Ultra Music Festival gears up to make its seventh trip to Africa as the global party brand announces its Phase 1 lineup of Ultra South Africa for next year. The two-day event first touches down in Cape Town, before heading to Johannesburg a day later. The dance brand gargantuan’s South African arm arrives with a lineup that, even in its first phase, offers something for everyone—supplementing the boisterous mainstage acts with talent that brings a bounty of techno and deep house nuance, too.
Ultra South Africa Phase 1 Lineup (in alphabetical order)
In its nascent operating years, Ultra has quickly become Africa’s largest music festival, this year amassing over 50,000 people across its two-day stretch. Ultra’s worldwide expansion now features over 20 global stops, including Bali, Singapore, and Chile, just to name a few.
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.
Zedd and Kehlani kick things off this final Friday of September with their new collaboration, “Good Thing,” and Boys Noize links with Francis and the Lights for “Why Not?” Kaskade keeps it mellow on his new collaboration with TELYkast, “No One Else,” and Zeds Dead join forces with Funkin Matt an Fiora for “Feel So.” AC Slater’s new album includes tunes like “Bad Behavior” with Chris Lorenzo and Purple Velvet Curtains, and Mercer takes on DJ Snake and Majid Jordan’s “Recognize.” Golf Clap and MASTERIA deliver “Mystery Scene” on mau5trap/Insomniac, and Gareth Emery follows “Laserface 01 (Aperture)” with “Laserface 02 (Thoughts In Pieces).” Dimension remixes himself on “If You Want To,” and Gorgon City reveal “Warehouse Mix” and “Terrace Dub” iterations of “There For You.” Tritonal team up with Rosie Darling on “Never Be The Same,” and NGHTMRE remixes Saven Lions, SLANDER, Dabin, and Dylan Matthew’s “First Time.” Galantis bring their piano-filled joy to “Holy Water,” and Tinlicker reveal their new LP, This Is Not Our Universe. Anna Lunoe and Nina Las Vegas cook up a weekend heater, “One Thirty,” and YehMe2 remixes Matoma and Bryn Christopher’s “All Around The World.”
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.
Malaa keeps the tone ominous in the newest visual accompaniment to recent single featuring Jacknife, “Revolt.” In Malaa’s typically noir-leaning fashion, the new video is shot in black and white, and depicts various characters wearing the enigmatic producer’s calling card black mask.
Malaa’s impersonating characters smash cars, tout guns, engaging in a variety of crime-laced stunts throughout the video, inciting total mayhem throughout. The video has an artistic edge, replete with dancers spinning in and out of flames, motorcycles, and more. Tune in below.
DJ Snake and GASHI have long been in cahoots, dating back to Snake’s Encore LP in 2016. From “4 Life” to “Creep On Me” to “Paris” just a few months ago, these two talented artists know how to craft undeniable heaters.
Their latest, following “Paris” on Snake’s Carte Blanche, is “Safety,” this time on GASHI’s self-titled debut album. The tune is effortlessly laid-back, as Snake lends a blissful island beat to serve as a backbone to GASHI’s smooth vocals. “Safety” is sure to please fans of both artists, as Snake’s production is top-of-the-line, and GASHI continues to cement himself as a force to be reckoned with in the hip-hop sphere.
To accompany the tune’s release, GASHI’s created a lyric video that depicts footage of him dancing and singing in the background with scrolling text at the foreground. Check it out below.
2019 promises to be a banner year of production for Electric Daisy Carnival‘s (EDC) East Coast arm in Orlando, as the staple of the Sunshine State festival circuit unveils its largest lineup yet.
The event will bring a broader selection of electronic talent to Tinker Field from November 8-10 as it expands from a two- to a three-day dance affair to accommodate its voracious following. Jam-packed with the genre’s most acclaimed artists, EDC Orlando’s 2019 lineup features 3LAU, ZHU, Kaskade, Habstrakt, Diplo, DJ Snake, CamelPhat, Gorgon City, just to name a few from the star-spangled roster. More than 20 artists will make their timely Orlando debut, including ANNA, FISHER, Nora En Pure, i_o, and San Holo, among others.
An array of stage takeovers further diversifies EDC Orlando’s agenda. Adam Beyer and Green Velvet will curate branded talent for their Drumcode and La La Land demonstrations, respectively. Dreamstate will meanwhile cater to the trance enthusiasts in attendance, while Bassrush, LA’s Factory93, and Insomniac Music Group will assemble their own aural armies across their takeovers. The mau5trap crew is more than likely to further the trademarked fun with a band of We Are Friends envoys.
Passes to EDC Orlando’s 2019 chapter are now available here.
In a new interview with Apple Music‘s Zane Lowe, Parisian hitmaker DJ Snake revealed his July single alongside Burna Boy, “No Option” was originally intended for none other than Rihanna. The track’s distinct dancehall frame would have been the perfect backdrop for a Rihanna smash, but alas, the beat wound up finding a home on DJ Snake’s recently released sophomore LP, Carte Blanche. The reason “No Option” never turned into Rih’s next big hit? Simply put, DJ Snake just loved the beat too much to give it up. According to Snake,
“I made the beat in Paris last year… [Rihanna] wanted this record for a year and we ended up using it. You know because I fell in love with this record and I don’t know…I don’t want to say like the wrong things so all the Rihanna fans is going to kill me. I just had to follow my heart. That’s it.”
The Barbadian pop queen has been long at work on her hotly anticipated ninth LP. Over the last year, sources have signaled to a reggae/dancehall record on the way, with rumors suggesting Rihanna is sorting through as many as 500 songs for the album. Furthermore, Diplo, Skrillex, and Calvin Harris have all been tied to the elusive ninth album as well.
Stream DJ Snake’s full interview with Zane Lowe below.
Their 72-minute set took attendees through an array of both artists’ tunes, sprinkling some IDs and songs from friends like Green Velvet, Valentino Khan, Wax Motif, and many more.
The iconic duo seamlessly wove one heater into the next, no doubt thrilling all who were fortunate enough to be in the crowd. Luckily for the rest of the world, the set has surfaced on DJ Snake’s SoundCloud and is now streamable for all.
Tomorrowland Weekend Two was nothing short of remarkable, closing out their 2019 installment with some ground-breaking highlights. Attendees saw a revamp of the 2012 Book Of Wisdom theme on the main stage, trance-god Armin van Buuren performed two sets on two different stages, including his 15-year tributary performance, Nicky Romero honored his longtime friend, Avicii, and more.
For those who weren’t able to experience the event’s 15th anniversary, Dancing Astronaut has compiled some of the key performances throughout the second weekend’s entirety, including sets from DJ Snake, The Chainsmokers, Martin Solveig, and Laidback Luke. Stream the full live sets below and check out the Weekend One recap here.
DJ Snake has been teasing his sophomore LP for months, and the past few weeks have finally yielded a concrete release date and a full tracklist—giving fans plenty to look forward to as the countdown toward the album’s full release carried on.
While French producer announced that the album would be released in full on July 26, he decided to surprise fans with the full release via Spotify one day early. The album is titled Carte Blanche, and fans have heard a few of the songs already, including “Magenta Riddim,” and hit “Taki Taki” featuring Selena Gomez, Ozuna, and Cardi B, among others. This new project showcases DJ Snake’s willingness to embrace a wide ranging variety of genres within the compilation, and he enlists an equally versatile cast of collaborators and vocalists. The album is out now via Geffen Records.
DJ Snake has been hyping his sophomore album since last summer, and while he’s kept fans at bay with a handful of hits over the last year, anticipation for the upcoming LP is reaching a fever pitch. Now, as the record creeps closer, an official title and release date have surfaced, signaling to a massive summer blockbuster, now known as Carte Blanche, on the way.
Recently, a rumored tracklist surfaced online including contributions from ZHU, Burna Boy, Bryson Tiller, Majid Jordan, and more. The tracklist also includes a French Connection posse cut with Tchami,Mercer, and Malaa, along with the sweeping Cardi B and Selena Gomez-assisted hit “Taki Taki,” “Try Me,” and “Loco.” Carte Blanche is set to land on July 26 via Geffen Records, arriving nearly three years to the day after Snake’s debut LP, Encore.