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Mar 02

Major Lazer ‘Lean On’ DJ Snake and MØ

Major Lazer emerges with a new production titled Lean On, the group's first studio output since appearing on Dillon Francis' We Make It Bounce back in September.

The new tune features Mad Decent alum DJ Snake and streaking Denmark songstress MØ, who recently announced she'll be joining this year's Mad Decent Boat Party. Lean On comes on the heels of Diplo's December revelation that two new albums from Major Lazer are in the works for 2015. And although there hasn't been any press information relating this release to the forthcoming albums, Lean On may very well be the first glimpse into what to expect from the troupe's yet-unnamed long-players.

Surprisingly, Lean On explores uncharted territory for this already eclectic trio, implementing tropical house vibes at a sub-100 BPM tempo. The tune's shuffling rhythm and melodic vocal track have a Middle Eastern flair--themes that are popular in previous DJ Snake material. However, it's MØ's timorous vocals that are the centerpiece of Lean On, delicately floating on top of the track's bright and airy synthetics. The track is truly a work of variety for the Caribbean-ensconced trio. Pick up Lean On right here on Beatport, and check out the tune's official lyric video below.
Major Lazer feat. DJ Snake and MØ - Lean On (Original Mix) [Mad Decent]
Mar 02

The Digitally Imported Dial 01: Techno

Welcome to the inaugural edition of our new series with Digitally Imported, The Digitally Imported Dial, where we highlight some of the best channels and shows available on the web’s premier electronic music streaming radio platform. Every channel is curated by hand, so we’ll hear from the men and women behind the scenes how they bring us the music we love to hear.

This week, we’re taking an in-depth look at the DI Techno channel, which features such pivotal shows to the genre as Chris Liebing’s CLR podcast (Mondays @ 4pm EST), and Adam Beyer’s Drumcode Live (Fridays @ 1pm EST). We spoke to the channel’s programming director, Johan Lecander, to find out more about how he chooses music and shows for the channel and the musical discoveries he himself has made in the process.

Johan is a long-time Digitally Imported employee, having been involved since 2000 following years of raving and DJing in the electronic underground of Sweden. His track selections for the DI Techno channel come mainly from industry connections, as he explains:

Digitally Imported has contacts throughout the electronic music industry worldwide who share new music with us pretty much daily. I review more than a hundred new tracks each week, about 30-40 percent of which are techno. I listen to every single one of them and then pick out the best individual tracks for my regular channel updates. That’s usually 50-90 new tracks per month. In addition, I hunt down interesting tracks I've heard in other DJs’ mixes and podcasts.
Customer feedback also factors heavily into his programming choices.

As a channel curator a feedback system is an absolute necessity. I am committed to picking out the best possible music for our listeners, and welcome their feedback. On Digitally Imported, listeners can vote tracks up or down as well as comment directly. I monitor these trends closely as they are crucial for me to keep the music as enjoyable as possible for Digitally Imported listeners.
He of course has some preferred programming of his own on the Digitally Imported Techno channel, of the UK variety.

If I had to pick my favorite show right now, it would be John H's Not Without My Drum Machine. It's a two-hour show that airs on the 3rd Monday of the month at 2pm EST. John H is an up and coming DJ/producer whose recent remix work was featured on Drumcode, as one example. He's got a comprehensive knowledge of techno and always makes very interesting sets which can veer into the deeper and atmospheric end of techno without losing the drive and energy.
Curating a Digitally Imported channel is something of an electronic music lover’s dream, and can lead to amazing discoveries for the programming director just as much as for the listeners. Johan is rinsing a lot of “groovy and driving” tracks this month.

Currently I try to feature a lot of groovy & driving techno tracks. There's a wide range of artists in the current playlist and usually no more than 2-3 tracks per artist, but some of the more prominent this month are probably these (in no particular order): Redhead, Sam Paganini, Tom Hades, Anti-slam & W.E.A.P.O.N., Drumcomplex, Eric Sneo. Next month it will be probably be a completely different group of talented producers.
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Mar 02

Maya Jane Coles To Release Album Under Nocturnal Sunshine Alias

Maya Jane Coles is primed to release an entire album under her darker and rarely used alter-ego, Nocturnal Sunshine.

The eponymous album was announced shortly after Coles premiered the LP's first single, Take Me There, on Annie Mac's BBC Radio 1 show. The song focuses on Coles' UK dubstep influences and explores a grimier side that most MJC fans might expect. Prior to this album, she had previously released the Can't Hide The Way I Feel EP in 2010 under the Nocturnal Sunshine pseudonym.

The debut album will see its release on May 25 via her imprint I/AM/ME. You can stream Take Me There up above and hear previous Nocturnal Sunshine tracks on her SoundCloud here.

1. Intro (Holding On)
2. Believe feat. Chelou
3. It’s Alright
4. Take Me There
5. Drive
6. Footsteps
7. Down By The River feat. Catnapp
8. Bass Bin
9. Can’t Hide The Way I Feel
10. Intergalactic
11. Skipper
12. Hotel
Nocturnal Sunshine - Take Me There (Original Mix) [I/AM/ME]
Mar 02

Dillon Francis Previews Zomboy Remix, First DJ Hanzel Release

You can check a couple things off Dillon Francis' recently posted to-do list--the taco-loving funny man has just unveiled his Zomboy remix as well as DJ Hanzel's official first single.

DF dropped his remix of Zomboy’s Nuclear (Hands Up) during Jack U's famed 24-hour marathon party. In the track, Dillon has substituted the original's harsh dubstep growls for some bouncy moombahton, although the track still carries a knockout punch.

On the flip-side, Dillon takes us "vun deeper" with a snippet of the upcoming debut single from his DJ Hanzel alias. The track is titled Anxiety and is a collaboration with LA-based producer Drezo.

No release date yet for either tracks, but we'll keep you updated as new information arises.
Zomboy - Nuclear (Hands Up) (Dillon Francis Remix) (Rip)
DJ Hanzel & Drezo - Anxiety (Preview) (Rip)
Mar 02

Dubai To Construct “New Ibiza” With Man-Made Party Island

Thanks to a newly constructed man-made island in the Arabian Gulf, Dubai will have a 24-hour, non-stop party scene that looks to rival the likes of Ibiza and Vegas.

Tentatively titled Dream Island, the party complex, which is dedicated exclusively for partying, will consist of two “mega clubs,” four beach clubs, and five hotels. The four-million square foot island will be able to host over 20,000 people at any given time and will include over 100 different restaurants. No personal licenses will be required for the purchase of alcohol.

Speaking to The Daily Mail, marketing and sales director George Saad said the island also hopes to cultivate an attractive atmosphere for festivals like Burning Man.

“We're trying to make it the new Ibiza--a mini Ibiza dedicated solely to partying. People will be able to come here, stay in the hotel, party at clubs on the beach, anything in the world you can do. And we are trying to attract festivals to come here--like Burning Man.”
Dream Island is set to be completed in 2018, giving partygoers plenty of time to start planning and saving for the island’s grand opening.