[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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[House] EDX – Cool You Off

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EDX
Cool You Off

EDM powerhouse EDX has recently come out with an ultra-clean dance tune called “Cool You Off”. I envision this tune played at a Miami pool party (granted, I am bias).

Hot crowd, chill vibe, copious libations. The bass line on this one is deep, the kick is peppy, vocals are smooth and relaxing. I would loop this thing on 16 bars for 20 minutes and no one would give a damn. Sip on a mojito, relax by the pool, and blast this baby to get everyone dancing and feeling fantastico.

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[Get Crunk] Clayton’s Friday Party Playlist Vol 100

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What is up, my ninjas? I barely made it out of the three day bender, better known as Coachella, and am once again ready to provide you with a tasty selection of dance-inducing beats to carry you through your weekend festivities.

Before we get too far though, I’d like to offer up a sincere thank you to Ninjette Brooke for hooking up a killer playlist last weekend, providing the perfect build up to the 100th installment of our Friday Party Playlist.

With that being said, we have an extra large selection of party tunes this week seeing as how it’s our 100th playlist. So, press play, crack open a cold one, and get ready to dance your way through the weekend.

#danceirresponsibly

One Gecko Deeper(Landis Bootleg)
Tupac
Changes (Carnizzy Edit)
Jamiroquai
You Give Me Something (Teemid Re
Traveler
Hard To Fall Asleep (Original Mix)
Afrojack Feat. Wrabel
Ten Feet Tall (Brito Remix)
Lincoln Jesser
Rush
Breathe Carolina
Bang It Out (Gazzo Remix)
Dirty Vegas
Let The Night (Basic Physics Remix)
Bingo Players
Knock You Out (Eminence At Night Remix)
Steve Angello
Teasing Mr Charlie (Sebjak & Tony Senghore Remix)
Chromeo
Jealous (Dillon Francis Remix)
Will Sparks & Jebu
Check This Out (Original Mix)
Zedd
Find You (Teknartist Remix)
Toon
Talk Beatle To Me
Poison (LION KNGS & DOM Remix)
Missy Elliott
Work It (Chris Bushnell Remix)
Universe (HLTR$KLTR x Jordxn Alexander Bootleg)
TroyBoi
Dont Be Judging (MJ Edition)
Jantsen & Dirt Monkey
Freak That Shit (Shank Aaron Remix)
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[TMN Resident Artist] Elephante’s Top 5 Songs

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This week Elephante is sharing his five favorite tracks with us because he has a little something special for the TMN fam next week. Enjoy this mix of songs, they all get your body dancing.

Galantis – Help
Ummet Ozcan – Raise Your Hands (Slander Trap Edit)
Skrillex, Kill The Noise, Fatman Scoop – Recess
RL Grime & WhatSoNot – Tell Me
Bebe Rexha – Can’t Stop Drinking About You
Galantis
Help
Ummet Ozcan
Raise Your Hands (Slander Festival Trap Edit)
Recess
Skrillex, Kill The Noise & Fatman Scoop
Tell Me
RL Grime & What So Not
I CANT STOP DRINKING ABOUT YOU
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[Dance] Juun feat. Sam Smith – When It’s Alright

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Juun feat. Sam Smith
When It's Alright

It’s no secret we are big advocates of German duo Fabich and Ferdinand Weber here at TMN, and we’ve been telling you they’re definitely a name to keep an eye on this year. Well what you might not know is their new project Juun is one you need to add to the watch list as well, as their debut release here will be sure to prove. New moniker aside, the uplifting style embedded into this track’s DNA is undeniably the handiwork of these two gents. Combine the bright synths with the poppy vocals of Sam Smith and you have yourself a sun-drenched tune that’s ready to make waves over summer. This is one that deserves some serious airtime, and as much as radio stations are notorious for butchering great music with repetitive plays, it would take a good while before we grew sick of hearing this again and again.

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[Secret Ninja Pass] This Week at Beta 4/17

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Alright, ninjas. We’ve been hooking you up with free entry to Beta over the past year. We know you’ve have some epic times, catching some of the most legendary talent EDM has to offer, and we’re on board to keep this thing going. So, we’re once again giving you an opportunity to check out the best night club in North America for free. What all do you have to do to get in? It’s pretty damn easy. Just follow these steps:

- Head to the front door and enter the club before 11 pm
- Show this post to the cashier (Valid for 21+ only)

That’s it! Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, it’s not. Head to Beta and see for yourself.

Side note: This deal is NOT valid for Seven Lions’ show tonight. Sorry kiddos.

Seven Lions - April 17th
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Running To The Sea Feat. Susanne Sundfør (Seven Lions Remix)

Dirtyloud - April 18th
Banvox
Connection (Dirtyloud Remix)

Laurent Garnier - April 19th
A1 GARNIER
M.I.L.F (preview)
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[TMN Exclusive Interview/Denver Giveaway] TMN Catches Up With Club-Land’s Hottest Duo: The Martinez Brothers

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Bigger Than Prince (Martinez Brothers Remix)

Chris and Steve Martinez or The Martinez Brothers as they’re known to the rest of the world, although looked upon by much of mainstream music media stateside as relative new comers to the powerplay pantheon of house DJ’s and producers, have been infusing the club scene with some of its most defining tunes and adorning magazine covers since they were barely teenagers. On the heels of an incredible 2013 which saw them author their first Essential Mix for BBC Radio 1, a globally viral remix of Green Velvet’s “Bigger Than Prince” (which you can stream below) and hold down one of Europe’s hottest club residencies at Ibiza’s Circoloco; we had a chance to chat up the hottest duo in club land about their current American tour, future hip-hop productions, their recent monster Coachella performance and working with Seth Troxler. Read the full transcript below, and for our friends in the Green state of Colorado we have a very special treat. The Martinez Brothers bring their show this Saturday to Club Vinyl in Denver and we’ve teamed up with our friends at TheHundred Presents to give you Ninjas a chance to get in on the action. Hit the jump after the interview for official details on how to enter!

The Music Ninja (TMN): Thanks so much for taking a second to answer a couple of questions for The Music Ninja. We know you guys are being pulled in a thousand directions every day, so let’s get right to it. A lot of people, in North America especially, seem to think the two of you appeared out of thin air and don’t realize you’ve been holding down residencies at some of the most cutthroat club nights in Europe since you were in high school. Has it been a bit overwhelming to have been plying your craft for so long, but having this avalanche of hype form behind you basically within the last two years?

The Martinez Brothers (TMB): The schedule has definitely picked up a lot in the U.S. for sure.  We played a lot in New York since since we started playing and and also in Miami where we have been residents at Space for a while now.  Chicago has been good for us for a while too. Even though, we’re from New York, we are for sure more known in Europe and it’s been great to see how artists like us who have a foundation in European clubs are getting more attention in the U.S. now.  We’re looking forward to hitting Denver too this time round.

TMN: You guys have been in the midst of an American tour which included some of the states’ biggest events including Ultra/WMC and Coachella, as well as some amazing club dates at Spybar in Chicago and of course this weekend at Vinyl. How do you feel your reception has been in the U.S. this year?, especially compared to your extended stays in Europe where you guys are kind of like the hottest thing since sliced bread over there right now.

TMB: The reception has been really strong and we’re happy that we can get to stay more in the US now.  We had an amazing Ultra / WMC this year.  It was our first time playing Ultra Music Festival.  We played a sunset set.  It was dope.  We also started a label and lifestyle brand with Seth Troxler and we did a party with him at WMC on the terrace at Space.  In general we love playing with Seth as we have many of the same cultural references. We always love playing Spy Bar and that was good as usual. Would have to say playing Coachella was definitely pretty special. We loved the Yuma tent and being part of a big festival like that with all kinds of music is always eye-opening.

TMN: 2013 must have been an insane year for you two. Between having an incredible residency at Circoloco, one of Ibiza’s most amazing clubs and playing your first Martinez Brothers Essential Mix for the almighty Pete Tong on BBC Radio 1. Have things been slowing down a bit through the first quarter of 2014, or have your production and travel schedules seemed to become even more hectic?

We took a month off at the beginning of the year and have been taking weeks here and there.  We also work alot on the road.  We produced two sound tracks for Givenchy fashion shows in Paris already this year.   We’re about to launch our label  Cuttin’ Headz which is a vinyl only label.  The first release is by us.  The jacket is a drawing done by us and will be screen printed and released as a limited edition.  We are also working with some other New York artists on followup releases – Destination Void (phil moffa, brendon modeler, DJ spider).  Those guys are making some ill techno and they’re from New York.   We’re also working with our boys Jesse Calosso and Filsonik.    Then there’s Tuskegee with Seth and that collaboration that is pure magic.  We got a lot done and now the travel is about to get crazy for the summer touring schedule.

TMN: Not that the two of you can be pinned down to just house music of course. Your last mixtape, Warhol*Basquiat* 2, mostly eschews house in favor of lush, jazz- and funk-fueled rhythms. Where does your guys’ rich and diverse music background stem from?

Alongside our house music productions we’ve been working on building our hip hop sound.  Warhol*Basquiat was our first mixtape.  We’re working on a Bodega Bamz mix tape now that will feature people like Raekwon and Asap Ferg.   We have our dad to thank for our love of music mostly.   He went to the Garage back in the days and he shared the love with us.  He also introduced us to Timmy Regisford and MAW sets and those guys pretty much gave us our first introduction to house.

TMN: Well thanks so much for answering all of the usual stuff, but now it’s time for the lightning round. Just a few fun questions to round us out.

TMN: You guys have been tagged as cratediggers from an early age. What has been your favorite record store in the history of time regardless of if it’s still in operation?

The first record stores we ever went to were Vinyl Mania and Dance Tracks when they were still open, and those definitely hold a place in our heart. We bought alot of our “foundational” records there, not to mention alot of friends and artists that we met just by being there. Glad we were able to catch the tail end of that era in NYC, we miss it alot!

TMN: What was the last piece of music you purchased?

Last vinyl that came in the mail was an album by Joe Zawinul called “Dialect”. Some world and even electronic sounds from one of the founders of Weather Report.  Good Stuff!

TMN: Last great live concert experience regardless of genre?

We’ve just seen Little Dragon recently and they really blew the roof off. They got into some techno at the end which no one expected. Her voice is amazing and  really distinct, and it carries really well live!

TMN: Okay guys, once again thank you so much for taking the time for The Music Ninja, and we cannot wait for your Denver debut at Club Vinyl this weekend. We honestly can’t remember the last time a club show has had this much buzz behind it in Denver, and are so thrilled for a chance to be a part of what will no doubt end up being a gigantic 2014.

Read on for official details on our ticket giveaway for The Martinez Brothers’ show in Denver this Saturday!

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