Steve Aoki, Deorro, MAKJ, & Max Styler forge a new anthem in ‘Shakalaka’

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“Shakalaka” is the collective product of powerhouse producers Steve Aoki, Deorro, MAKJ, and Max Styler. An energetic, big room buildup and psy trance-inspired bassline lead into a Mariachi-tinged breakdown that implies Deorro’s Latin touch, before dropping into a colossal explosion of sound purposed to shake the dancefloor. With a powerful kick and wide stereo imaging, the track’s appeal stretches wide, showing signs of becoming a main stage anthem. 

The writers behind “Shakalaka” are as big as the production itself. All four are consistently booked at festivals ranging from Ultra and Coachella, and have each clocked in a fair amount of hits under their own belts as well — a couple recent ones being Deorro’s “Bailar,” and Aoki’s venture with Little Yachty and AJR, “Pretender.”

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NMF Roundup: Carnage & Steve Aoki team up for ironic track, Deorro samples his son’s voice, Martin Garrix, David Guetta, and Brooks team up + more

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The most important day of every week: New Music Friday. As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed.

Carnage teamed up with Steve Aoki and Lockdown for “Plur Genocide.” The most impressive thing about this track is that it could be a contender to beat out The Chainsmoker‘s “Selfie” as electronic music’s most annoying track.

Anjunabeats released an epic remix by Cosmic Gate for Gabriel & Dresden‘s “Only Road” featuring Sub Teal.

The Funk Hunters dropped the second track off of their upcoming album with groovy “Party Rockin.”

Dash Berlin and DBSTF teamed up for catchy progressive track featuring Josie Nelson “Save Myself.”

Bailo has created the perfect radio hit and club drop with new release “Rush” featuring M.E. Swank and Sauce.

Everyone can breathe easy because that ID that Martin Garrix, David Guetta, and Brooks have been teasing for months is finally out, and it is just as good as we thought it would be.

Chris Lake infuses a surprising drop with pulsing chords in “Turn Off The Lights.”

G-House fans can get their fix with Dustycloud’s newest release “Move.”

DJ Zinc and Chris Lorenzo fuse piercing chords with smooth beats in their VIP Mix of “Gammy Elbow.”

Mokita’s soulful new track “When I See You” is the perfect electronic pop track to unwind to after a long day at work.

There is no lack of energy in Deorro’s hardstyle release “Offspring,” which samples his own son’s voice.

Danny Avila slows it down with his remix of Marshmello and Selena Gomez’s “Wolves.”

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Deorro kicks off 2018 with new single ‘Existence’ on Ultra Music

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Deorro makes his 2018 debut with another energy-filled track,  “Existence.” Released on Ultra Music, the American producer looks to pick up where he left off in 2017 with his debut album Good Evening and an expansive North American tour.

One thing the Deorro specializes in is giving his fans what they want. In the case of “Existence,” he stuck to his usual big room sound, employing heavy, reverb-filled kicks, vibrating synths, vocal chants, and an orchestral bridge for added drama. In addition to a Coachella 2018 appearance, Deorro will be taking Latin America by storm this spring, including performances at EDC Mexico, Lollapalooza Brazil, and more.

NMF Roundup: Mr. Kristopher offers acid house action, Savoy show off their rock edge, and Killsonik make a comeback

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The most important day of every week: New Music Friday. As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed.

Awoltalk and Ian Munro link up for the Official Goods Records’ inaugural release of 2018, an aggressive trap number punctuated by pronounced drum elements and low pitched bass lines.

Andrew Rayel puts forth the sequel to Moments (Remixes – EP1), the followup EP an electric offering featuring remixes from Radion6, Whiteout, and more.

Bass experimenter Mr. Kristopher exemplifies the expression ‘the third time’s the charm,’ dropping off the third part of his Brooklyn Trilogy series. Pt. 3 emerges from the sonic depths of Kristopher’s studio, evincing acid house action and haunting techno tones.

John Christian and electronic duo VAVO assert that three isn’t just company, but good company on the drum rhythm driven “How Low,” released on Tiesto’s Musical Freedom label.

Savoy assert their rock edge in “Don’t Quit Me Now.”

Trance virtuoso Oliver Smith stuns via “Inside,” a release hailing from Smith’s melodic wheelhouse.

Dubstep duo Killsonik re-commence their electronic comeback on “Never Dream Of Dying,” a number dramatized by eerie string work at the intro, and punching bass thereafter.

UKF Dubstep caters to dub lovers in UKF Dubstep 2017 – Album Mix, an eclectic conglomeration of tracks shaded in dubstep tones.

Deorro’s Panda Funk label sees label veteran GARABATTO deliver a vocally centered statement on “Infected.”

Datsik has released a seven-track EP, Master of Shadows. He teamed up with Virtual Riot, Excision, Ganja White Night and more for the bass-heavy compilation.

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Insomniac releases Metronome #138 featuring Rickyxsan

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Insomniac has released episode 138 of of their Metronome series. The series features “mixes from some of today’s fastest-rising electronic stars, as well as championed legends,” reads a statement from Insomniac. “It takes listeners deep across a wide range of genres, movements, cultures, producers, artists and sounds that make up the diverse world of electronic music.”

Episode 138 of the series features a mix from none other than Rickyxsan. The East L.A. dubstep producer and DJ has recently gained notoriety for his tracks, garnering support from the likes of Diplo, Skrillex, Steve Aoki, Deorro, and more.

The mix features Rickyxsan originals, remixes, and a plethora of established and unknown tracks. Sit back, buckle in, and blast off: this mix is sure to energize.



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Deorro debuts official video for ‘Andele’

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Deorro delivers on explosive new track ‘Andele’

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Hitting on his Mexican roots here, Erick Orrosquieta, better known as Deorro, gives listeners a flavor of how dominant the Spanish language can be in making a hit record. Recently coming out of temporary retirement, the LA-native has been pushing the boundaries of his career in 2017, currently working his way throughout the US and Canada on the “Existence Tour Bus.”

With his new single “Andele,” Deorro sticks to what he’s good at: delivering explosive, fan-favorite festival hits. Crashing into an entrancing vocal loop that includes the word famous “Andele” chant, the track builds up into an insanely rapid drop with sharp, pounding synths that will have any crowd “hurrying” into their best fist bump.

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See how much your favorite DJs have changed over the past 5 years

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While seeing someone like Hardwell or Afrojack at the Ultra main stage today may be a similar experience to what it was in 2012, it cannot be denied that dance music has seen considerable change over the past five years or so. One of the biggest signs has been the willingness of artists to expand their sounds and collaborative choices. For example, Afrojack, who was dropping the crunchiest beats in the game a few years ago, is now working with artists like Ty Dolla $ign and Luis Fonsi to breed mainstream, Top 40 tracks. There’s also the case of The Chainsmokers, who went from remixing popular indie/alternative songs in 2013 to now being arguably the hottest duo in the world right now, topping the charts across all genres in working with Coldplay, Halsey, and others.

Dance music has proven it isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, and that it is capable of rapid evolution and reinvention. To prove how much the music has changed over the years, a Facebook page called Revealed Family posted two videos entitled “EDM – THEN vs. NOW.” The videos give a track by track outline of how different music by the top DJs in the game was 5 years ago versus how it is now. There’s a clear difference in sound and production style that should be noticed instantly. The videos include old and new tracks by Nicky Romero, Zedd, R3hab, Avicii, Skrillex, Alesso, Vicetone, Deorro, The Chainsmokers and more.

Ultra Japan releases diverse Phase 1 lineup

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Ultra Japan has announced an extensive phase 1 lineup with AlessoThe ChainsmokersHardwellKygo, Steve Angello, Steve Aoki and Tiësto as headliners for the fourth edition of the. This year, Ultra’s Tokyo-based festival will debut a brand new Live Stage, making it the fourth Ultra Worldwide edition to host this facet of the event. Three highly-celebrated live acts in electronic music have been confirmed for the festival’s first phase: Empire of the Sun, Pendulum and Porter Robinson.

The festival will take place from September 16-18 at the Tokyo Odaiba ULTRA Park across three stage- Main Stage, Live Stage and RESISTANCE. Having announced an Ibiza residency recently, RESISTANCE will also see a major upgrade in Tokyo this year, with Carl Cox, Joseph CapriatiSasha & John Digweed and Seth Troxler set to headline its stage.

View the full Phase 1 lineup below:

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Stream sets from Diplo, The Chainsmokers, and more at Insomniac’s Countdown 2016

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Insomniac’s Countdown has become its cornerstone New Year’s Eve event for bass, big room, and electro house enthusiasts, hosting an impressive lineup this year with A-trak, Steve Aoki, and more across two days at the NOS Events Center. Revelers this year enjoyed the lineup immensely, refusing to let weather conditions place a hindrance on their celebration. Live sets emerging from the gathering have begun surfacing, which easily justify the level of excitement catalyzed by the Countdown’s headliners’ electrifying sets. Stream sets from the likes of Diplo, Alesso, and more below.




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