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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Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) came to a close recently, but Martin Garrix takes viewers back to his extensive preparation for the event in the most recent episode of The Martin Garrix Show. The Garrix team debuted a brand new show concept during his ADE show titled, Team Garrix Presents: Anima.
Anima is a story that features four chapters: consciousness, void, transcendence, and worlds, all of which the attendee is exposed to sonically and visually throughout the performance. As Garrix puts it, the show has truly become an “art form.”
Garrix notes during the episode, “I’ve been looking forward to this week for a long long time. The preparation that went into this week compared to any other show is not even fair. It’s not comparable.”
As viewers watch what goes into the graphics, music videos, lighting, and studio preparation, the aforementioned comment’s validity becomes apparent. The ADE show coincided with Garrix’s full release of his Bylaw EP, wherein he released five tracks in five days. Bylaw collaborators Dyro and Blinders both make cameos during the momentous episode.
Martin Garrix has released the third single and music video in his five-day release spree. On October 17, he dropped the highly anticipated track, “Latency” featuring Dyro, which premiered at Tomorrowland 2018.
With massive drum right off the bat, big synths are filtered in through anticipation risers and then fully introduced alongside everyone’s favorite instrument: the cowbell. The energy builds with notes of early electro house from acts like Dada Life and Deorro, and the drop doesn’t shy away from that theme. That big synth is back sounding louder than ever with a thumping kick pounding through the gritty, melodic notes. A second verse introduces a new, wind instrument-sounding synth that’s later accompanied by a vocal melody that congeals into the heavier original melody.
So far, all three music videos were directed by Damian Karsznia, and there’s no reason to think the next two aren’t similar. Glitchy, cool, quick-paced clips battle back and forth, showcasing different people. In the video for “Latency,” parkour clips complement the dangerous, big lead-synth on the track.
Dyro is known for his ability to produce smooth electro house tracks juxtaposed with heavy bass tracks. He has gone dubstep for his debut release on Martin Garrix‘s STMPD RCRDS titled “Bring It Down.”
The monstrous production features commanding vocals that fall into a hectic and heavy drop manufactured for live performance. The Amsterdam based DJ and producer is sure to drop this in upcoming performances, and fans can see him at Balaton Sound festival in Hungary.
“Demons” ft Rome Fortune & Tommy Swisher (collaboration with James Earl)
“GOH” ft KLP (collaboration with Skrillex)
“We Keep On Running” (collaboration with Toto)
“If You Only Knew” ft Daniel Johns (collaboration with San Holo)
“Monsters” ft Michael Christmas & Tobi Lou
“Bottom End” (collaboration with Dyro)
“Same Mistakes” ft Daniel Johns
“Us” ft Daniels
In addition to this announcement, What So Not released the second single from the forthcoming album, “Stuck In Orbit” featuring Buoy. The five-and-a-half-minute emotive piece beautifully flaunts the artist’s top-notch production, set off by gorgeous vocals from Buoy. If “Be Ok Again” and “Stuck In Orbit” are any indication of what the world can expect from What So Not’s debut album, we’re in for a real treat.
Genre-shapeshifters and impassioned bass-behemoths Dyro and GTA have built followings in bass leaning circles with their heavy solo outputs. Now the outfits are crossing borders on their latest Spinnin’ Records collaboration.
“That’s what I’m talkin’ bout,” the voice over chimes in on “Talkin’ Bout,” as the effervescent production veers towards utter dance floor domination in its drilling trap and brazen bass.
Speaking on the collaboration, the Dutch-hailing Dyro expressed his excitement on working with the Miami duo:
“It was a pleasure working with GTA being a longtime fan of their music. I feel like we caught best of both worlds with this collaboration.”
Dancefair, a conference that is often regarded as a hot spot for electronic music education, has announced its 2018 dates along with event details. A haven for industry entrepreneurs, Dancefair focuses on producers, DJs, modern musicians, and music professionals.
It’s essentially the electronic music conference for electronic musicians.