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Nov 26

SFX Buys Half Of Alda Events

Media conglomerate SFX Entertainment has announced a 50% purchase of Alda Events, better known as the live touring company behind ASOT, Armin Only and I Am Hardwell.

While it may seem like a simple case of yet another dance music brand being acquired by SFX, the deal actually has some interesting connotations for the scene. In return for their investment, SFX will hand over their live touring responsibilities to Alda, who will continue to operate as an independent company under current CEO Allan Hardenberg, who founded the company in 2007 alongside Armada co-owner David Lewis.

Despite complaints that SFX' march on the dance music scene is completely money driven, their latest move should help build confidence that the company does have the interests of dance music fans at heart. With the Alda guys now at the head of a whole new host of live dance music brands, it will certainly be exciting to see what the future holds.
Nov 25

‘Push’ On With A-Trak’s Latest EP

A-Trak, one of electronic music’s favorite activists, teamed up with Andrew Wyatt of Miike Snow for his latest EP. If you were worried about gaining a couple extra pounds this holiday season, Push is equal parts funky and equal parts pop to help dance off the weight.

The track opens with dominant piano chords instantly synonymous with Miike Snow’s style, but A-Trak quickly mixes in his own funky beats to make this track a perfect representation of these two artists’ flair. There are no shortage of catchy lyric phrases, and Andrew Wyatt proves to be the perfect vocal carrier for this energetic track.

Included on the EP are remixes by The Chainsmokers, GANZ, Cazzette, DallasK, Shash-u, and others. Each remix takes the original in a unique direction, but underrated in the bunch is the remix from Shash-u, who hails from A-Trak’s Canadian homeland. The remix favors an ominous synth line over the piano chord progressions of the original to give it a retro spin.

A-Trak continues to bend the rules of the electro-house formula to produce catchy hit after catchy hit. Push marks the beginning of a new wave of solo material from the DJ/producer, but it will undoubtedly carry his same class and devotion to the craft.

The full EP is available now on iTunes.
A-Trak feat. Andrew Wyatt - Push [Fool's Gold]
A-Trak feat. Andrew Wyatt - Push (Shash-U Remix) [Fool's Gold]
A-Trak feat. Andrew Wyatt - Push (Cazzette Remix) [Fool's Gold]
A-Trak feat. Andrew Wyatt - Push (DallasK Remix) [Fool's Gold]
Nov 25

Mord Fustang Pops Off With New Single

Following a live-streaming event with Machinima and LessThan3, complextro wunderkind Mord Fustang has unveiled the second single off his upcoming full-length debut album, 9999 In 1: the 8-bit video game-inspired Pop.

Similar to his previous productions, Pop is an upbeat and ebullient combination of sugar-sweet synths, nu disco vibes, and glitched-out video game wobbles. The big difference this time around is the involvement of Canadian duo LIINKS, who provide rousing vocals amidst the bleeps and beats. It's a fun and emotional entry into the young Estonian's catalog--we can't wait to hear what the rest of the album sounds like.

Pre-order Mord's upcoming debut album, 9999 In 1, on iTunes here ahead of its Jan. 20 release date and instantly receive Pop.

Mord Fustang feat. LIINKS - Pop (Original Mix) [Magic Trooper]
Nov 25

Paper Diamond Announces New Tour & EP

The new year is almost upon us, but Paper Diamond has us wishing it was even closer after sharing news of his upcoming The Raindrops Tour and Rain Drops EP.

The upcoming tour is set to hit 32 cities in North America, starting with Birmingham, Alabama on Jan. 14. To coincide with the news, PD has also announced a new Rain Drops EP, expected to drop in early 2015. The first track on the EP, Take Me Away, is a fun and upbeat journey through pitched-up vocals, trap beats, and euphonic synths. Alongside the new EP and tour, Paper Diamond also plans to launch The Rain Gang, a community of like-minded individuals who share a love of music, art, and creativity. With all of these elements coming together, Paper Diamond is set to have an explosive 2015.

Check out the dates and official tour video below.
Paper Diamond - Take Me Away (Preview) [Mad Decent]
Nov 25

Tommy Trash And Henry Fong Come Together For ‘Love Like This’

Tommy Trash and Henry Fong are back at it again--following the end of their much-too-short Trashed tour, the duo have joined forces with with R&B singer Faith Evans for a massive, electro rendition of Love Like This.

Released on Hardwell’s Revealed label, the track is a first-rate reworking of Faith Evans’ 1998 hit of the same name. The two electronic titans infuse overlapping waves of heavy electro house and sinister synth arrangements with a barrage of blasting beats, while Evans’ original vocal number offers a neutralizing air of serenity amidst the chaos. With the entire music industry hot for R&B-infused dance tracks this year, Love Like This definitely stands out as one of the most original and entertaining.

Love Like This is available to download on Beatport here.
Tommy Trash & Henry Fong feat. Faith Evans - Love Like This (Original Mix) [Revealed]