[Future] Made In Heights – Panther (Clayjay Remix)

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Made In Heights
Panther (Clayjay Remix)

Following his last remix “Deer Stared At Me”, Clayjay is back with yet another crazy track. He knew he had to give this track a change-up as soon as he heard it for the first time, and the results are stupendous. Reworking Made In Height‘s “Panther”, the talented producer infused sharp synths and a chill trap beat to further bring out the ominous vibe of the original. The drums put accent to Clayjay’s signature sound, and the strings are kept to create the constant suspense throughout the tune.

The unique sound of Clayjay continues to impress us. It’s no question that the 18-year-old producer is well on his way to become a dominant force in the future trap scene. Make sure to grab this as a free download and show some support!

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[Future House] The Magician – Together

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The Magician
"Together"

There’s a few things we know about The Magician: he’s Belgian, he makes good music, and he’s magical as hell. Following the success of his last original “Sunlight”, The Magician is back with another hit, this time venturing into future house territories. The smooth vocals set the scene for the heavyhitting bass synths, which provide catchy bounces to the drop that will seriously cause an adrenaline overload for all listeners. The bells that start off the tune are also there to end it, adding a surreal and mysterious vibe to the mix.

There’s literally nothing The Magician cannot do. This new track follows the sound of the future, and the Belgian absolutely crushed it. It’s safe to say he’s got more tricks up his sleeves than we could all imagine.

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[NEW] Jamie xx – I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times) (feat. Young Thug & Popcaan)

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There's Gonna Be (Good Times) (feat. Young Thug & Popcaan)

When looking over the tracklist for Jamie xx‘s upcoming album, the Young Thug  and Popcaan feature was by far the most intriguing, unexpected inclusion. A little over a week ago, a leak of the far-out collab, featuring only Thug’s contribution, hit the Interwebs and it had all the makings of a summer anthem. The leak was swiftly removed from most major websites, but today we’re blessed with the final version of the song.

Jamie xx crafts an incredibly bright, and uncharacteristic, backdrop for Young Thug and Popcaan utilizing his signature steel drums and yet another masterfully placed soul sample echoing “I know there’s gonna be good times.” Popcaan’s perfected dancehall crooning opens things before Thugger’s playful, melodic flow takes over flawlessly, matching the instrumental’s overwhelmingly positive, bright energy.  Popcaan seamlessly takes back over between Thug’s verses and handles the outro before it fades into the infectious sample. This is, in our minds, one of the best songs to come out this year and we’ll be jamming out to it as we wait for the release of In Colour on June 2nd–pre order here.

Although this collaboration might come as a surprise to many, Jamie alluded to becoming a big fan of Young Thug while he was living in New York in a recent interview with XXL and, based on how perfect the combo sounds, he seems to have a true grasp of exactly what it is that makes Thug’s music so strangely addicting. It’s yet another testament not only to Jamie xx’s production abilities, but also his keen ear as a DJ developed through his immense, diverse musical knowledge.

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[House/Electro/Industrial] Human Movement – Stranger

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Human Movement
Stranger

No newcomers to these pages, Aussie club shakers Human Movement have been like a breath of fresh air to our dance fed Ninja lungs. And by fresh air, we mean a sweaty, sternum-thumping, greasy-house tipping kind of fresh air. After last appearing with us in February armed with the ragga stricken industrial-dance riddims of “Paradise”, Blake Gilray and Edward Macdonald’s project is back with another genre-blurring dance single: “Stranger”. True to Human Movement’s gritty, but extremely accessible blueprint, “Stranger”, touches on corners of a multitude of genre staples, yet remains completely unique to most everything else circulating the blogosphere dance wise. Human Movement pump a raw, warehouse-y industrial backbone as the most recognizable fuel for “Stranger”, encasing that aesthetic through an underground House structure while furthering a pop sensibility behind a spliced and gorgeous vocal track. It’s wonky, tasteful and dirty all at once, and as always, we hope you’re ready to dance to this one. Stream “Stranger” above, and take this one home in the form of a free download here.

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[Nu-Disco] CAPPA – Killin’ It (Eau Claire Remix)

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CAPPA
Killin' It (Eau Claire Remix)

Rachel Wong’s consistent evolution and progression of sound through her Eau Claire project has been a hot topic of conversation around TMN lately. The DC based disco slayer has continually raised expectations with every passing release, most recently being featured through a properly deep take on Marvin Gaye’s “How Sweet It Is”; and shows no signs of slowing down her assiduous output. Today, Eau Claire’s teamed up with Nashville by way of Philly artist CAPPA to author a disco infused remix of “Killin’ It”, taking the original’s slick downtempo pop feel and framing it gorgeously through a syrupy, even more danceable lens. As the weather turns a bit warmer stateside, we’re expecting to hear this one on rooftops and pool parties all season. Stream Eau Claire’s “Killin It” remix above, and grab a free download here.

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[Event Review] Alison Wonderland Throws Down at 1015 Folsom, 5/15

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Alison Wonderland
I Want U

Written and photographed by Dominic Powell

Alison Wonderland has made quite a name for herself since she began producing music in 2010. Before she developed her energetic and infectious stage presence, she was churning out remixes of her favorite songs from her bedroom, while developing a relatively modest following on Soundcloud.  Five years after she first began creating content, AW has honed her production and singing skills, carving out a niche in today’s electronic music scene as arguably the most influential female singer/producer of the year.

AW’s rise to prominence has been put on full display this summer, with her debut album Run being heralded as an overwhelming success by any measure of the word. Upon hitting the road in March of this year, she kicked off a North American tour in support of her work, familiarizing herself with U.S. EDM fans around the country including an enormous set at Coachella Music Festival. At the tail end of her tour, we were able to catch AW again at the Lightning in a Bottle pre-party at 1015 Folsom, the most popular nightclub in San Francisco. Quoted as calling her album, “all bangers and no mash”, the same Australian slang perfectly sums up Alison Wonderland’s live sets.
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Moving seamlessly between the majority of her original productions, AW’s energy and stage presence had even the staunchest wallflowers vibing on the dance floor. Midway through her set AW began mixing in familiar hits such as “Slasherr“, “Fall Over“, and “Do You?” with more of her recent work, including a gentle piano and string based tune co-produced by Lido which she deemed, “her favorite song”.

Towards the latter half of her nearly two hour-set, AW had the entire crowd jumping. In the midst of playing a quirky set list of  “Backseat Freestyle,” “Take It To Reality,” Get Ready, and “Simon Says” in succession, it was clear to everyone in attendance that the young artist had come a long way from bedroom productions. Much to the surprise and enjoyment of the packed dance floor, Alison Wonderland ended her set with Drake’s universally popular “Know Yourself“, gaining a city full of raucous fans in the process.

After finishing off her extensive North American tour with a bang, AW’s headed back to Australia hopefully to work on some new material. Next time she’s in San Francisco, we certainly know where we’ll be but, in the meantime, check out some more pictures from the show below. Continue reading

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[Deep House] Fyfe – Solace (LCAW Remix)

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Fyfe
Solace (LCAW Remix)

The first half of the week has come and gone, which means it’s all downhill from here. You might have laughed at that statement, knowing full and well we still have two and a half days of work left, but fear not. We have some new, impressive music to carry you over the hump and into the weekend.

Originally off Fyfe’s album Control, which came out last year, “Solace” encapsulates this London-based indie artist’s ethereal vibes and articulately crafted vocals. While most wouldn’t envision these vocals fitting into a groovy beat, our favorite Münchner saw it differently.

LCAW is no stranger to taking on unique artists, with remixes of intriguing acts like Parov Stellar, Cosmo Sheldrake, and more. With this interpretation of “Solace,” we’re offered up that warm, smooth familiarity that he brings to all of his work.

Slowly enveloping listeners with repeating guitar samples, steady kicks, and Fyfe’s soothing vocals, we’re left completely lost in this respectful homage to the original. Yet, as much as LCAW tips his cap to the original song’s vision, his remix creates an entirely new experience, and one we won’t soon forget.

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