Eprom and Alix Perez’ SHADES project releases ‘Black Heart Communion’ EP on Zeds Dead’s Deadbeats imprint

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Eprom and Alix Perez’ SHADES project releases ‘Black Heart Communion’ EP on Zeds Dead’s Deadbeats imprintSHADES Press Pic

Eprom and Alix Perez release their Black Heart Communion EP under their collaborative SHADES moniker, their first piece of work after their debut album In Praise of Darkness from last year. The five-track extended play features the duo’s signature experimental downtempo bass sound that amplifies low registry frequencies, unlocking a new found land of bass music resting on hip-hop rhythms.

Through vocal chops, glitching percussion, and uniquely constructed soundscapes, the SHADES brainchild pushes the boundaries of dubstep into exciting, uncharted spaces.

SHADES are slated to play a number of festivals this year such as Paradiso Festival, Lightning in a Bottle, and Bassnectar’s Freestyle Sessions. It’s no surprise that Zeds Dead is promoting SHADES’ dark and twisted fantasy via their Deadbeats imprint. Listen to Black Heart Communion below.

NMF Roundup: Tame Impala returns, JOYRYDE teams up with GOLD, Gorgon City deliver ‘Delicious’ + more

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NMF Roundup: Tame Impala returns, JOYRYDE teams up with GOLD, Gorgon City deliver ‘Delicious’ + moreJOYRYDE Photo Credit Koury Angelo

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.

Tame Impala returns for the first release since 2015’s Currents with the appropriately titled “Patience.” JOYRYDE continues to show 2019 is his year with the release of “YUCK” with GOLD, and Dabin reveals his sophomore album, Wild Youth, featuring tracks like “Home” with Essenger. Gorgon City deliver the tasty “Delicious,” and Illenium teams up with Kameron Alexander for the soulful “Pray.” Tiësto kicks off NMF with a bouncy big room number, “Can You Feel It,” and Blasterjaxx tap Jack Wilby for “Super Friends.” DJ Snake and Eptic take us to the “SouthSide” with their new bass-heavy collaboration, and Kölsch and Sasha deliver a meditative joint effort, “The Lights.” Zedd reveals a remix pack for “365” and Whipped Cream warps listeners’ eardrums on “Time.” Delta Heavy and Muzzy join forces for s hefty drum & bass tune, “Revenge.” Sofi Tukker paint a relaxing soundscape in “Fantasy,” and Lost Kings unveil a remix pack for “Don’t Kill My High,” which includes a rock-inspired take from Sullivan King. SNBRN gets ready for warm weather with “Feel My Love” and Maya Jane Coles takes on Hozier in her latest remix.

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.

Photo credit: Koury Angelo

Lightning in a Bottle releases stacked lineup featuring Disclosure, Gramatik, Big Gigantic, Santigold, and more

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Do LaB festival producers present a stacked lineup for this year’s Lightning in a Bottle music festival, featuring Disclosure, Santigold, Gramatik, Toro y Moi, Big Gigantic, Elohim, and Flying Lotus‘ 3D concert experience. Artists taking over the beloved Woogie stage include Lane 8, DJ Koze, Damian LazarusLutrell, Shiba San, Recondite live, and more. Bass heads will reunite at the low end-heavy thunder stage with sub-booming performances from G Jones, 1788-LCloZee, EPROM and Alix Perez’s SHADES project, the funk bass stylings of OPIUO, and more.

For the past five years, the festival took place at San Antonio Reservoir Recreation Area in Bradley, California; and the last two years were met tragically with the death of a festival attendee at each. Now, the festival has moved to a new venue at Buena Vista Lake in Central California, with lush, green pastures, a shaded tree line, and accessible shoreline that’s sure to bring festival-goers in full force.

Tickets are currently on sale for Lightning in a Bottle 2019. Purchase them here.

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Prepare for EPROM and Alix Perez’s debut LP as SHADES on Deadbeats with second track release, ‘Guillotine’

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Prepare for EPROM and Alix Perez's debut LP as SHADES on Deadbeats with second track release, 'Guillotine'

In what has been referred to as a “bass assassin dream team” in SHADES, the duetted moniker of EPROM and Alix Perez have long been preparing for their debut studio LP, In Praise of Darkness. The 12-track album, which now sees it’s release July 13 via Deadbeats Records, is chocked full of gravity-distorting experimental bass and head-turning percussive cuts.

In preparation for the LP release, SHADES have been steadily teasing tracks that play with the limbic system in “The Saga” and now in “Guillotine.” Equally as dark in moniker as its precursor, “Guillotine” further sets the tone for the album epitomizing the experimental nature of the project.

In Praise of Darkness is the manifestation of what happens when two deep-minded folks on opposing coasts meld their creativity together.  Intriguing and unrivaled in quality, the album is indicative of what bass music has been missing — including varying sounds and tempos, imperious bass lines, and, not to mention, a vocal feature from one of UK urban music’s most sought after voices, Killa P.

To mark album’s release, SHADES will also be embarking on a world-wide headlining tour beginning in North America this July.

In Praise of Darkness Tracklist

1. Threnody

2. Faultline

3. The Saga

4. Geryon

5. Guillotine

6. Alarma ft Killa P

7. Nullifier

8. Algor Mortis

9. Sickle

10. Kolumbo

11. Chains

12. Back And Forth

USA SUMMER TOUR DATES

8th July – Chicago – Logan Square Auditorium

11th July – Seattle – Q Nightclub

12th July – Portland – Bossanova

13th July – Denver – Black Box

14th July – Vancouver – Red Room

18th July – Santa Cruz – Catalyst

19th July – San Francisco – 1015 Folsom

20th July – Los Angeles – Bassrush

21st July – Quebec – Valhalla Sound Circus

25th July – Washington, D.C. – Soundcheck

26th July – Virginia Beach – Peabody’s

27th July – Greenville – The Firmament

28th July – Brooklyn – The Paper Box

Shades release pounding new single, ‘The Saga’

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Shades (the duo consisting of EPROM and Alix Perez) have been putting out a steady stream of impeccable releases since 2015. In preparation for their debut full-length album, coming this July on Deadbeats Records, the producers have just released the project’s first single, “The Saga.”

Building on their dark and bass-heavy catalog, Shades pair their signature bounce with ominously distorted bass stabs and explosive vocal samples. Sitting at the perfect intersection of hip-hop beats and half-time bass music, Shades once again prove to be some of the most forward-thinking producers in the game. Their new album, In Praise of Darkness, is shaping up to be one of the summer’s most anticipated releases.

Launchpad: January remix roundup

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Launchpad is a playlist series showcasing music we love, hand selected by our staff. The tracks come from both emerging and mainstream artists; it’s all about the quality and the unexpected. If you’d like your music featured in Launchpad, submit it for consideration here

DA Launchpad Selects:
Yellow Shoots – “wild fire (Nick AM) Remix”

Known for his captivating reworks of off-kilter tracks, Nick AM’s arsenal includes takes on tracks like Whethan and Charli XCX‘s “Love Gang,” Kanye West‘s “Love Lockdown,” A Tribe Called Quest’s “Electric Relaxation,” and more.  On its face, “wild fire” may appear to delve too deep into the experimental waters, but expectedly Nick AM rises above. He showcases his keen ability to weave disparate elements together in this smooth lo-fi number and it’s just another testament to the searing potential of a rising New York visionary.

APEK & MAXR (ft. Denny White) – “Crawl (Villms & ZIIDAN Remix)”

The young talent and most recent Enhanced releasee Villms is on his way to becoming a recognizable force in the progressive house realm. He’s teamed up with ZIIDAN and the two take their melodic dubstep to APEK, MAXR, and Denny White’s hit “Crawl,” transforming it into a euphoric, piano masterpiece.

Tracklist:
Thutmose – “Blame (SHADES Remix)”
APEK & MAXR (ft. Denny White) – “Crawl (Villms & ZIIDAN Remix)”
Kygo -” Stargazing ft. Justin Jesso (Atlassius Remix)”
Marshmello & Selena Gomez X Vincent – “Wolves (Crystalize Remix)”
Yellow Shoots – wild fire (Nick AM Remix)

EPROM shares heavy-handed new five-track EP, ‘Pineapple’

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2017 has been a busy year for EPROM. After releasing Night the Dreadless Angel EP under the moniker Shades, a duo comprising of himself and UK-based drum & bass producer Alix Perez, EPROM has returned to his solo output with his long-awaited Pineapple EP.

Pineapple features four original tracks and one remix. Opening the collection with the EP’s fitting title track, EPROM breaks into his famously adventurous, experimental production style with distorted bass stabs and wobbling, industrial synths. The release’s second select, “B.F.G.” finds EPROM dabbling with a wiry trap bounce ahead of “Zweihander,” which circles back to an all-out assault of crisp 303 rhythms over a landscape of deep, growling sub-bass.

EPROM ties together the original tracks with a haunting downtempo piece titled “Koummya.” To close out the EP, the producer reached out to past collaborator G-Jones for a heavy remix of “Pineapple.” Along with collaborations that include Barclay Crenshaw, Alix Perez, G-Jones, Ivy Lab, and more EPROM continues to secure his spot as one of underground bass music’s foremost talents on his latest release, Pineapple.

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