[Glitch Hop] Jontron – Desert Song

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Jontron
Desert Song

After a pilgrimage to the desert for that three day adventure that so many people are talking about, local Denver DJ/Producer Jontron is already back at the keyboard drawing up some tunes based on his inspirations from Coachella.

Utilizing samples from the Temptations, Pink Floyd and Peter Gabriel, Jontron has taken a departure from his club-centric house style to provide his fans with a groovy, poolside pleaser that calls on associations of fellow Coloradan glitch hop producers.

So, pour yourself a nice, tall drink and throw on your boardshorts. It’s summertime, as far as Jontron is concerned.

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[TMN DOES MIAMI RIGHT] Ultra + WMC 2014 Review

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Welcome to my Ultra-world. It is a land filled with sun, sex, sounds, and sea. The energy here is relentless, the pace is fast. People come from around the globe to experience the narcotic pulse of bass that emanates throughout the city. Come with us as we voyage in to the depths of debauchery and dance, and experience the glory that is known as Miami Music Week.

Pool parties are a mainstay of the Winter Music Conference, so let our journey begin in South Beach at the Raleigh Hotel pool for the DIM MAK Miami Beach Party. Here we can observe the one and only Steve Aoki in his natural habitat. Aoki provides copious entertainment for all, and he is generous enough to even give some of his devoted following cake and champagne! Though very little of these accoutrements actually make it in to anyone’s mouths, it’s the thought that counts. Other notables to be taken from the environment are Deorro, The Chainsmokers, 3lau, Felix Cartel, and Autoerotique. Amidst the hard hitting, fist pumping, in-your-face beats that DIM MAK records is known for, we can’t help but to be pleased with the plethora of beauty and movement that surrounds us. A large pool waits patiently behind, framed in a soft blue hue and coaxing weary partiers towards it cool waters with the promise of buoyancy. As the party wanes, we trickle with the masses back on to Collins Avenue and become engulfed in an ocean of neon, skin, and cars that cost more than most families homes.

New Dim Mak Music!

Back across the bay and just a couple miles north of the Ultra Music Festival, we now travel to a chic and sensuous lounge nestled in the heart of Wynwood. The famed area is known for its walls; ever-changing murals blanket the buildings. The crackle and hiss of spray paint can be heard around every corner and an aroma of acrylic permeates the nostrils like a vandal’s potpourri. Be mindful of the razor wire on your right as we meander towards The Social Lubricant. TSL’s staff holds up to the lounge’s name, offering courteous and brisk service along with reasonable drink prices (for Miami). Absorb the deep house beats put on tonight by the likes of underground sensation Thugfucker. That’s right, Thugfucker. While the American and Icelandic combination of Greg Oreck and Holmar Filipsson could certainly play until 5am, the line up tonight will not require them to. Both of the boys are in excellent spirits this evening from the looks of it. Their connection with their crowd is palpable. Each twist and turn of their set seems to mean something, each bassline tickles the stapes in a profound way. Don’t forget about Thugfucker’s buddies either. Matt Tolfrey, Nick Curly, Francesca Lombardo, and many others are here as well to ensure auditory satisfaction. Are you hungry? There’s a sushi bar in the back corner to compliment your ethanol if you so choose…I would highly suggest it, we’ll be here awhile.

Thugfucker live

We’ve shown you South Beach and gone underground in Wynwood, so let’s venture now to what everybody has been waiting for; let’s go to Ultra Music Festival 2014! A cab is necessary because parking is the worst clusterfuck you’ve ever seen in your life. I am scheduled to interview Art Department, Paper Diamonds, and Vello Virkhaus prior to partaking in any of the festivities. You’ll notice that there, regrettably, is no press area within Ultra’s grounds…there IS, however, a mega yacht docked right next to the grounds that we can use. After delightful conversation coupled with a Krewella photo-op and a chance brush by with Zedd (he has sparkly eyes, pay no mind to my screaming “Zedd! You’re awesome!”), we tromp through the hidden workings back stage to make our way over to the Underground stage. Cue the sensory overload!

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TMBA – Obsessed (Our Time Remix) [TMN Premiere]

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Obsessed (feat. Lynn Gvnn) (Our Time Remix)

It’s Monday and the coffee is brewing, the music is blasting, and the hangover is just now starting to fade away. The perfect way to cure any case of the post-weekend blues is to simply indulge yourself in some hyphy new tunes to prepare yourself for the week to come. This week isn’t like any other week, my friends, because it is officially the start of festival season. The TMN team is gearing up for weekend 1 of Coachella, which in my books, just means it’s about to be an epic weekend full of shenanigans. In lieu of this week’s festivities, we have the perfect track to describe every ninja’s feelings about Coachella, all thanks to the artists Our Time and TMBA.

TMBA just recently put out their original new dubstep tune, “Obsessed,” which left everyone obsessing over the replay button. With a slew of artists throwing out their renditions of this gorgeous track, we were recently sent a unique electro house spin on this song by Tulsa natives, Our Time. Right from the beginning, the track starts us off with a heavy kick and catchy beat that builds up into a soft, melodic intro for Lynn Gvnn to showcase her unique voice. Our Time placed a lot of emphasis on the vocals and dirty breakdowns in their remix for TMBA, in which they took an adorable (yet heavy) sounding song and transformed it into a nasty, hectic dance anthem that is  sure to make people lose their mind. Try not to obsess over this one, ninjas and have a happy Monday!

 

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[Chill/Funk-Step] MOSIS – You&Me + Two Fresh Remix

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There certainly hasn’t been any shortage of quality music emanating out of Denver as of late and we can chalk up another two polished electronic compositions to that consistent stream of superfluity. Savvy beatsmith MOSIS was the latest artist to catch our eye from the Western U.S.’ electronic landscape (or ears for that matter), especially behind his latest sonic architectural achievement “You&Me”, which was self-released just last week. Exploiting elements from house and garage, hip-hop, and all things ending in “step”, “You&Me” strikes a chord amongst every side of this writer’s electronic listening scale in the most beautiful of ways. That same gift of fusion has simultaneously been the catalyst behind a diverse production index and live shows supporting artists as polar as Disclosure, Lapalux, option4, Tourist, Daedelus,  Nosaj Thing and a host of more influential musicians within the dance panorama. If any rising artist deserves a bit of crate-digging from their new fans right this second, we’ll gladly point you the way of MOSIS.

Not ones to sell ourselves short here at TMN, we’re also excited to be dropping the official remix from yet another monster Denver group: Two Fresh. The low-end leaning twins usher “You&Me” in another stimulating direction entirely. Whereas MOSIS’ original lends itself to blissful spaced-out dancefloor or listening vibes, Two Fresh’s revision gets us all hot and bothered; rather inducing the need to grind and twerk to their gluey, wonked out bass line. Both tracks more than have us stoked today, and you can bet our gaze has been fixated towards the “thick” mountain air over there for more tunes in the near future. Check out both tracks below, and take home a free digital copy of MOSIS’ original track here.

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You & Me (Two Fresh Remix)
Mosis
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[Event Preview] Red Bull Sound Select Showcase at Larimer Lounge – Denver, CO – 2/27

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Red Bull Sound Select brings an extraordinarily diverse and eclectic lineup this Thursday for their first ever Denver showcase helmed by Shigeto, RUMTUM, Inner Oceans and Kitty Crimes. Kicking off at 8:00 p.m. at our favorite indie venue in Colorado, The Larimer Lounge, the Denver Sound Select showcase treats its listeners to a free night of texturally differing music from Detroit based producer Shigeto offering up a headline set sure to be dripping with his unique partiality to sultry, melodic two-step electronica while being supported by some of Denver’s most innovative and recognizable musicians. The local triumvirate consists of constantly evolving beatsmith RUMTUM, an artist with whom his live show draws its listener directly to its heart with slick, chilled out instrumentation; the haunting, synth-fuled minimal indie-pop of Inner Oceans and M and the Gems frontwoman Maria Kohler entrancing us with her hip-hop project Kitty Crimes providing more than enough fluent cyphers for the entire night. This all-embracing night of music is more than stoking our fire for awesome live shows, while simultaneously heralding the Mile High City as a flourishing music hotbed of all genres, so we wanted to ring it in with you Ninjas. The show is free with an RSVP here, and if that’s too much for you, it will be only $5.00 at the door. Just make sure to arrive early as there are an unlimited number of RSVP’s made available and it will be first come, first serve until capacity. We’ll see you there Denver friends!

In anticipation of their peformances, stream “Miss U” by Shigeto, “Ruby Dime” by RUMTUM, “Ready Your Ghost” from Inner Oceans and a throwback: “Penny Mastered” from Kitty Crimes below.

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Miss U
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Ready Your Ghost (Demo)
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[Amazing] Phonat – Never EP

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Hailing from possibly one of the best cities in the world, Florentine seven foot beatsmith Phonat dropped a four track EP a few weeks ago, and it’s pretty damn amazing. Seamlessly fusing countless genres, this eclectic synergy of musical expression has us pressing play over and over again.

The Never EP boasts four tunes, two originals and two subsequent remixes of the title track. First up on the EP is a 70′s inspired glitch-hop tune that gracefully highlights sinfully delicious guitar work, coupled with a raw yet smooth funk vocal sample. While “Never” as a whole has an underground hip hop feel, the melodic synth work really brings it full circle back to the dancefloor.

One of the remixes that accompanies this tune comes via UK based Asa and Sorrow, and comes in fierce with some dialed up drum work. While the attitude-rich funk vibes are still apparent, the tune is turned on its head with some razor sharp DnB basslines and meticulous drum hits.

Icarus creates a laid-back version of the aforementioned track, relying heavily on a soulful groove and some 80′s style synths. Giving “Never” a more mainstream persona, this remix maintains the original appeal while taking on a whole new look and feel.

“Phase to Face,” has a delightfully broken nature, featuring classic DnB style vocals. While one would expect a normal progression of rapid snare and hi hats, they would actually be mistaken. In a fluttering culmination of break-beat drums and wobbling bass, melodic synths draw everything together in something that’s both wildly unexpected, yet incredibly attractive.

This EP is ready and available for you to purchase. We highly recommend you do so.

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Never (Asa & Sorrow Remix)
Never (Icarus Remix)
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[Trap] Basscrooks – REAL TALK EP

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The low-end leaning EDM duo of Elliot Oveson and Akbar Mohabbat, better known by their stage moniker of Basscrooks purvey a hip-hop laced brand of wubby dance music, and their latest body of work, the REAL TALK  EP got us moving in the right direction this morning. Totalling three tracks, “Gangsta”, “Neon Rain” and “Avalanch”, consisting of 11 carefully composed minutes in length, REAL TALK guides its listener on a bass fueled, mid-tempo odyssey while displaying the pair’s ever increasing talent and grasp on twerk-inducing rhythms. All of that increasing time being spent in their Denver studio has been showing up in their latest originals and we’ve been all over the music coming out of the Basscrooks camp in 2014. Be sure to stream the entire REAL TALK EP below, and try not to break out in a dance floor assault if you find yourself listening in class or at work. And for our friends in Colorado, don’t miss a chance to see them for free this Saturday at the epic Life In Color paint party by entering our contest here.

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Neon Rain Ft. TimeSplit
Avalanch Ft. Sonny Bamboo
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