[Sultry] Gallant – Open Up

Open Up

That moment when you hear a new artist and just melt.

For a lot of you, that opening statement will apply to this relatively brand new artist. After gaining some critical acclaim in 2014, NYC singer/songwriter Gallant (signed to Mind of a Genius, the label behind Grammy nominated ZHU), is back after a full year’s hiatus. His first release on this label is what we’re offering up today.

“Open up” casually grinds against the top 40 world, providing us with something that’s quite fetching and memorable, yet the furthest thing from a hook-centric, pop-structured, radio hit. His voice is definitely primed for the former though, which we we’d like to give a subtle nod in approval for the decision to craft something truly unique. It would have been mindlessly simple to march to the beat of a major label with a voice like that.

Aside from the soaring vocals, rife with a dexterous range and toothy-grin-creating pitch, the instrumentals are the perfect backdrop for “Open Up.” Industrial at times, what with the percussion-style female vocal moans and all, we’re casually pulled in with future bass nuances, yet always left in the RnB world. It’s articulately crafted from start to finish, each sound carefully thought out, analysed and placed perfectly.

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[Future] Lido & Canblaster – Superspeed

Lido & Canblaster

Shortly after announcing their collaborative EP last week and dropping the first single “Rush Hour,” Lido and Canblaster returned yesterday with the title track from the upcoming release. “Superspeeed” keeps the back and forth between the young, talented producers alive as they create a bouncy gem with vocals that help enforce the project’s name. Once again, Lido and Canblaster display a unique approach to composition striking a balance between relaxing soulful elements, glitchy breakdowns and club ready bass lines. The dynamic nature of their work thus far makes for still-interesting repeated listens–we’ve played this one about ten times today. Superspeed is due out on April 6th and can be pre-ordered on iTunes now. In the meantime, hit play above and try to keep up.

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Exmag & BRANX – Acid Washed [TMN Premiere]


Exmag and BRANX
Acid Washed

Here’s an exclusive taste of the upcoming Exmag and BRANX EP, Plants and Animals, for you to enjoy! Meshing together best of old school rock and funk with glitch hop madness, Exmag and BRANX set out to get you grooving from the first note to the last on “Acid Washed.” With plenty of great tunes on the way, this is a silky intro to what is sure to be a spectacular project courtesy of Members Only, a renowned American outerwear and apparel brand for men and women. Make sure to catch Exmag in your city on their tour!

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XYLØ – America (Vasta Remix) [Chill]

America (Vasta Remix)

Miami based Dj/Producer Vasta just released a house rendition of indie pop newcomers XYLØ ‘s “America”, which has become one of the biggest tunes to hit the blogosphere. Not surprising, as the incredibly talent of Paige Duddy’s controlled and soothing vocals has not only captivated our attention but elevates this act even further.

Taking on the remix with big pianos, house drums, and trendy chops and cuts, Vasta dresses the original with a much lively yet light and playful electronic outfit, ready to be debuted during upcoming summer days. For now, there is really not a lot known about this newcomer Floridian DJ, but with an ear for executing layered vocals without overshadowing them with intrusive basslines, that is all the information we need for now.

We expecting a lot from XYLØ for 2015, but this is another solid lead remix to hold us over. Take a look and make sure you grab a free Download after you follow XYLØ and Vasta here:

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Hippie Sabotage’s SF Debut at Subculture SF, 3/26 [Event Review]


Hippie Sabotage
Waiting Too Long
Lana Del Rey
West Coast (Hippie Sabotage Remix)

Although still relative newcomers, Hippie Sabotage have already proven an impressively dynamic production duo. The brother tandem have produced for some of hip-hop’s freshest talent, re-imagined radio hits as chilled-out anthems and created eclectic originals that fall in the middle of that spectrum. We were lucky enough to catch Hippie Sabotage at the third installment of Subculture SF’s newly launched bi-weekly event series at Hawthorn and their performance was a perfect reflection of their diversity in sound. Their set combined the duo’s influences and different musical explorations all the while keeping the dance floor moving steadily all night. Surely, there was a plethora of unreleased material in their set but two notable moments were their remixes of “West Coast” and “Habits (Stay High),” both favorites among fans and the ninja staff. You can watch some video footage of their Tove Lo flip here.

Last Thursday was a first for us at both a Subculture SF show and Hawthorn and it’s definitely an experience we’re looking forward to doing again. Tucked away in the Financial District, Hawthorn camoflauges with its surrounding but, when you descend into the venue, it’s got an intimate, ideal set up for a DJ set. Having already hosted Kill Frenzy and Kittens, Subculture SF has done a great job thus far bringing top-notch talent as well as solid supporting acts to match. Their next show is set for April 9th and will feature Falcons, of the Athletixx crew—you can grab tickets here. Enjoy some pictures courtesy Subculture SF below.  IMG_9644 Continue reading

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The Chill Dojo #125

chill dojo

A playlist 45 tracks strong means a huge week in music has just passed by, and we really mean it when we say Dojo #125 is a journey through sound. Kicking off this epic adventure is the combined handiwork of Lido and Canblaster, bringing together their genre-bending skills for a taste of their highly anticipated EP. ‘Rush Hour’ is no simple task to define, equally dark in sections as it is uplifting in others. It’s curious, unsettling, but the seamless transition between the two opposite ends of the emotional spectrum is what makes it a display of true craftsmanship. On the flip side, this next collab from B.Lewis and Brasstracks wastes no time in declaring which side it’s on, gripping the listener in a state of joyous celebration and never letting go. Watch out if you’re wearing headphones, cos your body is about to be doing weird things that won’t make sense to anyone not currently in tune to these unreal sounds. Another duo in ABSRDST and Diveo are going to capitalize on these present feelings of glee with a charming vocal delight in ‘We’re Beautiful’. Don’t be disarmed by the first minute of magical elements and whimsical lyrics, because what lies in wait is a wave of future sounds that will burst like colorful fireworks around the expanse of your aural ability. Following this, it felt only necessary to continue onto the next phase with similar vibes from Midnight Snack’s ‘Majora’. Those familiar with the title’s reference can guess the style likely to be involved here, and it will no doubt be music to the ears of all the Wave Racer and Pusher faithful. Sydney’s Kilter has been on the rise for a good while now, and this week he solidified this point in his career with a glorious remix of Hermitude’s ‘Through The Roof’. It’s quite a moment for him to take on official remix duties for artists he’s idolized since the beginning, but he does so with a mature sound that stays true to his signature style. Creativity like this promises even more success in the near future for sure.

This week’s journey is far from over at this point though, so make sure to keep it locked until you’re through the whole thing. Peace out.

Lido & Canblaster
Rush Hour
B. Lewis x Brasstracks
ABSRDST and Diveo
Were Beautiful
Midnight Smack
Through The Roof (Kilter Remix)
By Ur Side
Forgettable ft. Evan Mellows (Slow Magic Remix)
Kerri Watt
You (Oliver Nelson Remix)
Henry Land & Samuel
Demons (Feat. Jasmine Thompson & Hilman)
Free n Losh
I Love You So
Score (67th Hour Remix)
Back At The Start (Delusion Remix)
Porter Robinson
Fellow Feeling (Chet Porter Flip)
Cool ft. Roy English (Sweater Beats Remix)
Oh Wonder
Technicolour Beat (Urban Contact Remix)
How Can It Be  (Feat. Maddee)
Divinity (Mazde Remix)
Solid Gold (StarChiller Remix)
A Sol Mechanic
Escaping Animals
Archipelago (Izzard And Spire Remix)
Lost Ones
Dollar And A Dream
Care 4 U
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Young Franco x Set Mo
Pick You Up Darlin
Falcon Punch
Square One
Back Again
Elhaes Joint
lyric walls
Feverkin & Koresma
Golden (feat. Cuff Malloy)
late night vibes FT. VESTIGE
Jimmy Whoo
Santa Cruz
Omari Jazz
Model Z
Morning Glory (Pazmal Bounce Edit)
Robot Orchestra x Dephrase
Coubo x Screw3000
Slow Down
holy rain
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COURTS – Part Of (Space Maverick Remix) [TMN Premiere]

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Part Of (Space Maverick Remix)

Some combinations of genres were simply separated at birth. Indie and disco have, time and time again, created some phenomenal pairings, and Space Maverick‘s rendition of COURTS‘ “Part Of” continues this trend proudly. With funky basslines, bright synths and grooves galore, this remix is kicking off your pool party whether you like it or not. Don’t be afraid to bust out the umbrella drinks, because it’s basically a guarantee that you’ll be soaking up the sun with this fun tune. Meet your funk quota for the day and enjoy your Monday with the help of Space Maverick!

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