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Jan 28

Tomorrowland Announces Surprise Headliner, Vinyl-Only Stage For 2015

Tomorrowland decided to shake things up with a surprise announcement that one of this year’s headliners will be none other than The National Orchestra of Belgium.

Billed under the name Symphony of Unity, the orchestra is set to close out the festival on Sunday night with Swiss conductor Stefan Blunier leading the group into “one musical world where two genres merge.” If the announcement video is any indication, the group will be performing pieces like Above & Beyond’s Eternal and hopefully adapting a variety electronic tracks for the orchestra setting.

Festival organizers also announced that this year’s event will host a vinyl-only stage for the first time in years. The full lineup has yet to be announced, but the stage will be lead by vinyl guru Sven Väth.

Tomorrowland will continue to roll out more festival information in the coming weeks. Check out the announcement video below.

Jan 28

Ultra Europe Lineup Phase 1 Released

Ultra Europe is set to return to Croatia for its third year, and the sun-baked baby brother of Miami's beachfront behemoth is back with a lineup built to outdo itself once again.

Lucky party people headed to the shores of Split, Croatia July 10-12 will have the chance to see acts like Knife Party, Armin van Buuren, and UMF mainstay Carl Cox, in addition to a live performance by the UK's big beat legends The Chemical Brothers.

Scope the complete lineup announcement below, watch the video recap of 2014 at the bottom, and pick up three-day passes here while they last. More lineup announcements to come as they're announced.

Photo: Rukes

Jan 28

GRiZ Announces New Album ‘Say It Loud,’ Unveils New Track & Tour Dates

Livetronica funk master GRiZ wants us to Stop Trippin' and get on board with his forthcoming record Say It Loud.

After giving fans a glimpse of what his album had in store with the recently released A Fine Way To Die, the saxophone-wielding producer has followed it up with the equally soulful Stop Trippin’. The track, which features a powerful vocal arrangement from iDA HAWK, sees GRiZ provide the pristine production and signature saxophone solos. Stop Trippin’ will be featured on the Detroit producer’s newly named Say It Loud LP, set to be released in March through his own All Good Records.

To support Say It Loud, GRiZ is heading out on a massive North American tour that will feature support from fellow funk duo The Floozies and feature notable stops at venues like this year's Hangout Music Festival. See the complete list of tour dates below.
GRiZ feat. iDA HAWK - Stop Trippin' (Original Mix) [All Good]
Jan 28

Premiere: Ain’t No Love – Cry In The Rain [Warner Canada]

Canadian electro/hip hop trio Ain't No Love has teamed up with producer and fellow Canadian Avenue to create the highly anticipated Cry In The Rain, and fans can hear it for the first time today on LessThan3.

Ain't No Love consists of soulful lead singer Saidah and two avant-garde rappers, 1990 and Beanz, while Avenue is an up-and-coming producer who dabbles in catchy electro pop and disco beats. Upon the first play of this track, their combined power becomes evident in the healthy interplay between impassioned, relatively somber lyrics and whimsical melodic production. This piece is a clear standout from Ain't No Love's past releases, which generally take on a more weighty "renegade pop" sound.

The artists themselves were quite pleased with the outcome of their collaborative efforts as well. They were happy to share some personal insight into the conception of Cry In The Rain:

1990: "Cry In The Rain is one of my favorite tracks that we've ever made. I definitely wanted to pull from what I thought was Avenue's French Electronic sound and use those driving progressions as a means to build a song. The concept that Beanz brought to the table definitely fit for me and the soulful vocoded funk line brought it home."

Avenue: "When I first started this track I thought it really nailed down a funk/soul vibe that I was searching for, but it wasn't enough. To my luck, Ain't No Love graced the track with their powerful presence; what happened next was the soulful track that is Cry In The Rain.”
Digging the vibes? The good new is that Cry In The Rain will be featured on Ain't No Love's forthcoming EP entitled Plummet, set for a March 2015 release through Warner Music Group. But the even better news is that the track will also be available as a free download following its official debut on Jan. 29-- stay tuned via SoundCloud here.

Ain't No Love - Cry In The Rain [Warner Canada]
Jan 28

Movement Detroit Announces 2015 Phase 1 Lineup

Paxahau's Movement Electronic Music Festival has announced the phase one lineup for its 2015 outing, set to take place Memorial Day weekend, May 23-25 inside Detroit’s Hart Plaza.

This will be the festival's tenth anniversary, and the three-day event will once again feature a wide spectrum of up-and-comers, local talent, trailblazers, and pioneers in techno, house, and hip hop, including headlining performances by Richie Hawtin, Snoop Dogg as DJ Snoopadelic, and Skrillex and Boys Noize as Dog Blood. Disclosure will make their Movement debut and perform alongside some of their favorite acts for their traveling Wild Life showcase.

“This year’s lineup is a diverse group of legends, underground heroes and rising talent who have all been inspired by Detroit and its musical legacy at some point in their career,” says Paxahau’s Artist Coordinator, Chuck Flask. “We’re very excited to have the likes of Loco Dice, Dixon, DJ Snoopadelic, Carl Craig, Dog Blood, Disclosure and many local favorites, performing in the heart of the city we love most, on Memorial Day weekend.”

Movement Detroit takes place every Memorial Day weekend inside Hart Plaza--Detroit’s legendary riverfront destination. The festival features six outdoor stages, more than 100 artists, dozens of official afterparties, an interactive technology center featuring the hottest gear in the industry, and multiple art displays. Over 100,000 people attended the 2014 festival.

View the full lineup below, and pick up tickets here.