NMF Roundup: LSD release debut album, Oliver Heldens teams up with Devin and Nile Rodgers + more

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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.

Sia, Diplo, and Labrinth have unleashed their debut album as LSD, featuring infectious tracks like “Angel in Your Eyes.” Oliver Heldens teams up with Devin and Nile Rodgers for the breezy “Summer Lover,” and Gareth Emery and Ashley Wallbridge an emotive new collaboration, “Amber Sun.” Avicii fans rejoiced a few days ago with the release of a posthumous song, “SOS,” with Aloe Blacc (and there may be more on the way!) Claptone thrills with a grooving remix of Purple Disco Machine‘s “Body Funk,” and Adventure Club, Krewella, and Crankdat deliver the powerful “Next Life.” Fox Stevenson follows February’s “Out My Head” with “Go Like,” and Galantis reveal a summer-primed remix of Kygo and Valerie Broussard‘s “Think About You.” Tame Impala leads us into the weekend with a smooth new single, “Borderline,” and Matrix & Futurebound reveal their first LP in 12 years with tracks like “Spellbound.” Cassian has released a take on RÜFÜS DU SOL‘s iconic “Treat You Better,” and Armin van Buuren kicks off Trilogy with Shapov with “La Résistance De L’amour.” Robotaki debuts a new EP, featuring songs like “Beaches,” and The Chemical Brothers kick off their latest album with tunes like title track “No Geography.”

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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îleSoniq reveals phase one lineup for Aug. 9-10 takeover: Above & Beyond, Marshmello, Kaskade, and more

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îleSoniq has commemorated their sixth anniversary with the anticipated reveal of their phase one lineup, giving festival-goers an idea of the explosion of artists in store. As previous years have found success in fusing the hip-hop and electronic music spheres together, the 2019 edition returns to parc Jean-Drapeau over Aug. 9-10 for the return of the annual event. 

Headliners Above & Beyond and Marshmello are scheduled to close out festivities throughout the weekend, and will be accompanied by main stage selects Alesso and Kaskade to light up the weekend, in addition to by sets from fan-favorites across the electronic spectrum. For the first time in îleSoniq history, attendees can expect to be immersed with the sounds of its inaugural underground house and techno stage, complete with sets by Nicole Moudaber, Lane 8, Yotto and Claptone.

In addition to the influx of house and techno artists, bass fans will witness the return of head-banging dignitary Excision, along with the likes of Mastadon, Peekaboo, Midnight T, G. Jones and Montréal native, Snails amidst the weekend.

Two-day festival passes available for purchase here.

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Claptone re-envisions select ‘Fantast’ album cuts on ‘Fantast Remixes, Pt. 3’

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Claptone‘s Fantast train chugs ahead, as the masked house haven follows the second installment of album remixes with Fantast Remixes, Pt. 3. The three-track collection of Fantast revamps sees Katie Stelmanis and Patrice Bäumel step up to submit their take of “La Esperanza.” Joan As Police Woman and Simion follow suit with a reboot of “Good Sense.” Joan As Police Woman also provides an extended, solo version of the “Good Sense” remix, to round out the re-imaginative project.

Stelmanis and Baumel’s showing is a simmering revisioning of the upbeat, harmony-centric original, that luxuriates in the tantalizing drama of a prolonged build. Joan As Police Woman and Simion’s collaboration materializes as a percussive-driven remix, as does Joan As Police Woman’s separate extended effort. Despite their tonal and technical differences, each of the tracks find common ground in their collective rinsing of the Fantast originals in industrial aesthetics. A formidable followup to the second wave of Fantast takes, Fantast Remixes, Pt. 3 is proof that “good things come in threes.”

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Tomorrowland releases second wave of artists, featuring Martin Garrix, CamelPhat, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano + more

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Less than a day after releasing their first wave of artists, Tomorrowland has released its second wave of artists for the 2019 iteration of the powerhouse festival. The Tomorrowland organizers are planning on releasing sporadic waves of artists throughout the week, so for those who are either attending or considering attending the event, the festival’s social channels are the best way to keep up with the various artist drops throughout the week.

As usual, the festival retains its usual mystique, captioning their second artist wave on Instagram with, “Welcome to these wonderful artists, ready to guide you through a magnificent new tale: The Book of Wisdom – The Return.” The next wave of artists include AAA acts including Martin Garrix, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, and more. The first wave included acts such as The Chainsmokers, Above & Beyond, Armin van Buuren, and more.

Tomorrowland Second Wave

  • Aly & Fila
  • Armand Van Helden
  • CamelPhat
  • Claptone
  • Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike
  • Flux Pavilion
  • Lost Frequencies
  • Martin Garrix
  • Nervo
  • Oscar and the Wolf
  • Radical Redemption
  • Robin Schulz
  • Solomun
  • Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano
  • Tale of Us
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Welcome to these wonderful artists, ready to guide you through a magnificent new tale: The Book of Wisdom – The Return

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Good Morning Mix: Go underground with Claptone’s house-inflected Halloween mix

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Claptone introduced a different connotation of “haunted house” in his Halloween mix, originally released in 2017. With the month of October at its peak, Claptone’s Halloween effort warrants revisitation, and it is accordingly with an enticing wave of his white gloves that Claptone invites listeners to delve into two hours of sumptuous, soulful house selects. A sleek underground spin on the traditionally trap and bass-laden Halloween sound, the mix is a collection of mid to downtempo tracks that fluidly unfurls with each second. Claptone subtly imbibes the spirit of the Halloween season in the production through deliberate song choice — Ordonez’s “The Spell,” for instance, occupies a mellifluous several minutes of the mix. A dark take on Talking Heads’ “Pyscho Killer” only further underscores Claptone’s attention to the inclusion of the spookiest sonic subject matter.

Eerie synths that stab on occasion, and thrillers of spoken vocal parts augment the mix’s hair-raising quality. In the titular fashion of Claptone’s sophomore album, the modern house revivalist’s sensation building Halloween mix should bring out the “fantast” in each listener this Halloween season.

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Seismic Dance Event announces house-heavy inaugural lineup

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Seismic Dance Event is a new festival hosted by local Austin, Texas promoter RealMusic Events. Known for their house-oriented electronic lineups, Seismic Dance Event seems to the pinnacle of their love for hard beats and dirty grooves.

The lineup features house music heavyweights and newcomers, with big name talent like Anna Lunoe, Green Velvet, and Duke Dumont alongside some smaller, but still reputable names such as Amtrac, Hotel Garuda, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, and more. Hosted at the scenic Carson Creek Ranch in Austin, this lineup and location pairing makes Seismic Dance Event one of fall’s most intriguing festivals.

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Claptone releases sumptuous, soulful remix pack for ‘Stronger’

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The Claptone remix pack for Fantast track, “Stronger,” follows the titular suit of Claptone’s debut album in that it too is a bonafide “Charmer.”

The Stronger (Remixes) bring three fresh new takes on the Ben Duffy assisted single, delivered by Tensnake, David Penn, and Pirupa, respectively. Tensnake harnesses low pitched bliss in his tonally darker spin, while David Penn aims for an increasingly vocal-centric and rhythmically emphatic house construction in his dance worthy rework. Pirupa rounds out the remixes with pronounced percussive additions.

Read Dancing Astronaut’s review of Fantast

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Claptone and Ben Duffy collaborate once more on latest single from ‘FANTAST’ album, ‘Stronger’

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With each successive single released off of his forthcoming FANTAST album, Claptone‘s musical prowess grows “Stronger.”

As the days leading up to the June 8 arrival of the masked marvel’s sophomore outing dwindle, Claptone deepens the intrigue that envelops FANTAST with the fifth single from the project, “Stronger.”

“Stronger” reacquaints listeners with the tonal purity of “Stay The Night” singer Ben Duffy‘s vocals, but signals a shift from the clear house orientation of the earlier single. Distinct from previous FANTAST releases, including “In The Night,” “Under the Moon,” and “Birdsong,” “Stronger” couples Duffy’s vocals with punctuating pop-esque synth work that fluidly ebbs and flow in pace with Duffy’s verses. “Stronger,” however, can be likened to “Birdsong” in that both tracks mark a departure from the piano-driven aesthetic that has remained prominent on “Stay The Night,” “In The Night,” and “Under the Moon.”

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Claptone transfixes in newly released Dirtybird Campout East set [Stream]

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A new Dirtybird Campout East set has arrived, and it comes ‘straight outta’ the St. Cloud sonic archive.

As the Dirtybird collective sets its sights on the 2018 edition of its flagship event — the San Francisco-based West Coast Campout —organizers of the newly bi-coastal festival released Claptone’s Campout East set, spun live from The Birdhouse.

An enthralling outing that meshes Claptone’s soulful, noir groove with the distinct funk of the Dirtybird brand, Claptone’s set from the inaugural East Coast edition is a transfixing look back at East Coast Campout, and a glimpse towards the tones that can be expected on Claptone’s sophomore album, FANTAST, due out on June 8.

Read Dancing Astronaut’s exclusive pre-album release interview with Claptone, here.

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Transcending imagination: Claptone talks forthcoming album & being a ‘Fantast’ [Interview]

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Life is lived consistently in “mask on” mode for this modern house revivalist.

The ever-enigmatic persona by the name of Claptone proved himself a musical magic maker on Charmer, the producer’s debut album released in 2015. An LP comprised of sultry, sophisticated house selections and the dark pulsating beats that keep dancers moving on dimly lit dance floors, Charmer exerted a warmth that permeated today’s house circles and has smoldered ever since.

His sophomore album  Fantast — due for a June 8 release on Different Recordings and [PIAS] — is a sonic exploration of self. It will arrive to listeners as an invitation to venture further into the world of Claptone, and to better acquaint themselves with the mystique surrounding his talent. A clear sense of one’s nature preludes the knowledge of one’s identity, and this character certainly knows himself to be a “Fantast (French translation: Ghost).” Dancing Astronaut caught up with coveted performer to talk the album’s release, recent singles “In The Night,” and “Stay The Night,” and how the producer embodies his identity as a “Fantast” in his music.

Your sophomore album Fantast will drop on June 8. You’ve released two singles off of the album so far, in your words the “uplifting” “In The Night,” and the darker “Stay The Night.” Can you talk a little about what listeners can expect in terms of the tone of the album—will the album be more “In The Night,” “Stay The Night,” maybe a little bit of both? 

[Editor’s Note: Claptone has since released the third single off of the album, “Under the Moon“]

My new album, Fantast, pairs quite well with my first LP, Charmer: both bleed with unmasked personality, briefs looks behind my golden mask.

How has your approach in the production of Fantast differed from that of your debut album, Charmer, if at all?  

When it comes to writing music, I tend to let myself be guided by the winds of creativity. This time I was dragged out of closed environments into the great outdoors. Not sure if it was the moon pulling a trick on me or what exactly happened. On the quest to find myself through music I was guided deeper into nature in my dreams and in reality. I have never been so much in tone with the elements than on Fantast and this made me feel my animalistic side even more. Do I know who I am now? Rather not, but what I did find out is that I’m a Fantast.

Your songs “In The Night” and “Stay The Night” both have an association with nighttime, and this seems only to further contribute to your mystique. When “Stay The Night” dropped, you noted the tonal difference between both tracks, and said that you need your listeners to “experience the other side of my night.” How would you describe what your “night” is, since you’ve indicated that it’s a multifaceted concept.

A transitive experience, where dimensions shift, memories are made and reality melds into fantasy. It’s far more vague than daytime where putative truths make living for me almost unbearable. The night allows a far more emotive spectrum far less defined by science, work ethics and capitalism far more open to pain and joy, yearning and happiness.

You’ve stated that you “are and have always been a ‘Fantast.’” What does being a “Fantast” mean to you? 

All the answers that you may seek are within the music itself. But I’ll spoil you with one of my many truths: My mind is inventive to a stage that tends to transcend some peoples’ imagination.