• Crossroads

    As a writer, you find that amidst all of the news articles, and write-ups for big name producers, there becomes a part of you that craves new and undiscovered talent.  Perhaps it’s a level of attainment, perhaps its just the opportunity to explore something unlike what else is out there.

    A few weeks ago, I dug out a pair of cargo shorts from the closet, and found a burned cd with a 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper stapled around it with a name, 8 tracks, and a link to a Soundcloud.  Under normal circumstances, this may have found itself in a growing pile of demos, but for some reason, the fact the disc had lingered as long as it had, made this a must listen.  Although the exact moment had escaped me, the fact this individual took to the streets, a la 1990s to hand out this mix to countless strangers told me this kid had something worth showing.

    It didn’t take long.  This song, the lead track possesses a special kind of complextro progressive house that is up there with the likes of Madeon and Porter, two artists not intended to be thrown around lightly.  At the moment of this writing, the song has 362 plays, with at least 20 of them being this writer, an absolutely incredible underground track, that will completely blow listeners away.  This track specifically, is optimally suited for summer, preferably while driving a friend’s dad’s very expensive drop top convertible very very fast.

    This will not likely be the last time we hear from Thomas Cooper, or his city of Pittsburgh.  Over the last few months, blips of talent have started to surface, and it will be interesting to see this develop further.

    Thomas Cooper – Crossroads | Download

  • Bryan Cox & Sergio Pardo – Burnt Sun
    Label: Spinnin’ | Release Date: May 19, 2014

    Spinnin’ Deep, a subsidiary of Spinnin’ Records, previews Bryan Cox and Sergio Pardo’s “Burnt Sun.” Bryan Cox is an internationally acclaimed, NYC producer and DJ who is known for his signature house-meets-techno sound. His talents have lead him to perform at across the US, South America, Europe and Asia including events like Ultra Music Festival and Dance Valley Festival. For “Burnt Sun,” he has partnered with Sergio Pardo to deliver a tropical house-y, very organic track. With its wavy synths, stuttered vocals, and laid-back tempo, this May 19th release is sure to be a feel-good summer track.

  • Coachella- many dream it, others witness it. This multi-genre music festival all began in 1993, when Pearl Jam led one of their most successful shows while boycotting Ticketmaster. The Empire Polo Field held it’s first event, and later it was seen as a huge potential for larger music events. Fast forward 6 years, and Goldenvoice held their first Coachella in 1999, spanning over 2 days with the intention of sharing the best music from genres like rock, indie, hip hop, and dance music. Fast forward to today, and now Coachella not only holds the world’s biggest acts and brightest art displays, but it also expands into two weekends, giving more fans a chance to experience this oasis in the middle of Palm Springs.
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  • Paji – Dimension EP
    Label: Kittball | Release Date: April 21st, 2014

    Snowballing off of his last successful EP on Kittball Records, Six O Clock, which climbed the Beatport Top 100 charts, German producer Paji has released the Dimension EP, including a collab with label head honcho Juliet Sikora. Venture into deep territory with the title track that features a driving bass and escape-inducing male and female vocals. Paji’s musicality shines through in his solo piece “Lacerta”. A wavy guitar interlude followed by punchy, dramatic beats keeps things moving, but the spirit of improvisation is definitely felt in this one.

    Paji trained for years as a classical violinist and continues to incorporate free-flowing instrumental styling into his club-ready productions. You can even hear some of that electric violin in this sparkling new EP, available now on Beatport.

  • This summer, The Knocks are rolling out a new live setup and album songs on the Crystal Arcade Tour with ASTR.  On the 12-city tour, they’ll be performing new material off of their new album with a new live setup but one thing won’t change: The Knocks always put on a great show.  Tickets will be available through the individual venues.  The full tour schedule is below:

    • Wednesday, June 11th — Bowery Ballroom, NYC
    • Thursday, June 12th — Underground Arts, Philadelphia, PA
    • Saturday, June 14th — Brighton Music Hall, Boston, MA
    • Monday, June 16th — 9:30 Club, Washington, D.C.
    • Friday, June 20th — Concord Music Hall, Chicago, IL
    • Saturday, June 21st — Wooly’s, Des Moines, IA
    • Sunday, June 22nd — 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis, MN
    • Friday, June 27th — The Crocodile, Seattle, WA
    • Saturday, June 28th — Media Club, Vancouver, BC
    • Sunday, June 29th — Mississippi Studios, Portland, OR
    • Tuesday, July 1st — The Independent, San Francisco, CA
    • Thursday, July 3rd — Echoplex, Los Angeles, CA

  • Julian Dzeko and Luis Torres have done a lot of celebrating over the last month. They were able to join Tiesto on the Ultra main stage to perform their remix of John Martin’s “Anywhere For You” and also partnered with 7UP for their Bubbling Up campaign. Now, the Canadian duo has even more to commemorate, as they have just reached an impressive milestone and are letting their fans join in on the fun. The boys have released a free download featuring their new original track, which is appropriately titled “200K”, and a classic sample of the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s “Heads Will Roll”. For anyone who’s seen Dzeko & Torres over the last month, this song may sound familiar, as they have been dropping it live with much success. While announcing the new track, the up-and-coming producers also revealed that they have new music, a new podcast and a new website in the works. With all that in mind, it shouldn’t be long before Dzeko and Torres reach 300K.

    Dzeko & Torres – 200K (Original Mix) Vs. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Heads Will Roll | Download

  • It almost seems like DJs are royalty these days, hailing over ardent crowds of thousands from their grand thrones, getting the royal treatment wherever they go, and doing the royal waving – well, fist pumping, but close enough. And much as we’d all like Jack U to reign over our land of havoc and debauchery as the royal couple, I just don’t think Skrillex could pull off the poised Kate Middleton look. Instead, Prince William and Kate take a stab at scratching records during their visit to Australia at a youth music center in Elizabeth, Adelaide, and I must say,  they seem to have done more actual DJing in the 1 minute video than most DJs do during their sets – I kid, partially.


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  • After a long hiatus from the Anjunadeep Label, Peter Kriek and Ariaan Olieroock, aka 16 Bit Lolitas, return with an absolute gem of an EP titled Beat Organ. Best known for their 10 minute melodic progressives, the Dutch duo have released countless tracks of the highest quality throughout the years, including “Murder Weapon”, “Nobody Seems To Care” and “The Rise”.

    The title track, “Beat Organ,” is a beautiful piece of old school tinted progressive house, complete with a juicy bass line, uplifting chords, and an inspirational, shimmering main line. “Beat Organ” is a perfect summer tune and should put a smile on any listeners face.


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  • Flume dropped a killer remix of Lorde’s “Tennis Court” during a live performance at the Highline Ballroom in New York. It was clear  that this remix was a huge one in our previous coverage, but it was difficult to really assess the intricacies of it since most videos that surfaced online were taken down. Now though, we’ve got the full, high quality version, and boy is it nice.  The introduction is a slow seductive build with eerie undertones as Lorde’s sultry vocals naturally blend in. The drop is classic Flume, loud n’ proud with classic string elements, banging percussion, and claps with a set of wobbly elastic-sounding synths that are going to set dance floors on fire. Dark, hair-raising, popping, roof-raising goodness all wrapped in one. Who knows what these two have in store for us later, but we’re sure if they collab any further that good things are bound to happen.

  • Buy Tickets
    Earlier this month, news broke out that Tomorrowland and MTV were partnering up to televise 2 hours of the festival and a documentary. Now, TomorrowWorld and MTV are coming together to announce the headliners for this year’s festival in September. Beginning today, at 12 p.m. EST, and across all of MTV’s platforms and social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter), MTV Clubland (@MTVCLUBLAND) will reveal the lineup for Tomorrowworld and will end the segment with an on-air one-hour block of TW artists videos.

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