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Adventure Club - Superheroes Anonymous Vol. 1

Adventure Club – Superheroes Anonymous Vol. 1

Adventure Club has done it again with new megamix titled Superheroes Anonymous Volume 1. From house to dubstep to even working in some trap, this mix is 38 minutes of sheer awesomeness. The Canadian duo breathes new life into some of the most popular and readily played tracks of late. We cannot wait for the...


The Interns and thefaded teamed up to yield unstoppable results. The dynamic duo FREE DRINKZ released a new track entitled “Mickeys” today. Between a catchy hook and numerous drops, this twerky trap tune has it all. Make sure to also check out UPC’s exclusive interview with The Interns!
Proxy - Who Are You (Maelstrom Remix)

Proxy – Who Are You (Maelstrom Remix)

Dim Mak Records has continued with their #FreeFridays series which, as the name suggests, drops a free release every Friday. Today’s download is a Maelstrom remix of Proxy‘s “Who Are You.” This simplistic track flirts with the boundaries of glitch by utilizing syncopated, hard-hitting beats. Make sure to subscribe to Dim Mak’s Soundcloud page to...
Major Lazer - Lazer Strikes Back Vol. 2

Major Lazer – Lazer Strikes Back Vol. 2

In continuing anticipation of the delayed unveiling of his Free The Universe LP, Major Lazer just released the second installment of the Lazer Strikes Back trilogy. Featuring Baauer and Flosstradamus (among others), this chapter manages to span trap, happy house, and moombahton in an appropriately disjointed 17 minute journey. Each lull revs you up for whatever...
Interview: The Interns

Interview: The Interns

Mickey Karbal is not your typical college senior. While studying Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, he produces and DJs as The Interns (aptly named after interning for Flosstradamus throughout 2008 and 2009). Additionally, he has collaborated with thefaded to comprise new duo, FREE DRINKZ. UPC got the chance to see Mickey...
Interview: Excision

Interview: Excision

Considering his ever-growing popularity and countless sold out shows, Jeff Abel, better known as Excision, certainly is a mystery. With ominous branding complete with skulls and masks, the elusive nature this artist brings carries over into his PR exposure. Very few interviews or even simply unmasked photographs exist of this 100,000 watt prominence in the...
Baktrak & Banko - Jaw Drippin

Baktrak & Banko – Jaw Drippin

The recent explosion of trap music popularity has intoxicated electronic music listeners across the globe. Trap-gods such as Flosstradamous, RL Grime, and Baauer have set the stage for rising artists everywhere. University of Illinois duo Bart Urbanek and Bennett Kohler, better known as Baktrak & Banko, dropped “Jaw Drippin” along with four other bangers from...
Kill The Noise - BLVCK MVGIC (Kill the Noise Pt. 2) (Video)

Kill The Noise – BLVCK MVGIC (Kill the Noise Pt. 2) (Video)

Combining claymation and dubstep, Kill The Noise unleashed a bloody awesome video. The release of “BLVCK MVGIC (Kill the Noise Pt. 2)” may make you queasy, but just press play… This short film wrenches you on a gory journey that follows a witch hunt, angry villagers and plenty of brains and guts. Your mind will be reeling....
Hucci - YEAAH!

Hucci – YEAAH!

When you think trap, The Temptations are just about the last place your mind goes. However, to British producer Hucci, the two concepts may as well be peanut butter and jelly. “YEAAH!” morphs The Temptations’ hit “Get Ready” into a trap sensation with an oldies feel. Following his 2012 EP Novacane, this track anticipates Hucci’s untitled...
3LAU - 3LAU HAUS #10 (Don't Blink)

3LAU – 3LAU HAUS #10 (Don’t Blink)

If you are looking for a half hour of sheer insanity, look no further than 3LAU‘s newest bootleg mashup “3LAU HAUS #10 (Don’t Blink).” The 22-year-old has made quite a name for himself in the electronic music community over the past year. This young artist continues to wow listeners with his latest release by seamlessly incorporating...
Avicii - Three Million (Your Love Is So Amazing) ft. Negin

Avicii – Three Million (Your Love Is So Amazing) ft. Negin

Having just hit 3 million likes on his Facebook page, Avicii released this free track to thank fans for all of their support. Combining his instrumental genius with the vocals of Swedish singer Negin, the appropriately-titled “Three Million (Your Love Is So Amazing)” glides from a trance feel to happy house. The smooth bassline exemplifies...
The Interns & thefaded - Save Us (From Trap)

The Interns & thefaded – Save Us (From Trap)

The Interns have teamed up with thefaded to create “Save Us (From Trap)” which dropped today. As trumpet morphs into synth you can’t help but to get “trapped” in this jazzy track. Encompassing trap and jazz under the electronic umbrella, “Save Us (From Trap)” has breached an uncharted fusion much like moombahton’s union of house...