SXM announces phase one lineup for 2019 return

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SXM Festival has a roller coaster of a year that has ended in triumphant success. Hurricane Irma ravaged its home of Saint Martin in 2017, leading to cancellation of its third edition. Regardless, the community or the event wouldn’t be let down, with both teaming up to repair the damaged caused by the storm and bring things back to normalcy. Now, SXM is returning for what’s looking to be a top make-up edition.

The billing for 2019 contains a nice slate of top talent so far, with Dubfire, Marco Carola, and Guy Gerber topping the list. They’ll be joined by other top talents as well, including Enzo Siragusa, Kora, Viken Arman, Apollonia, and more. Tickets are now on sale; grab them here, and watch this space as more names get released.


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Massive Attack fans can now remix tracks off ‘Mezzanine,’ thanks to this interactive app

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Massive Attack listeners can re-envision the UK group’s celebrated album, Mezzanine, thanks to a new feature on Massive Attack’s Fantom phone application, which enables users to remix tracks from the seminal offering.

Fantom originally made its debut in 2016 as a “sensory music player that remixes and reforms songs unique using a variety of environmental variables including location, movement, time of day, heartbeat, and the integral moving image camera.” Massive Attack member Robert del Naja helped to design the novel application, which allows Fantom downloads to save and share their one-of-a-kind audio-visual creations on social networks and via SMS.

While Fantom is no longer the newbie on Apple’s app store, the application continues to roll out different features, including new “interactive remixes” of Mezzanine inclusions like “Angel” and “Inertia Creeps.” Massive Attack fans can queue up one of the Mezzanine album inclusions and record a video from within the application as the music adapts in “realtime” to what the listener does as the video records. Smiling or singing, for instance, causes the vocals of the chosen song to play, while a Fantom user’s movement of the phone “applies effects on the chords.” The result is an interactive remix of the Mezzanine constituent of the user’s choice. The Fantom application’s remix functionality represents one more eccentric way in which Massive Attack listeners can enjoy the music of the UK group’s iconic album. Massive Attack notably encoded Mezzanine into DNA to commemorate the production’s 20th anniversary and later followed the transcription with special edition cans of spray paint that contained 1 million copies of the album, respectively. Those interested can learn more about Fantom, here.

H/T: Mixmag

Hernan Cattaneo brings proper progressive to Hollywood institution, Avalon

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Progressive house’s roots are far deeper than the sounds initially mislabeled by Beatport in the early 2010s. In its original form, the music trancelike, luscious, and driving, with a smooth flow and lengthy songs that induce hypnosis. The music is beginning to thrive like it had when it initially captivated the electronic music community in the early aughts, and much of this is thanks in part to artists like the Argentinian legend, Hernan Cattaneo.

Hernan will be making his way back to Los Angeles for a night not to miss for true lovers of the genre. He’ll be hosted by the historic Avalon nightclub in Hollywood, renowned for its top notch sound system and classic art deco theatre layout. The dance veteran, who’s known for his flawless mixing and ability to control the emotions of any room he plays in, will be playing a special extended set.

He’ll be setting up shop behind the club decks on December 8, so make sure to get tickets here for what’s set to be a night of proper progressive.

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Zedd, Disclosure, FISHER and more garner 2019 Grammy nominations

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The biggest night in music for artists and producers alike, the Grammy Awards will air its 61st annual ceremony on February 10. Whereas the 60th edition of the seminal awards event headed east to recognize 2018’s top artists and their productions across a variety of categories from Madison Square Garden in New York, the 61st iteration will return to the West Coast, to air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The Recording Academy formally released its nominations for the 2019 Grammy Awards on December 7.

A central energizer of hip-hop circles throughout the year, Cardi B collected two nominations for “Album of the year” for Invasion of Privacy, and “Record of the year,” for her celebrated collaboration with Bad Bunny and J. Balvin, “I Like It.” A perennial staple of Grammy nomination lists, Drake also received nods for “Album of the year” for his double-sided offering, Scorpion, and “Record of the year” for his newly diamond certified mega hit, “God’s Plan.”

Zedd is notably the sole electronic artist to secure a nomination outside of the Grammy’s dance focused category, “Best dance recording.” Zedd will face off with Cardi B and Drake for “Record of the year,” thanks to his collaborative effort with Maren Morris and Grey on “The Middle.” Zedd will also compete with Childish Gambino, Brandi Carlile, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, Kendrick Lamar and SZA, and Post Malone, who also received nominations within the category.

Above & Beyond, Disclosure, FISHER, Silk City & Dua Lipa, and Virtual Self will battle it out in the “Best dance recording” category, for “Northern Soul,” “Ultimatum,” “Losing It,” “Electricity,” and “Ghost Voices,” respectively. Meanwhile, the “Best dance album” feature dives a bit more into the avant-garde side of electronica, with Jon Hopkins’ stunning LP Singularity stealing a nomination, along with edit album Woman Worldwide by Justice, Sofi Tukker‘s Treehouse, TOKiMONSTA‘s Lune Rouge, and SOPHIE’s Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides.

The remix category also had some strong contenders, with Kaskade and his protégé, CID earning individual nominations, along with Cosmic Gate, Mura Masa, and EDX. The complete list of nominations can be seen here.

2019 Grammy Awards Nominations:

Best new artist

  • Chloe X Halle
  • Luke Combs
  • Greta Van Fleet
  • H.E.R.
  • Dua Lipa
  • Margo Price
  • Bebe Rexha
  • Jorja Smith

Album of the year

  • “Invasion of Privacy,” Cardi B
  • “By the Way, I Forgive You,” Brandi Carlile
  • “Scorpion,” Drake
  • “H.E.R.,” H.E.R.
  • “Beerbongs & Bentleys,” Post Malone
  • “Dirty Computer,” Janelle Monae
  • “Golden Hour,” Kacey Musgraves
  • “Black Panther: The Album,” Featuring Kendrick Lamar

Record of the year

  •  “I Like It,” Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin
  • “The Joke,”  Brandi Carlile
  • “This is America,” Childish Gambino
  •  “God’s Plan,” Drake
  • “Shallow,” Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper
  • “All The Stars,” Kendrick Lamar and SZA
  • “Rockstar,” Post Malone feat. 21 Savage
  • “The Middle,” Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey

Song of the year

  • “All The Stars,” Kendrick Duckworth, Mark Spears, Al Shuckburgh, Anthony Tiffith and Solana Rowe
  • “Boo’d Up,” Larrance Dopson, Joelle James, Ella Mai, and Dijon McFarlane
  •  “God’s Plan,” Aubrey Graham, Daveon Jackson, Brock Korsan, Ron Latour, Matthew Samuels and Noah Shebib.
  • “In My Blood,” Teddy Geiger, Scott Harris, Shawn Mendes and Geoffrey Warburton
  • “The Joke,” Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth and Tim Hanseroth
  • “The Middle,” Sarah Aarons, Jordan K. Johnson, Stefan Johnson, Marcus Lomax, Kyle Trewartha, Michael Trewartha and Anton Zaslavski
  • “Shallow,” Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt
  • “This Is America,” Donald Glover and Ludwig Göransson

Best R&B album

  • “Sex & Cigarettes,” Toni Braxton
  • “Good Thing,” Leon Bridges
  •  “Honestly,” Lalah Hathaway
  •  “H.E.R.” H.E.R.
  • “Gumbo Unplugged (Live),” PJ Morton

Best country album

  • “Unapologetically,” Kelsea Ballerini
  • “Port Saint Joe,” Brothers Osborne
  • “Girl Going Nowhere,” Ashley McBryde
  • “Golden Hour,” Kacey Musgraves
  • “Volume 2,” Chris Stapleton

Best pop solo performance

  • “Colors,” Beck
  • “Havana (Live),” Camila Cabello
  • “God Is A Woman,” Ariana Grande
  • “Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?),” Lady Gaga
  • “Better Now,” Post Malone

Best pop vocal album

  • “Camila,” Camila Cabello
  • “Meaning Of Life,” Kelly Clarkson
  • “Sweetener,” Ariana Grande
  • “Shawn Mendes,” Shawn Mendes
  • “Beautiful Trauma,” P!nk
  • “Reputation,” Taylor Swift

Best dance recording

  • “Northern Soul,” Above & Beyond Featuring Richard Bedford
  • “Ultimatum,” Disclosure (Featuring Fatoumata Diawara)
  • “Losing It,” Fisher
  • “Electricity,” Silk City & Dua Lipa Featuring Diplo & Mark Ronson
  • “Ghost Voices,” Virtual Self

Best dance album 

  • Singularity – Jon Hopkins
  • Woman Worldwide – Justice
  • Treehouse – Sofi Tukker
  • Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides – SOPHIE
  • Lune Rouge – TOKiMONSTA

Best remixed recording

  • “Audio (CID Remix)” — CID, remixer (LSD)
  • “How Long (EDX’s Dubai Skyline Remix)” — Maurizio Colella, remixer (Charlie Puth)
  • “Only Road (Cosmic Gate Remix”) — Stefan Bossems & Claus Terhoeven, remixers (Gabriel & Dresden Featuring Sub Teal)
  • “Stargazing (Kaskade Remix)” — Kaskade, remixer (Kygo Featuring Justin Jesso)
  • “Walking Away (Mura Masa Remix)” — Alex Crossan, remixer (Haim)

Best rock song

  • “Black Smoke Rising,” Jacob Thomas Kiszka, Joshua Michael Kiszka, Samuel Francis Kiszka & Daniel Robert Wagner, songwriters (Greta Van Fleet)
  • “Jumpsuit,” Tyler Joseph, songwriter (Twenty One Pilots)
  • “MANTRA,” Jordan Fish, Matthew Kean, Lee Malia, Matthew Nicholls & Oliver Sykes, songwriters (Bring Me The Horizon)
  • “Masseduction,” Jack Antonoff & Annie Clark, songwriters (St. Vincent)
  • “Rats,” Tom Dalgety & A Ghoul Writer, songwriters (Ghost)

Best urban contemporary album

  • “Everything Is Love,” The Carters
  • “The Kids Are Alright,” Chloe x Halle
  • “Chris Dave And The Drumhedz,” Chris Dave And The Drumhedz
  • “War & Leisure,” Miguel
  • “Ventriloquism,” Meshell Ndegeocello

Best jazz vocal album

  • “My Mood Is You,” Freddy Cole
  • “The Questions,” Kurt Elling
  • “The Subject Tonight Is Love,” Kate McGarry With Keith Ganz & Gary Versace
  • “If You Really Want,” Raul Midón With The Metropole Orkest Conducted By Vince Mendoza
  • “The Window,” Cécile McLorin Salvant

Best gospel album

  • “One Nation Under God,” Jekalyn Carr
  • “Hiding Place,” Tori Kelly
  • “Make Room,” Jonathan McReynolds
  • “The Other Side,” The Walls Group
  • “A Great Work,” Brian Courtney Wilson

Best Latin pop album

  • “Prometo,” Pablo Alboran
  • “Sincera,” Claudia Brant
  • “Musas (Un Homenaje Al Folclore Latinoamericano En Manos De Los Macorinos), Vol. 2,” Natalia Lafourcade
  • “2:00 AM,” Raquel Sofía
  • “Vives,” Carlos Vives

Best Americana album

  • “By The Way, I Forgive You,” Brandi Carlile
  • “Things Have Changed,” Bettye LaVette
  • “The Tree Of Forgiveness,” John Prine
  • “The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone,” Lee Ann Womack
  • “One Drop Of Truth,” The Wood Brothers

Best comedy album

  • “Annihilation,” Patton Oswalt
  • “Equanimity & The Bird Revelation,” Dave Chappelle
  • “Noble Ape,” Jim Gaffigan
  • “Standup For Drummers,” Fred Armisen
  • “Tamborine,” Chris Rock

Best song written for visual media

  • “All The Stars,” Kendrick Duckworth, Solána Rowe, Alexander William Shuckburgh, Mark Anthony Spears & Anthony Tiffith, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar & SZA), Track from: Black Panther
  • “Mystery Of Love,” Sufjan Stevens, songwriter (Sufjan Stevens), Track from: Call Me By Your Name
  • “Remember Me,” Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez, songwriters (Miguel Featuring Natalia Lafourcade), Track from: Coco
  • “Shallow,” Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando & Andrew Wyatt, songwriters (Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper), Track from: A Star Is Born
  • “This Is Me,” Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, songwriters (Keala Settle & The Greatest Showman Ensemble), Track from: The Greatest Showman

Producer of the year, non-classical:

  • Boi-1da
  • Larry Klein
  • Linda Perry
  • Kanye West
  • Pharrell Williams

H/T: CBS News

BREAKING: Gesaffelstein finally confirms new album, ‘Hyperion’

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Since Gesaffelstein erected billboards prefacing his return in late October, the dance music rumor mill has been abuzz with whispers regarding a sophomore album. Such hype was increased all the more when, shortly thereafter, the laconic artist signed onto Columbia Records.

The biggest news, of course, in Michel Lévy’s recent machinations was the release of “Reset” last week — his first single in years. Coming alongside a video, the eerie, broken-beat track all but confirmed the aforementioned LP rumors. After all, why would the covert Frenchman put so much effort into promoting a solitary song?

At long last, Gesaffelstein has confirmed that he does indeed have a new album on the way: Hyperion.

A mural stating “THIS IS THE COVER OF HYPERION, THE NEW ALBUM BY GESAFFELSTEIN” arose this week in Miami during their ongoing Art Basel festival. Emblazoned in a similar fashion to the famed billboards, it’s not fully clear if the announcement itself is the artwork for Hyperion or if the adjacent picture of a shattering black pane is. If the latter is the case, the LP’s packaging would be evocative of The Black Keys’ 2010 album, Brothers, which famously read, “This is an album by The Black Keys. The name of this album is Brothers.” Suffice it to say, Gesaffelstein wouldn’t find himself in poor company with such self-evident album artwork.

No release date for Hyperion has been confirmed at press time, but at the moment, we can all take a moment to revel in finally being able to say with conviction, “Gesaffelstein has a new album on the way.”


Primavera Sound announces Solange, Cardi B and more and achieve the first 50/50 line up for 2019

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Primavera Sound has announced the details behind its return to Barcelona in 2019. Hitting Parc del Fòrum Thursday, May 30 through Saturday, June 1, the festival has hit an impressive milestone for its almost 20th year running. The lineup boasts a powerful lineup already, including Charli XCX, Solange, Cardi B, Rosalia and others hitting its main stage; however, its offering doesn’t end there. Primavera is officially the first festivals of its kind, ever, to book more than half of its acts as female. While female representation at festivals has been an ongoing conversation in the music industry for some time, Primavera has taken action and presented a new normal for the future, and it looks great.

Tickets to Primavera Sound’s 2019 edition are available now.

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Adam Beyer confirms more b2b shows with Cirez D to come in 2019

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Hot on the heels of their consecutive November 30 and December 1  performances at a Brooklyn warehouse is Adam Beyer‘s confirmation that 2019 will bear witness to more Cirez D and Adam Beyer back-to-back bookings. “Thanks for 4 incredible shows,” Adam Beyer tweeted on December 2, in a nod to the duo’s November 23 and 24 dates at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Palladium, and their ensuing back-to-back efforts on the East Coast. “We tried to bring a different set each time and I think it worked,” Beyer added. “We will be back with more next year.”

The highly acclaimed Cirez D and Adam Beyer format initially took off during the 2018 installment of Miami Music Week, where the pair took over the decks of SOHO STUDIOS. The fervent demand for following back-to-back appearances from the visionaries of underground sound precipitated Cirez D and Adam Beyer’s recent Los Angeles and New York events. Now, it seems this demand has grown large enough to where a 2019 tour is in order. Those unfamiliar with the potency of a Cirez D and Adam Beyer back-to-back can see what all the buzz is about, thanks to newly published videos of the duo’s Los Angeles and Brooklyn sets.

H/T: DJ Mag

Dog Blood, A$AP Rocky, Lana Del Ray slated for Buku Music + Art Project 2019

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Dog Blood will return to the stage next year with the delivery of New Orleans mainstay music and art festival Buku‘s 2019 lineup.

The festival dropped off one of the most diverse lineups of 2019 so far, topped by Lana Del Ray who is amid the release of her highly anticipated Norman Fucking Rockwell LP, A$AP Rocky, GRiZ, and Excision — along with an ultra rare appearance from Skrillex and Boys Noize‘s acid-laden side project, signaling the pair are likely ready to deliver long awaited new music next year. Louis The Child, RL Grime, and Kevin Gates round out the headlining block, with Claude VonStroke, Playboi Carti, Ekali, The Black Madonna, and a b2b performance from SLANDER and NGHTMRE featured on the undercard.

The festival is famous for its impeccably curated blend of hip-hop, rock, and dance music, and in 2019 they couldn’t have hit the mark more perfectly, pairing the likes of J.I.D. Denzel Curry, and a DJ set with members of From First To Last with performances by 1788-L, Getter, TOKiMONSTA and more. Buku Music + Art Project takes place March 22 – 23, and tickets go on sale December 11.

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Drake dominates both Spotify and Apple Music’s 2018 stats

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2018 was undoubtedly the Year of Drake. The Toronto-native rhymer managed to plant himself in the headlines all year long, from rap beef and juicy drama to the year’s most ubiquitous album, and a handful of broken records to boot. Now, as the year draws to a close, Apple Music and Spotify have both released their top album and artist statistics, and unsurprisingly, Drake occupies both lists with a dominating presence.

Apple’s official rankings for top songs of the year include three Drake cuts, the inescapable “God’s Plan,” New Orleans bounce anthem “Nice For What,” and viral sensation “In My Feelings.” Drake’s Scorpion also deservedly took home the top album designation, beating out Cardi B, Post Malone, and Travis Scott‘s hugely successful LP drops this year. Spotify’s official year end numbers mirror Apple’s, with Dua Lipa, Ariana Grande, and Ed Sheeran in contention as well. Spotify’s year end totals also claim Drake’s music was streamed a cumulative 8.2 billion times on the platform this year.

That’s a wrap on another marquee year for Drake.

ODESZA, Phantogram, Lane 8, and more top CRSSD festival’s spring 2019 lineup

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Organizers on behalf of San Diego’s house-and-techno-hailing CRSSD festival have released the Waterfront Park event’s phase-one lineup. The expansive artistry, including widely received electronic billings, like ODESZA (who will be returning after making their far humbler debut in 2015), Phantogram, and Whethan, exemplifies the once-modest festival’s continued growth in popularity and attendance.

The bi-annual soiree, of which this year’s spring installment is set for Mar 2-3, has seen idiosyncratic acts across the board–from Gesaffelstein to Empire Of The Sun–sweep through its stylistically sectioned stages, The Palms, City Steps, and Ocean View. With a mass of acts still to come, the brimming first batch includes additional support from Petit Biscuit, The Martinez Brothers, Jungle, and more. See the full lineup below.

Tickets to 2019 CRSSD go on sale Tuesday, Dec 11. They’ll be available here.

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