[Secret Ninja Pass] This Week at Beta 9/11 – 9/13

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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)

That’s it! Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, it’s not. Head to Beta and see for yourself.

Lil Jon - Sept 11
’AM I WRONG (LIL JON & DJ KONTROL BOOTY MASH) – NICO & VINZ VS. OUTKAST’

Crystal Method - Sept 5
’Over It (Featuring Dia Frampton)’

Stefano Noferini - Sept 6
’Marko Nastic & Taster Peter – Revolver (Stefano Noferini Remix) [Deeperfect
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[House] Botnek & 3LAU – Vikings (Bixel Boys Remix)

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Botnek & 3LAU
Vikings (Bixel Boys Remix)

Is it just us, or are Bixel Boys blowing everything they touch out of the water? The Los Angeles House duo are on a roll and don’t seem to have any intentions of stopping their groove just yet. Released on Dim Mak Records two days ago, Bixel Boys took on the heavy electro anthem, “Vikings”, by Botnek and 3LAU. Now, if you’ve heard the original, then you might agree that it resembles both Botnek’s absurdity and 3LAU’s electro flair; this time around, Bixel Boys added their signature touch to give this track a refreshing re-work to get our feet dancin’. Full of “smattering spacey synths, delicate drum kicks, and groovy basslines,” Bixel Boys transform “Vikings” from fist pumps to hip swerves in a matter of seconds. These two are out to prove that they’re in the works of changing everything we know about House music. Pre-order your copy on iTunes today and get all loosy goosy with this one, ninjas.

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Solidisco talks Disco, festivals vs pool parties, and their love for S’mores [TMN Exclusive Interview]

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’Chromeo – Jealous (Solidisco Remix)’

With Disco making it’s way back to the forefront of dance music, we here at TMN have become fascinated with the global groovement that is currently in action. Who better to talk to about this epidemic than Disco’s own Matt McGurn and Don Skotnicki from Solidisco? Well we had a chance to talk with these guys last week about how these two joined forces and helped revive the era of Disco in today’s modern dance music culture. Through all of their endeavors, Solidisco is giving our ears a much needed break from those all too familiar festival bangers and instead are pumping some life back into our souls. See what these guys have to say about their sound, dance music, and who would most likely be Paris Hilton’s dog.

TMN: So, before we jump into how Solidisco developed into what it is today, let’s go back a bit and learn more about you guys. I’m sure you hear this question all the time, but it’s always great to ask, especially for new people tuning in, but how did you guys get involved with music? How did you two come together to form Solidisco?

SD: Music has always been a big part of our lives and we like all kinds of music, so it was only natural for us to become DJs. We both grew up DJing in Buffalo, NY. There wasn’t a lot of people doing what we do there, so it was natural for us to start working together.

TMN: Who have been some key influential artists that inspired you to make music; this goes for all genres, too. How would you say that those artists have helped mold your sound and guide you in the direction of where you are right now?

SD: Armand Van Helden and Dimitri From Paris got us into house music, so they kinda both pushed us towards our love for disco. We were always both big hip-hop guys and 90s/00s hip-hop was heavily sample based, so that got us into the art of sampling too. Just Blaze is definitely an influence with how hard he went with the horn section samples. We definitely have tried to apply that to house music in several of our songs.

’Kanye West – Bound 2 (Solidisco Remix)’

TMN: It appears that Disco/Funk/Nu-Disco/etc. have been steadily inching towards the limelight of dance music – How would you define the role that Disco has played in the current groovement and what do you guys think might be some reasons as to why people are finally introducing these type of genres in their sets?

SD: We think it’s an over saturation thing. The Nu Disco/Funk groove is getting popular just because it actually has groove. Same with Deep House. I wouldn’t say Deep House is ‘funky’ but just the fact that it has a groove makes it popular right now. Since EDM exploded in America, it’s just been “4-on-the-floor” banger after banger. There’s really no groove to those songs for the most part. It’s just about being so hard that it makes people go crazy. I think now it’s going back to actually listening to dance music to actually dance, not to start mosh pits at festivals. So because of that, I think DJs are checking out other sub-genres of EDM to try and find some new material to play in their sets because they are getting sick of the typical house bangers.

TMN: We got to catch your sensational main stage set at Hard Day of the Dead last year and you sold us from start to finish. With that almost being a year ago, how would you say that definitive moment helped bring in audiences from all over? (Personally, that was one of my favorite sets of the weekend – some girl put gum in my hair because I was grooving too hard – totally worth it.

SD: (Hahaha) Sorry about your hair, but we’re glad you enjoyed our set! Yeah that was big for us, and we posted the set on our Soundcloud so everyone could check it out. We always say that we make disco tracks made for big rooms, and you can’t get much bigger than the main stage at a HARD event. It just felt good to finally play our music where it was meant to be played and getting the reaction we were looking for. It was very inspiring to go back to the studio after that and make new music.

’The S.O.S Band – Take Your Time (Do It Right) (Solidisco Remix)’

TMN: What are your favorite type of gigs to play and how do you prepare for them? This includes festivals, pool parties, etc.

SD: Each has it’s advantages and disadvantages. We like pool parties because we get to play some stuff we wouldn’t necessarily play otherwise and the vibe is cool, I mean, who doesn’t like being around a pool in beautiful locations? Overall it’s pretty chill and we like really energetic sets. Festivals are awesome, too, just because of the sheer amount of people. You get a crazy rush you don’t get anywhere else, but there are so many people there and so many potential new fans that we tend to be very careful about our song selections. We usually take less chances as DJs at festivals, so we would say club shows are our favorite because it’s enough people where the energy level is always high, but there’s not as much pressure as a festival so we feel more comfortable getting creative during our sets and always have the most fun when we get to do that.

TMN: We can see how festivals might pose a higher risk for putting people off as far as song choice goes. But, speaking of preparation, do you guys have any “pre-show” rituals of some sort? Anything weird is totally acceptable.

SD: Unfortunately we don’t do anything too weird. Mandatory bathroom stops and Red Bull consumption is about it.

’Icona Pop – Just Another Night (Solidisco Remix)’

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Olivver – Not Going Home [TMN PREMIERE]

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Not Going Home

Sometimes the greatest things happen when you least expect it. It could be randomly meeting that special someone who you’ll spend the rest of your life with. It could be unknowingly making a difference in a stranger’s day, providing someone with the hope to go on. It could be as simple as a stumbling upon an artist that you previously didn’t know much about. Regardless of what causes this feeling, it’s one that’s inexplicably wonderful, causing surging emotions that overtake every last existing thought.

We’re no stranger to Los Angeles-based Olivver, having previously written about a track of his with Jez Dior, but we have to admit we were taken back upon hearing “Not Going Home.” Coming off his EP FREAK, this song sparkles with undeniable brilliance, flirting effortless between something you’d expect from a seasoned crooner and a pop-centric, indie artist.

Stirring up inspiration, “Not Going Home” latches itself onto a powerful bassline, simplistic percussion, and understated piano work. The lyrics especially stand out, providing an inspirational cadence that insights a strong revelry of emotional grandeur.

To say that we were beyond impressed is an understatement. In this blogger’s honest opinion, this is one of the better tracks we’ve stumbled upon in some time. We can’t wait to see what lies ahead for this uber-talented songwriter.

If you dig this tune, make sure to check out his recently released compilation of Bsides, which are all available as free downloads.

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[TMN Premiere] J.Tropic – Solid Gold

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Something sexy and seductive for your Thursday morning?
Producer J.Tropic brings us a sultry new single ‘Solid Gold’ off of his upcoming EP ‘Love-Up’ released via Duty Noted Records on October 27th. J.Tropic is a fairly new producer this year but is showing us why is one of the hottest new producers to play to our music loving ears. The melody is hypnotic with mellow electronic beats mixed with a twist of soulful vocals. The song captures an intoxicating love between two people, and how life is not about money and pretty things, it is about the feelings two people have for one another. J.Tropic has an ear for combining addicting melodies with sugar coated vocals to produce something that is really solid gold.

’Solid Gold’
’Love Up’
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[Neo-Soul] Iman Omari – Tripping

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Iman Omari
Tripping (Bonus Track)

Following the release of Samadhi EP, Iman Omari is back at it with a whole new album titled “Energy”. This song, “Tripping”, is the bonus track in the deluxe edition of the album. Incorporating soul and R&B with dreamy and downtempo beats, the LA singer/producer can do it all. This song is the definition of what tranquility sounds like. The vocals feature his signature muffled sound, and the slow bass comes in with the killer piano riff. In the limited duration of the song, you’re sucked into this dream and venturing into his world of music. There’s nothing better than chillaxing and feeling at ease with just the power of a simple tune, and any song on this album does just that.

If you’re into alternative, soul and lo-fi stuff just as much as we do, check out Iman Omari and give this a listen. Sky is the limit for this talented musician.

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[Indie Dance] Oliver – Light Years Away EP

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Oh man oh man! Here we have Oliver‘s brand new Light Years Away EP, featuring two breathtaking tunes, each exploring the realms of dance and nu-disco music.

The first track, titled “Light Years Away”, resembles the duo’s classic “Night Is On My Mind” which has that heavyweight funky bass line and ascending synths that will shake the whole place down. This song has a lengthy buildup and features deep robotic voice samples that will leave you headbanging uncontrollably. The second track, titled “Fast Forward”, is a fast-paced dance masterpiece consisting of this killer groovy synth and “Daft-worthy solos”.

We are genuinely amazed by how much the Fool’s Gold duo manages to achieve in just two tunes. They’re crossing subgenres and definitely bring up the standard in the revival of disco music. With that said, wait no more, put on your dancing shoes, get up and get movin’!

’Oliver – Light Years Away’
’Oliver – Fast Forward’
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