Premiere: Oliver Dollar and Daniel Steinberg – Another Gal (Original Mix)

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Long-time friends and Berlin house mainstays Oliver Dollar and Daniel Steinberg have teamed up to deliver four energetic, club-ready cuts for Steinberg’s Arms & Legs imprint. Complementing each other’s strengths in the studio, the two German producers seamlessly blend together catchy house grooves with harder techno sensibilities to create a stand-out sound distinct from their own individual output.

The EP’s lead track, “Another Gal,” is ready for both big festival stages and tiny packed clubs. Starting off with bold thudding kicks, fuzzy hats swirl away in the background while a filtered vocal snip works up a sweat and slowly unfurls with a swinging groove underneath. The torqued up kicks delight the ear and propel the track endlessly forward as the bright vocal sample plays off backing distortion. With early support from heavy hitters across the board such as The Black Madonna, Skream, and A-Trak, it’s safe to say that “Another Gal” will be pleasing crowds all throughout the summer.

Stream “Another Gal” below, ahead of its May 26 release.

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Dancing Astronaut’s Guide to 2017 Movement Afterparties

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Dancing Astronaut’s Guide to 2017 Movement Afterparties

Every Memorial Day Weekend, the global dance music community flocks to the birthplace of techno for one of the most revered festivals in dance: Movement. Although the festival has gone through a number of incarnations since its inception, the quality and curation has always remained top notch, with the good folks over at Paxahua now running the show and effortlessly maintaining the rich heritage of the festival while also innovating and taking smart risks to push it forward.

While the Movement festival itself is truly not to be missed, the party obviously doesn’t stop once scenic Hart Plaza closes up each day. From old Masonic temples, to DIY art galleries, and all-night warehouse ragers, Movement weekend offers a staggering amount of afterparties that showcase international heavy hitters and homegrown Detroit stars across genres — with, of course, a healthy dose of techno on the menu. As Movement weekend approaches, we’ve broken down the must-see afterparties to keep you dancing into the dawn hours.

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Black Flag vs Vatos Locos

Who: Stacy Pullen vs Hector, Cocodrills, Harvard Bass, & more

Where: Magic Stick

When: Friday, May 26th, 9 pm – 3 am

Why you should care: Ease into the weekend with this official opening party featuring label heads Hector and Stacy Pullen of Vatos Locos Recordings and Black Flag Records. With Hector’s Vatos Locos parties regularly touching down in Miami and New York, there’s no doubt that this team up with second-wave Detroit techno lynchpin Stacy Pullen and an all-star supporting cast will start your weekend off right.

Tickets: RA

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Physical Therapy 3

Who: Matthew Dear, Adult., Mike Servito, & more

Where: Marble Bar

When: Friday, May 26th, 9 pm – 3 am

Why you should care: Few artists have represented the modern Detroit sound quite like Ghostly International boss Matthew Dear. Joining Dear is a jam-packed lineup at the diverse and always fun Marble Bar, including hometown heroes like Shigeto and everyone’s favorite acid enthusiast and prolific Tweeter, Mike Servito.

Tickets: RA

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Eden III

Who: Volvox, Umfang, Patricia, & more

Where: Tangent Gallery

When: Friday, May 26th, 9 – 4 am

Why you should care: Discwoman represents heavily at the acclaimed Tangent Gallery for what will undoubtedly be a no-holds-bar party to start off your weekend. Riding high off her forthcoming album announcement on Ninja Tune, expect plenty of exclusives from Umfang, and definitely don’t sleep on Swedish duo Shxcxchcxsh, either (no, we don’t know their name is pronounced).

Tickets: RA

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Detroit Love

Who: Carl Craig, Moodymann, Andres, & more

Where: Magic Stick

When: Saturday, May 27th, 9 pm – 4 am

Why you should care: Headed by Planet E boss Carl Craig, Detroit Love is a concept that preserves the rich heritage of Detroit’s sound and culture by throwing parties and spreading that unmistakable “Detroit love” around the world. Joining Craig for this special hometown party are two of the finest purveyors of Detroit’s soulful house sound: the enigmatic Moodymann and La Vida boss / former Slum Village associate Andres. Simply put, Detroit Love cannot, nor should not, ever be missed.

Tickets: Ticketweb

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Tresor: Berlin/Detroit

Who: Terrence Dixon, Ron Morelli, Marcellus Pittman, & more

Where: Tangent Gallery

When: Saturday, May 27th, 10 pm – 7 am

Why you should care: Few cities and institutions represent techno on the level as Berlin and Tresor. For the second year in a row, Tresor has teamed up with Interdimensional Transmissions to curate an absolutely insane and diverse line up, featuring performances such as the world premiere collaboration between Detroit’s Terrence Dixon and Berlin’s Flowing and a rare U.S. appearance from L.I.E.S. boss Ron Morelli. Detroit and Berlin united!

Tickets: RA

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Soul Clap’s House of EFunk

Who: Louie Vega, Josh Wink, Roy Davis Jr., & more

Where: TV Lounge

When: Saturday, May 27th, 11 pm – noon

Why you should care: The Crew Love vibes are always in fine form during Soul Clap’s annual Efunk party at the infamous TV Lounge, where they truly master the outdoor / indoor transition for an endless fun-filled boogie down. With a dizzying lineup of over a dozen artists on the bill, most definitely bring your dancing shoes for this funky affair.

Tickets: RA

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OK COOL 5 Year Anniversary

Who: John Tejada, Honey Dijon, Danny Daze, & more

Where: TV Lounge

When: Sunday, May 28th, 9 pm – noon

Why you should care: With plenty of Movement weekend exclusive performances at this special 5th year anniversary party, this will be your only chance to catch sets from the likes of Danny Daze, John Tejada, Doc Martin, and soulful Detroit house master Rick Wade. Ditching the bottle service and velvet ropes, OK COOL always creates a special vibe for fans, artists, and industry members alike to smile and dance to top-notch production and talent. Magician Steve the Amazing makes his 5th straight appearance at the party to razzle-dazzle you as well!

Tickets: RA

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Dixon b2b Seth Troxler

Who: Dixon and Seth Troxler, all night long

Where: Leland City Club

When: Sunday, May 28th, 10 pm – 6 am

Why you should care: This is one that everyone’s been buzzing about, and with due reason. Sold out for quite some time now, two of the world’s top DJs have decided to unite for an epic b2b session at this official Movement afterparty. For those who planned ahead and bought advance tickets, enjoy! Everyone else: good luck getting tickets.

Tickets: Ticketfly

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Adam Beyer Presents: Drumcode

Who: Adam Beyer, Nicole Moudaber, Keith Kemp

Where: Detroit Masonic Temple

When: Sunday, May 28th, 11pm – 4 am

Why you should care: It’ll be all techno at the famed Masonic Temple when Drumcode boss Adam Beyer leads the charge with the queen of techno Nicole Moudaber and Keith Kemp in tow. Always representing hard in Detroit, the Swedish DJ and producer consistently delivers epic parties and festival sets, becoming a Movement staple and favorite over the years.

Tickets: See Tickets

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Night/Day

Who: Omar-S, DJ Stingray, Bookworms, & more

Where: El Club

When: Sunday, May 28th, 11:59 pm – 2 pm

Why you should care: Head to Southwest Detroit and party from dawn until lunchtime for this choice lineup featuring Detroit Don Omar-S and many many others. Technically starting on Monday at 2 am, this party carries on through the day with a rousing finish at 2 pm.

Tickets: RA

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Carl Cox b2b Joseph Capriati

Who: Carl Cox, Joseph Capriati, & Stone Owl

Where: Detroit Masonic Temple

When: Monday, May 29th, 11 pm – 4 am

Why you should care: Fresh off a historic run at Space Ibiza which truly is the end of an era, Carl Cox has joined forces with Italian techno superstar Joseph Capriati to close out an epic weekend in Detroit. Joining the two heavyweights for this 18+ plus show is hometown Detroit favorite Stone Owl – oh yes oh yes!

RSVP: See Tickets

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Interdimensional Transmissions presents: The Bunker New York

Who: Hot Mix, Antenes, Eris Drew

Where: Tangent Gallery

When: Monday, May 29th, 10 pm – 6 am

Why you should care: The Bunker is a New York party institution and label that is simply unstoppable. For this closing party, the always exciting triple-headed monster that is Hot Mix, featuring Mike Servito, Justin Cudmore, and Gunnar Haslam, has re-united for what will be no doubt be another unforgettable set. Rising star Antenes and many others join the lineup as Interdimensional Transmissions closes out an amazingly curated weekend lineup of parties in the D.

Tickets: RA

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Memo Presents: Loefah, Hops, & Monty Luke

Who: Loefah, Hops, & Monty Luke

Where: El Club

When: Monday, May 29th, 9 pm – 4 am

Why you should care: After a weekend chock-full of driving four-four kick drums, this one eases back a little bit and lets the low end rumble. Featuring London’s Loefah, Berlin’s Hops, and Detroit’s own Monty Luke, soak in some dancehall and dub served with plenty of bass to close out your weekend with a little bit of a wobble.

Tickets: Ticketfly

Frank Walker – Young (Sam Feldt Remix)

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Dutch producer Sam Feldt is getting ready to go on a cross-country U.S. tour in San Francisco this June, and he’s spreading the excitement with a new remix.

Frank Walker‘s “Young,” featuring Andrew Jackson‘s vocals, was already a feel-good, summer-ready tune. Feldt took the track and amplified its festival potential, giving it a progressive tropical house beat and accentuating Jackson’s vocals.

Can’t get enough of Feldt’s summer vibes? The producer also hosts a weekly radio show called Heartfeldt Radio. The latest episode can be found on his Soundcloud page.

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Shane 54 releases second solo original, ‘First Time’

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Shane 54 embarked on his solo career just around a year ago, and has since showed off his affinity for creating music that blends nostalgic progressive and contemporary trance elements together with catchy vocals. He follows up “Paradise,” his first post-Myon & Shane 54 release, with the summery “First Time.” Uplifting melodies curl around buoyant vocals, building a bright atmosphere which is irresistibly danceable. 

“First Time” has already earned the support of Armin van Buuren, who tested the piece out to positive reviews on the most recent ASOT episode on May 18. The piece, which also comes with remixes by David Gravell, Kukuzenko, and Simon Alex, is available for purchase here.

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Robin Schulz pairs with James Blunt for ‘OK’

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Accomplished production veteran Robin Schulz has been booking some prime collaborators for his upcoming Uncovered LP, which is set to release on September 8. “OK,” his newly-unveiled second single from the album, features James Blunt of “You’re Beautiful” fame.

In his usual fashion, Schulz takes listeners on a cheerful cruise through a mellow house soundscape, rife with pianos and bursts of synths that unfold nicely across its development. James Blunt adds a relatable, introspective twist to the piece with impassioned vocals that constantly question whether everything is truly going to be “OK” with the subject of his verses.

Prior to his newest release, Schulz joined forces with David Guetta and Cheat Codes for the energetic “Shed.” Given the impact of both singles thus far, it’s looking like Uncovered will be yet another well-received body of work from the producer.

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Win & Woo x Bryce Fox – Chicago (Original Mix)

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After remixing a Bryce Fox track last year, Chicago duo Win & Woo have teamed up with the vocalist for an original track, “Chicago.”

The catchy song combines Win & Woo’s signature chill-yet-bouncy house beats with Fox’s soulful voice. Nick Winholt and Austin Woo, the producers who make up Win & Woo, pay homage with the song to the city that all three collaborators have been passionate about for most of their lives.

“We feel this track can relate to people on many levels, whether it be a lost relationship, a war-torn world, or daily life struggles,” Winholt and Woo said. “When we do move on to the next chapter of our lives, as Bryce already has [by moving to Los Angeles], Chicago will always be here for us. There may never be ‘enough wind’ to breeze past all of our problems, but this track lends good vibes to all the above.”

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Tchami – Adieu (Chace Remix)

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Teenage sensation Chace has widely been touted by fellow producers as something of a prodigy. Based out of Shanghai, the 18-year-old has already been signed onto Mad Decent and Yellow Claw’s Barong Family described the gifted producer as “one of those extraordinary musicians you encounter only once every few years.”

Having released two EPs at the tender age of 17, Chace tackles his most ambitious project to date, remixing future house legend, Tchami. Remixing the French juggernaut’s single “Adieu,” the wunderkind has tastefully re-worked the track, giving it his signature house treatment. From the outset the tone is set with a powerful kick drum and groovy percussive elements. Vocal samples further complement the track’s soothing tone, before it smoothly transitions into an equally slick bass drop, characterized by plucked guitar samples.

The club oriented remix is an impressive undertaking, especially as it inverts, rather than removes, the essence of Tchami’s gorgeous original.

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Boys Noize purveys a thrilling, warehouse-appropriate mix for ‘The Ransom Note’

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With rampant overdrive and reverb, the warehouse music Alex Ridha pulls into yet another Boys Noize mix grabs its listeners by the chest and throws them into a dark dance floor filled with sonic booms, thuds, and hisses. In the culture surrounding this music one can find leather-clad punks bouncing from dusk to dawn to repetitive acid-synth arpeggios in clubs around the globe. A complex melting pot of techno, punk rock, and disco house gives Boys Noize the unique sounds and image many associate with the project.

There is something beautifully sinister to be found in the sweaty incantations that a mix like this places over its listeners. In this featured mix for The Ransom Note, Ridha teases out samples from and remixes of tracks in Mayday, his latest feature length album. Listeners can hear vocals from “Overthrow,” “Euphoria,” and “Midnight” cutting in and out between hypnotic kick drums and erratic breaks.

In an interview with The Ransom Note that accompanies the release of the mix, Ridha opens up about the inspiration, motivation, and history behind his music. Tracing his roots back to the 1980s house with names like Farley Jackmaster Funk, Steve Silk Hurley, Marshall Jefferson, and DJ Pierre, Ridha accounts his early days in DJing as a 15-year-old in Berlin gay and house clubs.

The atypical culture surrounding Boys Noize mentioned above seems rooted in Rihda’s 1990s experiences, such as seeing 2manyDJs mixing techno with punk-rock by Iggy & the Stooges. Ridha ends the mix by mixing punk rock with techno, enigmatic of the Boys Noize project, but also historically ironic because Iggy Pop hated techno. When interviewers ask, “what does your music sound like,” Ridha responds appropriately: it’s like “punching into a sunny side up egg.” Ridha’s jovial attitude brings to mind the yellow smiley face symbol iconic to acid house and adopted under the Boys Noize name for nostaligic merchandise. The interview is full of comical remarks by Ridha, and the mix features a transformed vocal with his unique “drink more water” introduction, which is a recurrent trope throughout many of his mixes.

Listen to the mix here:

H/T: The Ransom Note

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Listen to six official remixes of NGHTMRE and Flux Pavilion’s ‘Feel Your Love’

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It was just six months ago that bass music heavyweights NGHTMRE and Flux Pavilion released, “Feel The Love” featuring Jamie Lewis, which racked up over 1.4 million plays and was named as one of the heaviest collaborations of 2016. Now Circus Records has released the remix package that features six well-crafted songs from both established artists and promising up-and-comers. With genres ranging from dubstep to house to future and trapstyle, make sure to be on the look out for these hard-hitting tracks as festival season draws near.

Touring artist, ANGELZ, who has played with Tchami and Dr. Fresch, dishes out the first remix with a heavy-hitting bass house track loaded with energy and a driving synth. It’s no wonder this artist has racked over 50,000 followers on Soundcloud, as this artist clearly brings something new to the table in the bass house genre.

Making her breakthrough from Mexico City, Jessica Audiffred curates a bass heavy hybrid. Audiffred makes some serious creative moves here, pitching down the vocals and finding the perfect blend between heavy dubstep growls and energetic trap drums before spinning the second drop into a powerful hardstyle beat.

Up and comer CYRAN delivers a high-energy track with a moombahton beat that will easily become a fan-favorite. The second drop nods to the song’s bass-heavy roots while also maintaining a spacious, pliable rhythm.

AXEN delivers another heavy remix with a rising trap lead that parallels NGHTMRE and Slander. The track is jam-packed with explosive switches between festival trap and house, before the second drop takes a more bass-heavy turn. AXEN has skillfully pulled off an all-inclusive experience in this innovative three minute and thirty second hit.

LATE brings something new to the table with a bouncy hard house remix that is sure to draw attention from around the world. Though it starts off with a four on the floor beat, the fast paced rendition drops into eight bars of festival trap in a daring switch of energy. The second drop then takes a bold risk and follows the genre-bending graces of Kayzo in a stimulating beat that mixes trapstyle, hard house, and drum-step.

Lastly, Dommix does something different from the rest, giving his own future-spin on the bass-heavy track with massive saw waves and a melodic, chill-out vibe. If you like Flume, Wheathin, and San Holo, then Dommix’s remix will feel right at home.

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Tchami – Adieu (Original Mix)

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Carrying a genre can often lead to a sharp and sudden case of fatigue, but Parisian heavyweight Tchami just hasn’t gotten this memo yet. Lumbered several years ago with flag-bearing duties in the rise of the so-called “future house” sound, the Parisian’s footsteps have always felt intrinsically focussed on leading a creative and quality driven charge in spite of the genre’s rise to popularity.

On return to Tchami’s own Confession imprint, “Adieu” befittingly says goodbye to some of his more hallmarked musical attributes, channeling a dialed back and semi-progressive take on proceedings. It’s different, but the track keeps enough groove and stamina to have us convinced this one hasn’t been outsourced in the studio department. 2017 is going to be a year where a lot of artists jump ship on the sound they stapled their industry presence with, but for Confession’s latest, Tchami shows that there’s room to shake things up without shamelessly chasing pastures greener.

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