[TMN DOES MIAMI RIGHT] Ultra + WMC 2014 Review

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Welcome to my Ultra-world. It is a land filled with sun, sex, sounds, and sea. The energy here is relentless, the pace is fast. People come from around the globe to experience the narcotic pulse of bass that emanates throughout the city. Come with us as we voyage in to the depths of debauchery and dance, and experience the glory that is known as Miami Music Week.

Pool parties are a mainstay of the Winter Music Conference, so let our journey begin in South Beach at the Raleigh Hotel pool for the DIM MAK Miami Beach Party. Here we can observe the one and only Steve Aoki in his natural habitat. Aoki provides copious entertainment for all, and he is generous enough to even give some of his devoted following cake and champagne! Though very little of these accoutrements actually make it in to anyone’s mouths, it’s the thought that counts. Other notables to be taken from the environment are Deorro, The Chainsmokers, 3lau, Felix Cartel, and Autoerotique. Amidst the hard hitting, fist pumping, in-your-face beats that DIM MAK records is known for, we can’t help but to be pleased with the plethora of beauty and movement that surrounds us. A large pool waits patiently behind, framed in a soft blue hue and coaxing weary partiers towards it cool waters with the promise of buoyancy. As the party wanes, we trickle with the masses back on to Collins Avenue and become engulfed in an ocean of neon, skin, and cars that cost more than most families homes.

New Dim Mak Music!

Back across the bay and just a couple miles north of the Ultra Music Festival, we now travel to a chic and sensuous lounge nestled in the heart of Wynwood. The famed area is known for its walls; ever-changing murals blanket the buildings. The crackle and hiss of spray paint can be heard around every corner and an aroma of acrylic permeates the nostrils like a vandal’s potpourri. Be mindful of the razor wire on your right as we meander towards The Social Lubricant. TSL’s staff holds up to the lounge’s name, offering courteous and brisk service along with reasonable drink prices (for Miami). Absorb the deep house beats put on tonight by the likes of underground sensation Thugfucker. That’s right, Thugfucker. While the American and Icelandic combination of Greg Oreck and Holmar Filipsson could certainly play until 5am, the line up tonight will not require them to. Both of the boys are in excellent spirits this evening from the looks of it. Their connection with their crowd is palpable. Each twist and turn of their set seems to mean something, each bassline tickles the stapes in a profound way. Don’t forget about Thugfucker’s buddies either. Matt Tolfrey, Nick Curly, Francesca Lombardo, and many others are here as well to ensure auditory satisfaction. Are you hungry? There’s a sushi bar in the back corner to compliment your ethanol if you so choose…I would highly suggest it, we’ll be here awhile.

Thugfucker live

We’ve shown you South Beach and gone underground in Wynwood, so let’s venture now to what everybody has been waiting for; let’s go to Ultra Music Festival 2014! A cab is necessary because parking is the worst clusterfuck you’ve ever seen in your life. I am scheduled to interview Art Department, Paper Diamonds, and Vello Virkhaus prior to partaking in any of the festivities. You’ll notice that there, regrettably, is no press area within Ultra’s grounds…there IS, however, a mega yacht docked right next to the grounds that we can use. After delightful conversation coupled with a Krewella photo-op and a chance brush by with Zedd (he has sparkly eyes, pay no mind to my screaming “Zedd! You’re awesome!”), we tromp through the hidden workings back stage to make our way over to the Underground stage. Cue the sensory overload!

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[Get Crunk] Clayton’s Friday Party Playlist Vol 100

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What is up, my ninjas? I barely made it out of the three day bender, better known as Coachella, and am once again ready to provide you with a tasty selection of dance-inducing beats to carry you through your weekend festivities.

Before we get too far though, I’d like to offer up a sincere thank you to Ninjette Brooke for hooking up a killer playlist last weekend, providing the perfect build up to the 100th installment of our Friday Party Playlist.

With that being said, we have an extra large selection of party tunes this week seeing as how it’s our 100th playlist. So, press play, crack open a cold one, and get ready to dance your way through the weekend.

#danceirresponsibly

One Gecko Deeper(Landis Bootleg)
Tupac
Changes (Carnizzy Edit)
Jamiroquai
You Give Me Something (Teemid Re
Traveler
Hard To Fall Asleep (Original Mix)
Afrojack Feat. Wrabel
Ten Feet Tall (Brito Remix)
Lincoln Jesser
Rush
Breathe Carolina
Bang It Out (Gazzo Remix)
Dirty Vegas
Let The Night (Basic Physics Remix)
Bingo Players
Knock You Out (Eminence At Night Remix)
Steve Angello
Teasing Mr Charlie (Sebjak & Tony Senghore Remix)
Chromeo
Jealous (Dillon Francis Remix)
Will Sparks & Jebu
Check This Out (Original Mix)
Zedd
Find You (Teknartist Remix)
Toon
Talk Beatle To Me
Poison (LION KNGS & DOM Remix)
Missy Elliott
Work It (Chris Bushnell Remix)
Universe (HLTR$KLTR x Jordxn Alexander Bootleg)
TroyBoi
Dont Be Judging (MJ Edition)
Jantsen & Dirt Monkey
Freak That Shit (Shank Aaron Remix)
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[TMN Resident Artist] Elephante’s Top 5 Songs

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This week Elephante is sharing his five favorite tracks with us because he has a little something special for the TMN fam next week. Enjoy this mix of songs, they all get your body dancing.

Galantis – Help
Ummet Ozcan – Raise Your Hands (Slander Trap Edit)
Skrillex, Kill The Noise, Fatman Scoop – Recess
RL Grime & WhatSoNot – Tell Me
Bebe Rexha – Can’t Stop Drinking About You
Galantis
Help
Ummet Ozcan
Raise Your Hands (Slander Festival Trap Edit)
Recess
Skrillex, Kill The Noise & Fatman Scoop
Tell Me
RL Grime & What So Not
I CANT STOP DRINKING ABOUT YOU
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[Secret Ninja Pass] This Week at Beta 4/17

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Alright, ninjas. We’ve been hooking you up with free entry to Beta over the past year. We know you’ve have some epic times, catching some of the most legendary talent EDM has to offer, and we’re on board to keep this thing going. So, we’re once again giving you an opportunity to check out the best night club in North America for free. What all do you have to do to get in? It’s pretty damn easy. Just follow these steps:

- Head to the front door and enter the club before 11 pm
- Show this post to the cashier (Valid for 21+ only)

That’s it! Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, it’s not. Head to Beta and see for yourself.

Side note: This deal is NOT valid for Seven Lions’ show tonight. Sorry kiddos.

Seven Lions - April 17th
Röyksopp
Running To The Sea Feat. Susanne Sundfør (Seven Lions Remix)

Dirtyloud - April 18th
Banvox
Connection (Dirtyloud Remix)

Laurent Garnier - April 19th
A1 GARNIER
M.I.L.F (preview)
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[Remix] ZHU – Faded (Feat. Sean Dee)

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Imagine yourself driving down a desert road with no destination in mind, the sunset blazing in the horizon and music blasting through your speakers. You might find this somewhat therapeutic in many ways. Whenever we think about perfect nighttime chill tunes, our minds instantly go to infamous internet phantom, ZHU. For the past couple of months, the mysterious ZHU has been permeating us all with sensual beats that have been seducing the clothes right off of our bodies; delicious in every way possible.

Now take a ZHU track and add some ill ass verses to mellow the vibe out even more and wah-la! Sex. Georgia beat maker and lyrical master, Sean Dee, decided to put a hip-hop spin on ZHU’s original track, “Faded” to which he amplifies the atmospheric tone of the song with simply just the words from his mouth. With the funky deep house undertones and smooth vocals provided by the evasive Zhu, Dee effortlessly paints a fluid picture with verses describing what goes on when the sun sets and the light fades into darkness. This is the perfect tune to groove out to when you need that small reminder that summer is right around the corner. So cheer up ninjas, and blast this one all night long.

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[Chill/Electronic] Benjamin Francis Leftwich – Shine (Kygo Remix)

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Shine (Kygo Remix)

Fresh off of his sold-out debut gig in London, Kygo has been slowly starting to assert himself as one of the world’s electronic giants. It seems with every passing release the downtempo, melodic dance artist rockets to the top of every blog aggregator or college dance radio chart within hours, and we think his latest rework will be no different. Again, our cruise director has taken an act who on paper has no business even being mentioned within the confines of the dance world, and flips the tune for a beautiful spin through his eyes, this time on Benjamin Francis Leftwich’s “Shine”. Right out of the gate, a charming pan-flute bolstered by a little shaker induced four-four clap segue wonderfully into those unmistakable Leftwich vocals, which themselves are thickened up with a bit of reverb as well. You might have heard this one on Kygo’s recent mix for BBC Radio One’s Diplo & Friends radio show, and if you were anything like us, you couldn’t wait for its official release. We think this will be the perfect recovery tune for our friends getting back from Indio today, so take her for a spin and snag a free download here.

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London Grammar – Interlude (PRFFTT & Svyable Remix) [TMN Premiere]

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After what may have been the craziest weekend in the history of weekends, we think it’s time to take things down a notch and collect ourselves since Coachella did us all dirty – literally and figuratively speaking. Now that we are back to the Monday grind, we thought it would be nice to give your ears something incredibly soothing to vibe to for the rest of the day by up and comers, PRFFTT & Svyable.

PRFFTT & Svyable are no strangers to the remix world; whether it be Blink-182 or Taylor Swift, these two know how to take a song and give it an entirely different meaning all while making you want to dance for hours on end. Today, they have decided to bring out a different, more emotive side of their production with a stunning rendition of “Interlude” by London Grammar. What is wonderful about this remix is that it’s not what you are expecting, and by that we mean it’s not dance music.

Right from the start, we transcend into an ethereal state of euphoria. The harmonious harp and soft piano melodies delicately lead up to a percussion of blissful beats and serendipitous synths that are overwhelming to the senses. PRFFTT & Svyable take this song and add a new element of life to it to which the sequences of notes make us that much more musically satisfied. These two flawlessly use Hannah Reid‘s vocals, which progress from mild to intense as the lyrics build with power and depth. It’s almost as if this song was recorded in the BBC 1 Live Radio studio, because it does not sound like a couple of computers put this together.

This remix of “Interlude” is undeniably going to change the game for producers out there because  much of our generation has seemed to have forgotten the raw beauty of how instruments sound. We have been in need of something new, something organic, and something that doesn’t revolve around a ‘drop’ – and this, ninjas, is what we’ve desperately waiting for.

So if you’re taking this day off to recover from Coachella or just from going too hard over the weekend, then this remix is the ultimate cure for all of the aches and pains. Let this masterpiece consume you for the next 4 minutes and be sure to keep PRFFTT & Svyable on your radars next time around because their eclecticism is about to change up the game. Also – did we mention it’s a free download?! Get your feel on today.

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