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Illenium alchemizes inner darkness into light through stunning third studio album, ‘ASCEND’ [Review/Interview]

2019 has been a year of Ascen-sion indeed, for Denver-based DJ/producer, Nick Miller. Not only did he further cement his Phoenix-adorned earmark to the apex of the electronic space, but he also successfully crossed over into mainstream global markets, doing so without surrendering his established aural identity. Miller, more popularly known as Illenium, while still […]

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Stereo Underground evokes stoicism in debut LP, ‘The Art of Silence’

Stereo Underground, born Yariv Etzion, has always been somewhat of an enigmatic talent despite his far-reaching influence. A co-founder of Israel’s BPM College, now one of the country’s premier musical institutions, Etzion and echoes of his expertise are already present among the thousands of students he’s taught over the years. It wasn’t until 2009, however, […]

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Medasin’s debut album is innovative, warm, and pleasing to the ear

Grant Nelson, aka Medasin, is changing the scope of electronic music. After a flavorful edit of Portugal The Man‘s 2017 hit “Feel It Still,” Nelson was in high demand, earning official remix opportunities for Khalid, Post Malone, Martin Garrix, and more. In early 2018, he sold out eight of 10 shows on his first official headline tour, […]

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The Glitch Mob exude respect for the process in their third studio album, ‘See Without Eyes’ [Interview + Album Review]

When The Glitch Mob take a break from the visible public eye, longtime fans of Boreta, edIT, and Ooah know something masterful is in the works. After all, if there’s anything this LA-based powerhouse trio is known for, it’s a penchant for profundity and a fondness for not rushing the artistic process. “For us, music is more about the process than the […]

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Alison Wonderland gets experimentally profound in ‘AWAKE’ [Album Review]

Alison Wonderland strips down to the bone with the release of AWAKE, an exquisite illustration of an artist’s self-exploration. The self-made producer is known for her galvanizing productions and performances, which have projected her into the limelight of dance music over the last few years. With a robust fanbase that continues to support her constantly-evolving […]

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‘Places We Don’t Know’ is an ethereal introduction to the scope of Kasbo’s sound [Album Review]

Released via Foreign Family Collective/Counter Records, Kasbo’s debut album Places We Don’t Know is a sonic bildungsroman. “Conceptually the album is about romanticizing a naïve worldview,” the Swedish producer said of the LP. “That [naiveté] and ignorance is something to be cherished. There’s something really beautiful about the perfect worldview you have as a kid, […]

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Exclusive Q&A: Break Science on how Brooklyn influenced electronic sound, working with Pretty Lights, and their newest LP, ‘Grid of Souls’

Raised in the cultural hotbed of New York City, Break Science‘s Adam Deitch and Borahm Lee have long brought their city’s rich musical history in jazz, funk, and soul directly into their catalog. As two essential members of Pretty Lights Live, Deitch (also of Lettuce) comes armed with his thunderous breakbeat style on the drums, while Lee brings a […]

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Nicolas Jaar astounds with sample-heavy surprise album under lesser-known alias, Against All Logic

Nicolas Jaar has maintained a heavy sense of eccentricity and innovation in his work throughout his tenure as a composer. Though he spent a brief jaunt experimenting in the dance music realm around a decade ago, he’s since internalized the genre’s ubiquity and coherently shifted away from creating it altogether. Jaar’s severely personal music strolls down intellectual promenades that emulate […]

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Ganja White Night explore the dynamic depths of low end bass in seventh LP, ‘The Origins’ [Interview + Album Review]

Who exactly is Mr Wobble? It’s question that has been on the minds of many since Ganja White Night released a series of music videos late last year. One that has answers partly in the release of their newest and most ambitious album to date, dubbed The Origins, out now on their own imprint SubCarbon […]

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Lane 8’s ‘Little By Little’ is a spectacular aural odyssey grounded in its exploration of the human condition

The great paradox of the modern day is that despite numerous means of instantaneous communication, true and genuine connection is at premium higher than any point in history. Unsurprisingly, contemporary art wrestles with this, notably in Black Mirror‘s recent examination of dating apps and culture from the episode “Hang The DJ,” where the driving tension results from […]

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N.E.R.D’s self-titled fifth studio album is a chaotic affair rooted in social commentary

No_one Ever Really Dies: even the acronym by which American funk rock supergroup N.E.R.D — Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo, and Shay Haley — were founded upon suggests a non-traditional marriage between chic nonchalance and latent sentimentalism. Consider the collective sense of fervid urgency that is currently igniting the veins of millions of disenfranchised American and global citizens, inject a lethal dose of vogue funk and bottle it […]

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Gabriel & Dresden make impassioned return on emotive new work ‘The Only Road’ [Album Review]

There’s much to be said for musical groups who know when it’s time to call it quits. A level of respect, integrity, transparency, and a heightened sense of curational awareness is put on display when artists makes this move. In 2008, progressive trance mavens Gabriel & Dresden came to this difficult decision themselves. The duo had […]

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Markus Schulz as Dakota explores the path to enlightenment in new album ‘The Nine Skies’ [Album Review]

Markus Schulz and Dakota may be one in the same, but sonically they could not be more different. A euphoric and optimistic trance producer, Schulz revealed his Dakota alias when he struggled to find an outlet for his darker side amidst the trance and commercially relevant Schulz releases. Where Schulz fans thrived on fast paced […]

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Miguel steps one foot outside the bedroom in ‘War & Leisure’

Erotic-funk singer/songwriter, Miguel‘s fourth studio album, War & Leisure, is likely his most conscious, inventive body of work to date. Miguel is most widely known for his massive R&B ballad “Adorn,” which won him a Grammy in 2013. The track was released on his 2012 Kaleidoscope Dream, the LP that signified Miguel’s leap towards a more overtly psychedelic variation of his Pop/R&B production style.In addition to […]

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Kaskade fans top ‘nice list’ as Kaskade releases full-length holiday album, ‘Kaskade Christmas’ [Stream]

The auditory equivalent of a winter wonderland, Kaskade’s seasonal album, Kaskade Christmas promises anything but a ‘silent night.’Out today, the full-length Christmas production arrives in time for the holiday, offering listeners Kaskade flavored reworks of a variety of Christmas classics, ranging from “Santa Baby” to “Holy Night.” The 13-track album additionally includes several original Kaskade […]

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Emancipator taps into his scopious musical roots on the exemplary ‘Baralku’ [Album Review]

Soon It Will Be Cold Enough… that Doug Appling will need to retreat indoors to adhere to a pattern that has long defined the perennial producer since he debuted his Emancipator moniker eleven years ago. This pattern of silent introspection is one that has, in turn, allotted an intimate offering of landscapist, waning, sonic multitudes. Like a bear emerging from […]

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The Bloody Beetroots ruminate on the sustenance of EDM, challenge the industry with ‘The Great Electronic Swindle’ [Interview + Album Review]

The Sex Pistols are undeniably one of the greatest punk rock bands in history, as their influence on both contemporary music and pop culture is inarguably ubiquitous.While punk counterculture seeped into nearly every cultural crevice of the United Kingdom in the late sixties, it had yet to ooze into the streets of the United States for some time. Of course […]

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The Bloody Beetroots ruminate on the sustenance of EDM, challenge the industry with ‘The Great Electronic Swindle’ [Interview + Album Review]

The Sex Pistols are undeniably one of the greatest punk rock bands in history, as their influence on both contemporary music and pop culture is inarguably ubiquitous.While punk counterculture seeped into nearly every cultural crevice of the United Kingdom in the late sixties, it had yet to ooze into the streets of the United States for some time. Of course […]

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Nic Fanciulli delivers dynamically expanse, emotive debut LP, ‘My Heart’ [Interview + Album Review]

It’s incredibly exciting, and yet, surprising almost that UK house maestro Nic Fanciulli is just now releasing his debut record — especially after playing such a pivotal role in the UK underground scene over the years. Fans of the virtuoso are ensured that it is with his prolific touring life and keen propensity for considerate curation that the […]

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Purple Disco Machine presents debut album ‘Soulmatic,’ talks timelessness of disco [Interview + Album Review]

Disco remains at the forefront of dance music four decades after its genesis, thanks in part to the genius and innovation of Dresden-born artist Purple Disco Machine (PDM). With his debut album Soulmatic, Purple Disco Machine — also known as Tino Piontek — challenges the notion that the aforementioned genre was laid to rest with the bell […]

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