The Hot 25: May 26, 2017

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The Hot 25 is the definitive playlist series running through dance music culture and hand­-delivering you the essential tracks of the week. Whether it’s the hottest or quickest trending tracks, brand new music from your favorite artists, or songs from the unknown that should be landing on your radar, Dancing Astronaut brings you 25 carefully selected records that reflect what’s happening in our world.

The past week saw head-turning remixes from Chromeo, Gorgon City, and Dixon; major crossover singles from Martin Garrix, Axwell Ingrosso, and Matoma; and breakout singles from newcomers Emmitt Fenn, Xan Griffin, and Lipless.

Additionally, we’ve provided our top picks from within The DA Hot 25, highlighting two standout tracks.

The Heat of the Week: Lorde – Green Light (Chromeo Remix)

Chromeo’s presence has been rather limited in the past year, however, the funk champions have returned to the spotlight with a groove-drenched remix of Lorde’s “Green Light.” Applying their undefeated formula of robust bass guitar and wavy guitar lines, Chromeo stick to the sound that fans love them for while allowing Lorde’s vocals to still drive the track.

The Breakout Select: Dillon Francis & G-Eazy – Say Less (Gorgon City Remix)

If there’s any house group that almost never misses in their remixes, it’s Gorgon City. Taking on Dillon Francis and G-Eazy’s heavy anthem, “Say Less,” the UK duo trade blaring trap horns for rumbling house basslines and infectious drum samples to create the ultimate summer club heater.

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Slushii releases ‘Sleep’ after announcing bout of depression on Twitter

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Slushii’s swift rise to international fame has impacted him drastically. The young star recently wiped out the vast majority of his Twitter, later citing depression and overall toxicity from social media as his reason for silence as of late. That said, he reassured followers, he’ll be coming back “stronger than ever.”

It appears as though the LA native is already plotting his return, taking to his “Archives” account on SoundCloud to show off his newest piece, “Sleep.” Mellow as ever, the piece starts off in a blissful manner with a gentle synth hook and ethereal piano chords.

“Sleep” serves as one of Slushii’s most unique pieces to date, incorporating eclectic elements and smooth vocal samples that make the finished product almost reminiscent of a Porter Robinson production. It leaves the listener feeling relaxed and cathartic upon its end; quite different than the usual “turn up” mood one feels when going through his repertoire. Indeed, his return is looking to be quite strong.

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Premiere: Timo Maas & James Teej adapt Moby’s ‘Porcelain’ to after-hours dance floors

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Moby’s music has inspired a vast influx of re-interpretations as of late in honor of his 13th album’s release. Adding themselves to the fray are seasoned collaborators Timo Maas and James Teej, who’ve put forth a deep, grooving “Broken China Dub” of “Porcelain.”

Both talents have worked frequently together in the past, and their chemistry is highly audible within their vision of “Porcelain.” Ensuring the original’s aesthetic is kept in place, Maas and Teej season its signature piano chords and dissonant synths with a throbbing bass-line and eclectic percussion. These subtle, yet crucial elements make “Porcelain” adaptable to the after hours dance-floor, hypnotizing listeners as it gently rolls along its course.

Timo & James’ rendition of “Porcelain” was initially shared as part of Rocket & Ponies’ celebration of Vinyl day. The piece reaches digital shelves come May 24.

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Dancing Astronaut presents AXIS 196: Mixed by LAKIM

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Soulection has arguably developed into one of electronic music’s most respectable names. The multifaceted LA collective has been a monumental driving force in kickstarting the careers of indie-electronic and urban-electronic stars like Sam Gellaitry, Ta-ku, Mr. Carmack, GoldLink, and LAKIM.

Hailing from Virginia, LAKIM has been one of Soulection’s original needle-moving acts with notable accomplishments including an official remix for Janet Jackson and production credits for GoldLink. With unparalleled tastes and impeccable mixing abilities, the innovative producer gives Dancing Astronaut an hour of groove-ridden, steamy cuts that blur the lines between the urban, electronic and indie. This mix includes favorites from Sam Gelliatry, Tennyson & Mr. Carmack, Geotheory, and more.

– Jafunk – Why Would You (Bambarra 2 Step To Me Edit)
– Sam Gelliatry – dntstp
– PYRMDPLAZA – Didn’t Know
– LAKIM – Don’t Need You (Teeburr Remix)
– Scott Morter – Jack Sounds Good
– Lunabe & Djeff – Temed
– Bill Summers – Brazilian Skies (DJ Spinna & Ahmed Sirour Remix)
– R. Kelly – Ignition (Clyde Rerub) (Fingalick)
– Michael Jackson – Off The Wall (Jasper Staal Remix)
– Tennyson & Mr. Carmack – Tuesday
– Ase Manual – 50000 Just To Book Me (Habibiboi Remix)
– Osunlade – Cantos A Ochun Et Oya (Juan Valentine Edit)
– Dotorado Pro – Flauta Magica
– Color Plus & Kanyon – Whip & Flip
– Eugene Cam – Comminicate
– Habibiboi – Step Dance
– BCOTB – 404
– Supraman – Resonate
– Motorbass – Flyin Fingers (Good Junk Bootleg
– Roska – This May Take A While (JD Reid Remix)
– More//Night – Garage Ish
– Geode – Embrace
– Geotheory – Lovebug
– Kuhn – Slime Beach
– LAKIM – Love Is Mutual
– Wiley – Flying (LAKIM Remix)
– LAKIM – Wait & See
– LAKIM – White Gold
– LAKIM – A Conscious Mind
– Janet Jackson – Go Deep (Kaelin Ellis Refix)
– Bi5cut – Gold Watches On Deck

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Premiere: Oliver Dollar and Daniel Steinberg – Another Gal (Original Mix)

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Long-time friends and Berlin house mainstays Oliver Dollar and Daniel Steinberg have teamed up to deliver four energetic, club-ready cuts for Steinberg’s Arms & Legs imprint. Complementing each other’s strengths in the studio, the two German producers seamlessly blend together catchy house grooves with harder techno sensibilities to create a stand-out sound distinct from their own individual output.

The EP’s lead track, “Another Gal,” is ready for both big festival stages and tiny packed clubs. Starting off with bold thudding kicks, fuzzy hats swirl away in the background while a filtered vocal snip works up a sweat and slowly unfurls with a swinging groove underneath. The torqued up kicks delight the ear and propel the track endlessly forward as the bright vocal sample plays off backing distortion. With early support from heavy hitters across the board such as The Black Madonna, Skream, and A-Trak, it’s safe to say that “Another Gal” will be pleasing crowds all throughout the summer.

Stream “Another Gal” below, ahead of its May 26 release.

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Premiere: Pleasurekraft venture into cosmic techno with ‘Monolith Series Vol. 1’

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Premiere: Pleasurekraft venture into cosmic techno with ‘Monolith Series Vol. 1’

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Pleasurekraft have made waves in recent years with their calculated transition from tech house powerhouses into purveyors of cosmic techno. The duo’s new sonic character has solidified in 2017 with releases like “Rigel” and the Maskara EP, but has taken a new degree of prominence in the last month. Currently, Pleasurekraft’s nefarious “7 Year Itch Rework” of their seminal hit, “Tarantula,” resides in the top spot of Beatport’s overall chart – assuming the honor which its original predecessor did upon its release seven years ago.

The duo now endeavors continue their trajectory into techno’s astral realm with the release their first Kraftek compilation of 2017, Monolith Series Vol. 1. Pleasurekraft lead the compilation with their own original production, “Bellatrix,” a haunting, cerebral take on techno which vacillates between beguilingly uplifting synthesis and sinister bass patterns.

Taking its name from the third brightest star of the Orion constellation, “Bellatrix” acts in many ways as a foil to “Rigel” – indeed, Orion’s brightest star is an eponym to Pleasurekraft’s January release. Where “Rigel” is majestically overpowering in its mystification, straightforward nature of “Bellatrix” renders its abstruse elements innately approachable in the club context. With this newest cosmic release, one wonders if the luminous Betelgeuse looms on the duo’s horizon, waiting to complete their constellatory homage.

As Pleasurekraft’s thematic trajectory becomes evermore intergalactic, their label support continues to reach internationally. The first volume of the Monolith series features duos Spektre and The Yellowheads from the UK and Spain, respectively, while Spaniard Dave Sinner and Dutch Kraftek favorite SAMA ally for the astronomically-inclined “Sagitarrius A.” European contributors to the compilation further include Hybrasil of Ireland, Luca Marchese of Italy, and Nikola Gala of Greece. Rounding out the collection in the Americas are Colombian producer Marck D and Canadian Atroxx, who join forces for the formidable, but mesmerizing “Pieces.”

Given Pleasurekraft’s transnational roots and universal ambitions, this globally reaching compilation sets the stage for a series which masterfully represents duo’s core values and predilections.

Monolith Series Vol. 1 will be released via Kraftek on Friday, June 2. The compilation is available for preorder here, and can be streamed in full below:

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ODESZA teases another new track off their forthcoming album [Watch]

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Nearly one month after ODESZA released two new tracks off their forthcoming album, the ethereal bass music duo recently kicked off their summer concert/festival run to mostly sold out venues across the globe. The Seattle-based producers gave fans another new track ID at their Summerfield stop in Boise, Idaho. Thanks to Festival Squad, fans of ODESZA are now able to give the ID a listen for themselves.

The track exemplifies ODESZA’s signature sound, with it’s startling dream-pop synths, soaring vocals, addictive drums and fathoms-deep bass. And it’s about time, too, since their fan following have begun growing quite restless over the band’s lack of new material since their album Into The Sun was released almost two years ago. Expect to hear a whole plethora of new material next weekend at their second annual Red Rocks show, which sold out in a matter of hours. The dream-pop duo will not have another live appearance until Electric Forest, June 23-26, 2017.

View ODESZA’s remaining 2017 tour stops here.

H/T: Festival Squad

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Shane 54 releases second solo original, ‘First Time’

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Shane 54 embarked on his solo career just around a year ago, and has since showed off his affinity for creating music that blends nostalgic progressive and contemporary trance elements together with catchy vocals. He follows up “Paradise,” his first post-Myon & Shane 54 release, with the summery “First Time.” Uplifting melodies curl around buoyant vocals, building a bright atmosphere which is irresistibly danceable. 

“First Time” has already earned the support of Armin van Buuren, who tested the piece out to positive reviews on the most recent ASOT episode on May 18. The piece, which also comes with remixes by David Gravell, Kukuzenko, and Simon Alex, is available for purchase here.

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MOUNT – Melody (Feat. Bright Sparks)

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MOUNT has edged into the deep house space with atmospheric productions such as “Something Good” with Nicolas Haelg and his infectious remix to Tom Odell’s “Here I Am.” Soon, he caught the attention of Ultra Music, who signed him on for his single “Bend Before We Break.”

The rising talent has returned to Ultra once again for his newest record “Melody,” featuring Bright Sparks. The track is brief, yet palatable as ever, trailing along breezy synth lines and fluttering piano accents that are pierced by Bright Spark’s crisp vocals. “Melody” is an adaptable tune, fitting just as well into an intimate, at home setting as it does on the main stage.

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Alan Walker – Tired (Feat. Gavin James)

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Alan Walker has captured the electronic world’s attention over his short time in it with his alluring brand of bass-driven music. His singles, “Alone,” “Faded,” and “Sing Me To Sleep” have gained substantial traction and support from multitudes of producers, thus allowing him to climb the ranks to A-list status by 2017.

For his newest release, the producer has paired with vocal powerhouse Gavin James to create a touching composition “Tired.” James offers reassuring verses with his usual emotive approach, while Walker provides moving underlay with pitched-up synth bursts and a simple, yet impactful top line that flows well over the track’s bass-line.

“Tired” has already amassed over four million views on YouTube, speaking to the reach and appeal of both artists involved.

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