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The Beatport Box 11

We’re back with our series with Beatport known as The Beatport Box, where we bring you the best in Beatport exclusives on a weekly basis. This week we’ve got the latest from Maceo Plex and Justin Jay, a W&W take on a World Cup anthem, and more.

Deep/Tech | Justin Jay – Instincts EP [dirtybird]

dirtybird sweetheart Justin Jay is back with another stellar EP. Instincts comes after an appearance on Claude VonStroke’s Urban Animal remix album and furthers Justin’s steady rise as he finishes college while interning at the dirtybird office. Expect dubby basslines, techno sensibilities, rapid melodies, and spaced-out vocals on this incredibly diverse EP. Pick it up here.

Techno | Maceo Plex – Conjure Two EP [Minus]

Richie Hawtin’s Minus imprint has been quiet as of late, with only a few releases arriving so far in 2014. The latest, is simply huge, and hopefully a sign of more to come. Maceo Plex has delivered three diverse cuts for Conjure Two, with the main track being a tribute to Hawtin’s Space Ibiza residency. With pummeling rhythms and out of this world sounds, this is surely a three-tracker you’re going to need to get. Procure it here.

House | ATFC – Dazzle (Cristian Varela Remix) [Yin Yang]

One of Defected’s biggest releases in 2011 has a new remix from Spaniard Cristian Varela on forward-thinking tech label Yin Yang. Latin-infused house is what you can expect on this one, complete with a large brass section. This is one that will likely turn many a head in Ibiza this summer. Be dazzled here.

Big Room/Electro | Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Diplo, Fatboy Slim feat. Bonde Do Role & Pin – Eparrei (W&W Remix) [Smash The House]

What? Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike, Diplo, Fatboy Slim, W&W all on one release? A collaborative effort like this is obviously one to take notice of, and the audio results do not disappoint. A wicked blend of EDM’s biggest influences and a clever usage of Brazilian sounds, Eparrei is a clever and catchy hit in the making. The remix from W&W only sweetens the release with their expertly crafted remix. Grab it here.

Big Room/Electro | Jacob van Hage – Raid (Original Mix) [Flashover]

Already receiving gigantic support from Martin Garrix, Leon Bolier, Ferry Corsten, and Markus Schulz, Raid by Jacob van Hage is quite simply one of the biggest festival hits you’ve not heard yet. Filled with euphoria-inducing breakdowns and that bass-heavy kick the masses love, Raid is a track designed to destroy the biggest rooms. Purchase here.

Mike Chapman of Beatport contributed to this article.

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Giveaway: Tickets To All DAYLIGHT Beach Club & LIGHT Nightclub EDC Week Parties

EDC week is fast approaching, and this year DAYLIGHT Beach Club and LIGHT Nightclub are throwing some amazing events! The lineup for the Mandalay Bay clubs include the first ever North American nightclub performance by Axwell Λ Ingrosso, along with performances by Nicky Romero, Krewella, Alesso, Carl Cox, GTA, and Sandro Silva. Check out the impressive list of events below (21+ only):

Wednesday, June 18 – Nicky Romero at LIGHT Nightclub
Thursday, June 19 – Nicky Romero at DAYLIGHT Beach Club (daytime pool party)
Thursday, June 19 – Carl Cox at LIGHT Nightclub
Friday, June 20 – GTA at DAYLIGHT Beach Club (daytime pool party)
Friday, June 20 – Alesso and Sandro Silva at LIGHT Nightclub
Saturday, June 21 – Alesso and Sandro Silva at DAYLIGHT Beach Club (daytime pool party)
Saturday, June 21 – Axwell Λ Ingrosso at LIGHT Nightclub
Sunday, June 22 – Krewella with Milo & Otis at DAYLIGHT Beach Club (daytime pool party)
Sunday, June 22 – Surprise Special Guests to be announced at DAYLIGHT Beach Club (night pool party at Eclipse)

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As a special treat for our fans, we are awarding one lucky winner with a “golden ticket” for you and a guest to attend each of the DAYLIGHT Beach Club and LIGHT Nightclub parties taking place June 18 through June 22. Enter the contest using the LockerDome widget below. It may not show up on mobile devices or if you have an ad-blocker enabled. The winner will be emailed at noon on Tuesday, June 17 when the contest ends. Good luck, and tell your friends to enter too!

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Listen To Richie Hawtin’s New Plastikman Album ‘EX’

Detroit’s techno demigod Richie Hawtin shared the first album in 11 years from his alter ego Plastikman today in full via YouTube.

The album was recorded as a one-off performance for a fundraiser at the Guggenheim Museum in New York last November, and less than a week after announcing it would be released as a complete LP, here we have it: Plastikman’s EX.

This seven-track album is the product of Hawtin locking himself away for an intense production spell heavily inspired by the architectural space around him in the museum. The result is nearly an hour of ebbing and flowing soundscapes following a palpably dramatic story arc with deep, introspective passages across seven acts laid out in the tracklist below.

Despite an 11-year hiatus, enough time for an artist to lose their edge many times over, Plastikman rises to the occasion with classic low rumbling minimal goodness peppered with subtle-yet-complex accents and the occasional haunting melody in one cohesive narrative. EX gradually builds energy over the first 40 minutes into an acid-laced techno showcase satisfying both the composition’s original intended purpose and the ears of his legions of fans.

Pick up EX here on Beatport, out now via Minus.









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Metrist Shares Unsettling ‘Symphony For The Palpitation’ Video

Metrist’s preview of his forthcoming EP, The People Without, shows that the squalid corner of dark, minimal techno really is capable of hooking listeners who wouldn’t normally be attracted to experimental music. As confrontational as his lo-fi drum selection and industrial clanging noises get, there are ins for people who may not get pleasure out of listening to construction site sample packs in their free time. Classical music buffs will hear its influence on the progression of Metrist’s brooding melodies, those with a metal background will dig the distorted, gothic leads, and any respectable Aphex Twin fan might actually enjoy some of the harshness.

The music video for Symphony for The Palpitation maintains that balance of abrasiveness and attraction. On one hand, the tension is unapproachable; it’s in greyscale and the images are unsettling, from flaming origami swans to flickering warehouse lights. In minimal techno fashion, the elements seem to come in and out at arbitrary moments. But as a loosely identifiable song structure reveals itself, you’ll notice the cuts are syncing with the sounds, and it’s hard not to get pulled in by the mystery of it all, not to mention the masterful cinematography–perfectly timed fades, beautiful shots of cathedrals, and close-ups of elderly women revealing the sharpness of every wrinkle.

The atmosphere is so effective, it leaves you wondering whether you should be excited or scared when the full EP drops June 23 on Resin.

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The Beatport Box 10

Welcome back to our series with Beatport known as The Beatport Box, where we bring you the best in Beatport exclusives on a weekly basis. This week we’ve got new techno from Chris Liebing’s label, a massive Booka Shade EP, festival-ready offerings from Alpharock, Matisse & Sadko, and more.

Deep/Tech | Booka Shade – Love Drug EP [Blaufield]

Booka Shade are back and better than ever, rebranding their sound into a fresh modern tech house take. Their latest EP, Love Drug, solidifies them in the top level of party-rocking producers. A perfect EP for all moments in the night, Love Drug comes with remix support from Mihai Popoviciu, Animal Trainer, and the consistently impressive Maya Jane Coles. Fall in love here.

Big Room/Electro | Maor Levi – Pixel Hearts EP [Zerothree]
If you’re looking for an overload of synthesizer mania, look no further than the latest EP from Maor Levi, who’s crammed virtually as much synth power as humanly possible in ‘Pixel Hearts EP,’ his latest single for Zerothree. Both tracks are floor stompin’ jams that will stand out amongst even the highest chart-topping EDM hits. Massive!

Big Room/Electro | Matisse & Sadko – Azonto (Original Mix) [Trice]

Celebrating their 50th release, Trice Recordings delivers one of their strongest releases to date with Azonto by Matisse & Sadko. A true main room rocker, Azonto comes complete with all the ingredients for a hit–epic breaks, huge synths, and a kick drum that will be heard miles away. Essential festival tune! Grab it here.

Big Room/Electro | Alpharock – Drop The Guns (Original Mix) [Oxygen]

Spinnin’ sub-label Oxygen shows some love to rising Dutch producer Alpharock on their newest release, Drop The Guns. The single would be a strong big room contender whether it were produced by a newcomer or a headliner, with a foreboding build and a dynamic drop with a heavy electro melody. Pick it up here.

Techno | Luis Flores – Test Pattern EP [CLR]

Chris Liebing’s CLR label has its 78th release in Mexican producer Luis Flores’ Test Pattern EP, a 3-track outing that sounds like something scary just crawled out of the television. The two originals are titled “Program” and “De-Program,” and a Tommy Four Seven remix of the latter also included. Interesting drum patterns abound, with the stuttering half-time kick in the De-Program remix perhaps being the most unconventional of the lot. Test it out here.

Mike Chapman of Beatport contributed to this article.

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Richie Hawtin Announces New Plastikman Album

Today might be his birthday, but Richie Hawtin gives us the best present of all: the promise of a new Plastikman album.

For the first time in more than a decade, Richie will once again assume his Plastikman alias for a new live album, EX. The album was recorded during a special performance in the annual fundraiser at The Guggenheim, New York’s historic art museum, which Hawtin played at the invitation of influential Belgian fashion designer Raf Simons.

But this is no mere live recording of old material. Richie made the announcement via his Facebook page, where he explained the origins of the new album:

11 years after the last album “Closer”, I’m very happy to announce the NEW Plastikman album “EX”.

Last November while I was preparing for a special Plastikman performance at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, I blocked out time in my schedule and locked myself away in a series of intense and inspiring studio sessions. Quickly and nearly effortlessly (that’s what happens when inspiration hits), I recorded enough material for the performance and then realized that there might be a complete new album within. Performing this new material at the Guggenheim allowed me to step away from the dance floor, giving me a huge amount of freedom to explore any sonic idea that I had.

EX is an EXcursion into the past EXploring the uncertainty of the future, EXpanding and EXtending the immersive atmospheres of what a Plastikman album was always about.

Listen to a preview of EX and check out the full tracklist below. The album is set to be released June 10 via Mute.

1. EXposed
2. EXtend
3. EXpand
4. EXtrude
5. EXplore
6. EXpire
7. EXhale

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Get hedonistic with Martyn’s “Love of Pleasure” off new EP ‘Forgiveness’

It’s been a while since we’ve seen a release from Dutch producer Martijn Deykers, better known as Martyn; his last full length, Ghost People, was put out by Brainfeeder in 2011. He’s coming out of hibernation now, with a new EP, Forgiveness, out now, as well as a fresh full-length, The Air Between Words, due June 16.

Martyn has moved to a new label, Ninja Tune, and with this change comes a pretty major tweak to his sound. In the past he’s been a mixer and matcher of various strains of EDM, cooking up batches of abrasive, propulsive techno with dashes of dubstep thrown in. However, as his latest track “Love of Pleasure” shows, he’s chilled out a bit, instead opting to build a comfortable, downtempo environment for former Hype Williams vocalist (Inga) Copeland out of piano and swirling texture. “Has there ever been a thing that we do in vain? That we do for the love of pleasure?” she wonders. I’d say she hits the nail on the head as to why we listen to music in the first place.

Check out Martyn’s Forgiveness EP now, and be on the lookout for The Air Between Words in the near future.



"Love of Pleasure" feat. copeland

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Occult and clear-cut video for Metrist’s “Symphony For The Palpitation”

In preparation for Resin's forthcoming third release - The People Without - that will feature four discursive tracks by Cambridge producer, Metrist, today we are dealt with a fixed interpretation of the tense and bedimming track, "Symphony For The Palpitation". Shot and edited by Felix Adams, the monocolored picture complements Metrist’s rigid vibe on the sound boards. Programmed in sequence that structures at hand a rattling demeanor, the picturesque scenery mixed in with interpretive snippets of people, shapes, and buildings, hangs a feeling of sophistication while retaining edge and hesitation. In moments where the song’s structure gets a bit schizophrenic and sporadic anglesand focus , likewise, fuzz and flare accordingly. Check out the video for yourself and see how two creative minds combine respective visions.

Be sure you secure your copy of Metrist’s The People Without out June 23rd on both vinyl and digital formats.

9 Reasons MEMF 2014 Was One For The Ages

It’s more than just a festival; it’s a movement.

I first heard those words sipping a beer with a shirtless guy wearing an army backpack on Jefferson Avenue in the heart of Detroit, but it wasn’t until I had run the gauntlet–three action-packed days at Movement Electronic Music Festival–that I realized how true these words were.

Each Memorial Day Weekend, Movement takes over Hart Plaza along the Detroit River, and turns the downtown core into a nonstop party. Although it may not have the brand name recognition that other festivals like Ultra or Electric Daisy Carnival do, it should be on every dance music fan’s bucket list. Speaking of lists, here are 9 reasons why we love MEMF so much.

1. The City

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Everyone has probably heard the horror stories of “The D”–the rampant crime, the dilapidated buildings, the bankruptcies–but what people don’t realize is that Detroit has a rich musical history. The city is the birthplace of techno, and its residents are proud of that fact (just ask them). On top of that, there are a lot of beautiful sites to be seen in the city, including Comerica Park, The Detroit Institute of Arts, and Detroit Historical Museum.

2. The People

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With roughly 100 thousand people in attendance, MEMF brings people from all walks of life. Seriously though, I saw children as young as four and people as old as 65, and all of them were having a good time. Sure, in the VIP section there were lots of snobs standing around trying to look cool (and failing), but they were a small minority. The festival grounds were teeming with rambunctious ravers in all shapes and sizes, ranging from neon-colored enthusiasts to Bohemian-style hippies. The best part about the crowd? No jackasses. A spokesman for Detroit police said there were no arrests during the weekend, and that they had little interaction with festival-goers.

3. The Music

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More than 120 acts played 133 sets across six stages, ranging from local underground artists to international stars. Fans were able to experience a host of different genres and styles, including soul, R&B, hip hop, jazz, and, of course, a metric ton of tech house, techno, and deep house. Even bass lovers went home happy–the Moog Stage delivered a bevy of trap, dubstep, and drum & bass artists to the masses.

4. Technology Area

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What better way to immerse yourself in the music than to try out the very equipment that the pros use? At the Technology Area, industry leaders showcased their top electronic music production/performance hardware, software and other accessories, all of which were available for hands-on interaction and purchase.

5. Richie Hawtin

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If music is our religion, then Richie Hawtin is our prophet. Closing out Day 2 on the RBMA Main Stage, Detroit’s adopted son delivered a set of jaw-dropping beauty, replete with surreal track selection, unorthodox mixing, and undeniable energy. I’m embarrassed to admit that two years ago I complained that I “didn’t get” his music. Consider me a convert.

6. The Afterparties

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Last weekend in Detroit proved that, even though the mainstage festivities might end at midnight, that doesn’t mean the party does. Oodles of incredible afterparties, pre-parties, house parties, and 6 a.m parties littered every street and corner of Detroit. Tickets were cheap and the big name artists were plentiful. Definite highlights included Tale Of Us at City Club, Maceo Plex B2B Michael Mayer at St. Andrew’s Hall (home to The Shelter, Eminem’s infamous starting spot), and The Annual Old Miami, where Seth Troxler greeted guests at seven in the morning with handshakes and hugs.

7. The Silent Disco

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This is something you have to try out at least once in your life, because it’s weird and awesome at the same time (much like the rest of MEMF). Instead of blaring their music over a speaker system, the DJs broadcasted using a radio transmitter, which was then picked up by wireless headphones worn by festival-goers. At first glance, it was definitely a bit eerie to see a horde of people dancing in silence–until I tried it for myself.

8. The Food

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Dancing for 72 hours straight is going to be tiring for even the hardiest of partiers. Luckily, there was an onslaught of awesome food options available, including El Guapo’s Fresh Mexican Grill, the Southeast Asian-inspired Tuk Tuk, and The Mac Shack’s delicious mac n cheese.

9. The Memories

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Off the top of my head, I can think of several: A private (and very public) DJ party in our hotel parking lot (performed by yours truly); a breakdancing competition in the middle of the RBMA Stage; finger painting near the Underground Stage; getting smoked out by 10 gangsters at the AP; the seven-minute firework show at Comerica Park; meeting Detroit legend Stacey Pullen and a happily inebriated Lee Foss; Kevin Saunderson and his two sons taking over the Made In Detroit Stage; watching Loco Dice and Carl Cox play back-to-back as the sun set on the final day of the festival.

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PREMIERE: Duss – D Love EP [Agile]

We know you crave blissfully hypnotic techno as much as we do, which is why we’re so excited to blow the lid off of Poland’s best kept secret, Duss, and their D Love EP, heard in full for the first time right here on LessThan3.

The Bydgoszcz-based duo of Sebastian and Wojtek have been busy honing their minimalist chops in the Polish club scene for several years now, and their skill in commanding a crowd with little more than the bare essentials has never been more clear than on the EP’s title track. And where that tune toys with grittiness as its primary conceit, B-side What You Say goes deep, with a rollicking, pulsating bass riff inside of which one could easily lose hours. The two original tracks are well complemented by Pysh’s remix of D Love, which plays up the sharper edges of the original while simultaneously doubling down on the hypnotic effect.

Duss’ D Love EP is out June 2 via Agile Recordings.

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