Sirius XM’s ‘The Cookout’ launches Memorial Day Marathon

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Sirius XM‘s The Cookout is celebrating Memorial Day 2019 in a big way by running six back-to-back mixes during prime time on May 27 holiday.

The Cookout features hour-long DJ mixes from some of the best in the game, normally airing every Tuesday night at 9pm ET / 6pm PT. Diplo’s Revolution, which takes over Sirius’ channel 52 every week, serves as a prime home for the series. Past guests have included the likes of Whethan, Gorgon City, Laidback Luke, and Sofi Tukker—to name a few.

Tune-in to Sirius XM’s channel 52 on Monday from 12pm ET to 6pm ET to join the holiday celebrations. The Memorial Day Marathon will feature mixes from Gryffin, GG Magree, Benny Benassi, & more. Listeners will also hear this house-fueled Tchami mix, an episode premiered exclusively on Dancing Astronaut. It’s certainly a fitting way to close out the long weekend. For those who can’t wait or need some pre-game tunes for the upcoming affair, listen to some other exclusives we’ve aired in the past.

Diplo’s Stagecoach performance to broadcast on Sirius XM

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Diplo‘s  closing performance at Indio Valley country music festival, Stagecoach, proved that the electronic virtuoso wasn’t as much of an event outlier as many originally believed. Diplo capitalized on Stagecoach’s status as the highest-grossing country music festival currently in operation to debut his brand new remix of Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus’ viral sensation, “Old Town Road.” The multi-genre producer brought out both Lil Nas X and Cyrus, as well as Sam Hunt to perform the electronic-country crossover, much to the delight of the lively Stagecoach crowd.

Diplo’s rework of “Old Town Road” is evidence that Diplo knows how to strike in the commercial music market: when the proverbial sonic iron is hot. Fortunately for country music listeners, Diplo fans, and all those in favor of the “Close To Me” collaborator’s foray into western sound constructions alike, Diplo’s Stagecoach showing will soon broadcast on Diplo’s Sirius XM channel, Diplo’s Revolution. XM subscribers can tune in to channel 52 to catch the set at 5 p.m. EST April 30.

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Good Morning Mix: Ekali gives unknown Soundcloud producers a platform in newest episode of Awakening Radio

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The third session of Ekali‘s SiriusXM Insomniac Channel’s radio session called Awakening Radio has just landed, and this session is particularly unique. The Canadian producer states he hand selected most of the releases for the session from producers who have little to no SoundCloud following, yet are releasing fantastic music. For those who like discovering unknown and up and coming producers, this radio session is just the place.

The mix features a variety of ear-perking remixes and mashups of mainstream tracks with a side of enamoring originals. He of course sprinkles in releases of his own — aptly-timed, considering he’s currently on his Crystal Eyes tour in honor of the release of his full album of the same name. The next stop of his tour will be in Denver, Colorado, where he has two back to back shows on the 23 and 24. Ekali has been dropping unreleased OWSLA ID’s on his tour, most recently dropped Skrillex‘s collaboration with JOYRIDE before its full release.

Good Morning Mix: Slide into your day courtesy of Ekali’s second Awakening Radio Session

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Ekali has released the second session of his Awakening Radio Series series on Sirius XM‘s Insomniac channel. He is currently setting off on a tour in celebration of the recent release of his Crystal Eyes EP, and fans wanting a taste of what’s in store for his live performance can dip into his radio shows and SoundCloud mixes.

The hour-long mix for Awakening Radio has calming aspects, along with an infusion of club-worthy tracks. The producer is known for his diversity in both original releases and his sets, and Awakening Radio Session 002 is certainly a tribute to this. House is predominant throughout, however electro, hip-hop, and bass make appearances, as well. For those wanting a smooth entrance into their day, look no further than Ekali’s newest radio session.

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Good Morning Mix: JVMPKICKS join Dr. Fresch on The Prescription

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Dr. Fresch began his radio show The Prescription nearly three years ago. Since then, it’s boasted guests of all kinds, including Win and Woo, Cazztek, and AC Slater to ring in the show’s 50th episode. But Dr. Fresch doesn’t just use his platform to welcome successful contemporaries for good chat and a guest mix, as for his latest episode he’s welcomed up and coming act JVMPKICK to make their mark. Like Dr. Fresch himself, the LA-based duo’s music falls somewhere in between house and bass music, with gritty groove at their disposal. Following 30 minutes of IDs and new edits from Dr. Fresch, JVMPKICK make themselves known with a wide-ranging guest set that feels welcoming to just about any house fan.

The Prescription airs every other Monday at 3 p.m. PST/6 p.m. EST on Insomniac Radio on SiriusXM.

Good Morning Mix: Tchami joins Sirius XM’s The Cookout for jam-packed mix [Exclusive]

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Tchami is the latest to join Siriux XM’s The Cookout for over an hour’s worth of house music. Launched in 2016, the series has brought everyone from JAUZ to Luttrell for exclusive mixes, and their latest showcase is the Confession label head himself. Known for his groovy, futuristic, soulful take on underground house, Tchami tagged onto The Cookout’s decks with an impressive array in track choices. Starting out with jackin’ house from Wax Motif, the mix hits everything, traversing from tech house out of Chris Lake and Chris Lorenzo’s Anti Up project into to the rabbit hole blog haus era Chromeo remix from Carte Blanche. All in all this is an impressively strong showing for a radio show guest mix, demonstrating Tchami’s knowledge of his craft and his contemporaries in weaving uplifting beats and surprises together in one motion.


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Sirius XM buys Pandora for $3 billion

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Sirius XM has signed on to purchase Pandora for $3 billion, further diversifying its offerings to online music streaming. The deal comes just one year later after the Sirius XM Holdings took an initial 19 percent stake in Pandora by investing $480 million into the company.

With this move, Sirius stands to make a major transition from streaming done mostly in the car – where most of its users listen – to on-demand music streaming where most activity is done at home or via a mobile device. It will also benefit both companies’ negotiating power with labels and other music-rights holders. While speculation can only confirm the future scaling of benefits available to both companies’ users, with Pandora’s user base of 74.7 million and Sirius XM’s paid subscriptions boasting 36 million users, the buyout will create a user base to rival Spotify, which leads in paid subscriptions at 83 million users as of June.

Once the deal goes through, the newly formed audio entity will be worth $30 billion, well competing with Spotify’s valuation of $23 billion after the company went public earlier this year.

H/T: The Wall Street Journal

Sirius XM debuts ‘Chilled Live’ performance series with Shallou and Riah

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LA-based shallou has been tapped to give the first-ever Sirius XM “Chilled Live” performance for Sirius’s SXM Chill channel. Shallou and Riah recently stopped by the Sirius NYC studio to perform their song “Lie.” The video series seems to take inspiration from other successful radio station features, like BBC Radio 1‘s “Live Lounge” or Triple J’s “Like A Version,” which are all great avenues for exposing up-and-coming talents.

With SXM Chill being the first radio outlet to play Shallou, the “Chilled Live” session marks another first for the budding talent. Earlier this year, he sold out his solo headline tour and also earned his first billboard in Times Square. The release of his sophomore Souls EP and the announcement of a debut world tour show the makings of a special artist indeed, deserving of the selective opportunity to perform in the debut edition of Sirius XM’s newest video venture.

SiriusXM is also providing a free listen link for fans here

Tiësto, Steve Aoki, and more react to Avicii’s death on SiriusXM

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The news of Avicii‘s shocking death at age 28 continues to reverberate throughout the electronic music community. The superstar’s tragic passing left the entire music world reeling.

SiriusXM BPM quickly shifted their programming to celebrate Avicii’s incredible career, playing his tracks and taking calls from fans and fellow producers alike. Below are reactions from Tiësto, Steve Aoki, Kaskade, and Laidback Luke to Avicii’s stunning demise far too soon.

Popular revolt: Diplo’s takeover of Electric Area panned

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Diplo‘s Revolution is not a popular one: the producer’s takeover of Sirius XM‘s Electric Area was met with widespread derision.

A hub for electronically oriented live streams and podcasts like Above & Beyond‘s Group Therapy and Claude VonStroke‘s Birdhouse Radio, Sirius XM’s Electric Area channel (#52) was a favorite preset for listeners of electronic music. XM recently replaced the channel, replacing the radio favorite with Diplo’s Revolution on March 23. While the instatement of a Diplo devoted XM channel is good news for fans of the Major Lazer constituent, many are displeased with the disappearance of Electric Area, and have taken to social media to express their discontent.

Sirius XM has yet to respond to listeners’ complaints.

H/T: EDM Sauce