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Mastercard Launches Limited Edition Run of Music Reactive LED Masks

As venues start opening up and shows start coming back, masks are still very much required.

In an interesting twist, BRIT Awards 2021 headline sponsor Mastercard has created an audio sensitive mask perfect for upcoming festivals and events. The lights interact with their environment, responding to music and sounds in real time.

The design features 8×8 micro-LED lights with 64 pixels, transforming this safety measure into a unique statement piece that combines passions of technology, music and fashion. The mask is fully rechargeable and the lights are activated with the click of a button.

According to Mastercard’s research, “17% of Gen Z and Millennials like to wear them to make a statement by choosing a unique design that looks good on them and matches their outfit. This is particularly apparent amongst this younger generation with 14% saying their mask is a reflection of their personality.”

Snag these “Priceless” limited edition masks on May 20th at www.priceless.com. In the meantime, learn more here.

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H/T: Wales Online | Source: Mastercard

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Skrillex “Butterflies” with Starrah and Four Tet OUT NOW [LISTEN]

Skrillex has officially shared his new track “Butterflies,” marking the first official new music of his since 2019.

On “Butterflies” Skrillex taps renowned producer Four Tet and musical powerhouse Starrah for this house inspired song. The track highlights Skrillex’s penchant for collaboration and curation pairing his dynamic and nuanced production with two of music’s most credible and respected artists.

His last song in 2019 was “Power Hour” with Boys Noize and Ty Dolla $ign, with “Malokera” and his Show Tracks EP coming before that, all in the same year.

Fans suspect that this is the first single from an upcoming larger body of work (i.e., an album), but of course we’ve been burned by these rumors before.

Check out the new track below.

 

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Porter Robinson Announces 30-Date ‘Nurture’ Live Tour For North America

Porter Robinson announced the dates and lineup for his Second Sky festival just last week, and now he’s revealed the dates and locations for a full Nurture live tour for North America.

Nurture, Porter’s second album, was released April 23 and immediately received rave reviews. The next day, he performed the album live for the first time at Secret Sky, the digital version of his Second Sky festival that debuted in 2019.

Fans now get to witness the Nurture live performance in person this fall. Jai Wolf will provide support, and other artists will probably be announced based on region at a later time.

Presale starts Wed, May 12th @ 10:00am PDT. Full dates and presale registration can be found here.

NURTURE LIVE TOUR NORTH AMERICAhttps://t.co/VgDxysyUkt pic.twitter.com/HnlVTftO6o

— porter robinson (@porterrobinson) May 10, 2021

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Skrillex Dropping New Music With Starrah and Four Tet Today [PREVIEW]

After weeks, nay months, nay years of waiting for new Skrillex music, after wiping Instagram and more, he’s finally dropping new music today – “Butterflies” with Starrah and Four Tet.

Though we haven’t been diligently and studiously following all of his possible releases – we knew “El Dorado” with Starrah was coming, but we didn’t know anything with Four Tet was on the plate. The two have gone back to back a few times at shows, but the combination of their production styles makes for an exciting release.

it has 3 drops

— Four Tet (@FourTet) May 9, 2021

Check out the preview below. We don’t know exactly what time it’s going live today, so keep an eye on socials to be the first to know when it’s up!

 

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UK Producer Kardboard Kid Drops Super Catchy, “I’m a Mess”

Acclaimed UK-based songwriter, producer and musician Jamie Sellers returns to the soundsphere as his Kardboard Kid moniker with third single “I’m A Mess” – a captivating and tuneful soundtrack primed for a thought-provoking listen.

Layered with effective piano keys and catchy percussive samples, Kardboard Kid produces an enthralling track immaculately produced with his trademark vocals declaring, “you better help me out, I’m a mess right now” – offering a lighthearted yet poignant reminder of today’s happenings. Demonstrating a unique production process, the talented songwriter continues to tap into his extensive musical knowledge – delivering another infectious blend of synth-work and percussion as a solo artist.

Speaking on the single, he said: “”I’m A Mess” is a song about feeling stressed, anxious and generally messy. Written at the height of the pandemic, it was intended as an audio illustration of the way many of us were feeling at the time, but packaged in a way that still maintains the upbeat and fun feel of Kardboard Kid’s sound. Packed full of energy, with driving piano, a mixture of programmed beats and live rock drums, brass fanfare and chanting gang vocals along with Karboard Kid’s infectious hooks, “I’m A Mess” is a ball of energy designed to lift the spirits of anyone struggling with stress. Overall letting them know it’s going to be okay!

Recognised as one of the UK’s go-to producers thanks to his work with a number of heavyweights including Ronan Keating, Alesha Dixon, Chelcee Grimes and Liv Dawson – the Essex-born stalwart continues to push the boundaries of modern music and certainly gives us super catchy summer jam.

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TRAKTOR PRO Users Can Now LINK Up with Beatport & Beatsource

TRAKTOR PRO is now compatible with with Beatport LINK and Beatsource LINK.

The LINK integration delivers the music catalogs of Beatport and Beatsource streaming directly into Native Instruments’ flagship DJ software TRAKTOR PRO 3.

Not only can DJs playback full-length streams of their entire catalog inside TRAKTOR PRO itself, they can access their LINK playlists, charts, curated playlists and sets as well. Add cue points and loops to any track, create unlimited smart playlists with Beatport or Beatsource tracks, and apply TRAKTOR FX in the mix.

The system offers full caching of currently playing tracks, so temporary internet outages are not a problem. Plus, users can store up to 100 tracks with the forthcoming Offline Locker feature.

LINK integrates seamlessly with TRAKTOR KONTROL S2, S3, S4 as well as X1, Z1, and F1.

Get the latest version of TRAKTOR PRO 3 featuring Beatport or Beatsource LINK in Public Beta here, in advance of the official launch this summer.

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Carl Cox Teams Up with WaterBear for Music Education Scholarship

Techno legend Carl Cox has announced a scholarship program in collaboration with WaterBear, The College of Music.

Carl Cox Scholarship Award celebrates the launch of the college’s newly launched BA (Hons) Electronic Music and Business degree. The scholarship is eligible to all students enrolling in the course, which starts up September 2021.

As an inspiration and innovator of dance music, Carl Cox knows what it takes to have success in the music business. He will award one deserving student with musical equipment valued at £15,000 to help their dreams become a reality.

He shares:

I’m really excited to support WaterBear – The College of Music in providing this scholarship award and contributing to someone’s career journey in music. Hopefully this will help the creative process and lead to some great new electronic music that we can all enjoy.

The Electronic Music and Business track via WaterBear can be studied on-site in Brighton, or online via distance learning from anywhere in the world. The college prides itself on smaller class sizes, flexible course delivery and one-on-one mentoring.

Details and how to apply here.

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Boys Noize Drops Sizzling Dance Floor Cut “All I Want” ft. Jake Shears [LISTEN]

Boys Noize just unleashed his hotly anticipated new single, “All I Want” featuring Scissor Sisters frontman Jake Shears.

Designed for the dance floor, “All I Want” is a sizzling, club-ready cut with unmistakeable vocals, clean synth work and a steady bassline. The track is as infectious as they come boasting hooks left and right — Give it to me! The song comes complete with an official music video, which is an unusual ride in itself.

Boys Noize shares of the music video concept:

When I thought about a video for this song, the idea about reversing the lyrics ‘all I want is you’ was the first thought. People obsess so much about their body, their look, their social profiles, their “likes”, and it becomes more important than everything else. I was a fan of Dan Streit’s previous work and focus on unique fringe characters, so I contacted him and presented him the idea for this video, he loved it and took it to the next level. “I love myself, look at me, look at my photos, look, people actually like me!”

Recently, Boys Noize also went off with an emotionally-charged double release, “Ride Or Die” / “IU” — making it obvious he has tons of quality new material to rinse through after a year in lockdown.

“All I Want” is out now on Defected Records — watch here!

Boys Noize – “All I Want” ft. Jake Shears

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Live Nation Has Already Doubled Tours & Events in 2022, Compared to 2019

Live music is coming back twice as strong in 2022.

The unprecedented demand for live music has resulted in Live Nation reportedly booking twice as many shows for 2022 as it did in 2019. In other words, concerts and tours are returning stronger than they were pre-pandemic.

Among the tours already announced for 2022 are reunion runs for Rage Against the Machine and My Chemical Romance — plus, Bad Bunny, Roger Waters, Rina Sawayama and more.

The company has also confirmed several huge tours kicking off in 2021 including Dave Matthews, Megadeth with Lamb of God, Brad Paisley, and Chris Stapleton. Plus, Fall festival dates for Bonnaroo, Rolling Loud, and Electric Daisy Carnival.

Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino shared this week:

Around the world, people are showing the need to get out and socialize once again which reinforces our expectation that a return to concerts will be the logical progression as vaccines are readily available to everyone who wants to get one. This is generally already the case in the U.S. where we are confidently planning our reopenings, particularly for outdoor shows, and we expect many of our other major markets will follow this summer.

Explore Live Nation’s tours and events — and get tickets here.

 

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Derrick May Withdraws From Panel Celebrating 20 Years Of Detroit Techno After Sexual Assault Allegations

The Detroit Historical Museum is hosting an exhibit celebrating 20 years of electronic music festivals in the city, but Derrick May will not be in attendance.

A panel discussion with legends Carl Craig and Kevin Saunderson, filmmaker Tim Aten, Paxahau’s Sam Fotias originally included May. However, he backed out to “avoid distracting from the celebration of the music, people, and history of Detroit’s electronic music festivals.”

In September last year, May was accused of sexual assault in a lengthy post on Facebook. Both DJ Mag and Resident Advisor penned investigative pieces uncovering 13 other accounts of sexual assault by May. He denies the allegations.

“Derrick stepped back when it appeared that his presence would distract from the spirit of the celebration,” said Tracy Irwin, the museum’s Chief Exhibitions and Enrichment Officer. “This project and our exhibit, 2000/2020: Celebrating the 20 Years of the Electronic Music Festival in Detroit has been about the history of the festivals and the vibrant community that grew around them. We all agree that this history is bigger than one person and by stepping aside, Derrick ensures that the closing celebration will reflect that history and remain as vibrant and joyful as the festivals themselves.”

The event closing celebration is set for May 30.

To avoid distracting from the celebration of the music, people and history of Detroit’s electronic music festivals happening on 5/30 at the Detroit Historical Museum, Derrick May has decided not to attend the planned panel discussion. The panel will feature other industry giants.

— Detroit Hist Society (@DHSDetroit) May 6, 2021

 

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Alison Wonderland is Bringing Back her Whyte Fang Alter Ego

Alison Wonderland’s alias from a decade ago is getting a revival.

As diehard AW fans probably know, the producer used to work under the name Whyte Fang. Tracks including “Thy New Sound,” “Play” and “Heart” showcase her earlier sound circa 2011 -2014, as well as a remix for “Ready” by Elizabeth Rose and a cover of “Say It Right” by Nelly Furtado.

The apparent Instagram account for Whyte Fang, which originated in 2016, became much more active through 2019 with a handful of posts. In December 2020, a meme-style photo was shared simply stating “2021.” Now, the hype is ramping up once again as Whyte Fang has shared an image of project’s logo.

The genre-bending alias takes an alternative approach to electronic music, fusing elements of industrial, bass, trap, synth, pop and beyond — but we can only imagine how the Whyte Fang sound has expanded over the years.

Listening back, Alison’s voice still comes through strong as ever, but there’s a raw, unspoken edge to the delivery and processing. These songs were made in the days when she was recording vocals on her trusty iPhone, after all.

A website for the project — www.whytefang.com — is currently active as well. So far, no info on when new music might be released, but remember, she said “2021.”

See below and go down the Whyte Fang rabbit hole here.

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Griz Gets In The Studio With Subtronics & Jantsen

When “Griztronics” came out in 2019, it instantly became a worldwide phenomenon. Gaining popularity on pretty much every platform, it catapulted both artists into even higher stardom. Now, Griz and Subtronics are back in the studio again, and they’ve also got Jantsen with them as well.

This past week, Griz, Subtronics, Jantsen, as well as Level Up, got together to make some new music and it’s safe to say we already can’t wait to hear what they have in store for us given their past successes.

Check out the tweets below and join us in waiting for whatever magic they produced.

Got @Subtronics comin over to the stuuuuuuuuuuu!!!!! 💜✨😈

— GRiZ ✨💜 (@Griz) May 6, 2021

We got @jantsenmusic come thru to the studio today!!!!!!!! 💜✨

— GRiZ ✨💜 (@Griz) May 6, 2021

the gang gets wholesome 💜✨😊 and also makes new music pic.twitter.com/wNePQ2LCPl

— GRiZ ✨💜 (@Griz) May 6, 2021

 

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VADR Drops Lovesick Trap Hybrid “Away” ft. Oshea Davaun & City Sun [LISTEN]

From the stomping grounds of Detroit, VADR releases “Away” with rising rapper Oshea Davaun and multi-instrumentalist City Sun.

This song about love’s hypnotic spell moves in mysterious ways, constantly shifting and evolving its rhythm and flow. The producer’s affinity for sound design and fierce attention to detail shine through, as VADR crafts a forward-thinking, trap-meets-house creation.

While the “Away” instrumental intentionally contrasts in sound and structure, Oshea Davaun’s standout lyrical performance glues it all together seamlessly. VADR’s roots in hip hop and love for gritty bass don’t go unnoticed, making for one powerful hybrid.

VADR shares in his own words the meaning behind the song:

Love’s spell is a potion we so easily drink from, become entangled within, and turned around from ourselves. “Away” is written through the lens of the personally lost, but the physically connected.

Listen here and link up with VADR below!

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Thomas Xavier Drops Bass Driving Smash, ‘Go To Church’

Thomas Xavier is rolling out a massive selection of original releases all throughout 2021. Kicking off the debut of this well-planned direction is Go To Church EP, featuring 2 club-ready, highly-infectious G-house tracks. Label User Friendly swiftly signed the works, welcoming Thomas Xavier to the family. The major stamp of approval is a break right out of that gate, indicating this artist is dialing into something on-point 100% and is meeting the needs of the house music world with authenticity and originality.

“Go To Church,” gives an instant great impression of the energy and direction Xavier is embracing. Driving dark bass and percussion stinging with hypnotic infection fills the body with near-involuntary move-making empowerment that’s virtually impossible to shake off. The vocal samples, ‘scared / go to church,’ channel a metaphysical essence that lifts the spirit to a different place, the echo & reverb effects placed on the spoken verbiage takes the track to all-consuming peak.

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Alesso, Tove Lo & More Team with Tim Bergling Foundation for Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and some of electronic music’s biggest names are taking action for the cause.

A collaboration between the Tim Bergling Foundation, a mental health organization in memory of Avicii, and Save the Children has already seen support from Alesso, Tove Lo, Elliphant, Benjamin Ingrosso, Loreen, and Felix Sandman. These artists have donated their Spotify Canvas covers to benefit the collaborative project.

The Tim Bergling Foundation, which works to lessen the stigma around mental health and suicide, has partnered with Save the Children for its latest initiative. The project’s intent is to strengthen mental health in young adults through use of music as a means of coping and expression.

The Tim Bergling Foundation is run by Bergling’s parents, Klas and Anki, and other members of the family.

Klas says:

I look forward to working with Save the Children, which is already doing a good job on topics that we are passionate about in the Tim Bergling Foundation. I am also impressed by their ambition to create meaningful leisure time for children and young people that is an important part of life between home and school.

Learn more about the project here.

 

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Codeko Releases Somber “Cursed” with Becca Krueger on Thrive

Some days, it just feels like the world is against you. Codeko explores this feeling more in his new song, “Cursed” with Becca Krueger, out today on Thrive Music/Virgin.

Haunting vocals and somber melodies drive this song and make it fully relatable. All of this is offset by the contrasting, upbeat drop.

“Spilled my coffee / Ripped my pants / Missed the bus / I had no chance / I’ll try again tomorrow…
Every day it goes the same / Feels like I can’t catch a break / I’ll try again tomorrow…”

Listen to “Cursed” below!

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Deadmau5 Takes Aim At Film, TV, Ads with New Label ‘beathau5’

Just two months after deadmau5 launched his new house-centric label, hau5trap, he’s launching a new label called beathau5 focused on getting placements in film, television, and advertising. According to Variety who published the exclusive, “Beathau5 is a collaboration between Zimmerman’s Mau5trap label and Extreme Music in a deal brokered by UTA.”

Extreme Music is the production library arm of Sony Music Publishing, so it “places itself partway between a commercial record company and a traditional music library.”

Boasting partnerships with regular professional and session musicians such as Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL, the songs are “ready to license” for screens of all types. Beathau5 will hit the ground running with projects from five different mau5trap artists, all with unreleased material.

“Some will be from established artists and others will be from our new signings,” says Zimmerman, who is personally curating and compiling the albums. “Extreme is an excellent partner to get our selections in the hands of the right people. Creatives in the film and TV space will have access to some really unique beds of electronic music for their projects.”

Each album will also be released for consumers, as well as with their own NFTs.

 

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Dack Janiels Brings Dubstep & Hardstyle Together for “Fancy Footwork” [LISTEN]

Dack Janiels returns to 40oz Cult with a certified brain melter, “Fancy Footwork.”

The track showcases this LA-based producer’s signature dubstep flair with a nod to early hardstyle of the 2000s. Going off the press release, you’re gonna want to crank this one until you get a noise complaint.

Dack Janiels has found a formula that works well for him, matching wonky riddim flow with crispy clean sound design and an overall “go hard or go home” mentality. We’re continuously impressed with his ability to mold cutting-edge bangers and his latest is no exception.

We can definitely see some “Fancy Footwork” happening during the track’s aggressive build — but when the drop hits, it’s straight up headbanging and rail breaking from there.

Listen and link up with Dack Janiels below!

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Wenzday Channels Pre-Show Jitters via Quirky New Single “Actin Up’” [LISTEN]

Wenzday follows through with back-to-back releases on House Call Records with “Actin’ Up,” channeling the kind of energy she experiences in real life, right before she hits the stage.

The LA-based DJ/producer and co-head of 40oz Cult drops much quirk and spunk into the mix for this hot new track. Spastic sounds and rhythmic elements find their own distinct groove, as “Actin’ Up” takes form. Playful sound design controls production and Wenzday hits hard as ever.

“Actin’ Up” follows Wenzday’s unexpected rock and bass house-infused record “Outside” featuring Myke Terry, also out now on House Call Records.

Wenzday shares of the new release:

“Actin’ Up” is inspired by my times spent in the green room before a performance pre-Covid. I wanted to channel my pre-show jitters and excitement that I feel as well as the crowd’s before a set. A nod to my role in 40oz Cult, Actin Up showcases the growth of Wenzday as an artist.

Dr. Fresch shares his excitement, as well:

Both of these records display Wenzday’s sound and style — I absolutely love how “Outside” connects the dots between the Bass House world and the Rock world. Any ravers that have an emo or metal past life will immediately connect with this song. “Actin’ Up” is nothing short of a festival banger. I can’t wait to play both of these records live this year!

Listen here and link up with Wenzday below!

Wenzday – Actin’ Up

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[Premiere] Showtek Drops 90’s Inspired House Tune “What is Love” featuring Theresa Rex

Showtek have hit the ground running in 2021, now we’re happy to premiere their fifth single of the year, “What is Love.” Featuring Danish singer Theresa Rex on vocals, “What is Love” is a fantastic track that hearkens back to 90’s-style house with it’s bright synth notes and pianos. Rex’s vocals perfectly match the early-summer vibes the track evokes. The Janssen brothers explore some new production space while also having a classic Showtek drop.

Despite the bright aesthetic of the track, the vocals are actually somber and lonely. The vocal track was actually written by Jessie Reyez, but, Theresa Rex perfectly conveys the emotion behind the lyrics. As Showtek put it, the vocals almost play out like a philosophy question. “What is love without someone to love ya?”

The track starts with light hi-hats in the background, Theresa Rex’s vocals are allowed to shine as the production remains very minimal throughout the first verse. However, once Rex starts belting out the chorus, the urgency increases. There’s piano, some tropical notes, some light horns and an unmistakable Showtek melody in the drop. It’s all just very catchy. Here’s what the Janssen brothers and Theresa Rex had to say about “What is Love.”

“What is love? A philosopher’s favorite question. For musicians like us it’s a great way to express how we feel. The 90’s house music style is a big part of our lives and inspiration personally.  A perfect way to lay that sentiment down is into a track. We wrote this one with Jessie Reyez and love how Theresa Rex performed her vocals on this. Both great artists we loved working with.” – Showtek

“I just love this song, I love the lyrics, the vibe, the whole thing. I’m so glad it’s finally out for the world to hear. Working with Showtek has been so easy, I feel like we had the same vision for the song and I hope it shines through” – Theresa Rex

Check out the latest from Showtek, “What is Love” featuring Theresa Rex, out now on Universal.

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Anti Up Maintains Hot Streak with Fresh Single “Shake” via Big Beat Records [LISTEN]

Anti Up, the legendary side project between Chris Lake and Chris Lorenzo, impress with their latest single, “Shake.” The gritty, off-the-cuff tech house track will have you hooked from the very first beat with its electrifying appeal.

The single teams dissonant, buzzing synths and industrial textures with hyped up vocals that sound reminiscent of our favorite classic rave anthems. Top it all off with insane, signature Anti Up drops and “Shake” is guaranteed to go off anywhere and everywhere this summer.

While the latest from Anti Up is noticeably different than their earlier works, including their highly-acclaimed, Hey Pablo EP, the duo’s essential elements remain intact. Retro sounds, industrial flourishes and pumping basslines continue to define the duo’s sound, even as they break into new soundscapes.

“Shake” follows Anti Up’s “Sensational,” another decidedly fresh track, with both releases dropping ahead of the pair’s upcoming album release.

Listen here!

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ILLENIUM & Nurko Unleash Standout Collab “Sideways” ft. Valerie Broussard [LISTEN]

The wait is over, as ILLENIUM and Nurko‘s highly anticipated single “Sideways” featuring Valerie Broussard is out now.

Standout vocals, euphoric drops and expert level melodics work together in forming this new production, already coveted among ILLENIUM and Nurko supporters alike. Delicate at times, “Sideways” ultimately counters all its softest moments with massive sounds and emotion.

“Sideways” follows “Paper Thin,” “Hearts On Fire,” “First Time,” and “Nightlight” on the trail to ILLENIUM’s forthcoming album Fallen Embers, due out this Summer. The collaborative track has already made waves as an unreleased gem, so it arrives today as a well received record.

Still to come, ILLENIUM has more upcoming collaborations with Slander x Krewella and Excision x Haliene. Explore them here.

Listen below and catch the “Sideways” feels!

ILLENIUM & Nurko – “Sideways” ft. Valerie Broussard

 

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Sander van Doorn Gives Armin van Buuren and Above & Beyond’s “Show Me Love” the Club-Ready Remix it Deserves

Hard to believe it’s been two years since Armin van Buuren and Above & Beyond dropped their epic collab “Show Me Love.” The track became an instant classic, and it clearly still resonates today. Today, Sander van Doorn, another titan on the EDM scene, treats us to his remix, and it takes the song to another level.

The SvD remix opens with the vocal refrain, “Show me love…” isolated and then sped up. A lilting progressive synth melody comes in to set the tone for the remix. The horn synths of the original are kept in tact here, but they seem farther off than in the original. After a slight buildup we get the first massive drop, and it’s some gnarly psy-trance with the original melody and refrain chopped up over it.

After the first drop, there’s an absolutely sick synth breakdown that will take you back to the old school rave days. More synths start to build urgency in the background as they get mixed in with the original melody. The second drop hits even harder with the pulsating synth line playing over a psy-trance bassline. This one will sound great once it gets dropped in a dark and packed club, somewhere on Earth.

Check out the Sander van Doorn remix of Armin van Buuren and Above & Beyond’s classic “Show Me Love.” Out now on Armada.

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W&W & AXMO Drop Hardcore/Hardstyle Banger “Skydance” featuring Giin

W&W are back with their first official Rave Culture single of the year, “Skydance,” an energetic and uplifting track that is sure to delight the Dutch duo’s fans. Ward & Willem started the year off with a festival remix of the 2004 classic “Dragostea Din Tei,” they collabed with R3HAB and Timmy Trumpet on “Distant Memory” and they also dropped a track under their NWYR alias. “Skydance” is the boys at their Rave Culture finest.

Ward and Willem team up with German production-duo AXMO on this one. They previously linked up on last year’s “Rave Love.” Fans are also treated to the delightful and quirky vocals of singer/songwriter Giin. W&W fans will recognize her from their 2018 release “Long Way Down.” The track opens with bright and uplifting synths and bells chiming in the background. Giin’s vocals come in right off the bat. The buildup and drop pay homage to hardcore and hardstyle. The loud booming synth melody works in isolation as well as it does against that 144 BPM. The nostalgia is strong on this one. The vocal takes you back to the DDR days, and the energetic drops bring the house down.

Check out the latest from W&W & AXMO “Skydance” featuring Giin. Out now on Rave Culture. Relive their epic XR livestream from their own virtual club, Club Mythic. It’s titled Rave Culture Live 001, so it seems safe to assume that there will be more XR sets to come!

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Juelz Drops Jaw-Dropping Bass Weapon “Akimbo” via Elysian Records [LISTEN]

Juelz has become an instantly recognizable name in bass music (and beyond) and it’s no wonder why. With a number of immaculate productions under his belt, he still manages to inspire with every release.

His latest jaw-dropping single “Akimbo” is as forceful as it is boundless and creative, taking the Juelz sound to the next level with perhaps the most massive drops we’ve heard from him thus far. A synth-fused intro and ready chants build anticipation before rising up and exploding into the gritty, grimey “Akimbo” flow.

Vancouver-based talent Juelz has been crafting a catalog that fuses hip-hop and electronic boundaries effortlessly. According to the producer’s bio, his classical training in violin and culturally diverse upbringing have proven to be fundamental in the development of his strong music writing and production skills.

As for “Akimbo” — certified banger, festival anthem, whatever you want to call it — we’re absolutely here for it. Word on the street is Juelz has plenty more heat coming soon, so be on the lookout.

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Recording Academy Eliminates GRAMMY Nomination Review Committees

The Recording Academy is finally ridding its controversial GRAMMY nomination review committees.

Instead of using anonymous review committees to determine nominations, thousands of the Academy’s voting members will decide nominees for major GRAMMY categories moving forward.

In addition, 90% of said members will undergo a requalification process by end of 2021 “to ensure that the voting body is actively engaged in music creation.”

Previously, major categories including Best Album, Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best New Artist were decided upon by nomination review committees.

The Academy believes this move reflects its “ongoing commitment to evolve with the musical landscape and to ensure that the GRAMMY Awards rules and guidelines are transparent and equitable.”

However, The Weekend still isn’t buying it. He famously boycotted the rewards after his 2020 album After Hours was snubbed in the most recent ceremony.

He recently revealed to Variety: “I remain uninterested in being a part of the GRAMMYs, especially with their own admission of corruption for all these decades. I will not be submitting in the future.”

Read about the GRAMMY Awards changes here.

 

Sources: Variety, Billboard, CBS News | Photo via FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images

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Berlin Now Recognizes Nightclubs & Venues as Cultural Institutions

Berlin has moved to classify its nightclubs and live venues as cultural institutions.

This legal change in status will protect nightclubs from gentrification and allow them to open up in more parts of the city. Nightclubs will also reportedly benefit from tax breaks.

The nearly unanimous vote was decided on Wednesday, May 5, in favor of nightclubs and live venues to change status from entertainment sites to cultural sites.

Pamela Schobeß of the Berlin Club Commission said:

Music clubs are cultural institutions that shape the identity of city districts as an integral part of cultural and economic life. Now, an outdated law is to be adapted to reality. This helps to keep cities and neighborhoods alive and liveable and to protect cultural places from displacement.

Clubcommission, a collective of club owners and supporters, led the initiative in asserting clubs were “the pulse of the city.” Berlin is known worldwide for its nightlife, contributing €1.5 billion in revenue annually and attracting millions of tourists yearly.

 

H/T: DJ Mag | Source: RA

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Scottish Nightclubs Are Taking Legal Action Against COVID-19 Restrictions

Scotland’s Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) is bidding to end coronavirus (COVID-19) related restrictions on venue capacity and hours of operation.

Under Scotland’s current limits, alcohol can only be served outside and indoor venues must close by 8 PM local time. The next phase is expected to allow indoor establishments to remain open until 10:30 PM, and indoor alcohol service within a 2-hour window.

Restrictions are expected to be eased on May 17, as up to six people from three households can meet together in indoor public spaces. Concert halls, music venues, cinemas, theatres and more will be able to resume operation with capacity limits.

The NTIA suggests this lift on restrictions is not enough, via the following statement obtained by BBC:

The hospitality sector in general, and late-night sector in particular, has been driven to the edge of insolvency by the severe restrictions in place since the start of the pandemic.

Scottish government support has been wholly inadequate to compensate for operating losses and a majority of businesses have now incurred unsustainable debt as a result.

Even worse, all strategic framework funding has now ended while there is no end date for the restrictions that make these businesses commercially unviable.

Thus, the NTIA is legally challenging the Scottish government’s restrictions, as they are deemed “no longer justifiable or proportionate.” Dean of the Faculty of Advocates, Roddy Dunlop QC, is asking for judicial review on the measures, in support of club owners and workers.

The Scottish government recently stated: “We all want to get back to normal as soon as it is safely possible, but we must move very carefully to ensure continued suppression of the virus.”

Businesses that suffered due to COVID-19 restrictions were encouraged to apply for grants from the Strategic Framework Business Fund from November 2020. Nightclubs were reportedly eligible for grants up to £19,500.

 

Source: BBC | Credit: Shutterstock / Anna Omelchenko

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Your EDM Premiere: LINK – On A Roll

Out tomorrow and a release we’ve genuinely been counting down the days for, is Turbo from LINK. The British artist and DJ has created a total of 6 old school rave tracks for Welcome Records, some previously released and some brand new.

One of the exclusives is ‘On A Roll,’ and we’re giving you a first play on it today. A frankly nasty intro complete with roving vocal chops, the tune descends into punchy beats and classic high-pitched samples alongside its utterly funky progressive melody. This is intensely catchy: you have been warned.

Speaking about the EP, LINK has revealed: I was hearing growing up as a kid in England, and the Turbo EP really sums up all of my influences. Everything from Trance to Techno to Hard House, and each track on this EP has a different feel or style injected in. I feel like good music has a part of a person in it, and with each track I collected and syphoned my memories and feelings and put them into them.”

Hit play now.

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Skrillex x Kid Cudi Is Happening, According To Proximity, And It’s Got Us Hyped

It all started with a Proximity tweet…

Ok woah just heard the Skrillex x Kid Cudi record and it's 🔥

— Proximity (@ProximityM) May 4, 2021

Well, not really, the ID has been floating around since at least mid-April, if an upload from DubstepJoker on YouTube is to be believed. The production definitely sounds like it could be the two collaborating, but we of course can’t confirm this is real at this time.

That being said, Proximity usually has a pretty good handle on IDs of this caliber, so its existence at the very least is not in question.

Yesterday, Skrillex wiped his Instagram, the first time he’s done so completely. He also changed his profile picture, which fans are taking as a sign that he’s going to be releasing new music soon.

Of course, we’ve been burned before when it comes to Skrillex and “new music soon” rumors, so it’s hard to get our hopes up completely, but time after time, we hope.

Starrah also tweeted and tagged Skrillex the same day, and we all know how much fans have been waiting for “El Dorado.” Hopefully 2021 is the year of the Skrill return. We’ll have to wait and see.

👂🏾🥴🔥 @Skrillex

— istarrah (@iStarrah) May 4, 2021

 

Photo by Marilyn Hue