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A Response To Dubco’s Ocean Club Eulogy

Eric Prydz performing an epic set at Ocean Club Quincy MA, Summer 2013
Eric Prydz performing an epic set at Ocean Club Quincy MA, Summer 2013

Yesterday the music collective Dubco posted an article eulogizing Boston’s Ocean Club at Marina Bay. For those who don’t know, it was recently announced that Ocean Club would be no more and that luxury apartments would be built in its place. Though Ocean Club gained its name only a handful of years ago when DePasquale Ventures (Prime Nightclub, Umbria Restaurant, Quattro Restaurant, Bricco Restaurant, etc ) purchased it, the venue itself had been around for two decades under various aliases. Over the past few years Ocean Club’s rise in popularity was a direct response to the rise in popularity of dance music (or EDM as many of the club-goers would call it). Promoters like MASS EDMC and NV Concepts took the reins in booking talent to entertain crowds at Ocean Club, and management from Prime and the-now-closed Splash ran operations. Even resident DJs from the Boston community, like Bamboora, Voltran, and Dirty Dek, were part of the action. During each of the last couple Summers, rumors were always swirling about Ocean Club closing and that the venue would be torn down to make way for residences – I had always doubted this rumor. But it looks like the claims were not unfounded as the greater Boston area loses a key player in the dance music scene.

I’m not here to shit on Dubco for writing a mostly negative article on the late Ocean Club. Being a part of the media I respect the fact that everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion – I can’t say Dubco’s piece was right or wrong. In fact, I share some of the same views the Dubco author provided his/her readers with. What I’m here to do is offer my perspective and history with Ocean Club.

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5 House Tracks that Will Make You Happy to Be Alive

While I originally wanted this article to be titled “Five Thousand EDM Tracks that Make You Happy to Be Alive,” I still want to keep my day job. Alas here are our top 5 EDM tracks that’ll make you happy to be alive.

1. Syn Cole – Miami 82 (Vocal Edit)
It only takes 5 seconds of this track to put me on cloud 9. When I first heard the original track I thought it was pretty catchy but Madame Button’s lyrics really catapult this song into the stratosphere as far as lightening your mood. This song has been the first song I want to wake up to in the morning for more weeks than I’d like to admit, and that uplifting feeling continues on with our other tracks. For all things Syn Cole, check out his soundcloud here.

2. Klingade – Jubel (Nora En Pure Remix)
I only recently discovered this gem but it has been on repeat ever since. Between the absolutely beautiful piano chords, vocals, subtle violin stabsin the background, and sexy saxophone solo, this track should be heard by all. Even the name speaks to how this unique EDM track should make you feel. If you’re a sucker for piano chords layered over a groovy dance beat like me, then watch out for all things Nora En Pure.

3. Avicii – Dear Boy
Speaking of my love for piano dominated tracks, if I told you I had found the happiest piano of all time in an EDM song would you believe me? Well do. Avicii’s “Dear Boy” begins with calm, almost haunting vocals that slowly rise in intensity along with the background instrumentals to a crescendo, and then cue those piano chords that would slap a smile on the face of fans of almost any genre. Kudos to Avicii for stepping out of the usual house box and still making something truly moving.

4. Inpetto – No More Serious Faces
This track has been around for awhile now but the list wouldn’t be complete without it. Here is another slow builder that will end up leaving you jamming to its incredible synth-melody and smiling from ear to ear. Inpetto’s sound has just the sort of musically satisfying sequences that could’ve let us replace this song with almost any of his others. No lyrics necessary for this track to make our list.

5. Yenson – My Feeling (Deniz Koyu Remix)
If you don’t get a warm, fuzzy feeling about 15 seconds in then I think we need to check you for a heart and/or soul. Koyu takes a break from his usual, repetitive build up style to make a simply irresistible synth-focused remix.

Stream Ultra Music Festival 2014 HERE!

It’s that time of year again… when you realize you didn’t plan a trip to Miami Music Week and Ultra Music Festival, while the rest of your friends are soaking up the hot Florida sun. Luckily for you, the team behind Ultra and UMF TV have once again rigged the festival with countless high definition cameras to allow us to enjoy the festival from the comfort of our homes during this year’s Ultra live stream 2014. We will update the stream links everyday as well as the set lists so that all you have to do is press play!

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UMF TV/Ultra live stream schedule:

Friday, March 28: 4PM – 12AM ET
Saturday, March 29: 3PM – 12AM ET
Sunday, March 30: 3PM – 11PM ET

Baauer and RL Hit Us Up With Infinite Daps

The ultimate trap duo that is Baauer and RL Grime have teamed up once again and created one hell of a track in support of their Infinite Daps Tour and for the next 48 hours it is free to download! The influence from both artists can be heard so clearly in this track self titled Infinite Daps, with the heavy punching bass line and perfectly placed vocal samples there is no doubt that Baauer had a lot to do with this one. Then with the drop RL Grime brings his mastery of the simplified yet exciting beat to the table. With a clear combination of both Baauer and Grimes sounds this track clearly goes hard from start to finish and is exactly what I would have expected from the duo. After seeing these guys play for two hours back to back at Global Dance Festival last summer I would highly suggest checking out the Infinite Daps tour mixtape below and dates (after the jump) because I can only hope this is what the future of trap music has in store for us. Be sure to grab the DL below and head over to support the fight against aids by purchasing the DANCE (RED) SAVE LIVES 2 compilation album which features this track and many other new and original tracks and remixes from today’s best in the game including; Avicii, Benny Benassi, Bingo Players, Calvin Harris, Dada Life, deadmau5, Ellie Goulding, Flosstradamus, Major Lazer, Martin Solveig, Swedish House Mafia, Tiësto, Tommy Trash and many more!

Tour dates after the jump.

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Avicii Silences the Critics With “True”

It’s been an interesting career trajectory for Tim Bergling, known the world over as Avicii. From a fledgling Swedish producer making waves at WMC, to the iconic face behind Levels, to the most hated producer in EDM, to the most controversial, he’s seen it all. Now, with the release of his debut studio album, True, it seems he’s found his home: at the very edge of EDM, poised to take the leap.

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Audrio’s Dreaming Wide Awake

Little is to be found about up and comer Alexander Adstedt, now going by the name of Audrio.  What is known is that he is from Sweden and is part of the crew that makes up Avicii’s label Le7els.  Usually those two alone are enough to say that you have talent these days.  Today we bring you his song Dreaming Wide Awake, out recently on Le7els.  When I first heard this song quite some time ago, which seems to be the case with many Le7els releases, I knew that this one was something special.  As the song builds you are immersed in an incredible vocal that pierces the air.  Paired with an epic pulsing synth the vocal takes you on an epic ride of euphoria, a euphoria that only heightens when you are hit with a choppy womping drop.  This is sure to be the first of many from this young talent so be sure to keep an eye on him and show him some love on his Facebook page.

Audrio – Dreaming Wide Awake (Original Mix)