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LT3 @ Brrrrr! Winter Music Festival

Whoever said winter is too cold to party has clearly never been to Canada. Last weekend, Toronto played host to the first annual Brrrrr! Winter Music Festival, a two-day outdoor festival in the heart of the northern city. Although Brrrrr! wasn’t as big as Digital Dreams or Veld, it wasn’t trying to be. From the very start the festival didn’t feel like your typical event, and the varied collection of artists performing certainly confirmed it. Featuring a lineup of Dubfire, Moby, Mord Fustang, Deniz Koyu, Moguai, Miss Kittin, and Danny Avila, to name a few, Brrrrr! offered a great combination of mainstream and underground acts and showcased some serious talent.

The Festival began with the temperature starting out at -5 and it dropped to -10 as the night went on, but that didn’t seem to bother the hyped-up crowd. A great turnout of people decked out in ski jackets, boots, gloves, and toques (hats for you non-Canucks) lined the waterfront across two stages, huddling around fires and indoor tents. Hot chocolate, blankets, and warm clothing were provided by festival workers to keep people dancing, but once the music started it might as well have been July.

Moby headlined Day 1 and showed off his mastery of the decks, hopping between genres and mashing up deep house with a little bit of everything else. Some of you may only know Moby from his ’90s mainstream radio phase, but this guy is a veteran performer and still one of the best to do it. Things got so heated that Moby ripped his own shirt off on stage while he was playing, in -10 degree weather.

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Day 2 made the first day look warm by comparison, but the party kept going. Dubfire knew what the crowd wanted and delivered it, sending the crowd into collective apoplexy with slamming techno, minimal, and house beats. He is a master at building a crowd up again and again and ended off everything with a very enjoyable performance. Those brave souls who stayed until the end may have all went home with cold extremities, but they also left with giant smiles painted on their faces.

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Applescal’s Melodic Dreams

Launch away from the mainstream and into the realm of intelligent dance music and you’ll land amongst the likes of Applescal. An up-and-coming producer from the Netherlands, his music draws influence from the territories of both techno and electronica. Dreaming In Key marks Applescal’s fourth album, and with releases on Traum Schallplatten, Manual Music, and RTFKT Collective, the talent behind him is not unrecognized.

Thanks For Fun is emotional, rousing thoughts of lost youth and love. The build up signifies that glimmer of hope–the drive to propel forward. El Diablo receives an accolade as the standout track; it must be that downbeat but electro-influenced lead synth, or the breakbeat-filled breakdown; either way, it flows quickly into an energetic and club-suited affair. Onetasker is akin to a dream and goes deep into the psyche, moving effortlessly through a period of wind chime-filled calm into a tumultuous finalé that ends a slumber. Dreaming In Key is an excursion that may be enjoyed both in bite-size tracks or holistically as an album. We can’t wait to see what the future has in store for Applescal and his distinctive sound.

Order the release from Applescal’s own label Atomnation here.

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LessThan3 @ BPM Festival 2013

The BPM Festival–actually, the BPM Experience. No combination of words can begin to describe the beauty, the feeling, the vibe of the Riviera Maya during those magical January days. Alas, we here at LessThan3 are in the business of describing, and so we’ll do our very best to both satisfy the appetites of festival veterans and entice the uninitiated to join us in 2014.

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Arriving in downtown Playa is a wondrous scene on its own–soothing house music billows from colorful storefronts, the scent of fresh food signaling a taqueria on every corner. Walking down 5th Avenue toward the many clubs, it’s easy to get lost in a shop full of trinkets, or in conversation with a friendly local. The festival is welcomed every year with open arms in the idyllic Mexican town, like a staple of the culture rather than a foreign intrusion. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the music on display at BPM is among the world’s finest.

Bill Patrick

Such a heady lineup wouldn’t be complete without the perfect venues, and Playa del Carmen’s club variety was one of BPM’s many highlights. No deep house beat was wasted on the sandy dancefloor of the Canibal Royal, nor on the beach-view balcony of the Coco Maya; techno reigned supreme at the massive Blue Parrot, and aural voodoo was on hand every night at La Santanera, while Mamita’s and Kool Beach had dancers swaying with the refreshing ocean breeze. And who can forget the mystery of Alux Cave, or Blue Venado’s jungle spirit?

Sound was on point as well, with Sonic Lab Audio providing some of the finest festival and club sound we’ve ever heard. The venues were an audiophile’s dream, and discerning fans danced from sunrise to sunset to sunrise again, keeping BPM’s party going for a beautiful 10 days.



Tie: Dirtybird vs. Pets / All Day I Dream

Both of these parties were brilliant in their own way. Dirtybird vs. Pets had one of the strongest lineups of the festival–J. Phlip’s breakbeat-laden house, Danny Daze’s electro-tinged grooves, Eats Everything’s monster set (more on that in a few), Catz ‘n Dogz’ rave-fueled vibes, and Justin Martin’s “let’s-get-hyphy” bounce. All corners of the Canibal Royal were packed for this one, and the dirty dancing didn’t stop until long after the sun went down. All Day I Dream was a more subdued, more mesmerizing affair. From the surreal way the wind whipped those signature tapestries and “cloud” lamps to the spellbinding sets by Christian Löffler and Lee Burridge, everything was as we’d hoped: a dream.

Honorable Mention: tINI and The Gang / This Is The End

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Rebel Rave

The Blue Venado’s only party was one of the festival’s finest thanks to a Crosstown Rebels takeover. An intense jungle night with Masters At Work turned to a striking beach sunrise when Damian Lazarus took hold, dropping unreleased bombs onto a packed dancefloor of painted faces and happy feet.

Honorable Mention: Circo Loco / Innervisions

Seth Troxler vs. The Martinez Brothers


Tie: Eats Everything / Dixon / Damian Lazarus

Each of these three had us wanting more. Eats Everything glided seamlessly from deep house to hip hop to drum ‘n bass to dubstep and back to house, with a cheeky Nelly throwback that had everyone sweating. Damian commandeered the sun, the waves, and the dancefloor with his deep crate of eclectic jams. And Dixon…well, what can we say about Dixon? We couldn’t help but be awestruck by the emotive melodies pulsing through the Coco Maya.

HONORABLE MENTION: Sven Vath / Seth Troxler vs. The Martinez Brothers / Bill Patrick / tINI / Sasha / Christian Löffler / Bob Moses / Seth Troxler vs. Guy Gerber

Coco Maya


With so much to do at BPM it’s a wonder that we ever left at all, but there was plenty going on outside of the city. The pristine beaches of Tulum were home to parties thrown by Robot Heart and Resolute, and even the festival headliners were not immune to the magic of these events. Mayan ruins and sacred cenotes made for popular destinations as well, their beauty drawing the interest of curious explorers with ears that needed a bit of rest. Even the simple joy of eating a fresh ceviche while watching the waves became a memory to cherish. And of course, New York’s amazing Verboten family did what they do best, playing host to a collection of top-tier DJs that included Bill Patrick, Matt Tolfrey, jozif, and Rami Deejay.

Verboten Hammock


MNMLKTCHN Presents: Family Tree Cenote

Not many experiences can top zip-lining into a jungle cenote (underwater sinkhole) while some of the smoothest house fills the air. This party went down from 7pm Tuesday to 4pm Wednesday, and there was no wrong time to arrive–the beauty of it all was unbelievable.


The vibe, the music, the clubs, the sound–all of these things make BPM a can’t-miss on the yearly festival circuit. But perhaps the most important aspect of BPM is the people–the thousands of strangers that quickly become close friends, exchanging smiles and laughs with the strike of each kick. BPM Festival is for the devoted fans, and these fans will be getting down in Playa for many years to come.


Circo Loco sunrise / organic bananas / sunrise with Dubfire / Cenote Verde Lucero / Dirtybird vs. Pets / keta-microphone / acting caj / tacos / Anabel Englund / Verboten yoga / Dixon and Henrik Schwarz / the Mayan ruins of Tulum / Papaya Playa / Burro Playero / All Day I Dream / chocolate Mimosa / losing shoes / Wallace the house rodent / Bob Moses / Rebel Rave sunrise / finding shoes / Seth’s speech / the friends we made along the way / BPM Festival 2013

All Day I Dream

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Blue Venado Sunrise

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Jay Lumen Gets Funky

Great Stuff, the revered music label responsible for a release that found itself on LessThan3′s Top 15 Tech House Tracks of 2012 chart, has begun their tenth year with the release of Jay Lumen’s Get Yaa! EP. Jay Lumen’s history goes back to 2006, when he was beginning to make a name for himself in the European club circuit as a progressive house DJ before he switched to techno in 2006. The Hungarian’s productions, picked up by both world-renowned labels such as Ministry of Sound, Armada and Anjunabeats, as well as by underground imprints like 100% Pure, Klimaks, and Trapez, reflect an artist who doesn’t limit himself to any one genre.

Get Yaa! is an offering of three quality tracks that flawlessly combine driving funk, addictive bass, and groovy melodies. The title track balances between heads-down, thumping techno, and the more funky, house side of the genre. My Definition takes on a mood typical of an Ibiza pool party; a muted bass provides the foundation for a hip-shaking percussion ensemble. Warehouse utilizes fast-paced bass shots, vocal reverbs, and sidechained atmospheric effects to alternate between building anticipation and releasing tension. All in all, Get Yaa! is a fantastic production sure to set a perfect mood for a sunset beach gathering as well as an underground warehouse event. Do yourself a favor and head over to beatport to pick up your copy now.

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Heartbeat Pres. Alan Fitzpatrick

We’re thrilled to present a brand new Heartbeat podcast episode featuring one of our favorite techno DJ/producers, Alan Fitzpatrick. We hunger for dark, driving techno sets, and Alan’s mix delivers precisely that; it’s chock full of energy, slamming beats, and haunting rhythms that take you deep down the rabbit hole. The mix begins with some productions off Adam Beyer’s Drumcode label before sharing some solid, unreleased tunes that really hit the sweet spot. You can download this mix here as an MP3 or as a podcast here on iTunes.

If you’re on the East coast, be sure to catch him live this weekend! Alan Fitzpatrick is performing at Mansion in Miami this Thursday as well as at Pacha NYC this Saturday.


(00:00:00) 1. Adam Beyer – Len Faki + Persuader (Adam Beyer Mash Up) [Unreleased]
(00:06:19) 2. Alan Fitzpatrick – In The Beginning [Drumcode]
(00:11:11) 3. Alan Fitzpatrick – Lexicon [Drumcode]
(00:15:30) 4. Alan Fitzpatrick – Skeksis [Drumcode]
(00:19:32) 5. Luigi Madonna – International AGA [Unreleased]
(00:24:15) 6. Edit Select – Bauer (Gark Beck Edit) [Unreleased]
(00:29:38) 7. Timmo – Panic [Fone Audio]
(00:35:30) 8. Hans Bouffmhyre – Droning (Slam Paragraph Mix) [Sleaze]
(00:39:40) 9. Slam – Bangalore [Unreleased]
(00:45:55) 10. Alan Fitzpatrick – For An Endless Night [Drumcode]
(00:49:25) 11. Skober – Dynamik – Respekt [Respekt]
(00:53:55) 12. Markantonio & Roberto Capuano – Gem [Analytic Trail]
(00:57:55) 13. Tom Hades – Respekt the Rhythm

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The Club – Best of 2012 (Part 2/2)

And here we are with our picks for the best in deep house, techno & tech house from 2012. This will be the last best of list that you'll see for another 11 and a half months so enjoy it. A slightly different take on the best of the year, make sure to check out our top 100 countdown for a taste of the darker side of dance music and have a listen to the best of 2012 mix to get you warmed up and excited for another year of The Club.

With their addictive garage house sound, brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence aka Disclosure exploded in 2012. Supporting the likes of Hot Chip and SBTRKT on tours throughout the calendar year, the duo also performed at numerous popular music showcases, including Bestival. With a debut studio album slated for release in March 2013, we can expect big things from the Lawrence brothers. Featured here along with the original is the pair's grimy VIP version of their remix of Jessie Ware's massive June 2012 hit "Running", as taken from their Boiler Room set a few months ago (just to get you excited).

Sasha has come a long way since his appearance on the cover of Mixmag in 1991, the first ever DJ to be given the honor. With an ear for tech house, progressive house and deep house, Sasha has no problem keeping your feet moving from start to finish at any club or festival. His DJ skills are undeniable matched only by his talent as a producer. His remix of Hot Chip’s “Flute” is another testament to his musical talents; even after a career that spans over two decades he still has new sounds to bring to the table. His consistency as one of the most recognizable names in dance music has been nothing short of remarkable and we look forward to seeing his dominance continue this year.

UK based dj/producer Daley Padley, the aptly named Hot Since 82, had an unbelievable 2012. With a debut release on "Noir Music", a label widely known for its consistent production of quality house music, Hot's gritty, bass heavy music is perfect for late nights in a packed club. No stranger to the underground house scene, Padley has been playing shows for over a decade, headlining such famed venues as Pacha NYC and Ministry of Sound, and attracting the attention and support of accomplished artists such as Jamie Jones and Audiofly. With a reputation for playing intense, extended live sets, Hot was booked for a number of major events this past year, such as Sydney's High Tide Boat Party. To end off an amazing twelve months, in December, the diversely talented producer released a two single project on “Get Physical Music”, which included the synth heavy "Like You", a great followup to his recent remixes of Sivesgaard's "In The Night", and Yousef's "Beg".

When this remix was released on YouTube in early 2012, no one knew how much it was about to blow up. Starting off as an Internet sensation to becoming a regular play on Annie Mac's radio show in such a short space of time, Cyril Hahn's remix of this R'n'B classic is nothing short of genius. The track has been turned upside down, with its pitched down vocals and catchy tones making it's reinvention infectious. The success of this remix has resulted in many more edits from Cyril, and a European tour in Spring. If you still don't have this mix it is still on his sound cloud for free!

Julio Bashmore, the fresh faced Bristolian producer, has had one hell of a year. After the success of the club favourite 'Battle For The Middle You', its easy to think, how is he going to come back from that? The deep house, heavy bass roller track 'Au Seve' was the best comeback an underground house DJ like Bashmore could have. The simple technique of call and response he uses, combined with the fast paced hi-hat beat, has a huge effect on the track, which gives it the grimey yet classy underground house vibe. To cap the year off he released Pelican, showcasing yet again why we've had Julio in the top 5 on the top 100 two years straight.

'Levels' is without a doubt one of the most remixed, re-edited, and overplayed dance track of the past two years. Every remix still has that unmistakably cheesy synth, with the Etta James sample still intact, however the bootleg from Harvard Bass takes the track to a different level. The deep house, bass pumping beat for a start gives it a unique twist. The recognizable vocals are chopped up and used in a way no other edit has had. Yet this was only the beginning of what would end up as a very impressive 2012 from Harvard Bass, releasing his collaboration with Green Velvet called "Lazer Beams", an acid techno bomb with just the perfect amount of lazer that will force a smile on anyone who hears it.

If there’s one name you should remember from our top 100 list it is Jamie Jones, Lee Foss,and Hot Natured. Yes, I realize that’s three names, but together these two producer-DJ’s are known as Hot Natured. You’ll find tracks from all three in our top 100 as they’ve dominated the 2012 house scene with their record label Hot Creations. The recent craze over the Hot Natured track “Benediction” featuring Ali Love has been so explosive it cracked the UK top 40. This wave of mainstream popularity encouraged Jones to release a reassuring statement to his underground music fans to negate rumors that these two are selling out. Jones’ dedication to the underground house culture has lead to his launch of a new Hot Creations sub-label called HOTTRAX, targeting the production of more underground dance tracks.

Make sure to support the artists you enjoy by purchasing their tracks at an outlet such as Beatport, Itunes, Juno, Boomkat or other. Contributions to this post from Becky Parker, Julia Martineau & Dustin Kennedy.

Brand New Justice EP

Outside of two guys wearing robot helmets, there isn’t a more highly respected French duo than Justice. After dropping the Cross album in 2007, Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay took center stage in French electronic music, and with the release of Audio, Video, Disco in 2011 they further cemented their spot among the greats. It’s been a minute since we’ve heard from them, but now they’re back with the Helix EP, and all is good again!

Helix is based off the single that shares the same name from Audio, Video, Disco. The EP contains extended versions of two tracks from that album–the title track and Ohio. The EP also contains the song Presence, a secret track from Audio, Video, Disco that I have never even heard before. It’s a slow-burning powerhouse that methodically keeps the fire going long into the night, and a song I would absolutely love to see performed live.

The last two songs are remixes of Helix, and it’s here where the EP really impresses. Justice brings in fellow Frenchman Gesaffelstein, who does his usual and lays down some filthy techno. If this song causes you to get up and start dancing like a crazy person, I don’t blame you–this song is just downright nasty! The last song on the EP is the Headspin remix of Helix by yet another Frenchman, Domenico Torti. Domenico gives the song some muscle and a little bit of ferocity; I now find myself listening to it more than the original. If anything, it sounds like Justice did a VIP edit of their own track, and thats about as high praise as it gets. We can cross our fingers and toes in hopes of a new full-length album, but for now this will certainly tide you over. Pick up the EP now on Beatport.

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[THE FESTIVAL #37] Digital Product, Dynamik Dave, EhRah, Hardwell, Jonathann Cast, metaphysics, Mustard Pimp, Raymon, Skrillex, Stereoheroes, Taylor Swift, Tommy Trash, Wallie

I hope everyone had great holidays, Eric Robberts back in the game after some hectic parties and travels! Great Electro / Progressive House compilation for you today with even some banging Techno music from Jonathan Cast. As is tradition in THE FESTIVAL, you get a bit of every branches of House music! Feedback is always welcome! Expect many many great music in the next days!

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[THE FESTIVAL #27] Armand Van Helden, New Hero, Dave Silcox, Flo Rida, Feed Me, Popeska, Disco Fries, Hit Mechaniks, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Hardwell, R3hab, Rihanna, Albin Myers, Bombs Away, Delahay, TJR

So many quality bangers! This is a must for all people that dig House, Electro/House, Progressive/House...and even Techno! Great remixes! Perfect for the clubs!

If you are more into that undergroud heavier electro sh1t, my next episode of "THE FESTIVAL" will make you very happy! Stay tuned!

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Brand new Nadisko mix! No TECHNO NO PARTY!

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Bromance Records EP #7 – Brodinski [Exclusive Premiere]

French producer Brodinski has been at the forefront of cutting edge techno for a few years now, and the record label he started with manager Manu Barron, Bromance Records, has already become one of the most recognizable tastemakers in the underground, with names like Gesaffelstein and Jacques Lu Cont highlighting their talented family. But Bromance isn't your typical dance music label; as you can see with "Dance Like Machines" and "Hypnotize" off the latest Bromance EP 7, there's something unique with every release. These two peak-time techno bangers are exactly what I was hoping for when I found out EARMILK was going to premiere the EP, surprisingly Brodinski's first solo release on Bromance Records, as the first 3 were split EP releases with artists such as Club Cheval and Gesaffelstein.

This is Brodinski at his finest. Haunting synths layered over snare-filled percussion and select vocals that only Louis himself would dare throw into a project like this. Both tracks carry the weight of being club ready set standards, but which would you play out? I just can't decide. Have a listen to the full release here before anyone else does and grab the EP on December 10th on Beatport. 

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