Passion Pit – Carried Away (MAU Remix)

Sometimes simpler is better, which is actually the case here. Portugal’s M.A.U. trims some of the fat off Passion Pit‘s original “Carried Away,” in turn allowing it breathing room in all the right places. With a handful of its happy-go-lucky bounce stripped away, the remix stands strong on its own as a slower moving, almost electro-pop ballad, able to be more poignant and powerful in its relaxed pace. The rework shows a different side of the synth-pop group, especially around the 2-minute mark, when the somber choir-like vocals are left to be front and center. Free download below!

Passion Pit
Carried Away (MAU Remix)

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[TMN EXCLUSIVE] Bass Kleph Interview + Vocals Download

We’ve all been through that really tough breakup at some point in time in our lives. Whether it was our high school sweetheart that we never thought we would get over, or an ugly divorce that we never saw coming. For most, a tough breakup consists of long bouts of sobbing, support from friends and family, and copious amounts of alcohol. For Bass Kleph, the healing process included something completely different. Stu Tyson (aka Bass Kleph) sat down with us in an exclusive and personal interview to talk about going through a very dramatic split, and how it ultimately transferred onto his music. The experience drove him to write up his own lyrics, and actually do something he had never done before. Stu sang his own lyrics. He forced himself outside his comfort zone for his latest single, “Make Me Forget”, leaving him completely exposed (perhaps much like his heart).

The end result is a genuine track dripping with emotion that you can both hear and feel. It will resonate strongly with everyone that listens to it, because we’ve all spoken these words (in one way or another) at some point in our lives. As difficult as it was to discuss, we were honored to have Stu share his personal story and walk us through what had happened. We won’t be able to disclose every single detail but we will try our best to give you a fair insight into his situation.

As an added bonus, we’ve also been cleared to give away the vocals of this huge, progressive electro gem. So feel free to download it, and make your own remix.

Download: Make Me Forget (Acapella)

Download: Make Me Forget (Instrumental)

Bass Kleph: Make Me Forget (Original)

TMN: Let’s talk about “Make Me Forget.” Where did the lyrics stem from? How did you come about to write this track?

BK: I wrote it, at least the chords for it, around the end of last year after the biggest break up of my life. The hardest one for sure, for me. You know, for a lot musicians and writers it’s kind of the natural thing after you go through something difficult is to write about it to try and help you get through it. I was writing on the piano, chord progressions and things, and writing lots and lots of lyrics. That chord progression really stuck with me, it was one I was playing over and over again when I had that thought in my mind.

I really wanted to set some lyrics to it that matched the feeling that I felt when I wrote the chords. I spent quite a while trying to write exactly those lyrics, that kind of message, and trying to figure out the melody and phrasing for it too.

I do a bit of vocal writing stuff for some of my tracks, but I’ve never actually sung on them. This time I laid down the vocal demo just so I didn’t forget what the idea was, but everyone liked it after I produced the track around it. They just said, “Man, you should just sing it.”

I was like, “You know what? If you guys think it’s ok, and possible, it would kind of be cool for me to sing this song because it’s such a personal song to me.” I had a feeling that if someone else sung it, I wouldn’t be happy with how they sung it.

TMN: This relationship was back in Australia. Do you feel that this breakup was part of the reason you came to the states?

BK: Well I wanted to move a while ago. My ex and I had originally planned to move together, it would have been great for her career too. When we split, I was like, “There’s not really anything else I want to stay in Australia for now.” I had kind of done everything I had wanted to do in Australia at least once. I’ve worked with all the main labels, I’d played at all the festivals, clubs and everything.

I had been touring internationally, and I kind of wanted to get out and do more stuff in America because the scene over here is just exploding. Although, I could never leave Australia completely. It’s my roots, and my home, but it just made more sense to live in LA and tour in Australia, rather than the opposite.

I was only really staying in Aus because of her. When she showed me how she really felt about me, I realized it wasn’t worth postponing the pursuit of my passion anymore. So I moved to LA, and she moved to London.

TMN: We’ve caught wind that it was a really public thing. Can you talk a little bit about that.

BK: I can tell you the full story, but I don’t really want to publish the full story.

TMN and BK discuss his breakup. Out of respect for Stu, we’ve chosen not to reveal the details of his break up. We hope you understand.

BK: I felt like I got ditched. I got sold out, and she went, “Thanks for everything up to this point Stu, but I’m going to take it from here.” Awesome. That’s great. Thanks.

She was an incredible girlfriend. This all seemed out of nowhere, so I was just shocked. That’s the tough thing, that’s hard. Despite what happened, I still really care for her. We shared too much to be bitter. I mean, I could go around telling people the full story, and it’s an interesting story, but at the end it’s just gossip. I don’t want to hurt her feelings by telling it.

TMN: We understand where you’re coming from. Let’s go back to music. You’ve traditionally produced a lot of tech house, that’s kind of how you built your name for yourself. Do you feel that this break up influenced your music to move into some more progressive, electro, and big room style sounds?

BK: 100% it did. It started making me want to write songs that are more emotion driven versus just energy driven tech house or techno track. I still love that stuff, and still play a lot of that. But going through and experience like that, such a massive emotional experience, I couldn’t help but let it bleed into my music.

I listen to all types of music too. I love heart wrenching chords and stuff. I love music that still has the energy and groove of tech house, but it also touches you in an emotional way. You feel those tingles down your spine and you can resonate with the lyrics. You go, “Fuck yeah, I know what you’re talking about.”

I feel like all of these are elements to a good song, and having them all together just makes an ultimate song. It’s really satisfying when I can combine the things I’ve learned about production and put my emotions in there from my life experiences. When I can sew it all together, I can come back to it and feel like I’ve written a journal entry about my life. Like this is a snapshot.

TMN: A nice thing too is it’s always good to change up styles and energy flow within a live set. It has to be cool to use more of your original work now to break up the tech house.

BK: Absolutely, yeah. I can swing back and forth between both styles. It’s really fun to do that where you go to a show where they’re expecting some big electro and you can introduce them to some tech house. And if you introduce it in the right way, they’ll fucking love it. And vise versa, at an underground show, if you’re playing a lot of tech stuff and you bring in some big vocal tracks that are still really cool, they get into it as well.

TMN: Back to you being a vocalist, is this something you feel like you’re going to continue to do? Or was this just a one time thing due to the story behind this song?

BK: I think more actually! I’ve done a couple more since then that are coming up for release. It’s funny you asked though. Someone asked me the other day, I was giving them some instrumental tracks to get other vocalists to sing them, because I want to do both. I don’t want to just have my vocals on everything. Anyways, the guy is finding me a singer, and he asked me, “Hey man, I heard your track ‘Make Me Forget’. It’s a great track, I love your voice. I have a project coming up and they’re looking for a voice like that. Would you be down to sing that for them?”

I was just shocked. I do not consider myself a singer at all. I’m feeling like I’m just going to say “yes” to all these things right now. I’m having fun doing them. Let’s see what happens!

TMN: Let’s finish this up by talking to your fans. Talk about what your plans are for the future, and what they can expect from you.

BK: Lots more music. There’s still plenty of tech house tracks coming as well. I’m going to do both. More tracks like “Make Me Forget” as well, some vocal and some just instrumental. I’m actually working on a new radio show again. I used to do one for years, I’m starting again. We start in December. Lots more Maschine stuff. Lots more videos. The remix parts for “Make Me Forget,” and I’m really excited to see what people can do with them. More tracks on the label Vacation. Maybe some events with them as well. Can’t wait to tour back in Australia, looking forward to that as soon as March or April. Man, so much going on!

There’s a bunch of projects going on in LA that I can’t really tell you about. I’ve met some interesting people doing some amazing stuff and they’ve approached me and said, “We need someone like you to be a project to make it work.” So you might see some different musical stuff next year. Apparently I’m not allowed to talk about it yet though.

TMN: Well we’re looking forward to it all, and hopefully we get to see you at Beta again! Thanks again for sitting down with us.
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The Veronicas – Lolita (PatrickReza Dubstep Remix)

There’s a rule we have around The Music Ninja office. It pretty much says that if PatrickReza is releasing something, we post it. We’ve watched Patrick progress over the past year, and each remix he does just continues to impress us. It won’t be long before this young producer is running with the big boys.

In this latest track, Patrick has been slated to do an official remix of The Veronicas’ “Lolita.” The Australian twin sister pop duo released the original earlier this year. It already has a very heavy EDM sound, it’s easy to see why they reached out for some remixes. Patrick does an amazing job of creating a large atmospheric build up, which compliments the vocals well. From there dark crunchy wobbles, high pitched synths, and ominous break downs make this creepy remix one to hold on to.

The Veronicas
Lolita (PatrickReza Dubstep Remix)
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[MP3 Playlist] The Trap Dojo #16

Todays Trap Dojo is off the chain. Starting with a massive Trap VIP from Flux Pavilion of his track with SKisM and Foreign Beggars titled “Jump Back”. DO NOT MISS THIS FIRST TRACK, it’s going to be massive. Next is a remix from gLAdiator where he completely transforms Jay-Z’s track “Public Service Announcement” into an all out Trap banger. Now for a throwback tune from RL Grime, it’s a remix of Shlohmo‘s track “The Way U Do” and brings an incredibly chill vibe that is perfect for the holidays. Staying on the melodic side of Trap, Notorious B.I.G.‘s track “Party And Bullshit” gets a dreamy Love Trap makeover from A-Hab. Ok so back to filthy tunes you came here for, Carnage and Victor Niglio team up on this Festival Trap remix of Showtek and Justin Prime‘s track “Cannonball”. Yellow Claw has been killing it lately, and now they remix Dirtcaps track “Hands Up” and bring a dark and heavy sound that hits incredibly hard. Another artist they has been on a tear lately is heRobust, and he just released a Bootleg of Knife Party’s anthem “Internet Friends”, no comment. Enjoy the rest on your own, and rage to all the free downloads. Cheers.

To download todays entire Trap Dojo, CLICK HERE. 

Flux Pavilion & SKisM
Jump Back (Ft. Foreign Beggars) (VIP Mix)
The Way U Do (RL Grime Remix)
Notorious B.I.G.
Party & Bullshit (Ahabs Spaced
Showtek & Justin Prime
Cannonball (Carnage & Victor Niglio Festival Trap Remix)(FREE DOWNLOAD)
Hands Up (Yellow Claw Remix)
Knife Party
Internet Friends (heRobusts Run Da Trap Bootleg)
Pour It Up (RL Grime Remix)
Higher Ground (TRILL.iam Trap Bootleg)
Alvin Risk
Psychotic (▲lex Young Trap Edit)
Sidney Samson
The World Is Yours (Bass
Krafty Kuts
Pounding ft Dynamite MC


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Charli XCX – You’re the One (The Internet Remix)

Although not as popular as their other Odd Future affiliates, The Internet graced the interwebs with a fresh new remix to the UK pop sensation Charli XCX’s hit “You’re The One”. Taking the already infectious single, the group members reworked the pop-heavy beat, infusing it with more funk and soul. Using heavy staccato key rips and synth bass tunes, the melodic and atmospheric vibe coupled with Charli’s soft and haunting vocals definitely make this an impressively addictive remix. Be sure to check it out below.

Charli XCX
Youre The One (Internet REMIX)
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Wick-it the Instagator – We Have Arrived (Re-Spliffed)

Nashville born Wick-It the Instagator has been no stranger to appearing on TMN since his eclecticism matches ours in many ways. Earlier this year we featured his metal/rock/dubstep remix fusing together wobbles with the iconic Motley Crue original ‘Shout at the Devil’. Today, Wick-It shows us a much more mellow side of his going full dub with a reggae blessed melody. The result is a completely warm and chill track to relax you for the coming winter.

We Have Arrived (Re
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[TMN Exclusive] Interview With Flume

Coming fresh off his first full-length, self-titled debut album, Harley Streten — or Flume as he’s better known — has experienced a meteoric rise catalyzed, largely in part, by his catchy, international viral hit, “Sleepless” (featured below). Although his popularity continued to blossom as a result of a variety of remixes and infectious live performances, Flume has minted himself as a composer with a vast breadth of ingenuity and an eclectic array of sound and style at his disposal.

The Music Ninja had the honor of interviewing him, learning more about the Aussie artist’s influences, songwriting process and thoughts on dance music in general. Check it out below:

TMN: For many, music is a way to invoke nostalgia and is the accompaniment for memories of a time and place in which the listener forms memories. With the release of your debut album, a very diverse compilation of sound and style, how and where did you envision this LP to be heard?

What I wanted is to create an album that could be played at clubs/bars and also at home as something to relax to. I come from a Dance music background and it’s important for me that people are able to dance to my music. Especially at shows, I can’t imagine gigs being nearly as fun if everyone just sat down and listened instead of dancing.

TMN: What are some of the inspirations behind your sound? Is there a theme you find yourself abiding by in your style of music? 

I drew a lot of inspiration from travelling round Europe for the first time, soaking up my surroundings and being amongst different cultures. Genre-wise, I’ve been influenced by early 90s Trance music, The ED Banger French Electro movement and then guys like J-Dilla Flying Lotus, M83, Moby.

TMN: Which element, from a sample to an entire genre, do you feel you own as a producer and can be remembered for?

I think I bridge that gap between the underground beatsy electronica scene and mainstream music. I like to think of myself as someone who writes experimental pop music, something thats unique, yet still appeals to a wide audience.

TMN: What is your routine for composing a song and its original elements? With what type of equipment?

I usually start with a beat or a chord progression and then I’ll write a melody over the top of that. Everything’s written on my laptop with a copy of Ableton Live, some synthesizers and a dope set of speakers. I just invested a bit of money into my set up, before it was really basic but now I’m getting some toys for the studio.

TMN: Were you always considered “Flume”? If you had other projects, what aspects of them (personal/creative) have carried into your current music?

Yes, my other project is called What So Not. My roots are in Dance Music and this is my creative outlet for that. I couldn’t do one without the other, I need to write a variety of music to stay sane and keep the creative energy high.

Insane feat. Moon Holiday
HyperParadise (Flume Remix)
Van She
Idea Of Happiness (What So Not Remix) (OUT NOW ON MODULAR)

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