Chris Lake is a Grammy nominated house DJ with massive, commercial hits from “Boneless” with Steve Aoki and Tujamo to his remix of Calvin Harris‘ “How Deep Is Your Love.” A Skrillex backed house act off his OWSLA release “I Want You,” certainly bodes influence towards bass house, where the dubstep poster child is heading. Another house and HOWSLA (OWSLA’s house music compilation album) favorite became Lake’s “Operator (Ring Ring)” single featuring Dances With White Girls. Ring Ring goes the telephone. There’s no one home.
The UK-born producer has been laying that four-by-four beat for over a decade, and assumes responsibility for some of the most pandemic dance hooks to grace the atmosphere. With his new Black Book Records label, fans have seen the reemergence of Lake’s chunky, hard-hitting bass lines featured in his recent singles, hopefully to be heard in his live set below.
Ultra Music Festival has grown to be one of the largest electronic music festivals in the world, making the city of Miami a temporary home for the thousands of individuals that come flocking into the city. After the first day of the festival at their brand new location on the Virginia Key, festival-goers weren’t the only ones that had a lot to say about their experience thus far. Upon the festival’s main stage was KFC’s mascot, Colonel Sanders, who held a five-minute slot amidst the afternoon. Though the festival was characterized by a number of memorable artist sets, the promotional tactic was criticized by a number of artists, including Louis The Child and Alison Wonderland.
Speaking on the issue, the artists note that Ultra holds one of the most impactful platforms in the electronic music scene, and their stages should support hardworking, talented artists that work for the opportunity to perform at these events. Between the chaotic transportation issues at the end of night one that left thousands of attendees to make the hour long trek to the mainland, it looks like Ultra is just getting started.
crazy how there are thousands of young talented electronic musicians who would kill for an opening slot at Ultra music festival but instead they book a giant fast food corporation to run a glorified PR stunt that rips on rave culture https://t.co/rHKWcvTkDn
The latest DAGood Morning Mix features house music duo Golf Clap, who recently stopped by the Mixmag Lab for a 90-minute set. Included in Dancing Astronaut‘s “Ones To Watch” list for 2019, the Detroit-based DJs created an eclectic atmosphere at this “post-work unwind” in Los Angeles.
Presented by Mixmag and newly formed artist discovery/video streaming hub WAV, The Lab is a weekly party/live stream featuring some of the hottest DJs behind the decks. Past guests include Redlight, The Martinez Brothers, and Andrew Rayel in the LA and NYC Mixmag offices. For LA’s latest installment, Golf Clap dug deep with some of today’s greatest house tunes, dishing out a Noizu remix of Valentino Khan‘s “Lick It,” an insanely complex Chris Lake mashup, their own collaboration with Dillon Nathaniel on “Bossa Nova,” and more.
The pair will head to Australia for back-to-back shows at Proud Mary’s and Oxford Underground Feb. 16, gearing up for a highly anticipated techno set at Movement Detroit in May.
Hundreds of thousands of people have gathered at Indianapolis Motor Speedway to watch fast cars since the Indy 500 began in 1911. Historically, the event is one of America’s most popular sporting events and, over the past few years, dance music has become an essential part of the experience. On Memorial Day Weekend 2019, the 500-mile race will see performances by Skrillex, Alesso, Illenium, and Chris Lake in the Indy 500 Snake Pit presented by Coors Light.
The Snake Pit is located in the center oval of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and, eventually, turns into a full-blown music festival surrounded by speeding race cars. According to their website, “The sounds begin early on Race Day morning and are eventually joined by the roar of 33 race cars in ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,’ creating an unforgettable scene.” 2018’s installment saw performances by Diplo, Deadmau5, Axwell / Ingrosso, and more, proving that these Snake Pit lineups don’t mess around. Watch the 2018 recap video below:
The Indy 500 Snake Pit 2019 takes place on Sunday, May 26. Head to their website for tickets and check out the promo video here.
Movement, one of the longest-running music music festivals, returns in 2019 with a stacked lineup of techno connoisseurs. The three-day event will take place Memorial Day weekend in Detroit’s signature riverfront park, Hart Plaza. In the city where techno was born, Movement Electronic Music Festival aims to bring an authentic experience to its attendees, showcasing true innovators in the world of dance music.
Among these innovators are Disclosure, performing a live and immersive experience, Grammy-nominated producer Fisher, Chris Lake, MK, Yaeji, up-and-comers Golf Clap, Charlotte De Witte, and more. Also, attendees will get an exclusive DJ set from Off-White founder and Louis Vuitton artistic director Virgil Abloh—demonstrating the vigorous relationship between fashion and dance music—and hip-hop/trap music extraordinaire Gucci Mane.
The festival will take place May 25-27. Purchase tickets here and check out the complete daily lineup below.
SATURDAY, MAY 25
Al Ester b2b Earl Mixxin Mckinney
Disclosure – DJ set
Kenny Larkin – live
LSD (Luke Slater, Function, Steve Bicknell)
Maya Jane Coles
Octave One – live
Ryan Crosson b2b Shaun Reeves
Tin Man – live
WAJATTA – live (John Tejada x Reggie Watts)
SUNDAY, MAY 26
Asher Perkins & Rex Sepulveda: Front to Front – live
Sunset Music Festival (SMF) will be returning to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL for its eighth consecutive year this upcoming Memorial Day Weekend. The phase-one lineup of the festival, suited for everyone from trance to dubstep fans, is out in conjunction with a pre-sale kickoff, for those looking to secure the most advantageously priced spot at Sunset.
SMF attracts approximately 60,000 fans over two event days each year. This year’s lineup will feature acts ranging from Kaskade and Audien to Alison Wonderland and Chris Lake. Dog Blood, comprised of Skrillex and Boys Noize, is certainly among the most auspicious features on the lineup. This is the duo’s second event announcement of the year, following their earlier BUKU Music and Arts Festival show announcement. Indeed, there is much to look forward to from SMF this year, as two of the scene’s most prominent labels, Anjunabeats and Deadbeats, will be found on Sunset grounds, hosting branded stage takeovers at the festival.
Unique to previous years, SMF is introducing GA Plus passes (in addition to standard GA and VIP passes) which will allow express entry on both festival days from 3 PM until midnight Saturday and Sunday. Presale tickets are available here.
Paring down an entire year’s worth of songs is no easy feat.
2018 saw the explosion of songs like ZEDD‘s “The Middle” and Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa‘s “One Kiss,” dominating both the dance music charts and the radio airwaves. Ear-catching tracks like these, along with fan favorites like FISHER‘s persuasive “Losing It” and Anti Up‘s entertaining “Pizza” wiggled their way into festival sets around the world and — love them or hate them — stood out as notable tracks that do their part in immortalizing this whirlwind of a year.
Approximately one year after the track’s release, Destructo aka, Gary Richards, has released an official video for “Loaded” featuring Memphis rapper, Yo Gotti. Crowned for tracks like 2016’s “Down In the DM” and 2017’s “Rake It Up” (illustriously remixed by Diplo and Party Favor), Gotti stood as the ideal candidate for another G-house-meets-hip-hop hybrid. The pair seemed to have seen it fitting to honor the holiday party season by giving the record an off-the-wall visual.
Directed by Tuck Tripp as a WorldStarHipHop exclusive, the video trails a distorted camera view of an irreverent, explosive Hollywood house party. There’s some additional, brightly colored animation at work, simulating the trails and hazy visual encircling of a hallucinogenic experience.
From curating a stacked lineup at his inaugural LA-housed All My Friends Music Festival, to collaborating with Chris Lake, Richards has made a lot of noise in 2018. He’s due to kick off the new year with his Let’s Be Friends Again tour.
House and techno titans will unite again atop Detroit’s riverfront Hart Plaza for another Memorial Day weekend segment of Movement Festival. So far, organizers have pulled back the curtain on only a small, yet lustrous, corner of their secured repertoire, including hot-button house authority, Chris Lake, the aptly named, old-school-meets-new-school Hot Since 82, Belgium’s fiercely flourishing techno temptress, Amelie Lens, and local-turned-global rap icon, Danny Brown, who satiates the fest’s longtime affinity for bolstering Detroit-native talent.
The festival, this year pegged for May 25-27 has long acted as a summertime commencement in Detroit–the techno promised land–as well as a harbinger of the annual electronic festival season at large. The 2019 installment will also include a live set from Orbital, who have been a pair of instrumental components in electronic music’s acclimation in both the UK and US fronts since the late ’80s. The upcoming edition will be the duo’s Movement debut, as well as their first live performance in Detroit in nearly two decades.
If last year’s expectation-eclipsing lineup, which included Claude VonStroke, Lee Burridge, Maceo Plex, REZZ, Dubfire, and a face-melting slew of multifarious talent, spanning house, techno, hip-hop, and experimental subsets across the electronic emblem, the ten thus-far-released acts are only a Costco-size sample of what’s to come.
Movement 2019 acts thus far include (in alphabetical order):
AMELIE LENS CHRIS LAKE DANNY BROWN DJ BONE DJ NOBU FLOORPLAN – LIVE HEIKO LAUX HOT SINCE 82 ORBITAL- LIVE STEPHAN BODZIN – LIVE
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.
Anti Up have left the pizza at home and returned for a three-track EP, Hey Pablo, thrilling listeners with searing house beats and ever-catchy vocals. Above & Beyond have released their first original collaboration in eight years: a stunning Anjunabeats tune called “Long Way From Home” with Spencer Brown. graves teams up with EZI for a piece that’s equally beautiful and heavy in “I’m Fine.” ODESZA have released the deluxe edition of their seminal A Moment Apart album, featuring a total of 25 songs — including a hefty VIP remix of “Memories That You Call” with Golden Features. Mr. Bill returns to mau5trap for an eerie original, “Apophenia.” Keys N Krates have revealed a Live in Toronto version of their Cura album, visibly demonstrating they hold nothing back in their live productions. Bringing the feels as usual, Illenium has remixed Halsey‘s emotive “Without You” in beautiful form. And as Christmas draws near, Kaskade continues to add to his sounds of the season catalog with a few new holiday tracks, including “Little Town.”
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: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella