[Electro Soul] Marian Hill – One Time

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Marian Hill
One Time

This duo is quickly becoming one of my favorites.
We met Marian Hill some months back with their release of “Whiskey,” a sexy and seductive tune, and the group again shows why their collaborating sounds works. Jeremy Lloyd is the mastermind behind production while Samantha Gongol runs away with the sensual vocals. They both contribute to the writing of the lyrics and from there, pure music magic appears. Their mix of an electronic melody throughout the whole song combined with the cool, collected R&B sound of Gongol’s vocals makes for an intoxicating song in “One Time.” Cannot wait to hear more tunes from this amazing duo, as they prepare for their debut EP Play, which will be out on March 4.

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[Secret Ninja Pass] This Week at Beta 1/23

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Alright, ninjas. We’ve been hooking you up with free entry to Beta over the past year. We know you’ve have some epic times, catching some of the most legendary talent EDM has to offer, and we’re on board to keep this thing going. So, we’re once again giving you an opportunity to check out the best night club in North America for free. What all do you have to do to get in? It’s pretty damn easy. Just follow these steps:

– Head to the front door, and enter the club before 11 pm
– Show this post to the cashier (Valid for 21+ only)

Who’s going to be lighting the decks up this week? Peep the killer talent below.

Paris Blohm - January 23rd
Tritonal & Paris Blohm
Colors ft. Sterling Fox

Planet of the Drums - January 24th
AK1200
Four Four Flashback

Alex Metric & Destructo - January 18th
Empire of the Sun
DNA (Alex Metric Remix)
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[Deep House] The Weeknd – Devil May Cry (Fabich & Ferdinand Weber Edit)

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The Weeknd
Devil May Cry (Fabich & Ferdinand Weber Edit)

In the right hands, powerful vocals can be channeled into an entirely new experience from what was originally envisioned for a song. It doesn’t really cross one’s mind that the raw emotion of The Weeknd’s ‘Devil May Cry’ could be transformed into a deep house production, but German duo Fabich and Ferdinand Weber possess a creativity that can bridge that gap. Their chilled edit of the original ballad proves that their execution is as good as their ideas, with a lush acoustic soundscape carrying listeners through a journey of much warmer feelings. The stunning vocals still remain at the forefront of this tune though, with the rhythmic builds expertly crafted around climactic lyrical moments throughout the track. Even better it’s a free download, so there’s no excuse not to inspire your creative side with a new perspective.

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[House] Tensnake – Love Sublime (Duke Dumont Remix)

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Tensnake
Love Sublime (Duke Dumont Remix)

As German disco and house producer Tensnake readies a debut LP, Glow, set for a March 3 release, he’s teased legions of fans by dropping a few singles including “Love Sublime”; the latest jewel off of the impending album. U.K. house superstar Duke Dumont, who is coming off of one of the strongest 2013’s of any artist, has taken Tensnake’s brand of  downtempo Nu-Disco and turned “Love Sublime” into a dance floor smasher. Whereas the original radiates a sunny disposition, Dumont pumps the right amount of murkiness onto the tune while simultaneously gearing it straight towards a peak hour crowd. Stabbing piano chords overlay a punchy drum kick groove while the vocal plays out much more expansive and intimidating than on Tensnake’s original, creating a feeling only the Duke could mold a previous track into. This one is definitely worth a listen this Thursday for our dance fans, check it out above.

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[Hip-Hop] Phife – Dear Dilla

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Dear Dilla

In memoriam of one of rap’s greats, A Tribe Called Quest‘s Phife Dawg pays homage on his new single “Dear Dilla”. J Dilla, born James Dewitt Yancy, was one of the most influential emcee/producers in the game, whose work on the board and mic led to some of the greatest tracks in hip-hop history. His life was cut too short in 2006 due to complications from thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura. Paying tribute to his friend on this new single, Phife remembers the good times they spent together over a DJ Rasta Root throwback beat. Coming across as more of a story during the rapper’s wake, Phife even recalls the time they both spent in the hospital together. Take a listen to the first single from Phife’s upcoming MUTTYmorPHosis project.

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[Remix] Disclosure – F For You (Feat. Mary J. Blige)

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Disclosure
F For You ft. Mary J. Blige

UK duo Disclosure have experienced a meteoric rise since releasing Settle early last year. While they’ve been pleasing us ninjas with their melodic vibes for quite awhile now, they’ve finally just started to gain some steam here in the states, culminating in an appearance with Sam Smith on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last week and a three night residency at New York’s Terminal 5 that also included a performance alongside Ms. Mary J. Blige herself. That second performance was of course just a teaser for what’s been released today, as the group have just unveiled an exciting new remix of their hit, “F For You” featuring the legendary diva in all her glory. After posing for a photo with Q-Tip on Instagram over the weekend, it remains to be seen what else these two have up their sleeves during their U.S. takeover.

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[Deep-House] option4 – Love Like No Other/Black Cats EP

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After coming off of two slightly more accessible, pop-infused remixes over the past few months, both of which went on something of a viral run, option4 is back to his soulful, deep and banging ways with a debut release on the digital only outlet for one of the most sought after and respected house labels, Nurvous Records. The Love Like No Other/Black Cats EP wholeheartedly establishes itself right off the bat with what is safe to say should be the golden standard of option4’s production skill “Love Like No Other”. Featuring Ethan Converse of Denver’s brooding synth-pop group FLASH/LIGHTS on vocals, the tune commences within the same formula as most house cuts – behind a 16 bar intro built on a shuffling percussion, four to the floor rhythm, deep swells and a spacy layer of pads – and plays its way groovily through the opening half. The real beauty lies after the harpsichord heightened break on “Love Like No Other”, as option4 flips the track on its head with one of the most infectious house breakdowns we’ve heard in God knows how long, as he seamlessly lets a new hook carry its listener all the way to the finish line. We had the chance to hear this one played out live a few times as the Denver based producer recently opened for Rusko at The Fillmore in Denver and Moby at the Belly Up in Aspen, and all we could think was “What is this track?!” Thankfully the fine A&R department in NYC with Nurvous Records saw fit to present the rest of the world with a full release, so we can all rest easy.

“Black Cats”, the EP’s B-Side is a little more of a throwback to the original classic house from the late 80’s which so heavily influences the option4 sound. Featuring a chopped, spliced and reprocessed vocal in which it has become increasingly clear only he can do, “Black Cats” takes us to the middle of a true house dancefloor with support from a superbly crafted bass line and articulated kick-clap. Both singles are available for purchase on Beatport here, and if they had you bouncing half as hard as us, then without equivocation we recommend you pick up both tracks. Stream option4’s Love Like No Other/Black Cats EP below.

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Love Like No Other feat. FLASH/LIGHTS (Original Mix)
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Black Cats (Original Mix)
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