[TMN Resident Artist] Klingande talks about his music history, tribute to Sweden, and love of France

Another month, another amazing artist to take over the Music Ninja realm. Today I got to chat with our September artist Klingande about his music origins, his adoration for Swedish words, and what we get to look forward to from him in the upcoming year.

TMN: Cédric! Hello and thank you so much for being our resident artist this month, real honor to have you. Let’s start from the beginning and work our way up to today ok? As a child, you studied music theory, not exactly a typical thing for a young person to do. Tell us how you got into that study and what something from that experience that you still carry with you today?

K: Hey! It’s an honor for me to be your resident artist :) Thanks for welcoming me. Actually when I was a child I first got into music by DJing in my room like a lot of teenagers do now; first on my computer, then on CDJ 900 my parents bought me for Christmas. I was playing only for myself and wanted to go further. That’s how I came to production and to production school three years ago. I really wanted to play my sounds, even if it was just for me and a few friends, I liked it, just for fun. This experience of music production school in London brought me a larger musical culture. At the time I was listening EDM big room things like Swedish House Mafia, Avicii and more. I loved it and in London I met people which brought me to other kind of music, where I discovered Deep House. That’s the main thing which remains, and lead me to do this kind of music.

TMN: You really got into electronic music as a teenager (which seems to be a typical time for most young people to experience electronic music), do you remember who was the first group or artist you heard? All it takes is one really amazing song to speak to you.

K: As I said, I was fan of EDM, but at the same time, I was and still am fan of pop like Coldplay, Oasis… I think this is what brought me to do electronic music with acoustic instruments and songs in it. The song which stays for me is “Wonderwall” from Oasis, it’s not very original, but this song still does something for me.

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[Deep House] Freddy Verano – Moments (feat. SAM SMITH)

Freddy Verano - Moments (feat. Sam Smith)
Sam Smith prod. by Freddy Verano
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Holy moly! German DJ/producer Freddy Verano just released a collaborative track featuring the almighty Sam Smith! Words cannot describe how excited we are for this new tune, especially since the British vocal master hasn’t come out with anything new in a while. This time around, Freddy Verano took an interesting turn featuring Sam Smith’s vocals in this deep house goodness. His sharp vocals shine throughout the song and take the spotlight without a doubt, but the upbeat style and sustained melody definitely showcase a new side of Sam Smith. The piano chords mix perfectly into the fast-paced house beat without overshadowing the vocals, while keeping it classic Sam Smith as his accompaniment.

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[Future] Rihanna – Rudeboy (AObeats Flip)

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When you see a Rihanna remix on your horizon, it’s easy to have doubts. We’ve had really good and really bad edits of everyone’s favorite bad girl; luckily this one falls into the former. AOBeats is one of the best talents you may have not heard of and on his newest remix to celebrate 5,000 on Facebook, he’s out to prove why. Perfectly blending together the island sounds that made “Rudeboy” a radio jam and the future beats sound he has pioneered his budding career, the Moving Castle-affiliated beatmaker truly sets the bar higher with his effort on this one.

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[MEGA SUMMER 2014] Vol 4: EDM Playlist


For as long as it took to get here, summer sure did pass us by in a hurry. It seems like it was just yesterday that we were charging around the Polo Fields in the dessert, talking about how great it was that our favorite season was just around the corner.

While all good things must eventually come to an end, we’ve forever immortilized this summer’s releases through our Mega Summer Playlist series, previously covering Indie Rock/Folk, Hip Hop, and Alternative. With our fourth and final playlist, we’re offering up over 150 songs of dance greatness. From deep house to trap, this playlist is sure to keep the party going for hours on end.

Lane 8 feat. Bipolar Sunshine
I Got What You Need (Every Night)
Best Day Of My Life (Just A Gent Remix)
American Authors
Mat Zo ft The Knocks
Get Down 2 Get Up
Peking Duk
High ft. Nicole Millar (Yahtzel Remix)
Full Crate x Mar
Man x Woman
Number One (ft Kanye West) (Allure Remix)
Morgan Page
In The Air (SNBRN Remix)
Trying To Be Cool (Allure Remix)
Pharrell Williams
Happy (NEUS Remix)
Harder (Star Slinger Remix)
No Doubt
Hella Good (Dr. Freschs Summer Revival Remix)
Jealous (Dillon Francis Remix)
Bastille (Audien Remix)
Adventure Club
Wonder Ft. The Kite String Tangle (Louis The Child Remix)
Daft Punk
Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger (Dillon Francis Remix)
Mat Zo
Oldskool Trip
Thank You (Goshfather & Jinco Ed&tion)
Mat Zo
Time On Your Side (Ft. Janai)
A Pimp Named Slickback
Sevyn Streeter Ft. Chris Brown
It Wont Stop (Manila Killa & Hunt For the Breeze Remix)
Hermitude x Flume
Hyperparadise (GANZ Flip)
Mariah Carey
Youre Mine (Hunt for the Breeze x Manila Killa Edit)
Milo Mills & Noï
War Of Roses
Tell Me
RL Grime & What So Not
Infinite Daps
Baauer & RL Grime
Because of U
RL Grime
Jose Gonzalez
Step Out (The Chainsmokers Remix)
Adventure Club
Wonder (The Chainsmokers Remix)
Calvin Harris
Summer (Extended)
Duck Sauce
NRG (Radio Edit)
Kanye West
Good Life (Party Ghost Remix)
The Night Is Young (ft. Cherub)
Lana Del Rey
Summertime Sadness (Hotel Garuda Remix)
Gust Of Wind (ft Daft Punk)(Autograf Remix)
3LAU How You Love Me Feat. Bright Lights (Prince Fox Remix)
Feel Good Inc. (Matt Dash Remix)
Take It Slow (Com Truise Remix)
Diplo & ETC!ETC!
Diplos Theme (feat. Fly Boy Keno)
Max Elto
Shadow Of The Sun (Adventure Club Remix)
Zak Waters ft. Codi Caraco
Out Of My Head (Jaz Von D Remix)
Calvin Harris
Revolution (Danny Diggz Remix feat. Faustix & Imanos And Kai)
So Butterfly (2014 Version)
Cage The Elephant
Take It Or Leave It (Nebbra Remix)
Ellie Goulding
Burn (Gryffin Remix)
Good Kisser (Disclosure Remix)
Iggy Azalea Fancy (Milk N Cookies Remix)
Reality (Original Mix)
My New Friend (Avenue Remix)
Cant Do Without You
Kappa Kavi
Dinosaur Bass (ConRank Remix)
Dada Life
Born To Rage (Feat. Sebastian Bach)
Zeds Dead
Blink (feat. Perry Farrell)
Porter Robinson
Sad Machine (Anamanaguchi Remix)
The Magician : Sunlight feat. Years & Years (Extended mix)
Cant Touch Me Feat. Madeline Vida
Drowning (Lido Remix)
Saint Pepsi
Fiona Coyne (Maxo Yo
Changing Me (feat. Sean Michael Murray)
Point Point
Morning BJ
Point Point
Life In Grey
Felix Jaehn
Shine (feat. Freddy Verano & Linying)
Matoma & Nelsaan
Free Fallin Tropical Mojito Remix (John Mayer Tribute)
Parkinson White & Kyle Cook
Miss U So Bad
To The Beach
Bad Blood (Lido Remix)
Sleepless (Oliver Nelson Remix)
Miami Horror
Real Slow (Alex Young Remix)
Me & U (Glen Check Summer Remix)
Move It
Faded (ODESZA Remix)
The Aston Shuffle ft. Elizabeth Rose
Back & Forth (Nora En Pure Remix) OUT NOW!
Golden Coast
Break My Fall (Rainer + Grimm Remix)
Dawn Golden
Last Train (Daktyl Remix)
My Own
Talk Too Much (Kilter Remix)
Best I Ever Had
Alison Wonderland
I Want U (GANZ Flip)
Ten Seconds Before Sunrise (Matt Dash & Mike Bugout Bootleg)
Strand (Original Mix)
Boaz van de Beatz
No Way Home (feat. Mr. Polska & Ronnie Flex)
California ft. Kaleena Zanders (Summer Mix)
After The Dance
Tittsworth Feat. Q
Sander Van Doorn & Firebeatz
Guitar Track (Sam Feldt Remix)
Hervé & Zebra Katz
Tear The House Up (Faustix Remix)
Kylie Minogue
Into The Blue (Mandeh Remix)
Kid Astray
Taking You With Me (Alizzz Remix)
Sleepless (Shaun Frank Club Cover)
Chet Faker
Gold (Memorecks Remix)
Janet Jackson
Cant B Good (Allure Remix)
Skrillex & Kill The Noise Feat. Fatman Scoop and Michael Angelakos
Recess (Milo & Otis Remix)
CLMD Ft Sirena
Wild Men (Ookay Bootleg)
No Price (feat. Chromeo & Al
Le Youth
Feel Your Love (Zac Samuel Remix)
Kanye West
Bound 2 (The Rooftop Boys Remix)
Rainbows And Skunks
My Friend Has A Swimming Pool (Star Slinger Remix)
The Knocks
Comfortable Ft. X Ambassadors (Solidisco Remix)
Drop (Long Beach)
Ocean Avenue (Kasum Remix)
Sun Models (feat. Madelyn Grant)
Magic Man
Paris (Louis The Child Remix)
Empire Of The Sun
Walking On A Dream (Louis The Child Remix)
Hide & Seek Ft. Audien (White Panda Edit)

Dont Wanna Dance (Goldroom Remix)
Wait feat. LOLO
Destinys Child
Say My Name (Cosmos Midnight Bootleg)
Sensual Seduction (Alizzz x Promnite Remix)
A. G. Cook
Tomas Barfod – Busy Baby Feat. Nina K (Oliver Nelson Remix)
Sky Ferreira
Youre Not The One (Blood Diamonds Remix)
Go ft. Blood Diamonds
Never Say Never feat. ETML
Porter Robinson
Hudson Mohawke
King Kong Beaver
Pixie Lott
Lay Me Down (Cold Magnet Remix)
Latch (BiPolar Theory Bootleg)
Stevie Wonder
Superstition (C2C Remix)
Happy Chords
Craig David
Cold (The White N3rd Remix)
One (Cover)
Sleepwalking (Just A Gent Remix)
The Chain Gang Of 1974
Nico & Vinz
Am I Wrong (Win & Woo Remix)
Route 94
My Love (Henry Krinkle Edit)
The Weeknd
Often (Free n Losh Remix)
Matthew And The Atlas
Pale Sun Rose (TEEMID & FDVM Remix)
Naughty Boy ft. Sam Smith
La La La (GAMPER & DADONI feat. DNKR Remix)
Uma (Jenaux Remix)
Mike Posner
Please Dont Go (kuma remix)
No Good Without You (LAKIMs Thuggish Edit)
Dillon Francis + Sultan & Ned Shepard
When We Were Young Feat. The Chain Gang Of 1974
GOLD ft. Yuna (Minnesota Remix)
Cash Cash
Lightning feat. John Rzeznik (Extended Mix)
White Flag (Collin McLoughlin Remix)
C.Y.D.T.T (Can You Dance To This !?) #CYDTT
Back & Forth (Just A Gent Remix)
The Aston Shuffle
Team (Elephante Remix)
Jonas Rathsman
Bringing You Down
Latch (SteLouse & Curious Kontrol Flip)
Florence + The Machine
Youve Got The Love (Dennis Kruissen Remix)
Above & Beyond Vs. Hansel Thorn
A Thing Called Standing Love (shreys Edit)
Karin Park
Shine (Nebbra Remix)
Kungs feat. MBP Official
Money On My Mind (Vocals by Molly) // Sam Smith Cover
Lenno & Zak Waters
Show More Love (Bestrack Remix)
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[Deep/G-House] The Game – Let’s Ride (SNBRN Remix)

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Let's Ride (SNBRN Remix)

When one reads through the bevy of garble that is much of dance music blogging; a lot of the same words and expressions seem to get thrown around from writers who simply may not have the firm grasp of music theory that was once required or expected of music writers. Terms like “banger”, “sick bassline”, “good vibes” and more have sadly become an accepted reality of track descriptions throughout much of the dance music blogosphere. So it comes with wholehearted excitement that this writer will for the first time have nothing to describe this one other than to say that without a doubt, SNBRN‘s remix of The Game’s staple “Let’s Ride” is an absolute G-House monster. On the heels of remixing Indiana’s “Heart On Fire” and in the same vein as his “21 Questions” remix, the So-Cal groove layer returns to TMN with perhaps his largest sounding remix to date. Filled with punchy kicks, clean snares and a good ol’ fashioned chunky analog bassline; SNBRN perfectly encapsulates all of the The Game’s fierce gangster swag while simultaneously pulling it into a completely new sector of the club. When queried about the tune, he relayed “So I wanted to follow up my 21 Questions remix with another hip hop throwback. I found Doctor’s Advocate in the back of my car and knew I had to remix something from the album. Let’s Ride just stood out to me and so it began. I wanted to take the best parts of the original track while infusing a fresh g-house club style facelift.” Well, we certainly think SNBRN’s hit the mark again, and can’t wait to hear this one on a huge stack of club monitors for what will most likely be for at least the next year. Download a free digital copy here, and stream this one above.

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[Event Review] Mad Decent Block Party – San Diego


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Last Sunday, following the recent heat wave that everybody would soon forget about, Mad Decent took their members and friends to sunny San Diego. The venue is located at Park Boulevard and Imperial Avenue near Petco Park and downtown SD. With only one giant stage put in the parking lot area, the artists definitely brought down the house with their high-energy performances and star power. Participating in this year’s lineup, we have artists like Cashmere Cat, Diplo, Flosstradamus, Laidback Luke, STRFKR, Thurz, TJR and Zeds Dead. It was a great mix of music, showing off their roster and connections with diversity.

With Kaytranada‘s set being cancelled due to personal reasons, STRFKR started off the one-day festival with some of their indie psych rock music to get the crowd in the mood. They put on a great show as people were just starting to roll into the venue and vibing their way into the crowd. Their mellow and enjoyable tunes are the epitome of a great band performing at a great festival.

Next up we have Thurz, a member of the underground hip-hop duo U-N-I. It was a smart choice for him to come on after an indie band. His high-energy performance definitely got the crowd going by playing some familiar rap songs and some of his own. At this point there was already a good amount of people in the audience, slowly and reluctantly making their way into the front of the stage even though the immense heat was getting onto everybody. Cashmere Cat, who was the next act, warmed up the crowd even more with his clever remixes of trap and hip hop tracks. His music covers a wide range of genres and sub-genres which take everybody on a fun and exciting joyride of both hype and chill music.

TJR was definitely the dark house of the festival. For those who weren’t familiar with who he is, the crowd referred him as “the mysterious bald guy who stole the show at Mad Decent”. The talented producer from Connecticut showcased his skillset with a variety of turn-up jams spanning the trap, house and funk genres. He incorporated funky drops and fast-paced trap beats into remixes of popular songs, which got the crowd pumped up like no other. His jaw-dropping performance definitely left the crowd in awe.

As the sun set and the heat gradually submerged into the horizon, the crowd was all warmed up and ready to get crazy. From the moment Laidback Luke got on stage, that’s when the real block party started. The Dutch DJ/producer got everybody on their feet and bobbing their head left and right with his incredible electro/deep house goodness. It is difficult as a house DJ to channel the right energy into a crowd at an open stage/venue, but Laidback Luke did just that. With lasers shining at your eyeballs, you just couldn’t help but dance your pants off to these hard-hitting house beats.

One amazing act following another, the artist introduced and welcomed Flosstradamus on stage. This is what the crowd came here to see, and what Floss were the best at doing. Needless to say, the Chicago-based duo delivered and killed it with style. The crowd was super loud and riled up, especially when they dropped a song like “Mosh Pit”, that there were a good amount of moshing going on throughout his set. To bring up the energy even more, the two hype men brought out special guest Waka Flocka, who gave his 110% at pumping up the stage with his anger and aggressiveness.

The headliner of the festival and Mad Decent’s frontman, Diplo, was undoubtedly the best act of the night. With so much energy and creativeness in his performance, Diplo always brings the most entertaining and trendiest electronic music to the stage. Mixing hip-hop with trap and electronica, the 35-year-old veteran never ceases to amaze everyone and never stops the innovation of his music. From taking off his shirt to bringing girls on stage for a twerk contest, Diplo sure knows what the crowd wants to hear and see. There was never a dull moment in the entire duration of Diplo’s set, and the crowd got about as loud and turnt up as they could be.

Amongst the shuffling pits, dance circles, exchange of kandies and fist pumping, the celebration never stopped for the Mad Decent crowd. Ending the night with a bang, Zeds Dead provided everyone with some hardcore drum & bass and dubstep. At this point, the lasers and lights were in full throttle. And with the heavy bass shaking the whole place down, you just couldn’t help but viciously headbang back and forth.

By assembling their roster and inviting friends and fellow artists to perform at their shows, Mad Decent has done it once again. With that said, our Ninja crew will be back for next year’s block party. We can’t wait to see what these talented performers have in store for us in the near future.

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