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Martin Garrix Teases Festival-Style Remix of “We Are The People” with Bono & The Edge

Martin Garrix is giving his massive hit with Bono & The Edge an upgrade.

“We Are The People,” the official UEFA EURO 2020 theme song, is getting a proper festival remix treatment with epic dance fills and booming four on the floor energy. The 14-second snippet below teases an uplifting and euphoric version of the collaborative single, with layers of new additions to liven up the mix.

MORE: Martin Garrix, Bono & The Edge Open Up EURO 2020 with Virtual Performance [WATCH]

Although no release date is provided, the remix is expected just in time for festival season. Garrix echoes this excitement in the post below — “TIME FOR THE FESTIVAAALS!”

From sports fans to U2 fanatics, “We Are The People” has already made a lasting impression. Now, the collab has the potential to reach an entirely different audience with this forthcoming remix.

Listen here and let us know what you think!

“We Are The People” (Martin Garrix Remix)

Garrix Remix coming soon… TIME FOR THE FESTIVAAALS. who is ready? pic.twitter.com/0Htqg3TpDi

— MARTIN GARRIX (@MartinGarrix) June 14, 2021

 

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Excision Reveals Brand New Collab with Dion Timmer, “Salvation” ft. Alexis Donn

Excision and Dion Timmer have revealed yet another collaboration together, “Salvation” featuring Alexis Donn.

Over the weekend, the two teased a “brand spankin new track” forthcoming on Subsidia, Excision’s own record label. Bass lovers don’t have to wait too much longer, as the collaborative single arrives this Friday in full force.

MORE: Sullivan King Unleashes New Excision Collab at Sunset Music Festival [WATCH]

Previously, Excision and Dion Timmer teamed up on “Time Stood Still,” “Necromancer,” “Broken Pieces,” “Home,” “Her,” “Breaking Through,” and the list goes on. Their collaborative chemistry is undeniable and “Salvation” sets out to prove it once again.

No preview of the track just yet, but the hype surrounding this release is massive.

Check out the conversation below and explore recent Subsidia releases here.

Heheee brand new baby 😉 🙏🥰 https://t.co/Fx97VNJ9q9

— DION TIMMER (@diontimmermusic) June 11, 2021

 

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David Guetta Selling His 37th Floor Miami Apartment For $14M, Crypto Accepted

Growing up, I’d always hear about how absurdly high prices were for penthouse apartments (or apartments in general) in New York City, but I suppose Miami might be the new wave. David Guetta has just listed his 37th-floor apartment in Miami for $14 million.

To understand the price tag a bit better, his apartment is located in the 5-star Setai Hotel, where rooms start at around $550 per night and can go up to $1,600 or more. The hotel an ocean view, swimming pools, spa, sauna, and 24-hour room service, like a lot of hotels, but you can also purchase permanent residences within the property.

Of course, the apartment isn’t like a typical hotel room itself, boasting three bedrooms and 2,528 square foot in the property. He bought the property for $9.5 million from New York billionaire Richard LeFrak back in 2018 and stands to make $4.5 million from the sale. LeFrak paid $6.75 million for the unit in 2012, property records show.

Guetta was originally renting out the apartment between 2018 and now for $10,000 to $28,000 a week, or $25,000 to $50,000 a month depending on the time of the year, according to Mansion Global.

He’s also accepting Bitcoin or Ethereum for the sale, equivalent to around 380 BTC at today’s prices.

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Beatport Launches Mobile iOS App, Unveils New Logo

Beatport has officially launched as a mobile app, giving DJs the freedom to browse, stream music and maintain playlists on the go. The release is accompanied by a fresh, new company logo by Swedish design firm, Kurppa Hosk.

The app and brand update are the company’s most notable changes since the arrival of Beatport LINK, the world’s flagship DJ streaming platform, in 2019. Beatport has long been the leader in the dance/electronic music industry and its app, along with new branding, further solidifies its place.

Beatport CEO Robb McDaniels says:

Over the last two years we have been relentless in our mission to develop products that empower our customers. Beatport LINK is the centerpiece of our strategy to give our customers the ability to stream the richest collection of electronic music available anywhere. This new mobile app is an important extension of the LINK platform, giving DJs the ability to discover new music, assemble and perfect performance-ready setlists and transition them directly into their native environments. It’s a hugely powerful tool that our customers have been asking for and one which we think they are going to love.

The app is currently available in the Apple App Store, with an Android version to launch later this year alongside iOS app upgrades.

See all the details here!

Today marks a day in Beatport history. 💚

Unveiling our powerful and highly anticipated Mobile App for DJs and refreshed brand design in collaboration with award winning design firm @KurppaHosk. The future of Beatport is here. https://t.co/w4HgsttbGC pic.twitter.com/VMLboTsHig

— Beatport (@beatport) June 8, 2021

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Martin Garrix, Bono & The Edge Open Up EURO 2020 with Virtual Performance [WATCH]

Martin Garrix and Bono & The Edge opened the UEFA EURO 2020 Opening Ceremony with their official theme song, “We Are The People” — available to replay now.

The milestone performance was also a virtual one, featuring Garrix and The Edge rocking out on stage as Bono appeared as a hologram. The stadium lit up with excitement as illuminating particles arranged and rearranged into flags and images, representing the tournament’s teams and players.

Garrix previously shared of the collaborative track:

Creating the music for one of the biggest sports events in the world together with Bono and The Edge has been an incredible experience. I’m very proud of what we did together and excited to finally share it with the world!

“We Are The People” reflects the positivity, hope and determination required for any team to succeed — and also offers a sense of togetherness, which fits the UEFA EURO 2020 theme: Unity.

In addition, Martin Garrix’s UEFA EURO 2020 playlist can be streamed here.

EURO 2020 Opening Ceremony with Martin Garrix, Bono & The Edge


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Illenium & Virtual Riot Remixed One Of The Songs Off Illenium’s Forthcoming Album [VIDEO]

Illenium’s next album, Fallen Embers, is due out in just over a month, July 16. While anticipation runs high for this body of work, we’re already getting some remixes of songs that haven’t even come out yet.

Yesterday, @illeniumINTEL on Twitter shared a video (below) of a new remix by Illenium and Virtual Riot, of one of the unreleased songs from the forthcoming album. The audio quality isn’t the best, but you can definitely tell that it’s some significantly hard dubstep. So while we’re not likely to get that many heavy songs on the album itself, it’s reassuring to know that Illenium, even with others, is still pumping out some of the heavy material elsewhere.

In other news, NGHTMRE shared on his Instagram stories that he was working on a special remix for the Denver producer, so we’re sure to get a remix album or EP of some single at least some time in the future, as well.

Check out the video below!

We remixed one of the songs from my album 🙂

— ILLENIUM (@ILLENIUM) June 12, 2021

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Roblox Hit with $200 Million Lawsuit for Alleged Illegal Music Streams

Online gaming company Roblox has been hit with a lawsuit for, allegedly, illegally streaming copyrighted music. The kid-friendly gaming platform has insane reach, with 42 million daily users — and hosts a massive library of music uploaded by users to incorporate into games.

The National Music Publishers’ Association is reportedly seeking a minimum of $200 million in damages from Roblox for its use of songs from various artists without proper compensation. Popular music acts including deadmau5, Ariana Grande, Imagine Dragons, Ed Sheeran and the Rolling Stones are mentioned.

The suit represents a number of publisher plaintiffs including ABKCO Music & Records, Big Machine Records, Concord Music Group with Pulse Music Group, Downtown Music Publishing, Hipgnosis, Kobalt Music Group, MPL Music Publishing, Peermusic, Reservoir Media Management, Spirit Music Group and UMPG.

The NMPA’s lawsuit aims to “ensure songwriters are fully paid for their works on the platform and that Roblox takes seriously its obligations to those who have made its service so popular and profitable.”

On Thursday, Roblox issued a statement saying the company is working “vigorously” to defend itself and “achieve a fair resolution,” further asserting the lawsuit “represents a fundamental misunderstanding” of how the platform works.

Amazon-owned streaming service Twitch may also be in trouble, as NMPA president/CEO David Israelite spoke on an “intensive enforcement program to ID and remove unlicensed songs from [Twitch].”

 

Sources: Variety, Billboard

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A-Trak, Princess Nokia, and Cookiee Kawaii to perform with AI-DJs at WarpSound Music Experience

The first of its kind event will feature sets from Princess Nokia, Cookiee Kawaii to join A-Trak and Virtual Artists Nayomi, DJ Dragoon, and Gnar Heart, with original music from the AI-driven virtual DJs that is generative and adaptive: the audience will be able to influence the set from their mobile phones in real-time.

The 2021 Tribeca Festival will feature an impressive line-up of Cinema360 immersive pieces, but only one promises musical performances by both a hyper-creative, half-reptilian DJ and a former DMC World Champion turntablist.

Taking place Wednesday, June 16, at 5:00pm ET, Authentic Artists’ WarpSound Music Experience will be a first-of-its-kind, audience-interactive, live music showcase that pairs three dynamic human artists with three founding members of the WarpSound virtual artist collective.

Lighting up a 40-foot LED screen will be WarpSound headliners Nayomi, the cyborg queen of lo-fi, DJ Dragoon, a reptilian DJ who takes monster energy to a whole new level, and Gnar Heart, a friendly AI bunny, reprogrammed to “shred the gnar.” The IRL and virtual artists will tag-team for a series of genre- and mind-bending duets.

While the WarpSound Music Experience is currently sold-out, those lucky enough to have a Tribeca Festival ticket should make sure they’re at the Waterfront Plaza at Brookfield Place to participate in this history-making human x machine musical collaboration.

 

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Don Diablo Is Latest EDM Artist To Collaborate With Ty Dolla $ign, “Too Much To Ask”

Ty Dolla $ign is no stranger to the electronic world at this point, appearing on singles with The Chainsmokers, RL Grime, Skrillex, and more. Now, Don Diablo can add his name to the growing list of artists who’ve collaborated with the star rapper, on their new song, “Too Much To Ask.”

Eschewing his usual future house sound, Don goes somewhere between deep house and hip hop for this star-studded collaboration. Check it out below!

 

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KSHMR’s ‘Harmonica Andromeda’ Gets Deluxe Treatment with 5 Bonus Tracks [LISTEN]

KSHMR‘s Harmonica Admromeda (Deluxe Version) puts a fresh spin on his eclectic March album, Harmonica Andromeda. The new album comes via Spinnin’ Records and and his Spinnin’ Records sub-label, Dharma.

The revamped album adds five new tracks to the 14-track original work, making it his largest body of work to date.

Harmonica Andromeda won acclaim for its theatrical sound, inspired by movie scores. The new tracks are in keeping with the etheral, entrancing sound of the album.

KSHMR adds three new solo works “Dusty Fairytale,” “Tupinambá,” and “Come to Life.” He enlists KARRA for vocals on “Slow” and California-based TZAR for “You Don’t Need to Ask.”

KSHMR shares:

It was important to me that making a ‘Deluxe’ meant more than microwaving the leftovers. The additional five tracks are songs I absolutely love and actually made for the original release — but it felt right to spread the music out a bit and give each song its chance to shine.

Listen to Harmonica Andromeda (Deluxe) in all its glory here!

KSHMR – Harmonica Andromeda (Deluxe)

 

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Teddy Beats Returns to Smash Deep Records w/ “Alive” ft. Britt Lari

Teddy Beats has already released a number of songs as we still have yet to round out the first half of 2021, and they’re all absolutely solid so you have to think he’s got some powerful inspiration behind him. He’s just put out his newest song, “Alive” with Britt Lari, and it’s pure bliss.

Deep synths mixed with some fiery rhythm and attitude from Britt’s vocals combine nicely to give off a multi-layered song that presents itself like fire and ice.

“Britt Lari and I wanted to shake things up and show off our wild side by coming alive on this fierce, summery, slap house-inspired track while bringing in my signature chill dance sound. Keep your ear out for the lion roar before the drop, it’s our favorite part!” – Teddy Beats

Check it out below!

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GRiZ Drops Vibrant Dubstep Banger “Tie-Dye Sky” [LISTEN]

DJ/producer and multi-instrumentalist GRiZ is on fire in 2021 — and he just dropped his latest track, “Tie-Dye Sky.”

This psychedelic dubstep banger flexes GRiZ’s innovative production expertise, built with soulful vocals and melodies, as well as sounds reminiscent of dubstep’s golden age. Blindingly vibrant, pleasantly surprising, “Tie-Dye Sky” is an instant, quintessential edition to the producer’s ever-expanding catalog.

Speaking on “Tie-Dye Sky,” Grant says, “To me this track is like staring up at the sky and watching it explode into a kaleidoscope of colors.”

Recent productions “Astro Funk,” “Bring Me Back” with Elohim, “Ease Your Mind” with Ganja White Night and “Vibe Check” have all blasted through our speakers this year — each with unique sonic qualities and radiating positive energy to the core.

Per the song’s press release, “‘Tie-Dye Sky’ showcases GRiZ’s 2021 mission to release the music he loves and play it for diehard fans in his favorite places.” More on music and show announcements here.

Listen here and visualize a “Tie-Dye Sky” courtesy of GRiZ!

GRiZ – Tie-Dye Sky

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Poo Bear Drops New Single With Production From Skrillex & Sasha Sirota, “The Day You Left”

It’s been four years since Skrillex and Poo Bear teamed up for “Would You Ever,” but the pair have obviously kept in touch ever since. Now, they’re together again on Poo Bear’s new single, “The Day You Left.”

Skrillex lends his hand at production, along with Sasha Sirota, on the pensive and melancholy single. Little elements from Skrillex’s noticeable production techniques permeate the single, like the recognizable vocal chops and even some of the drum processing. But it’s certainly a very different vibe that Skrillex’s other latest release yesterday.

Check out the single below!

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Dillon Francis Goes Deep With Drove On New EP Single, “Together”

Drove just dropped his new EP, Dawn, on Martin Garrix’s STMPD RCRDS, the follow up to his Dusk EP earlier this year. On one of the new singles, he teams up with Dillon Francis once again for “Together.”

“We already had a collaboration with Dillon on our previous EP ‘Dusk’ which hit 3M + streams,” says Drove. “When we told Dillon about a sequel to ‘Dusk’ he wanted to join immediately. This time choosing for a more darker themed production, resulting into our brand new song, Together.”

As Drove says, “Together” is definitely a darker production that teeters on the edge of deep house, vastly different from Dillon’s own latest single, “Unconditional.” The new collaboration has a haunting, melancholy melody paired with airy vocals and a pulsing rhythm that is almost hypnotic.

Listen to the new single below and check out the full EP here.

 

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Marshmello Pushes Boundaries With Newest Album, “Shockwave” [LISTEN]

Up until now, every new Marshmello album has been titled Joytime, with each successive iteration receiving a Roman numeral in order of release. For the first time, today, he’s released an album without the Joytime moniker, his fourth studio album, Shockwave.

The 12-track Shockwave explores genres such as trap, dance, bass house, dubstep, tech, and everything in between by calling upon collaborators like TroyBoi, DJ Sliink, Nitti Gritti & Megan Thee Stallion, Carnage, Eptic & Juicy J, Subtronics, SIPPY, and PEEKABOO. Sonically, it’s far more diverse and experimental, for Marshmello, than his previous albums. A lot of this apparently has to do with spending more time in the studio with Southside.

“I’ve been blessed enough to be taken under the wing of the legendary hip hop producer Southside,” says Marshmello. “[…] With this new album, I wanted the influence of a lot of hip hop drums, and I think listening through, you can hear that.”

Over just the past few weeks, Marshmello has been pumping out new singles from the album, dropping six of them all before the album was released, the latest being the massive dubstep collaboration with Subtronics, “House Party.” Among the remaining singles, we get even more collaborations, all with different flavors and influences.

On first listen, it could certainly appear that the album suffers from a lack of cohesive sound. As it goes from one genre to another to another and back again, with no real thread tying them together, that can often happen. But I also think that we’ve become too conditioned to expect full, concept albums from artists lately. Shockwave is more like an extended EP, showing off a bunch of fun, different sounds and presenting them in a concise package. And in that sense, Marshmello succeeds.

 

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Thomas Xavier Drops the Power House Anthem, ‘Ballin’

Thomas Xavier won us over with his Go To Church EP ride, now he’s back with “Ballin’,” a fascinating fusion of G-house, tech house, and a splash of flavor that only he can bring forth. “Ballin’,” marks the kick off of a tease from his anticipated Pussy On A Pedestal EP. If this next EP is anything like what “Ballin’” delivers, the solo producer is going to be winning over people left and right with this entertaining experience.

Signed to iamrecords, Thomas Xavier has now been signed to 2 different labels across 2 different EPs. Many signs point to this man being on the rise with only increased momentum seeming to come his way.

Delivering a club-friendly style that’s totally his own, Thomas Xavier’s chops shown off once again on this single is simply something not to be missed.

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Principe Shares Infectious Rework Of John Denver’s “Country Roads” 

Marking his debut single release, American producer Principe has just shared an infectious redo of John Denver’s “Country Roads” via Fine Business Music, an undisputed country classic that saw huge international success in the 70s. Showcasing his unparalleled production skills, Principe is able to infuse “Country Roads” with a whole new modern flavour, all while keeping the original’s classic feel. Smooth piano chords lead the way under the familiar vocal melodies, before thumping kicks and groovy basslines take over, making up for an instant summer hit.

“From Ibiza to Los Angeles, I plan on getting this summer singalong smash to all the best summer parties, BBQs, and hangouts. I believe this record has the power to connect people in this fragile time we live in,” says the producer.
Principe was born and raised in Los Angeles, and aims to do one thing with his music: “bend the conventional limits of music and create sonically unique landscapes for the people.” Having spent years playing traditional acoustic instruments, Principe got his first pair of turntables at the tender age of 10, and quickly started building up his vinyl collection, filled with 90s house, techno, and hip-hop. Now, Principe has spent the majority of the last year locked in the studio working on his debut album, and we couldn’t be more excited to hear more from him.

 

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Whimsy Puts a Fresh Spin on Babe Club’s Infectious Anthem, ‘Need a GIrl’

South Carolina-based indie pop band Babe Club’s recent original release “Need A Girl” has been remixed by whimsy. The remix elevates the original song by adding fun and lighthearted elements of indie dance, while the lyrics reminisce on Jenna Desmond’s feelings being the only girl in a band.

whimsy is an American producer duo from Chicago entering the arena with a fresh, hybrid style influenced by everything from pop, indie, to electronic and hip-hop. whimsy is currently releasing dreamy remix after dreamy remix, combining distorted textures with glassy synths and heavy drums to flip the original tracks inside out. Their debut singles are set to release later this summer.

Released earlier this year, “Need A Girl” is a single off of Babe Club’s new five track EP, “Remember This Feeling.” Since their debut, the band has been on a steady trajectory to the top, as their craveable indie pop has won over fans and streaming platforms from the get-go. Watch this space for more updates on Babe Club!

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Alesso Delivers Hype Euphoria with ‘PROGRESSO VOL 2’ [LISTEN]

Alesso has returned with his much anticipated PROGRESSO VOL 2, out now via 10:22 PM / Astralwerks.

This new release is the second installment in a series that began in 2019 with PROGRESSO VOL 1. “TOGETHER” and “AGAIN” are ripe, euphoric floor-fillers, highlighting Alesso’s mastery and versatility as the PROGRESSO run continues.

The two-track offering also drives home a message – “TOGETHER AGAIN” — serving up ideal energy as clubs are finally starting to reopen. A stark change up from his colorful pop hits, Alesso’s PROGRESSO VOL 2 is intended for dark rooms and dirty dance floors, with a big room appeal to match the producer’s main stage status.

Alesso shares: “The feedback already on PROGRESSO VOL.2 is insane! Thank you!!! We will dance TOGETHER AGAIN.”

Listen here and experience the more underground sounds of Alesso!

Alesso – PROGRESSO VOL 2

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Eric Prydz is Finishing Up Another Fan Favorite, “All Night” ID [WATCH]

Eric Prydz is teasing new music, yet another sure sign he’s taking over in 2021.

The producer recently shared a 45-second snippet of an upbeat, soulful cut he’s currently working on — “All Night” by his alias Tonja Holma fka “Baby All Night” by Pryda. The caption reads, “Getting things done… #2021” as he previews a potential follow up to his long-awaited 2020 single “NOPUS.”

This year, Prydz signed on with Creative Artists Agency (CAA) with the intention of bringing his iconic and in-demand HOLOSPHERE show to the US. He also announced four shows over two weekends hitting New York City in 2021. Even so, it seems there’s much more to come.

It’s obvious Prydz is putting in the work required, on and off the stage. “All Night” is already getting rave reviews from fans everywhere and audio/video footage has surfaced of Prdyz playing out the ID live, dating back to when he closed out with the production at Hi Ibiza in 2018.

Listen here and check out the thread below for more info and footage!

Getting things done… #2021 pic.twitter.com/hfgiu0Zmf8

— Eric Prydz (@ericprydz) June 4, 2021

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Kweku Saunderson & Dai Burger Drop Huge Collab “I Miss The Club” [LISTEN]

Shows are beginning to open up all over the country now and we couldn’t be more excited to get out and experience the electrifying culture of live shows. In a match made in music heaven, celebrated electronic producer Kweku Saunderson joined forces with acclaimed rapper Dai Burger for “I Miss The Club” a fun, zeitgeist-defining track that perfectly captures this unique moment in time, poised on the edge of the summer of 2021, in an age shot through with both hope and uncertainty.

It’s an high energy house tune that can’t help but get you moving whether you’re sitting in the office, working from home, or out in the club. “I Miss The Club” combines elements of minimal techno with a warm latin swing, sprinkled with Dai Burger’s inimitable and infectious sass and bite. Together, Kweku Saunderson & Dai Burger make an excellent team, making this hopefully the start of many more collaborations between both!

“Many movements started in the club, the underground” Kweku Saunderson reflects, “I felt this record was a perfect way to resurrect the spirits of those who felt dormant this past year or so. Perhaps the song will awaken those movements and even start something new.”

 

Dai Burger declares “2020 was such a roller coaster ride. We want to express how much we missed the f*cking Club and having out with our friends. This song will have you ready!“

Listen to “I Miss The Club” by Kweku Saunderson & Dai Burger below!

 

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FuntCase Goes Melodic As He Teams Up With Dia Frampton For “Flames”

FuntCase, known the world over for his aggressive and chest breaking dubstep, is back on Circus Records today with a unique melodic offering, “Flames,” featuring Dia Frampton.

Frampton has previously collaborated with Illenium and The Crystal Method, she has co-written and featured on singles for some of the most respected musicians in the industry – Kaskade, M83, Jason Ross, Watskyand Lindsey Stirling, to mention a few. Needless to say, her accolades speak for themselves, and it’s no wonder FuntCase teamed up with her on his first non-heavy release.

Haunting piano notes and Dia’s voice introduce the song, leading into an anthemic, melodic rise coupled with some drum line-esque snare rolls. It’s not long before the synth rise comes in pre-drop, and usual FuntCase fans might expect his normal switch up into something heavier. Instead, we get an absolutely brilliant melodic dubstep drop that easily goes up against the best of them.

This is destined to be a FuntCase masterpiece and one which has taken him yet again, up another level. Check it out below!

 

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Marshmello & Subtronics Team Up For The Masked Producer’s Filthiest Collab Yet, “House Party”

Marshmello has been on an absolute tear releasing new music from his forthcoming album, Shockwave, out tomorrow. In just the past few weeks alone, he’s dropped collaborations with The Jonas Brothers, Nitti Gritti & Megan Thee Stallion, Carnage, and Eptic & Juicy J. Now, he’s out with (we assume) the final single before the album drops tomorrow, “House Party” with Subtronics.

Having followed Marshmello’s career since essentially its very beginning, we’ve learned over time that even collaborations with artists who are known within a specific genre might not turn out the way we think. Thankfully, that is not the case with “House Party,” as it is easily the filthiest collaboration the masked producer has ever released.

Mello’s previous album, Joytime III, had plenty of dubstep collaborations, with Slushii, TYNAN, Crankdat, and more. But none nearly as disgustingly bass driven as this with Subtronics, whose own abilities are clearly on display here.

Check out the full tracklist here and listen to the track below. Shockwave is out everywhere tomorrow!

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Skrillex, Noisia, josh pan, & Dylan Brady Team Up On Mind-Melting “Supersonic”

josh pan and Dylan Brady originally released “Supersonic” on OWSLA in 2019, and it wasn’t long before Skrillex and Noisia got their hands on the single for an impromptu remix that had fans waiting years for the drop. Now in 2021, the four artists team up for a pure reimagining of the single with a brand new release, “Supersonic (My Existence).”

Rife with complex synths and chords, not to mention playing with elements of rhythm, tempo, and more, the song is an easily accessible yet still wildly experimental beauty of a tune. If you’re among Skrillex fans who haven’t been that hyped on his previous two singles this year, this one is definitely going to scratch that itch.

Check it out below!

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Skrillex & Poo Bear + Skrillex, Noisia, Josh Pan Releases Dropping On Friday

Poo Bear is joining forces once again with go-to collaborator Skrillex on a new production, “The Day You Left.” The song made with a hit-making dream team, also consisting of PJR and Sasha Sirota, is due out this Friday.

Previously, Skrillex and Poo Bear worked together on the 2017 electronic smash “Would You Ever.” Before that, Poo Bear was involved with a massive release from Skrillex and Diplo aka Jack Ü, “Where Are Ü Now” with Justin Bieber.

Poo Bear is best known for his songwriting and production expertise, having contributed to a wealth of hit singles from Justin Bieber, FKA Twigs, Ty Dolla Sign, J Balvin, Fifth Harmony, and many more. His earliest credits date back to the late 90s and through the 2000s, when he worked with Ludacris, Kelis, Danity Kane, Fat Joe, Mya, Daddy Yankee, and the list goes on.

Poo Bear takes the lead on this one — preview here and check back for “The Day You Left” when it drops.

Poo Bear – “The Day You Left”

 

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Additionally, we’re finally getting the Skrillex and Noisia “Supersonic” remix of the original by josh pan and Dylan Brady.

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Spotify Probed by Congress Over Controversial “Discovery Mode” Feature

Spotify is being probed by Congress due to ongoing concerns over the platform’s Discovery Mode feature.

Spotify’s Discovery Mode was announced last November as a pilot program for artists to opt in to get paid out partly in exposure. For a fee, Spotify agrees to push music into various personalized playlists, which could arguably be a beneficial tool for lesser known artists — as long as they’re protected.

In Spotify’s words, “Labels or rights holders agree to be paid a promotional recording royalty rate for streams in personalized listening sessions where we provided this service.” However, the success of any given track is still up to the listeners and overall streams.

The Discovery Mode feature is being scrutinized for various reasons. Most glaringly, because the platform pays out such a low amount in royalties to artists per stream as it is. Additionally, an op-ed from Rolling Stone citing the Artist Rights Alliance calls it out as a “money grab” and a form of “payola.” Our particular concerns with the feature are outlined here.

Onto Congress getting involved. A letter sent by Representative Jerrold Nadler (chairman of the House Judiciary Committee) and Representative Hank Johnson Jr. (chairman of the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet), addressed to Spotify CEO Daniel Ek, states concerns over Discovery Mode — a potential “race to the bottom” as artists attempt to “break through an extremely crowded and competitive music environment.”

Nadler and Johnson write, “At a time when the global pandemic has devastated incomes for musicians and other performers, without a clear path back to pre-pandemic levels, any plan that could ultimately lead to further cut pay for working artists and ultimately potentially less consumer choice raises significant policy issues.”

Congress is asking for Spotify to expand on the pilot program in great detail, including if and when the feature will become permanent, how the platform is preventing a “race to the bottom” scenario, how the “promotional royalty rate” is being calculated, how the measure of impact is recorded, and whether or not artists will be able to recover lost royalties if the program doesn’t yield increased streams.

Spotify’s response is expected by June 16.

Read the letter in full here.

 

Sources: The Hollywood Reporter, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone

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Tomorrowland 2021 Looks Promising as Belgium Aims to Fully Reopen

Tomorrowland is optimistic in 2021, as the Belgian government has plans to reopen fully by September 1.

Per local news sources, the government has announced that large outdoor events will be allowed up to 75,000 people starting on August 13. Tomorrowland welcomes approximately 400,000 attendees to Boom, Belgium each year over two weekends, or up to 70,000 people each day.

Under the new rules, attendees will be required to present proof of vaccination or test negative for COVID-19 on site. Organizers are confident they can create a safe event by implementing these practices upon entry.

Tomorrowland recently revealed to Billboard:

We are very happy to receive this news, but we will wait for the conditions and rules before we will communicate about the organization of the festival. We are very positive, and we look forward to organizing a festival [at the] end of August.

As it stands, Tomorrowland is scheduled to take place over August 27 – 29 and September 3 – 5.

Meanwhile, Tomorrowland’s Around The World digital festival is scheduled for July 16 & 17.

 

Source: Billboard

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Skrillex Uploaded His Legendary “Cinema” Remix 10 Years Ago Today

Thinking back on the past decade of dance music, a lot of it turns out to be a blur. From the advent of trap in the EDM scene, to the rise of future bass, producers like Flume, Oliver Heldens, Martin Garrix, and more, a lot happened. But looking back at ten years ago today, something truly magical happened… Skrillex uploaded his remix of Benny Benassi’s “Cinema” to YouTube for the first time.

The track was technically released earlier in the year (either January, February, March, or even April according to various sources), but one thing that is certain is Skrillex uploaded the track to his YouTube channel on June 9, 2011.

In the time since, the track has become a very real classic in the EDM world, achieving a double platinum status and even winning a GRAMMY for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical in 2012. For years, whenever Skrillex dropped this song at a festival, it was by and large the most hype moment and it never, ever failed to completely and utterly annihilate a crowd.

Of course, lately, Skrillex’s tastes and productions have shifted into a softer, more pop realm. But for fans of his older sound, all the uploads are still there, ready to be enjoyed at a moment’s notice.

Listen to it again below and don’t forget to d-d-d-d-d-drop the bass.

 

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Vindata Release Anticipated Debut Album ‘…With Opened Eyes’ on Monstercat

It’s been a long time since Vindata’s 2015 debut on OWSLA, but it feels even longer. The LA-based electronic R&B duo, Branden Ratcliff and Jared Poythress, started out producing hip-hop and R&B tracks before becoming infatuated with electronic music after hearing Justice’s debut album. During the early 2010s, they refined their sound, moving away from hard, buzzing dance tracks and heading toward a more contemplative downtempo sound, with rich, sensuous melodies and heavily detailed production and eventually found their way to Skrillex’s imprint.

Now, after all that time, they’ve at last released their debut album on Monstercat, …With Opened Eyes. The 12-track package features tastemakers like Grammy-winning songwriter Kaydence, vocalists MACKandgold and Maurice Moore, rapper Leon St. Heron, and more. It was also in the works for years while the duo honed in on the vibe they wanted to present with one of the most important works an artist can offer.

…With Opened Eyes is a beautiful amalgamation of all their styles, R&B, hip hop, soul, and electronic, all rolled up into one. The opening track, “Union,” immediately presents a lush soundscape of bass, vocals, and bewitching synth work that leads into the rest of the work on the album.

Vindata share, “The creation of this entire album has been a long process. It really challenged us in new ways. But, it was rewarding at the same time because it personified who we truly are as artists and as individuals. We’re incredibly thankful for all the blessings AND hardships that helped get us here. And we’re humbled to be able to share these experiences with the world.”

The album was launched along with the premiere of “Skin” with Leon St Heron and Leeuw.

“‘Skin’ is a record that we felt captured the true essence of the album, which is why we decided to premiere it alongside the entire project,” the duo said. “The song came together organically with the help of Leon St. Heron and Leeuw. We’ve been friends of Leon for years now, and we were finally able to work together on a track that fits us both. We’ve worked with Leeuw before, and we knew she would bring that deep sultry feeling to the record. We’re extremely grateful for the way it turned out.”

Check out the full album below!

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‘Daft Punk’s Discovery: The Future Unfurled’ Book Hits Shelves This Year

Daft Punk’s Discovery era will soon be rediscovered in a book coming 2021.

Daft Punk’s Discovery: The Future Unfurled, written by music journalist Ben Cardew, recaps the iconic duo’s most reputable record and the history behind it. It’s all about Discovery as a global phenomenon —  examining its musical impact and also how the album fits into popular culture.

The book’s synopsis reads:

Daft Punk’s Discovery is a record that looked into the future and liked what it saw. An album that predicted the electronic music explosion, YouTube and the end of privacy, while dragging soft rock back into vogue.

Daft Punk’s Discovery: The Future Unfurled includes over 25 interviews, including exclusive, unreleased material with Daft Punk. It’s not out until September 3, but you can grab a pre-order copy here.

The book was reportedly written before the duo parted ways. They went out with a bang back in February, but their legacy carries on.

 

Source: Mixmag