The Chill Dojo #178

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178 editions down and we’re still finding tracks that manage to amaze us with their genre-breaking qualities. This time it’s Sydney’s Obseen providing the excitement, bringing a unique blend to ‘Already Gone’ that elevates it to the next level. While needing no help in the wow department, the epic chord shredding he brings to this production is the extra touch this stellar collaboration deserved. Another musical combination that always gets us going is the bright melodic stylings of Hyper Potions. Their latest release ‘Unbreakable’ is another sweet addition to their arsenal, with the vocals of Danyka Nadeau radiating the overwhelming positivity this song embodies.

It’s the same vibe that the Soda Island collective has championed from the very beginning, so it’s fitting that we have another song from their talented lineup of artists to celebrate. Ramzoid is our featured inhabitant on this occasion, dishing up a fresh dose of incredible creativity through the lush beats of ‘Nature Nature’. A tune so good they had to name it twice, our minds are continually blown by the incredibly imaginative work that is flowing from the island since its very beginning. Speaking of inceptions, we welcome another newcomer to the Dojo this week going by the name of Eli Way. Though only fresh on the scene, his debut EP Girls boasts a polish that would suggest an experience in music that dates much further than that. You’ll find a few of the EP’s works scattered throughout this week’s playlist, but we just had to call attention to the infectious jam that is the title track. Its retro lead will be stuck in your head all day.

For the rest of the week though, there’s no shortage of tunes to hold your attention. Peace out.

’Alison Wonderland x Lido x Brave – Already Gone (Obseen Remake)’
’Hyper Potions – Unbreakable (feat. Danyka Nadeau)’
’Ramzoid – Nature Nature’
’Eli Way – Girls’
’Brunelle – Chemistry’
’Enzo Vangetti – Soul Food w/ Maestro’
’Araatan Ft. Amra – Zereglee’
’XMPLA – Make You Feel It ft. JLB’
’Dehku – Misa’
’Aksel Alloway & Plasti – Don’t Let Them Stop You’
’Andrew Luce & graves – Up To You (feat. Chelsea Cutler)’
’kuiters – P L A Y’
’Naisu – Promise’
’Cobalt Rabbit – With You’
’Xavier Dunn – Scattered (Feki Remix)’
’Eli Way – You’
’Eli Way – Us’
’Golden Vessel – Never Know (ft. LASTLINGS)’
’Icarus X Joe Hertz – Only You’
’FABRIKATE – Want You To Know’
’Pat Lok – You Street’
’Laxo – Touch (feat. Pearce)’
’No Tv No Radio – Space’
’LYAR feat. Laura Luppino – Trigger (RAMI Remix)’
’Prince – I Would Die For You (Montis Remix) ft. Aaron Krause & Liza Anne’
’TACACHO – Summer Of Love (ft. Cider Sky)’
’Jamie Prado – Celio’
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[Electronic] Bells and Robes – Latchkey (Feat. Flat Land)

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Latchkey (Feat. Flat Land)

Bells and Robes first popped up on my radar last year with their album release, “One Should See Sound Pt. II.” It features a few outstanding songs with the soft electronic tones and recorded elements that have shaped their signature sonic style–definitely a catalogue we’d recommend digging into. 

The other day I was happy to see that Bells and Robes are back with new music. There was a release a couple weeks ago that I missed, but luckily I stumbled on this new single, “Latchkey.” Expertly using the virtues of simplicity, the band delivers something special. Chilled keys, varied percussion and a soulful vocal part provided by the singer, Fae of Flat Land, is all Bells and Robes needs to deliver a laid-back and original sounding song. So listen up and be on the lookout for more music from this artist, I know I will be. Grab the free download above too!

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Saturday Selection Vol. 4

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Hopefully the April showers are finally over, because we’re desperately in need of some nice spring weather. A lot of the time, music shifts with the seasons, and we’ve got a few tunes for you this week to mark the change that’s underway. Enjoy!


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Pat Lok – You Street

Pat Lok straight up rocks. He’s been an ace producer of infectious house tunes for a while now, and his collection of remixes speaks volumes with its success so far. The latest tune he’s dropped on us is a funky original, teeming with smooth synths and rocking percussion that could easily become a staple in your poolside playlist during the months ahead. There’s no shortage of grooving with Pat Lok, and “You Street” is a great example of that.


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Klangstof – Island

It’s a moot point by now, but Mind of a Genius continues to push some of the best music. Their most recent signing, Klangstof, has finally followed up their debut tune with the ethereal beauty of “Island.” Something about this group is inherently magical, and their tunes help you to escape to a better place. The entire six and a half minutes of this song is absolutely immersive and spectacular. Don’t miss out their other recent release, “Amansworld,” either.


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Kultur – White Door (Ft. Khary)

Shifting from his normal ambience, Kultur delivers a slick hip-hop tune featuring vocals from Khary. Hopefully there’s more of this in store from Kultur, because it works for him. Whether you’re entirely familiar with his normal material or not, “White Door” already is a standout for the French producer. He prides himself on mainly emotional pieces of work, but this new tune just feels fun and is an intriguing switch-up. It’s no secret that there’s a large amount of talented producers hailing from France, and Kultur is upholding his end of the deal big time.


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Elohim – Sensations

Every new Elohim tune gets us more and more excited for her debut EP due out on May 20th. Even with an abundance of synth-pop artists out there, Elohim has continued to make her mark over the last year with stunning songs and an alluring, mysterious presence. “Sensations” feels more jubilant than most of her previous tunes, and it’s easy to see how she has been able to garner her popularity with ditties like this. She’s captivating, and we’re fidgeting in our seats just thinking about her debut project on the way.


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pools – summer sunday (sisasa remix)

SISASA is in no hurry to be anywhere based on the relaxing tunes we’ve heard. Each of the three songs released so far is wrapped in a tranquil and simple atmosphere, and, somehow, SISASA has managed to transform pools into an an even more serene invention. Complexity and technicality is always appreciated, but constructing a minimal melody and altering a sample in such a way that SISASA has takes a specific and careful type of production that can easily be disregarded. This works though. And it works well. End your day right with this one.


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[TMN Exclusive Interview] TMN Talks ‘Life of Pause’, Time Traveling & More with Wild Nothing’s Jack Tatum

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TMN Exclusive Interview + A Woman's WIsdom (Official SIngle)

Few people are able to conjure up such a visceral response through their artistic medium as multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and chief architect behind one of the most lauded music projects over the last decade as has the L.A. via Blacksburg, VA (and a few cities in between) Wild Nothing frontman Jack Tatum. Clearly a pensive and grounded artiste, Tatum’s abundant knowledge of music pours throug Wild Nothing’s pop-structured, but genre-eschewing catalog. Tatum and Wild Nothing’s sound has always toyed between abstract and direct, which has resulted in some of the most velvety, lush indie-pop tunes we’ve ever exposed our cochlear cavities to.

Last week, jut ahead of the start of Wild Nothing’s current international tour, we had the chance to catch up with Jack and see what’s been going on since the release of Life of Pause and ahead of yet another hefty jaunt across the world. Check out our show preview for Wild Nothing’s upcoming Red Bull Sound Select Showcase in Denver this Saturday with Inner Oceans & Flaural at the Bluebird Theater, and be sure to read our entire transcript below.

The Music Ninja (TMN): First off, let’s just take a second to thank you for taking the time to let us pick your brain and answer a couple of questions.

JT: Absolutely.

TMN: I’ve been a very vocal Wild Nothing consumer since your excellent 2010 debut, Gemini, and this past February you added another worthy addition to the Wild Nothing long-player catalog with Life of Pause which was the follow-up to perhaps my favorite album in the last 5 years, Nocturne. So, another thanks is in order for consistently creating some of the most tasteful sounds we’ve consumed in the past decade. So let’s get into it.

Jack Tatum (JT): Wow, yeah, thank you, for those very kind words.

TMN: Obviously an artist can undergo quite a sea-change as far as personal tastes and aesthetic go in a 7-year period; and with every passing release it seems like another piece of your psyche gets revealed both aurally and stylistically. We know you’ve probably answered this more than a few times on this latest round of press obligations, but were there any significant events going on in your life that sparked this burst of creativity and some of the material on Life of Pause, or was the writing and recording process pretty similar compared to your other EP’s & LP’s?

JT: Ummm… I don’t know. Not necessarily. I don’t know, for the sake of not making myself sound too boring…

TMN: Hahaha not at all.

JT: I’ve never really been someone that wrote kind of in response to any one sort of scenario or event in my life. I guess you could kind of say with the first record (Gemini) it definitely was very much a response to the relationship I was in at the time. And it’s, you know, a very mood based record… A very sort… of I don’t know how exactly I would describe it. But, as I’ve continued to write, I’ve found that I don’t necessarily need a spark to start writing. I think especially as I’ve gotten older I have been equally writing from experience as I am just to write and out of interest, or just purely composition, or trying to achieve a certain kind of sound, or something like that. But, yeah, I put out Nocturne in 2012 and then had the Empty Estate EP in 2013. And that EP in a way was kind of a response to Nocturne, just because we had been touring on Nocturne for so long…

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[Get Crunk] Friday Party Playlist (Vol 193)

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Was it just us or were there a ton of awesome records that came out this week? This time around, our Friday Party Playlist is all party, no pre-game. We get straight into things with some heavy trap records and move into some fist-pumping house records of various styles. We top it of with some hybrid/dubstep tracks from the likes of EH!DE and Festivillainz. Before we meet those bassheads, we’re meeting up with the likes of Juke Ellington, Snavs, 5 & A Dime, Wiwek and more. They all are joining us in the dojo for some irresponsible dancing this Friday, and you can take the party with you throughout the entire weekend. As always, each of the tracks in our collection can be downloaded for free, so grab the ones that get you going wild. Have fun and #danceirresponsible.

’Juke Ellington – Liberty (Original Mix) HOME BVSS x BLAZE IT .Recs’
’Snavs & Fabian Mazur – Head Pop’
’Bro Safari – Snap (Dirty Audio Remix)’
’5 & A Dime – Mental (Original Mix)’
’Rudy Zensky – Dancefloor Riot (Original Mix)’
’A Billion Robots – I Got Love (Original Mix)’
’Made Monster – 1UP’
’BROHUG – PARTY PEOPLE’
’Wiwek & Alvaro – BOOMSHAKATAK Ft. MC Spyder (VIP Mix)’
’Data Wave – Black Karma’
’Funk4Mation x Who Came After – The Choosen One (EH!DE Remix)’
’Festivillainz – Need U (Original Mix)’
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[Giveaway] Indy 500 Snake Pit w/ Skrillex, Martin Garrix, Zeds Dead & DJ Mustard – 5/29 @ Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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Hundred Waters – Show Me Love (Skrillex Remix) ft. Chance The Rapper, Moses Sumney, Robin Hannibal
Martin Garrix – Now That I’ve Found You (feat. John & Michel)
Zeds Dead – Back Home (feat. Freddie Gibbs)
DJ MUSTARD – Whole Lotta Lovin

Racing fans, start your engines! If your need for speed runs as deep as your love for EDM, there’s no better place for you to spend your Memorial Day Weekend than the Indy 500 Snake Pit with Skrillex, Martin Garrix, Zeds Dead & DJ Mustard. Our friends over at React Presents have provided us with the distinct opportunity to give away TWO tickets to this very special event during the landmark 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race on Sunday, May 29th, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Here’s how to apply; just fill in your first and last name, and enter your email address in the form below. It’s really that simple. The show is intended for audiences of all ages, but you must have a valid photo ID with you on the day of the event to redeem your prize.

All entries must be in before May 9th, when the winner will be notified by email and provided with ticket vouchers that they will have to take to the event and exchange for wristbands. The vouchers are good for entry to the speedway and will provide them with instructions on how to redeem the tickets. You are responsible for your own transportation to and from the race.

For more details and info on The Indy 500 Snake Pit, go here. If you would like to purchase tickets yourself, make sure to head over to the official event page, and follow React Presents on Facebook, Twitter and SoundCloud to keep up with all the latest news and announcements as well as hear what they’re listening to at the moment.

Check out the teaser video below, and don’t forget to enter for your chance to win!

ENTER GIVEAWAY TO WIN TIX FOR THE INDY 500 SNAKE PIT

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[TMN Premiere] PACES – Work Me Out (Moonbase Commander Remix)

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Work Me Out [ft. Rye Rye] (Moonbase Commander Remix)

Sydney based, genre-skirting producer Moonbase Commander seemingly bubbled up out of the ether with a clearly defined and polished sound on his collab with Cakes Da Killa for their 2015 single “Serve it Up”, which received quite the reputable slate of critical support when it first made the rounds. In the time since, the Australian artist’s been continuously honing that sound, with the recent release of the Southpaw EP on October Records, which only seemed to elevate the collective appetites of his listeners. So, when the Commander’s latest tune floated our way in the form of a remix for fellow TMN regulars PACES and their Rye Rye featuring single “Work Me Out”, we were like giddy cheerleaders before a pep rally.

On his latest record, Moonbase Commander trots out a hypnotically knocking kick-drum, fueled by alchemistic pads, before delving into a heap of two-step drum patterning which holds up Rye Rye’s flitty cypher as if it were resting on a bed of anthracite storm clouds. MBC’s bass-first soundscape toys with stadium-trap sized bass swells, gigantic drums and loopy synths; all pulled off with the confident swagger of an underground beatsmith and grace of an established veteran. Quite appetizing stuff really. Moonbase Commander’s remix comes as part of etcetc music‘s official remix package which is out this Friday (preorder on iTunes here). Just try not to get your lean on too hard and throw out your back to this one, and enjoy Moonbase Commander’s “Work Me Out” remix before anyone else above.

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