Prelude (Original Mix)
It’s about that time the late night ninjas take over for all of you night owls. While some of you might be getting ready for bed, others might be just now settling in to their weekly Wednesday night turn up; we have the perfect tune from French producer, Michael Calfan, that will undoubtedly keep you up until the sun starts to make its way up onto the horizon. “Prelude” is full of epic piano stabs, soulfully chopped vocals, and a bitchin’ progressive house resonance that helps reassure us that this genre is well on its way to the very top. Michael Calfan is out to restore some hope for the traditional House productions as well infuse it with modern techniques to give us a whole new refreshing take on dance music. It may be almost midnight on our end, but we can’t seem to fight the urge to wiggle our way around the house in our pajamas. If you dig this phenomenal show stopper from Calfan, make sure to groove on down to Beatport and pick this baby up for your own pleasure.
With the temperature steadily driving us to the brink of insanity, we have come to a point where we don’t think Summer has had its way with us. Instead, it’s radiating 3 months worth of mediocre heat all into week long bouts of pure hell. As we sluggishly drag our helpless body’s out of this sizzling sauna and into a place where we don’t sweat from merely breathing, we decided to take a pit stop along the way with Johnny Stimson. Sending us into a retrograde funk with his newest original, “Obsession”, Stimson swoons us in with this infatuating production and gets us all a little drunk on love to the point where even Beyonce can’t keep up.
With a groovy synth progression, some funky guitar riffs, all topped off with some highly intoxicating lyrics, “Obsession” guides us to a place where drinking tequila in a bikini at 5 o’clock in the evening is socially acceptable. As we pour up another round of Jose Cuervo to drown out the heat, we ask that you please go pack a bag for overnight because you’re about to take a trip back into some serious lovey dovey feels. If this isn’t on repeat for the rest of your night, then you obviously need to re-evaluate your Hump Day rituals. With that being said, we’re going to go back to obsessing over Johnny Stimson and his soulful voice and fiery red hair.
Angus & Julia Stone
A Heartbreak (ODESZA Remix)
Angus and Julia Stone and ODESZA are both killing it at the moment in their respective genres. Angus and Julia, folky siblings out of Australia, released their self-titled, Rick Rubin-produced album at the beginning of last month and Seattle electronic duo ODESZA unveiled an ethereal masterpiece with In Return a week ago. Today, their unique styles collide with ODESZA’s official remix of the Stones’s bluesy, melancholic hit, “A Heartbreak.”
ODESZA’s re-imagination starts off with a building groove sampling bits and pieces of the original while layering additional electronic contributions. The vocals from the chorus take over momentarily until about the 2:15 mark when the track explodes into the booming percussion that we’ve come to expect from the talented producers. The melding of the original version’s somber lyrics with the stadium-worthy stylings of ODESZA makes for a powerful combination that magnifies the emotional context. Give this unexpected collaboration a spin above.
Jewelz & Sparks
Phantom (Original Mix)
Hidden in the deepest, darkest corners of our fears lies a maniacal phantom who has decided to stir up a frenzy inside our heads. This figment of our imagination isn’t just your typical worst nightmare because it actually turns out that he’s not just an apparition…he’s real and he’s about to permeate your mind and lure you into his madness. Helping him fulfill his twisted endeavors are madmen, Jewelz & Sparks. The German duo decided to pull the sheets off from over head and drag us into a chaotic hallucination with their newest original, “Phantom”.
Filled with fear-evoking, mind-boggling, ear-shattering elements, Jewelz & Sparks have introduced us to the once dormant phantom by means of this haunting production. Loaded with bursting electro synths, grimy breakdowns, and a haunting, child-like hook to make you break a sweat, “Phantom” is out of this world in every way – and that’s an understatement. With no intentions of settling our fears, Jewelz & Sparks have completely violated all of our boundaries and have taken us to a terrorizing place that would make even Freddy Krueger want to call his mommy. Jewelz & Sparks have taken the mask off of this mysterious enigma and are about to provoke you like never before. Prepare to sleep with one eye open tonight, ninjas, because you won’t be able to sleep peacefully after hearing this. “Phantom” is out next week (9/23) on Dim Mak Records, so if you’re crazy enough to handle this beastly song, then hop on over to iTunes and pre-order your copy today.
Sander Van Doorn & Oliver Heldens
THIS (Available October 6)
What better way to carry you over the hump of the week than a good ol’ fashioned desk dance? That’s right, one time around with Sander Van Doorn and Oliver Helden’s freshly released house tune, and you’ll be grooving in your office chair.
Released just hours ago, “THIS” comes to life with its deliciously wavy bassline which will easily satisfy the hearts, ears, and legs of club fiends around the globe. Coupled with some techy synths and well pronounced percussion work, we simply can’t wait to get this from our headphones to a decent set of speakers. Something tells us it’s going to make us swoon even harder.
We were already been enamored with what Dutch DJ Oliver Heldens has been up to over the past year, and now we have this collab with Sander? We’re fully on board with calling him one of our favorites in the game.
Look for this tune on Oct 6th via Doorn Records. It’s one you’re going to want for your personal collection.
Slow Magic at The Independent in San Francisco. Photo cred: Justin Yee (IG: @yeesus)
Brazil (Slow Magic Remix)
In support of his stellar new album, Slow Magic launched the How to Run Away tour last week with over 20 U.S. dates scheduled between now and mid-October. Two of our ninjas had the pleasure of covering a couple of the tour’s earliest stops and were both blown away by the energy of the performance. Read each of their accounts below and check out the mysterious producer’s upcoming tour dates here. In case you missed it, you can also read our recent interview with Slow Magic here. Continue reading
Illegal (Beat by: Darius)
After their first installment, “Relentless”, in what we were promised would be a series of mixtape style remixes from Vancouver’s DiRTY RADiO, they’ve held up their end of the deal and are back with their sophomore entry: “Illegal”. Following the blueprint of molding tunes around their favorite producers as they did with Pomo on “Relentless”, this time around DiRTY RADiO has taken a wonderfully malleable, disco tinged R&B beat from French producer Darius and cobbled together yet another irresistible dance ditty. This one leans on the beatsmithery of Darius to lay a shimmery gloss across the tune, coalescing harmoniously with the DR boys’ sultry vocal track which all results in a listen sure to satisfy dance and R&B fans across all walks of life. Slip into something comfortable, pour your favorite glass of wine or whip up your favorite cocktail (that is if you’re over the legal U.S. drinking age of 21 of course) and let this one wind down your Tuesday. We promise it’ll do your night right.