Deadmau5 looks to follow up on orchestral ‘where’s the drop?’ LP with upcoming ‘here’s the drop’

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Deadmau5 looks to follow up on orchestral ‘where’s the drop?’ LP with upcoming ‘here’s the drop’Deadmau5 2016

It looks like deadmau5’s next album is on the way, and judging by the similarity of both its title and artwork to those of 2018’s where’s the drop?, the forthcoming project will likely be the re-imaginative follow up to last year’s orchestral LP. deadmau5 announced here’s the drop via social media, and while details are currently scarce, a connection between the two projects seems likely. Though, the Gregory Reveret-assited where’s the drop? was a reinvention of some of the mau5trap boss’s canonized hallmarks, so it is difficult to say exactly what format the follow up delivery will take as of now.

The new release will land on October 4, presumably bringing streamers high octane remixes of where’s the drop? album inclusions. The full-length orchestral album included 15 classical renditions of deadmau5 catalog staples, such as “Imaginary Friends” and “Monophobia.”

M83 releases chilling new single ‘Temple of Sorrow’ ahead of forthcoming album

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M83 is ringing in the fall season with some exciting new content, including his brand new single, “Temple of Sorrow.” In September 2007, the French producer released a full length studio album entitled Digital Shades Vol I. Since then, M83 (real name Anthony Gonzalez) saw increased success, most notably with his 2011 hit “Midnight City.”

Now, over a decade later, Gonzalez is ready for part two, with DSVII slated for a September 20 release. To kick things off, “Temple of Sorrow” is a spacey, cinematic tune that is clearly influenced by the cinematic trends of 80s sci-fi films, polished the era’s analog synth appeal. It includes old school electronics, slow percussion riffs, and vocal harmonies to launch listeners into a new dimension. This is nothing new for those familiar with M83’s output, as his most recent project was an original motion picture soundtrack for Knife & Heart.

The release comes packaged with the first part of M83’s upcoming film Extazus, spearheaded by French film director Bertrand Mandico. Based on the first installment, fans are in for a trippy adventure filled with bright colors and wild scenery. Watch it below.

Moon Boots delivers tantalizing sophomore album, ‘Bimini Road’

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Moon Boots delivers tantalizing sophomore album, ‘Bimini Road’Moon Boots Press Photo Khitam Jabr 1

Groove has officially returned to town with the arrival of Moon Boots‘ sophomore studio album Bimini Road. Reconfiguring his soulful house blend for a newly inspired concept, the household Anjunadeep artist has stepped up his genre-fusing versatility for a refreshing dance floor statement composed of R&B hints, disco influences, and house foundations.

Drawing thematic lines from the ruins of Atlantis in Bimini at the Bahamas, the First Landing follow-up enlists the support of previous vocal collaborators Black Gatsby, Nic Hanson, and KONA, and dazzles with new features from Little Boots, Niia, Kaleena Zanders, and Gary Saxby of the Harlem Gospel Choir.

Bimini Road is about discovering something new, and escaping from the everyday,” the artist said in a press release. “It’s a journey without a fixed destination, a road that could lead to a mythical paradise that’s ancient and yet futuristic. Or it might not! But that mystery is worth exploring. I experimented with lots of new styles and sounds but kept it grounded in what I do best. It’s an album with lots of dancefloor moments and a lot of heart.”

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Nicolas Jaar assists on forthcoming FKA twigs album, ‘Magdalene’

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Composer Nicolas Jaar has never shied away from exploratory realms of music with his prolific discography of experimental releases, club world surveillance, and movements under alias Against All Logic. When FKA twigs revealed in an interview with i-D that Jaar had lent a hand on her newest studio album Magdalene, the notion of the two forces of eccentricity made instant and utter sense.

Magdalene is FKA’s first full-length LP since 2014’s LP1. The self-produced album came to fruition during a period of solitude for FKA, reaching its completion across stints in London, New York, and Los Angeles. FKA notes in the interview that she began work on Magdalene three years ago, pre-dominantly alongside Jaar and a sundry of other contributors. Future also appears on the album on track, “Holy Terrain.”

“The record is about every lover that I’ve ever had, and every lover that I’m going to have”, FKA stated. “It’s really fragile. I made it at a time when I was in recovery – physically and emotionally – and I think that comes through.”

Magdalene will be released this fall on Young Turks.

H/T: Pitchfork

Flume, Kenny Beats, James Blake and more roast JPEGMAFIA in new album announcement [Watch]

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Flume, Kenny Beats, James Blake and more roast JPEGMAFIA in new album announcement [Watch]Jpegmafia Live Credit Getty

JPEGMAFIA‘s profile has shot into the stratosphere this year. He’s establishing himself as one of alternative hip-hop’s brightest prospects, and his creative crossover appeal has allowed him to reach a continually diversifying fanbase year over year. Now, the LA-based rhymer is preparing to deliver his third studio LP, All My Heroes Are Cornballs, on September 13, and in the spirit of the record’s title, a handful of JPEG’s friends and collaborators put together some …well wishes, ahead of the album’s release.

Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy appears among James Blake, Kenny Beats, Channel Tres, and JPEGMAFIA’s recent collaborator Flume, in a new trailer for All My Heroes Are Cornballs. Everyone offers their own perspective on the upcoming album, and while the general consensus throughout the cameos is that Cornballs is “trash,” something tells us this might be one of the more intriguing hip-hop records of the year. See the trailer below.

Kanye West announces release date of upcoming ninth studio album, ‘Jesus is King’

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Kanye West announces release date of upcoming ninth studio album, ‘Jesus is King’Kanye Sunday 2 1

After repeated unconfirmed leaks of Yandhi, Kanye West‘s expected ninth studio album, it appears the LP has been canned in favor of a new record, titled Jesus is King, reportedly due on September 27. The Chicago rapper’s wife, Kim Kardashian-West shared an image of a notebook with a 12-track listing, complete with a title and release date.

Jesus is King is set to arrive nearly one year to the day after Yandhi was initially expected to drop. What would have been a quick follow up to last summer’s Ye, a la the Wyoming Sessions, got pushed to November 2018, before ultimately being delayed indefinitely. Summer 2019 brought a number of unsubstantiated Yandhi leaks, and now the fabled album might become an elusive figment of West’s official catalog. The rapper’s most recent focus however has been on his traveling Sunday Service live series, and judging by the new album’s name and tracklisting, we may be in for a true gospel offering from Kanye West come this fall.

Jesus is King Tracklist:
God Is
Sierra Canyon
Hands On
Wake the Dead
Through the Valley
Sweet Jesus

Skrillex reconvenes with Boys Noize and Ty Dolla $ign at the ‘Midnight Hour’ [Stream]

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Skrillex reconvenes with Boys Noize and Ty Dolla $ign at the ‘Midnight Hour’ [Stream]Skrille

With Skrillex officially back on the one’s and two’s thus far through 2019, the sun has steadily shined over the electronic ether. In fact, in the last three months, Skrillex has released more material under his own banner than he has in the last three years. His latest release with serial counterpart, Boys Noize, arrives with four-on-the-floor gusto, seamlessly in line with the stylistic shape of much of the pair’s recent catalog.

But “Midnight Hour” mysteriously arrives without the duo’s resounding Dog Blood emblem, rather as a joint release under their respective aliases, with Skrillex’s frequent collaborator Ty Dolla $ign in tow. The delineation gives weight to the recent stirrings of a potential multi-track solo project from Skrillex in the works; a notion bolstered by Skrillex’s own repeated insistence that he’s currently sitting on droves of new music.

However, a representative from Skrillex’s team was only able to confirm that the track is the OWSLA boss’ first true single since 2017, and sits currently as a standalone release. Still, after a seductive house leaner on “Midnight Hour,” Skrill’s left the door for a forthcoming extended endeavor noticeably ajar.

Post Malone reveals release date for follow up to ‘Beerbongs & Bentleys,’ ‘Hollywood’s Bleeding’

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Post Malone reveals release date for follow up to ‘Beerbongs & Bentleys,’ ‘Hollywood’s Bleeding’Post Malone Live Credit Getty

Post Malone has revealed the release date and title of his long awaited new LP. The pop crooner announced his North American Runaway tour this past July, leading fans to believe this will be the name of his impending LP, though now fans have the record’s official name—Hollywood’s Bleeding. What’s more, Post assured fans the album is coming sooner than most thought.

A new album will follow the rapper’s 2018 album, Beerbongs & Bentleys, which was nominated for album of the year at the Grammy’s and after racking up massive streaming records on Spotify—achieving 47.9 million streams in the US and 78,744,000 streams globally on the music service within 24 hours. With Hollywood’s Bleeding now officially on the way, chances of a repeat for Post seem high heading into the fall.

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Gryffin details ‘Gravity, Pt. 2,’ securing Carly Rae Jepsen for ‘OMG,’ and reinstating his remix roots

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In just a handful of years, San Francisco native Gryffin has asserted himself into headliner-status prestige, aside some of dance music’s most critically acclaimed acts. To formally discover himself atop the electronic apex, Gryffin shaped out a formerly untrodden pathway early on in his career by establishing an exhaustive record of hungrily streamed indie SoundCloud-hosted reworks, for Grammy-associated talents such as Ellie Goulding, Tove Lo and the late Whitney Houston. After formally anchoring down with a batch of original productions, including his debut release “Heading Home” in addition to “Whole Heart” featuring Bipolar Sunshine, Gryffin was properly equipped to roll out the first segment of his freshman effort, Gravity beginning in late 2017.

Meticulously stamped with Gryffin’s rhapsodic acoustic arrangements, Gravity, Pt. 1 surfaced nearly one year thereafter, having spawned six imaginative productions including “Nobody Compares to You,” “Remember,” “Just For A Moment,” and perhaps Gryffin’s most famed original thus far, “Tie Me Down.” After a mild interlude following the album series’ first arm of releases, the producer sought to conclude what he started with another scattering of singles during 2019’s first half. Four tracks have been credited to Gryffin’s name since the year commenced, including numerous high-profile collaborations alongside Slander, Aloe Blacc, and most recently, Carly Rae Jepsen. Surprisingly enough, the fourth output from Gryffin in 2019 was something that his core audience had been longing for as he re-entered the aural avenue that helped jump-start his career with an official remix for Shawn Mendes’ hit single, “If I Can’t Have You” this past July.

As Gryffin set his eyes on the premiere of “OMG” just days before he was bound to appear at Chicago’s Lollapalooza, he noted to his fans that the album was still slated for an early fall release, though he was still fine-tuning the project’s final tracklist. During the Saturday afternoon preceding Gryffin’s sensational GRAVITY LIVE spectacle during Lollapalooza Perry’s Stage sunset slot, Dancing Astronaut took the chance to down with him to learn more about his plans for Gravity, Pt. 2, readying its coinciding GRAVITY II LIVE show at The Brooklyn Mirage, honoring Avicii alongside Aloe Blacc at Coachella, and more.

During your Coachella set this past April, you treated fans to not just one, but two unreleased originals, including an early version of your ‪Carly Rae Jepsen collaboration, which is officially out now. How did “OMG” actually come together?

I basically had been working on that one for a while and the end of last year was when I really started finishing it. Ali Tamposi was the vocalist. She’s an incredible writer along with Andrew Wyatt, who are a lethal team that’s made so many smashes together. She was an amazing part of the song and she wrote an amazing record so once I finished the production on it, I was just sitting on it for a while. I was just trying to figure out what was missing in terms of who could cut it and some of the production elements weren’t quite there. I then played it at Coachella and as a Hail Mary. I messaged Carly’s team and said “You know what would be sick for this record is if Carly Rae Jepsen sung it.” Through some channels we got to her management and they were like “Hey so we actually really do like it and we’re going to play it for her. She’s super selective on this stuff.” Within the next day, they said that Carly loved it and wanted to cut it next week in LA. The next week I met her in the studio for the first time and we were cutting it and within the first five minutes of her singing the hook, I just had crazy chills. It felt really strong and I was so excited about it so it took me a couple weeks to finish it all up.

Towards the end of 2018, you released the former half of your debut album, Gravity and now you’re officially three singles deep for the latter portion of it with “All You Need To Know,” “Hurt People,” and now “OMG.” What can we expect from the remainder of the project and can you disclose any other collaborations you have in the works?

I’m basically finishing it up right now but I honestly can’t say anything about who’s on it. There’s some big things coming though and I’m trying to put it out in September because my tour starts in October. It’s just a matter of how fast I can finish up these records in the next few weeks.

This is set to be your first Lollapalooza appearance since 2017 and it wasn’t explicitly labeled on the lineup poster, so are we experiencing a ‘GRAVITY LIVE’ show or a Gryffin DJ set? Either way, what do you have in store for it? Any surprises we can prepare for?

So it’s going to be the live Gravity show. I’m going to have Quinn XCII for an edit of “Winnebago” and Elley Duhé is coming out for “Tie Me Down” so I’m really excited for that. For these multi-genre festivals, I try to always do it live and even though I’m on the Perry’s Stage, I felt it’s a better representation of my music.

Earlier this summer, you re-entered the remix game with your very first since 2017 with a spin of ‪Shawn Mendes‬’ “If I Can’t Have You.” What was the driving force behind the decision to release another remix and do you have a particular preference between doing those versus creating original music?

Nowadays I’m definitely a lot more focused on my originals with the album. I always like to do a remix because it’s fun and that’s how everything got started for me anyway… but I just haven’t prioritized it for a while. Shawn hit me up, asked me to remix it and we were communicating back and forth on feedback. It was a cool process working with him that closely and I just felt like it was a cool opportunity because I really liked the original. I immediately had an idea of what I wanted to do with it so it just worked out that way and I’m going to do remixes again for sure but right now it’s just total album mode.

Throughout the length of your career, you’ve obviously worked alongside a list of some impressive names. If you could narrow it down to just one, who was your favorite artist you’ve worked with?

That’s so tough because they’re all so different and awesome in their own ways. For a producer collab, working with Illenium was really cool because we just vibe on a personal level really well. We’re both from the Bay Area and we’re both chill people so it was a really fun process working on that record. On the vocal side, probably one of my best friends out of all them was Bipolar Sunshine. He’s one of my favorite human beings and he’s one of the coolest dudes ever. The Carly track was honestly really cool too because I had never really worked with an artist that was that big in the pop level so that was a cool experience. Even working with Aloe Blacc too.

That Avicii tribute at Coachella on the first anniversary of his passing was seriously nothing short of unbelievable...

Thanks man and it was Aloe’s idea too. I didn’t even put that on him at all. We were just planning to do “Hurt People” and he said to me “Hey, what do you think about this tribute?” So he was the one who pitched the idea and I had thought of it but I definitely wasn’t going to make Aloe do that. If he wanted to do it, I was down.

If you could pick just one release that you’re most proud of between all of your remixes, originals and collaborations, which would it be?

My personal favorite is “Nobody Compares To You.” That’s one of my favorite tracks that I’ve ever done because that was just a really meaningful record to me personally and I was really proud of that production. On the songwriter side, “Feel Good” and “Whole Heart” were both really fun to do. Honestly some of these upcoming ones too are big ones for me so I just really feel fortunate because lately I’ve been able to work with a lot of really cool artists on both the production side and singer/songwriter side so it’s been a good ride and I’m excited for the new music.

You’re set to premiere the official first performance of your GRAVITY II LIVE show at The Brooklyn Mirage just a couple of weeks following Lollapalooza. What do you have in store that we may not be able to experience here in Chicago?

It’s basically going to be the most Gravity II show of the tour. I’m not going to play the full album because it won’t be out by then but I am going to sneak in three or four new records that people haven’t heard yet so I’m really hyped about that. I haven’t even been able to go there yet but my team wanted me to play there so I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve got a lot a prep to do before then but everyone tells me that it’s the spot to watch music in the summer.

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Ardalan announces inaugural LP on DIRTYBIRD, tour to follow

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Ardalan announces inaugural LP on DIRTYBIRD, tour to followArdalan Shot By Grady Brannan1

Ardalan grew up with DIRTYBIRD, growing from the label’s wunderkind at the age of 21 with his Justin Martin collaboration “Mr. Spock” into a veritable powerplayer in the American underground. The time has now come for the talented producer to give back to his label home through his debut album, Mr. Good. He’s shared a taste of the album via “I Can’t Wait,” and it’s already proving to be a delightfully out-of-the-box offering.

“‘I Can’t Wait’ is a duet with my girlfriend. It’s one of the last songs I made on my album. Through the process, she was always waiting for me to watch Game of Thrones with her and would say, ‘I can’t wait any longer.’ I never ended up watching it. The song is open to interpretation for the listener,” states Ardalan of the single.

The single is melancholic in nature, conjuring imagery of personal sacrifice at the hands of a heavy drive to succeed in one’s career. Minor arpeggios in 8-bit tones flow over crisp percussion and a grooving foundation, while his girlfriend’s voice adds a haunting layer to the finished product. It’s a far cry from what one normally hears in a DIRTYBIRD release these days, and a marker of Ardalan’s creative evolution. The album will also be followed by a 36-stop tour, which sees the artist taking over his favorite intimate dance spaces across North American for special edition extended sets. He’ll also be at Dirtybird Campout West in October, where fans can expect to hear “I Can’t Wait” live. Tickets for that here. An all-star support lineup awaits.

Ardalan announces inaugural LP on DIRTYBIRD, tour to followCorrect Tour Art Ardalan

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