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.


Electronic, House, Techno | Spice’s Top 10 Tracks of 2013

Posted by on December 22, 2013

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2013 was a year of many momentous things. Including the insanely awesome above shot, which was taken by yours truly with a cracked iPhone (and it’s frankly still a mystery as to how I managed to pull it off. I mean, look at that thing. That thing is next level. Eat your heart out, Rukes). In keeping with all the seasonal nostalgia, here are my picks for the best tracks of the year.


Albums, Electronic, Techno | Alesia – Andrea EP

Posted by on December 4, 2013


Our favorite genre-hating French duo dropped their debut EP yesterday via Skrillex’s OWSLA, and genres be damned, this is not one to miss. Chock full of chilling industrial vibes that don’t skimp on the punches or energy level, Andrea is a fast paced and relentless ride that may lead you wonder what, exactly, is going on in Alesia’s head. Some of the tracks will be familiar to those of you who have been following the duo/team OWSLA — the clanging, eerily-pitched “Otho” was released as a single earlier this year and the techy, titular “Andrea” has been making the live set rounds. The electro-tinged “Jezabel” is a dark, hard-hitting banger best suited for the kind of deranged dance floors typically found in basement clubs and warehouses, while “Industriae” slows it down, packing a wallop with some truly guttural, metallic synths that would make even Gesaffelstein salivate. Stream it below in full and head to Beatport for the download if you’re dark and twisty like we are.

Beatport: Alesia – Andrea EP


Albums, Drum & Bass, Progressive House, Review | Mat Zo – Damage Control (Album Review)

Posted by on November 11, 2013

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We have seen some incredible albums this year in dance music. From Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories” to Andrew Bayer’s “If It Were You, We’d Never Leave” to Disclosure, Pretty Lights, BT, Feed Me, Avicii, Kaskade, Gesaffelstein and Sub Focus’s albums, this year has seen the resurgence of the full length LP. You can now add Mat Zo’s “Damage Control” to that list of stunning albums.

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Featured, Interviews | Alesia talks Bird Machine, Filet Mignon, & More!

Posted by on September 10, 2013


The first day of EZoo, the FNT crew got a chance to link up with the French duo Alesia, also known as Nicolas and Lemuel, who just finished spinning their set at the OWSLA vs Boys Noize tent. This was a first for both to be spinning at a festival in the US, and New York out of all places. You might not be familiar yet with the name Alesia, but chances are you’ve heard their trap hit “Bird Machine,” which they co-produced with DJ Snake, either at a festival or on your television screen. The track is currently being used on a Target commercial! With how things are going, you’re going to be hearing a lot more from them in the future, so keep your ears out!

Check out the teaser video they released for their time at EZoo, look out for Alesia at Tomorrow World on the OWSLA stage, and read our interview after the jump!


Compilation, House | Top 50 Dance Tracks Of 2013: 40-31

Posted by on January 8, 2010

Top 50 dance tracks of 2013

40. Pryda – Layers
Hit play. If the bass line from this tune isn’t stuck in your head yet, it will be by the time you finish reading this description. Pryda has had some huge tunes released this year and “Layers” is one of them, as he proves once again his ability to create the funkiest bass lines and best melodies. It is always a good time Pryda.

39. Disclosure ft. Eliza Doolittle – You & Me (Flume Remix)
2012 was big for Flume, but 2013 was where things really started to explode globally for the Aussie bass sensation. The Aussie bass / trap sound is becoming one of the hottest new trends right now and Flume is leading that charge. His remix of “You & Me” maybe made Disclosure even better, and that is something many have tried and failed to do.

38. Joris Voorn – Ringo
One of the most beautiful tracks released this year, Joris Voorn’s hypnotic single “Ringo” is both soothing and danceable. It your DJs favorite track and one of ours.

37. Green Velvet – Bigger Than Prince (Hot Since 82 Remix)
This dance floor stomper has all the elements you want from a house tune. It has the prominent 4 on the floor beat, adeptly added percussive elements and vocal, but the ominous synths set this apart as Hot Since 82 continues to show he one of the brightest names in house music.

36. Above & Beyond – Walter White
Above & Beyond are an album group, so it should be no surprise that they were less productive with releases, while taking Group Therapy worldwide and launching their new acoustic sound. “Walter White” however showed a darker, more aggressive side, much like its namesake that has been a highlight of their sets and our playlists.

35. Mark Knight & Funkagenda – Man With The Red Face (Hardwell Remix)
Hardwell’s triumphant year ended with him being named the most popular DJ in the world, but it was paved with huge festival sets and a relentless release calendar with Revealed Recordings that put his “Hardwell Music” at the top. Along the way he has several releases, including this triumphant return to Toolroom Records, bringing out the famous sax from “Man With The Red Face” and making the tune even bigger and better.

34. Madeon – Technicolor
The wunderkind decided to delve into the pop world this year with singles for Ellie Goulding and Lady Gaga, and was incredibly busy touring, but had time for one incredible production released over the summer, “Technicolor”. It has the complex sound you want from Madeon and saw support from a whole host of big name DJs.

33. Gesaffelstein – Pursuit

From releasing an album, to getting support and shoutouts from names all over the hip hop community like Diddy and producing for Kanye on “Yeezus”, the understatedly swagged out Frenchman had a huge year. Taken from his album “Aleph”, “Pursuit” embodies the full-bodied, dark techno beats Gesaffelstein is loved for.

32. Clockwork ft. Wynter Gordon – Surge
One of those songs that seemed to sneak into sets all across dance music, Wynter Gordon’s vocals have become some of the most catchy dance vocals around. Combined with the bouncy electro that Clockwork puts together, we have been feeling this one all year long.

31. DJ Snake ft. Lil Jon – Turn Down For What
Few songs took over the internet like this one did to end the year, “Harlem Shake” and “Fox”, non withstanding. Just scanning through your twitter feed, you are guaranteed to see some mention of turning down (likely to increase the closer you get to the weekend). DJ Snake has been making some serious tunes lately, and “Turn Down For What” is just that.