It’s here: RL Grime staggers shiver-inducing drops in ‘Halloween VIII’ [Stream]

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It’s here: RL Grime staggers shiver-inducing drops in ‘Halloween VIII’ [Stream]Rl Grime 1

Since 2012, each installment in the Halloween sonic saga has reaffirmed what was established eight years ago with the seminal mix in the series: All Hallow’s Eve belongs to RL Grime.

The trap tastemaker’s Halloween tradition hasn’t just gained traction in the time since its initial launch—it’s cultivated a cult following. Each October, electronic music enthusiasts train and fixate their eyes on the fateful calendar square, bearing the annual promise of new RL Grime music: October 31. Name a more reliable treat—we’ll wait.

For the past eight years, the NOVA producer has soundtracked Halloween with mixes that manifest as heavy hybrids of hip-hop and trap selections. Ample in sonic horsepower and jam-packed with adrenaline-spiking, goosebump-inciting bass, RL Grime’s Halloween mixes are potent demonstrations of his curative acumen.

The predecessor to 2019’s Halloween VIII mix, Halloween VII commenced with an eerie vocal introduction from Shaq before ultimately segueing into its constituting collection of rap and electronic crossover cuts. The newest addition to the spectral series is the subwoofer-worthy Halloween 8, which affords the opening honors to a figure matched in repute by Halloween: Mayor of Flavortown, Guy Fieri.

With a convictional exclamation (“love, peace, and taco grease”), Fieri kicks off the hotly anticipated effort. As in prior years of Halloween’s production, the Halloween VIII listening experience ought not to be a passive one for streamers, whose ears should be pricked for RL Grime IDs.

The bass purveyor has been known to embed unreleased music within his Halloween mixes, in a not-so-subtle preview of the productions yet to come. Case in point, 2016’s Halloween V, which provided the platform for an advance listen of RL Grime’s collaboration with Skrillex and What So Not, “Waiting.” Grime went on to formally release the single several days later on November 3, 2016.

Riddled with IDs, including an especially titillating Whethan-RL rendezvous, Halloween VIII is indeed RL Grime’s seasonal treat to listeners.

Celebrate spooky season by revisiting each of RL Grime’s Halloween mixes, here.

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Shazam identifies new, previously unnamed Swedish House Mafia track signaling to imminent release

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Shazam identifies new, previously unnamed Swedish House Mafia track signaling to imminent releaseSwedish House Mafia New Stage

We’re one step closer to new music from Swedish House Mafia, and amid the mixed reactions to their…less than smooth comeback, at this point, new music may be the trio’s final saving grace. With numerous cancellations throughout the summer, fans are understandably anxious for new music, and it appears even Shazam is growing restless waiting for the group’s new studio output. In fact, the song identifying application have a jumped the gun, recently naming a previously unidentified track that had only been played out live, signaling that an official release may be slated for much sooner than anyone thought.

The track used to open the Mafia’s homecoming Stockholm run earlier this year, according to Shazam, is now called “It Gets Better.” The new song would presumably be the outfit’s first new music together since 2012. Now Shazam is successfully ID’ing the song, signaling to an official release, likely just around the corner. “It Gets Better,” is one of many new Swedish House Mafia cuts floating around the internet, including a tentatively titled “Underneath It All,” and a yet-to-be-released collaboration with the recently freed A$AP Rocky.

Check out a snippet of “It Gets Better” below.

Martin Garrix reveals his uplifting Ushuaïa ID, ‘These Are the Times,’ in collaboration with AXE

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Martin Garrix reveals his uplifting Ushuaïa ID, ‘These Are the Times,’ in collaboration with AXEUltrasa19a 098

On the evening of July 4 during Martin Garrix’s long-awaited return to the stage following a near six-week performing hiatus due to an acute ankle injury, the Dutch superstar crowd-tested an unreleased production during his Ushuaïa Ibiza residency.

The animated ID was hastily met with widespread fan support and anticipation as speculation arose that it would be the soundtrack to Garrix’s forthcoming partnership with AXE body spray. After serving up the tune as a staple piece in every performance in the weeks following, Garrix has officially unveiled his new venture as he joins forces with the men’s hygiene company for “These Are the Times” featuring vocalist JRM.

Faultlessly falling in line alongside Garrix’s recent discography of more benign and pop-leaning creations, “These Are the Times” is yet another invigorating breath of fresh air from the 23-year-old producer. Adorned in his signature toybox elements with a seemingly Avicii-influenced progressive approach, coupled with inspiriting lyrics from JRM, Garrix lengthens his comprehensive archive of summer offerings. With a forthcoming appearance in Belgium this Friday for his STMPD Records stage performance at Tomorrowland, there is little doubt that Garrix will introduce the dance music world to more new music from his ever-extending sonic reservoir.

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Graves takes ownership of blistering ID dropped by RL Grimes on tour

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Graves takes ownership of blistering ID dropped by RL Grimes on tourGraves Live From His Facebook

“Road testing” is named as such for good reason; after all, one might argue that there is no better place to try out new music than to the crowds on tour. RL Grime has been testing an abundance of new music throughout his tours, and it looks like a particular new ID by Graves is going to be a hit. The rising producer shared a freshly made video of RL giving the record a spin in a packed venue, and the crowd appeared to enjoy every moment. The snippet showed off a tense build followed by a wild, gut-punching drop that fit its big room setting nicely.

Graves has yet to share more information on the the record or its release. The artist also has a few more dates in Washington DC, Alberta, and Ohio, where fans could listen for the ID from the artist himself.

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New Swedish House Mafia is on its way—watch the trio drop new ID in Stockholm

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New Swedish House Mafia is on its way—watch the trio drop new ID in StockholmSwedish House Mafia Press Shot

Following months of speculation, bread crumb announcements, and extreme anticipation among the global dance community, Swedish House Mafia finally kicked off their official reunion in their breeding grounds of Stockholm. They played to a sold-out stadium, with some superfans even filming the whole performance, in addition to unveiling a brand new photographic exhibit to coincide with the tour kick-off.

The trio naturally played an array of classics that guests had been yearning to hear since they disbanded in 2013. Beyond that, however, they subtly announced their return to the studio as well with a few choice IDs sprinkled in. “Underneath It All” is one of the working titles that surfaced following the performance, which was thankfully caught on video by a different audience member. True to form, the ID is the epitome of the euphoric, big room house sound that Swedish House Mafia more-or-less shaped and pioneered when first breaking out in the late aughts and early 2010s. It’s filled with touching vocals, saw synths, and sweeping progressions that make for proper “hands in the air” moments.

Keep close watch on this iconic outfit as more information is inevitably unveiled.

Big Beat Records begins teasing mysterious compilation album—sounds like new music from Skrillex, Ekali, and more could be on the way

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Big Beat Records begins teasing mysterious compilation album—sounds like new music from Skrillex, Ekali, and more could be on the wayEkali Awakening Radio Mi 001

Big Beat Records has something interesting under the hood, though what exactly the label is rolling out, as of now, remains a mystery. The imprint, which hosts artists like SkrillexEkali, Whethan, Knife Party, and more, posted 15 short, enigmatic snippets to SoundCloud on March 25, captioned simply with a release date of April 11. Without much more to go on, a quick dive into the audio teasers reveals that the impending release is likely a compilation from a group of artists—a fact that Big Beat confirmed in a statement to Dancing Astronaut.

The tracklist spans a wide variety of genres, all with a heavy bass theme, from pumping bass house to echoing big room trap. The mysterious, yet-to-be-revealed compilation sounds like it could include contributions from OWSLA labelmates—in fact, the third track teased already appears in Ekali’s Awakening Mix Vol. 6Though largely unsubstantiated and merely speculation as of now, the EP’s first official release is due on March 29, and a full tracklist is expected to land soon as well. The nameless compilation definitely packs some heavy handed punches, and it’ll likely be well worth the wait come April 11. In the meantime, listen below, guess for yourself, and let us know what you come up with.

Lollapalooza soundtracks summer teaser with new Flume ID [Watch]

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Lollapalooza soundtracks summer teaser with new Flume ID [Watch]Flume Michael Drummond

Flume‘s surprise mixtape, Hi, This is Flumeis set to land any minute now, and as fans eagerly await the Aussie beat guru’s highly anticipated return, the good news just keeps pouring in. The Skin producer was just announced as a headliner at Lollapalooza this summer, signaling a huge swell in momentum for the beloved electronic experimenter. To hype the Chicago iteration of the festival this summer, Lollapalooza has dropped off a short teaser announcing ticket sales, featuring a brand new, yet-to-be identified cut from Flume.

The “Summer is Coming” trailer, which might even succeed in plugging Flume’s return more than the actual festival, features clips of the iconic summer gathering at Grant Park, soundtracked by the delightfully off-kilter clinks and clicks that only Harley Streten can do so well. Chopped vocals and rubbery percussive breaks come together with a charming, cinematic appeal in the new ID, and if the nameless track is any indicator of the impending mixtape Flume has promised, everyone is in for quite the treat.

 

Good Morning Mix: RL Grime’d EDC Mexico destruction

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Good Morning Mix: RL Grime’d EDC Mexico destructionRL Grime Day Of Dead Billboard 1548

The internet can always be counted on to capture items that fans want most. Though EDC Mexico has just barely wrapped, recordings of different sets are already popping up in various areas. RL Grime has been included in this mixture of set retrieval, to the joy of bass fans all over; in fact, someone took the liberty of recording the entirety of his set through the Insomniac TV stream.

Clocking in at about an hour, RL’s set is the sonic equivalent of adrenaline. The iconic producer invigorates his crowd with a diverse set that packed in hints of drum ‘n’ bass, future bass, and of course, plenty of trap. As any EDC is quite the occasion for artists involved, RL Grime also dropped a few new IDs as well. Toss on the mix for a jolting, yet welcome start to the day.

 

Listen to RL Grime’s EDC Mexico destruction

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Listen to RL Grime’s EDC Mexico destructionRL Grime Day Of Dead Billboard 1548

The internet can always be counted on to capture items that fans want most. Though EDC Mexico has just barely wrapped, recordings of different sets are already popping up in various areas. RL Grime has been included in this mixture of set retrieval, to the joy of bass fans all over; in fact, someone took the liberty of recording the entirety of his set through the Insomniac TV stream.

Clocking in at about an hour, RL’s set is the sonic equivalent of adrenaline. The iconic producer invigorates his crowd with a diverse set that packed in hints of drum ‘n’ bass, future bass, and of course, plenty of trap. As any EDC is quite the occasion for artists involved, RL Grime also dropped a few new IDs as well. Toss on the mix for a jolting, yet welcome start to the day.

 

Knife Party debut new ‘Ghost Town’ demo on ‘Knifecast’ podcast

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Knife Party debut new ‘Ghost Town’ demo on ‘Knifecast’ podcastKnife Party Live

Knife Party, kicked off their very first episode of their progressively developing “Knifecast” podcast with the debut of a brand new track that has yet to be titled. Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen described the concept as a format that rests “halfway between a podcast and playing music.” The pair were adamant that they didn’t want to just produce a weekly mix, but rather a dynamic and engaging show that would feature guests, and on-air Q&A sessions featuring fan-submitted questions. Knife Party provided a memorable finale to their inaugural installment of “Knifecast” with their inclusion of a lengthy ID at the episode’s end, pointing to additional new material underway.

As episode eight of the series affirms, the previously shared ID did in fact foreshadow more unreleased material to come. In their latest episode, the Abandon Ship producers treat listeners to a first taste of a current work in progress by the name of “Ghost Town.” At once a glance back at classic Knife Party sound, intertwined with more modern electronic sonic influence, “Ghost Town” foregrounds Swire’s distinctive vocals atop electro-charged synth arrangements. Knife Party’s plans for the release currently remain unclear, but will certainly come into sharper focus with the ensuing episodes of “Knifecast.”