TMN Chats with Victor Niglio Off the Cuff [EXCLUSIVE DRUNKEN INTERVIEW]

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Recently we were writing up an interview with The Griswolds when we noticed a peculiar looking voice recording in our phone. It was labeled “Niggggglio,” and to be honest, we had no recollection of what it was. After listening for a few seconds, it all came pouring back in. Back when Victor came to play at Beta Nightclub, we imbibed a little bit in the green room after his set. While we were enjoying a few adult beverages, we whipped out our phone and started recording.

We had no questions written down or planned. This was completely off the cuff.

We transcribed this as it was spoken, so forgive us for the incorrect grammar and nonsensical sentence fragments. We’re merely trying to capture the vibe in an accurate manner.

Editors note: We’ve been emailing and IMing with Victor for a few years, have hung out together at shows in Miami, and at a hotel party. The only reason why we felt like this was appropriate was due to our personal relationship with one another. We value our ability to speak to the biggest artists in music and would never jeopardize that by acting in an unprofessional manner. 

TMN: Let’s do a completely off the cuff interview. All random questions.

VN: Go!

TMN: If you were on death row, what would your last meal be?

VN: Booty.

TMN: That’s an amazing answer. If you were a classic American muscle car, what would you be?

VN: Oh…um. A Mustang. But a cool one, with Alligator interior and racing stripes down the center in tye die, and a turbo engine.

TMN: Have you ever eaten acid?

VN: No.

Bystander: Or a s’more!

TMN: Have you ever eaten acid or a s’more?

VN: I don’t think so.

TMN: (Laughing) What’s the weirdest drug you’ve ever done?

VN: Aspirin.

TMN: Ok, weirdest experience you’ve ever had on drugs?

VN: Hmm. No.

TMN: Skip?

VN: I’ll tell you when we’re done.

TMN: Ok, and I won’t transcribe it, because this won’t continue recording. This phone.

VN: (giggling)

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ECHOS – Save You [TMN PREMIERE]

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E C H O S
Save You

Time and time again we find ourselves thinking, “what ever happened to that mind-blowing chillstep sound?” Well, ECHOS is here to authoritatively answer that question with their third original track “Save You”.  You see, Chillstep didn’t disappear, and it seems it won’t for a long time. It may have taken a brief period of hibernation to adapt with the current trends, we’re not really sure.

Whatever the situation may be, ECHOS hits home with their newest track. Combining their ambient dubstep sound with powerful vocals, we’re left with a whirlwind of stunning beauty. This duo continues to surprise us with their eclectic styles, and we’re  anxiously anticipating their next release. Whether it may be a remix or an original, ECHOS has us excited!

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[Electronic] Lemaitre – Wait (Jerry Folk Remix)

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Wait (Jerry Folk Remix)

Golden Hare Group, who has brought you Kygo and Thomas Jack’s infectiously wonderful sounds, is back with a new act by the name of Jerry Folk. Folk is an eighteen year old from the seemingly endless talent pool of Oslo, Norway and on his newest release he takes on one of this summer’s most popular songs in Lemaitre’s “Wait”. Laying on some incredible guitar licks, Folk adds on to the warm energy on this one and gives it a much deserved tropical feel. This certainly won’t be the last we’ll hear from Jerry Folk so be sure to keep checking the site for more of the upcoming producer!

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[Deep-House/Indie-Dance] Mark Morrison – Return of The Mack (SNBRN Remix) [TMN Premiere]

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Return Of The Mack (SNBRN Remix)

Some artists seem to waltz into your life at exactly the correct time, armed with the exact stockpile of tunes to draw its listener in from the first exposure, all the way through their entire library of releases. While this observation may sound too good to be true to some, it has absolutely been the modus operandi of L.A. house purveyor SNBRN, who returns to TMN with yet another irresistible twist on a classic. Already credited with clubby underground alterations of Ace of Base and 50 Cent, SNBRN has reshaped Mark Morrison’s genre staple “Return of The Mack” and brought it directly into deep-house waters. While certainly not a newbie to the deeper sound kits, SNBRN’s bassline is as chunky as ever, coalescing superbly with Mark Morrison’s soulful R&B vocal track which coats the tune with a sublime ratio of sexy and grimy. SNBRN’s clear influence from classic house doesn’t go unfiltered either as he’s painted his high end with a garage leaning hi-hat shuffle to go along with a classic piano line à la Marshal Jefferson circa 1986 (which if you know your history, is a pretty damn good thing to be reminded of in dance music). It seems SNBRN has appealed to every ounce of our proper house brain brilliantly this time around; and had this to say about his latest remix: “So, I’m back up in the game…with a brand new remix of one of my all time favorite songs. There hadn’t been a remix in years and decided to give this thee old SNBRN touch. With tons of live instruments and a nice warm bassline this track is sure to keep you dancing from the pool to the club all summer long. You can bet that’s exactly what we’ll be doing over the next few months. 

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Get To Know: The Prototypes [TMN Exclusive Interview]

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'Don't Let Me Go' Feat. Amy Pearson (Original Mix)

Having been snapped up by Viper Recordings last year, Drum & Bass powerhouse pair The Prototypes have just released their new single. It follows on from the widespread success of the previous ‘Pale Blue Dot’ and certainly hits the spot for those who like their D&B dance floor-accessible. ‘Don’t Let Me Go’ is a euphoric, hands in the air track, featuring sublime vocals from Amy Pearson. It also comes alongside ‘Humanoid’, which continues in the theme of intergalactic-inspired bass lines that we have previously heard in both ‘Pale Blue Dot’ and ‘Abyss.’ We took some time to speak to The Prototypes about this new release, their forthcoming LP and other musical projects.

TMN: Viper Recordings seems like the perfect fit for you guys and your particular sound. Is it nice to be settled with a stable output for music now? 

Most definitely, and we think it is showing in our output that we are settled and happy and creating music that we want to listen to. The Viper crew have been great since we joined.

TMN: While still undoubtedly drum & bass, ‘Don’t Let Me Go’ nods somewhat to House with its lead line piano chords. What was your aim when writing it? 

To put it simply, we just wanted to write something with a nice summer vibe to it. That was all it was really. The vocal is sick and we hope we have done it justice.

TMN: ‘Humanoid’ definitely targets the D&B heads. How difficult is it balancing a track that might have wider appeal with something that roots itself directly in the scene like this one?

It’s so important to cater for the peeps that like the harder dance floor stuff..That is where we came from, and we will continue writing those sorts of tunes as we love making them.

TMN: You’ve done a number of ‘The Prototypes Presents… ‘ nights this year and have a boat party coming up. Do you like putting on your own events? 

We both come from promoting backgrounds many years ago so it was inevitable that we would start them up again at some point. We feel it’s really, really important for ‘The Prototypes’ as a brand to have a successful event attached to the name, and so far they have been amazing.

TMN: ‘Pale Blue Dot’ is still ripping up clubs months after it’s release. Are you happy with how well received the track was particularly as it was your first single for Viper? 

We are so happy with how it’s done. It was an experimental track for us but it just seemed to work for everyone, the support on it was insane.

TMN: You’ve done a version of ‘Don’t Let Me Go’ called the “Big Top Remix”. Have you ever been to the circus or considered running away and joining one? 

Chris used to be a trapeze artist but I thought that was a bit off key! I was rescued from a circus a few years back in outer Mongolia… true story.

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[Trip Hop] kuma – Beneath the Flowers

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Beneath The Flowers

Ever come across a tune so amazing that you feel good about life after listening to it? Here we have “Beneath The Flowers,” a re-work by kuma sampling Lupe Fiasco‘s hip-hop classic “Daydreamin’.” The LA-based producer took Jill Scott‘s vocals from the hook and turned it into something beautiful and tranquil. With the lo-fi styled beats and pitched-down samples, the 18-year-old showcases his talent and creativity through the track, resembling the sounds created by producers like Giraffage and Slow Magic.

Being the frontrunner of the Flow-Fi record label, kuma takes us on a journey of his life through the recent release of his  BERA EP, where he describes the writing and producing of the tracks on his soundcloud. With so much talent at such a young age, kuma is definitely one of our favorites in the downtempo/electronica genre.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (August 2014 Round #3)

indie-dojo-music-ninjaCommunication is key and sometimes we suck at it. Music, however, seems to be a universal language that soothes the soul, melts the heart, fuels the fire, and calms the storm. If you happen to be one who sucks at the whole communicating thing, try saying it with a song. Better yet…..try it with a whole entire playlist.

Rare Darling
Cold Sweat
Daniel Wilson
Killed Ya
Jordan Riddle = Suffocate
Balancer
under the same sky
Neda
The Sound
Jake Weary
Mountainside
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