Markus Schulz & Cosmic Gate – AR

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Trance legends Markus Schulz and Cosmic Gate song ‘AR‘ is now available for all trance fans.  The man behind Coldharbour Recordings, ultra long sets, and alter ego Dakota, Markus Schulz, is back at it again.  Nic Chagall, along with Bossi, teamed up with Schulz for ‘AR‘.  The collaboration premiered on July 27, 2017 on Global DJ Broadcast.

The track is on the forthcoming album Materia Chapter: Twowhich is the follow up to Materia Chapter: One. Following up from 2014’s Start To Feel, the album is another artist album that will certainly have fans on their tip toes.  The two part album features artists such as Jes, the always haunting vocalist Emma Hewitt, and some fresh talent.

Fittingly, the album name describes Cosmic Gate, and the style of music that have produced over many years.  Both, part one and two, can only be described as electrifying.  Cosmic Gate takes listeners on a journey with part one to the ends of the galaxy. Assuming Materia Chapter: Twobrings the journey full circle, there is no doubt that AR will not only excite fans, but will showcase Cosmic Gate’s talents once more.

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Erick Morillo Relaunches Pivotal Subliminal Soul Label

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Erick Morillo – Subliminal Soul – Platinum-selling artist Erick Morillo has announced the relaunch of his pivotal Deep House imprint Subliminal Soul. The label is a division under the umbrella of his flagship label Subliminal Records alongside SONDOS Records. Focusing on soulful, funky, deep house releases, the relaunch of Subliminal Soul will include projects from the head honcho himself.

Marking fifteen years since its first release with Mustafa‘s ‘I Submit 2 U,‘ the label went on to release music from the likes of Harry RomeroWho Da FunkPraise CatsDave Storm and Playmaker to name a few. With a gap in the market for soulful, warm and funky Deep House rhythms, Erick will be relaunching the label with Dean Mickoski and Roland Clark‘s ‘Red Light‘ on August 28th. Emerging Italian producer Jako Diaz is in charge of the labels follow-up release ‘Parallels,’ which will be featuring vocals from Shyam on September 11th.

With a career spanning over a decade now, Erick‘s strong work ethic and energy is still prevalent today as he continues to push the sound he was at the forefront of in the ’90s. With the return of SubliminalSONDOS and now Subliminal SoulErick continues to triumph the electronic music world, cementing his status as one of the leading innovators. With the relaunch of his flagship House imprint Subliminal in 2015, the label released a new record every two weeks and saw Erick team up with some the best current underground names in the scene, including Eli & Fur. As he continues to build upon his empire of signature records, there’s no sign of stopping anytime soon.

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The EDM Subreddit Compiled a List of the Top 100 DJ’s

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The annual DJ Mag Top 100 list is always highly criticized and seen as having the wrong results due to big name DJ’s campaigning for votes. For fun the EDM subreddit puts together their own top 100 list where the members of the subreddit decide without the the influence of DJ’s. 

This year, the sample size for the vote was 2,105 people who collectively submitted votes for over 1,000 different DJ’s. The creators of the list who compiled the votes included the spread sheet that lists each artists position, how many votes they got, how many points they got from those votes, and even includes the next 50 highest vote getting artists after the top 100. 

The list itself is quite diverse and crosses over several different genres of music house to dubstep to trance and even hardstyle. That being said the top ten is to be expected with the number one spot going to none other than Martin Garrix. 

Illenium and Porter Robinson round out the top three after both having huge years. Deadmau5 and Eric Prydz come in at number 16 and 17 respectively, while Avicii, who retired from DJing, comes in at number 53. Like all top 100 lists, Daft Punk, who haven’t performed in 10 years, made the list coming in at number 77. 

Overall, the r/EDM Top 100 is a diverse group of artists that is fairly voted on with the results reflecting that. While there is a bit of bias from the subreddit, and it is a relatively small sample size, the results produced seem relatively accurate to the general dance music population. And you don’t have to worry about those iPad votes skewing the results.

Check out the full Top of 100 list on r/EDM here. 

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Tomorrowland Belgium 2017 | David Guetta

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AI Is Learning How To Compose Music

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Songwriters and producers know how much work and practice goes into the craft of writing music. However, artificial intelligence may soon change that. AI music is a quickly-expanding field with many projects and companies developing revolutionary new means of music composition. The famous Abbey Road Studios, known for hosting legendary bands such as the Beatles and Pink Floyd as well as contemporary stars such as Adele and Kanye West, is running a startup incubator called Abbey Road Red aiming to foster links between the music industry and music technology companies. On the other side of the pond, startup accelerator Techstars Music, based in Los Angeles, has been partially funded by major labels Sony Music and Warner Music Group and included two AI startups in its program this year. Among some other companies in the growing field are Humtap in San Francisco, Jukedeck in London, Groov.AI in Mountain View, while Google and Sony’s Computer Science Laboratories (CSL) in Paris have similar endeavors titled Magenta and Flow Machines, respectively.

Automated music composition brings with it questions as to what will happen to professional human songwriters. Ed Newton-Rex, CEO of Jukedeck suggests that AI music is not meant to become better than professional musicians, but rather, is meant to be useful for people. “Music is so subjective,” he said to The Guardian. “It’s a bit of a false competition: there’ is no agreed-upon measure of how ‘good’ a piece of music is. The aim [for AI music] is not ‘will this get better than X?’ but ‘will it be useful to people?’. Will it help them?” AI music may not quite replace professional film composers, but it could be useful for YouTubers who need some background music for their videos. Jukedeck, for example, produces a song based on selected genre, tempo, mood, instruments, and song length and sells royalty-free licenses for $0.99 for individual or small businesses, and $21.99 for larger companies.

Music industry consultant Mark Mulligan said that this type of AI music focuses on sonic quality rather than music quality, and having pleasing chord progressions, the right balance of instrumentation, and the appropriate quantity of builds and breaks renders it sufficient. “AI music is nowhere near being good enough to be a ‘hit’, but that’s not the point,” he said to The Guardian. “It is creating 21st-century muzak. In the same way that 95 percent of people will not complain about the quality of music in a lift, so most people find AI music perfectly palatable in the background of a video.”

Rather than generating new material, some AI-music startups are developing tools that do otherwise. British tech startup AI Music, one of the AI firms taking part in Abbey Road Red, is developing a tool that will “shape-change” songs that already exist anywhere from adjusting their tempo to match someone’s walking pace to automatically generating remixes. In another approach, Australian startup Popgun has created an AI dubbed “Alice” that, by listening to thousands of songs by experienced playlists, engages in a call-and-response duet with human pianists. Vochlea, the second AI startup taking part in Abbey Road Red, transforms vocal samples into drum samples, pseudo-guitar riffs, and brass sections based on the melody you sing to it, helping people capture their creative ideas in their heads.

While the debate over the potential threats of AI takes place in other fields, AI music companies are more optimistic about the future of AI music. Jon Eades, a runner of the Abbey Road Red incubator, feels that AI will be yet another double-edged sword that presents itself to the music industry. “I think there will be collateral damage, just like the internet,” he told The Guardian. “It created huge opportunity, and completely adjusted the landscape. But depending on where you sat in the pre-internet ecosystem, you either called it an opportunity or a threat.”

AI may eventually become integrated into the music streaming giants such as Spotify and Apple Music. François Pachet previously worked with Sony CSL, which released two AI-composed songs in 2016, ‘Daddy’s Car’ and ‘The Ballad of Mr Shadow’. The tracks were created in the style of the Beatles and based on cues from famous American songwriters, respectively, and featured lyrics and production polish from humans. Now, Pachet is working with Spotify, and although the streaming company declines to say what he will be doing, AI could potentially compose music for Spotify’s mood-based playlists for activities such as falling asleep, relaxing, and focusing.

Despite the overall promise of AI music, there are complications that arise. Who will be the legal creators of AI-produced music? Can AI be sued for copyright infringement? If AI shape-changes a song to the point where the original becomes indistinguishable, does it become its own original work? These questions are being currently being debated as new technologies are being developed. Ultimately, time will tell how these complications will pan out and what will happen to resolve them. The AI startups hope that AI will serve to inspire human musicians rather than threaten them. AI music could essentially become a new toolset for musicians to work with, and rather than taking the place of human musicians, they can help them expand the limits of creativity and bring music production to new unforeseen places.

h/t The Guardian

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Eric Prydz, Porter Robinson, The Chainsmokers & More Receive EMA Nominations


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The Electronic Music Awards are finally coming to fruition after a lengthy waiting period. The first ever EMAs will go down in LA on September 21 and we are finally learning the categories and nominations. The EMAs will be streaming directly on Twitter and are produced by Paul Oakenfold. Finally, we have an awards show that is actually relevant to the music we listen to! Check out a full list of nominees below.

Album of the Year

Justice – ‘Woman’
The Chainsmokers – ‘Memories… Do Not Open’
Cashmere Cat – ‘9’
Tycho – ‘Epoch’
Bonobo – ‘Migration’
Gorillaz – ‘Humanz’

Single of the Year

Skrillex & Rick Ross – ‘Purple Lamborghini’
Major Lazer ft. Justin Bieber & MØ – ‘Cold Water’
The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – ‘Closer’
DJ Snake ft. Justin Bieber – ‘Let Me Love You’
Porter Robinson & Madeon – ‘Shelter’
Martin Garrix & Dua Lipa – ‘Scared To Be Lonely’

Record of the Year

Kidnap Kid & Lane 8 – ‘Aba’
Kölsch – ‘Grey’
Todd Terje – ‘Jungelknugen’ (Four Tet Remix)
Låpsley – ‘Operator’ (DJ Koze Extended Disco Version)
Rüfüs Du Sol – ‘Innerbloom’ (Sasha Remix)

Remix of the Year

Flume – ‘Say It’ (Illenium Remix)
Portugal. The Man – ‘Feel It Still’ (Medasin Remix)
Rüfüs Du Sol – ‘Innerbloom’ (Sasha Remix)
Låpsley – ‘Operator’ (DJ Koze Extended Disco Version)
Ed Sheeran – ‘Shape Of You’ (NOTD Remix)
Ed Sheeran – ‘Shape Of You’ (Major Lazer Remix)

Festival of the Year

EDC – Multiple Cities
Tomorrowland – Boom
Electric Forest – Rothbury
Movement – Detroit
Lightning In A Bottle – Bradley

Club of the Year

Berghain / Panorama Bar – Berlin
DC-10 – Ibiza
elrow – Barcelona
Fabric – London
Omnia – Las Vegas
Output – New York
XOYO – London
XS – Las Vegas

Radio Show of the Year

Above & Beyond – Group Therapy
Annie Mac – Annie Mac Presents
Claude VonStroke – The Birdhouse
Danny Howard – BBC Radio 1 Dance Anthems
Diplo – Diplo & Friends
Liquid Todd – Beta BPM
Nicole Moudaber – In The Mood
Pasquale Rotella – Nightowl Radio
Pete Tong – The Essential Selection

New Artist of the Year

Alison Wonderland
Kungs
Marshmello
Mura Masa
Rezz
San Holo

DJ of the Year

A-Trak
The Black Madonna
Claude VonStroke
Diplo
Eric Prydz

Live Act of the Year

Bob Moses
Bonobo
Eric Prydz
Flume
Porter Robinson x Madeon
Rüfüs Du Sol

Producer of the Year

Cashmere Cat
Hot Since 82
ODESZA
Sasha
The Chainsmokers

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Adrian Lux & Savage Skulls “Trust Me” ft. Soul

Adrian Lux and Savage Skulls have achieved plenty individually. Adrian’s track Teenage Crimebecame a slow-burning crossover chart topper, going platinum in several countries and landing on Australian radio station Triple J’s Hot 100 at #6. Meanwhile, Savage Skulls have collaborated with the likes of Crookers and fellow Swede, Robyn.

Now, fresh from last year’s huge collaborative remix of CLMD’s Dust ft. Astrid S, the three producers come together once more for the latest release on Spinnin’ Deep. And what a release! Together they create a sultry, sweaty dancefloor filler in the guise of Trust Me, featuring vocals from close friend Soul.

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“For this collaboration, we really tried to make something for the sweaty intimate club nights we grew up with and still love here in Stockholm. Thankfully our homie Soul had the perfect voice and vibe to make this happen! It’s an honour to put it out on Spinnin Deep, perfect label with the music for those epic and long mysterious club nights we will never forget!”– ADRIAN LUX & SAVAGE SKULLS

If you’ve ever been to Stockholm and spent a night clubbing, this will feel like a familiar reminder of the best night of your life. And if you haven’t, maybe you need to put it on your bucket list…

Adrian Lux & Savage Skulls Trust Me ft. Soul is out now via Spinnin’ Deep.

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Above & Beyond’s New Single ‘Tightrope’

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Above & Beyond – ‘Tightrope‘ – 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.

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

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