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The Magician just concluded a live stream of his 50th Magic Tape which, in & of itself, was a momentous occasion.  But something else occurred along the way that might also prove to be quite special.  The Magician closed out his seminal set with “I’ll Be Pushin’ On” by Zac Samuel.  Using an artist’s track as the closer for the 50th Magic Tape on a live broadcast of the event is some pretty next level support.  It’s the kind of high profile support that could give “I’ll Be Pushin’ On” a ton of momentum heading into festival season.  ”I’ll Be Pushin’ On” is a double dose of high energy & heavy emotion.  It’s a hands-in-the-air anthem that is sure leave every festival goer this season with permanent Chrissy Teigan face.

Here’s what Zac Samuel himself had to say about the song:

“This track took me two years to finish. Two computer crashes, one sample denial and a lot of different kick drums. A pain but a pleasure, happy to share with you all my debut. PEAAACE YEH!”

Well worth the wait!  ”I’ll Be Pushin’ On” will be out in early April on PMR Beat Club.

aRod

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There’s nothing more soothing than the velvet sound of Erlend Øye’s voice.  From his solo work to his collaborative work, Erlend Øye has been a major part of electronic music’s history over the last 15+ years.  His original work made him an Indie darling & his remixed tracks have made him electronic music icon.  ”Versus”, the Kings of Convenience remix album from 2001, spawned a handful of classic remixes from Royksopp, Four Tet, Riton & various others.  Ewan Pearson’s remix of “Sudden Rush” (from Erlend’s first solo album) was a 2003 underground classic.  And Fred Falke’s remix of “Golden Cage” by Whitest Boy Alive is considered by many (myself included) to be one of the greatest remixes of all time.  In 2014, Erlend Øye released his second solo album, “Legao”, and this week saw the release of the album’s first official remix.  The track “Rainman” received the offical remix treatment from German DJs Alex Barck (a Jazzanova founding member) & Comixxx.  The remix follows suit with many of the aforementioned classic remixes of Erlend Øye, finding its beauty in the laid back subtlety of the music while allowing the always heavenly vocals to shine.

The remix is out now via Bubbles Records & available exclusively on Beatport.

aRod

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Toronto music maker Cyclist has become a master in the art of Disco.  From classic Disco to Disco House, from Boogie to Funk, from sleazy Disco to sensual Disco, Cyclist knows how to craft a proper modern Disco track.  On his latest remix of the song “Light Breaker” by Neighbour (featuring Piper Davis), Cyclist unleashes a barrage of big sounds ranging from a squelchy synth bass to heavy guitars to pounding funk drums.  The result is a funky, dirty dose of cosmic chaos and another standout tune from our man Cyclist.

The “Light Breaker” EP is out now via Homebreakin’ Records. [BUY]

aRod

cherokee

Little by little, EP by EP, song by song, Roche Musique are turning 2015 into the year of French Funk.  With artists FKJ, Darius & Cherokee leading the way, their brand of French Disco/G-Funk/Pop has been the sexy soundtrack thus far to 2015.  Cherokee’s “Teenage Fantasy” EP is the label’s latest release & delivers more of Roche Musique’s signature sound including this heart melting remix by Glen Check.

DO NOT miss out on Cherokee’s brilliant “Teenage Fantasy” EP. [iTunes]

aRod

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Leave it up to HONNE to take one of the sexiest jams from the past four months and sex it up even more.  If “Bassically” by Tei Shi was the track that you seduced someone in the bedroom to, then the HONNE remix of “Bassically” is the track you seduced someone at the whiskey lounge to to get to the bedroom.  It’s high level seduction on HONNE’s remix of Tei Shi.

Be on the lookout for Tei Shi’s “Verde” EP out April 14th.  Pre-order at teishimusic.com.


aRod

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It’s been wonderful to see the meteoric rise of Sam Smith.  He is an undeniable talent worthy of all the accolades he’s received.  At the same time, it’s difficult to get too excited about yet another Sam Smith remix.  In this case, however, we will make an exception because the exception is for the red hot Pomo.  It’s been three months since the release of Pomo’s debut EP “The Other Day” and the EP is still going strong.  ”The Other Day” EP will no doubt make many “Best of 2015″ lists at the end of the year.  Pomo keeps that same magic alive on his remix of Sam Smith’s “Lay Me Down”, transforming the crooner’s ballad into a smooth + smokey speakeasy anthem.

aRod

Janelle Kroll

Brooklyn songstress Janelle Kroll is a romantic force.  She appears to be one who subscribes to the philosophy of “What good is a heart if you can’t wear it on your sleeve?”.  Her music is honest & powerful.  Don’t let the title of her new track “Sunny Days” fool you.  She’s not here to boast about how love is all sunshine & puppy dogs.  She’s here to talk about the post-breakup jackass you just can’t shake.  The one you just can’t seem to quit.  The one who keeps walking on your sunny days.

“Sunny Days” is a well crafted song, beautifully balanced with restrained energy & bursts of emotion in all the right places.  It’s a slow jam heavy hitter.  Gone are the days of the fragile breakup anthem.  The IT’S-TIME-FOR-YOU-TO-FUCK-OFF-ALREADY anthem…that’s the future of breakup songs and “Sunny Days” is leading the way.

aRod

Le Youth - Touch

Our man Le Youth is one of our favorite music makers.  He’s an old soul with modern flair.  He’s developed a sound that always manages to simultaneously sound classic AND fresh.  And he always pulls it off with miles of style.  Le Youth is back at it again with his latest track, “T O U C H”, a track that House heads, Disco lovers & pretty much any dance floor freak out there will no doubt fall in love with.  With a vocal to die for & a beat that sounds good in any era, “T O U C H” will most certainly touch you in all the right places.

“Ain’t nobody gonna T O U C H you better”

aRod

hold me

Pat Lok continues to be the hardest working man in dance music.  2015 has picked up right where a very prolific 2014 left off.  In early January, he kicked off the new year with his smash single “All In My Head“.  And not to be outdone, he delivers his first remix of the year.  His remix of “Hold Me” by Gold Fields is a jazzy House dazzler filled with warm throwback vibes.  2015 is lookin’ mighty good so far for Mr. Pat Lok.

Be sure to heart (♥) this song on Hype Machine & Pat Lok will personally come to your house & hold you. [Link]

aRod

Figgy x weekend

Our man Figgy puts the booty in bootleg on his remix of “Often” by The Weeknd.  It’s not often that an artist can take a track by The Weeknd & sex it up more than it already is.  But Figgy is more than up for the challenge & handles his business with flair by layering the Radiohead classic “Everything In Its Right Place” over the sleazy R&B sounds of The Weeknd.  The result is a charged up, double dose of raw energy that will surely have the dance floor dripping in sex.

Out now via Cut & Dry Records.

In case you missed it, we premiered the track last month on our 4th annual Holidaze Mix:

aRod