Brownies & Lemonade Announces Its Ultra Stage Lineup

Filed by Ryan FerroRyan Ferro

Sure you’ve already seen that Ultra Music Festival dropped its lineup, but you probably struggled to get a feel for who would be on what stage. To be honest, we really only knew the Resistance stages lineup for sure until now.

Brownies & Lemonade is a new stage host for 2018 and now we know who will be gracing that stage, though we don’t know which physical stage it will be). We suspect this will go down at the UMF Radio stage, and the lineup is an eclectic mix bass music. We’ve got Valentino Khan, Ekali, Wuki, KRNE, QUIX, MYRNE, and more. Of course B&L also has some surprises in store, and we have no idea about those yet. Now we’re just waiting on the ASOT lineup.


Dillon Francis comes through with new video for upcoming album's second single 'We The Funk'

Filed by Joe NoletteJoe Nolette

 ficially decreed it “moombah season” with the release his latest single, “We The Funk,” featuring Florida-based musician Fuego. To say that Francis’ impending Latin, moombahton-focused LP is one the most anticipated dance projects the year would be an understatement, and with this second peek at , he’s poised to deliver on every bit hype this album is worth.

“We The Funk” comes complete with a synesthetic music video that ropes together the track’s evident baile, salsa, and moombah inspirations into a colorful splash expression that complements the new tune without an overcomplicated visual concept. Fuego’s slick lyrical format glides smoothly over the “” producer’s syrupy 85 bpm groove, and while the track isn’t your typical Dillon Francis setlist ignitor, it’s an addicting listen undoubtedly worth repeated rinses.

Francis’ long-awaited full-fledged moombahton project is due later this year his newly-minted IDGAFOS imprint. The album was composed between Mexico, New York, Miami and the Dominican Republic over the last year or so, and with “We The Funk” plus an aced video to accompany the new single, excitement for this new record is quickly reaching an understandable boiling point.


Ultra Music Festival 2018 Phase 2 Lineup Released

Filed by Abbey ShoreAbbey Shore

The wait is over. Ultra Music Festival has ficially released Phase 2 its Lineup for its 20th Anniversary edition. With only a month left and all GA tickets being sold out, this year’s Ultra is going to be one for the books. The lineup has been met with mixed criticism from the public with some stating it as underwhelming. Although there are many surprises and changes that can still happen, attendees can be guaranteed there will be AT LEAST one very special 20th anniversary performance. Stay tuned as the final weeks to Ultra unfold as there’s a whole host that can happen and Phase 3 is yet to be released. Only a limited amount VIP tickets remain, but for now check out the new additions to the line up below.

DJ Headliners:

Adam Beyer, Afrojack, Armin van Buuren, Axwell // Ingrosso, Carl Cox, The Chainsmokers, David Guetta, DJ Snake, Dubfire B2B Nicole Moudaber B2B Paco Osuna, Eric Prydz, Flosstradamus, Hardwell, Jamie Jones, J.E.S.u.S (Jackmaster, Eats Everything, Skream, Seth Troxler), Joseph Capriati, Kaskade, Maceo Plex, Marshmello, Nicky Romero, RL Grime, Sasha | John Digweed, Steve Aoki, Tiësto, Virtual Self

Live Headliners:

Azealia Banks, Empire the Sun, Fischerspooner, Infected Mushroom, Modestep, Tchami x Malaa: No Redemption, Rabbit in the Moon, The Wailers featuring Julian Marley

Support:

Alan Walker, Andrew Rayel, Andy C, Audien, B.Traits, Bassjackers, Benny Benassi, Better Lost Than Stupid (Martin Buttrich, Davide Squillace, Matthias Tanzmann), Blasterjaxx, Brohug, Brownies & Lemonade All Stars, Carlo Lio, Cedric Gervais, Christian Smith, Coyu, The Crystal Method, Danny Tenaglia, Fedde Le Grand, Frank Walker, GTA, Gabriel & Dresden, Ghastly, Guti LIVE, Hector, Hot Since 82, Jauz, Josh Wink, Joyryde, Julian Jordan, Kayzo, Keys N Krates LIVE, Kungs, Laidback Luke, Lost Kings, Luigi Madonna, Maetrik, Marco Bailey, MaRLo, Matador LIVE, Matoma, Nastia, Nathan Barato, NGHTMRE + Slander present Gud Vibrations, Nic Fanciulli, Oliver Heldens, Ookay LIVE, Pan-Pot, Patrick Topping, Paul Oakenfold, Pete Tong, Pop, Quintino, REZZ, Sam Paganini, San Holo, Sick Individuals, Slushii, Stefano Nerini, Stephan Bodzin LIVE, Sub Focus, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, Technasia, Valentino Khan, Vini Vici, wAFF, What So Not

Additional Support:

Afrobeta, Andrew Luce, Cesqeaux, Cheat Codes, Cray, D.O.D, DubVision, Ducky, Ekali, Elio Riso, Emily Estefan, Estiva, Frankie Bones, Grandtheft, Henry Fong, Jillionaire, Jon Rundell, Kevens, KIIDA, Krane, Kura, London on Da Track, Manila Killa, Matisse & Sadko, Merk & Kremont, Moksi, Mykris, Myrne, NLW, Nora En Pure, Paris & Simo, Quix, Raiden, Ravitez, Salvatore Ganacci, Tommie Sunshine, Wuki, 4B

 


China's 'ban' on hip hop evidences music's permeability

Filed by Joe NoletteJoe Nolette

Quavo, Offset, and Takef  collectively brimmed with anticipation on January 26, 2017. Culture, the Atlanta hip hop trio’s second studio album, was scheduled to drop at midnight — a follow up to 2016’s EP, 3 Way.

Its two lead singles, “Bad and Boujee” and “T-Shirt,” had catalyzed just the heavy anticipation for its release that Migos had sought: “Bad and Boujee” ascended to viral status, going quadruple platinum, while “T-Shirt” went double platinum. Their collaborative labor in the studio was poised to pay f, and the music industry was not only watching—it was attentively listening.

Culture predictably earned Platinum certification after crossing the sale point more than one-million units. Come the beginning 2018, the outfit found themselves among the nominees for “Best Rap Album” at the Grammy’s 60th iteration.

Migos released Culture II around the same time as their Grammy nomination. Like its predecessor, this new sequel an LP was swiftly and hungrily consumed by their fan base, who’d been impatiently awaiting it since its announcement. The play count on Culture II must rest somewhere in the millions by now, and that number will have grown by the time a reader this editorial reaches its end.

Quavo, Offset, and Takef  sit atop a musical empire their own making, and yet, their broad repertoire would rank entirely as “tasteless, vulgar, and obscene” in today’s Chinese media landscape given its hip-hop classification.

The State Administration Press, Publication, Radio, Film, and Television the People’s Republic China (SAPPRFT) — the country’s main media regulator—released four new “Don’t” media restrictions on January 19. Television networks are expected to abide by the newly published rules: “1. Absolutely do not use actors whose heart and morality are not aligned with the party and whose morality is not noble, 2. Absolutely do not use actors who are tasteless, vulgar, and obscene, 3. Absolutely do not use actors whose ideological level is low and have no class, and 4. Absolutely do not use actors with stains, scandals, and problematic moral integrity.”

The SAPPRFT’s promulgation these stringent media rules “specifically requires that programs should not feature actors with tattoos or depict] hip-hop culture, sub-culture (non-mainstream culture) and dispirited culture (decadent culture),” according to Chinese news source, Sina.

Across the Pacific, hip-hop accounted for a quarter all music consumption in the United States in 2017, surpassing rock music to become the largest musical genre in the country for the first time in history.

Hip-hop’s rise to become the most popular genre music for the first time last year speaks not only to the genre’s longevity in the context the US music industry, but additionally to its continuing cultural and economic prominence. An underground musical movement the mid-1970s, the genre originated in the Bronx in New York City as a recreational outlet that married elements MCing, DJing, spoken verse, and break dancing. It fered a vocal platform for the block party artists that identified and used it as a vehicle expression.

While hip-hop rides a wave unprecedented centrality to the commercial American music market, it is duly an important, and perhaps a lesser known fact that this music remains only in a nascent stage in China. This germinal state Chinese hip-hop that renders it vulnerable to the SAPPRFT’s newly imposed media rules. In fact, it’s almost as though these rules err on the nationalist side, seeking shut out a subculture with international roots. Hip-hop has not yet received the opportunity to become a cornerstone musical commerce in the Chinese market, and is thus more susceptible to heavy restrictions — if not total attempted eradication.

The SAPPRFT’s limitations on the Chinese media’s portrayal hip-hop will only further thwart the genre’s ability to gain a substantial market presence, being that hip-hop and its accompanying subculture is being written out the Chinese media by the media’s chief regulators. “Hip-hop’s prospects in China seem dim after Chinese rappers known by the stage names “PG One” and “GAI”] removed from TV shows,” posited a headline from the state-facilitated tabloid, Global Times. Global Times would go on to identify hip-hop as a “tool for people to vent their anger, misery, and] complaints.” Another national news agency, Xinhua, stated that PG One “does not deserve the stage,” further remarking that “we China] should say ‘no’ to whoever provides a platform for low-taste content.” PG One’s music has since been removed from a number online Chinese music websites.

The Chinese Republic’s crusade on hip-hop as duly a genre and kind culture that is “low-taste” in nature arises out the state’s desire to regulate pop culture, a primary source influence for youth in China and elsewhere. The SAPPRFT’s media rules that target the development and potential success Chinese hip-hop seek to control, contain, and homogenize the pop cultural experience in China, as the genre “threatens” to become as substantial an element pop culture there as it has in the US. On a more basic level,  “pop culture” classification briefly set aside, the SAPPRFT’s movement against hip-hop portrayal in the Chinese media represents a dangerous model cultural construction, in which a culture is crafted and defined by its forced limitations.

Yet, as hip-hop flirts with Chinese media censorship its power becomes increasingly clear. The title “hip-hop” bespeaks a musical personality that has resonated in both the US and in China. Hip-hop’s subjection to such stringent regulation only evidences that the genre has traveled internationally, arrived, and exhibited its allure on Chinese ground in a sort musical cross-pollination that evinces its pervasive quality.


Yacht Club DJs bring back the Mash-up on their huge new mix

Filed by Judi PeartJudi Peart

Ballarat’s best, Yacht Club DJs have broken the hiatus with a much needed mash-up mix that is bringing some life to this otherwise grim Monday afternoon.

The hour-long mix works its way through a quirky and ten comedic range tunes, from Migos to The Go-Gos, Ciara to Pnau, this mix manages to cover all grounds popular music, with plenty house and disco drizzled on top.

It’s been a hot minute since we heard from Yacht Club DJs, who have been a staple in the Aus music scene for over a decade. So with that, dive into their new mix and enjoy this beautiful cluster-fuck sound. You might even hear a little Ron Burgundy flute action amidst the madness!


An inside look at Sissy Ball featuring MikeQ, Quay Dash and more!

Filed by Abbey ShoreAbbey Shore

s  Ken Leanfore, RED BULL CONTENT POOL

Mardi Gras season is well underway, and Sissy Ball reeled in the celebrations in style over the weekend.

Teaming up with Red Bull Music, the sold out evening saw fashion houses go toe-to-toe in a battle looks and movement, with the soundtrack the night going to none other than the Ballroom legend MikeQ, with musical support coming from Quay Dash, Angel Ho and Electric Fields.

We can confirm that the mix local and international dancers brought their A-game, and we’d be lying if we said we left Carriageworks with our voice boxes in tact. Big congrats to Yovana Banks (House Amazon), who won the main category Vogue Fem.

Check out the photos below, courtesy the team at Red Bull Music.

An inside look at Sissy Ball featuring MikeQ, Quay Dash and more!
An inside look at Sissy Ball featuring MikeQ, Quay Dash and more!
An inside look at Sissy Ball featuring MikeQ, Quay Dash and more!
An inside look at Sissy Ball featuring MikeQ, Quay Dash and more!
An inside look at Sissy Ball featuring MikeQ, Quay Dash and more!
An inside look at Sissy Ball featuring MikeQ, Quay Dash and more!
An inside look at Sissy Ball featuring MikeQ, Quay Dash and more!
An inside look at Sissy Ball featuring MikeQ, Quay Dash and more!
An inside look at Sissy Ball featuring MikeQ, Quay Dash and more!
An inside look at Sissy Ball featuring MikeQ, Quay Dash and more!
An inside look at Sissy Ball featuring MikeQ, Quay Dash and more!
An inside look at Sissy Ball featuring MikeQ, Quay Dash and more!
An inside look at Sissy Ball featuring MikeQ, Quay Dash and more!
An inside look at Sissy Ball featuring MikeQ, Quay Dash and more!
An inside look at Sissy Ball featuring MikeQ, Quay Dash and more!
An inside look at Sissy Ball featuring MikeQ, Quay Dash and more!
An inside look at Sissy Ball featuring MikeQ, Quay Dash and more!
An inside look at Sissy Ball featuring MikeQ, Quay Dash and more!
An inside look at Sissy Ball featuring MikeQ, Quay Dash and more!
An inside look at Sissy Ball featuring MikeQ, Quay Dash and more!
An inside look at Sissy Ball featuring MikeQ, Quay Dash and more!
An inside look at Sissy Ball featuring MikeQ, Quay Dash and more!
An inside look at Sissy Ball featuring MikeQ, Quay Dash and more!
An inside look at Sissy Ball featuring MikeQ, Quay Dash and more!
An inside look at Sissy Ball featuring MikeQ, Quay Dash and more!
An inside look at Sissy Ball featuring MikeQ, Quay Dash and more!
An inside look at Sissy Ball featuring MikeQ, Quay Dash and more!
An inside look at Sissy Ball featuring MikeQ, Quay Dash and more!
An inside look at Sissy Ball featuring MikeQ, Quay Dash and more!
An inside look at Sissy Ball featuring MikeQ, Quay Dash and more!
An inside look at Sissy Ball featuring MikeQ, Quay Dash and more!


India Sweeney returns with genre-bending pop track ‘To The Ground’

Filed by Jenette DanieleJenette Daniele

It goes without saying that India Sweeney is making grounds to becoming one the most exciting new faces in the Aus music spectrum.

The Wollongong local turned heads earlier this year with her stunning, debut single – a track that a quirky yet forward thinking approach to pop and electronica, a sound that has been developed upon and furthered with her new track, ‘To The Ground’.

Out Stoney Roads Records, ‘To The Ground’ sees Sweeney pair catchy vocal work with some building instrumentals that lead to a climactic chorus that is bound to stick in your mind after the first listen. This, contrasting with some st, calming piano keys create a rather abstract pop tune with a clear electronic influence.

Speaking on the release, Sweeney writes: “The song’s about wanting to be able to control your mind and feel ok, but how your mind stops you. ‘Up, down, all around’ are those three feelings you get when you feel all over the place.”

Listen to ‘To The Ground’ below.


Benji Lewis wows with soulful electronic single ‘Deep Blue’

Filed by Donte DishnerDonte Dishner

In the lead up to his debut appearance at SXSW, singer / song writer Benji Lewis teams up with production maestro Golden Vessel’s for ‘Deep Blue’.

Widely known for his single ‘drift’ that has in excess 10 million plays Spotify, ‘Deep Blue’ continues The Melbourne based vocalist’s soulful musical journey with his voice drawing comparison to the likes Sam Smith.

‘It’s about how good and passionate a connection, a relationship can be between two people. Most the things I sing about I have been lucky enough to feel or experience.’ Benji’s vocals are beautifully complimented with percussion and light chimes.


Photos: Sydney City Limits @ Centennial Park

Filed by Rene MayfieldRene Mayfield

s by Rachel Dray

Sydney City Limits made it’s debut on the weekend, and we can confirm they did it in style.

Hosting a wide range artists such as the legendary Grace Jones, Beck, Future and the Parisian electro lords Justice among others; the event was an exciting injection life into Sydney to wind Summer down to an end, with an eager and respectful crowd to go with it.

Despite the odd the dust storm, the day was an overall success and we’re looking forward to 2019’s instalment. Check out our photos from the day below, courtesy Rachel Dray.

Photos: Sydney City Limits @ Centennial Park
Photos: Sydney City Limits @ Centennial Park
Photos: Sydney City Limits @ Centennial Park
Photos: Sydney City Limits @ Centennial Park
Photos: Sydney City Limits @ Centennial Park
Photos: Sydney City Limits @ Centennial Park
Photos: Sydney City Limits @ Centennial Park
Photos: Sydney City Limits @ Centennial Park
Photos: Sydney City Limits @ Centennial Park
Photos: Sydney City Limits @ Centennial Park
Photos: Sydney City Limits @ Centennial Park
Photos: Sydney City Limits @ Centennial Park
Photos: Sydney City Limits @ Centennial Park
Photos: Sydney City Limits @ Centennial Park
Photos: Sydney City Limits @ Centennial Park
Photos: Sydney City Limits @ Centennial Park
Photos: Sydney City Limits @ Centennial Park
Photos: Sydney City Limits @ Centennial Park
Photos: Sydney City Limits @ Centennial Park
Photos: Sydney City Limits @ Centennial Park
Photos: Sydney City Limits @ Centennial Park
Photos: Sydney City Limits @ Centennial Park
Photos: Sydney City Limits @ Centennial Park
Photos: Sydney City Limits @ Centennial Park
Photos: Sydney City Limits @ Centennial Park
Photos: Sydney City Limits @ Centennial Park
Photos: Sydney City Limits @ Centennial Park
Photos: Sydney City Limits @ Centennial Park
Photos: Sydney City Limits @ Centennial Park
Photos: Sydney City Limits @ Centennial Park
Photos: Sydney City Limits @ Centennial Park
Photos: Sydney City Limits @ Centennial Park
Photos: Sydney City Limits @ Centennial Park
Photos: Sydney City Limits @ Centennial Park
Photos: Sydney City Limits @ Centennial Park
Photos: Sydney City Limits @ Centennial Park
Photos: Sydney City Limits @ Centennial Park
Photos: Sydney City Limits @ Centennial Park
Photos: Sydney City Limits @ Centennial Park
Photos: Sydney City Limits @ Centennial Park
Photos: Sydney City Limits @ Centennial Park


Nicolas Jaar samples Kanye on new, 11-track project

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Timothy Norris

Chilean producer Nicolas Jaar discreetly shared an album length project last week, under the guise A.A.L. (Against All Logic).

Titled 2012-2017, the album is made up previously unreleased tracks from Jaar’s deep catalogue, including a track that samples none other than Kanye West. The track ‘Such A Bad Way’ uses the familiar line from Yeezy’s ‘I Am A God’, a cut from from his 2013 album ‘Yeezus’.

Overall, the 11-track album is an exciting listen for any Nico Jaar fan; blending lush electronica with dark, experimental soundscapes throughout it’s entirety – standard practise for Jaar, really.

Listen to ‘2012-2017′ in full below.


Watch Martin Garrix Perform the Olympics Closing Ceremony

Filed by Jenette DanieleJenette Daniele

EDM has always hit a bit a snag when it comes to monster scale promotional performances like at The Grammys or televised performances. Half the excitement a DJ set is the energy the crowd all moving in unison to the music, and course the excellent production as well.

With Martin GarrixOlympics , those shortcomings are very visible. The mini-mix style set was almost more like exit music, as people stream out the stadium during the performance. Sure the production is epic and Martin is having the time his life, but beyond that the experience is pretty awkward. There’s a few isolated circles people having a good time, but generally the crowd is just idly walking around.

Regardless the awkwardness the spectacle, Garrix certainly has plenty to be proud . Check out the full video below what went down.


DJ/Producer Koelle Releases Progressive New Single 'Lost Tribe'

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DJ/Producer Koelle Releases Progressive New Single 'Lost Tribe'Koelle – Lost Tribe

Koelle is a German producer who needs to be on everyone’s radar. His tactful use melodies and atmospheres have garnered him attention from some the biggest names in the deep and progressive scene. While he is typically seen releasing tracks on labels like Anjunadeep; he now makes his move over to Ton Töpferei with his track ‘Lost Tribe‘.

Featuring a slow rolling arpeggiator that carries much the momentum throughout the track, timbres and tones slowly morph and change over the swirling progressions. The bass line is there to steadily churn away the groove underneath, and the restricted percussions are there to emphasize the groove. Listening through the track in its entirety, over seven minutes in length, really allows for all the melodics to open up and truly deliver a heart warming soundscape.

The track recently saw a remix from label-mate Ben Böhmer, which made us excited to get a glimpse the original mix. Check out the stream below.

Koelle – Lost Tribe |