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Top 5 Moments of Decibel Festival

Seattle’s Decibel Festival is an impressive five-night dance music marathon, run almost entirely by dedicated volunteers and fueled by a genuine love for electronic music (and a whole lot of Red Bull). In its 11-year history, Decibel has earned a reputation as one of the best electronic music festivals in the United States and is therefore a respected authority […]

Max Cooper’s ‘Human’ Is a Journey Into Emotion

My favorite review of Max Cooper’s Human, released March 10, came in the form of a bite-size tweet: If I were to have some sex while afloat in a sea of stars circling saturn, I'm pretty sure the new Max Cooper album would be my soundtrack. — GrilledCheeseSamurai (@GrCheeseSamurai) March 16, 2014 Mr. Samurai has […]

Mighty Mouse – “Shaker Faker”

If you’ve been stuck in a rut with cold and dark music this winter, you’re not alone… but maybe it’s time to step away from that harsh Berlin techno and cheer up with something a little lighter. London-based disco house producer Mighty Mouse has just the ticket: his new tune “Shaker Faker” combines piano chords, a bit […]

Riva Starr – Kill Me (Mixhell Remix)

Tech house maestro Riva Starr ventured outside of his usual club-friendly realm last summer to release the indie-electronic album Hand In Hand, intended for listening off of the dancefloor. But the man behind the massive hit “Eat Sleep Rave Repeat” (alongside Fatboy Slim and Beardyman) isn’t about to abandon the party — this week he released Club In Hand, […]

Flava D Remixes Aaliyah’s “Rock the Boat”

For some reason, producers really love remixing the late R&B sweetheart Aaliyah’s classic tracks. Maybe it’s because her untimely death left us craving more of what we can’t have, so fresh versions of old favorites help fill the void. Or maybe it’s because her soothing voice lends itself well to R&B-inspired dance track hooks. Either way, we’re […]

MANIK’S “Man x Woman” Remix Brings a Sexy Track Deeper

Producer/DJ and NYC house ambassador MANIK has cooked up a sizzling remix of Man x Woman by Mar. The original, a sexy garage and R&B bedroom jam, is transformed into a club staple with MANIK’s deep house touch. He dials up the sex appeal by bringing the track deeper and adding a thumping 4/4 beat, and the result begs for […]

Claude VonStroke’s ‘Urban Animal’ Dissected

This week, dirtybird boss Claude VonStroke released his third full album, Urban Animal. The release is well-timed, with VonStroke and the rest of his dirtybird compadres currently riding an enormous wave of success after a prolific summer of festival tours and hit releases. The dirtybird name has become widely recognizable and synonymous with their own brand of unique house music […]

Rachel Row’s ‘Follow the Step’ Remixed Thrice

If you’ve found yourself on a dancefloor a few times this summer, chances are you’ve heard Rachel Row’s hit track Follow The Step or one of its many remixes (we’re quite partial to Justin Martin’s take). Now, Defected has released a package of remixes by FCL, Breach, and KiNK, who each bring Row’s vocals to new depths. Belgian duo FCL begin their “Gentil Remix” with […]