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Eagles & Butterflies is an emerging talent who came firing out the gates with releases on some of the finest house/techno labels like Innervisions, Get Physical, and Bedrock. If that’s any indication, the Los Angeles-based DJ/producer is bound for more success as he continues to cleverly build his profile with quality releases, tasteful affiliations, and touring with key, upcoming appearances at Cityfox and Mysteryland USA, which will be taking over Bethel Woods, NY this weekend.

In preparation of his performance at Mysteryland USA this Saturday evening in the Spiegel Tent, we’ve asked Eagles & Butterflies to a little insight into his musical mind, and his lesser-known selections. Head after the jump to enjoy 5 of his secret weapons, including his remix of RY X’s “Deliverance,” new Recondite, DJ Koze, and more.

Limited tickets to Mysteryland USA are on sale here.
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Late last year, the emerging producer/DJ ZOSIA graced us with a journey-like mix driven by classy, minimal house and techno. Since then, she’s been refining her skills in the studio, and her time and effort is surely starting to pay off. ZOSIA recently released her personally meaningful debut song, “Marma,” and has received nothing but glowing feedback. The tune features deep, dubby low-end, brooding textures, just the right amount of percussion, and an overall, stripped down arrangement, forming a vibe reminiscent of Recondite, one of Berlin’s finest. Enjoy, grab the free download, and read on about its important context within ZOSIA’s life.

“The inspiration behind Marma is the concept of personal growth. Everything we create in the present moment is a reflection of all that we have learned and experienced in the past. In other words, Marma is an accumulation of all the memories I have ever experienced, translated into sound.

I’m very shy naturally, so instead of forcing myself to become an extrovert I decided to communicate through what I love the most: sound. Marma is very special to me because it’s the first song I’ve created that truly expresses who I am as a person.

One last thing that I hold close to my heart. It’s a known fact that males dominate the music production industry. I can’t speak for other women, but one of the reasons why it took me so long to release a song is because I kept trying to perfect my skills in fear of not being taken seriously. (Someone once asked me who my ghost producer is! C’mon now, really?!) And whether it’s regarding music or any other passion, I think the world would be a much more cheerful place if we weren’t afraid to face our fears. People will judge either way, but if something makes you happy then there’s no reason why you shouldn’t pursue it proudly.” – ZOSIA

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Following yet another fantastic spring festival earlier this year, the Desert Hearts crew, featuring Mikey Lion, Lee Reynolds, Marbs, Porkchop, and Deep Jesus, is back in full force with their Endless Summer Tour. Kicking off on June 17th in Brooklyn, the tour will bring the house, techno, and love ambassadors to a city near you, but if they’re not stopping in your vicinity, it’s definitely worth traveling for as they throw one of the best parties around. Also, if you haven’t been to their festival, this is your chance to get a taste of what you can expect in the fall when they throw their anticipated 4 year anniversary festival in Southern California.

On top of this exciting tour news, Desert Hearts co-founder Lee Reynolds and up-and-comer Machino released their Desert Hearts Records debut EP, Moon Matrix, and it’s been picking up steam as a stand-out addition to the label’s growing catalog of out-there jams. Dive in and get familiar with the chugging techno rhythms, shadowy atmospheres, and hypnotizing synth melodies – you’ll probably hear them on an underground dance floor soon.

Download the EP here.

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The famed Culprit parties are back in proper form for their first underground affair of 2016. Together with Transmit, the well-respected LA-based label and event company is bringing us a night of house and techno with an all-star lineup featuring Ripperton, Sandrino, and residents Droog. Each of these artists hold their own, and have carved out their own places amongst a crowded artist landscape to cut through the noise and push quality, forward-thinking dance music. For tickets and more information, visit here. It’s bound to be a fantastic way to kick off the holiday weekend.

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After a successful inaugural festival just last year, the Billboard Hot 100 Festival returns to New York’s Jones Beach Theater from August 20th-21st with a lineup consisting of some of music’s biggest talents, including everyone from Calvin Harris and J. Cole, to Hippie Sabatoge, Paper Diamond, Team EZY, and more. The 2015 Hot 100 Festival shattered attendance records for Nikon at Jones Beach Theater with over 40,000 attendees, and this year is expected to be just as in-demand, if not more. With Billboard-charting artists spanning multiple genres, there will surely be something for everyone, so don’t sleep on this and buy a ticket here.

This year’s Mysteryland USA on the historic Woodstock ’69 grounds in Bethel, NY is fast approaching, and the countdown has already begun, as we’re just a couple of weeks out from its June 10th launch. In addition to names like ODESZA, Art Department, Gramatik, Claptone, Moodymann, and more, there are some notable local talents like Myroslaw Bytz of Bushwick A/V, Brooklyn’s go-to afterhours party series. Myroslaw has been a fixture of New York’s electronic music scene, both as an artist and event producer, while keeping his integrity throughout all of his endeavors, and pushing the scene forward.

Bushwick A/V will be heading up late night festivities at the silent disco to make sure attendees can keep the party going in proper fashion, so we felt it was necessary to highlight this famed party series, along with its co-founder who graciously sat down with us for some questions, and gave us an exclusive mix to show what you guys can expect late-night at the festival. Enjoy the mix and check out the interview after the jump to hear about how Myroslaw has gotten to where he is today, the context of his mix, what Bushwick A/V is bringing to Mysteryland, his plans for the rest of the year, and more.

Limited tickets for Mysteryland USA are on sale here, and be sure to check out this GRiZ x Electric Family bracelet giveaway for a chance to win festival passes, as well as a meet & greet with GRiZ.

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Several years after the commercial dance music explosion in the states, it seems as though the masses are slowly but surely continuing on their aural explorations to find new sounds and vibes to match their evolving tastes. The West coast festival culture that has spawned from Burning Man has been a catalyst for a range of dance music sub-genres, but it has been particularly crucial for Sabo‘s slower, moombahton-influenced style. “My deep, slow tribal sound was finally understood by a whole community of open minded people,” the Sol Selectas label head says about his experience playing the Robot Heart bus at that thing in the desert in 2013. It was at that moment when he knew he wanted to create what we now know as Vibe Quest, his debut album.

As a whole, Sabo’s Vibe Quest stays true to its name as it features an array of different sounds and styles, like world music, deep house, and tech-house, cohesively woven together with a common thread of tribalistic electronic music fused with an organic and spiritual touch. The most powerful music is able to transport the listener into different realms, and this album does just that. Sabo says, “My intention with this record is to manifest moments of positive feelings on the dance floor,” and he is surely well on his way to success. Enjoy the album above and be sure to pick it up on Beatport.

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Over the years, A Club Called Rhonda has played a pivotal role in shaping Los Angeles’ underground dance scene with its authentic approach to creating its free-spirited parties with passionately curated world-class music programming. House, techno, and disco luminaries behind the decks at “Rhonda” events come standard, and the return of RHONDAVOUS this Friday at Union in no exception. Even after its last outstanding RHONDAVOUS that featured headliners The Martinez Brothers, Guy Gerber, and Bonobo, the influential party brand steps up once again to bring our city by the sea a full night of multi-room debauchery with legends like Kerri Chandler and Felix Da Housecat, as well as Body High’s DJDS, two of Chicago’s finest Roy Davis Jr. and Mike Dunn, a personal favorite, Dauwd, and more. There are simply no other events in LA where you can find all of this talent under one roof for one night, so grab a ticket and get out on the dance floor this Friday.

If you need further convincing, Kerri Chandler’s BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix should do the trick:

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At Lightning in a Bottle 2014, Max Cooper played one of the very best sets of the festival, and ever since then, I have been a devoted fan. Lucky for us, the UK’s studio wizard recently announced that he will be venturing across the pond for a North and Central American tour that will feature all night long sets, as well as his Emergence audio visual experience, which will only make an appearance in San Francisco. With his 11 dates, Max will be making stops everywhere from Boston to Los Angeles from May 26th to June 11th, and he is sure to throw down exceptional and eclectic sets that represent the crossover between science and sound. Don’t sleep on this…

We’ve been following Solé Bicycle‘s Fixtape series since the beginning, and they’ve been successful in maintaining a steady flow of tasteful mixes from some of dance music’s finest. Their most recent offering is no exception, as they’ve brought on the Crew Love bosses, Soul Clap, for an exclusive, live edition of the fixtape series. Taken from the Crew Love WMC 2016 party at the famed Electric Pickle, the mix will navigate you through some deep cuts of house, nu-disco, funk, hip-hop, and more to ensure you receive a healthy dose of eclectic vibes that the Bostonian duo is respected for. Listen above and download the mix for safe keeping, Soul Clap played Yuma at Coachella this year for good reason.