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Music News

Ready for Miami? Here's your must-hit party list

By Beatport News Editors
Miami 2014 Preview

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Miami Music Week is, of course, one of the most important weeks all year on the dance-music calendar, so if you’re heading east (or maybe that’s west, for our European friends), you’ll likely be scheduling out your plans far in advance. Allow us to be of some assistance to you with this handy guide to the best parties in Miami this March. Check out some Beatport Miami essentials here and keep coming back to this listing for more updates throughout the weeks to come.

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Festivals

Mysteryland announces lineup for US debut, with Kaskade, Steve Aoki, Nicky Romero, Moby, Carl Craig, and more; phase-two tickets available on Tuesday

By Ken Taylor
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As you may already know, Mysteryland, which is said to be the world’s longest-running electronic music festival, will hit the US this spring, setting up shop for the first time in Bethel Woods, NY (the site of 1969′s Woodstock festival), from May 23-26. Over the last two decades, the Dutch brand has made it its mission to bring together underground up-and-comers with dance music’s more mainstream heavy-hitters for an event unlike any other—one that’s handily earned its now 21 years of existence.

Today, promoters ID&T announced the lineup for Mysteryland’s first-ever trip to the US, and it’s a stellar one. Kaskade, Steve Aoki, Fedde Le Grand, NERVO, Chase & Status, Booka Shade, Jesse Rose, Chris Liebing, Dillstradamus (that’s Dillon Francis and Flosstradamus), and about 240 more acts will perform over the course of these three days.

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Cratedigger Essentials

20 electro-house tracks every fan must know

By Glenn Jackson
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In the course of electronic music’s ascent to becoming a worldwide phenomenon, the genre of electro house has played no small role. Built around house music’s classic formula and enhanced with edgy sonics and powerful rhythms, electro house has dominated dancefloors for years now, with some of electronic music’s heaviest hitters (Justice, Tiesto, and Deadmau5, just to name a few) delivering many of the genre’s most memorable efforts. With this in mind, we’ve put together what we see as 20 of the most distinctive, important electro-house tracks to date, and present them to you, in no particular order, to relive, debate, hate, and—who knows—hopefully get turned on to something new.

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Festivals

Justice, Disclosure, Empire of the Sun, Claude VonStroke, and more make Hard Summer one to remember

By Evan Shamoon
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Now in its seventh year of existence, the Hard Summer festival once again grabbed Los Angeles’ State Historic Park by its cojones over the weekend. Featuring a roster of artists from across the electronic spectrum, the music was spread across four stages and two days, and performed for some 70,000 people. Somewhere between a high school rave and a state fair that you really wouldn’t want to bring your parents to, there were many things in abundance. Among them: syncopated hi-hats, undergarments disguised as clothing, and young people absolutely on one. Or two.

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Interview

dirtybird "dad" Claude VonStroke on what to expect at his label's first-ever Ibiza residency

By Steven Dermody
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Claude VonStroke is just days away from kicking off his dirtybird empire’s first-ever Ibiza residency—big times, as anyone can attest. Beginning on June 27 and going through September 12, the big bird’s band of merry pranksters (which will include Justin Martin, J.Phlip, Nick Monaco, Eats Everything, and more) will take over Sankeys each Thursday night with their brand of epic bass- and house-infused partying. Fortunately for you, they’ll be sharing their goings on throughout the entire summer season exclusively with Beatport via special mixes and charts from the crew via their Beatport DJs page. In the meanwhile, check out what VonStroke had to say about what to expect on the White Isle this summer.

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Interview

Beatport News and Pyramind present an exclusive interview with Justin Martin

By Ken Taylor
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A few weeks back, as he was prepping for a gig with drum & bass legends Photek and LTJ Bukem, San Francisco producer/DJ Justin Martin sat down with us at nearby Pyramind Training for a little chat. The dirtybird stalwart may focus more on bassy house and techno these days, but his electronic music roots definitely lie with early drum & bass. In this video interview, he walks us through that first exposure to those aforementioned heroes, the evolution of the dirtybird mascot, and how his remake of Goldie’s “Kemistry” came to be. Check it out in its entirety after the jump.

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5Qs

dirtybird newcomer Justin Jay reps SoCal with smooth vibes

By Michelle Kuppersmith
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As the newest and youngest member of the dirtybird crew, 20-year-old Justin Jay proudly reps his SoCal roots, bringing LA’s laid-back vibes into perfect harmony with dirtybird’s trademark groovy funk. After winning a DJ Mag competition at the tender age of 18, Jay released his first track ever on dirtybird in 2010, and in the past three years his stature has only grown. Now, with his Static EP burning up the deep-house charts, we checked in with him to talk NorCal/SoCal beef and having two Justins on one label.

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Breach on making "Jack": "I went back to the vocal and wrote the tune in about four hours"

By Brittany Gaston
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If you happened to attend the dirtybird Players BBQ during this year’s Winter Music Conference in Miami, you were likely treated to Breach’s “Jack” during a very special B2B set with label bosses Claude Vonstroke and Justin Martin. After the second I want your body/Everybody wants your body /So let’s jack line, everyone, myself included, was shouting the lyrics and acting them out—in a rather suggestive manner. And when Laidback Luke played it during his set at Ultra Music Festival, the song became the unofficial anthem for the music week.

Whether it’s the memorable bassline, or the even more memorable lyric, “Jack,” which made its way into our Top 10 just days after its release, is just one of those tracks that has “instant classic” stamped all over it. We caught up with the Brit behind the song, Ben Westbeech (aka Breach), who is currently posted up in the Netherlands, to talk about making hits, studio tricks, and the dream that inspired the infamous “Jack.”

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