Austin City Limits unveils staggering 2018 line-up with ODESZA, Childish Gambino, REZZ, and more

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Austin City Limits is one massive annual event that every devout festival goer ought to check off their festival bucket list at least once. The two weekend Texas throw-down wrangles a staggering herd of talent year after year that brings the best of electronic, pop/rock, and hip-hop to Zilker Park, ACL’s host venue on the banks of the Colorado River with scenic skyline views of downtown Austin. Sitting atop this year’s festival billing is the legendary Paul McCartney, Metallica, Childish Gambino, Arctic Monkeys, Travis Scott, ODESZA, and The National.

Running from October 5–7 and October 12–14, ACL’s expansive 2018 lineup features over 140 live acts, providing a truly cross-genre, mega-festival experience. From Khalid and Shawn Mendez, to Deftones and St. Vincent, and Lily Allen, Børns, and Sylvan Esso in between, the C3 Presents-produced event delivers the full sonic spectrum to satisfy a range of musical tastes. With live performances by Marian Hill, Sophie Tucker, and synth pop rockers CHVRCHES, along with key electronic acts in Justice, Illenium, Rezz, San Holo, and Gryffin, Austin City Limits continues to be at the pinnacle of festival curation.

Tickets are now on sale for both weekends here.

Featured image courtesy of ACL.

TOKiMONSTA drops star-studded remix LP for ‘Lune Rouge’ featuring Sofi Tukker, Felix Cartal, Justin Jay & more

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TOKiMONSTA has released a full-length remix album of her critically-acclaimed third studio album, Lune Rouge.

Released through her own label, Young Arts Record, TOKiMONSTA’s remix LP reimagines her trademark production and pop sensibilities with immense eccentricity. The LP features an impressively diverse billing of artists, from Sofi Tukker — fresh off their debut album release — to Felix Cartal, Alexander Lewis, Justin Jay, Sam von Horn, and more, TOKiMONSTA’s worked is elevated tenfold.

TOKiMONSTA is currently in the midst of touring the US.

Lune Rouge Remixed Tracklist:

1) Thief (feat. SAINTS) [Penthouse Penthouse Remix] 4:53
2) Don’t Call Me (feat. Yuna) [Alexander Lewis Remix] 3:18
3) We Love (feat. MNDR) [Felix Cartal Remix] 3:11
4) I Wish I Could (feat. Selah Sue) [Sofi Tukker Remix] 3:50
5) Don’t Call Me (feat. Yuna) [DâM FunK Re-Freak] 3:57
6) NO WAY (feat. Isaiah Rashad, Joey Purp & Ambré) [Kingdom Remix] 3:11
7) Bibimbap (Holly Remix) 5:07
8) I Wish I Could (feat. Selah Sue) [Ouri Remix] 4:52
9) Don’t Call Me (feat. Yuna) [Hugo Messian Remix] 5:05
10) NO WAY (feat. Isaiah Rashad, Joey Purp & Ambré) [Sam von Horn & Justin Jay Remix] 4:26
11) We Love (feat. MNDR) [Qrion Remix] 3:42
12) Early To Dawn (feat. Selah Sue) [Plastic Plates Remix] 5:38

Sofi Tukker release diverse debut LP, ‘Treehouse,’ ahead of North American tour

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New York-based duo Sofi Tukker released their debut album titled Treehouse, and the collection of tracks are incredibly diverse, tackling a range of genres from the mainstream to those with an international flair.

In a statement, group members Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern described the LP as,

“Treehouse is about the childhood spirit of play. We want our music to be like that magical, welcoming place from childhood, where you go to escape with your friends and make your own rules together. Treehouse is about grown children who lift each other up, inspire each other, encourage each other, and play together. Everything is fair game and all aspects of our selves are accepted. Everyone shines, everyone is invited, and you are free to be any way and anyone you want to be.”

The ten track collection was released in tandem to the kickoff of the North American leg of their world tour, which begins April 18th.

SOFI TUKKER – Treehouse LP Tracklist:

1. Fuck They
2. Energia
3. Benadryl
4. Batshit
5. Good Time Girl (feat. Charlie Barker)
6. Johny
7. My Body Hurts
8. The Dare
9. Baby I’m A Queen
10. Best Friend (feat. NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno)

NMF Roundup: The Glitch Mob slows things down, Borgeous reups Marshmello, ATTLAS stuns, Daniel Avery delivers + more

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The most important day of every week: New Music Friday. 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.

Break out your Tigers Beat: The White Panda elevates the hottest rising boy band, save for Brockhampton, lifting Why Don’t We’s empowering hit single “Trust Fund Baby” to newfound heights with an injection of feel-good vibes and upbeat danceability that beckons innumerable repeats.

Raito digs into a bag of old-school garage tricks with a burgeoning breakbeat remix of Virtual Self‘s hyperactive, fantasy-themed electronic “Ghost Voices,” transforming the number into an even heavier, drum-sweltering beast.

Borgeous reupholsters Marshmello‘s “FRIENDS” with a most passionate swatch, ditching the track’s acoustics, and accentuating its passionate lyrics tenfold.

Ashley Wallbridge‘s uplifting Gareth Emery rework and effervescent trance tune aligns itself with an era of Armada‘s finest amidst its formal release.

With the vocal help of Tima Dee, Fareoh asserts his versatile studio reign once more.

Midnight Kids consider Shaun Frank‘s “Addicted” in a compelling new ’80s-centric dance-heavy decorum.

Big Gigantic ushers everyone to the dancefloor with a groovy new take on The KnocksFoster The People collaboration.

Though the track’s title and lyrical content is lacking sincere cerebral depth, SNBRN coalesces Peking Duk‘s “Wasted” into a digestible summertime tune, making the number’s monotone vocals and cringeworthy frat bro vibes a smaller, but bearable pill to swallow.

Marcel Dettman‘s burgeoning warehouse Mount Kimbie remix of “Four Years And One Day” meets streaming services as a meticulously crafted far cry from its shoegazey original.

The Glitch Mob slow things down with Elohim, showcasing their softer side, and highlighting their carefully calculated production capabilities.

Junior Sanchez embodies the essence that’s come to define him on “Forget” — always moving forward, without ever losing sight of where he’s been.

Sofi Tukker busts out a thrashing, ridiculously colorful new tune ahead of their debut album Treehouse out next Friday, April 13, elevating its anticipation to unforeseen heights.

ATTLAS is at home in the treetops and ensures listeners his glittery techno is a style which will only continue to define an era of mau5trap in years to come.

At long last Chris Lake has found his mind…. It seems this beat has taken it, and we’re glad to finally have it back, even if it was just for the sake of this one tantalizing tune.

Daniel Avery’s cavernous, contemplative techno album Song For Alpha has arrived. Perhaps best encapsulating the aforementioned, “Glitter” is a flurry from the club space, rife with atmosphere, and embedded influence of the greats that came before him.

Saving the best for last, Icelandic multi-instrumentalist and composer Ólafur Arnalds bestows his latest sonic gift “re:member.” Enough said.

TOKiMONSTA – I Wish I Could (feat. Selah Sue) [Sofi Tukker Remix]

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Sofi Tukker goes deep in this new remix of TOKiMONSTA‘s “I Wish I Could” featuing Selah Sue. The original hit track — featured on the LA-based DJ/producer’s 2017 album Lune Rouge gets a second wind thanks to Tukker’s rhythmic production ability and the start of another energy-filled festival season.

Selah Sue’s vocals are still as catchy as ever, yet Sofi Tukker takes the melody-driven chord progressions and adds a rapid, kick-driven bassline with additional club-ready feels. The duo is gearing up for the release of their debut artist album Treehouse on April 13th, which will be accompanied by a global tour.


Sofi Tukker – Best Friend (Oliver Heldens Remix)

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oliver heldens remix

Featuring NERVO, The Knocks, and Alisa Ueno, Sofi Tukker produced the hit single, “Best Friend” last year, which features melodic instrumentation of saxophone, bass guitar, and intriguing percussion. Oliver Heldens has put his own spin on the slow-burning track, taking the piece to new, exhilarating heights. With a revved-up tempo, harmonic builds of colorful notes, and the bruising, distinct Heldens signature sound, “Best Friend” receives a glamorous deep house makeover from the Dutch producer.

His remix of “Best Friend” marks his second production of the new year, as Heldens’ previous collaboration with Dada Life, “Live Vibrations,” was dropped earlier in January. Heldens has been grinding out new music over the past several months, and with a ton of rumored unreleased music on the horizon, we are eagerly waiting for what he has in store for this year.

Lightning in a Bottle drops off diverse 2018 lineup

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Bradley, California’s uniquely immersive festival, Lightning in a Bottle, has revealed the first phase of its 2018 musical line-up, set to take place May 23–28.

In an increasingly monotonous festival market, LiB defines itself in defying the norm. The festival’s forward-thinking curation has presently landed a diverse array of acts from Anderson.Paak & The Free Nationals, to Zhu, GriZ, Fever Ray, The Glitch Mob, Sofi Tukker, TOKiMONSTA, Modeselektor (DJ Set), Emancipator, Nicole Moudaber, The Black Madonna, and more.

Lightning in a Bottle’s strive for diversity in its programming can be best summed in music director and co-founder Jesse Flemming’s words:

“We’re definitely not trying to play the same game we are seeing with all the massive festivals these days when we book our music programming. Forget the big names you can see at 10 other festivals this year. For us the goal is to craft a musical playlist that will perfectly guide people along the experience we’re trying to create. We book each stage to be its own separate journey on any given day and we try to diversify it as much as possible so when you’re wandering around during the weekend you can always find something just right for you. This has been our goal since day one and it continues to shape how we book today.”

More information and tickets to Lightning in a Bottle, which go on-sale January 18 at 10 am PST, are available here.

LIB 2018 Lineup - HiRes

Featured image by D Zetterstrom

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Sofi Tukker give their track ‘Best Friend’ some house vibes in new remix

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Grammy-nominated duo Sofi Tukker has returned with a new remix for their most recent collaboration, “Best Friend,” featuring Nervo, The Knocks and Alisa Ueno. The NYC-based producers, who experienced a career breakthrough with their 2016 album, Soft Animals, are currently supporting ODESZA on their “A Moment Apart” tour and had the original track featured on an iPhone X commercial. Now, they’ve created some new material for their opening sets as well as dance clubs around the globe.

Maintaining the high energy of the original, Sofi Tukker packs on some deep synths, conga samples and a more rapid bass-line, giving the track a dance-y, house music feel. It clearly resembles the type of music heard during Brazil’s annual Carnival party, hence the “Carnaval Remix.”

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 6

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA music editor and staff writer 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.

What starts as a light, playful tune quickly turns into something much more formidable. Icehunt’s latest tune on Pantheon wastes no time dropping the listener into a vat of heavy, glitchy bass. The producer takes turns switching between lighthearted synths and filtered vocals to a darker, bass-centered sound. It’s completely unexpected and caught me off guard the first time I heard it — but in the best way. A SoundCloud user in the comments described it best: “Was not expecting that. Awesome!”

After seeing SOFI TUKKER open for M83 last summer (and admittedly having no idea who they were), I became transfixed with their unique tongue-in-cheek style. They’re sassy and their music is cheeky and they’re just all-around great. For “Best Friend,” which was recently featured in an iPhone X commercial, they’ve brought along talented friends The Knocks, NERVO and Alisa Ueno. “Best Friend” is probably one of their catchiest songs to date, with a grooving, downtempo bass line and funky filtered vocals.

Oh, Ember Island. The things you do to my emotions. This talented Swedish trio has been on the rise over the past few years with a slew of creative covers and thought-provoking originals. Lately, they’ve been releasing songs from their forthcoming EP through a set of beautiful videos. “Hide Me” is probably my favorite of theirs to date. Singer Alex’s vocals are soaring and flawless, and her strong harmonies give the song an incredibly sturdy backbone. The video for this track is incredible, too. Ember Island’s debut EP comes out in November, and if it’s anything like this, my little heart won’t be able to handle it.

I am so, so happy Arty‘s back to making music under his Alpha 9 moniker. He’s been releasing a lot of pop-oriented music lately as Arty, which is great, but I’ve really missed this kind of ethereal music from him. Earlier this week, the world caught a glimpse of “Lily,” which comes out on Flashover Recordings in early October. He started his journey with the label in 2009, and it’s so awesome seeing him go back to his roots. Though this is only a clip, it’s apparent trance is still deeply ingrained in Alpha 9 as an artist. Can’t wait to hear more like this.

Cheating a bit here because this isn’t a song — it’s a mix. When The Midnight’s “Kyra” randomly began playing on my stream earlier this year, I was hooked immediately. These guys have masterfully modernized ’80s music in the best way: with a combination of heartfelt lyrics, disco beats and groovy saxophone breaks. Being a total sucker for anything with a saxophone, I perused the rest of their music and was wholeheartedly impressed with everything from their Days of Thunder and Endless Summer albums. A few weeks ago, they took over Above & Beyond‘s Group Therapy show with an absolutely impeccable guest mix. I couldn’t not share it.

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Sofi Tukker link up with The Knocks, Nervo and Alisa Ueno in ‘Best Friend’

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Write down New York-based duo Sofi Tukker on the list of breakout artists for 2017. The duo has made huge strides this year, receiving a Grammy nomination before even releasing a full-length album. Clearly, they’re not stopping this run of ’90s house-inspired jungle pop music anytime soon, linking up with some of the best in the game for their latest single “Best Friend.”

“This song is a celebration of our favorite thing ever: friendship. It’s about the kind of friendship where you can talk forever without anything in particular to talk about. Old friends, new friends, all friends! In the spirit of friendship, we just wanted to have some of our friends hop on a verse!”

Their friends do indeed hop on a verse. They’ve teamed up with Broc and Jpatt from The Knocks and none other than praised Australian duo Nervo. The track itself sounds like a jam sesh, utilizing a sax, bass guitar, cowbell and other instruments over a steady drum beat. Sophie throws in her signature catchy chants and vocals, and gives Tokyo native Alisa Ueno a few bars.

The track was even featured on the recent iPhone X global TV commercial. Typically, any track or artist that lands in an Apple commercial turns to gold (Marian Hill‘s “Down”), so we expect this one to gain some considerable traction moving forward.

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