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Oct 21

6 Best Things We Found At Treasure Island Music Festival

Just about a 10-minute drive from the busy streets of San Francisco there lies a peaceful and quaint landmark called Treasure Island. The man-made island originally created as a naval base now holds a marina, a flea market, a winery, and one weekend every October, it's home to the hidden gem of California music festivals--Treasure Island Music Festival.

With stunning views of the San Francisco skyline, plenty of local food and art, and headliners like OutKast and Alt-J, this year's two-day party certainly didn't disappoint. There's plenty of loot to be discovered, so here's our six top things we experienced on the island.

1. XXYYXX Bringing Sexy Back

With an uncanny ability to blur the lines between electronic and R&B, 18-year-old producer XXYYXX had everyone swaying to his entrancing, downtempo beats during an early afternoon set.

2. Ryan Hemsworth Dropping Kanye West

He's put his funky, dreamy synthpop spin on hits by everyone from Lorde to the Backstreet Boys, so naturally Canadian producer Ryan Hemsworth knew just how to get the crowd going wild by dropping Can't Tell Me Nothing by Kanye West.

3. Classixx Throwing A Giant Dance Party

No one puts on a live act quite like nu disco outfit Classixx. Playing hits such as I'll Get You and Holding On while the sun set on a perfect, cloudless day, the duo had everyone on their feet as they performed under a bed of fluorescent light.

4. Zedd Causing An Earthquake

Up until about 7 p.m. on Saturday, the day had been relatively mellow, fueled by smooth guitar chords and crab meat-covered french fries. That all changed when Zedd took over the mainstage. For an hour, the Grammy-winning producer dropped high-energy remixes of everyone from Magic! to Coldplay, with bass so powerful it felt like he might just break the island right in half.

5. BANKS Unleashing The Crowd's Inner Goddess

She's dark, she's sexy, and her stage presence is dynamic. Strutting around in all black attire, Jillian Banks belted out an emotional and captivating set of tracks from her debut album Goddess, and even treated fans to an acoustic version of her hit Warm Water.

6. Chet Faker Giving Every Girl Goosebumps

It might be his glorious Aussie beard, but more likely it's his infectious voice and undeniable talent as a producer and live musician that had every girl on the island swooning over Chet Faker. Playing hits from his new album Built On Glass and his sensational cover of Blackstreet's No Diggity, he captivated everyone with his edgy chillwave sound and silky smooth vocals.

Ryan Hemsworth feat. Golden Dawn - Snow In Newark (Original Mix) [Last Gang]
Empire Of The Sun - Alive (Zedd Remix)
Chet Faker - Talk Is Cheap (Original Mix) [Downtown]
Oct 21

Tomorrowland Looking To India For Next Expansion

It seems Tomorrowland, quite possibly the world's most renowned music festival, is reportedly making moves to open a festival in India.

According to Asian Age, the successes of Sunburn (pictured below), a Goan EDM festival, might have paved the way for Tomorrowland to come to town. The Indian news outlet cited an anonymous "industry source" that says the sights and sounds of Tomorrowland will be headed to India in 2015:

The live performances wing of Universal Music India will be bringing the feted Tomorrowland experience to India. India has emerged as a major EDM destination after Sunburn and it’s no surprise that there is international attention on the scene here. Universal is looking to expand its live music space in India and there can be nothing bigger than Tomorrowland to do it for them.
It is no secret that India is the biggest untapped EDM market in the world. In May, IMS' 2014 Business Report exposed the highly under-penetrated Indian market. India's festival capacity, or the total number of festival tickets offered annually, is just 300,000--not many for a country with a population of 225 million. In comparison, the US has a festival capacity of 1.4 million with a population of 45 million.

India's Tourism Minister, Dilip Parulekar, says he was approached by festival organizers with a proposal for a January festival. However, it seems they have hit a roadblock as Parulekar detailed to Goacom:

The event organisers have approached us and have shown interest to host the event in mid of January but the responsibility for identification of land will have to be borne by the group since they require 3.5 lakh sq mts of land which is difficult to identify.
As anyone who has been to a Tomorrowland festival will tell you, a large space for the festival's grounds is a crucial part of the experience. In this case, organizers are struggling to find "3.5 lakh sq mts" of land, which translates to 350,000 square meters, or 86.5 acres. There's still no word from Tomorrowland's camp, but hopefully they can find a location and lock in the festival for this coming year.
Oct 21

Feed Me Masters A Spor Album, Announces KTN Collab Release

After following up on his initial announcements with a sly teaser in September, Feed Me and Jon Gooch confirmed the near-completion of a new Spor album.

The LP will be the first official release from Gooch's drum & bass alter-ego since 2012's Ziggurat/Push Me Pull You on Lifted Music. News of the yet-untitled album reaching its final stages came in a series of tweets from Feed Me Oct. 20.
Check back for more updates as they arrive, and enjoy Ziggurat above for now.

Still hungry? Feed Me also announced an Adult Swim video premiere and release date for his Kill The Noise collab Far Away. Using the acronym "FMXKTNFA" (Feed Me X Kill The Noise Far Away), he includes stills of the cartoon video to air Oct. 23, with the track's official release set for Oct. 25. Listen to a clip here.
Spor - Ziggurat (Original Mix) [Lifted]
Oct 21

Steve Angello Parts Ways With Columbia For ‘Wild Youth’ Release

Former Swedish House Mafia member and house DJ/producer Steve Angello has parted ways with Columbia Records for the release of his highly anticipated album, Wild Youth.

Thump reports that Wild Youth has long been completed and was waiting on the outcome of a disagreement between Angello and Columbia to be resolved. Ending a relationship with Columbia that lasted a bit less than a year, Angello will move on with the release of the album without the major label. Although the move comes as a surprise to many, the Swedish house star has long spoke about his own label, Size Records, and its high level of creativity. He prides himself on his label's ability to be independent and do things differently from other imprints. Perhaps most importantly, Angello feels a level of comfort in having a certain amount of creative power at Size Records, something that may have led to his split with Columbia.

Sometimes the most important thing for an artist is not necessarily hitting the #1 spot on the charts, but having full creative control over the music and its release. Having split with Columbia, Steve Angello will be able to move forward with the release of Wild Youth with complete control.
Oct 21

The Chemical Brothers Join Lorde & Miguel On ‘Hunger Games’ Track

The Chemical Brothers aren't messing around in This Is Not A Game, a new cut from the upcoming Hunger Games soundtrack featuring Lorde and Miguel.

Premiering on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show, This Is Not A Game sees the veteran UK duo make a return to movie soundtracks. With verses from Miguel and a few lines from Lorde, the Chemical Brothers blend three very different styles together under a characteristically chaotic stream of electro-madness. The track deviates from the previous soundtrack work done by Chemical Bros Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons for Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan in 2010, as well as their highly praised score for 2011's teenage assassin thriller Hanna.

In addition to the Chemical Brothers, Lorde has recruited the likes of Kanye West, Haim, CHVRCHES, Charli XCX, Bats For Lashes, Pusha T, Q-Tip, Raury and more to contribute to the soundtrack. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 soundtrack is set to be released Nov. 18, with the film arriving Nov. 21.
Chemical Brothers feat. Lorde & Miguel - This Is Not A Game (Radio Rip)