Porter Robinson hosts second history-making Secret Sky, reveals festival’s fall return [Watch]

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Porter Robinson did it again.

Almost a year to the date of the inaugural Secret Sky, Porter Robinson had nearly everyone in electronic music wipe their April 24 slates clean to collectively celebrate the conclusion of the seven-year wait for Nurture. Coming remotely close to the unparalleled experience provided by one of Dancing Astronaut’s top digital events of 2020—or even attempting to eclipse it—seemed reasonably infeasible, but only Porter Robinson could make that happen, and he did just that.

Remodeling the virtual auditorium for an even more immersive viewing method while driving donations to MusiCares, Secret Sky pulled together another far-reaching package of 17 artists to perform across more than nine hours’ worth of sets that—as expected—successively substituted each other on Twitter’s trending topic list. DJ Potaro was commissioned with opening the Secret Sky doors as he did in 2020, doing a 180 from his first electro house showing to pivot instead to an unexpected drum ‘n’ bass and hardcore-laden set that would be followed up with more electrifying performances from the likes of Laxcity, Imanu and Buunshin, James Ivy, Swardy, Boys Noize, Baauer, and REZZ, among others. The night was consummated with—of course—Porter Robinson, who traded out his parents’ guest room setup for a legitimate, all-out live rig, delivering the first-ever heart-stopping performance of his newly minted sophomore album.

Just before everyone could shut off their TVs and laptops for the evening, Robinson dropped the news that Second Sky would be making a fall revival for the first time since 2019 at an undisclosed venue in the Bay Area. While no additional information beyond the May 5 ticket pre-sale was made available, Second Sky’s website currently states that the festival will either be held sometime in September, or if it’s forced to postpone, on May 14 – 15, 2022.

Relive every set from Secret Sky 2021 below.

Porter Robinson

DJ Potaro

Kero Kero Bonito

Laxcity

Imanu B2B Buunshin

James Ivy

Yvette Young

Wave Racer

Serph

salute

Boys Noize

No Rome

Swardy

Baauer

Takagi Masakatsu

End Of The World

REZZ

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Bass Canyon makes a splash with 2021 lineup—Nurko, Illenium, Subtronics, and more

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From August 20 – 22, Washington’s Gorge Amphitheatre will flood with bass authorities and ascending acts alike for the 2021 installment of Excision‘s widely embraced Bass Canyon festival. 12th Planet, ATLiens, Dion Timmer, Eptic, Ray Volpe, SVDDEN DEATH, Blanke, Nurko, and many, many more have received the Bass Canyon call, according to the event’s lineup.

In addition to standard sets, Bass Canyon’s roster of talent features two special initiatives: a toned-down detox set from none other than Excision himself—one of Excision’s three live appearances over the weekend—and a Downlink drum ‘n’ bass set. In addition to Excision’s detox set, fans can look forward to the don’s standard bass-heavy solo set as well as a back-to-back with Illenium. Tickets and camping passes are available here.

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Armin van Buuren and Maor Levi press play on sophomore co-project, ‘Divino’

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After delivering a multitude of releases under the Armada Music umbrella in recent years, Maor Levi has aligned with Armin van Buuren to unseal “Divino.” Designated as van Buuren’s “tune of the week” during episode 1013 of A State Of Trance, “Divino,” features a lofty culmination of Levi’s progressive basslines and Armin’s mystical soundscapes. Levi and van Buuren’s sophomore tie-up, following “In And Out Of Love,” “Divino” can be streamed below.

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Ilan Bluestone, Giuseppe De Luca’s creative compatibility commands ‘Look At Me Now / Stardust & Madness’

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Over the years, ilan Bluestone and Giuseppe De Luca‘s creative compatibility has yielded countless original releases, and Look At Me Now / Stardust & Madness adds two more to the tally. By pairing ethereal soundscapes with with heartfelt vocals on “Look At Me Now,” the pair put a foundation in place for the euphoric trance drops to follow, offset by minimalistic guitar accents.

“Stardust & Madness” is more moody by comparison, and after becoming a staple of Bluestone’s live sets, now makes its way to streaming platforms in both a standard and extended format. The two tracks give listeners a taste of what remains to come on Bluestone’s second album, Impulse, set to be released on May 7 via Above & Beyond‘s Anjunabeats.

“Look At Me Now” and “Stardust & Madness” are out now via Anjunabeats. Stream below.

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Nora En Pure explores ambient tones on ‘Thermal/Oblivion’

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Following Nora En Pure‘s February EP Monsoon comes Thermal/Oblivion. A delve into softer, more ambient sounds that contrasts with the sparkling dance tunes of Monsoon, Thermal/Oblivion uses enigmatic soundscapes and shuffling synths to make its impression.

Of the EP’s two inclusions, “Oblivion” lends rising instrumentals, recalling late-night drives and ambient flutters. Effervescent vocals peek through the floating soundscape, building up to a deeper drop. “Thermal” sits within more uplifting tones, a cascading piano dancing between soft echoes. Drums begin to make their introduction, a thumping bassline adding to the sweeter melodies. A humming violin makes its entrance, the synths building to a lulling harmony.

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MAVV’s melodic penchant is ever-present on ‘When I Had You’ [Stream]

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After setting out on an electronic course in 2019 via “Now and Again,” MAVV, an emergent force to be reckoned with in the melodic bass landscape, continues to provide steady justification for just why his name should be present on streamers’ radars. The latest example comes in the form of “When I Had You,” MAVV’s 12th all-time release, issued via Blanco Y Negro’s Spitfire Music.

Music for melodic indulgement, “When I Had You” features Rory Hope, whom the Texan worked alongside to cultivate a specific sonic aim in the single’s three-minute and four-second span. MAVV remarked,

“I wanted to bring soft chords to life with the energy of a build into a glitch fill before the drop to emulate the emotional pattern that we’ve all experienced in the face of loss, as if the glitch fill was the embodiment of what went wrong, but can’t ultimately be changed.”

As MAVV technically translated this thematic idea to the single’s arrangement, he and Hope sought to do the same on the lyrical end, merging creative sensibilities for the one-off, available below.

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‘Muff Wiggler’ Now ‘Mod Wiggler’

Synth forum Muff Wiggler has officially changed its name to ‘Mod Wiggler‘, in response to user feedback.

The name has been controversial among site users for more than a decade, with about two-thirds of the visitors in a 2008 survey characterizing the name as: unacceptable; mildly offensive; or stupid, but harmless. Only about one-third of the visitors were strongly in favor of it.

While the site’s late founder Mike McGrath said he named it after a pair of popular Electro-Harmonix effects pedals, the ‘Big Muff’ and the ‘Wiggler’, the name was seen by many as a single entendre – a phrase with a bawdy meaning, that’s not really cleaver enough to have the dual meanings of a double entendre.

In recent years, interest in renaming the site has only grown, because users had the same issues as ‘Gearslutz’ users: the name was seen as unprofessional; it was broadly considered sexist; and the name led to the site being blocked or avoided in schools and workplaces.

Site organizers released this statement:

“Today marks the 2 year anniversary of Mike’s passing, so I thought it would be a good time to detail the often hinted upcoming changes to the site that will be going live over the next week:

Effective today, we are now Mod Wiggler.

ModWiggler.com is now active, although your old bookmarks will continue to work until the old DNS registration expires, on November 21, 2022.

Images and site configuration will be updated over the next couple days to match the new name. If by Monday I’ve missed anything, please shoot me a message.

We will not be rewriting history. We will not be changing old post contents. We are not banning or scrubbing words.

I’m not going to go into details about why the name was changed. That and settling on a new name was hard enough. It’s done and not open for debate.”

DubVision push their modern house tide forward on ‘I Wanna Be There’ with ANML KNGDM

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Anyone who keeps up with Martin Garrix‘s weekly mixes knows that the appearance of new DubVision in the STMPD RCRDS helmer’s mid-April installment had everyone inquiring about its due date beneath the YouTube video. It didn’t take long for an answer to be resolved as DubVision follow their unbelievable progressive house spin of Andrew Rayel’sSilver Lining” with their second original of the year, “I Wanna Be There.”

Stepping aside from STMPD to join Jonas Blue‘s Electronic Nature for their label debut, DubVision help shine a spotlight on the rising anonymous group known as ANML KNGDM with their latest. DubVision’s new-fashioned house tide unceasingly surges every single time they step into the release ring, drawing out their repeated practice of matching an irreproachable topline to their blueprint and chaining them alongside a slick, piano-driven lead.

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