Destructo and Problem link for feel-good bass on new single, ‘Boom’

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Destructo and Problem link for feel-good bass on new single, ‘Boom’Destructo Boom Single

Destructo already turned in an all-star caliber year after successfully reincarnating HARD Day of The Dead this fall, but that doesn’t mean he’s not up for padding his stats. The bass house legend did just that by dropping a fresh dose of heat with “Boom,” a bombastic new cut featuring west coast rapper Problem.

Destructo and Problem last linked for “Winning,” and rapper’s heavy-lidded delivery feels right at home again on “Boom.” The track cycles through multiple bass delivery methods including searing bass-house drops and a trap-infused breakdown with rapid delivery verses. For all the song’s speaker-bursting power and braggadocio, it’s clear Destructo is out to keep things simple and fun-loving on his latest offering. The track isn’t taking itself too seriously and invites listeners and clubs to get in the same boat. “Boom” is here for a good time, and if you’ve got a pulse and a penchant for infectious bass, there’s a good Destructo has a new weekend anthem.

Photo credit: Arik McArthur

Lunar Lunes: KOAN Sound return, Zomboy showcases feisty ‘Lone Wolf,’ Doctor P gives listeners ‘something to believe in’ + more

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Lunar Lunes: KOAN Sound return, Zomboy showcases feisty ‘Lone Wolf,’ Doctor P gives listeners ‘something to believe in’ + moreLunar Lunes E1540831560592

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

Three years in the making, KOAN Sound have unveiled a single from their forthcoming debut album, Polychrome. Also making a comeback is Haywyre, who’s released his first single in two years: the disco-infused “Tell Me.” Luttrell returns to Anjunadeep for “Out of Me,” a mystical venture that propels the listener deep into outer space. Dubstep powerhouses Teminite, Chime and PsoGnar have teamed up for a dynamic single, “Monster,” which showcases all three artists’ skillful wobble-crafting abilities, along with PsoGnar’s vocals. Also in the dubstep realm, Doctor P returns with his fourth release of the year, “Something To Believe In.” Xavi’s created a clever take on Porter Robinson‘s notable “Sea of Voices,” and Nitti Gritti molds his own bass-heavy version of Dillon Francis‘ “White Boi.”

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

Factor B dishes on Dreamstate, what drives him artistically, and more [Q+A]

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Factor B dishes on Dreamstate, what drives him artistically, and more [Q+A]Factor B Credit His Facebook

Few artists can say they’ve been booked at top festivals in their genre, signed to prolific labels, and made the leap to full-time production in under half a decade after making their entrance into dance music. Factor B falls into this minority category, lighting up the trance world with his burning passion for the music and careful attention to detail in both his sets and his original works and remixes. He’s managed to do this all from scratch in his home country of Australia, which notably has a very small scene for this particular strain of dance music.

Talent and hard work are ultimately undeniable, as the burgeoning artist has proven to himself. Prior to taking up the art of creating and performing electronic music, Factor B clocked in a large number of years as an eager consumer. His love affair with trance began with Ferry Corsten‘s Trance Nation contribution from 2000, and has only continued to grow since then. After close studying of how the music was made and performed, he soon worked up the courage to try his own hand behind the decks, which proved a natural fit for the young fan. He soon found himself taken under Solarstone‘s wing with a signing of “Sacrosanct” to Pure Trance — an uplifting anthem that established him as a force to be reckoned with. But this was only the beginning for Factor B. His clear skill and dedication to his craft landed him on other prolific imprints, like FSOE and Armada’s WAO138?! branch, with constant plays from the likes of Armin Van Buuren, Super8 & Tab, Aly & Fila, and even his role model Ferry Corsten. Such widespread adoration led to his move to Amsterdam in 2017, where since then, Factor B has seen an even bigger explosion in success that has allowed him to make a living off his music.

Ahead of his return to Dreamstate — Insomniac’s beloved trance brand whose flagship Southern California festival has become the genre’s prime destination stateside — we talked to this legend-in-the-making about his drive, influences, recent developments, and what to expect for his second time at the festival.


How would you describe the “Factor B sound?
Uplifting, cinematic, energetic, emotional & my own

What are the most influential trance songs or mixes of your past that have helped guide what you make today?
I loved a lot of the early work from Lange, Airbase, Super8, Nitrous Oxide, Nu NRG, Ferry Corsten, Above & Beyond to name a few. In terms of compilations, The Global Underground series along with Gatecrasher, Slinky & Clubbers Guides were frequently in my CD players.

On that note, you’ve become known for your huge, multilayered uplifting pieces. What draws you to uplifting as opposed to say, psy trance or tech trance?
Even though I don’t mind a bit of Psy & tech, I don’t get the emotional connection to those styles the way I do with melodic trance.
When I write a record, it always has a storyline or a feeling behind it and I love translating that to an audience via sound.

You’ve been living in Amsterdam for a bit over a year now. What are some key career growth moments that have come to you as a result of moving to a trance hub?
I think just simply being closer to the action here in Europe / UK / USA has been highly beneficial for my growth. Not having to fly to & from Australia means more show opportunities and chances to showcase my music / DJing. Being on the tour circuit more often has been amazing as I’ve had the opportunity to get know more about the industry and learn from some of the really cool characters within it.

Tell us about some of the hardships you faced when taking the plunge to do music full time, and how you got over them.
I think for me it was about learning how to manage myself & my producing. Coming from a full time business background – a big challenge for me was learning to understand how to manage my creativity and not force things. I burnt out pretty quick when I first arrived in Amsterdam – I was producing non stop for 9 months, so after that happened, I learnt pretty quick to slow down, harness my inspiration and not to force it. I don’t just sit in the studio because I feel I have to now. To help the process, I have learnt to step away from music for periods of time, focus on things that help clear my mind and then approach my studio sessions nice & fresh.

How does your studio process go? Do you have a starting point you like in a track or an area you feel you have to get ‘just right’ before finishing? How do you address writer’s block?
For me it’s all about the melodies. I tend to write melodies first and once I know it’s got something special about it then I start expanding. Not all ideas make the cut. I’ve learnt to leave & come back to projects after a few days with ‘fresh ears’ so I can get a better perspective on where the track is at. If it dosent pass the goosebump test – it goes in the bin!
A good dose of exercise often helps clear the mind when things aren’t going to plan in the studio, that or a glass of whiskey!

What’s inspiring you to create the most these days?
I think it’s still just the love of the music, it’s thrilling to land a great melody and then see it grow. I love the process – the challenge, the rollercoaster that’s associated with writing music. When it all comes together – it’s difficult to find a better feeling.

Are there any specific goals you’re looking to achieve musically, like starting a new label of your own, experimenting with a new sound, playing a certain place, etc?
Of course there are always aspirations and goals, but for me traveling the world and playing my music is still fresh and exciting. I don’t want to try to do too much too soon. I love trance, I love performing – so for now I’m just focusing on keeping my music fresh and staying optimistic about whatever the future brings!

Sort of related, but since your international explosion, what have been some of your favorite places to play or prized trance memories?
No doubt Luminosity on the Beach is one of my favorite shows each year, along with any tour back home to Australia. The recent Subculture show in my home town of Melbourne in front of 7.5k people was probably one of the greatest moments of my life! The USA as a whole has been incredible for me this year. I’ve never really travelled the USA so to get to see so much of it in the last 12 months has been really exciting. Dreamstate is definitely one of the shows that launched my name in the USA so that’s one in the calendar each year I get really excited for!

You’re coming back to Dreamstate! With last year’s set erring toward the ‘producer’s set’ side, what do you have in store for us this year?
As dreamstate showcases so many great acts I think most artists sets tend to lean towards producer sets nowadays anyway but I have what I feel is some of my best work to date to playout / debut at DS this year so I really can’t wait for it!

What are your thoughts in general on the American trance scene and Dreamstate?
As mentioned previously, it’s been fantastic for me, I’m very grateful to have played so many shows around the states and for Dreamstate this year. The crowds are all great and seemingly really enjoy my uplifting style as I’m fairly fresh to the USA tour circuit. I can’t compare it to anything prior but from my experience thus far it’s healthy and growing!

Finally, what’s next in the Factor B pipeline?

Well, firstly I have an abundance of new music to release in 2019 – First and foremost that’s what excites me the most. On the show front, I have some very exciting announcements to make in the coming weeks, some big debuts and some big tours. Keep an eye on the socials! 🙂

 

It’s not to late to pick up Dreamstate tickets; make sure to purchase them here.

 

 

Photo credit: facebook/FactorBmusic

Haywyre returns with groovy and grin-inducing single, ‘Tell Me’

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Haywyre returns with groovy and grin-inducing single, ‘Tell Me’Haywyre Tell Me Single

Haywyre has finally returned to inject his signature electro-jazz stylings into a more dance-friendly canvas with “Tell Me” — the first offering from his forthcoming six track EP called Panorama: Discover. After two long years in the lab, it’s the clear the genre-blending producer was rearing to go. Fans are in for a slew of funked-up new favorites on the upcoming record, it seems, based off this shining self-released number.

Haywyre has disco’ed before – take slap bass extravaganza “Memory,” for example. But, the full on nostalgic thrill of “Tell Me” is something truly special. Bright strings and creamy talk box vocals set the tone, and the groove burns bright and steady before the decks are cleared an extended piano solo.Instead of handing the first beat section an encore, however, the artist puts his vocal synth through its paces. Expressive runs and lightning quick fills jolt the funk into overdrive as the track comes to a head. For those who like their dance music a with a little more soul, Haywyre’s November 30 EP release is shaping up to be well worth the wait.

Alex Metric fires off a disco house remix of Silk City and Dua Lipa’s ‘Electricity’ as official video released

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Alex Metric fires off a disco house remix of Silk City and Dua Lipa’s ‘Electricity’ as official video releasedAle Metric Danny North

Alex Metric joins the cast of house DJs chosen to remix Silk City and Dua Lipa‘s “Electricity,” adding groovy bongos along the original’s high pitched strings. Lipa’s stirring vocals to continue to ride the rhythms in this re-work, falling on a funk-driven bassline that drives the momentum toward rowdy dancing. Paired with other fun elements like the occasional cowbell, Metric has fashioned a refreshed rendition as jubilant as the original, but unique enough to stand on its own.

It only makes sense that Metric took a crack at a Silk City edit. The British artist helped co-write the original and has previously collaborated with another remixer on the roster, Ten Ven, who brought darker tones to his version. Other remakes came from The Black Madonna and MK for a powerful slate of artists taking their stab at the single.

In addition to a grip of house remixes, Diplo released the official dance video to the original. Silk City consists of the Mad Decent label boss and “Uptown Funk” producer Mark Ronson.

Photo Credit: Danny North

Rambo shows off vibrant personality in ‘Rambo’ EP

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Rambo shows off vibrant personality in ‘Rambo’ EPRambo EP

Rising LA talent Rambo has fashioned a fluid sound born out of a multitude of influences that has caught the attention of music fans and iconic DJs alike. Moving meticulously throughout his brief career, his productions are each impactful and demonstrate his progress in the studio. The time has now come for Rambo to show off every facet of his sonic personality through his self-titled EP, Rambo — his most extensive work to date.

Across seven tracks, Rambo lifts spirits with his keen ear for melody, wrapping mid-tempo house bases mysterious synthesizers and hearty basslines that help drive each song forward. The EP unfolds at a nice pace, beginning with the intricate drum patterns of the sultry, Jackie Rain-assisted “Darkest Blue,” and building in heat gradually through “Prolly Neva,” “Baila,” and beyond. “This And That” is another standout track of the EP, packed with melodies and instrumentation that speak to his love of 70s psychedelic rock and built like a steam roller. Rambo finishes on an elongated “Ocean View,” whose pungent low end and 80s-tinged progressions evoke brightly colored, breezy imagery. The full record is now available on Disco Naps.

 

Grab a copy of ‘Rambo’ here

Hot Since 82 releases second single, ‘Bloodlines’ from forthcoming ‘8-track’ project

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Hot Since 82 releases second single, ‘Bloodlines’ from forthcoming ‘8-track’ projectHot Since 82

Daley Padley, better known as UK DJ and producer Hot Since 82, is out with the second single from his forthcoming album. Titled “Bloodlines,” the track infuses groovy techno arrangements with a propelling bassline, with a steady floor-ready beat. The new single is energetic and complex, and the addition of soulful vocal samples adds a compelling dynamic to the track. Padley has released two versions of “Bloodlines.”

The single follows his June release, “Buggin,’” and both tracks are set to be featured on 82’s upcoming album 8-track, which will be released in early 2019. Padley has stated that 8-track provides him with a “blank canvas” that will help him further his creative exploration. The project is set to be released via his own label, Knee Deep in Sound.

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Sunday Morning Medicine Vol 153 with Medasin, Ryan Hemsworth, Thriftworks, + more

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Sunday Morning Medicine Vol 153 with Medasin, Ryan Hemsworth, Thriftworks, + moreSMM 2400

Delectable, delicate, a total eclipse of our charts, Medasin‘s “Feel It Still” remix embodies Sunday Morning Medicine serenity. Medasin’s take of a Portugal. The Man classic is smooth and languid, manipulating the chord progressions to sound as if a the listener is surrounded by a sea of translucent bubbles, floating, oscillating—every so often, with an occasional pop, for good measure.

Snagged from his recent studio album, Elsewhere, for our sensuous listening pleasure, Ryan Hemsworth‘s “Lagoons” is the sonic embodiment of Sunday melancholy. Poignant arpeggios accompanied by Daniela Andrade’s effortlessly erotic vocals complete the richly textured surrealist mist encircling the tune.

In pristine Thriftworks appeal, this lush, ambient offering is ready to reconcile any pesky existential dread trying to bleed its way into your week. This heady lullaby is the ideal soundtrack for some Sunday morning astral projection, or a simple snuggle.

Hoodboi tapped Australian hip-hop MC, Tkay Maidza, earlier this year for this slippery poolside groove, appropriately titled, “Glide.” Dreamy reverb and ricocheting bass offer Maidza’s outpour of mellifluous rhymes a glimpse of the halcyon days ahead.

We could all use a little illusory house to put our weekend to bed. Blasko fashions “Japanese Hotel,” released earlier this week on Majestic Casual, from an actual dream of his—offering it a bumping house beat and some phantasmic plucks for ample intrigue.

Sunday Morning Medicine Vol 153 with Medasin, Ryan Hemsworth, Thriftworks, + more

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Sunday Morning Medicine Vol 153 with Medasin, Ryan Hemsworth, Thriftworks, + moreSMM 2400

Delectable, delicate, a total eclipse of our charts, Medasin‘s “Feel It Still” remix embodies Sunday Morning Medicine serenity. Medasin’s take of a Portugal. The Man classic is smooth and languid, manipulating the chord progressions to sound as if a the listener is surrounded by a sea of translucent bubbles, floating, oscillating—every so often, with an occasional pop, for good measure.

Snagged from his recent studio album, Elsewhere, for our sensuous listening pleasure, Ryan Hemsworth‘s “Lagoons” is the sonic embodiment of Sunday melancholy. Poignant arpeggios accompanied by Daniela Andrade’s effortlessly erotic vocals complete the richly textured surrealist mist encircling the tune.

In pristine Thriftworks appeal, this lush, ambient offering is ready to reconcile any pesky existential dread trying to bleed its way into your week. This heady lullaby is the ideal soundtrack for some Sunday morning astral projection, or a simple snuggle.

Hoodboi tapped Australian hip-hop MC, Tkay Maidza, earlier this year for this slippery poolside groove, appropriately titled, “Glide.” Dreamy reverb and ricocheting bass offer Maidza’s outpour of mellifluous rhymes a glimpse of the halcyon days ahead.

We could all use a little illusory house to put our weekend to bed. Blasko fashions “Japanese Hotel,” released earlier this week on Majestic Casual, from an actual dream of his—offering it a bumping house beat and some phantasmic plucks for ample intrigue.

The Chemical Brothers drop off boundary pushing new music video for ‘Free Yourself’ [Watch]

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The Chemical Brothers drop off boundary pushing new music video for ‘Free Yourself’ [Watch]The Chem Bros Parklife

The Chemical Brothers spared no time or expense on newest music video for “Free Yourself,” which took a cool eight months to make. The video was directed by Dom&Nic, the creative duo who have worked with The Chemical Brothers over a period of more than 20 years. The new video feature’s storyline follows a security guard coming to work at a shipping facility for robots. As could be predicted, the robots break free of their shipping containers. They chant “Free Yourself,” and proceed to wake up and dance. Directors Dom&Nic commented on the video as well as working with The Chemical Brothers,

“The Chemical Brothers’ music allows people to get out of their box at a gig or listening to the record – it’s a moment of frenzied abandonment to the music. We wanted to capture that feeling in the idea of an oppressed robot workforce suddenly abandoning themselves to music and fun…It’s a black comedy and an observation or conversation about the possible future relationship between robots, artificial intelligence and humans.”

The video takes visual twists and turns as the robots peel their faces off or morph into giant fruit. It’s a psychedelic visual experience that screams the veteran duo’s aesthetic, rounding out their new Astralwerks offering with a top-notch visual complement.