Month: January 2018

Above & Beyond Common Ground: Toronto [Event Preview]

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Toronto Common Ground Shows Will Surely Be Worth The Wait

On the back of the their illustrious appearance on ASOT 850, Above & Beyond are now gearing up for Toronto in their epic run of Common Ground shows. The appearance also saw Jono play a satiating hour long mix that is still resonating in our eardrums.

Much like the last show in New York’s Barclays Center, their Canadian stopover is one that we are looking forward to in an awe of anticipation. It will be an understatement to admit that the fans’ excitement is going through the roof for this one as the event gets closer than ever.

The Toronto shows will be held on 1st and 2nd of February. Both the shows will take place at REBEL and will commence at 10 PM EST. So get going and grab those tickets here via Ticketmaster. We will leave you with this Common Ground mini-mix to get you all set for the two potentially massive nights.

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Target Presents Official Music Video For ‘The Middle’

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Zedd, Marren Morris, and Grey – The Middle

Target, one of the largest discount store retailers in America, as well as almost everyone’s guilty spending location, presents the official music video for ‘The Middle‘. The track is full of positive energy provided by Zedd and Grey, as well as stunning vocals by country inspired singer Marren Morris.

The music video delivers an undeniable array of lights, gorgeous choreography, and set design. Grey, most known for their track ‘Starving‘ with Hailee Steinfeld provide a familiar and radiant energy throughout this song and are a dynamic combination with Zedd’s production.

Zedd stated in an interview with People that he and the duo Grey went through countless vocalists before ultimately deciding on Morris. Zedd knew Marren was the right choice for the track because if her vocals could bring him to tears, she was perfect. Check out ‘The Middle’ presented by Target below.

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Snugs – Flooded (Ft. Axel Mansoor)

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Snugs – Flooded (ft. Axel Mansoor)

If there’s anyone that helps us feel at ease, it’s definitely the cute and comfy ethos Snugs! The duo recently made their debut with Proximity records and are back with a new single ‘Flooded’. Additionally, the groovy and pop-infused tune features singer Axel Mansoor. The lyrics describe the feeling of attempting to approach your crush while being nervous. Meanwhile, the duo comes in to rescue us when we feel like we’re lost.

Furthermore, “Flooded’ is a catchy song that will give you those chill, summer vibes. The bass and low synths will make you feel calm and relaxed. As the male vocals are sung, it will sweep you away with its soothing sounds. The tempo has a steady rhythm that makes it easy to dance to. Overall, thee electronic duo brings us the carefree attitude in their music that we should embrace during tough times.

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W&W x Vini Vici – Chakra (Wildstylez Remix)

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W&W x Vini Vici – Chakra (Wildstylez Remix)

Last year, the psy-trance duo Vini Vici made their collaboration with W&W for their single ‘Chakra’. Now Wildstylez comes in with a remix and has added hardstyle to the track. His taste in music hypes the song up and brings in more energy with hard kicking drum beats. The flow of the remix allows you to go all-out as the repetitive beats take control.

The Wildstylez remix begins with the tribal sounds of the original. Next, it progresses with hardstyle sounds as you start to hear the booming drums take place. Afterwards, the song slows down then rises with high synths, adding in vocals that continue to play simultaneously with powerful rhythm and tune. This killer mix has done its job to bring people onto the dance floor and all the credit is due to Wildstylez! Check out the remix below.

W&W x Vini Vici – Chakra (Wildstylez Remix)

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Reddit Compiles All EDM Albums for 2018

2018 edm albumsIn a comprehensive post on the r/EDM subreddit, user Kennett-Ny covered all the 2018 EDM albums on the horizon for the rest of the year. Starting with confirmed albums with a release date, the list then covers confirmed albums with titles, confirmed projects, and rumoured albums.

First on the list for 2018 EDM albums are some already released, from Endymion, Kayzo, Lane 8, and Above & Beyond. Guaranteed to look forward to we have Keys N Krates, LAXX, Galactic Marvl and Don Diablo all releasing albums this Friday February 2nd. On the 9th of February 3LAU is releasing Ultraviolet and Felix Jaehn is releasing I on the 16th.

Artists with confirmed albums but no release date are:

  • MitisFrequency
  • Vazard Chapters Of The Mind
  • TerravitaBassline
  • FrontlinerNeon
  • MKN100% Reverse Bass
  • RL Grime Nova
  • RebelionEmpire
  • Major LazerMusic Is The Weapon
  • F.O.O.L 2092
  • KovenRetrospective
  • What So NotAll Things Beautiful
  • Alison WonderlandAwake
  • ilan Bluestone Scars (Early 2018)

Other confirmed 2018 EDM albums can be expected from:

  • Jauz (Early 2018)
  • The Prodigy (Early 2018)
  • Headhunterz
  • Koan Sound
  • Mr Fijiwiji
  • Matoma
  • Feed Me
  • Madeon
  • Dillon Francis
  • Said The Sky
  • Brillz
  • Getter
  • Knife Party (EP)
  • Jon Hopkins
  • Party Favour
  • Ghastly
  • Bombs Away
  • Zedd
  • Eric Pryda
  • Pendulum
  • Husman
  • Tritional
  • CHVRCHES
  • KSHMR
  • Yellow Claw
  • Deadmau5
  • Bioweapon
  • B-Freqz
  • San Holo
  • Code Black
  • Frequencerz
  • Sledgehammers
  • Phuture Noize
  • MYST
  • MC Nolz
  • The Pitcher
  • Aggressive Act

Rumored 2018 EDM Albums:

  • Audiofreq
  • B-Frontliner
  • Crystal Mad
  • Degos & Re-Done
  • Noisecontrollers
  • Prefix & Density Titan
  • Audien
  • Avicii
  • GAIA
  • Rufus
  • ZHU
  • Third Party

There are lots of goodies in there, it is hard to wait for such an incredible lineup of material to appear. Luckily, new albums means new tours, so we can hope to see most of these artists in the festivals this year!

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KSHMR’s New Album Will Be Packed With Orchestral Instruments

kshmrNiles Hollowell-Dhar, better known by his stage name KSHMR, has been making waves ever since he was ranked at 23rd on DJ Mag’s 2015 Top 100 DJs and was awarded “The Highest New Entry”. Ever since his well-deserved success, the American DJ has been hard at work juggling several different projects. Recently, the ‘Secrets‘ producer has announced that his largest task, AKA his new album, is on its way and will be packed with surprises!

According to @TeamKSHMR, “the cat’s out of the bag”. Having revealed one of the electronic dance music scene most well-kept secret, the Twitter account has confirmed that the talented musician is “working on a new album and finished recording some orchestral instruments […] at a studio in LA”.

As we all anticipate the official release of his new music, we can count on the new album incorporating some fresh new sounds guaranteed to be slightly out of the producer’s comfort zone. Not to mention, some unexpected collaborations, such as Ali Tolga – *ahem* the real reason why the world was grace with the new album knowledge.

Bringing in some orchestral music may be exactly what the artist needs to be ranked at an even higher position on the DJ Mag’sTop 100 DJs list.

We absolutely can’t wait to hear the new tracks and see what the future holds for KSHMR!

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Dyro & GTA – Talkin’ Bout

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Dyro & GTA – Talkin’ Bout

Dutch DJ/producer Dyro has teamed up with the American Duo GTA for ‘Talkin’ Bout’. The record is surprisingly released through Spinnin’ Records. It is surprising because we usually hear Dyro’s music through his own label, WOLV.

After waiting almost two years for the collaboration to be released, the track is ready for festivals and clubs. The bass heavy track is a great combination of Dyro’s melodies and synths with GTA’s hard hitting drops.

We can expect this trap song to be played at every trap set in this upcoming festival season. Finally, you can stream the song down below or download it here.

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Robbie Rivera – ‘This Is My Sound’ Vol. 2

Robbie Rivera – ‘This Is My Sound’ Vol. 2

Robbie Rivera is a house music veteran known for his signature tribal house tracks. After the success of his breakthrough single ‘Bang’ in the early 2000s, his music has been seen on some of the biggest labels including Spinnin’, Axtone, Doorn and Armada. Rivera has developed a following for his Juicy-themed shows in Miami and earned a spot on DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJ poll in 2009. Now with a number of Beatport Number 1 songs, he comes back with ‘This Is My Sound’ Vol. 2, a four track compilation of house tracks with Miami flare.

‘This Is My Sound’ Vol. 2 showcases an old school 90s house sound with latin elements. ‘Humming‘ sets the tone with pulsating drums beats and infectious syncopated rhythms that you won’t be able to resist dancing to. The core of the collection, ‘Alien Unicorn’ and ‘This DJ Is The Shit‘, utilize minimalistic sounds to keep the party going. Lastly, ‘Me Gusta Miami‘ brings everything to full circle and embodies everything that is Miami thorugh the vocal ad libs, rhythm, and synths. You’ll definitely want to give this EP a spin at your next party.

Robbie Rivera – ‘This Is My Sound’ Vol. 2

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Listen: Yotto’s BBC1 Essential Mix

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Yotto, the Finnish house artist whom Billboard deemed a “man of many sounds,” just released his highly anticipated BBC1 Essential Mix.

Yotto made a name for himself in the house music scene with his versatility, which is nothing but evident in this Essential mix. He starts the mix off with a reprise from the classic Beach Boys and it only gets better from there.

Listeners can expect to be taken on a two-hour journey full of special tracks and surprises you won’t hear just any DJ drop. I won’t spoil what those surprises are so you’ll just have to listen for yourself. Be sure to keep an ear out for plenty of unreleased Yotto tunes as well.

The producer quickly caught the ear of Anjunadeep after releasing multiple singles and remixes and signed with them. He can now be found frequently touring with the Anjunadeep squad.

Listen to Yotto’s ethereal BBC1 Essential Mix below!



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MOGUAI & Zonderling – Lee

MOGUAI & Zonderling – Lee

MOGUAI is one of the best kept secrets of the dance music world. Known for his versatile production style, the German DJ has collaborated with some of the biggest names including TiestoKaskadeDimitri Vegas & Like MikeTommy Trash and Robin Schulz. As a veteran DJ, he has ventured through various genres throughout his career, but the quality of his music remains top notch. In 2014, MOGUAI cemented his single ‘Mammoth’ with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike as an edm classic, making it stay #1 on the overall charts for 4 weeks. Now he comes back with the infectious dance-floor collaboration, ‘Lee‘.

‘Lee’ is the collaborative single by MOGUAI and Zonderling. Out now on Heldeep Records, the track combines soulful vocals with a bouncy house beat. Piano, Trumpet-like synths and driving percussion give ‘Lee’ that signature sound that house fans have come to love. Expertly mixed into the song is the distinct combination of MOGUAI’s mainstream pop style with Zonderling’s progressive touch. Add this to your club playlist to keep the party going longer.

MOGUAI & Zonderling – Lee

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Leaked Porter Robinson E-Mail Shows Thoughts on EDM in 2018

The music industry today is not what it always was. Times are changing fast, and it is always amazing to see the thoughts and views of current artists. One of the most respected and talented artists of our time is Porter Robinson. He ended 2017 by giving us Virtual Self, who’s first live performance debuted on December 8th, 2017, in Brooklyn, New York. So, how does he feel about the music industry today?

Well, a recently uncovered e-mail from the producer tells all. The leaked e-mail, which was addressed only to key industry partners and friends, gives fans a closer look into Robinson’s views on the the state of art and electronic music.

In the e-mail message, Robinson speaks to the ways in which pop has infiltrated electronic music since 2016, as well as his concern over how artists have been focusing more on making number one hits instead of following their personal style. He also discusses his goal to reignite creative risk taking.

The message was confirmed by his management as authentic, as well as in Robinson’s replies on Twitter.

This is the e-mail that was sent out: 

Virtual Self is my new side-project. With this E.P., I want to convey a certain kind of ‘new nostalgia’ and resuscitate some things that have fallen out of fashion, especially from the early 2000s.

Musically, the project is super super inspired by rhythm games and electronic music from that time period. I could talk endlessly about the techniques that I learned to make stuff sound like it was written in 2001, but that’s probably boring to you — but I tried to authentically incorporate IDM-y, jungly drum breaks, era-accurate trancy supersaw sections, early hardcore and j-core elements, but all morphed into something that sounds kind of ‘big’ and thoroughly produced. In other words, I wanted to morph 2001 tropes into a 2017 production sensibility.

Finally — and this might be the goal that’s dearest to me — is to push electronic music in a different direction. As electronic music essentially converged with pop in 2016 (for the second time in the last 10 years, the other time being 2011), I think it’s pushed a lot of artists away from risk-taking and passion projects. In the last two years, for most artists, all they really had to do was compromise their style by like 30% and add a safe, inoffensive tropical vocal to have a chance at having a hit — and I think for many, that temptation was too much.

In my opinion, electronic music is at its best and its healthiest when new, exciting, unexpected things are happening. This is a genre that thrives on novelty. And to be totally clear, I don’t think that Virtual Self, early 2000s trance, or digital abstract art are the solution or the future at all. But!! I DO think this style is something unexpected, and something I’m uniquely poised to make, because I love it. And that’s the precedent I want to set, or at least the approach I want to remind other artists of.

I really, really, truly, love electronic music, and I want it to be as good as it can be. I hope that by doing something unexpected, I can shake things up and hopefully inspire other artists to do something weird.

Anyway, please listen and enjoy!

Thanks for taking the time to hear about all this.

– Porter Robinson

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Eric Prydz is Teasing an EPIC Announcement

Eric Prydz is one of the few artists that can whip up an absolute frenzy by posting a short video clip. As rumors run rampant about Ultra Music Festival‘s 20th Anniversary exclusives, many have wondered whether Eric would bring his EPIC show to Miami.

Today, Eric posted a short by tantalizing video to Facebook demonstrating some new hologram mapping that looks totally bonkers. This type of hologram mapping is typically reserved for Eric’c EPIC shows. Besides EPIC 6.0, another possibility surrounds Eric’s sold out Cirez D x Adam Beyer show scheduled for Miami Music Week. The team behind EPIC is also running the production for that show, so it is not outside the realm of possibility to see this running in the SoHo Studios warehouse space in Miami this year.

Additionally, Creamfields shared the video onto their wall. Could this mean they will host EPIC yet again? Either way we’ll know the real deal on Wednesday according to the video.

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