[House/Garage] Sylent Efx – Thumpin’ [TMN Premiere]

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Sylent EFX
Thumpin' (Original Mix)

Finding and exposing new artists steeped in talent before anyone else is part of the bloodline pumping through TMN. Our latest discovery comes from young House prodigy Sylent Efx, all of 18 years old, with his brand new tune “Thumpin’”. To try and pin “Thumpin’” down into one classification or genre of music would be doing a great disservice to the mature and thought out structures employed within Sylent Efx’s music. Elements surface throughout the track from classic house, garage, hip-hop, future and even some basic pop framework for a resulting tune that is just as much a careful composition as it is hooky, addictive dance groove. Not to mention the vocal loop pulled from the Clipse single, “When the Last Time”  fits onto the wunderkind’s crafty instrumentation as perfectly as a sequined Mike Jackson glove. We’re not the only ones to have taken notice either as Sylent Efx has had quite the busy last couple of months playing alongside names like Cassian and Touch Sensitive, as well as a recent headlining slot in the Lounge at Rolling Stone’s most recent #1 Nightclub in America and a venue our Ninjas should be very familiar with, Beta Nightclub in Denver. We don’t anticipate this young man’s music remaining much of a secret for long, especially behind support from Jerome LOL, option4 and Vanilla Ace, so jump ahead of the curve and snag a digital copy of “Thumpin’” through Night Supply Records before it invades your club floors around the world.

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[Exclusive Interview] TMN Sits Down With option4, Keepers. and Need & Necessity at Snowball

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The Good Life (option4 Remix)
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Hello (Original Mix)
Lemme See (Original Mix) **FREE DOWNLOAD**

This past weekend at Snowball Music Festival, we were treated to a wonderful palate of eclectic artists, all in the heart of Denver Broncos territory at Sports Authority Field. From major acts like Busta Rhymes, Pretty Lights, Yeasayer, Twin Shadow, RÜFÜS DU SOL, Griz, Knife Party and MiMOSA to the amazingly well represented house tent with names including MK, J. Phlip, Graff, Justin Jay, Maxxi Soundsystem and The Juan Mclean; it was safe to say our tastes for all different genres of music were well satiated. We also had the chance to catch up with some of our absolute favorite up and coming house artists option4, as well as the duos of Keepers. and Need & Necessity round-table style in their home city to talk about their burgeoning record label Night Supply, their drinks of choice, spirit animals, Miley Cyrus and a whole lot more. And who better than these three entities to give us a little insight into the climate of dance music in their own state? Check out the full transcript below.

The Music Ninja (TMN): Alright, The Music Ninja here at Snowball Music Festival with option4, Keepers. and Need & Necessity. First things first, I know we can be a bit intimidating so how about a round of Fireball shots? [five minute pause from interview] Okay, let’s get the ball rolling!

TMN: Now, we’re obviously here in your guys’ back yard of Denver. A lot of people don’t realize this, but all of you have been throwing and curating proper house music events in the city for over three years as TheHundred and have built relationships with most every dance artist on the festival. With this year being so heavy on house music, what has it been like to see your collective work begin to take a bit of a hold through more mainstream outlets like a Snowball Music Festival? Let’s start with option4.

option4: Man it’s been awesome to see so many people that might not normally be into this style of music fully support and accept it. For example, last night MK was killer, J. Phlip was killer and all those people choosing to be in the house tent as opposed to some of the other stages. That was something that felt very tangible, very real. It was kind of a weird stage to begin with because nobody could really hear the music outside of the tent and it was a little bit tucked away, but that thing was still absolutely packed.  It seemed like there were a lot of people there for that style of music, so it was nice to see house music have a real footing at an American festival.

Read the rest of our interview with option4, Keepers. and Need & Necessity after the jump!

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[Indie/Electronic/Psychedelic] Klaxons – Atom To Atom

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Atom To Atom

British post-punk dance champions Klaxons have released “Atom To Atom,” the next track off their new album Love Frequency. Serving as the band’s third album, their first since 2010’s Surfing The Void, Love Frequency will feature collaborations with artists across the electronic spectrum including LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy, Chemical Brothers’ Tom Rowlands, producer Erol Alkan and more. “Atom To Atom” sees Klaxons pushing their sound further into the realm of electronic/house music. Pulsing, bass-driven beats build on top of dance-ready synth before erupting into a sea of psychedelic electronica. Talking about the new album, bassist Jamie Reynolds stated: “We have arrived. On the first two albums, we were taking off and this one is us flying. We are there.”

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[Video/Chill/House] Sebastian Carter – Stranger Sights (Feat. Henry Green)

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Stranger Sights (feat. Henry Green)

Sebastian Carter has graced the pages of TMN multiple times behind a smooth and emotive brand of house remixes, but this time the Swiss born producer is back and armed with a beautiful original record featuring an ethereal vocal contribution from budding UK troubadour Henry Green. “Stranger Sights” executes a succinct hi-hat shuffle plucked right out of NYC’s Paradise Garage brand of late 80′s dance music; but rather than a jacking house vibe at its core, there lies a very seductive and melodic heartbeat to the tune. Henry Green, whose vocals we had never heard before, casts an even more soothing aesthetic onto “Stranger Sights” with his reverb treated crooning, and behind those beautifully coalescing elements, this one quickly took the place as our favorite Sebastian Carter tune. As an added bonus, the visually stimulating music video plays just as well as the track does aurally. The pair teamed up with rising photographer/videographer Jack Toohey, who had this to day about the project: “I was inspired by the mysterious quality of the song, I immediately pictured aimless wandering on a cold night. Picking up on lyrics like ‘retrace my steps, ‘wasting time’… That feeling of being out dancing until 3am – every things a bit of a blur – dangerous thoughts like ‘in the hope  that i’ll be yours again’ start slipping back into your mind. I guess it’s just trying to capture that feeling and that mystique of the hours before dawn.”  We think both the song and video nailed it. Stream “Stranger Sights” above (which you can download for free on his Soundcloud), and check out the official music video after the jump.

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[Electronic/Indie] Chrome Sparks – Goddess

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Goddess

Brooklyn producer Jeremy Malvin, better known as Chrome Sparks, has released the first track off his upcoming EP Goddess. Having already released a series of EPs, the most recent being 2013’s Sparks, Malvin takes his latest title track through the cosmos and up into the heavens. Ethereal waves of electronic exploration build on a foundation of celestial synthscapes and astral beats that can only be described as sublime.

Goddess is available to pre-order on iTunes here.

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Inky Jack – Freedom [TMN PREMIERE]

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Freedom

As we prep ourselves for the craziness that is Coachella, we’re lost in a sea of interview questions, meeting coordination, and planning out both our poolside and after hours jams. Thankfully we have a new track to throw into the mix that seamlessly blends into either of those carefully selected playlists.

Culminating in a swirling blend of rock, reggae, electronica and punk influences, Brooklyn based Inky Jack has concocted a peculiar and overwhelmingly addictive sound with their song, “Freedom.” Blurring the lines between genres effortlessly, this tune carries a strong message through its lyrics. Coming via lead singer Kwame, these words are displayed through a truly one-of-a-kind vocal tone that is both refined and a little rough around the edges. He’s able to hit high notes in a soulful manner, calling on associations of CeeLo and Tunde Adebimpe from TV On the Radio.

Dipesh Sinha and Kwame Bulter (aka Inky Jack) have set quite the trajectory early on in their career. Their sound casts a wide net by the immense amount of genres it so fluently flirts with.

Make sure to keep an eye out for their EP, Infrared, which will be out later this year. Beyond that, don’t be surprised when you see this name on some major festivals next year. That time is drawing near for this stellar duo.

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[MP3 Playlist] The Chill Dojo #79

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Dojo number 79 is absolutely bursting at the seams with amazing music, and though they are all worthy of kind words, we can’t let time spent reading take away from that which could be used to discover it for yourselves. It also doesn’t help that this Naughty Boy bootleg from Jarreau Vandal has left us speechless within a few brief moments of listening. Smooth is one word that comes to mind…many times over. So, so smooth. Between the jazzy melody and sultry vocal edit, this has had some serious soul injected into its waveforms. If that hasn’t already brought a smile to your face, then this next one will have you grinning from ear to ear. Showing that age is no barrier, 16 year old Norwegian talent WRLD has sprung out of nowhere to stake his claim in the musical world of future bass. With a sound immediately recognizable to that of Wave Racer, your ears will have no trouble soaking this one right up. You’d do well to keep a close eye on this kid. Something that did escape our gaze before now is Druid Cloak’s super fun take on ‘Rice Rain’. Cashmere Cat material always makes for very interesting results, and this edit is up there as one of the best when it comes to great vibes and pure easy listening. The vocals of Patrick Baker are certainly something that evoke the same sentiment, so whenever a remix surfaces you best believe we’re quick on the draw. One mix that deserves your attention comes from aspiring producer Carnizzy, who has layered his version with a dreamy ambience and slick beat that suit the style of the original to a tee. To continue this trend of astounding young newcomers, 19 year old Canadian Elkoe announces his inception with tropical fanfare. The influences of Kygo and Thomas Jack are instantly identifiable here, and it seems a lot of the world took notice, because this Passenger remix has already seen his name sit atop the Hypem charts within a matter of days. That definitely won’t be a one-off occurrence either. And speak of the devil, Thomas Jack also gifted us with a more summertime glory overflowing with good feelings. The combination of his signature sound with the folk stylings of Benjamin Francis Leftwich has been a proven success in past, so this take on ‘Snowship’ only continues to build on this winning formula. Once you start with the summer sounds, it’s really hard to stop, so it’s lucky that Robotaki is feeling these same urges and has made very good use of these Miami Horror stems. This word gets thrown around in just about every write-up at least once, but this is the track is our honorary jam for the week. Face it, you’re already singing along aren’t you? Great songs inspire great covers, and this piece of disco magic from killer French duo J-Art and Madan is an absolute gem. Paola Bennet has done a stellar job with ‘Pompeii’, and together with the production work from these two, the results are mesmerizing. The list of stunning music goes much further than this though, with new tunes from Slumberjack, Just A Gent, Lazerdisk, CRNKN and Empia. This would be a far greater wall of text if we gave every one of them the feature they deserve.

What we can give them though is plenty of plays, and that’s something we strongly advise with this list. Peace out.

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Naughty boy ft. Sam Smith
Lalala (Jarreau Vandal 6K followers BOOTLEG)
WRLD
If U Wanna
Cashmere Cat
Rice Rain (Druid Cloak Broked N Cloakd EDIT)
Patrick Baker
Control (Carnizzy Remix)
Passenger
Circles (Elkoe Remix)
Benjamin Francis Leftwich
Snowship (Thomas Jack Remix)
Miami Horror
Real Slow (Robotaki Remix)
J Art & Madan feat. Paola Bennet
Pompeii (Bastille Cover)
Slumberjack
Sprinter feat. Sable
Fortaque
Just a Gent
Step Rockets
Kisser (Lazerdisk Remix)
Peking Duk
High (CRNKN REMIX)
Empia
Over the Edge (feat. Jugu)
Two Can
Fire
Kruisemode
Closer feat. Mike Knight (WE SINK Remix)
Temptations
Cloud Nine (FKJ Remix)
Prizm x Nelly Furtado
Say It Right
Salt Ashes
Somebody (Satin Jackets Remix)
Zeni
Dont Worry (Original Mix)
Bon Iver
Babys (Urban Contacts Summer Soul Remix)
Wadsworth
Summertime Dreaming (Jimmis Remix)
London Grammar
Darling Are You Gonna Leave Me (LCAW Remix)
M83
Wait (Kygo Remix)
DEPECHE MODE
SHOULD BE HIGHER (AMTRAC REMIX)
Historical UFO Society (Sufjan Stevens Flip)
Pharrell Williams
Lost Queen (WET PAINT Remix)
Zikomo
I Know I Will
Brown Sugar (IAMNOBODI Remix)
Kount × Harrison
Knight Life
Harrison
How Can It Be (Feat. Maddee)
Kilter
They Say
AU8UST
Volcano (Prod. by CRNVL)
Stumbleine
Polka Dots
Hayden James
No Time (Tobiahs edit)
Generation Blue (Ricky Eat Acid Remix)
RKCB
Comatose (AARMAXX Remix)
Tayenda
Sphère
Evil Needle
RendezVous ft. Sivey (Joe Kays Slowed Edit)
Paisley
Truth
OSLO
Mourners (ft. Monika Cefis)
El. Train
Clouded Visions
Daktyl
Do Without (Feki Remix)
Bryzone
Trial Run Feat. Jenny Mayhem
Grifta
Patterns
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VX O
Da P x Tigerblood
Rock U (SevnthWonder Edit)
Tom Day & Monsoonsiren
Elegiac (Leaks Remix)
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