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Embrace the Retro-Inspired, Bass-Boosted Sounds of LSDREAM with “SPACESHIP” ft. Meredith Bull

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 18:47

LSDream delivers the first single since releasing his massive second album, Renegades of Lights, out now on Liquid Stranger’s imprint Wakaan.

If music is a journey, LSDREAM is the guide. Nobody quite does contemporary EDM in the way this psychedelic bass wizard does. From his widely-celebrated debut 2018 album, VOYAGER, and more recently his second studio album, RENEGADES OF LIGHTS, earlier this year, there is truly no stopping this trailblazing visionary. His latest endeavor takes listeners on a retro-inspired, colorful exploration as he learns to find peace in emotional discomfort with new single, “SPACESHIP” featuring Meredith Bull.

Since launching his project in 2018, LSDREAM (real name Sami Diament) has turned heads of tastemakers and music lovers across the globe. Reaching almost 300,000 monthly listeners on Spotify in just over a year is almost unheard of, let alone creating a platform of that caliber amidst producing 22 original tracks and touring worldwide within that timespan. 

Fans can relate to his spiritually driven personality, inspiring music, and of course, insane visuals. Drawing inspiration from classic video games, “SPACESHIP” is reminiscent of early '90s nostalgia, with an extra layer of in-your-face, rumbling bass to give it that key signature LSDREAM sound. Carried out by the vocals of Los Angeles-based singer and voice actress, Meredith Bull, “SPACESHIP” is yet another impressive track added to the LSDREAM catalog. 

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LSDREAM is set to make performances later this summer at Excision’s Bass Canyon and Lost Lands Festival, as well as Liquid Stranger’s Wakaan Festival at Mulberry Mountain on October 3rd. For ticketing and tour information, visit here

Stream or download LSDREAM's single "SPACESHIP" featuring Meredith Bull today. 

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Rusko and Subtronics Want To See You "Bounce" with New Single

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 18:36

Rusko and Subtronics have teamed up for an unearthly new single

Rusko and Subtronics mesh old school and new school dubstep in their other-worldly collaboration, "Bounce." The track has been highly sought after this summer by fans who've heard it dropped at Electric Forest, and more recently at Camp Bisco a short time ago.  

Despite the prolonged teasing, no one has likely been waiting longer for this collaboration than Subtronics. Recently, the Philadelphia producer shared that Rusko was a foundational influence for his interest in dubstep. Even earlier, prior to the collaboration even taking shape, he went as far as to say he'd "cut off his big toe" in order to collaborate with the "Woo Boost" producer.

We hope Subtronics isn't sitting by any sharp objects now that this collaboration is indeed a reality. In the midst of a monster summer for Subtronics "Bounce" arrives on the heels of EP releases from both producers. Rusko's Megarad dropped in February, and more recently, Subtronics' Cyclops Army EP and a heated remix of Excisions' "Vault" have all dropped this summer. 

Stream Rusko and Subtronics' collaboration, "Bounce," here.

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Eptic and Dillion Francis Release Moombahton Bop "Let It Go"

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 18:32

The wait is over!

Eptic and Dillon Francis dropped a then-unnamed single at EDC Las Vegas 2019. Today, we get that single. "Let It Go" is a funky, upbeat moombahton track signature to Francis' roots. The track is being released through fan-favorite label Monstercat

The song enters in with a smooth ride as distorted vocal chops chant their way to the forefront. As the build begins we get straight into the dance with blaring synths in classic moombahton form. It has a groovy flow throughout that makes you want to snap your fingers along with the track. The final drop gets a lot filthier and closes out with a bang. This will definitely be a featured track at pool parties and festivals this summer. 

Eptic (real name Michaël Bella) has had a killer 2019 with the release of "Southside" with DJ Snake. It became the most played track at EDC Las Vegas 2019. With these collaborations under his belt, there's no stopping the young Belgian producer. 

Francis has been killing 2019 as well. He came out with TV Noise's "EDM O'Clock," "Lost My Mind" with Alison Wonderland, "Change Your Mind" with lovelytheband, and he even recently played in an Apex Legends competition alongside Zedd. Catch him this weekend throwing down at HARD Summer in Fontana, California on August 3rd. 

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ShockOne Releases Second Studio Album, A Dark Machine

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 18:27

The Australian producer is back with bigger sounds than ever on Monstercat.

In June, veteran Australian musician and vocalist ShockOne made his Monstercat debut with a new single called "Run" featuring The Bloody Beetroots. That was the leadoff single from his long-anticipated second studio album, A Dark Machine, which is available now via the same label. 

Drawing influence from classic '80s films like Blade Runner and Beyond The Black Rainbow, ShockOne (real name Karl Thomas) created A Dark Machine not only as a tribute to that era and atmosphere, but as a companion piece. “I’ve always been influenced by that particular era of cinema,” Thomas said. “It was almost like I was writing an album that could be a soundtrack to a film that exists in that world.”

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Incorporating the drum and bass elements for which Thomas is so well known, he brings many other styles into play including trap, dubstep, hip-hop, and even synthwave. These core components all fuse together to create the cinematic masterpiece that is A Dark Machine. Not only is the album an auditory feast, it contains quite a narrative as well.

Tracks like "Klaxon" and "Til Dawn" are shining examples of the fusion between the retrowave '80s sound and high-energy drum and bass. "Bleed Black" featuring Cruz Patterson and "Lost It" perfectly blend elements of trap and hip-hop with vintage synth work. 

The intro, "Awake," as well as interludes "Oberheim" and "The Night's Always Waiting" are the cinematic pathways that push the narrative forward while perfectly building tension into peak energy tracks like "Pray For Me" and "Run."

Diving deeper into what the story of A Dark Machine means to Thomas, the album is essentially about finding acceptance within one's own subconscious and facing internal strife. In his own words: 

“The whole notion of a dark machine is the personification of our own subconscious. The album is about navigating that internal neurotic conversation that everyone’s having with themselves and how, sometimes, it can be quite a dark place to be in and navigate.” 

ShockOne's second full-length album, A Dark Machine, is available now via Monstercat and can be found here

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Throttle Returns To Monstercat With Ethereal Single "Dreamer"

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 18:07

Throttle returns to his first label Monstercat in a melodic manner with the single "Dreamer."

Throttle (real name Robbie Bergin) has returned to the label Monstercat with his single "Dreamer." The ethereal track delivers an energy that's ready for the dance floor.

To some, "Dreamer" may elicit a similar feeling as Porter Robinson's yesteryear electro house sound. But Bergin owns this feelgood catalyst as his own, bringing a depth and synthesized sophistication.

The Australian DJ has nailed major achievements since he started as a bedroom producer. Collaborations with Galantis and a Tomorrowland performance are a couple of bucket list items Bergin has crossed off as a 22-year-old.

Bergin's return to Monstercat after six years is sure to mark another milestone for the young producer.

While we watch Bergin's ascent, catch him at Mysteryland 2019 in the Netherlands from August 23rd-25th.

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Cosmic Gate Releases "Light Years" Ahead of 20 Years-[Forward Ever, Backward Never] LP

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 17:54

The LP 20 Years – [Forward Ever, Backward Never] is out August 23rd.

German trance legends Cosmic Gate officially hit their 20-year anniversary this year. The duo (real names Claus Terhoeven "Nic Chagall" and Stefan Bossems "Bossi") have been breaking ground in the trance scene since the late '90s and have rode through the ebbs and flows of the ever-adapting genre. 

They are now off on their Forward Ever, Backward Never tour in lieu of the upcoming LP of the same name. Today they are here to deliver the next single off the 16-track LP aptly titled "Light Years". Yet again, it's clear these two truly are light years ahead of the pack. 

The track is fully instrumental, flexing their cinematic epic breakdowns. It's melodic and pulsing in all the right ways. The euphoric journey that Chagall and Bossi take us on is reflective of the last 20 years during which they have graced us.  

The duo shared in regards to the upcoming LP their intention to “take us closer to the 360 of who we are, where we’ve been and where we’re going." It will be the greatest hits melded with new productions such as "Light Years" and their previously released "Come With Me" and "Need to Feel Loved" featuring Foret. The latter single brought them their first-ever Grammy nomination. Some tracks that have been reworked include "Lizard" and "L.E.D." 

The 20 Years – [Forward Ever, Backward Never] LP is one you will not want to miss. It comes out August 23rd and you can pre-save/pre-order it here

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GTA Rebrands, Releases New Single With Diplo

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 17:44

Good Times Ahead have a new vision for their future.

GTA have officially rebranded to the full version of their initialism, Good Times Ahead. Though the change to their name is a subtle one, the announcement comes with a slew of additional updates - starting with their new single. 

The duo are prepping for their HARD Summer set with a massive new project. Their forthcoming LP, Good Times Bad Times at Hard Summer, is due out August 16th. The album's debut single, "Milky Cabrera" with Diplo is out now.

Good Times Ahead took to social media to explain how the wonky bounce collaboration came to fruition. The song "Milky Cabrera" features vocals from Diplo himself, and has arrived by way of HARD Records

Good Times Ahead's full LP offering promises additional collaborations with Flosstradamus, Black Caviar and more. Last but not least, the duo are starting a new label under their moniker. Good Times Ahead Records will officially be doing business under Insomniac Music Group.

This weekend's HARD Summer will be the fans' first chance to see the new direction of the duo.

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R3HAB and Vini Vici Drop "Alive" ft. Pangea & Dego

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 17:34

"Live like you're never gonna die."

The Dutch/Moroccan artist Fadil El Ghoul, professionally known as R3hab, is back with the help of Israeli psytrance duo Vini Vici. "Alive" is the melding of two genres to result in a sing that is sure to light up of dance floors worldwide. Featured on the track are Pangea & Dego to round out this global festival hit. Along with the drop comes a visually stunning sand art music video. 

The upbeat anthem has an intense pulse and bass line to it. The drum line is kicking loud and proud in this one. The leading note is the whistling that will get stuck in your head all day long. The vocals round everything out to make this the perfect track for summer. 

El Ghoul had a major breakthrough with his debut album "Trouble" back in 2017 under his own imprint, CYB3RPVNK. It elevated him to the top of in electronic music amongst some of the biggest names in the game. This year alone he's dropped a wide variety of tracks including his Radio Silence EP, "All Around The World" remix, "This Is How We Party" with Icona Pop, "Don't Give Up On Me" with Julie Bergan, and a slew of official remixes. 

Vini Vici are a duo that has taken the industry by storm. They have played over 230 shows per year worldwide and continue to shell out impressive tracks. They've taken psytrance to the masses with tracks like the "Free Tibet" Remix which became one of the most successful psytrance songs on YouTube racking in over 90 million plays. They are on the way to the top after receiving 2018 DJ Mag's coveted "Highest Climber" title at the #34 spot. Be on the lookout for these two. 

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No Tickets, No Shame: Crowd Forces Entry into Lollapalooza

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 16:46

The mass infiltration of Lollapalooza 2019 was caught on video.

On its second of four days, Lollapalooza has been compromised by a mob of delinquent festivalgoers. The incident, in which a mass infiltration of the festival took place at one of the fences on its perimeter, was captured on video.

In the clip, dozens of individuals can be seen running toward and scaling the fence enclosing the festival grounds. They eventually topple it altogether and run straight in before law enforcement officials intervene.

The Lollapalooza 2019 lineup includes such EDM acts as The Chainsmokers, FISHER and Flume. The inaugural edition of the touring festival took place in 1991, and it didn't go on from 1998-2002. In 2005 it settled into its home of Grant Park, in Chicago where it continues to run through the present day.

Lollapalooza has not issued a statement on the incident and a spokesperson was not immediately available to respond to EDM.com's request for comment. 

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Effin Drops Monstrous Bass Tune “Cabbage” on Never Say Die

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 16:09

Coming off the momentum of two heavy-hitting remixes, Effin is back with an even more forceful original.

Every producer needs a clever branding strategy. For some that may be Marshmello, others Slushii, and the EDM community even has Whipped Cream - but for this L.A.-based producer, it’s vegetables. 

All jokes aside, we’re not too sure why Effin keeps releasing vegetable-related tracks, but if it means more powerhouse bass music then we’re all for it. Fans may recall his first produce-inspred track, "Lettuce," off of his heavy-hitting, five-track Operate EP, back in April. Today, Effin is back again on Never Say Die with another tune titled “Cabbage.” 

Known for his groundbreaking sound design skills, Icon Collective alumni Effin is a force to be reckoned with. “Cabbage” takes listeners on a journey from its ambient intro to a refreshing, tension-rising build, and finally a gritty and face-melting drop. After two successful back-to-back remixes - one of NGHTMRE’s and A$AP Ferg’sRedlight” and another of Chris Lake’s I Want You” - “Cabbage” is a reminder that Effin has a continuous pipeline of innovative ideas up his sleeve. 

Lucky fans even got to experience the sub-wrecking tune live when fellow bass music DJ/Producer Peekaboo brought him onstage at Global Dance Festival in Colorado. 

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Effin’s forward-thinking, alternative approach to bass music has earned him a respectable platform within the bass community. Since debuting his first original "Rabid" just over a year ago, Effin has shown no signs of slowing down. Even if that means more leafy-green inspired music, we all know vegetables are a necessity for a well-balanced diet. 

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Get Close and Personal with CADE’s R&B-Influenced “Yours” on Ultra Music

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 15:56

“It’s about wanting to give everything I have for love.”

CADE (real name Cade Larson) is no stranger to producing tracks packed to the brim with emotive, soulful lyrics. His willingness to express vulnerability in his music has played a large factor into his worldwide reach, earning him over 4.5 million monthly listeners on Spotify. Today, the 22-year-old producer adds another track to his already impressive catalog of music. “Yours” is out now on Ultra Music.

Reminiscent of popular R&B mixed with heavy electronic influences, “Yours” is a silky tune about the powerful feeling of falling in love. “This song is so special to me,” the Tampa-Born producer wrote to his Facebook page. “I wrote and produced this one alone in my home studio. It’s about wanting to give everything I have for love.”

Describing the song as future R&B, Larson said he finds inspiration from artists such as Bryson Tiller, Disclosure and Porter Robinson, combining these influences for a genre-bending sound of his own. His last single, “Home to You” featuring rapper Desiigner perfectly showcases his fluidity between two styles.

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His audience has come to love the duality. His most popular release was his and electro-pop trio Cheat Codes' remix of their single “Pretty Girl,” which has been certified gold in the United States and platinum in the United Kingdom, with over 556 million streams on Spotify. Between global hits and sold-out shows, his music has also seen support across the entire music industry, with artists such as Jeremih, Kesha, Mike Posner, Pia Mia, and The Chainsmokers all expressing their appreciation of his tracks.

Up next for Larson, fans can expect an album titled WOLF BLUE coming soon on Ultra Music. Following the release of global hit “Warning Sign” in 2018, he was signed shortly after to the prestigious label. Since then, the talent producer says he has been working endlessly to piece together the perfect album. 

Stream or download Cade's single "Yours," out now on Ultra Music.

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Morelia Brews Up Piping Hot House Track “Caffeine” via Teethy

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 15:44

Label head Morelia gives us the impressive third installment to his freshly founded imprint, Teethy.

Coming hot out the gates with his last two singles “Dafuq” and “Fun Box” at the start of the summer, Morelia has demonstrated a clear intent to brighten the world with his unique and atypical approach to house music. On top of refreshingly unique sets, a rigorous release schedule, and pursuing two separate personas (Mannequin being his other alias), he is also the label head of the newly founded Insomniac Records imprint, Teethy

In his third and latest addition to the Teethy catalog, Morelia (real name Tanner Munn) continues to show off his bold new style with the record “Caffeine.”

Clocking in at just over six minutes, “Caffeine” is an amped-up, groovy track sure to get temperatures rising. Filled with whirring textures, rumbling bass, and trippy sound design elements to top it off, this track is an experimental house lover’s heaven.

“This track took a few trial and errors to really nail what I was going for,” said the 22-year old producer. “I tested the first version out at a club and it hit, but not in the way I was hoping for. When I went to rework it, I found a vocal sample that was initially useless, but after chopping the hell out of it, I turned it into a hypnotic vocal loop that I loved, and BOOM! ‘Caffeine’ came to life.”

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Between partnerships with legendary labels such as Insomniac Records and Dirtybird, as well as widespread support from A-list EDM acts, Morelia has lit a fire within the house community that cannot be contained. The Dallas-born producer quickly asserted himself as something unique and out of the ordinary, and has subsequently has made his way across iconic dance music stages such as Nocturnal Wonderland, Countdown, and EDC Las Vegas.

His next upcoming performance will commemorate the release of “Caffeine.” To celebrate, Morelia is hosting a release party on August 6th in Huntington Beach, California, where he will be joined alongside Luke Andy, Ocean Roulette, and Boondok

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KLOUD Takes Controls in Music Video for “The HIVE”

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 14:25

KLOUD’s latest update on Trap Nation’s Lowly. furthers his dystopian storyline as he tries to break free from the simulation.

The compelling, cinematic sci-fi world of KLOUD gets its latest update with a new single titled “The HIVE.” 

For those who are unfamiliar, KLOUD is a robotic AI character who is trapped inside a simulation under the control of a menacing corporation called The KLOUD. With each new piece of music, he offers listeners a glimpse inside his dangerous journey to break free from the simulation. 

In his latest release on Trap Nation’s Lowly., KLOUD harnesses more power than ever before, seizing control of an army of bee-like nano-bot drones to aid in his impending rebellion.

At the end of 2018, KLOUD's single “Cold Fire” showed him colliding with the barrier separating reality from the simulation. His most recent release prior to "The HIVE," appropriately titled “Exit Alive,” was where he finally broke free from the simulation and entered reality. Fans were able to catch a glimpse of what the AI character looks like in a real-life setting, compared to the completely CGI-generated worlds before. 

Stream or download KLOUD's new single "The HIVE" today.

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JOYRYDE Debuts VIP of His and Skrillex's "Agen Wida" During Set

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 14:03

Skrillex and JOYRYDE's "Agen Wida" got a makeover.

Skrillex (real name Sonny Moore) broke his 2018 release hiatus with a raucous JOYRYDE (real name John Ford) collaboration titled "Agen Wida" in the fall of last year. They appear to have given the single an update, and Ford couldn't help but share it with a recent live audience.

A video tweeted by Ford shows him playing the variation in production (VIP) out during a performance. Fittingly, the source material has remained too intact for it to be considered a remix - but distinctive bass house sound design elements have been incorporated into the arrangement.

While it remains to be seen whether the VIP will see the light of day in any official capacity, Moore has a wealth of new music in the works. In addition to collaborations with everyone from Burna Boy to Lan to the Zac Brown Band, he is rumored to have an album on the way.

Skrillex performs next at VELD Music Festival in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on August 3rd. JOYRYDE is slated to appear next at The Ritz Ybor in Tampa, Florida tonight, August 2nd.

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Redman and Jayceeoh Collide as 1000volts on New EP, Power Up

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 12:53

Redman and Jayceeoh just released a collaborative EP.

Redman and Jayceeoh's 1000VOLTS project is here to turn your summer all the way up. The hip-hop/EDM crossover duo have unleashed an EP titled Power Up comprised of four records that bring forth the movement that is 1000volts.

With Redman (real name Reginald Noble) being an OG in the rap game and Jayceooh (real name Jake Osher) being a producer and world-renowned turntablist, the two’s synergy and energy when combined remain unmatched. It’s Noble’s lyricism, punchlines, and bars that smooth over Osher’s trapped-out, bass-heavy production that leave listeners in a frenzy.

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It was after a random encounter overseas in Croatia that the two linked up and began messing with each other’s music. In 2015, Jayceooh enlisted the East Coast spitter on his breakout hit “Turn Me Up Some” — the rest was history.

The duo aim to bridge the gap between hip-hop and dance music, while creating fun, friendly bangers for audiences all around the world. In an exclusive interview with EDM.com Osher stated, “The purpose of Power Up is for fans get a feel for the raw energy we are bringing to the live stage. Big music with one of the most iconic rappers to ever grace the mic. One you hear the music and envision it in the live space it should click, like 'okay.' This shit is going to slap live.”

In terms of the recording process, it was a long one. “We took our time to craft all these songs to display what we’re all about,” Osher stated. “We’ve had many hilarious moments throughout. One of my favorites I still laugh about to this day is when we finished ‘Get Some.’ We were at my studio and recorded a fun little video of us rocking to the song. A few bars into the rap, Redman punched the shit out of the mixer. We had to stop, I couldn’t stop laughing. Still cracks me up.(laughs)”

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DATA BREACH ALERT: i_o Hacks Users' Private Data on Mau5trap EP, House of God

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 12:44

i_o's "Ghost in the Machine" is surprisingly uplifting for the resident mau5trap computer hacker.

Emerging from the darkest abyss of a sinister digital simulation, Los Angeles-based techno artist i_o (real name Garrett Lockhart) is best known for his signature tagline, "death by techno," which was also the name of breakout EP on deadmau5mau5trap imprint. 

Drawing on a wide range of influences - including the mau5trap label boss deadmau5 himself - Lockhart has manufactured a dark and immersive sound that ranges from heights of melodic progressive house to the cavernous depths of brooding, underground techno. Equipped with an arsenal of haunting bass lines, thumping percussion, and, for the very first time, his own featured vocal elements, Lockhart is prepared for sonic warfare as he unleashes his brand new House of God EP.  

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The standout single from House of God, the appropriately titled "Ghosts In The Machine," capitalizes on the very best of what Lockhart has to offer. Progressive, melodic, and surprisingly uplifting for the Death by Techno artist, the song is an earworm that is as infectious as a cataclysmic computer virus. It's different and unique, but very much in line with the character portrayed by mau5trap's resident hacker.

On that note, EDM.com is thrilled to premiere "Ghosts In The Machine" along with an exclusive playlist takeover from Lockhart himself. Check out the playlist below, and be sure to tune in to his takeover of the EDM.com Instagram (@EDM) for an exclusive Q&A with him.

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Illenium Goes Heavier in "Blood" ft. Foy Vance

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 11:20

"Blood" exhibits more headbanger appeal than the typical Illenium single.

Illenium (real name Nicholas D. Miller) is well known for putting his diehard fan base in their feels, but his latest single is something different altogether. "Blood" featuring Foy Vance is among the songs comprising Miller's upcoming album, ASCEND, and it sees the Denver DJ/producer take a turn for the heavy.

The cinematic grandeur of Miller's other releases is evident in the opening measures of "Blood" as Vance's testosterone-laden vocal takes center stage in the arrangement. At the drop, however, it gives way to dissonant sound design elements sure to whip a sold-out crowd into a headbanging frenzy.

"Blood" won't likely be the only time Miller ventures into heavier territory. After a lightning strike warning during Global Dance Festival forced him to call off what would have been his first-ever back-to-back set with Excision, the two artists revealed that they spent the time working on an upcoming collaboration instead.

ASCEND will arrive in full on August 16th, 2019. In the meantime, stream or download "Blood" featuring Foy Vance across platforms here.

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Eric Prydz Releases Progressive House Album Pryda 15 Vol II

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 10:06

Under his Pryda alias, Eric Prydz has delivered eight pieces of progressive house gold.

It's been three years since Eric Prydz released a longer body of work under his Pryda alias. The Swedish superstar DJ has now shared an eight-song album titled Pryda 15 Vol II sure to be well received by his fervent international fan base.

As with other releases under the alias (and some under his real name being that the two have become nearly interchangeable), the album encapsulates the synthwave-infused style of progressive house for which Prydz has become iconic. Standouts singles include "The Riddle," "Villa Mercedes" and "The Hiidden," whose arpeggiated synth lines build towards an introspective allure.

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In 2015, Prydz had released three EPs under his Pryda alias comprised of music that had found its way into his sets for ten years prior. The following year he delivered his long-awaited debut album, Opus, whose title track became a favorite among a generation of electronic music fans growing into more sophisticated sounds.

Stream or download Pryda 15 Vol II across platforms here.

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5 Highlights from RÜFÜS DU SOL's Sold-Out Lollapalooza Aftershow

Thu, 08/01/2019 - 20:51

The Australian EDM trio performed at The Vic Theatre Wednesday night.

RÜFÜS DU SOL's Tyrone Lindqvist appeared onstage at Chicago's Vic Theatre in a black cardigan over a black t-shirt with black jeans and black shoes. The band's vocalist perfectly matched keyboardist Jon George and drummer James Hunt, who were set up onstage on either side of Lindqvist. Their instruments were clear, glistening acrylic. Visuals shone through from behind. 

The Australian band had sold out their Lollapalooza show, and resale tickets were in the triple digits. They had drawn a crowd packed thick with older electronic music fans most likely headed to work early the next morning. Skinny jeans, crossbody purses, sparkling seltzer (don't worry - the band helped even the guy in the dad-est of dad sandals get down). Here are the highlights. 

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1. Absolutely insane light and visual storytelling. Pictures tell it best. 

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2. Hunt's concentration face. Let's not forget about the live instrumentation, displaying the raw musical talent of the trio. Instead of choosing to play every song to mimic the recording, the artists instead mixed it up live on stage. They used extended instrumentals to create a steady flow from song to song. 

3. "New Sky." Think eyes closed, hands raised to the sky, rhythmically chanting lyrics. Now multiply it by the entire crowd.

4. That classic throwback. For this show, the band took us back to their sophomore album, Bloom, for fan favorites "Innerbloom" and "You Were Right." The remainder of their set included songs from their latest studio album, SOLACE, released at the end of last year. 

5. A three song encore ending with a spiritual performance of "No Place," one of the band's hits from SOLACE. Other standouts from the show include "Underwater" and "Treat You Better." 

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Alison Wonderland Shares Acoustic Rendition of "Peace"

Thu, 08/01/2019 - 20:44

Alison Wonderland was accompanied by a four-piece band to perform "Peace" for this video.

Alison Wonderland has had a relatively quiet year on the release front, but her latest endeavor has added dimension to her rapidly growing career. The Australian DJ/producer has reimagined her April single "Peace" as an acoustic ballad with the help of a four-piece band.

In the video for the acoustic version of "Peace" - which runs a minute longer than the source material - Alison Wonderland (real name Alexandra Sholler) sits front and center with two guitarists, a keyboardist, and an upright bass player in the background. As they build upon the motif of the original, she delivers the song's melancholic verses.

Following her 2015 debut album Run, Sholler became a household name among EDM fans virtually overnight. Last year she followed it up with Awake, whose songs were later remixed by the likes of QUIX, Bleep Bloop and Kill Paris.

Sholler will continue touring with a performance at HARD Summer in Fontana, California on August 3rd.

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