A Conversation with Klangkarussell [TMN Exclusive Interview]

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Klangkarussell
Sonnentanz

One of the most epic things about cruising Soundcloud is the possibility of stumbling across something completely unknown that has not yet found its way into the viral loop. It’s a sense of achievement as a music fan, but also proves extremely empowering to artists. Roughly 2 years ago, we were introduced to Austrian production duo, Klangkarussell (translation: ‘Sound Carousel’), who had a single track on their Soundcloud page titled “Sonnentanz.”  The six-minute, house-leaning jam features a perfectly subtle mix of horns, xylophone and synth, making it the type of relaxing song you can keep on repeat without losing any of its power. During 2012, “Sonnentanz” gained millions of plays reaching the Top 10 in 6 countries and helping earn them a record deal with Universal Music.

Although certainly excited about their success, old friends, Tobias Rieser and Adrian Held, are true to their sound–chilled out and not too concerned with conformity. Raised in Salzburg, Austria, the birthplace of Mozart, the two share a unique and diverse musical background from an early age, which makes us particularly excited about what’s to come. Check out our exclusive interview below and keep an eye out for their upcoming Netzwerk EP due out in a week, on July 29th. Make sure to follow Adrian and Tobias for more updates: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram.

TMN: First things first, where does the name Klangkarussell come from?

Tobias: There’s not really a back story—it just sounded good, and that’s why we took it. We liked the name, and so we took it.

TMN: So, you two hung out back in school and reunited relatively recently after over a decade apart. Can you tell us a bit about where you both were in life on the day that you met up?

Adrian: I had just quit my job at a private TV station, and then I went to work in Salzburg at the Festpiele. I worked there during the summer, and that’s when we met.

Tobias: I was starting to do my exams. Really late, but I started to do my exams at that time.

TMN: We’d love to hear the story behind “Sonnentanz”—both on a musical level and just what your expectations were when you uploaded it?

Adrian: There was never an intention of becoming famous or being able to live like a musician or something like that. It was never the intention. It was more like, “I’m dealing with different, like daily, shit all the time.” Just sitting down making music and forgetting the other stuff around there. It was coming over us, so that was the spirit of the track.

TMN: You guys are really at the front lines of the Internet revolution in music. From your perspective, describe your journey from releasing a single song on Soundcloud to touring the world, making a splash in the fashion industry and signing a record deal. What are your thoughts more broadly on the Internet’s advantages/disadvantages for up and coming artists such as yourselves?

Adrian: I think that the whole internet thing has changed everything. Basically, people are deciding what comes out on record labels these days. It’s like record labels going around and A&Rs going round, and being like, “Okay, this is going to be the new thing.” They’re looking on the internet for what people want to hear and then approach the people to put it out. I think that’s like a nice way of people having the power to decide what they want to hear and what they want to make big and make successful.

Tobias: A lot of stuff has gone through Hype Machine especially.

Adrian: I think that’s the number one thing that A&Rs look at right now. In the morning, they go to the office, and they check Hype Machine rather than listen to demos anymore.

TMN: Your first video was a model-filled fantasy that fit Sonnentanz amazingly well but the second, for “Netzwerk,” was a bit more extreme. What role did you play in those videos and how did you choose that direction for the second one?

Adrian: For “Netzwerk,” we reached out to some directors. They sent their ideas, and we chose this idea because it just felt like it worked with the song. For us, the song was about freedom. It also comes together with the African sample. It was all the time about freedom, so this just really was a nice picture of, “do what you want to do.” Go out and hang around bridges or wherever you want.

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[House] Ludacris – How Low (Action 52 Remix)

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Ludacris
How Low (Action 52 Remix)

Get ready to load up your summertime playlist with a new addition. Mile High City beatsmith duo Action 52 has just released a real pool party gem with their remix of the 2009 Top-40 club smash “How Low.”

This often mysterious outfit have knocked the cobwebs off their laptops and keyboards, returning with their first release since Galantis‘ “Smile.” Faring quite well in the blogosphere, the previously mentioned track garnering support from notable blogs (ahem) and charting on Hype Machine’s Top 50 charts. This time around, they’re taking on a blast from the past, giving Hotlanta’s Ludacris a whole new vibe.

Taking a multi-decade style approach to this genre-fusing remix, Action 52 infuses some 80′s arcade style production with Luda’s classic lyrics toned down for both effect and in an effort to pay respects to the tracks title. Set to the steady tempo of groovy house, it’s sure to please the older club crowd, myself included, who fondly remember dropping down and singing along, often making a fool out of themselves. Don’t judge the moves though, we’re pretty sure you have a few of your own that you’ve since retired.

If you’re into this remix, look to follow these fine gents on Soundcloud. If you happen to be in D-Town, you can catch them at any number of shows. These two often populate the decks at Denver’s newly revived Vinyl Nightclub, which has increasingly seen sold out shows more frequently than ever before.

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Wait feat. LOLO

While we might be a few days late to the party on this one, there was just no way we couldn’t feature Oslo electro-pop troupe Lemaitre and their latest single “Wait”; which features an alluring vocal from LOLO. A single from their forthcoming EP Singularity , due out tomorrow, July 22; “Wait” jumps off immediately with a subdued funk-guitar riff and classic piano stabs before bursting open behind LOLO’s exquisitely primed vocal track and huge snare kick. Structurally Lemaitre employs a very pop leaning backbone, but just past the tune’s halfway point, a heavy, but welcome dose of electro synth ushers in a high energy apex that meshes just wonderfully with LOLO’s infectious chorus. There just is simply nothing we can do but start dancing along to this one, which is also the reason it’s a Monday must have today. Lemaitre’s Singularity EP drops via Astralwerks, also home to Porter Robinson, Mat Zo and more TMN favorites, so be ready to get your hands on this one tomorrow.

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[TMN Resident Artist] Arty spills his top 5 songs to get down to

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We always love to hear our resident artist top five songs because each artist has a unique taste for what music they listen to when they aren’t working on their own stuff.

Arty has chosen five songs from different artists we all know and love so kick back and enjoy.

Audien – Hindsight
Pharrell Williams feat. Jay Z – Frontin’ (Disclosure Rework)
Above & Beyond – Blue Sky Action
Porter Robinson – Flickr (look for it at 6:37 in the mix provided)
Mat Zo feat. The Knocks – Get Down 2 Get Up
Audien
Hindsight
Frontin
Pharrell ft. Jay Z (Disclosure ReWork)
Above & Beyond feat. Alex Vargas
Blue Sky Action (Radio Edit)
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bbc radio 1 (2 hour essential mix)
Mat Zo ft The Knocks
Get Down 2 Get Up
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Outlines [Available August 15]

Fresh off of a debut with dance giant Spinnin’ Records’ newest sub-label, Spinnin’ Deep; Mike Mago returns to TMN to premiere what will perhaps be the biggest record yet from the Amsterdam based house producer: “Outlines”. If you’re familiar with his late 2013 single “The Show”, then hopefully the weight of those words resonates a bit, because we aren’t blowing smoke in any way shape or form here. “Outlines”, which features an utterly shiny and stirring vocal contribution from Dragonette’s lead singer Martina Sorbara, plays more like the “pop/club-house” anthems which have gained such a strong footing in the U.K. behind acts like Disclosure and Hot Natured amongst many others- as opposed to the more classically house-tinged deeper soundscape which shot Mago into the limelight. No standardized four-four kick drum on this one (save for a club edit which will undoubtedly be released as well), just a lovely pad fill leading into Sorbara’s inimitable croon, segueing gracefully into the tune’s heart; which comes in the form of a hypnotically addictive lead synth line. By the end of Mike Mago’s three minute jam, we wanted nothing more than for there to be another verse. But that’s the beauty of “Outlines”; it’s replay value seems infinite and is a more than worthy addition to an already stellar catalog.  We’ve obviously got a serious musical crush on the new sounds the Dutchman has been tinkering with, as it’s always refreshing to see highly skilled artists not pigeonholing themselves in one style or genre. Mike Mago’s signature quote comes into play symbiotically in regard to “Outlines”: “it’s not about the genre, it’s about the taste!”.
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[House/Disko] Jess Glynne – Right Here (Slinger Remix)

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Right Here (Slinger Remix)

Once again, enigmatic groove purveyor Slinger drops another stellar remix; this time for Jess Glynne‘s powerplay pop tune “Right Here”. Having already taken on remixes for Michael Jackson, Prince and Pharrell; it is Slinger’s dancey instrumentation paired with an excellent female vocal which has worked the best for our ears thus far. Glynne’s angelic refrain paints itself around Slinger’s composition wonderfully, sounding as if it was plucked right out of the 80′s nu-wave era. Rather than the past few high energy nu-disko remixes though, Slinger’s remix of “Right Here” is shaped around a much more classic house and garage structure crafted with the same exerted musicianship we’ve come to fall for. His hi-hats shuffle and pop on a different level this time around and the tune’s kick-drum carries a bit less punch but rather a more hollow pounding thud; producing a darker but utterly danceable atmosphere.  Stream this one above for a perfect hump-day pick me up, and we’ll keep digging up more dirt on this cryptic producer for you ninjas.

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[Progressive House] Gazzo feat. Y LUV-Never Touch The Ground (Original Mix)

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Gazzo feat. Y LUV-Never Touch The Ground (Original Mix)

It appears that we have been digging the Progressive House vibes yet again, ninjas, and this time we’re bringing back one of TMN’s favorite artists to get us back in the loop. Hailing from the state where people’s skin is as orange as the earth’s core, New Jersey producer, Gazzo, has been taking things to the next level with each and every track he puts out. No matter what Gazzo does, he always makes us want to shuffle, cry, and feel every ounce nostalgia with each synth, kick, and drop.

Yesterday, Gazzo released a new original track, “Never Touch the Ground” featuring Y LUV. This progressive house feeler is jam packed with uplifting synths, intricate melodies, and a vocal that’ll elevate your spirit off the ground. Gazzo and Y LUV truly put their heart and souls in this one and decided to make this one a freebie for all of you music lovers. Grab yours today and get those feelings going!

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