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.
After months of anticipation, Audien’s debut album, ESCAPISM, is finally here, bringing with it tunes like “Escape” with Nomra. G Jones kicks off the weekend in style with an acid mix of “Drift,” and Diplo adds a groovy backbone to Niall Horan’s “Nice To Meet Ya.” CamelPhat and Jem Cooke whip up “Rabbit Hole,” and drum ‘n’ bass powerhouse DJ Fresh taps Doctrine for “Control.” SNBRN brings the bass with “DMs” featuring Lucati and 1993, and Blasterjaxx links with Junior Funke for “Monster.” Grabbitz delivers another dynamic single on Ultra Music, “Roam With You,” and Nora En Pure continues her tour de force with “Fibonacci.” The Glitch Mob and 1788-L drag listeners to the depths on “Momentary Lapse,” and Tritonal and Henry Dark deliver “Shivohum.” The Chainsmokers release “Push My Luck,” and Dada Life take no prisoners on “Table Flipping Machine.” Friend Within can “Feel It” on his latest, and MUST DIE! unleashes some formidable dubstep on “FUNERAL ZONE.”
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.
1788-L unleashed a powerful remix of the League Of Legends Worlds 2019 theme “Phoenix,” a stark contrast to Blanke’s more emotive and melodic remake of the same song. The glitch specialist and remix maven surrounded the vocals of Cailin Russo and Chrissy Costanza with his signature haunting ambiance alongside heavy rock, vibrant bass, and technical ad libs.
Packed alongside a drop for the ages, the emotional vocals are handled with care and positioned nicely next to jaw-dropping space play that creates a void. The effect arrives like the sensation of floating inside a rocket ship blasting off to space. Overall an excellent representation of a phoenix rising from its own ashes.
1788-L is an undoubtedly excellent sound designer, as the producer upholds his heavily computerized brand no matter the project. The enigma also recently took a stab at remixing the Michael Myers Halloween theme song, to no one’s chagrin.
When the original “Halloween” film came out in 1978, its reoccurring theme throughout the movie quickly became one of the most recognizable parts of the Halloween season. Many decades and films later, the musical theme still packs a heavy punch. It’s been remixed countless times by artists of all musical backgrounds, but fans of the franchise seem to still enjoy seeing fresh takes on the eerie melody.
Forty-one years after the slasher film debuted, 1788-L has put his own spin on the haunting tune and filled it with thrashing wubs and pounding bass. He kicks off his iteration with chirping crickets and an introductory piano melody, quickly leading into a fast-paced build. Using a clip from the film about Michael Myers’ escape, he drops the listener into a cacophony of bass.
Amid the season of spiders, ghosts, and demons (oh, my!) Dancing Astronaut presents some of the most delightfully decadent tracks released solely in 2019. The dastard design of the dark arts is never something to scoff at. Dampened tones, haunting harmonies, and menacing drums take the driver’s seat this year, of course, as our annual harrowing Halloween playlist rears its head yet again. In light of the recent mid-tempo Renaissance—and the formidable sounds that followed—this year’s compilation is fashioned from entirely up-to-the-minute offerings.
Other notable mentions include i_o and Grimes new hit thriller, “Violence,” a remix from Knife Party‘s “Ghost Train” after their first EP in four years, and the monstrous “If My Eyes Are Vampires (Your Body Is My Sunlight)” featuring TYNAN, arriving from Sullivan King‘s debut long play. Play this at your next Halloween party or in your pumpkin-print pajamas. But proceed at your peril: these tracks are not for the feeble-hearted.
Minneapolis’ snow-capped NYE festival is back, returning this year for its fourth annual installment. Snowta 2018 featured Skrillex in his return to the festival circuit alongside acts like NGHTMRE, Chief Keef, Subtronics, EPROM and to name a few. With a stacked lineup, the festival’s third production was packaged with an array of extreme sports, including Snowboard Rail Jam and Freestyle Motorcross.
However, midwestern bass heads are in for a real treat this time around, as the full NYE 2019 roster includes a rumbling concoction of 1788-L, Big Wild, Dion Timmer, Zomboy, Juice WRLD, and more. Other festival ammenities have yet to be announced, but if attendees are looking to hit the slopes for a bit, there’s a variety of options in the Minneapolis area.
As the golden EDM years fade further and further into the background, the number of artists maintaining the sensationalized, hyper-synth feel in their music is dwindling. Some might be happy this trend is on its way out. Others might be sad.
Regardless of any individual’s opinion on the inevitable shift, there is something that always rings true when the hype separates from a particular sound: the artists who stick with it do so because they love it, and Kayzo is sticking with it on his new album, Unleashed.
The young producer didn’t hold anything back on his latest LP, adopting various tempos and genres, including flecks of rock—all built on the raw energy that inspired a generation of kids to don neon furries and gauntlets of polychromatic beads. In keeping with the inclusive spirit of EDM, Kayzo tapped various collaborators for every track on the album. Literally. There is not one song without a feature. 1788-L, YULTRON, and k?d are just a few of artists who contributed their equally enthusiastic sound to the album.
Last year, HARD revived its beloved Day of the Dead festival for a long-awaited return to LA Historic Park. To celebrate, HARD delivered a lineup teeming with electronic forward-thinkers, topped by Justice and Die Antwoord. This year, Day of the Dead rises once again, returning to its host venue at LA Historic, though for the festival’s seventh iteration, Dog Blood will hold down headlining duties with The Martinez Brothers, TOKiMONSTA, and ZHU’s Blacklizt project also topping the bill.
The Dia De Los Muertos-inspired festival is set to take place on November 2, with additional star power coming from rising songwriter Elohim, enigmatic low-end force 1788-L, Justin Martin, Damian Lazarus, and more. Team Brownies & Lemonade also features on the lineup, suggesting a tightly curated mini-lineup of talent may spring up within the larger Day of the Dead roster. Following a successful outing with the event brand’s flagship summer event, HARD is riding high as we approach the impending Red Rocks Halloween run followed by a stacked Day of the Dead lineup.
1788-L has released his second extended play, S Y N T H E T I K. Released via Deadbeats, S Y N T H E T I K is comprised of four collaboration sessions of synthesized orchestra, with an emphasis on sub-frequencies. After bursting onto the scene last year with his precise remix work, including an official Illenium rework, and a collaboration with REZZ to boot, the computerized persona is taking form in 2019 with a number of festival appearances, and inclusion in Zeds Dead‘s tour, where 1788-L is providing support. 1788-L jump-started 2019 with particular strength via the Ekali tag team effort, “R U I N.”
The longform project starts with the title track, “S Y N T H E T I K,” which features Slooze. And what a brick to your face this opening track is–it’s a fist-full of bass with dancing glitches. The second of the EP’s four total tracks, “M A L F U N K T” bears the musical markings of the enigmatic co-producer, Deathpact, who works alongside 1788-L’s thunder static on this take. The penultimate cut, “O R G A N I K” with totto is raw, while S Y N T H E T I K’s final song, “W I C K E D,” cuts like a knife. “W I C K E D” features producer, josh pan.
For the past five years, the festival took place at San Antonio Reservoir Recreation Area in Bradley, California; and the last two years were met tragically with the death of a festival attendee at each. Now, the festival has moved to a new venue at Buena Vista Lake in Central California, with lush, green pastures, a shaded tree line, and accessible shoreline that’s sure to bring festival-goers in full force.
Tickets are currently on sale for Lightning in a Bottle 2019. Purchase them here.