Lane 8 delivers five-hour summer mixtape

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Lane 8 delivers five-hour summer mixtape

Lane 8 has been on steady kick of releasing new music from his creative arsenal these days. In just over a month, the Bay Area producer has given fans his highly anticipated Essential Mix for BBC Radio 1, a laudable two-track EP, and a Root To Branch Vol. 2 compilation, featuring collaborators from his This Never Happened label.

Now from Daniel Goldstein comes the next chapter in his 2018 seasonal mixtape series: a whopping five-hour summer mixtape, featuring a chill progression of sounds that will surely transport listeners to a sunny afternoon outdoors. Goldstein’s newest installment covers a bit of his own smooth and deep discography, while also touching on Paul Kalkbrenner, the psychedelic stylings of Jon Hopkins, a slowed-tempo cut of ODESZA with Leon Bridges, and even some unreleased material from Rinzen.

The full mixtape represents Lane 8’s newest journey through atmospheric peaks and valleys as well as emotional troughs and crests — one that is sure to please in any occasion.

Lane 8 announces second phase of Little By Little Tour

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After a series of sold out performances for part one of his Little By Little Tour, Lane 8, real name Daniel Goldstein, announced he’s hopping back on tour for another go in late 2018. This time around, Goldstein will embark on his three-month expedition beginning in the US in September, making his way across Europe through October, then circling back to the states in November.

Per the tour flyer, “Experience the Moment / Don’t record it,” the tour is backed by Goldstein’s own This Never Happened imprint, which is predicated on those exact principles. To solidify this, the Little By Little Tour does not permit phone cameras or filming on the dancefloor, so that attendees may, “connect with each other and the music in the purest way possible.”

Kidnap Kid reinvents himself as Kidnap

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Many know UK native Matt Relton as electronic music producer Kidnap Kid thanks to hit releases like “Vehl” and “Aba” with Lane 8. Relton sat down with Mixmag during an episode of their On Rotation podcast, where he discussed that he would be changing his artist name because he was “ending this chapter and starting with refreshed intentions.”

The producer will be moving forward with the artist name “Kidnap” as opposed to “Kidnap Kid” to symbolize this change. Next time fans see a new track out by Kidnap, it’s not an artist ripping off of the UK heavy-hitter’s artist name, but a reinvention of the producer himself.

H/T: Mixmag

Featured photo by Candice-Joelle

Lane 8 releases ‘Root To Branch Vol. 2’ compilation

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The second volume of Root To Branch has arrived, courtesy of Lane 8.

Following the release of his most recent single with Avoure, “Let Me,” and his BBC Essential Mix debut, Root To Branch Vol. 2 shifts Lane 8’s role from producer to curator, as the melodic house heavyweight presents a series of selections from the fellow artists who’ve served as his musical muses of late.

Entities from Lane 8’s This Never Happened label, Avoure, Emanour, and Solanca all make appearances on the six-track second volume of his fan-favorite compilation, a formidable followup to the first installment in the developing Root To Branch family.

Gabriel & Dresden ft Jan Burton – Underwater (Tinlicker Remix)

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Since unveiling their chart-topping second studio album, The Only Road, back in December, Gabriel & Dresden have seen continued success. As a result, Dutch duo Tinlicker have offered a unique edit of one of the album’s highlight tracks, “Underwater.”

Released off Anjunabeats, the remix takes Jan Burton‘s bold vocals from the original, increases the tempo, and adds a steady bassline under dark, arpeggiated synths. Before a massive Tomorrowland appearance, Tinlicker will be joining Lane 8 on his “Remember the Future” tour on July 7 in Utrecht, Netherlands.

Life is Beautiful returns in 2018 with a comprehensive, star-studded fifth anniversary line-up

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Life Is Beautiful Music & Arts Festival is set to return to downtown Las Vegas with another comprehensive line-up, September 21–23, 2018. Now in it’s fifth year, the festival boasts some of the music world’s most sought-after headliners in The Weeknd, Arcade Fire, Florence + The Machine, DJ Snake, ODESZA, N.E.R.D, Deathcab for Cutie, Tyler, The Creator, and Justice.

If this group of star-studded talent doesn’t somehow tickle the ear drums, there truly is something for every musical taste this year. Also gracing the bill in 2018 is Bastille, Cold War Kids, Foster The People, and Wolfmother for the rock-minded music seekers. As the music industry’s most rapidly growing genre, rap and hip-hop is also well represented on the bill in Miguel, A$AP FergT Pain, and more.

Of course, electronic artists continues to dominate the event with trap extraordinaires RL Grime, What So Not, DVBBS, tropical house saxophonist Sam Feldt, rising star Elohim, Galantis, CHVRCHES, Alison Wonderland, Cashmere Cat, Gramatik, Lane 8, Party Favor, and Chet Porter.

Tickets go on sale April 26th, with general admission passes starting at $295 + fees. All information can be found on the Life Is Beautiful website.

Lane 8 & Avoure – Let Me

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San Fransisco-based producer Lane 8 has been a Dancing Astronaut favorite ever since he was first spotlighted by Above & Beyond‘s Anjunadeep label. After delivering on his hotly-anticipated sophomore album, Little By Little, earlier this year, the releases keep pouring in.

Now Daniel Goldstein, the multi-talented musician behind the Lane 8 moniker, has teamed up with unknown talent Avoure for a mellow composition, out on the former’s This Never Happened  imprint. The track flows along in pursuit of it’s title, “Let Me,” in which listeners are taken a gradual journey of self-discovery and yearning for what’s around the next bend. As each new element layers gently onto the next, blending into a beautiful symphonic cacophony, the two artists have their audience begging to let them have their release.

Lane 8 reveals horde of new music in his debut BBC Essential Mix

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Daniel Goldstein, better known as Lane 8, took to BBC’s Radio 1 Essential Mix to heighten an already watershed year in the producer’s career.

The two hour deep/melodic house mix is nothing short of a transcendent expedition through Lane 8’s past, present, and future. Despite his recent album release, Lane 8 showers the listener with unreleased tracks, starting with “Bluebird” a delicate, yet rousing collaboration with fellow This Never Happened artist, Anderholm. Lane 8’s Anjunadeep days seep into the folds via an acapella version of his 2014 “Diamonds” which he mashes with his own delicious rework of deadmau5‘s “Not Exactly.” Selections from his recent LP Little By Little not only makes frequent appearances, but are heavily remixed by the likes of Dirty South, Khaen, and Anjunadeep up-and-comer, Ben Böhmer.

Earlier this year, Goldstein released his Little By Little album via his very own, This Never Happened label. The imprint is predicated on its creator’s desire to deliver raw, authentic human experience and interaction. He is currently in the midst of his international Little By Little Tour, in which no cameras and/or phones are permitted to ensure fans “connect with each other and the music in the purest way possible.”

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Lane 8 eases listeners into spring with his first mix of 2018

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One is bound to find something wonderful in your mid-week work hour musings so long as you let Lane 8 soundtrack your day. The This Never Happened label head has just unleashed the first installment of his 2018 seasonal mixtape series, a regular fixture in his catalog since 2013.

Lane 8’s Spring 2018 Mixtape is the first we’ve seen of Goldstein since the release of his album, Little By Little. Like the seasons his musical mixes come to embody, the tone Goldstein sets here is bright and budding — a stark contrast from his bleak yet beautiful winter mixtape — which the artist uses to construct a landscape for easing his listeners into spring, a time of rebirth, renewal, and new beginnings.

Lane 8 uses the two and a half hours to experiment with some of his new album material, which is apparent right off the bat with the slowed tempo of his single “No Captain,” ft. Poliça, before building on his ethereal deep house/electronica stamp with some hopeful atmospheres, winding melodies, and emotional peaks and valleys. 

The great thing about Lane 8 compositions is his ability to fully take the reigns on guiding his listener’s emotions, taking them on a whirlwind ride through the use of changing tempos and carefully executed highs and lows. Goldstein is a conductor of energy, in a sense, if not for his talents in forcing listeners into their deeply introspective, most somber places, before building them back up again, and dropping them off higher than he left them before.

Lane 8’s ‘Little By Little’ is a spectacular aural odyssey grounded in its exploration of the human condition

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The great paradox of the modern day is that despite numerous means of instantaneous communication, true and genuine connection is at premium higher than any point in history. Unsurprisingly, contemporary art wrestles with this, notably in Black Mirror‘s recent examination of dating apps and culture from the episode “Hang The DJ,” where the driving tension results from couples being matched up and immediately given a countdown until their inevitable split and disconnect.

Acutely aware of this strain stemming from disconnection is the melodic house maestro Daniel Goldstein, better known as Lane 8. In an effort to establish deeper contact with fans, Goldstein launched his This Never Happened series of events, which required attendees to abandon their phones and experience his mellifluous concoctions while entirely present, free from the distraction of technology.

In a discussion with DA from 2016, Goldstein delved into how important the introduction of his imprint and This Never Happened show concept was for his work:

Towards the end of last year I did a big album tour and played a ton of shows in a row and there were a few where, you know, you would look out playing ‘Diamonds’ or ‘Hot As You Want’ and just see a sea of phones recording the moment and nobody really just actually being there and experiencing it. I remember just seeing that and talking to my wife and saying, these people are not experiencing live music at all – everything is just a spectacle and I feel like that’s kind of something that’s just plaguing everything…”

Encouragingly, Lane 8 will tour his new album under the This Never Happened banner, out now via his imprint of the same name. Dubbed Little By Little, the LP flourishes in its embrace of the past, present, and future brand of his deep and melodic house music.

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After the announcement of Little By Little, Goldstein unveiled the first single “No Captain,” featuring the distinct tones of POLIÇA‘s Channy Leaneagh. An intriguing vanguard, Goldstein embarked on a uniquely reflective journey of melodic house and evocative electronica, inspiring instrumental club ballads, and late-night memories along the way.

If standout vocal stylings are to be this album’s defining feature, then Little By Little is Goldstein’s magnum opus of stylistically evolved and meticulously-crafted curation. The producer welcomed several new vocals talents onto the LP, in the form of Australian talent Fractures on both “Clarify” and “Hold On” and the British singer-songwriter J.F. July on “Coming Back To You.” The strength of each vocalist is evident in the lift they give the record, in general, and each track, specifically. Like Lane 8’s earlier work, Little By Little is crafted with the mastery that fans have come to love amongst his catalog: a marriage of introspective and instrumental club tracks.

Each track on Little By Little presents a unique aural journey. Like Lane 8’s 2015 album Rise, Little By Little finds its poise in a form of lyrics that are equally wistful and thoughtful, driving melodies, and a meandering energy. Considering the driving forces behind “Hot As You Want,” featuring Solomon Grey, “Undercover’s” feature of Ghostly International founder Matthew Dear, or even “The One’s” highlight of Patrick Baker, it’s only right Little By Little sees that Lane 8’s use of male vocalists continues.

While each track on Little By Little touches on human connections in some capacity, Goldstein’s best captures the record’s ethos with “Skin & Bones.” “Are we seeking something more than this?” beckons vocalist Patrick Baker. The vocalist offers contemplation in his lyrics, speaking with an air of poignancy on the struggle to forge such meaningful bonds with others.

When Goldstein’s been asked to articulate the inherent meaning of his music in a number of interviews, he’s expressed, like many musicians, that his music is a cathartic medium for his listeners and that he ultimately hopes that they extract their own meanings from it. Surely, each of his tracks reflect intimate moments of his own life; that said, what he outputs is more than likely to move its listener in an entirely different way.

Little By Little is an especially bold release to kick off the new year, given the current climate that is currently straying away from albums in general. In providing such an extensive and sentimental expression of himself, Lane 8 proves that these bodies of work still serve an important purpose in the musical sphere.  This isn’t to say that artists don’t pour their heart and soul into singles or EPs. However, when artists build a labor of love over the course of several years, listeners know that they’re putting everything on the line  and challenging themselves on the immensely exposing path that is penning an LP.

“In a way, I think that’s what this album is all about — taking the time to appreciate each small step in a larger journey,” Goldstein’s expressed of the new record, and little by little, his work is allowing that journey to be all the more enjoyable for many.

Tickets for Lane 8’s Little By Little album tour are available here.

All Photos Courtesy of Lane 8