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.
A-Trak was enlisted for a remix project on Showtek‘s newest single, “Listen To Your Momma,” adding a helping of disco to the soulful vocals provided by Leon Sherman. The signature scratch sound from the world champion DJ at the intro leads into bouncing piano chords that guide the vocals into a disco house heaven.
Party master and scratch luminary, A-Trak shows his versatility and relevance in this lava “Holy Ship Rap Party 2019” mix of turn-of-the-millennium rap mixed with newer hip-hop and electronic goodies. For example, the Fools Gold head honcho hits a groove towards the beginning with Clipse’s “Grinding,” Jay-Z‘s “La La La,” a bootleg of Missy Elliot‘s “Work It,” an edit of J-Kwon’s “Tipsy,” Mary J. Blige‘s “Real One,” and Panjabi MC featuring Jay-Z’s “Beware.” That groove is continued and further expanded on; however, those tracks set the tone for a modern-day dose of nostalgia.
A-Trak’s second annual Goldie Awards hit Brooklyn Steel on November 8, pinning turntablists and producers from around the world in a Beat Battle and DJ Battle competition in front of a live audience. The Fool’s Gold creator built the tournament to seek raw talent and originality on the dance floor.
A-Trak recently released the recap video, which showcases clips from the Beat Battle and DJ Battle with some judge considerations. Buck Rodgers was the unanimous champion on the beat side, while Yuto battled it out with Brandan Duke the DJ for the DJ Battle victory.
A-Trak has emerged to remix one of the biggest house tracks of 2018, Ferreck Dawn and Robosonic‘s “In Arms.” Released back in April of this year, the upbeat and addictive vocal sampling quickly became a staple tune of this past summer, and A-Trak is the first to step up to officially mix the pair’s collaboration. Of course, we’ve seen the Fool’s Gold Records head honcho take on a variety of genres to remix, but this sees him return to the arms of his uniquely funky take on house. He’s worked his magic the way only A-Trak can, chopping the original “In Arms” and reassembling it in a way that resembles its former self, but with a new, shiny coat of groove.
Though they were at very different points in their career, A-Trak and Erol Alkan may have been as relevant in 2008 as they are today. Riding the bloghaus high just a few years out from his time as Kanye West‘s official tour DJ, A-Trak had become one of the most hotly anticipated performers at his craft. Pair him with the categorically underground Erol Alkan at the beginning of his Phantasy Sound days, and there you have one of the most memorable sets of the BBC Essential Mix series.
Even ten years later, the tracks from the two master selectors make for an invigorating mix. Pulling out Fool’s Gold deep cuts, classic Shadow Dancer tracks on Boys Noize Records, and grimey, age-old Tiga tunes, the mix catalogs the peculiar, pre-EDM era of dance music that was the late 2000s.
Gammer has remixed “Dumbo Drop,” the memorable 2017 collaboration from dance music veterans A-Trak and Baauer. The duo linked for a limited run of shows and a pair of joint releases to close out the year.
The original quickly proved itself as a stunner with a underground-inspired house style and, of course, signature quirkiness and out-of-the-box thinking that we expect from both of the artists who created the track. Now, with UK bass master Gammer entering into the mix nearly a year after the track’s original release, “Dumbo Drop” has been completely transformed into a gritty, forward-thinking new track whose spitting, acidic bass is just one piece of its fascinating puzzle. The remix brings a drum and bass-inspired build up that feels like the heaviest part of the track, quickly dropping into bulldozing bass hits. It’s one that will sear into your memory.
A-Trak has released an intimate music video for his single, “DJs Gotta Dance More,” featuring his co-producer Cory Enemy and New York DJ icon, Todd Terry, in the booth. The esteemed DJ wanted a behind-the-scenes look, reflecting the production process at its most authentic. In a dimly lit room, the instruments shine and the groove is felt enough for Terry to get into the booth, remaking the entire song in one take.
The song has an old-school ambiance, telling the story of real DJs in the ’80s and their transformation from music lover into a culture curator. The Fools Gold label boss said in a press release, “I released ‘DJs Gotta Dance More’ over the summer. It’s very dear to me, because it talks about all the rituals and experiences you go through when you learn how to produce music: digging for samples, discovering influences, and convincing your parents to let you make noise at the house. Getting Todd Terry to speak on the record was a blessing: he represents a New York state of mind, and a kinship between hip hop and house, which is a huge part of my identity.”
Lauren Sick was the director for the project, racking up previous credits for Vampire Weekend, El-P, and Chromeo. In addition to the music video, A-Trak released two remixes of “DJs Gotta Dance More” by Cassius and Illyus & Barrientos.
HARD Summer 2018 has come and gone — the festival’s first year without founder of the HARD brand Gary Richards (a.k.a. Destructo) at the helm — and all seemed to go as planned. Recruiting some of today’s top talent in house, future bass, dubstep, and hip-hop, the weekend featured some powerhouse back-to-back sets from Dillon Francis & Diplo, Zeds Dead & Jauz, and A-Trak & Baauer. Travis Scott celebrated the release of his new album, Astroworld, and Mija dropped another set that completely embodies her “Fk A Genre” mantra.
With more sets from Marshmello, Ghastly, Louis the Child, and others, this weekend marked the beginning of a new chapter for the HARD organization. Check out some of the top sets of the weekend below.