CRAY embodies dark pop on ‘seasons change and so do i’ EP

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CRAY has released a seven-track EP, seasons change and so do i, trading in her DJ gear to express her indie-pop side. The personal extended play is about her evolution as an artist while turning heartbreak into self love. The Twitch gamer and producer took a big step this year, signing to Ultra Records, where this project is signed. This signing helped her work with producers Dan Whittemore, Naderi, Alex Mendoza, and Cameron Hale to bring her darkened pop vision to life, joining her on her new sonic direction.

“This EP was written over a year and half period,” CRAY said of the project in a press release. “The first half of the EP was written when I was in a relationship and was struggling with being okay and happy and the end half I wrote when the relationship ended. It’s very much like a diary and that’s why the artwork is hand made and the songs have dates next to them to explain the journey of when I wrote them.” 

She adds, “This EP is almost a story of falling out of love with someone and back into love with yourself. It’s angry, sad, hopeful and powerful. My inspiration for this is directly from my experiences and my writing, each song is personal and true to me and the writing process was emotional for me but very therapeutic as well.”

CRAY is continuing to tour and play festivals in addition to intimate seasons change and so do i showcases in Los Angeles and New York City.

Photo credit: CRAY Facebook

CRAY releases ‘idontwannatalkaboutlove’—the first taste from her upcoming EP via Ultra Music

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Coming off her Lollapalooza performance and gaming activation with fellow pro-gamer, Ninja, CRAY continues her hot streak with brand new music. “idontwannatalkaboutlove” the first taste of an upcoming EP CRAY has been working on which will be released on Ultra Records , the title of which is to-be-announced. It’s a stripped-back, pop-leaning electro feeler that presents an air of empowerment amid the mystic, yet somber harmonies, driving synths and authentic lyrics.

CRAY passed along a quote about her new track in a press release:

“The title says it all. I don’t want to talk about love. I wrote this song sharing my frustrations with how I felt my story or my music was being overshadowed by my love life. So many people would tell me any relationship I’m in was ‘goals’ or perfect, but it was really nothing like that on the inside.

Everything looks pretty from afar. I feel like in our society it’s so easy to get caught up on needing to find love and it to be a huge portion of your life. But finding who you are, and being passionate about what you want to do, is so much more important. Stay true to yourself and do not let anything or anyone overshadow who you are.

The artist is wrapping up a North American run, with remaining dates including stops in Portland, Las Vegas, and Tuscon. She’ll likely be picking up again not long following the EP release.

Photo Credit: Sam Kern

NMF Roundup: Medasin and Felly team up, 1788-L and Deathpact deliver ‘M A L F U N K T’ + 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.

A-Trak kicks off this week’s new music offerings with a groovy remix of Showtek‘s “Listen To Your Momma.” Medasin delivers his second release of the year, “At Fault,” with Felly, and 1788-L and Deathpact make a powerful team on “M A L F U N K T.” Claude VonStroke summons warm weather with “Getting Hot,” and Calvin Harris releases a 2019 edit of “I’m Not Alone.” Shadient‘s Divide EP makes its debut on Gud Vibrations with tracks like “Cyclone,” and Goldroom follows “Cocaine Girl” with “Yellow Flowers.” Cheat Codes and Kaskade craft a bouncing new single, “Be The One,” and Jai Wolf‘s The Cure to Loneliness LP has finally arrived with tracks like “Drowning” with Robokid. GRiZ‘s album has also arrived, delivering a barrage of good vibes with tracks like “Cruise Control,” and Alison Wonderland drops off her latest single, “Peace.” Destructo and Gerry Gonza keep the dance floor moving with “Rubber Band,” and Bassnectar unveils his latest compilation, complete with tracks like “Irresistible Force.” Varien melds genres with his latest, “Born of Blood, Risen From Ash,” and Conro dances into the weekend with “Remember You” on Monstercat.

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.

Honoring the ladies of dance music this International Women’s Day [Playlist]

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The music industry is filled with women whose lives revolve around their work and in bettering the scene in general, and they are more than worthy of daily recognition for their efforts. It hasn’t always been easy; even in 2019 quite a few feel the need to work double just to receive the same respect as their male counterparts, or even to be taken seriously in general. That being said, the most admirable thing about women in the industry is that the fight continues anyhow—artists like Alison Wonderland , Charlotte de Witte, REZZ, TOKiMONSTA, Sophie, and more continually break boundaries with their sound, while female publicists, managers, and others work nonstop behind the scenes to propel others careers without taking credit for themselves.

In recent years, some headway has finally been made industry-wide to respect and recognize these women. Public pressure has made for greater female representation on festival billing and greater respect across the industry, while others are seeing tougher consequences for misogynistic behaviors. There’s still a ways to go toward equality, but the optimism is high.

This International Women’s Day, we at Dancing Astronaut feel it’s necessary to pay our respects to these groundbreakers and boundary pushers, and thus present this playlist as a way to mark the occasion. The names above, plus Mija, Nora En Pure, CRAY, Honey Dijon, ANNA, and The Black Madonna are just a few of the many caliber acts featured.

We also recognize the ladies behind this very website who keep the lights on day in and day out: Robyn, Bella, Rachel, Farrell, Nellie, Natalie P, Natalie D, Jessica, Elizabeth, and Christina.

Our proverbial hats go off to all women today.



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Cray adds new dimensions in her remix of Jai Wolf’s, ‘Lost’

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Only a few weeks after release “Fractions,” Cray has put her own touch on Jai Wolf‘s emotive release “Lost” featuring Chelsea Jade. “Lost” ended Jai Wolf’s 16-month hiatus from releasing music, and the indie electronic original features soothing vocals juxtaposed against a flowing electro backdrop that is an enchanting end to the producer’s silence.

Cray initially slows down the  BPM to focus on Jade’s vocals, leading the listener to believe that this remix would be anchored on melancholic vocal stretches with rather than being outrightly electronica in nature. However, Cray adds in a jolting twist with layers of euphoric electronic notes and an additional bassline that increases her version’s energy. She certainly adds a new dimension to the original.



Cray soothes with new release ‘Fractions’

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Cheney Ray is an artist who seems to “do it all.” Better known as Cray in the music world, the Canadian born gamer, producer, DJ, and vocalist is back with a new piece titled “Fractions.” She has also released an accompanying music video that as enamoring as the song itself.

“Fractions” features Ray’s smooth vocals and a downtempo backdrop that work together to manifest a relaxing framework. It is perfect for someone needing a moment of respite and calm, and it is a welcome addition to her growing collection of releases. Those who follow Ray on social media know that she has been touting a new hair style, with half of her hair dyed Brunette and the other half dyed Blonde. The video is a juxtaposition of her two sides, showing off her multifaceted nature in and out of the studio.

Los Angeles’ Brownies & Lemonade announces inaugural tour

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Brownies & Lemonade has spent years making a name for itself on the Los Angeles party circuit. Now known for putting on shows with impeccably on-trend bass, trap and future artists, open aux cord nights, secret venues, even more secret lineups, B&L has become a stalwart in the LA electronic scene through grassroots measures.

But the spontaneous and secretive nature of the events they put on is now shifting. After weeks of teasing new party locations on Twitter, the group announced its first-ever Brownies & Lemonade tour. Featuring the party’s frequently featured artists like Alexander Lewis, CRAY, KRANE, Luca Lush and Vincent, the tour will kick off on September 29 in San Diego. With nine total dates culminating in a show on December 8 in Houston, Brownies & Lemonade will tour the western half of North America. More information is available on the B&L website, where tickets are on sale now.

CRAY shares the Jersey edit of ‘Peaches’

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CRAY has something to celebrate. Nearly three years after making her debut with “1UP,” the Los Angeles-based producer has hit 100,000 followers on Instagram and has used the occasion to give back to her fans.

The first in a promised string of free download releases comes the “Jersey edit” of her track “Peaches.” The original, released earlier in 2018, is a laid-back Jersey club track with synths and vocal sampling that give it a total air of cool. Now, with this new edit, CRAY has added some drum & bass elements and re-sampled pieces of the track to give it a new heightened energy.

Electric Zoo announces ferocious phase two line-up additions: Alesso, Tiësto, Chris Lorenzo, Destructo, and more

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Made Event‘s titanic New York-based festival, Electric Zoo, is celebrating its tenth birthday this Labor Day Weekend, August 31st–September 2nd. To mark the momentous double-digit occasion, the wildlife-themed event has added two more headlining artists in Alesso and Tiësto to join the star-studded cast of talent that already tops the 2018 bill: KaskadeMarshmelloMartin Garrix, and Virtual Self.

Other notable acts joining on phase two include: Alexander Lewis, Bonnie x Clyde, Boogie T, Chris Lorenzo, Chuurch, Crankdat, Destructo, DNMO, Dubfire, G Jones, Habstrakt, Jauz, Kayzo, Lost Frequencies, Luzcid, Medasin, Party Favor, Petey Clicks, Space Jesus, Spencer Brown, Squnto, Stööki Sound, Whipped Cream, and YehMe2.

Electric Zoo’s ‘Big 10’ birthday bash will feature additional stages curated by Anjunabeats, Deadbeats, Hyperhouse, and Sunday School.

Tickets to Electric Zoo are currently on sale to the general public, and can be purchased here.

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