ANNA has hit a huge milestone in her career. This week, the Brazilian-born, Barcelona-based techno artist has taken the reigns for the first time on BBC Radio 1 for an inaugural Essential Mix. She has put her unique knowledge of the global techno arena on display, incorporating the sounds of São Paolo, Berlin, and South Africa as well as her own music across the two-hour long mix. This accomplishment serves as another reminder that with ANNA on the decks, something new and transcendent is bound to be discovered. Of course, this includes her own remix of Jon Hopkins’ “Singularity,” but it only begins there. Other blistering records spun on the show include her atmospheric single “Hidden Beauties,” “Artha,” and her edit to Fairmont’s “Gazebo.”
2018 was an impressive year of brand building for Tinlicker. The Utrecht-based duo erected a strong point of view in their own unique progressive sound with consistent original and remix releases throughout the year. It’s clear that they’re not stopping this momentum any time soon with the release of a four-track EP on mau5trap. This time, About You takes us through a story told in an ebb and flow of dark melodies. Its title track, for example, is a bittersweet vocal tune that tugs at the heartstrings with warm synth progressions and a soothing low-end. This emotive atmosphere turns out to be a motif of the EP, manifesting itself through mysterious riffs in “Gone Girl,” stark melodies in “Less Than A Minute,” and finally, through classic deadmau5-inspired synthwork in “Patchwork.” It’s safe to say Tinlicker are looking like dance music juggernauts in 2019.
Valentino Khan and Kayzo have given us a musical shot of “Novocaine.” It serves as their first release of the year. Both artists are known for their heavy-hitting releases, and this collaboration is no exception thanks to its intense drops and unrelenting energy. The track begins with hardstyle-influenced kicks that lead into jarring and distorted synths, effectively numbing the eardrums before drilling into the sonic cavity with a heavy dose of bass.
Khan and Kayzo have recently announced big tour plans, with Khan making his debut at the legendary Hollywood Palladium and Kayzo embarking upon an ‘Unleashed’ tour, which he’s advised will contain the biggest production he has had for a show yet. “Novocaine” will be a fitting addition to the artist’s respective sets, and the track is out now via Diplo‘s Mad Decent.
Deadbeats has been letting out some heavy sonic emissions from their Zeds Dead-owned compound. The latest, “Static Theory,” comes to listeners from the LA-based Wax Motif, (the man behind the wall-to-wall festival favorite, his “Fly Kicks” remix) and a fresher face, Warez, who recently materialized on the electronic horizon with a Kayzo collaboration and a pair of Dim Mak guest-mix appearances.
“Static Theory” is anything but stagnant, drawing from Wax’s notoriously elastic beats and skittering hi-hats and Warez affnity for low-end bass. The track’s interference-like textures only add to its pulsing allure, which is heightened by the track’s visual–wherein a sports car endures a slow-motion standoff with a Chinese dragon comprised solely of neon rave lights.
Riding high on their multiple GRAMMY-nominated 2018 hit with Zedd and Maren Morris, production duo Grey have set out to outdo themselves early in 2019 with the release of a new rhythmic pop crossover single entitled “Want You Back.”
The LA-based duo made up of brothers Kyle and Michael Trewartha teamed up with Swedish pop sensation LÉON on the track, bringing together two fighting forces in 2018’s pop legacy. It delivers on all fronts leaving no hype behind, with infectious singalong pop vocals and production ready for a lot of radio play. “Want You Back” continues building a brand of sound for Grey that is packaged neatly with an ability to bring the passion of a ballad to an easily consumable electronic beat.
On this day in 1988, a dance music prophet was born. His name was Sonny Moore, and he would eventually grow into a living legend by the name of Skrillex. By 2010, he had a new subgenre of bass on his hands with groundbreaking records like 2010’s “Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites.” It wouldn’t be long before he parted the proverbial Red Sea of the music industry and lead electronica into the promised land of the mainstream with his consistent innovation and ear for the cutting-edge. Now, Skrillex is partially responsible for ingraining dance music deeper into pop, with countless production credits to his name.
It’s only natural that we celebrate this icon’s birth with an homage to his craft: a 31-track-strong playlist of entirely his own productions, representing the years he’s lived on this Earth. Few tables were left unturned in our efforts, featuring everything from the classic “Cinema” remix, to more modern cuts like “Would You Ever.”
Happy Birthday, legend – we’re looking forward to continued greatness.
Insomniac CEO by day, electronic musician matchmaker by night, Pasquale Rotella has long been bringing dance music’s most dynamic DJs together under the Night Owl Radio umbrella–the most recent installment of the late-night serial not withstanding.
A credit to Rotella’s curative expertise, episode 177 of Night Owl Radio sees Rotella purvey two musical masterminds, A-Trak and Claude VonStroke, for a two-hour show that coalesces the freshest tracks of the moment. The satiating live mix is dead-set on feeding the speakers of all who tune in. Hot off their recent performances at Holy Ship! 12.0, A-Trak and Claude VonStroke prove they’re warmed up and ready to galvanize Night Owl Radio listeners to groove from the moment they each hop in the cut.
First up is A-Trak, who rounds up the records that comprise his Up All Night picks, before passing the sonic baton to Claude VonStroke. VonStroke steps in approximately an hour and a half into the installment, only to lay down a house-driven guest mix that is anything but tired. Listeners left wanting more can catch both A-Trak and Claude VonStroke at EDC Mexico, slated for February 23-24.
Techies and programming junkies who follow deadmau5 on Twitch follow the legend as he plays video games and dives into various creation workstations are often given an in-depth peak into his thought process. Sometimes, the mau5trap head honcho reveals production releases, which is exactly the case with his most recent stream. A secret track he made with streamer dronehands, “The Horn Of Jericho,” was revealed, of which deadmau5 reported to have contributed to around half the project — namely, the melody and synth design.
The orchestral low-end bass creates a bed for the high end plucks to go wild, while the percussion offers a more consistent energy. It’s certainly a different side to Joel Zimmerman more percussive arrangements, experimenting with melody structure and patchwork elements.
In other deadmau5 news, he recently released the music video for “10.8” with Mr. Bill off his mau5ville: Level 2 project. It’s an animated, computerized video of organized chaos, contrasting sublimely alongside the complex percussion audio. A busy start to 2019 for sure in Zimmerman’s world, whose debut score is also set to hit Netflix on January 25 in the film, Polar.
Twitter user Electric Hawkhas broke news that has undoubtedly made many dreams come true after posting a clip of Damon Albarn from Gorillaz speaking to Beats1 in an interview. The Gorillaz frontman mentioned that he had been in the studio with Australian DJ and Producer Flume, which is doubly exciting given the producer’s dark phase that began in 2018.
Flume recently announced that he had new music coming in 2019, and it’s now looking like a potential Gorillaz collaboration will be a part of what is to come. If they do release a song together, it will likely be different than anything we have heard from the band or producer to date — which only builds the anticipation for their potential collaboration.
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.
In his latest, Vincent has teamed up with Yetep and Brooke Daye to deliver the lighthearted “Same Page.” Will Clarke and Nick Monaco concoct some techno madness with their new collaboration, “Like A Girl,” on Dirtybird. In a seven-minute Steyoyoke Recordings venture, Rinzen has created “Forms,” an ethereal techno odyssey. Jai Wolf released two tracks from his forthcoming debut album, The Cure To Loneliness, “Lose My Mind” and “Telepathy.” Those who’ve seen a k?d performance can finally enjoy his show edit of “Find Paradise,” which he released via SoundCloud. KUURO have covered Post Malone‘s “Better Now,” and Sam Void‘s released “Feel The Low” on Protocol Recordings. HERO has revealed a “VHS pop” Fool’s Gold EP, containing disco-influenced tracks like “Nightcrawler.” Rainer + Grimm deliver their rendition of R3HAB‘s “Radio Silence,” and Syn Cole puts his spin on Nina Nesbitt’s “Colder.”