Lightning in a Bottle delivers 2020 lineup topped by Kaytranada, Noisia, James Blake, Bob Moses, and more

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Lightning in a Bottle delivers 2020 lineup topped by Kaytranada, Noisia, James Blake, Bob Moses, and moreNoisia Asteroids

Returning to its new home at Buena Vista Lake on Memorial Day Weekend, Lightning in a Bottle is back with an impressive 2020 lineup that’s teeming with talent. Topping this year’s bill is Kaytranada, coming off a stellar sophomore album, BUBBA, along with a DJ set from James Blake, GRiZ, DJ Shadow, a farewell stop for Noisia, Nina Kraviz, Justin Martin, Bob Moses, and more.

The beloved camping event runs from May 20 – 25, hosting a massive crop of artists and a range of different genres over the course of six days. LiB has performances slated from Amon Tobin, Soul Clap, Eprom, Doja Cat, Four Tet, Emancipator, Keys N Krates, and many more. Tickets to Lightning in a Bottle’s 2020 edition are on sale now. Purchase tickets here.

Lightning in a Bottle delivers 2020 lineup topped by Kaytranada, Noisia, James Blake, Bob Moses, and moreLib Lineup 2020 Dancing Astro

Good Morning Mix: Start the new year with an explosive season premiere of Noisia Radio

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Good Morning Mix: Start the new year with an explosive season premiere of Noisia RadioNoisia Credit Michel Van Rossum

A day into 2020, Noisia has ensured the year begins on the right foot with the premiere of Noisia Radio sixth season. The legendary trio debuted the first iteration of their radio show in 2015 with motivations to connect with listeners and channel a broader range of music outside drum ‘n’ bass. Although the group announced their plans to part ways last September, Noisia will continue activities through the end of this year.

Curating an eclectic mix of drum ‘n’ bass shades from their own imprints VISION and DIVISION as well as selections from Shogun, Methlab, Ram, and more, Noisia’s season premiere brings an unrelenting amount of fresh, genre-defiant picks to the showcase. From ominous numbers like Melle’s “Patron” and Proxima’s “Limestone” to niche electronic tracks like Deft’s “Rollon” and unreleased goodies from Art1fact and Halflow, the episode promises dark energy of all nuances handpicked by none other than Noisia themselves.

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Skrillex and Noisia’s Nik Roos collaborate on new anime theme song

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Skrillex and Noisia’s Nik Roos collaborate on new anime theme songSkrille Smokin Amazon AWS 2018 Rukes

Skrillex and Nik Roos from Noisia produced the theme song for Obsolete, a mecha-based anime and YouTube original series. The two seasoned producers play with the anime-inspired melody, adding their own individual flare with drum and bass percussion for the intro and Skrillex’s hearty snare and metallic synth fills.

The series is about aliens that visit Earth and trade EXOFRAMES for a thousand kilograms of limestone. EXOFRAMES are super robots that can communicate with their pilots telepathically, which change the world as war sinks the earth into violent chaos.

The pair of producers have a storied history, as Skrillex credits his early success in electronic music to Nik and Noisia, as the group played an instrumental role in giving the former screamo band frontman his start. Sonny Moore would crash at the Noisia pad, and word has it there might still be a grip of unreleased Skrillex works that the drum ‘n’ bass trio have held onto over the years.

Skrillex has made his affinity for Japanese culture clear in his work over time. His sound and person has mixed well with the culture, as earlier this year, he also released another video game theme song for Kingdom Hearts 3, “Face My Fears,” with Japanese-American singer/songwriter, Hikaru Utada. Now, the eclectic producer has an anime theme credit under his belt.

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Noisia and The Upbeats link once again on rambunctious ‘Halcyon’

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Noisia and The Upbeats link once again on rambunctious ‘Halcyon’Noisia Credit Michel Van Rossum

Noisia and The Upbeats have been making magic for years on noteworthy tunes like 2012’s “Dustup” and “Undertaker,” the 2015 Dead Limit EP, and more. They’ve ranged a wide span of drum ‘n’ bass subcategories over the years, bringing them to their most recent release, “Halcyon.”

The two groups call this production a “happy record,” and their description is correct. It’s decidedly more melodic than the preceding Noisia release with Phace, “non-responsive,” and clocks in at a little more than six minutes. An adventurous melody weaves in and out between the impeccably produced drum ‘n’ bass rhythm, giving the song a refreshing atmosphere. “Halcyon” is out now via Vision Recordings.

Noisia announced they would disband as a group at the end of 2020, citing their evolution as artists over the past 20 years and their interest in pursuing other avenues.

“Noisia is a game that we’ve completed,” the group explained in a note on Sept. 17. “There’s very little left for us to explore together. Noisia is a beautifully consolidated shape. And we want to leave Noisia in that shape, rather than keep chiselling at it, with the risk of ruining it. A good artist should know when an artwork is finished. 

Photo credit: Michel van Rossum

Rampage to host farewell tour stop from Noisia, Pendulum Trinity reunion, and more

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Rampage to host farewell tour stop from Noisia, Pendulum Trinity reunion, and moreRampage

Perpetually confounding US festival crowds, drum ‘n’ bass is only just launching a forward foray in the states. However, it’s been a cornerstone of the European electronic music market for decades. Gearing up for its 11th year, Belgium’s token drum ‘n’ bass display, Rampage festival has been at the helm of spreading the genre’s good word and cementing its global audience.

The Antwerp affair has some serious selling points for its 2020 installment, landing March 13-14. In addition to hosting a slot on Noisia’s farewell tour, Rampage will see Pendulum’s Trinity alliance (featuring the iconic act’s founding three members, Rob Swire, Gareth McGrillen, and El Hornet) reunite for their first performance outside the UK and their first rendezvous in the last decade. More genre staples like Dirtyphonics, Virtual Riot, Black Sun Empire, and Delta Heavy are also pegged for the 2020 Rampage ticket.

The impending arm of the festival promises next-level audio-visual production to complement its world-class roundup of drum ‘n’ bass firepower. The event will return to Antwerp Sportpaleis, one of Europe’s largest indoor event stops and self-described “rave haven.”

Tickets are available here.

Rampage to host farewell tour stop from Noisia, Pendulum Trinity reunion, and moreRampage 1

BREAKING: Noisia to split after 20 years

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BREAKING: Noisia to split after 20 yearsNoisia Ballet 1

For nearly 20 years, Noisia‘s music has been a pioneering force in the electronic music community. The Dutch trio, consisting of Martijn van Sonderen, Nik Roos, and Thijs de Vlieger, has released countless groundbreaking songs and collections of music across labels like OWSLA, mau5trap, Spinnin’, and more. But at the end of 2020, the group members will go their separate directions, citing wanting to “become something new.”

Read the group’s full statement below.

“After 20 years of being Noisia, we are ready to become something new. 

We’ve all grown, as people and as musicians. For almost 20 years, all three of us wanted pretty much the same, but we’ve developed, and realized that nowadays we want different things. If we all wanted the same different things, it would make sense to do that as a different Noisia, but we want different different things. 

That’s why we’ve decided that for us, and our listeners, it’s the most honorable and respectful choice to put an end to this chapter, and start the next one. Noisia has always been about making as few compromises as we can. When Noisia becomes a compromise in itself, it’s time to move on.  

We’ve tried to realign ourselves over the last few years to keep the wagon on the rails, but the reality still is: we are not who we were before, and the time of doing everything together because we all want the same is behind us.  

Noisia is a game that we’ve completed. There’s very little left for us to explore together. Noisia is a beautifully consolidated shape. And we want to leave Noisia in that shape, rather than keep chiselling at it, with the risk of ruining it. A good artist should know when an artwork is finished. 

What the future holds for us, we honestly don’t know. We still have our studios in the same space, and we will run into each other every day. We are still friends. We will still make music together in some shape or form.  

We want to celebrate our 20th year and the past 20 years together with everyone who’s been involved and made it all possible. We want to go out with a blast and say goodbye to our fans properly, so that we can look back and say ‘it was an amazing era, and we finished it in style.’ We want to do one last year of touring DJ shows, one last year of Noisia Radio, and finish and release the music that we’ve been working on together. 

This was a very hard decision to make, but we thought about it for a long time and it feels like the only right thing to do for us without breaking what we’ve built. 

We are very proud of what we’ve done. We’re incredibly grateful for the opportunity we were given to share our music and vision with so many people, and we feel greatly indebted to all those who helped us along the way. We’re excited about making the last year as Noisia as memorable as we can, and we’re curious to see what will come after. 

TL;DR: We’ve decided to stop being Noisia at the end of 2020.”

Lunar Lunes: Flux Pavilion teams up with GLNNA, Gorgon City hit up ‘Elizabeth Street’ + more

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Lunar Lunes: Flux Pavilion teams up with GLNNA, Gorgon City hit up ‘Elizabeth Street’ + moreFlu Pavilion Press Photo 2019

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.

Flux Pavilion takes an emotive approach to his new collaboration with GLNNA, “Somebody Else,” and Gorgon City pay homage to Chicago in “Elizabeth Street.” Noisia deliver a unique time signature on their newest original, “The Hole Pt. 1,” and Com Truise remixes Gold Fields’ “Waterfall” to follow up his new album. As part of Mad Zoo’s new compilation, counsel pop lends his nontraditional sounds in the form of “jd sports,” and Tom Budin links with Tylah Winyard for “Hold On.” Monstercat continues its eighth birthday celebrations with the release of WRLD, Keepsake and Laszlo’s “Back to You,” and Vintage & Morelli delivers “Senshi” to Silk Music. Summer Was Fun puts his own spin on Madeon’s “All My Friends,” and Edu Imbernon releases “S.Y.L.” on Anjunadeep.

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

Noisia smash genre constraints on stormy new single, ‘The Hole Pt. 1’

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Noisia smash genre constraints on stormy new single, ‘The Hole Pt. 1’Noisia Ballet 1

Noisia have long been regarded as one of the most unique and distinctive acts to ever pass through the electronic music realm. Lately, we’ve seen the Dutch trio in the studio with Phace, cranking out productions like “Deep Down,” which came out at the end of 2018. Turns out they’ve also been at work on a new single: a drum ‘n’ bass-oriented piece with an uncommon time signature.

“The Hole Pt. 1” features an off-kilter beat that catches the listener’s ear from the start. Otherworldly sound effects filter in and out over the percussion, carrying the listener to other dimensions over the course of the song’s length. In the last minute of the song, dramatic orchestral elements are introduced, paving the way for “The Hole Pt. 2,” which will hopefully follow. As is always the case with Noisia’s music, pristine sound design is at the forefront of their productions, setting the bar high for aspiring artists who look up to them.

“[The Hole Pt. 1] is a song about a journey into the space inside yourself. A cathartic, claustrophobic journey of self-confrontation,” the trio said of the new song on their Patreon page, where fans can get the song early.

“The Hole Pt. 1” is officially out July 3 via Vision Recordings.

Good Morning Mix: Zeds Dead threads together their favorite releases of 2018 for #079 Deadbeats Radio

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Good Morning Mix: Zeds Dead threads together their favorite releases of 2018 for #079 Deadbeats RadioZeds Dead Deadbeats 1

It’s often easy to forget that the most prominent producers are also fans and connoisseurs of their gifted counterparts. Using their ever-expanding Deadbeats platform, Zeds Dead resolved to extend a retrospective tip of their producer caps to their favorite records and fellow artists of 2018. “The Boys” dedicated their 79th edition of Deadbeats Radio to rounding up their personal favorites from the calendar year–sneaking in a few of their own concoctions, of course.

From Fisher’s ubiquitous hysteria-inducer “Losing It,” to lesser-known drum ‘n’ bass delight, Noisa‘s remix of Pendulum‘s “Hold Your Colour,” the iconic duo’s multifarious taste is palpable as ever. Their fervent love of hip-hop is observed with additions like Pusha T’s “The Games We Play” and Nas’ “Adam and Eve” featuring The-Dream. Make no mistake: bass music, in its seemingly infinite forms, is sprawled across their preference palette, even over a decade into their career under their now-hallowed alias; as the mix recognizes offerings from Rezz, PEEKABOO, Skrillex, Dion Timmer, to name a few.

Track List:

Zeds Dead & DNMO – We Could Be Kings (feat. Tzar)
Pendulum – Hold Your Colour (Noisia Remix)
Dillon & Batsauce – Keep Pushin’ (feat. Sadat X)
Friction – Stinker (feat. Riko Dan & Tantrum Desire)
Rezz & 1788-L – H E X
Nas – Adam and Eve (feat. The-Dream)
The Voidz – ALieNNatioN
Fisher – Losing It
Vato Gonzales – Bump & Grind (Bassline Riddim) [feat. Scrufizzer]
Funkin Matt – Aeon
Mozzy, Sjava, Reason – Seasons
TroyBoi – Hey Bo!
Ficci – Alone (feat. Yves Paquet)
Jim E-Stack – I Did the Best I Could
3lau – Touch (feat. Carly Paige) (Zeds Dead Remix)
What So Not – Beautiful (feat. Winona Oak) [ZEKE BEATS Remix]
Jorja Smith – I Am
AFK & Carbin – Boss (feat. Cody Ray) (Dirt Monkey Remix)
Travis Scott & Drake – SICKO MODE (Skrillex Remix)
Shades – ALARMA Ft Killa P
XXXTENTACION – SAD!
Dion Timmer – Shiawase
Gentlemens Club – Little John
Pusha T – The Games We Play
Gorgon City – Go Deep (Zeds Dead Remix)
A-Trak & Baauer – Dumbo Drop (Gammer Remix)
PEEKABOO – Maniac
ZHU – My Life

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Noisia taps Phace for blistering ‘Deep Down’

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Noisia taps Phace for blistering ‘Deep Down’Noisia Ballet 1

The world’s drum & bass overlords are at it again. Dutch trio Noisia has resurfaced to deliver a sweltering drum & bass track by the name of “Deep Down.”  The long-running act has tapped an artist who’s been in the game equally as long for this latest release: German producer Phace. These frequent collaborators work compellingly together, melding their stellar production talents together seamlessly, as is demonstrated in “Deep Down” and many collaborations before it.

As Noisia notes in the track’s description, “Deep Down” was born out of love for “one simple acid riff that came from Thijs’s modular,” which kicks the song off. As the four producers build on the initial riff by adding reverberating notes of bass to the background, the sheer volume of the song they’re building to quickly becomes apparent. With its rapid pace, the build rapidly devolves into a furious drum & bass pattern with a mesmerizing jungle rhythm that gives “Deep Down” an extra kick of flair.

“It starts off hypnotic, repetitive and tunneling, then looks for a couple side doors and enters them, but they all lead back, deeper down into the tunnel…”

“Deep Down” is out now via Vision Recordings.