Featured | Arty: The Future is Now.

Posted by on November 25, 2014

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Artyom Stolyarov, everyone’s favorite Ruski on the block, is by and large well on a path to becoming a godfather of electronic music. As I let my iTunes hit autodrive (read: shuffle) the chilling vocals from “Bliss” transported me back in time to a place that had slowly faded into a distant memory. Arty has journeyed to every corner of this world, quickly transforming himself into an international icon and becoming an inspiration for dreamers globally. As 2014 comes to an end he’s shown no signs of slowing down, with every year since 2009 pushing him further into the spotlight. If you’re in the LA area this week, scope out Arty at Exchange L.A. tomorrow night! (Wednesday November 26, 2014). Click on the jump for more!

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Electro-House | Aero Chord – Break Them (feat. Anna Yvette)

Posted by on November 25, 2014

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It’s been a minute that I’ve covered Monstercat’s latest releases, but those guys from Vancouver def have not been sleeping, and this latest by Aero Chord featuring Anna Yvette “Break Them” is the right blend of progressive meets electr0-house, perfect to wake up to. And if you woke up like me, mad with what’s going on in America at the moment, let this be the anthem, kick ass today! This is a must listen and support by purchasing it on iTunes!

iTunes: Aero Chord – Break Them (feat. Anna Yvette)

Mix | Tchami – Diplo & Friends

Posted by on November 25, 2014

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I like Tchami. I think he’s a force to be reckoned with and a serious breathe of fresh air for the dance community. Many don’t know that’s been producing for a while, and has co-production credits (along with DJ Snake) on “Turn Down For What” and Lady Gaga’s “Do What You Want” record. That’s no joke kids. You don’t produce those records without serious connections and proven production prowess.

I pump Tchami’s tires to say this: I wasn’t a big fan of this mix. My expectations are so high for this guy that it just didn’t live up to what I expected given his previous mixes, which were all gold. His DAD mix? Gold. His Thump mix? 24 Karat. Social Club in Paris? Cash for Gold. It doesn’t matter what I think. I’ll let our readers decide. Did this mix do it for you?

Be sure to catch Tchami on his European tour fall run. Details here.

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House | Tiesto Ft. DBX – Light Years Away (Oliver Heldens Remix)

Posted by on November 25, 2014

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I despise anything Tiesto releases. I won’t listen to it on principle because it’s usually progressive house wanna be cross-over top 40 garbage. Tiesto has long given his soul to the major label machine which I contend has slowly chipped away at his credibility. The major label machine doesn’t understand the dance space and has steered him largely in the wrong direction. Fortunately for Tiesto, Oliver Heldens transports “Light Years Away” into another galaxy, incorporating melodic sounds and much needed groovy basslines. Oliver Heldens is the only reason I’m even entertaining this song. It’s a departure from his signature square wave future house bass sound but I’m not against it. You can’t fault an artist for trying something new. Oliver Heldens. So hot right now. Oliver Heldens. Niiiiice.

House | Redondo & Boiler – Sunshine

Posted by on November 24, 2014


Is the video cliche? Yes. Does it feature sexual innuendo meant to sucker in the casual listener? Yes. Is this track a big ole’ tune? You’re damn right. Redondo & Boiler have been teasing us with previews (where it first premiered on The Magician’s “Magic Tape” series) and it’s finally out today. There’s no full track post, which is a bit of a disappointment. Understandable though, given the amount of people use Soundcloud to mp3 converters to rip tracks. The track quality isn’t ever the same, but I digress. Support Redondo and Boiler by picking up their latest Spinnin’ Records release. It doesn’t disappoint.

Purchase: Redondo & Boiler – Sunshine

House | Bakermat – Teach Me (Original Mix)

Posted by on November 24, 2014

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Since we heard Bakermat’s “Teach Me” featured on Heldeep Radio we’ve been waiting for the release. The release is finally here, and it’s truly a masterpiece. Sampling Shirley Caesar original “Teach Me Master Bakermat’s reprisal is a gospel house tune of epic proportions. This song makes me want to visit my local southern evangelical church that believes the earth is only 6,000 years old, adorn myself in a velvet robe, and dance in the pulpit while a choir sways back and forth behind me. The vibes are that strong. Be sure to grab the release on Beatport below. Teach me master, teach me. Come on master.

Purchase: Bakermat – Teach Me (Original Mix)

Albums | Portrait Digital Presents: ‘Gallery:03′

Posted by on November 24, 2014

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Welcome to the edge of the horizon. If you dare, bring your scuba gear, because we’re about to travel deep into uncharted territory. Here, the weather is unpredictable. You’ll find yourself caught between a warm breeze and icy chills. There are quiescent deserts, bustling forests, mystifying depths of ocean, and volatile skies. Indeed, Portrait Digital have brought forward a showcase of melodies and beats that can be commended for realizing, thus far, the pinnacles reached by the Melodic Progressive House/Trance genre in its story of evolution. Out December 1, 2014, The Gallery:03 eases our transition into the New Year and foreshadows a sense of what to expect in 2015 from the label.

The compilation invests in well-known talents like Roald Velden, Bee Hunter, and Denis Neve, names that have become recognized for their contributions to this scene. Gallery:03 could not start off more perfectly as Idle Earth’s “Darling, My Love Is Yours” instills feel-good vibes, soundscaping our minds into a state of positivity. Moving ahead, one realizes that the melodic progressive genre has managed to break barriers onto the dancefloor, as demonstrated by the magicians Kirill Nikolaev & Denis Neve’s in “Redline” – a track that was featured on Armin Van Buuren’s ASOT 689. Alex Byrka & EdNikoff take us into the abyss with “Atlantis,” followed by Kono who delivers a one-way ticket to drifting in the skies with “Sakuna.” Each track narrates its own story delegated by emotional breaks, chords and synths.

The Gallery:03 has conquered our expectations and is a true reflection of Portrait Digital’s caliber. It is consistent, it is quality, and it is divine.