DJ Duo City 17 made a huge splash in the EDM world by recently winning the Lights All Night Festival contest and landing a chance to play with the likes of Tiesto, Zedd, and Avicii. So, just how did this LA/Seattle based DJ duo win the contest? Well, it was with a last minute submission with the title track off this EP, “Ignite It”. Thankfully for Felipe Pereira and Justin Anderson they decided to enter!
The title track, “Ignite It” is an electro house gem that has poppy build with addicting vocals, a driving beat, and crunchy electro synths. It’s the perfect track to showcase their abilities to blend memorable melodies with aggressive dance riffs. It’s a sound that would be sure to draw people in to the dance floor and provide energy to keep them moving.
The other track that we particularly enjoyed was their vocal dubstep track, “Wage War”. It features a smooth build-up that focuses on Tatiana Lepsch’s vocals, which leads into a razor sharp drop that is a will make the crowd do some serious fist pumping.
If you dig City 17′s tunes, make sure to head over to Beatport and pick up a copy for yourself.
It seems like every time we turn a corner on the internet we run into some young, extremely talented producer. Well, around today’s bend lies 19 year old Floridian producer Matthew Postrel. There’s no doubt that garage has a permanent place in EDM, being one of the oldest forms. So, it’s always great when we hear someone pick it up and do it well. Matthew has accomplished a delicious future garage track that features well sampled vocals, beat skipping kicks, a big smooth groovy bassline, and atmospheric sounds that give a unique listening experience. This being Matthew’s first release, we’re certainly impressed and eager to hear more.
Head over to his facebook page and snag a free download of this young artists very first published track.
Michigan-based, Malawi- native, Atu, represents a new class of producers creating minimal, lo-fi instrumentals utilizing distorted and manipulated R&B samples. The latest project from the 20-year old artist, Pictures on Silence, floats seamlessly from start to finish providing a unique, turned-down and inverted listening experience.Fans of 2000s R&B will vaguely recognize samples from artists such as Alicia Keys, Ray J and Boyz II Men among others through out Atu’s work. This collection elevates the listener to a tranquil state of suspension somewhere at the intersection of trippy, romantic and ambient.
In order to support his place of birth, Atu has released the album on Bandcamp with a starting price of $5, all of which is donated to support children in Malawi. Check out a few of our favorite tracks below, grab some great music and help support a worthwhile cause here: αtμ - Pictures on Silence.
Seems crazy to think we’ve already hit another milestone with 30…30 Chill Dojos (insert Sesame Street Count laugh here). There’s always the desire to deliver a playlist fitting for the occasion, and luckily this week has seen enough amazing music to compile a mammoth edition of 30 tracks! There’s a heap of amazing talent on show here, so let’s waste no time and dive straight in.
Garage vibes are the flavor of the week, and when it comes to this style there’s no doubt the UK does it best. No idea how we slept on this remix of ‘Attracting Flies’ from Shift Key, but we’re making up for it by placing it on top as the absolute must-listen this week. This is a style that is so easy to love, and luckily UK group Clean Bandit keep similar vibes flowing with their official remix for the forthcoming Rudimental album, Home. And there’s no way we can talk UK garage without the latest from Kidnap Kid who continues to pump out dancefloor-ready magic. Dancefloor and magic did you say? No apologies for this terrible segue, but that leads perfectly into the newest Viceroy release, which of course is oozing with that summer feeling. If that wasn’t enough excitement for one week, another dojo favorite in Shook also let loose a groovy funkalicious jam just a few days ago, and has been heavy on replay ever since. In addition, there’s more dancey tunes courtesy of Drop Out Orchestra, Cassian, and Kaytranada, more infectious beats from Moods and Mr. Carmack, plus another freebie from Sizzlebird, who rarely goes a week without another mention in the dojo.
The rest is yours to discover, so take your time and wind down in the best way possible. Peace out.
Las Vegas based electronica based duo, Black Boots, has more to offer you than just two sets of shiny black boots. These guys got signed to Ultra in hopes of bringing their substance based EDM to the masses. Normally, this is the part of the post where we talk about how these two came together, but we have something even better for you. If you glance below, you’ll see an exclusive interview awaiting you. So, don’t take our word for how Black Boots was formed, instead read what they had to say about how they came together, who they admire in the scene, and what each of them brings to the table when coming up with new tracks!
TMN: We want to know how this project came about. Tell us how you two met?
It was cosmic coincidence. Universal magnetism.
We were standing at the precipice of chaos in our lives and we randomly crossed paths and became roommates. From there we spent more time together and it was very apparent that there was a deep connection on both an artistic and philosophical level. After that, it was only a matter of time until the concept of Black Boots came to fruition.
TMN: on the single “Flash Of Light,” it seems like you guys really take your time whenever you release a new single. Walk us through the production cycle of every track. What do you think each of you bring to the table when it comes to producing a new sound?
Thank you for the kind words.
We focus all of our energy on writing songs with substance and purpose, and the writing process is a deeply intense experience in which we are taking the physical and emotional climate of our lives and purging that to record. The songs we write carry a very personal message and emotional attachment that we hope will resonate with people and create a genuine connection. We spend countless hours in our creative space revisiting ideas and fine-tuning the instrumentals and vocals because they need to be perfect in our eyes. We are perfectionists.
TMN: If you could only describe your sound in 3 words, what would they be?
Provocative, Flammable, Orgasmic.
TMN: Who in the current EDM scene do you look up to, and who are you most eager to collaborate with?
We have a lot of respect for guys that are doing their own thing and aren’t necessarily subscribing to chasing formulas or trending sounds. Collaborations are such an exciting and essential process of making music. There really is a wealth of information out there and we are certainly eager to learn from other artists. At the moment we have our eye on working with artists like Tommy Trash, Calvin Harris, and Wolfgang Gartner, to name a few, but our doors and minds are always open.
TMN: If your music were a Vegas hotel, which one would it be?
Whichever one is most glamorous on the outside, but dark and seedy on the inside.
TMN: What can we expect for 2013? Will you guys be touring?
Black Boots will be invading the airwaves and marching through many cities in the next year. We have a lot of unreleased material, videos, artwork, and concepts that will be coming your way soon. Hope to see you all out there.
Good news for you loyal ninjas out there. The wait is finally over…well kind of. Daft Punk has come out and announced that their newest album–their first studio album in eight years–will be titled Random Access Memories. The album is slated for a May 21st release, and pre-orders are already available now on iTunes. While the tracklist hasn’t been revealed, we do know that the project will have 13 supremely awesome new Daft Punk songs. All we can do now is pre-order the album, and count down the days until May 21st (and hope for a single or two in the meantime). The year of the comeback continues!
Kendrick Lamar and the Top Dawg crew really want to make sure this is an amazing week for you. After receiving the stellar remix for “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe” on Monday, and ScHoolboy Q‘s awesome new track ”Yay Yay” early Friday, we’ve now been blessed with a remix to AWOLNATION‘s hit single “Sail” complete with guest verses from Kendrick and Black Hippy running mate, Ab-Soul. While the remix may lack the punch of the original, it has been edited by Sounwave to make it a little bit more hip-hop friendly. Kendrick and Ab-Soul undoubtably deliver on their verses, although it can be hard to tell what they’re saying at times, considering the song’s plastered with tags from the L.A. Leakers. It looks like we’ll have to wait for the official version to drop, but in the meantime let’s enjoy what we can of it.