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German duo Digitalism are no strangers to crafting anthemic tracks for the masses, as 2005′s worldwide hit ‘Zdarlight’ proved. Now after 7 years, Toolroom Records have dusted ‘Zdarlight’ off and unleashed a serious rework by two producers justified enough to take on such a seminal electronic classic: Fedde le Grand & Deniz Koyu.

With so much talent combined under one production, Fedde le Grand and Koyu’s ability to maintain the cool integrity of the original whilst offering a massive on-trend rework that really keeps the feet on the dance floor. Keep the festival spirits alive as the season winds in with this huge release from Toolroom.

*Make sure to pick up the tune on Beatport, and see Fedde Le Grand and Deniz Koyu performing this weekend @ Nocturnal Wonderland 2012!


Insomniac‘s Wonderland events have always drawn inspiration from the fantastical worlds of author Lewis Carroll. For this contest, we ask you to delve into the world of Alice in Wonderland and find your favorite quote from the book or movie that describes what you expect your Nocturnal Wonderland experience to be like this year! The winner will be provided with two free weekend passes to Nocturnal Wonderland at the NOS Events Center, September 21 & 22.

*POST YOUR ANSWERS ON OUR FACEBOOK

WIDE AWAKE ART CAR
If you missed the announcement, GDD x Vagabond will be hosting the Wide Awake ART CAR stage on Friday (day 1) of Nocturnal Wonderland! Make sure to stop by and party with some of the best up-and-coming talent we personally have curated for the night… Don’t miss out!

*MORE INFO + LINEUP HERE

It’s hard to believe that September is now upon us. The summer here in the Northern Hemisphere is coming to a slow-rolling close, but September also brings along Insomniac’s Nocturnal Wonderland — a spectacle of an experience located here in Southern California at the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino. This year, GDD™ has teamed up with Insomniac and our friends at Vagabond to curate the lineup for the WIDE AWAKE Art Car which is fully equipped with a mobile Funktion One sound system and will be roaming about the festival grounds on Friday the 21st. Vagabond’s Ahh-G has put together a mix to portray the vibe we’ll be going with as we roll around the NOS Center, and he’s included some exclusive, unreleased new material from the likes of Prince Club, Urulu, Astronomar, and more. Make sure to pick up your tickets to the festival here, and snag this mix and tracklist after the jump. Continue Reading

As much as I could do without the drive there, the NOS Events Center is truly one of the best all-around venues for a massive dance event that I’ve ever seen. The fine people at Insomniac always manage to get the best out of any space they bring the beats and freaks to, but the combination of massive hangars, outdoor tents, trees and a beautiful lake to watch fireworks in and relax by really can’t be beat in my eyes. Of course, the wise Friedrich Nietzsche once pointed out that “without music, life would be a mistake” and it holds true that the venue would be nothing without the incomparable lineup that Insomniac once again rolled out, stacked top to bottom with heavy hitters and game changers in every genre.

GDD™ sent out solo astronauts into the abyss each day, and ///Bones and myself will be giving you our respective takes on the events of both Friday and Saturday.

FRIDAYBONES
Coming off a huge success @ last years festival, Nocturnal Wonderland expanded its schedule to become a 2-day showcase. Friday, although being the shortened lineup of the two having only 3 of 5 stages open, still brought out the big guns with Avicii, Dirty South, Fedde Le Grande and 12th Planet. I got there in time for the end of Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano on the Main Stage, who surprisingly blew me away with (clearly) their big room experience. Followed by back-to-back sets from Dirty South and Avicii, Alice’s House (Main Stage) was erupting in a wave of energy. The monstrous structure that was the Main Stage was overwhelming, but in any case only fitting for what was being heard from its towering sound system.

Best Performance12th Planet

Our main man John Dadzie (Yes, rockin’ our Invert.Tut shirt) knew he had to prove why he was closing the Dubstep/DnB stage, and the 10,000 that flocked to his set were not disappointed. With such a high energy performance and a stage presence that’s unmatched, 12th Planet absolutely set the place on fire. What made this set more mind blowing was that he was mixing bouncy electro house in with the big bassy selections, giving his set a real festival feel. When I asked him afterwards why he was now playing out up-tempo tunes, he told me that True Pseudo (his former project with Flinch) is about to be coming back in a big way.”

SATURDAYBurn Unit
I had every intention of getting up and getting my day started bright and early, but we showed up much closer to 6PM as the sun was starting to fade to the west. Undaunted, it was off to Layo & Bushwhacka straight away. The London duo did a great job of getting me in the right state of mind, but feeling a bit antsy and eager to explore it was time to go meet some more party animals over in Alice’s House.

After a quick stop at Sigma, and being disappointed after not hearing a shred of Drum N’ Bass, it was time for some Big Room Haus! The structure that Insomniac now regularly brings in for the Main Stage is absolutely monstrous, and if you feel like getting ravey it’s definitely the place to be. Before I knew it Sebastian Ingrosso was standing behind the decks and the crowd below me was positively exuberant.

Best PerformancePeaceTreaty

This being their last performance as a trio, you could say this was sort of a sentimental pick for ‘Best Performance.’ Fact of the matter though is that the fellas absolutely crushed it to an enthusiastic crowd who passed on the likes of Kaskade and Mark Knight to party with PeaceTreaty.

All in all, Insomniac did a fantastic job as per usual. The comprehensive and detailed approach to party throwing is what got them to the top of the game in the States, and it’s what is going to keep them expanding around the globe in the future. Party on, Wayne.

Once again, we are extremely excited to host a HUGE international secret guest this week at VS. at The Central in Santa Monica. Although I obviously can’t tell you who it is, I can say that this artist will be playing main stage at the Nocturnal Wonderland festival in San Bernardino this weekend. If that’s not enough to get you to come out, we also have GDD™ fav, Audrey Napoleon, and our own Burn Unit warming up the 1s and 2s. This week is going to be up there with one of our BIGGEST VS. parties yet, so come on out early for this FREE show!

RSVP at DANCEiSM.COM for FREE entry before 10:30PM.

LOCATION:
The Central: Social Aide & Pleasure Club
1348 14th Street Santa Monica, CA 90404
Thursday, September 22nd
9:30pm-2:00am
21+
$5 Red Bull Vodkas

If you saw it, you know. If you missed it, come find out.

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jonahberry