Introducing Lunar Lunes: DA’s new weekly SoundCloud playlist

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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 will be a landing pad for SoundCloud users who want a whole new dose of tunes to kick off the work week.

This week’s Lunar Lunes is highlighted by 25 new tunes from artists like Wolfgang Gartner, i_o and No Mana, CURBI, Luca Lush, and many more. Win and Woo channel warm summer days in their latest, “Satisfied.” Black Coffee and Aquatone have remixed AGORIA’s “Embrace” to craft a mellow, peaceful environment. Melodic dubstep aficionado Au5 tackles Celldweller’s “Eon” in an interesting turn of events. Justin Caruso taps Jake Miller for a pop-friendly original, “Don’t Know You” on Big Beat Records. Ephwurd teams up with ATRIP to sample Beastie Boys’ iconic “Ch-Check It Out” in a bass-laden house track. Jaenga melds dubstep and elements of drum & bass in his take on Zeds Dead and 1000 Volts’ “Kill Em.”

The selection will be updated every Lunes (Monday).

Solomun reupholsters Keinemusik’s ‘You Are Safe’ into sinister peak time detonator

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Solomun’s reupholstered Keinemusik  Rampa, Adam Port, &ME’s — “You Are Safe,” once the brooding synth-led intro of the eponymous album, into a compelling peak time detonator.

Imbuing electro elements into its sinister prelude, Solomon still allows the soundscape to slowly unfold, just with deeper dance elements ensuring its listeners that all paths lead to the dance floor.

With a solid 4/4 foundation at its core, Solomun meets the track’s staccato percussion maze and synths with simultaneous escalation. “You Are Safe” ultimately explodes into an almighty floor shaker, and will undoubtedly see out its life across floors worldwide soon.

Photo Credit: Erik Voake

Solomun reupholsters Keinemusik’s ‘You Are Safe’ into sinister peak time detonator

This post was originally published on this site

Solomun’s reupholstered Keinemusik  Rampa, Adam Port, &ME’s — “You Are Safe,” once the brooding synth-led intro of the eponymous album, into a compelling peak time detonator.

Imbuing electro elements into its sinister prelude, Solomon still allows the soundscape to slowly unfold, just with deeper dance elements ensuring its listeners that all paths lead to the dance floor.

With a solid 4/4 foundation at its core, Solomun meets the track’s staccato percussion maze and synths with simultaneous escalation. “You Are Safe” ultimately explodes into an almighty floor shaker, and will undoubtedly see out its life across floors worldwide soon.

Photo Credit: Erik Voake

Damian Lazarus announces remarkable 13th annual Get Lost Miami lineup

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Damian Lazarus is bringing his otherworldly Get Lost party to Miami Music Week for its 13th annual installment March 24-25.

Despite the ever-fluctuating tides of Miami’s readily available scene, the off-kilter ethos of Get Lost will continue to be a mainstay, proven in its continual cultivation of intimate after-hours vibes.

With more than 50 artists playing in just over 24 hours, Damian Lazarus’ MMW alternative is supplying the underground with the artistry they need. Seth Troxler’s playing a 5 a.m. opening set. Detroit legend Carl Craig and the high priestess of South African house music, Black Coffee, will get behind the decks. The festival features an appearance from the wizard himself, and an extended closing set from the trio Wizardry: DJ Three, Damian Lazarus, and DJ Tennis.

Legends like Doc Martin, Kenny Glasgow, Soul Clap, Kerri Chandler, Fur Coat, Kölsch, and more will all perform live at the Lost Mythical cities-themed event.

More information and tickets are available here.

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Meet the counselors of Dirtybird Campout East: Rampa

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Dirtybird Campout has grown past a simple gathering and into a phenomenon that has gained national interest. Claude VonStroke and his flock have created a truly unforgettable experience that harkens back to childhood memories while also offering an immersive transformational festival experience — complete with an endless supply of rage-worthy music. 2018 marks a milestone year, in which the Campout ventures eastward for its first time to enjoy a sunny jaunt in Florida amidst the winter months. Ahead of its East Coast debut, we assembled a batch of artist “counselors” from the roster and grilled them on camping memories, their careers, and more.

The name “Rampa” bespeaks a caliber of musical production and an attention to detail that is continually evinced by the releases stamped with the name. Since 2009, the German producer has grown to become a marker of musical mastery and dexterity in the electronic sector, with his music appearing on a diverse body of imprints, including Cocoon, Innervisions, Kompakt, 2020 Vision, and Crosstown Rebels, among others.

A constituent of the three-part Keinemusik collective which defines itself as a “little DIY cosmos,” Rampa is joined by Adam Port and &ME as they work to spread the musical message of their brand & label of the same name. Rampa’s individual productions, but also as a stimulating collaborative platform for the trio. One particularly memorable release of theirs is their first album, Are You Safe, which came out in November of 2017.

Rampa’s prowess as a producer is not only powerful, but potently so — hence his inclusion on the lineup for Dirtybird Campout East’s inaugural iteration. His recent increased focus on the intricacies of music production can be expected to seamlessly translate into a live performance at St. Cloud that will be nothing short of complex, and nothing less than stunning in its construction.

What has been your proudest career accomplishment thus far?
To be able to cancel all shows, stay home, chill and create music that is relevant to me.

Where do you find the most inspiration to create new music?
By being offline and chill…the less I have on my ‘to do’ list, the easier the ideas come. Being bored for me is a positive thing. I wish the whole world could shut the f*ck up a few days per year. Imagine how dope that would be. After that, we party hard again of course 😉

What essential camping items can you not live without?
That’s a nice question…the answer is maybe not so thrilling: a knife, a lighter, and a drum.

How would you survive if you were stranded in the woods for a week?
Easily. I grew up on a farm in the blackforrest. I’d build a hut, hunt, and would enjoy one week of quiet chill time.

What are you looking forward to most about Dirtybird Campout East?
To listen to nice music on a nice sound system in nature.

What is your craziest camping memory?
Not super crazy but the only memory…I went camping only one time in my life. Second day I met this girl, she stayed in a hotel nearby…lucky me, rest of the trip I slept in the hotel too

 If you could recommend three artists to catch from the lineup, who would you pick?
Uff that question is a little mean…I see &ME and Adam [Port] all the time anyways, so it would be DJ Tennis, Green Velvet, and Seth [Troxler] I think

Minimal Effort imports underground techno veterans to a major LA setting [Review]

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Techno has been an unshakeable force in American electronic music culture since its stateside inception in 1980s Detroit. In recent years – particularly since the unofficial “EDM boom” of 2010 – techno has served as an underground resistance of sorts to many of dance music’s more commercial iterations. Since assuming this role in the US dance music dichotomy, techno has appreciated a substantial surge in popularity. As taste-makers become compelled to form their own events, and as event producers become more tasteful themselves, there has been a visible push to elevate the sounds of the underground to a broader stage.

In Los Angeles, Minimal Effort stands at the forefront of this endeavor. Founded in 2013 by industry veterans including Cyril Batar, Minimal Effort set out to create something “raw,” that would appeal to the underground tastes of seasoned club connoisseurs, but would also attract broader audiences in an effort to expand the Los Angeles techno scene. As Bitar puts it, “Our vision is to instill the existence of awareness and appreciation of sophisticated dance culture in LA—but above ground so it’s accessible to all.”

Three years since its establishment, Minimal Effort continues to grow as a major influencer in the LA techno renaissance. The company’s success – particularly with their benchmark Halloween and New Year’s Eve mini-festivals – has been the result of their resilience, adaptability, authenticity, and most importantly, their tasteful bookings. Though inevitable complications led Minimal Effort to switch their NYE 2016 event to Downtown LA’s Globe Theater at the last minute, the show was resoundingly successful in bringing the underground to the city’s surface.

Henry Saiz Live Band. Picture by Chris Soltis.

Henry Saiz Live Band. Image by Chris Soltis.

For their New Year’s Eve event, Minimal Effort refashioned the Globe Theater into a three-tiered manifestation of club culture’s different facets over the course of a 12-hour party. Upstairs, nestled just past the VIP viewing balconies, the Space Yacht stage hosted the lineup’s most widely-accessible acts in the venues most upbeat setting. Evoking the essence of a lounge, Space Yacht recruited the talents of tech house and deep house fixtures such as Amtrac, Kastle, and Sacha Robotti, offering respite to those wishing to socialize or take a brief break from the warehouse sensibilities below.

The Basement stage, as its name suggests, provided quite literal representation of underground house and techno. Led by Mikey Lion, Porkchop, Lee Reynolds, and Marbs, the Desert Hearts Crew took command over the party’s subterranean level. The Southern Californian collective reveled in the darkened cavern’s sonorous acoustics, taking advantage of the warehouse ambience afforded by its minimal lighting as the ideal forum to promote their core mantra of “House. Techno. Love.”

Minimal Effort Basement Stage Photo By Jamie Rosenberg

Basement. Image by Jamie Rosenberg.

Desert Hearts bookended the Basement stage’s itinerary with a diverse blend of house, techno and wildly divergent samplings throughout their intermittent tenures. From 7:00-9:00, the cabal of performers heightened attendees’ energy for the tribal stylings of South American luminary Nicola Cruz, the eldritch techno of the quickly ascending German bellwether &ME, and dutifully-woven, electro-infused offerings from legendary British duo Simian Mobile Disco. From 1:00-4:00, Desert Hearts returned to their post, allowing underground carousers to continue the Basement’s bacchanalia well into the wee hours of 2017.

Minimal Effort’s main attraction for the evening was, of course, the Theater stage, which allowed attendees the rare opportunity to see icons of techno’s underground in a full-fledged concert setting. As the bulk of attendees filed into the venue in the hours leading up to the ball drop, Human Resources (Bitar’s own duo with Ahmed Elwan) and Francesca Lombardo took center stage. Lombardo would reprise this role the following day, presiding as the headliner for Minimal Effort’s New Year’s Day recovery event, to which concertgoers were given complimentary access.

Audion drops the ball. Picture by Chris Soltis.

Audion. Image by Chris Soltis. 

The sacred responsibility of ushering in the new year was bestowed upon Audion, the experimental techno alias of veteran DJ Matthew Dear. Indeed, no performer on the festival’s bill could have proved to be more fitting than Dear for two reasons. Firstly, Audion’s electrifying brand of techno matched the raucous energy of the NYE countdown far better than the more somber tones of his successors would have. Secondly, there is an ephemeral, perhaps epochal nature to any Audion set; Alpha, Dear’s 2016 album under his alter-ego, came after a decade-long hiatus from the Audion project. Among the crowd, there was a tacit appreciation for the ability to catch the Texan techno maverick in 2017, as it may be quite some time before the opportunity re-emerges.

Recondite provided the Theater stage’s first set of 2017, and likely, the event’s most-anticipated. In November, the German producer purveyed an EMOTY-nominated Essential Mix consisting entirely of his own music, cementing his status as one of the year’s most fervently-acclaimed techno artists. Amid the uninitiated, Lorenz Brunner’s primely-slotted set invoked a palpable sense of wonderment regarding how he would translate the essence of his definitive BBC Radio 1 set into a live context. Indeed, Recondite did not disappoint, as he transported his audience into an abyss of ominous, cerebral, and deeply mesmerizing techno. Arguably one of the night’s most scintillating moments revealed itself in the climax of Brunner’s “Warg,” as the crash of its inaugural snare pervaded throughout the venue in a cold, sonic eruption that would not leave spectators’ spines until the next day’s hangovers arrived.

Stephan Bodzin. Picture by Chris Soltis

Stephan Bodzin. Image by Chris Soltis.

If Recondite was Minimal Effort’s darkest act, then Stephan Bodzin was the festival’s albatross – guiding wayward listeners back into the light with his utterly transcendental instrumentations. Yet, this light would prove to be beguiling, as Bodzin plunged into more sinister realms. Evoking the essence of Mercury, Bodzin’s minimal, yet shimmering visual backdrop set an awe-inspiring stage for the legendary techno pioneer’s auditory journey. Standing solemnly behind a Moog synthesizer, Bodzin traversed a wide range of emotions and sensibilities, never pigeonholing his performance to one reductive essence.

Minimal Effort’s attendees concluded their night at the Theater stage with the psychedelic visuals and celestial stylings of the Henry Saiz Live Band. Providing the most ethereal set of the night, the outfit’s live instrumentations displayed a different facet to the techno festival, and offered a hope-inspiring transition out of the festival and into the new year.

At the end of the 12-hour dance marathon, it was clear that techno is continuing to become a much larger force in the Los Angeles club scene, and Minimal Effort is going to be a large part of this ascension.