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[House] Justin Jay & Friends – Karma (ft. Josh Taylor & Benny Bridges)

Justin Jay & Friends
Karma feat. Josh Taylor & Benny Bridges

Given his already-impressive track record, it’s crazy to think that Justin Jay is only 22 years old. The dorm-room house producer has already put out music through some of the most respected labels in electronic music, toured the world and been a TMN Resident Artist. Today, he launches a new chapter in his career: Justin Jay & Friends. The collective will be a collaborative project that combines Jay’s expertise in unique dance music with live instrumentation and indie vocalists.

Although we got a glimpse on his enormous, Benny Bridges-featuring official remix for Alison Wonderland, “Karma” is the first official, original release from Justin Jay & Friends. Opening appropriately with organic percussion and smooth vocals from Josh Taylor, it quickly becomes evident that this isn’t a run-of-the-mill house tune. Once Bridges’ guitar enters the equation, the song finds an incredible bluesy groove making for a seamless fusion of genres. Although quite different in its sound, the collision of underground dance and indie found on this track reminds us of some of Lane 8‘s work with Matthew Dear and Soloman Grey. This tune is also Justin Jay’s first release on UK label Black Butter and definitely leaves us excited for more. Vibe above.

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[Event Preview + Playlist] Black Butter Records’ Official Movement Electronic Music Festival Afterparty Playlist

For Memorial Day Weekend in Detroit, Michigan, a significant portion of dance music enthusiasts will be going to one place and one place only – Movement Electronic Music Festival. The festival holds a lineup predominantly of underground top dogs such as Maceo Plex, Art Department, Richie Hawtin, Seth Troxler B2B The Martinez brothers, and more, but there are also some outsider picks thrown into the mix like Dog Blood, GRiZ, and of course DJ Snoopadelic (Snoop Dogg’s DJ project). No matter who you see, Movement is sure to be one of the top events to attend over the holiday weekend, but why should you have to stop when the festival ends? Why not just party straight through until you’re early morning flight on Tuesday?

Well, Black Butter Records has your back because the UK label and event brand will be hosting the official after party for Movement Electronic Music Festival at the Populux on May 25th. Two of the label’s favorite acts, Gorgon City and Kidnap Kid, will be leading this party with their signature dance stylings with some serious support from Dantiez Saunderson and Loud Luxury. But, Black Butter Records couldn’t stop there, so the UK tastemaking masterminds decided to commission a guest appearance from house aficionado MK who will be going B2B for a special set with Hot Natured’s Lee Foss.

To spice up all your pregame action, we ninjas have put together a playlist of tracks from the event’s lineup to give those not sold yet that push over the tipping point. Tickets for the event are available here!

’Gorgon City – Here For You ft Laura Welsh’
’Go All Night ft. Jennifer Hudson (Zane Lowe’s Hottest Record)’
’Gorgon City – Sky High’
’Jessie Ware – You & I (Forever) (Kidnap Kid Remix)’
’Submotion Orchestra – Swan Song (Kidnap Kid Remix)’
’Raleigh Ritchie – The Greatest (MK Remix II)’
’Bakermat – Teach Me (MK Remix)’
’Lee Foss – U Make Me Shy’
’Rudimental – Waiting All Night (Lee Foss Remix)’
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[House] Gorgon City – Here For You ft. Laura Welsh

Gorgon City
Here For You ft Laura Welsh

The almighty UK duo of Foamo and RackNRuin, who at this point are tenfold more recognizable as their stage moniker Gorgon City, have been displaying that rare crossover ability; receiving praise from both mainstream and underground media sources, and for completely great reason. Their last few singles have struck a resonant chord around the world, and their newest production entry  “Here For You”, which features a rousing vocal contribution from Laura Welsh, plays like sultry whisper across a shared pillow. Much like some of their crossover contemporaries Route 94 and Duke Dumont, a gripping sense of educated house production is encased within Gorgon City’s beautiful sound, but it is pulled off with such a pop bravado their listeners have no choice but to fall head first into their tunes regardless of preferred music style. For our friends out in Indio this week for Coachella, which is about half the staff here at TMN, you’ll be able to catch them live tomorrow and we recommend you don’t miss that one. If the breakout sets of Coachella past are any indication, we’ll be in the midst of Gorgon City mania stateside by this time next year. We can’t wait for it either. “Here For You” is out soon on Black Butter Records. Be on the lookout.

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[Garage/House] Kidnap Kid – Survive

Kidnap Kid

One of London’s hottest electronic exports right now Kidnap Kid continues to shine as perhaps the  most appealing producer of the Summer. Already a force in his native U.K.; singles “So Close”, “Animaux” and “Thin Lines” have begun to carve out a spot in the hearts and minds of American listeners. His latest effort “Survive”, out on Black Butter Records was dropped on the World this morning, following suit with a pattern of melodic vitality that has put him on so many music radars this year. “Survive” appears to be the more restrained B-Side to the aforementioned “Thin Lines”, and takes a slow burner approach with a more reluctant, but very grooveable tune this time around.  The track builds on itself throughout, fusing hollow drums, a subtle vocal loop and what seems to be Kidnap Kid’s signature synth kit. Have a listen for yourself, and be ready for more material from the young wunderkind this Summer season.

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