Luttrell shares cosmic ‘Intergalactic Plastic’ EP

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The ever so smooth and sanguine Luttrell has returned to Anjunadeep for his third EP, Intergalactic Plastic, with the deep house/techno label

The handlebar mustachioed San Fransisco native formerly served as one half of OWSLA-affiliated The M Machine, before hatching his solo venture in 2016. Luttrell’s sound is characterized by crisp, melodic techno and highly visceral deep house — not entirely divergent from the emotive energy that fueled The M Machine.

The three-track EP (with two extended cuts) radiates Luttrell’s kaleidoscopic, dreaming-with-eyes-wide-open sound that is profoundly emblematic of Anjunadeep as a whole. The celestial title track, “Intergalactic Plastic” sets the tone for the journey-simulating project, with its ethereal chord progressions and echoing, astral-themed synths. “What You Are” is an atmospheric club track, with an airy female vocal and subdued bassline. Finally, the utopia Intergalactic Plastic sets out in search of is reached with “Wake Me Up Tomorrow.” Fans first tasted its breezy deep house bliss when it was included in the Anjunadeep 09 compilation album back in 2017.

Luttrell is scheduled to accompany both Above & Beyond and Lane 8 on their respective tours, as well as Anjunadeep’s debut festival Open Air in August.

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Exclusive: boerd – Fragment II

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In his latest downtempo piece of work, Swedish producer boerd explores themes of hardship and overcoming obstacles.

Bård Ericson, freshly signed with Anjunadeep as boerd, weaves a delicate web over the six-minute course of “Fragment II.” His minimalist style makes for a beautiful, atmospheric journey throughout this wistful creation, accenting the instrumentation with audio clips of a young boy talking about growing up with next to nothing.

“I love the recording of the little boy talking about his poor family and the conditions they live in,” boerd says of the track. “He sounds kind of optimistic in a way, even though what he’s talking about sounds pretty terrible. We all go through hard times and maybe this track is about coping with it and coming out at the other end.”

“Fragment II” is out March 20 on Anjunadeep, and the producer will reveal a mini LP in April.

Anjunabeats launch new 24/7 YouTube channel

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Anjunabeats has launched a brand new 24/7 YouTube channel.

The channel will stream dance music from the Anjuna archives worldwide, all day, every day. Anjuna Radio will feature such trance and progressive stalwarts as Above & Beyond, Armin van Buuren, Ferry Corsten, Mat Zo, Porter Robinson, Seven Lions, Andrew Bayer and Ilan Bluestone, as well as a plethora of Anjunadeep rostered artists such as Lane 8, Yotto, Cubicolor and Dusky.

The live stream will reportedly feature genres ranging from trance and uplifting to classic trance, progressive house to deep house, techno, chillout, electronica, and ambient.

Lane 8’s ‘Little By Little’ is a spectacular aural odyssey grounded in its exploration of the human condition

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The great paradox of the modern day is that despite numerous means of instantaneous communication, true and genuine connection is at premium higher than any point in history. Unsurprisingly, contemporary art wrestles with this, notably in Black Mirror‘s recent examination of dating apps and culture from the episode “Hang The DJ,” where the driving tension results from couples being matched up and immediately given a countdown until their inevitable split and disconnect.

Acutely aware of this strain stemming from disconnection is the melodic house maestro Daniel Goldstein, better known as Lane 8. In an effort to establish deeper contact with fans, Goldstein launched his This Never Happened series of events, which required attendees to abandon their phones and experience his mellifluous concoctions while entirely present, free from the distraction of technology.

In a discussion with DA from 2016, Goldstein delved into how important the introduction of his imprint and This Never Happened show concept was for his work:

Towards the end of last year I did a big album tour and played a ton of shows in a row and there were a few where, you know, you would look out playing ‘Diamonds’ or ‘Hot As You Want’ and just see a sea of phones recording the moment and nobody really just actually being there and experiencing it. I remember just seeing that and talking to my wife and saying, these people are not experiencing live music at all – everything is just a spectacle and I feel like that’s kind of something that’s just plaguing everything…”

Encouragingly, Lane 8 will tour his new album under the This Never Happened banner, out now via his imprint of the same name. Dubbed Little By Little, the LP flourishes in its embrace of the past, present, and future brand of his deep and melodic house music.

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After the announcement of Little By Little, Goldstein unveiled the first single “No Captain,” featuring the distinct tones of POLIÇA‘s Channy Leaneagh. An intriguing vanguard, Goldstein embarked on a uniquely reflective journey of melodic house and evocative electronica, inspiring instrumental club ballads, and late-night memories along the way.

If standout vocal stylings are to be this album’s defining feature, then Little By Little is Goldstein’s magnum opus of stylistically evolved and meticulously-crafted curation. The producer welcomed several new vocals talents onto the LP, in the form of Australian talent Fractures on both “Clarify” and “Hold On” and the British singer-songwriter J.F. July on “Coming Back To You.” The strength of each vocalist is evident in the lift they give the record, in general, and each track, specifically. Like Lane 8’s earlier work, Little By Little is crafted with the mastery that fans have come to love amongst his catalog: a marriage of introspective and instrumental club tracks.

Each track on Little By Little presents a unique aural journey. Like Lane 8’s 2015 album Rise, Little By Little finds its poise in a form of lyrics that are equally wistful and thoughtful, driving melodies, and a meandering energy. Considering the driving forces behind “Hot As You Want,” featuring Solomon Grey, “Undercover’s” feature of Ghostly International founder Matthew Dear, or even “The One’s” highlight of Patrick Baker, it’s only right Little By Little sees that Lane 8’s use of male vocalists continues.

While each track on Little By Little touches on human connections in some capacity, Goldstein’s best captures the record’s ethos with “Skin & Bones.” “Are we seeking something more than this?” beckons vocalist Patrick Baker. The vocalist offers contemplation in his lyrics, speaking with an air of poignancy on the struggle to forge such meaningful bonds with others.

When Goldstein’s been asked to articulate the inherent meaning of his music in a number of interviews, he’s expressed, like many musicians, that his music is a cathartic medium for his listeners and that he ultimately hopes that they extract their own meanings from it. Surely, each of his tracks reflect intimate moments of his own life; that said, what he outputs is more than likely to move its listener in an entirely different way.

Little By Little is an especially bold release to kick off the new year, given the current climate that is currently straying away from albums in general. In providing such an extensive and sentimental expression of himself, Lane 8 proves that these bodies of work still serve an important purpose in the musical sphere.  This isn’t to say that artists don’t pour their heart and soul into singles or EPs. However, when artists build a labor of love over the course of several years, listeners know that they’re putting everything on the line  and challenging themselves on the immensely exposing path that is penning an LP.

“In a way, I think that’s what this album is all about — taking the time to appreciate each small step in a larger journey,” Goldstein’s expressed of the new record, and little by little, his work is allowing that journey to be all the more enjoyable for many.

Tickets for Lane 8’s Little By Little album tour are available here.

All Photos Courtesy of Lane 8

Tomorrowland announces stage hosts for 2018

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Tomorrowland’s gargantuan status as one of the globe’s most storied electronic music festivals continues to grow. The Belgian festival has officially announced its stage hosts for 2018 and the list is… extensive.

Featuring showcases like as Charlotte De Witte‘s KNTXT techno concept, Carl Cox‘s Cocoon, Damian Lazarus‘ Crosstown Rebels, Adam Beyer & Ida Engberg‘s Drumcode, Monstercat, Musical Freedom by Tiësto, Jamie Jones‘ Paradise showcase and a curated Pryda stage, the festival will play host to their most diverse range of curatorial leaders to date.

Tomorrowland continues to prove its ability to innovate through a commitment to offering up a unique programming experience and wildly expansive creative production.

Full List of Tomorrowland 2018 stage hosts:


All Day I Dream

Age of Love




A State of Trance


Barong Family





Coone & The Gang

Crosstown Rebels presents Get Lost

Crystal Events

Dave Clarke & Fuse present






Future Sound of Egypt


High On House


I Love The 90’s






Live Stage

Lost Frequencies & Friends




Musical Freedom by Tiësto

My House

Nervo Nation

Nico Morano & Friends



Pussy Lounge




Radio Ultra Modern


Robin Schulz & Friends

VII (Seven)

Smash the House


Sexy By Nature



Star Warz


Trance Classics

Trance Energy


The Masquerade by Claptone


V Sessions

We Play House


Woody Weekend


Ben Böhmer shares dreamy, brimming ‘Morning Falls’ EP

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Blossoming German newcomer, Ben Böhmer has shared his musingly melodic Morning Falls EP via none other than deep house destination Anjunadeep. The classically trained Böhmer first appeared in the Anjuna arena for the label’s fourth Explorations series, with his fluttering track “Flug & Fall.”

The three-track Morning Falls EP, is a warm, stirring horizon prevailing over a cruel, arduous winter. The EP begins with the gentle, downtempo grooves and idealistic, waxing and waning melodies of the title track, “Morning Falls.” The trip around the sun continues, then, with a bit more gusto, moving into the pensive yet club-driven “After Earth.” Finally, “Velvet Rebellion,” with its chiming, astral synth work, emulates a celestial, star-suffused night sky, as Böhmer bids Earth farewell.

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16 Bit Lolitas rework L.Doblado’s ‘Lie Alone’ in stunning display of production prowess

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16 Bit Lolitas have officially released their anthemic take on the mysterious UK singer-songwriter L.Doblado’s “Lie Alone.” Having already received ample playtime on the Anjunadeep North American tour, a release on the Anjunadeep 9 compilation, and a feature on Above & Beyond‘s Group Therapy radio, the deeply emotive progressive cut is now seeing out its own exclusive, full release. 16 Bit Lolitas’ take on “Lie Alone” is ridden with the very atmospheric elements that have garnered the label and its artists’ success over the years. Similar in its emotive effect to the revered early work of 16 Bit, like their 2015 Stardust EP, the Anjunadeep stalwarts have truly put a masterful touch on the number with their hallmark groove-laden rework.




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Dancing Astronaut proudly presents the 2017 Label of the Year

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Foreign Family Collective

by Katie Daubert

There is no doubt that Grammy-nominated duo ODESZA claimed their status as some of the more cutting-edge producers in the dance music realm over the years. Following the release of their sophomore album, In Return, the team launched their own musical outlet, Foreign Family Collectivein 2015 in an effort to showcase a myriad of musicians and visual artists across a variety of genres. By creating the label, the two producers aimed to curate a platform that “doesn’t adhere to any one genre or style but rather focuses on originality and genuine expression.” Most notably, a number of the label’s output stood as the breakout releases for some of today’s top electronic acts such as Big Wild’s “Aftergold,” Jai Wolf’s “Indian Summer,” and RÜFÜS DU SOL’s sophomore album, Bloom.

With a full year of new releases on the books, Foreign Family continues to ascend as one of dance music’s leading innovatory labels in 2017. This year, the label procured a total of six releases ranging from Big Wild’s debut Invincible EP in January to Kasbo’s recent single, “Snow in Gothenburg,” while introducing only one new artist to the label this year with Yahtzel’s “Someone Else.” Foreign Family also landed it’s first-ever curated stage at Electric Forest featuring Tycho, Troyboi, Jai Wolf, Big Wild, Faker, Chet Porter, further reinforcing its tastemaker status within an established, avant-garde musical community.

Quality, not quantity, is Foreign Family’s principle virtue, giving every release the proper platform to resonate with the label’s core audience and grow holistically. And with every sonic output there lies a resonating reminder that the collective is not just curating a label but a community of music lovers and artists alike, all while maintaining a seemingly personal, yet shared compassion for the intuitive and celestial sounds of tomorrow.

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by Robyn Dexter

deadmau5-spearheaded label mau5trap has been a force to be reckoned with in 2017. The Canadian label celebrated its 10th birthday in 2017, highlighting the milestone with a 33-track anniversary compilation in July that featured tracks by ATTLAS, Matt Lange, Monstergetdown, Feed Me and many more. Joel Zimmerman himself hosted a birthday party for the label in Toronto, with a stacked roster of artist performances to commemorate the occasion.

One such artist was REZZ, who had another banner year with mau5trap. Her much-anticipated Mass Manipulation album dropped August and was closely follows by a world tour and even a comic book release. The album’s four singles were released every Friday leading up to the album’s release date, drumming up continued excitement for the unique artist’s debut album, which peaked at number 16 on the US Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums chart on release.

Artists like No Mana, ATTLAS, Rinzen and Feed Me wowed in 2017 with multiple releases, including successful EPs and singles. The label consistently cranked out a top-notch unique music over the course of the year, gathering new fans and exciting old ones along the way.

They pooled many of the year’s best songs into two We Are Friends compilations, which came out in March and early December. Other notable compilations included two more additions to the Foar Moar series and mau5trap X1’17 and X3’17.

With the momentum it’s built over the past 10 years, mau5trap shows no signs of slowing down in the next 10.

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by Jabari LeGendre

Headed by maverick duo Zeds Dead, Deadbeats has been one of the standout labels of 2017. This past year, the dynamic imprint has cultivated some of the freshest new names in bass music like Shlump, DNMO, Champagne Drip, Chuurch, YOOKiE, and Rickyxsan. With an ever-expanding roster of innovative artists, Deadbeats is making its presence felt.

In the past year, DeadBeats has etched out some serious real estate for themselves in the dance music landscape. With the success of its first massive North American tour, which stretched from Miami to Calgary and featured the triumphant return of DeadRocks in July, the Toronto-based label has greatly expanded its sphere influence. Couple that with the release of the label’s two critically acclaimed compilation EPs and the launch of the new Deadbeats Radio show on Sirius XM’s Electric Area, it’s easy to see why this collective from the Great White North are on an inexorable march forward.

2018 is shaping up to be yet another huge year for this budding brand. DeadRocks, the label’s biggest annual event will return to the Denver hills, expanding to two full nights of madness from July 2-3. Zeds Dead are proven tastemakers in the world of electronic music. Their spine-tingling performances have helped them garner a massive global following. However, creating a palpable culture and style is perhaps the most important aspect of developing a label that can stand the test of time. With the growth this groundbreaking label has seen in the nearly two years since its inception, Zeds Dead are on a continuous march to take their vision and style to the next level.

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by Bella Bagshaw

In 2017, London-based label Anjunadeep has continued to produce and expound upon its unparalleled brand of deep and tech-house. Starting off in 2005 as a mere sidecar to Above & Beyond’s trance-leaning parent label and one of electronic music’s paragons of success, Anjunabeats, Anjunadeep has become an international staple in the lush, ethereal realms of house and techno. The label’s ascent coincides with the US’s gradual embrace of electronic music that is crafted for concentrated listening—migrating beyond its affinity for commercialized dance music.

American Anjunadeepian Lane 8 seems to continuously elaborate on his indelible variety of emotive, melodic deep-house, intermittently releasing tracks from his highly anticipated Little By Little album set to be released in January, accompanied by a world tour.

The label also capitalized on an opportunity to showcase some of its freshest faces, like UK duo Fluida, “The Light In You” artist, Fairchild, and Mat Zo-discovered, Luttrell, in the ninth installment of its veteran-crafted annual compilation series. Fluida made their Anjunadeep debut this year with their blissfully ambient Branches EP, which enigmatically floats between electronica and deep-house elements. Additionally, rapidly emerging artist, Luttrell, who also graced the compilation with dream-state-inducing “Wake Me Up Tomorrow,” has scaffolded off his 2016 breakthrough on the label, pushing the envelope with his otherworldly techno tracks.

Moving forward, the label recently announced it will be hosting its own debut festival, Anjunadeep Open Air: London in August of 2018, as well as hosting its own sea-faring, Anjunadeep Takeover during Holy Ship! 10.0 featuring sets from Lane 8, Yotto, and more.

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Winner – Monstercat

by Robyn Dexter

Breaking barriers and pushing the dance music envelope since its inception in 2011, Canadian independent label Monstercat is Dancing Astronaut’s Label of the Year. For the past six years, Monstercat has paved the way for listeners to discover dozens of new artists, garnering a massive following along the way. Led by a boundary-pushing team, 2017 proved to be the label’s best year yet. They brought on more than a dozen new artists, including Modestep, Kill The Noise, Bassnectar, Ragga Twins, Dirtyphonics, Gammer, Kayzo, Lookas, Ookay, Fox Stevenson, Slander, Sullivan King, and Gareth Emery.

Monstercat started 2017 strong with the launch of a massive anti-bullying campaign in accordance with the release of Gareth Emery and Standerwick’s “Saving Light,” raising thousands of dollars for an anti-bullying foundation called Ditch The Label.

February brought the label’s first-ever platinum record recognition for marshmello’s 2016 release, “Alone,” which has garnered millions of streams across platforms to date.

As festival season approached, the Monstercat team ramped up their efforts for shows at Amsterdam Music Event, EDC Las Vegas, Tomorrowland, E3, PAX East and Miami Music Week.

In the midst of festival season, Monstercat announced a partnership with Rocket League that resulted in the label releasing an album for the video game. The 18-song compilation featured songs from Slushii, Notaker, Tristam, WRLD, and more, and was released in accordance with the game’s two-year anniversary.

They capped off a successful summer by opening their headquarter doors in Vancouver for a Monstercat Compound event. The street party served as an opportunity for the label to recognize the community that has supported them over the years with free performances by Robotaki, Conro, Going Quantum and Grant.

In November, the team continued their worldwide reach with multiple shows in China, including a residency at Asgard Nightclub in Beijing that featured performances by JOYRYDE, Delta Heavy, Pegboard Nerds and Lookas.

As 2017 draws to a close, recognition for the label is coming in from all sides of the music industry. SoundCloud recognized Unlike Pluto‘s “Everything Black” as their Top Electronic Track of 2017, and the track was also Monstercat’s most-streamed on Spotify, amassing more than 10 million streams on the platform. Two weeks ago, the label turned the power over to the fans and asked them to vote on their top Monstercat tracks of the year. After a short voting period, listeners selected label OGs Pegboard Nerds’ track “Heaven Let Us Down” as their favorite release of 2017.

As years go by and music trends shift faster than most can keep up with, the Canadian label proves time and time again that they have finger on the pulse of the next best thing in electronic and dance music. By exposing their listeners to an unimaginable range of music from some of the industry’s most talented innovators, the Monstercat team has established themselves as fearless trailblazers in an unpredictable industry.

To celebrate their incredible year, Monstercat called on Dan Scarcelli, Head of Programming for the label’s weekly Call of The Wild show, to whip up this vicious mix packed with some of their hottest releases to date. Appropriately, the mix serves as the 200th edition of our long-standing AXIS mix series.

WARNING: Dancing Astronaut is not responsible for damage caused by spontaneous speaker combustion or reckless headbanging. Listen at your own risk.

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Premiere: Jeremy Olander – Crossed (Original Mix)

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Jeremy Olander has found himself at the helm of a flourishing progressive house scene, much of it thanks to the work of his growing independent imprint, Vivrant. For his latest release however, the Swedish producer is leaving his home base to join the Anjunadeep family.

It’s not the first time he’s stepped out from Vivrant this year; back in May he landed on John Digweed’s Bedrock alongside Cristoph for their Last Dance EP.

For Olander’s Anjunadeep debut, he brings two tracks to the table: “Crossed” and “Araoz.” The former track, “Crossed,” which Dancing Astronaut is exclusively premiering, is a delightfully deep offering, making brilliant use of its percussion and lead progression. The track notably sustains its relentless groove across its entire seven-and-a-half minute arrangement, making it sure to go over well across dancefloors.

It’s a worthy addition to the Anjunadeep catalogue, and a stellar way to close out the year for Olander.

Pre-order Jeremy Olander’s new Anjunadeep EP here, which drops on December 8.

Jeremy Olander is currently embarking on a new Vivrant tour. Check out all his upcoming dates here.

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Above & Beyond announces MMW date alongside Seven Lions to conclude upcoming NA ‘Common Ground’ tour

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While the formidable trance trio Above & Beyond has yet to embark on their forthcoming “Common Ground” tour in honor of their upcoming album of the same name — to be released in January —the group’s already announced an incredibly exciting denouement of the tour.

Fans of the ensemble can expect a cinematic deliverance from the three, now set to conclude in Miami at the famed RC Cola Plant during Miami Music Week on March 22, 2018 alongside Seven Lions.

Abandoned in the early ’90s, the RC Cola Plant has since become a haven for street and graffiti artists alike. Above & Beyond’s takeover of the venue will follow-up their two previous sold-out jaunts there in previous years.

The “Common Ground” tour is poised to be Above & Beyond’s biggest tour to date, and includes massive headline slots at The Hollywood Bowl, Madison Square Garden, Sydney Opera House, Royal Albert Hall, Alexandra Palace, London, Amsterdam’s Ziggo Dome, The O2 Arena, Red Rocks and The Gorge Amphitheater, and many more.

Attendees are sure to see the new, expectedly evocative album play out before their eyes. Currently, three singles are available for listening off the album including, “Northern Soul,” “Tightrope,” and “My Own Hmyn.”


Above & Beyond ‘Common Ground’ Tour Dates:
12/29 – Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles Convention Center
12/30 – Calgary, AB – Big Four
12/31 – Minneapolis, MN – Armory
1/25 – Philadelphia, PA – Fillmore
1/26 – Washington, DC – Echostage
1/27 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
2/1 – Toronto – Rebel
2/2 – Toronto – Rebel
2/3 – Montreal – Place Bell
2/6 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
2/8 – Syracuse, NY – Sl Hall at the Fairgrounds
2/9 – Worcester, MA – Palladium
2/15 – Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues
2/16 – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room @ Old National Centre
2/17 – Chicago, IL – Navy Pier Festival Hall
2/18 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit
2/21 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
2/23 – Dallas, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
2/24 – Houston, TX – Revention Music Center
2/27 – Phoenix, AZ – Rawhide
3/2 – San Francisco, CA – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
3/7 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre SOLD OUT
3/8 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre SOLD OUT
3/9 – Boise, ID – Revolution Concert House and Event Center
3/13 – Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
3/15 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
3/16 – New Orleans, LA – The Joy Theater
3/17 – Atlanta, GA – Coca-Cola Roxy
3/18 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte
3/22 – Miami, FL – RC Cola Plant

Pre-sale tickets are available December 5. Get more information here.

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