ARMIN VAN BUUREN DROPS NEW, IBIZA-FLAVORED MIX ALBUM: ‘A STATE OF TRANCE, IBIZA 2017’

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For the fourth year in a row, Armin van Buuren has turned to the White Isle with a sizzling-hot edition of his ‘A State Of Trance’ mix album series. Through ‘A State Of Trance, Ibiza 2017’, the five-time number one DJ in the world, who’s been in charge of the Wednesday nights at Hï Ibiza this summer, pushes the Trance genre onto an even higher level and lets its fans revel like never before.

Composed of two parts (‘On The Beach’ and ‘In The Club’), ‘A State Of Trance, Ibiza 2017’ harbors forty jaw-dropping Trance smashes from some of the most talented and highly-acclaimed Trance artists of the moment, including Alexander Popov, Alpha 9, Ben Gold, BT, Estiva, Gaia, Gareth Emery, KhoMha, Ørjan Nilsen and Super8 & Tab. Anticipated since Armin van Buuren teased some of its exclusive tracks on the ASOT stage at Tomorrowland Belgium 2017, ‘A State Of Trance, Ibiza 2017’ marks a definite 2017 highlight for Trance fans across the globe.

Since 2004, Armin van Buuren has released at least one ‘A State Of Trance’ mix album every year in addition to the ‘A State Of Trance Year Mix’, which has remained an annual highlight for countless Trance fans. Both series, the events and his A State Of Trance label imprint are directly tied to his A State Of Trance radio show, which is broadcast weekly from his radio studio in Amsterdam to approximately 42 million listeners in over a hundred different countries around the world. Past Thursday, episode 827 of A State Of Trance involved a one-hour ‘A State Of Trance, Ibiza 2017’ special, which fully succeeded in getting fans psyched for today’s release of the mix album.

*Listen to ‘A State Of Trance, Ibiza 2017 (Mixed by Armin van Buuren)’*

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AVICII IS BACK! - 6 TRACK EP: ‘AVĪCI’ OUT NOW

After eight intense years of music-making and touring around the world - Avicii, aka Tim Bergling– announced that he was stepping down from the stage. People everywhere thought he had left the music scene for good. Shortly after Tim went out on a journey across the States together with his closest friends and creators, and this transformational journey led him back to the joy of doing what had always meant the most to him – composing music. One of the first tracks to come out of that process was “Without You”, a song of freedom and empowerment, featuring Sandro Cavazza. Avicii performed the track at Miami’s Ultra Music Festival in 2016. Of the new EP, Avicii says:

“I’m really excited to be back with music once again, it has been a long time since I released anything and a long time since I was this excited over new music! My focus on this first EP of the album was to get a mix of new and old songs, some that fans have been asking about/waiting for mixed with brand new songs that they haven't heard before!"

Today Avicii, releases ‘AVĪCI’, his highly-anticipated EP of six new tracks.  ‘AVĪCI’ is his first new music to be released since 2015. The ep features collaborations with Rita Ora, AlunaGeorge, Billy Raffoul, Vargas & Lagola and Sandro Cavazza, continuing Avicii’s practice of working with great vocalists who can deliver on the uplifting energy and infectious melodies of his music.

Hitmaker Rita Ora features on the pop anthem ‘Lonely Together’, on a classic four-on-the-floor that bridges the gaps between pop, dance, and the phases of Avicii himself. AlunaGeorge, the English electronic music duo from London, appear on ‘What Would I Change It To’, a soft reflection of one who's finally convinced that the “right now” is right after all.  Canadian-born, 22-year-old singer-songwriter Billy Raffoul’s character driven vocals power ‘You Be Love’, which was recorded in Nashville; It's pure Avicii brightness with the clean, catchy style and uplifting energy.

The EP opens with the “Friend of Mine”, which blurs lines between folk roots and a burning synth hook. It’s a tale of friendship lost and longed for sung with playfulness by fellow Stockholm natives Vargas & Lagola, who have previously collaborated with acts such as Miike Snow, Madonna, Axwell /\ Ingrosso, Katy Perry and more.

The final bonus track on ‘AVĪCI’ is a remix of Sandro Cavazza’s track ‘So Much Better’, remixed by Avicii.

Full track list for Avicii’s ‘AVĪCI’ EP below:

1. Avicii ft. Vargas & Lagola 'Friend of Mine'

2. Avicii ft. Rita Ora 'Lonely Together'

3. Avicii ft. Billy Raffoul 'You Be Love'

4. Avicii ft. Sandro Cavazza 'Without You'

5. Avicii ft. AlunaGeorge 'What Would I Change It To'

BONUS TRACK:  Sandro Cavazza 'So Much Better' (Avicii Remix)

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BROHUG Unleashes “The Streets” EP

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Sweden's BROHUG delivers a pair of innovative singles on their fierce EP The Streets. Throughout "On It" and the title track, the bass house trio interweaves elements of hip hop and trap alongside their signature wubs to craft some of their most relentless work yet.
 
Although the Swedish trio are relatively new faces to the scene, BROHUG has taken the world by storm with their refreshing brand of club music. Organically fusing bass house with deep, tech-driven sensibilities, BROHUG’s signature sound made its way into the catalogs of Heldeep RecordsSpinninTchami’s CONFESSION imprint, and Mad Decent’s sub-label Good Enuff. Kicking off 2017 with a bang, BROHUG put out two consecutive EPs, their Dim Mak debut Giggle Juice, followed by Knuckles. The former dominated Beatport’s Electro House Releases chart at #2 and received widespread support from Steve AokiMartin GarrixDavid GuettaDimitri Vegas and Like MikeAfrojackand many more. Showing no signs of slowing down, BROHUG unleashed two more hits in May, their latest original “If I’m Wrong,” and even teamed up with Moby on a fresh reboot of “Natural Blues.”
 
This August, BROHUG brings their show to North American audiences, including tour stops at Hard Summer, Electric Zoo, Sun City Music Festival, and more.

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Above & Beyond's new single - ‘Tightrope’ featuring Marty Longstaff

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A rousing highlight from the trio’s headline shows at Ultra Miami and Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas this year, ‘Tightrope’ is a return to the heartfelt songwriting that has won Jono, Tony and Paavo legions of fans around the world.

2017 has already been a prolific year for the band, with the release of uplifting singalong ‘Alright Now’ (alongside longtime collaborator Justine Suissa), walloping tech-trancer ‘1001’, the brooding ‘Balearic Balls’ and piano-led ambient moment ‘Surge’, lifted from the ‘Inspired By The Ghost In The Shell’ soundtrack.

With heartfelt lyrics penned by Tony McGuinness and plaintive vocalist Marty Longstaff (singer-songwriter from UK band ’The Lake Poets’), 'Tightrope’ is a soaring yet bitter entreaty for hope and direction in trying times that tickles both heartstrings and hips. Debuted during a recent tour of India, the track proved to be an instant hit with fans, bootleg videos feverishly flooding the internet almost immediately.

In just six short weeks, Above & Beyond will host the 250th episode of their celebrated radio show Group Therapy, live from The Gorge Amphitheatre, Washington State. The two day event will see 25,000 fans descend on The Gorge for a showcase of the bands Anjunabeats and Anjunadeep imprints, broadcasting live worldwide online and over FM radio. Just days before fans from over 40 countries around the world converge on Seattle for ABGT250, Above & Beyond play a sold-out Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado, adding another world famous venue to the band’s ever-expanding bucket list of headline slots which already includes sold-out performances at The Hollywood Bowl, Madison Square Garden, Sydney Opera House, Royal Albert Hall, Alexandra Palace, London and Amsterdam’s Ziggo Dome.

With further summer outings including Creamfields UK, an Ibiza residency at Cream Amnesia and headline Electric Zoo performance, ‘Tightrope’ is a resounding reminder that Above & Beyond remain at the very top of the game.

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Chicane & Barbarella release “How Does Your House Work” on Modena Records

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Still in his celebratory twentieth year, Chicane is currently working on his next studio album on an island off the British coast. But that doesn’t mean he can’t come up with yet another mind-dazzling offering in the meantime. Co-written by Spanish-born songwriter, chantress, DJ and fashion blogger Barbarella, “How Does Your House Work” saw its release today on Chicane’s own label, Modena Records.

Supported by additional mixes from Danny Dove and Après, “How Does Your House Work” is a magnificent blend of nostalgia and Ibiza-flavored vibes. Its power comes from the anthemic piano chords and thumping bassline, all of which culminates in one exceptional release when paired with the before-mentioned feel-good atmosphere of the record. It has the classic Chicane feel to it and is sure to leave his loyal fan base satisfied.

Throughout his illustrious, twenty-year-long career, Chicane has become nothing short of a living legend. His near-ancient, highly-acclaimed classics “Offshore” (1996), “Saltwater” (1999) and “Don’t Give Up” (feat. Bryan Adams) (2000) dominated charts across the globe and have remained a staple in dance music to this day. The list of memorable Chicane productions goes on and on and “How Does Your House Work” marks another impressive addition to his phenomenal track record.

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Can Rock Get Back On Top?

Lots of music fans were surprised to read earlier this month that for the first time in U.S. history,  hip-hop is bigger than rock. The rankings lump hip-hop and R&B in together, but that combined genre apparently makes up 25.1 percent of all music consumption, with rock at 23 percent. Interestingly enough, the flip in rankings appears to be largely thanks to the changing nature of music consumption. When rock was on top, CD sales and digital downloads represented the primary ways that people listened to songs and albums. Now streaming is king, and young people (who mostly prefer the dynamic feel of hip-hop and R&B to the kind of stagnant vibe of rock) are most comfortable with it.

Because of that trend toward streaming in younger generations, this seems less like a one-time switch and more like a lasting condition. It feels likely that if we check the numbers again in a year, or in five years, hip-hop’s lead may even grow. That calls to mind the question of if there is any way rock can get back on top. And if so, what is it?

One thing to consider is that rock bands could continue to reach out to younger generations through creative means. We’ve seen this work wonders for a few of the older, “classic” rock groups that are still popular today. Some of these groups have done well by licensing material to websites presenting collections of casino games. Video slots have come to excel and differentiate themselves through live action backgrounds and in-game animations, which brings opportunities for all kinds of themes and source material. Artists like Guns N’ Roses, Motörhead, and even Jimi Hendrix have all benefited from having their material used in games like these.

Whether or not online video slots are the best avenue by which to reach younger people is debatable. But the general idea of licensing songs and imagery in video games is potentially a lucrative concept for rock bands. Those that are still active and losing ground to hip-hop and R&B would do well to explore the idea.

Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington

Another interesting thing to consider, particularly in light of the sudden and tragic passing of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington, is blending rock with other, more “modern” genres. One article about Bennington’s impact on music suggested that Linkin Park and the album “Hybrid Theory” changed the face of rock music. That’s debatable, but one quote from Bennington included in the piece is still relevant today. Confronting the idea that Linkin Park had in any way damaged the integrity of metal, Bennington argued, “I think that’s funny… In my opinion, we actually kept metal alive.” These are words modern rock musicians might want to give some serious thought to. The implication is that by blending genres—pairing Bennington’s metal vocals with pop riffs and rap verses—Linkin Park actually extended and adapted a genre. It’s definitely one way rock could regain some ground.

One final way back to the forefront might be through movie soundtracks. We’ve seen a rebirth of the meaningful soundtrack of late, with movies from Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 to Baby Driver being recognized as much for their musical content as for their actual plots and characters. The trouble is that movies like these tend to use mostly old, classic material. It would be interesting to see a modern rock group partner with a director or production crew to engineer the bulk of the soundtrack for a big budget action or adventure movie. Given the renewed emphasis on soundtracks it could push whichever group pulled it off toward the top of the charts.

All in all, it seems unlikely that rock will rebound. The trend toward streaming probably means that hip-hop and R&B will stay on top for a while, and pop music could similarly benefit. But if rock musicians are hoping to gain ground, these are a few of the ways they might do it.

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Steve Aoki Drops “Night Call” Video Feat. Migos & Lil Yachty Off Chart-Topping Album "Kolony"

Fresh off the release of his highly-anticipated album Steve Aoki Presents: Kolony, which debuted as the #1 Album on the iTunes US Electronic Chart, Steve Aoki premieres the second official music video for KOLONY for his hit track “Night Call” featuring Migos and Lil Yachty. The track has been featured on Sirius XM's Hip-Hop Nation and Shade45, Hot 97 NY, Power 106 LA and more.
 
Each video release off Kolony takes place in a different room of the Dim Mak Manor that corresponds to the vibe and feeling of that particular song. The second music video release following “Without U (w/ DVBBS Ft. 2 Chainz),” “Night Call” takes place in a lavish, monochromatic study that overlooks a 3D psychedelic landscape at nightfall. The video, shot in Migos’ hometown of Atlanta, mirrors the swimming sensation and off-kilter vibe provided by the track as we watch the environment around the artists take a hallucinatory turn.
 
In support of last week’s album release, Aoki introduces his new merch line, Kolony Collection. Aligned with his elevated, streetwear brand, Dim Mak Collection, the Kolony Collection was produced with every detail in mind. Each piece is washed to give the fabric a slick, soft hand. The trims are cut by hand to expose raw edge for a worn-in feeling. The cut of the styles were inspired by vintage tees and hoodies - oversized, drop shoulder, with slightly longer sleeves. The artwork inspired by the name and concept of the album, show ideas of unity and collaboration. The summer line is currently available via http://dimmakcollection.com with the Fall/Winter line scheduled to drop in September.
 
Steve Aoki is a two-time Grammy-nominated electronic dance music superstar who stands as one of pop music's most tireless multi-hyphenates. One of the Top 50 artists in the world on Spotify, Aoki has continuously established himself as one of music’s most notable names and faces, boasting an illustrious catalog with chart-topping hits. This past year, his latest single with Louis Tomlinson of One Direction fame, "Just Hold On," reached #1 iTunes overall in 43 countries including the UK, and #1 iTunes Dance in 50 countries including the US. Aoki also earned his latest Grammy nomination this past year for the Best Music Film category via his Netflix original documentary I'll Sleep When I'm Dead, which debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival and chronicles his fast-paced life as a DJ/producer and offers fans a firsthand look into his world.
 
In 1996, Steve Aoki founded DIM MAK and developed it into an influential independent record label and music lifestyle brand. Responsible for launching the careers of seminal acts such as Bloc Party, The Bloody Beetroots, The Chainsmokers, Deorro, Keys N Krates and countless others, the independently owned DIM MAK has consistently pushed new musical movements via its staunch DIY ethos. With a back-catalog hundreds of records deep, a history of legendary live events, and a fully formed clothing line, Dim Mak continues its global mission of promoting boundary-pushing music and culture ‘by any means necessary.

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