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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Ekali strikes an emotive chord on the Wafia-assisted ‘Be Fine’

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Ekali strikes an emotive chord on the Wafia-assisted ‘Be Fine’Ekali Awakening Mi Vol 6

Swiftly ascending vocalist, Wafia, has momentarily put down the pen she’s been using to scribe her debut album in order to join Ekali for a poignant new production, “Be Fine.” In the past, the singer-songwriter has lent her vocals to other electronic efforts, such as Louis The Child‘s fan favorite, “Better Not.”

As in her previous features, Wafia’s voice bears a glossy purity, and in the case of this particular record, the refinement of her vocal creates a smooth contrast to the texture of Ekali’s fragmented arrangement. “Be Fine” opens with gentle, dissipating harp chords, which cascade into the drop’s ear-catching reverb.

Clean percussion, a strong undergirding beat, and the melodic shift of the song’s synth work collectively strike an exceedingly emotive string, as the lyrics tell a plaintive narrative of a romantic relationship that, once clear in its rightness for both lovers, has grown divisive. “Be Fine” follows Ekali’s previous single with Reo Cragun, “Runaway.”

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NMF Roundup: Zedd and Kehlani create a ‘Good Thing,’ Boys Noize links with Francis and the Lights + more

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NMF Roundup: Zedd and Kehlani create a ‘Good Thing,’ Boys Noize links with Francis and the Lights + moreZedd Rukes

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.

Zedd and Kehlani kick things off this final Friday of September with their new collaboration, “Good Thing,” and Boys Noize links with Francis and the Lights for “Why Not?” Kaskade keeps it mellow on his new collaboration with TELYkast, “No One Else,” and Zeds Dead join forces with Funkin Matt an Fiora for “Feel So.” AC Slater’s new album includes tunes like “Bad Behavior” with Chris Lorenzo and Purple Velvet Curtains, and Mercer takes on DJ Snake and Majid Jordan’s “Recognize.” Golf Clap and MASTERIA deliver “Mystery Scene” on mau5trap/Insomniac, and Gareth Emery follows “Laserface 01 (Aperture)” with “Laserface 02 (Thoughts In Pieces).” Dimension remixes himself on “If You Want To,” and Gorgon City reveal “Warehouse Mix” and “Terrace Dub” iterations of “There For You.” Tritonal team up with Rosie Darling on “Never Be The Same,” and NGHTMRE remixes Saven Lions, SLANDER, Dabin, and Dylan Matthew’s “First Time.” Galantis bring their piano-filled joy to “Holy Water,” and Tinlicker reveal their new LP, This Is Not Our Universe. Anna Lunoe and Nina Las Vegas cook up a weekend heater, “One Thirty,” and YehMe2 remixes Matoma and Bryn Christopher’s “All Around The World.”

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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The Ultimate Golden Ticket experience with Kaskade is up for grabs at Breakaway Festival Tennessee [Contest]

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The Ultimate Golden Ticket experience with Kaskade is up for grabs at Breakaway Festival Tennessee [Contest]Kaskade Photo Cred MarkOwens

Caution—once you experience a festival this way, there’s no going back to General Admission. You’ve been warned. Breakaway Festival’s Tennessee stop is slated for October 11 – 12 at Nashville’s Fairgrounds, and ahead of the event, organizers are offering fans a once-in-a-lifetime festival experience with the Ultimate Golden Ticket giveaway. The package includes a meet and greet with Kaskade, two ultra-tier VIP tickets for both days that include side stage viewing, along with drink and merchandise vouchers for both days, and admission to both Breakaway after parties.

The two day event features a stacked lineup of dance and hip-hop heavyweights including Zeds Dead, Chris Lake, Future, Gashi, Ekali, and more. Move quickly though, the Golden Ticket isn’t up for grabs long. Enter below.

Enter Breakaway Festival Tennessee’s Golden Ticket Giveaway.

NMF Roundup: REZZ and Deathpact link up, Wave Racer unveils new single + more

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NMF Roundup: REZZ and Deathpact link up, Wave Racer unveils new single + moreRezz Porter Robinsin Divinity Remi Live Debut

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.

REZZ and Deathpact take no prisoners in their new collaboration, “Kiss of Death,” and Wave Racer follows up recent single, “Auto,” with the soothing “Summer Rain.” Skrillex makes an appearance on Ed Sheeran’s latest, “Way To Break My Heart,” and Tycho reveals his full Weather LP on Mom+Pop/Ninja Tune. Ekali and Reo Cragun bring “Runaway” to Big Beat, and Madeon continues his tour de force with “Dream Dream Dream.” Keys N Krates have released a brand new “beat tape,” featuring tunes like “Sad Piano,” and TroyBoi returns to OWSLA for “PAPI CHULO.” Camelphat throw it way back with a remix of Dirty Vegas’ iconic 2002 release, “Days Go By,” and KSHMR taps Mike Waters for “My Best Life.” Moon Boots and Steven Klavier are all “Tied Up,” and David Guetta and Martin Solveig deliver a club mix of “Thing For You.” Tiësto crafts a big room remix of Illenium and Jon Bellion’s “Good Things Fall Apart,” and Armin van Buuren, Avian Grays, and Jordan Shaw team up for “Something Real.” Sofi Tukker get groovy on “Swing,” and Valentino Khan and Diplo collaborate on a hefty house heater, “JustYourSoul.”

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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Ekali preps for warm weather with dynamic Awakening 7 mix

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Ekali preps for warm weather with dynamic Awakening 7 mixEkali Biseual

Ekali has returned to his beloved Awakening mix series to release its seventh installment. A few hours after announcing that a new Awakening mix would be dropping on April 16, the producer shared the mix’s track list, which features new Flume songs “Jewel” and “Friends,” along with remixes from DROELOE, Medasin, and Just A Gent, and fan favorites from Louis the Child, Juice WRLD, and What So Not. This is his first Awakening mix of 2019, following December’s Awakening 6 mix.

“This one is all about the vibe,” the Canadian producer said on Twitter.

The producer also just released his much-anticipated collaboration with YOOKiE via Big Beat Records and was recently announced to play Diplo‘s Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party Festival, taking place July 20 and 21 at Foxborough, Massachusetts’ Gillette Stadium.

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Lunar Lunes: Ekali and Yookie reveal ‘Jundo,’ A-Trak continues his bootleg series with ‘Trizzy Says’ + more

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Lunar Lunes: Ekali and Yookie reveal ‘Jundo,’ A-Trak continues his bootleg series with ‘Trizzy Says’ + moreEkali Awakening Mi Vol 6

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.

After teasing a set of IDs, Big Beat Records has unveiled a brand new compilation, topped off by a major collaboration between Ekali and YOOKiE called “Jundo.” To celebrate last night’s Game of Thrones kickoff, Party Ghost has delivered a powerful edit of the show’s theme song, and A-Trak continues his bootleg series with “Trizzy Says.” NGHTMRE and A$AP Ferg roll out the red carpet for their “REDLIGHT” VIP edit, and Crankdat unleashes a new single, “Do You Mind.” LSDREAM and Varien team up on an epic new track, “Phoenix,” and Duumu returns to Monstercat with Pauline Herr for “You Say.” PhaseOne and Modestep deliver “Mayday” on Disciple, and Enamour brings “Run Away” to Lane 8‘s This Never Happened. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and Bassjackers team up for “You’re Next.” Slow Magic brings his magic touch to PLS&TY‘s “Motives.” Figure and Dakota bring the drum ‘n’ bass to “Cosmic Ray Drum,” and GANZ taps Jantine for “Carry Me.” ZAXX creates an anthemic new single with “Stay Here,” and Low Steppa brings blissful house vibes to “Lift Me Up.”

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

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