Featured | Mysteryland USA Artist Spotlight: Claptone

Posted by on April 14, 2016

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The third iteration of Mysteryland USA is right around the corner, and as we count down the days until June 10th, there’s a lot to plan, and even more to listen to. The ID&T-produced festival has already unveiled two phases of its stand-out lineup, and this year promises to be the biggest and best edition of the festival in America to date. Over the course of two days, nearly 100 artists will call Bethel Woods home, from headliners like ODESZA, Skrillex, and Bassnectar, to stellar undercard offerings like Gesaffelstein, Claude VonStroke, REZZ, amongst others, spread across six stages of bumping music. With so many can’t-miss artists to see, and even more activities to do at the festival, it’s tough to decide which artists take priority, and which ones will fall by the wayside, and schedule conflicts only serve as yet another source of anxiety before the festival.

In a new editorial series leading up to this year’s Mysteryland USA, we’re spotlighting an artist on the lineup that we consider can’t-miss for the weekend. Whether its because of a phenomenal live show, a brand new album, or stellar DJing skills, we hope that this spotlight series will help you wade through some of teh schedule conflicts easier. You can get your tickets to Mysteryland here.

This week’s Mysteryland USA spotlight is the masked man, Claptone.

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Events, Featured | Ultra Records Announces SXSW Showcase w/ Bearson, Klingande, Louis The Child, & More!

Posted by on March 7, 2016

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Ultra Records just revealed their lineup for SXSW, and we’ve got it covered for you! If you plan on making it out to Austin, Texas for the music showcase that is SXSW, make sure you stop by Empire Garage, on Wednesday March 16th to catch Bearson, Chris Malinchak, Danny L Harle, Klingande, Louis The Child, and Steve James. Make sure you get there early, as there will be a line, the doors open at 8PM. I personally will be out there, and will be rocking my bright yellow FreshNewTracks, so if you recognize the VMan, make sure you say what’s up! See y’all there!

Featured | Why Oliver Heldens’ Bus Tour Is The Perfect Pre-Festival Season Warm-Up

Posted by on February 18, 2016

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While many industries learn from its past or repeat themselves year after year, the music industry, specifically dance music, typically functions cyclically. Every year, the beginning of the new year marks a time for new releases, as both superstar artists and up-and-comers unveil the tracks, EPs, and albums that they’ve been working on for the last couple of months. This wave of new releases in January usually paves the way for artists to embark on a quick, month-long tour in February, before festival season really gets going in March with the kick-off of Ultra Music Festival. Summer marks the second season of the year for releases, as artists that were on the road and playing festivals get their first opportunity to hit the studio before setting off on tour again until the close of festival season in November.

These February tours are special because they mark an unique opportunity to catch your favorite artist in an intimate, club setting, where they are more willing to push the creative boundaries of their set and try their hand with tracks that they’ve been working on in the studio, before they are thrown into the monotony of playing festival sets month after month. This year, some of dance music’s biggest artists, like Hardwell, deadmau5, and Oliver Heldens, are all setting off on tours that culminate with shows in Miami during the Winter Music Conference, and these smaller shows, like the ones on Oliver Heldens’ bus tour, are the perfect festival season warm-up to get the year off on the right foot.

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Featured, House | FNT Premiere: Moodblanc wants it all with the “Good Things In Life”

Posted by on January 28, 2016

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I’m generally a happy person, and when I’m feeling good, you might see me bust a move, especially if I have my headphones on, than you can blame it on the music, and right now my tail bone is moving to Moodblanc’s latest release “Good Things In Life.” Opting for that nu-disco meets house sound, the Swedish duo not only want the good things in life, but they’re also providing the good things in life. America, if you’re just waking up, and getting dressed, shake your tail feather in your underwear to this feel great anthem, today is a great day, now go out and seize the day!

Featured, House | 99 Souls Ft Destiny’s Child & Brandy “The Girl Is Mine” is Set To Take Over The US

Posted by on January 11, 2016

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UK duo 99 Souls have got a hit on their hands with “The Girl Is Mine,” and as customary in the US, we’re about a year behind, but that’s alright, it’s never too late than never. Bringing back the 90’s, blending a R&B classic with timeless house feels makes for the perfect feel good dance record. Go on 99 Souls, let’s get this track all over US radio, Kelly, Beyonce, Michele and Brandy have never sounded better! Get your dancing shoes on, it’s boogie Monday! This is a must listen and support!

Featured, House | Tom Bull & Nadia Gattas Is What House Music Needed!

Posted by on December 15, 2015

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If you’re not up to date with Tom Bull, I’d advise you start paying attention, in a world where everyone is focused on the future, Tom is focused on the timeless, and he does so well. Pairing up with Danish superstar Nadia Gattas, together they release “Bound To You” a 90’s RnB house tune that has classic written all over it. If you like sexy, this one’s for you, an absolute must listen, and look out for its release on iTunes and Spotify this Friday via Dutch label Dirty Soul.

Cover, Featured | A Fresh take on Adele’s “Hello” with Leah Haxhi’s New Piano Cover

Posted by on December 9, 2015

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Leah Haxhi, NYC singer/songwriter, hits us with another Adele cover that rivals all the competition. Keeping it simple with just minimal piano and vocals, this live video gives you the feeling you are sitting right there in the studio with Leah. At first it seems as if she is keeping it very close to the original, but then the second chorus breaks off into a free-style bridge that adds a unique twist to the song. Live studio visuals by Marin Hamataj and Brenton Ruh also complement the relaxed feeling of the cover. We expect to see big things from Leah in the near future, as she is putting together a demo of original songs and also working on new tracks with various DJs and producers such as Afrojack, Shelco Garcia and Teenwolf, and some other hard-hitters in the EDM and pop world. Follow Leah for more music and updates coming soon.