Relive standout sets from Ultra Japan’s fifth anniversary: Oliver Heldens, Galantis, Afrojack, + more

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Relive standout sets from Ultra Japan’s fifth anniversary: Oliver Heldens, Galantis, Afrojack, + moreUltra Japan 1

The electronic world’s most celebrated music festival, Ultra, rang in the fifth anniversary of its Japanese installment last weekend, September 15-17 at its brand new home in Tokyo Odaiba Ultra Park.

The wildly attended Ultra Japan stands as testament to the EDM phenomenon’s sweeping, worldwide presence. Standout performances from the weekend include that of Oliver Heldens, Armin van Buuren, and Axwell Λ Ingrosso: all repeat Ultra offenders. Ultra Worldwide’s ubiquitous presence extends to 25 different countries, across several continents. Due to its ever-increasing popularity, the event has stretched from its two-day beginnings, into a full-fledged three-day soiree.

Oliver Heldens 

Armin van Buuren

Galantis

Afrojack

Axwell Λ Ingrosso

Nicky Romero

DJ Snake

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Inaugural Tomorrowland Winter headliners announced, Armin Van Buuren, Steve Aoki, and Martin Garrix set to perform

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Inaugural Tomorrowland Winter headliners announced, Armin Van Buuren, Steve Aoki, and Martin Garrix set to performTomorrowland Winter Lineup

Tomorrowland releases the initial headliners for the festival’s debut winter edition. Tomorrowland Winter was first announced in March, and the headliners consist of the usual suspects plus a couple surprises.

Thus far Armin van BuurenDimitri Vegas & Like MikeMartin Garrix, and Steve Aoki are all slated to headline the emerging new event. Included in the lineup release, big name electronic acts such as AfrojackJoris VoornNERVOLost FrequenciesKölsch, and Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano are penned in for the EDM winter wonderland. This is only the first headliner announcement, as more are expected to be listed. It’s also worth noting that neither Swedish House Mafia nor any of its members are listed, but with eyes on every one of the Mafiosos’ movements ahead of their 2019 comeback tour, an appearance from the trio can’t be ruled out yet.

At an altitude of over 2000 meters, festival stages will be built in the Alpe d’Huez, one of the highest rated ski resorts in Europe. Tickets available will include amenities such as lodging, skiing passes, and a week to remember as the biggest EDM music festival in the world launches the new winter offshoot.

Fans are able to pre-register for tickets at the Tomorrowland Winter website. Seven day packages go on sale Saturday, September 8 at 11am EST. Four day packages go on sale Saturday, September 15 at 11am EST.

 

Afrojack releases highly anticipated 14-track EP, ‘Press Play’

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Afrojack releases highly anticipated 14-track EP, ‘Press Play’Afrojack Press Play EP

Afrojack has released his 14-track EP, Press Play, filled with festival anthems across various EDM genres. The veteran producers starts the EP in nostalgic fashion with “Bringing It Back,” taking listeners back to his early Dutch house days between 2009-2011. He hits a variety of genres meant to rock festival stages, with additions from Martin Garrix, Nicky Romero, and other unnamed producers.

Big room house dominates, while electro-house, bass house, and trap are sprinkled into the EP’s influences, and even Baltimore house makes it on the final track, “Pop That,” featuring Angger Dimas, MC Ambush, and Oliver Twizt.

Wall Recordings artists such as Chico Rose, ChasnerJewelz & Sparks, and DISTO are sprinkled throughout the project. It’s a fairly large EP project; however, breaking barriers is something the Grammy-award winning DJ is used to.

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Afrojack Releases New “Press Play” EP, Loaded With 14 Massive Tunes

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Showcasing a versatile and expansive range of music, iconic DJ & producer, Afrojack, has today released a his new EP titled “Press Play”. The EP features cross-genre dance music from club bangers to melodic anthems to progressive-house and includes an impressive fourteen tracks. Some of the tracks are already released and others are new today.

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Afrojack revisits old production styles on new single ‘Bringin It Back’

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Afrojack revisits old production styles on new single ‘Bringin It Back’Afrojack Press

Only a few more days remain until Afrojack shares his long-awaited Press Play EP with the world, and it seems only fitting to drop another brilliant production to kick off release week. This is not just any production, though. His new track, “Bringin It Back,” has a sound that can be attributed to the 2009-2011 period where the Dutch producer initially rose to fame. This is likely what Nick Van Wall meant by the title, as a catchy, lead-synth driven melody is what fans have come to know and love from the producer on classics such as “Bangduck” and “No Beef” with Steve Aoki. Afrojack tops it off with a humorous, yet energizing vocal chant preceding a drop that is bound to bring straight hysteria to any crowd.

His upcoming Press Play EP comes out August 31, which will most likely make its live debut at MAD club in Switzerland on the same night. Fans can check out singles “Step Back” and “Bassride,” which are also set to appear on the EP.

NMF Roundup: Gramatik is full of surprises, Feint’s melodic whirlwind of emotion, Afrojack is rowdy and irreverent as ever, Alex Metric gets retrospective, + MORE

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NMF Roundup: Gramatik is full of surprises, Feint’s melodic whirlwind of emotion, Afrojack is rowdy and irreverent as ever, Alex Metric gets retrospective, + MORENMF 3

The most important day of every week: New Music Friday. As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed.


For their debut Diynamic release, Alex Metric and Ten Ven bring melodic, UK garage, and a dash of acid house to their nostalgia-laden three-track EP, Transmission 1. 

Chicago duo Danny Cancino and Grant Stakenas, aka Htbx, tout an equal parts menacing and cinematic sound design in their new experimental house track, “Dj Qualls.”


Longtime Liquicity talent, Feint, has taken his transcendent drum ‘n’ bass to Pilot Records with his newest jolting track, “Mirror Signal (Destinations).”

This week’s woes fall away as Nicky Romero, Stadiumx, and Matluck’s progressive-inspired new tune, “Rise,” bleeds into the consciousness.

Ahead of his new Press Play EP, Afrojack lets chaotic bass infiltrate his newest track, “Bringin It Back.”

Their latest on Insomniac, Jupe and Reach fuse wonky dub and pummeling trap for their unconventionally screechy new single, “10 Years Later.”

Drawing from the frisky French Touch brand of house, Samaran’s latest on Big Beat Records, “A New Beginning,” uses its stop-and-go rhythm to incite widespread dance fevers.

Samantha Harvey lends her smooth and saccharine voice to Alex Adair and the Delayers trio’s new up-tempo bass-pop track, “Dominos.”

The forever-funky Gramatik has teamed up with serial REZZ-collaborator, Kotek, for their free-form, instrumental frenzy, “Vitalik Buterin,” in tribute to the blockchain wizard of the same name.

Fairlane enlists Nevve, whose voice can be found on tracks of scene favorites like Boombox Cartel and 3LAU, for his latest track, “Wildfire,” an atmospheric chill-step odyssey.

EDM world power, KSHMR‘s latest, “Good Vibes Soldier,” featuring Head Quattaz, is a reggaeton-influenced anthem drawing forth images of a warm-weather utopia.

Jack Back’s newest independent release, “Overtone,” is a winding, astral-inspired journey through deep house accents of the highest order.

KSHMR is a master at infectious rhythms, and he conquers with his Head Quattaz collaboration, “Good Vibes Solider.” It listens like a wonderful blend of tropical, Eastern, and big room influences that hit the right spots on the main stage dancefloor.

“C.Y.M” pounds us into submission with pungent tech trance kicks set at BPMs high enough to transport listeners to space. A classic effect of Mr. Jordan Suckley…

John Dahlbäck caps off NMF with his high-strung dance cannon, “Deep Inside,” out on Armada Music.

 

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Afrojack Drops New, Explosive Basshouse Tune – ‘Bassride’

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Afrojack has returned with a blazing new record. As summer starts to wind down, and the unofficial end is in sight, many artists have begun to ramp up their release schedules. Fewer festivals are taking around the globe, and artists are supplementing their sporadic appearances with tracks they have been sitting on all summer long.

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Ultra Mexico brings the heat with first phase of 2018 lineup featuring Carl Cox, Marshmello, Illenium, and more

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Ultra Mexico brings the heat with first phase of 2018 lineup featuring Carl Cox, Marshmello, Illenium, and moreUltraMeico

There are several certainties in life: death and taxes–as the more sardonic would joke–and, of course, a stacked Ultra Mexico lineup.

Come October 13-14, the Mexico City edition of Ultra will stop by venue Foro Pegaso for a two-day electronic extravaganza.

Ultra Mexico brings the heat with first phase of 2018 lineup featuring Carl Cox, Marshmello, Illenium, and more8VGKjLA

Phase one of the event touts mainstream favorites Marshmello, Galantis, Axwell ^ Ingrosso, and Afrojack as well as underground icons Carl Cox, Jamie Jones, and Seth Troxler. Steve Angello and NGHTMRE and Slander‘s celebrated Gud Vibrations concept account for more of the first phase’s firepower.

Purchase tickets to Ultra Mexico, here.

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Revisit Tomorrowland Day 2, Weekend 2: Armin van Buuren, Nora En Pure, Virtual Self + More

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Revisit Tomorrowland Day 2, Weekend 2: Armin van Buuren, Nora En Pure, Virtual Self + MoreTomorrowland 2018

The penultimate day of the final weekend of Tomorrowland 2018 has come to a close, but that doesn’t mean it’s gone for good. People of tomorrow can relive a jam-packed July 28 of the Story of Planaxis to the fullest: Nora En Pure gets deep as ever, Armin van Buuren returns from weekend one for back-to-back mainstage appearances, Virtual Self makes a debut in Boom, and Salvatore Ganacci returns with more shenanigans. Meanwhile, Belgian legends Cherry Moon Trax light up the mainstage with the trance classics that led to the country’s domination of dance in the 90s.

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

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Stream Tomorrowland weekend two: second day sets by Don Diablo, Alesso, Armin Van Buuren and more [Watch]Tomorrowland 9

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. 

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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.