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May 26
2015

Tiga Announces Live Tour & Shares Boys Noize Collab ‘Jam#1′

One of Montreal's biggest techno exports, Tiga (pictured), announced details to unveil his new live show and shared a second original collaboration alongside Boys Noize.

In what has been a long time coming, Tiga will finally reveal his live performance this summer at nine European festivals. Not only will long time collaborator Jori Hulkkonen be joining Tiga on stage for the debut, but the producer also plans to reveal new material made with Hudson Mohawke, Matthew Dear and others. Having sung in films and his own productions, he has limited the Tiga experience to DJing for his fans--until now. He describes the live show on his Facebook: "There is only you, me, my voice, my moves, and a love supreme."

The tour announcement comes with the release of his second techno-heavy production with Boys Noize called Jam#1. Following on the tail-end of 100, the track is yet another minimalist's dream made perfect through the immaculate production styles of both producers.

Jam#1 will see its official release via Turbo on June 22, but you can head to his SoundCloud page to hear more original tunes here.

Confirmed dates:
May 29 - Berlin Festival, Germany
June 5 - HET Depot, Leuven, Belgium
June 6 - Parklife, Manchester, UK
June 19 - Sonar, Barcelona, Spain
June 21 - Body & Soul Festival, Westmeath, Ireland
July 9 - Alive Festival, Portgual
July 25 - Audioriver, Plock Poland
August 15 - Flow Festival, Helsinki, Finland
August 20 - Pukkelpop, Belgium
Tiga Vs Boys Noize - Jam#1 (Original Mix) [Turbo]
May 26
2015

Gryffin Remixes Years & Years’ ‘King’

It's been a few months since we've heard from New York producer Gryffin, but he returns just in time to spread some pre-summer sunshine with his melodic remix of Years & Years' hit King.

With remixes of the likes of Ellie Goulding and BANKS, Gryffin has proven his ability to insert his dreamy dance sound into some of music's biggest tracks. Now he takes on indie sensation Years & Years, and again he delivers an infectious, glistening melody marked by uplifting guitar chords and rolling bass. The tropically infused beat makes an ideal backdrop for the vocals of Years & Years' Olly Alexander, which remain just as impressive here as they are in the original.

No word on an official release date for the remix, but check back for updates.
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Years & Years - King (Gryffin Remix)
May 26
2015

Electric Zoo Releases 2015 Lineup

After revealing a handful of headliners one-by-one, Electric Zoo shared a 90-artist lineup today including three expert-curated stages.

With today's announcement, EZoo adds Madeon, Galantis, Cashmere Cat, Hot Since 82, and more to the already-announced headliners Alesso, The Chemical Brothers, and Above & Beyond. In addition, EZoo 2015 will offer three curated stages: Pete Tong's "It's All Gone Pete Tong" stage, Thomas Jack's tropical house stage, and established Dutch techno festival Awakenings makes its North American debut with a stage of its own.

Made Event has branded this year's festival as "Electric Zoo: Transformed," seemingly a move to reinvent after the speed bumps they've encountered over the past two years.

Electric Zoo goes off as usual over Labor Day Weekend Sept. 4-6 at Randall's Island Park, NY. See the complete lineup announcement below, and get tickets here.

May 26
2015

Disclosure Drops Lead Single From Next Album, ‘Holding On’

Grammy Award-winning jazz vocalist Gregory Porter joins funky UK-based house superstars Disclosure for Holding On, the first single from their forthcoming sophomore album.

Porter's tenor vocal gives the track a soulful throwback vibe that mirrors the production duo's other 2015 release Bang That. Less UK funky and more Chicago house, the fidgeting thump and stabbing synths recalling the heyday of the likes of Frankie Knuckles controlling the dancefloors of the Windy City.

While Bang That pre-dates their latest, the claim that Holding On is "the first single from our new album" implies that we won't see the former on the LP. More details regarding the new Disclosure album have been promised. As for Holding On, it's available for purchase here and also for video streaming below.

May 26
2015

SFX Goes Private As Sillerman Buys All Shares

SFX Entertainment chairman Robert Sillerman has officially followed through on his February proposition to take the company private after its initial 2013 IPO, acquiring the rest of the company's shares for $5.25 per share in cash, totaling about $774 million. Current stockholders can elect to retain stock in SFX under some undisclosed conditions. ​

SFX going private isn't necessarily a sign that the company is in danger of going out of business. In many cases, companies take their shares private in order to reduce the reporting of facts, figures, acquisitions, and business decisions federally required for companies that publicly offer their stock for sale. ​

At present, SFX owns Beatport, is linked into long-term deals marketing and content deals with the likes of T-Mobile, Yahoo, and Mastercard, and have made a significant dent in the festival ownership marketplace, too.

For numerous reasons, making all that information public is likely not in the best interests of SFX at-present. As a company, SFX' massive gains and losses could reflect less than an investor-friendly volatility that's actually part of a larger and well-defined business plan. Also, quite simply, giving potential competitors free rein to look through their books probably isn't in their best interests, either. ​

Sillerman already owns 37.4 percent of SFX, and the price he's paying for the stocks represents a 42 percent premium over the $4.75 per share Sillerman offered when he initially announced plans for SFX' privatization in February.

Read the complete announcement here.