Movement’s 2019 lineup displays true talent in Detroit

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Movement, one of the longest-running music music festivals, returns in 2019 with a stacked lineup of techno connoisseurs. The three-day event will take place Memorial Day weekend in Detroit’s signature riverfront park, Hart Plaza. In the city where techno was born, Movement Electronic Music Festival aims to bring an authentic experience to its attendees, showcasing true innovators in the world of dance music.

Among these innovators are Disclosure, performing a live and immersive experience, Grammy-nominated producer Fisher, Chris Lake, MK, Yaeji, up-and-comers Golf Clap, Charlotte De Witte, and more. Also, attendees will get an exclusive DJ set from Off-White founder and Louis Vuitton artistic director Virgil Abloh—demonstrating the vigorous relationship between fashion and dance music—and hip-hop/trap music extraordinaire Gucci Mane.

The festival will take place May 25-27. Purchase tickets here and check out the complete daily lineup below.

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  • Al Ester b2b Earl Mixxin Mckinney
  • Amelie Lens
  • Art Department
  • Brian Kage
  • Carl Craig
  • Disclosure – DJ set
  • DJ Holographic
  • Josh Wink
  • Kenny Larkin – live
  • Loco Dice
  • LSD (Luke Slater, Function, Steve Bicknell)
  • Marie Davidson
  • Matthew Herbert
  • Maya Jane Coles
  • MGUN
  • Mister Joshooa
  • Neil Landstrumm
  • Octave One – live
  • Orbital
  • Ryan Crosson b2b Shaun Reeves
  • Seth Troxler
  • Soul Clap
  • Stacey Pullen
  • Tin Man – live
  • Tylr
  • Umfang
  • Virgil Abloh
  • WAJATTA – live (John Tejada x Reggie Watts)


  • Andrea Ghita
  • ANNA
  • Asher Perkins & Rex Sepulveda: Front to Front – live
  • Ataxia
  • Channel Tres
  • Charlotte de Witte
  • Chris Liebing
  • Craig Gonzalez
  • Danny Brown
  • DJ Godfather
  • DJ Minx
  • DJ T-1000
  • DM Nation
  • Dubfire b3b Nicole Moudaber b3b Paco Osuna
  • Fisher
  • Gucci Mane
  • Heiko Laux
  • John Acquaviva
  • Kevin Saunderson b2b The Saunderson Brothers
  • Nastia
  • Noncompliant
  • Norm Talley
  • Oscar Mulero
  • Patrick Topping
  • Richie Hawtin
  • Ryan Elliott
  • Sam Austins
  • Sheefy McFly
  • Soul Goodman
  • Volvox


  • Audion – live
  • Chris Lake
  • Ciel
  • Dabrye + Kadence
  • Danny Daze
  • Detroit Techno Militia 2×4
  • DJ Bone
  • DJ Nobu
  • DJ Tennis
  • FJAAK – live
  • Floorplan – live
  • Get Real
  • Golf Clap
  • GRiZ
  • Heathered Pearls
  • Heidi
  • Hot Since 82
  • J.Phlip
  • Justin Cudmore
  • Loren
  • Madlib
  • Mathew Jonson – live
  • MK
  • Remote Viewing Party
  • Shigeto – live
  • Stephan Bodzin
  • Tale Of Us
  • The Advent – live
  • Whodat
  • Yaeji

Sevenn bridge bass and tech house in new single, ‘Lollipop’

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Sevenn continue to define their sound, and simultaneously push the modern electronic envelope in “Lollipop.”

A club-ready bass jaunt sure to bang on any half-decent set of speakers, the latest single to bear the Sevenn-stamp entices listeners with its tech-house-leaning rhythmic construction in the song’s opening seconds. Dark, low-pitched bass tones prove to be a characteristic of Sevenn’s continually expanding catalog, as further seen through the “Lollipop” lens. Sevenn lay down a similarly deep bass line on prior smash collaboration with Tiësto and Gucci Mane, “BOOM.” Now, the dance duo ground “Lollipop” much in the same vigorous vein.

Sevenn position a galvanizing vocal loop of the tune’s title, “Lollipop.” Just before the track builds, the production’s tech house influence is most audible, with clattering percussion and complex rhythmic arrangement. “Lollipop’s” moments of ascent eventually give way to potent pops of bass, which comprise the single’s drops, while adding a party-geared personality to the song. “Lollipop” is out now on Armada Music.

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Don Diablo features West Coast rap legend Nate Dogg in new track

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2018 has been a year of forward-thinking hard work from Don Diablo. Since the release of his sophomore album, Future, there’s been a lot to acknowledge regarding the Dutch producer, including remixes for Martin Garrix, Kygo, Diplo, and more, alongside various original works. Now, he’s decided to pay homage to the late Nate Dogg with his latest single “I Got Love.”

Dogg — who died tragically at the age of 41 — is considered one of the pioneers of West Coast hip-hop, coming up with rap legends such as cousin Snoop Dogg, Tupac, Dr. Dre, and 50 Cent. It may seem that Diablo is taking things in a unique direction here, but his previous single, “Survive” featured contemporary rapper Gucci Mane — proving his innovative moves to break into hip-hop’s rising popularity.

The track samples Dogg’s vocals from his 2001 release of the same name, which are layered over upbeat piano chords and subtle drum hits to create blissful future house vibes.

Gucci Mane announces 12-date North American ‘Unusual Suspects’ tour featuring Carnage and Smokepurpp

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North American Gucci Mane fans will want to clear their fall calendars as the “I Get The Bag” rapper prepares to embark on a 12-date tour. The “Unusual Suspects” Tour will kick off on November 7 in St. Paul, Minnesota, and will take Gucci through a number of U.S. cities, including Washington, Los Angeles, Chicago, and more.

Carnage and Smokepurpp will provide support for all dates, but attendees can expect some additional fanfare during Gucci’s December 27 stop at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre. Duly the one show set in Gucci’s hometown and the tour’s finale, the Atlanta date will see a number of surprise guests join the rapper to close out the “Unusual Suspects” tour, given the show’s “Gucci Mane & Friends” titling. Tickets to the tour will go on sale on September 28 at 10 AM EST, and can be purchased here.

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Don Diablo tags Gucci Mane and Emile Sandé for empowering future bass collab ‘Survive’

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It may be tough to imagine an EDM crossover collab still raising eyebrows in 2018. Artists ranging from Skrillex to Kygo have made pop-savvy dance tunes featuring radio royalty Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, and more. Still, anyone who saw a futuristic meeting of worlds between Don DiabloEmeli Sandé and trap rap icon Gucci Mane likely had a crystal ball. The three of them make future house magic on a new single titled “Survive,” arriving via Diablo’s Hexagon imprint. 

Emile Sandé kicks things off with hair-raising melodrama, her choruses meshing perfectly with the track’s epic atmospherics. Don Diablo lets the stuttering beat worm its way into listeners’ ears before Gucci Mane takes over on what has to be the most unique backdrop for bars the rapper has ever met. Gucci’s verse is sure to surprise those who though the ingredients couldn’t possibly fit, his triumphant brags providing instant swagger.

“It’s just one of those records that needed to be absolutely perfect, from start to finish,” Diablo told Billboard. “I wanted to it to stand out and combine three worlds into one; a Dutch music producer, an incredible British singer songwriter, and one of the biggest U.S. rappers of today. I am more than proud of the final outcome, and hope the music and the message of the song will motivate people to dream big and see beyond the clouds of their personal challenges.”

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All My Friends festival set times have arrived

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With Destructo officially having parted ways with HARD Summer before its July 2018 edition, All My Friends comes in perfect timing as his phoenix project that rises from the ashes. On August 18 and 19, the two-day festival takes over downtown Los Angeles with some of hip-hop and EDM’s biggest names.

With artists like RL Grime, Gucci Mane, Chris Lake, M.I.A., Jamie XX, Anna Lunoe, and Wax Motif (the list goes on), fans can look forward to two days of live music, fun, and everlasting memories. This year serves as the grand opening as All My Friends takes over the ROW DTLA, an outdoor venue typically used as a creative space and shopping destination.

Tucked away on the outskirts of LA’s Arts District, attendees can look forward to three stages with a long list of talent is curated by DJ/producer Destructo himself. With the success of his past endeavors (HARD Summer, Holy Ship), the All My Friends founder stays consistent in bridging the gap between all genres in music.

The main AMFAMFAMF stage will showcase the ‘Big Six’ headliners: RL Grime, Gucci Mane, Jhene Aiko on Saturday, and M.I.A., Jamie XX, and Armand Van Helden on Sunday. The entire bill consists of 39 acts total, with plenty of time to celebrate.

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Celebrate 8/08 day with a playlist of 808-inspired trap and bass classics from TNGHT, RL Grime, A$AP Rocky, Aphex Twin and more

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The Roland TR-808 is one of the most innovative machines in the past century of music. Only on sale from 1980 to 1983, this short span of time saw the 808 gain major influence in techno and essentially birth the early hip-hop movement, from the raw sounds of Detroit to Afrika Bambaataa‘s classic “Planet Rock.” As the sound emerged from the underground, the drum machine garnered mainstream attention with it’s use in Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing” in 1982, while becoming a mainstay for hip-hop acts like Public Enemy and Run DMC. As pop music in the 80’s drifted towards a more electronic sound, the 808 was eventually adopted by everyone from Whitney Houston to Phil Collins.

Though the machine fell out of the mainstream in the 1990’s due to a lack of availability, an overuse of the sound, and east coast hip-hop’s shift to more soulful, jazzy beats, it stayed strong in US and European rave scenes while America’s burgeoning southern trap scene began to flourish and the end of the millennium. The early 2000’s saw the likes of Gucci Mane, T.I., and Young Jeezy (and their producers) utilizing the TR-808 to form rap music’s now ubiquitous trap genre.

Kanye West modernized the use of the drum machine in the 21st century on his seminal 808s and Heartbreaks, though samples of the 808 are nearly everywhere, and have been for quite some time. Eventually artists like Flosstradamus, Baauer, TNGHT, and Diplo began using the signature percussion of trap music, and a new sub-genre emerged, adding diversity to EDM’s popular dubstep/big room/progressive house dynamics. Suffice it to say the 808 has made a considerable impact on contemporary music production, so, on 8/08, join us in celebrating the Roland TR-808 Drum Machine with our 808 playlist below.

Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike release Tomorrowland 2018 EP featuring Hardwell, Nicky Romero, KSHMR, and Bassjackers

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Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike have released their Tomorrowland 2018 EP, featuring collaborations with Hardwell, Nicky Romero, KSHMR, W&W, Gucci Mane, Wiz Khalifa, and Bassjackers. Celebrating the two-weekend event, the Belgian DJ duo released seven tracks in 10 days.

The EP kicks off with “Unity,” a heavy collaboration with Hardwell. Festival synths and hardstyle rhythms take over, surprising listeners. Nicky Romero’s feature samples The Chemical Brothers‘ “Hey Boy, Hey Girl,” in another hardstyle heater.  “Opa” with KSHMR takes advantage of Greek influences using Bouzouki sounds and electro-house rhythms.

“Arcade Mammoth” is as big and wide as the title suggests. Plucking synths that lead into trance synth melodies is exactly what listeners would expect from this collaboration between Dutch duo, W&W, and the No. 2 DJs on DJ Mag‘s Top 100 DJs list.

There are two Bassjackers alliances on the EP, “All I Need” and “The Jungle.” Both combine elements of trap, electro, and bass music using trap rhythms and eclectic synth whomps.

The project culminates with a calmer verse than previous tracks. Around the two-minute mark, listeners are met with that signature hardstyle fans know and love from Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike. Wiz Khalifa’s vocals add a cooling contrast from the bigger synth play.

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Inside Iceland’s Secret Solstice: five moments that ruled the festival

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Long admired for its picturesque landscapes, Iceland has grown to be a top destination among globetrotters and festivalgoers alike. Beyond landmarks like Blue Lagoon and tours of The Golden Circle, the country’s music culture is deeply embedded across countless genres and generations. The remote island of only 330,000 shares an appreciation for artists like Slayer, Gucci Mane, Dubfire and George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, so it’s no wonder the lineup for the country’s largest festival, Secret Solstice, covered a breadth of musicians.

Already in its fourth year, Secret Solstice bathed in endless daylight as nearly 20,000 music fans from 32 countries and all walks of life gathered to celebrate the best and brightest of today’s artists.

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Secret Solstice was produced with the night owl in mind. Just as the curtains were drawn on the main stage, house and techno heads migrated to their very own late-night playground, Hel. Laugardalsholl Sport Center was transformed into a cavernous space as dark as the artists performing, such as Waff B2B Skream, Charlotte de Witte, Holmar, John Acquaviva, RPR Soundsystem and more. While techno is still growing in Iceland, Hel drew just the right amount of locals and travelers seeking a bit more from their festival experience.

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With only 120 spots to fill, Into the Glacier has become a Secret Solstice staple. Accessible even to those not attending the festival, Into the Glacier embodies the quintessential Iceland experience: a deep excursion inside of a man-made ice cave, residing on Iceland’s second largest glacier, Langjökull. Resting around 4,000 feet above sea level, the heart of the cave was tinged with rich shades of blue. It’s here – through winding tunnels and slippery slopes – that pulsing beats finally lead us to Dubfire.

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Serving as one of George Clinton & Parliament Funk’s final shows, the group took fans back in time as they performed celebrated hits both old and new, such as “Atomic Dog” and “Backwoods.”Immediately following Iceland rock band Stuðmenn, the Father of Funk graced Iceland with his coveted presence, lending his contagious energy and charm to thousands of fans before him.

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Thrash-metal is still alive and well – especially in Iceland. As one of this year’s major headliners, Slayer’s first and final Iceland performance was received by more than 17,500 fans – by far the largest crowd throughout the four-day festival. The band’s firepower is stronger than ever as they tear through their discography, ranging from “Payback” to “Angel of Death.” As the band prepares for its impending retirement, Secret Solstice attendees come together as history rapidly unfolds, officially marking the end of an era.

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Gucci Mane played host to one of the festival’s rowdiest crowds – a moment in time far exceeding that of any other rapper performing at Secret Solstice. Davis and his sea of fans feed off of one another’s energy as he puffs out every verse with vigor and relentless passion. A true craftsman in his field, the Atlanta rapper demonstrates utmost poise as he strides across the stage. It’s 11pm, and the sun is still shining.

Gucci Mane ‘likes EDM,’ name drops Diplo in ‘The Autobiography of Gucci Mane’

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Although Gucci Mane has cooked up a series of super collabs with fellow rap heavyweights like Migos, Drake, and Lil Wayne over the course of his career, Gucci Mane fans might be surprised to learn that the “Both” rapper’s affinity for music extends beyond the hip hop genre, as The Autobiography of Gucci Mane imparts.

Heralded as being “as wild, unpredictable, and fascinating as the man himself” by Complex, Gucci Mane’s autobiography ascended to the top of The New York Times’ bestseller list following its 2017 publication. The book traces Mane’s prolific career, from its earliest moments, Mane’s 2014 incarceration for felony firearm charges, and his 2016 release from prison.

While the work focuses primarily on hip hop and Gucci Mane’s association with the genre, The Autobiography of Gucci Mane details the rapper’s little known liking for electronic music. “I liked EDM,” Mane writes in one of the chapters, “The big beats, the lights at the shows, the way the crowd responded. It was a world away from the hood-ass clubs in Decatur I was used to, but I liked that my music was touching difference audiences. That was cool to me.”

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Gucci Mane goes on to cite Diplo as “One of the DJs who was championing [his] music,” referencing Diplo’s creation of Free Gucci, in Mane’s own words, a “mixtape with EDM remixes of the best songs from the trilogy” that “took off.”

Perhaps one day, fans will see a Gucci Mane/Diplo collab born in the studio.

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