Memtrix is one of the brightest talents to have emerged from the British drum & bass scene in recent years. Having been recently been recruited by The Upbeats for a remix of their single “Say Go,” the producer continues to intrigue listeners with his unique blend of melancholic yet energetic DnB.
Taken from his brand new label, Memtrix Recordings, “Teeth & Turn” is unhinged and raw. The track’s beauty and appeal lies in its simplicity as Memtrix has layered a few synths and aggressive drum samples on top of a flawless, smoldering bass line — that makes for a supremely explosive and enjoyable club-focused tune.
Over the last half decade, Steve Angello has undergone an incredibly intriguing artistic progression, shedding his former Mafia member status, then delivering an exceptionally personal debut album Wild Youth, and now rolling out the follow up, Human. The Size Records executive has introduced his sophomore concept in three installments, or acts, each uniquely tempered with it’s own distinct sonic characteristics. Now Angello has delivered the third act, titled Paradiso, featuring two new tracks from the upcoming LP, “Break Me Down,” and “Dopamine.”
“Break Me Down” leans slightly closer to Angello’s previous output, coming together as a notably more seasoned, aged take on the anthemic progressive house that the Swedish legend has built his name upon. Expressive vocals and rousing rhythms on “Break Me Down,” are directly contrasted on “Dopamine,” featuring sharp vocal work from UK singer/songwriter Barns Courtney.
Melancholic and pointed, “Dopamine” bears more of Human’s dark, cooling aesthetic, with eerie, driving tech house-inspired synth arrangements making for a fitting final preview ahead of the album’s full release in 2018. For now, celebrate Steve Angello’s immanent return with Paradiso.
Chicola has spent over two decades as a DJ helping cultivate the progressive genre. Now, the time has come for him to capture the breadth of his sound through his first-ever artist album.
Could Heaven Be is thus a deeply personal look at the Israeli legend’s artistry. Released on prominent progressive label Lost&Found, the LP spans twelve tracks that explore the romantic, melancholic, and euphoric realms.
“Backstabber” exemplifies the darker side of Could Heaven Be, taking a turn from what one would usually hear from Chicola. It takes on a more brooding, minimal tone, lacking in the lush percussion patterns and melodies he favors and instead utilizing titillating arps and heartier kicks to create an impact. Listening to “Backstabber” is more or less the aural equivalent of entering a dystopian plane, shrouding the mind in a shadowy veil that demands attention on the dancefloor.
While its legacy may be rooted in the 90s hip-hop scene and pop acts like Lady Gaga and Gwen Stefani, Interscope has become one of the most influential major record labels behind some of dance music’s biggest acts. With a roster that boasts high-profile names like DJ Snake, Zedd, Avicii, and Cashmere Cat, the Los Angeles-based label have been instrumental in aiding the crossover of these acts in addition to releasing major remixes like Cedric Gervais’ remix of “Summertime Sadness” and DJ Snake’s remix of AlunaGeorge’s “You Know You Like It.”
To continue their footprint in the dance and electronic space, Interscope has launched their first ever dance compilation, HELIX, to give a snapshot of releases under the imprint to-date in conjunction with their own YouTube channel. The compilation features a wide range of dance cuts from radio championing singles like Marshmello and Selena Gomez’s “Wolves” and Avicii’s “Lonely Together” to brand new remixes exclusively on the compilation from Grant and Martin Jensen.
Listen to the two new remixes and see the full tracklist below.
HELIX – Volume 1 Track List DJ Snake & Lauv – A Different Way Selena Gomez & Marshmello – Wolves Zedd & Liam Payne – Get Low Lana Del Rey & BloodPop® ft. The Weeknd – Lust For Life (BloodPop® Remix) Avicii ft. Rita Ora– Lonely Together OneRepublic & Seeb – Rich Love Maroon 5 ft. SZA– What Lovers Do (A-Trak remix) Louis The Child ft. Ashe – Right To It Billie Eilish – Ocean Eyes (Astronomyy Remix) blackbear – do re mi (FRND Remix) Gryffin & Illenium ft. Daya – Feel Good Selena Gomez – Bad Liar (Grant Remix) K.Flay – Blood In The Cut (Awoltalk Remix) Zedd, Alessia Cara & Lophiile – Stay (Lophiile Remix) Selena Gomez ft. Gucci Mane – Fetish (Galantis Remix) Imagine Dragons & Kaskade – Believer (Kaskade Remix) Oliver ft. MNDR – Chemicals Alex Aiono – Does It Feel Like Falling (Martin Jensen remix) DJ Snake & Tiesto ft. Justin Bieber – Let Me Love You (Tiësto’s AFTR:HRS Mix) BORNS – Electric Love (Oliver Remix)
Ryan Hemsworth earned ultimate recognition for his work in the form of recruitment to produce a song for E-40 and Yakki. Since “Hunnid’s” release, the Canadian bass wizard has now collaborated with the Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA) to present his take on “Ryu’s Theme.”
“Ryu’s Theme,” of course, refers to the Streetfighter II theme song whose stems were sent out to an array of willing producers by the RBMA to duke out out over a remix contest. Hemsworth’s interpretation shows off what makes him such a standout producer — powerful bass wrapped in an eclectic soundscape that defies the status quo. While Hemsworth himself is participating in this contest as a judge and “video game expert,” his contribution to the project certainly sets the bar high for those under him looking for their shot at notoriety.
November 17 will bring a momentous occasion to Downtown LA: the arrival of Wine & Cheese‘s anniversary soirée.
When the brand originally started years ago as a mini-gathering on the dusty Desert Hearts dancefloor, its founders never imagined the cult popularity that would grow out of it. Eventually, Wine & Cheese expanded beyond its festival confines and into its own events brand, hosting parties that are known for being packed out with a loving crowd who enjoy pairing their wine and cheese with an equally classy slate of house, tech house, and techno.
Their coming anniversary celebration will be their biggest one yet, and features dual headliners of Dance Spirit and RYBO, along with a few other special guests and the Wine & Cheese creators themselves on the decks. Hosted once more in a discreet Downtown LA location, this all-night party will certainly be one for the books.
Ahead of the festivities, Dancing Astronaut joined forces with the folks over at Wine & Cheese to create a playlist that spans from mystical to gritty, while also introducing some key cuts by its star performers.
There are certain songs out there that seem to just beg for quality remixes right from the get-go –– most recently, N.E.R.D.’s comeback single with Rihanna “Lemon,” comes to mind. The original track is pristine working ground for a class rework effort, so Mr. Carmack and Vindata saw fit to bless the world with their joint take on the legendary funk rock/hip-hop outfit’s new product with “More Lemons.” Keeping the original mix largely intact, Carmack and Vindata up the ante on their version with some dance floor-ready modifications.
Not entirely a “lemonade out of lemons” situation, the rework avoids watering down or sugar coating where it’s inspiration came from. It merely builds on the original, simply offering “More Lemons,” if you will. The LA-based OWSLA pair and Mr. Carmack’s complementary production styles mesh into a single souped-up take on Rihanna and Pharrell‘s already certified rump-shaker, adding a welcomed dose of added hype to one of the year’s highlight marquee pop collaborations.
AWOLNATION‘s “Run” shows off the band’s aptitude in electronic sound design, making the single an ideal candidate for re-molding. This reality finally manifested when prolific bass talents What So Not and QUIX elected to provide their take on the piece, and the result is quite raunchy.
The pair amplify the original’s hardened nature with a trap layout, creating an even more tense feel by moving the strong portions to the beginning and cascading into a deep pit of bass and wild synthesizers. If their aim was to design a piece to rattle the dancefloor, they’ve certainly accomplished it in full force.
What So Not has had quite a busy year in 2017, making each release a welcome treat by fans. Meanwhile, QUIX has been steadily burrowing his way into the bass sphere with a plethora of remixes and collaborations with other burgeoning talent.
While their names may be rather fresh to the scene, newcomers zxro and TIEDIE have been headed in the right direction in the preliminary stages of their careers to set themselves up for success. With both producers honing in on their chops at the revered ICON Collective, the pair of beatsmiths have put their heads together for an exhilarating melodic bass collaboration called “Tell Me.” Built upon a stark contrast of delicate piano runs in the verses and emotionally-charged synth blasts in the choruses, zxro and TIEDIE translate raw emotion through their creative ability to demonstrate emotion and power in their production.
Before Destructo became the king of west coast dance events and G-house’s popular champion, Gary Richards resumé already boasted the legwork that galvanized the 1990’s rave scene, creating and operating his own label, as well as a co-sign from Rick Rubin to lead Def American’s early electronic A&R channel. Richards is effectively a living time capsule of modern underground music’s most formative moments and at the root of his complexion is techno. He’s seen where it’s been from a firsthand perspective, so those looking for a crash course in underground dance history, tune in. Destrcuto has dropped off a new Spotify playlist curated to be a crate digger’s dream.
Stocked with cuts from OG’s including The Chemical Brothers, Daft Punk, Moby, Kraftwerk and The KLF, Destructo offers up a lesson in techno and house history, showing off 30 of his personal favorites. Lords of Acid, who Richards had even signed in a past life, 808 State, and The Prodigy make appearances all well, giving an inside look at the tracks that shaped the industry leading tastemaker Richards has become today. Tune in and take notes.