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Aziza and the Cure are is one of the most unique groups I’ve heard in a while. They create a mystical marriage of sounds stemming from classical, hip hop, New Orleans, and Latin music to produce sounds unlike anything else out there today in their own unique genre of “Symphonic Soul”. Their most recent track, titled “Sun Song,” fits this description perfectly. Folk elements and whimsical choruses build perfectly into heady rap verses that channel the vibe perfectly. If you’re tired of cookie-cutter pop music, Aziza the Cure is the breath of fresh air you’ve been waiting for!

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I’ve rinsed this remix a ton now and over a month later I’m still not even sick of it. Los Angeles is filled with all sorts of musical talent, but not everyone out West can write, sing, produce AND play multiple instruments. Sapphire Adizes can. The newly discovered hybrid creator has his feet dipped into all types of scenes, also working exclusivity alongside Berhana on the production side of things, his resume only continues to grow. This Donna Missal bootleg is wildly different sounding, and I love it.

Donna Missal - Keep Lying (Sapphire Adizes Remix) - SoundCloud
(215 secs long, 49720 plays)Play in SoundCloud

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Will Clarke and Nick Monaco of DIRTYBIRD Records have a new release out that will quickly become an anthem for rave chicks everywhere. While the song is an undeniable hit for techno lovers of all genders and walks of life, the track Like a Girl definitely appeals to the badass ladies who love booty percolating.

The song is deep into the techno category and a welcomed departure from Clarke and Monaco’s usual house-heavy sound. While the song sustains a creeping and sinister nature, the staple DIRTYBIRD house beat remains and repeating quirky lyrics give it a unique edge. There really isn’t a femme-raver I know who won’t get the freak down to these simple affirming lines: like a girl, I talk like a girl, I walk like a girl, I feel like a girl. Leading into the drop, Clarke and Monaco strip back the techno synths and deliver a raw beat with lyrics before hitting us again with a crescendo of techno.

Will Clarke and Nick Monaco have a clear mission to reject conformity and the song is a declaration of inclusivity into a historically heterosexual space. Like a Girl is an accomplishment, as it is pure fun, an anthem for clubbers, and totally unique. It’s the perfect blend of both DJ’s artistry and endeavors, so put that shit on repeat.

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Like A Girl (Original Mix) - SoundCloud
(227 secs long, 188 plays)Play in SoundCloud
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Charles, aka Classic, Williams just dropped a deep new track titled “Jesus Eyes.” In a music industry full of materialistic studnting, this tune is one of the deepest I’ve heard in a long time. In fact, Classic mirrors conscious rappers such as Kendrick Lamar with his contemplative bars as he pontificates on the deeper meanings of life.

This Nashville based artist has been rapping from an early age. I first caught wind of this guy when I heard his debute album “Epic Win” in 2013, and it’s great to see how much he’s matured as an artist since then. “Jesus Eyes,” smooth, chilled out vibe puts me in zen mode with every listen; I hope it does the same for you!

Classic Williams - Jesus Eyes [Official Music Video] - YouTube

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JS aka The Best, an up and coming artists based in the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia) area, just threw down on an energetic new track titled “Level up.” The single sports an uplifting beat and badass verses that have been bumping through my playlist since the track dropped a few days ago. Everytime this one comes on I just want to get up and dance, and I get a feeling it will have the same effect on most people

Not only is JS the Best a rapper, but he’s also an entrepreneur, talented actor, and multi-media personality as well, working alongside B.o.B., Twista, and T.I., as well as Selena Gomez, MTV, The Kardashians, and the NFL. With these credentials in mind, you’ll definitely be hearing more from this dude in the future. So get to know his music now and enjoy!

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Los Angeles producer and DJ DESTRUCTO brings his “Let’s Be Friends Again” national North American tour in Brooklyn’s Lost Circus at Avant Gardner this Saturday, January 12. Joining him on the bill are new friends Redlight, Situs Hood, and J. Worra.

After the highly successful maiden voyage of Gary’s new festival cruise, The Friendship, Brooklyn shippers are eager for this reunion.

Redlight is a producer from London, best known for infectious house tracks like “Zum Zum” and “Get Out Of My Head”; Sirus Hood is a tech/deep house producer from Paris who has been a favorite amongst the Dirtybird Records’ artists; And J. Worra is a house/techno producer from Los Angeles.

Get you tickets here

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Today, Insomniac announced the return of Beyond Wonderland to the NOS Events Center in Southern California for a wanderlust two-day event. On Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23, Headliners will adventure back down the rabbit hole into a vivid world of color and magic inspired by the whimsical story of Alice in Wonderland. Theatrical performers and dancers, accompanied by the secrets of Wonderland, will illuminate the night sky as more than 60 artists bring Headliners on a musical journey across four wondrous stages. Tickets to explore the fantastical world of Beyond Wonderland go on sale on Friday, Jan. 11 at 10 a.m. PT at BeyondWonderland.com.

The exceptional lineup of artists set to perform at Beyond Wonderland SoCal 2019 features an extensive collection of genres including house, techno, bass, hardstyle and trance. Across four larger-than-life stages, the Queen’s Domain, Mad Hatter’s Castle, Caterpillar’s Garden, and Cheshire Woods, REZZDeadmau5ZhuFlux PavilionArmin Van Buuren, Seven Lions, Darren Styles, Andrew Rayel and Wax Motif, among others, will give performances beyond compare. Stage hosts, exploring the curious sounds of this surreal adventure, include Bassrush, Basscon, Dreamstate, Insomniac Records, and for the first time ever, Deadmau5’ Mau5trap label. With beats spanning beyond the stages, Headliners will also become fully immersed into the magic of Wonderland with exclusive art car sets.

Headliners in attendance at Countdown NYE 2018 were the first to discover the characters that will inhabit Beyond Wonderland SoCal 2019 through the debut of Beyond Cards. These limited edition collectible trading cards preview all of the artists and surprises in store at Beyond Wonderland. Headliners will have the chance to acquire these cards from Insomniac street team members at designated Beyond Wonderland activation areas across Southern California up until Beyond Wonderland SoCal. For your chance to collect the full set of game cards, dates, times, and locations to find the Insomniac street team can be found here.

Last year, Beyond Wonderland welcomed over 70,000 Headliners to the NOS Events Center. For two unforgettable nights, Alesso, Flosstradamus, Tiësto, Kayzo, and more showcased electrifying performances while Headliners transported down the rabbit hole into a psychedelic realm filled with curious creatures and vibrant, neon lights. Photos from Beyond Wonderland 2018 can be downloaded here.

Tickets for this year’s 18+ event will go on sale on Friday, Jan. 11 at 10 a.m. PT at BeyondWonderland.com. All ticket options will be available including two-day GA passes and VIP passes, for those 21 and over, and layaway options.

Follow along the Wonderland journey on Beyond Wonderland FacebookTwitter and Instagram. For Beyond Wonderland updates visit the website for festival information and announcements at BeyondWonderland.com. To stay up to date with the latest Insomniac news, visit www.insomniac.com.

Cover photo by Bennett Sell-Kline

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With another new year, comes another lineup drop for the famed Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival which takes place every spring in the hot & sunny California desert.

They certainly pulled out all the stops for this year, as the combination of widely famous pop acts as well as the most eclectic and rare artists from all over the globe are all featured on this godly lineup. Feast your eyes in its greatness:

From Childish Gambino, to Aphex Twin and Kero Kero Bonito this lineup is full of diverse and rare music that we do not get to see very often. Not to mention (as a huge fan of techno) that there are a ton of amazing legendary acts playing such as Cirez D, Deep Dish, Nina Kraviz and Adriatique to name a few.

Tickets are going on sale January 4th at 11am, be sure to get on the website early so that you have your spot in the queue! This is set out to be the most memorable Coachella yet, you do not want to miss this!

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This year proved to be an exceptionally defining year for many up and coming artists. More shows, more fans, and the release of a lot more music has demonstrated that 2018 was the year of growth and 2019 will be the year of domination. This upcoming year, keep your ears open and eyes peeled for the huge moves that these five SoCal house talents are guaranteed to make.

Arnold & Lane

Arnold & Lane made their debut last year with some self released tracks as well as their label debut on Audiophile XXL. Since then they’ve dropped music on Outside In Records, OKNF, Hood Politics, BrashBeats, My Techno Weighs A Ton, and Tons & Tons; a stellar way to kick off any music career. Overall they have made a quick rise in the music community and it seems like they will not be slowing down any time soon. Their style takes heavy influence from minimal tech house. They transform simple grooves into dance floor weapons through the use of dirty bass lines, fat vocal hooks, and buzzing synthesizers. This duo has taken the trendy styles of tech house and shifted it a step further with a style that is both simple and complex in its own unique way. We recently caught their performance at Space Yacht last week where they premiered a ton of mind melting unreleased originals. If these unreleased tracks are what is in store for 2019 then you can bet that they’ll be blowing up bigger than ever.

Arnold & Lane - Commas - SoundCloud
(277 secs long)Play in SoundCloud

Euføeni

Euføeni is another SoCal based artist who crosses several genres around house music. His styles of retro, disco, and funk are as flexible as they are colorful. Euføeni’s music is centered around dreamy chord progressions with dense arrangement both melodically and rhythmically. This year has been a big one for him with performances at both Splash House and CRSSD Festival [checkout our interview here]. We are looking forward to seeing his development in 2019 both through his love of 80’s nostalgia and his futuristic sound design.

Float - SoundCloud
(248 secs long, 7246 plays)Play in SoundCloud

Morelia

2018 has been a phenomenal year for DJ and producer Tanner Munn, aka Morelia. With multiple releases this year across many highly-acclaimed labels and a number of huge performances under his belt, Morelia has been on an undeniable rampage. Morelia earned his way onto the likes of labels such as Broken, Audiophile XXL and Space Yacht with bangers including “Poecilotheria”, “Misundastood”, and his remix of Londonbridge’s “Sound Of The Underground”. However, after speaking with Morelia, the track he is undoubtedly most proud of this year is his latest release “Vibrate” on Insomniac’s imprint label Discovery Project. Along with the signing of “Vibrate”, Morelia was also the winner of the Discovery Project contest and had the opportunity to play at Nocturnal’s Sunken Garden stage. However, this was not the first (or even second) time that this artist had the opportunity to play an Insomniac event. Earlier this year, Morelia was asked by the Space Yacht team to perform on their Art Car at Beyond Wonderland and inevitably brought the heat. A few months later at EDC, Morelia once again proved his skill alongside friend and fellow artist Sang Froyd on the Cats and Boots Boombox Art Car. It was also recently announced that Morelia will once again be joining the Cats and Boots team on their Art Car at Countdown. This year has been full of accomplishments for this young artist and he his showing absolutely no signs of slowing down. 2019 may be the year of the pig, but it seems that it will also be the year of the snake (checkout his newest logo).

VNSSA

When you hear the name VNSSA, what comes to mind? Do you think female powerhouse? How about Dirtybird Campout’s first 2018 announced artist? Maybe you think about Psycho Disco or House of Hustle, just two of the huge labels she’s signed to? Regardless of which of these accomplishments you think about when you hear her name, it can go without saying that she has made some major moves this year and will certainly continue to make moves in 2019. In particular, 2018 was a pinnacle year for VNSSA in regard to acquiring huge gigs. Fans saw her name printed on dozens of show fliers and multiple festival lineups. In addition to playing this year’s Dirtybird Campout West Coast (and also providing a guest mix), VNSSA performed at Coachella a whopping three times this year during weekend two and most recently opened the mainstage for a sold out MK show at Exchange LA. Not only that, but she will also be playing LA’s NYE event, Minimal Effort. If that isn’t big enough, she also just announced that she will be joining the Holy Ship 2019 squad on their 13.0 edition, already proving that this next year will be even bigger and better than before. Even with all of these shows, VNSSA still finds time to produce bangers and has released collabs this year with Bot, Kendoll, and Fantom Freq, just to name a few. Also, did I mention that when she’s not performing or producing, she’s managing the merchandise store she launched this year? 2018 has left us asking, “what can’t VNSSA do?” and in an industry dominated by males, I advise watching out for this gal because she’s clearly not holding back.

Kendoll & VNSSA - Anxiety [FREE DOWNLOAD] - SoundCloud
(240 secs long, 3725 plays)Play in SoundCloud

Zendlo

This LA based producer and DJ has had an especially busy year perfecting his sound and playing shows all around the nation. From the beginning to the end, 2018 helped cultivate and bring this artist to a new level of creativity that we can guarantee will show its supremacy in 2019. Zendlo is known for blending together the perfect combination of elements that house fans love. From memorable lyrics to good low end and of course an excellent grasp on overall sound design, it is no wonder why Zendlo has left his mark on many impressive labels as well as created a number of hits both individually and in collaboration with other house moguls. This year alone, fans saw the release of bangers such as Zendlo’s B.F.B. on Psycho Disco, which quickly became a favorite amongst electronic music fans and has garnered over 105,000 streams on Spotify. Along with this hit, Zendlo also released “Methane”, a collaboration with Omnom which was released on Insomniac Records and swiftly became a weapon in any DJ’s arsenal of songs. In addition to showing the scene what he can do in studio, this artist also showed that he can bring the heat to the club and put on many memorable shows this year. Along with multiple Space Yacht sets, Zendlo also played shows for Space Taco, MDA– alongside Golf Clap, and even played direct support for Malaa in Detroit on his 2018 Illegal Tour. If all of these accomplishments weren’t enough to prove that Zendlo is one to look out for, this year he also made it on Spotify’s Housewerk playlist— for the second time. It is safe to say that Zendlo keeps himself busy and at the rate he’s going, 2019 promises to deliver even more heat than this past year did.

These five SoCal artists are not only making waves in the electronic music scene but, rather, causing a storm. There is no question that in the upcoming year (and the foreseeable future) these artists will continue to excel and perform at a level equivalent to the pros commending them now. The accomplishments of this year only foreshadow what is to come and these talents will undoubtedly continue to raise the bar and exceed your expectations.

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