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  • Audioccult Vol. 103: Fashion DOs & DON’Ts in 2014
  • Audioccult Vol. 103: Fashion DOs & DON’Ts in 2014
  • Audioccult Vol. 103: Fashion DOs & DON’Ts in 2014
  • Audioccult Vol. 103: Fashion DOs & DON’Ts in 2014
  • Audioccult Vol. 103: Fashion DOs & DON’Ts in 2014
  • Audioccult Vol. 103: Fashion DOs & DON’Ts in 2014
  • Keep your fashion game on-point with Audioccult’s style tips and a catwalk soundtrack by Klaus Nomi, Om Unit, Perc, Truss, Vierance, Xosar, Lustmord and more! – more
  • Watch MS MR Warm Up For Coachella
  • Watch MS MR Warm Up For Coachella
  • Watch MS MR Warm Up For Coachella
  • Lizzy and Max of MS MR met up with Diffuser.fm to preview some of what…

    Read more articles like “Watch MS MR Warm Up For Coachella” on PMA – Pretty Much Amazing.

  • Reviews: Future, Yuck, Fear of Men, TEEN
  • Reviews: Future, Yuck, Fear of Men, TEEN
  • Our reviews of the latest releases from Future, Yuck, Fear of Men and TEEN.

    Read more articles like “Reviews: Future, Yuck, Fear of Men, TEEN” on PMA – Pretty Much Amazing.

  • Listen: Blood Orange – “Palo Alto”
  • Listen to a new Blood Orange song from the soundtrack of James Franco’s Palo Alto.

    Read more articles like “Listen: Blood Orange – “Palo Alto”” on PMA – Pretty Much Amazing.

  • Listen: Baths – “Ocean Death”
  • Listen to the oxygen-deprived, hallucinatory title track from Baths’ upcoming EP.

    Read more articles like “Listen: Baths – “Ocean Death”” on PMA – Pretty Much Amazing.

  • New Patten remix
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  • New Patten remix

  • A taste of what’s to come…
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  • A taste of what’s to come…

  • Video
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  • Media : WATCH: Juana Molina Takes Us Into The Forests Of South America For “Sin Guia, No” Video
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    Since the release of her latest album, Wed 21, Juana Molina has been impressing audiences worldwide with her fanciful sound. Molina's vision and creativity extends beyond her music as seen in the ritual-inspired video for her track, "Sin Guia, No."

    Enjoy at FILTERmagazine.com

  • Camea "I Dream of You (Lee Jones Remix)"
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  • Camea "I Dream of You (Lee Jones Remix)"
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  • After dropping her Neverwhere EP via BPitch Control late last year, Berlin DJ/producer Camea (pictured above) is set to return next week with a new remix EP featuring the likes of Deadbeat, Locked Groove, and Lee Jones, whose take on “I Dream of You” is featured here.

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  • The 2 Bears unveil new album The Night Is Young, share ‘Angel (Touch Me)’
  • With timing that no doubt has Beyoncé trembling, The 2 Bears have announced their sophomore album The Night Is Young. Made up of Raphael ‘Raf Daddy’ Rundell and Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard, the duo rose to prominence following the success […]
  • Watch Night Slugs and Fade to Mind’s Icy Lake documentary
  • Danny Brown and Zmoney throw down on ‘Jug & Finesse’
  • Two of FACT’s favorite rappers go head-to-head on a sizzling new single. Zmoney hasn’t been rapping long, but in just a couple of mixtapes and a few key loosies (‘Dope Boy Magic‘ is a particularly unmissable drop) the Chicago rapper […]
  • Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes scores James Franco movie Palo Alto – hear a track
  • Velvety smooth listening from the prolific pop journeyman. Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes is in high demand these days, with everyone from Solange to Sky Ferreira to Kindness tapping his songwriting and production skills. His latest project is the soundtrack to […]
  • Kidnap Kid – Like You Used To
  • Friday! Finally! I hope you have a fun weekend planned ahead of you. Maybe as you’re driving/biking/walking home this afternoon, you can leave with a smile listening to this track by Kidnap Kid… If you’ve ever put needle to vinyl, you’ll recognize the first sounds emitting from Kidnap Kid’s “Like You Used To.” It begins with a […]
  • Baths – "Ocean Death"
  • Los Angeles electronic artist Will Wiesenfeld, aka Baths, will follow up his excellent 2013 LP Obsidian with a new EP called Ocean Death on May 6 through Anticon. Stream the title track below.

  • Wolfcolony – “Beauty” + “Youth”
    3:13, via The Burning Ear
  • Wolfcolony is the kind of music for dancing alone. Maybe with a lover. Maybe with the fresh laundry you need to fold. Maybe just a little car dancing. Its dark but far from depressing. Kicking percussion jumping over rolling piano lines with Wolf’s vocals firmly holding it all together. The Welcome To The Wild Side EP is […]
  • [Indie Pop] The Griswolds – Heart of a Lion EP
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  • [Indie Pop] The Griswolds – Heart of a Lion EP
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  • [Indie Pop] The Griswolds – Heart of a Lion EP
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  • [Indie Pop] The Griswolds – Heart of a Lion EP
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  • Taking on the name of one of America’s favorite theatrical families is a challenge in and of itself. Bearing the name proudly while playing some … Continue reading »
  • [Get Crunk] Clayton’s Friday Party Playlist (Vol 101)
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  • [Get Crunk] Clayton’s Friday Party Playlist (Vol 101)
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  • [Get Crunk] Clayton’s Friday Party Playlist (Vol 101)
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  • [Get Crunk] Clayton’s Friday Party Playlist (Vol 101)
    3:13, via The Music Ninja
  • [Get Crunk] Clayton’s Friday Party Playlist (Vol 101)
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  • [Get Crunk] Clayton’s Friday Party Playlist (Vol 101)
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  • [Get Crunk] Clayton’s Friday Party Playlist (Vol 101)
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  • [Get Crunk] Clayton’s Friday Party Playlist (Vol 101)
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  • [Get Crunk] Clayton’s Friday Party Playlist (Vol 101)
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  • [Get Crunk] Clayton’s Friday Party Playlist (Vol 101)
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  • [Get Crunk] Clayton’s Friday Party Playlist (Vol 101)
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  • [Get Crunk] Clayton’s Friday Party Playlist (Vol 101)
    3:13, via The Music Ninja
  • [Get Crunk] Clayton’s Friday Party Playlist (Vol 101)
    3:13, via The Music Ninja
  • [Get Crunk] Clayton’s Friday Party Playlist (Vol 101)
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  • [Get Crunk] Clayton’s Friday Party Playlist (Vol 101)
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  • [Get Crunk] Clayton’s Friday Party Playlist (Vol 101)
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  • [Get Crunk] Clayton’s Friday Party Playlist (Vol 101)
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  • [Get Crunk] Clayton’s Friday Party Playlist (Vol 101)
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  • Another week has come and gone, and here we are staring pure, unadulterated freedom right in it’s beautiful face. We know you probably have a … Continue reading »
  • Bon Iver || Holocene (Satchmode Remix)
  • Released: April 2014 Follow artist: Official webpage Facebook Soundcloud Twitter
  • James Bay || Let It Go
  • Released: April 2014 Follow artist: Official webpage Facebook Soundcloud Youtube Twitter
  • Tender Games || Your Body
  • Released: October 2013 Follow artist: Official webpage Facebook Soundcloud
  • YNGCULT || Absolute
  • Released: March 2014 Follow artist: Facebook Soundcloud Twitter
  • Lucas Nord || Wasting Time
  • Released: April 2014 Follow artist: Official webpage Facebook Soundcloud Youtube Twitter
  • H0ST || Heartbeats In The House
  • Released: March 2014 Follow artist: Soundcloud Twitter
  • Duck Sauce Doesn’t Like to Follow the Rules
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  • Duck Sauce Doesn’t Like to Follow the Rules
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  • It's pretty good to be Duck Sauce right now. Days after their (second) Sahara-tent smashing Coachella performance, the two charasmatic DJ icons are sitting pretty atop their long-awaited debut album Quack. The 12-track LP is a nostalgic joyride through the duo's many memories together and features iconic Duck Sauce jams like the viral singalong "Barbra Streisand," the 2009 homage to their beloved Big Apple, "aNYway," and a handful of new cuts like "It's You" and "NRG." The record also includes a handful of cheeky mixtape-style skits to remind you that these dudes are in it for the lulz.

    Made up of Montreal-born DMC champion A-Trak and Boston native Armand Van Helden, this New York City-based DJ/producer tag-team have found themselves at the pinnacle of their collaborative career. For five years, the duck-loving duo has been making bubbly, disco-fueled house jams for smile-inducing dance parties, and at the same time holding down their own solo careers. While they're currently making selective stops at some of this season's biggest festivals, you won't see Duck Sauce breaking their own backs (or beaks) on nonstop world tours—they prefer to swoop in for the occasional gig when the time is right.

    During my recent journey to Coachella, I got the chance to spend a little quality time with the Duck Sauce dudes in an air-conditioned trailer, and as expected, they were all smiles.

    THUMP: How's Coachella so far?
    A-Trak
    : Great man. Every year it's just great—roaming around the fest and checking out good performances.

    It's nice to be able to chill for a while and enjoy the music as fans right?
    A-Trak: It's the rare festival where it's actually enjoyable. We'll make plans to actually come during our downtime. Usually it's like, "What's the latest that we can show up."

    Who are some acts you guys have seen who you've liked so far?
    A-Trak: Armand and I were just talking about Pharrel, he was really good. And Solange. Chromeo too. I'm so proud of my brother man. They got that main-stage look right after sundown and they just killed it with their new stage show—it was the tightest I've seen them. Skrillex and Dillon Francis were also really good. 

    I know you guys are big hip-hop heads. What did you think of Outkast's long awaited reunion? There's been a good amount of controversy about their performance.
    A-Trak: I'm going to say… no comment. Because i'm too much of a fan.

    OK—that's cool.
    A-Trak: It was just fun chilling back stage with Puff Daddy. He's been hanging around for the weekend. He went into Chromeo's trailer the other day and was like "wassup yo!"

    So I interviewed your brother Dave from Chromeo the other day and he told me a funny story, about how when you were a kid your voice changed completely in one day on some weekend trip. Care to expand on that?

    A-Trak: Oh man. It was actually my first overseas gig in Korea. I won the DMC Championship in '97 during my pre-pubescene and then that summer got booked for my first overseas show at 15. Dave came with me as my older brother. He actually negotiated my contract. He was like only 19 at the time and was on the phone with someone in Korea like, "We need business class flights!"

    So we made the trip and there was one conversation we had when my voice kept cracking and he was like, "What's wrong with you man—are you about to cry or something?" And I was just like [voice cracking] "No I'm fine!" Then we came home and Dave called up P Thugg up on the phone, like, "P check this out"—and gave him the phone and made me talk. I answered the phone with my fresh new voice and was like, "Hello?" Dave and P were laughing for about fifteen minutes nonstop. So I guess I went to Korea and came back a man.

    Speaking of changes—you've watched electronic music move from the sidelines to center stage at this festival. What's that like?
    A-Trak: I remember a couple of very symbolic, ear-mark moments in Coachella symbolizing a new chapter in North American electronic music. Like when Daft Punk brought the pyramid here. A lot of kids got converted.

    Armand Van Helden: Indie rock kids.

    A-Trak: It was like day-zero, the genesis, Adam and Eve for them and for electronic music here. When Tiësto came and played the main-stage that was also a huge statement for a traditionally more alternative-leaning festival. He came to the main-stage with pyro and no one was really doing that at the time, so to me that was another part of wave-one in the era of electronic music penetrating here.

    AVH: The whole EDM thing is just more of a "fencing in" of it all, but to me nothing's changed. It just got a title and got clumped together. This has been a thing around the world for a while but was just never a Stateside thing. They've had people like The Chemical Brothers, Fatboy Slim, and Richie Hawtin playing festivals forever. Back then it was like, "Oh that's techno, that's house, that's breakbeat." I think EDM is just really an American term. We gotta call it something.

    A-Trak: I think it was a term that was coined when the business exploded, when all of those articles about mega-busuiness conglomerates started popping up.

    So the albums finally coming out. What does this mean for you guys?
    A-Trak: Yes! The egg is finally hatching. I feel like Duck Sauce is one of those "never on schedule but always on time" kind of projects.

    AVH: The album and Duck Sauce in general are kind of two different dimensional states. Someone could be like, "Hey you guys have 'Barbra Streisand' out now it's time to drop the album," but at that time we're already in a different dimensional state. We're not following the rules. We dropped the album when we felt like it.

    A-Trak: We're following the string theory.

    If you had to both pick one track from the album, which one would you say means the most to you?
    AVH: I would have to say "Barbra Streisand," because when we made that song we weren't really sure what we were doing. But post-"Barbra" it was different. It's really hard to one-up that. It's our song that got built up and then we were like, "Can we build up that vibe again?"

    A-Trak: I remember after the track came out, when it really reached that level of "plays at weddings in the Ukraine" cultural penetration. Friends from overseas were sending us photos of their kids singing along to the track. It's a song that traces ages from eight to 88 and neither of us have ever had anything else like it.

    AVH: If you can pull like three "Barbra Streisand"s in your lifetime you're pretty much a super musical genius

    David loves ducks but his favorite water bird is the Puffin. Follow him. @DLGarber

  • Editors New Groove Vol. XXIII
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  • Editors New Groove Vol. XXIII
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  • Editors New Groove Vol. XXIII
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  • The Editors' New Groove is a weekly pow-wow on the freshest new releases from THUMP's editors and regular contributors' radars.

    DJ Rashad – "Somethin 'Bout the Things You Do"
    If any of my friends called my cellphone baked as hell like, "Dude I just flipped a Chaka Khan song from 1984 into a bangin' juke beat," I'd tell them to drink a cup of coffee and snap out of it. But DJ Rashad—well, he did it. And he did it well. (Max Pearl)

    Percussions – "KHLHI (TEXTO29A)"
    I have a habit of listening to music on the subway and getting so immersed in the beats that I end up missing my stop. This new soulful garage heater from Keiran has in fact made me miss two subway stops in addition to almost getting clipped by a Dominos delivery bike. (David Garber)

    Iggy Azalea Feat. Charli XCX – "Fancy"
    Australia's fiercest barbie doll has a new album out—the snarling attitude and pop hookery of the freshest cut "Fancy" reminds me of Gwen Stefani during her golden days. Here's to Iggy whipping all the other Azaleas out of the ring with her golden ponytail. (Michelle Lhooq)

    VesperTown – "Fancy"
    I don't fuck with people who fuck with R. Kelly. Period. But I'm going to let the Kelz sample in this song slide because it's only a two-second clip and because everything else about it is fantastic. (Max Pearl)

    Lafawndah – "Butter"
    Sexy island pop for steampunks. (Lauren Schwartzberg) 

    Hecanjog – "Pulsar Beat Sketch"
    RIP Kater Holzig. (Elissa stolman)

    Dark Science – "Rust"
    One of the reason I love Joris is that he does this cool clapping thing with his hands when he DJs that has become a trademark of sorts during his sets. The other reason is tracks like this one, which has a bassline that is causing me serious neck pain. (David Garber)

    Ron Morelli "Island Bore" (Hospital)

    This is the sound of your mind two hours into an ayahuasca ritual. You're sweating on the canvas floor of a tent in Papua New Guinea. The darkest things you've ever seen are flashing before your eyes. You don't know if you're going to make it because this shit is CRUSHING YOUR EGO INTO A FINE POWDER OF OBLIVION. (Elissa Stolman)

    Taraval – "Gar's Highway"
    There's this really sexy feline growl that claws through the mix in between this techno track's driving, dancefloor-ready grooves. Tiger techno, anyone? (Michelle Lhooq)

    Little Dragon – "Let Go"
    If I didn't get paid to write about music I would probably go become a Little Dragon groupie. Luckily instead I can get paid to write about Little Dragon. Win win. (David Garber)

    DJ Mumu – "Happy Birthday Remix"
    Today is my birthday. Here's a funny remix of the birthday song. LOL. (Lauren Schwartzberg) 

    Sexless Japanese Group – "Ham Sandwich"
    This group is called Sexless Japanese Group and the song is called "Ham Sandwich." What else do you want from me?

    Dat Oven – "Icy Lake (DJ Rashad & NA Remix)"

    "Hey, Max."
    "Yes, Joel?"
    "Wait, I can barely hear you. It sounds like something's wrong with your phone."
    "Hello? I just wanted to—"
    Click.
    (Joel and Max)

  • Djemba Djemba Wants to Blow Your Mind In and Outside the Club
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  • Djemba Djemba Wants to Blow Your Mind In and Outside the Club
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  • Djemba Djemba Wants to Blow Your Mind In and Outside the Club
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  • Djemba Djemba Wants to Blow Your Mind In and Outside the Club
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  • Djemba Djemba Wants to Blow Your Mind In and Outside the Club
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  • Djemba Djemba Wants to Blow Your Mind In and Outside the Club
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  • Djemba Djemba Wants to Blow Your Mind In and Outside the Club
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  • Photograph courtesy of Ross Lai

    Andrew Swanson grabs us from the lobby of his hotel. He's puffy-eyed, a little delirious and tired. He greets us warmly and we immediately head upstairs. If he wasn’t wearing his flashy, member's only-looking Mad Decent varsity, you'd have no idea that this unassuming 26-year-old has, ​alongside Diplo, helped construct​ ​beats for acts like Beyoncé, 2 Chainz and Miley Cyrus.

    ​Swanson, aka Mad Decent signee and Team Supreme member, Djemba Djemba, says he's getting over a bad stomach virus from the previous night. His demeanor heavily contrasts the colorful, larger-than-life, UK bass inspired sound he​ parades​ on SoundCloud, BBC Radio and Boiler Room.

    Before the interview, he offers ​to make some herbal tea and apologizes for being a little out of it. Djemba Djemba's honest about his perspective on music. He's unconcerned with ​giving off any artistic allure whatsoever, and yet, he completely controls the conversation, and later, the dance floor​. We ​sit down and chat hours before him and Team Supreme teammate Mr. Carmack, play to a sold out crowd at The Hoxton in Toronto as part of their Memory Loss Tour, alongside Huh What & Where producer, Sweater Beats. ​

    THUMP: What are you thinking about when you make new music?
    Andrew: I've always been this person who was afraid to become successful. I wanted that freedom to change my music up no matter what. If you listen to my ​SoundCloud, every song is usually completely different. I don't have a specific set of rules. A lot of my songs come randomly. I still spend hours writing crap. When I finally hit something really tight, I keep it for myself and release it.

    And on the contrary to popular belief, I don't smoke weed when I make music. A lot of producers will be like, "You know, you have to smoke a lot of weed." [Laughs] I can't be on drugs when I do music. I actually meditate twice a day so I get my creativity from there. I don't even know if I’d write good music, so it's funny you're asking me what I'm thinking about when I write. Sometimes I just write it and think, "This shit's terrible." ​[Laughs]

    ​​How long have you been meditating?
    Since I was twelve, I'm twenty-six now. I went to a school where you meditated twice a day in the middle of Iowa. The Beatles did it, it's called transcendental meditation. It's good to go inwards. I fall asleep usually when I do it.​
     
    Do you hear music when you meditate?
    I feel like I hear music in my head all the time. A lot of people do, but it's the artist’s ability to tap into whatever source of music they're hearing and translate it to their fingers. To get it into the software or the synthesizer, or whatever they use to make good music. To be honest, I think that's the only thing that separates people from doing anything artistically great. Having that connection from your brain to your fingers to be on point, so you don't lose anything between the time your brain hears it to when your fingers are creating it in your software.

    Everyone can make a song. But you can't translate what you hear in your head to your software without tons of practice. Just like anything, painting, or doing business—if you have a great idea, to really manifest it, you just have to practice. When you see me live, I'm not trying to entertain people as a DJ. I'm trying to entertain them as a track selector and a producer.

    Is it hard to articulate that to the crowd?
    Not when the song starts playing. I can DJ a lot better than I used to. But Diplo, he's like one of those prolific producer DJs. He DJs 100 tracks in an hour, and they're incredible, energy building sets. I'm trying to build my way up to controlling the pace of a crowd. But to me, it's more important to write music.

    Recently I had a song on my SoundCloud that I took down that was like a twelve-minute ambient thing, with a lot of hard beats in the background. That’s something I wouldn't play in the club.

    What motivates you to go in that direction?
    I get so sick of fads and styles sounding the same between each producer. What I'm writing is from my heart. I try to write things that are meaningful. I listen to a lot of music that's not necessarily beat driven, so on one hand I want to maintain certain relevance with fans, but I also want to blow their minds in ways not built for a club setting.
     
    Do you have to hand-hold them in that direction?
    Oh yeah. Last night I did a set and halfway through I went into this dark, experimental mode and I think people were feeling it. Definitely in Canada, kids know what good music is. A lot of kids want to hear, like, bangers, but there's a certain group of individuals that really feel the same energy from a darker track as they would from a trap banger.

    I'm trying to help people experience new sounds. When I'm at the club, I can't get too deep on people, or else it's not fun for anybody.

    But do you want to?
    I mean sometimes I end up doing that. Sometimes I troll people, for example, that Boiler Room set. I wasn't really playing to anyone in the room; I was playing to the chat room online, because that seems to be where Boiler Room happens the most. So I'll do things like challenge people in that way, as opposed to playing for people in the room.

    In a Reddit thread you said, "Mad Decent is pioneering the touring artist and producer model." Can you explain that?
    There are a lot of dope producers, and a lot of them don't get heard. Great ones might get approached by a major record label and get signed to some crazy deal where they basically hand over publishing and have to produce on a quota. But then they start writing music they don't know or haven’t met artistically. You can be a dope producer, but if you sign a deal, they get to take your music and do whatever they want with it. And if you're not hot anymore or they don't feel your music's going anywhere, they can just drop you form the label.

    Mad Decent has a producer first mindset. DJ second. But those are not exclusive from each other. On one hand we want to connect with other artists and write for anyone, pop, underground, whoever. But at the same time, we don't get stuck under a publishing deal that wouldn't let us release music we'd want to release.

    I've worked with a lot of artists who are really good singers and rappers, who just don't have the confidence or ability to put out music. They're so entrenched in the industry model; it's hard for them to get outside of that. Mad Decent basically blows up as artists and work with singers, pop artists, and tie together the two worlds. Coincidentally, the more popular you are as a producer, the more people want to work with you.

    That model must be hard to articulate to A&R and the old guard in the music industry.
    It's more like they're realizing a lot of their producers aren't as good as the producers putting out their own music that’s blowing up independently. A perfect example of someone who put her own music out first and got approached after it blew up is Lorde. Flume too. They've already produced the whole record; they just sell it to the major labels.
     
    It's like the rules are getting rewritten bi-monthly in electronic beat music these days.
    Yeah. I feel like music has become more accessible and more open. Genre's happen super fast, they grow and die instantly. That's a good thing, though. It's not the labels or major industry dictating where music goes. It's just kids on the Internet. I think that's the best development. And living in Los Angeles is like a double-whammy of being in the right place at the right time. As these kids are dictating shit on the Internet, we're able to interpret that and be part of it.
     
    Is it more in the favor of young kids?
    Definitely. For example, this girl Doja Cat, who I've been reblogging on my SoundCloud, just from being on the Internet, gets hit up by one of the biggest pop producers in the world, Dr. Luke, and she's able to do her own project with his money.

    ​T​hat's the future of where these labels are going. They don't want to encroach on these kids’ creativity. They realize these creators have the brand, or sound they're going for. It's not selling out, it's more getting a benefactor to help you realize your dreams.

    There are no rules anymore. The only time people say something's cool or not cool is when they're trying to feel good about themselves for listening to something. It's the ultimate hipster way. [Laughs]

    So we're in a world where music is either classic or it's garbage?
    I don't know. I guess time is the only thing that determines if something's a classic. Something that came out that sucks now might be classic later on.
     
    What's your favourite album of the year so far?
    I really liked Lone’s Airglow Fires from last year. To be honest, I just love James Blake. I listen to him over and over every day. For our people, he's captured the sound that I want to hear every day. When somebody's a true master, they do something that sounds completely new but completely expected. You hear it, and then it's just natural. I haven't heard anything that's really blown my mind like James Blake.

    Oh, my two favourite artists I saw at SXSW were SOPHIE and A.G. Cook. Both really, really dope artists.

    Who do you want to work with?
    I got to work with The Clash over the summer with Diplo, and they're one of my favourite bands of all time. I've been really fortunate to be working with really cool people. Having aspirations to work with someone famous is great, but to me, I'd rather blow someone up that's completely unknown, than work with someone who's already on top.
  • Mamacita’s "No Eres Tu" Is a Sleazy House Banger, Straight From Santiago
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  • Mamacita’s "No Eres Tu" Is a Sleazy House Banger, Straight From Santiago
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  • The latest from the ever on point Huntleys + Palmers label comes from Chilean artist Mamacita, with the high energy cut 'No Eres Tu.'  Originally appearing on fellow H+P producers Auntie Flo's lauded Future Rhythm Machine LP, Mamacita's debut solo effort is a glorious blend of sleaze and romance; taking cues from old school electro, disco and Chicago house.
     
    Mamacita's 'No Eres Tu' is out now on 10" vinyl and digital via Huntleys + Palmers.
  • Behind the Mask: Catching Up with Black Tiger Sex Machine
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  • We had the opportunity to catch up with Black Tiger Sex Machine before they left for their latest European tour, which kicked off in Angers, France on April 17th. Obviously we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to kick back with Marc, Julien and Pat to discuss their new single “On the Run,” Kannibalen Records and their new live show. I figured it would be the best time to get behind the masks and learn more about one of the most interesting and hardworking electro trios to hit the scene in a while.

    Thump: So tell me about your new release “On the Run.”
    Julien: What we’re trying to do right now with “On The Run” is to create a link, which will define what’s going to happen in the upcoming months. It links with our live shows, our tours, and things that are going on with the label. We’re trying to create this bridge between electronic music that we like and festivals. We’re trying to find a way to be accepted on a bigger stage at different kinds of festivals. We also want to play in clubs and in Europe and Asia. So I think “On the Run” is kind of closer to what could be possibly played during a festival. It’s got that bass heavy, big room feel, and then we also incorporated stuff that we like with a rock vibe, this ‘80s 8-bit, vocals and all that. So we’re just trying to play around with both aspects because that helps us to mix both worlds.

    We’re going to be touring in Europe, and we have a lot of opportunities in the upcoming months in the States, so we’re going to get our work permits and finally go there at some point. They’re different markets but we’re just trying to find the right sound for both markets.

    Pat: I think it’s trying to take a bit more of a conventional crowd pleasing side and marry it more with… maybe not an experimental side, but definitely sounds that could be a bit unconventional in that genre and taking it from our influences. We wanted something that we thought had a certain originality and to give it our own flare.

    That’s a really great way to approach it. Now, I want to know… Where did you get the inspiration for the theme behind your new music video “On the Run”? Where you’re trying to obtain the mighty Tiger mask?
    Marc: It was Julien’s idea, which turned out to be really good. I think it was his best shot at story telling from A to Z.

    J: When we first started, I don’t know if you remember the music video for “Drama” that we did a few years ago?

    Yeah, with the Space Queen?
    J: Yeah, that’s the only video we didn’t direct. It cost us a lot of money, and we weren’t completely satisfied with it, but it gave us a lot of recognition at the time. I always wanted to direct something, so I started making videos with Karel and now we have a little team.

    The first time Pat showed me the synths he put together and the break for “On the Run” I said, “This is something I can work with for a music video.” I was trying to find the right thing—something different from the Clockwork Orange video. We wanted something very linked to what we have, like the helmets, which are non-violent and fun for all ages. We wanted to incorporate this kind of Atari, Gameboy vibe in the track as well.

    M: It takes a lot of skills from the record label. Karel is Karluv Klub, but Snails did all the visual effects, and Apashe, who is also on the label, did all the sound engineering. So all the special effects and the audio are made in house, which is a pretty cool accomplishment.

    What’s next for Black Tiger Sex Machine and Kannibalen Records?
    M: Well we’re going on tour; we’re releasing four tracks in the next three months, the live show is being built up and it’s going to be pretty crazy in Europe. After that we have about twelve releases for the label—free downloads to full EPs, and then after that we’re going to be tackling the American market.

    J: It’s going to be hard work but everything is set up and we just have to keep pushing. It’s not always easy because sometimes you have to invest money here and there. I think the fact that we’ve worked really hard instead of being satisfied in the past four months since being back really made a difference.

    What do you think the differences will be between that first European tour and this one coming up?
    M: This one is going to be a full live show, whereas last time it was only DJ sets because we didn’t have all the gear with us and we couldn’t afford to bring all the gear around and get bigger venues.

    J: And we’re bringing Karel with us for two weeks. He’s going to be working on a documentary based around our tour.

    What does this perfect “Kannibalen World” consist of?
    P: Just a lot of good times, making music and people doing what they want to do. Really pushing sounds that go beyond boundaries and conventional structures. Also doing something that at its most basic level to just make people dance and bring joy to their lives. 

    M: Wow, Pat. So well spoken.

    J: A “Perfect Kannibalen World” is probably based on the fact that the past couple of years we were just trying to find music to release and now we have really established this family vibe. Everybody is working together; it’s more like people working on different stuff all the time. Music, sound engineering, editing, acting, directing—everything. We want to create something where people feel comfortable to try out new things. We go out and release the tracks and we have no one putting limitations on the art that we’re producing. We decide what’s good and bad as a group.

    I always find your shows are so down to earth, which is refreshing from a lot of shows I’ve been to lately. Will the live show be similar? What’s the concept and the kind of crowd you want to draw?
    P: Musically, it will be kind of similar to the stuff that we would DJ in terms of genre. We’ll be playing a lot of 128 four to the floor electro while playing around with tempos going up to 140 trap stuff. What’s different though is that we’re taking our tracks and deconstructing them and replaying certain parts live with MIDI controllers. So we have several different things going on all the time, just trying to add an extra layer to it to make it that much more interesting to us. We want to create an experience that’s different and covers all the bases in terms of being interesting visually, sound wise, with energy and uniqueness.

    It’s definitely a challenge because we’re kind of making this up as we go. Some other people do this live show but it’s not really like you can crack open a manual. We have to experiment a lot to get it to a place where we feel it’s good and that people will enjoy it. I think we’ve found a way to do it where it’ll be pleasing for the crowd and fun.

    J: You get a lot of people who think that a live show is just one thing. Either playing instruments or visuals and it’s not always easy to have both in a club because we’re going to be moving from different venues, playing with other people or playing for a longer period of time, so there are all of these elements which are always changing. We could have just kept the helmets and done DJ sets because the helmets themselves are a live experience, but we decided to challenge ourselves a little bit and push it one step further. It took some time, and we’re rebuilding it as we go. At first it was drums and v-drums, but it was so complicated to bring on the road so we did this smaller live show, which we’re bringing to Europe, so that way we can play it everywhere and it’s easier to set up than a DJ set. Since we’re three guys if we’re just DJing, it’s not that much fun, but now we get to do things the whole time. 

    M: We each have our own station, before with DJ sets it would be us three versus one interface, but now we each have our own interface and we can talk to each other. 

    So what’s coming up with the Kannibalen Label?
    M: Lots of releases.

    J: We’re going to blast videos throughout the year. More footage, do a little short film at the end of the year with lots of music from the label and the Kannibalen “infection.” And a lot of visual content. At the end of the year we want to make sure that all artists on our label are known for their music and visual aspects and we can link everything together.

  • MIXED BY Vitalic
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  • Everything about Vitalic's outward persona screams BOSS. It's not just the suave, understated Euro chic that he's been honing for years now, nor the fact that he's four albums deep into his career (quite a feat in the electronic industry), but the music itself. The totally unfussy electro house that is unmistakeably French. Carrying on the lineage from homegrown producers—think Garnier, Busy P and more recently Gesaffelstein and French Fries—Vitalic is the elder statesman who still leads the way. 

    Vitalic plays Plisskën Festival in Athens, the young Greek festival that this year (6th & 7th June) brings the likes of Fuck Buttons, Mount Kimbie, Cooly G and Shackleton – as well as Vitalic, amongst others – to the ancient city. After being named one of the best summer festival of last year by Pitchfork, the festival (and Vitalic's slot) will likely be a smash. For more information, go here.

  • Listen to Boys Noize’s ‘Go Hard’ Remixes EP
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  • Two months shy of the one year anniversary of his Go Hard EP, Boys Noize is ready to unleash the remixes. Due out on April 28 in digital and vinyl via the producer's own Boysnoize Records, Go Hard: The Remixes features jubilant club-ready house edits and additions by French DJ group Club Cheval, Friends of Friends leader Salva, Aden—AKA Machinedrum—and more.

    If this isn't enough Boys Noize for you, check out last month's Miami Noize 5 and stay tuned for new albums from the Boys Noize-Spank Rock collaboration and Ivory Tower, the Boys Noize-Chilly Gonzales collaboration. He's also on tour now. 

    Go Hard—The Remixes EP Digital Tracklisting:
    Excuse Me (Club Cheval Remix)
    Push Em Up (Salva Remix)
    Inhale / Exhale (Aden Remix)
    Starwin (Bounce Version)
    Excuse Me (Pilo Remix)
    Go Hard (Juyen Sebulba Remix)
     
    Boys Noize Where's Your Child? World Tour:
    4/25 – Atlanta, GA @ Counterpoint
    5/1 – Boston, MA @ Royale Nightclub
    5/2 – Toronto, CAN @ The Hoxton
    5/3 – Montreal, CAN @ Telus
    5/7 – Phoenix, AZ @ Monarch Theatre
    5/8 – Denver, CO @ Beta Nightclub
    5/9 – Chicago, IL @ The Mid
    5/15 – Orlando, FL @ Firestone Amphitheatre @ The Lot
    5/16 – Tampa Bay, FL @ Ampitheater
    5/17 – El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
    5/18 – Gulf Shores, AL @ Hangout Music Festival
    5/23 – Edmonton, CAN @ Union Hall
    5/24 – East Rutherford, NJ @ MatLife Stadium
    5/25 – East Rutherford, NJ @ Electric Daisy Carnaval
    5/26 – Detroit, MI @ Movement
    5/31 – Munich, Germany @ Organic Dance Music Festival
    6/6 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Distortion 2014
    6/7 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Debaser Medis
    6/12 – Barcelona, Spain @ Sonar 2014
    9/5 – Isle of Wight, UK @ Bestival
     
  • Watch Icy Lake, The New Short Film from Night Slugs & Fade to Mind
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  • Originally released in 1998, "Icy Lake" is one of only three recordings by Dat Oven, a NYC-based house duo made up of Jeffery Gratton and Shunji Morawaki. "Icy Lake" is, in Gratton's words, “extremely controversial club,” the result of “a decadent decade of partying.” The track pivots around a Christmas Eve answering message, a reference to a terrible encounter turned into the centerpiece of a mysteriously cold, fierce, and weird dancefloor anthem. 

    "Icy Lake" was championed by house legend Junior Vasquez at massive NYC tribal house clubs like Palladium and Arena; but when that era died, the track was long forgotten. Last year, "Icy Lake" was rediscovered on YouTube by DJ/producer Total Freedom, thus triggering an obsession for him and his transatlantic family: the crews behind LA-based label Fade to Mind and their London sister imprint Night Slugs.

    Here at THUMP we were so intrigued by the story, that we teamed up with Night Slugs co-founder L-Vis 1990 and director Wills Glasspiegel (watch his radical footwork video here) to make a short film about it. Icy Lake connects the dots between legendary but oft-forgotten moments in 90s nightlife, vogue/ballroom culture, grime's Eskibeat movement, and the radical club constructions of the NS/F2M families. At the same time, it tells a story that transcends time and geography—a story about how music is born, lives, dies, and is resurrected, with technology that makes communication between the past, present, and future possible.

    Night Slugs and Fade to Mind have teamed up to re-release Dat Oven's "Icy Lake" as an EP, featuring remixes from L-Vis 1990, Total Freedom, and DJ Rashad with NA from Nguzunguzu. Find it here. Vinyl will be released on May 6.

    Directed by Wills Glasspiegel
    Written by L-Vis 1990 and Wills Glasspiegel
    Produced by Vivian Host and L-Vis 1990
    Shot and Edited by Wills Glasspiegel
    Additional Camera by L-Vis 1990, Sean Mattison and Oliver Rivard
    Original Palladium Footage from Darrin Friedman and Jay Ine
    All music taken from the Dat Oven Icy Lake EP on Night Slugs/Fade to Mind
    Starring Kingdom, Total Freedom, Kevin Aviance, L-Vis 1990, Anthony Aviance, Bok Bok, DJ MikeQ, NA, Prince Will, and more. 

     

     

  • Little Dragon – Paris (Radio Rip)
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  • Little Dragon – Paris (Radio Rip)
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  • In love with this track right now,  adore the dark synthline that runs pretty much through out this track.  This track will be on the forthcoming new album from Little Dragon. Little Dragon – Paris (Radio Rip)
  • Chox-Mak hires Dr. G to work the "Night Shift" [Download]
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  • Chox-Mak’s well documented 90’s Flow has been elevated by the UK’s Dr. G in their crispy new track, “Night Shift”. Mak’s no stranger to the international hook up, having worked with Dr. G in the past and also enjoying an endlessly creative relationship with Scotland’s Bunty Beats. We covered the…
  • Richard Fearless of Death in Vegas brings us to "Higher Electronic States" [Premiere
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  • While Death in Vegas was a bit before my time, their influence on the electronic world has been elemental with techno heavyweight Daniel Avery being quoted as saying “It’s safe to say that if I hadn’t discovered Death In Vegas as a teenager, I wouldn’t be doing this now.”  Richard Fearless…
  • Jimmy Johnson tells us what happens when the "Sun Goes Down"[ Video]
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  • Jimmy Johnson tells us what happens when the "Sun Goes Down"[ Video]
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  • Jimmy Johnson is one of the hottest hip-hop acts coming out of the city of Toronto. In recent months, the Prime Media Group affiliate has experienced a significant rise in hype due in large part by a cosign by Drake’s OVO Sound imprint. The cosign has led many to speculate…
  • Witness SHAYGRAY’s hipster hype in "Mazal Tov"
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  • “Woke up with a wedding ring and post party excuses…” That’s one of the many shenanigans mentioned in Dim Mak MC SHAYGRAY’s new drop, “Mazal Tov.” Hailing from Tel Aviv, Israel, “firecracker rapper” Shay is only 25, with ambitions ahead and most likely some memories to make. “Mazal Tov” is a party…
  • Meet Austin Millz ‘Halfway’ in his celebratory mix [Download]
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  • Take a step back and just experience the time we live in. You’re most likely relatively young (have to shoot for demographics) and the school year is coming to a close. What do you have lined up for your summer? Vacations, ambitions, careers? The music is in the air, and…
  • machineheart’s debut is sure to run "Circles" through your head [Premiere]
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  • Warm guitars, buoyant synths and endearing vocals all come together in machineheart’s debut original song “Circles”. Based out of Los Angeles, the five-piece have put out a series of covers to date, including The 1975’s breakout song “Chocolate” and MS MR’s “Hurricane” (listen to all four of their covers on YouTube here). Where…
  • Get wrapped up in Lyves’s soulful soundscape of "Visions"
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  • London’s singer-songwriter Francesca Bergami started off her career writing poetry and lyrics, but has since moved on to incorporate music into the mix. Performing under the name Lyves, her debut single “Visions” finds itself somewhere between alternative and soul with a warm, lush ambiance that seems to make all of…
  • "Premonitions" of Vaults future
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  • Several months ago, Vaults came out of nowhere and released their single “Cry No More.” Their first public offering received rave reviews throughout the internet. However, Vaults went on hiatus for several months where they weren’t heard from at all. Now, the British ensemble have returned with their latest single “Premonitions.” Vaults latest…
  • Samuel L Cool J reminds us that summer is right around the corner with "Slip and Slide" [Premiere]
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  • Based out of Phoenix and Los Angeles Samuel L Cool J are a pleasant surprise that will be sure to lighten up your day with “Slip and Slide”. Started by Joel Marquard and Haendel Balzora, the collective have positioned themselves in the perfect place to turn heads with their soulful take at…
  • Hear Swedish Band Last Lynx’s Captivating Single "Curtains"
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  • Hear Swedish Band Last Lynx’s Captivating Single "Curtains"
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  • Meet the latest breakthrough band Sweden has to offer, Last Lynx. The five-piece group (Camilla Dahlstedt, Robin Eveborn, Kim Lindqvist and brothers Marcus and Fredric Lindblom) hails from Stockholm, and their latest “Curtains” is unlike any single they’d previously released. Produced by Robin, there’s a beautiful yet bittersweet expansiveness to this…
  • Ryshon Jones asks "Why You Wanna Be Perfect?"
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  • It doesn’t always happen, but it’s honestly amazing when male lyricists just sort of get a girl. When Chromeo’s “Over Your Shoulder” came out, I think any girl could read the lyrics and think to themselves that this was a guy that just understood everything that made a girl tick and…
  • Autokratz releases mix to end the work-week [Exclusive]
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  • Autokratz releases mix to end the work-week [Exclusive]
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  • Autokratz has been killing it in the techno scene lately, and they’ve given us a pretty amazing mix to close out the week. Ridden in filthy techno and beginning with their single “Push,” the two men have shown why exactly they are gaining attention in the dance world.  The 48…
  • WATERS take on a new sound in Geographer’s remix of "Got To My Head" [Premiere]
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  • WATERS take on a new sound in Geographer’s remix of "Got To My Head" [Premiere]
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  • Amping up the sound tenfold, Geographer churn WATERS’ summery and joyful song “Got To My Head” into a hard rocking, electronically infused punch to the face. Not typically thought of with an aggressive edge, San Francisco’s Geographer are known for their melodic, synth based indie rock that, at most, will ease listeners…
  • Jochen Miller and Paris & Simo collab for a huge summer tune, "Flash"
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  •  Jochen Miller and Paris & Simo have always had one thing in common. Both the Dutchman and the Montreal natives have long history in the blending of genres and musical tastes. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that their brand new collaboration seems to so perfectly encapsulate everything from…
  • G Frsh reveals the sombre new visuals for "Falling High" [Video]
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  • Many of you may be familiar with UK emcee Tinie Tempah, and indeed his Disturbing London imprint. Well let me introduce to you an artist who’s part of that movement, and is causing a fair few waves in the UK at the moment, G Frsh. Hailing from South London, G…
  • ALT-OK flies us into his electronic cosmos with ‘Retrograde’ [EP Review]
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  • ALT-OK flies us into his electronic cosmos with ‘Retrograde’ [EP Review]
    3:13, via EARMILK.COM
  • ALT-OK flies us into his electronic cosmos with ‘Retrograde’ [EP Review]
    3:13, via EARMILK.COM
  • We’ve mentioned Cambridge based label Zone Def before, who truly rep the DIY electronic scene in the Boston area and three of their artists Holm, Tide Eye and Tone Ra have already been featured independently. I’ve always personally had great respect for those EDM musicians who enter the industry using…
  • Tiesto releases new video for "Wasted," announces new artist album ‘A Town Called Paradise’
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  • Earlier this week, dance music leader Tiesto released his latest track “Wasted” on his own label imprint Musical Freedom. The track is an interesting one, marrying house and pop music and featuring the vocals that seem most in demand in the dance music industry these days: those of Matthew Koma….
  • Nick Degree goes ‘Deep Down’ with the first release from Night Vision [EP Download]
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  • Nick Degree goes ‘Deep Down’ with the first release from Night Vision [EP Download]
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  • Besides being known for having the largest shopping mall in North America, Edmonton has been a thriving environment for dance music. Sure, it might not have the zest that places like Vancouver or Montreal offer, but underneath the Hoth-like winters lies a small, yet bustling scene that’s poised for major growth. Though…
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