[Music Video] Lucas & Steve x Brandy – I Could Be Wrong

I could be wrong, but if you’re around our ages (pretty much, millennials here in the dojo), then you remember Brandy. The esteemed Grammy winning singer and brother of Ray J has had an amazing career in the mainstream world, but now she’s jumped into dance music via a feature on “I Could Be Wrong” by Lucas & Steve.

The Netherlands duo landed a big one with “I Could Be Wrong” on Spinnin’ Records & Big Beat. The progressive laced record is a Summer time house jam that will give you some nostalgia. Not only has the song come, but a music video as well. It’s a fun, playful visual that toys with California cliches – the beach, skateboarding etc. – in a way that is simple, yet engaging. It has us wanting to dance in the sand underneath the California sunshine.

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Tre Sera & Jessi Mason – Say Yes [TMN Premiere]

Tre Sera
Say Yes (feat. Jessi Mason)

Today we present to you the premiere of “Say Yes” by Tre Sera and Jessi Mason. Set for release on Hiiigher Records, this sweet Summer single is just what you need to end the week right.

“Say Yes” is a bubbly house tune with just the right vibe to lift you up in mood. Not only will your mood be uplifted, but your body will be dancing along to the progressive composition. Tre Sera and Jessi Mason keep things simple and focus on what matters; the result is a hell of a record. We’re proud to offer you the first listen and make sure to grab a copy of the track when it drops tomorrow!

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[House] Colin Callahan – Thinkin’ About You

Colin Callahan
Thinkin' About You (Radio Edit)

Another hot track has come out of Manhattan thanks to Colin Callahan. His latest Breeze Records release “Thinkin’ About You” is just the type of house record we’ve been searching for to spice up our Summer playlists.

“Thinkin’ About You” begins with the catchy hook that lives up to its purpose. From the very start you’re sucked right into the mix and Colin only builds on things from there. Once the real meat of the song begins with its lush synth work you’re further enamored. Colin cooked up a track that isn’t easy to forget as its melodies will embed themselves into your brain and play over and over again – and you won’t even be mad about it. Grab “Thinkin’ About You” today.

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[Electronic] Dropout – No Scrubs (feat. Wendy Sarmiento) REMIXES EP

The Santa Barbara duo Dropout recently came out with a remix pack for their cover/remix of “No Scrubs.” The name might ring a bell if you’re a a 90’s kid (or older) as it was the illustrious 1999 hit by TLC. Dropout brought it forward into contemporary times alongside singer Wendy Sarmiento and now have some extra takes of the tune.

Dropout enlisted five acts to flip the record. With remixes from Decoy!, FunkShop, Jack Trades, MÖWE and Nector spanning such genres as future bass and both deep and progressive house, this remix EP is full of fun Summer songs that all play with the same vocal. We enjoy all five takes, but to us the MÖWE one sticks out the most. Have a listen for yourself and see which one is your favorite.

’No Scrubs (Decoy! Remix)’
’No Scrubs (FunkShop Remix)’
’No Scrubs(Jack Trades Remix)’
’No Scrubs (MÖWE Remix)’
’No Scrubs (Nector Remix)’
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Cazzette – Run Run (feat. Morgan Bosman) [TMN Premiere]

PRMD
Cazzette- Run Run (feat. Morgan Bosman)

We’re getting Friday going with a big first listen from Cazzette via PRMD. In collaboration with Morgan Bosman, “Run Run” is getting premiered right here in the dojo. Get your dancing shoes on for this one, this one doesn’t shy away from being groovy.

Cazzette went all out with this progressive original, pushing forth a composition whose intricacies are patched together to perfection. Getting Morgan on board for vocal duties was a tremendous pick, as the performance is magnificent. Every little detail strengthens the others for a full package whose replay value is grand. With all the Summer activities coming up, you’re going to want to add this one to your playlists like we have!

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[Event Review] Grooving Through Wonderland

Looking at the NOS Event Center from the outside, you’d never think that Insomniac would be able to transform the traditional fairgrounds into the Alice & Wonderland themed massive event that it is.

It was somewhere between walking into the Queen’s Domain Stage for the first time, with royal banners draped down from a regal dome and the stained-glass windows of a virtual castle dance on the huge Main Stage LED screens; Between fairytale teapot art cars that stood comically 15ft high just outside with their caretakers fresh out of mind-bending tea party with the mad hatter himself; and between watching every rendition of Wonderland’s vibrant characters stream into the venue all around me that I realized I had already I had already tripped and fallen deep into the Rabbit Hole.

The event was outstanding, even through a chilly rain the first day. If anything the stages had even more memorable crowds with everyone dancing and staying in cover to keep warm and dry.

The Mad Hatter’s Castle was the favorite music stage this year, featuring outrageous sets from the likes of R3HAB, Electric Mantis, Black Tiger Sex Machine, & Australian artist Just A Gent. Christofi dropped an awesome, intimate set early on Day 2 at the Queens Domain that went off too. Personal best set of the weekend? Valentino Khan.

With VIP experiences being hit or miss, I was excited to see what this years looked like. The Gypsy Shrine was there in all their glitter & jewels making people fabulous and there was a massive recreated mad hatter tea party table for photo ops. What truly stood out as I explored the space was an explosion of what was referred to as “wellness technology”.

A massive spinning bed that rotated 13 times per minute to balance the body’s equilibrium. Light therapy masks. Vibrating beds known as SoundLounges. Virtual Reality Experiences. Live Art. An Augmented Reality wall. The list goes on, but I was blown away.

The Courtiers were brought in by Insomniac to curate the space known as ‘The Quantum Lounge’ and they partnered with a company in the emerging cryptocurrency space called Swarm Fund to do it. The Virtual Reality was using the game Sound Self, where the object is to fill objects with your voice. Using tones, fractal patterns actually respond to the user’s voice to create intricate, hypnotic patterns. It was a trip watching how people interacted with the game, with one girl singing into the game creating incredible patterns.

After my experience there, I moved onto the SoundLounge. I was given headphones and laid down on a futuristic black bed, choosing a 5 minute audio track called “Abundance” that had been designed by a doctor to facilitate relaxation in the body. Almost instantly after I was placed in the lounge and the track started, I could feel a massive bass wave pulse through the my body and drop all tension away. It was way beyond my expectations, with one guest sitting up saying it was one of the best festival experiences they’d ever had.

I spent more time here engaged than any other VIP space I can remember. The live art was truly outstanding and left plenty of room to lounge around on light-up, fiberglass pods that were essentially art installations and seating at the same time. The Quantum Lounge was a perfect recharge and entertainment experience that every VIP experience could look to for inspiration. Truly the last piece of the puzzle to bring me fully into Wonderland and send me back onto the festival dance floor feeling my best.

All in all Beyond Wonderland was an awesome event, and a perfect introductory experience for me – showcasing how far they’ve come in the event’s 8yr run. With an amazing lineup, art installations, stages, and an outrageous VIP I left remembering why I come to these events. To connect with myself and the other amazing humans that call this otherworldly combination of music and immersive art home.

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[Music Video] Michael Push – Tell Me Why (feat. Stevie)

Summer can’t come soon enough. With the sunshine comes a hole heap of catchy house records fit for the occasion. Some of those have come early, including “Tell My Why” by Michael Push and the vocalist Stevie. Today we’re sharing with you not only the song, but the lyric video. Trust us, it’s one you’re going to want to know the words to.

“Tell Me Why” is the perfect song for your poolside playlists. It may not be quite warm enough for the beach or a pool, but this one will serve you well even if you’re just at a house party or in the club. Michael Push’s melodic musing has just enough pop elements to make it crossover track, but not so much that it waters things down like many producers have been doing. “Tell Me Why” is currently out now on digital platforms. Alongside the video, we caught up with Michael for a quick chat

TMN: How did you come up for the idea for the video?

MP: I wanted a documentary-style video, considering the sound which is very summery, I couldn’t think other than beaches, palm trees, sun, and people having fun. The guys from 351 Studio have been brilliant, helping me transforming my ideas into visually striking images.

TMN: How long have you been making music for?

MP: I started creating some decent productions since 2004 although the first official release happened later in 2008 under a different nickname. The first single as Michael Push called “Freeze” is dated 2012 and it reached #3 of the MTV Top 10 Dance chart, between J.Lo and Madonna.

TMN: You’ve changed styles and direction in the last 2-3 years, can you tell us about that?

Absolutely, there are plenty of songs in different styles just waiting for the right moment to be released. Despite the style, all my tracks tend to be real songs, which you can strip down, play with a piano or guitar and they still work.

TMN: What is your favorite city to play a show at?

MP: Loving the pool parties in Miami, especially when in my city (London) is snowing.

TMN: What DAW to you prefer to use?

MP: I’ve been using Cubase since the beginning an that’s the core of my studio, but when it happens I’m not scared to use other DAW’s.

TMN: Where do you see dance heading in 2018?

I’m looking forward to hear something that will change the rules and will be an inspiration for everyone. I don’t see all this sub-genres we have now dying anytime soon.

TMN: What is your plan for the rest of the year generally?

MP: I’m not planning to stop the releases, one of my wishes at this point would be doing a cover of a song I’ve been inspired in the past. Time will tell…

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