[Future House] Shawn Mendes – Life Of The Party (Kayliox Remix)

Shawn Mendes - Life Of The Party (Kayliox Remix)
Shawn Mendes
Life Of The Party (Kayliox Remix)

It’s always amusing how producers manage to completely flip the mood of a tune and add their own spice to it, and this track certainly exemplifies that. Canadian group Kayliox released this remix of a Shawn Mendes song titled “Life Of The Party”, and the interesting acoustic-house fusion works amazingly well with this Canadian connection. The tune starts off with a pleasant housey beat, followed by the smooth vocals from the singer/songwriter that give off a rather mellow vibe. The drop comes in unexpectedly and immediately leaves you headbanging to this future house goodness. The bizarre selection is turned into instant gold.

Make sure to grab a free download of the track on their Facebook page here, and we’ll definitely be expecting some big moves coming for these talented artists.

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[TMN Exclusive Interview] Get To Know: UK R&Bounce Producer XO

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XO
Through The Night (feat. RobLaw)

Soul, funk and R&B seem to revive themselves every few years whether it be in hip-hop, electronica or indie music. It is a welcome longevity that doesn’t come as much of a surprise given the breadth of those genres’ influence. A batch of electronic producers from collectives like SoulectionHW&W and FlowFi have been leading the latest revival melding elements of EDM and hip-hop with soul and ’90s R&B influences in what’s been referred to as Future Bounce and Emotional Dance Music.

Over the last 6 months or so, UK producer Sunil Heera, aka XO, has been building quite the audience on his SoundCloud with his unique R&Bounce style. Although it certainly fits with the current direction of electronic music, his sound has broader influences in house and garage reflecting a diverse musical background. His latest single “Through the Night,” off his upcoming debut EP of the same name, serves as a perfect introduction to XO’s music. The bouncy, soulful and sexy production on the cut match RobLaw‘s voice to perfection in part because XO also works closely with his vocalists in the songwriting process.

Get to know this up ‘n coming talent in our exclusive interview below. Through the Night drops on December 1st and can be pre-ordered via iTunes HERE.

TMN: What is your first musical memory? And when/how did you get into making music?

XO: Hmmm, probably dancing around my living room to the Spice Girls with my older sister, I must’ve been like 3/4 years old or something, don’t judge me.

I’ve always been a music fanatic for as long as I can remember, so I guess the initial interest in actually making my own stemmed from there. I started producing casually in my early high school years, purely out of curiosity I suppose. The idea of creating music from my own bedroom intrigued me, so I thought I’d give it a little go!  A couple of years later, once I’d reached a point of consistency with my production skills, I started out as XO and after a period of self discovery, here I am!

TMN: You seem to be pretty involved past just the production of your tracks. How did you go about constructing “Through the Night”? What’s your collaboration approach with vocalists more broadly? 

XO: Yeah totally, I’m a songwriter just as much as I am a producer nowadays. “Through The Night” started off as a simple chord sequence as most of my tracks do. During the developmental stage, I got a general feel for the vocal melody and began to pencil in the lyrical content. The track concept itself was perfect for RobLaw’s voice, so we just had to work together again!

My collaboration approach with most vocalists is similar to the one I’ve just described, I like to get an initial idea first of all, and then build and refine it with them. Although, there’s no set procedure to how these things work, every song you write or produce is different – going with the flow is the best thing to do.

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[Deep-House] Curses & DKDS – Trouble ft. SYF

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Curses & DKDS
Trouble Feat. SYF

NYC underground house purveyor Curses, one of Luca Venezia’s tasteful music projects (known in other circles by his Drop The Lime moniker as well) last teamed up with fellow Brooklyn house stalwarts DKDS for their early, Chicago jack-house influenced “Silence”, which saw official release over a year ago. After getting this one lost in the shuffle of the weekend we knew it warranted its own space here on TMN as the collaboration has once again reignited through an absolutely groovy deep-house burner “Trouble”. Featuring the vocals of SYF, who once plied his incredible incantations for one of the best live house acts of the last decade -Azari & III- “Trouble” is a haunting piece of house music which has this writer recollecting some of our favorite dingy dance floors over the years while playing out soulfully smoother than most anything Curses or DKDS have delivered us in the past. We’ve already had the pleasure of seeing Luca drop this one (get it?) the last time he came through Denver and its subdued intoxicating effect works even better on a gigantic club stack. So why don’t you do your ears a favor this afternoon and plug “Trouble” into a worthy system, sit back, and drift away. You can purchase a copy of “Trouble”, which is being put out through Ultra Records here on Beaport here, but if you aren’t bumping this one on the player above already, well… you should be.

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[Electro House] Borgeous & Tony Junior – Break The House (Original Mix)

Borgeous & Tony Junior - Break The House (Original Mix)
Borgeous & Tony Junior
Break The House (Original Mix)

LA-based DJ/producer Borgeous has always been a crowd pleaser when it comes to his hardstyle music. This time he teamed up with Dutch producer Tony Junior and released this rave banger called “Break The House”, and the track is everything the title suggests and more. The hardhitting bass combined with the catchy synth melody throughout the whole track provide us with a neverending eargasm. The drop gives you an adrenaline rush that makes you want to just get up and dance your pants off, start a shuffling pit, or fistpump your arm off, what have you. It almost reminds us of the Showtek banger “Bad”; it is just that memorable.

Borgeous continues to reassure his status as an electro powerhouse with this new release. We are excited to see what else he got in store for us.

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[NEW] Alt-J – Left Hand Free (Lido Remix)

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Alt-J
Left Hand Free (Lido Remix)

A week after Lido previewed this remix on his Diplo & Friends MixAlt-J has let loose the Norwegian producer’s much anticipated take on their infectious single, “Left Hand Free.” We’ve come to expect the unexpected from Lido at this point and, on this one, he relaxes the upbeat original to kick things off allowing Alt-J’s vocals to shine over a minimalistic background. Around the 1:45 mark, Lido breaks the tension with his signature big-room breakdown accompanied with vocoder melodies.

This one was released exclusively via Spotify and comes a day after Lido’s I Love You Too, the impressive remix EP of his debut project featuring a number of fellow up ‘n comers. If you’re anything like us, you’ll have this one on repeat all day.

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[Chill] Disclosure – Boiling (Deuxième Remix)

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Boiling (Deuxième Remix)

Sinead Harnett, whether you knew it or not, has lent her voice to some of the best electronic records in recent years. Her collaboration with Disclosure on one of Settle’s relatively ignored B-sides “Boiling” is widely treasured across the blogosphere as one of the album’s standout tracks. Her voice just melts into the UK duo’s production effortlessly and the marriage seems like it was built in heaven, until now. Enter Deuxième, a new player in the game from the suburban follies of Connecticut. With Rick Mitarotonda on guitar and Doug Bogan on keyboards/production, the two classically trained musicians give us a redone track that’s groovy, uplifting, melodic, and jazzy. Be on the look out for much more from these cool cats in the near future!

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[Future Bass] TastyTreat – Up Late ft. Father Dude

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TastyTreat
Up Late ft. Father Dude

California duo TastyTreat just released this unique tune under Hebinomichi titled “Up Late”, and it is a tasty treat indeed! Featuring Father Dude‘s soothing vocals, this future bass goodness hits the spot with these complex drums and synths. The soulful R&B vocals work perfectly with the sexy and dreamy approach of the song. When everything was done right and put in the right places, it goes to show the unspeakable talents of the artists and how collaborative magic works together.

These guys definitely deserve way more attention than they were already getting. With such high production value in their works, TastyTreat has a lot of tricks up their sleeves. Make sure to grab a free download of this tune on their website here!

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