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Nov 21
2014

Interview: Moon Boots

The drawback of festivals is that at the end of the day you realize people aren’t there to see you--they’re there for the experience. It’s nice to play in clubs for people who are there for a night out of dancing and not for all the other things that festivals have to offer.
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Moon Boots - There's No Love (Original Mix)
Nov 21
2014

Is ‘EDM’ Dead? A-Trak Weighs In

A-Trak has taken to Facebook to discuss the current state of dance music and answer the question on everyone's mind: Is "EDM" dead?

"EDM is still alive and kicking. There’s been chatter for a while now that the bubble might burst any minute, but don’t be fooled, the business is still very healthy. Ride around Hollywood, every billboard shows a DJ. Festival attendance is enormous. And every 14 year old kid knows how to sidechain a compressor. But it’s also easy to see that the genre has reached an almost comical level of self-aggrandizement, with soaring emotional ballads and an overdose of cheese that many have likened to Hair Metal. (For the record, I like Hair Metal.) What’s interesting is the sort of babushka dolls that come with the term EDM: for the press it denotes all electronic music; but for insiders it’s only the maximal big-room caricatural stuff. Sometimes, however, an initial wave of flashy music can knock down the doors and more interesting music can come after. That’s where I feel we are now. From the producers’ standpoint, a lot of us just feel like simply making music, any kind of music, whatever genre it might be. Rather than dictating an entire style, EDM can now broaden itself to little characteristics in the sonics within an otherwise genre-less song. Avicii really did us all a favor by making a (successful) country record. Thanks Tim! If I feel like putting out a polka song tomorrow, I can. I might. And from the audience’s standpoint, after that initial gateway drug of hands-in-the-air anthems, I’m seeing more and more kids get interested in good, nuanced, forward-thinking music. It’s super encouraging. And even from the DJs’ standpoint, over the last 2 or 3 years we all felt a certain pressure to play more bigroom beatport hits, whereas now it feels like the genres are opening up again. There is more freedom in the selection. Maybe it’s finally going back to #RealDJing. What do you guys think? Are we entering this post-EDM chapter?"
Is A-Trak right? Is electronic music "still alive and kicking?" From our view of the action, the mind, body, and soul of dance music are as strong as ever.
Nov 21
2014

Porter Robinson’s ‘Sad Machine’ Gets An Incredible Acoustic Cover

Nov 21
2014

Jerry Folk’s Latest Is Sweet As ‘Suga Suga’

Following a turn at the helm of our own Disco Diaries series, rising Oslo producer Jerry Folk returns with a new production--a modern spin on Baby Bash's (pictured) classic 2003 R&B single, Suga Suga.

Jerry Folk may still be a teenager, but his music sounds like the work of someone who has been in the game for a decade. He expertly reworks the original song's slick vocal hook and recognizable guitar riff around a groovy bassline and infectious synths, transforming the R&B song into a funk-infused house cut. Throw in an unexpected Samuel L. Jackson vocal sample, and this feel-good, disco-inspired dance number has all the elements of a party starter.

Grab your free download here.
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Baby Bash - Suga Suga (Jerry Folk Remix)
Nov 21
2014

Apple To Bundle Beats Music With Every iPhone

Apple plans to bundle the Beats Music app as a standard feature of iOS, with suggestions from Apple insiders that Beats could become a core part of the iPhone software as early as Mar. 2015.

Since acquiring the Beats brand for $3 billion earlier this year, there has been much speculation surrounding Apple's intentions regarding the Beats streaming service. Despite rumours to the contrary, Apple has repeatedly denied any suggestions that they intend to shut down the service, with this latest move the strongest hint yet that Beats is indeed here to stay.

While iTunes has a massive share of the music downloads market, Beats is still a minor player in the ever growing and much talked-about streaming market and Apple is keen to find a balance between the two. It's certainly clear from Apple's decision to place the Beats app on the front page of iOS--an un-deletable icon alongside iTunes and Podcasts--that the company is keen to use their $3 billion purchase to capitalize on a market that is potentially worth many billions more.