Stream new Mark Ronson LP, ‘Late Night Feelings’

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Mark Ronson‘s approaching a renewed climb in his career as of late. His latest album Late Night Feelings is a culmination of these milestones, which include forming Silk City with Diplo, a contribution to the Crazy Rich Asians soundtrack, and continued writing alongside acclaimed pop stars. The LP is star-studded, and his collaborative singles with Miley Cyrus in “Nothing Breaks Like A Heart,” Camila Cabello in “Find U Again” helped generate buzz for the project ahead of time.

Far more lies in store for this disco/popa fusion; it’s title track of course plays with the heartstrings, thanks in part to Lykke Li, as do “Pieces Of Us” with King Princess and additional Lykke Li collaboration “2AM.” The retro elements are nicely fused into more contemporary soundscapes, and overall Late Night Feelings is an accurate title.

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Watch The Chainsmokers perform ‘World War Joy’ cuts live from New York City

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The Chainsmokers continued to flaunt their status as certified crowd pleasers from the TODAY plaza, where the duo convened with some of their recent collaborators to perform for the Today Citi Summer Concert Series. Ty Dolla $ign and bülow joined Drew Taggart to deliver a live rendition of their recent single, “Do You Mean.” The Chainsmokers also linked with Bebe Rexha. The versatile songstress stopped by to vocalize The Chainsmokers’ latest World War Joy offering, “Call You Mine.”

While The Chainsmokers’ set was primarily presently leaning in its focalization of the producers’ newer material, the duo nevertheless issued a nod to a celebrated catalog classic, “Paris.” Today’s 2019 programming touts a number of blockbuster artists, including Aloe Blacc, Lizzo, and OneRepublic, among others, all of whom are slated to perform later this summer. Watch The Chainsmokers’ Today set, here.

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Avicii’s ‘TIM’ LP soars to No. 1 on Billboard’s dance music chart

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It’s been just over a year since Avicii, known by friends and family as Tim Bergling, passed away, but the Swedish producer continues to make his mark on fans worldwide as his third full-length album, TIM, reaches the summit of Billboard’s Top Electronic/Dance albums.

Following in the footsteps of 2013’s True and 2015’s Stories, TIM is Avicii’s third LP to hit #1 on the US dance music charts, and with good reason. The rave DJ turned Grammy-nominated producer always had a knack for writing arrestingly heartwarming melodies, but Bergling’s maturation as a musician also came with a great deal of respect and appreciation for his peers, particularly singer-songwriters. True to character, TIM is 12 tracks deep and presents just as many collaborations, incorporating talent from industry goliaths like Imagine Dragons and Aloe Blacc.  

The success of TIM isn’t just a celebration of the life and music of Avicii, but a testament to his values as a creator. With all of the album’s proceeds going to the Tim Bergling Foundation, and further remixes from fellow legends like Tiësto, it’s clear that the beloved Swedish producer’s legacy won’t be fading into darkness anytime soon.

TIM was released on June 5 and can be purchased here.

H/T: Billboard

Splash House announces stacked August lineup

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On the heels of another successful June edition, Splash House just dropped a huge lineup for August. Across three days and three resorts, DJs from multiple facets of dance music will provide an exquisite summer soundtrack.

Topping the bill are Dirtybird boss Claude VonStroke, symphonic house maestro Lane 8, and a special DJ set from Toro y Moi, among others. Some standouts from the rest of the roster are the Eric Prydz prodigy Cristoph and Pat Lok who will surely deliver a set full of diverse vibes.

As always, the party continues into the night all three days at the Palm Springs Air Museum with Hot Since 82, Mark Knight, and Walker & Royce slated to headline throughout the weekend. Check the full August lineup for Splash House below.

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Axwell launches Axtone Academy for aspiring producers

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Over the past 20-plus years, Axwell has undoubtedly cemented himself among an exclusive group of the most highly respected talents in the studio. Aside from the Swede’s involvement as one third of Swedish House Mafia, Axwell has assembled an imposing discography with notoriously sanctioned releases like his remixes of “In My Mind” and “Tokyo By Night” as well as originals such as “Barricade.” Earlier this week, Axtone teased an impending announcement from the boss himself, which lead to widespread fan speculation as to what could unfold.

While fellow dance music icons such as deadmau5 and Armin van Buuren have previously offered production assistance in the form of a MasterClass, Axwell is taking it one step further with the reveal of his Axtone Academy. In the label’s announcement video, the producer details that it will serve as an immersive experience where aspiring producers will be taken through Axwell’s creative process in addition to general production and industry advice. Axtone Academy will include 80-plus workshops for students to choose from and will include lessons from other Axtone veterans such as Shapov and NEW_ID. A top percentage of the academy’s finest attendees will not only exit with the production expertise of Axwell, but with a forthcoming release deal on the label.

Those interested can get started with Axtone Academy here.

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Day Zero unveils debut Israel lineup

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Damian Lazarus realized a longtime vision for Day Zero in 2019, successfully finding a second place that the iconic night-into-day party could call home in Masada, Israel. The venue, nestled between the Dead Sea and the Masada mountain, is a spot steeped in history and culture, connecting societies across Middle Eastern land for millennia. The site is also where ancient Jewish people famously fought off an invading Roman army many moons ago.

As Day Zero Masada draws closer to its September debut, Damian has announced its official lineup. Gorgon City, Marco Carola, and Jamie Jones all make for powerful headlining acts, set to bring fine flavors of house and tech to the stage. Representing Israel are Chaim and Magit Cacoon, while Bedouin, Monolink, and Satori will bring some mysticism into the fold.

Tickets are available here for the showing.

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Jeffrey Sutorius makes amends with former Dash Berlin counterparts, assumes solo control of the project

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Former Dash Berlin frontman Jeffrey Sutorius has retaken control of the project—this time for good. The veteran dance collective, a joint effort between Sutorius, Eelke Kalberg, and Sebastiaan Molijn, experienced a tumultuous riff in 2018 that saw Sutorius expelled from the group he was the face of for more than a decade. Legal squabbling forced Sutorius to essentially restart his career without any Dash Berlin equity, launching a new solo single “Bad Days” in February of this year.

Now, in a new statement from Dash Berlin, all three members claim to have buried the hatchet, though the reconciliation comes at a price—Kalberg and Molijn will depart the project and leave Sutorius to helm Dash Berlin as a solo endeavor.

The departing two producers will go on to pursue other opportunities in the music industry while former frontman Sutorius resumes his position as the face of Dash Berlin. Read the group’s full statement below.

Dear friends, fans, promoters & press,

We are happy to announce that after a pretty challenging time for all of us, we succeeded in overcoming our differences and misunderstandings. At the end of the day, good communication is everything. After a sensational rollercoaster journey of more than 10 years with many highlights, we all have come to the conclusion that the chemistry between us is gone and that it is time for a change.

We all now look forward to a new chapter. Jeffrey Sutorius will set forth the legacy of Dash Berlin within his own vision. Founding members and music producers Sebastiaan Molijn and Eelke Kalberg together with Vanderkleij Agency have decided to end their part in the Dash Berlin project to focus on exciting new musical projects.
We all wish each other nothing but good vibes and success.
We thank everybody for the ongoing support.

Suspicious tourist deaths and illnesses at future Holy Ship! Wrecked venue raise concerns

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Increasing reports of illnesses and deaths from tourists vacationing in the Dominican Republic have raised concerns regarding the safety of both travelers and those attending Holy Ship! Wrecked in January 2020. For its upcoming iteration, Holy Ship! will dock at Punta Cana and incorporate an all-inclusive resort party as part of its festivities, those of which are slated to take place at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. The Holy Ship! Wrecked venue is one of the locations in question.

Since last year, eleven Americans have passed away while vacationing in the Dominican Republic and hundreds have reported illnesses on crowdsourced website During Summer 2018, the first two deaths noted were of American tourists Yvette Monique Sport and David Harrison who died while staying at the Bahia Principe Bouganville Hotel and Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cuna respectively. The Dominican government reported both causes of death as pulmonary edema and heart attack.

In April of this year, another American tourist Robert Wallace fell ill after drinking a Scotch from his mini bar and died a day later. He was staying at the Hard Rock Hotel as well. Eight more tourists have passed away since then, prompting the FBI to investigate and causing many tourists to re-evaluate their own experiences. The FBI are currently awaiting toxicology reports which could take up to a month to complete. Some possible theories for the deaths include improper food handling, overuse of pesticides, and bootleg liquor being served. The Bahia and Hard Rock Hotels have released multiple statements stressing their top priority as ensuring guests’ safety.

H/T: EDM Identity

Flume’s goat releases debut mixtape, ‘GØAT TAPE V1’

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Yes, you read the headline correctly.

Last month, Flume introduced us to three of his goat friends on Instagram. Their handles are @totemgoats1, @cutegoatguyyy, and @hayfanatic69. The bio of @totemgoats1 read “Hi, This Is Goat (Mixtape) out 6.21.19,” which sparked curiosity about the Hi, This is Flume mixtape and the connection to the Aussie producer’s new four-legged friend.

The day is here, and the cuddly farm animal yoga companion released its debut mixtape, GØAT TAPE V1—a five-track sonic journey that sounds a lot like the goat hired one of electronic music’s actual G.O.A.T.s to be his ghost producer. The new (presumably Flume) tracks are titled, “FEELING,” “NIGHTMARE,” “SHIFTING,” “SPACE,” and “THINGS,” all with unique arrangements with onomatopoeic names that run close to the sounds that comprise them.

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The full extent of what Flume has up his sleeve and where his petting zoo pals fit in to the equation remains unclear, however, if GØAT TAPE V1 is any indication of what the “Never Be Like You,” producer has in the works through the rest of the year, we’re in for a great stretch of creativity from Flume. If not, we just wrote up a goat’s mixtape, and that’s okay too.

Meet esketamine, the new President Trump-supported antidepressant

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With ardent support from President Trump, the Department of Veteran Affairs is on the cusp of approving esketamine, a molecular derivative of ketamine, for the treatment of depression and suicide in US veterans.

Ketamine has been used both medically and recreationally since the 1970s, and as of the early 2000s, has been found by researchers to exhibit considerable antidepressant properties in clinical studies, especially in acutely suicidal patients.

While esketamine was originally developed to be administered intravenously, pharmaceutical/biotech conglomerate Johnson & Johnson repackaged the drug as a nasal spray called Spravato under their subsidiary, Janssen. On March 5 of 2019, President Trump announced his intent to assemble an aggressive task force, that would, as he put it, “mobilize every level of American society” to address veteran suicide. That same day, the Food and Drug Administration voted to approve Spravato for VA use.

Donned as a miracle drug for its ability to hit what experts call “a quick molecular reset button for brains impaired by stress or depression,” esketamine is expected to help address the staggering suicide rates among American veterans who haven’t responded to more orthodox, front-line antidepressant treatments. But the jury is still out for many authorities on the topic. Committee Chairman Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif., joins the audible stream of officials who believe the clinical research on esketamine’s ability to stave off suicidal intent is still somewhat nebulous.

“Many concerns have been raised about the drug’s safety and efficacy, its suspicious fast-track approval through FDA review, and VA’s contracting process.

…Questions remain about the ultimate impact on the health and safety of veterans, who should not be made into a ‘test case’ while the clinical community continues to gather data about this treatment.”

While it’s often difficult to pinpoint and define an epidemic, veteran suicide rates are undoubtedly alarming. According to a 2016 report from the
Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office for Suicide Prevention, there are an estimated 20 suicide deaths every day among US veterans. With such high stakes, it’s easy to imagine why many consider the fast-acting Spravato a possible godsend. The FDA voting committee largely attributed their decision to approve the drug to data from Phase 3 clinical trial reports showing that Spravato demonstrated a “statistically significant effect compared to placebo on the severity of depression,” in patients.

The Department of Veteran Affairs is set to vote this week on whether or not Spravato will be prescribed to veterans.

H/T: The Guardian

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