Lunar Lunes: Armin van Buuren and Inner City face off on ‘It Could Be,’ Notaker remixes Haywyre + more

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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.

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

Photo credit: Bart Heemskerk

Lunar Lunes: Luca Lush remixes MAX, Grabbitz and Sullivan King team up + more

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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.

Luca Lush has put a groovy spin on MAX’s “Love Me Less,” and HeRobust delivers his first solo venture of 2019, “BRUH?!” Dr. Fresch and VOLAC take to Tchami’s CONFESSION to release “Filthy” with Dread MC, and Sullivan King and Grabbitz team up for a powerful Monstercat collaboration, “Crazy As You.” Keanu Silva puts a bouncy spin on Oliver Heldens’ “Summer Lover,” and Kraysh returns to Mad Zoo to unleash “Void” with fknsyd. TheFatRat, Slaydit and Anjulie make a formidable trio on “Stronger,” and Ryan Browne brings the heaviest of bass on “BEATDOWN.” Alexander Lewis appears to “Soar” on his new original, and KARRA joins Tisoki on “Don’t Lie.” Lee Burridge and Lost Desert link for “Mibale,” and Baaku shares a remix of Madeon’s “All My Friends.” Saint Punk gives Win and Woo’s “Right In Front of Me” a deep and glitchy vibe, and Excision and Dion Timmer prove to be “Breaking Through” on their new collaboration.

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

Elephante’s ‘Glass Mansion’ album concept comes to life in new animated video

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Earlier this year, Elephante released his nine-track EP, Glass Mansionand set out on an accompanying US tour. Title track “Glass Mansion” marks the producer’s debut as a vocalist, and “The In Between” featuring Anjulie has been one of his most-streamed songs to date. Now, he’s back with another surprise: a 10-minute animated video taking viewers through his actual “glass mansion.” The video is aptly titled the “Glass Mansion Open House.”

Speaking to Billboard about the project, Elephante said: “I wanted people to be able to see and really feel what it was like to walk through the house, not just listen to the music. All my favorite music transports me to a different world, so I felt that having a visual representation of each song really brings the Mansion to life. Each song is different, so all the rooms have a different vibe and artistic style — just like you might decorate rooms differently based on what you’re going through at the time. The Mansion is the fulfillment of everything you’ve ever wanted, so if you want a pool in your living room, that’s chill; and if you want a portal to another dimension in your closet, that’s even better.”

In Glass Mansion, no two tracks are similar, and the video captures that the entire way through, taking viewers inside the “room” represented by each track. Elephante enlisted the talent of Caegan Meagher of Kvlt Magik to help bring his concept to life, and they have created an astounding visual piece, bringing the thematic of each track to life and taking viewers on a visual and sonic journey.

Elephante talks about his vocal debut, releases full remix package for ‘The In Between’

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Elephante has officially kicked off his Glass Mansion Estate Tour after the long-awaited release of his full Glass Mansion EP. While “The In Between” featuring vocals by Anjulie has been the hit single of the compilation, fans also got to see a new side of the producer with title track “Glass Mansion,” where he sings the vocals on the release. The LA-based producer is just a few stops into the tour, and in addition to dropping the full remix package for “The In Between,” he has decided to show fans another dimension to his performance abilities. At Irving Plaza in New York City, he sang in front of a sold out crowd, showcasing his versatility as a performer. View a video of it here.

The producer spoke with Dancing Astronaut on his music career and how he has evolved into a performing vocalist, saying “I started my music career as a singer-songwriter, so I’ve always wanted to sing on my tracks, but I only wanted to do it if my voice fit perfectly for the song, and not just sing for the sake of it. ‘Glass Mansion’ was when the stars finally aligned. It’s such a personal song, and it pulled together all of the threads of my EP, so I knew it was the one.” He continues, “Singing it live was always a dream. It knew it could be a really special moment to cap off the Estate show, just like it does on the EP. Plus, it gets me one step closer to becoming John Mayer, who really is the only reason to do anything, isn’t it?”

In addition to singing live, fans can also see ZAXX as an opener during some of his tour stops. The up-and-comer put out an official remix of “The In Between,” adding additional synth layers framing Anjulie’s vocals. The euphoric chords are an interesting addition, and certainly will play well in his opening sets. Codeko‘s previously released rendition of the track and Elephante’s own revamped take on the release round out the remix package.

Fans can see if Elephante will be performing in a city nearby here.

Photo credit: Oh Dag Yo Photography

Codeko flips on Elephante’s ‘The In Between’

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Codeko has had a big year, thanks to hit remixes and a single featuring Austin Mahone that have both yielded extensive radio exposure for the up-and-comer. His spin on Marshmello‘s “Silence” peaked at No. 13 on Billboard’s Hot Dance chart, and now the British producer is back with another potential hit remix with his take on Elephante‘s “The In Between,” featuring Anjulie.

Codeko’s reimagining still withholds the impassioned nature of the original, but infuses intense future bass notes with bouncy synth accents into the drop. Anjulie‘s vocals still serve as a focal point to the release, but the intricate additions to the track transform it into a more live-performance-friendly piece. Elephante will be embarking upon a 40-stop fall tour to celebrate his full Glass Mansion album release, and fans looking to see him perform the track live can check out tickets and dates here.

Elephante has something for everyone in new album ‘Glass Mansion’

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Elephante is known for his ability to produce everything from pop and alt-rock electronic fusions to bass and commercial house. His wide variety of production styles is showcased throughout the producer’s sophomore EP titled Glass Mansion, which is out now.

The nine track EP features four previously released singles and five brand new tracks.  Listeners got a taste of the new EP after the LA-based producer released hit tracks “The In Between” featuring Anjulie and “Have It All” featuring Nevve during the months preceding the EP’s full release.

New highlights of the album include “Otherside,” also featuring Nevve. The singer’s enthralling vocals captivate, and the drop falls into a catchy commercial pop melody that will resonate in listeners’ heads far after the song’s completion.

Title track “Glass Mansion” blends upbeat guitar solos, rock-leaning vocals, and progressive electronic accents to create an interesting blend of the producer’s past and current musical inspirations as displayed by his diverse portfolio of releases.

Those who have been to one of Elephante’s shows will likely recognize new release “Red Smoke” with its intense chords and propelling bassline that commands the attention of listeners to their core.

Elephante spoke about his inspirations for the EP in an official release.

“Glass Mansion is about wanting more. It’s the dream that we’re chasing” adding that “no matter how beautiful and strong what we build is, it’s ultimately fragile and one stone could bring it all down”  –Elephante

Glass Mansion gives fans of many genres something to like, and the new EP is likely to propel the producer into having his most successful year to date.

Alex Lustig teams up with Anjulie to craft ‘The Morning’

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Belgium-based, classically trained pianist and producer, Alex Lustig, has been making swift moves in music from working on trap beats for French Montana and OVO’s Baka Not Nice, to receiving credits from Young Thug and Machine Gun Kelly.

With so much under his belt, Lustig decided to take more time for himself and his original productions. By combining his experiences in hip-hop, influences from the club sounds of London and Paris, and his panic attack antidote, ambient music, he creates a unique sound and listening experience. 

On his latest production, ‘The Morning,’ he teams up with the angelic Anjulie to create a fresh and powerful track that dazzles with high hats, delicately resonating pads and some of the coolest vocal chops in the form of a lead through the drops. Anjulie perfectly describes not wanting to say goodbye to someone you hold dear as Lustig strategically arranges the music behind her, to create a track that will also be hard to say goodbye to. 

Elephante captivates with ‘Have It All’ featuring Nevve

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The countdown for Elephante‘s widely anticipated album Glass Mansion has begun with the release of his fourth single of the collection. The track is called “Have It All” featuring Nevve, and like all of his other productions, it is unapologetically catchy.

The listener is initially captured with Nevve’s enamoring vocals in “Have It All.” The track then builds into a commanding electronic drop with Elephante’s signature progressive sound. The producer released an official statement about his forthcoming EP.

“Glass Mansion is about wanting more. It’s the dream that we’re chasing – whether it’s a career, art, a relationship – and the place we build in our heads that we think will ultimately make us happy. We spend all our time constructing and improving this imagined place, redecorating, buying furniture, planning the next addition. It’s never enough and yet we keep building anyway, because we hope that once it’s done we’ll finally be satisfied.

This project is about realizing that no matter how beautiful and strong what we build is, it’s ultimately fragile and one stone could bring it all down. It’s about coming to peace with the fact that it all might never be finished, and that’s okay. It’s about realizing that our Glass Mansion isn’t the answer to all our problems, and it’s about the journey of finding grace and happiness in a half-built home.”

The California-based producer has used this album to showcase his wide-ranging production abilities, from acoustic “Come Back For You” featuring Matluck to progressive and upbeat “The In Between” featuring Anjulie. If the first four tracks are indicative of what we can expect from the full album’s release, the rumored June 15 full release date cannot come quickly enough.

Elephante talks how loneliness on the road spurred new track, ‘The In Between’

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Elephante‘s newest track ,”The In Between,” is nothing short of beautiful with its melodic chords and Anjulie‘s polarizing vocals. Fans of “Catching On” by the LA-based producer will certainly have their next song addiction in “The In Between.” Elephante’s inspiration for the song manifests itself interestingly through the lyrics, and the producer sat down with DA to discuss how this track came to be.

“The idea of ‘The In Between’ started in some nameless hotel — it was about this feeling of being on the road and seeing people everywhere, but still being tremendously lonely at heart. Half of me was in love with traveling the world, and the other wanted nothing more than to sleep in my own bed. I felt like I was stuck in my version of The Upside Down from Stranger Things – I was being pulled apart by these two different sides of me, and it took everything I had to keep it all together. So I got together with the brilliant Anjulie, and the song turned into a story about that place in a relationship with someone or something, where you want to feel strong and know that you’ve moved on. But deep down you know that one phone call from the other side is gonna pull you right back in. We wrote and recorded the whole thing in my studio. We basically finished the whole thing on piano and guitar – I wanted this song, and all the other music from my upcoming EP, to feel really organic, and work as a song without any production, and I’m really proud of what we created. And then once I found the wubwubwubs for the instrumental parts, I knew we had something special.”

The producer has always been a proponent of forming tracks off of instrumentals and then producing them electronically from there. These influences are apparent in his productions, and create a pleasant duality of electronic synths and piano or guitar overlays to give listeners from a variety of genres something to like.

“The In Between” will be a part of a new EP Elephante is currently working on. No official release date has been announced, but if “The In Between” is a showcase of what is to come, fans can certainly expect some quality tunes to be on the way.