• Electric Mantis

    Electric Mantis – Infatuation

    Electric Mantis is a rare breed of artist who can independently amass a large scale following with little to no promotional material or a label backing,  and he’s now gearing up for the release of an upcoming EP. Coming out of the rapidly growing dance music scene in Portland, Oregon, Electric Mantis’ unique approach to production makes every one of his releases a standalone work of art.

    His latest release, ‘Infatuation‘, is a hip-hop heavy tune mixed with futuristic bass-head elements. The swinging percussions hit just hard enough to add impact to the soulful synth chords, all the while the vocal shouts chime in over the top. The tune will be available when the entirety of Electric Mantis’ EP is released – which is soon, thankfully. The streamable version below should be enough to keep your anxious ears at ease…for now.

  • Sitting somewhere in-between future bass, trap, and RnB, Beshken has been wracking up a small cult following over the past year for his smooth and genre blending releases. Not only being a top-notch remix artist, his original productions are showcase the boundless creative drive behind this act.

    His latest release is one of these original productions, ‘Hiro’. The tune’s foundational melody is made up of a massive stuttering vocal line that glitches over the top of a pounding break-beat percussive pattern. This energetic initial hook soon reaches a climax, which introduces the tracks break. During this section, some abstract chord stabs and drifting second melodies work to keep the vibe alive while bringing the energy down just a touch.

    Beshken – Hiro | Free Download

  • Synchronice

    There are some things in life that just never get old and one of those things is a solid progressive house tune. OLWIK seems to be very aware of that fact, as he continues to put out fantastic tracks that fall under the genre. His songs “Taking Over” and “This Life” have both amassed over 250,000 plays on SoundCloud and judging by the quality of his latest offering, we wouldn’t be surprised if it follows suit.

    OLWIK has taken on the task of reworking Synchronice and Kasum‘s “Glorious”, which is already a killer track on its own. The Swedish producer clearly recognized that and instead of over-thinking things, he simply took the song and made it his own. The young gun’s signature progressive sound definitely comes through and it makes his take on “Glorious” sound like a completely new tune. Give OLWIK’s remix a listen below and be sure to take advantage of the free download.

    Synchronice & Kasum – Glorious (OLWIK Remix) | Free Download

  • Nestled in the hills of Georgia, TomorrowWorld is one of North America’s premier electronic music festivals, bringing in elite musical talent year after year. The festival goes beyond that of a typical music festival, as it boasts great tent camping options in DreamVille, TomorrowWorld’s camping city that lies adjacent to the festival grounds, a unique assortment of vendors, and an awesome pre-party called The Gathering, which featured the likes of Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and more.

    This year, TomorrowWorld is introducing a brand new addition to DreamVille called Breakfast Beats. Every morning in DreamVille, campers can attend a gathering with live DJs, breakfast food classics, and morning cocktails like bloody marys, screwdrivers, mimosas, and Irish coffees. Breakfast Beats is the next awesome addition in a long line of great amenities that TomorrowWorld provides to their attendees, joining things like The Marketplace, a central market in DreamVille with food vendors, shops, and more, The Gathering, and morning yoga and workout classes. The morning social is open to all DreamVille visitors, so make sure to grab your DreamVille camping pass before they sell out. Tier 1 tickets are already sold out, and Tier 2 tickets go back on sale March 5th at noon EST.

    While we’re holding our breath waiting for TomorrowWorld 2015, check out the recap video from last year’s DreamVille to check out the madness.

  • Oliver
    One of dance music’s fast-rising stars, Oliver Heldens, graced the decks of BBC Radio 1’s Diplo & Friends for a brilliant future house mix. With his latest single, “Last All Night (Koala)” still taking over the radio as well as an unprecedented five Beatport #1 singles to his name, Heldens has accumulated a slew of accolades and doesn’t seem to show any signs of slowing down in 2015.

    His hour-long mix for Diplo & Friends highlights some of the best that the future house genre has to offer. Opening with his collaboration with Zeds Dead, “You Know”, Heldens keeps the pressure on the entire mix, barely giving you a second to catch your breath before guiding you back into another groovy house tune. The mix features cuts from up-and-coming producers like JAUZ and Curbi, while also highlighting house veterans like Umek. Heldens drops two surprise IDs in his mix as well, so make sure to keep an eye out for those.

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    Late Night Alumni – The This This (Kaskade Remix)

    Just in case Monday was getting terrible for you, Kaskade has arrived to lighten it up. This remix of Late Night Alumni has an atmospheric quality to it that only he gets right. That’s both a tip on the sound and how much it sounds like some of Kaskade’s more soothing work. This remix is one for relaxed driving, headphones, careful dancing and cuddling. The beat is rounded and deep, infusing the original with a proper, almost techy, vibe while still remaining a tune that I’d drive up the California coast listening to. The second half gives off an almost tango-esque vibe, which is surprising, but totally welcome. If this isn’t enough, check out Late Night Alumni’s sounds here and get excited for their new album dropping tomorrow!

  • George Maple – Where You End And I Begin Feat. Grande Marshall

    Australian songstress and producer, George Maple, cannon-balled her way into the scene in recent months with the release of her sophomore EP Vacant Space. Showcasing her unique style of future pop with tracks like ‘Talk Talk‘ and ‘Vacant Space‘, she’s cemented her name in 2014 as one the standout artists to watch in the emerging future scene. With the new year now in full swing, Maple has released her first song for 2015, a collaboration with rapper Grande Marshall titled, ‘Where You End And I Begin‘.

    A track that Maple herself describes as “fun and shimmery,” ‘Where You End And I Begin’ is a sultry song made to make ya sway. Maple’s work on the track is fantastic as it is, but Grande Marshall’s flow at the end is the cherry on top to finish off the audio dessert. Currently, George Maple is on the brink of starting her US Tour, which begins next Saturday in Los Angeles, and continues throughout SXSW in Austin, before ending in New York City.

    George Maple – Where You End And I Begin Feat. Grande Marshall | iTunes

  • Everything

    AN21 & Sebjak – Everything

    For some record labels, size matters; as far as size goes on here, this is massive.  Out today on Size Records, ‘Everything’ is a relentless anthem courtesy of Size boss Steve Angello’s lil bro AN21 and his labelmate Sebjak.  The two have collaborated several times in the past: they partnered for a remix of Steve Angello’s ‘Wasted Love’ and worked with Steve on ‘GODS.’ Their signature sounds coupled with ingenious innovation make ‘Everything’…everything.  Piano chords intro a rapidly increasing build before the Swedish duo continue their charge into an epic drop, a gritty crescendo that practically screams Size Records.  ‘Everything’ celebrates the 150th release on Size Records, another standout release from the prolific label.  Grab your copy of “Everything” now on Beatport!

    AN21 & Sebjak – Everything | Beatport

  • Burning Man
    The video of this week is great, but maybe not what you expected. In a surprisingly harmonious mashup of themes, Burning Man meets The Sound of Music in a ‘My Favorite Things’ video. In an appropriate way to honor the 50th year since the movie’s release, one of The Sound of Music‘s most famously recognizable tunes, ‘My Favorite Things‘ is re-worked by YouTuber, Dr. Yes, to speak to his favorite things in Burning Man.

    The video recounts events and artist installations from the previous year, including the mechanized fire throwing octopus and the Thunderdome style fake combat arena, as a few of this attendee’s favorite things from Burning Man. It isn’t every day that two previously and completely unrelated things are welded together to make so much sense. This video buildups not only our anticipation for Burning Man, but the entirety of the forthcoming festival season and all of our favorite things about summer. After a peak at this video, whether you were at Burning Man or not, maybe you’ll just start remembering a few of your favorite things about your music festival “happy place”.

  • MJC Noct. Sunshine
    The house and techno household name Maya Jane Coles will be releasing an album in a couple of months under one of her seldom used aliases Nocturnal Sunshine.

    The new LP will be titled Take Me There and will see the light of day on Coles’ own label I/AM/ME. From 2010-2012, we saw a slew of originals and remixes under her alias Nocturnal Sunshine, but since then, has kept very quiet and funneled all of her work through her main moniker.

    The Nocturnal Sunshine project has allowed her to express herself through a variety of different genres besides the usual house/techno recipes she’s used to cooking up. The title track “Take Me There”, due out on March 2nd, is derived from a bass heavy foundation that incorporates elements of drum and bass as well as a light dose of the wobbles. A vinyl print will be made available along with a non-album track “Never Too Late” on April 18th, which is Record Store Day 2015.

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