Adriatique – Ray [EP Review]

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Ray is an embodiment of Adriatique‘s aural personality across two tracks. The first, “Voices Of The Dawn,” takes conjures gloomy imagery as cunningly-arranged analog synth progressions bounce around the ears. Tribal-inspired drum patterns accent these melodies in an oddly satisfying way, topped off by strategically-placed roars and growls that add to the overall darkness from the finished product.

The EP’s namesake production moves Ray into the light — as its name suggests. Even more melodic than “Voices Of The Dawn,” “Ray” captures a pleasant sentimentality that feels sunny while listening. Warm chords in harmony with one another create a calm atmosphere. That said, on the dancefloor it will surely cause collective hand-raising.



Ray is currently out on Afterlife. Purchase a copy here

Premiere: Rey & Kjavik – Saraswati (Armonica Remix)

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Armonica are a pair whose name has been steadily making its way around house and progressive circles. They’ve seemingly come out of nowhere, but have quickly made a name for themselves since being picked up by none other than Solomun and the Diynamic tribe.

Now, they’ve been tapped by  Rey & Kjavik to reinterpret “Saraswati,” a single from the German act’s new album. Armonica add an even groovier spin on the original, wrapping its tribal elements in a melodic overlay and, in the process, creating a deep trance within whoever is touched by its soundwaves. A tense breakdown leads gently into a culmination of the ethnocentric motifs set in motion before, making for an enduring and danceworthy tune for an outdoor setting.



“Saraswati (Armonica Remix)” officially releases on March 2. 


Let Darren Emerson, Danny Howells, & Dave Seaman shoot you to a different dimension as 3D [EXCLUSIVE MIX]

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Three legends have merged into one powerhouse that they’ve appropriately dubbed, ‘3D.’

Comprised of Darren Emerson, Dave Seaman, and Danny Howells — each of which are innovators and leaders in their own right — the new group is primed to showcase an immaculate melding of all three of their distinctive styles. Based off the mix they’ve just provided Dancing Astronaut, their followers are in for some aural treats as they set forth on an expansive tour in March.

Sixty minutes fly by as 3D immediately trap the mind in a hypnotic melange of intricate drum patterns and grooving basslines. It moves through jarring twists and turns, journeying across soundscapes that range from classically-inclined, to smooth progressive, to modern and techy. Of course, one would expect a mix of this caliber when the people involved in its craft are well-versed in the art of controlling a dancefloor.


Premiere: Yotto – Chemicals

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Yotto Press Shot

Yotto, real name Otto Yliperttula, continues to build on his impressive list of achievements.

He’s made a return to Joris Voorn’s Green imprint to release the double A-side Chemicals / Second Life EP.  Though the artist debuted on Green last year with “Marisa” — named an Essential New Tune on BBC Radio 1 by the emotive dance virtuoso Kölsch — he continues to demonstrate his bona fide ascension. As “Chemicals” traverses texturized soundscapes, its melodic expansiveness takes on a life of its own, where rousing oscillations flourish like the swelling ripples of the ocean’s morning tide.

Though listeners of Yotto’s Essential Mix may recognize the number from the mix, “Chemicals’” tenacious melodic riffs and propulsive grooves ultimately leave them with no choice but to press “repeat.”

Undeniably, “Chemicals’” intoxicating affect washes over listeners, but as Yotto’s discernable big room kick drums and billowing synths become a defining feature of his art, it’s tracks like these that’ll ensure Yotto leaves an impact throughout the new year and beyond.

Chemicals / Second Life is out via Green March 2. Pre-order a copy here.

Meet the underground talent of CRSSD Fest: Henry Saiz

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Henry Saiz

CRSSD‘s 7th edition is a special one —it marks the official third birthday of the festival. Hosted at its usual location at the picturesque Waterfront Park in San Diego, the semi-annual event certainly hasn’t faltered in its lineup curation, inviting the likes of Cirez DEmpire of the SunHenry Saiz, and Tchami onto its bill across March 3 & 4. Dancing Astronaut joins organizers in digging a little deeper into its roster to unearth its top underrated performers to find out their backstories thus far.

From ethereal, dark progressive to avant-garde electronica, Henry Saiz sits firmly on the cutting edge of dance music. Earning inspiration from natural places, his music is often a blend of profound melodic elements, comforting samples, and wistful progressions. His Natura Sonoris label additionally reflects this ethos, bringing caliber acts like Dosem, Clarian, Gab Rhome, and more into its fold.

Lately, however, Henry has drifted farther and farther away from the tropes of contemporary dance music, seeking reinvigoration once more to create music that he adored. His solution? An immersive revolutionary audiovisual album that took him all around the world to help spark ideas for what would soon become a veritable fable in sonic form. To boot, the project was entirely crowdfunded, demonstrating just how much trust his fans had in him to create something truly special.

The album is still a ways out from its official release; however, Saiz and his band will be providing fans a taste of what’s to come with a special live performance on CRSSD Fest‘s Ocean View stage. Dancing Astronaut was able to nab him for a quick discussion ahead of time to talk about his musical pathway, what excites him musically, and more.

CRSSD Fest is sold out, but you can still view further information about the fest here.

What catalyzed your love for dance music?
I´ve had a strong relationship with music since I was a child. My parents have great taste in music so they introduced me to such artists like Vangelis, Tangerine Dream or Mike Oldfield when I was very young and I was mesmerized by those synth tones and textures.

What was your first label release? Would you still play it?
That must´ve been ´You, The Living´ back in 2006. And no, I don’t play it anymore. My taste and music evolved from that kind of sound so it just wouldn’t work for me at this point. I have no regrets though, it was good for its time 🙂

Describe the moment or event that made you realize that you were meant to be a full-time DJ.
I don’t think there was specifically a moment like that, but probably when i got signed to the UK label Renaissance… Ever since I remember myself I knew that what i´m going to do in life would be related to music and for the majority of my existence i´ve actually been involved in music one way or another. Full-time djing just came naturally.

What’s your opinion of the dance scene in the US right now?
EDM hype seems to be almost gone and that´s all that matters haha. But yeah, people´s tastes are evolving into something better, they are moving to more authentic and true styles within dance music so I guess you guys are going in the right direction. But there´s also a good thing to it and it´s that it made electronic music more popular in general in the US so people who started with listening to mainstream EDM eventually became a techno or a house fan, and got to know me, for example.

What are you looking forward to most about CRSSD Fest?
I just love to play in California and I´ve heard many good things about CRSSD. Cant wait to play our new live show to such a crowd for the first time. My bandmates and I have been working on this audiovisual project for the past 1.5 years, and now the record is almost finished and so we changed our live show entirely to tour the new album with. So it´s very thrilling and exciting.

And also we´re looking forward to just playing such a cool festival, really. We love these, we love the atmosphere, we love the vibe and all the beautiful people.

Where are your favorite places to play in the world, and why?
Honestly, I can never choose one. Every place i´m playing has its own magical atmosphere, crowd and is just special in its own way. But if I had to choose a small few I’d say Crobar in Buenos Aires, Ministry Of Sound in London, Input in Barcelona, The Block Tel Aviv, Vent in Tokyo and Stereo Montreal. These would probably stand out.

What are the biggest things in your pipeline at the moment?
Finishing up this whole audiovisual album, you guys. Album is to be out in just a couple of weeks, so it´s a very stressful time haha. Other than that, working on some new stuff to release as Henry Saiz as well, so 2018 should be interesting.

If you could recommend three artists to catch from the lineup, who would you pick?
I´d probably be checking out Empire of The Sun and Little Dragon, and then Sasha and Cirez D too (Eric going techno is always a lot of fun).

Premiere: Quivver – Tunnel Vision

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Quivver is a merciless machine when it comes to outputting records, in the best of ways. Despite his many years spent as a leader in the underground, he upkeeps a consistent record of high-caliber original works and remixes. He presents yet another hard-hitting progressive gem in “Tunnel Vision,” which will be released through his Controlled Substance imprint.

“Tunnel Vision” incorporates the raw, scintillating percussion patterns that Quivver is known for, which pierce through deep synth chords and gripping samples that reverberate on the track’s outer edges. Striking orchestral elements add a dramatic flair during the breakdown, pairing with the rest of “Tunnel Vision’s” elements to make for an adventurous and emotive record built for the afterhours.

In addition to “Tunnel Vision,” Quivver is set to have a bountiful rest of his 2018. He’ll be returning to his deeper, more melodic roots in the coming months with releases on Bedrock, Armada Electronic Elements and Stil Vor Talent.


Pre-order “Tunnel Vision” here

Guy J on Tour: A retrospective of the progressive maestro ahead of his US jaunt [Exclusive Announcement]

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Guy J

Guy J is returning to the United States for a brief, yet expansive tour.

An embodiment of the term “stalwart,” Guy J has been considered a leader in all things progressive since first being picked up by John Digweed over a decade ago. He worked closely with Bedrock for years as one of its most promising talents, culminating his successes into his very own Lost&Found sublabel.

Now, he can be seen leading the charge on progressive’s resurgence across the globe — including the United States. He brings a new layer of excellence with each passing year of tours across the region, introducing crowds to the best of the genre and assisting in building its budding popularity nationwide. His upcoming tour will likely see the icon playing a selection of fresh IDs from his own label, as well as recent releases of his own.

“I’m always excited to play in America, the scene over there is booming and its becoming a major place in the worldwide scene for underground music. As a result, it’s becoming more and more challenging, and I love it.” – Guy J

Dancing Astronaut decided to pick our top releases by the man himself in honor of his pending journey around the East and West Coasts.


1. Save Me

It would be ludicrous to put together a list of top Guy J releases without the record that started it all. “Save Me,” a high-charged number with warm padding and mystical melodies, marked his debut release on Bedrock – and thus secured him as an underground talent to be reckoned with.

2. Lamur

“Lamur” defines the term “bittersweet,” employing a lush, yet dissonant hook that flows along a gradual progression. Despite being a decade old, the piece still listens like it’s brand new.

3. Meridian (with Henry Saiz)

When Guy J pairs with Henry Saiz, the result is magic — as evidenced by the ethereal beauty, “Meridian.” The track was such a hit globally that it even earned a remix from Eric Prydz, and has since gone down as one of the most iconic pieces of Guy’s vast discography.

4. Lost & Found

As implied by its title, “Lost & Found” was a milestone release for Guy J — one that kicked off his endeavors in label ownership. Its hypnotic underlay and intricate synth work is irrefutably Guy J, and served as an indicator of the powerhouse status the imprint would reach.

5. Dizzy Moments

“Dizzy Moment” is a dizzy array of sonic layering and gentle, yet carnal percussion — all wrapped up into a hauntingly poignant progressive package. A national treasure upon its release, “Dizzy Moments” is now appreciated as a rare gem by progressive lovers in a live setting.

6. Diagonal

Moving into more recent territory, “Diagonal” served as an intriguing Spring single for Guy J. It’s part of his “MDQ” EP, inspired by Argentina. The track is highly minimal, yet is still overwhelmingly an aural treat, with deep grooves and satisfying pings of percussion.

7. West On Mars

Guy J’s most recent output marks his fabled return to Bedrock primary. “West On Mars” is the A-side of his eponymous EP, and it highlights what keeps the icon at the top today. Its futuristic vibe is paired with a memorable, robotic hook, making it excellent for peaktime hours. It’s safe to say that Guy J’s still got it, and is looking toward an even brighter future.


Tour Dates:

Feb 23 Spin Nightclub, San Diego, CA
Feb 24 Audio, San Francisco, CA
Feb 25 Focus OC, The Circle, Huntington Beach, CA
Mar 01 Rumor, Philadelphia, PA
Mar 02 Trade, Miami Beach, FL
Mar 03 Lot 45, Brooklyn, NY

Find out about ticketing and more on Resident Advisor.

Premiere: Danny Howells – Earthlings (3D Debut)

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3D EP Danny Howells

3D is set to add a new dimension to dance music.

Comprised of progressive icons Danny Howells, Dave Seaman, and Darren Emerson, the newly-minted trio is primed to make its mark within the underground. They’ll be showing their immense chemistry off in an upcoming tour, in which all three acts will be putting forth extended b3b sets curated carefully to provide a unique aural journey with each gig.

Emerson, Seaman, and Howells have also solidified their union by way of a self-titled EP, in which each have contributed their own dynamic addition to the finished product.

Dancing Astronaut has the privilege of presenting Howells’ track, and it is indeed a weapon. Smooth bass and eerie white noise trail along seductive, yet simplified drum patterns, creating a hypnotic underlay for its melodic elements to accent nicely. Piano stabs add a hint of nostalgia to the finished product; yet, it persists as an overwhelmingly contemporary record for the dancefloor.

3D’s debut EP releases on February 23. Pre-order a copy here.


[EXCLUSIVE] Cristoph forges graceful progressive mix ahead of CRSSD Debut

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Any fan of modern progressive has likely heard the name ‘Cristoph.’ The British producer has been amidst an avalanche of his success since the start of his career, breaking through officially in 2016 with a release on Hot Since 82‘s Knee Deep In Sound.

Soonafter, he found himself not only working with the likes of Sasha and John Digweed, with releases on both Bedrock and Last Night On Earth, but also Eric Prydz as a new protegé of sorts.

Such accolades come with great reason; Cristoph’s outputs are extremely consistent in quality and technique. Within his own sonic tropes, he skillfully navigates the full spectrum of emotion — from dark, brooding, tech-lace progressive, to more euphoric cuts. His sets are equally class, traversing multiple pathways to create an aural adventure no matter the length.

Cristoph will be debuting at San Diego’s CRSSD Fest on Saturday, March 3, where he is set to fill the City Steps speakers with his delectable brand of progressive. To give a deeper taste on what’s in store, he generously provided Dancing Astronaut with an exclusive mix to celebrate.



Find out more about CRSSD here

Premiere: Jeremy Olander – Shuttle (King Unique ’94 Remix)

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King Unique

King Unique sought to turn back the clock for a nostalgia-fueled re-work to Jeremy Olander‘s “Shuttle,” and it is safe to say that he succeeded in his mission to do so.

Like a piece labeled “’94 Remix” might imply, this interpretation of “Shuttle” is rife with influences from the decade. The original track’s touching progression is doused in punchy, classically-inspired percussion and dramatic builds that develop across a multitude of soundscapes. Tying together the overall effect, King Unique adds nostalgic filtering and laces the finished product with subtle guitar flutters — vintage indeed. Despite its classic elements, however, the piece still fits perfectly into the present, and makes for a well-rounded take on Jeremy Olander’s beloved single.

“Shuttle (King Unique ’94 Remix)” will be released on February 23. Pre-order a copy here.