Friday, January 24, 2020

Matroda Releases “Jack The House“ on Freshly Launched Label Terminal Underground

The rising producer is back with a vengeance.

After successfully closing out 2019 with a Wax Motif collaboration, as well as releasing the groovy “Walk In The Spot” on Tiësto’s Musical Freedom label, Matroda is back with his first offering for 2020, the dancefloor-ready “Jack The House.” The single’s release comes at a busy time for the Croatian producer (real name Matija Rodic), as it marks the first release on his newly launched imprint Terminal Underground, which is also the name of his upcoming 13-date U.S. tour.

“Jack The House” is an energetic dance floor killer, blending a variety of different elements and influences in classic Matroda fashion. Its intro and buildup are rather simplistic, relying on little more than jazzy chords and drums to carry the groove. The drop, however, catches the listener off guard, creating a complex series of bass hits, weird noises, and groovy drums, all under an eerie vocal sample.

One the past years, Matroda has been consistently captivating the ears of listeners with his unique take on bass house. His 2019 album, The RED Tape, was proof that he's capable of creating all types of dance floor vibes, something that has allowed him to receive support from powerhouses such as Diplo, Dj Snake, Tchami, Alison Wonderland and more.

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6 Subcultures of Electronic Music Festivals

Explore some hobbies and lifestyles born out of the modern electronic music festival.

A central, if unspoken tenet of electronic music festival is self-expression in all things. This ranges from festival fashion to how people define themselves by where they stand in the crowd. Just as electronic music festivals are bastions of the extreme, so too have people taken small facets of festivals and turned them into robust ways of life in their own right.

Read on to learn about six subcultures that have emerged from the electronic music festival circuit.

1. Pin Collecting

These days, it’s literally impossible to go to a music festival and not see a plethora of lapel pins donned on hats, sold by vendors, or traded among festy fam. It can seem that on every head is a festival hat, and on every hat there’s at least half a dozen Rick and Morty pins.

Just as every other hobby is made of a spectrum from the casual to the hardcore, though, pin collecting is no stranger to the extremes. Small pins might cost an average of $5-10, while limited-edition artist pins cost $25-45 up front. “Aftermarket” collecting, however, is where things get really crazy; pins created by certain artists can easily exceed a few months’ rent in value.

Disney pin collectors are certainly no stranger to the game, but in the past few years, "artist pins" borne out of festival pin collecting have also reached this level. Though these artist pins may no longer have a direct tie-in to music fests, in-person drops and meetups are still predominantly held at festivals.

2. Hat Collecting

In the massive fields of Bonnaroo, or the endless sun of Electric Forest’s Sherwood Court, festivalgoes are no stranger to standing in packed crowds under the sweltering sun for hours on end. In conditions like these it’s almost a death sentence to not have some sort of portable shade, so it’s no surprise that festival fashion has strongly co-opted and elevated the lowly hat to a sometimes-legendary status.

Though the most popular style of festival hat is the flat-brim six-panel cap, any type of hat can be found at music festivals, typically the flashier the better. And just as pins have diehard fans, so too do hats, with some headwear pulling hundreds of dollars from collectors.

3. Flow Arts

As soon as the sun sets, the rolling hills of electronic music festivals are splashed with spinning, swinging, undulating LEDs. Any music festival veteran knows that, as enticing as these lights may seem, one shouldn’t venture too close for fear of getting solidly smacked across the face by flying plastic. Though they may endanger everyone within a three-meter radius, there’s an undeniable magic and skill to the flow artists who lose themselves (and occasionally their toys) to the music in the crowd.

"Flow art" is a relatively generic term that refers to moving the body with one or more “prop” (aka flow toy) in an aesthetically pleasing way. There are many types of props, with popular ones being hoops, gloves, poi, staves… the list goes on. As individuals become more advanced with their LED props, they may graduate to fire spinning.

Many practitioners espouse the psychological benefits of flow arts, citing how the activity has changed or saved their lives in some way. Indeed, the term “flow art” comes from the seminal work of psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (pronounced Chick-sent-me-high-ee), who posits that “flow” is a psychological state of intense focus and concentration, where one is “completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one.”

4. Festival Totems

The history of music festival totems is murky at best. Some sources claim they come from the original Woodstock (1969), or perhaps West Berlin’s first-ever Love Parade (1989); even if these claims are unverifiable at best, festival totems undoubtedly share their name with sacred objects of aboriginal or indigenous groups. Though the name may smack of cultural appropriation, today’s festival totems are startlingly close to Wikipedia’s definition of the word: a “sacred object, or symbol that serves as an emblem of a group of people.”

Love them or hate them, totems are an undeniable part of the DNA of American music festivals. Whereas a few years ago totems were simply memes pasted on sticks, today’s totems are often alarmingly complex, with much money and time spent developing them.

5. Shuffling

Shuffling (aka the Melbourne shuffle) originated in the Australian rave scenes of the 1980s. Recently, the dance has seen a resurgence (and fall) in the U.K., and popularity in the Netherlands, where it is derisively called the “rabbit dance.” 

In 2011, shuffling came to popularity in America in large part due to the contest to be a dancer in LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” music video, and since the rise of social media and electronic music festivals, shuffling and its students have become ubiquitous across the scene. Outside of EDM festivals, shuffling has become a sort of exercise routine for the children and elderly in China.

6. Kandi

At the most basic level, kandi simply refers to the colorful plastic beaded jewelry that ravers collect and flaunt. It originated from the underground West Coast rave scene of the 1990s, and though it may have been synonymous with drug culture in its early days, kandi kids have since created their own niche that is independent of intoxicants.

These days, kandi is tied to the PLUR (Peace, Love, Unity, Respect) movement, and the exchange of kandi (which is integral to the hobby) is initiated with the “PLUR handshake.” Though kandi can be purchased pre-made, the most respected pieces are made by hand, with some pieces taking multiple days to complete.

Just as kandi creations have become more complex, so too has its ethos. To many kandi kids, each piece of kandi has its own story or meaning, and exchanging kandi is like giving a small piece of oneself to a fellow raver.

Brian Baker is a writer and photographer based out of St. Louis. You can find his portfolio here.



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Doctor P Throws Down On "Smoke & Flames" ft. Virus Syndicate

His debut album is reportedly out in March of 2020.

Doctor P (real name Shaun Brockhurst) has been cultivating a devoted following since his start back in 2009. With a career spanning over a decade long, it makes the news of a debut album that much more special. It has been reported that fans can expect the new album titled Animal Vegetable Mineral Pt. 2, the follow-up to his 2012 EP, this March. To kick start the hype he has released a new track off the forthcoming effort, "Smoke & Flames" featuring Virus Syndicate

The single goes hard from the get-go, as the British grime collective blasts their way into the production. Their brash and taut rap style pairs perfectly with Brockhurst's dirty bass work. It combines to make an insane, head-thrashing mix that will make the crowds lose their minds. If this is even just a taste of what Animal Vegetable Mineral Pt. 2 has in store for us, fans are in for a treat. 

When the U.K. native dropped Animal Vegetable Mineral Pt. 1 in 2012 he delivered one of his most played songs to date, "Flying Spaghetti Monster." Eight years later, we get to see how he plans to follow up such a successful release. It has been reported that the album will feature a collection of his previously released singles from 2019 as well as some unreleased work due to come out in the next few months. His latest single, "Voices," gave his longtime fans a look back at his drum and bass roots. Only time will tell what direction he takes this new album.

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Kaskade and BROHUG Deliver Throwback Single "1990"

They've got "The Power!"

Kaskade and Swedish trio BROHUG are paying major homage to a prolific year in electronic music with their new track "1990," out now on Kaskade's Arkade imprint. When producers of this caliber get into a studio together you know magic is in the works. They have taken the recognizable sample from the iconic SNAP! track "The Power" and reworked it into a current club smash that will get both the older and younger generations singing along. 

The piece opens with a groove-inducing build as the nostalgia starts pouring in alongside the vocal chops. The pressure builds as Kaskade's unmistakable synth work drops straight into those legendary four words. The producers have succeeded with flying colors in reimagining the household single. They brought it to the '20s while still delivering the same old school flair heard around the world 30 years ago. 

"1990 was an incredible year for music. You couldn't go into a club, pizzeria, or record store without hearing the iconic song by SNAP!, "The Power," and here we are in 2020 with it still buzzing in the zeitgeist," said Kaskade and BROHUG in a joint statement. "'1990' is only to be played on the loudest of speakers, and has got the power to stay stuck in your head long after hearing it."

This is not the first time Kaskade (real name Ryan Gary Raddon) and BROHUG (composed of John Dahlbäck, and Chris and Niklas Lunde) have delivered impressive work together. They first blew fans away with the smash hit "Fun" alongside Mr. Tape and Madge. Their latest collaboration, "Lose Control," was featured on Raddon's deluxe version of Redux 003 which came out in October of 2019. 

You can catch Raddon live in 2020 at Gronk Beach Miami for the massive Superbowl party thrown by Rob Gronkowski. Next up he will perform at Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival and then Ubbi Dubbi Festival alongside IlleniumRusko, Seven Lions, Adventure Club and more. 

Brohug are coming off the success of their recent EP, Trouble. It featured the aforementioned collaboration with Raddon as well as his recent work with Ghastly titled "Get Down."  

Stream or download "1990" by Kaskade and BROHUG across platforms here

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Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival Drops Final Additions to 2020 Lineup

Vampire Weekend to curate the 4th edition of OMF’s signature PoWoW

It was to many fans' dismay when news broke that Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival (OMF) would not return in 2019. Spirits turned around when promotional titan Insomniac swooped in to save the day by acquiring the gathering, thus making for a triumphant return in 2020. Now under the direction of Pasquale Rotella, OMF is gearing up to be bigger and better than ever. 

The fourth edition will now span over four days returning to the beautiful Sunshine Grove in Okeechobee, Florida March 5th-8th. With Insomniac curating the lineup EDM is reigning supreme, though fans can still expect to see a variety of artists across the musical spectrum. Diversifying the lineup further will be GRiZ, Baynk, Richie Hell, Alexander 23, Amber LucidJaialai, James Vickery, Grandson, UMI and Overjoy. They will be in great company including the previously announced headline acts RÜFÜS DU SOLBassnectar, Vampire Weekend, and Mumford & Sons

Along with the new additions comes word that OMF's PoWoW! will return to the BE Stage and lead by the headline act Vampire Weekend. The set has become an institution of the festival since its inaugural year back in 2016 led by Miguel and Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler. The unique experience features an eclectic array of artists coming together to deliver what will feel like an intimate jam sesh between friends. It's a chance to hear artists you never thought would share a stage together throw down some amazing music. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience you will not want to miss. 

Being that it is a music and arts festival, OMF will continue to feature immersive experiences including pop-up performances, creative installations, yoga, life-enhancing workshops, and a plethora of other activities to get the most out of the four-day event. Over 100 artists will be spread across the five immersive stages.

Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival will take place from March 5th-8th, 2020. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the event website

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FISHER Announces BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix Debut

His spotlight on the coveted radio show goes live January 25th.

FISHER (real name Paul Fisher) is set to make his BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix debut on January 25th. 

Fisher's spotlight on the radio show comes as no surprise, as legendary host Pete Tong hasn't failed to impress since the show began in 1993. Tong has been on a roll as of late, inviting some of the greatest dance music artists of all time including Skream, Joris Voorn, TNGHT and Nicole Moudaber. Undoubtedly, Fisher is a deserving entry to the ever-growing list.

Beginning his career in dance music as one of the founding members of Cut Snake, Fisher has since become one of the most promising names in tech house. In 2018, the Australian surfer-turned DJ released his hit track "Losing It" on his Catch & Release imprint. The song was met with critical acclaim, receiving a Grammy Awards nomination for Best Dance Recording

Earlier this month, Fisher raised over $100k for the Australian bush fires by donating all proceeds from a five-hour set in Sydney.

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Zomboy Brings Listeners to the "Battlefields" with Latest Track

Zomboy isn't holding back with his first release of the year.

Zomboy (real name Joshua Mellody) has dropped his latest tune "Battlefields" via Never Say Die

"Battlefields" begins with a menacing guitar riff, preparing listeners for the heat that's about to come. Mellody wastes no time moving into a buildup, leading into a pre-drop vocal that's just as wild as the rest of the track. Fans of Mellody and his recent tune "Archangel" will certainly gravitate towards "Battlefield," as it continues down the path of heavy, neck-snapping singles. 

Mellody has continuously been a driving force in bass music, as the majority of his tunes find their way into the festival circuit. His 2016 EP Neon Grave still sees plenty of plays to this day, including his hit track "Like A Bitch." Last year, the U.K. producer released his Rott N' Roll Pt. 2 EP as well as a remix compilation that featured reworks from TYNAN, Oliverse, PhaseOne, and others. 

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