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May 03
2015

The Technodrome 03

Plan black t-shirt? Check. Plain black jeans? Check. A Flock Of Seagulls-esque weird haircut (sorry, Richie)? Check. Ok, so now that look like a techno fan, the only thing missing is some banging tunes. This week's edition of The Technodrome, featuring new techno music from Marc Marzenit, Adrian Hour, Adam Beyer, and more, has got you covered.

Jeremy Olander - Goliath (Marc Marzenit Remix) [microCastle]
I absolutely love anything Jeremy Olander related, but this remix by Spanish microCastle mainstay Marc Marzenit, the first-ever official remix of an Olander track, may end up being even better than the original. Raw, rhythmic, and relentless, it combines Jeremy's progressive flare with a healthy dose of sweeping techno. Pick it up on Beatport here.

Dave Angel - Progress (Original Mix) [Bedrock]
Britain's Dave Angel returns to Bedrock, the label where he scored a series of hits, including 2011's seminal remix of Marco Bailey’s Rubber Band and 2013's Harlequin, for a new two-track EP. The A-side, Progress, is a dreamy number replete with hissing percussion, energetic vocal snippets, and jovial synth-driven builds. Pick it up on Beatport here.

Adrian Hour - One Step [Toolroom Trax]
The title song off Argentinean Adrian Hour's recent two-track EP is a powerful peak-time number featuring pulsing, alarm-like synths, an extensive build, and a drop that will hit you in the face like a uppercut. This is big room techno at its best. Pick it up on Beatport here.

Adam Beyer - That Would Be The Sun (Original Mix) [Drumcode]
The Duke of Drumcode continues his unstoppable reign with the second track off his upcoming Stone Flower EP. Despite what the name of the song would suggest, this is a dark, throbbing, industrial tune that is tailor-made to be played in a sweaty, basement club as far away from the sun as possible. It's just a massive tune all the way around. Pick it up May 4.

Jay Lumen - Departures (Original Mix) [100% Pure]
This track may have came out a few months ago, but I have to give some props to Jay Lumen after watching his recent four-hour extended set in Toronto. In a bit an, ahem, departure from his previous tech house productions, Departures is a powerful piece of uplifting techno with an emotive build and a highly satisfying drop. The crowd at Coda went bonkers to this one, and I expect you will too. Pic it up on Beatport here.
Jeremy Olander - Goliath (Marc Marzenit Remix) [microCastle]
Dave Angel - Progress (Original Mix) [Bedrock]
Adrian Hour - One Step [Toolroom Trax]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/202934544
Adam Beyer - That Would Be The Sun (Original Mix) [Drumcode]
Jay Lumen - Departures (Original Mix) [100% Pure]
May 03
2015

Pete Tong To Curate Orchestra Performance Of Dance Classics

BBC Radio 1 legend Pete Tong is to curate a live orchestra performance of various dance classics as part of the BBC's annual Proms season of concerts at London's Royal Albert Hall.

The full list of tracks as chosen by Tong is yet to be revealed, but he has named Rhythm Is Rhythm’s Strings Of Life and Stardust’s Music Sounds Better With You as two inclusions. The concept will be performed by the Heritage Orchestra, a "young orchestra" that specializes in re-imagining contemporary works of music and art, and will also include vocal performances from British singer-songwriters Jess Glynne and John Newman.

The event is designed to mark 20 years of BBC Radio broadcasting from Ibiza, and will be broadcast live on July 29 on BBC Radio 3, and across various BBC television channels. Although initially only available to UK listeners/viewers, the concert is likely to become accessible to an international audience, so check back for more details as the date draws closer.
May 03
2015

PREMIERE: The Prototypes – City Of Gold (Extended Mix) [Viper Recordings]

The Prototypes have kept a conspicuous profile since signing to Viper Recordings in late 2013. The Brighton duo have authored some of D&B's biggest anthems in the last two years, including D&B chart-toppers like Pale Blue Dot and Don't Let Me Go.

Only a few short weeks ago the producers shot up to the top of the charts again with their upfront tune Pop It Off--their first release of 2015. Now, The Prototypes ready their highly anticipated debut LP for release on May 17, and LessThan3 is proud to bring fans an advanced screening of the album's title-track, City of Gold.

City of Gold is rife with cinematic flair, luring listeners on a sonic journey via a spoken narrative similar to Pendulum's Masochist. The narrative is joined by a sweeping, analog-esque chord progression, and an emotive arpeggio, both of which lend to the tune's palpable film noir flavor. Eventually, City of Gold's cinematic vibe transforms into a medley of chaos, as a crushing bassline is introduced on top of a reverberant plucked lead. By the time the track concludes, the slow-moving cinematic vistas established early on are completely replaced by a sweat-inducing, frenetic groove.

To receive a free copy of the City of Gold track, click here to pre-order The Prototypes' debut album ahead of its May 17 release via Viper Recordings. Scroll down for the City of Gold tracklist (digital bonus tracks not listed) and album art.

City of Gold Tracklist:

1. City Of Gold
2. Pop It Off (feat. Mad Hed City)
3. Under (feat. Ayak)
4. Kill The Silence (feat. Ayah Marar)
5. Abyss 2015
6. Edge Of Tomorrow
7. Fallen (feat. Donae'o)
8. Pale Blue Dot
9. Is It Love (feat. Laconic)
10. Don't Let Me Go (feat. Amy Pearson)
11. The Journey Continues
12. Redose
13. Humanoid
14. Slip Away



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The Prototypes - City Of Gold (Extended Mix) [Viper]
May 02
2015

The Rinse 09

Bassheads around the globe, The Rinse returns with this week's new drum & bass selections. For this episode, we have a smooth number from RAM Records' new signee Bensley, and some dancefloor heaters from Shogun Audio boss Friction, and Viper Recordings' dynamic duo, Matrix & Futurebound. We also reach back a few years for some classic Future Cut, and some synapse-seizing neurofunk from Emperor. Enjoy!

Bensley - Nocturne (Original Mix) [RAM]
In what's been a whirlwind 2015 for the burgeoning artist, UK producer Bensley just released his debut album on RAM Records--a 10-track masterpiece with fantasy-themed sound design. Amazingly, it was only a few weeks ago that the producer popped up on the collective radar when his first track Fandango was scooped up by RAM Records. This tune from his album is called Nocturne, and features a syncopated beat laced with a telephone-styled lead. Nocturne perfectly embodies the magic Bensley has captured on his new album Next Generation.
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Emperor - SMPL (Original Mix) [Critical Music]
UK neurofunk producer Emperor returns to Critical Music to bring more darkness with his new EP Into Black. The skilled producer set the bar pretty high with his last release on Critical in 2014 called Hello World, but has followed up with what may be his best output to date. The 5-track EP delivers pressurized breaks and sinister basslines, perhaps none more sinister than the bassline featured here in SMPL.
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Friction & Ulterior Motive - Curfew (Original Mix) [Shogun Audio]
BBC Radio 1Xtra host and Shogun Audio boss Friction returns with his 'VS' series--the third volume of the collaborative series featuring some of D&B's top producers. This particular release features co-production from Metrik, Dimension, Prolix, and Ulterior Motive. The track selected here is called Curfew and comes by way of Friction and Ulterior Motive--a mighty tag team indeed. The tune is built off of a rhythmic motif with crooning samples sprinkled about for a funky, 2000s vibe.
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Future Cut - Prophecy (Original Mix) [V]
Renowned duo Future Cut make this week's Rinse episode with their 2005 tune, Prophecy. The tune has been in dubplate form for the last decade, finally receiving a digital release this week courtesy of Bryan Gee's V Recordings. Prophecy is a jazzy workout, with a wah-guitar and sampled break polished with mid-2000s flair. Prophecy comes flanked by another massive tune lifted from the same time period called Out There, and both can now be had at popular digital retailers.
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Matrix & Futurebound - Glow Worm (Original Mix) [Viper]
Matrix & Futurebound have been on a tear lately, delivering a string of consecutive hits such as Control, Magnetic Eyes, and All I Know, to name a few. The veterans return for this year's first release--a dancefloor torpedo called Glow Worm, out on Futurebound's own Viper Recordings. Glow Worm's pitch-bending melody and procession of growling mid-bass results in one of the more edgier tracks the duo have produced in the last few years.
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Bensley - Nocturne (Original Mix) [RAM]
Emperor - SMPL (Original Mix) [Critical Music]
Friction & Ulterior Motive - Curfew (Original Mix) [Shogun Audio]
Future Cut - Prophecy (Original Mix) [V]
Matrix & Futurebound - Glow Worm (Original Mix) [Viper]
May 01
2015

Friday Favorites 106

There is endless Americana on offer this weekend from net-ball playoffs to high-stakes horse running and epic punch battles--and plenty of money to be made for the savvy gambler. Me? I'm betting that the Milwaukee Bucks will be beaten by a local high school team, the horses aren't given any of the prize money, and both those two fighters won't remember their own names by age 50. We're in for a strange weekend indeed. Better start getting weird. It's Friday Favorites 106.

Josh Bennett
Psytrance | Vini Vici - The Tribe (Original Mix) [Iboga]
Israeli trance duo Vini Vici have created an absolute monster with The Tribe, a tribal psytrance monster whose uniqueness and death-defying drop have made it a current staple in most major trance DJs' sets, including Armin van Buuren and Bryan Kearney. The track is part of an amazing album called Future Classics--get the whole thing here.
Nathan Codd
House | Cali Swag District - Teach Me How To Dougie (!DAFUL & kiki stlaurent remix) [Free Download]
1DAFUL and kiki stlaurent take it back to 2011 with a bassy house take on Cali Swag District's goofy-ass tribute to a terrible dance move, Teach Me How To Dougie, and it's more than enough fun for a few repeat plays. Pick it up for free here, complete with some awesome nostalgic cover art.
Jesse Champagne
Progressive House | Black-one vs Sailor & I - Turn Minor (GDTEX Mashup)
Russia's Dmitrij Zavernjaev, aka GDTEX, has created one of the prettiest mashups in recent dance history by combining Minor, a powerful and poignant progressive production from fellow countryman Black-one, with Sailor & I's ubiquitous 2014 single, Turn Around. The vocals, which were already primed for a feels-inducing sing-song session, are taken into the stratosphere. Save this one for your special DJ sets and watch the crowd turn into a puddle. Grab your free download here.
Mike Davies
Tech House | Edu Imbernon & Los Suruba - Cederron (Original Mix) [Suara]
More deep, dark, and hypnotic tech house from the Suara camp, this time from Edu Imbernon & Los Suruba, making for an all-Spanish affair with their Cederron EP. The original is the standout for me, with its moody atmosphere, driving rhythms, and weird vocoder style synth. The two remixes on the b-side--from Richy Ahmed and Lee van Dowski, respectively--are also well worth checking out. Get your copy here.
Yasmin Damoui
House | SAINT WKND x Saint Motel - My Type
SAINT WKND, who happens to be on the Splash House lineup announced today, recently surprised fans with a contagious house edit of rising indie/alternative act Saint Motel. The mysterious DJ/producer initially landed on the map with his tropical remix of Chet Faker's Lover and has been on a rapid rise ever since, with My Type as the celebration for hitting 50,000 followers on his SoundCloud. Cop free downloads of SAINT WKND's previously released singles here.
Shea Kopp
House | Montgomery - Not Around (jackLNDN Remix) [Free Download]
jackLNDN continues to create gold, and his latest remix of Montgomery's Not Around is no less impeccable. It's a slice of airy house cut with Montgomery's angelic vocals that is sure to get your Friday off to a fantastic start. To make things a little sweeter, jackLNDN is offering the remix as a free download that you can claim here.
Marcus Dowling
Baltimore Club | James Nasty - We Shall Overcome
Four months ago, Baltimore's James Nasty completed work on We Shall Overcome, a somber ode to the tragic situation surrounding Mike Brown's death and racially motivated riots that followed thereafter in Ferguson, Missouri. Sampling vocal drops snatched directly from a Baltimore protest done in unity with those suffering in Ferguson, the track starts with a stark lone piano chord, then builds into James' familiar Baltimore club kicks and snares. At nearly seven minutes long, the track even has a poignant intermission, the track picking up an added energy with a switch to another percussive rhythm, that of Dutch house's drumline percussion. As if Rod Lee's legendary Dance My Pain Away met Major Lazer's Pon De Floor on a recovering street corner of Freddie Gray riots-ravaged Baltimore, this one is an anthem of peace that speaks directly to urban communities nationwide fearing that they're in the throes of war. Bearing more depth and scope than the average club track, this one is an absolute must-listen for this week.
Chris Porter
House, Garage | Major Lazer & DJ Snake feat. MØ - Lean On (Fono Remix) [Mad Decent]
Burgeoning UK producer Fono is proving to be one of the hottest new commodities in dance with a string of recent bangers under his belt. The new producer has received massive support from BBC Radio on his last production, Real Joy, and this latest official remix for Major Lazer and DJ Snake's Lean On has already been championed by Annie Nightingale and Diplo on the BBC airwaves. Be on the lookout for Fono's official remix forthcoming on Mad Decent.
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Vini Vici - The Tribe (Original Mix) [Iboga]
Cali Swag District - Teach Me How To Dougie (1DAFUL & kiki stlaurent Remix) [Free Download]
Black-one vs Sailor & I - Turn Minor (GDTEX Mashup)
Edu Imbernon & Los Suruba - Cederron (Original Mix) [Suara]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/203145726
SAINT WKND x Saint Motel - My Type
Montgomery - Not Around (jackLNDN Remix) [Free Download]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/182110345
James Nasty - We Shall Overcome (Original Mix)
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/202358551
Major Lazer & DJ Snake feat. MØ - Lean On (Fono Remix) [Mad Decent]