[Electronic/Soul] Made in Heights – Mantis

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Mantis

As we slowly pull ourselves out of our holiday induced food, family and booze comas, it’s important to start the day off right with something real nice (as Cousin Eddie would say.)

Coming off of the mixtape from the electronic producer/vocalist duo, Made in Heights, has a downtempo delight that’s perfect to ease you into reality. Chock full of atmospheric layering, subtle tribal drum work and a underlying synth melody, the true hero in “Mantis” is Kelsey’s heart-wrenching lyrics. The simplistic soundscape is a perfect backdrop for the her story.

Coming off of their latest release,The Wøøds, This is apparently just a light taste of what’s on deck for this upcoming year for this talented duo, according to their Bandcamp:

a sort of albumixtape to lead you on an audio journey thru the HEIGHTS. a lil’ lagniappe of sonic fantasy foreshadowing some of what’s to come in 2014.
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[NEW] Baauer – Good 2 U

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Good 2 U
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Through out the month of December, record label LuckyMe has been handing out a free song a day as part of their holiday advent calendar. For Christmas Eve, they unleash a new tune from the always dope Baauer. “Good 2 U” is a simple, but heavy melody that is best suited for large speakers or some quality headphones.  Listen and grab a free download above. Also, make sure to check out Hudson Mohawke’s booming advent contribution from a couple days ago. You will definitely want to save these two for New Years.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (December 2013 Round #4)

indie-dojo-music-ninjaDo you think Santa Claus ever gets sick of all the cookies? Probably not….But it doesn’t hurt to switch it up a little. Say in the form of a playlist? Some cookies and a little music? We’re sure he wouldn’t mind. He’s got nothing but a long, silent night ahead of him anyways…

Paul Thomas Saunders
Good Women
D.D Dumbo
i woke up covered in sand
Danvers
Oh Darling
Finish Ticket
Bring the Rain
Kashka
Prophet
Lo Fine
More Better
The Wick
Solid Ground
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[Dirty] Blackwax – Grimace

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Grimace

Dark. Ominous. Haunting. This tune has all of those lovely descriptors associated with it, and we couldn’t be happier. London DJ/Producer duo Blackwax is back with a brand new EP, featuring two bass-laden tunes. Our favorite of the two, “Grimace”, is absolutely addicting.

With a monumental, cinematic style intro featuring alternating string sections, a grimace will be the furthest thing you’ll be experiencing. The track then ventures into deep, simplistic bass coupled with claps, rapid tom hits and sporadic vocal samples. It’s gorgeously orchestrated, and mastered beautifully.

When asked about the free two track EP, Blackwax replied by saying:

After a long period of silence, we thought it would be good to give something back to everyone supporting our music. These are two tracks that have been doing the rounds for a while now and have gained support from the likes of Visionist, Desto, Teeth, Sully, Compa, Etch, J Kenzo, Oil Gang, Glacial Sound, Emma, Wen, Teki Latex, Last Japan, Slackk, Murlo and many more.

Thanks to all the promoters, DJs and fans who have been following us over the past few years. We’ve got a lot of great music in the pipeline that we hope to share with you in the coming months.

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[Progressive] Jeremy Olander – Bandersnatch

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Bandersnatch (EPIC Radio 010 Preview) **Out Now**

We’ll admit it. We were falling in love with this track before we even hit play. Our inner literature nerds came out from hiding with the title itself. Named after the fictional character, “Bandersnatch,” in Lewis Carroll’s novel Through the Looking-Glass, this brand new release carries the association well. Dark and infectious, the steadily churning beast drives its way into one hell of a powerful tune, utilizing gorgeous melodies and a slow, building bassline.

Dropping today on Beatport via Pryda Friends, this tech-inspired progressive gem via Jeremy Olander is definitely one to pick up for your set, your party playlist or just for your afternoon commute.

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[Mix] SoSuperSam – Street Classics Vol. 1

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VISION STREET WEAR: STREET CLASSICS VOL. 1

Even with today’s plethora of exciting new emcees, it is always worth taking a step back to bump some old school hip-hop to appreciate the genre’s roots and evolution. As a fan, listening to classics provides a new layer of depth and understanding by uncovering the inspiration for contemporary artists.

For all those looking for a crash course in early 90s hip-hop, LA-based DJ Samantha Duenas, aka SoSuperSam,  has got you covered with her latest mix. Including hip-hop legends like J Dilla, 2pac, Notorious B.I.G., Dr. Dre, Mos Def, Mobb Deep, KRS1 and many others, “Street Classics Vol. 1,” a collaboration with Vision Street Wear, takes us back to an immortalized period of hip-hop history. Enjoy above!

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[MP3 Playlist] The Christmas Chill Dojo #2

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It’s crazy to think that it’s already been another year since our first Chillmas dojo, but we’re far too preoccupied with kicking back to the amazing music that 2013 has delivered to even care about how time flies. It’s time once again to get festive with our gift to you in another stacked playlist overflowing with presents for your ears. So amidst all the Christmas rush, take some time to treat yourself and chill out. It’s the holiday season after all.

It’s only fitting that we kick things off with one of the biggest stories of 2013, the Hypem Chart climber himself in Kygo. The young Norwegian has certainly made a name for himself this year with a steady stream of brilliant downtempo remixes, and he continues his wave of success with another genius edit. In signature fashion, Kygo elevates the beautiful vocals to float atop his cloud of happiness, with the usual splashes of tropical flavour and infectious bouncing bassline. And while we’re riding that wave of ecstasy, dojo favourites Goldroom are there to continue this feeling with their synth-pop rendition of ‘All Eyes on You” featured last week. You know the deal when it comes to the best of nu-disco acts out there, but there’s nothing like a good sax solo to really seal it. It must really be the silly season, because it’s not often we throw the name Justin Bieber around these parts, but Manila Killa has delivered a Christmas gift that is well worth a bite. He has certainly worked his magic on this flip, because this lush mix will actually make you swallow your pride and jam out to Biebz like an obsessed pre-teen. Just roll with it, we won’t judge. There’s definitely no conflict in pumping some Lindsay Lowend though, and the next level production in ‘Basement Dweller Overture’ is like a journey through sound. Prepare yourself for what comes at the 2 minute mark, because it may just rock your world. Stwo was another revelation in 2013, and the master beatmaker has been nonstop all year. It’s poetic that we have another smooth remix to get lost in before the year is up. And so cues the mellow part of the playlist, with Belgium’s WiSkiM to carry us away with an ambient masterpiece, layered with gorgeous sampling of Ellie Goulding.

That wraps up another incredible year of music, and there’s no doubt that 2014 will only deliver more creativity that will further blow our minds. In true chill fashion, the dojo will be taking a little break for a while to relax and refresh for everything the new year brings. Until then, keep it cool over these holidays. Peace out.

The Christmas Dojo #2 zip

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Younger (Kygo Remix)
St. Lucia
All Eyes On You (Goldroom Remix)
Justin Bieber Ft. Boyz II Men
Fa La La (Manila Killa Flip)
Lindsay Lowend
Basement Dweller Overture
MythSyzer
Bonbon a la menthe (Stwo Remix)
WiSkiM
Walk Away
Chloe Martini
Temptation
Reva DeVito
Sweetest Taboo
Benzamak
This Is How You Make Me Feel
S.F.T
Medicine
Emoh Instead
Why Cant You (Say So) (Hayden James Remix)
Air Zaire
Sanibel feat. Patrick Baker
Jordan Rakei
Imagine (Moods Remix)
Satin Jackets feat. KLP
For Days (Flamingo Drive Rmx)
Blitzzz
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Usher
Climax (Dividem Remix)
Disclosure
Latch (Stwo & Phazz Edition)
Sade
Nothing Can Come Between Us (Pomo Edit)
Crystal Bats
  Falling In Love (Louis La Roche Remix)
Jonessa
Thinking About You (J Art & Madan Remix)
Star Slinger
II/IV
Lane 8
How I Feel
Lana Del Ray
Young And Beautiful (Jam Couché Bootleg)
Rihanna vs. Daft Punk
Stay In The Horizon (Carlos Serrano Mix)
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