Milky Chance Talk SXSW, 25,000 Miles, and Red Hot Chili Peppers [TMN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

Milky Chance
Stolen Dance

The month of March is quite the intense stretch for us music bloggers. Yes, it’s an incredible time, what with Ultra and SXSW landing in the same timeframe. Not to mention that Coachella, Bonnaroo, EDC and more are just around the corner. Sometimes though, with that insane vortex of information swirling around us, content slips through the cracks. Today is a perfect example of that, as we bring you our SXSW interview with German sensation Milky Chance.

We won’t take up any more time with how this amazing interview should have come out a long time ago. Instead, we ask that you please sit back, relax, and enjoy the read.

TMN: So first off, let’s talk about SXSW. How’s it going so far?

Philipp: We had our first show yesterday.It was really good. It was pretty late at 12, and we’re still kind of like adjusting to the time shift, so it was really late for us, but it was a cool show. And yeah, it seems to be like, I mean it’s a huge festival. I just looked in the thing like where all the artists are named, and it’s crazy.

Clemens: The sad thing about when you come here and see all the artists that you want to see but you don’t have time because you’re so busy, and you’ve got like 5 gigs in 3 days, and doing interviews, and on and on. So, that’s kind of the bad side of a showcase festival.

TMN: We feel your pain. (Laughs) Yeah, our schedule is just back-to-back all the way down, trying to run across the city. So, I saw on Facebook you guys are doing its #AroundTheUSIn80Days, is that the hashtag you guys are using? Talk to us about that a little bit.

Philipp: Umm yeah, I mean it was pretty funny. We were sitting here on the way to America, and we were just talking like how could we name the hashtag?

Together: 25,000 miles

Philipp: And, so that’s one time around the earth, so we were like yeah let’s name it like in one day uh around the world, and then it was like we are also 80 days in America, so we just kind of like, you know the movie?

Clemens: Around The World In 80 Days, so we just named it like this. It fits perfectly. It was really funny.

TMN: How has the reception been for you guys in the States? We have to imagine that like in Germany, you guys kind of have your home crowd and stuff like that, but when you first came over here and started doing shows before this stint

Philipp: Maybe people are a little more extroverted, like a little bit more enthusiastic, but I don’t know, it’s hard to make a difference between nationalities of crowds because it just depends on the daily thing – like the mood, the venue, our mood, like spark…

Clemens: Spark in the air

Philipp: So, yeah maybe probably a little more crazy? But in a good way. Besides that, I don’t know, I don’t think there’s a big difference.

TMN: Have you had any cities in the U.S. stand out in particular?

Philipp: San Francisco was awesome.

Clemens: I liked New York as well. We played in the Bowery Ballroom.
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[Indie Dance] Two Can – Pressing On feat. Erin Marshall

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Two Can
Pressing On Ft. Erin Marshall

Melbourne brothers Two Can came together with Erin Marshall for the emotional single “Pressing On.” This inspirational tune has a chilled out indie sound that makes it perfect for the radio, and we sure hope it makes its way there. The duo are known for their sound that is on the cooler side of electronic dance music, but with this they slow things down even more, and it pays off. Their songwriting abilities come out strong, and they press forward with one of their most memorable songs yet. Erin Marshall’s vocal performance on the track plays largely into that, as she soothes the soul of anybody who’s ears come in contact with it. “Pressing On” has been released for free, so jump on it.

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Shift K3y Shares His 5 Fav Tracks and “Misbehave” [TMN EXCLUSIVE]

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Shift K3y & Born Dirty

A lot of dance music is party music, and the people over at Dim Mak know how to party. Upcoming, they have a killer record called “Misbehave” that is sure to incite the type of behavior that would have parents sneering. Shift K3y and Born Dirty partnered up for this house record that is ripe for clubs.

Festival music has been coming out like crazy, but these acts bring us something a bit more cozy, however, that doesn’t mean turning up won’t happen. After all, the song is called “Misbehave.” Beware, the vocal is quite catchy, and chances are it will sink itself into your brain. Let your body be overtaken by the grooves, and head over to iTunes if you want the track. Pre-order is currently available, with the release date set for June 29th.

In addition to covering this latest release, we also connected with Shift K3y himself to get a grasp on what he’s been listening to lately. Check out his current five favorite tunes in this exclusive playlist below.

1. Snakehips ft. Tory lanes – Dimelo
2. Mystery – Pulse 8
3. Denney – Low Frequency
4. Kelis (Chris lorenzo remix) – Hooch
5. Billon – Nothing
Snakehips x Tory Lanez
Dímelo #songsfromscratch
Premiere: Mystry
Pulse 8
Low Frequency
FMM: Chris Lorenzo v Kelis
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[Electronic] Wild & Free – Tropique (Falqo Remix)

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Low Pressure (Falqo Remix)

Last month, we came across an excellent EP, Low Pressure, from L.A. based duo Wild & Free through Rock It Science Labs, and were immediately struck by their single “Tropique”. While we didn’t have a chance to feature the original, (as much as it pains this writer to reveal) we were blessed with underground dynamo Falqo‘s remix, and were even more entranced with “Tropique” than before. The Australian electronic savante pulls Wild & Free’s original towards a slightly more ambient sea of disco leaning modulation, landing somewhere between dance and chill. Which is exactly where we want to be this Thursday. Falqo’s slick implementation of the original stems flirts with a number of aural toys, from laidback chill-step to clubby house, but most importantly, it flirts heaviest with our ear drums.

Stream Falqo’s remix above, grab a free download here, slip into something comfortable, grab your favorite adult beverage (or not if you’re illegal) and unwind your Thursday.

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[Secret Ninja Pass] This Week at Beta – 6/25-27


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:

– Head to the front door and enter the club before 11 pm
– Show this post to the cashier (Valid for 21+ only)
– Secret Ninja Pass is valid for ONLY Friday and Saturday shows

Paul Oakenfold - 6/25
Hibernate feat Victoria Gydov
Lux Tua (Paul Oakenfold Remix)
Skism / Must Die! - 6/26
SKisM X Habstrakt X Megalodon
Ectoplasm ft. MUST DIE!
Basement Jaxx - 6/27
Never Say Never feat. ETML
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[Nu-Disco] Moon Boots – Magic

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When Leon Oziel created the French Express record label in 2010, it signaled a departure from the norm of big-room music production. Originating with the ideals of originality and fearlessness in mind, its producers set out to break the mold regarding the state of electronic music. 5 years have passed since its foundation, and the collective has ascended to the position of DoLab favorite and torchbearer for the blend of nu-disco and dance music.

With a stacked list of contributors featuring Isaac Tichauer, Jonas Rathsman, Chris Malinchak and Perseus, the assemblage has built a reputation on its collective of like-minded artists, churning out tunes that fit into the DNA structure of R&B Disco Funk.

Fitting perfectly with that theme is fellow collective mate Moon Boots’ new song “Magic”. Released via Annie Mac’s New Music Monday series, “Magic” uses an up-tempo vocal sample to construct an irresistible foot tapping track. Moon Boots also utilizes subtle ambient vocalizations, an extensive use of synthesizer, and a funky base line to round out the song.

In producing a tune comparable to his previous hits, the Chicago-based producer has pulled elements from works like “C.Y.S.,” Talk Talk, and Don’t Ask Why in creating another timeless single. Listeners can stay up to date on new releases on his soundcloud, and can catch him live at Mamby on the Beach in Chicago or at Woogie Weekend presented by DoLab in Los Angeles in July.

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[House] Digital Farm Animals – Didn’t Know ft. Yasmin (DFA Club Mix)

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Didn't Know. Feat Yasmin (DFA Club Mix)

We’ve had our ears perked towards London based genre-skirting producer Digital Farm Animals for years now, and his latest evolution has only fanned the flames to our fire. Back in February we featured “Didn’t Know”, a sensual, electronic R&B burner from the Brit that had us all feeling some type of way. Today however, DFA’s taken the Yasmin featuring single straight to the floor with his own Club Mix on the tune, and quite honestly we can’t decide which we like better. While the original floats on top of the type of two-step melody and lush vocal work from which many of us were conceived, the club mix stokes Yasmin’s refrain with a perfect amount of reverb before delving into a huge, jackin’ synth sample and pointed cymbal shuffles to remind us all that we were listening to Digital Farm Animals’ housey side. And that reminder is always a welcome one. We won’t get too deep into our blurb however, and are opting to let Digital Farm Animals’ solid production do the talking instead; check out the DFA Club Mix for “Didn’t Know” above.

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