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ASADI will Blow Your Mind with His Magical Harry Potter Remix [WATCH]

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 10:13pm

Newcomer ASADI has wowed the internet with his magical, and now viral, Harry Potter remix!

The Persian trap music producer racked up over a million views on the video in less than a week, with his take on the HP theme. Using just a Native Instruments Machine he goes in on the classic song, completely reinventing it with trappy bass and percussive flair. ASADI shared an additional angle on Instagram that shows his fast finger work, and just wow.

It seems as though all eyes and ears are on ASADI, as we anticipate his I’m Coming Home EP out April 28… Pre-order it here, and follow his socials below!

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I make Persian Trap Music and my EP will be available in 6 days.Preorder it now: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/im-coming-home-ep/id1221438813

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Source: ASADI will Blow Your Mind with His Magical Harry Potter Remix [WATCH]

Slushii Evolves Into ‘Slushmello’ With New Helmet [VIDEO]

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 10:08pm

This weekend, bass producer Slushii took one step further toward becoming a spitting replica of his masked counterpart Marshmello. While performing at Something Wonderful in Dallas, Texas, the DJ played out a brand new vocal edit that narrated his transformation into “Slushmello” complete with a full helmet of his own.

According to a video posted to Slushii’s Facebook showing the mask in action, the new look is a temporary one. Hopefully, for the sake of people critical of Marshmello’s branding, Slushii keeps that promise.

Check out the Slushmello evolution below.

 

Image: Rukes

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Source: Slushii Evolves Into ‘Slushmello’ With New Helmet [VIDEO]

B O K E H – I Know You Know (Delamare Remix)

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 10:04pm

This remix is one of the most emotion-packed tracks I’ve heard in quite some time. B O K E H, the alter ego of Chloe Lewer, gives us vocals that are so tender it cuts through to the bone. Delamare takes these stunning vocals and creates what he’s best at, a transformation of a track that yields unfettered feelings.

The track begins with a simple drone of a chord, broken by B O K E H’s raw vocals. The chord progression swells into a new drum pattern that sits just right underneath the reverbed vocals. A childlike innocence is provoked by the drop where Delamare combines xylophone synths with a simple bass line. The track will undoubtedly strike up some feelings and will leave you no choice but to have it on repeat.

Check out the remix below:

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Source: B O K E H – I Know You Know (Delamare Remix)

Dropout & The Ready Set – Paycheck [Thrive Music]

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 9:57pm

If you told me I’d still be writing about tropical house in 2017, I’d have said you were crazy. For the genre that blew up in 2014-2015 as quick as it did, it died just as fast. (Seriously, it was really quick.)

Dropout has never really dabbled in the genre, and to be honest, this isn’t true tropical house – it has some of that Diplo-esque dance hall swagger to it, but we can still picture a music video of two white people running on a beach in Jamaica… you know the kind.

The Ready Set lends vocals for the production entitled “Paycheck,” and overall it’s a very enjoyable tune. Listen below:

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Source: Dropout & The Ready Set – Paycheck [Thrive Music]

Pitchfork Discovers Most Popular Artists, Most Unique Festivals

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 9:41pm

In the wake of Coachella’s newest installment of back to back weekends and the fast approaching start to festival season 2017, Pitchfork took it upon themselves to break down and analyze the types of performing acts expected to show up most frequently on event posters around the nation. By looking at over 1,000 artists included on 23 of the year’s biggest, multi-genre festivals, the site found a series of fascinating trends among the music scene’s top names and their presence in the larger event circuit.

In order to remain fair and accurate, Pitchfork broke down the 23 festival lineups with two different methods: CLOUT and OMNI.

Using the CLOUT filter on the associated data visualizer, users can compare acts based on their “average placement on a poster, with more weight assigned for bigger festivals.” For artists like The Killers, Arcade Fire, Big Sean, Kaskade and Lady Gaga, the CLOUT score takes into account both the sheer number of events they’re slotted to play in 2017 as well as their respective size within the general event pool. These rankings are dominated mainly by those playing only Coachella and Lollapalooza.

OMNI. on the other hand, tallies scores based on artists’ physical positions on the festival posters they’re booked for. The closer to the top and the bigger the font, the higher the score. The first act listed on a festival poster receives the highest possible score, which is equal to the total number of acts playing at the event in questions.

“For example, Bonnaroo 2017 lists U2 first and has 100 bands, so Bono and company receive a score of 100,” Pitchfork writes, “followed by Red Hot Chili Peppers with 99, and so on down to Nashville singer-songwriter Aaron Lee Tasjan, who gets one point.”

Based on this type of categorization, the acts leading the charge are Lorde, Chance The Rapper, Glass Animals, Phantogram, The Shins, Cage the Elephant and The Head and the Heart – note the lack of overlap between the two.

Pitchfork next turned over the lens to look at the factors that made each of the 23 festivals unique, chiefly their selection of acts and the frequency with which they were booked on other events. In this category, it was the New Orleans based Jazz Fest that topped the results, owing mostly to their highly specified genre selection. Following close behind are Pickathon, Karoondinha and Sunfest.

From the festival’s newly attributed “uniqueness score,” Pitchfork turned to each of the event’s 2016 lineups to calculate the possible shift. For the most parts, the largest and most publicized festivals increased their “uniqueness score” from last year, but not by much.

“[…] This change is due to the inclusion of new festivals like Karoondinha and ’90s-indulging Bottlerock, both of which are trying to carve out their own identities,” writes Pitchfork. “For the festivals where we have two years of data, the average uniqueness is almost identical.”

Finally, Pitchfork broke down the number of shared bands between the season’s three largest festivals – Bonnaroo, Coachella and Lollapalooza – from 2005 to 2017. At the start of the data, the events share very little overlap when it comes to bands that appeared on all of their rosters. As the years went on, however, Lollapalooza’s percentage of shared acts reached staggering marks of about 46% in 2007, 44% in 2009 and 42% in 2013.

On the whole, Coachella has remained as the most unique out of the three festivals, its 2017 lineup coming more than 5 percentage points below Lollapalooza.

For more information, and further pools of data regarding gender representation at music festivals, visit Pitchfork‘s complete feature.

 

Source + Graphics: Pitchfork | Image: Erik Voake © Coachella 2017

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Source: Pitchfork Discovers Most Popular Artists, Most Unique Festivals

The Federal Empire – The American Dream (Lux Pacific Remix)

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 9:26pm

The LA based alternative band, The Federal Empire, has just received a stellar future bass remix from Lux Pacific. The track “The American Dream” was the title track of The Federal Empire’s debut EP and they could not have asked a better artist to remix it. Lux Pacific gives us a version that delivers infectious melodies, grooving bass lines, and dreamy atmospheres.

The track begins by highlighting a melody that plays in the background of the original. The verse comes in with lyrics that tell us what The Federal Empire thinks of today’s American Dream. The lyrics coupled with a drum arrangement stacked with a swing feel creates a whole new vibe to the track. The drop is packed with future bass filtered chords, driving percussion, and a unique nostalgic synth that carries the melody.

Check out the hit below:

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Source: The Federal Empire – The American Dream (Lux Pacific Remix)

Kygo & Selena Gomez Release Official Video For “It Ain’t Me”

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 9:21pm

Kygo put a lot of promotional strength behind his latest single, “It Ain’t Me.” And considering it’s a collaboration with Selena Gomez, that doesn’t really surprise.

The official music video for the track came out today, telling the story of a motorcyclist who gets into a near-fatal accident and has an enlightening out of body experience. Meanwhile, his partner is left in the world of the living, wondering if her love will ever return to her.

Thankfully, the story does have a happy ending.

Watch the video for “It Ain’t Me” below.

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Source: Kygo & Selena Gomez Release Official Video For “It Ain’t Me”

KJ Sawka & WB x MB – Very Bad Things [Warpaint Records & Impossible Records]

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 9:06pm

A collaboration like no other, Warpaint Records teamed up with Impossible Records for a compilation album stacked with ten tracks from each imprints’ talented rosters. This collision course is known as Bloodlines Vol. I and consists of bass music’s foremost productions crammed into a forty-minute whirlwind of sound. From Bass Craft and Venon fusing the elements on the dubstep banger “Error” to the vocal powered drum n’ bass track “Let’s Go” from Super Square, Bloodlines Vol. I brings the best of both worlds into a condensed package of banging beats and bombastic bass.

One of the first song’s on the compilation, however, comes from KJ Sawka (label head of Impossible Records) teaming up with WB x MB for an other-worldly experience. On their track “Very Bad Thing,” the Destroid & Pendulum drummer works with the duo consisting of We Bang and Mr. Black to create a dubstep track with an alien sounding synth for the lead melody. As the tracks leads into the drop, a sinister rhythm takes over through its pumping kicks and tempo changes. In short, what KJ Sawka and WB x MB have crafted is perfect for any bass music act to play at any music festival with its fiery presence and malicious funk.

Make sure to check out “Very Bad Thing” from KJ Sawka and WB x MB here out now through Warpaint Records and Impossible Records!

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Source: KJ Sawka & WB x MB – Very Bad Things [Warpaint Records & Impossible Records]

FIRST LISTEN: “Something Just Like This” Remixes

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 8:32pm

With today’s coverage of Jai Wolf’s remix of “Something Just Like This” by The Chainsmokers and Coldplay (holy preposition use, batman…), that makes four that we’ve heard so far from artists like Jai Wolf, as well as Don Diablo, Alesso and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike.

“SJLT” is still one of the few tracks on Memories… Do Not Open that we enjoy, despite it being another “Roses” iteration. Chris Martin’s vocals definitely do the track justice.

The Chainsmokers have told us that the official remix pack also includes cuts from R3hab and ARMNHMR; can’t wait to hear them all in stunning high quality, as they all sound pretty vastly different from the original. Check out the ones that are still up online below:

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32,000 people raging with Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike in Taiwan for Looptopia looks like this…

Posted by Your EDM on Wednesday, April 12, 2017

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Source: FIRST LISTEN: “Something Just Like This” Remixes

deadmau5 feat. Grabbitz – Let Go (Eagle | Stallian Remix)

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 7:20pm

A while back, deadmau5 hosted a competition to remix his big single “Let Go” feat Grabbitz. Countless artists took a stab at it, creating variations on the original in their own styles. One duo recently came out with a remix that really caught my attention. Eagle | Stallian have been in the scene for quite some time, lending them a keen ear on how they could transform the original track.

You’re immediately drawn in with bass drones and hi-hat grooves. A kick breaks through, lending the song a new beat to grab onto. Risers slowly build in the background, the track cuts out, quickly followed up by driving bass and trance inspired top line synths. A bit of nostalgia influences the track with exciting new sounds, weaved with Grabbitz flawless vocals.

Check out the track below:

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Source: deadmau5 feat. Grabbitz – Let Go (Eagle | Stallian Remix)

Armin van Buuren Releases Highly-Anticipated ‘A State of Trance 2017’ Mix [LISTEN]

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 6:32pm

The fourteenth edition of Armin van Buuren‘s award-winning mix compilation series is finally here — A State of Trance 2017!

This year, the finest in trance music is brought to you by the legendary DJ and producer in a mixdown and 2-part album release: On The Beach and In The Club.

Collectively, ASOT 2017 boasts 28 official tracks, including 2 new releases from the man himself. “The Train” and “This Is a Test” have wowed his fan bases across the world and will also be available as singles today via Armin’s own Armind imprint. The compilation also features Andrew Rayel, Gareth Emery, MaRLo, Omnia, Ørjan NilsenSuper8 & Tab, and so many more!

Armin’s ASOT project has been going strong since 2004 and this year there’s a little something for everyone, whether you want to vibe out under the sun, or get down on the dance floor. Listen to the full ASOT 2017 mix with 100+ songs below, and get your copy of the On The Beach and In The Club albums here!

Tracklist
On The Beach
1. Alpha 9 – The Night Is Ours
2. Joonas Hahmo X K-System – Yámana
3. Alexandre Bergheau – Summer’s Gone (Yoel Lewis Remix)
4. Fatum – Draco
5. Rodg – Right Away
6. Yoel Lewis – Tuviana
7. Omnia & DRYM – Enigma
8. Eskai & SNR – Swipe
9. Orjan Nilsen feat. Rykka – The Hardest Part
10. Gareth Emery & Standerwick feat. HALIENE – Saving Light
11. Denis Kenzo feat. Sveta B. – Just To Hear
12. MaRLo & First State – Falling Down
13. Ashley Wallbridge – Naughts & Crosses
14. Bobina – Lazy World 2017
15. Protoculture – The Descent
16. Tom Fall – Kaamos
17. Super8 & Tab – Cosmo
18. Radion6 – World Of Tomorrow
19. Armin van Buuren – The Train

In The Club
1. Armin van Buuren – This Is A Test
2. Andrew Rayel feat. Emma Hewitt – My Reflection
3. Kyau & Albert – Trace
4. Eximinds & Whiteout – Lacrimosa
5. Jurgen Vries – The Theme (Radion6 Remix)
6. Alexander Popov – Eyes To Heaven
7. Davey Asprey – Fallout
8. Gaia – Saint Vitus
9. Armin van Buuren – I Live For That Energy (ASOT 800 Anthem)
10. Armin van Buuren & Garibay – I Need You (feat. Olaf Blackwood) (Standerwick Remix)
11. Heaven’s Cry – Voices
12. Armin van Buuren presents Rising Star feat. Betsie Larkin – Again (Alex M.O.R.P.H. Remix)
13. Bobby Neon & Nick Arbor feat. Lokka Vox – What You Said (MaRLo Remix)
14. Robert Nickson – Heliopause
15. Ultimate & Moonsouls feat. Marjan – No One Else
16. Shinovi – Indian Summer
17. DRYM – Wraith
18. Scott Bond & Charlie Walker vs Trouser Enthusiasts – Sweet Release
19. Allen Watts – Arizona

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Source: Armin van Buuren Releases Highly-Anticipated ‘A State of Trance 2017’ Mix [LISTEN]

Downtown Boys Calls Out Coachella In Open Letter And Asks Fellow Artists to Help “Shift the Power Dynamic”

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 6:32pm

One of Coachella‘s own 2017 acts is calling the festival out in an open letter and asking fellow artists to help “shift the power dynamic.”

After playing the new stage, Sonora, over each weekend, punk rock band Downtown Boys are bringing some glaring issues to light. First up, that Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), which operates Coachella, is linked to a foundation that has reportedly supported anti-LGBT groups over the past five years. With another issue being — as Coachella can be looked at as its own economy — there needs to be a change with wages as related to festival gross and growth. The band says artists and the Coachella community must act to redistribute the cultural and economic resources.

The open letter released via Spark says:

“Coachella holds enormous power in the music industry and beyond. With numerous barriers and inaccessibility because of ticket pricing, a huge toll on the local community, and the festival’s very geographic location, there is no denial that it is not a festival for everyone nor by everyone.”

“There was no call for an organized boycott of the festival, which is why as workers we still played it. Still, after other people who work for Coachella have stood up, bands have called him out prior to the festival, and there has been an ask for headliners to donate money to LGBTQ organizations, we want to state Downtown Boys explicit support for these protests.”

“There is not one gatekeeper at this point. So if more of us that have a hand in this all can speak out against this, we can shift the power dynamic, we just know it. In addition to this public statement, we will be donating a portion of the money paid to us by Coachella to organizations that fight for LGBTQ rights and freedoms, which means the freedom and justice for all people. We encourage other artists to do the same.”

Read the full letter here.

Photo courtesy of Downtown Boys

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Source: Downtown Boys Calls Out Coachella In Open Letter And Asks Fellow Artists to Help “Shift the Power Dynamic”

Amtrac Releases New Song “Some Of Them” As Result Of A Chance Meeting At Smirnoff Sound Collective

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 5:56pm

The Smirnoff Sound Collective goal of promoting diversity this year began in November of last year, and so far the campaign has seen great success. But an additional goal of the program at the retreat in Joshua Tree last December was seeing if a bunch of creative strangers might get along and feel inspired enough to make music…

Well, Amtrac and Meli met at this retreat and immediately hit it off. They recorded the vocals for “Some Of Them” in just one take. The bare bones production and vocals mesh together in expert fashion to create a classic dance club vibe that is absolutely timeless.

“Some Of Them” is out on Amtrac’s OPENERS imprint on April 21.

The collaboration between Amtrac and Meli is actually the second in a string of releases set to come out from the SSC program, the first being a collaboration between Mexican rapper Niña Dioz and Shigeto called “Nubes.”

Stay tuned for more releases from SSC here: http://mixmag.net/sound-collective.

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Source: Amtrac Releases New Song “Some Of Them” As Result Of A Chance Meeting At Smirnoff Sound Collective

Manic Focus Drops New Album “Minds Rising”

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 5:08pm

Chicago-based Manic Focus unveiled his newest full-length album Minds Rising this week, debuting at #7 on the iTunes Electronic Chart. Featuring an eclectic mixture of electro-soul, funk, dance music and hip hop, the collection of 12 tracks displays the complete, immersive timeline of Manic Focus’ production evolution.

The project was released after two years of work, culminating in a listening experience as expertly refined and polished as any of his previous hits. Vocal features include Jennifer Hartswick, ProbCause, RapperChicks, Psalm One and more, with additional instrumentation and production from the likes of Statik, Marvel Years, Psymbionic, MFin’ Band, and Russ Liquid.

Listen to Minds Rising in its entirety below.

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Source: Manic Focus Drops New Album “Minds Rising”

Gorillaz Drop Another Single Just Four Days Before Their New Album Drops

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 4:15pm

It’s only four days until the new Gorillaz album, Humanz, drops and the band is still hitting us with new singles.

They just dropped “The Apprentice” today with Rag’n’Bone Man, Zebra Katz and RAY BLK, a scintillating and downtempo hip hop number. It continues in the trend of keeping Gorillaz music fresh while staying within their signature sound, something this album is likely going to excel at as a whole.

Check out “The Apprentice” below. Gorillaz also announced a world tour – see dates here.

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Source: Gorillaz Drop Another Single Just Four Days Before Their New Album Drops

IMDB Reveals Alleged Skrillex & Kendrick Lamar Collab On “Justice League” Film

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 5:43pm

An alleged collaboration between Skrillex and Kendrick Lamar, kings in their respective genres of electronic dance music and hip hop, has appeared in the soundtrack listing on the IMDB page for the upcoming film The Justice League. The IMDB listings are able to be edited by users similarly to Wikipedia, however, casting reasonable doubt on the track’s existence.

The movie, set to release on November 17 of this year, is allegedly slated to feature songs from the likes of Curtis Mayfield, The White Stripes, Carlos Garcia, Tyler Green and more.

The Kendrick and Skrillex collaboration – if real – will be titled “Resurrection,” according to the IMDB page.

The Justice League will tell the story of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and more as they unite to face an enemy of great strength.

Watch The Trailer:

We’ve reached out to Skrillex’s team for comment and will update the article as needed.

 

H/T r/Skrillex

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Source: IMDB Reveals Alleged Skrillex & Kendrick Lamar Collab On “Justice League” Film

Bose Sued For Allegedly Stealing & Selling Users’ Personal Information

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 8:52pm

A lawsuit filed against Bose this week alleges the headphone manufacturer secretly used an app to collect data on users’ listening habits and offer it to interested third parties.

The suit claims that Bose violated the WireTap Act and several other privacy laws meant to protect an individual’s privacy and identity.

“Indeed, one’s personal audio selections – including music, radio broadcast, Podcast, and lecture choices – provide an incredible amount of insight into his or her personality, behavior, political views, and personal identity,” the suit says.

The Bose products included in the suit are the SoundSport Wireless, Sound Sport Pulse Wireless, QuietControl 30, SoundLink Around-Ear Wireless Headphones II and SoundLink Color II.

Kyle Zak, the lead plaintiff, said the companion smartphone app Bose Connect was advertised as a way to enhance his headphone experience. After entering his name, email address, phone number, Zak said the company used his information to search for his listening and search histories,which were then sent to companies including San Francisco firm Segment whose website offers to “collect all or your customer customer data and send it anywhere.”

Bose denied Zak’s allegations, saying the company would seek legal defense against them.

“[W]e’ll fight the inflammatory, misleading allegations made against us through the legal system,” a Bose spokesperson told Fortune.

The lawsuit said the case is worth $5 million, but has not specified damages.

 

Source: Fortune

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Source: Bose Sued For Allegedly Stealing & Selling Users’ Personal Information

New Online Music Store Launches Fresh Way To Own Your Favorite Songs

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 8:33pm

Voltra, an online music streaming and purchasing startup company, has just launched a new way for users to pay for the songs they love.

Much like the iTunes store, Voltra allows users a free preview listen of the track in consideration before they buy. Unlike the competitors, however, users are not required to immediately spend the full purchase price once they decide to own the song.

With each new listen of the song, users are charged a fraction of the full price. Once they hit 10 plays, they own the track and do not have to spend any more.

With Voltra, the benefits also translate to the artists who decided to partner with the service. According to Forbesthe company gives artists 100% of earned revenue if they partner with Voltra directly. If they use a distributor, Voltra takes 10%.

In a time where “owning” music in the traditional sense is quickly becoming a thing of the past, Voltra appears to be taking the next step toward a newly defined relationship between artists, listeners and the sites responsible for hosting the content.

 

Source: Forbes

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Source: New Online Music Store Launches Fresh Way To Own Your Favorite Songs

More Than Celebrities and Selfies: Why Coachella is the Best Festival in America

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 8:32pm

There’s a reason most of the Coachella tickets sell out nearly a year in advance. Sure, some people go hoping to see or even meet their favorite celebrities. Some people go because it’s the “cool thing” to do that weekend. Yet, dedicated music junkies travel across the world to attend. Why? There’s more to Coachella than celebrities and selfies.

Let me dispel this myth right now: Coachella isn’t a festival where music lovers go to die. Despite the reputation it’s gained over the years, Coachella is at its heart a music festival. A damn good one at that, arguably the best music festival in America. I have attended Bonnaroo, Ultra, Lollapalooza, Pitchfork, EDC Orlando and several others; Coachella beats them all. I quickly learned during my first experience that its reputation is largely unfounded. When I was there, I was in a music lover’s paradise.

Roger Ho ©Coachella 2017

Let’s start with the music. Coachella arguably builds the best lineup in America each year, complete with nearly every genre: EDM, pop, hip-hop, latin, jazz, punk, alternative, house and techno, country and more. This year, the festival did double down a bit on popular names on its top lines, but deep in the undercard is where Coachella packs its heat. Good luck finding another American festival that has Justice, Lorde, Hans Zimmer, Maya Jane Coles, Kaytranada, Kendrick Lamar and more on the same day.

With most artists getting 50 or so minutes to play, sets are tight, controlled and exciting. Bands and DJs mix big hits with a few deep cuts, while deeper DJs who receive 90 minutes take attendees on unforgettable journeys. The amount of good music I witnessed during Weekend One of Coachella was staggering; Bicep played their hits and dedicated 20 minutes to unreleased material, Porter Robinson & Madeon brought both the crowd and themselves to tears as they finished the penultimate Shelter performance, Justice played their strongest live set ever, Four Tet, Daphni (Caribou‘s dance alias) and Floating Points mixed everything from disco to techno during an insane 3.5 hour b2b and Hans Zimmer proved that even orchestral music can get a festival crowd jumping without someone on the mic asking them to jump every two minutes.

Erik Voake ©Coachella 2017

Beyond the music, Coachella crafts a wholly immaculate experience. The production to each stage is mind-boggling, with the main Coachella Stage containing massive screens that gave each artist headliner-ready production, the Sahara tent towering over attendees with lasers and giant LED panels, the Yuma tent emulating a club experience with seven disco balls — one of which was the tell-tale shark disco ball — and perfect sound, the Sonora tent decking out its walls with graffiti-inspired art and so much more. Artists bring their own production as well, with Radiohead, the xx, Nicolas Jaar, Moderat, Lorde, Kendrick, Hans Zimmer, Floating Points and Röyksopp standing out as the notable examples.

Andrew Jorgenson ©Coachella 2017

The Empire Polo Club venue gives a lot of atmosphere to the festival, with awe-inspiring views of the neighboring mountains dominating the skyline. Coachella also goes extra lengths to include unique art pieces each year, with this year’s selections including giant, abstract creatures, a field of Dr. Seuss-esque formations, a Dalí-inspired treehouse and a new stage/art hybrid called The Antarctic, which featured an experience way too good to spoil in this review.

Andrew Jorgenson ©Coachella 2017

In terms of organization, Coachella has mastered the art of efficiency. No lines ever took longer than a five minute wait — and that was for food, drinks, water, entry, etc. — the shuttles were regularly available to take attendees to and from the festival, the stage layout prevented significant overcrowding (with one notable exception I’ll address further down) and allowed attendees to quickly walk from one stage to the next. Given that this was Coachella’s 18th year, it was no surprise organizer Goldenvoice has its organization down to a science, but it was very refreshing to experience a festival that excels so well at “getting it.”

One of Coachella’s biggest criticisms takes aim at the allegedly detached, trendy crowds. While some crowds were a bit chill — usually around 2 or 3 p.m. in 90+ degree weather — overall the energy and vibe of the attendees was positive, almost shockingly so given the festival’s reputation. The Yuma tent in particular drew dedicated electronic music fans, and people never stopped dancing or smiling. I couldn’t help but think the people who criticize Coachella for its crowd haven’t attended before, and I implore said critics to at least go one year to give the crowd and festival a proper shot.

Erik Voake ©Coachella 2017

Since Coachella is America’s flagship festival and two hours away from Los Angeles, you’d nearly expect the entire endeavor to cost a fortune. Yet, Coachella continually surprised with its unique ways of giving all attendees a VIP experience. $2 water bottles and the option to donate water bottles for free water, a poster or a VIP upgrade, couches, bean bags and chairs in the Yuma and Sonora areas — not to mention those stages are air conditioned — legitimate shuttle buses that came with the shuttle pass, food options ranging from paella to lobster rolls that never charged exorbitant prices and so much more. I felt truly welcome, even more so than I have at any other festival I’ve attended.

Andrew Jorgenson ©Coachella 2017

No experience is perfect, and one notable flaw was consistently voiced among attendees this year: the Sahara. While a huge stage, the combination of slotting huge artists like Martin Garrix, having a limited space and attracting big EDM fans lead to dangerous overcrowding. Coachella’s been excellent about correcting issues in the past, but this seems to be the festival’s Achilles heel. Whether it be proper counter-programming, a stage expansion or placing the big names on the Coachella Stage or Outdoor Theatre, several possible solutions exist for this persistent problem. Your move, Goldenvoice.

Erik Voake ©Coachella 2017

There’s so much more to say: the impeccable mood of the Do Lab, the warm and beautiful sunset each evening, the soft, green grass (sorry Weekend Two folks), the intimacy of the Heineken House; Coachella truly has it all. Despite some fears that the crowd would ruin the experience, I am officially a Coachella convert. It will go down as my big festival trip every year, so long as it remains true to itself. If you’re on the fence about going, go. There’s far more to this festival than celebrities and selfies: there’s an entire world to discover.

 

Cover Photo Credit: Charles Reagan Hackleman ©Coachella 2017

This article was first published on Your EDM.
Source: More Than Celebrities and Selfies: Why Coachella is the Best Festival in America

Alesso’s “Falling” Remixes from Tregs, Outrovert, and Nick Martin Take 3 Very Different Directions

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 8:28pm

Alesso‘s three-pack of “Falling” remixes will “relax your mind and set it free” in the best way possible!

The original track has gained steam in the EDM scene, racking up over 5 million plays on YouTube and hitting the top of the Music Week’s Upfront Club Chart.

The remix pack takes “Falling” in three incredibly different directions. Tregs chills it out into a synthy, groove-worthy dance track. Outrovert brings the energy to his remix with choppy vocals, pleasantly strange blips and trap-esque percussion. While, Nick Martin beautifully transforms “Falling” into a slowed-down musical daydream, making for arguably the best rework from the remix pack.

Fall for all three tracks right here…

This article was first published on Your EDM.
Source: Alesso’s “Falling” Remixes from Tregs, Outrovert, and Nick Martin Take 3 Very Different Directions

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