Watch Fiat Try to Play a Giant Record With a Car

Vinyl is an interesting market in 2015. It’s not solely relegated to the cult, niche fetish we may have expected 10 or 15 years back, although that too exists, obviously – new vinyl shops, vinyl-only nights, vinyl at Whole Foods. Vinyl brunch is a thing. In fact it’s a national trend that involves brunch and vinyl-only soundtracks. Headlines tell us vinyl sales were up 38% in the US as of July, and over 56% in the UK, and if things stay on course, 2015 will be the best year for vinyl sales since 1994.

Obviously when surging sales meet retro trends, brands come a calling. Championing the vinyl revival, beers, banks, even condom companies have gotten into the groove, using either wax or turntables in ads. We’ve also seen records in car ads, as a device to sell MINI’s Pacemaker in 2013.

Taking things 12 steps further, Fiat has now launched a new campaign featuring UK singer Ella Eyre performing the Emotions’ “Best Of My Love” on a giant vinyl record stage “remastering an iconic track with a car.” In other words, the ad depicts a Fiat driving awkwardly around the singer, apparently “triggering different parts of the track.”

Why does the brand think this is interesting? Because vinyl. Why is it troubling for the vinyl industry? Because vinyl hype is creating an unsustainable bottleneck. Production is operating above capacity, resulting in quality concerns and a shortage of materials.

In an industry where labels and artists must wait up to four months to produce a vinyl record, with pressing plant staff working three shifts a day through the weekend, manufacturing problems are still routine. There is a dearth of operational pressing plants – the US only has 15 or so – so delays have become almost expected. The process is fraught with setbacks, frequently damning fledgling labels before their releases see the light of day.

Watch below as the Fiat drives around the vinyl stage and the singer sings, and actors pretend to enjoy the baffling spectacle. Why understand the market when you can be #ontrend?

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Porter Robinson’s ‘Worlds’ is Getting a Remix Album

Porter Robinson’s ‘Worlds’ is Getting a Remix Album

Porter Robinson made a powerful statement with his full-length debut, Worlds, and just over a year after its release, he’s bringing it back in a new way with a remix album.

Announcement of the project comes straight from the North Carolina producer himself via Twitter. He’s enlisted a diverse crew of artists such as Mat Zo, Odesza, Sleepy Tom, Galimatias, Chrome Sparks and San Holo to reinterpret album tracks and fan favorites such as “Flicker,” “Sea Of Voices,” “Lionhearted,” “Sad Machine” and more.

Zo’s “Flicker” remix first came to light earlier this summer when Robinson played it during his set at Monstercat’s label showcase in Toronto. The album is due out on October 10.

It’s the latest of Robinson’s many endeavors so far this year. Currently, he’s in the midst of a massive international Worlds tour that’s taken his live show to Australia, Japan Europe and North America; clocking in major appearances at HARD Summer, Outside Lands, Moonrise and Mysteryland Netherlands, and others still to come in North Coast, TBD Festival and TomorrowWorld.

Despite the hectic schedule, he’s still found time to collaborate with Japanese streetwear brand galaxxxy on a Worlds clothing line (which promptly sold out upon its unveiling).

View the tracklist and art for Porter Robinson’s Worlds remix album below.

[Photo via Porter Robinson’s Facebook]

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Mysteryland 2015: How Holland’s Oldest Dance Festival Does It Differently

Mysteryland 2015: How Holland’s Oldest Dance Festival Does It Differently

While there’s no shortage of audacious, spectacle-heavy summer festivals on offer, with event franchises like Tomorrowland, Ultra and EDC gradually spreading their tentacles across the continents, it’s easy to forget Mysteryland was one of the first.

The Amsterdam mainstay threw its 22nd annual party over the weekend, extending from its traditional one-day format into a camping weekender for the very first time. Given the level of detail that ID&T weaves into the rolling green plains of the Voormalig Floriade, you really do need the luxury of two days to explore it all.

With all the hype that’s built around the ostentatious stage designs and YouTube simulcasts of Ultra Miami and Belgium’s Tomorrowland in recent years, Mysteryland has certainly lost some lustre as an international festival favorite. That’s definitely a shame, as Mysteryland arguably offers the best experience out of them all for the more seasoned clubber seeking a sprawling, large-scale festival experience.

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The mainstage designs of Tomorrowland and Ultra have taken their cues from Hollywood summer blockbusters these past few years, employing so much spectacle it becomes almost numbing. In contrast to those behemoths, Mysteryland might seem even a little quaint.

The main stage featured the same design seen at its US edition this year – a pair of Trojan Horses locking eyes over the central booth. Instead of audacious spectacle, the main stage made its mark by deviating from the standard-issue lineups of its peers.

Saturday was the day that most closely resembled your regular EDM festival (albeit with a little less star of the power that’s purchased with Avicii, Guetta and the like). Dutch ‘future house’ favorite Oliver Heldens ushered in the headliners, followed by Laidback Luke, Nero and Nicky Romero, before a closing set from Alesso. In general, the DJs showed a little more restraint than expected, with less of the absurdity that’s begun to characterize mainstage EDM in 2015.

It was Sunday, though, where Mysteryland really mixed it up. The masked Claptone was an early wildcard at 1pm with house music on much more classic bent, followed by the reunited Deep Dish, who dropped 90 minutes of trance-y house and progressive. US prodigy Porter Robinson followed immediately after in live mode, with the more mellow selections from his Worlds album seamlessly seguing into anthems like “Language,” as well as UK drum n’ bass favourite Netsky, who also performed live with a cast of MCs and vocalists in tow.

Main stage scheduling has become so predictable in 2015 that it’s almost unthinkable to expect euphoric drum n’ bass alongside groovy house, but at Mysteryland it seamlessly transitioned into EDM headliners like Martin Garrix, who closed the weekend.

Meanwhile, the excess of the Q-dance stage was a weekend-long talking point. As divisive as hardstyle is, it’s remarkably popular in the Netherlands, accounting for as many as a third of the tickets sold to Mysteryland. The stage design this year was stunningly simple and effective; the face of a monkey that grew even more mesmerizing when lit up at night by red and blue lights, as smoke billowed out its nose and flames shot overhead. Whether you love or loathe hard dance, the synced lights and fireworks of the ‘Endshow’ are a marvel.

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While Tomorrowland is expected to deliver bigger and better mains stages each year, Mysteryland instead concentrates on the small touches; creating an otherworldly atmosphere across the natural beauty of the Voormalig Floriade. The north of the grounds is dominated by a man-made pyramid formation crafted by Dutch farmers, and you can climb to the top for an aerial view of the festival. It’s dotted with flags in circular formations that can be admired from a distance, and looking up towards the pyramid at dusk is a breathtaking sight.

To the left of the pyramid is a lake that’s peppered with floating colored spheres, which light up vividly after sunset. To reach the mainstage, you cross a smaller lake via a zig-zagging platform, which is set so low that it appears as if punters are walking on water. Mysteryland is full of serene moments like these, and it definitely makes for a contrast from the bombast of flame-throwers and CO2 cannons.

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The charm of Mysteryland is found in the colorful details, although the arts and culture element of the festival appeared a little lighter than in previous years. (The change might have something to do with the departure from ID&T of Duncan Stutterheim and Irfan van Ewijk, the co-founders who championed the more cerebral side of the festival over the years.)

However, there was still an impressive number of immersive art installations to be found deep into the forest. Across the Voormalig Floriade, walkways were lined with giant red hearts and a Healing Garden offered rest and recuperation, while costumed performers appeared at every turn.

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While the side stages of the major festivals often seem like an afterthought, at Mysteryland the crowd is spread evenly across the grounds, with each of the 15 or so stages proving to be consistently well attended.

Turning the corner of the pyramid that overlooks the Q-dance arena revealed a stage that blasted out party hip-hop for the whole weekend. And while the standard EDM can be heard at the mainstage in the south of the grounds, the HYTE tent catered for those who enjoy their tougher techno, with the likes of Chris Liebing, Planetary Assault Systems, Jeff Mills and Pan-Pot ensuring the party was moving non-stop during the festival.

Nearby, a stage constructed of several shipping containers boasted a ‘Vinyl Only’ selection of performers over the weekend, while arenas curated by Joris Voorn and Beatport catered for deeper dancefloor sounds. Elsewhere, the ubiquitous Spinnin’ Records and Steve Angello’s label Size Matters ensured all the crowd-pleasing boxes were ticked.

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A concrete bunker delivered rumbling bass music and broken beats, while a sprawling area was curated by Amsterdam’s famous LBGT Milkshake Festival, whose stage resembled an oversized pink children’s toy house. Hidden deep in the woods somewhere between the mainstage and the HYTE tent was a tiny yet impressive stage curated by the Kojade performance art collective, with a cast of elaborately costumed dancers and live percussionists complimenting its slinkier house sounds.

If you’ve ever complained of feeling ‘old’ at one of the larger dance festivals, Mysteryland is a welcome surprise. There’s a truly varied range of ages amongst the tens of thousands that attend, with newcomers partying alongside veterans who’ve been at nearly all of the parties in its 22-year history. Sometimes, the original is hard to beat.

Follow Angus Paterson on Twitter. Mysteryland 2016 is set for the weekend of August 26-27; find out more at the official festival website.

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Watch Fatboy Slim Create a Giant Human Rave Smiley

Who better to break the UK ‘human smiley record’ than acid house ambassador Norman Cook, aka Fatboy Slim? At last weekend’s Creamfields weekender in the English countryside, the DJ and producer rounded up bleary, barely-slept ravers to take part in his feat.

Coined the ‘Random Act of Smileyness,’ Cook apparently got the idea from watching a YouTube video of someone herd sheep into a smiley formation. Heading into the Creamfields early on Sunday morning, he managed to recruit enough human bodies to make his record-breaking attempt. “Will swap selfies for your body,” he quips. You can see what went down in the video below.

Fatboy Slim has taken the smiley theme further this summer with themed ‘Smile High Club’ festival stages, bringing the likes of Duke Dumont, Paul Woolford, Breach, The Magician and Destructo to join him at Creamfields. The ‘Smile High Club’ also hit SW4 in London with Gorgon City vs. Pete Tong, Hannah Wants, Eats Everything, Todd Terje and more.

The Idea came from someone herding sheep into a smiley pattern :)Thanks to everyone that took part in this epic Random Act of Smileyness at Creamfields…

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Avicii’s Album is “Finally Finished,” Has a Real Release Date

Avicii’s Album is “Finally Finished,” Has a Real Release Date

After canceling a string of shows and taking time off in 2014 for health reasons, Avicii has been plotting a definitive comeback. Already this year, he’s made his return to the Ultra main stage, performed at Tomorrowland Belgium, and remixed Faithless, all of which build to the release of his “finally finished” second album, Stories.

The Swede has finally announced the project’s official release date, October 2, and shared two new singles, “For A Better Day” and “Pure Grinding.” Already, fans have heard its lead track, “Waiting For Love,” along with “Broken Arrows.” In all, Stories will have 14 tracks and features collaborations with Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Zac Brown, Jon Bon Jovi, Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, Wyclef Jean and Matisyahu and more, according to Rolling Stone.

The album, which Avicii describes as more “song-oriented,” is the culmination of “all the songs have a story I wanted to tell,” he stated in the press release. It “refines what I didn’t feel was perfect last time. I think there are more layers to the songs than before, and every song has been written on acoustic guitar, so the structure is different.”

Listen to “For A Better Day” and “Pure Grinding” over on Spotify before Stories’ release on October 2 via PRMD Music/Island Records.

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Kaskade is Headlining a Free Block Party in One of His Favorite Cities

Kaskade is Headlining a Free Block Party in One of His Favorite Cities

Just weeks before his upcoming album release and promotional tour, Kaskade has revealed a new headlining date at a block party-style event in one of his favorite cities.

Next month, on September 4, Kaskade is returning to Provo, Utah – home to Brigham Young University, which he briefly attended, and to some of his collaborators such as Adam Klopp and Wild Children – for Rooftop Concert Series’ final event of the year. “Me. Big speakers… you get the idea,” he previewed.

Opening for the progressive house maverick are some more local acts with whom he’s worked: Two Nations, who appear on the new album, and The Brocks, who collaborated on pop-infused track “Summer Nights” back in 2014. The best part? The party’s free.

In the meantime, fans patiently await the arrival Automatic, which drops September 25 via Warner Bros. Already, he’s shared tracks off the album such as “We Don’t Stop,” “Disarm You,” “Never Sleep Alone” and “A Little More.”

Considering Kaskade’s record-breaking Coachella crowd this past year, and the cancellation of his ‘Redux’ set during the festival with organizers stating “it just wouldn’t be safe,” hopefully Provo can avoid the fiasco of what happened the last time he held a block party.

[Photo by Mark Owens via Kaskade’s Facebook]

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There’s a New Movie Coming About the Days of Legal Ecstasy in Dallas

Remember the days when ecstasy was legal in Dallas, Texas? No? Good thing there’s a movie coming to school you, then.

As reported by Variety, a scripted feature film about one of the most fascinating chapters in US rave history has just been green-lit. It’s set in Dallas, Texas during the 1980s era of legal ecstasy, when clubs and warehouse parties across the city were feeling the uninhibited serotonin rush.

The project has a pretty intriguing team behind it, too. Former NBA player Steve Nash is one of the executive producers (he spent six seasons in Dallas), local dance music trailblazer Wade Randolph Hampton (aka DJ WishFM) is involved, and the director is Dori Oskowitz, whose resume includes music videos for Pharrell, Cee-Lo and Jack White. Oskowitz also directed the 30-minute original film Blackout for Thump, which no doubt helped him land the gig.

“I am excited to bring this remarkable story and piece of cultural anthropology to the screen with my partners at Meathawk and Prettybird,” producer Braxton Pope told Variety. “Dori is a skilled visual storyteller with a narrative sensibility, and with his extensive music background is the perfect choice to explore this world.”

The Dallas story also inspired an earlier film project, the low-budget documentary Warriors of the Discotheque: The Starck Club. Director Joseph F. Alexandre focuses on the reign of the Starck Club, a converted warehouse that hosted the city’s wildest parties in the 1980s. After ecstasy was made illegal in 1985, the club found itself at the center of a police crackdown. The Starck Club closed in 1989. You can watch the eye-opening trailer for Warriors of the Discotheque here.

There’s another documentary coming on the subject, too. After raising funds on Kickstarter, filmmaking team Michael Cain and Miles Hargrove are putting the finishing touches on The Starck Club. As Hargrove put it to the New York Times, “There’s this image of Dallas that it’s all big hair and big boobs and vacuous people. [The Starck] was the first time that Dallas was put on the map for something else, something that was cool and ahead of the curve. That’s probably the reason why it still resonates with people to this day.”

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Listen: Sasha Gets Hypnotic in Budapest on His Latest Mix

For the latest edition of his monthly Last Night On Earth podcast series, Sasha introduces us to a set he recorded live at one of Budapest’s most buzzed-about clubs.

“This is from a set I recorded live at the Siofok Palace Club on Lake Balaton, just to the southwest of Budapest, Hungary,” he says to open the show. “It’s a gig I play every year; I love going back there. The crowd is amazing and they’re always really up for it – and I can always push the boundaries a little more than in my usual summer festival and club shows.” Across the hour-long section of the set, the UK veteran delivers one of his quintessential builds, working in selections from the likes of Hot Since 82 and Dubspeeka, plus some of his own Last Night On Earth demos as well.

During the podcast, he also teases an exclusive upcoming UK show in December where he’s going all night long. For more info on that marathon set, and to get a free LNOE download, sign-up here. In the meantime, be sure to catch the selector this fall at LA’s Nocturnal Wonderland on September 5, Tokyo’s Ultra Japan on September 21 and Ultra Bali on September 25.

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Skrillex on How Deadmau5’s “Asshole” Attitude Overshadows His Music

Following this weekend’s Mad Decent Block Party, Skrillex stopped by NYC’s 92.3 AMPRadio, where the unfailingly upbeat producer was called on to discuss his misanthropic early mentor and label boss deadmau5.

Despite their personal and working history (deadmau5 took him on his first solo tour and released his second EP Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites back in 2010), the cantankerous Canadian has taken several recent shots at Skrillex for the “jack u shit” he’s been releasing with Diplo, saying the new single “Where Are Ü Now” with Justin Bieber “sucks,” and posting a parody of the song, replacing the violin sample with a kazoo.

“I’ll always have love for Joel [deadmau5] because he put me on at an early time, but he’s an asshole,” Skrillex said, neither dissing nor mincing words. “Everyone knows that, and he knows that. And that’s kinda his thing.”

Skrillex went on to lament the fact that, while deadmau5 may be comfortable with his negative outlook, it is bound to effect those around him.

“The one thing that is unfortunate about it is that he has a record label. And when you have a record label, you gotta be a leader. And he has people that are like signed to him. And I couldn’t imagine being a leader, you know, going out in the public image being such a negative attitude,” Skrillex, who is known for his overwhelmingly positive outlook, explained.

“I don’t take it personally because I’m secure with myself and what I do, I love what I do. But I almost feel bad that that’s his one way of getting attention rather than going into music and curating. I think his attitude’s changed over the last couple years. I personally have become less connected to his music because his personality is almost overshadowing that, when he is such an incredible artist.”

Naturally, deadmau5 has responded to his former label recruit’s comments on Twitter – but he hasn’t gone on the offensive. Despite writing that he doesn’t “really give a fuck” about the character assessment, he cops to what Skrillex is saying. “I’m aware that I can be a fucking diva,” he wrote. “I am aware that I have more than one complex. Very fucking aware. At the end of the fucking day, if I’m ‘miserable / moody / negative’, then that’s just me dealing with or not dealing [with] internal shit.”

Watch Skrillex’s interview here.

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Suara Ends its Sankeys Ibiza Residency on Bad Terms

Barcelona-based label Suara today issued a public statement confirming the sudden cancelation of its Friday night residency at Sankeys Ibiza, pointing the finger directly at the venue’s management.

“It is really hard for all of us to be involved in a situation as high-calibre as this, particularly as we’re mid-season and very much enjoying the success of our weekly parties,” the statement begins.

“But we owe it to all our fans, our artists and our brand to explain what’s happening…It’s been a very tough couple of months working with Sankeys Ibiza and we’ve had to suffer all kinds of difficulties generated by the club’s management. Even though it’s the club’s duty to take the project forward we have found a constant breach of contract leading to the consequent lack of respect towards our artists and team members. Despite our expressed willingness to continue, Sankeys Ibiza’s one-sided decision not to continue holding our events also implies a lack of respect for the public attending them, our dedicated fans and followers.”

The residency’s scheduled guests for the remainder of the season included label boss Coyu (who has just issued his own statement), Ramiro Lopez, Pleasurekraft and Edu Imbernon. Suara has offered ticket-holders for any upcoming shows at Sankeys Ibiza the chance to exchange their tickets for any other Suara event around the world.

Beatport reached out to Sankeys Ibiza for comment, who presented an alternative take on the situation. In the club’s version of events, Suara’s draw wasn’t sufficient to fill the LAB. (Sankeys has three rooms: the LAB, the Basement and the smaller Spektrum.) Sankeys Ibiza management maintains that  Suara willingly agreed to break the contract.

As the club writes, “Due to the very low numbers visiting the Suara nights we ask them to move their party into Spektrum to be closer to the main basement room where Shelter is held and to keep the vibe of the party, instead of spreading the party over to a huge room in the LAB and not giving the punters the complete Sankeys experience that they visit the island for.

“Unfortunately Suara were unwilling to do this and offered to cancel the contract, so we did just that. Sankeys is all about the party and making sure the customer gets the best possible clubbing experience. By having two main rooms open this wasn’t going to be the case, due to the numbers Suara was attracting.

“We accepted their cancelation as numbers were low for the last party and wish to move forward working with brands and parties that respect their customers and what is best for them. As a club we have always stated that we control how the venue is run and we will not be dictated too by the brands we work with. If the night does not get over a certain number we cannot open the LAB. We will not be dictated to by anyone at our venue. This is how Sankeys has operated across all its venues since its inception and throughout its 20-plus year history.”

Sankeys hails from Manchester, where its flagship club operates alongside its additional Ibiza venue and regular parties in London. The Suara split represents its second public fallout with a resident in the past few months, after Sankeys cut ties with Darius Syrossian in April following allegations the DJ had brought “the club and brand into disrepute.” Heated responses from Syrossian followed on social media.

“I always said, if Sankeys continue to over sell tickets & then abuse and turn away fans who have traveled for miles I’ll leave, simple as that,” Syrossian said on Twitter in April, with DJ Sneak, Sidney Charles and Sante all subsequently announcing they wouldn’t be working with the club. You can read the full statement from Suara head Coyu on his Facebook page.

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These Were the 10 Most Shazam-ed Tracks of Tomorrowland 2015

Despite the soggy weather, Tomorrowland attendees were still waving their phones all weekend long in the hope of catching track IDs. Shazam has now revealed the top ten tracks identified during the event, and while many of the tracks seem obvious, a few leftfield surprises also made the cut.

Taking place this past weekend in the festival’s longtime home of Boom, Belgium, fans enjoyed bombastic performances from Steve Aoki and David Guetta, plus sets from Alesso, Avicii, Benny Benassi and more. So it comes as no surprise that Avicii’s “Waiting For Love” makes the list alongside powerhouses Jack Ü’s “Where Are You Now,” Major Lazer & DJ Snake’s “Lean On,” and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike’s Ne-Yo collaboration, “Higher Place.”

DJ Snake makes another appearance on the list with his re-imagining of AlunaGeorge’s hit “You Know You Like It,” while Robin Schulz’s “Headlights” and Belgium’s own Netsky sneaks in with his drum n’ bass-tinged “Rio.” The melodic/tropical house movement is represented by Kygo’s “Stole The Show” and Felix Jaehn’s “Ain’t Nobody (Loves Me Better),” and the ultimate list-shocker comes in the form of Broiler’s remix of Lea Rue’s “I Can’t Say No.”

Check out all the tracks below.

[Photo via Tomorrowland’s Facebook]

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Beatport Chart Report: How Technasia & Green Velvet’s “Suga” Hit #1

Suga,” the new collaboration between Technasia and Green Velvet on Toolroom, is the new Beatport #1 — deservedly so. The track’s patiently paced tech house bump, abetted by a low-slung guitar licks, is topped with an equally earthy lyric — “Give me a cup of coffee / Give me a slice of cake / Give me some milk, suga / And a spoonful of love — your loving” — that places it in a lineage that goes a lot further back than even the earliest days of disco. It’s the kind of song Robert Johnson could have sung — and no, I don’t mean the nightclub in Frankfurt.

It’s not like “Suga” needs all that much extra in the way of historical weight — its creators’ back-stories carry more than enough heft. Both Technasia — Parisian producer Charles Siegling — and Green Velvet — Chicagoan Curtis A. Jones, who also records as Cajmere — have been making dance music since the ’90s, with Jones at it a few years longer. Both have catalogs studded with classics: Technasia’s “Force” (2000) and Green Velvet’s “La La Land” (2001) both made Resident Advisor’s Top 100 Tracks of the 2000s, for starters, and the latter’s “Flash” is one of the most popular dance tracks ever recorded, full stop.

Needless to say, both artists have done very well on the Beatport charts. Earlier this year, the Hombre Lowdown remix of Technasia’s “Obsession” rose to #12 on the tech house chart, while in 2013 Siegling’s alias had two top 10 hits on the same listing: “I Am Somebody” (#1), and his remix of Riva Starr’s “Hand in Hand” (#7).

Green Velvet, meanwhile, has long been one of house music’s most consistent hit-makers. “Suga” is one of sixteen tracks he’s placed in the Beatport Top 100 since 2012, though it’s his first #1 there during that time. In 2013, the Hot Since 82 remix of Velvet’s “Bigger Than Prince” went to #2; the Martinez Brothers’ mix of the same track reached #79. In addition, most of those hits — though not “Bigger” or “Suga” — were on Jones’s own label, Relief Records. The biggest of those, the Patrick Topping collaboration “Voicemail,” reached #11 on the Top 100 and #1 on the tech house chart, one of three tracks by him to do so. (The third is “It’s All About Me,” from last year, featuring Jay Lumen.)

“Suga” has been out less than a couple of weeks, but it’s on track to do better than anything either artist has done in recent years. It leaped into the Top 100 the day after its July 14 release date, landing at #70, then vaulted to #27 a day later. By the 18th, it was #6; three days after that, it was on top.

Recently, Technasia told Beatport the story behind the track: “Pleasurekraft and I were doing a Kraftek mini-tour in Mexico, and when I played the instrumental of ‘Suga’ for the first time, Kaveh (Pleasurekraft) came up to me like, ‘That tune was the bomb!’ I told him that something was lacking in it, maybe vocals, and he instantly replied to me that he had the best man for this, one of his best friends being Green Velvet. He called him afterwards, Curtis listened to the tune, and a week later I had the vocals sent to me.”

Siegling continued: “Curtis really understood the vibe of the track right away, that blues feel; the temporary title was then ‘Louisiana.’ He is amazing in that, in any of the tracks he does, he can convey the listener into a whole story with just a few words or sentence.”

Additional reporting by Theo Bark

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Watch KiNK Kill an Improvised Live Jam on the AIRA MX-1

In just a short amount of time, Bulgarian producer KiNK went from being a relative unknown to one of the most in-demand producers and remixers in the house scene. His unique take on classic Chicago house and early acid tracks, has been both refreshing and enlightening, and his controller-powered live show is easily one of the most enthusiastic you’ll see.

Roland just unveiled an incredible improvised live video starring KiNK on a full AIRA system, working out an MX-1 Mix Performer mixer, along with a TR-8 Rhythm Performer drum machine, Roland TB-3 Touch Bassline for bass and AIRA System-1 Plug-Out synth.

Watch the full video, which Synthtopia clued us into, below. What a boss.

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Hear the First Episode in Jamie Jones’ New Paradise Ibiza Mix Series

Last week, Jamie Jones inaugurated the fourth season of his Paradise Ibiza summer residency – fittingly themed A Planet Called Paradise – by playing a five-hour back-to-back set with The Martinez Brothers at their stomping grounds of DC-10. Now, the Hot Creations boss has launched a new mix series to give fans a taste of the club night’s stellar vibe.

For the first episode of the eponymous series, out today, Jones has enlisted original Paradise resident and UK-based label affiliate Richy Ahmed to man the controls. The mix is an 80-minute traipse through forward-thinking house from the likes of Huxley, DJ Q, MANIK and Burnski, along with a few cuts from Ahmed himself. Jones plans to follow up soon on the second installment in the series. Until then, listen to Ahmed’s mix below.

Those fortunate enough to be sunning on the White Isle right now can catch Week Two’s stacked line-up tonight, featuring Chicago house hero Cajmere, Eats Everything and H.O.S.H alongside residents and Hot Creations label-mates Patrick Topping and wAFF. Others scheduled to come through for the season include Adam Beyer, Nicole Moudaber, Dixon, Bob Moses, Skream, George FitzGerald, Axel Boman and more.

A Planet Called Paradise Vol. 1 tracklist:

01. Portable – Deeper Love (Soul Capsule Ghetto Mix)
02. Scholz – Unknown
03. Huge Barrit – Lily Hole (Ethyl Remix)
04. DJ Q – Super Clique
05. DJebali – This Thing For Wil
06. David Glass – Jammin
07. Paul C and Paolo Martini – Atlantis
08. MANIK – Buffalo Trace
09. Burnski – Changes Dub
10. Innercity – Share My Life (Eats Rebeef)
11. Dubspeeka – Leaving Home
12. DJ T – Rave D Amour
13. Richy Ahmed – Star Wars
14. Sasha Funke – To Be
15. Huxley – Fatstax
16. Hauswerk & Doorly – Illusionist
17. German Brigante – Hey Whats Up (Richy Ahmed Remix)
18. Mario Cruz – Little Thing (Doorly Sunrise Reprise)

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Kaskade Reveals How to Get a Free Download of His Next Album

While details for Kaskade’s forthcoming album have been slow to surface, the progressive house maverick has offered a small light at the end of the waiting tunnel.

Fans can now pre-order the album when they purchase select tickets to his Las Vegas Wynn residency shows. By purchasing tickets for shows falling between August 1 and September 6, fans will receive an exclusive free download of the album on its official (as-yet unknown) release date. Of course, in addition to the pre-order guarantee, ticket-holders also have the added perk of seeing Kaskade perform during his Sin City residency.

Though still ambiguously scheduled to drop some time this fall, the currently untitled album will be the follow-up to his greatest hits compilation, I Remember, and his last full-length release from 2013, Atmosphere. Expected to appear on the album is the previously released “Never Sleep Alone,” which he performed to a record-breaking Coachella 2015 crowd, and “Disarm You” which he debuted at EDC last month.

Tickets for Kaskade’s Las Vegas summer residency shows (and subsequently, the album pre-order) can be purchased here. For the full list of tour dates head to his official website.

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