Armin van Buuren switches it up, taps Bonnie McKee for new collaboration ‘Lonely for You’ [Watch]

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Armin van Buuren switches it up, taps Bonnie McKee for new collaboration ‘Lonely for You’ [Watch]Armin Van Buuren Bbc1 Radio

Armin van Buuren has released a new track  that is nearly unrecognizable coming from the venerate trance and progressive producer. Titled “Lonely For You,” the song taps into an elaborate drum line with a faint drum n’ bass-inspired vibe that adds a unique compliment to poppy vocals, delivered by Bonnie McKee.

The producer speaks about his newest track in an official release, stating,

“’Lonely For You’ was written with the lovely Bonnie McKee. For me, it resembles the struggles we all face with and in relationships, ups and downs. I think it was appropriate to release it around Valentine’s Day!”

The track tells the story of getting over a relationship that has ended, and the moments of feeling alone even though the breakup was the right decision. “Lonely For You” has fittingly been released in conjunction with Valentine’s Day, and the accompanying music video features both Armin van Buuren and McKee dispersed throughout the visual narrative of a break up. “Lonely For You” is a worthy complement to the “Wild Wild Son” producer’s growing list of increasingly diverse releases, and if the Armada figurehead is actually on a mission to prove that he can produce a hit in every genre, he is certainly checking off new boxes with his work on “Lonely For You.”

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NMF Roundup: Ekali and 1788-L drop new heat, Netsky links with Lil Wanye and Bazzi, GRiZ and Matisyahu make magic + more

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NMF Roundup: Ekali and 1788-L drop new heat, Netsky links with Lil Wanye and Bazzi, GRiZ and Matisyahu make magic + moreFalls Festival 2

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.

Star-studded collaborations rule this week’s NMF. Ekali and 1788-L have joined forces to craft a formidable, bass-heavy collaboration, “R U I N,” and Gareth Emery and Ashley Wallbridge continue their powerful slew of releases together with “Lionheart.” Netsky taps Lil Wayne and Bazzi for “I Don’t Even Know You Anymore,” and Zedd and Katy Perry deliver their radio-friendly “365.” Feed Me returns for the second Friday in a row with “Sleepless,” and Kygo releases his first single of the year with “Think About You.” GRiZ and Matisyahu take a stand on gun violence in “A New Day,” and Madeaux brings a sultry, dark atmosphere with “ADDICTED2.” Andrew Bayer delivers an “In My Next Life” mix of 2018’s “In My Last Life” on Anjunabeats. Goshfather puts his own disco-infused twist on Madonna‘s “Like a Prayer” in his new remix, and Liquid Stranger teams up with CloZee for the eerie “Ceremony.” Kill Paris debuted his new album for Valentine’s Day, touting collaborations with the likes of Fatherdude, Big Gigantic, and more, and Armin Van Buuren tugs at listeners’ heartstrings via “Lonely For You” with Bonnie McKee.

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.

Armin Van Buuren drops another crowd pleaser alongside Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, W&W

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Armin Van Buuren drops another crowd pleaser alongside Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, W&WBY RUUD BAAN 4

Armin Van Buuren‘s newest collaboration with  W&W and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike is an EDM game of “Simon Says.”

While there have been multiple two-side collaborations in the past — Buuren and W&W releasing “Ready To Rave” in December 2018, as well as Vegas & Mike working with W&W on “Crowd Control” and Tomorrowland Anthem “Waves” to name a few — this is the first time all three have linked up for a production, marking a historic moment in big room history. The track is definitey built for the festival crowd, with crowd interaction built into its repetitive chanting and buzzy synth bursts. Buuren has a history of gearing tracks for crowd engagement since his break from trance, including his 2018 hit single “Blah Blah Blah” and the 2014 smash “Ping Pong.” However, adding in brilliance from fellow a Dutch and Belgian DJ duo was the perfect recipe for this installment, planting a large seed in 2019.

NMF Roundup: Gesaffelstein teams up with The Weeknd, Calvin Harris and Rag’n’Bone Man join forces, Don Diablo flips Panic! At The Disco + more

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NMF Roundup: Gesaffelstein teams up with The Weeknd, Calvin Harris and Rag’n’Bone Man join forces, Don Diablo flips Panic! At The Disco + moreGesaffelstein Jorge Meza Photos

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.

In one of the most anticipated releases already this year, Gesaffelstein and The Weeknd have teamed up for “Lost in the Fire.” deadmau5‘s “Midas Heel” and “Drama Free” have been re-released as part of Netflix’s Polar soundtrack. Calvin Harris taps Rag’n’Bone Man for the soulful “Giant,” and Don Diablo takes Panic! At The Disco‘s “High Hopes” to new heights with a spirited remix. In a powerful mega-collab, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Armin van Buuren, and W&W have delivered the catchy “Repeat After Me.” Tiësto‘s “Grapevine” sees a fun reinvention by Tujamo, and Lost Kings drop “Anti-Everything” from their new Paper Crowns collection. After months of anticipation, the UK’s Gammer has finally unveiled his notable hardcore remix of Ran-D’s “Zombie.” STANDERWICK puts his stamp on Gareth Emery and Emma Hewitt‘s December release, “Take Everything,” and Luttrell returns with an ethereal number, “Into Clouds.” Party Favor throws it back to 2012 with a release of the same name, and WAVEDASH get heavy in new track, “Whiplash.”

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.


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Armin van Buuren releases ASOT 2018 Year Mix

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Another year is wrapping up, and with it an array of reflective mixes and compilations. One of the most sought-after is Armin van Buuren‘s Year Mix. Each December, fans of the icon and his beloved ASOT brand can look forward to a diverse mixture of the finest trance, big room, and pop cuts that Armin discovers and proliferates throughout the year. Heavy dancing is often involved.

The 2018 edition is a standout once again, kicking off the mix with euphoric, progressive-leaning cuts by Omnia and Audien, before kicking it up a notch with fierce uplifters and a dose of psy from the likes of Jorn Deynhoven, STANDERWICK, and more. A wild ride with precise mixing and cohesion, it’s safe to say the Dutch artist has still got it.

Armin van Buuren and W&W transport listeners to a wild warehouse party in new ‘Ready to Rave’ video

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Armin van Buuren and W&W continue to provide fans with larger-than-life sounds on their latest collaboration, “Ready to Rave.” The track comes after W&W’s “Rave Culture” single, which was released earlier this year. Only the most observant fans would have noticed Armin van Buuren make a cameo in the track’s official music video. W&W and the Armada head have release the “Ready to Rave” music video in tandem with the track release, and the video’s futuristic thematic follows the lead of “Rave Culture”.

“Ready to Rave” transports the listener to the craziest of raves with its intense psy-trance notes and stomp-ready tempo. Van Buuren spoke about working on the track alongside W&W, praising the duo’s continued growth.

“It’s been such a pleasure to see W&W turn from two young, talented boys into one of the most successful dance music duos of our time. Each time we decide to collaborate, we hit it off instantly and get some amazing results in the studio, just like we did now with ‘Ready To Rave.’”

In the track’s music video, a secretive mission occurs in a futuristic world. Van Buuren proves he’d be a worthy James Bond candidate as he gains access to a back room in a packed warehouse as the ultimate party ensues.

Armin van Buuren treats trance fans, releases ASOT 900 theme, ‘Lifting You Higher’

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It’s a particularly opportune time to be an Armin van Buuren fan, as the electronic mainstay exhibits the continuous nature of his release momentum with yet another polished production. The ASOT 900 theme, “Lifting You Higher,” follows van Buuren’s recent collaboration with Sam Martin, “Wild Wild Son.” Van Buuren notably followed “Wild Wild Son’s” formal debut with a club version of the track just a little over a week after the joint project became available on all streaming platforms. Although trance has been — and remains — van Buuren’s wheelhouse, the genre pioneer has increasingly devoted his in studio attentions to more commercial and progressive forays, like the Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano heater, “You Are.”

As van Buuren expands his catalog and simultaneously explores and exemplifies his versatility with each successive release that departs from traditional trance constructions, it’s evident that the musical maven’s experimentation with different sounds is not a complete departure from the foundation of his electronic roots. The classic trance synths and soaring melodies of “Lifting You Higher” are evocative of an Armin that is both warm and familiar to longtime fans, the trance visionary who consistently translates sentiment into sound.

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NMF Roundup: Habstrakt comes in hot, Alpha 9 soothes with ‘Azzura,’ The Black Madonna remixes Silk City and Dua Lipa + more

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It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday.

We’ve truly been blessed this week, with some of electronic music’s hottest acts dropping insane new productions. Habstrakt drops it low in his fiery new single, “About You,” and Malaa, too, delivers a house anthem in “We Get Crunk.” We welcome the return of Manila Killa, who’s delivered the beautiful “Run Away,” his first single in eight months. Mat Zo‘s released his highly anticipated No Words EP, from which we’ve selected the unparalleled “Music Lost All Words.” It’s also a stellar day for remixes, including The Black Madonna‘s rework of Silk City and Dua Lipa‘s “Electricity” and Syn Cole‘s bouncing take on Matoma‘s “Losing It Over You.” NGHTMRE and SLANDER‘s Gud Vibrations label celebrates with its first release today, too: WAVEDASH and fknsyd‘s “Deathwish.”

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.

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Armin van Buuren releases ‘Wild Wild Son,’ says it’s one of his ‘proudest creations’

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Armin van Buuren releases ‘Wild Wild Son,’ says it’s one of his ‘proudest creations’AVB WWS Press Shot

Armin van Buuren has dedicated the past few years to musical experimentation, shifting away from trance-focused releases to put out an array of commercial and progressive tracks. This has broadened his reach and impact as a producer, while also showcasing the diversity of what he’s able to create. The experimentation is not over, as is showcased by newest song “Wild Wild Son,” which sounds unlike anything van Buuren has put out before.

The emotive track could find a home during a melancholy movie scene thanks to Sam Martin‘s heartfelt vocals. The Dutch producer spoke on the track in an official release, saying, “Many people ask me what songs of mine I’m most proud of. All tracks are my babies, but some tracks I just have more of a connection with, simply because of the time I spent on it or the emotion attached to it. In this case, ‘Wild Wild Son’ is about Sam Martin’s (then unborn) son. I fell so much in love with the song because I recognize the love I feel for my own son. I also really went the extra mile with the production, recording real drums (Koen) and real strings. It was almost a year in the making. It’s a little different from my previous work and a big step for me personally.”

While all of van Buuren’s releases have their own unique flair, it’s easy to imagine the exceptional amount of care and work that went into “Wild Wild Son” upon the first listen. The track is out now via Armada Music.

Djakarta Warehouse Project reveals diverse phase two lineup, including Afrojack, Mura Masa and Ørjan Nilsen

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The Djakarta Warehouse Project has unveiled the second phase of their 2018 lineup, bringing on a selection of artists to round out this destination festival. This edition is set to take place in Bali’s GWK Cultural Park, a serene and celestial sphere in the heart of Indonesia’s tourist hot spot over the December 7-9 weekend. With the first phase introducing a vast array of world-famous headliners like Armin Van Buuren, DJ Snake and Major Lazer, Asia’s top festival shows no sign of stopping.

The second wave of additions brought along almost a dozen new acts, with highlights including Afrojack, trance favorites MarLo and Ørjan Nilsen, and Slushii, bringing a wide medley of musical production to the bill. From the growth of the initial one-day event formerly known as the Blowfish Warehouse Project, to the upcoming 10th anniversary of the DWP, festival organizers Ismaya Live have aided in pushing Indonesia’s dance music scene to the larger-than-life community it is today.  Djakarta Warehouse Project reveals diverse phase two lineup, including Afrojack, Mura Masa and Ørjan NilsenIMG 5067

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