[MP3 Playlist] The Chill Dojo #29

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So in case you didn’t know, Ultra was this weekend. If you’re reading this post on Sunday, it’s more than likely that you’re not there. If so, you have two options:

1. Continue to check your Facebook news feed and feel immense jealousy for your friends that are there and regret that you are not there.

2. Throw away your phone for the day, sit back, and relax to this ultra chill playlist instead.

If you’re still reading, congrats on picking option number two. Your prize is gracing your ears with standout track of the week, the smoothest remix of ‘Suit & Tie’ courtesy of Aussie beatmaker Ta-Ku. Funky beats and groovy synths will put all thoughts of raging festivals out of your mind, and make you wonder why JT never took this direction with the original to begin with. And while your mind is wandering away, make sure to soak up the next few serene selections, including a summer-infused Goldroom classic from Wax Nostalgic, and a slice of aural paradise from Swiss producer Dinka’s latest Closer EP. Rameses B hits us with some gorgeous liquid dnb, while Sizzlebird again showcases another beautiful feature, ‘Life Eclipse’ from his forthcoming Alive EP, which is sure to contain many more like it. Fellow UK dojo favourite, Maths Times Joy also previewed his stunning remix of DrDr, which blends those stunning vocals with magical swirling pads to perfection. There’s also some fresh trap reworks of big name tracks from Flume and Ellie Goulding, as well as plenty of unique beats to vibe to as always.

So forget about what everyone else is doing and whatever is going on at this point in time in the world. You’re hear now, so just enjoy the moment. Peace out.

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Justin Timberlake
Suit & Tie (Ta ku Remix)
Goldroom
Sweetness Alive (Wax Nostalgic Remix)
RÜFÜS
Take Me
Style Of Eye
Norway feat. Bessem
Dinka
Spring Valley (Original Mix).mp3
Rameses B
Meaning Of Life
Life Eclipse
DrDr
Addicted (Maths Time Joy Remix).mp3
Flume
Sleepless (The Ninetys Remix)
Ellie Goulding
Hanging On (Lex Supreme x Quality Remix)
Laura Mvula
She (Eagles For Hands Remix)
Major Lazer
Get Free feat. Amber Coffman (Blood Diamonds Remix)
H E A V E N S G A T E
Grooving on for Miles(ZurichTakes beat2)
Never Felt Real
Moods
Time To Move On (Breakout EP)
Looking Forward To
Greyhat & Finn
Submarine
CoMa
Wouldnt It Be Good If It Was True (ENiGMA Dubz Mix)
nExow & JacM
Serenity
CMA & nExow
Lost Dreams

PILGRIM (MS MR REMIX)
Rhye
3 Days (Saux Remix)
Ra Ra Riot
When I Dream (Pacific Air Remix)
Comet (feat. BeuKes)
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[ULTRA EXCLUSIVE] Thomas Gold Interview

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Thomas Gold
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Thomas Gold, the German producer and International superstar that needs no introduction, is also one of the nicest guys we have come across. We were able to catch up with him at WALL and ask him about his expectations for Ultra, his musical upbringing and what is coming out for 2013.

TMN: Thomas! Thank you so much for sitting down with us tonight. We’re excited to see your set here at WALL. First off, talk to us about what the energy and vibe is like in Miami for both UMF and WMC.

I have not been to Ultra yet, I am going tomorrow, but as far as I can see, it is amazing again this year. You can really see it filling up. We arrived here on Thursday night and it was still a little bit quite but you could feel that there was something going on. On Friday all the people came in and now you can see it is busy here, it is busy at the pool area, on the streets, traffic jams everywhere! I am super excited happy. I played at Space last night and it was a great night, so much fun. I am really looking forward to the next days.

TMN: We know you tend to go on pretty long extended tours, how do you handling time between performing and producing?

Actually I try to but I am not really handling it well at the moment, I must admit. I am still trying to because I am traveling a lot and it is hard to find a quiet, long period of time to really get into it and switch your brain to the music and dive into it.

So, of course I do a lot of stuff on my laptop and on the plane, at the airport and in the hotels. I have a keyboard with me so I can play melodies and chords, but it is super different from being in a real studio with speakers because on headphones it always sounds different; you don’t feel the music you just hear it. I prefer to be in a proper studio with a nice sound system. I have been touring a lot in the past months and mostly outside Europe so that means I don’t have much time to spend on the studio.
I was touring Europe for the last few weeks and in between the shows on the weekend I can go home to Berlin in my studio, so that means I had a little bit of time but still there was still so much other stuff to do. I am actually taking a couple of days off after Miami just to be in the studio and I am really hoping about getting this stuff done. I am working on my next single and it is just an issue of timing.

TMN: It there any food or drink item that you bring from home that you have to have with you while you are on the road.

No I just bring my instant coffee pack with me [laughs] So that is the only thing I bring and I am glad I have not had any problems through customs. [laughs]

TMN: Is there anything you look forward to when you are touring through American that you like? A certain food or drink?

Yes I love the steakhouses and I love sushi. There are a couple of really nice places in Miami and New York. I just love the food here.

TMN: You’ve played at the largest festivals, venues, and clubs all over the world. Are there any that stand out above the rest? Continue reading

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[ULTRA EXCLUSIVE] Andrew Bayer Interview

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Andrew Bayer
It's Going to Be Fine

Andrew Bayer, the rising and talented super star that is taking the electronic scene by storm is set to release his forthcoming If It Were You, We’d Never Leave LP April 15 via Anjunabeats. Working with tender and beautifully layered experiences that mash between hip/hop, ambient and experimental, his textured sounds, while mainly electronic, feel just as alive and organic. We have been following him closely and after getting a sneak peek at his latest album, we just had to learn more about the man behind the beats.

We met up with Andrew in Miami, this first weekend at Ultra to talk more about his upbringing and his music going forward:

TMN: First of all thanks for sitting down with us. How has your time in Miami been so far?

It has been awesome. I have only been here for a couple of days. I went to Mat Zo and Porter Robinson’s party last night which was an absolute blast. This is really the only party I am doing so I am just doing a lot of meetings and hanging out all day. I am really looking forward to the rest of my trip.

TMN: You have been a professional musician for a while now, where does this experience rank against the others?

Well Miami is always an interesting time. I feel like half the reason why you go is to hang out with all the people you work with on a daily basis that you don’t normally get to see. It is such an international community, the electronic community in general, I communicate with people that are in different continents every day that when you have everyone in one place it is just amazing to be able to see them face to face. It’s like “I have been talking to you for a year! And I’ve never met you”. That is my favorite aspect.

TMN: Let’s talk about your music, did you grow up playing instruments or is that something you started later in life?

I actually grew up playing piano. I took lessons during childhood and throughout my schooling as well. But I was never really that serious about the piano. It was always just being creative and served more as writing utensil; I was not a performance based musician. I definitely have a musical background but I couldn’t just go play some Chopin or something, as much as I would like to.

TMN: Haha we would be pretty impressed!

Haha, yea I could probably play it if you give me a week to practice!

TMN: We had the chance to preview the new album, we were all really impressed. Once thing that we noticed is the presence of a very intense atmospheric vibe, talk to us more about the production behind creating those experiences.

I love layering. That is my favorite thing to do in production. So what I would do is I will layer tons of noisy soundscapes that are all combined into one backdrop. A lot of these tracks start with weird sounds, that sound like something is breaking and stuff like that.

Those sounds will usually be about 10 different things: one sonar glitch from a submarine layered with final noise, layered with a weird bow on banjo processed through Csound. So there are LOTS of crazy elements that go into one layer of sound bit. That is why I think it adds such an atmospheric production part.

TMN: We love that feel, it really adds such a depth to your sound. Touching on that, do you create a lot of these sounds using effects and synthesizers or do you use samples more?

It is a combination of all. The way this album started was based off a sample, I was trying to chop up samples and use them. A lot of these things I will chop up into a 4 bar sample so it sounds like I am actually retriggering it. Then I will make these sound beds and literally process them through and through at 12-bit algorithms so it sounds like it is triggered from an NPC. There are a lot of that aspects in my music that makes it sound like a sample.

TMN: Your style seems to have evolved in this album, somewhat more down tempo and glitch hop at times, why this direction? Is this something you are super passionate about?

Yes. I feel like with every record you get a chance to do something different. While there was some glitch hop on my last record, this one is definitely more in the relaxing and chill-out section of that genre. But absolutely I like to be able to sit down and kind of do whatever I want, which is a marketing nightmare for the label as they are like “Holy shit! This is a dubstep track, what are we going to do with that?” and I am like, “I have no idea either!” haha But I do like with an album you can focus on one direction. Who knows what I am going to do next.
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[MIAMI BOUND] Clayton’s Friday Party Playlist – Ultra/WMC Edition

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Holy shit! Miami is happening tomorrow, and we’re hustling to get our interview questions done. That doesn’t mean we’re going to leave you guys high and dry for your weekend plans. So, here it is. Our Miami edition of Clayton’s Friday Party Playlist. Every artist on here will be in Miami for Ultra/WMC. So, if you can’t be in sunny South Beach, at least listen to some tunes that will be.

#danceirresponsibly

(Download Zip Coming soon)

Candyland
Rick Rollin (Candylands OG Mix)
Madeon
Live Triple J Mix
Porter Robinson & Mat Zo x Daft Punk x Pink
Easy (Troika Mashup)
Lucky Date vs Calvin Harris
I Want A Flashback (Not Quite Original Mix)
Valentino Khan
Tear It Down (Original Mix)
Boy Oh Boy (Original Mix) DIPLO x GTA
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Lazerdisk Party Sex Interview + Ticket Giveaway – Miami, 3/15

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Strange name? Yes. Undeniable talent? Yes. Storm Trooper masks? You bet. Lazerdisk Party Sex has a lot to offer, which is why we’re more than excited to see them tear the walls down at Project Miami this coming Friday. The LA based DJ/Producer duo has been dropping some amazing remixes for the past few years. Their style is anything but conventional, walking a thin line between electro pop, house, and moombah. In a nutshell, these guy’s throw down dance inducing party tracks.

We wanted to get a little insight into the masked marauding DJs, so we fired over a few questions to get a better understanding of these up and coming musicians. Before you dig too deep into the interview though, make sure you scroll down and see how you can get into their next show, in Miami.

TMN: Right off the bat, we have to know how you guys came up with your moniker.

We came up with “lazerdisk” because it was a failed technology, and we weren’t too confident that this project was going to go anywhere. We had our friend announce us before the show, and he added “party sex” to the name, and we just kind of rolled with it.

TMN: What brought the two of you together? Were you friends beforehand? Did you reply to a Craigslist ad?

We were both living in Burlington, Vermont, and we ended up becoming friends through DJing around town. When the opportunity came to join forces, we decided to give it a shot. We didn’t do a craigslist ad, but that’s a pretty good idea for recruiting background dancers or for a huge posse or something.

TMN: So, you’re getting ready to head to Miami for all of the craziness of Ultra and WMC. What does it feel like for you guys to be a part of the biggest week in EDM?

It feels great man in all seriousness, we’re honored and humbled.

TMN: What has been your favorite show to date? Any in particular that stand out above the rest?

Snowball music Festival 2010. It was our first big out of town show. We were extremely nervous. Chad couldn’t eat, I couldn’t form complete sentences. We only had one release out at the time, so we were set to make a lot of first impressions. Granted we had the smallest stage tent but we had a packed room. And the kids seemed to love our set. Super fun.

TMN: Alright, let’s change it up a little. If you were on a deserted island, and could only have one artist’s musical collection in your ipod, who would it be?

Zack: A Tribe Called Quest. I started listening to them when I was 11 and still do to this day. Each album holds a special place and time for me in my life.

Chad: Hmmm, I don’t know. This question is too tough. I would probably bring some soca or calypso music or something. Something to enhance the island vibes, ya dig?

TMN: Another random one. This is a little off the wall, but we love hearing people’s responses. If your music were an animal, what would it be?

Space Whale.

TMN: Thanks for taking the time to sit down with us! We can’t wait to see your set this Friday.

Sure thing there, bub. We’re excited too!

HOW TO ENTER THE CONTEST

1) “Like” us (The Music Ninja) on facebook here:

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3) Comment below this post with why you deserve two tickets to come see LPS throw down.

More details
- Winner will receive 2 comp tickets to the March 15th Project Miami show. Must be 21+.
- Winners will be announced March 15th at 4PM EST. We will make contact through a Facebook message, so if you enter, make sure to pay attention to your facebook messages!

The Knocks
The Feeling (Lazerdisk Party Sex Remix)
Diplo
Set It Off (feat Lazerdisk Party Sex)
Zedd
Spectrum (Lazerdisk Party Sex Remix)
Justice
Helix (Lazerdisk Party Sex Remix)
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[Deep House] RÜFÜS – Take Me (Original Mix)

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RÜFÜS
Take Me

Since the release of their self-titled EP in 2011, Australian indie dance number, RÜFÜS, has gained quite a bit of attention as the trio has continued to expertly hone their craft. Combining live instrumentation with effervescent pop melodies and electronic undertones, RÜFÜS has continually demonstrated that producing infectious dance tunes has practically become second nature. Their latest release, “Take Me”, is the first single off of their forthcoming album ATLAS which is set to drop sometime mid 2013. Take Me, a quintessential fusion of deep and tropical house, layers wistful vocals over a combination of shimmery melodies and resonant bass. If you aren’t longing for summer yet, this track will undoubtedly change your mind. Enjoy.

 

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[Free Download] Sleepy Tom – Trapeze (Original Mix)

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Trapeze (Original Mix)

For the past few months we here at TMN have had our eye on Canadian producer Sleepy Tom and for good reason! Whether producing his signature progressive trap demonstrated by his remix of Fur Trade’s “Don’t Get Heavy” or his jungle edit of Zeds Dead’s infamous “Rumble In The Jungle”, Sleepy Tom has continued to push boundaries and showcase his immense talent. His latest release, “Trapeze” is a fusion of all things ‘Sleepy’. Pulsating bass, rattling hi-hats and distorted vocal samples reminiscent of Baauer’s work, assimilate to create a truly unique record solidifying one common idea, Sleepy Tom is not an artist you want to sleep on! In typical fashion, Sleepy gave this track out for free so make sure to grab the free download by showing him some love on Facebook. Enjoy

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