SXM Festival will make its return in 2020 for a fourth edition on the stunning Caribbean island of St. Martin. To precede globally revered soiree, the festival just dropped the the first and second phases of its upcoming lineup.
SXM festival features sunrise parties on secluded beaches, sunset boat parties, jungle jamborees, and late-night club events among its multifarious experiential menu. Audiofly, Bonobo, Loco Dice, Jan Blomqvist and many more are expected for inclusion so far, with more artists expected to be released soon. The artist acumen largely revolves around the house and techno DJ dominions, giving these niches of the dance music continuum ample reason for celebration.
For those interested in learning more about the festival, watch SXM Festival’s 2019 official after movie. SXM Festival is set to take place from March 11-15. Tickets and the full lineup can be viewed here.
The Recording Academy has released its 62nd annual list of Grammy Award nominees. The wide ranging roster of artistic talent includes a host of electronic acts across the ceremony’s Best Dance Recording, Best Dance/Electronic Album, and Record of The Year categories.
Disclosure is the sole electronic entity up for consideration for Record of The Year for their hit collaboration with Khalid, “Talk.” The Lawrence Brothers will compete with fellow nominees, “Hey, Ma” by Bon Iver, Billie Eilish‘s chart-dominating “Bad Guy,” “7 Rings” by Ariana Grande, “Hard Place” by H.E.R., Lizzo‘s “Truth Hurts,” “Sunflower” by Post Malone and Swae Lee, and finally Lil Nas X‘s year-defining “Old Town Road.”
The 62nd annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast live from Los Angeles on January 26. Alicia Keys will return to host the ceremony for the second consecutive year in a row.
View the complete list of 2020 Grammy Award nominees, here.
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 WarehouseElementenstraat
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?).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’sFriday 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bonobo‘s expansive catalog of releases dates back to 2000, the year that the discerning sound-spinner set his debut LP, Animal Magic, loose with Ninja Tune. In the 19 years that have followed, the Bonobo earmark has grown synonymous with cerebral constructions that indulge in deeply textural explorations of Bonobo’s instrumental whims.
Long championed by fans as a transcendent approach to live electronic play, Bonobo’s format lures listeners to venues across the world, for strategic envelopment in Bonobo’s distinctively immersive sound. The producer will take his talents to New York’s beloved Brooklyn Mirage on August 17, to treat attendees to a luxuriant evening of lush soundscapes. Dancing Astronaut reminisces on five gems from Bonobo’s sprawling repertoire to ready readers for the electronic affair.
Harp strings add a tonal glimmer to “Sapphire,” a subdued offering that hails from Bonobo’s 2013 LP, The North Borders. Rich and languorous, “Sapphire” foregrounds percussive elements that add a crispness to the lighter body of the harp. Grounding bass that Bonobo weaves in an unimposing fashion focalizes the number.
“Stay The Same”
Andreya Triana lends her soft vocals to Bonobo’s “Stay The Same,” a number that is sustained by subtle, deep chords strummed on a guitar. The Black Sands inclusion from 2010 is a languidly paced tune that softly unfolds with multi-instrumental richness. A suave saxophone lends a buttery smoothness to the chorus, as the vocal-centric showing unhurriedly chugs forth.
Evocative of vintage jazz, “Nothing Owed” channels an aged authenticity. The downtempo ballad cyclically shifts its rhythm, which rises and falls in reliable surges. Sultry guitar riffs flirt with percussion as saxophone notes skirt over the instrumental interactions, affecting a fluid cacophony of sound.
Bonobo’s latest display surfaces as a slow-burning instrumental course of action that marks the producer’s first release since January 2019’s “Ibrik.” “Linked” starts off at a simmering pace that subtly mounts to flow forth with a temperate sense of ease. The melodies are pure and unimposing; the general tone of the track is cool and clean: a Bonobo emblem, for certain.
“Linked” embodies the sweetly climactic character that permeates through Bonobo’s catalog
Bonobo’s first original release in a nearly two-year time span, “Ibrik” re-introduced the melody weaver back into the electronic circle, where his absence was certainly felt among listeners. Strikes of a xylophone add a mesmerizing allure to this downtempo expo of Bonobo’s productive ease; it’s mellifluous, smooth, and refined, stylistically well within Bonobo’s wheelhouse.
Purchase tickets to Bonobo’s Brooklyn Mirage date, here.
The 2019 fall/winter artist program at Printworks London has arrived, to the print-factory-turned-legendary-club locale’s frequent habitues’ exceeding delight. On September 28, the widely acclaimed venue will once more open its doors, thereby kicking off another season of events. Nastia, Amelie Lens, Luigi Madonna, Sofia Kourtesis, Nicole Moudaber, and B. Traits will provide a ceremonious start to Printworks’ 2019 installment in the Press Halls, as Milo Spykers, Farrago, and an onslaught of like-minded counterparts man the Dark Room decks.
October ushers Bonobo, Leon Vynehall, Omar S, and Nubya Garcia into The Hydra for the Outlier party on October 12. Jon Hopkins makes an appearance on October 25, and Patrick Topping and Peggy Gou stop by on October 13 and November 2, respectively. Meanwhile, Robert Hood, DJ Bone, Laurel Halo, Skee Mask, play on December 21.
A host of other acts will take their talents to London’s electronic mecca, including Broadwick Live’s establishments, Enfield’s The Drumsheds, and Greenwich Peninsula’s Magazine London. View the full lineup here. Tickets are now available here.
It may only be August, but it certainly isn’t too early to start thinking about Halloween plans.
The perennially freaky holiday always aligns with the underground aesthetic, and SoCal already has its first dark and dastardly lineup locked and loaded, compliments of Minimal Effort: All Hallow’s Eve.
Topping the bill for the event’s fifth anniversary is the endlessly talented polymath, Bonobo, hosting his own Outlier stage. Just below is the UK groove machine Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs alongside Machinedrum‘s collaborative project with Jimmy Edgar, JETS, which will serve as a welcomed departure from the expected house and techno roster.
Over the last five years, Minimal Effort has booked some of the most revered DJs on earth for their annual Halloween spectaculars. Boys Noize, Lee Burridge, Anja Schneider, and MK are just a few of the heavyweights who have made appearances on the All Hallow’s front, and considering the party’s host, Underrated Presents, is still free from any conglomerate backing from potentially domineering parent companies like its similarly curated competitors, the event is primed for harrowing and uninhibited Halloween antics.
View the full lineup for Minimal Effort: All Hallow’s Eve below and purchase tickets here.
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.
Flux Pavilion takes an emotive approach to his new collaboration with GLNNA, “Somebody Else,” and Gorgon City pay homage to Chicago in “Elizabeth Street.” Noisia deliver a unique time signature on their newest original, “The Hole Pt. 1,” and Com Truise remixes Gold Fields’ “Waterfall” to follow up his new album. As part of Mad Zoo’s new compilation, counsel pop lends his nontraditional sounds in the form of “jd sports,” and Tom Budin links with Tylah Winyard for “Hold On.” Monstercat continues its eighth birthday celebrations with the release of WRLD, Keepsake and Laszlo’s “Back to You,” and Vintage & Morelli delivers “Senshi” to Silk Music. Summer Was Fun puts his own spin on Madeon’s “All My Friends,” and Edu Imbernon releases “S.Y.L.” on Anjunadeep.
Bonobo‘s latest showing surfaces as a slow-burning instrumental course of action that marks the producer’s first release since January’s “Ibrik.” “Linked” starts off at a simmering pace that subtly mounts to flow forth with a temperate sense of ease. The melodies are pure and unimposing; the general tone of the track is cool and clean: a Bonobo emblem, for certain.
“Linked” embodies the sweetly climactic character that permeates through Bonobo’s catalog. Fans can find Bonobo in the midst of a brief spring/summer run of Outlier tour dates that will take the artist through a slew of national and international cities.
Tour Dates: July 6: Bonobo presents Outlier The Green On The Lake, Chicago, US July 10: Outlier @ Dour Festival, Dour, BE July 13: Mad Cool Festival, Madrid, ES July 18: Melt Festival, Leipzig, DE July 21: Outlier @ OFFSonar, Barcelona, ES August 2: Bonobo presents Outlier Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, Denver, US August 3: Bonobo presents Outlier Midway Street Party, San Francisco, US August 4: Shambhala Festival, British Columbia, CA August 17: Bonobo presents Outlier Brooklyn Mirage, New York, US August 23: Ravine, Atlanta, US August 24: Deep Tropics Festival, Nashville, US October 5: Sonar, Mexico City, MX October 19: Outlier @ ADE, Amsterdam, NL November 8: Summit LA19, CA, US
A cornerstone ingredient in FORM’s annual success, the weekend’s jammed itinerary consists of talks, panels, workshops, immersive art, poetry, new technologies, and outdoor/wellness activities, each presented by renowned experts in their respective fields. This year’s most anticipated topics include Between Two Books—a conversation between Florence Welch and authors Nadya Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot and Ysra Daley-Ward, art workshops with African-American artist and performer at the festival, Lonnie Holley, and a poetry series curated by spoken word artist George Watsky. Other programming high points include a rare public demo of Tónandi—Sigur Rós’s mixed-reality project with tech innovators Magic Leap, as well as a conversation with Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Mad Cool’s lineup arrives as an exemplification of its name. Madrid’s multifarious music festival, Mad Cool is genre amorphous from its headliners to its flanking acts. Lauryn Hill, Empire Of The Sun, The Gossip, and Prophets Of Rage appear as the newest headliners to top the bill, which already touts Bon Iver, The National, The Smashing Pumpkins, and The Cure. Festival organizers have added several more artists to the festival’s expansive collection of talent, including Marina–formerly of Marina & The Diamonds–Let’s Eat Grandma, SG Lewis, Black Honey, Haiku Hands, and more.