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Deep Bass | Dots Per Inch – ‘Get Up’ [Free D/L]

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Sampling the legendary Michael Jackson, Dots Per Inch delivers some wiicked deep bass with his free download “Get Up.”

Dots Per Inch has had a successful year with plays on Ministry of Sound Radio, Kiss, 1Xtra, and Rinse FM. This track is sort of a thank you to all the fans for their support, as well as a wiicked indication that 2014 is going to be jam-packed with some massive tunes.

Can’t wait to see what else Dots Per Inch has got in store. :)

 

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Soulful House| Jonathan Meyer feat. Billie Jean -’Breathe’ (Abicah Soul Remix)

203600_largeGood morning house lovers! How’s it going?

I hope that you’ve all been out there spreading the good vibes of house, and this afternoon I’ve got a superb track for you to share.

I heard it for the first time out and about dancing (it might have been at 18th Street Lounge,) and I’ve heard it in a few mixes, but know I’ve got the ID for this seductive soulful house track.

It goes by the name of “Breathe” and it’s by Jonathan Meyer and features the vocals of Billie Jean. The original is a beautiful track, but the one that seems to be driving EVERYONE crazy is the Abicah Soul Remix. Gosh, it’s sheer perfection!!!!

Check out the music video for the original “Breathe.”

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Girl Power | Exclusive Interview & Guest Mix With Black Girl/White Girl

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Happy Monday! Hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend, and now I want you to get your house on and kick off the week with this exclusive mix from Black Girl/White Girl.

But, before you get in the zone with the mix (or while you listen to it), take some time to get to know Black Girl/White Girl in this exclusive interview. Trust me, it’s full of EDM girl power that you’ll just love. These girls rock! :)

  1. So Tahnee and Karin, where did you grow up?

Karin grew up in Tel Aviv, Israel. Tahnee grew up on Curacao (a small island in the Caribbean) and moved to the Netherlands at the age of 13. Right now we’re both living in Israel.

  1. As a childhood, who were your musical influences? Did the music you listened to as a kid help you fall in love with electronic music?

T:  I used to listen to all types of music. From Bob Marley to Elvis via Backstreet Boys to Ultranate. I was always open-minded and was influenced by whatever my parents played or whatever was on the radio and TV. I remember when I got a little bit older (13/14), I started buying these “Best of” dance mixes. From this moment on, I started tinkering with music making software. So yes, I guess in some way it prepped me for exploring dance music even more.

K: I was influenced by whatever my sisters and brother were listening. My sisters loved stuff like Mariah Carey & Michael Jackson and my brother listened to everything from Scatman to Ace of Base. Generation MTV right! It didn’t drive me to electronic music but to be honest, it did help me broaden my musical interests.

  1. Let’s talk a little about electronic dance music. What’s your favorite genres (house, dnb, dub step, trance, electro, synth pop, etc)?

We don’t really think of music in (sub)genres, because it helps us to stay creative and steer clear of conventions and labels. Especially since everything is becoming more intertwined, giving birth to new genres and sounds. But to be absolutely honest, house is our main love. UK house, bass, deep house.. The whole lot. We also appreciate electro a great deal, just as long as there is some kind of musical progression involved.

  1. Black Girl/White Girl, interesting name. Where did the name come from?

It’s definitely interesting right?! We were thinking about a fitting name, but somehow everything we could come up with felt forced. We didn’t want anything with our names, or something abstract, or something that could remind you of somebody else. So one time, we were up all night doing some crate-digging and while doing so, we heard a track by Kill Frenzy (part of Claude VonStroke’s dirtybird crew). It’s a lovely booty bouncing track, and it was fully responsible for our name. Go have a listen for yourself and you’ll find out why we love it so much.

  1. How did you meet?

Our musical souls met at Amsterdam Dance Event in 2012.BGWG1

  1. Do you only produce or do you enjoy spinning live at nightclubs?

We do both. The response from the crowd when you play your own track is wonderful and addictive. We also see it as our jobs to take the crowd on a powerful musical journey. This is why we spend so much time reviewing and selecting our favorite musical gems, we see track selection and pacing the night as the most important job a DJ has no matter where he or she is playing.

  1. What do you use to produce? Software, favorite gear, etc.

We use Ableton Live 8. We haven’t really had the time to adjust to Live 9 yet. Maybe that’s a goal for 2014! LOL. We don’t use hardware as it’s simply out of our budget at the moment. Our synth and bass sounds come from MASSIVE, Arturia synths, and our absolute favorite for throwback sounds, DIVA. Drums samples are handpicked from analog samples, although sometimes we do use Tremor.

  1. What’s your thoughts on the music scene in Berlin. Is the EDM scene pretty big over there?

The country as a whole respects artist and gives them opportunities to evolve. What we love about the Berlin nightlife is that it’s so diverse. Big artists from all over the world are dying to play at places like Panorama Bar and Berlin’s city festivals. But most amazing of all is that there’s a place for every subculture in this city. Simply beautiful.

  1. Who are you currently listening to? 

At the moment a lot of Hannah Wants, Kry Wolf, Jamie Jones, MK, Kill Frenzy, Him_Self_Her, Julio Bashmore, and much more! If you want to stay on top of our favorites, check out our monthly article at Housecult.com featuring all the best tunes of the month.

  1. When It comes to putting together a mix, what is your creative process like? Do both of you sit down and select tracks, or do you both come to the table with unique selections and blend it together? 

Well, first we start off with track selection, which we do together. But this is basically because we are together all the time. Plus, we love to find new stuff and experience that together too. After that, we decide what the overall feel of the mix should be like, what kind of story we want to tell. From there we start to mix and only stop when the story has been told.

  1. There aren’t a lot of female production duos on the EDM scene right now. How do you guys try and stand out?

We just do what we love and we try to do it well, hopefully this is enough to make us stand out.

  1. Where do you girls see yourself in 5 years?

Everywhere from Miami to Ibiza.

  1. Aside from music, what do you love to do for fun? Tell me a little more about yourself.

Whenever we get the chance to take a day of, we like to go to the beach. Or go travelling and sightseeing. Also, we love horror movies, suspense and thriller series like American Horror Story, Dexter and Hannibal. With lots of popcorn, of course!

  1. Hobbies, passion, dating life, fashion, etc. 

Hobbies: cooking and baking

Passion: music, what else?

Dating life: in love!

Fashion: love it!

  1. Speaking of fashion, are you girls fashionistas? :)

We wouldn’t really call ourselves fashionistas. But we do love us some fashion! Just not on a crazy or hysterical level. We’re more into urban fashion labels than your regular <insert city name here> Fashion Week blablabla. We saw some great original stuff recently from Au Jour Le Jour, Best Leeds, Taxonomy Clothing and Blood Brother.

  1. And, feel free to mention anything else you’d like to talk about. 

Thanks for this lovely interview, it was our absolute pleasure to do it.

To be on top of our favorites of the month, check our mix series WITH YOU which will be arriving in the beginning of the month. Episode 4 is up next, and it’ll be released in October. And to accompany each episode of WITH YOU, we will feature a new Beatport chart as well.

We hope you will like this exclusive mix we crafted for ThinkSoul25! Just imagine yourself watching the sun go down on the White Isle after a summer’s worth of partying. Oh yeah.. Play it loud. (:

Links:

http://www.blackgirl-whitegirl.com/

https://www.facebook.com/officialblackgirlwhitegirl

https://soundcloud.com/officialblckgrlwhtgrl

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Bruno Mars Treasure

70s Funky Chic | Bruno Mars – ‘Treasure’ [Official Video]

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Bruno Mars has just debuted his new music video for his catchy single, “Treasure,” and it’s booming with bell bottoms, gritty Soul Train camera angles, and it screams the 70s.

The 70s styling reminds me of Duck Sauce’s “Anyway” music video, but of course, the music is different. Both are great music videos that pay homage to the 70s. :)

As a big fan of Bruno Mars, I must say that he can do no wrong in my eyes. He is the epitome of musicianship, and the quality of his music is impeccable. Seriously, how could you hate Mr.Mars?

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SNL | Bruno Mars Is Not Only a Great Singer, He’s Also Hilarious at Sketch Comedy

Man, this post is so late! I meant to write about SNL a few days ago, but I was on the road traveling. Luckily, the hotel we stayed in on Saturday night had cable, so I was able to see the last few sketches of the night. And from what I saw, it seemed as though Bruno Mars did an awesome job; not only is he an insanely talented singer, but he is incredibly hilarious! 

Normally I’d go into great detail about all the sketches, but since this post is super late, I’m just going to post the videos from the episode.

All of the sketches were pretty funny, but the one that stood out the most was the sketch that shows us what happens when Pandora channels crash. So what happens? Well Bruno Mars steps in, playing the role of an intern, and sings the missing parts of songs from artists such as Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Michael Jackson, and many more! It’s a hilarious sketch that you totally must watch, but sadly NBC took the sketch off the web due to copyright issues. So basically, they are acting as if the sketch never happened. SMH.

So you can’t watch that sketch, but you still can watch some of the other ones that Bruno Mars starred in. And aside from the Bruno Mars sketches, be sure to check out the Cold Opening and the Brad Pitt commercials.

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Undun | A Short Film by The Roots

I still haven’t had the chance to pickup/download The Roots album Undun, but I’ve checked out a few tracks from the album and I’m loving the vibe. You can’t go wrong with The Roots, it’s simply good music.

The Roots has a timeless knack for taking the everyday struggle and methodically crafting music that eloquently expresses the struggle. Undun (from what I’ve heard so far) is an amazing album that shows off the eclectic vibe of the band, and as usual Black Thought, ?uestlove, and the rest of the gang create a grandeur fusion of true hip-hop, blues, and jazz. You’re most likely not going to find any extremely commercialized beats and tracks on this album because, well, that just isn’t The Roots; selling out monetary value hasn’t appeared to be the driving for their music.

The Roots will always be one of my favorite bands (my other favorite is Dave Matthews Band.) I enjoy seeing them every night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, and I’m glad to see them providing us with these short music videos for tracks of their album Undun. The videos have been a nice black and white serving of conscious music and social commentary, but now The Roots have provided us with a 9 minute short film for the album.

I’ve noticed a growing trend of independent artists and some major artists creating short films for their music videos, which reminds me of the classic Michael Jackson music videos. All of his videos were beautifully crafted avant-garde films, not just 3-4 minute videos of butt shaking, bling, and swagged out guys. Michael Jackson knew how to do a music video (man, miss him so much….) I credit him for starting the trend of music videos being full stories instead of short videos, which is why I think it’s wonderful that more artists are starting to produce short films for their albums.

Undun is the latest edition to short films for music videos and it tells the story of a young kid who becomes a criminal, yet that was never his intended desire. He is the official video description from The Roots.

“undun is the story of this kid who becomes a criminal, but he wasn’t born a criminal. He’s not the nouveau exotic primitive bug-eyed gunrunner… he’s actually thoughtful and is neither victim nor hero. Just some kid who begins to order his world in a way that makes the most sense to him at a given moment… At the end of the day isn’t that what we all do? – The Roots.”

Powerful concept….watch the short film below.

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