Fehrplay puts on deep groove masterclass with latest EP, ‘Zeitgeist’

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Fehrplay puts on deep groove masterclass with latest EP, ‘Zeitgeist’Fehrplay Zeigeist Ep

Fehrplay is back with a fresh dose of analog cinema from his Zeitgeist EP. The two-track effort the latest from the techno and deep house mastermind’s own Mood of Mind imprint. The producer’s already turned in a busy 2018, splitting EP and single releases across his own label and Above & Beyond‘s mighty Anjunabeats. Fehrplay’s latest two-track sees him unleash his creativity with two unique compositions, each one a dark and twisting journey.

The EP’s title track kicks thing off with a bang, as a wall of buzzing synths collapses into a driving bassline. Synthwave-esque pads fade in and out as the breakdown arrives. A majestic, brassy lead rises behind bright strings and carries the energy over the kick before that secret agent soundtrack bassline returns. “Fantome” abandons the driving four-to-the-floor feel, opting instead for a thundering breakbeat while signature Fehrplay plucks and atmospherics tie it all together. Zeitgeist’s world is futuristic and dystopian, but its grooves are powerful enough to uplift listeners in any environment.

Yotto releases uplifting new single ‘Walls’ from forthcoming LP

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Yotto releases uplifting new single ‘Walls’ from forthcoming LPYotto Walls Hyperfall Single

Yotto has graced deep house fans with another stellar cut from his upcoming Hyperfall LP called “Walls.” The track is the third single from the album, which is out on Anjunadeep on September 7. “Walls” is a bit different from previous singles, going brighter than Yotto has gone since his 2017 track, “Edge of Affection.”

The intro beams in like rays of sun, immediately invoking a sense of elation and peace. The beat ushers in a surge of adrenaline, but the track’s light doesn’t dim. A rich, saturated bassline evolves from the driving percussion, as a hypnotic melody rises to meet it. The breakdown takes the melody solo, before a triumphant second top line somewhere between a vocal and synth takes over. The song’s climax is a majestic rush of glowing pads and flickering chord stabs.

Yotto has said his upcoming album will contain “drama, distress and deep, profound contemplation mirrored with relief, and relentless joy.” This latest single unquestionably and beautifully represents that last ingredient to the fullest.

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Lipless turns in rooftop-ready deep house cut with ‘Stranger’

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Lipless turns in rooftop-ready deep house cut with ‘Stranger’Lipless Stranger Patrick Baker

Lipless is back for an end of summer stunner called “Stranger” on Thrive, featuring gorgeous vocals courtesy of recent Lane 8 collaborator Patrick Baker. The new original is just the latest delivery in a handful of tracks the Los Angeles-based producer has released in 2018, having last stepped out with a remix for The Driver Era‘s indie pop anthem “Preacher Man.” After catching ears with remixes for Kaskade and multiple releases Arkade, Lipless has been poised for takeover.  But while quantity has been scarce from the deep house artist lately, his quality is as consistent as ever.

“Stranger” sets the mood immediately with raw piano chords and twinkling marimba. Baker’s voice emerges drenched in reverb, and leads into a silky beat topped with echoing strings. The track is wistful but never gloomy, with a glittering melody that’s as catchy as it is emotive. The mood is primed for the waning days of summer, as fans hope this latest single is a sign of more to come from the deep house producer.

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Bobby Nourmand crafts cavernous remix for New Mystics’ ‘Sparrows’

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Bobby Nourmand crafts cavernous remix for New Mystics’ ‘Sparrows’Bobby Nourmand Sparrow Remi

Bobby Nourmand‘s dominance of the dark and deep continues with a rumbling remix for indie artist New Mystics‘ mournful crooner, “Sparrows.” Nourmand expands his recent streak of haunting releases via his own freshly unveiled label Deep In The Night with the new remix. The producer has demonstrated a deft touch where vocals are concerned, but the lush bed of layers he crafts for New Mystics’ voice this time around may be his one of his best efforts of the year.

The mood immediately turns wistful, introducing “Sparrows” in a wash of vocal ambiance and bass as sounds of nature echo and swirl. New Mystics’ verses float lightly over a thudding kick and a warm sub bass, that seems to surround the ears from all angles. Dusty percussion rolls join the arrangement in the latter half, but the track’s appeal lies in the atmospheric intrigue until the very end. The result is an introspective blend of deep techno, dub, and texture making for another aced piece from Nourmand.

Tiësto remixed Ed Sheeran’s ‘Happier’

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Tiësto remixed Ed Sheeran‘s “Happier,” off his 2017 best-selling album, ÷. This is a massive collaboration and the result is no surprise: it’s amazing. Tiësto sounds like he’s flexing his Kygo muscle, as the producer’s light, deep house cuddle’s Sheeran’s folksy voice with melodic, rumbling synths.

The king of trance kept to Sheeran’s minimal vibe, adding euphoric builds and a driving house beat to an originally somber vibe. The bed of ambiance hugs the track, letting listeners know, everything will be okay.

The remix was released off Tiësto’s AFTR:HRS label, which is his deep house imprint. The label boss has been producing vibes recently. His last release was an uplifting, hip-hop, pop track, “Jackie Chan,” with Post Malone and Dzeko. “Boom” featuring Gucci Mane is techno fire. Watch out 2018, Tiësto is out to have another stellar year.

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Oliver Heldens delivers a deep house remix of Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa’s ‘One Kiss’

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Calvin Harris dropped three remixes of his most recent Billboard success “One Kiss,” with Dua Lipa. Oliver Heldens, ZHU, and Jauz each had the pleasure of remixing the Scotsman’s production.

Heldens gives the original his signature deep house, murky melodies. The distorted bass creates a stark contrast between Lipa’s optimistic, top-end pop vocals and the body-trembling, low-ends of the hook. With a bed of organ synths, Lipa’s voice produces that giddy anticipation of attraction while the drop pulls the rug out from under the listener, falling deep in love on the dance floor.

 

Monolink describes growing into his musical self and the inspiration behind ‘Amniotic’ [Q&A]

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In recent years, a new type of artist has been developing in Germany, one as unique as he is talented. This artist is called Monolink, and his music is a blend of his own voice, his guitar, and craftily arranged, satisfying electronica. His music has been so well received, in fact, that some are pointing to him as one of the most innovative new artists on the scene. After several years developing his  project and building out his repertoire, he released his highly anticipated debut album, Amniotic, on the boutique German imprint, Embassy One Records. We caught up with Monolink to see about getting a better understanding of who he is, and from where his music comes.


Amniotic is an interesting title for your debut album. Tell us about what that word means to you in this context, and why you chose it.
The title came to me when I was writing the lyrics for the opening track, which is also called “Amniotic.” Amniotic fluid is the liquid that an unborn baby lives in, and for the first months of our lives, it is the only reality we know, where we only float in our subconscious. The song is about being born, or maybe the moments right before, and I felt like it suited the whole idea of the album very well, since it’s my first full body of work.

You have such a unique sound. Who are some of your musical inspirations?
I always felt very much inspired by Nicolas Jaar and his approach to electronic music. For a long time, it was mostly based on sampling and editing old songs with new sound elements. To me, that sounded like the future, and a dystopian one, due to the quality of the old samples. When I heard Darkside’s (one of his side projects) first EP, it was unlike anything I had listened to before, and I knew this was something I’d want to do as well.

I was also always really interested in stories and lyrics. During the time I was playing as a singer-songwriter, my main inspirations were Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen and all those old masters of words. So the whole idea for this project was to bring those two worlds together.

Tell us about how you got started making this form of live electronic music, coupled with your voice and your guitar. What lead you to start this project?
I guess moving to Berlin in 2009 had a strong impact on me. I was really inspired by the music scene here. The first years, I was playing in bars and on the streets, and I was all about folk music. I was then drawn into the world of electronic music, the clubs, and the whole community around it. It was completely new to me, and unlike anything I had known before—a different way of listening to music. There were still stories being told, not with words, but with energy and repetition. You would listen with your body, and not so much your mind. That fascinated me, so I soon started producing electronic music, taking material from the songs I had written before. I also realized I could play my songs live instead of just sampling them. I still wanted to play concerts and create a live music experience, but I also wanted to add a new layer of sound, letting people feel it and dance to it.

We know you’ve been out touring around the world for quite some time already. What’s one of your best stories from life on the road?
I once got to play for the queen of Thailand! After I finished school, I was traveling in Southeast Asia for some months, and I joined a Thai band in a little town close to Bangkok. We played cover shows in clubs and bars, until one New Year’s Eve, when we were booked to play the queen’s party, at her summer residency. It was a huge, beautiful place, all surrounded by a national park. When the queen arrived, the band had to stop the music, and we all got on our knees to pay respect. The queen, for some reason, was dressed up in a cowboy costume and walked right up to me (I was the only foreigner there). She asked me where I was from, and when I said, “Germany,” she laughed and replied to me in German, telling me that she studied in Switzerland. She then, for the rest of the night, made all her announcements in German, with me being the only one in the room who could understand her. It made me smile. This was long before I started Monolink, but still a story I like to remember.

After releasing a full-length album like Amniotic, what comes next for you?
I’m working on a full concert show with a band at the moment, which is really exciting for me. As much as I love playing at techno events, playing shows in concert venues will open up so many new possibilities: working with lights and visuals, creating a full body experience. We’re going to start touring in fall, and after that I want to start working on my second album.

We’ll close with a fun one. If you could have one artist remix a track from the album, which artist and which song would you choose? Why?
I would love to have David August remix. I can really relate to the music he makes; I feel like we have a very similar view on sound aesthetics. Which song is a difficult one, though. Maybe the opener, “Amniotic?” I don’t always like the way my vocals sound on record, but in that track, I love the way the harmonies work together. I think he would like it, too.

 

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Techno Tuesday: My Favorite Robot select the tracks that define their MFR Imprint

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Techno Tuesday is a feature on Dancing Astronaut documenting the culture of underground dance music. We’ll bring you exclusive interviews, tracks, and narratives from artists within the techno, tech house, and deep house world in an effort to shed light on some of the best talent outside the world of mainstream dance music.

My Favorite Robot maintain an enduring mission: to spread love for more nuanced shades of dance music as widely as possible, all while refusing to define themselves under any one label. The result of this mission? A diverse repertoire of compositions, each containing a skillful balance of house, progressive, and tech elements that are fused into a cohesive whole. Their approach to musicmaking and their unique sound in general has led to the Canadian duo landing on multiple prolific labels, the likes of which include Last Night On Earth, Crosstown Rebels, and No. 19.

My Favorite Robot - 2018

Beyond releases on other labels, My Favorite Robot have one of their own, dubbed MFR Records. Their brainchild has come far from its humble beginnings, signing Kenny Glasgow, Clarian, Emerson Todd, and other greats into its fold over time, just to name a few. The label has just crossed into its milestone 10th birthday, moving at full speed ahead into its next decade of existence.

We wrangled the outfit ahead of embarking on their celebratory label tour, which kicked off mid-April, and got them to give us a list of what they’ve deemed to be label-defining releases over the years. Enjoy the selections!

 


2008 – My Favorite Robot – In The Dark

2009 – Kenny Glasgow – ‘Something Special’

2010 – Jonny White & My Favorite Robot – ‘Desensitize’ (Chloe Remix)

2011 – Nitin – ‘Blink Twice’

2012 – Fairmont – ‘Old Ways’

2013 – Tim Paris – ‘Outback, Stones, & Vinyl’

2014 – Clarian – ‘Unrest’

2015 – My Favorite Robot – ‘Glass To The End’

2016 – Jori Hulkkonen – ‘Black Books’

2017 – Rodion & Local Suicide – ‘Abu Dhabi (Los Mekanikos Remix)’

2018 – Sebastopol – ‘Friday To Sunday’

 

Remaining Tour Dates:

May 12 – Enter the Dragon [Munich, GER]
May 12 – Groove Club [Mexicali, MEX]
May 15 – Techno Taco Tuesdays [Las Vegas, NV]
May 18 – Solset at Firehouse [San Diego, CA]

Yolanda Be Cool assemble breezy new playlist ahead of Splash House [EXCLUSIVE]

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Palm Springs will undergo it’s semi-annual transformation into a dance-fueled desert oasis come June 8, as Splash House‘s first edition makes its rounds through its usual home resorts.

The Goldenvoice institution turns five this year, and to switch things up, lineups are staggered as well. June’s roster has just been unveiled, revealing a bevy of acts like What So Not, Duke Dumont, Dusky, and more that will take help guide festivities in the most raucous of fashions.

Australian duo Yolanda Be Cool will also be taking the decks over the weekend; however, they simply could not contain their excitement for the upcoming festivities. Appropriately, they’ve created a fresh new playlist for Dancing Astronaut that is pumped with tunes matching their musical aesthetic: mellow, grooving, and sunny. Within minutes, the vibe will be too infectious not to dance along to!

 

Shiba San throws down Chicago house in new ‘Off To Funk’ EP

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Dirtybird deity, Shiba San returns to Relief Records with his newest EP, Off To Funk, his second release on the Green Velvet-founded Chicago-based label.

The producer’s patriarchal presence in the house and tech scenes began after the release of 2015’s wall-to-wall club track “OKAY.” Since, he has embarked on world tours and worked alongside some of the most prestigious names in his respective genre, including Dirtybird label head, Claude VonStroke and Green Velvet himself, for their collaborative 2017 EP, Fearless. 

The four-track extended play, Off To Funk, features two original extended cuts, as well as two coinciding, shortened club mixes. The EP sees Shiba embrace the deeper, classic Chicago style house and tech elements that are so very characteristic of Green Velvet and the Relief imprint. In “Back To Funk,” a deep bass line thumps alongside rattling hi-hats and the repeated sample chop, “Back to funk/Freak the funk.”Comparatively, “Off” proves more melodic, with a colorful, highly texturized synth line alongside a crooning female vocal cut. Coming in with four new, satisfying club-ready house products, Shiba San has found a fitting home away from home on Relief’s roster.