EXCERPT FROM FULL ARTICLE – READ IT HERE.
Although San Diego’s own NOLD continues to tirelessly work on productions under his own name, in recent months he’s shifted his priority focus onto his new production project, in cahoots with best bud and at the time, nu-disco producer, Collin Smith, aka KEYTONE. Fusing together Keytone’s techniques with NOLD’s mid tempo projects he had been playing with over the past several months, their new production pseudo, Meridien (a spin on the name of the street of the place where they were staying during WMC in 2011) as well as their own unique approach to the moombahton genre, were born.
“We’ve really been trying to push the envelope as far as making stuff that’s not just cliché dirty Dutch sounding Moombahton, and have actually been incorporating a lot of the influences we both share from some of the first types of Electronic music we grew up on, using a lot of analog sounds and other stuff in our productions, that you might not hear in a typical Moombahton track,” says NOLD.
“We really just want to show people that Moombahton isn’t just slowed down house music or a different form of Reggaeton; that you can really get creative and experiment with creating your own sound at that tempo while still making music that will make people dance.”
In just a short time, Meridien have certainly taken production initiative: They’ve just released a remix of Korova’s new single “Puma” which will be featured as part of the forthcoming “Red Panda Chronicles: Part 2” EP on RudeTOON Records/Shifty Rhythms and they’re looking forward to the release of an upcoming remix they did of Carrier’s “Slapback”set to be released on Rot10 Musik, and will be the duo’s first official release on Beatport/iTunes. In addition to this, they are in the process of remixing a single by MC/Rapper “Marvel the Gr8″ from the “Random Citizens” based out of LA, (which will probably be released for free via their Soundcloud) and later down the line but still close to fruition is a forthcoming 4/5 track EP featuring a track they are making in cahoots with NOLD’s childhood friend and incredibly talented female vocalist, Nina Farag. Not to mention, all of this is happening in the midst of their apparently massive studio renovation taking place currently in San Diego.
Although the boys of Meridien have been hustling hard inside and outside the studio as of late, they were still kind enough to slow their roll for just a shake or two, and bump out a one-hour long booty-movin’ worthy joint mix exclusively for us. Free Download compliments of the duo and free stream available to your heart’s content:
Too Fresh (Meridien Remix) – Too Fresh | Unreleased
Memblee (Original Mix) – ESSBEEDEE | Rot 10 Musik
Slapback (Meridien Remix) – Carrier | Rot 10 Musik
Egypt (Neki Stranac Moombahton Edit) – Slap In The Bass | No Brainer Records
Bam Bam (Original Mix) – Sazon Booya & Willie Bones | Rot 10 Musik
Here We Go (Original Mix) – Cam Jus | Rot 10 Musik
Puma (Meridien Remix) – Korov∆ | RudeTOON Records/Shifty Rhythms
Silly String (Original Mix) – Gooffee | Soundcloud.com/Gooffee
Get Dat (Original Mix) – Jay Fay | Young Robots
Dud Dud (Mother Brother Remix) – Deathray Diamond | Modern Nostalgia Records
The Clap (feat. ETC!ETC!) (Original Mix) – Bro Safari | T&A Records
Rukus (Original Mix) – Valentino Khan & Will Bailey | Mad Decent
Persian Algebra (Original Mix) – Sticky K | Jeffree’s/Mad Decent
The Moombahstard (Original Mix) – Vato Gonzalez | Soundcloud.com/VatoGonzalez
Cold As Ice (A.Skillz & Nick Thayer Bootleg) – Foreigner | Mixmag
Hulk (Dillon Francis Remix) – Clockwork | Dim Mak Records
Must Be The Feeling (Delta Heavy Remix) – Nero | MTA Records
Fuck Wit My Eardrums (Original Mix) – Klever x Billy The Gent | Mad Decent
Circus (Original Mix) – Steve Starks x JWLS | Mad Decent