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Deadmau5 – Strobe (Shemce Remix) [FREE DOWNLOAD]

After a wild and exhausting weekend (writeup on Lightning in a Bottle to come), I was scanning my SoundCloud feed today for something relatively mellow yet still worth writing about. Of course when I saw that Shemce had remixed the timeless classic “Strobe” by Deadmau5 I knew half my work was done… I just had to listen and make sure this was something worth talking about. Well sure enough I found my feature for today because, frankly, unless you’re a complete moron it’s pretty hard to fuck up a song as good as “Strobe”. Of course I say this with respect to any notable producer out there, because if you’re going to attempt a remix of this track you know it needs to be of the highest quality.

So, our boy Shemce remixed “Strobe” without any complaints from me. Shemce’s remix keeps the same melodies that made Strobe popular, but gets right to the point without as much of the buildup. Shemce adds deeper bass lines and additional layers of melody, and it’s something that really flows well to help me through my post-long-weekend haze. In case you aren’t familiar with Shemce, I posted his remix of Notorious BIG’s “Juicy” last Summer and that is without a doubt worth a listen.

Here’s what’s been written about Shemce’s remix of “Strobe”:

My take on the legendary “Strobe” by the legendary Deadmau5 . . . .

– Shemce

Shemce is back at it with his lush remix of fellow Canadian, Deadmau5’s, Strobe. This track takes the classic tune and flips it into a thick layered summer jam with spacey bridges that snap back into heavy house rhythms. Complex layers give the familiar chords new depth and an indie-dance vibe that Shemce has become known for. Grab this one as a free download!

Lyrx X Royal- Complete Control

“Complete Control”, the latest production from DC based hip hop artists Lyrx and Royal, is a song that takes you back to the days when electronic beats and lyrically conscious lyrics coincided with the likes of Nujabes and Jurassic 5. This is the first release off of the newly minted Redact Collective between various artists between Philadelphia and Washington DC, created to “foster a collaborative and supportive community of artists in the DMV.” When Lyrx raps “This is the beginning of my journey to get complete control” he’s already convinced us more than enough to stay tuned for his next release.

Check out the free download below and keep your ear to the ground for more from these talented young artists from the District.

Slumberjack – The Others feat. KLP (NGHTMRE Remix) [FREE DOWNLOAD]

NGHTMRE is another young gun out of Los Angeles who is on a tear, and for good reason. NGHTMRE’s polished productions combine melodies with devastating drops that mostly hover around the Bass Music world. Festival Trap remixes have started to fade out of the forefront, but that’s where NGHTMRE really gained his notoriety, remixing the likes of Showtek, Tiesto X Afrojack, and more recently Porter Robinson and Skrillex (though not quite Festival Trap remixes). Releasing music on Mad Decent and Ultra Records plus a following of 130K Facebook fans and 75K SoundCloud users, it’s clear NGHTMRE is doing all the right things and making all the right music.

Two days ago NGHTMRE released his remix of Slumberjack’s “The Others” featuring KLP and it is too hot to handle. You know me – I usually post a lot of House music, but I need variety and I know when I hear something worth writing about. This track really lets the music do the talking, as both drops are absolutely mesmerizing and actually don’t repeat themselves. NGHTMRE writes “Slumberjack has been killing the game recently. Was honored to do this remix this track. Hope you guys like my take!”

Check out the track, like it, download it, and show the kid some love!

Loud Luxury – All For You (feat. Kaleena Zanders)

Sometimes you come across a track that truly has it all, that spans a genre from end to end, that leaves you feeling like you just heard an amazing mixtape in four or so minutes. Loud Luxury‘s newest song, All For You, does exactly that. With an amazingly powerful vocal track from the amazing Kaleena Zanders complimented by a simply awesome drop and bass line this track is absolutely huge. We absolutely fell in love with Mrs. Zanders when she worked with SNBRN on his California Love remake and her work on Loud Luxury’s All For You is equally if not even more impressive. The Canadian production team Loud Luxury is rather new to the scene but is wasting little time jumping into the spotlight. Be sure to catch the guys at Digital Dreams, Veld, and many more festivals this summer. Still not convinced? Well then be sure to check out the guys Soundcloud page that is just packed with remixes, original productions, and plenty of free downloads!

Jason Burns & Sarah Winters – Lightweight (Dr. Fresch Remix)

Dr. Fresch has definitely had a productive year, as we approach the halfway point of 2015 we have already seen a handful of remixes from the solo producer. Today Dr. Fresch released his newest track entitled Lightweight featuring the impressive vocals of Jason Burns and Sarah Winters. The doctor slowed it down a bit with this one moving away from the huge G-house tracks and showing us a more melodic side of Dr. Fresch. However this track still has a really fun and bouncy dance floor ready baseline which is complemented nicely by all sorts of synths. If you aren’t familiar with Dr. Fresch be sure to head over to his Soundcloud and check out all the awesome free tunes he has available. Cannot wait to find out what summer has in store for Dr. Fresch, because as you already know this dude is on a roll right now!

Michal Menert – The Space Jazz Album [FREE DOWNLOAD]

Smooth as fuck. That’s how I’ll elect to describe Michal Menert‘s brand new album Space Jazz, released this past Tuesday April 21st through SoundCloud (streaming) and Bandcamp (name-your-price download) on Super Best Records. It’s safe to say I have a majority of Michal Menert’s fantastic music in my iTunes library (62 tracks to be exact) and I’ve been a huge fan ever since I fell in love with the Pretty Lights Music family. For those who don’t know, Menert is a Denver-based producer who worked as a co-producer with Derek Vincent Smith (Pretty Lights) on the chart-topping Pretty Lights album Taking Up Your Precious Time. When Derek decided to found the label Pretty Lights Music, Menert was an obvious choice to become the first artist signed to the label and did so with his 2010 solo album release Dreaming of a Bigger Life. That album, Dreaming of a Bigger Life is one of those pieces that brings me back to a certain place and time. I’ll spare you the bulk of the details, but picture driving to the beach with the windows down in the middle of the Summer – it was the perfect vibing album.

Since that time back in 2010 Michal Menert has truly made a name for himself. He’s released a second massive album similar in style to his first, called Even If It Isn’t Right and has taken on headlining spots around the world. Moreover he’s brought the studio to the stage with his Big Band which is an 18-piece ensemble that Menert leads. In fact, this weekend Michal Menert will be brining his Big Band show to Red Rocks Amphitheater for one of the biggest performances of his career.

Space Jazz is significantly smoother and a bit more mellow than his previous two albums. And this isn’t to say that it’s worse because it’s certainly not – I’ve enjoyed listening to it three times in a row today as I write this. This album, like the previous two, is a musical journey filled with vintage vinyl samples and hard-hitting beats. Michal Menert’s Facebook page describes the album as “a fusion of yesterday’s elements and tomorrow’s ideas”. Where Space Jazz differs is in the vibes. There are more lyrics, more rhyming by guest lyricists, as well as softer bass lines. I remember Menert as someone who pushed heavy synth basses across his songs but those have been toned down to create more of a well-balanced sound.

Space Jazz is the culmination of two years of composition, recording, and mixing, and should prove to be a defining album not only for Menert’s career but for the genre of electro-soul and hip-hop based electronic music.

If you like any of the sounds coming out of the Pretty Lights family of artists, you’ll surely enjoy Michal Menert’s latest album. Make sure to catch Menert any time he’s on tour (I’ll be seeing him on May 14 at the Hawthorn in San Francisco), and definitely interact with him on Twitter or social media because he’s fucking hilarious.