The pathway to stardom hasn’t always been paved for the Baghdad born Motez, but uprooting to Adelaide certainly accelerated his curiosities and access to the dance music culture. With early roots listening to Jean Michel Jarre and an affinity for the abstract and out of the ordinary, Motez shaped his musical belief system on a rejection of predictability. His signature brand of dance music is a proper representation of his talents as a producer intent on leaving his own unique mark on the house music community. Currently celebrating 10 years of living in Adelaide, we recently got the chance to wrack his brain on the current political landscape plaguing Sydney nightclubs, how his tour setup is evolving, and what keeps his creative juices flowing. Continue Reading
One of the most venerable trio’s in the music business at the moment are set to bring their world renowned acoustic show to the Hollywood Bowl this weekend after an incredible two night stint at The Greek Theater some years ago. I was there when it first went down, and I’m glad this concept was expanded upon so more fans would have the chance to be touched by the music of Jono, Pavo, and Tony.
While I will not be in attendance this weekend, I can’t help but become enamored with the latest release off their Acoustic II LP, “No One On Earth.” Bone chillingly beautiful, and hauntingly graceful, I can’t help but dream about the good times that could have been this weekend. For those unable to make it as well, look out for the full Acoustic II LP released on June 3rd.
Once dubbed by Mixmag as their “Future Hero,” the UK based Denney returns to a label he holds dear to his heart. His latest EP, Visualize, is framed around the many different aspects of the night, he says “All the tracks were approached slightly differently when I was making them, I was aiming them for different parts of the night and inspired by different dance floors.” The title track, as premiered below, sets the tone with a house driven beat and heady vocals that would transcend any dance floor scenario. With a bit of an acid break at the end, “Visualize” kicks off his latest EP with a bang so be sure to cop when it’s released on May 27th on the legendary Crosstown Rebels.
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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.
While Slaptop is apparently finishing up an album, the up-and-coming DJ dropped this little number on the world. “It Isn’t Mine” is an understated tech-house gem that has a super cool grooving melody and vocal sample. I can see this one soundtracking a sunset or a sunrise party, a super versatile sound. If this is any indication of whats to come of the album, I’ll be pretty keen to get my hands on it. Follow Slaptop on Soundcloud.
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.
It’s been a long time coming for Gotta Dance Dirty’s own Shae B, the featured vocalist behind Free Slice‘s recent rendition of Drake’s smash hit, “One Dance.” The trio crafts a unique twist to the current Billboard Hot 100 #1 with a little bit of Southern California funk and just the right amount of deep dance drive. Ripe for spicy Summer nights and cool enough for the day time heat, it’s hard to imagine a time you wouldn’t want these vibes around. So cop the free download and spread the love around!
DAVI is no stranger to the Crosstown Rebels sub-label, Rebellion. With his latest EP, Metropolis, slated to be released on May 20th, it brings about the final chapter to his historically inclined series on the London imprint. We are fortunate enough to bring you a little taste of what to expect with the exclusive stream of “Change Your Life,” the second track off the upcoming EP. Ripe for the late night, it’s a tale of letting go as much as it is a tune that helps you find yourself. With intergalactic synth arpeggios woven across the barreling bass line, DAVI brings you home without you ever having left in the first place.
The latest EP from Sweat It Out! is super hot. MSCLS and Moondoctor producers from Austin and Chicago respectively, and have been on the come-up for some time. Their collaborative EP gives the listening an awesome cross section of both of these guys sounds. Straight up house music for the dance floor, four tracks straight. If I had to pick a favorite, I would have to go with the dancey vocal stabs in “Lights Down Low.” Make sure to grab the EP now for your personal collection.
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.