Review | Desert Hearts Spring Festival 2016: A Journey of Discovery

Posted by on April 25, 2016


Before moving out to California three months ago, I didn’t know much about Desert Hearts. I would see the festival’s name pop up time after time in blogs and Facebook posts, and I became intrigued by the colorful photos and people that caught my attention. I remember sitting at home in the middle-of-nowhere, Pennsylvania, scrolling through photos of the festival, and fantasizing about what it would be like to be in this vibrant scene all dressed in silly clothes with happy-looking humans. Not long after my move to California, an opportunity arose for me to attend the festival; I couldn’t refuse it. The time had finally come for me to find out what Desert Hearts was all about.


Future Funk | Jerry Folk Releases A Smooth Future House Track Ahead of North American Tour

Posted by on April 14, 2016

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Jerry Folk has been known to deliver smooth, sensual nu-disco and house music that is appealing to the masses, as seen in his nearly 20 million SoundCloud streams. Now, the Norwegian producer is taking his signature sound on the road with his inaugural North American tour, which kicks off at Coachella this weekend and features stops at Hangout Music Festival before wrapping up at Camp Bisco. In addition to the exciting tour announcement, Folk has unveiled his latest release, “Been A While,” which delivers the perfect dose of vibey goodness. Lush harps and bubbly drums set the stage for the track before Folk introduces a howling guitar top line over the future bass production. “Been A While” is an easy choice for this summer’s dance music anthem, so check it out above, and make sure to take a peep at Jerry Folk’s tour dates after the jump.


House | Justin Jay Announces Fantastic Voyage Album By Releasing “Weatherman”

Posted by on March 23, 2016

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It’s not very often that we see an album from a house and techno artist, but Justin Jay is not a typical artist. The youngest dirtybird has spent the last year pushing the boundaries of his music creatively, teaming up with his college friends to incorporate live instruments and elements of blues, jazz, soul, funk, and rock into his typical house production to create a new side project, Justin Jay & Friends. He debuted Justin Jay & Friends with the release of “Karma,” which was a resounding success, and helped pave the way for Justin’s Fantastic Voyage tour.

Now, Justin Jay is putting it all together for an album – Fantastic Voyage Part 1 – and he’s just released the first track off of his magnum opus, “Weatherman.” Featuring Benny Bridges on guitar and Josh Taylor on vocals, “Weatherman” demonstrates Justin’s matured take on production and evolved stance on house music, as Benny Bridges and Josh Taylor take the lead on the track with a heavy guitar lead and smooth vocals that are more fitting for a blues track than a house record, while Justin deftly gives “Weatherman” his signature groove. As Justin explains, the Fantastic Voyage album is a release about exploration and getting out of his comfort zone. The album will be released in a unique manner, as the 12 tracks will be split across separate EPs and released on separate labels to showcase the unique, varied sound of each individual track that are all tied together by one thing – Justin Jay.


Chill | CASTELL’s “You Got It Wrong” Pushes Club-House Bounderies

Posted by on March 4, 2016

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The way house music is being consumed by fans is changing, in 2016 the path keeps getting more diversified. An ironic facet being big-room was huge in 2012 but now chiller and experimental house genres are taking over in 2016.

One artist pushing the limit on in both areas is CASTELL. “You Got It Wrong” nails it will an original, non-cheesy deep-ish house vocal and bass rhythm. Soon after, CASTELL puts the icing on the cake with dope, cascading bell drops that bring about a unique feeling that’s more than just a harmonious moment.

This is CASTELL’s first release, although he has years experience as a producer under previous aliases.

CASTELL caught the eye of Style Of Eye member Linus Eklöw (also 1/2 of Galantis) who has been mentoring him during this process. CASTELL has alot in store for 2016.

Trap | NGHTMRE Shares new Single “Get Back” off upcoming EP

Posted by on February 22, 2016

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NGHTMRE has spent the past year solidifying his place in the dance music scene. He has played some of the biggest festivals in the world including EDC LV, TomorrowWorld, Lollapalooza, Snow Globe, and many others. NGHTMRE will drop a new track every two weeks leading up to the release of his EP on March 25.

This past week he blessed us with the third song “Get Back” off the self titled EP. He managed to transform the Ludacris 2004 smash hit into a spiraling rework that is reminiscent of NGHTMRE’s devilish drops.

“I’m always looking for unique 128bpm house music. With “Get Back” I wanted to create a high-energy break beat song that would still fit into a house live set!” – NGHTMRE

Pick it up as a limited free download below before it’s too late to get it back.

Free Download – NGHTMRE – GET BACK

Contests | Win A Once In A Lifetime Opportunity To Tour With EDX, Nora En Pure, & More On Their Upcoming Bus Tour

Posted by on February 11, 2016


Next week, EDX will be setting off on his No Xcuses vs. Enormous Tunes Bus Tour with his squad of house music specialists, Nora En Pure, Croatia Squad, and Antonio Giacca. Each of these artists hold it down in their own right, so all of them coming together for this special occasion makes it that much more special. EDX has been at the top of his game with releases like “Missing,” which came after he was ranked as the #1 top charting artist on Beatport in 2015, and Nora En Pure has been having her time in the spotlight with “Morning Dew.” Croatia Squad and Antonio Giacca are following in the footsteps of their counterparts, and are on their way to international fame. The whole crew is ready to bring their groovy vibes to the masses, so we can’t wait to see what they have in store.

Want a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity join EDX, Nora En Pure, Croatia Squad, and Antonio Giacca on their bus tour? Enter the massive giveaway below. Tickets for the tour are available here.


Interviews | Marat Leon Breaks Beatport Chart, Talks Future, Past, and More

Posted by on February 2, 2016

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After releasing his last single “Swing,” Marat Leon took the time out to do an interview with FNT. The Baltimore based DJ has a strong focus on house music. In 2015, he’s re-strategized and has been able to put his music center stage. “Swing” recently broke the top 100 on the Indie Dance and Nudisco charts. This is just the start for the solo DJ. Read below to hear more about Marat Leon’s perspective on the scene.

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