[Get Pumped] TomorrowWorld 2014 Pre-Fesitval Playlist

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Fresh outfits? Check. Schedule planned out? Of course. Portable cell phone charger? You betcha. Drinking tons of water and front-loading on B Vitamins and Potassium? Definitely.

Your plans are coming together flawlessly for TomorrowWorld. You’ve checked off every single item on your list, ensuring that you’ll have the most epic time you could possibly have. While we’re certainly jealous of you, as we cannot make it this year, we’re still willing to help get you through the next few days of anxiety-filled anticipation.

Below you’ll find our highlights of the festival. As you coast through your last few days of work, throw on this playlist and envision yourself in a sea of smiling faces, dancing feet, and beaming hearts.

TomorrowWorld approaches, and it’s going to be legendary.

Mark Morrison
Return Of The Mack (JackLNDN Remix)
Kidnap Kid
Like You Used To
16 Bit Lolitas
Deep In My Soul (Original Mix)
Eric Prydz
Liberate (Lane 8 Remix)
Oliver & Jimi Jules
Pushing On (Tchami Remix)
Subfocus
Close ft. MNEK
Golden Features
Tell Me Ft. Nicole Millar (Bixel Boys Remix)
The Weeknd
Often (Kygo Remix)
Dr Kucho! & Gregor Salto
Cant Stop Playing (Oliver Heldens & Gregor Salto Remix)
Dash Berlin & 3LAU
Somehow (feat. Bright Lights)
Mat Zo ft The Knocks
Get Down Get Up
The Chainsmokers
KANYE ft. SirenXX
Cazzette
Sleepless (A
Magic!
Rude (Zedd Remix)
Felix Cartal
Ready For Love (feat. Chloe Angelides)
Strange talk
Morning Sun (Dillon Francis Remix)
Deorro vs MAKJ
READY! (Original Mix)
TJR
Polluted feat. Dirt Nasty (TAITO Remix)
Botnek & 3LAU
Vikings (Original Mix)
Oliver Heldens X Becky Hill
Gecko (Overdrive) (Jack Beats Remix)
Cash Cash
Surrender
Valentino Khan feat. DJ Kool
Make Some Noise (VIP)
Showtek & Ookay
Bouncer (OUT NOW)
GALANTIS
You (Brillz Remix)
Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike vs W&W
Waves (Slander TomorrowWorld Remix)
Bassnectar & Excision
Put It Down (Crizzly Remix)
Yellow Claw & Cesqeaux
Legends Ft. Kalibwoy
Noosa
Clocktower (Sound Remedy Remix)
Bassnectar & Seth Drake
F.U.N.
Keys N Krates
Are We Faded
GRiZ
Throwback
Ariana Grande
Be My Baby feat. Cashmere Cat (Edit)
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[Hip-Hop] Nas – Life’s a Bitch (feat. AZ) (Free n Losh Remix)

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Nas
Life's A Bitch feat. AZ (Free n Losh Remix)

Successfully remixing a song from one of the greatest rap albums of all time is no easy task, but Free n Losh prove it is possible with their latest take on Nas‘s classic “Life’s a Bitch.” The talented Canadian production duo replace the original instrumental with a vibrant bass-line, smooth piano and various soul samples. During the legendary chorus, Free n Losh layer a high-pitched portamento synth reminiscent of the G-Funk era. As a result, the song ends up sounding a bit like if the Illmatic anthem had west-coast production, with a splash of young Kanye West‘s soul sample skills. Check it out above and head to their Facebook page for a free download.

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[TMN Interview] Big Gigantic’s Jeremy Salken on Rowdytown, his Muppet drum set, and why live instruments are so badass

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Today we have the pleasure of sitting down with one half of Big Gigantic, the man on the drums, Mr Jeremy Salken. Jeremy! Thank you so much for taking some time out of your busy day to talk with The Music Ninja!

Jeremy: Yeah, thank you

TMN: Let’s get right to it, Rowdytown 3 is going to go down at Red Rocks in Morrison Colorado in three days. The two night event has become quite a staple with Big G (and I hear Friday is sold out, Saturday is quickly approaching the same, congrats!). Talk to us about where the inspiration came for Rowdytown?

Jeremy: Thank you very much, that’s awesome that so many people are coming. In regards to Rowdytown, we kind of had been on tour for a few years, traveling all over the country doing festivals and playing shows and opening up for people like Pretty Lights, Bassnector, and Skrillex. We got the opportunity to play Red Rocks, which they start talking to you about playing there the year before so the summer before the first Rowdytown we began talking about it. We were like, are we really going to play Red Rocks? Yes? Ok, then we need to make it big. We need to name the show something and just try to go all out. We passed around so many different names for months, from the stupidest stuff to great stuff. Then, Dom and I were goofing off with our friends, and one of them said, ‘Why don’t you call it Row-town?’ which, we used to say, we are going to take it to Rowdytown tonight you know when it was a big show and we were going to get crazy. So while we were talking about it, it turned into Rowdytown, and we were like that’s what we should call it.

TMN: An immediate that’s it!

Jeremy: Exactly, and now we are finally getting to a point where Rowdytown is developing into what we wanted it to be, two nights and everything, where it feels more like a festival. There are five artists each night, we are getting all special stuff, we have the little G’s coming out who are the advanced volunteers that are going to be helping out with stuff. There will be a photobooth, all sorts of things. Hopefully everyone has a great time this year.

TMN: Were you and Dominic surprised about the huge success of this event? It’s no surprise to anyone how much Colorado loves you two, being your hometown and everything, but you hear about people traveling from all over the US to see this. Tell us about how Rowdytown has become a staple for the Big G family?

Jeremy: Yeah, I think it is our mecca for Big G (laughs).

TMN: I would definitely say so!

Jeremy: And now that it is two nights, it is even more of an event because you can travel and go for two nights and make a weekend out of it. We are so psyched that it has built up to where it is and we are so appreciative to everyone who comes out to see us. It wasn’t that long ago that we were practicing in our basement and didn’t know what was going to happen and we were playing in tiny rooms all over the country. We started in Boulder and it is really cool that we can come back home and do something really awesome for Colorado.

TMN: Of course you are playing at the greatest outdoor venue in the world (that’s not just me saying, it has been voted on) Red Rocks. Does the experience just keep getting better and better everytime you are at that venue and what do you love most about playing there?

Jeremy: Red Rocks is definitely my favorite venue in the world. I honestly never get tired of that place; I went to shows all summer and saw a lot of my friends play. Every time I go to a show I spend half the show looking up at the audience and half the show looking at the stage. People are always asking me what I am looking at and I just can’t get over the way the moon always comes around that one big rock at the top on any clear night. It is just awesome, I love the vibe there.

TMN: I mean, not a bad thing to claim Red Rocks as a home venue.

Jeremy: (Laughs) Yeah not a bad place to claim at all. That we can even say that is beyond amazing.

TMN: And what a way to start before you head out on your “Touch the Sky” tour which is just twelve short days away. Tour are always fun, invigorating, and a massive commitment. What are a few things your fans can look forward to on this tour?

Jeremy: We are going to have a new light rig so that will be really cool. The set right now is pretty crushing. Dom has been working a lot on the older stuff. He finally found the master files for that stuff so we are making it a little fuller sounding, will be sharing some of it at Red Rocks. This tour coming up is going to be great, it is all over the country and we will be playing at some great venues like Madison Square Garden with Bassnector to kick it off. We have a big Halloween show in Atlanta, other shows in Detroit and Philly, just a lot of great places throughout the fall.

TMN: Sounds like a great tour, I’m sure all of your fans are looking forward to it.

Jeremy: It will be, tell everyone to come out, it will be a rager.

TMN: Just tell them all they will go ‘Row-Town’ every night right?

Jeremy: (Laughs) Yes, it is going to be so ‘Row’.
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[Seductive] Alina Baraz & Galimatias – Fantasy

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Alina Baraz & Galimatias
Fantasy

Oh man, these two are at it again with another incredibly sexy and seductive new song. For the past year, Alina Baraz and Galimatias have been wowing us with their musical style, a combination of Baraz’s overly delightful vocals mixed with Galimatias’ addicting electronic melodies. Their recent release ‘Fantasy’ takes each of us on a musical journey as this duo quietly overtakes our personal fantasies. You will get so high on this song because there is no other sensation to feel. These two have showed us they understand how to musically speak to anyone who listens to their music. Leaving all my worries behind, it’s time to dive into my fantasies with this beat carrying me all the way.

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Train – Hey Soul Sister (SMLE Remix) [TMN PREMIERE]

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Train
Hey Soul Sister (SMLE Remix)

Here at TMN, we are passionate about sharing the music that brings our ears happiness with our viewers. Just the same, we are devoted to exposing those shrouded artists with unforeseen music that is just waiting to be heard. These hidden treasures are what always seem to quench our music thirst.

As of recent SMLE made their way onto the music map, and you better believe we didn’t fail to notice. After catching our attention with their cover of Michael Buble’s rendition of Nina Simone’s original “Feeling Good,” we have kept our eyes glued for new releases.

As music bloggers, we are lucky enough to be able to watch artists develop in both their success and their sound. From a more personal point-of-view, and having been introduced to SMLE’s work since day uno, this brand new release of theirs is quite a treat for myself as it captures their growth. Taking on Train’s pop hit, “Hey Soul Sister,” SMLE feeds your ears illuminating melodies from start to end.

As you may remember from TMN’s previous coverage of SMLE, the guys like to incorporate live instrumentals into their productions. Throughout the remix you’ll notice colorful guitar lines in addition to the glittering synths that pulls the whole piece together to become something that is truly one of its own kind.

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[Event Review] ODESZA Back-to-Back at Mezzanine, SF 9/18-19

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ODESZA
Memories That You Call (feat. Monsoonsiren)

Ninja-favorites ODESZA are in the midst of a meteoric rise with their album, In Return, debuting at the top of the Billboard Top 100 dance/electronic charts last week. So, when they kicked off their supporting tour at Mezzanine in San Francisco, it came as no surprise that a second night was added by popular demand. Being the fans that we are, we were in attendance both nights and their performances were absolutely brilliant.

Well before ODESZA took the stage, a palpable excitement among the sold-out crowd had developed evidencing the brimming fan-base of artists on the cusp of super-stardom. As they emerged, their symmetrical setup included mirroring MPCs and two-piece electric drum sets over the backdrop of kaleidoscopic visuals. Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight, the talents behind ODESZA, have a clear on-stage chemistry playing almost perfectly synchronized at times making it clear how they work so well together as musicians. At the same time, they have a sort of casualness on stage, perhaps as a result of their west coast roots, that allows them to connect with the audience in a very personal way. Their electric drum sets were particularly powerful in adding to the live performance as they covered the majority of their library somehow managing to further amplify their stadium-worthy sound.

While it was pretty difficult to establish our favorite songs from the shows, “Memories That You Call,” “Sun Models,” “Keep Her Close,” “Without You” and their remix of Zhu‘s “Faded,” which came out during the encore, stood out as memorable points in their sets. Watch a couple brief clips from the show below and make sure to check out their upcoming tour dates here. Seeing ODESZA at this point in their careers is truly witnessing history in the making. Continue reading

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[Electronic] Anna Of The North – Sway (The Chainsmokers Remix)

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Anna of the North
Sway (The Chainsmokers Remix)(Free DL)

For those of you who may have first caught wind of The Chainsmokers through “Selfie” (and who blames you), you may not know that the duo got their first following in the industry by producing remixes of some of the most eclectic group of indie artists in the market today. They were some listener’s first introductions to Say Lou Lou, ASTR, and Banks. Now that the two are on two bigger and grander things like XM Radio shows, multimillion dollar recording deals, and creators of the song that nearly broke Youtube, they decided to take a nostalgic trip back to their indie roots and try out a new remix. Luckily for us, they picked up TMN-favorite Anna Of The North and her single “Sway” and bring her into the spotlight. The Norwegian dream pop starlet gets her angelic voice reinforced by the Chainsmokers’ outstanding production which is quite honestly a match made in heaven. AOTN was our best kept secret, but it seems like she will be ruling the airwaves sooner than we previously thought thanks to this long-anticipated remix by two of the industry’s best.

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