Coming off of his impressive debut EP To the Night, which broke into the top 5 on the Beatport charts, house producer option4 is back as hot as ever with a brand new release; “Do Work”. The tech-house cut, which is being released today as a two track EP featuring a synth-drenched remix from New York based indie-dance mainstay Bit Funk, contains all of option4’s distinctive rhythmic style as well as a glossy and infectious bass line, culminating in a track that can be played out on a club floor or simply serve as auditory stimulation wherever the evening finds you. But we’re pretty sure halfway through the jam, you’ll be unconsciously tapping a foot or two to this one.
It seems years of sharing stages with the likes of Disclosure, Fred Falke, Classixx and countless others can’t help but manifest itself in the form of crisp production and beautiful taste, and all of that skill is on full display with this release. With the underlying message that “real, hard work bodes real results”, option4 and Bit Funk are staying true to their roots by offering up the EP as a free download to our ninjas. Watch the accompanying music video here, and download “Do Work” with the Bit Funk remix below.
Earlier in the month we hipped you to Viceroy and French Horn Rebellion‘s funky “Friday Nights”, a nu-disco tune so catchy it makes every day feel like a crazed, boozy jumping off point to the weekend. The collaborative pair will soon release a remixes EP, and it’ll include this awesome rework by Jessie Andrews, a Los Angeles DJ and actress. Andrews strips away the funk, instead nicely replacing it with crunchy, spiraling effects that’ll take you on a few dizzying loops and powerful buildups that might leave you more than a little floored. The remix imagines the original as a thrilling house track and gives us yet another reason to scuffle up the dancing shoes. Check it out above.
As the snow is finally melting (or if you live in Colorado, still randomly dropping on a Wednesday afternoon) and the flowers are a blooming, nothing says spring is here quite like a good mix from one of TMN’s favorite bass duos. Zeds Dead recently released their Spring Mix with over 35 heart-pounding songs sure to please any ZD fans. The mix combines fist pumping electronic with down and dirty dubstep mixed in with some fabulous funk and rich vocals. The transitions are quick and clean letting the listeners know it is on to the next awesome jam. Over an hour of some amazing songs by the two ZD mastermind boys themselves, is there any other way to ring in spring? Pull out the bbq and turn this mix up, it’s one for the sunny days and even the still snowy days. Cheers to spring.
Paloma Faith – Just Be (Distance Remix)
Ellie Goulding – Explosion (Gemini Remix)
Eptic – Gutter
The Others – Fallout
Trollphace, Roto – Take It
AraabMuzik – Succubi
Figure – Brown Note
Zeds Dead – Rave (Fendi Ravestep Remix)
Salva – Drop That B
Taiki & Nulight – Take me Up
Zinc – Family Riddim
Mighty Dub Katz – Just Another Groove (Lookback Remix)
Kill The Noise (with Brillz & Minxx) – Saturn (Jay Cosmic Remix)
KW Griff – Bring in the Katz featuring Pork Chop (Original Mix)
Wilkinson – Take You Higher (Foamo Remix)
Posij – Duikbril
Skoop – Baby Papu
Velvetine – The Great Divide (Seven Lions Remix)
12th Planet – Smoked Out
ETC!ETC!, Protohype – Bad Boy Flow
Sander Van Doorn – Joyenergizer
Doorly – Rush ft Soraya Vivian
Gorgon City – Thor
Proxy – Cypher
The Upbeats – Diffused
Thesys – Propulsion
Quentin Hiatus – September Rising
Dead C.A.T Bounce, Emily Underhill – Closer To Me (Dabin Remix)
DJ Marky & S.P.Y – Yellow Shoes (Calibre Remix)
Nina Simone – Don’t Let Me Be Missunderstood (Zeds Dead Remix)
Young Digerati – Next Phase (Leisure Council Remix)
Zomboy – Here to Stay ft. Lady Chann
Major Lazer – Watch Out For This (Bumaye)
Nishin Verdiano & AK9 – Bitch Please (Receptor Remix)
Biggie – Suicidal Thoughts
You have to give it to Lea Luna. She continues to prove time and time again that she knows how to craft party inducing lyrics that carry perfectly over big buzzing beats. We especially love the underlying “Mile High” messaging, as Lea is originally from there, as well as Dragon and Jontron.
“Loud and Proud” is the latest release from this collaboration. In true D&J fashion, it boasts a slow melodic build that let Lea’s vocals really shine. The drop is a big, bass-laden electro house dance floor killer that is smooth yet aggressive. Another familiar face shows up in this joint effort, which is Denver based music videographers, Blurred Pictures. Their crew was once again slated to put the visuals to this monstrous track. They chose the stage at Skylab 2012 this time around, and if you watch carefully, you may catch a ninja in there. Keep your eyes peeled at 2:40. Ha!
Head over to Beatport and grab a copy of “Loud and Proud” out now via Black Hole.
Start watching this new video by Italian electric artist and record producer Danny Darko and you will immediately get chills. This beautiful song has the vocals of the talented Dionne Lightwood sung overtop of Darko’s amazing musical mix. The song begins with a violin melody, haunting yet inviting to the listener as Lightwood’s echoing lyrics slowly carry into the song. Then, Darko takes control of the instrumentals in this piece, adding in electronic beats, piano and drums before taking the song for its first drop at :54. The song continues with a layering of Lightwood’s captivating voice with the mix of Darko’s undeniable ear for electronic music. This video tells the story that many of us know; we just want to be visible to the one person who we feel invisible to. The video has some beautiful outdoor imagery with the final minute of the song escalading to Darko disappearing before Lightwood’s eyes. Darko is a newcomer to the electric scene but his ear for mixing musical instruments and electric sounds is sure to make him visible in the electric music world.
Last week’s mini-mix for TMN, by our resident artist Thomas Gold, was an amazing hit with old fans and new fans alike. This whole month with Gold has been extraordinary and he has gone out of his way working with us at TMN to give all his followers what they want, what they didn’t know they needed and of course, lots of unexpected greatness. As always the end of the month means it is time to say goodbye to Gold but as always we wanted to give a shout out to Thomas and the awesome group of people who he works with.
Before we say our final goodbye though we asked Gold about some of his favorite songs and/or artists right now and if he could share those with us. Gold wrote back saying the five tracks below were songs he loves to throw down in his sets mixed in with his own golden touch. Can’t say we are surprised by his choices, these are some great songs/remixes by some talented artists.
Thanks for the awesome April Mr Gold-i-locks, best of luck for the rest of the year and we hope to see you real soon!
Thomas Gold’s 5 must play songs:
Sebjak & Marcus Schossow – Liceu
Mat Zo & Porter Robinson – Easy (Botnek Remix)
Steve Angello & Matisse & Sadko – SLVR
The Chemical Brothers – Galvanize
Hard Rock Sofa – Rasputin
If you’re looking to start off your week in the most relaxing way possible, this installment of the Chill Dojo will be sure to deliver with some of the most mellow features to date.
It was looking to be a difficult decision for track of the week for #35 until the music of Dutch duo The Planty Herbs flowed through the speakers. ‘There’s Us” may just be the most chilled song ever to grace the dojo, and utilises a sound that epitomises the sensation that this playlist hopes to bring. It could be looped for hours on end and still maintain the same calming effect and amazing vibes it does upon first listen. From a song whose sound represents what we’re all about to one whose title does, the next tune, “Lazy Sunday” fortunately delivers on its promise to provide a killer Sunday feel. Mastefully crafted by German producer XTRAFUNK, a quick browse through his Soundcloud revealed a wealth of other great additions which carry similar feelings of bliss. If this has built up your cravings for disco vibes, then look no further than Louis La Roche to remedy your funky desires with his remix of the massive hit from Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding. It seems European artists are dominating the dojo this week, and Norway’s Cashmere Cat has become a definite favourite of late, and has seen his popularity skyrocket thanks to consistent displays of unique sounds and astounding production talent. For those of you who missed it in the Trap Dojo a little while ago, his latest remix of “Do You” is an amazing mix of sexy synths and drumwork which work in pure harmony with the smooth vocals of Miguel.
There’s plenty more to write about this week, but this array of magical music is better heard than read, so delve into it at your own leisure. Peace out.