[Chill-House] Ellie Goulding – High For This (Kygo Remix)

Ellie Goulding
High For This (Kygo Remix)

22 year old Norwegian electronic producer Kygo, who is riding a warranted buzzsaw of press attention after a remix for Passenger’s “Let Her Go” charted at #1 on the Hype Machine charts for multiple days, just dropped us his newest remix effort for Ellie Goulding’s cover of The Weeknd’s “High For This” and it’s another grand slam outta’ Fenway. Kygo drapes Ellie’s unmistakable vocals in a hollow and lush four-to-the-floor kick which you could tell was his production only one bar into the tune, while only subtly tweaking the original synth line into a workable dance sound for a builder of a first half. But, the real magic occurs about halfway through as the very adroit composer lays down a completely original chord progression, immediately swallowing your consciousness which paces the rest of the track and sets it miles apart from the original recording. Once again, Kygo has offered this one up for free on his Facebook page in exchange for a “Like”, so go ahead and snag yourself a copy.

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Zedd ft. Hayley Williams – Stay The Night (YOGI REMIX) [TMN PREMIERE]

Zedd ft. Hayley Williams
Stay The Night (YOGI REMIX)

Another week, another industry newcomer here on The Music Ninja. You know we love bringing you guys the freshest there is, and today is no different. Hot out of the gates is the youngster YOGI, who’s serving up a remix of Zedd’s monster tune with Hayley Williams.

In this remix, the Big Smoke based producer flipped the progressive nature of “Stay the Night” on its head, dialing it up with deep bass hits, meticulously crafted samples and razor sharp synths. Once uplifting, and suggestive, the tune now takes on a much more aggressive and sexual feel, being propelled by driving drum rythyms and contorted vocals.

The latest signing to Skrillix’s OWSLA label, YOGI is already showing promise with this monster remix. Make sure you keep an eye on him, as he’s rumored to have collaborated with big Hip Hop artists for his debut EP, due out early 2014.

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[Event Preview] Toro Y Moi + Classixx (Live) at The Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO – 11/6/13


Fresh off the heels of one of our favorite albums of 2013 thus far and his third full-length under the Toro Y Moi moniker, Anything In Return, Chaz Bundick’s Berkeley-via-South Carolina music project once again touches down in Denver, CO at The Ogden Theatre this Wednesday, November 6 for what looks to be an amazing night also featuring L.A.’s rising house music heartthrobs¬† Classixx and their new live show. Not one to be pigeonholed into any single genre, each of Toro Y Moi’s respective releases have been far and away a different animal than the previous, using structural production elements from pop, indie, garage, chillwave, house and more to result into one of our favorite live acts around and a can’t miss for our TMN family.

Rounding out the amazing bill is aforementioned production duo, Classixx, who are also riding the waves of momentum from a sonically captivating debut long-player of their own which was actually many years in the making, Hanging Gardens. Classixx brings their new live performance with them after years as touring DJ’s and they are already welcome faces to the Denver dance scene after delivering solid performances in 2013 at both the Norad Dance Bar and The Ogden; so we expect a raucous crowd to begin piling in as soon as doors are opened. For our Denver Ninjas, you can buy your tix here, and we’ll see you on the floor this Wednesday! In anticipation of Wednesday night’s show, you can stream Toro Y Moi’s “So Many Details” off of Anything In Return and Classixx’ viral hit from Hanging Gardens “Holding On” below. Enjoy.

So Many Details
Holding On
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[Banger] Martin Garrix & Jay Hardway – Wizard (Radio Edit)

Martin Garrix Live
Martin Garrix & Jay Hardway
Wizard (Radio Edit)

There was a point in time where you couldn’t go anywhere without hearing “Animals.” Easily the EDM anthem of 2013, Martin Garrix’s fame was born as soon as the label finally released who was behind that legendary track. Now that the onslaught of remixes and bootlegs have died down, we’re once again prepping ourselves for some more addoration for this 17 year old superstar.

Teaming up with fellow beatsmith Jay Hardway, the two have just unleashed “Wizard,” about an hour ago. In a tune that Dumbledore himself would give a bearded nod to, we’re instantly hooked with the intricate layers of electro house synths that walk up to a enourmous build. In a somewhat similar drop to “Animals,” we feel the need to dance to the simplistic drum style melody that flirts back and forth with the gigantic bass hits.

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[Disco-House] The 1975 – Girls (The Knocks Remix)

The 1975
Girls (The Knocks remix)

Oh boy, do we love when remix duties are symbiotically thought out rather than the product of two talent agencies trying to highlight their respective artist du jour. So for us, it was a match made in indie heaven when production duo The Knocks took on the task of reinvigorating Manchester lo-fi garage-poppers The 1975 and their single “Girls” (which comes as part of their debut self-titled album) into a scooting clubland anthem. After being called upon for official remixes to the likes of indie stalwarts like HAIM, Of Monsters and Men, Grouplove, Foster the People and Two Door Cinema Club it was high time that they were called upon to work some of their big-room disco shimmer onto an emotive and dreamy tune. The Knocks’ take “Girls” to new heights with airy synth stabs, and a very nice play by pitching down Matthew Healy’s super recognizable croon and folding it back in with the original vocal track.¬† Expect to hear this one in many a disc-jockey’s set this season, and be ready for the full release on November 11.

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Just because it’s Monday morning doesn’t mean you have to kill the beats and switch over to your post rock instrumental playlist. Yes, Halloween weekend was a long one, full of dance filled adventures, yet we’re left still yearning for some ass shaking grooves to reminisce to.

Thank god we have this premiere for you from UK based ANiMAL. This London based outfit is serving up a tasty house tune chock full of genre crossing inspirations, satisfying your cravings for electro, garage, and plenty of funk. The bass line is playful and unique, calling on associations of other crafty producers like Jack Beats, and Congorock, eliciting the inevitable tapping of your feet and nodding of your head.

And, what’s even better than having a big, buzzing house tune to accompany your first cup of coffee? Getting it as a free download. Not a bad way to kick off your week, right?

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[MP3 Playlist] The Chill Dojo #60

chill dojo

With dojo number 60 we are well into the golden years, but we’re far from retiring anytime soon. This week’s playlist gives us plenty of reasons to keep groovin on, and that’s what we plan on doing for a long time to come.

Now brace yourselves for the insanely sweet funk that is this remix of DCUP’s ‘Don’t be Shy’ by La Felix. Though this rendition wasn’t included on the EP, it may just be our favourite one, and it won’t take long for it to steal your heart as well. The smooth piano melodies and disco flavour sound like something straight out of Breakbot’s playbook, bringing an unescapable charm and a feeling of joy you’ll never want to end. Alas, we do need to move on, but thankfully it’s onto a track that is equally as smooth from one of our favourite artists in Bit Funk. Taking on a hip-hop classic from Pharcyde is no easy task, but the way this set the Hypem charts alight over this past week is testament to how well this was pulled off. This is the version for 2013 which nails the vintage 90′s style to a tee. Another man who oozes old school flair in everything he does is Aeroplane, and his latest remix of Mayer Hawthorne is another treat for disco fiends everywhere. The gifts keep on coming with this bright and sunny take on Goldroom’s ‘Embrace’, which is no doubt the way it is best enjoyed. The original has definitely been getting plenty of remix love lately, but these tropical vibes from UK’s jackLNDN were not to be denied. But for those whose dancing legs aren’t what they used to be, it’s time to tone things down to a more relaxed feeling with this beautiful tune off Maribou State’s recent EP Truths. The sampling and vibes in this song are all on point, making for music that is simply good for the soul. And sometimes simplicity is the best thing when it comes to chill music, especially when dealing with the calibre of London Grammar’s ‘Hey Now’. Phil Drummond stays true to that notion completely with his edit of the original, adding subtle touches ready made for deeper house sets. On a final note, we end the playlist with a tribute to the passing of legend Lou Reed, a man whose musical contributions will never fade.

That’s the magic of this powerful stuff we enjoy writing about so much. Peace out.

Chill Dojo #60 zip

Dont be Shy (La Felix remix)
The Pharcyde
Runnin (Bit Funk Remix)
Mayer Hawthorne
Wine Glass Woman (Aeroplane Remix)
Embrace (JackLNDN Remix)
Maribou State
Moon Circles
London Grammar
Hey Now (Phil Drummond Edit)
Sweater Beats
Do It For Me ft. Erin Marshall
I Wish (Xtopher Remix)
Emily Underhill
Dreamcatcher (Cross Them Out Remix)
Justin Bieber
Hold Tight (Figgy Remix)
Le Roi Crocodile
Never Be Afraid
Forgotten World
Le Moti
Take You There
Walkin (Autograf Remix)
Pete Oak
Lyra (Original Mix)
Neon Chief
Indian Summer
Agnes Obel
Fuel To Fire (Xinobi Rework)
Diamonds (Sorgloss Bootleg)
Freddy Verano feat. The Beatles
Lonely People (Original Mix)
Lou Reed
Walk On The Wild Side (John Monkman, Tribute edit)
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