Baauer, Channel Tres, and Danny Brown release house-forward bumper for GTA

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Baauer has joined forces with Detroit rapper, Danny Brown, and Channel Tres for a vocal-led, house-leaning bumper, “Ready To Go.” The track is featured as an exclusive single launching Brown’s new Grand Theft Auto radio station for GTA V. The beat was cooked up between the two electronic producers in Sholhmo’s LA studio, and Brown picked it up for a video game release.

With a strong vocal contrast between Tres’ monotone cadence and Brown’s energetic yield, a pseudo acid house percussion fits finely underneath the center stage voices. This is Baauer’s first 2019 release. The artist is known for a the decade-defining song, “Harlem Shake,” that became the No. 1 Billboard chart-topper just after the ranking system began taking into account YouTube statistics.

Photo credit: @baauer/Instagram

Three years later, k?d drops second remix of Daft Punk’s ‘Doin It Right’ [Stream]

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Miami’s Patrick Cybulski—better known by his stage name, k?d—has been touring the globe in 2019, with stops in Germany, China, Spain, and more. While showcasing live talent is important, a strict tour schedule can cause a slight halt on the new music front. However, k?d wanted to give fans something special to finish out the year, and what better way to do so than alluding to his humble beginnings as a sharp remixer?

Three years ago, k?d was dropping SoundCloud remixes of Hayley Kiyoko, GTA, and more, leading to a euphoric, synth-heavy take on Daft Punk‘s beloved “Doin It Right” from their album Random Access Memories. Racking up over three million streams to date, the iconic remix is credited for jump-starting his career, ultimately leading to a “V2” to celebrate his growth.

k?d’s “V2” remix has been a staple in his live sets as of late, so fans must be relieved to see it finally come to light, as the young producer puts a groovier, funk-based take on this one, more in sync with Daft Punk’s original work. However, each climax is a new treat, with some chillwave electronics on the first break and deep craziness on the second.

k?d recently supported deadmau5 on his “Cube V3 Tour” in Minnesota and is expected to release his debut album Cage Script sometime in 2020.

GTA change name to Good Times Ahead, preview new mixtape through Diplo-assisted ‘Milky Cabrera’

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The explosive dance music duo formerly known as GTA have officially changed their name to the full version of their moniker, Good Times Ahead.

Alongside the makeover arrives their announcement of a new mixtape launched through Insomniac’s HARD Recs to celebrate their upcoming extended set at HARD Summer: entitled, Good Times Bad Times at HARD Summer. The first single from the project features a friendly face in the dance space, by the name of Diplo, ever heard of him? Their buoyant brainchild, “Milky Cabrera,” serves as a hyphy intro to the new veil. 

Bolstered by a hefty kick right off the bat, Diplo’s vocal fodder takes center stage for a unique interlude to the aggressive pre-chorus. The drop hits home with that Bay Area-style bounce, accompanied by high-pitched vocal contortions. 

Other collaborators on the impending project will include Flosstradamus, Black Caviar, TwoGangs, and more. It’s set to arrive in full August 16. The duo will also be launching their label namesake via Insomniac. Their extended two-hour set at HARD Summer this August will stand as a harbinger to the artistic revamp from the already-successful electronic/Latin crossover artists.  

NMF Roundup: Illenium delivers ‘Blood,’ Dillon Francis and Eptic link for ‘Let It Go’ on Monstercat + 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.

Topping this week’s list is Illenium’s dark new single, “Blood,” with vocalist Foy Vance, followed by Eptic and Dillon Francis’ new Monstercat collaboration, “Let It Go.” Eric Prydz has blessed the music world with a new Pryda compilation, PRYDA 15 VOL II, featuring songs like “The Riddle,” and GTA and Diplo have linked up for “Milky Cabrera.” Rusko and Subtronics are a force to be reckoned with on “Bounce,” and i_o delivers a new EP, featuring tunes like “Possession.” The Knocks keep the summer grooves coming with a VIP mix of “Awa Ni,” and Rinzen flips Lastlings’ “I’ve Got You.” Paul Oakenfold and Galestian have crafted a mysterious collaboration with “Summer Nights,” and Hermitude bring along BJ The Chicago Kid and Buddy for “OneFourThree.” Kaskade and Late Night Alumni create a dreamy masterpiece on “One Track Mind,” and Cosmic Gate breathe life into their new single, “Light Years.” Jack Beats and Dillon Nathaniel open up the dance floor on “Mind Sensation,” and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Quintino, and MAD M.A.C. build a main stage earworm with “Boing.”

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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The star-studded ‘Ninjawerks (Vol. 1)’ has arrived, flaunting tracks from Tiësto, Dillon Francis, and more [Stream]

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In a strategic act of entertainment synergy, gamer extraordinaire, Ninja (real name, Tyler Blevins), has pulled back the entirety of the curtain on the heatedly anticipated Ninjawerks Vol. 1. 

Partnering with EDM hotbed, Astralwerks—which has housed releases for Porter Robinson, Tommie Sunshine, and The Chemical Brothers (to simply name a few)—Ninja is narrowing the gap between the complementary realms of gaming and electronic music, similar to Skrillex‘s writing for the third installment of Disney and Square Enix’s Kingdom Hearts.

The full Ninjawerks projects spans a great deal of the electronic color wheel with cinematic grit. From Tiësto to Tycho, from Kaskade to GTA, the album is equipped to equally satiate niche and widespread listeners with gaming in their veins.

Fittingly, the album’s contributors are gamers themselves. The artists recently divulged to Billboard Dance over the profundity of this collision of two rather adjacent worlds. While Dillon Francis said he devised his offering, “LFGD,” with Chris Melberger, in reverence of a Fortnite win, Tycho emphasized his intent to recreate the sublime feeling of discovering a new world inside a game with his track, “Jetty.”

Catch GTA live from Neversea Festival [Watch]

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Positioned on the pristine beaches of Constanta, Romanian music festival Neversea attracted a host of local and global electronic talent alike to the Black Sea coast for its 2018 edition, notably Neversea’s second year of production.

GTA rubbed shoulders with the likes of fellow Neversea lineup jewels Axwell ^ Ingrosso, Black Coffee, and Jamie Jones at the festival, hosted from July 5-8. If GTA fans came with the expectation of hearing heavy bass, then one thing is for sure: it’s indubitable that onlookers were disappointed, and it’s equally unlikely that at-home viewers will find that expectation unmet.

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Grand Theft Auto’s Los Santos gets resident house DJs

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Rockstar Games added nightclubs in the Los Angeles-inspired Los Santos on its award winning video game, Grand Theft Auto V. They’ve also announce residencies in the virtual world from some of the biggest underground house and techno stars: Solomun, Dixon, Black Madonna, and Tale of Us. Earlier, we were teased about their potential cameo appearances in GTA when mysterious promo began popping up on each act’s respective social media channels.

In July, gamers will have the opportunity to hear new, exclusive sets from the resident DJs. Nightclubs are perfect covers for certain operations one might conduct in the vice-ridden video game. Learning how to run a nightclub with some of the best DJ sets in the industry sounds like a house head/gamer’s dream.

The video below is the teaser video showing the DJs likenesses in the game, including those signature Solomun dance hands. With the direction of technology in the world today, virtual DJs will be more than just the mixing software.

H/T: Rockstar

Photo Credit: @solomun/Instagram

Solomun, Dixon, The Black Madonna, and Tale Of Us tease a special collaboration

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Four legends have began teasing at a summer collaboration that is sure to cause a stir among the house and tech realm. Solomun, Dixon, The Black Madonna, and Tale Of Us all posted a mysterious promo poster on their respective social media pages, with not much information other than “summer 2018” and “Los Santos.” The background of the flyer is vivid and surreal.

As any video game fan might guess, “Los Santos” indeed appears to indicate the Grand Theft Auto town of the same name. The make-believe city was modeled after Los Angeles. One can easily deduce from here that each of the collaborators will be assisting with the newest GTA iteration’s soundtrack. Past electronic artists playing a cameo in the video game include FlyLo and Soulwax.

Fans of the DJs have also commented in hopes of confirmation that these four will perform, or collaborate together somehow in reality. with many nudging the group to play together in the city that inspired Los Santos.

H/T: Resident Advisor

Soundtrack to Ultra 20

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Ultra celebrated a monumental twentieth anniversary this past weekend. Organizers wrapped UMF’s birthday with several landmark wins — its acquisition of Winter Music Conference, a Swedish House Mafia reunion, and a long-fought promise to return to their beloved venue at Miami’s Bayfront Park.

Along with the weekend came a bevy of top industry taste maskers spotlighting the upcoming year’s most popular dance floor anthems in their sets.  Over the weekend, compiled a list of the Top Ten most-played tracks at Ultra Music Festival. From singles one might expected to see from names like DrakeSkrillex, and GTA, a deeper listen into the list reveals some tracks that will surely surprise and delight.

In years past, the tracks dominating Ultra’s main stage were seen as a way to forecast which generic trends might be dominating the festival season cycle. The sheer diversity in this year’s compiled list displays a wider range of genre crossing, however, which speaks to dance music’s diversification of tastes and sounds.

Here are the top ten tracks most played tracks at Ultra 2018.

1. Drake – God’s Plan [OVO]

2. Gammer – The Drop [Monstercat]

3. 4B &TEEZ – Whistle [Premiere Class]

4. 4B & Aazar – Pop Dat [FREE]

5. Valentino Kahn – Lick It [Spinnin’]

6. GTA ft. DJ Funk – Booty Bounce (GTA Hyprr Mix) [Free/Mad Decent]

7. DJ Snake – Magenta Riddim [Geffen/Universal]

8. David Guetta, Martin Garrix, & Brooks – Like I Do [What A Music]

9. Skrillex & Habstrakt – Chicken Soup [OWSLA]

10. Skrillex & Rick Ross – Purple Lamborghini [Atlantic/Warner]

H/T: EDMTunes, Photo credit: aLIVE Coverage.

GTA’s ‘Death To Genres Vol. 3’ aptly exists in its own lane

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After a year of their feet barely touching the ground as they toured their critically acclaimed debut album, the Miami-based duo GTA is dropping off their latest high-octane offering, Death To Genres Vol. 3.

DTG Vol. 3 is the purest embodiment of the DTG ethos to date.

Like the earlier installments, which boast tracks with music mainstays like Valentino Khan, Paul Wall, and more; it too is a riveting marriage of dynamic musical styles. The mix moves in and out of funky house and hip-hop grooves courtesy of Dillion Francis, Baauer, and Anne Lunoe. Garage rock makes an incendiary interjection as the “Wake, Bake, Skate” FIDLAR lead Zac Carper leads “Money,” and if anybody was ever tapped to ultimately kill the genre, Death To Genres Vol. 3.’s boundaryless-air proves that GTA are just the right guys for the job.