In the spirit of Pride, Apple Music releases 16 exclusives DJ mixes

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In the spirit of Pride, Apple Music releases 16 exclusives DJ mixesApplemusic

Apple Music continues to celebrate Gay Pride with the curation and delivery of 16 fabulous mixes from a selection of the global LGBTQ+ community’s favorite and most supportive tastemakers. Including exclusive mixes from Anjunabeats standout Andrew Bayer, rainbow-riding bass phenom Ducky, and J. Worra, whose sound has proven to be as techy and sub-centric as it is gnarly, the series highlights just how central the LGBTQ+ community is across the entire dance music spectrum.

“Club culture IS queer culture” says Loren Granich, musical director of Cali queer crew Rhonda INTL, “and we’re honored to work with so many brilliant international artists from the queer community who embody this ethos while continuing to push musical & sexual boundaries.” The LA-based polysexual bash was the liason for sets from Newbody, Dopplegang, Patrick Mason and Lauren Flax.

See below for a full list of the artists and their mixtapes, and head over to Apple Music to hear the mixes in full.

Glovibes – Bonanza Selection Part 1

J. Worra – Pride 2019 Mixtape

B!tch Be Cool – Fever

Baby Blue – Baby Blue’s Astral Lovers Mix 

Kitty Glitter – Glitter Pride

Sveta – A Love Letter From Sydney To New York – World Pride

Argonaut – Argonaut’s World Pride Paradiso 

Kittens – No Shame

Sasha Marie – soft high. 

Ducky – I Can’t Think Straight 

Newbody – Pride: A Deeper Love, Mixed for Rhonda INTL

Dopplegang – Pride: A Deeper Love, Mixed for Rhonda INTL

Patrick Mason – Pride: A Deeper Love, Mixed for Rhonda INTL

Lauren Flax – Pride: A Deeper Love, Mixed for Rhonda INTL

KANDY – LOUD AND PROUD

Andrew Bayer – Pride 2019 Mix

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DUCKY delivers dubstep heater, ‘Addicted to Your Distance’

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DUCKY delivers dubstep heater, ‘Addicted to Your Distance’Ducky 1

Los Angeles-based electronic sweetheart DUCKY returns with her fourth release of 2019, “Addicted to Your Distance.” Debuting on Zeds Dead‘s Deadbeats imprint, the single follows her four-track EP, I Still Believe in Love, aligning thematically with the EP’s personal heartbreak backstory. “Addicted to Your Distance” is undeniably the next chapter in DUCKY’s growth, with lyricism centered on moving on from a past relationship and unforgiving bass packed into the production.

The track employs signature DUCKY elements, from her synthesized vocals to her eclectic fusion of dubstep and happy hardcore-inspired sound. Speedy vocal chops serve as buildup to a heavy drop that packages frenetic synths and punchy bass into a classic dubstep production. DUCKY’s angelic voice juxtaposes the thrashing sound design, ultimately delivering a melodic ensemble of bass-infused stylings. Echoing her self-molded genre of music, “Addicted to Your Distance” capitalizes on DUCKY’s ability to put a gaming-inspired twist on heavy-hitters.

Lunar Lunes: Chet Porter remixes ODESZA, Walker & Royce spread the ‘Word,’ YehMe2 takes on the Spice Girls + more

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Lunar Lunes: Chet Porter remixes ODESZA, Walker & Royce spread the ‘Word,’ YehMe2 takes on the Spice Girls + moreODESZA Bumbershoot 8 Jonathan Gipaya

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.

As part of ODESZA‘s newest set of A Moment Apart remixes, Chet Porter has put an ethereal spin on album standout, “Line of Sight.” Louis Futon flips James Blake’s “Retrograde” in his newest release, and YehMe2 takes on the Spice Girls’ iconic “Wannabe” in his freshest remix. BIJOU has released some new house heat on Insomniac Records, and Walker & Royce have done the same on HotBoi Records with “Word.” The Knocks reveal the latest to remix a New York Narcotic track: Wankelmut with a funky new take on “Retrograded.” DUCKY thrills with a new EP, and formidable Swarm puts a dark twist on Roniit’s “Visceral.” Dustycloud returns to Tchami‘s CONFESSION imprint with “Reckless,” and Braxton channels nighttime vibes with a new Anjuna release, “When The Sun Goes Down.” Sweekuh taps Love, Alexa and Faze on a new single, “Where Do We Let Go” and R3HAB turns the energy up on Mabel’s “Don’t Call Me Up.”

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).


Photo credit: Jonathan Gipaya

DUCKY shares Valentine’s Day EP, ‘I Still Believe In Love’ [Stream]

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DUCKY shares Valentine’s Day EP, ‘I Still Believe In Love’ [Stream]Ducky 1

DUCKY is aiding listeners in seeing the only red that matters this Valentine’s Day with her I Still Believe In Love EP.

The aptly titled, four-track EP arrives on through her own Quackhouse imprint. DUCKY’s painted persona washes over the tracks; her honeyed vocals serve as an animated focal point of the gamey, melodic dubstep project. Ducky recently shared “Day Zero,” the EP’s opening track, ahead of the full release this past January.

DUCKY’s production dexterity stretches from anthems in the hardcore realm to spaced-out experimental. She started DJing at the ripe age of 13, quickly becoming enraptured by LA’s sprawling club locales. In that time, she’s acquired auspicious releases with the likes of Insomniac and Nest, to name a few.

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Rusko to release new EP on Zeds Dead’s Deadbeats imprint, plots return to old-school dubstep with ‘Squeeze’

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Rusko to release new EP on Zeds Dead’s Deadbeats imprint, plots return to old-school dubstep with ‘Squeeze’Rusko

Rusko is releasing a new five-track EP on Zeds Dead‘s Deadbeats label, teasing the inbound project with a single that returns to his UK dubstep roots, “Squeeze.” In fact, the venerated dubstep flag-bearer looks to explore this theme throughout the entirety of his upcoming extended play. The final EP cut was decided at Lost Lands Festival, an opportunity Rusko took in 2018 to test a big batch of new music. The songs that performed the best made it on the project.

“Squeeze” hits listeners with a reggae bounce and melody while Rusko’s signature gritty synth drives the track. He told Billboard in a recent interview that he’s trying to put the “dub” back in dubstep and focus on melody, breaking from the popular hardcore riddim bass. “It’s a deliberate attempt to to rekindle those fires of the old vibe,” says the “Woo Boost” vet.

Rusko also mentioned he has a collaborations with Bassnectar (about time) and Ducky in the works. The EP is set to drop in full this spring. Hear “Squeeze” below.

H/T: Billboard

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The star-studded ‘Ninjawerks (Vol. 1)’ has arrived, flaunting tracks from Tiësto, Dillon Francis, and more [Stream]

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The star-studded ‘Ninjawerks (Vol. 1)’ has arrived, flaunting tracks from Tiësto, Dillon Francis, and more [Stream]Ninjawerks

In a strategic act of entertainment synergy, gamer extraordinaire, Ninja (real name, Tyler Blevins), has pulled back the entirety of the curtain on the heatedly anticipated Ninjawerks Vol. 1. 

Partnering with EDM hotbed, Astralwerks—which has housed releases for Porter Robinson, Tommie Sunshine, and The Chemical Brothers (to simply name a few)—Ninja is narrowing the gap between the complementary realms of gaming and electronic music, similar to Skrillex‘s writing for the third installment of Disney and Square Enix’s Kingdom Hearts.

The full Ninjawerks projects spans a great deal of the electronic color wheel with cinematic grit. From Tiësto to Tycho, from Kaskade to GTA, the album is equipped to equally satiate niche and widespread listeners with gaming in their veins.

Fittingly, the album’s contributors are gamers themselves. The artists recently divulged to Billboard Dance over the profundity of this collision of two rather adjacent worlds. While Dillon Francis said he devised his offering, “LFGD,” with Chris Melberger, in reverence of a Fortnite win, Tycho emphasized his intent to recreate the sublime feeling of discovering a new world inside a game with his track, “Jetty.”

Zeds Dead release third volume in Deadbeats compilation series, ‘WE ARE DEADBEATS’

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Zeds Dead release third volume in Deadbeats compilation series, ‘WE ARE DEADBEATS’WE ARE DEADBEATS VOL 3

Deadbeats has solidified its name in the bass space after Canadian duo Zeds Dead revealed the imprint in 2016. Through a myriad of collaborations and support, Dylan Mamid and Zachary Rapp-Rovan released two label-exclusive compilation albums in 2017, featuring established and up-and-coming acts the dubstep veterans have their eyes on.

The third iteration, WE ARE DEADBEATS (Vol 3), is out now, featuring an array of well-known artists and newer talent. This is a must-listen for anyone into bass music, as the collection of songs comes directly from forefathers of the genre. To celebrate, each artist provided DA with an exclusive quote about their piece of work for the compilation.


Gentlemens Club: “When we made “Keep It Simple,” we set out to make something a bit different. It’s our take on the current free-form bass movement. We had a lot of fun experimenting with different styles on this track.”

um..: “It was fun making something darker than normal. It’s cool knowing that we can change things up and still get a positive reaction from our fans.”

Ducky: “‘Leave’ is a song I wrote when I was going through a transitional period out of a shitty relationship that turned out to be one of my favorite songs from this year. So stoked to be a part of this fire compilation! Really proud of this one, give it a listen <3.”

Blunts & Blondes: “It’s some blunt-smokin’ dubstep.”

Jaenga: “It feels great to release this tune after playing it out for the last few months. I finished it just as I was walking on stage for the Electric Zoo afterparty this year. I think its a good segue into my debut album that I’ll be dropping early 2019.”

Holly: “My new song ‘MISSU’ represents my emotions about my life right now. I tried to create this thrilled and homesick vibe with the hard drop and the ambient build up, and I’m super happy with all the sound design + how the track come out. Hope you feel the way too!”

Sippy: “The inspiration for ‘Lithos’ was to create a hard stomping tune that you can’t help to head bang to. It’s a simple idea, but the sub and the drums give that hard-stomping vibe.”

SoDown: “Zeds Dead has been killing the game when it comes to diverse bass music. When they said they wanted ‘Eskimo,’ I was really excited. I’ve been a fan of theirs for a long time and I’m stoked to be a part of the compilation.”

Klutch: “I’m typically a melody writer. That’s what most of my tracks center around. But I really wanted to collaborate with some friends who are left-field experimental trap, so I took some samples and tried to use that influence to create something that they would want to jump on. I ended up enjoying the process so much that I just decided to conclude the track myself. So this was my take on that new wave of experimental trap.”

Mersiv: “‘Mind Sounds’ is my deep, electric, loud version of mind control! My favorite part is the grand finale at the end. The track speeds up halfway through, has a little dnb tease, then slaps you with wub madness at the end. Bury That Sound.”

Cozway: “‘Radicals’ started out with Bonnema sending me the guitar-lead drop which reminded me of an Indian sitar and established a definite ethnic vibe for the rest of the track. We had this vision of the track being like running through multi-chambered fractal temple, so each part is different yet related. Overall we wanted to make something really different and we are super excited to release this on Deadbeats! Enjoy the ride!”

Rome In Silver: “‘Glass’ is about trying something new and shattering all expectations. It allowed me to step out my comfort zone, blend two styles I enjoy, and create a song out of my norm. I hope you guys enjoy it!”

Lunar Lunes: Hermitude brings blissful beats, Protostar and Muzzy captivate in new collab, DROELOE and Sem ‘face the sea’ together + more

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Lunar Lunes: Hermitude brings blissful beats, Protostar and Muzzy captivate in new collab, DROELOE and Sem ‘face the sea’ together + moreLunar Lunes E1540831560592

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 will be a landing pad for SoundCloud users who want a whole new dose of tunes to kick off the work week.

This week’s selection of tunes includes new releases from Nora En Pure to TroyBoi to Morgan Page. Kicking off, Aussie duo Hermitude return for a blissful collaboration with Bibi Bourelly. Nora En Pure launches her Polynesia EP with a gorgeous song of the same name, and fellow beats queen WHIPPED CREAM goes from zero to 60 in “Bad For Me.” In “Facing the Sea,” DROELOE and Sem find themselves and “[acknowledge] that it’s going to be hard and that you’re going to struggle and that you should face those problems head-on.” Protostar and Muzzy hold nothing back on their new Monstercat drum & bass heater, “MELTDOWN.” Darude taps JVMIE for “Timeless,” a powerful trance number on Gareth Emery‘s Garuda.

The selection will be updated every Lunes (Monday).

Jauz finally announces full tracklist and release date for forthcoming 23-track concept album, ‘The Wise and The Wicked’

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Jauz finally announces full tracklist and release date for forthcoming 23-track concept album, ‘The Wise and The Wicked’JAUZ Press Photo

Jauz has been relatively quiet and cryptic with his social media movements lately, though the LA-based producer has now broken his silence with an exciting update.  Fans can now move up to the edge of their seats with the official announcement of Jauz’ upcoming concept album The Wise and The Wicked, set to be released on August 31.

The “Squad Out” producer isn’t going with your average 12-track compilation and calling it a day, either. There will be 23 tracks on the album, and Jauz has structured them to fall within different ‘chapters’ because there will be three overarching themes to describe the album’s complexion. Jauz explained how and why he organized the album the way he did, stating,

“When I’m writing music, half of my brain wants to write fun, crazy bangers for parties, clubs, [festivals], etc. This is represented by ‘The Wicked.’ The other half of the time, I want to write emotional, intelligent, experimental music that feeds the ‘inner-artist’ in myself, which is represented by ‘The Wise.’ The middle ground, which is where I strive to really be, is a blend of the melodic, emotional parts of my music paired with high energy drops and climaxes. This is represented by ‘The United.’”

Collaborators on the album include Ducky, Krewella, and Adventure Club among many more. This is in addition to DJ Snake, Snails, and Example from releases “Gassed Up,” “Motherfuckers,” and “In The Zone” respectively that have already made their way out to fans in previous releases. The final track on the album, titled “Super Fly” featuring 666, is the last single that will be released before the full album is available.

First Listen: Ducky drops off a new heater ‘Down Low’ for HARD Summer’s 2018 compilation

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First Listen: Ducky drops off a new heater ‘Down Low’ for HARD Summer’s 2018 compilationDuckyPressShoot 019 FullSize

Just a week away from HARD Events’ bread and butter flagship event, HARD Summer Music Festival, the festival giant has announced the launch of its very own label, HARD Recs. In conjunction with the newly minted imprint’s launch, HARD has put together a meticulously curated HS18 compilation, consisting of the Aug. 4-5 festival’s familial faces, as well as some swiftly-rising newbies.

HARD has allowed Dancing Astronaut a first listen at Ducky‘s “Down Low,” off the compilation. DJing in various nightclubs since she was 13, Ducky is known for her eclectic style, oscillating between harrowing hardcore and lulling downtempo. “Down Low” is a menacing dubstep piece that pairs crashing synth layers with pitched up vocalizing for a rave-primed set list weapon that showcases Ducky’s head-turning style ahead of her upcoming HARD Summer outing.