The Glitch Mob’s Ooah releases his Envision Festival set under his downtempo alias, Of Porcelain

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There are transformational music festivals, and there is Costa Rica’s Envision Festival. Held annually deep in the Latin American jungles, just off the beaches of the Pacific, the Spring time gathering boasts thought-leading workshops, world class yoga, and cutting-edge music. What better place then for a burner like Josh Mayer to pull out a rare solo performance as his downtempo alter ego, Of Porcelain.

Josh Mayer is a man of many talents. As Ooah, Mayer makes up one-third of The Glitch Mob (alongside ediT and Boreta) and one-half of PANTyRAiD (alongside Marty Party). Yet, the music from his long-dormant solo project, Of Porcelain, hadn’t seen the light of day in over four years, for which the multi-talented producer told LA Weekly, “The thing with the Of Porcelain music is that it just hits me at certain times where I have to write it.”

Nearly 10 years have passed since Of Porcelain‘s first album release. Now Mayer has broken his estrangement from his downtempo moniker with a stunning performance at Envision. The set is soothing, entrancing, and ethereal, featuring a track list from the likes of Sasha, Aphex Twin, and Christian Löffler. Additionally, Mayer includes a few of his own productions, such as his newest original track, “And Here I Am Free,” which was premiered here at DA earlier this year.

Listen to Of Porcelain’s solo performance at Costa Rica’s Envision Festival earlier this year.

Tracklist:

1. 2814 – Before The Rain
2. Brutalist – He Was A Great Man
3. Of Porcelain – And Here I Am Free
4. Of Porcelain – Shadows In The Sand
5. Schneider TM – Take Me Out Tonight
6. Lusine – Flat (Lusine Remix)
7. Of Porcelain – Awake With Your Eyes
8. Jon Hopkins – Abandon Window
9. Aphex Twin – Avril 14th (Murcof Remake)
10. edIT – Laundry
11. Of Porcelain – Light In Your Eyes
12. Halo – Green & Blue (Koan Sound remix)
13. Holographic Field – Afterglow
14. Jon Hopkins – Sun Harmonics
15. Sasha – Time After Time
16. Christian Löffler – Swim
17. Sasha – Rooms
18. Kiasmos – Swept
19. Holographic Field – Afloat
20. Kiasmos – Bent

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Illenium announces sophomore album, releases ‘Crawl Out Of Love’

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There are melodic bass producers, and then there’s Nick Miller. The Denver-based producer known as Illenium has not only been releasing cutting-edge melodic tracks over the past three years, he’s also been advocating for “melodic” as a movement. That’s one of many reasons Dancing Astronaut named him one of our Top 25 artists to watch for in 2017.

Just one week after his momentous release with Zeds Dead, Miller took to one of his online fan group communities to reveal the official track listing for his sophomore album, Awake. The caption of his post read, “Album release getting ANNOUNCED with crawl Monday. Pre order avail next week.”

On Aug. 7, Illenium returned with another captivating melodic single, “Crawl Outta Love” featuring Annika Wells, which he has been teasing since the release of his Electric Forest “Ashes to Ashes” mini-mix in late June. The single stands as the evolutionary culmination of Miller’s past and present sound stamps packaged into one beautiful break-up ballad — from the ever-present signature synths in “So Wrong” to the budding build-ups of his remixes of The Chainsmokers‘ “Don’t Let Me Down” and Kaskade‘s “Disarm You.”

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LISTEN: Soundtrack to Tomorrowland 2017

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SOUNDTRACK TO TOMORROWLAND 2017

This year over 400,000 people descended upon Boom, Belgium for the two-weekend 2017 edition of Tomorrowland. A staple of the electronic music community, the festival features the highest profile artists along with the hottest up and comers, covering a vast swathe of talent across the EDM spectrum. The festival’s high reputation and large international fanbase naturally translates to intense pressure for the artists to bring their A-game to each gathering, and this year’s roster certainly had no issue inspiring frenetic dancing among their crowds.

Many times in these eclectic shows, patterns emerge. That’s especially so when a producer creates a work that resonates deeply with so many others that it finds its way into many, many sets without losing its glimmer. The following playlist is a sampling of such tracks, which could be heard all throughout Tomorrowland on both weekends.

While featured tracks such as “Boom” by Tiesto and Sevenn and “Pump” by Valentino Khan were to be expected, A-Trak‘s “Heads Will Roll” has proven once again that it can withstand the test of time as one of EDM’s greatest festival hits ever made.

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Tiësto & Sevenn – BOOM (Radio Edit)

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Chainsmokers & Coldplay – Something Just Like This (Don Diablo Remix)

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Mike Cervello & Cesqeaux – SMACK!

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Skrillex & Habstrakt – Chicken Soup

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Kungs Vs. Cookin’ On 3 Burners – This Girl

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Heads Will Roll (A-Trak Remix Radio Edit)<br />

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JOYRYDE – HOT DRUM

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Jack U – Jungle Bae (feat. Bunji Garlin & MX Prime)

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Pitbull Feat Lil Jon Amp Will I Am Amp JD – Put Your Fuckin Hands Up Acappella<br />

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Renegade Master – MAD M.A.C vs Jamis(Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike Edit)

BlackGummy releases ‘Monolith’ EP on mau5trap

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BlackGummy, real name Iman Marouf, has been no stranger to taking on hugely theoretical approaches in his sound design. From his debut EP Singularity, which chronicles the moment when A.I. will surpass human intelligence, to his newest Monolith EP, out now on mau5trap, it’s a wonder how the enigmatic L.A. producer translates deeply complex theoretical concepts into sonic airwaves.

Monolith is a 20-minute aural thesis on the communicative human event by which we pass down universal stories through the ages. The sound design is minimalistic, yet heavy and pure, while the ultimate message is supremely substantive and, admittedly, a bit clunky. What BlackGummy seems to be trying to grasp himself is the significance of symbolic cultures seeking to pass down the “meaning of life” onto structures, for instance, like those of the ancient pyramids and Stonehenge.

From the ominous opening of “Iconoclast” and the progressive waves of “Arp” to the eventual dark, soul-scraping synths of “Edifice,” BlackGummy serves as a sonic shepherd through a myriad of emotions.

The result is a spiritually nuanced, deeply perplexing, challenging and entrancing project that will leave you with more questions than answers.

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The Chainsmokers’ 61 week long run in the Billboard top 10 finally ends

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The Chainsmokers’ have finally fallen out of the Billboard Top 10, ending a 61 week long run of having at least one single in the Top 10. Their reign started in May 2016 with “Don’t Let Me Down,” continuing with “Closer” and “Paris” before it ended as their monster collaboration with Coldplay, “Something Just Like This,” bowed out of the Top 10 in the most recent rankings.

Their 61 week haul is the second longest an act has ever spent in the Top 10, just weeks eight weeks off Kay Perry’s all time record, set back in 2011. They’re also only the third group to have three simultaneous Top 10 songs on the list. These astronomical numbers are a clear indication of The Chainsmokers’ success and popularity.

H/T: Stereogum

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