[Smooth] Refs – Pain Goes Away

Pain Goes Away

Finding new acts on SoundCloud is always exciting. Usually it means little to no information on the artist(s), but this gives us a chance to really enjoy the music for what it is: THE MUSIC. What we do know is that the NYC natives, Refs, have quietly debuted Pain Goes Away, a R&B tinged, electronic tune ideal for anything from a sunny day cruise to a twilight nightcap. Juggling the crooning of vocalist Richard Saunders along with the hazy production of Zachary Andrew, Refs have something here.

The slow swelling synths and tightened down drum work mirror the message of a constantly shifting state of mind during recovery from any type of pain, in the case primarily emotional turmoil. The balance and cohesiveness between each element in Pain Goes Away is striking and commands your attention from the start. Hitting stride on a first release is difficult, yet these two simply have grasped exactly what they wanted and have created a wonderful debut for themselves and their audience.

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Cape Mandala – Anamnesis (EP) [TMN Premiere]

Cape Mandala - Anamnesis

Ever come across a sound so memorably pleasant that you just have to pause for a second and tune in with full attention? You’re in for a special treat today. Cape Mandala, an indie band based off of Orange County California, just released their second EP titled Anamnesis, which is a project perfectly showcasing the group’s ever-changing sound and talents. With hints of psych rock, indie and electropop, the 4-song EP is Cape Mandala’s stepping stone to defining their sound and character.

The lo-fi approach of these tracks accentuates the indie elements of the group by giving it a rather summery vibe. The instrumentals are closely detailed, simple in general yet complex in rhythm. They possess a retrograding sound reminiscent of old times, but feels refreshing the more you listen to it. The opener, “Disorder’s Here”, screams resemblance of the sound of Future Islands, which always carries us back in time and ponder. Though short in length, these tunes will be stapled in your mind as time goes by.

If you like a fusion of indie and psych rock, make sure to follow Cape Mandala, as they’re set to make a name for themselves in 2015 with the release of Anamnesis. Let your emotions marinade for a second and listen to the EP below.

Cape Mandala
Disorders Here
Cape Mandala
Cape Mandala
Cape Mandala
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[House] Notize – Meadow Run

Notize - Meadow Run
Meadow Run

Danish producer Notize released this fancy original track through Next Wave Records, and it’s as juicy as it gets! Straying away from the usual house sound, Notize manages to create a unique tune that’s filled with a mellow and ominous vibe. The slower house beat is accompanied by a series of bouncy bassline, giving it a spacey feel. The breakdown in the middle of the track spaces out the epic buildup towards the end, togerther with the hollowed vocal samples, these things help bring out the dreamy tune even more.

We can say that his work is definitely as glorious as the artwork of this track. This gem is available as a free download on Notize’s site. Make sure to stay tuned for more dope content from the talented producer.

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[Secret Ninja Pass] This Week at Beta 1/15 – 1/17


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!

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Kap Slap feat. Angelika Vee
Let It All Out (Preview)

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12th Planet & Protohype

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John Monkman & Pete Tong
The Bumps (Original Mix)
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[House] Pat Lok – All In My Head ft. Desirée Dawson

Pat Lok
All In My Head ft. Desirée Dawson

We might be a few days behind the curve on this one, what with the amount of quality music flying around this week, but Vancouver’s Pat Lok has come through with another expertly crafted slice of dance music on his latest offering “All In My Head” (which also happens to be serving as our office’s mid-day house pick-me-up in the process). The tune features a vocal from Desirée Dawson that just oozes pure sex onto Pat Lok’s bouncy melody, flirting with elements of U.K. club-house and the deepest shades of nu-disco. “All In My Head” pushes off behind a slow-burning clap-kick backed by a reverb injected vocal sample before diving head first into Dawson’s first soulful stanza. Ms. Dawson’s sultry croon serves as a gorgeous segue into Lok’s first dose of punchy, classic synth work; while each subtle element coalesces superbly until this writer found himself unconsciously shuffling and jacking like something out of Elaine Benes’ bag of dance moves. “All In My Head” is being released through the tastemakers at Love & Other Music, with the full EP release dropping February 9th featuring remixes from Howson’s Groove, Cyclist, and SYRE. This one’s already got us yearning for sweaty Summer dancefloors, so why not join in on those inklings by streaming “All In My Head” above?

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[Future R&B] Snakehips – Gone (feat. Syd)

Gone (Feat. Syd)

UK production duo Snakehips were easily one of our favorite acts of 2014 putting out consistently smooth remixes infused with their electronic, R&B-leaning stylings. As they prepare to release a much-anticipated EP, they dropped a new single this morning featuring silky smooth vocals from Odd Future-affiliate Syd of post-soul band The Internet. As its name suggest, “Gone” is a ballad about consumption and love set to a perfectly wavy instrumental that, when combined with Syd’s hypnotic vocals, evokes feelings of intoxication. Give this one a spin above–Snakehips’s Forever (Pt. II) drops March 9th on Hoffman West.

[via Fader]

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[Nu-Disco/Progressive] Mansions on the Moon – Somewhere Else Tonight (Juno Ray Remix) [TMN Premiere]

Mansions on the Moon
Somewhere Else Tonight (Juno Ray Remix)

A couple TMN favorites have come crashing together as South Korean dance producer Juno Ray takes “Somewhere Else Tonight” from So-Cal four-piece Mansions on the Moon into the realm of Nu-House and Disko. Juno Ray’s made appearances on these hallowed Ninja grounds a few times behind a club edit of David Bowie & Queen’s classic “Under Pressure” and a nu-disco retooling of another MotM cut, “Radio”, but his latest remix is also the most textured release from the disco bender’s impressive output. Juno Ray takes auditory production cues equally from early Röyksopp’s poppy disco to Underworld’s educated blend of progressive house, trance and big-beat through this one; instilling a perfect counterpoint to Ted Wendler’s soothing incantaions; stating: “The ‘dream-like’ vibe of the remix was inspired by Ted’s dreamy vocal style. I wanted to support this vibe with a full blown dream-tronica set up, using meticulously chosen vintage synths. “  Those aforementioned synths play as if they were manually modulated on a Roland TR-909, which is about as perfect of a sound this writer could hope to aurally consume on any dance record, while also revealing quite the creative flare in the process. We’ll be on top of Juno Ray’s 2015 campaign as it develops, but for now, stream his revivalist remix of “Somewhere Else Tonight” above.

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