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.
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.
Star-studded collaborations rule this week’s NMF. Ekali and 1788-L have joined forces to craft a formidable, bass-heavy collaboration, “R U I N,” and Gareth Emery and Ashley Wallbridge continue their powerful slew of releases together with “Lionheart.” Netsky taps Lil Wayne and Bazzi for “I Don’t Even Know You Anymore,” and Zedd and Katy Perry deliver their radio-friendly “365.” Feed Me returns for the second Friday in a row with “Sleepless,” and Kygo releases his first single of the year with “Think About You.” GRiZ and Matisyahu take a stand on gun violence in “A New Day,” and Madeaux brings a sultry, dark atmosphere with “ADDICTED2.” Andrew Bayer delivers an “In My Next Life” mix of 2018’s “In My Last Life” on Anjunabeats. Goshfather puts his own disco-infused twist on Madonna‘s “Like a Prayer” in his new remix, and Liquid Stranger teams up with CloZee for the eerie “Ceremony.” Kill Paris debuted his new album for Valentine’s Day, touting collaborations with the likes of Fatherdude, Big Gigantic, and more, and Armin Van Buuren tugs at listeners’ heartstrings via “Lonely For You” with Bonnie McKee.
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.
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.
Dimitri Thivaios (aka Dimitri Vegas) is joining the International Marvel Cinematic Universe. As one-half of the beloved Belgian DJ duo Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Thivaios is doing right by his superhero fan side in turning success into opportunity.
As one of the biggest dance music acts in the world, the duo has earned some creative involvement with the Disney-owned company in the past, including a limited edition clothing line with Spider-Man inspired designs (unfortunately, the sale only took place through the month of August 2018). “It is a great honor to be able to design and release this Spidey collection,” he said in a statement. “My 12-year old self would be proud!”
Thivaios will voice Peter Parker in the Dutch-dubbed version of Marvel’s upcoming animated film Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse. Laura Tesoro, Koen De Bouw, Alex Agnew, William Boeva, and Jenne Decleir are also set to join the cast that will bridge the language gap for the Netherlands.
Snoop Dogg has made his position on experimenting with music quite prominent in recent years, branching out from his well-known rap career into ventures like his reggae ego Snoop Lion, and even into DJing that came alongside a highly talked-about Boiler Room set. He dives even deeper into the electronic space — this time, on the commercial side of the spectrum — with Julian Banks, Bassjackers, and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike for an infectious, “Bounce.”
The single errs more toward Snoop’s roots, featuring silky verses from the rapper that lead into a festival trap-laden drop that feels a far cry from what one thinks they’d hear from his collaborators, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike. While the piece might be a bit too rough for radio play, it hits hard on the main stage and will more than likely make its rounds as an anthem throughout the coming months.
Tomorrowland releases the initial headliners for the festival’s debut winter edition. Tomorrowland Winter was first announced in March, and the headliners consist of the usual suspects plus a couple surprises.
At an altitude of over 2000 meters, festival stages will be built in the Alpe d’Huez, one of the highest rated ski resorts in Europe. Tickets available will include amenities such as lodging, skiing passes, and a week to remember as the biggest EDM music festival in the world launches the new winter offshoot.
Fans are able to pre-register for tickets at the Tomorrowland Winter website. Seven day packages go on sale Saturday, September 8 at 11am EST. Four day packages go on sale Saturday, September 15 at 11am EST.
The EP kicks off with “Unity,” a heavy collaboration with Hardwell. Festival synths and hardstyle rhythms take over, surprising listeners. Nicky Romero’s feature samples The Chemical Brothers‘ “Hey Boy, Hey Girl,” in another hardstyle heater. “Opa” with KSHMR takes advantage of Greek influences using Bouzouki sounds and electro-house rhythms.
“Arcade Mammoth” is as big and wide as the title suggests. Plucking synths that lead into trance synth melodies is exactly what listeners would expect from this collaboration between Dutch duo, W&W, and the No. 2 DJs on DJ Mag‘s Top 100 DJs list.
There are two Bassjackers alliances on the EP, “All I Need” and “The Jungle.” Both combine elements of trap, electro, and bass music using trap rhythms and eclectic synth whomps.
The project culminates with a calmer verse than previous tracks. Around the two-minute mark, listeners are met with that signature hardstyle fans know and love from Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike. Wiz Khalifa’s vocals add a cooling contrast from the bigger synth play.
Arguably the year’s most coveted dance music festival is currently underway in Belgium, bringing EDM’s finest to the first weekend of Tomorrowland. Ravers come from all over the world, and even more tune in to enjoy the festival’s programming remotely. Now, with day two of Tomorrowland in the books, one of the top highlights for at-home fans has been the plethora of live streams offered by the festival. Check out some of Saturday’s top sets from Armin van Buuren, Axwell, Yellow Claw, and more.
Creamfields announced their 2018 lineup and it’s looking to be behemoth year for the Cheshire-based extravaganza. Rich in both depth and considerable breadth, the festival will bring together 300 artists across 30 stages from August 23–26.
Techno don Carl Cox will be making his return to the festival for the first time in over a decade, where numerous other artists will be making an appearance, showcasing the festival’s keen ability to tap into the full spectrum of dance music. From artists like Skream, Kölsch, and The Black Madonna, to The Chainsmokers, Tiësto, and Above & Beyond, Creamfields 21 promises to be an unmissable installment for all dance aficionados.