Reminiscing with Holy Ship! Wrecked’s top-tier talent: Lane 8, Gorgon City, Big Wild, and Yotto

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Reminiscing with Holy Ship! Wrecked’s top-tier talent: Lane 8, Gorgon City, Big Wild, and YottoHoly Ship Rukes

Perennial cruise festival Holy Ship! is returning with new bearings in 2020. The flagship affair in the dance music macrocosm is docking at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic for its first iteration on land. Holy Ship! Wrecked has resolved to keep its resounding legacy on the high seas alive with the new amenities of Hard Rock’s prolific resort grounds and the benefit of offsite excursions into the Dominican Republic now in the picture.

Before the madness of Holy Ship! Wrecked descends, Dancing Astronaut asked some of headliners to share their happiest or wackiest memory from past iterations aboard Holy Ship! Yotto, Big Wild, Lane 8, and Gorgon City heeded our call, looking back on some of their most blissfully rowdy experiences.

Yotto: “I returned from my honeymoon and went straight to Holy Ship! I was shocked by the energy so I had to party even harder to keep up with everyone. Some dude gave me a bottle of whiskey after my b2b with Lane 8 because we looked too sober.”

Big Wild: “One memory I have is after watching Lane 8’s sunrise set and then heading back to my room and looking out over the balcony to an amazing sunrise with no music or talking, just silence. It was one of the most relaxing moments I’ve experienced.”

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Lane 8: “Although there have been a lot of funny moments on Holy Ship! over the years, I have to say my sunrise set in 2018 is far and away the craziest memory I have of the festival. Seeing a couple thousand people going completely bananas, deep into the morning, in the middle of the ocean really did feel like a life-altering experience. It was one of those rare moments where everything comes together perfectly—setting, people, music—to create magic, for lack of a better word. I had a big smile on my face for a long time after that one.”

Gorgon City: “A few years ago we had docked back in Miami at the end of ship and we were all supposed to get off the boat at 7am, but us and a couple of mates ended up in the VIP jacuzzi on the roof of the boat, still partying with a mini-rig and listening to techno until around 4pm. Finally we got thrown off but by that time the next group of customers had already come on board for some jazz cruise so we were coming down on the elevators and people were looking at us like we were completely crazy. Apparently that’s the latest anyone has ever stayed on the boat.”  

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From Doritos to cellular dissonance — Takeaways from Lane 8’s AMA

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From Doritos to cellular dissonance — Takeaways from Lane 8’s AMALane 8 George Fitzgerald Burns Remies

Daniel Goldstein, a.k.a. Lane 8, continues to dive deeper, following the release of his recent album Brightest Lights with an all-illuminating AMA over on r/electronicmusic.

In addition to the “When are you playing [insert city here]?” queries, Goldstein’s latest open floor offers a slew of interesting takeaways, honing in on some the creative subtleties of Brightest Lights, self-taught production through trial and error, and even the creative process behind the Colorado-based producer’s momentous seasonal mixtape series. Read some of the AMA’s finer takeaways below.

Lane 8 tours North America through the end of March before a hop to the other side of the pond, where’ he’ll be playing a handful of European shows across April and May. Tickets and a full list of dates are currently available.

Learning from the ground up and utilizing your resources…

From Doritos to cellular dissonance — Takeaways from Lane 8’s AMALane8AMA

When to start the next seasonal mix…

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Allowing the pieces to fall into place…

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A deep dive into a bag of Cooler Ranch…

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On currently living the dream…

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“I’d rather make the music ‘normal people friendly’ than ‘DJ friendly.’”

From Doritos to cellular dissonance — Takeaways from Lane 8’s AMALane8AMA6

On creating dissonance at the cellular level…

From Doritos to cellular dissonance — Takeaways from Lane 8’s AMALane8AMA7

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 125

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA managing editor Robyn Dexter. With a taste that can only be described as eclectic—to say nothing of a name that lends itself to punnery—DA is happy to present a selection of tracks personally curated by Dexter for your listening pleasure.

Listen in playlist format here


Degs and Unglued have teamed up to bring a collaborative effort to Hospital Records: “Levitate Your Mind.” This fast-paced drum ‘n’ bass tune features soulful vocals and fun variation in rhythm over the course of the song’s four minutes. It has an funky retro atmosphere to it, drawing the listener in from the first rapid notes.

After releasing his debut solo album in 2019, M Machine member Luttrell burst into the new decade with guns blazing. He’s gearing up for the release of his sophomore effort, Lucky Ones, due out March 13, and has blessed the music world with the LP’s first single: “My Friend The Sun.” The song features an energetic vocal that propels it forward, making for a stunning debut from the upcoming album.

Speaking of upcoming albums, Jason Ross has a thing or two on his radar. The producer’s new album arrives Jan. 24 via Seven LionsOphelia Records. He’s tapped the vocal talents of Dia Frampton for new release “1000 Faces,” and the result is an emotive journey. “Dia has been one of my favorite people in this industry since the first time we talked, right after I remixed her track with Illenium,” Ross says in the track’s description. “The moment I heard this vocal, I was blown away and knew we had a big one on our hands.”

Though it appears to have been out for several months, Sofi Tukker‘s “Swing” just appeared as a new song at the top of my SoundCloud feed. As always, this creative duo has crafted something in a league of its own. “Swing” takes the listener on a venture (mainly in Portuguese) from orchestral elements to a chanted verse from Brazilian poet Chacal.

Lane 8‘s long-awaited Brightest Lights has finally arrivedits 13 tracks filled with luminous and relaxing energy. A clear standout is “The Flood” with Nevve. Featuring a gorgeous drifting melody, heart-wrenching vocals, and a mellow beat, this song serves as a shining example of some of Lane 8’s best work.

NMF Roundup: Lane 8 paves introspective path on new LP, Oliver Heldens and Mesto link + more

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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.

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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Lane 8 delivers vibrant 14-track LP ‘Brightest Lights’ [Stream]

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Lane 8 delivers vibrant 14-track LP ‘Brightest Lights’ [Stream]SS17 FRIDAY2 Lane8 SOLOVOV 9483

Lane 8 wrapped the decade in a whirlwind release spree in the lead up to his latest LP, Brightest Lights. Now, following another stellar seasonal mixtape and tour announcement, the progressive house factotum has kicked off 2020 with the delivery of the hotly anticipated album via his This Never Happened imprint.

Capping out at a crisp 14-track effort, Lane 8’s third studio LP features multiple collaborations with Arctic Lake and POLIÇA, a pattern he’s followed before, along with additional contributions from Kauf, Jens Kuross, and Nevve. Building on an airtight track record of albums following Lane 8’s 2015 debut Rise and 2018’s Little By Little, Brightest Lights brings about the best qualities of Lane 8’s distinguished production style, starting 2020 on a stimulating high note.

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NMF Roundup: Gesaffelstein remixes ROSALÍA, ATTLAS continues to preview upcoming LP + more

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NMF Roundup: Gesaffelstein remixes ROSALÍA, ATTLAS continues to preview upcoming LP + moreGesaffelstein Jorge Meza Photos

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.

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.

Photo credit: Jorge Meza Photos

Lane 8 crafts a melodic house dreamscape on ‘Just’ [Stream]

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Lane 8 crafts a melodic house dreamscape on ‘Just’ [Stream]Lane 8 Splash House Goldenvoice

If there’s one thing Lane 8 knows how to do exceedingly well, it’s promote an album release. Only 10 days before his highly anticipated 2020 LP Brightest Lights, Lane 8 has shared his sixth single preceding the album. “Just” is a melodic house dreamscape built around a recurring modulated vocal sample. It keeps a calming energy while an invigorating rhythm gives the song a strong pace, and is yet another indicator that Brightest Lights should be an astonishing album.

It was a busy December for the This Never Happened boss; in addition to releasing Paraleven’s sophomore EP on the label, Lane 8 shared several singles of his own as well as his Winter 2019 mixtape (“Just” premiered as the opening track to the mix). Brightest Lights is scheduled for release on January 10, 2020.

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Anjunadeep closes out the decade with extensive ‘Best of 2019’ mix [Stream]

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Anjunadeep closes out the decade with extensive ‘Best of 2019’ mix [Stream]Lane 8 Crssd Fest Michael Drummond 1

With less than a week remaining in the year, beloved Above & Beyond imprint Anjunadeep has gifted the world with a belated but sure to be treasured Christmas present: a nine-hour “Best of 2019” mix.

The lengthy mix looks back on some of the label’s most esteemed tunes of the past 12 months via a compilation of mixes from the course of the year. It kicks off with a March mix from Marsh, which comprises the first 12 or so tracks. Over the next several hours, fans are treated to mixes from James Grant, Luttrell, Simon Doty, and Lane 8.

While listeners may recall some of the mixes from past Anjunadeep editions, this extensive mix pulls countless tracks into one gargantuan episode to sum up the wildly successful year the imprint has enjoyed. Stream it in its entirety below.

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Lane 8 wraps 2019 with resplendent Winter Mixtape

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Progressive house mainstay and head of This Never Happened, Lane 8 is back with his last seasonal mixtape of 2019. Since 2017, the Canadian producer has celebrated the beginning of snowfall, sunshine and everything in between with two-hour-long mixtapes comprised of the ethos of each season (in 2019 he even added a bonus Halloween mix).

His latest mixtape features the likes of Anjunadeep devotees like Eli & Fur and Ben Böhmer, plus aural avant-gardes like Made in Paris and Jon Hopkins. And of course, several originals and IDs from the multifarious maestro himself rear their heads. Lane 8’s third album Brightest Lights is due out January 10, 2020, along with his accompanying tour starting in North America through February, ending with a string of European appearances.

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Paraleven shares second melodic house EP alongside Lane 8 tour support announcement

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Paraleven shares second melodic house EP alongside Lane 8 tour support announcementParaleven Press Sky

One of Lane 8’s most recent signees to his label This Never Happened, Paraleven, is back with his second EP on the label. The American progressive producer is carving a lucrative and lucid future for himself in the electronic space, with his potential in full ear view throughout his latest release.

Soloma is melody-driven house music at its best, as quarter-note riffs ebb and flow between the vastness of the composition’s crests and valleys. Closing track “Hide” (featuring some production chops from the Mont Blvck duo) stands out in particular; the track’s energy swims and swells towards a synth string drop that serves as the arresting apex of the piece. While Soloma is only three tracks long, it clearly shows Paraleven has been experimenting and developing his sound further since his Ripples / Siphon EP. Fans of deep and progressive house should definitely keep eyes on this incisive up-and-coming producer.

Paraleven will also join Lane 8 on 13 of his 2020 “Brightest Lights” tour stops.