Watch the trailer for ‘What We Started,’ starring Carl Cox, Tiësto, Martin Garrix and more

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Leads of WHAT WE STARTED, Carl Cox and Martin Garrix meet for the first time - (c) Bert Marcus Productions

Recent converts to electronic music in the last few years may not realize exactly what has transpired in the last half decade or so. The short of it is essentially a massive worldwide overhaul in dance music’s popularity — one that happened seemingly overnight. Dance music completely transformed from a historically underground network to a colossal entertainment subset that’s raking in nearly $10 billion globally every year, and growing. On a cosmic scale, it all happened in a snap, but a new documentary, What We Started, aims to dive deep into dance music history over the last 30 years and examine exactly how we got to where we are today.

What We Started is set to bow in Miami on March 22, followed by a New York premiere the next day, and finally show on March 29 in Los Angeles. The new feature, co-directed by Bert Marcus and Cyrus Saidi, offers in-depth interviews with industry pioneers including Carl CoxTiësto, Moby, and Pete Tong, juxtaposed by the trajectory of bright new torch-carriers like Martin Garrix and discussions with frequent dance music contributors like Ed Sheeran and Usher.

Stitched together by archived footage from the rave scenes of the 1980’s and 90’s, What We Started may provide an important history lesson with informed look back at where this all came from, and perhaps a hopeful look at where we might be going from here.

Bush Tetras – “Red Heavy”

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New York City post-punk outfit Bush Tetras emerged on the scene in 1979, crafting paranoid grooves that occasionally flirted with a pop-centric mainstream. Though their lineup has shifted throughout the years, the wailing energy and erratic rock power remain present on their first new song in over a decade. More »

Buzzy Lee – “Coolhand” (Prod. Nicolas Jaar)

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Buzzy Lee is LA-based singer Sasha Spielberg, daughter of Steven, but her impressive pop project doesn’t need a famous-dad endorsement. Today she shares “Coolhand,” the soulful lead single from her forthcoming Facepaint EP. Along with the rest of the record, it’s produced by the brilliant experimental electronic composer Nicolas Jaar. More »

Here It Is, Smash Mouth Covering Car Seat Headrest

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At long last, one-half of the rumored Car Seat Headrest x Smash Mouth collab is here. Earlier this week the two bands confirmed that they covered one another’s songs, and today they debuted the renditions on Jenny Eliscu’s SiriusXMU show. Smash Mouth took on Car Seat Headrest’s Teens Of Style track “Something Soon,” while … More »

Premiere: BAILE – Spectrum Bias

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BAILE

BAILE translates to “dance” in Spanish. Appropriately, the rising New York talent has proved his aptitude at making dancefloor-worthy hits not long into his tenure in the underground sphere, putting forth melodic and grooving remixes of a multitude of singles in addition to earning recognition for his solo work in both the ambient and deep realms.

Having impressed Sasha with his re-work to “Singularity,” BAILE was subsequently tapped to compose his very own EP on the legendary Last Night On Earth imprint. What resulted is an embodiment of what he does best — a two-tracker that summons immense sentimentality by way of skillful melodic manipulation.

The EP’s title opener “Spectrum Bias” is a haunting record, tugging at the heartstrings with ethereal vocal clips and wistful, yet poignant piano chords. Its introspective disposition is one that is easy to meditate to both on the dancefloor and at home, showcasing BAILE’s abilities at crafting versatile electronica. Furthemore, “Spectrum Bias” is a clear manifestation of the LNOE ethos as of late — emotive, grooving, and forward-thinking.

 

 

Pre-order Spectrum Bias here

Kitten – “I Did It!”

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Formed in LA way back at the end of last decade, Kitten have been periodically releasing music for almost 10 years already. Led by singer Chloe Chaidez — who, even at a young age, had a powerful voice and knew how to use it — the group released a couple EPs in the early ’10s … More »

Stream Deathbomb Arc’s 20th Anniversary Comp False Positive Crew

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Brian Miller started Deathbomb Arc in 1998 to release music by a band called Turbine. As Miller once explained it, the group’s combination of rock guitars and electronic elements seemed radical enough at the time that there wasn’t much of a way forward in the music industry, so he decided to create his … More »

Living Hour – “Tous Les Garçons Et Les Filles” (Françoise Hardy Cover)

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Canadian shoegaze group Living Hour released their self-titled debut back in 2016, from which we heard tracks like “Seagull” and “Steady Glazed Eyes.” Today the Winnipeg natives are back with a cover of Françoise Hardy’s “Tous Les Garçons Et Les Filles.” It’s one of a few covers on Living Hour’s upcoming … More »

Premiere: Sinden & BIJOU – Technique

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bijou sinden technique

As g-house garners momentum in today’s dance music scene, genre mainstays Sinden and BIJOU continue to thrill with each new release. For their latest track, they’ve joined forces on a feisty, bass-ridden collaboration: “Technique.”

“Technique” kicks off with a pounding bassline and an underlying mysterious vibe that grows as the track progresses. A dark melody emerges from the introductory bassline, ushering in intense vocals that carry throughout the track. With these elements and builds that ebb and flow throughout the five-minute track, the two powerhouses demonstrate their prowess in today’s bass house scene.

The full 25-track EDC Mexico 2018 compilation will be out Friday, Feb. 16 and will include tracks from Gammer & Darren Styles, Illenium, R3HAB and more. EDC Mexico takes place Feb. 24-25 at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico City.

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Band To Watch: Jouska

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Doug Dulgarian has lived in Philadelphia for less than a year, and that’s long enough for him to embrace the duality of the Philly thing: proud of the glory in its national caricature and kinda proud of the shame too. After the Eagles won their first-ever Super Bowl in a most dramatic and schadenfreude-satisfying fashion, … More »