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Champagne Drip and Crystalline Refract Reality with "Kaleidoscope" [Premiere]

Fri, 02/01/2019 - 13:07

Champagne Drip's new EP is out via Wakaan.

Multi-genre producer Champagne Drip has conjured up an unearthly single as part of his brand new EP, Starman. "Kaleidoscope" sees the L.A. producer forming a synergistic combination with Crystalline that covers all elements of the sonic spectrum. 

Crystalline's songwriting leaves little to the imagination, painting psychedelia-inspired visuals with her every line. Mirrored by the bright, melodic chords of Champagne Drip, "Kaleidoscope" delivers a sonic journey not often heard in most songs. Known especially for his bass music expertise, Champagne Drip manages to integrate a voluminous, rolling sub bass that adds warmth to the track without ever feeling overbearing.

Champagne Drip finds a balance on "Kaleidoscope" that speaks to the producer's rapidly maturing sound. Within the last two years alone, he's received cosigns from many of the industry's biggest labels including Mad Decent, Deadbeats, and Quality Goods Records. Now, his Starman EP has found a home on Liquid Stranger's label Wakaan

While many artists on the rise are quick to compromise their artistic choices with the hope of pleasing a label, Champagne Drip has created a seemingly inherent demand for his sound almost universally among top bass music curators. Given the diversity of Starman it's easy to see why this is his reality. 

Listen to Champagne Drip and Crystalline's collaboration "Kaleidoscope" here and check out the rest of the Starman EP on Wakaan Records.

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Don Diablo Joins Forces with Multi-Platinum Artist Kiiara On Stunning New Single “You're Not Alone”

Fri, 02/01/2019 - 12:22

Legendary future house producer Don Diablo teams up with Kiiara for a magical new release on Parametric Records

Marking his first release of 2019, Dutch DJ, Hexagon mastermind, and super-producer Don Diablo just unleashed his phenomenal new single, “You’re Not Alone,” featuring multi-platinum recording artist Kiiara. 

Out now on Parametric Records, "You're Not Alone" follows close on the heels of Don's international hit “Survive" featuring Emeli Sandé & Gucci Mane, not to mention his milestone Top 10 Billboard Dance/Electronic album Future.

Don's signature future house style shines through brilliantly in this gorgeous commercial hit. It serves as the perfect platform for the captivating vocals of Kiiara, immersing the listener in a wash of musical euphoria.

Don Diablo - You_re Not Alone (; 3:07)

If you're feeling lonely (or even if you're not), you certainly don't want to miss out on "You're Not Alone." Check it out today on Spotify.

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Rezz Announces New EP in the Works

Fri, 02/01/2019 - 12:03

Rezz is working on her "next project, an EP."

If it feels like it's been a while since Rezz released new music, it may be because she's stockpiling songs for a longer body of work. The rest of the EDM world spent January firing off their first tracks of 2019, but "Space Mom" closed out the month by announcing an EP.

That's about all she announced, however. Her tweet to that effect didn't include a title, release date, or number of tracks - simply that she's working on her next project, and that it's an EP.

Rezz (real name Isabelle Rezazadeh) is by no means a stranger to longer works. Even before her 2016 Mau5trap debut The Silence is Deafening catapulted her into the international festival orbit, she had released an EP titled Insurrection through Nest HQ, a sub-label of Skrillex's OWSLA imprint. She has also released studio-length efforts titled Mass Manipulation and Certain Kind of Magic in 2017 and 2018, respectively.

Rezz has not made any remarks indicating whether her recently teased Sayer collab will be included on the upcoming EP. She will resume touring tomorrow with a performance at Orlando Amphitheater tomorrow, Saturday the 5th.

H/T: Dancing Astronaut

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Purple Disco Machine Celebrates 10 Years of Music on His Debut One Mix [INTERVIEW]

Thu, 01/31/2019 - 17:59

Purple Disco Machine brings his "deep funk" sound to One Mix.

One Mix, Beats 1’s weekly radio show, hosts Purple Disco Machine this week. As his name implies, Purple Disco Machine thrives on modern club music influenced by disco, classic house, soul and funk. Celebrating 10 years of his career, Purple Disco Machine picked his favorite tracks and remixes for his debut One Mix. Expect his remixes of old school artists like Fatboy Slim and Jamiroquai, modern producers like Jax Jones and Weiss, and a slew of hit originals.

Tune in here exclusively on Apple Music.
Air Date: Friday 1st February, 2019 - 21:00 LA / 00:00 NY / 05:00 UK

Purple Disco Machine (real name Tino Piontek) grew up loving music as his father was an avid vinyl collector. In fact, his father introduced him to the classic funk sounds of the ‘70s and ‘80s, spurring Piontek’s taste for disco house.

By the time he was a teenager, he knew music was more than casual, it was bound to be the center of his life. Piontek cut his teeth in his hometown of Dresden, East Germany, working at a record shop and DJing at a club, exposing himself to music ever more and eventually championing his “deep funk” sound - a groovy blend of nu-disco and soul.

Piontek’s 2013 breakthrough hit “My House” put him on the map, earning #1 spot on Beatport’s deep house chart. The track still lives on as one of Beatport’s best-ever sellers and Purple Disco Machine currently ranks #5 in Beatport’s Top 100 Artists chart.

Remixes for hit artists like Gorillaz, The Knocks, Chromeo, and Claptone were no doubt a big factor in his popularity. And, of course, his debut album Soulmatic in 2017 solidified his reputation.

The coming year will see Piontek re-release a standout track from Soulmatic, “Body Funk,” release his first ever mix compilation, and kick off the countdown for his sophomore album.

Before his One Mix, we spoke to Piontek about his biggest musical inspiration, dream collaborator, perfect sunset track, and more.

EDM.com: First show experience?

Purple Disco Machine: On April 30th in Dresden, 1999.

First time you brought your mom to one of your shows?

She has never ever been! My dad has, though.

The artist who inspired you to become a musician?

Sven Vath. This may seem like a strange answer for a disco DJ and producer, but seeing Sven play when I was a young raver made me realize that if you could be really good at DJing like he is, then you could do this as a career rather than just go raving.

Go-to places for new music?

I’m always checking Apple Music for new artists and tracks.

Guilty pleasure record?

“In The Air Tonight” by Phil Collins.

Desert-island dance record?

“Music Sounds Better With You” by Stardust.

Dream B2B partner?

Daft Punk.

Favorite BPM?

120.

Piece of gear you always need on the road?

Pieces of gear: USB sticks, headphones, ear plugs, reading book.

All-time favorite festival?

Defected Croatia.

Biggest misconception about dance music?

That you need to take drugs to enjoy it.

How often do you get out and have fun, and where do you go?

Fun for me it's hanging with my family. I’m married with two young kids so anywhere with them. We just went skiing and my five-year-old daughter learned how to do it on her own for the first time. That was special.

City with the most underrated dance scene?

Montpellier, France. I played an amazing festival there last year. The crowd was really knowledgeable about disco house and really into it.

Industry prediction for the next year?

More dance records on mainstream radio.

Best piece of advice for new producers?

Find your sound and stick to it. Be the very best at it. Don’t keep changing genres or styles.

Dead or alive, who would be your dream collaborator?

Prince.

What is one of the unique experiences you’ve had backstage?

Having a gourmet buffet dinner with Jamiroquai and 30 roadies every night backstage pre-show on his arena tour where I was the support DJ. The food was always incredible!

A unique travel experience you’ve had?

It’s pretty standard planes, trains and automobiles really. I do like catching the train in California between the cities there when I’m on tour. The scenery is beautiful.

What's your favorite throwback track?

I’m a disco DJ so there are too many to say just one favorite! This week it is “Taste of Bitter Love” by Gladys Knight.

What's one track that fans always lose their mind to?

My track “Body Funk.” Easily the biggest record in my DJ sets.

What was the first album you ever bought?

Das Boot by U96.

Name one remix that you think is better than the original

Todd Terry’s remix of “Missing” by Everything But The Girl.

What song would you want (god forbid) played at your funeral?

Not the first time I’ve been asked this! My own song, “Devil In Me.”

What's the perfect sunset track?

“Talisman” by Air.

What song do you listen to cheer yourself up?

“It’s Not Unusual” by Tom Jones.

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Skrillex and Hikaru Utada Release Official "Face My Fears" Music Video

Thu, 01/31/2019 - 17:19

The "Face My Fears" music video features in-game and cinematic footage.

Worlds collided in more ways than one when Skrillex and Hikaru Utada collaborated on the Kingdom Hearts III theme. For the former artist "Face My Fears" marked a foray into not only J-pop but also Japanese game soundtracks, and today its official music video has arrived.

Consisting of gameplay and cinematic footage from Kingdom Hearts III, whose initial release was January 25th. Synced to the montage of clips is Utada's serene vocal underscored by the future bass soundscape served up by Skrillex.

This week, "Face My Fears" debuted on Billboard's Hot 100 chart in addition to entering at #1 on the World Digital Song Sales chart. In an interview with The Verge, Skrillex (real name Sonny Moore) had said that composing the Kingdom Hearts III theme was a childhood dream come true

Stream or download Skrillex and Hikaru Utada's "Face My Fears" in English here and in Japanese here. Purchase Kingdom Hearts III here.

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Apashe Calls Out Calvin Harris for Copycatting his Music Video

Thu, 01/31/2019 - 15:26

"I know you’re getting old and unoriginal, but did you have to copy my music video?!"

A week ago Calvin Harris shared the music video for his Rag'n'Bone Man collaboration, "Giant," and today another artist has called his originality into question. Brussels-born, Montreal-based producer Apashe asserts that the video is too similar to that of his 2018 single "Majesty" featuring Wasiu to be a coincidence.

Wasiu can be seen wearing a red tracksuit on horseback for most of the "Majesty" video. At about 1:45 into the visual accompaniment for "Giant," several of the characters can be seen in the same regalia.

"I know you’re getting old and unoriginal, but did you have to copy my music video," reads a tweet volleyed by Apashe (real name John De Buck). "That’s just fucking lame."

Calvin Harris (real name Adam Wiles) defended himself by claiming that his own music video was a reference to the horse-riding teenagers of Dublin, Ireland. "Check the ref from 2014 and stop insulting legends [sic]," he fired back.

"Regardless of any inspiration, the color schemes, camera angles/movement are all similar," De Buck pressed. "Story is the same as mine (minus the humor), the nature scenery is identical AND different from the source you linked which has horses in towns."

Wiles responded, "Well you know it’s nice that we like the same things, a happy coincidence." He has not made further comment on the matter.

At the time of writing, Apashe has made no statements suggesting that he intends to take further action against Calvin Harris for the similarities between the music videos for "Majesty" and "Giant."

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Martin Garrix, Tiësto and FISHER Among Creamfields 2019 Headliners

Thu, 01/31/2019 - 13:59

Creamfields has finally announced its first wave of 2019 headliners.

Creamfields has been letting headliner announcements trickle out one by one - that is, until today. The Daresbury, U.K festival's organizers have now added dozens of big names to the list in one massive "first wave" lineup reveal.

On the more main stage-friendly end of the spectrum are DJ/producers Martin Garrix, Tiësto, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and Timmy Trumpet. Techno/house mainstays like Nicole Moudaber, Kölsch, Hot Since 82 and FISHER are included as well, in addition to trance essentials Paul van Dyk, Ben Nicky and Gareth Emery.

Prior to this announcement, iconic acts Swedish House Mafia, The Chemical Brothers, deadmau5 and Adam Beyer ???? Cirez D had been announced. Creamfields' organizers have confirmed that more headliners will be announced in the months leading up to the festival. 

Creamfields will run from Thursday, August 23rd through Sunday, August 25th, 2019. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the event website.

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Opera Atlanta Live Stream Sex Offender Arrested for Aggrevated Sodomy

Thu, 01/31/2019 - 12:57

Dominique Williams turned himself in according to Atlanta authorities.

In a first step towards justice for Jasmine EilandDominique Williams has been taken into custody by Atlanta authorities. Eiland captured her own apparent sexual assault at nightclub Opera Atlanta on Facebook live stream, and the Atlanta Police Special Victims Unit secured a warrant for Williams' arrest on a charge of aggravated sodomy.

According to Atlanta news source Channel Action 2, Williams turned himself in on Tuesday, January 29th. In response to the development, Eiland's newly hired lawyersChris Stewart and Joshua Palmer, issued a joint statement saying Williams’ arrest “serves as vindication for her and all other women who have been victims of sexual assault.”

Following the incident, Zedd had canceled his February 1st performance at Opera Atlanta. Local promoter subtle also moved a January 25th event headlined by Ciszak vs Bot to a separate location.

It remains to be seen whether Jasmine Eiland will also file charges of any kind against Opera Atlanta at the time of writing.

H/T: AJC

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Galantis Enlist OneRepublic for Festival-Ready "Bones"

Thu, 01/31/2019 - 12:20

Galantis have delivered their first anthem of the year.

Swedish main stage dance floor fillers Galantis have tapped an American pop rock band for their latest endeavor. They've delivered their first single of 2019 in the form of "Bones" featuring OneRepublic, making it clear that they're ready for festival season.

Instrumentals from the bandmates help paint the backdrop of "Bones" while Ryan Tedder's vocals are accompanied by an upbeat synth lead in the forefront. Their creative chemistry is evident. While certainly a smart business move for both camps, the song also comes across as the natural result of Galantis and OneRepublic's input.

Considering the number of cooks in the kitchen that's no easy feat, either. Galantis consists of DJ/producers Christian Karlsson and Linus Eklöw whereas Tedder is accompanied by guitarist Zach Filkins, guitarist Drew Brown, bassist and cellist Brent Kutzle, and drummer Eddie Fisher in OneRepublic. The former group rose to fame for singles like 2014's "Runaway (U&I)," and the latter's hits extend all the way back to "Apologize" in 2006.

Galantis' "Bones" featuring OneRepublic is out now by way of Big Beat Records. Stream or download it across platforms here.

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Alison Wonderland, Eric Prydz and Young Thug to Play Tomorrowland 2019

Thu, 01/31/2019 - 11:06

Steve Aoki, Zeds Dead and Maceo Plex were also announced today.

The latest group of headliners have been revealed for the 2019 edition of Tomorrowland. As with those of yesterday, the day before, and three days ago, today's announcement includes talent from across the electronic music spectrum.

Alison Wonderland and Zeds Dead gave bass music strong representation on today's reveal. Martin Solveig and Steve Aoki rounded out the more main stage-friendly corner of the roster. The inclusion of Nina Kraviz, Maceo Plex and Stephan Bodzin spoke to the recent popularity of techno, and the addition of progressive house icon Eric Prydz came as no surprise considering the recent 2019 hosts announcement.

Similar to the inclusion of A$AP Rocky, perhaps the biggest upset on today's announcement was that of American rapper Young Thug. Tomorrowland's organizers clearly want to draw in more of the hip-hop fan base, which has already proven a controversial decision.

More Tomorrowland 2019 lineup announcements are set to follow tomorrow, February 1st. 

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Marshmello Teases New Track With India's Pritam & Shirley Setia, "Biba"

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 21:24

"Biba" is set to be released this Friday, Feb. 1st.

Marshmello closed off last year by dipping into the hip-hop pool and now he's back for his 2019 debut with international flair. The anonymous EDM producer has teamed up with Indian music composer Pritam, along with Indo-Kiwi singer Shirley Setia, from Auckland, New Zealand on "Biba" scheduled to be released this Friday, February 1st. The 26-year-old has already conquered Hollywood but he's now set to dominate Bollywood! 

The masked producer teased the release earlier this week on social media featuring Daler Mehndi's viral music video "Tunak Tunak Tun."

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Pritam is a famed Bollywood music director and composer while Shirley Setia, an Indonesian-New Zealander whose family hails from India.v She became famous after her covers of popular Bollywood hits on YouTube went viral in 2013.

Marshmello has had a meteoric rise over the past few years with mega hits like "Alone," "Silence" and most recently "Happier." He will be visiting India next month while on tour. 

For those fans looking to enjoy Marshemllo in the comfort of their own home, fear not. According to leaks uncovered by Forbes, the anonymous producer/DJ will perform on Fortnite at an in-game location Pleasant Park on Saturday, February 2nd at 2:00 PM EST. The spectacle will be its own limited time mode (an in-game event that's only available for a finite period) called Party at Pleasant Park.

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Wobbleland Philadelphia Announces Killer Lineup Featuring Zeds Dead, Zomboy (May 31-June 1)

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 20:32

Don't miss the chance to catch Zeds Dead, Zomboy, Figure, ATLiens, GG Magree, Computa, two SUPER SECRET Guest Headliners and so many more".

Coming to Philadelphia for the first time, the iconic bass music festival Wobbleland just dropped the latest lineup announcement. If you can't tell at first glance, it's absolutely jam-packed with jaw-dropping, cutting-edge bass music. 

Joining forces with Unlocked Presents to bring us the first year of Wobbleland Philadephia, the original Wobbleland creators over at Vital Events continue to expand the beloved brand. They've never let us down before, and this year's lineup is certainly no exception.

Featuring headliners like Zeds Dead and Zomboy, a secret guest headliner, as well as supporting acts such as ATLiens, Bandlez, Champagne Drip, FIGURE, GG MAGREE, LUZCID, Psymbionic, and ZEKE BEATS, Wobbleland Philadelphia has something great for everyone.

Pre-sale tickets sold out in under three hours, so be sure to grab your tickets today before it's too late.

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Soundwaves Uses Spotify To Recommend Your Holiday Destination

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 20:00

The Yacht Week Analyses Spotify Listening Habits To Curate An Individual Travel Experience

The Yacht Week, a unique floating festival and travel experience, has launched Soundwaves, an app that analyses a user’s Spotify listening habits to recommend a destination and activities they would enjoy, then provides a personalized "Sounds To Sail To" playlist. 

Be it Croatia (multiple routes, including an Ultra Europe experience), Greece, the Caribbean or Montenegro, each destination on The Yacht Week has its own pace and programmed activities with a soundtrack to match. This allows Soundwaves to "find the rhythm of your route" based on a user’s music choices. 

Soundwaves uses data provided through Spotify Connect to analyze a user’s listening habits against 370 behavior points, scoring high on some and lower on others, with each point also indicating a certain affiliation to a specific route and activity. The analysis creates a profile based on danceability, energy and genre, which allows Soundwaves to curate an individual trip. For example, if a user scores "high" across danceability, energy and genres, Soundwaves may recommend the Croatia route with activities such as The Buzz Boat, Wakeboarding and The Yacht Week Run Club. However, a "low" score will result in a different experience, such as a recommendation of Greece with Natural Bay Lunch Swims, Seaside Yoga Session, and Sunset Dinner.

The Soundwaves concept is already proving popular. In its first week, there have been over 20,000 sessions to the landing site and over 600 unique and personalized playlists created. The data shows an audience of music lovers, with 86% of users listening to a diverse range of genres. Based on the analytics, the Croatia Original Route is currently the most recommended, followed closely by the newly launched Dubrovnik Route. 

The Yacht Week provides an unforgettable travel experience for around 12,000 guests a year, with around 1,500 yachts taking to the water around music as a central theme. The Yacht Week has invested heavily in music, developing The Buzz Boat, a floating DJ booth powered by VOID Acoustics, featuring globally renowned DJs (Claptone was a headliner in 2018). The Yacht Week also works with local venues on each route to deliver huge parties and is committed to supporting up-and-coming artists as well as big names. 

Soundwaves is the first time a travel company has integrated music analytics to recommend a destination and activities based on a guest’s musical tastes. Connect to the app here.

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Ultra Music Festival Announces New Stage and Ferry Transit Details

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 19:00

Ultra Music Festival is determined to put everyone's doubts to rest.

As less than two months remain before Ultra Music Festival returns to Miami, Florida, the gathering's organizers are pulling out all the stops. First they disclosed more details of attendee transportation, and then they followed it up with the announcement of a brand new stage.

Ultra's relocation to Virginia Key in 2019 was met with protest by Key Biscayne residents, but they appear determined to minimize their impact on the surrounding community. Earlier in the month they revealed details of their shuttle bus system, and today they announced that attendees will also be able to board vessels departing from a ferry transit hub at Bayside Marketplace.

Shortly thereafter, Ultra's organizers shared a CG-animated teaser for their a stage set to debut at the 2019 edition of the festival. Being that it was shared by the RESISTANCE techno/house event brand's Twitter account, it stands to reason that the Arrival stage is intended to replace the Arcadia Spider moving forward.

Ultra Music Festival has taken place annually in Miami since 1999. It initially took place at Collins Park on Miami Beach, but it quickly outgrew the location and moved to Bayfront Parkin 2001. In September of this year, the city rejected the proposed contract for future editions of the festival to take place there.

Ultra Music Festival will take place from March 29th to March 31st, 2019. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the event website.

H/T: EDM Sauce

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Skrillex Says his Collaboration with Hikaru Utada for Kingdom Hearts III was a Dream Come True

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 17:35

Kingdom Hearts III is now available worldwide.

Kingdom Hearts III is officially out and fans of the series are hyped. The 11th game in the Square Enix and Disney franchise is known for its amazing musical composition, and this rendition holds up to the series' long-running standard. The composer, Yoko Shimomura, has delivered powerful theme songs throughout the game's history. The last two installments have been under the direction of Japanese pop singer, Hikaru Utada, who wrote and recorded both tracks. This year, she tagged in legendary electronic producer Skrillex (real name Sonny Moore) to deliver the instant hit "Face My Fears."

According to Moore, it was much more than a business opportunity. “It sounds kind of crazy, but I always said ‘I want to do the theme for Kingdom Hearts one day,” he told The Verge. “I told myself that as a kid. I was just such an absolute fan of [Hikaru Utada] and the games, but that was like a dream of mine.”

Moore was playing a heavy metal festival in Germany when he first met Utada. Two years she proposed the idea of him remixing the new original theme for Kingdom Hearts III, "Don't Think Twice." The track ended up not working out and the two decided to release an original instead.

“I started with these piano chords, and we wrote it in about an hour," Moore said. While he was making the track, he soundtracked his work with the old game trailers. “I was actually editing and like composing the drop and the beat to all that stuff.”

Moore’s been a fan of Kingdom Hearts forever, and he says he’s beat both of the previous console games, Kingdom Hearts, and Kingdom Hearts II. “I just really think it’s a perfect sort of blend of action and RPG,” he says. “It’s like a fantasy” as though “what if fucking Batman and like... Spawn had a movie together.” 

...But even though he’s a fan, and even though he produced Kingdom Hearts III’s theme song, Square didn’t give him a copy of the game. “They didn’t give me that shit yet,” he says. “I’m on the waiting list just like everyone else.”

The track has seen wild, viral success online since its release. According to new chart data, Moore has broken into the Billboard Hot 100 with “Face My Fears.” The producer hits at No. 98 on the chart.

You can stream or download both the English and Japanese version of “Face My Fears” by Skrillex and Hikaru Utada here and purchase Kingdom Hearts III here

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January's Top 50 New Releases Will Blow You Away [Playlist]

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 15:19

Catch up on this month's new music with our top picks playlist!

With the start of the new year, January has seen an explosive amount of new releases across a variety of subgenres. Not only that, but this month's been a great start for both big names and up and coming artists alike.

Oliver Heldens brought some fun to the month with his upbeat nu disco-infused future house track, "This Groove." Illenium delivered yet again another beautiful song with "Crash," which features Bahari's silky vocals. Dillon Francis and Alison Wonderland also finally released their highly anticipated hybrid trap collaboration, "Lost My Mind."

Swedish House Mafia's reunion and upcoming tour has been the talk of the music world for months, and it's no surprise that someone would be inspired to put their own spin on their music. This month, the burgeoning and mysterious DJ, KLOUD, released a chilling electronic reimagined version of the worldwide hit "Save The World." 

On the dance pop side of the spectrum, earlier this month Rudimental dropped a catchy feel-good track, "Scared of Love," as another teaser for their recently released third studio album, Toast To Our Differences. And Borgeous, who’s been experimenting more with dance pop lately rather than big room, released a summery track with Jordyn Jones titled "Leave."

All in all, January had so many good releases that it's only natural to predict that this year will be an even more promising year for electronic dance music. Be sure to listen to our top picks playlist to find out why.

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Sound Effects from Marshmello's In-Game Fortnite Show Apparently Leaked

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 14:19

First the virtual stage build in Pleasant Park and now this.

The worlds of EDM and online gaming will collide once again when Marshmello headlines Fortnite's in-game concertParty at Pleasant Park. Fans apparently can't wait until this weekend, however, because they've taken it upon themselves to uncover assets from the virtual spectacle.

A video uploaded by Twitter user @s1l0x shows a screen capture of somebody playing audio clips from a folder presumably retrieved from organizers of the online event. Most of the sound effects are roaring applause and firework detonations, but one is musical content.

Shortly before the alleged Party at Pleasant Park audio files found their way to the masses, a virtual stage construction began at the in-game location. Curiously, neither Marshmello nor Epic Games have officially announced the online event in any public statements.

Marshmello will headline Party at Pleasant Park in Fortnite on Saturday, February 2nd at 2:00 PM EST. It will be available as a "limited time mode," meaning that it will only be accessible for a finite amount of time.

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Kayzo Teams Up with Our Last Night on Post-Hardcore/Bass Hybrid "Alone"

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 12:47

It looks like the pop punk crossover trend isn't going anywhere.

Add Kayzo to the list of DJ/producers collaborating with pop punk, post-hardcore and alternative rock bands as of late. The Los Angeles talent has tapped Hollis, New Hampshire band Our Last Night on "Alone," which evenly straddles their respective styles.

Whereas most EDM artists only go as far as to sample the vocalists of the bands with whom they work, Kayzo (real name Hayden Capuozzo) incorporated instrumentals delivered by Our Last Night into "Alone." His own contributions offer a more melodic iteration of his hard-hitting signature sound. Working in tandem, however, it remains to be seen how each camp's fan base will respond to the joint endeavor.

Capuozzo's collaboration with Our Last Night (presently consisting of Trevor and Matt Wentworth, Alex Woodrow, and Tim Molloy) speaks to the recent popularity of EDM/rock crossovers - and it hasn't been a one-way street. Last week, post-hardcore band Bring Me The Horizon released amo, perhaps their most electronic music-influenced album to date.

Our Last Night debuted in 2004 with an EP titled We've Been Holding Back. By comparison, Capuozzo's music career is much shorter. Having been championed by Insomniac's Discovery Project in 2012, he has released music on such labels as Monstercat and Ultra Music in the time since.

"Alone" by Kayzo and Our Last Night is out now on Ultra Music. Stream it on Spotify or Apple Music here.

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Did Martin Garrix Give Up Tomorrowland Closing Duties to Swedish House Mafia?

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 12:38

Steve Angello said they would play Tomorrowland "by any means necessary."

As Swedish House Mafia reveal festival date after festival date, an appearance at Tomorrowland is all but confirmed for 2019. It may not just be any old time slot, either. Martin Garrix's diminished presence at this year's edition of the Boom, Belgium festival is leading fans to speculate that they will deliver the closing set in his place.

Steve Angello of Swedish House Mafia had already told De Telegraaf that the supergroup would play Tomorrowland 2019 "by any means necessary" last year. When it came to light that Martin Garrix (real name Martijn Garritsen) would not perform on the main stage as he has for the previous three years, many surmised that they would close out the festival instead.

Tomorrowland began releasing lineup details two days ago, following up with several more names in yesterday's announcement. As of today's reveal, they have also added Afrojack, Ben Nicky, Da Tweekaz, Dax J, Cosmic Gate, DJ Diesel and more to the growing list.

Neither Swedish House Mafia nor Tomorrowland's organizers have made any remarks in regards to the speculation that the trio might deliver the closing set at either weekend of the festival. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the event website.

H/T: Dancing Astronaut

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Focus Fire and Similar Outskirts Unleash Video Game-Inspired "Dimensions" [Premiere]

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 12:01

Focus Fire and Similar Outskirts' collaboration "Dimensions" is out now.

L.A. duo Focus Fire and their dubstep producer peer Similar Outskirts have unleashed a new collaboration titled "Dimensions." Featuring arpeggiated 8-bit sounds and soaring melodic leads, it's a worthwhile addition to the flourishing melodic dubstep subgenre. 

While many who know Focus Fire identify them by the aggressive bass sounds that characterized their early work, the duo wasn't afraid to shake things up on "Dimensions." 

“While most of our fans know us for the heavier music we've made...we are still passionately committed to making melodies the focal point of our songs," the duo said in a joint statement. "Our collaborator, Similar Outskirts, combined his production expertise with ours to make 'Dimensions' a record that could rock main stage EDC, as well as score the new Final Fantasy."

With a concerted effort on branding and aesthetics, Focus Fire have positioned themselves as a duo for the golden age of gaming. Their music has frequently been accompanied by CGI videos featuring various cyberpunk themes and the duo's virtual robot named GAR-E

While many developing artists struggle with branding, Focus Fire have continued to target an increasingly loyal audience who are invested in the episodic nature of their story. While they may not have many releases, each installment feels distinct and purposeful in shaping their multimedia universe.

Check out the teaser video for Focus Fire's latest chapter with Similar Outskirts, "Dimensions," and stream the single here.

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