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Jan 29

Snapchat Introduces Discover, Teams Up With Warner Music Group

Social media app Snapchat launched Discover Jan. 28, its latest feature and an effort to bring a wide array of editorial content to its users through media partnerships including CNN, National Geographic, Cosmopolitan, and even Warner Music Group.

The new feature will offer full screen photos and videos, in addition to long-form content layouts and advertising. The blog announcement goes into detail on Discover's goals.

"All too often, artists are forced to accommodate new technologies in order to distribute their work. This time we built the technology to serve the art."
While the video clips featured are still only a few seconds long, Snapchat says it wishes to offer quality content through, "editors and artists, not clicks and shares, to determine what’s important."

In its first few hours on the app, Warner Music Group has featured stories about Ed Sheeran, Diplo, David Guetta, Drake, and a few pop hopefuls sprinkled in among its featured clips. It is unclear if they plan to open the platform to the individual artists themselves or if they will stick to their current editorial format. But as we have already seen through Afrojack, Skrillex, and a few other artists, Snapchat has become a viable source to tease tracks from forthcoming albums and to give fans a glimpse into each superstars production process.

It is too early to know if Discover will prove to be a contemporary source for news, art, and music, or even if its users will resonate with the content Snapchat's media partners deem "worthy". It might all end up being another attempted advertising ploy if Snapchat fans don't like what they see.
Jan 29

Carnage Unleashes Single Off Debut Album + Festival Edit

The Chipotle-loving, cash cannon-firing bass bigwig known as Carnage is back with a pair of big releases, one of which is slated to be the lead single off his upcoming debut album.

First up on the sour cream-and-carnita-filled plate is WDYW, a star-studded collab featuring Lil Uzi Vert, Rich The Kid, and the Trap Lord himself, A$AP Ferg. As you might expect, the track--and first single off his upcoming album, out later this year--is a hard-hitting rap cut that features an absolutely booming bassline and some seriously sinister synths. I don't advocate doing so, but the track definitely makes you want to get up and smash everything in sight.

Track two is Carnage's festival edit of Bl3r & Andres Fresko's Jumpoff. True to its name, this rework is custom-built to send hordes of frenzied festivalgoers into collective thrombosis.

Grab WDYW on iTunes here and Jumpoff on Beatport here.
Carnage feat. Lil Uzi Vert, A$AP Ferg, Rich The Kid - WDYW [Ultra]
Bl3r & Andres Fresko - Jumpoff (Carnage Festival Edit) [Smash The House]
Jan 29

The M Machine’s Andy Coenen Moves On From Trio

On the morning of their first tour date, Andy Coenen (pictured, right) of The M Machine has announced that he will be leaving the group and returning to school to focus on his love of technology.

The San Francisco-based trio consisting of Coenen, Ben Swardlick (left), and Eric Luttrell (middle) was formed in 2011 and experienced a considerable amount of success with their unique musical style and branding. The group released several EPs on Skrillex' OWSLA label, including the #1 Beatport hit Metropolis Part 2, and are currently on a massive tour for their latest EP release, Just Like.

Despite the success, Coenen is set in his decision.

"The truth of the matter is I never thought I'd get to be a musician at all, let alone do it for six years. For those of you who know me well, this probably won't come as much of a surprise, and for those of you who don't I'd like to give a quick explanation - I'm moving on from my role in The M Machine to pursue my love for technology. I'm back in school for a bit, then who knows?"
As disappointing as this news may be, fans can breathe a bit easier to know that Swardlick and Luttrell will continue touring and producing under The M Machine moniker. Head here for more info on their Just Like tour.
Jan 29

Eric Prydz Reworks CHVRCHES’ ‘Tether,’ Dishes Album Details

Progressive house fans will be bursting at the seems with the news that Eric Prydz is finally releasing his official remix of CHVRCHES’ Tether.

The remix first appeared during Prydz' Ultra 2014 performance, and since then it has been a live set mainstay of his and a favorite of fans everywhere. The finished song, which premiered on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show as the "Hottest Record in the World," features Prydz magnifying the majestic composition of CHVRCHES' original into a tantalizing progressive anthem.

Prydz also dropped news about the status of his new upcoming album:

"I’m in the studio 24/7 working on the final stages of the Eric Prydz album. Everything is done, I’m just polishing the mixes. It should be done in two weeks."
No official release date has been announced for the album, but Prydz' Tether remix is set to drop on March 29.
CHVRCHES - Tether (Eric Prydz Remix) (Preview)
Jan 29

Spor Returns With ‘Nasty’ Remix Of The Prodigy

Drum & bass fans rejoice! We've finally got a new Spor release, and it is a doozy: a remix of The Prodigy's new single Nasty, off their upcoming album The Day Is My Enemy.

Jon Gooch, aka Spor, has certainly been a busy boy--in between a full-length Spor album and a new Feed Me EP, he's still managed to rework The Prodigy's breaks beat into a blistering, take-no-prisoners D&B number. After several years of silence, it's nice to have Spor back delivering a healthy (and aggressive) dose of 170 BPM madness.

No release date yet for the remix, but you can pick up the original version of Nasty when you pre-order The Prodigy's forthcoming album on iTunes here.
The Prodigy - Nasty (Spor Remix)