[Electronic] Lil Skies – Nowadays (Snugs Remix)

Lil Skies
Nowadays (Snugs Remix)

Nothing makes my day more than when I come across new, groundbreaking artists, so when I first listened to this remix by Snugs, I couldn’t help but smile. With only four tracks out on Soundcloud, this act has managed to garner over 400k plays, and it’s pretty easy to see why.

This remix holds onto all the great aspects of the original song, while also changing certain things in the best ways possible. With smooth synths, wild vocal chops, and groovy drums, the ingenuity of this track is next level. I’m so happy I found these guys on my Soundcloud feed because they’re definitely going places.

Oh, and if you’re not grabbing a free download of this right now, I don’t know what you’re doing.

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Busta Rhymes feat. Pharrell – Light Your Ass On Fire (Nick Evol Remix) [TMN Premiere]

Nick Evol
Light Your Ass On Fire (Nick Evol Remix)*Free Download*

“Light Your Ass On Fire” was the major collaboration between Busta Rhymes and Pharrell from 2003. Now in 2018, instead of jamming out to the hip-hop original, we’re getting down and dirty with the electro version thanks to Nick Evol.

The dojo welcomes Nick yet again for another premiere, this time of his dark, energetic cut of the aforementioned hit. In keeping with an electro inspired sound, Nick further establishes himself in the bass scene as a unique tangent to the sounds of Rezz and her forerunners. With this take he keeps his sharp industrial edge which we have come to love. With subtle hints of the original hi-hop beat, the blend of genres is riveting. Lastly, Nick Evol dropped this one as a free download!

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[Electronic] Franke – Bad Tattoo (ZAXX Remix)

Franke
Bad Tattoo (ZAXX Remix)

If you’re an up and coming vocalist, picking the right producer for a remix is crucial. Franke did the right thing and tapped ZAXX for a flip that is going to blow you away like it did us.

You know when you have a great song, then you get to the end and something just comes in and wrecks your mind in the best way possible? That’s exactly what happens here. ZAXX made all the right moves from start to finish on this record and it shows in the result. “Bad Tattoo” went from a catchy, poppy hip-hop hit to an unforgettable bass track that could be two songs in one if ZAXX wanted to split things up, but he trusted his gut for this next level take.

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Balkan Bump – Aymo Feat. Talib Kweli (Sidecar Tommy Remix) [TMN Premiere]

Balkan Bump
Aymo Feat. Talib Kweli (Sidecar Tommy Remix)

Today marks the release of the Aymo Remixes pack from Balkan Bump. The Talib Kweli collaboration is one of the most unique tracks of the year, showcasing the trumpet enthusiast’s signature sound.

The Oakland creative Sidecar Tommy took on that very track and flipped it into his own special treasure, one that we’re cherishing right along side you in its premiere here. His take is a bit more glitchy and bass-driven than the original, making it the ultimate energetic counterpart. You’re hearing it first here in the dojo and after you enjoy Sidecar Tommy’s take, go on ahead and check out the full EP.

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[Event Review] Grooving Through Wonderland

Looking at the NOS Event Center from the outside, you’d never think that Insomniac would be able to transform the traditional fairgrounds into the Alice & Wonderland themed massive event that it is.

It was somewhere between walking into the Queen’s Domain Stage for the first time, with royal banners draped down from a regal dome and the stained-glass windows of a virtual castle dance on the huge Main Stage LED screens; Between fairytale teapot art cars that stood comically 15ft high just outside with their caretakers fresh out of mind-bending tea party with the mad hatter himself; and between watching every rendition of Wonderland’s vibrant characters stream into the venue all around me that I realized I had already I had already tripped and fallen deep into the Rabbit Hole.

The event was outstanding, even through a chilly rain the first day. If anything the stages had even more memorable crowds with everyone dancing and staying in cover to keep warm and dry.

The Mad Hatter’s Castle was the favorite music stage this year, featuring outrageous sets from the likes of R3HAB, Electric Mantis, Black Tiger Sex Machine, & Australian artist Just A Gent. Christofi dropped an awesome, intimate set early on Day 2 at the Queens Domain that went off too. Personal best set of the weekend? Valentino Khan.

With VIP experiences being hit or miss, I was excited to see what this years looked like. The Gypsy Shrine was there in all their glitter & jewels making people fabulous and there was a massive recreated mad hatter tea party table for photo ops. What truly stood out as I explored the space was an explosion of what was referred to as “wellness technology”.

A massive spinning bed that rotated 13 times per minute to balance the body’s equilibrium. Light therapy masks. Vibrating beds known as SoundLounges. Virtual Reality Experiences. Live Art. An Augmented Reality wall. The list goes on, but I was blown away.

The Courtiers were brought in by Insomniac to curate the space known as ‘The Quantum Lounge’ and they partnered with a company in the emerging cryptocurrency space called Swarm Fund to do it. The Virtual Reality was using the game Sound Self, where the object is to fill objects with your voice. Using tones, fractal patterns actually respond to the user’s voice to create intricate, hypnotic patterns. It was a trip watching how people interacted with the game, with one girl singing into the game creating incredible patterns.

After my experience there, I moved onto the SoundLounge. I was given headphones and laid down on a futuristic black bed, choosing a 5 minute audio track called “Abundance” that had been designed by a doctor to facilitate relaxation in the body. Almost instantly after I was placed in the lounge and the track started, I could feel a massive bass wave pulse through the my body and drop all tension away. It was way beyond my expectations, with one guest sitting up saying it was one of the best festival experiences they’d ever had.

I spent more time here engaged than any other VIP space I can remember. The live art was truly outstanding and left plenty of room to lounge around on light-up, fiberglass pods that were essentially art installations and seating at the same time. The Quantum Lounge was a perfect recharge and entertainment experience that every VIP experience could look to for inspiration. Truly the last piece of the puzzle to bring me fully into Wonderland and send me back onto the festival dance floor feeling my best.

All in all Beyond Wonderland was an awesome event, and a perfect introductory experience for me – showcasing how far they’ve come in the event’s 8yr run. With an amazing lineup, art installations, stages, and an outrageous VIP I left remembering why I come to these events. To connect with myself and the other amazing humans that call this otherworldly combination of music and immersive art home.

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[Get Crunk] Friday Party Playlist (Vol 292)

This week we were feeling extra dirty. We’ve got the usual batch of records, but instead of twelve, we’re dropping thirteen, because… well, if you can’t figure out why then you need a calendar. We start the pre-game with tracks from 5 & A Dime and Carter Cruise, then move right into the party with music from some of our favorite producers including HVDES, Birthdayy Partyy, TYNAN and many more. We’re going all night long with these and even though you can’t join us physically, let’s all rage together in our various locations under this one playlist. Party hard, stay safe!

’I Got What You Need (5 & A Dime Mega Mashup)’
’Carter Cruise – literally like yeah ft. stumby’
’Burn The Witches ( HVDES Rob Zombie Tribute) – HVDES’
’Lil Jon – Snap Yo Fingers (Birthdayy Partyy Remix)’
’Qlank – Hollow’
’Jack Squire – Misfits ft. Dax London’
’Saint Punk – Daddy’
’Wuki – Chop It ft. Bri Berlay (Blvk Sheep Remix’
’ATLiens – Interstellar (Feat. Sara Skinner) (TYNAN Remix)’
’HEKLER & Gladez – 404’
P0gman & HAMi – ‘DEM BOI’S’
’ATLiens – Witch Doctor (G
REX & PEEKABOO Remix)’
’PEEKABOO – Filthy Animal (sfam remix)’
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[House] Lil Jon – Snap Yo Fingers (Birthdayy Partyy Remix)

Lil Jon
Snap Yo Fingers (Birthdayy Partyy Remix)

It seems as though Birthdayy Partyy have an unlimited cache of quality remixes. Their latest calls for more than just snapping your fingers, it needs your whole body. That’s right, we’re talking “Snap Yo Fingers” by Lil Jon, the 2006 classic.

When Birthdayy Partyy drop something, it’s hard to guess where they’re gonna go. You’d think with this hip-hop hit they’d go trap, but to our surprise they went all out with a bassy G-house production. It’s not what you’d expect, but it blows you out of the water with its vivid grooves. Leave it to these twins to knock your socks off. And as usual, they released this one as a free download.

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