KANYE (Kasum Remix)
There’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that what The Chainsmokers have done in the past few years is beyond impressive. Song after song continues to chart on the Hype Machine, and a few have even become mainstays in the pop world. Anytime you have this amount of success, remixes are sure to follow. While some aren’t worth batting an eye at, this Boston-based master of the melodic has dialed up one you’ll surely place in your regular rotation.
With SirenXX’s vocals left very much in-tact, “Kanye” is given a uplifting, near-tropical facelift, focusing on synths that have a steel drum feel. The steady four-to-the-floor beat accentuates the glowing melody and vocal samples expertly, giving a smile-inducing interpretation of this smash hit. And while the original had plenty of oomph, this remix is an energetic thrill ride at a dancefloor-friendly 128 BPM, which is sure to provide some aching legs and tired feet.
While you’re probably no stranger to Kasum, especially if you pay attention to the Hype Machine, take a moment to like this college student’s (that’s right, college student) facebook page.
We’re to a point in society where we can pretty much all agree that Top 40 music is definitely lacking in soul and originality. While there’s always a few exceptions to the rule, we all tend to lean to the blogosphere to find unique and engaging tunes, which is a strong indication to what we think of traditional mediums.
Hailing from the City of Angels, Preston Knight has been creating and performing for the majority of his life. Inspired by film, comic books, anime, and truly monumental pop artists (MJ, Lady Gaga, Prince, etc), this newcomer is hoping to inspire that escape that so many of us look for when we’re hunting for our new favorite songs.
My goal is to bring magic and soul to mainstream pop music – Preston Knight
Today, we’re bringing you not only the premiere of this up-and-coming artist’s new song, “Danger”, but we’re also giving you the first look at the music video. Produced by Danny Score (producer/writer for TMN fav Jez Dior), this cinematic-quality, suspenseful thrill ride harnesses trap-style elements with classical piano work and Knight’s soulful vocals to an engrossing listening experience.
The video boasts pure professional quality, which is rare to see with a new artists. Regardless of how it came to be, we’re excited that the time was spent to get it to this point. When we asked Knight what the thinking was behind it, here’s what he had to say:
Directed by Stephen Mallett of Green Glow Films
and styled by Jordan Stolch, the video was heavily influenced by Fahrenheit 451
, Captain EO
, and the current state of our hand held touch screen generation that is heavily detached from the human connection and lead to believe in a “Life-Like Fake Life” (original coined term written on the rebel hero’s jacket).
“Danger” is now available as a free download on Preston Knight’s soundcloud page.
whatchawannado (coast Remix)
Up and coming producer duo coast just released their red hot remix of a Madeaux track titled “whatchawannado”. Being their first release, this remix is nothing short of amazing and definitely showcases their talent. It takes off with these sharp synths as the intro, and the buildup is shrouded with samples from the original tune. Incorporating these killer synths and trap with post-dubstep elements, the east coast-based duo killed this remix by completely switching up the style of the Madeaux song and making it their own. It is always difficult to add in your own elements while not overdoing it and giving credit to the original, but coast did just that. The complexion of their music goes to show what these guys are capable of creating. We’ll definitely be seeing more of them.
Be sure to check out both Madeaux and coast’s page and you can grab a free download of their brand new remix here.
Hey QT (Blackbird Blackbird Remix)
Blackbird Blackbird has got to be one of most unpredictable producers in the game. Coming out with a remix of this quirky tune titled “Hey QT”, the SF-based musician once again surprises us with his unbelievable talent. The tune is brushed up with a soft trap beat, and the catchy melody is sampled throughout the track for the buildup and the drop. He definitely made this track his own with these complex maneuvers, and we can definitely see this being played in his upcoming shows. Big ups to Blackbird Blackbird and all that he offers to the industry!
Be sure to check out his other stuff and grab a free download of this new remix here.
The multi-talented musician Christian Berishaj a.k.a JMSN has the voice of an angel. Here we have a track titled “Sweet Sweeper”, where he gives us a sneak peek of his upcoming self-titled album. Incorporating retrograde R&B vocals with new-generation electronic sound production, JMSN is definitely one of the frontrunners of this genre, along with big names like The Weeknd and Frank Ocean. Talk about a butter-smooth voice; it’s one of those tunes you can listen to all day and not get tired of. The feels are so strong with this one.
So do yourself a favor, put this record on and we’ll cry our eyes out together. Also, brace yourself because JMSN album is coming out 12/9. It’s one of those albums you do not want to miss out on.
Money Time feat. Antony & Cleopatra (Option4 Remix)
It’s always such a thrill for us at TMN when an artist we’ve been following from the ground up starts receiving the critical support for which we believe was due from the beginning. After an impressive 2013 and start to 2014, which included founding the digital Night Supply imprint, singles on the hallowed Nurvous Records, and absurdly viral remixes for Great Good Fine OK and Elizabeth Rose; Denver’s option4 makes a soulfully jacking debut on one of the biggest electronic tastemaking labels in existence, Fool’s Gold, by re-visioning Sammy Bananas’ “Money Time”. As with much of his back catalog, option4 paints a vibrant, deep and jacking U.K. house shine onto Bananas’ original; resulting in a tune armed with more than enough dark funky lacquer to incite a dancefloor storm. This one’s coming out as part of Sammy Bananas’ Money Time EP package, which dropped today through iTunes. Snag a copy here, and since you’ve made it this far, get your boogie onto option4′s remix above.
Stuart Software, Gibson & Glover Feat.Rob James
Keep On (SectionZ Fresh Friday) [Free Download]
As our Tuesday afternoon lingers on, some of Ninjas are still left with visions of dancefloors teeming with beautiful, sweaty masses and basically blowing the steam off from last weekend. And what better way to kick that feeling into gear than with a little bit of quality, club-driven deep-house. “Keep On” from budding dance producers Stuart Software and Gibson & Glover popped up on our Soundcloud feed this morning via a well timed repost, albeit about a week after this one’s official release, but the moment we ran through it once; we knew it was a perfect cut for a blustery Tuesday. Vocalist Rob James lends a gorgeous helping of reverberations to this one while the prosperous pairing of Software and Gibson & Glover paint a chunky, U.K. club, deep groove onto the movement; producing a track we’ll be soundtracking our pre-games to this coming weekend. Not much information is available thus far on all three artists, but you can snag the track here on Bandcamp as a “name your price” download. Kick your afternoon into gear and let this one ride through your favorite and loudest listening medium.