The Recording Academy has released its 62nd annual list of Grammy Award nominees. The wide ranging roster of artistic talent includes a host of electronic acts across the ceremony’s Best Dance Recording, Best Dance/Electronic Album, and Record of The Year categories.
Disclosure is the sole electronic entity up for consideration for Record of The Year for their hit collaboration with Khalid, “Talk.” The Lawrence Brothers will compete with fellow nominees, “Hey, Ma” by Bon Iver, Billie Eilish‘s chart-dominating “Bad Guy,” “7 Rings” by Ariana Grande, “Hard Place” by H.E.R., Lizzo‘s “Truth Hurts,” “Sunflower” by Post Malone and Swae Lee, and finally Lil Nas X‘s year-defining “Old Town Road.”
The 62nd annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast live from Los Angeles on January 26. Alicia Keys will return to host the ceremony for the second consecutive year in a row.
View the complete list of 2020 Grammy Award nominees, here.
Igloofest makes its imprint on the international music festival scene with its signature, trademark characteristic—embracing the arctic climate known as Canadian winters. The Montréal-based festival has just announced its 2020 season lineup, amassing a proudly diverse selection of male and female artists to top each of the four weekends of its outdoor winter series.
For its upcoming 14th edition, Igloofest welcomes a new slate of headliners over each weekend, held from Jan. 16 – Feb. 8, 2020. The opening weekend kicks off performances from headliners THE BLAZE, ANNA, Reinier Zonneveld, and curated stage takeover from Anjunabeats—with a lineup to be announced. Over the remaining three weekends, the festival’s headliners include REZZ, Nina Kraviz, RÜFÜS DU SOL, ZEDS DEAD, and Charlotte De Witte to close out each chilly night of the series.
Among the headlining performances, Igloofest welcomes an abundance of varied local and international support from artists like i_o, VNSSA, Jeremy Olander, Honey Soundsystem, Robert Hood, and many others. Held in the charismatic grounds of the city’s Old Port, the festival will debut a redesigned layout to increase their capacity, filled with handfuls of activities, treats and vendors within the magical Igloovillage and increased heated IGLOOVIP areas.
Tickets and more information on Igloofest can be found online here.
Besides the in-demand event brand’s Orlando arm of Electric Daisy Carnival, Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival is Insomniac’s newly adopted Floridian music destination—in conjunction with original organizers, Soundslinger. After taking a brief hiatus in 2019, the four-day weekender will return to Sunshine Grove for its fourth installment in 2020, March 5-8, with ample electronic and multi-genre acts of mention in tow.
From the electronic ether, RÜFÜS DU SOL, Bassnectar, Kaskade, Alison Wonderland, Bob Moses, and Big Gigantic have all been secured for the 2020 Okee undertaking. Additionally, acts like Vampire Weekend, Mumford & Sons, Lotus, and more serve to shake up the weekend criterion, satiating even the most famished multi-interest festival-goer.
Okee 2020 kicks off Thursday, March 5, with the opening night pre-party. All ticket and camping passes go on sale Friday, October 18 at 10am ET, here, where general festival information is available, too.
Each year the ARIA Awards represent the finest original acts to come from down under, often forecasting trends to come in the ever-evolving music industry. 2019 seems to be destined as the breakout year for Australian singer/songwriter, Tones and I, who managed to rake in eight nominations while riding the momentum of her inaugural release, The Kids Are Coming. ARIA is also thoroughly commending, RÜFÜS DU SOL who are nominated for Best Group of the Year, Album of the Year, and Dance Release of the Year for their latest LP, Solace.
RÜFÜS DU SOL – Solace (Rose Avenue Records/Sony Music Australia)
Other notable mentions include the folk-rock Teskey Brothers, as well as Julia Jacklin, whose recent album, Crushing, has been… well, crushing it. It earned her a laudable six nominations including Best Female Artist as well as Best Independent Release.
The 33rd annual ARIA Awards take place on Nov. 27 and will be hosted by Australian Idol winner, Guy Sebastian.
M3F music and arts festival, a purely philanthropic affair, will return for its annual showing in Downtown Phoenix at Margaret T. Hance Park on March 6-8, 2020—with ample talent in tow.
The festival has secured headliners, Bon Iver and RÜFÜS DU SOL, alongside an audacious undercard that includes bitbird boss San Holo, reggae-ready Stick Figure, Local Natives, Sofi Tukker, and dozens more across a multitude of genres. In past years, it’s hosted the likes of ODESZA, Empire of the Sun, Kid Cudi, The Avett Brothers, and more of some of the most in-demand acts music has to offer.
Since 2004, the festival’s organizers have directed 100% of their efforts yearly on behalf of a litany of local charities, including the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. M3F has raised over $2 million since its inception, with yearly returns increasingly sizably; 2019’s installment alone raised $509,000 according to organizers.
Tickets are on sale now: A good time for a good cause, available here.
2020 marks a decade of Envision Festival, a milestone anniversary that the naturalistic, Costa Rica-based event will celebrate with more than 50 electronic artists. Among them are RÜFÜS DU SOL, Tipper, CloZee, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Be Svendsen, Monolink, The Funk Hunters—to name just a few. In Envision tradition, Random Rab will deliver his 10th annual sunset set to seamlessly usher in the evening.
The subgenre-inclusive roster of talent satiates those with broad palettes, offering ethereal instrumental, bass, and house acts throughout Feb. 17-24, when the environmental and wellness-focused festival will return to Utiva. Renowned for its cultural consciousness, Envision organizers have also invited established and ascendant producers from Argentina, Mexico, Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Chile to play in the 10th Anniversary Edition of Envision’s Latin American Showcase.
General admission and VIP passes to the unique electronic experience offer adventure seekers a choice between four- and seven-day jaunts in the Costa Rican jungle. Those interested in attending Envision’s 10th edition can learn more about tickets and the festival, here.
In the context of SOLACE REMIXED, the expression “the more the merrier” is certainly apt. The three-part effort consolidates remixes of SOLACE album inclusions from 17 different artists, including Audiofly, Icarus, Hot Since 82, Cassian, Justin Martin, and Will Clarke, among others. A cohesive collection of alternative takes, SOLACEREMIXED duplicates the original track list of SOLACE across two separate remix albums. Altogether, the format brings listeners two different remixes of each song that originally appeared on SOLACE.
A pensive and lyrically vulnerable contemplation about a love that at times seems requited, and at other junctures, strained, to say the least, SOLACE foreground three distinguishing elements of RÜFÜS DU SOL’s style: multi-dimensional instrumental work, trance-inducing melodies, and the velvety texture of lead singer Tyrone Lindqvist’s vocals.
RÜFÜS DU SOL’s experimentation with indie-electronic technics on the LP led to standout soundscapes that were distinctive on account of their depth, and infallible in their ability to ensnare listeners. Now, thanks to the diverse visions of SOLACE REMIXED‘s contributing artists, listeners can experience the arresting artistry of SOLACE anew.
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.
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.
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.
In perhaps one of the biggest collaborations to hit the airwaves on Sept. 6, The Bloody Beetroots and ZHU have teamed up for “Zoning.” RÜFÜS DU SOL have dropped off a new set of remixes for Solace, including an irresistibly groovy one by Hot Since 82. Grimes and i_o unexpectedly deliver “Violence,” and M83 returns with the dreamy “Temple of Sorrow.” Audien and Nevve bring blissful energy to “Buzzing,” and Cashmere Cat reveals “FOR YOUR EYES ONLY.” Arty is on a journey to “Find You” in his latest, and Walker & Royce team up with VNSSA for “Rave Grave.” KOAN Sound’s new EP lands pm Sept. 6, featuring sounds like “Vibrant,” and Claude VonStroke unleashes a new original, “Slink.” Sullivan King has released a two-track EP, and Armin van Buuren and David Hodges link for “Waking Up With You.” Fox Stevenson finally uncovers “Dreamland,” and 3LAU remixes San Holo’s “Lost Lately.”
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.
This year, YouTube and YouTube music have exclusive rights to the Lollapalooza live stream for the four-day entirety of the Chicago-housed extended weekend of musical mayhem. The festival previously streamed through Red Bull TV.
The internationally attended mega-festival kicks off Thursday, August 1, and runs through Sunday, August 4, with select sets available for worldwide streaming each day. Electronic lovers who can’t make it out to the Windy City for the real deal will be comforted to know the festival’s standout dance acts like RÜFÜS DU SOL, Flume, Louis The Child, RL Grime, Alesso, and lots more will all make it to the live stream, across its three stylistically designated channels.
The grandiose Grant Park annual affair will this year welcome a cross-genre array of headliners like Kacey Musgraves, The Strokes, The Chainsmokers, and Tame Impala, who will all each be available for live stream, as well.
Full Schedule (in ET):
Thursday, August 1st: 06:30 – Lennon Stella (2) 07:00 – Fitz & The Tantrums (1) 07:15 – Deorro (2) 08:00 – Hozier (1) 08:00 – Rüfüs Du Sol (2) 09:00 – The Chainsmokers (1) 09:15 – The Strokes (2)
Friday, August 2nd: 02:00 – The Nude Party (1) 02:00 – SHAED (2) 02:00 – CRAY (3) 02:45 – Conan Gray (2) 03:00 – Normani (1) 03:00 – Ghostemane (3) 03:45 – half•alive (2) 04:00 – Yultron (3) 04:15 – Sigrid (2) 04:45 – CloZee (3) 05:00 – IDLES (1) 05:15 – HONNE (2) 05:45 – Party Favor (3) 06:00 – Rich the Kid (2) 06:45 – 21 Savage (1) 06:45 – King Princess (2) 06:45 – Gud Vibrations vs Slugz Music (3) 08:00 – Snails (3) 08:45 – Tame Impala (1) 08:45 – FKJ (2) 09:00 – Alesso (3) 09:15 – Death Cab For Cutie (2)
Saturday, August 3rd: 02:00 – The Band Camino (1) 02:00 – Omar Apollo (2) 02:00 – WAVEDASH (3) 02:30 – Diablo (3) 02:45 – Mondo Cozmo (1) 02:50 – Alec Benjamin (2) 03:15 – WHIPPED CREAM (3) 03:30 – Bad Suns (2) 03:45 – Men I Trust (1) 04:00 – Jonas Blue (3) 04:20 – Jade Bird (1) 04:30 – Pink Seat$ (2) 05:00 – 6LACK (1) 05:00 – Loud Luxury (3) 05:15 – Chelsea Cutler (2) 06:00 – Gary Clark Jr. (1) 06:00 – Whethan (2) 06:00 – Elephante (3) 06:45 – Lil Wayne (1) 06:45 – Bring Me the Horizon (2) 07:15 – Gryffin (3) 07:45 – Judah & The Lion (2) 08:30 – RL Grime (3) 08:45 – twenty one pilots (1) 09:00 – Madeon (3)