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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...
Moods - New Horizons EP

Moods – New Horizons EP

Over the past three years, Rotterdam’s Moods has continually dropped one masterpiece after another, setting him among some of Netherlands’ top electronic music producers. If the name didn’t give it away already, Moods has the ability to create vivid, emotional landscapes in all of his music. His New Horizons EP has just hit the digital shelves via Boogie Angst and features his renowned swinging...
Open Mike Eagle - Ziggy Starfish (Video)

Open Mike Eagle – Ziggy Starfish (Video)

Open Mike Eagle‘s brand new A Special Episode EP  encapsulates a variety of stylish flows that any fan of rap will adore. For his final track on the EP, “Ziggy Starfish (Anti – Anxiety Raps),” Open Mike teamed up with London’s Gold Panda to make a powerful and lasting impression. The aesthetic beauty of Gold Panda’s production puts the listener in an environment which embodies signs of hope,...
Contest: Win Tickets to AER in Urbana, IL on 4/11

Contest: Win Tickets to AER in Urbana, IL on 4/11

AER will be invading Urbana, IL this Friday, April 11th, for a show at the Canopy Club. The 18+ event all kicks off at 7pm. David von Mering and Carter Schultz formed Aer in 2010 in Wayland, MA, combining rap, reggae, pop and indie rock aesthetics to create their own brand of music. The duo’s...
The xx - Together

The xx – Together

The May 7th release of Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is quickly approaching. After releasing snippets from Jay-Z‘s contribution “$100 Bill” and the Andre 3000/Beyonce cover of Amy Winehouse‘s “Back to Black,” Interscope released the CDQ of the xx‘s single “Together.” Expect to find this song later in the movie with Gatsby and Daisy are coming...
Andrew Wyatt - Descender (Album)

Andrew Wyatt – Descender (Album)

If you love Miike Snow, then you’ll surely love this. Andrew Wyatt, the singer of the band, has just released his own album, Descender. You cannot help but adore his supernatural and beautiful voice along with smooth and melodic instrumentals. The album was recorded in Prague with the Prague Philharmonic, a 75 piece orchestra, in...
Mikky Ekko - Pull Me Down (The Internet Remix)

Mikky Ekko – Pull Me Down (The Internet Remix)

American singer-songwriter and John Mayer lookalike Mikky Ekko get his acclaimed Clams Casino produced single “Pull Me Down” properly treated with a smooth, tranquil remix by Syd the Kid and Matt Martian. You can stream The Internet‘s remix below. Look for this to be to available on iTunes along with additional remixes from Ryan Hemsworth and a...
Wavves - Demons to Lean On

Wavves – Demons to Lean On

With an upcoming tour beginning in March, including a performance at SXSW, Wavves release their lastest single from their forthcoming album titled “Demons to Lean On.” Along with this latest track, the band also leaked the album artwork (above) and an official tracklist via iTunes. Expect Afraid of Heights to arrive March 26th. If you enjoyed this...
Grimes - Skin (Four Tet Remix)

Grimes – Skin (Four Tet Remix)

Four Tet hits up with this airy remix of “Skin” by Grimes. The use of repetition combined with the added drums over the celestial vocals brings out an enticing balance of indie and electronic that flirts with trance at times. This dreamy track beckons, pulling the listener into a near-hypnotic state, and begs to be...
Toro Y Moi - Anything In Return (Album)

Toro Y Moi – Anything In Return (Album)

Chillwave artist Toro Y Moi gives us the opportunity to listen to his upcoming album Anything In Return premature of its January 21st release date through Pitchfork Advance. Listen to the album in its entirety, as well as peep the album artwork and liner notes, here.
BoomBox - Lost Ya

BoomBox – Lost Ya

Zion Godchaux and Russ Randolph, the electronic duo known as BoomBox, have just released “Lost Ya,” yet another single off their upcoming third studio album to be released in the fall. These two develop an electronic blend of rock, blues, psychedelia, and funk in their catchy and creative songs. They seamlessly mix the sounds of the Grateful...