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    Ever since announcing the release of his highly anticipated sophomore album, Stories, Avicii has turned it into overdrive. The Swedish superstar has held down his Ibiza and Las Vegas residencies, spent time in the studio to perfect the LP and played various other shows across the globe. Now, it seems like Avicii is running on empty, as he just announced that he is postponing his scheduled tour dates.

    This move comes roughly one year after the “Wake Me Up” producer cancelled his appearance at TomorrowWorld due to health concerns. Additionally, Avicii cancelled his performance at Ultra Music Festival 2014 for an emergency surgery. The shows that will be impacted are at XS and Encore Beach Club in Las Vegas, Storm Festival in Shanghai and Japan’s Fuji-Ku Conifer Forest and Maishima Special Stage.

    In a statement provided to Billboard, Avicii states:

    “I look forward to keep being innovative with my team in leading a bigger change than just with my music. In moving my tour promotional responsibilities to next year, I have a great opportunity to focus on myself and spend time trying to grow up in a way I never got the chance to – normal, or as normal as it could get. My team, label and family have encouraged me to do that and I realize not many in my position get that opportunity.”

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  • Ultra 2015
    While we might be heading into the tail end of festival season, there’s no reason not to look forward to festival season 2016 right? Ultra Music Festival has already sold out of their early and advance tickets, but after a brief early sale the ticket sales closed. Once again on September 8, Ultra will be accepting ticket registrations at their website. A ticket registration entitles you to an email when the sale kicks off again and allows you to get into the shopping area. As Ultra tickets tend to fly off the digital shelves and crash servers, this is an attempt to keep things under control. Next Tuesday be sure to go to Ultra’s website and register for your chance to grab a ticket to the 2016 edition of one of the best festivals in the world.

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  • NERO Reveals New Live Band Direction

    A new Rolling Stone interview featuring NERO surfaced this morning, offering some new insight into the story of the normally reserved and private trio. Of course, in dance music circles, NERO are iconic – the producers behind canonical hits like ‘Promises’, ‘Innocence’, ‘Me & You’, and ‘Satisfy’ they are undoubtedly one of dance music’s biggest exports. The interview sees the band discuss their transformation from a traditional producer-DJ construction, into a live band that features Alana Watson as a full on ‘frontwoman’.

    Alana exclusively features on the band’s forthcoming album, Between II Worlds, and the group takes it a step further by having her perform live at almost every show.  A rarity in the dance scene, most vocalists simply don’t have the practice nor the bandwidth to sing over a backing track on stage night in night out. NERO has perfected the act, and aim to move forward as a legitimate band, however, one that is still steeped in electronica.

    The trio also discuss the influences behind their aesthetic, and the concept behind NERO – an interesting combination of tech noir, anime, and sci fi movies!

    You can read the entire interview via Rolling Stone here. 





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    Diplo & Sleepy Tom – Be Right There
    (Lost Kings Remix)

    It’s been quite the year for Los Angeles based duo Lost Kings and we’re hoping they will conclude 2015 with the release of their debut original EP. Until that time comes, we’ll stay loyal to their remixes, since it’s pretty much a guarantee at this point that each one will impress in a new and exciting way. In a remarkable display of speed in the studio, Lost Kings’ latest is a remix of Diplo & Sleepy Tom’sBe Right There‘, which came out mere days ago.

    The original of ‘Be Right There’ utilized vocals from Jade on top of a minimalist buildup with a future house drop. Lost Kings are at the forefront of the nu-disco genre right now, and continue to prove that with their incredible ear for finding vocals that suit their production style. In this case, Jade’s vocals just might lend themselves better to Lost Kings’ instrumental than the original.

    According to their SoundCloud, this could be their last remix for a while, as they finish up the EP. We might have to wait a little longer than usual for some new Lost Kings music, but their remix of ‘Be Right There’ should hold you over for a little bit. While we don’t know the release date of the EP just yet, the wait will certainly be worth it when we finally get to hear some original Lost Kings material.

    Diplo & Sleepy Tom – Be Right There (Lost Kings Remix) | Free Download

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    Noisia & The Upbeats – Dead Limit EP

    Dutch trio Noisia has become world renowned for their original, visceral and instantly recognizable drum and bass tracks that are supplemented by unprecedented technical production skills. Having continuously pushed the envelope and successfully managing to blend incredible sound design with unrelenting beats and basslines over their career, Noisia’s sound has evolved into something undoubtedly unique. Now, mix their lethal bag of tricks with the talent encased within New Zealand drum and bass duo, The Upbeats; whose approach to writing hard-hitting, boundary pushing and excitement-inducing productions with fast breakbeats and low-slung basslines is lauded across the globe. The result? A deeply impactful, four-track collaborative EP entitled Dead Limit.

    Noisia & The Upbeats – Dead Limit EP | Beatport

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  • Jack Ü & Snails- Holla Out (VIP) [Free Download]

    Nearly six months after the release of the original version of “Holla Out” by the notorious EDM tandem, Jack Ü, the infamous VIP version has finally been released for free. Skrillex superfans have been clamoring for this ever since Jack U played it in their introductory mix on Diplo & Friends. When the album was released many fans were disappointed that ‘Holla Out’ had been heavily altered from the version they knew. The official take was a heavy festival anthem fist pumper, which got an injection of vomitstep (my personal favorite sub-genre title) from one of the micro genre’s originator’s, SNAILS. Originally, Diplo had said the VIP would never come out and the stems were lost, but rumors went that Skrillex did not want the track released. Last week, Mad Decent obtained Diplo’s blessing to give out the original BBC demo version for free as a “leak”.

    The VIP mix amplifies the heaviness of the original track, introducing even more of SNAILS’ trademark grimy sound. Along with this overall change in feel of the track from more festy to more bass heavy, is the near elimination of all vocal samples from the original track (some cuts of the vocals are still there but are chopped up and twisted nearly to the point of being unrecognizable). While listening to the VIP mix, one can’t help but to think it’s more of an exposé between Skrillex and SNAILS than it is characteristic of Diplo’s traditional style. Check it out and decide for yourself by following the soundcloud link below!

    Jack Ü & Snails- Holla Out (VIP) [Free Download]

  • Oliver Heldens & Da Hool- MHATLP (HI-LO Edit)

    Oliver Heldens rose to instant stardom for his signature brand of future house. Infectious garage anthems such as ‘Koala‘ and ‘Gecko‘ skyrocketed him up the ranks of the electronic music industry. It seems like he is growing tired of being pigeonholed into one particular style, as he recently announced his new bass house alias, HI-LO. HI-LO is distinctive for its darker and grittier brand of house, featuring far heavier bass than any Oliver Heldens release. HI-LO has already been making waves for some standout original tracks, such as ‘Renegade Mastah,’ ‘Wappy Flirt‘ and ‘Crank It Up.’ This time he is actually remaking Oliver Heldens, as he edits Helden’s take on Da Hool‘s classic track, ‘MHATLP.’

    HI-LO’s take on the track begins with some subtle complementary distortions on the original’s iconic melody. His contribution to the song really shines through at the bass fueled drop, which electrifies with its deep and dark sound. Heldens did a great job re-imagining the song, as he effectively modernized it to fit the emerging bass house trend. He also accomplished his goal of displaying his artistic versatility, as he presents a clear contrast between his Heldens and HI-LO releases. Unfortunately the edit has yet to be released, but you can check out a rip from Heldeep Radio below.

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    CRSSD Festival today released phase two of its lineup for October featuring a slew of edgy live acts and DJs from across the electronic spectrum and beyond.

    The likes of Banks, Nicolas Jaar (DJ Set), Tchami, Cashmere Cat b2b Trippy Turtle, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (DJ Set), Route 94, Autograf, Golden Features, Oliver Nelson, Jonas Rathsman, Jai Wolf, SNBRN, Wax Motif, Classixx b2b Holy Ghost, and Goldroom b2b Le Youth round out an already jam packed lineup that includes The Flaming Lips, TV on the Radio, Maya Janes Coles, Jamie xx, Giorgio Moroder, Zhu, St Lucia, Anna Lunoe and many more.

    Over 15,000 fans came from across California and beyond to attend CRSSD’s debut in March to enjoy craft beer, gourmet food, and impeccable daytime vibes with world-class musical talent that included Chromeo, Empire Of The Sun and Classixx, as well as groundbreaking techno DJs like Maceo Plex, Pete Tong, Jamie Jones and Seth Troxler. Dubbed a “win from all angles” by THUMP/VICE and “impossibly idyllic” by LA Weekly, the October edition should cement CRSSD’s position as one of America’s break out festivals.

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    The dance music community has been ripping on We Are Your Friends ever since the film was announced. Even though we firmly believe our genre deserves a major motion picture, it’s pretty clear that this was not the right one. The box office results have reflected this, as the movie had one of the worst opening weekends… ever. It brought in an “awful” $1.8 million, giving it the 3rd worst wide-release opening of all-time. Now that We Are Your Friends is officially a failure, it’s time for the jokes to start pouring in. Unsurprisingly, Funny Or Die has stepped up to the plate to fire the initial shots at Zac Efron and friends.

    We’ve already seen an awesome parody trailer from YouTuber ‘Joman’, but this video takes a more minimalistic approach. We don’t want to ruin the video for you, so check out Funny Or Die’s latest work of art below.



  • Guitar Center Cover Me: Scout Winner

    Zedd Feat. Selena Gomez – I Want You to Know (Scout Remix)

    There are few in the dance music game, who possess the shear talent and class that Zedd maintains track after track. As he is acknowledged as one of the best in the game, to catch the eye of Anton Zaslavski, is a feat in itself. Well, thanks to Guitar Center one lucky producer out of 13,000 submission got that chance and he goes by the name, Scout.

    Taking “I Want You to Know”, the west coast native finds a way to seamlessly intertwine the pop vocals of Selena Gomez, the original integrity of the track, and a bass heavy futuristic house sound. Encapsulating all these unique factors, Scout made the decision for Zedd easy and earned himself a remix winners package of a lifetime. He will receive $10,000, a studio session with Zedd and a meeting with Interscope Records.

    Without further adieu, check out the full version below and let us know what you think!

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    Zedd Feat. Selena Gomez – I Want You to Know (Scout Remix)