Miami Music Week is coming to a close and Ultra weekend is taking over. Whether you are soaking up the good vibes in Florida or are trying to do your own thing elsewhere, music is going to play a central role in your experience. The weekend is here and letting loose is the goal. Here to help you attain your goal are several producers from all around the world including The Golden Pony, DEVAULT, Autograf, Buku, Figure and more. As usual, all twelve of these records have been released as free downloads, so if you are someone who still downloads songs like we do, then feel free (no pun intended) to take the tracks home with you. Most importantly, don’t forget to #danceirresponsibly.
Latest House Posts
Often times when producers preach that they’re doing something special, they aren’t really. Jack Squire is someone who is in the lab cooking up some hot concoctions that are sure to change the game. There are already several producers fusing classical music with dance, but Jack is one of the notable ones you’ll need on your radar.
Recently, Jack came out with his fiery electro tune “Creatures” that showcases just the style he is going for, however that doesn’t mean he can’t take his style into new sonic territories. With “Creatures” we get a single that moves from an old-school dance sound to a cinematic break that finally leads us into some energetic bass. It has come just in time for festival season, so if you want your set or playlist to stick out, you’re going to want this in there. We brought Jack Squire into the dojo to answer a few questions so that all of us could get a glimpse into the mind of such an intriguing producer.
TMN: Where did the name Jack Squire come from?
JS: It’s actually my name! Squire is my middle name.
TMN: What was the inspiration behind “Creatures”; and how do you tap in creatively to the bass sound that fits you?
JS: I wanted to do something that felt very cinematic, and I’ve always loved the sound of string ensembles. They're so full of emotion. For the drop, I wound up using a lot of random sound effects for little fills. Gunshots, a woman shrieking, chainsaws, even the famous Wilhelm scream. It all makes it sound like the song is playing during a monster movie montage. Hence the name “Creatures”.
TMN: Who do you look to artist-wise if you are lacking inspiration in the moment?
JS: Joyryde and Blackgummy. Joyryde’s music is on a whole other level. I absolutely love it. Blackgummy and I actually have a studio together, and he is always doing some wild stuff. I don’t think anyone uses effects (whooshs, sweeps, little noises, subtle changeups, etc) as well as he does in his tracks. There’s lots of producers out there doing really interesting things across all genres, it really depends on my mood and what I’m doing. I think Pixel Terror’s remix of ARMNHMR’s song ‘Wings’ is one of the most interesting bass heavy tracks I’ve heard.
TMN: What do you wish you knew 2 years ago as a musician that you hope other young producers will learn now?
TMN: What is your dream show?
JS: Honestly, in my experience, as long as the dance floor is packed and everyone is feeling what I’m playing, it doesn’t matter if its 50 people, 500, or more. It always feels amazing. But I definitely dream of doing some incredible stuff live eventually. I would love to bring out live instrumentalists and vocalists to big shows in the future, and do some live performance shows with incredible visuals. That’s still quite a ways off for me, though!
TMN: What is the Jack Squire plan for 2017?
JS: Lots and lots of new music! I’ve got tons of solo stuff I’m going to release this year, and have a few collabs in the works as well. You can definitely expect at least one new song every month from me.
Music Ninja Radio is a podcast recorded and broadcast live on San Francisco’s BFF.fm every Friday from 4-6PM PST.
Episode #75: The Return of Disco Dom
With Ninja Dom back in the house, we ran down a few new hip-hop releases before closing out the show with an hour and a half of dance music. Standouts from this episode include selections from Smino‘s impressive debut, a Phil Collins-sampling loosie from Chris Malinchak, Ross From Friends’ latest lo-fi house masterpiece and a couple soulful productions from Jessie Rose‘s farewell project. Vibe with us above!
Friday is finally here and so are all the free downloads we have been collecting over the past seven days. As usual we want your weekend to be the best it can be and music can play a large part in that. This is why we scour the internet for some awesome freebies for you to take with you, if you so desire. Music this week comes to us from the artists Larcy, Dabin, Phiilo, NIGHTOWLS and more. Some exceptionally interesting tunes come to us from YK, whose jersey club mashup is anything but ordinary, as well as Juke Ellington, whose remix of “Sexual Healing” will end your night just as it needs to end. Stream all twelve, grab the ones you want and share these great tunes with your friends. Most importantly, #danceirresponsibly.
Jar (feat. Brukout)
Would you take a free “Jar” if it was offered to you? What if it came straight from the studio of the one and only Jace Mek? Chances are, you’ll take it. Released on Uprise Music, “Jar” is a free download from one of dance music’s most creative young talents.
Jace Mek isn’t slowing down, in fact, he’s turning things up. Time and time again he brings us off the wall records whose experimental nature are still highly accessible. He’s got his own dark style, which is embodied by this single. Featuring Brukout, “Jar” isn’t just the work of the Los Angeles producer but also of one of Jamaica’s finest. Together they work in conjunction to make “Jar” one of 2017’s weirdest, but coolest tracks. Like we said before, you can get this one as a free download.
Safe Ft. Matthew Chaim
Happy Spring Break, ninjas! This month we get to let loose, whether that means on the dance floor or in the comfort of our home. Over at TMN, we like to pair our time off with music we can do exactly just that to. Lucky for us–and you–we came across the perfect track for this.
Blu J’s brand new release featuring vocalist Matthew Chaim, “Safe” has “springtime” written all over it. The new single combines best of both worlds, comprising both chill, laid back vibes that open to a chorus designed with a sexy, party-starting beat. Simultaneously, Matthew Chaim sets the mood as his edgy voice complements the rhythm of “Safe,” while Blu J execute their superb production skills using Matthew’s voice for some tasteful vocal chops. The title is a mirror reflection of the song itself; it’s undeniably a safe bet of a pick for your Spring Break soundtrack.
We are more than pleased to tell you that Savant has returned. After a two year hiatus one of dance music’s most talented producers is back. It was a surprise to many, which is why the Norwegian has called his single “SURPRISE.” As straightforward as that is, the actual song is not.
“SURPRISE” can’t be pinned down to one genre; not because it blends styles together, but because it travels from one to the next to the next. At first we get what seems to be a jolly, upbeat house record, similar to something you may find from artists on Ultra and Spinnin, but things change and they change in a big way. With the second drop we dive straight into some cosmic dubstep that is completely unexpected (sorry for the spoiler). As if that wasn’t enough, Savant hits us with some fresh electro basslines that will get you grooving. After that, things come full circle and the track is complete. Get ready for this wild ride and make sure to grab a copy of the song off iTunes.