[EDM] Insomniac Records Releases EDC Las Vegas 2018 Compilation

One of the biggest projects every year is the EDC Compilation. This makes complete sense, given the festival is one of the biggest event productions in the world. This year Insomniac Records brought some recent classics back, along with some fresh new heat to fill out their 2018 catalog.

They start things off with a major “FUN” collaboration between Kaskade, BROHUG, Mr. Tape and Madge. From there we get twenty-eight other songs from the likes of Chris Lake, Dr. Fresch, Parker, 12th Planet, Bijou, Dirty Monkey, YOOKiE and so many more. With a wide range of genres, there’s a little something for every one in this compilation. It’s getting us warmed up for EDC; be on the lookout for us ninjas there! Lastly, make sure to add the compilation to your digital library.

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[Electronic] Shmuck the Loyal – Not Alone

Shmuck the Loyal
Not Alone

Shmuck the Loyal has finally followed up with a release after dropping his HISTRIONICS EP nearly five months ago. His retro-inspired original “Not Alone” features many classic sounds from the early days of dance music, as well as samples that kick nostalgia into gear for any gamers.

“Not Alone” doesn’t aim to be a labeled to a certain genre. Instead of bounces through various styles for one fun four minute ride. There is so much going on it almost feels like several songs in one. It’s nice to see Shmuck back at it with such a cool tune that isn’t attempting to ride any popular waves. He’s always done his own thing and you can count on him to keep that up.

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[EDM] Felix Cartal – Worry (feat. Victoria Zaro)

Get ready to have your week brightened up because Felix Cartal is back with a new song in anticipation of his new album, NEXT SEASON, coming out May 4th. As Felix explains, “Worry” is about fighting through your internal struggles and knowing that it will get better. The song’s mellow, yet uplifting vibe meshes perfectly with Victoria Zaro’s incredible voice, making it a song that you can bump to at the club or listen to during a long car ride with your friends.

The style of “Worry” seems influenced by many of the best parts of electronic music, while also remaining unique in its own way. By far my favorite part of the song, however, is Felix’s manipulation of Victoria Zaro’s voice in the buildup and drop. He manages to use Zaro’s voice as an instrument that plays a crucial role in the drop, making the song the work of art that it is.

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[Event Review] Grooving Through Wonderland

Looking at the NOS Event Center from the outside, you’d never think that Insomniac would be able to transform the traditional fairgrounds into the Alice & Wonderland themed massive event that it is.

It was somewhere between walking into the Queen’s Domain Stage for the first time, with royal banners draped down from a regal dome and the stained-glass windows of a virtual castle dance on the huge Main Stage LED screens; Between fairytale teapot art cars that stood comically 15ft high just outside with their caretakers fresh out of mind-bending tea party with the mad hatter himself; and between watching every rendition of Wonderland’s vibrant characters stream into the venue all around me that I realized I had already I had already tripped and fallen deep into the Rabbit Hole.

The event was outstanding, even through a chilly rain the first day. If anything the stages had even more memorable crowds with everyone dancing and staying in cover to keep warm and dry.

The Mad Hatter’s Castle was the favorite music stage this year, featuring outrageous sets from the likes of R3HAB, Electric Mantis, Black Tiger Sex Machine, & Australian artist Just A Gent. Christofi dropped an awesome, intimate set early on Day 2 at the Queens Domain that went off too. Personal best set of the weekend? Valentino Khan.

With VIP experiences being hit or miss, I was excited to see what this years looked like. The Gypsy Shrine was there in all their glitter & jewels making people fabulous and there was a massive recreated mad hatter tea party table for photo ops. What truly stood out as I explored the space was an explosion of what was referred to as “wellness technology”.

A massive spinning bed that rotated 13 times per minute to balance the body’s equilibrium. Light therapy masks. Vibrating beds known as SoundLounges. Virtual Reality Experiences. Live Art. An Augmented Reality wall. The list goes on, but I was blown away.

The Courtiers were brought in by Insomniac to curate the space known as ‘The Quantum Lounge’ and they partnered with a company in the emerging cryptocurrency space called Swarm Fund to do it. The Virtual Reality was using the game Sound Self, where the object is to fill objects with your voice. Using tones, fractal patterns actually respond to the user’s voice to create intricate, hypnotic patterns. It was a trip watching how people interacted with the game, with one girl singing into the game creating incredible patterns.

After my experience there, I moved onto the SoundLounge. I was given headphones and laid down on a futuristic black bed, choosing a 5 minute audio track called “Abundance” that had been designed by a doctor to facilitate relaxation in the body. Almost instantly after I was placed in the lounge and the track started, I could feel a massive bass wave pulse through the my body and drop all tension away. It was way beyond my expectations, with one guest sitting up saying it was one of the best festival experiences they’d ever had.

I spent more time here engaged than any other VIP space I can remember. The live art was truly outstanding and left plenty of room to lounge around on light-up, fiberglass pods that were essentially art installations and seating at the same time. The Quantum Lounge was a perfect recharge and entertainment experience that every VIP experience could look to for inspiration. Truly the last piece of the puzzle to bring me fully into Wonderland and send me back onto the festival dance floor feeling my best.

All in all Beyond Wonderland was an awesome event, and a perfect introductory experience for me – showcasing how far they’ve come in the event’s 8yr run. With an amazing lineup, art installations, stages, and an outrageous VIP I left remembering why I come to these events. To connect with myself and the other amazing humans that call this otherworldly combination of music and immersive art home.

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[TMN Premiere] Harlee – Venom (Disco Fries Remix)

NYC-based duo Disco Fries are back with some serious fire. have put their spin on Steve Madden/5Towns Records’ signee Harlee’sVenom.” Through their colorful rendition, they create an intoxicating and upbeat version of the ethereal ballad.

For those unfamiliar, Harlee has quickly become a buzzing and dynamic pop act. Kicking off her music career with the single “Holding On,” she followed it up with “Venom,” a hit that took off soaring the minute it went live.

It doesn’t come as a surprise that Disco Fries, who are widely recognized for bridging the gap between mainstream and EDM, gravitated towards Harlee’s single. Taking their easily-digestible yet versatile sound, Disco Fries put a seemingly effortless, jubilant spin on the powerful ballad while still complimenting Harlee’s impressive vocal range. Take a listen below and you’ll see why we felt compelled to share this one.

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[TMN Interview + Music Video] Taska Black feat. Ayelle – Dead Inside

You may have been seeing bitbird artist Taska Black’s name quite a bit recently. The Dutch producer has been on a steady rise, seeing overwhelming success in 2017 with singles such as “Where We Go,” as well as his collaboration with fellow bitbird artists Droeloe and vocalist Cut_, “Running Away.” Taska’s most recent accomplishment is his release with soulful singer Ayelle titled “Dead Inside,” and just days ago he released the song’s official music video. Lucky for us, we were provided with the opportunity to speak with Taska Black and learn more about the inspiration behind his music and the video in addition to some sneak peaks of what 2018 will look like for him. Watch the video and check out the interview below!

TMN: Rumor has it you’ve got some huge announcements coming up. Can you give us any hints as to what those will be?

TB: No one thing in particular but I’ve got lots of exciting things happening indeed. Exciting collaborations with bitbird artists and others outside as well. And I might also be working on what I hope is my debut EP…

TMN: How did you get into production? Did you have any classical training prior?

I started taking lessons in violin and piano when I was 4 years old. I never liked playing songs from sheet music exactly how they were supposed to be played so I started improvising my own melodies. When I was about 13 years old I got my first audio interface and Cubase to start recording my improvisations and that’s how I got into production. After years of experimentation I thought it was time to take things to the next level so that’s when I started Taska Black.

TMN: It’s huge to be approached by a creative mind such as San Holo’s. What was your initial reaction when he asked you to sign to his imprint bitbird?

TB: Actually it was me sending a mail to them 3 years ago to show them what I was doing. I loved what bitbird was putting out and San seemed to like what I was doing too. We started talking and that lead into more releases on bitbird. Both San and bitbird have grown a lot over these years and I’m super grateful to be part of the family and to have such amazing people around me.

TMN: What do you love most about the bitbird label?

TB: I think we’re doing something unique in the industry. bitbird really feels like a small family of people with their own vision and their own sound. That’s what San does best I think, supporting people who have their own vision whether it’s in classical music or EDM.

TMN: What can we expect for 2018? Do you have any cool collaborations coming up that you can tell us about?

Lots of new music. Some remixes and new original singles. I’m currently working on some exciting collaborations but unfortunately I can’t reveal any of that yet. I’m also super stoked to be playing my first shows in the US this year. Really looking forward to Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza Paris as well.

TMN: Congratulations on the release of your new music video for your single with Ayelle, “Dead Inside!” Can you tell us a bit about the plot or what inspired the creative direction of it?

TB: Thank you! I really saw this track as a chance to show my experimental side of music to the listeners. I had this vague line in my head “I’m dead inside” so I started building off that thought. When I finished the song with Ayelle we started talking to the director of the music video, Joris Weerts. We shared some ideas on how we wanted to approach the video and give more meaning to the song. I think the track really came to life when we combined both the musical and the visual aspect. The video shows how people are not easily impressed anymore in this saturated era of media and the internet. We wanted to make these feelings of depression heard in order to accept and deal with them, rather than to criticize.

TMN: How would you describe a Taska Black show? Are there any features of it that you feel are signature to “Taska Black,” such as visuals or live elements?

TB: We’re currently shaping the show both musically and visually and I’ve had the chance to test things out on the shows I did with San. I always like to play lots of unreleased music and edits of songs that I’m into. I’ll be doing DJ sets only for a while now but in the long run I really want to incorporate live elements in the show so we’re putting a lot of thought into that as well.

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[Electro] J-Kwon – Tipsy (Birthdayy Partyy Remix)

J-Kwon
Tipsy (Birthdayy Partyy Remix)

Birthdayy Partyy continue to roll out releases at an astonishing pace. The twin brothers came through to make Monday better with their remix of “Tipsy” by J-Kwon from 2004. It’s not something you see a lot of remixes for, but we’re glad they took this one on.

“Tipsy” was huge for a lot of us when we were in middle school, despite the song totally not being tween friendly. Now as adults we get to enjoy it in full force with a whole lot of electro bass thanks to these Chicago producers. They’ve dabbled in different sounds since their debut in Janurary and continue to expand with this Rezz-friendly remix. As with all of their previous releases, Birthdayy Partyy have dropped this as a free download.

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