NMF Roundup: Diplo remixes Kaskade, Spencer Brown takes on deadmau5 + 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.

Diplo leads the charge this NMF with a sultry remix of Kaskade, Felix Cartal and Jenn Blosil’s “More,” and Spencer Brown previews deadmau5’s forthcoming here’s the drop! remix LP with his take on “fn pig (ov).” Cashmere Cat’s sophomore album makes its debut on Sept. 20, featuring song like the Christina Aguilera-sampled “WATERGIRL,” and Chris Lorenzo takes on Boombox Cartel and MadeinTYO’s “NEW WIP.” M83’s much-anticipated 15-song DSVII is out now, featuring songs like “Feelings,” and Kill Paris puts an even groovier spin on Haywyre’s already-funky “Storyteller.” Opiuo and Lafa Taylor shine in “Send It,” and Muzzy tackles Knife Party’s “Ghost Train” with a sinister rendition of his own. Billy Kenny and Huxley take to the dance floor on “SWEAT,” and Feenixpawl and Marcus Santoro bring the feels with “Forever Young.” Cristoph puts his own spin on The Temper Trap’s “Sweet Disposition,” and Dom Dolla plays with words on “San Frandisco.” David Guetta remixes himself as Jack Back in a new remix of “Thing For You,” and Luttrell paints a serene soundscape with his remix of Jai Wolf and Mr Gabriel’s “Lose My Mind.”

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.

Feenixpawl and Marcus Santoro strike collaborative gold on new single, ‘Forever Young’ [Q&A]

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When Feenixpawl and Marcus Santoro take a stride around the electronic release ring together, they do so with a near palpable energy. It emanates on Feenixpawl and Santoro’s joint single, “Forever Young.” The trio’s creative synergy is audible, and the fruit of their collaborative labor lively: “Forever Young’s” beat races with a vigor that is matched by that of both its chords and its vocal. Two familiar elements of Feenixpawl’s toolbox guide “Forever Young” as it surges through streamers’ speakers with fluid ease: soaring ascents and sweeping melodies.

Although the Australian production pair aren’t exactly new to the electronic setting, the Armada Music signees have capitalized on 2019 as a year to further establish and assert their status as power players. Feenixpawl accordingly shared their MaRLo-assisted sensory arresting trance anthem, “Lighter Than Air,” in April. Gleaming progressive house gem, “Play With Fire,” followed in May.

Dancing Astronaut caught up with Aden Forte and Josh Soon of Feenixpawl and Marcus Santoro ahead of “Forever Young’s” release to learn more about the record’s inception.

DA: You’ve released two stunning singles in recent months, “Lighter Than Air,” for which you convened with MaRLo,  and “Play With Fire,” which featured Rico & Miella. How did the production process of this song differ from these past two records, and what specifically were you hoping to creatively achieve with “Forever Young”?

ADEN: I suppose the main difference between this track and our previous two was the fact we were able to all be in the studio together while making the track. MaRLo tours heavily, so we had to rely on uploading stems and ideas constantly in order to work on the track, which is similar to how we did “Play With Fire” with Rico & Miella, as we don’t all live in the same city. It was great to get in the studio with Marcus and throw ideas around and come up with something special.

DA: The brand new single is a collaboration produced alongside Marcus Santoro, can you say a little bit about how the three of you got together for this cut?

JOSH: We’ve known Marcus for years, and we’ve always been good friends. We’ve discussed working together for so long but it [was] simply about timing and also finding the right project. As soon as we heard the demo vocal [for] “Forever Young” we knew it was perfect to work on with Marcus. We were lucky that we were all in the same city at the same time and were able to get into the studio together to work on it, which is quite rare these days. It was a really fun process to get together and just have fun with it.

DA: Marcus, you’re certainly no stranger to the Armada family and have released music via Armada before. Can you describe your sonic style for listeners who may not be familiar with your sound, and can you also talk about how you wove your sound into this particular production?

MARCUS: It’s always great to release with Armada. I’ve been a part of the Armada family for a few years now and the fans are so welcoming and supportive! For those who aren’t familiar with my music, it generally revolves around melodies, uplifting feelings and emotion!

I always try to generate these 3 core things [in] my music and I feel ‘Forever Young’ is no exception. Lately, I’ve been experimenting with more deeper/progressive sounds but for this record I wanted to bring my signature trance/progressive vibes to the table and I feel it works well with Feenixpawl’s progressive house sound too. We’ve wanted to work together for a few years now and I’m glad this is the outcome we have to share with the world!

DA: As 2019 winds down, what’s next for both of you?

JOSH: We have at least one more original release scheduled for 2019, it’s another collaboration with our brother Harley Knox who we did a track called “Bones” with last year. We love working with Harley and we are super happy with this new record which is called “Colours.” We also have a bunch of shows coming in our native Australia that we’re really excited about and will be announcing soon!

ADEN: We’re always in the studio working on new stuff, and we’re super excited to share all the music we’ve been working on. The feedback on our last few singles has been incredible and we feel like the new music is even better!

MARCUS: For me, I have loads of new music still to be released…there’s close to 4 [or] 5 new singles and that’s not including some dope remixes! I have some other exciting collaborations and new solo material on the way including my very own radio-show, and I also will be playing some cool shows [which are] still to be announced. I’m very excited for what 2020 is going to bring,  I feel my music is as strong as ever and I can’t wait to show it to everyone!

First Listen: Feenixpawl emanate heat on the Rico & Miella-assisted ‘Play With Fire’

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Aden Forte and Josh Soon of Feenixpawl converge with Rico & Miella to exemplify their status as Armada Music heavyweights on their latest single, “Play With Fire.”

Produced alongside the vocal duo, “Play With Fire” is an achingly earnest lyrical effort that pairs romantically focused lyrical content with progressive house composition. Rico & Miella’s raw vocal duet soars upward in sync with the chord progressions of “Play With Fire.” The song climbs increasingly higher to exude the very sort of sonic ascendence well-suited for main stage festival play, as Rico & Miella vocally contemplate the precariousness of a developing love.

“Play With Fire” has several sonic sweet spots, including a lush, synth-led melody that embodies the emotive nature of the song’s lyrics. Out now on Armada, “Play With Fire” is a formidable followup to Feenixpawl’s preceding single, the vocal-centric trance stunner, “Lighter Than Air.” The shift in genres evident between “Lighter Than Air” and “Play With Fire” underscore Feenixpawl as a highly dynamic duo who can scale the continuum of electronic subgenres with discernible ease.

MaRLo and Feenixpawl explore ethereal sound on new collaboration, ‘Lighter Than Air’

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Established trance entity, MaRLo convenes with electronic music duo, Feenixpawl, on the striking new showing, “Lighter Than Air.” While the vocal-centric trance offering has only just now gained an official release, “Lighter Than Air” is preceded by storied musical history. The production premiered at ASOT 900 in Utrecht and at Tomorrowland Winter‘s 2019 iteration, where genre titan, Armin van Buuren, wove MaRLo and Feenixpawl’s joint effort into his momentous live set.

The titular anticipates the sonic in “Lighter Than Air.” True to the track’s title, the collaboration opens with a gossamer airiness that derives primarily from the tune’s use of celestial harp chords. The vocals featured on “Lighter Than Air” boast a grace and purity of tone that complements the melodic nature of the number. The tune breaks down with a lush ease that preludes the vigorous energy of the song’s drops. “Lighter Than Air” materializes as clear evidence of MaRLo and Feenixpawl’s electronic artistry.

NMF Roundup: Medasin returns with ‘Mr. Skitters,’ i_o teams up with Tommy Trash, Feed Me releases first single from new album + 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.

Above & Beyond kick off New Music Friday in fine fashion with their new single, “Distorted Truth.” Tommy Trash and i_o unleash their much-anticipated collaboration, “Let Me Go,” and Medasin returns with his first original of 2019, “Mr. Skitters.” Diplo and Octavian make an impeccable team on “New Shapes,” as do Feed Me and Rosie Doonan on “Feel Love.” Hardwell and Dannic unveil “Chase The Sun,” and Au5 rounds out his two-track Energize EP with “Activate.” The Chainsmokers bring another pop-inspired number via “Who Do You Love” with 5 Seconds of Summer, and David Guetta, Brooks, and Loote gear up for festival season with “Better When You’re Gone.” Quintino can’t be brought down in his new single, and Pixel Terror return to Monstercat with “Ultima.” Tisoki delivers a fresh remix of Party Favor‘s “Blame,” and Jay Hardway takes off into the atmosphere with “Aliens.” R3HAB joins forces with Icona Pop for “This Is How We Party,” and Darude and Sebastian Rejman craft a euphoric dance number in “Release Me.”

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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