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We may have an arctic blast draped across the fine city of Denver, Colorado, but as far as our ears are concerned, it’s bright, warm and sunny. Those damn snowflakes can’t bring us down. No sir. JACKLNDN is making sure of that with his delicious trop-house take on Nashville outfit ELEL’s tune “40 Watt.”

The original tune stole our hearts with it’s refined lo-fi sounds, giving us hazy vocals laid over booming percussion work which served as the backbone for the glitchy, and at times manic soundscape. Gone are the fluttering Disney-esque synths which provided that hipster whimsy that made us simply beam, and in their place are a xylophone-style melody that has us nodding our heads in approval. The two, in contrast, are very different, yet the remix brings a persona of its own, while still properly paying homage to the original.

With some expertly sampled vocals, London-based JACKLNDN has once again showed us why he gets called upon to dial up tasty house remixes of already solid tunes. Make sure to follow him on Soundcloud so you can keep up with future releases like this one.

40 Watt (jackLNDN Remix)
40 Watt
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There’s really nothing to prepare oneself for winter’s icy grip. The chilling winds, the piling snow, and the frost covered branches will be a mainstay for the next few months. While the dark and dreary may make you cringe, DEATHS are embracing it with their second release, “Sold”.

Following up on their successful debut release, “Lonewolves,” which garnered a top spot in the Hype Machine’s popular charts, this Berlin-based act is having us premier not only this single, but the music video as well. Once again, we find ourselves in a haunting soundscape, floating along a delicate, minimalistic drumbeat. The monastery style vocals echo throughout, flirting with dark, woeful guitar riffs and light plucks of a harp, creating feelings of sorrow and abandonment.

The music video embodies these deep, introspective desertion, as we wander through city void of human interaction. Consistently focusing on the element of light throughout the video, we can only guess that the vision was to display the possibility of humanity, without every really experiencing it. While it is dreadful to think about, the video does evoke a very raw and real set of emotions, which we applaud.

At the start of next year, DEATHS will be giving away a very limited run of ltd ed. LONEWOLVES/SOLD vinyls to some of their lucky fans. Head over to their website and sign up for their mailing list to enter for a chance to win one. Not only will it be a tremendous keepsake, but we’re damn certain these tracks will sound wonderful on vinyl.

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[Deep House] Just Kiddin – Thinking About It (Fabich & Ferdinand Weber Remix)

Just Kiddin
Thinking About It (Fabich & Ferdinand Weber Remix)

We promised big things from Fabich and Ferdinand Weber in 2014, and while we’re sitting back wondering how exactly this year has gone by so quickly, they’re taking yet another step forward with a release on Pete Tong’s label FFRR in the next month. Taking on official remix duties for Just Kiddin’s dance hit ‘Thinking About It’, the pair have stripped back the club heavy vibes and applied a silky touch in their signature deep style. Don’t think this means a lack of dance-ability to any extent, because the groove involved here is still just as hard to resist. Just take it as an entirely new way to enjoy the track, one that accentuates the soulfulness of the lyrics and favors a soothed mind over a sweaty body. In any case, this one’s got just the right feel for what we need right now.

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The Chill Dojo #107

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We don’t often open the Dojo in this way, but this week we’re kicking off proceedings with a lyrical gem from a silky electronic duo coming out of Sydney. Atlas Bound treat us to a smooth delight that is all kinds of soulful right down to its very title. Bustling percussion meets sweet piano chords in a marriage that emanates the warmth of a rich coffee blend, and it well and truly has us addicted. In much the same way, we hang on every new release from the rising Lido,  and it was impossible to miss this big remix of alt-J which was finally unleashed on Soundcloud earlier in the month. The popular Norwegian delivers yet another unique dose of future bass, with an unshakeable freshness that continues to blow our minds each and every time. We’re also big advocates of the young German talent LCAW, and this week he gave us yet another reason to sing his praises with a breakout edit of ‘Paradise Awaits’ from the venerable ZHU. It’s a version that’s deep and brooding, a perfect match for the eclectic stylings of the original, with a mysterious beauty that fixates your attention like a stranger in the night.

Still on that funk trip, we’re brightening things up a bit with an infectious jam from Dojo-favorite jackLNDN, taking on the unforgettable ‘Talk Talk’. This was the twist that we’ve been waiting for since hearing the majestic voice of George Maple, and the deep groove has us overdosing on that feel-good vibe that oozes from every chord. Now is about right to sip on that tropical cocktail once again, but this time it’s being served by  a new entrant in Swedish producers Samuraii. If their moniker alone wasn’t enough to prove they are more than worthy of gracing the Chill Dojo, their mellow version of the magical ‘Heart’ will quickly steal yours away to an aural paradise. We very much hope that there will be plenty of future entries from this name in sessions to come. This week’s write-up comes to a close with a lifelong member in Lane 8, who has been gifting our ears with sweet melodies since the very beginning. His latest smooth offering on Anjunadeep is one his very best, with an undeniable charm that stems from a soulful simplicity. It’s all about hitting the right spot, and this one does the trick with little fanfare needed.

This one may be a little shorter than the huge collections of late, but oh how sweet it is. Peace out.

Atlas Bound
alt J
Left Hand Free (Lido Remix)
Paradise Awaits ( LCAW Remix )
George Maple
Talk Talk (JackLNDN Remix)
Heart (Samuraii Remix)
Lane 8
Without You
Kanye West
Good Life (CS & Miskeyz Remix)
Mike Posner
Cooler Than Me (Eau Claire Remix)
Le Youth
Breeze (Tontario & SaxoKid Remix)
Red Lights (Glastrophobie Remix)
I Loved You (Braxton Remix)
Pierce Fulton
Kuaga (Sonny Alven Remix)
Lana Del Rey
West Coast Cover (Berger&Shaqiri Edit)
Rameses B
We Love
I Need You
Annabel Jones
Magnetic (AObeats Remix)
Christina Perri
Burning Gold (Stint Remix)
Touch Fuzzy Get Dizzy
Faded (Pham Flip)
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[NEW] Lorde – Flicker (Kanye West Rework)

Flicker (Kanye West Rework)

With the help of Lorde‘s curation, the soundtrack for the latest installment of The Hunger Games is shaping up to be quite a compilation featuring a diverse selection of artists including CHVRCHES, Raury, Major Lazer and HAIM among others. The latest release from the soundtrack brings together two of music’s most dynamic superstars as Kanye West puts his spin on one of Lorde’s contributions to the album, “Yellow Flicker Beat.” As always, ‘Ye stuns creating an ominously spectacular progression accentuating the original’s powerful vocals.

This one bodes well for the upcoming Kanye West album that we’ve been hearing rumors about recently. While the overarching sound of his most recent album, Yeezus, is certainly evoked, West continues to march forward sonically incorporating his more experimental projects in perfect doses as he grows artistically. In some ways, his current position parallels the 808s & Heartbreak days in the sense that he’s finding ways to reinvent himself, absorb what works and incorporate it as a creative tool moving forward.  

Enjoy the re-work, appropriately called “Flicker,” above. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 1 is in theaters November 21st and its soundtrack, which can be pre-ordered here, is out on November 17th.

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[Beautiful] Flight Facilities – Two Bodies feat. Emma Louise (Lido Remix)

Flight Facilities - Two Bodies feat. Emma Louise (Lido Remix)
Flight Facilities
Two Bodies feat. Emma Louise (Lido Remix)

We get beyond excited every time Lido drops a new remix, and this one lets us peek into a different side of the Norwegian producer. Incorporating sustained keys with Emma Louise‘s pleasant vocals, Lido takes us on a dreamy adventure with this remix of Flight Facilities‘ “Two Bodies”. Keeping a minimalist approach with his usual chill trap music, the talented musician works his magic through jazzy chords, muffled noise samples and other seemingly easy maneuvers. It’s slow, mysterious and emotionally-driven without being overdone. Lido definitely takes the cake with this one.

Make sure to check out Flight Facilities’ new album Down To Earth. Lido’s official remix will be featured on an upcoming 12-inch release, out 11/24!

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[Deep-House/Indie-Dance] Pretty Ricky ft. 50 Cent – Grind With Me (SNBRN Remix)

Pretty Ricky ft. 50 Cent
Grind With Me (SNBRN Remix)

After most recently taking on Dirty South’s “Unbreakable”, L.A. stationed house producer SNBRN has added another adeptly executed underground tipping dance composition to an already veritable palate of releases. Again showcasing a musicianship well above most other house artists cutting their teeth within the blogosphere, SNBRN weaves together two separate tunes -Pretty Ricky’s “Grind With Me” and 50 Cent’s “Hate It Or Love It”- to devise a completely unique remix which employs the accessibility of an indie-dance/nu-disco melody with a deep-house synth and bass line and even a shimmer of progressive meets classic house driven piano. This one again showcases a grasp on all things dance, and about the latest offering SNBRN added: “For this track I wanted to do a double remix, incorporating both the chorus from Grind With Me and 50′s verse from “Hate It or Love It”. The goal was to create a super fusion of hip hop/deep/progressive/nu disco and make a sexy upbeat track anyone can get down to. Relax your mind and enjoy the free download”.  We surely will. Grab the free download of SNBRN’s “Grind With Me” remix here.

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