R E A L (Bixel Boys Remix)
LA’s finest Bixel Boys are no strangers to experimenting with new sounds suitable to their tracks. Remixing Le Youth‘s “Real”, the producer duo spices up an already epic tune by giving it the disco treatment. The track has a rather mellow buildup mixed together with piano cadences, showcasing the softer side of their caliber. The beat drop is what defines the track, consisting of a hardhitting bass that’s incorporated into a series of bold synth. All of these things give the track a disco vibe that resembles the sound of Anna Lunoe, and you just could not help but dance your pants off.
Bixel Boys are definitely coming up as the frontrunner of this new wave of dance music. The power of #FREELIFE is as real as it gets. Stay tuned for more dope material coming your way!
Hold Me (Pat Lok Remix)
Last week we featured standout house and disco manufacturer Pat Lok and his latest original record “All In My Head”; while this fine Hump Day finds the Vancouver native back in the remix game with a lively take on Gold Fields’ “Hold Me”. Pat Lok sprinkles liberal doses of both house and disco into his shuffling take on “Hold Me”, slowly establishing a fluid dance cadence on the back of a percussion-centric melody before dropping into an elastic club bassline. And while this writer may be a bit overzealous when it comes to dance music consumption, we quite honestly feel Lok’s injection of buoyant rhythm takes Gold Fields’ original vocal track just a bit further. As Pat prepares the official release of the aforementioned “Hold Me” and its backing EP, we’ve been happily consuming this one on loop to shake away the cold. Stream Pat Lok’s “Hold Me” remix above.
It’s been a long time since Voli has appeared on our radar. Last time we heard from the talented emcee he was tearing apart the instrumental for Drake’s “5 AM In Toronto.” Finally emerging from his cocoon a year and a half later though, it’s obvious that the Jersey native has evolved into something much more.
After getting a chance to listen through his upcoming album The Wall, it’s safe to say Voli can no longer be simply referred to as a rapper. That’s not a knock on his skills behind the mic, rather it’s an allusion to the fact that his musical aspirations align with being something transcendent. Nowhere is this more apparent than with his brand new single, “The Wander Years.” Our best descriptor for the powerfully uplifting piece would be electro-reggae-pop-rock, but there’s really no true way to define it. One thing that is abundantly clear is that Voli spent his months away honing a sound that’s distinctly unique, allowing him to craft meaningful music that draws influence from a variety of different genres and is able to connect with a broad audience.
“The Wander Years” is the type of record that inspires you to abandon conventions and rebel to stand up for what is yours. Though, if you have a little trouble figuring out what exactly that entails, the gifted musician may be able to help,
Being a rebel is as simple as doing what you honestly want to do. As an artist you’re constantly putting yourself out there for major criticism. Me, personally—I’m stubborn. The second someone tells me I can’t do something or that I’m not good at something, I’m going to prove them wrong. That’s where the rebellion comes in. I don’t think it has to be tied to anger—for me, it’s not. I’m just gonna do what I’m gonna do. People are always gonna try to fit you into their little box, but you can’t let that happen. You can’t let anyone else determine what kind of artist you should be.
Listen to the track above, and make sure to check out Voli’s upcoming album, The Wall, which you can pre-order on iTunes before it drops on February 24th
Some Chords (Dillon Francis Remix) (Wild Boyz! Refix)
At certain times throughout our lives we come across music that makes us want to go 100% bat shit crazy. You know, the kind of song that makes you feel like you need to fight cyborgs or battle laser-shooting unicorns in a field of galactic warfare. Today we have something that will undoubtedly force you out of the house and into the streets where you will want to run around screaming obscenities around town – naked.
Helping us channel our inner Hulk are San Francisco producers, Wild Boyz, and their aggressive new refix of Dillon Francis’ remix of Deadmau5‘ “Some Chords”. That’s quite the mouthful to take in, but that shouldn’t deter you from raging face to this festival anthem (that will definitely be in this weeks FPP). Filled with hard-hitting synth stabs, 808′s galore, and a HEAVY load of literal heat, Wild Boyz! straight up threw us into a vortex of total weirdness. Our ninja clan can’t stop raving about this one and we know you’ll want to drink liquid nitrogen after hearing this the first time through, so press play and get ready to get silly.
Raindrops Feat. Kerli (Original Mix)
Behind tastefully deep remixes for Melanie Martinez, Indiana, 50 Cent and loads more, L.A.’s SNBRN has made quite the stamp here at TMN on his steady push to the apex of rising house producers. SNBRN’s latest original record, “Raindrops”, which features syrupy sweet vocals from Kerli; sees the California native dance guru making a warranted debut on the almighty Ultra Records. Kerli’s alluring refrain coats SNBRN’s fetching, and sunny, Cali-appropriate synth hook with just the right balance of effeminate and bouncy. About the collaboration, SNBRN told us: “6 months ago I met Kerli at a small studio in Venice Beach, California. We shared our stories, really got to know each other and came up with a concept that would evolve into the song you hear today. We wanted to create a song that would be powerful and moving yet also something you could really groove to. The lyrics really hit home for me and I’m so excited to finally share it with you guys. It was such an unbelievable experience to work with Kerli and create something so beautiful from nothing. The best things always take time; the wait was definitely worth it. I present to you Raindrops.” “Raindrops” is now available through Beatport and other online retailer, but for now, get your fix from our super fancy Ninja player above.
TMN: Hey dude! First off, thank you so much for being our artist of the month for January, and for letting us come on board for the Ninja Nation tour.
Datsik: Absolutely. I appreciate all of the support!
TMN: Let’s talk about the upcoming Ninja Nation tour, which kicks off this week. What can fans expect from this tour?
Datsik: Well, first of all, this tour is going to be louder, bigger, and it’s going to have different, crazy, and awesome artists. Some of them are from Firepower and some of them are just homies. We have Kennedy Jones, we have ETC ETC, TRUTH, Barely Alive, Bear Grillz, Twine, Trolley Snatcha, Fox Stevenson, and I think that’s it. They all rotate in and out of the tour.
I’m super stoked. We just upgraded to Vortex, so we have some 3.0 now, and it should be pretty crazy. It should make for a pretty fucking awesome experience!
After storming Hype Machine’s Top 10 back in August with “Flying High”, and following up with an utterly tasteful disco-revivalist single for vinyl-only imprint Smokecloud Records, “Paid Dues”; Denver based Minneapolis transplant Avery Henderson, who limelights with one of the best names and sounds in downtempo dance music, Falcon Punch, is back with “Silk” for a very special ‘TMN Premiere’. Always a thinking man’s disco purveyor, Falcon Punch rolls out his latest single on a bed of subdued, shuffled hi-hats; laying a lush foundation for which the tune’s almost minimal leaning synth progression can freely skitter along. But, once the curtains are raised after a brief yet baiting four-bar intro; we’re pulled into a lovely electro-funk meets nu-jazz guitar line which serves a majority of the track’s focal point while simultaneously evoking some Discovery-era Daft Punk or chilled out Todd Terje comparisons. Furthering you along into a sea of groove, “Silk” highlights Falcon Punch’s proficient tastemaking abilities with a sumptuous vocal pulled from Dexter Wansel. Every piece functions as a standalone, but were also all clearly thought out and pulled together to play smoothly into one cohesive movement. “Silk” drops on Karl Kling (who you might know from his work with RAC) & Cyclist’s MANI/PEDI Records -Falcon Punch’s second release with the burgeoning dance label- and you can bet we’ll be all ears for music from both entities as 2015 unfolds. Stream “Silk” from Falcon Punch above.