“Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars

I will be the first person to tell you that I am not a fan of ‘Pop’ music. I just feel that it’s very generic and formulated, not enough passion – not enough experimentation.

This track is a distinct exception. Bruno has one of the most powerful vocals of any ‘pop’ artist today – reminiscent even of the late King of Pop. It’s for this reason that I even gave this new song a chance, and boy am I glad that I did.

Uptown Funk is a co-written savior to pop music in my opinion. Mark & Bruno take the pop formula, throw in some funky riffs, catchy lyrics, and a voice from a lost era to culminate into the gem that is “Uptown Funk”. The video and song are both incredibly reminiscent of a time where music was so genuine.

“Heartache” by TKDJS

TKDJS is the artist project of 3 producers based in NYC. They met at the Central Park zoo late one Thursday night in September. Their bond was forged in a NYPD cruiser on the way back to the precinct. They’ve been making music together ever since.

Heartache is the perfect blend of soulful vocals (courtesy of Mrs. Tina Turner) and groovy bass lines to create a killer Deep House track. Heartache immediately reminded me of is the first track that really got me into Swedish House Mafia about 5 years ago – “Be vs. Satisfaction vs. Show Me Love”. I’ve posted a video below showing just what this mash-up did to crowds during the SHM glory days.

With any luck, TKDJS will be headed down that same road with their debut single. Check out their uplifting Big Room House remix to “Rather Be” below that I’m sure would make SHM proud.

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PumpTheBeat.com Presents: Chill Vibes Vol. 14

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So far, these Chill Vibes playlists have exceeded my expectations. If you’ve been following from the beginning, playlists like “Chill Vibes Vol. 12″ have garnered almost 4K “Likes” and 1K “Reposts.” The support has been incredible, so we’ll keep at it with the playlists. And aside from that, who doesn’t love listening to music that brings you back to those summer days?

For this week’s playlist, we kick things off with Kygo again. I took a break from having Kygo in our playlists, just to give other producers a little more face time. Other artists leading the tropical house / deep house genres are on the bill as well. These include but aren’t limited to names like Sam Feldt, Kungs, SNBRN, and Taylor Wise. You’ll notice that Knife Party closes the playlist. Yes, there’s definitely a bias, but I couldn’t resist.

Contest: Win 2 Tickets to Keys N Krates @ Webster Hall, NYC (Nov. 28)

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On November 28, some amazing talent will be rolling through Webster Hall courtesy of Girls & Boys. Starting off with the Webster Hall residence DJs, we move on up to Christian Rich, Exmag, and finally, Keys N Krates.

If you’re a hip-hop head, you probably have heard tracks produced by Christian Rich. For most of their tracks, you get more of a chill feel to it. Christian Rich has produced for vocalists like Childish Gambino and Earl Sweatshirt. Exmag follows suit with the chill vibes. But instead of the ambient sounds, they’re more about the funk. And finally, we close with Keys N Krates and their live trap. Get ready to turn up, cause this night is going to be insane. If you want to win some tickets to the show, enter below”

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“Slide ” by Owlesque//Sonder

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Owlesque, the new name of Sonder, is a young DJ out of Colorado, who has been producing a number of really sweet new sounding stuff. The first song on this playlist, Slide, has been one of my favorite of his tunes for a minute now, and has been around since the Sonder days. A newer release, Over Me, has some awesome trap influence and drops harder than most. Finally his remix of Nero’s “Guilt” has an awesome intro and picks up quickly. It is an awesome refresh of a classic.

Someone Tweeted A Remix At Skrillex And It’s Now Being Officially Released

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It’s fairly rare to hear up-and-coming producers/artists get recognized through social media sites like Twitter; but apparently, Skrillex occasionally listens to demo submissions through his @ replies. According to FADER Skrillex said, “I found this remix after I got a tweet from someone saying, ‘Hey check out this bootleg some kid did’.”

The bootleg in question is of our good friend Jai Wolf’s remix of “Ease My Mind.” Jai Wolf is a producer from NYC, who’s been on the move in terms of his releases. After a few good listens, there’s definitely no doubt about the fact that this remix deserves a spot on Skrillex’s remixes EP. Alongside Jai Wolf, GTA, Teddy Killerz, and Skrillex vs. Zomboy will have their remixes released as well. Seriously, big ups to Jai Wolf for coming this far.

Release Date: November 24, 2014

“Tools (Louis The Child Remix)” by Yellerkin

Louis the Child bring us another great remix with their take on “Tools” by Yellerkin. Starting the song off with a strong kick, this song has you moving from the beginning. Then comes the steel drum melody, producing a chill, tropical vibe. As the lyrics come in and the song progresses, everyone in the room is bobbing their head. Just when you think it can’t get better the steel drum comes to the forefront, taking control of the song and brightening your mood. This song is exactly what I needed on this cold winter day.