Diplo debuts on his Higher Ground imprint with Born Dirty on ‘Samba Sujo’ and ‘Ouro’ [Stream]

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Diplo debuts on his Higher Ground imprint with Born Dirty on ‘Samba Sujo’ and ‘Ouro’ [Stream]Born Dirty Diplo Credit Noelle Van Nostrand

Among all of Diplo‘s fledgling ventures, his new Higher Ground label might be one of the most exciting things to watch unfold. The house-leaning sister imprint to Mad Decent sprang up over the summer, hosting a debut release from Walker & Royce, along with a label showcase in Brooklyn and some co-branding exposure at Destructo‘s recent AMF event in LA. Now, boss man himself is stepping up to the plate, premiering on his new label alongside Born Dirty on “Samba Sujo” and “Ouro.”

Higher Ground, named after Diplo’s house EP of the same name, continues to prove its commitment to the genre’s widely variant composition. The twofer release features a heavily filtered afro-house jump starter on “Samba Sujo,” followed by a more tempered club-ready selection on “Ouro,” with each track also receiving an extended cut to boot. Listen below.

NERVO recruit Skazi for new take on ZHU’s, ‘Faded’

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NERVO recruit Skazi for new take on ZHU’s, ‘Faded’Nervo Press

It has been a whirlwind year for NERVO. The twin sister DJ duo both gave birth this year, though that didn’t seem to slow their role as they were also named Tomorrowland Radio‘s first ever weekly hosts. Amid major milestones this year, the sisters kept up a steady stream of new material, including their latest, an homage to ZHU‘s chart-topping “Faded” alongside Skazi. The track is available now via Spinnin’ Records.

NERVO’s “Faded” takes on the familiar elements of ZHU’s 2014 breakout smash, matched with the duo’s signature house-inspired flair. Keeping the original’s unmistakable hook, NERVO and Skazi refit the track with a thumping, club-ready backdrop. Hear “Faded” below.

ORBIT Playlist: Eli Brown forwards Fabric London performance

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ORBIT Playlist: Eli Brown forwards Fabric London performanceEli Brown 1 1

Eli Brown is teaming up with Ibiza superpower event brand, ANTS, this Friday, November 1, at landmark London club spot, Fabric. The performance will be part of ANTS return to Forms series—summoning the cream of the techno/tech-house heavyweight crop.

Navigating a highly saturated Bristol house scene, Brown was forced to find fresh ways to make a lasting mark. His singular sound subsequently began to take shape. He’s now known for his penchant for painted, energizing house offerings with a pernicious twist. With high-profile appearances on Ultra Records, Lee Foss‘s Repopulate Mars, and Mark Knight‘s Toolroom (among a sundry of others), it’s evident ears, other than ours, are craning to get a slice of Brown’s sound.

By way of Dancing Astronaut, the “XTC” producer has compiled a list of tracks, specifically for the occasion. In conjunction with the club-courting house/tech cuts, Brown has provided listeners with a bit of method to his delicious aural mayhem—attaching his intention behind each track selection. Stream below to find out what’s in store for Brown’s Friday showing at Fabric. Tickets available here.

1. Solardo & Eli Brown – XTC – I had to pick this tune as it’s been a massive tune for me over the summer… We just dropped the video and sick remix is coming very very soon so hold tight for that.
2.Cuatero – Pa chu – Love this tune, proper grooves by one of my favourite producers on Seth Troxler’s Play it Say it label… Need I say more?
3.Monoky & Luis Miranda – Leggo – If you’ve heard me play over the past two month you will have heard this tune. Definitely one of my go-to tunes, the bassline is so heavy it always destroys the club.
4.Nathan Barato – Talk on – Old Hot Creations classic but I recently put this back in my sets and still smashes it so hard so I wanted to include it for those who may have missed it first time around.
5.Sosa – DFCW – Massive tune by one of my favourite new producers…go check him out as he’s got a big future.
6.Patrick Topping – Turbo Time – Wicked tune from one of the best producers around. Every time Patrick does a tune its always different and unique, this is no different… Massive early ’90s vibes on this.
7.Jey Kurmis – Caz She Can – Jey Kurmis can do no wrong in my eyes, his tunes have a certain vibe to them that no one else can replicate and this is a perfect example of how to create a groove.
8.Richy Ahmed – Come With Us – Another tune that’s been around for a while but I love the vibe so much, sounds like nothing else and one that perhaps went under the radar.
9.Jamie River – Pesos – New producer whom I don’t know much about but if this is anything to go by then I’m sure he’s set to do big things. Love the Latin vibes on this, the flute sample in the breakdown always creates a special moment when i’ve been playing it out.  
10.Micheal Bibi – Garden of the Groove – Bibi’s back with another banger on Repopulate Mars, rolling grooves and massive b-line, this tune goes off believe me.
11.Rafa Barrios – Sense – Another big track in my sets over the past couple of months, love the energy on this tune.  Rafa always makes wicked tunes, if you’ve not come across him make sure you check out his other stuff.
12.Ronni Spiteri – Tell me Something – Wicked tune from Ronni who’s a sick producer from Southampton UK on one of my favourite labels, Alan Fitzpatricks We are the Brave!  Rolling Techno vibes…love it!
13.Eli Brown – 92 Thing – Probably my favourite tune of mine, slightly different sound than some of my other stuff but hopefully fans of my other stuff will still see the connection. Played by everyone from CamelPhat, Solardo, Carl Cox, and Adam Beyer over the summer, it’s been doing damage.
14.Raito – Sumer Of Love (Alan Fitzpatrick remix) – This tune has everything for me, wicked old-school vibes and a banger of a drop.. never fails to smash it.
15.Anja Schneider – Far Side of the Moon – Been playing this tune as my last tune of my sets recently and I love it, one of those tunes when you hear it in the rave you just want to put your head down and find a dark corner and get lost in the music!  

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Dom Dolla sends listeners shuffling with house-fueled ‘San Frandisco’

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Dom Dolla sends listeners shuffling with house-fueled ‘San Frandisco’DOM DOLLA

The pulsating heart of house music beats with stamina on Dom Dolla’s “San Frandisco.” The record is liable to elicit a fervent “finally!” from Dolla fans, who’ve awaited the single’s official release for about a year’s time. 

“I’ve been testing this track out on the road for the better part of 12 months, tweaking the moments until I felt it had just the right amount of dance floor appeal,” Dolla wrote in a recent press release.

Agile beats pound in tandem with a hammering, low seated bass line stimulated by shrill sirens. A vocal sample of an unnamed local San Francisco “dance legend” amplifies the cut’s potent dance floor power.

“I felt [the sample] was just too perfect to let the track out into the world without it,” Dolla says of the elemental inclusion.

Touting a rhythm that’s established its esteem among closely clustered dancefloor crowds, “San Frandisco” issues a hard-driving nod to San Francisco’s vivacious house scene. Dolla brings the body funk with “San Frandisco,” which is out now via Sweat It Out/Arista.

Catch Dolla on tour throughout the US this fall with the likes of his official remixer, Sonny Fodera. Tickets available here.

Wax Motif links with Diddy for new imprint’s debut single, ‘Divided Souls’

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Wax Motif links with Diddy for new imprint’s debut single, ‘Divided Souls’Wa Motif 1

The Australian-bred, LA-based Wax Motif has recently launched his new very own label, Divided Souls. Wax wasted no time giving the outfit a proper christening, with his expedient release of new native namesake track featuring Sean “Diddy” Combs. “Divided Souls” runs with a house intro that quickly leads into an unabashed monologue, Diddy in the driver’s seat. The sermon denotes how songs are too short to really resonate with people, tipping his cap to DJs who play out the 20-minute versions of tracks.

The house track is aimed towards the live audiences who turn up at the surreptitious after-hour spots and the artists who don’t writhe to people please. Puff Daddy’s soapbox rides above tantalizing synths, waiting on edge for the house hook filled with a running bass, offset high end plucks, and that hallowed four-on-the-floor kick-snare house rhythm.

The track is set to appear on the G-house authority’s forthcoming album. The LP is still in the works, though will of course see a native Divided Souls release.

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REZZ unabashedly delivers her finest mix to date on debut Essential Mix for BBC Radio 1 [Stream]

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REZZ unabashedly delivers her finest mix to date on debut Essential Mix for BBC Radio 1 [Stream]Rezz 11

There’s something incredibly legitimizing about an electronic artist’s first Essential Mix. It’s a level up from one’s current echelon into certified “industry heavyweight” status, and now it’s officially REZZ‘s moment to shine. The undisputed queen of mid-tempo bass, REZZ has long been carving out a formidable name for herself on the international dance circuit, garnering a cultish worldwide following behind a catalog of infectiously strange, gripping sonics.

REZZ’s BBC debut came in 2017 during one of deadmau5‘s residency sessions. After gracing the airwaves during the first hour of her mentor’s mix, it was clear REZZ was bound for her own Essential Mix in the near future. Now, she’s delivered, and she’s kept strictly to her own catalog of work throughout the battering two-hour session.

Stream REZZ’s debut Essential Mix here.

Alesso gives himself the remix treatment for a progressive revision of ‘Sad Song’

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It isn’t exactly classified information that Alesso fans have been yearning for a return to the producer’s progressive roots for some time. Earlier this year, Alesso unveiled the introductory installment of his Progresso EP series in addition to a self-remix (alongside Deniz Koyu) of one of those singles that assuredly exhibited an influence from early on in Alesso’s career. To broaden that streak into mid-summer, Alesso is adjusting the sound on another release of his own with an adaptation of his pop collaboration with TINI, “Sad Song.”

Incrementally shifting the original’s tempo to a more club-appropriate pace, Alesso implements a delicate house instrumental before fuly transitioning towards what fans have been craving. A reflective progressive drop adds an overhauled and much-desired festival sentiment to Alesso’s radio-ready “Sad Song” as he effortlessly satiates multiple genre tastes in doubling down on his latest single.

Earlier this summer, Alesso confirmed to Dancing Astronaut that a second Progresso project was currently slated for release sometime later this year.

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Alison Wonderland’s secret house set at EDC uploaded to Pornhub [Stream]

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Alison Wonderland’s secret house set at EDC uploaded to Pornhub [Stream]Alison Wonderland Lose My Mind Tour 3

Alison Wonderland‘s performance at EDC Las Vegas was one of the festival’s top highlights of 2019. The Aussie beatsmith, who grabbed the runner up spot for Dancing Astronaut‘s top artist of the year in 2018, managed to squeeze in an extra performance at EDC this year, far from the larger-than-life main stage she commanded on the festival’s opening night.

Making her way to the Art Car for a secret strictly house set, the Run producer gave unsuspecting fans an encore performance glued together by floor-ready dance cuts. Best of all, the secret set was uploaded to Pornhub for everyone’s streaming pleasure. It had to live somewhere, right? The set comes as a highly recommended listen, though, you might want to hold off on clicking the link below while you’re at work or school. Enjoy.

Mercer takes a modern disco jaunt on new EP, ‘NEO DISCO 2’

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Mercer takes a modern disco jaunt on new EP, ‘NEO DISCO 2’Mercer

NEO DISCO 2 is Mercer‘s invitation to listeners to sonically step inside the producer’s disco dojo. The three-track EP radiates a soulful, dance-centric funk that colors each of NEO DISCO 2’s cuts, “Your Love,” “Disco Parade,” and “You & I.” NEO DISCO 2 melds old-school disco sound with the clean and comparatively more contemporary neo-disco style that has pervaded so many of Mercer’s preceding productions, like “Studio 54” and “Alright.”

The instrumentally rich groove of NEO DISCO 2’s inclusions touts looping melodies and bold backbeats. Each tune fluidly pushes forward with heart, evoking the euphoria specific to disco inflection. As NEO DISCO 2 evinces, disco never died—it’s just gotten a modern update, Mercer style.

Armin van Buuren switches it up, taps Bonnie McKee for new collaboration ‘Lonely for You’ [Watch]

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Armin van Buuren switches it up, taps Bonnie McKee for new collaboration ‘Lonely for You’ [Watch]Armin Van Buuren Bbc1 Radio

Armin van Buuren has released a new track  that is nearly unrecognizable coming from the venerate trance and progressive producer. Titled “Lonely For You,” the song taps into an elaborate drum line with a faint drum n’ bass-inspired vibe that adds a unique compliment to poppy vocals, delivered by Bonnie McKee.

The producer speaks about his newest track in an official release, stating,

“’Lonely For You’ was written with the lovely Bonnie McKee. For me, it resembles the struggles we all face with and in relationships, ups and downs. I think it was appropriate to release it around Valentine’s Day!”

The track tells the story of getting over a relationship that has ended, and the moments of feeling alone even though the breakup was the right decision. “Lonely For You” has fittingly been released in conjunction with Valentine’s Day, and the accompanying music video features both Armin van Buuren and McKee dispersed throughout the visual narrative of a break up. “Lonely For You” is a worthy complement to the “Wild Wild Son” producer’s growing list of increasingly diverse releases, and if the Armada figurehead is actually on a mission to prove that he can produce a hit in every genre, he is certainly checking off new boxes with his work on “Lonely For You.”

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