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Interview: Kyral x Banko

Interview: Kyral x Banko

For the second installment of our Alumni Artist Series, we checked in with Bennett Kohler and Collin Burdick, two U of I graduates who have developed their own project of unique Electronic/Hip-Hop called Kyral x Banko. Collin and Ben are both currently living in Chicago and crafting tunes daily. UPC: What got you into music production? Kyral: I got into music as...
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...
Lianne La Havas - Unstoppable (FKJ Remix)

Lianne La Havas – Unstoppable (FKJ Remix)

Paris based French Kiwi Juice (FKJ) is no stranger to the vastly growing electronic music scene, but he strays far from the conventional dance music we’ve heard so many times before. Inspired by an abundance of classic Funk, Soul and R&B, his unique live musical performance provides us with the intimate escape we’ve been desperately searching for....
Disclosure - Bang That

Disclosure – Bang That

Since the success of its hit electronic album “Settle,” Disclosure has laid low, only releasing a few collaborations in the meantime. For the first time in two years, Disclosure has finally released a new single, “Bang That.” British brothers Howard and Guy Lawrence’s debut album led to critical acclaim and worldwide popularity and success. They’ve since collaborated...
araabMUZIK - Day Dreams (Video)

araabMUZIK – Day Dreams (Video)

About a month ago I spent some time in LA, and during my visit I was blessed with an early listen of araabMUZIK‘s upcoming release titled Dream World. The album, which is due June 16th, is the highly anticipated follow-up to his Electronic Dream LP from 2011. Just like the original, this album has no...
Contest: Win Tickets to XXYYXX in Urbana, IL on 4/9

Contest: Win Tickets to XXYYXX in Urbana, IL on 4/9

XXYYXX will take the stage at The Canopy Club in Urbana, IL on Thursday, April 9th. Also joining him that evening will be Forrest Bump and Autostep. XXYYXX is the name of Orlando, FL’s 19 year old producer, Marcel Everett. Marcel works out of his bedroom creating harmonious music that provokes emotion and transmits vivid images of peace...
DJ Carnage - I Like Tuh ft. iLoveMakonnen

DJ Carnage – I Like Tuh ft. iLoveMakonnen

iLoveMakonnen made a splash in the rap game this summer, when none other than the 6 God, Drake, remixed the hit song “Tuesday” off his self-titled EP. However, this Atlanta songbird has been known to experiment, and tends to mix and blend genres rather than stay in one lane. Today we get more evidence of...
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...
Contest: Win Tickets to DATSIK in Urbana, IL on 2/18

Contest: Win Tickets to DATSIK in Urbana, IL on 2/18

Another week, another contest! Canadian producer and new bass icon DATSIK will be taking the stage at Canopy Club in Urbana, IL on Wednesday, February 18th. Working with the likes of KRS-One, DJ Paul, and Three 6 Mafia, DATSIK has been featured on UPC mixes in the past and will be striking fans with a dance set sure to test your eardrums. The...
Contest: Win Tickets to Cherub in Urbana, IL on 2/12

Contest: Win Tickets to Cherub in Urbana, IL on 2/12

Hailing from Nashville, TN, electronic-indie duo Cherub will be taking the stage at Canopy Club in Urbana, IL on Thursday, February 12th. Consisting of Jordan Kelley and Jason Huber, Cherub broke unto the scene in 2014: the duo was featured on Complex as well as Life + Times and charted in February with their electric-funk dance hit “Doses of Mimosas.” The tour, appropriately named “Strip to This,”...