[Q&A] Meet the artists bringing down the house at Mamby: Moon Boots

This post was originally published on this site

[Q&A] Meet the artists bringing down the house at Mamby: Moon Boots

Since 2015, Mamby On The Beach has been allowing Chicago’s festival-goers to relish a diverse roster of acts right from the lakefront, the awe-inspiring Chicago skyline as its backdrop. Perched quite literally atop the sands of Oakwood Beach, Mamby is known for its eclectic lineup, which this year features everything from Chicago rapper, Common, to the indie accents of Cold War Kids, along with ample electronic titans like Gorgon CityDuke Dumont, and Jai Wolf. Dancing Astronaut sought to get a closer look at a few of the festival’s cant-miss house acts before Mamby hits the beach June 23-24. 

Pulling his name ever-so-fittingly from a 1970s disco track by Orlando Riva Sound, Moon Boots (real name Pete Dougherty) is known for bringing his classic, boogie-fueled brainpower to modern house music. The Brooklyn-born Dougherty got his start in the Chicago house music scene, spending time in the city’s most storied house hot spots like Wrigleyville’s Smartbar—signing on with the “protectors of the feel-good,” French Express imprint not long after.

Dougerty’s music is intrinsically tinged with R&B, emanating through his use of soulful, original vocals and blissful chord progressions, which he masterfully blends with high-energy house beats. The result is Moon Boots’ all-encompassing, glistening dance creations. He has worked extensively with Anjunadeep in recent years, where in 2017, he released his first full-length album, the appropriately-named, First Landing. A product of his astral aesthetic, the album’s groovy, nu-disco center propels the listener through corridors of swimming kaleidoscopes of color and warm, sensuous melodies.

Upon his return to Mamby and the city that set him up for success, Dougherty will be bringing many of the vocalists featured on the album, as well as two members of the synth-pop group, St. Lucia. The performance will be the last of a string of live sets carried out by Dougherty and company; but before they hit the Beach Stage Sunday, June 24, Moon Boots sat down with DA to talk about his Chicago come-up, his disco roots, what he has planned for Mamby, and more.

Tickets to Mamby On The Beach, as well as the full lineup, can be found here

What prompted you to want to start making dance music?

I was into electronic music from an early age. The thing that tipped me over to make me really want to make it happened towards the end of college. I think it was the rise of blogs actually, right around 2005. I’d been getting into it before then, but that was when I thought, ‘I can actually do this.’ I was just completely obsessed, and still am.

Do you think you’ve found a permanent home with Anjunadeep?

Yeah, I think so. It’s been wonderful. They allow me to be me. That’s all I really want out of a label. And a sense of community. They really deliver on both of those things. A lot of talented artists too, of course. It’s been great.

You’re someone who blends a lot of genres in your music. Who are some of your biggest influences outside of dance music?

For biggest influences, I would still probably stay in the dance music world. There’s a disco producer named Patrick Adams. He’s one of the first that I heard with really lush and beautiful chord progressions. Then I started to really listen for that in a lot of older disco and early 80s disco/r&b records. Nile Rogers, too. The combination of just percussion, the hooks, the chords. The whole thing. The French touch scene definitely had an influence, especially early on, that sorta filter disco.

You lived in Chicago for a while. What significance does the city hold for you?

Big significance because it’s where I really started. I knew I wanted to try it out when I was in college, but it wasn’t until after I graduated college and I moved out there was when I started making music for real. The club scene had a big impact on me: going out in Wicker Park and finding Smartbar. I actually lived right by Smartbar for a while. My roommate worked there, so I’d go there like three days a week. And Debonair Social Club. So the scene had a big impact on me, just having a great time partying and being in that community to get a sense of where the music was going. Smartbar especially, connecting with real Chicago house music. And that still is with me.

Being a Mamby On The Beach veteran, what was your experience like at the fest when you played in 2015?

It was amazing. I hadn’t actually been to the site before. It was gorgeous. The vibe and the lineup were wonderful. I played right after No Regular Play and then J. Phlip came on right after. Both their sets were great. Wonderful time and great music. Of course at that time I was DJing. This time I’m playing live. So that’s what I’m really excited about. I can get into that if you want.

Please!

This is going to be the last live show for a little while, actually. We got offers for a few one-offs since doing the last few, but we had already booked seven shows. I didn’t want to get caught in doing a lot of one-offs because it’s just been really special. I think that we put a lot of rehearsal into it. So I think this is kind of the logical place to put it on pause for a little while after this until I finish the next album, and hope we start up again next year. I’m bringing two of the guys who are also playing later that day from St. Lucia, their main gig, a new guitarist, bassist/guitarist, synth pointer. I’m also taking four vocalists on the road with me: Black Gatsby, KONA, Nic Hanson, and Kyiki. And I’ll be playing keys, backup vocals, and dancing around.

Will we be hearing any new music at Mamby?

I am working on a second album. I will be playing some of that at the afterparty at the Virgin Hotel. You won’t be hearing it at Mamby. With a live set, I think it’s important to focus on the music that’s already out there.

What three acts would you recommend not missing this year at Mamby?

I want to see, since I can only come on Sunday, Jamila Woods. I think she’s great. St. Lucia, I want to see my bandmates do their thing. And I want to get down to Gene Farris, too.

Photo Credit: TracyGrahamCracker

Exclusive: boerd – Void (Croquet Club Remix)

This post was originally published on this site

Few labels foster a roster that runs the gamut from pure ambient to club-ready productions like Anjunadeep. Croquet Club manages to combine the two into a compelling new reproduction on his remix of boerd‘s “Void.”

While boerd’s original skews towards ambient, Croquet Club infuses his remix with a club appeal. He maintains much of the original’s clever vocal productions, but recombines the swirling layers into a midtempo production with crisp, snappy percussion and thick basses. Adroit sound design adds another layer of demure tension to the track that culminates in clever reimagining that is equally indebted to both boerd and Croquet Club.

Anjunadeep stumbles upon ambient gold in boerd [EP Review]

This post was originally published on this site

boerd

Curatorial excellence on Anjunadeep‘s part is evident in their newest signee, boerd. The James Grant-run imprint isn’t afraid to travel outside its usual deep and progressive confines every so often, and in this case has stumbled upon a promising ambient talent.

Boerd’s debut EP on the label, Static, is intellectual and nuanced, playing around with spacey elements, white noise, and atmospheric soundscapes to create complexity sans a rhythmic crutch. Such a feat is easy for the Swedish newcomer, who draws extensive experience from his time as a double bassist for various prolific orchestras.

“Lid,” for example, opens Static on a warm note, with crackles lining the background of a guitar-laden soundscape whose chords gently caress the ears. This sentiment persists throughout the EP, continuing on into a smooth, piano and vocal-assisted “Fragment II” and a dissonant, string-filled “Void.” Time is skewed without a constant metronome, making these three tracks feel like they fly by.

Like “Fragment II,” “Diorama” involves heightened lower frequencies and subtle percussion, pairing together with warm background accents and jubilant synths to create a feeling of elation. “Blind” is the most energized track on Static, employing guitar riffs, powerful verses, and hollow vocal edits into a nostalgic, laid-back listen.

“Ebb” closes Static with an homage to classical, Medieval sounds. A choir hums out somber melodies, with the mood further amplified by slight hints of oregon, and moving piano and synth progressions. Though minimal, the piece has a profound effect.

It’s safe to say boerd’s time in the electrosphere spearheading a new ambient movement will be one to watch.

 

 

Pick up a copy of ‘Static’ here

Luttrell shares cosmic ‘Intergalactic Plastic’ EP

This post was originally published on this site

intergalactic plastic - luttrell (1)

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.

Photo Credit: Anjunadeep

Exclusive: boerd – Fragment II

This post was originally published on this site

boerd

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

This post was originally published on this site

Anjuna

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

This post was originally published on this site

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.

Lane 8

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

This post was originally published on this site

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:

Abracadabra

All Day I Dream

Age of Love

Anjunabeats

Anjunadeep

Ants

A State of Trance

Axtone

Barong Family

Bonzai

Cafeïna

Cocoon

Coincidence

Coone & The Gang

Crosstown Rebels presents Get Lost

Crystal Events

Dave Clarke & Fuse present

Diynamic

Drumcode

Floorfiller

Footworxx

Forma.T

Future Sound of Egypt

HELDEEP

High On House

HushHush

I Love The 90’s

Jacked

Ketaloco

Kozzmozz

KNTXT

Krankenhaus

Live Stage

Lost Frequencies & Friends

Loudness

Monstercat

Mosaic

Musical Freedom by Tiësto

My House

Nervo Nation

Nico Morano & Friends

Paradise

Potion

Pussy Lounge

Pryda

Psygathering

Q-dance

Radio Ultra Modern

Rampage

Robin Schulz & Friends

VII (Seven)

Smash the House

Sirkus

Sexy By Nature

Spectrum

Spinnin’

Star Warz

STMPD RCRDS

Trance Classics

Trance Energy

Trybe

The Masquerade by Claptone

Thunderdome

V Sessions

We Play House

Winterclubbing

Woody Weekend

 

Ben Böhmer shares dreamy, brimming ‘Morning Falls’ EP

This post was originally published on this site

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.


Read More:

Anjunadeep will host its first-ever festival in 2018

Anjunadeep’s Luttrell supplies fifth Holy Ship! 2018 mixtape

Lane 8 stuns in new single ahead of upcoming album, Little By Little

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

This post was originally published on this site

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.

 

 

 

Read More:

Dancing Astronaut proudly presents the 2017 Label of the Year

Anjunadeep’s Luttrell supplies fifth Holy Ship! 2018 mixtape

Anjunadeep will host its first-ever festival in 2018