Five cuts to throw on heavy rotation ahead of TroyBoi’s Avant Gardner takeover

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Five cuts to throw on heavy rotation ahead of TroyBoi’s Avant Gardner takeoverTroyboi Concert Jatin Gandhi Photography

One of trap’s most seasoned tastemakers, TroyBoi, will take his subwoofer suited catalog to New York’s Avant Gardner on Dec. 21, where, in the titular fashion of his album series, he will bring the V!BEZ. An emblem of low-end experimentation, TroyBoi has consistently applied pressure to the contemporary conventions of the trap and bass genres, producing a series of sharply cut singles that foreground the unusual style that has earned TroyBoi electronic credit.

Dancing Astronaut combs through TroyBoi’s collection of anomalous cuts to highlight five standouts ahead of the deck domination that will ensue at Avant Gardner, where TroyBoi will be joined by Yultron and Arcenil. Tickets are available, here.


“Tranquilizer” – TroyBoi ft Adekunle Gold (2015)

TroyBoi sedates streamers with a slinky effort that entrusts Adekunle Gold with vocal responsibility. The short little stint in downtempo territory is sparing on the bass and liberal with melody. In this respect, “Tranquilizer” is the opposite of a classic TroyBoi production, some might say, an exposition of the dynamic producer’s versatility. Fluidly, he flexes it.

“Soundclash” – Flosstradamus ft TroyBoi (2015)

In 2015, Flosstradamus extended a collaborative invitation to TroyBoi, and what ensued was nothing short of riot inducing. Known by the name of “Soundclash,” the single would become a boisterous benchmark in both Flosstradamus and TroyBoi’s then nascent careers.

“Malokera” – TroyBoi with Skrillex and MC Lan ft Ludmilla, Ty Dolla $ign (2019)

Laced with Brazilian influence, “Malokera” is the saucy output of a five-part posse that includes TroyBoi, Skrillex, MC Lan, Ludmilla, and Ty Dolla $ign. The ethnically inflected collaborative outing ornaments the enticing rhythm of the single’s drums with hip-hop verses that inject cross-genre appeal to the production.

Replete with hip-shake inducing appeal and flirtatious flair, “Malokera” surfaced as a sauntering exposition of TroyBoi and co.’s genre manipulating capability.

Afterhours” – TroyBoi ft Diplo and Nina Sky (2015)

Outfitted not with bells and whistles but bells and bass, “Afterhours” foregrounds the atmospheric echo of Nina Sky‘s vocals as the Diplo and TroyBoi-supplied bass vibrates with controlled intensity. The inarguable star of the affair that is “Afterhours” is the undulating bass line.

“The Truth” – TroyBoi (2019)

A jouncing, trap-leaning number, “The Truth” notably leaves the harder-hitting drops denotative of the sub-genre on the shelf this go around. The core constructive focus of “The Truth” is the beat, which staggers and shifts for the duration of the choppy cut.

Resounding pops of bass and the assertive declaration of the vocal overlay, “I am the truth / I am the light,” amplify the speaker-pummeling power of “The Truth.” Deriving a freshness from the glitchy originality of its musical framework, “The Truth” catches TroyBoi doing what’s always set him apart: nuancing the low end.

Photo credit: Jatin Gandhi Photography

Skrillex joins in on birthday surprise for TroyBoi during Los Angeles headline

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Skrillex joins in on birthday surprise for TroyBoi during Los Angeles headlineTroyboi Skrille

Skrillex and TroyBoi are both legends in their own regards. Seeing either one of them live is always an unforgettable experience. Seeing them share the stage to perform their massive collaboration, “Warlordz,” is almost too good to be true, yet it’s exactly what lucky attendees of TroyBoi’s Los Angeles headline show experienced on Nov. 22.

On the 22nd, TroyBoi shut down Los Angeles’ famous venue The Shrine in the midst of his Nostalgia Tour. Fans were in for quite the night, with opening sets from both Argenil and Destructo, followed by TroyBoi’s signature trap sound. As the clock neared midnight, the music cut out, and TroyBoi’s friends and crew took to the stage to wish him a heartwarming happy birthday. To both the audience and TroyBoi’s surprise, Skrillex joined in on the action. As the birthday celebration drew to a close, the natural next move was to jointly perform their hit 2019 collaboration.

Destructo delivers new G-house heat on ‘Twisted’

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Destructo delivers new G-house heat on ‘Twisted’Destructo Photo By Rukescom

Gearing up for an extended agenda of 2020 tour dates, the notorious Gary Richards, aka Destructo, is back with a new house jam, “Twisted.” Per usual, it’s been another active year for the LA-based DJ/entrepreneur, touring his live sets while sitting as current president of LiveStyle. Richards oversees all of North America for the large-scale festival machine, with properties including Electric Zoo, Life In Color, Mysteryland, AMF Seattle, and more. Most recently, he performed alongside Diplo, MK, Justice, and others at an All My Friends flagship event in downtown LA.

Heading into the holidays, Richards plans to keep the party going with “Twisted,” the latest in his G-house arsenal, which samples “Got It Twisted” by iconic hip-hop duo Mobb Deep. The original release from 2004 brings us farther down the sampling rabbit hole, borrowing from a 1980s hit by Thomas Dolby, all of which is encapsulated in the Destructo revamp on top of hard-hitting bass, swaying leads, and a drop primed for the warehouse front.

Richards will kick off 2020 with the second edition of his new AMF cornerstone, the Friendship cruise, running January 6-10, hosting a wide range of performers like Ty Dolla $ign, GRiZ, and TroyBoi. After the boat ride, he’ll officially embark on the Twisted Tour, beginning in February. Head here for tickets and more information.

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TroyBoi teams up with Adekunle Gold for new single, ‘Tranquilizer’

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TroyBoi teams up with Adekunle Gold for new single, ‘Tranquilizer’Troyboi IleSoniq 2019 By Pierre Bourgault 9

Eclectic producer TroyBoi calls on Nigerian vocalist Adekunle Gold for assistance on his latest single, “Tranquilizer.” The mellow track features spacey, reverb-laden production that gives Gold plenty of room for melodic freedom. Its smooth flow paired with simple, yet impactful elements makes the composition a fitting play in a wide array of settings.

“Tranquilizer” adds to TroyBoi’s steady flow of tunes he’s produced in 2019 since joining OWSLA, highlighted by his V!BEZ, Vol. 3 release and a pair of Skrillex collaborations. “Tranquilizer” marks a switch from the tight, sample heavy production that TroyBoi has generally crafted, but a change of pace from an artist with such a wide skill set is anything but unexpected. It will be interesting to see further spaces he explores.

Photo credit: Pierre Bourgalt

NMF Roundup: Madeon reveals ‘Good Faith,’ deadmau5 takes to the skies on ‘SATRN’ + more

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NMF Roundup: Madeon reveals ‘Good Faith,’ deadmau5 takes to the skies on ‘SATRN’ + moreDeadmau5 Cube 3.0

It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

At long last, Madeon’s sophomore LP, Good Faith, has arrived. Though it’s been long-anticipated, the electronic music community didn’t have time to anticipate new deadmau5, which dropped out of thin air on Nov. 15. Dillon Francis’ Magic Is Real makes a full appearance alongside these, tapping artists like Vera Hotsauce for “Barely Breathing.” MK and Sonny Fodera link with Raphaella for “One Night,” and Chris Lake and Solardo “Free Your Body” on their latest. GRiZ’s Bangers[4].Zip has arrived, featuring songs like “Tiger Kingdom Space Camp,” and MJ Cole’s remixed Flume and Vera Blue’s “Rushing Back.” Friction delivers some drum ‘n’ bass goodness on “Good To Me,” and Eli Brown puts his own spin on Dom Dolla’s “San Frandisco.” Snails, Kill The Noise, and Sullivan King team up for a new mega-collab, “Front 2 Back,” and NGHTMRE and Gunna bring the heat with “CASH COW.” Gammer returns to Monstercat for “Brostep Strikes Back,” and Klingande releases his long-awaited debut LP, The Album. Oliver Heldens links with Firebeatz, Schella, and Carla Monroe for “Lift Me Up,” and Dirty South and Marion Amira prove a formidable force on “All I Need.” Dillon Nathaniel goes deep on a new tech house heater, “Do It Again,” and R3HAB teams up with ZAYN and Jungleboi on “Flames.”

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

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TroyBoi innovates the low end on ‘The Truth’

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TroyBoi innovates the low end on ‘The Truth’Troyboi Concert Jatin Gandhi Photography

TroyBoi is back to flaunt his signature avant-garde bass buoyancy, stepping out on his recent OWSLA tenure, with “The Truth.” The jouncing number is trap-leaning in its overall orientation, but notably leaves the harder-hitting drops denotative of the sub-genre on the shelf this go around. The core constructive focus of “The Truth” is the beat, which staggers and shifts for the duration of the choppy cut. The tune is another hip-inspiriting notch in the London experimentalist’s vast and worldly catalog.

Resounding pops of bass and the assertive declaration of the vocal overlay, “I am the truth / I am the light,” which amplifies the speaker-pummeling power “The Truth” possesses. Deriving a freshness from the glitchy originality of its musical framework, “The Truth” catches TroyBoi doing what’s always set him apart: nuancing the low end.

Photo Credit: Jatin Gandhi

NMF Roundup: Dillon Francis remixes Saweetie, Mat Zo unveils ‘Emotion Sickness’ + more

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NMF Roundup: Dillon Francis remixes Saweetie, Mat Zo unveils ‘Emotion Sickness’ + moreDillon Francis Gerald Rave Jungle

It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

Dillon Francis pumps his fans up this NMF with a remix of Saweetie’s “My Type,” and Mat Zo reveals his long-anticipated “Emotion Sickness.” Lane 8 showcases another brilliant single in “Sunday Song,” and Lost Kings, Sevyn Streeter and Luh Kel get the party started with “LA & The Parties.” Matt Lange and Kerry Leva reveal their blissful collaboration, “Every Word,” and Vincent and Naderi waste no time on their new powerful single, “Wasted Time.” Spooky dubstep returns for October in Figure and Dubscribe’s “The Phantom of the Opera,” and Chris Lorenzo tries his hand at drum ‘n’ bass production in “Take Me as I Am.” MitiS and RUNN craft a gorgeous soundscape on “Shattered,” and Chrome Sparks remixes Whethan and The Knocks’ “Summer Luv.” Dash Berlin shines on a new remix of Myon and ICON’s “Cold Summer,” and Morgan Page, Matt Fax, and Lissie take “The Longest Road To The Ground.” TroyBoi gets intense on his new single, “The Truth,” and Armin van Buuren and Cimo Frankel offer a dreamy trance collaboration, “All Comes Down.”

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

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TroyBoi debuts ‘Do You?’ music video, announces fall tour

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TroyBoi debuts ‘Do You?’ music video, announces fall tourTroyboi Concert Jatin Gandhi Photography

It’s been more than four years since the release of TroyBoi‘s “Do You?” and momentum on the notable track hasn’t slowed. “Do You?” has garnered more than 68 million plays to date and just recently got an official release on OWSLA. Accompanying its publishing on Skrillex‘s label is the arrival of a sultry music video, directed by Parris Goebel and featuring the ReQuest Dance Crew.

The British producer shows no signs of slowing down, continuing his tour de force by announcing a massive fall tour with Yultron. From October to December, the artists will trek all across North America, with stops in Dallas, San Francisco, Brooklyn and many more. According to a press release, the tour promises “throwbacks, soul, and old-school music… a sound journey through the decades that have inspired Troy.”

Catch TroyBoi and Yultron on tour here and view the full list of dates below.

TroyBoi debuts ‘Do You?’ music video, announces fall tourTroyboi Tour Poster

Photo credit: Jatin Gandhi Photography

Breakaway Festival promises multi-genre experience with 2019 festival series

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Breakaway Music Festival returns this summer with an extensive litany of hip-hop and electronic acts alike. Facilitated by Prime Social Group, one of North America’s rising festival promoters, the company has seen increasing success over the years, expanding Breakaway from its flagship event in Columbus, Ohio, to Nashville, Tennessee for the first time in 2018. Breakaway also recently branched into Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Charlotte, North Carolina, amassing some 65,000 attendees in 2018 alone.

The latest run of Breakaway shows kicks off in Columbus at MAPFRE Stadium August 23-24, and boasts an impressive bill including Future, Young Thug, Matoma, Louis The Child, Bassnectar, TroyBoi, Christian French, and more. The upcoming Columbus edition also promises an enticing Silent Disco experience, with a variety of DJs wiring tunes to headphones throughout the weekend. Breakaway’s Michigan edition in Grand Rapids takes place the same days, with Kaskade, Wiz Khalifa, and Big Gigantic as a few headliners. It hits Charlotte, North Carolina in October, and returns to Nashville the following week.

2019 has proven another promising year for Prime Social Group organizers, who have produced over 800 events around the globe. General on-sale tickets for each of the festivals are available here.

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îleSoniq commemorates sixth anniversary on Montréal’s île Sainte-Helene – photos by Susan Moss, Pat Beaudry, Pierre Bourgault

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