Midnight Kids dance back to better times with ‘Those Were The Days’

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It’s hard to believe that LA-based duo, Midnight Kids have only released three original tracks of their own given the amount of support they have garnered from top-tier artists like The Chainsmokers, Alesso, Don Diablo, and more. Midnight Kids is comprised of Kyle Girard and Dylan Lee, whose latest original, titled “Those Were The Days,” is a worthy addition to their already infectious catalog.

The vocals initially lure the listener in, and then guide them through melodic ebbs and flows of soothing electronic synths juxtaposed by smooth, ambient background hums. Jared Lee serves as the lead vocalist on the track, and despite moments of energetic upticks, the listener is left in a state of calm upon the track’s close.

The duo issued a release about the nostalgia-driven song, stating, “‘Those Were The Days’ was a record that came together quicker than anything we’ve done before… It was something that felt extremely reminiscent of the youth we’ve both experienced. From the late night drives, to first kisses, and the moments we’ve shared with loved ones, this record hits home for us and we knew we had to make it come to life.”

“Those Were The Days” is out now via RCA Records.

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Brooklyn Mirage adds second Alesso show due to overwhelming demand

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The warm weather on the East Coast brings with it Brooklyn Mirage season. The palm tree bedecked New York venue has newly reopened for another vibrant year of event production on Stewart Ave. The Mirage’s calendar of summer bookings features a wealth of celebrated live acts, including electronic music vet, Alesso. From evergreen electronic classics like “Calling” and the Grammy Award-nominated “If I Lose Myself,” to comparatively more recent productions like the country-inflected “Let Me Go,” Alesso’s catalog is essentially a wide-spanning highlight reel of house music.

With his latest EP, Progresso Volume 1 now out and ready for live set inclusion, Alesso’s highly anticipated return to New York City will begin on September 13 at the Brooklyn Mirage. The rapidity with which Alesso’s inaugural Brooklyn Mirage booking sold out is a testament to the acclaim that enshrouds the producer, and has preluded a newly announced followup show, due to overwhelming demand. Alesso will appear at the Brooklyn Mirage again on September 14, to take attendees on a ‘sweet escape’ from the everyday through his momentous live production. Fans can secure tickets to Alesso’s secondary show, here.

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Alesso enlists Deniz Koyu for progressive house-laced remix of ‘TIME’

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Swedish dance music sensation Alesso started the year strong with the release of his three-track EP, PROGRESSO VOLUME 1. Those who have seen the producer perform live know that the three tracks within the EP, “PROGRESSO,” “CONFESSION,” and “TIME” were far from new releases for the producer, who has been dropping the tracks in his live sets for quite a while.

Now, Alesso has enlisted Deniz Koyu to release a brand-new remix of the compilation’s hit track, “TIME.” The song was originally inspired by French house music, and in true Koyu fashion, the producer has added additional progressive house layers to add to the energy of the track. The remix’s accompanying music video is perfectly summarized in the festival-filled visuals. Koyu’s touch on the track makes it nearly impossible to sit still when listening to the remix.

NMF Roundup: Diplo and Tove Lo team up, i_o reveals fiery ‘Death By Techno’ EP + 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.

Diplo continues to flood the music world with new tunes of all genres—the latest of which is a sultry house collaboration with Tove Lo. A-Trak, too, has been releasing a slew of new tunes, including a groovy remix of Axwell‘s “Nobody Else.” Fans of the deepest depths of bass will rejoice at the release of i_o‘s Death by Techno EP on mau5trap, and Ephwurd and Shapes join forces on “Desires.” Flava D puts her own scintillating spin on Anna Lunoe‘s “303,” and TOKiMONSTA casts a soothing spell on “Dream Chorus.” Nitti Gritti and Gammer release their highly anticipated “Underdogs,” a day after the tune premiered on Dancing Astronaut, and The Him tap Maria Hazell for melodic masterpiece “Found Me.” The Midnight bring the early ’90s back with “America Online,” and Wolfgang Gartner kicks up the intensity on “28 Grams.” Sick Individuals‘ new tune, “We Got It,” leads perfectly into the weekend, and Sullivan King and Kai Wachi take no prisoners on the formidable “Between the Lines.” Dimension returns with another drum ‘n’ bass masterpiece in “Devotion,” and STANDERWICK combines elements of rock and trance in “Never Gonna Step Down.”

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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Atlantic City’s DAER Nightclub locks in ZEDD and Alesso for Memorial Day Weekend

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There’s a resurgence happening in the East Coast’s club scene, largely behind the emergence of DAER Nightclub and the revamping of Atlantic City’s once-boisterous nightlife circuit. The club, anchored in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, features a state-of-the-art hybrid indoors/outdoor design that allows revelers to take full advantage of the cutting edge new space—especially on major event weekends like Memorial Day. For DAER’s debut Memorial Day Weekend lineup they’ve pulled out all the stops, securing performances by two of the most in-demand DJs in the world: Alesso and ZEDD.

The pair will make their way to Atlantic City for the first official weekend of summer, with Alesso taking the decks on Saturday May 25, followed by ZEDD on Sunday May 26. ZEDD’s Memorial Day Weekend appearance comes in a larger batch of dates at DAER, where the “365” producer is slated for a short summer residency this year.

DAER is quickly making a name for itself as not only the formidable new kid on the block in Atlantic City, but as one of the premier clubs in the country. In addition to top-notch programming and internationally renowned talent, the club boasts a jaw-dropping audio-visual experience, equipped with a massive LED centerpiece and a 110,000-watt Funktion One sound system. Move over, Vegas—there’s another Memorial Day hotspot fans are flocking to this year, and by the looks of it, DAER is still just getting started. Learn more and grab tickets here.

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Opening day rewind: listen to live Ultra sets from Alesso, Tiësto, Dog Blood, and more

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From main stage marvels like Alesso and Tiësto, to collaborative heavy-hitters like Dog Blood, Ultra‘s opening day of production attracted choice electronic acts to the Miami flagship’s newfound home of Virginia Key. For dance music diversion, look no further than Dancing Astronaut’s live set roundup from day one of Ultra Music Festival.

Set highlights include Dog Blood playing out their latest single, “Turn Off The Lights,” and Alesso exerting the main stage strength of cuts from his recently released EP, Progresso Volume 1Nora En Pure, Nicky Romero, and Fedde le Grand each follow suit, lighting up Virginia Key and streamers’ speakers with their masterful mixing techniques and energetic stage presences. A thunderous day two of Ultra Music Festival festivities awaits, with Zedd, Tchami, Martin Garrix, 3LAU, and more scheduled to appear.

Nora En Pure, Main Stage

Dog Blood, Main Stage

Nicky Romero, Main Stage

Alesso, Main Stage

Tiësto, Main Stage 

Fedde Le Grand, Main Stage

Malaa, Worldwide Stage

Louis The Child, Live Arena

No better way to ball: Summer Splash Las Vegas announces stacked lineup with Diplo, Kygo, Skrillex, The Chainsmokers, ZEDD, Alesso and more

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Back for its 12th season, Las Vegas’ best kept secret, Summer Splash Las Vegas has revealed this summer’s programming with a star-studded cast of the world’s most in-demand DJs. This year’s staggering lineup features Diplo, Skrillex, The Chainsmokers, Tiësto, Kygo, ZEDD, Major Lazer, Alesso, Galantis, Dillon Francis, among many more soon to be announced. Along with sets at Encore Beach Club, Marquee Dayclub, Hakkasan, Intrigue and XS, they will be breaking in the booth at KAOS, the Palms’ cutting edge new game-changing venue which opens this spring.

KAOS is expected to be the hottest new spot on the club circuit with a mesmerizing state-of-the-art dayclub/nightclub hybrid design and a stellar lineup of resident talent booked for its inaugural season. Perhaps equally as exciting as the grand opening is the club’s partnership with Summer Splash, allowing attendees to be one of the first to experience Vegas’ newest entertainment hotspot.  

With four different Summer Splash trip dates to choose from in July and August, there’s no excuse for your crew to not take advantage of the best value in Vegas. The real kicker though is the deal—in fact, it’s kind of mind boggling. There’s really no other way to squeeze as much out of Vegas without breaking the bank. A Summer Splash VIP package includes five nights of hotel lodging at the Palms in addition to complimentary VIP entry—that’s right, skip all the insane Vegas lines. What’s more, Summer Splash patrons get access to six clubs and four pool parties soundtracked by some of the most popular DJs on the planet, with performances from some of the biggest artists in the world. Best of all, the price for all of that is less than most other weekend festivals in a stadium parking lot, and there are no competing sets, which means you get to catch everything. It’s the best way to do Vegas, simple as that. Learn about VIP packages and reservations and see the full Summer Splash 2019 lineup here. Summer Splash is an exclusive event that sells out every year and Tier 1 prices go up after April 5 so gather your crew and reserve your spot today.

Sebastian Ingrosso and Alesso’s classic festival anthem ‘Calling’ gets a bass upgrade from YULTRON

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European house music has proven to be a versatile foundation for trap and future bass founds. Low end-leaning remixes of house classics aren’t a new thing—Dillon Francis took on Steve Angello‘s beloved “Knas,” Carnage famously stepped up to Hardwell‘s “Spaceman,” Skrillex once took on Avicii‘s “Levels,” and RL Grime essentially started the electronic trap movement behind his reinvention of Benny Benassi‘s enduring “Satisfaction.” The latest producer to take on a certified house gem is YULTRON, laying his own buzzing spin on Sebastian Ingrosso and Alesso’s once inescapable hit, “Calling (Lose My Mind).”

The original, an undeniable main stage anthem in 2011, paired Sebastian Ingrosso with then up-and-coming fellow Swedish dance act, Alesso. The Ryan Tedder-assisted track effectively launched Alesso into the globetrotting superstar he has become today. Now LA-based producer YULTRON has stepped up to “Calling” with a buzzing, percussive update, complete with a vibrant first break and a footworking, double-time outro to close the remix. It’s hard to approach a venerated classic with a courageous remix effort, but YULTRON does Sebastian Ingrosso and Alesso justice on his new rendition of “Calling.”

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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Cardi B, Skrillex, Kygo, Tiësto, and more top phase one of 2019 VELD lineup

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Cardi B, Skrillex, Kygo, Tiësto, and more top phase one of 2019 VELD lineupDjsnake Veld

A veteran of Toronto’s electronic events circuit, VELD Music Festival will bring a balance of dance and hip-hop acts to Downsview Park for the the festival’s 2019 iteration. The first phase of the two-day affair’s lineup features headliners Cardi B, Skrillex, Kygo, and Tiësto. Alesso, Loud Luxury, Zeds Dead, 3LAU, Ekali, FISHER, Shiba San, and Gryffin comprise just another handful of VELD’s additional electronic talent.

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.

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