Sian casts a spell on edgy new mau5trap EP

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Octopus Recordings head honcho Sian just made his debut on mau5trap earlier this year, but he’s already making huge waves on the label. His first stamp on the Canadian imprint was Ultraviolet 1.0, a six-track EP that was released in May. Not long after, he’s followed up with the second installment in the Ultraviolet EP series, featuring three tracks: “Planets,” “Opium,” and “Nitro.”

Like in his first EP, the skilled artist demonstrates his mastery of the shadowy realm of electronic music, taking his listener through an eerie jungle of industrial, electro, and experimental elements. His sonic presence is commanding, instantly drawing listeners in with pounding basslines and impeccable sound design.

In addition to his slew of new releases over the past few months, Sian is also touring with the mau5trap founder himself. Catch Sian opening for deadmau5 on The Cube V3 tour Sept. 20 and 26 and Oct. 11-12. Tickets still remain for the Oct. 12 stop in San Jose; get yours here.

EDC Orlando unveils 2019 lineup, expands to three days

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2019 promises to be a banner year of production for Electric Daisy Carnival‘s (EDC) East Coast arm in Orlando, as the staple of the Sunshine State festival circuit unveils its largest lineup yet.

The event will bring a broader selection of electronic talent to Tinker Field from November 8-10 as it expands from a two- to a three-day dance affair to accommodate its voracious following. Jam-packed with the genre’s most acclaimed artists, EDC Orlando’s 2019 lineup features 3LAU, ZHU, Kaskade, Habstrakt, Diplo, DJ Snake, CamelPhat, Gorgon City, just to name a few from the star-spangled roster. More than 20 artists will make their timely Orlando debut, including ANNA, FISHER, Nora En Pure, i_o, and San Holo, among others.

An array of stage takeovers further diversifies EDC Orlando’s agenda. Adam Beyer and Green Velvet will curate branded talent for their Drumcode and La La Land demonstrations, respectively. Dreamstate will meanwhile cater to the trance enthusiasts in attendance, while Bassrush, LA’s Factory93, and Insomniac Music Group will assemble their own aural armies across their takeovers. The mau5trap crew is more than likely to further the trademarked fun with a band of We Are Friends envoys.

Passes to EDC Orlando’s 2019 chapter are now available here.

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i_o delivers driving techno EP, ‘House of God’

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i_o is the next notch in the long line of dance music prodigies curated by deadmau5 and his mau5trap domain. The smoldering techno producer’s latest EP on the label, entitled House of God, sees the burgeoning young talent perpetuate his driving, tongue-in-cheek niche in the exciting middle ground between fundamental genres.

As an imprint, mau5trap has never conformed to any preconceived standards of dance music. Following the lead of its founder, mau5trap releases live on either side of the line; alternating between everything from deep techno to upbeat house. With this latest EP, i_o proves he can toy with that line as easily as jumping rope.

The release begins with “Possession.” This track has been inflicting damage in clubs and festivals around the world all year long. It’s punchy kicks and deep grooves solidify its techno identity, but its boiler-plate voice work and accented drop make it an easily digestible fit for any crowd with a penchant for preternatural dancefloor activity.

“House of God” leans heavily on i_o’s darker inclinations, with an oscillating arpeggio sweeping across the duration of the track. A stark contrast from “Ghost in the Machine,” which borrows both its name and its inherent funkiness from the distinguished 1981 LP by The Police.

To close is “Come with Me,” i_o’s collaboration with mau5trap labelmate, Raito. This track defines all the best aspects of a techno track. Nothing happens immediately. New melodic and sonic ideas enter gradually, taking listeners on a journey which is fitting considering both producers involved are merely just beginning to embark on elevated aural adventures themselves.

Stream the full EP below

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Mau5trap recruit C.H.A.Y. packs his bags with new EP, ‘Travel Far’

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With his earliest releases gracing the upper echelons of house labels in Dirtybird and Toolroom Records, there’s little doubt that C.H.A.Y.’s productions are ready for the big leagues. But as the majority of the young musician’s releases exist in the form of collaborations and little-known singles, fans have only caught glimpses, at best, of the Floridian’s greater artistic vision. That all changes with C.H.A.Y.’s newest EP, Travel Far, a 4-track record that takes listeners on a sonic journey to the precipices of conventional electro and tech-house—and even a few steps further.

Travel Far’s title track gives an immediate sense of C.H.A.Y.’s mature, iconoclastic approach to writing club music. It builds, and boy, does it drop, but it doesn’t revolve around the expected crest-and-trough blueprint. Rather, it establishes an aural template and employs a toolbox of instruments within it to elaborate on C.H.A.Y.’s bass-turbulent agenda. It’s a rare look, but one of the few that can give a nine-minute electro song true replayability. This approach, paired with syncopations that lend a nod to label owner/overlord, deadmau5’s 2008 Random Album Title, make “Travel Far” a potent opener to C.H.A.Y’s first mau5trap EP.

Soon, the listener saunters “Into The City,” a musical potpourri. The track enlists chopped classical melodies and noir shading with just a touch of 8-bit synthwork: an electro-house homage to the glitchy, bygone complextro of yesteryear—while offering something completely fresh in the process. On the production side, the amount of tonal textures weaved into the fabric of a four-minute song is aurally improbable, and a glaring sign that C.H.A.Y. is producing well beyond his years. The EP’s third song, “Crime” is undoubtedly (and fittingly) the swaggiest of the release. Swerving its way to late-night glory with its throbbing bass and galloping kick, but also brings another layer of patina to the release as a whole, as a track exclusively comprised of sounds from C.H.A.Y.’s analog outboard.

Travel Far returns to convention with its final tune, “Floxen”, which for better or worse, is the most mainstage track on the release. Here, C.H.A.Y. opts to embrace the build-centric style, which is where “Floxen” may fall flat for some, but its 3/8 rhythm and emotive vocals recorded by C.H.A.Y. himself do more than enough to keep the EP’s final tune afloat.

Simply put, Travel Far is an excellent outing from front to back. Each track manages to be memorable and thump to its own distinct beat, all while sharing common threads throughout. However, what really shines about the release is C.H.A.Y.’s astounding production skill and songwriting tendencies that are on full display, both of which paint a picture of a musician far more seasoned than one would expect from a producer so early into his career.

Exclusive: No Mana and EDDIE unleash ‘Untitled Forever’ on mau5trap

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Allow No Mana and EDDIE to lead you through the dark and shadowy corridors of their new collaboration, “Untitled Forever.”

The two mau5trap frequenters have returned to the famed label to unleash this latest offering, which proves to be a true amalgamation of their styles. Sinister in its beat and daunting in its melodies, “Untitled Forever” is an impressive showing from both artists, who’ve found the perfect haunting vocal to accompany their production.

With the release of the song, they’ve also put together an animated music video that shows the two producers working on the song and bickering about what to name it, finally settling on “Untitled Forever” after chucking hot Cheetos at each other.

The tune marks EDDIE’s second of the year on the label, following “Zombie Mannequin” in January and Spiritual Contraband EP in October. No Mana comes to “Untitled Forever” from his April Skin release with Electrocado and Julian Gray.

“Untitled Forever” is out June 21 via mau5trap. Pre-save it here.

Dive to the deepest depths of bass on i_o’s new ‘Death by Techno’ EP

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Since late 2017, i_o has hacked his way into listeners’ hearts and ears with infectious techno and trance offerings. He’s had a quick rise to notoriety, building a loyal fan base that looks forward to, well, Death by Techno.

In his latest mau5trap installation, the artist has delivered a two-track EP consisting of the lethal title track and a more upbeat number called “No Sleep.” The pair of songs fit in snugly with the artist’s existing discography, pounding fans with a healthy dosage of bass on “Death by Techno” and using soulful vocals as the driving force on “No Sleep.”

In addition to the four-minute radio edit offered on Spotify, fans can find a lengthier version of “No Sleep” on SoundCloud.

Death by Techno is out now via mau5trap.

Spencer Brown and Raito prove fierce and formidable ‘Star Allies’

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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.

STREAM NOW: deadmau5 debuts cube 3.0 on Ultra Music Festival mainstage

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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.

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13 releases second EP of the year, ‘Revelation,’ off mau5trap

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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.

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13 gains mau5trap support on new single, ‘Oath’

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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.