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May 27
2015

PREMIERE: BMotion – Vice City (Original Mix) [Viper]

Burgeoning D&B producer Ben Williams, aka BMotion, exploded on scene last year with his massive tune Circles--a track that garnered support from the likes of High Contrast, Logistics, and publisher UKF, among others. Shortly after, the Welsh producer scored his first release on Viper Recordings--a grooving number called Summer Glow that was featured on the label's Summer Slammers 2014 compilation.

Now as an official Viper artist, BMotion prepares what will be his third release on the famed label called Bear Hug/Vice City. The double-A-side EP is scheduled for a June 8 release and LessThan3 has the world premiere of the soulfully smooth tune Vice City.

Vice City's throwback flair is evident from the onset, employing synthetic percussion, a punchy, Moog-styled bassline, and a distorted guitar riff reminiscent of 80s-era electronic rock. The track's half-time rhythm and '80s vibe soon secede, and a blistering D&B break rolls in and raises the energy quotient through the stratosphere. Vice City is incredibly accessible, amalgamating Brazilian D&B vibes circa 2002 with a more contemporary knees-above-elbows, dancefloor aesthetic.

Make sure to pre-order Bear Hug/Vice City ahead of its June 8 release right here.

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BMotion - Vice City (Original Mix) [Viper]
May 27
2015

The Technodrome 07: Movement 2015 Edition

Memorial Day weekend has come and gone, and with it one of the best techno festivals on the planet: Movement Electronic Music Festival. For three days and nights--plus several early mornings--the city danced to the sweet undergrounds sounds of Hart Plaza. As you can see from the picture above, most of us are still recovering.

In celebration of this incredible occasion--and my impending physical and mental collapse--I have dedicated this week's edition of The Technodrome to the best new techno music from several artists who performed, including Joseph Capriati, Maceo Plex, Joris Voorn, and more.

Joseph Capriati - This Then That (Original Mix) [Drumcode]
Capriati closed out the Beatport stage with style on Sunday night, sending the crowd into collective apoplexy with a foot-stomping blend of high-intensity techno. Pick up one of my favorite tracks on Beatport here. For those of you who missed out on his set, you can listen to it in full here.

Gregor Tresher & Peter Dundov - Taurus [Break New Soil]
I heard this monster being dropped at the Underground Stage and the rest is pretty hazy, because I'm pretty sure I lost a good chunk of my mind in some dark corner. If you were looking for good, hard, unrelenting techno, there was no better place this weekend than that cacophonous, concrete cavern.

Heron - The Man Who Sold His Life (Original Mix) [FLASH]
Speaking of the underground, I'd be remiss if I skipped over a powerhouse trio of Rodhad, Marcell Dettman, and Ben Klock, who annihilated Sunday evening with three back-to-back-to-back sets. One of the highlights was Heron's The Man Who Sold His Life, courtesy of Mr. Dettman. Pick it up on Beatport here.

Maceo Plex & Gabriel Ananda - Solitary Daze (Original Mix) [Ellum]
After watching Maceo throw it down last year at both the main festival and the official closing party, I was more than excited to see what he would bring to this year's edition, and he didn't disappoint. After an exhausting first few days I was content to relax in the grass while he dropped some absolute bombs, but his recent collab with Gabriel Ananda gave me that third (or was it fourth?) wind that I needed. Pick it up here.

Royksopp - I Had This Thing (Joris Voorn Remix) [Green]
While the award for best set of the weekend may end up going to Loco Dice's jaw-dropping surprise set at the Leland City Club afterparty, I'm confident in saying that Monday belonged at to Amsterdam's Joris Voorn. While Snoop Dogg was busy embarassing himself on the main stage, Voorn was weaving a beautiful blend of thumping techno and touching progressive electronica that made for the perfect sendoff. Pick it up this gorgeous remix on Beatport here.
Joseph Capriati - This Then That (Original Mix) [Drumcode]
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Gregor Tresher & Peter Dundov - Taurus [Break New Soil]
Heron - The Man Who Sold His Life (Original Mix) [FLASH]
Maceo Plex & Gabriel Ananda - Solitary Daze (Original Mix) [Ellum]
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Royksopp - I Had This Thing (Joris Voorn Remix) [Green]
May 27
2015

Contest: Win 2 Tickets to Moonrise Festival Plus Meet & Greet With Datsik

LessThan3 is giving away a pair of tickets to the out-of-this-world Moonrise Festival. The interstellar event will take place Aug. 8-9 at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, MD. We had so much fun last year, we want to send you and a friend.

Moonrise Festival boasts headlining performances by Bassnectar on Saturday and Above & Beyond closing out the festival on Sunday. Attendees can also look forward to other favorites like Big Gigantic, Datsik, Dillon Francis, and many more. The Phase 2 lineup is set for imminent release in June.

Additionally, we have partnered with Datsik for a meet & greet on-site for you and a friend! If you haven't had a change to catch him on the Ninja Nation Tour, here's your chance. Be sure to prepare yourself by picking up Firepower's new compilation Shell Shock Legends here.

Use the widget below to enter to win a pair of tickets to Moonrise Festival. Purchase tickets to Moonrise Festival here. Good luck!

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Nina Simone - Feeling Good (Bassnectar Remix) [Om Records]
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Above & Beyond - Love Is Not Enough (Slander Heaven Trap Edit)
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Big Gigantic - I Need A Dollar (Big Gigantic Remix)
May 27
2015

Matoma Joins J-Lo & Derulo On ‘Try Me’

Tropical house hotshot Matoma (pictured, center) makes for the big leagues with his latest warm-weather production, Try Me by Jason Derulo, on which he's featured alongside Jennifer Lopez.

After snagging his staggeringly popular Notorious B.I.G. bootleg Old Thing Back earlier in 2015, representatives of Big Beat Records and parent company Warner Music told LessThan3 that they had big plans for the Norwegian producer, and they weren't kidding. Matoma, real name Tom Straete, is slapped onto production duties for the American singer-songwriter responsible for such hits as Wiggle, Watcha Say, and Talk Dirty, crafting a white-hot tropical house beat beneath Derulo and J-Lo's 's reflections on summertime hookups.

As the hands-down highest-profile collab in the genre's short history, Try Me has all the makings of a tipping point for the tropical house sound as it sails toward mainstream radio embrace. With the sound's obvious natural appeal already having hollowed itself out a stable niche in dance music, tropical house looks ready to dominate on a larger scale as it gets escorted into the greater pop sphere by names like Derulo and Lopez... and Warner, of course. Simply put, get ready to hear this everywhere.

Grab your copy here, and pick up the rest of Derulo's album Everything Is 4 June 2 from Warner. Stream it now via MTV here.
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Jason Derulo feat. Jennifer Lopez & Matoma - Try Me (Original Mix) [Warner]
May 27
2015

MDMA Therapy To Begin In San Francisco

The US Drug Enforcement Administration has given permission to a psychiatrist in San Francisco to begin using MDMA-assisted treatment.

Dr. Philip Wolfson will administer the popular party drug to 18 patients in an attempt to reduce anxiety disorders in people with cancer and other serious, life-threatening diseases.

Wolfson says that MDMA can be "transformationally potent," and that it is "a substance that supports deep, meaningful and rapidly effective psychotherapy.”

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has also got behind the idea. FDA spokeswoman Sandy Walsh believes that "if a drug works for a disabling condition and can be labeled to be used in a safe way in that population... then we think we have an obligation to evaluate the data and do what the data supports, such as allow a trial to proceed.”

Preliminary therapy will begin with 13 patients participating in eight-hour sessions after taking the drug, with the other five patients taking a placebo. The entire project could take up to 15 months, with various follow-up sessions used to check on the mental status of patients.

If you're in the Bay Area, Dr. Philip Wolfson will give a public talk titled “MDMA and the Science of Psychedelic Therapy — The Great Adventure” June 4, 7:30 p.m. at the First Unitarian Church, 1187 Franklin St., San Francisco. Get more info here.