[Event Review] Kygo – Bang Bang, San Diego

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Kygo was nothing short of amazing last Saturday in San Diego. Taking topical house to Bang Bang in downtown SD, Kygo brought down the HOUSE (get it?) and gave a high energy performance on stage. The 22-year-old producer from Norway started off the night with one of his most played remixes, “I See Fire”, which immediately got the crowd pumped up and cheering in excitement. It’s hard to imagine how he managed to channel such positive energy from his music, as you see nothing but smiles across the venue.

Playing banger remix after remix, Kygo’s performance was entertaining throughout his entire set. Some notable highlights include “Cut Your Teeth” by Kyla La Grange, “Stolen Dance” by Milky Chance and “Midnight” by Coldplay. To everyone’s surprise, he even threw in unreleased material in his set, include a BANKS remix that left the crowd in awe. Being comparably slower and more mellow than other deep house music, Kygo’s tropical house showed such distinctiveness and character while being massively appealing. It is amusing to see how his music got everyone dancing their pants off and singing along to all the lyrics, even though tropical house seemed an acquired taste for club music.

To close off his set, Kygo dropped “Sexual Healing” and his remix of Ed Sheeran vs Passenger “No Diggity X Thrift Shop”, ending the night on a high note. You could tell everyone thoroughly enjoyed the music just as much as Kygo did. While his remixes undoubtedly steal everyone’s heart, we would love to see more original material and collaborations.

Following his replacement of the almighty Avicii at TomorrowWorld, Kygo continued to prove that he’s one of the frontrunners of the revival movement of house music. Being able to attract such a large following in just a year’s time says something about Kygo’s talent.

To catch the rest of his Endless Summer Tour with Kygo and friends (Amtrac and Anna Lunoe), check out the following dates:

10/12     The Fonda Theatre – Los Angeles, CA

10/14     The Beacham – Orlando, FL

10/15     The Sinclair – Cambridge, MA

10/16     Society For Arts & Technology – Montreal, QC

10/17     Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA

10/18     Concord Music Hall – Chicago, IL

Ed Sheeran
I See Fire (Kygo Remix)
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[Future] Future Feat. Kanye West – I Won (Louis Futon Remix)

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Future
I Won ft. Kanye West (Louis Futon Remix)

When it comes to recent electronic music, there seem to be trending sub genres. Then when we get tired of listening to or producing the same style of music, we shift to a different sub genre, and as we get bored of what’s already out there we go and create a sound that is fresh. Eventually others catch on to this new sound until it becomes its own genre.

Something that has very recently become somewhat of a trend in electronic music is future bass, a style that is on the chiller side of the EDM spectrum. As many producers are catching on to the sub genre like wildfire, they have to start over from scratch and find a sound that makes their brand stand out.

An artist who has crafted productions that are so signature is Louis Futon. This becomes almost undeniable after listening to his latest remix of Future’s sensual track, “I Won.” Futon cranks up the sexiness on the original, lacing it with an assortment of fluttering synths while incorporating a rich melody and some beautiful beats. This remix truly defines Louis Futon as a stand-out artist.

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[Secret Ninja Pass] This Week at Beta 10/16

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Alright, ninjas. We’ve been hooking you up with free entry to Beta over the past year. We know you’ve have some epic times, catching some of the most legendary talent EDM has to offer, and we’re on board to keep this thing going. So, we’re once again giving you an opportunity to check out the best night club in North America for free. What all do you have to do to get in? It’s pretty damn easy. Just follow these steps:

- Head to the front door and enter the club before 11 pm
- Show this post to the cashier (Valid for 21+ only)

That’s it! Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, it’s not. Head to Beta and see for yourself.

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Holika

Snails - Oct 17
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Wild VIP

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Fix It In The Mix (Trent Cantrelle & Steven Lee 2014 Edit)
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[Deep-House/Indie-Dance] Little Daylight – My Life (The Golden Pony Remix)

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My Life (Golden Pony Remix)

We’ve been big fans of NYC’s preeminent deep-disco slingers, The Golden Pony, who for some time now have been authoring up some of the tastiest re-imaginings of tunes crossing all sorts of genres. From Peaches to Daft Punk and Tears For Fears to Swedish House Mafia, the afro wielding duo have proven their merit time and time again, pulling tunes we never thought would succeed in the deeper, more underground reaches of dance into their slick realm of sounds. Their latest remix finds them taking Little Daylight‘s “My Life” into a more sensual, slightly melancholy direction than we’ve seen in the past, using a neatly wrapped rolling bassline and popping 80′s synth progression to push Nikki Taylor’s vocals front and center. As with their entire catalog, this one will be given away for free, this time through Little Daylight’s Soundcloud, so hop on over and snag a copy. Trust us, for our electronic fans, you’ll want to be sure to add this one to heavy rotation.

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[New Artist] RAYE – Need Me

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NEED ME

Before I introduce this artist let me tell you, she is only sixteen but sounds like she is in her twenties and has been writing/singing for quite a while. Truth is, London artist RAYE has been writing and singing music since she was ten years old. Her first release ever ‘Need Me’ has lyrics and feelings far beyond her young years. A seductive voice that entices listeners, RAYE has found a way to mix her strong vocals with the perfect touch of electronic melodies and rhythms. Pretty excited to hear what more this young artist will have in store for us as her career continues to blossom, keep an eye out for her.

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[Future Bass] L A Y L A – Weightless (Dimond Saints) Remix

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L A Y L A
Weightless ( Dimond Saints ) Remix

For the first time in 4 months, Southern California has finally had enough of the 95 degree weather in the middle of October. As we soak in the lugubrious clouds that somberly sit above us, our ears are currently seeking for the proper beats to fulfill our thirst for more chilly vibes. After perusing the endless realm of Soundcloud, we just so happened to find our euphoria in the form of a stunning remix by Dimond Saints. They decided to take on the indie-pop tune, “Weightless” by L A Y L A, and turned it into a sexy, chilled out, bedroom bass marvel that will undoubtedly bring you peace of mind. Infusing it with heavy, sensual subs, subtle percussive elements, and a chilling melody, Dimond Saints give us something to close our eyes to and drift away. There’s no escaping these enchanting sound waves, so do yourself a favor and press play. You’ll thank us later.

Dimond Saints have made this track available for free download as apart of their newly released Hunters Moon EP, so grab it while it’s hot and check out their music while you’re at it.

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[Chill] Elk Road – Hurt No More

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Elk Road
Hurt No More

The bar for creativity in the electronic music sphere is being raised more and more every day and Elk Road has been doing most of the lifting. Though he isn’t a household name yet, the young Aussie soundscaper is well on his way to becoming one, not only through the superb productions exemplified through his newest release “Hurt No More”, but also through his own imprint Deer Lane. When words cannot describe a song in enough detail, sometimes the second best thing to do is listen however I will try and leave you with some parting thoughts. Before you melt away in this track completely, we want you to try and think of a song you love that sounds even remotely like this. Pretty tricky right? You definitely hear GRIZ and Pretty Lights elements to it, but it’s certainly an Elk Road record. The other thing you will probably notice is that while you can definitely identify this as an Elk Road track, you can’t really put a finger on why. You’ll go through his discography and discover no two of his songs sound alike and in fact what you are identifying as his personal brand is predominantly based on a craftsmanship and dedication to originality that us Yanks simply can’t match. Any genre, any BPM, any vocals; Elk Road will do it better.

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