i_o releases ‘Alchemy’ remake

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i_o releases ‘Alchemy’ remakeAlchemy I O Remi

Both Anjunabeats and mau5trap fans have received some Group Therapy courtesy of i_o. The rising talent has, at long last, released his remix of Above & Beyond’s “Alchemy.” He’d been rinsing his take on the original for months, which led to it becoming one of the most requested IDs in his sets.

I_o highlights the poignancy of the original “Alchemy,” setting Zoë Johnston’s vocals in a driving, tech-based foundation and playing up the original’s central progressions. He crafts a breakdown that’s plenty cinematic, with sentimental, sweeping sting accents and twinkling synths that pair well with the “Alchemy’s” signature stark piano notes. It seems the public approves, based off the positive fan reactions to the interpretation being dropped during i_o’s EDC Las Vegas set.

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NMF Roundup: Skrillex remixes Kelsey Lu, Drezo returns with ‘Afterlife’ + more

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NMF Roundup: Skrillex remixes Kelsey Lu, Drezo returns with ‘Afterlife’ + moreSkrille Live Aug 2017 Billboard 1548 0

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.

The second-to-last NMF of May brings fresh material from Skrillex in the form of a Kelsey Lu remix. Drezo returns to drag his fans to the depths with a new original, “Afterlife,” and Spencer Brown delivers “Sapporo” as the title track for his new EP. Andrew Bayer brings two new tracks to Anjuna, including “Only You Boy,” and Kygo teams up with Chelsea Cutler for “Not Ok.” Chris Lake enters the summer months with a new groovy number, “Stay With Me,” and Nora En Pure fills her latest release with lush melodies and a breezy atmosphere. i_o takes on Above & Beyond in a formidable new extended mix, and Flux Pavilion joins forces with Nevve for “Lion’s Cage.” Borgeous links with RUNAGROUND for “Better Anyway,” and Chase & Status cook up some fast-paced drum ‘n’ bass on “Murder Music.” After debuting “Dragonfly” with DA earlier this week, Au5 releases his new LP, and Benny Benassi puts his own spin on Patrick Martin’s “Stranger Nights.” Curbi delivers some feisty new house music in “Flip It” and DVBBS rework Steve Aoki’s “Play It Cool.” Cedric Gervais returns with “Take You In,” and Don Diablo unveils a VIP mix of Jessie J’s “Brave.”

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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Dive to the deepest depths of bass on i_o’s new ‘Death by Techno’ EP

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Since late 2017, i_o has hacked his way into listeners’ hearts and ears with infectious techno and trance offerings. He’s had a quick rise to notoriety, building a loyal fan base that looks forward to, well, Death by Techno.

In his latest mau5trap installation, the artist has delivered a two-track EP consisting of the lethal title track and a more upbeat number called “No Sleep.” The pair of songs fit in snugly with the artist’s existing discography, pounding fans with a healthy dosage of bass on “Death by Techno” and using soulful vocals as the driving force on “No Sleep.”

In addition to the four-minute radio edit offered on Spotify, fans can find a lengthier version of “No Sleep” on SoundCloud.

Death by Techno is out now via mau5trap.

NMF Roundup: Diplo and Tove Lo team up, i_o reveals fiery ‘Death By Techno’ EP + more

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NMF Roundup: Diplo and Tove Lo team up, i_o reveals fiery ‘Death By Techno’ EP + moreDiplo Tim MosenfelderGetty Images

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.

Diplo continues to flood the music world with new tunes of all genres—the latest of which is a sultry house collaboration with Tove Lo. A-Trak, too, has been releasing a slew of new tunes, including a groovy remix of Axwell‘s “Nobody Else.” Fans of the deepest depths of bass will rejoice at the release of i_o‘s Death by Techno EP on mau5trap, and Ephwurd and Shapes join forces on “Desires.” Flava D puts her own scintillating spin on Anna Lunoe‘s “303,” and TOKiMONSTA casts a soothing spell on “Dream Chorus.” Nitti Gritti and Gammer release their highly anticipated “Underdogs,” a day after the tune premiered on Dancing Astronaut, and The Him tap Maria Hazell for melodic masterpiece “Found Me.” The Midnight bring the early ’90s back with “America Online,” and Wolfgang Gartner kicks up the intensity on “28 Grams.” Sick Individuals‘ new tune, “We Got It,” leads perfectly into the weekend, and Sullivan King and Kai Wachi take no prisoners on the formidable “Between the Lines.” Dimension returns with another drum ‘n’ bass masterpiece in “Devotion,” and STANDERWICK combines elements of rock and trance in “Never Gonna Step Down.”

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.

Photo credit: Tim Mosenfelder

North Coast confirms new venue and 10-year anniversary lineup: Bassnectar, Major Lazer, and more

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North Coast confirms new venue and 10-year anniversary lineup: Bassnectar, Major Lazer, and moreNorth Coast Music Fest

For its watershed 10th installment, Chicago’s North Coast Music Festival has secured nearly 30 musical guests over a new two-day format for Labor Day Weekend, August 30-31.

Topped by Bassnectar and Major Lazer, “Summer’s Last Stand” is keeping its roster strictly electronic this year, appealing to its increasingly central audience in years passed. Additionally, after a career-long run at Union Park, North Coast is relocating to Chicago’s waterfront, specifically the picturesque, man-made peninsula, Northerly Island, at The Huntington Bank Pavilion.

The 2019 undercard runs deep, with bolstering from Tchami, Jai Wolf, Big Wild, Anna Lunoe, and i_o, to name a few of those poised to deliver performances between the two-stage setup. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 26 at 12pm CST.

More information on North Coast is available here.

NORTH COAST 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY LINEUP

(ALPHABETICAL ORDER)

Align

Anna Lunoe

Bassnectar

Big Wild

Birthdayy Partyy

Dee Mash

Dirty Monkey

Elevatd

Flux Pavilion

Ford.

GoodSex

Gorgon City (Live)

i_o

Inzo

Jai Wolf

Jauz

Kyle Walker

Major Lazer

Melvv

Ookay (DJ Set)

SG Lewis

Snakehips

SoDown

Stratus

Tchami

Trampa

Wooli

Yung Bae

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i_o previews his remix of Above & Beyond’s ‘Alchemy’

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i_o previews his remix of Above & Beyond’s ‘Alchemy’I O

Mysterious techno producer i_o uploaded a 45 second clip of his remix of classic Above & Beyond track ‘Alchemy’. The mau5trap artist has quickly gained recognition with his dark sound and versatile production, having sold out 5 of 6 opening tour shows and set to play Beyond Wonderland on March 22. He recently collaborated with Tommy Trash on progressive house single ‘Let Me Go’.

i_o’s “Alchemy” remix hits hard with its pulsating bass and hi-hats, putting a dark, techno-inspired twist on Above & Beyond’s beloved trance song. It feels like quite a fitting reimagining, given the original’s poignant themes. “Alchemy” has been previously remixed by Seven Lions and Jody Wisternoff. This particular re-work is i_o’s first stab at an Anjunadeep re-work.

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Tommy Trash links with i_o for progressive house heater, ‘Let Me Go’ featuring Daisy Guttridge

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i_o joins Tommy Trash, the “Reload” producer with Sebastian Ingrosso and John Martin, in his return to progressive house with their new single “Let Me Go” featuring Daisy Guttridge. In fact, one of the last songs Tommy Trash released was with i_o about a year ago: “Oxygen,” also featuring Guttridge. Whereas the former was released on Spinnin‘, this time around deadmau5 showcased the collaboration on his mau5trap imprint.

“Let Me Go” begins with Guttridge’s soothing vocals making their way to a bed of synths that lead into arpeggiated plucks a slow build. These plucks are maintained as the lead melody amidst a progressive house rhythm and vocal fills.

i_o represented on Dancing Astronaut’s Ones to Watch in 2019 list with a stellar 2018 from his debut EP, ANALOG//DDoS, all the way to his most recent bass-centric Low EP. Teaming up with Tommy Trash continues to add credibility to the rising star.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 77

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 77Deters Beat Lab@0.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA managing editor Robyn Dexter. With a taste that can only be described as eclectic — to say nothing of a name that lends itself to punnery — DA is happy to present a selection of tracks personally curated by Dexter for your listening pleasure.

Listen in playlist format here.


After a slew of impressive originals in 2018, Mielo kicks off his 2019 with the first single from his debut EP, “ILY.” His contemplative style is beautifully exhibited here, ands he teams up with vocalist Sarah De Warren to bring an even more heavenly element to the tune. Gorgeous piano melodies and dreamy synths create a perfect backdrop for the vocals and subdued percussion in “ILY.” Mielo leaves listeners wanting more with this one, and it serves as an introspective precursor to the forthcoming EP.

Speaking of first singles from new EPs, Haywyre has returned to kick off his funky-fresh Panorama: Form EP with “Let Me Hear That.” This one, like much of his music, is irresistibly groovy. It’s packed full of lively piano and synth melodies that embody Haywyre’s sound in every way. He’s categorized this surefire hit as “maximum funk,” and rightly so. It’ll be tricky to get this one out of your head.

Camo & Krooked are putting themselves on the map with the release of “Atlas.” This one manages to contain the powerful, wall-busting energy their tracks tend to have, bottling it carefully with meticulous production. Its journey-like qualities truly make the title appropriate, and the prolonged introduction builds anticipation in a spectacular way. When the drop hits, the listener is taken on a wild ride of dramatic drum & bass rhythms and thrilling themes.

House heavy-hitter Dustycloud has returned to deliver yet another powerful number. The Parisian powerhouse looks to be asserting his dominance in 2019 with “Brave,” which pounds the listener with copious doses of bass right from the get-go. He gives a brief taste of what to expect in the beginning before diving into a deep canyon of bass. A restrained break in the middle of the song gives the listener a brief chance to catch their breath again before the bass again takes over. It’s pure intensity.

Fans of i_o know that he’s been teasing a massive collaboration with Tommy Trash for weeks. “Let Me Go” has finally arrived on mau5trap, much to the delight of those who’ve been waiting seemingly for ages (read: me). The dance floor-primed track reunites the two producers, who first collaborated on “Oxygen” in 2017. They’ve tapped the gorgeous vocals of songstress Daisy Guttridge to deliver this silky-smooth progressive track—and it’s well worth the wait.

NMF Roundup: Medasin returns with ‘Mr. Skitters,’ i_o teams up with Tommy Trash, Feed Me releases first single from new album + more

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NMF Roundup: Medasin returns with ‘Mr. Skitters,’ i_o teams up with Tommy Trash, Feed Me releases first single from new album + moreStatement Festival Annika Berglund

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.

Above & Beyond kick off New Music Friday in fine fashion with their new single, “Distorted Truth.” Tommy Trash and i_o unleash their much-anticipated collaboration, “Let Me Go,” and Medasin returns with his first original of 2019, “Mr. Skitters.” Diplo and Octavian make an impeccable team on “New Shapes,” as do Feed Me and Rosie Doonan on “Feel Love.” Hardwell and Dannic unveil “Chase The Sun,” and Au5 rounds out his two-track Energize EP with “Activate.” The Chainsmokers bring another pop-inspired number via “Who Do You Love” with 5 Seconds of Summer, and David Guetta, Brooks, and Loote gear up for festival season with “Better When You’re Gone.” Quintino can’t be brought down in his new single, and Pixel Terror return to Monstercat with “Ultima.” Tisoki delivers a fresh remix of Party Favor‘s “Blame,” and Jay Hardway takes off into the atmosphere with “Aliens.” R3HAB joins forces with Icona Pop for “This Is How We Party,” and Darude and Sebastian Rejman craft a euphoric dance number in “Release Me.”

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.

Photo credit: Annika Berglund

mau5trap delivers ‘We Are Friends Vol. 8’ compilation featuring i_o, No Mana, ATTLAS, and more

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mau5trap delivers ‘We Are Friends Vol. 8’ compilation featuring i_o, No Mana, ATTLAS, and moreMau5trap We Are Friends 8

deadmau5‘s mau5trap imprint has delivered its eighth rendition of the We Are Friends compilation series, comprised of 35 tracks from the label’s repeated repertoire, along with a variety of up-and-comers. The three-and-a-half-hour run time showcases familiar faces such as i_o, with a remix of deadmau5’s “Imaginary Friends” from the label boss’ orchestral Where’s the Drop? compilation albumOther notable producers on the project who demonstrated stellar growth in 2018 include No Mana, ATTLAS, and EDDIE.

A grip of newcomers dominate the audio engineer-themed soundscapes that span the collection of songs. Unique in arrangement and cinematic in nature, deadmau5 continues to push the limits of modern electronic music through sound design and collaboration. To mark the start of festival season, Joel Zimmerman is set to unleash a live performance with his cube 3.0 worldwide debut at Ultra Music Festival.