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deadmau5' mau5trap Label Joins Forces with Insomniac Records for Compilation Album

Mon, 09/30/2019 - 14:30

deadmau5 and Pasquale Rotella's record labels have teamed up for a new ten-track compilation album.

deadmau5' very own label, mau5trap, joined forces with Insomniac Records for a joint compilation album. Simply titled, mau5trap x Insomniac Records, the ten-track album features some of the best and brightest from both of the legendary labels alongside some up-and-comers to watch.

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Included on the compilation album is music from deadmau5 (real name Joel Zimmerman) himself, Grabbitz, Golf Clap, EDDIE, C.H.A.Y., and more.

Since it's inception in 2007, mau5trap has been home to some of EDM's most iconic artists. Artists like Skrillex, Excision, Rezz, Kaskade, and many more are some of the notable alumni from Zimmerman's independent label.

Insomniac Records, on the other hand, came to life in 2014. The greater Insomniac brand responsible for some of EDM's biggest events like EDC, Electric Forest, Beyond Wonderland, and more has been around since 1993. In its five years of existence, the label has featured releases from SLANDER, Chris Lake, Bingo Players, and more.

mau5trap x Insomniac Records was released on September 27th,  2019 on both of the aforementioned labels. You can download or stream the album here.

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Zeds Dead Announce 7th Annual Dead Rocks Show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Mon, 09/30/2019 - 13:09

Zeds Dead announced that the seventh annual Dead Rocks will make its return in July of 2020.

The Pulp Fiction-inspired duo Zeds Dead just announced their next big Red Rocks Amphitheatre show. In July of next year, the Canadian producers will bring back their massive Dead Rocks show for the seventh year in a row. 

At the time of writing, they have not announced any of the supporting acts joining them at Colorado's legendary venue. Previous artists to perform at Dead Rocks include DJ Snake, Dillon Francis, Rezz, NGHTMRE and others.

Zeds Dead (real names Dylan Mamid and Zachary Rapp-Rovan) just recently released their collaboration with Funkin Matt and Fiora, "Feel So" on Spinnin' Records. In addition to their show next summer, fans were excited to see them on the lineups for Decadence, Lost Lands, Daybreak, and more.

Dead Rocks 2020 takes place July 2nd-3rd, 2020. You can learn more about the event and sign up for the mailing list here.

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5 Glaring Misconceptions About EDM and Festival Culture [Opinion]

Mon, 09/30/2019 - 12:44

Here's the truth behind five huge misconceptions about electronic music, its festivals, and its culture.

It's no secret that just as EDM has hordes of diehard fanatics; it has an equal or even greater number of detractors. All too often is electronic music considered a newfangled mess of grating noises only meant for millennials of questionable taste. 

For those in the know, however, electronic music is a magnificent sonic spectrum with a rich history - and arguably more diversity than "regular" music itself. Though a music fan might be able to name about a dozen genres of music they enjoy, any well-listened EDM head will be able to name a dozen micro-genres of a brand of EDM they might not even enjoy. 

Along those same lines, if one were to ask the uninitiated about EDM festivals, chances are they would described debaucherous, orgiastic, drug-fueled raves filled with pill-poppers and drug sniffers galore. They might also deride DJs for being glorified button pushers, totally devoid of skill or musical talent. 

Of course, both assertions are objectively silly and are born from ignorance at best. Read on to examine five of EDM's biggest myths and misconceptions to discover the truth that lies beneath. 

1. "EDM" is a single genre of music and it all sounds the same.

Stop right there! First of all, the term “EDM,” or electronic dance music, is about as specific and meaningful as the term “analog instrumental music.” Literally speaking, EDM refers to music that is created primarily from electronic sounds. In practice, “EDM” is an umbrella term, a supergenre of sorts. Those who use it are doing so either for sake of ease, or due to their own ignorance. Anyone who has their own love affair with EDM will internally cringe when they use the term in public, both because of the loaded connotations and its nebulousness.

A brief summary of EDM's subgenres

In reality, electronic music is as wide and varying as “non-electronic” music. In fact, it wouldn’t be inaccurate to consider EDM the obverse of “regular” music. Just as there is rock, jazz, hip hop, acoustic, classical, country, punk, etc., etc., EDM is a really massive collection of genres, sub-genres, and sub-sub-sub-genres. In fact, the heavy splintering and "nicheifying" of different style of electronic music is part and parcel to the ethos of EDM itself; those listeners with a trained ear will be able to pick out the subtleties in sound, tempo, beat, etc. that separate house from tech house, deep house, acid house, electro house, or any of the multitude of other sub-house tracks, for example.

2. EDM is “millennial” music.

First, if everyone could please stop using the term millennial, that would be great.

Second, even though your first taste of “true” EDM may have been Skrillex's "Bangarang" in 2012, electronic music is not even close to new. At its most reductive, audio pioneers have been using purely electronic sounds to create experimental music since the 1800s or earlier. The earliest electronic instrument, the Clavecin Électrique, was an electric keyboard created in 1759 France. Patented in 1897 America, the Telharmonium is considered the world's first synthesizer; it was a massive electric organ that could transmit it’s purely electromagnetic sound through phone lines and out of speaker horns. Sounds familiar, right?

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Fast-forward nearly a century and a few technological revolutions later, and the Minimoog synthesizer was born. It is no overstatement to claim that this instrument revolutionized the entire world. With its small size, the Minimoog allowed almost any musician to begin experimenting with synthesized sounds. Previous synths were large enough to fill entire rooms and were incredibly expensive to boot. 

1971 Minimoog Model-D

By the '70s, Chicago artists began developing what would become known as house music. By the '80s, synths were as ubiquitous in music as guitars. By the '90s, techno and drum-and-bass were everywhere, from movie trailers to FM radio. By the early 2000s, electronic music was absorbed and obfuscated by pop ballads, while the music industry laid waste to taste and style. Thankfully, by the early 2010s, EDM broke free of its electropop curse (mostly), and pure electronic music was well on its way towards widespread acceptance. Keep in mind that this timeline completely disregards the rise of dance music in Europe, which predates America by at least a few decades.

3. DJs and producers are the same thing.

Traditionally, disk jockeys were individuals who spun vinyl records on at least two turntables connected to a central mixer. These days, most professional DJs spin on at least two CDJs, which are essentially digitized versions of old school turntables. The CDJs are linked to a mixer, which allows even more control over the sound. DJs will mix, chop, scratch, layer, sample, cue, beat match, and pitch match multiple audio files at will. Essentially, DJs are live remixers.

CDJ-2000s flank the DJM mixer

Producers, on the other hand, are the sound nerds and music geeks who engineer the strange, wubby bass sounds or scintillating vocals, and compose the full tracks themselves. Producing can be as simple as chopping samples and twisting them into something completely new, or as complex as literally engineering the sounds from scratch à la Tipper. Most often, producers use the incredibly complex software, Ableton, to create their sounds.

Ableton 104. DJs “just press play.”

This misconception is born purely from those who deride electronic music and DJs out of ignorance or just plain negativity. Anyone who has spent meaningful time trying to understand electronic music, the art of DJing, or simply glanced at DJ gear will know that being a DJ is as complicated as it gets. Even the simplest DJ techniques take great timing and skill.

Taking a look at the insane expanse of modern DJ and music production gear, the complexity of live electronic music becomes abundantly clear. Even the most basic DJ controller has at least four channels for music, and each channel can be controlled through its high, mid, and low-frequency sounds. The tempo of each track can be adjusted at will (and must be, to correctly beat match), cue points picked and played whenever, and faders control the relative volume of each channel. DJs must also control a mixer, which is the piece of gear with the plethora of knobs and faders that mixes the channels together.

MIDI boards, mixers, turntables, etc.

This is, of course, a vast oversimplification that barely scratches the surface. many respectable DJs headlining festivals these days play with CDJs, mixers, MIDI controllers, and even Ableton Live - all at once, and in front of thousands of rabid fans. Bassnectar, for example, plays his sets on custom, unreleased MIDI controllers and two laptops, both running individual instances of Ableton.

Bassnectar's Booth

In reality, DJing is essentially playing with music in the ultimate sandbox environment, where the only limitations are the length of the track and the attention of the audience. The complexity is insane, and there are no limits.

5. EDM is synonymous with drug culture.

To its detractors, one of the strongest connotations of EDM and the music festival scene is drug culture. Perhaps born from the somewhat misunderstood rave scene in the '90s, it’s easy to fall into the thought pattern of associating EDM with club drugs: molly, ecstasy, cocaine, ketamine, LSD... the list goes on. 

In reality, though there is an undercurrent of drug use within the music festival scene, it is in no way necessary or even expected to partake in narcotics to enjoy the music. In fact, drug use at electronic music festivals is remarkably similar to other music genres, with alcohol and marijuana being the majority of drug consumed. According to TickPick's study of over a thousand festival attendees, over 75% consumed alcohol, and over 38% consumed marijuana at fests, while only 13% have consumed MDMA. Overall, drug use at EDM festivals is remarkably similar to all other genres of music festival. 

If one were to canvas festivalgoers on the biggest misconceptions about festivals and EDM, the immediate answer would often be the unimportance of drugs. In fact, there is a strong subculture of EDM fans and attendees who do not partake in illicit narcotics and attend festivals stone sober. A growing number of festival-sponsored groups are launched specifically for those looking to party sober. Electric Forest, for example, has Camp Traction, whose “primary purpose is to provide an empowering home base for those who would like to participate in a clean and sober experience.” Camp Traction is unaffiliated with any organized recovery group, and while virtually all tiers of Electric Forest camping have an upcharge, Camp Traction costs a whopping $0

If you ask people why they love EDM and the electronic music scene, the answer is never about drugs. Almost without fail, those who chase EDM culture do so because of the strong prevalence of love and acceptance. In a society that has become increasingly hostile and bleak, music festivals and electronic music are a bastion of acceptance for people of all ages, races, and creeds. EDM's biggest unifying factor is peoples’ love for the music and love for one another. Though EDM is stigmatized by drug use, in reality, it provides the strongest feelings of belonging that many will ever experience.

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Whethan Cancels Two Shows Due to "Worrisome" Mental Health

Mon, 09/30/2019 - 12:14

"I've been advised by everyone to cancel these shows and try to get some rest back home."

Whethan has joined the growing list of DJ/producers whose plans have been disrupted by the rigors of tour life. The Chicago DJ/producer cancelled a September 29th gig in Perth and an October 5th appearance in Sydney, citing mental health issues as his reason.

"Mentally I am in a place right now that is very worrisome to myself and my team," Whethan (real name Ethan Snoreck) tweeted. "I've been advised by everyone to cancel these shows and try to get some rest back home. Right now I need to take time to focus on my mental and physical health again. I promise next time I'm back I will make it up to you."

At 20 years of age, Snoreck boasts an enviable electronic music career. At only 16 he became the youngest artist ever to relesae music on Future Classic, and by the time he graduated high school he had toured alongside The Chainsmokers.

Snoreck is slated to resume touring with an appearance at Exchange LA in Los Angeles, California on October 18th.

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Excision and Illenium Drop Long-Awaited Collab at Lost Lands

Mon, 09/30/2019 - 11:10

Excision and Illenium closed out Lost Lands Music Festival with an ID months in the making.

It's been a couple months since Excision and Illenium turned a rainy day into an opportunity to join forces on a collaboration. At the end of the former artist's bass music festival Lost Lands, the two delivered their first-ever back-to-back set. It provided them the perfect opportunity to test out the feels-heavy single. 

The as-yet-unnamed ID is markedly more melodic than typical Excision (real name Jeff Abel) fare. It instead exhibits the singalong quality more common to Illenium (real name Nicholas D. Miller) releases. Soaring over the top of the electrifying synths are vocals rumored to have been contributed by Detroit rock band I Prevail.

Abel has racked up a veritable laundry list of collaborators so far in 2019. In addition to entire joint EPs with Dion Timmer and Wooli, he's revealed that he and Bassnectar have a collaboration in the works.

It hasn't exactly been a slow year for Miller, either. Shortly after releasing his third studio-length album, ASCEND, he kicked off a tour of its namesake that included his debut headline event at Madison Square Garden in NYC.

At the time of writing, neither Abel nor Miller have disclosed a title or release date for their collaboration.

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Zeds Dead's Newest Collab is Out Now through Spinnin' Records

Sun, 09/29/2019 - 13:00

The upbeat single "Feel So" is a collaboration with Funkin Matt and has vocals from Fiora.

The latest in a string of collabs from Zeds Dead has arrived. "Feel So" with Funkin Matt (real name Mats Ronander) and vocals from Fiora is upbeat and electro house-adjacent.

The track was released through Spinnin' Records, though the dubstep duo has not worked with the label since putting out "You Know" with Oliver Heldens back in 2015. The pair, comprised of Dylan Mamid and Zachary Rapp-Rovan, have typically been releasing their own work on their imprint label, Deadbeats

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"Feel So" follows two collaborations released earlier this year. Both "Shake" with Jauz and "Stars Tonight" with DROELOE show Zeds Dead's ability to blend their own sound with that of nearly any other electronic artist. 

This latest release is no exception, highlighting a seamless blend of the group's edginess with Funkin Matt's signature house groove. It makes for a killer song with a catchy melody and plenty of drive. 

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Swedish House Mafia May Release New Music Sooner than You Think

Sun, 09/29/2019 - 12:56

The group's ID "It Gets Better" just became registered with ASCAP.

Ever since Swedish House Mafia announced plans to release new music, the EDM community have been on the lookout for any clues as to track release dates and names. Most recently, the registration of an unreleased track to the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) has caught our attention.

Titled "It Gets Better," the group, comprised of Axwell, Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso, have been opening sets with the ID since returning from a five year hiatus last year. The track appeared on Shazam last month.

While the song still has no official release date, its registration with the ASCAP is promising. The performance-rights organization monitors and protects the copyrights on members' music, meaning that Swedish House Mafia might be planning to collect royalties on the song sometime soon. 

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Sullivan King and Kayzo Debut New Collab at Lost Lands

Sun, 09/29/2019 - 12:53

King tweeted a 21 second clip of the song late Saturday night.

The "mindblown" emoji perfectly accompanies producer Sullivan King's Saturday night tweet announcing a new collaboration with Kayzo (real name Hayden Capuozzo). The heavy metal guitarist and producer (real name Keaton Prescott) debuted the track at Lost Lands Music Festival earlier that night during Capuozzo's set. 

Presented by Excision, the festival in Legend Valley, Ohio has quickly grown into a sort of haven for bass heads far and wide. It's no surprise that Prescott and Capuozzo chose the weekend to test drive their new track, as the crowd was sure to go crazy. 

Even though Prescott's video is only 21 seconds long, the collaboration is a certifiable rager from what we can tell. It falls right into its killer drop with a heavy metal instrumental and the lyrics, "Please welcome domination." Intense.

Check out the clip Prescott tweeted below. 

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Above & Beyond Announce Twitch Broadcast Partnership for Group Therapy 350

Sat, 09/28/2019 - 13:59

Above & Beyond's ABGT Group Therapy 350 will be a memorable performance for all, thanks to Twitch.

Above & Beyond are soon surpassing another milestone in their Group Therapy podcast and celebrating the achievement by giving more fans the ability to tune in live. 

Above & Beyond's Group Therapy 350 show will be taking place in Prague, Czech Republic in just two short weeks. For those not attending the show at the O2 Arena, the English trio are giving fans the opportunity to tune into a live broadcast. 

Presented by Amazon Music and broadcast via Twitch, Above & Beyond's performance at ABGT 350 will be captured for all to see. An estimated 13,000 fans from 40 countries are expected to make the trip to Prague, but for those at home Twitch has your back. Live stream viewers will also uniquely have the ability to purchase live stream exclusive merch from Amazon during the show.

The event itself will not only showcase the "Northern Soul" producers themselves, but also some of the top talent from their labels, Anjunabeats and Anjunadeep. That includes Gabriel & Dresden, Ilan Bluestone, and Spencer Brown to name a few.

To catch all the action, tune into the Twitch ABGT 350 live stream beginning at 7:30 PM CET on October 11th.

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Insomniac Sends Tents To Bahamas for Hurricane Dorian Relief

Sat, 09/28/2019 - 13:54

Insomniac uses their music festival shelter expertise for a good cause.

Insomniac is aiming to provide 5,000 people with a "shiftpod" shelter in the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian decimated the region in early September. 

Shiftpods are Insomniac's state-of-the-art tents that include air conditioning and access to electrical outlets. Every year, the company is tasked with creating a city of pods for its flagship Electric Daisy Carnival event in Las Vegas. With an estimated 70,000 people left without shelter in the Bahamas according to the United Nations, the company is applying its expertise in this field to help those in need. 

Insomniac has already delivered nearly 1,000 pods to the region. As that effort is ongoing, members of Insomniac's logistics team are additionally training families on how to set up and maintain the pods. At a festival, they will typically be packaged for six, but even bigger families in the Bahamas have been able to live comfortably in them thus far.

The initiative is expected to cost over a million dollars. Insomniac is raising additional funds in part through a Go Fund Me. The company states the donations will be used to pay for "generators, water purification devices, bedding, toiletries, and other supplies to help create a sustainable living environment for families."

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Get Ready For CRSSD With These Key Tracks

Sat, 09/28/2019 - 13:50

Bump these on your way to San Diego this weekend.

With CRSSD Festival right on our doorstep, it's about time to start making your way to San Diego, California. The two-day event is set to return to the stunning Waterfront Park. The boutique festival, produced by FNGRS CRSSD, has garnered a reputation for delivering a diverse lineup bringing together some of the top acts in the industry along with those who are still on the rise. 

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The beauty of this event lies in not only the venue but in the intimate size of the festival and eclectic mix of artists. This weekend you can make your way from rocking out with Portugal the Man and in roughly five minutes be losing it with FISHER on the opposite side of the venue. To get you pumped for what's to come this weekend, CRSSD has curated the ultimate playlist to bump on your way to the festival. Whether you are looking to get down to techno, house music, or something less definable, this playlist is for you.

The fall 2019 edition of CRSSD Fest takes place September 28th and 29th at Waterfront Park in Downtown San Diego. The event is currently sold out. 

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Borgore Releases New Album, The Art of Gore

Sat, 09/28/2019 - 13:48

Borgore's third studio album has arrived in full.

The man who famously proclaimed to have ruined dubstep is back with his third studio album The Art of Gore. Self deprecating humor aside, Borgore (real name Asaf Borger) has been aligned with the genre for the majority of his career. With his new album Borger has taken an exploratory approach while still managing to satisfy his core fan base.

In the time since his previous full length, Borger has not hesitated to untether from the dubstep sound that made his name. At one point the Israeli producer famously released a jazz album titled Adventures In Time. In the immediate lead up to The Art of Gore, Borger released a palette of singles. From the breaks of "911" to the hip hop focused "Petty" it was clear bass music fans were going to hear Borger in ways they hadn't before. Now hearing his latest effort in full, that thesis still holds true.  

All that and still plenty of room for bass. For fans of Borger's jaw-dropping bass lines there's still much to be uncovered. If the producer's recent single "Tetris" is any indication, he hasn't lost touch with his roots. 

Borgore's album The Art of Gore arrives by way of Buygore Records.

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JES Drops Blissful New Single "We Belong To The Night"

Fri, 09/27/2019 - 18:24

The songstress' latest is a downtempo gem.

Having loaned her powerful vocals to some of the most memorable trance records of all time, JES is displaying her gift yet again. The songstress' latest solo endeavor, "We Belong To The Night" is a downtempo gem, boasting the native New Yorker's raw talents.

Encircling the aforementioned angelic tones is a trip-hop-infused beat caressed by strings and downtempo breaks. Lyrically, the song affixes itself to the intertwining of two souls in the depths of the after hours.

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The record is a bit of a departure for JES. The singer normally lends her voice to trance-focused tracks. Notably, JES has appeared in "Fall Into You" by Cosmic Gate and "As The Rush Comes", a collaboration with Gabriel & Dresden under their previous project, Motorcycle.

The record is a foreshadowing of what's to come, having been lifted from the tracklist of JES' upcoming "future-spective" LP titled Memento. The forthcoming album has yet to been given a release date.

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WE ARE FURY Release "Broken," First Single Off Upcoming Album

Fri, 09/27/2019 - 18:20

Featuring Nashville-based vocalist Luma, this track delivers an intimate story of loving with an open heart.

To start the excitement for Joachim Speidel and Stuart Brookes of WE ARE FURY's upcoming album, they have just released the very first track: "Broken."  The release reveals a vulnerable story of loving with an open heart. "Broken" features vocals from Nashville-based artist Luma, who delivers a very intimate and delicate performance. On the lighter side of their sound, this track brings you in with incredible vocals and carries you along for the ride.

We are already anticipating the release of the full album via Seeking Blue in 2020. We're expecting a rollercoaster of emotions from hard trap festival tunes, to lyrically driven sing-alongs, heart-wrenching melodies, and everything in between.

"Broken" is available now on all streaming platforms.

Be sure to check out all of the other great sounds that WE ARE FURY is releasing, with a remix for The Chainsmokers coming out just a week ago and much more to come soon. 

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A.M.C Ignites the Drum and Bass World with New Album, Energy

Fri, 09/27/2019 - 18:15

The massive, new album was released today via Titan Records.

It's quite possible that at the moment, there isn't a bigger star in the world of drum and bass than U.K.-based titan and Titan Records big boss, A.M.C. His meteoric rise to stardom began with the crew behind Drum&BassArena, and since then, A.M.C has been on fire. 

With hot EPs, impressive remixes, and blazing DJ sets over the years, it was only a matter of time before he released a new album. Well, Energy is finally here, and it was worth the wait. 

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Energy lives up to its name through its entire 48-minute duration. It's a nonstop onslaught of heavy neurofunk and an all-out drum break assault. The title track takes no prisoners straight out of the gate, setting the tone for the remainder of the album. "Reanimate," "Mind The Gap," and "Look Out" take the same approach, providing the grittiest of reeses and powerful sounds that are sure to ignite dance floors around the world. 

Tracks like "Instigator" and "The End" set a darker tone, but that doesn't mean the energy is tuned down at all. These two cuts feel very old school, drawing heavily on jungle influences - but they fire on all cylinders with a very modern edge, just like the rest of the songs on Energy.

"Nitro" and "Gotham" have a jump-up vibe that rounds the album out nicely, before the finale "The End." The massive power of the growls and punchy drums within each song are absolutely vicious elements that it would be impossible not to move to. Both tracks just solidify the fact that this album has no valleys whatsoever. The entire album is pure, palpable energy from start to finish. 

As expected, A.M.C's latest offering is ten explosive tracks that clubs, festivals, and fast cars will undoubtedly be rinsing for a very long time. This album does not hold back at any point, and provides the boost and vigor that the world of drum and bass is craving at the moment. 

Warning: if you plan on listening to A.M.C's Energy, you better be ready to move. The album is available now via A.M.C's Titan imprint, and can be found here

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Creamfields Announce First 2020 Headliner: Armin van Buuren

Fri, 09/27/2019 - 18:04

Tickets go on sale 9:00 AM on Friday, September 27th, 2019.

Creamfields 2019 was one of the festival's biggest years to date. From Swedish House Mafia almost burning down the main stage to deadmau5' Cube 3.0 making it's UK debut, it was one for the books. The team behind the U.K.'s biggest electronic festival are back to announce the return of Creamfields in 2020 and have revealed their first headliner- Armin van Buuren. The Dutch titan will return to headline the South Stage on Saturday, August 29th, 2020. 

van Buuren is known for throwing down during his sets. With his forthcoming experimental album Balance set to debut October 25th, there's no telling what he has in store for the Creamfields crowd. 

Commenting on his return, van Buuren said: “I’m excited to be back at Creamfields in 2020, having performed at the festival many times over the years and watching it grow into the show it’s become today, it’s always a special one for me."

The festival will take place on August 27th-30th during the bank holiday and will be held in Daresbury, Cheshire in the U.K. Tickets go on sale at 9:00 AM BST on Friday, September 27th, 2019. Those lucky enough to get in quick can secure their ticket through a six-part deposit program broken down in £20 increments. As an added incentive, all those who purchase a standard camping ticket before 9:00 AM BST Tuesday, October 1st will receive a complimentary upgrade to Bronze Camping. 

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Techno Star C.H.A.Y. Charts Release with Dirtybird, mau5trap, and Insomniac all on the Same Day

Fri, 09/27/2019 - 17:44

Today, the Orlando native was featured on the annual Dirtybird Campout West Coast Compilation, as well as the first-ever joint project between mau5trap and Insomniac.

Orlando-based techno star C.H.A.Y. is already having himself quite the weekend. Today, the producer charted official releases through powerhouse labels Dirtybird, Insomniac Records and mau5trap with his two new tracks, "Fatal Recover" and "Telegram."

Over the last few years, the Orlando-based DJ/producer has quickly ascended the ranks in the techno and tech house worlds, earning collaborations and shared stage time with artists like Mija, AMTRAC, Golf Clap and Sage Armstrong. His chaotic, industrial techno with fun, danceable flavors has made his style complementary to labels throughout the genre, best represented by today's releases.

The first track, “Fatal Recover,” is track no.2 on the first-ever joint compilation project between mau5trap and Insomniac Records. Taking from its name, the track finds the producer exploring heightened, escalating beats that make for one of the most exciting tracks on the 10-track project. Earning nods from both respected labels is an accomplishment on any calendar year, let alone on the same project.

Less than a week out from Dirtybird Campout, “Telegram” found its way onto the label’s annual Dirtybird Camp Out West Coast Compilation. Marking his second big release of the day, this tracks slows things down - if only for a little. Emphasizing the “tech” in tech house like fellow Dirtybird artist Will Clarke, this track will serve as a nice, bouncy tailgate tune for those heading out to Modesto, California next weekend for the festival.

After two big releases with three marquee labels in the same day, C.H.A.Y. is looking like one of the more promising young acts in the genre today.

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Shank Aaron Drops Heavy New Single, "The Terror"

Fri, 09/27/2019 - 17:33

Prepare yourself for a spooky dubstep banger.

Denver-based dubstep producer and DJ Shank Aaron has been quietly brewing up a loud storm over the summer. His last official release was a track called "Dubstep Forever" released via SubCarbon Records six months ago. Since then, however, the producer has been hard at work in the studio preparing a bag of bangers set for release soon. The first of those tracks, "The Terror," is finally here. 

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"The Terror" is a brand-new heavy dubstep track, adding to an already impressive catalogue of hard-hitting tunes from Shank Aaron. This latest offering cinematically builds from a low-key and atmospherically spooky intro into a full-on belter. After a pitched-down vocal sample declares, "This is the terror," an onslaught of heavy, distorted bass wobbles screeches atop the punchy and powerful drums. 

The breakdowns of the track provide plenty of negative space before the full sonic assault begins. An eerie pad topped with a very wind-like white noise sound brings to mind a suspenseful scene straight out of a horror flick, before the actual terror is brought back into play. At the false drop, the powerful bass teases into a mini-buildup before bringing everything back into play.

Shank Aaron's latest release, "The Terror," is out now via his Forest Service imprint. It's the first of many more new tracks to come from the Denver dubstep producer, and can be found here

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Boombox Cartel and MadeinTYO Release "NEW WIP" Remix Pack

Fri, 09/27/2019 - 17:17

The release was accompanied by a Dia De Los Muertos tour announcement.

Summer has barely left the building, but Boombox Cartel (real names Americo Garcia and Jorge Medina) are already anticipating the start of spooky season. 

The producers just released a remix pack for their summer single "NEW WIP" featuring MadeinTYO (real name Malcolm Jamaal Davis). Alongside the release, Garcia and Medina announced a limited, three-date tour called Dia De Los Muertos. Named for the Mexican holiday, it will kick off Oct. 31st in Los Angeles. 

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The remix pack, out through Mad Decent, features flips from Chris Lorenzo, PIERCE & Volt, and NXSTY.

Each puts a unique spin on the track's original fusion of hip-hop and trap. Lorenzo heats things up with a house banger, while PIERCE & Volt use dubstep synths to add a killer drop to the song. NXSTY slows it down to create suspense, and adds some depth to the track's original trap drop.  

The three remixes will be featured during the DDLM tour, according to a press release. The tour's start will follow the much anticipated release of Garcia and Medina's annual DDLM mixtape. He hopes to return to his roots with this tour, using each performance to share his interpretation of the holiday while teasing new music to the crowd. 

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Nicky Romero Throws His Edit on Trilane's "Never Forget" ft. Tom Noah

Fri, 09/27/2019 - 17:08

Take a journey down memory lane.

If you are looking for a track to bring you back to a time when progressive house reigned supreme in electronic music, look no further. Protocol Recordings label head/icon of big room house, Nicky Romero, is back to deliver his edit of Trilane's newest single "Never Forget" featuring Tom Noah. It's a track that holds true to tradition, delivering heartwarming melodies and nostalgic vibes. 

The single tells a story of fond memories and past relationships. Noah delivers the heartfelt lyrics with his smooth yet powerful voice. Romero ramps things up by adding in his signature bouncy bass. This is one of those tracks that would light up a stadium crowd worldwide. 

"Never Forget" is the third Protocol release from the Swedish duo (consisting of Robin Sherpa and Jonathan Zhou) this year. It follows the singles "Believe" and "Still Think of You" with Loris Cimino, featuring David Shane. They recently released "Wherever I Go" with ANG,featuring David Shane on TNC Recordings. Romero previously worked with the duo back in 2018 on the track "Bittersweet." Currently, it has racked in over 3.5 million streams on Spotify alone. 

For Romero, this track follows up "Everybody Clap," his collaboration with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike. He also recently came out with a three-part YouTube documentary titled Redefine about his evolution from DJ to media mogul. The Dutch label head will be one of the featured artists to perform at the sold-out Avicii Tribute Concert for mental health awareness on December 5th in Stockholm, Sweden. 

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