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Mar 06

Friday Favorites 98

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It's Friday Favorites 98.

Josh Bennett
Trance | Alexander Turok - Oscillation (Dart Rayne & Yura Moonlight Remix) [2Rock]
It's been a minute since Dart Rayne's Human Weapon hit me like a ton of bricks, so I'm glad to see him coming back strong with this big room remix of Alexander Turok's Oscillation. Made in partnership with frequent collaborator Yura Moonlight, this track is the complete package--vocal chops and splices, a dramatic halftime breakdown, and a rapidfire, teeth-rattling drop. It's already gotten support on A State Of Trance, so it's certainly worth any trance fan's ear. Pick it up here.
Nathan Codd
House | Cassius - Cassius 1999 (Skapes Retwist) [Free Download]
While the sun is hiding out in California, I'd like to make it feel as welcome as possible lest it consider sharing the love with the rest of the country. This remake of Cassius' classic tribute to sunny days should do the trick. Pick up a free copy from Skapes on SoundCloud.
Jesse Champagne
Indie/Beats | Louis Vivet - Save Tonight (Nigel Good Remix)
Save Tonight by Eagle Eye Cherry is a timeless '90s classic for many people, myself included. Imagine my surprise and joy then, when I came across Canadian producer Nigel Good's remix of Louis Vivet's synthpop cover. The unforgettable lyrics that you all (secretly) know and love have been given a refreshing, laid-back twist by Gavrielle and Nick Goldston, and Mr. Good provides a sparklingly serene and melodic backdrop. The end result is an infectious and upbeat trip down memory lane. Grab the free download here.
Eric Gossett
Indie/Beats | M83 feat. HAIM - Holes In The Sky
HAIM spent most of 2014 touring and having their songs remixed by the likes of MK and The Knocks. 2015 has seen the trio move up into the new role of collaborator. Having already lent their vocal prowess to Calvin Harris’ Pray To God, the Haim sisters have now collaborated with synth titan M83 for a new track, Holes In The Sky. It comes as part of the Insurgent soundtrack and features a somber synth and string arrangement from M83 with HAIM providing the dreamy vocals. Give it a listen, and pick up the Insurgent soundtrack when it is released March 17.
Yasmin Damoui
Electronic R&B/Soul | HONNE - Coastal Love [Tatemae]
If HONNE's debut release, Warm On A Cold Night, doesn't make you feel all the feels, then I'm afraid you may be lacking certain capacities of the ears and/or the heart. That tune got me instantly hooked to the London-based duo several months ago, and now they return with the first release off their second EP, Coastal Love. To no one's surprise, it's just as sweet and sultry as the rest of their catalog, with a slightly more upbeat, funky flair. The EP is set for a May 4 release via HONNE's self-started Tatemae Records. Also, fun fact of the day: "honne" (本音) is the Japanese symbol for a person's true feelings and desires while "tatemae" (建前) describes the behavior he/she displays in public. Let that one sink in.
Shea Kopp
Hip Hop/Indie | Cudderland - love. (Original Mix)
As a longtime Ratatat fan, I was a bit shocked to hear a sample of their track Sunblocks used in a Kid Cudi production, love. The track, of course, carries with it the iconic electric guitar-led rhythms of Ratatat, but this version has Cudi's rap verses layered on top. Cudi had been working on the track and sort of forgot about it, only to discover it years later and unexpectedly release it under his Cudderland moniker on SoundCloud. You can hear more Cudderland tracks here.
Megan Murphy
Indie/Beats | Purity Ring - Flood On The Floor (Original Mix) [4AD]
Dark electro-pop outfit Purity Ring released their sophomore album Another Eternity this week, and among the record's many standout tracks is Flood On The Floor. Featuring the Canadian duo's signature brooding, synth-heavy beat and Megan James' mesmerizing vocals, the track is gorgeous, eerie, and everything else that makes Purity Ring so appealing. Purchase the track and the rest of the album on iTunes here.
Chris Porter
Progressive House | Morgan Page feat. Lissie - Open Heart (Original Mix) [Nettwerk]
Vermont's native son Morgan Page has an album called DC To Light on the way this June, and recently gave fans appetizer with his latest tune, Open Heart. Featuring the grandiose voice of songstress Lissie from Page's first major hit The Longest Road, Open Heart soars with uplifting melodies and spirited percussion--both cornerstones of peak-time progressive house. Pick up Open Heart by clicking here, and make sure to catch Morgan at the Dada Life Compound in Miami on March 28 during UMF.
Mike Davies
Deep House | Curbi - Discharge (Original Mix) [Spinnin' Deep]|
I'd never heard of Curbi before, and it turns out that's because he's a 16-year-old newcomer and this is his very first single. It's certainly quite an entrance for the young Brit, with a release on Spinnin' Deep in the shape of Discharge. It's right at the mainstream end of deep house, and is fun, groovy, and devilishly catchy. We'll certainly be hearing a lot more of this guy in future, so keep your eyes and ears peeled, and grab your own copy while you're at it.
Alexander Turok - Oscillation (Dart Rayne & Yura Moonlight Remix) [2Rock]
Cassius - Cassius 1999 (Skapes Retwist) [Free Download]
Louis Vivet - Save Tonight (Nigel Good Remix)
M83 feat. HAIM - Holes In The Sky (Original Mix)
HONNE - Coastal Love [Tatemae]
Cudderland - love. (Original Mix)
Purity Ring - Flood On The Floor (Original Mix) [4AD]
Morgan Page feat. Lissie - Open Heart (Original Mix) [Nettwerk Productions]
Curbi - Discharge (Original Mix) [Spinnin' Deep]
Mar 06

Insomniac Expands Nocturnal Wonderland For 20th Anniversary

Mar 06

OWSLA Announces ‘Spring Compilation’ Feat. Skrillex, Snails, & More

With festival season nearly upon us, OWSLA has announced a new Spring Compilation featuring new music from Skrillex and the rest of the family.

The compilation will feature 13 all-new tracks, including Skrillex' remix of Ragga Twins' Bad Man and Snails' collab with Big Gigantic, both of which can be heard on Snails' recent mixtape, Welcome To Slugz City.

Listen to Valentino Khan's Deep Down Low up above, and check out the full tracklist at the bottom. You can pre-order the Spring Compilation ahead of its March 17 release date on iTunes here.

Jack U feat. Kiesza – Take Ü There (Awe Remix)
Vindata – Continuum
Valentino Khan – Deep Down Low
Ragga Twins – Bad Man (Skrillex Remix)
Torro Torro – Make a Move
Snails feat. Big Giantic – Funk With Me Alex Metric – Cahuenga
Wiwek – Bang Bang Theory (Instrumental Mix)
Getter – Head Splitter
Jack Beats – One Love
Boombox Cartel & Jackal – Jamba
David Heartbreak – House Party
AC Slater feat. Dell Harris – Booty Free
Valentino Khan - Deep Down Low (Original Mix) [OWSLA]
Mar 06

Entranced 13

It's almost time for the weekend, so we've got a pile of new trance music to get you in the mood with the lucky 13th edition of Entranced. This week sees music from some scene veterans, a remix of a classic, and a newcomer with a fantastic taste in track names.

Alexander Popov - Multiverse (Original Mix) [Armind]
Alexander Popov's latest is Multiverse, a huge mainstage anthem that sees the Russian producer return to Armind. With support from Armin himself, this is all about that bloopy lead melody and those catchy stacatto saw riffs. Popov manages to carefully mix and mash elements of uplifting and big room, and as a result, Multiverse makes you want to just start jumping. Grab your copy now.

Daniel Kandi & Matt Chowski - Ch00n (Original Mix) [Always Alive]
Trance veteran Daniel Kandi teams up with relative newcomer Matt Chowski for his latest track, and you've got to admit the title is a little...interesting. Ch00n! may have a daft name, but the track is a serious piece of uplifting trance, complete with rolling basslines and acid stabs. Ch00n! soon morphs into a chilled break--complete with subtle breakbeat rhythms--before a massive drop that is the very definition of euphoric hits. Pick it up now on Kandi's own Always Alive label.

Matt Eray - The Siege (Original Mix) [Monster Force]
It almost wouldn't be an episode of Entranced without a Monster release, and this week it's Polish up-and-comer Matt Eray's turn. The Seige is classic uplifting trance, pelting along at 140 BPM and with heaps of energy, perfect for clubs but with a melody you can lose yourself in. There's a sheen to Eray's production that really makes this something special, so grab your copy now and turn it up loud.

Paul Miller - Pluckyrocking (Original Mix) [Unearthed]
Polish producer Paul Miller may not be the biggest name on the trance scene, but with releases on the likes of Vandit, he's certainly got what it takes to mix it up with the big boys. He's also got a fantastic ability to come up with cool track names, Pluckyrocking being one of the best I've heard in a while. The track itself is the first release of the year for Unearthed Recordings, and is a catchy piece of uplifting with a taste of progressive that deserves to be heard. Grab your copy of Pluckyrocking now.

Robert Nickson - Spiral 2015 (Original Mix) [WAO138]
The more discerning trance fan will need no introduction to this one. First released in 2004, Spiral cemented Robert Nickson as a name to rely on for epic trance productions. Now the Dutch producer has pulled the dust sheets off and given it a re-spray for 2015, and it still sounds as fresh as it did 11 years ago. With an emotional melody that twists between tear-jerking and euphoric, Spiral was well into "classic" territory already, but this secures the deal. It's out now, rather appropriately, on Who's Afraid Of 138?!
Alexander Popov - Multiverse (Original Mix) [Armind]
Daniel Kandi & Matt Chowski - Ch00n (Original Mix) [Always Alive]
Matt Eray - The Siege (Original Mix) [Monster Force]
Paul Miller - Pluckyrocking (Original Mix) [Unearthed]
Robert Nickson - Spiral 2015 (Original Mix) [WAO138]
Mar 06

Ultra Music Festival Bans Raver Gear

Miami's world-famous Ultra Music Festival has changed its policies, and its new list of restricted items don't look to be too "PLUR" friendly for the raver community.

As a result of a few unfortunate events connected to last year's Ultra, festival authorities have expanded the list of items that will not be allowed into this year's event. Alongside the standard "no illicit drugs or weapons" policy, attendees will not be admitted to bring in traditional rave items like plush animals, pacifiers, glow sticks, and whistles, among other things.

Also at the bottom of the list is a "no pole or tree climbing" rule, but it says nothing about making out with trees, so the girl who infamously got down with a tree at Ultra in 2013 is still safe from the restrictions.

You can read the full list of policies at Ultra's website here.