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Tiesto ft. Kay – Work Hard, Play Hard (Fratello’s Deep House Bootleg) [FREE DOWNLOAD]

If you’re like me you have very strong memories of Tiesto’s “Work Hard, Play Hard” featuring Kay. The song originally came out back when I was at the peak of my EDM enjoyment (I say EDM to mean the more general genre of Big Room House and main stage dance music), often listening to it on my iPod and spinning it live at venues like Bill’s Bar in Boston. If you’re like me your tastes may have changed from those of three years ago when the original version of “Work Hard, Play Hard” came out (2011 for those who can’t do math). As readers of this blog know, my preferences have gravitated towards deeper and funkier sounds and that’s why Fratello‘s fresh take on “Work Hard, Play Hard” was a pleasant surprise to discover today (thanks to a SoundCloud repost by Victor Niglio). Fratello’s remix hinges on a bulbous, rubbery bass line with samples of Kay’s voice throughout, sometimes chopped up into small pieces. The break features the actual lyrics from Tiesto’s hit and overall I’m a fan of this rework.

For those who don’t know Fratello, like myself, they are New Jersey-based brothers Vincent and Dominic Cerrito who have made splashes in the Electro-House scene gaining support by artists like DVBBS, Rob Swire, Stafford Brothers, Mikkas, Juicy M, and more. Fratello’s track “SpringShot” hit #52 on the Beatport Top 100 which means they’re certainly poised for a fruitful career in the dance music world. Personally I’m more of a fan of this deeper House side of things, but Fratello certainly have my support. To grab the free download head over to their Facebook page and click like!

Valy Mo – Tokyo Bright EP [NEST035]

French producer, Valy Mo, bridges elements of House, Bass, and Soul in the Tokyo Bright EP. Stylistically diverse from track to track, the three-song release echoes Valy Mo’s sentiments of wanting to be free of the confines of one particular sound — venturing from stabby piano House & pitched down, soul-infused vocals from Chris Severe in lead tune, “Bright,” to the club-ready peaktime anthem, “Tokyo Neon,” to finally rounding it all out with the chilled-out bass roller collab with Fuuku titled “Reflection.” This is yet another stellar release from the fledgling label NEST HQ – an offshoot of Owsla, NEST HQ focusing on finding the underground sounds and exposing them to the masses… always for free!

Valy Mo – Tokyo Bright [NEST035]
1) Valy Mo – Bright ft. Chris Severe
2) Valy Mo – Tokyo Neon
3) Valy Mo – Reflection ft. Fuuku

Oliver $ & Jimi Jules – Pushing On (Tchami Remix) – Out 8/31

Future house heads: this one’s for you. Tchami’s at it again with a fire remix of Oliver $ & Jimi Jules’ already flawless track, “Pushing On.” At this point, most people who enjoy GOOD House music or who have their ear to the ground in any sort of way surely know “Pushing On” as it’s certainly one of the Summer 2014 anthems. A slick bass line and soulful lyrical hook combine to bring House-heads pure bliss in a way that few songs can. “Pushing On” is a sure-shot windows down cruising in your car type of jam.  The Tchami remix (out 8/31) features the Frenchman’s signature “Future House” sound and energetic bass line, not necessarily turning the track into a banger but certainly amping things up. Tchami has proven himself to be one of the hottest producers of 2014, with his tracks constantly showing up in mixes and live sets all over the world. If this doesn’t move your body, I don’t know what will.

If you haven’t seen the original music video for this track, check it out here:

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.

Panama Wedding – All Of The People (option4 Remix)

It’s always an exciting time when option4 unloads a new remix on the dance community. Mastering the formula to create the perfect remix is what most people know him for, others know him as the pulse of Denver. This time, the Windish signed player, has been asked by the widely successful group Panama Wedding to remix their hit single All of the People to help build buzz over the recent album release. option4 has turned this electro pop single into a true summer jammer, a rooftop soundtrack to help celebrate the last month of summer. The track is available for free download so I suggest you jump on that and if you are ever in the Denver area be sure to check out option4′s promotional team The Hundred for shows every week throughout the city.

Hideaway Remixes Come Out of Hiding

If you’ve been paying any attention to BPM or Electric Area recently, you’ve likely heard the track “Hideaway” by Kiesza. But what you might not have heard are these five all equally incredible remixes. We narrowed it down to this list but be on the lookout for others because the track’s passionate disco-esque vocals easily lend themselves to a great remix.

First Bixel Boys, who you might remember as an up-and-comer from the EDC lineup, deliver a lounge-y, deep house rework with a meandering synth piano and bouncy bassline perfect for headbobbing.

If you’re looking to really slow it down, check out the Kllrd Gre3ns remix. The track is slowed down to baby making BPMs, and it’s the perfect addition to any “chill” playlist.

This next remix by Sigma might fake you out with an even slower start than number two on our list, but then surprises with a drum and bass breakdown.

If you’re into dubbier side of deep house, then check out the Gorgon City remix, complete with a restless hi-hat and dragging modulated bassline. This dark, deep house remix will give you your “wahhwahhwahhh” fix for the rest of the day.

Last but certainly not least, we have the melodic and full piano remix by Zac Samuel. This is the most upbeat remix on the list. It’s sure to send you off into the next week in a good mood.