Guiding Light is out April 2020.
Paul van Dyk (real name Matthias Paul) continues into the new year by unveiling yet another piece of his Guiding Light story with his latest single, "Duality." Last November we heard the first piece of the saga with "Parallel Dimension," a collaboration with Canadian up-and-comer Elated. The legendary trance artist is slowly but surely delivering fans his sonic memoir brought on by his 2016 onstage accident.
For those unaware, Paul was severely injured in a fall during his performance at A State Of Trance 750 in Utrecht. The 10-meter fall caused the producer to suffer severe brain and spinal injuries. Much of the struggles were documented in his book Im Leben Bleiben (Holding On To Life), which came out last year. Now he's channeling these lessons into his new album due for release in April of this year.
"Duality" builds upon the last single's reference to his time unconscious and opens to his awakening. Having an accident of that magnitude is traumatic, and one of the only ways to move on from it is confronting the experience and your new reality. Through the track, you hear the instrumental build and blossom into a determined beat. It's cinematic when thinking of the melodic pace as the growth of his spirit.
On the single, Paul said:
“Duality is a state of mind you find yourself in. The brain is still echoing the strongest signals of how you’ve become used to seeing yourself: completely fit and vital and able to do everything. The truth is that your body is not currently capable of doing all those things, putting you in a surreal existence. This track is about starting to resolve that duality”.
Guiding Light will be his 10th studio album, following 2018's Music Rescues Me. Diehard trance fans will find comfort that Paul is not straying away and will deliver a trance album in its purest form. He is currently on his North American album tour but will be heading back overseas beginning in March.
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2020 is the year for mindfulness.
Every year the anticipation builds as EDM fans await the new theme for the upcoming edition of EDC Las Vegas. Previous years have seen a focus on kineticLOVE and kineticENERGY, and now Insomniac is here to spread the celebration of mindfulness with kineticZEN. The news came in today through a special Instagram message from beloved Insomniac Founder and CEO Pasquale Rotella.View the original article to see embedded media.
The theme falls perfectly in line with our current state of affairs. With the ever-growing rise of technology, exemplified in the advancements in production and music hosted at EDC, it's important for humans to take a step back and appreciate the beauty and magic our world has. Too often than not, we tend to gloss over them as a given.
On the choice of the theme, Rotella said:
"I’ve always tried to encourage Headliners to live in the moment and be present. I need reminders myself each day. Life is full of opportunities for reflection, and in those moments we can visualize the world we want to create for ourselves and for each other. I’m grateful and excited to celebrate this next journey with you all. See you soon!"
The theme of kineticZEN will follow previous editions by manifesting itself at the kineticFIELD and expanding onwards throughout the festival grounds. Last week Rotella shared that for the first time in the history of EDCLV, the festival would be using the entire Las Vegas Motor Speedway. With news like this, it's easy for our imaginations to run wild with what wonder Insomniac has in store for these previously unused areas.
Stay tuned for on Thursday, February 20th Rotella will host his annual special edition of Music Through Music episode on Night Owl Radio to reveal the official lineup.
EDC Las Vegas 2020 will return on May 15th, 16th, and 17th for its 10th Anniversary in Sin City. For more information, visit their official website. Passes for the festival are sold out, however, attendees can join the waitlist for GA, GA+ and VIP passes here.FOLLOW EDC LAS VEGAS:
Enter the "Lion's Cage" with hot new remixes from Mom N Dad and Heyz on Circus Records.
It’s no secret that DJ duo and super-couple extraordinaire Mom N Dad have been busy, but now we’re certain they’ve been busy in the studio as well. Following a spree of original club shakers and jaw-dropping remixes in 2019, the power pair have presented us with their first release of 2020: an awe-inspiring flip of Flux Pavilion’s 2019 single, “Lion’s Cage.”
Out now on Flux’s legendary Circus Records imprint, the remix is undoubtedly one of parental proportions. Contrasting with Nevve’s light, airy vocals during the verses comes a drop so full of grit and grime that it could make your grandmother’s homemade buttermilk turn sour. It cannot be overemphasized that the tune is not family friendly.
With a massive release lineup in store, 2020 is surely the year you want to start following these two if you are not already. Not only do they make excellent music, they offer free parental advice as well!
While you're listening, be sure to check out the remix by Heyz as well; it offers a whole new look into the "Lion's Cage."
Hardstyle fans have a new track to chant to.
KSHMR (real name Niles Hollowell-Dhar) is back for 2020 and ready to kickstart your weekend with his new single. "Over and Out" is the latest hardstyle track from his Dharma Worldwide imprint, in collaboration with Malaysian DJ/producer Hard Lights and vocals by Charlott Boss. It's a playful single that really packs a punch and is built for all the major festivals the Berkeley native has lined up this year.
The track features classic, uptempo hardstyle production with an eerily fun playground chant by Boss. The melodies have elements of futurism sprinkled in behind the pounding bass lines and synth work. With a big room sound like this, it's easy to see fans shuffling their hearts out to this worldwide.
Dhar said of the collaboration:
"First hearing the vocal from Charlotte Boss transported me to a different world, and right away I had a vision for the production - to take the listener on a journey through space. I love sci-fi and used all the sounds I could find to get it there. I was helped tremendously by the original demo from Charlotte Boss and Hard Lights and couldn’t be happier with the result."
"Over and Out" is the first single Dhar has released this year. It follows behind the success of his 2019 singles "Alone" with Marnik featuring Anjulie and Jeffrey Jey, "Do Bad Well" featuring Nevve, and "Bombay Dreams" featuring Kavita Seth. Last year also brought us his eclectic Paradesi EP. Catch the globally renowned artist live with upcoming shows in Brazil, Mexico, Ultra Music Festival, and the UAE.
Hard Lights hit the scene back in 2014 and has since gained support from some of the top names in EDM including VINAI, Blasterjaxx, Borgore and others. After a collaboration with Dhar, the future looks bright for the Kuala Lumpur native.FOLLOW KSHMR:
Calvin Harris' classic dance music-inspired project is off to a promising start.
It hasn't even been a month since Calvin Harris dropped Love Regenerator 1, the inaugural two-tracker of his nostalgic Love Regenerator side project. Just in time for Valentine's Day, the Scottish DJ/producer has returned with another titled Love Regenerator 2.
Comprised of "The Power of Love II" and "Regenerate Love," the effort sees Calvin Harris (real name Adam Richard Wiles) carry forth the newfound style of his 2020 alias. Each single straddles the line separating house and techno with samples from classic records thrown in for good measure.
Wiles may have risen through the ranks to be named Forbes' highest-paid DJ seven years in a row for pop-leaning singles like "Sweet Nothings" and "I Need Your Love," but his latest musings are more or less familiar territory. His 2007 debut album, I Created Disco, took just as many cues from classic dance music.
Stream or download Love Regenerator 2 across platforms here.
The five remixes of The Turtles' iconic '60s hit include a radio, club and dub mix.
Sir Ivan (real name Ivan L. Wilzig) is taking us back in time.
In 2009, he released his acclaimed cover of "Happy Together," a bright and psychedelic 1960s staple by The Turtles. Now, he's independently released five new remixes of his original flip.
Including radio, club and dub mixes, selected artists for the remix album are DJs from Mars, Ralphi Rosario and 7th Heaven, all of whom have created remixes before for Wilzig, who is also known by monikers Peaceman and Mr. Mitzvah. Bimbo Jones and Moto Blanco also contributed their talents to the effort.View the original article to see embedded media.
Each remix brings an inventive twist to the unadulterated happiness of the original track, following in Wilzig's footsteps as a social activist. The banker-turned Billboard star is known for using his music platform to raise awareness for issues like LGBT discrimination. He's even established The Peaceman Foundation, a private charitable fund that receives all of his recording artist royalties.
Wilzig came up in DJ culture in the '60s and '70s, making a name for himself spinning on disco dance floors. He's most recently released a string of remix albums, including 2019's Get Together, Live for Today, and Peaceman Shines.FOLLOW SIR IVAN:
Grace Gracie has made her grand return with a truly addicting new bop.
Grace Gracie may not be an artist you hear about regularly, but trust us, you will soon. As one of the most impressive heat seekers in the EDM world, the Las Vegas native has proven herself to have a dynamite one-two punch. Her latest single, "Not Enough," doubles down on her reputation, as the tune is perfect for main stages during this coming festival season.
Subtle keys acquaint listeners with the song before her emphatic vocals come in. At that point, she wastes no time diving headfirst into a pool of infectiously danceable sound filled with her signature verses, precisely chopped samples, and a truly addicting bass line.
She's no stranger to high-profile releases as shortly before the new year, she released her stunning collaboration with Karra, "The Other Side." Prior to that, her summertime single, "Feel My Love," earned her a spot on Apple Music's Breaking Dance chart.
It's not often that an artist can come up with both stunning vocals and impressive production, but Grace Gracie is quickly setting the bar. With a string of successful releases in her pocket, you won't be surprised when you see her on the biggest stages in the world very soon.
The ASCENSION EP sees Liquid Stranger lean more heavily into dubstep.
It's been nearly a year to the day since Liquid Stranger treated fans to the INFINITY LP, and the Swedish DJ/producer has returned with something new. The ASCENSION EP has arrived via his Wakaan artist imprint on February 14th, 2020, encapsulating something of a departure from his signature sound.
Although best known for a diverse and nuanced style called freeform bass, Liquid Stranger (real name Martin Stääf) favored dubstep in his latest endeavor. Most of the six tracks exhibit the sound design subtlety for which he's become a fixture of the bass music world over the past 17 years, but arranged in a more predictable framework.View the original article to see embedded media.
Half of the EP is collaborations; Stääf teamed up with LUZCID on "Hammer," with Hydraulix on "Laser Burn," and with LSDREAM on "Sunken Technology." The latter single encapsulates more of a downtempo style than those preceding it, dovetailing into a similar soundscape for the final track of the effort, aptly titled "Over n Out."
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The new single is a journey through hardcore, breaks, dubstep and more.
Los Angeles rising star James Dece (real name Jonathan Baron Miller) is becoming a force to be reckoned with in the realm of bass music. His recent singles "Flippin' It" and "Blow Up" are perfectly explanatory of that statement, but Miller's latest track, "Switchblade," just switched things up in a big way.
"Switchblade" is an exciting amalgamation of genres, transcending just one style and bringing something unique and wildly entertaining to the table. Miller's latest fuses elements of psytrance, dubstep, breaks, and more to evoke a truly original sound.View the original article to see embedded media.
A rapidly paced four-to-the-floor beat builds the intensity up from the moment the track starts, but when the first drop hits, a psytrance-inspired triplet rhythm cranks things up to eleven. Miller then adds a clever breaks section smack in the middle of "Switchblade," only to catch the listener off guard with an impressive second drop to make the headbangers go wild.
James Dece's latest single is sporadic in the best possible way. Changing things up at every possible turn can be exhausting, but Miller's ability to fuse styles and sections seamlessly provides a fresh and fun journey through genres that is difficult to accomplish and highlights his talent as a producer.
"Switchblade" is out on all platforms now, and can be found here.FOLLOW JAMES DECE:
Blake Webber's tech house duo, Double Dare, joined forces with FREAK ON to deliver a suggestive anthem.
With everyone from Flume to guests on All Gas No Breaks Show endorsing ass eating, it seems as though the deviant sex act might never go out of style. Viral Instagram star Blake Webber is doing his part to keep it in the mainstream spotlight. As one half of the duo Double Dare, he's collaborated with FREAK ON on "Vitamin A," a song about exactly that.
The music video for "Vitamin A" is starred by Webber himself, depicting a fanciful restaurant run-in. Throughout much of the video he mouths along to the raunchy spoken-word vocals as the tech house rhythms of the song ring out underneath.
Opposite Webby in Double Dare is Los Angeles producer Matty Ghost. FREAK ON is a Portland producer known for tech house/G house singles like "Get Down" and "Nitrous."
"Vitamin A" is out via Pizzaslime Records, the imprint of meme purveyors Pizzaslime.Follow Blake Webber:
Afrojack made the announcement on Tomorrowland's One World Radio.
EDM giant Afrojack (real name Nick van de Wall) is perhaps one of the most well-known names in the scene, but his techno alias, Kapuchon, has remained dormant for quite some time. Now, van de Wall is back with new music releases planned for the alias, which he just announced on his appearance on Tomorrowland's One World Radio.
Beginning the countdown to Tomorrowland Winter (held March 14th-21st, 2020 in Alpe d'Huez, France), van de Wall took to the decks on One World Radio to play a DJ set just 30 days out from the festival. He was even sporting a piece of the yet unreleased TML x The North Face clothing collaboration.View the original article to see embedded media.
Two Afrojack sets will take place at Tomorrowland Winter, with a third coming from van de Wall's Kapuchon project, so fans will have three chances to catch the EDM legend at the festival and hear the new Kapuchon tracks played out.
There's still no official release date for the new Kapuchon music, but fans of all things Afrojack and all things techno will be equally elated to hear some new material from van de Wall. Though he claims that Kapuchon is simply a "passion project," van de Wall's new music under the alias will be highly anticipated.
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Festivalgoers can keep warm and look sharp in the new gear.
Tomorrowland, one of the world's most well-renowned EDM festivals, is held every year in Boom, Belgium, with a special winter edition held in Alpe d'Huez in France. This year's flagship festival begins on July 17th, but the 2020 edition of Tomorrowland Winter will take place from March 14th-22nd.
It certainly can get cold in the Alps. Luckily, Tomorrowland's official merchandise line, TML, has just announced a collaborative project with the wildly popular outdoor clothing brand, The North Face.
As of yet, only a teaser image has been shared via TML's official Instagram page. It's still unknown how many items and styles of clothing will be included in this collaborative drop. The date of release is also unannounced for now, so those interested will have to wait and see when they can get their hands on the new merchandise.
Current speculation is that the new line will be released just ahead of Tomorrowland Winter, just in time for festival goers to put it to good use in the French Alps. Stay locked onto TML's official Instagram account for further announcements.
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Dutch radio disc jockey Lex Gaarthuis' satirical song fell under scrutiny from petitioners.
Since December 2019, reported cases of a deadly novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) have been making headlines, having originated in Wuhan, Jubei in China. To date, 60,000 cases have been recorded, with the death toll rising to 1,300 in mainland China. While the virus has generated some international concern, Dutch DJ Lex Gaarthuis of Radio 10 in the Netherlands proceeded to create a satirical song about it, sparking outrage from Chinese nationals.
The song, whose title translates to "Prevention Is Better Than Chinese," was initially broadcast on Radio 10, and immediately denounced by the Chinese community and beyond. Its subject matter includes references to not eating Chinese food in order to avoid contracting coronavirus (though the disease is not necessarily transmitted that way), and plays on words that some deem offensive.
A petition was formed against Gaarthuis and his song, and more than 51,000 people have already signed it. Organizers of the campaign denounced the song, claiming the statements made within it are discriminatory and offensive. "We’re confronted daily with so-called ‘jokes’ and statements that are not acceptable,” they said.
An apology from Gaarthuis was issued on Saturday, as the DJ admitted that the creation and broadcast of the inflammatory song was "a big mistake" and that he realized that it was offensive and painful to the Chinese community. There is no word on whether Laat met Lex (translation: Late with Lex) will continue on with Gaarthuis on Radio 10.
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The inaugural event now boasts more than 90 artists including Bonobo, Justin Martin, and Sugar Hill Gang.
Yesterday, Tahoe’s all-new Altus Festival dropped the second phase of an already star-studded lineup - and it’s a doozy. Held from March 18th-21st, the festival now is packing sonic whoppers like All Day I Dream’s Lee Burridge and Hoj, Yoruba Records’ Osunlade, Spanish leviathan Edu Imbernon, the stylishly magnetic Nick Monaco, and the irresistible pairing of Hipp-E and Halo - who together make up H Foundation.
Excitement around the event peaks when adding this wave to the bevy of sonic delights that include Ardalan, Atish, Behrouz, Bonobo, Doc Martin, Mr. G, Robag Wruhme, Tara Brooks, Whomadewho, and the legendary Sugarhill Gang with timeless dynamos like Grandmaster Melle and Scorpio of The Furious 5. All told, the event is packing more than 90 artists, and this isn't even the final phase of the lineup.
Altus Festival is turning heads with more than just music too. It's set at the Heavenly Mountain Resort, and festival-goers will have a rare opportunity to enjoy skiing and snowboarding through glorious corners of California and Nevada - all on the same mountain. A la other historic city-embedded events in Texas and Amsterdam, the music festivities will showcase some of the most breathtaking landscapes and most talked-about premium locations the area has to offer.
Prized venues like the Heavenly DJ Cat and the Lakeview Lodge will offer a picturesque backdrop, while the PEEK Nightclub will host a cavalcade of top brass converging to perform at the event. Also, joining the fray are high-end underground purveyors like BLU in the Montbleau Resort and Vinyl at the world-renowned Hard Rock. After hours festivities will be available at the popular bar and hookah lounge, Xhale Bar. Plus, lift tickets and accommodations are included with the price of admission.
Prices start at $790 and discounts are available for large groups and locals. Tickets are available on the Altus Festival website.
Starting today through February 16th, Altus is also offering 20% off for a Valentine’s Day promo when tickets are purchased with the discount code "ALTUSLOVES2020."
William Black has returned to lowly for the first single following his debut 2019 album, Pages.
Following up on his debut album, Pages - released through The Nation's Lowly. imprint in 2019 - William Black's latest collaboration is yet another stunning work of art that showcases the best that this rapidly rising producer has to offer.
Pouring their souls into a heartfelt work of art, Black and fellow producer Fairlane deliver an incredible dose of emotive energy with their newest single, “Butterflies.” Out now via Lowly., the single features the moving vocals of the talented Dia Frampton and embodies the warm feelings of attraction and affection we experience when first falling in love.
Guitar melodies get the tune off to a perfect start and pair seamlessly with Frampton’s smooth vocals and touching lyrics. Spiraling upward into an explosion of intense passion, listeners are left in a cozy afterglow that makes us want to hit "replay" again and again.
With a combined count of over a quarter billion streams between the two producers, there is no doubt that “Butterflies” will be a hit among fans old and new. Be sure to keep up with this pair as they continue to work wonders.
Mickey Valen and Emilia Ali brought their smooth, sultry and emotional single to CloudKid.
The latest catchy creation from producer extraordinaire Mickey Valen is finally here with a message all too real. Brought to life by the sultry crooning of vocalist Emilia Ali, “Ur Perfect I Hate It” incorporates real, organic guitar instrumentation alongside smooth, synthetic bass lines to deliver a work of unparalleled relatability. A perfect pairing of top-tier production and a sentimental topline, the latest CloudKid release is something to come back to again and again.
The song’s message is one of coming to terms with reality in romance, accepting the gamble of love, and taking on the emotional risks involved in relationships. In Emilia’s words, “It’s easy to get caught up worrying about things that haven’t happened yet, but in reality, it’s really cool to feel happy with someone.” This sentiment is expressed beautifully through the composition, production, and lyricism of this standout collaboration.
bitbird have unleashed their latest new musical offering, "Fade" by Rome In Silver featuring POPCULTR.
Who needs a valentine when you’ve got the dazzling production of Rome in Silver and the breathy vocals of POPCULTR to keep you company? Out today via San Holo’s world-renowned bitbird imprint, “Fade” takes a dive into the emotional side of the versatile, Huntington Beach-based artist. With driving four on the flour energy and a dreamlike ambiance, "Fade" is a feelgood jam that you keep you coming back for more.
As a producer who knows no genre boundaries, Rome in Silver is quite used to stepping out of his comfort zone and experimenting with different styles of music. “I don’t tend to write love songs, but I guess somehow this turned into one,” he said. The best things in life are often stumbled upon by accident, and in this instance, things clearly worked out for the best.
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Pittsburgh fans were treated to new Subtronics earlier in the week.
Arguably the fastest-rising name in dubstep, Subtronics has been on an absolute tear in recent months. The Philadelphia talent took the opportunity test out an unreleased song titled "Scream Saver" during a performance at the Roxian Theatre in his hometown on the evening of February 9th.
Subtronics (real name Jesse Kardon) tweeted a video of himself playing the track during the stop on his Cyclops Invasion Tour. Cutting through a suspenseful buildup is an 8-bit-inspired flourish of synths counterbalanced by enough bass to rattle the walls of any venue where it's cued up.
After making a name for himself with his now-discontinued Now That's What I Call Riddim mix series, Kardon further cemented himself as one to watch with notable 2019 collaborations. Among them were "Bounce" with Rusko, "Bumpy Teeth" with Zeds Dead, and a yet-to-be-released single with Excision.
Kardon has yet to announce the official release date for "Scream Saver" at the time of writing.
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Listen to "Looking For You" exclusively with EDM.com before its Valentine's Day release.
Bad Decisions have returned with their brand-new single “Looking For You” just in time for Valentine’s Day. The Australian electronic music duo have been locked in the studio perfecting their craft, creating fire remixes for both Annie Nightingale on BBC Radio 1 and Tigerlily’s Tiger Radio.
Coming into light in 2017 with releases via STMPD RCRDS, Musical Freedom, and Dim Mak, Bad Decisions have since accumulated over 6 millions streams on Spotify alone. The pair are best known for their explosive, groundbreaking style of production, matched with heartfelt melody that resonates with audiences across the nation.
“Looking For You” embodies the romance of yearning to find your other half. The bass-heavy soundscape gives you the feeling that your partner is near and within reach, adding a layer of warmth and hope.
In a joint statement to EDM.com, they explained, “The creative process behind ‘Looking For You’ is a funny one. We started the track almost four years ago after the release of ‘Skins.’ We didn't feel like we’re good enough at the time to make it as good as we wanted. Last year, we re-discovered the project file and felt we there was something we could do with it. We really let go of all creative ties we thought we had and just said ‘fuck it, let’s do whatever we want on this.’”
Unleashing a style blending future bass, trap and pop, the duo always try to find interesting, unique soundscapes. "Looking For You” showcases their multiple flows combined within one record. The journey from start to finish goes from future trap to a drum and bass break, ending with a harder trap note. Bad Decisions hope listeners are able to hear the creative freedom they’re put into the track and vibe with the heavily production-based journey they’re trying to express.Follow Bad Decisions:
Attendees can now plan out their Tomorrowland Winter experience.
Tomorrowland Winter will return to France's Alpe de'Huez Grand Domain Ski Resort from March 14th-21st, 2020, and the festival's organizers appear keen to keep people talking about the festival. To that end, they've shared the lineup by day for the event's second annual edition.
Martin Garrix, Afrojack, Charlotte De Witte and W&W are among the headliners billed for the 2020 event. They will be spread across 13 stages with names like l'Orangerie, Moose Bar and Chateau, some of which will not be operational all eight days of the festival. Find the set times here.
Tomorrowland's flagship event has graced Boom, Belgium annually since 2005. 2019 marked the debut of Tomorrowland Winter, which drew an estimated 25,000 attendees. Armin van Buuren, DJ Snake and Steve Aoki were among the debut event's headliners.
A number of packages are still available for Tomorrowland Winter. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the event website.
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