NMF Roundup: Dillon Francis and Alison Wonderland drop anticipated collab, Habstrakt returns, Oliver Heldens and Lenno team up + more

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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.

After teasing it incessantly on social media, Dillon Francis and Alison Wonderland have finally revealed their heavy collaboration, “Lost My Mind.” Gareth Emery and Ashley Wallbridge bring a wave of emotion in “Kingdom United,” and Habstrakt drags listeners to shadowy depths with “Darkness.” Masters of funk Oliver Heldens and Lenno sample an old favorite in their new tune, “The Groove,” and Arty crafts another sparkling anthem in “Save Me Tonight.” Nicky Romero brings warm-weather vibes in his latest with Olivia Holt, “Distance.” Jason Ross‘ Rooms EP hits the airwaves today, bringing with it “Close Your Eyes” with Jonathan Mendelsohn. Chris Lorenzo brings the bass in his new two-track EP, Hallucinogen, as do Dr. Fresch and BIJOU in theirs, Gangsta Party. R3HAB brings “joy” in his new remix of for KING & COUNTRY, and LO’99 and Owl Eyes craft a smooth and enticing single in “Sometime.”

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.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 72

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA managing editor Robyn Dexter. With a taste that can only be described as eclectic — to say nothing of a name that lends itself to punnery — DA is happy to present a selection of tracks personally curated by Dexter for your listening pleasure.

Listen in playlist format here.


The pure, vibrant energy of this Oliver Heldens remix from Tom Staar is what initially drew me to it. The original is also full of life, but Staar’s take gives it an extra kick in the chorus, priming it for festival stages around the world. I’m hooked on the anthemic kick of the bass and the added percussion elements that make it completely irresistible. Songstress Shungudzo’s vocals work impeccably with the groovy beat, too.

nanobii is a master at flipping iconic childhood songs into modernized EDM masterpieces. He’s done takes on “Part of Your World” from The Little Mermaid and “Go The Distance” from Hercules. His infectious happy hardcore elements somehow meld perfectly with these nostalgic tracks, and his latest is no different. He’s taken “I2I” from 1995 Disney classic A Goofy Movie and flipped into a powerful live edit. In its brief 1-minute-and-36-second length, nanobii weaves in elements of hardstyle and thumping bass… and it works. Don’t ask me how — it just does.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: any day with Feint in it is a good day. But any day with brand new Feint in it is an even better day. The Manchester artist has revealed his first release of 2019: “Drifters,” out now on Monstercat. In true Feint fashion, “Drifters” is comprised of lush melodies, emotive vocals, and pristine production. This one also contains a gorgeous guitar theme in the background that complements the drum & bass rhythm beautifully.

Also from 1995 is this original piece of music from Japanese film Ghost in the Shell. American drum & bass producer Flite has put his own spin on “Making of Cyborg” from the movie, calling the tune “truly exceptional and timeless” in his description. This five-minute remix is a true journey, as Flite meticulously works to preserve the cinematic atmosphere of the song while adding his own intense stamp on the number. It’s thrilling.

With the release of mau5trap‘s We Are Friends, Vol. 8 compilation on January 4 comes the arrival of two new i_o songs: a remix of deadmau5‘s “Imaginary Friends” and an original called “404 Anonymous.” The shadowy producer welcomes his listeners to hell in these two authoritative pieces that cement his standing in the music world after a strong 2018. “404 Anonymous,” in particular, shows off his dark and eerie style perfectly, dragging fans into the deepest depths of techno with sinister synths and pounding bass.

Oliver Heldens takes on Nile Rodgers in remix of Chic’s ‘Le Freak’

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Oliver Heldens takes on Nile Rodgers in remix of Chic’s ‘Le Freak’OliverHeldens 7578

Oliver Heldens‘ remix of the classic track “Le Freak” is yet another testament to his dominating style. “Le Freak” was originally released by Nile Rodgers in 1978 at the height of disco. The track’s familiarity and iconic place in the sphere of music makes it a hard beast to straddle, but Helden does just that.

Heldens doesn’t divert from the heart of the track. Instead, he gives it a shock from the AED that is his producing. The bass of Bernard Edwards, the guitar of Rodgers, the classic hook of “Ah, freak out/ Le freak, c’est chic,” and even the classic violin all remain. What Heldens adds is something new to freak out about. His deep bass synths and rearrangement are perfectly are sewn through this track. Heldens delicately adds just enough to revitalize “Le Freak,” and in doing so, he respectfully pays tribute while making it his own.

Such a delicate yet distinctive touch is a key attribute to great producers. It would be fascinating to know what Rodgers would have to say about this reboot, as Rodgers has stuck with the times and is rumored to have worked on several unreleased tracks with Avicii.

NMF Roundup: Oliver Heldens remixes CHIC, SLANDER and Spag Heddy team up, Ray Volpe flips Ookay + more

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NMF Roundup: Oliver Heldens remixes CHIC, SLANDER and Spag Heddy team up, Ray Volpe flips Ookay + moreOcaso Festival Tamarindo By Pablo Murillo 06 01 2018 0525

It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday.

This week’s releases are true stunners. After announcing a collaboration with Lights back in July, deadmau5 has finally unveiled “Drama Free” as part of his mau5ville: Level 2 EP. Oliver Heldens throws it back four decades by remixing CHIC‘s 1978 hit “Le Freak,” adding in a pounding bass to accentuate the original’s groovy beat. Bingo Players and Bali Bandits bring the funk with “Body Rock,” and SLANDER and Spag Heddy waste no time setting “Running to You” on fire. Ray Volpe puts his own spin on Ookay‘s “In My Mind,” while Party Favor taps Naïka for the hefty “Blame.” As part of What So Not‘s Not All The Beautiful Things remix package, AC Slater‘s put his signature bass-fueled house spin on the famous “Goh.” Kill Paris has put his own laid-back twist on Alison Wonderland‘s “Easy,” and Ross From Friends thrills with a take on Thundercat‘s “Friend Zone.”

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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Good Morning Mix: The Stickmen mash-up every crowd-pleaser in this Radar mix

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Good Morning Mix: The Stickmen mash-up every crowd-pleaser in this Radar mixTHE STICKMEN PRESS SHOT

It’s about time to hop on The Stickmen wagon, for those who are not so aware of the name. The mysterious duo just performed sorcery on their latest “Radar” mix. Hailing from the UK, this pair is one of a kind in that their live performance fuses together digital drum kits and DJing. They utilize said drum machines as sample pads, allowing for well-timed live mash-ups and remixes of popular party tracks.

Created exclusively for Dancing Astronaut‘s “Radar” mix series, The Stickmen painted an hour-long sonic masterpiece, primed for any setting in need of an energy boost — or for anyone who’s been handed the aux but has clue what to play. The mix is chock full of powerful goodies that take listeners everywhere from a remix of Tiesto‘s “Jackie Chan” to Drake‘s “God’s Plan,” later finding themselves diverging through a mash-up of Fisher‘s “Losing It” and the Oliver Heldens classic “Gecko.”

The duo recently performed a Pre-Game set for Australia’s Hyundai A-League Grand Final and will be touring through the UK to finish up 2018.

 

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Good Morning Mix: The Stickmen mash-up every crowd-pleaser in this Radar mix

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Good Morning Mix: The Stickmen mash-up every crowd-pleaser in this Radar mixTHE STICKMEN PRESS SHOT

It’s about time to hop on The Stickmen wagon, for those who are not so aware of the name. The mysterious duo just performed sorcery on their latest “Radar” mix. Hailing from the UK, this pair is one of a kind in that their live performance fuses together digital drum kits and DJing. They utilize said drum machines as sample pads, allowing for well-timed live mash-ups and remixes of popular party tracks.

Created exclusively for Dancing Astronaut‘s “Radar” mix series, The Stickmen painted an hour-long sonic masterpiece, primed for any setting in need of an energy boost — or for anyone who’s been handed the aux but has clue what to play. The mix is chock full of powerful goodies that take listeners everywhere from a remix of Tiesto‘s “Jackie Chan” to Drake‘s “God’s Plan,” later finding themselves diverging through a mash-up of Fisher‘s “Losing It” and the Oliver Heldens classic “Gecko.”

The duo recently performed a Pre-Game set for Australia’s Hyundai A-League Grand Final and will be touring through the UK to finish up 2018.

 

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Oliver Heldens rings in the weekend with jazzy party starter, ‘Fire In My Soul’

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Oliver Heldens rings in the weekend with jazzy party starter, ‘Fire In My Soul’Oliver Heldens

Oliver Heldens can always be counted on to keep fans on their toes. Just days after indulging his experimental HI-LO alias with a fresh single, the future house star swings the other direction with a driving and joyful party starter, “Fire In My Soul.” Featuring caramel-smooth stylings from LA-based vocalist Shungudzo, the single could be Heldens’ most infectious and groovy offering of the year.

With just a sugary verse and tempo setting finger snaps, the track sprints toward a distorted bass line and driving kick. Above the electronic mayhem, a smorgasbord of soulful sounds ranging from horns to cowbells. The song catches a breather in a shuffling vocal breakdown, and gets right back to it with another brash beat section stuck delectably between jazzy groover and full on fist pumper. Oliver Heldens isn’t one to hold back, and his latest set burner is dance floor escapism of the highest order.

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NMF Roundup: Habstrakt comes in hot, Alpha 9 soothes with ‘Azzura,’ The Black Madonna remixes Silk City and Dua Lipa + more

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It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday.

We’ve truly been blessed this week, with some of electronic music’s hottest acts dropping insane new productions. Habstrakt drops it low in his fiery new single, “About You,” and Malaa, too, delivers a house anthem in “We Get Crunk.” We welcome the return of Manila Killa, who’s delivered the beautiful “Run Away,” his first single in eight months. Mat Zo‘s released his highly anticipated No Words EP, from which we’ve selected the unparalleled “Music Lost All Words.” It’s also a stellar day for remixes, including The Black Madonna‘s rework of Silk City and Dua Lipa‘s “Electricity” and Syn Cole‘s bouncing take on Matoma‘s “Losing It Over You.” NGHTMRE and SLANDER‘s Gud Vibrations label celebrates with its first release today, too: WAVEDASH and fknsyd‘s “Deathwish.”

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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Oliver Heldens takes HI-LO alias for a spin on Mike Cervello-assisted single, ‘Impulse’

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Oliver Heldens takes HI-LO alias for a spin on Mike Cervello-assisted single, ‘Impulse’Oliver Heldens Hi Lo Mike Cervello Impulse Single

Oliver Heldens is never one to stay quiet long, with a slew of fresh future house gems already landing having landed in 2018. Among high-profile remixes for names like David Guetta and Calvin Harris, the producer tagged Dada Life for a deliciously crunchy collab as his HI-LO alias. The track was among the most experimental and unpredictable from the house music don in years, and it looks like his alter-alias out to play again on a new joint effort with Mike Cervello titled “Impulse.”

Arriving on his own HELDEEP imprint, the song is instantly and noticeable and techno than Helden’s usual flavor, a mark of his HI-LO project. The backbone of the record is a fizzing, ascending bass line that adds infectious movement to the relentless four-to-the-floor drums. The breakdown is a playfully chaotic mix of detuned synth blips and crackly vocal samples that gives way to one last turbo-charged beat section. Heldens joins Guetta in his inspired return to past underground roots, with Guetta having unveiled his much buzzed about Jack Back moniker this year as well. HI-LO is a markedly messier and grittier sonic space for Heldens, and the range on display is sure keep fans on their toes.

Throttle proves he is a producer to watch with whimsically dance-worthy, ‘Wanderlust’

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Throttle proves he is a producer to watch with whimsically dance-worthy, ‘Wanderlust’Throttle Wanderlust

At 21 years old, Australia native, Throttle has given himself to a rapidly ascending production career, having already collaborated with modern house blue chips Oliver Heldens and Galantis. Most recently, Throttle has put out his second Spinnin’ Records release of the year with track “Wanderlust,” which has already gained the support from the likes of Morgan Page and Tiësto. Euphoric breakdowns and pulsing beats hold steady alongside a looping vocal cut that avalanches into a grin-inducing dance effort.

“I made the initial idea for ‘Wanderlust’ in my hotel room in Ibiza,” said the producer in an official release. “I came up with the vocal hook exploring the streets of Old Town that morning and built the track from there.”