Graves takes ownership of blistering ID dropped by RL Grimes on tour

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Graves takes ownership of blistering ID dropped by RL Grimes on tourGraves Live From His Facebook

“Road testing” is named as such for good reason; after all, one might argue that there is no better place to try out new music than to the crowds on tour. RL Grime has been testing an abundance of new music throughout his tours, and it looks like a particular new ID by Graves is going to be a hit. The rising producer shared a freshly made video of RL giving the record a spin in a packed venue, and the crowd appeared to enjoy every moment. The snippet showed off a tense build followed by a wild, gut-punching drop that fit its big room setting nicely.

Graves has yet to share more information on the the record or its release. The artist also has a few more dates in Washington DC, Alberta, and Ohio, where fans could listen for the ID from the artist himself.

Photo credit: Facebook/wearegraves

JAWNS of Gent & Jawns launches solo career with debut EP on RL Grime’s new Sable Valley imprint [Stream]

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JAWNS of Gent & Jawns launches solo career with debut EP on RL Grime’s new Sable Valley imprint [Stream]Jawns

RL Grime‘s new Sable Valley imprint released its first EP, House of God, the first solo project from producer JAWNS, of Gent & Jawns. The two-track collection marks the announcement of JAWNS’ solo career after a long history of touring with the likes of Diplo, Flosstradamus, TroyBoi, and more.

The tracks below are favorites from RL Grimes’s last halloween mix and amalgamations of buzzing electro sounds and knocking hip-hop rhythm. “House of God” carries stringy synths that swarm like a flies, whereas “Psycho” is an fittingly onomatopoeic select that wears its name on its sleeve. It’s rhythmic with a similar electro tone to the EP’s titular offering, utilizing a higher octave on the synth. Both tracks take listeners on a wild ride that continues to lay out RL Grime’s label’s sound direction.

JAWNS kicks off his solo career with a unique mix of genres, heavy atmosphere, and a co-sign from one of electronic trap music’s greatest torch carriers.

RL Grime releases full-length instrumental version of ‘NOVA’: ‘NOVA Pure’

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RL Grime releases full-length instrumental version of ‘NOVA’: ‘NOVA Pure’RL Grime2

RL Grime‘s momentous sophomore album, NOVA, will reach its one-year anniversary in July, but the trap tastemaker isn’t waiting until then to celebrate the LP’s first birthday. Cue Nova Pure, a full-length album featuring instrumental versions of all of the cuts that first graced its progenitor album. NOVA is rife with powerhouse collaborations: Jeremih, Miguel, Tory Lanez, and Julia Michaels represent just some of the artists who contributed some vocal star power to the longform outing.

On NOVA Pure, listeners indeed get NOVA in its ‘purest,’ most unadulterated form. Sans the original features, Nova Pure foregrounds the climactic, cinematic affective presence of RL Grime’s production. In its narrowed focus on the electronic foundations that under-gird the featured vocals of NOVA, Nova Pure focalizes RL Grime’s technical acumen.

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NMF Roundup: FISHER delivers new single, Gareth Emery & Ashley Wallbridge unveil LP, Whethan links with Jeremih + more

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NMF Roundup: FISHER delivers new single, Gareth Emery & Ashley Wallbridge unveil LP, Whethan links with Jeremih + moreFisher Photo Credit NAFT Photography For Insomniac

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.

This week brings with it the arrival of a fiery new FISHER single—one fans have been eagerly anticipating—along with the next track from Avicii‘s posthumous album, TIM, called “Tough Love.” Gareth Emery and Ashley Wallbridge have delivered a 14-track LP called Kingdom United, featuring euphoric trance numbers like “Vesper.” Whethan‘s tapped Jeremih for his new single, “Let me Take You,” and Alpha 9 and Kameron Alexander arrive at Anjunabeats “Before The Dawn.” Boombox Cartel and MadeinTYO create a trappy party atmosphere in “NEW WIP,” and Habstrakt keeps the bass slapping in “Control.” Kill Paris once again uses plants to create music in “Venus Fly Trap,” and RL Grime unveils instrumental versions of his NOVA tracks, including “Shoulda.” Gorgon City and Kaskade lead us into the weekend with “Go Slow,” and Hannah Wants unleashes a retro house number with “Love Somebody.” Ellie Goulding taps Don Diablo for a remix of “Sixteen,” and Kölsch takes on Jam & Spoon’s “Stella.” David Guetta and RAYE join forces on “Stay (Don’t Go Away),” and Medasin crafts a breezy piece with Kathleen, “Always Afternoon.”

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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RL Grime gifts fans with free download of ‘Take It Away’

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RL Grime gifts fans with free download of ‘Take It Away’RL Grime Take It Away

Who doesn’t love a good gift? RL Grime has a sonic one in store for his followers with the release of his “Take It Away” instrumental for free download. The original version had notable appearances from Ty Dolla $ign and TK Kravitz; that said, the lack of vocals certainly doesn’t diminish the tune’s quality. RL Grime built a strong, bassy foundation beneath, which shines in its full glory with viscous arrangement, powerful drops, and hints of emotion via lo-fi synth productions. One might even say that it’s vaguely reminiscent of Flume’s older work on its own. This is of course a subjective comparison, of course.

RL Grime has a busy season ahead, having just been announced for both HARD Summer and Austin City Limits. He also launched his Sable Valley imprint earlier in spring 2019. Regardless, the legend has still been giving his all to his fans, offering up another free instrumental one week prior to this new downloadable treat.

Childish Gambino, Tame Impala, Robyn, and more top Austin City Limits’ lineup

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Childish Gambino, Tame Impala, Robyn, and more top Austin City Limits’ lineupAustin City Limits Photo Cred Rick Kern WireImage

Austin City Limits Music Festival has unleashed its 2019 lineup ahead of its two autumnal weekends: Oct. 4-6 and Oct. 11-13.

Since 2002, the festival has drawn music fans spanning all genres to Zilker Park for consecutive weekends of the industry’s top names. This year’s iteration boasts Guns n’ Roses, Mumford & Sons, Childish Gambino, The Cure, Cardi B (weekend one), Billie Eilish, Tame Impala, and Robyn (weekend two) as headliners. Electronic music fans will delight in lineup additions like GRiZ, RL Grime, Fisher, Hippie Sabotage, Kaytranada, Troyboi, Jai Wolf, and more.

Childish Gambino was forced to cancel his appearance at last year’s festival after a foot injury, so fans who were hoping to catch his performance in 2018 will delight in two performances at the festival’s 2019 edition.

The festival features eight different stages to cater to fans of rock, indie, country, folk, electronic, and hip-hop, so regardless of one’s musical persuasion, this lineup features something for everyone.

Tickets and more information are available here.

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HARD Summer drops 2019 roster, featuring Alison Wonderland, Tchami, Kid Cudi, RL Grime, and more

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HARD Summer drops 2019 roster, featuring Alison Wonderland, Tchami, Kid Cudi, RL Grime, and moreHard Summer Mainstage Dusk

HARD Events’ hallmark, HARD Summer will return to Fontana Speedway this August for its 12th year of multifarious musical mayhem.

The SoCal staple’s 2019 lineup is colorful and cold-blooded as ever, bringing major players primarily from electronic and bolstered by hip-hop. From the former of these realms comes Alison Wonderland, Major Lazer, Dillon Francis, and a seemingly interminable length of others. And from the crest of HARD Summer’s rap/hip-hop current brings Kid Cudi, Juice WRLD, Sheck Wes, and more.

This year running the weekend of August 3-4, HARD Summer has long lived as a source of sonic foreshadowing of talent, particularly in the electronic space, showcasing acts like Skrillex and Diplo ahead of their rises to super stardom. Tickets to HARD Summer go on sale Friday, April 26 at 9 am PST. Additional festival information can be found here.

HARD Summer Music Festival 2019 Lineup:

12th Planet

Alison Wonderland

AMOK (Will Clarke + Sian)

Andre Power

Anna Lunoe

Anti Up

Armani White

A-trak b2b YehMe2

BAYNK

Benda

Black Caviar

Blanke

Blesst

Cam Girl

Candy Rain

Claude VonStroke

Dack Janiels

Dateless b2b Lucati

Diablo

Diesel (Shaquille O’Neal)

Dillon Francis

DJDS

Dom Dolla

Dombresky

Dreamdoll

Droeloe

Duke Dumont

Excision b2b NGHTMRE

Flux Pavilion b2b Netsky

Flosstradamus b2b 4B

G Herbo

G-Rex

Gammer

Ghastly

Graves

GRAVEDGR

Habstrakt

Hekler

Herobust

Hucci

Jessie Reyez

JPEGMAFIA

Juice WRLD

Justin Martin

KAIVON

Kasbo

Kayzo

Kid Cudi

Kill the Noise

Kyle Watson

Lauren Lane

LICK
Lil Mosey

Lil TJay

Loco Dice

LP GIOBBI

MadeinTYO

Major Lazer

Monki

Moon Boots

Ms. Mada

Mustard

Noizu

OMNOM

OOKAY (Live)

Rick Trainor

RL Grime

Robotaki

Sheck Wes

Shlohmo

SOSUPERSAM

Soulja Boy

Space Jesus

Subset

Subtronics b2b Dirt Monkey

Tommy Genesis

VNSSA

What So Not

Whethan

Young Franco

Yultron

ZHU b2b Tchami

Zia

?? ????? b2b ?????

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Diplo presents The Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party, led by Billie Eilish, G-Eazy, Major Lazer, Miguel

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Diplo presents The Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party, led by Billie Eilish, G-Eazy, Major Lazer, MiguelDiplo Mon MVMT18 Bryan Mitchell 199

What Diplo wants, Diplo gets, specifically the first-ever Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party Festival. If the length of the name tells us anything, it’s that the seminal Mad Decent festival is sure to be one hell of a doozy, as the newly minted event’s lineup confirms. Billie Eilish, G-Eazy, Major Lazer, and Miguel head the festival, which will manifest as a fine balance of highly sought electronic acts and equally illustrious hip-hop artists alike.

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Kodak Black, Pusha T, and J.I.D. round out the festival’s hip-hop inclusions, while Dillon Francis, RL Grime, Zeds Dead, REZZ, Ekali, Troyboi, Baauer, and Whethan comprise some of Diplo’s dance picks. The Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party Festival also casts glances at talent from genres beyond the electronic and hip-hop spheres, to draw the stylistically malleable Quinn XCII, R&B’s Pink Sweat$ and Jesse Reyez, and Finneas out.

Needless to say, the inaugural Mad Decent Block Party branded affair is a must attend for many reasons, primary of which—at least, for dance music fans—is Major Lazer’s occupancy of a headlining slot. Diplo previously intimated that Major Lazer will likely dissolve after delivering their fourth—and probably final—album together, in a January interview with Complex. As such, The Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party Festival might well be one of Major Lazer’s last large-scale performances.

The unveiling of The Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party Festival’s lineup comes just after Mad Decent Block Party Festival tweeted out a video with a particularly suggestive caption on April 5: “IT’S HAPPENING.” While the far from subtle warning altered past attendees of Diplo’s multi-city Mad Decent Block Party party series to be ready for a followup announcement regarding the fate of a MDBP festival, Diplo’s presentation of a full-fledged lineup has presumably taken many by surprise, given how quickly it succeeded the preliminary Twitter hint that a MDBP festival was in the works.

The Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party will descend upon Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts for two days of fun, come July 20-21. Tickets to the festival will go on sale at 10 a.m. EST April 12.

Diplo presents The Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party, led by Billie Eilish, G-Eazy, Major Lazer, MiguelSuper Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party

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RL Grime’s Sable Valley imprint releases its debut showcase via Jackal’s ‘Christ Person, Woman God’

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RL Grime’s Sable Valley imprint releases its debut showcase via Jackal’s ‘Christ Person, Woman God’Jackal Rl Grime E1553804107314

RL Grime launched his Sable Valley imprint earlier this year stemming from the release of his single “Arcus” featuring graves. Now, the new imprint released its first track separate from its creator: “Christ Person, Woman God” by Jackal. Comprised of rich texture and sparkling melodies, the song picks up and launches into a blast of glitching, cascading synths atop a trap backbone. Complex sound design that turns synths into percussion elements create a unique soundscape with heavy harmonies. In a press release, RL Grime noted that this track is an introduction to the kind of sound Sable Valley will be pushing going forward.

“Christ Person, Woman God” is in RL Grime’s live rotation, and according to him, the crowd reaction put this track on a pedestal and helped propel it as his new label’s premiere showcase. Along with the single, Sable Valley released the first edition to their mini-mix series, which will happen for every release on the imprint to introduce the song and the artist.

Outside Lands’ 2019 lineup features Childish Gambino, Flume, Kygo, Flying Lotus, and more

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Outside Lands’ 2019 lineup features Childish Gambino, Flume, Kygo, Flying Lotus, and moreFlume SonarPub Sonar2016 Leafhopper 001

In line with a lengthy track record of top-notch annual programming, Outside Lands‘ 2019 lineup is a mixed bag of musical talent that offers something for all types of music lover. The San Francisco affair’s collection of headliners is rife with artists who are in the midst of career hot streaks. Recent multiple Grammy Award-winning artist Kacey Musgraves tops the lineup with Anderson .Paak, Childish Gambino, and Flume. Attendees can presumably expect Flume to use his Outside Lands slot as a launchpad for new music, given his release of mixtape, Hi, This is Flume, and his ensuing announcement that more fresh material would soon follow. Paul Simon, Twenty One Pilots, The Lumineers, Blink-182, Kygo, Leon Bridges, and Lil Wayne round out the remaining headliners.

Outside Lands’ 2019 lineup represents the electronic genre in its broad scope. RL Grime, San Holo, Big Wild, DJ Koze, Justin Martin, Shallou, and Bob Moses appear among the many producers tapped to perform at the festival. Moreover, DJ Koze, Bay Area-natives Luttrell and Justin Martin, and Flying Lotus‘ lauded 3D show all appear on this year’s billing too. Outside Lands will descend upon San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park from August 9-11. GA and VIP passes to the event will go on-sale on March 28 at 10 AM PT, and can be purchased, here.

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