[Acoustic] Years & Years – Take Shelter (Unplugged)

Years & Years - Take Shelter Unplugged
Years and Years
Take Shelter Unplugged

British trio Years & Years recently came out with their new EP, and here we have an acoustic version of their lead single “Take Shelter”. With only the piano as the accompaniment, their lead singer Olly’s voice shines in this poignant little tune. They describe themselves as Electro Soul Pop, and when you take away the electro element of the song, Soul and Pop are exactly what these guys sound like acoustically. It’s simple, emotional, heartfelt, and most importantly, it calls for your attention. It’s almost like you’ve gone through a bad breakup and here you are reminiscing about the old times. Okay this might be going too far but you get the point.

Also, check out their original version of the song here. We are pretty excited to see what else these guys have to offer. With the release of this single, Years & Years are definitely on the right track to make it big in the UK, maybe even here in the States.

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[Chill] Disclosure – Latch (TEEMID X Daniela Andrade Edition)

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Disclosure
Latch (TEEMID X Daniela Andrade Edition)

There’s no doubt that we’ve probably seen more Disclosure remixes than we know what to do with. They’re populating faster than a colony of rabbits, but fortunately for us, today’s find stands out far above the rest. Not only do we get a musically re-interpreted visualization of the UK duo’s monster hit, but we’re also getting a cover as well.

Taking a crack at re-working “Latch,” TEEMID, the Bordeaux-based DJ Producer, has fused in his affinity for the deeper and techier side of house music. Replacing the thumping, pronounced bassline and driving kicks with a smooth and atmospheric soundscape, he gives this remix a laid-back vibe that’s truly infectious.

While Sam Smith’s vocals were always something to marvel at, we actually applaud TEEMID for not pitching them down to match the tempo and vibe, instead bringing on a more suitable vocalist to perform a cover. Housed within the soft, echoing synths, Canadian vocalist Daniela Andrade shines. Her silky, wispy cover not only does justice in comparison to the original, but it also gives “Latch” an entirely new persona, and one we won’t quickly forget.

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[TMN RESIDENT ARTIST] Le Castle Vania

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Le Castle Vania
Nobody Gets Out Alive Part II

Holy shit, ninjas. It seems like just yesterday we were welcoming in our Resident Artist for May, casually talking about the sunny summer months that lied ahead. Well, as it seems to go every year, summer is passing us by without so much as a glance, and will soon leave us wondering why the hell it’s already so cold out.

As we look into the final weeks of summer, it’s important to remember two things. One, there are still a few weeks left for your warm-weather debauchery. Two, Le Castle Vania is going to close it out like it’s nobody’s business.

Few artists can electrify a stage, bringing endless energy, showcasing what is ultimately a culmination of years of experience. This Hotlanta-based recording artist, DJ, and label owner does so with ease, bringing hard, relentless, and unforgiving electro styles that have a rock-infused edge to them. With an original sound founded in razor sharp synths and driving basslines, this storied artist has carried through years of an evolving scene, always maintaining a unique presence and a defined sound.

Starting back in ’06, LCV was asked to remix “Black Eyes,” his fellow ATL-musician kin Snowden’s track. After tagging the name Le Castle Vania in association to the remix, the name once associated with the 1986 video game was about to have an entirely new identity associated with it. Fast forward to just a few months ago, the world was left wide eyed and ready to dance as he dropped his debut EP, Phrophication, on deadmau5‘ mau5trap label. With that in the rearview mirror, LCV’s fanbase had only a quick window to catch their breath, as Feels Like Fire came out a few short months later.

Hitting a lengthy stride, Dylan Eiland, seems to be charging ahead with no intention of letting his foot off the gas. We couldn’t be more excited to be showcasing him all month long during this thrilling time in his career. Stay tuned with us all month long as we feature everything that is Le Castle Vania.

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[Tropical House] Love Sex Magic (Axmod Remix)

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AxMod
Love Sex Magic (Axmod Remix)

There is really nothing better than waking up to your cat meowing for food and good music blasting in the background to get the day started. What better way to start your Friday off than with a little “Love Sex Magic” remix to get you back into the 2009 groove? Hailing all the way from France is tropical house producer, Axmod; he decided to add his melodic touch on this Ciara and Justin Timberlake classic to which he brought us back to paradise with this one.

As soon as the music starts, you are introduced with a striking synth and a mono animated vocal to drown out the wavey vibes of this ambient tune. If this doesn’t scream Summer, then we don’t really know what does. Get the Friday flow going with this number and make sure to grab your free download while you’re at it.

 

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[Melodic House] Bebe Rexha – Drinking About You (The Chainsmokers Remix)

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Bebe Rexha
Drinking About You (The Chainsmokers Remix)

The Chainsmokers are so much more than their big room house hit “#Selfie,” and this is proven to be true with their latest remix release, “Drinking About You.” Singer Bebe Rexha gets her dub tune reworked by the New York duo, who layer lush piano chords atop angelic vocals, resulting in a slowed down melodic anthem that’s upbeat, yet serene.

The boys, who just finished wrapping up their world tour, are now settling back in the studio to prepare for the drop of their second original track entitled “Kanye.” We have no idea what to expect, but The Chainsmokers assure us that “Kanye” is the perfect follow up to “#Selfie”, without any bullshit.

“Drinking About You” will be available for purchase in September via Warner. Check back here next Tuesday, Aug 5 for the release of “Kanye.”

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[Dreamy] X3SR – a e r o d y n a m i c

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X3SR
a e r o d y n a m i c

After adventuring around the Baker neighborhood of Denver for the past few days, we can officially say that we need a moment to wind down. While we’re prepped and ready to go enjoy The Underground Music Showcase’s fourth day, we’re admittedly a little exhausted from all the festivities.

With that being said, Miami 3-piece X3SR recently released “a e r o d y n a m i c” on SVNSET WAVES’ SVMMΞR SVN Vol 2 yesterday, and it’s absolutely perfect for our wind-down session. Featuring energetic percussion work with heavy use of hi-hats, this tune is a dreamy synth-driven ride that calls on associations of Tycho and Bonobo.

Whatever you’re up to, throw this on and enjoy your Sunday. After all, we’re all only hours away from having to return to the daily grind. Make sure you make the most of today.

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[Chill/Future/Trap] The Weeknd – Often (Free n Losh Remix)

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The Weeknd
Often (Free n Losh Remix)

Rolling off of the wave of success experienced on their first original release, “Lost”, Free n Losh have returned to remix “Often” from one of R&B’s most intriguing artists, and a favorite of quite a few Ninjas here; The Weeknd. Perhaps some of the most versatile electronic producers at the moment with credits on Mac Miller tunes, an official Pretty Lights remix and multiple trips to the almighty Hype Machine Top Ten charts through gleaming and cutting edge takes on dance genres; Free n Losh have peeled back yet another layer of their collective production psyche with this latest remix. The Canadian duo blends a distinct steel drum over a luscious two-step melody and  and layer it all seductively amongst a sea of contorted snare kicks and hi-claps for a sound completely their own. With every passing release Free n Losh continually impress the hell out of our ears, and this cut might be one of our favorite from their entire catalogue. Grab the free download here, and slip into something sexy for this one, it might get a little hot.

 

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