Whethan and The Knocks rendezvous for new warm-weather jam

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A delicious collaboration between Whethan and The Knocks has materialized in the form of a plucky, laid back summer anthem that deserves to be listened to with a full car of friends, windows down, en route to enjoy the enduring summer sunset.

“Summer Luv” also features cool and collected vocoder vocals from Spanish trio, Crystal Fighters. The three-pronged effort blends the effervescent, upbeat nature of each group in attendance for “Summer Luv,” to create a new and even more fiercely vibrant color out of three distinct shades. Whethan lays down his spunky, off-kilter pop production, while The Knocks bring the soulful, funkier accents. This one is best enjoyed poolside or beachfront sipping drinks beside a summertime sweetheart.

NMF Roundup: Illenium reveals anticipated ‘ASCEND’ LP, The Knocks and Whethan team up + 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.

After months of anticipation, Illenium’s ASCEND LP has finally arrived, bringing with it tunes like “Sad Songs” with Said the Sky and Annika Wells. The Knocks and Whethan have delivered an irresistibly groovy collaboration with Crystal Fighters, “Summer Luv,” and Gorgon City and MK do the same on “There For You.” Diplo and Morgan Wallen reveal “Heartless,” and Madeaux unleashes his Club Demons EP on Fool’s Gold. Don Diablo puts his own spin on David Guetta and Martin Solveig’s “Thing For You,” and Martin Garrix links with Bonn for “Home.” Cristoph puts his signature stamp on CamelPhat and Jake Bugg’s “Be Someone,” and Deorro reveals “Retumba” with MAKJ after premiering it on Dancing Astronaut. Boston Bun flexes his remixing prowess on Leftwing : Kody’s “I Feel It,” and Hardwell returns with “Retrograde.” Flux Pavilion, Next to Neon, and A:M unveil their new collaboration, “Surrender,” and KRANE links with Malika for “Tell Me Why.”

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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HOLY SHIP! shares huge lineup for upcoming landlocked edition, HOLY SHIP! WRECKED

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While HOLY SHIP! won’t be setting sail in 2020, it’ll sure still be getting down. The revered HARD Events maritime festival will anchor itself in the Dominican Republic’s Punta Cana next year, January 22-26 with a whole new name: HOLY SHIP! WRECKED.

Casting a wide and prominent net, HOLY SHIP! WRECKED has secured Diplo, Lane 8, Claude VonStroke, and Madeon to top its astounding 2020 roster, while Chris Lake, NGHTMRE & Slander, and Jai Wolf comprise what one could hardly call an undercard. Distinguished names from across the house and bass-abundant spectrum speckle the robust roster, from 12th Planet to TOKiMONSTA, Whethan to What So Not, the agenda seems to extend something irrefutable for every electronic taste preference. Up-and-coming contenders like Dom Dolla, Sonny Fodera, and ODESZA-championed MEMBA offer the lineup a fresh-faced appeal as well.

Not only is the lineup set to be one of the most in-depth throughout the HOLY SHIP! timeline, but the shift in format will offer #Shipfam an event that is both excitingly new and refreshingly familiar. Cloud 9 Adventures,the lead company behind the ship experience, has been producing events in concert with the Punta Cana resort for many years already and will bring that expertise to HOLY SHIP! WRECKED .

Just as on HOLY SHIP!, the resort will only be open to attendees throughout the festival. Seasoned Shipfam will still receive their robes as well as their OG party as fans and artists live together for a weekend in paradise:

We are shipfam for life, so we couldn’t miss out on this! – Gorgon City

Time to start the search for buried treasure. We be shipwrecked this year me maties! – Claude VonStroke  

When it comes time for the artists to perform, there will be nine different areas for music spread throughout the resort. With the increased amount of space, the overall production will be at a much higher level and each area will maintain a specific sonic identity. From daily pool parties to a 1,000 person-capacity club to a sunrise set on the beach, artists will be spinning multiple sets in a variety of environments to satisfy the astute tastes of Shipfam.

Plus, the extensive amenities provided both on-site and in the immediate area will allow for a much broader range of artist involved activities which will be announced soon.

Attendees of HOLY SHIP! WRECKED will have 24-hour access to the resort’s private beach. Every room includes its own balcony, hot tub, free Wi-Fi, and is roughly three times the size of rooms on the boat. There are nine restaurants around the resort offering everything from sushi to pizza, and just like on ship, food and drinks (including alcohol) are all-inclusive.

In terms of recreation outside of music, there is mini-golf, a lazy river, a waterslide, and much more on property. For an extra charge, attendees can take their experience to the next level with a full 18-hole golf course, excursions on dune buggies and ATV’s, a 65,000 square-foot spa, scuba diving, and various other activities that only a world-class island resort can offer.

Pre-sale for HOLY SHIP! WRECKED starts next Monday, July 29, and tickets officially go on sale Wednesday, July 31 at 11 am PT, available here, along with general festival information.

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Whethan gets back to remixing with new flip of Travis Scott and Metro Boomin’s ‘Overdue’

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Less than a month removed from his Jeremih-assisted house number “Let Me Take You,” Whethan is promptly advancing towards his fourth release since January. The 20-year-old producer has a proven track record for working his magic on high-profile releases throughout his young career with his genre-bending approach and he’s aiming to do it once more, stepping up to rework Travis Scott and Metro Boomin’s late 2018 collaboration, “Overdue.”

Withholding a sufficient number of elements from the two rappers’ original output, Whethan provides the track with a well-deserved, polished electronic glamour. As far as expectations from the burgeoning superstar go, Whethan generally keeps listeners on their toes as he continues to experiment with invigorating sounds. One of the highlights of the new remix is Whethan’s elegantly-produced snare over a glitch-coated Travis Scott chorus. With a complete schedule of festival appearances over the coming weeks, the interval between the remix and the producer’s next offering will most likely not be long as Whethan continues to build upon an already impressive 2019 rap sheet.

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Sirius XM’s ‘The Cookout’ launches Memorial Day Marathon

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Sirius XM‘s The Cookout is celebrating Memorial Day 2019 in a big way by running six back-to-back mixes during prime time on May 27 holiday.

The Cookout features hour-long DJ mixes from some of the best in the game, normally airing every Tuesday night at 9pm ET / 6pm PT. Diplo’s Revolution, which takes over Sirius’ channel 52 every week, serves as a prime home for the series. Past guests have included the likes of Whethan, Gorgon City, Laidback Luke, and Sofi Tukker—to name a few.

Tune-in to Sirius XM’s channel 52 on Monday from 12pm ET to 6pm ET to join the holiday celebrations. The Memorial Day Marathon will feature mixes from Gryffin, GG Magree, Benny Benassi, & more. Listeners will also hear this house-fueled Tchami mix, an episode premiered exclusively on Dancing Astronaut. It’s certainly a fitting way to close out the long weekend. For those who can’t wait or need some pre-game tunes for the upcoming affair, listen to some other exclusives we’ve aired in the past.

Whethan releases his house-infused ‘favorite track to date,’ with Jeremih

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Whethan is never hard-pressed to find new ways to freshen up the often stale electronic pop space. The same certainly goes for his brand new song, “Let Me Take You,” featuring Jeremih.

“Let Me Take You” transports the listener back to the early 2010s dance music days with its club-ready synths and smooth vocals. The seemingly simple production of the track is its biggest appeal. The feel-good intonations ensconcing the track energize the listener, while the “Birthday Sex” singer’s vocals are the ideal, silky appendage to complete the overall infectious outcome.

Whethan speaks about his journey creating the song in a recent release:

“I had been sitting on this track with Jeremih for a while now and explored every possible version of the song before landing on this one. I’ve been really inspired by a lot of house music and wanted to find a way to bring that into my world. It was important to me that I made something that people could really dance to. This is probably my favorite track to date and I’m just excited to show my fans where the future of my music is headed.”

The track certainly traverses new sonic terrain for the revered young gun, as a house music composition replaces his usual pop-infused brand of electronica. This latest Whethan original is out now via Atlantic Records.

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NMF Roundup: FISHER delivers new single, Gareth Emery & Ashley Wallbridge unveil LP, Whethan links with Jeremih + 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.

This week brings with it the arrival of a fiery new FISHER single—one fans have been eagerly anticipating—along with the next track from Avicii‘s posthumous album, TIM, called “Tough Love.” Gareth Emery and Ashley Wallbridge have delivered a 14-track LP called Kingdom United, featuring euphoric trance numbers like “Vesper.” Whethan‘s tapped Jeremih for his new single, “Let me Take You,” and Alpha 9 and Kameron Alexander arrive at Anjunabeats “Before The Dawn.” Boombox Cartel and MadeinTYO create a trappy party atmosphere in “NEW WIP,” and Habstrakt keeps the bass slapping in “Control.” Kill Paris once again uses plants to create music in “Venus Fly Trap,” and RL Grime unveils instrumental versions of his NOVA tracks, including “Shoulda.” Gorgon City and Kaskade lead us into the weekend with “Go Slow,” and Hannah Wants unleashes a retro house number with “Love Somebody.” Ellie Goulding taps Don Diablo for a remix of “Sixteen,” and Kölsch takes on Jam & Spoon’s “Stella.” David Guetta and RAYE join forces on “Stay (Don’t Go Away),” and Medasin crafts a breezy piece with Kathleen, “Always Afternoon.”

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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Life is Beautiful unveils 2019 lineup, featuring Zedd, Louis The Child, Billie Eilish, and more

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Life is Beautiful returns to Las Vegas later this year, taking over 18 blocks of the city to host a multi-day festival of today’s biggest names. For its seventh edition, the festival boasts a multi-genre set of talent, with some of EDM’s hottest acts topping the bill.

Festival-goers will have to witness performances by Zedd, RÜFÜS Du Sol, Louis the Child, Gryffin, JAUZ, Oliver Heldens, Whethan, Hot Chip, Lost Kings, OOKAY, Hermitude, DROELOE, and more, along with chart-toppers like Chance The Rapper, Post Malone, Billie Eilish, Vampire Weekend, and Portugal. The Man. Other programming highlights include House of Yes, Pod Save America, Desus & Mero, and Jonathan Van Ness. View the full lineup below.

Festival passes will be on sale beginning Thursday, April 25. Learn more and get tickets here.

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Weekend Rewind: One year ago, Yodeling Walmart Kid became national treasure Mason Ramsey before our eyes with Whethan at Coachella

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Weekend Rewind: One year ago, Yodeling Walmart Kid became national treasure Mason Ramsey before our eyes with Whethan at CoachellaMason Mother Fucking Ramsey

Exactly one year ago, the internet was passing around a viral clip of an 11-year-old boy yodeling Hank Williams’ “Lovesick Blues” in a Walmart. You had to commend the little fellow—his pre-teen pipes and his funny little cowboy getup were hilariously charming. Less than a month later, he’d be on stage with Whethan at Coachella and a fleeting internet joke would actually turn into the fifth grader from rural Illinois getting a record deal with Atlantic Records and the world being introduced to our new national treasure, Mason Ramsey.

Not old enough to be cancelled, and too young to fail, Mason Ramsey has climbed his way into the hearts of Americans over this last year. We came for “Famous” and then we just we stayed for the terrific memes. Now, a year later, it appears Ramsey and his bud Whethan are even in the studio together. What a time to be alive, right?

The timing couldn’t be better, too. With country music primed to have a huge moment in the sun, we’re sure glad Lil Hank Williams is around to ride that wave. Who knows? Maybe next year he’ll be brining Whethan out during his Coachella set. Revisit last year’s moment below.

Bronze Whale’s debut album displays a new level of euphoric chillstep

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Bronze Whale is an indie-electronic duo comprised of Austinites Aaron Jacques and Benny Alley. They’re singers, producers, multi-instrumentalists—a rare breed of electronic musician in today’s age—and derive inspiration from childhood upbringing and underground music from the Myspace era. The duo started gaining traction in 2018 with remixes for Whethan and Robotaki (among others), following those up with a handful of originals released on their own imprint Magic Magic Collective. Their dedication to outputting high quality music and overall consistency soon snowballed into widespread attention from the media world and radio stations like Sirius XM.

Now, they’ve thrown fuel into their fire in the best of ways by releasing their debut album, The Shape of Things. From illusive percussion to elegant vocals and lavish synths, this 11-song project is the prime soundtrack for a late night drive or anyone needing a taste of a tropical, beachy landscape.

Touching on some highlights, “Mountain Lane” is one of the more uplifting melodies, with bright leads and bass-line harmonics that make Whale’s autotune vocals as dreamy as ever. “Valley Yum” displays true versatility in their sound, as the duo blends wavy synths with a thicker bass-line that layers under some bars from artist Swanny Ivy. The track delves into Ivy’s hip-hop routes while simultaneously sticking to an indie-based sound.

Lastly, Whale concludes with “I Really,” a track that starts off pop-leaning with an upbeat build-up that seamlessly drops into straight chillstep. Jacques and Alley lyrically collaborate with singer Gioto on this one, making for a beautiful ending to a downtempo journey that will have any listener feeling calm and content afterward.