Ekali’s debut LP, ‘A World Away,’ is an unforgettable masterpiece [Review]

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Ekali’s debut LP, ‘A World Away,’ is an unforgettable masterpiece [Review]Ekali Biseual

Ekali has long been a staple of the electronic music scene, consistently providing fresh, masterfully produced, emotion-evoking soundscapes that many hold extremely close to heart. His latest artistic achievement, a 12-track album filled—but not oversaturated with—complimenting collaborations and breathtaking originals, is a diverse masterpiece representing the pinnacle of Ekali’s years of hard work and evolution. A World Away is a beautiful and exciting journey from start to finish.

The anticipation for Ekali’s debut album has been building exponentially since he teased its release last year and an additional secret side project. The album was undoubtedly worth the wait, and not only meets, but exceeds expectations in every way imaginable, beginning with the very first track, Elohim collaboration “Fairy Tale.”

Self-described by Ekali as “my favorite song I’ve ever made,” “Fairy Tale” is a flawlessly mixed sonic cocktail overflowing with infectious lyrics and impeccable sound design. The sheer level of emotion and passion fans of Ekali have grown accustomed to has never been so explicitly felt than in this beautiful song that amply sets the tone for the remainder of the album. Ekali’s creative implementation of unique drums and blending of diverse sounds breathes fresh life into an increasingly stagnant and oversaturated genre of music.

The authenticity of this album is supported by Ekali’s character outside of his work. Ekali has always been a generous and passionate supporter of young musicians without the financial means to develop their craft. In early 2019, Ekali used funding from an edit pack he released to create a music studio space in Vancouver open to young musicians completely free of charge. Tweets from Ekali in July also indicate plans to reopen the charity studio in Los Angeles, developing a community for young producers to hone their skills and advance their craft. Ekali’s admirable character, charitable heart, and genuine care for the electronic music industry add a depth to his sound simply unattainable by artists lacking pure intentions.

A standout track from the album, Nitti Gritti collaboration “Power” adopts a more defiant tone, allowing Ekali to highlight his diverse production skills. This massive trap-fueled hit offers a listener a chance to collect oneself and refuel on energy before moving forward into another sure-to-be emotional half of the LP. Boasting massive low frequency hits in an encapsulating and invigorating drop, “Power” is truly a powerful piece that is sure to make its rounds in this year’s festival circuits.

This flawless album reaches its climax at its simultaneous conclusion with track 12, Illenium collaboration “Hard to Say Goodbye.” With both Illenium and Ekali being undisputed industry leaders of future bass, this highly anticipated collaboration released last November perfectly embodies everything these two talented musicians have worked towards their entire careers. “Hard to Say Goodbye” is an emotional masterpiece that concludes the album as strongly as it began.

For many artists, a full-length album is the penultimate achievement of their career. For Ekali, A World Away is a phenomenal commencement to the next chapter of his already-accomplished career. Whether it’s during those long car drives, sleepless nights, or just spending time with friends, this album is certain to be on repeat for many months to come.

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Bonnaroo unveils electronic lineup for ‘The Other’ stage: REZZ, Ekali, Seven Lions, and more

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Bonnaroo unveils electronic lineup for ‘The Other’ stage: REZZ, Ekali, Seven Lions, and moreRezz Porter Robinsin Divinity Remi Live Debut

Tennessee’s legendary Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival has unveiled “The Other” stage lineup, dedicated to some of the top dance and electronic music on this year’s billing. The 19th annual edition of the four-day 10-stage camping festival takes place June 11 – 14 at Great Stage Park, which is located 60 miles southeast of Nashville in Manchester, TN. Bonnaroo is known for its diverse collection of installations and genres, with electronic music being a small portion of the festival’s total offerings.

“The Other” is a fully immersive open-air stage, and it will run all-night (until sunrise) with a diverse selection of dance and electronic music acts. Featured artists include Dabin, Ekali, Seven Lions, Rezz, Boombox Cartel, Bonnie X Clyde, and many more. Purchase tickets to Bonnaroo 2020 here.

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Ekali proves himself to be a bass juggernaut on debut album, ‘A World Away’ [Stream]

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Ekali proves himself to be a bass juggernaut on debut album, ‘A World Away’ [Stream]Ekali Leaving Owsla

Ekali’s debut LP is no longer A World Away. The build up to the producer’s inaugural extended outing spanned several months, during which Ekali mercilessly spiked anticipation for the album’s arrival via the release of a series of singles. First came “Runaway” with Reo Cragun, after which Ekali continuously upped the ante with the high-profile Illenium collaboration, “Hard To Say Goodbye,” Wafia feature, “Be Fine,” and the Kiiara-assisted “Back To You.” 

All good things must come to an end, including tantalizingly well-executed album teases, and with the conclusion of the sonic expense that preceded A World Away comes a piercing, 12-song showing that exudes Ekali’s low-end expertise. Replete with resounding bass and surging, swelling melodies, A World Away juxtaposes solo productions with collaborations featuring the likes of Nitti Gritti, Au/Ra, and more.

A World Away is supported by a tour of the same name. The live initiative will kick off in Seattle, Washington on Feb. 6. View a complete list of tour dates, here.

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NMF Roundup: Kygo and Sandro Cavazza pay homage to Avicii, Calvin Harris crafts new Love Regenerator project + more

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NMF Roundup: Kygo and Sandro Cavazza pay homage to Avicii, Calvin Harris crafts new Love Regenerator project + more06 30 19 Kygo Utopia@JavitsCenter ShotByMichaelPoselski 85

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.

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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Good Morning Mix: Revisit Ekali’s career galvanizing HARD Summer 2016 set

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Good Morning Mix: Revisit Ekali’s career galvanizing HARD Summer 2016 setEkali Awakening Mi Vol 6

In 2016, Ekali stepped behind the decks of HARD Summer‘s Green Tent to throw down a trap set that would arrest the many ears that collectively make up the electronic music industry. However, for those attuned, HARD Summer 2016 was hardly an introduction to Ekali’s low end acumen.

Commissioned to produce an official remix of Flume‘s “Smoke & Retribution,” Ekali had already begun attracting listeners well before he landed a slot on the festival’s lineup. Ekali’s rework of Flux Pavilion‘s iconic “I Can’t Stop,” picked up by Big Beat, further spotlighted Ekali’s taste making talents.

A lion had entered the release ring and Ekali’s HARD Summer 2016 showing affirmed it. Rife with electronic originals and revamps alike that have aged well since their inclusion in this earlier endeavor, such as Valentino Khan‘s “Deep Down Low,” Ekali’s set is jam-packed with productions that can now be considered genre classics.

Ekali’s current continues to flow through dance circles. As the producer progressively gravitates towards a more melodic style of bass, and as his following awaits the arrival of his debut album, not to mention an LP from his elusive new side project, Ekali’s HARD Summer 2016 set offers streamers a nostalgic glance back at his sonic foundation, and an opportunity to marvel at what he’s built in the time since.

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In addition to debut album, Ekali announces new side project launching in 2020

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In addition to debut album, Ekali announces new side project launching in 2020Ekali Awakening Mi Vol 6

2020 will yield brand new LPs from a myriad of dance artists, and two of them will be Ekali‘s. After a consistent promotional streak behind his forthcoming debut album, A World Away, with the release of successive singles like the ILLENIUM-aided “Hard To Say Goodbye,” Ekali has announced that the project will make its formal, full-length arrival in 2020.

A World Away will be flanked by another studio album, according to Ekali’s recent Twitter announcement that he has “a side project album almost done” for 2020 in addition to A World Away. The opening cut on this elusive secondary album, which Ekali touts as his “favorite song” that he’s ever made, bears the name “Fairytale” and involves artist Elohim.

Ekali did not divulge further details about this enigmatic alias and its accompanying album, but did describe the project’s sound as house music “with a different twist.” After a wildly successful turn of the decade, Ekali is putting the pedal to the floor in 2020. Stay tuned.

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Ekali recruits Kiiara for third single from forthcoming album, ‘Back To You’

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Ekali recruits Kiiara for third single from forthcoming album, ‘Back To You’Ekali Awakening Mi Vol 6

Ekali‘s arsenal of unreleased music shrank just slightly with the release of “Back To You.” The single hails from the producer’s upcoming debut album, led by the Reo Cragun-assisted “Runaway” and the emotive Wafia feature, “Be Fine.” With “Back To You,” the LP’s cast of vocal collaborators expands to newly encompass Kiiara.

Her inimitable soprano is the sonic cherry atop the synth and bass guided stagger of “Back To You’s” rhythmic arrangement. Bright chords shimmer at the break downs, complementing the breathy ascendance of Kiiara’s vocal and creating tonal contrast with the anchored bass.

“Back To You” was but one of the releases that Ekali promised fans in a tweet published on October 23. Next up will be Ekali’s highly sought collaboration with ILLENIUM, “Hard To Say Goodbye,” followed by the formal announcement of his A World Away tour and a merch line.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Over the next month.<br><br>Back To You ft. Kiiara<br><br>Ekali &amp; Illenium – Hard To Say Goodbye<br><br>“A World Away” full tour announce<br><br>Full Merch Line<br><br>This is the most excited I’ve ever been about music. Thanks for being here with me. <a href=”https://t.co/cmub7sImbu”>pic.twitter.com/cmub7sImbu</a></p>&mdash; Ekali 🥀 (@EkaliMusic) <a href=”https://twitter.com/EkaliMusic/status/1187056384665378816?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>October 23, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>

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

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NMF Roundup: ZHU and partywithray join forces, Ekali and Kiiara deliver ‘Back To You’ + moreEkali Crystal Eyes 1

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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DA’s Supernatural Selections: A Halloween playlist [Best of 2019]

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DA’s Supernatural Selections: A Halloween playlist [Best of 2019]Rezz

Amid the season of spiders, ghosts, and demons (oh, my!) Dancing Astronaut presents some of the most delightfully decadent tracks released solely in 2019. The dastard design of the dark arts is never something to scoff at. Dampened tones, haunting harmonies, and menacing drums take the driver’s seat this year, of course, as our annual harrowing Halloween playlist rears its head yet again. In light of the recent mid-tempo Renaissance—and the formidable sounds that followed—this year’s compilation is fashioned from entirely up-to-the-minute offerings.

Highlights include cult leader, REZZ, in the form of two tracks from her most recent project, Beyond The Senses; a tantalizing taste from fiendish newcomer, Kim Petras‘s horror-themed TURN OFF THE LIGHT studio album; chilling sound design from G-Jones, Eprom, KOAN Sound, and Flume; eerie melodies from Gesaffelstein, deadmau5, NGHTMRE, ZHU, and Wolfgang Gartner; and many more ghoulishly heavy hitters.

Other notable mentions include i_o and Grimes new hit thriller, “Violence,” a remix from Knife Party‘s “Ghost Train” after their first EP in four years, and the monstrous “If My Eyes Are Vampires (Your Body Is My Sunlight)” featuring TYNAN, arriving from Sullivan King‘s debut long play. Play this at your next Halloween party or in your pumpkin-print pajamas. But proceed at your peril: these tracks are not for the feeble-hearted.

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Bang On! Warehouse Of Horrors returns to NYC for annual Halloween bash with Claude VonStroke, san holo, Ekali, and more

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Bang On! Warehouse Of Horrors returns to NYC for annual Halloween bash with Claude VonStroke, san holo, Ekali, and more05 FrankMonkiewicz 2

New York City nightlife authority Bang On! will bring its annual Halloween music & arts festival, Warehouse Of Horrors, to Queens’ Knockdown Center, running October 25 – 26. As in past years, the 2019 installment of Warehouse of Horrors’ offers not tricks, but treats—headliners include Claude VonStroke, The Glitch Mob, and san holo, with additional lineup support from Ekali, Justin Martin, Justin Jay, Ivy Lab, and Wongo. Artists will be dispersed among three stages: the Warehouse Stage, the Horror Stage, and the Alchemy Stage.

Art installations, festival vendors, 3D mapped visuals, and a silent disco flank the diverse acts slated to appear, augmenting the engaging quality of the Warehouse of Horrors experience. The 21+ house and bass heavy event affords electronic enthusiasts an opportunity to rendezvous with dark dance beats in their Halloween best. Single and two-day general admission and VIP passes to Bang On! Warehouse Of Horrors are available here.

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