In recent years, Australia has proven a bottomless breeding ground for inventive electronic artistry. Flume, Alison Wonderland, What So Not, and Anna Lunoe are just a fun-sized chunk of the abundant Aussie eminence molding and maestroing the electronic space from global vantage points. Wax Motif, however, has flown relatively under the radar until recently, despite wide-reaching support from his counterparts and releases on upper-echelon imprints like Tchami’s CONFESSION, AC Slater’s Night Bass, Tiësto’s Musical Freedom, and Destructo’s All My Friends.
Motif’s House Of Wax SoundCloud mix series sees the “Kush Groove” artist, known for his disco-driven, G-House-drenched strain of four on the floor, compile his quixotic tastes in hour-long segments. In the 26th installment, Motif summons the songs of the hour, with piping hot new offerings from Dog Blood, Fisher, Black Caviar, Chris Lake, UMEK, Eli Brown, Matroda, and Sonny Fodera. Now you know: When the wax starts drippin’, it’s time to wake up and shake it.
San Diego’s biannual bedrock electronic music destination, CRSSD, has announced the first lineup phase of its fall run for 2019. At the top of the Sep 28-29 ticket sits indie sensations, Portugal. The Man, feverish house frenzy, Fisher, preeminent techno talent, Richie Hawtin, and more.
In just a handful of years since its harbor-side genesis along Waterfront Park, CRSSD has become a mainstay within Southern California’s festival front. Riddled with the niche, underground sounds that make dance music so beautifully beguiling, CRSSD’s curation has flourished in immaculately kept time with dance and indie culture.
Typical for each installment, CRSSD organizers will speckle its artistry across three stylized stages, as view of the picturesque Pacific glistens in their wakes. House heads would do well to flock to the The Palms, where Shiba San and Walker & Royce will hop on a back-to-back display. Techno is ever in the air at the City Steps, where Amelie Lens, Richie Hawtin, and more mavens of the moment will find their low-lit dwelling place. Finally, the Ocean View will house an amalgamation of experimental sounds from a-CRSSD the board, like Hot Chip, KAYTRANADA, and Portugal. The Man.
General festival information as well as tickets (available Jun 11) can be found here.
Chris Lake continues to define and perfect tech house with his latest release “Stay With Me.” The producer is fresh off of his EDC Las Vegas set, and looks forward to a b2b set with FISHER in NYC, which sold out in less than a day.
The track initially follows the layout one might expect from Chris Lake, encapsulating the listener in a pulsing tech house backdrop with groovy basslines and soaring vocals. It builds and builds upon itself until climax, when it explodes into a robotic, melody-laced cacophony of synth riffs and heady percussion. It’s a piece built for live performance, and is expected to rile up dancefloors in NYC and across the world as Lake continues his joint tour.
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 brings with it the arrival of a fiery new FISHERsingle—one fans have been eagerly anticipating—along with the next track from Avicii‘s posthumous album, TIM, called “Tough Love.” Gareth Emery and Ashley Wallbridge have delivered a 14-track LP called Kingdom United, featuring euphoric trance numbers like “Vesper.” Whethan‘s tapped Jeremih for his new single, “Let me Take You,” and Alpha 9 and Kameron Alexander arrive at Anjunabeats “Before The Dawn.” Boombox Cartel and MadeinTYO create a trappy party atmosphere in “NEW WIP,” and Habstrakt keeps the bass slapping in “Control.” Kill Paris once again uses plants to create music in “Venus Fly Trap,” and RL Grime unveils instrumental versions of his NOVA tracks, including “Shoulda.” Gorgon City and Kaskade lead us into the weekend with “Go Slow,” and Hannah Wants unleashes a retro house number with “Love Somebody.” Ellie Goulding taps Don Diablo for a remix of “Sixteen,” and Kölsch takes on Jam & Spoon’s “Stella.” David Guetta and RAYE join forces on “Stay (Don’t Go Away),” and Medasin crafts a breezy piece with Kathleen, “Always Afternoon.”
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.
The festival features eight different stages to cater to fans of rock, indie, country, folk, electronic, and hip-hop, so regardless of one’s musical persuasion, this lineup features something for everyone.
Electric Daisy Carnival has spent the last decade dominating the electronic music festival scene around the world, characterized by the most in-demand artist bookings and encompassed by an aura of extravagance. The festival has strived to provide unparalleled experiences in all aspects of its yearly event, procuring an unexplainable excitement from the moment of receiving one’s festival wristband, to basking in the early morning sun on day three of hiking up the Las Vegas Motor Speedway staircase.
2018 marked the first of the festival’s expansion with Camp EDC, a four-night on-site experience that allowed festival attendees to avoid the early morning commute back to their hotel and instead stay within walking distance of the venue. Campers were immersed within a profusion of activities, including exclusive campground opening sets from Excision, G Jones and Habstrakt, daily pool party takeovers, wellness workshops and group classes.
This year, Camp EDC returns with a plethora of new and returning daily activities to reflect the desirable “EDC experience,” securing artists like Fisher and his Catch & Release label to open the campgrounds, followed by daily pool parties and campground after parties hosted by the likes of Kaskade, Justin Martin and Solardo.
For those looking to make the most of their time on the campgrounds, Camp EDC offers a handful of daytime activities to entertain the most obscure of interests, ranging from mid-morning goat yoga to headbanger’s therapy. Whether you’re looking to catch some sleep over the armageddon of the festival weekend or fall asleep at the sunrise to the soothing sounds of Kaskade, Camp EDC offers it all.
On the hip-hop end, VELD so far is locked to see performances from Kodak Black, Jaden Smith, Rich the Kid, and Ski Mask the Slump God, among others. While the star power is evidently in no short supply from start to finish of the phase-one lineup, more remains, as VELD has promised to reveal succeeding phases over the next few months. The all-ages event will take place on August 3 and 4. Tickets to the festival are now available, here.
As Elements Lakewood Music & Arts Festival looks ahead to its third iteration with the release of its 2019 lineup, the expression “the third time’s a charm” is particularly apt. Boasting a number of heavy hitters hailing from the house genre, Elements Lakewood’s lineup will bring Disclosure, FISHER, Shiba San, and Justin Martin to Elements’ Pennsylvania home, to script a bumping next chapter in the festival’s history of production. Spanning more than 100 artists in its totality, the festival’s 2019 lineup also sees Elements Lakewood organizers issue noteworthy nods to Big Gigantic, Sofi Tukker, Seth Troxler, Damian Lazarus, and Clozee, among other artists.
A favorite among camping enthusiasts, Elements Lakewood will once more blend talent from techno, bass, jam rock, funk, and other sub-genres on a sprawling 200-acre campground that offers attendees five different stages of musical diversion. Complete with wellness activities like aromatherapy and sunset yoga, not to mention a myriad of camp games including basketball and volleyball, Elements Lakewood ensures that attendees won’t spend a single second of their time at the event idle. In a credit to the diversity of Elements Lakewood’s offerings, event-goers will also have the opportunity to partake in kayak trips at sunset, water sports like canoeing and swimming, and post-dusk adventures like a stroll through a kaleidoscope light-decorated forest.
Back to offer the ultimate soul renewal experience in its seamless intermingling of outdoor fun and good music, Elements Lakewood is a bona fide must attend for 2019.
A limited number of early bird three-day GA and VIP passes to the festival’s 2019 edition are now available and can be purchased here.
Movement, one of the longest-running music music festivals, returns in 2019 with a stacked lineup of techno connoisseurs. The three-day event will take place Memorial Day weekend in Detroit’s signature riverfront park, Hart Plaza. In the city where techno was born, Movement Electronic Music Festival aims to bring an authentic experience to its attendees, showcasing true innovators in the world of dance music.
Among these innovators are Disclosure, performing a live and immersive experience, Grammy-nominated producer Fisher, Chris Lake, MK, Yaeji, up-and-comers Golf Clap, Charlotte De Witte, and more. Also, attendees will get an exclusive DJ set from Off-White founder and Louis Vuitton artistic director Virgil Abloh—demonstrating the vigorous relationship between fashion and dance music—and hip-hop/trap music extraordinaire Gucci Mane.
The festival will take place May 25-27. Purchase tickets here and check out the complete daily lineup below.
SATURDAY, MAY 25
Al Ester b2b Earl Mixxin Mckinney
Disclosure – DJ set
Kenny Larkin – live
LSD (Luke Slater, Function, Steve Bicknell)
Maya Jane Coles
Octave One – live
Ryan Crosson b2b Shaun Reeves
Tin Man – live
WAJATTA – live (John Tejada x Reggie Watts)
SUNDAY, MAY 26
Asher Perkins & Rex Sepulveda: Front to Front – live
Mainstay Morgan Page kicked his career off with Grammy nominated “The Longest Road,” and he hasn’t looked back since. He has become known for euphoria inducing tracks with polarizing vocals, and this sets his music apart from formulaic commercial crossover tracks. He has managed to achieve this while retaining the ability to create singles that work for radio play and live performance alike.
2018 has been a big year for the producer, both personally and professionally. Page had a new addition to his family, daughter Bea. He also switched over to Armada Music exclusively, where he released a three track EP, Born to Fly. It is also the ten year anniversary of “The Longest Road,” so to celebrate, artists ranging from Vicetone to Steff Da Campo put their on spin on the original to celebrate.
In addition to his original releases, Page has been producing his own radio show for years, In The Air, which was named after his 2012 13-track album. He is on his 446th episode of the radio show series, and he spoke exclusively with Dancing Astronaut on what the series means to him, and how it has evolved over the years. Page says, “I can hardly believe it’s already been over 8 years of doing a mixshow. It started as a podcast only, and morphed into a weekly Sirius XM slot and globally syndicated show. Radio has always been in my blood, so it’s an honor to keep doing the show, and presenting my favorite music every week.”
Episode 446 takes the listener through some of the biggest hits coming out of 2018 with everything from FISHER‘s “Losing It” to Axwell and Ingrosso‘s “Dreamer.” The one unifying theme of the mix is that it is the perfect track to get a Saturday Night going thanks to its upbeat energy and the infectious collection of releases.