Welcome to Urbana Poppin' Champaign, Your Premier Urban Channel. UPC was established in May 2010 with a focus on introducing new music to the masses in hopes of creating a better bond between deserving artists and fans. We still believe in that statement, however, in addition to staying true to our roots with a steady flow of music, we now offer our readers the latest in style, art, and much more.
Jungle - Time (Darius Remix)

Jungle – Time (Darius Remix)

After over a year, Jungle‘s 2014 masterpiece “Time” has been touched up by one of Roche Musique‘s finest producers. Darius continues to satisfy our thirst for funk time and time again, but manages to keep his grooves refreshingly new. We hope to see a full album release from the French producer in the near future, but until then check out...
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...
ZenSupremacy - Stay Zen EP

ZenSupremacy – Stay Zen EP

Music collectives have been around for ages, giving like-minded artists a network to enhance their creativity, and inspire one another to keep pushing forward. However, before the internet, collectives were only possible if members lived around the same geographical location. Today, with the help of the major social music platform Souncloud, musicians have been given the ability to collaborate and share...
Sam Gellaitry - Short Stories EP

Sam Gellaitry – Short Stories EP

Sam Gellaitry is an 18 year old producer hailing from Scotland. Though he still might be an unfamiliar name to you, the young Scot has been impressing for quite some time now. Earlier this week Soulection head Joe Kay gave him the proper platform, by releasing his first official EP via the label. Short Stories is a...
ScHoolboy Q - Latch (Remix)

ScHoolboy Q – Latch (Remix)

ScHoolboy Q adds a verse to Disclosure‘s smash hit “Latch.” What do you think of Q’s rendition of the popular house track? Listen below via AudioMack and be sure to drop a comment. While we’re talking TDE, be on the lookout for the first single, “I,” off Kendrick Lamar‘s upcoming album. The song is set to drop on Tuesday.
Major Lazer - Apocalypse Soon EP

Major Lazer – Apocalypse Soon EP

Electronic dancehall DJ group Major Lazor (consisting of Diplo, Jillionaire, and Walshy Fire) provides fans the opportunity to stream its five-track project Apocalypse Soon. The EP includes standout tracks such as the Pharrell Williams-assisted single “Aerosol Can,” as well as “Come On To Me,” featuring dancehall legend Sean Paul. Stream below and pre-order the EP on iTunes.
Contest: Win Tickets to Felix Cartal in Urbana, IL on 2/13

Contest: Win Tickets to Felix Cartal in Urbana, IL on 2/13

Felix Cartal will be invading Urbana, IL this Thursday, February 13th, for a show at the Canopy Club. The 18+ event all kicks off at 9pm. Felix Cartal was born with a passion for hard hitting electronic music. With influences ranging from the heavy hitting distortion of The Bloody Beetroots and Boys Noize, to the techno...
DJ Kitty Smallz - Sensation Mix

DJ Kitty Smallz – Sensation Mix

Orlando’s own DJ Kitty Smallz drops her latest mix tonight titled Sensation. Just short of 17 mins long, this chilled out quickstrike includes a nice blend of music from the likes of Chrome Sparks, Drew Hill, Shlohmo, and more for you to zone out to. UPC has had Smallz on our radar for some time...
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...
Disclosure - BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix

Disclosure – BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix

Guy and Howard Lawrence, better known by their stage name Disclosure, have recently graced the airwaves at Pete Tong’s legendary “BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix” studio. The brothers from England have quickly ascended within the ranks of EDM with their exemplary debut album Settle. Since the release of their album on June 3, 2013, the duo...
UPC.FM Vol. 2: Deep Bass (Hosted by Homemade Spaceship)

UPC.FM Vol. 2: Deep Bass (Hosted by Homemade Spaceship)

Artwork by ĐG. Coming at you with the second installment in our exclusive mix series, we bring you UPC.FM Vol. 2: Deep Bass hosted by our good friend from Chicago, Homemade Spaceship. Differing from his produced tracks, the mix is full of his select favorites ranging from dub, trap, to heavy house. You’re missing if you have...