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Oct 24
2014

Brian Eno To Unveil Four LPs of Unreleased Tracks & Reissues

If you thought Brian Eno was slacking off in the '90s by only releasing four albums, then his upcoming quadruple rarities release should put your mind at ease.

A pioneering electronic musician and authority on ambient tunes, Eno is set to reissue four solo records from the decade of dance that will include re-releases of Nerve Net (1992), The Shutov Assembly (1992), Neroli (1993), and The Drop (1997). Each reissue will include a bonus album of rare and unreleased material from Eno. Some of the items included are the first commercial release of My Squelchy Life (a record that was intended for release in 1991, but was later pulled by Eno who was dissatisfied with the album), seven unreleased tracks from The Shutov Assembly sessions, a 60-minute recording of "ambient work" entitled New Space Music, and nine tracks from the 1997 Drop era (originally released as a limited edition album in Japan).

The release will also come with a 16-page photo book from '90s-era Eno. The reissues will be available Dec. 2 via All Saints Records and can be pre-ordered over on Eno's website here.
Oct 24
2014

Cory Enemy, Goshfather & Jinco Troll David Guetta

David Guetta's face became plastered all over the web after his tripped-out gaze on the Tomorrowland livestream. The video parodies and memes are hilarious, and Cory Enemy and Goshfather & Jinco named their new track David Guetta after the French headliner's special moment. This banger charges on with fierce synths, stomping basslines, and guitar strumming reminiscent of System Of A Down in its massive build up.

To celebrate the tune, Cory Enemy and Goshfather & Jinco just launched a sweet Instagram video contest. Watch the outrageous video below to get an idea of how to record yours. Make sure to include the Everybody David Guetta bass drop--extra points for humor and creativity. A huge slew of major artists are joining in the fun too, so stay tuned for their upcoming videos.

Best of all, there are sick HARD Day Of The Dead festival prizes for the David Guetta video contest:

Grand Prize: 2 backstage passes to HARD Day Of The Dead for both days
2nd Place Prize: 2 Cory Enemy T-shirts
3rd Place Prize: HARD Day Of The Dead T-shirt

To qualify for the contest, make sure to follow these rules:

  • Host the video on Instagram and repost it on Facebook and Twitter pages.
  • Tag #GuettaFACE #HARDFEST in all posts.
  • Follow @CoryEnemy @GoshfatherJinco on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and SoundCloud.
  • Use the David Guetta track in the video.

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    Cory Enemy x Goshfather & Jinco - David Guetta
    Oct 24
    2014

    An Above & Beyond Weekend – ABGT100 Recap & Photos

    While part of our team was at Amsterdam Dance Event the week of Oct. 13, I had the distinct privilege to head to NYC for an Above & Beyond-filled musical adventure--the long-awaited 100th episode of Above & Beyond’s weekly radio show, Group Therapy. Fans from all over the world converged on one of the greatest cities in the world, bringing with them the love they are known for.

    Google Q&A

    My story begins Thursday with a trip to the Google NYC headquarters for a private Q&A with 30 other A&B fans. Straight from their live Google hangout, Tony, Paavo, and Jono sat down with us for a little one-on-one chat. They started out with the details of their forthcoming album, We Are All We Need, a 16-track release that is all about what we can achieve with other people. They also answered questions ranging from their favorite remix of one of their songs (Tony: Seven Lions’ remix of On My Way To Heaven), where the fan names for the album art came from (a secret they didn't divulge), and how their signature display messages came about (Paavo, the techie of the bunch, designed a program to allow them to be able to talk to fans directly). They took a quick minute to take this photo with us before jaunting off to prepare for their private show for Sirius/XM.



    Private Sirius/XM Show

    When I arrived at the posh Gansevoort Hotel, the line around the building was full of the familiar faces of the friends I made earlier in the day, and of course, homemade signs boasting the classic Group Therapy ribbons. As we were ushered to the Red Room, the atmosphere was pulsating with the love and energy of 200 hardcore fans ready to see their favorites take stage.



    Much to everyone’s delight, their set was full of all of the Above and Beyond classics you would expect, accompanied by each of us singing along. One lucky fan got to push the button for Sun And Moon as we all sang along for my favorite moment of the night (video below) before finishing off the evening with Beckwith’s closing set.



    We Are All We Need Times Square video premiere

    The following day found us in Times Square with hundreds of other fans from all over the world who had gathered more than an hour early. We parked ourselves between the NYPD and the Korean Food Festival that was in progress, awaiting the video premiere of We Are All We Need. When the men of the hour arrived, the crowd erupted into screams fit for any celebrity sighting. Mounted police aside, plenty of selfies were taken in the middle of the street while the video played out above our heads before the trio disappeared again.


    photo: kat gallagher

    Pre-Party - Slake

    We headed to the pre-party at Slake later that evening, featuring Anjunadeep’s own Matt Lange. The dancefloor was full of happy faces and custom-designed A&B hats and shirts, created by members of the official ABGT100 Facebook group. Those who stayed late into the evening (as Lange played well over his allotted time slot because he was having "so much fun") were rewarded with the chance to meet and have photos taken with Lange. I headed back to my room around 4 a.m. to rest up for the following day’s events, the grand finale--ABGT100.


    photo: kat gallagher

    Finally! ABGT100

    My Facebook feed was full of ABGT100 posts from all over NYC on Saturday. Friends who had never met in person, but brought together by their mutual love of A&B (most met on the hub during the weekly shows), finally meeting before taking part in ABGT100. Random posts of fans eating alone somewhere in the city, and inviting other fans to join them. It was moving to see the A&B love we cherish spreading through a group of people who could no longer be called strangers. As I headed toward MSG, I wondered how many new friends I would meet there.

    When I arrived at my seat, the Garden was starting to fill up as the A&B deep set played to the ribbon filled crowd. As I watched each smiling face run in, dancing their way to their spots, I knew this would be a night I would never forget.

    In classic Ilan Bluestone style, he captured the crowd immediately with his uplifting trance set, ebbing and flowing with the expertise of a veteran DJ, but what struck me most was the smile on his face--it seemed to say “Is this real life?” I think the crowd’s overwhelming response was enough evidence to support that it was, in fact, really happening.


    photo: krystal spencer

    Next up was the one and only Andrew Bayer with a repeat performance following his ABGT050 appearance. He told us in a recent chat, "Since I DJ so rarely, I try to make each show really special." And he certainly did just that, keeping the crowd on their feet, swaying and dancing to each peak and valley of his set.


    photo: krystal spencer

    The last opener was none other than our "Superman," Mat Zo. The funk master brought out all his tricks for the evening. I've seen Zo a few times before, and this set was like nothing I've ever heard from him. Opening with his "Get Down 2 Get Up" and ending with Kaskade’s "Something Something" with some Oliver Heldens & Sander Van Doorn, Knife Party, Chromeo, and more mixed in, it was a set so full of genres, only Mat Zo could pull it off.


    photo: krystal spencer

    When it came time for the reason we all traveled far and wide to take stage, I wasn’t sure the crowd could get any more excited. I was wrong. Tony and Paavo took the stage to welcome us all, raised the ABGT100 flag, and just like magic, when they dropped it, there stood Jono. It was the first, but certainly not the last, magical moment of the night. Opening with We Are All We Need, the screen filled with all the names flying in to create the hand that appears on the album cover. Excited squeals were heard throughout the venue when someone saw their own name, or a friend's name. Soon we were singing along and dancing to our favorites, and introduced to some new tunes, including my favorite, Super 8 & Tab and 7 Skies’ collab Rubicon. The lights and video visuals accompanied the music in perfect time, and the live Tweets seen on the jumbotron made us feel like the rest of the world was right there with us.


    photo: krystal Spencer

    The boys surprised us a bit by changing up the "push-the-button" song from the usual Sun and Moon to Blue Sky Action. TWO lucky fans fulfilled their dreams by not only getting to push the button, but also having the chance to dance in front of all of us and all the people watching the live stream all over the world. They were so happy, that we couldn’t help but smile and be happy for them, instead of wishing we were chosen. As we sang and danced away the last 30 minutes of their set, we all wished the night would never end, but we knew it was not “Goodbye”, but rather “Until next time.”



    Afterparty - Pacha

    Many of us made our way to the Anjunadeep afterparty at Pacha. As I walked in the brisk weather the four blocks to the venue, I couldn't help but smile as I saw familiar faces running and skipping down the street, many of them singing--there wasn't a stranger in sight. At the afterparty, we were able to continue the afterglow with Beckwith, Lane 8, and James and Jono Grant back to back. Around 4 a.m., I had to gracefully bow out to head back.



    Being a part of the music industry, I've had the pleasure of attending many shows, festivals, and special events like this. However, I don't think any act will ever take the special place in my heart that Above & Beyond holds, and I know this will be a memory I treasure for a lifetime. If you haven't had the pleasure of attending an A&B show, make it a priority. Pick up tickets to their show at The Forum in LA here. Don’t believe me, just watch the video from ABGT below. Don’t forget to grab your tissues first. Remember: life is made of small moments. If you love someone, tell them. <3

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    Above & Beyond - ABGT100 Deep Warm Up Set
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    ilan Bluestone - Live At Madison Square Garden (ABGT100)
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    Andrew Bayer - Live At Madison Square Garden (ABGT100)
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    Mat Zo - Live At Madison Square Garden (ABGT100)
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    Above & Beyond - Live At Madison Square Garden (ABGT100)
    Oct 24
    2014

    Guy J Takes Us To ‘Candyland’ On ‘Once In A Blue Moon’ EP

    Israeli producer Guy J has made a name for himself of late with his varied and rich productions, borrowing from a diverse range of electronic genres. His core sound nestles casually between the realms of house and techno, as exemplified by his latest EP, Once In A Blue Moon.

    The title track is all about subtlety, with simple techy beats flowing alongside unimposing synth lines and clever little musical ideas. It really shows Guy’s talent for making complex and immersive music with relatively simple means. The main attraction however--by quite some distance--is Candyland. First premiered over a year ago during his set at ABGT050, it’s been much sought-after ever since, and with good reason. There’s a mix of modern-day tech house, '90s techno and Goa style psy-trance. With a smooth-yet-slightly unconventional breaks-esque beat and endless floating synth lines, there’s a timeless quality to Candyland. It has hints of Future Sound Of London or Art Of Trance, but still manages to sound like something from the future.

    Rounding things off is Lonely Colour, a clever mix of dreamy atmospheres and deep, techy basslines that almost exemplifies Guy’s mastery of the ever-changing face of dance music. Once In A Blue Moon is out now on Bedrock as a Beatport exclusive.
    Guy J - Once In A Blue Moon (Original Mix) [Bedrock]
    Guy J - Candyland (Original Mix) [Bedrock]
    Guy J - Lonely Color (Original Mix) [Bedrock].
    Oct 24
    2014

    Calvin Harris And Ellie Goulding Take It ‘Outside’

    We are less than two weeks away from the release of Calvin Harris' new album, Motion, and from what we can see, all signs point to another massive success.

    After taking some Slow Acid and Burnin' it up with R3hab, Calvin has once again linked up with the incomparable Ellie Goulding, this time for the album's fifth single, Outside.

    In a similar vein to the duo's previous smash hit, I Need Your Love, Outside is a heartwarmingly smooth pop/dance number that features an infectious melody and Ellie's standout vocals. The song doesn't reinvent the wheel, but it seems destined for crossover success, and, as the old saying goes, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. At this point, is it safe to call Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding EDM royalty?

    You can pre-order Motion ahead of its Nov. 3 release date on iTunes here.
    Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding - Outside (Original Mix) [Sony]