NMF Roundup: Dog Blood make a triumphant return, Dillon Francis teams up with lovelytheband, Whethan looks to ‘Win You Over’ + 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.

It’s been more than five years since the music world has seen new music from Skrillex and Boys Noize‘s supergroup, Dog Blood, but that wait is finally over with “Turn Off The Lights.” Dillon Francis joins forces with lovelytheband for a, well, lovely collaboration called “Change Your Mind.” Armin van Buuren, Lucas & Steve, and Josh Cumbee deliver a feel-good number by the name of “Don’t Give Up On Me,” and Nicky Romero, DallasK, and XYLØ create a contemplative, low-key collaboration, “Sometimes.” Whethan and Bearson have crafted an effortlessly groovy “Win You Over” with SOAK, and Seven Lions and Kill The Noise take things up a notch with the formidable “The Blood.” Bassnectar reveals his Reflective Part Four EP is on its way with “Illusion,” and Kove keeps his brand of drum & bass subtle and smooth with “Echoes.” Jai Wolf and Dresage come together in “Better Apart,” and NGHTMRE and A$AP Ferg make a powerful pair in “REDLIGHT.” Sam Feldt brings summer a few months early with “One Day” with ROZES and Yves V, and Zomboy brings “The Beast” with his new single. The Chainsmokers prep for their new album with “Kills You Slowly,” and Mielo releases his Anywhere But Here EP, featuring a closing song of the same title.

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.

EDC Las Vegas unveils full lineup featuring deadmau5, Eric Prydz, Tchami x Malaa + more

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The wait is finally over. The EDC Las Vegas 2019 lineup is here.

After an initial reveal on March 26’s Night Owl Radio episode with EDC founder Pasquale Rotella, the festival has unleashed its full offerings, spread out over the weekend of May 17-19 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The three days are rife with talent as usual, kicking off with a Bill Nye-hosted opening ceremony. The initial evening will thrill with performances by deadmau5, Alesso, Above & Beyond, and an “old skool dubstep set” from Skream and Rusko. Saturday will see acts like Claude VonStroke, Kayzo, REZZ, Nero, and Charlotte De Witte take the stage. On EDC’s final day, festival-goers will be treated to sets from Armin van Buuren, Dillon Francis, Illenium, What So Not, and countless others.

Tickets are available here.

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Exclusive: Why Gorgon City, Green Velvet, and more believe Miami Music Week is one of the most important dance events of the year

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Exclusive: Why Gorgon City, Green Velvet, and more believe Miami Music Week is one of the most important dance events of the yearMiami Music Week

Every year without fail, Miami Music Week draws some of the dance music’s strongest talent and most raucous crowds for its seven-day frenzy, this year notwithstanding. From Virtual Self‘s acclaimed Clubsystem set with support from Boys Noize to over 30 Diskolab hosted parties, including Green Velvet‘s curated La La Land series, showcases and special sets will run rampant from March 25-31. In addition to the omnipresent and immaculately curated live parties, the week also features the Winter Music Conference (WMC), which hosts industry-revered speakers and hot-button programming galore.

With a global array of DJ talent, producers, and multifarious talent from the music industry at large flocking to the city every year, the cultural significance of Miami Music Week simply can not be overstated. By reaching out to a spoonful of the week’s top performers, Dancing Astronaut was able to discover, from the artists themselves, why the event series is such an impactful celebration for electronic music patrons worldwide.

Tony of Above & Beyond:

Exclusive: Why Gorgon City, Green Velvet, and more believe Miami Music Week is one of the most important dance events of the year9769 F2 Bw“Miami hosts the most concentrated, crazy, event-filled week in the year. What with Ultra, the conference, spring break, and all the shows around town it’s a unique chance to see anyone and everyone in the world of electronic dance music. It’s like the whole Ibiza season in a few days, a chance to escape the winter weather and dance in the sunshine, by the pool, on a boat or in a club. We’ve been doing our own shows in Miami for more than a decade now and they are always up there with the best of the year.”

Above & Beyond play Diskolab x Above & Beyond Miami 2019 on Thursday March 28th

Gorgon City:

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“We’ve been going to Miami music week for years. I actually first went when I was 19! It’s a crazy place with countless parties. There’s people from all over the world in one place and that’s what makes it so special and important. We can’t wait for this year as we’re playing some amazing events.”

Gorgon City play Diskolab x La La Land on Saturday March 30th

Riva Starr:

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“WMC time is when I get to meet all my DJ and industry friends in one place. No names attached to an email but real faces, being able to chat face to face about our world is priceless. It’s still one of the best windows to showcase your sound.”

Riva Starr plays Diskolab x SOLA vs BLOW! on Thursday March 28th

Green Velvet:

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“I have been going to the MMW since the ’90s. It is a longstanding tradition that marks the beginning of the festival season.”

Green Velvet Plays Diskolab x La La Land on Sat March 30th

La Fleur:

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“WMC, a week when everyone from all over the world comes together in sunny Miami for some of the best parties of the year. You never know where you’re going to end up, clubs, rooftops, pool parties, boat parties, the list goes on. Aside from the party atmosphere, it’s a valuable opportunity to discuss some of the hot topics and issues in the industry. There are few events throughout the year where the music world gets together, so we should make the most of them. For us Europeans, it’s also a valuable time of year for us to connect with fans, promoters, other artists, labels and industry professionals who are based over the pond that we might not necessarily get to see as often.”

La Fleur plays Pete Tong Pool Party on Thursday 28th at Surfcomber and Ultra Resistance on Saturday 30th.

Doorly:

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“MMW is an institution for me. I have rarely missed it since first coming around 15 years ago. Literally everybody in house music is there somewhere or another and for a week Miami turns into this magical playground where the whole city becomes one big festival in what’s already one of the coolest cities on the planet.”

Doorly plays Diskolab x La La Land on Sat March 30th

James Zabiela:

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“Although there are many electronic music conferences now, Miami is the original one for me and still relevant in that you will always discover a few electronic gems or maybe find some inspiration from a random set somewhere on South Beach. Ultra, of course, remains a great gateway for young new recruits to the electronic music scene especially with them investing so much into their Resistance brand of which I’m very fortunate to be a part of this year.”

James Zabiela plays Ultra Resistance on Sunday 31st

Hector Couto:

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“MMW is a hub for labels and all different types of artists and genres to congregate together. It’s definitely the place to be.”

Hector Couto plays Diskolab x SOLA vs BLOW! on Thursday March 28th

Danny Howard:

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“I think any event that brings together the world’s best DJs in one place at the same time, to connect with people on the dance-floor is a special moment, and Miami is one of those moments. However, Miami is the original showcase of our beloved dance music that’s rich in its heritage and legendary in its purpose. Miami Music Week is the time when we hear the music we’ll be dancing to all summer long.”

Danny Howard plays Diskolab x SOLA vs BLOW! On Thursday March 28th

Nathan Barato:

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“MMW still matters because it’s one of the best stretches of a week when you can hear hundreds of the world’s best DJs in a short amount of days. And, for the DJ community it’s a great time to meet, hang, inspire and even break new music.”

Nathan Barato plays Diskolab x elrow Miami on Saturday March 30th

Matthias Meyer:

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“MMW is one of the few times of the year that the music community comes together for a week of some of the best parties, networking, and just general good times. For me, as an artist it’s a chance to play at some super cool parties. This year I play Do Not Sit – always a good time. It’s also a chance to meet up with my friends from the industry who come to Miami from all around the world – there’s a good vibe in Miami that makes everyone a little wild.”

Matthias Meyer plays Diskolab x Do Not Sit By The Pool on Tue March 26th

Cassy:

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“Miami is still important because it’s not so important, so whoever is a hardcore fan or a lover of it will go. I meet so many people from around the world, and there is a combination of parties and acts you cannot see anywhere else. Miami is a party place, home to house music and house music artists, and so many parties and trends started there. I have been playing since around 2005, so it’s now a ritual for me, and very important to me personally. I’ve met and formed close friendships and partnerships over the years. I love it and I wouldn’t miss it for the world.”

NMF Roundup: Gesaffelstein reveals ‘Hyperion’ in full, Seven Lions remixes Above & Beyond, Rinzen releases new mau5trap EP + more

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NMF Roundup: Gesaffelstein reveals ‘Hyperion’ in full, Seven Lions remixes Above & Beyond, Rinzen releases new mau5trap EP + moreGesaffelstein Jorge Meza Photos

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.

This Friday’s slew of releases is highlighted by the much-anticipated release of Gesaffelstein‘s HyperionWe’re also welcoming yet another Gareth Emery and Ashley Wallbridge release, along with a calming new Baltra “Vocal” Remix of Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs‘ “Energy Fantasy.” Seven Lions returns on a heartfelt remix of Above & Beyond‘s “Sahara Love” with Zoë Johnston, and Rinzen reveals a tantalizing two-track mau5trap EP, Prologue. Hardwell teams up with Mike Williams on “I’m Not Sorry,” and Pegboard Nerds return to Monstercat with the energy-packed “Gunslinga” with MC Mota. Boombox Cartel links with Karra on “Nothing to Hide,” and Dabin taps Inukshuk and Nevve on the journey-like “Another Day.” Audien and Echosmith craft a radio-friendly tune in “Favorite Sound,” and Lost Frequencies and Flynn “Recognise” each others’ talents in their new collaboration. Dance music pioneers The Chemical Brothers deliver a new original, “We’ve Got to Try,” and Shadient takes no prisoners in his new Gud Vibrations release, “Abberate.” David Guetta and Tom Staar team up for “This Ain’t Techno,” and Alesso unveils Progresso Volume 1 with tracks like “CONFESSION.”

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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Above & Beyond team up with Armin van Buuren for massive new collaboration

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Each highly respected artists in their own right, Above & Beyond and Armin van Buuren have dominated the trance landscape for years. Now, coming together for the first time ever, the trance giants have shared their uplifting new collaboration, “Show Me Love.”

Debuted during Armin van Buuren’s main stage set A State Of Trance 900, the track fuses the best of both acts’ styles. With emotive piano lines, high energy synth work, and vocal chops sure to tear down any festival, the song is a culmination of years of trance history in the making. Released on van Buuren’s Armada Records, the track is a testament to the longevity of trance music and a powerful showing from the artists at the top of their scene.

NMF Roundup: Audien remixes Calvin Harris, Armin van Buuren and Above & Beyond team up + more

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NMF Roundup: Audien remixes Calvin Harris, Armin van Buuren and Above & Beyond team up + moreArmin And Above Beyond

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.

Gesaffelstein and Pharrell Williams top this week’s Hot 25 with their new collaboration, “Blast Off.” Audien layers on the nostalgia with a gorgeous remix of Calvin Harris and Rag’n’Bone Man, “Giant.” Above & Beyond and Armin van Buuren‘s mega-collab, “Show Me Love,” has finally hit the Armada airwaves, and Midnight Kids unveil a melody-packed remix of Gryffin‘s “Bye Bye.” Yellow Claw follow up their 2018 LP, New Blood, with a new single, “Give It To Me,” with Nonsens, and KSHMR joins forces with Krewella and Yves V for “No Regrets.” TOKiMONSTA releases a mellow new single with Ambré, “Strange Froot,” and W&W bring hardcore back with “The Light.” Sullivan King thanks fans for raging with a metal and dubstep-infused cover of Swedish House Mafia‘s iconic “Save The World,” and Fedde Le Grand puts his own spin on Loud Luxury‘s “Love No More.” 3LAU and Justin Caruso tap vocalist Iselin for a sugar-sweet new single, “Better With You,” and Varien covers Bring Me The Horizon’s “Can You Feel My Heart” with Andrew Zink. Fox Stevenson and Feint link on a new remix of Fox’s own “Out My Head,” and Steff da Campo reworks Galantis and OneRepublic‘s “Bones.”

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.

Armin van Buuren and Above & Beyond share snippet of new collaboration, ‘Show Me Love’

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Armin van Buuren and Above & Beyond share snippet of new collaboration, ‘Show Me Love’Armin And Above Beyond

Trance giants Armin van Buuren and Above & Beyond have teamed up for their first-ever collaboration ‘Show Me Love,’ debuting the track during van Buuren’s Main Stage set at A State of Trance 900 in Utrecht on February 23. The Dutch heavyweight invited the trio onstage, eliciting an overwhelmingly positive reaction from the unsuspecting ASOT crowd.

Given van Buuren and Above & Beyond’s statuses as some of the most auspicious artists in the trance world, it’s curious that the two have not crossed paths in a production capacity until now. With a piano breakdown, gritty synths, and melodic atmosphere, “Show Me Love” brings the core of both groups’ signature strengths into a high-energy collaboration. “Show Me Love” is set for official, dual release March 1 on each artist’s respective label, Armind (Armada) and Anjunabeats.

Preview the new track via Beatport.

îleSoniq reveals phase one lineup for Aug. 9-10 takeover: Above & Beyond, Marshmello, Kaskade, and more

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îleSoniq has commemorated their sixth anniversary with the anticipated reveal of their phase one lineup, giving festival-goers an idea of the explosion of artists in store. As previous years have found success in fusing the hip-hop and electronic music spheres together, the 2019 edition returns to parc Jean-Drapeau over Aug. 9-10 for the return of the annual event. 

Headliners Above & Beyond and Marshmello are scheduled to close out festivities throughout the weekend, and will be accompanied by main stage selects Alesso and Kaskade to light up the weekend, in addition to by sets from fan-favorites across the electronic spectrum. For the first time in îleSoniq history, attendees can expect to be immersed with the sounds of its inaugural underground house and techno stage, complete with sets by Nicole Moudaber, Lane 8, Yotto and Claptone.

In addition to the influx of house and techno artists, bass fans will witness the return of head-banging dignitary Excision, along with the likes of Mastadon, Peekaboo, Midnight T, G. Jones and Montréal native, Snails amidst the weekend.

Two-day festival passes available for purchase here.

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Montréal emblazons their incomparable fiery spirit at Igloofest, the self-proclaimed world’s coldest music festival

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What does it take to convince thousands of attendees to venture out in bone-chilling, glacial temperatures, bearing umpteen layers of clothing to join thousands of like-minded individuals in an outdoor winter dance party? Citizens of Montréal will scoff at the question, put on their winter attire and head out their door with a sense of pride and voracity, not looking behind. What may seem like a challenge and an instant rejection for some, this city says otherwise.

Illuminating the quaint and charismatic Old Port neighborhood for their 13th edition is the infrastructure of Igloofest Montréal, the self-proclaimed, “coldest music festival in the world.” Shipping containers artfully adorn their way into the festival’s framework, paying homage to the nature of the location whilst introducing a notion of industrial comfort to the ambiance. Attendees flock gracefully in packs, a true talent due to the limitations of wearing multiple layers. Dressed with poise in the brightest of colors, Igloofest hasn’t just thrown a festival, but instead fostered their own winter movement.

“It comes with the vibe, no one comes to Igloofest to be posers or just attend because it’s not worth just to be standing there when it’s -15 and you’re gonna die. Everyone’s in a good spirit, and everyone’s having fun” – Robert Robert

The 2019 edition of Igloofest Montréal spanned the course of three weekends, with the opening night hosted on the evening January 17, followed by the closing ceremonies on February 2. For the first time in Igloofest history, the outdoor festival sold out two separate nights ahead of their annual opening ceremonies, headlined by electronic mass moguls Diplo, and Above & Beyond. During the opening weekend, temperatures dropped to an astonishing low of -31 degrees Celsius, enough to freeze the Sapporo cans in the hands of attendees, but not enough to keep guests from dancing. Held over the course of nine evenings, local and international talent was far from few, welcoming headliners from each end of the electronic music spectrum. Akin to the city’s open-minded musical interests, headliners of the house, techno, trap and trance realms took the stage, attired in their own brightly flashing jackets and signature Canadian tuques.  

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Igloofest first came to fruition in the winter of 2007, yielding a mere 4000 attendees for their first edition of the festival. With years of cultivation underway, the winter event series has imprinted their existence into a principle component of the city’s winter lifestyle. Each year, artists from all corners of the world are continually shocked at the frigid temperatures that encapsulate the event, yet are met with the warm reception from thousands of attendees flashing their smiles, unbothered by the elements working against them. As their recent edition year has accrued almost 65,000 fervent attendees over three weekends, it bears the question, “How has Igloofest succeeded in attracting people to come party in extreme polar temperatures?”

Nymra & Sofisticated speak to the lively spirit behind Quebec’s festival culture, referring to the “joie de vivre”, or zest for life, that makes Igloofest special. 

Familiar to the Montréal electronic music scene are female duo and Igloofest second-time performers Nymra & Sofisticated, though their fondness of the event runs deeper than their performance history. When asked about their most memorable experience from the festival, the two named Pascale and Sophie speak with unfaltering enthusiasm, drawing energy from each other as they recount their past, “During one of the coldest Igloofest’s, it was like -40 and was cold as hell. We’re playing in the dome, there was a lineup to come in, and it was a huge party. It was perfect because we’re playing all night like six hours in the dome…people were dancing on the bar, the vibe was wow.” Fresh off the raw adrenaline of opening the secondary Videotron stage, it’s clear that this festival occupies a soft spot in their hearts.

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Montréalers aren’t unfamiliar to the blustery, sub-zero conditions that can characterize their winter. In fact, the temperature itself has become a pawn in an unspoken challenge of ‘who can one-up each other in partying the hardest’. The chill seems to bring out the crowd’s cheeky antics, composed of individuals dressed in astronaut helmets and spacesuits and matching the weekly #Iglooswag theme, “Space Odyssey”. Co-founder of Igloofest and seasoned festival maven Nicolas Cournoyer boasts about the pleasure of witnessing the festival’s impact on Montréal’s music scene, though it wasn’t apparent overnight. Reflecting back on the process of conceptualizing an outdoor winter festival, he says “At first we laughed about it and thought it’s not a good idea, but the afterthought was, ‘why not?’Apart from family events, there’s no events for youngsters, for people who like electronic music and nothing outside…We thought, give them a good reason to go outside, and what’s the best reason? Throw a party! That was our challenge at first because we didn’t know if people would jump in the idea. Once we started, we knew we had something because there was no competition, nothing to compare to Igloofest.”

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Referring to the usage of the shipping containers as a staple addition to the festival’s aesthetic, he continues, “It was special to have that warehouse feeling, to be in a rave but outside with your winter jacket, tuque in -10, -20 degrees Celsius. It’s not only about the music and going to see a show, you go there for the DJ and music. The scenography is really important for us to be in an immersive experience, but the fact that we’re in winter levels up everything, because you can really feel it. You can feel the ambiance between the people when it’s cold and everyone’s packed together.”

Complete with testimony from Tony McGuinness, one of the three faces behind Above & Beyond, he states “Igloofest is like Burning Man in the snow, unique and totally life affirming.” Arctic temperatures be damned, as festival-goers triumph through with nothing less than unadulterated joy painted across their face. The succession of the 13th edition has affirmed if not many, but one outstanding assertion- Igloofest has cultivated and upholds a burgeoning festival scene unparalleled to any other in the world. 

Photo credits: Charles Prot and Sylvain Granier

Above & Beyond blend edgy and uplifting in new single, ‘Distorted Truth’

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Above & Beyond blend edgy and uplifting in new single, ‘Distorted Truth’Above And Beyond Press Shot

Months after their new track’s live performance debut, Above & Beyond have released, “Distorted Truth.” In true Above & Beyond fashion, the arrival is a twofold release, with both an extended version and regular edit of the track. The song is a pensive, moody contrast to the group’s recent euphoric release, “Flying By Candlelight.”

Rich synth textures serve as the backdrop to complex electronic progressions that merge the uplifting trance notes the group is known for while also fusing darker sounds to create ear-catching sonic nuance. The track was debuted in 2018 at Group Therapy 300 in Hong Kong. The single coincides with Above & Beyond’s imminent return to The Gorge Amphitheater in July for their first ever Group Therapy Weekender. The Weekender is a three-day camping event in Washington at one of North America’s most picturesque venues. Tickets and camping packages are available now.