GDJB World Tour: Chicago
Everyone likes for the end of the year to go out with a bang, and TMN is no exception to this desire.
For our last Resident Artist before the New Year, we wanted to find someone whose music speaks for itself, someone who is beloved by many and who continues to demonstrate their undeniable musical talent.Please welcome to the stage, Mr. Markus Schulz.
Over the last 10 years this insane DJ has crafted the individual music identities of progressive, trance, and house into his own unique fusion sound. In 2008 Schulz broke into the #10 on DJ Magazine’s Top 100 chart and since then he has continued his great success playing over 150 gigs a year, two label releases, millions of listenership, his personal Global DJ broadcast and he holds the title last year for DJ Times Magazine reader-voted America’s Best DJ.
Like many artists, Schulz’s love for dance music started at a young age. He emigrated from Germany to the United States when he was little and here, when he was just 13, he became enamored with the breakdance scene. From there he started to remix songs and his DJ career was born. Schulz’s sound was quickly noticed by European DJs. In 2004, he signed with heavyweight DJ agency David Lewis Productions (also home to Armin Van Buuren, a friend of Schulz’s). From this point on, the list of Schulz’s accomplishments as a DJ and a producer expand far beyond just one blog post. The truth is in his music, Schulz has been a prominent face of dance music for quite some time and will continue to spread his love of the music to as many countries, cities, and people as he can.
Here’s to ending 2013 with a dance music legend whose name is Markus Schulz.
Ways To Go (Xaphoon Jones Finale Remix)
Well, ladies and gentleninjas, I have some tragic news to share with you all today. It appears that Xaphoon Jones is no more. Before you panic at the thought of a world without Xaphoon however, you must know that this is all part of an elaborate rebirth for the Philadelphia native under the new moniker, Noah Breakfast. Before preparing for life under his new identity, the talented producer decided to provide us with one last hurrah, this remix of Grouplove‘s “Ways To Go.” We didn’t think anyone could possibly top The Knocks‘ rendition of the track, but Xaphoon is prepared to give them a run for their money. This latest remix takes a far more unique spin on things, slowing things down from the original, isolating the vocals, and amplifying them with some much needed bass.
All in all, it serves as a fitting end to this chapter of Xaphoon’s career, which has been in a bit of a transitional period lately, especially after leaving Chiddy Bang. While we’re sad to see that awesome title go, we wish him all the best as he undergoes his new transformation.
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:
- Get in line up front door before 11 pm
- Show this post to the cashier
Boom. That’s it, ninjas! The only thing to mention for this week is that there are FOUR nights of stellar talent. That’s right. Beta has added a special show tonight which features Sub Focus as the headliner!
Sub Focus - December 4th
Markus Schulz - December 5th
Venom One feat. Adina Butar
Crashed & Burned (Markus Schulz Remix)
Getter - December 6th
Sasha - December 7th
With his rhythms running in the red, Ben Khan keeps his foot firmly to the floor with new track, “Savages”. Retaining his unique character, whilst dialling in a fresh intensity, “Savages” is perhaps Ben’s most ambitious track to date – an unnerving, idiosyncratic cut that showcases the young artist’s flair for the epic. There’s little to no information available about the elusive Londoner, but the vocal hooks on ‘Savage’ are more than enough to cement Ben on your ‘ones to watch’ list.
Money On My Mind
He does it for the love.
Sam Smith tells us in his latest song ‘Money On My Mind’ that he doesn’t do it for the money. While he isn’t specific about what exactly he doesn’t do, he makes it clear that love is the answer to every question, every reason, and every answer. The wonderful British vocalist captivates with his stunning, blues-like voice and vocals that immediately stick in your mind. And then let’s not forget the intoxicating soft electronic beat, filled with drums and snap sounds, yes those fingers will be snapping. Smith just reminds us that it isn’t money that should be on anyone’s mind, but love, pure and simple and gleaming in all its glory.
We first introduced Kaleida two weeks ago, when they released their lead and title track “Think“. Now with the most recent release of their second song,”Tropea“, I have to say that their upcoming EP this month is sounding progressively promising.
This charismatic electronic pair draws my attention with their deconstructed synths and lucid lyrics, in the same manner that I was captured by Gotye’s, “Somebody that I Used to Know”. The simplicity of the Cicely’s keys and production really bring out that remarkable crisp resonance in Christina’s vocals. If you’re more a lyrical listener, it may be a fun fact to know that Tropea is a breathtaking area for a splash in the water, located on a reef in Southern Italy (courtesy of Wikipedia).
Concocted during the bands debut album recording sessions, Brighton based Kins are delivering a pensive new track Opsimplistic: a flip side to the previously released Aimless.
Brimming with delicate atmospherics, Opsimplistic (b-side) depicts tales of late night bedroom loneliness, mirrored in its echoic soundscapes and reverberating the vastness of the coastal scenery in which it was crafted. Produced in a Brighton (UK) basement, the isolation of its self created context is evident in its harrowing and eloquently melodic sound.
Thematically, the expected exploration of optimism and simplicity are visible, alongside interwoven ideas of loss and dislocation. Encompassed in a yearning vocal and a slow burning instrumental backdrop, Kins manage to marry their motifs in a hybrid of concept, lyricism and sound.
Not for the inattentive, Kins contemplative and considered approach demands some room for resonance.
Opsimplistic is free to download on Soundcloud. It’s counterpart Aimless is taken from Kins self-titled debut album, available to stream on Soundcloud, or available to buy from iTunes.