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Aug 28

Jack U Gives Out ‘Take U There,’ Opens FB And SC Pages

Jack U, the collaborative project of Diplo and Skrillex, surprised fans today with a free download of their Kiesza collab, Take You There, as recorded at the Mad Decent block Party Aug. 9 in Brooklyn, NY.

This is the first upload to the newly launched Jack U SoundCloud account, to which Skrillex gave a boost by re-posting to his 4.5 million followers shortly after. While the audio quality isn't great in the live recording, we're still offered a decent taste of the warm-toned trap number featuring vocals from Canadian singer Kiesza.

Download from their new SoundCloud here, and follow them on their newly opened Facebook account here. Stay tuned for an official release and the mixtape we were promised.
Jack U feat. Kiesza - Take U There (Live 8/9/14)
Aug 28

The Beatport Box 22

We're back with the 22nd episode of our series with Beatport known as The Beatport Box, where we bring you the best of Beatport exclusives on a weekly basis. This week we've got what may be Tigerskin's best work yet, new trance from 4 Strings and Eximinds, and much more.

Deep/Tech | Tigerskin - Sticky Cow EP [Electronique]
Wow. That summarizes our first reaction to the latest EP from Germany's Tigerskin. The versatile producer has really struck gold with Sticky Cow, the title track off his triple header release. When you hear this bassline, you're going to have the same jaw-dropping reaction we did. Big, dirty and ready to make people move. Tigerskin is a consistently amazing producer, but this may be his best yet. Pick it up here.
Deep/Tech | Balcazar & Sordo, Kosmas - Joongl EP [Sudbeat]
Secret weapon alert! These three tracks from Mexico's Balcazar, Sordo & Kosmas is a true home run of a release. Three tracks covering a wide spectrum of dance music styles, Joongl is class from start to end. Big room progressive house to deep, trippy, spaced out grooves--this three-track EP has cuts that will work for all hours of the night. We're really impressed with this and highly recommend it. Purchase here.
Big Room/Electro | Ferry Corsten feat. Natt Dunn - Hyper Love (Extended Mix) [Flashover]
The legend known as Ferry Corsten continues to churn out the big tunes, and his latest release, Hyper Love, is of no exception. Nat Dunn provides a larger-than-life vocal on top of intense key stabs, gigantic builds and drop that contain enough energy to destroy any large room imaginable. We're expecting this one to reach crossover status, no doubt. Fall in love here.
Trance | 4 Strings - Monday (Original Mix) [Liquid]
A new track from trance legend 4 Strings is always welcomed, and his latest release comes via Spinnin' sub-label Liquid Recordings. Monday is a perfect blend of trance and big room--so perfect that I imagine any forward-thinking trance DJ is going to immediately put this on their playlist. Get it here.
Trance | Eximinds - Helena (Original Mix) [Always Alive]
Eximinds have an amazing knack for out-of-the-box melodic sequences that still fit well within the trance realm, and their newest, Helena, is perhaps one of the best examples yet. Just listen to the chord progression in that drop--it was as if it got taken from a Baroque piece of music and transformed into a glorious trance drop. The Helena package also includes hard-hitting reworks from Andrew Benson and Ozo Effy and is out now on Daniel Kandi's Always Alive Recordings. Grab it here.

Mike Chapman of Beatport contributed to this article.
Balcazar & Sordo, Kosmas - Joongl (Original Mix) [Sudbeat]
4 Strings - Monday (Original Mix) [Liquid]
Eximinds - Helena (Original Mix) [Always Alive]
Ferry Corsten feat. Natt Dunn - Hyper Love (Extended Mix) [Flashover]
Tigerskin - Sticky Cow (Original Mix) [Electronique]
Aug 28

Rusko Says ‘I Wanna Mingle,’ Announces ‘! Vol. 2′

Photo: Rukes
British bass boss Rusko revealed the latest result of his recent experiments with future beats in I Wanna Mingle featuring Pusher, taken from his forthcoming ! Volume 2 EP.

Like Volume 1's Sunshower, the bright-eyed, luminous I Wanna Mingle sees Rusko dial back his often dark, thunderous production and pen another glittering exercise in tropical trap. Rusko arranges a bouquet of blinding synth replete with arpeggios, glissandos, and the occasional dog bark, not to mention an interview clip featuring a drunk James Brown, for an altogether carefree, funk-heavy tune and another welcome expansion to his bag of tricks. He's rounded out his repertoire significantly with his previous two EPs, making ! Volume 2 a source of anticipation for fans who've enjoyed witnessing his sonic diversification.

! Volume 2 is available Sept. 16 on Universal/FMLY Records. View the complete tracklist below.

! Volume 2 Tracklist
1. Saxophone Stomp
2. I Wanna Mingle feat. Pusher
3. Lytah
4. Slappy Pappy
5. Fusion Jam
6. Vaminos

Rusko feat. Pusher - I Wanna Mingle (Original Mix) [FMLY]
Aug 28

Producers Trade Ice Buckets For #BigRoomChallenge

Move over, ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Producers have a brand new way to market themselves while all but completely forgetting about charity.

Similar to the Ice Bucket phenomenon, the #BigRoomChallenge requires producers to create a big room house track in 24 hours and post it online along with three nominations, who have to do the same. If they don't, no big deal--the #BigRoomChallenge isn't associated with any charities, so it gets to skip the phase that ice bucket went through when many people lost sight of the real cause.

While its origins are unclear, one of the earliest mentions of the challenge came from Chicago producer DotEXE, who nominated three friends with his own now-removed SoundCloud upload.
DotEXE has applied his production skills to a charitable cause in the past as with the tune Pandemonium, appearing on Bass For Autism Vol. 2 this year, but it seems that the #BigRoomChallenge is mostly for fun--and it's pretty damn fun. Here are some of our favorites so far:

Aug 28

TomorrowWorld Reverses Ban On CamelBaks Following Backlash

TomorrowWorld caused a small panic when festival organizers announced that CamelBak water packs were being placed on the “Banned Items List” for this year’s event. After some serious backlash from attendees, TomorrowWorld has reversed their decision and will now allow festivalgoers to bring their water-carrying apparatuses inside the festival.

A petition on was created to help convince SFX management and the TomorrowWorld organizers to reverse their unreasonable ban on CamelBaks. After the petition received over 1,000 signatures in less than a day, organizers were quick to release a statement that they were reversing their decision.

The initial ban may have been following in the footsteps of Electric Zoo, that, as of today, is still supporting its ban on the hydration packs in order to stop attendees from bringing in illicit materials after last year's tragedies. Instead, the festival plans on having easy-to-find water cup stations. However, if you've ever attended a festival, especially one in Atlanta during the summer, you know how important it is to stay hydrated. While water stations can be helpful, it seems like CamelBaks and other hydration packs are the safest and most efficient way to keep hydrated while enjoying your favorite DJs at any festival.