Carl Cox‘s torrential techno reign has foraged Black Rock City for over a decade, and this year was no disruption from tradition. The global DJ veteran recently released his hour-and-a-half set at the Opulent Temple stage at Burning Man. Cox brought his unequivocal energy to the majestic desert playground with a set strewn with melodies riding percussion.
With various IDs and tracks from Audiojack, Kenny Dope, wAFF and more, the set is best-spent reminiscing the fleeting nature of time or simply lavishing in the array of long-form buildups and celestial hooks.
Burning Man may only last for a week, fragments of the elusive weekend continue to surface—reminding the rest of the music community of the desert-dwelling spectacle’s all-embracing artistic artillery. Below is another unearthed memory from the depths of debauchery entertainment, delivered by Playground BRC.
For years, Tycho has treated Burning Man attendees to blissful sunrise sets and has also delivered his sets to those who couldn’t attend the festivities. This year, again, the producer has uploaded his 2019 sunrise set to SoundCloud, allowing all fans to experience two hours of dreamy beats even if they’re not in Black Rock City.
The new set takes listeners on an introspective journey, kicking off with Van Halen’s “1984” and setting the tone for the out-of-this-world collection of music that follows. From his own songs to selections from Bonobo, Chrome Sparks, Four Tet, and more, the celebrated artist thrills from start to finish.
“Happy to present this year’s sunrise set, live from the Dusty Rhino in Black Rock City on Thursday, August 29th, 2019,” Tycho notes in the mix’s description. “Thank you all for taking the time to share in this moment, it’s truly a highlight for me to spend this morning with you each year.”
The Desert Hearts dance floor is the stuff of legends among the West Coast house and techno community. A festival with less than 3,000 attendees that draws some of the most impressive four-on-the-floor masters is the scene. There may not be another event like it left in the world.
To perform at Desert Hearts is to know a specific kind of harmonic experience. The DJ does not play for the crowd. The DJ plays with the crowd, and Will Clarke had his chance to play with the crowd at his first Desert Hearts back in April.
This particular eve of the event was prime for Clarke’s heady-beats. Toni Varga and De La Swing did the warming up and a surprise set from Clarke’s Dirtybird cohort, Justin Martin, came right after. Expect some serious, raw tech house.
This 60-minute mix is filled to the brim with some of today’s hottest music, including selections from Anti Up, FISHER, Walker & Royce, and AC Slater, along with several selections from the Los Angeles producer himself. Fans will also find tunes like Dillon Francis‘ “Go Off (Nuthin’ 2 It),” Noizu‘s “Dance,” an ID from Wax Motif, and more.
The producer is currently in the midst of a tour supporting his new music and can be found in California, Mexico, South Korea, Indonesia, and more in the coming weeks. See the full list of shows here.
Earlier this summer on July 1, Mat Zo debuted his imprint’s inaugural compilation album, This is Mad Zoo. Geared with 12-tracks ranging from drum ‘n’ bass to dubstep, breakbeats, and more, This is Mad Zoo is as proper of a showcase of Mad Zoo‘s roster as it is fittingly in tune with Zo’s visionary roots in pushing the boundaries of the scene.
Now, the Mad Zoo boss once again proves to be one of the most eclectic forces in dance music, re-channeling his attention to This is Mad Zoo in a 37-minute mix. Redefining tracks from the compilation with masterful transitions and fortifying the experimental extremities championed by This is Mad Zoo‘s spectrum of genres, the UK producer takes listeners through a genre-blurring journey that exudes energy, beauty, and darkness all at once.
Immerse yourself in the madness of Mat Zo’s This is Mad Zoo mix below.
Their 72-minute set took attendees through an array of both artists’ tunes, sprinkling some IDs and songs from friends like Green Velvet, Valentino Khan, Wax Motif, and many more.
The iconic duo seamlessly wove one heater into the next, no doubt thrilling all who were fortunate enough to be in the crowd. Luckily for the rest of the world, the set has surfaced on DJ Snake’s SoundCloud and is now streamable for all.
Anyone who knows Adventure Club has heard or has at least vaguely associated them with their mixtape series, Superheroes Anonymous. The duo released the first edition of Superheroes Anonymous back in 2013; the rest is history. Since then, the mixes have grown virtually synonymous with Adventure Club themselves, with the two producers putting forward the best of melodic dubstep, electro-house, trap, and hip-hop into one hour of cathartic heaven.
Now, we revisit one of Adventure Club’s most iconic mixes, Superheroes Anonymous 6: Road to Red Rocks. Road to Red Rocks showcases Adventure Club’s versatility at its best, with each track traversing through a sonic journey. Starting off with proper intensity, the mix delivers bass music from Barely Alive, Zomboy, and NGHTMRE and trap tunes like Styles&Complete & EXSSV’s “Starstruck” and Father’s “Wrist” before leveling out into melodic picks from San Holo, Sweater Beats, and Cashmere Cat. Adventure Club takes the opportunity to shift the momentum from filth to feels and energy to stillness over the course of the mix, incorporating their beloved signature sound throughout and gracefully closing out with Gallant‘s “Open Up”.
As the opening notes of “everything matters (when it comes to you)” started to drift into the crowd, thousands of fans who’d gathered to hear San Holo perform his album1 show lit up with excitement.
The June 13 performance was the artist’s first headlining gig at the storied venue, and he brought along friends like Shallou and Chet Porter to share in the experience. The bitbird label head performed his album1 LP in full during his set, taking his audience on a journey through fan favorites like “lift me from the ground” and “worthy.”
In the video’s description, the producer refers to his set as “vibrant,” and rightly so. Those who cherished album1 upon its September 2018 release and continue to do so will appreciate this glowing live rendition of the album’s 12 tracks. View the performance in full below.
Sweater Beats checked off the bucket list in performing a recent DJ set at Emo Nite in Los Angeles. The Big Beat Records signee indicated in a Facebook post that he started his music career by playing for pop-punk/emo bands in high school. In the same post from February, fans get a Sum 41 beat flip, kicking off a wave of nostalgia for the LA-based producer.
Now, he’s perfectly blended humble beginnings with his current status as an electronic artist with this 33-minute mix from Emo Nite in LA. In addition to some familiar remixes, the mix is stacked with flipped classics and mashups by the producer himself, all representing the pop-punk/emo era of the ’90s and early ’00s. Listeners will hear edits of “Swing Swing Swing” by The All-American Rejects, Yellowcard’s “Ocean Avenue,” a Smashing Pumpkins joint “smashed” with a k?d drop, Fall Out Boy‘s “Sugar We’re Going Down,” and more.
In the mix’s description, the artist said he “got to live out a dream” by playing at Emo Nite. “I spent a lot of time finding/making acapellas for a lot of my fav emo & pop-punk songs so I could make custom remixes and edits,” he notes in the description. “The set was probably the most honest set I’ve ever played, a real mixture of my luv for emo & electronic music.”
Carnaval has just begun in Brazil, and to honor the cheerful chaos that ensues, Major Lazer has put together a brand new mix. The tracklist reveals something particularly special: most of its tracks happen to be by local artists from the area. Diplo and his colleague’s continual willingness to showcase underrated talent from outside the states is commendable.
Clocking in at just over an hour, the music selection is diverse and high-charged. Some bachata-inspired beats even make their way into the fold via MC Davi’s “O Verão Esta Chegando.” Bass runs abound, with wild trap drops and rhythmic heaters stimulating the senses. Major Lazer make it easy for listeners to place themselves mentally amid the madness that takes over the country during this time of year.