Deorro and D3FAI team up for big room ‘TITAN’

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Deorro and D3FAI team up for big room ‘TITAN’Deorro Titan

Deorro has teamed up with Argentinian up-and-comer D3FAI for new release “TITAN,” which has been released via Dim Mak. Deorro has been drifting between radio crossover hits and hardstyle as of late, but “TITAN” brings the producer back to the big room genre.

D3FAI received early support from Tiësto and is now making a new name for himself thanks to his big room remixes. “TITAN” showcases the best of both producers with its hectic chords and massive drop. Reverberating electro synths keep the track moving and make this release the perfect track to include in a festival set. Deorro is currently on tour, and fans can see him live at select locations across North America.

Calvin Harris and friends celebrate Labor Day weekend with Hakkasan

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Las Vegas-based Hakkasan Group is known for its worldwide hospitality, five-star restaurants and top-of-the-line night clubs which span from the eponymous Hakkasan, Omnia, and beyond. The brand’s organizers have been hard at work preparing their institutions for Labor Day festivities around the corner, and are finally ready to reveal the supremely-stacked bill of guest talent to headline throughout the weekend of August 30 to September 3.

Calvin Harris, Tïesto, and Martin Garrix are just a few names participating in the festivities, along with hip-hop phenomenon Lil’ Jon, who is no stranger to Hakkasan Group’s events. It’s hard to resist spending the holiday weekend among such legendary, chart-topping artists. Not to mention, no matter then venue, each performance is guaranteed to be accompanied by Hakkasan production standards, which include top class lighting and visuals, sound, and layout.

Omnia’s Vegas branch at Caesars Palace kicks off its Labor Day Weekend on Friday, August 31 with Calvin Harris, and Generic and DJ Dash as his opening acts. Zedd and DJ Lucky You take over on September 1. Finally, Martin Garrix closes out the weekend with DJ Bamboozle on September 2.

Jewel Nightclub, situated in the Aria Resort & Casino, has its share of talent as well. Playboi Carti opening festivities there on August 31. Tyga comes through on September 1, with the cake-throwing talent Steve Aoki closing out on Sunday, September 2.

Get ready to scream “HEY!” And “OKAY!” With Lil Jon at Hakkasan on Thursday, August 30. Hardwell swings by with Kill the Buzz on August 31. Tiesto headlines with Dzeko and DJ Five on Saturday, September 1, with an encore performance by Calvin Harris and Generik on Sunday, September 2. 1OAK Nightclub at The Mirage Hotel & Casino celebrates the end of summer with the “Panda” singer, Desiigner on Friday, August 31st, along with O.T. Genasis on September 1st. 

Pool parties during the day time hours are set to bring an oasis from the heat in the funnest of fashions. Wet Republic will be starting off its afternoon festivities Tïesto and Dzeko at the helm, with Steve Aoki and Kaskade joining the fray on September 1. Martin Garrix makes plays a daytime cameo alongside Justin Mylo on September 2. Liquid Pool Lounge at will be hosting the likes of Scooter & Lavelle, DJ E-Rock, DJ Drama, BRKYLN, DJ Buza. Last, but not least, partiers can also enjoy Greg Lopez, G-Squared, Zsuzsanna, and DJ Que at the Bare Pool Lounge in The Mirage if none of the previous events mentioned don’t fit their fance. On that note the Barekini Contest with DJ Flow on Monday, September 3 is set to be a fun cap off for the weekend. All in all, Hakkasan is gearing up to close out festival season in style.

 

The songwriters behind smash SHM hits announce new VCATION alias, release debut single [Stream]

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Swedish House Mafia‘s “Don’t You Worry Child” and “Save the World” exude a vibrant and timeless electronic personality that would earn the respective singles acknowledgment in an EDM canon if one ever were to exist. The lyrical mastery behind two of SHM’s biggest hits, as well as that of Tiësto‘s”Red Lights,” Avicii‘s “Fade Into Darkness,” and Martin Garrix‘s “Now That I’ve Found You” can be attributed to the collective work of songwriters John Martin and Michel Zitron.

Martin and Zitron’s prowess in songwriting circles will empower the lyricist duo’s latest project, an electronic alias by the name of “VCATION.” SHM enthusiasts can for now put aside their question as to whether Martin and Zitron will pen future releases for the superpower group, and can instead enjoy a nascent preview of VCATION sound through the release of VCATION’s debut single, “Lay Low.”

“‘Lay Low’ is about allowing yourself a break, a breath of fresh air and maybe just pulling the curtains down for a day,” Martin and Zitron said of the song. “The world is f’d up, and we play a bit with irony in the song regarding the current state of society, and regarding ourselves and our own behaviors,” the songwriters added.

A mellow number that touts Martin and Zitron’s fluid, easy listening approach to melodic arrangement perceptible on tracks like “Red Lights,” “Lay Low’s” male vocal-centric aesthetic and unimposing synth work make for a familiar yet fresh showing from the pair.

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Stream full-length sets from the first day of Tomorrowland 2018’s second weekend by Slushii, Hardwell, and more

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Tomorrowland commenced its final opening day of production during the 2018 festival season on July 27, and a number of electronic heavyweights joined the Boom, Belgium crowds to kick off the event’s second and final weekend of the year. Full-length live sets from Tomorrowland’s second opening day have arrived, including performances from Adam BeyerSlushii, Tiësto’s performance during the weekend’s lunar eclipse, Hardwell and more.

For fans still catching up on last weekend’s festivities, see highlight performances from Tchami x Malaa, Charlotte de Witte, Axwell ∧ Ingrosso, and more. For those ready to get into the festival’s final weekend of 2018, tune into all-day programming across four live streaming channels here.

Stream Tomorrowland weekend two, day one below:

Adam Beyer

Cosmic Gate

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Tiësto

Slushii

Armin van Buuren (ASOT)

Hardwell

Andrew Rayel

Stream Tomorrowland weekend two: second day sets by Don Diablo, Alesso, Armin Van Buuren and more [Watch]

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Tomorrowland has descended upon Belgium once again, with the final weekend of the festival’s 2018 installment now underway. The festival brings thousands of festival goers from around the world, with droves of additional fans tuning in across the globe to Tomorrowland’s four-channel stream, to catch some of the biggest electronic performances of the year. From Tiësto‘s lunar eclipse soundtracking performance to Salvatore Ganacci’s …eccentric stage presence during weekend one’s live stream, this year’s edition of the festival has already proven to be a memorable one. Now, with day two underway, fans can tune in to enjoy performances from electronic heavy hitters including Afrojack, Sebastian Ingrosso, Fatboy Slim, Above & Beyond, Nervo, and Armin Van Buuren among many others. 

STREAM TOMORROWLAND WEEKEND TWO HERE

Flip between sets from a variety of acts, from Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike to Armand Van Helden. Amid this weekend’s well-rounded live stream programming, fans can also go back and revisit Tomorrowland’s weekend one highlights from Carl Cox, San Holo, Alesso and more. View Tomorrowland’s full weekend two schedule below.

Tomorrowland releases weekend two streaming schedule

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Weekend one of Tomorrowland 2018 is in the books with no shortage of highlights from the three-day event. While many fans are still catching up on the first weekend’s many highlights, Belgium is gearing up for weekend two, and fans abroad looking to stream live sets from the festival can now plot their viewing schedules. The schedule will be divided up into four channels on Tomorrowland’s streaming site, with each channel taking on an assortment of stages, offering couch-bound ravers a wide assortment of performances from this coming weekend’s programming.

Channel one will be home to the main stage acts, including A-listers such as Tiesto, Armin Van Buuren, Martin Garrix, and more. Watchers can scan the other channels for stages such as Lost Frequencies & Friends, Buuren’s A State of Trance, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike‘s Smash The House, and others. Check out the full schedule below.

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Bassnectar, Dillon Francis & Friends, Kaskade and more lead EDC Orlando’s 2018 lineup

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EDC Orlando will descend upon its historic host venue Tinker Field from November 9-10, and as in all past years of production, the Insomniac festival will bring a slew of stars to the Sunshine State. After last year’s record turnout, the events giant had to follow with a special billing, and suffice it to say they’ve delivered with their 2018 lineup.

Alesso, Alison Wonderland, Dillon Francis & Friends, Kaskade, Bassnectar, and more will take to the decks, their performances interspersed among a series of heady back-to-back sets, including 4B, GTA and Valentino Khan sharing the stage, Nicole Moudaber back-to-back with Paco Osuna, and Jamie Jones joining the Martinez Brothers, among others. Tiësto is slated for a special sunset performance, along with appearances from Martin Garrix, Tchami, Pendulum and many more.

Tickets to EDC Orlando are currently available and can be purchased here. Two-day GA passes to the festival begin at $189, while VIP passes start at $359.

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Tiësto releases three-track big room EP for ‘Hotel Transylvania 3’

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Tiësto releases three-track big room EP for ‘Hotel Transylvania 3’Tiesto Ed Sheeran

Tiësto has dropped another EP — but not for the reason fans may think. The three-track EP will be featured as part of the official soundtrack for an upcoming animated film, Hotel Transylvania 3. While the film may be rated PG, the music is as hard as it gets.

The first track, “Seavolution,” is a festival heater primed for the main stage at Tomorrowland 2018, comprised of some heavy bass and trap beats, while the second track, “Wave Rider,” seems to be a continuation of the first put into hardstyle mode. Track three, entitled “Tear It Down,” is another big-room house track that takes listeners back to 2011 when the hard-hitting sub-genre dominated the electronic scene, with steady and loud kick-snare combos under roaring synths.

The films have been box office successes, starring Adam Sandler as the voice of Count Dracula and, in its third installment, will feature supporting roles from Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg, Joe Jonas, and more. Check out the trailer for Hotel Transylvania 3, premiering July 13 and catch Tiësto at select festivals around the globe this summer.

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Tiësto and Dzeko drop animated ‘Jackie Chan’ video [Watch]

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Tiësto, Dzeko, Post Malone, and Preme morph into their animated alter egos in the music video for their anthemic collaboration, “Jackie Chan.”

A brilliantly colored projection of the featured rappers as Post Malone and Preme’s Lego-like characters speed forth on spiraling, futuristic roads, the video sees the luminescent silhouettes of Tiësto and Dzeko as the DJs spin the song’s energetic beat from their respective decks. A whimsical landscape reminiscent of a video game setting, the environment of “Jackie Chan’s” official music video translates the tune’s spirited sonic personality into visual form.

Tiësto’s iconic ISOS series has been resurrected by Gabriel & Dresden, Andy Moor, & Markus Schulz in the most powerful of fashions [Album Review]

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Tiësto’s iconic ISOS series has been resurrected by Gabriel & Dresden, Andy Moor, & Markus Schulz in the most powerful of fashions [Album Review]In Search Of Sunrise 14

Back when Tiësto was still “DJ Tiësto,” the trance pioneer, he created what soon became one of the most iconic compilation series in the genre’s history: In Search Of Sunrise (ISOS). Each release, meant to take listeners to each location that inspired its creation, earned wide acclaim for its impeccable track selection and mixing.

Richard Durand took over in 2010 following Tiësto’s departure from the series, steadfastly holding its unadulterated ethos in place until he too went on an indefinite hiatus in 2015. Trance fans all over mourned its loss, recalling memories built around its early days.

Sometimes, however, a break is needed to realize the importance of continuing down a certain path. Through its struggles, passion from fans, its label SongBird (owned by Black Hole Recordings), and artists who ISOS inspired over the years have catalyzed its rebirth. The task of ushering in its return fell upon Andy Moor, Gabriel & Dresden, and Markus Schulz, each of which mixed a disc that expressed their vision of the compilation and where they’re at musically. Though each of these names are heavyweights with proven skills across long careers, apprehension was certainly mixed in with excitement. Could these three live up to ISOS‘ name?

They certainly did a formidable job, in our eyes. In fact, as the journey unfolds, not only is trance in its current age defined and diligently manifested, but the overall caliber and aural signature of the compilation is a hopeful one that firmly states, “trance is back.” It feels like the ever-resilient genre is once more getting in touch with its original ethos and more nuanced facets, while simultaneously distancing itself from the more commercial sounds of late that have made it lose credibility a second time in the eyes of quite a few.

ISOS 14 opens with Markus Schulz’ contribution. Though higher in energy and euphoria than the proceeding Gabriel & Dresden, his effort makes sense in its placement. He does a pretty well in curating a batch of progressive-leaning tracks with subtle hints of uplifting that entice the senses and fit in with the ISOS sound. However, we felt there was a bit of room for improvement in terms of the story that could have been told with the chosen records, and the smoothness of a number of transitions. These minor areas of opportunity ultimately didn’t overshadow the mix in the end, though, and Schulz offers up a dreamy exclusive in the form of a collaboration with his fiancée titled “Breathe Me To Life.”

Gabriel & Dresden explore the deep side of trance in their mix, winding through pathways of progressive and tech with polished expertise. They carefully lead listeners into a different dimension, crossing through euphoric, bittersweet, and cunning soundscapes along the way. The arrangement is cohesive and driving, as the duo whisk their subjects breezily forward from track-to-track with flawless, celestial transitions. A real climax ensues toward the one-hour mark, with an explosive “Breathe (Timmo Rework)” kicking things into high gear for the remainder of the trek Gabriel & Dresden laid out. Indeed, it’s nice to see the pair translating what made them great into a forward-thinking canvas.

Finally, ISOS 14 closes on a truly stunning note with Andy Moor’s disc. While Markus Schulz and Gabriel & Dresden did well in their posts, their artistic visions and a look into the series’ potential future were prominent. Moor’s, on the other hand, is most closely representative of the series’ deep personality, in our opinion. He opens on a toned-down, ethereal note, before building the BPM up to the mid-130s with a number of tunes that raise goosebumps with expertly-woven melodies and subtle, yet warming pads.

This isn’t the “cheesy” trance that one might expect when hearing the word, but rather, Moor’s selection reflects the same elements that touched so many in its heyday, yet feels refreshed in its aura. Heavy anticipation has been bred as to what’s in store for ISOS, and trance as a whole, in the coming years; the CD also serves as a salute to the artists that have stayed true themselves and fought hard to restore its name.

Reviving a series with a reputation like In Search Of Sunrise is an arduous task. Luckily, Black Hole displayed keen in trusting that it would be in good hands with Schulz, Gabriel & Dresden, and Moor. Each prolific artist brings a unique flavor to the table, which, together, capture ISOS‘ most profound nature while also coaxing the listener to open their mind to where the series can be pushed moving into the future.

 

 

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Tracklisting:

 

Markus Schulz

01. Markus Schulz & Jam El Mar – Hymn of the Replicant
02. Ben Böhmer – After Earth
03. Pavel Khvaleev – Rainbow
04. Above & Beyond featuring Justine Suissa – Cold Feet
05. Dylhen – Illuminate
06. Markus Schulz presents Dakota vs. Arkham Knights – Something About You
07. Dave Neven presents Ocata – Travelling
08. Anske – The Light In You
09. Hazem Beltagui – You Before Me
10. Solarstone – Midsummer Nights
11. The Thrillseekers presents Hydra – Affinity 2018
12. Ferry Corsten & Paul Oakenfold – A Slice Of Heaven
13. Markus Schulz & Emma Hewitt – Safe From Harm (Markus Schulz In Bloom Mix)
14. Dennis Sheperd & Bjorn Akesson – Memoria
15. Markus Schulz featuring Justine Suissa – Perception (Johan Gielen Remix)
16. Arkham Knights – Into the Fire
17. Moogwai – Viola (Elevation Remix)
18. Markus Schulz & Adina Butar – Breathe Me to Life

Gabriel & Dresden

01. Naden – Submersion
02. Eelke Kleijn – Home
03. Lucas Rossi – A Part of Myself
04. Cioz featuring Collopio – Fury
05. Estiva – Space Dust
06. Gabriel & Dresden featuring Jan Burton – Underwater (Tinlicker Remix)
07. Dirty South – Night Walks
08. MR.MNT – Pause
09. Dirty South featuring ANIMA! – If It All Stops (Gabriel & Dresden Re-Rub)
10. ADNT – From Now On (Max Cue Remix)
11. Above & Beyond – Is It Love? (1001) (Gabriel & Dresden Remix)
12. Clint Stewart – Breathe (Timmo Rework)
13. Gabriel & Dresden featuring Josh Gabriel – Over Oceans (Gabriel & Dresden Club Mix)
14. Gabriel & Dresden featuring Sub Teal – Only Road (Cosmic Gate Remix)

Andy Moor

01. Aly & Fila vs Scott Bond & Charlie Walker – Shadow (Paul Thomas Remix)
02. Clameres – Soundwalker
03. Peter Steele – Zen
04. The Thrillseekers – In These Arms (Stoneface & Terminal pres. Gundamea Remix)
05. Lange & Sarah Howells – Out Of The Sky (Omnia Remix)
06. Ariscan – Amberfall
07. Airbase – Vermillion
08. Andy Moor featuring Becky Jean Williams – The Real You
09. Digital Energy – Living the Dream
10. Mike Saint-Jules – Beacon
11. Andy Moor & Alex Ryan – Reflection
12. Neptune Project – Proteus (The Thrillseekers Remix)
13. Neptune Project – Bioluminescence
14. Neil Bamford – They Are There
15. Supernal – Supernal