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All Day I Dream, Lee Burridge‘s world-renowned label and event brand, will be touching down in Los Angeles on New Year’s Day to kick off 2017 with yet another vibe-driven revelrous affair, which has become tradition after four years of the holiday event in the west coast music haven. With a new outdoor venue, Chinatown’s Gin Ling Way, and a signature lineup, featuring Russian favorites, Gorje Hewek & Izhevski, New York’s Hoj, and the masterful artist and impresario himself, Lee Burridge, the event is set to be an intentional and inspiring experience that is a must for dance music lovers looking to rejuvenate their mind, body, and soul for the next 365 days. It seems that many of us are on the same page as pre-sales have already sold-out, but there will be a limited amount of tickets sold at the door.

Get ready for All (New Year’s) Day I Dream with our 5 favorite All Day I Dream releases this year below. We’ll see you there!

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(Pictured: Dixon with Phonon SMB-02’s)

Whether you’re a casual music listener, professional producer/DJ, or audiophile, you probably hold headphones as one of your most essential items in life. Regardless of whatever type of headphone user you may be, we can all agree that sound quality is of the utmost importance, in addition to build quality for a lasting product. Over the past 5 years, Japan’s Phonon has offered headphones that have been created with those ideals at the forefront of their development. When top professional veteran audiophiles joined with Isao Kumano, a highly respected sound and mastering engineer, Alex Prat aka DJ Alex from Tokyo, Kumano’s partner in the music production team Tokyo Black Star, and Yusuke Uchiyama aka no milk, a producer and audio technician, the Phonon brand was born in an effort to truly convey music’s imagination.

Phonon’s innovative and professional equipment, such as their flagship headphones, the SMB-02 and 4000 models, did not come easy, as the development and production has taken decades of research, dedication, and high-level experience in the audio field and industry. It’s clear that their efforts are greatly appreciated and worthwhile with artists like Dixon, Âme, John Digweed, Jeff Mills, DJ Harvey, Laurent Garnier, John Talabot, Gerd Janson, and more supporting their headphones.

We were given the opportunity to give the SMB-02 and 4000 models a test drive, and we’ve been thoroughly impressed to say the least. Read on for why exactly we now prefer Phonon for studio and DJ use, and see how you can get 10% off of your order, just in time for the holidays.

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Back in August, the multi-instrumentalist Sebastian Carter announced his debut EP, City Lights, with the first single, “Shallow Waters,” and since then, he has seen a wealth of support from names like Jamie Jones, Lane 8, Tensnake, and more. This is particularly exciting for Sebastian as he has been working diligently on crafting a new artistic direction, while finishing up school at The Modern Music Institute in Brighton.

His City Lights EP shows him exploring ethereal electronic soundscapes embellished by organic live instrumentation, vocals from Julia Church, Atonal, and Tosca Singer, as well as dynamic rhythms, ranging from house to downtempo and everything in between. As a whole, the release is a soulful and eclectic body of work that reflects his artistic authenticity, as he seems to draw upon a pool of UK-centric influences to cultivate his own experimental, genre-bending style that truly sets him apart from the rest. Enjoy the release above and buy/stream the EP here!

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Symbiosis Gathering has become an essential part of the global festival scene, and it’s continuing to influence society with its widespread offerings. Music and art are at the forefront of the “Symbi” experience, and with a venue like the Woodward Reservoir, those elements are given a gorgeous and unique water-filled backdrop. Much like every year, this year’s gathering captivated the masses and gave attendees plenty to brag about, from the surreal art installations to ripping sets from the Desert Hearts crew, Seth Troxler, RL Grime, and more. If you didn’t have a chance to make it out this year, be sure to check out this photo recap and get hyped for next year’s special total solar eclipse gathering in Oregon that is most certainly a must-attend, week-long festival.

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Mat Zo is an artist who has always been well-respected for his detail-oriented production work spanning across multiple genres. His most recent endeavor, the 3-track MAD EP, shows him exploring bass-heavy sonic territory while utilizing broken-beat rhythms, from hip-hop beat vibes to faster juke-like sounds. In conjunction with the release, the studio wizard also announced his MAD North American tour, which takes him across the U.S. and Canada through November 25th. Check out the EP and full list of dates below. The EP can be purchased here and tickets are on sale here.

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Tribute groups are commonplace in the rock world, but not so much in dance music, except for Major Behavior – an homage to Major Lazer founded by Instagram star, The Fat Jew, and his friend Maachew Bentley who is a downtown New York DJ luminary. This new tribute group promises to pay their respects by delivering a true Major Lazer experience both on and off the stage, as seen in the unveiling video created by Billboard and its senior dance/electronic editor, Matt Medved. Watch the full video to get to know the emerging group through a special in-studio interview, Guitar Center shenanigans, and more.

It’s been a particularly exciting year for the LA-based producer/DJ, Justin Jay, as his Fantastic Voyage brand has come to fruition with his debut album, Fantastic Voyage (The Album!), tours around the world, and now, the launch of the label. Fantastic Voyage Records promises to be a home for Justin and his close musical friends, adding another dimension to a brand that has become known for packed-out house parties. The first release is Justin’s own Fantastic Edits EP, a long-awaited collection of edits that many of you may recognize if you’ve seen him in a live setting in the past year or so. The EP features a personal favorite, Justin’s edit of HNNY’s “Sneeze” edit, as well as a “Bangin Bootleg” of Sly & The Family Stone’s “Dance To The Music,” an edit of the Tag Team classic, “Whoomp,” and “Twinkle” with Larry “The Shadow” Muscrove. Check it out here, and download the whole EP.

Over the past year, Los Angeles’ Jason Gaffner has broken onto the scene with a string of successful collaborations with Love Thy Brother, Sam Padrul, and more. In more recent times, Jason has been focused on his solo career, releasing songs like “Losing My Mind” and this new effort, “Feel Something.” This latest song features an up-beat blend of disco-funk fit for those looking for a melody-rich groove and feel-good vibes. Check out the song above and read more about it from Jason himself. “Feel Something” is currently a free download for a limited time, but it’s also available to purchase or stream on iTunes/Spotify.

“Basically this song is about a person who has been hurt emotionally and has put up barriers all around them. Then a person comes along and helps them feel something again. It’s not an easy journey but there is something beautiful about learning to love again. I think we’ve all had times in our life where we aren’t ourselves or we’re feeling beaten down by the world. This is a story of someone who is breaking out of that state of doldrums” – Jason Gaffner

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It’s going to be a big one for Avalon tomorrow night! LA’s favorite avant-garde performance collective, Lucent Dossier Experience, is taking over the Hollywood hot spot, alongside an all-star lineup of underground house acts such as Rob Garza (of Thievery Corporation), Psychemagik, and Desert Hearts’ Tara Brooks. Lucent Dossier has graced stages far and wide, but some of their most notable performances have been at Coachella and Lightning in a Bottle, where fans witnessed their unique blend of dancing, acrobatics, and fire with live downtempo electronica. With their spectacle of a show and excellent support acts to match, tomorrow night will bring diverse musical programming that is uncommon in LA nightlife, so be sure to experience it for yourself. Buy tickets here.

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Over the past few months, you may have noticed that producer Sebastian Carter has been keeping a low profile, but it’s for good reason. The 22-year-old Swiss native has been diligently working on his debut EP, City Lights, that is a display of his authentic artistry and exploratory musical direction, which picks up influences from Bonobo, Four Tet, Odesza, Maribou State, and bits of Lapalux along the way. Sebastian’s new lead single, “Shallow Waters,” is a perfect example of this with its blissful vibe driven by varied drum patterns, spacey atmospheres, layered synths, and more, striking a precise balance of energy and emotion fit for any listening environment. Enjoy the song below and follow Sebastian as he continues to roll out his debut EP until its full release on September 23rd.

“After a walk in the woods near my home in Switzerland followed by a night out in Zurich, the contrast between nature and city inspired me to create ‘Shallow Waters’. The organic, rhythmic and calm flow of the first part of the track resembles nature, while the energetic 80s influenced electronic part resembles the city. Just like my walk in the woods I started with the soothing airy lead melody and rhythmic beat and continued with the contrastive electronic part, musically telling the story of this experience. The choice of synthesizers in the electronic part is heavily inspired by 80s synth-pop, conveying a feel of nostalgia. The title ‘Shallow Waters’ comes from the tracks relaxing and river-like flowing nature, which gives it a calm and safe feel, just like wading in shallow water.” – Sebastian Carter