Idris Elba’s ‘On Life’ receives Jack Back remix

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Idris Elba‘s latest single, “On Life” has received a fresh rinsing by David Guetta, via his tech house oriented Jack Back alias. Where Elba puts forth a deeper, heads-down mix, Guetta adds a bit more melody to the mix with twinkling synth arpeggios while maintaining the overall structural integrity. One might argue the French producer may be taking cues from artists aligning with the Diynamic/Afterlife sound in current days. Both renditions make for pleasurable additions to the dancefloor, and can be found on Elba’s 7Wallace imprint.

David Guetta’s had a notable year of releases; over the summer of 2019, he and MORTEN had been tapped as official remixers for Avcii’s “Heaven.” Prior to that, he and the aforementioned collaborator paired on their crossover, Aloe Bacc-assisted hit, “Heaven.” Meanwhile, Idris found himself headlining Coachella’s Yuma tent and increasing his DJ profile with gigs at various elrow stops, Creamfields, and beyond. He also took up a residency at David Guetta’s F*** ME I’M FAMOUS! night at Hï Ibiza, making their recent 7Wallace collaboration feel like a natural next step in their relationship.

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NMF Roundup: Valentino Khan remixes Tchami, Gryffin teams up with Maia Wright + 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.

Valentino Khan tackles Tchami’s “Rainforest” in his latest remix, and Gryffin teams up with Maia Wright for “Body Back.” Lost Kings tap Marc E. Bassy for “Somebody Out There,” and Adventure Club unveil their Death or Glory Sessions. David Guetta remixes Idris Elba’s “On Life” as Jack Back, and Sullivan King reveals his debut album, including tracks like “If My Eyes Are Vampires (Your Body Is My Sunlight)” with TYNAN. Fox Stevenson, too, has a debut album out on Oct. 18, featuring songs like “All Night,” and Hardwell teams up with Deorro, MAKJ, and Fatman Scoop for “Left Right.” Henry Fong encourages listeners to “Jump Up” with his new single, and Flosstradamus and Megatone deliver “Bounce Back” after premiering the track with DA. Faux Tales has released his ethereal Hiraeth LP, and Madnap and Luma have collaborated on “Faces.” YehMe2 and Wuki “Throw It” on their new collaboration, and vowl. and Brock Wilson jointly release “recluse.” Justin Jay puts his own spin on NGHTMRE and A$AP Ferg’s “REDLIGHT,” and Boombox Cartel and Griff Clawson reveal “All I Want.”

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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Seismic Dance Event unveils daily lineup, topped by Cirez D and TESTPILOT

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For the second year, Seismic Dance Event makes its return to Austin, Texas to bless attendees with two days of world-class performances. In September 2018, the inaugural event brought a stellar lineup to the Travis County Exposition Center, including Lane 8, Drezo, Golf Clap, Green Velvet, Sacha Robotti, and more.

In 2019, festival organizers look to build on last year’s success by bringing in headliners Cirez D and TESTPILOT, along with a piping hot array of other artists like Bicep, Idris Elba, Nic Fanciulli, Gorgon City, Nora En Pure, and more.

Now, the festival has revealed its daily lineups, featuring deadmau5’s TESTPILOT alias topping day one and Eric Prydz’s Cirez D moniker at the top of day two at The Statesman. Saturday, Nov. 16 will also feature acts like Chris Lake, i_o, and Rinzen, and Sunday, Nov. 17 will bring performances from Lee Burridge, Gorgon City, Dom Dolla and many more. Along from the dynamic lineup, the festival will also feature live painting and art installations, live performers, totem, and costume contests.

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the glowing feedback from our debut year and now with this year’s lineup,” said RealMusic Events & Seismic co-founders Kelly Gray & Andrew Parsons. “Many US festivals tend to have very similar lineups so we really wanted to switch it up and cater to the more seasoned, underground connoisseur – and yes, believe it, in Texas.”

View the full lineup below and get tickets here.

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Idris Elba launches 2-HR SET clothing line worldwide

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Idris Elba launches 2-HR SET clothing line worldwideIdris Elba Jerritt Clark

Rhetorical question: Is there anything Idris Elba can’t do? The venerable actor evinced his versatility when he slowly but surely began to infiltrate the electronic scene with standout original releases like “L.U.V.” and the comparatively more recent “Ballie.” No longer a fledgling disc-jockey, the seasoned producer has used his own sonic experience as inspiration for his next creative endeavor: 2-HR SET.

Elba’s first foray into fashion design, the unisex clothing line launched in the UK in 2018 and swiftly sold out of its stock following its debut. 2-HR SET pieces are now available worldwide, as Elba expands the commercial access of his newly minted brand.

2-HR SET’s latest collection features an array of options, including hoodies, T-shirts, sweatpants, hats, and rubber slides. Although the line is Elba’s first-ever independent line, it’s not his sole project in the fashion industry. Elba is currently also collaborating with Fatboy Slim on a political line of pieces. Proceeds from the sale of this particular collection will benefit Faz Amnesty, Faron Paul’s campaign dedicated to the prevention of knife and gun violence.

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Idris Elba drops off entrancing house/hip-hop hybrid, ‘Ballie’

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Featured artist Kah-Lo sings “This the hottest DJ in the world right now” on Idris Elba‘s latest, “Ballie,” and as just one listen of Elba’s new single indicates, Kah-Lo might be onto something. The dynamic producer originally presented the house/hip-hop crossover at the 2019 edition of California’s annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. Elba made his Coachella debut from the festival’s underground oriented Yuma stage, and notably brought Kah-Lo to the desert, to perform the song live alongside him. Fortunately for those in attendance and live streamers alike, the wait for “Ballie’s” official release was not long.

The entrancing number starts with a deep vocal that growls the song’s title in the track’s opening seconds. Kah-Lo’s vocals slowly filter in, to sit atop the tune’s mid-tempo house beat. Low toned synths peppered throughout amplify the track’s titillating appeal. “Ballie” is now ohut on Elba’s own London based imprint, 7Wallace.

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STREAM NOW: Watch Idris Elba show off his DJ chops at Coachella’s Yuma Tent Weekend 2

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STREAM NOW: Watch Idris Elba show off his DJ chops at Coachella’s Yuma Tent Weekend 2Idris Elba Jerritt Clark

British actor, Idris Elba, made his mark as the pragmatic drug lord Russell “Stringer” Bell in The Wire and then again as the ruthless detective John Luther in Luther. In film, he played the revolutionary leader Nelson Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and many other Hollywood roles.

The laymen might be surprised that Elba is also a passionate DJ, as he planted the ultimate professional crossover via his establishment of 7Wallace Music, his very own record label. He also released a new Netflix Comedy, Turn Up Charlie, about a struggling DJ and loosely based on his life.

Having crushed his house set at the Yuma Coachella Weekend 1 with top notch house selection, he looks to run this back for Weekend 2. Watch the action unfold live.

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15 acts that define Coachella’s undercard in 2019

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The release of Coachella‘s lineup is a highly anticipated event every year, with fans attentively looking out for their favorite acts and fresh new talent amid the festival’s legendary annual billing. Aside from the drama surrounding Kanye West‘s departure from his headlining slot, the festival released their full lineup to considerable fanfare this year. Presenting one of the most diverse and electronic-heavy lineups in recent memory, Coachella has drawn both praise and criticism for their underground selections and electronic skew.

With such a deep pool of electronic acts, this list is a guide to the most crucial sets from the bottom portion of the Coachella lineup. From the debut of techno newcomers to emerging producers and vocalists, Dancing Astronaut has selected the fifteen undercard acts that you can’t miss at Coachella this year.

Rachel Narozniak, Christina Hernandez, and Alex Krinsky also contributed to this article.


Four Tet

Known for his truly inspiring live sets, Four Tet consistently amazes crowds with thoughtfully curated shows in intimate venues, while also adapting his invigorating performance for larger festival audiences. Striking a balance between analog and digital, between funky and rigid, crisp and distorted, Four Tet displays his mastery of sound and space with every set he plays. The highest billed artist on this list, this show will please everyone from casual house and techno fans to audio aficionados, without sacrificing creative ambitions and impulses.

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Rosalía

Singer, songwriter, and producer Rosalía released her sophomore album, El Mal Querer, at the tail end of 2018. Following up her mostly flamenco-leaning debut, Rosalía embraces textured electronic production behind her vocals, drawing comparisons to James Blake, Sampha, Blue Hawaii, and more. With her powerful voice, intensely executed choreography, and top notch production, Rosalía is a star on the rise, taking on what may be the largest performance of her career this April. 

SOPHIE

Few know their way around sound design like SOPHIE — a true master of eclectic electronica. Her groundbreaking album, Oil Of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides was a breathtaking evolution of her signature experimental sound, taking listeners on a wild ride across its nine tracks and eventually leading to her making Grammy history as the first transgender woman to be nominated for the honor. It was a true culmination of years spent exploring different soundscapes, and shows off a mature artist primed to continue leading the charge in her creative realm. Catch her on Friday for what’s set to be a hauntingly brilliant live performance.15 acts that define Coachella’s undercard in 2019SOPHIE

Jon Hopkins

While Grammy-nominated artist Jon Hopkins needs no introduction, the depth of talent on Coachella’s lineup makes it easy to miss even the most impressive of names. Infusing his live sets with synths and a variety of gear, Hopkins’ house and techno is filled with textures and subtleties that have gained global recognition. With an international superstar bringing an acclaimed live set to one of the largest stages in music, this set is guaranteed to bring entrancing vibes to the Polo Grounds.

Tara Brooks

With a career of performances spanning from Burning Man to Berlin, Tara Brooks is a perfect example of Coachella’s expanding body of house and techno artists. A Desert Hearts veteran with co-signs from Joseph Capriati, Sasha, and John Digweed, Brooks puts forth some of the best that deep and progressive house out there to date. Though an L.A. native, she will bring the experience of the world’s most coveted nightlife and festival scenes to Coachella this April.

Idris Elba

It’s a surefire fact that when people saw Idris Elba’s name on Coachella’s lineup most of them went straight for Google. Many articles were written up on the fact that the man who portrayed Stringer Bell, Luther, and Nelson Mandela was going to be spinning beats at California’s biggest festival. CNN actually put out the headline “Yes, Idris Elba is playing Coachella” no doubt to many clicks. The fact of the matter is DJ Big Driis has been spinning for a minute — since he was 14, actually. He told Dancing Astronaut not only about his strife balancing his image as an actor and sexiest man alive with his passion for dance music back in 2017. Though it may be unbeknownst to many, Elba has collaborated with Fatboy Slim, was remixed by Pete Tong, and remixed Skepta. Far from his first major appearance, the 007 prospect made his mark in Ibiza, Atlanta, played Glastonbury festival, and has his sets on YouTube. He’s got that English charm, major relevance across multiple fields, and the skills to back it all up. Besides, it’s Idris Elba — you don’t need us to tell you to go see him.

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Nora En Pure

Deep house and indie dance aesthetics intermingle with polished precision when Nora En Pure takes the decks. A melodic songstress, the South African phenom smoothly crafts live sensory experiences that invite attendees to delve into deeper house territory alongside the renowned producer. Nora En Pure’s catalog conveys her seemingly magnetic gravitation downwards to the lower boundaries of house music. It is with unparalleled finesse that the Don’t Look Back producer lifts her listeners from these deeper house stylings, to provide contrast in the form of airy, mellow sonic constructs that showcase Nora En Pure’s versatility, and the effortlessness with which she seamlessly bridges the ‘dark’ and ‘light’ tonalities of her music. Dulcet and fluid in the way that it unfurls, a Nora En Pure set is a Coachella must see.

Ross From Friends

Back in the 80’s Felix Clary Weatherall, better known as Ross From Friends, had a mobile sound system created by his dad, stationed in a van that bumped beats and toured around Europe, bringing a shared experience to music lovers wherever it wound up. Since his childhood, Ross From Friends wanted to create and connect like his father, through the use of music. However, one can follow in their father’s footsteps for only so long, eventually Ross From Friends carved his own path — one that led to a stage at Empire Polo Club. Only a few years ago Brainfeeder’s head honcho Flying Lotus casually recruited Ross From Friends and gave him the freedom to create with the advice, “make the album you want to make.”

In April of 2018, Ross From Friends released his Aphelion EP, displaying his sonic mobility while defining and fine-tuning his sound. Just four months later he put out his debut album on Brainfeeder, Family Portrait.

The Guardian deemed him “one to watch,” his sound has been compared to Jamie XX, Boards of Canada, and Four Tet. Fly-Lo gave him absolute freedom to astounding results, and that guy just knows. Whether the pull is musical curiosity or the desire to see an artist that is in the process of blooming, Ross From Friends’ performance at Coachella should not be missed.

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Burna Boy

In 2018, Burna Boy went from local Nigerian treasure to a global phenomenon. Dropping his major label debut, Outside, on Atlantic Records and nabbing a feature on Major Lazer‘s “All My Life,” Burna Boy has been exposed to a whole host of new audiences. The energetic 27-year-old rhymer is making sure his presence at Coachella is known, already taking to his Instagram to demand that his name be printed larger because he is an “AFRICAN KING.” Eccentric and talented, Burna Boy is slated to bring down the Polo Grounds with his distinctive Afrobeat style.

Polo & Pan

French indie-electronic duo Polo & Pan spent much of 2018 on the road, with two US tours and gigs around Europe and the Middle East allowing them to fine tune their live show. Coming hot off the deluxe re-release of their debut album, Caravelle, the pair now have a deep body of work to play out to the masses in Indio. With a fleshed out stage set-up coming in 2019, Coachella may be Polo & Pan’s biggest and most impressive show yet.

CloZee

The French up-and-comer has breathed fresh life into bass music. Her avant-garde sound draws from a multitude of influences and her own classical training, making for captivating original productions and even more infectious live sets. CloZee’s growth has been particularly impressive as of late, where she released her long-awaited debut LP, Evasion, in 2018 and quickly earned slots at a variety of high profile festivals including Bonnaroo, Lightning In A Bottle, and even Coachella. We suspect her return to the Southern California institution will be pumped full of brand new music, and special edits of deeper cuts in her discography.

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Stephan Bodzin

For house and techno lovers, Europe’s diverse club and festival circuit can leave American fans yearning for talent that often stays on the other side of the Atlantic. A prime example of this is esteemed German DJ Stephan Bodzin – though he tours relentlessly in Europe, playing his gripping techno tunes to engrossed crowds, a US appearance from Bodzin is a rare treat. With pounding bass, a melodic skew, and enough gear to fill an entire studio, Bodzin is set to tear down Indio with his old school style and boisterous swagger for one of his few US shows of 2019.

Rico Nasty

Since coming onto the scene in 2016, Rico Nasty has blossomed into one of the more colorful and abrasive characters in D.C.’s ever-growing hip-hop scene. Ranging from hard trap music to a punk take on rap, the 21-year-old and her rowdy personality are only boosted with production from Kenny Beats, one of hip-hop’s most in-demand producers of the moment, formerly of LOUDPVCK. With high energy music and a lively stage presence, Rico Nasty’s Coachella performance is a great opportunity to catch some of hip-hop’s finest rising talent.

Kölsch

Denmark-based DJ and producer Kölsch has built a path for himself by adding a melodic twist on four-to-the-floor techno production. Having graced the main stages of much of Europe’s techno festival scene and played a DJ set atop the Eiffel Tower, Kölsch has a deep catalog of work, most recently including his 2018 joint EP with Tiga. Bringing his anthemic sound to Indio, the Danish DJ’s set is sure to be one of many stellar techno performances headed to Indio this spring.

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Superorganism

Bridging the gap between electronic and indie music, Superorganism defy genre in a completely unique way. Using a mix of harmonic vocals, distinctive sampling techniques, and electronic instrumentation, the band is sure to make an impression on any audience. Whether it’s jamming out on a funky synth or blowing bubbles through a straw, every track will be packed to the brim with intriguing textures. Check out their Tiny Desk Concert to get a taste of the creativity to come at the band’s Coachella debut.

Idris Elba plots collaboration with ‘Cats’ co-star Taylor Swift

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Idris Elba is already taking 2019 by the horns. He’s one of the most anticipated DJ acts on Coachella‘s recently released lineup, he’s launching a new comedy series on Netflix, Turn Up Charliethis spring, and he’s leading the theatrical version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s famed musical, Cats. The UK DJ legend is co-starring in the film alongside Taylor Swift, and if he plays his cards right, he’s hoping to parlay joint work on the film into a collaborative studio effort with the Reputation megastar.

Elba and Swift co-presented at the Golden Globes on Sunday, January 6, and shortly after presenting at the awards show, Elba dished with Access‘ Scott Evans on his working relationship with the “Look What You Made Me Do” singer. Elba explains, “She’s got a really good heart and she works hard. I’m so excited to work with her in this film. Not only is she a musician but she’s an actress as well…she’s got chops.” Then, he further elaborates,

“This year’s been amazing because I get to play and make music a lot more and I’m hoping that…I might get Taylor and I to do a song. I mean, that would be great.”

The last time Swift wrote lyrics for a star UK house veteran, we got “This Is What You Came For.” If a studio session with Idris Elba does materialize, we might have another major hit on our hands.

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Idris Elba plays a struggling DJ in new Netflix comedy ‘Turn Up Charlie’

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Netflix has announced the premiere of a brand new comedy series, Turn Up Charlie, starring certified renaissance man Idris Elba as Charlie — a struggling DJ on his last chance. A little outside the norm for the James Bond prospect and venerated UK house legend, the eight-episode first season centers on Charlie as he reluctantly accepts a job as a “manny” to his famous best friend’s daughter and hilarity likely ensues between the perennial bachelor DJ and problem child daughter.

The series, slated for a March 15 debut, was co-created by Elba and Gary Reich was co-produced by the Luther star’s Green Door Pictures and Reich’s Brown Eyed Boy Productions. See the first look at Idris Elba’s upcoming comedy Turn Up Charlie below.

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Skepta to debut Dystopia987 at Manchester International Festival, Idris Elba, Yoko Ono also slated to perform

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Manchester International Festival’s 2019 installment has stockpiled some truly multifarious talent.

The two-week-long affair kicking off next July touts vastly venerated headliners like BRIT Award nominee, Skepta, who will be bringing his equally retrospective and forward-facing Dystopia987 to a still-secret location. Skepta himself describes Dystopia987, which aims to predict how rave culture’s spirited past will shape the movement in coming years, as a bit of “real-life magic.”

The enduringly iconic Yoko Ono will also be bringing her harmony-seeking Bells For Peace performance to Manchester, which will serve as the festival’s opening event. Soon after, Actor/DJ-producer extraordinaire, Idris Elba, will be unveiling the synergistic debut of TREE, a theatrical venture centered around Elba’s Mi Mandela album. The album was transposed for its new medium by the new director of London-based Young Vic, Kwame Kwei-Armah.

“Kwame and I have both had a strong desire to work with each other for a long time now, we’ve known each other since we were in our very early twenties and have talked about the kernel of an idea for this show for a while,” said Elba of the collaborative undertaking. “Our joint ambition being to make a piece of work inspired by South Africa, using the album Mi Mandela as a starting point.”

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