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    Every March, hundreds of thousands of electronic music fans flock to Miami, Florida for Ultra Music Festival and Winter Music Conference/Miami Music Week. It truly is the most wonderful time of year for dance music enthusiasts worldwide; even if you can’t make the journey to Miami, a flood of new music is always unleashed around this time.

    Like most major labels, Dim Mak is hosting its own Miami Music Week Beach Party and after hours event and if Phase 1 of the lineup is any indication, it should be one of the week’s premier events. Located at Nikki Beach, the St. Tropez-style South Beach hotspot, Dim Mak’s Beach Party + Up All Night will take place March 26th and run until 5 A.M. A rare performance by 3 Are Legend (Steve Aoki with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike) tops the line up, with other killers acts like Laidback Luke, Benny Benassi and Deorro rounding out the list. Be sure to stay tuned the Phase 2 announcement and grab your tickets here .

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    Starting this summer, the club may be the only thing goin’ up on a Tuesday. In an effort to reduce piracy and boost sales, the music industry at large is moving to universally release albums on Friday. Traditionally, albums have been released on differing regional schedules (Monday in the U.K. and Tuesday in the U.S.), but the rise of the Internet as a means of music distribution has complicated that. The IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry) has the record industry all TGIF after they came to the conclusion that an “aligned global release day” would benefit artists, labels and distributors as well as prevent piracy. Spotify, Rdio and U.S. music retailers under the Music Business Association have vocalized support for the shift, which will apparently take effect this summer.

    Why? Firstly, Friday means payday for many consumers and research showed fans are most inclined to buy music on Fridays and Saturdays. More music bought = more money for artists and music stores. Secondly, the move will prevent piracy because album releases will be more universal. Instead of an album being released in Europe on a certain day and in the U.S. at a later date, albums will soon be released on one specific date in an effort to counter piracy and illegal sharing.  Finally, social media and digital marketing of albums will be more streamlined by having a universal release day.

    Although major labels and retailers are supportive of the switch (for obvious reasons), it will be interesting to see how independent labels and producers react.

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    Sia – Elastic Heart (Kid Arkade Remix)

    Sia is currently one of the hottest names in music and her latest single is dominating the airwaves. With “Elastic Heart”, which happens to be co-produced by none other than Diplo, being more of a downtempo trap tune, it’s only fitting that it receives a more uplifting rework. Thankfully, Kid Arkade has taken the tune and flipped it on its head, turning it into a beautiful progressive house gem. The UK duo keeps Sia’s recognizable vocals intact, making this the perfect track for DJs that are looking to add a fresh take on a Top 40 song into their sets. This isn’t Kid Arkade’s first successful rework though, as their remix of  Kodaline’s “Honest” reached #1 on Hype Machine. The release date of their official “Elastic Heart” remix has still not been set, but you can listen to the track below and even give it a ‘heart’ on Hype Machine to help them top the chart again!

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    Skrillex and Diplo having seemingly declared that it is Jack U day from now until tomorrow. In celebration of their album, the duo has been throwing down an eclectic set on Twitch for a few hours now, but they still have roughly 18 hours to go. What’s even more exciting is that Skrillex and Diplo have been jumping on the Twitch chat during the feed and they let us know that their album will drop at midnight (EST) tonight. The wait had become unbearable, but by this time tomorrow, there will be an entire catalog of new Jack U tunes out there. Until then, you should definitely keep watching the marathon set below.

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    UPDATE:

    The moment we’ve all been waiting for has finally come! You can grab your copy of Jack U’s album, which features collabs with Justin Bieber, Missy Elliott, 2 Chainz and more, right here.


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  • “London City, the ‘Big Smoke’, or whatever the fuck you want to call it.”

    Two years ago, the British dubstep band, Modestep, released their debut album “Evolution Theory”. The release launched the group onto an international platform; a global tour and 3M+ Soundcloud followers. In 2014, Matthew Curtis (drummer) and Nick Tsang (guitar) left the band to pursue other opportunities. Josh & Tony Friend, Modestep founders, landed mega-talents Kyle Deek and Pat Lundy to join the group on guitar and drums respectively.

    Tony, Josh, Kyle, and Pat, together with collaborators FuntCase, Teddy Killerz, Culprate, The Partysquad, Trolley Snatcha, Big Narstie, Flowdan, Frisco, etc., have set the bar high for the band’s anticipated second album release: “London Road”, set for May 25th. This week, the band released a 10-minute promo video (above) in addition to their second new single, “Machines”:

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    Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably know by now that Zedd and Selena Gomez recently released a single titled “I Want You To Know”. Apparently, the chemistry between them has gone beyond the studio, as it has been confirmed that the two musicians are dating. Like any good boyfriend out there, Zedd still remembers the first time he laid eyes on his new lady. Although it was quite unconventional, that doesn’t make it any less adorable.

    In an interview with Los Angeles’ 97.1 AMP Radio, the superstar producer told the story of his random first encounter with Gomez:

    I had the day off… and I decided to go buy stuff for my house because I just moved, so I have an empty house, and I had to pee. I had my engineer with me, so I was like, ‘I hope they have a bathroom.’ He was like, ‘Just go to the studio over there,’ which was across the street from my studio. He’s like, ‘They have a bathroom, just go and use that.’

    So I walk in, and John, the head of our label, who had just signed Selena, was there… He was like, ‘Have you ever met Selena?’ That was literally the next thing he said… So he introduced me to her, and was like, ‘Hey, she’s cool, maybe we should make a song together.’ And then like a week later, we start working on a song. All because I had to pee.

    We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves, but this is definitely a great story to tell the grandkids. Check out the full interview below, where Zedd also discusses the duo’s new single.


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    Audien feat. Parson James – Insomnia

    February wouldn’t have been complete without a little Audien. Today, the Connecticut-based producer followed up on his promises by finally releasing a preview of his new track “Insomnia.” The tortured love ballad features vocals by Parson James – a huge break-through for a relatively unknown vocalist.

    But James contributes passed just lyrics through his strong performance, which compliments Audien, and has clearly led to a promising collaboration. In this track, Audien continues his unique style of progressive house in expected fashion: he applies minimal edits to the vocals, instead preferring to draw out the vocal’s innate momentum; and he eschews most vocal clipping. This combination gives James a platform to shine on while managing to never feel intrusive. The track’s successful composition seems especially commendable, given that the producer still indulges in his high-energy, happy array of keyboards and builds – all without taking away from the tortured lyrics.

    The full song will be available March 3rd. Until then, enjoy the minute and a half below.


  • There’s no such thing as too much Jack U. We’ve been keeping tabs on Diplo & Skrillex for the past several months, whether it was through their tantalizing Snapchat previews or fan uploads on YouTube, in hopes of getting an early glimpse at their forthcoming album. Well, the time has finally arrived.


    The power duo will be on the 1’s and 2’s for 24 straight hours starting today at 12 PM PST via Twitch. With their debut EP rumored to hit the airwaves by week’s end, this early release party has gotten our hopes up at an all-time high. Join us below for the 24 hour extravaganza, who knows… Justin Bieber might show up to drop his Jack U collab.

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    Albin Myers – Switch (Original Mix)

    I’ll be the first to admit, I’m not an expert in bass – especially it’s sub genres. So, I’m thankful to Swedish producer Albin Myers for providing such an informative piece of track art that depicts the technical anatomy of his new track Switch to rookies like me. This track is an apparent battle between UK garage bass and hoover bass, but for those of you like me who don’t really know what that means, here’s my take.

    Imagine a badass version of the Energizer Bunny drumming away on his bass, unconsciously putting you into a sweet groove. When suddenly, the bunny turns and gives you a slightly-unsettling, menacing grin as if abducted by an internal, Hyde-like subconscious, turning a once bangin’ beat into an industrial, almost maniacal march to conquer all other animals. A gnarly song if I ever heard one, Myers’ “Switch” definitely drives hard, screams bass, and reminds me of conniving bunnies. You know you want to listen after that description; grab the free download below.

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  • Bassnectar Drops Remix of The Glitch Mob's
    It’s been less than a year since Bassnectar dropped Noise vs Beauty, the breathtaking album that showcased Bassnectar’s versatility as a producer. While many bassheads may love Lorin for his dirty drops and heavy bass, the album highlighted his talents in making beautiful music as the album’s title suggests. “You & Me” is a perfect example of this, as Lorin deviated from his style to deliver an emotional and euphoric track. Lorin’s past two releases seem to have followed this mold, as his “Midnight” remix delivers with a a beautiful future bass-esque explosion. His most recent remix of The Glitch Mob’s “Beauty Of The Unhidden Heart” stays consistent with this style.

    “Beauty Of The Unhidden Heart” begins ominously before abruptly shifting to a serene and tranquil vibe. From here Lorin introduces the track’s quietly beautiful vocals which perfectly build up the track. Lorin delivers with a crashing wave of future bass reminiscent to the drop on “Midnight.” The track is one of many remixes of The Glitch Mob’s “Love Death Immortality” album. An 18 track collection of remixes has been complied, with other standouts such as filous’ remix of “Our Demons” and Plaid’s take on “Can’t Kill Us.” You can check out Bassnectar’s remix below and buy it here if you dig it.