Lunar Lunes: R3HAB reveals new CYB3RPVNK single, Madeaux releases ‘ME & U’ + more

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Lunar Lunes: R3HAB reveals new CYB3RPVNK single, Madeaux releases ‘ME & U’ + moreR3hab 4

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.

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

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Seismic Dance Event unveils daily lineup, topped by Cirez D and TESTPILOT

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For the second year, Seismic Dance Event makes its return to Austin, Texas to bless attendees with two days of world-class performances. In September 2018, the inaugural event brought a stellar lineup to the Travis County Exposition Center, including Lane 8, Drezo, Golf Clap, Green Velvet, Sacha Robotti, and more.

In 2019, festival organizers look to build on last year’s success by bringing in headliners Cirez D and TESTPILOT, along with a piping hot array of other artists like Bicep, Idris Elba, Nic Fanciulli, Gorgon City, Nora En Pure, and more.

Now, the festival has revealed its daily lineups, featuring deadmau5’s TESTPILOT alias topping day one and Eric Prydz’s Cirez D moniker at the top of day two at The Statesman. Saturday, Nov. 16 will also feature acts like Chris Lake, i_o, and Rinzen, and Sunday, Nov. 17 will bring performances from Lee Burridge, Gorgon City, Dom Dolla and many more. Along from the dynamic lineup, the festival will also feature live painting and art installations, live performers, totem, and costume contests.

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the glowing feedback from our debut year and now with this year’s lineup,” said RealMusic Events & Seismic co-founders Kelly Gray & Andrew Parsons. “Many US festivals tend to have very similar lineups so we really wanted to switch it up and cater to the more seasoned, underground connoisseur – and yes, believe it, in Texas.”

View the full lineup below and get tickets here.

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Lunar Lunes: What So Not and Flux Pavilion join forces, The Bloody Beetroots and Holly deliver ‘DAWGS’ + more

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Lunar Lunes: What So Not and Flux Pavilion join forces, The Bloody Beetroots and Holly deliver ‘DAWGS’ + moreWhat So Not Decadence Nye 2017 Rukes

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.

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

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On deck with EDX: the house taste maker reflects on his storied career from atop his NO XCUSES boat party [Q&A]

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On deck with EDX: the house taste maker reflects on his storied career from atop his NO XCUSES boat party [Q&A]Jkn

The capricious New York weather looked favorably upon EDX‘s NO XCUSES boat party: a crisp breeze offset the warmth of the sun, as ticket-holders gathered on the multistory Hornblower Infinity yacht for a day soaked in house music. Produced in conjunction with Crust Nation as a part of the metropolitan event brand’s 2019 summer concert series, the NO XCUSES affair attracted Tom Staar and Antonia Giacca, both of which provided ample and animated support behind the decks.

The NO XCUSES cruise, hosted on June 15, afforded attendees an upbeat sonic release from routine, but for EDX, the event as more than just an afternoon well spent; rather, it was a culmination of decades of hard work in and outside of the studio, a live emblem of passion and industrious drive to chase a dream. Dancing Astronaut caught up with EDX after his vivifying set on board the Hornblower, to discuss the conception of the NO XCUSES party series, his Grammy nomination, his latest single, “Ubuntu,” and that’s just scratching the surface.

We are here for the 2019 installment of what has become an annual event, your NO XCUSES boat party. Can you tell me how the cruise has become a summer staple in the New York event circuit?

[My team and I] started doing [these kinds of] events a couple of years back. The first event actually was in Switzerland, in Surrey which is my home city, and we used that for a kick off of my first album, which was called On The Edge. It carried over to Miami for Miami Music Week about seven years ago, we went from Miami to Australia to São Paulo to Zurich to Vegas during EDC. I really love to play on a boat, which I’ve done in New York since 2009, always in the summer, so I wanted to do a NO XCUSES boat party. We did NO XCUSES bus tour, we did NO XCUSES at Webster Hall, across the nation, but I like the feeling of being on a boat: the wind, the water, everyone is happy with a good vibe, and that’s what my music is for.

[The event] is the second one this year. We have a bigger boat and more talent.

You were recently nominated for a Grammy for your remix of Charlie Puth’s “How Long.” Where were you when you found out about the nomination, how were you feeling at the time, tell me that story…

In 2009 I had a really big remix–which helped pave the career for Kaskade–[it was of] his track, “Angel On My Shoulder.” That was the moment when I started to step into the US market. The door was open and I was like ‘We really need to focus on the US, because one day the US is really going to blow,” which happened a couple of years later with the whole EDM movement, [when] raves went next level. We worked really hard picking the right songs, the right artists, and mixing them, with always having the idea, or let’s even call it the dream, of one day being a Grammy-nominated artist. It took us about 10 years.

I was on a flight from Frankfurt, Germany to Atlanta. I was connecting to play a show in the US, and I started to get all of these text messages from my friends: ‘Hey congratulations, congratulations.’ I actually slept the whole flight so the last hour before I was landing I turned on my phone and connected to the WiFi and I got this great news, and it was amazing because my partner Christian and myself worked really hard, over 10 years to achieve that goal. We went all together to the Grammys, it was like a family thing, because all of this happened because of teamwork. It was a really, really cool experience.

You’re very well known for crafting animated house remixes of original productions. What, specifically, attracted you to Puth’s “How Long”?

The reason why I picked “How Long” was because my niece–she just turned 18, back then she was 16–kept saying ‘You have to remix Charlie Puth, I really love him, please Uncle, please please.’ And I was like okay, I’m going to do it for her, and the good thing is, when I got that vocal sent over from the team at Atlantic and laid it into my set in the studio, everything went really quick, it was just the perfect vocal for an EDX record.

Generally speaking, what are the hallmarks of a song that you would go on to remix? What does an original production need to have in order to catch your eye as a track that would lend itself well to an EDX revamp?

I’m always looking either for the right melody, right chord progression, or just an amazing song, and if not an amazing song, then a vocal chop or small snips, a mini chorus. I’m always looking to a different edge, something alternative, something that I feel can make a difference when combined with my music.

Your radio show, No Xcuses, recently wrapped up its 432nd episode: do you have any big plans in store for the milestone 500th episode?

We’ll still keep going with the radio show; [we’ve been doing it] for eight years, every week, and it started just because I felt that I got all this love from my fans and a lot of support for my music in the US. And I was like ‘Hey, what can I do to give something back, to give something to my fans once a week for free?’ This started, and became part of my week, part of my month, and part of my life. We turned it into a radio brand to an event brand with a lot of satellites all over the world. It’s a great thing.

From now to #500, there will be a lot of music, a lot of touring. Once I wanted to do an event in the mountains, like NO XCUSES snow 500, 400, 300, something special, something out of the box to connect where I’m from with the music and the crowd, make a live stream and invite people to come over, fly people in. Maybe it will be #500, who knows, but we will make it creative. Maybe also it will be time to say goodbye, and start something new.

So switching gears a bit, but still thinking with the future in mind, specifically with respect to your label, you just released “Ubuntu” on June 21. Can you say anything about the making of the single?

I’ve been releasing so many songs, I did so many remixes and it’s been ongoing: a great journey for me. It’s always something special to have a new release. I still remember when I released my first CD in 1997 back in the day. It was such an exciting thing to hold your own CD in your hands. You went to the store, you turn it, and you read your name, and it’s very special. The whole digital era has changed a little bit, [because you don’t get that]. But every release is [still] so special, because when it pops up on Spotify, on Beatport, it still touches me. In that case I’m just a kid with a dream, and that was to make music and share music with the world. I started this journey over two decades ago.

On the production side, I’ve been releasing a lot of vocal tracks [including remixes]. So last year, I decided let’s go a little more club, and go back to the roots of where everything started. It’s now time for Ibiza, it’s summer, and everyone goes to the Mediterranean islands. Everyone wants to dance outside on a rooftop, or on a boat like we’re dancing today for NO XCUSES. And I wanted to give a diverse side of EDX to the world. So this was my new track, “Ubuntu,” which combines a little bit of old-fashioned drums and beats with a very chill vocal chop. It’s something more ethnic, more tribal, which is–I think–the kind of music that makes people dance the most. I was like let me do something that I feel is EDX, but is also right for right now, and for tomorrow.

How long did it take you to make “Ubuntu”?

In this we had four versions. So I started with old progressive beats, four-to-the-floor bass lines straight, kind of old in the untz untz untz sound. And then I was like ‘Come on,’ the melody with the steel drums is really cool. I produced the track last year for the summer, and then I decided to wait until summer the next year, because summer had already started. And I went back to the studio this year [to work on it]. The melody really stuck in my head, and everyone in my team’s heads, and we were like ‘Ok, we need to make it more fresh, more roomy.’ We had four versions.

How did you decide on a version?

I [went for] the less obvious version, the one that wasn’t [a version that was solely driven to] produce a hit. I just wanted a good club record, because I think that club records are somehow missing or not making it big to an audience.

Finally, Sirup Music: what can listeners expect from your imprint as 2019 winds down? Are there any new artists whom you might be bringing on board, or any noteworthy releases that may be in the pipeline?

We have a lot of records and different labels. It’s a huge team working on the label side. What I feel is very important, and what I tell my team all the time is to sign new kids who make music that touches. Don’t sign people who sound like someone else; who sound like the next FISHER or the next Gorgon City–I don’t want that. I want someone who sounds new, fresh, unique. [There’s a lot] to come.

Stream EDX’s latest single, “Ubuntu,” below

EDX crafts house leaning Orbit Playlist ahead of 2019 NO XCUSES boat party

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EDX, the musical mastermind behind one of the electronic genre’s most easily recognizable remixes—the tropically inflected take on Sam Feldt’s iconic “Show Me Love”—offers his listeners an opportunity to make like his April single and “Get Off The Grid” via the producer’s NO XCUSES boat party. Hosted by Crust Nation, the event will unfold atop a Hornblower cruise ship on June 15. New York’s metropolitan skyline will serve as the backdrop to EDX’s ambient set.

The dynamic house music tastemaker highlights 15 of his current choice cuts ahead of the event, in an Orbit Playlist created exclusively for Dancing Astronaut. The collection of smooth flowing selects commences with EDX’s “Off The Grid,” and transitions thereafter into CamelPhat’s “Just Chill Mix” of their cerebral club filler, “Breathe.” EDX issues nods to Dombresky and Nora En Pure, with the inclusion of “Simple Hit” and “Birthright,” respectively. A beat driven highlight of the Orbit Playlist is Kaskade and Gorgon City’s recent release, “Go Slow.” EDX deviates from the commercial mainstream in his integration of productions from Apres, Fort Arkansas, Troste, Yves Larock, and more.

NO XCUSES is EDX’s annual installment in the disc-jockey and Crust Nation’s collaborative history of boat party production. The three-story ship offers ticket purchasers a multi-floor dancing experience. Dubbed “The Lounge,” the bottom deck will shuffle between house, deep-house, techno, and trance. Meanwhile, the middle deck will be the “Latin Floor,” and the open air deck the “Main Stage,” subject to EDX’s takeover.

The rain or shine event will board at 1:00 PM. The boat will depart at 2:30 PM. Those unable to attend summer 2018’s EDX-led Hornblower affair won’t want to miss out for a second consecutive year: grab tickets to No XCUSES, here.

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NMF Roundup: Gesaffelstein teams up with The Weeknd, Calvin Harris and Rag’n’Bone Man join forces, Don Diablo flips Panic! At The Disco + 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.

In one of the most anticipated releases already this year, Gesaffelstein and The Weeknd have teamed up for “Lost in the Fire.” deadmau5‘s “Midas Heel” and “Drama Free” have been re-released as part of Netflix’s Polar soundtrack. Calvin Harris taps Rag’n’Bone Man for the soulful “Giant,” and Don Diablo takes Panic! At The Disco‘s “High Hopes” to new heights with a spirited remix. In a powerful mega-collab, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Armin van Buuren, and W&W have delivered the catchy “Repeat After Me.” Tiësto‘s “Grapevine” sees a fun reinvention by Tujamo, and Lost Kings drop “Anti-Everything” from their new Paper Crowns collection. After months of anticipation, the UK’s Gammer has finally unveiled his notable hardcore remix of Ran-D’s “Zombie.” STANDERWICK puts his stamp on Gareth Emery and Emma Hewitt‘s December release, “Take Everything,” and Luttrell returns with an ethereal number, “Into Clouds.” Party Favor throws it back to 2012 with a release of the same name, and WAVEDASH get heavy in new track, “Whiplash.”

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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NMF Roundup: REZZ & Blanke share ‘Mixed Signals,’ Gareth Emery provides a trance haven, Martin Garrix teams up with Julian Jordan + 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.

This week’s slew of releases came in hot, kicking off with a formidable new collaboration between REZZ and Blanke. Gareth Emery again teams up with songstress Emma Hewitt for the gorgeous “Take Everything,” and Valentino Khan thrills on a new rework of RL Grime‘s “Pressure.” Martin Garrix and Julian Jordan bring the Friday feel-good vibes with their new collaboration, “Glitch.” Gryffin is back with a new one, bringing along Stanaj for the ride. Ferry Corsten and Ilan Bluestone refuse to leave the dance floor in “We’re Not Going Home,” and CAZZETTE keeps the dance floor rocking with “On My Mind.” Arty is one of the newest to release on Ninja’s NINJAWERKS compilation with silky “Velvet.” The Chainsmokers bring “Hope” with their newest, and Ookay drops off the five-track Nice! EP. In the dubstep realm, 12th Planet and PhaseOne deliver the heavy “Taco Bout It.” Over in the drum & bass realm, Culture Shock pull at listeners’ heartstrings with the emotive “There for You.”

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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Premiere: EDX – Jaded

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Fresh off a wild 2017, Swiss producer EDX will make his his 2018 debut on Spinnin’ Deep with a groovy house tuned called “Jaded.” The new track, out Jan. 26 on the label, seamlessly combines elements of today’s dance music with the early days of house music. A contemporary deep house beat juxtaposed with old-school vocals makes “Jaded” the complete dance floor package.

“It’s been a crazy start to the year already for me. Ten gigs on four continents and 22 flights later – ‘Jaded’ pretty much sums it up! Really excited for my fans to hear this latest release, and it’s out on one of my favourite labels right now, Spinnin’ Deep. Here’s to a great 2018!”

1001Tracklists identifies 2017’s ‘top 101 producers’ in mammoth new list

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When it comes to a record of the most widely supported producers of today, 1001Tracklists offers a look through a retrospective lens, releasing its list of the “Top 101 Producers of 2017” a little over a week into 2018.

The “world’s leading DJ tracklist database,” 1001Tracklists accounts for mixes, radio shows, and club and festival sets alike, maintaining a quantitative musical log that tracks the frequency with which a given producer’s works appear across tracklists. 1001Tracklists’ meticulous strategy to measuring producer prominence across mixes, radio shows, and sets results in a precisely ordered list sees Skrillex at the very peak of the “Top 101 Producers of 2017” list, coming in at first place with a “Total Unique DJ Support” of 1,463. 1001 Tracklists’ “Total Unique DJ Support” represents the total number of times that a release crafted by the producer surfaced.

Don Diablo trailed Skrillex with a support of 1,198, followed by Axwell with 1,007, Diplo with 1,002, and Hardwell, rounding out the top five with 997. The broad list sees BROHUG, Tiesto, EDX, Eric Prydz, and more place within the top 20. The complete list of the most heavily supported producers of the previous year can be viewed here.

 

 

H/T: 1001Tracklists

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Charlie Puth – How Long (EDX Remix)

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Hot off the decks is an EDX-envisioned remix pack of Charlie Puth‘s “How Long.” The dual release features two house takes on Puth’s radio staple, a three-minute “Dubai Skyline Remix” cut, and a “Dubai Skyline Extended Mix” that toes the five-minute mark, offering listeners a protracted sample of the revamped track’s deep house flavor.

EDX ups the re-imaginative ante as he simultaneously ups “How Long’s” BPM, garnishing Puth’s mellifluous vocals with ascending percussive tones that stake a harmonious contrast with the remix’s deeper timbre.

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