Knife Party debut eerie new single ‘Ghost Train’

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Knife Party debut eerie new single ‘Ghost Train’Knife Party Live

Since the inception of their Knifecast podcast in 2018, Knife Party has treated those who tune in to some exclusive listening material—their latest exclusive gift being the duo’s forthcoming single “Ghost Train,” fresh off of Knifecast 13. The pair previously shared a demo of a track named “Ghost Town;” although bearing similar names, the tracks hardly resemble each other. Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen have used their radio show-style platform to play IDs, host guests, and share updates on new releases. Earlier in the year, they announced a forthcoming Knife Party EP on top of new Pendulum music as well.

The new single “Ghost Train” is tinged with the usual Halloween-esque elements of a standard Knife Party production, but has received mixed reception about its squeamish drop. Love it or hate it, one thing is for certain—new Knife Party music is on the way.

H/T: Your EDM

SW4 website reveals Pendulum’s new live show, ‘Trinity’

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SW4 website reveals Pendulum’s new live show, ‘Trinity’Sw4 Sunday Laurencehowe 101 1

Pendulum will be pairing their new music with an equally fresh show, according to the SW4 festival website. The news coincided with the festival’s announcement that the legendary Australian outfit would be closing the main stage on Sunday night, August 25.

‘Trinity’ alludes to the rare appearance of Pendulum‘s original three members performing together with new production—complete with live vocals from Rob Swire, and “special guests.” This rare appearance marks the first time in over a decade that the original three members have performed together outside Australia, making for an extra grand event. It’s also the debut of this new live concept, which will be followed by a Pendulum live tour. Expect to hear music from their upcoming EP as well, which is set for a release later in 2019.

“The original Pendulum TRINITY of Rob Swire (Anscenic), Gareth McGrillen (Speed) and Paul Harding (El Hornet) will perform together outside of Australia FOR THE FIRST TIME IN TEN YEARS at SW4! You will get to hear them play brand new Pendulum music from their forthcoming EP series and album, which fans have been waiting for with baited breath, with the trio surrounded by the kind of breath-taking production you have come to expect from these pioneers of electronic music. Plus some live vocals from Rob Swire and special guests!”SW4 Website


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Weekend Rewind: Throw it back to Swedish House Mafia’s 2010 Creamfields Essential Mix

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Weekend Rewind: Throw it back to Swedish House Mafia’s 2010 Creamfields Essential MixSwedish House Mafia Ultra 2018 DA

Swedish House Mafia continue to make their return to the electronic sector one painstaking step at a time, the most recent of which directed the three-part supergroup to Columbia Records to pen a record deal with the label. Dancing Astronaut invites Swedish House Mafia fans to momentarily avert their eyes from the horizon where new SHM music has long loomed, to instead glance nine years backwards and relive the trio’s 2010 Creamfields Essential Mix as the ink of the Columbia agreement dries.

The Essential Mix takes streamers back to Aug. 29, 2010, a time in which Axwell, Ingrosso, and Angello were jointly pioneering their iconicity as Swedish House Mafia. The 2010 set, live from Daresbury, England pairs a number of classic Swedish House Mafia productions that have now ascended to catalog-staple status with remixes and edits of offerings from other electronic entities like Bingo Players, Calvin Harris, and Pendulum. Highlights include an instrumental rendition of “Miami 2 Ibiza,” and Axwell’s bootleg of “Tell Me Why vs. Bittersweet Symphony.”

Swedish House Mafia currently shoulder headlining duties for Creamfields’ 2019 edition, slated for Aug. 22-25.

Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen announce forthcoming Knife Party EP, new Pendulum music complete

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Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen announce forthcoming Knife Party EP, new Pendulum music completeKnife Party Live

Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen are doubling down on new music in 2019. The pair of Aussie producers plan to release an EP under their Knife Party moniker, and intend to also debut new Pendulum content with Paul Harding. Listeners of Knife Party’s fledgling podcast, Knifecast will likely not find the news of a forthcoming Knife Party EP much of a surprise. The “Internet Friends” creators have utilized Knifecast as a platform to share IDs since the podcast’s September 2018 inception. The succession of sonic sneak peeks that Knife Party have so consistently offered fans via Knifecast was no subtle indicator that the pair had been logging hours in the studio, although Swire and McGrillen have only now confirmed that an EP is complete, during Knifecast’s most recent installment. Swire and McGrillen shared that they have not only finished the currently nameless EP, but will submit the project to their label by week’s end. The EP will notably be Knife Party’s first since 2015’s Trigger Warning.

Swire and McGrillen additionally imparted that they have brand spanking new Pendulum music waiting in the wings, “ready to go.” While that information will undoubtedly please Pendulum fans, Swire and McGrillen were adamant that they will not play the unreleased Pendulum music prior to its official release. Neither producer offered specifics on just how much Pendulum material they have loaded in the chamber, or when listeners can expect said material to debut. Knife Party and Pendulum fans alike can tune in to the most recent episode of Knifecast to learn more.

H/T: EDM Tunes

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
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)
ZHU – My Life

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Now you can relive Pendulum’s full set from Reading Festival [Watch]

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Now you can relive Pendulum’s full set from Reading Festival [Watch]Pendulum Festival Live

Pendulum gave Reading Festival’s BBC Radio 1 stage a treat this weekend, with an hour straight of live favorites and deep cuts. For fans who couldn’t make it to the UK for their Pendulum fix, there’s good news — the band’s performance has appeared on YouTube in full. Their headlining performance tears through fan favorites from their 2010 LP Immersion like “Witchcraft” and “The Island Pt. 1,” alongside fan favorites like “Tarantula” and “Blood Sugar.” The crowd’s elated singalong with the vocal breakdown in “Watercolour” is a must see.

Rob Swire announced in 2017 that the live electronic pioneers were back, returning from a six year hiatus. The band announced tour and festival dates, with the promise that new music was in the works. So far, they’ve held fans’ appetites at bay with the release of an album’s worth of remixes in June of 2018 called The Reworks, with help from names like Noisia, Skrillex, ATTLAS and more.

Note – the first three minutes of the recording are audio only, before video kicks in.

Photo Credit: Rukes

8 things we learned from Rob Swire’s Reddit AMA

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8 things we learned from Rob Swire’s Reddit AMARob Swire

“I’d like to preface this by saying I sincerely regret agreeing to this AMA.”

And thus, Rob Swire‘s July 13 Reddit AMA began.

The outspoken Pendulum musician took to the internet to answer fan questions on the release day of his collaboration with deadmau5, “Monophobia.” He covered everything from unreleased tunes to current EDM trends in the Reddit ‘ask me anything.’ Read it in full here.

1. He’s not a fan of current EDM trends, particularly trap.

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2. There’s a 14-year-old Swire/Sub Focus collab out there somewhere.

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3. Don’t bring an urn to a show.

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4. He regrets every song he’s made for some reason or another.

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5. He’s down with what Porter Robinson and Four Tet are making these days.

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6. New Knife Party is imminent.

8 things we learned from Rob Swire’s Reddit AMANew Knife Party

7. There are a bunch of Pendulum/Knife Party tracks/collabs in the works, but a lot of them probably won’t see the light of day.

8 things we learned from Rob Swire’s Reddit AMACollabs

8. Making 2008’s In Silico wasn’t an easy process.

8 things we learned from Rob Swire’s Reddit AMASilico

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 47

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 47Deters Beat Lab@0.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA music editor and staff writer 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.

What better genre than disco for a Friday? French producer kramder astounds with this funky fresh original, “Indigo Bay.” With heavily processed vocals, an infectious mesh of groovy synths, and an irresistible retro beat, “Indigo Bay” adds to the producer’s growing armory of hits. His last appearance was in May on Tchami‘s CONFESSION label, ensuring this up-and-comer has a bright future ahead of him.

The release of Pendulum‘s remix album a few weeks ago seems to have inspired other producers to revive some of the Australian group’s hits, too. SYN, a mysterious producer who’s been making waves with remixes of hard-hitters like Slipknot and Metallica, has joined in the Pendulum remix fun with a “new rave” rendition of “Tarantula.” It’s energy-packed and intense, and still manages to maintain an old-school vibe.

Keeping with the revival of old tracks, Prismo has breathed new life into Kaskade‘s seminal “Disarm You.” The Texan producer adds a dramatic touch to the emotive 2015 track, flinging the listener into a bed of impressive synths at the first drop. He flies through styles throughout the remix, even dropping a sound bite from Jay-Z‘s “Public Service Announcement” before an intense dubstep-influenced second drop. His remix is a whirlwind of sounds and emotions, guaranteed to keep the listener engaged from start to finish.

Russian producer Stendahl brings a serene and peaceful environment with his latest release, “Sunrise,” on Silk Music. The song, part of his three-track Dystopia EP, paints a more pensive atmosphere than one would expect with an EP of the name it has. “Sunrise” is guided by a smooth-flowing piano melody, soothing vocals and a downtempo beat that’s easy to get lost in.

And now, the track I’ve been most excited for all week: The Midnight‘s new single. The synthwave duo began teasing the release of “Lost Boy” a week ago, drumming up excitement by pairing the emotive audio snippet with Stranger Things clips. Upon its release, it’s apparent that this might be one of their best pieces of work to date — even with the absence of their usual ascending saxophone melodies. “Lost Boy” tugs at the heartstrings and is highlighted by passionate vocals and soaring guitar themes. Tim McEwan and Tyler Lyle have concocted the perfect dose of smoldering ’80s nostalgia, topped off with impeccable production to complete this four-and-a-half-minute piece of magic.

Pendulum’s long-awaited remix album has arrived

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Pendulum’s long-awaited remix album has arrivedPendulum 1

Drum ‘n’ bass dynasty, Pendulum, sent the EDM world reeling when they reunited for a live set at Ultra in 2016 after a five-year hiatus, with new tour dates and festival appearances following soon after. But as of this March, fans have been writhing in anticipation after the group announced there was a remix album in the works, consisting of both their most-famed hits and personal favorites.

Finally, the prolific collection has arrived, with offerings from some of the scene’s most profound presences, including Skrillex (the previously shared “The Island, Pt. 1 (Dawn)“) and drum ‘n’ bass counterparts, Noisia (“Hold Your Color”). Other outstanding offerings include that of Pendulum’s own dubstep duo Knife Party, consisting of the former’s founding members, Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen, for a full-throttle hardcore remix of “Blood Sugar;” as well as a racing rendition of “Witchcraft” from Pegboard Nerds; and ATTLAS gets uncharacteristically dark for a “Streamline” switch-up.

Pendulum will be touring modestly this summer, making stops in Romania, Ibiza, and even the U.S., for all of which fans would be hard-pressed not to hear some of these new momentous revisions.

Good Morning Mix: Feint slows down for no one on UKF Podcast

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Drum & bass is in the air wherever UK producer, Feint, is found – his 2016 UKF Podcast not withstanding. The invigorating, female vocal-favoring, 45-minute segment is a technicolor whirlwind from all corners of the drum & bass spectrum, from deep liquid, to bouncy jump-up, to chaotic techstep. Feint packs a nostalgic punch in the melodic 99-track mix, with offerings from Pendulum, Sub Focus, Netsky, Metrik, and dozens of other masters of 160 BPM and above.

With releases on drum & bass authorities like Liquicity, Monstercat, and Subsphere, Feint’s smooth, melodic style has secured a spot on the the genre’s forefront.