As any festival or marathon-goer knows, one of the toughest parts of planning your live music experience is choosing which acts to see. This is definitely the case for a huge discovery festival like the CMJ Music Marathon. Let's face it: as much as you'd like to, you can't see them all, no matter how great the line-up is. So to help prepare for the greatest October of your life, check out this hand-picked list of the most promising acts of the CMJ Music Marathon 2014. (For a full list of the over 1,000 performers, plus more info, visit CMJ's official website.)
Credited along with Simon Patterson for the recent revival of Goa and Psy-Trance, Jordan Suckley has been leaving his mark on trance this year. From his groundbreaking Essential Mix to his very own Damaged Radio show, Suckley keeps serving up that dosage of trance that all of us TranceFamily members have beencraving. He recently released a new track called “Elation,” and we couldn’t have thought of a more fitting title for the spellbinding mover. He first debuted the track back in July at Global Gathering UK, and after much pressing by his fans he finally released it on Beatport last month via Damaged Records. Characterized by uplifting melodies and celestial vocals, it’s the type of trance that hits you right in the feels.
Swedish super duo Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman have released a new single, "ID2," off the Size Records label. Following the success of the smash tune "Payback,” the duo strike again with a track sure to get move crowds and please fans. Masterfully produced and unofficially named "ID2,” it premiered on label legend Steve Angello's BBC Radio One without a title. The momentum of the track forced the name to stick as it became a fan favorite. Purchase it here and stream below.
From hip-hop to indie rock and electronic dance music, this year's Treasure Island Music Festival is bringing the cream of the crop of the music scene to the Bay Area this weekend, October 18th and 19th. With an iconic roster of artists including headliners Outkast and Massive Attack, together with supporting acts like Alt-J, TV On The Radio, BANKS, and more, there's more than enough reasons to be excited.
If you're in the mood to soak up some dope lyricism take a listen to Boaz' newly released single, 'Dont Know,' featuring fellow Pittsburgh emcee and former Rostrum Records labelmate, Mac Miller. On the Alan of The Music Makerz assisted cut, Boaz and Mac boasts about paper chasing and traveling the world over a piano and horn synthesized beat. The bluesy/hip hop fused cut is from Intuition, Boaz' upcoming project, set to hit stores on Tuesday, October 21st. Click here to preorder.
Recent RCA Records signee Jordan Bratton, revamps 'Danger 3,' the popular 2013 single from his debut full-length project entitled, The Grey Area. This time he brings with him even more oomph via Brooklyn staple, Fabolous, who delivers a hot 16 over the enticing electro-dance beat. For all of you who are not that familiar with the young New York based, alternative singer-songwriter/producer, Bratton first garnered massive positive reception following the release of his album, The Grey Area last year on December 10th. Check out the new remix as well as The Grey Area project below.
In an interview with Complex Magazine back in the January, Young Thug expressed his eagerness to work with Lil' Wayne. "I want to get in the studio with Wayne more than anybody in the world. I’ll get in the studio with Wayne before Michael Jackson right now so I hope he listening."
Shortly after the release of that interview, the YMCMB founder reached out to YT and the two has been working together ever since. Today, Young Thug and Lil' Wayne drops 'Take Kare,' the debut single on the upcoming Rich Gang 2 compilation album.
On the London On The Track produced single, Lil' Wayne's influence on the 'Old English' emcee becomes more transparent as similarities in sound and delivery between the veteran emcee and new school rapper are easier to pinpoint. check out the audio below.
Following the summer single ‘When We Were Young,’ DJ/producer, Dillon Francis hits us with yet another sensational track entitled, ‘Love in The Middle of a Firefight,’ which previews his upcoming debut album Money Sucks, Friends Rule, scheduled to be released on October 27th through Columbia Records. The cut embodies the concept of the phrase “Love conquers all” as Brendon Urie delivers strong vocals over the dramatically vibrant mid-tempo track on the initial verse. Don’t forget to go see Francis during the Money Sucks, Friends Rule U.S/Canadian tour, that will begin on November 17th in Nashville, TN and conclude in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center later on this year. Also, stay tuned for the visual to “When We Were Young,’ coming soon. Take a listen to ‘Love in the Middle of a Firefight."
Last weekend, Gareth Emery played back to back shows at New York City’s famed Webster Hall. This is a challenge few artists would assume, but Gareth and his team seemed more than adequately prepared for it. Gareth Emery needs very little introduction. The English native is no stranger to the spotlight, having played across a series of influential stages for years such as Coachella, Ultra, EDC, Made in America and more. Equipped with an impressive range of trance, house, electro, and techno, the British producer is also highly acclaimed for his songwriting capabilities, with such hit tracks under his belt as the recent release “Dynamite (ft. Christina Novelli),” which landed at the #1 spot on the iTunes dance charts. It seems utterly clear that his presence in the electronic music scene is not only growing, but doing so at an astounding rate.
Groove Cruise, "the world's largest floating dance music festival," departs from Miami on January 28th in the New Year, and if a five day excursion upon the beautiful sea isn't enough to get you pumped, then the phase one artist line-up sure will. Already on the bill is Thomas Gold, ATB, Erik Morillo, Arty, and New World Punx. And that is just the beginning.