TMN Talks with The Griswolds [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

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The Griswolds
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There’s nothing quite like it. The experience of sharing a song with our readership, only to see it explode across the airwaves, leaving the beaming smiles of thousands of listeners filled with overwhelming joy. We recently had that experience when we premiered the Griswold’s international sensation, “Beware the Dog,” and in all honesty, haven’t been able to stop listening since.

After playing their collection on repeat for sometime, we had the ultimate pleasure of sitting down with Dan, Tim, Chris and Lachlan in a tiny pizza joint on Broadway during The UMS in Denver, Colorado.

Though we had never met or even spoken before, always relying on publicists and label reps, we had a conversation that was both personable and downright hilarious.

TMN: Welcome to Colorado guys! Thank you so much for sitting down with us tonight.

Lachlan: Thanks for having us!

TMN: Let’s kick things off first by talking about this trip to the states. How has the reception been?

Lachlan: It’s been pretty good. Some of the shows have been really surprising in crowds that come out to see us. It’s pretty crazy, coming from the other side of the world.

Tim: It’s our first tour and we’ve noticed something, I guess. We’ve noticed people coming to the shows to see us. We’ve done tours before, but this one…

TMN: Your song, “Beware the Dog,” has quickly reached tremendous success. We were lucky enough to premiere that song for you guys, and in doing so, we learned that this was about a friend who fell to drugs. Do you care to talk about that?

Dan: She’s fucking crazy, man!

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[House] DJ Dan – Make Ya Freak (Jamie K Remix)

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DJ Dan
Make Ya Freak (Jamie K Remix) OUT NOW :) .....

After a wild weekend at Splash House, one would think that we needed to take a break from roaring basslines, Tequila, and sweaty club music. However, the ninjas aren’t ready to trade in the Jose Cuervo for the espresso just yet because we still want to get our freak on, you know?

After receiving a lot of hype over his club-heavy banger, “Make Ya Freak”, DJ Dan is proof that House music is alive and thriving more than ever. UK native, Jamie K, decided to reach out and pick up the stems to this stellar track to which we fell in love at first play. Jamie K took this DJ Dan classic and spiced it up with a range of elements to give it more bass, more groove, and more intensity. If you’re still in party mode from the weekend like the rest of us, then you tuned it at the perfect time for this UK House anthem. We recommend pressing play for this one because Jamie K is about to make ya freak a little.

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[New] Arcade Fire – Afterlife (Flume Remix)

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Arcade Fire
Afterlife (Flume Remix)

It’s been a crazy ride for Australia’s wunderkind Flume, and by now, you should be familiar with the man and his music. The young producer has been coasting through the festival circuit with sets at Palm Springs’ Splash House and San Francisco’s Outside Lands this past weekend. Today, Flume, who is also one half of What So Not, has dropped a new remix, and it’s a stunner.

Arcade Fire track “Afterlife” gets the Flume fix, resulting in a rework with a hazy tinge to it. Flume’s “Afterlife” remix is considerably more mellow than his previous work, but he manages to orchestrate the track in a way where the beat’s sublime sound is the focal point, but does not compromise or upstage the original’s vocals.

Buzzing opinions appear to be less than favorable for Flume’s latest piece, but it’s undeniable that the man is talented. We’re interpreting the direction of this remix as an indication that the his sound is constantly fluctuating and evolving, but only time will tell us what he’s got up his sleeve.

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[Alternative] Love & Valor – Truly Dear

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Love & Valor
Truly Dear

I’ve got an absolute gem to share with you all tonight. Coming to us from Burlington, North Carolina is a new quartet by the name of Love & Valor. They’ve had a fair share of covers in the past, however “Truly Dear” is their first original piece and I am absolutely blown away by it. According to the band’s Facebook page, each member contributes to the writing process, in melody and lyrics, and the result is a collaborative effort that may just change your own perceptions on modern folk music. This indie love ballad is sure to resonate with you long after the song has ended and I cannot help put keep this song on repeat. It is masterfully gorgeous and I can’t help but share it with my fellow Ninjas.

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[House] Panama Wedding – All Of The People (option4 Remix)

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Panama Wedding
All Of The People (option4 Remix)

Oh option4. Will there ever be a tune released from your arsenal with which we are not thoroughly in love with? Probably not, but that’s more than okay with your trusty TMN staff. After riding an immense wave of hype since we first featured the Denver based beatsmith over a year ago, option4’s diverse brand of “more house than tech, more deep than disco” dance music finds itself in the midst of its most mature and accessible stretch yet. His latest retooling of Panama Wedding’s “All Of The People” is nothing short of breathtaking either. Fusing a kick drum that is somehow as expansive and wide as it is punchy, those signature option4 vocal chops and a beautifully layed synth/piano line; option4’s production prowess seems to evolve with every passing release while maintaining the musical integrity with which we fell in love with in the first place. The real treat on this one though is the way in which Peter Kirk’s melancholy but pop-fueled vocals mesh their way into such bouncy and groove laden instrumentation. We even dare you to try and stifle the natural head-bob and hip-wiggle which seems to come attached to option4’s entire catalog. You won’t be able to. As an even better bonus, you can snag a free digital copy of option4’s remix from Panama Wedding’s Soundcloud here. Hop to it Ninjas.

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[Chill/Disco] Goldroom – Till Sunrise ft. Mammals

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Goldroom
Till Sunrise

The way So-Cal dance-producer-turned-live act Goldroom approached the release of “Till Sunrise” was nothing short of inspiring. By now within most relevant electronic communities, Goldroom has become somewhat of a household name; and with every passing release, it would be quite simple to pick a handful of big name artists to author remixes and pocket a nice penny or two. But, rather than that extremely tired formula, the entire stem package was given away for free weeks ago, allowing any artist with a pirated copy of Ableton to try their hands at an official remix before anyone had even had a chance to hear it. We’ve heard great revisions already from names like MyKill and Justin Faust, which truly only stoked our proverbial fire before its concrete release today. But alas, it is Goldroom’s original tune which of course surpasses anything else done with the song. A wave of soft synth and airy pads give life to the track’s two-steppy stride of a melody before  Mammals’ breathy vocal incantations take their seat as our focal point. Goldroom’s slowed down brand of dance plays as luminous as ever, immediately taking our subconscious to late night rooftop parties and beach side soirees with our best friends; which is something we’ve almost come to expect from the multi-faceted dance creator. This one is about to go viral, so be a few steps ahead and stream “Till Sunrise”, which is out now on Binary, above. Trust us, it’s the most perfect Monday tune you’ll have listened to in months.

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[MP3 Playlist] The Chill Dojo #96

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Every so often you come across a track which pushes the boundaries of what one would generally consider “chill” music, but there are inherent qualities to the sound which undeniably fit the vibe of what we preach in this Dojo. That so happens to be the case in our leading feature from the talented Haywyre, who has crafted a melody that reaches straight for the emotions. ‘Everchanging’ may hit hard with its moments of glitch hop flare, but there’s no overlooking the irrefutable soul contained behind the writing in this song. There was no such contention in considering this next one from young producer Y2K. Together with the captivating vocals of Mark Johns, ‘White Wine’ is a dose of future sounds that will command your full attention from beginning to end. Even if you had caught the post last week, take this as another reason to keep this one on heavy rotation. Actually, 3 of the remaining features in this write-up aren’t exclusive to this playlist, but they’ve been covered by the ninja crew for good reason, and that’s because they’re some of the best chill releases for the week. There’s the stunning cover of the iconic ‘One’ courtesy of Autograf, transforming the Swedish House Mafia classic into a magical wave of tropical synths and percussion. Kicks n Licks drifted outside their usual style with a piece of ambient delight in ‘Morning Light’, filled with glimpses of pure serenity in the form of echoing vocals and naturalistic soundscape. And of course, there’s no forgetting this glorious rendition of ‘Latch’ from TEEMID and Daniela Andrade. But one you might not have heard is this charming deep house edit from German duo Lakechild, who add their touch to the fresh original from Angus & Julia Stone. It may have only been a minute since the release of the newest self-titled album from the Australian siblings, but summer only lasts so long, and when there’s a remix as perfect as this, we can only be thankful we get to play out the later end of the season with this flowing from the speakers.

Rest-assured, whether you’re a religious music blog follower or not, we’ll have you covered right here with all our favorites for the week. Peace out.

Chill Dojo #96 zip

’Haywyre – Everchanging’
’Y//2//K – White Wine ft. Mark Johns’
’Autograf – One (Swedish House Mafia Cover)’
’Kicks n Licks – Morning Light (ft. K Emeline)’
’Disclosure – Latch (TEEMID X Daniela Andrade Edition)’
’Angus & Julia Stone – Grizzly Bear (Lakechild Edit)’
’FKJ – Open The Door’
’Jafunk – This Love Is For Real’
’You And Me VS Maxi Priest – Close To You (Claes Rosen Mashup)’
’Shook – Violet Hues’
’Hopium – Dreamers ft Phoebe Lou’
’Pixel Fix – Lungs (The Walton Hoax Remix)’
’Susie Suh x Robot Koch – Here With Me (Bearson Remix)’
’GoldLink – When I Die (Alex Young + Jonah Baseball Version)’
’FutureXPusha T – Move That Dope (NeguimBeatsRemix)’
’Sadie Ama – Fallin (Midliife Remix)’
’Polar Youth – Bae’
’mindfield – maybe tomorrow’
”Flume – Sleepless (Tyord Remix)’
’Yumi Shizukusa – I Don’t Love You (starRo Remix)’
’Sizzlebird – Lost in a Dream’
’kuma – I’ll See You Later’
’Thrupence – Don’t You Mind’
’Yamill – Summer Day’
’Nujabes – mystline (AbJo Refix)’
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