[Electronic Genius] Henrix’s new Rockin EP

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When someone says Miami, so many things come to mind right?

The beautiful white beaches, the hot weather, the tanned and good looking ladies and gentlemen and maybe, or you should think, an electric music domain.

An artist who calls Miami home just dropped an unbelievable 3-track EP earlier this week for Mixmash Records called Rock This Dream. His name is fairly unknown but his music is far from that. He literally fell into the laps of electric fans everywhere this year with his undeniable banger “Hit It” and has not slowed down long enough for many people to catch his name. But if you are lucky enough to hear his music then you sure as hell should help spread his name; Henrix. A Brazilian who has called Miami home long enough to be a native, is an electronic artist Miami is proud to call one of their own.

His EP starts off with “Rock This Dream” featuring Roland Clark which is an instant fist pounding, body jumping tune full of high energy electric beats and heart stopping drops. Henrix takes us on an electric music journey with this song, telling us how electric music “feeds us all and sets us free…takes us to a place beyond our imagination.” Truth. He follows up with “Viral”, a beat full of amazing drums that feels like you are in an action/thriller video game. With my gun drawn, I wander through the levels as Henrix brings the beats high and then drops them to a dirty low. Time to save the world. His final song, “Losing My Mind”, with Jakob Liedholm featuring Gieuseppe Viola, is a song with a story of a man who cannot get a woman off his mind, hence he’s losing it as we do in this electric music cloud. This song makes me want to close my eyes because I can feel every beat that was put into this tune. Henrix does an amazing job on this whole EP taking his listeners on a journey along with him, never sounding the same but exposing each ear to a new electric sound and feel in each song.

Remember, Henrix, the proud electric artist from Miami who is about to fall into the laps of the rest of the electric music world. Watch out.

Henrix Ft. Roland Clark
Rock This Dream (Original Mix) Preview
Jakob Liedholm & Henrix Feat. Gieuseppe Viola
Losing My Mind (Original Mix) Preview
Henrix
Viral (Original Mix) Preview
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Record Store Day: In Celebration of Where Music Becomes Important to Us

I was watching Mad Men the other day with the Mrs. when I had one of those great Netflix moments: I had to pause my X Box to consider what one of the characters, Don Draper said and by extension, what the creators of Mad Men were trying to suggest to me. In a fairly stereotypical scene, Draper was lamenting to one of his subordinates about a troublesome client who wanted a specific piece of music for a commercial. Draper sighs, lights a cigarette, looks over to his younger subordinates and exclaims (to the extent that the character exclaims anything in his monotone delivery): “When did music become so important?”

Indeed.  When?

I considered this as Draper was frozen in motion on the screen. Most of us point to those pivotal adolescent years as when we discovered the anti-establishment bands that we loved so much and defined our musical tastes. For my dad, it was Led Zepplin, Cream, The Who. For my older friends, Black Flag, The Melvins and Neurosis. For me, Rage Against the Machine, Tool, Nirvana. For some of my younger friends it was My Chemical Romance and Protest the Hero. Regardless the different styles of music and bands we become enamored with, it seems to happen right around 14 to 16 years old for most of us.

The remarkable thing is that regardless of when music first becomes important, it becomes important almost universally in the same place if you’re an American: The local indie record store.

Some of my fondest memories are in music stores, browsing through endless CDs with my older cousins looking for hidden treasures. I bought The Wall and Dark Side of the Moon in an indie record store. Opiate, Highly Refined Pirates, Master of Puppets, Career Suicide, and Bob Marley’s Legend (not in chronological order, naturally) were all purchased in indie record stores. I picked up A Brief History of Love after wandering into a record store in Soho, London, while traveling. As I walked in, the chorus from that Rancid song rang in my head over and over again: “Ruby, Ruby, Ruby, Ruby-Soho!”

If music is linked to memory, memory to experience, and experience to our existential purpose, then the indie record store has a quirky sense of divinity, doesn’t it?  The album that we pick up from the indie record store is a packet of emotions that we’ll experience and memories we’ll create while listening to it. It will help form (or reform) our overall musical preferences in some small way. Those preferences will define our identity in some small way. Kinda cool, no?

And in the age of digital music—and yes, I say this as a regular contributor to The Music Ninja which does deal in digital music—I think a day like Record Store Day is all the more important. Granted, we can access music from the internet at any time. Point, click, done. And that’s fine at times. But I think there’s a romance and a ritual to going to the record store: a pause that is longer than a point and a click in our daily life. It is also a place where many of our indie bands wish to have their albums land. Real success is getting their vinyl (containing their blood sweat and tears) in that store. Indie record stores serve as a finish line. A stage for indie bands to celebrate their triumph.

So here’s in support of Record Store Day. Take a minute tomorrow to go see what’s new and hopefully rediscover that awe you felt when music first became important to you.

A servant, author of Geoff and Katie’s Playlist.

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[Get Crunk] Clayton’s Friday Party Playlist #49

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Hey ninjas. I know, I dropped the ball last week, but allow me to explain. In the midst of trying to get ready to head to the desert for my three day bender, better known as Coachella, I kind of lost track of time. I apologize profusely, and I hope you went back and relived some of the banging CFPP’s from yesteryear. I also hope that poor time management skills didn’t hinder your ability to party. I know it didn’t for me, as you can see by this awesome pic of me getting down in the Sahara Tent. (Courtesy of the ever-so-rad Morgan H.)

Anyways, I’ve kicked it up a notch this week to make up for it. Today we have a massive tasty selection of rage inducing tracks that will have you shootin’ tequila at 3 AM. Just don’t curse my name when you wake up with a massive hang. If I may suggest something? Slam some coconut water before you go to bed. It saved my life in Indio.

#danceirresponsibly

Wolfgang Gartner
Shrunken Heads (Butch Clancy Retwerk)
Deorro & Joel Fletcher
Queef (Original Mix)
Zombie Nation Vs. Deorro
Big Kernkraft (Griffo Festival Bootleg)
D Jastic
Up To No Good (Griffo Bootleg)
Krewella
Come & Get It (Jay Cosmic Remix)
Dj Snake vs Junior Senior
Move Your Feet (Parisian Vision)
Channel 42 (Koyote Bootleg)
Wolfgang Gartner//Deadmau5//Lefty//DVBBS//J.Cavalli//Nom De Strip
Bunji Garlin
Differentology (Major Lazer Remix)
Jay Z
Can I Get A.. (Big Gigantic Remix)
Big Gigantic x GRiZ
Power
Dúné
Heiress Of Valentina (Alesso Mix) (Aylen Trap ReFix)
Last Day Ahw Yeah! Michael Woods vs GTA vs FireBeatz FLos MAsHuP
CHRIZZ LUVLY FT CALVIN JAZZ
WINTER MUSIC (ORIGINAL MIX)
One Republic
If I Lose Myself (Kastra Remix)
2 Chainz vs. JayyFresh vs. Enferno
Im Behind (Kastra Bootleg)
Sander van Doorn
Joyenergizer (Kastra Edit)
Disco Fries
Turn Off Your Deception (Disco Fries Bootleg)
Sound of Stereo
Zipper (MAKJ Remix)
Hardwell & Showtek vs. Drake
How We Started From The Bottom (MAKJ Ultra Edit)
Out Of My Mind (Henry Fong Remix)
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[VIDEO] The Freestylers – The Coming Storm

Freestylers- The Coming Storm from BLURRED Pictures on Vimeo.

The Freestylers have covered it all. Massive festivals? Check. Biggest clubs? Check? Top of the Pops? Check. Over a decade of performing live music? Check. Horror film music video? Check. Wait, that one seems out of place. Well, as seemingly odd as it is, it’s is something this dance music duo can tout in their ever growing list of accomplishments.

The London based musicians recently enlisted the help of music film collective Blurred Pictures to help with their new music video. In the snowy mountains of Colorado, Blurred has set the backdrop for this upcoming Rub-A-Duck Records and Black Hole Recordings release. Actors Jon Jacobs, Nancy Pratt and Michael Roberts enter a world of terror set to the reggae infused dubstep track. What ensues? You’ll have to watch for yourself.

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[Indie] London Grammar – Wasting My Young Years

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London Grammar
Wasting My Young Years

UK trio London Grammar continue to impress with each and every release. Like their previous two singles, “Wasting My Young Years” is tranquil yet piercing, with a build up that forces the hairs on the back of your neck to stand up. Hannah Reid‘s lush, powerful vocals often draw comparisons to fellow Londoner, Florence Welch. However, Hannah also has a haunting quality in her inflections that contributes greatly to the quaint but reverberant sound the band has already become well known for. Although the group may only have three songs out, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to pick a favorite. The band doesn’t plan to release this single until June 16, meaning we’ll have to keep our fingers glued to the SoundCloud play button until then. And, as if you needed more of a reason to fall in love with the band, check out a live rendition of this song over at The Guardian’s website.

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[TMN EXCLUSIVE] Helena Interview

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Disfunktion & Helena
Detox [Onelove]

If you haven’t been acquainted with Helena’s music, it won’t be long. This sultry Australian DJ/producer has already blown up the Australian scene and now has her eyes fixed on the states. With a few shows at WMC, some of you party goers have had a taste of her dance inducing beats. For those of you who haven’t, please take a minute to check out the fire she’s laying down.

While we tried to catch Helena in person out in Miami, we unfortunately couldn’t make ends meet. On the other hand, we’re still extremely excited to get to know Helena better. Check out what she had to say about who she’d like to work with, vegemite, and the always coveted In-n-Out burger.

TMN: Your remix of “Let it Out” just came out just a bit ago. Congratulations! Talk to us about how you approach a remix to make sure that you maintain the original feel, but still add your own personal flare.

Helena: Thank you! Yes there has been a great buzz around the “Let it Out” remix and an awesome crowd reaction every time I drop it in my sets, the remix itself was a fairly easy one, as when you have a vocal the quality of what Amba Shepherd delivers, it makes the job a lot easier.
With a remix you have to keep enough of the original track for it to be recognisable, but you have to make your own imprint on it.
So keep elements that you like from the original and add in then your sound to make it your own.

TMN: You started djing when you were 14 years old, but only really taking it seriously since 2003. What has been the biggest surprise in both your personal career and the music industry so far?

Helena: I think the biggest surprise for me in my personal career, is that my hobby became my profession, I didn’t set out to become a DJ nor did I ever imagine I would get so far.
I just loved music, it all happened very organically you could say, which i guess is the best way to be. And also makes me extremely lucky that something I loved I was able to make a career out of. Not many can say that.

Biggest surprise in the music industry so far, for me is the US – for them to embrace “EDM” (that word makes me cringe ha) but for them to embrace dance music and move away from R&B and hip hop as so mainstream is the real surprise, I didn’t think that would ever happen. And as much as some may knock him – David Guetta has opened doors for alot of artists in the US, people have a lot to thank him for.

TMN: You’ve traveled all over the world playing your music. What are your top 3 cities to play in? Do you tend to lean more towards Oz because of the home field crowd?

Helena: My top 3 places to play;
1. Ibiza (this still has to be my no 1) there is a buzz on this place that just gets me every time. I love it!
2. Miami (I had the best time playing in Miami this year, it has to be one of my favourite places now to play!) And I was there a month earlier this year also playing Mansion club which was also insane.
3. Brisbane (Not my home town of Sydney) but Brisbane in Australia. I have had the sickest shows in this city, I love the crowds, clubs and vibe here. One of my favourite places to play for sure.
I have some shows pencilled this year though in Brazil and greek Islands which is supposed to be insane, it will be my first time there, so really looking forward to that for sure!

TMN: How do the crowds differ for you in Australia compared to here in the states? Is it a noticeable difference?

Helena: The crowds in the US are a bit more excitable than the Australian crowds, the US crowds will go out their way more to find you on social networks and interact with you how much they enjoyed the set etc.

Where as the Australian crowds it’s not new to them. They are far more likely to find you to say they didn’t like something then to say they did. They are a tougher crowd to please as they are more educated. But that’s fine for me as i know them all well now and have found my place with them and i’ve got my regular spots that i play where i have some amazing shows.
The US market it’s pretty new, so you drop tracks past 2-3 years old and they don’t really know it, which is crazy.

TMN: Who would you love to collaborate right now?

Helena: Knife Party would be pretty sick!

TMN: Which musicians inspire you?

Helena: Musically i’m inspired by the DJ’s/Producers closest to my sound, Steve Angello, Avicii, John Dahlback, Nicky Romero, Hardwell, Tommy Trash,Thomas Gold, Wolfgang Gartner, Eric Prydz I find all very inspiring.

TMN: You are stuck in an island for 3 months and unfortunately, your laptop can only play 3 individual tracks. What would those 3 tracks be?

Helena: Brown Sugar D’angelo, Oasis – Wonderwall, Redline – Wolfgang Gartner

TMN: Rapid Fire – Ok, this section would have obviously been much cooler in person, but we’ll still keep it in so our fans can get to know a little bit about you personally.

TMN: Are you a fan of Vegemite?

Helena: No.

TMN: What’s your favorite food to eat when you come to the US?

Helena: In and Out Burger. (I wish)

TMN: Favorite indiginous Australian animal?

Helena: A koala!

TMN: If you ordered a beer, it would be a….

Helena: Pure Blonde, Low carb beer

TMN: If you ordered a shot, it would be a….

Helena: TEQUILA!

TMN: If your music were an animal, what would it be?

Helena: A lion.

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[NEW] Daft Punk – Get Lucky (feat. Pharrell & Nile Rodgers)

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Daft Punk
Get Lucky (feat. Pharrell & Nile Rodgers) (Radio Edit)

The endless tease that has surrounded Daft Punk for years is finally coming to a halt today, as we get what appears to be the first single from their ridiculously anticipated upcoming album. For anyone who was at Coachella, “Get Lucky” was the song being previewed all weekend in between sets. The Pharrell and Nile Rodgers assisted track, albeit a slightly shorter radio edit, does not disappoint delivering that infectious funk that the French duo are known for. Happy Daft Punk day to all the ninjas out there! Random Access Memories drops May 21st. Get funky y’all.

UPDATE: Updated with the official CDQ version. “Get Lucky” is available for purchase on iTunes now.

[via SoundisStyle]

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