[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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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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[TMN Resident Artist] Hardwell discusses I AM HARDWELL, his adoration of penguins, and future plans

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Another month means another exciting resident artist. This month I have the pleasure of sitting down with Hardwell and talking to him about his upcoming tour ‘I Am Hardwell’ coming to North American for the first time since it launched back in 2013. The first show is set for Chicago on Halloween night, talk about a little treat for those Midwest kids. But before he arrives we had to chat with him about this once in a lifetime experience and of course get some other information while we had him.

TMN: Hardwell! Hello! We have to start by saying thank you so much for being our resident artist this month, it really is an honor to have you take over The Music Ninja website!

H: Hello to you! Thanks so much for having me.

TMN: So I guess let’s start at the beginning of the whole ‘I Am Hardwell’ concept, can you tell us about your inspiration for this tour and what it was like introducing this amazing musical experience in Amsterdam to a group of over 6,000 present fans and then broadcasted to over 100,000 fans all over the globe?

H: Well before this came about, I was playing a lot of festival gigs and club tours all the time, and it got to the point where it was definitely time to take the next step. For me, that was doing my own concert series that you now know as I AM HARDWELL. Myself and Alda developed the stage design and I’ve been involved with it from the very beginning. This was exactly the way I wanted to bring it to the crowd. Once we developed the whole concept, I started taking it around the world. Amsterdam was the first I AM HARDWELL show that we did, so it was truly an incredible feeling to deliver on what we’ve worked so hard on to my fans from home. Knowing that over 100,000 fans could watch from their home made debuting I AM HARDWELL even more special.

TMN: Now talk to us more about how this is different from any other show you have done before because it is based on your rise in the music scene correct? Talk to us a little bit about your musical background and where you started from, how about even before you were a DJ, were you involved in any musical elements as a young child? Could music be found in your household?

H: Yes, I really wanted this show to be about my music and experiences. For the I AM HARDWELL shows I decided to make my performances 3-hour sets so I can take the crowd on a musical journey. I’m lucky to have my own stage design, sound, and production as well. The one thing I wanted to achieve with my I AM HARDWELL shows was to give my fans the best experience they’ve ever had and unite them with my music.
As for my musical background, I started when I was four years old playing classical and jazz music on the piano. I discovered dance music when I was about 10 years old because the top DJs in the world like Tiesto were from my city. From then I started producing dance music. I was so lucky to start being recognized at such a young age. I started playing more clubs and shows around the world. I can’t remember one day when music wasn’t playing in my family home. My parents were basically into all kinds of music from Abba, to Elvis Presley, and even James Brown.

TMN: And what about the moto for this whole show, ‘if you can dream it, you can do it’, tell us what that personally means for you as an artist and a person, and what you hope your fans take away with them from that message?

H: This entire journey has been a dream for me. It’s been a goal that I’ve set out to achieve ever since I was a child. Every step I’ve made and the hard work I’ve put in throughout my life was for me to become a top DJ and to be able to tour around the world. I want to inspire my fans and be an example for anyone else with a dream. This may sound corny, but if you work hard enough, and put in the time and effort, dreams can come true.

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[Indie-Dance/Electro] Van Sciver & Bijan Malaklou – Smiling Faces

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Smiling Faces (Original Mix)

It just wouldn’t be a regular week at TMN without a little bit of underground house music no would it? No, no it wouldn’t. Which brings us to our to our latest assemblage of curated four-four melody, Van Sciver & Bijan Malaklou‘s “Smiling Faces”. The pair of Los Angeles based dance producers have been cutting their teeth mainly through energetic remixes, but for their latest collaboration they’ve teamed up with The Songwriting Charity, an extraordinary foundation dedicated to empowering youth through the use of songwriting and music technology, to give away their latest original tune away for free.  Each download will help fund workshops for children to learn the art and craft of songwriting, thus boosting their confidence and literacy skills as well contributing to their emotional health and well-being. The track itself is a burning slice of electro, which finds the pair utilizing a clear grasp on big-room structures employed with an air of underground sophistication we don’t normally get to hear on larger dance tracks. This one will be sure to get those footsies shuffling around today at work, in class or wherever we find you. Tap into your altruistic side and grab the free download here through The Songwriting Charity.

 

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[House] Kove – Drop [TMN Video Premiere]

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Having dropped (excuse the pun), his new EP last week on MTA Records, Kove has once again made sure he is firmly on the dance music radar. Entitled “Murmurations”, there are plenty of inclinations that he is one of those artists who will continue to deliver the goods as his profile rises. One of the fiercest offerings on the four track collection is “Drop”, a little ode to the on trend big room sound.

To run alongside this track, we are pleased to unveil the wicked official graphics video that goes with the tune. Check it out – remember you can purchase “Murmurations” here. 

 

 

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[Deep House] Journeyman – Crash Reel

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Talented house/bass producers Journeyman return to consciousness today, armed with their new single. Released through the ever-popular Anjunadeep, “Crash Reel” follows on from their successful ‘Spend It All’ EP, which was their debut offering on the label.

This single is a gloriously bassy exploration of deep house, keeping it a fully melodic experience. Soulful vocals make an enticing hook here, whilst a toe-tapping rhythmical progression keeps the tune flowing. This is luscious, grooving dance music at its best – bringing plenty of soul into the mix. Journeyman are still relative newcomers on the scene, but with such a classic sound, there is no doubt that they will remain firmly on the radar.

You can purchase “Crash Reel” here. 

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