Watch the exceedingly nostalgic tribute visuals for Avicii & Chris Martin’s ‘Heaven’

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The history of Avicii’s “Heaven” has been extensively documented from the moment it surfaced in his DJ performances throughout 2015. Briefly before his passing, the late producer made the ultimate decision after working on numerous versions of the single that he would use the Chris Martin-featured version for its official release. Just weeks preceding the late producer’s posthumous LP ‘TIM’, it was revealed that “Heaven” would be featured as part of the album, which was fully available on June 6.

In a behind the scenes video for “Heaven”, never-before-viewed footage depicted intimate studio sessions in 2014 between Avicii and Martin, where they worked on Coldplay material including “A Sky Full Of Stars“. Filmmaker Levan Tsikurishvili, who previously worked alongside Avicii on a handful of video productions since 2013, helped create an official honorary video for one of the album’s most notorious offerings within a few weeks of its release. The five minute video includes unreleased footage from Avicii’s 2017 documentary ‘True Stories’, that meticulously followed the producer’s struggles during touring life.

“Tim and Chris Martin wrote and recorded “Heaven” in 2014, with Tim producing the final version in 2016. About the tribute video: My name is Levan Tsikurishvili and I have been working with Tim since about 2013. During these years, we made 8 music videos, 3 concert movies and 2 documentaries together. In 2016, right after his last show, Tim, Tim’s childhood friend Awat, and I spent 19 beautiful days in Madagascar, ll Saint Marie. We spoke about everything, laughed, played monopoly, hung out with lemurs, and explored the entire island together. Now, two-and-a-half years later, I returned to the island to remember Tim, to honor his legacy, and to recreate the memories that will stay with us forever.

Note: This video is a collection of my smartphone videos plus some parts of unused material from the documentary Avicii: True Stories and newly shot footage. I also did some 3D animations in order to recreate the moments that I did not have any video material from.”

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A fan captured Skrillex’s full surprise set from Porter Robinson’s Second Sky Festival

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A fan captured Skrillex’s full surprise set from Porter Robinson’s Second Sky FestivalSkrille Live

Porter Robinson‘s Second Sky Festival has reached its conclusion, but the electronic music community is still reeling from the weekend’s performances, especially Skrillex‘s surprise set. The producer offered a little misdirection surrounding his involvement with the affair, tweeting that he wished he were at the festival. But sure enough, the OWSLA boss showed up disguised as a blow-up figure after Porter Robinson announced that an ominous special guest by the name of “DJ Potaro” was set to take the stage.  

Fortunately, YouTube user, Myshonok, captured the entire set, allowing those who weren’t there (and those who were) to transport back to see the producer drop cornerstone selects from his catalog like “Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites,” along with a litany of his newer releases.

Other highlights of the weekend include Madeon playing a back-to-back set with Robinson, and Robinson playing a full Worlds throwback set dedicated to the revered 2014 album release.

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Charli XCX confirms third LP ‘Charli,’ alongside tour dates and new music video

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It’s been the better part of a decade since Charli XCX’s last full-length release, but according to the electro-pop sensation’s Instagram, her most personal LP is set for release September 13, followed by North American and international tours. Entitled Charli, the impending album features a chromatic assortment of supporting talent through names like Big Freedia, and Christine and the Queens. According to XCX, the eponymous, 15-track album will explore exceptionally intimate themes and experiences held by the artist since her 2014 LP, Sucker.

The album’s latest single, “Blame It On Your Love,” featuring near overnight songstress sensation, Lizzo, maintains the summer anthem allure that rendered her earlier hits like “Boom Clap” just so juicy, but also shows a glimpse of a new, unapologetically expressive side to the pop star’s sonic identity. A boisterous drop makes for a beat that’s not only destined for radio play, but is more than capable of turning a dancefloor inside out.

Charli XCX North American Summer Tour (Dates)
09/20 Buckhead, Atlanta, GA
09/21 Marathon Music Works, Nashville, TN
09/23 White Oak Music Hall, Houston, TX
09/24 Emo’s, Austin, TX
09/25 House of Blues, Dallas, TX
09/27 The Marquee, Phoenix, AZ
09/28 House of Blues, San Diego, CA
10/1 The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA
10/2, Fox, San Francisco, CA
10/4 Showbox Market, Seattle, WA
10/5 Commodore, Vancouver, BC
10/6 Roseland, Portland, OR
10/8 Union, Salt Lake City, UT
10/9 Ogden Theatre, Denver, CO
10/11 First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
10/14 Rebel, Toronto, ON
10/1 Corona, Montreal, QB
10/17 House of Blues, Boston, MA
10/18 9:30 Club, Washington, DC
10/19 Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA
10/22 Terminal 5, New York, NY

Charli XCX Global Tour Dates (Dates)
0/27 Galvanisers, Glasgow – UK
10/28 O2 Institute, Birmingham – UK
10/30 Albert Hall, Manchester – UK
10/31 O2 Academy Brixton – UK
11/04 Berns, Stockholm – Sweden
11/05 Sentrum Scene, Olso – Norway
11/07 Vega, Copenhagen – Denmark
11/09 Astra Kulturhaus, Berlin – Germany
11/10 Docks, Hamburg – Germany
11/12 Stodola, Warsaw – Poland
11/14 Roxy, Prague – Czech Republic
11/15 Live Music Hall, Cologne – Germany
11/17 Transbordeur, Lyon – France
11/18 Fabrique, Milan – Italy
11/20 Sala La Riviera, Madrid – Spain
11/22 Razzmatazz Room 2, Barcelona – Spain
11/24 Den Atelier, Luxembourg – Luxembourg
11/25 Paradiso, Amsterdam – Netherlands
11/26 AB Main Hall, Brussels – Belgium
11/28 Izvestia Hall, Moscow – Russia

Rewind time with Porter Robinson’s sentimental ‘Worlds’ set at Second Sky [WATCH]

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Rewind time with Porter Robinson’s sentimental ‘Worlds’ set at Second Sky [WATCH]Porter Robinson Worlds Live

It’s safe to say that Porter Robinson‘s first go at a festival, Second Sky, was a glowing success. The two-day event touched down in Oakland on June 15 and boasted a star-studded lineup including his Shelter collaborator Madeon, Cashmere Cat, and even a surprise showing from Skrillex. Robinson also took opening slots on both days of the event under his Virtual Self moniker to encourage early entry and music discovery.

One of the biggest treats for those in attendance, however, was the revival of Porter’s Worlds live set. The set was more expressive and ethereal than ever, with the musician immersing himself fully into the vibrant performance. Worlds sets aren’t common these days on the performance circuit, since Robinson’s been taking the better part of the last couple years promoting his iconic new Virtual Self project.

Those who missed both the event and its live stream are in luck; the set has since been uploaded to multiple platforms for listening pleasure, and the Twitch stream is now available on YouTube. Those lucky enough to be present can also relive this singular experience that took place that fateful evening in Oakland.

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Skrillex takes the stage as Second Sky’s surprise special guest [WATCH]

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On Sunday, June 16, Skrillex sent out a telling tweet: “I wish I was at Second Sky Fest.” It was followed up six hours later by a “;),” with the iconic bass/crossover producer taking the main stage at Porter Robinson‘s debut festival shortly afterward for a surprise guest appearance. He performed an array of heavy bass tunes, with plenty of OWSLA representation throughout.

Porter Robinson and Skrillex have a long history together, with the latter actually being one of the first to break Robinson into electronic’s top tier with his prolific Spitfire EP being released on OWSLA. The label owner stayed behind after his impromptu set, telling fans later on through Twitter that Porter & Madeon’s joint set brought him to tears.

Second Sky took place on June 15 & 16 in Oakland, California.

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Dillon Francis has a new YouTube series called ‘What’s In Dillon’s Box’

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For those unfamiliar with Dillon Francis content, his YouTube channel is loaded with comedic genius. From One Deeper Talks with DJ Hanzel to his latest play on Influencers in Like & Subscribe, Francis has acquired fans of not just his music, but also his hilarity.

The next installment for the multi-platinum-selling DJ is titled What’s In Dillon’s Box? The weekly video series will consist of brief reviews about some products Francis acquires via “drunk” Amazon purchases. The pilot reviews a Vector Robot with a myriad of frustrating qualities, all of which drive Francis towards squaring up with an object that’s a fraction of his size. Despite its flaws, the Robot will be given away to one lucky commenter. In the video’s Thumbnail, it displays as a play on third-party YouTubers that use silly images as clickbait for their review video.

Aside from YouTube content, Francis recently signed a development deal with 20th Century Fox Television to spearhead an animated series called Gerald’s World, all focused on his famous candy-filled friend.

Diplo gets saucy with Barstool Sports in pizza-themed lead up to Mad Decent Block Party

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Diplo, the DJ-turned-pizza-authority recently joined Barstool’s Dave Portnoy as the first electronic artist in over 600 episodes of Portnoy’s One Bite pizza reviews. In the episode, Diplo drops his review of an artisan pie from Sotto 13 in New York, while Portnoy does the same, between an anecdote involving Diplo, the cameraman and, unsurprisingly, a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit after party.

The ‘za reviews are topped with a taste of what’s to come at the Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party Festival. Splayed across July 20-21 at the New England Patriots’ Gillette Stadium, this year’s outdoor party needs not an ounce of bolstering, with headliners like Billie Eilish, Miguel, and Major Lazer on the roster.

TLDR: Diplo’s final thoughts on the pizza: Mad Decent.

Tickets to the Mad Decent Block Party are available here.

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King of visuals Eric Prydz primed to outdo himself with ‘EPIC 6.0 HOLOSPHERE’ [Watch]

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Eric Prydz‘ creativity knows no bounds. He imagines it, and sometime later, a team of technical geniuses make the most breathtaking interactive visual displays into reality. Now, with the impending debut of his “most technically advanced” live production to date, Prydz is set to outdo himself with EPIC 6.0 HOLOSPHERE.

The new live setup will be unveiled at Tomorrowland which takes runs from July 19 – 21. The Elements producer teased his jaw-dropping new 3D visuals online, just a month ahead of the show’s official debut. Get a sneak peek below.

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DJ Snake delivers saucy multilingual new single, ‘Loco Contigo,’ with J. Balvin and Tyga

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The commercial success of “Taki Taki” considered, DJ Snake’s choice to keep the Latin flair sauntering forth seems a tactful one. “Taki Taki,” the sizzling smash that recruited Ozuna, Selena Gomez, and hip-hop’s punchiest performer of late, Cardi B, for features, set up shop at the top of Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart for 14 weeks following its September 2018 debut. The multilingual Latin heater’s music video meanwhile managed to attract one-billion views in just 16 weeks.

If the question is whether DJ Snake will be able to keep the Latin-stylized musical momentum going moving forward, then “Loco Contigo” is the formidably affirmative answer. The bilingual slow burning number invites J. Balvin and Tyga for audacious auxiliary verses. J. Balvin smoothly delivers his lyrical sentiments in Spanish, while Tyga exerts the finesse of his fierce flow atop a languid background beat. So buckle up for a bit of brand new Snake-sponsored lunacy.

Watch Skrillex unload a metric ton of IDs at Ultra Korea

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Skrillex wasn’t yanking chains when he said he was going to release a stronghold of new music this year. It seems festival-goers at Ultra Korea got more than a taste of what’s to come.

The robust hour-and-a-half set features various IDs, an unreleased Dog Blood track with Ty Dolla $ign, “Midnight Hour,” an unreleased remix of Space Laces‘ “Slice n Dice,” his new collaboration with TroyBoi, “War Cry,” coming out this week, and a gargantuan grip of high-energy mashups of his own volition. Another highlight of the night was a heavy-handed edit of Avicii & Skrillex vs. SQUNTO, “Levels” versus “Sayim” (Slushii Edit) into a short and sweet “Sing it for Tim” tribute.

The entire track list can be found here in case the bass should have viewers so inclined, and avid Skrillex fans will find multiple gems to keep them on their toes for official releases this summer. The dubstep poster child continues to solidify himself in dance music majesty, and this set is simply another notch in his belt of highest-level execution.

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