Good Morning Mix: Meet the sunrise with MK’s smooth Creamfields set

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Good Morning Mix: Meet the sunrise with MK’s smooth Creamfields setMK MAINSTAGE MVMT19 BONDIO 3587

MK transferred his cerebral house sensibilities to the speakers of Creamfields UK‘s Area10 stage in an interplay that’s yielded a sleek two hours of underground sound. The extended mix, heralded by many as one of the highlights of Creamfields 2019, commences with MK’s own work, “Back And Forth,” produced alongside Jonas Blue. The inimitable vocals of the track’s featured artist, Becky Hill, provide an edgy verbal texture to the set, which shuffles through a series of cuts within the 120 to 130 bpm range.

Upbeat in body, the set showcases the discerning yet danceable character of MK’s style. The record that put MK on the map, “17,” naturally serves as a high point, surfacing right around the halfway point to add an extra kick through the rest of the set. MK’s twist on Kanye West and Lil Pump‘s pervasive “I Love It” is another.

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Gorgon City and MK combine forces on ‘There For You’ [Stream]

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Gorgon City and MK are two artists who have mastered the integration of vocals and house music, and now they have finally come together in the studio for a white-hot new single, ‘There For You.’

While the lyrical message may be typical and formulaic, Gorgon City and MK rarely deviate from simple themes because they always deliver them in fine style. Piano rhythms on ‘There For You” are smooth rather than foreboding. The vocal harmonies are uplifting and serene. The drums are tight and succinct.

Those who have been following Gorgon City and MK knew it was only a matter of time before they collaborated, and “There For You” more than lives up to what’s to be expected from these two house purists.

NMF Roundup: Illenium reveals anticipated ‘ASCEND’ LP, The Knocks and Whethan team up + more

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NMF Roundup: Illenium reveals anticipated ‘ASCEND’ LP, The Knocks and Whethan team up + moreIllenium

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.

After months of anticipation, Illenium’s ASCEND LP has finally arrived, bringing with it tunes like “Sad Songs” with Said the Sky and Annika Wells. The Knocks and Whethan have delivered an irresistibly groovy collaboration with Crystal Fighters, “Summer Luv,” and Gorgon City and MK do the same on “There For You.” Diplo and Morgan Wallen reveal “Heartless,” and Madeaux unleashes his Club Demons EP on Fool’s Gold. Don Diablo puts his own spin on David Guetta and Martin Solveig’s “Thing For You,” and Martin Garrix links with Bonn for “Home.” Cristoph puts his signature stamp on CamelPhat and Jake Bugg’s “Be Someone,” and Deorro reveals “Retumba” with MAKJ after premiering it on Dancing Astronaut. Boston Bun flexes his remixing prowess on Leftwing : Kody’s “I Feel It,” and Hardwell returns with “Retrograde.” Flux Pavilion, Next to Neon, and A:M unveil their new collaboration, “Surrender,” and KRANE links with Malika for “Tell Me Why.”

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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Exclusive: Listen to MK’s scintillating house set from Movement Detroit

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Exclusive: Listen to MK’s scintillating house set from Movement DetroitMK MAINSTAGE MVMT19 BONDIO 3587

Memorial Day Weekend is a special time for Detroit, and dance music at large. It sees fans from all over the world converge upon the Motor City to celebrate the genre born there: techno. Movement is the centerpiece of the celebration. For over twenty years now, the family-friendly festival has grown become one of the most well-known and beloved in the world, hosting the world’s best selectors and legacy acts to take the decks behind its multiple stages.

Over time, Movement has expanded its palette to celebrate not just techno, but the city’s place in history as a whole. Its Redbull stage welcomes hip-hop, for example, while a wide range of house producers also make their rounds at the Midwest institution. One such legend in the house realm is MK—a Detroit native himself and a Movement regular. Per his usual modus operandi, the stalwart put together a high-charged two hours that left audience members with no choice but to dance. It’s a journey through house music past-and-present, with some tech hints mixed in—a proper showing for the weekend.

Enjoy our exclusive recording of this set and relive the festival if in attendance.

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Catch Bonobo, TEED, and more at Minimal Effort’s All Hallow’s Eve’s fifth anniversary

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It may only be August, but it certainly isn’t too early to start thinking about Halloween plans.

The perennially freaky holiday always aligns with the underground aesthetic, and SoCal already has its first dark and dastardly lineup locked and loaded, compliments of Minimal Effort: All Hallow’s Eve.

Topping the bill for the event’s fifth anniversary is the endlessly talented polymath, Bonobo, hosting his own Outlier stage. Just below is the UK groove machine Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs alongside Machinedrum‘s collaborative project with Jimmy Edgar, JETS, which will serve as a welcomed departure from the expected house and techno roster.

From there, a series of stand-out talents including Prok|Fitch, Fort Romeau, and Enzo Siragusa remain with the promise of additional acts still yet to be announced.

Over the last five years, Minimal Effort has booked some of the most revered DJs on earth for their annual Halloween spectaculars. Boys Noize, Lee Burridge, Anja Schneider, and MK are just a few of the heavyweights who have made appearances on the All Hallow’s front, and considering the party’s host, Underrated Presents, is still free from any conglomerate backing from potentially domineering parent companies like its similarly curated competitors, the event is primed for harrowing and uninhibited Halloween antics.

View the full lineup for Minimal Effort: All Hallow’s Eve below and purchase tickets here.

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NMF Roundup: Mat Zo gets fired up with ‘Motivate,’ Lost Frequencies remixes Martin Garrix + 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.

Mat Zo has unleashed a brand new Mad Zoo compilation into the world, complete with a new original from the head honcho himself: “Motivate.” Lost Frequencies puts his spin on Martin Garrix, Macklemore, and Fall Out Boy’s “Summer Days,” and Whipped Cream and LICK team up for “The Greatest.” Cedric Gervais joins forces with MJ Cole and Freya Ridings on “Waking Up,” and MK takes on Mark Ronson and Camila Cabello’s “Find U Again.” BIJOU flexes his hefty house chops on “Floetry,” and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, David Guetta, Daddy Yankee, Afro Bros, and Natti Natasha deliver a mega-collab called “Instagram.” Foxen remixes Gill Chang and glasscat on “One For You,” and Leandro Da Silva has released a take on Oliver Heldens, Devin and Nile Rodgers’ “Summer Lover.” Sick Individuals, Justin Prime, and Bymia team up for “Not Alone,” and Frank Walker delivers his cut of Kygo and Chelsea Cutler’s “Not Ok.” Don Diablo has remixed Zara Larsson’s “All the Time,” and MOTi and Riggi & Piros collaborate on “Habibi.”

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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Chris Lake puts a dark, moody twist on MK’s ‘Body 2 Body’

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MK’s latest release “Body 2 Body” has a full remix package coming on July 5, and it’s hard to envision a producer better equipped to give a taste of what’s to come than dance music maverick, Chris Lake. That’s probably why Lake’s rendition has arrived ahead of the package release.

Lake gives the pop-flavored original a hefty makeover, trimming layers from MK’s catchier single to accentuate the club-ready figure at “Body 2 Body”‘s core. The remix is dark, but that’s not to say that the British house star’s flip doesn’t summon a full spectrum of sound. A throbbing bassline is met halfway by a pitch-rising synth that’s set to carry a dancefloor deep into the night.

This is the first of two Chris Lake >< MK crossovers, as the latter recently revealed to Billboard that an MK twist of a Chris Lake track is in the works. The upcoming release can be found on MK’s label Area 10 as well as Ultra Music and includes remixes from the likes of Meduza, Treasure Fingers, and KC Lights.

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MK drops dance-friendly remix of Elderbrook’s ‘Old Friend’

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The hypnotic pulse of Elderbrook‘s “Old Friend” beats anew in Marc Kinchen‘s (MK) remix of the Old Friend EP’s eponymous inclusion. The head bob-inducing original sourced much of its entrancing character from its looping vocal hook and vibrating bass beat. “Old Friend” emerged as an exercise in listener captivation, with its quivering, house-inflected synth work, and tonal coolness.

“Cola’s” tonal cousin, “Old Friend” gains a slightly quicker BPM in MK’s take. MK picks up the pace to prime Elderbrook’s tune for dance floor rotation, creating contrast between Elderbrook’s more viscous version of “Old Friend” and MK’s re-imagination thereof. While MK’s alterations aren’t drastic, they are nevertheless perceptible adjustments that augment the track’s arresting aesthetic personality. MK adds tasteful, unimposing percussive elements at different junctures in the tune, to heighten the sensory listening experience. Dark synths strike briefly in the background to cement yet another magnetic showing from the “17” hit-maker.

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Gather is New York’s newest camping extravaganza—debut billing includes Amelie Lens, Tiga, Doc Martin, Desert Hearts + more

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A new Memorial Weekend camping festival has arrived in New York, and by the looks of it, is here to disrupt the market. Dubbed “Gather” for its intent to gather house and techno tribes across the state into an idyllic mountain setting in the Catskills, the event is organized by Teksupport as part of its deeper expansion into the live music space. Teksupport has played a dominant role in shaping and maintaining New York’s underground dance scene since its inception five years ago.

Gather boasts quite the strong lineup. In particular, it pays homage to the American roots of dance music in its booking of Detroit legends Stacey Pullen, MK, and Floorplan (Robert Hood & his daughter), plus fellow legends Doc Martin and Danny Tenaglia. UK house legend Mr. G is another notable talent on the billing, who will be making his USA debut at Gather with what’s set to be a top notch live set. Amelie Lens, Moscoman, D’Julz, and Agoria are a few other powerhouse acts representing from across the pond.

Guests are invited to Gather on May 25-26. Tickets available here.

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Movement’s 2019 lineup displays true talent in Detroit

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Movement’s 2019 lineup displays true talent in DetroitMovement Detroit 1

Movement, one of the longest-running music music festivals, returns in 2019 with a stacked lineup of techno connoisseurs. The three-day event will take place Memorial Day weekend in Detroit’s signature riverfront park, Hart Plaza. In the city where techno was born, Movement Electronic Music Festival aims to bring an authentic experience to its attendees, showcasing true innovators in the world of dance music.

Among these innovators are Disclosure, performing a live and immersive experience, Grammy-nominated producer Fisher, Chris Lake, MK, Yaeji, up-and-comers Golf Clap, Charlotte De Witte, and more. Also, attendees will get an exclusive DJ set from Off-White founder and Louis Vuitton artistic director Virgil Abloh—demonstrating the vigorous relationship between fashion and dance music—and hip-hop/trap music extraordinaire Gucci Mane.

The festival will take place May 25-27. Purchase tickets here and check out the complete daily lineup below.

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  • Al Ester b2b Earl Mixxin Mckinney
  • Amelie Lens
  • Art Department
  • Brian Kage
  • Carl Craig
  • Disclosure – DJ set
  • DJ Holographic
  • Josh Wink
  • Kenny Larkin – live
  • Loco Dice
  • LSD (Luke Slater, Function, Steve Bicknell)
  • Marie Davidson
  • Matthew Herbert
  • Maya Jane Coles
  • MGUN
  • Mister Joshooa
  • Neil Landstrumm
  • Octave One – live
  • Orbital
  • Ryan Crosson b2b Shaun Reeves
  • Seth Troxler
  • Soul Clap
  • Stacey Pullen
  • STERAC
  • Tin Man – live
  • Tylr
  • Umfang
  • Virgil Abloh
  • WAJATTA – live (John Tejada x Reggie Watts)

SUNDAY, MAY 26

  • Andrea Ghita
  • ANNA
  • Asher Perkins & Rex Sepulveda: Front to Front – live
  • Ataxia
  • Channel Tres
  • Charlotte de Witte
  • Chris Liebing
  • Craig Gonzalez
  • Danny Brown
  • DJ Godfather
  • DJ Minx
  • DJ T-1000
  • DM Nation
  • Dubfire b3b Nicole Moudaber b3b Paco Osuna
  • Fisher
  • Gucci Mane
  • Heiko Laux
  • John Acquaviva
  • Kevin Saunderson b2b The Saunderson Brothers
  • Nastia
  • Noncompliant
  • Norm Talley
  • Oscar Mulero
  • Patrick Topping
  • Richie Hawtin
  • Ryan Elliott
  • Sam Austins
  • Sheefy McFly
  • Soul Goodman
  • Volvox

MONDAY, MAY 27

  • Audion – live
  • Chris Lake
  • Ciel
  • Dabrye + Kadence
  • Danny Daze
  • Detroit Techno Militia 2×4
  • DJ Bone
  • DJ Nobu
  • DJ Tennis
  • FJAAK – live
  • Floorplan – live
  • Get Real
  • Golf Clap
  • GRiZ
  • Heathered Pearls
  • Heidi
  • Hot Since 82
  • J.Phlip
  • Justin Cudmore
  • Loren
  • Madlib
  • Mathew Jonson – live
  • MK
  • Remote Viewing Party
  • Shigeto – live
  • Stephan Bodzin
  • Tale Of Us
  • The Advent – live
  • Whodat
  • Yaeji