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Friday
Mar012013

Ultra Weekend 1 Highlight: Live Stage Amphitheater (Friday)

With all the talent at Ultra 15, it can be insanely hard to pick which stage to go to, and when! If you’re looking to hear a wide variety of EDM, ranging from Electro House to Trap to Funk to Moombah to Indie… then the Live Stage is absolutely the place for you! Each day of Weekend 1 at the Live Stage has a vastly different lineup, and is sure to keep you entertained throughout the entire day. The setup of the amphitheater at Bayfront Park is breathtaking (check these photos from last year), and with the fresh sounds heading there this spring it's going to be too hard to resist!

Friday March 15

Goldfish 

The past few years have showcased a steady rise for Goldfish, the innovative electronic duo that are opening up the Live Stage on Friday afternoon.  Starting out in 2005, Dominic Peters and David Poole quickly proved themselves in the South African EDM scene and went on to set the record the most nominations in the South African Music Awards.  In 2008 during their residency at Pacha Ibiza, they dropped the album "Perceptions of Pacha" which featured "Fort Knox," a track that made it into the iTunes top 10 on the dance charts.  Since then they haven’t slowed down, and are set to release their fifth studio album, "Three Second Memory", this year. They boast sick Electro House beats that are sure to keep you dancing, but with some clear jazz and African musical influences. The first single released from the album is called “Take Back Tomorrow”, and is a great sample of the unique sound that sets Goldfish apart from all the rest. Combined with live instruments, thousands of ravers, and the Miami sun, this is the best way to start off a killer weekend at the Live Stage!

Araabmuzik 

Who better to see live than Araabmuzik?? I remember the first time I saw a video of him DJing on YouTube, and just watching his fingers fly across the pads was literally astounding. As a Hip Hop producer, Araabmuzik provides an interesting genre contrast to the act that comes before him. He’s best known for beats, which always have that distinct Araabmuzik touch: specifically his rapid, rhythmic drum patterns and his skill at sampling.  Versatility is also another strong suit for this producer/DJ, who will be sure to give the crowd a display of his other talents, including Electro and Dubstep too. Check out the sick drum-step on the track "Runway Bass" below... here's hoping he drops this one on Friday! With two albums out this year, one already released and one in the works, Araabmuzik is definitely a name that we’ll be hearing for a lot in 2013.

Modestep

Modestep is a fairly new name to the EDM scene, but as this band proves, fresh talent can be just as exciting as an artist with years of experience. Modestep is comprised of four musicians who are all skilled in electronic music but with other talents as well, such as singing and guitar, thus creating a sort of Dubstep-Rock fusion which is really exciting to hear. Their debut album, “Evolution Theory” was released just this past month and includes five hard-hitting tracks that not only deliver some MAJOR bass but also derive a strongly soulful quality from the vocals. This is the kind of music that you can sway to during the chorus, but then immediately break it down once the wobbles kick in. For their short time in the industry they’ve already played several festivals, so I can’t wait to see how they translate their powerful music into onstage presence. Definitely looking forward to this set!

Boys Noize

As Friday at the Live Stage evolves throughout the day, it seems that variety is the theme of the lineup here. Boys Noize, a well seasoned DJ and producer, knows exactly what it takes to please a crowd. No stranger to the festival scene, Alex Ridha has performed live at some of the biggest most prestigious stages in the world, both as his own name and now with Skrillex forming the collaboration duo, Dog Blood. His origins lie in Hip Hop and Funk, but his sets incorporate a lot of Electro House and Dubstep as well. I’ve heard and seen great things about Boys Noize live, especially the visuals and his carefully crafted skill at mixing. He is after all the founder of Boysnoize Records, which today houses 24 impressive artists. There's a reason Rolling Stone magazine hailed Ridha as one of their Top 10 DJ’s Who Rule The Earth in 2012, and I’m sure his Ultra set will stand testament to that fact!  

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Friday
Mar012013

Ultra Weekend 1 Highlight: UMF Worldwide Stage (Friday)

My favorite part of festivals lately has been the way in which individual curated stages become my home-base for the day. When it comes to a festival as massive as Ultra, there is no doubt that you'll find fun whether you're chilling on the hill behind the mainstage or getting down to some underground sounds at the Eco Village (my favorite place to relax and dance last year). But either way, we want you all to introduce you all to new sounds and info before the festival so you can enjoy it more. The Lounge family will be at the festival both weekends, though the majority of us will be attending Weekend 1. We'll be getting to Weekend 2, but for now I proudly present my guide to the first day of the Ultra Worldwide Stage, bringing us the best of Trance & Progressive Friday. Watch out later this weekend for the other two days, where UMF Worldwide becomes the center of Electro Saturday, and pumps enough bass to blow your ears out Sunday. And don't worry, we'll be making a page soon where you can easily sort through our info on both of the weekends. CAN YOU FEEL IT?!

Friday March 15

Norin & Rad

Opening up the festival Friday afternoon is the dynamic duo from California who have been aggressively attacking the norms within Trance & Progressive. Bruce Karlsson & Nick Sember were first brought to the spotlight after being scouted by Above & Beyond to release productions under Anjunabeats. Their sound is tricky to identify but leans towards Electro-Trance, but that description doesn't do it justice. Though their typical releases may not have the compositional qualities identifiable with the traditional uplifting Anjunabeats sound, the feel you get when they're on stage is indescribable. With quick cuts between loud, punching basslines and Electro breaks, their sets are redefining the divisions between Progressive, Trance, and Electro. Their closing set for the Volume 10 party recently in New York City was nothing short of innovative, fresh, and unexpected. Watch for our interview with the two soon.

 

Tritonal

Chad & Dave have made it clear for several years that you don't mess with Texas. With an uplifting sound that defies the ASOT & ABGT camps, yet still gets a lot of airplay, Tritonal have been redefining the sound since their inception in 2007. Last year was a record one for the trio, and after falling off the maps for a few months I am confident they will be bringing their best for Miami music week. Set for release March 25 is their newest studio EP Metamorphic I, which has already seen "rave" reviews. With a zest for life and a true appreciation for their fans, Tritonal bring to the table a personal set that truly captures the prevailing theme of dance music: living for the moment.

Markus Schulz

The King of American Trance always brings his best whether to festivals or extended all-night club sets. His performances are haunting and chilling, but uplifting at the same time. Markus has mastered the craft of music curation through his weekly Global DJ Broadcast, which consistently rolls out new music every week. This gift provides for the perfect DJ set filled with new music with catchy Progressive hooks and reverberating breaks that will make you look together to the sky.

Ferry Corsten

Whether or not I can truly recommend this set depends on what Ferry's feeling that night. I have most recently seen him blow the roof off at Electric Zoo with his traditional sets which are much like what you'll hear on Corsten's Countdown, but I've also seen his blander side. I was a bit disappointed at his most recent performance at POP NYE which was a rather boring Electro House set. Nevertheless, Ferry can also be magic, and given the fact that this stage is "Trance & Progressive all day," I'm sure he'll be packing the heat.

 

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Monday
Feb252013

Find Your Sanctuary: Above & Beyond @ Roseland Ballroom

The three iconic Brits who've been at it for over a decade are hard to beat, and so were those subwoofers. But there's so much more than can be said of the night. For one thing, I have been to countless shows at the Times Square dance ballroom, and never was it this packed. The line to get in the show snaked out from the entrance wrapping its way around Broadway stretching all the way back up to the back of the venue on 53rd. 

The energy was high when our group finally got in the venue and situated about 10 people from the photo pit stage right. The stacked soundsystem together with the acoustics of Roseland really make a perfect venue for listening to something like Anjunabeats with its long punching basslines and uplifting synth chords. A&B broke the silence after Andrew Bayer left the decks with their classic set-opener "Small Moments Like These" then set off into the mix which was in fact one of the longest sets I've seen them play.

The thing about Above & Beyond is that their productions are so musically unique, yet they all adhere to a certain simplicity which compliments the catchiness of the tune, in turn leading to its success. This ends up making their shorter sets more of a concert than a mix, because no one wants to see A&B without hearing "Sun & Moon" or "Black Room Boy."

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Friday
Feb082013

I Want More LP - Getter

A couple days ago, Getter released his new LP, I Want More. This latest offering from Datsik’s Firepower Records is exactly something you would expect from Getter – each track is filled with so much bass you won’t know what to do with all of it.

But what makes this album so good is how it's held together by Getter incorporating different style elements making each track different from the next. This is readily apparent in the title track, "I Want More," which has a Moombahton-influenced drum beat mixed with Getter's signature wobble.

 

Other tracks that stand out are "Lose Focus" (with Datsik, The Frim, and Snak The Ripper), his remix of 12Gauge's "Clutch," and "Crack That" (with Slosh).

Overall, I Want More is an excellently-produced LP, and is one of the best Dubstep albums I’ve heard in awhile. But be warned: there's a lot of bass. And it's toxic.

Out now on Beatport!

By Jack Ulrich

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Thursday
Jan172013

Free Download: OG Status EP - heRobust

Hayden "heRobust" Kramer is no novice to the breakbeat scene. Still basking in the limelight of his late release "Doomfounded," heRobust is wasting no time pushing boundaries and creating unique, exciting tracks. With an original, electrifyingly unique Glitch-Hop style, heRobust brings out his new EP, OG Status. Comprised of five maniacal and deranged tunes, he shows the EDM culture that he is not afraid to challenge the norms of the Glitch–Hop genre. The EP features:

"Trillest Realist"

Mesmerizing vocal samples paired with the classic heRobust filtered bass comprise the opening track of the EP, "Trillest Realist". I really enjoy how the ear-shattering low-end fuses well with higher octaves arpeggios. It makes for an excellent combination that will make any Glitch–Hop fanatic ecstatic.

"Thang is Jumpin"

Cadence (a short rest of music) is a beautiful thing, and it is certainly used as a amazing method that brings "Thang is Jumpin" to life. The percussion is particularly interesting on this track, as there are many surprises.

 

"Sets Up"

"Sets Up" is undoubtedly one of the most intriguing tracks on the EP. With a collection of many unique designs and combinations of bass and synth, heRobust is making a statement that there is not one sound he cannot use in a melodic way.

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