First Listen: Pirupa – We Must Be (The Piano Track) feat. Mr. V

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First Listen: Pirupa – We Must Be (The Piano Track) feat. Mr. VPirupa We Must Be

Pirupa knows his way around a class record. For well over a decade, the producer has output cuts of the deeper variety that stimulate his audiences while catching the attention of labels like Drumcode, Suara, Get Physical, and beyond. He continues his legacy of choice releases with a return to the hallowed Crosstown Rebels, where he’s joined forces with Mr. V for an infectious piano piece, “We Must Be.”

The tune follows the oft-playful aesthetic of its label home, winding through paths of nostalgia via piano stabs and Mr. V’s encouraging vocals on unity. It combines its cheery atmosphere with driving undertones, set at a grooving BPM and pushed forward with glittery shakes of percussion that Pirupa has become somewhat known for. “We Must Be” is a veritable spot of sunshine, coming to listeners at a perfect time to reminisce on the summer season, and to provide warmth as fall and winter kick in. The composition is also paired with a vocal-less dub mix that feels a little more geared toward the afterhours.


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Damian Lazarus shares Day Zero lineup – Black Coffee, Bedouin, DJ Tennis, & More

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Damian Lazarus shares Day Zero lineup – Black Coffee, Bedouin, DJ Tennis, & MoreDay Zero 2016

The Mayan “Day Zero” is fast approaching, and with it comes the rebirth of Damian Lazarus‘ eponymous event series that happens every January in the Tulumian jungle. While the event itself had taken a brief break for its 2018 edition, its 2019 edition is looking to pick up right where it left off in terms of top notch production, and musical billing. In fact, the lineup has just been released, with Black Coffee listed as one of the event’s headliners.

He will be joined by the Crosstown Rebels bossman himself, in addition to Dutch nomad Satori, Bedouin, DJ Tennis, BLOND:ISH, and others who are primed to put forth their own visions of a spiritual house set at the event’s locale of the Cenote Dos Palmas. The event will also have its usual slide of local cuisine and performers.

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Damian Lazarus’ Day Zero festival will head back to the jungle in 2019

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Day Zero, the magical jungle-fest headed by London-born DJ Damian Lazarus, has finally announced its sixth installment slated for 2019. Ever since he created the festival in 2012, the label boss has managed to make it an annual event that celebrates the spirit of Mayan culture with some killer electronic music.

On its fifth birthday, Lazarus teamed up with Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte to create an otherworldly experience, featuring techno beats from Brooklyn-based duo Bedouin, fellow Crosstown Rebels signee Mathew Jonson, and more.

Day Zero will return to the jungle on Jan. 11, 2019 in Dos Ojos (Tulum), Mexico. Tickets of Trust will go on sale starting September 5, with GA tickets dropping shortly after the lineup announcement.

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Damian Lazarus announces remarkable 13th annual Get Lost Miami lineup

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Damian Lazarus is bringing his otherworldly Get Lost party to Miami Music Week for its 13th annual installment March 24-25.

Despite the ever-fluctuating tides of Miami’s readily available scene, the off-kilter ethos of Get Lost will continue to be a mainstay, proven in its continual cultivation of intimate after-hours vibes.

With more than 50 artists playing in just over 24 hours, Damian Lazarus’ MMW alternative is supplying the underground with the artistry they need. Seth Troxler’s playing a 5 a.m. opening set. Detroit legend Carl Craig and the high priestess of South African house music, Black Coffee, will get behind the decks. The festival features an appearance from the wizard himself, and an extended closing set from the trio Wizardry: DJ Three, Damian Lazarus, and DJ Tennis.

Legends like Doc Martin, Kenny Glasgow, Soul Clap, Kerri Chandler, Fur Coat, Kölsch, and more will all perform live at the Lost Mythical cities-themed event.

More information and tickets are available here.

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Premiere: Audiofly & Patrice Bäumel – Atacama

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Audiofly are experts in putting together deep, eclectic rollers that work as well on a windy desert as they do in the club. Meanwhile, Patrice Bäumel has been carving out his niche in the progressive and tech scenes for keen ability to balance emotive melodies and arrangements with a driving underlay.

The two acts have combined their talents for their first time under the Crosstown Rebel fold, and as one might expect, work exceptionally well together as a team. “Atacama,” the name of their joint record, sweeps the mind off to a distant and futuristic. Subtle vocal samples and titillating note progressions bounce around the speakers, creating a three dimensional effect that is pierced by ethereal synth work and lush percussion. Its breakdown is long and introspective, injecting a sense temporary release and haunting beauty by way of orchestral sampling before all of “Atacama’s” elements come back to surround the ears in its echo chamber of sound.

Both the original version of “Atacama” as well as a re-shape by Damian Lazarus will be available on September 15. Pre-order the EP here


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DA Premiere: Nice7 & Dirty Channels – Feelings

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Italian DJ duos Nice7 & Dirty Channels have teamed up for their first collaborative EP, Feelings, arriving on Damian Lazarus’ seminal Crosstown Rebels label with two exceptional acid-tinged original tracks along with a groove-laden heavy remix from Nathan Barato.

“Both ‘Feelings’ and ‘Juno’ were influenced by our passion for analog synths and vocal samples together with acid house” the foursome said. “After testing them we realised how powerful they were and sent them to Damian who immediately gave us his support.”

The EP’s title track “Feelings” is an arresting acid-dipped affair that features thick 303 squelches, a humming barrage of electronics, and excellent use of the classic “Need You Now” vocals to create an undeniable peak-time smash.

Building around an addictive acid riff, the Italian foursome chops up “don’t hold back the feeling” into a dark enticing sequence that conjures raucous Chicago warehouse vibes. Urging the listener to give in, devious synths hiss and crackle as the acid line bobs and weaves with deviance around the vocals. The resulting EP is an assemblage of three strong acid house tracks with old school roots built for today and beyond.

The EP is out December 9th on Crosstown Rebels. Preorder it on Beatport here.