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Jan 31

Marco Carola To Play Abandoned Mental Asylum

Techno legend Marco Carola is set to headline a rather unique event in Liverpool on April 4, as Cream and Freeze team up to present The Asylum, an all-day event at the abandoned Newsham Park Hospital on the outskirts of the city.

Newsham Park was originally set up as an orphanage before being turned into a mental asylum in the mid-20th century. Lying abandoned and boarded up for 20 years, the looming gothic building has since attracted the attention of ghost-hunters and urban explorers. Now it's primed to attract the attention of hordes of techno lovers, as Music On founder Carola prepares to fill the venue's open-air courtyard with cutting-edge beats.

The action kicks off at 1 p.m. and continues until 10:30 p.m., at which point the action moves to the less haunting surroundings of Cream's home at Nation in the city centre. Both events are covered by the same ticket, so revellers will get a full 16 hours of music and two events for the price of one.

You can pre-register for tickets now, with general sale starting on Feb. 6. In the meantime, keep your eyes peeled for the full lineup announcement due out soon.
Jan 31

Tiesto & MOTi Will ‘Blow Your Mind’

Tiesto (pictured) has been through various phases in his long and fruitful career, some more underground than others. The pop-tinged, radio-friendly tunes on 2014’s A Town Called Paradise may have been about as mainstream as it gets, but that doesn’t mean Tijs is settling down for a life in the Billboard Top 100. Blow Your Mind is his second collaboration with fellow Dutch producer and protégé MOTi, and it’s an electro house anthem far more at home in the clubs than on chart radio.

Packed with energy from start to finish, it’s all about massive riffs and even bigger percussion--that style of electro house that channels the early ‘90s rave scene, suited for darkened warehouses, strobe lights, and profusely sweating bodies. Now we admit Blow Your Mind isn’t minimalist tech house. We even admit the little break complete with trap-esque beats and, yes, even an air horn sample is a little unusual--but it’s a side to Tiesto your average club-going, festival loving, underground-worshipping EDM fan isn't going to turn their nose up at. Most of all, though, it’s proof that Tiesto can still put his heart into creating music for clubs, no matter what his detractors might say.

Blow Your Mind is out now on Tiesto’s own Musical Freedom imprint as a Beatport exclusive, and you can view the somewhat bizarre, bowls-based video below.

Tiesto & MOTi - Blow Your Mind (Original Mix) [Musical Freedom]
Jan 31

PREMIERE: Feed Me – High Noon [Sotto Voce]

Move over, Godzilla; there's a new monster dead-set on leveling the Land of the Rising Sun--the gargantuan green goblin known as Feed Me, who is premiering High Noon, a track off his soon-to-be-released EP A Giant Warrior Descends on Tokyo, exclusively on LessThan3.

If Quentin Tarantino got hit by lightning and was then transported into an alternate dimension full of demons, he might score his next motion picture with the monsterly High Noon. Chockablock full of throbbing synths, crunchy bass, and adrenaline-fueled guitar plucks, the track more than lives up to it's lyrics: "Passengers, this is disorder. This is death. This is size 10 chaos!"

Jon Gooch, aka Feed Me, had this to say about the EP:

"After searching through all the corners of dance music and touring multiple versions of tracks and concepts I'm finding it easier to really define where I want to take Feed Me. With this EP I'm moving on to a second album with a clear vision for me and for Sotto Voce. Japanese culture has been a staple of my life so I wanted to bring this into focus with the artwork too, I love pushing for a global feel."
You can pick up High Noon as part of the A Giant Warrior Descends on Tokyo EP on Feb. 2 via Sotto Voce.

Feed Me - High Noon (Original Mix) [Sotto Voce]
Jan 30

Entranced 08

It's nearly the weekend, which means it's time for another weekly round of solid trance anthems in the shape of Entranced. For our eighth edition we're taking things a little old school, with an epic Goa-esque journey from Airwave, and not just one, but two belting remixes of all time classics from Signum and DJ Tim & DJ Misjah. It's not all '90s retrospection though, as we've also got brand new music from Jason Ross and Jordan Suckley.

Airwave - Gaijin (Original Mix) [JOOF]
First up this week is trance legend Airwave with an epic monster of a track that clocks in at nearly 11 minutes in length. Gaijin is quite a journey, and one that harkens back to the early days of trance music, with long brooding synth melodies, mysterious atmospheres, and dark basslines. There’s a break halfway through, but there’s no supersaws or massive drops here--this is trance as it was in the days before Ibiza superclubs. Gaijin is a taste of beach parties in Goa and other far-flung places, a million miles away from mainstream festivals and clubnights, and it’s out now on JOOF Recordings.

DJ Tim & DJ Misjah - Access (John Askew Remix) [Perfecto Fluoro]
We keep things old-school next, with a modern take on DJ Tim & DJ Misjah’s 1994 classic Access. Well, modern might not be the right word, as John Askew keeps things firmly in ‘90s psy-trance territory, with plenty of those signature acid lines that made the track a hit in the first place. Belting along at a solid 140 bpm, Askew’s take on Access, complete with that long, singe string note in the break, is a faithful re-work of the original, and it’s out now on Perfecto Fluoro.

Jordan Suckley - Medic (Original Mix) [Damaged]
Back to the present day now for Jordan Suckley’s latest release Medic. Much as you might expect from the UK based producer, it’s tough, techy, and doesn’t mess around. There’s a lovely break with some crisp synth stabs and breathy atmospheres, but the drop takes us right back into tech trance territory. It would be tempting to make awful puns around the title, something about needing a “Medic” after hearing this in a club, but despite the pounding kick, there’s a quite a pleasant feel to this track which makes it a good all-rounder--at home in the car as much as it is on a dancefloor. Medic is out now on Jordan’s own Damaged label.

Signum feat. Scott Mac - Coming On Strong (Psymes & Bluehawk Remix) [ARVAS]
Right back to that golden year of trance--1999 saw the relase of many classics, including Signum’s magnum opus Coming On Strong. This remix by fellow Brits Psymes and Bluehawk takes everything the original was loved for and makes it even better. There’s a solid 140 bpm rhythm, a rolling bassline, the original riff, and of course, that vocal sample. It’s another example of how you can avoid ruining a classic while still bringing it right up to date. Grab it now from Beatport.

Wrechiski & Jason Ross - Atlas (Original Mix) [Anjunabeats]
To round things off we’re looking to the future with something brand new from Anjunabeats. Brazilian producer Wrechiski has teamed up with LA based Jason Ross to create Atlas, a melodic, bouncing piece of big room trance from two of the genre's finest up-and-coming names. Ross was highlighted as our own trance producer to watch for 2015. Between the epic and emotional break, and the feel-good drop which is bound to get you moving, it’s clear that while trance has a fantastic past, it certainly has an exciting future. Atlas is out now on Beatport.
Airwave - Gaijin (Original Mix) [JOOF]
Jordan Suckley - Medic (Original Mix) [Damaged]
DJ Tim & DJ Misjah - Access (John Askew Remix) [Perfecto Fluoro]
Signum feat. Scott Mac - Coming On Strong (Psymes & Bluehawk Remix) [ARVAS]
Wrechiski & Jason Ross - Atlas (Original Mix) [Anjunabeats]
Jan 30

Friday Favorites 93

Psh... so this place claims that in their establishment, "it's always Friday." But I tried staying in there all weekend, you know, to make it stay Friday, but I got in a horrible fight with some janitors who said it wasn't Friday anymore, burnt myself really bad trying to make poppers at 4 a.m., and was still fired from my job three Fridays later on Monday.

TGI Friday Favorites--93.

Josh Bennett
Borneo Bass | Jet Airess - Wok Enow [Free Download]
Mad Decent recently posted a brief article on the rise of Borneo bass, a genre hailing from the island of Borneo, Indonesia characterized by tribal rhythms and heavy percussion. One of the foremost purveyors of this sound is Jet Airess, a former flight attendant who quit her job to focus on music production, and boy are we glad she did. One listen to Wok Enow's frenetic chanting and rapid-fire percussion, and you will realize you're hearing something unlike anything currently present in electronic music, and that's exactly what the scene needs right now. Download the track for free here, and check out more of her music on her SoundCloud page.
Nathan Codd
G house | Vanilla Ace - The Beautiful In Us (The Beatangers Remix) [Cr2]
French G house OGs The Beatangers have been on a murderous spree of spraying down hit after hit with their vocal-peppered, bass-heavy funk house from Gwen Stefani to their own LouLou Records mate Nikitin. Next in their sights is the London-based Vanilla Ace and his purdy new piano house tune Beautiful In Us. Pick up the four-track EP here, which also includes a remix from Kulkid.
Jesse Champagne
Techno | Kollektiv Turmstrasse - Ordinary (Lake People's Circle Motive Remix) [Musik Gewinnt Freunde]|
Germany's Martin Enke, aka Lake People, first popped onto my radar when Tale Of Us opened their recent Essential Mix with an unreleased song of his. Stunned by its beauty, I went in search for more and came across this 2012 remix. Seductively deep and slow-burning, the song is an intoxicating journey through various layers of twinkling synths, driving percussion, and mesmerizing melodies. Don't let the song name fool you--this remix is far from ordinary. Pick it up on Beatport here.
Mike Davies
Deep House | Eelke Kleijn - Mistakes I've Made (Philip George Remix) [Spinnin']
I've been a fan of Eelke Kleijn since the wonderfully named Music In My Pants was released in 2010. More recently, I cited newcomer Philip George as one to watch since he smashed into the UK charts with his debut single, Wish You Were Mine. Philip is well on the way to proving he isn't just a one-trick pony with his remix of Kleijn's Mistakes I've Made. It's a funky and soulful take on the original, with a super-catchy bassline and some mesmerizing synth-strings. Most importantly though, Philip once again shows his mastery of vocals, injecting a different level of emotion into the original performance. Grab Mistakes I've Made now from Beatport.
Eric Gossett
Indie/Beats | Emanative + Four Tet - Makondi
Four Tet, aka Kieren Hebden, has teamed up with Nick Woodmansey and UK collective Emanative in a brand new track for charity. The track, Makondi, will be featured on The Light Years Of The Darkness, a charity album for the Steve Reid Foundation, established in honor of the late jazz drummer. Makondi features a minimal drum and percussion piece from Woodmansey, with Hebden contributing a mesmerizing piano arrangement. An early download of the track comes with each pre-order of the album. You can pick it up over on Bandcamp here. The Light Years of The Darkness is out March 2.
Yasmin Damoui
Tropical House | NIHILS - Help Our Souls (FlicFlac Remix)
If you have the slightest interest in melodious house music, I urge you to get acquainted with FlicFlac immediately. Austrian duo Max Gain & Kevin Richi released their remix of NIHILS' Help Our Souls on Jan. 20, and it's oozing with the same tranquil, groovy vibes as the rest of their productions. Catch the free download here.
Megan Murphy
Indie/Beats | Whitney Houston - Fine (LeMarquis & FAB Remix) [Free Download]
LeMarquis released a killer remix of Ashanti's Rock With U last month, and he's taken on R&B's timeless queen, Whitney Houston, for his latest with equally amazing results. Teaming up with FAB, French producer LeMarquis gives the track a bouncy, futuristic beat full of booming synths and funky bass. Amidst all the sound, he manages to perfectly layer Whitney's vocals in the melody for a track that's both inventive and nostalgic. Grab your free download here.
Jon April
Nu Disco/Electro House | Henry Fong - Le Disco (Original Mix) [Banzai]
Henry Fong continues to put out massive festival-ready hits and has decided it's time to create his own record label, Banzai, in an effort to have full creative control over his sound. His first release on the label is titled Le Disco and shows off a disco-infused sound that is different from most of his previous productions. Fong is giving away the label's first release as a free download so head to his SoundCloud page to grab the track.
Shea Kopp
Nu Disco | Satin Jackets feat. Esser - Shine On You (Original Mix) [Eskimo]
Satin Jackets are back with a vengeance! Shine On You is as smooth as butter and has all of the qualities that made fans fall in love with their hit You Make Me Feel Good. It's hard to discern what is more infectious on this one, the steamy vocals or subtle bongos in the background, but it all comes together beautifully. The track sees its official release Feb. 2 via Eskimo Recordings and comes with equally stunning remixes from Ben Macklin and Mighty Mouse.
Chris Porter
Nu Disco | Lenno - Wake Up (Les Loups Remix) [Casablanca]
When historic music label Casablanca signs a release, there must be something really appealing about it. So is the case for Wake Up Remixed--a two-track remix EP featuring Maor Levi of Anjuna fame and an up-and-coming German trio called Les Loups. Originally produced by rising 19-year-old star Lenno, the remixes are nothing short of brilliant with Maor's uplifiting prog retooling and Les Loups deep house/nu disco amalgamation. While both are amazing in their own right, it's the magnetizing groove and sparkling textures of Les Loups' version that cemented a place in my subconscious. Purchase the EP at Beatport here.
Jet Airess - Wok Enow [Free Download]
Vanilla Ace feat. Mark B - Beautiful In Us (The Beatangers Remix) [Cr2]
Kollektiv Turmstrasse - Ordinary (Lake People's Circle Motive Remix) [Musik Gewinnt Freunde]
Eelke Kleijn - Mistakes I've Made (Philip George Remix) [Spinnin']
Emanative + Four Tet - Makondi (Original Mix)
NIHILS - Help Our Souls (FlicFlac Remix) [Free Download]
Whitney Houston - Fine (LeMarquis & FAB Remix) [Free Download]
Henry Fong - Le Disco (Original Mix) [Banzai]
Satin Jackets feat. Esser - Shine On You (Original Mix) [Eskimo]
Lenno - Wake Up (Les Loups Remix) [Casablanca]