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Jul 01
2015

WATCH: Disclosure’s Futuristic Video For ‘Holding On’

Jun 30
2015

Glass Gang Adds Choreography To Shoegaze In ‘Believe’ Video

Jun 30
2015

Stream Bassnectar’s New Album ‘Into The Sun’

Bassnectar's latest artist album Into The Sun has been released. 16 tracks deep, it's more odyssey than album, a journey into the mind and motivations of one of EDM's festival favorites. ​

Six tracks from the album were shared prior to today's official release, with Sideways--his collaboration with producer Louis Futon and Bay Area rap legends Zion I--leading the charge insofar as trap inspirations. The use of San Francisco rap's traditional hyphy swing in the track aims the genre at a higher level of excellence. ​

Into The Sun, the album's titular single, bears a loping and filtered snare and kick blending into heavy and break-laden dubstep. A lone synth riding on top of the mix gives the track an almost post-apocalyptic feel.

Remixes play a significant role in the album, with the best of the lot possibly being Bassnectar's re-working of David Heartbreak's 2014 single Rose Colored Bass. Whereas the original sounds like a dancehall remix of a dubstep tune, this one goes one step further and warps Heartbreak's banging, dub-driven basslines into double-time drum & bass. It's certainly exciting and provides a wildly different feel. ​

With collaborations making up most of the album, everything from The Naked and The Famous' rock stylings to Psymbionic's chillwave breaks and Swedish experimental pop artists Wintergatan are dipped into the lowest end of the sonic register and returned bearing varying levels of Bassnectar's trademark rumbling and face-melting intensity. ​

For fans of Bassnectar and heavy sounds, this album is a must-listen if only because of its seemingly endless desire to meld Bassnectar's style with concepts and feels both familiar and bizarre. When the imagination of the lead artist is the only tie that binds a release this diverse, the album serves more a statement of one's creative excellence than anything else. ​

Grab the entire Into The Sun album here, and stream on SoundCloud here. ​
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/208831992
Bassnectar - Into The Sun (Original Mix) [Amorphous]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/212510080
Bassnectar feat. Louis Futon & Zion I - Sideways (Original Mix) [Amorphous]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/212510428
David Heartbreak - Rose Colored Bass (Bassnectar Remix) [Amorphous]
Jun 30
2015

TomorrowWorld Lineup Doubles With Phase 2 Headliners

ID&T's North American expansion TomorrowWorld released its Phase II lineup, adding Bassnectar, Kaskade, live shows by Porter Robinson and Rudimental, and more to the third annual weekend festival outside Atlanta.

The balanced second addition offers a little bit of everything except possibly for trance, which was represented to an extent in Phase I by Armin van Buuren, Paul van Dyk, and Ferry Corsten. Lucky fans headed to Chattahoochee Hills, Ga. Sept. 25-27 will now catch acts from Bro Safari, Gramatik, and Seven Lions to Maya Jane Coles, The Magician, and Guy Gerber as they join the already-announced 20 names or so in Phase I.

The SFX-owned festival looks to build upon the success of 2014, which not only saw increased attendance, but local economic impact, which rose 16 percent from 2013 to a total of $93 million. For comparison, EDC Las Vegas infused $334 million into the Clark County economy in the same year.

See the complete lineup announcement below. Get more info and tickets here.

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Jun 30
2015

Splice Announces Sample Subscription Service, Splice Sounds

Splice, the cloud-based collaboration/sharing service for producers, has announced a new premium subscription service, Splice Sounds. The service will allow producers to access an almost endless database of sounds, samples, and loops for a monthly fee, as well as allowing producers to backup and share their own creations.

In a world that increasingly uses cloud computing to store and share data, a service such as Splice makes perfect sense, and could well revolutionize the world of music production. As many budding producers will be well aware, online collaboration through forums and the like is nothing new, so a service that makes the process easier and more hands on is a long overdue development. Splice Sounds takes the process one step further, allowing not just project files and ideas to be shared, but also the very sounds that make up productions. It's something the industry is also looking to embrace, with leading sample companies Loopmasters and Sample Magic already on board. The thinking is that producers previously either had to spend large sums on entire sample packs to access perhaps one or two sounds they wanted, or pirate sample packs--a practice which clearly damages the industry.

The pricing plan is two-tier, with Level 1 costing $7.99 per month for 100 "credits" and Level 2 costing $13.99 per month for 300 "credits." The "credits" translate into a single sound each, which a user is then licensed to use forever.

Watch the video introduction to Splice Sounds below, and check out their website here.