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Monarch - Stay (Vice Remix)

MONARCH, a new four-piece band featuring OneRepublic’s Brent Kutzle and Brian Willett, is on the come up with their vintage-yet-modern indie-electronic sound, as heard on their debut single, “Stay.” Although they’re not a side project of OneRepublic, they seem to hold the potential to swiftly rise up the ranks to stand next to their more established counterparts. Following the initial release of “Stay,” Monarch now releases a fresh rendition from LA-based producer/DJ, Vice. Known for his eclectic productions and live sets, Vice has recently experimented with groove-driven sounds, and he continues to do so on this club-ready house remix of “Stay.” Enjoy:


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The burgeoning future house pioneer, Tchami, is getting back on his release schedule with the announcement of his forthcoming EP, After Life. Aiming to not only bring us music from the present, but also going beyond and blessing us with sounds of the After Life, the Parisian studio wizard is playing off of darkness and light with his evolving signature sound. This concept is exemplified by the EP’s title song, “After Life” ft. Stacy Barthe, that dives into brooding textures, which lead into a striking sequence featuring the familiar Tchami synth work. Along with the song, Tchami also released its captivating music video that takes you through a mysterious story surrounding a man who seems to be suffering from a troubled inner dialogue. Check out the track and the music video after the jump. Stay tuned for more Tchami coming soon!

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After dropping his firing Zeds Dead collab, “You Know,” the Netherland’s house music phenom, Oliver Heldens, returns with something a bit unexpected. His newest single, “Melody,” shows Heldens exploring new frontiers in his own production world as he incorporates a string arrangement and piano-driven sequences on top of a satisfying groove. Now with this full release coming on March 16th, on top of his single, “Last All Night (Koala),” making waves on radio, Oliver is riding into his performance at Ultra Music Festival Miami with strong momentum.

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Hudson Mohawke Announces New Album for Warp, Shares Teaser Video
• Win A Pair of Tickets to Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons (Live Set) at Mack Sennett Studios in LA this Friday
Todd Terje to release KC & The Sunshine Band edits for Record Store Day
• Autograf Releases First Original Song, “Dream”

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San Francisco-based musician, Rob Garza, holds a legacy that will surely outlast the test of time. As a founder of the international music group, Thievery Corporation, Garza was at the forefront of electronic music movement many years ago, and after decades of accolades, he still remains as a trusted tastemaker as his genre-defying music continues to resonate within listeners around the world. By fusing elements of dub, trip hop, reggae, and bossa nova with an electronic backbone, he’s created his own lane that has inspired other artists to follow in his footsteps without regard to the status quo. Now as he continues on his journey as a solo DJ/producer, Garza explores new sonic frontiers in dance music, while also starting his own label, Magnetic Moon Records, with his debut Palace of Mirrors EP, due out next Tuesday, March 10th.

In celebration of Garza’s new EP, we sat down with him to discuss the release, how music is a type of transportation, why he returns to Burning Man year after year, how the thriving electronic music scene is a double-edged sword, what’s next for his solo career/Thievery, what he likes to drink (of course!), and more. Read the full interview after the jump.

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