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HARD Day of the Dead 2014 Lineup Announced

Few festivals demonstrate such a pure dedication to music as much as those put on by HARD. Year after year, HARD puts together stunning lineups spanning all genres of electronic music for their flagship events, including HARD Summer, HARD Day of the Dead, and Holy Ship! to name a few.

Case in point: today’s announcement of the absolutely stacked HARD Day of the Dead lineup, just another in the long line of excellently billed HARD events. This year’s spooky party will be taking place on November 1 & 2 at the Fairplex in Pomona, CA, home of the L.A. County Fair. Bringing in the haunted vibes will be a spectacular cast of artists, including some exciting headliners and a shockingly good supporting bill.

Headliners include Knife Party, a live set by Pretty Lights, Diplo, Calvin Harris, Zedd, Bassnectar, and an exciting VS. set between big-room progressive superstars deadmau5 and Eric Prydz. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Day of the Dead’s insane lineup includes a sweet lower bill that features everything from future bass to deep house to live German techno. Some notable acts include the likes of Seven Lions, ODESZA, The Gaslamp Killer, AraabMuzik, Giraffage, Klangkarussell (live), Zeds Dead, RL Grime, Justin Martin, Christian Martin, Claude VonStroke, J. Phlip, Eats Everything, Cajmere, Pete Tong, Galantis, Benoit & Sergio, Booka Shade (live), Aeroplane, Thomas Jack, Felix Cartal, Valentino Khan, and so, so, so much more. Seriously, so much more. We’ve never quite seen a lineup like this. It’s insane.

Maybe take it easy on Halloween this year, because the following two days, it’s time to go HARD.

Grab your tickets HERE starting this Thursday, 8/28 at 10 a.m. PST.

Deadmau5 Releases Most Epic WIP Yet

After headlining Jay Z’s semi-new festival, Made In America, alongside Beyonce & Nine Inch Nails, dance music’s most polarizing figure, Deadmau5, has released what may be the finest display of talent we’ve seen from him in a while. In Pets 1 & 2, another long, melodic symphony, Zimmerman may very well have inadvertently created a trilogy for himself (Strobe and The Veldt compromising the first two parts). Progressive arpeggios overlay waves of melodic synthwork and vocal chops for seven minutes until things take a turn for the darker, more new wave Deadmau5 style and the song wraps up in an assortment of bass heavy chords and erie melodies. Amidst the sea of new albums coming out this fall, Deadmau5 has made no announcements, but I’d be willing to bet that his next full length work will be headed up by Pets.

FREE DEADMAU5

Are you guys as excited as we are for Deadmau5 to release some long awaited new tracks? As of today, June 25th, he’s as free as bird from Ultra Records now that his “run off” period has expired. Deadmau5 aka Joel Zimmerman,  is now able to paint the town red and is clearly as giddy as a school girl about it from the looks of his multiple social media accounts. The dude has been 100% open and honest about his thoughts on the conflicts between him and his partnership at Ultra Records, and at times his comments have been a little controversial. But I love it. Here are just a few tweets that express his dissatisfaction with these guys:

@deadmau5: shout out to @ultrarecords on a real bang up job promoting my video by restricting it to territories. amazing promotional work as usual.” (Aug. 29, 2012)

@deadmau5: Haven’t been releasing any new stuff coz of a dick move on a “run off” period with a certain record company, but times runnin out. We good.” (Feb. 9, 2013)

@deadmau5:got a beautiful track goin.” (June 6, 2013)

@deadmau5: cant wait to release this one.. for reals… just let me wait until my “run off” period with ultra records ends. f those guys. june 25th. :D ” (June 6, 2013)

As you can see, these issues have been springing up for a while. And with his pure pleasure, today he happily tweeted:

@deadmau5: F*CK YOU @ultrarecords IM OUT. :)

Zimmerman has been working diligently in his temporary studio to produce some new stuff while he’s been patiently awaiting his release so he can start a new chapter in his music career. Although we’re unsure of when we’ll be able to get the full tracks, he posted a few previews of his new projects on his Soundcloud page, titled “f*ckmylife”. It has quite the ring to it, doesn’t it? From my personal opinion and the reaction of others, they’re going to be HUGE hits, especially because he’s been putting his blood, sweat, and tears into these bad boys through all of the bull Ultra Records has seemed to put him through. You can listen in on “Assume Control”, “Moog Bass + Modular”, “Suite 03″, “Monophobia”, and his collaboration with Kill The Noise, “Killthemau5″ down below! Everyone is giving some amazingly positive feedback and Deadmau5 is extrememly amped to get the ball rolling. I’m excited for him and you all should be too. He’s got a lot of potential and it’s all about to show…big time. He’s definitely got this one in the bag. Watch out everyone, there’s a new mau5 in town.

Deadmau5- Assume Control (Demo)

Deadmau5- Moog Bass + Modular (Demo)

Deadmau5- Suite 03 (Demo)

Deadmau5- Monophobia (Demo)

Deadmau5- Killthemau5 (Part 1-Demo)

Ultra Music Festival 2013 – Weekend 2 Live Sets [Free Downloads]

Ultra Music Festival is a wrap and although many of us could only watch it on YouTube, we all feel a little depressed that it’s over. Seeing the best in the world, pull out all of the stops is what makes Ultra the premiere music festival here in America. We heard countless unreleased tracks, saw some unusual collaborations, all while drinking with our closest friends on couches across the country. Well now you can relive the experiences as we have  collected sets throughout the weekend that you can stream and download. Many of these sets were posted by our friends or other blogs and we have simply compiled them all in one place. We would rather work smart than work hard if we can! Download them all if you want and be sure to check out the tracklists below!

Ultra Music Festival 2013 – Weekend 1 Live Sets [Free Downloads]

The first weekend of Ultra Music Festival is a wrap and although many of us could only watch it on YouTube, we all feel a little depressed that it’s over. Seeing the best in the world, pull out all of the stops is what makes Ultra the premiere music festival here in America. We heard countless unreleased tracks, saw some unusual collaborations, all while drinking with our closest friends on couches across the country. Well now you can relive the experiences as we have  collected sets throughout the weekend that you can stream and download. Many of these sets were posted by our friends or other blogs and we have simply compiled them all in one place. We would rather work smart than work hard if we can! Download them all if you want and be sure to check out the tracklists below!

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2 Chainz – I’m Different (MiM0SA Remix)

2 Chainz is pretty hard to take seriously. I mean, look at this screenshot from his latest video. Formerly known as Tity Boi, the Georgian rapper has been making quite a splash in hip-hop this year with some major collaborations with Kanye West, Nicki Minaj and Drake, as well as releasing his debut studio album Based on a T.R.U. Story. So regardless what you think of him, he’s doing big things in mainstream hip-hop and the latest is his single “I’m Different”. The beat is literally begging to be toyed with and trill master MiMOSA takes on the duties with this trap-tastic remix. I have mixed feelings on a lot of MiMOSA’s work, but this jam is club (and bedroom) ready: get ready to jump around.

2 Chainz – I’m Different (MiMOSA Remix)

BONUS: This Ghosts N’ Stuff trap bootleg is a blast and a half. Grab it for free courtesy of i.V.

Deadmau5 – Ghosts N’ Stuff (i.V. Bootleg Trap Edit)