Winter Music Conference: A Mecca for New EDM Sounds

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Words by Chelsea Whitaker

Winter Music Conference (WMC) has become the official Spring Break of the EDM community, bringing together DJ’s, artists, and music industry professionals together in sunny South Beach, Florida. Workshops, album premieres, and of course parties, were all on the agenda. There was not a quiet spot in Miami all week, and various EDM beats constantly filled the air along Ocean Drive.

One of the highlights was an exclusive listening party for Afrojack‘s anticipated new album, “Forget the World”. This will be the first full length studio album for the Dutch DJ, who has made his mark by remixing the likes of Madonna and Beyonce while also co-producing and writing hits such as “Titanium”. The album is a musical journey across genres, touching on deep house and even trap with a song featuring Snoop Dogg. The album will no doubt connect to core EDM fans, as well as gain radio traction across the country.

Along with listening events, club takeovers acted as live showcases for top label talent. The Brooklyn based Fool’s Gold – headed by DJ A-Trak, threw some of the wildest and most talent-packed events. Top DJs including Loudpvck, Gladiator, High Klassified and Nick Catchdubs, hit various stages over 2 nights of parties, all hosted by A-Trak. The label set itself a part from the EDM madness with a Rap Party featuring Just Blaze. The packed event mixed songs by A$AP Ferg with classic Duck Sauce tracks, blending two worlds which are destined to collide in a big way this year.

Smaller parties acted as showcases for upcoming talent. Fresh from his Ultra set, DJ Max Gold, set himself apart from the mix by not only being the youngest guy at the Shore Club Red Room (he’s 16), but by bringing a unique sound of tribal-meets-trap to the turntables.

Overall, WMC is a talent showcase and a networking party, rolled into one. Every mic, and every party was a chance to become the next club star. A random rapper hopped on the mic, spitting over EDM beats on the top of the Cleavelander at 2am while the ocean wind blew the entire crowd into frenzy. This epitomized WMC 2014 in one moment – genres mixing, random talent and, of course, Miami.

Luke James Owns The Art of Live Performance

 

Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Luke James has quickly gained popularity amongst the curatorial elite, including Beyoncé, who chose the New Orleans native to appear in her “Run the World” video and has also selected the rising star as the only opener for her current Mrs. Carter tour.

Having penned songs for a slew of A-list artists, Luke has also had the fortune of working with some great producers, including Salaam Remi and Danja.

Last month, we were able to catch Luke at the Spotlight Live music industry showcase and were blown away by the power of his performance. He had a notable, palpable impact on the crowd that left audience members yelping and cheering throughout. Watch “I.O.U.” above and after the jump catch the “Make Love To Me” video as well as a photo slideshow of all performances that night.

Photos by Seher Sikandar and videos by our friends over at By Any Means.

Look out for Luke’s debut album, Made To Love, out on July 16.

“Make Love To Me” performance video & performance photos after the jump

New Release: Jenna Andrews – ‘Kiss and Run EP’

 

By now singer/songwriter Jenna Andrews has got to have you feeling some sort of way with that totally unfair cooing voice of hers. We’ve shared a few tracks to whet your appetite so far: “Mourning Sickness,” “Kiss and Run,” and “I Didn’t Mean It.”

And today, you can have all the rest with the release of Jenna’s 7-track Kiss and Run EP, featuring an all-star production cast: The Messengers (Justin Bieber, Chris Brown), Dan Heath (Lana Del Rey), Doc McKinney (The Weeknd, Drake, Mary J. Blige), Adam Pallin (Cobra Starship), Jake Gosling (Ed Sheeran, Paloma Faith, Lady Gaga, Far East Movement), and Wayne Wilkins (Beyonce, Jordin Sparks, Cheryl Cole).

The determined artist’s passion seamlessly translates from her story to honest, real lyrics that she aims to use to help give ‘little girls and young women hope that their dreams can come true.’ We can get behind that, no doubt.

Also today, Jenna released her video for “Weapon,” which happens to be one of our favorite tracks off the EP. And yet another gorgeous video to complement a candid song about the double edged sword that love can often be.

Enter our contest to win the Kiss and Run EP.

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New Release: Rebecca Ferguson – ‘Heaven’

 

The sensational British singer-songwriter Rebecca Ferguson has released her debut album, Heaven, in the US today!

After making it to #3 on the UK album chart, Rebecca’s only way to go has been up. Joined by a stellar team, including Eg White, Fraser T Smith, and Claude Kelly, Heaven is a truly memorable work filled with emotion that hits you time and time again.

Rebecca sites an array of influences – Ray Charles, Tupac, Sam Cooke, Stevie Wonder, Florence and The Machine, Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj and Adele. At the core of it, though, Rebecca is pure soul.

Below, watch Rebecca perform “Glitter & Gold” Live. Doesn’t her voice make you feel warm all over?

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Enter our contest to win Heaven.

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New Release: Stacy Barthe – ‘Sincerely Yours’ EP

 

Stacy Barthe is the truth and it’s likely that you’re already familiar with her work. The LA singer-songwriter been quietly flexing her skills songwriting for giants like Beyonce, Rihanna, and Britney Spears. In fact, Rihanna’s latest single “Cheers (Drink To That)” is a Stacy Barthe original and is steady climbing the Billboard 100 charts.

You may also have fancied her track with Frank Ocean, “Without You,” which came out earlier this year.

Last week Stacy dropped her debut vocal project, a free 8-track EP entitled Sincerely Yours. You need to take a listen.

Stacy Barthe – “Without You” ft. Frank Ocean [MP3]
 

Stacy Barthe – “Not Like I Used To…” [MP3]
 

Stacy Barthe – Sincerely Yours EP [Download]

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