NMF Roundup: ZHU and partywithray join forces, Ekali and Kiiara deliver ‘Back To You’ + 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.

ZHU and partywithray craft a sinister masterpiece on their new collaboration, “Came For The Low,” and Ekali and Kiiara are a dynamic duo when they come together for “Back To You.” Gareth Emery continues to bless the music world with his masterpieces with the installment of “Laserface 03 (Leaving You).” Nora En Pure has revealed her new EP, Homebound, and EDEN releases “projector.” The Knocks team up with Great Good Fine Ok for “Lucky Me,” and Audien brings some drum ‘n’ bass heat with “Reach.” Gryffin soars in his debut LP, Gravity, and Kaskade and Mr. Tape flex on “Come On.” Notaker crafts an otherworldly sonic journey on “From Dust & Ashes,” and Galantis unexpectedly team up with Dolly Parton and Mr. Probz on “Faith.” Moon Boots and Black Gatsby unwind for the weekend on “Whisper In The Wind.” Showtek and Gammer tell us how they really feel on their new collaboration, “EDM Sucks,” and Ryan Browne gives BIJOU and Tyler Graves’ “Crown” a rougher edge. Wilkinson shines on his new single, “Machina,” and Gramatik reveals Re:Coil, Pt. II, featuring tracks like “Don’t Give Up” with Ryan Shaw and ProbCause.

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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Lunar Lunes: A-Trak wows on ‘Work It Out,’ RAC reveals mix of Oliver Tree’s ‘Hurt’ + more

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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.

A-Trak kicks off the week with a wow-worthy new original, “Work It Out,” and iLan Bluestone and Maor Levi tap EL Waves for “The Distance.” Diplo dons his cowboy hat for an upbeat remix of Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus’ “Old Town Road,” and RAC takes on one of his favorite new artists, Oliver Tree, in an alternative-inspired mix of “Hurt.” Afrojack and Jewelz & Sparks bring along Emmalyn for “Switch,” and Flosstradamus puts an intense spin on NGHTMRE and A$AP Ferg‘s “REDLIGHT.” Moon Boots delivers his first offerings of 2019 in the form of the Keramas / Harpanet EP, and Klingande and Joe Killington prove put the spotlight on a bright harmonica theme in “Ready for Love.” Goldroom continues to deliver a slew of originals in 2019, this time teaming up with Love, Alexa for “Do You Feel It Now?,” and Nero travel back to the ’80s in “The Ballad of Synths.” Party Favor links with everyone’s favorite dancer, Salvatore Ganacci, on the flaming-hot “Wasabi,” and 1788-L flexes his talents on his new EP, S Y N T H E T I K. Martin Garrix, Macklemore, and Patrick Stump form a talented trio on “Summer Days,” and Koven tug at the heartstrings on “Love Wins Again.” Lucas & Steve reveal the Ultra Live Anthem of 2019, “Inception,” and Hotel Garuda keeps the groove going on “Head In The Trees.”

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

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Au5 taps Danyka Nadeau for transportive single, ‘Eden’

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Lifelong musician Au5 has thrilled fans for years with his unique, complex brand of melodic dubstep and surrounding genres. Fans can always count on the meticulous producer to create songs with flawless sound design, and his Monstercat latest, “Eden,” is no exception.

He crafts an ethereal introduction initially, launching longtime collaborator Danyka Nadeau‘s vocals for added emotion. Her voice soars in the bridge, and Au5 steadily builds anticipation with crescendoing percussion. The drop hits in fine style, favoring heavenly melodies over thumping bass or gnarly wubs. “Eden” is packed with the same blissful, goosebump-inducing qualities that endeared listeners to his music in the beginning, creating feelings of nostalgia for all who listen.

He also recently uploaded his downtempo set from The Ogden in Denver, for those seeking a diverse hour of ambient production.

Toolroom to return to Ibiza for 17-week residency at Eden

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Toolroom Records is taking a summer-long family vacation, June 2 to September 22, to Ibiza for a season-wide residency at one of the island’s landmark locales, Eden.

Throughout the 17-week, Sunday-night commission, Toolroom will assemble its top-tier talent, as well as an abundance of fresh-on-the-scene label additions. For years, Eden has been nothing short of a wall-to-wall dance music destination in the White Isle, hosting prestigious residencies with Disclosure, Dubfire, Pete Tong, and even Lady Gaga. The multi-level club also just received top-to-bottom refurbishment as a product of its new ownership.

“Eden is a clubbers venue with an impeccable sound system,” says label head, Mark Knight. “It’s all about the music and people coming together in perfect harmony, which was the original essence of Ibiza, so to be back with them on the White Isle will really be something special.”

The Mark Knight-headed Toolroom celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2018. In that time they’ve released hundreds of records, conducted multiple world tours, and continued to readily adapt to the fiercely fluctuating industry climate. It’s only fitting that soon they will return to one of the most culturally impactful dance music havens on Earth.

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EDEN releases highly anticipated debut studio LP, ‘vertigo’

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There’s something simplistic and unique about rising producer EDEN. Perhaps it’s because he only uses lowercase lettering to title his tracks. Perhaps there’s something more substantive to his “less-is-more” appeal — like the fact that the 22-year-old singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist constructs compositions that are both transparent and subdued, yet wildly intense.

Dublin-native Jonathon Ng not only caught the attention of Lorde for his i think you think too much of me EP in 2016, but was also a featured vocalist on Illenium‘s enormously successful Awake LP last year. For fans who’ve been following the  alt-pop artist since his End Credits EP, their anticipation can finally be put to bed with EDEN’s 13-track vertigo LP, out now on Astralwerks/Universal Music Group.

EDEN’s debut LP is sentimental and deeply moving, while remaining restrained and reticent. Featuring squeaky electronic synths, low-key acoustic elements, and emotionally raw vocals, vertigo is a minimalist manifesto in which the individual arrangements come together like poetry. The intimate quiet present in EDEN’s low-key production style shines in stand-out tracks like “take care,” “forever//over,” and “falling in reverse.” There is something honest, relevant, and real about EDEN’s body of work that renders listeners vulnerable and completely present.

Ultimately, EDEN wants nothing more than tell a story of the human condition; and he does so with the tenacity, grace, and life experience of someone well beyond his years.

Coupled with his debut album release, EDEN will be embarking on his Vertigo world tour this March.