Known for their masterfully produced feel-good tunes, SLUMBERJACK have been a household name in EDM since the release of their self-titled EP in late 2014. Since then, the duo has put out collaborations with the likes of industry leaders Alison Wonderland, What So Not, QUIX, and more, solidifying their already concrete presence in the scene.
Hot off the success of their ‘SARAWAK EP‘ released earlier this year, Australian duo SLUMBERJACK has teamed up with English artist Daktyl to release a powerful future bass inspired single on Monstercat. Featuring the passionate vocals of MOONZz, their track ‘Crucified’ caters to both the casual listener and dance music fanatic, leaving us confident that this piece will soon be heard on radio stations and mainstages alike for the foreseeable future. With SLUMBERJACK set to release another EP in early 2020, “Crucified” serves to prepare us for what is certain to be another exciting and successful year for both talented collaborators.
TNGHT are officially back. It has been seven years since Hudson Mohawke and Lunice first came together under the TNGHT banner. The duo’s bombastic beats and larger-than-life sound largely helped propel trap music to popularity, while also informing the decade’s early hip-hop trends. As quickly as they came together though, TNGHT receded into radio silence about a year after their self-titled debut EP—until now. After a steady drip of singles this fall, TNGHT is back with a long-awaited follow up, aptly titled II.
Ahead of the EP came “Serpent,” “Dollaz,” and “First Body,” and now the full eight-track collection is available via Warp Records / LuckyMe. What’s more, the pair have also announced their live comeback, appearing in NYC before year’s end, followed by a limited run of 2020 dates across Europe. See TNGHT’s full itinerary and listen to their latest, II, below.
12 December 2019 – The Dance, NYC – USA 16 March 2020 – Village Underground, London – UK 17 March 2020 – Le Trabendo, Paris – FR 18 March 2020 – Gretchen, Berlin – DE 20 March 2020 – CBE, Cologne – DE 21 March 2020 – TivoliVredenburg – Ronda, Utrecht – NL 22 March 2020 – Orangerie, Brussels – BE
GRAVEDGR‘s in deep with his latest release: “6 FEET UNDER,” to be precise.
Straight from Heavyweight Records’ bass kitchen, the new track marks GRAVEDGR’s most lyrical song on record. Combining his propensity for trap produtions and bass in all its forms, “6 FEET UNDER” spins an audacious web of sin, regret, and repentance; though the narrator knows well he is destined to transgress again.
The hard-hitting number is a fruitful harbinger for a larger evil on the horizon, GRAVEDGR’s forthcoming album. The LP, set for a February release, is expected to trace its creator’s circuitous internal discord over the length of 12 original tracks. Listeners can rest assured more raging bass is well on its way from the shadow-faced producer’s camp.
Flosstradamus may have just announced plans to take a break from the road for the foreseeable future, though Curt Cameruci’s touring hiatus doesn’t seem to be holding up his release plans at all. The Brooklyn transplant, by way of Chicago, broke the news to fans after a raucous Lost Lands performance, admitting a need to hang in one place and recenter after more than a decade on the road. With darker days on the move now behind him, Flosstradamus links up with Megatone for a rebound effort aptly titled “Bounce Back.”
“Sometimes you [have to] take some time to bounce back. When we created this song Megatone and myself were going through some hard times. We thought the vocal was fitting for our mindset at the time. The vocal got us stoked and made the song that much more hype for us!”
And, in a word—hype—is exactly what this new cut is. “Bounce Back” is hypnotic trap mayhem from front to back, complete with distorted siren breaks and knocking percussion arrangements. Expect this one to level crowds over the course of Flosstradamus’ final shows of the year, and reach for this one next time you’re looking for a pump-me-up. It will not disappoint.
Flosstradamus is touring through the end of 2019. Grab tickets for the below tour dates here.
12/26 – ATLANTA, GA – MASQUERADE
12/27 – SAN FRANCISCO, CA – 1015 FOLSOM
12/28 – SAN BERNARDINO, CA – AUDIOTISTIC LA
1/3 – NEW YORK, NY – WEBSTER HALL1/4 – CHICAGO, IL – METRO
Hudson Mohawke and Lunice continue to roll out new collaborative content under their TNGHT alias, six years after going radio silent at the height of their game. The “Blood On The Leaves” producers just released a long-awaited two-hour BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix that gives an inside snapshot of the two producer’s personal record crates.
Back in 2013, Hudson Mohawke and Lunice indefinitely went their separate creative ways at arguably the top of their joint game. The producers had joined forces back in 2011 and in no time, the duo were starting a trap movement that would largely consume electronic dance music for the next two years. In fact, they were largely considered to be the genre’s brightest torch bearers. TNGHT built a blistering catalog of rattling trap products, and even managed to grab production credits on Kanye West’s maximalist opus Yeezus, but as quickly as TNGHT came, the duo dissolved into indeterminate radio silence… until now.
Beyond the occasional Twitter rumblings over the years, each of which spark significant rumors of the TNGHT project’s revival, there have been no signs of Lunice/HudMo reunion, until the artwork for what we now know to be “Serpent” quietly appeared online. Days later, we have a pummeling, experimental cut that clinks and clatters over disjointed percussion patterns, broken up with banshee howling vocal cuts. Whatever it is—it marks the return of TNGHT. And signals to the idea there’s likely more material underway from the newly returned trap heroes. Enjoy.
Production styles from each artist can be audibly discerned in “20:25,” a trippy trap-style future bass track. The downtempo and hazy vocals from The Chain Gang of 1974 envelopes the listener in a dark, smoldering atmosphere, and the drawn-out synths effortlessly reverberate into a throbbing beat that carries the rest of the song.
Both Flux Pavilion and What So Not have been avid on the release front this year, both experimenting in a menagerie of musical formats, from drum ‘n’ bass, to dubstep, to melodic bass music. The new collaboration proves a worthy listen among the vast collection of high-profile hits from the artists.
It has been years since we’ve heard from Wave Racer, though now the Aussie beatmaker is confirmed to be on the comeback trail, ending a more than two-year hiatus. Wave Racer, commonly credited as the creator of the vibrant “bubble-trap” sub-genre that would eventually give way to the advent of future bass, planted his flag at a time when dance music was at the peak of its global expansion. With a sound akin to the likes of Lido (Trippy Turtle), Cashmere Cat, and What So Not, and Ryan Hemsworth among others, the “Flash Drive” producer helped define an important moment for electronic music before disappearing in 2017.
Now, it appears a comeback is in order, after a quiet update to the Future Classic producer’s social media channels after years of radio silence. Best of all, according to a statement provided to Dancing Astronaut from Wave Racer’s management, “Wavey is finally back,” and “new music will be here very very soon.” To introduce the roll out, the producer’s team has also launched a call-in phone number— (415)-510-2415 so fans can preview upcoming new music. Stay tuned for more updates as the story develops, but for now, prepare for Wave Racer’s highly anticipated return.
In a year jam-packed with reunions and comebacks, each with their own varying degrees of success so far, one lengthy hiatus seems to continue to garner people’s eyes, ears, and hopes more than anyone else—TNGHT. The former trap duo, comprised of Hudson Mohawke and Lunice, went radio silent with an indefinite split in 2013 and since then, people have voraciously awaited their return without the promise that a comeback would ever even be considered. Still, the masses clung to hope with nothing more than intermittent social media posts from the group’s defunct channels…for years.
Now, Hudson Mohawke seems to have ended all speculation, hinting that TNGHT has once again hit the drawing board together by giving fans a literal look at the drawing board. On the surface the image doesn’t reveal much, but just the act of featuring TNGHT imagery in a social media post is telling enough. Moreover, the group’s barely active Twitter account has shown more activity lately, further suggesting a ramp up is underway. It has been a minute since trap’s dominant heyday—leave it to Lunice and HudMo to fix all of that.
HARD Summer is nearly upon us, and as the staple Southern California dance event ramps up for one of it’s biggest billings yet, the festival is rolling out its annual mixtape series with veteran beatsmith YehMe2.
The former Flosstradamus proponent split from his longtime producer partner Curt Cameruci in late 2016 to launch his new alias in early 2017. Since then, he’s built a massive catalog of heavy handed heaters and remixes, from hisSteal This Mixtapeseries to collaborative cuts with A-Trak, WHIPPED CREAM, and more. Now, YehMe2 is primed to return to HARD Summer, a festival he’s dominated countless times over the years, and he’s locked in to deliver one of the most exciting—and hyped— performances of the weekend.
Ahead of YehMe2’s HARD Summer performance, vibe out with a new hour-long mix from the Chicago-native DJ below.