[Vibes] Dawn Golden – All I Want (Manila Killa Remix)

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Dawn Golden
All I Want (Manila Killa Remix)

There are numerous ways you can cure those mid-workweek blues. You could find ways to systematically annoy your boss. You could orchestrate a creative way to quit your job, forever living in YouTube lore (which is like for two weeks, in YouTube time). You could also have the ever-so-effective lunch beer. However, before you start spending too much time on any of those previously mentioned methods, we invite you to press play and relax. See? Isn’t all of your stress slowly melting away?

Celebrating his birthday in the complete opposite way than most do, which none of us can really seem to recall for some reason, Manila Killa has dialed up a sultry trop-house remix of Chicago sad boy Dawn Golden’s smash hit, “All I Want.” Creating an alternate universe where this intensely beautiful “cry into a glass of bourbon at home” song is now a whimsical escape, this transcontinental producer will inevitably make you smile, shake your hips and tap your foot. As an added bonus, we’re pretty sure tapping your foot will annoy your boss, which only adds to your overall enjoyment.

Snag this bad boy for free on Manila Killa’s soundcloud page and get over the hump. Just think, two more days till the weekend.

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[TMN Premiere] Sean Kingston – Take You There (Follow Me Remix)

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Sean Kingston
Take You There (Follow Me Remix)

As July gingerly comes to a close and we slide into the month of August, TMN favorite, Follow Me, are back again with a stellar remix of Sean Kingston‘s 2007 hit, ‘Take You There’. Embracing the carefree spirit of the original’s vocal topline, Follow Me’s rendition showcases a plethora of dreamy synths, shimmering percussion and vibrant pads that splash against a lush tropical-tinged soundscape. Filled to the brim with nostalgia, Follow Me’s latest effort serves as an ideal summertime jam reminding us that there is still time to loosen that necktie and swap out our suit for a pair of trunks. Grab your copy for free now and enjoy!

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[Interview/Deep-House] TMN Gets Burnt With SNBRN + 50 Cent – 21 Questions (SNBRN Remix)

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50 Cent
21 Questions (SNBRN Remix)

It’s safe to say that we’ve fallen absolutely head over heels for S0-Cal sunny house maestro SNBRN over the last few months. After two TMN premieres: a remix of Morgan Page’s anthem “In The Air” and a collaborative take with KLATCH on Ace of Base’s “All That She Wants”; both of which caught on like viral wildfire, we thought it was the perfect time to sit down with the blossoming producer and ask him a few questions on behalf of Ninja Land while simultaneously dropping SNBRN’s latest remix of 50 Cent’s “21 Questions”. About the new tune, SNBRN said: “I came across 21 questions a few weeks ago and I thought to myself, I have to remix this track. I wanted to create a fusion of nu disco meets hip hop while still keeping the flow of the vocals. The result was a bouncy, funky remix. Hope you guys enjoy this summer revival and remember to stay burnt.” It’s another refreshing take on a tune we didn’t think would work in the underground, but once again SNBRN revealed his knack for flipping tunes beautifully into dance territory. Check out the SNBRN remix of “21 Questions” above, grab the free download here, and read the full transcript of our interview below.

There always seems to be a wave of eclectic dance music emanating from the L.A. area. Does the surrounding music scene provide a bit of inspiration for you or do you try to shut in and work on your own sound without too much outside influence?

The surrounding scene does have a big roll in the music I produce. LA has become a hub for underground dance music, so I’m constantly being introduced to new tunes. I tend to not jump on the trend bag wagon and make music that I personally want to listen to. I wanted to create a hybrid sound of multiple genres and decades construed into a feeling that a lot of people can relate to.

So far you’ve remixed a couple tunes which premiered on The Music Ninja which were both on fairly opposite ends of the spectrum. First you reworked Morgan Page’s big-room anthem “In The Air” into an incredibly groovy indie-deep cut and then put a deeper, almost gargey lean on Ace of Base’s 90’s pop smash “All She Wants”. Now you’re taking another classic, this time of the hip-hop persuasion with 50 Cent’s “21 Questions” into “burnt” territory. How do you decide which tracks to remix for the most part?

The most important thing to me is originality, remixing tracks that haven’t been touched or that would take people by surprise. I usually start by listening to a bunch of tracks and artists I have written down over a few weeks and see if the track already has 1000 remixes. I then look for an acapella online and typically start by writing an entirely new chord progression to the vocals. I don’t like to use lots of pieces from the original, but more creating a whole new song from the vocal.

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A Conversation with Klangkarussell [TMN Exclusive Interview]

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Sonnentanz

One of the most epic things about cruising Soundcloud is the possibility of stumbling across something completely unknown that has not yet found its way into the viral loop. It’s a sense of achievement as a music fan, but also proves extremely empowering to artists. Roughly 2 years ago, we were introduced to Austrian production duo, Klangkarussell (translation: ‘Sound Carousel’), who had a single track on their Soundcloud page titled “Sonnentanz.”  The six-minute, house-leaning jam features a perfectly subtle mix of horns, xylophone and synth, making it the type of relaxing song you can keep on repeat without losing any of its power. During 2012, “Sonnentanz” gained millions of plays reaching the Top 10 in 6 countries and helping earn them a record deal with Universal Music.

Although certainly excited about their success, old friends, Tobias Rieser and Adrian Held, are true to their sound–chilled out and not too concerned with conformity. Raised in Salzburg, Austria, the birthplace of Mozart, the two share a unique and diverse musical background from an early age, which makes us particularly excited about what’s to come. Check out our exclusive interview below and keep an eye out for their upcoming Netzwerk EP due out in a week, on July 29th. Make sure to follow Adrian and Tobias for more updates: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram.

TMN: First things first, where does the name Klangkarussell come from?

Tobias: There’s not really a back story—it just sounded good, and that’s why we took it. We liked the name, and so we took it.

TMN: So, you two hung out back in school and reunited relatively recently after over a decade apart. Can you tell us a bit about where you both were in life on the day that you met up?

Adrian: I had just quit my job at a private TV station, and then I went to work in Salzburg at the Festpiele. I worked there during the summer, and that’s when we met.

Tobias: I was starting to do my exams. Really late, but I started to do my exams at that time.

TMN: We’d love to hear the story behind “Sonnentanz”—both on a musical level and just what your expectations were when you uploaded it?

Adrian: There was never an intention of becoming famous or being able to live like a musician or something like that. It was never the intention. It was more like, “I’m dealing with different, like daily, shit all the time.” Just sitting down making music and forgetting the other stuff around there. It was coming over us, so that was the spirit of the track.

TMN: You guys are really at the front lines of the Internet revolution in music. From your perspective, describe your journey from releasing a single song on Soundcloud to touring the world, making a splash in the fashion industry and signing a record deal. What are your thoughts more broadly on the Internet’s advantages/disadvantages for up and coming artists such as yourselves?

Adrian: I think that the whole internet thing has changed everything. Basically, people are deciding what comes out on record labels these days. It’s like record labels going around and A&Rs going round, and being like, “Okay, this is going to be the new thing.” They’re looking on the internet for what people want to hear and then approach the people to put it out. I think that’s like a nice way of people having the power to decide what they want to hear and what they want to make big and make successful.

Tobias: A lot of stuff has gone through Hype Machine especially.

Adrian: I think that’s the number one thing that A&Rs look at right now. In the morning, they go to the office, and they check Hype Machine rather than listen to demos anymore.

TMN: Your first video was a model-filled fantasy that fit Sonnentanz amazingly well but the second, for “Netzwerk,” was a bit more extreme. What role did you play in those videos and how did you choose that direction for the second one?

Adrian: For “Netzwerk,” we reached out to some directors. They sent their ideas, and we chose this idea because it just felt like it worked with the song. For us, the song was about freedom. It also comes together with the African sample. It was all the time about freedom, so this just really was a nice picture of, “do what you want to do.” Go out and hang around bridges or wherever you want.

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[House] Ludacris – How Low (Action 52 Remix)

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Ludacris
How Low (Action 52 Remix)

Get ready to load up your summertime playlist with a new addition. Mile High City beatsmith duo Action 52 has just released a real pool party gem with their remix of the 2009 Top-40 club smash “How Low.”

This often mysterious outfit have knocked the cobwebs off their laptops and keyboards, returning with their first release since Galantis‘ “Smile.” Faring quite well in the blogosphere, the previously mentioned track garnering support from notable blogs (ahem) and charting on Hype Machine’s Top 50 charts. This time around, they’re taking on a blast from the past, giving Hotlanta’s Ludacris a whole new vibe.

Taking a multi-decade style approach to this genre-fusing remix, Action 52 infuses some 80′s arcade style production with Luda’s classic lyrics toned down for both effect and in an effort to pay respects to the tracks title. Set to the steady tempo of groovy house, it’s sure to please the older club crowd, myself included, who fondly remember dropping down and singing along, often making a fool out of themselves. Don’t judge the moves though, we’re pretty sure you have a few of your own that you’ve since retired.

If you’re into this remix, look to follow these fine gents on Soundcloud. If you happen to be in D-Town, you can catch them at any number of shows. These two often populate the decks at Denver’s newly revived Vinyl Nightclub, which has increasingly seen sold out shows more frequently than ever before.

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[T-T-T-T-TRAP] Empia – My Own

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Empia
My Own

The Australian sound has really come to the fore in 2014, with a mob of talented artists delighting the world with bright upbeat jams, and enough chill electronica to populate an entire festival’s worth of playlists. Just don’t underestimate them when it comes to getting down and dirty, because as Sydney’s Empia will prove, they’re more than capable of unleashing an absolute melter. Like many of his fellow countrymen, the young producer has found a home in plenty of our past Chill Dojo editions, and the charming mix of vocal chants and woodblocks which prelude this track would have you believe this is another to add comfortably to the list. Well you’d be dead wrong, because this one was a trap all along. Behind those calming jungle sounds lies a monster, and an insanely nasty one at that. Don’t say we didn’t warn you…

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Shines – Hushed (Feat. K.Raydio) [TMN PREMIERE]

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Shines
Hushed (feat. K.Raydio)

We speak from experience here when we tell you Mondays can be rough. After a few precious days off from work, it’s not easy being thrown back into the fire, and for many of us we’re reduced to nothing but unproductive balls of drowsiness until we reach for our first cup of miracle brew. That’s why we’re here to underscore the importance of Tuesdays, an oft-neglected day of the week that doesn’t receive very much attention at all. We’d like to think Tuesdays are where we begin to hit our stride again and really get our groove back; if only every groove was like the one we’re about to share with you today. Tuesdays were made for songs like this–a delightful treat that rewards you for making it to Day 2 of your hectic week.

Arriving by way of LA based producer Shines, “Hushed” stays faithful to the song’s title for much of its length, flush with tranquil melodies that build gradually into a meticulous arrangement of vocal loops, delicate harps and soft drums that work together in perfectly synchronous harmony to create a lush and vivid soundscape. The true essence of the song however, isn’t discovered until around the midway point, when K.Raydio lends her gorgeous pipes to breathe some soul into the scintillating tune. “Hushed” is the type of song that can cure the tensest of nerves, serving as a perfect remedy anytime you’re feeling the blues.

Look for the track to be featured on Shines’ upcoming self-titled EP, set for release via Color Station on August 5th. The song is available for purchase today, along with pre-orders for the project on iTunes.

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