QUIX impresses with four-track minimalist trap project, ‘IDK [Vol. 1]’

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Simply put, QUIX‘s new EP is nasty. The Dim Mak-released project, IDK [Vol. 1], is a four-track piece of work that finds the New Zealand producer adding unique grimy and distorted sound design atop modern trap music arrangements and bass sonics. A dark and hedonistic allure surround the audio, perfect for its Day of the Dead release.

“Huhhh” is the first track from the extended play, dropping listeners on their head with sustained, squirming bass that tickles the high ends while providing that thick bed of bass on the lows. Metallic synths cascade on the second drop, giving off a slowed-down feeling that melts the mind.

“FON” is fun, with a drum line build and grimy sound design that plays well with the flippant, complex melodic percussion elements.

“Fiji Day 4” bring an Asian melody in the verse down to a blast of white noise and funky bass rhythm.

“My house is IKEA” takes a drum ‘n’ bass approach to wrap up the eclectic-sounding project.

QUIX is rounding out the final dates of his extensive Force Of Nature Tour through Dec. 6.

Alison Wonderland and QUIX strikes with eclectic remix package for their ‘TIME’ project

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Alison Wonderland and QUIX strikes with eclectic remix package for their ‘TIME’ projectAlison Wonderland

“TIME” showed off a different side to Alison Wonderland and QUIX‘ collective musicality. Take for instance the former’s “High” with Enschway featuring Trippie Redd—an already festival-ready piece that QUIX managed to make even more explosive. The inspiration for “Time,” however, stemmed from a trip that lead to an idea to make a song that stretches time, thus leading to an unexpected aesthetic for their debut joint project. Now, a variety of remixes have extended the lifespan of the track, further stretching the project’s metaphysical clock.

Remixers include a low-end thumper from SLUMBERJACK, a serene cooler from Madnap, a house forward thriller from BARILAN, and a festival ready tweaker from Yvng Jalapeño. QUIX is set to release his brand new EP IDK [Vol. 1] this Friday off Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak, a four-track EP that brushes grimy and distorted tones onto effervescent, dark bass music.

Lunar Lunes: A-Trak’s ‘Work It Out’ gets a rework from Dance System, Matt Lange releases ‘Drift’ + more

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Lunar Lunes: A-Trak’s ‘Work It Out’ gets a rework from Dance System, Matt Lange releases ‘Drift’ + moreMATT LANGE PRESS PHOTO CREDIT DONSLENS

Each week, New Music Friday sweeps through with torrential force, showering streaming platforms with immeasurable amounts of new tunes. Just like Dancing Astronaut rounds up 25 of the biggest songs of the week for the Hot 25 Spotify playlist each New Music Friday, Lunar Lunes serves as a landing pad for SoundCloud users who want a whole new dose of tunes to kick off the work week.

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

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Alison Wonderland and QUIX ponder the passage of ‘TIME’ [Review]

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Alison Wonderland and QUIX ponder the passage of ‘TIME’ [Review]Alison Wonderland

Discerning listeners would likely expect an aural brainchild between Australia’s Alison Wonderland and New Zealand’s QUIX to be a highly explosive festival weapon, riddled with resounding bass. See: QUIX’s serrated remix of Alison Wonderland’s “Happy Place.” But, in fact, their new collaboration, “TIME,” is subtle and smoldering, with far less audacious bass displays than their longtime catalogs hold affinity for.

As the listener enters the swirling, cosmic corridors of “TIME,” pensive piano and a languorous club beat precede the quickening tick-of-the-clock sample, nearly in time with a mounting snare. Slow and deliberate bass enters the forefront, alongside a glitchy synth line, before Wonderland’s fraught vocal cut segues into a pummeling breakdown for the track’s finale. The song invokes the cinematic lysergia of Chromatics‘ “Running Up That Hill” or the indie dancefloor hypnosis inherent in Tame Impala and ZHU‘s “My Life.”

Opalescent and free-flowing down to its finest fibers, the kaleidoscopic sonic tonic was apparently the result of some quixotic musings from one of Wonderland’s psychedelic encounters. She attributes the metaphysical nature of the track to her desire to “stretch time.” She tweeted that the production process was one of her most enjoyable creations to date.

NMF Roundup: Skrillex and friends release ‘Malokera,’ Alison Wonderland and QUIX team up + more

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NMF Roundup: Skrillex and friends release ‘Malokera,’ Alison Wonderland and QUIX team up + moreSkrille Live Aug 2017 Billboard 1548 0

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.

Skrillex kicks off the weekend with a stacked collaboration, “Malokera,” with MC Lan, TroyBoi, Ludmilla, and Ty Dolla $ign. Alison Wonderland and QUIX have teamed up for “TIME,” and Louis The Child and Wrabel deliver a bittersweet joint effort called “Too Close.” CRAY brings a retro tone to her latest, “idontwannatalkaboutlove,” and The Knocks continue their summer releases with “Colors.” Cashmere Cat is full of “EMOTIONS” on his newest, and Good Times Ahead (formerly GTA) get with Flosstradamus for “Waffle House.” Cedric Gervais remixes DJ Snake, J Balvin, and Tyga’s “Loco Contigo,” and Mazare and Essenger turn it up to 11 on their new Monstercat single, “Berzerker.” The Chrises got in the studio for a new Anti Up single, “Right Now,” and Alok and Zafrir bring “Vale Vale” to listeners’ ears. HEYZ previews his new Bite This! album with “Castaway King,” and Valentino Khan drops off his new EP, stacked with songs like “BRB.” Fedde Le Grand puts his own touch on Matoma, MNEK, and Kiana Lede’s “Bruised Not Broken,” and Herobust preps for the weekend with “Dumb Lit.”

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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Adventure Club and QUIX leave listeners wanting for naught with ‘Life Long After Death,’ featuring badXchannels

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Adventure Club and QUIX leave listeners wanting for naught with ‘Life Long After Death,’ featuring badXchannelsAdventure Club Facebook Official

Adventure Club and QUIX have teamed up for a new genre-bending collaboration titled “Life Long After Death,” showcasing a new direction for the artists. The release is a fusion of QUIX’s unmistakably nuanced sound design alongside Adventure Club’s ability to blend styles such as pop and punk to add an interesting flair to their releases. Vocalist badXchannels sings a commanding rock-driven vocal line that gives the listener the feeling that the drop will lead into strum-y guitar licks. Instead the track takes a bass dive juxtaposed with dancing orchestral notes, rendering the record an enduringly enamoring and multifaceted release.

Adventure Club recently finished their Death and Glory Tour, and they are now setting their sights on disseminating good in the world with new charitable initiative Thanks2Music, which highlights the therapeutic properties of music, while aiming to spark a conversation about mental health. QUIX recently returned from his North American and Australian tour dates. “Life Long After Death” is out now via Dim Mak.

Lunar Lunes: Flux Pavilion teams up with GLNNA, Gorgon City hit up ‘Elizabeth Street’ + more

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Lunar Lunes: Flux Pavilion teams up with GLNNA, Gorgon City hit up ‘Elizabeth Street’ + moreFlu Pavilion Press Photo 2019

Each week, New Music Friday sweeps through with torrential force, showering streaming platforms with immeasurable amounts of new tunes. Just like Dancing Astronaut rounds up 25 of the biggest songs of the week for the Hot 25 Spotify playlist each New Music Friday, Lunar Lunes serves as a landing pad for SoundCloud users who want a whole new dose of tunes to kick off the work week.

Flux Pavilion takes an emotive approach to his new collaboration with GLNNA, “Somebody Else,” and Gorgon City pay homage to Chicago in “Elizabeth Street.” Noisia deliver a unique time signature on their newest original, “The Hole Pt. 1,” and Com Truise remixes Gold Fields’ “Waterfall” to follow up his new album. As part of Mad Zoo’s new compilation, counsel pop lends his nontraditional sounds in the form of “jd sports,” and Tom Budin links with Tylah Winyard for “Hold On.” Monstercat continues its eighth birthday celebrations with the release of WRLD, Keepsake and Laszlo’s “Back to You,” and Vintage & Morelli delivers “Senshi” to Silk Music. Summer Was Fun puts his own spin on Madeon’s “All My Friends,” and Edu Imbernon releases “S.Y.L.” on Anjunadeep.

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

QUIX – Guiding Light

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QUIX – Guiding LightCover QUI Guiding Light Feat. Sanna Martinez

New Zealand’s QUIX broke ground on American soil back in 2017 and has since been charming the masses with a dreamy but thunderous trap style that is finely-tuned, multi-layered and incredibly complex. Following up recent releases on Aoki’s Dim Mak, QUIX returns to the imprint with “Guiding Light,” a production that walks the edge between dark and light. His production versatility is on full display here; QUIX juxtaposes Sanna Martinez’s airy vocals with a garganutuan, reality-shaking soundscape that is as melodic as it is discordant.

NMF Roundup: Habstrakt fires up ‘All Night,’ GRiZ and Wiz Khalifa team up, Autograf deliver ‘Hold Me Back’ + more

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NMF Roundup: Habstrakt fires up ‘All Night,’ GRiZ and Wiz Khalifa team up, Autograf deliver ‘Hold Me Back’ + moreHABSTRAKT Press Photo

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.

DJ Snake and Plastic Toy have kick off New Music Friday with  a sleek new single, “Try Me,” on Snake’s Premiere Classe Records. Habstrakt makes a return with a forceful new single, “All Night,” and Tiësto, Dzeko, and Lena Leon team up for weekend-ready tune, “Halfway There.” Netsky‘s released a set of remixes for “I Don’t Even Know You Anymore,” including a “Powerlines Mix” of his own. GRiZ and Wiz Khalifa bring an easygoing atmosphere to their new single, “Find My Own Way,” and Autograf break their silence with a new groovy single, “Hold Me Back” with John Splithoff. After a many-month hiatus, Goldroom delivers a fresh new original, “Cocaine Girl,” and Jai Wolf taps into listeners’ nostalgia with “This Song Reminds Me Of You.” Duke & Jones have put their own twist on Louis the Child‘s “Breaking News,” and Shadient brings elements of intensity in “Numbers Station.” Diplo, Sia and Labrinth‘s LSD project has put out a new original, “No New Friends,” and Cedric Gervais crafts two versions of a new tune, “Good Things.” The Aston Shuffle realize it’s “Now Or Never” in their new single, and Headhunterz brings his classic hardstyle sound to the emotive “Oxygen.”

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.

Lunar Lunes: Bingo Players delivers groovy ‘1000 Years,’ josh pan and Dylan Brady team up for soulful ‘Wheels’ on OWSLA + more

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Lunar Lunes: Bingo Players delivers groovy ‘1000 Years,’ josh pan and Dylan Brady team up for soulful ‘Wheels’ on OWSLA + moreJosh Pan Owsla Press

Each week, New Music Friday sweeps through with torrential force, showering streaming platforms with immeasurable amounts of new tunes. Just like Dancing Astronaut rounds up 25 of the biggest songs of the week for the Hot 25 Spotify playlist each New Music Friday, Lunar Lunes serves as a landing pad for SoundCloud users who want a whole new dose of tunes to kick off the work week.

Bingo Players kicks off his 2019 releases with a groovy new original, “1000 Years.” josh pan and Dylan Brady have unveiled a mellow single from their forthcoming OWSLA LP, “Wheels,” and Myon hops on Gryffin‘s Gravity remix EP for a euphoric take on “Just For a Moment.” Bishu puts a booming future bass twist on QUIX‘s “Giving Up,” and Duskus crafts a dancefloor-ready take on DROELOE‘s “Only Be Me.” GTA, Dillon Francis and Wax Motif‘s “I Can’t Hold On” gets a formidable psytrance rework from Slippy, and Jay Robinson makes his mau5trap debut with “Nineteen81.” Ray Volpe flexes his dubstep skills on a collab with Armanni Reign, and Jeremy Olander takes listeners on an eight-minute journey with “Shogun.” LP Giobbi puts a fresh spin on Hotel Garuda‘s “One Reason,” and Bear Grillz kicks it up to 150 BPM for his new bass house/dubstep heater, “Flow.” Ryan Browne casts an eerie spell in his newest original, “The Reaper,” and Rameses B polishes his newest LP off with a gorgeous trance number, “Cyclone.”

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).