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Dirty South’s third album ‘XV’ is an aural exploration [Album Review]

Four-years after the release of Dirty South’s cinematic album, With You, Dirty South has re-entered the album release ring with XV. The expression “the third time’s a charm” could be applied to XV, which is indeed the visionary’s third LP. Such an application, however, would err in its adjectival minimalism — for the art of XV’s […]

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The Radar 104: Mixed by Dillon Nathaniel

House is back in full force, and LA-based rising star Dillon Nathaniel is leading the charge from the warehouse scene. With previous releases on labels like Tchami‘s Confession and AC Slater‘s Night Bass, the low-end connoisseur is earning his stripes with the scene’s finest and doing it with his own tech-meets-bass house flair. Stepping up to the […]

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Premiere: James Zabiela – X-Ray

Balance has a way of recruiting premium talent to create their mix compilations. Their 29th edition is a particularly special one, as the brand managed to tap the legendary James Zabiela on mixing duties. Zabiela hasn’t put out a mix CD in over seven years; furthermore, he was roped into Balance duties amidst a tumultuous […]

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Exclusive: Meet FANGS, the breakout artist with an all star team that’s poised to take 2018 by storm

While ascending artists usually come out of the gate ready to prove themselves with a SoundCloud full of music and a hungry drive, few make their entrance with a live show and a stacked artist team. For FANGS, producer Danny D’Brito, this is exactly what his foray into his solo music career looks like.In fact, […]

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House heavyweights Hardwell and Quintino team up to produce, ‘Woest’

Hardwell and Quintino have each carved a deep niche in big room since the subgenre’s rise during the EDM boom. Now, they have teamed up to create an intensely energetic collaboration titled, “Woest.” However, this isn’t the first time these two power houses have worked together. With their hit original, “Baldadig,” as well as their remix […]

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Weekend Rewind: Kevin Anderson enthralls in two-hour 2017 Desert Hearts set

Kevin Anderson is the life of the party.The artist rolls with a cheeky crew whose house, techno, and love mantra permeates through all possible facets of their work — paramount to the Desert Hearts ethos. His eccentricity  stands out not only in his propensity for finding rare tracks, Anderson also manages to impress with his of injection of love and non-stop danceability into his sets.His […]

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Scene rising: Ocaso Music Festival is a testament to the searing underground potential of Costa Rica

Tamarindo, Costa Rica’s Ocaso Music Festival is already finding its sweet spot.Such a feat is not an easy one to accomplish — especially in an increasingly saturated festival market where success rides a fine line of talent booking, production, and risk-taking. Nailing a major festival production can take years, even with a strong team and a prime location. However, Ocaso […]

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Premiere: Wax Motif ft Kaelyn Behr – Unraveling

Danny Chien doesn’t believe in hype. The Australian-born beat maker better known as Wax Motif isn’t content on only producing the same sound,  rather Chien is constantly proving that he’s ready for more challenging work. Having previously released titles on A-Trak’s Fools Gold label and Diplo‘s Mad Decent, Wax Motif brings an identifiably unique style to the studio, fusing his many musical influences — from […]

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HI-LO and Dada Life team up for an entrancing collaboration, ‘Love Vibrations’

“Love Vibrations,” an enrapturing collaboration by none other than house music’s heavy hitters Oliver Heldens, under the alias of HI-LO, and the enthralling duo, Dada Life, is out now on Heldeep Records.Undoubtedly, when it comes to these artists, unpredictability dominates the production. Their mastery of deep house vibes contrasts with higher hitting synths makes for […]

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Launchpad: Lose yourself in this sweeping house playlist

Launchpad is a playlist series showcasing music we love, hand selected by our staff. The tracks come from both emerging and mainstream artists; it’s all about the quality and the unexpected. If you’d like your music featured in Launchpad, submit it for consideration here. House music’s appeal runs deep. From the jackin’ house that pours out of […]

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Palms Trax makes rousing Essential Mix debut

Cheekily dubbed as the west country-born, Berlin-based underground star by BBC‘s Pete Tong, Palms Trax has finally made his debut in the Essential Mix DJ booth.Real name Jay Donaldson, Palms Trax’ ubiquity in the dance world is becoming increasingly deserved as time carries on. He has bold sonic inclinations and an unabashed M.O. where he moves between […]

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MUST LISTEN: The Black Madonna makes her stunning BBC Radio 1 residency debut

The “riot girrrl” of dance music, The Black Madonna, has made her 2018 BBC Radio 1 residency debut.Marea Stamper kicked off her residency with zeal, digging into the crates and serving up an archetypically Black Madonna array of deeper cuts from the likes of Talamanca System, Detroit’s Parliament, and the groove-God Kiki Gyan.It’s going to be a […]

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MUST LISTEN: Carl Cox kicks off the 25th year of BBC Radio 1’s Essential Mix

The techno maven Carl Cox has served up the very first BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix of the year.Considering the show turns 25 this year, it’s fitting that Cox — who Pete Tong referred to as “one of the most legendary DJs in dance history” — served up the very first mix of the year.Cox’s first […]

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Julian Calor – Run Away ft Maggie Szabo

Julian Calor stands as one of Holland’s most talked about new producers, with a knack for producing technical, yet melodious EDM that far exceeds his years.  Still only 24, the Dutchman has already dropped a full-length album on Hardwell‘s Revealed Recordings and headlined various festivals worldwide.His latest track, “Run Away,” is another clear testament to his […]

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Ben Böhmer shares dreamy, brimming ‘Morning Falls’ EP

Blossoming German newcomer, Ben Böhmer has shared his musingly melodic Morning Falls EP via none other than deep house destination Anjunadeep. The classically trained Böhmer first appeared in the Anjuna arena for the label’s fourth Explorations series, with his fluttering track “Flug & Fall.”The three-track Morning Falls EP, is a warm, stirring horizon prevailing over a cruel, arduous winter. The EP begins with the gentle, downtempo grooves and idealistic, waxing and […]

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Weekend Rewind: Jackmaster drops off the original Mastermix from 2006

Jackmaster‘s released his original Mastermix from 2006 to kick off the new year.Since the debut landed over ten years ago, Jackmaster’s Mastermix series has become a highly regarded institution in the dance music realm, as it’s one of the most dynamic collections of tracks in the scene. While it was believed to have been lost, the […]

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Showtek & Moby – Natural Blues

After a rather tepid 2017, Dutch electro house group Showtek have seemingly hit the ground running in 2018, reinventing celebrated veteran musician Moby for what essentially seems like a rework of “Natural Blues.”The synths and mellowed house-inspired style seem to be majorly Showtek’s handiwork, as the duo seem to be moving onto yet another new sound over […]

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Be Svendsen – Getula [EP Review]

Be Svendsen ended his year on a sensual note via “Getula.” Through jazzy keyboard riffs, Eastern-inspired instrumentation, and carnal rhythms embedded in a mid-tempo foundation, the Danish producer proves once more that electronica doesn’t need to be pounding and high-charged to create an irresistibly move-able atmosphere. Its hypnotizing layers serve as tentacles that keep the listener hooked until the […]

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Madison Mars drops intricate house original, ‘Magneto’

Known for his detailed layers of sound and energetic musical structure, Madison Mars is a prominent artist in house, cultivating his own complex style categorized by deep builds, enthralling chord progressions, and infectious contrasts of bass and rhythm. With several releases on Don Diablo’s imprint, Hexagon, as well as features on Spinnin’, Madison Mars’ talent […]

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DJ Three & Öona Dahl prepare for Minimal Effort NYE with curated Orbit playlists

For underground fans in Los Angeles this weekend, Minimal Effort is the party to ring in the New Year. Stacked to the brim with the scene’s top talent, the holiday event will host names like Maya Jane Coles, Ardalan, Jimmy Edgar, Justin Martin, DJ Three, Öona Dahl, and more.To get ready for the NYE affair, […]

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