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Dec 19

Friday Favorites 87

Friday Favorites--had more followers after Instapurge.

Nathan Codd
Indie Dance | NITEPPL feat. Her Favorite Flavor - Shout (Original Mix) [POPGANG]
One day, science will prove that San Francisco's NITEPPL and his '80s-soaked funk house and nu disco are the result of accidental time travel from human storage--your basic frozen caveman or "trapped-in-a-basement" scenarios starring Brendan Fraser, except far more awesome with more moody, cinematic indie dance and less Fraser. This latest offering makes me want to drink eggs and punch raw meat during a sunset while contemplating the final showdown in which I win back that mega babe from the beginning. Pick up a copy here, and get more NITEPPL vibes here.
Jesse Champagne
Techno | Mind Against - Strange Days (Original Mix) [Life & Death]
Berlin-based brotherly duo Mind Against has a style that even they say is "difficult to describe," but to me it sounds like heaven. The title track of their new three-item Strange Days EP is an emotionally charged, eight-minute journey through dark vibes with a driving bassline and an atmosphere so heavy and moody you could cut it with a knife. The rest of the EP, which includes the original Polarstern and a Recondite remix, is equally brilliant--pick it up on Beatport here.
Mike Davies
House | My Digital Enemy & Katherine Ellis - Live Again (Original Mix) [Onelove]
Christmas is a feel-good time of year, but lets face it, those tried and tested carols are a bit old hat. Even the modern hits have been played to death--all I want for Christmas is to never hear that Mariah song again. So why not pour a few glasses of mulled wine, gather around a roaring log fire, and pump out some good old funky house? My Digital Enemy's latest anthem Live Again would be a good starting point (even if the title is more suited to Easter) with funky rhythms, infectious piano riffs, and some powerful vocal hooks from London-based diva Katherine Ellis. Grab it now from Beatport, turn it up loud, and spread some funky festive cheer.
Eric Gossett
Indie/Beats | La Plage - Rendez Vous (Saint Pepsi Remix)
One of my favorite discoveries of the year, Brussels outfit La Plage receives the remix treatment from fellow funk master Saint Pepsi. La Plage’s sound is rooted in groovy guitar riffs and popping beats akin to electronic-indie crossover bands like Phoenix. Saint Pepsi bombards their track Rendez Vous with an infectious blend of electro-pop melodies and even brighter beats that are ripe for the dance floor. You can download the remix on iTunes here.
Yasmin Damoui
Indie/Beats | Tora - Jaigantic (Galimatias Remix)
With several grade-A releases this year, both Tora and Galimatias have shown very promising trajectories as we gradually transition into the new year. While five-part Aussie band Tora offers a chillwave, melodic sound, solo producer Matias Saabye Køedt (Galimatias) is widely recognized for his distinct, mesmerizing collaborations with vocalist Alina Baraz. When the two come together, the product is nothing short of meditative magic. Purchase the single here.
Megan Murphy
Indie/Beats | Wolf Saga feat. LYON - You Only Live Once (The Strokes Cover) [Free Download]
I've probably listened to aRod and BONES' Holidaze 2014 Mix at least 20 times in the last week, and it's led me to discover quite a few gems, including this gorgeous cover of The Strokes from Wolf Saga. The Canadian producer transforms this indie rock classic into a soothing melody of chords and airy synths, which provide the perfect backdrop for majestic vocals from LYON. Free downloads are up for grabs for the track and the mix.
Shea Kopp
House | Teki Latex - Zodiac (Motez Edit)
Motez gives the sex-house treatment to Parisian producer Teki Latex's Zodiac, and it is everything I have grown to love about him. There is a strange urgency at the beginning of the edit with effects that ring out like an alarm before the beat kicks in. He even throws in a bit of a trap twist alongside the pitched down vocals to make it insanely multifaceted. All elements together, I guarantee this track will remain on repeat even after the weekend comes to a close.
David Kim
Deep House | GRADES - Crocodile Tears (Youan Remix)
Youan put a groovy twist on GRADES' Crocodile Tears in the best tune I've heard this week. The vocals are supremely seductive and draw you in with deep and soothing vibes, but the best part has got to be the irresistibly techy drop. Check out the UK-based producer on SoundCloud, and grab the tune here.
Chris Porter
Trap | Bobby Shmurda - Hot N*gga (Nick Hogan Bootleg)
Son of legendary wrestler Hulk Hogan and former cast member of the reality show Hogan Knows Best, Nick Hogan has recently tossed his hat into the space of dance music, releasing several original mixes and bootlegs this year. The fledgling producer just upped a trap bootleg of Bobby Shmurda's Hot N*gga to his SoundCloud, and it's packed with enough rude vibes to merit multiple rewinds. Be sure to keep an eye on Nick by following his SoundCloud page.
NITEPPL feat. Her Favorite Flavor - Shout (Original Mix) [POPGANG]
Mind Against - Strange Days (Original Mix) [Life & Death]
My Digital Enemy & Katherine Ellis - Live Again (Original Mix) [Onelove]
La Plage - Rendez Vous (Saint Pepsi Remix)
Tora - Jaigantic (Galimatias Remix)
Wolf Saga feat. LYON - You Only Live Once (The Strokes Cover)
Teki Latex - Zodiac (Motez Edit)
GRADES - Crocodile Tears (Youan Remix)
Bobby Shmurda - Hot N*gga (Nick Hogan Bootleg)
Dec 19

PREMIERE: Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano – Red Moon [Doorn]

EDM mainstays Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano are back with another beefy banger on Doorn titled Red Moon, and LessThan3 has the exclusive premiere.

Red Moon sees the duo deviate from some of their more familiar Dutch tribal sounds and opt for a big, bold house track with the sensitivity of progressive house and the raw power of big room. No overtly flashy elements or catchy vocal hooks to be found here, just well-made dance music from two who understand it so well.

Pick up Red Moon when it drops Dec. 22.

Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano - Red Moon (Original Mix) [Doorn]
Dec 19

The Top 15 Deep & Progressive Tracks of 2014

Deep and progressive house dominated our headphones and hearts in 2014. While countless acts and tracks rose through the ranks of the dance music scene throughout the year, these 15 deep and progressive cuts stood a little bit higher than the rest.
Rüfüs - Sundream (Claptone Remix) [Sweat It Out!]
Pryda - Mija (Original Mix) [Pryda]
deadmau5 - Avaritia (Original Mix) [mau5trap]
Coldplay - Midnight (Kygo Remix) [FFRR]
David August - Epikur (Original Mix) [Innervisions]
Audion - Sky (Daniel Avery Remix) [Spectral Sound]
Dusky - Yoohoo (Original Mix) [Polydor]
Grum - Straight To Your Heart (Original Mix) [Zerothree]
Caribou - Can't Do Without You (Tale Of Us & Mano Le Tough Remix) [Life & Death]
Henry Krinkle - Stay (Justin Martin Remix) [Ultra]
Sailor & I - Turn Around (Ame Remix) [Life & Death]
London Grammar - Hey Now (Arty Remix) [Metal & Dust]
Lane 8 - Without You (Original Mix) [Anjunadeep]
Ten Walls - Walking With Elephants (Original Mix) [Boso]
ZHU - Faded (Original Mix) [Mind Of A Genius]
Dec 19

Elephante Covers Bag Raiders’ ‘Shooting Stars’

If one artist stomped his way to the big room throne this year, it's LA producer Elephante. His newest release is a fantastic cover of Bag Raiders' 2009 dance classic, Shooting Stars.

I have always been a fan of the original, but Elephante's energetic offering more than does it justice. Supplying his own vocals, Elephante keeps the magic--and unmistakable melody--of the original intact, all while adding his own uplifting brand of soaring, smiling, stadium-sized dance music. While you're at it, make sure you also check out Elephante's first original production, the aptly named Shake The Earth--it's a stunningly beautiful blast of audial euphoria.

Grab your free downloads here.
Bag Raiders - Shooting Stars (Elephante Cover) [Free Download]
Elephante feat. Lyon Hart - Shake the Earth (Original Mix) [Free Download]
Dec 19

Entranced 02

Even with the holiday season upon us, the trance scene shows no signs of taking it easy. In the second edition of Entranced, we've got five more high-energy tracks from some of the finest producers and labels on the scene, including a couple of all-time legends. So forget all this Christmas nonsense--'tis the season to get some banging trance anthems on the go!

Airscape feat. Peetu S - All Of Us (Airscape Mix) [High Contrast]
Johan Gielen has a long and prolific history behind him, notably through his Airscape moniker, originally alongside Sven Maes. Although they parted ways in 2004, Johan--now working with new member Virtual Vault--has occasionally dusted off the Airscape name for tracks such as this collab with Finnish producer Peetu S. All Of Us has a taste of the old school about it and is built around a solid and hefty saw riff. Bright and uplifting, yet slightly dark and moody, All Of Us is out now on High Contrast.

Dan Stone - Kito (Original Mix) [Always Alive]
We head to England next, this time for a track with a slightly tougher edge courtesy of Norwich-based veteran Dan Stone. Kito represents the UK trance scene beautifully, with some luscious riffs, emotional piano motifs, and of course, that solid, driving rhythm that just screams to be heard in a club. Out now on Daniel Kandi's Always Alive, this is one that needs to be played loud!

Genix - Durban (Original Mix) [Anjunabeats]
It's been a solid year for Genix, with no less than 15 releases and remixes featuring his name in 2014, the latest of which is Durban. Featuring that trademark Genix mix of prog and uplifting, it's a big, bouncy number that shouldn't fail to put a smile on your face. It's out now on Anjunabeats, and if that wasn't enough, Genix has put all his releases and remixes from 2014 in a handy year mix, now available to download from his Soundcloud page.

Protoculture - Everytime You Smile (Original Mix) [Armada Captivating]
Armada Captivating are now on their sixth release since the label's rebranding, but the quality is just as high as it always has been from the Captivating name. Everytime You Smile is the work of South African producer Protoculture and it's all about the lush and deeply textured production style that draws from various aspects of trance while keeping things nice and original. Grab it now via Beatport.

Simon Patterson - Whites Of Her Eyes (Original Mix) [Perfecto Fluoro]
Rounding things off this week, we're getting hot and frantic with Simon Patterson's latest effort on Paul Oakenfold's Perfecto Fluoro label. Constantly teetering on the edge of full-on psy trance and pelting along at a solid 140bpm, Whites Of Her Eyes is bursting with energy. Grab it now from Beatport, blast it as hard as your speakers will allow, and let yourself go mental.
Airscape feat. Peetu S - All Of Us (Airscape Mix) [High Contrast]
Dan Stone - Kito (Original Mix) [Always Alive]
Genix - Durban (Original Mix) [Anjunabeats]
Protoculture - Everytime You Smile (Original Mix) [Armarda Captivating]
Simon Patterson - Whites Of Her Eyes (Original Mix) [Perfecto Fluoro]