[Pop] Mikky Ekko – Kids

Mikky Ekko

After delivering on emotional pop ballads like “Stay” and “Pull Me Down,” Nashville native Mikky Ekko aims for a much more uplifting tone with his latest single. Produced by Benny Blanco and John Hill, “Kids” is a grand affair, with pop sensibilities that instantly bring to mind Colorado band, OneRepublic. The track revolves around the stubbornness of adolescence and how kids will jump into things without any regard for the consequences. Basically, it’s all about having pure, unadulterated fun. It’s the type of song that we could easily see catching on with the general public to help catapult Ekko towards further stardom, which means we’ll finally have a song we like on the radio. Check out the “sweet harmony” of “Kids” above and make sure to pick up the single when it finally releases on August 13th.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo Playlist [June 2012 Round #3]

indie-dojo-music-ninjaFamiliar with the daytime heavy eyes? Those moments when you swear you have 50 pound weights hanging off each one of your eyelashes and no matter where you sit or stand, you find yourself wiping a quick drool from the side of your mouth? Where no triple shot coffee, no energy drink, no cold splash to the face can give your eyelids the strength of bodybuilder to lift that dead weight? And all you want to do is feel your head on your sweet, sweet pillow…Until we look at the clock and realize there is 10 hours still left in our day.  We know the only real cure is sleep but maybe, just maybe if we turn up our music to levels beyond extreme, it might just work. Cause a ninja’s gotta do what a ninja’s gotta do…

The Kindling
Hunting Stars
The Ceremonies
Ballroom Bones
Andy Burrows
Water Liars
Owls Of The Swamp
The Hypnotist
Buffalo Tales
Whispering Willow
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[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.

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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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