[Electronic] AT LAST – Summertime EP

It’s the Summer, so it would make sense for someone to come out with an EP called Summertime. The someone who did that is AT LAST out of New York City. This independently released EP was put out a couple weeks ago, so it is currently up for grabs on digital stores. Where it will end up is your digital library.

Summertime is complete with three original singles taking from synth pop and moombah. “This Low” kicks things off with a vibrant display of musicality that has a whole lot to offer your Summer festivities. Next comes the moombah inspired title track that brings 8-bit sounds together with a dembow beat. “G.M.A.C.” closes out the project with a heavenly vocal performance that will stick in your mind long after you’re done playing this EP. Throw it on repeat, grab a copy; most importantly, enjoy.

’This Low’
’Summertime’
’G.M.A.C’
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Donkong Join Us In The Dojo With New EP [TMN Interview]

DONKONG
No Boy ft. Agent Lexie & Zorro (PREVIEW)

Distance is meaningless if you’re willing to make things work. Despite distance, Donkong was born. The duo comes out of Germany with unique dance-hall style influenced tracks that aren’t what you would expect to be coming out of Europe.

Donkong’s most recent project shares this sound. The No Boy EP features two singles, each with their own distinct sounds that show off the duo’s ability to be diverse. Upon listening to the EP, we had Donkong come join us in the dojo so we could get to know them and their recent EP a little bit better. Now, you get to enjoy all of these goodies for yoruself, so stream the title track preview while you read through our questions with Thomas and Joe.

TMN: Thanks for joining us, guys! Congratulations on your “No Boy” EP. How did the idea for this one come about?

THOMAS: Thank you very much. No Boy started as collaboration with our friend Zorro. He did percussion and I built the main synth that sounds so much like a brass sample that we could have saved some time on by just picking a brass sound. Nevertheless it was our first attempt to do Breakbeat. Same with Ammunition – we tried to combine a more traditional dancehall vibe with bass sounds. We’re quite experimental and always try to do things we haven’t done before.

TMN: You’re known for your innovative, genre-inclusive sound which seems to span a wide variety of musical influences. How did you both work to hone the “Donkong” sound?

THOMAS: We’re constantly discussing it and over the time there seem to be certain sounds that reappear. We still think the variety of what we do is too big. So we recently decided to do no more DNB… we have a DNB song coming after No Boy. What a coincidence.

TMN: Can you tell us a little about how you started making music together?

JOE: We live 500km apart from each other. The first time we got together in the studio and wrote “Jawz”, Thomas got sick. So he ended up on my couch and we Skyped every other hour to talk about the song and new ideas. Even though our first session was kind of a mess, Jawz turned out to be one of our best and original tunes so far.

TMN: What’s the scene like in Germany? Does the music go down a treat?

The scene is very small and that is also why we had a hard time playing gigs over the last years. Electro and Dubstep went down hill and suddenly all the cool parties disappeared. Then Hip-hop DJs started playing Trap, so no need for extra Trap parties. Germany is Techno land and everything that’s electronic but not Techno seems to be „not cool“ enough on the big scale. This seems to be slightly changing right now. Hopefully we and our friends can help with that.

TMN: So tell us a bit about how you found the process of making this body of work. Did you find that the inspiration flowed as soon as you hit the studio? Or was it tricky to pinpoint the specific sound for this one?

THOMAS: I guess it’s more about what we avoided to do with these songs. We don’t wanted them to have a typical club arrangement. Hopefully it makes a big difference for normal listeners. The sound is a combination of elements we also use in other songs, but we tend to build new sounds that act similar instead of re-using the old ones. Very often you start with an idea to make something specific and end up with a completely different song. Luckily these two ended up like what we had in mind, but it was a very long journey which took us over a year.

TMN: You’ve teamed up with Feral Is Kinky, Agent Lexie and Zorro for the EP. How did you all end up working together?

THOMAS: Like I said, „No Boy“ started with being in the studio with Zorro and having the basic idea for it. Then I met Lexie on one of Marten Hørgers‘ legendary BBQs, played her some beats and later on, while being pregnant, she recorded the vocals for it.

JOE: We haven’t met Feral in person yet, but she was working with some friends of us (Symbiz). Her style and voice was very unique, so we contacted her and asked her if she likes to work with us – sometimes it’s that easy.

TMN: You’re known for your excellent remixing skills (reworking tracks for the likes of Major Lazer, Krafty Kuts, Hudson Mohawke and TNGHT). If you could pick any artist, who would be top of your remix list?

Normally you want to remix a song that you think lacks something- or at least doesn’t fit your set. So it’s hard to pick an artist, because the people we admire tend to do very good songs, so our job gets a lot harder. Most of the time a remix that just takes the original to another tempo is quite boring. It probably would be something very different from our style, something with vocals preferably.

TMN: Can you tell us a fun fact about the Donkong project that fans may not necessarily have guessed?

The biggest fun fact is that we’re actually two people. Most of the time people think Donkong is one person.

TMN: What’s next for Donkong? Do you have any more musical treats for us in store this year?

There’s a lot to come. There will be some more free treats in the next weeks. A VIP mix of our single „Brilliant“ and a song with Marten Hørger. And we will bring more own original stuff as soon as possible. Stay tuned!

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[Get Crunk] Friday Party Playlist (Vol 251)

It’s the Friday of EDC, so we’re going to turn up with some amazing tracks that may just be hotter than the Las Vegas desert. Everyone, no matter if you’re out in Nevada or not, stay hydrated as the heatwave rolls in. While you do that, enjoy some amazing tunes from some of our favorite producers. Tracks this week come to us from Oshi, Black Tiger Sex Machine, Yntendo, Tiesto x KSHMR, Brillz and a super hot one from Decadon to close things out. As usual, all twelve are available for free, so grab copies of the ones you love. Enjoy the weekend, stay safe and #danceirresponsibly.

’HtPkt & Ninski (ft. Daniel Landers) “Set It Free” (PRMD DSCVR)’
’Plvtinum – If You’re Gonna Leave’
’Oshi – heal you (ft. courtney bennett)’
’JEANIE – Doomsday’
’Black Tiger Sex Machine – Rezorecta VIP’
’Yntendo – Got Some’
’The Last Gunslinger –
Journeyman’

’Tiësto & KSHMR Feat. Talay Riley – Harder’
’Munchi – Bek Den Bo Block’
’Lil Uzi Vert – XO TOUR Llif3 (CYBRPNK HACKS IT)’
’21 Savage – Red Opps (Brillz & 2Scoops Remix)’
’Savoy and Bright Lights – The Wolf (Decadon Remix)’
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[Get Crunk] Friday Party Playlist (Vol 250)

Take a nice big deep breathe. We’re at our 250th volume of our Friday Party Playlist. Over the years it has been lead by various writers, each bring a host of free downloads each week to give you for the weekend. Now, I will admit, each week we’re paranoid we double counted a volume, or miscounted in some way, but regardless if that’s true or not, we’re celebrating 250 now with a bang! Usually we bring a dozen songs, but we’ve got a couple of extra goodies for you. This week works come from Ashdown, Phiilo, WHIPPED CREAM, CRAY, Varien, TWO OWLS, Apashe and more! Get them while they’re hot and have a great weekend.

’VNDL – Deserve It ft Kyle Goldstein’
’Ashdown – Looking Back’
’Phiilo – Keep On’
’Teknicolor – Tonga’
’TOBYNOH – Change (feat. Ovcoco With Steel)’
’Fabian Mazur – Sun Goes Down (ReauBeau Remix)’
’Rae Sremmurd – Swang (WHIPPED CREAM Re
Whip)’
’Tomboy (CRAY Remix)’
’Savoy x Bright Lights – The Wolf (Varien Remix)’
’DJ Susan – Sender (Original Mix)’
’ADTR – Have Faith In Me (TWO OWLS Remix)🦉🦉’
’Pierce – Ducati’
’Apashe – Day Dream Feat. Splitbreed (Krimer Remix)’
’Dodge & Fuski – Comeback (Apashe Remix)’
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Captain Cuts – Love Like We Used To (TxM Remix) [TMN Premiere]

TxM
Love Like We Used To (TxM Remix)

Another day, another premiere. This time we have the debut single from TxM, a remix of “Love Like We Used To” by Captain Cuts. The California band got a makeover from one of Minnesota’s own.

TxM swayed us with his moombah-pop sound. There was no way we weren’t going to jump on such a lively, vivacious single whose tropical sound is coming just at the right time. Summer needs hits like this, but don’t expect them all to come from big name producers. TxM may soon establish himself as a much talked about up and comer if his next releases are as good as this first one. In honor of kicking off this new project, TxM has released the song as a free download.

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[Jungle Terror/Moombah] RayBurger – Lo Terorita

RayBurger
Lo Terorita (Free Download)

Dallas Texas just got a little bit hotter thanks to “Lo Terorita” from RayBurger. The heat isn’t contained to Dallas, as you can enjoy Ray’s track anywhere, anytime, as it is available as a free download. Get a spot on your hard drive ready, because “Lo Terorita” is exceptional.

RayBurger goes all over the place with this song. It’s a wild, Latin flavored treat palatable to the masses. “Lo Terorita” pushes and pulls the listener through various paces, bouncing between jungle terror and moombahton in an instant. It’s just the dynamic single DJs need for their sets this Summer and there’s no excuse to sleep on it for any reason, as the cost of it is $0. Just a couple clicks and it’s yours.

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JSTJR – Fried [TMN Premiere]

It’s just about time for EDC Las Vegas. In honor of one of dance music’s biggest festivals, the hosts Insomniac are releasing a massive compilation with tracks from artists that you can see live this year. One of those artists is JSTJR. His single “Fried” is what he has to share and he’s giving you an early peak to the whole song in the dojo!

Leave it to JSTJR to bring some sweet moombahton to your ears with this premiere. JSTJR has long been someone pushing the genre forward, so it’s nice to see him getting the love he deserves, as putting forth savory hits isn’t anything new. “Fried” certainly is a hit and it will without a doubt get people moving at EDC this year. JSTJR’s single will be coming out on June 9th along with the entire EDC Las Vegas 2017 compilation. Enjoy the early listen here in the meantime.

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