My Type (Eau Claire Remix)
Washington D.C. based dance bender Eau Claire has been cruising on a tsunami sized wave of buzz lately, and clearly has no plans on slowing down. Certainly one of the busier remixers to permeate our airwaves, Eau Claire’s latest revision comes on indie supergroup Saint Motel‘s radio sweeping single “My Type”, and she’s slathered her feelgood corner of dancefloor directed sound all over it. If you’ve heard the original tune, you may have most likely gotten that original sax hook stuck inside your temporal lobe for better or worse; but Eau Claire effortlessly errs on the better side. Saint Motel’s vocal gets swaddled in syrupy sweet synth and glittery pads before letting that aforementioned hook burst through, bolstered by pulsating yet light kicks and airy claps resultign in just a beautiful alternate take on Saint Motel’s. Good luck getting this one out of your head today. Stream Eau Claire’s “My Type” remix above and be on the lookout for more additions to her steady and tasteful output soon.
Major Lazer & DJ Snake
Lean On Feat. MØ (Stellar Remix)
When it comes to remixing music, especially some of the biggest songs of today, you are always taking a risk. Some originals are so revered by the fans that anyone who tries to lend their own flavor are immediately dismissed. On the other hand, because we may know a song so well, it’s intriguing to hear it in a different light.
Stellar’s remix of Major Lazer and DJ Snake’s dance hit, “Lean On,” takes the original in a new, bass-filled direction. Entirely replacing the melody with a ridiculously serious series of bass lines, listeners will find themselves unable to resist the hold of its brilliant rhythm and beat. But just to give you a better idea of what we’re talking about, think of a song with one of the heaviest drops you’ve ever heard. Now imagine that drop continuing through out the track, only instead of getting repetitive, constantly switches up, and consistently introduces you to a new rhythm. Basically what we’re getting at here is: this track is a monster, but you won’t know this until you hear it for yourself.
Hiding (ft. The Nicholas)[OUT NOW!]
It’s impossible to catch every good record out there. Some stay hidden as gems forever, but some come to light, much like “Hiding” has from Kav Verhouzer. Last year Kav dropped this collaboration with The Nicholas on his Soundcloud, but since then it has been taken up by Epic Amsterdam as an official release. Tropical house is pretty hit and miss, but this hits right on the money. This melodic wonder is the perfect laid-back Summer record that will cool off the scorching heat of the season. Kav has already received over 700,000 plays, but there’s much more ground to be covered. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for more music from Kav soon!
Chicago and New Orleans are no doubt music meccas. They’re insane places to be for inspiration, which is partly why this cat CRWNS has got some gold. “Vibe Machine” is his latest work of art that brings an upbeat future sound to your ear drums. He’s received live support from producers like Adventure Club, Prince Fox, What So Not and Slander, which isn’t too surprising once you peep around this guy’s Soundcloud. With “Vibe Machine” we get some intriguing synth work that pushes and pulls the energy up and down throughout the three and a quarter minutes. Although his hip-hop influences come out, the production largely keeps things in the more dance/electronic realm for ravers to enjoy. Download it for free, pop it in your playlists and turn up the volume for the full experience.
Back in May we got “Shake Dat,” but now the full At Night EP is here. Stranger, whose identity has still remained in the shadows, brings four tracks, two of which are collaborations and two that are solo. Both “Feel Like” and “Shake Dat” were pushed as singles prior to the EP release, but each differ stylistically. The former focuses more on bringing the bass to a four-to-the-floor beat, whereas the next kicks things into the breakbeat grooves. Next come the collaborations with Frank Royal and Sing Sing. “Get It” is a techy haze of sounds that embody the underground, minimal style. Possibly the most funky track, “Yung Seal” closes things out in a wonky manner, reminding us all to have some damn fun! After all, it is dance music. You can grab a free download here.
Stranger & Frank Royal
Stranger & Sing Sing
Everybody (Apashe x Oski x Lennon Bootleg)
All of you are probably asking yourselves, “did I read that title correctly?” “Did The Music Ninja actually just post a Backstreet Boys remix?” Well ninjas, we actually did. Digging deep into our childhoods, Apashe, Oski, and Lennon summon the inner fangirl with their modern take on the boy band’s 1997 pop hit, “Everybody.” The bootleg introduces listeners to a strange, but pleasurable mixture of nostalgia and unfamiliarity. It retains the pop essence of the original and manages to steer clear of tampering with the melody and vocals that have symbolized our youth for over a decade. Simultaneously, the refurbished classic finds its place in today’s music with a harder and grungier feel. So go ahead and take a listen to your soon-to-be favorite guilty pleasure.
The Terminal (Feat. Janai)
Our house fans may have already noticed an influx of quality tunes coming out of our pages this week, and you can bet we’ve got no plans of slowing down. If you’ve managed to somehow keep YouTube channel turned quickly rising record label, Eton Messy, off of your radar, then now would be a good time to brush up on their impressive output. Known for breaking artists like Arches and tunes like Just Kiddin’s worldwide smash “Thinking About It”, Eton Messy’s catalog almost always has us standing up to take notice. The latest from the Bristol based imprint comes from burgeoning U.K. house darling Kayper, “The Terminal”; her second release with the collective now. “The Terminal” superbly blends an upbeat house melody with soulful refrain from Janai, and a shuffling U.K. garage cadence to create a direct shot to the club floor, simultaneously proving to us critics why artists like Blonde and The Magician have been championing her already developed and sophisticated dancefloor sound. Be on the lookout for Kayper’s forthcoming EP due out June 29 on Eton Messy, and in the mean time, put on your best pair of dancing shoes and get with “The Terminal” right now.