Skrillex scored his thirteenth Grammy nomination this week for his collaborative work with Boys Noize and Ty Dolla $ign on “Midnight Hour.” The track has easily been one of the most heavily rotated dance cuts of the year, so Skrillex took to social media to thank fans for the deserved Best Dance Recording nomination. Though his choice of words had fans doing double-takes when he mentions wrapping up on his albums. Albums? As in multiple full-length projects? It would seem so. It looks like the sophomore follow up to Recess is underway… and then some. But are both of these supposed albums being completed side by side? Are they both slated for 2020? One innocuous message to fans raises a lot of questions.
Now, that’s not to say that Skrillex wasn’t referring to a possible Dog Blood project and a solo venture, or a solo LP and production work on someone else’s record, so “albums” leaves considerable room for interpretation. It’s been no secret that the “Mumbai Power” producer is sitting on a massive trove of new material, but now it’s clear 2020 is undoubtedly going to be the year of Skrillex.
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.
Revisit Boys Noize‘s stellar mix from 2016 celebrating the work of two French house labels, Roulé and Crydamore. The two labels were owned by Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo who would go on to form the legendary group Daft Punk. In their own right, the labels were driving forces in the late 90s French dance scene and would help set the stage for the immense success Daft Punk has gone on to enjoy.
The mix features an hour of tracks by Bangalter and Homem-Christo themselves, as well as label members Stardust, DJ Falcon, the Buffalo Bunch and more. Boys Noize’s factual tidbits scattered throughout the mix add some fascinating dance music history to the jubilant mix as well. “It was a little before Daft Punk released their first album, Homework,” Boys Noize says in the mix, “so it’s interesting to see how both of them already had great ideas, used the label as a playground but kept the best ideas for the Daft Punk project.” Listen below.
Chicago’s headlining dance music duo, Louis The Child, have remixed Skrillex and Boys Noize’s latest act of valor, “Midnight Hour,” featuring Ty Dolla $ign. The remake ingests the Kids At Play EP producers’ playful cadence through juggling high-end synths and vocals while maintaining the house rhythm from the Dog Blood tandem’s original audio.
Other additions on the edit include a whispering saxophone ambiance underneath Dolla $ign’s lush singing to introduce the sultry rapper. On the second verse, the bed of cozy synths and dissident bells continue to lift the hip-hop artist’s voice.
Louis The Child’s previous project included singer, Wafia, from the duo’s most-streamed song on Spotify, recently marking her debut on Atlantic Records alongside Whethan, with “Hurts.”
Boys Noize has had a packed year, and his recent announcement of an upcoming U.S. winter tour signals he’s keen and ready to continue this streak well into 2020. The groundbreaking producer kickstarted his 2019 alongside Skrillex under their Dog Blood moniker, and they played select performances across the United States after a multi-year hiatus. They also released a four track EP, teamed up outside their joint project for their long-awaited “Midnight Hour,” with Ty Dolla $ign.
In the midst of all of this, he’s been outputting abundantly under both Boys Noise, and his tech-leaning ego, Elax. Likewise, he’ll be heading into the week between Christmas and New Years under both names as he embarks . His travels will take him to top clubbing cities including Miami, New York City, and San Francisco, among others. For those looking to see if he is coming to a city nearby, tour dates and tickets are available 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.
Boys Noize has been a pioneer since breaking out in the early aughts. A decade ago, he was one of the standout artists helming the blog house movement and bringing it to the prominence it had at its peak. It was also around this time that his namesake imprint really began taking off as a platform for top quality music.
Naturally, Pete Tong had his eyes on the German icon from his earliest years, and in 2009, invited him onto Essential Mix. The mix is now a sonic time capsule from the memorable time that was the Blog House Era, with a great deal of the selections mirroring the distinctive mixture of funk, electro, and tech that dominated the dance music sphere at the time. To boot, Boys Noize mixed entirely in vinyl, showing off his mixing skills in any medium.
His mix now turns ten years old on October 10, and to honor it, we’ve selected it as this week’s edition of Weekend Rewind.
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.
Zedd and Kehlani kick things off this final Friday of September with their new collaboration, “Good Thing,” and Boys Noize links with Francis and the Lights for “Why Not?” Kaskade keeps it mellow on his new collaboration with TELYkast, “No One Else,” and Zeds Dead join forces with Funkin Matt an Fiora for “Feel So.” AC Slater’s new album includes tunes like “Bad Behavior” with Chris Lorenzo and Purple Velvet Curtains, and Mercer takes on DJ Snake and Majid Jordan’s “Recognize.” Golf Clap and MASTERIA deliver “Mystery Scene” on mau5trap/Insomniac, and Gareth Emery follows “Laserface 01 (Aperture)” with “Laserface 02 (Thoughts In Pieces).” Dimension remixes himself on “If You Want To,” and Gorgon City reveal “Warehouse Mix” and “Terrace Dub” iterations of “There For You.” Tritonal team up with Rosie Darling on “Never Be The Same,” and NGHTMRE remixes Saven Lions, SLANDER, Dabin, and Dylan Matthew’s “First Time.” Galantis bring their piano-filled joy to “Holy Water,” and Tinlicker reveal their new LP, This Is Not Our Universe. Anna Lunoe and Nina Las Vegas cook up a weekend heater, “One Thirty,” and YehMe2 remixes Matoma and Bryn Christopher’s “All Around The World.”
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.
Boys Noize may be a certified warehouse don, but his catalog of work, especially his 2019 output, undoubtedly proves Alex Ridha is much more than just a one-trick-pony. In fact, with recent work alongside Skrillex, Lady Gaga, A$AP Rocky, and Virgil Abloh to name a few, the gritty tech and electro fare has taken somewhat of a backseat to other creative endeavors this year. Now, the latest to join Boys Noize’s collaborative ranks is alt-pop crooner Francis Starlite, of Francis and the Lights on “Why Not?”
The track is a uniquely addicting departure in style for Boys Noize, which finds him wrapping his deep production acumen around Starlite’s unmistakable vocals for a dreamy, subtle disco-inspired dance cut. “Why Not?” started as an impromptu recording session between the two artists at Brooklyn’s PEOPLE Festival in 2018. Infectiously uplifting, “Why Not?” is out now via Boys Noize Records.
After releasing triple collaboration “Midnight Hour” alongside Ty Dolla $ign, Skrillex and Boys Noize have dropped off an exclusive two-tracker remix package via OWSLA. Containing the duo’s own alternate dub mix as well as one by Desolat label boss Loco Dice, the combination release is available to listen on Beatport here. Having employed the dub mix previously in their sets, the Dog Blood co-members put an energizing spin on their original track that perfects it for dance-floor mayhem.
With select isolation of Ty Dolla $ign’s main vocals, Skrillex and Boys Noize’s dub mix boosts the bass, emphasizes the speedy elements of hard-hitting percussions, and ramps up the four-on-the-floor intensity. Weaving in two vocal interludes that serve as pre-build up sections, the remix is a pure manifestation of a dub mix—stripped to the pure energy of bass and percussion. A true relishing of club movements, Skrillex and Boys Noize’s re-rendering of their track places vocal and melodic embellishments secondary to the core elements of rhythm and pace and cut through the noise to deliver an incisive dance beat.