Roberto Medina announced today that Rock In Rio will hit Las Vegas in early May 2015, spanning 4 days and attracting approximately 80,000 attendees. Medina also mentioned that the festival could potentially expand to 6 days in 2017 and hinted that the festivities will take place in the main resort area and will not be separated from the city center. This news comes after SFX announced the acquisition of a 50% stake of Medina’s Rock In Rio on Friday, a move which officially makes SFX the main partner of the festival in the place of IMX, a company owned by Brazilian billionaire Eike Batista and IMG. May is already a big month for Las Vegas as Memorial Day checks in as one of the highest revenue earning weekends of the year. With the Brazilian festival choosing the Strip for its U.S. debut, it looks as if things got a little bigger.
This year has been especially monumental for a handful of UK house artists breaking into popularity. The London based duo Dusky has been a specific example of the successful and growing sound of the underground scene. On the charts, Dusky has gone head-to-head with some of today’s most prominent names in dance music with singles “Nobody Else” and recent Beatport number one, “Careless”. The English duo is back with “9T8,” a percussion-driven techno piece with a deep, repetitive bassline that aids the song’s dark tone. A modulated vocal sample alternates with a pounding, quick-hitting drum to add to the track’s catchy rhythm and ominous vibe. “9T8” will be released on School Records on January 13th.
Dutch up and comers Tom & Jame team up with Robin Riccio for an uplifting synth-driven track in “Guerilla.” The super-memorable and catchy melody is simple and powerful at the same time, and the rest of the track puts them in the musical company of W&W, Hardwell, and other Dutch standouts. The release also coincides with Cryon’s launch as the newest Armada Music imprint. With an inaugural track like this, there’s sure to be more quality music to come.
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What better way to pregame an over-indulgent, gluttonous, holiday than by spending Thanskgiving Eve with Ultra Records standout, Topher Jones, and Morgan Page in San Jose? The already sold-out show promises to be the best TGE party plans you could possibly make, with Page’s MPP3D productions sure to make a lasting impression before spending time with your annoying family and the inevitable turkey coma soon after.
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While the hype around Kaskade’s Atmosphere has slowly floated back to sea level, Ultra Records isn’t quite ready for the fanfare to end. Tasking bass bad boys Dirtyphonics with remix duties, the label scored a Pete Tong premiere of “Last Chance” on Evolution Radio. Where the original marries Project 46′s euphoric tendencies with Kaskade’s progressive prowess into a house track that resembles the Swedish variety, the Parisian quartet blasts off with a dose of dubstep before allowing snippets of the vocals to shine through. Brilliantly playing off the bass/beauty juxtaposition that has replaced the wailing wobble of 2011, Dirtyphonics’ rework of “Last Chance” give the tune another chance to shine.
Release date: December 6th
For those looking for a heavier, tech style spin on house favorites Bingo Players, look no further than Popeska‘s latest remix of “Buzzcut.” The Atlanta-based producer’s light-hearted, pop beat escalates with a festival-prepped countdown that rapidly transforms the tune into an electrifying dubstep release of the Bingo Players’ undeniable signature electro synth kick. Popeska’s remix of “Buzzcut” is available on iTunes from the Dance (RED) Save Lives, Vol. 2 album that donates all proceeds to research and the fight against AIDS, available November 25th.
Purchase:Buzzcut (Popeska Remix) – Dance (RED) Save Lives, Vol. 2
Lockjaw brings collaboration from Australian team Flume and Chet Faker for a short, but sweet dose of sophisticated, chillwave electronic. After a previous collaboration on “Left Alone” and time together on a 2013 tour, the two devised the idea for a combined album release. The duo then rendezvoused on an evidently successful four day writing binge, where Lockjaw was born.
From Future Classic, the three track EP features elegant vocals from Chet and Flume’s signature bass kick, synth snare style production. Chet Faker exhibits his haunting, one-of-a-kind vocal melodies alongside Flume, born Harley Streten, who proves his continuous success in creating meditative, subtle bass lines and further showcases his mature ear as a young producer in electronica.
Lockjaw‘s lead single, “Drop the Game” was released in conjunction with a raw, urban-inspired music video featuring pop dancer Storyboard P. The opening single sets the sultry, melancholic tone for Flume and Chet Faker’s latest with bass spikes and resonating vocals. A funk-inspired, twangy bass melody introduces their second, “What About Us,” which quickly drops into an echoing vocal and down tempo tune. ”This Song is Not About a Girl” kicks into a rumbling bass underlay with Chet’s whispering vocals. This understated electronic indie tune flows through tempos and naturally brings a mysterious playfulness as it drops into Chet’s crooning with a heavier bass rumble to close out the song.
It’s no surprise that the collaboration has struck a pocket of doleful, intricate bass play and ethereal vocal work and established another marker for chillwave electronic. Young Australian producer Flume has developed a strong and evident sense of well-matured production work, evident in his latest undertaking with Chet Faker, the upcoming songster to watch.
Purchase: Lockjaw – Single – Flume & Chet Faker
Earlier this year, Kaskade embarked on his Redux tour, playing intimate venues across the country and showing off his love for the deeper side of house music. Though most of his recent discography consists of uplifting progressive house, Ryan Raddon began his career producing more subtle, groove-driven tunes. While much of his material on his Redux tour included reworked versions of popular singles like “Raining” and “Atmosphere,” Raddon also revived some of his earlier work, such as “Samba Love,” a track from his 2006 compilation album Here & Now.
Kaskade has released his remastered Redux edit of “Samba Love” for free download. With understated its guitar ambience, alluring vocals and tasteful percussive shuffle, “Samba Love” is pleasantly endearing.
Still glowing from their Ally Pally performance, UK uplifters Above & Beyond are diligently back to the broadcast for the 54th installment of their famous Group Therapy radio sessions. Featuring new music from Mat Zo, Arty, EDX and Ilan Bluestone, the Anjunabeats label heads bring us two hours of progressive house, trance, and deep house mixes selected this week with the help of vocalist Aruna. With songs ranging from Arty’s “Flashback” to Oceanlab’s own “Sirens of the Sea” flashback to a surprising Demi Lovato appearance with her summer hit “Neon Lights,” the latest installment of ABGT will surely jumpstart your morning better than any shot of espresso could.
When North American trailblazer MK and long serving British house imprint Defected Records unite, the end product is seldom short of game changing. In the wake of unprecedented chart success for his remix of Storm Queen’s “Look Right Through,” Marc Kinchen employs the handiwork of budding UK protégé Route 94 to help assert that a little time in spotlight hasn’t knocked this consistent club mogul off point.
The bassy undertones and perky key work of MK’s own club mix of “Always” bring the sound of early Chicago house to a docile yet distinct juncture, proving a welcome reflection of the nostalgic yet composed club fuel currently dominating the underground sound waves. For British peer Route 94, a signature take on the contagious grooves and subtle melodic elements propels the relative newcomer in the wake of his lower-key remix for “Look Right Through,” keeping with speculation that there is a very good reason why the once mysterious producer has fallen into the spotlight for 2013.