NMF Roundup: REZZ & Blanke share ‘Mixed Signals,’ Gareth Emery provides a trance haven, Martin Garrix teams up with Julian Jordan + more

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NMF Roundup: REZZ & Blanke share ‘Mixed Signals,’ Gareth Emery provides a trance haven, Martin Garrix teams up with Julian Jordan + moreDA WM 89

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 week’s slew of releases came in hot, kicking off with a formidable new collaboration between REZZ and Blanke. Gareth Emery again teams up with songstress Emma Hewitt for the gorgeous “Take Everything,” and Valentino Khan thrills on a new rework of RL Grime‘s “Pressure.” Martin Garrix and Julian Jordan bring the Friday feel-good vibes with their new collaboration, “Glitch.” Gryffin is back with a new one, bringing along Stanaj for the ride. Ferry Corsten and Ilan Bluestone refuse to leave the dance floor in “We’re Not Going Home,” and CAZZETTE keeps the dance floor rocking with “On My Mind.” Arty is one of the newest to release on Ninja’s NINJAWERKS compilation with silky “Velvet.” The Chainsmokers bring “Hope” with their newest, and Ookay drops off the five-track Nice! EP. In the dubstep realm, 12th Planet and PhaseOne deliver the heavy “Taco Bout It.” Over in the drum & bass realm, Culture Shock pull at listeners’ heartstrings with the emotive “There for You.”

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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Sikdope taps Nevve for new single ‘Lost In The Blue’

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Sikdope taps Nevve for new single ‘Lost In The Blue’Sikdope Press Shot

Sikdope is back with another infectious single, this time recruiting singer Nevve for “Lost In The Blue,” unleashing all the feel-good vibes as we transition out of the high-octane summer events season. While the Polish DJ/producer is best known for his bass-heavy style, this new collaborative record sees a much softer, more melodic side to his production capabilities.

“Lost In The Blue,” as the title of the song would suggest, was written in a more unassured headspace admits Sikdope, which seems to follow a trend of more expressive, and perhaps even off-brand productions from many DJs and producers across the spectrum, as talking about mental illness in the entertainment industry continues to be less stigmatized. Sikdope’s latest follows a steady track record of club-ready releases including “My House,” and “Bubblegum” in 2018, and as his profile continues to build, “Lost In Blue” is a welcomed insight to the emerging force’s repertoire.

Sikdope unveils new bass house collaboration ‘Bubblegum’ with ZOOTAH

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After a reinventing remix of Zeds Dead and Jauz 2017 collaboration “Lights Go Down,” Polish-born DJ Sikdope continues the trend of intense bass house products on his newest track “Bubblegum.” Linking up with the Austrian duo ZOOTAH, Sikdope finally gifted fans with this long-awaited single, which hungry ID-seekers seemed to be calling “Snakes Vol. 2,” referencing an unofficial a sequel to Sikdope’s viral breakout track.

On “Bubblegum,” the bass-music masterminds utilize some heavy, pounding percussion under rapid, high-pitched synth layers, making for another high-octane dance floor weapon in Sikdope’s booming arsenal. The drop is preceded by a quick vocal sample and a snappy bubble pop before being drilled with a menacing four-on-the-floor break. Sikdope will stick to the West Coast this August, with shows in Salt Lake City, LA, and San Francisco. Tune into “Bubblegum” here.

Zeds Dead and Jauz release destructive ‘Lights Go Down’ remix EP

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At the end of 2017, Zeds Dead and Jauz teamed up for the single, “Lights Go Down,” a drum and bass belter that may have helped launch the genre’s 2018 resurgence in the United States. Now, the producers have enlisted nine heavy hitters in the bass music scene, each giving a unique take on the intense track.

The Deadbeats duo reach to their own label for a few of the remixes, looking to LICK and Duke & Jones for two bass-heavy renditions of the track. Gentlemen’s Club and Subtronics each drop off solid dubstep remixes, while Sikdope and Sqwad turn the song into high-energy bass house thrillers. With nine solid remixes viable for almost any set, don’t be surprised to hear “Lights Go Down” in one form or another for the rest of the year.

Sikdope pumps up Zeds Dead and Jauz’s collaboration ‘Lights Go Down’

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Polish DJ/producer Sikdope has caught major momentum here in 2018, which includes an exclusive Diplo & Friends mix in early June followed by a remix for Marshmello and Anne Marie‘s hit track “FRIENDS,” along with a handful of singles so far this year. Now, he’s decided to turn it back to 2017, reworking Zeds Dead & Jauz‘s drum & bass heater “Lights Go Down.”

The remix holds short ties with the original bassline house anthem, ensuring that the drum & bass percussion assets are still there, yet takes the tempo up a notch and drops some rapid synths, wobbling bass, and some buzzing modified distortion. The edit is the first of a nine-track remix package dropping in July, which will feature the likes of Gentlemens Club, LICK, and more.

Sikdope will hit the decks at numerous festivals this summer, including Stereo Sunday in the Netherlands and Moonrise in Baltimore come August.


Moonrise Festival reveals final lineup additions

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Baltimore’s Moonrise Festival is known for it’s ability to bring together a diverse group of DJs and performers, new and old. Just two months out from the festival, Moonrise has announced another phase of performers who will be taking the stage this August.

The final phase brings in a slew of underground talent from a variety of scenes. Moonrise beefs up their hip-hop and R&B side with singer/producer NAV, while ramping up their selection of bass artists with Habstrakt, Dion Timmer, Born Dirty, Luca Lush, and Gammer. Other notable additions include Tritonal, Said the Sky, Ducky, and Maddy O’Neal. With all of these new artists supporting an already strong lineup featuring Excision, Kaskade, Vince Staples, and many more, Moonrise is shaping up to be one of the summer’s most exciting events.

Sikdope comes through with vicious new club burner, ‘My House’

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Sikdope has been on a tear lately, building out his catalog of rattling bass-house weapons with a steady stream of new music in 2018. Fresh off the release of his latest uptempo monster “Back Again,” Sikdope has another new elbow-throwing statement piece ready for fans on “My House.” Boldly claiming the dance floor as his, the young Polish beatsmith drops off a high-octane thrill ride, and it’s already making its way into festival sets across the country, with early crowd-tests courtesy of Tiësto at Ultra Music Festival‘s main stage back in March.

The track is a pedal-to-the-floor bass house burner that showcases Sikdope’s increasingly fine-tuned ear for flipping classic progressive house tropes into merciless sonic battering rams. A barrage of hypnotic synths close in from every angle on “My House,” and if the track’s title is any sort of indication, Sikdope is proving to be an emerging force who’s got his eyes set firmly on the prize.

Sikdope drops off brand new dance floor ammunition with ‘Back Again’

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Bass house is experiencing quite a moment right now. Festival goers are devouring the high octane bass-driven dance fare that the likes of Joyryde, Ephwurd, and Habstrakt are popularizing more voraciously than ever before. Among those ranks is Sikdope, who’s already caught the ears of industry heavyweights like Skrillex and Jauz, but if the young Polish producer isn’t quite on your radar yet, that’s about to change with the release of his latest. Linking with fellow Polish production outfit Loud About Us, Sikdope has delivered “Back Again,” just as the festival circuit begins to heat up for the year.

“Back Again” is designed to turn dance floors and festival stages into saunas, providing a heavy dose of uptempo shuffle-ready house. Leaning towards the harder end of the house spectrum, Sikdope is currently riding his breakout wave, and he’s positioned to continue his upward trajectory with the release of his newest original piece. For those in need of an unihibited party-starter, look no further than “Back Again.”