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

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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.

Diplo presents The Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party, led by Billie Eilish, G-Eazy, Major Lazer, Miguel

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What Diplo wants, Diplo gets, specifically the first-ever Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party Festival. If the length of the name tells us anything, it’s that the seminal Mad Decent festival is sure to be one hell of a doozy, as the newly minted event’s lineup confirms. Billie Eilish, G-Eazy, Major Lazer, and Miguel head the festival, which will manifest as a fine balance of highly sought electronic acts and equally illustrious hip-hop artists alike.

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Kodak Black, Pusha T, and J.I.D. round out the festival’s hip-hop inclusions, while Dillon Francis, RL Grime, Zeds Dead, REZZ, Ekali, Troyboi, Baauer, and Whethan comprise some of Diplo’s dance picks. The Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party Festival also casts glances at talent from genres beyond the electronic and hip-hop spheres, to draw the stylistically malleable Quinn XCII, R&B’s Pink Sweat$ and Jesse Reyez, and Finneas out.

Needless to say, the inaugural Mad Decent Block Party branded affair is a must attend for many reasons, primary of which—at least, for dance music fans—is Major Lazer’s occupancy of a headlining slot. Diplo previously intimated that Major Lazer will likely dissolve after delivering their fourth—and probably final—album together, in a January interview with Complex. As such, The Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party Festival might well be one of Major Lazer’s last large-scale performances.

The unveiling of The Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party Festival’s lineup comes just after Mad Decent Block Party Festival tweeted out a video with a particularly suggestive caption on April 5: “IT’S HAPPENING.” While the far from subtle warning altered past attendees of Diplo’s multi-city Mad Decent Block Party party series to be ready for a followup announcement regarding the fate of a MDBP festival, Diplo’s presentation of a full-fledged lineup has presumably taken many by surprise, given how quickly it succeeded the preliminary Twitter hint that a MDBP festival was in the works.

The Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party will descend upon Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts for two days of fun, come July 20-21. Tickets to the festival will go on sale at 10 a.m. EST April 12.

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NMF Roundup: Dog Blood make a triumphant return, Dillon Francis teams up with lovelytheband, Whethan looks to ‘Win You Over’ + 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.

It’s been more than five years since the music world has seen new music from Skrillex and Boys Noize‘s supergroup, Dog Blood, but that wait is finally over with “Turn Off The Lights.” Dillon Francis joins forces with lovelytheband for a, well, lovely collaboration called “Change Your Mind.” Armin van Buuren, Lucas & Steve, and Josh Cumbee deliver a feel-good number by the name of “Don’t Give Up On Me,” and Nicky Romero, DallasK, and XYLØ create a contemplative, low-key collaboration, “Sometimes.” Whethan and Bearson have crafted an effortlessly groovy “Win You Over” with SOAK, and Seven Lions and Kill The Noise take things up a notch with the formidable “The Blood.” Bassnectar reveals his Reflective Part Four EP is on its way with “Illusion,” and Kove keeps his brand of drum & bass subtle and smooth with “Echoes.” Jai Wolf and Dresage come together in “Better Apart,” and NGHTMRE and A$AP Ferg make a powerful pair in “REDLIGHT.” Sam Feldt brings summer a few months early with “One Day” with ROZES and Yves V, and Zomboy brings “The Beast” with his new single. The Chainsmokers prep for their new album with “Kills You Slowly,” and Mielo releases his Anywhere But Here EP, featuring a closing song of the same title.

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.

The Chainsmokers, Flume, RL Grime, RÜFÜS DU SOL join Lollapalooza’s 2019 roster

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Chicago’s Lollapalooza provided fans an early morning gift in the form of its 2019 lineup. Returning to its home of Grant Park from August 1-4, the four-day affair boasts yet another all-star roster with everything from hip-hop to EDM. Perhaps the biggest indication of electronic’s influence over the modern music sphere is the festival’s headliner list. The Chainsmokers and Flume are both listed as headliners, joining a list that includes heavy hitters like Ariana Grande, J Balvin, and The Strokes. Other dance music acts making the lengthy list are RÜFÜS DU SOL, RL Grime, Whethan, Alesso, Boombox Cartel, and Lane 8, to name a few. Similar to Coachella, it seems that the many shades of dance music are playing an increasingly larger role in the festival’s lineup year upon year.

 

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Skrillex, Tiësto, Tchami, and more confirmed for EDC Japan’s stacked 2019 lineup

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Insomniac‘s EDC franchise is coming to fruition with festival season on the horizon. Kicking off 2019 with a wildly successful EDC Mexico in February, the set of festivals is gaining more traction than ever with some rumors for this year’s Vegas installment, including appearances by Adam Beyer and Eric Prydz, as well as a now-confirmed host in Bill Nye The Science Guy.

However, Japan is first in the queue of obtaining its official lineup announcement. Organized at Chiba’s Zozo Marine Stadium & Makuhari Beach Park, the festivities will consist of performances by Alison Wonderland, Armin van Buuren, Major Lazer, Skrillex, Whethan, and more.

EDC Japan 2019 will take place May 11-12, approximately one weekend before the 23rd edition in Las Vegas.

Tickets and more info for EDC Japan can be found here.

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Zedd announces 2019 Red Rocks event, Zedd on the Rocks

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Zedd‘s next headlining enterprise will take him to a one of a kind outdoor setting: Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The “365” collaborator will present Zedd on the Rocks on June 19. Hippie Sabotage, Snakehips, and dwilly will provide support at the all-ages event.

Zedd on the Rocks evidences a budding annual trend in the context of Zedd’s event calendar, specifically the DJ’s yearly presentation of a one-day mini-festival. Zedd notably headlined Insomniac-produced Zedd in the Park in 2018 at Los Angeles’ State Historic Park. Zedd in the Park enlisted Whethan, Medasin, and Oliver Tree as openers.

Pre-sale tickets to Zedd on the Rocks will go on sale at 10 a.m. MST on February 27. Those interested in purchasing pre-sale tickets can register for pre-sale ticket access, here. General tickets will become available for purchase at 10 a.m. MST on March 1.

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Whethan’s Wallflower comes to life in video for ‘Top Shelf’ featuring Bipolar Sunshine

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In November of 2018, Whethan released his eight-track debut EP titled Life of a Wallflower Vol. 1, which included hit collaboration with vocalist Bipolar Sunshine, “Top Shelf.” Now the track is getting the visual it deserves with a vibrant, trippy new music video. The video, starring model Alina Lee, blends reality and the fantasy of hallucination as Lee sits in a field playing with the album’s symbolic star—a wallflower. She eventually eats part of the flower, submerging herself in a hallucinatory world where the wallflower comes to life.

The video builds on Whethan’s plant protagonist, this time with a visual love story. Whethan speaks about the video in an official release, saying,

“This music video is a continuation of the story about Wallflower and his journey through life. It’s one of my favorite songs to play in my sets, and it was extremely fun to experiment with house music. Working with Bipolar Sunshine was an absolute honor and he absolutely nailed it.”

The video is now out via Big Beat Records.

Lunar Lunes: Whethan’s ‘GOING UP’ in new release, Robokid taps longtime collaborators Manila Killa and AOBeats for ’17’ + 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.

As 2019 enters its second week, music releases have started to ramp back up. Whethan burst into the new year with the formidable “GOING UP,” and No Mana delivered the ethereal “Tell Me Most” in the new mau5trap We Are Friends compilation. The Knocks cooked up a funky remix of Joe Janiak’s “The Best You Ever Had,” and Robokid teamed up with longtime collaborators AOBeats and Manila Killa for “17.” Monstercat dove into 2019 by cranking up the BPMs, following Stonebank‘s hardcore “The Government” with Feint‘s gorgeous drum & bass original, “Drifters.” Chrome Sparks released a new album on the first of the year, highlighting songs like “Be On Fire” on his SoundCloud. Brock Wilson leads off the 2019 Mad Zoo releases with “hollow shell,” and Adventure Club put a melodic dubstep spin on AOSOON’s “Under.”

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).


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Whethan reverts to old sounds in new track, ‘GOING UP’

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Whethan ended 2018 with a bang, concluding his “Life of a Wallflower” tour in October and following it up with a debut EP of the same name. However, Ethan Snoreck wants no breaks, releasing his first original track since the EP (preceded by a trap rework of Travis Scott‘s “Sick Mode”) entitled “GOING UP.”

“For my oldschool heads in 2019,” the Chicago-based DJ writes in the SoundCloud description, likely indicating a detour through his earlier styles of future bass synth-bounces. The original work starts with a rapid assortment of melodies and harmonizing leads, accompanied by quick drum hits and ultimately building into a synth-heavy trap drop. Acting strictly as an instrumental, this track is the true essence of a future bass flip, a structure Whethan built his sound on.