Felix Cartal – Hold Tight

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Canadian Producer Felix Cartal, known for his progressive house tunes, is back with a new single. Entitled “Hold Tight,” this track marks a different direction than previous releases in that there is no vocalist driving the core of the song. Cartal commented on producing the song.

“My last few releases have had more traditional structures and are quite lyrically driven. With ‘Hold Tight’, I wanted to see if I could make something as emotionally powerful, with little to no lyrics.” 

He has certainly done what he set out to do with “Hold Tight” whose upbeat energy and elaborate combination of synths achieves what any vocalist could. Cartal’s last solo release “Get What You Give” was a mainstay on various dance music charts, and “Hold Tight” certainly has the capacity to do just the same.

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Bassjackers & Breathe Carolina – The Fever

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The Bassjackers have teamed up with Breathe Carolina and APEK to release a hot, synth-infused, and bass heavy track dubbed “The Fever.” 

Kicking off with deep and dark vocals, the tune soon progresses to an extraordinarily energetic buildup that unleashes havoc with melodies, slippery synths, and incredible chord progression. Bassjackers, Breathe Carolina, and APEK take things down a bit after the first chorus to emphasize a filtered pluck that leads us into the next drop. “The Fever” is all about buildups, synths, and festival vibes and is a head rush you’ll actually enjoy. 

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Gammer releases fiery new dubstep track, ‘Let’s Get Crunk’ [+ Interview]

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Make no mistake: Gammer’s love of hardcore music is here to stay, as is his production of the genre. But like with any form of artistry, the multi-faceted producer is working to expand his sound and has been dabbling in other types of music production this year.

His latest, “Let’s Get Crunk,” steps boldly into the dubstep world. With grinding bass and hyped-up vocals, Gammer’s production skills are polished and perfected. His hardcore roots shine through with a focus on the track’s blissful melody in between bass breaks. In his Reddit AMA, Gammer said the idea for the track came about after watching Kayzo play at Hard Summer for the first time.

“I was so inspired by all these different rhythms and decided I wanted to try and make a dubstep track but with a ‘thicker’ sound (mainly using the same percussive elements I always use in my happy hardcore songs) – I also didn’t want to follow the typical dubstep formula so I decided to add some more musical elements.”


Earlier this year, the UK producer entered the world of Monstercat with a fierce Darren Styles collaboration called “Feel Like This.” Since then, he’s released two other tracks on the Canadian label: “Party Don’t Stop” with Darren Styles and Dougal, and “Over The Edge” with Kayzo. The tracks couldn’t be more different. “Feel Like This” and “Party Don’t Stop” contain Gammer’s signature BPM-bursting hardcore rhythms, and “Over The Edge” blends both producers’ skills into a bouncing house track.

Lee talked to DA about the new track, the Monstercat family, and his enduring love of the hardcore genre.

Tell us a little bit about the making of your newest track, “Let’s Get Crunk.” How long has it been in the works, and why is Monstercat the perfect place to premiere it?

It was actually just a demo for the longest time. Consider it one of my earliest attempts at bass music. However I produced it in the same comfort zone in which I make my hardcore. Thick kicks and subs that aren’t the cleanest but just have some weird energy that whacks hard as fuck in a club. It’s a functional tune! Straight up I’ve been trying to work with Monstercat for years, I love how open-minded their fanbase is and I love their energy. As well as being fans of happy hardcore, they’ve openly embraced how much I’ve wanted to expand my sound as an artist.

In addition to the premiere this week, you also just released your Diplo & Friends mix. What was that experience like?

Stressful! Haha. I love making mixtapes, but I always stress myself out over them. For me it’s always been about more than just putting tracks one after the other, it’s about engaging the listener from the start and keeping them hooked. Also, I’m comfortable making mixes last for 30-40 minutes, and having to make it last a whole hour was just something else. On top of this I spent weeks compiling it, mostly in hotel rooms and on planes in between shows. I’m super happy with how it came out and I’m honoured to be involved with Diplo and Radio 1. If I make a few more people fans of the music then I guess that’s a bonus.

What do you see for the future of hardcore in the States? It seems it’s popping up more and more in the North American dance music scene.

One thing thats great about hardcore in the States is it’s still considered a newer / different sound. It’s crazy going to these bass heavy clubs and dropping this 170-bpm madness and seeing the energy levels lift immediately.

What’s your favorite country and/or city to play and why?

Haha this is a tough one. I love playing in different regions for different reasons but my most standout has to be Tokyo. These kids go facing wild from start to finish, completely sober!

What are some of the biggest differences in playing a show in the States vs. back home in the UK?

My core style remains similar in both countries, but it’s kinda like this: my U.S. sets tend to be bass heavy but I can’t really play the super super purist hardcore stuff. The UK I can play the super anthem-y hardcore but I wouldn’t play the bass-heavy stuff.

Who has inspired you the most in your years of producing?

Haha, it’s got to be my boi Kanye West! It would take an entire interview to go through the reasons, but essentially I really admire the way he thinks outside the box and is absolutely unafraid of what people think about him.

What does the rest of 2017 look like for you?

Busy! Another tour, some Asia shows, more U.S. shows, an EP, more collabs, more life!

Why does hardcore hold a special place in your heart? What makes the music and the scene stand out?

I wanna make this super clear for all the people that have been worrying about me and my feelings on hardcore. I fucking ADORE hardcore. It is beyond any measure of a doubt, my favourite style of music. When you drop it in a club and it pops off, it pops off way WAY harder than even the coolest dubstep track – it’s unlike anything else! I’m just over scenes though.

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At long last, Skrillex has delivered his Kendrick Lamar-endorsed ‘Humble’ remix [Download]

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Hol’ up, hol’ up, sit down. Skrillex just dropped “Humble.” 

First unveiled at this year’s FORM Arcosanti festival, Skrillex teased a menacing bootleg remix of Kendrick Lamar‘s summer-dominating hit, “Humble” and fans have been, in a word, shook since. Following the track’s first public rinsing, the hype surrounding the OWSLA head honcho’s K-Dot remix has reached a fervent high. Now, with an official endorsement from the Top Dawg Entertainment camp, Skrillex’s remix of “Humble” is available to stream in it’s full, tenacious glory.

Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. is a serious contender for rap album of the year, and the LP’s lead single has undoubtedly lead the campaign as arguably the most ubiquitous track of 2017. Now Sonny has stepped up with his stomping rendition of “Humble,” pairing the original’s sinister keys with pitched down vocal chops and swooping, thunderous bass jabs on this supreme elbow-throwing hip-hop/trap hybrid. Injecting Kendrick’s chart-topper with his unmatchable bass treatment, Skrillex drops off a quick reminder that even if he quit this season, he’d still be the greatest, funk.


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Whipped Cream drops new EP ‘Persistence’

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Whipped Cream is one of the fastest rising producers from the LA trap scene. Her unique productions have earned her a fervent following, and she continues to outdo herself with each release.

Whipped Cream’s latest is the EP Persistence, released on NEST. The EP’s first two tracks, “Persistence” and “Ignorance,” show a more experimental side of the artist, utilizing more techno elements in her music to bring out dark bass sounds. “Selfish” takes these vibes ever farther, showcasing a single that feels like spiritually-infused acid trap with a massive drop to top it off. Whipped Cream went out of her comfort and dared to be different, the result is more than on point.

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Two Friends & Kevin Writer unleash energetic single ‘While We’re Dreaming’

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Two Friends never fails to send a sun-kissed dance vibe shooting down the spine. Their latest, “While We’re Dreaming,” takes their poppy chill house feel and brings out the energy in it.

Quick rhythms in the drop bump up next to attention-grabbing melodies from Kevin Writer, which makes “While We’re Dreaming” a welcome addition to the Two Friends discography.

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Grum shares intoxicating Groove Cruise LA warm up mix [Exclusive]

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Groove Cruise is in the midst of priming itself for its second voyage of the year. Setting sail this October from Los Angeles to Ensenada, Mexico—the “Cinderella of the Pacific”—Groove Cruise LA, returns after a one-year hiatus, where attendees can enjoy some of music’s finest all while on the sea.

This year’s lineup boasts a bevy of acts, headlined by an impressive array of artists like 3LAU, Green Velvet, Thomas Jack and more. But what’s considerably special about this voyage is that attendees will also bear witness to some of the heaviest hitting undercards that electronic music has to offer. One such act is the Anjunabeats‘ artist Grum who exemplifies this tenfold.

Since his introduction into the Anjunabeats Family, Grum’s become considerably well-known for his presence on the label, dominating the electronic music landscape with his slew of quality releases. Now the artist is taking his downright infectious set to the seas.

In preparation for his Groove Cruise LA performance, Grum has curated an exclusive mix for Dancing Astronaut. Known for his captivating cultivation of brooding tracks and smooth synth numbers, Grum has generated an entrancing mix. For the mix, Grum showcases his artistry, finding just the right balance between his own sound and pushing the envelope, hinting that a fiery set can surely be expected from the seasoned Anjunabeats producer at this year’s festival.

Tracklist:

1. Way Out West – Tuesday Maybe (Guy J Remix)
2. Luminary – Amsterdam (Grum Remix)
3. Grum – Reflections
4. Grum – Price of Love
5. Grum – Inflight
6. Seven Lion & Jason Ross – Higher Love (Grum Remix)
7. Kydus – Eclipse
8. Grum – ID
9. Grum & Josep – The Love You Feel (CYA Remix)
10. Grum – We Are One
11. London Grammar – Hell to the Liars (Kolsch Remix)

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Premiere: josh pan & X&G – nowhere (FLY Remix)

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Rising Los Angeles-based producer FLY delivers an electrifying remix of josh pan & X&G‘s “nowhere,” taking the originally ambient track from hazy melancholia to bass heaven.

FLY adds stabbing synths and looming bass to “nowhere,” ramping up the track’s mysterious tone with trap elements. Elusive producers josh pan & X&G released the original via OWSLA back in January, and FLY reimagines the tune in his own high-voltage style. FLY has previously released music on Cracked Recordings, Gravitas Recordings, Sleeveless Recordings and more.

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Premiere: Henry Fong – Young Hearts ft. Nyla & Stylo G (FIGHT CLVB Remix)

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FIGHT CLVB’s remix of Henry Fong‘s “Young Hearts” is certain to excite those looking for a heavy dose of bass.

The NYC-based duo wisely leaves the vocal hooks courtesy of Nyla and Stylo G mostly intact, maintaining the track’s catchy, anthemic feel. However, the drop is an intriguing departure from Fong’s original. Built on a foundation of relentless bass and thudding kick drum, the track is impossible to deny. Frenetic vocal chops and an aggressive tempo mixed with elements from moombahton make for an entirely enthralling production.

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Australian producer Enschway teams up with Yeah Boy for ‘Over U’

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Enschway should definitely be considered an artist to watch as we close in on the tail end of 2017. He hails from Sydney, Australia, and over the past few months, he’s put out explosive remixes of tracks by Calvin Harris, RL Grime and more. He’s also been playing shows with renowned acts Dr. Fresch and Rickyxsan (with an October date coming up in Sydney). Now, he’s teamed up with fellow Australian songwriter/producer Yeah Boy. Formerly a member of Parachute Youth, a duo who put out tracks with top labels such as Warner and Ultra music back in 2011/2012, Yeah Boy has been gaining momentum as a solo act over the past year or so, breaking the surface in collaborating with 3LAU on “Is It Love” back in 2016.

The track kicks right off with Yeah Boy’s catchy, echoing vocals over bouncy lead synths and drops into a crazy mix of chords and looped pitch vocals, bound to bring a wave of energy over any crowd. The track is already being very well-received in Australia, reaching No. 6 on the iTunes Aussie Electronic charts last week. The track is a bit more future bass-y than Enschway’s past production work, yet we can understand why he’s been closing his more recent live sets with this track.

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