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.
Insomniac added over 25 new artists and 14 events to the fifth annual EDC week in Las Vegas, coinciding with the festival’s 22nd annual installment.
In doing so, the festival welcomes 14 signature party experiences during the week of May 16–23, including the hardstyle focused Basscon Pool Party and two dubstep-fueled Bassrush parties, along with a variety of diverse headliners throughout the week. New programming includes a vast array of parties across the cities hottest nightclubs, including Elephante, Porter Robinson, NGHTMRE, Gryffin, Hot Since 82, Illenium, Yellow Claw, and many more.
Full programming details, more information, and tickets are available here.
Paul Oakenfold and Ferry Corsten are two mainstays that have pioneered the trance industry to where it is today. Though the two have never collaborated, a new Corsten initiative called UNITY has finally brought about a collaborative single called “A Slice of Heaven.”
Corsten created UNITY to bring together producers to collaborate for something bigger than themselves. With “A Slice of Heaven,” he and Oakenfold have partnered with VH1’s Save The Music Foundation to add support to the organization’s Music Tech Grant program, which to date has donated $53 million worth of new musical instruments and equipment to more than 2,000 public schools across the USA.
“Music has always been a release for me and dance music, especially trance, has always had a sense of community attached to it. Through UNITY, my aim is to bring together all of these people I have worked alongside through the years to create a project that reinforces that sense of being united and give young people the chance to make their own way in music.” -Corsten
Their track, “A Slice of Heaven,” features propelling trance synths and beautiful vocal breaks. Oakenfold commented on the long-overdue collaboration in an official statement about the track.
“Myself and Ferry have long spoken about getting together to work on music, and with the benefits of providing children with more opportunities to be educated through music, it was a no-brainer to finally make it happen.” -Oakenfold
The track is out now on both Flashover and Perfecto Recordings.
Ayub classifies his interpretation of trance as “combining the light and dark sides of the genre,” something the listener sees showcased in this remix for Corsten and Lumiere. In the nearly six-minute rework of “Something To Believe In,” Ayub takes the listener on a journey through a transcendent soundscape, led by Lumiere’s emotive vocals. Dancing synths carry the melody and solidify the track’s trance classification with a dance floor-ready bass line. It’s a mesmerizing interpretation of Corsten and Lumiere’s 2017 track.
Arty released the majority of his music in 2017 under his Alpha 9 trance moniker, and it is looking like a similar start for his 2018 releases. The Russian icon is back with a touching new release titled “You and I.”
The groovy and upbeat introduction of the song borders on commercial pop, but immediately gives way into mystical, trance-inspired progression. “You and I” sends the listener into another world with its beautiful melodies that ebb and flow in and out of the commercial backdrop.
Earlier this year, Ferry Corsten released hit track “Lonely Inside” as part of his Blueprint album release. The Dutch producer has now released his extended ‘Ferry Fix’ of the track, lengthening it with more sci-fi sonic additions to the release.
A mysterious trance opening propels the song forward for the first two minutes of “Lonely Inside,” giving the resonating chords a very terrestrial feel. The crux of the track comes when the melodic trance chords hit a high-pitched synth progression, making the track perfect backdrop to any trance festival set.
Corsten’s Blueprint has been regarded as one of the best albums of 2017 by many critics.