One for the singles, one for lovers: Valentine’s Day playlists curated by Dillon Francis [Stream]

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Ah, Valentine’s Day—everyone feels some type of way.

Whether it’s a romantic evening with hearts and flowers and your significant other, or its a singles night on the town back on your finest bullshit, Dillon Francis has your back this year. We linked with Mr. Steal Your Girl this year for two specially curated playlists to get you in the mood for whatever Valentine’s Day 2020 brings. With one for the lovers, and one for the ragers, we’ve got two mood-setting playlists on deck courtesy of the man, the myth, the legend, Dillon Francis.

So, whether it’s all mushy love songs today or “forget love, time to party”—we’ve got you covered. From David Guetta and Daft Punk to Eptic and Kill The Noise, today’s Valentine’s vibes await below. Enjoy.

San Holo shares choice indie selects ahead of M3F with new ORBIT playlist [Stream]

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San Holo shares choice indie selects ahead of M3F with new ORBIT playlist [Stream]SanArt

San Holo is off to a solid start in 2020. Fresh off his first delivery of the year, a brand new Broods collaboration, “Honest,” which closes a six-month release gap, San Holo is primed to hit the spring season running. With the festival circuit starting to heat up, the album1 producer is slated to hit Arizona’s long-running M3F, billed on an eclectic lineup of indie and electronic flavors.

Amid a roster that includes Bon Iver, Local Natives, Mayer Hawthorne, and more, San Holo shared some of his favorite indie selects with Dancing Astronaut ahead of his performance at M3F. Expounding on the new playlist, San Holo tells DA,

“So the M3F lineup is a bit more indie than some of the festivals than I’m used to playing so I wanted to share a playlist with you of some of my own personal favourite indie inspirations! Before I started the San Holo project I was just a guitarist playing in indie rock bands. I was obsessed with John Frusciante and Tom Morello and all of these legendary rock artists and soon after that I was exposed to artists like Sigur Ros, Explosions In The Sky, and Bon Iver. All of those indie and band influences from when I was younger really helped shape the San Holo sound of today.”

The downtown Phoenix-based music festival, preparing for its 17th run March 6 – 8, is a 100% non-profit event, with the event’s proceeds benefitting various philanthropies throughout the city and region. Stream San Holo’s ORBIT playlist below.

Dab the Sky curate awe-inspiring selections ahead of Decadence AZ with new ORBIT playlist [Stream]

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Having both individually rose as emotive forces in the melodic electronic space, when Said the Sky and Dabin debuted their collaborative pairing “Dab the Sky“, the anticipation for more has triple-folded. The duo’s specialization in ethereal soundscapes and guitar-driven melodies has played out naturally—building off both producers’ touring efforts on Illenium‘s ASCEND run and complementing each others respective artistic styles. The long-time friends and collaborators officially showcased their initial coalition with track, “Superstar” in June 2018 before sweeping fans with the euphoric “Hero“.

Now, Dab the Sky will return to close out the year with a special back-to-back performance at Decadence Arizona. Taking place December 30 and 31 at Rawhide Event Center, the New Year’s Eve celebration annually attracts a formidable coagulation of dance music’s finest. Alongside Dab the Sky, Decadence will see spectacular sets from the likes of Illenium, Skrillex, Diplo, Zeds Dead, and many more.

In Dancing Astronaut‘s latest ORBIT edition, Dab the Sky has curated a nuanced selection of cuts that serve as inspiration ahead of their Decadence appearance. Of the joint duo’s selects, indie grooves and electronic pepper the playlist with Of Monsters and Men, Nightly, Bob Moses, and Tycho gratuitously in the mix. In regards to Tycho, Dabin states,

“I fell in love with Tycho after I stumbled upon their set at Electric Forest. I always thought it would be cool to hear vocals on a Tycho song since their songs are predominantly instrumental. Their new album delivered exactly what I wanted and this is one of my favourites from it.”

On the less electronic edge, Dab the Sky looks to the past for insights, citing diverse sub genres for artistic growth.

“Recently I’ve been going back to the music that inspired me to start making music, even before I started making electronic music. Of Monsters & Men has always been one of my favourite bands and this one off their new album is a bop”

Likewise, the collaborative duo have payed homage to their “sad boi” origins with the inclusion of emo-leaning punk-esque artists including nothing, nowhere and Bring Me The Horizon.

“nothing, nowhere blends my love for the emo bands and hip hop artists I grew up listening to in such a unique way. I always feel nostalgic listening to him”

Having given taste of their upcoming performance, Dab the Sky will bring no shortage of melodic anthems, instrumental cuts, and incisive bass. Grab tickets to Decadence AZ here.

ORBIT Playlist: Nathan Barato selects some tasty cuts ahead of City Hearts Festival

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ORBIT Playlist: Nathan Barato selects some tasty cuts ahead of City Hearts FestivalNATHAN BARATO 4

For the better part of two decades, Nathan Barato has served as a leader in the house and techno space. The Canadian producer and selector earned his stripes as a hometown hero in his Toronto scene, moving on to become an internationally lauded talent thanks to his cutting edge melding of everything from garage, breakbeats, and classic house & techno into his sets. After signing onto numerous imprints like Hot Creations, Rekids, MOOD, and more, the time soon came for him to launch his own imprint Roots & Wings. His excellence in curation on both the A&R and DJing sides continue to place him in the underground’s upper echelon.

Just off the tip of his latest releases on Roots & Wings—the gritty, Kevin Knapp-assisted “Funk Police”— the artist looks westward for his next big showing: City Hearts Festival. The urban off-shoot of Desert Hearts touches down in LA on November 9-10, and Nathan will be taking on a special back-to-back performance alongside Desert Hearts co-founder Porky. Expect a deliciously eclectic showing as these two join behind the decks for the first time. Of his upcoming performance, he states:

“Its probably typical of me to say, but Im super horny and mentally stiff to play City Hearts. This DH crew is so dope …really love playing and just being at their jams. Its one of the most distinctive and fun events on the planet. Obviously Im so excited.”

Nathan’s given us a taste of what’s to come for this edition of Orbit, where he’s picked a fine batch of dancefloor weapons. “Funk Police” naturally makes the cut, in addition to fresh cuts from Amine Edge & Dance, Sirus Hood, Truncate, and Cuatero. Grab tickets to the fest here in the meantime.

ORBIT Playlist: Guy Mantzur & Khen supply a sultry progressive collection following their Bedrock release, ‘Where Is Home’

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ORBIT Playlist: Guy Mantzur & Khen supply a sultry progressive collection following their Bedrock release, ‘Where Is Home’Gm Khen

Two of Israel’s finest, the seasoned veteran Guy Mantzur, and next generation hero Khen, were brought together on John Digweed’s illustrious Bedrock imprint for another shimmering EP, Where Is Home. Their chemistry has only grown stronger in the nine years they’ve been collaborating; this latest effort shows two styles flowing effortlessly into one another for a clean, striking sound. Both of the record’s moody, yet distinctive tunes are primed to become set staples in the melodic realm.

Dancing Astronaut has brought them together for a follow-up round of creation, but this time they’ve been tasked with curation. The latest in our Orbit series is ideal for those who like their sounds silky and progressive. They’ve assembled a rich collection of pieces that are each a journey in themselves, from Eli Nissan’s polished “Arpu” to Whomadewho and Rampa’s effervescent vocal number, “Tell Me We Are.”

Mantzur and Khen share quite the history together, beginning with their mutual circle of friends in their native Tel Aviv. The former got his start during progressive’s golden period in the early aughts, eventually growing to become a top rated talent, label owner, and resident of the legendary Cat & Dog club. Thanks to his brother Vic F, Khen’s been immersed in the world of underground electronic from a very young age. He found himself in the same circles as Guy Mantzur by the time he reached his teen years, beginning his climb in 2010 after showing an equal knack for melodic arrangement. Their collective journey began that same year with “Dysfunctional Superstar.”

In 2016 they had a huge hit on their hands via “Children With No Name,” the lead single off Khen’s debut album that we had the pleasure of premiering. Expect no shortage of future anthems from these two as they continue fine-tuning their craft.

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ORBIT: Hayden James curates euphoria-inducing ‘Between Us’ playlist [exclusive]

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ORBIT: Hayden James curates euphoria-inducing ‘Between Us’ playlist [exclusive]Hayden James Credit Cybele Malinowski 1

Australia is a breeding ground for cutting edge electronic artists, and Hayden James is a shining example. He emerged into the international scene with his radio friendly “Permission To Love,” which immediately cemented his position as a crossover master. He’s since been capturing hearts around the music world with his knack for breezy soundscapes and silky texturing in each of his songs; it’s no wonder that when he announced he’d be putting out his debut LP, the world began waiting with much anticipation.

The moment has finally arrived, and Between Us is now out on digital shelves. Clocking in at 11 tracks, the album is an expression of everything Hayden’s come to embody sonically through his industry tenure. “Nowhere To Go,” his sultry single with NAATIONS, makes the track list, in addition to a strong slate of other collaborative pieces which include Running Touch, Boy Matthews, and Faar to name a few. One listen is all it takes to add a bit of euphoria into the day.

To mark this very special occasion, Hayden James has curated a special edition ORBIT playlist for us. Plenty of album singles make their way into the mix, plus a strong list of supporting tracks which include a Honey Dijon dub, a Kaskade and Gorgon City collaboration, Purple Disco Machine, and more. Spin during daytime for amplified summer sentiments.

Order a copy of Hayden’s album, ‘Between Us,’ here

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ORBIT: Brian Cid puts together hypnotic playlist ahead of Gather Outdoors [Exclusive]

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ORBIT: Brian Cid puts together hypnotic playlist ahead of Gather Outdoors [Exclusive]Brian Cid Credit Samuel Finzi

Brian Cid has a profound understanding of music that allows him to pull off whatever style he chooses with finesse and appeal. His expertise as an audio engineer was widely demanded in the pop world, with the New York-born artist fine tuning songs from the likes of Rihanna, Beyoncé, and Lady Gaga. When he made the transition into dance music, he refused to adhere to trends and instead began pushing the lush, intricate prog aesthetic he’s known best for today—a style of music that had really only been pushed by a select few European and Israeli figures. Cid’s forward-thinking ear has made him one of the most respected talents to rise out of the North American dance scene.

Brian’s next destination is Gather Outdoors festival, where he’ll be playing the Oak Stage. The stage, hosted by Member, boasts a wide array artists that specialize in deep, hypnotic sounds, including a special b2b from Holmar and Philipp Jung, Chaim, Francesca Lombardo, and Goldcap. Ahead of the occasion, he’s curated an exclusive playlist that features his own music, and other hidden gems that are bursting in melody, rhythm, and drive.

On playing the festival, Cid explains, “Nothing makes me happier than playing in NY, the city that saw me rise. Gather is precisely a gathering of old & new friends where we will be able to re-connect and make our bond even stronger. This playlist fits the mood I intend to bring to stage. It’s deep, upbeat with a bit of darkness. It will make you move for sure.”

Gather is Teksupport‘s inaugural festival venture, taking place in the picturesque and historical Catskills region of New York. The Brooklyn-based promoters have been widely responsible for a resurgence of underground dance music in the city, helping to bring iconic brands like Time Warp, Mosaic, and Cocoon stateside while also hosting landmark shows like Cirez D and Adam Beyer.

Learn more about Gather Outdoors and purchase festival tickets here

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Kim Ann Foxman preps for Movement with a high-energy Orbit playlist

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Play and make music that makes you happy, and people will naturally feel that honesty,” proclaims the New York-based DJ Kim Ann Foxman. If there were ever a DJ who’s an embodiment of that notion, not to mention adheres to a commendable free-flowing expression, it would be Foxman. Virtually unfazed by outside trends and one with her deep love for the craft, Foxman is a rare specimen.

The Hawaii-born artist quickly ascended into the musical sphere for her role in the neo-disco outfit Hercules and Love Affair, a vibrant-live disco troupe and glittery amour. Since then, she’s become one of New York’s finest DJs, possessing an unparalleled dynamic air to her performances.  Foxman’s tapped into the same affectionately off-kilter vibes of her former entourage in a manner all her own having launched her Firehouse Recordings label in 2014, she’s been able to coalesce euphoric house flavors and New York house sensibilities with a chameleon-like aptitude towards virtually any live environment she’s thrown into.

From playing shows at Berghain‘s revered Panorama Bar in Berlin to Tel Aviv’s The Block— Foxman’s a continually exuberant act, playing to the room, and staying true to herself, and her love for music along the way.

Dancing Astronaut had the chance to touch base with Foxman ahead of her highly anticipated performance at Ghostly International‘s Movement pre-party, where she’ll be playing alongside Matthew Dear, Tadd Mullinix as X-Altera, Shigeto, and more. She’s even managed to drop off an infectious, exclusive playlist, or if you’d prefer her own words — “a bunch of nice jammers.”

“The latest one on Firehouse Recordings I’m honored to put out as its a 1994 rave jam that I’ve always love,” Foxman told us.

“The release has both original mixes and two new remixes by Deetron and myself! New Beats The House is an instant party when you play it. New Beat / House vibes! Objekt is a definite YES. I’m really excited to have him play at my next Firehouse residency at Good Room on May 24th! I also really dig the DJ Normal 4 mix of Persian “Morning Sun” on Mysticims, a pretty old school breakbeat done fresh. I love what Bézier has been doing musically for a long time, his whole new album is great, so melodic and pretty.”


Keep On Climbin’ – Mix 1 – Psychedelic Research Lab
Underground – Jace Syntax
New Beats The House – Grey House
Galactic Devotion – Nick Anthony Simoncino
House Of 1,000 Organs – Jozef F, Winter Son Original Mix
Atmospherica – Mind Lotion
Theme From Q – Objekt
Morning Sun – Persian DJ Normal 4 Remix
Organisation Maritime – Bézier

Tickets and more information for the Ghostly International Movement pre-party can be found here.

Photo Credit: Tim Sweeney

Kölsch curates captivating Orbit playlist ahead of Coachella debut

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Known for his emotional compositions, the Danish producer Rune Reilly Kölsch is redefining what it means to take total and complete control over one’s body of work and live sets as an electronic music producer. With a poised level of reinvention and ease of reading his audience, Kölsch continues to rewrite the rulebook of modern DJing. Whether he’s performing at Miami Music Week or at a nine-hour residency show in Cologne, fans can expect that his performances are artfully curated and serve as a further testament to his craft and ascension in the global circuit, while simultaneously catering to the audience at hand.

Coming off the heels of a string of high profile festival shows and a stellar BBC Radio 1 show, Kölsch continues to stamp his status as an icon with ease. Last year saw the artist dominate the white isle with an Ibiza residency dubbed “In The Dark,” play the iconic DC 10, dominate Berghain‘s Panorama bar, take on the Eiffel Tower, and even Miami Music Week. Now, Kölsch is looking head on at another of his most exciting debuts to date — Coachella.

Ahead of his Coachella debut, the ever-ascending Rune Reilly Kölsch has curated an incredibly captivating Orbit playlist for Dancing Astronaut, where he weaves pieces that have personally struck a cord, alluding to the mastery, complete with his own notes, that is to come this weekend.

” It will be my first time at Coachella, and I honestly don’t know what to expect,” he told DA of the appearance. “I’ve heard so much over the years, and I can’t wait to dive in and enjoy the whole experience. I’ve been collecting special tracks for this moment for some time. Here are a few of them….”


Sasha – “True” ft Dems

“Such an incredible song by Sasha. Been in love with it since I heard it the first time. ”

Larry Heard – “The Sun Can’t Compare” Long Version

“Classic Larry Heard. Would fit perfect in the desert. ”

George FitzGerald – “Burns”

Off George’s new amazing album. Redefining electronic music as we speak.

Lone – “Hyper Seconds”

“A new take on Detroit influenced techno. Very inspiring.”

George Tresher – “A Thousand Nights Original Mix”

“One Of Gregor’s finest moments. I still enjoy this very much. ”

Jon Hopkins – “Light Through The Veins Ewan Pearson’s Downtown Lights Remix”

“Original is so amazing, but the remix is incredible too. 14 mins of bliss. ”

Yotam Avni – “Midas Touch”

“Love the Arabian influences in this track. Arabian trance. ”

Kölsch – “Left Eye Left”

“My newest born. An ode to Paris. They say an eye for an eye, but we need no revenge so left eye is left. ”

Kölsch – “Liath”

“Violin techno in the desert. Couldn’t be better.”

Galaxy 2 Galaxy – “Hi-Tech Jazz”

“An all-American Classic techno track. Hugely influential for me. I have to play this.

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