[Music Ninja Radio] Episode 155: Drive Time Mix w/ Jeremy Black

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Episode #155: Drive Time Mix w/ Jeremy Black

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This episode marks the return of our Drive Time Mix series featuring two hours of house / techno music mixed live. I played some recent favs for the first hour and the multi-talented Jeremy Black took over for the second. Jeremy’s selection was a mix of forward-thinking club tracks inspired by his semi-recent move to Berlin from SF and some of his own original unreleased cuts. If you dig his mix as much as I did, make sure to check out his work as part experimental electronic outfit Awefekt and look out for his solo album which is set to drop at the end of the year. If you’re not familiar with his fantastic former band Apollo Sunshine, give them a spin as well!
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[EDM] Juicy M vs. Subshock & Evangelos – Psyhaus

Juicy M vs. Subshock & Evangelos
Psyhaus

Now, the term “EDM” isn’t something we like to use to describe a record as a whole, however if we wrote psytrance and bass house, you might think us crazy. You might think Juicy M and Subshock & Evangelos crazy for making a track that smashes those sounds together, but they did it anyway and it’s a heater.

Released on Spinnin Records, the aptly named “Psyhaus” is basically two tracks in one. At first I thought it was a mash-up, but turns out this original came hot out the studio as is, sewing together two genres you wouldn’t really expect to hear together in this fashion. They took a risk and it worked out because this all out barrage of energy is just the kind of weird, unexpected thing dance music needs right now.

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[Trance] Submersive – Interdimensional Exploration EP

You’d be hard pressed to find a whole lot of trance in our archives, but every so often something comes through and catches our ear. The Los Angeles producer Submersive has done it yet again though, this time with his Interdimensional Exploration EP.

Complete with three tracks, including a collaboration with INFINX, the Interdimensional Exploration EP is an energetic dive into cosmic soundscapes and riveting rhythms. It genuinely feels like space rave music; it’s not hard imagining any of these singles in a sci-fi thriller. Like we said before, trance doesn’t usually find its way into the dojo but Submersive has the special touch. Grab his EP today.

’SUBMERSIVE – Rise Of The Machines (Original Mix)’
’SUBMERSIVE – The Covenant (Original Mix)’
’SUBMERSIVE & INFINX – Society (Original Mix)’
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[Music Video] SUBMERSIVE – Awaken

The trance-centric producer SUBMERSIVE came out with his single “Awaken” a couple of months ago, but now we’ve got an extension of the project thanks to a beautiful music video. If you enjoyed the song, then you’re going to be enamored by its visual partner.

“Awaken” isn’t your average trance record by any means. In choosing to do a music video for it, SUBMERSIVE really had to do something just as interesting and he nailed it with this natural wonder. Shot at Joshua Tree National Park, this video is mesmerizing for numerous reasons. Check it out now and grab the free download of the single.

Awaken is a song geared and stirring the spirit inside of you, so Joshua Tree National Park was the obvious choice of location for the music video. If you’ve ever been, I’m sure you’d agree; its a magical place. Almost like an alien world, free of nearly all traces of human society. The director, Beck Graben did a great job of capturing the essence of the song with a stunning visual accompaniment.” – SUBMERSIVE

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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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[House] Born Dirty – Crazy

Let’s disregard the week and start the fun early with “Crazy” by Born Dirty off Insomniac Records. This party-pumping jam is just what you need to shake off the cobwebs that have been forming on your fun since work/school started on Monday.

“Crazy” is a techno-inspired treat with old-school sounds that will bring you back to the glory days of dance music. It’s pure energy and fun, something that everyone could use a little bit of to get over the last little bit of the week. If you like what you’re hearing as much as us, then go on ahead and grab a copy of the single from digital platforms.

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Saro – Looking (City Father Remix) [TMN Premiere]

Saro
Looking (City Father Remix)

Today in the dojo we’ve got some good ol’ breakbeat for you. The Los Angeles producer City Father is making his debut with an official remix of “Looking” by Saro in this premiere. He’s looking to make a big splash and that’s just what could happen with his unique sound.

City Father is bridging the gap between club music you can dance to with music you can sit at home and listen to. It’s a weird dynamic on paper, but in reality it makes for a dynamic listen that allows the listener to take away what they wish from the song. With this remix, the funky industrial grooves are easily dance-able, but the song still has a chill feeling that makes this one good to keep you going throughout the day at the office. No matter where you are, you can enjoy this one. You heard it here first in the dojo!

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