Those familiar with LA’s Icon Collective know that its alumni have made serious noise in the world of dance music. Jauz, NGHTMRE, and Slander are just a few of the heavyweights who got their start at Icon. Another more understated notch in their roster is Effin, who recently executed an out-of-the-box remix of the Chris Lake classic, “I Want You.”
Lake is an unequivocal staple in the house music domain, and one of the driving leaders in the genre’s global ascension. But one of the reasons he has found such sweeping success is because his music taps into up-to-the-moment sounds and styles and packages them with more classic, subtle nuance. In his explosive rendition, Effin took those subtleties and put them under his serrated microscope lens.
“I Want You” came out on OWSLA in 2017, and because the Skrillex-headed label features cross-genre categories throughout its prolific catalog, its identity pertains more to an all-encompassing energy from a collective vantage point. Effin harnessed the same energy Lake did for dancefloor cut and morphed it into a heavy-hitting bass tune.
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Seven Lions has proven to be a true chameleon when it comes to his production output. The former Anjunabeats darling creates and performs everything from cutting dubstep records to euphoric trance and future bass. This fall he will embark upon a new sonic journey with Dimibo under psy trance alias, Abraxis. Fans in this niche might already recognize Dimibo, who are a Seattle based psy trance duo and a fixture on Seven Lions’ label, Ophelia Records. The project will be debuted at Dreamstate Southern California.
This announcement comes at the heels of the producer’s recent Alchemy tour announcement, which will see him perform alongside NGHTMRE, The Glitch Mob, and SLANDER at over 19 tour stops across the U.S. This in addition to Abraxis is certainly enough to keep the Seven Lions busy. While it’s clear the new project is performance-heavy, the collaborators have yet to confirm whether or not they’ll be putting out joint releases. For those looking to experience Abraxis live, Dreamstate tickets can be purchased here.
The Alchemy Tour will go down as one of the biggest electronic tours of the year, as NGHTMRE, SLANDER, The Glitch Mob, and Seven Lions hit the road together for a 19-stop road trip across the US this fall. The new Live Nation-produced tour will feature NGHTMRE and SLANDER’s Gud Vibrations show, along with additional support from theSee Without Eyestrio and melodic bass guru Seven Lions, making for a powerhouse billing that includes some of dance music’s hottest talents of the moment.
The Alchemy Tour has planned stops in Phoenix, San Francisco, Austin, Charlotte, and more, running from September through mid-October. Tickets go on sale on June 20 here.
From the moment SLANDER had Said the Sky join them atop the stage at Insomniac’s Crush Arizona in February to premiere their then-unreleased collaboration, it has arguably remained the number one sought-after ID thus far in 2019. While it certainly did not come without good intentions, the two artists have not been able to get a mere syllable in without a bombardment of comments surrounding the release date of the trio’s melodic creation. That date has officially arrived, however, as SLANDER and Said the Sky cease all warrants for the long-awaited single with the delivery of a complete dosage of “Potions” featuring JT Roach.
SLANDER and Said the Sky are established gurus at generating tear-jerking productions and “Potions” admirably falls in harmony. The track appears with delicate acoustic strings on top of ethereal vocal layers from Roach as the artistic trio proceeds towards a graceful chill-step drop. While fans have grown accustomed to hearing the collaboration in solely live version form, the official version seems to somehow topple any expectations set in the months prior as “Potions” is an obvious frontrunner for one of the year’s strongest releases.
“Potions” is officially available now on Monstercat.
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 brings with it the arrival of a fiery new FISHERsingle—one fans have been eagerly anticipating—along with the next track from Avicii‘s posthumous album, TIM, called “Tough Love.” Gareth Emery and Ashley Wallbridge have delivered a 14-track LP called Kingdom United, featuring euphoric trance numbers like “Vesper.” Whethan‘s tapped Jeremih for his new single, “Let me Take You,” and Alpha 9 and Kameron Alexander arrive at Anjunabeats “Before The Dawn.” Boombox Cartel and MadeinTYO create a trappy party atmosphere in “NEW WIP,” and Habstrakt keeps the bass slapping in “Control.” Kill Paris once again uses plants to create music in “Venus Fly Trap,” and RL Grime unveils instrumental versions of his NOVA tracks, including “Shoulda.” Gorgon City and Kaskade lead us into the weekend with “Go Slow,” and Hannah Wants unleashes a retro house number with “Love Somebody.” Ellie Goulding taps Don Diablo for a remix of “Sixteen,” and Kölsch takes on Jam & Spoon’s “Stella.” David Guetta and RAYE join forces on “Stay (Don’t Go Away),” and Medasin crafts a breezy piece with Kathleen, “Always Afternoon.”
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.
Gryffin has soared to some of the highest peaks in the electronic terrain. His latest release alongside SLANDER is no exception. Their latest collaboration is entitled “All You Need To Know,” with Swedish singer/songwriter Calle Lehmann is the featured vocalist.
The lofty expectations for the song were definitively met thanks to its melodic allure blended with an underlying drum combination that crescendos alongside Lehmann’s vocals into a euphoric future bass release. SLANDER is known for a diverse output including grimy dubstep releases that are appropriately paired with light commercial crossover tracks. “All You Need To Know” falls into the latter category: the perfect song to carry listeners into spring thanks to its cheerful energy and polarizing vocal layers.
Whether he’s collaborating with DJ Diesel and Lil Jon or the Chainsmokers, NGHTMRE seems to have something under the hood that manages to keep fans on their toes at all times. This time around, the ace up NGHTMRE’s sleeve comes by way of a new collaboration with none other than A$AP Ferg. The Gud Vibrations helmer announced the new track and music video on his social media channels. Ferg and NGHTMRE’s new track is dubbed “REDLIGHT,” and it will be released on March 28.
Given the new tune’s release proximity to Ultra Music Festival, it begs the question as to if fans can expect A$AP Ferg to make an appearance during NGHTMRE’s back-to-back set with SLANDER at the festival for what would surely be a raucous live debut of the new joint cut. From the brief teaser video that was posted online, the “Grave” producer seemingly returns to his menacingly hard-hitting form on “REDLIGHT,” and with the assistance of the Trap Lord himself, NGHTMRE might have one of his biggest tracks of the year on deck just in time for one of his biggest festival outings of 2019.
Shaqulle O’Neal retired years ago from his basketball career, but whether it’s due to brand endorsements or his recent DJ gig as DJ Diesel, the former pro player can’t seem to stop making headlines. His new collaboration with NGHTMRE and Lil Jon is a continuation of just this, but their track “BANG” is not one to write off. NGHTMRE and Shaq’s influence in the new release is apparent, with its pulsing bass backdrop fused with ringing dubstep rhythms providing an ideal frame Lil Jon’s signature chants.
NGHTMRE speaks about his collaboration with Shaq in an official release, saying, “I met Shaq for the first time in Las Vegas.” He continues, “He came to one of my sets, and we immediately got along and shared our love for bass music. I’ve always played tons of Lil Jon music in my live shows, and now I get to play our own collaboration! Being able to work on music with Lil Jon and Shaq was literally a dream come true for me.”
Texas-bred trio, WAVEDASH, have illustrated they are a bass-breathing force to be reckoned with thanks to the release of their four-track EP, Opening Ceremony.
After monstrous collaborations with both NGHTMRE and SLANDER, they have fittingly released the EP on the aforementioned artists’ jointly owned label, Gud Vibrations. The compilation falls right in the sweet spot of grimy bass and catchy melodies. Title track, “Opening Ceremony” of the EP was the first song ever released on the label.
The final release of the EP, “The Same,” is now available, and it rounds out the EP with smooth, captivating vocals and soothing sonic moments before a hard-hitting drop. The track adds melodic relief and a new dynamic to the rest of the EP, which is characterized by performance-ready dubstep displays.
The trio spoke to Dancing Astronaut about Opening Ceremony and the final track release, “The Same.”
We’re so excited that ‘The Same’ is finally out as the last track on our EP, Opening Ceremony, on Gud Vibrations. The outro is particularly special as it reflects where we want our sound to go. The aesthetic for Opening Ceremony has been based on a future where bike racing is seen as a premiere event, like the Olympics.