NMF Roundup: Markus Schulz delivers some summer heat, Robotaki teams up with Mike Clay, Liquid Stranger drops some free form + more

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NMF Roundup: Markus Schulz delivers some summer heat, Robotaki teams up with Mike Clay, Liquid Stranger drops some free form + moreOcaso Festival Tamarindo By Pablo Murillo 06 01 2018 1184

The most important day of every week: New Music Friday. 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.


Sleepy Tom and Youngblood team up for a catchy collaboration, “In My Head.” It’s both refined and dance floor-ready, aided by dreamy vocals.


Markus Schulz taps Capital Cities‘ SEBU for an infectious original, “Upon My Shoulders.” Acoustic guitar melodies and wistful vocals from SEBU make this the perfect end-of-summer anthem.


Lively horn stabs and an invigorating beat fuel Toyboy & Robin‘s new release, “Horn It.” The London duo’s latest is out via Nothing Else Matters.


Georgia Ku lends her enchanting voice to this new collaboration between Captain Cuts and Zookëper. “Do You Think About Me” is highlighted by chopped-up vocals and a lively house beat.


Carnage celebrates this week’s 8/08 day with a ferocious trap number featuring Sludge. He builds into the song with ominous choir-like vocals and a call of “El Diablo” to kick off the drop.


Tom Tyger, Charles B and VCTRY channel old-school house vibes in their unexpected collaboration, One Too Many.” The track is out now via Protocol Recordings.


LUUDE says he’s “actually been sitting on this one since the start of 2017 and never finished it” until now. “Omen” is highlighted by hefty bass and a dark vibe.


Robotaki has delivered “a song from my heart to yours” in his latest, “Brooklyn ’95.” He taps Mike Clay for the track’s vocals, adding to the laid-back atmosphere he exudes.


A month after releasing his “Erase” remix package featuring Arty and Lights, FRND has come out with a sentimental new single, “Before U I Didn’t Exist.”


Liquid Stranger brings eerie, spacey wobbles in his newest original, “Gunslinger.” The free form bass track features Pistol and is out now via WAKAAN.

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Robotaki leaks exclusive remix for ‘Limbo’ from Manu Dia

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Robotaki recently released his debut EP Science, impressing fans with a six-track work that dazzled from beautifully jazzy acoustic soundscapes to his vibrant electronic sound and own distinguished style. Now he teases us with his upcoming Science Re-Examined pack, slated to land on June 22 via Majestic Casual, with a leaked single from Manu Dia, once known as Lotus.

Belgian musician Manuel Buendia is no stranger and has been smashing the scene in the last months from his remix of “I Still See Your Face” for San Holo, to his lush remix for Astre’s “Shades.”

Adding to the repertoire, he releases his exclusive remix for Robotaki’s “Limbo,” that strips down the original and adds his playful and majestic touch. By intertwining vibrant plucks, delicate atmospherics and a bumpin’ bassline, he takes the club oriented “Limbo” and turns it into a whimsical wonderland, good for any occasion.

With such talent and an EP coming in the fall, all eyes will be on Dia.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 39

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA music editor and staff writer 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.


Just a month after the release of “Satisfied” on his Science EP, Robotaki has tapped the talents of Machinedrum for a dynamic remix. “When my team and I were thinking of artists to hit up for remixes, we wanted to have a collection of remixes that would truly change the way the original tracks felt and sounded,” Robotaki says of the remix. “Travis’ creative, eclectic and hard-hitting take on ‘Satisfied’ is everything I could’ve hoped for.”


It makes my heart happy that people are still remixing Oliver Heldens and Becky Hill‘s beloved “Gecko (Overdrive).” It’s been nearly five years since its release, and it remains one of my favorites. The song been reworked into a drum & bass masterpiece (thank you, Matrix & Futurebound), spun into a progressive gem (thank you, Lost Kings), and now has been funk-ified into nu disco by Flamingos. With a laid-back, synth-filled vibe, Flamingos revamp this classic with a retro feel.


With each new Rocket League collaborative album, Monstercat continues to impress. Volume three features the latest from Bad Computer: a tantalizing house track with vocals from Skyelle. “Silhouette” marks the producer’s third release with the Canadian label. With captivating instrumentals and beautifully emotive vocals from Skyelle, this one is an alluring addition to Bad Computer’s arsenal of well-crafted tunes.


Bass music plunges to the depths of hell in WAVEDASH and QUEST‘s new track, “Devil Music.” Sprinkled with eerie vocals from fknsyd, this creepy collaboration is crammed with aggressive bass and compelling sound design.  The in-your-face atmosphere of “Devil Music” is invigorating and menacing, making it a breath of fresh air in the saturated bass music market.


There are few things I love more than a drum & bass song that’s equal parts passion-packed and energetic. Flite and Boxplot’s latest, “Sunroad,” is part of Liquicity‘s Galaxy of Dreams 3 compilation, which came out at the end of April. It’s a clear standout on the LP, bursting with life and gorgeous melodies.

Robotaki concocts six-track ‘Science’ EP

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Over the past few months, Canadian producer Robotaki has been drumming up excitement for his Science EP, out now via Majestic Casual Records.

The six-track EP, which features standouts like “Restless” and last month’s “Butterscotch,” encompasses Robotaki’s sound as it stands today: alight with bright rhythms and smooth production. Bolstering the EP’s creativity, Robotaki links up with collaborators like Nevve and SHOR, who lend their own originality to “Together We’re Screwed” and “Limbo,” respectively.

Science is bubbling over with unique flair and genuine talent, making it one of Robotaki’s best pieces of work to date.

NMF Roundup: Anna Lunoe returns, Valentino Khan brings the heat, and more

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The most important day of every week: New Music Friday. 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.


ATFC and David Penn team up for a groovy, soul-filled Armada release, “Hipcats.”

London producer Kidnap has given the world a sneak peek at his new Ashes EP with “Aurora.”

Anna Lunoe returns in a “Blaze of Glory” with this powerful anthem.

Snakehips and St. Rulez take their listener on a ride with the high-flying “Cruzin’.”

Whethan continues his tour-de-force in this emotion-packed collaboration with Broods, “Be Like You.”

Manila Killa puts his own spin on Jeremy Zucker’s “Talk Is Overrated” in this light, breezy remix.

Slushii combines autotune and cascading synth melodies for his latest original, “Where I’m At.”

Valentino Khan brings the heat with this sultry, feisty house tune, “Lick It.”

Boombox Cartel blasts off into outer space with this festival-ready, big room powerhouse of a track, “Moon Love.”

In their third release of the year, The Chainsmokers drink tequila with their friends in “Everybody Hates Me.”

Robotaki takes walk on the soulful side in his latest original, “Butterscotch,” with Jamie Fine and falcxne.

ZAXX crafts a dreamy atmosphere in his latest original, “Altered.”

Au/RA and CamelPhat weave a somber web in their collaboration, “Panic Room.”

BLU J teams up with vocalist Axel Mansoor for a mellow, vibe-filled original, “Trails.”

Robotaki releases second track off of forthcoming EP

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Toronto native Preston Chin, otherwise known as Robotaki, has gained considerable momentum thanks to a number of hit singles and a unique sound that blends disparate genres. As his ascent continues, Chin announced his debut EP, Science, on the heels of his U.S. tour with Manila Killa.

Chin has now dropped the second track from the full EP, “Limbo.” The producer commented on everything that went into producing the song, and those who have seen him live with undoubtedly recognize the catchy tune.

Limbo is a track I’ve been opening my sets with for the past couple shows. I made it during a strange time in my life when I was floating between several binaries relating to my career, relationship at the time, and self-esteem. It’s a frustrating time but also a sadly beautiful one that I hope a lot of people can relate to. This theme shaded many decisions that went into this release, like the repetitive motif that basically plays all throughout but reoccurs in very different ways. Limbo is both my hardest and most vulnerable track to date.

Fans can certainly sense these emotions and thematic reoccurrences throughout the track. Robotaki’s next single from the EP is set to drop on March 31st.

Robotaki – Restless

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In line with its title, Robotaki‘s latest bowed as a result of restlessness ahead of his upcoming EP. Either a “leak” or an “early unreleased demo,” “Restless” is an intriguing new original from the producer that is sure to work fans’ anticipation up.

A mellow opening that borders on glitchy with its sample work eases listeners into a palpable groove. Soon, however, the producer opens up his filters and calls upon streaking waves of synths to ramp up the energy in a bouncing drop.

His ability to meld the subdued with the energetic to form a style complete his own is what sets Robotaki apart in a crowded field. As if the early release weren’t enough to pique interest across electronic music, Robotaki made “Restless” available for a free download.

NMF Roundup: Robotaki enlists Nevve on electropop anthem, Mercer satisfies with Spinnin’ release, Fatboy Slim gets a Carmada remix

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The most important day of every week: New Music Friday. 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.


Super8 & Tab have been on a self-proclaimed “meaningful musical journey together” for the past two years in preparation for their third studio album, Reformation Part 1, out Feb. 23. Today, the Finish trance duo share an uplifting, ethereal tune featuring Envy Monroe as the fourth single off the album.

After an exciting journey opening for Madeon and Porter Robinson‘s Shelter Live tour, Robotaki shows off his playful side in a chill, synth-laden electro-pop track, “Together We’re Screwed.” The producer enlists the warm vocals of Nevve on this charming, catchy jaunt.

Two powerhouse producers have teamed up for their first release of 2018. Out now on KSHMR‘s Dharma Worldwide, “Here With You” is a high-octane jam that is sure to have big-room enthusiasts jumping up and down on the dance floor.

Parisian producer Mercer taps Ron Carroll’s satisfying vocals out now on Spinnin’ Records.

Hook N Sling takes on emerging Swedish singer/songwriter Clara Mae’s debut acoustic pop track, released last month on Big Beat Records. The Aussie-born producer turns the track into a high-energy electro-pop anthem perfectly suited for the dance floor.

Vancouver-based duo The Funk Hunters enlist dance/R&B group DiRTY RADiO for “Turn Down The Silence,” the third single off their upcoming album Typecast. Showcasing versatility, the duo’s signature funky sound ventures into the realms of pop music, while DiRTY RADiO deliver a standout vocal performance.

Riot Ten‘s first single off his forthcoming EP, The Dead, comes as a hard-hitting dubstep production with Sullivan King and DJ Paul from Three Six Mafia. Moshers: proceed with caution to the middle of the dance floor.

How do you say no to the legendary Fatboy Slim? You don’t. At the English tastemaker’s request, Aussie electronic duo Carmada gives his 1998 classic “Right Here, Right Now” an edgy modern tune-up. The remix is set to appear on Fatboy Slim’s forthcoming remix EP, Fatboy Slim VS Australia.

To celebrate the 35th anniversary of Nena’s “99 Red Balloons,” emerging Nordic talents Oliver Nelson and Tobtok have reimagined the iconic party starter as a future house composition.

Brussels-based producer Stephen Fasano is known for his illusory compositions as The Magician. His newest release combines elements of nu-disco into hip-hop for an exuberant house track.

 

 

Michael Calfan has emerged within dance music as the protagonist of a fresh new sound with a more sensitive quality. This courageous brand of soul house shines in his newest single, which is meant to not only get bodies moving on the dance floor, but also touch to the heart.

Born Dirty proves himself the master of breaks once again in his newest release on Insomniac Records. With an eclectic mix of musical influences, Born Dirty constructs his signature hybrid sound resting on a solid backbone of hip-hop, house and techno. “Crazy” is a must-listen tune.

Electro-pop duo Sundial have released their first single of 2018, “Who Cares,” which is out now on Seeking Blue.

Matoma announces new album, 2018 tour

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2018 is shaping up to be huge for Norwegian producer Matoma. The artist just announced a new tour and new album, to be paired together in an experience called “One in a Million.”

The tour, which kicks off Jan. 11 in Manchester, takes the producer across Europe and North America and ends in his home country of Norway. He explains in a Facebook post that concertgoers will be the first to hear the new album, leading up to its release on March 9. He plans to bring the experience full-circle by releasing the accompanying album and wrapping up the tour on the same day in Trondheim, where he got his start.

“I wanted to share the album with my fans first, playing all the new music at shows on this tour and then releasing it on the day of my last show in Trondheim, in the same venue where I played my first ever DJ set and the city I have lived in the last 6 years.”

Joining him on tour are Elephante, MAX, Two Friends, Youngr, BKAYE, NAATIONS and Robotaki. Tickets for the One in a Million tour go on sale Friday, Nov. 17 and will be available here.

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Capital Cities – Vowels (Robotaki Remix)

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Continuing his hot streak of hits, Robotaki has unleashed a fresh take on Capital Cities‘ “Vowels.”

Last year, after a long period of inactivity, Capital Cities announced new music was in the works, leading to the release of “Vowels” in September 2016. Many soccer and video game enthusiasts may recall the tune from its inclusion in the FIFA 17 soundtrack. One year later, Robotaki’s taken the already-funky track and bolstered it with a grooving bassline and a disco-inspired beat.

“Vowels was one of my favorite records of the summer. My good friend [Hotel Garuda] introduced me to it and I’ve been hooked ever since. When they sent over the accapella I knew I had to bring it back to 2008 and go Blog Haus.”

The producer is currently on tour with Manila Killa, with four dates left in their “I Want You” tour. Next week takes them to Denver and Washington D.C., and the following week takes them to Toronto and Chicago to wrap up the tour.

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Manila Killa and Robotaki drop remix compilation for ‘I Want You’