Techno producer, and “Queen of the Underground” Nicole Moudaber is getting set to release her debut LP Believe in a few days on Drumcode. Us lucky ninjas were sent the advance stream, and we couldn’t think of a better way to get the ball rolling this Thursday. Totaling nine tracks, Believe is fit for a number of moods and settings. Featured is her patented techno sound, but a plethora of other styles as well, from tech-house to the deeper end and more in between. With such an ambitious release, Miss Moudaber has arranged a complete piece of work that puts all of her considerable studio skill at the forefront of the underground movement.
The album’s opener, a percussive, synth-heavy record “Lumière Tamisée” brings us down to earth before blasting back off on an iridescent listening journey with an expressive cascade of rhythm in “Movin’ On”. No doubt, some tracks were aimed squarely at the dance-floor like the pounding cut “Come and Lay” which includes an asymmetric vocal sample from the woman herself sprinkled all over an industrial techno groove, to the magnetic and bass heavy “Do Your Thing”. Techno afficionados and casual fans alike will be able to find some piece of Believe that will feel like their own. Nicole further displays her production chops on a few more intimate cuts to round out the long-player; the entrancing vibes of “Fly With You” and the uplifting “Liberium Spirita”.
Believe is a consummate body of work with which Nicole’s considerable abilities in the studio are clear for all to hear. A wide-range of sounds that is sure to appeal to the overly idiosyncratic tastes of the various reaches of the electronic music community. Furthermore, it lives up to the high-standards of previous Drumcode albums and is an engrossing and impressive debut; not to mention one which offers a smooth segue into the next chapter of an already exciting career. Stream Believe in its entirety below.
Don’t let the name fool you here; this isn’t your typical LupeFiasco. If you’ve been following Lupe on Twitter over the last couple of months, you’ll no doubt have noticed that his feelings towards hip-hop haven’t exactly been positive lately. Accordingly so, it seems he’s decided to take a brief break from rap music to pursue his SNDCLSH side-project alongside partner Sky Gellatly. Although it may seem strange to fans of Lupe, this isn’t his first time branching out from the rap game, as he also had a rock band known as Japanese Cartoon not too long ago.
Similar to his work on Japanese Cartoon, Lupe takes over the role of lead vocalist here as well. “Thieves” is definitely an admirable effort from a man most wouldn’t associate with electronic music outside of his mixtapes. Then again, that’s what might have helped make this transition so natural for him. Lupe described how the evolution from emcee to DJ first began in an interview early last year,
I got an offer to DJ like a year-and-a-half ago,” he reveals. “It was something that I was good at, so it was like I got tired of playing other people’s music so it’s like, I might as well make my own dance music. It should be good.”
Seems like a simple enough answer from a man as talented as Lupe. Why don’t you judge for yourself by taking a listen to the single above? If you like it, make sure to check out some more SNDCLSH material over on their SoundCloud and grab the single on iTunes.
For the year and a half, fans have been teased with some quality fun and flirtatious sounds from British artist Charli XCX, such as her latest single “What I Like” (above). This week, she stops the teasing and delivers a full stream of her upcoming effort True Romance. The impressive LP brings together her usual synth-heavy sound mixed with some aggressive and charming beats that blend well with her vocal range. This 13-track album, due out April 16th, is definitely worth a listen and gives the listener a great taste of her singing skills and unique sound. Check it out below.
Well ninjas, we’re back from our trip to Miami. We wish we could have stayed the whole time, but that would have resulted in empty pockets and a necessary liver transplant. There are so many highlights to the trip, from the amazing interviews to the mind blowing sets. It was one hell of a trip. So, we’re going to run you through a day by day recap, so we can share with you some of our favorite moments.
THE PARTY BEGINS
We arrived in Miami and had to hustle down to Ultra as our flight was a little bit late. Upon arriving we immediately headed over to the main stage to catch Fedde Le Grand. We’ve seen Fedde play on numerous occasions, but seeing him on this level was spectacular. His set was what would be expected; energetic and housey. Following Fedde was Afrojack, who we have to be honest, did have a hiccup. We love Afrojack, and his sets are always filled with dirty dutch beats that fill the dance floor (or in this case, grassy area). We’re not sure if the sound system had a glitch or not, but there was definitely a little “oops” by someone involved. With that being said, Afrojack is a consummate pro, and recovered nicely.
Fedde Le Grand Live @ Ultra Music Festival 2013 Miami
Next up was Swedish House Mafia, which was an emotional moment. Yes, we know. In the music industry, a farewell show is rarely a true farewell show. However, knowing that one of the biggest names in EDM was playing one of their final sets for a while (minus their set this Sunday) was a moving thing to see. Especially when you factor in the massive and awe inspiring stage set up that only added to the theatrics of the experience. In a sea of PLURred out people, SHM threw down an incredibly memorable set. There was nothing quite like seeing the smiles spread across people’s faces as they belted our the vocals to their favorite tune.
Swedish House Mafia Live at Ultra Music Festival, Day 6 (WMC
After their set, we had to hustle over to Project Miami. Unfortunately there was an issue with the permits for this show, so the main stage they had built in the patio area couldn’t be used. While we were disappointed that we didn’t get to see Project 46, Cold Blank, and Spencer and Hill grace the decks, we did get to hang out with some of our favorite smaller artists. We caught part of Nexus’ set, as well as Lazerdisk Sex Party, and had a nice chat with Bailey Smalls. While this wasn’t the mind blowing line up that you catch at Ultra, these guys are talented, and had some pretty hard, fun, and party inducing sets. After a handful of tequila shots, we were ready to call it a night.
COCONUT WATER, SUGAR FREE RED BULL AND TRUNK LIQUOR
Coconut water should have a permanent spot on every Miami-goers list of necessities. It certainly saved my life. Saturday morning we headed into South Beach to the Anjunabeats Pool Party. Upon arriving we immediate dove into our first interview for the trip, Andrew Bayer. After a quick chat with Andrew, we knew we were going to enjoy his set. And we did. Andrew’s new music is a little more glitchy and ambient, but he blends it seamlessly with bigger club tracks to create an experience that’s true to his art form and kept the party going.
Next up to interview was Norin and Rad. Almost immediately after that, we interviewed Tritonal. Both DJ/Producer duos were incredibly nice, humble and down to earth. But, after two interviews in a row, we were ready to head back out to the pool party. The next few hours were a blend of cocktails, talking to TMN fans. dancing on a sand dance floor and listening to two of our favorite performance of the trip, Mat Zo and Seven Lions. Mat Zo’s set was progressive, energetic and dancy. Seven Lions on the other hand stayed true to his form by throwing down a ridiculous dubstep set. If we have to say anything about this party is that Anjunabeats did one hell of a job putting together a unique and interesting group of producers who kept the crowd’s attention through the entire sun soaked day.
After Seven Lions set, we realized we needed to head back over to Ultra, as one of our ninjas wanted to catch Deadmau5′s set. We asked some random party people for a ride back across the bridge and hustled down to Ultra. Before we went over to the main stage though, we had to stop by the fabled media yacht for a quick glimpse. We know that press areas aren’t the most interesting things to our readership, but we have to at least give a shout out to the good people at Ultra for giving us a quiet comfy space to interview in. On top of the cushy digs, we also ran into long time TMN supporter, Tommy Sunshine.
Deadmau5 at Ultra Music Festival, Miami 16.03.2013
After a quick chat with Tommie we hustled over to catch the Deadmau5. Mau5 opened up with Superliminal which was the perfect track to get everyone warmed up. The long build up created an amazing atmospheric build up was traditional Mau5 to the tee. The only thing that threw us for a loop was when Zedd came on stage wearing pink undies and suspenders. Most of the crowd could care less, and niether could we. It broke up the serious party vibe and provided a laugh. Forty minutes into Mau5′s set we realized we had to hustle out and catch a bus back over to South Beach to interview Thomas Gold.
After being let off near our parking garage, we hustled in and changed. Yeah, that’s right. When you’re working Ultra and WMC you have to get kind of crafty. Knowing that we had to interview Thomas Gold at the W, we planned ahead and brought dress clothes. So, after we suited up, and took a shot of fireball from the trunk, we started walking down. It was at this moment when Thomas’ management texted us and asked where we were. We immediately relalized that walking 13 blocks could not be done in 10 minutes. We started sprinting.
After running through the streets of South Beach we arrived at the W Hotel. Thomas was sitting on the couches, enjoying a cappucino with his management team. We charged in out of breath and sat down. The interview went extremely well, and had plenty of light hearted moments where the entire group was laughing. Score. As we concluded, we walked over to the hotel bar and ordered a celebratory mojito. We sat outside, and reflected on one hell of a day. Four interviews, a pool party, Ultra, and the W Hotel. Holy shit! Shortly after our blogger self-reflection moment, we headed into WALL.
Aside from Thomas’ incredible set, this venue was actually not that impressive. It was oversold, crowded, drinks were outrageously expensive, and who ever was doing sound clearly had 40% hearing loss. Look, we’re all for loud music, especially when we’re tipsy. But this was ear splitting loud. Regardless, we powered through and danced our way through the night with people in income brackets we envied. Class warfare aside, it ended up being one hell of a party.
DO WE REALLY HAVE TO BE AROUND PARTY PEOPLE AGAIN?
We know, we know. It’s Ultra. It’s WMC. We knew we were going to have to be around party people the entire time, but shit! After partying from 2pm – 5am, sprinting through the streets of South Beach, you’re going to be a little jaded. After a quick rejuvenating procession of coconut water, sugar free redbull, and a pick me up of Fireball, we were ready to head down to Ultra. This time though, it was going to be a little bit different because we were finally seeing the grounds in the sun.
When we got to Ultra we took the opportunity to head down to the Mega Structure since we yet to see a show there. Coincidentally enough, the man playing was who we had just seen less than 12 hours ago, Thomas Gold. Thomas’ set was once again entertaining, energetic, and non stop. Even the tired legs of the third day of Ultra were no match for his beats, as exhausted party people danced their asses off and furiously pumped their fists.
After watching TG for a while we wandered over to the Carl Cox and Friends Stage to catch 12th Planet. On the walk over our we were talking to our friend who had never experienced trap live before. Yes, there are a few out there that still exist. 12th Planet was honestly one of the most entertaining shows we had seen. He of course played his traditional filthy dubstep, but the trap infusions throughout the set had people going absolutely crazy.
After raging to some heavy bass, we made our way back over to the mainstage. For the next few hours we caught sets from Arty, Tommy Trash, Wolfgang and Aoki. While we were absolutely exhausted, all of these producers absolutely killed it. We heard amazing unreleased tracks left and right, and were close enough to the stage to get a great experience.
A SENSE OF NORMALCY
Monday was the only day that resembled a normal vacation. We met up with a friend of ours and did all of the normal vacation stuff; walked down the beach, ate sushi, etc. After a long walk around South Beach we were once again ready to be around party people again. This time around we were heading to the Chris Lake/Michael Woods show to interview.
Prior to the interview we stood backstage with some of the artists we’ve posted on in the past. Tommie Sunshine was there again, the Disco Fries, Mak J, Victor Niglio, Carnage, TJR, and the list goes on. At one point the DJ booth was crowded with Carnage, TJR, Michael Woods and Chris Lake. All of four of them were just yelling, laughing, taking turns and having a blast. It was one of those experiences that we’ll never forget.
After Michael had his fun on the decks, we went out front to chat. This was definitely the most fun we had all weekend long as far as interviewing someone goes. Michael is a party animal, and isn’t scared to laugh and have a good time.
BRUISED AND BEATEN, WE HEAD HOME
Miami was once hell of an experience. Not only was Ultra the most amazing music festival we’ve been to, with the most amazing set designs and the best DJs in the world, but it was an experience unlike any other. Ultra and WMC were like a huge get together with all of the who’s who in EDM. We ran into tons of TMN fans, DJs who we’ve featured, and just fun people in general. If there’s one experience we ask you to do as an EDM fan before you die, it’s experiencing Ultra and WMC. It’s truly unlike anything else you’ll experience.
Being a Top 25 Club from DJ Mag comes at no surprise as Beta Nightclub has been featuring an amazing array of talent this summer, and this weekend is once again no exception.
Being regulars at Beta, we figured we should share their line up with you, in hopes that you’ll come down and rage with us. Also, just like last time, we have arranged for something special.
MUSIC NINJAS GET FREE COVER
For the shows Thursday, Friday and Saturday, make sure you bring your phone with you. If you’re 21+, get there before 11pm, and show them this post on your phone – your cover is comped. Just make sure to enter through the front door, and not the side VIP entrance. Can’t wait to see you down there!
We don’t post trance all that often here on TMN, but when we do, you know it’s 100% solid gold. The uncontested heavyweight championship of trance, Armin van Buuren has teamed up with ravey big boys W & W for a monster of a track. So, why did we like this so much? Well, the production value is obviously insane, but sometimes that’s not enough. Is it the names associated with it? Surely, you jest. You know TMN won’t post something just because of who produced it. No, we are posting this track because it’s just simply eargasmic.
The three producers have managed to created a menage a trois of gorgeous melodic trance, buzzing electro drops, and a gigantic festie filling sounds in “D# Fat.” This is one of those tracks you yearn to hear as your exhausted legs dance through the night with thousands of other festival goers. While this probably won’t get a ton of club play due to it’s monstrous nature, you can guarantee that you’ll hear it at Ultra, Tomorrowland, Coachella, Creamfields, EDC, and every other major festival in existence. Head over to Beatport and pick this gem up, press play and get taken away.
Armin van Buuren & W&W D# Fat (Original Mix)(backontop)
Well as another month passes we have to say goodbye to Mr Justin Blau, or as we like to call him EDM mastermind 3LAU. What a month it has been and the whole team at TMN would like to give one last shout out to Justin and say we can’t wait to see how the year unfolds for you and obviously can’t wait to see you perform wherever ninjas are present!
For this last week we have the 5 tracks that Justin is rocking to when he gets a free minute from dropping his own beats and here they are:
James Zabiela – The Healing
GTA, Henrix, Digital Lab – Hit It (Original Mix)
Paul Oakenfold & Project 46 – Higher feat. Daphne
Alex Kenji & Leon Bolier – Trumpets (Leon Bolier Club Mix)
Nick Double – Aptus (Original Mix)
A man who can spin a wicked tune also listens to some amazing beats. Justin, keep 3LAU-in up everything you touch. Much love.