DA Presents: ’30 Days of Fright’ featuring REZZ, Gesaffelstein, Noisia, Drezo, and more [Playlist]

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DA Presents: ’30 Days of Fright’ featuring REZZ, Gesaffelstein, Noisia, Drezo, and more [Playlist]SPOOKS PLAYLIST 1

Grab a mask, slam back some candy corn, and get primed to get spooky: it’s October and officially witching season. Electronic music fanatics might be creatures of the night all year round, but there’s something so undeniably righteous about the Halloween season that makes the rapturous roar of dance music even more spellbinding. Whether in the form of diabolic dubstep or demonically deviant techno, the advent of electronic music has given the world some of its most truly terrifying tunes. In that vein, the Dancing Astronaut terror squad is proud to present 30 Days of Fright, our most dastardly dance music favorites for the spookiest month of the year.

By Asher Norris and Bella Bagshaw 

Surrender your consciousness and step inside REZZ‘s world of swirling asphyxia with “Relax.”

Feel your blood begin to bubble and your pulse hectically hasten as BlackGummy and Brooks’s “Neverdeader” breathes a bit of electronic hellfire.

Stream if you dare, as this flame-throwing dubstep track from Kill The Noise, “Black Magic,” will leave your eardrums scorched, but entirely satiated.

Zeds Dead offers up the score for entertainment of the entirely un-dead variety with their timelessly terrifying, “Demons.”

Careful – Megan James’s delectably delicate voice may seem perfectly benevolent, but make no mistake: lofty pipes like hers are witchy by nature.

ZHU plays maestro for all things that boogie and bump in the night with “Nightcrawler.”

Taste the psychedelic strangeness of An-Ten-Nae and Alice D.’s “Raindrops On Roses,” and fall into their preternatural purgatory.

Ever wanted to dance with the devil himself? Habstrakt‘s harrowing house track, “She Goes,” is an opportunity to do just that.

Zomboy invites you to venture through his dubstep-riddled zombie apocalypse with “Ressurected.”

Crowned prince of menacing sound design, Drezo sprinkles a ghastly vocal cut and some unearthly growls in one of his most downright evil releases, “Dead.”

Ivy Lab puts a wickedly delicious spin on an already-crazed Noisia classic, “Tentacles.”

Bask in the eerie ecstasy of Eekkoo and Forrest’s pulsating house production, “Preach.”

NERO solidifies their title as masters of destruction and drum ‘n’ bass with “Doomsday.”

Slithering and psychotic, Noisia’s “Lilith’s Club” will summon spooky sentiments from listeners across the board.

Catch a case of the techno scaries with Gesaffelstein‘s devilishly danceable “Viol.”

Magic Sword wields triumphant electrowave, “In The Face Of Evil,” to fend off even the most nefarious of forces in the days leading up to this All Hallow’s Eve.

Phantogram‘s off-kilter ambiance from “Funeral Pyre,” is the ideal supernatural soundscape, topped with seductive static and levitation-inducing guitar chords.

An undoubtedly foreseen, but fundamental addition to the list, deadmau5‘s “Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff” keeps the freaky, phantasmic fun flying all season long.

Float through the ectoplasm of The Upside Down with this exquisitely melodic synthwave track direct from the second Stranger Things soundtrack.

We’re not really sure what Moody Good is investigating in the malignantly-sampled “This Is The Investigation,” but we’re pretty sure it’s not natural.

Step inside Pryda‘s low-lit techno tunnel and experience the roaring mania of “Rebel XX.”

Those with a predilection for the creepy crawly end of the electronic continuum need only submit themselves to Knife Party‘s iconic “Centipede.”

Street Fever’s winding techno musings inside “Dispose” may be simplistic, but they’ll leave listeners reeling with haunted rejoice.

Feed Me‘s two-headed trap/dubstep hybrid “Pink Lady” will have you seeing phantom strobes well into the afterlife.

It’s virtually impossible to overload on REZZ tracks during any month, but it’s especially tricky this time of year. Her immortal state of “Delusion” thrusts listeners below ground, where the most formidable forces can frolic freely.

Virtual Riot unleashes a bloodcurdling, cinematic ruckus with zombie-apocalypse-themed, “Haunted.”

Names are not at all deceiving as Shadient takes Wavedash and Quest‘s unnervingly vocalized “Devil Music” for ransom.

Coast the un-departed synth-pop streets of Dance With The Dead’s chillingly regal “Nightdrive.”

Spirits loom overhead, as Stephan Bodzin’s “Singularity” permeates shuddersome sounds of uncertainty.

The evil computers of the underworld unite on Knife Party’s riot-conjuring, “Internet Friends.”

There’s too many spooky dance cuts to round up all at once, alas, we’ve got you going with a pretty good start. Keep the spooks in rotation all month long, and don’t forget to mix in “Monster Mash” a few times to get into the spirit of things this season. Stream the full 30 Days of Fright collection below.

A HARD Day of the Dead poster has surfaced… but it may be too good to be true

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A HARD Day of the Dead poster has surfaced… but it may be too good to be truePrydz Mau5 Hard Dotd

UPDATE: HARD has confirmed this lineup is not the official lineup


Los Angeles electronic events giant HARD recently made headlines with the return of their once defunct Day of the Dead property, bringing the festival back to its original home at LA Historic Park this November. The news set the rumor mill ablaze, speculating which HARD alumni might make their return for the festival’s re-inauguration, and now a lineup poster has surfaced. At first glance, it looks like one of the most stacked dance billings of the year, though upon closer examination, some minor fractures in the unconfirmed lineup may reveal this one is too good to be true. No harm in putting our eggs in this basket for the time being and hoping it actually materializes though.

The rumored lineup features a rare 2018 performance from Skrillex — fans might remember the last time Sonny Moore rested the Skrillex project to link up with Boys Noize for Dog Blood in 2013, Moore’s comeback performance was at none other than Day of the Dead. Boys Noize is featured on the lineup as well, and anytime Skrillex and Boys Noize are in the same hemisphere, there arises a glimmer of hope for Dog Blood fans. Gesaffelstein is tapped as a DJ headliner and a Bixel Boys reunion in the undercard are some red flags. Again, this could either be the greatest lineup of the season or a certified fake. Deadmau5, Kaytranada, Bloody Beetroots live, and Baauer all make appearances on the rumored roster as well, with a grip of additional dance music power players. For Day of the Dead’s highly anticipated return to LA, we’re betting HARD pulled out all the stops — fingers crossed this one is confirmed official.

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The Weeknd is working on new material with Gesaffelstein

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The Weeknd is working on new material with GesaffelsteinGesaffelstein Summons His Dissenters Photo By The1point8

The Weeknd is already back in the lab following the March release of his acclaimed extended play My Dear Melancholy,. The project featured a brooding, cerebral brand of R&B, crafted by contributions from Skrillex, Nicolas Jaar, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo of Daft Punk, and Gesaffelstein‘s sinister electronic production sensibilities. Now the “Call Out My Name” crooner has confirmed he’s already working on a Melancholy reunion of sorts, enlisting Gesaffelstein for fresh, new material.

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The pair previously put together “I Was Never There” and “Hurt You” and now it appears The Weeknd has once again tapped the elusive “Pursuit” producer for another likely dark, moody collaborative piece, confirming the news on social media. No specific release details exist yet for their new project, though with his last release, The Weeknd kept tight lipped and subliminal in his messaging leading up to the EP’s roll out. Gesaffelstein famously hung up his live performance chops in 2015 with a run of high-profile final performances. While there’s no indication he has any plans to return to performing, he has a track record of prolific work alongside hip-hop’s top creators and it looks like he may be adding to it with another Weeknd feature.

Daft Punk, Gesaffelstein, Skrillex assist on The Weeknd’s new album

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The Weeknd’s surprise release of My Dear Melancholy marks the vocalist’s first full-length production since 2016’s Starboy, The Weeknd’s widely acclaimed third studio album. The considerable commercial success of Starboy could be credited in part to The Weeknd’s collaboration with Daft Punk on two tracks of the album, “I Feel It Coming,” and the album’s namesake, “Starboy.”

The interplay of The Weeknd’s and Daft Punk’s musical acumen figures again on My Dear Melancholy, where Daft Punk’s Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo receives a production credit on the six-song project’s fifth track, “Hurt You.” Techno visionary Gesaffelstein and Skrillex are likewise represented in terms of authorial credit — Gesaffelstein appears as both a featured artist and a producer on “I Was Never There,” and “Hurt You.” Skrillex’s influence in the making of the album’s third listing, “Wasted Times,” is apparent in his production credit thereon.

H/T: EDM Sauce

Watch Gesaffelstein’s ‘Pursuit’ get remade by a pocket synthesizer

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It seems like an eternity since dance music’s darkest composer has graced the world with a new masterstroke. Though always noted for his esoteric silence, Gesaffelstein has been particularly quiet in recent years; the mysterious artist hasn’t released any music since his haunting score for the French thriller Maryland in 2015, nor has he given any indication of new music to come (though Boys Noize appeared to remark last year that he is working on an album).

As Gesaffelstein continues his hiatus from the spotlight, his most dedicated devotees are entertaining themselves through creative means in nostalgic attempts at recapturing the essence of his majesty. One of the most novel fan homages to the producer thus far has arisen the form of a unique fan-made rendition of “Pursuit.”

A YouTube user operating under the handle “tubesuckor” has created a surprisingly authentic cover of the Aleph hit on a Teenage Engineering PO-32 Pocket Operator. In the video, tubesuckor gives a detailed look at the mechanics of his live recreation, which exclusively uses the minuscule pocket synth and a piano for the song’s interlude.

Though the PO-32 is roughly the size of a small calculator, the result achieved is impressively large.

H/T: Synthtopia, Stoney Roads

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Listen to 5 of Gesaffelstein’s darkest songs in celebration of Halloween

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Halloween has officially arrived. Perhaps more than any other community in modern history, rave culture has embodied the revelrous spirit of Samhain, the Celtic pagan ceremony whence the modern holiday originates. Just as the Celts and the Gaels engaged in darkened bacchanals, costume-adorned clubbers ritualistically flock to sinisterly themed events in the days surrounding October 31, wherein DJs compile their most ominous selections of music.

There is one artist, however, who overshadows all of his peers in his catalogue of depraved, macabre music; whose darkness eclipses the aurae of any meager contenders. Much like a phantom, this producer has lurked in the shadows throughout 2016.

That man, of course, is Gesaffelstein.

The dark prince of techno has released no music under his name since scoring the soundtrack to French film Maryland, which emerged in September of 2016. Like a specter, his touring, too has been intermittent — the aloof Frenchman remains engulfed in a umbral uncertainty, sending stateside fans into a frenzy whenever he breaks his silence with an announcement.

In honor of the shadowy figure who epitomizes Halloween, we’ve ranked and compiled Gesaffelstein’s five darkest tracks.



5. OPR

Originating from 2011’s Conspiracy, Part II EP, “OPR” rightfully earned the honor of becoming Gesaffelstein’s perennial opener throughout his legendary Aleph live tour. The haunting vocal modulations which pervade the track have instantly recognizable among the artist’s following due to their simplicity and sinister allure. Once these harrowing sonic wisps congregate with the composers oppressive bass lines, “OPR” achieves a character of remarkable brutality.

4. Wall Of Memories

To award any single song from Aleph a spot among the darkest echelon of Gesaffelstein’s oeuvre is no simple task. The virulence of “Obsession” and “Duel”, the formidability of “Pursuit” and “Hate Or Glory,” and the arcane lyricism of “Destinations” can, by no means, be dismissed. However, the most unsettling selection from Mike Lévy’s debut LP is surely “Wall Of Memories” which stands out in its departure from the rhythmically centric music that defines the majority of Aleph. The piece centers around eldritch melodies and spectral background layers, while understated percussion softly facilitates its progression. Supremely haunting, “Wall Of Memories” is one of three preexisting Gesaffelstein productions to appear within his Maryland score.

 3. Phoenix – Bankrupt (Gesaffelstein Remix)

Gesaffelstein’s remix of “Bankrupt”, the titular track from compatriot act Phoenix’s fifth album is as underrated as it is unexpected. Surprisingly, the remix stands firmly in Lévy’s mausolean canon as one of his most macabre productions. While Phoenix’s original song is wistful and esoteric, Gesaffelstein’s caustic reinterpretation veers into a territory far from its predecessors essence. While Lévy departs from his beguilingly blithe introductory section less than a minute into its course, few listeners will be prepared for how he executes his influence into the remix. Equally haunting and beautiful, the grim revision is as much of an aberration from Gesaffelsteins signature style as it is from Phoenix’s original track.

2. Disorder

The majority of Levy’s Maryland score has been detached from consideration from this list. When unencumbered by the structural manacles of dance music, Gesaffelstein has proven that the extent of his compositional inspirations can reach disturbing depths which overshadow the ominous nature of his dance-driven productions. When considering Gesaffelstein’s darkest works, however, it is impossible to ignore “Disorder,” the second track from Maryland, and certainly the gravest. Taking its name from the film’s alternate title, “Disorder” lives up to its moniker verily. Unified only by its atonality, the piece comprised of a horde of strident elements, defined by its psychotic discordance. Ultimately, this composition is petrifying.

1. Viol

“Viol” is Gesaffelstein’s magnum opus. Unsurprisingly, the song which exposed the artist to a major faction of his fanbase (including Kanye West) also assumes the role of his darkest composition. Preceding “OPR” as the lead single from Conspiracy, Part II, “Viol” is inherently menacing by virtue of its very name, the French word for “rape.” Commencing with a hauntingly shrill opening tone, the track immediately launches into one of dance music’s most violent loops. However, the violence of “Viol” is not the blind aggression of a deranged psychotic. Rather, this is the calculated, unforgiving obtrusion of a fascist legion; a controlled chaos which leaves nothing but desolation in its wake. “Viol” is perhaps the sole song that could extinguish the sun.

Listen to RL Grime’s 2016 Halloween mix

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A lot has happened in the five years since Henry Steinway’s RL Grime project first emerged from the shrouds of darkness. Steinway’s trap production offshoot from Clockwork began to take on a persona of its own behind the release of RL Grime’s first annual Halloween mixtape in 2012, and since then, RL has come to define and redefine the trap genre nearly singlehandedly. Now, half a decade later, trap’s undisputed overlord continues his yearly tradition, unveiling “Halloween V” just a few days ahead of All Hallows’ Eve.

For the fifth edition of the mix, RL pulls out all the stops with a special introduction from none other than Pharrell Williams. The former Neptunes affiliate offers high praise for the Wedidit DJ as RL opens up the “bestial” mix. From there, Steinway delivers with a flawless hour of bombastic hip-hop and beating bass packed with special edits from RL’s personal stash of treats.

GTA, Vince Staples, Gesaffelstein, and Baauer are all featured in “Halloween V” along with a new collaboration alongside Skrillex and What So Not. You simply don’t want this mix to end. Goosebumps author R.L. Stein even makes his annual cameo, giving his blessing early on in the mix.

Ultimately, Steinway’s annual custom has become just as much a part of Halloween as watching Hocus Pocus. Based on this year’s product, it seems as though RL Grime will always have a watchful eye over the genre that is still unquestionably his.

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