Life is Beautiful returns to Las Vegas later this year, taking over 18 blocks of the city to host a multi-day festival of today’s biggest names. For its seventh edition, the festival boasts a multi-genre set of talent, with some of EDM’s hottest acts topping the 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.
Skrillex and Hikaru Utada kick off some of the most prominent of NMF releases with the heavenly “Face My Fears” from Kingdom Hearts III. Also leading the charge are Zeds Dead and Delta Heavy with a powerful drum & bass collaboration, “Life You Up.” Sofi Tukker and ZHU have delivered the sultry “Mi Rumba,” and Gorgon City bring the heat with a feisty new original, “Lick Shot.” Sam Feldt and Kate Ryan dive into their feelings in “Gold,” and Slushii dreams of warmer days with the tropical “Never Let You Go.” 13 summons a storm on the formidable “Uppercut,” and Above & Beyond are “Flying By Candlelight” in their new collab with Marty Longstaff. Lost Kings continue their slew of releases with “FU4E,” and Xan Griffin delivers his first release since his September Self-Discovery album. Peking Duk sprinkle some sweetness in their new original with Jack River, “Sugar,” and Richard Durand puts his intense spin on Armin van Buuren‘s “Wild Wild Son.”
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.
Sophomore albums represent an opportunity for artists to delve deeper into their respective sounds and to refine or even redevelop their sonic styles. Slushii‘s second full-length album, DREAM, arrives as the product of much in-studio introspection, which is audible in each one of the project’s 16 tracks. The contemplative nature of DREAM, however, will be unsurprising to Slushii fans, given the producer’s detailed announcement of the then forthcoming production back in November. “This time around I wondered what it would be like if I was 100 percent honest about my feelings in my music, and actually let my emotions and true self show,” Slushii wrote when he originally shared the news that a follow-up to Find Your Wings was on the way. “What you’re getting [in DREAM] is the darkest, and most nostalgic music I’ve ever released,” Slushii added.
Familiar elements of the upbeat, bouncy sound that Slushii spread across prior releases like 2017’s Out of Light, and earlier singles like “Twinbow” still glimmer on DREAM cuts. The gossamer, twinkling tones that originally endeared listeners to Slushii’s music revel in an airy optimism of sound on DREAM, where they co-exist among mid- to downtempo beat constructions, rather than the faster-paced arrangements that characterized previous Slushii productions. Representative of a musical approach that largely diverges from past Slushii showings, DREAM signifies a difference in Slushii’s creative process, and beyond that, an overall maturity and versatility of sound that beams in the soundscapes that collectively comprise DREAM.
The Djakarta Warehouse Project has unveiled the second phase of their 2018 lineup, bringing on a selection of artists to round out this destination festival. This edition is set to take place in Bali’s GWK Cultural Park, a serene and celestial sphere in the heart of Indonesia’s tourist hot spot over the December 7-9 weekend. With the first phase introducing a vast array of world-famous headliners like Armin Van Buuren, DJ Snake and Major Lazer, Asia’s top festival shows no sign of stopping.
The second wave of additions brought along almost a dozen new acts, with highlights including Afrojack, trance favorites MarLo and Ørjan Nilsen, and Slushii, bringing a wide medley of musical production to the bill. From the growth of the initial one-day event formerly known as the Blowfish Warehouse Project, to the upcoming 10th anniversary of the DWP, festival organizers Ismaya Live have aided in pushing Indonesia’s dance music scene to the larger-than-life community it is today.
Slushii is showing no sign of slowing down this year and is back with some new tunes for his fans. This time, he’s unleashed his highly anticipated single titled “On My Own.” The song was first heard at Nocturnal Wonderland, and the producer debuted the final edit at Life Is Beautiful a few weeks ago. The record runs for three minutes straight of Slushii’s signature drops, 808s, high-pitched vocals, and pure mayhem. Along with the lyrics, “I’m gonna do this on my own,” Slushii showcases his versatility by transitioning from heavy bass to trance in a matter of seconds.
The Los Angeles-based producer teased the record to his 673k followers on Instagram, sharing a snippet of the record with a moving graphic of the single cover art. Just two weeks prior, he dropped his explosive remix of Charlie Puth’s “The Way I Am.”
Slushii is back with a brand new remix of Charlie Puth‘s “The Way I Am.” The new remix effort comes off of Puth’s recently released sophomore album titled Voicenotes, which managed to obtain a Gold certification within four days of its release.
Slushii uses the Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter’s vocals as the centerpiece of the remix, accented by dreamy piano chords, weaving in steep drum builds before a stomping rave-ready break. Injecting Puth’s original work with a hefty tempo bump, the young LA-based beatmaker dips into crossover appeal, using the original’s radio pop groundwork to lean into electro house and happy hardcore territories. The record was premiered by Puth on all streaming platforms, along with a balancing acoustic version to temper Slushii’s fiery dance floor ignitor.
HARD Summer 2018 has come and gone — the festival’s first year without founder of the HARD brand Gary Richards (a.k.a. Destructo) at the helm — and all seemed to go as planned. Recruiting some of today’s top talent in house, future bass, dubstep, and hip-hop, the weekend featured some powerhouse back-to-back sets from Dillon Francis & Diplo, Zeds Dead & Jauz, and A-Trak & Baauer. Travis Scott celebrated the release of his new album, Astroworld, and Mija dropped another set that completely embodies her “Fk A Genre” mantra.
With more sets from Marshmello, Ghastly, Louis the Child, and others, this weekend marked the beginning of a new chapter for the HARD organization. Check out some of the top sets of the weekend below.
HARD Summer is amidst its 2018 takeover of the Auto Club Speedway, and even if fans are unable to make it to the festival itself, the action will be streamed exclusively via LiveXLive. In addition to streaming festival, there will be backstage content, interviews and more.
Tomorrowland commenced its final opening day of production during the 2018 festival season on July 27, and a number of electronic heavyweights joined the Boom, Belgium crowds to kick off the event’s second and final weekend of the year. Full-length live sets from Tomorrowland’s second opening day have arrived, including performances from Adam Beyer, Slushii, Tiësto’s performance during the weekend’s lunar eclipse, Hardwell and more.
For fans still catching up on last weekend’s festivities, see highlight performances from Tchami x Malaa, Charlotte de Witte, Axwell ∧ Ingrosso, and more. For those ready to get into the festival’s final weekend of 2018, tune into all-day programming across four live streaming channels here.