[Secret Ninja Pass] This Week at Beta 4/17

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Alright, ninjas. We’ve been hooking you up with free entry to Beta over the past year. We know you’ve have some epic times, catching some of the most legendary talent EDM has to offer, and we’re on board to keep this thing going. So, we’re once again giving you an opportunity to check out the best night club in North America for free. What all do you have to do to get in? It’s pretty damn easy. Just follow these steps:

- Head to the front door and enter the club before 11 pm
- Show this post to the cashier (Valid for 21+ only)

That’s it! Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, it’s not. Head to Beta and see for yourself.

Side note: This deal is NOT valid for Seven Lions’ show tonight. Sorry kiddos.

Seven Lions - April 17th
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Running To The Sea Feat. Susanne Sundfør (Seven Lions Remix)

Dirtyloud - April 18th
Banvox
Connection (Dirtyloud Remix)

Laurent Garnier - April 19th
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[Melodic Dubstep] Crywolf – Eyes Half Closed

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When it comes to originality and emotive resonance, Crywolf is our go-to artist whenever we desire some peace of mind. There isn’t a single song of his that doesn’t make us want to call up our exes and cry them a river about how important they used to be at one point in time. Well, maybe not all of us, but that’s the kind of feel we’re going for right now.

Yesterday, Crywolf pierced our hearts with an earth-shattering new original track titled “Eyes Half Closed.” We decided to listen to this one with our eyes closed to see if it made any difference in our analysis; not only did this song trigger an influx of tears to pour out from underneath our eyes, but it also gave us a moment to collect ourselves and let the lyrics seep into our souls. Crywolf’s soothing voice, accompanied by the remarkable production techniques, are the driving force of this song. Each melodic breakdown sends us all into a state of melancholic nostalgia in which we ponder every pivotal moment of our lives up until this point in life. We recommend grabbing the box of tissues for this one, because you might encounter a heavy dose of some serious feels.

Crywolf generously decided to give this single out for free in lieu of his upcoming EP, Angels, that will be out on April 29th. “Eyes Half Closed” is just one of six songs off the stellar album, which promises to change the way you listen to music from here on out. So turn up the volume, close your eyes, and drift off into a state of elation.

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[TMN Exclusive Interview/Denver Giveaway] TMN Catches Up With Club-Land’s Hottest Duo: The Martinez Brothers

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Bigger Than Prince (Martinez Brothers Remix)

Chris and Steve Martinez or The Martinez Brothers as they’re known to the rest of the world, although looked upon by much of mainstream music media stateside as relative new comers to the powerplay pantheon of house DJ’s and producers, have been infusing the club scene with some of its most defining tunes and adorning magazine covers since they were barely teenagers. On the heels of an incredible 2013 which saw them author their first Essential Mix for BBC Radio 1, a globally viral remix of Green Velvet’s “Bigger Than Prince” (which you can stream below) and hold down one of Europe’s hottest club residencies at Ibiza’s Circoloco; we had a chance to chat up the hottest duo in club land about their current American tour, future hip-hop productions, their recent monster Coachella performance and working with Seth Troxler. Read the full transcript below, and for our friends in the Green state of Colorado we have a very special treat. The Martinez Brothers bring their show this Saturday to Club Vinyl in Denver and we’ve teamed up with our friends at TheHundred Presents to give you Ninjas a chance to get in on the action. Hit the jump after the interview for official details on how to enter!

The Music Ninja (TMN): Thanks so much for taking a second to answer a couple of questions for The Music Ninja. We know you guys are being pulled in a thousand directions every day, so let’s get right to it. A lot of people, in North America especially, seem to think the two of you appeared out of thin air and don’t realize you’ve been holding down residencies at some of the most cutthroat club nights in Europe since you were in high school. Has it been a bit overwhelming to have been plying your craft for so long, but having this avalanche of hype form behind you basically within the last two years?

The Martinez Brothers (TMB): The schedule has definitely picked up a lot in the U.S. for sure.  We played a lot in New York since since we started playing and and also in Miami where we have been residents at Space for a while now.  Chicago has been good for us for a while too. Even though, we’re from New York, we are for sure more known in Europe and it’s been great to see how artists like us who have a foundation in European clubs are getting more attention in the U.S. now.  We’re looking forward to hitting Denver too this time round.

TMN: You guys have been in the midst of an American tour which included some of the states’ biggest events including Ultra/WMC and Coachella, as well as some amazing club dates at Spybar in Chicago and of course this weekend at Vinyl. How do you feel your reception has been in the U.S. this year?, especially compared to your extended stays in Europe where you guys are kind of like the hottest thing since sliced bread over there right now.

TMB: The reception has been really strong and we’re happy that we can get to stay more in the US now.  We had an amazing Ultra / WMC this year.  It was our first time playing Ultra Music Festival.  We played a sunset set.  It was dope.  We also started a label and lifestyle brand with Seth Troxler and we did a party with him at WMC on the terrace at Space.  In general we love playing with Seth as we have many of the same cultural references. We always love playing Spy Bar and that was good as usual. Would have to say playing Coachella was definitely pretty special. We loved the Yuma tent and being part of a big festival like that with all kinds of music is always eye-opening.

TMN: 2013 must have been an insane year for you two. Between having an incredible residency at Circoloco, one of Ibiza’s most amazing clubs and playing your first Martinez Brothers Essential Mix for the almighty Pete Tong on BBC Radio 1. Have things been slowing down a bit through the first quarter of 2014, or have your production and travel schedules seemed to become even more hectic?

We took a month off at the beginning of the year and have been taking weeks here and there.  We also work alot on the road.  We produced two sound tracks for Givenchy fashion shows in Paris already this year.   We’re about to launch our label  Cuttin’ Headz which is a vinyl only label.  The first release is by us.  The jacket is a drawing done by us and will be screen printed and released as a limited edition.  We are also working with some other New York artists on followup releases – Destination Void (phil moffa, brendon modeler, DJ spider).  Those guys are making some ill techno and they’re from New York.   We’re also working with our boys Jesse Calosso and Filsonik.    Then there’s Tuskegee with Seth and that collaboration that is pure magic.  We got a lot done and now the travel is about to get crazy for the summer touring schedule.

TMN: Not that the two of you can be pinned down to just house music of course. Your last mixtape, Warhol*Basquiat* 2, mostly eschews house in favor of lush, jazz- and funk-fueled rhythms. Where does your guys’ rich and diverse music background stem from?

Alongside our house music productions we’ve been working on building our hip hop sound.  Warhol*Basquiat was our first mixtape.  We’re working on a Bodega Bamz mix tape now that will feature people like Raekwon and Asap Ferg.   We have our dad to thank for our love of music mostly.   He went to the Garage back in the days and he shared the love with us.  He also introduced us to Timmy Regisford and MAW sets and those guys pretty much gave us our first introduction to house.

TMN: Well thanks so much for answering all of the usual stuff, but now it’s time for the lightning round. Just a few fun questions to round us out.

TMN: You guys have been tagged as cratediggers from an early age. What has been your favorite record store in the history of time regardless of if it’s still in operation?

The first record stores we ever went to were Vinyl Mania and Dance Tracks when they were still open, and those definitely hold a place in our heart. We bought alot of our “foundational” records there, not to mention alot of friends and artists that we met just by being there. Glad we were able to catch the tail end of that era in NYC, we miss it alot!

TMN: What was the last piece of music you purchased?

Last vinyl that came in the mail was an album by Joe Zawinul called “Dialect”. Some world and even electronic sounds from one of the founders of Weather Report.  Good Stuff!

TMN: Last great live concert experience regardless of genre?

We’ve just seen Little Dragon recently and they really blew the roof off. They got into some techno at the end which no one expected. Her voice is amazing and  really distinct, and it carries really well live!

TMN: Okay guys, once again thank you so much for taking the time for The Music Ninja, and we cannot wait for your Denver debut at Club Vinyl this weekend. We honestly can’t remember the last time a club show has had this much buzz behind it in Denver, and are so thrilled for a chance to be a part of what will no doubt end up being a gigantic 2014.

Read on for official details on our ticket giveaway for The Martinez Brothers’ show in Denver this Saturday!

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[NEW] Steve Aoki – Rage the Night Away (Feat. Waka Flocka Flame)

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Waka Flocka Flame isn’t one to shy away from doing something out of the box and unordinary musically, so his recent feature on the Steve Aoki single “Rage the Night Away” comes as less of a surprise and more of a welcomed collaboration. Bringing his turnt up personality and live presence to the track, Waka’s high-energy meshes well with Aoki’s pulsating, trap production. This is an infectious listen from start to finish that only gets better with each listen. If you can’t get hyped listening to this party track then you’re probably either missing a pulse or deaf. This cut will be featured on Aoki’s upcoming project Neon Future, dropping later this year.

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[Alternative/Indie/Pop] Twin Shadow – To The Top

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One of our absolute favorite bands, the George Lewis Jr. fronted Twin Shadow, are back with their first original piece since concluding a gorgeous concept cover series  “UNDER THE CVRS“, and once again the work oozes an incredible amount of musical prowess while revealing a gorgeous and haunting piece of its songwriter. “To The Top”, like much of their recordings, contain layers of structural significance within every inch of its arrangement. From every note plucked on Lewis’ sprightly guitar to the simple yet complete percussive fills, anthemic claps and soaring background vocals; every piece of the tune serves in an ultimate purpose of taking its listener on an auditory journey to its end goal. Never ones to skimp on deeply emotive song content either, about “To The Top” the  quartet wrote something we think most can identify with: “What is it when you realize that someone isn’t right for you? Or when you find that you do not and can not posses someone entirely? You want someone so bad and it feels like hell. It’s not like the first time, once loved love evolves, and you no longer have as much control, and it frustrates you. I think because of this feeling we find ourselves constantly wanting to reset, like new years resolutions, like dreaming up moments from the past where the ending flips on its head, like true forgiveness…We just want to say ‘wait wait wait, this went too far in the wrong direction, can we try that again.’”

“To The Top” is being given away for free through Twin Shadow’s Soundcloud, and although we’ve been craving another album or EP since 2012′s incredible Confess, this will hold us over for at least a few more weeks. Not to worry either as a recent press release has revealed that a follow-up is currently in the works. Gosh, it’s a good Tuesday.

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[Remix] ZHU – Faded (Feat. Sean Dee)

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Imagine yourself driving down a desert road with no destination in mind, the sunset blazing in the horizon and music blasting through your speakers. You might find this somewhat therapeutic in many ways. Whenever we think about perfect nighttime chill tunes, our minds instantly go to infamous internet phantom, ZHU. For the past couple of months, the mysterious ZHU has been permeating us all with sensual beats that have been seducing the clothes right off of our bodies; delicious in every way possible.

Now take a ZHU track and add some ill ass verses to mellow the vibe out even more and wah-la! Sex. Georgia beat maker and lyrical master, Sean Dee, decided to put a hip-hop spin on ZHU’s original track, “Faded” to which he amplifies the atmospheric tone of the song with simply just the words from his mouth. With the funky deep house undertones and smooth vocals provided by the evasive Zhu, Dee effortlessly paints a fluid picture with verses describing what goes on when the sun sets and the light fades into darkness. This is the perfect tune to groove out to when you need that small reminder that summer is right around the corner. So cheer up ninjas, and blast this one all night long.

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[Chill/Electronic] Benjamin Francis Leftwich – Shine (Kygo Remix)

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Shine (Kygo Remix)

Fresh off of his sold-out debut gig in London, Kygo has been slowly starting to assert himself as one of the world’s electronic giants. It seems with every passing release the downtempo, melodic dance artist rockets to the top of every blog aggregator or college dance radio chart within hours, and we think his latest rework will be no different. Again, our cruise director has taken an act who on paper has no business even being mentioned within the confines of the dance world, and flips the tune for a beautiful spin through his eyes, this time on Benjamin Francis Leftwich’s “Shine”. Right out of the gate, a charming pan-flute bolstered by a little shaker induced four-four clap segue wonderfully into those unmistakable Leftwich vocals, which themselves are thickened up with a bit of reverb as well. You might have heard this one on Kygo’s recent mix for BBC Radio One’s Diplo & Friends radio show, and if you were anything like us, you couldn’t wait for its official release. We think this will be the perfect recovery tune for our friends getting back from Indio today, so take her for a spin and snag a free download here.

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