SNBRN and Lucati release cool house heater, ‘DMs’

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SNBRN has teamed up with Lucati and vocalist 1993 on their new house cooler, “DMs,” released via Ultra Records. The track summarizes the important messages sent through social media direct messaging, or DMs as colloquially known. With a groovy bassline driving the sound, 1993’s voice swims alongside the walking low end melody as the house percussion completes the exoskeleton of the project. A surprise whistle playfully interrupts for a well-rounded house heater.

Hailing from Los Angeles, SNBRN is known for his catchy deep house sound. His originals such as “Raindrops” and “Gangsta Walk” with Nate Dogg alongside infectious remixes that include Bebe Rexha‘s “I Got You” are a testament to his delicate technique and playful narrative development. “DMs” looks to follow that trend, supplementing the artists deep house repertoire.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 116

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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

Grabbitz‘s latest release is an appearance on Ultra Music for the guitar-laden “Roam With You.” His heart-wrenching voice guides listeners through an emotive introductory verse before launching into a dramatic chorus. The second verse finds the artist harmonizing with himself to further the wistful tone of the piece.

Another Buffalo native, Snow-Key, takes to Future Vibes for a vibrant and powerful future bass-inspired piece, “716.” Likely a nod to the area code of that western corner of New York, “716” comes at the listener swinging after a relaxing introduction. Trippy bass and synth punches wallop the eardrums in an unexpected and enticing way, drawing the listener deeper into the dynamic world the artist has crafted.

Seven LionsOphelia Records plays host to Crystal Skies‘ newest set of tunes: the five-track Constellations EP. The duo have tapped collaborators like Satellite Empire, Gallie Fisher, and RUNN for the EP, and songs like “On My Own” prove that the EP is a gorgeous collection of songs. “Incredibly proud and excited to show you guys this EP,” the duo note in the EP’s description. “Some of our favorite music we’ve ever made and we hope you guys think so too.”

Sofi Tukker have remixed Laurent Wolf and Eric Carter’s 2008 classic, “No Stress”—something that seems to be a career highlight for duo member Tucker Halpern. “When I first fell in love with dance music and started to learn how to DJ, I remember the first ever playlist I made and ‘No Stress’ was on it,” he says in a press release. “I remember being so excited to play it in my first ever set, and it went OFF.” Their rendition is a groovy, up-to-date interpretation, allowing fans of the original to relive the original in a fun new way.

SNBRN comes at New Music Friday hot with a new collaboration with 1993, “DMs.” As sultry as ever, the producer has whipped up an irresistibly deep beat to pair with hazy vocals from 1993. While the vocals may sound passive, the lyrics are feisty, claiming “I got million-dollar deals in my DMs.”

NMF Roundup: Audien reveals debut album, G Jones crafts an ‘Acid Mix’ of ‘Drift’ + more

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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.

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Slow Magic attaches his atmospheric allure to Manila Killa’s ‘Wake Up Call’

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Masked man of cosmic creations, Slow Magic has taken on a fan-favorite from Manila Killa‘s recent 1993 album, “Wake Up Call.”

Slow Magic’s vapory, chilled-out remix stands as an organic complement to the original’s subtle, thumping electronica. Both producers are more than adept in the tricky art of creating cerebral soundscapes which compel their consumers to listen as opposed to simply hear or move to—danceable, but not authoritatively so. Slow Magic’s take plays with vocal pitch, creating a rippling effect that emulates the track’s pensive, echoing keys. Where Manila Killa’s initial offering showcases a sobering groove, Slow Magic’s is one of escapism: a palliative proposition to drift inside a soft blue dream.

Slow Magic is currently on tour across the US. The full list of dates can be found here.


Good Morning Mix: Manila Killa shares influences surrounding his ‘1993’ EP on Diplo and Friends

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Manila Killa recently released a mix for Diplo and Friends featured on BBC Radio 1Xtra where he showcases music from his new 1993 EP, influences that inspired the project, and tunes from friends, including the likes of Robotaki, Louis The Child, and Slow Magic. The outpour of emotion and melody hit quickly with soothing chords, wistful plucks, and a rhythm simply idyllic to get your morning started. The blossoming artist born in the Philippines and based out of Washington DC brings along ODESZARüfüs Du SolWhethanDaft Punk, San HoloVirtual Self, Lane 8, and more along for the hour ride of certified earworms.

1993 found its home on Manila Killa’s Moving Castle imprint, a culture hub and artist collective formed by him, AObeats, and Robokid. The EP title, he divulged, serves as Manila Killa’s personal ode to dance music; the DJ behind the mix celebrates the ever-developing space properly.

Manila Killa awes with first EP release post Hotel Garuda split

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Manila Killa has released a seven-track debut EP titled 1993, and each track is a distinctive part that makes for an intriguing whole. While the thematic of the EP is undoubtedly “feel-good” music, the compilation takes twists and turns through a diverse range of genres spanning from progressive house to electro to commercial crossover-type releases. The artist writes on his Twitter that the EP is a year in the making, and it certainly displays this pre-meditation thanks to the impressive collection of tracks.

“Wake Up Call” featuring Mansionair showcases another side of Manila Killa’s production abilities. Contrasting to his usual progressive house sound, the track retains faint drum & bass elements with a mellow and flowing vocal line that create a chilled-out track with a bit of a kick.

“Run Away” enlists electro house synths that create a retro sound and transports listeners to an earlier era in the beginning of the track. The song takes a surprising twist, jumping into a drum line with repetitive vocal cuts that build back into the electro chorus.

“Skin” featuring outsideOUTSIDE takes a bass backdrop and a bouncing chime melody creating an interesting juxtaposition between heavy sonic moments and lighter ones, leaving the ears wanting for more.

1993 is out now via Moving Castle.

Manila Killa starts the year strong with punchy single and headlining tour announcement

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2018 was a year of big transitions for Chris Gavino, more popularly known by his DJ/producer alias, Manila Killa, with his decision to focus on his solo career after a successful bout as one half of Hotel Garuda.

In honor of his new focus as a one-man show, Gavino announced he would be dropping his debut EP as Manila Killa in early 2019. He has now delivered his third and final single from the EP before its full release. The track is an intricate blend of soul-warming synths and edgy vocals provided by Sara Skinner. Titled “All 2 U,” the track opens with pulsing electro notes that frame Skinner’s vocals, floating between breathy and punchy.

The radio-friendly release is not the only news the producer has, as he also just announced his first headlining tour as Manila Killa, entitled 1993. Gavino speaks about his 1993 tour in an official release:

“…I’ll be going on my first headlining tour, where I’ll be showcasing a lot of the music I’ve been working on for the past year,” he writes. “Thank you all for the support you’ve been showing me…”

The 1993 tour will span across major markets throughout the United States. Fans can check if he is coming to a city near them and purchase tickets here.

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