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Benny Benassi & Chris Brown - Paradise

Benny Benassi & Chris Brown – Paradise

Benny Benassi and Chris Brown link up for the EDM banger, “Paradise.” This collaboration is sure to have international pop appeal as a feel-good song with a catchy hook, bouncy instrumental and all-too-important beat drop. Whether or not you like C. Breezy’s behavior out of the studio, you’ve gotta admit that he’s one of the more...
Interview: Bear Tooth

Interview: Bear Tooth

Outside the classroom, the University of Illinois exposes its students to a unique and growing culture for electronic music. Champaign-Urbana provides a creative network, which has allowed several music producers to work together and inspire one another to express themselves and continually improve their art. For our brand new Alumni Artist Series, we decided to check in...
Interview: Felix Cartal

Interview: Felix Cartal

Hailing from Vancouver, BC, Felix Cartal has been building up an impressive following the past few years. The Dim Mak Records artist slid through Champaign-Urbana this past weekend to play a show at Canopy Club, and UPC had the awesome opportunity to get an interview. I went into the depths of Canopy Club to find him...
Beyonce - Drunk In Love (Diplo Remix)

Beyonce – Drunk In Love (Diplo Remix)

With all he’s got going on between Major Lazer, individual performances, running his Mad Decent label, and fending off twerking girls everywhere he goes, I don’t know how Diplo still has time to make new music. He dropped his flip of Beyonce‘s mega hit “Drunk In Love” last night via his Soundcloud, and it’s an...
Le Knights - Cold Therapy (Live Set)

Le Knights – Cold Therapy (Live Set)

UPC favorite Le Knights is back with another live set as part of his December mixtape release. This time its Cold Therapy, part of his 4.5 hr set from 11/29/13. full of more groovy house sounds for you to enjoy. Grab his previous live set here and look for more to drop soon. If you like...
Le Knights - Fall For You (Live Set)

Le Knights – Fall For You (Live Set)

It’s been a while since we’ve heard from our homie Le Knights, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t stayed busy. Last night he decided to share with us part of his recent live B2B set from 9/20. Before we dive into the Fall season, soak up the last bit of warmth and take a listen...
Miami Horror - Real Slow ft. Sarah Chernoff

Miami Horror – Real Slow ft. Sarah Chernoff

Hailing from the land down under, Miami Horror have finally graced the airwaves with their latest single “Real Slow,” featuring vocalist Sarah Chernoff. The Melbourne based four member group just recently relocated to L.A. and have been experimenting with new sounds these last few months. Their new single sticks to their original sound, fusing glittery...
Nicole Moudaber - Give Me Body ft. Me

Nicole Moudaber – Give Me Body ft. Me

With deep beats and sexual vocals, Nicole Moudaber‘s “Give Me Body” single will get you grinding and shaking your ass on the dance floor. Nicole is known for her strong percussion and punchy bass, proving this Londoner to be an unstoppable force, as two of her recent remixes topped the Beatport Techno Chart for weeks on end. It’s...
Janelle Monae - Dance Apocalyptic (Video)

Janelle Monae – Dance Apocalyptic (Video)

The latest single off of Janelle Monae‘s upcoming album The Electric Lady gets the visual treatment and the outcome is something that just makes everyone want to dance, kind of like the song itself. Wendy Morgan directed this apocalypse-themed video which leaves the viewer with nothing short of good vibes. Peep the video above and look out for the...
Duck Sauce - It's You (Video)

Duck Sauce – It’s You (Video)

This Sauce is Boss. Duck Sauce, American DJ duo consisting of Armand Van Helden and A-Trak, have unleashed their crazy music video for “It’s You.” This humorous and psychedelic barber shop video, with fluorescent beards, disco balls, and dancing Afros, reveals the true fun of receiving a new hair cut. If you enjoyed their former...
10 Girls You'll Meet at Spring Awakening

10 Girls You’ll Meet at Spring Awakening

Festival season has finally kicked into full gear, but for those who can’t spare the extra change or time to attend the weekend long event, don’t worry you’re not missing out on too much. Although, the spectacle of seeing your favorite artists perform a live set can be mind-altering and a lifelong memory, it seems that people are more...
Holy Ship!!! Lineup Announcement

Holy Ship!!! Lineup Announcement

As tickets for this one of a kind cruise-style festival are limited, those who have reserved their cabins are happy to hear that Holy Ship!!! has announced the artist featured on the massive vessel. The entire lineup can be seen here, but we’ll name all of the pivotal performers that are on the ship for fear of discrediting...