Dancing Astronaut’s Top Tracks of 2019

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2019 has been a remarkable year for new music.

The past twelve months brought with them a collection of highly anticipated LPs: Madeon‘s Good Faith, Avicii‘s posthumous Tim, Gesaffelstein‘s Hyperion, Illenium‘s ASCEND, along with a Flume mixtape. Notable collaborations like REZZ and Malaa‘s “Criminals,” Seven Lions, Wooli, Trivecta, and Nevve‘s “Island,” and GRiZ and Subtronics‘ “Griztronics” hit the airwaves in blazes of glory. Supergroups like Dog Blood (Skrillex and Boys Noize) and Get Real (Claude VonStroke and Green Velvet) showcased the power of doubling up on brainpower. And, of course, countless singles had us hitting repeat more times than were calculable: Dillon Francis‘ “Still Not Butter,” i_o‘s “House of God,” Habstrakt‘s “De la Street,” Alesso‘s “Progresso,” and so many more.

In no particular order, we present a 30-track collection of our favorite songs of the year, chosen by DA writers and editors.

Hangout Fest delivers impeccably curated 2020 lineup topped by Red Hot Chili Peppers, Illenium, Post Malone

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Alabama’s Hangout Fest is gearing up for a massive 2020 edition, backed by one of the festival’s strongest lineups to date. The roster for Hangout’s 2020 run is topped by Post Malone, Lana Del Rey, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Billie Eilish, with a slew of electronic, indie, and hip-hop offerings rounding out the rest of the billing. Illenium, RL Grime, Madeon, T-Pain, Tove Lo, Oliver Tree and more are also expected to perform across May 15 – 17 on the beaches of Gulf Shores.

Hangout has also secured performances by Juice WRLD, Big Wild, Megan Thee Stallion, Getter, Jai Wolf, Snakehips, and WHIPPED CREAM, among many others, offering an exceptionally well-rounded programming slate for the event’s upcoming iteration. Tickets officially go on sale on December 9 at 10:00 a.m. CT. See the full lineup below.

RL Grime and Juelz link on ‘Formula’ [Stream]

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It has been fascinating to watch the most recent chapter of RL Grime‘s career unfold. Henry Steinway’s Grime persona emerged with the rise of trap in the earlier half of the decade, and then, when many thought the “Core” producer had reached the genre’s ceiling, he began championing other offshoots of the bass music umbrella, eventually launching his own Sable Valley imprint at the onset of 2019. Now, the latest addition to the label’s catalog is a new collaboration between the boss man himself and Juelz on “Formula.”

The track first saw the light of day the very end of the recent eighth installment of Grime’s beloved Halloween mix series. Since then, fans have been clamoring to get their hands on the official release. “Formula” lands as a percussive, high octane bass cut that certainly holds sway as the perfect setlist closer. Now that RL’s mission is less about his own sound and more about his influence, expect to see the Sable Valley founder pushing more new talent in 2020.

Flite re-doses RL Grime’s ‘Core’ with drum ‘n’ bass magic

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In spite of his young age, Flite has navigated the drum ‘n’ bass scene with the prowess and maturity of an experienced artist. Producing as early as 16 years old and breaking onto the scene at 19 years old in 2014 with debut single “Featherfall,” the Texas-based talent has gained rapid momentum in recent years—following through with 14 releases in 2017 and garnering support from drum n’ bass giants like Andy C, High Contrast, Netsky, and more. With diversity ingrained in his artistic pursuits, Flite and his sound fluctuate in its exploration of the drum ‘n’ bass spectrum. Now, the rising star reworks an RL Grime classic, “Core,” with his latest UKF release.

In his flip of “Core,” Flite transforms the original trap soundscape into a massive drum ‘n’ bass track. Energizing the quintessential drop with flesh-crawling synthesizers and rolling breakbeats, the remix kicks the tempo up while maintaining the dark essence of the original. Deliciously sinister with potent pace, Flite’s remix delivers the drum ‘n’ bass makeover without straying from the skeleton of the beloved RL Grime original.

It’s here: RL Grime staggers shiver-inducing drops in ‘Halloween VIII’ [Stream]

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Since 2012, each installment in the Halloween sonic saga has reaffirmed what was established eight years ago with the seminal mix in the series: All Hallow’s Eve belongs to RL Grime.

The trap tastemaker’s Halloween tradition hasn’t just gained traction in the time since its initial launch—it’s cultivated a cult following. Each October, electronic music enthusiasts train and fixate their eyes on the fateful calendar square, bearing the annual promise of new RL Grime music: October 31. Name a more reliable treat—we’ll wait.

For the past eight years, the NOVA producer has soundtracked Halloween with mixes that manifest as heavy hybrids of hip-hop and trap selections. Ample in sonic horsepower and jam-packed with adrenaline-spiking, goosebump-inciting bass, RL Grime’s Halloween mixes are potent demonstrations of his curative acumen.

The predecessor to 2019’s Halloween VIII mix, Halloween VII commenced with an eerie vocal introduction from Shaq before ultimately segueing into its constituting collection of rap and electronic crossover cuts. The newest addition to the spectral series is the subwoofer-worthy Halloween 8, which affords the opening honors to a figure matched in repute by Halloween: Mayor of Flavortown, Guy Fieri.

With a convictional exclamation (“love, peace, and taco grease”), Fieri kicks off the hotly anticipated effort. As in prior years of Halloween’s production, the Halloween VIII listening experience ought not to be a passive one for streamers, whose ears should be pricked for RL Grime IDs.

The bass purveyor has been known to embed unreleased music within his Halloween mixes, in a not-so-subtle preview of the productions yet to come. Case in point, 2016’s Halloween V, which provided the platform for an advance listen of RL Grime’s collaboration with Skrillex and What So Not, “Waiting.” Grime went on to formally release the single several days later on November 3, 2016.

Riddled with IDs, including an especially titillating Whethan-RL rendezvous, Halloween VIII is indeed RL Grime’s seasonal treat to listeners.

Celebrate spooky season by revisiting each of RL Grime’s Halloween mixes, here.

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LA Rams borrow RL Grime’s ‘Pressure’ for promo video [Watch]

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The Los Angeles Rams have released a promotional video featuring EDM’s torrential trap titan, RL Grime’s track “Pressure” from his NOVA album of last year.

The grabbing sequence, dubbed “Bring the Pressure,” features a number of shots from across the LA area, the team’s recently reinstated home turf. As the intensity of the song builds, commentary from great Rams moments overlays the track. It’s the bleeding embodiment of a of a hype video—playing a swimming visual accompaniment to Grime’s explosive aural aesthetic.

Check out the video below; and with Halloween fast-approaching, keep an eye out for RL Grime’s eighth edition of his annual spooky mix series.

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 107

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA managing editor 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.

Listen in playlist format here

Goldroom is less than two months away from the arrival of his new LP, Plunge/Surface, and continues to share snippets of what fans can expect from the two-part album. The latest of these is “Running Wild” with former collaborator Nikki Segal. This relaxed piece ushers the autumn season in with ease.

RÜFÜS DU SOL blessed their fans with a new set of remixes for Solace on Sept. 6, sharing among them Gerd Janson‘s vocoder mix. The German producer brings a sparkling, bright new atmosphere to “Treat You Better,” putting a twist on the original’s vocals by incorporating a vocoder.

Fox Stevenson has been hard at work on his live show, a documentary, and his debut album, so it’s crazy to see the amount of material he’s been releasing. The latest in a string of releases is “Dreamland,” a vocal-powered drum ‘n’ bass-but-otherwise-hard-to-define song. He calls it “maybe [his] favourite song [he’s] ever made,” and it’s easy to see why.

deadmau5 and Kaskade‘s iconic “I Remember” is chillingly haunting in its original format, so when BLOODTONE got his hands on it, he somehow found a way to make it even more so. He’s given it what he calls “a dark warehouse feel” and plunged it to the depths of the shadows in a thrilling way.

The opening notes of RL Grime‘s “Core” are undeniably some of the most recognizable in today’s EDM scene. The 2014 tune has received a frantic drum ‘n’ bass facelift from Flite, and it’s nearly three minutes of pure energy. It’ll make your head spin—but in the best possible way.

Lunar Lunes: Nathan C remixes Flume, Flite takes on RL Grime’s ‘Core’ + more

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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).

RL Grime announces debut Sable Valley tour: Research & Development

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When people think trap music, they think RL Grime.

Ever since Henry Steinway departed from his open-format moniker Clockwork in favor of the RL Grime banner, he has served as the paragon of heavy bass. With numerous genre-defining hits like “Core” and “Tell Me,” his anvil-drops are now the basis point for the genre, and in 2019 he’s using that universal reverence to help curate rising artists via his imprint Sable Valley.

At this point, the label only has less than ten official releases in its catalog, but Steinway just announced a tour that might give a glimpse into what’s coming in the near future for Sable Valley.

The tour is entitled Research & Development, and it features a series of well-known bass enthusiasts like Baauer, Whipped Cream, KITTENS, Boombox Cartel, and more. So far, seven dates are listed with three more stops currently under wraps. Denver, Brooklyn, Dallas, and Atlanta are locked in to see the Sable Valley crew, with more stops around the US very likely to be announced soon.

View the full roster and schedule for the Research & Development tour below. Tickets have yet to go on sale, but you can sign up for info on the official Sable Valley website

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RL Grime takes home one million dollar prize at Fortnite World Cup

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Epic Games’ highly anticipated Fortnite World Cup took place at New York’s Arthur Ashe Stadium from July 26-28. The event saw tens of thousands of attendees gather to watch the best Fortnite players in the world descend upon a single place to compete for over $30 million in prize money. In addition to the Pro competition, which resulted in 16-year old player ‘Bugha’ taking home $3 million for winning, Epic brought back its popular celebrity Pro-Am tournament. The Pro-Am features celebrities and professional Fortnite players paired as ‘duos’ to compete together. The game involves 100 players being dropped onto an island and competing until there is one person remaining.

The Fortnite Pro-Am took place for the first time in 2018 at E3 in Los Angeles, which resulted in Marshmello and Ninja stealing the number one spot. Electronic music artists continue to rise to the top during the Pro Am, with none other than RL Grime and pro Fortnite player Airwaks taking home the Pro Am prize for their second time in 2019. The duo first won at Fortnite’s Summer Block Party, and they have now won again at the World Cup. Although neither RL Grime or Airwaks were the last standing during the Fortnite World Cup celebrity Pro-Am, they won due to a combined 52 points from scoring kills.

Thanks to their win, $1 million dollars will be split between two charities or RL Grime and Airwaks’ choosing. RL Grime has chosen the American Civil Liberties Union as his recipient, and Airwaks has chosen World Wildlife.

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