Armin van Burren and W&W Tease New Collaboration

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Both Armin van Burren and W&W are known as festival track Gods. Now, they are teaming up to bring even bigger and more mind-blowing sounds to us. Having worked together before on “If It Ain’t Dutch” and “D# Fat”, we can’t wait to see what this collaboration will bring. If it’s anything like their last

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Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon disavows new Eminem collaboration over homphobic slur

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Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon disavows new Eminem collaboration over homphobic slurBon Iver Disavows Eminem Collab

Eminem kicked off Labor Day Weekend with a surprise album delivery, Kamikaze, and the music world tuned in droves in to see what Shady was serving – count Justin Vernon among the album’s collaborators, but not its fans. Amongst the LP’s various twists and turns was an unlikely feature from the Bon Iver singer, lending vocals on the rapper’s diss-heavy track “Fall.” It appears Vernon didn’t have a chance to hear Em’s verses before contributing to the song, as the singer publicly voiced his distaste for the rapper’s use of a homophobic slur on the record directed towards Tyler The Creator.

The “Skinny Love” singer has decided to walk back on his own feature, and while it’s still unclear which actions Vernon can take at this point to affect the song’s distribution, he said in a tweet he’s aiming to “kill this track.”

Vernon did explain his thoughts on the matter further, clarifying,

“Eminem is one of the best rappers of all time, there is no doubt. I have and will respect that. Though, this is not the time to criticize youth, it’s the time to listen. To act. It is certainly not the time for slurs. Wish they would have listened when we asked them to change it.”

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Gramatik and Kotek make vicious funk on new collaboration, ‘Vitalik Buterin’

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Gramatik and Kotek make vicious funk on new collaboration, ‘Vitalik Buterin’Gramatik Kotek Collab

Gramatik fans are likely still digesting his poignant tribute to the late Aretha Franklin earlier this month – but before the soulful stylings of SB5 lands, the producer is changing gears with a joint track featuring recent REZZ collaborator Kotek. Named after the Russian blockchain titan of the same name, the single arrives on the artist’s own Lowtemp imprint. The collaborative effort incorporates some of the crispy electronic glitch of the beloved GRiZMATiK project, but with a dose of digital menace courtesy of Kotek’s signature sound.

The song’s brief intro, comprised of wailing electronic guitars and R&B keyboard arrangements, is familiar territory, but an ear-slapping snare and distorted sub bass soon bring the track into the electronic realm. The slinky syncopation evolves into a second chorus with a blatting horn section, before descending into a half-time beat that swaps blasts of Kotek distortion for Gramatik’s guitar stylings to close. According to Gramatik, the song’s distinct phases are no accident, providing some insight into the collaboration’s genesis via SoundCloud:

“Vitalik Buterin is a tribute to the founder of Ethereum and basically the sequel to Satoshi Nakamoto, except this time around, Kotek and I decided to make it an instrumetal journey. The song changes five times and keeps evolving beginning to end which is meant to symbolize the different stages of development and evolution of Ethereum and its ecosystem. We had so much fun making this tune and we sincerely hope that Vitalik likes it.”

Wikipedia’s surprise streetwear collab is an internet kid’s dream

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Wikipedia’s surprise streetwear collab is an internet kid’s dreamWikipedia Street Collab

At this point, it’s hard for an apparel drop to be truly surprising with all the outlandish combinations of seasons past. But it’s still hard to imagine many saw Wikipedia expanding its domain to the fashion game. That’s exactly what the people’s encyclopedia has done with LA-based streetwear brand Advisory Board Crystals. So far, the collab is limited to a long-sleeved T-shirt, but the piece is stuffed with ABC logos and nods to Wikipedia’s global web dominance. The back of the tee features the iconic puzzle piece globe visual, flanked by the words “Internet Master” in all caps.

Although the pairing is easily the most headline-grabbing so far, this isn’t the first time Advisory Board Crystals has joined forces with a nonprofit tech company. They previously collaborated with fellow Los Angelos Early Warning Labs to create an Earthquake zine and hoodie package. Each hoodie sold from the collection even came with a QR code giving access to an early-warning earthquake app.

The shirt has already sold out on the brand’s website, but before it flew from the shelves, the piece was selling for $85. Whether or not that’s a steal or robbery may depend on taste – but fans of open source online knowledge can take heart knowing that 100 percent of the proceeds will go to the Wikipedia Foundation. And as Advisory Board Crystals states in the product’s description, “Knowledge is power and awareness is survival.”

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Jai Wolf is back with an incredible new single

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After a 16 month hiatus, Jai Wolf is back. His new single with Chelsea Jade “Lost” is a combination of “my old music and where I want to go next,” says Jai Wolf. “Chelsea and I wrote this song as sort of an anthem for a generation of kids who feel disillusioned by the world

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Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike Team Up with Nicky Romero For New Track “Here We Go (Hey Boy, Hey Girl)

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#1 DJs Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike have partnered up with popular DJ-producer, Nicky Romero, to release their latest single, “Here We Go (Hey Boy, Hey Girl). This new track delivers a classic beat with melodies that will have you anticipating for an epic breakdown. The catchy vocals will have you reminiscing of the Chemical

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Ekali and Slumberjack release dreamy Helios

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It seems as if Ekali is taking over the world. Having just played at Tomorrowland for the first time yesterday, Ekali is one of the fasting rising artists this year. Today, in conjunction with SLUMBERJACK, Ekali released the new tune Helios. Ekali seems to have a signature dreamy, almost relaxing sound. Helios starts out with

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Wax Motif & Hunter Seigel release Wassup

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Worlds collide in Wax Motif’s and Hunter Seigel’s new collab, Wassup. The electric dance track takes us out of this world with the repeated lyrics and unexpected beats and drops. Wassup is a special track with Wax Motif’s funky feel and Seigel’s house and dance background. This track will definitely be one we hear in

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Dzeko and Riggi & Piros release collab “Anthem”

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Live from Tiesto’s label, Musical Freedom, comes Anthem by Dzeko and Riggi & Piros. The track is an electric, dance pop that will be an “anthem” at all music festivals this summer. It’s fun to see how artists combine their sounds and talents together to highlight each other and make something like never before. Anthem shows us

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Steve Aoki, Deorro, MAKJ, & Max Styler Have Massive Collab Dropping Friday

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Powerhouse producers Steve Aoki, Deorro, MAKJ, and Max Styler have just  previewed via social media clips of a collaboration on a powerful new single titled “Shakalaka.” “Shakalaka” from the few snippits we’ve heard sounds like an absolute festival banger. You can hear big room, latin, psy, & mariachi influences throughout the track and it packs

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