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

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NMF Roundup: Dillon Francis remixes Saweetie, Mat Zo unveils ‘Emotion Sickness’ + moreDillon Francis Gerald Rave Jungle

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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Sunday Morning Medicine Vol 161, featuring Big Wild, Lucian, MELVV, + more

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Sunday Morning Medicine Vol 161, featuring Big Wild, Lucian, MELVV, + moreSMM 2400

Sunday Morning Medicine is a feature from Dancing Astronaut dedicated to the mellower side of electronic music. We bring you our favorite therapeutic selections—old and new—in attempts to alleviate the agonizing effects of a long weekend of partying.


Alina Baraz enlists the help of Danish producer, Galimatias, for “Unfold,” from her Urban Flora album. Dripping in sensuous escapism, this track aids in actualizing those halfhearted midday musings of whomever the heart sings out for.

Lucian‘s “Trndsttr” remix, with its swelling reverb and strutting breakbeat, will instill confidence in listeners this Sunday morning in places perhaps its been previously exhausted from extended weekend vexation.

From his brand new EP, Be On Fire, comes Chrome Sparks‘s cosmic “Ultraviolet Rainbow,” soaring into the depths of our subconscious with every analog arpeggio.

“Maker,” off Big Wild‘s brand new City of Sound project, is indie electronica dipped in nostalgia and laced with ’80s undertones. Its subtle riffs and winding, perrenial lead synth, blossoming, only to disappear once again, are a whimsical means of Sunday idealism and thoughts of “if only…”

MELVV’s twinkling, childlike production quirks serve as potent subterfuge, shrouding “Not Me”‘s poignant center. We’re leaving the track here, in the case any listeners are in need of a dose of Sunday refuge.

Lunar Lunes: Whethan’s ‘GOING UP’ in new release, Robokid taps longtime collaborators Manila Killa and AOBeats for ’17’ + 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.

As 2019 enters its second week, music releases have started to ramp back up. Whethan burst into the new year with the formidable “GOING UP,” and No Mana delivered the ethereal “Tell Me Most” in the new mau5trap We Are Friends compilation. The Knocks cooked up a funky remix of Joe Janiak’s “The Best You Ever Had,” and Robokid teamed up with longtime collaborators AOBeats and Manila Killa for “17.” Monstercat dove into 2019 by cranking up the BPMs, following Stonebank‘s hardcore “The Government” with Feint‘s gorgeous drum & bass original, “Drifters.” Chrome Sparks released a new album on the first of the year, highlighting songs like “Be On Fire” on his SoundCloud. Brock Wilson leads off the 2019 Mad Zoo releases with “hollow shell,” and Adventure Club put a melodic dubstep spin on AOSOON’s “Under.”

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).


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Sunday Morning Medicine Vol 154, with Beach House, Pretty Lights, Phantogram, + more

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Sunday Morning Medicine Vol 154, with Beach House, Pretty Lights, Phantogram, + moreSMM 2400

Lido‘s rendition of Bill Withers’s timeless ballad, “Ain’t No Sunshine” is a warm brush with daylight you won’t dare deplore—no matter how nasty the hangover this Sunday. The Norwegian experimentalist’s raindrop plucks and redemptive synth stabs effortlessly usher in residual weekend splendor.

This wavy Beach House B-side is a Sunday morning must. Victoria Legrand is here to sagely remind us to find “perfection in the accident,” with hazy, rolling chord progression and vapory vocals for the ultimate Sunday subterfuge.

This velvety Future Classic Chrome Sparks offering, “The Meaning Of Love” is a like quixotic trip through the most delicious technicolor clouds. Sparks’s cosmic analog synths furrow and float atop lush, deliberate percussion as our worries of the week begin to dissipate.

The sultan of sampling, aka Pretty Lights, has the sublime synth loops to rectify your most raucous inner voices. Borrowing from a sultry ’70s soul track from La’Fez, Pretty Lights conceives a celestial requiem for your weekend.

From their most recent album, Phantogram‘s “Cruel World” is the ideal vessel for vanquishing Sunday stress of the most pesky existential variety. As the band’s frontwoman, Sarah Barthel, so starkly points out, life can be quite cacophonous; but with a spectral duo like them around, your Sunday playlist doesn’t have to be.

 

Chrome Sparks drops off new single, ‘In2 Your Love,’ ahead of approaching EP + tour

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Chrome Sparks drops off new single, ‘In2 Your Love,’ ahead of approaching EP + tourChrome Sparks In2 Ur Love 1

Vapory, hip-hop-beat-banking, technicolor synth-serving: these are the makings of a Chrome Sparks production.

The Brooklyn-based Sparks (real name Jeremy Malvin) has just delivered the very first track “In2 Your Love” off his new EP slated for a Jan 2019 release, Be On Fire through Counter Records. The track samples a vocal cut from a little-known soul musician of the late ’70s/early ’80s, George Smallwood, who, in his early 20s suffered a gunshot wound to the face that left him permanently blind–driving the young Smallwood to turn his life over to music. “In2 Your Love” is a furrowing spiral of analog synth swirls and Sparks’s signature, pounding kicks, complemented by some funk-friendly guitar plucks to finish off the new-age flower power appeal.

“The result is a track that I feel pays homage to an under appreciated musical gem and surrounds it with a breath of new spirit,” Malvin says.

Upon the viral release of his auspicious debut track, “Marijuana” Sparks’s career took off with rare and rampant fervor. He continued molding his beat-leaning electronica through Future Classic (which housed another of his most celebrated staples, “Moonraker”), soon receiving profound remix taps from the likes of Porter Robinson and Chet Faker. On the side, Malvin also plays one half of dream-pop duo, Promises Ltd., with Miniature Tigers’s Charlie Brand.

Be On Fire will be joined by a thorough North American tour through the US and Canada this coming winter.

See full track list and tour schedule below. Tickets available here.

EP Tracklist:
1. In2 Your Love
2. Juno Lion
3. Be On Fire
4. Ultraviolet Rainbow
5. I Could Be The Voice Inside Your Head

2019 NA Tour dates:
16 Jan 19 – Empire Control Room & Garage – Austin, US
18 Jan 19 – The Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix , US
19 Jan 19 – 191 Toole – Tucson, US
20 Jan 19 – Constellation Room – Santa Ana, US
23 Jan 19 – Teragram Ballroom – Los Angeles, US
24 Jan 19 – August Hall – San Francisco, US
26 Jan 19 – The Catalyst Atrium – Santa Cruz, US
29 Jan 19 – Neumos – Seattle, US
30 Jan 19 – Wonder Ballroom – Portland, US
31 Jan 19 – Fortune Sound Club – Vancouver, CA
02 Feb 19 – Neurolux – Boise, US
04 Feb 19 – Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, US
05 Feb 19 – Fox Theatre – Boulder ,US
07 Feb 19 – 7th Street Entry – Minneapolis, US
08 Feb 19 – High Noon Saloon – Madison, US
09 Feb 19 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, US
10 Feb 19 – The Hi-Fi – Indianapolis, US
13 Feb 19 – The Ready Room – St. Louis, US
14 Feb 19 – Mercy Lounge – Nashville, US
16 Feb 19 – Aisle 5 – Atlanta, US
19 Feb 19 – Kings – Raleigh, US
21 Feb 19 – Skully’s – Columbus, US
22 Feb 19 – El Club – Detroit, US
24 Feb 19 – Velvet Underground – Toronto, CA
26 Feb 19 – Theatre Fairmount – Montreal, CA
27 Feb 19 -The Sinclair – Cambridge, US
28 Feb 19 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY

 

Sunday Morning Medicine resurrected, Vol. 151 with Cubicolor, G Jones, and more

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Sunday Morning Medicine resurrected, Vol. 151 with Cubicolor, G Jones, and moreSMM 2400

Sunday Morning Medicine is a feature from Dancing Astronaut dedicated to the mellower side of electronic music. We bring you our favorite therapeutic selections—old and new—in attempts to alleviate the agonizing effects of a long weekend of partying.


Synth-wave savant, Lucy In Disguise‘s twinkling catalog of dream-scapes drums up memories of the “Stranger Things” soundtrack, if it were funneled through a warm, neon kaleidoscope. His latest dose of effervescent electronica, “Sunset Blvd,” greets listeners through the Electronic Gems compilation, Milestone.

Cubicolor‘s deliciously despondent lyrics are Dancing Astronaut-certified for a little Sunday morning soul-searching, as per usual. The Anjunadeep-ian triad’s “No Dancers,” combines dissonant arpeggios with rippling keys for a tranquilizing chaos fit to lay any weekend to rest.

Chrome Sparks‘s precipitously active, ’80s-indebted partnership with Miniature Tigers’s Charlie Brand, Promises Ltd., is well-versed in the high art of unrequited love. The slow-to-strike “American Eyes” will assuage intrusive thoughts of the tragically unattainable and “painfully cool,” by way of its utterly sensuous, beat-lenient synth-pop.

G Jones‘s new album, The Ineffable Truth, is the equivalent of a long, strange dream, during which “Everything All At Once” is the eye of all turbulence. The offering is complete with sedating, organ-like components that reverberate into the foremost corners of the uncharted psyche, intermittently erupting into spiraling synth-blasts.

One of Anjunadeep‘s newest breadwinners, Ben Böhmer, has proved himself an austere presence within the Anjunabeats sub-label, melding his visceral, atmospheric sound to the housing’s most intimate foundations. In his “Hold On” remix, Böhmer leaves his polished patriarch, Lane 8‘s creation still starkly recognizable, slightly pitching up and restructuring the lead synth-line, and leaving Fracture’s exploratory vocals unadulterated through the chorus. The remix, like the Lane 8 original, is the ideal soundtrack for flying over a sea of snowy mountain peaks, or a long Sunday’s rest atop a vapory mass of clouds.

Promises Ltd. makes their return with hypnotic ‘Dreams’

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Dream-pop duo, Promises Ltd., comprised of Jeremy Melvin, aka Chrome Sparks, and Miniature Tigers frontman Charlie Brand, first demonstrated their affinity for bridging dance and alternative in 2016 with their debut self-titled Promises Ltd. EP.

An organic evolution of the two members’ friendship, Promises Ltd. is the product of Brand’s poignantly whimsical vocals and lyricism, and Melvin’s synth-riddled, analog instrumentation.

Their first song release in two years is the aptly named “Dreams,” through the niche-friendly Majestic Casual Records. Brand’s tender, introspective delirium sweeps through the track, immaculately accompanied by chimerical harp and guitar plucks from Melvin’s end. Melvin’s vapory synth work and otherworldly production allow Brand to revel in the nostalgia of expired or unrequited (or both) love, while remaining self-aware: “If I don’t stand for somethin’, I’ll be lost in your world.”

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See Chrome Sparks go dancing in smooth video for ‘O, My Perfection’

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Chrome Sparks – I Just Wanna ft Kllo

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Jeremy Malvin, better known as indie electronic sensation Chrome Sparks, has released a dreamy original titled, “I Just Wanna” featuring Kllo. The downtempo single features airy, uplifting vocals, oscillating notes of synth, and breathtaking melodies — and vocals from Kllo’s Chloe Kaul. With mellow interludes of relaxed electronic instrumentation, and glowing touches of vibrant beats, “I Just Wanna” gives listeners a moody vibe full of elegant production techniques.

Chrome Sparks is known for his heavenly creations which showcase minimalist percussion, colorful layers of sound, and are gracefully engineered to give a transcendent feel to each piece. The Brooklyn-based artist has an unmatched talent for delivering a style that is both laid back, yet full of alluring surprises. His craft shows that with each track, listeners are bound to experience an otherworldly trip.

Chrome Sparks – What’s It Gonna Take ft Angelica Bess (Machinedrum Remix)

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Los Angeles producer Machinedrum has remixed Chrome Sparks, “What’s It Gonna Take” featuring Angelica Bess. Machinedrum’s dreamy take on the original features an uplifting melody, infectious beat, and an energetic fusion of staccato synths and dynamic percussion. Mellow interludes with minimalist rhythm contrast upbeat drops, creating a tasteful balance of soothing yet playful sound.

Machinedrum has engineered an indie style categorized by heavenly electronic progressions and moving harmonies. He is known for striking originals such as “U Betta” and euphoric remixes including UZ‘s “Inferno.” With a captivating signature tone, Machinedrum’s remix of “What’s It Gonna Take” sets the stage for what’s to come from the bold, innovative producer.