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Diplo – Give & Go Mixtape

It’s universally known that Diplo is the man. But if you’re someone who still isn’t hooked on this guy’s skills at curation, let his latest mixtape convert you. Diplo recently uploaded his ‘Give & Go Mixtape’ Soundcloud. It’s jam packed with high energy hip-hop that begs to be played at your next house party.

Hosting a range of remixes and originals, each song is tastefully chosen to keep the vibes rolling throughout the entire hour. The mix starts off strong with the likes of Keys N Krates and Skillex‘s remix of ‘Humble’. It soon shifts into more of the trendy tunes from the likes of Migos and Lil Uzi Vert. Sprinkled in-between some of the bigger names in hiphop are other less known artists. Make sure to listen to the mix in its entirety, keeping an eye on the track listing provided in the description.

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Hasse de Moor & Horny Dave- Work For Me

Horny Dave has teamed up with Hasse de Moor for their latest track ‘Work For Me‘. The new track marks Horny Dave’s debut single whereas Hasse de Moor has released a handful of tracks in the past including singles on Dim Mak and Spinnin Records. ‘Work For Me’ sees its release on A-Trak and Nick Barat‘s Fool’s Gold record label.

If you were in attendance at this year’s Holy Ship, this might be a song that you have been searching for. It seems like A-Trak bombarded other DJ’s sets to play this new track.

Check out the music video below now.

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Neo Fresco Drops No False Idols: Chapter 2 EP

Neo Fresco is a growing name in the underground scene. With a grizzled sound that borders on techno and bass house, the LA-based producer always packs a high-energy punch. His latest EP, No False Idols: Chapter 2, is a further exploration of this sonic landscape, and it fully delivers.

The first track is titled ‘Destination’, and it is a slow tempo chugger that packs an incredible amount of energy. Starting off with a driving bass line and drums, the track’s sound design really comes to the foreground as the song develops. Neo Fresco took a chance by twisting and molding his skills into a gnarly and nasty beat.

The second tune is titled ‘Somnambulism’, and shifts towards a more house-oriented vibe. The rolling bass line is the foundation from which the rest of the track builds. A large portion of the track’s momentum comes from the dark and twisted vocals drifting over the top of the beat. Small bits of ear candy dazzle their way throughout the mix, locking the listener’s attention into every section and measure. Listen to the EP below in its entirety.

Neo Fresco Drops No False Idols: Chapter 2 EP

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Flight School – Pieces

Comprised of two kids from New York City, Flight School has its third lift off with Uprise Music. “Pieces” is the official follow-up to their early-2017 Pop/Dance hit “One Day feat. Angeline,” which amassed 1 million streams on Spotify, hit the USA viral chart and garnered over 300 spins on Sirius Xm’s Venus channel thanks to Kid Kelly. Their previous release, “DMNDZ”, was a refreshing switch up on genres making a quick transition to G-House showcasing their versatility.

Their new single “Pieces” is a relevant theme in this generation’s love life where many have trust issues and baggage from previous relationships. Overall the vocals sound fantastic on top of the track’s other-worldly atmosphere and euphoric future bass drops. It’s safe to say Flight School are an act to watch this year!

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“When I’m With You” has us feeling some type of way.

With over 20 million Spotify streams, Frank Pierce is certainly no stranger to the EDM industry. Having released with the likes of Tipsy Records, and Epic Oslo (Sony), his production skills combined with beautiful vocals allow for a wonderful track.

This is no exception. With harmonies fusing together really well, and vocal chops in the chorus, it’s the perfect post-valentines day song.

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Twenty-five lucky and wealthy synth nerds will have the opportunity to take home one of Moog’s finest synthesizers to date.

Since the 1960’s the Moog team have been trailblazers in synthesizer technology. Dr. Robert Moog dedicated his life to creating electronic musical instruments, and his company’s newest release is a testament to all the groundbreaking technology he developed. 

Named IIIp, Moog’s latest synthesizer is a limited run re-release of one of their most iconic products. With a limited production run of only 25 units, the handcrafted IIIp is the ultimate way to own a piece of electronic music history. 

The beauty of this magnificent instrument comes from the production. Moog is using the original schematics to build these devices exactly as they would have been 50 years ago. By doing this, they can ensure the product is a true re-release and not simply a modern synthesizer with a vintage name. 

Find out more about the IIIp on the official Moog site

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Didrick and the ‘Fireflies’ singer are ‘Ready to Fly’ with a new single.

The young gun from the Monstercat family, Didrick, has teamed up with Adam Young, best known under his moniker Owl City, for a collaboration track “Ready to Fly.” The song is out via brand new imprint Monstercat: Instinct.

Swedish DJ, producer, and musician Didrick, who was also responsible for Monstercat’s 3-year and 5-year anniversary mixes, has finally released his first single. The future bass track “Ready to Fly” is the first ever release on the new imprint Monstercat: Instinct and features vocals from “Fireflies” singer and electro-pop star Adam Young. The song is also Young’s first appearance on Monstercat.

Monstercat: Instinct is a brand new imprint from the Canadian label and focuses on pop-infused and more radio-friendly music. On the other side, Monstercat presented another new imprint, bass-heavy Monstercat: Uncaged.

“Monstercat: Instinct represents an important development in the tastes and interests of the Monstercat family. As we’ve grown, new music, events, and clothing brands inspire us to strive for further innovation. Through an exploration of art, creativity, and beauty. Instinct will develop the unique stories of our artists worldwide”

said Mike Darlington, CEO of Monstercat. He also added:

“Monstercat: Uncaged is the continued evolution of the music that defined our early years. The combination of live events, bass music, and gaming laid the groundwork for our deep love of electronic music. Uncaged allows us to heighten the focus on these core elements to create a compelling experience for our community.”

If you’re up for some quality production, beautiful and chill melodies, as well as haunting vocals, make sure to check the song below.



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Get ready to hear this one on the main stage!

With spring quickly approaching, the demand for this year’s festival anthem is increasing with each passing day. Luckily for fans and artists alike, Alison Wonderland‘s latest synth-pop offering “Church” might be exactly what the 2018 festival circuit needs.

Exploring themes of anxiety and self-worth, “Church” is Alison Wonderland’s rawest and most personal release to date. Relevant to the important movements of the present day, “Church” is not requesting respect, it is demanding it. 

The undeniable success of Australia’s finest is shown by the fact that she is the highest-billed female DJ in Coachella history. Between her upcoming festival appearances and her new album, Awake, releasing later this year, Alison Wonderland is set to have her biggest year yet.

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Wilkinson goes back where it all began.

The UK drum and bass heavyweight Wilkinson went back to his roots with a new club-oriented track “Decompression.” The song is out via RAM Records.

DJ and producer is kicking 2018 with a bang, releasing a song ahead of his biggest headline show to date, at legendary London venue Brixton Academy on February 16th. Last year was huge for Wilkinson. Not only he released his successful new record Hypnotic but also had some notable performances including sold-out UK tour, London’s iconic venue Roundhouse, his summer residency at Together at Amnesia, Ibiza, and festivals like Glastonbury, Parklife, V Festival, Tomorrowland, Creamfields, SW4.

Wilkinson originated from South West London, and soon became part of RAM Records and Virgin EMI families. He is known for his smashing hit ‘Afterglow’ with Becky Hill, as well as his other collaborations with acts like Naughty Boy, Katy B and Wretch 32. He also remixed acts such as Ed Sheeran, The Prodigy, Chase & Status and Wiley, and Rag N Bone Man.



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If you are looking for a good time, you’ve come to the right place.

As the weekend approaches, we have many things to celebrate (like half off Valentine’s Day candy).  This week was hard, and you look like you need a drink.  Mardi Gras has passed and now Spring Break, and festival season are all on the near horizon.  As most festivities do, let’s start this one off with some refreshments.  Our featured drink this week is a love potion vodka cocktail. 

All you need is:

  • 1/3 cup vodka
  • 1/4 cup peach schnapps or peach liqueur
  • 1 cup ruby red grapefruit juice

Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice and serve chilled.

Now that our cups are full, there’s only one thing left to do.  Linked above is the 13th round of our Mr. Saturday Night playlist.  Included are 20 new tracks of the week from artists including WE ARE FURY, Alexander Lewis, TWO LANES, and more.  With a bit of music for every tase, we are sure that you will find at least a few songs to add to your own playlists!  Now all that’s left to do is press play.  Enjoy!

Playlist curated by Rachel Woods.  For more follow Holly Woods.

Drink recipe and photos by The 5 o’clock Chef.

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Corey James & Years – Eros

English producer and DJ Corey James has finally self released long awaited ID ‘Eros‘ in collaboration with Years via Matchbox. ‘Eros‘ has been in consistent rotation of Steve Angello‘s BBC residency throughout all of 2016 and features anthemic chords, spiking synths, and a suspensful build and breakdown that make all progressive house lovers sink in pure bliss.

Corey James is no stranger to the progressive sound and is a continuing rising star in the scene as he has played mutiple clubs and festivals for SIZE Records, Protocol Recordings, and Axtone.

Eros‘ is an instant progressive house anthem and is sure to be played on mainstages around the world so be sure to catch Corey James on tour here.

Corey James & Years – Eros

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in my head

INF1N1TE – In My Head

Canadian native producer INF1N1TE has released ‘In My Head’ as a free download. The track is nothing short of a bass filled gem. This track revolves around two heavy and diverse bass filled drops with a sweet melodic breakdown.

This track will get in your head indeed with the heavy drops. INF1N1TE made this track even more interesting by adding a hint of drum and bass on to the second drop. The short but sweet vocal in the breakdowns add flavor to the track and makes it even more diverse.

The producer from Calgary, Alberta is an up and coming producer to keep eyes on. With just some tracks under his belt he has managed to get releases on Play Me Records, Ultragore Recordings, and Sumerian Records. His headbanger tracks will overtake festivals in the near future. 

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Sofi Tukker Best Friend Oliver Heldens remix

Sofi Tukker – ‘Best Friend’ (Oliver Heldens Remix)

Buzzworthy indie electronic duo Sofi Tukker’s gobal hit ‘Best Friend,’ a single featuring an all-star roster including NERVO, The Knocks, and Alise Ueno, is getting the club-ready house treatment by Oliver Heldens.

The original track is catchy single that already boasts a deep strumming bassline, which lends itself perfectly to a complementary bumping house remix by Heldens. The original vibe of the track remains intact, yet whereas the original is great to bop your head along to, Heldens’ remix will

‘Best Friend’ blew up after being used in Apple’s official unveiling of the iPhone back in September. Since then, the song has been remixed by many others, including another more classically house remix by Amine Edge & DANCE.

Yet Heldens couldn’t let the opportunity pass by without a chance to put his own spin on the track. Heldens apparently reached out to the New York-based duo on Twitter asking if they were accepting any more remixes, and they were elated to have the master of future house put his own touches on the track.

Sofi Tukker recently finished touring with electronic music darlings ODESZA and will embark on their own international tour. You can find dates here. Oliver Heldens will make an upcoming appearance at Insomniac’s Beyond Wonderland. Stream the remix below and follow the link to download!

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deep breaths

Miami based producer Lookas is out with another flame track ‘Deep Breaths‘, featuring the vocals of Cal. Lookas burst on the scene in 2013 with his remix of DVBBS and Borgeous ‘Tsunami’, and he didn’t look back from there. He’s played at festivals worldwide, and headlines the world famous paint party ‘Life In Color’. Lookas released his breakthrough EP ‘Lucid’ just last month, and 2018 looks to be the producer’s best year yet.

‘Deep Breaths’ is a funky tropical type vibe, with a drop that’s sure to put you in the Summer mood. He strays away from his typical Trap style to deliver a more beach type vibe that will surely be played at daytime parties for the upcoming warm months. Make sure you listen and support below.

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Kygo kids in love Remixes

Kygo – Kids In Love Remixes

Norwegian tropical house superstar Kygo is back on the radar, releasing a remix album of Kids In Love. With a rap verse by Gucci Mane, acoustic versions, and diverse remixes from Jack Wins, Australian DJ Ryan Riback, Alan Walker, Brazilian Alok, deep house producer Sam Feldt and remix masters The Him. Missing tracks are ‘Sunrise’, ‘With You’, and ‘I See You’, but ‘This Town’ from the Stargazing EP is featured.

‘This Town’ – Gucci Mane Edit

The Gucci Mane edit is the most bizarre on the album. It simply features an out-of-place rap by Gucci Mane in place of the fourth verse, on an otherwise unedited version of the song. The subject of the rap (Gucci wondering if his girl is just into him for his money) has nothing to do with the pining nature of Sasha Sloan‘s vocals on the original. It is more reminiscent of that time Rich Homie Quan dropped a verse into ‘$ave Dat Money‘ by Lil Dicky, but since that was intentionally done for the comedy, it is curious how this Gucci verse somehow made it into an official remix release.

‘Never Let You Go’ – Jack Wins Remix

Dutch DJ Jack Wins takes the already pleasant track featuring vocals from John Newman and turns it into an upbeat house track. The bounce and feel will keep you moving more than the original, but is still recognizable and takes breaks in the same parts of the track. The track ends quite abruptly unfortunately, leaving you wanting more.

‘Never Let You Go’ – Acoustic Version

Kygo is famed for his gentle acoustic performances as much as his energetic live shows. The piano-only version of ‘Never Let You Go’ features an incredibly emotional performance from John Newman and some background female vocals to add to the intensity. The speed of the track remains the same, and Kygo still manages to make it build beautifully at the end with his piano performance.

‘Riding Shotgun’ – Ryan Riback Remix

Aussie remixer Ryan Riback takes the original ‘Riding Shotgun’ and drives it with an 80s feeling bass line, utilizing Kygo’s piano chords effectively in the buildup before the first drop. The second drop expertly brings that release and energy you want in a dance track, combining all the elements for a big boosting finish.

‘Stranger Things’ – Alan Walker Remix

Known for his very signature (stale?) rhythms, Alan Walker’s take on ‘Stranger Things’ is an immediately recognizable melodic remix, Featuring the same syncopated beats and triplet on the fourth beat you can hear on countless Walker tracks, the pattern at least is not out of place with the OneRepublic vocals. This remix is easy listening, but slightly disappointing.

‘Kids In Love’  – The Him Remix

With the first of three remixes of the titular ‘Kids In Love’, Dutch duo The Him breaks absolutely no rules and delivers the next disappointing remix on the album. The extra piano chords build the track a little more but the beat is basic, and the vocals from The Night Game are still what push the track over the edge.

‘Kids In Love’ – Alok Remix

Another remix with an 80s feel, this time on the drums, Alok brings a nice change to the original track, experimenting with different melodies over top of the track. The vocals are cut, modified and used with the melody. Alok’s offering is different and appreciated.

‘Kids In Love’ – Acoustic Version

The acoustic version is played on an old, twangy piano to great effect. Vocals from The Night Game really shine through here. Emotive, expressive and nostalgic, this is easily the best track on the album so far. Kygo could just release a fully acoustic album and make all his fans happy.

‘Permanent’ – Sam Feldt Remix

Ending strong, Sam Feldt delivers what I’ve been waiting for. A truly remixed version of a song, true to the original but fresh in the interpretation. This track bounces from JHart‘s base vocals to expert chops, a different tropical feel in the lead up with what sounds like xylophone, and bright synth chords offering a different melody.

Kygo – Kids In Love Remixes

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Diplo

The living legend is back with another release, and it might not be what some of his fans expect. Years ago, Diplo made a name for himself in the hip-hop scene, and his new track ‘Look Back’ is a true return to this form. Featuring the ethereal vocals of DRAM, this track is sure to be a crowd favorite.

The old school percussions give the track a laid-back swing from which the rest of the elements work their way on top. DRAM’s vocals are slightly distorted, which gives them a unique dirt that fits the mood and atmospheres of the instrumental. Competing for your attention is the background choirs and supporting vocals, which all mix and mingle to create a cacophonous mix that drives the message of the track home.

We hope you like this track as much as we did. Listen below.

Diplo – Look Back (feat. DRAM)


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Fool’s Gold very own Miami native DJ Madeaux drops new track ‘The Wave‘, off of his forthcoming debut album Burn. Featuring haunting vocals from Brux, the LA-based producer’s latest hybrid single is up for the charts. 

Since the day he caught the attention of A-Trak, head of Fool’s Gold Records and being in studio sessions with many great mentors, one of them being Deadmau5, the talented young producer spent two years in the making of his debut album Burn, out on 3/23. He calls his new EP “self-actualization instruction manual” where listeners will feel they are on a transformational journey of timeless music.

‘The Wave’ follows the appropriately named warehouse anthem, ‘Sweat’ featuring R&B fashionista Black Atlass (“Fashion’s Music Crush” – LA Times) and synth-pop songstress Class Actress and lead single ‘Run With It’ featuring dancehall antihero Tommy Lee Sparta (“Jamaican music’s first goth” – The FADER).

The 12-track LP is a journey into Madeaux’s varied influences and interests melding muscular, bass-driven riffs and heady electronics with twisted collaborations from a host of guest artists including WILLS, Poter Elvinger, Zuse, Tommy Lee Sparta, OG Maco, Josh Pan, Fifi Ron and Holly.

Listen to ‘The Wave’ here.

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Michael Brun is a name that has become synonymous with electronic music culture in Haiti. His dedication to his home country has shined through with his multiple philanthropic endeavors and most recently, a string of Haitian-inspired releases that celebrate the country’s rich musical heritage. Today, Michael continues in that vein with ‘Bayo‘.

Like it’s predecessors ‘Wherever I Go’ and ‘Gaya’, ‘Bayo’ is rich with Haitian sounds – Afrobeat, Rara, Konpa, Hip-hop, and Reggaeton melded into Michael’s signature electronic style. Blaring Horns and traditional Haitian drums coupled with fellow Haitian rappers Baky and Strong G alongside vocalist J. Perry make for an absolutely infectious track with a beat that will be stuck in your head for days to come.

Michael also pairs the release with a beautiful music video celebrating the youth of Haiti and their independent positive spirits. The video was shot on location in Haiti with the children from the area of Jacmel. The song’s message is that Haiti refused to be defined by tragedy, and this new generation of Haitians are creating their own identities and shaping their own destinies.

Overall, a stunning release from Brun with a deeper message about Haitian culture and identity.

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Their music is like a little slice of paradise.

New York based duo Sophie Tukker is on the rise.

The first song they ever wrote, “Drinkee,” was nominated for a 2017 Grammy in best dance music recording. It’s an impassioned catchy ballad inspired by Brazilian poet Chacal, an infectious tune that’s made for grooving.

In the summer of 2016, they released their debut EP, Soft Animals, with Drinkee as the leading track. The rest of the EP is fantastic as well; an eclectic blend of songs, each one full of heart and soul, radiating a sensation that just makes you want to dance.

Also, though the iPhone X wasn’t a massive success, it gave electronic music duo Sophie Tukker some well-deserved spotlight. Their tune “Best Friend,” featuring NERVO, The Knocks and Alisa Ueno, was featured on the first promotional video for the iPhone X, garnering over 22 million views on Youtube.

Not to mention, Sofi Tukker supported electronic music favorites Odesza on their fall tour last year.

It has been a wild ride for the duo, who came from very different backgrounds until they met as students in Brown University during their final year of college. Sophie Hawley-Weld was involved in writing music and dancing since middle school. Tucker Halpern, though passionate about music, had dedicated his life to basketball up until his junior year of college, when he got sick for a few months, stopped playing basketball, and wanted to find a new way to enjoy his life. Of course, music was the answer, as he taught himself how to produce and DJ. Not long after, he met Sophie, and Sofi Tukker was born.

This weekend, Sofi Tukker will be taking their talents to One Mix, Beats 1’s weekly radio show. Expect music from artists like deadmau5, Basement Jaxx, John Tejada & Gregor Salto, as the duo describes their mix as “poppin’ sweaty and eclectic”. They will also premiere Pabllo Vittar’s remix of their track “Energia”, as well as Oliver Heldens’ remix of “Best Friend.” Lots to be excited about.

Tune into Sofi Tukker on Beats 1 One Mix!

Air Dates:
Friday 16th February 2018 – 23:00 LA / 02:00 NY / 07:00 UK
Saturday 17th February 2018 – 06:00 LA / 09:00 NY / 14:00 UK

Before the mix, we shot some quick questions at Sofi Tukker and they fired back. Read on for fun insights like their guilty pleasure record, dream B2B partner and favorite festival.

EDM.COM: YOUR FIRST SHOW EXPERIENCE?

Sophie: Avril Lavigne
Tucker: Backstreet Boys

THE FIRST TIME YOU BROUGHT YOUR MOM TO ONE OF YOUR SHOWS?

S: Amsterdam Pitch Festival
T: Probably the first show at Baby alright. We were first of three for Tokimonsta.

THE ARTIST WHO INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A MUSICIAN?

S: Feist
T: Stromae

GO-TO PLACES FOR NEW MUSIC?

S: Any of Jpatt’s DJ sets in New York
T: Shaming in random moments

YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE RECORD?

S: Harry Styles
T: Venga Boys (BUT NOT GUILTY AT ALL)

DESERT-ISLAND DANCE RECORD?

S: Random Access Memories
T: Our Beats One mix

DREAM B2B PARTNER?

S: LP Giobbi. It’s a dream and it’s real life.
T: Tchami

FAVORITE BPM?

S: 118
T: 130

A PIECE OF GEAR YOU ALWAYS NEED ON THE ROAD?

S: Guitarlele
T: USB stick

ALL-TIME FAVORITE FESTIVAL? 

S: Osheaga
T: Outsidelands

BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION ABOUT DANCE MUSIC?

S: That you have to be on drugs to enjoy it.
T: If you don’t get it, you don’t get it. It’s a spiritual thing.

HOW OFTEN DO YOU GET OUT AND HAVE FUN, AND WHERE DO YOU GO?

S: Every night, all over the world!
T: Literally our shows and after parties are the best parties I’ve ever been to. All over the world.

CITY WITH THE MOST UNDERRATED DANCE SCENE?

S&T: Dallas – It’ll Do Club!

INDUSTRY PREDICTION FOR THE NEXT YEAR?

S&T: The Matriarchy takes over

BEST PIECE OF ADVICE FOR NEW PRODUCERS?

S: If you don’t know what you’re doing, it can be an advantage!
T: Just make what you love and want to hear.

DEAD OR ALIVE, WHO WOULD BE YOUR DREAM COLLABORATOR

S: The original Sophie Tucker
T: Stromae

A UNIQUE TRAVEL EXPERIENCE YOU’VE HAD?

S: Going back to Brazil after being away for 4 years and finding it to be as magical I remembered
T: The Dominican Republic.

Interesting stuff. Given Tucker’s desert-island dance record is the duo’s Beats 1 One mix, our level of excitement for it just exploded. 

Catch Sofi Tukker on Beats 1 One Mix this weekend, and stay tuned for next week’s star!  

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And believe us, the bar has been set high.

“You’re going to São Paulo?”

“Yes.”

“Okay, we’re running there together.”

Having just left the snow-battered Midwest, my travel plans to Brazil for Carnaval were going to be dashed if I missed my connection in Miami. After pleading with the stewardess who offered little consolation that I wasn’t going to miss my flight, I bolted off the plane with my temporary travel companion as we sprinted across the terminal with only minutes before the doors closed on us forever. 

With our lungs failing, our pitiful state caught the attention of a handicap transport operator who drove us the remaining 20 gates through the terminal. Desperately, we made the way to the gate as our names were being echoed over the MIA intercom.

The short, but frenzied burst of cardio proved to set the tone for the high energy that was to come as the plane took off to São Paulo for Carnaval 

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Brazil has only recently begun garnering global attention for its electronic music scene. Despite the fact that beat-driven genres like sertanejo and funk have long had an imprint on the culture, Brazil has only become a focal point as a burgeoning music market as competition and oversaturation clobber North America and Europe. Hosting the largest population in South America with a staggering 200 million citizens, Brazil has been looked at with hungry eyes from foreign investors looking to capitalize on the nation’s increasingly well-connected audience. 

And who’s to blame them? With emerald forests and enviable beaches, Brazil has all the makings of a dance music destination; with none of the competition from its Northern Hemisphere counterparts.

Although many global festival brands have dipped their toe in Brazilian waters by bringing in dozens of headliners and massive stage production, there’s one thing that foreign event brands have struggled to capture: the natural essence of the people who live there.

That’s where Laroc Club steps in.

Just 90 minutes from São Paulo amongst rolling green hills, Laroc’s presence is commanding. As a mixed open-air venue, Laroc is nestled in a small valley surrounded by palms and dense subtropical forest. Open all year long, Laroc produces 18 events a year which culminates during Carnaval weekend with a special three-night run. This year, Alesso, Kungs, and Armin van Buuren all took on hosting duties to capture the high-intensity energy of Laroc’s musically hungry audience.

When we arrived at the venue early Saturday evening, the charged spirit of the audience was already palpable. Led by Mario Sergio de Albuquerque, Laroc’s CEO and Co-Founder and long-time veteran of the dance music industry, we took a tour of the venue’s state of the art facilities.

The free-standing covered arch which hosts a mammoth dance floor doesn’t appear striking at first, but a tour of the main floor quickly changes first impressions. The electric energy of the crowd enjoys space to breathe as the soaring convex ceiling prevents the floor from feeling tight or claustrophobic – despite the venue’s 5000+ capacity. Wooden laser-cut LED panels create puzzle pieces of visual brilliance above the audience, giving a stunning multi-dimensional feel to the dance floor.

Even at 6pm, the crowd was already beginning to swarm. “The crowd usually arrives by 7pm,” Mario says. The sunset-nature of the club gives fans the opportunity to settle in for an extended sesh without seeing things get too messy. 

CEO and Co-Founder, Mario Sergio de Albuquerque, has helped lead Laroc to its current success.

“For us, it’s special when you arrive at the club with the sun, the pool, the green area. Being surrounded by nature when the sun goes down behind the stage creates a big transformation with lights and visuals! That mutation from the day to the night is inexplicable, it looks like two different venues and the music has the same flow. We start with a nice chill/ lounge music and it grows until the peak time at 9pm.

The experience is different as it’s more sensitive, more colorful, different than nightclubs when you enter and it’s dark. Nothing against them, I’m a clubber, but the idea and concept from Laroc was to be different than the standard model.”

And it’s certain that Laroc is anything but standard. Operating as a smooth, well-oiled machine, Laroc staffs 300 day of show event and production employees who are professional and on-point. Having previously worked as a nightclub manager and Music Director for Brazil’s incarnations of Electric Zoo and Tomorrowland, Mario has surrounded himself with a team that takes immense pride in what they’re doing. Because for them, this isn’t simply a casual endeavor.

“When we opened in 2015, everybody was wary about the project, especially because of the location. Valinhos was not a tourist destination and is an hour drive from São Paulo.

Everything went so fast, from the time when we announced the name/concept until the official opening. We showed off some 3D Images but nobody realized how big it is in fact, so our first 5 months was really hard to get attention from the public.

Because of that, we invested a lot on the first summer bringing names like Hardwell, Axwell, Robin Schulz, Nicky Romero. They were the reason for the public to come, not the club itself. After surviving the first year we decided to be more aggressive in investments to be really differentiated from the competition.”

But during Carnaval weekend, the regular off-season stressors are put on the back burner as fans and staff alike deeply drink in the moment.

On Friday, Alesso brought the big EDM anthems to a nearly sold-out crowd. The audience put their best fashion foot forward for Carnaval weekend with carefully selected club wear. Though young, the crowd was certainly seasoned partiers that fed off the energy of Alesso’s set which included a sprinkling of classic dance floor burners like Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love” and Zombie Nation’s “Kernkraft 400.”

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Although the party starts early, fans aren’t shy to stay late. And unlike the haughty club atmosphere found in other popular dance music destinations, the dance floor atmosphere of Laroc is genuinely passionate.

“Partying in Brazil is different than Miami and Berlin. Brazilian people are more emotional, and you can see it on the dance floor. Energy is always higher than other countries. All DJs say the same. Not only the energy, but everything is more intense.”

On Monday, the buzz was heightened for Armin van Buuren to make his way to Laroc. During Carnaval, the return to the regular 9-to-5 is the last thing on anyone’s mind, as droves of fans came to Laroc to witness a sold-out performance with stunning state-of-the-art production. Unknowingly, the crowd was about to be treated with customized visualizations developed specifically for Laroc’s modern projection system. 

For fans, the anticipation was high. Over 5,000 people simultaneously chanted “Armin! Armin! Armin!” as the trance icon took to the decks. As soon as the soaring synth lines took over the perfectly tuned sound system there was never a moment’s lull in the movement of the crowd. Commanding the crowd much like a conductor directs an orchestra, the dance floor became a hypnotized movement of bodies swaying to the direction of Armin’s every beat.

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And somehow, quite quickly, 3am arrived and fans began to disperse to head back to their homes – or for the more adventurous – the afterparty. As our time in Brazil came to a close, the feeling was that this wouldn’t be our last time at Laroc. The friendly and sincere conversations with fans, locals, and industry professionals left a strong impression that the dance music community in Brazil has by no means peaked. And for people like Mario who have been pulling the strings to put places like Laroc on the map, staying connected with your fans is important.

“You need to always improve your network. If you stay isolated in your world without connections from all over the world, it won’t be easy to achieve your goals. You can’t only stay backstage, you need to talk with the public, you need to be proactive and always try to bring news to the public. When you create a reputation, people will trust you, and it doesn’t matter which project you are taking care of.”

Message received, loud and clear. 🇧🇷



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With the 2018 EDC Las Vegas Lineup finally revealed, we thought to gather our favorite EDC looks -hoping these will inspire you for your next EDC ensemble! EDC is a magical event where with fashion, well, anything goes. Although most will wear nipple tassels and a bungee cord, here are some other fun fashion go-tos for this extraordinary festival!

Hood Life

To add some edge to any outfit, add a hoodie. Block the haters!

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Clear Sights

Wear this fashion statement all night long! The perfect addition to any outfit!

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Statement Shirts

Turn heads and make someone chuckle. 

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Glow Up

Be the light in the dark. Add some glow and make it easier to be found. LOL

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Wig Out

Get playful by adding a wig to your outfit! This festival is the perfect place to bring out your alter ego!

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Scarf Game Strong

The OG of EDC pieces. Look dope and dodge that dust!

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Backpacks R Life

The biggest lifesaver and best fashion accessory. For guys and girls, dress your fit up with a cool backpack! You’ll never worry about your things again.

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Love

The best accessory of them all. This is the best place to show some love. Like they say, everyone is welcome here. 

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The popular dance label has released a pair of tracks from one of the most unique artists to ever be under their label.

Every once in a while, we have to get outside of our comfort zone and explore new sounds that provide that spark of creativity. The best way to jump start our creativity is to find that piece of art that we never really expected.  Something that will help shape our emotional and artistic perspective moving forward.  

While they never have a shortage of great releases, Monstercat may have found something truly extraordinary in American producer, Stephen.  The Canadian label recently released two tracks from Stephen under their new Instinct imprint, “Stay” and “Play me like a violin”. 

While it may sound cliche, I really think the label have outdone themselves with these two releases. Both tracks provide Stephen’s smooth voice combined with tasteful guitar playing.  The mix for both tracks are crisp and precise. Every instrument is given its proper amount of space. In a stark contrast to most electronic music out there today, everything in “Stay” and “Play me like a violin” just feels natural. Nothing sounds forced or processed. 

Finally, the guy used a violin for the main instrument in a drop. Don’t believe me? Take a listen for yourself (I highly recommend it). 

I hope this is just the beginning for the talented producer’s connection to the popular Dance label and we hear more from him very soon!   If you’d like to keep tabs on Stephen, all of his social media/website links can be found below

Stephen’s Facebook

Soundcloud

Website



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Prepare to be awestruck.

Craving an epic show?

You’re in luck. Slovenian-born electronic producer Gramatik has brought his Re: Coil Tour to North America! Recently completing his European leg of the tour, Gramatik has created a track record for putting on incredible performances. Currently making his way through California, he is bringing killer production and a major support system including the talented Haywyre, Møme and Balkan Bump. Event goers have already been raving about this must-see show. 

With a new grandiose production and eclectic performances, we predict this all-star will be nothing less than amazing!  

Visiting over 30 cities, this a show you won’t want to miss!

RE:COIL TOUR DATES

2/1: Detroit, MI; Royal Oak Music Theatre

2/2: Chicago, IL; Aragon Ballroom

2/3: Minneapolis, MN; Skyway Theatre

2/6: Missoula, MT; The Wilma

2/8: Vancouver, BC; Commodore Ballroom

2/9: Seattle, WA; The Showbox

2/10: Eugene, OR; McDonald Theatre

2/11: Portland, OR; Roseland Ballroom

2/14: Reno, NV; Cargo Concert Hall

2/15: Oakland, CA; Fox Theater

2/16: Los Angeles, CA; Wiltern Theatre

2/17: San Diego, CA; North Park

2/21: Dallas, TX; House of Blues

2/22: Austin, TX; Emo’s

2/24: New Orleans, LA; Joy Theatre

2/26: Tuscaloosa, AL; Druid City

2/27: Chattanooga, TN; The Signal

3/1: Nashville, TN; Marathon Music Works

3/2: Atlanta, GA; Tabernacle

3/3: Knoxville, TN; The International

4/12: Philadelphia, PA; The Fillmore

4/13: Richmond, VA; The National

4/14: Asheville, NC; Orange Peel

4/15: Charleston, SC; Music Farm

4/18: Columbia, SC; Music Farm

4/19: Wilmington, NC; Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre

4/20: Washington, DC; Echostage

4/21: Boston, MA; House of Blues

4/22: Portland, ME; State Theatre

4/24: Syracuse, NY; The Westcott Theater

4/26: Toronto, ON; Danforth Music Hall

4/27: Montreal, QC; New City Gas

4/28: Albany, NY; Upstate Concert Hall

4/29: Burlington, VT; Higher Ground



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‘Where Would We Be’ without this on repeat?

With collaborations with the likes of The Chainsmokers and Galantis, it was only a matter of a time before she would link up with Nicky Romero.

With infectious lyrics and melodies, the track is literally perfect for any occasion. Accompanied by a spectacular production from Nicky, the track is lifted to a totally new level within the music industry. I have one word: perfection.

I’m very much looking forward to seeing the success of this track play out over the next few weeks. You can listen here:



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Skrillex & Poo Bear – Would You Ever (ARTY Remix)

Russian producer Artem Stoliarov or ARTY has you covered if you are looking for an epic progressive house dance track with his stab at a remix of Skrillex and Poo Bear‘s ‘Would You Ever‘.

Recently he teased a remix of Porter Robinson passion project Virtual Self‘s ‘Ghost Voices‘, dropped a fresh prog house track ‘Sunrise‘, and continues to tour both as Arty and his trance alias ALPHA 9. Known for his work with Armin van BuurenAbove and Beyond, and many different labels and originals, he’s got a wide range of places to draw inspiration from.

‘Would You Ever’ has been remixed so many times, it’s hard to believe a fresh take is possible, but Arty has been looking to get back to his progressive house roots and this remix works so well. His last full album was in 2015 but he hasn’t stopped since then, with a residency at XS Encore Las Vegas and a weekly radio show on Sirius XM.

Arty’s experience in dance music is obvious here, not a single note is out of place. The tune builds perfectly, with the right mix of vocals and backing synths, with an energetic breakdown. With more and more of this genre coming out from Arty, we’re excited to see this veteran in the scene does next. Listen and enjoy a free download below!

Skrillex & Poo Bear – Would You Ever (ARTY Remix) | Free Download

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