Crywolf & AWAY debut new project ANTAGONÏZER, first single out on Rezz’s HypnoVizion

Both Crywolf and AWAY are incredible producers in their own right, each with a particularly unique vision of the music and art they create. Together, the possibilities are endless… so it’s no surprise that when the two of them decided to create a joint project called ANTAGONÏZER, Rezz answered the call and signed their first single to HypnoVizion.

ANTAGONÏZER shared a preview of the single along with the news. It drops April 28 on HypnoVizion. Check out the teaser below!

After a long incubation…
we are excited to announce our collaborative project,

[AWAY + Crywolf]

The first single, STATIC, drops 4/28 on @HypnoVizion

⛓ pre-save in bio ⛓

— ANTAGONÏZER (@obeyANTAGONIZER) March 16, 2023


Flux Pavilion joins a “new age of dubstep” and releases newest single, ‘Paradise’

When I first started really digging into dubstep around 2010, one of the first songs that I found was “Lines In Wax” by Flux Pavilion. Even before “I Can’t Stop” or his iconic “Gold Dust” remix with Doctor P, I fell in love with the flow from Foreign Beggars, the gritty synths and bass, all of it. Throughout the years, Flux has remained a pillar of the dubstep community, even as he transitioned into different material with his latest album, .wav.

However, we already saw him returning to his Tesla-era sound with his previous single, last year’s “Technicolour Psychic Vision.” Now, we have further confirmation that Flux is definitely returning to dubstep, and it’s because the scene is so strong right now.

“I think we’re entering into a new age of dubstep,” he said in a recent video. “There’s so much rad stuff that people are writing. I don’t think there’s a point in my career that I’ve been more excited about dubstep than I am now.” That’s huge praise from someone who was around  when it was literally still forming. He continues, “Can’t stop thinking about it, it’s kind of all I want to do. Just to give you guys a heads up, that’s where I’m at. If you want to hear some Flux dubstep, that’s exactly what’s happening.”

“Paradise,” his newest single, showcases a blend of Flux Pavilion’s signature sound with a unique mix of melodic bass and upbeat rhythms. The track progresses with a catchy euphoric vocal before switching into a weighty anthem. Fed by the force of letting yourself be present in the moment and to savor experiences, enjoying paradise means taking the time to appreciate the beauty around you and disconnect from the digital world. Put down your phone and take in the sights, sounds, and smells of a special place.

Check it out below!


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Ray Volpe makes his solo debut on Ophelia with “Meant To Be Lonely” ft Donna Tella

Last year, Ray Volpe featured on Together, the most recent EP from MitiS released on Ophelia. Yesterday, he made his solo debut on the label with “Meant To Be Lonely” with Donna Tella.

Ray Volpe’s track “Laserbeam” took the entire EDM scene by storm last year as the most-played track at EDC Vegas with support from Skrillex, Excision and more. The track is currently trending on TikTok with millions of views and over 17,000 videos. The dubstep act just finished his debut headline tour with multiple sell out dates.

But life is all about growth and experimentation; for his solo debut on Ophelia, Ray turned the vibes up and the wobbles down for a happier single. Emotive piano chords and scene-stopping verses transition into spectrum filling saw leads and climactic drops in halftime and 4 on the floor rhythms.

Listen below!


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Why Rising Talent Bassassin Is An Artist To Keep An Eye On

From irresistible trap bangers to an assortment of heavy dubstep and bass music tracks, Bassassin is carefully crafting an intricate discography that should be on everyone’s radar.

Hailing from San Diego, he graduated from the Musicians Institute with a focus on Music Production and Music Business back in 2013, and has been tirelessly working towards crafting a unique sound and brand ever since. In an oversaturated market, Bassassin knows well that it takes a lot of work for an artist to stand out, and he’s up to the task.

A versatile producer and DJ, Bassassin combines elements from hip-hop, dubstep, trap and rock to create his sounds, with his discography dating back to 2015, when he dropped his self-titled DJ Bassassin EP. He has released a large number of EPs and projects ever since, following up the monumental success of Bassassin EP with Bassassin’s Creed in 2018, In Yo Face in 2019, Coffee EDM in 2020 and Music Is War in 2021. His latest effort marked King of Thugstep, which introduced his new thugstep genre, a combination of hardcore rap and dubstep. Featuring collaborations with Wermzer, Gangsta Boo, Chrome Korleone and drill legend Wacka Flocka Flame, King of Thugstep was a massive moment for Bassassin, further cementing him as an artist to watch within the scene.

Bassassin’s inspirations range from DJ Paul and Lex Luger, to DJ Mustard and Diplo, as he’s aiming to achieve a similar level of fame and acclaim. Channeling his passion into everything he does, while aiming to inspire the next wave of talents, he has been producing professionally for over eight years at this point and isn’t showing any signs of slowing down anytime soon.

Bassassin’s brand new release, which is out now, is arguably one of his heaviest to date, and a stunning display of his production talents. Titled “Slayer,” it follows the heavy-hitting “Cancel Culture” alongside Yukmouth and Ise B, and combines metal with riddim for a mesmerizing result.

A barrage of guitars and bass kicks off the tune, that were provided by Bassassin’s former guitar teacher and nicely introduce listeners to the haunting vibe of the track. Following a screamo vocal that catches listeners off-guard, a sinister riddim drop explodes, filled with forward-thinking sound design and hard-hitting drums.

“Slayer” makes for yet another impressive tune for Bassassin, who is gearing up to drop a lot more music throughout 2023. Make sure to stay tuned with the talented producer, as he’s only rising from here.


Major League Djz & Major Lazer announce joint album ‘Piano Republik’ out next week

It’s been three years since Major Lazer released Music Is The Weapon, what was supposed to be their final album. (But not really.) In fact, Major Lazer has released a few singles in the years since, including “Koo Koo Fun” with Major League Djz, Tiwa Savage, and DJ Maphorisa. Little did we know when it was released in 2022 that it was actually the first single from their next album, a joint venture with Major League Djz, Piano Republik.

The two groups released another single earlier this month, “Designer,” with Joeboy, and another today, “Mamgobhozi,” with Brenda Fassie, ahead of the official announcement that Piano Republik is officially out next week, March 24.

“Brenda Fassie was not only an icon, but she inspired many black South Africans to be their authentic selves,” Major League Djz said, in a collective statement. “Her music catalog brought joy to the many South Africans that filled stadiums to see her perform and is a true reflection of South African history.”

The first new album release from Major Lazer — the U.S. based trio of Diplo, Walshy Fire and Ape Drums — in three years, Piano Republik also features appearances from Ty Dolla $ign, afrobeats stars Tiwa Savage and Joeboy and South African talent including DJ Maphorisa, Tyla, LuuDaDeejay, Msaki, Gaba Cannal and Russell Zuma. The result is a thrilling and unprecedented international showcase for amapiano, the dance music genre that has exploded out of South Africa’s townships and onto the world stage over the last three years.

Listen to “Mamgobhozi” below and pre-order/pre-add the album HERE.


The Chemical Brothers release new single “No Reason” with mind-bending music video

The Chemical Brothers are back with their newest experiment in blending psych rock and electronica with “No Reason” and another incredibly mind-bending music video.

A highlight of the Grammy Award-winning band’s recent live shows and DJ sets, “No Reason” is unmistakable and irresistible, built from a cascading melody, a heavy acid riff and a snare roll that rattles like a military tattoo. The track comes with a surreal ‘Neon Marching Band’ video directed by longtime collaborators Smith and Lyall and choreographed and performed by Gecko Theatre that will be familiar to anyone who saw one of the band’s incredible 2022 festival appearances.

“No Reason” is the first new music released by The Chemical Brothers since 2021’s “The Darkness That You Fear.” The band are currently working on the follow up to 2019’s hugely acclaimed album No Geography.

Watch below!


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Carl Cox announces legendary set at Great Pyramids of Giza

Future Sound of Egypt, the label from Aly & Fila, made history in 2017 when they, Armin van Buuren, and Paul Thomas played sets illuminated against the Great Pyramids of Egypt for the first time. Artists have played at worldwide iconic sites many times before, like Paul Oakenfold at Stonehenge or David Guetta at the Eiffel Tower. There’s something about dance music that seems to bring people from all cultures together (it’s also easier to travel with a pair of decks and a mixer than a full band).

In less than two months, another legend will travel to Egypt for a legendary set at one of the world’s seven wonders: Carl Cox.


His headline show will be supported by Philipp Straub and Gawdat.

Tickets start at 3000 EGP ($100), with VIP tickets from 5000 EGP ($162). Click here to purchase.


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Sullivan King holds nothing back on 3rd studio album, “Thrones of Blood”

I got a text from Sullivan King two days ago, “YOOOO you hitting that A7X forum show or what?” Of course, I’d already bought my tickets and responded with a screenshot of my seats and, “You fuckin know it.” On a personal level, I’ve known and have been covering Sullivan King since 2014 — I remember walking into Icon Collective, from which he’d just graduated, in 2015, for our first sit-down interview. We bonded over our appreciation of metal, especially Avenged Sevenfold and Atreyu. I almost got my first tattoo of his signature on my chest (after he’d actually ripped my shirt open) after his show at the Belasco in Los Angeles in 2017, supporting Black Tiger Sex Machine.

We’ve been through a lot and walked the same path in these past 9 years. Through two other studio albums, his first mainstage play at Lost Lands, headline sets in Los Angeles, he has continually honed his craft leading to today, the release of his newest and most ambitious and rock-influenced album, Thrones of Blood.

The album’s collaborations span between Taylor Barber of Left To Suffer, to SVDDEN DEATH, Excision and more, and boasts previously released singles including the massive “The Dead March” with Ray Volpe, the speaker-shattering collaboration with Excision, “Fall Apart,” and the highly anticipated assaulting SVDDEN DEATH collaboration “Pursuit of Violence.” These are accompanied by new tracks like “Die By My Hand” with Vastive feat. Taylor Barber of Left To Suffer, “Riot” with Kai Wachi and more.

There’s even a surprising sample of The Rock’s famous “Shut up, bitch!” toward the end of “End of Us.”

Listening through the album, you’re bound to find a bunch of subtle (or not so subtle) nods to the past of metal and rock as well as plenty of influences from his contemporaries even outside of the explicit collaborations.

Check it out below!

Just days after the release of Thrones of Blood, Sullivan King is hitting the road on a 30+ date tour, headlining iconic venues including LA’s Hollywood Palladium (two nights in a row), Emo’s in Austin, DC’s Echostage, the Majestic Theater in Detroit, and more. This tour features special guests Kai Waichi & YOOKiE and support from Level Up, Benda, and Vastive.

Sullivan King – Thrones of Blood Tour
Mar 23 – Mission Ballroom – Denver, Co
Mar 24 – Mission Ballroom – Denver, Co
Mar 25 – The Great Saltair – Magna, Ut
Mar 26 – Wilma Theatre – Missoula, Mt
Mar 29 – Knitting Factory Concert House – Spokane, Wa
Mar 30 – Knitting Factory Concert House – Boise, Id
Mar 31 – Cargo Concert Hall – Reno, Nv
Apr 1 – The Midway – San Francisco, Ca
Apr 2 – Fremont Theater – San Luis Obispo, Ca
Apr 6 – Soma San Diego – San Diego, Ca
Apr 7 – Hollywood Palladium – Los Angeles, Ca
Apr 8 – Hollywood Palladium – Los Angeles, Ca
Apr 11 – The Truman – Kansas City, Mo
Apr 12 – Cain’s Ballroom – Tulsa, Ok
Apr 13 – Emo’s Austin -Austin, Tx
Apr 14 – Bayou Theater – Houston, Tx
Apr 15 – The Factory In Deep Ellum – Dallas, Tx
Apr 17 – Joy Theater – New Orleans, La
Apr 18 – The Barrelhouse Ballroom -Chattanooga, Tn
Apr 20 – The Bluestone – Columbus, Oh
Apr 21 – Roxian Theatre – Mckees Rocks, Pa
Apr 22 – Echostage – Washington, Dc
Apr 26 – Toad’s Place – New Haven, Ct
Apr 27 – White Eagle Hall – Jersey City, Nj
Apr 28 – The Fillmore Philadelphia – Philadelphia, Pa
May 4 – Town Ballroom – Buffalo, Ny
May 5 – Breakaway Carolina – West Concord, Nc
May 5 – Town Ballroom – Buffalo, Ny
May 6 – House Of Blues Boston – Boston, Ma
May 10 – Bogart’s – Cincinnati, Oh
May 11 – Majestic Theatre – Detroit, Mi
May 12 – Radius Chicago – Chicago, Il
Jul 21 – Tomorrowland -Boom, Belgium
Aug 4 – Veld Music Festival – Toronto, On, Canada
Sep 4 – Wildwood Outdoor Education Center- Lacygne, Ks


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Kaskade & deadmau5 release debut, self-titled album under new supergroup, Kx5

It’s been 15 years since Kaskade and deadmau5 first paired up on “I Remember.” Today, only a little more than a full year since the two officially paired up as Kx5 for the release of their first single, “Escape” with Hayla, their debut, self-titled album Kx5 is officially out.

The full album features 10 tracks, 6 of them previously released as singles. New additions include “Bright Lights” with AR/CO, “pwdr Blu” with Brother., “Eat Sleep” with Richard Walters, and the closing track on the album, “Unobsidian.”

Even with only a few “new” songs in the final release (the amount of pre-album singles released is addressed in this recent interview by Billboard), Kx5 feels incredibly cohesive. It’s no surprise coming from two of dance music’s preeminent veterans.

Listen to the full album below.


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Skrillex, Fred again.., & Four Tet keep releases coming with hotly anticipated, “Baby again..”

If you’ve been following the journey of Skrillex, Fred again.., and Four Tet this year, you might have come across the name Pangbourne House Mafia. The trio are back again following the release of two Skrillex albums, a sold-out Madison Square Garden show, and so much hype with one of their most anticipated singles since Fred again..’s Boiler Room set last year, “Baby again..”

For those curious how PHM came to be, Skrillex shared the story on Instagram today for the track’s release:

Last summer @fredagainagainagainagainagaiand I booked a little house on the river in this village called Pangbourne out side of london to work on music. I was working on my album and Fred was working on his boiler room. We invited @fourtetkieran over and told him he could Stay with us … he we like “I’ll come over and see what happens.” Then Fred and I clocked a tooth brush hanging out Kierens backpack … this moment marked the birth of the Pangbourne House Mafia …

The song prominently samples Lil Baby’s “Baby,” hence the title of their massive collaboration. The song has been a banner moment in many of Fred’s sets since Boiler Room, especially at MSG when the song coincided with the first time that night that the lights were brought down, creating an incredible effect.

Listen below!


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Galo Drops Electrifying Tech House Single, “Lift Me Up” via Hood Politics

The young and talented Galo has been making waves in the tech house scene with notable releases on Night Service Only, Hood Politics, Space Yacht, Uprise, and Do Not Duplicate. He’s also seen support from the likes of John Summit, Lee Foss, CID, Dr. Fresch, Gordo, David Guetta, Franky Rizardo, Liquid Todd and many others. 

His music speaks for itself and his latest single, “Lift Me Up“, shows this exciting artist returning to the premiere underground imprint, Hood Politics. It’s a sizzling peak time heater, led by a soulful vocal sample whilst electrifying synth stabs and a thumping groove. It’s impossible to not feel the energy here, and this is a tune sure to make waves next week at MMW during his upcoming set at the Hood Politics showcase.

“Everyone who knows me knows I love a good diva vocal. This was one of those situations where I heard the sample and knew exactly what I wanted to write. The bass line is moving, the drums are grooving, the keys add some character, and the vocal takes it to the next level.” – Galo

Check out “Lift Me Up” below!


Dea Magna & Eric Sharp Team Up For Thrilling Single, “Red Room”, ft. Pierre Stemmet [SIRUP]

Dea Magna has quickly risen the ranks in dance music, landing releases on Soave Records and Turn it up Muzik, offering a fresh blend of melodic, tech and deep house sounds, influenced by Camelphat, Meduza, Kx5. Dea has performed all over Los Angeles, including places like legendary Academy (booked by Insomniac Events), Catch One, Winston House, as well as in New York, Milan, Sofia, and Belgrade.

Now, she’s teaming up with widely celebrated DJ/Producer for their thrilling new single, “Red Room”. It’s melodic techno at it’s finest, locking the listener in with a hypnotic groove and tantalizing synth melodies that seem to pulsate throughout your whole being. Renowned artist Pierre Stemmett provides a spectacular vocal performance, perfectly complimenting captivating production.

“‘Red Room’ was inspired by dance music culture. We wanted to make a song that evokes the positive and uplifting emotions, that celebrates love and freedom from the mind. ‘Red Room’ is a place full of strobe lights and laser beams, where bass pulses through your body, and you can’t help but dance. Where the feelings that consume you are feelings of peace and happiness. It also in a way honors the return of such spaces into our lives after we lost them for a while.” – Dea Magna

Listen below!


Isaiah Brown Drops Visually Compelling Music Video To Single “Me & U”

On a mission to help listeners realize their full potential and provoke self-appreciation through his music, Isaiah Brown closed out 2022 has proven to be an artist to watch. In November of last year, the rising artist dropped his debut album, DREAMERBOY, which received widespread attention for its innovative soundscapes and genre bending tracks. One of our favorites was “Me & U”, a trippy, soulful track landing somewhere between Diplo and James Blake.  

Now, Isaiah has released a visually compelling music to the song, packed with mesmerizing  camera shots, transcendent effects, and vivid coloring, while centered around Isaiah himself. It seems to perfectly encapsulate the feeling you get listening to the song itself.

“Despite all of the hardships and obstacles life can bring, the best thing we can do is continue to push for our dreams. This song has been in the works and on the back burner for so long, it reminds me how strong our determination can be and no matter what we will always find a way to rise above.” – Isaiah Brown

Check it out below!



ARC Music Festival Reveals a Stacked 2023 Lineup

After two incredibly successful years, ARC Music Festival comes in hot with the reveal of its 2023 lineup.

The festival enters its junior year with heavyweight names like Eric Prydz HOLO, Adam Beyer, Tale Of Us, Fatboy Slim, John Summit, Fisher, and Boris Brejcha gracing its immersive main stages.

Chicago icons and house music architects Derrick Carter, Gene Farris, Collette, DJ Heather, and DJ Lady D fall in line alongside techno stalwart Hiroko Yamamura and Detroit pioneers Carl Craig, Moodymann, and DJ Minx.

These names above only begin to scratch the surface of the pool of talent that ARC has lined up for this year. We encourage you to dig through the full lineup poster below to see what others gems they have in store.

ARC attendees will be greeted with a mesmeric landscape as they traverse the festival grounds at Union Park. The highly curated elements of production and art act as a guide as you move between the four enchanting stage environments. Renowned Spanish party outfit Elrow returns for the third time, again being the only stage takeover at the festival.

The festival will take place over Labor Day weekend, September 1st – 3rd, in Chicago, Illinois. Tickets are available here


Kindred, Stryer, and Chassi Deliver Emotive New Track “Counting the Days”

“Counting the Days” is the latest emotional offering from the talented trio of Stryer, Chassi, and Kindred. Released on the Rude Service label, the track speaks to the yearning of seeing someone special again after being apart for too long. The song’s lyrics and melody come together to create a soulful and passionate anthem that showcases Kindred’s exceptional vocal range.

Kindred, creates magic with her vocals, taking the song to a new level. She has a wealth of experience in the music industry, having performed at renowned events such as Echostage with Adventure Club and Lost Lands with Cyrus Gold. She started working on the song with just a piano and chords in her apartment in DTLA, where she could see
the stunning skyline. Her creative process is evident in the song’s emotive lyrics and captivating melody. Stryer and Chassi are no strangers to the music scene, having played at numerous venues and many major label releases. Their expertise in music production is evident in.

the smooth and polished sound of “Counting the Days”. The song’s build-up into the drop is stunning, taking the listener on an emotional journey that builds to a crescendo. “Counting the Days” is a standout track that is sure to win the hearts of electronic dance music fans. The song’s message and delivery are touching, and it is a testament to the power of collaboration between talented artists.


“Bad One” by Mike Äpt Is a Masterpiece

Mike Äpt’s latest release, “Bad One”, is a sonic ear candy that showcases his talent as an artist and his growth as a musician. Inspired by a girl he met in Sweden, the song is an upbeat pop track that is different from his usual R&B style. Working with his production team, which includes Bjorn Engelmann, Aldon Wells, and Wavy Duder, Mike was able to create a unique sound that captures the essence of the song’s inspiration.
Mike’s production team has worked with some of the biggest names in the music industry, both in the US and abroad, and their expertise is evident in the final product.

The songwriting process involved delving into Mike’s feelings and personal experiences, which he then translated into a sound that reflects his emotions. This dedication to authenticity is one of the reasons why “Bad One” is so special. While the track is released under Mike’s own label, Apt Records, LLC, it has already received acclaim from industry insiders.

As an artist, Mike has had several defining moments in his career. Booking his first headline performance at The House of Blues Cleveland in May of 2023 and releasing his first single on February 20th, 2023, are two of them. However, one of the most significant moments in his career came when he performed live for the first time.
Despite his nerves, the positive response from the crowd solidified his desire to pursue music as a career.

“Bad One” is an incredible follow up release from Mike Äpt that showcases his talents as an artist and musician. The song is a testament to his growth as an artist and his willingness to take risks to pursue his passion. With a successful career already underway, it is clear that Mike Äpt has something special he’s giving the world.


Frameworks Releases Beautiful Downtempo Single, “Cold”

Over the past decade, the emotive producer known as Frameworks has endeared himself to audiences through his thoughtful, evocative compositions, leading to performances at festivals such as CoachellaElectric ForestLightning In A BottleCamp Bisco and Shambhala, collaborations with Island Records staple JP Cooper and Ninja Tune’s Jono McCleery, and a European tour support slot with Emancipator.

Now, he’s back with a beautiful new single, “Cold”, off his highly anticipated LP Reflections, which will be released on Friday, April 14. It’s an amazing fusion of downtempo ambiance paired with mesmeric synth melodies that seemingly whisk you away into the harmonious world Frameworks creates.

There’s plenty more to come, but in the meantime, listen below!



Isaac Palmer Turns Into A “Superhero” With New Edit of Metro Boomin, Chris Brown, & Future’s Hit Single

Isaac Palmer is one of the most exciting up and coming acts. Not only are his originals finely polished, electrifying tracks, but his remixes are simply incredible. He’s a master at keeping the intriguing aspects of the original, and then flipping them into peak time club tracks.

Now, he’s back, this time making his debut on the esteemed Hood Politics imprint, supplying a sizzling edit of Metro Boomin, Chris Brown, & Future’s smash, “Superhero“. Backed by a gritty drum groove and the iconic horns of the original, Palmer builds the track into a climactic drop that is pure gold.

I heard the original from tik tok and started listening to it quite often in the car. I thought the horns were super catchy and could sound cool in a dance remix. I got to work and am very happy with what I ended up with! This one is for the club!” – Isaac Palmer

Get ready to keep this one on repeat!

Hood Politics Records · MB, Future, CB – Superhero (Isaac Palmer Edit)


Alison Wonderland announces she is pregnant

Alison Wonderland has kept her current relationship pretty close to the vest, but she’s just revealed that she and Ti are expecting a child together.

“Baby Wonderland on the way,” Alison tweeted just moments ago.

In the coming months, she has scheduled appearances at Lollapalooza throughout South America, as well as Coachella (as Whyte Fang), Hangout, Moonrise, and Red Rocks in October.

Congrats to the couple and we can’t wait for the announcement of a healthy baby!

Baby Wonderland on the way 🤰🏼🤰🏼🤰🏼
My other half Ti & I are very excited about our collab 🐣

— ALISON WONDERLAND (@awonderland) March 15, 2023


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ODESZA release yet another new song, “To Be Yours” w/ Claud

Amidst their recent GRAMMY nomination and multiple festival headlining slots, ODESZA continue to conquer 2023 with the release of “To Be Yours” today, a playful track that sways with major indie pop vibes and showcases the dreamy vocals of Chicago’s buzzy bedroom popstar Claud (the first artist Phoebe Bridgers signed to her record label Saddest Factory Records).

The track drop follows two incredible festival performances earlier this month at Okeechobee and CRSSD, the announcement of their headlining slot at this year’s Outside Lands, as well as their other recent release “Hopeful” debuting in the top 20 of the Billboard Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart.

“To Be Yours was a track that we had originally started back at the end of 2018. We loved the idea but struggled to find the right fit for the song until Claud sent us back their incredible vocal top line,” said ODESZA (Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight). “As soon as we heard what Claud put together we knew we had something special. The vocal melodies and delivery compliment the track in such a perfect way. We couldn’t be happier with how this one came together and are really excited for people to hear it.”

Listen below!


June 10 – Governors Ball – New York, NY
June 14 – Place Bell Arena – Montreal, QC
June 17 – Bonnaroo – Manchester, TN
June 22 – Electric Forest – Rothbury, MI
June 30 – Milwaukee Summerfest – Milwaukee, WI
August 11-13 – Outside Lands – San Francisco, CA


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M83: “EDM is probably one of the styles of music that I hate the most”

The amount of times a DJ has dropped “Midnight City” by M83 set is almost incalculable at this point. The track originally appeared on the double album, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, released in 2011. According to a quick synopsis of the album’s success, “The album placed 3rd in Pitchfork’s Top 50 Albums of 2011 list; the single ‘Midnight City’ was placed 1st on the Top 100 Tracks list. On January 26,  2012, M83 came in at number 5 on the Triple J Hottest 100 with the single ‘Midnight City.’”

It was a massive hit in every way possible, and arguably singlehandedly led to M83’s massive popularity. However, Anthony Gonzalez, the remaining sole member of the group, has stated multiple times in interviews that he laments the song’s popularity. In an infamous 2019 interview with VICE, he said, “[…] these days, I kind of just want people to forget about me and my previous success— Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming and ‘Midnight City.’”

Now, in a more recent interview with Consequence, he has doubled down.

“I mentioned this in an interview before, but it’s almost that I want to keep the fans of ‘Midnight City’ away from entering — which I mean mostly as a bad joke,” Gonzalez said.

“For me, the struggle with being a successful artist with that album, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, and especially with that track, ‘Midnight City’, is that all of a sudden, I had this huge EDM following. EDM is probably one of the styles of music that I hate the most. All of a sudden, I have these bro EDM DJs playing my music, and I just can’t even care less. Sometimes I wish that I could erase that fan base but I don’t think it’s possible to do that.”

This isn’t something that EDM fans will necessarily take personally, but nonetheless it’s disheartening to hear that the artist behind a song that popularly shows up in hundreds of sets per year has maligned an entire fanbase wholesale.

The interview comes ahead of M83’s ninth studio album, Fantasy, due out this Friday, March 17. You can read the full interview here.


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The Rise of Canadian producer Hoang and his Impact on the melodic bass scene.

Canada’s music scene has been a hotbed for cutting-edge electronic dance music producers and DJs. Mike Hoang, better known as Hoang, is a Canadian music producer/DJ who has established himself in the global electronic music community. Born and raised in Vancouver, Hoang has been steadily making waves in the music industry, accumulating over 80 million streams and 800,000 monthly listeners on Spotify in just three years.

While in the sixth grade, Hoang was moved to download FL Studio after hearing some early electronic music. With a unique sound that blends crossover genres, Hoang has signed records with top labels such as Monstercat, Lost in Dreams, and 88RISING. Recently, he and another electronic music giant, ELEPHANTE, embarked on a 15-city tour across the United States, with support from the highly regarded record label 88RISING.

First, Hoang comes up with a simple melody idea, which he then connects with a chord progression on the piano. From there, he experiments with different elements to create his signature sound. Hoang has learned to ignore periods of writer’s block and instead focus on the joy that may be found in the creative process.

Hoang’s dedication to the local community sets him distinct from other electronic dance music performers. He is pleased by the fact that even on bad days, his music can lift listeners up and give them hope. He has amassed a devoted fan base of upbeat, optimistic people who find peace in his music. Hoang’s greatest success to date can be attributed to the influence he has had on his neighborhood.

There are plenty of other Canadian DJs that are building a name for themselves in the electronic dance music industry, not just Hoang. In addition to the aforementioned, Canada is also producing a plethora of other great artists with fresh and original styles and points of view. The Canadian music scene is an excellent breeding ground for fresh talent, and Hoang is one of the many artists at the forefront of this wave.
For anyone looking to get into the music industry, Hoang has some sage advice. He recommends not overthinking things and avoiding regrets. He encourages young artists to have fun and make a positive impact with their art while being open to advice and improvement from peers.

In conclusion, Hoang’s success story is an inspiring one that showcases the vibrancy and potential of the Canadian EDM scene. With a community-first attitude, a unique sound, and an unwavering commitment to his art, Hoang is one of the many talented Canadian DJs making waves in the international music scene.



North Coast Music Festival Unveils Phase 2 lineup ft. Chris Lorenzo, Elderbrook, Gordo + more

The celebrated midwest festival North Coast just unveiled a whopping phase two lineup to join the already star studded cast ft. Marshmello, Flume, DJ Snake, Alison Wonderland and so many more.

Recently announced are Chris Lorenzo, Elderbrook, and Gordo, along with solo sets from Big Gigantic and NGHTMRE. Also making their North Coast debuts will be electro-soul producer Daily Bread, cutting-edge psychedelic bass artist A Hundred Drums, and twin brother electronic hip-hop duo MZG.

There’s truly something for everyone this year at North Coast and is sure to leave fans buzzing wth memories to last a lifetime.

Tickets are moving fast, so your best bet is getting tickets now for Labor Day Weekend, Sept 1-3.


Marc Antonix Drops Thundering ‘Nocturnal – Outerspace’ EP

Los Angeles native and genre-defying music producer Marc Antonix has been garnering attention from around the world with his breathtaking soundscapes, rhythmic tones, experimental basslines, and cinematic drops. Coming off his hit “Let You Go,” Marc has gained significant support from headliners such as Don Diablo, The Chainsmokers and Afrojack.

Marc’s versatility shines strong in his latest EP ‘Nocturnal – Outerspace’, which is a thundering two track collection that might be his best work yet. Each encompass unique eerie yet thrilling bass house vibes that seemingly appear to take the listener into spacial realms from the minute they press play. Both tracks clearly support the artist’s vision to explore the realms of house music while keeping elements of mystery and surprises along the way as Marc Antonix does what he does best.

Listen below!



COFRESI Shares Compelling Single “I’M NOT” Off Forthcoming EP ‘Agenda’

Born and raised in Chicago, COFRESI continues to push the boundaries of production and live electronic performance with all that he does. Whether it’s his creative approach to rhythms and percussion or his energetic live sets, COFRESI never ceases to impress and captivate his audience. Since making his official release debut in 2017, he has gone on to perform his unique live/electronic hybrid set at a myriad of globally-renowned festivals, including Electric Forest, North Coast, EDC Mexico, SXSW, to name a few. His music, has found a home on a string of labels such as Gravitas and TooFuture, and even garnered support from a diverse list of leading figures in electronic music, including the likes of Autograf, Polo & Pan, Mr. Carmack, So Down, Disco Biscits, and NGHTMRE.

Now, he’s back with a compelling new single “I’M NOT” off of his forthcoming EP ‘Agenda’ which is due out April 6. He introduces the song through tranquil ambiance, seamlessly building into a hypnotic rhythm that instantly whisks you away.

COFRESI shares, “the initial idea for “I’M NOT came together the day after I saw Polo & Pan perform at Radius in Chicago. I was getting deeper into the city’s music scene then and exploring more dance-focused artists. Polo & Pan’s approach to their live show and music struck a chord in me, and this tune was essentially an application of that inspiration.”

Check it out below!


Thrive & Proximity book James Hype, Duck Sauce, Cloverdale and more for MMW 2023

After last year’s incredible Thrive party at SLS, the label that houses Moore Kismet, ACRAZE, Biscits, Modapit, and more returns for Miami Music Week in just a couple weeks with a brand new lineup that’s sure to induce FOMO if you find yourself unable to attend.

Thrive and Proximity are returning to SLS South Beach / Hyde Beach for the second year in a row on Sunday, March 26th to bring you a massive lineup with headlining act James Hype, special guest Duck Sauce, with support including Tita Lau, Night Tales, Cloverdale, Biscits B2B ?????????, and more.

Last year, Thrive and Proximity took over SLS with their “Do It To It” superstar ACRAZE along with prominent artists including, SIDEPIECE, Dombresky, Fedde Le Grand, Nostalgix, Moore Kismet, plus many others who all spun unforgettable sets.

Don’t miss out on this event, early bird tickets are already sold out. Secure the next tier of tickets available here now.


Modapit “Falling In Love” director describes challenges & vision for new project [Interview]

In the real world, Modapit has seemingly come out of nowhere, presenting a parallel between his real-life aspect and the character he portrays in the media surrounding his music. Questions of being an industry plant are unavoidable, but if the music is good, the point becomes rather moot.

Modapit released their first single, “Dancing,” in January, and followed it up recently with “Falling In Love” along with yet another music video. The idea behind the project is to present a cohesive and interesting story that asks as many questions as it answers, and so far, that goal hasn’t been missed.

With the release of the music video for “Falling In Love” last week, we caught up with the video’s director, David Guillermo Borges, to ask about the creative direction and actual process of filming the video — how it came together, the challenges they faced shooting in the desert, and what the future holds for Modapit.

In addition to Borges’ involvement, the video also features an impressive cast and crew, including choreographer and performer Tiffany “Violet” De Alba who has worked with Cirque Du Soleil, Diddy, and Usher, as well as Russel M. Corpis, Kendra Hagan, Dantriell Houston, Stephanie Brodie, and Bohdan Tkachenko.

When the Modapit team first sent you the song, what was the first concept in your mind as to how you would set the setting for the video?

The song was sent very early in the process, at the same time Dancing was sent. (And a few others.) The goal was to create a single story line but still have music videos that felt very different from each other. We immediately knew we wanted to shoot in a desert setting to create a drastic change from ‘Dancing,’ which takes place in the city. All these things together added to the first few ideas.

How many different versions of the video did you draft before you settled on the final concept?

I wouldn’t say different versions of the video, but a couple different things changed as we started producing it. One of the things was the wardrobe and make up. At first we thought about buying things we felt these characters would wear, but Gabriella, our protagonist, and producer said she’d be happy to create the costumes herself. Best decision we could have made, she hand made every single costume and chose the color red to represent love. Another thing I’d say changed was the story line and where in the video certain things happened, making the final project even more fascinating to watch than our first cut.

Clearly the being in the sky is meant to represent Modapit — who do the dancers represent? The motorcyclist?

In our story so far we know Modapit has something to do with the “spaceships”. The motorcyclist is the main character for our previous video Dancing, she’s been on a quest of finding the “real” Modapit, who she believes has answers about what happened to her sister. She has brought the mask of someone that was probably an impostor to this group of almost a religious cult in hopes of being accepted into this place floating in the sky. I believe the dancers represent our connection to artists. The motorcyclist would represent us trying to become a part of the music scene. Modapit would represent a different kind of artist, one that I believe is not after fame or fortune but more about getting people together.

What was the shooting process like out in the desert as far as working around weather and lighting?

The weather in Vegas was incredible when we landed, but a couple days before the shoot it started to get really cold and wet. We had about 15 people booked for this, a scary feeling thinking you’d have to reschedule. But somehow like the beam of light shining out of the modaship, the sky opened up that morning for a few hours allowing us to film the dance part of the video, only to get impossibly cold that afternoon. Call it luck, or a blessing but I believe this video was supposed to happen that day. I do love Vegas and can’t wait to come back in May for Moda’s first performance.

Is this story over?

The story is not over, we have yet to really meet the sister of our main character, who was teased in the What is Modapit trailer. We also want to show people what it would look like if our main character met the real Modapit and got answers about her sister.


Dubstep legends Emalkay, The Others, & Subscape unite on 8-track ‘Flashpoint’ EP

As a genre, dubstep is no longer as critically maligned as it once was in the early 2010s. You can find influences in major pop songs and there are entire festivals, stage takeovers, and stadium tours featuring the now iconic sound. Of course, the sound has changed over the past decade. The slow, methodical burning of bass and drums that began the wave in the late 2000s has been replaced with quarter notes, heavily distorted bass, and, sometimes, pretty unimaginative design.

There are still those who represent the old guard, namely, in this case, Emalkay, The Others, and Subscape. Each of them have been a part of the scene, creating waves, for the past 15 or more years. Only recently did they all come together on their first single, “Inside My Head.”

“We thought it was a collaboration long overdue so we mashed out some beats together one day and before we knew it we eventually ended up with a huge body of work with this being one of our favourite tracks. We are thrilled to finally have it out there and on the legendary Deadbeats label too! We hope you enjoy it.’ – Emalkay

Now, their complete Flashpoint EP is officially out via Deadbeats, featuring 8 tracks of legendary bass. It transports us back to the olde days, when the scene wasn’t quite as saturated, when innovation and new discoveries in design and arrangement were being made seemingly every month, and we all knew that 140 was the true BPM.

Listen below!


Nashville’s Deep Tropics Music Festival Drops 2023 Genre Bending Lineup ft. SG Lewis (DJ Set), Eli & Fur, What So Not, Gorgon City + more

When it comes to immersive experiences paired with sustainable initiatives, no one does it better than Deep Tropics. Based in Nashville, they’re become the greenest event in the USA, continually going beyond net zero and producing carbon negative festivals these past two years and will do so again this year.

They’ve announced their return to the Music City for their 5th iteration on August 18-19 with a massive lineup that represents as co-founder Blake Atchison shares, “a global dance music sound.” Headlined by SG Lewis, Gorgon City, and What So Not, they’re joined by an impressive genre bending list of artists including Eli & Fur, Inzo, KHIVA, Kream, Saka, Coco & Breezy + many more.

We have artists from six continents which really fires me up. Growing up in Nashville, it’s a bit surreal to host this level of cultural diversity in a city that is still primarily known for country music. I’m particularly excited for Major League DJz, Gorgon City, SG Lewis, Sonny Fodera, DJ Minx, Coco & Breezy, Lunice, and What So Not along with local legends Subrinse and Lux Velour.” – Blake Atchison (co-founder of Deep Tropics)

Deep Tropics will once again create an entire program of pre-parties, day-time events, workshops and opportunities to connect in intimate settings throughout the weekend. Additionally, multiple off-site afterparty options catering to different musical subgenres will occur simultaneously following the main event to carry deep into the night.

Whether you’re in Nashville or beyond, Deep Tropics is a must-attend festival for this year.

Tickets go on sale Friday March 17 here.


Poylow & Lucky Low, Two Cousins, One Hit, ‘Freak Show’

The talented cousins Poylow and Lucky Low have teamed up for the first time to bring you an incredible new release that’s sure to get your heart racing and your feet moving. “Freak Show”, released on NCS, embodies a dark, devious, carnival-esque vibe that’s perfect for clubs and festivals alike.

Poylow and Lucky Low have enlisted the help of two other talented artists to bring this track to life. Mad Snax and India Dupriez have contributed their unique vocal talents to the song, adding an extra layer of depth and excitement to an already impressive track. The vocals on “Freak Show” are truly something special. Mad Snax and India Dupriez have managed to create creepy yet catchy vocals that perfectly complement the driving beat and pulsating bassline. The result is a track that’s both haunting and uplifting, and that’s sure to get the crowd pumped up and dancing.

One of the standout features of this track is its versatility. While it’s perfect for clubs and festivals, it’s also the kind of track that you’ll want to add to your workout playlist. The high energy and driving beat make it the perfect accompaniment to any workout, whether you’re hitting the weights or going for a run.

Overall, Poylow and Lucky Low have knocked it out of the park with this release. The addition of vocals from Mad Snax and India Dupriez takes this track to the next level, creating a unique and memorable EDM experience that’s not to be missed. So turn up the volume, hit play, and get ready to dance the night away!

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