TNGHT announce first EP in seven years, ‘TNGHT II,’ share new single ‘Dollaz’

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TNGHT announce first EP in seven years, ‘TNGHT II,’ share new single ‘Dollaz’TNGHT Live

TNGHT are in full comeback mode now. Hudson Mohawke and Lunice announced their first joint project in seven years, following up on their self-titled 2012 EP with and aptly titled II, due November 12. The new EP follows a stacked BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix, and lands by way of the duo’s longtime home, Warp Records/LuckyMe. News of the EP is also accompanied by the project’s artwork, tracklist, and a new song from the upcoming release, ‘Dollaz.’ According to the duo,

“While it doesn’t sound the same as the first record—the energy is,” Lunice said in statement, “This could only come from us.” Mohawke adds, “I think it’s a good indicator if something sounds weird and refreshing to us. It’s got to fuck with us a little bit when we’re listening to it.”

The pair’s hiatus-ending “Serpent” from earlier this fall may have leaned a little more experimental than TNGHT’s previous work, though their latest, “Dollaz” certainly bridges that gap, reviving the duo’s signature hip-hop-inspired maximalist knock. Listen below.

Dustycloud unveils dynamic 3-track EP, ‘Skyfall’

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Dustycloud unveils dynamic 3-track EP, ‘Skyfall’Dustycloud Janice.renee 1

Parisian Insomniac recruit, Dustycloud, has been making his mark in heavy house circles since his festival-affronting “Rebel,” of 2016. Over the last handful of years, he’s materialized on some of the most auspicious label housings in the electronic realm, including Ultra, CONFESSION, Zeds Dead‘s Deadbeats, and OWSLA.

His latest showing with Insomniac, his triple-tracked Skyfall EP, is testimony that his style may be ever subject to flux, though his cornerstone aural ingredients are here to stay. While “Find A New Direction” employs an uplifting vocal cut and groovy bass pluck, “Mighty” cuts right to the ear-chiseling chase, with serrated, staticky bass abound. But all three tracks harken back to the producer’s rumbling basslines, while still managing to range from funky to fierce within Dustycloud’s eternally danceable four-on-the-floor format.

“As time goes on I continue to find myself experimenting with new things, pushing my vision of what house music can be,” Dustycloud says of his latest aural offering. “With three really different tracks, the Skyfall EP is a culmination of my journey as an artist up to now.”

Photo Credit: Janice Renee

Gesaffelstein follows ‘Hyperion’ with new six-track EP, ‘NOVO SONIC SYSTEM’ [Stream]

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Gesaffelstein follows ‘Hyperion’ with new six-track EP, ‘NOVO SONIC SYSTEM’ [Stream]Gesaffelstein Summons His Dissenters Photo By The1point8

The days of half-decade gaps between Gesaffelstein drops are thankfully over. It has been a mere seven months since the Dark Prince of Techno’s highly anticipated comeback LP, Hyperion, and we already have a fresh new delivery from the French beat maker. This spring’s Columbia-backed sophomore LP signaled there was more to come from Gesaffelstein, which has now officially materialized as the NOVO SONIC SYSTEM EP.

The release is a six-track effort that incorporates the prolific producer’s most beloved sonic tropes—menacing, static instrumentals wrapped up into dystopian analog techno. Unlike the star-studded full length LP from earlier this spring, which featured the likes of Pharrell, The Weeknd, and HAIM, NOVO SONIC SYSTEM, finds Gesaffelstein alone in the void, offering near perfect additions to his catalog of brooding, warehouse-ready techno. Listen below.

Andrew Bayer employs industrial sonics in invigorating ‘True Feelin’ follow-up, ‘Bottle Top Trance’

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Andrew Bayer employs industrial sonics in invigorating ‘True Feelin’ follow-up, ‘Bottle Top Trance’Andrew Bayer Open End Resource Club Mi

Avid Anjuna resident, Andrew Bayer‘s artistic development has persistently beckoned, within his prolific pool of counterparts, to become one of the most gratifying and graceful to witness, as he continues to craft quality, genre-bending music. Audaciously experimenting with his sound, the Grammy-nominated producer has molded his own electrifying trance strain, while reaping auspicious credits on three of Above & Beyond‘s (his label heads), studio albums. After shifting from club cuts to an indie-empowered third studio album in the form of In My Last Life, Bayer has resolved to return to his analog club inclinations on his forthcoming EP, Parallels. Following the first single, “True Feelin,” “Bottle Top Trance” unabashedly hones in on the direct dance-floor functionality that Bayer built his brand on.

Beginning with clanging percussions and a driving bass-line, “Bottle Top Trance” takes structural elements from classic trance anthems to construct an energy-ridden track fit for both the big stage and ambitious clandestine locales. Bayer introduces a nuanced melody while playing with hard-hitting beats, chiming embellishments, and rolling drums. Infusing his own industrial touch into his “ode to trance,” Bayer exercises versatility in creating unique club instrumentals that carry heavier and more robust listening capabilities—ultimately delivering a refreshing alternative route to the more trodden and modern trance pathway.

“‘Bottle Top Trance’ is another ode to music I loved when I was growing up,” writes Bayer in a recent release. “So much of my music is quite serious, but here I wanted to draw influence from some of the classic, Euro-dance and trance ear-worms that I listened to when I growing up – music that was made for big dancefloor moments, but had a sense of fun to it… almost bordering on silliness.”

First Listen: Opiuo and Lafa Taylor ‘Send It’

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First Listen: Opiuo and Lafa Taylor ‘Send It’Opiuo

Before lighting up Voodoo Festival and shipping out on tour with Gramatik this October, New Zealand-Australian crossover talent, Opiuo has resolved to “Send It,” with his second single from his forthcoming project, Syzygy 02.

With vocal bolster from West Coast rapper, Lafa Taylor, “Send It” is imbued with Opiuo’s cornerstone instrumental, electronic funk. Taylor’s irreverently optimistic lyricism serves as an improbable complement to the “Sneakers” producer’s effervescent framework.

“Send It” follows the aptly named “Kaleidoscope,” the iridescent and particularly bass-heavy first offering from the forthcoming venture. It’s clear listeners can expect a well-rounded second arm of the Syzygy series. Catch Opiuo on tour this fall, with tickets available here.

Tour Dates

October 23 – Republic Bar & Cafe, Hobart, TAS

October 24 – Island Vibe Festival, Brisbane, QLD

October 27 – Voodoo Festival, New Orleans, LA

October 30 – The Observatory North Park – San Diego, CA *

October 31 – The Novo – Los Angeles, CA *

November 1 – Fox Theater – Oakland, CA *

November 2 – Cargo Concert Hall – Reno, NV *

November 6 – Roseland Theater – Portland, OR *

November 7 – McDonald Theatre – Eugene, OR *

November 8 – Mission Ballroom – Denver, CO**

November 9 – Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA *

November 14 – Skyway Theatre – Minneapolis, MN *

November 15 – Majestic Theatre – Madison, WI *

November 16 – The Riviera Theatre – Chicago, IL *

November 17 – The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI *

November 20 – Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA *

November 21 – House of Blues – Boston, MA *

November 22 – The Fillmore – Philadelphia, PA *

November 23 – Avant Gardner – Brooklyn, NY *
*in support of Gramatik

**Headline show

Stream Eli & Fur’s third Anjunadeep EP, 3-track ‘Into the Night’

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Stream Eli & Fur’s third Anjunadeep EP, 3-track ‘Into the Night’Eli Fur

Following the immense success of their 2018 EP Night Blooming Jasmine, Anjunadeep electronica/deep house duo Eli & Fur have released Into the Night: a flawless continuation of their trek into the cinematic stretches of the electronic realm. The latest EP features previously released title track and two new original cuts, “Don’t Say” and “You and I,” with extended mix counterparts in tow.

Laced with hypnotic club grooves and sensual original vocals, Into the Night captures the essence of Eli & Fur’s songwriting strengths in nostalgia-inspired dark tones, and lyricism smoldering with enigmatic intrigue. Paradoxically leaning from their pop-writing origins, their third Anjunadeep EP embodies a complex style of deep house convention, sodden with sensuality.

“It’s always special to create things as a duo as each of us have feelings we want to write about and emotions we want to communicate through the music both lyrically and melodically,” the pair stated in a recent release. “This makes the process more interesting.”

Walker & Royce usher the inaugural release on Diplo’s Higher Ground imprint with ‘Rave Grave’ [Stream]

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Walker & Royce usher the inaugural release on Diplo’s Higher Ground imprint with ‘Rave Grave’ [Stream]Walker Royce 1

Who better to erect a record label to inspire house music artists while simultaneously providing them with a playful platform than one of the domain’s most prolific veterans, Diplo? When it comes to enlisting producers who embody the eternally amorphous identity of modern dance music, Diplo is ever one to flex his enduring curatorial foresight; and inviting the voraciously in-demand Walker & Royce to procure the seminal release on the new label solidifies that discernment.

The EP from New York natives Sam Walker and Gavin Royce, Rave Grave features two club detonators, the flippantly fun title track and the melodic tech-house weapon “The Biznes.” The duo’s distinct sound of highly accessible, energetic house music ties together the dancefloor origins of the genre, as well as the modernized, experimental sampling that renders each song in due duo’s distinct repertoire unmistakable. The EP also includes extended cuts of both tracks. Higher Ground’s introductory release has indeed established an elevated benchmark for future success from the young label.

The duo is set to appear later this month on their home court, as Higher Ground presents a Mad Decent-sponsored Brooklyn Mirage takeover, with a performance from Diplo himself in tow. Tickets are on sale now, here.

Eli & Fur drift ‘Into The Night’ ahead of next Anjunadeep EP [Review]

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Eli & Fur drift ‘Into The Night’ ahead of next Anjunadeep EP [Review]Eli Fur

Anjunadeep‘s amorphous pop-songwriters-turned-deep-house-duo, Eli & Fur, are officially returning to the Anjunabeats subsidiary for another EP release, entitled Into The Night. Tuesday, the London outfit shared the EP’s title track: an airy deep-house harbinger to the full-length project. The track bears Eli & Fur’s exceedingly sultry and idealistic earmark, of course.

Reverie is ever in the air with these two. As the track opens, the atmospheric duo’s own languorous vocals phase in, affording the track an otherworldly virtue. Soon, the cinematic nature of Eli & Fur’s sound design grows increasingly apparent in both the offering’s lyrical theme and stylistic approach. The swirling synth line juxtaposed against calming woodblock percussion texturizes the track, while the terse lyrical musings offer further introspective tension: “You reminded me of somethin’ / Now it’s taking up all my time.”

Paradox and nostalgia have been driving through lines in Eli & Fur’s catalog for years, coming to a crest on their last Anjunadeep EP, Night Blooming Jasmine. While “Parfume” embodies how readily our olfactory systems are inclined to reminisce (“Is this for real or something better?”) through the scents of bygone lovers, “Something Was Real” plays on the fleeting, imperfect nature of memory and our visceral inner life.

“Sometimes you find yourself shutting off and making excuses about why not to connect with how you feel on an emotional level,” the pair says via a recent press statement on the track. “Taking the plunge into something different to your usual routine is incredibly liberating. ‘Into The Night’ is about that feeling, stepping into the unknown and embracing something you never knew you needed.”

Dillon Nathaniel and Jack Beats create house lover’s paradise, ‘Mind Sensation’

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Dillon Nathaniel and Jack Beats create house lover’s paradise, ‘Mind Sensation’Dillon Nathaniel

Dillon Nathaniel has released the latest single from his forthcoming sophomore EP, which is set to be released in full, August 16. The driving electro-house track is titled “Mind Sensation,”

The LA-based house music prodigy teamed up with UK-based duo, Jack Beats for the track. The collaboration is a house music lover’s paradise, with feint tech accents woven underneath a pummeling beat. If “Mind Sensation” is any indication of what listeners can expect from Nathaniel’s impending EP, the upcoming project is bound to be a quality compilation worth a thorough listen.

Nathaniel spoke on the working with Jack Beats on the release, noting, “Jack Beats was one of the first electro/fidget house artists I got into back when I was 15 years old. Their song ‘Out Of Body’ was the first of that genre I could remember listening to. This sound shaped the way I heard house music, so I am so honored to put out this record with them. ‘Mind Sensation’ harnesses the old vibe from 2010 with a modern tech approach.

“Mind Sensation” is out now via Big Beat Records.

Flume and Reo Cragun link up once again on joint EP, ‘Quits’ [Stream]

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Flume and Reo Cragun link up once again on joint EP, ‘Quits’ [Stream]Flume Performing At Festival

Flume‘s spring single, “Friends,” with rising hip-hop force Reo Cragun wasn’t just a one-off. In fact, they had a wealth more in the tank.

Now, the pair are back, following up on their first joint single with a new collaborative extended play, Quits. Flume’s kept a tight connection to hip-hop throughout his career—from Freddie Gibbs to JPEGMAFIA and Slowthai—so the writing seems to have already been resting on the wall. We needed more from Reo and Flume, and now we’ve got it.

Quits follows the chemistry established on “Friends,” melding Flume’s percussive, off-kilter soundscapes with Reo Cragun’s freshly distinguishable alt-R&B crooning. The EP is a three-track exploration of the pair’s compatibility, and another head-turning example of Flume’s sonic aesthetic effortlessly contorting itself around another collaborator’s sound. Stream below.