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.
Electric Forest is pulling out all the stops for their single 2019 edition. The festival recently scaled back their two weekend offering back to their original one weekend format, though organizers were quick to even it out with the delivery of 2019’s lineup. To say next year’s billing is stacked would be an understatement — ODESZA, Kygo, Bassnectar, and Zeds Dead are holding down headlining duties, with festival favorites The String Cheese Incident returning for a three-night run. The under card features a mile-long list of talent headed to Rothbury, Michigan including Claude VonStroke, Alison Wonderland, Bob Moses, Lettuce, Ekali, Whethan, Gramatik and many more across June 27 – 30.
With the release of their album In Return four years gone and A Moment Apart over a year in the rear view mirror, ODESZA has brought both releases into 2018 with multiple new elements. The first is a new VIP remix of the single “It’s Only,” taken from their 2014 sophomore album. The updated mix of the track bumps up the original’s energy with a stampede of drums and an isolation of Zyra’s vocals.
But remix is only one half of ODESZA’s newest offerings. The Washington-native electronic duo has released the deluxe edition of A Moment Apart. Rounding out at 25 tracks total, the two-sided offering includes nine new tracks, breathing brand new energy into one of the strongest albums from 2017. Stream A Moment Apart Deluxe Edition below.
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.
Anti Up have left the pizza at home and returned for a three-track EP, Hey Pablo, thrilling listeners with searing house beats and ever-catchy vocals. Above & Beyond have released their first original collaboration in eight years: a stunning Anjunabeats tune called “Long Way From Home” with Spencer Brown. graves teams up with EZI for a piece that’s equally beautiful and heavy in “I’m Fine.” ODESZA have released the deluxe edition of their seminal A Moment Apart album, featuring a total of 25 songs — including a hefty VIP remix of “Memories That You Call” with Golden Features. Mr. Bill returns to mau5trap for an eerie original, “Apophenia.” Keys N Krates have revealed a Live in Toronto version of their Cura album, visibly demonstrating they hold nothing back in their live productions. Bringing the feels as usual, Illenium has remixed Halsey‘s emotive “Without You” in beautiful form. And as Christmas draws near, Kaskade continues to add to his sounds of the season catalog with a few new holiday tracks, including “Little Town.”
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.
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REZZ’s “Life And Death” collaborator and mystery beatsmith, Deathpact, continues their steady stream of releases with an official flip of ODESZA’s cult-classic “Loyal.” The enigmatic producer released their first edit after dropping two EPs in about a month’s time, Cipher One and Cipher Two. Leaving ODESZA’s signature drum line front-and-center, the haunting horns build into Deathpact’s antsy anticipation, then fall upon heavy bass-house foundation with cinematic glitches and rumbling sub bass. It’s an even more aggressive take on one of ODESZA’s more aggressive offerings, creating a nice contrast to the duo’s already versatile electronic catalog.
Deathpact has received support from the industry’s top tastemakers including Pete Tong and Annie Nightingale on BBC Radio 1, Spotify’s Dance Rising playlist, Apple Music’s Breaking Dance/EDM, and Billboard’s Ones To Watch. The fast-growing fanbase congregates on an unofficial Discord server dedicated to solving the question everyone is trying to answer, “who is Deathpact?” With consistently high quality products coming at such a rapid pace, it has become one of the most interesting dance music storylines of the year.
Sunday Morning Medicine is a feature from Dancing Astronaut dedicated to the mellower side of electronic music. We bring you our favorite therapeutic selections—old and new—in attempts to alleviate the agonizing effects of a long weekend of partying.
Bristol’s Icarus brethren avoid flying too close to the sun, with this ambient house offering, “October.” Instead, like a warm summer’s rain, they’re here to absolve you of weekend transgressions with skittering, precipitous percussion and revelatory vocal incantations.
Listeners of intention may recognize “Third Evangelist,” as well as most of Khåen’s new Solace In The Night album, from Lane 8‘s adorned seasonal mixes and live sets, as well as featured on the latter’s recently incepted This Never Happened label housing. With minimal production froth, “Third Evangelist” glows with a transcendental twinkle, intended to rescue listener’s from the icy precipice of a Sunday afternoon.
ODESZA addicts will revel inside the redemptive reverb of Satin Jackets’s “So I Heard.” The sultry track’s languorous strings and otherworldly vocal harmonies are likely to incite wakeful dreams through lustrous beaches eons from the throes of office monotony.
Sexy doesn’t even begin to chronicle the audible encounter that is mossy.’s reworking of Lido‘s “Dye.” The track experiments, unfettered, with beat-deliberate downtempo mechanisms, most notably its lush and languid harp plucks.
ATTLAS‘ mau5trap endeavor from earlier this year, “Concussion,” is an equal parts blissful and torrential odyssey that eventually lands listeners back on their feet—once its effects have abated—much like a night of heavy drinking. Its rattling percussion and stormy synth blasts are mediated by a tender, steadying melody that reminds the listener of lighter arenas, like a ghost of dance floors past.
No matter where you’re spending your All Hallow’s Eve this year, DA knows where you can let your freak flag fly. Whether you’re in Toronto, Caen, Los Angeles—hell, even Wisconsin—we’ve got you covered. With a beguiling mixture of both annually resurrected and new festivals on our radar, there’s a fiendish festivity for all this Halloween.
1. HARD Day of the Dead
HARD‘s once defunct Day of the Dead property is officially back, slated for November 3 at the event’s original home at LA Historic Park in downtown Los Angeles. Headlining DOTD’s comeback edition is Justice, breaking out their live stage rig for one final outing, exactly six years to the day after the Parisian legends headlined the inaugural Day of the Dead. South African rave-rap pioneers Die Antwoord and Knife Party also top this year’s lineup, along with a stacked cast of supporting acts.
The French superpower is slithering his way to both New York and LA for the freakiest week of the year. Snake is slated to headline New York City’s Avant Gardner on October 26 and Los Angeles’ legendary Shrine Expo Hall on October 31. The headlining shows will be Snake’s only territory headline appearances of the year, and each show is expected to feature state-of-the-art production.
Milwaukee’s Wisconsin Center is housing the Midwest’s quintessential Halloween festival this year: the very first double-day JAWBREAKER, specifically tailored for electronic lovers, October 27-28. With a fully-loaded lineup featuring the likes of GRiZ, ODESZA, Louis The Child, RL Grime, ZEDD, SLUMBERJACK, and more, the festival is sure to spawn a fierce following. Easily accessible to Chicagoans, the other electronic mecca of the Midwest, the venue is located just a few blocks from the Milwaukee Amtrak station.
Toronto’s recent drum ‘n’ bass fever has spawned its annual Freakout at 401 Mini Indy Go-Karts. With a brimming lineup featuring Andy C, Rusko, and Dirtyphonics, along with Hunter Siegel hosting a No Neon room, Freakout is slated for a ghastly good time going down Saturday, October 27.
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.
6. Wynwood Fear Factory’s Halloween Weekend in Miami
Summer festival season may be long gone, but the events circuit shows no signs of slowing as fall lineups begin to pour in. Thanks to the organizers at Diskolab, Miami just became a top contender for Halloween weekend destinations. Mana Wynwood Warehouse will host some of the most in-demand electronic acts in the country across October 26 – 27, with a roster topped by RL Grime and Galantis, along with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike billed as the weekend’s special guests.
The freaky Frenchman of Nördik Impakt are letting loose a cannon of across-the-board underground electronic acts this year in Caen, France for the Halloween season. With a lineup featuring the likes of Charlotte De Witte, Maceo Plex, and Nicole Moudaber, taking off October 24-27, Caen patrons will surely feel full-throttle Impakt of the most malicious variety.
SoCal’s Psycho Circus is the last place patrons will want to Escape this Halloween. With a lineup boasting headliners of a truly hellish caliber, the October 26-27 Insomniac affair is going rogue. Kaskade, Martin Garrix, Diplo, and Eric Prydz are just a slice of this deliciously pernicious pie, stocked with devilishly immersive experiential elements to boot.
9. Light & Life Halloween Warehouse with Dillon Francis
Light&Life have hosted some of the most prominent dance acts in the game — Axwell Λ Ingrosso, Steve Aoki, and Disclosure, to name a few — and are known for their cutting-edge production in the visual and sonic realms. They’ve booked Latin Grammy winner Dillon Francis to headline their Halloween show at a Brooklyn warehouse venue on October 26. Dillon’s highly anticipated WUT WUT album has just been released, which means he’ll be filling the venue with loads of fresh new music not yet heard live by fans. Francis will be joined by Valentino Khan, and up-and-coming bass talent Nitti Gritti.
10. Circoloco Halloween NYC – Hosted by Teksupport
Teksupport, a pillar of underground dance music events in New York City, has joined forces with the iconic Ibiza brand Circoloco to put together a memorable Halloween weekend gathering. Circoloco is has earned the reputation as one of the island’s top afterhours parties, taking place weekly at the superclub DC10. This year will be the third in a row where they bring the brand stateside to New York. Standout acts include Virgil Abloh (recently placed on TIME’s ‘Most Influential People of 2018 list), Peggy Gou, & house music legends, The Martinez Brothers.
11. Haunted Deep: Lee Burridge / Mr C / Jay Tripwire & more
Chicago is getting DEEP this Hallo-weekend, going back to its house roots with an array of the finest performers. Dive into the depths with Burning Man mainstays Lee Burridge, Mr. C, Jay Tripwire, and more, to be hosted at The Mine Music hall. Paradigm has recently began expanding beyond its talent agency wheelhouse and into event production, where it aims to expose fans to top-notch talent that isn’t completely dominating the mainstream media sphere.
ODESZA blasted back into focus this fall with the release of the horn-powered cinema that is “Loyal”– but that didn’t stop them reaching back to their 2017 track “Falls” for a grip of remixes by a fittingly star-studded set of names. Originally appearing on the duo’s fourth long player A Moment Apart, the Sasha Sloan-assisted cut was pure ODESZA from start to finish, with echoing vocal cuts and tribal percussion. With six stellar artists on hand to reimagine the song, it’s clear the track is headed for exciting new worlds on a stellar array of remixes.
UK-based trap and hip hop savant TroyBoi is up first with a minimal knocker of a rework, featuring sugary guitar strums and twinkling leads over knocking drums. Australian producer Golden Features swoops in next to dial up a menacing and spacey house take that packs equal punch and ambiance. TOKiMONSTA provides a standout addition by preserving the joy and depth of the original along with an injection of stuttering percussion and driving vocal chops. Ever the wildcard, Kaskade surprises with a majestic trap-infused take that lets the vocals soar over rich electro-tinged pads. Photay keeps the unexpected rolling with a rolling and experimental offering that glitches the original’s vocals into a synth like riff. The Glitch Mob wrap the journey up with their sizzling signature electro, capping off a remix pack that brings the ever expansive emotion of ODESZA into the throes of some of electronic music’s most creative minds.
ODESZA announced earlier this year that they would not return to Red Rocks Amphitheater in 2019, thereby ending a consecutive four-year run of shows at the venue. The news led fans to speculate that the electronic duo could be plotting a momentous event in place of the annual Colorado show, more specifically, a Foreign Family Collective festival. Now, the duo have officially ended the speculation with the announcement of Sundara, set for March 13 – 16, 2019 in Riviera Maya, Mexico.
The label heads, and now festival organizers, are slated to headline the event, along with Alison Wonderland, RL Grime, and RÜFÜS DU SOL. Supporting talent for the inaugural beach festival includes Bob Moses, Tokimonsta, and Golden Features. Each act featured on Sundara’s debut lineup will play two different, unique sets across the three day event.
ODESZA’s Foreign Family Collective label claimed an Electric Forest first in 2017 as the imprint hosted its own stage at the Michigan festival, programmed with talent curated from their imprint including Jai Wolf, Chet Porter, and Kasbo. ODESZA enthusiasts reasoned that the launch of a festival-style event would be a logical next step in Foreign Family’s progression, and as ODESZA has confirmed, a Foreign Family festival is now well within fans’ collective ‘line of sight.’