[Future House] Shawn Mendes – Life Of The Party (Kayliox Remix)

Shawn Mendes - Life Of The Party (Kayliox Remix)
Shawn Mendes
Life Of The Party (Kayliox Remix)

It’s always amusing how producers manage to completely flip the mood of a tune and add their own spice to it, and this track certainly exemplifies that. Canadian group Kayliox released this remix of a Shawn Mendes song titled “Life Of The Party”, and the interesting acoustic-house fusion works amazingly well with this Canadian connection. The tune starts off with a pleasant housey beat, followed by the smooth vocals from the singer/songwriter that give off a rather mellow vibe. The drop comes in unexpectedly and immediately leaves you headbanging to this future house goodness. The bizarre selection is turned into instant gold.

Make sure to grab a free download of the track on their Facebook page here, and we’ll definitely be expecting some big moves coming for these talented artists.

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[TMN Exclusive Interview] Get To Know: UK R&Bounce Producer XO

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XO
Through The Night (feat. RobLaw)

Soul, funk and R&B seem to revive themselves every few years whether it be in hip-hop, electronica or indie music. It is a welcome longevity that doesn’t come as much of a surprise given the breadth of those genres’ influence. A batch of electronic producers from collectives like SoulectionHW&W and FlowFi have been leading the latest revival melding elements of EDM and hip-hop with soul and ’90s R&B influences in what’s been referred to as Future Bounce and Emotional Dance Music.

Over the last 6 months or so, UK producer Sunil Heera, aka XO, has been building quite the audience on his SoundCloud with his unique R&Bounce style. Although it certainly fits with the current direction of electronic music, his sound has broader influences in house and garage reflecting a diverse musical background. His latest single “Through the Night,” off his upcoming debut EP of the same name, serves as a perfect introduction to XO’s music. The bouncy, soulful and sexy production on the cut match RobLaw‘s voice to perfection in part because XO also works closely with his vocalists in the songwriting process.

Get to know this up ‘n coming talent in our exclusive interview below. Through the Night drops on December 1st and can be pre-ordered via iTunes HERE.

TMN: What is your first musical memory? And when/how did you get into making music?

XO: Hmmm, probably dancing around my living room to the Spice Girls with my older sister, I must’ve been like 3/4 years old or something, don’t judge me.

I’ve always been a music fanatic for as long as I can remember, so I guess the initial interest in actually making my own stemmed from there. I started producing casually in my early high school years, purely out of curiosity I suppose. The idea of creating music from my own bedroom intrigued me, so I thought I’d give it a little go!  A couple of years later, once I’d reached a point of consistency with my production skills, I started out as XO and after a period of self discovery, here I am!

TMN: You seem to be pretty involved past just the production of your tracks. How did you go about constructing “Through the Night”? What’s your collaboration approach with vocalists more broadly? 

XO: Yeah totally, I’m a songwriter just as much as I am a producer nowadays. “Through The Night” started off as a simple chord sequence as most of my tracks do. During the developmental stage, I got a general feel for the vocal melody and began to pencil in the lyrical content. The track concept itself was perfect for RobLaw’s voice, so we just had to work together again!

My collaboration approach with most vocalists is similar to the one I’ve just described, I like to get an initial idea first of all, and then build and refine it with them. Although, there’s no set procedure to how these things work, every song you write or produce is different – going with the flow is the best thing to do.

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[Deep-House] Curses & DKDS – Trouble ft. SYF

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Curses & DKDS
Trouble Feat. SYF

NYC underground house purveyor Curses, one of Luca Venezia’s tasteful music projects (known in other circles by his Drop The Lime moniker as well) last teamed up with fellow Brooklyn house stalwarts DKDS for their early, Chicago jack-house influenced “Silence”, which saw official release over a year ago. After getting this one lost in the shuffle of the weekend we knew it warranted its own space here on TMN as the collaboration has once again reignited through an absolutely groovy deep-house burner “Trouble”. Featuring the vocals of SYF, who once plied his incredible incantations for one of the best live house acts of the last decade -Azari & III- “Trouble” is a haunting piece of house music which has this writer recollecting some of our favorite dingy dance floors over the years while playing out soulfully smoother than most anything Curses or DKDS have delivered us in the past. We’ve already had the pleasure of seeing Luca drop this one (get it?) the last time he came through Denver and its subdued intoxicating effect works even better on a gigantic club stack. So why don’t you do your ears a favor this afternoon and plug “Trouble” into a worthy system, sit back, and drift away. You can purchase a copy of “Trouble”, which is being put out through Ultra Records here on Beaport here, but if you aren’t bumping this one on the player above already, well… you should be.

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Kele talks on the new album, RnB, and his bulldog, Olive [TMN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

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Kele Okereke
Coasting

TMN: Thank you so much for taking some time to answer a few questions for us today. Let’s kick things off by talking about the new LP, Trick, which can be looked at as a return to your house influences. This album was actually started while you were touring with Bloc Party in support of your album Four, correct?

Kele: Yes, I started working on the music whilst we were touring in 2012. FOUR was a very abrasive record so sonically it was good for me to be able to experience something a little different during that time.

TMN: Talk to us about the difficulties in the creative process in switching from the intensity of tunes like “3×3” to something like laid back and rhythmic like “Coasting.”

Kele: Well I’m a libra so I’ve never found it difficult to be in two different headspaces at the same time, if anything i actually find it quite enjoyable enduring two opposing disciplines at the same time; they kinda cancel each other out.

TMN: Speaking of “Coasting” it has such a lush, tribal feel to it. In our mind, your falsetto in this tune is why we think it’s one of the best in the industry. What was the creative approach to this song? Did you come with the lyrics/vocal progression first, or did you lay down the instrumentals first?

Kele: I laid down the initial idea with just a voice and a piano, a little guitar work. to me the song felt so joyous, like the start of something hopeful. i wanted the music to reflect that optimistic nature of the lyrics, something light that, skipped almost.
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[Deep/Tech-House] D4L – Laffy Taffy (Justin Jay’s Halloween Edit)

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Laffy Taffy (Justin Jay's Halloween Edit)

It’s Friday Ninja Nation, you’ve made it through another grinding work week. And since we feel like letting loose, why not express that feeling by posting another absurdly amazing underground house cut from the Dirtybird camp’s resident wunderkind, Justin Jay. Today Mr. Jay’s got us feeling all kinds of middle-school dancey with an appropriate edit of D4L’s “Laffy Taffy” to commemorate this Halloween season, and we’ve been doing our best “Miley Cyrus at the VMA’s” impression to keep up with the tune’s addictive nature. Justin Jay crafts his revision on the back of some analog sounding 808 bass and rolling drum work which kicks up into a hypnotic melody before D4L’s rudimentary lyricism -which works like gangbusters on this record- comes blasting through to create one of the young gun’s most consumable tracks yet. When pressed on the tune Justin stated: “Dirtybird’s 10-year anniversary is creeping up, which is crazy.” Justin says, “Can’t believe the label’s been doing its thing for 10-years. I wish I’d been in on it since I was 11, but I was getting down to jamz like this at the time so I can’t really complain. With Halloween coming up, this just had to happen…”. To keep up with the Halloween spirit, and to celebrate their 10th anniversary, Dirtybird Records are giving this one away on the house, so snag it here and roll out your dance moves… because it’s Friday.

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[TMN Premiere] Parra For Cuva ft. Anna Naklab – Wicked Games (Kid Arkade Remix)

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Parra For Cuva ft. Anna Naklab
Wicked Games (Kid Arkade Remix)

Kid Arkade- the anonymous collective recently snapped up by Ultra Music- who first graced the pages of TMN with their energetic big-room original “Atlas Run” have returned to unveil yet another premiere to the Ninja Nation. This time, Kid Arkade takes on Parra For Cuva‘s “Wicked Games” (which itself is a pseudo-cover of the ultra sexy Chris Isaak single) and rolls the tune directly into the heart of frenetic stadium sized dancefloors.  The remix kicks off almost instantaneously with an utterly fattened kick-drum, energy fueling pads and dynamically powerful synth progression before unleashing a gargantuan bassline which is sure to work the boogie out of its listeners. If you’re in need of a id-week pick-me-up, Kid Arkade more than hits the spot with this revision. Strap on your sweatbands and let’s add a little wiggle to your Wednesday.

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[Deep House] Nick Jonas – Jealous (Ugo Remix)

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Having only dropped his sensual and funky track “Jealous,” which is rapidly gaining momentum, this past September, Nick Jonas’ solo career seems to be off to a pretty nice start. Seeing as he’s signed to Universal Music Group’s Island Records, we are all very excited to see what he has in store for us with his forthcoming album. While we anticipate its release, we have been fortunate to receive some pretty outstanding remixes of what is to be included on the album. Thus far, one of our favorites is Ugo’s rendition of “Jealous.” He takes on a much darker perspective, cranking up the sex-factor with hypnotic percussion and going heavy on the harmony. To put it simply, Ugo transforms the catchy tune into a night club anthem guaranteed to turn a venue into a sauna.

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