[TMN Resident Artist for December] Markus Schulz

Markus Schulz
GDJB World Tour: Chicago

Everyone likes for the end of the year to go out with a bang, and TMN is no exception to this desire.

For our last Resident Artist before the New Year, we wanted to find someone whose music speaks for itself, someone who is beloved by many and who continues to demonstrate their undeniable musical talent.Please welcome to the stage, Mr. Markus Schulz.

Over the last 10 years this insane DJ has crafted the individual music identities of progressive, trance, and house into his own unique fusion sound. In 2008 Schulz broke into the #10 on DJ Magazine’s Top 100 chart and since then he has continued his great success playing over 150 gigs a year, two label releases, millions of listenership, his personal Global DJ broadcast and he holds the title last year for DJ Times Magazine reader-voted America’s Best DJ.
Like many artists, Schulz’s love for dance music started at a young age. He emigrated from Germany to the United States when he was little and here, when he was just 13, he became enamored with the breakdance scene. From there he started to remix songs and his DJ career was born. Schulz’s sound was quickly noticed by European DJs. In 2004, he signed with heavyweight DJ agency David Lewis Productions (also home to Armin Van Buuren, a friend of Schulz’s). From this point on, the list of Schulz’s accomplishments as a DJ and a producer expand far beyond just one blog post. The truth is in his music, Schulz has been a prominent face of dance music for quite some time and will continue to spread his love of the music to as many countries, cities, and people as he can.
Here’s to ending 2013 with a dance music legend whose name is Markus Schulz.

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[Hip-Hop] A$AP Mob – Trillmatic (Feat. A$AP Nast & Method Man)


With A$AP Rocky sitting steady near the top of the game, and A$AP Ferg ruling the trap, it’s finally time for the world to take notice of the rest of the A$AP Mob. Looking ahead to 2014, the crew is gearing up to drop their debut studio album, Lords, in early March. Stepping up to the plate first is A$AP Nast with “Trillmatic,” a Method Man assisted cut that sounds like it was plucked straight out of the early 90’s. Both emcees are in rare form here, meaning hip-hop heads of all ages should be pleased with this one. Check out the video below, and stayed tune from more from the Mob as they prepare for their upcoming release.

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[Electro Pop] Grouplove – Ways To Go (Xaphoon Jones Remix)

Xaphoon Jones - Ways to Go
Ways To Go (Xaphoon Jones Finale Remix)

Well, ladies and gentleninjas, I have some tragic news to share with you all today. It appears that Xaphoon Jones is no more. Before you panic at the thought of a world without Xaphoon however, you must know that this is all part of an elaborate rebirth for the Philadelphia native under the new moniker, Noah Breakfast. Before preparing for life under his new identity, the talented producer decided to provide us with one last hurrah, this remix of Grouplove‘s “Ways To Go.” We didn’t think anyone could possibly top The Knocksrendition of the track, but Xaphoon is prepared to give them a run for their money. This latest remix  takes a far more unique spin on things, slowing things down from the original, isolating the vocals, and amplifying them with some much needed bass.

All in all, it serves as a fitting end to this chapter of Xaphoon’s career, which has been in a bit of a transitional period lately, especially after leaving Chiddy Bang. While we’re sad to see that awesome title go, we wish him all the best as he undergoes his new transformation.

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[Cover] Fade Into You – Mansions on the Moon (Mazzy Star Cover)

Fade Into You
Mazzy Star x Mansions On The Moon

Many times when something one loves from the past is brought up to the present day through another artist’s vision, it can leave that certain something feeling slightly tarnished or altogether compromised. So when we heard one of our favorite groups of the moment, Mansions on the Moon, took on the steep task of re-imagining  the folk meets drug induced psychedelia of Santa Monica’s Mazzy Star and their 1993 Top-40 crossover “Fade Into You” (another quintessential favorite of us Ninjas from the past) it was met with a slight air of skepticism. All of that superfluous reluctance, however, was easily subdued when the opening four chords of MotM’s stripped  down cover reverberated through our in-house monitors. Ted Wendler gives us his best Hope Sandoval impersonation, lightly pulling back on his typical soaring incantations in favor of a more restrained vocal style, and comes out on top of the defiant challenge. Gone is Mansions’ highly electronicized sound, instead favoring only one acoustic guitar for the majority of the tune until an enchanting climax is met with a shuffling shaker and serene back up vocal contributions. This all results in a moment that feels considerably bigger than it actually is. Let Mansions on the Moon’s cover of “Fade Into You”  take you back to your first middle school makeout session, and grab the free download above.

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[Secret Ninja Pass] This Week at Beta 12/4


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:

– Get in line up front door before 11 pm
– Show this post to the cashier

Boom. That’s it, ninjas! The only thing to mention for this week is that there are FOUR nights of stellar talent. That’s right. Beta has added a special show tonight which features Sub Focus as the headliner!

Sub Focus - December 4th

Sub Focus
Turn Back Time

Markus Schulz - December 5th
Venom One feat. Adina Butar
Crashed & Burned (Markus Schulz Remix)

Getter - December 6th
Haggard (Clip)

Sasha - December 7th
BBC 6 Mix
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With his rhythms running in the red, Ben Khan keeps his foot firmly to the floor with new track, “Savages”. Retaining his unique character, whilst dialling in a fresh intensity, “Savages” is perhaps Ben’s most ambitious track to date – an unnerving, idiosyncratic cut that showcases the young artist’s flair for the epic. There’s little to no information available about the elusive Londoner, but the vocal hooks on ‘Savage’ are more than enough to cement Ben on your ‘ones to watch’ list.

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[For The Love] Sam Smith – Money On My Mind

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He does it for the love.

Sam Smith tells us in his latest song ‘Money On My Mind’ that he doesn’t do it for the money. While he isn’t specific about what exactly he doesn’t do, he makes it clear that love is the answer to every question, every reason, and every answer. The wonderful British vocalist captivates with his stunning, blues-like voice and vocals that immediately stick in your mind. And then let’s not forget the intoxicating soft electronic beat, filled with drums and snap sounds, yes those fingers will be snapping. Smith just reminds us that it isn’t money that should be on anyone’s mind, but love, pure and simple and gleaming in all its glory.

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