These are 10 hype-building songs to listen to ahead for Moonrise Festival 2018

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Moonrise Festival 2018 is shaping out to be one of Baltimore’s most exciting events of the year. The two-day festival — held at the Pimlico Race Course – is preparing for its 5th installment, which will feature a wide and diverse range of artists, catering toward fans of almost any dance music sub-genre. Performers include Kaskade, Zeds Dead, 3LAU, JOYRYDE, Ookay, GRiZ, Illenium, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Ekali, MK, and more.

In honor of the upcoming festivities, we’ve compiled a 10-track playlist that includes tunes from some of the weekend’s most anticipated acts — perfect for any pre-game or long road-trips to Baltimore.

1. Silk City (Diplo & Mark Ronson) – “Only Can Get Better”

The latest single from Diplo & Mark Ronson’s newest side project Silk City. This is definitely a collaboration attendees will hear during Diplo’s headline set at the Stellar Stage Saturday night. Ronson has since teased their second upcoming release, so maybe he’ll give fans a little taste at the festival?

2. DJ Snake & Mercer – “Let’s Get Ill”

One of DJ Snake’s hottest 2018 collaborations saw linking up with Mercer for a rapid, future house heater. Check out Snake headlining the Stellar Stage Saturday night alongside Kaskade, Diplo, Zeds Dead, and more.

3. Marshmello – “Rooftops”

Marshmello recently released his Joytime II album, which has been very well-received by the Mello Gang. “Rooftops” a groovy one from the album where the DJ/producer throws on his own 90’s punk rock-sounding vocals. He’ll take the Stellar Stage Sunday night and will likely close out the weekend.

4. SNRBN – “If I Can’t Have You” feat. Harloe

The LA-based DJ/producer, who will also be taking over the Stellar Stage on Sunday afternoon, where he will more than likely take his audience out of the racetrack an instead place them on a mental beach. His latest single “I Can’t Have You” accomplishes this feat in mere minutes.

5. Two Friends – “While We’re Dreaming” feat. Kevin Writer

We enjoy this 2017 throwback from the duo, who will be treating their guests to a heavy dose of their cheery brand of dance music.

6. Galantis – “Mama Look At Me Now”

“Mama Look At Me Now” is one of two tracks from Galantis’ latest EP release, and it gives us a taste of what’s in store for the mischevious Swedes’ infectiously raucous Sunday set.

7. Cashmere Cat, Major Lazer, Tory Lanez – “Miss You” (Akira Akira & Hikeii Remix)

This is one of the most poppin’ remixes of his hit collaboration “Miss You” with Major Lazer and Tory Lanez. Festival goers can expect to hear either the original or an assortment of remixes, yet knowing Cashmere Cat, he often has a strictly Jersey club section of the set, to which this fits perfectly. Check out his set at the Lunar Stage on Sunday.

8. Rezz & 1788-L – H E X

Rezz is blowing up the scene with dark synths and heavy beats that are nothing short of an innovative sound. Check out her latest release, which she’ll most likely use to destroy the Solar Tent atmosphere on Saturday.

9. Chris Lake, Chris Lorenzo, Anti-Up – “Pizza”

Anyone want pizza? No? How about after a few hours of constant movement and house beats at the Celestial Stage? Chris Lake will be headlining the house-geared stage Saturday night and will probably trap listeners into his set right as they’re deciding to leave for some pizza.

10. Eric Prydz – “Liberate” (Lane 8 Remix)

This remix for Eric Prydz’ “Liberate” is one of Lane 8’s hidden gems released back in 2014. He’s pushed out a lot of new music since then, but it doesn’t mean we have to stop showing this perfect blend of deep and melodic house some love. Check him out headlining the Celestial Stage Sunday night.

Purchase tickets via the Moonrise Festival website and if this song selection didn’t do justice, check out the festival’s 2018 Spotify playlists, which are curated by stage.

 

MK teams up with Chelsea FC, teases football-inspired track, ‘Beat Ball’

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MK is one of the rare producers who has made it big while staying in touch with the underground. Reaching this level of success, however, can afford an artist some special privileges. Pairing with David Luiz, Thibaut Courtois, and Antonio Rüdiger of England’s Chelsea Football Club, MK has put out a behind-the-scenes video of the creation of “Beat Ball,” a track sampling the sounds of the game of football.

Just in time for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the video shows MK discussing the ins and outs of music production with the footballers, as well as brainstorming the best ways to incorporate the sounds of the game into a forthcoming house track. From aiming shots at Courtois, the goalkeeper, to kicking the ball at a drum, MK’s creative sampling is shaping up to be a bouncy, beat-heavy house tune that sits at the perfect intersection of music and sport.

MØ’s ‘Nostalgia’ gets a house remix from Detroit’s own MK

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released two house remixes of her most recent single, “Nostalgia.” The Danish pop star enlists veteran talents MK and Claude VonStroke to transform the original, alternative pop vibe into upbeat house. MØ’s smokey vocals make her a perfect candidate for a house makeover. Both remixers keep the calypso rhythm, staying true to the original beat. High hats are a major, groovy player in each.

In the MK remix, MØ sounds like she’s talking at the listener, while the dissident vocal chops flutter in space. The contrast between the two vocals creates a present yet distracted ambiance.

Marc Kinchen aka MK is a known remixer from the birthplace of techno, Detroit. He’s recently done official remix work for major acts such as Armand Van Helden, London Grammar, Clean Bandit, and Rihanna.

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MK delivers house take of Sam Smith’s ‘Pray’ [Stream]

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Sam Smith’s smooth vocals settle in nicely on house tracks. Disclosure knew it and exemplified it on “Latch,” and now, MK proves that he too has noted the fluid electronic crossover potential inherent in Smith’s voice on his remix of Smith’s song, “Pray.”

MK doubles down minute wise on his house oriented take of the track that originally appeared on Smith’s 2017 album, The Thrill Of It All. Extending the length of his revamp, and situating it just past the six-minute mark, MK reworks “Pray” in his addition of reverberating—and at times, subtly trumpeting synths—and percussive elements that lend a sense of rhythm to MK’s vision. These same rhythmically constituting components resurface in the moments in which the remix builds, aiding the pulsating drop that elevates MK’s remix to the status of a bonafide club pleaser.

MK delivers an invigorating remix of Claptone’s ‘In The Night’

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MK takes on Claptone’s Ben Duffy-assisted single, “In The Night” for his latest release. The remix evidences MK’s ability to craft a revamp that simultaneously preserves the personality of a Claptone production, while evoking that of an MK offering.

MK’s rework is a rousing re-imaginative effort that that luxuriates in an elongated timeframe. A nearly seven-minute re-imaginative endeavor, MK’s remix makes each minute of the remix count. MK invests the first three minutes of his revamp to the development of a pulsating background beat that slowly mounts, channeling the viscous pace and commanding the stimulating character of a house number played to a dimly lit crowd in a European house club. The remix gradually involves Duffy’s vocals at the four-minute mark, the point at which the chords and soulful brand of jazz funk of Claptone’s original become perceptible. The interplay of a confident piano rhythm and round, gusting synths further amplify the remix’s invigorating quality.

Drai’s Beachclub March 2018: Full event calendar

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Drai’s Beachclub continues to be at the forefront of the Las Vegas day club circuit with its highly-anticipated lineup announcement and dates for the 2018 Drai’s Beachclub season. Rivaling any top-tier music festival, the club’s stacked roster features a host of household names like A-Trak, GTA, TroyBoi, Dada Life and Zeds Dead. Serving as the Strip’s only rooftop beach club, partygoers will be in for a treat each weekend this season with exclusive, power-packed sets from some of the world’s critically-acclaimed DJs and chart-topping recording artists.

2018 is set to be Drai’s Beachclub’s most important year yet as a top contender in the Las Vegas day and night club community. Boasting a round-the-clock calendar of events ranging from house to mainstream dance music to moombahton, there’s arguably a little something for everyone. View Drai’s Beachclub’s March 2018 calendar below.

March 2018 Calendar of Events:

March 9 – Deux

March 10 – MK

March 11 – Savi

March 16 – TWRK

March 17 – DJ Pauly D

March 18 – A-Trak 

March 23 – Kittens

March 24 – Troyboi

March 25 – Dada Life 

Lightning in a Bottle drops off diverse 2018 lineup

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Bradley, California’s uniquely immersive festival, Lightning in a Bottle, has revealed the first phase of its 2018 musical line-up, set to take place May 23–28.

In an increasingly monotonous festival market, LiB defines itself in defying the norm. The festival’s forward-thinking curation has presently landed a diverse array of acts from Anderson.Paak & The Free Nationals, to Zhu, GriZ, Fever Ray, The Glitch Mob, Sofi Tukker, TOKiMONSTA, Modeselektor (DJ Set), Emancipator, Nicole Moudaber, The Black Madonna, and more.

Lightning in a Bottle’s strive for diversity in its programming can be best summed in music director and co-founder Jesse Flemming’s words:

“We’re definitely not trying to play the same game we are seeing with all the massive festivals these days when we book our music programming. Forget the big names you can see at 10 other festivals this year. For us the goal is to craft a musical playlist that will perfectly guide people along the experience we’re trying to create. We book each stage to be its own separate journey on any given day and we try to diversify it as much as possible so when you’re wandering around during the weekend you can always find something just right for you. This has been our goal since day one and it continues to shape how we book today.”

More information and tickets to Lightning in a Bottle, which go on-sale January 18 at 10 am PST, are available here.

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Tchami’s ‘World To Me’ gets a world of its own in fresh nine-track remix pack

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Tchami has followed up the recent release of MK‘s tech house take on his tropical-tinged, future house track “World To Me” with a full remix EP for the track. By giving the number a world of its own, Tchami displays just how deeply one’s own production proclivities can affect the outcome of a track. The new EP presents widely different versions of the number, each enjoyable in their own right. From the more lighthearted future bass take by Rootkit, to the sped up arcade style remix by Kidnun, it’s a world not to miss out on.

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Tchami – World To Me (MK Remix)

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Tchami and the Detroit house and techno producer MK have been passing around remixes with each other lately. After Tchami’s recent rework of MK’s “17,” it’s now his American counterpart’s turn — and he’s launching his latest Tchami rework out of the park.

“World To Me” is originally a future house gem driven by a simplistic bassline and Luke James’ vocals. While the record is far removed from Tchami’s more recent collaborations with Malaa, or even his beloved tracks like “Adieu” and “Prophecy,” it maintains itself as a solid production. Still, it serves as a lively testament to his spirited outpouring.

MK’s recently taken on the track in his celebrated tech house style. In bringing down the vocals, and focusing more on the sonic atmosphere, a more groovy bassline is explored in the world in between.

 

 

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Rihanna & SZA – consideration (MK remix)

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Mark Kinchen, known better as MK, has released his remix of Rihanna and SZA’s “consideration.” With hundreds of releases under his belt, a career spanning three decades, and a hands on education in Detroit techno, Kinchen brings his expert production to the table, injecting his own Chicago house influenced synths and signature textures to the track.

At its core, the track is an amalgamation of contemporary hip hop and underground dance music. Synthesizing contemporary vocals from such legendary vocalists as Rihanna and SZA with prodding, deep house drums and atmospheric synths is no easy feat, yet Kinchen certainly seems up to the task. Kinchen showcase an impressive ability to draw out Rihanna’s latent dancehall influence; a testament to his quicksilver production M.O. Kinchen seems to turn everything he touches into dance-floor gold.

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