DA Presents: ’30 Days of Fright’ featuring REZZ, Gesaffelstein, Noisia, Drezo, and more [Playlist]

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DA Presents: ’30 Days of Fright’ featuring REZZ, Gesaffelstein, Noisia, Drezo, and more [Playlist]SPOOKS PLAYLIST 1

Grab a mask, slam back some candy corn, and get primed to get spooky: it’s October and officially witching season. Electronic music fanatics might be creatures of the night all year round, but there’s something so undeniably righteous about the Halloween season that makes the rapturous roar of dance music even more spellbinding. Whether in the form of diabolic dubstep or demonically deviant techno, the advent of electronic music has given the world some of its most truly terrifying tunes. In that vein, the Dancing Astronaut terror squad is proud to present 30 Days of Fright, our most dastardly dance music favorites for the spookiest month of the year.

By Asher Norris and Bella Bagshaw 


Surrender your consciousness and step inside REZZ‘s world of swirling asphyxia with “Relax.”

Feel your blood begin to bubble and your pulse hectically hasten as BlackGummy and Brooks’s “Neverdeader” breathes a bit of electronic hellfire.

Stream if you dare, as this flame-throwing dubstep track from Kill The Noise, “Black Magic,” will leave your eardrums scorched, but entirely satiated.

Zeds Dead offers up the score for entertainment of the entirely un-dead variety with their timelessly terrifying, “Demons.”

Careful – Megan James’s delectably delicate voice may seem perfectly benevolent, but make no mistake: lofty pipes like hers are witchy by nature.

ZHU plays maestro for all things that boogie and bump in the night with “Nightcrawler.”

Taste the psychedelic strangeness of An-Ten-Nae and Alice D.’s “Raindrops On Roses,” and fall into their preternatural purgatory.

Ever wanted to dance with the devil himself? Habstrakt‘s harrowing house track, “She Goes,” is an opportunity to do just that.

Zomboy invites you to venture through his dubstep-riddled zombie apocalypse with “Ressurected.”

Crowned prince of menacing sound design, Drezo sprinkles a ghastly vocal cut and some unearthly growls in one of his most downright evil releases, “Dead.”

Ivy Lab puts a wickedly delicious spin on an already-crazed Noisia classic, “Tentacles.”

Bask in the eerie ecstasy of Eekkoo and Forrest’s pulsating house production, “Preach.”

NERO solidifies their title as masters of destruction and drum ‘n’ bass with “Doomsday.”

Slithering and psychotic, Noisia’s “Lilith’s Club” will summon spooky sentiments from listeners across the board.

Catch a case of the techno scaries with Gesaffelstein‘s devilishly danceable “Viol.”

Magic Sword wields triumphant electrowave, “In The Face Of Evil,” to fend off even the most nefarious of forces in the days leading up to this All Hallow’s Eve.

Phantogram‘s off-kilter ambiance from “Funeral Pyre,” is the ideal supernatural soundscape, topped with seductive static and levitation-inducing guitar chords.

An undoubtedly foreseen, but fundamental addition to the list, deadmau5‘s “Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff” keeps the freaky, phantasmic fun flying all season long.


Float through the ectoplasm of The Upside Down with this exquisitely melodic synthwave track direct from the second Stranger Things soundtrack.

We’re not really sure what Moody Good is investigating in the malignantly-sampled “This Is The Investigation,” but we’re pretty sure it’s not natural.

Step inside Pryda‘s low-lit techno tunnel and experience the roaring mania of “Rebel XX.”

Those with a predilection for the creepy crawly end of the electronic continuum need only submit themselves to Knife Party‘s iconic “Centipede.”

Street Fever’s winding techno musings inside “Dispose” may be simplistic, but they’ll leave listeners reeling with haunted rejoice.

Feed Me‘s two-headed trap/dubstep hybrid “Pink Lady” will have you seeing phantom strobes well into the afterlife.

It’s virtually impossible to overload on REZZ tracks during any month, but it’s especially tricky this time of year. Her immortal state of “Delusion” thrusts listeners below ground, where the most formidable forces can frolic freely.

Virtual Riot unleashes a bloodcurdling, cinematic ruckus with zombie-apocalypse-themed, “Haunted.”

Names are not at all deceiving as Shadient takes Wavedash and Quest‘s unnervingly vocalized “Devil Music” for ransom.

Coast the un-departed synth-pop streets of Dance With The Dead’s chillingly regal “Nightdrive.”

Spirits loom overhead, as Stephan Bodzin’s “Singularity” permeates shuddersome sounds of uncertainty.

The evil computers of the underworld unite on Knife Party’s riot-conjuring, “Internet Friends.”


There’s too many spooky dance cuts to round up all at once, alas, we’ve got you going with a pretty good start. Keep the spooks in rotation all month long, and don’t forget to mix in “Monster Mash” a few times to get into the spirit of things this season. Stream the full 30 Days of Fright collection below.

Primavera Sound drops spectacular 2018 lineup

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The vibrant affair Primavera Sound has announced a stunning 2018 lineup. Over 200 artists across a bevy of genres front the eighteenth edition set for May 28–June 3 in Barcelona.

Primavera Sound lends a glimpse into generational references with a pulse on contemporary music. The bill presents a push towards comprehensiveness, grrrl power, and once in a lifetime experiences in the live event sphere. With zero small print in the eminently danceable lineup, attendees can look forward to performances from Four Tet, French duo The Blaze, Chromeo, Jlin, Mount Kimbie, and Peggy Gou.

Hunee will go b2b with Antal. Both Seth Troxler and John Talabot have their own disco sets. Björk will perform her resplendent new album Utopia. Floating Points will perform both live and a six-hour DJ set. Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein from S U R V I V E will perform the entire soundtrack from Stranger Things. Discwoman‘s Umfang and Volvox will go b2b. Joe Goddard of Hot Chip, DJ Koze, Lindström, Dekmantel Soundsystem, Palms Trax, The Black Madonna, Daphni, the killer DJ Shanti Celeste, and many more will see that euphoria and sweat reign supreme on the dance floor.

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More information can be found via Primavera Sound’s website.

Photo Credit: Stuart Philkill

Kygo debuts ‘Stranger Things’ music video

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‘Stranger Things 2’ soundtrack gets the vinyl release it deserves

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Last year, Stranger Things exploded into one of the top pop culture highlights of 2016 and the hype around the second season of Netflix’s 80s fetishizing smash hit has largely picked up and progressed from exactly where the show’s pilot season left off. The sci-fi sensation is an authentic examination and homage to the 1980’s matched with a dark, contemporary take on the decade’s immortalized synth rock and new wave sonics, scored by members of Austin-based synthesizer quartet S U R V I V E. Now, the second season’s soundtrack is getting a vinyl release that’s as quintessentially Stranger Things as it gets.

Multiple vinyl versions will be pressed and released, led by the “Upside Down Inter-dimensional Blue Vinyl,” available on December 22 via Lakeshore Records. Early 2018 will bring three additional versions, including a “Purple Crystal Vinyl,” a blue and white splattered “Crystal Clear Vinyl” and a standard 180 gram black vinyl on January 12, via Invada.

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And, if you’re like us at DA, and shamelessly devour all Stranger Things content with little regard or self restraint, then enjoy everyone’s favorite freshman foursome in this cheeky Late Late Show appearance with James Corden where the boys play reuniting members of Motown supergroup The Upside Downs after television superstardom strikes.

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Stranger Things composers break down main title theme on ‘Song Exploder’

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Netflix‘s original series Stranger Things is the streaming service’s hottest show for the second straight year.

Initially released in July of 2016, the nostalgia-steeped series has since been nominated for 18 Emmys and even went on to win the Emmy for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music.

The show’s composers Michael Stein and Kyle Dixon of the synth-led electronica outfit S U R V I V E have now stopped by Song Exploder to break down the ominous main title sequence and more. In a short and sweet discussion, the two delve into the creative freedom of working on a Netflix original, how the Duffer brothers approached them via email, their musical communication process, working up to the theme, and more.

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Watch Stranger Things composers create sci-fi soundscapes at the Moog factory

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Anticipation for the beloved, nostalgia-ridden sci-fi hit Stranger Things has undoubtedly been at an all-time high this past month and, with the release of the second season, finally crested.

Between the deliverance of synth-led S U R V I V E’s dark soundtrack for the Netflix original and the desire to escape to much simpler, ostensibly blissful times, Stranger Things‘ ethos leaves very small wonder as to why fans could hardly wait for its sequel. For some, the show and its cast of characters — Eleven, Mike, Dustin, Will and more — seemed like they may never return.

But in the spirit of the show’s release, S U R V I V E members and score composers for the hit show Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein visited the Moog Factory to create a sonic sea of Stranger Things-aligned sci-fi soundscapes. Somehow, in the seemingly never-ending abyss of cables, the two echo the sounds of the show in an effortless fashion.

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Listen to S U R V I V E get ‘a bit darker and weirder’ on Stranger Things season two soundtrack

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The Stranger Things cast sat down with Emmy Magazine after season one wrapped up, where they revealed that the next season would be “a lot more horror-oriented.” Season two of the Netflix hit show arrives on October 27, just in time for Halloween, and is set to consist of just 9 episodes.

In anticipation of the impending continuation of the new age cult classic, synth-led S U R V I V E has released the Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein led soundtrack.

S U R V I V E confirmed in an interview with The Vinyl Factory earlier in the fall that, “things are going to be a bit darker and weirder,” as the characters “are going to spend a little more time in the Upside Down.”

Fortunately, the band has delivered on the aforementioned and simultaneously found a more texturized means of sonic expression. They’ve added more modular synths, in turn adding, even more, depth and layers into the mix. Certainly, in its 34 tracks, at over one hour long, the two hint a much darker season will arrive in no time.

 

 

 

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With just two weeks remaining in the countdown to Stranger Things season two, the soundtrack’s masterminds have added to the excitement with the release of an inaugural track off the forthcoming soundtrack, due out Oct. 20.

Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein, who make up S U R V I V E, have released “Walkin’ in Hawkins” on Lakeshore Records. The short track features the simple, synth-infused feel fans have come to know and love from the show’s soundtrack. While the track has a decidedly more lighthearted feel than many of its predecessors, it no doubt leads into something more sinister.

Stranger Things season two is out on Netflix Oct. 27.

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S U R V I V E wins Emmy for ‘Stranger Things’ theme

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The 69th Annual Emmy Awards honored the best in U.S. prime time television last night, honoring series that ran from June 1, 2016, through May 31, 2017. While it was expected Stranger Things was going to sweep its respective categories — the show was nominated for 18 awards — it, in turn, won five Creative Emmys.

Among those awards the series racked up the Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music award, marking the first Emmy Award for S U R V I V E members Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein. Dixon and Stein composed the synth-led title theme and the rest of the score for the hit show and have since been brought on for season two.

S U R V I V E has previously noted that in season two, “things are going to be a bit darker and weirder.”

For a complete list of the 2017 Emmy winners visit here.

Stanger Things season two is on Netflix Oct. 27. Revisit the theme below.

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Just days ago, the internet was set abuzz with the first official trailer for Netflix’s smash hit, Stranger Things. To add to the frenzy, What So Not appears to have added his own announcement to the fray.

Since last year, the producer has teased his rendition of the signature theme song. It appears the wait for the coveted remix may soon be over, if the tweet is indeed hinting at its release.

For now, fans can enjoy this live cut of the track, which the producer has been playing at festivals for months.

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