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Last year was a big year for hardstyle as a genre. Not only did Headhunterz make his official return, but the most iconic duo in all of hard dance, Showtek, made their way back to the genre. On December 16th the duo laid down a full 75-minute set of hardstyle at Knockout Circuz in Sydney. And just like Headhunterz return, Showtek’s return set was everything you could have ever wanted and more.

Showtek Knockout Circuz 2017

Kicking off their set with The Prophet’s remix of ‘Cannonball’ really got the crowd going. And the set only got better from there. From ‘The Colour of The Harder Styles’ to ‘Get Loose’ to ‘Black’, they played all of their classic tracks and everything you could possibly have wanted to hear from them. Naturally they saved the best for last, closing with Sound Rush’s recent remix of their iconic ‘FTS’. From start to finish, this set was nothing short of incredible.

Does this mean the duo is back for good? There’s no official word yet but we certainly hope they’ll be announcing their return in the near future. In the meantime, give all 75 minutes of their massive set an early watch below.

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Ever wondered what it takes to be an Ultra Angel? Or maybe you’ve got no idea as to what the title even signifies.

Ultra Angels are essentially the face of Ultra, they’re a stunning group of versatile dance performers—but don’t mistake them for just a pretty face—they go through rigorous training and dance rehearsals to be in tip top shape for their Ultra Music Festival debut.

Ultra Angel, Brittany Mars—or BMARZ—on her YouTube channel, has shared her personal journey to the Ultra 2018 mainstage. In her vlog, she documents the intense choreography practices and standards that the Ultra Angels are expected to abide by. In her video, we get to see some exclusive backstage moments and a look at what it really takes to be an essential part of the Ultra experience. Take a look at her video below.

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Markus Schulz – In Bloom EP

In times of uncertainty, we can all use a little hope and light in our lives. That’s exactly what Markus Schulz delivers with the arrival of his In Bloom EP. The five-track album features trance legend Andy Moor, up-and-comer Dave Neven, and Lithuanian standout Anske. The album accompanies his yearly Global DJ Broadcast In Bloom special, the first of four yearly concept mixes. The other three specials are Sunrise, Afterdark, and Classics Showcase.

In Bloom focuses solely on vocal, uplifting trance. The goal every year is to highlight the best and brightest female vocalists in the genre. In the first track, “Calling for Love,” Schulz calls upon JES to take reins the some mighty lyrics. The euphoric tune has all the makings of an opening set song, setting the tone with a great beat and the passionate, driven vocals of JES.

While “Safe from Harm” is playing on ASOT, WYM and many other radio shows, the Club Mix takes the song to another level. Featuring the iconic Emma Hewitt, this version utilizes a darker driving bass line before letting Hewitt take over. Deeper percussion enhances the vocals and lyrics, creating a wonderful rise and peak.

Moor’s “Wild Dream” showcases the deeper and more urgent vocals of Adina Butler. She delivers a standout performance that brings light to Moor’s crescendo. Neven teams up with Romanian Ellie White for “Try for Me,” a powerfully written melody about hardships in relationships. The lyrics resonate with any couple who fears taking that next step.

“IF WE NEVER TRY, WE’LL NEVER KNOW, HOW GOOD OUR LOVE COULD BE LIKE, A BUTTERFLY, CAUGHT IN THE SNOW, OUT OF PLACE BUT SO PERFECT.”

Anske’s closing track “Love Won’t End” pairs with the seductive tones of Victoriya. Alongside a stunning piano melody, this song provides an epic conclusion to the album.

Markus Schulz lives up to his ‘Unicorn Slayer’ monicker with his In Bloom release. Give a listen to the full EP below, and get your tear ducts ready.



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Slander & SAYMYNAME I Can't Escape (Computa Reboot)Slander & SAYMYNAME – I Can’t Escape (Computa Reboot)

Computa is a dude who seems to have come out of nowhere. He has just a single release, his reboot of Slander & SAYMYNAME’s ‘I Can’t Escape’, on his SoundCloud page. It is no wonder why he is getting so much credit for this track; it’s pure fire.

The dynamics in this song are what make it stand out. The breakdowns and introduction are soft and laid back. They lull you into a false sense of security while the vocals drift over the top. The tune slowly adds momentum until it hits the drop, which is a massive wall of subsonic energy. The sound design of Computa comes to the front of the mix, and it hits you with gnarled and twisted synthesizers that are dance floor killers. The drop gets in and does its damage, before the soft swing of the breakdown takes the energy back down.

Slander & SAYMYNAME – I Can’t Escape (Computa Reboot):


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Zennik Around YouZennik – Around You

Zennik is a name that is quickly rising through the underground scene, making a name for himself with high energy grooves and soothing deep house melodies. His latest release is a free download titled ‘Around You’, and it’s a pleasant mix of vocal chops and low-end energy.

Filled with summertime flavor, this track has some great musically and dazzling vocal chops. A gliding bass line is the main focus of this track, with a sparkling chord progression over the top to keep the melodics moving along. To bring it all together, this Zennik crafted a melodic vocal chop that is the cherry on top of the cake. The minimal approached to the percussions lends all the focus onto the synth lines.

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Armin Van Buuren feat. James Newman – Therapy

Armin Van Buuren had quite the weekend.  He played a ‘garage set’ inside the Redbull Garage ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix. It was a site to behold, as Armin went live on his Facebook page during the set. It was odd in many ways, as he was literally dancing by himself while mechanics and employees were doing their jobs, On a brighter note, ‘Therapy’ comes out on Friday the 20th, and many fans wonder if it will cater to the new school fans or his old school Trance heads.

Armin posted the picture on his Instagram today, teasing fans for the Friday release. There’s certain artists that you know put out strictly well produced music, and you know you aren’t going to get a bad track from Armin. Add the vocals of James Newman, and you know that you’ll be getting something special. As a matter of fact, go listen to ‘In The Rain’ by the Dutch DJ, and get all the feels ahead of Friday’s release of ‘Therapy’.

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As the world still processes the shocking and sad passing of Avicii, many are also taking the time to reflect on the warning signs over the past few years and wishing somebody had done more to help the tormented star. In 2016 Laidback Luke penned an op-ed about a time in 2015 when he envisioned Avicii joining the infamous “27 club” of musicians or actors that die at age 27. This was around the time Avicii decided to retire from touring.

Laidback Luke called in to SiriusXM to talk about his reaction to the sad news and he shared this story:

“This must’ve been in 2015 when he invited me to open for his show in Ibiza, and it was there and then where I watched his show on the sidelines, where I got the actual vision of — I wrote this for Billboard — where I saw him joining the rock star elite group of legends that all passed away at around the same age, the age of 27, and I had this vision and I needed to write about it and make people aware.”

I can’t believe it actually freaking happened.

Laidback Luke also shared the struggles of a fast-paced life of touring and he said he wished he could have shared advice with him on how to cope with those difficulties. You can hear the full snippet below.

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Bad Decisions

Bad Decisions – Too High

Australian duo comprised of Cameron Breen and Andrew Ghisoni, or better known as Bad Decisions, have released ‘Too High‘. The trap infused with hip-hop track has been released under Tiesto’s label, Musical Freedom

The unique track is like no other, especially under Musical Freedom. From the beginning, you feel like it is a hip-hop song, but then it turns into a future bass/trap banger with the drop. The simplicity of the track is what entices the listener to want more. The superb vocals will actually make you feel some type of high.

Keep your eye on this Australian group, as they are making heads turn into their direction.

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Take A Look Back At Some Of Avicii’s Best Moments

For most of us, Avicii has been a crucial part of why we love electronic dance music. His unique sound and incredible music are like none other in this scene. We want to share with you some clips and some of his best live sets.

Pier 94 NYE 2011 – New York City

With a rare three hour set, the Swede brought his A game to welcome 2012. In my opinion one of Avicii’s best live sets.

EDC Las Vegas 2011

The Swede premiered his most popular track to date “Levels” in this set. Many consider this set to be the starting point of his fame.

Ultra Music Festival 2012 – Miami

One of Avicii’s most recognized live sets due to his opening song featuring Madonna live. This would be his last ultra before changing his sound to what we know it to be today.

Tomorrowland 2013 – Belgium

One of the festivals biggest headliners at the time. With classic mashups and the Swede anthemic sound, Avicii delivered a spectacular set.

Ultra Music Festival 2013 (Megastructure) – Miami

Without a doubt, one of the best unknown sets from the Swede. He got to rock the megastructure at Ultra in 2013 and delivered a set filled with the best EDM of the time to make up for his main stage performance.

Ultra Music Festival 2013 (Main Stage) – Miami

Yes, two set from the same festival and same year. He debuted the highly criticized album “True” at his main stage performance. With live instruments and live singing performances, he turned the page to his Swede sound with this set.

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Arman Cekin Money

Arman Cekin – Money (feat. Rmarni)

When you think of trap, heavy rap lyrics accompanied by heavy beats and trap horns typically come to mind. But that doesn’t always have to be the case. Trap can be chill and melodic too. And Dutch producer Arman Cekin is one of the foremost proponents of chill trap. You might remember him from his massively popular track last year with Snoop Dogg, ‘California Dreaming’. And now he’s dropping his latest chill trap hit, ‘Money‘, together with English vocalist Rmarni.

‘Money’ definitely lives up to any and all expectations. The piano laden intro and Rmarni’s alluring vocals blend perfectly together to create just that kind of mood. The mood perfect for some lazy summer vibing. So give the track a pre-summer listen now and grab your copy via Spinnin’ Records’ Trap City in the link below.

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Bronze Whale Patterns

Bronze Whale – Patterns

If silky smooth productions are your kind of thing, then Bronze Whale is definitely your kind of producer. The Austin-based duo has been consistently dropping those kind of productions since they started producing years ago. Already this year they’ve released their melodic masterpieces ‘Exposure‘ and ‘Warm’. And now they’re dropping their latest offering, ‘Patterns‘.

And this track is nothing if not the epitome of silky smooth. From the vocals to the percussion to the synths, it all has a beautiful, easy flow. There might be some things you’re letting go of, but this track definitely won’t be one of them. It’s the perfect piece to chill out and just vibe to this weekend. Give ‘Patterns’ a listen and be sure to grab your copy in the link below.

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The producer is known for his moving, moody sounds.

Beats 1’s weekly radio show, One Mix, hosts UK producer SG Lewis this weekend for a special mix.

Hailing from Liverpool, SG Lewis is revered for his ethereal emotive sounds, a tasteful blend of electronic and r&b elements. The 23-year-old started off making music in his bedroom, before going to university for sound engineering, evolving music from a hobby to a lifestyle.

He caught Disclosure’s attention with a superb remix of Jessie Ware’s “You & I (Forever),” and after hearing his debut EP “Shivers,” Pharell called him a “white boy with soul.”

At the moment, he’s working on an album called “Dusk, Dark, Dawn,” a play on a night out. Sounds and styles will evolve through the album, just as the night would over time, starting slow and sultry, moving into dark and energetic, and winding down calm and soothing.

The first part of the creative endeavor, “Dusk,” was released earlier this month, an eclectic mix of disco, hip hop and electro.

Tune into Beats 1 One Mix this weekend to hear tracks from the EP, other SG Lewis productions, and of course, personal favorites of the artist.

Friday 20th April 2018 – 23:00 LA / 02:00 NY / 07:00 UK
Sunday 22nd April 2018 – 05:00 LA / 08:00 NY / 13:00 UK

We caught up with SG Lewis before the mix. Keep scrolling for insights like his guilty pleasure record, perfect sunset track and favorite throwback track.

EDM.com: First show experience?

SG Lewis: Pendulum @ Wembley Arena (lol)

First time you brought your mom to one of your shows?

Mum & Dad came to one of my DJ sets when I was living in Liverpool. They didn’t tell me they were coming, and just stood at the back of the room watching. I didn’t think they expected to see what they saw – it was the kind of gig where sweat is dripping off the ceiling, and they had about 5 layers on each haha.

The artist who inspired you to become a musician?

I think it’s got to be Pharrell. I saw something about the Neptunes on MTV when I was younger, and that was the first time I was like “That’s what I want to do”. I wanted to be in the studio every day, creating music, but I didn’t wanna be a pop star, or be in a band.

Go-to places for new music?

Phonica Records in Soho is one my favourite record shops. Other than that, the internet is an eternal vortex of new music. Anything from Spotify to YouTube can be the vessel.

Guilty pleasure record?

Ariana Grande – Into You. I don’t know what it is about this song, but it does weird things to me.

Desert-island dance record?

Lovebirds – Want You In My Soul – I will never ever get bored of this record.

Dream B2B partner?

Four Tet. His selection is so eclectic – he really plays whatever he feels like playing.

Favorite BPM?

 115 – fast enough to dance, slow enough to groove.

Piece of gear you always need on the road?

 Honestly, as long as I have my laptop I can do most things. A midi keyboard is always helpful too.

All-time favorite festival?

Glastonbury, hands down. Nothing comes close!

Biggest misconception about dance music?

That it can only be listened to on the dance floor.

How often do you get out and have fun, and where do you go?

I’m always going out clubbing, even if I’m on tour. London has so many good clubs, like Phonox, Printworks and Studio Spaces – but anywhere can be great if you’re with the right company, and you have the right music.

City with the most underrated dance scene?

Liverpool

Industry prediction for the next year?

Funky House will make a comeback in a commercial sense.

Best piece of advice for new producers?

Trust your gut, and focus less on who’s using what plugins.

Dead or alive, who would be your dream collaborator?

Pharrell

A unique travel experience you’ve had?

I spent a week in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil when we were playing at Rock in Rio festival. We went up into one of the Favelas to a bar called “The Maze” which is where they shot the video for Snoop Dogg – Beautiful. We ate food and drank caipirinha’s for hours while the sun set over the favela. It was incredible.

What’s your favorite throwback track?

Michael Jackson – Rock With You

What’s one track that fans always lose their mind to?

It changes all the time, but Yours always goes off in the live show. More recently though, Aura has been going mad!

What was the first album you ever bought?

N.E.R.D – Fly Or Die

Name one remix that you think is better than the original?

Michael Jackson – Rock With You (Reflex Revision)

What song would you want (god forbid) played at your funeral?

Hall & Oates – Sara Smile

What’s the perfect sunset track?

SG Lewis – Sunsets (self promo ahahaha)

What song do you listen to cheer yourself up?

Rex Orange County – Loving Is Easy 

Crazy to know Pharell is both his dream collaborator and inspiration and SG Lewis has already received support from the music mogul! Hopefully, the collab comes next.

Oh, and we definitely agree, dance music isn’t just for the dancefloor. It’s for the soul. 



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It appears that Deadmau5 (aka Joel Zimmerman) is putting in work to develop his own video game. This one’s for the lovers of the FPS genre.

Joel released footage on Twitch during a live stream of a large arena-style map similar to those found in Quake or Halo. The backdrop includes a giant structure of Joel’s famous mau5 looming from afar in a bright arena. Unfortunately for the excited, the game is in the earliest stages of infancy. We still have many moons to go until a full release.

This would not be the first instance of Joel becoming intertwined with the virtual world. Anyone who has played the open world game Watch Dogs can immediately draw parallels between a powerful hacker/DJ and Deadmau5.

The Twitch clip included information of the back-end mechanics of an in game weapon. If you wish to see for yourself, the clip can be viewed here. “We might fix the sniper rifle so that it has bullet drop… …the only gun in the game that does not have hitscan.” -Joel Zimmerman

Hitscan is the cumulative calculation that the program makes in order to register hits on a target. A weapon with hitscan will result in an immediate hit upon a click. While one that lacks this feature has it’s own physics, I.e. bullet drop.

The likelihood that we will see an EP that is released alongside the game’s release is large. Soundtracks in modern games have advanced significantly in the past decades since the 8-bit sounds of Mario. The current date has hour long epics which truly set an atmosphere. He may have a development team, but he would logically lead the audio development. If there is one thing that Joel is good at, is production value. So even if you don’t consider yourself a gamer, it might be worth it to keep this info running in the background.

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Shambhala

In 111 days, thousands of people will make their way to an evergreen forest nestled in the magnificent mountains of Southern Canada for Shambhala Music Festival. In its 21 year, Shambhala has transformed from a small gathering of 500 people, to a staple of electronic dance music – without losing the core values it established in 1998. Celebrating music, art, and sustainability, the festival is one that previous attendees describe as “the best place on earth.”

With six stages, each managed by their own stage director, you can expect carefully curated talent and production. Recently, the festival announced which talent will be at what stage, and we’ve got the full line up for you.

Fractal Forest

This year marks the 20th time that the Fractal Forest Stage has been around, originally built on an old-growth tree stump. Boasting funk, glitch hop, and drum ‘n’ bass, you can expect to see Mix Master Mike, Gramatik, Opiuo, The Funk Hunters, Sticky Buds and more.

The AMPhitheatre Stage

Always showcasing the up-and-comers along with the mad scientists of electronic music, this stage will definitely get weird. You can expect to see Claude VonStroke’s alter ego Barclay Crenshaw play here, along with Liquid Stranger, Mr. Carmack, Space Jesus and more. There will also be a special “1985 Music Showcase” with Alix Perez, Skeptcal, Chimpo and Monty who will transform into professors of drum ‘n’ bass, and grime history.

The Living Room Stage

Located next to the Salmo River, this stage is the favored daytime spot of many festival-goers, allowing for a relaxing cool-down in the river while listening to live bands, hip hop, and bass. Mark Farina, 29 Palms, Dirtwire, Tyler Stadius and so many more will play the Living Room.

The Grove

For five years The Grove has been bringing a diverse mix of musical talent and this year is no different. Leading the line-up is Grammy award-winning Brasstracks, along with CharlestheFirst, Edamame and The Librarian. Grime and dubstep artists D Double E, Kahn & Need and hip-hop producer Clams Casino will be in attendance as well.

The Village Stage

Your booty will percolate at this stage full of all things bass. Described as a  “supernatural, sci-fi, Tiki town” you can watch from above the dance floor as tree forts connected by bridges surround the stage. Here you will find Boombox Cartel, Snails, DC Breaks, Perkulat0r, ill.Gates, and a DJ set by The Glitch Mob.

 The Pagoda Stage

Last but certainly not least, Pagoda Stage carries big names and bouncy house music. Here you’ll find some Dirtybird sounds from Claude VonStroke, Fisher, & Justin Martin. Along with Claptone, Malaa, Boogie T and space mom Rezz.

Find your tickets for Shambhala here, and get ready for the upcoming festival with these playlists for each stage on Spotify.

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It’s still hard to process the shocking passing of Avicii. Artists and people from all walks of life have started to share their grief via several different social media platforms. You can tell that Avicii was a rock star from the fact he inspired a range of artists from all across the dance music spectrum. It’s not many artists that get respect from deadmau5, Eric Prydz, Hardwell, and everyone in between.

If you aren’t already crushed by the loss, the sincere response from his longtime “nemesis” deadmau5 at the bottom will surely have you crying.

See What Everyone Is Saying Below:

 

Always and forever RIP Tim 🖤🖤🖤

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We truly cannot fathom the gravity of the situation. His sudden death will impact the music industry for years to come. “Wake Me Up When It’s All Over” will never be interpreted the same way, after today. You will be missed and treasured forever. #RIPAvicii

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The Swedish superstar behind “Levels” has unexpectedly passed away.

This afternoon, 28-year-old Tim Bergling, best known by the EDM community by his moniker Avicii was found dead in Muscat, Oman, according to his rep.

According to a statement released by Avicii’s team, the producer passed away this afternoon local time: 

“It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii. He was found dead in Muscat, Oman this Friday afternoon local time, April 20th. The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time. No further statements will be given.”

Avicii first rose to success with his monumental breakthrough single “Levels” in 2011. Bergling quickly rose to global superstardom with the continued success of tracks like “Wake Me Up,” which immediately found him tirelessly touring the global festival and arena circuit. 

In March 2016, Avicii penned a letter to his fans announcing his retirement from touring. On August 28th of that year, Avicii performed his final DJ set in Ibiza at Ushuaïa. Despite his noted disappearance from the main stage, Avicii continued to produce music, most recently releasing a 6-track EP entitled Avici (01).

This is a breaking story and we will keep you updated as more details emerge.

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Today the dance music world is faced with crushing, horrible news. Swedish DJ Tim Berglund – also known as Avicii – has passed away at the age of 28 today, Friday, April 20th. His publicist has confirmed the news to Billboard earlier this morning.

Avicii is one of the first rockstars of EDM and with his True Stories documentary only recently released, this all hits so close to home.

It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii, He was found dead in Muscat, Oman this Friday afternoon local time, April 20th. The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time. No further statements will be given.

Avicii was a truly loved international star and an absolute legend for this generation of electronic music lovers. Our hearts go out to his friends and family.

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Swedish DJ and producer Avicii (real name Tim Berglund), passed away at the age of 28 on Friday, April 20. His passing has been confirmed by his publicist. Read the statement from his publicist Diana Baron below. “It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii. He […]

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On repeat.

Preston Chin has had a tumultuous couple of years.

Back in 2016, music was just a hobby for the Canadian native. He was living in Montreal, pursuing his master’s degree in genetics, making music under the Robotaki moniker.

Things really picked up when he caught French prodigy Madeon’s attention. A remarkable feat, Robotaki joined Porter Robinson and Madeon as an opening act on their Shelter tour, his first real string of shows.

Since then, he moved to Toronto, went through a tough long distance relationship, and after graduating, decided to pursue music full time. Not to mention, he had his first headlining tour last year, selling out venues across North America with his good friend and fellow producer, Manilla Killa.

As a generally anxious person, Robotaki finds solace and comfort through making music. So, along the way, as life took its turns, the Science EP was brewing.

Released last week, the 6 track EP is a personal reflection of Chin’s past few years. It’s an amalgamation of his feelings and reactions to turbulent events like moving cities, ending heartfelt relationships, switching careers and, really, making life-defining decisions.

Trial” serves as the official intro track to the EP. Rightly so, as it sets the tone for the rest of the tracks. It’s melodic, emotive and outright groovy.

Butterscotch,” true to the title, is sweet as candy. Led by guitar plucks that feel like they’re pulling at your heartstrings, it’s a funky song that’s amplified by charismatic vocals. Robotaki describes it as a song about “that electric feel you get when you’ve just met someone you’re really into.” Relatable, right?

With over 330,000 plays on Soundcloud, “Together We’re Screwed” is the most well-received song off the EP. Nevve’s delicate vocals create a playful balance with Robotaki’s spirited production. There’s a sense of magnetism to the song as Robotaki expertly creates a soundscape that feels like it’s brimming with happiness but almost wistful at the same time. It feels like a modern-day ballad, as Robotaki mentions, “the dynamic across the lows and highs in this track reflect the complexities of love, the tribulations of lust, and everything that falls in between.”

The next song, in Robotaki’s own words, is both his “hardest and most vulnerable track to date.” Once you have a listen, you’ll know what he means. The soundscape feels ambivalent, stressing how we often tend to react to life with mixed emotions. Most of our decisions, from the life-changing to the mundane, seem very clear-cut in their consequences, yet the weight of the choices we make can strike us in surprising, and often, confusing ways. “Limbo” tenderly touches on that.

Reminiscent of Flume’s production, “Restless” builds on the push and pull theme of the EP. It starts off slow and sultry before exploding into a cascade of bright bubbly synths.

Aptly titled “Satisfied,” the EP ends on a note of proper closure. The last track is warm, smooth and gentle, thoughtfully toning down the surges of vibrant energy running through the rest of the EP. Here, contemplation meets conclusion as the EP winds down.

Overall, Robotaki creatively blends elements of pop, jazz, funk and disco, highlighting his prowess as a producer through the EP. Of note, the vocalists amplify the emotional impact of each song in their own unique way. The chemistry between the vocalists and Robotaki’s production in each song are a crucial part of what makes the EP stand out.

The EP also illuminates Robotaki’s natural ability to capture emotions through music. It’s a thoughtful exploration of the complexity of human emotion and the ambivalence we often face as we move through life. A collection of songs that’s personal, powerful and moving, Robotaki hits home on the charismatic Science EP.

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We headed to British Columbia to catch the vibes at the second annual Coors Light Snowbombing Canada.

Descending into the local Kamloops airport, one wouldn’t immediately expect to find themselves on the way to a four-day snow sports music festival. 

However, after disembarking from the plane, individuals were immediately greeted by festive Snowbombing signage. Representatives from the festival and Coors Light gave VIP patrons a warm welcome, giving us the first taste of the weekend to come. Coordinating our shuttles to Sun Peaks Resort, we all boarded the bus for the hour-long drive into the mountains. 

Boarding the shuttle, I noticed that my Michigan accent (which is almost-but-not-quite Canadian) was out of place. Although I can see Windsor from my office in Detroit, here in British Columbia we were greeted by a barrage of different regional accents as fans traveled from as far as Halifax, Toronto, Edmonton, and beyond. 

On the shuttle bus from Kamloops, winners of Coors Light’s Snowbombing weekend getaway were full of friendly energy. The conversation was full of jokes and excited chatter about the festivities that were in store. One female Snowboming veteran promised that as soon as we arrived to Sun Peaks, the resort would turn into “Litty City.”

She was not wrong.

As fans got off the bus and headed to their hotels to check in, they were greeted with complimentary cans of Coors Light. When checking into my room, I was gifted a Snowbombing toque (or knit beanie for my fellow Southron readers) as I prepared for what exactly I had gotten myself into.

We met that evening for a site tour led by festival staff which took us to the Coors Light Basecamp, located just steps away from the chairlift. There, were we greeted by the electric energy of Goldfish, who performed in front of a crowd donned in sporty snowboarding attire and vibrant vintage ski suits. There were even a few brave souls that challenged their strength in the near-freezing temperatures with fashionable crop tops. Needless to say, fans were eager to put on a beer blanket and enjoy Coors Light beverages as the beats rocked.

The Coors Light Basecamp stage was designed to be the pre-game party spot. With DJs lifted onto a platform 20 feet in the air, acts like Felix Cartal, Matoma, and Will Sparks played the role of conductors; watching the crowd move in tandem to the rhythm. In the back of the crowd, fans played adult-sized beer pong, swapping out solo cups and ping pong balls for white volleyballs and red 32-gallon garbage cans. Here, the fun was definitely curated to match the fun-loving attitude of snow athletes. 

The Sundance Terrace brought party-vibes to high altitude.

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By the time evening fell, revelers were well lubricated for late-night music. Throughout the weekend, The Crystal Cave stage would turn up the energy with performances from fiesta favorites like Troyboi, Party Favor, and Black Tiger Sex Machine. Hosting the rowdiest crowd, the fans were twerking, thumping, and trashing to every beat that was laid down. However, mere steps away from The Crystal Cave, The Underground was where the real ravey energy was being kept.

In a converted parking garage, walking in The Underground felt more like stepping into a proper warehouse party rather than the underbelly of a ski resort. Here, the beats were serious business. Felix da Housecat, Gorgon City, Fisher, and Dirtybird heavyweights, Justin and Christian Martin, made sure to keep heartrates elevated. Whereas The Crystal Cave was certainly “lit,” The Underground offered seasoned music fans a place to escape until early morning.  

When daytime came around, however, Snowbombing took on a much different atmosphere. Despite the hard partying the night before, many revelers took to the mountain for some one-on-one time in the snow. Although this writer went (or I should say, fell) down the bunny hills a few times, other fans carved the hill with ease, enjoying everything that Snowbombing had to offer. When they were finished with their workout, The Sundance Terrace offered a high-altitude day party filled with brightly colored snowsuits and party-approved tunes that contrasted with the quiet calm of the mountainside.

A few were brave enough to compete in the Snowbombing Slush Cup.

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Apart from snow sports and music, revelers who weren’t nursing a hangover could take part in many of Snowbombings auxiliary programming. Games of inflatable bubble soccer, Snowga (yes, snow yoga) and the Chairlift Speed Dating helped to keep guests entertained during moments between sets. 

As the long weekend came to a finale, the main stage, The Forest Stage, opened up to play host to the weekend’s headliners. Acts like NGHTMRE, Goldlink, Big Wild, and Odesza, gave Snowbombing fans the pinnacle music festival experience. But instead, trading in the typical dusty summer grounds, for a cool mountainous panorama. 

Although the notion of a winter music festival may seem problematic for some, Snowbombing’s site was designed with safety in mind. Musical acts were kept close to the resort village, a short walk away from revelers hotel rooms. The accessibility of the site, despite requiring a few extra layers to and from each stage, made Snowmbombing more comfortable than your average music festival. No long treks from stage to stage, and no more than a few minutes outside in the cold 

Eventually, though, Monday morning came around and we said our goodbyes to Snowbombing Canada and Sun Peaks resort. After 4 days in the resort village, it was easy to see many of the same faces day-in and day-out. And although Snowbombing Canada played host to 4,000 fans, the incredibly friendly and outgoing atmosphere made parting from Sun Peaks bittersweet. This sentiment, of course,  can only be cured by planning next year’s return to Snowbombing Canada.



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Fans of Odesza and Khalid should be ecstatic to see that there could be a collaboration in the works between the two. Will the twitter connection lead to an epic collab?

Social media is a funny thing. While it’s not always the nicest environment, there are times where it can provide us with something beautiful. Case in point, a recent interaction between Odesza and Khalid on Twitter. 

Coming off their captivating performance at Coachella last weekend, Odesza is in the midst of their “A Moment Apart” Tour and have been showing no signs of slowing down.  Thanks to a brief twitter conversation between the duo and singer Khalid, a collaboration may be added to their busy schedule. 

Odesza initiated the conversation by reaching out to Khalid on Tuesday. 

Khalid didn’t hesitate to give his reply. 

While we don’t know what prompted the duo to reach out to the singer via Twitter, it’s exciting to see that a collaboration is in the works between the two. In an industry that is notorious for liking to keep every project under wraps, it’s nice to see two well known artists openly discuss working together for all of the world to see. 

Perhaps this conversation highlights the beauty of interaction between artists and their fans nowadays. We live in an era where fans can directly reach their favorite artists online and watch every step of their career. Seeing two artists communicate and talk about working together is the ultimate ‘back stage’ access that fans have always dreamed of. 

We’ll keep an eye out for any news regarding a potential collaboration between Odesza and Khalid. In the mean time, what do you guys think about this potential collab? 



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It seems as though everyone has one, and sometimes several haters. Although one can’t be phased by their personal thoughts and/or feelings of us, on occasion it’s hard to overlook such a powerful opinion. This may be the case for Porter Robinson as he has recently been put on blast by the Los Angeles based producer 12th Planet.

As many of you know, the American DJ has released his debut extended play (EP) under the beloved alias Virtual Self. Ever since the EP was released on November 29, 2017, as the first release on the eponymous record label Virtual Self, fans have truly been captivated by this intriguing new persona.

Recently, the hardworking superstar has announced that his alias will be dropping a fresh EP – leaving many fans, and dedicated followers very intrigued…including 12th Planet.

@virtualself – Key MV out today.

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If you haven’t heard ‘Key‘ we strongly suggest that you listen before reading the highly discussed response by the drum & bass DJ.

Check It Out Below:

Although the new music video is getting quite a bit of positive feedback, the EP itself is not a favorite for 12th Planet.

Check Out His Comment Below:

 

It seems as though he is not the only one that feels this way as many fans have expressed their agreement with the daring musician through several social media platforms, including Redit.

What do you think? Does he have a valid point? We always stand by the saying “haters gonna hate” – everyone is entitled to showcasing their own creativity, even if it doesn’t please everyone.

 

 

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Gladiator Now We Are FreeThe film Gladiator is a classic thanks in large part to its original score. Hans Zimmer’s cinematic strings and ethereal vocals were gripping and emotive, and really locked the listener into the actions on the screen. Now two of our favorite producers are bringing one of these scores back to life.

That score, entitled ‘Now We Are Free’, was the acting theme song of the film. And now all these years later, it’s back with that signature KSHMR and Mark Sixma flavor. Taking the iconic melodies and vocal lines that made the tune stand out, they added blasting percussive builds and a thundering bass line. The truly epic levels of emotion deliver in full force when the track drops, and massive low-end synths and lead lines come in over the top. It is safe to say that we are definitely entertained with this upcoming release (which finally sees the light of day this coming Sunday).

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The teaser sounds super exciting!

Seems like Calvin Harris is on a roll right now! 

With a huge collaboration that he put out almost two weeks ago with Dua Lipa named “One Kiss,” saw Calvin come back to his old roots. While club-ready banger “Nuh Ready Nuh Ready” with PARTYNEXTDOOR released earlier this year, demonstrates that Harris is showing no signs of stopping! 

He recently teased a new remix for Halsey’s track “Alone” on his Instagram and Twitter. The short 23 second videos give you a hint of the vibe he’s going for. This super funky and bouncy track will definitely get his fans super hyped not only for this song but what his creative path will be for this year! Check out the teaser below:

Definitely an exciting time for Calvin Harris fans. We can’t wait for this remix to drop and hear what else the man has got in store for us for the rest of the year!



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Do it right weekend 2.

Going to Coachella? If so, we got some exciting places for you to check out! So many people miss out on many great things Coachella has to offer aside from the main stages. This festival utopia encompasses an endless amount of things to see. We have compiled our favorite must-sees so you can have the greatest Coachella experience!

The HP Antarctic

Music, art and technology all in one. Prepare to be awestruck. This larger than life attraction is a mere white dome in the midst of Coachella. Once you enter, the magic happens. HP created spectacular visuals accompanied with music by our favorite electronic duo, ODESZA. This unique masterpiece will blow you away!

The Bigger and Better Sahara Tent

Coachella’s signature EDM stage is getting a makeover. If you didn’t think it was massive enough, they have made the Sahara Tent 50% bigger! Due to the increase in capacity, this upgrade will ensure more comfort for EDM enthusiasts. 

The DoLab

The most talked about festival haven! This stage within Coachella cultivates art, music, and positive energy. It’s contagious. It even comes with its own mini lineup! Don’t miss it!

Indio Central Market

With over 15 restaurants, you might miss some sets at this food festival. With dishes from California all the way to New York, you’ll be drooling. This attraction was inspired by the famous Grand Central Market in Los Angeles, CA. Get excited to eat!

The Beer Gardens

This is an underrated sanctuary. Too hot and need to rest? Cool off at the beer gardens with refreshing drinks and tons of shade! This grassy oasis has many areas to sit and chill, it will actually feel like you are in VIP. Seriously, check it out!

Spectra

Coachella’s art installations blow us away every year. Their newest interactive piece, Newsbubstance’s Spectra, is a 7-story structure with 300 colored Plexiglass windows and 6,000 LED lights! The UK designers were inspired by the sunset and sunrise as it has an array of colors throughout the cylinder building. Attendees can walk through the giant spectacle and experience breathtaking views of the entire festival. This is a rare activity you do not want to miss!

Etherea

The biggest head-turner of the weekend was Edward Tresoldi’s most eye-catching piece, Etherea. The three gigantic sculptures were created with mesh wire, giving the artwork a blurry effect from afar. At night the pieces light up, radiating a magical energy you won’t get anywhere else. Their nighttime glow makes them look like holograms, a spectacular sight!



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