Manila Killa starts the year strong with punchy single and headlining tour announcement

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2018 was a year of big transitions for Chris Gavino, more popularly known by his DJ/producer alias, Manila Killa, with his decision to focus on his solo career after a successful bout as one half of Hotel Garuda.

In honor of his new focus as a one-man show, Gavino announced he would be dropping his debut EP as Manila Killa in early 2019. He has now delivered his third and final single from the EP before its full release. The track is an intricate blend of soul-warming synths and edgy vocals provided by Sara Skinner. Titled “All 2 U,” the track opens with pulsing electro notes that frame Skinner’s vocals, floating between breathy and punchy.

The radio-friendly release is not the only news the producer has, as he also just announced his first headlining tour as Manila Killa, entitled 1993. Gavino speaks about his 1993 tour in an official release:

“…I’ll be going on my first headlining tour, where I’ll be showcasing a lot of the music I’ve been working on for the past year,” he writes. “Thank you all for the support you’ve been showing me…”

The 1993 tour will span across major markets throughout the United States. Fans can check if he is coming to a city near them and purchase tickets here.

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Manila Killa starts the year strong with punchy single and headlining tour announcementManila Killa

Zomboy sends listeners to bass heaven with new track, ‘Hide N’ Seek’

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Zomboy sends listeners to bass heaven with new track, ‘Hide N’ Seek’Zomboy Hide N Seek

Zomboy has resolved to end the year with valor, by way of a stream of releases before he takes off for his 2019 Rott N’ Roll Tour.

To cap off a lustrous 2018, Zomboy has locked and loaded “Hide N’ Seek,” via Never Say Die to send listeners into 2019 buzzing. The song combines punching bass blasts with an intense set of drops that are likely to boggle brains near and far on the tour. The monstrous synths take over the listener’s consciousness to create an all-encompassing burst of decadent bass heaven.

It’s highly likely “Hide N’ Seek” is indeed the track to which he is referring; and in that case, much to Zomboy fans’ relief. The German dubstep veteran’s newest track is proof that while fans can run, they can’t hid from Zomboy and his un-dead intensity

Dillon Francis and Alison Wonderland announce co-headlining 2019 tour

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Dillon Francis and Alison Wonderland have been teasing fans with an impending collaboration and a stream of social media posts together. The posting is not just to build anticipation for their track, however. The duo have just announced the co-headlining Lost My Mind tour, beginning in 2019.

The producers released a promotional trailer to announce the tour, where they enlist “stunt doubles” to shoot the promotional trailer for them. In true Francis fashion, the viewers will not escape the short video without a few laughs.

In addition to Francis and Wonderland’s solo headline sets during the tour, the pair will join forces on stage to host an exclusive back-to-back set each night.

A ticket pre-sale for fans will begin at 10 a.m. PT November 26, followed by a Spotify pre-sale at 10 a.m. local time November 28. General ticket sales launch at 10 a.m. local time November 30.

For first access to tickets and more info, visit LostMyMindTour.com.

1/31/2019 Madison, WI – The Sylvee
2/1/2019 Minneapolis, MN – Armory
2/2/2019 Chicago, IL – Navy Pier
2/4/2019 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
2/5/2019 Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theatre @ The Midland
2/7/2019 Dallas, TX – South Side Ballroom
2/8/2019 Houston, TX – Revention Music Center
2/9/2019 Austin, TX – Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
2/15/2019 Columbus, OH – Express Live!
2/16/2019 Detroit, MI – Masonic Temple
2/17/2019 Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
2/20/2019 Portland, ME – State Theatre
2/21/2019 Philadelphia, PA – Liacouras Center
2/22/2019 Washington, DC – The Anthem
2/23/2019 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE

Zomboy does his part to keep bass music fresh with new release ‘Lone Wolf’

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Zomboy does his part to keep bass music fresh with new release ‘Lone Wolf’Lone Wolf Artwork

Bass producer Zomboy is inching closer to his 30-stop 2019 Rott N’ Roll Tour, steadily releasing a a full-fledged assortment of tracks to capture fans’ interest before the North American leg.

His latest is titled “Lone Wolf.” The track immediately introduces a catchy synth progression that lures the listener into its sonorous grasp. Instrumentals build over the top of the intro, ultimately falling into a heavy dubstep drop that would meld swimmingly in a high intensity live set. The heavy bassline is aptly able to maintain the melodic elements of the synth progression well into the production’s conclusion.

The producer spoke to Billboard about the state of bass music, and how he is trying to stay unique in a space that is slowly becoming oversaturated.

“The bass music scene, however wonderful and broad, can often get a little tired,” Zomboy says“This is only to be expected when something this popular attracts so many new and hungry producers. In the current climate a lot of the groove and energy has been substituted for a harder, simpler and more aggressive sound.”

Swedish House Mafia confirm Mexico City performance in May 2019

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As Swedish House Mafia‘s hotly anticipated reunion continues to materialize, the trio have confirmed another stop on their comeback circuit. Setting their sights on Mexico City, Steve Angello, Axwell, and Sebastian Ingrosso will touch down on May 18, 2019, confirming a message Angello teased to fans at this year’s installment of Ultra Mexico. The group’s Mexico City booking next summer comes shortly after the highly publicized announcement of their hometown comeback performance in Stockholm next April.

Additional bookings are expected to follow in other major markets, and non-stop festival speculation has been fueling the rumor mill since the group reunited on stage at Ultra in Miami in early 2018. With new Swedish House Mafia music being made, huge potential endorsements looming, potential festival headlines, and what seems to be an international tour in the making, expect 2019 to be the Year of the Mafia.

Sign up for pre-sale tickets to Mexico City here. 

Swedish House Mafia confirm Mexico City performance in May 2019

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Swedish House Mafia confirm Mexico City performance in May 2019SHM Reunion Ultra Miami FB

As Swedish House Mafia‘s hotly anticipated reunion continues to materialize, the trio have confirmed another stop on their comeback circuit. Setting their sights on Mexico City, Steve Angello, Axwell, and Sebastian Ingrosso will touch down on May 18, 2019, confirming a message Angello teased to fans at this year’s installment of Ultra Mexico. The group’s Mexico City booking next summer comes shortly after the highly publicized announcement of their hometown comeback performance in Stockholm next April.

Additional bookings are expected to follow in other major markets, and non-stop festival speculation has been fueling the rumor mill since the group reunited on stage at Ultra in Miami in early 2018. With new Swedish House Mafia music being made, huge potential endorsements looming, potential festival headlines, and what seems to be an international tour in the making, expect 2019 to be the Year of the Mafia.

Sign up for pre-sale tickets to Mexico City here. 

Swedish House Mafia hints at Mexico City stop in suggestive Instagram posts

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Swedish House Mafia continue to plot their comeback slowly, steadily, and of course, suggestively. The supergroup solidified their extended reunion via their recent announcement of a May 4, 2019 show at Stockholm’s Tele2 Arena, and their concurrent statement that more tour dates would follow their hometown performance, with new music in tow. The ball remains ever in Swedish House Mafia’s court, as the EDM world watches, writhing in anticipation of the trio’s next move; but as Angello, Axwell, and Ingrosso‘s Instagram activity of late intimates, Mexico City might just be the next location to gain a date with Swedish House Mafia.

Each of the three constituents shared an Instagram picture with the words “Mexico City” displayed three times, in the group’s characteristic promotional style. Just what Swedish House Mafia plans to do in Mexico City currently remains undefined, given the lack of specific supporting details from the triad. However, as those attuned to Swedish House Mafia’s mounting activity in the past year have likely observed, the trio’s social media activity tends to prelude official news of an upcoming appearance, and it’s likely that this pattern will continue–Mexico City notwithstanding.

 

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Massive Attack to embark on ‘Mezzanine’ 20th anniversary tour through Europe and North America

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Twenty years post-Mezzanine, Massive Attack‘s discerning third album, the trip-hop troop decided to not only reissue the album in all its seductive glory, but to also launch a full-scale tour in accordance with the retrospective release.

The multi-continental tour will trace vital European markets through its opening leg in the first half of 2019, with the North American tour schedule, which the group announced will include stops in Chicago, New York, Boston, and Detroit, coming Nov 2. In a recent release, Massive Attack shared that the tour is slated to be entirely individual to the album anniversary, with “custom audio reconstructed from the original samples and influences.”

As with so many of their previous performances, Massive Attack will be bringing a series of collaborative support with them on the road, including Liz Fraser of the Cocteau Twins, who appeared on Mezzanine-housed “Teardrop.” The Bristol outfit previously announced they’ll be consigning the reissue to an audio-DNA-encoded can of spray paint, giving greater weight to the widespread theorizing that Massive Attack’s Robert Del Naja, who carries a longstanding history as a graffiti-ist, is indeed the notoriously elusive street-artist, Banksy.

Massive Attack 2019 Tour Dates:
01/28 – Glasgow, UK @ SSE Hydro
01/29 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Arena
01/31 – Brussels, BE @ Palais 12
02/01 – Amsterdam, NL @ AFAS Live
02/04 – Frankfurt, DE @ Jahrhunderthalle
02/05 – Munich, DE @ Zenith
02/06 – Milan, IT @ Mediolanum Forum
02/08 – Rome, IT @ Palalottomatica
02/09 – Padua, IT @ Kioene Arena
02/11 – Paris, FR @ Zenith
02/13 – Nantes, FR @ Zenith de Nantes Metropole
02/14 – Bordeaux, UK @ Bordeaux Metropole Arena
02/18 – Lisbon, PT @ Campo Pequeno
02/19 – London, UK @ O2 Arena
02/24 – Dublin, IE @ 3Arena
03/01 – Bristol, UK @ Steel Yard

Strafe x Justin Martin – Set It Off Remix review

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Back in the early ’80s, New York City cats were heating up the floor, moonwalking, and slick talking over the freshly laid pavement that was NYC garage. One of the most memorable anthems of the era was Strafe’s “Set It Off,” a joint every good DJ should have in their crate. Now, thanks to Justin Martin, “Set It Off” has risen to new heights and landed among the clouds.

Justin Martin’s remixes are always bold. When he makes a VIP mix of his own track he creates something completely new yet undeniably faithful. His remix of “Set It Off” is no exception to this brash approach to remixing. Despite the fact that the track is 35 years old and no doubt influenced Justin Martin, he has taken the reins to start the party all over again.

On all sides, left and right, Justin Martin has flipped this track and made it his. It’s dirtier, contemporary, and boisterous, and in true Martin remix fashion, there remains a balance between creativity and appreciation that can only come from a place of genuine familiarity. His remix of “Set It Off” climbs higher and higher, creates more space, all while maintaining the essence of the original track — to get it started and keep it going. The momentum Justin has created with this two-track EP is notable as the three-month-long Set It Off tour is picking up speed, hype, and isn’t going to stop anytime soon.      

‘Set If Off’ is now available through DIRTYBIRD. Order a copy here, and follow the label here 

Damon Albarn on the Gorillaz future touring plans: “It’s probably going to be another 10 years”

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All good things must come to an end…or at least take a break. Damon Albarn, frontman of beloved digital rock outfit Gorillaz, seems to think its time to put the band to bed for a while following back-to-back LP releases with 2017’s Humanz and 2018’s The Now NowRecently, speaking to the Toronto SunAlbarn explained that after two full-length studio albums, he and co-creator Jamie Hewlett plan to take a break from the road, to “even out” their recent output. An impending hiatus isn’t too surprising however, given that before Humanz, Albarn and Hewlett hadn’t linked for a full-length project since 2010’s Plastic Beach

“Since there wasn’t much time between these recent two records it’s probably going to be another 10 years,” claims Albarn.

Recently, the Blur proponent also revealed that another side project, The Good, The Bad & The Queen are set to release new music, and that new materials from the Gorillaz could land sometime after that. Regardless of more new music from the “Humility” producers that may come in 2019, it seems after the group’s current tour ends on October 24 in Mexico City, Gorillaz may not surface again for another decade.

H/T: NME