[House] Elizabeth Rose – The Good Life (option4 Remix)

Elizabeth Rose
The Good Life (option4 Remix)

One of our absolute favorite, surging house producers in the entire game, option4just followed up his insanely successful remix for Brooklyn band Great Good Fine OK with another jovial slice of dance music; this time authoring up a pristine rework of Elizabeth Rose‘s buzzy synth-pop single “The Good Life”. Whereas option4 first began gaining traction with a deep brand of original R&B and pop tinged house tunes, his remix output has more or less revealed a bit of the producer’s softer, more accessible production side. option4’s revision of “The Good Life” is clearly  punctuated by an arpeggiated chord progression but is built behind airy pads and what has now become somewhat of a signature, with some very layered percussive stabs driving the while thing home. While option4’s original tracks aimed at the dancefloor are what piqued our original interest in the budding artist, this latest string of pensive remixes feels like we are catching the Denver based artist in a musical stride so to speak, and we absolutely had to share it with our ninjas. As with the rest of option4’s catalog thus far, his remix of “The Good Life” by Elizabeth Rose is being given away digitally in exchange for a Facebook “like” here. Pick it up, and get your Tuesday bouncing in the right direction.

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(MP3 Playlist) Indie Dojo (January 2014 Round #2)

indie-dojo-music-ninjaLife can be scary, unpredictable, and freakin’ overwhelming. But the indie dojo’s got you. Sit back, relax, and let the magical powers of the playlist heal your soul.

The Daydream Club
Soundwaves of Gold (Remix)
The Harry Heart Chrysalis
You Are Not A Rarity
Good Guy
Jesse Woods


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Destiny’s Child – Bug A Boo (Borneland remix)

Destiny's Child
Bug A Boo (Borneland remix)

It’s a real thing of beauty when someone can put a new spin on a track, and for some reason, it sounds like it just belongs. It’s almost as if you’re listening to the original, which is when you realize you’re jamming out to sheer gold.

Denmark based producers Borneland have served up a perfect example of the above statement, recrafting a funky remix of this Destiny’s Child track. While we could write up our own descriptions of what we think of the tune’s inspirations, this duo has sent out a statement with their tune that does it best. Check it out below:

Neither of us have tattoos nor hair on the chest, though we have been told that these are essentials to survive in our business. Luckily we have great friends with both tattoos and hair on the chest to give us advise when things are tough. One of these advisers once told us, that the first release often ends up completely different from the original idea, due to the fact that one has so many expectations… All these imaginations.

Combined with perfectionism, one ends up spending too much time on details and the original idea disappears – this is a shame! To avoid this (unnecessary) “first-time-nervousness”, we chose to start out with something as silly (to us at least), but classic, as a different version of “Bug a Boo” by Destiny’s Child.

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Sydney born producer/DJ Empia took a bit of a departure from his usual style to dial up a sultry synth rich electronica … Continue reading »

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Martin Garrix – Animals (Oliver Heldens Remix)

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Martin Garrix
Animals (Oliver Heldens Remix) [Out Now]

We’ve been tracking Oliver Heldens as of late. After writing up the deliciously tech-centric tune “Gecko,” we’ve been anxiously awaiting the release of his “Animals” remix.

The tune is a far departure from the intense hard house track that captivated the EDM world just last year. While we normally tend to like remixes that pay more homage to the original, we’re actually pleased that this is maintains less elements of Martin’s monster track.

With a funky bassline, this house remix has a dialed down nature by comparison, yet still has a gorgeous, driving intensity that makes you want to get up and dance. In fact, we’ve been dancing the entire time we’ve been writing this up. It’s taken us much longer to complete the post than it normally does. We’re not mad about it though. Not one bit.

This 128 BPM official remix is out now via Beatport. Get after it, ninjas.

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[Smooth Like Honey] Sam Smith – Make It To Me

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Sam Smith
Make It To Me

He was just named BBC’s Sound of 2014 and I have to say, not all that surprising.
Mr. Sam Smith has made quite a name for himself since lending his vocals to Disclosure’s ‘Latch’ in 2012. Since that point, Smith has captured the hearts and ears of fans all around the globe with his beautiful silky honey-like voice. Smith released his song ‘Make It To Me,’ a simple song full of sincere love lyrics and piano, with just a hint of drums and violin to capture the power of what Smith is saying. Smith sings of finding that one person who is specifically designed just for him, a story many of us know and hold on to as we search for our “one.” Another picturesque song by the highly talented Smith, who will continue to make 2014 a year he can call his very own.

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Lorde – Team (Mickey Valen Remix) [TMN PREMIERE]

Team (Mickey Valen Remix)

With razor sharp lyrics, a soulful, unique tone, and confident swagger, Lorde has gone from blogosphere darling to international sensation. We’ve heard countless interpretations of her tunes, from covers to remixes, and the best ones always maintain enough of tune’s initial character to tie it back to the enjoyment we experienced when we heard the the original. Mickey Valen, the New York based producer behind Noosa and AYER, has offered up just that for today’s premiere.

In this Brooklyn based producer’s take on “Team,” we’re definitely left with some warm ‘n fuzzies after listening through a few times. The song’s original intensity is dialed back a few notches, laced up with a beautiful, uplifting melody instead. The tune takes on a positive and energetic personality, flirting in between influences of indie dance and tropical house.

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