and Dancehall pays off for an infectious, upbeat dance number. The dope duo brings in some collaborative help from Busy Signal, The Flexican, and FS Green to make a great listen for his upcoming LP Free the Universe and a free track if fans pre-order the album before it drops April 2nd.

Major Lazer
Watch Out For This (Bumaye) Ft. Busy Signal, The Flexican & FS Green
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Ellie Goulding – Explosions (Gemini Remix)

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Ellie Goulding
Explosions (Gemini Remix)

There is definitely no shortage to a remix to an Ellie Goulding song. A string of remixes to multiple tracks off her debut album Halcyon have been floating around the clubs and interwebs for the past year. Although some are more necessary then others, each Dj/producer has added their own unique spin to Goulding’s unique voice. Taking on the “Explosions” single is newcomer Gemini with a dub-step re-vamp.

Although dubstep has been on a steady decline, Gemini takes a refreshing and pulsating spin to Goulding’s vocals. Bits of the original track can be heard throughout the 140 BPM range beat and airy melody, but quickly fades with the heart-pounding breakdowns and oscillating vibes.

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