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Video: Anna of the North – “Someone”

Anna of the North shares her self-directed visual video for “Someone”, shot on location in Miami, Florida.

Of creating the video, Anna says:
It’s a video made in Miami but it’s certainly not a stereotypical Miami video. The ‘party’ side to cities like Miami can feel vacuous, making them the loneliest places in the world, so it’s a fitting backdrop to the story. It’s set the day after a big night, when you instantly regret something that happened. It’s about the internal battle of the day after; trying to accept that you’re human and how hard it is to forgive yourself for your own mistakes. It gets more desperate throughout as the realization sets in.

The second single to be taken from their highly-anticipated debut album Lovers, “Someone” journeys through a swaggering opening and a head rush of synths, which then make way for Anna’s tender vocals before the chorus explodes into a blockbuster-scale road trip.

Due for worldwide release on September 8, Lovers is an album deeply rooted in heartbreak, a subject that courses through the veins of all ten tracks – through the turmoil, the guilt and the tentative joy of finally letting yourself move on.

In three years since the release of debut single “Sway”, the Norwegian-Kiwi duo of Anna Lotterud and Brady Daniell-Smith have paved the way for their full-length debut following a run of singles which have notched up over 60 million streams, multiple No.1spotst’s on the Hype Machine charts and rotation on Radio 1, Triple J and Beats 1.

Now they offer up an emphatically assured debut LP, its clean, springy beats and shimmering synths underpinned by the rich, emotive clarity of Anna’s voice. Recorded in Oslo and mixed in Copenhagen and London by Luke Smith (Foals, Depeche Mode), Lovers is a coherent but endlessly varied beast.

The story of the project began five years back. Anna was working in a shop in a small town near Oslo, settled with her first love whilst anticipating a life of routine and normality when a customer came in and changed her life. Polite and well groomed, the woman, a stranger to Anna, began making daily visits, browsing for hours but never buying a thing. One afternoon, for reasons Anna will never know, the woman approached her and implored her to abandon the traditional life she had planned out, and go and expand her horizons. The plea jolted something in Anna, and in an act of uncharacteristic spontaneity, she booked a flight to Australia, leaving behind the life and the person she thought she’d spend her life with.

Her time in Australia was fulfilling but turbulent. She fell in love again, only to have her heart broken as suddenly and inexplicably as her decision to leave Norway in the first place. That’s when she met Brady Daniell-Smith. Brady, who’d been struggling with his own complicated relationships, was performing an acoustic show in Melbourne; Anna was in the audience, drinking with friends. Becoming friends, he encouraged her to find solace in songwriting, discovering they could make music together as a way of exorcizing the demons of their love lives and the project was born. He jokingly started calling her “Anna Of The North” and the name stuck.

It’s the two of them combined that make Anna Of The North’s sparse, brooding electro-pop so potent. Brady, who’s from New Zealand and grew up partly in Australia, injects elements of the countries’ bright, vibrant electronic scene to their music; Anna brings the glacial minimalism of her Scandinavian roots.

Anna of the North’s debut album Lovers is due for release on September 8 via Honeymoon / +1 Records / Different Recordings.

Live Dates:
10 Aug 2017 – Way Out West, SW
18 Aug – Pukkelpop Festival, BE
23 Aug – Hudson Ballroom – Sydney, AU
24 Aug – Northcote Social Club – Melbourne, AU
26 Aug – Maroochy Music & Vis Arts Festival, AU
09 Sep – Bestival, UK
26 Sep – Omeara – London, UK
12 Oct – Obaren, Stockholm, SW
13 Oct – Vega Ideal Bar, Copenhagen, DK
14 Oct – Häkken, Hamburg, DE
16 Oct – Auster Club, Berlin, DE
18 Oct – Sugarfactory ADE Live, Amsterdam, NL19 Oct – Yuca, Cologne, DE20 Oct – Pop Up du Label, Paris, FR
09 Nov – Parkteateret – Oslo, NO
18 Nov – Room 2 P12 @ Transardentes, Brussels, BE
10 Nov – Det Akademiske Kvarter – Bergen, NO

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Wanna Go On A Flashback Cruise?

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Flashback Cruise’s 3-day getaway hosted by MTV’s Downtown Julie Brown will celebrate four decades of dance music and pop culture with world renowned live performers, DJs, comedians, TV stars, and guest chefs. There will also be a celebrity cook-off for the winner’s charity of choice in addition to a Charity:Water awareness campaign where a portion of the proceeds will be donated on behalf of Flashback Cruise’s bookings. Setting sail from Miami to the Bahamas, February 27 – March 2, 2015, Flashback Cruise is the only cruise of its kind to unite entertainers, producers, radio and TV personalities, guest chefs, and a charity on a single voyage.

Live performers and DJs announced include: Lime, TKA, George Lamond, France Joli, Judy Torres, 2 In A Room, Nicky Siano, George Morel, Anthony Acid, Hex Hector and Angel Moraes. Artists just added include: DJ Skribble, DJ Riddler, Denny Tsettos, Razor & Guido, Johnny Vicious, Maximus 3000, and Jonathan Peters. A final round of headliners and special guests will be announced in September. Combined, they will represent the full spectrum of dance music from its inception as disco to its evolution as house and its present renaissance as EDM.

Organized by veterans of nightclubbing’s golden eras, Flashback Cruise offers more than just a great weekend of dancing. It offers a complete experience. “This is a trip music lovers, foodies, and party people can afford and appreciate much more than other festivals and cruises, where you feel like cattle being herded,” says Flashback Producer Ryan Morales. “We are offering people 72 hours of non-stop fun and excitement for less than a third of that price. They will get the show of a lifetime.”

Flashback Cruise is also connecting with past and present through social media. Flashback Cruise’s Facebook Ticketing Engine keep costs down, and make it easier for vacationers to buy their tickets, build party buzz, brand recognition, and share the memories with their friends.

Cabins start at $699 USD per person. Reserve a cabin with this special discount by visiting:HERE and use promotional code FLASHBACK. Payment plans available.

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Flashback Cruise is the only experience-focused dance music, food and comedy event on water. The three-night cruise will entertain guests with original live acts from some of the greatest DJs and performers in the genres of disco, house music, freestyle and techno from the late ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s.

Flashback Cruise was created by Ryan Morales, a native New Yorker, audio engineer, and member of BMI. Ryan has been DJing since 1989. He was a resident DJ at New York’s notorious Limelight while still a teenager, and his production credits include remixes for major artists like Bon Jovi. He has played at some of the largest music festivals in the world including Ultra, and at some of the biggest clubs in New York and Miami. Ryan launched Flashback Cruise in response to the negative changes in the nightlife industry. “I wanted to go back to good old days, when you weren’t just a dollar bill to some club owner.”

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Listen: Happy Colors & G-Buck – Worldwide (Codes Remix)

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Listen: Happy Colors & G-Buck – Worldwide (Codes Remix)

In anticipation of the release of his debut album, Codes has remixed Happy Colors and G-Buck’s “Worldwide.” Codes transforms the tropical bass original into a Brooklyn Bounce stomper sure to impact set lists worldwide. Get this track for FREE instantly when you pre-order Main Course’s compilation, The Remixes Vol 03 (Out July 15th).

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Winter Music Conference Announces 2013 Dates

Winter Music Conference (WMC) opened its 2013 season in South Florida with the announcement of the Winter Music Conference 2013 dates. This will be the 28th annual program for the pre-eminent platform on the global EDM industry calendar for launching new music, technology and trends. Winter Music Conference Week 2013 happens March 15 – 24, 2013 in Miami Beach, Florida.

WMC will be expanding its music trade show and exhibit area to inlcude a leading-edge cultural exchange and consumer expo centered on EDM trends, music, gear and fashion to be presented March 18 & 19, 2013 at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

For more info, check out the website here.

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MP3: Animal Heart – “UN-Extraordinary Man”

After releasing their first seedy, yet buxom single “Miami” (watch the video “Miami” (NSFW) HERE), take another trip down with Animal Heart’s second single UN-Extraordinary Man”.

Listen/download: Animal Heart – “UN-Extraordinary Man”

Animal heart is a musical mistake of good intent founded by two of the most un-extraordinary men one could ever hope to find. |animal heart is an experiment | animal heart is electronic pop rock | animal heart is unwholesome fun | animal heart is two pink moons and a loaded gun | animal heart is diggin’ in the dirt for tips | animal heart is so much more than this…Witness!

Their first release, “the buxom yet seedy ‘MIAMI,’” will leave you wanting palm trees, warm breezes, and… some company. Strap on that fanny pack tight or else the force of this electro pop might whip it right off. “The Vinyl District

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Video: Serge Devant – “On Your Own”

Shot on location between the misty hills and rolling streets of San Francisco, and the searing heat of downtown Miami during the city’s famous Art Basel Week, the video for “On Your Own” was written, co-produced and co-directed by the Serge Devant himself.

The story follows a struggling artist in that moment when the whole world seems to collapse around him,” explained Serge from his studio in New York, “but he sees his sleeping girlfriend and can’t help himself but paint her. It’s about that moment when you focus on the one truly beautiful thing that you have, escape into it and produce something genuinely breathtaking and from the heart.”

But in the face of mounting debts and an untimely eviction notice the artist’s companion, played by stunning Russian model Anna Vishnevskaya, fails to find solace in our hero’s work and leaves her love behind. Cue rage, passion and paintings flying out of windows – landing at the feet of an impressed Serge Devant and a cuing complete turnaround of fortunes.

Impressively, the artwork that features throughout the video is the work of Russian painter Andrei Sharov and was commissioned specifically for the video after Devant met the artist in Monaco.

With a full package of remixes from the likes of David Tort, Stephan Luke and Thomas Sagstad & Mike Hawkins, Serge Devant “On Your Own” is out now through www.beatport.com.

With its official release date still over a month away, Recollected – Devant’s second album released through Ultra – is still under wraps, but to celebrate the imminent release of “On Your Own” we’ve received a sneak preview RIGHT HERE. Check out forthcoming tracks “Dice”, “True Faith”, “When You Came Along”, “On Your Own”, “You & Me”, “Far Away”, “Xylo” and Serge’s roaring remix of the classic “3AM Eternal”.

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Newest Love: Animal Heart – “Miami”

Take a trip down to Miami with Animal Heart’s first single, the seedy yet buxom “Miami”. Animal heart is a musical mistake of good intent founded by two of the most un-extraordinary men one could ever hope to find.

|animal heart is an experiment | animal heart is electronic pop rock | animal heart is unwholesome fun | animal heart is two pink moons and a loaded gun | animal heart is diggin’ in the dirt for tips | animal heart is so much more than this…Witness!

Download: Animal Heart – “Miami” 

Download: Animal Heart – “Miami” (Hush Remix)

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2012 Winter Music Conference

Winter Music Conference (WMC) opened its 2012 season in South Florida today with the announcement of the Winter Music Conference 2012 dates. This will be the 27th annual program for what is largely regarded as the pre-eminent platform on the global music industry calendar for launching new music, technology and trends. Winter Music Conference Week 2012 happens March 16 – 25, 2012 in Miami Beach, Florida.

For 2012, WMC plans to further enhance the WMC experience by delivering ten non-stop days of music programming in Miami Beach and Miami. This expansion will wrap the program week with two full weekends of parties and events. WMC Co-founder, Bill Kelly, explains, “Expanding the WMC dates was an easy decision given the high demand of artists, businesses and industry delegates. Miami Beach and the greater Miami area boast some of the most celebrated event and club venues as well as the hotels and resorts that comprise South Beach’s famed Art Deco District. Hotels, restaurants, cafes, shops and every sort of possible entertainment venue are filled to capacity during WMC Week to the point where five days just wasn’t enough.”

Here’s what I’m quite excited about:

New for 2012, WMC will be unveiling correlated segments of its industry program dedicated to music and fashion on its opening weekend and indie rock meets electronica programming under the WMC Rocks header on the closing weekend, in addition to its standard programming and events.

Winter Music Conference 2012

  • Music Meets Fashion: March 16 – 17, 2012
  • DJ Sets, Live Performances & Parties: March 16 – 25, 2012
  • WMC Music Industry Program: March 19 – 24, 2012
  • WMC Trade Show & Exhibits: March 19 – 20, 2012
  • Art & Record Collectors Show: March 24, 2012
  • WMC Rocks: March 23 – 25, 2012
  • Club & Poolside Events: March 16 – 25, 2012

Currently the WMC industry badge is being offered at a promotional Early Registration rate of $275 (over 40% off the Walk-Up rate) until October 26th, 2011. Registration includes access to panels, seminars, featured Q & A’s, the 27th Annual IDMAs, WMC official poolside events, South Beach Sessions, Record Collectors Show, WMC Rocks, trade show & exhibits, workshops (with the exception of the Remixing and Editing Workshops), DJ Spin-Offs, VJ Challenge as well as complimentary or reduced admission to WMC official and sanctioned events for the full ten days of programming.

Marketing opportunities are currently discounted by 30% through December 16, 2011. The WMC registration office and housing bureau is currently open at www.WinterMusicConference.com. WMC is also accepting applications, inquiries and requests for panels and workshops, DJ Spin Off, VJ Challenge, showcasing and events.

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New Download: Afrobeta – “As Long As You Like”

Next week, Afrobeta embarks on their first nationwide tour in support of their debut- they’re hitting the road with the inaugural Identity Festival tour, which will see them performing at some of the nations’ biggest outdoor amphitheatres. Other big names that will be on the road w/ the traveling festival include Holy Ghost!, Pretty Lights, Rusko, DJ Shadow, The Crystal Method, Hercules and Love Affair, and many more – see all of them here, and check out all the tour dates below!

Listen/download: Afrobeta – “As Long As You Like”

Afrobeta, comprised of lead singer Cuci and producer extraordinaire Smurphio, are arguably the king & queen of Miami’s dance scene, as evidenced by the Miami New Times. Their diverse & unique sound transcends genres- Cuci’s rapid-fire delivery, combined with Smurphio’s funky synths and head-bopping basslines, will keep you moving from start to finish on Under The Streets. You can head over to Afrobeta’s soundcloud page to check out a bunch of original tracks and remixes, including Larry Tee’s rework of “Play House.” The band also released an awesomely futuristic video of the track, which you can check out here.

Identity Festival Tour Dates (w/ Afrobeta on all dates)

08/11 – Noblesville, IN – Verizon Wireless Music Center
08/12 – Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
08/13 – Pittsburgh, PA – First Niagara Pavilion
08/14 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
08/16 – Charlotte, NC – Verizon Amphitheatre
08/18 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
08/19 – Philadelphia, PA – Susquehanna Bank Center
08/20 – Boston, MA – Comcast Center
08/21 – New York, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
08/23 – Atlanta, GA – Lakewood Amphitheatre
08/24 – Tampa, FL – 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre
08/25 – Miami, FL – Bayfront Park Amphitheatre
08/27 – Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
08/28 – Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion
08/30 – Albuquerque, NM – Hard Rock Casino Presents: The Pavilion
09/02 – San Diego, CA – Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
09/03 – San Francisco, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
09/04 – San Bernadino, CA – San Manuel Amphitheatre
09/05 – Las Vegas, NV – Mandalay Bay
09/10 – Seattle, WA – The Gorge Amphitheater

Under The Streets Out August 30

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New Download: Afrobeta – “Nighttime”

Miami’s avant-dance duo Afrobeta have been tearing up dancefloors in their hometown since 2006, with the Miami New Times even naming them Best Band in 2010. After the success of their debut EP, Do You Party?, which came out last July, the band is ready to announce the details of their full-length debut- Under The Streets will see a release in Summer 2011 via Do IT Music Group!

Download “Nighttime” the first free track for a taste of what Under The Streets has in store for the world!
 
Cuci Amador and Smurphio formed Afrobeta in 2006 as a means to attain an ultimate form of artistic self-expression. Their mutual love of classic songwriting, Cuban pastries and dancing till 5AM inspired them to make music together. The thirteen tracks that make up their debut album will undoubtedly ignite dance-floors around the world. Afrobeta’s unique (and diverse) sound transcends genre classifications. Cuci’s rapid-fire delivery, combined with Smurphio’s funky synths and head-bopping basslines, will keep you moving from start to finish on Under The Streets.
 
Afrobeta is taking their joyous beats and dazzling live shows across the nation and abroad! 2010 included high profile performances at the 40th Anniversary Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, the 12th annual Ultra Music Festival, Burning Man, Ultra Brazil and Space Ibiza.

Under The Streets Tracklisting
 
Two Different Worlds
Do You Party?
Nighttime
As Long As You Like It
Play House
That Thing
Touch
Land Of Lost Lovers
Pistol Whip
Love Fur Life
Jealousy
The End
Love Is Magic

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