Premiere: AFFKT – Rufian

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Spanish producer AFFKT has kicked off his year under a brand new label: Tronic. Bringing a touch of melodic flavor to the label across three tracks, his Red Crocanti EP exemplifies the forward-thinking direction Christian Smith is looking to take his label.

Red Crocanti’s close “Rufian” serves as an explosive conclusion to the EP. Elastic rhythms hit the eardrums immediately, which AFFKT uses as a launching point for adding in hypnotic, gritty basslines and dramatic melodies. Roaring synths and subtle keyboard accents make an impactful pairing in “Rufian;” one that shakes the dancefloor.

Pre-order the EP, which comes out on January 13, here.

 

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Julian Calor – Run Away ft Maggie Szabo

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Julian Calor stands as one of Holland’s most talked about new producers, with a knack for producing technical, yet melodious EDM that far exceeds his years.  Still only 24, the Dutchman has already dropped a full-length album on Hardwell‘s Revealed Recordings and headlined various festivals worldwide.

His latest track, “Run Away,” is another clear testament to his colorful and vibrant yet refined style. With hypnotic vocals courtesy of the ever-soulful Maggie Szabo, “Run Away” is an enticing mix of progressive builds and classic anthemic drops. Eminenlty captivating, “Run Away” combines a healthy dose of Calor’s dancefloor expertise with the power and drive of dance music’s newest frontiers.

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SHOWTEK & MOBY – NATURAL BLUES

Showtek & Moby – Natural Blues

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After a rather tepid 2017, Dutch electro house group Showtek have seemingly hit the ground running in 2018, reinventing celebrated veteran musician Moby for what essentially seems like a rework of “Natural Blues.”

The synths and mellowed house-inspired style seem to be majorly Showtek’s handiwork, as the duo seem to be moving onto yet another new sound over the past couple of years. Moby’s influence over the track is a lot more subtle, as the seasoned artist’s work can be majorly heard in the background, especially with the soft, string-plucked chord progressions. In fact, their style plays such an instrumental role in defining the identity of this ‘new’ track, that it could almost be labelled as a Showtek remix.

This revamped, modern style has given “Natural Blues” a ton of character and makes it a track with certain danceability.

 

 

 

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Be Svendsen – Getula [EP Review]

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Be Svendsen ended his year on a sensual note via “Getula.” Through jazzy keyboard riffs, Eastern-inspired instrumentation, and carnal rhythms embedded in a mid-tempo foundation, the Danish producer proves once more that electronica doesn’t need to be pounding and high-charged to create an irresistibly move-able atmosphere. Its hypnotizing layers serve as tentacles that keep the listener hooked until the very last beat.

“Getula” also received remixing treatment from rising Italian/Canadian duo KMLN, who created a more atmosopheric feel with their added synth work and balaeric guitar samples. Yet, their version is also heavier than the original, as KMLN chose to anchor the finished product with pronounced bass-lines and slightly tougher kicks.

Given “Getula’s” mystical nature, it was only natural that the piece be signed onto Sabo’s Sol Selectas label. Both Be Svendsen and KMLN are known collaborators with the Sol Selectas brand, and their work certainly embodies the imprint’s ethos.

 

Purchase here

 

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Good Morning Mix: fake DJs should feel personally attacked by DJ Craze’s Essential Mix

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What can be said about DJ Craze that Pete Tong doesn’t cover in his introduction to the Miami-based veteran selector’s debut Essential Mix? Hailed by the host as, “one of the most technically gifted DJs, ever,” Tong goes on to highlight Craze’s three consecutive DMC world champion crownings, undoubtedly solidifying the Slow Roast Records founder’s spot in the highest echelons of the DJ ring of honor. From there, the turntablist quickly descends into two hours of elbow-throwing trap, hip-hop, and breaks spanning a spectrum that covers Skrillex to Vince Staples, Noisia to Kendrick Lamar with so much in between.

Craze’s Essential Mix leaves no room for subtlety –– fake DJs should feel personally attacked. Putting on a rare lesson in “real DJing,” Craze has clearly forgotten more about Technics than most professional DJs will ever learn in their lifetimes.

Cuts from A Tribe Called Quest and Mobb Deep seamlessly rub shoulders with material from Ricky Remedy, Ekali, and RL Grime, all weaved together with masterful, flawless scratch routines. Craze reiterates exactly why he’s unequivocally carried the scratch DJing torch throughout his decorated career, dropping off one of the sharpest Essential Mixes of recent memory.

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DJ Three & Öona Dahl prepare for Minimal Effort NYE with curated Orbit playlists

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For underground fans in Los Angeles this weekend, Minimal Effort is the party to ring in the New Year. Stacked to the brim with the scene’s top talent, the holiday event will host names like Maya Jane Coles, Ardalan, Jimmy Edgar, Justin Martin, DJ Three, Öona Dahl, and more.

To get ready for the NYE affair, DJ Three and Öona Dahl have stepped up to the plate to curate their own Orbit playlists to help attendees prepare to dance the night away. While DJ Three takes listeners on an ethereal techno and underground journey, Dahl offers up an eclectic batch of her favorite tunes from all over the electronic music spectrum.

Listen to both playlists below, and for LA residents, last minute tickets for Minimal Effort are still available here.

 

DJ Three about his playlist:
“I drew up a cross-section of all things psychedelic from dub disco to cosmic techno. Expect twists and turns that somehow never break flow.”

 

Öona Dahl about her playlist:
“Here is a selection of music that I love. I wanted to incorporate sounds that currently inspire me, from dj tracks to artists I listen to on the plane. Anything from techno to dream pop.”

 

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Desert Hearts has grown far past its roots of an intimate gathering in the Mojave, becoming one of the most beloved transformational festival brands on the market. Its inclusive mantra of “we are all Desert Hearts” oozes out of each of its founders and into its loving crowds, leaving a cult-like following behind in the wake of each event.

The creators of Desert Hearts certainly know how to throw a party as well. Each crew member brings a different, yet infectious flavor of music to the table, from Marbs’ dark, tribal grooves, to Deep Jesus’ blissful sunrise affairs.

Mikey Lion has graced Dancing Astronaut with his own celebratory concoction ahead of the New Year, providing an exclusive playlist packed to the brim with tech anthems that will help listeners jive into 2018.

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Feature Photo Credit: Galen Oakes

 

 

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Jauz and Zeds Dead deliver heavy new collaboration ‘Lights Go Down’

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Jauz and Zeds Dead are both respectively wrapping up on career years as 2017 draws to a close. To celebrate two independently successful campaigns, Hooks and DC are linking with Jauz to cap off the year with a bang, teaming up for three back-to-back NYE performances and officially solidifying the union with some new joint music. Linking up for “Lights Go Down” the trio offer up a heavy-handed drum n’ bass-inspired setlist weapon that seamlessly complements both of their distinct production styles.

The three-man outfit show off their shared penchant for pitch-bending vocals and cinematic builds, as “Lights Go Down” spirals into a thunderous uptempo glitch-hop rhythm polished with head spinning, percussive assaults for the breaks. Charging into 2018, the Sharksquad factotum and his veteran Canadian counterparts have now both entered the A&R game, each founding imprints to begin to groom the next generation of up-and-coming DJs and producers with Deadbeats and Bite This. The new offering is being dually released via the two labels, and could hopefully usher in a more cross-label collaborations between these two acts in the future.

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Ilario Alicante thrills on new Drumcode release, ‘Figures & Echoes’

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From the time of his fervent Time Warp debut at just 15 years old, Ilario Alicante has knocked out a lifetime of accomplishments. Between his prodigious productions for Sven Väth‘s Cocoon Recordings, the expansive techno label Cécille Records, or Dubfire‘s premiere SCI + TEC Digital Audio label; Alicante has displayed time and time again just how much he’s earned his well-established posture.

In 2009, he began the underground Berlin record label Deep Moves, where he has since worked with cutting-edge acts like ghetto legend Parris Mitchell, Ryan Elliot, Leon, and more, rounding out an eclectic platform on forward-thinking dance music in the interim.

Over the years, Alicante has been continuing to satiate fans with original releases and remixes alike. In February of this year, he released a debut EP on Adam Beyer‘s Drumcode Records, and now, he returns to the powerhouse imprint with a dazzling six-track deliverance.

Though Alicante’s first release on Drumcode was his original  “Temporary,” and was featured on Drumcode’s A-Sides compilation back in 2016, his latest release — Figures & Echoes — delves deeper into his polished production propensity than any previous work with the label. It’s an electrifying half dozen of galvanizing cuts.

As “Figure of RA” commences the sonic venture, a vehement vocal loop snakes its way beneath the meticulously concocted, sweltering rhythm; Alicante’s production prowess is immediately put on full display. The aptly-named “The Acid Runner” follows with a piercing 303-line, which only continues to build on itself as the track nears its denouement. “Virgo’s Echoes” and “Third Eye” each imbue an exhilarating dosage of hypnotic raze nostalgia.

“Atonal” comes in as the fourth track of the EP, and feels like an incredibly appropriately-placed number. It’s made for morning raves, delightful in its mesmerizing qualities, and manages to still leave its listener hungry for more. The final track on the EP is surely the funkiest of the six, but it’s an experimental testament to one of techno’s most tantalizing figures — echoing the notion that we’re likely to see big things from Alicante in the new year.

 

 

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Aaro – Indestructible

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Up and coming Finnish wunderkind Aaro is showing early promise with a new original release landing via European electro imprint Tasty. “Indestructible” takes evident influence from early works by Porter Robinson and Madeon and gives them a contemporary spin with the same keen, methodical production approach. The young beatmaker has clear potential, and his battering new setlist jump starter “Indestructible” undoubtedly shows off firmly planted roots in intricately designed complextro house.

Gritty and distorted while altogether melodic and anthemic, Aaro’s delivers a high octane burst of energy that, half a decade ago would have been punishing sprawling festival crowds. Complextro house is waiting for it’s new champion, and fresh, emerging talent like Aaro have the potential to repopularize the genre in a few short years.

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