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Sep 19

Axwell /\ Ingrosso Sign With Def Jam, Confirm Debut Album

Former Swedish House Mafia partners Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso confirmed a forthcoming debut album today from their project Axwell /\ Ingrosso after signing a contract with Universal Music's Def Jam Recordings (Virgin EMI in the UK) for its 2015 release.

Geared up with their SHM mega-manager Amy Thomson, the duo is ready to embark on a fresh era beginning with their new home. The signing also marks a new chapter for the Def Jam imprint as Axwell /\ Ingrosso joins the label's growing electronic roster aside previous signee Alesso. Def Jam CEO Steve Bartels commented in a press release:

"[Axwell /\ Ingrosso] music is forward, innovative, invigorating and boundless... Def Jam has the artistry and energy of DJ culture within its pedigree, right there in our logo. This is a significant moment for all of us as at Def Jam."
The good Axwell /\ Ingrosso news doesn't stop there. Thomson's ATM Artists is about to receive major backing, thanks to billionaire investor Ron Burkle, Madison Square Garden owner James Dolan, and MSG Entertainment's CEO Irving Azoff. Billboard reports that the $175 million deal, amounting to a 50 percent stake in the company, will focus on the live experience. Based on these new details, don't be surprised if Axwell /\ Ingrosso secures another show at Madison Square Garden for the first time since their sold-out SHM "One Last Tour" show in 2013.

We already got a taste of what the pair will bring to the table thanks to the return of their Departures show to Ibiza superclub Ushuaia this past summer season. While we don't have any official word on tour dates quite yet, what we can expect is new Axwell /\ Ingrosso music and content later this year, and a debut album in early 2015.

Photo: Robert Costano
Sep 19

TomorrowWorld Live Stream Details Announced

As TomorrowWorld prepares to descend on Chattahoochee Hills, GA for its second edition, organizers have announced that this year's festival will be streamed live via TomorrowWorld TV.

If you're worried about missing out on the madness that is TomorrowWorld, fear not--18 hours of live coverage is headed your way from the festival Sept. 26-28. Streaming live from 7 p.m.-1 a.m. EDT daily on TomorrowWorld TV, TomorrowWorld is ready to bring the festival to you, wherever you may be.

No official programming schedule has been released as of yet, but with some of the finest DJs in the world, a slew of talented up-and-comers (and a potential Jack U surprise set), pyrotechnics and confetti galore, this is one live stream event you won't want to miss.

Sep 19

Aphex Twin Details New Album Ahead Of Release

After not-so-subtly announcing the arrival of his new album, Aphex Twin (aka Richard D. James) recently spoke to Pitchfork to offer further details about his first full-length record in 13 years.

Although fans were treated to a collection of unreleased Aphex Twin material earlier in the year, the new album, SYRO (pronounced "Sigh-ro" according to James), serves as the first record from Aphex Twin since the release of his 2001 LP Drukqs. James revealed that much of SYRO was recorded over the last five years in around six different studios--including one he built himself.

All the tracks I’ve done in the last five years were made in like six different studios. It gets a bit complicated…It's because I finished making a studio in Scotland that I'd been building for about three years. It took so long…But then I realized I actually like making studios more than making music, because I like the possibilities of what you can do. I make these setups that will achieve some sort of purpose, so the way I've wired it together becomes the track in itself.
James' love for constructing studios and experimenting with different equipment played a big role in the formation of SYRO. James even went as far as to add an equipment list for his fans who are technical junkies like himself.

I am so insane for equipment, so that story needs to be told. And the list is fucking massive. It is so stupid. It was really hard to do—I gave up about 10 times. I thought I would be able to remember what every bit of equipment was for each track, but I totally couldn't. I was like, "What is that fucking synth?" So I didn't put every single thing down, but I tried my best until I started going mad.

I used to be a bit secretive and didn't want people to know what I was using, or get too fixated and waste their money buying equipment, because it's not about what equipment you have, it's what you do with it.
As for what to expect from the album sound-wise, James explains how his "erratic" personality often manifests itself in his music and creates a similar, chaotic listening experience with SYRO.

I'd like them all [the songs] to be totally different, because I've got all these different setups, so it should be really different…It [the album] can be quite impenetrable for most people, because you can't latch on to something. It sounds quite random at first. I'm an erratic person: From setups to actually when I’m doing a track, it's just turning and switching and changing all the time. But there is a method. People just have to take time to work it out.
SYRO is out Sept. 23 via Warp Records.

SYRO Tracklist
01. minipops 67 (source field mix)
02. XMAS_Eve10 (thanaton3 mix)
03. produk 29
04. 4 bit 9d epi+e+6
05. 180db_
06. CIRCLONT6A (syrobonkus mix)
07. fz pseudotimestrech+e+3
08. CIRCLONT14 (shrymoming mix)
09. syro u473t8+e (piezoluminescence mix)
10. PAPAT4 (pineal mix)
11. s950tx16wasr10 (earth portal mix)
12. aisatsana
Sep 18

Signs Point To A Surprise Jack U Set At TomorrowWorld

While TomorrowWorld will host sets from both Diplo and Skrillex, the two superstars' hot-item superduo, Jack U, isn't on the bill--officially. However, TomorrowWorld has made a few casually quiet changes to the Saturday lineup that suggest otherwise.

TomorrowWorld bumped up Diplo's midnight closing set at his Mad Decent Stage to 10:30 p.m. without announcing the switch, suggesting that Diplo, freed up by the new closer Cashmere Cat, is setting up a surprise Jack Ü appearance.

Original Schedule

New Schedule

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Word of Cashmere Cat's newly scheduled appearance began surfacing Sept. 17, with a new schedule shortly after.
While this excites fans of the Norwegian producer, this likely means good things for Jack U fans as well. Skrillex will still go on at 11:30 p.m. and play til 1 a.m. on the Mainstage, giving Diplo nearly an hour after finishing his own set to enjoy--or join in. He's got no shows scheduled, at least not publicly, until Oct. 4 in Austin, TX, so there's no apparent rush to leave before it's over. Compare the hour-plus ride back to Atlanta from Chattahoochee Hills with the five-minute golf cart ride to Skrilly and a low-hanging opportunity to create the highlight of the night, and the inkling of a cameo becomes less of a shocker.

It's safe to assume that we're going to hear a good deal of Jack U at TomorrowWorld either way. Will we hear it from Jack U themselves? We're willing to bet on it. Hear the duo's first official single, Take Ü There, above.
Jack U feat. Kiesza - Take U There [Big Beat/OWSLA]
Sep 18

The Beatport Box 25

Our series with Beatport known as The Beatport Box is back, on the heels of Beatport's release of the new-and-improved online store known as Beatport Pro. This week, Dubfire and Oliver Huntemann grace us with the newest edition of their Elements Series, Michael Calfan delivers a big house track with soul and depth, Shlomi Aber reignites a classic hit, and much more.

Techno | Dubfire & Oliver Huntemann - Elements Series IV: Agua [Ideal Audio]
Absolute powerhouse of a release here with the combined efforts of Dubfire & Oliver Huntemann to present Agua, a stadium-sized bomb set to define the prime time. Huge swirling synths, looped drones, and a gigantic kick form the original version. Remix duties come from two techno legends: Carl Craig, whose mix strips things back, and Petar Dundav, who provides our favorite version of the EP w/ perfectly placed programming. Get the package here.
Techno | Shlomi Aber - Tel Aviv Garden Remixes [Saved]
One of our favorite tracks from Shlomi Aber, Tel Aviv Garden, returns with a revised update from Mr. Aber as well as a slammin' remix from Saved Records label boss Nic Fanciulli. Shlomi's "2006 Twisted Mix" takes the main bits from the original and adds a bit more punch, while Nic Fanciulli tweaks and twists the parts into a brand new version set to top the tech house charts. Grab it here.
House | Michael Calfan - Prelude (Original Mix) [Spinnin']
Michael Calfan has outdone himself with Prelude, a Spinnin' release that strays from the label's standard big room fodder, and instead offers us soulful pianos and vocal samples and syncopated kickdrums that make this one an immediate head-turner. Is this the hit that Michael Calfan needs to join the A-list league? We certainly think so. Purchase here.
Electro/Progressive | David Tort & Roland Clark - The Pleasure Dome (Original Mix) [Zerothree]
David Tort & Roland Clark - The Pleasure Dome - Zerothree We actually premiered this track, but it's so good we wanted to give it to you one more time. Dark, driving, and dirty--these are three words that perfectly describe the new cut from Roland Clark & David Tort. The Pleasure Dome is a seven minute banger made for absolutely tearing a venue apart. 303 squelches, big builds, and a wicked spoken word from Roland Clark himself capture a true underground weapon you need to have in your arsenal. Pick it up here.

Mike Chapman of Beatport contributed to this article.
Dubfire & Oliver Huntemann feat. Xenia Beliayeva - Agua (Original Mix) [Ideal Audio]
Shlomi Aber - Tel Aviv Garden (Shlomi's Twisted 2006 Mix) [Saved]
Michael Calfan - Prelude (Original Mix) [Spinnin']
David Tort & Roland Clark - The Pleasure Dome (Original Mix) [Zerothree]