Axis 205: Lost Frequencies drops off fresh mix, talks touring with The Chainsmokers & more

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Axis 205: Lost Frequencies drops off fresh mix, talks touring with The Chainsmokers & moreLost Frequencies Ais 205

Past hits like 2014’s “Are You With Me” have made Lost Frequencies a certified star in his home country of Belgium. Stateside, the melodic electronica virtuoso has dazzled crowds opening for heavyweights including Don Diablo, and more recently The Chainsmokers. Releasing a steady stream of wistful deep house cuts through Armada and his own aptly named Found Frequencies imprint, Lost Frequencies is carving out his own four-to-the-floor formula with lethal crossover appeal.

This year has been another big one for the producer, with high profile slots at festivals like Electric Zoo, and infectious singles like “Melody” and “Like I Love You” leading the way. On the heels of a standout remix of the newly formed LSD’s “Thunderclouds,” the Lost Frequencies dropped by to look back on his whirlwind year and talk what’s next – and drop off a textbook feels-inducing journey for the 205th edition of our Axis series. In typical form, the one-hour ride blends anything everything soothing and uplifting, spanning recognizable hits and some of some juicy IDs from the artist and his label mates.

You were recently listed on DJ mag’s top 100 DJ list at #17. What are your feelings about making it, and the recent online backlash to the list? 

It felt amazing to hear that I reached #17, I climbed 9 places which I certainly didn’t expect and I’m very thankful to all my fans and friends supporting! I think with a list, poll, or anything that “ranks” artists will always face backlash, there is always someone, or another scene, that doesn’t agree! But overall, the response has been very positive and I’m grateful to be recognized alongside so many leaders in dance music!


Last year, you were able to join The Chainsmokers on tour. What are some personal lessons and takeaways from the experience? 

I did, it was crazy! I learnt; pranks can bring you all together and keep you sane on the road – it was one of my favorite memories in such a huge year, Alex and Andrew are so much fun and the vibes were crazy! It was amazing to be able to take my sound to so many huge arenas in the States.


Outside of your own music, what can fans expect soon from your recently revealed Found Frequencies imprint? 

We’ve just released remixes from of ‘Like I Love You’ but for me, it’s also important for us to help introduce new artists that are making music we think is really cool! We have new music from Pretty Pink, Jameson and Mordkey next month, get ready!

The Lost Frequencies catalogue is stuffed with vocal features – Who’re some artists on your wish-list to collaborate with next?

I would love to work with MØ, her voice sounds so fresh, different and exciting on every release.

What’s next in the evolution of the Lost Frequencies sound?

My recent remix for LSD’s (Labrinth, Sia & Diplo) latest track I really enjoyed but I have already started working on new tracks – they may appear on my next album but nothing is set in stone yet, my calendar is super busy but new music is something that is definitely on my mind. You’ll be able to keep up to date on anything and everything across my social media!

Axis 205: Lost Frequencies drops off fresh mix, talks touring with The Chainsmokers & more

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Axis 205: Lost Frequencies drops off fresh mix, talks touring with The Chainsmokers & moreLost Frequencies Ais 205

Past hits like 2014’s “Are You With Me” have made Lost Frequencies a certified star in his home country of Belgium. Stateside, the melodic electronica virtuoso has dazzled crowds opening for heavyweights including Don Diablo, and more recently The Chainsmokers. Releasing a steady stream of wistful deep house cuts through Armada and his own aptly named Found Frequencies imprint, Lost Frequencies is carving out his own four-to-the-floor formula with lethal crossover appeal.

This year has been another big one for the producer, with high profile slots at festivals like Electric Zoo, and infectious singles like “Melody” and “Like I Love You” leading the way. On the heels of a standout remix of the newly formed LSD’s “Thunderclouds,” the Lost Frequencies dropped by to look back on his whirlwind year and talk what’s next – and drop off a textbook feels-inducing journey for the 205th edition of our Axis series. In typical form, the one-hour ride blends anything everything soothing and uplifting, spanning recognizable hits and some of some juicy IDs from the artist and his label mates.

You were recently listed on DJ mag’s top 100 DJ list at #17. What are your feelings about making it, and the recent online backlash to the list? 

It felt amazing to hear that I reached #17, I climbed 9 places which I certainly didn’t expect and I’m very thankful to all my fans and friends supporting! I think with a list, poll, or anything that “ranks” artists will always face backlash, there is always someone, or another scene, that doesn’t agree! But overall, the response has been very positive and I’m grateful to be recognized alongside so many leaders in dance music!


Last year, you were able to join The Chainsmokers on tour. What are some personal lessons and takeaways from the experience? 

I did, it was crazy! I learnt; pranks can bring you all together and keep you sane on the road – it was one of my favorite memories in such a huge year, Alex and Andrew are so much fun and the vibes were crazy! It was amazing to be able to take my sound to so many huge arenas in the States.


Outside of your own music, what can fans expect soon from your recently revealed Found Frequencies imprint? 

We’ve just released remixes from of ‘Like I Love You’ but for me, it’s also important for us to help introduce new artists that are making music we think is really cool! We have new music from Pretty Pink, Jameson and Mordkey next month, get ready!

The Lost Frequencies catalogue is stuffed with vocal features – Who’re some artists on your wish-list to collaborate with next?

I would love to work with MØ, her voice sounds so fresh, different and exciting on every release.

What’s next in the evolution of the Lost Frequencies sound?

My recent remix for LSD’s (Labrinth, Sia & Diplo) latest track I really enjoyed but I have already started working on new tracks – they may appear on my next album but nothing is set in stone yet, my calendar is super busy but new music is something that is definitely on my mind. You’ll be able to keep up to date on anything and everything across my social media!

Morgan Page and Swanky Tunes provide election-time relief with ‘Collusion’

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Morgan Page and Swanky Tunes provide election-time relief with ‘Collusion’Collusion Artwork

Political humor is not lost on American producer Morgan Page or Russian trio Swanky Tunes, whose newest collaboration is fittingly titled “Collusion.”

In Page’s words, “I’ve never met these Swanky Tunes characters or even produced a single note of music with them. Sad! I don’t know any Russians, I’ve never met with any Russians, no one I know has ever talked to any Russians. Great guys though – they do tremendous work!”

While the producers have tried and failed to find a definition for “covfefe,” their collaboration is out now via Armada Music. The track takes the best from each artist, combining Swanky Tunes’ energetic sound with Page’s melodic chords and smooth vocal sampling to create a track fitting for any main stage.

Le Youth infuses house into Morgan Page’s commercial release ‘Let You Go’

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Le Youth infuses house into Morgan Page’s commercial release ‘Let You Go’Le Youth Remi Let You Go

Morgan Page has continued his stream of hit releases on Armada with his newest single, “Let You Go,” a substantive new release featuring enthralling vocals and smooth melodies. Recently, Page sat down with Dancing Astronaut to discuss his new focus on collaborations and mentoring up and coming talent, which he notes will be displayed through upcoming collaborations and remixes. One of those remixes is out now, as LA-Based Le Youth has transformed the track into a house hit perfect for club play.

Le Youth adds a house backdrop to the track, layering in different instrumentals including upbeat piano chords, which add an interesting flair to the commercial original. Of Le Youth’s remix, Page says, “Le Youth really knocked this mix out of the park with a chill but radio-friendly mix that has beautiful late summer melancholy vibes. It preserves the integrity of the original, yet bumps up the tempo and tweaks the chord progression for some extra emotion and movement. I’m a big fan of Le Youth’s work, and excited to have him on board for this mix!”

Armin van Buuren and Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano refuse to stay out of your head with reboot of hit track ‘You Are’

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Armin van Buuren and Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano refuse to stay out of your head with reboot of hit track ‘You Are’Tomorrowland Armin Van Buuren 2018

Since an entire festival season of having “You Are” stuck in listener’s heads wasn’t long enough, Armin van Buuren and Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano are back with a subsequent follow up, “You Are Too.” The collaboration has proven to be a main stage mainstay while still managing to channel the deepest underground club vibes with an undeniably infectious rhythm.

“You Are Too” has the same effect upon the listener, but it adds in a commanding twist with a bass-forward framework. “You Are” skews stylistically towards Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano’s production style, and “You Are Too” arguably skews even further towards their sound. The track shows van Buuren’s continued commitment to expanding his sound and producing outside of the box when it comes to both genre and collaborators. The release is out now on Armada, and now its likely to remain in heavy rotation through the end of the year.

Loud Luxury return to Armada with infectious single, ‘Love No More’

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Loud Luxury return to Armada with infectious single, ‘Love No More’Loud Luury Love No More Armada

Loud Luxury keeps on cruising at high altitude with a ridiculously catchy new single, “Love No More,” via the mighty Armin Van Buuren‘s Armada imprint. The radio-ready track features perfectly in pocket vocals by Toronto based crooner, anders. “Love No More” is sure to continue the wave Loud Luxury made when they dropped their smash hit “Body” last fall. In the past year, the track has racked up hundred of millions of streams on Spotify alone. It remains to be seen if their latest release can match those numbers, but it’s got all the ingredients to make a similar run.

The groove sets in without a kick drum in sight, with a stuttering pluck melody pushing anders’ super smooth verse along. The chorus doubles as a build, with Loud Luxury’s trademark squelchy bass sounds powering the track forward. Savvy vocal chops and bombastic horn stabs complete a high-octane break. The short but sugary sweet single perfectly toes the line between club weapon and radio play.

Photo Credit: Nicole De Khors

NMF Roundup: Gramatik is full of surprises, Feint’s melodic whirlwind of emotion, Afrojack is rowdy and irreverent as ever, Alex Metric gets retrospective, + MORE

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NMF Roundup: Gramatik is full of surprises, Feint’s melodic whirlwind of emotion, Afrojack is rowdy and irreverent as ever, Alex Metric gets retrospective, + MORENMF 3

The most important day of every week: New Music Friday. 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.


For their debut Diynamic release, Alex Metric and Ten Ven bring melodic, UK garage, and a dash of acid house to their nostalgia-laden three-track EP, Transmission 1. 

Chicago duo Danny Cancino and Grant Stakenas, aka Htbx, tout an equal parts menacing and cinematic sound design in their new experimental house track, “Dj Qualls.”


Longtime Liquicity talent, Feint, has taken his transcendent drum ‘n’ bass to Pilot Records with his newest jolting track, “Mirror Signal (Destinations).”

This week’s woes fall away as Nicky Romero, Stadiumx, and Matluck’s progressive-inspired new tune, “Rise,” bleeds into the consciousness.

Ahead of his new Press Play EP, Afrojack lets chaotic bass infiltrate his newest track, “Bringin It Back.”

Their latest on Insomniac, Jupe and Reach fuse wonky dub and pummeling trap for their unconventionally screechy new single, “10 Years Later.”

Drawing from the frisky French Touch brand of house, Samaran’s latest on Big Beat Records, “A New Beginning,” uses its stop-and-go rhythm to incite widespread dance fevers.

Samantha Harvey lends her smooth and saccharine voice to Alex Adair and the Delayers trio’s new up-tempo bass-pop track, “Dominos.”

The forever-funky Gramatik has teamed up with serial REZZ-collaborator, Kotek, for their free-form, instrumental frenzy, “Vitalik Buterin,” in tribute to the blockchain wizard of the same name.

Fairlane enlists Nevve, whose voice can be found on tracks of scene favorites like Boombox Cartel and 3LAU, for his latest track, “Wildfire,” an atmospheric chill-step odyssey.

EDM world power, KSHMR‘s latest, “Good Vibes Soldier,” featuring Head Quattaz, is a reggaeton-influenced anthem drawing forth images of a warm-weather utopia.

Jack Back’s newest independent release, “Overtone,” is a winding, astral-inspired journey through deep house accents of the highest order.

KSHMR is a master at infectious rhythms, and he conquers with his Head Quattaz collaboration, “Good Vibes Solider.” It listens like a wonderful blend of tropical, Eastern, and big room influences that hit the right spots on the main stage dancefloor.

“C.Y.M” pounds us into submission with pungent tech trance kicks set at BPMs high enough to transport listeners to space. A classic effect of Mr. Jordan Suckley…

John Dahlbäck caps off NMF with his high-strung dance cannon, “Deep Inside,” out on Armada Music.

 

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Crankdat makes his first foray into drum & bass in new release

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Crankdat makes his first foray into drum & bass in new releaseCrankdat Press

In a world where fan bases are often upset when their favorite producers pivot from the genre that brought them to notoriety, Crankdat has been nothing short of vocal about his desire to produce outside of the box and experiment with new styles. The producer has done just that with his newest release, “Say It,” which marks his foray into drum & bass production.

“The production process of ‘Say It’ was absolutely seamless,” he says of the new release. “I produced the beat earlier this year with no intentions of doing anything with it – sometimes I make very different styles of music for total fun, and so was the case with this, I just did it for fun. When I sent it around to my team and a few other trusted ears, everyone really liked it.”

The track features vocals by Sara Skinner and blends a catchy melody into a bouncy drum & bass drop. Crankdat now has future bass, drum & bass, dubstep, and melodic trap releases under his belt. He continues to keep listeners on their toes, and “Say It” is the perfect addition to his growing roster of diverse releases.

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AXIS 201: 15 Years of Armada Music (Selected by Maykel Piron)

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AXIS 201: 15 Years of Armada Music (Selected by Maykel Piron)

The Armin van Buuren-co-founded label, Armada Music, has been an influential force in the dance music scene since its inception in 2003. Breeding and developing world-renowned talent since its early beginnings, Armada has been known to some of the industry’s most seminal tracks. With 15 years of history under its belt, it only felt right to have Maykel Piron, one of the label’s founders, curate an hour-long mix of his favorite cuts off the imprint.

Opening with Sultan + Shepard‘s “Almost Home” before heading into Loud Luxury’s current smash hit “Body,” the mix pulls from the catalogs of Armin, Lost Frequencies, Arty, Dash Berlin, W&W, and Fedde Le Grand. This mix celebrates Armada Music’s legacy and impact in electronic music over the past 15 years as well as continue to foster a sense of excitement around the label’s forthcoming releases and new talent.

Tracklist:

1. Sultan + Shepard feat. Nadia Ali & IRO – Almost Home
2. Loud Luxury feat. Brando – Body
3. Lost Frequencies feat. Janieck Devy – Reality
4. Armin van Buuren feat. Sharon den Adel – In And Out Of Love (Lost Frequencies Remix)
5. Lost Frequencies – Are You With Me (Kungs Remix)
6. Armin van Buuren ft. LAURA V – Drowning (Avicii Remix)
7. DubVision & Afrojack – New Memories
8. Armin van Buuren and Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano – You Are
9. Arty, Nadia Ali & BT – Must Be The Love
10. Mason – Exceeder
11. Firebeatz & Madison Mars – Rock Right Now
12. Dash Berlin & Jay Cosmic ft. Collin McLoughlin – Here Tonight
13. ARTY – Rain
14. Felix – Don’t You Want Me (Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike Remix)
15. W&W – How Many
16. ANOTR – Let Me Tell You
17. Fedde Le Grand and Ida Corr – Let Me Think About It
18. Armin van Buuren feat. Trevor Guthrie – This Is What It Feels Like
19. Chicane – Offshore

Armada Music celebrates 15-year anniversary with 4-CD compilation album

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Although it might seem like yesterday that Armin van Buuren, Maykel Piron, and David Lewis built their iconic brand and dance music visionary, Armada Music, it’s been a decade and a half since they began implementing their respective knowledge and visions into the music scene as we know it. Now, as Armada Music looks back on 15 years, they’ve decided to celebrate the milestone with the release of a brand-new, 4-CD compilation album, Armada 15 Years.

Armada 15 Years was thus created with the hopes that music lovers from all over the world can revel in 100 of the Amsterdam-based record label’s most iconic releases. Digging into the core of what makes the label unique, Armada explores its essential tracks like Chicane’s “Offshore,” Dash Berlin’s “Here Tonight,” and Vincent de Moor’s “Fly Away.” Fans can also look to the highlights that have dominated charts and festivals across the globe in the past few years.

By spotlighting the evolution of the label, while managing to highlight its trailblazing traits, Armada 15 Years boils down to a coveted piece of timeless dance music history.

Purchase the compilation here.