NGHTMRE and SLANDER’s Gud Vibrations set to take over UMF Radio Stage at Ultra 2020

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NGHTMRE and SLANDER’s Gud Vibrations set to take over UMF Radio Stage at Ultra 2020NGHTMRE Tessa Paisan Ritz Ybor 2017 44 Of 50

Now that Ultra Music Festival has confirmed its return back to Bayfront after its 2019 outing to Virginia Key Beach Park, the festival has started to drop 2020 festival news, heightening the excitement for the festival’s return. In September, Ultra unveiled its 2020 promotional theme, “We Return Home,” and now organizers have announced that for the first time, NGHTMRE and SLANDER‘s label Gud Vibrations will takeover the UMF Radio Stage.

NGHTMRE and SLANDER have played Gud Vibrations shows together at Ultra festivals across the world, but this will be the first time the label will take over a stage at the Miami iteration of the festival series. In Ultra’s announcement of the label takeover, they promise the stage will showcase “high-energy bass.”

It has yet to be seen whether NGHTMRE and SLANDER will perform as separate acts on the Gud Vibrations stage, together, or whether they will do both a separate and joint performance to celebrate their label’s takeover. Gud Vibrations has curated some of the scene’s best bass music as of late, including enlisting Habstrakt for his label debut with “De La Street.” WAVEDASH and Shadient are other frequenters of the label. Time will tell which acts will be featured on the stage, but the announcement certainly builds the anticipation for Ultra’s forthcoming lineup announcements.

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Dancing Astronaut’s 5 Under 15K: Vol. 25

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5 Under 15k is a feature on Dancing Astronaut dedicated to spotlighting talented up-and-coming and largely undiscovered artists who we believe deserve more exposure. Each edition of 5 Under 15k highlights five artists from a wide variety of genres with under 15,000 followers on SoundCloud or Spotify (at the time of writing).

DEATHPACT

The REZZ collaborator and production enigma continues to lurk in the underground, materializing in the live mise en scène for the first time at this year’s Shambhala, with the artist gaining support on the released mix from deadmau5‘s mau5trap. The masked mid-tempo figure donned an LED shroud over the face, resembling the ever-changing ellipsoid used in all the project’s cover art. 

This year, Deathpact was also featured on REZZ’s Beyond The Senses EP for their “Kiss of Death” collaboration, in addition a two-track Departure EP through mau5trap. Deathpact has also collaborated with the 2018 standout 1788-L, as both came to prominence last year from their bass driven sounds with glitched-out spins. Whoever is behind the Deathpact veil certainly has more in store for their expectedly fruitful future.

VAMPA

Supported by the likes of Zeds Dead‘s Deadbeats, Black Tiger Sex Machine‘s KANNIBALEN RECORDS, Boogie T‘s Drama Club Recordings, and Big Beat Records, this vampiric bass bat has made her name in low-end places that matter. Gearing up to play Lost Lands this weekend, the bass purveyor is also looking forward to supporting Riot Ten on tour and slaying a set at Lights All Night, where she’ll share the stage with Skrillex, Bassnectar, Virtual Self and many more heavy hitters in the bass space.

After opening for a grip of talent such as Mija, Boogie T, Trampa, Dubloadz, EPROM, Whipped Cream, Nitti Gritti, Blunts and Blondes, Jphelpz, Xaebor, Yheti, and many more, VAMPA is slowly emerging from her cave with original releases, most recently her Haunting EP released through Deadbeats.

Shadient

The Essex UK bass producer, Shadient, is a staple at NGHTMRE and Slander‘s Gud Vibrations imprint. The eccentric bass arranger recently teamed up with WAVEDASH for a new heavily thrashing single, “Get Wicked.”

With Boys Noize, Gesaffelstein, and Aphex Twin standing as the the talented producer’s multifarious major influences, one can hear the sound residuals that have guided Shadient towards low-end focus with unique percussion arrangements. Earlier this year, he dropped a four-track EP Divide with Gud Vibrations, and produced some immaculate short play that propped-up his uniquely shadowy sound design bolstered by fierce drum patterns.

Looking forward to performances at this year’s Lost Lands and Freaky Deaky, Shadient recently some audacious exposure opening for REZZ at REZZ ROCKS this year along with an auspicious stop at Electric Zoo.

DYNOHUNTER

DYNOHUNTER is a three-piece live tech-house ensemble from Boulder, Colorado whose cutting-edge performance has earned them slots at Electric Forest, Summer Camp, Joshua Tree, Sonic Bloom, Arise and more. Standing as one of the few live tech-house crossover acts out there, their unique set of sound skills has caught the eyes and ears from some of their biggest like-minded counterparts, and in livetronica at large. They’ve opened for Papadosio, Eoto, Opiuo, Sunsquabi, Ott, and The New Deal as well as supporting world renowned DJ’s Shpongle, Bonobo, Infected Mushroom, Klingande, and The M Machine.

With the organic energy of live instrumentation, their music has also translated well in the studio, blending their electronic influences with live saxophone, bass, and drums. Their most recent EP is an upbeat Latin-inspired two-tracker, Ricardo’s Return. It’s an excellent play for outdoor terrace parties with a deeper and darker tribal atmosphere with fine-tuned percussion, growling synths, and a hypnotic groove.

The three-piece band will be touring this October, hitting the road from Vermont back to their home state of Colorado with a total of 13 live sets: a Dancing Astronaut must-see.

Essonite

Do you miss Pretty Lights? So do we. Essonite is a live electronic group that’s the product of forgotten vinyl, organic analog design, modular synthesis, and live instrumentation. Their sound is a soundscape of funk filled with samples that range in dynamics, harmony, and melody but keep within that groovy electronic feel. Their most recent sonic product, “Sweet Melody,” is a an exemplar reference of their sound, while their 2019 album Falling Into Place, demonstrates the groups long-form prowess in the electronic funk style.

While Essonite is still very deeply seated in the underground, the trio is headlining a sundry of shows after taking years to develop their sound. A deep cut with a sound that’s exudes undeniable nuance earnestly aims to occupy a current gaping void in the electronic space.

NMF Roundup: ZHU and The Bloody Beetroots link for ‘Zoning,’ RÜFÜS DU SOL release new set of ‘Solace’ remixes + more

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NMF Roundup: ZHU and The Bloody Beetroots link for ‘Zoning,’ RÜFÜS DU SOL release new set of ‘Solace’ remixes + moreRUFUS PressShot LeFawnhawk 1

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.

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NMF Roundup: Medasin and Felly team up, 1788-L and Deathpact deliver ‘M A L F U N K T’ + more

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NMF Roundup: Medasin and Felly team up, 1788-L and Deathpact deliver ‘M A L F U N K T’ + moreMedasin Felly

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.

A-Trak kicks off this week’s new music offerings with a groovy remix of Showtek‘s “Listen To Your Momma.” Medasin delivers his second release of the year, “At Fault,” with Felly, and 1788-L and Deathpact make a powerful team on “M A L F U N K T.” Claude VonStroke summons warm weather with “Getting Hot,” and Calvin Harris releases a 2019 edit of “I’m Not Alone.” Shadient‘s Divide EP makes its debut on Gud Vibrations with tracks like “Cyclone,” and Goldroom follows “Cocaine Girl” with “Yellow Flowers.” Cheat Codes and Kaskade craft a bouncing new single, “Be The One,” and Jai Wolf‘s The Cure to Loneliness LP has finally arrived with tracks like “Drowning” with Robokid. GRiZ‘s album has also arrived, delivering a barrage of good vibes with tracks like “Cruise Control,” and Alison Wonderland drops off her latest single, “Peace.” Destructo and Gerry Gonza keep the dance floor moving with “Rubber Band,” and Bassnectar unveils his latest compilation, complete with tracks like “Irresistible Force.” Varien melds genres with his latest, “Born of Blood, Risen From Ash,” and Conro dances into the weekend with “Remember You” on Monstercat.

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.

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

NMF Roundup: Habstrakt fires up ‘All Night,’ GRiZ and Wiz Khalifa team up, Autograf deliver ‘Hold Me Back’ + more

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NMF Roundup: Habstrakt fires up ‘All Night,’ GRiZ and Wiz Khalifa team up, Autograf deliver ‘Hold Me Back’ + moreHABSTRAKT Press Photo

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.

DJ Snake and Plastic Toy have kick off New Music Friday with  a sleek new single, “Try Me,” on Snake’s Premiere Classe Records. Habstrakt makes a return with a forceful new single, “All Night,” and Tiësto, Dzeko, and Lena Leon team up for weekend-ready tune, “Halfway There.” Netsky‘s released a set of remixes for “I Don’t Even Know You Anymore,” including a “Powerlines Mix” of his own. GRiZ and Wiz Khalifa bring an easygoing atmosphere to their new single, “Find My Own Way,” and Autograf break their silence with a new groovy single, “Hold Me Back” with John Splithoff. After a many-month hiatus, Goldroom delivers a fresh new original, “Cocaine Girl,” and Jai Wolf taps into listeners’ nostalgia with “This Song Reminds Me Of You.” Duke & Jones have put their own twist on Louis the Child‘s “Breaking News,” and Shadient brings elements of intensity in “Numbers Station.” Diplo, Sia and Labrinth‘s LSD project has put out a new original, “No New Friends,” and Cedric Gervais crafts two versions of a new tune, “Good Things.” The Aston Shuffle realize it’s “Now Or Never” in their new single, and Headhunterz brings his classic hardstyle sound to the emotive “Oxygen.”

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.

Shadient releases heavyweight debut single from ‘Divide’ EP

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Shadient releases heavyweight debut single from ‘Divide’ EPShadient Press Photo 2017 Billboard 1548

Shadient has released “Abberate,” the first single from his new Divide EP, which is forthcoming on NGHTMRE and Slander‘s Gud Vibrations imprint. With such a perceptible sound, the producer also released a visual accompaniment with the project for a more inter-dimensional approach.

“My primary focus with this entire release was inspired by the idea of delving into one’s nostalgia and to explore the first pieces of dance music I ever heard,” Shadient said in a release. “With that in mind, the music on this EP is heavily inspired by the likes of Afx, Squarepusher, old braindance stuff, with a lot of big beat like The Prodigy and The Chemical Brothers. It felt very natural to be writing music like this as the influence all originate from my country (The UK).”

Shadient’s debut EP, winter=reality, was released with Mat Zo‘s Mad Zoo label, and he’s since gone on to release heavy remixes of Virtual Self‘s “Ghost Voices” and WAVEDASH and QUEST‘s “Devil Music.”

NMF Roundup: Gesaffelstein reveals ‘Hyperion’ in full, Seven Lions remixes Above & Beyond, Rinzen releases new mau5trap EP + more

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NMF Roundup: Gesaffelstein reveals ‘Hyperion’ in full, Seven Lions remixes Above & Beyond, Rinzen releases new mau5trap EP + moreGesaffelstein Jorge Meza Photos

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.

This Friday’s slew of releases is highlighted by the much-anticipated release of Gesaffelstein‘s HyperionWe’re also welcoming yet another Gareth Emery and Ashley Wallbridge release, along with a calming new Baltra “Vocal” Remix of Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs‘ “Energy Fantasy.” Seven Lions returns on a heartfelt remix of Above & Beyond‘s “Sahara Love” with Zoë Johnston, and Rinzen reveals a tantalizing two-track mau5trap EP, Prologue. Hardwell teams up with Mike Williams on “I’m Not Sorry,” and Pegboard Nerds return to Monstercat with the energy-packed “Gunslinga” with MC Mota. Boombox Cartel links with Karra on “Nothing to Hide,” and Dabin taps Inukshuk and Nevve on the journey-like “Another Day.” Audien and Echosmith craft a radio-friendly tune in “Favorite Sound,” and Lost Frequencies and Flynn “Recognise” each others’ talents in their new collaboration. Dance music pioneers The Chemical Brothers deliver a new original, “We’ve Got to Try,” and Shadient takes no prisoners in his new Gud Vibrations release, “Abberate.” David Guetta and Tom Staar team up for “This Ain’t Techno,” and Alesso unveils Progresso Volume 1 with tracks like “CONFESSION.”

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: Jorge Meza Photos

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 76

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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.


Metal and electronic music have been colliding more and more as of late. This collision takes many different forms, including artists like Matt Lange putting their own spin on the instrumentals of a song originally fueled by rock elements. Lange has taken Periphery’s “Lune” and leaned into its subdued beauty, crafting a minimalist backbone of warped bass and a dreamy guitar melody that drifts softly throughout the course of the remix. He allows Spencer Sotelo’s vocals to take center stage in his remix and has crafted a perfect atmosphere to complement Periphery’s original.

Notaker‘s off to an incredible start of 2019. His latest, “Into The Light,” pairs beautifully with its accompanying artwork, which depicts a shadowy forest highlighted by beams of sunlight. Karra‘s heavenly vocals set the scene, leading listeners into a gradual build before dropping into a booming melodic drop. Chirping birds and atmospheric layers of synths create an environment that’s both serene and powerful, as Notaker demonstrates his strong command of sound design.

Far Out’s “Worlds Apart” is what today’s future bass wishes it could be. Much like Notaker’s “Into The Light,” Far Out assemble this dreamy soundscape slowly, building gradually with lush beds of synths, piano, and strings. One could easily mistake this for an orchestral piece until just after the minute mark, when bass and drums enter to assert their dominance. “Worlds Apart” is a world within itself, full of mystery and anthemic melodies that make this a real showstopper.

And now, for a darker turn. Krayysh returns to Mad Zoo with a positively eerie remix of Shadient‘s “Leidenfrost.” He’s been making a name for himself on the Canadian label with his shadowy creations, only stepping briefly into the light for “Talk To Me.” Overall, though, his work takes a trippy, walk-in-the-woods-at-night tone, bolstered by glitchy bass and ominous melodies. His take on Shadient follows along this creepy pathway, pummeling listeners’ ears with haunting ambiance the entire way.

In a world full of endless “Shelter” remixes, it can be difficult to stand out. But REAPER is making his mark with daunting take on the iconic Madeon and Porter Robinson track by packing it full of bass and giving it an unexpected twist toward the end. The vocals have been pitched down in a way that’s a bit menacing, making the song feel more aggressive right from the beginning. With a drum & bass switch-up that takes over the last minute of the song, REAPER makes sure this remix is unforgettable.

NMF Roundup: deadmau5 delivers ‘mau5ville: Level 3,’ Lane 8 returns with ‘Visions,’ Galantis and OneRepublic team up + more

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NMF Roundup: deadmau5 delivers ‘mau5ville: Level 3,’ Lane 8 returns with ‘Visions,’ Galantis and OneRepublic team up + moreDeadmau5 Mr Bill

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.

deadmau5 has returned to deliver the third installation in his thrilling mau5ville series, bringing with it a seven-minute opener called “Polyphobia.” Galantis and OneRepublic team up for the easygoing “Bones,” and SNBRN drops off slow-burning “Never Let You Go.” Lane 8 and Rbbts pump their latest, “Visions,” with emotions, as does Dabin with his brand new “Alive.” DROELOE deliver their first original of the year, “Only Be Me,” and Ephwurd cranks up the heat with his new “Hectic” collaboration with SWAGE. Alok and Timmy Trumpet bring their talents to Spinnin’ Records with “Metaphor,” and CAZZETTE take on Midnight Kids‘ “Serious” with Matthew Koma. Win & Woo tap the enticing vocals of Kaleena Zanders for their new single, and Crystal Skies exhibit their flawless melodic dubstep style in “Never Change.” Snakehips bring Rivers Cuomo aboard for their new “Gucci Rock N Rolla” with KYLE, and R3HAB tries his hand at remixing Kygo for the second time with a grooving take on “Happy Now.”

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: F. Scott Schafer