Lunar Lunes: A-Trak’s ‘Work It Out’ gets a rework from Dance System, Matt Lange releases ‘Drift’ + 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).

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Ookay drops heavy beats again in new Jay Rock remix

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From trap-heavy beginnings, California-based Ookay has proven to be quite the versatile producer as of late with a more electronic, pop-leaning sound. This was most evident on his debut Wow! Cool Album! and continued on for a remix of Portugal. The Man‘s “Tidal Wave.” His latest single, “Bad Habits,” has received widespread approval and was accompanied by a fall tour announcement, putting him in a great position to round out 2018. Despite this streak, the multi-talented musician is taking no breaks in releasing a rework of Jay Rock‘s “Win.”

The Top Dawg Entertainment veteran climbed through the ranks this year with features on Kendrick Lamar‘s Black Panther soundtrack, causing Ookay to hop on the bandwagon. However, he’s decided to revert back to old ways for a second, complementing the bass-heavy hip-hop beat of the original with some pounding trap and dub hits on the remix. A live audience won’t know what hit them when the second drop comes to fruition, consisting of straight distortion and occasional robotic synths.

Ookay will embark on his “Bad Habits” fall/winter tour in November, with special guests Bonnie X Clyde, DNMO, and more.

NMF Roundup: Hardwell and Blasterjaxx give a big room salute, FISHER takes a walk on the darkside, SNBRN gets soulful + more

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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.

Fellow Dutchmen and certified big room aficionados, Hardwell and the Blasterjaxx brethren, have released “Bigroom Never Dies,” an earth (or club)-shattering ode to their momentous musical styles.

Brothers by blood and collaborators by choice, DubVision has concocted a new, transcendently vocalized progressive house anthem, “Steal The Moon,” with lyrics and piano chords as ambitious as its title.

Far from his first run with Anjunabeats, Audien has made an auspicious return to the label with “Higher,” twinkling, atmospheric, and emblematically Anjuna, with vocal accents from Cecilia Gault.

Future house furnishings compliments of Mesto‘s “Give Me Love.”

Midnight Kids have given R3HAB‘s formerly much more buoyant “Hold On Tight” a deliciously smooth chillstep makeover.

One of the freshest and most vivacious new faces to make his way on the house spectrum, FISHER, has graced Catch & Release with “Losing It,” pitched-down, nefariously fun, and imperatively danceable.

Jamie Jones‘s tech-laden remix of Elderbrook‘s “Sleepwalking” catapults the listener into a kaleidoscopic chasm of rippling synths and subdued, echoing vocals.

Mothica has once again lent her sensuous and full-bodied musings to insectile counterpart Icarus Moth, for “Don’t,” perpetuating an already longstanding musical partnership.

DeModa’s new saxophone-infused “Her(e),” (crafty) featuring Jafé is a sundry summer salutation — equal parts chillout and funktastic.

Household EDM vocalist, KARRA, joins JayKode for “Living Out Loud,” a brimming future bass track from Trap City Records.

Male-female duo, BONNIE X CLYDE have released their five-track While We’re Young EP, with ambient, chill trap permeating throughout.

The now-one-man show of Flosstradamus has proven he has no intentions of throwing his wild antics in reverse any time soon, as he releases “GUAVA,” a glass-shattering trap offering with Rawtek.

LA’s SNBRN keeps the summer sun a’shining with his new sultry house track, “If I Can’t Have You,” featuring soulful vocals from Harloe.

Crizzly and YDG make a rowdy riddim debut on Doctor P‘s Circus Records with “Knocked Out,” a hardcore dubstep track with searing switch-ups and gear-grinding bass.

Active as ever, Arty has put his whimsical spin on FRND’s “Erase,” a heartening rendition, to say the least.

TyDi and celestial songstress, London Thor, offer some downtempo serenity to help listeners unwind for the weekend with “Please Stay.”

Purple Disco Machine, as the name states, deliver a funky-fresh, guitar-friendly rendition of blossoming newcomer, SOFI TUKKER‘s “Batshit.”

BONNIE X CLYDE release powerful new track ‘The Unknown’

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BONNIE X CLYDE have mastered the ability to combine radio-worthy tracks with hard drops, thanks to Paige Lopynski’s ethereal vocals and the duo’s powerful production style. They have released the first track of 2018 in song “The Unknown,” which is the first track they have released from their upcoming EP. The producers spoke about the release in an official statement.

“This song is about not fearing the unknown, trusting yourself, and knowing anything is possible if you put everything you’ve got into it and truly believe. We can’t fear the unknown.” – BONNIE X CLYDE

The EP will be titled While We’re Young, and if the other tracks are as dynamic as “The Unknown,” 2018 will certainly be a big year for the duo.

Electric Zoo announces ferocious phase two line-up additions: Alesso, Tiësto, Chris Lorenzo, Destructo, and more

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Made Event‘s titanic New York-based festival, Electric Zoo, is celebrating its tenth birthday this Labor Day Weekend, August 31st–September 2nd. To mark the momentous double-digit occasion, the wildlife-themed event has added two more headlining artists in Alesso and Tiësto to join the star-studded cast of talent that already tops the 2018 bill: KaskadeMarshmelloMartin Garrix, and Virtual Self.

Other notable acts joining on phase two include: Alexander Lewis, Bonnie x Clyde, Boogie T, Chris Lorenzo, Chuurch, Crankdat, Destructo, DNMO, Dubfire, G Jones, Habstrakt, Jauz, Kayzo, Lost Frequencies, Luzcid, Medasin, Party Favor, Petey Clicks, Space Jesus, Spencer Brown, Squnto, Stööki Sound, Whipped Cream, and YehMe2.

Electric Zoo’s ‘Big 10’ birthday bash will feature additional stages curated by Anjunabeats, Deadbeats, Hyperhouse, and Sunday School.

Tickets to Electric Zoo are currently on sale to the general public, and can be purchased here.

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Set sail with the artists of Groove Cruise 2018: Bonnie X Clyde

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Groove Cruise continues to ride out the waves of EDM despite the scene’s ever-fluctuating tides. From its humble beginnings in 2004 with a mere group of 125 people, Groove Cruise has expanded into the world’s largest floating dance music festival. 2018 will mark founder Jason Beukema’s 13th dance-music-themed excursion, where he’ll be removing the boundaries between performer and attendee in the festival’s biggest fashion yet — complete with championing the buoyant sounds of today’s EDM with artists like Markus Schulz, Gryffin, Dada Life, Jamie Jones, Shiba San, Kill Frenzy, and many more fronting the bill.  Ahead of Groove Cruise setting its new course for the Bahamian islands of CocoCay and Nassau aboard the Royal Caribbean, Dancing Astronaut’s touched base with some of the rising “captains” of EDM and let them steer us in the directions of their past, recent, and future excursions.

Bonnie X Clyde are known for drilling deep into the mines of “nu-EDM.”

Since the debut of their single “The Ride” in 2015, the duo has carved a niche in the realms of emotional dance music, trap, and future bass alike. They’ve also continued to deliver on their cheekily-dubbed “vocal bass” style with a series of outputs on Insomniac Records, which began with “Rise Above,” amassing millions of streams altogether on Spotify through their releases with the behemoth brand.

Their talents stretch beyond releases as well, with the pair bringing their sound to a performance setting with bookings at an impressive array of festivals. Bonnie X Clyde embody a keen understanding of the changing tides of EDM, and as a result, their tunes charmingly fluctuate in sonic composition.

Ahead of Groove Cruise Miami’s 2018 installment, we had a chance to chat with the budding duo about their high school days and more.

At what point did it hit you guys that you ‘made it’? Was there a specific moment?

“There hasn’t been a single point where we. could say “we made it” because we feel like we haven’t, we’re just getting started.”

Would you say there have been one or two people who have been instrumental in your career and getting you to where you are now?
There are too many to name in so many different dynamics, but none of this would have been possible without our manager Paul Campbell and his team over at NU Management.

You were friends in high school and now we are here. How has your dynamic evolved from a friendship in high school now that you are touring the world together?
In high school we were really great friends but never imagined becoming a duo and traveling all over the world. We were great friends who partied together but it just wasn’t in our minds. We went to different colleges and it wasn’t until later in college where we got together and both shared a love for music. We had this whole life where we knew each other and were great friends before the music really brought us together and it’s something that’s special to us. Some people get together purely for the music but we got together because we were great friends first. I think that’s why things have been working out so well because we genuinely like each other as people.

You both have been huge proponents of women creating in this man-driven world. Do you think 2018 will see some female-power breakthroughs? What specifically do you think needs to change here?
Bonnie: I think it’s up to us as women to use our power properly. I get frustrated by these questions because I don’t think being female should be a defining feature where the music should really speak but I also understand their aren’t a lot of women in the room so it’s nice to be an example for those that feel it may not be possible. However, it bugs me when I see women using their bodies for their advantage because I think we have so much more to offer. I want the music to stand out and our performance to stand out more then my body.

What can we expect from you two in 2018?
We are focusing on what we want to give to the world. As our fanbase grows we don’t just want to give you new music we want to change people’s lives. BELIEVE US, this year we will be giving you the best music you have heard from us thus far, but we hope to change the world in the process. Make things better for the next generations. We are really focusing on making that possible, keeping things fresh, doing more than just music.

Groove Cruise sets sail from Miami January 26 and sails through January 29 to CocoCay and Nassau in the Bahamas. Tickets, lineup, and more information are available here.

Photo Credit: Jacob Mandell