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Jul 31

Entranced 34

It's time once again for your Friday dose of new trance music, and for Entranced 34, we've got some of the genre's finest. This week, Armin van Buuren gets the Ronski Speed treatment, Bryan Kearney goes anarchist, there's a very unusual artist name, and plenty more.

Armin van Buuren feat. Mr Probz – Another You (Ronski Speed Remix) [Armind]
First up this week is Armin's recent collab with Mr Probz, which first featured in Entranced 23 thanks to the Mark Sixma remix back in May. Now, Another You gets a once-over by German veteran Ronski Speed, who gives it a distinctly old-school trance feel. Full of massive plucks and soaring pads, not to mention the gravelly vocal of Probz himself, this one is proving a crowd favourite in Armin's sets of late, especially as his ASOT Ibiza shows kick into full gear for the peak season. Grab your copy here.

Bryan Kearney – Wake Up Call (Original Mix) [Subculture]
A bit of a belter with a harder edge up next, Ireland's favourite son Bryan Kearney returns to John O'Callaghan's Subculture label for its 90th release. Wake Up Call features an uplifting build contrasted by a dark and minimal drop, but the highlight is the spoken-word lesson in exactly what anarchy means--handy if you're studying politics in the coming year! Meanwhile, Kearney is taking his own form of anarchy across the world, as he plays everywhere from Ibiza to San Francisco and Australia in the coming months, the latter as part of Subculture's tour Down Under in October. If you're not able to catch him live, then you'll have to make do with the next best thing and get your copy of Wake Up Call here.

Coming Soon!!! feat. Michele Adamson – Keeping The Faith (Original Mix) [WAO138]
Perhaps the most unusual artist name to grace the Entranced series, Coming Soon!!!--yes, the three exclamation points are intentional--is the work of Italian producers Dui Biton and Irad Brant. Making their debut on Who's Afraid Of 138?!, Keeping The Faith is almost as odd as their name. Big room builds, chilled guitar-esque plucks, psy-trance acid lines and kicks, and a half-spoken, half-sung vocoder-treated vocal from Michele Adamson--this one takes some getting used to, but should prove pretty epic in a club environment. The duo is taking their unique sound on tour this summer with shows in their native Israel as well as appearances in Mexico, Portugal, Austria, and San Francisco. Grab your copy of Keeping The Faith here.

Ilan Bluestone – Bonsai (Original Mix) [Anjunabeats]
Anjunabeats star Ilan Bluestone returns to the label with his new track Bonsai, and as you'd expect, it's a bit of a big-room anthem. Already a firm fixture on Above & Beyond's Group Therapy radio show, Bonsai is another fine example of Ilan's ability to combine club-friendly production with mind-blowing melodies and synth work. Bluestone has been confirmed as one of the support acts for ABGT150 in Sydney on Sept. 26, but if you're stuck in the Northern Hemisphere, you can also catch him supporting the trio at Cream Ibiza for three more dates this season. Grab your copy of Bonsai here.

UCast – Ramp (Original Mix) [Monster Force]
Rounding things off this week, Minsk-based producer UCast makes his solo debut on Monster, fresh off the back of his enormous remix of Shogun's City Of Angels we featured back in February. Utterly bursting with energy from start to finish, Ramp displays this guy's ability to produce full on uplifting trance as it should be. Melodic enough to enjoy at home, but pounding enough to destroy a dancefloor, this one is designed to be played nice and loud. Already shooting its way up the Beatport trance charts, we're looking forward to what Belarus' finest has to offer in the future. Grab your copy of Ramp here, and also check out UCast's Ramp Top 10 for more picks of the moment.
Armin van Buuren feat. Mr Probz - Another You (Ronski Speed Remix) [Armind]
Bryan Kearney - Wake Up Call (Original Mix) [Subculture]
Coming Soon!!! feat. Michele Adamson - Keeping The Faith (Original Mix) [WAO138]
Ilan Bluestone - Bonsai (Original Mix) [Anjunabeats]
UCast - Ramp (Original Mix) [Monster Force]
Jul 31

Friday Favorites 119

RIP, Clippy. You're free to terrorize the computer desktops of angels, now. We heard he got into an argument over how to format a resume with the wrong cat and caught himself a beatdown. Actually, wait; it was a dog.

It's Friday Favorites 119.

Josh Bennett
Techno/Trance | Denzo - Hacked (Original Mix) [Aria Digital]
This track ended Markus Schulz' most recent Global DJ Broadcast, and talk about ending with a bang. I just wanna hear this in some abandoned airplane hangar in Utrecht while wearing all black and making sure I never grin, because real techno people don't show emotion. Pick up Hacked here.
Nathan Codd
Trap | LYK - See What I Can Do (Original Mix) [Free Download]
LuckyMe regular Ango and Druture of ChopSquad and Grizzly Records fame joined forces for LYK (Let You Know), and the new duo's debut LEAK EP is dense with forward-thinking trap and bass work. Lead tune See What I Can Do accomplishes exactly that, putting the capabilities of LYK on full display for the first time in a thunderous, no-frills trap heater with a fresh vocal sample. Pick up the entire four-track LEAK EP here.
Jesse Champagne
Techno | Hunter/Game - Utopia (Original Mix) [Last Night On Earth]
Italian duo Hunter/Game returns to Sasha’s Last Night on Earth imprint for their fourth release, the three-track Utopia EP, a jaw-dropping example of why I just can't get enough of melodic techno. The title track is a mesmerizing and heady mixture of piercing horns and penetrating percussion smothered in a thick, intoxicating miasma of dark, foreboding vibes and unflagging grooves. Pick it up on Beatport here.
Mike Davies
Deep House | Weiss - Man Gone (Tube & Berger Remix) [Toolroom]
London-based producer Weiss returns to Toolroom, this time with Tube & Berger in tow. The German duo gives Man Gone a deeper, more melodic touch as the soulful vocal takes on a more emotional feel, giving the track that much-lauded Tube & Berger flavor. If you're after something with a techier feel, it's also well worth checking out the original. Grab your copy of Man Gone from Beatport now.
Yasmin Damoui
R&B | BASECAMP - Rydia
Considering I've had this track on repeat for two weeks straight, I have to throw it back to BASECAMP's beautiful Rydia for today's Friday Favorites. Rydia was featured on the Nashville-raised trio's self-titled debut album, released nearly two summers ago when the band initially established their captivating, soulful style. Now, the boys are getting ready to unleash their Greater Than EP, set for an Aug. 21 release via OWSLA. Clearly they've come a long way since Rydia, but that song will always hold a special place in fans' hearts. You can pre-order Basecamp's upcoming EP via iTunes here.
Shea Kopp
Breaks | Taragana Pyjarama - Together (Kenton Slash Demon Remix)
I stumbled upon Together in a random SoundCloud session and shortly after found myself listening to the track on a continuous loop. It's got this amazing tension to it where the broken beats are elevated by a pulsing background rhythm; you can almost visualize each beat phasing in and out of one another. Delving deeper into his SoundCloud, I found that Kenton Slash Demon has an amazing catalog of tracks that all walk a line between techno and breaks. Hear more from the producer here.
Megan Murphy
Future House | Wax Motif - Krush Groove (Original Mix) [Mad Decent]
Australian producer Wax Motif made his Mad Decent debut this week, and this one is a banger. Featuring atmospheric chords that give way to womping bass and dance-inducing synths, Krush Groove shows off Wax's mastery of future house, techno, and everything in between. The track is the first release from Wax's True Joy EP, out Aug. 14. Preorder it on iTunes here.
Marcus Dowling
Trap/Dembow | Hammo Sung - Bellako (Original Mix) [Free Download]
Washington, DC-area bass lover Hammo Sung serves up Bellako, his latest crushing dembow smash. Set at the pace of zouk bass, the dembow riddim typically rat-a-tats along the bottom end of a production, but here it lands with concussive force. In the club, this is a dangerous party weapon, and at a festival, this one is certain to turn a crowd into a hysterical foot-stomping and fist-pumping mob. Devolving into a electro-trap mess by the end, this is one of those progressive tunes that you'll definitely want to drop with care. Get the free download here.
Louis Slorach
Jungle Terror/Booty Bass | X&G - XII (Original Mix)
While dance music may contain some zany sounds and samples, I don't think I've ever heard something as crazy as this that's still killer. Keep this on the down low, but I think Dolphin Francis might be ghost producing for these guys.
Denzo - Hacked (Original Mix) [Aria Digital]
LYK - See What I Can Do (Original Mix) [Free Download]
Hunter/Game - Utopia (Original Mix) [Last Night On Earth]
Weiss - Man Gone (Tube & Berger Remix) [Toolroom]
Taragana Pyjarama - Together (Kenton Slash Demon Remix) [True Panther Sounds]
Wax Motif - Krush Groove (Original Mix) [Mad Decent]
Hammo Sung - Bellako (Original Mix) [Free Download]
X&G - XII (Original Mix)
Jul 31

Skrillex & Dillon Francis Drop Moombah Collab ‘Bun Up The Dance’

Dillon Francis shared the third and easily most talked-about new track on his next EP, his original moombahton production with Skrillex.

Francis follows up the release of Bruk Bruk (I Need Your Lovin) with Bun Up The Dance, the third reveal from his heavily anticipated This Mixtape Is Fire EP after the aforementioned Bruk and his Hersey-Kygo collab Coming Over.

In a 2014 interview, Dillon dished us the deets on what was originally planned to be a four-track "moombahton EP." The package has since expanded to seven items, but he is still looking to dig back into his moombahton roots with his This Mixtape Is Fire, and what better way to do so than with the man who most successfully introduced the sound to the masses? No stranger himself, Skrillex' love affair with the latin-influenced sound is epitomized by his moombah-rooted, Grammy Award-winning Bangarang that dominated 2012.

Dillon and Skrillex go for tribal simplicity with Bun Up The Dance, using hand drums, cowbell, and reedy pops to craft a visceral moombah jam that reeks of a raucous time in the studio from beginning to its blabbering end.

This Mixtape is Fire is out Aug. 14 and will feature five additional items including collabs with Calvin Harris, Chromeo, Bro Safari, and more. See the complete tracklist below, and pre-order here to get an instant copy of Bun Up The Dance.

1. Dillon Francis – Bruk Bruk (I Need Your Lovin)
2. Dillon Francis & Calvin Harris – What's Your Name
3. Dillon Francis & Skrillex – Bun Up the Dance
4. Dillon Francis & Bro Safari – Pull It
5. Dillon Francis feat. James Hersey – Coming Over
6. Dillon Francis feat Chromeo – Lies
7. Dillon Francis – I Can't Take It (Party Favor Remix)

Dillon Francis & Skrillex - Bun Up The Dance (Original Mix) [Columbia]
Jul 31

Kygo Returns After Four-Month Hiatus With ‘Nothing Left’

Norwegian tropical house kingpin Kygo is back with his first upload in four months, the lush, laid-back summer number Nothing Left.

On his latest, Kygo makes a slight departure from his usual productions with a downtempo ballad that urges listeners to "start living your life or there will be nothing left for no one." Featuring the smooth vocals of South London's Will Heard, who seems to the be in-demand singer at the moment considering he also just featured on Rudimental's recent singles, I Will For Love and Rumor Mill, Nothing Left brings in soft strings and subdued piano and percussion to help you drift off into dreamland.

Pick it up on iTunes here. Kygo continues to have an extremely busy tour schedule--click here to see if he's bringing his tropical vibes to a city near you soon.
Kygo feat. Will Heard - Nothing Left (Original Mix) [Sony]
Jul 31

Duke Dumont Breaks Silence With ‘Ocean Drive,’ Announces New EP

Duke Dumont has shared Ocean Drive from his upcoming Blasé Boys Club, Pt. 1 EP to break a four-month silence since releasing The Giver (Reprise), and a year-long break since his last original Won't Look Back.

Stylistically, Ocean Drive takes a mellow shift from the UK producer's typically full-bodied house productions to instead capitalize on a funky disco flare. The vocals are as catchy as ever, just like his classic hits I Got U and Need U (100%), ensuring that you will be singing along in no time.

The Duke explains that the Blasé Boys Club, Pt. 1 is the first of a series, saying in a press release, "I’ve been thinking of adapting the release format from a traditional album for a while. The Blasé Boys Club series will be my outlet for music which would have previously been considered songs for my albums. Rather than the old format of the LP, the new way allows me the freedom to bring music to people quicker, and more regularly."

Blasé Boys Club, Pt. 1 drops Oct. 2 via Virgin EMI, and ahead of the release Duke Dumont is set to embark on a full tour with his live setup beginning in September. Pre-order the EP here, and check out his tour dates below.

Duke Dumont tour dates:
September 5 – Philadelphia, PA @ Made In America Festival
October 4 – Vancouver, BC @ Celebrities
October 5 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox
October 6 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
October 8 – San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
October 9 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Palladium
October 10 – Scottsdale, AZ @ Livewire
October 11 – Albuquerque, NM @ Historic El Rey Theatre
October 12 – Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
October 14 – Chicago, IL@ Concord Music Hall
October 16 – Montreal, QC @ New City Gas
October 17 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
October 18 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
October 20 – Boston, MA @ Royale
October 22 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
October 24 – Washington, DC @ Echostage
October 25 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
October 27 – Miami, FL @ Grand Central
October 28 – Orlando, FL @ Firestone Live
Duke Dumont - Ocean Drive (Original Mix) [Virgin EMI]