The Chainsmokers, Flume, RL Grime, RÜFÜS DU SOL join Lollapalooza’s 2019 roster

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Chicago’s Lollapalooza provided fans an early morning gift in the form of its 2019 lineup. Returning to its home of Grant Park from August 1-4, the four-day affair boasts yet another all-star roster with everything from hip-hop to EDM. Perhaps the biggest indication of electronic’s influence over the modern music sphere is the festival’s headliner list. The Chainsmokers and Flume are both listed as headliners, joining a list that includes heavy hitters like Ariana Grande, J Balvin, and The Strokes. Other dance music acts making the lengthy list are RÜFÜS DU SOL, RL Grime, Whethan, Alesso, Boombox Cartel, and Lane 8, to name a few. Similar to Coachella, it seems that the many shades of dance music are playing an increasingly larger role in the festival’s lineup year upon year.

 

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Defrost with Lane 8’s sumptuous ‘Spring 2019 Mixtape’ [Stream]

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Defrost with Lane 8’s sumptuous ‘Spring 2019 Mixtape’ [Stream]Lane 8 George Fitzgerald Burns Remies

Each individual season bears witness to the release of a new Lane 8 mixtape, which concurrently arrives just as one season gracefully begins to fade into the next. Lane 8 imitates the gradual, seamless nature of seasonal transition through the fluidity of his mixing of his “Spring 2019 Mixtape.” The three-hour offering is an extended soundscape that unfurls with the poise of a spring flower newly beginning to bud. The mix melds melodic cuts with percussively driven tech house and house inclusions, for a balanced amalgamation of the viscous and the vigorous.

Serial testaments to Lane 8’s curative finesse, the seasonally inspired mixtapes consistently merge Lane 8 originals with remixes from some of electronic music’s most savvy producers. Case in point, the “Spring 2019 Mixtape” corrals Solomun‘s re-imagination of “You’re Not Alone” with Luke Alessi’s take on “Deja Vu,” and Patrice Bäumel‘s polished reboot of Claptone‘s “La Esperanza.” These remixes are but the tip of the sonic iceberg, as Bonobo, Luttrell, Jeremy Olander, and a slew of other artists receive nods from Lane 8 in the mixtape. Lane 8 defrosts streamers’ winter hearts, to stir their spring souls with his “Spring 2019 Mixtape.”

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Sunday Morning Medicine Vol 167, with Lane 8, Vincent, RAC, + more

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Sunday Morning Medicine Vol 167, with Lane 8, Vincent, RAC, + moreSMM 2400

Sunday Morning Medicine is a feature from Dancing Astronaut dedicated to the mellower side of electronic music. We bring you our favorite therapeutic selections—old and new—in attempts to alleviate the agonizing effects of a long weekend of partying.


Like a lucid dream, Robotaki‘s latest, “Meant To Be,” swirls and struts through the consciousness with its Tame Impala/Daft Punk-esque psychedelia/synth-wave. Start your Sunday on the right side of Robotaki’s ultraviolet fantasy.

Lane 8 introduces some pensive splendor to Virtual Self‘s sweeping smash, “Ghost Voices,” and the result is a rousing, subtly danceable sonic sonnet.

RAC lends furrowing keys and blooming builds to an already-idyllic Giraffage offering. “Maybes” stands for sweet, swimming possibility this Sunday.

From his latest EP, Vincent‘s “I’m No Magician” is the sensual savor we all crave for end-of-weekend dopamine replenishment. Love, Alexa’s pulsing vocal chops and Vincent’s throbbing bass hit like a beckoning Sunday strobe light.

Arriving from Lee Burridge‘s All Day I Dream imprint, Sébastien Léger’s “Rocket To Lee’s Little Cloud” is the quixotic vessel you ordered to deliver from intrusive thoughts of the upcoming work week. With its chugging beat wistful, reverberating synth line, swift escape is imminent.

Lane 8 releases inspiriting ‘Root To Branch Vol. 4’

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Fresh off Lane 8‘s own imprint, This Never Happened, Root To Branch Vol. 4 —like its preceding editions— taps into a careful curation of talent, hand-picked by none other than Lane 8 himself.

The six-track compilation highlights polished, progressive house selections from newcomers like Ocula, Hexlogic, and Artche. Uninterrupted quality shines through on Root To Branch Vol. 4 as each track distinctly offers up its own seamless deep house decadence. As a curator and listener, Lane 8 once again succeeds in providing a platform for rising producers.

The melodic mastermind has grown the Root To Branch collection swiftly, with the third arm of the series released just a few months prior, last December, and the second volume last May.  In addition to his compilation releases, Lane 8 has been busy releasing new music and announcing shows, likely with lots of innovation in store. He recently turned heads with the release of his remix of Virtual Self’s “Ghost” in early February.

îleSoniq reveals phase one lineup for Aug. 9-10 takeover: Above & Beyond, Marshmello, Kaskade, and more

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îleSoniq has commemorated their sixth anniversary with the anticipated reveal of their phase one lineup, giving festival-goers an idea of the explosion of artists in store. As previous years have found success in fusing the hip-hop and electronic music spheres together, the 2019 edition returns to parc Jean-Drapeau over Aug. 9-10 for the return of the annual event. 

Headliners Above & Beyond and Marshmello are scheduled to close out festivities throughout the weekend, and will be accompanied by main stage selects Alesso and Kaskade to light up the weekend, in addition to by sets from fan-favorites across the electronic spectrum. For the first time in îleSoniq history, attendees can expect to be immersed with the sounds of its inaugural underground house and techno stage, complete with sets by Nicole Moudaber, Lane 8, Yotto and Claptone.

In addition to the influx of house and techno artists, bass fans will witness the return of head-banging dignitary Excision, along with the likes of Mastadon, Peekaboo, Midnight T, G. Jones and Montréal native, Snails amidst the weekend.

Two-day festival passes available for purchase here.

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Lane 8 flips Virtual Self’s ‘Ghost Voices’ on its head with enamoring new remix

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Lane 8 flips Virtual Self’s ‘Ghost Voices’ on its head with enamoring new remixLane 8 Crssd Fest

Fresh from the Grammys Red Carpet, Virtual Self has gifted fans with Lane 8‘s remix of “Ghost Voices.” More popularly known as Porter Robinson, the producer was this year nominated for the Best Dance Recording category as Virtual Self for his wall-to-wall sensation, “Ghost Voices.” Though he did not win, the track has still not only had a tremendous impact on the electronic sphere, but has also reverberated through the music industry at large.

Lane 8’s take on the release flips the track inside out, pulling the piano to the forefront and shrinking the electronic elements out of focus in the introduction. Crescendoing notes eb and flow through the forefront of the track, while the vocal dances around the new sound structure. While the remix evokes an entirely different, more pensive set of emotions and energy than the original, it still soothes and sonically pleases the listener. The remix has been released on Robinson’s own YouTube channel.

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Sunday Morning Medicine Vol 164, featuring Disclosure, Lane 8, Bonobo, + more

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Sunday Morning Medicine Vol 164, featuring Disclosure, Lane 8, Bonobo, + moreSMM 2400

Sunday Morning Medicine is a feature from Dancing Astronaut dedicated to the mellower side of electronic music. We bring you our favorite therapeutic selections—old and new—in attempts to alleviate the agonizing effects of a long weekend of partying.


If Disclosure can successfully introduce a house beat to the lyrics of “Fools Rush In,” you can thwart the end-of-weekend demons. “Where Angels Fear To Tread,” off the duo’s forthcoming project, offers a litany of lush strings, jazz acapella vocal samples, and a highly medicinal bass line.

Head to British songstress Litany’s ’80s-inspired “Bedroom” for a full-bodied breath of electronic-pop therapy. Her wistful vocals float over softly jubilant production infused with an island effect, complements of the track’s wavering marimba synth.

Lane 8‘s latest and first of 2019, “Visions” is just as it sounds. “Visions” is benevolently scheduled under DA’s “highly potent hallucinogens,” with its deliberate, rousing beat and a fluttering, euphoria-procuring synth line, like fractals dancing in the night.

Like so many of Bonobo‘s creations, “Second Sun” exudes a subtle, twinkling majesty. Its melancholy-hopeful instrumentals set the tone for the week ahead.

Louis Futon‘s most recent offering leading up to his new album, “Supposed To Be” caps this week’s Sunday Morning Medicine on a soothing note. DUCKWRTH and BAEGOD’s feel-good rhymes remind listeners of better weather and easy living.

NMF Roundup: deadmau5 delivers ‘mau5ville: Level 3,’ Lane 8 returns with ‘Visions,’ Galantis and OneRepublic team up + more

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NMF Roundup: deadmau5 delivers ‘mau5ville: Level 3,’ Lane 8 returns with ‘Visions,’ Galantis and OneRepublic team up + moreDeadmau5 Mr Bill

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.

deadmau5 has returned to deliver the third installation in his thrilling mau5ville series, bringing with it a seven-minute opener called “Polyphobia.” Galantis and OneRepublic team up for the easygoing “Bones,” and SNBRN drops off slow-burning “Never Let You Go.” Lane 8 and Rbbts pump their latest, “Visions,” with emotions, as does Dabin with his brand new “Alive.” DROELOE deliver their first original of the year, “Only Be Me,” and Ephwurd cranks up the heat with his new “Hectic” collaboration with SWAGE. Alok and Timmy Trumpet bring their talents to Spinnin’ Records with “Metaphor,” and CAZZETTE take on Midnight Kids‘ “Serious” with Matthew Koma. Win & Woo tap the enticing vocals of Kaleena Zanders for their new single, and Crystal Skies exhibit their flawless melodic dubstep style in “Never Change.” Snakehips bring Rivers Cuomo aboard for their new “Gucci Rock N Rolla” with KYLE, and R3HAB tries his hand at remixing Kygo for the second time with a grooving take on “Happy Now.”

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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Anjunadeep to roll out tenth anniversary compilation, mixed by James Grant and Jody Wisternoff

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Since its humble beginnings as an Anjuna appendage in 2005 in London, Anjunadeep has become one of the top purveyors of deep, textured, and melodic house music. Known for their towering catalog currently spanning over 400 releases, Anjunadeep artists and fans have come to revere the label’s compilation series since Above & Beyond released the very first in 2009. Coming in scorching yet tender as always, Anjunadeep have put together a special offering for their 10th mix in 10 years.

Due out Feb 22, the compilation features the label’s top-tier talent, new and old, like Luttrell, Yotto, and Lane 8, while pulling out deeper cuts from newcomers like BAILE, Ocula, and GRAZZE. Seamlessly mixed by Anjunadeep co-founder, James Grant, and Bristol-based DJ Jody Wisternoff, the release has been a profound source of reflection for the esteemed and aptly suited pair.

In trying to maintain a fresh and all-encompassing tone for the compilation, the DJs note that, “It’s hard to believe we’ve reached the 10th volume in the Anjunadeep compilation series. Despite Anjunadeep 10 being a bit of a milestone, we’ve resisted any temptation to go down a nostalgic route. Instead we’ve tried to keep the mix as forward-looking as possible. Our amazing family of artists have been creating far too much exciting new music for us to contemplate any other approach.”

With such high precedents already in place, anticipation for the newest installment is imminent. Fans can find the trailer, tracklist, and dates for global release parties below.

Tracklist:

Disc 1
Hiatus – Relic
Lycoriscoris – Belong
Ocula – Immunity
BAILE – Soft Light
Ole Biege – All The Time (Jody Wisternoff & James Grant Rework)
Nox Vahn feat. Mimi Page – There Is Peace Beyond (Jody Wisternoff & James Grant Rework)
Tomas Barfod – Things That Matter feat. Louise Foo & Sharin Foo (Jody Wisternoff & James Grant Remix)
Luttrell – Still Dreaming
16BL – You Are High
Virtual Self – Ghost Voices (Lane 8 Remix)
CRi – Initial
Modd & Hosini – Swallow’s Nest
Spencer Brown & Qrion – Sapporo
GRAZZE – Querencia
Nuage – H.A.L.O.
boerd – Someone (Jody Wisternoff & James Grant Remix)
Modd – Ruskeala
Ben Böhmer – Little Lights

Disc 2
Aiiso – City Lights
Nox Vahn & Marsh – Prospect
Jody Wisternoff & James Grant – Dapple
Jani R – Autumn’s Feathers (Jody Wisternoff & James Grant Remix)
Savvas – Peace Of Mind
Eli & Fur – Night Blooming Jasmine (Rodriguez Jr. Remix)
Aiiso – Programmer
Nox Vahn & Marsh – Serena’s Garden
Jazz Do It – For A Moment
Joseph Ashworth – Heavy
Dosem – Stay True
Jack Lost – Walls
SØNIN vs. Yotto – Nothing Like You
Fluida – A Self And A Mind
Luttrell – Out Of Me
Ben Böhmer – In Memoriam
Lane 8 – Feld (Jody Wisternoff & James Grant Edit)
Antic & i_cann – Jura
Kidnap – Tempest

Anjunadeep 10 Release Parties

Feb 08 – Sound, Los Angeles – James Grant, Marsh
Feb 17 – Phonox, London – James Grant & Jody Wisternoff (Open To Close)
Feb 22 – The Penthouse at FIVE Palm, Dubai – James Grant, 16BL, Dom Donnelly

Dancing Astronaut’s Top Tracks of 2018

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Paring down an entire year’s worth of songs is no easy feat.

2018 saw the explosion of songs like ZEDD‘s “The Middle” and Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa‘s “One Kiss,” dominating both the dance music charts and the radio airwaves. Ear-catching tracks like these, along with fan favorites like FISHER‘s persuasive “Losing It” and Anti Up‘s entertaining “Pizza” wiggled their way into festival sets around the world and — love them or hate them — stood out as notable tracks that do their part in immortalizing this whirlwind of a year.

We also saw a creative collective of remixes surface in 2018, including Rinzen‘s compelling take on deadmau5 and Rob Swire‘s hit “Monophobia” and Skrillex‘s intoxicating rendition of Travis Scott‘s “Sicko Mode.” We celebrated the return of Gesaffelstein with “Reset” and welcomed new projects from Diplo in LSD and Silk City. We welcomed collaborations from Ekali, Medasin, and Elohim in “Forever,” Tiësto, Dzeko, Post Malone, and Preme in platinum smash hit “Jackie Chan,” and ZHU and Tame Impala in “My Life.”

Ultimately, though, we’ve narrowed 2018 down to 30 tracks that stole our hearts and smashed streaming records.