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Mar 02

George Maple Seduces With ‘Where You End And I Begin’

Future Classic princess George Maple is back with her first release of 2015, the enchanting and seductive Where You End And I Begin.

Maple's sophomore EP, Vacant Space, highlighted the Australian artist's breathy, majestic voice and synth-heavy production, and her latest follows suit. A collaboration with Philadelphia rapper Grande Marshall, Where You End And I Begin is a bit lighter than Maple's previous hit Talk Talk, but her alluring sound remains a powerful force throughout. The track's bouncy, futuristic R&B melody blends perfectly with Maple's seductive vocals for a groovy-yet-sophisticated effort that showcases Maple's musical diversity.

Grab the track on iTunes here, and look out for Maple as she embarks on her US tour.
George Maple feat. Grande Marshall - Where You End And I Begin (Original Mix) [Future Classic]
Mar 02

LT3044: My Evol – Nobody EP

Our latest release on LessThan3 Recordings sees young British talent My Evol join our roster. His debut release is the two-track EP Nobody, which brings more smooth and stylish deep house to the label and offers the first glimpse of what should evolve into a long and illustrious career.

Nobody is built around an instantly addictive vocal hook, an insanely subby bassline, and a simple-yet-catchy groove. It's a track that gets right into your soul, and with the chilled atmosphere and subtle synth riffs, it's as suited to 3 p.m. around the pool as it is to 3 a.m. in the club. On the flip-side is the more upbeat November, with some old school-tinged synths and dancefloor-friendly grooves that make it an ideal set-builder.

My Evol has plenty more music still to come, so grab your copy of Nobody now, and get acquainted with a future deep house legend.

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My Evol - Nobody (Original Mix) [LessThan3]
My Evol - November (Original Mix) [LessThan3]
Mar 02

Mad Decent Boat Party Lineup Is Here

Diplo and family will hit the high seas for round two of the Mad Decent Boat Party with a crew of Flosstradamus, Jack U, Dillon Francis, and more in the lineup, announced today.

Initially launched in 2014, the MDBP sets course for Cozumel, Mexico in its sophomore voyage on the Norwegian Pearl (pictured). She shoves off Nov. 11-15 and will play host to performances by Gent & Jawns, Ape Drums, and Jauz among others, making for a massively upgraded ticket for the event's second go-around.

Get more info and tickets here, and scope the complete lineup below.

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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