Miami City Council votes in favor of Ultra Music Festival move to Virginia Key

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Miami City Council votes in favor of Ultra Music Festival move to Virginia KeyUltra 2018 Mainstage ALIVE Coverage

In late September, news surfaced that Ultra Music Festival had been booted from its longtime home at Bayfront Park. It didn’t take long for the event organizers to propose a new host venue about ten minutes away on Virginia Key, and on November 15, the Miami City Council brought the proposal to an official vote. Even amid contentious opposition from Rapture Music Festival and residents of Key Biscayne, the vote passed — officially moving Ultra to a new home for the first time since 2001.

After more than three hours of heated deliberation, Miami Marine Stadium and Historic Virginia Key Beach Park in Virginia Key became the new host venue for Ultra Music Festival. The vote ended 4-1 in favor of the move, though the decision ultimately came down to two council members on the edge of a “yes” vote. The two year deal does include some contingencies — there’s the possibility of revocation within 60 days after the 2019 festival if certain circumstances occur. What’s more, Ultra has to pay $2 million to the city of Miami in order to sell up to 60,000 tickets to the festival.

But perhaps the grass will be greener in Virginia Key as Ultra opens a new chapter in the festival’s illustrious history. We’ll see come March, 2019.

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Printworks announces New Year’s Day party with Erol Alkan and DJ Koze

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Printworks announces New Year’s Day party with Erol Alkan and DJ KozePrintworks

Printworks is known for throwing some of the biggest daytime shows that London has seen in years. With label showcases, artist-curated events, and deep rosters of underground dance music frequently found in their programming, a Printworks New Year’s party was bound to be a big one. Fulfilling those expectations, the venue has now announced that Erol Alkan and DJ Koze will be headlining the last party of their winter season.

Thrown in conjunction with Field Day festival, the event will run starting at 3 p.m. and through the evening. With support from Artwork, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, and Israeli DJ duo Red Axes, Printworks has booked a solid day of music in the Press Halls. Paired with a takeover from Leeds-based partiers Good Life in Room 2, the mix of local and headlining talent will make it the perfect way to kick off the new year.

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Porter Robinson shares favorite full albums of 2018

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With the year coming to a close and hindsight coming into 20/20 view, most everyone is reflecting on the tracks and albums that defined their year. Porter Robinson is no exception to this tendency, and following his shoutouts to his favorite tracks of the year on his birthday, it’s only natural he’d take the next step and shout out his favorite full albums released in 2018.

Robinson has been spinning fluid and loving sound since he walked through the door and these personal shout-outs from musician to musicians hold an intrinsic value. Twitter may have its shortcomings but a door into the-minds-ear of a producer like Robinson in a blessing. Robinson with just a few links and the words “i love” is able to connect worlds of music, influence, and sonic innovation.


Kero Kero Bonito’s Time ‘n’ Place is a sweet, psychedelic, sweeping collection of tracks soft on the ear and penetrating towards to soul. Harmonious and experimental, the trio from London seamlessly brings raw acoustic and instrumental sound together with contemporary electronic noise. The album has bass (both guitar and beats), synths, breakdowns, build-ups, subtle poetic freestyling, jovial sing-alongs, eastern and western influence — making it a mosaic of an album. The juxtaposition between the tracks “Only Acting” and “Sometimes” truly show how versatile these three are. Robinson really did everyone a favor with this glance.


G Jones didn’t really need any looks, having had DJ Shadow call him “the most gifted Ableton beatmaker I’ve ever seen.” Still, The Ineffable Truth‘s unprecedented standing is not to be overlooked. Released October 26, the traction on this work is simply exponential. Sometimes a solid record reveals itself right off the bat. Within seven seconds of the first track, “222 / Unknowable,” G Jones does just that. A wise voice simply states, “I want to feed off of this feeling which seems to be coming from everything,” after the briefest pause, in big-bang fashion G Jones rips the world apart for just a moment. He knows how to break down space and resemble it and has an understanding of sound and technology that combined create an organic experience. Making this form of music that organic is what will continue to propel these beats into the future.


Swardy‘s Here on My Own is a beautiful collection of one half of The M Machine‘s essence. Light, fun, and mystical, this five-track release causes a desire for introspection that Robinson himself has a talent of bringing forth. The tracks are flush with groove, melody, and steady beats that allow the listener to close their eyes and explore their minds and their hearts. These tracks don’t get stale and supply a timeless opportunity to explore the infinite space that is the self.  Appropriately, Here on My Own is out through Mat Zo‘s Mad Zoo label.

Chance The Rapper, Cardi B, T.I. to judge Netflix’s new hip-hop competition, ‘Rhythm & Flow’

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Chance The Rapper, Cardi B, T.I. to judge Netflix’s new hip-hop competition, ‘Rhythm & Flow’Cardi B DJ Snake

Chance the Rapper, Cardi B, and T.I. will oversee Netflix‘s search for the next big act in hip-hop on Rhythm & Flow, a new competition reality series that will make its debut in fall 2019. Chance, Cardi, and T.I. will handle Rhythm & Flow’s judging duties, while Mike Jackson, Ty Stiklorius, and John Legend will executive produce the show. Rhythm & Flow has yet to formally announce a host.

Hip-hop hopefuls can expect auditions for Rhythm & Flow to begin not only soon, but nationwide. The judges’ home cities of Chicago, New York, and Atlanta will naturally serve as audition sites. Established rappers from each city to host Rhythm & Flow auditions will sit in on the try-outs as guest judges. Those interested in auditioning for the Netflix series can learn more about Rhythm & Flow, here.

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Skrillex shares studio footage featuring Boys Noize, igniting rumors of new Dog Blood music

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Skrillex shares studio footage featuring Boys Noize, igniting rumors of new Dog Blood musicSkrille Studio Footage Boys Noize Dog Blood

Another day, another teasing Skrillex rumor — but this one might pique fans’ interests a little more than another pop production feature. The OWSLA boss posted a video to social media showing him noodling on some analog synths with fellow Dog Blood member Boys Noize. Anytime these two are together, the rumor mill rightfully goes ablaze.

The duo instantly raced to the front of techno consciousness back in 2012 with the release of tracks like “Next Order,” and “Middle Finger,” along with two full EPs. Since then, Dog Blood has resurfaced for a few rare performances but have largely been silent on the new music front. Whether this latest footage means that may be changing soon is still unclear, but the pretense of a new solo album as well as new Dog Blood material would certainly be an epic destination for the Skrillex hype train.

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Photo Credit: Gabriel Olsen

Skrillex shares studio footage featuring Boys Noize, igniting rumors of new Dog Blood music

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Skrillex shares studio footage featuring Boys Noize, igniting rumors of new Dog Blood musicSkrille Studio Footage Boys Noize Dog Blood

Another day, another teasing Skrillex rumor — but this one might pique fans’ interests a little more than another pop production feature. The OWSLA boss posted a video to social media showing him noodling on some analog synths with fellow Dog Blood member Boys Noize. Anytime these two are together, the rumor mill rightfully goes ablaze.

The duo instantly raced to the front of techno consciousness back in 2012 with the release of tracks like “Next Order,” and “Middle Finger,” along with two full EPs. Since then, Dog Blood has resurfaced for a few rare performances but have largely been silent on the new music front. Whether this latest footage means that may be changing soon is still unclear, but the pretense of a new solo album as well as new Dog Blood material would certainly be an epic destination for the Skrillex hype train.

Dog Blood?! from r/skrillex

Photo Credit: Gabriel Olsen

Diplo reveals upcoming John Mayer collaboration

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Diplo reveals upcoming John Mayer collaborationDiplo Dame Dash

Diplo and John Mayer are reportedly working on new music together. At first thought it might seem like an oil and water combination, but the more one repeats it in their head, the more sense it actually starts to make. It’s one of the world’s foremost pop producers and EDM’s designated stepdad matched with one of the most prolific musicians of a generation, who both seem to have a genuine knack for not taking themselves too seriously while also dominating their respective crafts.

The “Close To Me” producer revealed the upcoming collaboration in quintessential Diplo fashion, remarking on the collaboration with a photo posted to Instagram… not a photo of him and Mayer — but it still gets the message across. There aren’t any concrete details yet on when John Mayer and the Mad Decent head honcho are set to debut their impending new music, or how much of it exists. Between his work with Major Lazer, Silk City, LSD and the former Jack Ü, perhaps a joint effort with Mayer could even turn out to be Diplo’s next super group. Who knows?

Mariah Carey surprises with second Skrillex collaboration on album pre-order

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Mariah Carey surprises with second Skrillex collaboration on album pre-orderSkrille Mariah Carey Second Collab RUNWAY

The long wait for a new Skrillex era is still in full effect, but the producer has certainly left a consistent trail of collaborations and pop dabblings to keep things interesting. With this month already seeing two crisp vocal-collaborations from the OWSLA boss–”Due West” with Kelsey Lu and the gorgeous “Connect” with Elohim–the latest addition to Skrillex’s mainstream repertoire is none other than Mariah Carey.

The songstresses’ upcoming album Caution was already confirmed to include a Skrillex production credit on a track called “The Distance,” and now Carey has revealed a second surprise collaboration with the producer titled “RUNWAY.” The only catch: The song is available on singer’s Japanese album pre-order. Chances are the internet will surface the song for curious stateside listeners soon. As long as the long-awaited Skrillex LP stays unreleased, the legend’s left-field pairings will have to serve as temporary relief.

Mariah Carey surprises with second Skrillex collaboration on album pre-order

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Mariah Carey surprises with second Skrillex collaboration on album pre-orderSkrille Mariah Carey Second Collab RUNWAY

The long wait for a new Skrillex era is still in full effect, but the producer has certainly left a consistent trail of collaborations and pop dabblings to keep things interesting. With this month already seeing two crisp vocal-collaborations from the OWSLA boss–”Due West” with Kelsey Lu and the gorgeous “Connect” with Elohim–the latest addition to Skrillex’s mainstream repertoire is none other than Mariah Carey.

The songstresses’ upcoming album Caution was already confirmed to include a Skrillex production credit on a track called “The Distance,” and now Carey has revealed a second surprise collaboration with the producer titled “RUNWAY.” The only catch: The song is available on singer’s Japanese album pre-order. Chances are the internet will surface the song for curious stateside listeners soon. As long as the long-awaited Skrillex LP stays unreleased, the legend’s left-field pairings will have to serve as temporary relief.

Day Zero Festival reveals full lineup and announces a second stage

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Day Zero Festival reveals full lineup and announces a second stageDay Zero 2015 Billboard 650

After announcing the 2019 iteration of the festival back in August, Damian LazarusDay Zero festival attendees are in for some good news. The party in the Mexican jungle has just announced a heavy slate of lineup additions.

With a strong billing featuring Black Coffee, Bedouin, DJ Tennis, and Blond:ish, Day Zero beefs up its roster of selectors with sets from Four Tet, Visionquest founder Shaun Reeves, DJ Three, and the Mayan Warrior Soundsystem. With this growth in the lineup, the festival has also announced that the music will now take place across two stages, with art and light installations lining the jungle path between. A true boutique festival, Day Zero’s pristine location and fresh lineup makes this an event not to miss.

Day Zero Festival reveals full lineup and announces a second stageDay Zero Lineuo

 

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