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The mysterious artist know for the past few weeks only as “Z” is now known to be ZHU, and has released more deep pop fire in the form of “Faded.”  After half a million SoundCloud plays, nods from just about every publication, and an on-air mention from none other than Pete Tong himself, ZHU is without a doubt the name of the moment for dance music.  Beyond that, the rest is still a bit of a mystery, but I can say that there will be plenty more to come, and it’s all fantastic.

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I stopped by a shoot in Los Angeles with my best bud Joakim, one half of Forever Kid, and threw a quick 10 questions his way.  We chatted everything from street art to Eggo® Waffles, Kangaroo Court to who’s cute.  They’ve also recut and rereleased the first remix they ever did, a classic by Whitney Houston, their way of looking back as they take the next big step.  I love Whitney Houston.

Whitney Houston – How Will I Know (Forever Kid Antique Recut) by Forever Kid

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Here’s how to absolutely nail it:  take everyone’s favorite Outkast songs, cover them (beautifully) over a a beat that sounds more Disclosure than Disclosure themselves, throw in plenty of pitch play, blast out, set blogs aflame.

Z, you hereby have my co-sign.  Whoever you are.

Is it Disclosure trolling us by putting out something so Disclosurey?  Does this mean that they will be performing with not only Mary J. Blige but also with Outkast at Coachella?  In The Pyramid?  Do I know who Z is?

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For today’s musician, building out an official website is a necessary evil, one which can quickly become frustrating and expensive.  ToneDen looks to solve these problems by offering an elegant approach for the modern musician to showcase themselves online.  With a few clicks, each artist can now configure their own beautifully designed site.  Integrating their SoundCloud, Facebook, and Twitter accounts in one place, ToneDen also features a press kit generator for one sheets, and robust analytics.  Essentially, everything the modern musician could need.

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Robin Thicke would have been better off had Forever Kid just produced “Give It 2 U” in the first place.  Luckily, it looks like the duo were looking for just the project to keep them busy in the midst of a brutal Swedish winter.  Let’s be real– the original ”Give It 2 U” missed the mark.  Even the anticipated verse by my own personal Lord and savior, Kendrick Lamar, landed flat on top of the original mix’s tired, pre-blog-house-electro-sounding beat.  This remix is much more fun, and Kendrick’s verse is highlighted much better as well.  High kicks.  Dream come true.  #RefuseToGrowUp

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Forever Kid are back at it again, and with each release they step it up a notch and continue to hit the mark.  Every new remix is a fresh blast of cold air to the face, boldly doing whatever they want to classics that most up and comers wouldn’t dare touch, and that’s really the idea here. This remix is no exception, an artful splash of their tuned up aesthetic perfectly courting the familiar sonic stage; here’s its their signature “dream come true” overflow of retro snyths on top of Ce Ce’s powerhouse pipes. Always over the top in just the right dose, I find myself hitting the loop for a listen or ten on whatever I find in my inbox from them.

Also, got more info this week on the creation of the Forever Kid helmet and their ongoing collaboration with street legend Annie Preece on the design, to finally be built by the mau5head-maker himself.

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Got a good one for you this afternoon– The Knocks have gotten us this exclusive mix for USC Derby Days 2013, where they’ll be playing LIVE this Saturday at the Belasco Theater in Downtown Los Angeles.  If you’re yet to see The Knocks live, we’ve been fans of their completely live performance and work for a bit now on our end, as this mix is just a sample of what you can expect.  Catch them, along with Christian Karlsson of Miike Snow and Dr. Fresch, for the fantastic charitable cause of the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, by purchasing your tickets here:

Forever Kid are making moves.  Tapped for an official remix of Capital Cities’ Kangaroo Court, these wild dudes waste no time throwing the infectious electro-pop original into high gear.  As with the rest of their music, I find this tune to be addictive and endlessly re-listenable.  The solos and the signature synth leads that Forever Kid are carving out make this remix a marked improvement upon the original.  Kind of makes me want to kick down the door of a club and break into a synchronized dance with everyone on the dance floor in full animal costume.  brb.

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