Ariana Grande ft. Cashmere Cat
Be My Baby (EASY GIRL REMIX) Waxhole Exclusive
This song is about to be all over the blogosphere (and rightfully so), but I feel like I needed to be the Ninja to post this, as I’ve been following Easy Girl for years. The Angeleno producer has been in the remix game for quite some time, taking on industry favorites like Grimes, R Kelly, and TMN favorite Ellie Goulding. He has showcased his own brand of futuristic remixes in the past with a signature style of revamped percussion lines and vocal chops, but it seems to us like he’s onto something new. By taking on not only Ariana Grandbae, but her Cashmere Cat-produced single off her new album, Easy Girl is clearly trying to make a serious name for himself by taking on some great new challenges. Like most of his remixes, there’s certainly no shortage of reproduced synth lines to be found here, but it is a certified Easy Girl classic and something we’ll remember him by as he continues his meteoric rise to stardom.
Flume & Chet Faker
Drop the Game (Sweater Beats Remix)
There’s no denying that the Flume & Chet Faker collaboration from last year was one of 2013’s hottest tracks. It blended the two artists together; raw,soulful lyricism from Chet and sensational production chops from Flume. In a year when the Australian electronic music scene was bursting at the seams, we got our crowning achievement. Fast forward nine months and across the Pacific, and we now have this. Sweater Beats, well-known around the world for his work with the Symbols and HW&W crews, takes on “Drop the Game” and drops it on its head, changing it nearly instantly into an absolute heater. If you thought Flume’s work on the Lorde remix was next level, just wait until you hear this. I’m guaranteeing that this won’t be the last time you hear this song, or Sweater Beats.
Whether you have an ear for it or not, this actually a remix/heavily sampled original; and an incredible one at that. Ryan Farber may be slightly newer to the game, but every production he does is well-thought-out and quality over quantity seems to be the mantra with his distorted, dark take on house music. It’s very Jack Beats-esque, however the Philly kid turns it into a brand of its own. His latest endeavor takes the always classic Rick James anthem “Freak” and gives it a bit of chest hair and bass to boot. If you’re looking for something to start off your 5AM Los Angeles warehouse party with, this is your kind of song.
Sunlight feat. Years & Years (Blonde Remix)
As we continue trucking through the first few hours of TMN’s Blog-a-thon, it has became apparent that the best music seems to happen when our side of the world is busy sleeping away. With that being said, this friendly competition has allowed us to stay keen on the latest (literally) music that will soon make it’s way onto your newsfeed bright and early tomorrow morning. Just a few moments ago, one of our favorite artists, Blonde, just released their latest remix of The Magician’s “Sunlight featuring Years & Years”. Now, before you get your panties in a bunch, we need you to really prepare for one of the most mind-blowing remixes we’ve heard all week…maybe longer. Blonde never fails to take their productions to new heights, and “Sunlight” is just another remix to add to their resume. With its superb bassline and soaring vocal, these guys add some Vitamin D to the mix and makes us smile from ear to ear. All we really need to get through today is some Blonde (and maybe a beer), so get your dancing shoes out ninjas, it’s Friday and it’s time to get movin’.
Rudimental Feat. Ella Eyre
Waiting All Night (Kaptain Remix)
Whenever we see a Rudimental remix pop up on our newsfeed, they can either win the internet or burn it to the ground…there really is no in between. If you’ve been around long enough then you all might have picked up by now that we don’t post shitty music, so don’t worry because we have a ninja-approved Rudimental remix that will 100% change your life. San Francisco producer and Future Funk beat maker, Kaptain, gave us a run for our money with his latest remix of Rudimental and Ella Eyre’s, “Waiting All Night”. As soon as we pressed play, we felt as if we were listening to the next Griz and Pretty Lights of our time. Loaded with futuristic synth breakdowns, a heavy rolling bassline, and enough funk to shoot us back to our days of grooving at The DoLab at Coachella, Kaptain re-works “Up All Night” into something that literally makes want to stay up and get silly. Make sure to add this remix to your collection of freebies and get funky on this fantastic Friday, ninjas!
Promiseland (Stint Remix)
When a tune sweeps its listener off of their feet within the first four bars there might not be anything more beautiful to most of us here at TMN. Such was the case when we got our Ninja hands on the latest remix from one of the freshest sounding artists to grace TMN this year, Stint. The way he’s contorted and twisted Canadian alt-popper Sebell’s “Promiseland” is nothing short of captivating, and we were in hook, line and sinker the moment we got our first taste of his two-step melody. But, obviously the centerpiece to Stint’s alluring rhythm comes in the form of an instrument we never thought would make an appearance on TMN post SBTRKT’s self titled LP; the Kalimba – which is essentially a scaled down harp, sometimes referred to as a “finger harp” or “thumb piano”. The aural ambience set by such an assuming instrument, dispersed amongst such a well composed sea of electronicism and R&B was one of the best pieces we’ve heard all month; so do your ears a solid and pick this one up for free here.
Botnek & 3LAU
Vikings (Bixel Boys Remix)
Is it just us, or are Bixel Boys blowing everything they touch out of the water? The Los Angeles House duo are on a roll and don’t seem to have any intentions of stopping their groove just yet. Released on Dim Mak Records two days ago, Bixel Boys took on the heavy electro anthem, “Vikings”, by Botnek and 3LAU. Now, if you’ve heard the original, then you might agree that it resembles both Botnek’s absurdity and 3LAU’s electro flair; this time around, Bixel Boys added their signature touch to give this track a refreshing re-work to get our feet dancin’. Full of “smattering spacey synths, delicate drum kicks, and groovy basslines,” Bixel Boys transform “Vikings” from fist pumps to hip swerves in a matter of seconds. These two are out to prove that they’re in the works of changing everything we know about House music. Pre-order your copy on iTunes today and get all loosy goosy with this one, ninjas.