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A Landmark Year for Bass Music: UKF Dubstep 2012 Compilation

After a massive showing last weekend at Hammerstein Ballroom with heavyweights Borgore, Chase & Status, Dirtyphonics, Delta Heavy, and more representing the best in bass music, UKF is back with their hard-hitting 2012 compilation album. UKF has been bringing us the gnarliest and grimiest of Dubstep since their establishment in '09 with their internet uploads and parties that serve as a brand name in the world of bass. Today I present you their huge 20-track playlist for the best of Dubstep in the year of EDM: 2012. Released alongside their Drum & Bass compilation (which we'll review later), this one is sure to get a lot of downloads. But for now stream the songs here, and tell us your favorite track by commenting below (mine's number 20).

1. "Bring It Down" - Emalkay

2. "Adrenaline" - Zeds Dead

3. "Stabs" - xKore

4. "Whiskers" - Feed Me & Gemini

5. "Bass Salt" - 12th Planet & Antiserum

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Review: Dirty South @ Roseland Ballroom NYC

I've been to a ton of EDM shows over the past few years, but still something amazed me about this past Saturday when Dirty South took over Roseland Ballroom on his City of Dreams tour. With Gregori Klosman and Mord Fustang accompanying, the trio mesmerized the New York City crowd along with stunning lights and aerial acrobatics until the early morning.

After a stellar set from Klosman, fast-rising Electro-glitcher Mord Fustang took to the decks of the Times Square venue as more and more EDM faithful stormed the Ballroom. His unmistakable style paired perfectly with the bass-hungry crowd, definitely setting the energy high for DS to follow. Popular original tracks "Lick the Rainbow," "The Electric Dream," and "Champloo" had the crowd jumping, as did his epic remix of "Gold" from Fussy Boy.  If you didn’t know Mord Fustang before Saturday, you left a fan.

A few ticks off 1:00 A.M. Dragan Roganović, known to most of us as Dirty South, ascended behind the turntables and sought to capture the minds of New York.  Playing the same stage that has seen EDM greats Swedish House Mafia and Deadmau5, Dirty South had to do something special that night to amaze the crowd. And he did. Abandoning his somewhat predictable set style, Dragan gave the Tri-State crowd everything he had to offer, transforming the City that Never Sleeps into a City of Dreams.

From the minute the opening notes of "Walking Alone" marked the start of his set, Dirty South left no doubt as to who owned the moment. Dragan’s set showed familiar bangers mixed in technically impressive and unique ways. Exhibit A: "Greyhound" (an iconic EDM track) mixed with his own remix of Miike Snow’s "Devil’s Work", one of my favorite DS tracks, a mix that set the crowd on fire.

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Review: Until Now - Swedish House Mafia

Since its conception in 2008, Swedish House Mafia has become a global EDM phenomenon.  Known for producing hit after hit, and putting on consistently epic performances, Ingrosso, Axwell, and Angello have become the faces of the mainstream Progressive House movement.  The disappointing announcement of SHM’s separation following One Last Tour has been slightly eased by today's release of Until Now, the concluding album from the trio of EDM giants. SHM has compiled their set essentials, making Until Now a 22-track house compilation for the ages. The records are intense, big room house, fitting the SHM mold perfectly. My only grievance with the album is the lack of new material. You'd expect a group with such an enormous fan base to go out with a louder bang – that would only add to the magic of One Last Tour. The "educated" house fan may know most of the tracks on the album, but you’ll surely enjoy the album nonetheless. Because there's no way to sum up the enormous year that has been 2012, without a bit of SHM.

1. "Greyhound" - Swedish House Mafia

"Greyhound" is the iconic SHM set-opener.  They’ve gotten hundreds of crowds in the palm of their hands with this track, and for good reason – it bumps.  No matter who drops it, the Mafia or others, the audience always turns to pandemonium.

2. "Here We Go" - Hard Rock Sofa & Swanky Tunes

For the project it is, “Here We Go” fits Until Now well.  The three Swedes have both supported and consistently dropped the record.  I just feel SHM missed a huge opportunity to go out with a bang – new material for One Last Tour would’ve been sick.

3. "In My Mind" - Ivan Gough & Feenixpawl ft. Georgi Kay (Axwell Remix)

In a festival setting, the synth melodies of Axwell’s In My Mind mix give you the chills.

4. "Calling" (Lose My Mind) - Sebastian Ingrosso & Alesso ft. Ryan Tedder

Mentor and prodigy team up to produce a festival banger.  Simple as that.

5. "Atom / Leave the World Behind" - Nari & Milani vs. Laidback Luke vs. Swedish House Mafia

Atom is a bumpin' track with mass appeal.  Mix that with the work of SHM & Laidback Luke (Happy Birthday), and you've got a hype track for sure.

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Review: Avicii @ Radio City Music Hall NYC

In the center of the universe lies the legendary venue, Radio City Music Hall, which has been notorious for selling out different artists and acts since 1930. But never before has a DJ taken over this famous stage, let alone sell out the entire theater. On September 26, history was made as ravers packed the venue from orchestra to mezzanine, filling the historic space with neon, glowsticks, and not a single Rockette

On September 26th and 27th, Tim Berling, better known as Avicii, tore up the traditional stage, replacing the draped velvet curtains with lasers and visuals. He stood tall and proud on top of his signature white mask, elaborately decorated with wild aesthetically enhanced graphics all over the face. His set design and lighting included alluring effects and colors from rainbow images, all while a mesermising video of a swirling rollercoaster was projected onto the face's surface

The night started young with "Baba O’ Riley" by The Who, an unforgettable classic. Avicii hits such as, “Penguin”, “Silhouettes” and “Sunshine”, a collaboration with David Guetta, all had the crowd on other "levels" of life! He featured a range of tracks new and old, from Deadmau5 “The Veldt” to Janet Jackson “Go Deep”, which kept the crowd in constant excitement.  Other highlights from the night included, Robyn’s “Hang With Me (Avicii Club Mix)”, Jupiter Ace "Glowing in the Dark," and Nari & Milani’s "Atom".

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Your Guide to Friday at Nocturnal Wonderland 2012

It's time that time of year again, when we journey through the rabbit hole into the magical land of Nocturnal Wonderland! Held at the famous NOS Center in San Bernadino, California this legendary festival has been taking place for the last 18 years and is growing every year. Last year the festival was turned into a 2 day event making Nocturnal that much bigger!

With a stacked lineup comparable to this year's EDC, Nocturnal has gotten us here at EDM Lounge excited to follow Insomniac even further into the "Energy that Awaits." The following is a list of acts you'll catch me night 1 (Friday) in Wonderland!

Soundprank (Alice's House, 5:00 - 6:00 PM)

Hailing from Ontario, this progressive producer is making sparks with many big names in Trance today. Now a part of the Group Therapy stage, Soundprank will no doubt be a pleasure to watch live. Incorporating a sense of excitement comparable to older trance, while still maintaining a fresh sound in his productions, Colin Fisher might have a few tricks up his sleeve and we are excited to see them!

Boom Jinx (Alice's House, 6:00 - 7:00 PM)

Boom Jinx is definitely no stranger to Group Therapy, but his electrifying performance will surely have you hooked. Taking you on a musical journey, his light funky melodies and clean bass will keep you dancing until the sun sets on Nocturnal Wonderland. 


EDX (Labyrinth, 6:15 - 7:15 PM)

Famous for adding his special touch to progressive House tracks, EDX has collaborated and produced many tracks. Producing since 1994, this DJ will no doubt be interesting to watch. Look out for him at the Labyrinth!

Morgan Page (Labyrinth, 8:15 - 9:30 

With his new album, In the Air now out, and over 130 remixes to his name, Morgan Page will no doubt be an exquisite Wonderland treat. Teaming up with names like Angela McCluskey and Teagan & Sara for his new album, EDM Lounge can't wait to be "In the Air" with Morgan Page!

Fedde le Grand (Labyrinth, 9:30 - 11:00 PM)

With a stellar House music podcast called Dark Light Sessions, Fedde le Grand is definitely a must-see for us. Tearing up the main stage at last year's Nocturnal, we are curious to see what Dutch producer and DJ has ready for us this time!

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