Armin van Buuren releases sixth single from forthcoming album, ‘All Comes Down,’ featuring Cimo Fränkel

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Armin van Buuren releases sixth single from forthcoming album, ‘All Comes Down,’ featuring Cimo FränkelArminvanBuuren MiamiDag4 BartHeemskerk 111 Socials

Armin van Buuren can’t stay out of the headlines with a stream of single releases ahead of his first album release since 2015 and seventh album overall. The compilation, which is titled Balance, will be released in full on Oct. 25, and the producer has put out the next single from the album, “All Comes Down.” The track features Cimo Fränkel, whose vocals have been a popular choice as of late for electronic music tracks, the most recent of which is Arty‘s single release, “Daydreams,” on Armada Music. It is van Buuren’s second time collaborating with the vocalist after first release “Strong Ones.”

Van Buuren has put out an acoustic and original version of the song, both of which put Fränkel’s vocals front and center from the release’s outset. The original sees the producer revert back to his trance roots with ethereal notes that transport the listener to an otherworldly release of emotion as the introduction transitions to the drop. The track is able to take the listener to the peak moment of euphoria during one of van Buuren’s live sets within the minute-long cascading note progression between Fränkel’s polarizing vocals. The acoustic version heavily leans on piano notes that dance around the vocals, instilling a sense of calm in the listener compared to the upbeat energy of the original.

“All Comes Down” is the sixth single from Balance to be released, and it’s out now via Armada Music.

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Armin van Buuren announces North American Balance Tour

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Armin van Buuren announces North American Balance TourArminvanBuuren MiamiDag4 BartHeemskerk 111 Socials

Armin van Buuren has announced the live accompaniment to Balance: a North American tour of the same name. The veteran electronic virtuoso will make his way through a number of major U.S. cities throughout January and February to celebrate the release of his seventh studio album with a series of exhilarating live sets. New York, Boston, Atlanta, and Dallas are among the 12 cities van Buuren has tapped for the Balance Tour to date.

Balance will land on Oct. 25. The LP is currently led by six singles, “Stickup,” “Waking Up With You,” “It Could Be,” “High On Your Love,” “Don’t Let Me Go,” and “All Comes Down.” Listeners can purchase tickets to the Balance Tour, here.

Balance Tour Dates

January 22, 2020 – Boston at House of
Blues

January 23, 2020 – New York at Great Hall
Avant Gardner

January 25, 2020 – Washington at
Echostage

January 26, 2020 – Raleigh at Ritz

January 28, 2020 – Atlanta at Tabernacle

January 29, 2020 – New Orleans at
Fillmore

January 31, 2020 – Dallas at South Side
Ballroom

February 1, 2020 – Minneapolis at The
Armory

February 5, 2020 – San Diego Soma

February 6, 2020 – Phoenix at Van Buren

February 7, 2020 – Los Angeles at
Palladium

February 8, 2020 – San Francisco at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

Photo credit: Bart Heemskerk

NMF Roundup: Dillon Francis remixes Saweetie, Mat Zo unveils ‘Emotion Sickness’ + more

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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.

Dillon Francis pumps his fans up this NMF with a remix of Saweetie’s “My Type,” and Mat Zo reveals his long-anticipated “Emotion Sickness.” Lane 8 showcases another brilliant single in “Sunday Song,” and Lost Kings, Sevyn Streeter and Luh Kel get the party started with “LA & The Parties.” Matt Lange and Kerry Leva reveal their blissful collaboration, “Every Word,” and Vincent and Naderi waste no time on their new powerful single, “Wasted Time.” Spooky dubstep returns for October in Figure and Dubscribe’s “The Phantom of the Opera,” and Chris Lorenzo tries his hand at drum ‘n’ bass production in “Take Me as I Am.” MitiS and RUNN craft a gorgeous soundscape on “Shattered,” and Chrome Sparks remixes Whethan and The Knocks’ “Summer Luv.” Dash Berlin shines on a new remix of Myon and ICON’s “Cold Summer,” and Morgan Page, Matt Fax, and Lissie take “The Longest Road To The Ground.” TroyBoi gets intense on his new single, “The Truth,” and Armin van Buuren and Cimo Frankel offer a dreamy trance collaboration, “All Comes Down.”

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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Martin Garrix, Travis Scott, Armin van Buuren, and more top 2020 Lollapalooza Chile, Argentina, and Brazil editions

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Martin Garrix, Travis Scott, Armin van Buuren, and more top 2020 Lollapalooza Chile, Argentina, and Brazil editionsLolla Argentina Photo Credit Alive Coverage

In March and April 2020, Lollapalooza makes its high-profile stops in South America with an eye-popping lineup that features some of the best in today’s music scene.

The last weekend in March, Lollapalooza Chile celebrates its 10th anniversary with a lineup that includes Guns n’ Roses, Travis Scott, The Strokes, Lana Del Rey, Martin Garrix, Gwen Stefani, and many more. Other dance music offerings include Armin van Buuren, REZZ, Illenium, Alan Walker, and more. The festival will take place at O’Higgins Park in Santiago.

The same weekend, Lollapalooza Argentina delivers a similar lineup, topped by all of the above, along with other headliners who will make their mark on Hippodromo de San Isidro in Buenos Aires.

The first weekend in April, Lollapalooza Brazil offers a comparable lineup to its South American predecessors, also featuring performances by Armin van Buuren, REZZ, Illenium, Alan Walker, along with the headliners. It takes place at Autódromo de Interlagos in São Paulo.

Tickets and more information about Lollapalooza Chile are available here.

Tickets and more information about Lollapalooza Argentina are available here.

Tickets and more information about Lollapalooza Brazil are available here.

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Armin van Buuren launches ‘Balance’-themed escape room in Amsterdam ahead of album’s full release

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Armin van Buuren is set to release his first album since 2015 and seventh album overall titled Balance on Oct. 25. Ahead of the album’s full release and Amsterdam Dance Event, the producer is launching none other than a Balance-themed Escape Room to promote the album, as well as reveal the meaning behind the compilation.

Together with Armada Music and Sherlocked Mystery Experiences, fans will be able to participate in the experience with opportunities to not only unlock the hidden message of Balance, but also listen to songs from the album ahead of its full release. Posing as music journalists, they will need to gain access to a high-security vault complex in the heart of Amsterdam and solve numerous puzzles in order to discover what it takes to ensure success as an artist in the music industry today. 

Van Buuren speaks on the Escape Room in an official release, giving fans insight into what they can expect, as well as his hopes for the escape room.

“I’m a huge fan of escape rooms, so launching my own escape room in celebration of my new album Balance is something I’m very excited about. I can’t wait to hear what you guys think of the album and the game, and I hope you can fully lose yourselves in the story of Balance. And that you manage to get out unscathed of course!”

Balance Escape Room will run for two weeks only, starting on Wednesday, Oct. 16, the first day of ADE. Groups ranging from four to six people can play the escape room, and those looking to participate can book their spot here.

Photo credit: Bart Heemskerk

Armin van Buuren releases sunny fifth single, ‘Don’t Let Me Go,’ from forthcoming LP

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Each Friday,  Armin van Buuren listeners have something to look forward to: a new single from the storied producer’s forthcoming seventh studio album, Balance. The successor to “Stickup,” “Waking Up With You,” “It Could Be,” and “High On Your Love,” “Don’t Let Me Go” taps into the progressive trance technics familiar to van Buuren’s sound and evidenced on prior high-powered releases like “Revolution” and “Blah Blah Blah.”

Outfitted with an agile beat that deftly pounds away as featured vocalist, Matluck, belts the song’s lyrics, “Don’t Let Me Go” jubilantly extends the sunny personality of the summer as it adds firepower to Balance. As for listeners, they’ll be wondering what will stylistically come next in the time leading up to Balance’s official arrival on October 25.

Navigating Amsterdam Dance Event: Where to get the week’s best house, techno, bass, and electronica

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Navigating Amsterdam Dance Event: Where to get the week’s best house, techno, bass, and electronicaAde

Words by Bella Bagshaw & Josh Stewart

The tick of the clock grows tantalizing as mid-October (16-20) draws nearer, and in turn, unearthing another chapter of Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE).

While ADE’s prodigious masthead may suggest something altogether singular, it is, in fact, massively multi-pronged. Since 1995, the music industry-geared celebration has been boasting conferences, workshops, and high-profile panels in tandem with its sprawling sonic agenda. In short, ADE tackles all things electronic music, from virtually every vantage point.

It’s easy to feel disoriented from the dizzying litany of dance music decadence on deck for ADE 2019, between the manifold menagerie of branded parties across the city—day and night—and the festival’s native events alike. No worries. Dancing Astronaut has it covered. We’re breaking it down nice and neat this year to help attendees find the best parties of the week.

Boris Brejcha x FCKNG SERIOUS [High Tech Minimal]
Wednesday at Warehouse Elementenstraat

Things get pretty fcking serious pretty fcking quick at ADE this year, as Boris Brejcha and company plan to smash through Warehouse Elementenstraat with their distinct brands of minimal and techno on Wednesday night. Theydream, Ann Clue, and Deniz Bul bring supporting sets for head honcho Brejcha, whose pristine and textured productions are currently sweeping dance music worldwide.

Tickets are sold out.

For a taste of Boris Brejcha’s nuanced techno sound, checkout “Gravity,” the lead single from his upcoming album.

Metropolis (Fritz Lang, 1927) w/ live electric score
[Experimental / Audio-visual]
Wednesday at Studio K

If you’re looking to lose the rave gear and check out something on the artsy side, check out Studio K on Wednesday night, where Tomer Baruch and Alex Brajković will be performing a live electronic score to Fritz Lang’s 1927 film Metropolis. Regarded by many as the very first sci-fi film, Metropolis explores the blurred lines between man and machine. Now, almost 100 years later, Baruch and Brajković reexamine those very themes as they employ the machines themselves to conduct the film’s score (or is it the machines who are employing them?).

Tickets

Richie Hawtin CLOSE & Modeselektor (live) [Techno / Live Electronica]
Wednesday at NDSM Warehouse

Richie Hawtin, Modeselektor, and SOPHIE are about as eclectic as a three-act lineup gets, but there’s an admitted artistic synergy amongst the triad. Universally accepted techno overlord Richie Hawtin will bring his idiosyncratic audiovisual CLOSE show to ADE, where he is set to explore the technological meeting point between man and machine all while throwing down one of the festival’s most furiously raging minimal techno sets at the festival. Modeselektor also returns to their roots as live performers in their latest Who Else album tour, with an opening set from SOPHIE, who’s expected to bring her cunning performance art along for the ride.

Tickets

Listen to Richie Hawtin’s latest release, “CLOSE COMBINED,” an amalgamation of sounds from live shows in London, Tokyo, and Glasgow.

The Rest is Noise X ADE: Tim Hecker + Caterina Barbieri
[Ambient / Experimental / Live]
Wednesday at Muziekgebouw aan t’ IJ

The Rest is Noise X ADE is an evening that explores live electronic music as an art form, recruiting the eminent talents of Tim Hecker and Caterina Barbieri for a standout sonic experience on Wednesday night. Hecker performs a live rendition of is recent work, Konoyo, which delves into the spiritual nature of traditional Japanese instruments and song structure, making for the perfect ambient adventure to open up ADE with. Barbieri should turn things up just a few notches, though, as her sequencing board and modular instrument prowess are both known to forge sets as hypnotic as they are energizing.

Tickets

Spinnin’ Sessions [Big Room]
Wednesday at Q-Factory

Spinnin’ has been a resounding force in the ADE domain—and electronic continuum at large— for years now. Organizers of the native Netherlands production powerhouse have lined up a multitude of their upper-echelon talent from across the house music spectrum. From big room-ready Bassjackers to Amsterdam’s syrupy club-floor connoisseur, Sam Feldt, Spinnin’ will be boasting a packed rotation on Wednesday at the Q-Factory. 

Tickets

G-Star RAW RAVE [Electro / Instrumental]
Thursday at Rijksmuseum

Beneath the Rijksmuseum’s immaculate bicycle passage on Thursday, G-Star RAW hosts RAW RAVE, the 30th-anniversary celebration of the denim company. With an all-embracing lineup—which includes German house hero and one half of the infamous, Skrillex-assisted Dog Blood duo, Boys Noize, Dutch alt-rock ensemble De Staat, and Amsterdam-housed DJ assassin, TITIA—this one checks all the boxes: a one-of-a-kind backdrop alongside an equally nuanced artist agenda. 

Registration for the free ticket raffle

Netsky & Friends [Bass]
Thursday at temp.

The multitalented Belgian bass purveyor, Netsky, will be accompanied by fellow heavy-handers, Fox Stevenson, NGHTMRE, Feed Me, and more this year at multifarious event housing, temp. in Amsterdam-Zuid. Bringing some of the very best international drum ‘n’ bass, pop, trap, dubstep, and hard house music, the Thursday evening affront plans for close-knit quarters accompanied by a high-voltage aural atmosphere.

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Filth On Acid Pres. Reinier Zonneveld [Techno]
Friday at De Marktkantine

If you’re coming from out of town, you owe it to yourself to check out the pulsating and vivacious techno of one of the Netherlands’ very finest, Reinier Zonneveld.  Known for productions that are as tantalizing as his live sets, Zonneveld plans to turn De Marktkantine into his personal studio on Friday night, allowing him to find synergy between his own tracks and improvisations over a marathon 12-hour performance.

Tickets are sold out.

STRAF_WERK X Kölsch Presents IPSO [Techno / House]
Friday at De Kromhouthal

Denmark’s Kölsch teams up with STRAF_WERK to bring his lucid and ethereal wave of melodic house to the warehouse styled De Kromhouthal. The IPSO label boss tops off an impressive 2019, one that includes showcase sets at Tomorrowland and Creamfields, with an extended four-hour set at this year’s ADE, supported by label mates Henrik Schwarz [live], Patrice Bäumel, and Nicky Elisabeth.

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For a sampling of Kölsch’s charming sound, checkout fabric presents Kölsch from earlier this year.

Defected [House]
Friday at World Fashion Centre

London’s Defected imprint will likely prove all but adeptly titled for its 2019 tenure at World Fashion Center. Gearing up for an ultra-potent 12-hour blowout—with the likes of Low Steppa, Gorgon City, Robosonic, and more in tow—Defected is bringing its heaviest hitters and some scintillating special guests to appease ADE-ers from Friday night until the break of Saturday’s dawn. Easily accessible via public transport, with an industrial aesthetic to boot, Defected is primed to set South Amsterdam ablaze at the festival’s midway point.

Tickets are sold out.

Paradise x Loveland [House/Techno]
Friday at Warehouse Houthavens

Among a number of Loveland’s scheduled stops en-route to ADE victory, the Paradise party at Warehouse Houthavens rests among the most enticing. Jamie Jones and a number of accomplished cohorts, Alan Fitzpatrick, wAFF, and more, are ready to bring the underground sounds of The White Isle (Ibiza) to Amsterdam on October 18. While landing at a new locale, Paradise plans to make good on its propensity for an intimate, up-close experience with some of the most in-demand names in the subtler house/tech realm.

Tickets are sold out.

Garrix Solo [Big Room]
Friday & Saturday at RAI Convention Center

Martin Garrix brings his globally renowned skills home to ADE, the Dutch superstar is set to play an all-nighter to end the week’s Friday showcases at the RAI convention center. Last year’s ADE performance saw the world’s No. 1 DJ debut his ANIMA live show. Expect Garrix to drop the hammer as he hopes to, “Make these shows the best ones yet.”

Friday’s show is 18+, but Garrix runs it back on Saturday for a five-hour all-ages set starting at 5 pm.

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Ritter Butzke x Multiversum [Live Electronic]
Saturday at The Church of Ruigoord

What better place to worship the sultry sounds of minimal and experimental acts like Christian Löffler, Dominik Eulberg, and Janus Rasmussen (of Kiasmos) than at a literal church? On Saturday night The Church of Ruigoord turns into the holy epicenter of dance music, with six live sets, including a rare performance from the iconic Booka Shade, Ritter Butzke x Multiversum is positioned to be one of ADE’s most intimate and spiritual events.

For a sampling of that evening’s sounds, checkout Christian Löffler’s Cercle set at a castle ruin in the south of France.

Tickets are sold out.

Kompakt Party [Deep House/Left-Field]
Saturday at De Marktkantine

Label co-owner Michael Mayer brings his Kompakt crew to ADE for a total showstopper of an event this year. Brazilian mastermind Gui Boratto’s live set alone puts this party near the top of the overwhelming pile of must-see shows at ADE, but back-to-back sets between Mayer and German electronic pioneer Roman Flügel as well as Pachanga Boys and Axel Boman truly make De Marktkantine the place to be on Saturday night.

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DGTL x Bonobo present Outlier [Electronica]
Saturday at NDSM Warehouse

Bonobo’s Outlier concept relies on finding distinctly different venues so that the performers can craft unique atmospheres that break the mold. This year at ADE the English-born musician has done just that, teaming up with DGTL to take over the shipbuilding warehouse-turned-neighborhood-art-haven in the NDSM Warehouse. Grab the free ferry from Central Station to NDSM on Saturday evening to experience not just Bonobo but an absolute all-star cast behind him, including Jon Hopkins, Catching Flies and The Black Madonna.

Listen to the latest in Bonobo’s ever-evolving nonchalant house sound.

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AMF [Trance / Big Room / Future House]
Saturday at Johan Cruijff Arena

To put the scope of ADE as a festival into perspective, some of the events held within it are festivals themselves. AMF is a big example; it’s a one-night indoor extravaganza at the Johan Cruijff Arena (capacity of 55,000) with a lineup that, on its own, justifies looking up flights to Amsterdam. The billing features crossover gods Armin van Buuren and Tiësto, as well as Don Diablo, David Guetta, and the icing on the cake, a back-to-back set between Timmy Trumpet and W&W, two of the hardest-hitting acts on the global EDM roster today. Thankfully AMF is on Saturday night, as it’s hard to imagine having any gas left in the tank the morning after.

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Dockyard Festival [House/Techno]
Saturday at Havenpark

A festival within a festival, Dockyard stands as a longtime fixture in Amsterdam’s all-things-electronic week. With six sprawling stages showcasing both veterans and new names in the house/techno terrain, Dockyard promises a memorable jaunt amid the ADE-goer’s 2019 journey. Havenpark’s waterfront will this year house Dubfire, Nastia, Eats Everything, Ellen Alien, and more on Saturday, October 19. 

Tickets are sold out.

ADE Hangover [Food trucks / Hammocks / Market]
Sunday at NDSM WERF

Visit NDSM Werf on Sunday afternoon to soothe your ADE Hangover with a waterside hammock and several servings of vlaamse frites. Cruise the pop-up market, grab a craft beer, or simply sweat out your ADE weekend woes in one of the event’s saunas or hot tubs as you come down from the tumultuous. Entrance is free, so feel free to drag your rave-worn, lifeless self (and friends!) to NDSM whenever you’re feeling capable.  Show up anytime from noon to 11 for a bit of post-ADE revitalization.

Entrance is free.

Armin van Buuren partners with Inner City for house-inflected ‘It Could Be’

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Armin van Buuren partners with Inner City for house-inflected ‘It Could Be’ArminvanBuuren MiamiDag4 BartHeemskerk 111 Socials

With the release of each successive single from his forthcoming studio album, it becomes increasingly clear that Balance isn’t just the title of Armin van Buuren‘s next LP—it’s also an eponymous description of the project’s design.

The first taste of Balance came in the form of “Stickup,” an anthemic trance track with crowd-electrifying potential, particularly in a main stage setting. A switch in sonic gears yielded Balance‘s second single, “Waking Up With You.” Sourcing its vocals from David Hodges, the successive single showed off van Buuren’s aptitude for radio-friendly, vocal-centric song construction. Its electronic-pop hybrid body stands in sharp contrast to “Stickup” and the newly surfaced “It Could Be.”

Proof of van Buuren’s affinity to seamlessly shift genres while keeping listeners on their toes, the third single from Balance sees van Buuren smoothly traverse house territory alongside Detroit production duo, Inner City. “It Could Be” further augments the anticipation that surrounds Balance, which will land on October 25.

“To work with Inner City is a dream come true for me,” van Buuren says. “They were already setting the tone in the dance music scene back when I was only just taking my first steps in the industry.”

Photo Credit: Bart Heemskerk

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

NMF Roundup: Oliver Heldens and Riton team up, No Mana remixes Kiiara + more

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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.

Oliver Heldens and Riton link with Vula for their new groovy collaboration, “Turn Me On,” and No Mana takes on Kiiara’s “Bipolar.” Kaskade takes his Meghan Trainor collab to another level with the release of a “club mix,” and The Knocks tap R&B crooner Gallant for “Exit Sign.” 3LAU caters to a wide audience on “Miss Me More,” and M83 follows up “Temple of Sorrow” with “Lune de fiel.” Armin van Buuren and Tempo Giusto take things up a notch with “Mr. Navigator,” and Sub Focus and Wilkinson prove to be a formidable drum ‘n’ bass duo on “Illuminate.” AC Slater delivers some new Night Bass heat with “Laid Off,” and DROELOE and Kalulu keep it light on “Broken Bricks.” After debuting the tune on DA earlier this week, Nora En Pure releases her remix of “Lost Souls,” and Machinedrum reveals new possibilities for San Holo’s “Lost Lately.” In another DA-debuted piece this week, Eli Brown rocks steady on “Come Together,” and Morgan Page and HAILENE tug at listeners’ heartstrings on “Footprints.”

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.

Photo credit: Pat Beaudry