NGHTMRE and Big Gigantic team up for ‘Like That’

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NGHTMRE has had an incredible come-up since “Street” became the trap anthem of 2015. He’s been repped by Mad Decent, OWSLA, and Monstercat. At Lost Lands, he announced the launch of own label with SLANDER, Gud Vibrations, named after the artists’ collaboration. One would think NGHTMRE’s hands would be full, but apparently, that’s not the case.

The 28-year-old has teamed up with Big Gigantic to release a mosaic of jazz, funk, future bass: “Like That.” The festival pleaser has the makings of an anthem, kicking off with that classic Big G circus feel — flush with hip-hop beats, brass, and reminiscent of the golden era of jazz revitalized. However, “Like That” doesn’t stay in Big G’s world entirely. The drops are contemporary — more chiseled, more demanding — and they hold a meticulous touch of a producer who has felt the acceleration of exponential growth, made possible by NGHTMRE.

“Like That” is a solid collaboration that surpasses the standards of the many genres of electronica, especially in terms of big stage festival tracks.

Photo credit: Koury Angelo/Jason Siegle

NMF Roundup: KOAN Sound return with debut LP, Dillon Francis unleashes ‘LFGD,’ SNBRN remixes Hotel Garuda + more

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NMF Roundup: KOAN Sound return with debut LP, Dillon Francis unleashes ‘LFGD,’ SNBRN remixes Hotel Garuda + moreKoan Sound

It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

The release of the NINJAWERKS Vol. 1 compilation album this week brings new tunes from some of dance music’s biggest names, including Dillon Francis and Kaskade. Andrew Bayer has joined forces with Ane Brun for the gorgeous “Love You More,” out on Anjunabeats. RL Grime has revealed a colossal set of remixes for NOVA, including a formidable rework of “Rainer” by k?d. KOAN Sound burst back onto the scene with the release their debut full-length, Polychrome. HEYZ works wonders in his new single with darkDARK, “Darkest Little Friend.” Hardwell delivers some sunshine in the form of “How You Love Me” with Conor Maynard and Snoop Dogg. Nicky Romero flips Jess Glynne‘s “Thursday” in his newest, and NGHTMRE and Big Gigantic make magic with “Like That.” Cloonee keeps the beat rocking with a feel-good take on Matoma‘s “Sunday Morning,” and Ekali strips “Leaving” down for a serene, acoustic rendition.

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

Holy Ship! veterans share their prized moments at sea — NGHTMRE, Valentino Khan, Worthy, & More

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Holy Ship! veterans share their prized moments at sea — NGHTMRE, Valentino Khan, Worthy, & MoreHolyship18b 058

The countdown to Holy Ship’s 12.0 and 13.0 voyages has officially reached the one month mark, and it’s time to begin looking forward to the festivities ahead. Who better to amplify the excitement than a bunch of past Holy Ship! talent making their return to sea this year? Dancing Astronaut reached out to these veterans to pick their brains on their most cherished memories of the dance music getaway, to really help paint a picture of what to expect come January 5-9 and January 9-12.  NGHTMRE, Valentino KhanWorthy, Christian Martin, GG Magree, Subset and Bones were among those from the Holy Ship family willing to share their tales, with each bringing smiles to the face in different ways.

 

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“My first time on Holy Ship! was also my first ever cruise. Both years I’ve gone there’ve been so many amazing friends and artists. It’s something I’ve looked forward too all year long! One of my favorite memories was wearing Mario, Luigi, and Yoshi costumes with the SLANDER boys for our B2B. No one takes themselves too seriously on ship and the “shipfam” vibe is very real. Can’t wait to be back for my 3rd year!”

 

 

 

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“One year, I played the same boat as 12th Planet, who is just as big of a wrestling fan as I am. One night he’s playing some crazy dubstep set and I’m turning up right next to him wearing my favorite Ric Flair shirt. All of a sudden we see some dude in the crowd that looks exactly like Ric Flair — he’s dressed like Ric Flair, he has the robe, has everything on, and he’s waving a world heavyweight title belt. This dude locks eyes with us and I show him my shirt, and then he just somehow football throws this title belt all the way onto the stage. It lands perfectly right onto the table and we’re stoked we have this belt now. We find the guy in the crowd and he’s like you guys can keep it and we’re like are you sure and h

 

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 Worthy: 

“The first year I played on the ship, I introduced myself to Duke Dumont at the private island beach party and we connected about both releasing music on Defected Records. To my surprise, he asked me to go back-to-back with him during his set, even though we just met and it was such a highlight of that year for me — to get to play music with him on an island in the middle of the Caribbean Sea was so unexpected and kismet. Later I spoke to various veteran ship DJs who said they’ve never played on that beach and often the ship won’t even make it to that island, so it became an even more special memory…one I’ll always remember.”

 

 

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“My favorite Holy Ship memory happened on 11.0 — a massive Drum & Bass tag set on the back of the boat with my brother Justin, Claude VonStroke, Noisia, Mike Bee, & Worthy. There was a friendly sense of one-upsmanship that spurred everyone to dig for their most insane tracks. The crowd was totally down for the ride which made every drop extra intense. Looking forward to much more d&b on 12.0 & 13.0”

 

 

 

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“This is a tough one because what happens on the ship usually stays on this ship, hehehe…One of my favorite ship memories though would have to be playing my second set on the ship, and just before I started it started pouring with rain, so there were about 1000 people dancing in the rain my entire set. I still to this day get DMs about that set. It was super super super magical”

 

 

 

 

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“A couple years back, I saw a post in one of the Holy Ship groups that two brothers (Anthony and Christopher Vagenas) were bringing their grandparents (Henry and Janet) on Holy Ship. They had already been with them to EDC Vegas, and are very supportive of their grandsons and the electronic music community. It’s rare and beautiful to see families come together like that, so we hatched a plan to celebrate them and welcome them into our family.

Anthony and Christopher went to their grandparents’ house while they were on vacation and picked out a bunch of their family photos. We chose several photos spanning their relationship – from their first date to their wedding, their first home, first child, 50th wedding anniversary, and so on. With an all-Shipfam crew, we had the photos retouched, colorized, printed on life-size banners, and outfits sourced.

On the final day of Holy Ship that year, we walked Henry and Janet down “Memory Lane”, with Shipfam standing in front of each of the banners, dressed and posed to recreate the photos of some of the most memorable times in their lives. We welcomed them into our family with a retrospective look at their own. I will never in my life forget their reactions and the amazing ability of Shipfam to come together for what was an absolutely touching project.”

 

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“Holy Ship has always been special to me because of the amount of artist friends stuck together for the few days at sea, almost like living back in a college dorm for a month. With the amount of touring / traveling / living all over the world, we never get more than a night (if that) to see each other and hang. It really is a DJ vacation as well as a festival haha….

I’m fortunate enough to have gotten to perform on 4 of the years, and looking back one great memory was 2017 on (HS 8.0) when our blog Gotta Dance Dirty hosted a BLOG HAUS takeover party w/ A-Trak, Busy P, Drop The Lime (aka Curses), STACATTO (Gina Turner and Louisahhh), and us GDD DJs kicking off the night. The intimate “Headliners” room we had the party in was slammed, but the coolest thing to see what the amount of artists from every genre come and get a taste of the nostalgia, being that we all came up with that electro sound from 2006-2009. Green Velvet jumped on vocals of his old record “Shake & Pop”, Claude VonStroke was MCing and being the ship daddy legend he always is, and even artists like Manila Killa, Jai Wolf, Tchami and Dombresky were dancing in the front of the crowd with fans. It was the coolest things, to see and felt great being that I owed the blog house era a lot and much to my DJ career. That was a one time thing and I don’t know if it’ll ever happen again, but it’s what we all wanted and needed for that moment and I’ll never forget it.”

 

Photo credit: Rukes, Oh Dag Yo Photo, Jason Woo

 

WAVEDASH release first single on SLANDER and NGHTMRE’s Gud Vibrations label

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SLANDER and NGHTMRE have been bringing fans good vibrations for years through a track of that title and their Gud Vibrations event series. As a continuation of the brand, the producers have now linked up to officially launch a Gud Vibrations record label.

Production trio WAVEDASH is the first group to release a track on the label, with new single “Deathwish.” The track features fknsyd, and as the label’s debut song, it demonstrates that hard-hitting festival-ready tracks could be a theme for the label’s output.

WAVEDASH have collaborated with both NGHTMRE and SLANDER in the past, having teamed up with the producers on some of their heaviest releases. Both SLANDER and NGHTMRE have been experimental with their releases, spanning from rap productions to pop tracks. This debut release on Gud Vibrations displays the producers’ continued commitment to the dubstep and bass communities that helped bring the artists into notoriety within the electronic music community in the first place.

Nitti Gritti curates spooky Orbit playlist ahead of Halloween Warehouse show

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Nitti Gritti curates spooky Orbit playlist ahead of Halloween Warehouse showNitti Gritti Drive EP

Nitti Gritti is a force to be reckoned with in 2018. In August, he unveiled Bootlegs Vol. 2, a remix EP including edits of Earth, Wind, & Fire‘s “September,” Waka Flocka Flames‘ “Hard In Da Paint,” and other cult classics. More recently, he’s gifted fans with an original EP entitled Drive released on Diplo‘s Mad Decent imprint. With this string of EP releases (and a few remixes in between), the Miami-based producer is pushing boundaries and earning tour support for high-end artists such as NGHTMRE, Etc! Etc!, Party Favor, and more.

Now, on October 26, one of his most anticipated shows of the year has arrived, as Gritti will take the stage with Valentino Khan and Dillon Francis at Light & Life’s Halloween Warehouse 2018. To prime attendees for what should be a freaky night in the depths of Brooklyn, Gritti has curated an Orbit Spotify playlist exclusively for DA.

The selection includes hard-hitting tracks from his current rotation, including favorites from his Drive EP, the Boombox Cartel and Flosstradamus team-up “ID,” “Crystal Eyes” from Ekali‘s 2018 debut EP, and more.

From Martin Garrix and Zedd to Illenium and Kaskade, Hakkasan is bringing a gang of talent to Las Vegas for Halloween

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Hakkasan Group is pulling out all the stops for Halloween 2018. The Las Vegas hospitality giant is extending Halloween to a full week, running holiday themed festivities at each of their properties across the strip, spanning from October 25 – October 31. As the month winds down, an eclectic cast of talent will descend upon Vegas — drawing the likes of Steve Aoki, Kaskade, ZEDD, NGHTMRE, Martin Garrix, Borgore, and Lil Uzi Vert to name a few, for one of the busiest party weeks of the year.

JEWEL, Hakkasan, OMNIA, and 1 OAK Nightclub will also feature supporting sets from DJ Drama, Illenium, and others across Halloween week. Along with themed club decor and unbeatable nightly lineups, OMNIA is even hosting a costume contest with a $5,000 grand prize. For a full list of lineups and events, head to Hakkasan Group’s website.

Purchase Hakkasan Halloween tickets here.

SLANDER and RIOT team up for a release full of surprises with ‘You Don’t Even Know Me’

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SLANDER and RIOT team up for a release full of surprises with ‘You Don’t Even Know Me’SLANDER C Koury Angelo

SLANDER cannot be stopped. The duo comprising of Derek Andersen and Scott Land have been coming out releases more or less on a bi-weekly basis, with their newest  being “You Don’t Even Know Me” alongside RIOT. This follows their collaboration with Crankdat, another another high-profile pairing to add to their ever-growing list. The first three minutes of the track are a smooth melodic tune with enthralling vocals and a flowing backdrop that evokes a sense of calm. As it hits its third minute, however, a powerful drop comes out of seemingly nowhere, slapping listeners with a hard-hitting array of synths and low-end.

“You Don’t Even Know Me” comes fresh off news that Anderson and Land will be teaming up with producer NGHTMRE to launch their very own record label, which they’ve unsurprisingly dubbed Gud Vibrations. “You Don’t Even Know Me” is out now via Monstercat.

Photo Credit: Koury Angelo

SnowGlobe Music Festival lineup features Diplo, Eric Prydz, REZZ and more for its 2018 edition

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Every year thousands of people descend upon beautiful South Lake Tahoe for the days leading up to New Years Eve to get their fix of not only the beautiful outdoors, skiing, and snowboarding, but one of the biggest electronic music festivals of the year, SnowGlobe Music Festival. This year the event is back for its eighth iteration, and the organizers at SnowGlobe just announced an impressive, well-rounded lineup for the December 29 – 31, 2018 event.

Lineup toppers include Above & BeyondDiplo and Eric Prydz, with REZZ, and RL Grime, both coming off their sophomore LPs this year, also slated for headlining performances in 2018. The festival follows suit with the trend of billed back-to-back sets, bringing new label heads NGHTMRE and SLANDER together, Chris Lake and Walker & Royce, and AC Slater and Wax Motif for back-to-back sets. The festival with feature three stages, and it will also have new art instillations in addition to the return of the festival’s beloved Big Air activation showcasing professional ski and snowboard demos between sets on the main stage.

Tickets are now on sale here.

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NGHTMRE and SLANDER announce launch of Gud Vibrations label, along with first upcoming release

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NGHTMRE and SLANDER have been a production power trio for years now. The bass-brandishing artists are now siphoning their music-making relationship, hallmarked by earth-rumbling tracks like the 2015 “Gud Vibrations,” into their very own record label: the fittingly titled, Gud Vibrations

The label heads brought WAVEDASH onstage at their liberally attended Lost Lands performance to announce that the latter would be the first to officially release on their new imprint. A Texan trio with a penchant for deep dub, WAVEDASH took to Facebook to announce their first release will be the inaugural “Opening Ceremony.” WAVEDASH are no foreigners to the electronic forefront, having appeared on upper echelon housings like OWSLA for “Bang” and Mad Decent for their collaborative track, “Grave,” with none other than NGHTMRE.

Aside from being great friends, NGHTMRE and SLANDER are serial collaborators in the studio. Outside the workroom, the now-omnipresent entities have embarked on a world tour together, recently announcing another under the the Gud Vibrations masthead. With such a prolific relationship on their odometers, there’s little doubt the triangular talent will be suffering any unity issues as they launch this new endeavor.

Kill The Noise completely transforms ‘Only Want U’ into a multiflavored new remix

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Kill The Noise completely transforms ‘Only Want U’ into a multiflavored new remixKill The Noise

Only those who have listened to Snails, NGHTMRE, and Akylla’s original rendition of “Only Want U” numerous times would be able to identify the similarities in Kill The Noise‘s surprising remix of the track.

The introduction opens with an Afroman level of funk infusion, and melts into slightly cunning vocal edits not featured in the original. Those familiar with Kill The Noise’s previous productions might feel a bit surprised after the first minute of the track given its calmer nature, but this surprise soon becomes familiarity once the track drops into a cacaphony of shrill synthesis and heavy dubstep rhythms. Luckily, a moment of respite follows at the end, when the remix drifts slowly off into a field of bass breaks. Such a wide range of influences and styles in three minutes makes for quite the captivating listen, but those who love the original should not go into listening to the remix looking for similarities between the two.

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