NMF Roundup: Anti Up return, Above & Beyond team up with Spencer Brown, Gryffin debuts new original + more

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NMF Roundup: Anti Up return, Above & Beyond team up with Spencer Brown, Gryffin debuts new original + more946760854

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.

Anti Up have left the pizza at home and returned for a three-track EP, Hey Pablo, thrilling listeners with searing house beats and ever-catchy vocals. Above & Beyond have released their first original collaboration in eight years: a stunning Anjunabeats tune called “Long Way From Home” with Spencer Brown. graves teams up with EZI for a piece that’s equally beautiful and heavy in “I’m Fine.” ODESZA have released the deluxe edition of their seminal A Moment Apart album, featuring a total of 25 songs — including a hefty VIP remix of “Memories That You Call” with Golden Features. Mr. Bill returns to mau5trap for an eerie original, “Apophenia.” Keys N Krates have revealed a Live in Toronto version of their Cura album, visibly demonstrating they hold nothing back in their live productions. Bringing the feels as usual, Illenium has remixed Halsey‘s emotive “Without You” in beautiful form. And as Christmas draws near, Kaskade continues to add to his sounds of the season catalog with a few new holiday tracks, including “Little Town.”

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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Duke & Jones keep it heavy with ‘Rust’

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Duke & Jones keep it heavy with ‘Rust’Dystopia EP Artwork

Manchester, England-based bass duo Duke & Jones are out with a brand new EP titled Dystopia. The EP’s second track, “Rust,” shines despite its name, fueled by commanding notes and intense drops. The duo has been quickly gaining momentum within the electronic music community, even recently garnering support from Zedd, who has been featuring their music in select live performances.

“Rust” is a prime example of the hard-hitting sound fans have come to expect from the duo. This one features rapping cutting in and out from behind a humming bass backdrop. A building synth progression dances around the heavy beat, creating the perfect addition to their ever-expanding catalog of releases.

“Rust” and Duke & Jones’ Dystopia EP are now out via Zeds Dead‘s Deadbeats imprint.

Duke & Jones x THINKTVNK – Fuse

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Duke & Jones x THINKTVNK – FuseDuke And Jones Fuse

Duke & Jones have teamed up with THINKTVNK to drop this bass trap number, “Fuse.” A trap buildup leads through scurrying percussions and rising pitch into what sounds like samurai swards slicing through air atop 808 sounding bass and hip-hop ad libs. The breakdown is quite extraterrestrial, as electric currents run through haunting undertones. Through spine-trembling bass amongst a minimalist sound space, this type of collaboration between hip-hop and electronic music is becoming increasingly popular in the bass community.

After releasing their debut EP, Eclipse, off Flux Pavilion‘s Circus Records earlier this summer, the duo have since released an official remix for Zeds Dead & Jauz‘s “Lights Go Down,” along with three singles: “Jurassic,” “Feeling For You” with BISHØP, and now “Fuse” with THINKTVNK.

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Duke & Jones – Jurassic [FREE DOWNLOAD]

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Duke & Jones – Jurassic [FREE DOWNLOAD]Duke Jones Jurassic

Manchester’s own experimental trap producers, Duke & Jones, have let go of another heater in “Jurassic.” With a terrestrial, tribal ambiance on the build, the track culminates into cascading synths atop gritty sub bass. This melting sensation on the drop juxtaposes the higher speed anticipation energy to give the hook extra weight — a colossal effect indeed. Listeners quickly succumb to what feels like a chase scene through the Jurassic world.

Bassheads should dive into what Duke & Jones have been creating recently. From official remixes of Zeds Dead & Jauz‘ “Lights Go Down” for Deadbeats to their new Eclipse EP, the duo have been delving into uncharted territory that run-of-the-mill EDM producer wouldn’t think of exploring. Their tracks “Breath” and “Tusk” are also fine examples of this adventurous foray.

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Zeds Dead and Jauz release destructive ‘Lights Go Down’ remix EP

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Zeds Dead and Jauz release destructive ‘Lights Go Down’ remix EPZeds Dead Press Photo 2014

At the end of 2017, Zeds Dead and Jauz teamed up for the single, “Lights Go Down,” a drum and bass belter that may have helped launch the genre’s 2018 resurgence in the United States. Now, the producers have enlisted nine heavy hitters in the bass music scene, each giving a unique take on the intense track.

The Deadbeats duo reach to their own label for a few of the remixes, looking to LICK and Duke & Jones for two bass-heavy renditions of the track. Gentlemen’s Club and Subtronics each drop off solid dubstep remixes, while Sikdope and Sqwad turn the song into high-energy bass house thrillers. With nine solid remixes viable for almost any set, don’t be surprised to hear “Lights Go Down” in one form or another for the rest of the year.

Duke & Jones strike with their debut EP, ‘Eclipse’ via Circus Records

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Duke & Jones strike with their debut EP, 'Eclipse' via Circus Records

Duke & Jones have officially planted their flag with the release of their debut four-track EP, Eclipse. The new collection is the culmination of the duo’s steep upward trajectory over the course of the last year, eventually catching the ears of Doctor P and Flux Pavilion for a Circus Records co-sign. Duke & Jones’ first extended play comes after a string of successful releases across Zeds Dead‘s Deadbeats, Thrive Music and more in recent months, along with some well-timed Zedd support in the lead up to the new release. The Manchester-based DJ duo put together four heavy handed original works, each landing as effective setlist weapons in Duke & Jones growing catalog of inventive bass cuts.

Eclipse is a highly collaborative effort, bringing aboard fellow Manchester producer Rohaan on “Numerals,” Don Cotti on “Sticks” and Aviella Wonder on the duo’s previously released Circus single “Final Goodbye.” Fine tuning their sound with each release, the emerging UK producers are carving out an impressive come up as they deliver their biggest release to date, inevitably inching towards their well-deserved breakthrough moment.

First Listen: UK duo Duke & Jones drop off new trap burner ‘Breathe’

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Duke & Jones may not be a household name yet, but the Manchester-born DJ duo are on the rise — and climbing fast. But just as they really start to take off, the pair are slowing it down for a moment, dropping off a heavy new trap product called “Breathe.” The track is a clamorous slow burn, stacking multiple layers and sample cuts into a knocking set list weapon that could level a dance floor, reminiscent of Flosstradamus or Baauer‘s early percussive arrangements.

Multiple listens through “Breathe” reveals a colorful patchwork of sonics — the track actually sounds like Darth Vader running through a rainforest of steel beams. It packs futuristic trap and jungle stylings into a versatile DJing tool, as Duke & Jones continue to fine tune their sound. Watch this duo progressively pick up steam and raise their profile all year long behind tunes like this.

Duke & Jones – Tusk

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Manchester-based DJ and production duo Duke & Jones released a new track, “Tusk,” that is certain to catch the ears of trap fans.

“Tusk” blends brass instrumentals with building bass lines and a dirty drop to create the perfect trap concoction. Manchester is known for its thriving club scene, so the fact that the duo hails from there is no surprise given the quality of their drops and intense productions.

The track is out now via Deadbeats.