Crystal Skies enamor with first releases on Seven Lions’ Ophelia Records

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Crystal Skies enamor with first releases on Seven Lions’ Ophelia RecordsNever Change Artwork

DJ duo Crystal Skies, comprised of Britian Holcomb and Aaron Dawson, have made their debut on Seven LionsOphelia Records with the release of the single “Never Change,” and the B Side, “Carbon.”

“Never Change” opens with sultry vocals featuring Gallie Fisher. The track seamlessly emulates Seven Lions’ signature style with its melodic bass breaks juxtaposed with ethereal vocals. The track finds a way to stand out amidst the clutter of what is now an overdone “melodic bass” category, thanks to a catchy spark that keeps the tune in the listener’s head far after the song’s conclusion.

Their second release, which has come out alongside “Never Change,” is much darker in nature and features pulsing dubstep notes and a monstrous undertone that rises and falls as the song progresses.

Crystal Skies have proven they are a duo to take note of, and with a strong start on Ophelia Records, there will likely only be more to expect from the artists in the year to come.

Dylan Matthew’s soothes the soul in acoustic rework of Seven Lions, SLANDER, and Dabin’s ‘First Time’

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Dylan Matthew’s soothes the soul in acoustic rework of Seven Lions, SLANDER, and Dabin’s ‘First Time’Dylan Matthew First Time Acoustic Rework

In October of 2018, Seven Lions teamed up with SLANDER and Dabin to release blissful single, “First Time,” on Seven Lions’ imprint Ophelia Records. Dylan Matthew is the vocalist on the original track, and he has come forward with his own acoustic version of the song, showcasing the beautiful melody in a new light.

Matthew gives his stunning vocals the spotlight, filtering out the electronic elements in favor of powerful piano melodies that serve as the perfect complement to his vocals. He has also ensured that there will be no questioning his talent thanks to the fact that he live recorded the music video for the release featuring simply himself playing the piano. “First Time” was not the singer’s first electronic collaboration, having previously worked with ARMNHMR and Nolan van Lith on “Alone” in addition to SLANDER and Kayzo on release “Without You.”

Dylan Matthew’s soothes the soul in acoustic rework of Seven Lions, SLANDER, and Dabin’s ‘First Time’

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Dylan Matthew’s soothes the soul in acoustic rework of Seven Lions, SLANDER, and Dabin’s ‘First Time’Dylan Matthew First Time Acoustic Rework

In October of 2018, Seven Lions teamed up with SLANDER and Dabin to release blissful single, “First Time,” on Seven Lions’ imprint Ophelia Records. Dylan Matthew is the vocalist on the original track, and he has come forward with his own acoustic version of the song, showcasing the beautiful melody in a new light.

Matthew gives his stunning vocals the spotlight, filtering out the electronic elements in favor of powerful piano melodies that serve as the perfect complement to his vocals. He has also ensured that there will be no questioning his talent thanks to the fact that he live recorded the music video for the release featuring simply himself playing the piano. “First Time” was not the singer’s first electronic collaboration, having previously worked with ARMNHMR and Nolan van Lith on “Alone” in addition to SLANDER and Kayzo on release “Without You.”

Lunar Lunes: Seven Lions, SLANDER & Dabin go acoustic, Nora En Pure finds love, Sullivan King and Grabbitz collab on ‘Show Stopper’ + more

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Lunar Lunes: Seven Lions, SLANDER & Dabin go acoustic, Nora En Pure finds love, Sullivan King and Grabbitz collab on ‘Show Stopper’ + moreSevenlions.da 29 Of 44

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.

Just days after the release of their thrilling mega-collab, Seven Lions, SLANDER, and Dabin have revealed an acoustic version of “First Time.” Nora En Pure brings smooth sonic goodness in her new single, “We Found Love” with Ashibah, and Canada’s Grandtheft turns up the intensity with his latest, “Bags.” Italian duo VINAI are ready to hit main stages in 2019 with their festival heater, “WILD,” with Fatman Scoop. As part of his new The Demented EP, Sullivan King teams up with Grabbitz for a formidable dubstep number, “Show Stopper.” NERVO continue to dominate the space between pop and dance music with their newest single, “Habit,” and The Aston Shuffle and Fabich pump out an extended mix of “Stay.” Dezza floods listeners’ ears with the gorgeous “Toadaso,” and FETISH cooks up an emotive deep house remix of Edward Maya and Vika Jigulina’s iconic “Stereo Love.”

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

New single ‘Island’ by Seven Lions, Wooli, and Trivecta featuring Nevve is as captivating as they come

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New single ‘Island’ by Seven Lions, Wooli, and Trivecta featuring Nevve is as captivating as they comeIsland Artwork

Seven Lions continues to captivate with a shimmering new collaboration with Wooli and Trivecta titled “Island.” Nevve, a proven vocal talent with multitudes of top charting collaborations under her belt, lends her vocals to what shapes up to be an inspiring listen.

“Island” open with Nevve’s vocals and light progressions that dance around each other until swelling into an ethereal dubstep crescendo that leaves listeners feeling like they’re soaring. The smooth and melodic moments of the introduction ultimately twist into unexpected heavy dubstep chords about halfway through the track, where cutting synths pierce through the lighter notes and overtake the vocals. “Island” finds a way to meld blissful yet abrasive melodic dubstep elements together — a tough task for many, but one that Seven Lions has mastered. The release is out now on the producer’s own label, Ophelia Records.

NMF Roundup: Seven Lions, Wooli, Trivecta, and Nevve kick off 2019 with a mega collab, Lost Kings deliver fresh EP, Hardwell teams up with JGUAR + more

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NMF Roundup: Seven Lions, Wooli, Trivecta, and Nevve kick off 2019 with a mega collab, Lost Kings deliver fresh EP, Hardwell teams up with JGUAR + moreSevenlions.da 24 Of 44

It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With a refreshing amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today on the first NMF of 2019, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

Perhaps one of the biggest releases of today is a mega collaboration from Seven Lions, Wooli, Trivecta, and Nevve called “Island,” which is packed with cascading melodies and powerfully emotive beats. Lost Kings have also arrived in full force, releasing their Paper Crowns EP, which is headed up by “Don’t Kill My High” with Wiz Khalifa and Social House. mau5trap has released their We Are Friends, Vol. 8 compilation, which features 35 tracks from some of the label’s best rising acts, including i_o, ATTLAS, No Mana, and more. Hardwell kicks off his 2019 releases with “Being Alive” with JGUAR, and Sofi Tukker delivers four remixes for “Benadryl,” including a breezy take from TOKiMONSTA. Ghastly and G-Rex have joined forces on the formidable “Heretic,” and Tom Staar puts a grooving twist on Oliver Heldens‘ “Fire In My Soul.” 3LAU taps the talents of vocalist Carly Paige on his newest, “Would You Understand,” and Galantis‘ “Emoji” gets a rework from BEAUZ in their new remix pack.

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.

Jason Ross blends styles with new single, ‘Don’t Give Up On Me’

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Jason Ross blends styles with new single, ‘Don’t Give Up On Me’Dont Give Up On Me

Jason Ross has had a busy year — and he’s not done yet. The producer has released a new single titled “Don’t Give Up On Me” featuring previous Illenium vocalist Dia Frampton. Ross has made a name for himself over the past years thanks to his ability to merge progressive trance and melodic dubstep, and the producer recently landed a spot on Seven Lions‘ Journey 2 tour as a result.

Ross continues to keep things fresh with “Don’t Give Up On Me.” He melds a future bass drop with trance chords to create pounding notes that overtake listeners’ consciousness. Ross spoke about creating the track in an official release, saying, “The track started off as a simple piano progression that can be heard in the intro of the track. This was around the time where I really started experimenting with the melodic dubstep sound, and I knew I wanted to take it that route. When you’re making a new genre of music that you’re not accustomed to, you really start to second guess yourself, but with this track, I knew it was something special and I was proud of how it turned out.”

The single marks his second release on Seven Lions’ Ophelia Records. Now fans can patiently wait for Ross’ headlining ROOMS tour and his accompanying full EP release, set to come out in early 2019.

Seven Lions leads the pack on SLANDER, Dabin collaborative track, ‘First Time’

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Seven Lions leads the pack on SLANDER, Dabin collaborative track, ‘First Time’Seven Lions First Time 1

When it comes to euphoric, transcendent bass music, Seven Lions has essentially cornered the market. The American producer’s insatiable musical repertoire and stylistic reach (spanning dubstep, trance, electro, and progressive house) is nearly as full-bodied as his languorous head of hair—and that’s saying something. 

Most recently, while amid his The Journey 2 Tour, Seven Lions has invited SLANDER and Dabin  for a joint release, “First Time,” featuring vocalist, Dylan Matthew, on his very own Ophelia Records. The track encompasses Seven Lions’s overpoweringly euphoric variety of melodic chill-step, with his hallmark stop-and-go synth patches, slapping snares, utopian melodicism.

Similarly, Dabin (a repeat offender on Ophelia) and the SLANDER duo have also been carrying out their own auspicious endeavors. SLANDER just signed on with NGHTMRE, to form their very own label, GUD VIBRATIONS, fashioned from the threesome’s cornerstone collaboration of the same name. Dabin has been dabbling in revitalizing his experiential productions with more live instrumentation, while performing alongside some top-notch electronic talents like Illenium and Said The Sky.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 57

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 57Deters Beat Lab@0.

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.


Seven Lions is a master at building cinematic, picturesque soundscapes. When “Dreamin’” with Fiora came out in July, listeners were enraptured with the blissful beauty of the vocals layered over Seven Lions’ production. The artist just revealed a three-track set of remixes for the track, featuring a drum & bass take by Mazare, a trance remix by Sunny Lax, and melodic dubstep version by Last Heroes. While each one brings something refreshing to the table, Mazare’s drum & bass rendition is particularly entrancing. It’s subtle but strong — my favorite kind of music.


QUIX continues his consistent release schedule with a future bass-meets-trap power piece with Jaden Michaels. The contrast in this track is  jarring — but in a good way. While Michaels’ vocals can be tender at times, she amps up the power in sync with QUIX, who builds into a series of gut-punching drops over the course of the song. This was intentional. “I especially wanted this track to be remembered  for having a powerful first drop and a hard second drop,” he notes in the track’s description.


Hunter Siegel has been churning out a series of genre-spanning tracks this year, ranging in classification from hip-hop to house to electro. His latest, though, dives deep into the bass house realm. He teams up with Seelo for a searing bass-backed heater called “12 Gauge” on Zeds Dead‘s Deadbeats imprint. With feisty vocals and an overpowering dosage of bass, these two have crafted a short but engaging piece of work, encouraging a late-night dance floor fiend to “pump ya body like 12 gauge shotty.”

Talk about a talented trio of artists. Bearson links up with Lemaitre and josh pan for this stunning original, “It’s Not This.” Though seemingly simple, this laid-back track is backed by crisp production, a mellow beat, and a moving melody. Though summer ends officially tomorrow, songs like “It’s Not This” show the timeless quality of sun-soaked rhythms and vocals.


Dutch downtempo producer Allay just released an ethereal collection of tracks, Journey Of The Velvet Adorned Nomad. As mystical-sounding as the LP title, Allay delivers “Adrift In the Borderless Sea” with Rod V. This six-minute venture is ushered in by a saintly set of synths that crescendo into a haunting melody. Its enigmatic qualities draw the listener in immediately, leading them into a song that’s rich in light percussion and lush piano themes.

Seven Lions expands palette on new EP, ‘Start Again’

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Seven Lions expands palette on new EP, ‘Start Again’Seven Lions Start Again EP

Summer of 2018 brought forth a new chapter for Seven Lions, who introduced his new label Ophelia Records to the world. Its first release saw him sign fellow Anjunabeats alumnus Jason Ross for a norm-defying, melodic dubstep number. Now, the founder himself has officially christened the nascent project with a four-tracker EP titled Start Again.

The EP receives assistance from Fiora, whose voice is well-known in the dance music arena. Her touch was first heard in the euphoric “Dreamin’,” which doubled as a teaser for what was to come. “Start Again” is equally sentimental, bittersweet melodies and gentle off-beat sways leaving a pleasant aftertaste.

After Dark” followed “Dreamin’” as a precursor to Start Again, and saw Seven Lions throwing in a bit of psy flavor once again into his work. This is a theme he’s explored before to much success. He steps outside his signature sound and into the 4/4 realm with finesse, crafting equally enjoyable pieces to the rest of the record. The EP closes with a light, “Let Go,” whose calming melodies listen like a weight off one’s chest. Overall, Seven Lions has a well-rounded record on his hands.