Australia is facing the worst wildfires the continent has seen in decades after months of persistent heat and drought. The wildfires have claimed 24 lives and more than 2,000 homes, 6.3 million hectares of land across the bush, national parks, and forests, and more than 500 million animals.
It’s no secret that many of electronic music’s best and brightest hail from down under, though artists around the world are banding together to bring attention to the crisis and to encourage fans to donate to the ongoing efforts to calm the fires and help those devastated by the destruction. Aussie electronic figurehead Nina Las Vegas is donating the proceeds from her entire NLV Records catalog, Alison Wonderland is donating proceeds from her merch store all month long. Those who are able to donate can find different donation platforms and causes here.
Alison Wonderland has shared a glorious acoustic rendition of her hit 2019 single, “Peace.” The original was the Australian heavy hitter’s second release of the year behind her collaboration with Dillon Francis “Lost My Mind,” in promotion for their co-headlining tour. “Peace” was followed with well-received remixes from the likes of Kaivon, Nightcall, QUIX and more.
Now, in the midst of the end of the year holiday crawl, Alexandra Sholler sets her smoky voice center stage in a stripped back version of the original that highlights her brooding cello playing skills alongside acoustic guitar riffs and an electronic guitar melody. It’s a tasteful offering in this time of giving with an emotional tone evocative of Evanescence.
In a statement on Twitter, the superstar DJ shared how vulnerable this track made her feel, as she’s never released a song that’s showed so much of herself without the bells and whistles.
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.
“TIME” showed off a different side to Alison Wonderland and QUIX‘ collective musicality. Take for instance the former’s “High” with Enschway featuring Trippie Redd—an already festival-ready piece that QUIX managed to make even more explosive. The inspiration for “Time,” however, stemmed from a trip that lead to an idea to make a song that stretches time, thus leading to an unexpected aesthetic for their debut joint project. Now, a variety of remixes have extended the lifespan of the track, further stretching the project’s metaphysical clock.
Remixers include a low-end thumper from SLUMBERJACK, a serene cooler from Madnap, a house forward thriller from BARILAN, and a festival ready tweaker from Yvng Jalapeño. QUIX is set to release his brand new EP IDK [Vol. 1]this Friday off Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak, a four-track EP that brushes grimy and distorted tones onto effervescent, dark bass music.
Firefly Music Festival will revert to its former four-day glory for its 2020 iteration. Organizers of the Dover, Delaware-based event notably abbreviated Firefly to three days for the festival’s 2019 installment. However, come June 18-21, 2020, Firefly will return to the Woodlands with a wider array of artists in tow than this past year saw, naturally, thanks to its reinstated full format.
“We just couldn’t resist the opportunity for more music,” Firefly marketing director, Kyla Lombardo, told Delaware State News.
Coordinators’ decision to readopt the four-day structure was largely predicated on fan demand, Lombardo said. A limited stock of Firefly 2020 presale tickets is currently available on Firefly’s official website.
With its first iteration landing in 2012, Firefly has contracted a wealth of top-tier sonic cavalry from across the musical continuum. Last year’s edition hosted Post Malone, GRiZ, Alison Wonderland, Travis Scott, and many more.
Besides the in-demand event brand’s Orlando arm of Electric Daisy Carnival, Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival is Insomniac’s newly adopted Floridian music destination—in conjunction with original organizers, Soundslinger. After taking a brief hiatus in 2019, the four-day weekender will return to Sunshine Grove for its fourth installment in 2020, March 5-8, with ample electronic and multi-genre acts of mention in tow.
From the electronic ether, RÜFÜS DU SOL, Bassnectar, Kaskade, Alison Wonderland, Bob Moses, and Big Gigantic have all been secured for the 2020 Okee undertaking. Additionally, acts like Vampire Weekend, Mumford & Sons, Lotus, and more serve to shake up the weekend criterion, satiating even the most famished multi-interest festival-goer.
Okee 2020 kicks off Thursday, March 5, with the opening night pre-party. All ticket and camping passes go on sale Friday, October 18 at 10am ET, here, where general festival information is available, too.
2019 promises to be a banner year of production for Electric Daisy Carnival‘s (EDC) East Coast arm in Orlando, as the staple of the Sunshine State festival circuit unveils its largest lineup yet.
The event will bring a broader selection of electronic talent to Tinker Field from November 8-10 as it expands from a two- to a three-day dance affair to accommodate its voracious following. Jam-packed with the genre’s most acclaimed artists, EDC Orlando’s 2019 lineup features 3LAU, ZHU, Kaskade, Habstrakt, Diplo, DJ Snake, CamelPhat, Gorgon City, just to name a few from the star-spangled roster. More than 20 artists will make their timely Orlando debut, including ANNA, FISHER, Nora En Pure, i_o, and San Holo, among others.
An array of stage takeovers further diversifies EDC Orlando’s agenda. Adam Beyer and Green Velvet will curate branded talent for their Drumcode and La La Land demonstrations, respectively. Dreamstate will meanwhile cater to the trance enthusiasts in attendance, while Bassrush, LA’s Factory93, and Insomniac Music Group will assemble their own aural armies across their takeovers. The mau5trap crew is more than likely to further the trademarked fun with a band of We Are Friends envoys.
Passes to EDC Orlando’s 2019 chapter are now available here.
Discerning listeners would likely expect an aural brainchild between Australia’s Alison Wonderland and New Zealand’s QUIX to be a highly explosive festival weapon, riddled with resounding bass. See: QUIX’s serrated remix of Alison Wonderland’s “Happy Place.” But, in fact, their new collaboration, “TIME,” is subtle and smoldering, with far less audacious bass displays than their longtime catalogs hold affinity for.
As the listener enters the swirling, cosmic corridors of “TIME,” pensive piano and a languorous club beat precede the quickening tick-of-the-clock sample, nearly in time with a mounting snare. Slow and deliberate bass enters the forefront, alongside a glitchy synth line, before Wonderland’s fraught vocal cut segues into a pummeling breakdown for the track’s finale. The song invokes the cinematic lysergia of Chromatics‘ “Running Up That Hill” or the indie dancefloor hypnosis inherent in Tame Impala and ZHU‘s “My Life.”
Opalescent and free-flowing down to its finest fibers, the kaleidoscopic sonic tonic was apparently the result of some quixotic musings from one of Wonderland’s psychedelic encounters. She attributes the metaphysical nature of the track to her desire to “stretch time.” She tweeted that the production process was one of her most enjoyable creations to date.
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.
Skrillex kicks off the weekend with a stacked collaboration, “Malokera,” with MC Lan, TroyBoi, Ludmilla, and Ty Dolla $ign. Alison Wonderland and QUIX have teamed up for “TIME,” and Louis The Child and Wrabel deliver a bittersweet joint effort called “Too Close.” CRAY brings a retro tone to her latest, “idontwannatalkaboutlove,” and The Knocks continue their summer releases with “Colors.” Cashmere Cat is full of “EMOTIONS” on his newest, and Good Times Ahead (formerly GTA) get with Flosstradamus for “Waffle House.” Cedric Gervais remixes DJ Snake, J Balvin, and Tyga’s “Loco Contigo,” and Mazare and Essenger turn it up to 11 on their new Monstercat single, “Berzerker.” The Chrises got in the studio for a new Anti Up single, “Right Now,” and Alok and Zafrir bring “Vale Vale” to listeners’ ears. HEYZ previews his new Bite This! album with “Castaway King,” and Valentino Khan drops off his new EP, stacked with songs like “BRB.” Fedde Le Grand puts his own touch on Matoma, MNEK, and Kiana Lede’s “Bruised Not Broken,” and Herobust preps for the weekend with “Dumb Lit.”
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.