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Watch Pendulum's Haunting Music Video for New Single "Nothing For Free"

Fri, 09/18/2020 - 13:24

The legendary group have released two new songs in one day after a 10-year hiatus.

Pendulum waited 10 years to release new music, but they've now released two brand new songs in one day. Despite the hiatus, the fabled group haven't lost a step whatsoever.

Following yesterday's release of "Driver" and "Nothing For Free," the legendary drum & bass outfit have now dropped the official music video for the latter. The video serves as an emphatic statement on the current state of affairs on our country, despite being filmed prior to the pandemic. Check it out below.

With Rob Swire on vocals, the track itself is a haunting yet rumbling electronic offering that strikes more of a melodic chord in contrast to its predecessor, the thunderous drum & bass heater "Nothing For Free." However, both songs contain the goosebump-inducing, trailblazing sound design that put Pendulum on the map as one of the most iconic electronic bands the genre has ever seen.

Back in February 2020, the band revealed "Nothing For Free" at a show in Perth, Australia, giving fans their first taste of new Pendulum in a decade. The debut followed a social media preview shared by Swire, who simply called it a "30 second WIP demo" at the time.

You can listen to both "Nothing For Free" and "Driver" below.

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BLAZAR Drops Sexy New Single "Precious"

Fri, 09/18/2020 - 11:56

A mix of Prince and EDM for the new age.

BLAZAR is bringing the 80s to 2020 with their new single “Precious.” If you were looking for a funky new tune to dance your way into the weekend with, look no further. 

The track comes as a collaborative work between some heavy-hitters. It was produced by BLAZAR and Anthony (Ajax) Resta, who has worked with Duran Duran and Elton John, mixed by Mark Needham, who has recorded with The Killers and Stevie Nicks, and mastered by Hans Dekline. The combination of retro synths with modern stylings makes "Precious" the ultimate feel-good track that is sure to uplift your mood. While it feels like we’re going back in a time warp with the single, it simultaneously feels very current due to tracks like Calvin Harris and The Weeknd’s “Over Now” rising up in the charts. If you are feeling romantic, send "Precious" to a loved one and you’ll make their day.

"We are going for a Prince meets Michael Jackson new age kind of thing," said Jerad Finck, the voice behind BLAZAR. It's a straight-up love/sex/attraction song. I wanted to create a vibe as opposed to a more structured song. This is what BLAZAR is about, combining and stretching into new creative realms and pushing boundaries with super rad people."

BLAZAR comes to us out of Spokane, Washington, after Finck assembled a team of one-of-a-kind producers, writers, and engineers to create a new electro-alternative supergroup. One of BLAZAR’s main collaborators is renowned EDM artist DAXSEN, who was most recently featured on their track “Tomorrow.” The group’s influences are described as a retro mix of Daft Punk, synth hip-hop, and ‘80s stylings with modern EDM.

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Durante Puts a Deep Spin on Cassian's "Open Up"

Fri, 09/18/2020 - 11:56

Durante has remixed his good friend Cassian, and it's just as tantalizing as expected.

Three years ago, Italian producer and DJ Durante got the chance to meet Gammy Award-nominated musician Cassian while opening for him at Sound Nightclub in Los Angeles. Since then, the two have formed a strong friendship and put forth collaborative works, including a remix of RÜFÜS DU SOL's "Eyes." Now, Cassian has enlisted the help of Durante for a remix of his track "Open Up."

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Durante lends his unmistakable touch to "Open Up" with poignant percussive elements and his signature vocal processing, expanding on the enthralling original work from Cassian's Laps album, released earlier this year. An impressive offering from Durante that further adds to his expansive catalog, his "Open Up" remix is the perfect compliment to Cassian's original.  "When I first heard his remix of Open Up I was surprised in the best way," said Cassian. "It sounds like something new but feels unmistakably like Durante."

The duo's friendship shines through on the remix, bringing out the best from both artists. Durante reciprocated his collaborator's praise, saying that Cassian "always sets the bar extremely high with his production, and the stems were top notch." "Once I had the drums the rest of the remix pretty much wrote itself."

"Open Up (Durante Remix)" is out now via Rose Avenue. You can stream the track here.

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Are These DIY Gargling COVID-19 Test Kits the Answer to the Safe Return of Live Events?

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 20:38

"This is the only viable—and approved by local governments—solution from a safety perspective to reopen events."

As live events continue to bite the curb in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic's wreckage, legions of pharmaceutical companies continue on a mad dash to the finish line in the race for a vaccine. In the absence of that increasingly mythical panacea, testing, of course, has become the most crucial and polarizing aspect of the painstaking process of reopening regional economies.

Austrian start-up testFRWD has now thrown its hat into the ring by creating what they claim is the world's first DIY gargling COVID-19 test kit.

According to the company's website, their goal is "to safely reopen the tourism and events industry during the pandemic" with the gargling test kits. They point out a number of advantages of the technology, like the fact that gargling eliminates the discomfort and pain of the more common nasal and throat swabs while acting as a more suitable option for children. They also assert the benefits to doctors, positing that the test kits allow physicians to maintain greater distance from patients, mitigating the possibility of exposure.

Other benefits include ​no sterile environment required, no specialized or trained staff needed, and the notion that large quantities of test kits can be issued due to their compatibility with standard lab equipment. testFRWD also maintains a high level of accuracy. "Our DIY test kit uses the gold-standard of testing: RT-PCR with 99% accuracy," said testFRWD co-founder Veit-Ander Aichbichler in a statement provided to Resident Advisor. "This is the only viable—and approved by local governments—solution from a safety perspective to reopen events."

testFRWD's kits requires the patient to gargle for one minute, a process that Aichbichler says is "quicker, cheaper and painless."

"As a festival and club promoter, I realised pretty quickly that a single player cannot change the game," added Hennes Weiss, founder of Croatia's Lighthouse Festival and Aichbichler's partner. "Testing will be the only way within the next six-to-ten months to enable events, grant permissions and raise capacity limits. The challenge? Current testing technologies were simply beyond promoters' event budgets. At testFRWD, we have fought hard to bring prices down to well below market levels."

For more information about the revolutionary test kits and instructions on how to administer them, visit testFRWD's website.

Reveho Launches Kickstarter for Revolutionary Modular Slite Guitar

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 20:08

A modular, collapsible, portable electric guitar is available on Kickstarter—and it has nearly reached its goal.

Six years ago, French music equipment brand Reveho dreamed up a modular and easily portable electric guitar that didn't compromise quality and sound. The Slite was born out of that dream, and Reveho's plan for the instrument has nearly come to fruition.

Funded via Kickstarter, the Slite aims to be the next big evolution of the electric guitar. A fully modular product that eliminates the need for pedals, interchangeable pickups, analog effects, and easily replaceable strings, the guitar is endlessly customizable to produce a vast multitude of sounds.

The Slite can also house its own amplifier on the higher wing of the guitar, ensuring full portability with its collapsible body. Knobs and controllers allow the unit to easily adjust effects, pickup sensitivity, volume, and more, all on a fully digital interface that hosts an analog signal path. 

A modular part with an embedded sound card can also be added onto the Slite, allowing players to record in real time and transpose those recordings into a digital audio workstation. Moreover, the Slite is made with a high resistance and recyclable glossy ABS to guarantee durability and sunlight resistance.

Currently, Reveho's Kickstarter has accrued nearly $80,000 of its $117,533 goal to get the project off the ground. The Kickstarter campaign is all-or-nothing, meaning that production of the Slite can only be completed if the goal is reached. To learn more about Reveho's Slite electric guitar and to contribute to the campaign, visit the project's official Kickstarter page.

Gorillaz Announce Virtual "Song Machine Live" Broadcast, First Performance in Two Years

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 16:52

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There is perhaps no group more fitting to perform a digital concert in the COVID-19 era than Gorillaz, the enigmatic virtual band and brainchild of Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett. To further build the hype surrounding their Song Machine series, Gorillaz have announced a trio of shows called "Song Machine Live," marking the iconic group's first performance in two years.

The shows are scheduled for December 12th and 13th, 2020 and will be streamed live via LIVENow. Gorillaz virtuoso Hewlett is set to offer up his fabled animation in tandem with a live performance from frontman Albarn, who will be joined by guitarist Noodle, bassist Murdoc Niccals, and drummer Russel. The band will be performing songs from their forthcoming "Song Machine Season One: Strange Timez" project, due for release on October 23rd. Fans can pre-order the project here, which also comes with a full-color hardback and 120 pages of Gorillaz-themed puzzles, games, comic strips, and exclusive artwork developed alongside renowned graphic novel company Z2 Comics.

Check out the official "Song Machine Live" trailer below.

"We are really proud to work alongside Gorillaz to create something truly special for fans all around the world," said Marc Watson, LIVENow's Director. "'SONG MACHINE LIVE' will raise the bar on what to expect from live-streamed concerts. It demonstrates our commitment to creativity and innovation as we build LIVENow into the world’s leading destination for live-streamed content."

You can find more information about the virtual gigs and tickets here.

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Lawyer of Derrick May Issues Official Response to Sexual Assault Allegations

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 16:35

The response arrived days after the initial claims were made by a former Detroit-based colleague.

Following accusations of sexual assault, famed DJ and electronic music producer Derrick May has issued a public statement in response to the allegations. The claims were made in a September 8th, 2020 Facebook post by Michael James, a former Detroit-based colleague.

After James' post began to circulate via social media, May's legal team went on to deny the allegations and assert their plans to pursue legal action. Kyle J. Dupuy, owner and Lead Council of the Detroit-based law office Dupuy Law Firm, PLC, has now shared an official statement on May's Facebook page. "It has come to our attention that a former Detroiter named Michael James has been making deeply troubling allegations regarding Derrick May on social media, wherein Mr. James alleges that Derrick May has drugged and/or raped several women," the statement reads.

"These statements are patently false, libelous, and calculated to ruin Derrick May’s professional career. Derrick May does not and has not ever used drugs, nor would he ever have unwanted sexual relations with anyone," Dupuy continues. "Furthermore, Derrick May has never been arrested, or even contacted by any investigative agency regarding allegations of any crime, ever. Michael James is motivated by a spat over royalties that he feels he is owed for Derrick May’s Strings of Life track. Rather than discuss the matter like an adult, Mr. James has resorted to character assassination."

Read May's statement in full below.

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Flux Pavilion Taps Kata Kozma for New Melodic Single "You & I" from Upcoming Album

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 16:04

The bass maestro serves up a melodic dubstep treat on Circus Records.

Perhaps no name is more synonymous with bass music than Flux Pavilion, whose mega-hits have remained a staple in the dubstep scene and beyond for the last decade. Now, the producer and DJ has returned with a new single that might just cement itself as one of those hits.

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"You & I (feat. Kata Kozma)" is a single from Flux's forthcoming album, due this November on Circus Records, and another exploration of his melodic side. The production teeters between future bass and melodic dubstep, evoking strong emotions via Kata Kozma's heartfelt lyrics and soaring melodies.

Undoubtedly destined to become a mainstage classic whenever stages return, "You & I" is the equivalent of a rock ballad in a melodic bass format. The single expresses an unbreakable bond between two lovers, and the vocals and synth melodies mirror each other in a way that reflects that notion in a powerful and poignant way.

With yet another anthem under his belt, Flux Pavilion is positioned to have one of 2020's biggest album releases in store for November via his own Circus Records banner. 

"You & I" is out now and can be streamed across music marketplaces here.   

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Ben Böhmer on 3,000-Foot High Hot Air Balloon Performance: "I'm a Bit Afraid of Heights" [Interview]

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 14:54

With live events at a standstill, what better way to connect with fans than livestreaming in a hot-air balloon above a UNESCO World Heritage Site?

"Melodic, dramatic, melancholic but happy; between deep house and melodic techno," replied German super-producer Ben Böhmer when asked to describe his sound in conversation with EDM.com.

Catapulting him from everyday piano teacher to renowned electronic musician, his sound propelled a trajectory that eventually culminated in a jaw-dropping livestreamed performance in a hot-air balloon over Cappadocia’s honeycombed hills (a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Turkey) two weeks ago. "In the beginning, I didn’t realize what was happening," Böhmer gleefully recounts of the milestone hot-air balloon performance. "Actually, I still don’t realize what happened! An unbelievable feeling, definitely the most beautiful experience of my life."

With live events at a standstill due to the COVID-19 pandemic, what better way to entertain electronic music fans than livestreaming in a hot-air balloon 3,000 feet above the ground at the crack of dawn?

Ben Böhmer performing in a hot-air balloon above Cappadocia, Turkey, via Cercle

It's no surprise that Cercle organized the event. With their prime goal "to showcase cultural heritage and landmarks throughout the prism of electronic music and video," the small team of French organizers have previously hosted ZHU at Hakuba Iwatake in Japan and Hot Since 82 at the Culture Club Revelin terrace in Croatia (the filming location for Kings Landing in the hit HBO series Game of Thrones), among other events at carefully selected cultural locations.  

Though Böhmer's performance was broadcasted without a glitch, it had its fair share of challenges. "Firstly, I’m a bit afraid of heights, so the performance was super challenging for me. Especially the first 15 minutes in the air because my equipment wasn’t fixed, it was just lying on a table," he elaborated. "The balloon was moving left and right until we got higher up and stable. I was a bit panicked about some cables, my keyboard, or my computer falling off! Plus, with all the media and cameras, I was super nervous.”

Beyond the natural tension that one would expect with playing live in a hot-air balloon, the event also presented a particular set of technical obstacles. "In terms of electronics, we had to set everything up with a battery, and do the soundcheck very quickly within a few minutes before taking off," Böhmer said. "Also, to stream the show, the Cercle guys arranged a car which was driving underneath the balloon. This car was connected to the internet, and in turn, provided connectivity to the balloon. But, the car always had to be under the balloon, driving through the mountains! It was insanely difficult to deal with all the technical challenges and we’re very happy everything worked out.”

Given the unique setting, Böhmer curated his live music selection differently from a typical club or festival set. An empty hot-air balloon is a far cry from a packed dance floor, after all. "I was able to do something with my music I’m not able to on stage: playing very slow and moody tracks, with very long transitions,” he explained. “There were beatless sections for almost 2 minutes. And, I ended with an ambient version of my track ‘Little Lights,’ which I’ve never played before. It’s great to let sounds start slowly and evolve—rather than huge, fast-changing tracks—to have a proper listening session.”

Ben Böhmer performing in a hot-air balloon above Cappadocia, Turkey, via Cercle

Böhmer has always approached music with a keen focus on live performance. “I like the thought of making something in the moment and just being a musician on stage,” he said. It’s a natural extension of his upbringing in classical instrumentation. "Usually, people start to DJ and then they start to produce tracks. For me, it was the opposite. I was always doing music and played keys when I was six, then the trumpet, then the guitar."

Though Böhmer was mastering musical instruments in his childhood, electronic music didn’t come into the fold until his late teen years. "When I was 16-years-old, my older brother was already in the electronic music scene in Berlin. He introduced me to that world and took me to my first raves," he explained. "I was pretty hyped about that music and began wanting to produce it too. Also, after watching the movie Berlin Calling with Paul Kalkbrenner, I saw the ability to make music with a computer instead of a big setup of outboard and gear. So these 2 things opened the world of electronic music and electronic music production for me.”

Signing with Above and Beyond’s influential deep house label Anjunadeep effectively put Böhmer on the map, providing a platform for him to reach legions of deep and melodic house aficionados. It's a relationship born of fortuity and unexpected help from an established melodic house producer.

"It was Lane 8 who got me into Anjunadeep,” Böhmer revealed. ”He found my music somewhere—I think it was my track ‘Give Me’— I don’t know how, and he started to play it out. Then he went to James Grant, the head of Anjunadeep, and said, ‘Why not keep an eye on him?’ So the label asked me if I have demos for them. I sent them ‘Morning Falls’ and ‘After Earth,’ which they signed directly. A great relationship started.”

Böhmer has since released a breadth of music with Anjunadeep, an undeniable factor of his rising popularity in the melodic house world. The label billed Böhmer for a host of massive shows as well, including Above and Beyond’s 2018 Group Therapy festival in Hong Kong and Anjunadeep’s label showcase at London’s famed Printworks venue last year.

Having released his debut album Breathing last year, his Phases EP last month, and now captivating fans with his hot-air balloon performance, Böhmer still isn’t looking to slow down. Over the past six months, he’s been busy working on his next album. While he has yet to decide a release date or share specific track details, fans can rest assured the upcoming album will contain the scope of sounds Böhmer’s known for. “I like to do every kind of music. I can produce very slow tracks like ‘Morning Falls,’ dramatic, sad ones like ‘In Memoriam’, uplifting songs like ‘After Earth,’ or techno tracks like ‘Wall of Strings,’” Böhmer said. “I just write them as they come.”

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Tomorrowland's One World Radio Launches New Genre Series With Trance Show Curated by Armin van Buuren

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 14:26

The "4 To The Floor" series will run for the next four Fridays.

The virtual edition of Tomorrowland has come and gone, but the world's preeminent dance music festival brand is doing every thing it can to further connect with fans amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Tomorrowland's digital radio and content platform, One World Radio, has announced a new series called "4 To The Floor." Over the next four Fridays through October 9th, the mix show will dedicate itself to one specific genre, recruiting a special guest artist to curate the closing hour of each episode. Considering Tomorrowland's acclaim, it should come as no surprise that the first iteration "4 To The Floor" will be curated by dance music legend Armin van Buuren.

The episode will be completely dedicated to trance music and boasts a closing set that will feature "the best trance songs of all-time," according to a press release issued by Tomorrowland. Following van Buuren's "4 To The Floor" trance mix will be episodes devoted to techno, house, and disco music.

Trance fanatics can tune into "4 To The Floor – Trance" tomorrow, September 18th, from 14:00-18:00 CEST on One World Radio, YouTube or TuneIn. Fans can also listen to the show via SoundCloud following the conclusion of the broadcast.

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Lastlings Reveal New Album "First Contact" and Accompanying Short Film

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 14:00

The Australian sibling duo have announced the release date for "First Contact" and released its tie-in short film.

Following the releases of their hit dark-pop singles "Deja Vu," “I’ve Got You,” “Take My Hand,” and “No Time,” Australian musical duo and siblings Lastlings have finally announced the release date for the culmination of their recent works, their new full-length album First Contact

An exploration of the brooding pop notes and electronica-driven melodies that Lastlings are becoming so well-known for, First Contact features the four previously released singles as well as eight brand new tracks that delve into the deepest, most emotional parts of the human psyche. 

The album announcement also comes with a tie-in short film released today, mirroring those emotions instilled in the album. Co-created with Sydney-based director Dylan Duclos, the film was shot in Japan and it is narrated in Japanese with English subtitles. A dystopian mind trip, the short film explores the human experience, from the beginning of life to pivotal moments throughout, all set against a post-apocalyptic backdrop. 

"We are so excited to finally announce the release date of our debut album First Contact," said Lastlings about the forthcoming release. "Over three years in the making, we couldn't hold off any longer to see this body of work in its final form released into the world."

Lastlings' captivating First Contact album is set for release on November 20th via Astralwerks and RÜFÜS DU SOL’s acclaimed Rose Avenue imprint. Preorders are available here.

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GRiZ Releases Nostalgic "Chasing The Golden Hour Pt. 3" Mixtape

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 13:44

The highly-anticipated third installment of GRiZ's mixtape series is here.

Multi-faceted producer and musician GRiZ has kept fans captivated over the years with his unique, funk-filled productions that include live saxophone and other impressive instrumentation. That sound is perhaps most thoroughly explored on his Chasing The Golden Hour mixtape series, and now GRiZ has just released its third installment.

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Chasing The Golden Hour Pt. 3 explores a warm and nostalgic side of GRiZ that evokes a sense of enjoying the dog days of summer and taking in each moment. That's evident on tracks like "Gettin High, Havin Fun" and "Nights In Shibuya," which take a smooth and sultry approach to GRiZ's extravagant and expansive sound. "Wish" and "Floating" take that vibe even deeper to an almost atmospheric territory, while "Won't Be Gone Long" and "Where Will I Go" are more reminiscent of Motown soul classics from a different era altogether.

Chasing The Golden Hour Pt. 3 is a deep exploration of the GRiZ sound that lives up to the series' name and elicits an almost indescribable, nostalgic feeling. "I wanted to recreate the carefree good vibes you feel when it’s just about sunset on the perfect summer evening and everything is the most beautiful shimmering tint of gold," says GRiZ about the new mixtape. "Chasing The Golden Hour is that magical moment, it is the cool breeze against your back, it is sweet summer swagger in music form."

The mixtape as a whole serves as a soundtrack for relishing in those fading warm summer nights and preparing for what comes after. Pt. 3 is certainly a summer-themed mixtape, but the emotion it packs will undoubtedly be keeping the GRiZ faithful warm long into the cold, dreary winter days. 

Chasing The Golden Hour Pt. 3 is out now and available here.

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This Virtual Festival Will Feature a Snoop Dogg DJ Set and a Live Palm Reading by T-Pain

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 13:38

Diplo, Tycho, Claude VonStroke, and more will also perform at the charitable Abracadabra Festival.

In the dawn of virtual music festivals, it seems as if a new livestream sprouts from the rotted roots of the pandemic-stricken live music industry every day. From small-scale DJ sets to massive, full-fledged digital music festivals, livestreamed concerts have proven their place in the contemporary music landscape, and they're not going anywhere anytime soon.

Another virtual music fest called Abracadabra Festival has now risen from the ashes of the COVID-19 wreckage. The new four-day streaming event, which doubles as an environmental fundraiser, shared its lineup today ahead of its kickoff at 6:30PM ET (3:30PM PT). Joining Diplo and Tycho at the top of the flier is none other than Snoop Dogg, who is DJing as "DJ Snoopadelic." Snoop made his DJ debut back in 2018 at the Mandalay Bay Vegas nightclub LIGHT, and he is now resurrecting the moniker in the name of altruism. Also set to appear at the livestream event are B.o.B, Destructo, Channel TresBLOND:ISH, and T-Pain, the latter of whom will be offering a live palm reading.

Hosted from the historic Los Angeles Theatre, the free Abracadabra Festival stream will be directing 100% of proceeds to Lonely Whale, Parley for the Oceans, and co-founder BLOND:ISH’s Bye Bye Plastic, an organization they developed to eliminate single-use plastics from the music industry by 2025.

Check out the full lineup and schedule below ahead of the launch on Abracadabra's Twitch channel. For more information about Abracadabra Festival, head over to the event's website.

Sub Focus and Wilkinson Reveal New Forthcoming Album, "Portals"

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 12:59

Collaborations such as "Air I Breathe" and "Just Hold On" are a part of something bigger.

In 2020, drum & bass titans Sub Focus and Wilkinson teamed up for three smash hit singles: club banger "Illuminate," the old-school breakbeat-infused "Just Hold On," and future classic "Air I Breathe," released just last month. Fans were already enamored by those three mega-collaborations, but now they'll be getting even more new music from the all-star duo, as Sub Focus and Wilkinson have just announced their new forthcoming album, Portals

The new record will feature all three previously released singles, plus eight other tracks that expand on the sound that fans have come to know each artist for. Featuring live instrumentation from a multitude of talented artists as well as experimentation with different styles and tempos, Portals is set to serve as a showcase of the depth and sonic breadth of Sub Focus and Wilkinson's talents. 

Portals Tracklist:
01 - Air I Breathe
02 - Enter Night
03 - Illuminate
04 - Freedom
05 - Turn The Lights Off
06 - Just Hold On
07 - Ray Of Sun
08 - Alone
09 - Time
10 - Stratus
11 - In Bloom

The Sub Focus and Wilkinson sound has already captured the hearts and ears of not only drum & bass fans worldwide, but fans of dance music at large. There is certainly much more in store, and anticipation for Portals will undoubtedly boil over until the release date.

Portals will be available on digital, CD, and vinyl on October 9th via Casablanca Records. Pre-orders are available now and can be found here

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Mersiv Channels Healing Energy into Fryar Collab Project, "Paradise" [Premiere]

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 12:51

The EP features the long-awaited song “In Motion” as well as a title track.

This Friday, dubstep visionary Mersiv returns with a healing collab project with fellow bass virtuoso Fryar. Finding placement on WAKAAN’s cathartic 2020 catalogue, Paradise routes energy to fans over two sonically robust bass tracks. Today, the producers have premiered the title track, "Paradise," exclusively on EDM.com.

Since 2015, the Mersiv Sound Project has been developing a unique, “pretty-dark-loud” style of bass music. He envelops his music in an intention of bringing people into the present moment through an immersive experience. Based out of South Carolina, Fryar aims to capture hip-hop-oriented, underground beats with melancholic melodies. While the two have previously toured and performed together, Paradise is their first original collaboration.

The Paradise EP opens with its powerful titlular track, which helps set the healing intentions of this ambitious yet brief project. The production opens to a spacey, harmonious soundscape; looming sonic aesthetics that serve as clouds to the distant, warped bass that begins to intrude. Hip-hop vocals fade in as weaponized synths and bass begin to layer in progressively. The vocals echo in introspective messages to the listener as the music becomes more momentous, simultaneously delivering titanic and percussive waves of emotion throughout the build. The track takes over a minute before the 1:20 mark delivers a riveting and electric drop, one that ricochets vibrant sounds like water fleeing from a puddle splash.

The second track, “In Motion,” had been teased on socials and in Mersiv's sets since early 2019. Whereas the first track is more vocal in its intention, the second opts to fully flush out the colossal production style that the project finds in its backbone. The production similarly wades in via a distorted style, but rather than wait a full minute-plus to deliver, it explodes at the :40 mark. The result is an overwhelming flood of music that washes over the listener in a therapeutic burst of energy.

Paradise exhibits what’s exciting about bass music today—music that is fueled by macro-intended vitality, but can provide something intimate and personal all the same.

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Listen to Pendulum's First New Song in a Decade, "Driver"

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 12:37

Pendulum are officially back.

The triumphant return of Pendulum is upon us after the official release of "Driver," the iconic electronic outfit's first single in a decade.

Pendulum pick up right where they left off, and they haven't lost a step. The legendary group unveiled a scintillating drum & bass track, making an emphatic return to the genre that helped catapult them to international stardom. "Driver" is flat-out mean, a thunderous, cold-blooded drum & bass hit oozing with the ferocity of a classic Pendulum song. Just like they did in 2010's Immersion, they were able to beautifully intertwine wholly original, hypnotic melodies with frenetic sound design—a contrast not easily attained by music producers.

Dive into Pendulum's first release in 10 years below. They are also primed to drop another new song later today, the highly anticipated "Nothing For Free," as well as its accompanying music video tomorrow.

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pluko and Marlhy Speak Up for the Youth on New Single "Feelings" [Premiere]

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 12:11

The duo dropped Gen Z's new end-of-summer anthem.

The 20-year-old producer known as pluko has joined forces with singer-songwriter Marlhy to drop Gen Z's new anthem titled "Feelings." The track, which arrives via pluko's imprint Splendid Society, follows his recent album COLOR BLIND, serving as the next step in his impressive sonic journey. If you are looking for a relatable feel-good track to help get you through the week, this is the song for you. 

"Feelings" touches upon the struggle many of our youth face during these unprecedented times. We're living in a world where each generation is stricken with the problems the previous age group helped to foster. When you're young, things feel hopeless, but the lyrics of this track serve to provide a sense of optimism, instilling that notion that you have the ability to change your own outlook. The production matches the uplifting energy, layering the vocals of both pluko and Marlhy's balanced melodies, creating the perfect mix of indie and electronica.

"I wrote 'Feelings' as a song to reflect my outlook on the world and life in general," pluko said in a press release. "Kind of just accepting things for how they are and really just making your life about what you want it to be. Turning not so good situations into good ones. I really want this song to just teach people to appreciate what they have, love each other, and to be accepting. Above all, I want this song to make people FEEL HAPPY."

"I know, for me personally, I sometimes take small things too seriously or worry too much about things I shouldn't. I hope when people hear feelings they feel a sense of release and are able to live in the moment," Marlhy adds. "One of the most important things I've learned growing up is that life is so much better when you're focused on what makes YOU happy and simply taking things as they come.” 

pluko's career is continuing to burgeon after releasing his critically-acclaimed second studio album COLOR BLIND in May 2020. Prior to that he dropped his 2018 standout album sixteen, which was released on ODESZA's Foreign Family Collective, and the 2019 mixtape CLASS XIX. He's now internationally renowned with over 70 million streams across all platforms. 

Marhly is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist who, at just 18-years-old, has already taken the world by storm with her unparalleled style of genre-twisting pop. Influenced by the likes of Amy Winehouse, The Cure, and Bob Marley, she's released trending singles including "Claustrophobic," "Green Light" and "Bubbles," each landing on Spotify's New Music Friday.

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Gem & Tauri's Eclectic "All You Need" EP Marks Ophelia Records' First Full House Project [Premiere]

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 11:00

The duo is making history on Seven Lions' Ophelia Records with their debut EP.

Gem & Tauri are making Ophelia Records history with the release of the label's first full house project, their debut EP All You Need.

The duo have the ultimate backing with label head Seven Lions on the production, blending tech, deep and progressive house across the record's four tracks. While the duo haven't released any singles before, fans of Ophelia Records will recognize them as the go-to openers for a number of the imprint's shows and streams. 

All You Need showcases the duo alongside some big vocal features by two of trance music's leading singer-songwriters, HAILIENE and Fiora, known as the voices behind many of Seven Lions' most popular tracks. The former sings on "Call Me Home," a beautiful melodic house tune that features arpeggiating synths that will have you dancing with your eyes closed all night long in pure bliss. "All You Need" highlights Fiora's whimsical vocals paired with a darker, more brooding beat. "Dusk" is another standout, featuring a tech house structure that will make you want to be at a dark warehouse party. Gem & Tauri end the EP with two extended versions of the first two tracks for all those who couldn't get enough. 

Gem & Tauri, comprised of Courtney Simmons and Emma Montalvo, have been avid fans of house music for over a decade. They have been channeling that love into DJing, but are now are entering the world of production and songwriting with the help of Seven Lions. They've performed as supporting acts for Ophelia showcases at Echostage, Avant Gardner, Mezzanine SF, and Miami Music Week. This year they began their weekly livestream series from home and were featured artists for Insomniac's Gorge stream, which attracted an audience of 15,000 concurrent viewers. 

Next up, the duo will be performing a special edition of Seven Lions' livestream festival Visions on Saturday, September 19th. The stream will also feature a deep house set from the Ophelia label head along with performances by Grum and Qrion.  

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Steve Aoki and KREAM Drop Stunning Visuals for House Single "L I E S"

Wed, 09/16/2020 - 20:31

An artistic display of lyrics, lasers, and the smashed faces.

Earlier this month Steve Aoki partnered with Norwegian brother and production duo KREAM to deliver the ultimate deep house single, "L I E S." If nightclubs were still open, this would be the surefire tune on circulation, but instead, it is the perfect anthem to close out your summer with. The irresistible track has now received a stunning music video to accompany it, and it does not disappoint. 

Directed by Ask Sunde, the visuals are an artistic display of lyrics, lasers, and the smashed faces of the three artists. Of course, it wouldn't be a Steve Aoki video if his famous cake wasn't on display, and here they showcase it in an aesthetic white and green melting form, symbolizing how lies spread and take over. The production for this track is also top-notch, with a hook that has instant appeal. 

Aoki has a lot to celebrate these days, after recently announcing his new "Naruto" merchandise collaboration. He also is preparing for his Mozart² - The New Musical to premiere at the legendary Carnegie Hall in 2021. 

KREAM took off back in 2016, catching global attention for their unique blend of bass-driven dance music and emotive vocals. This year they launched LIQUID: LAB, a new mix show that blends different elements of current songs together, creating one hour of never-head-before remixes. 

You can stream "L I E S" across all platforms here

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These Bluetooth-Enabled Shoes Transform Your Music Into Bone-Rattling Bass Under Your Feet

Wed, 09/16/2020 - 20:24

Thanks to DropLabs' new EP 01 shoes, a new way of experiencing music is afoot.

Contemplating whether or not to buy shoes that let you listen to beats with your feet may not have been a conundrum on music fans' 2020 bingo card, but here we are.

Thanks to DropLabs' new EP 01 shoes, an entirely new way of experiencing music is afoot. In something plucked out of a Black Mirror episode, the EP 01s connect to your music via Bluetooth to provide a thumping sound system under your feet, redefining the term "surround sound."

The phrase "sound system" is not an exaggeration since the shoes double as a legitimately powerful conduit of sound, able to be adjusted and amplified. Complete with tech specs, the sleek sneakers are controlled via the DropLabs mobile app, which acts as a controller to manipulate the numerous EQ settings and toggle between listening modes.

The DropLabs app allows users to test the waters of five different listening modes called "filters." The company dubs the "Lush" filter as its go-to, as it offers optimal audio for the everyday wearer who is more of a sneakerhead than an audiophile. The "Velvet" filter is used for a thicker low end, while the "Bright" filter is for users who want more of a nuanced, symphonic listening experience.

The aptly-titled "Dramatic" filter is—for lack of a better term—a beast. Ideal for film-watching, it offers extraordinary clarity for a more immersive experience. For instance, if you're indulging in a Marvel film, watching a "Hulk Smash" will elicit a booming audial response as his fists pummel the pavement, followed by dwindling sensory ripples that slither down the arches of your feet. The filter also enhances the music of action scenes, which usually contain climactic orchestral music. Watching movies at home with your shoes on may have seemed like a pie-in-the-sky idea before, but not anymore.

The EP 01s are also fantastic for gamers. The shoebox arrives complete with safe-detach magnetic charge connectors and a splitter, which can be used to connect the shoes to gaming consoles. The app features a fifth filter called "Seismic" that DropLabs designed specifically for first-person shooter games such as Call of Duty: Warzone or Overwatch.

The EP 01 shoes are available for $299.00. DropLabs also offers a $25 per month payment plan. You can purchase your pair here.

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