With over a decade’s worth of experience behind the production helm, Phil Kieran is no stranger to stringing together a cohesive body of work. With no samples accredited on the project, what you’ll hear once it’s released are completely original sounds crafted by the seasoned Techno maven. Aptly titled, “Ode To The Sun,” the project is an attention grabbing solar flare that harnesses the energy of life and spits it back out in 10 neatly packaged tunes. In his own words:

I wanted to capture something very real and raw. Something similar to the feeling you get at the end of the night, and jumping in a car from one after party to another driving through London or New York and then the music comes on the car stereo. It has your attention.

With a minimix available for stream below, these tidbits of auditory info have us chomping at the bits for its official release via Hot Creations on October 7th. Have a listen and mark your calendars because this certainly isn’t one to sleep on.

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Ok so Frank Ocean’s second run at it is a masterfully produced Pop/RnB/Hip-Hop wonder album, now let’s move along and take a look at some records that might have flown under your radar. It is no secret that music has been thriving in 2016, but it isn’t just the big dogs that have been particularly on point. Up and comers (as well as some of the more venerable acts) from across the board have been producing up a storm with multi-faceted sonic landscapes that provide more depth and experimentation than your typical pop masterpiece. Let’s take a look at some of 2016’s finest and brightest LP’s: Continue Reading

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It’s almost time for Billboard’s second annual Hot 100 Festival! This weekend, New York’s Jones Beach Theater will be welcoming everyone from Calvin Harris to Ariana Grande, and Fetty Wap to Sleigh Bells, while also featuring other chart topping and emerging artist like Party Thieves and Billboard Dance’s own Matt Medved. Last year, the inaugural festival shattered attendance records for Jones Beach Theater by attracting over 40,000 fans, so they are expecting another stand-out showing for some of music’s most in-demand artists of today.

In preparation for the Hot 100 Festival, Billboard has released the full set times and map for the venue. Check it out below and pick up your tickets here.

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It’s going to be a big one for Avalon tomorrow night! LA’s favorite avant-garde performance collective, Lucent Dossier Experience, is taking over the Hollywood hot spot, alongside an all-star lineup of underground house acts such as Rob Garza (of Thievery Corporation), Psychemagik, and Desert Hearts’ Tara Brooks. Lucent Dossier has graced stages far and wide, but some of their most notable performances have been at Coachella and Lightning in a Bottle, where fans witnessed their unique blend of dancing, acrobatics, and fire with live downtempo electronica. With their spectacle of a show and excellent support acts to match, tomorrow night will bring diverse musical programming that is uncommon in LA nightlife, so be sure to experience it for yourself. Buy tickets here.

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Over the past few months, you may have noticed that producer Sebastian Carter has been keeping a low profile, but it’s for good reason. The 22-year-old Swiss native has been diligently working on his debut EP, City Lights, that is a display of his authentic artistry and exploratory musical direction, which picks up influences from Bonobo, Four Tet, Odesza, Maribou State, and bits of Lapalux along the way. Sebastian’s new lead single, “Shallow Waters,” is a perfect example of this with its blissful vibe driven by varied drum patterns, spacey atmospheres, layered synths, and more, striking a precise balance of energy and emotion fit for any listening environment. Enjoy the song below and follow Sebastian as he continues to roll out his debut EP until its full release on September 23rd.

“After a walk in the woods near my home in Switzerland followed by a night out in Zurich, the contrast between nature and city inspired me to create ‘Shallow Waters’. The organic, rhythmic and calm flow of the first part of the track resembles nature, while the energetic 80s influenced electronic part resembles the city. Just like my walk in the woods I started with the soothing airy lead melody and rhythmic beat and continued with the contrastive electronic part, musically telling the story of this experience. The choice of synthesizers in the electronic part is heavily inspired by 80s synth-pop, conveying a feel of nostalgia. The title ‘Shallow Waters’ comes from the tracks relaxing and river-like flowing nature, which gives it a calm and safe feel, just like wading in shallow water.” – Sebastian Carter

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I really admire the way that Amtrac continues to genre bend.  It seems like every release he puts out gets a bit more spacey and ambient, yet stays very full of low end sound.  Some aspects of this production strike me as trance, some house, some tech house — there’s pretty much something for everyone.  I’m also really digging the vocal samples on “Running After,” which is the winner on this EP.  If you’re in LA, come see Amtrac live this Friday at Outspoken.

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All around dance music bad ass Junior Sanchez bestow’s his blessing on the latest and greatest from Australian producer Paces and we’ve got the scoop! Synths soaked in Summertime dance delicately with vocals from Guy Sebastian as the song keeps an anti-progressive vibe, perfect for the current carefree season. Look for the full tune and remix package featuring 4 more Junior Sanchez edits out on August 5th via Etc Etc Records. In the meantime, get your fix with the below stream and keep the Summer vibes on high as we charge into the second half of the season!

Despite their own successful individual careers, DJ Snake and Bipolar Sunshine first broke into the scene as a collaborators with a song called “Middle,” which went on to become a platinum hit, in addition to reaching top 20 charts in France and the United States, top 10 in the UK, and top 5 in Australia. With such a warm reception for “Middle,” it made sense for them to join forces again, and thus, “Future Pt. 2″ was born. Have a listen to the cut from DJ Snake’s debut album above, and enjoy the funky vocal house vibes.

In recent times, there has been a lot of chatter about the famed party paradise, Ibiza, and its current state with dance music. Carl Cox famously announced that this summer season will be his last on the White Isle, and stories about parties getting shut down by police have been making the rounds. But what exactly is happening in Ibiza? I know most of us over here state-side could definitely use a little more context…

Billboard has released a 5-part mini-documentary series, The Real Ibiza, that covers all angles, from artist residents to the actual nightclubs, underground vs. mainstream, and more. Watch the all of the parts in succession above to be in the know about Ibiza, and to hear from Claude VonStroke, Seth Troxler, Martin Garrix, Hardwell, and more on the pressing matters at hand.

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I’m not sure how I missed the official announcement of this, but damn this looks rad.  All vinyl, cross-country tour — sounds like a blast.  I’m definitely going to be catching this show when it hits LA on the 6th, so don’t miss it when it comes to your city.  Big stuff from Richard Vission and Bad Boy Bill.

“The first-of-its kind tour breaks down the digital boundaries that have become so characteristic of the modern electronic music landscape and goes back to house music’s roots. The house music dream team is joining forces to press pause on all sync buttons and instead play all music on vinyl, including new music with their special edits as well as some retro classics to pay homage to the vintage art form.”