Azealia Banks – BBD

Azealia Banks, the young and talented American rapper starts the year of early with the release of her latest single “BBD”, featuring her always abundant lyrical style. Produced by Apple Juice Kid and Sup Doodle the trap-infused single combines many influences of music as she explains:

“It’s Trap, but it’s Rave. it’s Banjee, But still a lil classy.”

While this is not the first “official” single for her upcoming debut album Broke with Expensive Taste, out on February 12, it does provide a glimpse of what to expect in 2013.

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[TMN Exclusive] Interview – Fedde Le Grande

There’s a few people in the industry that you automatically associate with a certain type of music. Fedde Le Grande has one of those names, one of those styles, and one of those reputations that you automatically think of when thinking of house music. We’ve had the pleasure of catching a few of his sets, and they’re always energetic, well put together, and enjoyable.

This time around we were at the legendary Beta Nightclub to see him the midst of his tour. We sat down with him for a few minutes before his set to chat about touring, “So Much Love,” and Coconut water.

TMN: Welcome to Colorado, Fedde. We know you’ve played here a handful of times, but talk to us about what it’s like to play at Beta Nightclub.

FLG: Personally it’s one of my favorite spots because I think this is how a proper club should work, sound wise. I think I was there when they just opened as well, which gives you an extra special connection. For me, that’s the main thing. The crowd is amazing, and everything is just done really well here. I can only bring what I can bring, but you need all the other stuff from the entrance to the sound system. You need everyone to really make a great night.

TMN: You’ve got to love the Funktion Ones, right?

FLG: Always.

TMN: You’ve obviously traveled all over the US touring, is there one particular city or crowd that always stands out above all the rest?

FLG: That’s always hard. Actually, I have to say New City Gas in Montreal was actually absolutely amazing. The Mid Chicago is probably one of my favorites. There’s some other cities, but it’s hard to choose which one’s my favorite. I like playing in Miami, and I like playing in LA, but I’m not sure what my favorite venue would be in either of those.

TMN: So how do the crowds differ from city to city? Do you notice a different vibe?

FLG: Actually, less than a few years ago. I think because everyone has access to the same music nowadays. Even globally, the difference are smaller. It depends more on the room actually. If the room is bigger you play a bit tougher, and obviously if you do Vegas it’s different altogether. Other than that, no. I think that’s it.

TMN: Speaking of traveling all over the US. Do you have a favorite food or drink over here in the states that you look forward to?

FLG: Coconut water.

TMN: Really? That hasn’t hit Europe yet?

FLG: Well, I think you can get in Spain, although I’m not there that often except in the Summer. I don’t know why, but I just love it.

TMN: Talk to us about “Put Your Hands Up for Detroit”. Do you feel that that particular track was a milestone in your career?

FLG: I mean, yeah, it would be stupid to say no. I do not think it’s the best track I’ve ever made. But you know, I think especially at the time it was something really quirky and new. It kind of, along with a few other tracks, revitalized the scene. House was a little bit dead at the time in Europe. For my track, plus the other ones, were very important for the scene.

TMN: One of our all time favorite tracks is “So Much Love”. Talk to us about how the production of that track developed.

FLG: The original was a 70′s song that was done by Thomas Bangalter from Daft Punk. It’s one of my favorite tracks. I re-did it just for my sets, but then later on we were able to clear the sample. I’m actually super happy with it. It’s a slightly more housey track, and I’m happy that something so positive and different from all the rest did so well.

TMN: What does it feel like to see thousands of heart shaped hands in the air when you play that?

FLG: It’s really funny because the heart shaped hand has been around for ages, but because of the track it’s almost linked to me. I think it’s cool, man. I think it’s a positive thing in general.

TMN: Matthew Koma seems to be everywhere these days in the electronica world. What was it like to work with him?

FLG: Actually, funny enough, I started the track and invited Nicky Romero. We had only one day in the studio and we finished it over the internet. Nicky was on tour, and he played it to Matthew, and he sent the vocals over the internet. It’s weird though, no? We both really liked it.

I haven’t even met him. I just know him from the remix, and actually he’s working with me on my album for next year, and I asked him to do another track for me.

TMN: Is there another producer that you’d like to work with, that you haven’t already?

FLG: I got a list man. I would love be in the studio with Timberland. That’s from a very nerdy, technical point of view. I think he’s amazing. Or Dr. Dre even, on the production side. I think the way, especially how they process vocals, is absolutely amazing.

Vocal wise, I don’t know. He doesn’t do that much anymore, but I think one of the best male singers, is Justin Timberlake. That would be absolutely amazing. On the other hand I would like to work with Janelle Monae.

TMN: Here’s an off the wall question, if your music were an animal, what would it be?

FLG: In my case? Wow, that’s difficult. What is an animal that’s versatile? What’s the weird animal again. Platypus.

TMN: Awesome. Fedde Le Platypus.

Fedde Le Grande
Dark Light Sessions
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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (January 2013 Round #1)

If you are reading this, you made it through the end of the world. Now its on to the next. Cheers to 2013.

In The Valley Below
Wooden Dinosaur
Good Winter
Seth Frightening
Into The Water
Worn From The Fright (With Fireworks)
Advanced Base
Summer Song
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[Hip-Hop] Lil Wayne – Good Kush & Alcohol (Bitches Love Me)(Feat. Drake & Future)(Prod. Mike WiLL Made It)

As easy as it is for the three artists mentioned above to get on your nerves, you have to admit that they have an affinity for making some pretty catchy tunes. For his latest single, Weezy enlists both Drake and Future to share duties on the chorus, while he occupies the rest of the Mike WiLL produced backdrop with some trash talking and singing of his own. What else would you expect from a new Lil Wayne track? For those interested, you can find this one on Wayne’s upcoming album, I Am Not a Human Being II, expected in stores February 19th.

Lil Wayne
Good Kush & Alcohol (Bitches Love Me) (Ft. Future & Drake)
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[MP3 Playlist] The Chill Dojo #18

The end of the year is a time when it’s common practice to make ourselves promises of drastic changes that are going to happen in the year ahead. To all these people with wild resolutions we offer but one bit of advice, chill out. Nothing will magically happen overnight when the calendar clicks over, so don’t sweat it. Just take 2013 as it comes, and do yourself a favor and keep it as easygoing as possible. We’ll do our best to help out along the way.

So before all the partying begins, take this time out at the end of 2012 to reflect on the year that was and the memories that were made. And there is no better tune to match this pensive state than the latest from Prototyperaptor, who tones things down from his usual hard-hitting style to deliver a beautiful piece of downtempo magic that feels like the score to an ending credits sequence. A forewarning on this one, it will evoke some serious nostalgia so prepare yourself for the feels. Next up is a track that is sure to put everyone in a feel-good mood, with the trapstyle edit of ‘Easy’ courtesy of Bring the Noise. It featured a few days ago here on TMN, but the uplifting nature of this release was a must for this final Chill Dojo for the year. Also fitting for this final playlist is another amazing tune from standout performer Sizzlebird, who this time tries his hand at remixing Zedd’s ‘Clarity’ into a chill masterpiece that is a definite standout amongst the saturation of attempts from other artists. And while we’re talking about the highlights of 2012, you can’t go passed Major Lazer’s ‘Get Free’ as one of the chill tracks of the year. We’ve featured quite a few remixes since the dojo’s inception, and the recent rework from Swiss producers Adriatique breathes new life into the popular hit which is perfect to play out as we welcome the start of a new year. Keep on vibing though because the next song by Canada’s Wet Paint is an absolute mellow jam, and that is all that needs to be said. Finally, chill DnB has been one of the more popular requests we’ve received across the weeks, so we conclude the final edition of 2012 with five dreamlike tunes to carry you off into 2013.

And that officially wraps up the Chill Dojo for 2012. We hope that we’ve managed to bring much joy and relaxation to the latter part of your year, and you’ll continue to vibe with us through the good times ahead! Peace out.

Chill Dojo #18 zip

Porter Robinson & Mat Zo
Easy (Bring The Noise Remix)
Clarity (Feat. Foxes) (SizzleBird Remix).mp3
Adriatique, Get Free (Adriatiques Lazers Never Die Rework)
The Rain Came Down
Sweetness Alive Feat. Saint Lou Lou
throw up
garden (shisa chopped n screwed)
Julia Losfelt
Mojo So Dope (Kid Cudi cover)
Saint Saviour
Reasons (Maribou State Remix)
Through The Mindless (Artist Recordings 2012) (FREE DOWNLOAD)
14.Loz Contreras
Rocking You (Mixed And Mastered By Digital:Twist) (OUT NOW) (FREE DOWNLOAD)
Bulb & Cahb
Nocturne (feat. CoMa) (FREE / Artist Recordings)
Blinding (Hybrid Minds Remix)
Hybrid Minds
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Clayton’s End of 2012 Mega Party Playlist

Well, ninjas, here we are. This is the last Friday of 2012, and I feel that I should do something a bit different. Since this is a pretty epic weekend, leading into an epic NYE, I feel that I should provide you with an End of 2012 Mega Party Playlist. What all does that entail? Well, I’m going to choose some of my favorite CFPP tracks of 2012, and blend them in with some new party tracks, and give you a neat little package of a rage-all-weekend playlist that will keep you going long into NYE. How does that sound?


DOWNLOAD ZIP Clayton’s End of 2012 Mega Party Playlist

Ode to TNT (Dub)
Kendrick Lamar
Swimming Pools (Bird Peterson Remix)
Swing (Kid Ranger Remix)
Harlem Shake (TJR House refix)
Bangarang ft. Sirah (Kredo Bootleg Remix)
Rhythm Is A Dancer (Aylen Remix)
Marvin Gaye vs Limelight (TJR set starter)
California Love (Hip Hop Drop)
Obsession (Joman Remix)
Let The Music Play 2013 (Ecotek 2013 Bootleg)
Triad Dragons
Movement (Original Mix)
Bob Marley
Could You Be Loved (TJR refix)
Hardwell vs Fragma
Spacemans Miracle (Hardwell Sensation MashUp)
Dirty South and Thomas Gold
Alive feat. Kate Elsworth (Lucky Date Bootleg)
Dancing The Night Out (Bee Gees vs. Martin Solveig) (lobsterdust mashup)
Antidote It Up (Axis Of Evil Bootleg).mp3
DallasK Vs. Porter Robinson
Uniter (Xenology KK Mashup)
Gregori Klosman vs Nero
Minibar Promises (Mightyfools Mashup)
Calvin Harris Vs. Avicii
Iron Silhouettes (Kevin Alves Mashup)
Chuckie Vs. Sander Van Doorn
Breaking Up Kangaroo (Kevin Alves Mashup)
Nicky Romero & NERVO
Like Home (Kastra Remix)
Felix Leiter feat Amanda Wilson
Dancin Dancin (Youre In Love) (Denzal Park Remix)
New Lands (A
Imogen Heap Hide and Seek (Hardwell Dirty House Bootleg)
Alex Clare
Too Close (Bring The Noise Remix)
Where Have You Been (LoBounce Remix)
Guilty Pleasure (3LAU Bootleg)
Dont Worry If This Is Love Child (Victor Niglio Mashup)
Still Toxic (Victor Niglio Mashup)
Madeon x Nervo
Love Icarus (Aylen Mashup)
Raging Silhouettes (ft. Avicii, Ralvero)
Tommys Language (ft. Deadmau5, Porter Robinson, Wynter Gordon)
Back To New (3LAU Reboot)
Sultan & Ned Shepard
Walls (3LAU Vocal Edit)
Don Diablo
The Golden Years (Matt Nash Remix)
We Own The Troll Resurrection (Huge Euge Mashup)
Space Atom (Koyote Bootleg) Wolfgang Gartner Vs Nari & Milani
Sparking The Troll (F4Me Bootleg)
Light Up the Greyhound (Dragon & Jontron Booty Pack Mix)
The XX
Fiction (Funkagenda Bootleg Re
Drake feat. Rihanna
Take Care (Kidmyn Remix)
I Love Ur Sweat (Dragon & Jontron Bootleg)
Ingrosso, Tommy Trash, Mikkas Husman vs David Kay
Reload Out The Water (Disfunktion Edit)
Thomas Bangalter
Ventura (TJR refix) (tape stop)
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[Electronic] Bear//Face – Taste My Sad & Long.Live.A$AP (Bootleg Edit)

Belfast’s Bear//Face is one hell of an inventive producer, chopping up and reworking samples like nobody’s business. The results are dizzying, stylish and syrupy, a trademark moody vibe the 19-year-old is working hard to make his own. Check out two examples below; one is an A$AP Rocky Bootleg Edit, the other features the awesome use of How To Dress Well‘s “& It Was U”.

Long.Live.A$AP (Bear//Face Bootleg Edit) (Ruddyp x Bear//Face Split DL in description)

Taste My Sad

Follow Bear//Face on Soundcloud for more exciting material.

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