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Apr 19
2015

4B Takes Us Back To ‘Babylon’

New York producer 4B puts an electro-inspired spin on Congorock's Babylon, one of the most popular releases of 2010.

Choosing to go with a more minimal, bass-heavy take on Babylon, 4B adds in some jungle and tribal vibes that lend themselves particularly well to the original. Fans of the original's massive atmosphere will be happy to see that the remix still contains the iconic electro synths that made this one such a huge hit five years ago.

4B is giving away the remix as a free download on his SoundCloud page here.

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Apr 18
2015

PREMIERE: Jeremy Olander – Bayhert [microCastle]

To say that I'm a fan of Jeremy Olander would be putting it mildly; I think he sits at the forefront of modern progressive house and techno, and his recent high-profile work with Eric Prydz is only the tip of the iceberg. His newest release is the upcoming four-track Goliath EP, and LessThan3 has the exclusive first listen of one of its tracks, Bayhert.

Much like his former mentor, Jeremy is well-known among his fans for producing a plethora of tracks but only releasing a trickle to the public, choosing instead to unleash his unreleased gems during live sets. Bayhert first popped up on one of his Vivrant Radio podcasts way back in November 2013, but now we finally have it. The track is a tough and edgy number that skirts the line between techno and progressive, twisting and turning with a swirling and relentless energy. It's almost custom-built for dark and grimy dancefloors, which fits well with Olander's new "lo-fi" event series, set to debut in a defunct bomb shelter May 15 in Stockholm.

The Bayhert EP will be released April 20 via microCastle, home to Guy J, Henry Saiz, and 16 Bit Lolitas. The EP will include three original productions alongside the first-ever official remix on an Olander track, courtesy of Marc Marzenit. Like his previous EP, Jackie, which landed the top spot on the Beatport Top 100, expect Goliath to make a smash.
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Jeremy Olander - Bayhert (Original Mix) [microCastle]
Apr 18
2015

The Technodrome 01

Welcome to The Technodrome, our brand new series focusing on the deliciously deep, dark, and driving sounds of techno. For our maiden voyage, we have new techno music from the likes of Tale Of Us, Recondite, Julian Jeweil, and more. Are you ready to step into Wonderland and see how far the rabbit hole goes?

Barnt - Cherry Red (Tale Of Us & Recondite Remix) [Magazine]
Two of my favorite artists in the game link up for an absolute monster in this new, powerful remix of Barnt's dark and twisted 11-minute masterpiece. Bringing their signature style of emotional techno to the table, the trio deliver an intelligent and intense cut full of otherworldly synths and relentless kicks. The build around the four-minute mark is spellbindingly surreal and poignant, making the remix the perfect addition to a peak-time party. Pick it up on Beatport here.

Sloud & Kevin Acevedo - Magnetik (Original Mix) [Riben]
I can't think of a better word to describe this track than "Magnetik." Produced by a pair of up-and-coming Spaniards, Magnetik isn't quite as pounding as some other tracks on the list, but it doesn't have to be--the bass is infectious, and the groove so energetic that you will be cutting shapes all night long on the dancefloor. Pick it up on Beatport here.

Marc Houle - Coar (Julian Jeweil Remix) [Minus]
Marc Houle's legendary Restore LP, released on Minus a decade ago, has received a fresh coat of paint by way of the Restored remix album. Featuring additions by a slew of talented producers such as Joris Voorn, Harvard Bass, and Justin James, I was hard-pressed to chose just one song, but I eventually zeroed in on this dark and dynamic banger from French artist and Richie Hawtin favorite Julian Jeweil. If you're looking for a nasty late-night number, this is it. Pick it up on Beatport here.

Teho - Cliché (Fabian Hug Remix) [Parquet]
Full of white noise, eery synths, and a bevy of bird calls, this is almost too perfect for an outdoor party in the forest. Just imagine this tune playing out in the early hours of morning, when the sun is just beginning to peak over the horizon. Pick it up on Beatport here.

Alan Fitzpatrick - For An Endless Night (Jel Ford Remix) [Drumcode]
Following on heels of October's hit song Backyard, Jel Ford returns to Drumcode with a remix of Alan Fitzpatrick's 2012 hit, For An Endless Night. Both producers have a flair for crafting peak-time powerhouses that explode with big room melodies and uplifting synths, and this one is no different. Pick it up on Beatport here.
Barnt - Cherry Red (Tale Of Us & Recondite Remix) [Magazine]
Sloud & Kevin Acevedo - Magnetik (Original Mix) [Riben]
Marc Houle - Coar (Julian Jeweil Remix) [Minus]
Teho - Cliché (Fabian Hug Remix) [Parquet]
Alan Fitzpatrick - For An Endless Night (Jel Ford Remix) [Drumcode]
Apr 17
2015

Kaskade’s Redux Performance Canceled At Coachella

The Do Lab averted certain peril this weekend by canceling Kaskade's surprise Redux set at their Big Fish stage at Coachella this Saturday. The performance was canceled in light of the fact that Kaskade's weekend one performance drew record numbers to the main stage--numbers that would have easily overwhelmed the smaller Big Fish stage.

While the performance was largely unadvertised, fans were tipped off that Kaskade would be performing at the Big Fish stage when the word "Redux" popped up on Saturday's published stage schedule. See below for image.

Kaskade and The Do Lab offered official apologies on social media (here and here, respectively), with Kaskade stating that "the Do Lab just isn't set up to handle it," and the Do Lab posting "we broke the internet, but we can't go breaking our stage."

Kaskade fans are not totally out of luck however, as the Grammy-nominated artist will still be performing on Sunday at Coachella's main stage. Cheers to The Do Lab and Kaskade for keeping fans safe and EDM off of big brother's radar.

Apr 17
2015

Friday Favorites 104

Looking for alternatives to the Indio desert this weekend? There's "Beauchella," the weekend in with bae, or "Doughchella," where you eat all the cookie dough. Of course there's "Goghchella," a few days spent studying post-impressionist paintings, or perhaps you'd prefer a weekend on the open ocean with "Rowchella." The cheapest? "Nochella." That still includes Friday Favorites 104 tho.

Nathan Codd
Booty House | Azari & III - Reckless (Will Clarke Remix)
dirtybird booty-houser Will Clarke's remix of Azari & III's Reckless (With Your Love) has me excited for a follow-up EP to the massive 12-item package from Permanent Vacation. Tiga, who produced one of the original remixes, will release Clarke's moody booty-tech mix and more on Turbo April 20.
Jesse Champagne
Indie/Beats | Jamie xx feat. Romy - Loud Places (Eekkoo Edit)
Eekkoo, Montreal's magic maestro of mau5trap, returns with a new edit of Jamie xx' recent single Loud Places, from his upcoming album In Colours. In stark contrast to his usual dark and driving productions, this time around Eekkoo takes the listener on a summer-sweet journey through pulsing synths, deep basslines, an enticing grooves. The vocals, courtesy of Romy, have never sounded better.
Mike Davies
Tech House | Sydney Blu & DRamirez - You Were The One (Original Mix) [Hotfingers]|
With Miami over and Ibiza just around the corner, the sounds of rough and ready tech house will be the soundtrack to plenty of people's lives right now. This collaboration between Sydney Blu and D.Ramirez certainly fits the bill, with plenty of hot and heavy groove sitting underneath some nicely understated little hooks and motifs. You Were The One is part of the Need We Say More EP, available now on the ever reliable Hotfingers imprint.
Yasmin Damoui
Indie/Beats | YATES - VIRTUE
You know that feeling when you listen to a brand new artist and you just know that he or she is destined for success? I had that feeling, and quite overwhelmingly, the first time I heard Australian singer/songwriter YATES' debut single, MAKO. In the short time since then, we've been graced with the bass-driven DIVE and the more acoustic VIRTUE. All three singles exhibit YATES' undeniable talent with a perfect mixture of smooth, powerful vocals and crisp, subtle production that simply leave you wanting more. I'd definitely keep an eye on YATES this year.
Shea Kopp
Nu Disco | Keljet feat Holychild - What's Your Sign (Original Mix)
Keljet is one of those underrated nu-disco acts that it seems impossible that more people don't know. Their remixes and originals keep nostalgic disco synths relevant, but in a contemporary light that is always irresistibly catchy. What Is Your Sign is taken from their forthcoming EP Transatlantic and features the talent of Holychild to round out another fun slice of bouncy nostalgia. Be sure to grab a copy of Transatlantic on May 11, and head to Keljet's SoundCloud for more tunes here.
Megan Murphy
Pop/Dance | Coasts - Modern Love (RAC Remix)
Nothing says Friday like a new remix from RAC, and his latest has arrived just in time for the weekend. Andre Allen Anjos turns this track from British rockers Coasts into a glistening dance anthem complete with energetic percussion, a sunny bassline, and synth-laden vocals. Look out for both RAC and Coasts at Coachella this weekend, and head over to RAC's SoundCloud page to hear more.
Marcus Dowling
House/Techno | Ying Yang Twins - The Whisper Song (Julius Jetson Remix) [Free Download]
Though seemingly a well-worn style for remixes, Washington, DC's Julius Jetson carves a unique and bassline-driven G-house groove from snap-rap combo the Ying Yang Twins' decade-old pop hit The Whisper Song. In not taking the fat breaks of the original in the expected festival trap direction, Jetson actually opens a door to a number of potentially simple-to-execute throwback concepts. The throbbing, techno-friendly production adds a haunting note to the original's sensual invitation that makes it ideal for taking a party deep into a mysterious night ahead. "Hey girl, wait'll I show you this," indeed. This one is free to download here.
Michelle Gardner
Trap | Slander & NGHTMRE (Original Mix)
Surprise! My pick this week isn't a vocal-heavy track. It's a booty-shaking new release from my friends Slander and NGHTMRE, the fourth track from their upcoming collaborative EP Nuclear Bonds. You can pick it up for free here.
Chris Porter
Electronica | Submotion Orchestra - Thinking (Maths Time Joy Remix) [Exceptional]
Hailing from just outside of London, Maths Time Joy is an expert at crafting soulful, R&B-esque electronica. Sometimes 2-step and sometimes 4x4, his music is refreshingly eclectic, but is uniformly beautiful. This particular remix of Submotion Orchestra's Thinking is landscape of ambient bliss, with muted pads and polyphonic synthesizers awash in reverb. The track turns incredibly rhythmic half-way through, introducing a 2-step beat replete with snaps, claps, and hats. Pick up Maths Time Joy's remix of Thinking right here on Beatport.
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Azari & III - Reckless (Will Clarke Remix) [Turbo]
Jamie xx feat. Romy - Loud Places (Eekkoo Edit)
Sydney Blu & DRamirez - You Were The One (Original Mix) [Hotfingers]
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YATES - VIRTUE
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Keljet feat Holychild - What's Your Sign (Original Mix)
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Coasts - Modern Love (RAC Remix)
Ying Yang Twins - The Whisper Song (Julius Jetson Remix)[Free Download]
Slander & NGHTMRE - You (Original Mix)
Submotion Orchestra - Thinking (Maths Time Joy Remix) [Exceptional]