Canadian indie pop duo Tegan And Sara have blessed us with an oh-so-sweet track called “Closer,” off their forthcoming 2013 album. The sisters (identical, actually!) have been putting out music for over a decade and have 5+ albums under their belts, but haven’t released anything since 2009′s Sainthood so we will probably gobble up “Closer” like hungry beasts. With bouncy synths and delectable harmonies, it’s hard to resist.
Last week, Bird Peterson, the producer from Austin, Texas released his fourth, and possibly final chapter in the “Drankenstein” mix series through Mad Decent. For over a year, Bird has been using the Drankenstein handle to remix popular electro tracks, turning them into instant Trap bangers. While his remixes are great, his Drankenstein Mixes have always been something very special. Filled with (mostly) Trance classics, with a healthy amount of heavy dub bass, Bird traps these tracks out, not simply by increasing the 808s and snares and throwing in the odd gunshot or “Damn son” sample, but instead by expertly layering lyrics by some of the best dirty south Trap rappers like Three 6 Mafia, T.I., Future and Crime Mob over every song. Now, Bird has given us the entire mix separated into the individual songs, resulting in 15 incredible mashed-up tracks that would fit well into any Trance or Hip-Hop set, or act as your soundtrack when you are hitting the streets. Below are a few favorites, but be sure to cop the whole thing here!
Well Ninjas, another week has passed and as tantalizing thoughts of the upcoming weekend begin to seep into your train of thought it is time again to embrace your weekly dosage of trance. As we stated last week, trance is a genre, which has served as the foundation for some of the largest and most successful names in the EDM. Noted for its 8-bar patterns and hypnotic melodies, trance music speaks to its listeners on a profound emotional level. So without any further ado, lets take some time on this fine Thursday to enter a state of trance.
This week our playlist begins featuring the newest massive tune “Must Be The Love” from BT, Arty and Nadia Ali. This track is a spectacular representation of trance at its finest; intense build-ups and meticulous breakdowns from two trance legends intertwined with premier vocalist Nadia Ali’s sensual verses. Next, we have Gai Abutbul’s remix of Ruben De Ronde’s track “Fjords”. Gai’s remix exemplifies the light and dreamy sensation of expertly crafted trance melodies overlayed atop rythmic up-tempo drums. Miss Nine’s latest effort “Stranger” featuring Kyler England is a great selection illustrating the progressive aptitude of trance as a genre. Other notable tracks are Tritonal’s mashup of their tune “Broken Down” with Ost & Meyers “Antalya” as well as New Hero’s remix of W&W’s “Moscow” which are both available for free download. Enjoy.
BT, Arty & Nadia Ali Must Be The Love (Original Mix)
And if the tracks above aren’t enough to satiate your desire for trance then make sure to jump over and listen to Armin Van Buuren’s weekly broadcast A State of Trance Ep. 579. Click the “listen now” on the page to download the stream, playable through iTunes.
Brother Ali‘s Mourning In America is already available now on iTunes and in the Fifth Element store, but in case you were still somehow hesitant about the project, Ali’s done us the courtesy of putting a stream up for free online. It’s not your typical boring SoundCloud stream though. Brother Ali’s provided us a visual complement to his music — a nearly hour long music video if you will — that gives us a glimpse into an average day in his life. It’s definitely an interesting journey, if not pedestrian at times, but it certainly gives us an insight into the man’s life. As always, if you’re feeling the stream, make sure to support the artist and cop the album!
A few weeks back we fell head over heels for Years & Years’ impressive debut single, “I Wish I Knew”. The London based quintet fuse a combination of laptop samples and infectious guitar-pop to bring to life an engaging sound that is perfectly placed to soundtrack the late summer.
Toppling the uplifting original into firm dancefloor territory, Scuplt’s remix strips away the song’s poppier elements to leave a bed of abrasive beats and deep bass, galvanized by heavily edited vocal chops. Check out The Music Ninja’s exclusive stream of the remix below, before Years & Years unleash the full “I Wish I Knew” package on October 3rd via Good Bait.
The dance floor destroyer 3LAU drops an Unreleased Booty from his arsenal of insane tuneage. To make your living as a Mashup artist in this day and age is quite an accomplishment, but when your this good it kinda makes sense. This is a tune that is a sure to get anyone jumping, featuring a mash of Dillon Francis‘s remix of “Who Is Ready To Jump?” by Chuckie. And mixed perfectly with one of the biggest Rap tunes of the year, “Niggas In Paris” by Kanye West and Jay-Z. 3LAU we thank you for letting this leak on to the blogosphere, now don’t rage too hard. Cheers.
An easy listen for this Thursday morning. Appearing on the Huw Stephens’s BBC radio 1 yesterday evening the The xx debuted this new remix by Four Tet of thier single “Angles” off the Coexist album released earlier this month.