NMF Roundup: Lane 8 paves introspective path on new LP, Oliver Heldens and Mesto link + more

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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.

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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Whethan releases first track from debut album, ‘Stay Forever,’ featuring STRFKR

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Whethan is back in full force this year, sharing “Stay Forever,” the first taste from his impending debut LP, FANTASY. The young Atlantic-championed producer offers his latest alongside veteran indie outfit STRFKR, landing with a celestially inspired new visual.

The track intros with a psychedelic atmosphere thanks to dissident guitar plucks and STRFKR’s airy vocal work. A thumping build then leads to a rocking synth hook, giving a unique flair to the Life of a Wallflower Vol. 1 producer’s debut long play, as he continues finding his own space within the electronic spectrum. Whethan also announced plans for his North American headline tour, The Fantasy Tour, which begins March 26 at The Novo in Los Angeles. The tour will feature Chrome Sparks and Ramzoid as supporting acts. Watch the new video for “Stay Forever” below.

Whethan’s debut EP re-blooms with ‘Life of a Wallflower Vol. 1 (Remixes)’

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A highlight of 2018’s electronically aligned release activity, Whethan‘s seminal EP gets an all encompassing edit on Life of a Wallflower Vol. 1 (Remixes). Each of Whethan’s originals undergo revision on the remix album, with MELVV, SAINT WKND, Perto, TRAILS, Ramzoid, Chet Porter, and No Mana each breaking out their red pens.

Not one to be left on the sidelines, Whethan figures into the re-imaginative lineup, revamping Broods feature, “Be Like You.” Life of a Wallflower Vol. 1 (Remixes) is further differentiated from the debut EP by its inclusion of Danny L Harle‘s rework of the 2017 Charli XCX-assisted “Love Gang.” The original EP itself saw release in November of 2018, through Big Beat Records.

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NMF Roundup: A-Trak and Friend Within link, Loco Dice remixes ‘Midnight Hour’ + more

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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.

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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Whethan returns with stellar ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ spin

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Whethan‘s officially released his remix of Foster The People‘s wildly successful “Pumped Up Kicks,” an original that’s amassed close to three quarters of a billion views on Spotify.

With a sharp kick, the young producer captures the infectious whistling melody with a house-pop percussion for a festival friendly version of the ubiquitous fan-favorite track. A house rendition of the classic smasher resuscitates the original from the vault for a breath of fresh air.

The 20-year-old artist, originally hailing from Chicago, released the track through Trap Nation, after complications from releasing the major label-owned track according to his Twitter. The remix is his first project after a bout with mental and physical illness that lead to cancelling dates in Australia and the United States.

This year, he’s released tracks alongside Jeremih, The Knocks, Louis The Child, and more.

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It’s here: RL Grime staggers shiver-inducing drops in ‘Halloween VIII’ [Stream]

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Since 2012, each installment in the Halloween sonic saga has reaffirmed what was established eight years ago with the seminal mix in the series: All Hallow’s Eve belongs to RL Grime.

The trap tastemaker’s Halloween tradition hasn’t just gained traction in the time since its initial launch—it’s cultivated a cult following. Each October, electronic music enthusiasts train and fixate their eyes on the fateful calendar square, bearing the annual promise of new RL Grime music: October 31. Name a more reliable treat—we’ll wait.

For the past eight years, the NOVA producer has soundtracked Halloween with mixes that manifest as heavy hybrids of hip-hop and trap selections. Ample in sonic horsepower and jam-packed with adrenaline-spiking, goosebump-inciting bass, RL Grime’s Halloween mixes are potent demonstrations of his curative acumen.

The predecessor to 2019’s Halloween VIII mix, Halloween VII commenced with an eerie vocal introduction from Shaq before ultimately segueing into its constituting collection of rap and electronic crossover cuts. The newest addition to the spectral series is the subwoofer-worthy Halloween 8, which affords the opening honors to a figure matched in repute by Halloween: Mayor of Flavortown, Guy Fieri.

With a convictional exclamation (“love, peace, and taco grease”), Fieri kicks off the hotly anticipated effort. As in prior years of Halloween’s production, the Halloween VIII listening experience ought not to be a passive one for streamers, whose ears should be pricked for RL Grime IDs.

The bass purveyor has been known to embed unreleased music within his Halloween mixes, in a not-so-subtle preview of the productions yet to come. Case in point, 2016’s Halloween V, which provided the platform for an advance listen of RL Grime’s collaboration with Skrillex and What So Not, “Waiting.” Grime went on to formally release the single several days later on November 3, 2016.

Riddled with IDs, including an especially titillating Whethan-RL rendezvous, Halloween VIII is indeed RL Grime’s seasonal treat to listeners.

Celebrate spooky season by revisiting each of RL Grime’s Halloween mixes, here.

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

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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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Whethan and Flosstradamus announce indefinite hiatus from touring to focus on mental health

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Both Whethan and Flosstradamus have announced their respective breaks from performing shows for an indefinite period of time to focus on their mental health. Whethan was slated to play two dates for this year’s edition of Australian music festival Listen Out—Perth on Sept. 29 and Sydney on Oct. 5. The producer took to social media to apologize to fans for cancelling his appearances and to express his need to focus on both his mental and physical health, describing his state as “first time in awhile feeling this low.”

Flosstradamus delivered the news of his performing hiatus after his set at Lost Lands the weekend of Sept. 27-29. The HDYNATION boss played one of his heaviest sets in a long time at the bass festival before announcing on the mic his plans to take off from the touring scene for at least a year. According to Lost Lands attendees, Flosstradamus acknowledged that his Lost Lands set would be his last show for a while. So far, he has not yet made any statements on social media.

Although the news may come as unfortunate, fans and peers have come forward with support for both artists’ hiatuses in regards to their mental health. Since the untimely passing of superstar Avicii, there has been a growing emphasis on mental health within the dance music scene for artists to put themselves first including the creation of the Tim Bergling Foundation.

Lunar Lunes: Armin van Buuren and Inner City face off on ‘It Could Be,’ Notaker remixes Haywyre + more

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Each week, New Music Friday sweeps through with torrential force, showering streaming platforms with immeasurable amounts of new tunes. Just like Dancing Astronaut rounds up 25 of the biggest songs of the week for the Hot 25 Spotify playlist each New Music Friday, Lunar Lunes serves as a landing pad for SoundCloud users who want a whole new dose of tunes to kick off the work week.

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

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Wafia makes Atlantic Records debut with ‘Hurts,’ enlisting label vets Louis The Child and Whethan

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Wafia recently marked her debut on Atlantic Records, enlisting Whethan and Louis The Child to aid in the release of “Hurts.”

The track is led by Wafia’s vocals, which tell the story of heartbreak and needing space. Her singing is accented by delicate production techniques that fall into a catchy house drop.

“It’s a homie track,” Whethan said of the track in a press release. “It was an opportunity to be able to come together with friends and make music. Both Wafia and Louis The Child are like family, so this one means a lot to me.”

This is not the first time Louis the Child has worked with Wafia. The duo previously released “Better Not,” and “Hurts” is a worthy continuation of the artists’ successful collaboration.