Lunar Lunes: Mija grooves on ‘Sweat It Out,’ Rinzen, Marbs, and Evan Casey team up for ‘Helix’

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Lunar Lunes: Mija grooves on ‘Sweat It Out,’ Rinzen, Marbs, and Evan Casey team up for ‘Helix’Mija Press Photo E1563808144473

Each week, New Music Friday sweeps through with torrential force, showering streaming platforms with immeasurable amounts of new tunes. Just like Dancing Astronaut rounds up 25 of the biggest songs of the week for the Hot 25 Spotify playlist each New Music Friday, Lunar Lunes serves as a landing pad for SoundCloud users who want a whole new dose of tunes to kick off the work week.

Mija takes to Hot Haus Recs for her latest release, the groovy “Sweat It Out.” SG Lewis puts his own spin on a familiar tune, and Alexander Lewis closes his new EP with “Left U on Red.” Rinzen, Marbs, and Evan Casey have teamed up for “Helix,” and Borgore taps Abella Danger for “911.” Cassian gives his own take on Just Kiddin’s “There for You,” and Modestep reveal “Blood” on Disciple. 13 puts an eerie spin on Zeds Dead and Delta Heavy’s “Lift You Up,” and Cristoph and Jem Cooke unveil a clip of “Slowly Burning 2019.” Godlands, JEANIE, and Jelacee hold nothing back on “No Stress,” and Phantoms tap Kate Morgan for “5AM.” Lee Burridge and Lost Desert deliver “Melt,” and Party Favor and EZI strip down their collaboration, “Be Ok,” for an acoustic rendition.

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

13 releases second EP of the year, ‘Revelation,’ off mau5trap

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13 releases second EP of the year, ‘Revelation,’ off mau5trap13 Photo Credit Chatterz Photography

13 has dropped his second EP this year, Revelation, on mau5trap, serving as a follow-up to his jarring Old World Order EP, released earlier this year on Mad Decent. Melding a combination that’s both hip-hop and electronic, the REZZ collaborator continues to curate bouncing heavy bass music. “Oath” was released earlier this month, lending a taste for the mau5trap recruit. “Delusion” and “Purgatory” continue through high-energy sound design rich in glitch folly.

13 collaborated with REZZ on singles “DRUGS!” and “The Crazy Ones,” off last year’s Certain Kind of Magic LP.  Bass heads looking to slow down from the riddim can look forward to this emphatic undercard. For the illusive artist’s production heavy side, Dancing Astronaut interviewed 13 about sound curation following his previous project.

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13 gains mau5trap support on new single, ‘Oath’

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After his thrashing 2017 debut with REZZ, their “DRUGS!” collaboration, 13 has been working his way up the rungs of the bass music scene. After another song with REZZ and multiple on Mad Decent, 13 is back with his second release of 2019 “Oath.”

Marking his first mau5trap release, “Oath” sees 13 taking his music to the extremes of the mid-tempo bass threshold. Accompanied by an official visualizer, the track’s heavy sound matches the video’s dark, glossy, 3D depiction of the music. Haunting vocal cuts lead to a harrowing drop, with fully distorted synths crunching their way into a heavy trap breakdown. With mounting support from some of the industry’s key figureheads, 13 has set himself up for seemingly limitless electronic rank ascension in 2019.

Producer Sessions 008: 13 releases bass-heavy ‘Old World Order’ EP and answers questions about producing [Interview]

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Producer Sessions is a series from Dancing Astronaut meant to shine a brighter light on the producer community. Each volume will guide producers towards professionals in their field.

13 released his Old World Order EP off Mad Decent, which was produced exclusively with analog gear including a Moog Sub 37, Behringer Model D, and bass guitar. The two-time REZZ collaborator, on “DRUGS!” and “The Crazy Ones” off her Certain Kind of Magic album.

The incognito artist is known for his eerie sound design and bass heavy tilt, having toured with REZZ on part of her her Certain Kind of Magic tour. Old World Order is a three-track EP that features the previously released and body trembling “Uppercut,” the slashing “Lost Voices,” and the ground quivering “Rude Boy.” He joined Dancing Astronaut for an exclusive, producer-centric interview on his process, top gear items, and more.

What was your go-to synth for the EP?

A lot of this EP is based on resampling my sound design, I find it more freeing. I like being able to warp and reprocess sounds to achieve unique results.

Any special VST that really took the production home?

It’s hard to pinpoint one, but I feel like my Moog Sub 37 & bass guitar really breathed life into it.

Which song took the most work and why?

That would have to be “Uppercut.” Once I got the initial idea down, I knew it was going to be a special one. From there I became obsessed with perfecting it. Also having the sub at 32.7hz made mixing the track a little bit of a nightmare.

What influenced the name “13”?

The more I progressed with producing, the more I found my sound, which went in a dark/sketchy direction. I felt like the number 13 reflects that sound because it’s generally thought of as an unlucky number; however, it’s also considered a lucky number in some cultures. I strive for contrast in my music. You’ll definitely see more of this in future projects.

How would you define your sound?

I’ve gone through so many musical phases. I’ve listened to pretty much everything under the sun, but the one genre that’s stuck with me since I was a child was hip-hop. I found once I started letting my hip-hop influences shine in my production, I started to get my own unique sound. It’s shines through in my drum patterns in almost all my songs.

What DAW do you use and why?

I use FL studio. One of my good friends Dan introduced me to it back when I became interested in producing, and I’ve stuck with it since. I’ve considered switching to Ableton, but I’m comfortable with FL.

What is your production process like?

My production process is a little chaotic, I don’t start with anything in specific. I’ll go through a whole bunch of different ideas before I finally settle on one, it usually starts with some sort of phrase that catches my ear. I typically have days where I’ll solely only work on drums, leads, fills etc. Then I’ll sit down and find one I want to elaborate on, and more often than not I’ll have another idea that fits right in with it.

What was the most difficult sound to conquer on the project?

The drums on “Lost Voices” was a tough one. It was clashing a lot the subs, but I loved how full it sounded. Finding the balance between the two took me awhile but thank god for multiband transient shapers.

Do you have any unique studio habits?

I’m not sure if this is unique, but if I’m stuck on something, I’ll stay up late and use sleep deprivation to my advantage. I’ll take ideas into a completely different direction than I normally would. Then the next day, I’ll sit down with a more focused and rested mind and tackle it head on.

You’re playing Beyond Wonderland in March, what can fans expect from your set?

Expect a heavy, bass-centric set with lots of hip-hop mixed in. Also expect lots of unreleased tunes from yours truly and friends.

What is next for 13?

My team & I have a lot of exciting things planned for 2019. Expect more music, audio/visual releases, and shows. There’s so much happening right now, and I’m beyond excited to share it all.

Lunar Lunes: Lemaitre reveal new single, NWYR and Andrew Rayel join forces, Mark Knight releases new Toolroom original + more

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Lunar Lunes: Lemaitre reveal new single, NWYR and Andrew Rayel join forces, Mark Knight releases new Toolroom original + moreLemaitre Rocket Girl Rac Mi

Each week, New Music Friday sweeps through with torrential force, showering streaming platforms with immeasurable amounts of new tunes. Just like Dancing Astronaut rounds up 25 of the biggest songs of the week for the Hot 25 Spotify playlist each New Music Friday, Lunar Lunes serves as a landing pad for SoundCloud users who want a whole new dose of tunes to kick off the work week.

Norwegian indie duo Lemaitre bring their breezy, easygoing style to “Fast Lovers,” and Andrew Rayel teams up with W&W under their NWYR alias for “The Melody.” The Disco Fries reveal a funky remix for “Blue” from Kaidro on Armada, and Rogue returns to Monstercat for the dreamy “Oceans.” Dirty Audio taps Shai Hicari for powerful “Run & Go,” and Maddix turns up the intensity on his noteworthy big room number, “Zero.” Toolroom head honcho Mark Knight delivers a new original, “The Mystery of Old Ma Clifton,” and Mako drops a remix of last summer’s “Murder” by Alex Ariete. MELVV takes on Katelyn Tarver‘s “Kool Aid” in his newest venture, and Steve Brian remixes Tritonal‘s “Gonna Be Alright.”

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 74

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA managing editor Robyn Dexter. With a taste that can only be described as eclectic — to say nothing of a name that lends itself to punnery — DA is happy to present a selection of tracks personally curated by Dexter for your listening pleasure.

Listen in playlist format here.


After a massive collaboration with Netsky in December, 1991 returns with an original of his own, “Guiding Light.” The London producer asserts his energetic style of drum & bass in this emotive number. “Guiding Light” contains an impeccable balance of vocals and instrumentals, with the lyrics guiding the verses and the beats driving the chorus. While 1991 was relatively quiet in 2018, one can only hope that this early-2019 release will be the first of many this year. He’s off to a great start.

It takes a special touch to modernize and revamp a 23-year-old song for today’s dance music scene. Oliver Nelson and Tobtok are up to the task, though, as they bring Judge Jules & John Kelly’s Stix ‘N’ Stoned 1996 club anthem “Outrageous” into 2019. This sizzling house heater is ready for dance floors of any decade with its groovy beat and thumping bass. The producers ramp up the energy in the first half, dipping the tempo in the middle for a brief intermission, before building momentum back up again to finish their “Outrageous” rendition off.

After being propelled into the EDM limelight via two REZZ collaborations, 13 is having what is hopefully an extremely lengthy solo moment with a daunting original of his own. “Uppercut,” out via Mad Decent, shows the artist flexing his glitched-out production skills in full form. It’s a shadowy release right from the start, introducing filtered vocals that lead up to a bass-heavy drop, pounding listeners’ ears with the distorted sounds 13’s become known for.

Both halves of The M Machine have built captivating solo projects. Luttrell‘s made a name for himself with a unique strand of melodic techno, gaining notoriety through a variety of Anjunadeep releases over the past few years. His most recent release is a six-plus-minute adventure into the depths of Tycho‘s “Epoch,” which stemmed from their meeting at Burning Man. “It was an honor to share the stage with him that night and even more of an honor to recently be asked to remix his wonderful track, ‘Epoch,’” Luttrell said of the remix. “When I play this one out at shows recently, I always feel transported back to the playa – feeling the warmth of the sunrise over the Black Rock Desert.”

Draper has been making music since late 2010, shifting his sound from dubstep to house to drum & bass to glitch hop and everything in between over the years. He’s shown incredible versatility throughout his career, putting his Draper stamp on anything he’s making with ease. His latest, an EP called Pâro, kicks off with a serene soundscape titled “Her.” Its intro is simply beautiful, painting a vivid picture of two people in love. While the choruses are lighthearted and full of energy, it’s the spaces in between that truly make this track breathtaking.

NMF Roundup: Skrillex and Hikaru Utada take on Kingdom Hearts III, Zeds Dead and Delta Heavy team up, Gorgon City unveil ‘Lick Shot’ + more

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NMF Roundup: Skrillex and Hikaru Utada take on Kingdom Hearts III, Zeds Dead and Delta Heavy team up, Gorgon City unveil ‘Lick Shot’ + moreSkrille Superjam Bonarroo Live

It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

Skrillex and Hikaru Utada kick off some of the most prominent of NMF releases with the heavenly “Face My Fears” from Kingdom Hearts III. Also leading the charge are Zeds Dead and Delta Heavy with a powerful drum & bass collaboration, “Life You Up.” Sofi Tukker and ZHU have delivered the sultry “Mi Rumba,” and Gorgon City bring the heat with a feisty new original, “Lick Shot.” Sam Feldt and Kate Ryan dive into their feelings in “Gold,” and Slushii dreams of warmer days with the tropical “Never Let You Go.” 13 summons a storm on the formidable “Uppercut,” and Above & Beyond are “Flying By Candlelight” in their new collab with Marty Longstaff. Lost Kings continue their slew of releases with “FU4E,” and Xan Griffin delivers his first release since his September Self-Discovery album. Peking Duk sprinkle some sweetness in their new original with Jack River, “Sugar,” and Richard Durand puts his intense spin on Armin van Buuren‘s “Wild Wild Son.”

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

Exclusive: Noizu sails through sultry seas with Holy Ship! mix

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The New Year is around the corner, which means it’s time for those embarking on editions 12 & 13 of HARD’s Holy Ship! to start preparing for the water-based shenanigans that await. Joined by an army of talent which includes the likes of Green Velvet, SAYMYNAME, Rusko, Barclay Crenshaw, and more, guests are primed to earn their sea legs in the most joyful of ways  — by dancing to some of the best music the dance world has to offer across multiple decks of madness.

House extraordinaire Noizu will be helping uphold 13.0’s weekend festivities, and given his record of releases through OWSLA, Confession, and beyond, he’s set to stir up quite the craze on the dancefloor. The exclusive mix he’s provided Dancing Astronaut certainly does this, charting a whirlwind, hour-long journey through jacking beats and grooving basslines that features his own works in addition to those of his colleagues. Use it as a pre-game weapon, or to cause FOMO in friend’s who’ve opted not to take part on the expedition this coming year.

 

Get last-minute Holy Ship! tickets here

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 42

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA music editor and staff writer Robyn Dexter. With a taste that can only be described as eclectic — to say nothing of a name that lends itself to punnery — DA is happy to present a selection of tracks personally curated by Dexter for your listening pleasure.


Since he started releasing music again at the beginning of last year, Party Ghost has been on a roll with originals. Each one’s been quite varied in style, tied together with his signature dark and somewhat glitchy vibe. “Kill,” released in early April, slams its listener with deep, reverberating bass — much like his most recent: “Phantom.” This stormy, brooding vibe is executed perfectly in “Phantom,” though it’s more subdued than its April predecessor. “In the year 2145 the world is ran by Spectre Industries,” Party Ghost notes in the song description. “The story begins with Phantom.”


Ryan Browne has been consistently wreaking havoc on the dance music world with fiery remixes and originals that put a hardcore twist on tracks like Krewella‘s “Alive” and Alison Wonderland‘s “Messiah.” In his latest, a cover of the classic “Everytime We Touch” by Cascada, Browne whips out the drum sticks for a powerful take on the 2007 classic, mixing in elements of hardstyle and dubstep for a rendition that’s not for the faint of heart.


Armada powerhouse Armin Van Buuren has followed up his mid-April “Therapy” with the release of a funk-injected remix from Throttle. The Melbourne artist has made a name for himself with groovy hits like his take on “Hit the Road Jack” and his remix of Earth, Wind & Fire’s iconic “September.” His “Therapy” remix looks to be another stellar addition to his discography, as he adds a classic disco vibe to James Newman’s vocals.


There are few things I love more than the mixing of genres. German drum & bass duo Neonlight have put a VIP spin on one of their own tracks, combining gorgeous orchestral elements, soaring electric guitar and a drum & bass rhythm for a formidable four-minute venture. Its action-packed, cinematic feel is bolstered by hefty bass and dramatic builds that leave the listener wanting more as the synths peter out at the end.


Fresh off a four-track NEST HQ EP, Canadian duo Chuurch have come back with a sultry remix of REZZ and 13‘s celebrated collaboration, “DRUGS!” Digging into the style they call “lean bass,” the pair have crafted a remix saturated with wobbles and weighty bass. REZZ and 13’s haunting melody drifts in and out of the remix, allowing the duo to carry it through while adding their own unique twist.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 37

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA music editor and staff writer Robyn Dexter. With a taste that can only be described as eclectic — to say nothing of a name that lends itself to punnery — DA is happy to present a selection of tracks personally curated by Dexter for your listening pleasure.


Step into this beautiful house haven that Zookëper and Goshfather have created called “For Real.” With Goshfather still riding the high of his massive hit, “Everybody” with the Bingo Players, “For Real” makes an exceptional follow up. Zookëper ended his 2017 on a high note with a feisty remix for The Knocks, so these two teaming up was bound to be a surefire hit.


New Jersey brother duo Synchronice just released a self-titled five-track EP. The introductory track, “Light,” makes for a gorgeous lead-in to the Synchronice EP. With a gradual build and layers of heavenly synths, it paves the way for the remaining four tracks. Choir-like vocals and even a brief guitar melody draw the listener in beautifully.


13 is about to blow up in 2018. Already this year, he’s followed up last year’s massive REZZ collaboration with a remix for Krayysh, a Nest HQ mix, and now, an original. “Physical” brings 13’s signature dark style in full force, mounting his attack and sneaking up on the listener with an anticipatory, moody introduction. He layers in Darth Vader-like breathing for added eeriness, pausing midway through the song to drum up another build reminiscent of someone running. It’s haunting in every sense of the word.


Colorado producer brothel has taken on one of modern pop-punk’s biggest voices: Paramore. He steps up the intensity of Hayley Williams’ vocals by kicking them up an octave and adding heavy amounts of bass. One Reddit user says brothel is able to “merge filth and beauty like no one,” and I have to say I agree.


Outcry plays with melodies in this playful new original, “Skydancer.” The Australian producer lets a lively melody carry throughout the song, though he toys with stutter effects and other variants on the lighthearted theme that carry through as hits of bass weaves in and out. “Skydancer” is a long time in the making, as Outcry notes in the track description that he’s been working on it for two and a half years.