[Trap/Future] DJ MUSTARD – DON’T BOX ME Vol. 1

DJ Mustard is well known for his memorable hip-hop beats, but that’s not all he’s capable of. It’s pretty obvious given his name that he can DJ, but as far as producing goes, DJ Mustard isn’t just here to make hip-hop. In fact, today we’re sharing with you a remix EP that sees him diving into electronic music.

In all honesty, once you produce hip-hop, making the switch to dance music isn’t all that hard, but writing great electronic music isn’t easy. With DON’T BOX ME Vol. 1, DJ Mustard did just that though with three remixes of tracks by Lil Uzi Vert, Childish Gambino and Khalid. With hints of trap and future, these tracks are anything but your usual DJ Mustard sounds. Stream them today and if you get a chance to check out DJ Mustard live, do it. In all likelihood you’ll be hearing these jams IRL!

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[Electronic] Drake – Passionfruit (A&G Remix) [Andrew Tejada Cover]

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Passionfruit (A&G Remix) [Andrew Tejada Cover]

With the recent Spotify boom and the decline of Soundcloud, the cover/remix package is becoming quite the go-to. One artist who has recently hopped on that with some success is A&G, who remixed Drake’s “Passionfruit” with the help of vocalist Andrew Tejada.

The tropically driven remix by A&G has a throwback sound to when the sub-genre was first circulating. It makes for a nice nostalgic Summer song. It’s got a chill vibe to it, but that doesn’t mean it wouldn’t make for a good record to get a party going. Dance-able and vivid, this new “Passionfruit” will be eaten up by party goers all season long. A&G released this one as a free download, so there’s no real reason to sleep on it.

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[Electronic] NoMBe – Young Hearts (Flapo Remix)

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Young Hearts (Flapo Remix)

Get ready to groove with Flapo‘s flip of “Young Hearts” by NoMBe. The remix comes to the internet as a free download and once you listen to this remix, you’ll be all over it.

Flapo had the fortunate opportunity to take a stab at “Young Hearts” and pulled through with an amazing turn around. This slow jam gem is going to be a go-to track in our Summer playlist, but it’s likely not going to be only found in ours. Although the Summer is taken over by high energy festival records, tracks like Flapo’s slide through and take our breathe away. Check it out today and make sure to grab the free download before you head out.

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[Electronic] Cashmere Cat – 9 (After Coachella) ft. MØ & SOPHIE (KRANE Remix)

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9 (After Coachella) ft. MØ & SOPHIE [KRANE Remix]

“With this one I sat down, didn’t overthink it and just had fun…” -KRANE via Pop Crush

Fun is the first word that comes to mind when listening to this record. Krane has taken the unique production of Cashmere Cat, the vocals of MO and style of SOPHIE and turned “9 (After Coachella)” into something completely original. This rising producer does a fantastic job of incorporating his own sounds of synths and hints of trap, separate of Cashmere’s funky plucks that permeate the original version. The flip creates an excitement and energy that is surely going to be found throughout the rest of the festival season. To top it all off this remix is available for FREE download here.

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[Electronic] Theia – Treat You (Sean Turk Remix)

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Treat You (Sean Turk Remix)

Sean Turk continues his trailblazing with another official remix. This time around he was tapped by Warner Music for a flip of “Treat You” by New Zealand’s Theia. Her vocal fits just right with Sean’s iconic sound, so good in fact that we hope this isn’t the only time we hear these two together.

“Treat You” in its new form is reminiscent of Sean’s bedroom bass signature, but still Sean seems to be adapting his sound and bringing it to new horizons. With this dynamic edge, Sean is establishing himself as one of the best while keeping himself distinguishable among the endless sea of producers. Look for Sean to take over the game, something he’s already well on his way to doing.

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[Electro] The M Machine – Talking Machine (WAVEDASH Remix)

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Talking Machine (WAVEDASH Remix)

As a producer, getting to work with or remix an idol is a dream come true. That dream came true for WAVEDASH who took on “Talking Machine” by The M Machine. Released on Mad Zoo, this official remix is just as awesome as you would imagine it would be.

With electro slowly but surely making its comeback, this flip plays right in line with the trend. WAVEDASH deliver a unique take on the track by taking their sound in a different direction, something that both The M Machine and Mad Zoo call for with their left-field catalogs. Instead of playing things safe, WAVEDASH took a chance on making something different and it paid off big time. This remix is hot, hot, hot! Get your copy of it today on the digital service of your choice.

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Trademark Talks NEW CITY Remix and More [TMN Interview]

So far Summer has been treating mashup, and DJ veteran Trademark well with a featured ‘Made in America’ playlist via YourEDM and a recent remix for NEW CITY’s “Dirty Secrets.” Trademark does a fantastic job of taking the soulful record by Pop/R&B Canadian producers NEW CITY and creating something airy for Summer, a perfect time for the chilled out synths and strong vocals that are prominent throughout. We imagine sand between our toes, warm nights and flickering fire flies and with Trademarks upbeat touch to the slower original he’s easily created our mental picture. We got a chance to catch up with Trademark about music industry challenges, his process in creating his recent hit, and more. Check it out below.

TMN: ​What h​ave​ been some of the more challenging aspects you have faced in music as years have passed? Production wise, booking wise, and general music industry?

Trademark: One of the most challenging aspects has been to balance my mashups and edits against other artists that have been strictly releasing original music. The music industry, especially in electronic music, sometimes has a negative reaction to artists that purely release mashups. It’s a fair point to some degree, but over the last nine years I’ve worked really hard on creating a brand that revolves around combing some of the best music out there into new songs. I’ve been fortunate to be able to work directly with artists and producers who recognize that what I’m releasing can get their music to new audiences, and having their permission to make these mashups is definitely validation that there’s a space for my music in the overall landscape. It’s only gotten more fun to play shows across the country where even if everyone in the room doesn’t know my music, I can surprise people with fresh takes on pop records and big dance tracks.

TMN: Your New City remix made it onto Kaskade’s Konnect playlist, congrats! How does it feel when artists of that caliber pick up your music? Who have been the ones you have ‘fan girled’ over the most when getting recognition for your music?

Trademark: ​Thanks! It’s always pretty crazy when a big artist gives you support on a track, and Kaskade was definitely one where I had to take a step back and realize how ​wild that was. For about a month straight, Tiesto was playing a new mashup of mine in each of his Club Life radio shows. Hearing him intro each of my tracks was a big fan girl moment for sure.

TMN: ​What was your artistic process like when creating the New City Remix?

​Trademark: I had been listening to NEW CITY’s other song, “Coachella” before I got the opportunity to remix “Dirty Secrets”, so I already had a lot of ideas about how to work with the record.​ I wanted to make sure I wasn’t overshadowing the vocals on the verses because they’re so strong on their own, but also give the track really solid percussion and a bouncy bassline. The hook really came out of a natural progression from the verse, adding the vocal chops and some big synths to round out the chorus. I think the finished product has a solid summer vibe to it, something easy to get carried away with making music this time of year.

TMN: ​​I’m sure you’ve acquired more influences as the years have passed, any current artists really motivating you right now?

​Trademark: I’ve been listening to a lot of Lost Kings, Elephante, Gryffin, Party Favor, and Cheat Codes. I try and put a lot of melodic elements in my mashups and now in my own productions, so keeping up with those five recently has been a good starting point for me to get inspired about keeping melody in ​whatever music I’m making.

TMN: You’re very well known for your mashups, mixes etc., is there any original music in the near future from you?

​Trademark: Absolutely. I’ve spent a lot of time working on my own productions and remixes over the last few years, getting ready to jump into fully original material. I want to make sure I’m giving my fans the best music possible, and I think everyone will be surprised with some of the new stuff rolling out soon.​

TMN: You’ve been DJing since about 2009, how do you keep it challenging? Anything new you’ve learned using the equipment?

Trademark: ​Every time I play a set I feel like I’m pushing myself to be more unique and creative. In 2009 I was playing long sets at bars or parties, maybe three or four hours at a time. Recently I’ve been playing for an hour or an hour and a half, but I’ve learned a lot from those extended shows about trying to shape my music over the course of a night. I try to never map out what I’m playing because it lets me make decisions on the fly and put together the best possible set. Working with the crowd is super essential to being a good DJ, and you limit yourself if you have a preconceived idea of what people will like.

TMN: What is your best advice on mastering the art of DJing and providing a great show for the crowd for those just starting out?

Trademark: ​I think everyone will tell you, jumping off of my last point, that you learn new things as you go. The best way to learn is to play as much as possible, and if you can get in front of a crowd ​that’s even better. I was lucky to have low pressure gigs early on like bars and small parties, but even when it was in front of just a few people, you’re still testing yourself in a live environment. Take every opportunity someone gives you to get out and play music, make those connections, and challenge yourself to do something different and exciting each set.

TMN: What are some things you know now that you wish you had known when you first started out?

Trademark: ​I’m not sure if there’s a specific set of things I wish I had known when I started, but ​it’s still amazing that I’ve been able to push this project into 2017 and beyond. The fans that have been there since 2008 have seen a trajectory that has never strayed far off from what I originally was doing. Music changes, but adapting without sacrificing your own vision entirely is a huge part of artists that have lasted a long time in the industry. I try to keep that in mind with everything I’m working on, and especially now with remixes and originals coming out, I want to always give my fans the best music possible.

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