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Bassnectar Is Leaving The Music Industry After Sexual Abuse Allegations

After a series of sexual abuse allegations (many of which can be found here), Bassnectar has announced he is “stepping back” from his career and handing over his nonprofit Be Interactive to the rest of his team.

Bassnectar first acknowledged the allegations earlier this week when he posted to a private Facebook group. At the time, he said, “The rumors of sexual misconduct that are circulating about me are completely untrue. I want to leave it at that, because it truly is that simple. I have never been involved in anything that was not absolutely, unequivocally consensual. During a time when high profile men are being called out for their violence against women, I am proud to be an ally of women and stand in solidarity with victims. Thank you to all those who are listening to real victims of abuse and standing to support women.”

In this new statement, he maintains that the rumors are untrue, “but I realize some of my past actions have caused pain, and I am deeply sorry.”

You can read the full statement below.

Posted by Bassnectar on Friday, July 3, 2020

 

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Seven Lions Fractures His Spine In Fall, Currently Recovering

Yesterday, Seven Lions shared that he was postponing the night’s Visions live stream because he’d taken a particularly bad fall and hurt his back and was in the hospital. A few hours later, he shared the diagnosis: he’d actually fractured his spine.

Good news though, he doesn’t seem in bad spirits about it and says he’ll only be spending “the next week” in recovery mode. So it can’t be that bad, right? Definitely different than the time it happened to Paul van Dyk.

Nonetheless, back injuries are nothing to scoff at and they can often have other dire ramifications down the road if not treated properly. We’re hoping Seven Lions has the help and care that he needs right now, and we’re wishing him a speedy recovery!

Check out the Find Another Way remixes in the meantime!

 

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Dr. Fresch Makes Dim Mak Debut with ‘It Don’t Stop’ EP [LISTEN]

Dr. Fresch‘s latest, the It Don’t Stop EP, has arrived in full force.

House heads will instantly recognize these reload-worthy club classics including “Bon Appétit” featuring Chetta, “THICCC” with FREAK ON, and title track “It Don’t Stop” featuring Andre Nickatina. Dr. Fresch makes his Dim Mak debut with these repackaged powerhouse singles, which provide a forward-thinking blend of bass house, hip-hop, and heavy midtempo grooves.

Dr. Fresch explains in his own words:

It Don’t Stop… It doesn’t! This EP is a complete representation of my sound; from midtempo to G-House. Each of these records carries elements of my Blog Haus roots as it holds qualities of modern electro. The name of the EP and title single lyrics are from Andre Nickatina, a Nor Cal Hip-Hop legend and perfect voice for the project. It don’t stop — my journey as a producer, and the G-House scene at large.

The label head and tastemaker has kept busy throughout quarantine, pumping out new music and exposing up-and-coming artists on his weekly House Call livestream and signature mix series House Call Radio.

Listen here and link up below — doctor’s orders.

Dr. Fresch – It Don’t Stop EP

DR. FRESCH · It Don’t Stop EP

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Destructo Drops Bold Remix for WHIPPED CREAM’s “I Do The Most” ft. Lil Keed [LISTEN]

Destructo puts his expert touch on WHIPPED CREAM‘s “I Do The Most” featuring Lil Keed with this unexpected remix out today.

Tailoring his signature g-house sound to the bold and catchy nature of “I Do The Most,” Destructo delivers a remix with blasting out loudly this weekend. We’ve already experienced the track in a number of ways, but to have Destructo in the mix is truly next level.

The official remix pack tapped BIJOUKnock2, Pixel Terror, JACKNIFE, longstoryshort, Lucchii, and Savage Kids, all with unique and dynamic takes on “I Do The Most.” With some remixes more trap infused and others on the house side, the track sits at the perfect BPM to go either way.

Listen to Destructo’s “I Do The Most” remix right here!

WHIPPED CREAM – I Do The Most feat. Lil Keed (Destructo Remix)

Get it: bigbeat.lnk.to/IDTMD!DR

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ZHU Delivers Edgy Late Night Remix for Tinashe’s “Die A Little Bit” ft. Ms Banks

ZHU takes on Tinashe‘s “Die A Little Bit” featuring Ms Banks for the perfect late night dance/pop crossover.

Laced with ZHU’s mysterious edge, “Die A Little Bit” comes across delightfully dark in this standout remix. The masterful producer pushes the tempo just a bit, emphasizing the beat and the song’s original intention for a bold, pronounced sound.

The overall tone, as well as the lyrics, are ideal for a club atmosphere:

Drink, smoke, dance, vibe a little bit
F**k, change, ride, die a little bit

ZHU previously teamed up with Tinashe for their sultry 2020 collaboration “ONLY,” also worth obsessing over.

Listen to ZHU’s “Die A Little Bit” remix here and compare with the original below.

Tinashe – Die A Little Bit ft. Ms Banks (ZHU Remix)

 

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Tchami Launches ‘Confessions’ Interview Series & Teases ZHU Collab [WATCH]

Tchami has launched a new interview series in order for fans to learn more about the artists behind the music. Confessions Interview kicks off the first episode with French rapper Vald, now streaming below.

As well done as the interview is, our ears are immediately drawn to the upload’s opening and closing, during which an angelic production from Tchami x ZHU emerges. After teaming up for special b2b performances (like here and here), a proper collaboration between the two was only a matter of time.

It seems the unreleased collab doubles as the theme song for the Confession-based interview series. We’ll have to see if it sticks — and more importantly, if an official release is on the horizon.

ZHU did recently tease, “new songs this month.”

Listen to a preview of Tchami x ZHU and watch the full interview with Vald below.

Tchami x Vald (Confessions Interview) – Ep. 1

 

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WRECKNO Ends Pride Month On A High Note w/ Collaborative ‘ROYGBIV’ EP [LISTEN]

WRECKNO just ended Pride Month on a high note with his collaborative ROYGBIV EP, featuring fellow LGBTQ+ artists NotLö, Gardella, MAD Pritch, Ruku, Wessanders and Koko Villa.

The result is a bold and colorful 4-track release that empowers at every opportunity. With much confidence and sass, the ROYGBIV EP taps underground bass and exposes its ass-throwing beauty. The WRECKNO project is dedicated to pioneering a safe space for queer people in the EDM scene, where LGBTQ+ representation has historically lacked — and the ROYGBIV EP is a shining representation of that.

WRECKNO shares in his own words: ROYGBIV IS MY GIFT TO A VERY DARK PRIDE MONTH. THANK YOU TO ALL THE QUEER PEOPLE, AND ALL THE ALLIES THAT HELPED CONTRIBUTE TO THIS PROJECT. LOVE YOU ALL, HAPPY PRIDE xxxxxx

The DJ/producer/rapper also recently dropped a collaborative queer anthem — “Medusa” with GRiZ — intended to “give kids struggling with their sexuality [a song] to feel like being queer is cool.” Because it is.

Blast the ROYGBIV EP proudly right here.

WRECKNO – ROYGBIV

WRECKNO · ROYGBIV

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iso:R Drops Heavy New Drum & Bass EP, “Destruktion,” On Impossible Records

Japan’s iso:R just unleashed a massive new drum & bass EP on KJ Sawka’s Impossible Records, including a collab with the label head himself.

The Destruktion EP is unapologetically heavy and completely unrelenting. Every single hit of the drum feels like a punch to the chest, the tempo is fast and merciless, and all of the synths are so heavily modulated it truly feels like destruction is coming when listening.

You can listen to it now on Spotify below!

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Movement Detroit Officially Cancels 2020, Teases Lineup In Advance

Movement has officially pushed its dates until 2021.

The iconic music festival, held annually over Memorial Day Weekend at Hart Plaza in Detroit, rescheduled for September as soon as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic caught momentum. The city’s dedicated fans have been holding out hope all along that the festival could still happen in some capacity — but today, Movement shifts focus to next year’s event.

Organizers explain in a statement:

…during ongoing discussions with our team and City officials, it’s become painfully obvious that this year’s Movement Festival must be rescheduled to 2021. Obviously, this is not the situation that any of us had hoped for, but the health and safety of everyone involved remains our ultimate concern.

To lighten the mood, Movement is teasing its 2021 lineup way in advance. The roster includes ANNA, Carl Craig, DJ Minx, Goldie b2b LTJ Bukem featuring DRS, Kash Doll, Maceo Plex, MK, Richie Hawtin, SAMA’, Seth TroxlerTOKiMONSTA, and TESTPILOT.

For now, Movement leaves us with this:

The live music industry is in a great Pause and we look forward to pressing Play again as soon as it is safe. In the meantime, we urge everyone to please follow the health guidelines and respect one another.

All current 2020 tickets are valid for 2021. Refunds will be arranged for those unable to attend the next edition of Movement, with more info expected by July 10th. 3-day GA or VIP passes can be secured for as low as $30 here.

See you next year!

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An update from Movement HQ: -Movement has been rescheduled to May 2021. -We're excited to announce the Movement 2021 lineup teaser way in advance! -Secure your 3-Day GA or VIP pass today for as low as $30 See you in #TechnoCity✨ #MovementDetroit

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#1 Club In The World Green Valley Severely Damaged by Cyclone

Green Valley nightclub has been severely damaged by a cyclone that ripped through Southern Brazil and the State of Santa Catarina last Tuesday.

The natural disaster resulted in nine deaths and two missing people. With its over 100 kph winds, the storm also caused floods, landslides, downed power lines — and destroyed Green Valley’s main stage.

Green Valley explained in a statement: “Situated on a hill and featuring a semi-open roof that made this venue truly unique, the high winds took hold and partially demolished the main runway, leaving it in shambles.”

The venue continued: “We sympathize with all the people of Santa Catarina, who, like Green Valley, were directly or indirectly affected by this weather phenomenon.”

What started as a party in the jungle, Green Valley has evolved into one of the world’s top dance music destinations featuring international DJs on the regular. This year, it was voted No.1 on DJ Mag’s Top 100 Clubs list for the third year running.

Green Valley said in a statement: “We thank all the public mobilization, including DJs, fans, producers and other partners of the electronic scene as a whole. We got this far with a lot of effort, determination and a great deal of love by our fans, and we will use that same drive and love to give us the strength to rebuild and be able to move on. We will shortly inform how you can take part in this recovery effort. We will once again, together, create more unforgettable moments.”

Green Valley promises to come back better than ever. Stay tuned for more info on how to help.

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Somos movidos pela vida e pela emoção. Aqui concretizamos sonhos e depositamos nosso amor pela arte, pela música e pela vida na criação de momentos inesquecíveis. Nosso maior objetivo é (e sempre será) levar a cada um de vocês essa paixão pelo que fazemos e seguimos construindo há tantos anos. Nos nossos palcos já subiram grandes estrelas, e em nossas pistas vivemos os melhores momentos ao lado de pessoas igualmente apaixonadas pela música eletrônica: vocês! Hoje, o cenário que vemos é diferente. E apesar da tristeza, estamos recebendo com muito carinho todas as manifestações. Agradecemos às inúmeras mensagens de apoio de cada um que faz parte da nossa história. Isso nos traz ainda mais forças para reerguermos não apenas a nossa estrutura física, mas reafirmarmos o nosso propósito. Amamos vocês e não vemos a hora de retribuir todo esse amor com momentos inesquecíveis! #JuntospeloGreenValley #VoltaremosmaisVerdes #VoltaremosmaisFortes

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Thriftworks Accused Of Rape, Responds With Statement

Thriftworks has been accused of rape by a fan, claiming he drugged her at a house party.

“I remember I asked Jake [Thriftworks] for a bump of coke while we were sitting on my friends porch,” Robin Reid shared in a story posted publicly to Facebook. “He pulled out a baggie (which later was noted that it was not the same baggie he was using from that night) [and] instead of waking me up, that’s the last thing I remembered before waking up in the closet of my friend’s house as I was being raped. I then blacked out again to wake up in a different location in the house but in the same scenario.”

“Regardless of the drugs, I was far too drunk to even give consent. It was and still is textbook rape,” she continued.

In his response, Thriftworks states, “I was present that night and did engage with the female,” a wording that has caused many to respond with disgust.

“I was extremely intoxicated as well, and take full responsibility for that fully.” Being intoxicated yourself does not excuse rape.

“However the events that occurred to my understanding were completely consensual – I would NEVER carry a substance on me with the means to purposefully assault women.”

Later in Reid’s post, she shares, “At Okeechobee this year I opened up to the friend whose house we had gone back to and they helped set up a scenario to see if Jake was still doing things of this nature. My friend was backstage at his late night set and asked him for a bump of cocaine. Jake gave them a bump from a baggie and immediately my friend realized that it was something completely different. They then confronted him and asked if they could test what he had in the bag. Jake because immediately defensive and ran away before they could obtain a sample of whatever he had been passing around. Even after all this time he is still using this same method.”

Thriftworks claims there was a third party witness present at the house party who can corroborate his story, but the fact that she couldn’t confirm any “visible” foul play or “visual evidence” is tenuous at best, as well, as there isn’t always physical evidence of rape.

Your EDM reached out to Thriftworks’ team for comment last night when we were made aware of the accusation. You can can both the accuser’s and Thriftworks’ statements below.

Trigger warning for this post:Contents include details of drugs and sexual assault. If you’re in the music community…

Posted by Robin Reid on Thursday, July 2, 2020

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— Thriftworks (@Thriftworks) July 3, 2020

 

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Flume Officially Releases Remix Of Eiffel 65’s Classic “Blue”

Earlier this week, a Flume remix of Eiffel 65’s classic hit “Blue” appeared on Beatport, but by the next day, it was gone. The odd upload created questions of what was going on, but now the track is officially up on all streaming services.

The remix, for what it’s worth, is the same as the one we heard on Wednesday, only now you can listen and add it to playlists. It’s still the heavy future bass tune that heard before, but now in slightly higher quality.

“Read your comments & slapped together this bad boi 4 ur listening pleasure,” Flume shared. “LONG LIVE
@Eiffel65Band.”

Check out the remix below on Spotify and YouTube.

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Rich Delinquent Debut’s 1st Ever Live Showcase & It’s Incredible

One of the artists I’ve been most excited about is Australia’s very own, Rich Delinquent. His music speaks to the immense talent he possesses. He released his debut EP ‘DM If You Need To’ earlier this year that was nothing short of incredible, along with a secondary EP, stripping down the songs into alternate versions that showed just how versatile Rich Delinquent actually is.

He was supposed to be touring now, but like most artists, the pandemic canceled those plans. But Rich Delinquent hasn’t let this stop him from giving the world a glimpse of what he’s capable of live, which is why he just released his 1st ever live showcase.

Rich Delinquent’s presence is dynamic, seamlessly blending a group of tracks consisting of mainly originals, edits, VIP’s, and even a flawless Bring Me The Horizon cover. Including mesmerizing visuals and lighting, this is the whole package. If this is any guarantee of what we can expect for the rest of 2020 from Rich Delinquent then we will be eagerly awaiting more.  

Watch it below!

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Your EDM Premiere: Olivia Addams Drops Catchiest Summer Anthem, ‘Dumb’

They have been some pretty amazing deep house cover remixes and dance covers but when an original deep house banger comes a long which ticks all the right boxes you really got to take notice.

Olivia Addams has done just that in her latest release, ‘Dumb’. Expect catchy humming melodies, sexy basslines and a song which screams repeat every day, week and month of the year. Enjoy!

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Czech Republic’s Festival Schedule Among the First to Recover: Renegade and Imagination Festival Announced

While the US and UK are still under pretty strict lockdown and some European countries on the continent are preparing for a potential second wave, one country that’s done really well during the quarantine has been the Czech Republic. With strict lockdown practices in the beginning and good population response, the small country in Europe with the big rave scene has managed to almost fully recover from the pandemic. That means promoters have been able to start announcing new events and festivals.

For the summer, there are still a few restrictions in Czech with regards to gatherings. Through July, parties and gatherings can reach up to 1,000 people and if a festival can properly separate its areas, it can have up to 5,000 people. This was enough for Let It Roll to trigger a mini-festie on the dates that the original Let It Roll was supposed to take place, July 31 through August 1.

Renegade Festival will be a pared down, two-day version of Let It Roll, held at Mlékojedy Beach Park just outside of Prague. Let It Roll announced the mini-fest last week and already European D&B heads are making plans to be there. The lineup is yet to be announced but the promoters have said there will be lots of international talent there. Given the fact that they managed to pull Netsky from Belgium as a special guest on the fly for their AudioZoo event last weekend, they can probably be trusted.

Of course, aside from the livestreams and after movies, partiers from the US will not be able to experience Renegade Festival this year but luckily another festival was also announced this week by Beatworx, the promotions company that handles Let It Roll as well. It is, of course, the Imagination Festival, and it’s going to be huge.

Imagination Festival is unique in a number of ways. For one, they’re one of the biggest indoor festivals in Europe, but even more interestingly the festival has a combination of genres that’s not often seen in the US. Across two stages in a huge indoor venue, Imagination Festival will host drum & bass, hardstyle and hardcore. These are genres that US ravers may think don’t necessarily mesh but in Central Europe, where the old school rave vibe is still very much alive, partiers don’t have to choose, even in winter.

The hope for the promoters, artists and heads alike is that by the date of Imagination Festival on November 20, Americans and people in the UK will be able to travel to Europe in order to experience some festival love once again. The festival is releasing tickets in waves, with the first release almost sold out. Release two will be open to ravers from outside the EU, so keep an eye on them here.

The lineup for Imagination Festival has yet to be announced, but given this will be one of the first big festivals in Central Europe in months, it’s likely to be pretty stacked. In the meantime, watch the after-video from 2019’s fest. It’s clear from this that for those who can get out of their country, Imagination Fest is a can’t-miss.

For information and tickets to Imagination Fetsival, Go to the Facebook event page or to Imaginationfestival.cz.

For those lucky enough to be in Europe at the end of July, check out the Renegade Festival event page on Facebook or Letitroll.eu.

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DMVU – Chemicals

WAKAAN have more treats in store for this week as they unveil their latest single release. It is brought to attention by Colorado’s DMVU, responsible for bass bangers like ‘Bloccd.’ Lifted from a forthcoming EP is ‘Chemicals,’ which will thrill any dubstep fans this New Music Friday.

Pumped full of adrenaline and downright filthy drops, this single shows up the strongest production qualities in DMVU and keeps you hooked for its entirety. Spun-out melodies and cascading bass lines are the order of the day… check it for yourself.

Head here for a stream.

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Austin City Limits Finally Cancels After Massive COVID-19 Spike In Texas

Austin City Limits, originally scheduled for October 4-6 and 11-13 this year, has finally cancelled as a result of COVID-19.

“We would have loved to put on another memorable show this year, however, with the uncertainty surrounding the current situation in Texas, this decision is the only responsible solution. The health and safety of our fans, artists, partners, staff, and the entire Austin community remains our highest priority.”

The announcement comes as Texas is experiencing another major spike in the virus. According to Newsweek, Texas and Florida alone held nearly three times as many cases this week as the entire EU. Texas reported 44,300 new cases from June 25 to July 1.

ACL will return on October 1-3 and 8-10 in 2021. Rollover tickets and refunds will both be made available. See the full statement below.

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— ACL Festival (@aclfestival) July 1, 2020

 

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ANNE-MARIE Teases New Collaboration With Marshmello

Among all of Marshmello’s songs and massive collaborations, with the likes of Selena Gomez, Khalid, Logic, and more, his third-most streamed song on Spotify is with an underdog, ANNE-MARIE. (And that’s only by 3 million plays, behind “Silence” with Khalid.)

It’s hard to say how many monthly listeners she had before this collaboration in early 2018, but she’s now up to 21 million which is no small number. And now, we might be getting a sequel. A few days ago, she sent a tweet asking Marshmello to check his texts, and responded to a fan saying it’s about time for new music with “Me too.”

Check your texttsssssssss @marshmellomusic

— ANNE-MARIE (@AnneMarie) June 30, 2020

Me too https://t.co/Px7NOAclsS

— ANNE-MARIE (@AnneMarie) July 2, 2020

Later in 2018, ANNE-MARIE dropped her debut album, Speak Your Mind, and her popularity and notoriety has only climbed since then. With a new Marshmello collab potentially on the way, this has the makings of an even bigger song than “Friends.”

By the way, Marshmello is on the cusp of another two 1 billion play songs on Spotify with both “Friends” and “Silence,” only off by about 70 million. Which, relative to their already 920 million play counts, isn’t that much.

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10 Albums We Still Have To Look Forward To In 2020

Yesterday, we shared our top 10 albums of the year so far. While it is a great list, it’s by no means what will end up on our year-end list with the amount of incredible albums still to come.

The Prototypes

This is one of those rare cases in which I’ve already been sent the album and it’s also been announced, so I can still talk about it (albeit, reservedly). And I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt it’s the duo’s best work yet and possibly the strongest Drum & Bass album of 2020. You’re definitely going to be surprised in the best way by some of the tracks, and the rest carry a polish and shine that is absolutely mindblowing.

Porter Robinson

Porter first revealed he had a new album coming toward the end of January, Nurture. Since then, we’ve gotten two singles released, “Get Your Wish” and “Something Comforting,” with a third, “Look at the Sky,” teased during his Second Sky live stream set.

Apart from that, we don’t know much else about this album, not the tracklist nor the release date. And seeing as COVID-19 will likely have long-reaching ramifications, we don’t know if the album will be pushed back for desire to pair it with a tour or not. Either way, we’re eagle-eyed for new info.

Wuki

Wuki first teased a debut album back in February, but it wasn’t May that the first single came out, “Chicken Wang,” coming out with a bang with Diplo and Snappy Jit on the track. Coming out on HARD Recs, the same home as JOYRYDE’s debut album out earlier this year, we can expect a lot from this project.

Stay tuned for the next single and more info!

ZHU

ZHU announced he has a new album coming this year back at Winter On The Rocks in February. Since then, we’ve gotten “ONLY” with Tinashe, and he just announced more new music coming this month. As with everything else about ZHU, the album is wrapped in secrecy and questions.

But again, like anything else about him, we’re expecting greatness nevertheless.

Dimension

One of the few new superstars coming out of drum & bass in the last five or so years, Dimension’s debut album is sure to be at the top of anyone’s list come December. We got the first single from the project last month, but like all of the aforementioned albums in this list, we don’t know much else.

All the same, we’re looking forward to it immensely.

Tchami

Of all the albums on this list, Tchami has dropped the most singles from his project and will probably be out the soonest. We’ve already gotten “Ghosts,” “Proud,” “Born Again,” and “Buenos Aires,” and they’re all classic Tchami and sound fantastic.

As far as forward thinking house albums, Tchami is the one to watch.

Zedd

One of the two sort of, kind of, maybe confirmed albums on this list, this is mostly just an album we’d love to have. Zedd seemingly confirmed he had an album coming this year back in December 2019, but backtracked a bit in March saying, “Just to be clear: my album isn’t coming out ‘soon’. It’s coming out when it’s done and perfect.”

Then, in May, he teased a new classic/EDM hybrid piece on social media that he said would be coming on his new album. So is it coming out this year? Honestly, who knows. We’ve still got six months left in the year and there’s enough time if the first single came out this year to get the ball rolling. But for now, we wait and see.

MUZZ

Along with Dimension and The Prototypes, MUZZ is helping to make 2020 a phenomenal year for the DnB album. With three powerful singles, “Nemesis,” “Start Again,” and “Out There,” already released since the album was announced in mid-May, we can probably expect this album soonest along with Tchami. Not to mention, this is the Pendulum-esque fix we’ve been craving, in a MUZZ-centric style.

We love to see it.

Boombox Cartel

Boombox Cartel released his first album single, “Máquina,” back in March, but hasn’t said much about the album since. Even that single was delayed a week due to COVID-19, so it’s not outside the realm of possibilities that the album has been delayed, as well.

That being said, we just don’t know for sure.

Skrillex

No “albums to look forward to article” would be complete without Skrillex. It’s almost a requirement and a meme at this point to anticipate an album from Sonny, but all signs point to this being the year. Then again… we’ve heard that before.

There’s been no announcement, no single, no teaser… but he dyed his hair red and scrubbed his Instagram? So that has to mean something, right!?!

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ZHU Announces New Album Single Dropping This Month

After his Red Rocks performance at Winter On The Rocks earlier this year, ZHU finished his set with an onscreen message reading: “The most captivating project by ZHU is coming this year.” When he shared the image on social media, he shared it with the caption, “Album coming this year.”

Leaving no room for doubt, this is sure to be a big year for for the producer/DJ. Having already impressed with two Digital Mirage virtual sets, there’s still more to come and we’re getting the first taste this month.

Yesterday, he shared another image on social media: “I’m good at starting [fire.] New songs this month.”

We can only assume this will be an album single, along with “ONLY” featuring Tinashe released in May. Stay tuned for more details!

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Your EDM Premiere: In Case You Were Wondering, Current Value is Still on that Glitchy Drone Shizz (Blackout)

It’s that time of year again where Current Value and Blackout come through and start blowing everyone out of the water, but rarely do these two powerhouses team up and do it together. Current Value’s newest EP Time Gap is due out on Monday on Blackout, so prepare for the double blow.

Despite our cheeky title and everyone knowing CV’s penchant for glitchy drone stuff, there are also some more dancefloor-heavy neuro tracks on Time Gap. “Bolide,” for example, is technically a jump up track, from a beat perspective (on’t worry, there’s still lots of old school distortion in the bassline and a high-pitched synth that should come with a seizure warning).

Everything on this EP is crunchy and grindy, taking a big nod back to old school tech-and-darkstep but of course it’s blown out even more by Mr. Value’s insane production, syncopation arrangement and sound design. These sounds may be familiar but they’re also completely new and different. “Deadspot” goes really deep into those crunchy bass synths while the title track pairs them with a nice bit of melodic vocal, a’la “That Smile.”

Our premiere today is the last track on Time Gap, called “Operator.” It’s the most ravey of all the tracks on the EP, with a melodic, echoey synth intro that belies the heavy madness that lies ahead. This one will remind fans even more of “That Smile” with its big, fat drone synth launching itself like a car rocket through every phrase transition in the track. Listen a little closer, however, and it’s clear that those chunky, crunchy bass sounds are very much present as in the other three tracks.

Blackout Music NL · Current Value – Operator [YourEDM Premiere]

Those crunchy, feedback-laden bass is what Current Value has really been playing with sound design-wise this time around, and of course he’s once again nailed a sound no one else has come up with before. He puts it in all different configurations throughout Time Gap and it makes the EP a unique, stand-out work in itself, rather than just being about the tracks. That said, the dancefloor won’t be likely to sleep on this EP; not that it ever does on Current Value.

Time Gap drops on Monday, July 6. Click here to pre-order or pre-save

 

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Western Australia Nightclubs Reopen with Ease of Restrictions

After drastically flattening the curve on coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, Western Australia has started reopening nightclubs with ease of restrictions.

Premier Mark McGowan previously announced that beginning at 11:59 PM on June 26th, the state would transition into Phase Four. That means clubs, pubs, and bars, including those in the state’s capital of Perth, are now able to return to “normal” in a “COVID safe way.”

Events including concerts and live music at venues, bars and pubs are allowed. Large-scale, multi-stage music festivals are not. Businesses are still under instruction to determine maximum capacity under the 2sqm rule. However, customers won’t have to remain seated to order food and/or drinks.

McGowan, as well as Health Minister Roge Cook are stressing the importance of proper “hand hygiene” and ask revelers to continue practicing “physical distancing” as much as possible.

“It’s heartening to be able to resume more and more activities but we need to do so in a COVID safe manner,” Cook explains. “More activities will be able to return close to its business-as-usual capacity in good time and in a staged and carefully monitored fashion.”

 

Sources: 7 News, Australian Broadcasting Corporation

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Lane 8 Drops Exquisite 4-Hour Summer Mixtape with Tons of IDs [MUST LISTEN]

Lane 8 is treating us to four straight hours of ripe summer vibes with his new mixtape, out just in time for Fourth of July weekend!

Although festival season has come and mostly gone amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown, the music keeps our community connected. With this ethereal mix, Lane 8 explores the depths of his own sound and beyond. Suddenly, our lost summer doesn’t seem so gone.

Lane 8’s summer mixtape includes a wealth of new IDs — well over a dozen — and plenty of hand-picked selects from Calvin Harris, Boys Noize, Kölsch, Icarus, Le Youth and Tale of Us, just to name a few. All in one seamless sweep, Lane 8 leaves us breathless after four beautiful hours of deep house magic.

For best results, enjoy under the sun with some close family or friends.

Lane 8 Summer 2020 Mixtape

Lane 8 · Lane 8 Summer 2020 Mixtape

Photo by Jason Siegel

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Tomorrowland Is Offering Exclusive Food & Drink Options For Virtual Festival

The Tomorrowland virtual festival is later this month, July 25-26, and unlike the regular festival, there’s not much you have to do to prepare apart from purchase an affordable ticket. That is, unless you want to…

Tomorrowland is offering a number of food, drink, and home party packages to make it feel like you’re actually at the festival. For food, you have an option between a meat & fish or veggie Brasa BBQ Experience or a mesa taco & cocktail experience. Each “experience” will run you € 75.00 or € 144.00, respectively, given the 2/4 minimum purchase. You can also get a mix for € 216.00.

For drinks, you can choose between an Around The World Cocktail box or a Tomorrowland’s Beverage selection, essentially the difference between pre-made cocktails or a box of bottles and mixers. These will run you € 65.00 or € 80.00, respectively.

Finally, there’s the Home Party packages: a Silver/Gold home party box, a Tomorrowland-branded JBL Flip 5 speaker, and a real Dreamville tent. The party boxes contain a variety of festival-branded items including bracelets, posters, cups, foam sticks, confetti poppers, and more.

None of these are necessary for your virtual festival experience, but if you want to augment your home viewing or just want some cool, unique merch, you can find all of them available here.

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Ultra’s Resistance Ibiza Series Officially Cancels for for Summer 2020

Another one of the world’s best dance parties in Ibiza has officially shut down for its summer 2020 season — and we expect more to follow suit.

A new statement on the official Resistance Ibiza website reads:

In accordance with the Balearic Government’s restrictions on nightclubs in Ibiza, it is with a heavy heart that we are announcing the annual Resistance summer residency at Privilege will not take place this summer.

Holding off on reopening isn’t ideal for short term business, but it will help ensure the safety of future guests and hopefully decrease the chances of spreading coronavirus (COVID-19) as time goes on.

Ultra’s Resistance makes its priorities known:

There is no higher priority than the health, safety, and well-being of our fans, the artists and everyone involved with the production.

We cannot wait to dance together again on the White Isle in 2021!

Previously, Hï Ibiza and Ushuaïa announced both venues would forgo reopening through July at the very least. Read the full statement.

At this point, we’re optimistically anticipating Ibiza’s return in 2021.

Stay safe.

 

Photo via aLIVE Coverage for Ultra

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20 Canadian Dance/Electronic Artists to Stream In Honor of Canada Day 2020

In honor of Canada Day 2020, we’d like to direct your attention to some of the industry’s leading producers that hail from Canada.

The Canadian influence on dance/electronic music and culture is undeniable. Just a few name drops in — deadmau5, Excision, Rezz, Zeds Dead — and that notion is amply apparent. A-Trak, Ekali, Whipped Cream, Adventure Club, Richie Hawtin, and the list goes on.

House, bass, techno and beyond are well represented by these artists, and so many others that have pushed their sounds from national to international and global scales. Because of them, lasting titles including “Strobe,” “Collapse,” “Barbra Streisand” and “Dum Dee Dum” (and countless others) are forever ingrained in our memories and we’re grateful.

With that, Happy Canada Day! Explore the non-exhaustive short list, bursting with talent below and let us know your favorite Canadian acts in the comments.

A-TrakAdventure ClubBlack Tiger Sex Machine
Bob MosesBotnekdeadmau5Dr. OziEkaliExcision
Felix CartalGrandtheftKeys N KratesLoud Luxury
Richie HawtinRezzRyan HemsworthShaun Frank
VincentWhipped Cream | Zeds Dead

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Flume Drops Surprise Remix Of Eiffel 65’s Seminal Classic, “Blue”

Close to two months ago, Flume shared a video of himself remixing Eiffel 65’s seminal classic, “Blue.” At the time, there was a lot of discussion about whether it was just for a social post or an honest to god remix, but that has now been answered with a Beatport-exclusive remix available now.

The remix was first noticed by the community over at /r/Flume and word spread immediately. For now, the remix appears to be a Beatport exclusive and there’s been no word whether we’ll get it on other services later. Flume himself hasn’t posted about it on any of his social media channels, either, so that’s no help.

Still, predictably, the remix has made its way to YouTube if you want to hear it (for as long as it stays up). It’s a far more heavily-future-bass-influenced remix than any of his more recent material, with massive, warped synths and crispy 808s.

Check it out below and grab it on Beatport here.

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Your EDM Premiere: Level Up – Bedtime Stories

The super talented scratch-battle DJ and producer Level Up (otherwise known as Sonya Broner) is about to drop a suitably heavy sound. Coming in fresh this Friday is her creepy-edged ‘Bedtime Stories,’ which we are premiering today.

Having honed her craft alongside Rob Swift and turning to dubstep creation after being inspired by the likes of scene stalwarts Caspa and Rusko, Level Up has established her own unique take on the genre and earned herself top performance slots at festivals and tours along the way.

She reveals that this record is inspired by scary movies, revealing “My goal was to create a song that would make you feel like you’re in your own haunted story.” Expect dark yet playful melodies and a strongly contrasting bass line with this one; it will keep you guessing.

Pre-save ‘Bedtime Stories’ here. 

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Steve Aoki Goes J-Pop With Awesome Remix of “Ninja Re Bang Bang”

We all know that Steve Aoki is one of the most prolific producers in terms of seeking out global talent. He’s already had two major collabs with K-Pop stars, now the Japanese American DJ is going J-Pop. Steve Aoki has remixed Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s 2013 hit “Ninja Re Bang Bang.” American audiences actually might recognize the track as it’s been featured in both the animated film Sing and the latest John Wick movie. The original is already a pretty bouncy number; Steve Aoki’s remix takes the energy up a notch and throws in some little unique flairs that only the Dim Mak head honcho could provide.

As far as Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, she is a former blogger turned J-pop star who has over 7 million followers across various platforms. American pop stars such as Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande are admitted fans. “Ninja Re Bang Bang” also has more than 65 million views on YouTube, so it’s a bona fide hit. The most impressive part of the remix is that while it’s unmistakably a J-pop song, Aoki still made it uniquely Aoki-like. If you’ve never heard J-pop before this is a great introduction, while all the Steve Aoki vibes makes the remix a stand-out on its own.

Check out Steve Aoki’s remix of Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s J-pop hit “Ninja Re Bang Bang.” Out now on Dim Mak under license from Asobi Music.

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Music for Two: Spotify Launches New Duo Plan

Spotify has launched a brand new, premium subscription plan for couples. Or best friends, roommates, or really, any pair of two people who share a love for music (and live together).

As with any paid Spotify plan, users will be able to download music and listen anywhere with no ad interruptions — nonstop music with unlimited skips. Plus, Premium Duo users get Duo Mix — an exclusive playlist that’s regularly updated based on music both users like.

With two separate Spotify accounts, listeners can enjoy music together or separately without having to take turns. It’s important to note, if you do make the switch to a new Spotify plan, such as Premium Duo, likes, playlists and recommendations will remain intact.

Spotify’s Premium Duo is available starting today, July 1st — first month free and $12.99 after that.

More info and FAQs here.