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[Chill] starRo – California


If you live in Los Angeles, chances are seeing a Soulection showcase has been on your bucket list for quite some time. With talents like starRo on the roster, it’s easy to see why. He’s spent the better part of 2014 becoming a household name with his incredible production chops and if you’re not on the hypetrain yet, we hope this will change your mind. “California” perfectly embodies the spirit of the state, its people, and its music scene: electric, laid-back, and soulful. Take a trip down PCH to this one here–it’s an experience you don’t want to miss out on.

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[Electronic] Christina Aguilera – Genie In A Bottle (Loveless Remix)

Christina Aguilera
Genie In A Bottle (Loveless Remix) *FREE DL*

And now, for a song fifteen years in the making. If you remember the rivalry between Britney and Christina back in the day, you’d remember how significant this song was in 90’s pop culture. Clearly Loveless is on the same page as us, as the Norwegian duo brings the karaoke classic into 2014 as a sexy deep house cut. Heavy on the vibes and light on the chords, this guy is a perfect addition to any upbeat workout/party playlist. We’ve posted a barnyard full of house music selections this weekend, but here’s hoping this piques your interest enough to hit play.

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[Electronic] Maya Payne – Fragile (MCHNCL Remix)

Maya Payne
Fragile (MCHNCL Remix)

For all the credit we’ve given Australian music recently, it’s unfair for New Zealand not to share the spotlight. After all, they have given us Kimbra and Lorde. After this post, you can go ahead and add Maya Payne to that list of Kiwi starlets as well. “Fragile” is her debut single and it’s getting its fair share of remix work; however MCHNCL’s effort truly showcases Payne’s talent behind stellar production by her fellow Kiwi. This seventeen year old is going places real soon and we can’t be more stoked for her! Hopefully New Zealand’s best kept secret will make a splash across the world.

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[Electronic] Galantis – Help (Elephante Remix)

Help (Elephante Remix)

It’s a well-known fact that Galantis is a blogger’s dream come true. When Christian Karlsson of Miike Snow and Linus Eklow (Style Of Eye) teamed up to start making progressive house we knew we were in for something special; we just couldn’t imagine how great it would actually be. They have absolutely taken the Internet by storm and now seem to building up even more momentum through their touring. Last week, they let out a remix EP and while each track is great in its own right, we think we found the crown jewel. Elephante has rapidly become one of the most well-respected creators in the electro house field, however he flexes his melodic capabilities on this one as the end result is a stunning, practically cinematic, progressive house edit of Galantis’ “Help”.

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[Chill] Polo – Love Lockdown

Love Lockdown

It really says a lot about an artist’s abilities as not only a creator but an icon when remixes of your material number in the thousands. We’d have to talk to Soundcloud about the actual numbers, but it’s safe to say Ellie Goulding, Avicii, and Kanye West are the most remixed artists ever. Producers from all walks of life and musical backgrounds love to put their own signature stylings on these musicians’ works and no two tracks ever sound the same. When Kanye released the broody “Love Lockdown,” too many producers took it in the wrong direction and added more upbeat drumwork or something in that vein. Polo understands just how to operate on a song like this. Another Kiwi on this blogathon, he makes his TMN debut today with his ultimate sadboi rendition and even throws a few “Heartless” samples in here and there. For anyone who wishes 808s & Heartbreak was darker, here’s what you were looking for.

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[Hip Hop/Rap] Smoke Screen – Barry Blanco (Produced by The Kickdrums)

Smoke Screen
Barry Blanco (Produced by The Kickdrums)

One of the biggest mistakes people make in hip-hop is underestimating Cleveland. Wedged between Detroit, Chicago, and Pittsburgh’s titanic rap scenes, it’s hard for the average Joe to name a Cleveland rapper not named Chip, MGK, or Kid Cudi. However, the scene is far more expansive than one would normally think and we believe that with all the sports attention on the Rock & Roll Capital Of The World, the music scene will soon follow suit. Here’s hoping Smoke Screen will be the first on the list. Chemist & Mooke have been linking up for years but on their latest effort, “Barry Blanco” it is easy to see why they are finally ready to take the next step in their career. The Kickdrums, another local act that has paved his own path, delivers one hell of a beat for the duo to spit on and their flow is undeniable. Can’t say enough good things about this track.

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[Chill] Doss – The Way I Feel (Recycle Culture’s Slow Emotion Reel)

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The Way I Feel (Recycle Culture's Slow Emotion Reel)

One of the greatest parts of this blogging gig is virtual crate digging on Soundcloud for hours and hours trying to find the gems of the Internet. This here is a perfect example of something you have to earn to post. Recycle Culture and Doss are both known in smaller producer circles, however you’d be hard-pressed to see a guy walking down the street wearing their merchandise. That being said, the two are insanely talented and deserve all the love they can get. Doss produced “The Way I Feel” back in the spring and it did relatively well on its own, however Recycle Culture has picked it up and turned it into an astonishingly beautiful record. We as bloggers use the term “chill” a lot to describe music from all sound spectrums, however this remix is the absolutely perfect embodiment of what the word chill truly represents. This is the kind of track you can feel yourself melt into without a care in the world.

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