Boys Noize purveys a thrilling, warehouse-appropriate mix for ‘The Ransom Note’

With rampant overdrive and reverb, the warehouse music Alex Ridha pulls into yet another Boys Noize mix grabs its listeners by the chest and throws them into a dark dance floor filled with sonic booms, thuds, and hisses. In the culture surrounding this music one can find leather-clad punks bouncing from dusk to dawn to repetitive acid-synth arpeggios in clubs around the globe. A complex melting pot of techno, punk rock, and disco house gives Boys Noize the unique sounds and image many associate with the project.

There is something beautifully sinister to be found in the sweaty incantations that a mix like this places over its listeners. In this featured mix for The Ransom Note, Ridha teases out samples from and remixes of tracks in Mayday, his latest feature length album. Listeners can hear vocals from “Overthrow,” “Euphoria,” and “Midnight” cutting in and out between hypnotic kick drums and erratic breaks.

In an interview with The Ransom Note that accompanies the release of the mix, Ridha opens up about the inspiration, motivation, and history behind his music. Tracing his roots back to the 1980s house with names like Farley Jackmaster Funk, Steve Silk Hurley, Marshall Jefferson, and DJ Pierre, Ridha accounts his early days in DJing as a 15-year-old in Berlin gay and house clubs.

The atypical culture surrounding Boys Noize mentioned above seems rooted in Rihda’s 1990s experiences, such as seeing 2manyDJs mixing techno with punk-rock by Iggy & the Stooges. Ridha ends the mix by mixing punk rock with techno, enigmatic of the Boys Noize project, but also historically ironic because Iggy Pop hated techno. When interviewers ask, “what does your music sound like,” Ridha responds appropriately: it’s like “punching into a sunny side up egg.” Ridha’s jovial attitude brings to mind the yellow smiley face symbol iconic to acid house and adopted under the Boys Noize name for nostaligic merchandise. The interview is full of comical remarks by Ridha, and the mix features a transformed vocal with his unique “drink more water” introduction, which is a recurrent trope throughout many of his mixes.

Listen to the mix here:

H/T: The Ransom Note

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Deadmau5 continues to deliver in episode 2 of his BBC Radio 1 Residency [Stream]

Kicking off February, deadmau5 has delivered the second episode of his monthly BBC Radio 1 residency mix. Joel Zimmerman met much acclaim when hit the airwaves in January with a his techno-filled residency debut. This February iteration follows suit, continuing to deliver techno to the airwaves, but also delving more deeply into the progressive sounds that many fans more traditionally associate with the deadmau5 moniker.

In this mix, Zimmerman weaves through the works of Maceo Plex and Lane 8, as well as remixes of tracks by Icarus and Moby.  Bookending his mix on strong notes, deadmau5 gives nods to some of dance music’s most prodigious talents, opening his broadcast with Kölsch‘s “Oma” and concluding with the thematically-fitting “Final Credits,” by this year’s Essential Mix of the Year winner, Midland.

Listen to the mix here:

Tracklist:

1. Kölsch – Oma
2. Lane 8 – In My Arms
3. Olivier Giacomotto – Bipolar Star
4. Moonwalk – Landscape
5. Sailor & I – Black Swan (Maceo Plex Remix)
6. Drunken Kong – Chanted
7. Moby – Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad (Enrico Sangiuliano Remix)
8. Steve Bleas – Annex
9. No Mana – Fade
10. Popof – Serenity
11. Jeremy Olander – Caravelle
12. Icarus – Don’t Cry Wolf (Seven Doors Remix)
13. Guy Gerber & Deniz Kurtel – Here Comes The Rain
14. Cubicolor – Dead End Thrills (Patrice Bäumel Remix)
15. Blue Mora – Life
16. Matt Lange – Lying To Myself (Clear Skys Remix)
17. Oneohtrix Point Never – Chrome Countr
18. Midland – Final Credits

H/T: BBC

Alesso – Falling (Original Mix)

Swedish dance music icon Alesso is kicking off February in style. The producer has made a world-renowned career in harnessing the premier aspects of his signature style and other tropes from chart-dominating singles, and his newest release is no exception.

Alesso’s “Falling” is a showcase of his versatility and proficiency. The song blends some of the best components of commercially appealing dance music, typified by lush chord progressions, sultry vocals and grooving bass lines. All of these elements combine to give listeners an ultimately danceable track. Expect “Falling” to blow up in the coming months.

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Layton Giordani – Good Violence (Original Mix)

Layton Giordani is a distinguished rising talent in the techno sphere, earning a spot on Drumcode in 2016 as part of the fifth A-Sides compilation. Now, he’s returning to his new home label to unleash his debut album Where It Begins, which will offer his growing fan base an intimate window into his creative explorations.

The first taste of the album comes in the form of “Good Violence,” a potent techno track which pummels listeners with crisp, yet hearty kicks and a smooth melodic progression that keeps a consistent flow until its finished. Vocal samples interspersed add a hint of retro appeal to the otherwise contemporary piece, making for yet another Drumcode classic while foreshadowing a high caliber album ahead for the blooming techno icon.

“Good Violence” will be released with the rest of Where It Begins on February 27.

Listen to six official remixes of NGHTMRE and Flux Pavilion’s ‘Feel Your Love’

It was just six months ago that bass music heavyweights NGHTMRE and Flux Pavilion released, “Feel The Love” featuring Jamie Lewis, which racked up over 1.4 million plays and was named as one of the heaviest collaborations of 2016. Now Circus Records has released the remix package that features six well-crafted songs from both established artists and promising up-and-comers. With genres ranging from dubstep to house to future and trapstyle, make sure to be on the look out for these hard-hitting tracks as festival season draws near.

Touring artist, ANGELZ, who has played with Tchami and Dr. Fresch, dishes out the first remix with a heavy-hitting bass house track loaded with energy and a driving synth. It’s no wonder this artist has racked over 50,000 followers on Soundcloud, as this artist clearly brings something new to the table in the bass house genre.

Making her breakthrough from Mexico City, Jessica Audiffred curates a bass heavy hybrid. Audiffred makes some serious creative moves here, pitching down the vocals and finding the perfect blend between heavy dubstep growls and energetic trap drums before spinning the second drop into a powerful hardstyle beat.

Up and comer CYRAN delivers a high-energy track with a moombahton beat that will easily become a fan-favorite. The second drop nods to the song’s bass-heavy roots while also maintaining a spacious, pliable rhythm.

AXEN delivers another heavy remix with a rising trap lead that parallels NGHTMRE and Slander. The track is jam-packed with explosive switches between festival trap and house, before the second drop takes a more bass-heavy turn. AXEN has skillfully pulled off an all-inclusive experience in this innovative three minute and thirty second hit.

LATE brings something new to the table with a bouncy hard house remix that is sure to draw attention from around the world. Though it starts off with a four on the floor beat, the fast paced rendition drops into eight bars of festival trap in a daring switch of energy. The second drop then takes a bold risk and follows the genre-bending graces of Kayzo in a stimulating beat that mixes trapstyle, hard house, and drum-step.

Lastly, Dommix does something different from the rest, giving his own future-spin on the bass-heavy track with massive saw waves and a melodic, chill-out vibe. If you like Flume, Wheathin, and San Holo, then Dommix’s remix will feel right at home.

Listen to all six remixes below.

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Slushii – Dear Me

Slushii is the latest bass music upstart to enamor the EDM world, conquering streaming platforms with each successive hit. While much of his viral track record has been dominated by huge remixes of artists like the Chainsmokers and Jack Ü, the young producer’s 2017 has thus far been focused solely on original material.

Following January’s mellifluous “I Still Recall,” Slushii has returned with the ambitious “Dear Me.” The song opens with a poignant chord progression before building into a potently layered bass drop, providing a complex duality to the track that elevates it from a standard EDM ballad. It’s an apt showcase of Slushii’s songwriting abilities, and what is sure to be only the first of many more originals to come this year.

Slushii said of the track:

“Dear Me is probably my favorite song i’ve ever made. Please share, download and love it! Im going to be putting out a lot of new music for you guys.”

Tchami – Adieu (Original Mix)

Carrying a genre can often lead to a sharp and sudden case of fatigue, but Parisian heavyweight Tchami just hasn’t gotten this memo yet. Lumbered several years ago with flag-bearing duties in the rise of the so-called “future house” sound, the Parisian’s footsteps have always felt intrinsically focussed on leading a creative and quality driven charge in spite of the genre’s rise to popularity.

On return to Tchami’s own Confession imprint, “Adieu” befittingly says goodbye to some of his more hallmarked musical attributes, channeling a dialed back and semi-progressive take on proceedings. It’s different, but the track keeps enough groove and stamina to have us convinced this one hasn’t been outsourced in the studio department. 2017 is going to be a year where a lot of artists jump ship on the sound they stapled their industry presence with, but for Confession’s latest, Tchami shows that there’s room to shake things up without shamelessly chasing pastures greener.

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Mija releases new heavy track featuring Tegan & Sara

Since Mija’s break out in 2014, the pioneering DJ and producer has toured the world, headlined some of the biggest festivals, and proved herself an equal to her fellow male counterparts with collaborations and remixes that have established her as a force in the industry. Driven by the mantra of ‘fk genres,’ Mija has finally released her third single, ‘Secrets’ featuring the smooth angelic voices of the Grammy-nominated indie pop duo, Tegan and Sara. The genre-bending track draws influence from Netsky and Subfocus, and takes the listener on a hard-hitting drum and bass adventure. The quick drums are balanced with deep industrial sounds and heavy LFOs to keep the listener eager and ready for what comes next. Lucky for the old-school bassheads out there, the second drop switches into half-time and brings us all back to the reigning days of heavy dubstep. ‘Secrets’ is surely a turn away from Mija’s future bass song ‘Better’ with Vindata, or ‘Crank It,’ her deep house single with Lil Jon and Ghastly. But after taking a listen, it’s a definite turn for the best as Mija flexes her versatility as a producer and gives us a glimpse of her bass-heavy side.

Mija is happy to save her fans a few bucks, and the song is available for free download below:

 

H/T: Billboard

 

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Shermanology – Silly Games (Dennis Quin Remix)

Having made with some seriously heavy house cuts over the past several years, Dutch frontrunner Dennis Quin has kickstarted 2017 with quite the bang. The Simma Black approved producer/DJ took co-production duties on Shermanology‘s MNEK-assisted single ‘Silly Games‘ back in 2016, but returns with his own club ready remodel for the first quarter.

Quin’s take is a darker and far less groomed affair than the polished vocal original brought to the table, fusing murky low end leads with his well cut signature grooves for an epic serving of heavyset house work. As part of a positive flow of national contenders bringing quality house music back into focus, Dennis Quin sounds even more important to the scene than we could have ever anticipated.


Stream: Spotify

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Infected Mushroom share mix filled with new and unreleased music [DA Exclusive]

Released on January 27, 2017, the LP Return to the Sauce marked live-electronic outfit Infected Mushroom‘s return to the genre that most fans know them for: psytrance. The iconic duo who founded the band, Erez Eisen and Amit Duvdevani, have provided an exclusive mix for Dancing Astronaut. The mix includes a number of tracks from Return to the Sauce, as well as some brand new, unreleased remixes of classics like “Bust A Move” and “Becoming Insane.”

Most anyone who’s attended an Infected Mushroom show can attest to the energy they bring to every venue, small or large. Seeing a band play some of the world’s best psytrance on real instruments – not to mention their ever-innovative stage design – is something that should be experienced at least once, especially if it’s the dynamic force that calls themselves Infected Mushroom. Fortunately for those who have never had the chance seen them live, they are currently on tour with the whole live band and a brand new stage production.

The full schedule and tickets are available here. Their new album, Return to the Sauce, is available for purchase here.

Tracklist:

Infected Mushroom – Bust a move (Bliss Remix)

Infected Mushroom – Groove attack

Xerox – Gravity ways (2017 Remix)

Infected Mushroom – Suliman (No Comment Remix)

Infected Mushroom – Becoming insane (Warriors Remix)

Infected Mushroom – Manipulator

Infected Mushroom – Cities of the future (Time Lock Remix)

Infected Mushroom – Return to the sauce

Infected Mushroom – Liquid smoke

Infected Mushroom – Nutmeg

Infected Mushroom – Demons of pains (Trance Remix)

Infected Mushroom – Milosh

Infected Mushroom – Flamingo

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