After making his mau5trap debut last year with “Windows 95 On Acid,” Spencer Brown has returned to the coveted label dwelling with the no-nonsense, Raito-assisted “Star Allies” in hand.
The equal parts foreboding and dreamy techno track melds Brown’s penchant for cosmic, crescendoing synth lines with Raito’s sweat-inducing, rave-redolent accents. Spanking percussion runs abound atop serrated synth emissions that reverberate well beyond the bounds of earth’s exosphere. “Star Allies,” therefore, is best suited for either anomalous dance floors or effective astral projection.
Brown solidified his proclivity for transcendent, progressive soundscapes with his Anjunabeats-bolstered Illusion Of Perfection album last spring. He has repeatedly attributed much of his success to working alongside the late Avicii, who signed Brown to his label, LE7ELS, when the San Francisco native was still just a teenager. Raito’s rise to wide electronic recognition has been similarly swift, aligning himself with the likes of REZZ and Boys Noize, just to name a few.
Ultra Music Festival is well underway, marking the 2019 edition as a historical one with their move to the Virginia Key island. With numerous highly anticipated performances still yet to come, deadmau5 will take the stage to debut the latest of his large scale production endeavours with the Cube 3.0. After the recent announcement of his upcoming fall North American tour, the Canadian producer will unveil his stage set up, in all its grandiose at the Ultra Live Arena on Saturday, March 30.
To see the Cube 3.0 in action, tune into the Ultra livestream now.
13 has dropped his second EP this year, Revelation, on mau5trap, serving as a follow-up to his jarring Old World Order EP, released earlier this year on Mad Decent. Melding a combination that’s both hip-hop and electronic, the REZZ collaborator continues to curate bouncing heavy bass music. “Oath” was released earlier this month, lending a taste for the mau5trap recruit. “Delusion” and “Purgatory” continue through high-energy sound design rich in glitch folly.
13 collaborated with REZZ on singles “DRUGS!” and “The Crazy Ones,” off last year’s Certain Kind of Magic LP. Bass heads looking to slow down from the riddim can look forward to this emphatic undercard. For the illusive artist’s production heavy side, Dancing Astronaut interviewed 13 about sound curation following his previous project.
After his thrashing 2017 debut with REZZ, their “DRUGS!” collaboration, 13 has been working his way up the rungs of the bass music scene. After another song with REZZ and multiple on Mad Decent, 13 is back with his second release of 2019 “Oath.”
Marking his first mau5trap release, “Oath” sees 13 taking his music to the extremes of the mid-tempo bass threshold. Accompanied by an official visualizer, the track’s heavy sound matches the video’s dark, glossy, 3D depiction of the music. Haunting vocal cuts lead to a harrowing drop, with fully distorted synths crunching their way into a heavy trap breakdown. With mounting support from some of the industry’s key figureheads, 13 has set himself up for seemingly limitless electronic rank ascension in 2019.
Jon Gooch, aka Feed Me, has been an innovator in the electro scene for years, from his mau5trap-aligned classics like “One Click Headshot” to his work with Noisia and Kill The Noise. Now back with his first full-length project since 2016, the British producer has just unveiled High Street Creeps, his second studio album and yet another mau5trap release.
Spanning 10 tracks, the album was preceded by singles “Sleepless” and “Feel Love,” which showcased Feed Me’s darker and more melodic sides, respectively. The producer finds a way to stay true to his beloved electro stylings while venturing out into some techno sounds on “Shimmer” and breakbeat rhythms on “Perfect Blue.” However, Feed Me returns the spotlight to his EDM-flavored electro for most of the album, with inspiring and complex synth work underscoring the boisterous production that Gooch is known to provide.
This project will be a follow up to his 2018 Visceral LP released on mau5trap. While those three words are the only details, the LP’s experimental sounds have staying power, which should give fans a lot to look forward to.
Getter will embark on his “Visceral Live” US tour on February 16, starting at Insomniac‘s “Crush So Cal” and continuing through April 2019. See a full list of tour dates and ticket info here. The Vine-phenomenon turned electronic producer also stars in Real Bros Of Simi Valley, a reality show satire created by comedian Jimmy Tatro. Watch the latest season now on Facebook Watch.
i_o joins Tommy Trash, the “Reload” producer with Sebastian Ingrosso and John Martin, in his return to progressive house with their new single “Let Me Go” featuring Daisy Guttridge. In fact, one of the last songs Tommy Trash released was with i_o about a year ago: “Oxygen,” also featuring Guttridge. Whereas the former was released on Spinnin‘, this time around deadmau5 showcased the collaboration on his mau5trap imprint.
“Let Me Go” begins with Guttridge’s soothing vocals making their way to a bed of synths that lead into arpeggiated plucks a slow build. These plucks are maintained as the lead melody amidst a progressive house rhythm and vocal fills.
i_o represented on Dancing Astronaut’s Ones to Watch in 2019 list with a stellar 2018 from his debut EP, ANALOG//DDoS, all the way to his most recent bass-centric Low EP. Teaming up with Tommy Trash continues to add credibility to the rising star.
For now, fans whet their appetites with the album’s first delicious morsel. “Feel Love” is an instant classic, pairing evocative and soaring vocals from Rosie Doonan with Feed Me’s crisp and crackling instrumentation. The producer’s take hearkens back to his earlier progressive-tinged tracks like “Relocation,” with a dash of wistful indie pop melancholy mastered in past hits like “Love Is All I Got.” It’s a brilliant first volley from Gooch’s return, and fans shouldn’t bother reading too much into “Feel Love” as a clue of his LP’s sonic character–with Feed Me on deck, it’s a good bet to expect the unexpected.
Just a few days after the release of his first-ever film score for Netflix’s Polar, deadmau5, via mau5trap‘s Twitter page, has confirmed he’ll be unveiling the third installment of his mau5ville album series Feb. 1.
Per a tracklist obtained by Reddit user Good4Josh2, the album will host a number of native mau5trap faces, including No Mana (“Quests with Time Limits”) and C.O.Z. (“Over”), as well as a number of official remixes from the likes of Mark Mackenzie, OFFAIAH, and more. Level 3 will also host another original collaboration between mau5trap’s fearless leader and Shotty Horroh (“Are You Not Afraid”).
The first pair of mau5ville compilations birthed now-hits like the Rob Swire-propelled “Monophobia,” (Level 1) and deadmau5’s long-awaited collaboration with Lights, “Drama Free,” (Level 2).
2018 was an impressive year of brand building for Tinlicker. The Utrecht-based duo erected a strong point of view in their own unique progressive sound with consistent original and remix releases throughout the year. It’s clear that they’re not stopping this momentum any time soon with the release of a four-track EP on mau5trap. This time, About You takes us through a story told in an ebb and flow of dark melodies. Its title track, for example, is a bittersweet vocal tune that tugs at the heartstrings with warm synth progressions and a soothing low-end. This emotive atmosphere turns out to be a motif of the EP, manifesting itself through mysterious riffs in “Gone Girl,” stark melodies in “Less Than A Minute,” and finally, through classic deadmau5-inspired synthwork in “Patchwork.” It’s safe to say Tinlicker are looking like dance music juggernauts in 2019.