Dancing Astronaut’s Top Tracks of 2019

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2019 has been a remarkable year for new music.

The past twelve months brought with them a collection of highly anticipated LPs: Madeon‘s Good Faith, Avicii‘s posthumous Tim, Gesaffelstein‘s Hyperion, Illenium‘s ASCEND, along with a Flume mixtape. Notable collaborations like REZZ and Malaa‘s “Criminals,” Seven Lions, Wooli, Trivecta, and Nevve‘s “Island,” and GRiZ and Subtronics‘ “Griztronics” hit the airwaves in blazes of glory. Supergroups like Dog Blood (Skrillex and Boys Noize) and Get Real (Claude VonStroke and Green Velvet) showcased the power of doubling up on brainpower. And, of course, countless singles had us hitting repeat more times than were calculable: Dillon Francis‘ “Still Not Butter,” i_o‘s “House of God,” Habstrakt‘s “De la Street,” Alesso‘s “Progresso,” and so many more.

In no particular order, we present a 30-track collection of our favorite songs of the year, chosen by DA writers and editors.

Madeon’s ‘Good Faith’ claims No. 1 slot on Billboard Dance/Electronic chart

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Madeon’s ‘Good Faith’ claims No. 1 slot on Billboard Dance/Electronic chartMadeon Press

The success of Madeon‘s sophomore LP, Good Faith, has been self-evident. The accolades have arrived as sold-out stops on the live tour in support of the album, and, most recently, Good Faith‘s attainment of the No. 1 position on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic chart. Good Faith isn’t Madeon’s first visit to the top of the chart: Adventure ascended to the apex of Dance/Electronic shortly after the album’s release in 2015.

Good Faith earned 9,000 album unit equivalents in its first week, including 6,000 copies sold. The solid performance of Madeon’s second extended studio effort bolsters the producer’s already pervasive presence in the electronic circles, while solidifying his sonic outputs as consistent chart favorites. Listeners in the US can catch Madeon on the Good Faith tour throughout December. In January, Madeon will take his live artistry international. Dates are available, here.

7 takeaways from Madeon’s ‘Good Faith’ Reddit AMA

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It’s been a full decade since Hugo Pierre Leclercq introduced his sonic identity, Madeon, to the world. While the then 16-year-old Frenchman rode an unprecedented wave of hype into the front lines of dance music stardom, it’s clear that Leclercq’s work ethic and dedication to his craft have turned the one-time prodigy into one of the industry’s most bonafide creators.

Now, at just 25 years old, Madeon flexes his growth as an artist with the release of his sophomore album, Good Faith.  In a Reddit AMA yesterday, Leclercq detailed the personal evolution that led the recent LP to take on more of an artist album identity than that of a producer album. He also divulges into studio inspirations, and how “unlearning” certain dance music production techniques gave Good Faith the pop that it needed.

Here are seven takeaways from Madeon’s recent Reddit AMA:

The ups and downs of self-discovery that led to Good Faith

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How “Heavy With Hoping” simply fell into place

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The journey from “Shelter” to Good Faith (with bonus input from Porter himself)

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Relearning from the ground up…

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Conceptualizing Good Faith as a live show

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The work that goes into a Madeon masterpiece

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And for those wondering what food they should sneak into the show to gift to Madeon…

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NMF Roundup: Madeon reveals ‘Good Faith,’ deadmau5 takes to the skies on ‘SATRN’ + 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.

At long last, Madeon’s sophomore LP, Good Faith, has arrived. Though it’s been long-anticipated, the electronic music community didn’t have time to anticipate new deadmau5, which dropped out of thin air on Nov. 15. Dillon Francis’ Magic Is Real makes a full appearance alongside these, tapping artists like Vera Hotsauce for “Barely Breathing.” MK and Sonny Fodera link with Raphaella for “One Night,” and Chris Lake and Solardo “Free Your Body” on their latest. GRiZ’s Bangers[4].Zip has arrived, featuring songs like “Tiger Kingdom Space Camp,” and MJ Cole’s remixed Flume and Vera Blue’s “Rushing Back.” Friction delivers some drum ‘n’ bass goodness on “Good To Me,” and Eli Brown puts his own spin on Dom Dolla’s “San Frandisco.” Snails, Kill The Noise, and Sullivan King team up for a new mega-collab, “Front 2 Back,” and NGHTMRE and Gunna bring the heat with “CASH COW.” Gammer returns to Monstercat for “Brostep Strikes Back,” and Klingande releases his long-awaited debut LP, The Album. Oliver Heldens links with Firebeatz, Schella, and Carla Monroe for “Lift Me Up,” and Dirty South and Marion Amira prove a formidable force on “All I Need.” Dillon Nathaniel goes deep on a new tech house heater, “Do It Again,” and R3HAB teams up with ZAYN and Jungleboi on “Flames.”

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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The wait for Madeon’s sophomore album was all in ‘Good Faith’ [Stream]

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Madeon‘s come a long way since his explosive acclimation into electronic earshot by way of his viral and now revered “Pop Culture” mashup. The unequivocal product of a vast palette of pop, Madeon’s music has become a wholesome, unflinchingly fun fixture in the electronic space. Across his extensive production tenure, he’s released an album to mass acclaim, gleaned production credits for Lady Gaga, Ellie Goulding, and a sundry of artists of a similar caliber, collaborated with and toured alongside Porter Robinson, and recently launched a whole new live setup.

Today, in a long-awaited edition of New Music Friday, Madeon’s delivered on his promise of Good Faith, a laudable sophomore LP effort. Fans got a triple-tiered tasting of the album in the months leading up to release day. Indeed, “All My Friends,” “Dream Dream Dream,” which Apple secured for the launch of its new iPhone campaign, and “Be Fine” served as buzz-bringing harbingers of Good Faith‘s dance-pop charisma.

In a recent interview, Madeon told Dancing Astronaut he acquainted himself with a colorful culmination of inspiration while crafting the new album. He cites Pink Floyd, The Beatles, and Tyler, the Creator as influential listens during the Good Faith production period. The LP, out now through Sony’s Columbia Records, spans nine original tracks.

The French electro-pop icon is currently touring North America.

EDC Mexico reveals 2020 lineup featuring Diplo, Tiësto, Knife Party, Madeon, and more

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Less than a day before EDC Orlando 2019, Insomniac has revealed the full lineup for EDC Mexico 2020. Returning for a seventh iteration, EDC Mexico will take place at its home venue Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez from Feb. 28-March 1 as a three-day event this time around. In concurrence with its other Insomniac variations, EDC Mexico’s lineup packs a punch in offering an extensive selection of acts across all genres—featuring a spectrum from mainstream artists to rising talent and everything in between.

Diplo, Tiësto, Armin van Buuren, Zedd, and David Guetta are among a few of many DJs gracing the festival’s bookings, as well as comeback artists like Knife Party and Madeon. Other beloved artists including Carl Cox, Vini Vici, Giuseppe Ottaviani, Walker & Royce, and Wax Motif are also slated to perform.

Tickets for EDC Mexico 2020 are on sale here. General admission three-day passes begin at $1,950 MXN. The Comfort Pass, PLUS • Enhanced Experience Pass, and SkyDeck package are also available to purchase.

Madeon confirms ‘Good Faith’ date with compilation of teasers

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Madeon confirms ‘Good Faith’ date with compilation of teasersMadeon Photo Cred Diego Andrade

Madeon finally set a date—for Good Faith, that is. The French producer’s sophomore LP will reportedly arrive November 15. The news comes by way of a minute-long video the producer posted on his Twitter earlier today, which also gives fans a bit of aural insight into what’s to come. The video blends clips of Madeon dually in the studio and out and about in nature before it takes a twist into a pink and green multi-colored universe. The video certainly gives fans something to long for alongside the on-deck music scoring the clip in two different halves.

Madeon has released three singles from the album so far with “All My Friends,” “Dream Dream Dream,” and most recently, “Be Fine.” As the full album release draws nearer, fans can only hope that the acclaimed producer will continue to tease more information and music in the time between.

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Madeon releases the third taste from his upcoming ‘Good Faith’ LP, ‘Be Fine’

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Madeon releases the third taste from his upcoming ‘Good Faith’ LP, ‘Be Fine’Madeon Photo Cred Diego Andrade

Madeon has released the newest single from highly anticipated Good Faith LP, “Be Fine,” continuing the highly creative, melodically entrancing, and unique 2019 release spree from the “Shelter” synthpop producer. The track follows singles, “All My Friends” and “Dream Dream Dream,” which received positive reactions from fellow artists and fans alike, including his fellow collaborator and Second Sky partner, Porter Robinson.

The release comes after a heartfelt letter to his fans, where the French producer opened up about his depression while finishing his forthcoming album. After his debut Good Faith show at Lollapalooza, his depression hit harder than expected and the release of his long play had to be put on hold.

These tastes off the album are plenty for the time being, as fans and artist have sent their support for the talented artist to take care of his mental health. His Good Faith tour will continue later this month.

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Madeon opens up about depression and announces new single, ‘Be Fine’

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Madeon opens up about depression and announces new single, ‘Be Fine’Madeon Photo Cred Diego Andrade

Madeon‘s highly anticipated return to dance music has been a gratifying journey to say the least. Ushering the Good Faith chapter of his musical career, the French synthpop producer released singles, “All My Friends” and “Dream Dream Dream” to positive reception from peers and fans alike while debuting his eponymous Beats 1 radio show. Now, after months of waiting, Madeon has delivered Good Faith in full spirits.

In a heartfelt letter to fans, Madeon opened up about his depression leading up to the completion of his forthcoming album, its impact on him after the debut of his Good Faith show at Lollapalooza, and his subsequent decision to put the album on hold. Citing the thematic elements of the album as his motivation for continuously working on his mental health, the “Shelter” producer thanked fans for their patience and empathy in the delay.

“That’s the intimate theme of this work to me: making sense of joy, making sense of darkness. Along the way, over more than three years, Good Faith has been the horizon, the reason I would fight over and over again to get healthy. I want this album, this tour and all that will come after it to paint for you the picture that’s been vividly in my mind all this time.”

Madeon also announced the newest single from Good Faith, “Be Fine” and its release date: Wednesday, Oct. 16. His Good Faith tour will commence later this month.

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Apple features Madeon’s ‘Dream Dream Dream’ in reveal of new iPhones

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Apple features Madeon’s ‘Dream Dream Dream’ in reveal of new iPhonesMadeon Photo Cred Diego Andrade

The Sept. 10 Apple Event brought with it the arrival of a new set of iPhones: the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone Pro Max. The latter two models are the first of their kind, sporting three cameras and improved photography capabilities.

These new models feature a new component that Apple’s cheekily calling “slofies.” These slow-mo selfie videos made their debut to the soundtrack of Madeon’s “Dream Dream Dream,” and the resulting video is a humorous one, showing the use of slow motion via the new phone’s front-facing camera. Though some might find it entertaining, early reactions to the “slowfie” haven’t been overwhelmingly positive. If nothing else, though, dance music fans can appreciate Apple’s good taste in accompanying music.

The new iPhones are available to pre-order on Sept. 13. iOS 13 follows on Sept. 19.

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