NMF Roundup: Illenium reveals anticipated ‘ASCEND’ LP, The Knocks and Whethan team up + more

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NMF Roundup: Illenium reveals anticipated ‘ASCEND’ LP, The Knocks and Whethan team up + moreIllenium

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.

After months of anticipation, Illenium’s ASCEND LP has finally arrived, bringing with it tunes like “Sad Songs” with Said the Sky and Annika Wells. The Knocks and Whethan have delivered an irresistibly groovy collaboration with Crystal Fighters, “Summer Luv,” and Gorgon City and MK do the same on “There For You.” Diplo and Morgan Wallen reveal “Heartless,” and Madeaux unleashes his Club Demons EP on Fool’s Gold. Don Diablo puts his own spin on David Guetta and Martin Solveig’s “Thing For You,” and Martin Garrix links with Bonn for “Home.” Cristoph puts his signature stamp on CamelPhat and Jake Bugg’s “Be Someone,” and Deorro reveals “Retumba” with MAKJ after premiering it on Dancing Astronaut. Boston Bun flexes his remixing prowess on Leftwing : Kody’s “I Feel It,” and Hardwell returns with “Retrograde.” Flux Pavilion, Next to Neon, and A:M unveil their new collaboration, “Surrender,” and KRANE links with Malika for “Tell Me Why.”

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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Kayzo drops high-powered sophomore album, ‘Unleashed’ [Stream]

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Kayzo drops high-powered sophomore album, ‘Unleashed’ [Stream]Kayzo Credit John Davisson

As the golden EDM years fade further and further into the background, the number of artists maintaining the sensationalized, hyper-synth feel in their music is dwindling. Some might be happy this trend is on its way out. Others might be sad.

Regardless of any individual’s opinion on the inevitable shift, there is something that always rings true when the hype separates from a particular sound: the artists who stick with it do so because they love it, and Kayzo is sticking with it on his new album, Unleashed.

The young producer didn’t hold anything back on his latest LP, adopting various tempos and genres, including flecks of rock—all built on the raw energy that inspired a generation of kids to don neon furries and gauntlets of polychromatic beads. In keeping with the inclusive spirit of EDM, Kayzo tapped various collaborators for every track on the album. Literally. There is not one song without a feature. 1788-L, YULTRON, and k?d are just a few of artists who contributed their equally enthusiastic sound to the album.

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88Rising announces full lineup and new electronic stage for Head in the Clouds Festival 2019

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88Rising announces full lineup and new electronic stage for Head in the Clouds Festival 2019Rich Brian Live

Since its inception in 2015, 88Rising has carved out a special place in the music and arts space as the definitive voice of cutting-edge Asian culture and artistry. Championing artists from Rich Brian to Joji, Higher Brothers to Keith Ape, and more, 88Rising broke grounds when it launched the inaugural Head in the Clouds Music & Arts Festival in 2018. Now, the first Asian-centric music festival in the US returns again for its second year in the running, equipped with two times the capacity and talent.

Head in the Clouds 2019 will feature performances from 88Rising’s roster including Joji, Higher Brothers, NIKI, Rich Brian, August 08, and Dumbfoundead, as well as international acts like Jackson Wang, iKON, and DPR Live. This year’s edition of the event also welcomes an all-new stage dedicated to electronic music—hosting k?d, josh pan, Manila Killa, Y2K, Qrion, and more. Popular Asia-inspired night market 626 Market will curate food options on-site as well.

The single day, all ages event takes place August 17 in Los Angeles, California at the Los Angeles State Historic Park.

General admission tickets are available for purchase here. See the full lineup below.

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Voodoo brings electronic to New Orleans with Bassnectar, REZZ, ZHU, Jai Wolf, Peekaboo + more

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Voodoo brings electronic to New Orleans with Bassnectar, REZZ, ZHU, Jai Wolf, Peekaboo + moreVoodoo 2018 Katrina Barber C3 Press

Another installment of New Orleans festival Voodoo has officially arrived, bringing 65-plus acts across diverse genres together for one jam-packed Halloween weekend. Taking place in New Orleans’ City Park on the Festival Grounds during weekend of October 25-27, the music and arts experience has attracted more than 2000 artists to play since its 1999 debut. Voodoo’s programming traditionally focused on rock and punk artists, having hosted Marilyn Manson, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, Metallica, Duran Duran, Nine Inch Nails—to name a few. However, over the past years Voodoo Fest has notably expanded their roster to an eclectic curation of genres; electronic has undeniably crept in as a prominent one.

This year, Voodoo welcomes headliners Guns N’ Roses, Post Malone, and Beck while simultaneously featuring big electronic acts including Bassnectar, ZHU, REZZ, The Glitch Mob, Big Gigantic, and more. Newcomers disrupting the scene like WHIPPED CREAM, Elohim, Peekaboo, and k?d also grace the lineup.

GA three-day tickets start at $140 and go on sale at 10 a.m. CST June 6. See the full lineup below and purchase tickets here.

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Moonrise announces 2019 lineup, featuring Tiësto, Illenium, Nora En Pure + more

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The two-day Moonrise Festival at Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Course will return for its sixth installment Aug. 10-11 with a wave of diversity in its lineup.

Streaming services are breaching new territory on the genre side of things, with viral charts becoming largely saturated by hip-hop acts. This festival season is starting to reflect these changes, with a prime example in Moonrise Festival. The genre-led ripple effect brings rappers 21 Savage and Smokepurpp, among others, to a largely electronic-based lineup at the race track’s infield.

Joining them are some of dance music’s top players, including Tiësto, Yellow Claw, k?d, Illenium, Nora En Pure, and more.

Purchase tickets here.

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Good Morning Mix: Sweater Beats flips punk music live at Emo Nite

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Sweater Beats checked off the bucket list in performing a recent DJ set at Emo Nite in Los Angeles. The Big Beat Records signee indicated in a Facebook post that he started his music career by playing for pop-punk/emo bands in high school. In the same post from February, fans get a Sum 41 beat flip, kicking off a wave of nostalgia for the LA-based producer.

Now, he’s perfectly blended humble beginnings with his current status as an electronic artist with this 33-minute mix from Emo Nite in LA. In addition to some familiar remixes, the mix is stacked with flipped classics and mashups by the producer himself, all representing the pop-punk/emo era of the ’90s and early ’00s. Listeners will hear edits of “Swing Swing Swing” by The All-American Rejects, Yellowcard’s “Ocean Avenue,” a Smashing Pumpkins joint “smashed” with a k?d drop, Fall Out Boy‘s “Sugar We’re Going Down,” and more.

In the mix’s description, the artist said he “got to live out a dream” by playing at Emo Nite. “I spent a lot of time finding/making acapellas for a lot of my fav emo & pop-punk songs so I could make custom remixes and edits,” he notes in the description. “The set was probably the most honest set I’ve ever played, a real mixture of my luv for emo & electronic music.”

k?d comes in hot with a remix of a hardstyle classic

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k?d comes in hot with a remix of a hardstyle classicKd Live

Though hardstyle music does not cross paths with the American dance music scene too frequently, k?d may be trying to change that. Taking on the classic hardstyle anthem, “HAHAHA” by SMF, k?d has put his mid-tempo spin on the track to make a truly unique offering.

Slowing hardstyle’s unrelenting bounce down a few notches, k?d pulls in comical vocals from the original, surrounding them with clean synths and an energetic build, before dropping into hard hitting groove that would make even REZZ blush. Paying homage to SMF’s track, k?d laces the breakdown with their iconic melody before doubling down on a truly devious finale for the song. It seems hardstyle fits quite well in a pitched-down format, when edited with the expertise that k?d brings to the table.

Lunar Lunes: Ekali remixes Alina Baraz, Rusko releases new EP, Modestep and Virtual Riot join forces + more

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Lunar Lunes: Ekali remixes Alina Baraz, Rusko releases new EP, Modestep and Virtual Riot join forces + moreEkali Leaving Owsla

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.

Just one week after the release of his massive “R U I N” collab with 1788-L, Ekali returns with an emotive remix of Alina Baraz and Khalid‘s “Floating.” Rusko brings a new body of work to Deadbeats in MEGARAD, and Hermitude links with Hoodlem for the slow-burning “Every Day.” K?d throws it back with a grinding remix of SMF’s 2011 “HAHAHA,” and Modestep and Virtual Riot make a formidable trio in their new Disciple release, “Nothing.” Brasstracks paint a soulful soundscape with a slew of smooth releases in their new R&B-oriented EP, Before We Go, and KDrew unleashes his first track of the year, “Sometimes.” Apashe takes no prisoners in his new The Good The Bad & The Fake EP, and KUURO take on 3LAU and HYO in a new remix of “Punk Right Now.” Two Friends put their own spin on Panic! At The Disco’s “High Hopes,” and Grabbitz turns The Japanese House’s “Lilo” into an upbeat wonder. Justice Skolnik throws it back more than a decade with a fresh take on Justice‘s “D.A.N.C.E,” and Phantoms tap Shaylen for “Are You Up.”

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

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Good Morning Mix: Take a bass-heavy journey with Notaker in his new Radar mix

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As a dance music taste-maker, producer Notaker demonstrated his skills in this exclusive mix for Dancing Astronaut‘s mix series, The Radar. Since early 2018, the St. Louis native has derived support from some of the most respected labels in the game, taking shelter at mau5trap for his debut EP Erebus I that peaked at No. 6 on the iTunes top electronic albums chart. In addition, he’s seen increased success with the Vancouver-based imprint Monstercat, a relationship he forged to release his latest single, ” Into The Light” featuring Karra.

This mix will guide listeners on a “sonic journey,” as he explores a diverse arrangement of sounds within the “electronic spectrum.” Kicking things off with “Into The Light,” Notaker maintains a balance between light and heavy bass music, including the REZZ remix of Porter Robinson‘s “Divinity,” the 2017 Flume hit “Hyperreal,” k?d‘s show edit of “Find Paradise,” a collaboration from up-and-comer 1788-L featuring Totto on “Full Burst,” and more.

Notaker’s latest single is out now on Monstercat.

Lunar Lunes: Vincent and Yetep get on the ‘Same Page,’ Will Clarke and Nick Monaco thrill with new original, Jai Wolf delivers two new tracks + more

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Lunar Lunes: Vincent and Yetep get on the ‘Same Page,’ Will Clarke and Nick Monaco thrill with new original, Jai Wolf delivers two new tracks + moreLunar Lunes E1540831560592

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.

In his latest, Vincent has teamed up with Yetep and Brooke Daye to deliver the lighthearted “Same Page.” Will Clarke and Nick Monaco concoct some techno madness with their new collaboration, “Like A Girl,” on Dirtybird. In a seven-minute Steyoyoke Recordings venture, Rinzen has created “Forms,” an ethereal techno odyssey. Jai Wolf released two tracks from his forthcoming debut album, The Cure To Loneliness, “Lose My Mind” and “Telepathy.” Those who’ve seen a k?d performance can finally enjoy his show edit of “Find Paradise,” which he released via SoundCloud. KUURO have covered Post Malone‘s “Better Now,” and Sam Void‘s released “Feel The Low” on Protocol Recordings. HERO has revealed a “VHS pop” Fool’s Gold EP, containing disco-influenced tracks like “Nightcrawler.” Rainer + Grimm deliver their rendition of R3HAB‘s “Radio Silence,” and Syn Cole puts his spin on Nina Nesbitt’s “Colder.”

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).