[Festival Preview & Playlist] Movement Electronic Music Festival – 5/23-5/25 – Detroit, MI


Once a year, the best and brightest names in Techno, House (and its many iterations) and Disko converge on the city of Detroit for underground dance’s own version of a 3-day Happy Hour, and also one of the most important festivals within dance music’s rich history: the Movement Electronic Music Festival. This year’s lineup continues to set the bar globally for dance tastemakers, and with the full unveiling of their ‘Phase 2’ lineup, it’s clear to see how over the years Movement has been globally recognized for its unique talent curation and programming, showcasing artists from a wide-spectrum of up-and-comers, local luminaries, pioneers and trailblazers, and also the reason so many true dance fans treasure Movement above all other multi-day parties. Featuring some of today’s most notable names in dance music including Disclosure, KiNK (Live), Dixon, Soul Clap, Dog Blood, MK, Hot Since 82, Maya Jane Coles, Ten Walls (Live), Route 94, Tuskegee (Seth Troxler & The Martinez Brothers), Classixx,  Eats Everything, Maceo Plex & GRiZ to some of dance music’s literal genre architects, namely Kerri Chandler, Kevin Saunderson & Derrick May; and some incredibly choice lyricism from the likes of Danny Brown, Method Man, and People Under the Stairs, Movement 2015 looks to be the finest installment in its illustrious history.

We’ll be sending at least one Music Ninja on assignment for this one (expect a full TMN review after Movement’s conclusion) and we can’t wait to join our many friends as well. Tickets for the entire three-day excursion are still available for only $150.00, with single day GA clocking in at $65.00 which you can purchase here. Check out Movement’s latest promo video, featuring Movement Detroit 2015 artist and Techno icon Carl Craig, as he talks about what makes Detroit a destination for those working to become something and waxes poetic about his special connection to Hart Plaza and enjoy our anticipatory and comprehensive playlist below, curated by our crotchety old resident voice of house and techno. We’ll be seeing you soon Detroit.

’Follow – Mary J. Blige / Disclosure’
Dixon – In Our Wilderness
’Rachel Row – L Square (KiNK Mix)’
’Classixx – All You’re Waiting For (Feat. Nancy Whang)’
’Danny Brown – 25 Bucks feat. Purity Ring’
’GRiZ – Gettin’ Live’
’Disclosure – F For You (Eats Everything Remix)’
’Ten Walls – Walking With Elephants’
’Sam Smith – “Lay Me Down” (Maya Jane Coles Remix)’
’Raleigh Ritchie – The Greatest (MK Remix II)’
’Dog Blood – Next Order’
’People Under The Stairs – Acid Raindrops’
’Chelsea Wolfe – “The Warden” (Maceo Plex Remix)’
’Route 94 ft Jess Glynne – My Love’
’Laid Back
Bakerman (Soul Clap Remix)’
’Hot Since 82 – Knee Deep In Louise’
’Seth Troxler – Junkyard Tool’
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[Future] Fortune & Saaj – Know What’s Up (Feat. Tory Lanez)

Know What's Up w/ Saaj (ft. Tory Lanez)

Flow-Fi founder Fortune has absolutely astounded us with his uncanny ability to turn just about any song into a bouncy, future bass banger, and has proven himself as a master beat-maker through the release of such projects as Venha Conmigo and Drives & Thighs. If you haven’t hopped on the bandwagon yet, you’re still not too late, but chances are it might feel a little crowded after tonight. For his latest effort, the astute instrumentalist has teamed up with fellow producer Saaj and TMN mainstay Tory Lanez for an elegant new cut titled “Know What’s Up.” The Canadian crooner’s appearance is fleeting, but his vocals serve as a perfect prelude, delicately interlaced amongst a flurry of mellow strings, delightful chimes and lush synths, before leading into some seriously boisterous 808s. Perhaps the most extraordinary aspect of this peaceful tune is the fact that Fortune manages to create such an engrossing experience you don’t even notice Lanez’s absence from the second half of the song.

We”re excited to see what else the brilliant producer has hidden up his sleeve. Let’s just hope we hear more collaborations between these three in the future.

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Birocratic – Formula Fun [TMN Video Premiere]


On May 4th, the New York beet maker Birocratic will be dropping his EP, Beets 3. Leading up to the release he has put up two singles, “Favela Beat” and “Formula Fun,” the latter of which has an official video that is premiering right here in the dojo.

“Formula Fun” is a smooth, jazzy beat that Birocratic plays out live for all to see in this video. It’s short and sweet, leaving us wanting just a little bit more when its all said and done. For those of you in his area, he has a show at Muchmore’s on May 12th, after the EP has been released. His catchy style will leave your ears satisfied, so if he already has you convinced, you can go ahead and pre-order the EP.

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[New] Jeremih – Planes (Lido + Chance the Rapper & The Social Experiment Remix)

Planes Remix

Lido and Chance the Rapper‘s The Social Experiment band already proved that they’re a match made in heaven on their collab with Towkio earlier this month. Today, the forward-thinking combo return with a remix of Jeremih‘s “Planes” that only they could create. For the first few minutes, Lido lays down a textured, dynamic backdrop for Jeremih’s silky vocals that builds into a soulful break that, when accompanied with The Social Experiment’s signature horns, creates a uniquely jazzy, electronic-infused vibe. Chance drops in for the last minute with a verse that’s as on-point and clever as ever addressing lady problems in a way that oscillates between emotions effortlessly. This one’s perfect for your Saturday morning. We certainly hope there’s some more coming from these guys but this should do just fine to hold us over in the meantime.

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option4 Shares His Favorite Songs Right Now [TMN EXCLUSIVE]


What does option4 listen to when he’s not in the studio making some sweet house tunes? What song does he throw on when he’s making his bagel with cream cheese, cherry tomatoes, and salt and pepper? What does he relax to when he’s vibing out on a Denver rooftop?

We were genuinely curious to find out what he’s been listening to at the moment, so this Denver-based producer/DJ served up five of his favorite tunes he’s jamming on right now.

’HNNY – 12.00’
’WET – Don’t Wanna Be Your Girl’
’Rone – Bye Bye Macadam’
’Martyn + Four Tet – Glassbeadgames (8 Hours at Fabric Dub)’
’Like A Drum – Roots Manuva’
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[Hip-Hop] Slap Nevada – Uncle Bubble

Slap Nevada- Uncle Bubble
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Uncle Bubble

Detroit artist Slap Nevada has ridden the waves of the Midwest music scene with his self-produced, heavy-hitting Hip-Hop records. Over the last few years he’s established himself as a serious vessel of energy and creativity, releasing music consistently under three different monikers. Slap has been in hibernation mode since Summer 2014, but he has assured us that this extended period of silence was only to further ensure his long-term success. He now unleashes a poppin’ new single entitled ‘Uncle Bubble’ to kick off the next leg. This has that ratchet-anthem feel sure to draw an interesting crowd. His Soundcloud is full of glam tunes for your enjoyment including his latest original ‘Died In Your Arms‘. Head over to iTunes and purchase ‘Uncle Bubble‘.

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[TMN Premiere] Kodak to Graph – IAMANTHEM (Big Wild Remix) + Exclusive Tour Video

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Kodak to Graph
IAMANTHEM (Big Wild Remix)

LA-based, Florida-bred producer Kodak to Graph had a breakout year in 2014, but his debut album, Isa, which dropped last month, truly crescendoed that growth. The project plays from start to finish like an epic novel filled with emotional range, unexpected turns and vivid sonic explorations. Today, we’re excited to be bringing you the premiere of Big Wild‘s fantastic remix of one of Kodak to Graph’s hardest hitting tracks, “IAMANTHEM.” Big Wild, also a ninja favorite, flips the tempo creating an incredibly smooth, layered vibe with an unbelievable percussive arrangement. It’s a fantastic experimental whirlwind of a production that somehow mixes an 808-driven, chill-trap feel with a near-disco aesthetic.

This remix will be featured on the upcoming remix EP for Isa, which is due out in May and will also include re-works from Com Truise and Slow Magic. If you dig what you hear from Big Wild, also keep an eye out for his upcoming single that’s coming out through Odesza‘s Foreign Family Collective label next week.

Kodak to Graph is also currently in the midst of his Break the Ice Tour  along with Big Wild and OBESØN and shared with us some awesome, psychedelic tour footage. Check out the premiere of that video below and find upcoming tour dates here. For all of you in SF, we’ll be giving away tickets to his show on 4/30 at 1015 Folsom–keep an eye out on Monday!

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