I See MONSTAS – Circles (Mat Zo Remix) [TMN PREMIERE]

Circles (Mat Zo Remix)

First things first – make sure to prepare you ears for the unexpected because they may or may not experience a euphoric pain with the latest Mat Zo remix of I See MONSTAS beautiful DnB track, “Circles”. Last month, “Circles” made its way across our newsfeed and we plunged into a vicious cycle of conflicting emotions that made us run from the feels and straight to the Kleenex box. Now that we have experienced the tear-jerking wonders of the original, it’s time to unleash a grimey new rendition from one of dance musics most profound producers, Mat Zo.

Mat Zo is notorious for his eclectic style of production; whether it be his charming global heart-melting track with Porter Robinson, “Easy”, or his funky electro-house anthem, “Pyramid”, Mat Zo has certainly made a point to his listeners that he is not one to succumb to pigeon-holing himself to one distinct sound. Instead he just plays with whatever he wants and Zo-ifies (new word) it up until it has that signature MZ vibe we all are familiar with. Well ninjas, Mat Zo is back with another genre-pusher in his latest remix of “Circles” and gives us another reason why he is the master at keeping us on our toes. Loaded with heavy elements of dubstep and DnB, Zo throws us an aggressive (and elegant) curveball full of grimey, filthy breakdowns interwtined with a certain delicateness to balance out the flow of the track. After a few listens through this unexpected anthem, it became apparent to us that Zo understands that there is a certain beauty found within chaos, and this remix evidently shows his artistic ability to make us feel mental in a state of complete sanity.

Make sure to peep the original video of “Circles” by I See MONSTAS and cry your eyes out- take this as a warning because you will feel a lot of intense emotions after watching this. Look at this way, it’s Monday, so now you have an excuse to tell your boss why you’re crying like a baby who hasn’t had an afternoon nap yet.

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[Deep-House] Indiana – Heart On Fire (SNBRN Remix) [TMN Premiere]

Heart On Fire (SNBRN Remix)

While the Summer weather may be tailing off, what with the National Football League kicking off last week  (that’s the sport we watch religiously in the U.S. for our non North American friends) and temperatures beginning to dip comfortably from those scorching highs stateside; it seems some of our favorite artists’ sounds have begun to shift with the season as well. One of our most beloved L.A. exports, SNBRN, who’s coming off of another viral remix run with his take on Mark Morrison’s “Return Of The Mack”, again enters the eclectic grounds  of TMN this morning with yet another ear enslaving track modification. With his latest remix, SNBRN pulls Indiana‘s lush R&B burner “Heart On Fire” into the more sensual end of his brand of house music; delivering yet another sophisticated, hooky and utterly danceable cut. Warm but hazy synths along with Indiana’s pensive, wistful vocals merge on SNBRN’s version of “Heart On Fire” to create what we think is his most superlative tune yet. When queried about his remix, the skyrocketing house producer articulated: “A few months ago I got this track in my inbox and fell in love, so when I was asked for an official remix I couldn’t wait. With summer coming to an end I wanted to really touch into a darker side of SNBRN. Enjoy this remix and soak up the last bit of summer with me”. As support already rolls in on this one from the likes of BBC Radio 1 and  Clubbers Guide with Ministry of Sound, we’re fairly certain there are going to be droves of listeners doing exactly that. Take in SNBRN’s remix of Indiana’s “Heart On Fire” in the form of a trusty TMN Premiere above, grab the free download in exchange for a Soundcloud “follow” here and ride this groove for the rest of your week.

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[MP3 Playlist] The Chill Dojo #100

chill dojo

Well we’ve finally reached the big 100, but it’ll be business as usual this edition. You follow this playlist to hear the best chill music we’ve discovered for the week, and that’s exactly what we’ll be dishing up again this time. That’s not to say we’re not chuffed about it all. In fact we’re marking the occasion with one of the happiest tunes we’ve heard in a long time. Young producer Ownglow may be new to our playlist, but he’s gracing the 100th installment in style with the delightful ‘Palm Top Tiger’. Sometimes it’s an infectious groove, sometimes it’s a captivating voice, and then there are those moments when it’s just the raw power of an emotion-filled melody that stamp a song’s clear contention for Dojo supremacy. The feel-good vibes are overflowing from this nostalgic slice of joy, representing all the charming qualities of the “kawaii” movement in electronic music. With his recent Worlds album, Porter Robinson is certainly a prominent voice in this popular style, and no track featured this more boldly than ‘Flicker’. Enter another Dojo newcomer in Zanski, who amplifies the glorious melodies of the original with funky slap bass and chill breakdowns, taking this uplifting musical experience to even greater heights. It’s a remix like this which hints a promising future for the talented Canadian, and one we’ll gladly assist wherever we can.

When we’re talking remixes, it’s always hard for other artists to follow up on a single that has already been touched by the likes of Kygo, but French beatmaker 20syl has definitely made a case for his version of ‘Cut Your Teeth’. Soundcloud’s date stamp would have us believe this release is 7 months old, but whatever the official date, this edit is fresh as hell that’s for sure. It’s a similar story for the ever-popular ‘I See Fire’, but you’d be a fool to overlook this magical interpretation from a fellow Norwegian Jonas Vincent. We don’t see a need to argue over the superiority of either artist’s effort, but what is clear is that Jonas has incorporated a host of expertly crafted chill elements to ensure his is not forgotten amongst the ocean of other remakes.

It’s time to get things groovin in this edition, and for that purpose we’ve enlisted the services of Austrian duo Urban Contact, who work a Nu-disco spell over this recent indie single from LA artists Freedom Fry. The catchy lyrics and whistle-led melody were ready-made for an upbeat dancefloor jam, and luckily this potential has been fulfilled just in time to rock your end-of-summer playlist. If you want to say goodbye to the season in more melancholy fashion, well EFIX has the song for that too, utilizing his signature violin with a harmonica that echoes heavy sentiments over this cover of the timeless Pixies classic.

That’s all for the write-up, but there are plenty of free downloads this week courtesy of an amazing beat-tape from Soulection. As always, enjoy the music we’ve selected for you and will keep doing well into the foreseeable future. Peace out.

Chill Dojo #100 zip

Palm Top Tiger
Porter Robinson
Flicker (Zanski Remix)
Kyla La Grange
Cut Your Teeth ( 20syl Remix )
Ed Sheeran
I See Fire (Jonas Vincent Remix)
Freedom Fry
The Wilder Mile (Urban Contact Remix)
Where is my mind ( EFIX & Maugan Kenward cover)
Seven Lions Feat. Kerli
Worlds Apart (SoulCircuit Remix)
Seven Lions Feat. Kerli
Worlds Apart (Bit Funk Remix)
New Horizons
Tobtok ft. Emil Heró
Higher (Avenue Remix)
Butterflies Ft. Latir (Pro. DA)
Travi$ Scott
Drive (The 1975 Remix)
Insane ft. Moon Holiday (Sebastian Carter Edition)
The Magician 
Sunlight (Darius Remix)
Florian Paetzold
Shake It Off (Bootleg)
Basement Jaxx
Never Say Never (Louis La Roche Remix)
Syn Cole
Bright Lights (Sam Feldt Remix)
Break Up To Make Up (WYLN Edit)
Mr. Carmack
J Louis
Jarreau Vandal
When You Know It
The One
If You Only Knew (Original)
Marshmallow Grove (Elènne Remix)
Share The World (Chris McClenney X Sango Remix)
Penthouse Penthouse
let me see that
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Little xs for Eyes – Love Gets Lost [TMN PREMIERE]

little xs for eyes
Love Gets Lost

There’s two different ways to look at Monday morning. You could see it as an absolutely dreadful start to a work week, taking everything you have to drag your ass out of bed. Or, you could see it as a new beginning, providing a clean slate for you to work with. While it’s hard to stray away from the former, we always try to see it as the latter. Considering that our lives are a constant state of music coming in and out, Mondays really are a clean slate for us.

Starting things off with a fresh, infectious take, Little xs for Eyes have graciously requested a premiere for their new tune, “Love Gets Lost.” We’re constantly bombarded with hundreds of new songs each and every day, a lot of which have very similar qualities. As far as this tune goes, it’s one that definitely stood out above the rest.

It’s difficult to nail true whimsy when it comes to pop. It often comes off as cheesy, or contrived, blending in with the rest of the Top 40 that you hear while walking around town. However, LXFE (as we just dubbed them for convenience) have captured a playfully engaging progression that has all the catchiness of well-refined pop, yet brims with enthusiastic originality.

Made up of six members, diversity in genre and instrumentation is one of the most notable things about this Ireland-based sextuplet. In “Love Gets Lost,” we’re offered up a playful banter, hearing alternating lyrical exchanges from Michelle Considine and Lucy Jackson. The instrumentation boasts a multitude of instruments, all of which comprise a lively and mischevious soundscape.

Look for this tune to come out on their upcoming album. Track Little xs for Eyes on their facebook for more information.

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[Indie House] Born Cages – Rolling Down The Hill (Glastrophobie Remix)

Born Cages
Rolling Down The Hill (Glastrophobie Remix)

After a wild weekend full of beer bongs, bangers, and poor decision-making, we need a little break from all those Friday Party Playlist anthems and shift into a more mellow mood. What better way to enjoy a Sunday than with the likes of one of our favorite German porducers, Glastrophobie? This past Friday, the “Lucky” star unleashed his latest House remix of Born Cages sensational song, “Rolling Down the Hill”. This remix is a bit different from his typical melodic house work, but regardless of the shift, the young producer comes out on top. Loaded with electric guitar riffs, an uplifting build, and a kickin’ indie vibe to make our days of Summer feel that much longer, Glastrophobie gives us the warm fuzzies with this Born Cages anthem. So sit back, relax, and enjoy some Glastrophobie in between a little football. We guarantee this remix will satisfy you more than the entirety of Tony Romo’s football career.

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Flux Pavilion – Red Rocks – Sept 12th [TICKET + MEET & GREET GIVEAWAY]

Flux Pavilion
Freeway (Flux Pavilion And Kill The Noise Remix)

You know what’s better than seeing a show at Red Rocks? Well, we can name a couple of things, but we’re going to keep this SFW. UK-based dubstep legend Flux Pavilion will be taking his pulsing bass and radiating synths to that gorgeous, natural amphitheater for a night of head-banging glory. Along with him, you’ll be able to catch acts like Juicy J, Paper Diamond, Ookay, and Fox Stevenson plus special guests.

As we always do, we’re hooking up tickets to the most sought-after events. However, this time around, we’re not only giving up two tickets to the show, but we’re also providing you with a chance to hang out with Flux before his show. Just imagine how many likes that selfie will get.

Entering the contest is a cake walk. Simply follow these steps below and CHECK YOUR EMAIL. We will draw a winner on Wednesday, September 10th at 1:00 PM Mountain Time. If you don’ respond in two hours, we’ll go to the next person. You snooze, you lose.

There are a few rules, of course:
– You must be 18 or over to enter.
– You are responsible for transportation.
– You must bring a valid form of ID to pick up your tickets at the will call booth
– You must sing “I’m a Little Teapot” in a Ron Burgandy-esque voice while waiting in line.
– We were kidding on that last one. However, if you do accomplish that, you will forever live in TMN contest infamy.

Good luck, ninjas!

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[TMN PREMIERE] DJ Fresh feat. Ellie Goulding – Flashlight (Jack Beats ‘4am’ Remix)

DJ Fresh feat Ellie Goulding
Flashlight (Jack Beats '4am' Remix)

We here at TMN are known for finding talent from all over the world; we spend hours upon hours listening to new music from artists from nearly every geographical location on this planet. Since the start of The Music Ninja, we have come to grow with artists from the early development of their sounds. There is truly nothing more exciting than sharing good music while simultaneously watching these individuals impact their listeners on so many different levels of connectivity.

Some time ago, we were introduced to the London electronic music duo, Jack Beats (Beni G & Plus One). They have become an iconic presence in today’s dance music culture and have established a veteran status as a leading force in production. The Music Ninja has been supporting them from the very beginning, so it’s safe to say we kind of like these guys quite a bit, and know their music on a much more personal level than others.

Today we are pretty damn excited to be premiering the latest remix from Jack Beats – in fact, if you’re tuning in right now, you might have just heard this sensational new remix on Pete Tongs BBC Radio 1 show. The two took on a HEAVY new anthem from DnB master, DJ Fresh. DJ Fresh is one of the most well respected UK artists to have ever stepped foot into the music industry and just recently got involved with the lovely Ellie Goulding for their DnB/Pop/Bass-heavy track, “Flashlight”, set to be out on Ministry of Sound later this month.

Jack Beats took on this absurdly wild song and added their signature JB style to give this track a refreshing, chilled out vibe.  Known for their “wobbly basslines, big breakdowns and edgy accapella’s [that are cut], copied and pasted together to create a floor-filling brand of house…” (The Untz), Jack Beats approached “Flashlight” with a similar mindset and blew this track out of the water. The moment we pressed play, we were introduced with these ethereal, ambient elements that artistically mold into a deep, melodic house progression full of intricately woven melodies that ebb and flow. Ellie’s stunning voice on top of these layered basslines effortlessly guide us on an intrinsically stimulating journey that collectively make us feel much more at peace with ourselves. Jack Beats brought us all a much needed solace from within in this remix and it is obvious that these two are pushing their productions to simultaneously give us a physical and mental release through rhythmical patterns. We are extremely fortunate to be premiering this Pete Tong worldwide exclusive of Jack Beats remix with all of you today and are excited to share this with all of you ninjas. These guys have come a long way in their musical careers and our TMN family is happy to say that we have been there since day 1, and will continue to support them from here on out. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the latest from Jack Beats. Cheers, ninjas!

Pre-Order “Flashlight” on iTunes today – out 10/4/2014

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