Keys N Krates on their new EP, their influences, and Ligers [TMN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

Keys N Krates
Are We Faded

TMN: Hey Guys! Thank you for taking some time to sit down with us today. First off, let’s talk about the EP, which is due out September 23rd. What can people come to expect from Every Nite?

Matisse: Weird rap beats that are emotional but still warrant a dance party. Pitched up vocals, morphed samples, synths, bangin rap drums.

TMN: Following up on that, is this EP more of a concept piece, or a collection of songs? Do you envision people listening from song one to the finish, or shuffling it up a bit?

Flo: Yes definitely! We set out to make a sort of mini-album that has some interludes and is a good listen all the way through as opposed to just some cool tracks thrown together. The whole thing is meant to capture the vibe of the night. With regards to how ppl listen to it, we know that’s sort of out of our control, but we hope ppl take it in as the entire ep.

TMN: You just released the first single, “Are We Faded,” which is an absolutely monstrous tune, which focuses highly on a beautiful combination of melodic synths, future bass, and expert vocal sampling. Where did the inspiration come from on this particular song?

Tune: We wanted to make something bangin and beautiful sounding at the same time. We also wanted it to sound optimistic and summer-ish, as the rest of the ep is quite a bit darker. We definitely took some influence from guys like Nadus, Cashmere Cat, Lido, Waveracer and Minnesota on this one cause those guys are all so great with pad synths and emotional chords.

TMN: You guys flexed your musical muscle with a diverse blend of styles in this EP. How did that come to be? Did you intentionally set out to cover different styles music, or did it just flow naturally in the production?
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[Chill House] LANY – ILYSB (Ferdinand Weber Remix)

ILYSB (Ferdinand Weber Remix)

There’s no doubting that the heartfelt original from LANY delivered some unreal emotions and powerful lyrics for the lovesick individual. But for those craving a little more groove to go along with their feels, Ferdinand Weber has bumped things up in that signature chill style we love so much. He may be without his partner in crime Fabich this time, but even without all its parts, there’s no stopping this German machine from producing quality summer vibes for your listening pleasure. The bright leads and bouncing piano melodies would fool you into believing the vocals were always built for a track like this, and that’s the kind of polish that makes for the perfect official remix.

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[House] Richard Vission and NGHTMRE feat. Jackie Boyz – Walking On Sunshine

Richard Vission and NGHTMRE feat. Jackie Boyz
Walking On Sunshine

After a successful hit with his remix of Elliphant & Skrillex’s song, “Only Getting Younger” alongside fellow producer Imanos, it became apparent to us that NGHTMRE has been turning heads from all angles of the industry. We have been keeping a close eye on the Los Angeles producer and have watched his productions progress into something truly unique. Now that we have heard the wide range of sounds this young man has come up with, we have been anxiously awaiting the next anthem to send us right back into festival mode. Well ninjas, we’re here to settle that anxiety with a new tune from NGHTMRE, Richard Vission, and Jackie Boyz in their latest hit, “Walking On Sunshine”.

“Walking On Sunshine” gives you those big clubby breakdowns, piercing futuristic synths, and a bassline heavy enough to take you back to those classic 90’s throwback days of big hair and sassy attitudes. In fact, if we had to describe this song in one word it would be DIVA because it exudes a type of attitude that only a Regina George would understand. So press that play button and go walk on sunshine for a bit because you won’t be able to fight that urge to dance. Make sure to catch this track on Ultra Records on September 2nd!

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[House] Golden Features – Tell Me Ft. Nicole Millar (Bixel Boys Remix)

Golden Features
Tell Me Ft. Nicole Millar (Bixel Boys Remix)

After coming off hot from a sensational performances at EDC Las Vegas, HARD Summer, and most recently, Splash House, the Bixel Boys seem to be an unstoppable force in todays dance music world. The dynamic duo are starting to take the underground house music and bring it out onto the surface for all of us to groove to. “From their more tropical “Love Like This” to the heavier club riser “Black December”, the duo’s production diversity and unique voice stand far above the rest in their class.”

Today we are pleased to present you ninjas with the Bixel Boys’ latest remix of Golden Features’, “Tell Me” which features the lovely vocals from Nicole Millar. From beginning to end, this remix makes you want to hop into a time machine and go back to your favorite festival moments where we did not have a single care in the world. The Bixel Boys stepped their production game up with this project and transformed the original poolside tune into a festival anthem set to tear apart every mainstage for the rest of the year. Without straying too far from the original melody or aggressive vibe, the boys added their signature percussion, some industrial samples, and a well-balanced vocal from Nicole Millar to cohesively bring this song to an entirely new level. Only 4 more days until Friday, so might as well let Bixel Boys help ease you through the rest of your week with a bitchin’ remix to get you on your feet.

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TMN Unveils the Mystery Behind Zola Blood [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

Zola Blood

A few weeks back, we knocked on Zola Blood’s virtual door, in hopes of shedding some light on this previously mysterious group. With little information out there, many were inquiring about who was behind this chart-topping hit, “Grace,” which climbed its way up the Hype Machine charts. With droves of music enthusiasts enamored and eager to learn more, we’re overwhelmingly excited to be the ones who get to deliver.

TMN: Hey man/guys/ladies and gentleman. Sorry for the generic intro there, but we’re not really quite sure who we’re talking to! Usually we have some research to base our interviews off of, so forgive us if these questions are a little basic!

ZB: Haha, no worries that’s how we like them.

There’s four of us. Matt (vocals/guitar), Ed (Synth), Sam (drums) and Rob (guitar).

TMN: Let’s kick things off by talking to us about how you got into what the world has come to know as Zola Blood. How did you guys come to be?

Zola Blood was born in October last year, after a few months sharing dodgy iPhone recordings between the four of us. We found a little box studio out in Hackney Wick and have been writing, recording and procrastinating out there ever since.

TMN: Where did the name stem from? Any hidden references we should know about?

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[Synth-Pop] Lincoln Jesser – Untold

Lincoln Jesser

L.A.’s Lincoln Jesser has been a regular amongst the pages of TMN for the last year, and if you haven’t yet had a chance to expand your palate and consume his downtempo brand of repurposed, Vince Clarke & Martin Gore leaning synth-pop; well it’s not too late to start now. Jesser’s latest tune “Untold” was the choice prescription to kick off our Hump Day. There’s just something about a chunky bass line and expansive, gliding kick drum dispersed amongst brooding pop instrumentation (tastefully executed of course) which hooks this writer without fail. While some feel the synth/indie-pop reservoir may be drying up a bit over the course of the past few years; it’s spacy, sophisticated compositions like this which immediately rejuvenate our love for those 80’s pop revivalists. But; referring to Lincoln Jesser’s music as 80’s revivalist would be doing him a disservice to the sonically textured soundscapes he’s able to manufacture while keeping it pop in structure. On “Untold” it’s difficult to not be reminded of an early Com Truise configuration while vocally it’s as if Neon Indian’s Alan Palomo and Cut Copy’s Dan Whitford were mutated into one lush inflection. “Untold” comes as the first single leaked form Jesser’s next LP, Modern Color  (preorder on iTunes here), which is due out on September 23. So until then, stream “Untold” above and we’ll be bringing you more singles before its official release.

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A very long overdue Trap Dojo, so we through together a playlist with our favorite tunes from the last couple weeks of Summer. Starting off with an anthem from aywy titled “Murder”, that brings some insane Mr. Carmack-esque vibes. Next up is a very slept on remix from The M Machine of Rubblebucket’s track “Sound Of Erasing”. Nebbra has been on a tear during 2104 and he comes through with yet another stunning remix, this time flipping Novo Amor’s track “From Gold“. Dillon Francis’ album is finally on its way, and this massive banger titled “I Cant Take It” is one of many gems. Rustie just uploaded a 16 minute sampler of his entire upcoming album “Green Language”. Next up is an “Untitled” heater from the one and only Mr. Carmack, odds are it will never hit the blogosphere. Ok unreleased banger time, UZ just dropped “Trap shit v22” in one of his most recent mixes, don’t sleep. As well as this massive track from What So Not with no “ID” yet. Check out the rest of these gems featuring: Gent & Jawns, CRNKN, Falcons, Yellow Claw, Lido, Styles&Complete, Flux Pavilion, stwo, Gent & Jawns, Hoodboi, cromocast, Aazar, Penthouse Penthouse, LOUDPVCK, gLAdiator, JACK U, GOLDIELOCKS, Flosstradamus, and many more. 

’awwy – Murder’
’Rubblebucket – Sound of Erasing (The M Machine Remix)’
’Novo Amor – From Gold (Nebbra Remix)’
’Dillon Francis – I Can’t Take It’
’Rustie – Green Language Album Sampler’
’Mr Carmack – Untitled (June 29th) (14′)’
’UZ – Trap Shit 22’
’What So Not – ID (unreleased)’
’No Flex Zone (Styles&Complete Remix)’
’Tink ft. Jeremih – Don’t Tell Nobody (Falcons Bootleg)’
’Gent & Jawns – Kings ‘
’Chiefs & CRNKN – Glow’
’Yellow Claw – DKNY (FREE DOWNLOAD)’
’Flux Pavilion – Freeway (Kill The Noise & Flux Pavilion Remix)’
’Crystal Fighters – Love Alight (GANZ Remix)FREE DL’
’Ryan Hemsworth – Cream Soda (with Tomggg)’
’GEOTHEORY – ❤ Wishes ❤’
’Da Youngsta’s – Mad Props (LAKIM Remix)’
’Lido – I Love You (The Red Baron Remix)’
’MR. CARMACK – something about you baby ft. b
bravo & parvizi’
’Die Antwoord – This Is Why I’m Hot (AGLORY Remix)’
’DJ Sliink X TWRK X Green Lantern – Trifecta (If You Don’t)’
’Kastle – Anything’s Possible ft. Lotti (Sweater Beats Remix)’
’Royal – Royal’s Theme’
’Coucheron – Deep End ft. Eastside & Mayer Hawthorne (Hoodboi Remix)’
’Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence (Hotel Garuda Remix)’
’Deadmau5 – Strobe (Prince Fox 15k Private Stock Edit Pack)’
’cromacast – Feel x U’
’Penthouse Penthouse – let me see that’
’Aazar – Rundat (JEFF081)’
’LOUDPVCK X GLADIATOR – Tony (Feat. Nipsey Hussle)’
’Pegboard Nerds – BADBOI’

Last Couple Weeks Tunes:

’GoldLink – “Ay Ay” (Lindsay Lowend & Jonah Baseball Remix)’
’stwo – Aura’
’Keys N Krates – Are We Faded’
’Jack U – ID ‘
’Drake – 0 To 100 (Flosstradamus VIP)’
’Raury – Cigarette Song (Snakehips Remix)’
’KAYTRANDA – Leave Me Alone (feat. Shay Lia)’
’Jeremih ft. YG – Don’t tell em (Alesia remix)’
’Thrupence – Don’t You Mind’
’Elliphant feat. Skrillex – Only Getting Younger (Milo & Otis Remix)’
’Mr. Carmack – this morning was funny’
’SABLE – Mt Moon’
’Nömak & L’homme aux 4 lettres – Horsequake’
’GoldLink – When I Die (Alex Young & Jonah Baseball Version)’
’sam gellaitry – reflectionz’
’StéLouse x Rusty Hook – Spacebar’
’Vic Mensa – Wimme Nah (Prod. By Kaytranada)’
’Tensnake – Feel Of Love (Kaytranada Edition)’
’Lido x ZHU – Faded (Rusty Hook Flip)’
’POMO – Only You’
’Ryn Weaver – Stay Low’
’Ryn Weaver – Promises’
’Rome Fortune – Get The Guap (Chris McClenney & Fortune Remix)’
’TLC feat. Missy Elliot – Dirty Dirty (AObeats Flip)’
’Kimbra – Settle Down (P A T H Remix)’
’Louis Futon x A
1 – Parasail (Free Download)’
’Mr. Carmack – Insanity (14′)’
’Polar Youth – Bae (Exyle Edit)’
’Zeds Dead x Memorecks – Love Me’
’Bubbly Bulba X DIVERSA – Lost’
’RL Grime & What So Not – Tell Me (Rudebrat Refix)’
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