[House/Garage] Mary Mary – Shackles [Praise You] (Dennis Kruissen Remix)

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Shackles [Praise You] (Dennis Kruissen Remix)

After what was a fairly heavy weekend of darker, more Halloween appropriate sets on the dancefloor for this writer, we thought what better way to pace our Monday morning than with a bit of soulful, classic leaning house music from Amsterdam’s Dennis Kruissen. Taking Mary Mary‘s “Shackles [Praise You]“, Kruissen chose an absolutely fitting vocal to tip his production hat to the genre defining house records emanating from Chicago in the mid 80′s to early 90′s. Mary Mary’s booming and expressive reverberations get wrapped up in a tightly spun grand piano line, further establishing the tune’s new-age taste of time-honored dance arrangement; while the popping garagey synth progression slides front and center, hooking its listener with a simple arpeggiated loop. This one has us scooting all over the office today, so if house and dance fit into your listening repertoire, do yourself a solid and hit play above. Grab the free download of Dennis Kruissen’s “Shackles” remix here.

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[House] Nause – Another You (Sonny Alven Remix)

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Another You (Sonny Alven Remix)

“Another You”, an already amazing release from Swedish duo Nause, has just been handed over to the young talent that is Sonny Alven for a remix.

Alven straight away brings in a warm and lilting sound to the remix, showcasing a palette of mellow textures throughout. The bass line is introduced early on as a soft, simple, yet effective part that fits with ease around the rest of the song. Other atmospheric elements such as the keys and live guitar help bring this piece to life, as the song develops throughout its entirety. A welcomed pause arrives as the vocal led breakdown billows slowly to a final climax of deep and dazzling groove.

This remix is spectacular and utilises all that is memorable from the original creation. It should also put the Norwegian producer, who is just twenty, on the map. “Another You” is available to buy via Svenska Inspelningar/Universal Music from October 24th (worldwide) and 28th (US).

 

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Get To Know: Kove [TMN Exclusive Interview]

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There is definitely something about Kove. The UK based producer and DJ who was spotted by Chase & Status and snapped up by their label MTA Records, has seen a meteoric rise to popularity. Perhaps it’s the way he seamlessly moves from genre to genre – whether it’s the euphoric summer D&B anthem that was 2013′s ‘Searching’ or the classy house beat that was the recent ‘Way We Are’, if you hear a Kove tune on the dance floor, you will know about it. Now about to embark on a US tour supporting Netsky, he leaves his epic ‘Murmurations’ EP to continue doing the rounds across the globe. We caught up with Kove, otherwise known as James Rockhill, to get the lowdown from the man himself.

Having had such success from ‘Way We Are’ over the summer, did you feel an added pressure for the release of this next EP?

Not really, ‘Murmurations’ was really a response to ‘Way We Are’. Most of the tracks had featured in my sets over the Summer and I wanted to make something that was more focused on the underground.

‘Murmurations’  has a huge array of musical influences throughout; do you feel like this is a fair representation of you as an artist?

Certainly, I wanted to put something out that combined a bit of everything that was exciting me about music and I think ‘Murmurations’ reflects that. The way an EP is formatted, you can really throw anything in and not worry about the flow and context like you would with an album.

‘Feel Love Again’ is breathtaking, how did the collaboration come about and how was the process of working with (drum and bass producer) Dimension?

I’ve known Dimension for a while now and we’ve spent a lot of time in the studio. Normally we tend to muck about a bit, but with ‘Feel Love Again’ we really came together and combined our sounds perfectly I think. I came up with a basic loop and we pretty much finished it up in a day at his studio.

You have been delving in and out of the slower tempo bass/house music for some time now, what is currently your favourite genre to produce, play out and listen to?

I go through phases so quickly. I started making music at lower tempos before I started making D&B. I had been listening to and making a lot of house over the last few months but I was hit with a pretty bad period of writers block, so I started making D&B again, which has been really exciting.

‘VCO’ has seen you delve into garage style bass; will we be seeing more of this from future releases?

I never really try and predict what I’ll be putting out next but I’m enjoying the simplicity of making tunes like ‘VCO’. I also love a lot of the music that’s coming out from the side of the genre like My Nu Leng and Chris Lorenzo’s output.

When playing your live shows, has there been one track from the EP that goes off more than the others?

‘Feel Love Again’ has been going down really well, I think it’s probably the closest to my earliest output –  plus its a great tune for those huge double drops!

Where did the inspiration come from for the creation of ‘Still High’?

I’d been listening to a lot of film scores and ambient music so really wanted to try and transfer some of those influences and vibes into a D&B song. The tune came from the vocals which were an unused session pitched down and really glued the track together.

‘Drop’ is quite a diversion from what we have heard in the past, how have fans responded to this change in sound?

It’s been mixed! I wrote it as a bit of a tongue-in-cheek nod to the whole big room house thing, over the top and a bit silly. It is quite surprising how upset people get about something that drastically different – I have and always will continue to try different things, it helps with learning new production techniques and keeps things fresh.

Finally, what’s next for the future of Kove? Where would you like to see your sound in 2015?

I’ve been writing so many songs recently that there should be a few vocal based tunes coming out, and there’ll be a few dance floor bangers in there as well!

Follow Kove: 

http://soundcloud.com/kove

http://facebook.com/koveofficial

http://twitter.com/koveofficial

http://instagram.com/koveofficial

http://www.kovemusic.com/

www.youtube.com/kovetv

 


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[TMN Interview] Odesza on the past 6 months and why being uncomfortable makes them comfortable

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TMN: We are sitting back down with Odesza, 6 months after their last stop in Denver, to discuss all of the crazy changes that have happened since their last back to back sold out shows in Colorado (and yes, they sold out again this time around). Well, guys as always so good to see you again! Harrison, Clayton, talk to us about what has been happening since we last talked 6 months ago, I guess a big change is obviously you are now signed to a label, tell us about that whole coming to be…

Harrison: It was kind of a long process of us figuring out who would be the best fit and who really cared about our music. We wanted to make sure we didn’t team up with someone who used us as a quick trend. But Counter, which is the sub-label of NinjaTune, has been incredible to us. We have been working super close to them ever since we signed with them and everything is going great.

Clayton: Yeah the whole team there is pretty awesome and on board with what we are doing so it’s a really good thing for us.

TMN: As it should be, labels and artists getting along. You guys did a really cute little signing contract video, super cute. And since then, you released your album ‘In Return’.

Clayton: Yes she is out.

TMN: She is out, and I have to tell you guys, she is absolutely beautiful.

Harrison & Clayton: Ah, well thank you so much. She is sexy.

TMN: She is sexy. Talk to us about the album a bit because obviously it has been a huge success. Number one on multiple music charts, the songs individually and the album, how has that been for you guys?

Harrison: I think every time we release something we are really worried about it, that it might have a negative impact somehow? But we kind of stay true to what we want to do and have been lucky that people for the most part positively react to that because we know that can go either way. It has been pretty wild that people care this much and we have just kept our head downs and focused on making more music because it is so hard to do on the road. It is really hard to make music in a car…hungover is really hard.

TMN: I can imagine that is difficult especially while on tour with two other gentlemen making music on the bus as well? (Odesza just wrapped up their North American tour with Hayden James and Ambassadeurs).

Clayton: Yeah it can be tough.

TMN: Do you all jam band together? Banjos and what not?

Clayton: (Laughs) Well sometimes but it can be hard that way. We do have the acoustic guitar we like to bust out. ‘In Return’ was a long process; it took two years really to put together. We wanted to try new things like working with singers, which was a whole new process.

TMN: And you picked some fabulous vocalists.

Clayton: Yeah, I think they turned out pretty swell, they go well with our sound. We just tried to push ourselves and not be too static, you can’t be too comfortable. A lot of people liked it, we are pretty happy with it, so now its time to start making another album.

TMN: I was going to say, after you finish your American tour you are heading to Europe correct?

Clayton: Yeah all over Europe.

Harrison: I’ve never been there, kind of a sheltered human, so I’m really excited to go.

TMN: And then back to Australia?

Harrison: Yup going back there in February, doing a few festivals, and then heading to New Zealand. Hopefully meet Lorde and hang out.

TMN: Of course, just a typical day, kicking it with Lorde.

Harrison: (Laughs) Exactly. Just send her a text, or Twitter, or Emojis.

TMN: Maybe start with ‘I want to touch your hair’, I bet that would start things off well.

Harrison: (Laughs) Oh totally.

Clayton: We will have a month after Europe to relax and decompress but let’s be serious we probably won’t do that we will be working on music. But it will be good to be at home though and sleep in our own beds.

TMN: Of course. Now I think obviously people are curious as to what is next after all of this? You boys have such a unique sound, there aren’t really any artists out there who have anything close to you right now. So what do you think are the next steps for you both?

Harrison: Well thank you for saying that, that’s really awesome. We have a bunch of remixes coming out soon but I think the number one thing we have been doing it working on songs and some ideas of songs. We say, if this song could fit on ‘In Return’ we don’t continue with it because we want to make sure the next thing is something different. The number one problem we would have is repeating ourselves and that is why we work so well together is because we want to try different stuff. I think as soon as we find a sound that we are really into we will keep trying to perfect that idea. So a lot of experimentation.

Clayton: Also kind of want to head a more hip-hop direction, we have that kind of now but we want to figure out where to go with that. Maybe something a little heavier too because this one was so soft that we would love some contrast. Figuring it all out as we go.

TMN: Best way to do it, roll with your punches people. Let’s talk about all of those remixes that people make of your songs, there are so many, especially of ‘Say My Name’. But the thing is, they are all so good.

Harrison: I know! We have not even gotten to listen to all of them but there are many talented artists out there who made remixes.

TMN: Now you don’t have to say favorite but is there one remix that you have heard where you are like, wow, they really nailed this on the head?

Harrison: Well, Hayden and Ambassadeurs both had amazing ones.

Clayton: Yeah, RAC had a great one too. Hermitude as well.

TMN: All good ones, I believe we posted all of those. The RAC one is my bosses favorite, it is such a dance around the room remix.

Harrison: (Laughs) It is, I just love how he did the whole guitar thing with it. It is funny because he was live tweeting working on that song to us on Twitter through direct messages. He started by saying “I think I’m going to go acoustic on it” and that’s how it started, he’s really funny, super smart, really talented, it’s a honor that he would want to do remixes of our stuff.

TMN: Speaking of that, is there anyone coming up, that you are going to work with or want to work with?

Clayton: Oh, huge list of people.

Harrison: We look at Soundcloud daily for artists.

Clayton: Off the top though, Galamatias, we really like his stuff. We have been talking about doing a colab with Hayden, he actually sings on most of his tracks but no one knows it is him.

TMN: Wait a minute, that is him on those tracks? I’ve always been curious because he’s really good!

Harrison: He is! But yeah he doesn’t tell anyone it is him. And it’s funny because I was like, production is great, the singer is amazing and I asked him and he was like, it’s me. Even crazier, all of those tracks, first take recordings of him singing, each one.

TMN: Some people are blessed with those angel voices and can just lay down a melody the first time.

TMN: So New Years, you are playing at Snowglobe, which is going to be insane, the line-up this year is beyond impressive.

Clayton: I know, we are really excited to play that alongside Flume and Porter, they really went all out this year.

TMN: Where do you boys see yourselves in another 6 months?

Harrison: Everything has been going so well that I think we expect something bad to happen? I don’t know, I think if we continue to focus and don’t get caught up in the world so much, only good things can come to us. We are really open to collaborations and have had many people reach out to us so hopefully those all work themselves out.

Clayton: Yeah I think the best thing we can do is stay motivated and stay hungry, stay uncomfortable.

TMN: You both really like being uncomfortable don’t you?

Clayton: I mean, I would be uncomfortable being comfortable. If we don’t continue to push ourselves we will never know where we can go from here.

TMN: Well guys, as always, really love chatting with you both. Hope the rest of tour goes well and cannot wait to have you back in Denver.

Clayton & Harrison: Thanks so much, looking forward to it.

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[Chill] Oh Wonder – Dazzle

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Exactly two months ago, a UK-based duo by the name of Wonder Wonder released their debut track, “Body Gold,” a powerful, addicting duet that immediately caught our attention. Along with the single, the relatively mysterious band revealed that they will be “releasing one song a month for the next year” leading up to the release of their album. After following up with the equally impressive “Shark” last month, they return with a slightly tweaked band name, Oh Wonder, and another quality offering.

“Dazzle” displays another facet of Oh Wonder’s captivating, minimalistic sound bringing in some electronic elements to accompany their perfectly contrasted vocals. The songwriting on the tracks thus far has been particularly compelling drawing the listener in to a state of relaxation and reflection. Their next song will be dropping on December 1st but, in the meantime, “Dazzle,” which comes right in time to soothe any post-Halloween hangovers, should do more than enough to hold us over. 2014 definitely has the makings of a big year for Oh Wonder and we’re looking forward to hearing what these two talented musicians have in store for us in the coming months.

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[Hip-Hop] BenZel – Four (ft Juicy J & Cashmere Cat)

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It’s easy to see why Juicy J is still a relevant and prominent artist in the music game. His latest collaboration, “Four,” with hit-makers Cashmere Cat and BenZel finds the Memphis emcee spitting a smooth verse over a dope beat. It is a rarity to hear some new music from Benzel, but it is always welcome and the production duo deliver an addicting track. The unique blend of southern flows over a lounge-esque beat makes for a chill listen that is sure to get heavy rotation on anyone’s playlist. No news on when this single will be available for purchase or if it is tied to another project. So, for now, sit back and enjoy some sonic euphoria.

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[Electronic] Vanic X Zella Day – Hypnotic

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One thing we love here at TMN is coming across those artists who are absolutely consistent with their quality of music. It’s difficult for artists, especially in EDM, to find their own sound–a sound that sells to a diverse audience–and stick with it while not letting that sound get lost in the over-saturated music of today.

Vanic is an artist who still has yet to release a product that hasn’t surprised or stunned his listeners. We’ve been a fan of his music for quite some time now, and though his sound has developed a bit in that period, it still has Vanic written all over it.

For his most recent release, Vanic brilliantly remixes Zella Day‘s “Hypnotic,” turning it into something of an electronic masterpiece. Vanic spices up the the original (which is already composed of an underlying dark harmony that presents you with a feeling of mystery) in a way that is so hot, your sound system may or may not catch on fire. He transforms the song into pure sex (try to think Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show finale) that will leave you begging for more.

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