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Interview

Syn Cole on inspiration: "I often listen to film scores due to my classical piano background"

By Matt Ferry
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In a world where almost anyone can become a superstar overnight, there are few in the “big-room” game that have risen with such subtlety and decorum as Syn Cole. Avoiding the unscrupulous tactics of some of his contemporaries such as buying likes and hiring ghost producers, this Estonian DJ and producer (born Rene Pais), 26, has stepped out from beyond Ash and Avicii’s shadow with only a few original tracks and a handful of big name remixes. Following the recent release of his glowing remix of Zedd’s “Find You,” 2014 is set to be the year Rene transcends the Le7els brand that built him and make the melodic electro world his own.

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Power of Ten

A-Trak and Armand Van Helden's 10 essential moments

By Joshua Glazer
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Duck Sauce have just released their long-awaited debut album, Quack, on Fool’s Gold. The dynamic duo of A-Trak and Armand Van Helden have been delivering crossover hits like “aNYway,” “Barbra Streisand,” “Big Bad Wolf,” and “It’s You,” for half a decade, but their individual careers span back much further. Below are the 10 essential musical moments by A-Trak and Armand that help to illustrate just how their current Duck Sauce sound came to be.

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Play

This week on Play: Win a Pointblank Pro course and a State of the Eye release in Karin Park’s “Shine” contest

By Jason Black
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Play fanatics! This week, we present Swedish-born chanteuse Karin Park who’s turning heads and winning hearts in the electronic dance sphere thanks to her own gilded brand of dark, sultry, synth-driven pop. As you may recall, in 2013, the statuesque singer songwriter made a notable guest vocal appearance on the Maya Jane Coles’ noir tale “Everything” taken from her breakthrough album Comfort. Park’s new single, “Shine” is a deep, poetic, and deliciously romantic slice of deep-house heaven. Ready to make your mark? Claim fame and glory by reworking Karin Park’s contemplative cut “Shine.”

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Beatport News

Tommie Sunshine on Frankie Knuckles: "He was a man of musical extravagance"

By Jason Black
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Legendary. Seminal. Groundbreaking. Influential. Classic. Words like these get thrown around on a daily basis in dance music. So much so that they’ve lost their intrinsic luster. But, in the case of house godfather Frankie Knuckles, who died suddenly on March 31 at the age of 59, these terms don’t nearly go far enough to describe his overwhelming contribution to the city of Chicago—and dance music as a whole.

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Power of Ten

Coachella 2014: The 10 Must-See Dance Acts

By Beatport News Editors
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So much music. So little time. The 2014 edition of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival returns this weekend to the California desert community of Indio—and what an impressive slate of musical talent it is. Really, the only burning question is, how are you going to catch everything that’s worth seeing? Well, as luck would have it, we’ve got you covered. We’ve culled the massive three-day, six-stage roster, debated the finer points, and come up with our essential picks for this year’s premier music festival. Read on and rejoice!

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Claude VonStroke sources Solomun, Dixon, Jimmy Edgar, Photek, and more for Urban Animal remix album

By Jason Black
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In 2013, Claude VonStroke released Urban Animal, his most personal and dance-eclectic LP to date. Now, he’s following up his second LP with a curated selection of new remixes dropping on May 5th. Like-minded electronic artists like Solomon, Eprom, Dixon, Jimmy Edgar, and label-mate Justin Jay, among others have added their deft studio touch to standout selections like “Dood,” “Oakland Rope,” and “The Clapping Track.” The dirtybird don himself even delivers a deep, electrofied reworking of “Can’t Wait.”

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Interview

Dubstep artisan LAXX on his ever-changing sound: "I can't stick to one thing because I love music too much"

By Sean Lewis
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Last week, we got the chance to chat with Oxford, UK-based LAXX, the dubstep technician who has transformed his sound on each new release. Newly signed to the Never Say Die label, LAXX (real name Jamie) follows up his Step One release from earlier in the year with this week’s Step Two EP. Peruse the full interview below as we delve into his history and his thoughts on the current states of dubstep, trap, and sounds for the not-so-distant future.

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David Guetta and Showtek drop zombified "Bad" video

By Beatport News Editors
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Seeking a friendly electro-house soundtrack for the end of the world? David Guetta has got you covered. Hot on the heels of joining forces at Ultra Music Festival, Guetta, Dutch production duo Showtek, and Australian vocalist Vassey have just delivered a new comic-inspired lyric video for their Beatport #1 hit “Bad.” The track is currently listed at #3 on the Beatport Top 100.

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