Bassnectar drops melodic rework of Rusko’s ‘High’

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Bassnectar drops melodic rework of Rusko’s ‘High’Bassnectar Hyperspektiv MAIN

Bassnectar‘s recent series of Reflective EPs have allowed the artist to experiment with collaborations and remixes while providing solid new material for his storied live sets. After releasing “Heavyweight Sound” leading up to the release of Reflective (Part 3), the bass music mainstay has remixed Rusko‘s recent single, “High.”

Released as part of Flux Pavilion‘s Earwax compilation, Rusko’s original featured catchy vocals over a deep, rigid beat, which Bassnectar has proceeded to flip into a melodic dubstep track reminiscent of earlier days of electronic music. With a strong low end and textured production, the artist has created another weapon for his upcoming shows. Coming Aug. 24, the third installation of the Reflective series is shaping up to be yet another promising offering from Bassnectar.

Gear up for Lollapalooza with DA’s 12 most anticipated performances

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Gear up for Lollapalooza with DA’s 12 most anticipated performancesLollapalooza Chhicago 2018

Lollapalooza is this weekend in Chicago, and Dancing Astronaut is hosting a live stream of the music festival.

With headliners such as The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Jack White, Arctic Monkeys, and Travis Scott, the festival’s 27th year in existence should be one for the ages. After changing to a four-day event in 2016, Lollapalooza is easily one of the top-attended music festivals in the United States.

Below are 12 of the most anticipated Lollapalooza performances from an electronic music perspective.


“Space mom” is a must-see for any festival. She’s performing Thursday at 7:15 p.m. CDT, and her new album, Certain Kind Of Magic, comes out Friday on mau5trap. REZZ was just featured on the cover of DJ Mag‘s August issue.


After killer sets at Red Rocks and Panorama, ODESZA looks to bring their massive live-electronic show with their big synths, drum line, and stellar light show. The duo is the headliner of EDM at Lollapalooza, and there are rumors of a potential Foreign Family festival in 2019.


After beating cancer, the British dubstep pioneer is back in action. He dropped his Has Made Five More Songs EP, this year, and the flag-bearer of contemporary dubstep knows how to throw down, recently coming off supporting Zeds Dead in London. Dubstep whomps at 6 p.m. CDT Friday? Yes, please.

Billie Eilish

The 16-year-old from California had her debut EP, Don’t Smile at Me, rank on Billboard‘s top 200 list. The distraught yet swagged-out teen recently had a tarantula emerge from her mouth for the new single, you should see me in a crown. Imagine what the eclectic and eccentric young trendsetter will bring to the stage.

Dillon Francis

The budding actor, director, and TV writer is also one of the most sought-after festival DJs. With six releases from his upcoming WUT WUT album on Francis’ new IDGAFOS imprint, working with Comedy Central on Living The Dream, his own show Like & Subscribe, and One Deeper Talks with DJ Hanzel; EDM’s funny man has been busy this summer.  Playing Friday at 8:30 p.m. CDT, Francis’ live set will be a perfect way to start the weekend shenanigans.


Cool your jets to the easy-going electronic ambiance of Scott Hansen aka Tycho. The musician, composer, producer, songwriter, photographer, and designer is a true embodiment of an artist. With a variety of genre’s at Lollapalooza, Tycho will be a nice escape into the serene 9 p.m. CDT on Thursday.

Post Malone

With one of Billboard‘s top albums for the past two months, beerbongs & bentleys, Malone is a must-see. His happy-go-lucky attitude, infectious smile, and daydreaming vibe will create an ambiance of love, partying, and good harmony.


Future bass maven, Nicholas D. Miller, will put on a beautiful set with big synths 7:15 p.m. CDT Saturday. He’s been diving into harder productions, recently teaming up with Excision on their new track, “Gold (Stupid Love)” featuring Shallows. Last month, Illenium released a massive 15-track remix package for his 2017 Awake album.


Having released their fifth studio album, Head Over Heals, this summer, the veteran FUNKLORDZ look towards filling the electro-funk void. After cancelling shows earlier in July due to mental health issues, the duo is back in action and will not disappoint fans of funk, dance & hip-hop.

Tyler, The Creator

He just released a new music video with A$AP Rocky for their single, “Potato Salad.” The Odd Future fashion, lifestyle, and content icon finally received critic recognition on his Flower Boy album last year. His set is sure to be one of a kind.


The live electronic duo from Sweden will keep spirits uplifted with melodies and drops a-plenty. According to their Twitter, they’ve also got something special planned for Lollapalooza.


Germany and pop music’s EDM headliner and Billboard chart-topper will not disappoint. He’s playing at 8:30 p.m. CDT on Saturday. His newest song is “Happy Now” featuring Elley Duhé.

Honorable mentions: Petit Biscuit, Malaa, Lykke Li, Goldlink, What So Not, Excision, Logic, The Weeknd, Khalid.

Photo Credit: @charles.reagan/Instagram

Stream Lollapalooza live through Red Bull TV: The Weeknd, Zedd, REZZ, Tycho + More

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Stream Lollapalooza live through Red Bull TV: The Weeknd, Zedd, REZZ, Tycho + MoreLollapalooza 1

Stream Lollapalooza live through Red Bull TV: The Weeknd, Zedd, REZZ, Tycho + MoreLolla Streams 1

The most happening musical celebration in Chicago, Lollapalooza, has announced that this year, those not attending the festival will have four different live channels for all things Lolla at their disposal, thanks to Red Bull TV.

While three of the channels will be reporter-led coverage, the fourth, through the Red Bull Music Youtube page, will offer live streams of the festival sets via virtual reality. The new streaming installment, compliments of C3 Presents, Live Nation, and Google‘s own AR/VR team will “virtually transport fans from anywhere, in real time to the front row at Lollapalooza.”

Coverage is set to begin on the Grant Park festival grounds the day of commencement, Thursday, Aug. 2, at 6 p.m. CST and roll on throughout the weekend until the fest’s conclusion Sunday. The four-day affair boasts an eclectic-as-ever lineup this year, headlined by categorical virtuosos like Jack White, Arctic Monkeys, Bruno Mars, Travis Scott, and The Weeknd, who will all be included in the live streams. The live broadcast will also include sets from top-tier electronic acts like Tycho, Rusko, ODESZA, Illenium, REZZ, and much more.

Streaming will be available here.

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Rusko returns with highly anticipated new EP, ‘Has Made Five More Songs’

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After a brief bout with cancer last year, British dubstep pioneer Rusko, real name Chris Mercer, is back in full force. His new EP, aptly titled Has Made Five More Songs, builds on Rusko’s previously released single, “Hot,” with four fresh tracks that create a unique, restorative new story around his sonic legacy.

2007 was the year Caspa and Rusko cemented themselves as flag-bearers of the contemporary dubstep sound that went on to dominate the world. Rusko’s new EP, out now on Flux Pavilion‘s Circus Records, is the current incarnation of this sound — taking classical dub, two-step, and grime, and flipping it on its head.

From the reggae/jungle-infused break beat stylings of “Walalangleng,” to the low-tempo whomps of “Mind The Gap,” to the beautifully laid-back melodies of “High” and “Emotional,” the EP provides a full survey of dubstep’s evolution from its emergence as an offshoot of UK garage to the present. This is his heart on a sleeve — a pivotal, defining time for Rusko in 2018.

In addition to his inspired new musical package, Rusko is also slated for some premium time slots on a couple of noteworthy, dub-heavy events. The dubstep legend will join Zeds Dead later this summer at their fifth annual Dead Rocks event at Red Rocks Amphitheater as well as Excision‘s Lost Lands festival in September.

​Zeds Dead share full lineup for 5th annual Red Rocks event, ‘DEADROCKS’

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Zeds Dead are bringing their annual Deadrocks show to Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado, and for their fifth occasion, the boys are surely pulling out all the stops. The two-day event boasts a hefty list of line-up support, with G JonesEkaliPsymbionicMad Zach and Deadbeats Records artist DNMO on July 2nd, and RuskoEPROMHabstraktUm..,  and Chuurch on July 3rd.

Over the years, the Deadrocks event has become a sold-out family affair for Zeds Dead fans as they travel from all corners of the US to ascend upon one of the world’s most prestigious outdoor venues. Why? Because “DC” and “Hooks,” as the boys’ individual nicknames go, have been known to bring out surprise guests, premiere unreleased music, and unleash top-notch visual production upon their audience. One can bet the 2018 gathering will take no short cuts in celebrating Deadrocks’ fifth birthday, either.

Tickets can be purchased here.

Feature Image Credit: Camille Breslin

Rusko – Hot

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In May of 2017, British dubstep pioneer Rusko announced that he’d been diagnosed with gastric lymphoma and promptly cancelled his summer 2017 touring schedule. “After I had a biopsy in my neck…it turned out that the lymphoma was everywhere. It was in my blood, it was in my bone marrow, it was in every organ in my body,” explained Rusko. Since then, the Rusko has announced that after several rounds of chemotherapy, he is officially cancer free.

Rusko is now back in the studio in triumphant fashion with the release of an off kilter new track, “Hot”. Complete with low slinging bass lines and scathing synths, the track marks a momentous return to the sound tables. May Rusko’s virtuosic grime reign forever, and a special fuck you to cancer.

Hear this surprising Rusko remix of Selena Gomez & Marshmello’s ‘Wolves’

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With last year’s arrival of Marshmello and Selena Gomez‘s hotly anticipated dance/pop crossover track, “Wolves,” it became clear the masked producer was setting his sights on the world of commercial pop. Paired with their live performance of “Wolves” at the 2017 AMAs, fans of Marshmello began wondering if the once-enigmatic bass producer was turning his back on EDM altogether.

Mellogang can rest easy as the producer has just enlisted a bevy of dance music producers to touch up his high-profile collaboration. Included on the official remix pack is Moti, Owen Norton, Said the Sky, Sneek, Total Ape, and a standout Rusko performance that plays as a deep/future house track with hard house elements. Brooding drums, futuristic synths, and interesting vocal edits mark the sonic space of Rusko’s re-imagining of the pair’s single. Wherever the track sits along the dance music spectrum, it’s a surprisingly left-field move for the UK-dubstep producer who is largely credited with popularizing the dubstep movement in the US.

Rusko announces first post-cancer performance at Wobbleland, releases new single

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After being diagnosed with stomach cancer last spring, famed UK producer Rusko pulled out of several scheduled performances to seek treatment. At the end of April 2017, he was forced to cancel his shows in Colorado Springs, Salt Lake City, Columbus, and Buffalo due to “an unforeseen medical emergency,” which led to the gastric lymphoma diagnosis.

After taking time off and focusing on treatment, the 33-year-old producer announced in late October that he’s cancer-free and would be returning to performing and producing. His first post-cancer performance will be California’s Wobbleland, set to take place at the end of February in San Francisco. Check out the lineup here, and get tickets here.

Rusko also paired his Wobbleland announcement with a new single, “Look Out!” The track marks his return to releasing music with funky horns and a swinging jazzy vibe, juxtaposed with heavy bass wobbles.

H/T: Earmilk

Zeds Dead deliver masterful Deadbeats 017: ‘Old School Dubstep Throwback Episode’

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Zeds Dead have churned out another installment of their label mix series, Deadbeats Radio, which gives fans the chance to hear the latest tracks from the boys and their entourage. However, DEADBEATS RADIO #017 is not just any episode, as the duo behind Zeds Dead have cooked up a very special “Old School Dubstep Throwback” show to take listeners on a sonic journey to a time when the duo first launched their collaborative project.

Hear tracks from The WIddler, Skream, Rusko, Chase & Status, Caspa, and Nero, along with many more legendary producers. Zeds Dead had the following to say in the mix that doubles as an old school dubstep lesson,

We’re taking it back. All the way back to when we first got into the [dubstep] genre, when we were first going to clubs and hearing this kind of music, and scouring the internet for anything we could find, these are the sorts of sounds that we were hearing that were inspiring us to start getting involved…It was also about the time that people were just figuring out where the boundaries lay for the genre.


Skream – Rutten
Benga & Coki – Night
N-Type – Way of the Dub (Caspa Remix)
The Bug – Jah War feat. Flowdan (Loefah Remix)
Stagga feat. Skamma – Sick As Sin
Subscape – Apple Candy
Jahdan Blakkamoore – The General (Marcus Visionary Remix)
Digital Mystikz – Anti-War Dub (feat. Spen G)
Joker & Ginz – ReUp
The Others – Africa VIP
Synkro – Dub Specialist
The Black Ghosts – Some Way Through This (Plastician & Skream Remix)
Breakage – Hard (feat. David Rodigan & Newham Generals) 26.37
The Widdler – Lady Dub
The Streets – Blinded By The Lights (Nero Remix)
Conquest – Forever
Martyn – Vancouver
Mutt – Sherm
Chase & Status – Saxon
Zomby – Spliff Dub (Rustie Remix)
Damian Marley – It Was Written (Chansing Shadows Remix)
Excision, Datsik – Boom
EmalKay – When I Look at You
Joker, Jakes – 3K Lane
Rusko – Cockney Thug
Zeds Dead – Dark Side Dub

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Caspa & Rusko release second collaborative EP ‘2’

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A little over a year to the day that dubstep stalwarts Caspa and Rusko announced they were reuniting, the duo have released their second EP in as many months. While their first EP 1 was prefaced by the classical dubstep of “Brixton Blowout,” their second, entitled 2, received no single release.

The three track affair kicks off with “Riddem Again,” a heavy original featuring basses that alternate between grinding, wobbling, and everything in between. Samples and airy synths hover above. The middle track, “Whiplash,” provides just that as a listening experience. Spacey open sections unfold briefly before crunchy, distorted basses come slashing in. The EP’s closer “Cup of Peace” leans heavily into dubstep’s reggae vibes featuring upbeat guitars, blaring horn lines, and an irrepressible shuffling backbeat.

In total, 2 provides fans and newcomers a glimpse into dubstep’s origins before the “bro-step” style became the norm, while also showcasing new directions that the two legends are pursuing.

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