ORBIT Playlist: Afrojack couples festival classics with newer cuts in adrenaline spiking playlist ahead of Electric Zoo 2019

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ORBIT Playlist: Afrojack couples festival classics with newer cuts in adrenaline spiking playlist ahead of Electric Zoo 2019Afrojack Press Play EP

Afrojack set the tone for the 2019 festival season in June: “I’m bringing back ‘Everybody F*cking Jump,’ ‘1 2 3 let’s go,’ ‘let me see your f*cking hands,’ and ‘heeeey hoooo’ this summer,” he tweeted.

Then, the not yet fully underway 2019 festival season offered electronic music enthusiasts a host of blockbuster lineups, with each individual event holding the promise of dance diversion. Electric Zoo was no exception.

Afrojack constituted an excitement sparking addition to the event’s 2019 lineup. Slated to dominate the Main Stage decks on August 31, Afrojack will revive the heart pumping, adrenaline spiking glory of electronic festival sets, to take attendees and the genre alike back to its buzzing roots. The immersive sound and momentous drops that catapulted “EDM” into mainstream centrality define the Dutch dynamo’s PrE-Zoo ORBIT Playlist, curated exclusively for Dancing Astronaut.

Afrojack hand picks 20 selects for a playlist that is rife with readily recognizable, time honored festival anthems like “No Beef,” “Turn Up The Speakers,” “Booyah,” and “Tremor.” Comparatively more recent cuts like “We Got That Cool” and David Guetta‘s RAYE feature, “Stay (Don’t Go Away)” add novelty to the animated assortment of songs.

Purchase tickets to Electric Zoo 2019, here.

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NMF Roundup: Illenium reveals anticipated ‘ASCEND’ LP, The Knocks and Whethan team up + more

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NMF Roundup: Illenium reveals anticipated ‘ASCEND’ LP, The Knocks and Whethan team up + moreIllenium

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, Illenium’s ASCEND LP has finally arrived, bringing with it tunes like “Sad Songs” with Said the Sky and Annika Wells. The Knocks and Whethan have delivered an irresistibly groovy collaboration with Crystal Fighters, “Summer Luv,” and Gorgon City and MK do the same on “There For You.” Diplo and Morgan Wallen reveal “Heartless,” and Madeaux unleashes his Club Demons EP on Fool’s Gold. Don Diablo puts his own spin on David Guetta and Martin Solveig’s “Thing For You,” and Martin Garrix links with Bonn for “Home.” Cristoph puts his signature stamp on CamelPhat and Jake Bugg’s “Be Someone,” and Deorro reveals “Retumba” with MAKJ after premiering it on Dancing Astronaut. Boston Bun flexes his remixing prowess on Leftwing : Kody’s “I Feel It,” and Hardwell returns with “Retrograde.” Flux Pavilion, Next to Neon, and A:M unveil their new collaboration, “Surrender,” and KRANE links with Malika for “Tell Me Why.”

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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BJ The Chicago Kid enlists Afrojack in lead-up track to sophomore LP, ‘Reach’

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BJ The Chicago Kid enlists Afrojack in lead-up track to sophomore LP, ‘Reach’BJ The Chicago Kid Afrojack

BJ The Chicago Kid releases “Reach,” the final taste in preparation for his second long play, 1123, set to be released July 23 through Motown Records. The singer-songwriter teamed up with Dutch house factotum Afrojack for a driving four-on-the-floor backing to the soulful piano-accompanied ballad. With an incremental energy build, the Chicago-native crooner ups his emotive tone next to jazzy snaps for an inspirational, uplifting atmosphere.

“Reach” is the third single from BJ’s upcoming project, following “Time Today” and the “Worryin’ Bout Me” featuring Offsets. The album is also set to feature Buddy, J.I.D, Anderson .Paak, Rick Ross, and more. BJ The Chicago Kid soulful prowess earned him three Grammy nominations on his debut In My Mind LP which featured Billboard chart-topping “Church” with Chance The Rapper and a collaboration featuring Kendrick Lamar, “The New Cupid.”

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PKCZ® link with CL, Afrojack to release high-action music video for ‘CUT IT UP’ [Watch]

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PKCZ® link with CL, Afrojack to release high-action music video for ‘CUT IT UP’ [Watch]Afrojack MV Still 2

When a Japanese hip-hop outfit, PKCZ®, merged creative sensibilities with CL—memorable for her prior involvement on Diplo‘s “Doctor Pepper“—and Afrojack, the result was a robust hip-hop/electronic crossover: “CUT IT UP.” Together with CL, Verbal of PKCZ® infuses the dynamic cut with hip-hop energy through confidently delivered verses that lend a verbal edge to the track. The song’s melody exudes the inescapable appeal of a number certain to stay in streamers’ heads long after the play count timed out.

No stranger to the hip-hop/electronic hybrid form, Afrojack only amplifies the undeniable catchiness of “CUT IT UP” in his provision of a trap-leaning construction that complements the bold personality of the tune’s verses. The accompanying visual extends the flippant flair of the single’s lyrical content and arrangement to the official music video, which arrives as an exhilarating, action-packed effort.

Deliberately reminiscent of samurai film stylization, the music video focalizes samurai scenes. The visual features cast members from Kill Bill, along with sword-choreographer, Tetsuro Shimaguchi, whose appearances comprise the meticulously crafted concept video.

NMF Roundup: A-Trak remixes The Magician, Lost Kings unveil new original + more

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NMF Roundup: A-Trak remixes The Magician, Lost Kings unveil new original + moreA Trak

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.

A-Trak brings the heat this Friday with a tantalizing remix of The Magician’s “Ready To Love,” and Lost Kings tap Anna Clendening for their new original, “Too Far Gone.” Habstrakt makes his Monstercat debut with “Infinite,” and Claptone takes on MARINA’s “Orange Trees” in a spicy new remix. Space Laces reveals a remix package for Overdrive, featuring tunes like Gammer’s remix of “Torque,” and GTA release a formidable trap number, “FK IT.” Maduk has remixed Fox Stevenson’s “Take You Down,” and Afrojack bursts into June with “It Goes Like.” CloudNone, Direct, and Matt Van team up for “Lost and Found,” and R3HAB remixes NOTD’s “I Miss Myself.” Kaivon has put a new spin on Alison Wonderland’s “Peace,” and Duke & Jones flex their remix skills on Yellow Claw’s “Break of Dawn.” Julian Jordan keeps things grooving on “To The Wire,” and tyDi and Matt Fax have collaborated on “It’s Always Now.”

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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Creamfields phase-two lineup arrives with Nicky Romero, Afrojack, Peggy Gou, + more

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Creamfields phase-two lineup arrives with Nicky Romero, Afrojack, Peggy Gou, + moreCreamfields 2016 Photo Credit Anthony Mooney Alesso Arc Stage

Creamfields continues mounting already-accrued fervor surrounding its 2019 arm. In addition to securing the previously announced Swedish House Mafia, deadmau5, Calvin Harris, and Eric Prydz (just a few of the hallowed, initial slew), the UK festival has added a wealth of names to its August 22-25 roster.

Among the list of newly compounded, multi-genre names are Afrojack, Nicky Romero, Peggy Gou, and Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman. From the original amalgamation of acts also comes Above & Beyond, Tiësto, and The Chemical Brothers, the last of which just released their ninth studio album, No Geography.

The four-day Creamfields, a longstanding authority in the festival circuit since the late ’90s, will span the August Bank Holiday weekend in Daresbury, Cheshire. The full Creamfields lineup, general festival information, and ticketing can be found here.

Full list of newly added acts:

Peggy Gou, Heidi, Joris Voorn, Mistajam, Mauro Picotto, Afrojack, Nicky Romero, Blastoyz, Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman, Maurice West, Noisecontrollers, NorthBase, Jack Eye Jones, TNT aka Technoboy ‘n’ Tuneboy, Dr Phunk, MC Dynamite, Mia More, Franky Wah, Generik and LilRockit.

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Lunar Lunes: A-Trak wows on ‘Work It Out,’ RAC reveals mix of Oliver Tree’s ‘Hurt’ + more

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Lunar Lunes: A-Trak wows on ‘Work It Out,’ RAC reveals mix of Oliver Tree’s ‘Hurt’ + moreA TRAK NWM 11.1

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 kicks off the week with a wow-worthy new original, “Work It Out,” and iLan Bluestone and Maor Levi tap EL Waves for “The Distance.” Diplo dons his cowboy hat for an upbeat remix of Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus’ “Old Town Road,” and RAC takes on one of his favorite new artists, Oliver Tree, in an alternative-inspired mix of “Hurt.” Afrojack and Jewelz & Sparks bring along Emmalyn for “Switch,” and Flosstradamus puts an intense spin on NGHTMRE and A$AP Ferg‘s “REDLIGHT.” Moon Boots delivers his first offerings of 2019 in the form of the Keramas / Harpanet EP, and Klingande and Joe Killington prove put the spotlight on a bright harmonica theme in “Ready for Love.” Goldroom continues to deliver a slew of originals in 2019, this time teaming up with Love, Alexa for “Do You Feel It Now?,” and Nero travel back to the ’80s in “The Ballad of Synths.” Party Favor links with everyone’s favorite dancer, Salvatore Ganacci, on the flaming-hot “Wasabi,” and 1788-L flexes his talents on his new EP, S Y N T H E T I K. Martin Garrix, Macklemore, and Patrick Stump form a talented trio on “Summer Days,” and Koven tug at the heartstrings on “Love Wins Again.” Lucas & Steve reveal the Ultra Live Anthem of 2019, “Inception,” and Hotel Garuda keeps the groove going on “Head In The Trees.”

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

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Afrojack enlists Rae Sremmurd and Stanaj for new ‘Sober’ video

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Afrojack enlists Rae Sremmurd and Stanaj for new ‘Sober’ videoAfrojack Live Ultra

Afrojack might just have his next hit on his hands. The veteran Dutch producer teamed up with hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd and pop singer Stanaj for new release “Sober.” The track juxtaposes Stanaj’s heartfelt vocals and minimalistic production backdrops with Rae Sremmurd’s punchy rapping and a cutting drop. The track’s versatility gives it the potential to be featured everywhere from mainstream radio stations to main stage festival sets.

Afrojack spoke about working with the artists in an official release, stating,

“Working with Rae Sremmurd and Stanaj was fire. Rae’s work ethic is hardcore, and we even made some changes to the song on the set of the video to make sure it’s the best! This is also the second time doing a record with Stanaj and the combo of his voice and approach to pop always gives a WOW effect.”

The outfit have also released a music video to accompany the release, with scintillating and artistic visuals breaking up the artists’ appearances  throughout. “Sober” is out now on Armada.

NMF Roundup: Habstrakt fires up ‘All Night,’ GRiZ and Wiz Khalifa team up, Autograf deliver ‘Hold Me Back’ + more

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NMF Roundup: Habstrakt fires up ‘All Night,’ GRiZ and Wiz Khalifa team up, Autograf deliver ‘Hold Me Back’ + moreHABSTRAKT Press Photo

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.

DJ Snake and Plastic Toy have kick off New Music Friday with  a sleek new single, “Try Me,” on Snake’s Premiere Classe Records. Habstrakt makes a return with a forceful new single, “All Night,” and Tiësto, Dzeko, and Lena Leon team up for weekend-ready tune, “Halfway There.” Netsky‘s released a set of remixes for “I Don’t Even Know You Anymore,” including a “Powerlines Mix” of his own. GRiZ and Wiz Khalifa bring an easygoing atmosphere to their new single, “Find My Own Way,” and Autograf break their silence with a new groovy single, “Hold Me Back” with John Splithoff. After a many-month hiatus, Goldroom delivers a fresh new original, “Cocaine Girl,” and Jai Wolf taps into listeners’ nostalgia with “This Song Reminds Me Of You.” Duke & Jones have put their own twist on Louis the Child‘s “Breaking News,” and Shadient brings elements of intensity in “Numbers Station.” Diplo, Sia and Labrinth‘s LSD project has put out a new original, “No New Friends,” and Cedric Gervais crafts two versions of a new tune, “Good Things.” The Aston Shuffle realize it’s “Now Or Never” in their new single, and Headhunterz brings his classic hardstyle sound to the emotive “Oxygen.”

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.

NMF Roundup: San Holo reveals new single, JOYRYDE returns with ‘IM GONE,’ Vincent releases debut EP + more

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NMF Roundup: San Holo reveals new single, JOYRYDE returns with ‘IM GONE,’ Vincent releases debut EP + moreSan Holo Freddy Mercury Stance Goldrush Rukes

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.

Feed Me has at last revealed the full extent of his High Street Creeps LP, which kicks off with otherworldly “Perfect Blue.” JOYRYDE returns after “AGEN WIDA” with his first tune of 2019, “IM GONE,” and San Holo picks up his guitar in his new single, “Lead Me Back.” Afrojack and Chasner have unveiled their energy-filled remix of David Guetta, Bebe Rexha and J Balvin‘s “Say My Name,” and Party Favor and graves transport listeners to a festival main stage on “Reach For Me.” Vincent‘s debut EP officially hits the airwaves today, featuring heartfelt tracks like “Can’t Help Myself” with Pauline Herr. Manila Killa returns with his seven-track 1993 EP on Moving Castle, and The Knocks celebrate the end of the week on their new “block party mix” of Blu DeTiger‘s “In My Head.” It’s been almost a year, but RAM Records king Andy C has resurfaced to bring the world “Till Dawn,” a drum & bass number that’s simultaneously funky and intense. Vicetone‘s four-track Elements EP has arrived on Monstercat, featuring songs like “Home.” David Guetta dons his Jack Back moniker for a new Toolroom Records release with Cevin Fisher, “2000 Freaks Come Out,” and Louis Futon reveals his full 14-track LP, Way Back When. In an interesting turn of events, NGHTMRE, Shaquille O’Neal, and Lil Jon share a byline on their new single, “BANG,” and Diplo flexes on a new body of work, Europa, on Mad Decent.

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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