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Hear Claude VonStroke's acid-drenched banger 'CaliFuture'

Claude VonStroke has spent the decade pushing dance music’s boundaries while maintaining a strong link to the style’s roots, something a lot of bigger EDM acts just don’t have. On his latest, “CaliFuture,” he fuses the gnarly, squelching synths of vintage Chicago acid house with a funky vocal line that sounds like it could have been lifted right off some super-rare ’80s electro 12-inch.

“I moved to California over 17 years ago with big dreams just like everyone else,” VonStroke says of the song’s lyrical theme. “Originally I thought I would be a filmmaker but I was always better at music. I worked every job from fake perfume salesman to tour guide at Paramount. I got screamed at for many years by Ari Gold-type movie producers but always with a blind belief that someday something good would happen. That’s what this song is about: the underlying belief that no matter how bad it is, you can be plucked out of oblivion and make it big in California.”

“CaliFuture” is available now on Beatport.

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Diplo's new remix turns the lights on Lorde's 'Tennis Court'

Globetrotting DJ/super-producer Diplo was one of the first big artists to give Lorde a co-sign, and judging by their social media presences, the two have remained buddies throughout her rapid ascent into pop’s A-list. Today the two took their friendship to the next level with the release of “Diplo’s Andre Agassi Reebok Pump Mix” of “Tennis Court,” the opening track from Lorde’s breakthrough album Pure Heroine.

The original (currently at No. 78 on the Billboard Hot 100) juxtaposes huge vocal hooks, a gothy minimalist synthesizer arrangement, and some precociously over-it lyrics. Diplo being Diplo, his remix splashes neon light over Lorde’s brooding pop with pitch-bending keyboard arpeggios that candy ravers will go cuckoo over.


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Listen to Grimes' new R&B-meets-EDM banger 'Go'

Synth-loving art-pop faerie Grimes has been on the verge of a major breakthrough ever since she released her 2012 album Visions, which refined the experimental electronic approach of her first two LPs and infused her sound with big, undeniable hooks that can stand up next to anything on the Top 40. It has stealthily become one of the most influential records of the past few years, and you can hear ideas borrowed from it all over the radio, including pretty much every synth-heavy pop song by a female performer that’s broken big in the past year.

Grimes herself has been patiently setting up her next move, signing to Jay Z’s Roc Nation for management and apparently fielding some songwriting gigs from major stars. Earlier this month at the Governor’s Ball festival in New York City she played a handful of new songs, including one that she claimed was written for, and rejected by, Rihanna. Today, she posted the finished recording of that track, entitled “Go,” on her SoundCloud. Produced with her longtime musical partner Blood Diamonds, it’s her most ambitiously accessible song yet, with an R&B-heavy vocal melody and arena-sized EDM synths that sound like they could have been lifted off of a Diplo track. It strongly hints that her next album (which she’s still working on) will be aimed straight at pop radio.

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Avicii hospitalized; Deadmau5 will fill in at Ultra Music Festival

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Deadmau5 is stepping in for an ailing Avicii at one of electronic dance music’s largest festivals this weekend.

Avicii, the Swedish DJ and producer whose real name is Tim Bergling, remained in a Miami hospital Friday with a blocked gallbladder and could undergo surgery. The 24-year-old was hospitalized Thursday with severe abdominal pains, nausea, and fever and has had to cancel all his activities around the Ultra Music Festival, including his headlining set Saturday night. READ FULL STORY

Kaskade: A DJ to out-bro all the rest

Kaskade may be the grand exemplar of the ho-hum, euphoria-dealing dudes who monopolize electronic dance music.

Like other top DJs—including Avicii, whose debut album I review this week—he makes a fortune (about $16 million a year) by gigging almost constantly, queueing up dance hits for mobs of party people while doing expressive things with his hands. But unlike Avicii, who on True combines his beats willy-nilly (and not unsuccessfully) with other pop forms, on his tenth album Kaskade distills EDM’s ebb-and-flow pleasure-seeking down to its coolest, most frictionless essence—and enters a terminal space familiar to anyone who has stood in the lobby of a W Hotel.

EDM can claim a long lineage that includes house, disco and many other beloved club idioms, and has percolated in something like its current form for years. (Kaskade, a 42-year-old American house acolyte, has helped keep it cooking.) But EDM is all about creating the illusion that you’re living in the future—a utopia perfectly calibrated to keep lifting your spirits. And in fact, when you’re sweating through your bodypaint at a festival, it’s pretty damn effective at yanking you right into the present, which is plenty for any musical form to accomplish.

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Coachella Day One: Blur, Skrillex's 'supergroup' Dog Blood, and more

The beauty (or not, depending on your point of view) of the Coachella Music and Arts Festival is that there’s no longer one Coachella Music Festival. Once a one-day event attended by 10,000 people, the Indio bacchanalia has become a rite of passage for North America’s 25-and-under population.

In 2013, it occupies half the weekends in April, with over 100 acts competing for attention, spread out across seven stages and enough art installations to satisfy even the most ardent aesthetic snob. Headliners this year include the reunited Stone Roses, Blur, Phoenix and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Rumors of a Daft Punk appearance remain rampant.

But if there’s a unifying theme that’s emerged from the last few festivals, it’s that electronic music has supplanted rock as the primary locus. That’s not to say that there weren’t bravura sets from America and England’s most celebrated rock bands, but none could match the MDMA-addled hordes that congregated in the Sahara Tent, the festival’s dedicated airplane hanger for electronic dance music. READ FULL STORY

Deadmau5 battles My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way in crazy expensive 'Professional Griefers' video -- Watch it here

Think Reel Steel meets Electric Daisy Carnival, and you’re almost close to visualizing Deadmau5’s new video for “Professional Griefers.” I say “almost” because even the most vivid imagination would be missing one of the UFC-themed clip’s key ingredients: So. Much. Money.

In a recent interview with Spin.com (also known as the only Spin), Deadmau5 helmet-wearer Joel Zimmerman claims that the video “is one of the highest-budget electronic music videos of all time,” saying that the budget is “in the seven-digit range.”

So, what did all of that money go toward? A giant, future-primitive Ultimate Fighting thunderdome in which the EDM hero battles My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way with massive, remote-controlled metal avatars. Oh, and there’s a cute little puppy! Sort of…

See all seven digits of this electronic madness in the video below:

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Deadmau5 calls Madonna a 'f--ing idiot' for pandering to dance crowd with drug references [Updated]

Tell us how you really feel about Madonna, AngerMau5!

During her recent appearance at Miami’s Ultra Music Festival, the 53-year-old singer went on a drug-related riff while introducing the artist Avicii.

“In my world, the words ‘music’ and ‘dance’ are not separated, okay?” Madge told the crowd.

And to prove that she’s not a narc, the pop star then asked the kids, “How many people in this crowd have seen Molly?”

Molly, for those not as hip as Madonna, is slang for the “pure” form of MDMA (Ecstasy), a drug some associate with dance/electronic/rave/things-that-aren’t-Dave-Grohl music culture. Madonna’s latest album, of course, is titled MDNA.

None of this pleases Deadmau5. The EDM star took to Facebook to express his displeasure with Her Madjesty:

very classy there madonna. “HUR DUR HAS ANYONE SEEN MOLLY???” such a great message for the young music lovers at ultra. quite the f’n philanthropist. but hey, at least yer HIP AND TRENDY! f—ing cant smack my head hard enough right now.

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