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[Indie Pop] Melis – Flower


Half Czech, half Turkish singer/songwriter Melis is giving us a sneak peek of her debut EP Parallels with the release of “Flower”, an emotionally-driven indie track that is dedicated to her father. You might recognize her voice from songwriter duo IYES, which has a more electronic and futuristic sound.

Melis explains that how “Flowers” holds a special place in her heart and leaves behind the powerful message – that if you’re going through a tough time in your life, remember to never give up and remain hopeful because dark times will not last forever. Her soothing vocals bring out the vulnerability hidden deep down, and the lyrics speak volumes about the poignant journey she went through.

If you like the talented Melis, be sure to check out the most recent music video of her track “Love Song Idea” below.

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Judging by the title, you’d think this is some “fire” mix with tons of “heaters” and “bangers”. Well think again – FFFELIX is about to prove you wrong.

The French producer, whose real name is indeed Felix, comes out with a 6-track mix consisting of all original flips of old and new R&B/hip-hop tracks. Faith Evans‘ “Love Like This”, Snoop Dogg‘s “Peaches N Cream”, Miguel‘s “Adorn” and Migos‘ “Get Right Witcha” all got the Felix treatment, just to name a few. It’s a great treat for those who digs great production and chill vibes all around.

Dank or not, we definitely recommend you to check out this mix. It is now out on Record Record, and is available for a free DL. Go grab before it’s too late!

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[TOUR MIX + GIVEAWAY] Hotel Garuda at San Diego – Feb 3

If you haven’t heard already, one of our favorite dance duos, Hotel Garuda is going on tour starting this week! For the San Diego leg of the tour, Matt DiMona and Wingtip would be supporting the wonder boys. While the Eternal Sun Tour is coming to your city in full force, we have GREAT news for all you SD ninjas and ninjettes.

We’re giving away a pair of tickets to their show THIS FRIDAY  (Feb 3) at Bang Bang to one lucky winner! If you’ve been dying to see your favorite DJs live and haven’t gotten your tickets yet, here’s your chance. To enter the contest, simply:

  • LIKE our Facebook pages
  • TAG a friend you want to bring
  • COMMENT on why you want to come to the show

And that is literally all you have to do! Few rules, of course:

  • You must be 21+ enter
  • TWO tickets will be given to ONE winner
  • Winner will be selected on Thursday night 2/2

For those who would like to secure your entry, feel free to purchase tickets here.  Act fast though – they’re nearly sold out. You can also check out the event page for more details on the tour and future dates. To get us pumped up for the show, Hotel Garuda made hour-long mix with guest features from all the artists on the Eternal Sun Tour. Peep the mixtape below and get ready to party with us on Friday!

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[Soul/R&B] Christopher Blake – Bad (feat. Armani White)

Christopher Blake
Bad (feat. Armani White)

Ain’t nothing wrong with a little bump-and-grind to start your Monday off. Dallas-based singer Christopher Blake teamed up with producer Caden Jester and Philly-based rapper Armani White on this sexy little tune called “Bad”. Blake’s soulful vocals and White’s crafty verse fit perfectly with the slow jam. The lustful guitar solo towards the end further adds to the the sexiness of the track, which resembles the sound of The Hills” by The Weeknd.

The continuous collaboration between Blake and Jester really shows the versatility of their production and the different territory of sounds they are exploring into. Be sure to check these guys out if you dig “Bad”, as all of these talented individuals are on our list of artists to watch in 2017.

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[Future Bass] Pluto x Ye. – Feel The Fire

Pluto x Ye.
Feel The Fire

Following the success of the their previous collab “Breath”, Pluto and ye. brought the heat once again with a vocal rendition of the summer dance anthem.

Only 16 and 19 years of age, the two young producers showed production skills way beyond their years. The fiery vocals make a powerful statement in compliments of the synth stabs and the hardhitting Flume-like beat. The progression of track goes towards a suspense and into the last massive drop – a definite crowd pleaser in every way.

Released via PRMD Music, “Feel The Fire” is no doubt the next festival anthem . Cruise over to their page and give Pluto and Ye. a follow if you dig this. They are making waves in their respectively lanes, and we’re sure this won’t be the last time you hear about them.

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[Music Video] Hitchhiker – Ding Dong

Ding Dong – from XOXO the Netflix Original Film

It’s not everyday you get to hear a song by an intergalactic producer. The artist from Korea, who goes by the name of Hitchhiker, released a music video to “Ding Dong” which was featured in the Netflix show XOXO. We’ve seen some bizarre music videos, but this one by far takes the cake.

The video shows Hitchhiker, who is wearing his usual chrome silver jumpsuit outfit, dancing and DJing everywhere in different parts of Korea. The colorful visuals and forced CGI definitely give the tune a unique graphic approach. Hitchhiker is able to take random elements like alien noises, an Egyptian theme, and a doorbell sound and bring them together into one giant entertaining dance track.

Premiered on 88rising, the “Ding Dong” music video is something that will stick in your head for a good period of time. Check out the video below and let us know what you think!

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Kidswaste Releases Point Point Remix & Announces “Spleen EP” [TMN Exclusive Interview]


If feel-good music is your thing, Kidswaste definitely got you covered. This beautiful remix of French production group Point Point‘s “Au Revoir” will put you through a dreamy roller coaster ride. The fellow French producer incorporated guitar and brass melodies to an already chilled-out tune, and brought the feels with its jazzy melody.

On top of the remix, Kidswaste also announced the release of Spleen, which is a 5-track EP that features some of the best up-and-coming vocalists in the scene. We actually got a chance to sit down with Kidswaste to chat about this awesome project that he prides himself in working on. Check out the tracklist below and the interview after the jump!

Spleen EP Tracklist
1. More Colors (feat. Chelsea Cutler)
2. Time
3. Wild (feat. Khai)
4. Alone
5. Friends (feat. TRACE)

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Point Point
Au Revoir (Kidswaste Remix)
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