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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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Morning Roundup

Ron Burgundy goes freewheelin' with Daft Punk, plus, a history of the Mad Decent Block Party, and man, Steve Aoki has a lot of famous friends!

By Beatport News Editors
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Well, MTV Europe got a bit of a fun surprise last night when Ron Burgundy paid a visit to Amsterdam—and took Daft Punk along with him on a tour of the city. Check out some video from the proceedings, along with plenty more from around the dance-music-blog world, in the roundup.

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Interview

Visionquest launch special live shows and prep new album

By Dan Carter
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Where the various solo efforts of Detroit’s Seth Troxler, Ryan Crosson, Lee Curtiss, and Shaun Reeves have breathed an unpretentious air into forward-thinking electronic music, together, as the underground powerhouse Visionquest, the quartet has found unprecedented harmony in their creative endeavors. That quest of which we speak is a dual production outfit and eclectic label, which has issued forth wave upon wave of norm-challenging new music.

Kicking off last week at London’s Fabric nightclub, their Visionquest 13 concept takes in a set of global club and festival dates, all rife with immersive visual experiences to accompany their boundary-pushing new sounds. Beatport News took the rare opportunity to sit down with all four members in London to trace the project’s origins.

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Weekend Weapons

Rebel Raver Subb-an's five favorite tracks right now

By Lauren Salm
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A fast-rising Damian Lazarus protege, Subb-an has become a deep-house staple, having releases on labels like Cocoon, Spectral Sound, Lazarus’ Crosstown Rebels, and now Visionquest. In fact, when Lazarus recently announced that he would embark on a 10-year anniversary Crosstown Rebels tour, entitled Rebel Rave, the 24-year-old Berliner known to friends as Ashique Subhan was made an integral part it.

To coincide with the tour, Subb-an will release the third installment of the Rebel Rave series on March 19, right after he puts out his first EP on Visionquest, Rain, on March 11. Although the next few months are sure to be busy ones for him, he took a moment to tell us about what tracks he feels light up a dancefloor.

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Interview

Ryan Crosson and Cesar Merveille unleash Visionquest's first full-length

By Lauren Salm
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As a follow-up to last year’s critically acclaimed DRM Part 1 EP, Visionquest’s own Ryan Crosson has again teamed up with Cesar Merveille, this time for a similarly named full-length album—the label’s first ever. With a more than cinematic unity of sound and flow, Crosson and Merveille together offer up nine pieces that are less like tracks and more like a jam session of sultry and chill sounds dabbling in many different genres.

The two Berlin-based producers are definitely no strangers to the spotlight. Crosson has appeared on the cover of both Mixmag and DJ Mag this year, and Merveille has quickly skyrocketed as part of Luciano’s Cadenza crew. We recently chatted with them about their new album, working together, and what the future holds for the duo.

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Interview

Benoit & Sergio talk New Ships and love at first sight

By Michelle Kuppersmith
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Benoit & Sergio (aka Benoit Simon and Benjamin Myers) met at a birthday party at a club in Washington, DC, and although it was friendship at first sight, their musical relationship took some time to marinate before coming to fruition. Fans are certainly glad that the duo moved from the dancefloor to the studio, creating emotive electronic pop music that emits a longing for the past and a yearning for something new.

Their new EP, New Ships, was just released on Visionquest, and the guys are currently on tour in support of the hauntingly beautiful collection of tracks. In an attempt to see what makes them tick, Beatport News posed a few questions prior to their gig at hipster haven Le Bain in New York City. Amidst a great deal of giggling and jokes, Benoit & Sergio let us know just what makes their tracks so dreamy and what their true inspirations are.

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Track of the Day

Lauren Lane - Lazer Eyes ft. Jaw of dOP

By Joshua Glazer
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When it comes to injecting a bit of fun into the sometimes staid world of dance music, few have done more to keep the comedy coming than Seth Troxler and his Visionquest compatriots Lee Curtiss, Ryan Crosson, and Shaun Reeves. On the lead track from their imprint’s wittily titled Teen Collection Hot Jam 96 sampler, Jaw (from fellow fun boys dOP) joins forces with newcomer Lauren Lane to create a good-time party jam for all.

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