[Folk House] Avicii – Wake Me Up

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Wake Me Up

If you’ve been following us, you know that we’re a fan of all types of music. We love hip hop, we love soul, we love folk, and we love EDM. When it comes down to it, we love just about anything, so long as it’s good. For myself, I’m a huge fan of folk music. Throw on some Devendra Banhart or Angus Stone and I’m a happy camper. I also love to get down when the time comes. With that being said, I was admittedly a little confused by Avicii’s uber controversial live performance.

After the party vibe from Ultra has settled, and we’ve had a time to digest the musical aspect from Pete Tong’s world premiere of “Wake Me Up,” I can now say I’m a huge fan. Some forms of folk music have a strong dance sound rooted in it’s history (i.e. Irish céilí dances). It’s actually quite logical to expect that to be discovered by a producer, and it did. Avicii has taken Aloe Blacc’s soulful lyrics and infused his signature production styles with a dancy beat, uplifting melodies, and scuffed guitar riffs to create this folk infused house beauty.

Whether you loved or hated his live interpretation, you can’t help but feeling a little warm and fuzzy by this highly anticipated release.

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[House] Inpetto – Girls and Boys (Radio Edit)

Girls and Boys (Radio Edit)

There’s nothing quite like a great mix of a classic track to really set off summer. Today we have Inpetto’s radio edit of Blur’s “Girls and Boys” which dropped this morning on Sander Van Doorn’s label. This beaming dance floor gem will certainly light up the biggest festivals and the smallest of house parties. Don’t believe us? Just look at the warm welcome it’s received from the EDM community.

Afrojack : ‘Cool! Inpetto is back!`
Kaskade: ‘Aw man, this is awesome, love it! Full support!’
Steve Aoki : ‘Support’
Sander van Doorn : ‘Been playing this for a while, it’s amazing!’
Arty : ‘Support’
Chuckie : ‘Nice’
Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike : ‘Supported in our radioshow’
Thomas Gold : ‘Great!’

Take a test drive here, then sign on the dotted line over at Beatport.

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[Indie/Folk] Keaton Henson – Lying to You


“Lying to You” is the second single on the upcoming album Birthdays from songwriter Keaton Henson and it’s a heart-breaker. A tune from the winter months planted in a warm summer, it is the perfect accompaniment to a slow, sweet-smelling summer rain. “Lying to You” supplies keen reminders of the darkness from an overcast dawn. In many ways, though, the song delivers you from strife and replenishes an appreciation for the beauty of loss and of sadness as only a soft voice and a six-string guitar can elaborate. Henson urges us not forget the lows that make the highs of summer so wonderful.

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[MP3 Playlist] The Chill Dojo #40

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What’s that? 40 already? Damn, this dojo’s gettin old. Don’t worry though, we’re still keepin it fresh and chill for all you hip young’uns to enjoy. We’re still cool, we promise.

To prove it, we’re getting things going with something called “trap music”. That’s what the young people are listening to these days, right? In any case, our starting track from  E M P T is magic to anyone’s ears, and demonstrates that the young Romanian producer is just oozing with talent. The perfectly crafted percussion and vocal builds in this jam will be testament to that. And while we’re shedding light on some notable up-and-comers, check out the smooth finesse on this silky remix from bedroom beatmaker fwdslxsh. This artist certainly won’t be contained to the bedroom for long though, because these are the kinds of sounds that are taking the world by storm right now. He’s definitely tapping into everything about the scene well, right down to the trend of replacing vowels with consonants in your moniker. But that’s enough talking about the new, because this next feature is about to make things old-school in a big way. Dojo favourite Lindsay Lowend is channeling some serious 90′s nostalgia with this one, masterfully crafting these cosmic vibes from soundfonts sampled from a bunch of Super Nintendo classics.  See if you can pick out a few. Now for all the talk of being on top of all that’s new, it’s hard to believe we slept on this amazing Daft Punk edit which emerged back when the 15 second sample of ‘Get Lucky’ was all it took to cause remix overload. Well since then this particular version has amassed over 1 million plays on Soundcloud, so that has to say something. And that something is that this track is freakin amazing. No matter if you are religiously against the remixing of Daft Punk or are sick of all the versions that are flooding the web (and the Chill Dojo has been guilty of posting a few), this is the one that deserves exception. JT’s  ‘Suit & Tie’ is definitely another tune which has received plenty of remix attention since its release, and while there have been many a version posted on past playlists, there’ll be no apology for this next one as well. With sleek chord progression from UK producer Pikcha, how can you resist this little number?

So after 40 editions, what’s the secret to ageing so gracefully? That’s easy. Always keep it chill. Peace out.

Chill Dojo #40 zip

Could Be
Christina Milian
Dip It Low (fwdslxsh extended version)
Daft Punk
Random Access Memories (Vanderway Edit)
Justin Timberlake
Suit & Tie (Pikcha Remix)
Must Get There (Drop Out Orchestra Remix)
Micky Green
In Between (Zimmer remix)
Devotion (Revolution Album)
Submotion Orchestra
All Yours (Freddie Joachim Remix)
Submotion Orchestra
All Yours (Freddie Joachim Remix deux)
Permanent Vacation (Neo Retro EP out now!)
Get Thight Four
One Love
Betwixt Vice & Virtue
Im Out (Sweater Beats Bootyleg)
Walter Ego
Shadows (Inkarv Remix).mp3
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[Amazing] Woodkid – I Love You (Pharrell Remix)

I Love You (Pharrell Remix)

Although it’s only been a few days since we heard Woodkid‘s own remix of “I Love You” featuring Angel Haze, we now get a chance to hear Pharrell’s take on the track. While it can be argued that any attempts at remixing the song would be hard-pressed to beat the original, it’s certainly interesting to hear Pharrell’s reinterpretation. Skateboard P strips away all the dramatic elements of the piece to produce a far more subdued, mellower vibe. The desperation is still prevalent in Lemoine’s vocals, however they don’t overpower the melody here, meaning you can get away with ignoring the lyrics as you lounge around to this one. We’d love to hear more from these two musical geniuses in the future. For those looking to grab a copy of this spectacular remix, you’ll be able to find it on Woodkid’s upcoming I Love You EP, which also includes the aforementioned Angel Haze remix and another one from Brodinski.

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[NEW] M.I.A. – Bring The Noize


M.I.A. returns to the scene the only way she knows how, with a brash, blaring in-your-face new single, “Bring The Noize.” Paying tribute to the Public Enemy classic, Maya told Zane Lowe of BBC Radio 1 that the single is “coming out at a time where I think in America it’s kinda cool to hear something like this,” likely referencing the recent debacles involving the NSA and Edward Snowden. There’s no word on when M.I.A.’s fourth studio album, Matangi, will finally come out, but it’s pretty clear that she’s getting frustrated with the entire process right now, “It’s just one of those things where I’ve given up at this point. I was literally going to start putting out records from my bedroom. This was my last stab at it– I’m going to hand it in and wait for it to go out the way albums go out. If I didn’t get it out right now, I would’ve definitely exploded.” She also went on to mention that the album had been rejected for being “too positive,” whatever that means. Either way, we hope we get a chance to hear the album in its final form, through whichever delivery method she finally settles on.

[via COS]

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[TMN Premiere] Carousel – Dancing On My Own (Robyn Cover)

Dancing On My Own (Robyn Cover)

Mondays are likely not the most exciting of days for many of our Ninja contingent out there in the blogosphere, but today’s exclusive premiere should hopefully pull a childish smile and a hip-wiggle out of your afternoon. Over the last few years, L.A. stationed “Happy-Dance” duo and TMN favorites Carousel have become a live act that hasn’t been missed once by some form of your Music Ninja squad in Denver, and one that even warranted an elated event review for their last jaunt out here with Mansions on the Moon. On that note, if you have found yourself fortunate enough to capture one of their intimate sets, then no doubt one of our favorite staples in their live diet – the duo’s synth-pop take on Robyn’s smash single “Dancing On My Own” – was happily consumed by an entranced audience. At least that is the effect it had on us. Jackson Philips’ smooth vocals and deft touch on an intimidating synthesizer sets this emotive pacesetter off, while Kevin Friedman’s sprightly guitar licks add another layer of depth only Carousel could add to a fun, but quite honestly vapid pop single. The Robyn cover has been begging to be recorded and released, so it was akin to an early birthday present when this gem was waiting for us this morning. Carousel’s version of “Dancing on My Own” could be played for an hour straight on our in house monitors and I don’t think many of us would have an inkling of a problem with that…. so you should maybe do the same. Check it out above and as always, let us know how this one strikes your fancy.

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