EDC Orlando unveils 2019 lineup, expands to three days

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EDC Orlando unveils 2019 lineup, expands to three daysEdc Orlando 1

2019 promises to be a banner year of production for Electric Daisy Carnival‘s (EDC) East Coast arm in Orlando, as the staple of the Sunshine State festival circuit unveils its largest lineup yet.

The event will bring a broader selection of electronic talent to Tinker Field from November 8-10 as it expands from a two- to a three-day dance affair to accommodate its voracious following. Jam-packed with the genre’s most acclaimed artists, EDC Orlando’s 2019 lineup features 3LAU, ZHU, Kaskade, Habstrakt, Diplo, DJ Snake, CamelPhat, Gorgon City, just to name a few from the star-spangled roster. More than 20 artists will make their timely Orlando debut, including ANNA, FISHER, Nora En Pure, i_o, and San Holo, among others.

An array of stage takeovers further diversifies EDC Orlando’s agenda. Adam Beyer and Green Velvet will curate branded talent for their Drumcode and La La Land demonstrations, respectively. Dreamstate will meanwhile cater to the trance enthusiasts in attendance, while Bassrush, LA’s Factory93, and Insomniac Music Group will assemble their own aural armies across their takeovers. The mau5trap crew is more than likely to further the trademarked fun with a band of We Are Friends envoys.

Passes to EDC Orlando’s 2019 chapter are now available here.

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Kaskade announces intimate stateside tour in support of ‘Redux 003’

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Kaskade announces intimate stateside tour in support of ‘Redux 003’Kaskade Photo Cred MarkOwens

EDM trendsetter Kaskade follows up the release of his Redux 003 EP with the ignition of a 12-stop stateside tour, bringing the intimate and sound-centric motifs of the REDUX series to fans nationwide.

While Kaskade is no stranger to main-staging some of the world’s biggest festivals, the big room powerhouse fell back in love with the underground in 2012. The Chicago-born DJ followed the urge to re-explore his clubbing roots, finding a way to meld his modern and nuanced productions with the soulful club experience of yesteryear. The result, known as REDUX, is at once nostalgic, yet cutting-edge. Familiar, yet refreshing.

Redux 003’s listing as an EP might make it seem like a quick bite, but with a meaty 18 tracks on the bone it’s more of a 5-course tasting. Kaskade has always played well with others, here recording collaborations with Felix Cartal, Gorgon City and Late Night Alumni, but such an unapologetically long tracklist gives the GRAMMY-nominated musician ample time to highlight the smooth and sultry productions that he’s known for.

Tickets for the tour go on sale August 20 at 9am PST, however, fans who register ahead of time at KaskadeMusic.com will receive speccial access an hour prior.

REDUX DATES:

09.20:  Chicago

09.21:  Washington, DC

09.26:  Detroit

09.27:  Columbus

09.28:  El Paso

10.03:  Minneapolis

10.04:  Atlanta

10.10:  Dallas

10.11:  Houston

10.19:  Seattle

11.14:  Portland

11.15:  Denver

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Kaskade presents a deep house spin on Diplo’s ‘Give Dem’

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Kaskade presents a deep house spin on Diplo’s ‘Give Dem’Kaskade

“What’s the move? What’s the vibe tonight? Because I’m trying to look cute, get wild tonight.”

If the response to those questions involves anything to do with Diplo or Kaskade, stress goes out the window. The lyrics are from Diplo’s house track with Blond:ish, “Give Dem,” featuring Kah-Lo, and who better to remix a dance floor-ready Diplo heater than veteran remixer Kaskade?

The rework jumps into the kick snare house percussion, eventually making its way to the casual, rhythmic vocals that build anticipation from their illuminating background. Deep club bass riddles the hook, adding low-end heft from the groovy original.

The eclectic house DJ, who just came off remix projects with Meghan Trainor and Jennifer Lopez, now turns his talents towards the house persona from the Mad Decent label boss for a can’t-miss remix.

Kaskade lends his name to his old band, Late Night Alumni on ‘One Track Mind’

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One thing a lot of people may not know about Ryan Raddon—known globally as Kaskade—is that he is a founding member of the house music band Late Night Alumni (LNA).

As Raddon became an international superstar under his Kaskade moniker, he consistently made time to return to LNA over the years. In the time since his formal departure from the group, he’s still opted to work with them on a number of studio productions, most recently on “One Track Mind,” a cut from their latest album, Silver.

Other than Raddon, mainstays of the group are Finn Bjarnson, John Hancock, and Becky Jean Williams with Williams lending her dulcet voice to LNA’s tracks since day one. As she and Raddon have been close for nigh on 15 years, their chemistry as musicians is palpable in the best way possible.

“One Track Mind” evokes the sonic images of Raddon’s renowned Redux productions with an extra dose of millennial funk. While the theme may be commonplace (it’s just another song about a lovers’ quarrel), the combination of Raddon’s inlaid grooves and Williams’ heartfelt delivery keeps the listener engaged.

Silver is out now on Raddon’s Arkade imprint.

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Gorgon City ignite the underground with ‘Elizabeth Street’

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Gorgon City ignite the underground with ‘Elizabeth Street’Gorgon City

Gorgon City is back with their next underground club release in the form of “Elizabeth Street,” which is a worthy addition to their collection of house hits. The song is titled after Elizabeth Street in Chicago, the birthplace of house music. The duo was inspired to release a track after the location after spending a great deal of time producing in the city.

A steady thumping note progression consistently glues the track together amidst sonic peaks and valleys. It’s the perfect song to keep the energy alive in the midst of a club set and brings another high-quality house production that Gorgon City fans have come to expect from the duo. “Elizabeth Street” follows previous collaboration with Kaskade, “Go Slow,” that has since hit 8 million streams. The track is out now via the duo’s own label on Astralwerks, REALM.

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Kaskade cancels forthcoming iteration of SunSoaked festival

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Less than a month before the would-be third edition of SunSoaked music festival, Kaskade has confirmed that his beachfront brainchild will not be returning to Long Beach for its scheduled two-day run mid-July.

“…At a little less than three weeks out, it’s become obvious to me that we are falling short, and I’ve been left with an impossible choice,” reads a Kaskade-signed announcement via the festival’s homepage.

Kaskade was expected to headline the July 13-14 2019 iteration of the festival, alongside Maryland-born rapper, Logic, who, with the backing of Live Nation, was helping champion the festival’s production this year. Canadian singer/songwriter Grimes and Detroit’s Quinn XCII also topped the 2019 ticket. SunSoaked began in 2017, nearly tripling in size for its sold-out follow-up in 2018.

Though Kaskade has yet to expound on the particulars hindering the event, ticket-holders are expected to be fully reimbursed with no action necessary on their parts, per the announcement. With the festival front, an invariably volatile market as it is, more saturated than ever, SunSoaked is one of many promising festivals in recent years to officially fold. But discernment and transparency have certainly proven far more favorable in the long run on organizers’ behalves.

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Kaskade remixes Jennifer Lopez’ single ‘Medicine’

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Kaskade remixes Jennifer Lopez’ single ‘Medicine’Kaskade Redu Photo Credit Insomniac

Kaskade‘s been an official remixer on many a tune, but his latest credit might be one of his biggest to date. He was selected to re-work Jennifer Lopez’ latest single, “Medicine,” and in turn has delivered a crossover tune capable of ripping up any dancefloor. Appropriate to the season, Kaskade works J-Lo’s vocals into a lighthearted 4/4 foundation set at a lower-than-average tempo. Long, soft synth notes feel like a sonic breeze, while clever sound effects sprinkled in the background add intrigue.

It seems that Kaskade has developed an interest in diving deeper into the pop space. The icon recently collaborated with Meghan Trainor for “With You.”

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NMF Roundup: Skrillex and TroyBoi become ‘WARLORDZ,’ The Bloody Beetroots reveal new EP + more

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NMF Roundup: Skrillex and TroyBoi become ‘WARLORDZ,’ The Bloody Beetroots reveal new EP + moreSkrille Troyboi

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.

Skrillex has joined forces with TroyBoi to craft a hefty collaboration, “WARLORDZ,” and The Bloody Beetroots has finally revealed his full five-track Heavy EP. What So Not brings new material with “OOGAHDAM!” and Pryda delivers PRYDA 15 VOL I, containing tracks like “Warrior.” Seven Lions and Fiora take festival season by force with a festival mix of “Let Go,” and Kaskade puts his own spin on Jennifer Lopez’s “Medicine.” The Knocks recruit Nigerian singer Kah-Lo for “Awa Ni,” and The Black Madonna takes “About Work The Dancefloor” to new heights. Kove brings his shadowy style of drum ‘n’ bass to “Bearclaw,” and Lane 8 and Yotto have created a dreamy collaboration, “I / Y.” Armin van Buuren and Benno de Goeij make an appearance as GAIA, delivering the extensive Moons of Jupiter compilation. 3LAU and Bright Lights team up once again on “Down for Life,” and Matroda brings his signature thumping bass to “The One.” Darren Styles keeps happy hardcore alive with “Never Let Me Down,” and Vintage & Morelli is in “Bloom” on his newest release. Kraysh showcases his unique sound on “Void,” and Billy Kenny takes on Kyle Watson and Kylah Jasmine’s “You Boy.”

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.

Kaskade and Meghan Trainor share magnetic dance pop cut, ‘With You’

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Kaskade and Meghan Trainor share magnetic dance pop cut, ‘With You’Kaskade Live Credit Rukes

America’s wholesome DJ extraordinaire and ever-iridescent life force in the flourishing US house music arena, Kaskade, has rendezvoused with one of the most fiercely sought-after pop voices of the moment, Meghan Trainor. Their dance pop lovechild, “With You,” is liable to be a resounding go-to in both summer festival sets and personal playlists abound.

The “Atmosphere” artist is known for his prismatic four-on-the-floor style, an already-accessible sound as far as dance music goes. But Kaskade kicks his digestibility up a notch on his latest offering, “With You,” with the help of Trainor’s commanding set of dance-friendly pipes. The track’s ricocheting synth line and fluttering, pitched-up vocal chops ensconce the track like celebratory glitter. “With You” gets the ubiquitous go-ahead across dance floors, pool fronts, and car radios alike.

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NMF Roundup: Ferry Corsten and BT deliver ‘1997,’ Galantis and Yellow Claw team up + more

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NMF Roundup: Ferry Corsten and BT deliver ‘1997,’ Galantis and Yellow Claw team up + moreFerry Corsten Photo Credit Getty

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.

Ferry Corsten and BT kick off this week’s hottest songs with the release of their hefty new collaboration, “1997,” and Gorgon City take on Local Dialect in a slow-burning remix of “Poseidon.” Sub Focus thrills on a drum ‘n’ bass take on Bring Me The Horizon’s “mother tongue,” and Kaskade and Meghan Trainor join forces on “With You.” Luttrell returns to Anjunadeep for “Need You Now,” and Yellow Claw and Galantis keep things light and breezy on “We Can Get High.” Tiësto has remixed the late Avicii’s “Tough Love,” and Ducky makes a Deadbeats appearance with “Addicted to Your Distance.” Jason Ross brings an even more emotive atmosphere to Gryffin and SLANDER’s “All You Need To Know,” and Gareth Emery and Ashley Wallbridge follow their recent LP with “Never Before.” Kygo teams up with Store P and Lars Vaular on “Kem Kan Eg Ringe,” and Fox Stevenson continues his slew of 2019 releases with “Killjoy.” Gallant serenades smoothly on “Sharpest Edges,” and Matoma links with MNEK and Kiana Ledé on “Bruised Not Broken.”

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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