Sunday Morning Medicine Vol 165, with Moby, Icarus, Gorillaz, + more

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Sunday Morning Medicine Vol 165, with Moby, Icarus, Gorillaz, + moreSMM 2400

Sunday Morning Medicine is a feature from Dancing Astronaut dedicated to the mellower side of electronic music. We bring you our favorite therapeutic selections—old and new—in attempts to alleviate the agonizing effects of a long weekend of partying.


Essex’s Lapalux is nothing if not avant-garde. His rousing, off-kilter melodies from “IAMSYS” are an idyllic dose of swirling strange to get your brain in gear, even if your body is a bit more reluctant.

From Gorillaz‘s most recent album, The Now Now, “Magic City,” paints a decadent portrait of what could be this Sunday. Find some wistful comfort in knowing Damon Albarn, too, is “questioning it all.”

Pristine and plaintive, Moby‘s Porcelain is the sonic reconciliation you never knew you needed.  Languorous keys and reverberating strings will restore your likely fragile insides to their natural state.

With its languid, downtempo allure, “All I Can Do,” emulates the moody, retro synth struts of Tame Impala, alongside his own nuanced brand of smoky surrealism. A soundtrack to disintegrate.

The most compelling offering from Icarus‘s technicolor house EP, This Must Be The Place, “Running Away” breathes truth to its eponymously named escapism. Let the track wipe your worries clean with its wandering synth line and prophetic lyricism.

Adorned or scorned, DA has a playlist for either this Valentine’s Day

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Adorned or scorned, DA has a playlist for either this Valentine’s DayDA V DAY

Snuggle up with your boo or rev your vengeance this Valentine’s Day, as Dancing Astronaut delivers a double dose of situational satiation. Playlist 1, This Could Be Us, scratches the adorned listeners’ sensuous itch, with syrupy electronic selects from Above & Beyond, Daft Punk, ZHU, and more. Playlist 2, But You Playin’, ventures the length of the scorned lover, with deliciously despondent offerings from SZA, Mija, Lido, and many more. It’s complicated? Just as well, as you’ll have twice the listening litany this year.

Sunday Morning Medicine Vol 164, featuring Disclosure, Lane 8, Bonobo, + more

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Sunday Morning Medicine Vol 164, featuring Disclosure, Lane 8, Bonobo, + moreSMM 2400

Sunday Morning Medicine is a feature from Dancing Astronaut dedicated to the mellower side of electronic music. We bring you our favorite therapeutic selections—old and new—in attempts to alleviate the agonizing effects of a long weekend of partying.


If Disclosure can successfully introduce a house beat to the lyrics of “Fools Rush In,” you can thwart the end-of-weekend demons. “Where Angels Fear To Tread,” off the duo’s forthcoming project, offers a litany of lush strings, jazz acapella vocal samples, and a highly medicinal bass line.

Head to British songstress Litany’s ’80s-inspired “Bedroom” for a full-bodied breath of electronic-pop therapy. Her wistful vocals float over softly jubilant production infused with an island effect, complements of the track’s wavering marimba synth.

Lane 8‘s latest and first of 2019, “Visions” is just as it sounds. “Visions” is benevolently scheduled under DA’s “highly potent hallucinogens,” with its deliberate, rousing beat and a fluttering, euphoria-procuring synth line, like fractals dancing in the night.

Like so many of Bonobo‘s creations, “Second Sun” exudes a subtle, twinkling majesty. Its melancholy-hopeful instrumentals set the tone for the week ahead.

Louis Futon‘s most recent offering leading up to his new album, “Supposed To Be” caps this week’s Sunday Morning Medicine on a soothing note. DUCKWRTH and BAEGOD’s feel-good rhymes remind listeners of better weather and easy living.

Sunday Morning Medicine Vol 163, featuring LSD, STS9, Explosions In The Sky, + more

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Sunday Morning Medicine Vol 163, featuring LSD, STS9, Explosions In The Sky, + moreSMM 2400

Sunday Morning Medicine is a feature from Dancing Astronaut dedicated to the mellower side of electronic music. We bring you our therapeutic selections—old and new—in attempts to alleviate the agonizing effects of a long weekend of partying.

The 1975’s broody synth-pop ballad, “Somebody Else” uncorks this week’s Sunday sonic tonic. Lay back as the track funnels forgotten feelings of bygone lovers through its musing ’80s synth line alongside Matty Healy’s deceivingly disenchanted crooning.

Through the frigid throes of winter, RÜFÜS DU SOL’s “Innerbloom” remains a grudge-thawing winter remedy, with its warm, furrowing progressions and fluid percussion, that rushes over the listener like long-sought-after weekend penance.

It’s too easy to get lost inside Sound Tribe’s fluttering instrumentals and glitchy, hip-hop beat. The cosmically funky track’s wistful piano and swirling strings are enough to dissolve any and all dizzying Sunday disarray.

“Your Hand In Mine” gives listeners the feeling that their love can quite literally move mountains. Explosions In The Sky’s momentous orchestral crescendos and soaring guitar strums help listeners hark the track’s respective album title: The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place, which, this Sunday, it might feel like.

Diplo’s multitalented triad of talent, LSD (Labrinth, Sia, Diplo) queue up their mellifluous wedding of pop and dance music with “Audio,” to close out the list this week. A redemptive track to its core, “Audio” is your sonic segue to conquering whatever’s on the Sunday agenda.

Get a look at the official track list for Ariana Grande’s forthcoming album, ‘thank u, next’

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Get a look at the official track list for Ariana Grande’s forthcoming album, ‘thank u, next’Ariana Grande Thundercat Cover Them Changes Credit Spin Mag

The expression goes “strike while the iron is hot,” but one has to wonder if Ariana Grande‘s proverbial iron is ever anything but. With an illustrious headlining slot at Coachella, and her newfound status as the youngest artist to ever headline the posh California affair, not to mention a YouTube record for the most-viewed video on the platform within a 24-hour window, following the release of the cinematically inspired visual for “thank u, next,” Grande continues to not only strike, but hit her targets.

Next up? Grande’s 12-track LP that shares the name of its lead single, thank u, next. The album follows the August 2018 arrival of sweetener, a bubbly, dreamy offering, and, notably, Grande’s fourth studio production. Slated to drop just ahead of Valentine’s Day on Feb. 8, thank u, next is proof of just how much Grande hearts her fans, seeing that the album will be Grande’s second in a six-month period. Spotify shared the the track list for thank u, next ahead of the album’s release, and as to be expected, the track list alone affirms Grande’s growth from pop princess to badass queen thereof.

thank u, next includes the previously releases singles, “7 rings,” “imagine,” and the eponymous “thank u, next.” Nine unheard album inclusions meanwhile round out the track list, like “NASA” and, one sure to raise some eyebrows when it makes its full-length debut, “break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored.”

H/T: High Snobiety

Photo credit: Spin Mag

Spotify rolls out new artist-muting feature

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At long last, Spotify subscribers who want to limit their exposure to certain artists now have the ability to mute musicians whose songs makes them cringe, thanks to Spotify’s new artist-muting feature. The new function can be found in the menu bar on each artist’s page. Once the user mutes an artist, the artist’s music will not appear in Spotify’s chart listings, radio channels, autoplay playlists, nor in the streamer’s personal library.

Although the newfound Spotify ability will essentially erase the tracks on which the blocked artist receives primary accreditation from the Spotify user’s app, the mute feature will not similarly remove the artist from tracks on which they are hosted as a featured artist. For example, those who mute Ariana Grande would no longer be pointed to her latest single, “7 Rings” on the platform, but Ariana’s feature on Nicki Minaj‘s “Bed” would still appear on Spotify’s chart listings, radio channels, autoplay playlists, and in the streamer’s personal library, if selected. The feature is currently only available on Spotify’s mobile app.

h/t: Pitchfork

Sunday Morning Medicine Vol 162, with ZHU, Mat Zo, Luttrell, + more

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Sunday Morning Medicine Vol 162, with ZHU, Mat Zo, Luttrell, + moreSMM 2400

Sunday Morning Medicine is a feature from Dancing Astronaut dedicated to the mellower side of electronic music. We bring you our favorite therapeutic selections—old and new—in attempts to alleviate the agonizing effects of a long weekend of partying.


Mat Zo is turning the key on our Sunday Morning Medicine ignition this week, with his funky, idealistic remix of a vintage Porter Robinson track, “Flicker.” Zo’s rendition, which Robinson himself dubbed one of the best remixes he’d ever heard in his life, is full of wispy percussion and swirling melodies, erecting a city of celestial sound perfect for playing hide and go seek with responsibility.

Remixing an artist as colorful and inventive as Tycho is no small undertaking. But Anjunadeep‘s Luttrell (formerly one half of The M Machine) recently struck some sonic gold with his brand new “Epoch” re-envision, lending the track one of his signature chugging beats and preserving Tycho’s reverberating synth strums. Have a dance—or maybe just an extended sit—under Luttrell’s gleaming “Epoch”-al sky.

Here we have ZHU‘s ode to every painfully cool girl with a bad habit from a club locale nearest you. She lives lavishly inside the track’s cultivated wobble and sensuous, breathy vocals.

Manatee Commune’s newest, “My Dearest Friend” is a well-warranted spoonful of quixotic chaos. Instrumental, optimistic, and bouncy in all the right places, “My Dearest Friend” is here to eviscerate the residual alcohol-induced ringing in your ears.

Nothing lasts “Forever.” But tomorrow never comes for just over three minutes as Majid Jordan pulses through your speakers. You might just levitate as the duo’s illusory vocals and R&B tenderness breathe life into your tired weekend brain.

What’s your sign? Spotify thinks it can curate the perfect playlist around the zodiac

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What’s your sign? Spotify thinks it can curate the perfect playlist around the zodiacCosmin Playlists Spotify

The Forer effect is in full swing at the Spotify office—to the point where the streaming giant has announced that they’ve launched a series of playlists curated specifically toward each zodiac sign.

Each of the twelve “Cosmic Playlists” was curated in part by Spotify astrologer Chani Nicholas, who explains, “Astrology is about a specific moment in time. Each moment has a specific astrological mark, or archetype associated with it, that defines it”. She goes on to note that she worked with Spotify to create playlists that mark each of these moments and archetypes. Official word remains as to whether or not these playlists will be regularly updated, but it’s likely they will be from past patterns of the brand. Now, all that remains is to determine whether or not each of these playlists actually help horoscope enthusiasts “find direction in life” via music, as they’re claimed to.

 

Sunday Morning Medicine Vol 161, featuring Big Wild, Lucian, MELVV, + more

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Sunday Morning Medicine Vol 161, featuring Big Wild, Lucian, MELVV, + moreSMM 2400

Sunday Morning Medicine is a feature from Dancing Astronaut dedicated to the mellower side of electronic music. We bring you our favorite therapeutic selections—old and new—in attempts to alleviate the agonizing effects of a long weekend of partying.


Alina Baraz enlists the help of Danish producer, Galimatias, for “Unfold,” from her Urban Flora album. Dripping in sensuous escapism, this track aids in actualizing those halfhearted midday musings of whomever the heart sings out for.

Lucian‘s “Trndsttr” remix, with its swelling reverb and strutting breakbeat, will instill confidence in listeners this Sunday morning in places perhaps its been previously exhausted from extended weekend vexation.

From his brand new EP, Be On Fire, comes Chrome Sparks‘s cosmic “Ultraviolet Rainbow,” soaring into the depths of our subconscious with every analog arpeggio.

“Maker,” off Big Wild‘s brand new City of Sound project, is indie electronica dipped in nostalgia and laced with ’80s undertones. Its subtle riffs and winding, perrenial lead synth, blossoming, only to disappear once again, are a whimsical means of Sunday idealism and thoughts of “if only…”

MELVV’s twinkling, childlike production quirks serve as potent subterfuge, shrouding “Not Me”‘s poignant center. We’re leaving the track here, in the case any listeners are in need of a dose of Sunday refuge.

Drake grabbed the most Hot 100 entries of 2018, followed by Travis Scott, Lil Wayne

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Drake grabbed the most Hot 100 entries of 2018, followed by Travis Scott, Lil WayneDrake Video Gods Plan Dancing Astro

The “Blue Tint,” lyric, “top of the charts, back in they hearts” is certainly an apt description of Drake‘s performance on the charts last year. The viral success of “God’s Plan,” “Nice For What,” and “In My Feelings” led Drizzy to top Apple Music and Spotify‘s respective 2018 top album and artist statistics, an unsurprising finale to the year, given the omnipresent Scorpion singles’ collective 29 week residency on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. When it comes to the artist with the most Hot 100 entries of the year, Travis Scott and Lil Wayne follow Drake with 31 and 25 entries each, but fail to knock the 6 God’s crown. Drake touts the most Hot 100 entries of 2018, with a whopping 35.

Hip hop entities noticeably dominate Billboard’s list of the 12 musicians to receive the most entries of the year. Cardi B, XXXTentacion, Nicki Minaj, and Post Malone trail Drake, Travis, and Weezy, while Khalid remains the only artist outside of the rap genre to grace the list. While ranking among the highest grossing on Billboard’s list is no small feat, what Billboard’s Hot 100 count ultimately evidences is Drake’s unfaltering hold on the Hot 100 in one year’s time.

H/T: Hypebeast