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[House] Need & Necessity – Patience

Need & Necessity

We’ve labored before about the difficulty we occasionally face in regards to posting tunes from some of our favorite proper dance labels. Imprints like Andre Crom’s OFF Recordings, Dixon & Ame’s Innervisions, and of course Rob Made’s tasteful curation of the Sleazy Deep brand along with its expanding iterations (amongst countless others of course) have been some of our most looked-to sources for the true pulse of what’s going on in underground dance music for years. Typically though, with smaller dance labels doing most of their business through online retailers, our favorite imprints tend to produce Soundcloud channels who only post preview snippets on their respective pages linking back to Beatport/Traxsource etc. Anyhow -after the long-winded intro- we wanted to clarify just how excited we were to feature this one in its complete glory (and the latest from the aforementioned team at Sleazy Deep), as we’ve got our hands on the label debut from an act that TMN’s been obsessively fond of for years: Need & Necessity.

Most recently landing on our pages with an independent deep-tech remix of Brodanse’s “Train of Thought”, Patience marks Need & Necessity’s debut EP on an international label (although they remixed for Sleazy Deep last month in the form of a single), and yet again the Denver based pair has delivered another heaping spoonful of scrupulously crafted house. The extended-play’s title track ticks a number of boxes for us, and we’ve not stopped grooving since first listen. From its G-House leaning bassline, fluctuating vocal samples, and huge topline synth; “Patience” is the pair’s largest sounding club shot from their entire catalog. While “Patience” was our choice off of their congruently titled EP, all four tracks from N&N’s latest release are more than worth a rinse as well. Grab a copy of the entire Patience EP from Need & Necessity on Beatport here, put your dancing shoes on and stream its title track above.

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[Deep-House] The Internet – Dontcha (Need & Necessity Edit)

The Internet
Dont'cha (Need & Necessity Edit)

On paper, matching the smooth soul sounds of Odd Future offshoot The Internet with a forward thinking house beat sounds like a match made in dance-head heaven. As to why we haven’t seen more of it, we’re not exactly sure, but Denver based house duo Need & Necessity have taken all the trouble out of the job and come through with one of their most accessible, catchy edits yet. Coming off of “This Life”, their last original recording, Need & Necessity’s take on “Dontcha” carries with it a rare playability. Whether it’s casually jamming out in your car or on a booming club stack this one has the type of shiny appeal to touch the most ardent of house fans to casual listeners alike. A loungey, almost jazz club vibe is upped through the malleable execution of a rolling, deep bass line which rides along infectiously under The Internet’s sultry original vocal, resulting in a polished dance tune that we’ve been religiously looping all afternoon. The boys are giving this one away for free through their Facebook, so go ahead and snag a download here; and if you missed our group interview with them back in April, check it out.

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[Event Preview/Ticket Giveaway] Cloak & Dagger Music Festival – Denver, CO – 9/20

It seems within recent years the Mile High City of Denver, CO has been blessed with an abundance of incredible live music; especially larger scale offerings. So, when we heard our good friends at TheHundred Presents had put together one of the most eclectic and multifarious festival lineups we’d ever seen, we knew we had to get our Ninjas involved. On September 20th, The Cloak & Dagger Music Festival brings a wealth of underground dance talent, including Cashmere Cat, Holy Ghost!, Justin Martin, Thomas Jack, Kidnap KidMartyn, Midland, Moon Boots, Gigamesh, Sango, Pomo, Homework, Golf Clap, Graff as well as a few more lesser known acts championed by TMN in the past including Need & Necessity, Keepers. and Action 52 all in the span of one day. Well with the one day mega event just one business week away from becoming a reality, we wanted to extend our hands and invite our Ninja friends in Colorado (or anyone else who wants to make the trek to Denver for that matter) to try and win a pair of free tickets. As with every one of our contests, entering is streamlined and simple for you savvy readers.  Simply follow these steps below and CHECK YOUR EMAIL. We will draw a winner on Friday, Sept 19th (one day before festival). If you don’t respond in two hours, we’ll go to the next person. You snooze, you lose.

There are a few rules, of course:
– You must be 18 or over to enter.
– You are responsible for transportation.
– You must bring a valid form of ID to pick up your tickets at will call.
-You ABSOLUTELY MUST come correct with your hottest dance moves and put them on display the entire day on behalf of The Music Ninja


In anticipation of what seems like a lineup curated just for some of our dance-head Ninja readers, we’ve also put together a nifty little playlist featuring the artists we’re most excited to see at Cloak & Dagger to get us focused up on the long Saturday ahead. Why not let this playlist soundtrack your day, and we’ll see you soon!

’With Me’
’Okay — Holy Ghost!’
’Henry Krinkle
Stay (Justin Martin Rmx)’
’Of Monsters and Men – Little Talks (Thomas Jack Remix)’
’Like You Used To’
’Martyn & copeland – ‘Love Of Pleasure”
’Whatever You Need’
’Wunder Wunder – Coastline (Gigamesh Remix)’
’One Of My Kind (Original Mix)
’This Life (Original Mix)’
’Ludacris – How Low (Action 52 Remix)’


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[House] Need & Necessity – This Life [TMN Premiere]

Need & Necessity
This Life (Original Mix)

Denver based Deep and Tech-House producers Need & Necessity have glowingly been on our radar here at TMN for over a year behind a veritable smattering of precisely constructed dance tunes, including the “Thong Song” leaning cut “Lemme See” and a joint collaboration with option4 entitled “We Comin Up”. While we were one of the very first to feature the hip-swing-inducing pair’s eclectic blend of techno, classic,G, and deep house; it’s been great to see their tunes begin to take more of a foothold as each passing production comes out more polished than the previous. “This Life” is the latest addition to Need & Necessity’s sturdy output, and also the clear favorite to come out of their camp for us thus far. A surprisingly soulful trip into more tech-house recognized samples and sound kits, “This Life” plies its groove off of an expansive kick-drum and snapping snare before glossing up behind that signature Need & Necessity hi-hat shuffle. Further establishing the rhythmic cadence on “This Life”, a sparsely filtered vocal works its way into a mesmerizing loop and simultaneous focal point as the words “We Don’t Need” glide effortlessly around the tune to steal the show. It seems that Matt Friedman & Ross Kiser’s dance project is hitting the most mature stretch of their young production career and coming out of performances at Winter Music Conference, Snowball Music Festival and pairings in their home city with Rob Garza, Anna Lunoe and Moon Boots in July alone; it’s no wonder. “This Life” is being released on Night Supply Records and as with all of their releases, will be given away for free as a digital download, so hop to it here Ninjas. Stream “This Life” from Need & Necessity above, and if you missed our interview with them and their label mates a few months back, check it out here.

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[Exclusive Interview] TMN Sits Down With option4, Keepers. and Need & Necessity at Snowball


’Elizabeth Rose – The Good Life (option4 Remix)’
’Keepers – Hello (Original Mix)’
’Lemme See (Original Mix) **FREE DOWNLOAD**’

This past weekend at Snowball Music Festival, we were treated to a wonderful palate of eclectic artists, all in the heart of Denver Broncos territory at Sports Authority Field. From major acts like Busta Rhymes, Pretty Lights, Yeasayer, Twin Shadow, RÜFÜS DU SOL, Griz, Knife Party and MiMOSA to the amazingly well represented house tent with names including MK, J. Phlip, Graff, Justin Jay, Maxxi Soundsystem and The Juan Mclean; it was safe to say our tastes for all different genres of music were well satiated. We also had the chance to catch up with some of our absolute favorite up and coming house artists option4, as well as the duos of Keepers. and Need & Necessity round-table style in their home city to talk about their burgeoning record label Night Supply, their drinks of choice, spirit animals, Miley Cyrus and a whole lot more. And who better than these three entities to give us a little insight into the climate of dance music in their own state? Check out the full transcript below.

The Music Ninja (TMN): Alright, The Music Ninja here at Snowball Music Festival with option4, Keepers. and Need & Necessity. First things first, I know we can be a bit intimidating so how about a round of Fireball shots? [five minute pause from interview] Okay, let’s get the ball rolling!

TMN: Now, we’re obviously here in your guys’ back yard of Denver. A lot of people don’t realize this, but all of you have been throwing and curating proper house music events in the city for over three years as TheHundred and have built relationships with most every dance artist on the festival. With this year being so heavy on house music, what has it been like to see your collective work begin to take a bit of a hold through more mainstream outlets like a Snowball Music Festival? Let’s start with option4.

option4: Man it’s been awesome to see so many people that might not normally be into this style of music fully support and accept it. For example, last night MK was killer, J. Phlip was killer and all those people choosing to be in the house tent as opposed to some of the other stages. That was something that felt very tangible, very real. It was kind of a weird stage to begin with because nobody could really hear the music outside of the tent and it was a little bit tucked away, but that thing was still absolutely packed.  It seemed like there were a lot of people there for that style of music, so it was nice to see house music have a real footing at an American festival.

Read the rest of our interview with option4, Keepers. and Need & Necessity after the jump!

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[TMN Premiere] option4, Need & Necessity – We Comin’ Up (Original Mix)

option4, Need & Necessity
We Comin' Up

When Denver’s electronic scene is usually thought of, visions of grand scale EDM events at Red Rocks or larger than life dubstep drops may immediately permeate the forefront of your opinions, but thanks to amazing musical contributions from artists like option4 and Need & Necessity, the city has begun developing an insatiable taste for deep, soulful house music. While we’ve separately had the opportunity to feature these two respective dance-floor slayers, today we had the felicitous task of premiering their first collaboration on ascending house label Night Supply, “We Comin’ Up”, and we knew right away this one needed to be shared with you Ninjas. Both parties’ deft comprehension of house production are felt immediately with a scooting hi-hat and bouncy kick leading into the tune’s first break. Before we knew it, a hypnotic synth line was fueling an ample vocal sample into the frontrunner and by the time we realized the pitched down reverberation of “I’m Comin’ Up” was flawlessly pulled from a P!nk sample, we were fully enveloped, jacking our hips unconsciously along. Finally, it is the gripping bass line which implants a real dose of bounce within the track while simultaneously adding another layer of pop accessibility which will no doubt appeal to fans from all walks of listening life. Expect this one to storm house clubs very soon, but don’t be surprised by its shapeshifting ability when you’re just grooving to it either; especially as it’s being given away as a free download here. Stream option4 and Need & Necessity’s “We Comin’ Up” above, and maybe start thinking about the dance hall a little early this week.

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[Deep-House] Tiga vs. Audion – Let’s Go Dancing (Need & Necessity Remix)

Let's Go Dancing (Need & Necessity Remix)

Finding lesser known talent whom exhibit immense musical skill is part of what keeps the engine driving here at TMN, which is a sliver of the reason we have taken such a shine to house duo Need & Necessity. In keeping with the steady slate of dance tracks we’ve been bringing you ninjas this week, we’re delivering the rising production unit’s take on one of this writer’s favorite house jams of 2013, Tiga vs. Audion’s “Let’s Go Dancing”. Need & Necessity have completely reworked the drums off of the emotive original, simultaneously jacking up the hi’s exactly to our liking while shifting towards a much deeper end of the house spectrum in the process. It’s clear to see that with recent live performances supporting powerhouse acts like Cyril Hahn, Ryan Hemsworth and Duke Dumont that all of that up close experience with some of the world’s best producers is translating quite nicely into some polished production. Stream the tune above, and as a thanks to their fans hitting a recent milestone on Facebook, you can download Need & Necessity’s remix of “Let’s Go Dancing” here.

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