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May 25
2015

Sigma Detonates ‘Glitterball’ With Ella Henderson

London's drum & bass megastars Sigma follow up on the enormous success of Nobody To Love and subsequent tunes Changing and Higher with Glitterball, featuring the vocals of Ella Henderson.

Cameron Edwards & Joseph Lenzie (pictured, respectively) known together as Sigma, reigned supreme on our Top 15 Drum & Bass chart in 2014 with their past pretty-faced piano ditty Nobody, which was not only Sigma's first Top 40 hit and UK #1, but has since accrued more plays on YouTube than any D&B track in history at 141 million and counting.

Sigma returns with another widely palatable piece of piano-driven drum & bass in Glitterball, which shares Nobody To Love's potential to dominate radio and clubs far outside the normal sphere of D&B. 2012's X-Factor breakout star Ella Henderson handles vocals with the kind of passion we heard in Ghost and its many remixes.

Pick up Glitterball when it releases July 30 on 3Beat.
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Sigma feat. Ella Henderson - Glitterball (Radio Edit) [3Beat]
May 25
2015

Sound Atlas 08

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 head to the land down under for some soulful and funky house,​ and then come back to America for some free-to-download takes on Afro-Latino bass. ​

Nina Las Vegas & Swick - Pool Girls
The tandem of rising Australian producer Swick and Triple J Radio DJ-turned-producer Nina Las Vegas pair for the banging electro groove of new Fool's Gold Records-released single Pool Girls. Bright, airy synths drive the production, which feels very similar to late-'80s electro-tinged rhythm and blues. Club-ready and erring away from a significant low-end thump, this is an infectious bit of pop confection. This one is available for purchase here. ​

Cepillo Cuevas - Cibeles Sidewalk
Don't tell Mexico's Cepillo Cuevas that moombahton is "dead." The young producer's latest single is Cibeles Sidewalk, a track from La Resistencia Records that features a twinkling guitar groove and a thick dembow in the bottom end. Cuevas' latest is a fine example of the modern bass/classic melody combination that is constantly being explored in Latin American dance's dalliances with EDM. This is free to download here. ​

Munchi x The Iguanas - As Cachorras De Camino ​
New York City's techno wizard Tony Quattro warps a frenetic tempo around dark and ambient techno vibes. As well, he leaves the chorus of reticent bass wunderkind Munchi's pairing with The Iguanas for As Cachorras De Camino all alone to create a bizarre blend of feels that surprisingly works, mainly due to the pace of the track's bassline. Feeling like classic freestyle-meets-bass-driven modern house, it's in a league all its own. Grab this one here. ​

JSTJR - Jumbo Jam
Boston bass-boss JSTJR drops the zouk bass on newly released track Jumbo Jam. Timpani drums come in strong and makes the production feel loosed from any semblance of cohesion. A complex, air horn-driven melody then enters the mix, and the track settles into feeling like it's being juggled by an expert magician. This one undulates and pulsates at the same time, easily making it your booty's favorite jam of the week. Ready to drop the bass? Download this one here. ​

Yolanda Be Cool - Soul Makossa (Wongo Remix)
The Gold Coast of Australia gives us Wongo, who warps fellow Aussies Yolanda Be Cool's reworking of Manu Dibango's proto-disco Afrobeat classic Soul Makossa into a dubby and spongy funk groove. Bouncing house rhythms have driven a movement in the Southern Hemisphere for a bit now. This wildly unique groove showcases that this is a trend that's not going anywhere anytime soon. Purchase Soul Makossa from Beatport here.
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Nina Las Vegas & Swick - Pool Girls (Original Mix) [Fool's Gold]
Cepillo Cuevas - Cibeles Sidewalk (Original Mix) [La Resistencia]
Munchi x The Iguanas - As Cachorras De Camino (Tony Quattro Bootleg) [Free Download]
JSTJR - Jumbo Jam (Original Mix) [Free Download]
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Yolanda Be Cool - Soul Makossa (Money) (Wongo Remix) [Sweat It Out!]
May 25
2015

Creamfields Comes To Ibiza With Huge Debut Lineup

Liverpool-based club brand Cream is bringing the Creamfields festival to Ibiza this summer for the first time ever with an all-day-and night event due to be held across the Ushuaia complex in Playa d’en Bossa on Saturday, Aug. 1.

With their annual festival in the Cheshire countryside a highlight of the UK dance scene and their Ibiza nights now entering their 21st year at Amnesia, it’s little wonder the Cream name causes something of a stir when a new event is announced. The lineup for Creamfields Ibiza certainly had a lot to live up to, but with a wealth of artists across four arenas, it’s certainly looking promising.

Keeping things bass-heavy at Ushuaia’s neighbour, the Hard Rock Hotel, will be headliners The Prodigy joined by Pendulum, Sigma, and others. Meanwhile, Ushuaia itself is split into separate day and night events, with Annie Mac, MK, and Hannah Wants, among others playing under the bright blue Ibiza skies, while Above & Beyond, Afrojack, and Steve Angello take to the stage once the sun sets. The Ants crew make their usual Saturday appearance at the club, moving things into the Ushuaia tower for the day, with appearances from Pete Tong, Los Suruba, Andrea Oliver, and plenty more.

Creamfields Ibiza is a rare appearance of a festival on an island dominated by club nights, and at 75 Euros a ticket--just 20 or so Euros more than most club entry prices--makes for something of a bargain given what’s on offer. Early bird tickets are selling fast, so grab yours now from the Creamfields Ibiza website, and get booking your flights.
May 24
2015

Nero Stuns Again With ‘Dark Skies’

As the anticipation for the Aug. 28 release of Between II Worlds approaches unbearable levels, Nero have given our dry tongues another drop of cool water with new track Dark Skies.

Some fans may recognize Dark Skies as a frequent set-opener the trio have been using for the last couple of years. However, if you're completely new to this dark anthem, strap yourselves in, press play, and get ready for Between II Worlds to change the game for the electronic music album format.

ALSO: Watch the new video for Nero's The Thrill.

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Nero - Dark Skies [MTA/Mercury]
May 23
2015

The Technodrome 06

By the time you read this, I will be knee-deep in the sweet, Saturday sounds of Movement Detroit. With 140 performances across six stages, you'd think I had died and gone to underground dance music heaven. To celebrate, for this week's edition of The Technodrome, I've selected new techno music from a few of my favorite artists performing at MEMF, including Matador, Kolsch, Sian, and more.

Matador - DaHustle (Original Mix) [Minus]
If you're looking for some banging minimal techno, you need to check out Minus' Matador, who will be performing a live show on the underground stage from 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Monday. Pick up DaHustle on Beatport here.

Joris Voorn - The Monk (Kolsch Remix) [Green]
Two performers at Movement cross paths here, as Kolsch delivers a truly triumphant remix of Joris Voorn's The Monk, off Voorn's acclaimed 2014 album, Nobody Knows. Majestic and upbeat, this remix--and his equally fantastic rework of Eric Prydz' Generate--should be enough to tide you over until the release of his sophomore album, 1983, in a few weeks. Pick up The Monk on Beatport here.

Sian - Micropore (Original Mix) [Octopus]
The head of Octopus is back with the massive three-track End Of The Beginning EP. The closing track, Micropore, is pounding, pulsing, and perfect for the Hart Plaza air. Pick it up on Beatport here.

Signs - Howling (Rodhad Remix) [Monkeytown]
Berghain resident and Dystopian label boss Rodhah delivers a deep, brooding, and enrapturing remix of Signs' popular original. Take a trip down the rabbit hole with Rodhad at the Underground Stage on Sunday, and pick up the track on Beatport here.

Ten Walls - Blue Orphan (Original Mix) [BOSO]
The B-side to Sparta, Ten Walls' Blue Orphan is yet another deep and atmospheric journey through mesmerizing chord progression and world-class sound design. Personally, I can't get enough of his music, and neither should you. Pick it up on Beatport here.
Matador - DaHustle (Original Mix) [Minus]
Joris Voorn - The Monk (Kölsch Remix) [Green]
Sian - Micropore (Original Mix) [Octopus]
Signs - Howling (Rodhad Remix) [Monkeytown]
Ten Walls - Blue Orphan (Original Mix) [BOSO]