[Electronic] Redial – Reflections EP

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The musical landscape is an ever-evolving place and with it comes the listener’s insatiable thirst for fresh sounds and genres to constantly break new grounds. With that desire we often forget that this need exists as much with the artists making the music as it is with the wider population that listen to it. As far as we can tell from the new direction Australian bass producer Redial has taken with his latest Reflections EP, this was exactly the line of thinking that led to this journey from his traditional electro style into the future feel at play here.

Ironically, as much as “Reflections” suggests a lingering thought on the past, everything about this opening track of the EP suggests he is looking forward with a renewed perspective. Grand sweeping chords now replace the growling aggression of previous years, and there is a clear statement being made to suggest he is out to push the boundaries of current trends. Nevertheless, atmosphere has always been the key element behind all of his work, and that strength is certainly not forgotten here now. From the bass-ridden hypnotism of “Just What I Need” to the funk-driven “Vision,” the ethereal soundscape is the common link that ties this majestic collection together and will no doubt continue to be the feature of his arsenal to come.

As for us, we can definitely share this excitement for what’s in store next, given what’s on display here. The Reflections EP is out now via Beatport.

’Redial – Reflections’
’Redial – Just What I Need’
’Redial – Vision’
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The Chill Dojo #124

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We’ve had no shortage of fresh musical offerings in 2015, each week bringing with it a diverse list of names as we uncover incredible new talent. This edition’s shining discovery is a French artist by the name of Petit Biscuit, who in one fell swoop has made us fall in love with his gentle sound. The culprit, ‘Sunset Lover’, is simple in premise but complex in sound, gliding through waves of vocal chops, beautiful guitar melody and blissful chords. When it all comes together it creates a vivid mental image saturated in all the colors of summer. jackLNDN may be a much more familiar name to our humble Dojo, but he never fails to delight with each successive installment of his signature chill grooves. As always, there’s just the right touch of dance-floor influence to keep this one ready for just about any occasion.

As far as other newcomers go though, Spire was unearthed onto our radar this week as another one to watch on the renowned Australian scene. Never before have we heard the ability to blend such peaceful vibes with elements of glitch-hop. Together it creates the most bizarre sensation of extreme bass and serene soundscape, but it’s a feeling we would very much like to experience more in future. Anticipation is the only thing that comes over us with each new teaser of GRiZ’s new album, and with the early stream of his collab with Talib Kweli released this week, it’s fair to say it has never been stronger than now. On the lighter side of his notoriously funky sound, ‘For The Love’ tones down the usual glitchy bass for a more hip hop style, but as can be expected, the sax is the thing that really steals the show for us. We couldn’t cut short this funky affair without a shout out to the beatmaster Gramatik, and it’s with very good reason too. Only a few days ago he unleashed the ‘Faraway’ instrumental that is one of the smoothest we’ve ever come across from the maestro. This dog is certainly not out of tricks that’s for sure, and our bodies are once again powerless against his hypnotic groove that he wields with almost effortless power.

All this goes to show that we’re never short on surprises when it comes to the quality music on display every week. And that’s exactly why this obsession is too good to give up anytime soon. Peace out.

’Petit Biscuit – Sunset Lover’
’jackLNDN – Fooled Around’
’spire – Still Don’t Understand’
’spire – The Clouds Pass By’
’GRiZ – For The Love (feat. Talib Kweli)’
’Gramatik – Faraway (Instrumental)’
’Hermitude – Through The Roof (Sable Remix)’
’Ordinary Youngstr – This Took Way Too Long’
’Veens – Irezumi’
’Steve1der and Marvel  – Pushing On (Tchami Flip)’
’Vanilla – Somebody’
’Moglebaum – Fox (Bjorn Olson Remix)’
’Kattch – Thinking Of You’
’Kattch – Little Better’
’LAKIM – Get Out On Your Own’
’Second Nature – H E R (Part 2)’
’esta – Only One’
’Chris McClenney – Amor Celestial’
’Zikomo – Fly Love’
’DAngelo – Left & Right (FloFilz Remix)’
’stwo – one (ryan jacob remix)’
’MaLuca – The One’
’Tidur – Detached’
’SINGULARIS – Tar Baby’
’oshi – Hang On’
’AbJo – I Still Really Love You’
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[Smooth] Trey Songz – Na Na (Cowp Remix)

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Trey Songz
Na Na (Cowp Remix)

Cowp may not be a familiar name to you, but he certainly has a developed sound not unlike a majority of producers with a larger following. His most recent remix treatment covers Trey Songz‘ “Na Na,” and he flips the DJ Mustard helmed hit into his own (and honestly much more fitting) creation. Cowp’s version is stripped down to essentials and sprinkles the vocals along the sprightly instrumental without any clashing elements and has an overall nice balance. This is one of those cases where the remix transcends the original, and Cowp yet again has shown himself capable of providing a stellar remix like he has for well over a year now. Be sure to catch his previous remix of Portugal The Man’s “Purple Yellow Red and Blue” and support his latest above!

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[Event Preview] Miami Andhim – 3/24 – Treehouse

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It’s that time of the year again folks! Miami Music Week is quickly approaching, and the fine folks at Minimax have got us feeling like kids on Christmas Eve. Our first spring soiree will be going down at the ever-elating Treehouse. Self ascribed “superhouse” producers Andhim will be dropping their signature mix of grooves alongside Thugfucker, Baez and friends. Miami vice is sure to abound on this magical night , so go grab your tickets here before the clamoring hordes beat you to it.

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[Electronic] Jamie xx – Alba

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Jamie xx
Alba (Radio Rip)

It’s been a while since we’ve heard from The xx and their mastermind producer, Jamie xx, but with a new record on the way from both, hopefully all of that will change soon. Yesterday, on BBC Radio 1Jon Hopkins shared a tune from Jamie xx, which was released a few months back on Nowness as part of the Continuum experimental video project,  and as always it’s a uniquely beautiful and intricate composition. “Alba” carries a similarly tranquility as “Sleep Sound,” feeling like a hazy lullaby powered solely by an electronic instrumental. Little info is known about the release schedule for Jamie’s highly anticipated debut solo album, but if the releases thus far are any indication, it has the potential to be a game changer. Enjoy this short but sweet joint above and look out for new music from The xx, who are set to release their third album this year, soon. “Alba” will be released as a limited edition vinyl on April 18th for Record Store Day. 

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[Trap] Fetty Wap – Trap Queen (E-V and Koala Kalam Remix)

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Fetty Wap
Trap Queen (E-V & Koala Kalam Remix)

Fetty Wap‘s debut single “Trap Queen” has been trickling its way through the radio and club scene, finally implanting a spot in mainstream rotation. Today, fans of the catchy tune get a little taste of something different as LA-based DJ E-V and Ohio-native Koala Kalam give the successful single the remix treatment. Maintaining the high energy of the original, the two later flip the beat with the addition of some synth production, electro sounds, and a turnt vibe that is sure to keep the party going. Just in time for the weekend, take a listen to the free new mix and be sure to check out each DJ’s respective Soundcloud pages to hear more new and innovative mixes.

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[Secret Ninja Pass] This Week at Beta 3/19 – 3/21

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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:

– Head to the front door and enter the club before 11 pm
– Show this post to the cashier (Valid for 21+ only)

Oliver Heldens - March 19
’Oliver Heldens – Melody (Original Mix)’
’Zeds Dead & Oliver Heldens – You Know ‘
RAM TOUR FT DELTA HEAVY - March 20
’Delta Heavy – Turbine VIP’
’RAM LIFE MINI MIX’
Green Velet - March 20
’Green Velvet – Electric Playground Podcast 2/28/2015’
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