inner peace

April 7th, 2013 (15:37 EST) · leave a comment! · permalink
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♬ Blackmill – Evil Beauty

Stumbled upon this beautiful time lapse video accompanying the melodic dubstep of British wunderkind Robert Card, aka Blackmill. Can never get enough of this kinda stuff. You might remember his remix of Ellie Goulding’s cover of “Your Song”? Pretty awesome. One more longtime favorite:

♬ Blackmill – Miracle

#SyncBackSunday – we-missed-you edition

April 7th, 2013 (00:40 EST) · leave a comment! · permalink
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Three Sundays later, and we have the return of our column. Apologies for the delay, but two things: one, my excuse is pretty good (yea, I blame Ultra), and two, this week’s edition is awesome. I called it the We-Missed-You edition for two reasons. One, duh, I missed y’all. Two, it features a few of my favorite songs by artists we all know and love — but haven’t heard them perform in their sets in years.

My first solo foray into the EDM world, I paid my buddy $10 and saw Avicii perform an intimate set at Pacha, and when he played this first song, I nearly cried of happiness, all hyped up, alone in my own Avicii-bubble. Years later, the feeling still returns. Then there’s Jacques Lu Cont, or the Thin White Duke, who somehow kept us in our seats, jumping with this Killers track in Madison Square Garden last year when the Swedish House Mafia — now dissolved — headlined the first electronic show there. Sit back, close your eyes, and know you’re in good hands… It’s time for #SyncBackSunday.

★ Armin Van Buuren feat. Laura V – Drowning (Avicii Mix)
♬ Marina & The Diamonds – I Am Not A Robot (Clock Opera
♬ Ellie Goulding – Guns and Horses (JAQUES Jezzy Remix)
★ The Killers – Mr. Brightside (Jacques Lu Cont’s Thin White
Duke Mix)
♬ Imogen Heap – Hide & Seek (Tiësto’s In Search Of Sunrise

PS, #hotblowncandy

long live the PUNK!

March 28th, 2013 (19:09 EST) · leave a comment! · permalink
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13-03-27 random access memories daft punkYou can’t even imagine my look of surprise upon exiting the Ultra Festival grounds following Day 1 this past weekend to solemn, darkly-dressed greeters wordlessly dispersing masks with the Daft Punk album art. With a giant projection of the same animation as used during the SNL advert played on repeat against the building facing the festival exit, the French Punk duo continued to tease its biggest fans as they trudged home throughout the rest of the weekend; Nile Rodgers, their producer, was spotted backstage day two, and the Daft-men themselves were even spotted watching on as the Swedish House Mafia waved their epic goodbye. Would they surprise everyone with a short performance?! Or a new song, from their first album in seven years?!

Well, no, as it turned out. But the guys did officially announce that “Random Access Memories” would be released May 21, posting 13 unnamed tracks for $11.99 to pre-order on iTunes! In the meantime, enjoy some of my favorite Daft Punk classics, as mixed by Panic City, HLM, Xristo, and TheFatRat, and GET EXCITED !!

★ Daft Punk – Digital Love (Panic City Remix)
♬ TheFatRat vs. Daft Punk – Do Harder Be Faster (TheFatRat’s Skinny Dip Mashup)
★ Daft Punk – Something About Us (Xristo Remix)
★ Bingo Players vs. Daft Punk – Rattlogic (NYMZ & BINGO)
♬ Daft Punk – Make Love (HLM Remix)

mmmm it’s magic

March 28th, 2013 (19:00 EST) · leave a comment! · permalink
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♬ Magic Man – Paris

A melancholy yet upbeat song from Providence, RI band Magic Man. Happy Thursday !

MIX: On Our Way

March 20th, 2013 (05:36 EST) · leave a comment! · permalink
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With all the festivals coming up, it was high time to release a mix for the roadtrippin’, jetsettin’, yacht-sailin’ season ahead… Safe, happy travels!




Stream this and our other mixes, days in advance, on 8tracks!

★ OneRepublic – If I Lose Myself (Alesso Remix) (Extended Mix)
♬ Paris & Simo – Nova (Original Mix)
★ Mat Zo – Synapse Dynamics (Arty Remix)
♬ Avicii & Project 46 & You feat. Daphne – Crime (Original Mix)
★ Snow Patrol – What If This Storm Ends (Ken Loi Remix)
♬ Foxes – Youth (David Dann Remix)
♬ Tonite Only – We Run The Night (The Chainsmokers Reboot – Filter No 3)
★ Mat Zo & Porter Robinson – Easy (Modek Bright as Day Remix)

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#SyncBackSunday — premiere edition, Ultra-style

March 17th, 2013 (20:19 EST) · leave a comment! · permalink
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Introducing the first edition of #SyncBackSunday, a new weekly post featuring some of the best ghosts of EDM’s past. (Oh, I do like a good pun.) Sometimes we need a reminder to stop and smell those roses…and for the life of me, I can’t understand why Throwback Thursday was devised, as all I want to hear on a Thursday or Friday night is something new, awakening, and exciting! So, I motion to save our throwbacks till Sunday, when, each Sunday eve, you can expect some tunes you won’t have heard throughout the week, may have never heard, and absolutely can’t not hear in your EDM-listening career. So sit back, relax, and enjoy a trip down EDMemory lane… it’s time for #SyncBackSunday.

This week’s premiere edition features a number of artists to be seen at the currently-ongoing Miami Music Week — but you’d be downright jackpot-lucky to hear these old beats on their systems…!

★ Morgan Page – The Longest Road (feat. Lissie) (Deadmau5
★ Tiesto, Sneaky Sound System – I Will Be Here (Wolfgang Gartner Dub Remix)
★ Kaskade – Fire In Your New Shoes (Sultan & Ned Shepard Electric Daisy Remix)
★ Alex Kenji & Starkillers ft. Nadia Ali – Pressure (Alesso
★ The Killers – Human (Armin Van Buuren Club Remix)

EVENT: SHM’s “Black Tie Rave” — a success! [updated]

March 10th, 2013 (20:23 EST) · leave a comment! · permalink
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13-03-10 black tie rave

Update (3/10): Swedish House Mafia’s Black Tie Rave raised around half a million dollars towards the charities benefitting families hurt by Hurricane Sandy and the Newtown tragedies. Hats off to ya, boys. That’s some serious PLUR.

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move over for the next gen

March 7th, 2013 (16:21 EST) · leave a comment! · permalink
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13-03-07 mat zo

If you follow us on SoundCloud or Facebook, you may’ve noticed this one already, but it’s absolutely worth the second listen. Or second hundredth. I was first blessed with seeing Matan “Mat Zo” Zohar on the first evening of last year’s Electric Zoo, and the British 22-y.o.’s infamous drum-n-bass talents shine through once again in this snappy, catchy new release on Anjunabeats. Can’t wait for his performance at Ultra!

★ Mat Zo – Caller ID (Radio Rip)

13-03-07 araabmuzik

Also out with a few new awesome DnB releases is Araabmuzik, the just-as-damn-young Dominican/Guatemalan producer from nearby Providence, RI.

★ AraabMUZIK – The Prince is Coming (Original Mix)

EVENT: Ultra 15 — LET’S MAKE HISTORY! [updated]

March 4th, 2013 (21:07 EST) · leave a comment! · permalink
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Update (4/7): Check out our personal highlights and the Ultra official recap here

Update (3/4): Ultra published their official 2013 trailer earlier today… hot dang this is gonna be good! Click through for lineup and more…

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addicted to Chainsmokers — at LAVO this Thursday! [updated]

March 4th, 2013 (21:02 EST) · leave a comment! · permalink
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13-03-03 chainsmokers sleeps alone

Update (3/4): The Chainsmokers will be playing Lavo NY this Thursday night!

Can’t get enough of NYC duo The Chainsmokers, who recently released their revamp of Two Door Cinema Club’s “Sleep Alone”, a beautiful progressive mix featuring great dynamics, a powerful new beat, and some awesome use of a great band’s vocals. This being already their fourth hit release of 2013, The Chainsmokers continue to light up the airwaves with their feel-good, progressive-house fire.

★ Two Door Cinema Club – Sleep Alone (Chainsmokers Remix)

And an (awesome) throwback:

★ Dragonette – Let It Go (Chainsmokers Filter No. 2)