Dancing Astronaut’s Top Tracks of 2019

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2019 has been a remarkable year for new music.

The past twelve months brought with them a collection of highly anticipated LPs: Madeon‘s Good Faith, Avicii‘s posthumous Tim, Gesaffelstein‘s Hyperion, Illenium‘s ASCEND, along with a Flume mixtape. Notable collaborations like REZZ and Malaa‘s “Criminals,” Seven Lions, Wooli, Trivecta, and Nevve‘s “Island,” and GRiZ and Subtronics‘ “Griztronics” hit the airwaves in blazes of glory. Supergroups like Dog Blood (Skrillex and Boys Noize) and Get Real (Claude VonStroke and Green Velvet) showcased the power of doubling up on brainpower. And, of course, countless singles had us hitting repeat more times than were calculable: Dillon Francis‘ “Still Not Butter,” i_o‘s “House of God,” Habstrakt‘s “De la Street,” Alesso‘s “Progresso,” and so many more.

In no particular order, we present a 30-track collection of our favorite songs of the year, chosen by DA writers and editors.

Destructo delivers new G-house heat on ‘Twisted’

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Gearing up for an extended agenda of 2020 tour dates, the notorious Gary Richards, aka Destructo, is back with a new house jam, “Twisted.” Per usual, it’s been another active year for the LA-based DJ/entrepreneur, touring his live sets while sitting as current president of LiveStyle. Richards oversees all of North America for the large-scale festival machine, with properties including Electric Zoo, Life In Color, Mysteryland, AMF Seattle, and more. Most recently, he performed alongside Diplo, MK, Justice, and others at an All My Friends flagship event in downtown LA.

Heading into the holidays, Richards plans to keep the party going with “Twisted,” the latest in his G-house arsenal, which samples “Got It Twisted” by iconic hip-hop duo Mobb Deep. The original release from 2004 brings us farther down the sampling rabbit hole, borrowing from a 1980s hit by Thomas Dolby, all of which is encapsulated in the Destructo revamp on top of hard-hitting bass, swaying leads, and a drop primed for the warehouse front.

Richards will kick off 2020 with the second edition of his new AMF cornerstone, the Friendship cruise, running January 6-10, hosting a wide range of performers like Ty Dolla $ign, GRiZ, and TroyBoi. After the boat ride, he’ll officially embark on the Twisted Tour, beginning in February. Head here for tickets and more information.

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GRiZ drops latest installment in EP series, ‘Bangers[4].Zip’

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GRiZ drops latest installment in EP series, ‘Bangers[4].Zip’Griz 303 Magazine.com

Fresh off the fall cresting of his Ride Waves Season 2 Tour, saxophone sensei GRiZ has released the fourth installment of his Bangers.Zip EP series. GRiZ started the collection with the first arm this past June, followed closely by Bangers[2].Zip in August, and Bangers[3].Zip in September. Each release has served in showcasing GRiZ’s fine-tuned production skills in a variety of musical styles. Bangers[4].Zip features funky beats and high-energy wobbles that old and new fans of the perennially get-down-friendly producer ought to enjoy.

Kicking off the three-track EP, house tune “Gonna Get Funky” is exactly what you’d expect from the title: a feel-good funky rhythm that’s concocted to get crowds moving. Following closely behind are ad lib-abundant tracks “Let’s Get Weird” and “Tiger Kingdom Space Camp,” two wildly creative tracks that highlight GRiZ’s signature big brass and wonky wobble sounds.

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NMF Roundup: Madeon reveals ‘Good Faith,’ deadmau5 takes to the skies on ‘SATRN’ + more

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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.

At long last, Madeon’s sophomore LP, Good Faith, has arrived. Though it’s been long-anticipated, the electronic music community didn’t have time to anticipate new deadmau5, which dropped out of thin air on Nov. 15. Dillon Francis’ Magic Is Real makes a full appearance alongside these, tapping artists like Vera Hotsauce for “Barely Breathing.” MK and Sonny Fodera link with Raphaella for “One Night,” and Chris Lake and Solardo “Free Your Body” on their latest. GRiZ’s Bangers[4].Zip has arrived, featuring songs like “Tiger Kingdom Space Camp,” and MJ Cole’s remixed Flume and Vera Blue’s “Rushing Back.” Friction delivers some drum ‘n’ bass goodness on “Good To Me,” and Eli Brown puts his own spin on Dom Dolla’s “San Frandisco.” Snails, Kill The Noise, and Sullivan King team up for a new mega-collab, “Front 2 Back,” and NGHTMRE and Gunna bring the heat with “CASH COW.” Gammer returns to Monstercat for “Brostep Strikes Back,” and Klingande releases his long-awaited debut LP, The Album. Oliver Heldens links with Firebeatz, Schella, and Carla Monroe for “Lift Me Up,” and Dirty South and Marion Amira prove a formidable force on “All I Need.” Dillon Nathaniel goes deep on a new tech house heater, “Do It Again,” and R3HAB teams up with ZAYN and Jungleboi on “Flames.”

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.

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GRiZMAS is back for sixth charitable music event in Detroit

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GRiZMAS is back for sixth charitable music event in DetroitGriz 303 Magazine.com

GRiZMAS is back, returning to The Masonic Temple in Detroit, Michigan. The sixth annual philanthropy event, thrown by GRiZ in his hometown, will take place Dec. 13 and 14, including a set fueled with the electronic-funk master’s favorites from 2010 through 2017 on Friday and a showcase of his biggest stage production yet, The Imaginarium, on Saturday. The Saturday set will include songs from his sixth studio album, Ride Waves, and all facets of the three-part Bangers EP series, along with unreleased Easter eggs, of course.

GRiZ has taken the season of giving to the next level, with his popular “12 Days” of charitable events alongside the accomplished touring artist and producer himself.

Started in 2014, GRiZ’s 12 Days of GRiZMAS has made an impact across various communities in Detroit, raising more than $100,000 in the last two years alone to help fund music education, art programs, and coding lessons across Detroit’s public schools. All proceeds are sent to the nonprofit organization, Seven Mile.

Learn more here.

Firefly Music Festival to return to 4-day format for 2020 iteration

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Firefly Music Festival will revert to its former four-day glory for its 2020 iteration. Organizers of the Dover, Delaware-based event notably abbreviated Firefly to three days for the festival’s 2019 installment. However, come June 18-21, 2020, Firefly will return to the Woodlands with a wider array of artists in tow than this past year saw, naturally, thanks to its reinstated full format.

“We just couldn’t resist the opportunity for more music,” Firefly marketing director, Kyla Lombardo, told Delaware State News.

Coordinators’ decision to readopt the four-day structure was largely predicated on fan demand, Lombardo said. A limited stock of Firefly 2020 presale tickets is currently available on Firefly’s official website.

With its first iteration landing in 2012, Firefly has contracted a wealth of top-tier sonic cavalry from across the musical continuum. Last year’s edition hosted Post Malone, GRiZ, Alison Wonderland, Travis Scott, and many more.

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Decadence reveals full lineup for NYE, featuring Skrillex, Dillon Francis, Zeds Dead, Illenium, and more

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Arizona’s most coveted New Year’s Eve experience, Decadence, has revealed this year’s full lineup, and to no one’s surprise, it’s just as lethal as years past.

Skrillex is returning for a second year in a row, while other high-caliber headliners look to end the year with a bang at the Rawhide Event Center just outside of Phoenix. Locked and loaded acts include Dillon Francis, Diplo, Galantis, Illenium, Zeds Dead, G Jones, a Tchami and Malaa No Redemptions set, Nora En Pure, Fisher, AC Slater, and a special Griztronics sets from GRiZ and Subtronics, celebrating their festival hit collaboration by their performing name.

Last year’s NYE Decadence festivities brought unforgettable performances by REZZ, Porter Robinson, Skrillex, and a special back-to-back set with NGHTMRE, and DJ Diesel. Click here for ticket information.

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Lunar Lunes: Armin van Buuren and Inner City face off on ‘It Could Be,’ Notaker remixes Haywyre + more

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Each week, New Music Friday sweeps through with torrential force, showering streaming platforms with immeasurable amounts of new tunes. Just like Dancing Astronaut rounds up 25 of the biggest songs of the week for the Hot 25 Spotify playlist each New Music Friday, Lunar Lunes serves as a landing pad for SoundCloud users who want a whole new dose of tunes to kick off the work week.

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

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GRiZ reveals three-track ‘Bangers[3].Zip’ EP, raises money for The Trevor Project

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GRiZ reveals three-track ‘Bangers[3].Zip’ EP, raises money for The Trevor ProjectGriz 303 Magazine.com

At the beginning of the summer, GRiZ unveiled what would become a series of short EPs. Bangers[1].Zip arrived in June, followed by Bangers[2].Zip in August. To cap off the summer months and usher in the arrival of autumn, GRiZ has now revealed the third installment in this EP collection: Bangers[3].Zip.

The three-track EP features two originals and a collaboration with Kayla Jasmine, which leads off the new set of tunes. “I Like That” highlights Jasmine’s vocals and incorporates GRiZ’s production talents to kick things off in fine style. “supadupakulavibe” proves summer never truly ends with GRiZ’s effortlessly groovy beats, and “Now Til Infinity” showcases a retro tone and a smooth, sexy bassline.

“As we get ready to head out on tour next week, I wanted to give you guys these tunes that have been my secret weapons all summer long,” GRiZ said of the EP in a press release. “I hope you fall in love with them, and I can’t wait to share their energy with you in person <3 you’ve really gotta be there to feel it.”

Just days before the release of the EP, the Colorado producer teamed up with Fortnite legend DrLupo to raise money for The Trevor Project. On Sept. 16, the duo livestreamed on Twitch and raised $18,000. Watch clips from the stream here.

GRiZ is on tour through the remainder of September and all of October with The Fox Hunters and Fort Knox Five. Find cities and tickets here.

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HiJinx Festival unleashes destructive lineup with Bassnectar, Skrillex, Porter Robinson and more

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Bass music lovers rejoice—the lineup for you has landed. Hijinx Festival returns to Philadelphia this year with a killer lineup for December 27 – 28 featuring the likes Bassnectar, Skrillex, Excision going back-to-back with Slander, GRiZ, a DJ set from Porter Robinson, Zeds Dead and more. Additional firepower comes by way of talented supporting acts like bass up-and-comer Subtronics, Big Wild, CloZee, DROELOE, SoDown, Brainfeeder duo The Underachievers, and veteran talents like Zion I and Kittens

Last year’s roster included Bassnectar and ODESZA alongside GRiZ, Big Gigantic, RL Grime, and Illenium. Now building on that caliber of talent, this year’s cast of electronic heavy hitters look to close out the year with a rumbling wave of low end bass at the Pennsylvania Convention Center,

Tickets to this year’s festival are on sale starting Friday, September 13 at noon EST.

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