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Huxley – The Machine EP (Featuring The S-Man)

Remember that time I interviewed House veteran Roger Sanchez, when he stopped in San Francisco as part of his “Return of the S-Man” tour? Well, whether you read the interview or not you can revisit it HERE. During the 20-minute interview Roger said he had lots of new music coming out under his S-Man moniker, which embraces the deeper and darker side of House music. Among other tracks, the S-Man said he had a song coming out with British House producer/DJ Huxley. That song is out now, called “Callin’”, and to my pleasant surprise it’s part of a Huxley four-track EP called The Machine EP, out today on Aus Music.

Fans of the more underground side of Dance Music probably recognize the name Aus Music. Founded in 2004, Aus Music is the result of a union between Simple boss Will Saul and Ninja Tune artist Fink. They’ve released music by guys like Dusky, Bicep, Breach, Leon Vynehall, and plenty more. The label prides itself on detail, musicality, lush melody, an irresistible groove and a healthy dose of dub – and we get a lot of that from The Machine EP. The opening track is “Callin’”, the collaboration between the S-Man and Huxley, and it’s a straight up House banger, perfect for the dance floor. “Machina V2″ goes deeper, with more melody and vocals, as “Tendered” rocks the bass line hard, and “Oil Spill” has a serious driving beat. Huxley, far before this EP, has proven himself as a producer and so I always make sure to give his latest releases a listen. The Machine EP is a prime example of some solid bass-heavy House music, especially if you’re into deeper tunes and underground club life.

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FUTURPOETS – Walk Away LP

This Swedish / Mexican duo FUTURPOETS return to bring us an LP that has a great blend of Nu Disco and Deep House. With Remixes from Matchy & Bott along with Animal Picnic, this release off of Dear Deer is an excellent listen. “Walk Away” is sexy and smooth and brings to the table a great mix of what you would like to find a sultry house release. FUTURPOETS has been a recent favorite of mine as they have not tied themselves down to a specific style and continue to surprise. You can check out their album below.

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Northern Nights Music Festival Is This Weekend! [ FESTIVAL PREVIEW]

After a long post-EDC hiatus from life and obligations, we are back with the next big thing that you NEED to know about if you live on the West Coast and don’t have plans this weekend (or even if you do) – the Northern Nights Music Festival! I’m fairly new to the area and apparently ignorant so I only heard about Northern Nights Music Festival this week. As soon as I actually looked into it I bought my ticket and made plans to make the short trek north to get my party on this weekend in the infamous Humboldt County. Your best bet is to follow suit, get those tickets, and come with. Let me tell you why.

Northern Nights Music Festival is far more than just a music festival. There will be art galleries, live art, crafts, silent discos, yoga, wellness workshops, standup comedy, yes this list is still continuing, a swimming hole for rafts and dancing, chill zones, craft beers, food vendors, and more! This festival doesn’t favor any one music or art genre, meaning it will attract festival-goers from all walks of life. This always makes for my favorite kind of festival. If the aforementioned bullet points weren’t already enough, Northern Nights Music Festival is very focused on sustainability. The festival organizers are going for the coveted, “A Greener Festival Award” this year, an award for focused on lowering CO2 emission, promoting fair trade, waste and water management, and recycling. So remember to do your part to pitch in!

Now, for the music – The Untz named Beats Antique the #1 act to see at Northern Nights Music Festival (read their preview HERE). If you don’t already know this wild trio, Beats Antique are an awesome fusion electronica group that merge live instruments with technological prowess to create a glitchy, dubstepy, brass bandy crossover vibe that is the perfect music to jam out to in the middle of the woods! Other acts to watch out for are Odesza, Justin Martin, and Girrafage, all of which you should check out even if you don’t feel like making the impulsive (but correct) decision to buy tickets right now and start packing your bags. I can’t remember the last time I was this excited for a festival I’ve never even been to before.

Grab your tickets here. Gates open at 8am on Friday. Be there or be not there but lame.

*We will be taking photos throughout the weekend and if you’re not at the festival keep an eye on our Instagram page for live updates. We will also be sitting down with some of the artists for interviews!*

NORTHERN NIGHTS MUSIC FESTIVAL 2014 from Northern Nights on Vimeo.

Haywyre – Smooth Criminal [FREE DOWNLOAD]

I grew up on Michael Jackson’s music. To be more exact, I used to play Jackson’s albums on my father’s record player, a piece of equipment he had had since before I was born; my dad’s album collection spanned decades. Perhaps it was Alien Ant Farm who re-popularized Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” back in 2001 when they released their cover of the song, which ultimately broke into the Top 40s. Now, in 2014, we have a brand new version of the timeless classic, this time written by Indiana based producer Haywyre (Martin Vogt). If you see a picture of Haywyre you’ll notice he has quite the baby face, but his skills date back to when he was six years old and began playing piano. Haywyre’s talent on the keys are obvious not just in his take on “Smooth Criminal”, but in plenty of other songs he has produced. I found out about Haywyre’s incredible expertise when the video of him performing “Smooth Criminal” went viral (see below). Martin defines his sound, according to Facebook, as “Post Avant-Garde Pre-Futuristic Jazz-Fusion”. Whatever it is, it’s good.

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Haywyre – Smooth Criminal

 

Global Dance Festival Denver – Show Preview (July 18th-20th)

With another summer comes another round of one of the most unique, pretty, and talent filled music festivals on earth. Yes, it is that weekend in July that dance music fans wait for all year. A weekend where we know we will have three days in a row to party our asses off to one of the most diverse and talented line-up of artists. From the production to the fabulous location at our very own Red Rocks, there is just something special about this festival that makes it feel like home. Maybe it feels that way because this is the 12th year that GLOBAL DANCE FESTIVAL has showcased all of its magic in the rocky mountains. This year the magic continues as the masterminds behind the scenes have put together an explosive line-up that is sure to please almost anyone. Whether you are a huge house fan, a huge dubstep fan, a big time trap fan,  a trance fan or anything in-between there is something for you. Aside from the top notch talent on the bill, what I love most about this festival, and the people that put it on, is their expertise at booking up-and-coming artists that are on their way to stardom. Below I will break down the five artists that I am most excited to see throughout the weekend. Let us know which artists you are looking forward to most and more importantly let’s get ready to GLOBAL DANCE!

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Need & Necessity – This Life (Original Mix)

Denver’s burgeoning house duo Need & Necessity returns today with their brand new original production entitled This Lifeavailable now via Night Supply RecordsThis Life features a fun yet commanding bass line that is bouncy but heavy at the drop, the guys have a very airy feel on this track almost giving the listener that floating sensation we all so crave. With the addition of some seriously well selected vocals and perfectly applied filters the guys of Need & Necessity got it right with this adventure into the more tech side of house. This being their third release of 2014 already the guys have truly begun the year with a bang, be sure to grab the free download below and show the guys some love on their Facebook and Soundcloud pages!