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

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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Trilantic Capital Partners acquire Pacha for €350 million

Pacha Group’s sale has been finalized, with venture capital firm Trilantic Capital Partners paying €350 million for control over the brand. The group is known as an esteemed pillar of the Ibiza nightlife industry, known for owning Pacha, Destino, and Lio on the island itself, as well as various additional club and hotel ventures across the world. News of the sale initially emerged in 2016, under an original asking price of €500 million.

Trilantic Capital Partners is a swiftly rising international firm whose primary business takes place in Spain and Italy. Included in their purchase are all of Pacha’s global businesses, which will assist Trilantic in building an even larger presence in other countries such as Australia and Germany. Details have yet to emerge on how business will change for the iconic nightclub group, save for their new owners advising that they’d be increasing staff on all Pacha-owned Ibiza destinations.

H/T: Resident Advisor

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Deadmau5 continues to deliver in episode 2 of his BBC Radio 1 Residency [Stream]

Kicking off February, deadmau5 has delivered the second episode of his monthly BBC Radio 1 residency mix. Joel Zimmerman met much acclaim when hit the airwaves in January with a his techno-filled residency debut. This February iteration follows suit, continuing to deliver techno to the airwaves, but also delving more deeply into the progressive sounds that many fans more traditionally associate with the deadmau5 moniker.

In this mix, Zimmerman weaves through the works of Maceo Plex and Lane 8, as well as remixes of tracks by Icarus and Moby.  Bookending his mix on strong notes, deadmau5 gives nods to some of dance music’s most prodigious talents, opening his broadcast with Kölsch‘s “Oma” and concluding with the thematically-fitting “Final Credits,” by this year’s Essential Mix of the Year winner, Midland.

Listen to the mix here:


1. Kölsch – Oma
2. Lane 8 – In My Arms
3. Olivier Giacomotto – Bipolar Star
4. Moonwalk – Landscape
5. Sailor & I – Black Swan (Maceo Plex Remix)
6. Drunken Kong – Chanted
7. Moby – Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad (Enrico Sangiuliano Remix)
8. Steve Bleas – Annex
9. No Mana – Fade
10. Popof – Serenity
11. Jeremy Olander – Caravelle
12. Icarus – Don’t Cry Wolf (Seven Doors Remix)
13. Guy Gerber & Deniz Kurtel – Here Comes The Rain
14. Cubicolor – Dead End Thrills (Patrice Bäumel Remix)
15. Blue Mora – Life
16. Matt Lange – Lying To Myself (Clear Skys Remix)
17. Oneohtrix Point Never – Chrome Countr
18. Midland – Final Credits


Tomorrowland adds deadmau5, Fatboy Slim, Tiësto to extensive 2017 lineup

In the final week of January, Tomorrowland released five episodic lineup announcements, culminating in what is by all means an impressive lineup on its own. All of the lineup announcements have followed a similar pattern thus far, including a balanced mixture of mainstream draws, techno and house vanguards, a smattering of trance and hardstyle artists and a single bass music producer.

Today, February 3, the Belgian festival has continued this trend with a sixth lineup announcement. Perhaps this lineup installment features the broadest array of commercially appealing artists yet, boasting spots from deadamau5, Tiësto, and marshmello alongside iconic figures such as Fatboy Slim and Claude VonStroke. Tomorrowland strongly delivers on the techno and house front as well with  Sasha, Black Coffee, Jackmaster, Seth Troxler, and The Martinez brothers all represented on the roster. Bass music fans are also awarded a new act with the addition of Snails.

View the full lineup announcement below:

Lineup 6:

Andrew Rayel
Black Coffee
Blade & Beard
Charley Lownoise & Mental Theo
Claude VonStroke
Craig David presents TS5
Fatboy Slim
Fatima Yamama
Felix Jaehn
Henri PFR
Jax Jones
Johan Gielen
The Martinez Brothers
Matisse & Sadko
Oscar And The Wolf
Seth Troxler
The Thrillseekers
Ummet Ozcan

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Oregon Eclipse unleashes its first elemental stage lineups

August 21 will bring about the first solar eclipse over North America in 38 years, prompting eleven of the world’s foremost transformational gatherings to collaborate on a special event dedicated toward the awe-inspiring phenomenon. Taking place in one of the only areas that will be able to see it in its entirety, the Oregon Eclipse festival touches down in the picturesque Big Summit Prairie on August 17 and will take place across seven days.

Organizers, which include Symbiosis, Rainbow Serpent, and Envision, have appropriately based the festival around elemental themes with stages to match. Thus far the lineup is as cutting edge as the event itself — the Sun stage, for example, plays host to an array of forward-thinking and prestigious psy trance acts whose headliners include Avalon, Captain Hook, and a 24-hour special by Goa Gil & Ariane.

On the opposite side of the electronic spectrum, the Earth stage boasts a gravitational roster populated by Emancipator, Birds Of Paradise, and more. View the full lineup below, and head here for information on experience passes and camping options.

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Oregon Eclipse Earth


Photo Credit: Oregon Eclipse

Mija releases new heavy track featuring Tegan & Sara

Since Mija’s break out in 2014, the pioneering DJ and producer has toured the world, headlined some of the biggest festivals, and proved herself an equal to her fellow male counterparts with collaborations and remixes that have established her as a force in the industry. Driven by the mantra of ‘fk genres,’ Mija has finally released her third single, ‘Secrets’ featuring the smooth angelic voices of the Grammy-nominated indie pop duo, Tegan and Sara. The genre-bending track draws influence from Netsky and Subfocus, and takes the listener on a hard-hitting drum and bass adventure. The quick drums are balanced with deep industrial sounds and heavy LFOs to keep the listener eager and ready for what comes next. Lucky for the old-school bassheads out there, the second drop switches into half-time and brings us all back to the reigning days of heavy dubstep. ‘Secrets’ is surely a turn away from Mija’s future bass song ‘Better’ with Vindata, or ‘Crank It,’ her deep house single with Lil Jon and Ghastly. But after taking a listen, it’s a definite turn for the best as Mija flexes her versatility as a producer and gives us a glimpse of her bass-heavy side.

Mija is happy to save her fans a few bucks, and the song is available for free download below:


H/T: Billboard


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New documentary sheds light on Glasgow’s underground scene

Scotland has been a hotbed for underground raves since the scene blew up in the UK since the 1980s. Commercialism of the culture and the more stringent laws drove the scene even further into the seedy illegal space it resides now.

Vice‘s i-D Channel decided to explore this thriving, nouveau-warehouse network in a new documentary as part of its Global Street Series, which covers the revitalization of youth cultures across the world. Interviewers meet up with several organizers and participant of these illegal renegade parties to uncover why they’re making such a comeback, and what drives these “misfits” that attend to keep coming back for more despite the risks.

View the full film below:

H/T: i-D

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Listen to Jauz drop his all new music live in San Francisco [VIDEO]

This past weekend Jauz returned to his old stomping grounds of San Fransisco, CA for the second date in his highly-anticipated Off the Deep End tour, his first headlining tour since he broke out into the electronic dance music spotlight in 2014. This past weekend’s sold-out event was hosted at the legendary Bill Graham Civic Auditorium and was arguably the 23 year old producer’s biggest show to date. But before Jauz could reveal himself from behind a giant curtain, the night was kicked off with riveting sets by Goshfather, Ghastly, and Slushii and was topped off with live performances from popular Bay-area rappers, Too $hort and E40.

The Bay Area native spun an assortment of genres, seemingly catering to the different tastes and preferences of his hometown crowd. From gritty Dubstep, to old school hip-hop, to signature bass house and never-before-heard mash-ups, the massive crowd shook the venue’s walls in their excitement. Fan-favorite mashups included Blink 182’s ‘Down’ into Swedish House Mafia’s ‘Save the World,’ and Linkin Park’s ‘Numb’ into Jauz’s signature bass-house selections.

He even revealed some new unreleased tracks to the crowd including this ID  — a high-energy bass house banger with a marimba lead and some ethnic tribal flare.

The tour will be making eleven more stops all across the country from now until March, including major cities like Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Denver, NYC, and Atlanta .

IBM’s Watson the first AI to curate a dance party

Curation has become big business in these modern times and, like many other professions, it appears robots are on the way to take our jobs. IBM’s Watson AI supercomputer was recently contracted to curate the world’s first “cognitive dance party.” Popular morning party organizer Daybreaker enlisted Watson’s help, using its unique cognitive processes to analyze attendees’ Twitter handles and their responses to a short questionnaire. Using the information it gathered from 500 lucky partygoers in San Francisco, Watson broke attendees into three distinct groups and curated a set list that would appeal to the entire crowd.


A photo posted by DAYBREAKER (@dybrkr) on

These three groups, decided by their most prominent personality trait (expressive, outgoing, or conscientious) were also given an identifying color: yellow, red, and purple, respectively. The groups were then given a unique breakfast and participated in one of three exercise activities: yoga, capoeira, or high-intensity interval training.

After exercising, the groups were led to the dance floor where Watson had control over both the set list and light show. By all accounts, the supercomputer did an exemplary job at the party and Daybreaker’s CEO has already said that he hopes to have the AI curate more events in the future.

Photo Credit: @ibm/Instagram

H/T: YourEDM

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Sadly, this isn’t an Alive 2017 tour announcement. Or even a rumor for one.

Daft Punk are set to perform for the first time in three years at the 59th annual Grammy awards alongside “Starboy” collaborator, The Weeknd. The last time the duo was seen performing was at the 2014 Grammy awards where they performed “Get Lucky” with Pharrell Stevie Wonder and Nile Rodgers after the release of Random Access Memories.

Despite recent rumors and the decade anniversary of their Alive 2007 tour, it seems that the robots are only planning for this one appearance in 2017. This doesn’t happen often, so be sure not to miss their elusive performance: The Grammys air on February 12th at 8PM Eastern Time on CBS.

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