Adam Beyer’s Drumcode releases ‘A-Sides Vol. 8’ featuring the underground’s next all-stars

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Adam Beyer’s Drumcode releases ‘A-Sides Vol. 8’ featuring the underground’s next all-starsDrumcode A Sides Vol 8

Techno connoisseur and DJ Adam Beyer has fueled the underground with up-and-coming artists and hit tracks for 23 years with his renowned imprint, Drumcode. The label has been a fixture in underground electronic music, and it’s yielded some of Beyer and the industry’s best work.

Drumcode has released its annual A-Sides Vol. 8, and it continues to showcase the brand’s quality and pulse on modern house and techno. The 25-track strong compilation features standout cuts that Beyer has received over the last year that he has thus far been unable to find a home for in Drumcode’s regular release schedule.

In A-Sides Vol. 8, multiple artists make their Drumcode return after multi-year hiatus’s from the label. Highlights of the compilation are Jamie Jones & Darius Syrossian‘s buzzy label debut “Eyes of the Night,” Nicole Moudaber’s first Drumcode release in 5 years with the mesmerizing “This Is Us,” Will Clarke‘s bass-drenched re-work of Adam Beyer & Bart Skils “Your Mind,” and Joey Beltram’s first label release in 11 years with the retro-tinged “Can You Feel It.” 

Those looking to experience Drumcode live can see if the label is bringing their artists to an event near them here.

Will Clarke provides punchy three-track EP, ‘Nothing Is Forever’ on Truesoul [Stream]

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It’s been quite a few years since Will Clarke‘s most prominent offering was ‘Booty Percolatin’; his defining Dirtybird track that not only made him a permanent member of the crew, but a symbol for all things bouncing booty-house.

That track was released in 2016. Now it’s 2019, and Will Clarke is digging deeper and deeper. Over those three years, he’s morphed that rump-shaking aesthetic into a captivating middle ground between techno and tech-house, culminating recently in his new EP, Nothing Is Forever.

This is Clarke’s first solo EP on Drumcode‘s sister label, Truesoul. He was on the label prior a mere six months ago via his joint EP with Eli Brown entitled Our Love, and now he’s gone even darker with Nothing Is Forever. Each of the three tracks involves the kind of dissonant syncopation that ignites the energy at a techno warehouse party, and not a single vocal can be found on the EP which is rare considering Clarke’s past work.

With this new release, his remix getting placed on the upcoming iteration of Drumcode’s A-Sides compilation, and the growing steam behind Amok, his collaborative project with techno maven, Sian, Will Clarke could be spinning alongside the Drumcode team before long.

Good Morning Mix: Will Clarke deals out the slappers at his first Desert Hearts

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The Desert Hearts dance floor is the stuff of legends among the West Coast house and techno community. A festival with less than 3,000 attendees that draws some of the most impressive four-on-the-floor masters is the scene. There may not be another event like it left in the world.

To perform at Desert Hearts is to know a specific kind of harmonic experience. The DJ does not play for the crowd. The DJ plays with the crowd, and Will Clarke had his chance to play with the crowd at his first Desert Hearts back in April.

This particular eve of the event was prime for Clarke’s heady-beats. Toni Varga and De La Swing did the warming up and a surprise set from Clarke’s Dirtybird cohort, Justin Martin, came right after. Expect some serious, raw tech house.

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NMF Roundup: Madeon returns, Dog Blood release four-track EP + 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.

At long last, Madeon makes a triumphant return with his first original in years, “All My Friends.” Dog Blood, too, impress with a new four-track EP, Turn Off the Lights. Slander, Said the Sky, and JT Roach concoct brilliant “Potions” in their new release, and Nicky Romero takes on Kygo and Rita Ora’s “Carry On” in a new remix. The Bloody Beetroots and Dr. Fresch prove to be a formidable combo as they deliver their new collaboration, “Fkn Face,” and Yotto puts his own spin on RÜFÜS DU SOL’s iconic “Underwater.” Rinzen brings a touch of magic to Lane 8’s “Visions,” and Deorro eases fans into summer with “Obvious.” Maceo Plex delivers a lengthy, soothing single, “When the Lights Are Out,” and Petit Biscuit and JP Cooper join forces for “We Were Young.” Will Clarke puts a shimmering spin on Phantoms’ “Designs for You,” and Arty brings the “Sunshine” to his newest release. The Chainsmokers and Bebe Rexha dip between pop and dance music on “Call You Mine,” and Sofi Tukker link with Colombian duo Bomba Estéreo for a tropical number, “Playa Grande.” The latest Chase & Status LP has finally arrived, bringing with it songs like “Shut Up,” and Figure teams up with Hi I’m Ghost for “Intergalactic.”

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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NMF Roundup: Arty returns with ‘Avalanche,’ Kygo and Rita Ora team up, Spencer Brown and Raito become ‘Star Allies’ + 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.

Russian producer Arty kicks off New Music Friday in fine fashion with a gorgeous new single called “Avalanche,” and Kygo and Rita Ora are a dream team on their new collaboration, “Carry On.” Spencer Brown and Raito deliver a dark and powerful mau5trap release, “Star Allies,” and R3HAB crafts a dreamy remix of Sofi Tukker‘s “Fantasy.” Rusko brings a classic dubstep feel to GRiZ and Boogie T‘s “Supa Fly,” and Dustycloud takes listeners deep into a shadowy nightclub on “The Way.” Peggy Gou has released her Moment EP, featuring songs like “Starry Night,” and David Guetta takes on Bebe Rexha‘s “Last Hurrah.” Two Friends hit the drive thru on “Dollar Menu,” and Sam Void brings groovy house beats to Nicky Romero and David Guetta’s “Ring the Alarm.” Culture Shock debuts a drum ‘n’ bass heater, “Renaissance,” and Steve Aoki and Alok “Do It Again” on their new collaboration. Blanke remixes Illenium and Kameron Alexander’s “Pray,” and Young Bombs release a four-track remix pack for “Starry Eyes.”

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.

BOT & Will Clarke are ‘Feeling Good’ with long-awaited collaboration

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“Feeling Good” has been making its way around the house and techno circuits for quite a few months now. The mellifluous stomper, which has been revealed as another BOT & Will Clarke, is almost too effective at getting stuck in the mind with its pitched-down vocal hook and creeping progressions. Paired with crackling analog elements, machine sampling, and acid blips at play below driving percussion, “Feeling Good” positions itself as a peak time jaunt capable of smashing the dance floor into bits. It’s this fierce personality that has led Claude VonStroke, Solardo, and other top tier talent have been giving the record a fair rinse in their sets throughout the festival season.

Tiger Stripes was also called into action for remixing duties—an act not seen much around the DIRTYBIRD nest, but one the label admires greatly. The Swedish producer adds a bit more of a melodic and spacey take to the original, adding consistency via distinctive synth stabs and even tougher percussion. Tiger Stripe’s version is equally adaptable to the peak time while standing completely on its own.

Prior to “Feeling Good,” BOT and Will Clarke enamored the dance world with “Techno (not techno).” They’ve made it clear that music with both their names in the credits is not to be missed.

 

Lunar Lunes: Vincent and Yetep get on the ‘Same Page,’ Will Clarke and Nick Monaco thrill with new original, Jai Wolf delivers two new tracks + 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.

In his latest, Vincent has teamed up with Yetep and Brooke Daye to deliver the lighthearted “Same Page.” Will Clarke and Nick Monaco concoct some techno madness with their new collaboration, “Like A Girl,” on Dirtybird. In a seven-minute Steyoyoke Recordings venture, Rinzen has created “Forms,” an ethereal techno odyssey. Jai Wolf released two tracks from his forthcoming debut album, The Cure To Loneliness, “Lose My Mind” and “Telepathy.” Those who’ve seen a k?d performance can finally enjoy his show edit of “Find Paradise,” which he released via SoundCloud. KUURO have covered Post Malone‘s “Better Now,” and Sam Void‘s released “Feel The Low” on Protocol Recordings. HERO has revealed a “VHS pop” Fool’s Gold EP, containing disco-influenced tracks like “Nightcrawler.” Rainer + Grimm deliver their rendition of R3HAB‘s “Radio Silence,” and Syn Cole puts his spin on Nina Nesbitt’s “Colder.”

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

Will Clarke & Nick Monaco empower in ‘Like A Girl’

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DIRTYBIRD is off to a strong start for the year. Its first release, “Like A Girl,” comes from two of its strongest players, Will Clarke & Nick Monaco. The result is an extra-terrestrial heater, whose laser shots take on the form of pointed synth progressions and whose low-end is positively destructive in the best of ways. It’s hard not to feel abducted by this pair’s immensely catchy tune.

Beneath the catchiness is something a bit more nuanced, however. “Like A Girl” features lyrics penned by Nick Monaco, who’s known for championing radical equality and fluidity across his art. They speak of doing various actions, “like a girl,” giving off a Madonna, “What It Feels Like For A Girl” tone of empowerment. Deep as it is fierce, we imagine the collaboration is already positioned to be one of the strongest DIRTYBIRD records of 2019; and that’s saying a lot.

 

 

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Sian & Will Clarke run AMOK on Octopus

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Sian & Will Clarke run AMOK on OctopusWill Clarke Sian AMOK

A new project has been born between Sian and Will Clarke, and is proving to be positively destructive. Under the moniker AMOK, You Only Want Me has arrived as a three-track introduction to what they collectively stand for. The EP’s namesake opener quietly creeps up on its listeners before detonating into a menacing tech weapon that stirs unease on the dance floor. Right away, AMOK sets a tone of seriousness that persists throughout the rest of the EP.

“The Creeper” follows up with a searing bassline and acid tones that are joined by a speedy tempo to wrap its targets in a tight grip. Breaking free of the darkness feels like an impossibility. Finally, “It Is Nothing” is a high-octane ending to You Only Want me. Steamy vocal samples are doused in nostalgic synth stabs and keyboard hits, conjuring images of 90s warehouse parties while carrying a sharpened modern edge. You Only Want Me ultimately shows an even blend between AMOK’s members, with Clarke infusing his feel-good UK elements into the hardware rabbit hole that his production partner’s sound.

Sian’s really shown his experimental side throughout 2018. Prior to becoming AMOK, he also worked heavily with Marc Houle as Marsian, where they debuted a new live setup around key spaces in North America. Will Clarke has always shown versatility in his sets and a willingness to evolve, making his pairing with Sian a sensible fit together.

 

Exclusive: Nick Monaco – Drama (Will Clarke Remix)

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It’s time to cozy up to another pumping remix by Dirtybird mainstay Will Clarke. The self-professed cuddle aficionado and producer of raunchy tech beats has added Nick Monaco to his sizeable collection of 2018 reworks, following up a pungent edit of “Dubplate,” by My Cat Snoop. His refreshed take on Monaco is part of Dirtybird Campout West‘s compilation, which sonically hints at a raucous weekend.

The track he’s targeted this time around is “Drama,” a tensely melodic number originally signed onto Dirtybird’s Selects arm. Wherever the original establishes a sinister tone, Clarke amplifies it with a heavier low-end and bass plucks that chase after the listener like the great white shark in Jaws. This titillating take on “Drama” ought to wreak havoc on the dancefloor, particularly during pitch black nighttime hours.

 


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