Medasin announces sophomore album, ‘RIPPLS’

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How does Medasin intend to usher in the new year? New music.

The crafty producer took to Twitter on Dec. 3 to divulge that his next long-form production, RIPPLS, would descend in 2020. Medasin shared the accompanying artwork for the album, but did not disclose other salient details, such as a formal release date or a track list. The exact landing date for the 12-track endeavor will presumably follow.

RIPPLS is the successor to Medasin’s debut album, Irene, released in 2018. A cohesive collection of lush cuts, Irene earned Medasin the title of Dancing Astronaut’s 2018 Breakout Artist of the Year.

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Medasin crafts a dreamy rendition of Local Natives’ ‘When Am I Gonna Lose You’

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Medasin crafts a dreamy rendition of Local Natives’ ‘When Am I Gonna Lose You’Medasin Press

Medasin‘s latest remix takes on the lead single, “When Am I Gonna Lose You” from indie rock band Local Natives‘ fourth studio album Violet Street. Converting the upbeat indie number into a lush soundscape tinged with downtempo elements, Medasin masterfully remakes the original track into an infectious slow jam reminiscent of sleepy, summer nights.

Isolating the vocals and peppering the track with delicate synth lines, the new remix carries the crooning qualities of a sensual ballad throughout, while evoking dreamy qualities with the use of swelling chords. Dancing Astronaut‘s Breakout Artist of 2018 carefully employs drums in crafting the progression of the track, with most of the production devoid of them; when the drums finally kick-in during the chorus, the track transforms into an almost R&B-esque breakdown only to quickly dissolve into ambiance again. Delivering a smooth listen of ebbs and flows, the Medasin remix dyes “When Am I Gonna Lose You” with simmering waves of nostalgia.

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 94

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA managing editor Robyn Dexter. With a taste that can only be described as eclectic — to say nothing of a name that lends itself to punnery — DA is happy to present a selection of tracks personally curated by Dexter for your listening pleasure.

Listen in playlist format here.


One week ago, Madnap and Yetep revealed an absolutely show-stopping collaboration with Miranda Glory. “It’s Just You” is an emotive journey through Glory’s shimmering vocals, interspersed with dramatic breakdowns and heavy synthwork. The powerful instrumentals were what first hooked me on this tune, but as I’ve listened to it over and over again, I’ve come to truly appreciate the harmonious contrast of Glory’s soothing vocals and the forceful production.

Kramder continues to thrill with a steady stream of infectious house releases. For his latest, he’s taken to Uprise Music for some disco-infused production. “No Time To Be” is a steady-rocking funk tune that uses choppy vocals and a grooving beat to lure the listener in. In his latest release, the French producer has developed a fun, retro edge to his style, helping pave the way for the reemergence of disco elements in today’s house music.

For her new remix package, MARINA has tapped celebrated producer Claptone for a sultry house spin. This dark and moody rendition of “Orange Trees” deviates from the summery atmosphere of the original, which MARINA created to pay homage to the island she grew up on in Greece. Claptone dives to the depths of the nearby ocean on his remake, creating an almost somber backdrop with a deep bassline and shadowy synth melodies.

After six years, Camo & Krooked have made their return to Hospital Records with “Loa.” According to UKF, this new single was “inspired by Haitian voodoo rituals” and Haitian instruments, making for a drum ‘n’ bass song that’s in a league of its own. The introduction is complex and compelling, leaving the listener wondering what’s in store and what the drop will be like. With a unique and addictive drop, fans will find themselves racing through the jungle as the duo paints a vivid sonic picture with their impeccable production.

Dancing Astronaut‘s Breakout Artist of 2018 continues to inspire us with an impressive showing so far in 2019. He follows up his debut LP, Irene, and February’s “Mr. Skitters” with a gorgeous remix of Local Natives’ “When Am I Gonna Lose You.” Medasin’s dreamy style fits in perfectly with the nostalgic feel of Local Natives’ music. Medasin’s subtle trap beat paired with falsetto and pensive harmonies are a match made in heaven.

Luxuriate in Medasin’s latest downtempo dreamscape, ‘Always Afternoon’

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Medasin‘s new single is a gossamer little number that takes a hint from its very own title when it comes to arrangement. Entitled “Always Afternoon,” the lulling tune embodies the lazy, lethargic crawl of an afternoon that stretches on at an unhurried pace. “Always Afternoon” unfurls with a dreamy euphoria that Medasin sets into motion at the song’s beginning, where soft chords coalesce as the vocals of featured artist, Kathleen, gently filter in.

Tonally, there’s a temperate buoyancy to the track that Kathleen’s vocal contribution mimics, as her vocals effortlessly glide atop the single’s electronic foundation. It’s easy to think of “Always Afternoon” as the sister single to Medasin’s preceding release, “At Fault.” Distinguishable for its hip-hop leanings, “At Fault” strikes a similarity to “Always Afternoon” in its use of a laid back, downtempo arrangement, and comparably soothing chords.

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NMF Roundup: FISHER delivers new single, Gareth Emery & Ashley Wallbridge unveil LP, Whethan links with Jeremih + 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.

This week brings with it the arrival of a fiery new FISHER single—one fans have been eagerly anticipating—along with the next track from Avicii‘s posthumous album, TIM, called “Tough Love.” Gareth Emery and Ashley Wallbridge have delivered a 14-track LP called Kingdom United, featuring euphoric trance numbers like “Vesper.” Whethan‘s tapped Jeremih for his new single, “Let me Take You,” and Alpha 9 and Kameron Alexander arrive at Anjunabeats “Before The Dawn.” Boombox Cartel and MadeinTYO create a trappy party atmosphere in “NEW WIP,” and Habstrakt keeps the bass slapping in “Control.” Kill Paris once again uses plants to create music in “Venus Fly Trap,” and RL Grime unveils instrumental versions of his NOVA tracks, including “Shoulda.” Gorgon City and Kaskade lead us into the weekend with “Go Slow,” and Hannah Wants unleashes a retro house number with “Love Somebody.” Ellie Goulding taps Don Diablo for a remix of “Sixteen,” and Kölsch takes on Jam & Spoon’s “Stella.” David Guetta and RAYE join forces on “Stay (Don’t Go Away),” and Medasin crafts a breezy piece with Kathleen, “Always Afternoon.”

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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Medasin and Felly link up for breezy slow burner, ‘At Fault’ [Stream]

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From the opening measures of Medasin and Felly’s new collaboration, “At Fault,” it’s clear the pair make a complementary match. Felly and Medasin both exhibit the same chameleonic qualities in production style and aesthetic, effectively able to credibly cover hip-hop, jazz, surf rock, trap, electro-soul and more between the two of them. Coming together for “At Fault,” the pair craft a dreamy, downtempo hip-hop cut that’s primed for late-night-windows-down cruising.

The new collaboration signals a wave of upcoming material underway from the ALT:Vision producer, who was named Dancing Astronaut‘s Breakout Artist of the Year in 2018. On “At Fault,” Connecticut-native rapper Felly glides over Medasin’s tightly wound percussion sequences and hazy, atmospheric synth arrangements, rhyming around the constructs of Medasin’s calming beat for a perfect summer vibe that’s definitely worth repeated listens. Hear “At Fault” below.

NMF Roundup: Medasin and Felly team up, 1788-L and Deathpact deliver ‘M A L F U N K T’ + 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.

A-Trak kicks off this week’s new music offerings with a groovy remix of Showtek‘s “Listen To Your Momma.” Medasin delivers his second release of the year, “At Fault,” with Felly, and 1788-L and Deathpact make a powerful team on “M A L F U N K T.” Claude VonStroke summons warm weather with “Getting Hot,” and Calvin Harris releases a 2019 edit of “I’m Not Alone.” Shadient‘s Divide EP makes its debut on Gud Vibrations with tracks like “Cyclone,” and Goldroom follows “Cocaine Girl” with “Yellow Flowers.” Cheat Codes and Kaskade craft a bouncing new single, “Be The One,” and Jai Wolf‘s The Cure to Loneliness LP has finally arrived with tracks like “Drowning” with Robokid. GRiZ‘s album has also arrived, delivering a barrage of good vibes with tracks like “Cruise Control,” and Alison Wonderland drops off her latest single, “Peace.” Destructo and Gerry Gonza keep the dance floor moving with “Rubber Band,” and Bassnectar unveils his latest compilation, complete with tracks like “Irresistible Force.” Varien melds genres with his latest, “Born of Blood, Risen From Ash,” and Conro dances into the weekend with “Remember You” on Monstercat.

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.

Alison Wonderland surprises fans with upcoming Red Rocks show

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Known for a big sound and a dedicated fanbase, Alison Wonderland has been a festival favorite for years. Now, after headlining her own tours and playing shows with Dillon Francis, Alison Wonderland continues her monumental rise with her first ever headlining show at Red Rocks.

Bringing along, Medasin (Dancing Astronaut‘s Breakout Artist of 2018), Ekali, and Wuki, the event is sure to showcase the fusion of lush textures and heavy bass, perhaps with a side of live instrumentation. Deemed the ‘Temple of Wonderland,’ the show is set to take place on September 12, 2019. While tickets are not yet available, Wonderland has provided a sign-up link to receive a pre-sale code in the near future here.

Zedd announces 2019 Red Rocks event, Zedd on the Rocks

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Zedd‘s next headlining enterprise will take him to a one of a kind outdoor setting: Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The “365” collaborator will present Zedd on the Rocks on June 19. Hippie Sabotage, Snakehips, and dwilly will provide support at the all-ages event.

Zedd on the Rocks evidences a budding annual trend in the context of Zedd’s event calendar, specifically the DJ’s yearly presentation of a one-day mini-festival. Zedd notably headlined Insomniac-produced Zedd in the Park in 2018 at Los Angeles’ State Historic Park. Zedd in the Park enlisted Whethan, Medasin, and Oliver Tree as openers.

Pre-sale tickets to Zedd on the Rocks will go on sale at 10 a.m. MST on February 27. Those interested in purchasing pre-sale tickets can register for pre-sale ticket access, here. General tickets will become available for purchase at 10 a.m. MST on March 1.

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Medasin invites listeners to escape into a dreamy soundscape on new single, ‘Mr. Skitters’

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Dancing Astronaut’s Breakout Artist of 2018, Medasin returns to the electronic release ring to submit his first original production of 2019, “Mr. Skitters.” Medasin weaves his characteristic melodic magic on “Mr. Skitters.” The downtempo tune unfurls with languid ease, its tranquil tone a soft embrace, and a warm invitation to listeners to go ahead and cue the “repeat” button. The smooth sonic bliss that streamers found on Medasin’s debut LP, Irene, appears anew on “Mr. Skitters.”

Medasin seamlessly intermingles a series of electronic elements and coalesces these constituents into refined technical unity. The unimposing bass that ebbs and flows as it undergirds the track and the gleaming synth work that rolls in waves throughout the single’s three-minute time prove responsible for much of the song’s dreamy character. “Mr. Skittles” is evidence that Medasin has found his wheelhouse, and remains therein.

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