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After 10 years, HARD Summer announces grand return to Los Angeles county for 15th anniversary event

Since its debut edition in 2008, HARD Summer has become a staple of the Southern California festival scene. After many years at LA State Historic Park, it moved to Whittier Narrows in 2014, then the Pomona Fairplex in 2015, then the Fontana Speedway, one year at Glen Helen, and has had its past couple years at NOS Events Center.

Now in 2023, for its 15th anniversary, the festival officially returns to Los Angeles county for the first time in 10 years, showcasing the evolution of the festival in an entirely new setting. As a part of the iconic LA Coliseum’s centennial anniversary celebration, the 2023 edition will provide attendees with a brand new take on the multi-genre HARD Summer experience at a brand new, never-before-used venue combination with various stages spread out across the campuses of the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Exposition Park, and BMO Stadium (pka Banc of California).

READ MORE: Ranking HARD Events Lineups From Least Best to Best Ahead Of HARD Summer 2022

“We are thrilled to host HARD Summer’s return to Los Angeles as part of our centennial anniversary celebration,” said Joe Furin, General Manager of the LA Coliseum. “As home to the most iconic events in the world, this festival is an exciting addition to our 100-year history.”

The festival returns August 5-6 with 2-day passes on sale this Friday at 10am PT with only a $2.13 deposit, representing the 213 area code in parts of Southern California.

HSMF 2023 – THE RETURN TO THE 213! 🏙 On Aug. 5 + 6, we're taking over the LA Memorial Coliseum, Exposition Park AND BMO Stadium for a massive reunion in our first home city. 💥 2-Day Passes go On Sale this Friday, 2/3, at 10AM PT for a $2.13 deposit.
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— HARD Events (@HARDFEST) January 31, 2023

 

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Elements Festival announces Skrillex, Porter Robinson, John Summit, Subtronics, & more

Elements Music & Arts Festival, the Northeast’s premier boutique festival experience, has announced the phase one lineup for its 2023 edition … and it’s a doozy. Skrillex continues his NA festival tour with an appearance at Elements this year, along with a DJ set from Porter Robinson following the Nurture live finale at Coachella this April, plus sets from John Summit, Ganja White Night, Subtronics, Chris Lake, and two more yet-to-be-revealed headliners.

Long Pond proved to be the perfect new home for the revered Elements community in 2022, welcoming revelers to its magical fields and immersive forest landscapes. Quickly becoming a celebrated prodigal home for the long-running event, the location is one of the Northeast’s most unique venues, a clear capitulation of the imaginative feeling Elements has become known for amidst its dedicated community.

Lovers of live electronic music will feel right at home with performances on deck from Elderbrook and East Coast funk-jam icons Pigeons Playing Ping Pong. Those seeking out heavier electronic strains of dance are in for a treat with appearances by LSDREAM, TOKiMONSTA, and Mersiv, Peekaboo, Level Up, Zingara, and Of The Trees.

The four primary stages of the festival are aptly named to each represent one of the key elements that define not only the event’s experience, but the very fabric of the natural world it celebrates. Fire is the home for thrill-seekers who thrive off moments of spontaneous fun, while Earth presents a psychedelic paradise of neon trees, galactic mushrooms, and airborne jellyfish. Air offers a temple of melodies tucked deep in the forest, while the sunshine playground known as Water is where acrobats, pirates, and clowns are ever abounding and swimsuits are heavily encouraged.

Tier One GA and VIP passes are currently on sale through the official Elements Festival website, with a price increase coming soon for Tier Two tickets. Both ticket types are moving quickly and are on track to sell out. Fans can also purchase passes with an initial deposit and pay the rest after, which is $47 for GA passes and $62 for VIP. Thursday early arrival passes can also be purchased, which allows attendees to beat the rush and celebrate the beginning of the festival with an exclusive pre-party with secret headliners. Elements also offers a variety of options related to accommodations, which range from car camping to on-site glamping, nearby hotels, and preset RVs and tents for those seeking an elevated experience.

 

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Virtual Self & G Jones’ B2B set from Second Sky is now available to stream

We still remember when Virtual Self b2b G Jones was first announced for last year’s return of Second Sky. It was the epitome of, “Holy shit, really? This is really happening?!” It was the first Virtual Self set in a couple years, and a rare b2b for G Jones outside of Eprom.

The festival went down last October, including sets from RL Grime, Skrillex, and the man Porter Robinson himself. Back then, Skrillex hadn’t yet started his deluge of new music, so that was pretty cool — but he’d already been a surprise guest at the festival before. Virtual Self b2b G Jones was wholly unique and particularly attuned to the palate of the audience, bringing Virtual Self back from, essentially, hiatus and pairing the project with another of the most talented sound designers in the game.

Now, the full hour-long set is available to stream at leisure, on SoundCloud and Apple Music. Check out the full stream below and don’t be afraid to play it again, and again, and again, and again… we won’t judge.

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Kartypartyy & Past12 Join Forces For Sweltering Collaboration, “RAGE”

Welcoming in the new year on the hardest note, Kartypartyy has joined forces with Past12 for their menacing single “RAGE” featuring the electrifying vocals of Becko. Inviting their fan base to rage no matter what time of the day it is, the highly-anticipated collaboration earned a signing to the iconic label, Barong Family.

The minute you press play, guitar chords and alarming instrumentals flow immaculately with energetic vocals to pump listeners up for the madness to come. All hell breaks lose, as metal crunching sound enhancements and bass-induced signatures quickly take over for all those bass-heads looking to ride the rail during festival season. It’s a sweltering single that is sure to light up DJ sets all year long.

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Bleu Clair Drops Electrifying Disco House Single, “Step Into It”

We’ve been excited to see all that Bleu Clair will deliver this year. Only days before his November 2022 EDC Orlando performance, Bleu Clair dropped his final release of the year with New Age of House EP, which typifies a year packed with millions of streams, many tour dates, and festival bookings. The well-received EP has already gone on to achieve over a million streams and continues growing daily.

Now, he’s back with his first single of the year and it is everything we needed to get our week right. Titled, “Step Into It,” Bleu explores the infectious classic and disco house sounds, whirling them into a 2023 banger. From swirling string instruments, saxophone runs, thick basslines, and energy levels with hefty peaks and valleys, it’s safe to say Bleu’s going full steam ahead for 2023. 

“Get ready to be transported back in time with my new single ‘Step Into It’. This nostalgic tech house track is bursting with retro-infused beats and sultry vocals that will have you feeling nostalgically charged and ready to dance. Don’t miss out on this trip down memory lane and join me on the dance floor.” – Bleu Clair

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From the Dance Floor to the Studio: Rich Fayden’s Musical Evolution & Staying Iconic in 2023.

Rich Fayden is one of those pioneers in the music industry. One could call him a musical hipster because he did many things well before they were cool. For his music on its own, his origins in NYC appear strongly throughout his discography as he makes that specific area’s sound with the utmost affection. All that grime and concrete jungle rising from Manhattan’s foundations can be heard within his output.

His latest drop, “Don’t Be Cruel,” shows his uncanny ability to take what he grew up with and recontextualize it into something new. Originally a new jack swing track, he reimagines it as a lumbering beast of a track. Chill yet with darker undertones, he crafts that classic into a thing that speaks very much toward the present. With a lot of the focus on dance and pop going more for muscle rather than speed, the song has this rumbling bass frequency that has a sheer cinematic quality to it.

With a keen eye for detail and passion in abundance, Fayden is no stranger to delivering high-level performances. The studio always presents an exciting prospect – this time being no different as the musician sought to perfectly capture that same energy within his cover of this one iconic song from years ago. A bass groove set things in motion, followed soon after with vivid synth melodies and creative vocal leads pitched down – culminating into a hit remake sure to stand out amongst its contemporaries!

Beyond his roots in music, he started in the music scene of NYC in person before quickly realizing some of the other elements that would become highly influential moving forward. His scouting of another talent, giving them a chance to be heard, began on Talent Match and the quintessential Myspace. He started doing that around 2003, well before anybody else even thought to do such a thing.

Thus, something is future-facing about Rich Fayden in his music and demeanor that has helped to increase his relevancy as the industry has followed his lead. As we welcome a new year, Rich Fayden is eager to keep producing memorable tracks. He keeps his production style simple and true to form by focusing on signature elements that make songs genuinely iconic.

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Scotty Huss is enjoying the success of his hit single “I’m On Go”

Scotty Huss is a versatile artist located in who was brought up in Port Charlotte in Florida. He discovered his passion for music at a young age by listening to hip-hop and pop in his bedroom. Scotty moved to Miami from his hometown in Port Charlotte to network and build connections in the music industry. Independence, financial freedom, and impact are his main goals for his music career. He currently owns a record label and a publishing company and has no plans on slowing down anytime soon.

‘I’m On Go” is a feel-good song that makes anyone wanna get in their bag. On release day the song peaked at number 13 on the American Hip Hop charts and the video is approaching 1 million views on Youtube. Scotty Huss has also accumulated over 2 million Instagram followers and is constantly working on branding and content creation.

In 2023 fans can expect Scotty’s debut album and some surprise major collaborations.

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Word Life’s Single “Magic City” wins Recognition from Fat Joe

Word Life, the king of Fresh, has caught the attention of the music industry with his latest hit single “Magic City.” Not only has he earned the respect of renowned rapper Fat Joe, but the track has also caught the attention of major media outlets.

Fat Joe’s cosign is a significant achievement, as it showcases that the artist has reached a level of skill and creativity that’s worthy of recognition by one of the industry’s most respected figures. Media outlets have also taken notice, praising the track for its unique sound and undeniable hit potential.

“Magic City” showcases Word Life’s ability to blend different styles and create a sound that’s entirely his own, it’s a track that’s both fresh and familiar at the same time. The music video, which was created in partnership with Dallas-based media company First Eye Media, uses virtual production and a led wall sound stage to create an immersive experience that’s unlike anything else in the independent music scene. This video is one of the first independent artist to have such a high-quality video.

As one of the most consistent and compelling artists in the game, Word Life exudes star power and it’s only a matter of time before he’s turning down label deals. With Fat Joe’s recognition and the attention of major media outlets, “Magic City” is a hit single that’s not to be missed. Don’t miss out on the magic – check out “Magic City” now.

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Movement Detroit Drops Teaser Lineup with Underworld, Charlotte de Witte, FJAAK

After a two-year hiatus, Movement Detroit came back bigger and better than ever last year with a lineup that had attendee’s eager to flood the concrete oasis that is Hart Plaza.

Well, that same excitement is in the air with the release of a teaser lineup filled to the brim with top-tier talent, both old and new names alike. One major standout among the list is that of Underworld, whose debut headlining performance at the festival has long been anticipated. They are joined by Belgian Techno star Charlotte de Witte on the mainstage to round out two of the three main slots.

Along with these recognizable names comes a slew of first-time performances: Swedish-born producer DJ Seinfeld; UK’s breakout dance music producer TSHA; Brooklyn-based electronic music producer and vocalist Ela Minus; Italian Techno live artist Giorgia Angiuli; Philadelphia-born, Berlin-based producer LSDXOXO; as well as Berlin-based Techno producer and DJ SPFDJ.

And while these new names are thrilling to see, one can’t help but be impressed with the caliber of talent returning to Detroit in 2023. Enigmatic House legend and Detroit favorite Moodymann is back after ten years since his last festival appearance. Alongside him, fans will be able to catch acclaimed Canadian electronic music producer and writer Caribou; New York House music icons Louie Vega and Kenny Dope as Masters At Work; Detroit Techno pioneers Robert Hood (live) and Carl Craig; Chicago House luminary Green Velvet; Detroit’s ‘first lady of wax’ DJ Minx; renowned UK Techno producer Surgeon; and a House-heavy b2b set from Australian producer Dom Dolla and breakout Chicago House star John Summit.

In typical Movement fashion, they have kept up with bringing an utterly authentic experience to Detroit, emphasizing authenticity and a lineup that showcases differing styles, identities, artists, and more. In addition, they have continuously shown their fingers on the pulse of what current dance music fans are craving.

3-Day and 1-Day passes for both GA and VIP are Now On Sale at Movementfestival.com.

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Knock2 drops highly anticipated ‘ROOM202’ EP following sold out tour run

If you can name one Knock2 song, it’s probably his breakout his “dashstar*”. However, the talented artist is making sure he isn’t resting on his laurels with his newest EP, ROOM202.

On Twitter, he wrote, “I wanted the sonics of room202 ep to reflect why I fell in love with dance music in the first place. I grew up listening to the electro era n everything on the radio in the 2010s. I fucking loved how fun the music was. the melodies.. rhythms.. everything was soo infectious man.”

The EP contains four fresh songs in addition to the two previously-released singles, “Make U SWEAT!” and “gettin’ hott.” Every song is perfectly aligned with his unique sound, while still pushing to explore something new and nostalgic each time. Many of the elements, especially as you might hear them in “JUMP in,” are shared by a lot of that crew, including ISOxo and FrostTop. But they way each artist is able to embody the same spirit with different influences and takes is what makes each of them, not least of all Knock2, special.

“All the IDS played in the set were demos and it only came to be finished as the release date came. I loved the entire process of writing and finishing this EP,” Knock2 said. “I bought a new laptop and took it all the way to Vienna, Austria, to visit my girlfriend that I haven’t seen in months. Nothing beats working in an unfamiliar place but finding comfort with the people you love. I wanted to bring back that special energy I felt listening to old electro and pop electronic music, but also push the soundscape further in today’s sonics. That’s why I got DEV on one of the records because I knew her voice was gonna spark a core memory for my generation.”

He continued, “I wanted to showcase my range as a writer and producer creating genre-bending moments. As I’m typing this, the EP has not been finished yet. I feel the pressure, but I believe pressure creates moments. So here I am again, trying to prove one.”

Collaborations with DEV and Fussy on “Are U Feelin Me” and “Rock Ur World” definitely bring the whole EP to another level with a slight hint of pop, and especially nostalgia.

Check out the full EP below now!

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The debut album from Kx5 has an official release date

With four singles under their belts, Kx5 – the collaborative project between Kaskade and deadmau5 – officially has a release date for their debut, self-titled album. Announced over the weekend, Kx5 will arrive March 17.

To date, fans have been able to listen to “Escape” on repeat, rage to “Avalanche,” get nostalgic on “Take Me High,” and melt into “Alive.”

Fans were also to experience the largest electronic music concert in over a decade in Los Angeles as Kx5 played to approximately 60,000 people at the Memorial Coliseum.

No tracklist has been revealed yet for the album, but their single with Sofi Tukker is apparently up next. You can pre-save the album here.

Our self titled album ‘Kx5’ arrives 3.17

Next single w/ @sofitukker up next…
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— Kx5 (@kx5official) January 27, 2023

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Tomorrowland drops lineup with more than 600 names performing this summer

The 17th annual Tomorrowland in Boom, Belgium is upon us. As in years past, the European festival dropped their lineup all at once, in simple A-Z order, leading to a lineup flyer that you’ll need a magnifying glass to read but you’ll love every line. Set to welcome more than 600 of the world’s best electronic music artists across 14 mesmerizing stages during two weekends of magic in De Schorre, Tomorrowland Belgium 2023 will take place from July 21-23 and July 28-30.

Catering to all genres in electronic dance music with an impressively eclectic range of artists, among the hundreds of renowned acts performing at this year’s summer edition are Afrojack, Alesso, Armin van Buuren, Claptone, Da Tweekaz, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Dom Dolla, Don Diablo, Eric Prydz, Hardwell, Henri PFR, James Hype, Kungs, Lost Frequencies, Lucas & Steve, Martin Garrix, Meduza, Netsky, Nicky Romero, Ofenbach, Oliver Heldens, Otto Knows, Paul Kalkbrenner, Purple Disco Machine, Quintino, R3HAB, Robin Schulz, Sebastian Ingrosso, Steve Angello, Steve Aoki, Sub Zero Project, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, Tiësto, Timmy Trumpet, Topic, Vini Vici, W&W, Yves Deruyter and Yves V.

Honestly, if you can think of a name, they’re probably on the lineup.

Ticket sale dates for Tomorrowland Belgium 2023

  • Worldwide Ticket Sale: starts on February 4 at 17:00 CET

Tomorrowland Belgium 2023 ​
​Weekend 1: Friday July 21 – Sunday July 23
​Weekend 2: Friday July 28 – Sunday July 30
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Illenium responds after Urban Outfitters leaks his whole album tracklist

This past Friday, Urban Outfitters accidentally leaked the full tracklist for Illenium’s forthcoming self-titled album, due out April 28, including track titles and featured artists.

For anyone wondering, everything released since “Shivering” in May 2022 will be on the album, including “All That Really Matters” with Teddy Swims, “From The Ashes” with Skylar Grey, “Worst Day” with MAX, and of course his latest single, “Luv Me A Little” with Nina Nesbitt.

The big reveal, that we’re sure Illenium’s team had some grand reveal for prior to the leak, is a huge collaboration featuring Avril Lavigne and Travis Barker, “Eyes Wide Shut.” Additionally, collaborations with Grabbitz & Wooli, American Teeth, All Time Low, and Motionless In White are also on the album.

Urban Outfitters just leaked the tracklist for the new ILLENIUM album 👀 pic.twitter.com/SuazUOlKZN

— illeniumINTEL (@illeniumINTEL) January 27, 2023

So, what did Illenium have to say about all of this?

Way to go @UrbanOutfitters 🤣🤣

— ILLENIUM (@ILLENIUM) January 28, 2023

After all, what else can you say at that point? After it hits Twitter, there’s no stopping the spread — the image of the leaked tracklist quickly made its way to Reddit and other forums, and American Teeth even went so far as to quote retweet the leak confirming he’s definitely on the album.

Props to Illenium for taking all of this in stride, as much as he could. We’re sure to get a couple more singles before the album drops in a little less than three months so stay tuned.

 

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The Magician and the Aston Shuffle team up for “Differences”

The Magician makes his debut on Sony Music with the release of his highly anticipated new single with the Aston Shuffle, “Differences.”

The track is the first time the two producers have worked together,  and it showcases the melodic sensibility and impeccable production skills of both artists. It is a genre-defying track that fuses their unique sonic signatures, delivering a stunning piece of contemporary electronic music with a vintage twist. The single is elevated even further by singer/songwriter Remy, who has collaborated with The Chainsmokers, Tate McRae, and Anitta.

The Magician, a founder of nu-disco and Balearic house duo Aeroplane, is a celebrated name in modern house music. The Aston Shuffle, Australian producer and DJ, boasts over 150 million streams and hit singles like “Stay.” The two artists have finally collaborated after years of discussion and recorded “Differences” in a Brooklyn studio. Get ready for a massive start to 2023 with this collaboration.

Speaking on the release The Magician shares: “We have been talking about a collaboration for a long time. We love each others work and Aston Shuffle was the first signature on my label Potion Records. We shared some demo ideas and decided to choose to work on this beautiful little melody which took us back to childhood memories!”

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San Holo collaborates with Lizzy Land for “DON’T LOOK DOWN”

San Holo is back with his latest single “DON’T LOOK DOWN” with LA based singer-songwriter Lizzy Land, released via newly launched dance label Helix Records.

San Holo initially started the track with RL Grime, and then brought on Lizzy Land, who says of the songwriting process: “I heard the main melody for ‘DON’T LOOK DOWN’ almost instantly […] Like gentle bells ringing in my ears. I found it relatable to the way I often feel when I’m overwhelmed or looking for a boost. I hope it inspires people to believe in better days, a higher mindset, and the idea that they can get through anything.”

“…your doubts and negative thoughts are just like clouds passing by. We easily get caught up in the noise of everyday life, myself included. I hope this song can help you keep your head up, and give you the strength to keep going! This song means so much to me and was written from the heart!” San Holo adds.

Stream “DON’T LOOK DOWN” below, and keep out for new music!

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Deadmau5 b2b Rezz, Zedd, Illenium & more tapped to headline VELD 2023

VELD returns for its 10th anniversary this year in Toronto with a lineup that shows of its history of bringing major artists to Canada, as well as looking toward the future of up-and-coming and rising artists. Yesterday, Rezz and Deadmau5 announced they’d be headlining the festival performing their first-ever official back-to-back set which is sure to be a memorable moment for those in attendance.

In addition, Above & Beyond, ILLENIUM, Loud Luxury, Tiesto, and Zedd will round out the headliner level, with plenty of exciting acts filling out the rest of the lineup. Jauz will play two sets, including an ‘Off The Deep End’ set, plus SLANDER, Sullivan King, J. Worra, Lost Frequencies, SVDDEN DEATH, Bob Moses, Gareth Emery, Subtronics, Two Friends, Sofi Tukker, Liquid Stranger, FuntCase, and more.

“We couldn’t be more excited to announce this year’s lineup and celebrate our 10th anniversary with some of our favorite performers from VELD’s past, as well as introduce some new faces and genres to continue to make this the highlight of Toronto’s summer,” says Talal Farisi, Music Director, INK Entertainment Group. “VELD wouldn’t be what it is today without the fans and incredible artists that have graced the stage over the last decade. We are grateful for all the support and good vibes they bring to the festival every year and are looking forward to that continuing for the next 10 years to come.”

VELD Music Festival will take place from August 4th to 6th, 2023.  Pre-sale tickets will be available on Wednesday, February 1st, 2023 between 9 AM and 11.59 PM EST. To access a pre-sale ticket code, customers must sign up to the VELD mailing list here. General on-sale starts on Thursday, February 2nd, 2023 at 8 AM EST.

Check out the full lineup below!

 

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Paul van Dyk announces and releases “VENTURE X” with Weekend Heroes

Dance music icon Paul van Dyk presents his latest release “VENTURE X,” a collaboration with Beatport progressive house chart-topping Weekend Heroes and Forced to Mode frontman Christian Schottstaedt. 

It’s the lyrics ‘come with me to where we’ve never been before’ that hint at van Dyk’s new venture in the live experience, VENTURE X. This new live show, will see the veteran DJ curate, and edit trance and progressive anthems in real time. 

VENTURE X is an exciting new concept where the master DJ and curator sources from the finest trance, progressive house, and techno music and brings it all together during one incredible evening.

“VENTURE X allows me to explore the width of what electronic music means to me, not just what people expect me to play. It allows me the space to play what I think people should really know, feel, and be exposed to. People know me for trance but there is so much more. VENTURE X allows me to do this as a musical concept because I won’t play 130 BPM straight through but rather a wider musical experience. With most DJ sets I find you either have techno but missing the progressive sequence that takes you on a journey or you have a progressive sound that’s missing the punch. For me, that’s what it’s about, the drive, the push, the pull, and the memories that you create,” van Dyk says. 

VENTURE X launches February 17, 2023, in Toronto, Canada at Toybox and will be presented additional cities including New York City, Montreal, Pontiac, Denver, Portland, San Francisco, and Austin. Tickets and more info can be found here.   

 

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Mike Nasty Presents “Jazz Club NY” off of ‘Journey from Memphis’ EP

NYC DJ/producer Mike Nasty is back with “Jazz Club NY” featuring Omari Clarke out now via Nasty Tracks. Off the back of his debut EP release “Deep Into the Sun,” and sold out parties coast to coast from NY to LA, “Jazz Club NY” sets the aesthetic for the expectations of Mike’s sophomore project. The title alone sets the vibe, and the single cover really takes it there, visually. From Omari Clarke’s MCing, and the build up of instruments guided by the keys, layered with a deep house groove, this is the club you want to be in.

Native to Memphis, Mike Nasty’s music is not just the music he likes, it’s who he is. It’s the reflection of his own journey.

“I wanted to tap into deeper sonics of house music with influences of Jazz, Soul, Acid house, and Hip Hop. The project represents my musical journey which all began in Memphis. The Blues and Gospel influence from the city has helped shape my music style into what it is today. This EP pays homage to the place I love the most. I’ll always represent the South with every accomplishment I achieve.”

Stream “Jazz Club NY” below, and look out for the ‘Journey from Memphis’ EP out March 23

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Skrillex, Calvin Harris, ILLENIUM, & more will headline debut Ultra Abu Dhabi

Ultra isn’t messing around when it comes to their inaugural Abu Dhabi festival, inviting an assortment of headliners that rivals its flagship festival in Miami. Adam Beyer, Afrojack, Amelie Lens, Calvin Harris, ILLENIUM, KSHMR, NGHTMRE, Sasha | John Digweed, and Skrillex have been announced as Phase 1 headliners for the first-year, two-day festival in the Middle East.

The largest open-air venue in the region, Etihad Park, located on Yas Island, one of the world’s fastest growing leisure and entertainment destinations and a pinnacle of luxury in the United Arab Emirates, will serve as the setting for this incredible lineup.

As is typical for Ultra events, ULTRA Abu Dhabi will offer a Premium General Experience pass that allows access holders to dedicated entrance gates, toilets, F&B offerings as well as their own lounge area where they can experience the most amazing night of their lives.

In addition, it will also offer bespoke VVIP Experiences at both stages, packed with bottle service, mind-blowing theatrics, and the very best view in the house. Details on table sales will be announced shortly on ULTRA Abu Dhabi’s social media channels and website.

Check out the full phase 1 lineup below, with more still to come. Tickets for ULTRA Abu Dhabi can now be purchased online here.

 

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Hardwell & Maddix reimagine Dance Dance Revolution classic ‘Take Me Away’ by 4 Strings

Last year, Hardwell returned after a years-long hiatus to drop his sophomore studio album, REBELS NEVER DIE, while embarking on a world tour. As we fall headfirst into the new year, he’s back with Maddix to reimagine a dance floor classic, but not necessarily from the club floor…

“Take Me Away” by 4 Strings became a classic on Dance Dance Revolution, though it holds its own on streaming services, as well, with over 27m Spotify streams alone to its name. With a seal of approval from 4 Strings, who described the rework as “a dancefloor banger,” Hardwell and Maddix now reunite for their fifth collaboration, a beloved trance rework that does the unprecedented exhilaration of the original justice. “Take Me Away Again” retains the same elusive euphoria while ramping up a signature modern dance floor sound that relies on prolific drops and underground basslines to slot perfectly into their own live sets.

“Following a wild run of REBELS NEVER DIE return shows, it felt like a good time to officially release this special rework of a classic as 2023 gets underway,” said Hardwell. “We wanted to give the dramatic, atmospheric feel of the original a heavier, harder-edged energy. Bringing it up to date with the sound that fits each of our shows.”

Listen below!

 

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Big Gigantic Discuss Their Upcoming Tour, Non-Profit Foundation + First Listen To Their Remix of “Keep On Rising” ft. Aloe Blacc

Big Gigantic (Dom & Jeremy) have been a big gigantic name all over the music industry for over a decade, helping pioneer the live instrumentation + DJ sets while continuing to put out incredible music that spans just about every genre of electronic music. Their latest album, ‘Brighter Future II’ is a perfect testament to that, as Big G gave fans just about everything from Lo-Fi and hip-hop tracks to electrifying dance pop anthems. Packed with hits like “Keep on Rising” [feat. Aloe Blacc], “Open Your Mind” [with GRiZ], “and “Free” [feat. Elohim], it’s safe to say the album became an instant classic for the band.

Today, Big Gigantic announced they will be taking their highly anticipated show on the road this winter for a twenty-date trek across the U.S, and they’ll be bringing along an incredibly eclectic group of supporting acts: Tvboo, Eazybaked, Smoakland, A Hundred Drums, Ahee, Jaenga, Superave, Levity, Lizzie Jane and MZG. This veritable who’s who of up-and-coming electronic artists will be appearing in different combinations at different shows; full details along with dates, tickets and more can be found here.

They’ve also unveiled their own electrifying remix to their single “Keep On Rising” feat. Aloe Blacc that we are thrilled to offer as a first listen to you! It’s bass house at its finest, driven by a thundering beat, fiery synth work, and Aloe Blacc’s soulful, captivating vocals.

We also had the chance to chat with Big G about this upcoming tour, what’s inspiring them right now, and their Big Gigantic Difference Foundation, which supports non-profits for at-risk youth, music education, and more. Enjoy!

What’s are some aspects about this tour that you’re excited for fans to experience?

Dom: We’re just excited to get back out on tour to the new places we haven’t gotten to perform our new album and very excited to see our latest stage design this run, that’s inspired by our last Red Rocks stage design!

How do you both stay inspired with all that you have going on? Are the upcoming releases/tours enough to keep your inspiration tank full, or do you look to podcasts, books, films, songs, etc help keep that fire stoked?

BG: Honestly it’s easy to stay inspired in the current music landscape. There are so many artist friends, upcoming artists and just artists out there in general that are doing so many incredible things and also just have insane work ethic, that it’s easy to wake up everyday and know that you have your work cut out for you. I’ve also been pretty locked into the new Rick Ruben book hahaha!

How do you keep pushing yourselves to go one step beyond what you’ve already accomplished?

BG: That can be tricky but when your mission as an artist is to.. be an artist, and learn and grown everyday then the goal is beyond just going one step further, it’s always more so, taking a new step everyday forward towards something that’s bigger down the road

Could you share a little bit more about ‘A Big Gigantic Difference Foundation’ and it’s impact?

Jeremy: We started ABGD Foundation a few years back in efforts to raise awareness and funds for all sorts of causes. Our incredible fans have helped us raise hundreds of thousands of dollars that have gone to everything from feeding communities around the country, building computer labs to teach kids music in areas that don’t have access to music classes and helping our good friends Conscious Alliance buy their warehouse to accommodate the food/goods they get to feed literally millions of people. Its pretty incredible what our community can do when we put our minds to do. We’re constantly looking for new ways to help people in any way possible & really look forward to future projects.

Dom, what are you working on next? What’s been inspiring you as of late (films, artists, songs, etc.)

Dom: I’m working on several different EP/albums to release for Big Gigantic in the next year or two, working on our live show and also just working on some other creative music and jazz things and different stuff like that. My plate has been super full but it’s been really fun letting each project lend a hand to other projects. Each idea feeds the next and so on.

Anything else ahead for 2023 that you’d like to share with the Your EDM audience?

BG: Just to be on the look out for more new music a little later this year, more touring and of course our 2 night Rowdytown event at Red Rocks the last weekend of September! This is the first year in several years that it hasn’t fallen on the same weekend as Lost Lands so we’re hoping to see some fresh bass music fans who haven’t been able to attend in the past this time around. Rowdytown is such a special event and we always go all out, so, we’re excited to step our game up again this year!!

 

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Your EDM Premiere: The Archer Drops Fresh, ‘Plastic’ Tech Remix

The Archer, a label owner located in Los Angeles, has an average of 37,000 monthly listeners on Spotify and other music streaming services who are devoted to techno and deep house. His latest remix of Melody’s Enemy “Plastic” showcases his hypnotic style of techno that is well-loved across the entire west coast.

By remixing Melody’s Enemy’s original track “Plastic” for their new EP, The Archer has shown that even a simple house music track can be transformed into something unique and exciting that appeals to any audience. This emerging producer may only be relatively new to the genre, yet his skillful production ability makes him one of its most respected producers. Enjoy the grooving, finely cut basslines and deep brass-like punchy lead melodies.

 

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Playboy P is topping the charts with his single

New talent Playboy P has crafted an enticing artistry built around chilled vibes and emotive soundscapes. Showcasing his sonic versatility on recent releases “Speed Racer Playboy” and “Whole Ticket,” this rising act’s approach to Hiphop sees it come to life with a luscious side of pop.

Playboy p, whose love for music bloomed at a young age, has slowly and steadily built up not only his skills but his fanbase framed by a goal to bring uplifting messages to anyone listening.

Drawing inspiration from the likes of Lilbaby, Dababy, and Youngboy, catchy productions establish his capabilities and future led by evolving talent and consistent passion.

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GunFight Drops Heavy-Hitting Dubstep Single “Salvo”

One of bass music’s most exciting current trailblazers, GunFight is gearing up for a massive 2023. Hailing from Austin, Texas and now based in Los Angeles, the pioneering producer has been consistently releasing bangers over the past three years now, and isn’t looking to slow down anytime soon. After sharing his latest single “Maniacal Inferno” last August, which explored a frenetic and heavy dubstep atmosphere, GunFight has now just returned with “Salvo.”

The talented producer has received support from some of electronic music’s most acclaimed names, among them Lost Frequencies, Don Diablo, Zeds Dead, Jauz, Slushii, and more, and it’s not hard to see why. His production prowess is put on full display throughout “Salvo,” which combines cinematic ambiances with ruthless sound design while continuing to broaden GunFight’s futuristic and post-apocalyptic world.

 

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First-ever Rezz b2b Deadmau5 will headline VELD 2023

Coming from Canada, both Rezz and deadmau5 would obviously have a special connection with VELD, one of the biggest electronic music festivals in the country. This year, the two will headline together as REZZMAU5 for the first time, which she teased back in November — the announcement comes today before the full lineup is revealed tomorrow.

“I went to this festival when I was 16 and saw deadmau5 close it out, which inspired me to later make music myself,” Rezz wrote about the reveal on Twitter. “So this is entirely insane and a massive deal to me!!! Where else shall we bring this in the future?”

Check out the official announcement below and check back tomorrow for the full lineup!

REZZMAU5 headlining together for the first time at VELD Toronto.

I went to this festival when I was 16 and saw deadmau5 close it out, which inspired me to later make music myself. So this is entirely insane & a massive deal to me!!! Where else shall we bring this in the future? pic.twitter.com/8DlsKEsO4u

— RΞZZ (@OfficialRezz) January 27, 2023

 

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Skrillex drops fourth single of the month with Yung Lean and Bladee, “Real Spring”

In 2023 so far, Skrillex has been far more active in both releases and social media than in any other similar time period in the past few years. We’ve gotten a new official Discord server for fans, four releases, including today’s “Real Spring” with Yung Lean and Bladee, as well as indications that he’s dropping two albums, DGTC and QFF.

That’s a lot.

But we’re now getting a better idea of what it all means with the release of “Real Spring” today. The biggest indication that “Real Spring” and “Way Back” are related is the identical track art. The consensus is that they will be on DGTC which will act as more of a laidback, more melodic mixtape; in contrast, singles like “Rumble” and “Leave Me Like This” would appear on QFF as a throwback to his older styles.

Of course, this is all speculation for now, but Skrillex’s voracious fanbase often knows their favorite artist better than the general public so we’re willing to take some cues from the fans on /r/skrillex.

On top of today’s single, we also received teasers for new singles with Starrah, as well as a track that could be titled “Ceremony” with Palestinian singer Nai Barghouti potentially out as soon as next week. That doesn’t include tracks he’s played live with Missy Elliott and Mr. Oizo and another with ISOxo.

Until any of this is confirmed in real time, we’ll have to continue to pay attention and see what’s happening. For now, you can listen and watch the official video for “Real Spring” below.

 

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Rich Furniss Kicks Off 2023 With Groove House Tune That’s “Out of this World”

Rich Furniss is one of the hottest acts in house music right now. His sound is inspired by legendary DJs like Armand Van Helden, Derrick Carter, and Frankie Knuckles, fused together with a modern take that’s completely unique to Rich. His ability to blend the old school with the new is what has helped him build his name in his hometown of NYC and beyond.

On top of his expertise in sound design, Rich is known for his contagious energetic presence on stage. This DJ has dropped mesmerizing sets at Mayhem Fest, Miami Art Week, Governors Ball, Winter Music Conference, and more. Furthering his list of accomplishments, Rich is kicking off the new year with his single “Out Of This World”.

It’s yet again a brilliant song, this time partnering with good friends and local art legend, Smurfo. Smurfo delivers a captivating graphic that blends seamlessly with the auditory medium of “Out Of This World”, embracing the vibrant beat of the city and takes listeners into a world of their own. From the insatiable groove, to the infectious piano melodies, Rich brings it all together for a true hit.

We can’t wait to hear more of what’s in store for this rising star. Listen to “Out Of This World” below!

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San Pacho Kicks Off Part 2 Of His NA Tour With Throwback Single “OYE”

Few artists are skyrocketing to stardom quite as quick as San Pacho. The solo tech/latin house artist finished off 2022 with the epic and defining As Long As We Have House EP, which received strong critical acclaim, alongside performing at EDC Orlando 2022, which was just one of many club and festival events through the year. He continues to prove just how talented he is with every release, garnering him a fanbase worldwide.

Now, he’s kicking off 2023 with his throwback single, “OYE”, an ode to N.O.R.E’s “Oye Mi Canto.” As expected, San Pacho adds his signature spicy edits to the classic with a swaying percussion, rumbling bass, and masterful vocal sampling – all without losing the integrity of what the original has to offer.

He’s also kicking off part two of his North American tour, hitting cities from NY to LA. If he comes near you, make sure to get a ticket!

SAN PACHO TOUR DATES

FEB 3 EOS LOUNGE, SANTA BARBARA, CA

FEB 4 FULTON 55, FRESNO, CA

FEB 10 AUDIO, SAN FRANCISCO, CA

FEB 11 CLUB VINYL, DENVER, CO

FEB 12 SOMEWHERE NOWHERE, NEW YORK, NY

FEB 17 NEWSPEAK, MONTREAL, QC

FEB 18 SPYBAR, CHICAGO, IL

FEB 19 ELIXIR, ORLANDO, FL

FEB 24 SUMMIT ROOFTOP, AUSTIN, TX

FEB 25 DARKSTAR, TEMPE, AZ

FEB 26 EDC MEXICO, MEXICO CITY, MX

MAR 22 THE GRAND (LOUNGE ROOM), BOSTON, MA

MAR 25 BEYOND WONDERLAND – NOS EVENT CENTER, SAN BERNARDINO, CA

 

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Experience “Become”, the latest from the Brazilians Antdot and Meca together with Beacon Bloom

Meca and Antdot have joined forces once again to bring a track that combines their unique talents and creates a powerful synergy between them. Their latest release, “Become,” is the product of a meaningful relationship built on mutual respect and connection.
Their paths have been intertwined through music and a mutual admiration for each other’s work. It all started when Matheus Meca showed interest in Antdot’s tracks, incorporating them into his sets, and Antdot, a fan of Meca’s sets, quickly took notice.

To solidify their friendship, the two artists began working together, which led to the release of “Let U Go” in February 2019. The collaboration was so successful that it caught the attention of notable figures in the industry such as Vintage Culture.

As their connection grew stronger, they released several other works together, including “Anything” and “Sunshine” in 2019 and “Take Me Away” in 2020, which became their most successful track to date, with over 1 million plays on Spotify. In 2021, they released a follow-up with “Never Enough”

Performing at clubs and festivals around the world and occasionally participating in each other’s sets, such as the Só Track Boa live with Vintage Culture during the pandemic and Rock In Rio in 2022, the two reconnected and realized they had many shared ideas to explore since their last collaboration. They invited Beacon Bloom, a group with a similar style to Antdot, to add vocals to the track, resulting in an authentic sound that only Meca and Antdot could create.

“Become” is not only a musical partnership but also a friendship and affinity. The track was released under the Dawn Patrol Records label, recently joined by Antdot as a partner alongside Maz, which values artistic freedom and cultivates partnerships. The release marks a significant step in Antdot’s journey as he seeks new possibilities within the label.

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Break Science Release Spellbinding Single “Live Twice” ft. Niko Is

Pioneers of Colorado’s electronic music explosion, Break Science continues to soar ahead of the curve, with a decade-plus trendsetting the game. Steeped in filial traditions of East Coast hip hop, and futuristic soundwaves of the now, the Denver-based duo continues to scale creative mountains. Comprised of keyboardist/producer/jazz pianist Borahm Lee (Pretty Lights Live Band) and funk/hip-hop drummer extraordinaire Adam Deitch (Lettuce), Break Science traces roots to the embryonic seeds that flowered the electro-soul movement. The pair have consistently ascended the cutting edge of live dance music culture with an array of blistering live performances in any number of settings or configurations.

They are gearing up for a new EP, due Feb 2 titled Mecha Flora, and recently just released their second single, “Live Twice“. It’s captivating right from the start, inviting more upbeat tones and features Brazilian Rapper Niko Is backed by electro-soul elements. It’s impossible not to sway with the track as it takes you on a spellbinding journey with Robert Glasper esque feels from start to finish.

Listen below!

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