Premiere: Take a drive deep into the night with Essenger’s ‘After Dark’

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Following a slew of successful releases earlier this year, Kansas City-based artist Essenger is back to kick off his forthcoming LP with its title track, “After Dark.”

“After Dark” is a beautifully moody synthwave-oriented release, featuring the artist’s own melancholy vocals. Essenger drives his listeners deep into the unpredictable dark of night, beginning with a dreamy melody that drifts throughout the song. His voice gracefully sets the tone for the nostalgic soundscape he’s built over the course of the song’s duration. A shadowy drop adds to the overall mystery, and a powerful guitar melody near the end closes the song on an authoritative note.

Monstercat fans will likely recognize his name from August’s “Berzerker” with Mazare, and Seeking Blue fans will remember his voice from Dabin‘s “Home.” In addition to these high-profile projects, the producer has been hard at work over the course of the year on solo projects like “Dissolve,” “Quivira,” and “Afterburner.”

Essenger’s After Dark album drops in January via FiXT Neon. View a teaser for the upcoming music video for “After Dark” below.

Premiere: HOKI – The Push

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HOKI seemed to appear out of nowhere. The newly minted, relatively enigmatic duo comprised of Varti Deuchoghlian and Brent McCormick clearly had their proverbial ducks in a row when getting their start, utilizing connections gained from their respective musical pasts and coming out the gate with strong remixers in Clarian, Matthias Meyer, and Facundo Mohrr. Their team, network, and knack for melodic house production in place, they soon announced that the run of singles they’ve been releasing would become an album—an intriguing way to make an entrance, indeed.

The latest single from the upcoming LP comes in the form of ‘The Push.’ Per their established aesthetic, the track is a euphoric track assisted by McCormick’s vocal touch. Its thick bassline, sweeping strings lacing the background, and twinkling synth melodies are universally appealing, and primed to do well on the dancefloor. Given their large support system in the melodic house arena, which includes Lee Burridge and the aforementioned remixers among it, we’re sure this one will be rinsed plenty in the coming months. Order a copy here.

Photio credit: Marco Lammatteo

Premiere: Oliver Nelson, Tobtok, and Simon Field link for snazzy collaboration, ‘Is It Real’

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Premiere: Oliver Nelson, Tobtok, and Simon Field link for snazzy collaboration, ‘Is It Real’Tobtok Oliver Nelson

The names Oliver Nelson and Tobtok go hand in hand in the music world, and the two Swedish artists have tapped a few additional friends for their latest venture: Norwegian artist Simon Field and London-based songstress Salena Mastroianni.

“Is It Real” makes its official debut on UK house imprint Perfect Havoc on Oct. 11 and touts all of its featured artists at their best. Mastroianni’s silky-sweet voice introduces the song, and the beat swiftly follows to preview the groovy, nu-disco elements that are to follow. “Is It Real” is fueled by a spirited piano melody and powerful chorus, giving the tune truly anthemic qualities. The producers’ skill sets shine in this accessible tune, leading fans of all dance music persuasions to the dance floor.

“Is It Real” is out Oct. 11 via Perfect Havoc. Pre-save it here.

Premiere: Justin Jay – Rave Tool

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Justin Jay has had a robust 2019. The prodigious producer, DIRTYBIRD top player, and label owner released his third album, Everything Will Come Together, in May to critical acclaim. At the end of September, he commenced an expansive tour across the US in celebration of reaching the third anniversary of his now-iconic LP, Fantastic Voyage. In the meantime, however, he made a connection with the Desert Hearts crew—and it’s with the California collective label that he’s housed his latest creation.

Future feels is a groove-fueled EP whose tracks build off one another in a groove-heavy fashion. We’ve taken the more extended cut, “Rave Tool,” whose centerpiece is its robust, funk-infused bassline that moves the piece forward at a spry pace. The low-end really shines in “Rave Tool,” which is notably lacking in melody and sparse in its vocal usage; and it’s this aspect that makes it particularly hypnotic.

Order a copy of Justin Jay’s ‘Future Feels’ EP here

Photo credit: Ben Glasser

Premiere: Eli Brown’s unrelenting ‘Come Together’ EP encourages us to do just that [Stream]

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Eli Brown continues his upswing of global house grooves with his introduction to Alan Fitzpatrick’s label We Are The Brave, showing off the Bristol producer’s refined production chops and affinity for good old fashioned rave fare over a three-track heater.  

Landing via Dancing Astronaut ahead of the project’s full release, the title track gives fans an appetizing look at Eli Brown’s darker tastes and tendencies.. While the UK producer’s sound has ebbed and flowed between bouncing house beats and peak-hour rave cuts, “Come Together” is a clear commitment to the latter. Brown’s drum ‘n’ bass roots also remain as evident as ever, as he utilizes deep, dimensional 909 kicks and crisp hi-hats before allowing the real star of the show to take stage. Keyed synths walk the line between melodic and menacing, ultimately concocting a tonic that’s as thirst-quenching in a dark, dank club as it is on a festival stage.

The Come Together EP can be pre-ordered here and is out in full September 13.

Premiere: KOAN Sound preview forthcoming ‘Intervals Above’ EP with soothing ‘Vibrant’

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Premiere: KOAN Sound preview forthcoming ‘Intervals Above’ EP with soothing ‘Vibrant’Koan Sound © Sarah Koury KoLAB Studios 1

Leading up to the release of their new EP, KOAN Sound have been steadily trickling hints of its contents to the music world. The six-track Intervals Above has seen its first three tracks—”Strident,” “Boundless,” and “Radiant,” respectively—make their way to listeners ears over the course of the past month, no doubt met with celebration to those who were eagerly anticipating follow-ups to December’s Polychrome LP.

The second-to-last track to make its way before the EP is released in full on Sept. 6 is “Vibrant,” a refreshingly soothing piece that sparkles with all its title suggests. A twinkling introduction crescendoes gradually to incorporate blissful yet minimalist percussion, steadily building more complex layers. The dreamy tone carries throughout the majority of the song, though the final two minutes usher in a slow-pulsing bassline that gives the tune a more foreboding outro. From start to finish, though, “Vibrant” fills listeners’ ears with the mystical, journey-like atmosphere they know they’ll only find in a KOAN Sound song.

The duo are kicking off the US leg of their In Parallel tour in Portland with Haywyre on Sept. 12. Find tickets to shows in Los Angeles, Austin, Denver, and more here.

Photo credit: Sarah Koury / KoLAB Studios

Premiere: BoxPlot gears up for enthralling Liquicity EP with ‘Voicemail Poems’ [Q&A]

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Introspective drum ‘n’ bass finds its voice in talented producers like BoxPlot. The Boston-based producer first caught the attention of the dnb world back in 2015 and has been making a name for himself via his unique brand of dreamy beats ever since.

His newest piece of work, an EP called Alice, arrives on Liquicity Records on Sept. 6. Hear its opening track, “Voicemail Poems,” and learn more about the work that went into the EP below.


Tell us a little bit about the making of this EP.

The initial idea came from my tune “My Non-Existent Friend, Alice,” but not from the tune itself. It came from the people in the YouTube comments sorta wondering “who is this person” or “why is she non existent.” That got me wondering if I should build this story further into an EP, and so I did. The making of Alice was a pretty grueling and extensive—1.5 years or so—but it was definitely fun. I’m very meticulous when it comes to writing songs because I nitpick on literally every detail and I absolutely want to make sure that it’s 100 percent the direction I want to go in. As for production techniques, I’ve finally gotten to utilize my Eurorack synth that I’ve been on and off building for a year or so. I’ve sorta designed it to where it’s basically made to be an ambient-lofi drone machine, and it does wonders when it comes to making atmospheres.

What can listeners expect from this EP?

I’d definitely consider this to be like a mini concept album if anything, but still very familiar to my Tramontane EP. I really wanted to hone in on the emotions of lust and loss and sorta play around with them. You can sorta view the timeline of these two imaginary characters and see how things evolve over the course of the four tracks. I periodically listen to the entirety of the EP end to end and I still get chills from it.

What does this EP mean to you?

While making the EP, I didn’t really think it had some sort of emotional connection to my actual self. I more or less just thought I was just writing a story just for the sake of writing a story. But after these past few months have gone by, I’ve come to realize that this body of work was actually me subconsciously telling myself how I felt over the past year. It kind of is surreal to think how when writing things you can be writing something that has no meaning or anything behind it, but in actuality it does and you don’t know it yet. 

What are your hopes for drum ‘n’ bass in the United States?

I’m optimistic about it, but I’m realistically in the middle. I’m noticing there’s now tons of hype coming from a good majority of the big EDM guys talking about how drum ‘n’ bass is so sick and are asking for tunes from people, but it’s one of those things where I sorta need to see it to believe it. Now I’m not talking about the talent here in the U.S. The talent I’m seeing from the States is actually rather insane to be honest. A great example of this is a guy named Winslow. His tunes are absolute stompers and he makes really quality YouTube videos that I tend to watch periodically and enjoy greatly. Anyway, back to the original point: it’s the promoters that are based here that I’m iffy about. For example, if you don’t originate from the UK, you aren’t getting booked. It’s as simple as that. Flite I know for a fact is working his butt off to make sure to change that, and it’s working. It’s just that these promoters aren’t willing to pick up these homebrew artists at all, or they are at times but they are getting paid in pennies. It’s a slow process yes, but that’s what it is going to have to be; a waiting game.

What’s in store for the remainder of 2019?

I do have some collaborations with some artists that I’ve always wanted to work with, but I won’t name drop them because I do want to keep things secret. I do have plans to also make a non drum ‘n’ bass EP for once since the good majority of music I actually listen to isn’t really drum and bass. Finally, I also have another EP lined up, but this time it’s for my side project, Tetracase. Nothing is completely set in stone for that one, but it’s probably going to receive the majority of my attention for the remainder of the year.

Premiere: Ryan Browne concocts rock-dubstep hybrid with ‘Show Your Face’

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Premiere: Ryan Browne concocts rock-dubstep hybrid with ‘Show Your Face’Ryan Browne

More and more in today’s electronic music scene, genre lines are blurred. Artists have brought elements from just about every other kind of music into the EDM sphere, and fans seem to be increasingly embracing it.

One such artist is Ryan Browne, a producer, drummer and former Icon Collective instructor. Browne’s music in all its formats tends to lean to the heavier side, exhibited in songs like his remixes of Linkin Park‘s “Bleed It Out” and Alison Wonderland‘s “Messiah.”

He brings his fusion of rock and dubstep to his newest piece of work, “Show Your Face.” Browne taps vocalist Jay Malcuit for this new original song, which is strongly emotive and heavy simultaneously.

“Show Your Face” is one of my favorite songs I’ve ever made,” Browne told DA. “It showcases my close friend Jay Malcuit, and tells the story of a passionate struggle for guidance in the life of a nonbeliever, in addition to raising the age old question of ‘is there anything else out there?’”

“Show Your Face” is officially out as half of a split release. Its companion, “Blood Halo,” makes its debut on Sept. 4.

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Exclusive: Brooks and Jonas Aden devise mayhem with future house reunion, ‘RIOT’

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From his introductory Ultra Music Festival appearance in 2014 to his most recent ANIMA live spectacle this past March, Martin Garrix shows no mercy in implanting numerous striking, high-profile IDs during his annual display at the Southern Florida event. When the STMPD Records head honcho took control of the decks during the festival’s 2019 Virginia Key iteration, he brought with him a surreptitious new production that was almost instantaneously speculated by fans to be a forthcoming union between future house staples, Brooks and Jonas Aden.

Exactly five months to the day later, the duo is formally reuniting for the first time in three years for the official release of the Ultra enigma, “RIOT,” and therein adding a compelling outro to STMPD Records’ summer soundtrack.

While the shape-shifting sub-genre of future house may assume a myriad of aural identities, Brooks and Aden are two talents that have continuously abetted in its evolution. “RIOT” is a spotless illustration of that mastery, as the pairing puts forth lawless lyrics amidst a dark and intricate lead alongside a cataclysmic future house instrumental.

“RIOT” is out everywhere tomorrow, but available to stream exclusively through Dancing Astronaut today.

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Premiere: Quivver joins Anjunadeep for label’s 11th ‘Explorations’ edition

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The multi-faceted producer, DJ, and vocalist John Graham, better known by his Quivver alias, is making his debut on Anjunadeep for the 11th rendition of the label’s Explorations series. As one of the leading progressive house imprints, Anjunadeep’s ‘Exploration 11’ sets out to unearth and welcome the artists commanding the scene.

Hailing from the UK, Graham hardly needs unearthing. An industry leader for over two decades, he boasts an impressive rap sheet, including over five years in DJ Mag’s Top 100, licensing deals with TV shows and top-selling video games, creating his own label, and performing under multiple successful monikers.

Best known to produce as Quivver, his debut track on Anjunadeep, “Long Time,” is a classic progressive house song, peering into the realm of trance while remaining upbeat and soothing. The violin-esque synths seep into the cracks, creating a flowing sensation over the pulsing house beat. For his label debut, the talented artist effortlessly strings together over six minutes of blissfully smooth, yet bubbling sounds fit for the summer.

Pre-order a copy of ‘Anjuadeep Explorations 11’ here