Porter Robinson Teams With Tokyo Brand Galaxxxy On New Streetwear Line

In news we should’ve seen coming, Kawaii enthusiast and all-around sharp dresser Porter Robinson has collaborated on a new clothing line. The vibe? You guessed it: streetwear straight out of Harajuku, Tokyo’s hub for weird and wonderful fashion.

The project sees Porter getting together with his “absolute favorite Japanese streetwear brand” galaxxxy to create a unisex hat, hoodie and long tee bearing the distinctive Worlds design. It’s a “super-limited run” so expect super-comitted fans to be rushing this store link right about now.

Meanwhile, the Worlds album recently hit its one-year anniversary, and the producer has been on a seemingly non-stop tour. This summer alone, he took the Worlds live show to Australia, Japan (aka, his happy place) and Europe, with North American festival dates at HARD Summer, Outside Lands and Moonrise. Following a main stage slot at Mysteryland in The Netherlands this weekend, the roadshow carries on to the likes of North Coast, TBD Festival and TomorrowWorld in September. Pay special attention to what the star of the show is wearing.

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Posted by Porter Robinson on Friday, August 28, 2015

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Watch Miss Melera’s Colourizon Boat Party Live From Amsterdam

After two successful parties at Amsterdam Dance Event, the Colourizon podcast is about to get nautical. As part of the SAIL Amsterdam festivities today (Friday, August 21), the city’s own Miss Melera is commanding the party-ready Pure-liner boat for a special Colourizon at sea. While she delivered eight-hour solo sets at the past two editions, the podcast host has invited Dimitri – a true legend of Dutch circuit – to join in.

While it’s completely sold out, Beatport Live is set to stream the Colourizon SAIL special for the rest of us. In case you’re wondering, SAIL Amsterdam – billed as ‘the largest free public event in the world’ – sees approximately 600 ships and boats hit the waterways around Amsterdam. Sounds like an atmospheric setting for a boat party, then.

If you want many more hours of house and techno, Miss Melera’s Colourizon archives run deep, stretching from 2012 through to last month’s episode. In the meantime, get into the broadcast below from 8pm CEST.

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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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How Avicii Delivered Tomorrowland’s Riskiest Main Stage Set So Far

On an opening day that saw Tomorrowland’s main stage stars largely playing it safe, Swedish superstar Avicii again proved he’s occasionally prepared to roll the dice.

Though not quite as adventurous as the #kazoogate controversy at Ultra Miami in 2013, which saw him bring live instrumentalists and singers to the stage, on Friday the DJ used his peaktime Tomorrowland slot to diverge from the easy-win anthems, debuting some brand-new material from his upcoming album, Storieswhich he completed just this week.

“Tonight I’m going to be playing some new tracks off my album,” he told the enormous crowd that stretched in every direction. “So remember, this is new music – don’t be too harsh on me.”

The first 45 minutes of Avicii’s set was filled with a succession of his own recent productions, including “Lovers On The Sun” that he produced for David Guetta, Chris Martin team-up “Heaven” and his brand new remix of the Faithless classic “Insomnia.” At the halfway mark, he pivoted from proven crowd-pleasers into a selection of just-completed cuts from Stories

The first was a particularly strong pop-dance offering, which focused on sophisticated songwriting instead of the typical in-your-face EDM anthems. (The producer has said his new album is “a lot more song-oriented.”)

The next new one was particularly reminiscent of his own 2013 smash “Wake Me Up,” featuring a similar country and bluegrass aesthetic, building from its breakdown into a rush of melody, though again more restrained and musical than what’s generally heard on the main stage.

Avicii’s third unveiling was the most interesting of them all, an eclectic mix of hip hop, country vocalists and soulful croons dropped over breakbeat grooves. With his new material, Avicii shows promise of actually living up to this lofty praise delivered by Nile Rodgers at the IMS Ibiza conference in 2013: “He’s probably one of my favorite songwriting partners in a long time, and that’s saying a lot.”

The Swede closed his set with a crowd-pleasing singalong of “Wake Me Up,” which ironically was the song that divided the Miami crowd in 2013, before it was later validated as a top-selling smash hit. Friday night demonstrated again that, unlike many of his main stage peers, the Swede is willing to take a calculated gamble with a captive audience as vast as Tomorrowland’s.

You can watch the Tomorrowland day two broadcast below, featuring Dillon Francis, Armin van Buuren, Martin Garrix and more.

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Hear Dusky’s New Homage to Festival Techno, “Parakeet Feet”

Dusky’s catalog consistently keeps fans guessing. In the duo’s early days, they dabbled in drum & bass, their past work as Solarity is all about progressive, and in their current form, they’ve made a name for themselves in the realm of house and techno.

The pair’s upcoming EP, Ordinary World is another such sampler of Dusky’s many influences. The first single, “Jilted,” nodded to ’90s rave; “Skin Deep” delivered soulful groove with ambient textures; and their latest, “Parakeet Feet,” heads in yet another direction with a big-room techno track inspired by artists such as Cirez D, Slam and Underworld.

Dusky wrote on SoundCloud, “Techno in all its forms has always featured strongly throughout our DJ sets, as well as productions – and ‘Parakeet Feet’ is our homage to the big, rolling festival variants of the sound. There’s definitely a melodic touch to the breakdown, as with a lot of our tracks, but the overall effect we aimed for was one of intensity and energy.”

Listen to “Parakeet Feet” below. The Ordinary World EP is scheduled for release via Dusky’s 17 Steps label on July 31, but before that, they’re due for a series of shows in the UK. Following its release, the duo are booked for a North American stint from August to late September before heading to Australia for Listen Out Festival.

[Article photo by The Supermaniak]

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Richie Hawtin Accepts His Honorary Doctorate From Sir Patrick Stewart

Back in May, it was revealed that techno trailblazer Richie Hawtin would receive an honorary doctorate from the UK’s University of Huddersfield – one of eight recipients to receive the honor in 2015. (Play ‘spot the DJ’ in the lineup of recipients.)

This week, Hawtin traveled to Huddersfield to accept the Honorary Doctorate – which was handed to him by none other than Sir Patrick Stewart, who happens to be the Chancellor of the University. As Hawtin points out in a new Facebook post, the University of Huddersfield is renowned for its focus on innovation in technology.

As Hawtin tells it, 25 years ago there were no University level programs for Music and Technology close to where he lived in Windsor, Canada. At a crossroads between continuing his film studies and pursuing a career in music, he took the plunge and started Plus 8 alongside John Acquaviva. In 2015, Hawtin has his own educational project, CNTRL, and is hoping to “work more closely together with the University of Huddersfield and other like-minded institutions around the world.”

You can read the full post below. (As for meeting Patrick Stewart, Hawtin commented he’s “the real deal…down-to-earth, genuine and humble.” Good to know.)

25 years ago I had a choice to make, continue my post-secondary education and follow my decided career path in film or…

Posted by Richie Hawtin on Monday, July 13, 2015

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Nile Rodgers Has Curated a Truly Unique Summer Festival Lineup

Nile Rodgers Has Curated a Truly Unique Summer Festival Lineup

Disco legend Nile Rodgers is flexing his muscle as a lineup curator this summer, with a distinctive cast of acts assembling for his FOLD (FreakOutLet’sDance) Festival. The two-day affair is coming to Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead, New York on the weekend of August 4-5, and it might be the only festival this summer where country star Keith Urban and NYC house disciples The Martinez Brothers share a bill.

FOLD’s Saturday lineup is headed by Beck and Pharrell Williams, with Eric B and Chuck D repping hip hop royalty. Just to keep you guessing, The Martinez Brothers, GTA and Thomas Gold will represent three quite different shades of dance music. On Sunday, Duran Duran is joined by the likes of Janelle Monáe, Chaka Khan and Q-Tip in DJ mode, with Grandmaster Melle Mel as a special guest. Nile Rodgers and Chic will ‘host’ both days. Check out the lineup below, and head to the official FOLD Festival website for tickets and more information.

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Sven Väth’s Cocoon Curates the Sound of Ibiza 2015 on New Mix Album

Each year, Cocoon reveals a new mix compilation to mark the return of their residency at Amnesia Ibiza, which in 2015 celebrates its 16th season on the White Isle. It’s just been announced that the next Cocoon Ibiza will be curated by two of Germany’s esteemed female DJ/producers, with Dana Ruh and tINI each manning a disc.

“For this season we asked again two artists of our lineup to do us a favor and create a mix that should reflect this special ibiza feeling,” Cocoon says of the release. “A mix that puts us in the right mood for what will come over the next couple of months. These mixes are acoustic documents for contemporary witnesses, the recorded soundtracks of our lives on the island for all these great and unforgettable summer seasons.”

Cocoon Ibiza threw its opening party back at the start of June, with Sven Väth rocking the terrace alongside Dixon, while Ilario Alicante, Recondite and Scuba took control in the main room. The 2015 season is now in full swing and will run every Monday until September 28, with the likes of Nina Kraviz, Solomun, Slam and Ben UFO all making their debuts. Both Ricardo Villalobos and Adam Beyer are set to make regular appearances on the terrace.

Cocoon Ibiza: Mixed By Dana Ruh & tINI drops on Cocoon Recordings on July 27, 2015. Check out the tracklists below.

CD1 (Mixed by Dana Ruh)
01. Osunlade – The Realm of Difference
02. Daniel Stefanik – Reactivity 8
03. LoShea – Take 2
04. Funk E – Wu Wei
05. Guido Schneider & Andre Galluzzi – Mario (ToFu Productions dubdub)
06. Niro – Agachoo (Fred P Reshape)
07. DJ Pierre – What is House Muzik (Ricardo Villalobos Remix)
08. Szare – Pressure (Ryan Elliott Edit)
09. Agnes – Who Cares!
10. Move D & DJ Jus-Ed – Acid Grind
11. Mr. G – Whant It
12. Amir Alexander presents Richie Ratchet – Infinity
13. Company Is Family – Naomi (Spencer Parker Remix)
14. Dana Ruh – I’m Surprised Whats Real
15. Nicuri – Holding The Four Winds

CD 2 (Mixed by tINI)
01. Alex & Digby – Cardio
02. Persuader – Blåklocka
03. Nina Soul – In The Morning Said
04. Alci – Karmas Groove
05. Daniela La Luz – Feel The Future
06. Fosky – Dirty Lies
07. TC Studio – So Sick
08. Third Wave Trax – 002-B1
09. Glance – Time (Original Beats)
10. Anthea – Relative Theory (Unreleased Deepmix)
11. Aruba – How Low Can You Go?
12. Arktapes – 003-A1
13. Mariano Metaljan – Nocturnal
14. Kamran Sadeghi – As Is MX3

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Listen: Mat Zo Drops a Storming Hour-Long Drum & Bass Mix

In his manner of throwing unexpected curveballs (in both his artistic approach as well as his use of social media), LA-based producer Mat Zo has revived his drum & bass past with a mix for London’s Fabric – marking his return home for a set at the club’s long running FabricLive night on Friday, July 17.

As Fabric writes: “Set to explore the 170-BPM spectrum in Room Two later this month where he joins drum & bass maestros Culture Shock and Fred V & Grafix inside the booth, we asked him to give us a little taste of what to expect by way of a brand new exclusive mix. Representative of a genre-spanning style, Mat Zo is a producer who, at the mere age of 24, already has the kind of commitment to his artistry that should only really belong to the most versed artists…even though it may not be typical of more EDM-orientated artists.”

Zo hasn’t extensively explored his drum & bass roots for quite a few years, having since become one of the leading young producers on Above & Beyond’s powerhouse Anjunabeats label, with his debut album Damage Control nominated for a Grammy last year.

However, his FabricLive promo mix is nonetheless a characteristic effort, showing the sort of smoothly deployed eclecticism within the DnB genre that sees him pivoting from aggressive tearout to UK-styled drumstep, as well as finding room for a few classics courtesy of High Contrast. Get into the mix below.

[Article photo via Mat Zo on Facebook]

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Watch Skrillex Give Katie Couric a Lesson in Dance Music

Despite being a veteran journalist and TV personality, Katie Couric certainly isn’t pretending to be a dance music expert. In her new sit-down with bass superstar Sonny Moore – aka Skrillex – the Yahoo Global News Anchor takes the position of a curious, slightly bemused mom, throwing down wide-eyed questions about ‘button-pushing,’ the divisive reputation of Jack Ü collaborator Justin Bieber, drugs and Moore’s personal life.

While some of the territory covered in Yahoo’s 15-minute segment will be familiar to even casual fans, the interview is revealing about the producer’s family and beliefs. On how he deflects criticism, Moore reasons, “I feel if people don’t understand something, it’s easy for them to immediately bash it. Because they feel insecure that they don’t understand what’s cool and what’s new. But all I say is, hey, if it’s that easy, you can go and do it too.”

Couric also gets a look inside Skrillex’s downtown LA studio, where he makes those “pulsating beats,” and hears what he makes of the much-derided trailer for Zac Efron’s new DJ movie, We Are Your Friends. Watch the piece in full below or at the Yahoo site.

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Amsterdam Music Festival Adds More Big Names to 2015 Lineup

With the summer music festival marathon warming up, it’s difficult to imagine doing anything but hibernating after it’s all over. But don’t be like that. This October, the joy ride will continue with Amsterdam Music Festival – a two-day dance massive that’s set to cap off Amsterdam Dance Event’s full week of showcases, panels and parties.

We’ve already knew that heavyweights Tiësto, Armin van Buuren, Hardwell and David Guetta would be fronting the bill, but today the lineup upsized. This October 16 and 17, we’ll also see Alesso, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, DJ Snake, Klingande and Oliver Heldens perform for tens of thousands of fans at the Amsterdam Arena. Showtek, Yellow Claw, Vicetone and Robin Schulz will also be there.

Because AMF’s daily line-ups are still under wraps, tickets are being sold as full-weekend packages only. The festival will wait until DJ Mag‘s Top 100 DJs competition comes to a close to announce its schedule, at which point single-day tickets will be sold (so long as they’re still available here).

If history at all repeats itself, it’s looking like Hardwell, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Martin Garrix and Tiësto might come close to the DJ Mag Top 5, as they previously have. Then again, you never know…

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10 Top Tracks From Kaskade’s Pop-Up Redux Set at EDC Vegas

Electric Daisy Carnival 2015 is underway in Las Vegas and Insomniac has pulled out all the stops. Even bigger and better production has created an immersive environment stretching to every corner of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

For those there for the experience, it is unparalleled. As far as the music, it seems the farther you get away from the main Kinetic Field, the better and more diverse the track selection gets. And perhaps the more honest. A prime example of the setting driving the sound was the two sets that Kaskade dropped in the desert Friday night.

The DJ/producer born Ryan Raddon gently eased the crowd in just as the fireworks were finishing. The giant owl on stage and a giant dragon presided over the crowd as waterfalls adorning the set cascaded (no pun intended). But as impressive as the aesthetics were, Kaskade played it safe, with the likes of “Last Chance,” “Turn it Down,” “Room for Happiness” and “Eyes” all recalling his Summer Lovin’ residency at Marquee a couple of years ago. Sure, there were new twists and turns on the tracks, including a few custom mash-ups, but Kaskade mostly filed through his hits and crowd-pleasers.

Perhaps he was just wanted to save something special for his Redux set later that night atop the Mayan Art Car. Kaskade periodically digs deeper into his repertoire, and the history of dance music on a whole, with his alternative project. For super fans that could find the art car, the groove was unmistakable: sexy, funky and full of knowledge. Kaskade also looked a lot happier, with a grin from ear to ear as he periodically took a second to sign party poles of his face for eager fans below.

As opposed to the main stage where the masses predominately stared at the stage, jumped and/or put their hands up at the appropriate times, the Redux set was a full-on dance party of a few thousand revelers. At times things were tribal; a little disco was also thrown in for good measure.

“Stepping Out,” “This is How it Goes,” “One Heart,” the Robbie Rivera Juicy Ibiza Mix of “Be Still” and more produced resounding cheers when he dug back in his catalogue (though playing “Eyes” again in one night – even though it was a different remix – was a nose-wrinkler).

Other highlights included Mike Vale’s “Can’t Fight the Feeling,” the Klardust remix of Ninetoes’ “Finder” and J Paul Getto’s “Handle Your Scandal.”

As the sun rose over the desert, Kaskade kept it going. “Only pussies go home before sunrise!” he proclaimed to resounding cheers. Even when he was told to finish, he still snuck in “I Remember,” “Angel on my Shoulder,” and the “one more song!” request with a finale of Alex Gaudino’s “I’m In Love (I Wanna Do It).”

The main stage job is what it is, but when Kaskade’s given unlimited freedom with a Redux set, he tunes in to the crowd (even taking a Twitter request or two), and really shines.

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12 Tracks That Ruled Berlin Festival 2015

Though Berlin is among the world’s favorite dance music destinations, it’s a city where most of the dancing happens either in darkened clubs or at modestly-sized open airs. The concept of a large-scale inner city festival is actually a relatively foreign one.

As such, Berlin Festival was positioned to offer something genuinely fresh this year. Moving from its old home at Tempelhoff Airport to the expansive ARENA complex next to the River Spree in the bustling Kreuzberg district, this year also saw the festival shifting to the beginning of summer.

In 2015, the musical programming was refocused from rock acts towards a top-heavy DJ lineup, who played alongside a cast of crossover electronic acts. For the first time, Berlin Festival felt genuinely befitting of its name, and reflective of the city that inspired it.

Given Berlin Festival is more of a crossover event than a 4/4 marathon, quite a few of the memorable moments came from the lineup’s live acts. Nonetheless, there was still plenty of space for house and techno selections from the DJs over the three days of the festival.

[Article photo by Stephan Flad]

Tiga vs. Audion – “Let’s Go Dancing”

The ARENA main room was the spot for some superb crossover live acts over the three days. Icelandic veterans GusGus started early on Friday with a set of their rich, trance-y melodies, while Tiga also debuted the new live show he’ll be taking on the European festival circuit this summer.

Backed by striking visuals, the live show saw Tiga joined onstage by regular collaborator and Turbo recruit Jori Hulkkonen. The man of the hour jumped on the mic to perform a catalog of hits, including this ubiquitous record from the 2013 Ibiza season.

Marek Hemmann – “Alice”

Deutsch favourite Marek Hemmann took control right after GusGus on Friday night, and couldn’t have played a more fitting set for his time slot, with a live roll-out of his own soulful, warm, melodic house and techno. The upfront vibe matched the energy of the room perfectly, with the rich, organic vibes of his latest single “Alice” going down perfectly.

Ron Trent – “Manifesto (Bewe Effect)”

Seth Troxler was on hand to wind things down to closing on Friday night, indulging Berlin’s appetite for dark and heady techno with a set that was heavy on percussion – and considerably nastier than funk-fuelled sets he’s played alongside the Martinez Brothers this year. This tribal number from Ron Trent represented one of the set’s deeper, more soulful moments.

The Reason Y – “Sumatra”

Saturday was the most sprawling, epic day of Berlin Festival, with the sandy Badeschiff open air alongside the River Spree now open for business. It’s a spectacular space indeed, completed by a giant wooden jetty that stretches out towards a luxurious swimming pool on the Spree.

Watergate Club hosted the stage for the afternoon – the perfect curators for its subdued and sunny vibes, with Berlin stalwarts like Tiefschwarz and Ellen Allien playing throughout the day. Tassilo and Thomas from Pan-Pot were on hand to close the stage before 10pm, and the pair really hit a sweet spot with “Sumatra” from The Reason Y. Featured on their Hide & Seek EP out on Second State last month, the crowd erupted in sync with the main hook of the record, as it swirled and rose out of the driving rhythmic elements.

Merimell – “Drop It”

Meanwhile, over on the other side of the ARENA complex, Richie Hawtin was taking control of the grassy Elektronische Wiese open air, performing alongside a capable cast of Minus cohorts like Fabio Florido and Marc Houle.

Naturally it was Hawtin who took things through til closing at 10pm, and he played the role of frontman with his usual composure. After about an hour, the hypnotic drone was cut through by this fresh slice of funky techno that has just dropped on the Desolat stable. Perhaps more Claude VonStroke than Richie Hawtin, it was the contrast that made this a devastatingly effective moment.

Paul Kalkbrenner feat. Fritz Kalkbrenner – “Sky And Sand”

Things were rocking well into the early morning over at the ARENA hall and its sibling club venue. Chet Faker and James Blake headlined the early evening, bringing an air of mellow emotion to proceedings.

However, it was Fritz Kalkbrenner who unleashed the euphoria after midnight, and it represented a powerful, melodic and soulful peak for the festival. Colorful lights filled the huge arena, and he brought a lot more pounding rave than you might expect. Featuring a large selection from his recent Ways Over Water album, this Berlin Calling favorite made a welcome and stirring appearance towards the end.

Marcus Worgull & Peter Pardeike – “Oona”

Âme and Dixon took the main room through til 6am on Saturday night, easing into their roles as Berlin’s equivalents of the trance mainstage headliner. Though they’ve evolved to play to sprawling crowds, they’ve adapted in style with a dramatic sound that fills the airy spaces without any artistic compromise. This fresh Innervisions cut was a highlight of Dixon’s swelling set.

David K – “73 Tomtom Avenue” (Jimpster Remix)

The spectacular little ARENA club that runs alongside the main arena delivered big moments all night long, itself almost a miniature version of the city’s iconic Berghain club, with its brickwall industrial surrounds and stomping sound system.

Suol masterminds Chopstick & JohnJon were the highlight of the evening, providing several hours of particularly deep, melodic grooves, with this recent Jimpster remix representing one of the more upfront cuts that they dropped.

Floorplan – “Never Grow Old”

Sunday represented the most relaxed of the three days, with a noticeably older crowd. Badeschiff was charmingly titled the ‘Detroit’ stage for the day, and while Robert Hood’s cancellation due to sickness was a disappointment, Carl Craig was passed the baton and given four hours to do his thing, which he used to full effect by throwing in all manner of dub, reggae and downbeat alongside the typical house and techno selections. Floorplan was thrown in, assumedly to honour the absence of Hood, and it was met by a rapturous response.

Atari Teenage Riot feat. Slayer – “No Remorse (I Wanna Die)”

At the same Carl Craig was repping Detroit outside, something very different was going down in the main room. Atari Teenage Riot are a re-formed ’90s throwback act with a difference. Fusing cutting-edge hardcore and breakcore sounds at their peak, the group’s punk rock attitude is still as fierce as their BPMs. After reforming to hit the touring circuit several years ago, ATR have seemingly lost none of their anger. Case in point: the full-throttle “No Remorse (I Wanna Die).”

Stephan Bodzin – “Singularity”

The Life and Death stable hosted the grassy Elektronische Wiese open-air stage for the final day of the festival, with Mind Against and Recondite providing the soundtrack earlier in the day before Tale of Us brought the weekend’s open-air adventures to a close with some extremely hypnotic, trance-y melodic techno, a real crowd-pleasing set. This recent Life & Death single from Stephan Bodzin came in the closing moments of the set.

Underworld – “Rez”

Things were winding down by midnight on Sunday, but how could you ask for a grander end to the weekend than a live performance from Underworld? Karl Hyde and Rick Smith have been on the road to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their Dubnobasswithmyheadman album, but instead of simply playing the album in full, tonight it was rounded out with a wider array of their back catalog of anthems. With Hyde explaining to the crowd what an honor it was to be playing a city with as much of a musical legacy as Berlin, it offered a suitably emotional close to the three days, with a nostalgic afterglow sending dancers home.

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Hear the Latest Version of Deadmau5 and Kaskade’s New Collaboration

Seven years ago, Joel ‘Deadmau5′ Zimmerman and Ryan ‘Kaskade’ Raddon got together to make “I Remember,” a progressive house anthem that endures today. Now it appears the two producers are at work on something more sombre, enlisting the vocal talents of singer-songwriter Skylar Grey. Casually revealed in a couple of tweets, “Beneath With Me” is described by Zimmerman as “a song about a dead person singing to a not dead person to come be dead with them.”

After revealing an early snippet on the now-active-again ‘fuckmylife’ SoundCloud, Deadmau5 has revealed an updated version of “Beneath With Me” for all the expectant fans. Meanwhile, the Canadian also recently shared a seven-minute version of his collaboration with Buffalo, New York’s rising star Grabbitz. That team-up was sparked after Grabbitz uploaded a vocal edit of Deadmau5’s “Silent Picture,” from his most recent album While(1<2)</em>, to SoundCloud. Almost eight months after it surfaced, Zimmerman reached out on Twitter to make it official.

Apparently there’s a long list of unfinished Deadmau5 projects nearing completion, which is sure to make the horde rejoice. Hear the update of “Beneath With Me” below.

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