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It’s looking like another massive music weekend in LA, and one of the highlights will surely be the Avalon in Hollywood this Saturday night. Featuring the Repopulate Mars mastermind, Lee Foss, former Art Department co-captain, Kenny Glasgow, Desert Hearts’ Kevin Anderson, and RollingTuff’s Matt Ossentjuk, this party will bring proper house and techno to the infamous Hollywood and Vine dance music institution for revelers who prefer to groove into the wee hours of the morning.

To get you ready for the night, we’ve put together a list of 5 top tunes from Lee Foss and Kenny Glasgow, as well as some bonus material from Kevin Anderson and Matt Ossentjuk to make sure you’re well prepared for the vibes to come. Have a listen after the jump and if you’re feeling lucky, enter to win one of 3 pairs of tickets via our Twitter giveaway.

Tickets are on sale here.

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It’s safe to say that festival season is in full swing, and it’s only going to continue ramping up from here. Over the weekend of June 10th, Mysteryland USA will be taking over Bethel Woods, NY for its third edition, and with the full lineup by day/stage announcement earlier this week, there is a lot to look forward to. Known for its eclectic musical programming and other sought-after attractions, like the healing garden, comedy tent, yoga, speakers, and more, the U.S. branch of the Netherlands-based festival holds its own in a competitive landscape, and it’s growing into an influential powerhouse with global appeal.

In celebration of the full lineup announce this week, we’ve put together a Spotify playlist featuring the artists that we want to see at this year’s Mysteryland USA. Press play below and depart on aural journey with Lee Burridge, Emancipator, Art Department, Claude VonStroke, ODESZA, Claptone, Matthew Dear, Lido, Eagles & Butterflies, and more at the helm. Enjoy and buy tickets to Mysteryland USA here.

Justin Jay‘s debut album, Fantastic Voyage (The Album!), continues to take shape with yet another release. For this one, the dirtybird talent returns to his more DJ-centric style with a remix of his own track, which is a first for his career thus far. Justin Jay has given “Karma” a shadowy and moody feel as he brings new dimensions to the song with a new arrangement, brooding bassline, 80’s-style synths, and more. This release came at a very appropriate time as Justin Jay went b2b with Skrillex and Justin Martin at a house party in Los Angeles late last night/this morning for Justin Martin’s birthday afterparty.

Tomorrow night, Justin Jay & Friends will be bringing their full live performance to Brooklyn’s Baby’s All Right, so if you’re in the area, go check it out. Tickets for that show and the rest of his tour are on sale here.

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One of the East coast’s prized festivals, Mysteryland USA, is shaping up for its best edition yet this year on the Woodstock ’99 grounds in New York during June 10-13. Today, they just announced their full lineup by day and stage with additions of Amtrac, Autograf (Live), Infinity Ink (Live), Machinedrum, Mikey Lion & Deep Jesus, Penguin Prison, and Roman Flugel, on top of Lee Burridge, Claude VonStroke, ODESZA, Skrillex, Emancipator and more. To make matters even more exciting, Mysteryland USA also dropped news about the return of their speaker program (Curated and hosted by NPR personality, Anya Kamenetz), the Healing Garden (Curated by Sarah Schroder and back by popular demand), and for the first time in the U.S., a comedy tent has been added with Saturday Night Live’s Kyle Mooney headlining. Check out the full artist breakdown below.

Buy tickets to Mysteryland USA here and for every 3-day ticket you buy, the festival will donate $10 for bottled water for the Newark School System in New Jersey affected by the lead levels.

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Over the past few weeks, Justin Jay has been riding a wave of vibe-heavy releases from his Justin Jay & Friends project that’s quickly gaining steam in the dance music world. Ever since they teased fans with surprise live performances, and released “Karma” last year, the band has been in the spotlight, and they’re continuing to further their songwriting-fueled house music as they continue to roll out these new songs that will first make up EPs on different labels, then eventually Fantastic Voyage (The Album!).

“Weatherman,” “Can’t Complain,” and “What Do You Want” are the most recent tastes of the Justin Jay & Friends vibes to come, and they each differ in an exciting way, while also staying cohesive as they’re bound by a signature sound that features Josh Taylor’s vocals, Benny Bridges’ layered guitar licks, spacey atmospheres, acoustic drum samples, and an immersive groove. Enjoy and keep an eye out for more to come.

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Festival season is upon us, and the massive lineups keep rolling out as the excitement continues to brew. After announcing phase 1 earlier this year, New York’s Mysteryland USA is adding to the already stacked bill with an eclectic array of talent, ranging from dance music to hip-hop, and several genres in between. The festival’s historic Woodstock venue, Bethel Woods, NY, will be welcoming headliners like Skrillex, ODESZA, and Bassnectar, while also featuring heavy hitters like Gesaffelstein, Young Thug, GRiZ, Keys N Krates, Gladkill, Rezz, and Tchami, amongst others. Although Mysteryland USA stepped outside of its typically underground-centric programming, it still locked in luminaries like Kerri Chandler, Art Department, J.Phlip, Lee Burridge, John Digweed, Moodymann, and more. With all of these acts and other attractions like delicious food, yoga, speakers, Mysteryland USA is about to be a memorable weekend beginning on June 10th.

Buy tickets to Mysteryland USA here.

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It’s another massive week in Miami, and of course, there are too many parties to count, but there are some that stand out. With its growing presence online and off, Spotify is bringing not one, but two parties to the east coast’s seaside party paradise. First up, they’ve teamed up with the YouTube channel, Proximity, for PLAYLiST MiAMi, which is an eclectic affair featuring Destructo, Arty, Attlas, and more at the National Hotel tomorrow, the 18th. Following that huge event, Spotify and District come together for a NOW we CHill at 1Hotel, and they’ve included everyone from Gryffin to Anjunadeep artists like Yotto for a more laid-back vibe on Saturday. Both events will feature special surprise guests and b2b sets, so you can be sure that you’ll see some unique performances not found elsewhere. Tickets for PLAYLiST MiAMi are available here, NOW we CHill is free!

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Amsterdam’s Midas Hutch, the alter ego of FS Green, is keeping 80s vibes strong as he injects new life into vintage vibes. On “The High,” Midas has utilized hip-hop and pop production techniques to fuse his unique flair with the stylish R&B vocalist, Bluey Robinson, for a mood-elevating number. Giving more insight into the tune, the up-and-coming producer mentioned, “Bluey has been one of my favorite R&B vocalists from the UK for some years now. I wanted to create something you can listen to in your car, cruising with your boo with the top down. As well as a song you could get down to in the club.” Have a listen below.

With releases like “Karma,” his Momentum EP, and Mom, I Graduated! EP last year, Justin Jay slightly shied away from his more nostalgic roots in funk and disco, but he has come back to those groovy sounds, and he’s better than ever. For his first release of 2016, the Claude VonStroke protégé has taken on Billy Kenny’s “Work Me,” which was originally released on Germany’s This Ain’t Bristol label. Justin Jay completely remade the track into his own quirky, funky, and fresh take that includes guitar and slap bass elements woven in with a quirky vocal sample and more.

On top of this release, Justin Jay is currently bringing house party vibes to a city near you on his Fantastic Voyage tour. Head to his website for a full list of dates and tickets.

Over the course of his fairly brief career, Germany’s TOPIC has created music that resonates with many around the world, and his new single, “Home,” is a great example of this as it has over 3 million streams online. To add to that, the song has also made its way up to #1 on Shazam’s Future Hits chart in Germany, and the music video for it was short-listed for mtvU’s The Freshman, which is a weekly music video poll where the winner gets aired on TV! Enjoy the video, and vote for it on mtvU.