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Mar 27
2015

Entranced 16

It's time for another edition of the week's hottest new trance music, as the 16th edition of Entranced brings you tracks from the likes of Armin, Mark Sixma, and remake of a classic from 4 Strings.

4 Strings - Take Me Away (2015 Mix) [Liquid]
Dutch duo Carlo Resoort and Jan De Vos, better known as 4 Strings, have given their 2001 classic Take Me Away a hefty reboot for 2015. Featuring the original vocal and a strong dose of that infectious melody, the track drops into a pounding trance anthem, with big chord stabs and plenty of energy. With support from Ferry Corsten and Markus Schulz, Take Me Away has already stormed into the Beatport trance Top 10, so head on over there now and grab your own copy.

Armin van Buuren & Mark Sixma - Panta Rhei (Original Mix) [Armind]
Two more legends up next as Armin teams up with Mark Sixma for their debut collaboration Panta Rhei. Originally featured on the A State Of Trance 2015 album, this track proves that these two were destined to work with each other. Stocked full of the massive stadium-esque trance production that both Armin and Sixma are known for individually, their combined talents have created a monster that should utterly destroy any dancefloor it happens to be unleashed upon. It's out now on Armind, so get your hands on a copy now.

LTN feat. Arielle Maren - Let Me Go (LTN's Sunrise Remix) [Enhanced Progressive]
Slowing things right down now as Jakarta-based LTN provides us with some smooth progressive trance in the shape of the Sunrise remix of his recent release Let Me Go. The remix is almost a chill-out track, with subtle rhythms, dreamy pads and deep bass drones. It's perfectly suited to the vocal talents of Arielle Maren, who provides a beautifully understated performance that is seemingly better suited to the remix than the original. The Let Me Go remixes are out now on Enhanced Progressive, so get your copy, turn it up, and kick back.

Markus Schulz - Golden Gate (San Francisco) [Coldharbour]
A tribute to LessThan3's home city is up next with Markus Schulz' latest effort Golden Gate (San Francisco). Filled with stomping percussion, driving pads, and catchy little synth pops, Golden Gate is the third in his City Series, following Bayfront (Miami) and Bine Facut (Bucharest). I'll leave it to the SF natives to decide if this tracks truly speaks of the city for which it's named, but either way, it's well worth grabbing your own copy, so head on over to Beatport now, where you can also check out Markus' Golden Gate chart.

Orjan Nilsen - The Edge (Original Mix) [Armind] Rounding things off this week is another Armind release, and another trance superstar, this time Norway's own Orjan Nilsen. The Edge is exactly what you'd expect from Orjan, with rough and ready basslines, techy drums, and of course, those enormous soaring synths. It's a sure-fire crowd pleaser, with plenty of that Armind charm that lends it to big arena gigs. If you've not got your own arena lying around, fear not, because The Edge sounds just as good at home, so head on over to Beatport and grab your own copy now.
4 Strings - Take Me Away (2015 Mix) [Liquid]
Armin van Buuren & Mark Sixma - Panta Rhei (Original Mix) [Armind]
LTN feat. Arielle Maren - Let Me Go (LTN's Sunrise Remix) [Enhanced Progressive]
Markus Schulz - Golden Gate (San Francisco) [Coldharbour]
Orjan Nilsen - The Edge (Original Mix) [Armind]
Mar 27
2015

Cazzette Gives Chaka Khan’s ‘Miss My Love’ A Tropical Twist

Soulful diva Chaka Khan is the latest artist to receive the Ultra-ready bootleg treatment from Swedish house duo Cazzette.

Having already re-worked The Weeknd's Often, Cazzette liberally apply a layer of tropical house vibes to the track, jangling four-on-the-floor melding with a steel pan drum-style melody to form a breezy groove for Miss My Love.

This track is free to download here.
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Chaka Khan - Miss My Love (Cazzette Bootleg) [Warner Bros.]
Mar 27
2015

Friday Favorites 101

Aaand we're off! Into the wild boom yonder with number 101 and the start of another century of Friday Favorites (which is only about two years in Earth time).

Josh Bennett
House/Breaks | Jakwob - Let Me Tell You (Original Mix) [Boom Ting]
After dropping a stellar three-track EP on Boom Ting Recordings in January, London producer Jakwob came back on the same label with a single track called Let Me Tell You, and I am just loving the combination of breaks, house, and dark techno on offer. Pick it up on Beatport.
Jesse Champagne
Pop/Dance | Ellie Goulding - Love Me Like You Do [Republic]
Shitty 50 Shades Of Grey music video notwithstanding, this song is absolutely stunning and a touching testament to the true power of love. I've scoured the internet trying to find a suitable remix, but the original stands head and shoulders above the rest. Ellie Goulding's sweet and soaring vocals manage to feel both delicate and powerful, and producer extraordinaire Max Martin delivers a lush and booming beat to pull on your heartstrings.
Mike Davies
Tech House | Jay Lumen - Sunbeam (Original Mix) [Noir]
Sunbeam is the down-and-dirty opener from Jay Lumen's latest EP, The Line, and marks a return to Noir Music for the Hungarian producer. Nice and simple, this one is all about the tribal beats and those slightly surreal synths in the break. With support already from the likes of Marco Carola, Richie Hawtin, and Pete Tong, Sunbeam is bound to be an early hours club favorite in the coming months. Get your own copy now.
Shea Kopp
Indie/Beats | Jamie xx feat. Romy - Loud Places (Original Mix) [Young Turks]
Jamie xx called upon his friend and repeat collaborator Romy Croft of The xx to sing vocals on Loud Places, a track off his highly-anticipated album In Colours. The track is all at once heartbreaking and hopeful, which seems to be something of a calling card for the producer. This album marks the first full-length album for Jamie xx, though he has produced albums with The xx and also a remix album with Gil Scott-Heron. In Colours won't see its release until June 2, but you can pre-order it now and get four tracks instantly here.
Megan Murphy
Future Bass | Alesso feat. Roy English - Cool (Sweater Beats Remix) [Def Jam]
As a producer, the funky and synth-loving Sweater Beats has little in common with big room titan Alesso, and that makes his stellar remix of Cool all the more impressive. The New York artist completely transforms Alesso's track into a melodic future bass number featuring bouncy, looping basslines and bright percussion. Grab the remix when it releases April 13 on Def Jam.
Chris Porter
Glitch Hop | Evol Intent - Middle of the Night (Jorts Remix) [Evol Intent]
US bass troupe Evol Intent just released a massive remix EP for their recent tune Middle Of The Night and it showcases some seriously talented up-and-comers. One of the featured remixers is a fledgling producer from Michigan called Jorts, who transforms Middle Of The Night into a glitchy, funk workout with a D&B twist. There are still remnants of D&B left in the remix, but Jorts' take has a funky Kill Paris and Bobby Tank vibe that spreads like an infection. Among the other high-quality remixes on this EP, Jorts' treatment of the original's vocal is a standout. Head over to Beatport to pick up this remix and listen to the rest of the EP.
Marcus Dowling
House | Sirens Of Lesbos - Long Days, Hot Nights (Claptone Remix) [Exploited]
When German mystery man Claptone brought his considerable skill to remixing Sirens of Lesbos' 2014-released euphoric piano house track Long Days, Hot Nights, a four-on-the-floor winner was elevated to a higher level of dancefloor domination. A breezy Ibiza-style groove features a soulful, gospel-style vocal and a clipped snare that when aided by a minor piano chord chugging through the low end gives the production a more fanciful sway. Pick it up on Beatport.
Michelle Gardner
Progressive House | 7 Skies - Are We On Air (Original Mix)
I fell in love with this song during 7 Skies' ABGT guest mix and was elated when we received the premiere offer. There's no doubt that I'm the person who's listened to this track the most. A fun, feel-good vibe that I just can't seem to get enough of. Cool tidbit: the cover art was created by David (aka 7 Skies) himself using a photo he took and balloons that he 3D rendered himself. Creativity should be his middle name. Grab your free download here.
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Jakwob - Let Me Tell You (Original Mix) [Boom Ting]
Ellie Goulding - Love Me Like You Do [Republic]
Jay Lumen - Sunbeam (Original Mix) [Noir]
Jamie xx feat. Romy - Loud Places (Original Mix) [Young Turks]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/197438900
Alesso feat. Roy English - Cool (Sweater Beats Remix) [Def Jam]
Evol Intent - Middle of the Night (Jorts Remix) [Evol Intent]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/164967510
Sirens Of Lesbos - Long Days, Hot Nights (Claptone Remix) [Exploited]
7 Skies - Are We On Air (Original Mix)
Mar 27
2015

‘Hey QT’ Gets A Diplo Remix & Video

QT - Hey QT (Diplo Remix) [Free Download]
Mar 27
2015

Zya Ditty Turns Facebook IM Text Into A Song

Your dream of sounding like T-Pain has finally become a reality with Zya Music's new app, Zya Ditty, which takes your Facebook Messenger text and converts it into auto-tuned conversation.

With Zya Ditty, users can convert any message up to 70 characters into conversation and set it to a few pre-selected popular songs. The result is a short 20-second clip that you can save to your phone and send to friends. The app timed its launch alongside Facebook's announcement that it would be opening its Messenger platform to third-party developers.

Zya Music's Dean Serletic explained to Wired the complicated technology behind the app.

"There’s an ingestion process where we study the melody of the song and the phrasing of the original melody versus what a user types in,” says Dean Serletic, head of licensing for Zya Music. “The syllable count could be entirely different. We’ve got to make that work somehow. Our team goes all the way back to classical music theory, how Bach and Mozart handled music composition, up to modern techniques like stutter techniques and things in pop culture.”
You can currently choose from 30 tracks within the app's platform, but it is their hope to flood the catalog with 100 more songs in the next 90 days. You can hear a demo of what the auto-tuned conversation will sound like below.

Zya Ditty is available for free inside the iOS App Store and Google Play store now, and you can find more info about it at Zya Music's website.