[Event Review/Preview] Boatylicious 2014 + Christmas in July

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A few weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to go boogie the night away with the Take 2 Entertainment crew for the return of Boatylicious. After experiencing the ultimate dance party of the Summer, I was convinced that I would never want to attend another event that wasn’t on some sort of boat. Before the boat departed from the dock, everyone on board S.S. Boatylicious got their drinks and headed up to the top deck to check out the gorgeous view of Long Beach, CA. With Sam Hiller and Kid B. spinning in the background, I found myself grooving all the way around the boat until my cup was empty.

As the sun began to set, the music shifted from an ambient and smooth vibe into a more club-like atmosphere that had everyone up on their feet dancing the night away. With artists like Moon Boots, Yolanda Be Cool, The Interns, Sam Hiller, Kid B., aRod, and Ruby Sparks, I was bound to experience the best of the best beats of all time. I have never had the chance to see both Moon Boots or Yolanda Be Cool and Boatylicious gave me the opportunity to listen to my music idols and intimately connect with everyone on board. There were a couple of other artists that definitely made me turn my head multiple times throughout the night and I just want to give a big shout out to both Kid B. and Sam Hiller once again for setting the mood at the beginning of the night – those dudes sent me straight to funky town and i’m pretty sure I still haven’t returned. Overall, Take 2 Entertainment threw down a bitchin’ party and I could not have had a much better time than I did that night; plus, I was on boat with a bunch of beautiful people who genuinely love good music…who could say no to that opportunity?

After that successful night, Take 2 Entertainment decided to surprise us all with ANOTHER Boatylicious event that will be departing the docks to cruise along the Long Beach Harbor this Saturday, July 26th. With a ‘Christmas in July’ theme and a line-up to knock you overboard, it’s imperative that you make your way out to this side of town and experience something truly magical. Hitting the decks this time around are legendary producer/DJ’s: Viceroy, Jessie Andrews, Bones, Troy Kurtz, Hendo, Bees Knees, Kid B., Shae B, and Wilks Music. If Viceroy, Jessie Andrews, or Kid B. don’t give you enough incentive to buy a ticket, then maybe a little introduction to their music will make you think twice. If you didn’t take advantage the first time, then make sure you grab a spot on one of the party buses so you can party and stay safe all at once; trust us, it was well worth the extra few bucks!

If you want to experience the party of a lifetime, then hop aboard S.S. Boatylicious and grab your tickets here and make sure to check out the entire schedule on Take 2 Entertainments website for bus arrivals and departures!

Here are a few songs from some of my personal favorite artists on this weekend’s line-up.

Viceroy:

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The Life Feat. Penguin Prison
Mystery Skulls
Ghost (Viceroy Remix)

Jessie Andrews:

Jessie Andrews
You Wont Forget Tonight Feat. Comets We Fall
Slim Fit Jeans

Troy Kurtz:

Casino Gold
All I Need (Troy Kurtz Remix)
The Rolling Stones
Miss You (Troy Kurtz & Pirate Stereo Mix)

Bees Knees:

Kill Paris
Falling In Love Again Feat. Marty Rod & Alma (Kill Paris & Bees Knees Keytar Mix)
Robin Thicke
Blurred Lines ft. T.I., Pharrell (Bees Knees Remix)
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[Chill/Future/Trap] The Weeknd – Often (Free n Losh Remix)

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The Weeknd
Often (Free n Losh Remix)

Rolling off of the wave of success experienced on their first original release, “Lost”, Free n Losh have returned to remix “Often” from one of R&B’s most intriguing artists, and a favorite of quite a few Ninjas here; The Weeknd. Perhaps some of the most versatile electronic producers at the moment with credits on Mac Miller tunes, an official Pretty Lights remix and multiple trips to the almighty Hype Machine Top Ten charts through gleaming and cutting edge takes on dance genres; Free n Losh have peeled back yet another layer of their collective production psyche with this latest remix. The Canadian duo blends a distinct steel drum over a luscious two-step melody and  and layer it all seductively amongst a sea of contorted snare kicks and hi-claps for a sound completely their own. With every passing release Free n Losh continually impress the hell out of our ears, and this cut might be one of our favorite from their entire catalogue. Grab the free download here, and slip into something sexy for this one, it might get a little hot.

 

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Klingande – Jubel (Tube & Berger Remix) [TMN PREMIERE]

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Klingande
Jubel (Tube & Berger Remix)

Something about Pre-Friday just gets us all aflutter. Oh, you don’t know what Pre-Friday is? Well, given the close proximity to the weekend, we’ve decided to rename Thursdays as Pre-Fridays. It sounds like it’s so much closer to the weekend when you put it like that, right? Feel free to use that one, if you’d like.

As we dip our toes into the refreshing pool that is the almost-weekend, we’re of course looking for those vibe heavy tracks to get us primed and ready. Luckily for us, we have the opportunity to premiere this take on one of the hottest songs at the moment, “Jubel,” originally created by French deep house producer/DJ Klingande.

Deutschland duo Tube & Berger dialed up a completely different look and feel on this Ultra release, infusing a hollow kick drum, bolstered by rising pads to start things off. The beautiful bass line swings into deeper territory with all the pop danceability from the original, providing some almost nu-disco vibes to the mix. The original vocals, which were once light and airy, get pitched down with an almost masculine feel, creating the perfect compliment for the driving, deep synths you would expect in a club like Berlin’s Berghain.

Songs like this pair perfectly with a frosty adult beverage for your Pre-Friday festivities. Press play, take a sip, and relax – the weekend is almost here.

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[Melodic Trap] Adventure Club – Gold ft. Yuna (Candyland & REVOKE Remix)

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Candyland
Adventure Club- Gold (Candyland & REVOKE Remix)

If there is one song that truly captured all of our attention and helped prepare us for a weekend under the electric sky, it was “Gold” by Adventure Club. Notorious for making us want to cry and dance all at the same time, Adventure Club has definitely become an artist we’ve grown to love since day 1.

With “Gold” being a pivotal song for 2014, it was about time that someone put on their adult underwear and took on this emotional piece of art. Santa Barbara natives and beat masters, Candyland, decided to put their spin on this Adventure Club gem alongside the works of Venice resident, Revoke. The trio combined forces and turned the original feeler into something truly magical. Taking on a more melodic trap mindset, Candyland and Revoke each infused their unique sounds and created an euphoric experience full of heavy synths, heavenly kicks, and some 808′s to make us all literally feel some type of way.

Grab this tune while it’s hot and still free. We all love that glorious “F” word so take advantage of it while you can.

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[Progressive House] Tiger La – Now You Know (Bobby Green Remix)

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Tiger La
Now You Know (Bobby Green Remix)

It’s the middle of the week and the ninjas are biting at the bit to finish up the day and prepare for 2 more days of monotony at work. Just because we still have 2 days left doesn’t mean we aren’t allowed to get up and groove through our hump day the right way.

Just yesterday, Bobby Green dropped an insane new remix of Tiger La’s tune, “Now You Know”. Not only does it have a feel good melody, a synth heavy vibe, and a mellow tempo to help keep us sane, but it gives us a reason to drift away from our worries and spend a few minutes in a trance like state of mind. Bobby Green definitely takes us back to the 2007/2008 era of dance music with this one and we aren’t complaining in the slightest. Thanks Bobby, it’s not even Throwback Thursday and we’re already experiencing a serious wave of nostalgia.

 

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[Chill/House] Bad Suns – We Move Like The Ocean (Sebastian Carter Remix)

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Bad Suns
We Move Like The Ocean (Sebastian Carter Remix)

It’s so wonderful when two of our favorite acts from opposite ends of the musical spectrum come crashing together. So when 20 year old TMN favorite Sebastian Carter was tabbed to remix Bad Suns‘ latest single “We Move Like The Ocean”, it seemed like it was crafted specifically for us. Carter, who last graced our hallowed pages with a remix of The 1975′s “You“, tools with a simple but gorgeous piano chord progression that paints a buoyant feel on top of Bad Suns’ original track, and work even more gracefully with lead vocalist Christo Bowman’s authoritative incantations. Sebastian Carter has quickly become one of our favorite young dance producers, and we haven’t once been let down by his sultry brand of chilled-out house. Once again, this one is being gifted to us as a free download, so grab it here, slink back in your office chair or your couch at home and have a listen above.

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[Vibes] Dawn Golden – All I Want (Manila Killa Remix)

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Dawn Golden
All I Want (Manila Killa Remix)

There are numerous ways you can cure those mid-workweek blues. You could find ways to systematically annoy your boss. You could orchestrate a creative way to quit your job, forever living in YouTube lore (which is like for two weeks, in YouTube time). You could also have the ever-so-effective lunch beer. However, before you start spending too much time on any of those previously mentioned methods, we invite you to press play and relax. See? Isn’t all of your stress slowly melting away?

Celebrating his birthday in the complete opposite way than most do, which none of us can really seem to recall for some reason, Manila Killa has dialed up a sultry trop-house remix of Chicago sad boy Dawn Golden’s smash hit, “All I Want.” Creating an alternate universe where this intensely beautiful “cry into a glass of bourbon at home” song is now a whimsical escape, this transcontinental producer will inevitably make you smile, shake your hips and tap your foot. As an added bonus, we’re pretty sure tapping your foot will annoy your boss, which only adds to your overall enjoyment.

Snag this bad boy for free on Manila Killa’s soundcloud page and get over the hump. Just think, two more days till the weekend.

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