NMF Roundup: Habstrakt comes in hot, Alpha 9 soothes with ‘Azzura,’ The Black Madonna remixes Silk City and Dua Lipa + more

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It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday.

We’ve truly been blessed this week, with some of electronic music’s hottest acts dropping insane new productions. Habstrakt drops it low in his fiery new single, “About You,” and Malaa, too, delivers a house anthem in “We Get Crunk.” We welcome the return of Manila Killa, who’s delivered the beautiful “Run Away,” his first single in eight months. Mat Zo‘s released his highly anticipated No Words EP, from which we’ve selected the unparalleled “Music Lost All Words.” It’s also a stellar day for remixes, including The Black Madonna‘s rework of Silk City and Dua Lipa‘s “Electricity” and Syn Cole‘s bouncing take on Matoma‘s “Losing It Over You.” NGHTMRE and SLANDER‘s Gud Vibrations label celebrates with its first release today, too: WAVEDASH and fknsyd‘s “Deathwish.”

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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Kygo continues to bask in eternal summer with, ‘Happy Now’

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In Kygo‘s mind (and instinctively in his music), the sun never refuses a shine, a soft breeze forever bustles through sprightly palms, and lustrous ocean waves methodically crest and surrender, keeping perfect time. “Happy Now,” Kygo’s latest, assumes its rightful residence here, in this perennial paradise, too.

Vapory synth emissions brush across “Happy Now” like effervescent sea foam, while tropical house textures and fluttering melodies run abound to complete the balmy atmosphere. All the while, Sandro Cavazza‘s vacillating vocals flood the track with Avicii nostalgia, as the singer appeared on the since-deceased producer’s enduring dance-classic “Without You.”

Kygo has virtually single-handedly woven tropical house into dance-pop’s ever-developing infrastructure. His light and whimsical, often piano-centered tracks like “Remind Me To Forget,” “Firestone,” and “First Time” have brought listeners across the board to their dancing feet since his eminent rise just a handful of years ago.


Kygo and manager Myles Shear jointly launch Palm Tree Records

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Kygo and manager, Myles Shear are the two newest industry entities to announce the establishment of their own label, Palm Tree Records–emblematic of Kygo’s inherently tropical sound. Launched in conjunction with Sony Music Entertainment, Palm Tree Records is an imprint devoted to “identifying and cultivating emerging artistry in dance and electronic music,” according to a recent release detailing the label’s foundation.

Palm Tree Records is but one strategic piece of the intricate puzzle that Kygo and Shear continue to assemble as they work to develop a “full-service system” for fledgling artists. Kygo and Shear’s jointly conceived artist-management company comprises another complementary facet of the duo’s long-term goal to consolidate a trajectory of guidance for signees new to the industry.

“I’ve always been very fond of working with talented, undiscovered artists in my own releases,” Kygo said of the initiative. “It’s been an amazing process to watch these artists grow and now I’m able to help projects I love by offering a label and management service with an incredible team.”

Shear echoed Kygo’s enthusiasm about the potential inherent in the imprint: “Palm Tree Records, together with our new management company, now gives us the perfect way to [kickstart artists’ careers]. As a manager, it’s a thrill to be realizing this vision with the partner who I’ve created everything with up to this point,” Shear added.

Shear and Kygo have remained a steadfast professional pair since Shear connected with Kygo on Facebook five years ago in 2013. Palm Tree Records, Kygo, and Shear’s management company will limit its scope to artist oversight and music publication for now, but could expand their focus to canvass “television, headphones, and content creation” in the future, Shear says.

“[Kygo] and I can build an empire together, and this is an ‘open for business’ sign,” says Shear.

H/T: Variety

The Him create a summer jam on new single, ‘By Your Side’

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Coming off a strong performance at Tomorrowland 2018, Dutch duo The Him have released a new heater, “By Your Side.” Released on Spinnin’ Records, this marks the third single in a row that Jeroen and Steven have called the thriving dance label home, following collaborations “Broken Love” with Parson James and “Jigsaw” with Jay Hardway.

“By Your Side” is just what fans would want from the duo, including a catchy vocal loop over melodic piano riffs that drop into some synth-based euphoria.

The Him have some major tour stops to close out the summer, including performances at Sziget Festival and Mysteryland. They’ll also take their talents to Ibiza, opening for powerhouse acts such as Kygo and Martin Garrix at Ushuaia.

Bigfoot gets catfished in Kygo and Imagine Dragons’ new music video

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Just a little over a month after the single’s release, Kygo and Imagine Dragons have unveiled the music video for “Born To Be Yours.”

The hit summer collaboration from the Norwegian producer and the American band tells the story of a blue-collar Sasquatch living in corporate society. He searches for companionship on what we can assume is a dating app, and though things don’t quite play out as he imagined, Bigfoot finds happiness in the end. The video tells a heartfelt story over top of the feel-good track, and it’s guaranteed to fulfill the positive vibes the producer and band intended.

Celebrate Throwback Thursday with these classic Kygo remixes

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Celebrate Throwback Thursday with these classic Kygo remixesKygo Cannes Photo Johanneslovund 2892

From his first SoundCloud upload on April 14, 2013, fans were glued to Norwegian producer Kygo‘s catchy tropical house renditions of avant-garde releases and pop classics. There was something fresh and unique about his toned-down, breezy sound and the way in which he tackled each of his works, intriguing listeners and racking up millions of plays at a time. It wouldn’t be long until he pulled off a virtually unimaginable feat: transforming his knack for remixes into a full-on pop crossover, and becoming a superstar in the process.

In honor of #tbt, we took a scroll down memory lane, digging through the archives and compiling some of our favorite Kygo remixes during these golden years — from his famous takes on Ed Sheeran to his remix of The XX.

By Christina Hernandez and Robyn Dexter

1. James Blake – The Wilhelm Scream (April 2013)

The young prodigy, then 21, captured hearts from his very first upload. Inspired by James Blake, his lush, smooth take on the original “Wilhelm Scream” bred a new appreciation for mellower shades of house.

2.  Dolly Parton – Jolene (June 2013)

Re-working a classic as huge as “Jolene” is a bold move, but Kygo managed to do it with finesse. Per usual, he added minimal, yet choice touches of beachy accents to create an revitalized new composition.

3. The XX – Angels (June 2013)

“Angels” minimal nature and hauntingly beautiful vocals made it a perfect candidate for remixing, and Kygo added just the right amount of guitar, bass, and island percussion to add a whole other layer of beauty onto the original.

4. Ed Sheeran & Passenger – No Diggity vs. Thrift Shop (August 2013)

Now sitting at a pretty 33 million streams on SoundCloud, Kygo’s clever take on this Ed Sheeran/Passenger collaboration remains one of his most recognizable remixes.

5. Ellie Goulding – High For This (November 2013) 

Kygo took on famed songstress Ellie Goulding for a delicate seven-minute remix of “High For This” that accentuated her vocals and gave a gentle backbone to the powerful tune.

6. Marvin Gaye – Sexual Healing (November 2013)

Having taken on megastars Dolly Parton and Ellie Goulding by this point, an emboldened Kygo fashioned a remix of “Sexual Healing” that set Marvin Gaye’s infectious vocals in a blissful soundscape that only accentuated the euphoria.

7. Ed Sheeran – I See Fire (December 2013)

Kygo brought the sounds of the season in his December remix of Ed Sheeran’s “I See Fire,” which rocketed him to notoriety and has been climbing steadily to 100 million streams on SoundCloud since its release.

8. Kyla La Grange – Cut Your Teeth (January 2014)

This edit can easily be defined as “quintessential tropical house.” After Kygo was done with “Cut Your Teeth,” it became difficult to imagine Kyla La Grange’s voice in any other setting.

9. Syn Cole – Miami 82 (February 2014)

Kygo knocked Syn Cole‘s upbeat “Miami 82” down a few pegs in his early 2014 remix, slowing the beat and channeling a dreamy, tropical haven.

10. M83 – Wait (March 2014)

M83‘s pensive “Wait” got a paradisiacal rework from Kygo in spring 2014, making the wistful track more accessible to dance music fans.


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Ante up: stream full sets from day two of EDC Las Vegas

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Both the stakes and the temps were higher for EDC Las Vegas’ second day of production on May 19.

Attendees of Insomniac’s flagship Electric Daisy Carnival and at home viewers alike can relive their favorite sets from the festival, or catch up on the performances that they missed with Dancing Astronaut’s list of live sets from day two of the landmark electronic event, featuring showings from Marshmello, Jauz, Moksi, and more.

Listen to sets from EDC Vegas’ opening day, here.

Kygo, Kinetic Field

Jauz, Kinetic Field

NGHTMRE, Kinetic Field

Tiësto, Kinetic Field

Marshmello, Kinetic Field

Moksi, Kinetic Field

Chris Lake, Kinetic Field


Melody VR showcases its extensive library of concert footage at NYC launch event, including The Chainsmokers, Kygo, and Kaskade

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Following the formal launch at Facebook‘s recent conference, UK-based Melody VR was featured at an Oculus Go launch event in Soho on Thursday. Members of the press were invited to experience the platform on one of the brand new Oculus Go wireless VR headsets. Dancing Astronaut had the chance to sit down with the company’s Chief Operating Officer, Steven Hancock, to learn more about the project.

Pictured: The Oculus Go wireless VR headset

Apparently Melody has worked with over 600 different artists to create and capture VR music content, which essentially involves recording 360 degree sound and audio from several different camera rigs in a venue. Melody has worked with The Chainsmokers, captured a private rooftop piano performance from Kygo, and says that one of their very first events was a club show a few years ago with Kaskade. It’s not just the artists that Melody VR has dealt with to make this happen – because of the complex nature of the music industry, they also had to sign deals with all of the major labels. Steven says that as a result, Melody VR is the only company that is authorized to go out and capture this kind of content from festivals and club venues. This should give them a good head start.

All of these concerts are available to purchase and download from the Melody VR store. Think of it like the iTunes store for VR. While this event was done in conjunction with Facebook/Oculus, Melody VR is actually available cross-platform: currently the Oculus Go and Samsung Gear VR, with plans to be available on Playstation, Windows, and more.

The wireless nature of the Oculus Go is a great step in the direction of making VR more accessible for the broader public, so content companies like Melody VR are anticipating the future growth and preparing accordingly. Looking at future technology themselves, Melody is already planning on capturing video footage in 8K and 12K. Getting an early demo of the content, it’s clear that as technology improves, the overall experience will become even smoother, seamless, and more immersive.

Visit Melody VR’s website, here.

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Don Diablo picks up the energy in new remix of Kygo’s ‘Kids in Love’

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Kygo is currently on a massive North American tour to showcase his hit album Kids in Love, which was released at the end of 2017. He is currently releasing remixes to title track “Kids in Love” with The Night Game. Don Diablo is the latest artist to try his hand at remixing the track, and he takes the energy to the next level in his rendition.

Diablo’s music always has a very distinct progressive sound, and this is not lost in the remix, which infuses upbeat layers and progressive chords into the original.

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Kygo & Alan Walker say a collab ‘is going to happen’ in new interview

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To namedrop the genre “EDM” is to invoke the names “Kygo” and “Alan Walker.” The tropical house tastemaker and the mesmerizing, multi-talented “Faded” producer have been formidable contributors to the electronic scene as dance music continues to morph into a pop culturally recognized and celebrated mega-genre, replete with its own celebrities. As per Kygo’s description, EDM currently revels as a “big soup with all types of different genres and exciting collaborations,” in which artists “don’t have to feel limited by genre.” The cross-genre potentiality inherent of electronic as it currently stands is but one of the many topics that Kygo and Alan Walker touch on in their recent interview with PAPER.

In the midst of the North American leg of Kygo’s Kids In Love Tour, the tour mates talk mainstream appeal, what matters most in modern day music production, and much more, including an inevitable Kygo/Alan Walker collaboration. When asked to underscore their “favorite collaborations” that they’ve put forth, as well as their “dream collaborators,” Kygo deemed the selection of a “favorite” collab to be too difficult to define, while Walker recalled his work with DJ Ness on their 2017 joint reworking and re-release of “Splash The Bass.” Walker notably paid Kygo a sizeable compliment in his response to the question of “dream collaborators,” retorting that he would “definitely pick [Kygo],” to which Kygo replied “Wow! Well that one is going to happen!” Kygo went on to cite Ed Sheeran as a collaborator who “has always been on the top of [his] list.”

Given the stature of both Kygo and Walker in the electronic sphere, a project involving the combined talents of both artists would inarguably be a match made in collaborative heaven.