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[Event Review] 4 Acts We Could HARD-ly Miss


(Photo by HARD Presents)

T’was that time of the year again! One of the most anticipated summer music festivals just took Southern California by storm. We’re talking about HARD Summer, which ran its course with a weekend filled with epic festivities. Besides the newly-added option for camping, this year’s festival offered a superb lineup that definitely shined the spotlight on many up and coming artists, especially those in the electronic dance music scene. We know that words won’t do it any justice, but we’ll take a crack at giving you our FIVE favorite acts from the weekend.


When we got the word that a “surprise guest” would come out during Slushii‘s debut set, we would’ve never guessed it’d be Skrillex, who actually surprised Slushii too. Julian Scanlan a.k.a Slushii played “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites”, and Skrilly jumped up on the DJ stand. “Make some noise for the future right here” were his words – pretty high praises from the dance music icon, as Julian’s dynamic set definitely got the whole place buzzin’. Check out this video below that captured the amazing moment.

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[Festival Preview] HARD Summer 2016 – July 30/31 @ Auto Club Speedway, Fontana

Our favorite festival in Southern California is around the corner once again. We were absolutely blown away by last year’s HARD Summer, but 2016’s event is only going to be bigger and better! There is a couple of major changes in the festival this year, including the switch of venue and its addition as a two-day camping festival. That’s right – there’s camping available and it’s definitely going to fuel the festival vibe and spirit. In terms of location, HARD 2016 is taking place in the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, just east of the Pomona Fairplex (last year’s venue). Its move to the new location helps cope with the camping option and allows even more guests inside the festival. It’s definitely a giant step-up from the last HARD Summer.

Now moving on to the lineup. It’s everything we desire and more. It is a great mix between electronic and hip-hop acts, with a stacked roster of up and coming artists. Huge names like Flosstradamus, Medeon and Travis Scott would headline Saturday’s festival, together with talents like Rezz, Louis The Child, Jerry Folk, Slushii and many others who are shaping the current dance scene. Founder of Hard, Gary Richards a.k.a Destructo would also participate as the tradition continues. Following an epic performance from this year’s Coachella, Ice Cube would be closing out the night and would sure to turn up the heat in Fontana by a few more notches.

Sunday’s lineup is equally as awesome as Saturday’s. Electronic powerhouses like Dillon Francis and Zeds Dead will be returning to Hard Summer for the second straight year. Also, genius producer Porter Robinson is moved from Saturday to the Sunday lineup due to a scheduling conflict. Other popular electronic acts like Jai Wolf, Kaytranada and Mura Masa would also be participating in this giant dance galore. AC Slater, Boys Noize and Kill The Noise are some of the veterans in their respective genre that will be attending the festival. To top it all off, Major Lazer will be sure to conclude the night with an electrifying performance.

It’s safe to say that Hard Summer is an event you can’t miss. To get you pumped up when July 30 comes, we’ve prepared a playlist featuring some of the acts in the lineup. Peep it below and we’ll see you all there!

’Pretty Lights – Only Yesterday’
’Mr. Carmack & Promnite – FDT’
’MALAA – Notorious’
’Jerry Folk – To My Soul’
’Keith Ape – IT G MA Remix (josh pan Opus) w/ sakuraburst, MISOGI, X&G, MEDASIN., oshi’
’REZZ – Edge’
’Kiiara – Feels (Jai Wolf Remix)’
’Zeds Dead – Back Home (feat. Freddie Gibbs)’
’Point Point – doubleOreo (San Holo Remix)’
’Ty Dolla $ign – Blasé (Louis The Child Remix)’
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[Event Review] TMN’s Favorite Sets from HARD Summer 2015


(Photo by Rukes.com)

If you’re caught up with the news in the EDM world, you’ve probably heard about Jack Ü‘s starfilled performance that featured many special guests, including 2 Chainz, AlunaGeorge, CL and Justin Bieber. Apart from all the craziness that went down last weekend, HARD Summer 2015 was one for the books. Ranging from hip-hop to electronic music, HARD Presents once again outdid themselves to satisfy every single one of their attendees’ musical palate. How do we even begin? The two-day festival in Pomona California was too much epicness to put in words. I think we’ll just end it here.

Just kidding. But there were indeed too many stellar performances to comment on, so we’re going to give our take on some of our favorite sets from Hard Summer. You’re about to relive some of the greatest moments from the annual summertime radness.

1. Big Gigantic 

And the saxiest performance award goes to… Yes, Big Gigantic! The Colorado-based electronic duo absolutely brought down the house with their electrifying set. Coming on after fellow future funk artist GRiZ and headlining the 7-Up (Green) Stage, Big Gigantic gave every bit of their energy to their performance. Fusing dubstep and hardhitting bass with soul and funk, they definitely made their sound one of a kind. Dom the saxophonist held it down for all the live instrument performers and it goes to show how their music was able to reach out to so many different crowds, even at a EDM-filled festival.

2. Porter Robinson


(Photo by Jake West)

Something magical happens everytime we see Porter Robinson perform. The Worlds producer tweaks his live shows all the time by adding in different edits and transitions of his own songs, and making every set unique. His performance at HARD Summer was stellar to say the least. Filling the HARD Stage with a sea of people was no easy task, but he managed to do just that. It was visually stunning and emotionally provoking; it’s also everything a hardcore Porter fan could ask for. Everybody was already singing along to “Sad Machine” right when he started his set, and was left in tears as he ended it with “Language”. Only a handful artists could do the same to the audience as Porter did. Kudos to the just-turned-23-year-old feels capturer.

3. Jai Wolf

The “Indian Summer” producer managed to pack Purple Stage to over capacity with just 15 minutes into his set. He was among the youngest bunch to perform at this year’s festival. The list goes on… From “Lotus Eater”, remix of Odesza‘s “Say My Name”, remix of Mocki‘s “Weekend”, or ending his set on a high note with his version of Skrillex‘s “Ease My Mind”, Jai Wolf showcased his caliber to the fullest. He also had Mark Johns as his special guest, and the whole crowd just went nuts. Everyone was living in their own world during his set, and left talking about it for the rest of the festival. TMN is very excited to see what new music the yung producer has in store for us in the near future.

4. Die Antwoord

11794292_10153129143988920_3032999222703337445_o(Photo by HARD Presents)

In the midst of their American tour, Die Antwoord stopped by HARD Summer, took over and left everyone in awe. As if the photo above doesn’t speak enough (or too little), the South African alternative hip-hop group represented everything they stand for in the music community and brought down the Harder Stage with their cunningly crafty and one-of-a-kind performance. To everyone’s surprise, actor Jack Black (who was featured in Die Antwoord’s “Ugly Boy” music video) even came out during the set. With that said, if you haven’t seen Ninja or Yolandi perform before, you’re definitely missing out.

5. Jack Ü


Are you sick of listening to “Where Are U Now” on the radio? We are too, but Jack Ü has undeniably crushed it with their spectacular performance, and was definitely the HARD crowd’s favorite. Let’s start with the special guests. 2 Chainz popped out of nowhere during “Febreze”, Fly Boi Keno came out for “Beats Knockin'”, Aluna from AlunaGeorge performed “To U” and DJ Snake‘s  version of ‘You Know You Like It”, CL from 2NE1 performed Diplo’s “Dirty Vibe” and “Revolution”, and hollywood golden child Justin Bieber closed out the night with “Where Are U Now”. The starpower was incredible and arguably topped Ultra Miami’s earlier this year. It was a party from beginning til end, as Skrillex and Diplo managed to take their bounce-influenced electronic music to the biggest stage. You could see the Skrill and Diplo waving their Jack U flag throughout the night, and many followers rocking their apparel in the crowd. They have successfully started a movement, and to say their performance was epic is an understatement.

And that concludes it with our review for HARD. With the amount of positivity going into the weekend, TMN is proud to say that we had a blast. Like Jauz said during his set, we were all there for one reason and one reason only: music. These artists continued to inspire and entertain all around the world, and HARD offered a great platform for that matter. With that said, we’ll see you all next year for another unforgettable weekend.

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[Festival Preview + Playlist] HARD Summer – 8/1-2 – Fairplex Pomona

Talk about a stacked lineup! Before we get to the good stuff, we hope you’ve grabbed your ticket already because tickets have long been sold out. Hard Summer Music Festival is probably one of the biggest and most popular summertime music festivals in California. It’s a must-go for electronic music enthusiasts and festival goers, considering how incredibly awesome the lineup is this year. HARD has moved their festival from Whittier Narrows to the Fairplex Southern California this year, which is great for the two-day fest because of its big capacity.

TMN is proud to be participating Hard Summer for the first time ever and we can’t tell you how excited we are. To get you mentally prepared and hyped up for this, we have compiled two playlists for each day. They feature memorable hits from electronic powerhouses like What So NotThe Glitch Mob, Ratatat, Porter Robinson, future acts including TchamiShiba San, Jai Wolf, and other rising artists like HermitudeSlow Magic, Big Gigantic and many more.

Too much dopeness, yet so little time. We hope you’ve figured out your schedule because it’ll be a tough time for all the music fans to watch all your favorite artists. We suggest downloading the Hard Summer app to take a look at the set times so you don’t get lost in the middle of the five stages.

Vibe away to these tracks and we hope see you ninjas and ninjettes there!


’OVERWERK – Toccata (Original Mix)’
’A Trak – Push feat. Andrew Wyatt (GANZ Remix)’
’Royal – Queen Of France’
’Daktyl – Salters (feat. Jennifer Akerman)’
’Alesso feat. Roy English – Cool (CRNKN Remix)’
’Elijah Blake – I Just Wanna Feat. Dej Loaf (Prod. by Djemba & CZ)’
’Mark Johns – All Day (Prod. Sweater Beats)’
’Madcon feat. Ray Dalton – Don´t Worry (Matoma Remix)’
’Porter Robinson – Lionhearted (Giraffage Remix)’
’Years and Years – Memo’
’Drake – Started From The Bottom (Shiba San Remix)’
’Lido – I Love You’
’Big Gigantic – Get On Up’
’GRiZ – For The Love (feat. Talib Kweli)’
’Tchami & AC Slater feat. Kaleem Taylor – Missing You’
’Metallica – Lords Of Summer (The Glitch Mob Remix)’
’Hayden James – Something About You (ODESZA Remix)’
’Nero – The Thrill (Porter Robinson Remix)’
’Dillon Francis – Bruk Bruk (I Need Your Lovin)’


’Jai Wolf – Indian Summer’
’Peking Duk – Take Me Over ft. SAFIA’
’Kid Ink ft. Dej Loaf – Be Real (Wax Motif & Gladiator Remix)’
’Kodak To Graph – IAMANTHEM (Slow Magic Remix)’
’Hermitude – The Buzz feat. Mataya & Young Tapz’
’Mr. Carmack – All In with Kehlani’
’Bakermat – Teach Me (Original Mix)’
’Riff Raff
Tip Toe Wing In My Jawwdinz (Jauz Remix)’
’Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs x Anna Lunoe – ‘Feels Like”
’What So Not – Gemini Ft. George Maple’
’GTA Ft. Sam Bruno – Red Lips’
’Hudson Mohawke – Very First Breath ft Irfane’
’Princess Chelsea – When The World Turns Grey (Robin Schulz & HEYHEY BOOTLEG)’
’RL Grime – Kingpin (feat. Big Sean)’
’Zeds Dead & LOUDPVCK – Flies’
’Ratatat – Cream On Chrome’
’Skrillex And Diplo – To Ü (Feat. AlunaGeorge)’
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[Chill] Kehlani – Jealous (Mr. Carmack Remix)

kehlani, jealous (carmack remix)

Mr. Carmack has always maintained a peculiar aura, even amidst his recent surge in fame. In many ways, he has intimated the qualities of a pseudo- ghost writer for progressive and future music as a whole (TMN has chronicled many of his releases here and here and here). Moreover, his guiding influence has been felt far and wide without direct connections to many artists, in large part, due to his staying power over the years. He may have been better suited to call himself Mr. Consistency.

To that point, Carmack is held in unanimous high esteem by his peers, despite lacking a level of popularity or notoriety (among general music fans) which would typically accompany the talent and reputation of works as great as his. By setting the bar within the Soulection crew and the music producing community at large, Carmack has been releasing tracks this summer at a break-neck pace.

Following up his #SongsFromScratch collaborative release under Adidas+YoursTrulySF with Kehlani last month, Carmack has revealed a remix to the songstress’ latest hit, “Jealous”. Kehlani’s massively popular hip-hop/soul track receives a complete revamp in this latest rendition; Carmack introduces a deep bass line and smooth vocal oscillation techniques, giving the remix a dreamy and ambient quality.

Fluctuations in the dynamic scheme and timely interjections of future elements throughout the tune keep the listener engaged with the instrumental aspects of the song and steal some of the attention away from Kehlani’s moving vocals – which is no small feat. “Jealous” really comes together at the 3:12 mark after Lexii Alijai‘s fast rapping third verse, when Carmack is able to merge the style of the original with his own distinct impression of the song.

Keep tabs on Carmack this summer: music festival enthusiasts can catch his sets at Camp Bisco in Pennsylvania, Hard Summer in L.A., and at the Canadian music festival Shambhala.

 Photo credit: GL Askew II 

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