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Jul 06

Holy Ship 2016 Lineup Announced

Holy Ship has announced the lineups for its 2016 trips, taking place Jan. 3-6 and Feb. 10-13.

Voyage #1, which takes off from Miami and travels to Coco Bay, Bahamas, will feature headlining performances from Kaskade, Dillon Francis, Flosstradamus, ODESZA, and Steve Aoki. Voyage #2, which takes off from Miami and travels to Grand Bahama Island, will see DJ Snake, Chromeo, Porter Robinson, Boys Noize, and RL Grime B2B with Baauer. Joining the headliners will be more than 45 other artists per trip.

Check out the full Holy Ship 2016 lineup down below. To join the ticket waitlist and see more information, click here.

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Jul 06

Sound Atlas 14

Welcome to Sound Atlas, a weekly series showcasing LessThan3's desire to scan the world for the most exciting sounds in global electronic music. This week, we offer you a grip of world-spanning productions that offer up possibly the funkiest edition in the series to date. ​

Ricky Vaughn feat. Otis Clapp - I Don't Want To Be Saved
New York City-based OG moombahtonista Ricky Vaughn has extended his excellence as a producer in the sound past his days in Sazon Booya and is still a formidable name in the re-emergent genre. His latest production featuring emcee Otis Clapp showcases what makes him arguably an underground legend. For as much as this track incorporates moombahton's Latin sound that involves sweeping dembow, there's a hip hop swagger in the drums and gospel house feels in the vocal, too. The track includes little bits of everything that we love about successful pop and dance music from the Big Apple over the past 40 years. Grab this one here. ​

A Tribe Called Red feat. Buffy Sainte-Marie - Working For The Government (2015 Mix)
Quietly, Ottawa, Canada's A Tribe Called Red is motoring along, proving to be both a successful touring act and politically relevant while mortgaging none of their progressive political voice. Similar to A Tribe Called Red, Canadian Cree Indian folk vocalist Buffy Sainte-Marie has dedicated much of her 50-year career as a musician advocating for Native/Indigenous rights. Thus, the Native EDM trio A Tribe Called Red going full scale "Electric Pow Wow" on Sainte-Marie's 2008 single Working For The Government is a big deal. This one is a massive banger as tom tom drums are pushed to the forefront and a message is caught up in the melody. Download this track here. ​

Disclosure feat. Gregory Porter - Holding On (Melé Remix)
The idea of throwing Disclosure and Gregory Porter's Chicago house ode Holding On over a sweep of Brazilian batucada drums is a stroke of genius from progressive and club-minded producer Melé. This one is a funky thumper and one of the best tracks to showcase the developing global-bass meets disco house sound. Hearing some of Jamie xx's album getting the same treatment would elevate this concept to another level. No download information here, so could this get an official release? Let's hope so. ​

Daniel Haaksman feat. Bulldozer - Sabado (Aero Manyelo Remix)
If looking for a full-scale global house party, check out South African "township house" producer Aero Manyelo's remix of Berlin-based Haaksman's single Sabado. South Africa is seemingly creating a plethora of genres by the second these days, however, the track's elastic bassline and folky guitar are understood by most any fan interested in getting into a heavy groove on a Saturday night. The plaintive melody lays on a bed of breezing funk that defines the best of South African house at the current moment. Download this track here. ​

SoktaKuri - Camino A San Jeronimo
Lima, Peru's SoktaKuri describes himself as an ethnomusicologist making psycho-tropical neo-folk edits. If all of those terms mean nothing to you, just understand that his recently released track Camino A San Geronimo sounds like what would happen if you threw South American folk vocals over a slowed, backpack-era Kanye West production. He blends soulful melodies with basslines that aren't going to blow out the speakers but definitely inspire anyone to get on the dancefloor. Take a listen and download this production here or as part of Rock Achorao's new Peruvian rock compilation.
Ricky Vaughn feat. Otis Clapp - I Don't Want To Be Saved (Original Mix) [Free Download]
A Tribe Called Red feat. Buff Sainte-Marie - Working For The Government (2015 Mix) [Radicalized]
Disclosure feat. Gregory Porter - Holding On (Melé Remix)
Daniel Haaksman feat. Bulldozer - Sabado (Aero Manyelo Remix) [Man Recordings]
SoktaKuri - Camino A San Jeronimo (Original Mix) [Free Download]
Jul 06

Hardwell Eyes World Record With New Charity Project

Hardwell is eyeing up a record for the "world's biggest guestlist" with an event in India to launch his new charity project, the United We Are Foundation.

The gig, set to take Dec. 13 in Mumbai, will be open to fans across the country who want to register for a guestlist place, with donations to the charity project taking the place of an entry fee. Hardwell is playing for free at the event and is calling on fans from around the world to donate to the foundation.

The United We Are Foundation aims to provide education and welfare to India's poorest children, with Indian partner United Welfare Trust looking to change thousands of lives as a result of the project. Hardwell also has his sights set further afield, with plans already afoot to take the project worldwide.

For more info on the project, and to make a pledge yourself, head on over to the United We Are Foundation website, and check out the launch video for the foundation below.

Jul 06

Disco Diaries 68

We're coming back at you with another new edition of Disco Diaries, and just in time to combat those post-holiday blues. This week's collection of disco and house tunes will have you grooving straight through Monday and well into the work week.

Zimmer feat. Polina - Heartbreak Reputation [Roche Musique]
Horizontal disco pioneer Zimmer is primed to release his next EP, Coming Of Age, and he's already shared a couple new tracks from it including this sexy number, Heartbreak Reputation. Opening with Polina's sugar-sweet croon, the track eases you into a breezy rhythm carried by Zimmer's impeccable chord progressions and calculated track arrangement. Look for Coming Of Age out July 10 via Roche Musique, and head to Zimmer's SoundCloud for more tunes here.

Billon - Slave To The Vibe [Rinse]
After appearing on our radar with his instant classic Special, UK house maverick Billon has kept up his momentum with a string of catchy originals and remixes. His latest output, Slave To The Vibe, is another dancefloor heater, complete with infectious lyrics and warm synth lines to make a beautifully well-balanced house cut. To purchase this track, head to Beatport here.

The Weeknd - Can't Feel My Face (Keljet Remix)
Dutch duo Keljet take on The Weeknd's summer smash Can't Feel My Face and turn the pop ballad into a bouncing nu disco gem. Injecting the tune with lofty effects and a foot-tapping bassline, the pair take the slight disco influence of the original to soaring new heights. Be sure to head to Keljet's SoundCloud for more tracks here.

Little Boots - Get Things Done (Original Mix) [Dim Mak]
Known primarily for her 2008 hit Remedy, English singer-songwriter Little Boots has since gone on to create a huge, genre-spanning catalog, with her latest output Get Things Done grounded firmly in the disco sphere. A bass guitar leads the track alongside Little Boot's airy vocals, with lighter chiming effects interspersed throughout to bring the whole production together. Pre-order her new album Working Girl out July 10 via Dim Mak here.

Jasmine-Thompson - Adore (TEEMID Remix)
Parisian tropical house and disco producer TEEMID rose up through the scene quickly with his remake of Gnarles Barkley's classic Crazy, gaining attention from both Ultra and Warner Music seemingly overnight. His latest, a remix of Jasmine-Thompson's Adore, is another addictive tune from the young artist, with Thompson's vocals saturated in his warm synths. Hear more from TEEMID on his SoundCloud here.
Zimmer feat. Polina - Heartbreak Redemption (Original Mix) [Roche Musique]
Billon - Slave To The Vibe (Original Mix) [Rinse]
The Weeknd - Can't Feel My Face (Keljet Remix)
Little Boots - Get Things Done (Original Mix) [Dim Mak]
Jasmine-Thompson - Adore (TEEMID Remix)
Jul 06

See What Your Favorite Artists Are Listening To With Shazam

Music recognition service Shazam is launching a new feature that will allow you to view the listening habits of some of dance music's biggest stars.

Artists like Avicii, Calvin Harris, and Alesso have already signed up to the service, with plenty more expected to follow as Shazam has already promised that "hundreds" of artists are lined up to join the roster. The new features will offer users an insight into what tracks your favorite artists are listening to off-stage, as well as provide info and updates on new music they're releasing themselves. Shazam has also teamed up with Apple Music, with identified tracks now including a button that links directly to the music streaming service when applicable--a valuable coup for Apple given the 20 million tracks identified by Shazam every day.

For more info on the new Shazam features, check out the video down below.