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Nov 24

White Wonderland Unveils New Year’s Eve Lineup

Insomniac's White Wonderland has released the lineup for its 2014 New Year's Eve Gala, and to say that things just got a little more exciting for electronic music fans in Southern California would be a gross understatement.

The mandatory all-white dress code will be in full effect when Armin Van Buuren, Laidback Luke, Showtek, and more take the stage to ring in the new year in Anaheim. For tickets, hotel reservations, and more information, head to the White Wonderland website.

Nov 24

deadmau5 Drops Slew Of New Remixes Via ’5 Years of mau5′

Since the initial announcement of 5 Years of mau5, it feels like we’ve been waiting more than half a decade for its official release, but the compilation album is, at last, out now and available to download on iTunes.

The title says it all--5 Years of mau5 boasts 22 tracks from deadmau5’ albums of the last five years, including Random Album Title, For Lack of a Better Name, 4x4=12, Album Title Goes Here, and while(1<2). Deadmau5 opens up disc one of the double-record with arguably the biggest track of his career (certainly of the last five years), Ghosts ’n’ Stuff featuring Rob Swire. From there, original versions of Raise Your Weapon, Some Chords, Strobe, and more are featured before showing up in remix form on the LP's second disc. The only tracks featured on disc one that don't get the remix treatment are Brazil (2nd Edit), Not Exactly, and Aural Psynapse.

While disc two features already premiered remixes of Some Chords by Dillon Francis, Ghosts ’n’ Stuff by Nero and Chuckie, and I Remember by Shiba San, the record also includes the blistering remix of Raise Your Weapon by Madeon and a dreamy, downtempo rework of the track from rising German producer Maywald. Michael Woods alters his original remix of Strobe into an extended, ethereal house anthem, while Pig & Dan turn Sofi Needs A Ladder into a tech-fueled mix of minimal synth and shifting beats.

5 Years of Mau5 is out now and available to download over on iTunes here.

[Disc 1]
01 Ghosts 'n' Stuff
02 Raise Your Weapon
03 I Remember
04 Some Chords
05 Strobe
06 The Veldt
07 Brazil (2nd Edit)
08 Aural Psynapse
09 Not Exactly
10 Sofi Needs A Ladder

[Disc 2]
01 Some Chords (Dillon Francis Remix)
02 Ghosts 'n' Stuff (Chuckie Remix)
03 The Veldt (deadmau5 vs Eric Prydz Remix)
04 Maths (Botnek Remix)
05 Raise Your Weapon (Madeon Extended Remix)
06 Strobe (Michael Woods 2014 Remix)
07 I Remember (Shiba San Remix)
08 Raise Your Weapon (Wax Motif Remix)
09 Sofi Needs A Ladder (Pig & Dan Remix)
10 Ghosts 'n' Stuff (Nero Remix)
11 Maths (Cobra Effect Remix)
12 Raise Your Weapon (Maywald Remix)
deadmau5 - Strobe (Michael Woods 2014 Remix) [mau5trap]
deadmau5 feat. Sofi - Sofi Needs A Ladder (Pig & Dan Remix) [mau5trap]
deadmau5 feat. Rob Swire - Ghosts 'n' Stuff (Nero Remix) [mau5trap]
Nov 24

Koven Changes Everything ‘Hereinafter’

Max Rowat and Katie Boyle, better known as the London electronic duo Koven, continue to streak across the entire gamut of electronic music with their latest EP Herinafter, a work certain to bring more attention to the duo's obvious songwriting talent.

The Viper Recordings outfit has shown incredible versatility in the past, combining elements of pop, electronica, and even rock, and Hereinafter brings much of the same eclecticism. The release features six previously released originals, three live renditions from Mill Hill Studios, and two dancefloor-ready remixes by the duo themselves. The majority of the EP features the impassioned voice of Katie Boyle, whose vocal performance on tracks Let Go and Miracle is simply magnetizing. While bass fans will certainly gravitate towards the EP's abundance of sub-frequencies, there is enough musicality to attract even the most discerning music connoisseur. In addition, the live recordings on this EP are nothing short of spectacular, giving Koven fans plenty of reason to revisit the Hereinafter project.

Click here to pick up the full album on iTunes.
Koven - Eternal And You (Original Mix) [Viper]
Koven - Let Go (Original Mix) [Viper]
Koven - Miracle (Live At Mill Hill Studios) [Viper]
Nov 23

Krewella Reveals New ‘Emo & Bass’ Track

Now-duo Krewella dropped new track Say Goodbye today via a Twitch stream. This occurred instead of what was originally anticipated to be a livestream of the girls defending their position in the recent Rain Man legal scandal, and follows reports of a countersuit from Yasmine and Jahan in which they claimed, among other things, that he was "pretending to DJ." Rain Man beat the girls to the musical punch earlier this week when he released a track via new project Hunter Square.

The track can be downloaded for free here.
Krewella - Say Goodbye
Nov 23

[PHOTOS] FKA twigs Mesmerizes The Warfield In San Francisco

Photo Credit: Misha Vladimirskiy, FilterlessCo

"The last time I was in San Francisco I played to a crowd about... this size," quipped FKA twigs as she pointed to an area of the audience a tenth the size of the room-filling throng present for her San Francisco show on Thursday, Nov. 23. The entire experience must have been fantastical for the newly crowned queen of future R&B--the show already had to be moved from The Regency Ballroom to The Warfield due to overwhelming demand, and her previous SF date was barely a year ago.

FKA twigs (aka Tahliah Debrett Barnett) is certainly keeping up with her meteoric rise, though. Her seventy five-minute, sex-soaked set was not one of a musician trying to keep their talent in pace with their popularity; rather, it was a master class in performance. Her vocals were as good or better than her recordings; sounds I previously thought were part of the instrumentation were actually otherworldly utterances coming from her mouth and perfectly replicated live (this one, for example).

The entire venue billowed with smoldering fog--I joked with my friend that her delayed appearance onstage was her waiting for the room to be filled with smoke--and provided the perfect backdrop for her silhouetted choreography. Musical interludes were frequently inserted by the three-piece band while FKA demonstrated her unparalleled dancing abilities that fall somewhere between voguing, "leaning and rocking," and walking like an Egyptian, honed from years as a backup dancer for the likes of Kylie Minogue, Jessie J, and Ed Sheeran.

Personal highlights were her regal performances of Papi Pacify, and LP1 album tracks Two Weeks and Give Up. The latter was a delicate dance between powerful backing synths and low, thuggish drops that would bring more excitement from the crowd at each occurrence. The sexual energy coming from the stage, fueled by her slinky productions, sinewy moves, and ethereal bedroom whispers, harkened back to the heyday of Janet Jackson, when "sex sold," but not without monumental talent encasing the package.

Perhaps most remarkable, though, was the humility with which she spoke between songs. Sincere "thank you's" were always on her lips as she demonstrated herself to be a left-field superstar truly grateful for her audience, almost unaware of how talented and beautiful her fans know she is. This moment was to be cherished by all those in attendance--by the time she comes back to the Bay for her next show, she could be bigger than many pop stars. With her ripe-and-ready take on R&B and constant press presence over her relationship with Robert Pattinson, FKA twigs' tipping point is mere minutes away. I'm just grateful I could experience a small part of the journey upward.

See the remainder of FKA twigs' tour dates here.
FKA twigs - Give Up [Young Turks]
FKA twigs - Hours [Young Turks]
FKA twigs - Pendulum [Young Turks]