Martin Garrix, Travis Scott, Armin van Buuren, and more top 2020 Lollapalooza Chile, Argentina, and Brazil editions

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In March and April 2020, Lollapalooza makes its high-profile stops in South America with an eye-popping lineup that features some of the best in today’s music scene.

The last weekend in March, Lollapalooza Chile celebrates its 10th anniversary with a lineup that includes Guns n’ Roses, Travis Scott, The Strokes, Lana Del Rey, Martin Garrix, Gwen Stefani, and many more. Other dance music offerings include Armin van Buuren, REZZ, Illenium, Alan Walker, and more. The festival will take place at O’Higgins Park in Santiago.

The same weekend, Lollapalooza Argentina delivers a similar lineup, topped by all of the above, along with other headliners who will make their mark on Hippodromo de San Isidro in Buenos Aires.

The first weekend in April, Lollapalooza Brazil offers a comparable lineup to its South American predecessors, also featuring performances by Armin van Buuren, REZZ, Illenium, Alan Walker, along with the headliners. It takes place at Autódromo de Interlagos in São Paulo.

Tickets and more information about Lollapalooza Chile are available here.

Tickets and more information about Lollapalooza Argentina are available here.

Tickets and more information about Lollapalooza Brazil are available here.

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CHVRCHES share ‘Death Stranding’ from Hideo Kojima’s forthcoming video game soundtrack

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Resounding synth-pop trio, CHVRCHES, have returned with their newest single: collaboration with video game auteur, Hideo Kojima, “Death Stranding.” The track comes from the soundtrack scoring Kojima’s latest venture, action game DEATH STRANDING: Timefall.

The soundtrack will be released in November alongside the video game. The full LP features original tracks from a variety of prominent artists including Khalid, Au/Ra, Alan Walker, The Neighbourhood, and more. Kojima’s game focuses thematically on the connection between life and death, building on the idea of forging “Strands” with other players in an attempt to reconnect a fragmented society. CHVRCHES’ “Death Stranding” imbues the band’s beloved synth-pop, airy vocals, and euphoric synths—concurrently reflecting the light vs. dark present in Death Stranding‘s through line.

“We were really excited about the opportunity to work with Kojima because we have been fans of his work for a long time,” the band says of the release. “He has always been such a visionary in the gaming world and we were honored to be involved in the project. The concept of ‘Death Stranding’ is so unique and really felt to us like it was challenging people to care about the world they create—in the game and otherwise. We wrote this song specifically for Death Stranding, thinking of the themes of the game and what it is trying to say to people.”

CHVRCHES’ most recent album Love Is Dead arrived last year, May 2018 and saw the Glasglow act joining forces with Grammy-award winning producer Greg Kurstin. DEATH STRANDING: Timefall is out November 7 on Sony/RCA.

TRACKLIST:
01 Khalid – “Trigger”
02 Au/Ra & Alan Walker – “Ghost”
03 CHVRCHES – “Death Stranding”
04 The Neighbourhood – “Yellow Box”
05 The S.L.P. – “Meanwhile…In Genova”
06 Bring Me The Horizon – “Ludens”
07 Flora Cash – “Born In The Slumber”
08 MISSIO – “Sing To Me”

H/T: Stereogum

Alan Walker and Steve Aoki enlist ISÀK for ‘Are You Lonely’

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Steve Aoki and Alan Walker have teamed up for new release “Are You Lonely” featuring ISÀK. The track brings together one of electronic music’s more formidable combinations, and the bouncy release is what listeners would expect sonically from the two artists.

The instrumental and lyrical melody of the song are based on the original “Lonely” release that came out at the end of 2018 on Alan Walker’s album, now re-imagined with new lyrics, arrangement and performance. Walker spoke about the track’s re-envisioning in an official release, saying,”I’m super excited to get this one out there with my good friend Steve. We already released a version called “Lonely” on my album, and it’s been a fan favourite during my shows. So it’s cool to get this new version out there as well!”

“Are You Lonely” is out now via Ultra Records.

Lollapalooza Berlin announces lineup featuring Swedish House Mafia, Twenty One Pilots, Martin Garrix + more

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Lollapalooza Berlin will return to the German capital city for its fifth year, running September 7-8, 2019. The festival, which takes place in Olympic Stadium and Olympic Park, has released its lineup, donning a diverse range of acts. Swedish House Mafia will make an appearance, adding to their list of tour stops, coming on board as co-headliners of the festival. Other headliners include Martin Garrix, Kings of Leon, Kraftklub, Twenty One Pilots, and an additional act yet to be announced. Martin Garrix will be bringing his STMPD Rcrds stage to the festival, which will showcase a variety of artists involved with the label.

More electronic music acts heading to Berlin include Don Diablo, Alan Walker, Loud Luxury, Gryffin and more. These artists will be juxtaposed with performances ranging from Khalid to Hozier, giving fans plenty to look forward to. Tickets are now on sale.

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Alan Walker follows a cinematic course of sound construction on debut album, ‘Different World’

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Alan Walker follows a cinematic course of sound construction on debut album, ‘Different World’Alan Walker Credit Rikkard Haggbom

Three years ago, the gentle grace of the piano instrumental positioned at the beginning of “Faded” would not only enthrall listeners, but would elicit the same continuous question: who is Alan Walker? The then-fledgling producer’s breakthrough offering, “Faded,” catalyzed Walker’s ascension into electronic notoriety. Tiësto‘s take on the well-received original only further amplified Walker’s meteoric rise. Walker has since engaged dance music enthusiasts with several singles in the time that has followed the 2015 release of “Faded,” with “Sing Me to Sleep” and “Alone” functioning as examples.

While the successive release of individual songs has provided repeated glimpses of Walker’s electronic mastery, it is ultimately Walker’s debut album that will extend the fullest portrait of his distinctive sound. Walker’s first longform outing, Different World is the answer to fans’ considerable anticipation and renders the wait for Walker’s first extended project worthwhile. The expansive and meticulously constructed production features 15 total tracks and sees appearances from Au/Ra, Steve Aoki, Digital Farm Animals, and Noah Cyrus, among other artists. Different World manifests the cinematic quality that has long distinguished Walker’s music in its inclusion of an atmospheric instrumental at the very beginning of the album, aptly entitled “Intro.” A “Faded (Interlude)” only further extends the cinematic nature of Different World. A tightly threaded collection of songs, Different World articulates Walker’s sonic artistry.

Photo credit: Rikkard Häggbom

NMF Roundup: REZZ & Blanke share ‘Mixed Signals,’ Gareth Emery provides a trance haven, Martin Garrix teams up with Julian Jordan + 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.

This week’s slew of releases came in hot, kicking off with a formidable new collaboration between REZZ and Blanke. Gareth Emery again teams up with songstress Emma Hewitt for the gorgeous “Take Everything,” and Valentino Khan thrills on a new rework of RL Grime‘s “Pressure.” Martin Garrix and Julian Jordan bring the Friday feel-good vibes with their new collaboration, “Glitch.” Gryffin is back with a new one, bringing along Stanaj for the ride. Ferry Corsten and Ilan Bluestone refuse to leave the dance floor in “We’re Not Going Home,” and CAZZETTE keeps the dance floor rocking with “On My Mind.” Arty is one of the newest to release on Ninja’s NINJAWERKS compilation with silky “Velvet.” The Chainsmokers bring “Hope” with their newest, and Ookay drops off the five-track Nice! EP. In the dubstep realm, 12th Planet and PhaseOne deliver the heavy “Taco Bout It.” Over in the drum & bass realm, Culture Shock pull at listeners’ heartstrings with the emotive “There for You.”

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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Alan Walker taps Sophia Somajo for ‘Diamond Heart’

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Alan Walker is back with another hit record for his fans. This time, the British-bred, Norwegian producer recruits Sophia Somajo to assist on his latest single titled “Diamond Heart” — with a cinematic visual to match.The record comes laced with Walker’s signature bounce, encompassed by Somajo’s smooth and sultry standout vocals.

Exploding on the EDM scene with his 2015 hit single, “Faded,” Walker is here to consistently provide strength, resilience, and hope through his art. “Diamond Heart” comes as the closing chapter to the talent’s recent endeavor, World Of Walker, which is meant to be an aural demonstration of where he’s at musically. He stated upon its release, “Walkers! I really can´t believe this is happening. It’s finally time for me to share the third and final chapter of the World Of Walker trilogy with you all. «Diamond Heart» features the very talented Sophia Somajo.”

 

Alan Walker & K-391 release a refreshed version of ‘Ignite,’ with Julie Bergan and SEUNGRI

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It didn’t take long for a young songsmith Alan Walker to make his way into the mainstream. With a wildly popular “Faded,” and later on “Sing Me To Sleep” and other infectious singles that are palatable to ears outside the EDM world, the 20-year-old Norwegian is now one of the most well-known new talents to date.

Walker has expressed his fandom over fellow young talent and compatriot, K-391; as a result, a refreshed collaboration between the two, alongside vocalists Julie Bergen and SEUNGRI, has come to fruition.

The resulting number, a vocal rendition of their 2017 number “Ignite,” is quite an explosive, and heartwarming concoction. It’s downtempo, yet hearty, with a full injection of pitched-up, memorable synth progressions and passionate verses by Bergen. Walker and K-391 add a slight twist toward the end in the form of a soothing breakdown, which preps the listener nicely for a powerful ending.

 

Stream all the best sets from day 1 of EDC Las Vegas 2018

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With the first day of EDC Las Vegas in the rearview, Dancing Astronaut looks forward to its other two days of music from some of the most forward-thinking acts in the industry. Luckily, for those that couldn’t catch the vibes under the electric sky, EDC Las Vegas will be live streaming the entire weekend. This year, Insomniac’s launched its brand-new Insomniac Channel with a partnership with Live X Live.

Though before we move on, it’s only right to review the best of the best from 2018’s first day. Thanks to Mixcloud user “Buzz Lightyear,” listeners can hear sets from Diplo, Kaskade, Slushii, Mija, and more.

Kygo & Alan Walker say a collab ‘is going to happen’ in new interview

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To namedrop the genre “EDM” is to invoke the names “Kygo” and “Alan Walker.” The tropical house tastemaker and the mesmerizing, multi-talented “Faded” producer have been formidable contributors to the electronic scene as dance music continues to morph into a pop culturally recognized and celebrated mega-genre, replete with its own celebrities. As per Kygo’s description, EDM currently revels as a “big soup with all types of different genres and exciting collaborations,” in which artists “don’t have to feel limited by genre.” The cross-genre potentiality inherent of electronic as it currently stands is but one of the many topics that Kygo and Alan Walker touch on in their recent interview with PAPER.

In the midst of the North American leg of Kygo’s Kids In Love Tour, the tour mates talk mainstream appeal, what matters most in modern day music production, and much more, including an inevitable Kygo/Alan Walker collaboration. When asked to underscore their “favorite collaborations” that they’ve put forth, as well as their “dream collaborators,” Kygo deemed the selection of a “favorite” collab to be too difficult to define, while Walker recalled his work with DJ Ness on their 2017 joint reworking and re-release of “Splash The Bass.” Walker notably paid Kygo a sizeable compliment in his response to the question of “dream collaborators,” retorting that he would “definitely pick [Kygo],” to which Kygo replied “Wow! Well that one is going to happen!” Kygo went on to cite Ed Sheeran as a collaborator who “has always been on the top of [his] list.”

Given the stature of both Kygo and Walker in the electronic sphere, a project involving the combined talents of both artists would inarguably be a match made in collaborative heaven.

H/T: PAPER