A few months back deadmau5 launched a new chapter for his mau5ville label by launching a new compilation EP mau5ville: level 1 and it did not disappoint. Now they’re already back for more on a 9-track project mau5ville: Level 2 with appearances from artists like Monstergetdown, ATTLAS, Chris Lorenzo, Latroit, Rinzen, Lights and Gallya. We’ve been waiting patiently for the full release since the tracklist surfaced a couple weeks ago and are hoping there’s more of these compilations coming. Enjoy!
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Hear Anderson .Paak’s Highly Anticipated New Album ‘Oxnard’ Ft. Kendrick Lamar, Dr. Dre, J. Cole, Q-Tip & More
Yes Lawd! Anderson .Paak’s highly anticipated new album Oxnard is here! This has been one of our most anticipated albums for the past couple years and was worth the wait. The 14-track album was executive produced by Dr. Dre and includes features from artists like Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Pusha T, Snoop Dogg, Q-Tip, BJ The Chicago Kid & more.
We previously heard singles like “Tints” alongside Kendrick Lamar and “Who R U?” and the full album showcases Anderson .Paak’s diverse sound in the best way. Some songs are soulful, others are hard hitting as .Paak remains smooth whether he’s singing, rapping or doing a bit of both. Enjoy!
Anderson .Paak – Oxnard
Skrillex & Boys Noize have been teasing a Dog Blood comeback for quite some time, but today it’s starting to look more and more likely that new music from the duo is on the horizon – as the two were just in the studio together.
Having reunited last year for Webster Hall’s closing performance & HARD Summer and having recently revived their Instagram account, we’re in high hopes that this latest news is just the beginning. Although so far all we have to go off is some cryptic Instagram stories from the two showing that they were both in the studio together last night (Nov. 14), with Skrillex having recently started his return via a new collab with JOYRYDE and Boys Noize coming off the startup of his new ELAX alias, we’re thinking the time might be right to expect some new Dog Blood on the way. Check out the posts below and enjoy!
We’re celebrating the 40th anniversary of disco legends CHIC’s chart-topping single “Le Freak” with a bass-heavy house remix from Oliver Heldens. Heldens infuses his groovy house style with the funky, upbeat songwriting and production of Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards to reinvigorate this late 70’s classic. With the future house artist having rinsed the track in recent shows, Oliver Heldens’ remix is now officially out courtesy of Big Beat Records.
“I have always been a fan of disco music, and CHIC’s ‘Le Freak’ is one of my favourite disco songs. Growing up I heard it a lot because my parents loved CHIC. I really admire Nile Rodgers and he was always high on my list to work with, so it was a big honour that he asked me to remix Le Freak. I tried to keep it true to the original and had a lot of fun remixing it. I’m very happy with the result and super proud to release this remix.” – Oliver Heldens
Effortlessly blending house with its old-school disco counterpart, Heldens uses the original vocal hooks and iconic string and guitar melodies from “Le Freak” and underlays a bouncy synth bassline and punchy house drums. The accompanying video features an introduction courtesy of Nile Rodgers in which he recounts his and Edwards formulation of the original tune. It continues with trippy animations of Heldens and CHIC band members being brought to life as the remix pounds through the speakers. Check it out now below and enjoy!
CHIC – Le Freak (Oliver Heldens Remix)
Manila Killa is back with some more heat today. Hot off the release of his lead single “Run Away” off his debut EP, he’s already back for more. This time around Manila Killa has linked up with Mansionair for an irresistible new song “Wake Up Call” as we await the full EP.
Manila Killa recently parted ways with his collaborative project Hotel Garuda so each artist could focus on their solo careers and he does not waste any time taking the next step with the first EP under the Manila Killa project underway. He never fails to keep us on our toes with each song as they seem to evolve throughout. Here Manila Killa paints the perfect foundation with soft soundscapes, dreamy melodies and a drumbeat that brings the best out of Mansionair’s airy vocals. Stay tuned for the full project and enjoy!
Manila Killa – Wake Up Call (Ft. Mansionair)
There’s some collaborations that take us by surprise, and there’s ones like these that leave our jaw hanging on the floor. In one of the most star-studded tracks of the year, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, and Mike WiLL Made-It come together to drop a bomb on us. The tune is called “The Mantra,” and it’s going to be part of the Creed II soundtrack, which drops November 21 with the film.
If you didn’t already know, Mike WiLL Made-It was enlisted to put together the soundtrack for the boxing movie sequel, and he’s already come through with an amazing tracklist. Along with Kendrick and Pharrell, Mike Will managed to bring together Nicki Minaj, Rae Sremmurd, Gucci Mane, Young Thug, 2 Chainz, YG, A$AP Rocky, Vince Staples, and many more on the soundtrack.
Mike WiLL has big shoes to fill in regards to movie soundtracks, considering Black Panther dropped theirs earlier this year, which was spearheaded by Kendrick Lamar. Based on the tracklist alone, it could definitely give Black Panther’s soundtrack a run for its money. We’ll find out for sure how fire it is a week from today.
For now, have a listen to Kendrick and Pharrell’s single from the album below and enjoy!
Mike WiLL Made-It, Pharrell, Kendrick Lamar – The Mantra
The enigmatic and sharply rising new artist ilo ilo is back at it with a killer new track. We first became aware of ilo ilo’s music back in May of this year when we received a mysterious package in the mail that contained a USB stick with their first single ever, “wait,” and we were instantly drawn to their vibe. Today the curious artist drops another single “come over,” and it’s got an amazing, funky groove that you have to hear.
We don’t know much about ilo ilo, but we do know that she or he (or they?) prefer to not do things by the book. Not only is their sound extremely unique, but their style and direction is as well. Take one glance at ilo ilo’s Instagram and you can tell that they have been working this technique for a while, and they’re clearly very talented.
So far ilo ilo has released four tracks, and we’re super into all of them. We can’t wait to see how they develop and progress, and what they’re going to do next.
Stream the new track “come over,” below, which we’re thrilled to premiere, and enjoy!
ilo ilo – come over
It seems both Snails & Wooli have had a great deal of fun teasing this new monstrosity. Having joked about a Snail x Elephant project for quite some time, today the two have finally released their heavy new collaboration “Snailephant”.
With Wooli coming off his mammoth, well, Mammoth EP and Snails having just announced his SLIMEAGEDDON project on the way, the Snailephant duo couldn’t have chosen a better time to unleash this latest offering. Starting off with some slow ominous choral chants, the ancient Snailephant legend slowly unfolds, quickly whipping the track into an explosive dubstep drop filled with deep, guttural growls, shrill metallic screeches and powerful booming bass. Check out “Snailephant” below and catch Snails on his Shell 2.0 Tour in a city near you. Enjoy!
Snails & Wooli – Snailephant
Ever since OMNOM pulled up to Dirtybird Records with his massive summer single “Fo Free,” the young Los Angeles producer has been making some serious waves in the house community. Today, OMNOM teams up with another rising artist, Steady Rock, for a thick new EP via Box Of Cats (which is partly run by house maestro Kyle Watson)
The EP contains two tracks, “On Sight” and “Trippin Hazard,” and both are two huge bangers that are crafted to slap the hell out of your speakers. It’s no secret that OMNOM and Steady Rock are heavily influenced by the new age Dirtybird style of house music, which focuses on heavier-than-normal bass and fun, trippy sounds. Box Of Cats, as a label, takes that sound to the next level, amplifying the quirkiness while maintaining a solid groove for the dancefloor.
Both these new tracks will certainly get you of your seat and dancing as soon as you hit you play. Stream both “On Sight” and “Trippin Hazard” below and enjoy!
OMNOM & Steady Rock – On Sight / Trippin Hazard
Emmit Fenn is definitely a name you need to know. This young, rising artist is on his way to stardom with a string of releases that are just getting better and better over time. Today, Emmit drops off an extremely smooth cover of Coldplay’s “Yellow.”
“Yellow” is a somber classic that almost everybody knows, but Emmit Fenn breathes new life to the track with his delicate but powerful vocals and soft, satisfying melodies. The result is a brilliant rendition of the popular track that anyone can appreciate. Emmit may have started off as a producer of electronic music, but he’s proved to his listeners that he really can do it all.
It’s always a pleasure to watch an artist progress from their very beginnings and achieve success. We’ve been following Emmit Fenn for a while, and he’s definitely going places, quickly. Keep him on your radar, and stream his brand new track “Yellow” below. Enjoy!
Emmit Fenn – Yellow
Darci are back with the sauce. The rising hip-hop duo have been been on fire with their releases and have delivered once again with an infectious new song “Won’t.” The mysterious duo have impressed us time and time again with their signature sound and show no signs of slowing down.
While there’s little info out there on Darci, their music speaks for itself. “Won’t” showcases the moody, nocturnal production we’ve come to know them for as the vocals expertly blend rap & R&B throughout. This new track follows up their streak of singles we’ve had on repeat like “On My Own,” “Seeing Colors,” “These Nights,” “At Least” and more. Keep an eye on the rising duo and enjoy!
Darci – Won’t
Rising artist Super Duper is just killing it right now. It seems he can do no wrong and we can’t wait to see how he progresses from here. The talented producer has been on a hot streak lately as he returns with another infectious new song “Vessels To You” that we have the pleasure of premiering today. This follows up his recent single “Horizons” we premiered as he continues to show off his dreamy sound we can’t get enough of.
“Something very spiritual happened when I started writing this song. The vocals were a complete accident…meant to select and play a synth pad and instead I played chords using a vocal chops sampler I created and it made the jumbled vocals you hear now…just hearing that one little piece got me really excited. Then the main lead melody on the chorus came about randomly when I was looking for more synth chords to lay down…I would have never selected this kind of synth sound but it fit the mood perfectly for some reason. The rest of the song came together effortlessly…all within 2 hours which might not seem like that much of a surprise since it’s a fairly simple song but there was no second guessing or hitting a wall. And once I exported the song I didn’t spend much more time on it at all. I wanted it to feel a bit raw and in-the-moment so it feels closer to its initial spark. Too much polish and editing might have made it something else so I left it as is and that’s what you hear now.” - Super Duper
Super Duper has a unique sound on each of his releases that showcase his knack for lush sound design paired with irresistible melodies and expertly placed vocal chops all coming together for an uplifting style we can’t get enough of. Super duper is on tours with Kasbo and Petite Biscuit this fall so be sure to catch him if you can. Keep an eye on Super Duper and enjoy!
Super Duper – Vessels To You
Dillon Francis is definitely no stranger to comedy. With his numerous hilarious persona’s and constant stream of hilarious videos, it seems it was only a matter of time till the superstar DJ made his own show – and today the first episode of his new series “Like and Subscribe” is out!
Although we’ve seen Dillon make appearances in shows in the past (including his series “DJ World” & “What Would Diplo Do?”), he’s really taken things to the next level with this latest project. Having teamed up with Funny or Die, Dillon stars as Skyy Goldwynne, “the most powerful manager in Hollywood.” and his fictional escapades of locking a group of “influencers” in a house together, and filming it. With the first episode weighing in at over 20 minutes, it’s apparent that Dillon put some serious effort into this new undertaking, and we have to say, it’s f*ching hilarious. Check out the first episode “We’re All TV Stars Now” below and enjoy!
Like and Subscribe – Episode 1
Enigmatic producer Boys Noize has always kept a low profile when it comes to projects. Having gone by numerous names over the years including as Dog Blood with Skrillex, today the German electro veteran has just shared the first ever mix under his new alias ELAX.
Over the years we’ve seen a great deal of artists bring back or branch out to new projects. As we recently saw this with deamau5’ Testpilot & Porter Robinson’s Virtual Self, although considered somewhat a bold move, it’s always exciting to see what comes of the switch-up.
With Boys Noize having dropped his first track as ELAX only a few months ago, we’re finding this latest house/tech-fusion mix, while at the same time reminiscent of the unique sound we’ve come to know and love from Boys Noize, perfectly blurs the lines between retro, minimal 4/4 structures and gritty, thumping electro. As Boys Noise gears up to embark on Destructo’s new All My Friends Friendship Festival cruise as both himself and ELAX, make sure to keep an eye out for more to come from the new alias. Stream the mix below and enjoy!
The Friendship Mix Series #6: ELAX
Brasstracks and Pell are favorites of ours and just proved to be a perfect combo with each other. With Pell always finding a way to bring the soul, it makes sense these two would join forces for a release together on their new song “Vibrant.”
“Vibrant marks the beginning of a new chapter for us. We always wanted to make a song with Pell, the guy can do everything. So we sent him this Timbaland inspired, bass heavy joint laden with our signature live horns and drums. And this is how it turned out. We hope you enjoy Vibrant, featuring Pell. – Brasstracks
This new track is the first single off Brasstracks forthcoming project and serves as the name of Brasstracks next tour kicking off in January. Brasstracks bring their signature soulful horns, but switch things up on production going more hip-hop / R&B than some of their previous production incorporating some electronic influences. Check out the new collab below and enjoy!
Brasstracks – Vibrant (Ft. Pell)
Earlier this year, Kasbo released his must hear debut album Places We Don’t Know that we’ve had on repeat ever since. Today we have a gem of a remix of his song “About You” from rising artist Billboard bringing new life into the single.
We recently heard this remix appear on Kasbo’s latest Cry/Dance mix and we’ve been waiting for the release. Now it’s here in full and sounding just as great as we could’ve imagined. Kasbo’s music already has a sort of magical, nostalgic quality about it and Billboard brings out the best with this remix highlighting Kasbo’s incredible melodies while incorporating his own production in the best way. Kasbo is in the midst of his Places We Don’t Know: Part 2 tour, see dates below and enjoy!
Kasbo – About You (Billboard Remix)
KASBO LIVE: NORTH AMERICAN 2018 TOUR
Tue 11.13 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theatre #
Wed 11.14 – Columbus, OH @ Skully’s #
Thu 11.15 – Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick #
Fri 11.16 – Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom #
Sat 11.17 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues # *
Sun 11.18 – Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe # *
Tue 11.20 – St. Louis, MO @ Old Rock House # *
Wed 11.21 – Omaha, NE @ Slowdown # *
Fri 11.23 – Kansas City, MO @ Truman # *
Sun 11.25 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre # *
Tue 11.27 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Soundwell # *
Thu 11.29 – Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda # *
Fri 11.30 – San Francisco, CA @ Mezzanine # – early show
Fri 11.30 – San Francisco, CA @ Mezzanine # – SOLD OUT
Sun 12.02 – San Diego, CA @ Music Box #
Sat 1.05 – Cape Canaveral, FL @ Holy Ship!
# VANCOUVER SLEEP CLINIC
> SUPER DUPER
EU / UK 2019 TOUR
Wed 1.23 – Amsterdam, NL @ AFAS Live
Thu 1.24 – London, ENG @ O2 Academy Brixton
Fri 1.25 – Paris, FR @ Le Zenith
Sat 1.26 – Brussels, BE @ Ancienne Belgium
Mon 1.28 – Oslo, NO @ Rockefeller Music Hall
Tue 1.29 – Stockholm, SE @ Berns
Fri 2.01 – Hamburg, DE @ Docks
Sat 2.02 – Berlin, DE @ Verti Music Hall
3.13-3.16 – Riviera Maya, MEX @ SUNDARA
It looks like there will be a longstanding relationship between one of the most beloved electronic artists in the U.S. and one of the most beloved venues in the U.S. Rezz has officially announced via Twitter that her performance at Red Rocks will be an annual reoccurrence.
Fans who were at her show this year know that her sold out Red Rocks debut was one of the best concerts at the historic venue all season. Now, knowing how loyal “The Cult of Rezz” is, Rezz Rocks will certainly be a flagship event for her fans for years to come.
Those who attended Rezz Rocks this year were faced with brutally cold weather, to the point where Rezz was forced to end her show at an earlier time than scheduled (although she did play a full set). Many of those fans must be thrilled to hear that she’ll be coming back for another round. This time, hopefully with better weather.
If Rezz Rocks 2019 sells out at the same rate this year’s did, we wouldn’t be surprised if they handed her a two night event! But we’ll just have to wait and see on that.
Check out her full performance from this year below. Enjoy!
Illenium always seems to have something up his sleeve. Having just started teasing a new VIP version of his Flume “Say It” remix, it seems the Denver-based artist now has a heavy new flip of Halsey’s “Without Me” in the works.
Considering Halsey’s latest track came out just over a month ago, and with Illenium having just dropped a new single with Call Me Karizma and set to start his Awake 2.0 Tour this month, the turnaround on this latest offering is incredible. Via what we’ve heard from this fan recorded video (shout out reddit user andz54332 for the capture), although Illenium’s kept the LA-based singer’s vocals intact, the entirety of the songs production has been stripped down and replaced with slow, pulsing synths, warbling guitar and booming drums. As he states that EDC Orlando is the first time he’s played this remix out, it may be some time before a full version sees the light of day, but for now check out the video below below and enjoy
Halsey – Without Me (Illenium Remix)
Last night history was made. Kanye West and Kid Cudi had their official debut live performance as Kids See Ghosts at Tyler, The Creator’s Camp Flog Gnaw festival in LA and it was everything I could’ve hoped for.
When Kanye returned to Twitter earlier this year to reveal he had multiple new albums on the way including a new collab project with Kid Cudi, many fans couldn’t contain their excitement. The fact the project even existed was epic news on it’s own its own and the music held up to the high expectations, being one of the best projects Kanye released all year.
When the official debut KSG performance was first announced for the festival I decided I had to go check it out. However, leading up to Camp Flog Gnaw, there were various events that happened making it seem as if the highly anticipated headliner set from Kids See Ghosts might not actually happen.
Kanye was caught up in political controversy and then said he was going to Africa to record an album he planned to release a couple weeks after this KSG debut show. This caused me to believe there was a chance he might not make it. Then, just days before the show, they were filming Kanye’s music video with Tekashi 6ix9ine when there were gunshots fired causing Kanye to flee the scene. This happened while Kanye, Kim and his family were on mandatory evacuation from the Los Angeles wildfire that Kim reported to have reached their property and was in danger of destroying their home. It was one thing after the other and at this point I was worried if Kanye would be able to make it for his performance or if something would interfere.
I was not confident a Kids See Ghosts show was a sure thing at the festival. However, Kanye then posted a picture of the the stage setup for the festival to reassure it was still happening. The entire weekend there were fans waiting in some of the longest lines I’ve ever seen for hours to get Kids See Ghosts merchandise as it seemed everyone there, including myself, was waiting for the same thing.
Brockhampton played the other stage right before KSG but their set was cut short due to the crowd being too intense pushing forward and starting to crush people up front. Someone from the festival had to repeatedly ask people to move back to relieve pressure on the crowd and they were not able to let Brockhampton continue due to the safety concerns.
The entire Brockhampton crowd proceeded to migrated to the main stage for Kanye and Cudi’s incredibly anticipated new joint live show with the hype at an all time high. Then the same thing happened. Someone got on the microphone asking the crowd to all take 10 steps back and calm down if the show were to continue. They repeated the request for a while as I waited unsure if Kids See Ghost was going to be able to happen. At this point I was worried they were going to call the show off.
After a while, a horizontal clear box came out of nowhere and was hanging in the middle of the stage with Cudi and Kanye inside as they seemingly just appeared to start their set. Kanye has been known to boast some insane stage setups in the past like his massive production alongside Jay Z on their Watch The Throne tour as well as his floating, moving stage on the Saint Pablo tour. This time around the two were suspended in the air in what looked like a clear shipping container with their silhouettes highlighted in front of the massive LED screen showing the Kids See Ghost album artwork.
They kicked off the set with Kanye’s “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1” before moving into a spree of of Kids See Ghosts songs including “Fee the Love,” “Fire,” “4th Dimension,” “Freeee (Ghost Town, Pt. 2”, “Reborn,” “Kids See Ghosts” and “Cudi Montage.” From there they moved into older songs like Kanye’s “Welcome to Heartbeak” & “Paranoid” off 808s & Heartbreaks as well as Cudi’s “Pursuit of Happiness” before closing the set with their “Ghost Town” collab. Both artists sounded incredible with the two effortlessly playing off each other even harmonizing at times during the performance, showing an undeniable chemistry. The crowd was one of the most hyped I’ve ever seen and so was Kanye, dancing and jumping wildly around the floating container.
There was surprisingly no Kanye rant with them getting straight to the music and squeezing the most out of their set time for a performance that couldn’t have gone any better. After being skeptical they would actually be able to perform, I was able to see the legendary performance firsthand and was mind blown at how great it was.
Kids See Ghosts live was as was epic as I could have imagined as I’m hoping these two are able to do more KSG sets down the road. Check out some fan videos and clips of the stream below. Enjoy!
Photo: @campfloggnaw via Twitter
Who doesn’t love diving into a bit of nostalgia? We do, and especially when it comes to music. One of our favorite artists, Ekali, is going to help us make that dive with the newest episode of his Awakening Radio show, which recently aired on Sirius XM.
This is the fourth installment of Ekali’s radio show, and this one is a special edition, taking us back to the music that inspired Ekali to become a producer in the first place. The mix mostly contains throwback tracks from 2013 and 2014 from a slew of familiar names such as Mr. Carmack, RL Grime, Lunice, Sam Gellaitry, and many more. Ekali then concludes the set with some of the first tracks he ever made: his collaborations with aywy.
There isn’t any new music in this episode of Awakening, however it feels good to dust off some tracks that we may have forgotten about. Stream the episode below via MixCloud and enjoy!
Ekali - Awakening Radio 004
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