The summer festival circuit might be cooling down, but Halloween lineups are keeping things hot heading into the fall events season. Chief among them comes from the organizers at Diskolab, with Wynwood Fear Factory’s stacked 2019 lineup. Mana Wynwood Warehouse is the place to be on October 25, with Illenium, Knife Party, Gareth Emery, Malaa, and more all making their way to Miami for Halloween.
Additional support comes by way of performances from Matt Medved, EDX, and DROELOE. Wynwood Fear Factory passes and VIP packages are on sale now — purchase tickets here.
Malaa keeps the tone ominous in the newest visual accompaniment to recent single featuring Jacknife, “Revolt.” In Malaa’s typically noir-leaning fashion, the new video is shot in black and white, and depicts various characters wearing the enigmatic producer’s calling card black mask.
Malaa’s impersonating characters smash cars, tout guns, engaging in a variety of crime-laced stunts throughout the video, inciting total mayhem throughout. The video has an artistic edge, replete with dancers spinning in and out of flames, motorcycles, and more. Tune in below.
After more than eight months since its last iteration, a new WHO IS MALAA mix from house music’s masked avenger has materialized, no doubt to his fervent following’s maniacal merriment. Although it’s been a while, the mysterious Frenchman is still at the forefront of driving, propulsive beats. A significant departure from his previous mixes, though, this mix lends itself to the bouncier, Ibiza-friendly sound that’s enthralled the next phase of house music fanatics in recent months.
Stand out tracks from the mix come from a variety of house mavens including “Off” from Dale Howard, a notable Elrow release, in addition to Martin Ikin’s latest release on Toolroom, “How I Feel,” which does serious damage in the midst of this half-hour house-cursion. The world may not be any closer to knowing who Malaa really is, but his sonic identity remains crystal clear.
Their 72-minute set took attendees through an array of both artists’ tunes, sprinkling some IDs and songs from friends like Green Velvet, Valentino Khan, Wax Motif, and many more.
The iconic duo seamlessly wove one heater into the next, no doubt thrilling all who were fortunate enough to be in the crowd. Luckily for the rest of the world, the set has surfaced on DJ Snake’s SoundCloud and is now streamable for all.
Flashing back to April of this year, DJ Snake extended his interminable archive of notable collaborations when he unleashed his hip-hop blockbuster, “Enzo.” The posse cut showcased A-listers including Offset, 21 Savage, Gucci Mane, and Sheck Wes, and now the track has received a boost from Snake’s masked affiliate and fellow Pardon My French teammate, Malaa.
Those attending EDC Las Vegas this summer received a fleeting introduction to Malaa’s bouncy rendition of “Enzo” making him a clear candidate to handle the first official remix. The Ferrari-denominated flip is a welcomed pivot for those craving a quicker tempo than DJ Snake’s original cut. This is far from Malaa’s first remix for Snake— it’s inevitable that the duo ready a proper collaboration, especially considering the two are rumored for back-to-back performances at this year’s Hard Summer and Electric Zoo.
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.
Kygo kicks off this week’s NMF with a dancefloor-ready posthumous Whitney Houston collaboration, “Higher Love,” and Wave Racer returns after more than two years with “Auto.” RL Grimes comes in swinging with an edit of G Jones’ “In Your Head,” and Habstrakt brings his forceful brand of house music to Gud Vibrations with “De La Street.” Chris Lake and Lee Foss team up for “Lies, Deception, and Fantasy,” and Diplo releases a set of remixes for Higher Ground, including a rework by Solardo. Claude VonStroke joins forces with ZDS and KE for “Comments,” and Malaa takes things up a notch with a feisty remix of DJ Snake’s “Savage.” Madeaux links with Dances With White Girls for “Club Demons,” and “Worlds Collide” on Nervo’s latest. Goldroom continues a slew of releases with “I Can Feel It” with Love, Alexa. ShockOne and The Bloody Beetroots take to Monstercat for their new single, “Run,” and Laidback Luke and Mark Bale dance into the weekend with “Party Starter.” Klingande and Stevie Appleton craft an easygoing single in “Sinner,” and Moguai remixes Oliver Heldens’ “Summer Lover.”
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.
French house producer Malaa has been laying low for the past few months after a successful 2018 No Redemption EP and accompanying tour with fellow CONFESSION label-mate and Pardon My French member Tchami. The masked artist has now dropped “Addiction,” his first release of 2019 on Tchami’s CONFESSION imprint.
Joining the ranks of EDM tracks about cocaine, “Addiction” pushes a dark and sexy tech-house vibe that fits synonymously with Malaa’s existing portfolio of warehouse heaters. Equipped with a deep bassline loop and monotonous narration of coke addiction symptoms, “Addiction” builds its narrative with a classic house structure packed with vocal chops, buzzy synths, and a nicely layered set of percussive elements. Minimalist and low-key without compromising on production, “Addiction” comes forth as a solid first release of the year by Malaa.
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.
Get Lucky festival is ringing in the 2019 spring season under thick blankets of bass.
Running just one weekend shy of St. Patty’s Day, the March 8-9 V2 Presents festival has secured REZZ and Borgore as headliners. Its undercard echoes an equal brand of seductive strangeness, including Liquid Stranger, Malaa, Bro Safari, and 1788-L. Indeed, Get Lucky seems to have all its bass bases covered this year.
Returning to Salt Lake City at The Great Saltair resort, Get Lucky will host multiple, attentively curated stages, including a main stage, aka Celtic Palace, and the outdoor Tent of Gold, reserved exclusively for the festival’s hardstyle acts, inlcuding Starx, Lady Faith, and more.
This year’s talent reflects the continued success Get Lucky organizers have had with the annual event since its humble beginnings in 2006. Tickets are on sale now here.
Pardon My French is taking over Red Rocks on April 26. The French collective comprised of DJ Snake, Tchami, Malaa, and Mercer are reuniting for the first time since 2016 at the naturally acoustic megastructure that’s hosted many of music’s most iconic acts for the last 75 years plus. The collective was established in 2015 with the aim of bringing French electronic artists together.
Last year, Tchami and Malaa took their Confessions Tour to Red Rocks, a spectacle performance that played on the concept of heaven and hell. This year, the entire Pardon My French crew is rolling deep, and the four-man collective is promising Colorado a show fans won’t soon forget as the spring events circuit reaches full swing. Tickets for the Pardon My French takeover are available for AXS and AEG presale on Thursday, January 31 at 10:00 a.m. MT, and general sale on Friday, February 1 at 10:00 a.m. MT.
Click here to buy tickets (presale passcode: PMFRRX)