Shambhala Music Festival reveals its 2019 lineup, featuring Silk City, GRiZ, Zeds Dead, and more

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Shambhala Music Festival is recognized as the longest-running music festival in Canada. It is known for its eccentric art installations, educational workshops, and unique blissful experiences that soothe the soul. The wait for the 2019 lineup is over, and Shambhala has delivered a promising set of talent for their 22nd anniversary, returning to the Salmo River Ranch in British Columbia, Canada on Aug. 9-12.

Heavy-hitting dubstep acts like Excision, Zeds Dead, Downlink, Liquid Stranger, and Boogie-T will bring their forceful bass to the ranch for the fest’s forthcoming iteration. The lineup also includes bass house favorites such as Jauz, Cazztek, Jack Beats and Volac, along with sultry electronica and nu jazz sets from Bonobo and Grammy-nominated producer ZHU. The roster is blessed by legendary veterans from around the world, including Kaskade, Diplo and Mark Ronson‘s Silk City project, Nero, and Chris Lake and Chris Lorenzo as Anti Up, who are undoubtedly putting together an unforgettable performance.

Attendees can expect an all new installation called “Shambhala Favourites,” which feature the talents of A-Skillz, Father Funk, Smalltown DJs, Stickybuds, and more. Over the course of April, Shambhala will be adding 200-plus artists to the lineup that will fulfill all six stages, The Amphitheatre, The Fractal Forest, The Grove, The Living Room, The Pagoda and The Village.

Learn about payment plans and get tickets here.

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Producer Sessions 009: Liquid Stranger reveals how his eclectic 30-track ‘INFINITY’ LP came to be [Interview]

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Producer Sessions is a series from Dancing Astronaut meant to shine a brighter light on the producer community. Each volume will guide producers toward professionals in their field.


Liquid Stranger‘s immersive INFINITY LP off his Wakaan imprint is a 30-track project that spans themes from serene introspection to savage madness. The esteemed “freeform bass” producer, DJ, and label boss commenced 2019 with its first single, “Burn Like The Sun” featuring Leah Culver, with a variety of other strong cameos from the likes of CloZee, Dion Timmer, and Chee; and features from Christian Acamo, CoJaxx, Hard Knock, KJ Sawka, Laura Brehm, Malin Staaf, MC Shells, Pistol, SoDown, Spear, Vern Knows and Warrior Queen also making the cut. This LP offers a myriad of styles the versatile transnational bass artist (real name Martin Stääf) has worked with over his years in the genre.

In a press release, Liquid Stranger expresses,

Creativity stems from powerful life experiences, and my inner processes have been very intense during the writing of this record for the past year and half. This journey urged me to learn how to self love, and unleashed some of the strongest emotional peaks I’ve ever experienced. INFINITY is a result of this process, which I’m extremely honored to share with you.

Toward the end of 2018, Liquid Stranger unveiled plans for the inaugural Wakaan music festival, with a save the date for Oct. 3–6, a next step for the freeform bass veteran and his collective of talented expressionist producers. Read the full Liquid Stranger interview below about the album’s production and journey to completion.


What made you decide on a 30-song album?

It wasn’t really a conscious decision per se. I make a lot of songs, and am working on something new most every day. Somewhere along the process, the INFINITY project took on a life of its own and formed into a much bigger body of work than I expected. It wasn’t very difficult to make a lot of songs, but I was very challenged by my own emotional processes throughout the journey. The general themes are outer space—the expanding consciousness of the human mind, and the vision quest we undertake in order to discover ourselves, and conflict—the obstacles we encounter along the way toward becoming a balanced human of power.

Why did you call the album INFINITY?

It represents the soul’s journey as infinity awareness. Musically, it encompasses so many different styles that it can be applied (at least in part) to most situations.

You showcase a lot of variety on the LP, is there a specific reason harder songs are at the beginning and while the end shifts the energy down a bit?

The tunes can be listened to in any order, or extracted and put into playlists based on the listeners’ preferences. The order I decided on starts off very soft, melodic, and uplifting. Then it ramps up in intensity for the middle portion, and expands toward the end into more trippy and freeform material… and concludes on a darker note, reflecting on the current state of our collective consciousness.

Do you have a typical production process? If so, what is it? 

I don’t have a process. I kill my ego and let inspiration lead me. Nowadays, inspiration is a force I can call on at will. It’s always there for me as long as I trust in its guidance. My songs tend to start by developing a strong theme, usually a vocal hook or a lead melody.

You have a massive amount of collaborators on this project. What is your collaboration process like?

There are only three bonafide collaborations on the album: “Zero Frontier” with Chee, “Ceremony” with CloZee, and “Spastic Elastic” with Dion Timmer. The rest are vocal/instrumental features. The process is always different. Most of it was done remotely, meaning we sent stems back and forth.

What is your go-to synth these days?

I use a lot of vintage, analogue equipment and acoustic instruments. I try to avoid sitting in front of a computer screen too much, since it’s kind of boring. I have a pretty good collection of equipment, so my favorite depends on what I’m trying to accomplish.

For a full list of credits, lyrics and the equipment I used, please click here and check out this website we built for INFINITY.

What was your go-to MIDI controller and why?

I’m a pianist, so I like using a keyboard for most of the work. It’s really just a way to interface with the music, and varies depending on the situation. Sometimes I use a launchpad for drums. On stage, I use CDJs.

Any special VST that really took the production home?

Not really, I’d say my vintage hardware synths, the drum set, my voice, and flutes/kazoo were the dominant sound sources on this album. I used Native Instruments Massive and Xfer Records Serum quite a bit too.

Which song took the longest work on and why?

Probably “Murder on the Freeway,” due to all the lyrics/vocals, and acoustic instrumentation.

How would you define your sound?

Music is an emotional language. The style, and vibe will vary depending on my mood. I’m all across the board. This album is a good example of that. Personally, I have no interest in fitting my art into a genre, or trend. I just create with an open mind—trying to be as honest as possible with my expression.

What DAW do you use and why?

I use Cubase. It’s stable, and has all functionality I need. I’ve worked with this software since I was 16 years old, so I know it like the palm of my hand and can work fast without any hesitation.

What was the most difficult sound to conquer on the project?

To me, the human voice is by far the most challenging instrument to record and process.

Do you have any unique studio habits?

I see my studio as a sacred sanctuary. It’s filled with little things of beauty that I love and help put me in the right frame of mind. I kind of view my machines as “friends” (for a lack of a better word), and arguably spend more time with them than I do with humans.

What was your most memorable in-studio moment while producing the album?

Working with my house mate and best friend Spear. We had some wonderful sessions where we just went in on the microphone without too much thinking, and I’m very happy with the result.

Another darker, but very memorable aspect, is how depressed I’ve felt throughout parts of the journey—battling with existential thoughts and quandaries. I’ve come to a point in my life where I don’t want to lean on anyone, or use anything as a crutch. I’d rather face the enemy within full on. I’ve spent a lot of time in solitude, and was celibate during the making of INFINITY, which gave me a lot of free time to work. More importantly, it helped me get clarity on the state of my mental/emotional self reliance.

I’m convinced creativity stems from powerful life experiences, and my inner processes has been very intense this year. The inability to find comfort and healing in intimacy from a significant other has forced me to learn how to self love on a much deeper level.

What is your favorite in-studio snack?

I normally fast while making music. I usually go in for 1-2 day sessions without any food or sleep. I do drink coffee, and a remedy I make from fresh lemon, honey, and ginger.

What is next for Liquid Stranger?

God knows 🙂

Lunar Lunes: Chet Porter remixes ODESZA, Walker & Royce spread the ‘Word,’ YehMe2 takes on the Spice Girls + more

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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.

As part of ODESZA‘s newest set of A Moment Apart remixes, Chet Porter has put an ethereal spin on album standout, “Line of Sight.” Louis Futon flips James Blake’s “Retrograde” in his newest release, and YehMe2 takes on the Spice Girls’ iconic “Wannabe” in his freshest remix. BIJOU has released some new house heat on Insomniac Records, and Walker & Royce have done the same on HotBoi Records with “Word.” The Knocks reveal the latest to remix a New York Narcotic track: Wankelmut with a funky new take on “Retrograded.” DUCKY thrills with a new EP, and formidable Swarm puts a dark twist on Roniit’s “Visceral.” Dustycloud returns to Tchami‘s CONFESSION imprint with “Reckless,” and Braxton channels nighttime vibes with a new Anjuna release, “When The Sun Goes Down.” Sweekuh taps Love, Alexa and Faze on a new single, “Where Do We Let Go” and R3HAB turns the energy up on Mabel’s “Don’t Call Me Up.”

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).


Photo credit: Jonathan Gipaya

Sunday Morning Medicine Vol 155 with Sylvan Esso, Chet Faker, Liquid Stranger, + more

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Even NPR was able to “get up / get down” with Sylvan Esso‘s 2014 indie sensation, “Coffee,” featuring the track on their Songs We Love list that June; now, four years later, it’s topping DA’s Sunday Morning Medicine chart. The mellifluous melding of Amelia Meath’s Norah Jones-esque, light Soprano intonations with Nick Sanborn’s twinkling xylophone and bell chimes is the ideal backdrop for a comfy-cozy Sunday spent reading or wiggling one’s toes under the covers.

While Nick Murphy may have laid his Chet Faker alias to rest a few years back, his lengthy catalog of soulful downtempo and trip-hop remains. Let the long-winded, jazzy saxophone and languid vocal harmonies executed by Murphy himself on “Talk Is Cheap,” carry you to distant domains, away from workday woes.

Longtime Monstercat maven, Mr FijiWiji has since toned down his formerly fervent style, a departure exemplified on his most recent album, Lost Lost Lost, from which “Reality Is More Beautiful” arrives. While the song may tout arrestingly plaintive piano chords and somber strings, likely mirroring your end-of-weekend sentiments, the lyrics, embodied in the track’s title, introduce the promise of a halcyon love capable of brightening the dreariest quotidian weekdays.

It’s no difficult feat to fall sweet victim the ambient allure of a Liquid Stranger production. Pour a cup of cocoa in your favorite cat-themed mug and just “Dissolve.”

Madeaux flexed his profound sonic range and narrative predilection this year with his LIMBO EP, the vessel through which he dropped off “HIGHER.” A blissful exodus from his shadowy subterfuge, the track, with its rectifying progression and lush instrumentals, emulates eclipsing emotional mountain peaks—quite apropos for combatting those nagging Sunday scaries.

NMF Roundup: Markus Schulz delivers some summer heat, Robotaki teams up with Mike Clay, Liquid Stranger drops some free form + more

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The most important day of every week: New Music Friday. 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.


Sleepy Tom and Youngblood team up for a catchy collaboration, “In My Head.” It’s both refined and dance floor-ready, aided by dreamy vocals.


Markus Schulz taps Capital Cities‘ SEBU for an infectious original, “Upon My Shoulders.” Acoustic guitar melodies and wistful vocals from SEBU make this the perfect end-of-summer anthem.


Lively horn stabs and an invigorating beat fuel Toyboy & Robin‘s new release, “Horn It.” The London duo’s latest is out via Nothing Else Matters.


Georgia Ku lends her enchanting voice to this new collaboration between Captain Cuts and Zookëper. “Do You Think About Me” is highlighted by chopped-up vocals and a lively house beat.


Carnage celebrates this week’s 8/08 day with a ferocious trap number featuring Sludge. He builds into the song with ominous choir-like vocals and a call of “El Diablo” to kick off the drop.


Tom Tyger, Charles B and VCTRY channel old-school house vibes in their unexpected collaboration, One Too Many.” The track is out now via Protocol Recordings.


LUUDE says he’s “actually been sitting on this one since the start of 2017 and never finished it” until now. “Omen” is highlighted by hefty bass and a dark vibe.


Robotaki has delivered “a song from my heart to yours” in his latest, “Brooklyn ’95.” He taps Mike Clay for the track’s vocals, adding to the laid-back atmosphere he exudes.


A month after releasing his “Erase” remix package featuring Arty and Lights, FRND has come out with a sentimental new single, “Before U I Didn’t Exist.”


Liquid Stranger brings eerie, spacey wobbles in his newest original, “Gunslinger.” The free form bass track features Pistol and is out now via WAKAAN.

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Exclusive: LSDREAM – OBLIVION

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Aliases that are aesthetically and conceptually distinct from an artist’s wheelhouse represent departures from the usual and allow for the flexing of creativity.  Brillz has now unveiled a new alter ego in the form of LSDREAM.

A project that has long occupied Brillz’s time, LSDREAM signals a new sonic venture, notable for his trap oriented productions. LSDREAM emblematizes the genre fluidity that will allow the producer to shift from his typical style and instead meld trap, dubstep, glitch, and other subgenres, making for dynamic and unfettered amalgamations of sound. Complemented by immersive visuals intended to amplify the listening experience, the music that makes its debut under the LSDREAM moniker will be both magnetizing and mesmerizing, the first taste of which figures in “OBLIVION,” the first single to offer listeners a preview of Brillz’s sonic vision for LSDREAM. Sweeping, atmospheric synths, periodic voiceovers, and intergalactic bass additions constitute the track, a highly stylized first look at the musical identity of newcomer, LSDREAM.

Listeners can expect LSDREAM to soon make an extended appearance via Voyager, LSDREAM’s incoming LP. Voyager will be released on Liquid Stranger‘s WAKAAN label come May 18.

Liquid Stranger recruits heavy weight line-up for 23-track WAKAAN compilation, ‘Convoy’

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By definition, “convoy” is an “escort for protection.” In other words, a resourceful, armed group of likeminded individuals who travel together and uphold the same values. This is a concept that Liquid Stranger’s WAKAAN imprint retains with it’s 23-track compilation, Convoy.

The compilation features a variety of artists who share the same vision – from the bass scene’s biggest names to its finest newcomers. Featuring tracks from Space Jesus, LUZCID, Truth, Digital Ethos, TLZMN, Champagne Drip, Yheti, Shlump, Freddy Todd, Esseks, and many more, Convoy is a statement showcase of the carefully defined sound that WAKAAN has been championing from the start.

Prepare to be taken on a galactic bass journey as the Convoy touches on its true otherworldly form, pushing WAKAAN’s “freeform bass music” mantra to the next level. As listeners prepare to lose themselves in WAKAAN’s mysterious world like never before, it’s clear that the left field bass community won’t be going anywhere, anytime soon. Things are about to get real strange…

Coupled with the album compilation is the Convoy release show, touching down in Milwaukee, Denver, and Athens, Georgia.

Manic Focus drops huge Liquid Stranger remix, announces ‘Minds Rising Remixed’ track list

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Almost one year has passed since Manic Focus released his smashingly fun fifth studio album, Minds Rising. Since that time, John “JmaC” McCarten has laid down landmark performances at Hulaween, Envision, and the biggest headlining show of his career in his hometown of Chicago.

Now, JmaC announced his Minds Rising remix album, in which the electro-soul producer hand selected the remixers for the package with an emphasis on portraying the wide reaching styles of his wildly ambitious original. The LP includes the blow out halftime destruction of Liquid Stranger, the psychedelic beat-smithing of Emancipator, the bass infused jam rhythms of Sunsquabi and Wick-It The Instigator, the downtempo hip-hop stylings of Edamame, and many more.

To celebrate the forthcoming release, Manic Focus gives fans a first listen of the Prob Cause-assisted track, “Putting All of my People on,” remixed by WAKAAN label boss, Liquid Stranger. The track takes a more subdued approach to it’s original, replacing the deep horns and kick snares with warbly synth lines and the broken beat stylings of his free form bass stamp. Be on the lookout for the full album on May 10, 2018.

Mind Against Remixed Track List:
1.) Drop In (feat. Marvel Years & Chris Karns) (SoDown Remix)
2.) Putting All of My People On Feat. Prob Cause (Liquid Stranger Remix)
3.) Joy In The Noise feat. Psalm One (Daily Bread Remix)
4.) Stochastic Resonance feat. Statik (Emancipator Remix)
5.) Snap Like This feat. Artifakts & Erick Jesus Coomes (Wick – It The Instigator Remix)
6.) Pushing feat Psymbionic (Rave Boar Remix)
7.) Rage Fits Perfect feat. The MFin’ Band (SunSquabi Remix)
8.) Habit feat. Russ Liquid & The Rapper Chicks (Megan Hamilton Remix)
9.) Stronger feat. Late Night Radio, Jennifer Hartswick, Adam Deitch (Cofresi Remix)
10.) Timeless feat Carlile (Edamame Remix)
11.) Sowing My Zone feat. Ryan Viser (GoodSex Remix)
12.) Your X Now feat. Exmag & Borahm Lee (LWKY Remix)
13.) *BONUS TRACK* – Pushing feat. Psymbionic (R34L Remix)