Kill Paris unveils a magical take on Mija’s ‘Falling ApART (again)’

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Indiana native Corey Baker, better known as the multi-instrumentalist and producer extraordinaire Kill Paris, is back with his all encompassing chill soundscapes in the form of a whimsical remix for Mija.

In his rendition of ‘Falling ApART (again),” Kill Paris keep the track minimal but pitches up the vocal and strategically places it, driving the energy into all the right cracks and corners. He builds more and more with crisp claps and a strumming bassline that perfectly blend into a drop infused with his signature style, that seems to only get better with time.

With so much music in the arsenal and yet another killer remix, Kill Paris plans on releasing his Sophmore album at the end of the summer…so stay tuned.

From Roof to speaker: stream Mija’s three-hour Output set

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‘Fk a genre,’ and delight in Mija‘s three-hour set, originally delivered atop The Roof at Output.

A variant performance replete with melodious house cuts punctuated with the occasional wub and rich DnB respites, the set captures Mija at her Brooklyn best.

Mija and Billy Kenny suit up for far out ‘Afterparty Planet’

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Two esteemed members of the Dirtybird clan and known cohorts, Mija and Billy Kenny, have joined forces for “Afterparty Planet,” an intergalactic house expedition, this time through This Ain’t Bristol. The track serves as one fifth of Kenny’s Billy Kenny & Friends 2 compilation album, featuring a number of zany collaborations with the likes of Weiss, Bot, Wongo, and Anime Edge.

The vastly nuanced track features a number of eccentric tidbits, including whirling, siren-like synths and ricocheting samples, to complement a steadily bouncing beat. Following suit with nearly all of her other works, Mija lends the track her own alien-channeling vocal sample, that is equal parts outlandish and adorable.

Mija shares dizzying drum & bass tune, ‘Talk’

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To coincide with her EDC Las Vegas performance, Mija has released her first single, “Talk,” since her exploratory HOW TO MEASURE THE DISTANCE BETWEEN LOVERS EP, released early 2018.

Mija’s music is invariably fluid–hence her “fk a genre” mantra. Her budding discography has already touched on styles ranging from pummeling bass house, with her 2015 OWSLA debut with Ghastly, “Crank It,” to the tender synth-pop from her recent EP. An adept visual artist, singer, songwriter, DJ, and producer, Mija offers her unapologetic, unequivocal strangeness to a slew of mediums.

In a similar vein to her April remix of Alice Glass‘ “Without Love,” though vastly more chaotic, Mija’s “Talk” delves deep into the intoxicating disarray of drum & bass. Unfettered by convention, “Talk” is brimming with jazzy bass displays and dissonant synth layering. The track’s turbulent tone is elevated by both its fluttering percussion and a monologue Mija herself provided, within which she questions the precarious, cyclical nature of reality.

Stream all the best sets from day 1 of EDC Las Vegas 2018

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With the first day of EDC Las Vegas in the rearview, Dancing Astronaut looks forward to its other two days of music from some of the most forward-thinking acts in the industry. Luckily, for those that couldn’t catch the vibes under the electric sky, EDC Las Vegas will be live streaming the entire weekend. This year, Insomniac’s launched its brand-new Insomniac Channel with a partnership with Live X Live.

Though before we move on, it’s only right to review the best of the best from 2018’s first day. Thanks to Mixcloud user “Buzz Lightyear,” listeners can hear sets from Diplo, Kaskade, Slushii, Mija, and more.

Flying Lotus 3D show added last minute to FORM Arcosanti lineup, festival drops new compilation ahead of fifth installment

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As FORM Arcosanti nears its fifth annual installment, the festival is gearing up to host its largest edition yet with Skrillex, Charli XCX, Fleet Foxes, Hundred Waters and more heading to the Arizona desert over Mother’s Day weekend. Unfortunately, just ahead of the event, Chance The Rapper has been forced to cancel his FORM debut, which was slated to be his only North American booking of the year. Replacing the Chicago rhymer is a tough last-minute spot to fill, but luckily Friday night’s headlining duties have been picked up by Brainfeeder mastermind Flying Lotus, bringing his sensory overloading 3D live show to Arcosanti’s amphitheater.

While Chano won’t be making it to this year’s event, the rest of FORM’s lineup is comprised of impeccably curated talents including Blood Orange, Daniel Caesar, Mija, SOPHIE, Beach House, The Black Madonna, and more, all of whom are featured on a new 19-track compilation released by the festival. See the full track list and download the compilation below:

FORM ARCOSANTI COMPILATION TRACKLIST
Charli XCX – Dreamer feat. A .G Cook (Bibi Bourelly version)
Mija – Notice Me
Bombino- Deran Deran Alkheir (Well Wishes)
Courtney Barnett – City Looks Pretty
Dirty Projectors – Break Thru
(Sandy) Alex G – Rocket
Julie Byrne – I Live Now As a Singer
Kelsey Lu – Running Backwards
Half Waif – Salt Candy
CEP – Lilian’s Pavilion
Hundred Waters – Mushroom Cloud
A1 – Untitled 6 (Ebow) (Paul Corley Remix)
Beach House – Lemon Glow
Julie Byrne – Natural Blue
Lawrence Rothman – Wolves Still Cry
Show Me Love (Skrillex Remix) ft. Chance the Rapper, Moses Sumney, & Robin Hannibal
The Black Madonna – He is the Voice I Hear
Zola Jesus – Exhumed
Ho99o9- The Dope Dealerz
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DA presents: 10 sets you can’t miss at Movement 2018

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Words by Bella Bagshaw and Grace Fleisher

Despite a visibly shifting techno scene stateside, 2018 marks one of the most banner years for  Detroit, and America’s finest house & techno institution — Movement. With a booking that arguably serves as a controversial departure from the city’s roots, Movement’s 2018 programming captures the experimental essence of the times, a time where producers are gifted more creative freedom than ever to explore new sounds and the space between genres. As some techno becomes more and more of an amorphous body of music, free from rigid delineations, and a spectrum of experimentation emerges, there will always be those that prefer the pioneers lead the way.

No matter whether one’s an old techno head, a Drumcode-stan, or feeling the direction that Dirtybird is taking tech house, there’s one thing we can all agree upon — Movement will deliver. Ahead of the festival, Dancing Astronaut has taken to compiling the 10 sets not to miss. From the more obvious, Detroit-heavy mainstays who continually rep the city, to the purveyors of present and past innovation, 2018 promises to be an unmissable installment. Movement is techno history in the making. Don’t miss out. 

10) Shigeto

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Movement 2018 marks a proper Shigeto homecoming. Beyond the Ghostly International artist’s booking, which will allow him to showcase his triumphant new album, The New Monday, Zachary Saginaw represents the exemplary booking of Movement’s solid undercard. An equally exemplary representation of what it means to be a musician in the modern age, Saginaw’s music is a union of classical training, energetic ambient programming, hip-hop, jazz, raw passion, and everything in between. His latest work was inspired by a return to the city of Detroit and is delivered with an unequivocal passion that meets Motown’s diverse musical history, which not to mention, promises a spectacular live show, complete with an impassioned fervor on the drum kit. Shigeto recently launched his own label, Portage Garage Sounds, which doubles as a creative outlet for the city’s local musicians and as a weekly showcase purveyor at the city’s Motor City Wine. He’s steeped in the breadth of what it means to be a working artist in the birthplace of techno and will undoubtedly do the city justice, playing everything from Motown to Danny Brown come his Hart Plaza descent.

9) Mija

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It’s more than likely Mija’s “Fk A Genre” mentality will take a backseat to her longstanding love for Detroit techno, if nowhere else but for her 2018 Movement set. Coming off her highly stylized HOW TO MEASURE THE DISTANCE BETWEEN LOVERS EP, Mija can usually be found wielding buoying bass music these days. However, cleaning up the festival this year just behind Rezz, from 8-10 on Monday, she’ll be showing the Stargate Stage just how deep her omnipresent tech house tastes run. 

8) Dubfire

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Celebrating the 10th anniversary of both his illustrious solo career and the inception of his SCI+TEC label, internationally revered DJ, Dubfire is showing no signs of ware. The Iranian “Exit” producer will return to Movement for a two-hour 10-midnight headlining set. Fans would be hard-pressed to miss it, as the four-time nominee and Grammy-Winner is known to seamlessly summon sets straight out of the techno underworld.

7) Carl Craig

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Carl Craig can be described as an electronic music icon, a world-class dancefloor experimentalist, and an ambassador for his native Detroit, but no such term would suffice for the work and art the man has bestowed upon the city of Detroit — and really, the entire world of techno — over the last few decades. Having served as the co-creator and artistic director for the Detroit Electronic Music Festival in 2000 and 2001, Craig’s served on the frontlines of the techno revolution in Detroit since its dawn.  With a plethora of releases under a multitude of aliases, Carl Craig has had more musical personalities than most electronic artists in their lifetime. Whether he’s serving up his deep commitment to soul, jazz, or techno come Memorial Day weekend, Hart Plaza is in for a treat. Craig will be reminding attendees that Detroit is the birthplace of techno, after all.

6) Ida Engberg

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One half of the techno’s Swedish power couple, Ida Engberg has been spinning her intoxicating web of minimal house and techno on the high-profile, low-nonsense techno label, Drumcode, spearheaded by her highly decorated husband, Adam Beyer for quite some time now. Born in the suburbs of Stockholm and coming up through the Swedish underground club scene, she has more than paid her dues. Don’t miss Engberg show the boys at Pyramid Stage how it’s done Saturday.

5) Helena Hauff

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Revered for her outpouring love for 80s synths, industrial, and cold wave classics, Helena Hauff is leading the avant-garde hardware movement in both electro and techno. As a supreme selector and enthusiast for a vast array of musical subcultures; her sets boast everything from punk to nu-wave, industrial, krautrock, and avant-garde electro. Hauff’s pushing the boundaries of what it means to exist as an artist.  She’s rooted in raw experimentation, and her Movement set promises a polar opposition to the perfect, polished mainstream.

4) FISHER

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Dirtybird Australian newcomer, Fisher’s iconic “Ya Kiddin’” track took on a life of its own last summer, rapidly becoming one of the most Shazamed anthems of the 2017 festival season. Since then, he has stunned with his Oi Oi EP, containing hits like “Stop It,” which has had everyone from Dirtybird Campout to Coachellamovin’ up and down side to side like a rollercoaster.” Follow the Fish Saturday to the Movement stage to get a piece of the funky frenzy everyone in house music has been raving about.

3) Nina Kraviz

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Perhaps the best way to sum up the work of the Russian dentist turned DJ, Nina Kraviz, is by taking a look at her quote “Music is a continuum connecting generations,” in her crowning piece as Mixmag‘s 2017 DJ of the year.  The cosmonaut dentist weaves through eras with ease, and with little to no novacane, too. Her Movement set will be one of her few performances stateside in the next year, and with her burgeoning, mutant techno, power-house bombs, and a few trance numbers, attendees won’t want to miss one of the most talked about stateside techno sets of the coming year.

2) Claude VonStroke

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Dirtybird label head and founder, Claude VonStroke, will show fans who isn’t afraid of Detroit Saturday at the official Movement Stage. The Dirtybird crew is an unrelenting force at movement each year—this year notwithstanding—though VonStroke is sure to wield a massive set, as his proclivity for Detroit techno is hallmarked by his explosive, omnipresent appearances at Movement. His 2016 set at the fest for example, shook Detroit to its core when he teamed up with none other than Green Velvet at the Red Bull stage for one of their classic, unforgettable 90 minute b2b sets.

1) Charlotte de Witte

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Charlotte de Witte is the name on the tips of the techno world’s proverbial tongue. With a style that remains as tied to the underground techno scene as it is trance, and Belgium — where de Witte’s from — she’s proving to be an all-around revelation for the state of techno. With a DJ set that’s guaranteed to keep the audience moving and a thunderously aggressive, stripped-down approach to her own music, de Witte is a multifaceted artist of the finest degree, and her Movement set will undoubtedly deliver on the thunderous nature of techno that so many desire.

Featured Image Photo Credit: Stephen Bondio

Lost Lake Festival returns to Phoenix with impeccably curated sophomore lineup

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Phoenix is quickly becoming an enticing west coast festival market. Last year found Superfly, the events powerhouse behind Bonnaroo and Outside Lands, planting their flag in the desert with the inaugural Lost Lake Festival in the heart of Phoenix’s downtown district. Now, Lost Lake is back for a second edition in 2018, led by a stacked talent roster topped by Future, The Chainsmokers, rap’s current lead female SZA, and pop-rockers Imagine Dragons. Highlights on this year’s bill include Nas, Louis The Child, Mija, A$AP Ferg, Cashmere Cat, and T-Pain.

Bringing over 40 acts across October 19 – 21, Lost Lake boasts a uniquely curated festival experience, blending top-notch hip-hop, electronic music, and rock with a heavy emphasis on Phoenix’s burgeoning arts and culinary scenes. With festival amenities that include a marketplace to discover local artisans and creators, a philanthropic component with FOUNDation and an entire culinary experience dubbed Phoenix Flavors, Lost Lake applies just as much emphasis on its host city as its lineup. From Janelle Monáe and Young Thug to local favorites Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra and Jimmy Eat World, Lost Lake drops off one of the most diverse lineups of the summer for their 2018 installment.

HARD Summer delivers mind-bending 2018 lineup loaded with special back-to-back performances

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HARD Summer is pulling out all the stops for the upcoming edition of the festival, led by one of the event’s most memorable lineups to date. Slated for August 4 – 5, and returning to a familiar venue at Fontana’s Auto Club Speedway, HARD’s flagship event is sticking to their tried and true playbook of marquee dance and hip-hop match ups, laced together by the underground’s finest newcomer talents, dropping off a lineup of over 70 acts. Best of all, 2018 now is officially the year of the back-to-back.

Marshmello, Travis Scott, Louis The Child and Porter Robinson‘s Virtual Self project are all tapped for headlining duties, along with , Louis Vuitton’s newly-signed artistic director and moonlighting DJ Virgil Abloh, and Flosstradamus. In between massive headliners and top-card highlights that include Rick Ross, Slushii, Ekali, San Holo and more, the talent roster is littered with never-before-seen back-to-back performances that could honestly form their own insane lineup.

Diplo and Dillon Francis will share the stage for the first time, and Jauz will join Zeds Dead for a co-headlining slot, Snails and Kill The Noise are apparently allowed to perform together, despite how dangerous that sounds. Four Color Zack and DJ Craze are bringing their 2¢ project to HARD Summer as well as Escapade, Ardalan and Walker & Royce‘s Dirtybird mashup. Borgore and Getter are pairing for an unholy union, and Baauer and A-Trak are joining for another one of their rare tag-team bouts. And these are just the back-to-back sets.

Additional firepower from Mija, k?d, Tokimonsta, Madam X, Joyryde and many more round out one of HARD’s best bookings to date. And with the festival boasting added amenities, updated safety and comfort features, plus a hilarious trailer that pins Diplo as the “Dawson’s Creek looking motherf****r” he is, we’re looking at what could be the most over-the-top edition of HARD Summer yet.

Do LaB acts as a lush oasis, rife with surprises, amidst Coachella’s Indio playground once again – photography by WatcharaPhoto

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