Get to know R.LUM.R [TMN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

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Since premiering “Show Me” two months ago, we’ve been anxiously awaiting more music from this up-and-coming Orlando artist. Unfortunately, we’re still a ways off from hearing “Be Honest,” so we’re giving you the next best thing: an in-depth interview.

Take a few minutes off from whatever it is you’re up to and get to know the intriguing R.LUM.R

What does the name R.LUM.R (pronounced ar-luhm-ar) derive from? 

R.LUM.R is the representation of everything I am at his point.

To be brief about it, it’s a combination of my first and middle name. Growing up, I was always made to be ashamed of myself about being who I wanted to be and liking what I liked, so I hid it all. It was for a multitude of reasons, and for the sake of brevity I won’t get specific, but it can mostly be boiled down to pressure to be “blacker” and the insidious effects that has on one’s psyche, but I did what I was told, and whatever I thought a person like me was supposed to do.

My middle name, Lamar, was just one I never really felt attached to. So I hid that.

Getting my starts in music, I played acoustic and released and performed music as a singer-songwriter for a long time, which started basically because of my limited resources, and I kept going because of the positive ways I was affecting the world around me through that medium, but there’s always been another part of me that wanted to explore the stuff I’m exploring now, but never had the bravery or resources.

So in the process of evolving into this music, I wanted to do something that pulled from my past and exposed all those things, but created a clear focus on the future. Reggie, my first name, is in the first R, and with it being at the beginning of R.LUM.R, it’s the past, and the music I created that got me here. Though I’m evolving, I don’t want to abandon where I came from.
LUM is part of Lamar (my middle name) and represents the parts of myself I’d always hidden, and the present time. It means to me that I can take that stuff from back then and wear it proudly, turning it into positives. It’s also the center of the idea right now, so it’s fitting for it to be sitting where it is visually.

The last R is the future and the person I can be, coexisting with the person i’ve always been. Lamar ends with an “r”, and Reggie starts with an “r”, so it’s like bringing the ideas of the past and the present together, but in the future.
I hope that wasn’t too convoluted. lol
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[Secret Ninja Pass] This Week at Beta 5/14 – 5/16

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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)

Candyland - May 14
Major Lazer & DJ Snake
Lean On (Candyland Remix)
Gravity Fridays - May 15
Dirt Monkey & Stephan Jacobs
Sleepless in LA feat. Johanna Phraze
Sasha - May 16
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Ether
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[TMN Premiere] Native People – Tapes (The Citrus Clouds Remix)

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Tapes (The Citrus Clouds Remix)

UK four-piece Native People have a fascinating sound that combines indie rock and pop guitar licks with synths and a distinct sensibility for dance percussion. Unsurprisingly, their winning style has been picking up some serious steam over the last year. As they prepare for the release of their debut EP, Native People have shared a remix of “Tapes,” the title track, courtesy London’s The Citrus Clouds and we’re excited to be bringing you the premiere.

The original track is an upbeat indie pop hit layered with groovy drums and an addicting guitar lick perfectly accentuated by the accompanying vocals. The Citrus Clouds’ rendition proves equally stunning replacing the rock instrumentation with steel drums and lush synths for an incredibly smooth electronic journey. Even with a tempo change and a shift to tropical elements, the original’s infectious melody reigns supreme on this remix.

Get your summer on with this sunny, uplifting tune above. Native People’s Tapes EP, which will include this remix, drops May 25th and can be pre-ordered on iTunes here. For all the UK ninjas out there, you can grab tickets to their EP launch show on May 21st here.

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[Chill/Dance] Fatboy Slim – Mad Flava (Autograf Remix)

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Mad Flava (Autograf Remix)

As Autograf has shifted more steadily out of the underground and into mainstream consciousness, so too has the way in which one of our favorite groove-heavy acts are able to craft melodies. The latest from Autograf sees the trio riffing on one of dance music’s original wisemen, Fatboy Slim, and his classic single “Mad Flava”. As part of Fatboy Slim’s re-release for platinum selling album Halfway Between The Gutter And The Stars, the Autograf boys have been tapped to offer their uniquely flavored dance groove, and have delivered another stellar piece to a constantly expanding palate. Rather than take the easy way out by sprinkling in a four-four kick and painting on a deeper, analog bassline as so many contemporary dance acts are wont to do these days, Autograf takes a much more fluid approach for their rework. Throughout its first half, Autograf toys with the original’s vocal chops, and breakbeat influenced two-step drums topped with an extremely danceable topline before unloading perhaps one of the most distinct and powerful basslines we’ve heard in any music genre this year. This one has us feeling somewhere between the House club and Hip-Hop dancefloor; which is one of the most welcome feelings we’ve had in quite some time. About the remix opportunity, Autograf told us: “We’re huge fans of breaks so when one of the legends hit us up for a remix, we were super honored. Here’s our break beat tribute to one of the pioneers..” while Fatboy kept his side a bit more ambiguous, stating: “Autograf got the finesse, they got the funk, they got the flava. The three F’s right there…” They certainly do. Check out Autograf’s “Mad Flava” remix above, and if you missed their last remix for Alesso’s “Cool”, do your ears a favor and listen here.

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[Trap] XVII – Anax

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XVII has completely out done himself this time, creating the summer Trap anthem, dubbing it “Anax”. After his last release, a flip of Alison Wonderland’sU Don’t Know”, we have all been patiently waiting to see what the young Trap lord is going to come out with next. The song begins with XVII’s signature melodic and ambient build-ups, leading into vocal chops that cue the drive of the build-up. Listeners are then suddenly met with a powerful lion’s roar followed by a drop that will remind you of old school RL Grime. The tune’s horns and percussions are also remarkably on point, providing you with a sound that can only be described as an orchestral party.

Make sure you grab the free download here and don’t sleep on this rising trap star. Enjoy!

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Ghost Loft – The Otherside (HVNS Remix) [TMN PREMIERE]

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The Otherside (HVNS Remix)

Koreatown’s GHOST LOFT will soon be releasing a new EP, Chocolate Haze, next month. On that EP is a single called “The Otherside,” which has gotten a musical makeover from the Japanese producer HVNS. The Music Ninja is premiering the single to you today as a pre-release treat to sink your ears into.

HVNS, who is also one-half of CLVBS, brought forth a smashing future flip of “The Otherside.” You’d be surprised the guy who made this has less than 2,000 Facebook fans and less than 5,000 Soundcloud followers. Let’s just say, if Flume released this, it would have blown up in an instant.

Instead, it’s a gem that holds a similar qualitative standard to work from the top tier producers of this sound like the aforementioned ARIA award winner. HVNS has quickly jumped on our radar as someone to keep our eyes on after hearing what he did to the GHOST LOFT original. In rummaging through his Soundcloud – this dude has got mad talent.

Keep an eye out for Chocolate Haze in June, which will not only feature “The Otherside,” but “Overflow,” “The Rolling Man,” and “Phonograph,” as well.

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[Electronic] Dead Battery – Recovery: Chapter 3, The Road To Recovery

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The story continues to unfold. Dead Battery‘s tale of redemption through music in the form of his album, Recovery, has been parceled out since April 14th of this year, exactly a year after his accident. Along with the gripping chapter comes the vinyl sales for the album, so if you would like to pre-order a copy, you can do so at the Kannibalen Records store. If you’re the digital type, the iTunes pre-order is up for grabs. Just getting into the story? Check out chapter one and two to catch up on the journey brought to us by Kannibalen and SuicideSheep.

Now that a working consciousness has almost been fully regained, Dead Battery is starting his path of peaceful vengeance. He begins to comprehend that it will take a lot of time and effort for a new state of normalcy to come to fruition. His mind and body have been through a tremendous amount, and this recent episode is only partially reconstructed in memory. A reconstruction of the self takes place with these next four tracks that toy with disparate emotions.

The Furry Stranger

“The Furry Stranger” is the embodiment of a newfound energy. This helping hand is leading Dead Battery, but to what? After a minute of setting a fresh, mellow tone of a thankful sadness, a bustling drum beat comes in to set things in motion. Soon the figurative steps are augmented by epic horns as the ascension begins. It shall have its hurdles along the way, but with “The Furry Stranger,” there’s a palpable hope in the air.

Floating

“Floating” begins like a warm blanket of sound. A thankful Tobias has awoken to friends, family, and even strangers that are lending their support to his recovery. He has his own strength, but he is not in this by himself now. When one is ready to live alone, one can truly bask in the company of others. This light-hearted composition is indicative of an authentic optimism being solidified.

Journey Abroad

The “Journey Abroad” is an exercise of the imagination. Tobias has just regained control of his traumatized brain, and now he is erupting with emotions. There’s so much to be said, there’s so much to be done; he delivers a few those expressions in one complete package here. Despite being constricted in a physical space, he has his way of moving around, in his mind.

City By The River

The “City by The River” is a vantage point. Now that Dead Battery has risen from the hospital bed, and subsequently walked out on his own two feet, he is at a point of introspection. What is taking place is both the reflection of the past, and the rumination of the future.

Ready for chapter 4? We certainly are. Get ready for May 26th! Ps, if you pre-order a vinyl, you will be emailed a digital copy of the album on May 20th.

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