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.
Few moments are more sacred than the reprieve Saturday night provides from the daily grind of school and work. Its importance is meant to be emphasized, and thus, a feature dedicated to “doing the night right” was born. Saturday Night Sessions are set around energizing mixes meant to get the party started. New or old, each episode has one cornerstone thing in similarity: they serve as the perfect backdrop for the weekend pregame.
If there were a formula for creating a track that goes Platinum, Jonas Blue would be a master at wielding it. After his debut single “Fast Car” went platinum and gold in over 20 territories, the artist has since amassed 8 billion global streams all in the span of two years. His career started with a high and he has been building on that ever since. In 2018 he released his debut album Blue, which is a 15-track showcase of the producer’s best work. He is known for his ability to craft a dance-floor friendly house tune while conversely creating pop electronic crossovers that stay in listener’s heads far after the songs’ conclusions.
Although Blue has not been in the spotlight for a long period of time, his sudden rise into dance music notoriety has unsurprisingly resulted in a heavy tour schedule. He notes that traveling is one of the most challenging things about this career path, but that gardening brings him peace during the limited times he is at home. Driving is another part of life that brings him a sense of calm.
A big source of creative fulfillment for Blue has been the launch of his label, Electronic Nature, which has enabled him to curate his own sound bring that to the world. He says, “It’s just important to have your own label so you can put music out that has your own personal vision. With the label I’ll be able to sign new artists and new tracks that aren’t currently out there at the moment.”
The slate of artists Blue chose to remix recent release with HRVY, titled “Younger,” is a good example of his diversity in sound and desire to bring his taste to the forefront of electronic music. Blue enlisted Punctual, Steff da Campo, and Myon to try their hands at the release, and they each put a unique spin on the sound bringing new production elements to the forefront of “Younger.”
Blue has crafted a house infused and dance-worthy hour long Saturday Night Session, which he believes will get listeners ready for ‘a massive rave.’ For those looking to have a big Saturday night, look no further for the perfect pregame mix to get the evening going.
What made you decide you wanted to get into music production and DJing?
I started out as a musician first and then got into DJ’ing. It was when I did that that I realized I wanted to make my own beats and get into production so that I could DJ My own music.
What inspired you to start your record label Electronic Nature, and what do you think it adds to the electronic scene that we don’t already have?
It’s just important to have your own label so you can put music out that has your own personal vision. With the label I’ll be able to sign new artists and new tracks that aren’t currently out there at the moment.
You’re particularly skilled at enlisting an enamoring vocalist and blending that into a catchy commercial release. Is there a particular vocalist you have worked with who has been incredibly inspiring and who you feel you create with well?
JP Cooper. He’s an incredible singer and songwriter and we’ve worked on quite a few things together. He’s great
What is the hardest part about being a DJ/Producer?
Traveling and not being home
What are your hobbies outside of producing music?
Driving cars and gardening
What does your ideal Saturday night look like?
Home, bottle of wine, friends, movie, popcorn
What kind of a Saturday night is your Saturday Night Session going to get listeners ready for?
Tiësto, Jonas Blue, and Rita Ora are here with their highly anticipated collaboration, “Ritual,” and instead of it being a formulaic pop hit, Blue and Tiësto find a way to combine driving instrumental arrangements and a progressive drop into a crowd-pleasing product that’s fit for club floors and radio airwaves alike. The track was teased by all three artists on their socials earlier in the week leaving fans wondering which direction the trio would go with the release. Jonas Blue is known for his feel-good crossover hits, and the genre of Tiësto’s productions are always a surprise.
“Ritual,” leans on a building melody that features a humming backdrop juxtaposed against Ora’s captivating vocals. The break is a progressive highlight that is bound to find its home on the main stage. “Ritual” will almost certainly be yielding Tiësto, Blue, and Ora their next hit, and the release is out now via Universal Music.
Tiësto is back with his next high-profile collaboration, linking with Rita Ora for a brand new single. News of the collaboration broke with Rita Ora’s recent announcement on Twitter that she will sing vocals on Tiësto’s next track, “Ritual,” which is produced alongside Jonas Blue. Rita Ora is not new to the electronic music world, having previously been a vocalist for Avicii and Kygo releases.
“Ritual” comes hot off the heels of Tiësto’s recent EP Together, which features a collection of big room and house-leaning releases, as opposed to commercial crossovers.
The “Jackie Chan” producer peaked at 52 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with his Post Malone collaboration, so it will be interesting to see how Tiësto’s next major pop collaboration unfolds. “Ritual” is set to be released on Friday, May 31 on Universal Music.
The fusion of gaming and electronic music is not a new topic, but the two industries are seemingly melding in new ways every other week. Electronic music labels have released labels specific for gamers, and others have provided streamers with free music to pair with content as long as the audio is cited. What we have not seen much of yet is a gamer creating their own album, and few people have the following and connections to make a project like that actually materialize. Tyler Blevins, ex-Halo pro-turned-streamer named Ninja, is one of the few who does.
Ninja will be releasing an album in partnership with Astralwerks, aptly titled Ninjawerks featuring tracks from acclaimed electronic music artists, who will be soundtracking Ninja’s gaming world. The streamer spoke about the new partnership, saying,
“I’m stoked about this project, first because I truly love the music, but also because I think this is another big step towards bridging the gap between music, artists, and gamers. Our worlds keep getting more and more connected, and this feels like the next step. Hopefully this can become the soundtrack to gaming. It’s also amazing to partner with Astralwerks and Capitol Music Group, because they bring so much credibility to the album. I mean. Come on. Get your ears ready.”
We have seen ESL partner with Universal Music, and Monstercat partner with Rocket League, but the idea of an individual gaming influencer coming out with their own album is new ground. Given Ninja’s documented friendship with EDM superstar Marshmello, the forthcoming Ninjawerks will likely feature his helmeted producer pal. Ninja’s partnership with Astralwerks, puts him in the company of the likes of Illenium, Jonas Blue, and Alison Wonderland in addition to pre-existing ranks with artists like Axwell Λ Ingrosso.
The most important day of every week: New Music Friday. 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.
Daktyl enlists MOONZz and lets his creativity run wild on “Weather.”
The Him keeps it simple. The Spinnin’ Records release, “Broken Love” delights with its simple loop and chord progression.
For the kids: Jonas Blue taps the former Vine stars, Jack & Jack, for the bright and bouncy “Rise.”
Said The Sky paints cinematic soundscapes with the Matthew Koma-featured “Over Getting Over You.”
Moodymann dives deep into Detroit funk with his bass-heavy Nightmares On Wax rework.
Just A Gent traverses the interplanetary realm at light speed with Thandi Phoenix on the rave-inspired floor filler, “Space Odyssey.”
Nitro Fun gets personal on “Time Goes By,” which he says was inspired by some personal realizations about time, love, and the universe.
Ashley Wallbridge releases a trance track fit for the Greek mythology pantheon it references.
QUIX switches it into high gear with Matroda as the two break down the barriers of bass with the burgeoning “LAMBO.”
Not for the faint-hearted: The quickly ascending Duckworthsound, who’s already got releases on Klash, Insomniac, and Tchami’s Confession label, drops off the secret weapon of the summer.
Tourist draws early-ODESZA comparisons with absolutely ethereal Rostam rework.
Space Laces is throwing massive elbows in sinister, cinematic track “Kaiju.”
Ookay switches lanes, and releases his first rapping foray. There’s a hot summer of hip-hop on the horizon, and if “Desperado” is any indication of where Ookay is headed, he seems sure to corral some excellence.