On the hip-hop end, VELD so far is locked to see performances from Kodak Black, Jaden Smith, Rich the Kid, and Ski Mask the Slump God, among others. While the star power is evidently in no short supply from start to finish of the phase-one lineup, more remains, as VELD has promised to reveal succeeding phases over the next few months. The all-ages event will take place on August 3 and 4. Tickets to the festival are now available, here.
Chicago’s Lollapalooza provided fans an early morning gift in the form of its 2019 lineup. Returning to its home of Grant Park from August 1-4, the four-day affair boasts yet another all-star roster with everything from hip-hop to EDM. Perhaps the biggest indication of electronic’s influence over the modern music sphere is the festival’s headliner list. The Chainsmokers and Flume are both listed as headliners, joining a list that includes heavy hitters like Ariana Grande, J Balvin, and The Strokes. Other dance music acts making the lengthy list are RÜFÜS DU SOL, RL Grime, Whethan, Alesso, Boombox Cartel, and Lane 8, to name a few. Similar to Coachella, it seems that the many shades of dance music are playing an increasingly larger role in the festival’s lineup year upon year.
Alesso continues to raise the bar with each successive release. His latest effort, Progresso Volume 1, is a three-track EP that follows the Swedish DJ’s previous smash single, 2018’s “REMEDY.” Progresso Volume 1 signals a deliberate sonic shift from the vocal-centric construction of “REMEDY,” in its foregrounding of energizing synth work and beat arrangements that render each of the mixtape’s three cuts ready for main stage play.
“PROGRESSO” immediately sets the tone for the mixtape. The opening song’s chord progressions are decidedly dance-worthy, and the brief vocal that enters at the tune’s mid-way point functions as a plot twist of sonic sorts that slows “PROGRESSO” to stage a momentous build and subsequent drop.
The EP’s second inclusion, “CONFESSION,” delves into the traditional affective progressive sound characteristic of Alesso’s early productions. “TIME” is somewhat of an outlier in the context of the three-part project. Unlike the preceding numbers, “TIME” relies on a looping vocal hook throughout its run time and relaxes the faster pace that “PROGRESSO” and “CONFESSION” set. If any song on the mixtape gravitates toward pop-electronic hybrid designation, it’s “TIME,” which winds down the energy-spiking showing.
Altogether, Progresso Volume 1 is a high-intensity inaugural installment in Alesso’s new Progresso mixtape series.
Alesso‘s name is one that has been noticeably absent from recent electronic release circles. The dance pioneer, however, is poised to soon offer his first solo original production of 2019, Progresso Volume 1. The mixtape follows Alesso’s preceding contribution to Ninjawerks Vol. 1, “Tilted Towers.” The adrenaline-spiking single prescribed a walloping dose of big room sound to the compilation, which Astralwerks and Ninja jointly debuted in part in December 2018.
Prior to the Fortnite-inspired track, Alesso dropped “REMEDY,” a sultry, vocal-centric sing-a-long friendly tune that accounted for Alesso’s last single of 2018. Progresso Volume 1 remains elusive in its track list, but as the mixtape’s title indicates, the project will surely fuel streamers’ speakers with some new progressive house material.
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.
Tomorrowland has been keeping fans on their toes for an entire week, trickling out this year’s lineup announcement day by day. The first wave of artists wraps with Tomorrowland’s most recent video announcement, continuing to deliver an impressively diverse cast of talent for the upcoming 2019 edition of the festival.
The well-curated pop and hip-hop additions to the lineup continue to roll in, with Latin pop superstar J Balvin coming on as one of this year’s featured headliners. Additional notable acts included in this most recent announcement wave are Alesso, David Guetta, as well as, Richie Hawtin, A-Trak and a back-to-back performance by Tchami and Malaa . Tickets to the festival, which is set to take place in Belgium across the last two weekends in July are still available here.
The artists featured in Tomorrowland’s final lineup release are listed below alphabetically.
Hundreds of thousands of people have gathered at Indianapolis Motor Speedway to watch fast cars since the Indy 500 began in 1911. Historically, the event is one of America’s most popular sporting events and, over the past few years, dance music has become an essential part of the experience. On Memorial Day Weekend 2019, the 500-mile race will see performances by Skrillex, Alesso, Illenium, and Chris Lake in the Indy 500 Snake Pit presented by Coors Light.
The Snake Pit is located in the center oval of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and, eventually, turns into a full-blown music festival surrounded by speeding race cars. According to their website, “The sounds begin early on Race Day morning and are eventually joined by the roar of 33 race cars in ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,’ creating an unforgettable scene.” 2018’s installment saw performances by Diplo, Deadmau5, Axwell / Ingrosso, and more, proving that these Snake Pit lineups don’t mess around. Watch the 2018 recap video below:
The Indy 500 Snake Pit 2019 takes place on Sunday, May 26. Head to their website for tickets and check out the promo video here.
In a strategic act of entertainment synergy, gamer extraordinaire, Ninja (real name, Tyler Blevins), has pulled back the entirety of the curtain on the heatedly anticipated Ninjawerks Vol. 1.
Partnering with EDM hotbed, Astralwerks—which has housed releases for Porter Robinson, Tommie Sunshine, and The Chemical Brothers (to simply name a few)—Ninja is narrowing the gap between the complementary realms of gaming and electronic music, similar to Skrillex‘s writing for the third installment of Disney and Square Enix’s Kingdom Hearts.
The full Ninjawerks projects spans a great deal of the electronic color wheel with cinematic grit. From Tiësto to Tycho, from Kaskade to GTA, the album is equipped to equally satiate niche and widespread listeners with gaming in their veins.
Fittingly, the album’s contributors are gamers themselves. The artists recently divulged to Billboard Dance over the profundity of this collision of two rather adjacent worlds. While Dillon Francis said he devised his offering, “LFGD,” with Chris Melberger, in reverence of a Fortnite win, Tycho emphasized his intent to recreate the sublime feeling of discovering a new world inside a game with his track, “Jetty.”
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.
Anti Up have left the pizza at home and returned for a three-track EP, Hey Pablo, thrilling listeners with searing house beats and ever-catchy vocals. Above & Beyond have released their first original collaboration in eight years: a stunning Anjunabeats tune called “Long Way From Home” with Spencer Brown. graves teams up with EZI for a piece that’s equally beautiful and heavy in “I’m Fine.” ODESZA have released the deluxe edition of their seminal A Moment Apart album, featuring a total of 25 songs — including a hefty VIP remix of “Memories That You Call” with Golden Features. Mr. Bill returns to mau5trap for an eerie original, “Apophenia.” Keys N Krates have revealed a Live in Toronto version of their Cura album, visibly demonstrating they hold nothing back in their live productions. Bringing the feels as usual, Illenium has remixed Halsey‘s emotive “Without You” in beautiful form. And as Christmas draws near, Kaskade continues to add to his sounds of the season catalog with a few new holiday tracks, including “Little Town.”
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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