Passport to Stockholm – All at Once EP [TMN PREMIERE]


It was a strange occurrence when I came across Passport to Stockholm. In less than a week, I’ll be wheels up, passport in hand, heading to Stockholm’s airport. Needless to say, I couldn’t help but dive into their upcoming All at Once EP, which left me grinning ear-to-ear at this serendipitous happening.

Members Barny (vocals), Tom (guitar/loop pedal), Mariona (cello), and Henri (beats), have been together for just over a year, but their sound reflects that of a polished, time-tested chemistry. Initially funded through a small, but passionate fanbase, the act has since worked with Gordon Mills Jr. (Ed Sheeran, Newton Faulkner), Nick Atkinson (Gabrielle Aplin, Saint Raymond), Amy Wadge (Ed Sheeran, Lewis Watson) and Athlete’s Carey Willets.

The end result can be found below; a four-song collection rife with lingering lyrics, vastly rich soundscapes, and dextrous songwriting abilities. Starting off with the recently released, self-titled track, this London-based act delves into their textured mixture of electronic elements and classic instrumentation. The combination brings associations of legendary producers and singer/songwriters alike, calling on elements of Moby and Coldplay alike. Conversely, “Let Me Know” highlights the folkier side of their artistry, bringing in strong Celtic influences through Mariona’s cello work and Barny’s vocal cadence. However, while the track definitely has influences that have transcended decades and country borders, its modern styling rounds it out perfectly for today’s blogosphere scouring music nerd.

Once you’re finished having a listen through all four tracks, head over to the band’s facebook page to keep tabs on the release and upcoming shows. Word on the street is, their live act is not to be missed. Luckily for our readers across the pond, you can catch them at Weyfest on September 5th.

All At Once
Let Me Know
Wanted It More
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[Progressive House] Modern Machines – Feel It

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Modern Machines
Feel It

Two of New York’s finest dance producers in Modern Machines are here with an original track after a long string of remixes. “Feel It” landed the two on Swanky Tunes’ label Showland. Progressive house has been a strength of these two, however with this they bring their own little twist to the sound to amp up the energy a bit for a style that’s a little more electro infused. I can only imagine how this track would go off at a festival, as they really brought both emotion and hype in one package without watering anything down, or bringing in cheesy elements. “Feel It” is a firm song whose shelf-life isn’t going to be limited to this year. Modern Machines have been making a lot of moves, so expect them to finish of the year with some epic records, and continue into 2016 for a memorable year. Beatport has “Feel It” on its digital shelf, so if you want to add it to your library, head over to their store to purchase it.

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[Nu-Disco] St. Niklas – Everything Is In Your Hands (Cavego Remix)

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Everything Is In Your Hands (Cavego Remix)

Norway’s Even Gillebo, who goes by Cavego, got the opportunity to remix “Everything Is In Your Hands” by the fellow Norwegian St. Niklas. The original indie pop record was just begging for a smooth remix, and Cavego came in clutch with his nu-disco rendition. With the remix, the composition is centered around acoustic elements, making it a track that could be played out pretty easily by a live group of musicians, which let’s be honest, would be amazing to see. With the week at the halfway point, this track is just what those struggling need to get over the hump. Throw this track on repeat and let your stress melt away, as Cavego delivers what can only be described as musical medicine for the soul. This track will be released in full on September 1st as a part of St. Niklas’ EP Origo. Until then, stream it!

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[Secret Ninja Pass] This Week at Beta – 8/27 – 8/29


Alright, ninjas. We’ve been hooking you up with free entry to Beta over two years now. We know you’ve had some epic times, catching some of the most legendary talent EDM has to offer, and we’re on board to keep this thing going. So, we’re once again giving you an opportunity to check out the best night club in North America for free. What all do you have to do to get in? It’s pretty damn easy. Just follow these steps:

– Head to the front door and enter the club before 11 pm
– Show this post to the cashier (Valid for 21+ only)
– The deal is valid for tonight and Friday only. If you want to catch Booka Shade, you should pick up tickets here.

See you on the dance floor.

GTA - 8/27
Bitch Better Have My Money (GTA Remix)

Downlink - 8/28

Downlink & Twofold
Booka Shade - 8/29
Wildest Thing
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Mt. Eden Discuss Influences, Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceoros, and Maternal Love (Or Lack Thereof) [TMN EXCLUSIVE]

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Few things are absolutely certain when it comes to New Zealand-based Mt. Eden. For starters, fans will most assuredly be won over by their inventive, lush, and textural melodic dubstep, trap, and DnB sets, featuring a vast catalog of original work. This much we already knew, having seen them perform in the past. What we didn’t know, but do now, is that any conversation had with members Jesse Cooper and Harley Rayner is sure to result in hilarity.

We were lucky enough to catch up with this cheeky duo down at Beta Nightclub for both of the aforementioned experiences. And, as we said, hilarity ensued.

TMN: Hey guys. Thanks for taking the time to chat with us tonight. Welcome to the Mile High City! This is your second show at Beta, correct?

HR: Thanks man! This is our second show.

TMN: You guys play all over the world, how does Beta compare to some of the other renowned clubs out there?

HR: Imagine a pirate ship, run by Darth Vader.

JC: And Yoda.

HR: Yes, and Yoda. And you put them together and it’s a team operation. Everything is put together super tight. Everyone’s got walkie talkies. There are no problems whatsoever. The sound system is perfect.

JC: The force is strong here.

TMN: So, Electric Forest is definitely on our festival bucket list. How was your experience there? How does the vibe feel in comparison to some of the other larger festivals?

JC: With Electric Forest, it was a real passionate crowd. The forest is so decorated. The vibe was amazing. The security was overly nice. It didn’t feel corporate. The artists were really cool. We met up with 12th Planet, Snails, Vaski, Black Tiger Sex Machine…and everyone was really cool. It was like a family gathering.

HR: There’s no other festival where Macy Grey sings, Mr Carmack plays the drums, and it’s all fun and games. There’s no pressure on anyone to be in a scene.

JC: And there were so many back-to-back sets. It was Skrillex and Snails and Vaski doing DJ sets together. It was really cool! Everyone was mixing and mingling and everyone included everyone. You never felt left out.

HR: We could talk forever about how cool it is. It was one of the best festivals we’ve played at just due to the energy.

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Bassically – Know This Land [TMN Video Premiere]

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Know This Land (Original Mix)

More often than not, house music is not a tangible concept. From its earliest incarnations, being warped and pushed through 909 & 808 machines, to its most current iterations which mostly come to fruition through the utilization of programs like Ableton, Logic or Reason; dance sounds tend to carry with them a distinction of being “computer” or “machine” music. Save for a selective smattering of live acts like Disclosure, KiNK, Hot Natured, Bob Moses and more; most sectors of club music are generally produced under the same formula. So whenever we’re tipped to a new live house music act we tend to perk up and take notice.

The latest apple to our eyes err… ears comes to us from the London Borough of Hackney, and they’ve got us entranced like few other live electronic staples ever have. Dubbed Bassically, the five piece ensemble are a live house music collective led by award winning, multi platinum producer and Fossil Studios founder Raz Olsher and craft sophisticated techno and compulsive house music through purely live and analog instrumentation. From a purely musical standpoint, Bassically takes their aural cues from the early electronic sounds of Chicago House & Detroit Techno with the contemporary touch of Berlin and London. If we didn’t see it ourselves, we’d think they were just another producer with how seamlessly and clean their sound plays, but Basically is so much more than that. To put you on our level, we’ve got the exclusive first play of Basically’s latest music video for their single “Know This Land”, which offers a unique look at the five-piece’s utterly unique and wholly captivating live aesthetic.

Check out the entire video below, and keep your ears to the streets for all things Bassically, as we have a feeling they might just be at the tip of every dance writer’s tongue to round out 2015.

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[Chill] Ofelia K. – White T-Shirt (Golden Coast Remix)

Ofelia K. - White T-Shirt (Golden Coast Remix)
Ofelia K
White T-Shirt (Golden Coast Remix)

Here’s a tune to start your Wednesday right. We are thoroughly impressed by this remix by Golden Coast, as they once again proved their versatility in making good music. Incorporating a light trap beat and crafty samples, the talented duo turned Ofelia K.‘s “White T-Shirt” into the ultimate feel-good track. The beautiful vocals simply cannot go better with the synth melody. It’s one of those summery songs you can never get tired of listening to.

Golden Coast strays away from their usual indie pop route and still manages to deliver, and these remixes just keep getting better and better. If you’re having a shitty day, put on some Golden Coast and they will surely put a smile on your face.

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