What So Not stops by for a guest mix on Louis The Child’s ‘Playground Radio’

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Australian electronic sensation What So Not was met with a friendly welcome when he stopped by Louis The Child’s radio show for the 43rd edition of Playground Radio.

The longtime scene staple took the opportunity to flex his tastemaking tact. His selections range from whimsy Tame Impala to undiscovered experimentalists like Quiet Bison. Between offerings, the trio of tried-and-true electronic icons discuss inspiration, touring, and new what’s cooking in What So Not’s release cannon. The “Gemini” producer discloses he’s got some odd 60 demos on deck for imminent release.

Check out what’s on What So Not’s radar these days, in a very special hour of Playground Radio. And catch him live at Your Paradise festival next month or Holy Ship! Wrecked in January.

Track List

Tame Impala – It Might Be Time [WEEKEND TRACK] (0:45)
Miguel – Funeral (6:35)
Wafia – Flowers & Superpowers (8:45)
Quiet Bison – Spectral Range (14:55)
DROELOE – Only Be Me (Duskus Remix) (19:37)
TSURUDA – FUBAR (30:44)
Ngaiire – Once (36:34)
A-Trak, Kimbra & Mark Foster – Warrior (What So Not Remix) (43:31)
Les Sins – Grind (49:21)
Louis The Child & Drew Love – Free [PLAYGROUND PICK] (56:44)

Gryffin solidifies two years of preparation with his 16-track debut LP, ‘Gravity’

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It’s been more than a two-year odyssey for Gryffin since the groundwork for his freshman full-length effort, Gravity, was initially set into motion during the fall of 2017. The project’s aggregate roll-out, which constituted a formal five-track EP release last December, as well as close to a dozen official singles, has decisively come full circle following its lead single introduction with “Nobody Compares To You.”

From bubbling beneath the charts with unofficial SoundCloud remixes to formally producing music in tandem with an abundance of Grammy-nominated acts, Gryffin has navigated a meticulous avenue to his current feat: Gravity out in its entirety, containing a track list that spans 16 sublime titles.

While there are more than a modest number of never-before-heard Gryffin productions to briskly dive into, the 11 previous singles from Gravity cannot be forgotten, including hits like “Remember” with Zohara, “Tie Me Down” with Elley Duhé, “All You Need To Know” with Slander, “OMG” with Carly Rae Jepsen in addition to a myriad of others.

In preparation for the album’s forthcoming release just over the past month, Gryffin unwrapped two final gifts as he continued to exemplify that there would not be a single mediocre listing on Gravity with “Baggage” alongside Gorgon City and AlunaGeorge, and most recently, “Body Back.” In terms of brand new music from Gryffin, perhaps the most enticing listen from the unbeknownst album designations is his long-awaited union alongside Seven Lions, which was debuted during the very first GRAVITY II LIVE spectacle in Brooklyn this past August.

Comprehensively, Gravity is engulfed with transcendent productions that encompass further collaborations with DROELOE, a reunion alongside Zohara, and a duet between MARINA and Model Child. For those fortuitous enough to be in attendance for any of Gryffin’s live performances this past summer, he treated fans to his ethereal drumline-induced introductory piece as the project’s commencing piece that provides the cherry on top to one of the year’s most remarkable dance music bodies of work.

Stream Gravity in full below, and purchase tickets to any of Gryffin’s forthcoming GRAVITY II LIVE shows during the remainder of this fall and winter.

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‘A Promise Is Made’ provides finale to DROELOE’s past, present, future EP series

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With the release of A Promise Is Made, DROELOE draw their past, present, and future-themed EP series to a cinematic close. The 10-track album conceptually centers on the interpersonal distance that technology can create, with its lead single, “Virtual Friends” serving as a moody microcosm in its repetition of the lyrics “I don’t want to be alone, with my fingers on my phone.”

“Virtual Friends” successors, “Broken Bricks” and “Grind & Hustle” likewise appear on the A Promise Is Made track list, leaving steamers seven previously unreleased songs to shuffle through. A Promise Is Made is noticeably collaboratively light: Iris Penning, PJOTR V, and Kalulu are the sole artists whom DROELOE enlist on the EP. The result: a production that unadulteratedly foregrounds the inventive eccentricity of DROELOE’s sound.

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NMF Roundup: Oliver Heldens and Riton team up, No Mana remixes Kiiara + 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.

Oliver Heldens and Riton link with Vula for their new groovy collaboration, “Turn Me On,” and No Mana takes on Kiiara’s “Bipolar.” Kaskade takes his Meghan Trainor collab to another level with the release of a “club mix,” and The Knocks tap R&B crooner Gallant for “Exit Sign.” 3LAU caters to a wide audience on “Miss Me More,” and M83 follows up “Temple of Sorrow” with “Lune de fiel.” Armin van Buuren and Tempo Giusto take things up a notch with “Mr. Navigator,” and Sub Focus and Wilkinson prove to be a formidable drum ‘n’ bass duo on “Illuminate.” AC Slater delivers some new Night Bass heat with “Laid Off,” and DROELOE and Kalulu keep it light on “Broken Bricks.” After debuting the tune on DA earlier this week, Nora En Pure releases her remix of “Lost Souls,” and Machinedrum reveals new possibilities for San Holo’s “Lost Lately.” In another DA-debuted piece this week, Eli Brown rocks steady on “Come Together,” and Morgan Page and HAILENE tug at listeners’ heartstrings on “Footprints.”

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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DROELOE treat listeners to the first taste of forthcoming EP with ‘Virtual Friends’

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Ever electronically inventive, Dutch duo DROELOE are back with a brand new original, “Virtual Friends.” The single is the first from their forthcoming third EP, A Promise Is Made, and is defined by low, moody chords. It stands in stark contrast to the tonal brightness of DROELOE’s previous release, a whimsical remix of Petit Biscuit‘s “We Were Young.”

Crepuscular chords rise and fall in the opening seconds of the track as the male vocal slowly fades in. That the track is a rumination on solitude is evident in the lyrics that this vocalist verbalizes: “I don’t want to be alone, with my fingers on my phone.” 

The main idea behind the song is about how differences between online and in-person communication can lead to a feeling of disconnect

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The shifting background beat underlies the vocal arches with clean drum strikes. In characteristic DROELOE style, tight percussion constructs “Virtual Friend’s” builds. The drops are punctuated by clean pops of bass, accented by the tinny sound of bells.

A Promise Is Made will be the final chapter in DROELOE’s past, present, future themed EP series. The EP, which will release via bitbird on October 11, will conceptually center on the interpersonal distance that technology can create.

NMF Roundup: NGHTMRE and ZHU link for new single, JOYRYDE reveals ‘MADDEN’ + 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.

NGHTMRE and ZHU have linked with Kidd Keem to deliver the delectable “Man’s First Inhibition,” and Seven Lions, MitiS, and RBBTS join forces on “Break The Silence.” JOYRYDE has revealed the third single from his forthcoming LP, “MADDEN,” and Adventure Club, Said the Sky, and Caly Bevier flex their skills on “Already Know.” Duke & Jones try their hand at remixing Party Favor and graves’ “Reach For Me,” and Gareth Emery continues his Laserface takeover with “Laserface 01 (Aperture).” Fox Stevenson announces his debut album with the release of “Hold Steady,” and David Guetta and MORTEN take on a remix of Avicii’s “Heaven.” Also in today’s remix game is Ross From Friends, who puts his own spin on Flume and London Grammar’s “Let You Know.” Mura Masa and Clairo thrill with their release of “I Don’t Think I Can Do This Again,” and Ilan Bluestone reworks Cosmic Gate and Emma Hewitt’s “Be Your Sound.”

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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DROELOE announce split after four years together

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DROELOE have officially decided to go their separate ways, ending an iconic four-year chapter in their careers. The duo began hinting at the end of their time together at the end of July this year, 2019, posting a status on their social media platforms that read, “A promise is made | The Final Chapter.” On August 3, they confirmed split rumors with a heartfelt statement.

“After 4 years of being on this wild roller-coaster ride called DROELOE together its time to turn over a new leaf, divide & conquer and reach our maximum potential.” Began DROELOE when sharing the news. “We’ll tell you more soon.”

They later adjusted their post to tell fans that “this isn’t the end.” This might mean that one of the members will be continuing on under the DROELOE moniker, similar to what unfolded when Flume departed from the What So Not project. It appears as though they will be putting out one final record together on August 23, per promo on their Instagram, and potentially capping off their time together with a last tour. Only time will tell as their “final chapter” takes flight.

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DROELOE offer animated rework of Petit Biscuit’s ‘We Were Young’

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Petit Biscuit‘s work with featured artist, JP Cooper, resulted in a smooth flowing, mid-tempo production with a mellow overall makeup, “We Were Young.” Reliable when it comes to turning a release on its head, bitbird mainstays, DROELOE re-envision Petit Biscuit’s original in a remix that emanates the two-piece outfit’s signature sound: percussion-reliant builds and whimsically textural breakdowns.

DROELOE make a number of impactful revisions to Petit Biscuit’s original single. The duo first quicken the pace of their rework. DROELOE’s take then progresses with crisp, percussive-heavy mounts that crest in clean, drum-assisted drops. In characteristic DROELOE style, the re-imagination is plucky and youthful in energy.

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Zeds Dead announces remix package with collaborative project on the horizon

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2019 is a big year for the bass-heads, as Zeds Dead is in full swing since teaming up with Delta Heavy on “Lift You Up.” The drum ‘n’ bass collaboration was followed by reworks of the Billie Eilish hit “bury a friend” and Diplo‘s “Close To Me,” as well as original collaborations with Dion Timmer and, more recently, DROELOE on “Stars Tonight.” However, fans learned over the past few months that these releases are leading towards something bigger on the horizon.

In May, the Toronto-born duo took to Twitter to announce a full collaborative project, confirming that “Rescue” featuring Dion Timmer and Delaney Jane would be included.

Rescue is off an upcoming project we’re putting out where we collaborate with a lot of our friends and artists that we play in our sets. The project kind of embodies the type of feel we’re trying to create with our label Deadbeats,” they wrote.

As label heads, they’ve been commended for building a unique roster of creatives from all over the electronic and bass music spectrum, including 1788-L, BLU J, Grandtheft, and more. With the synergistic work that’s come out of their Deadbeats imprint of late, there’s a lot to look forward to in the upcoming album. The boys took to Twitter to confirm a 10-track remix package for “Lift You Up” will precede the project.

The guys are clearly hard at work, continuing to tour the globe well into Fall 2019. Fans can catch performances at Tomorrowland July 19, HQ2 Beachclub in Atlantic City July 28, Veld Music Festival in their hometown come August, with more dates to come.

Zeds Dead and DROELOE craft elaborate bass tune, ‘Stars Tonight’

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Zeds Dead have teamed up with Dutch duo DROELOE for a new release, “Stars Tonight,” which DROELOE debuted at their recent Spring Awakening performance. The two groups have been teasing the track on their social media channels, and the unlikely combination has led to a melodic bass-fused release that showcases the best of both production duos.

The track begins with pounding synths and light accents that build as a vocal weaves in and out of the notes. “Stars Tonight” then drops into what the listener would perceive to be the drop, until another build falls into extended bass themes. The track takes the listener through sonic twists and turns, and the multiple drops within the release all show live performance potential.

The track is out now via Zeds Dead’s own imprint, Deadbeats.