NMF Roundup: KOAN Sound return with debut LP, Dillon Francis unleashes ‘LFGD,’ SNBRN remixes Hotel Garuda + more

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NMF Roundup: KOAN Sound return with debut LP, Dillon Francis unleashes ‘LFGD,’ SNBRN remixes Hotel Garuda + moreKoan Sound

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.

The release of the NINJAWERKS Vol. 1 compilation album this week brings new tunes from some of dance music’s biggest names, including Dillon Francis and Kaskade. Andrew Bayer has joined forces with Ane Brun for the gorgeous “Love You More,” out on Anjunabeats. RL Grime has revealed a colossal set of remixes for NOVA, including a formidable rework of “Rainer” by k?d. KOAN Sound burst back onto the scene with the release their debut full-length, Polychrome. HEYZ works wonders in his new single with darkDARK, “Darkest Little Friend.” Hardwell delivers some sunshine in the form of “How You Love Me” with Conor Maynard and Snoop Dogg. Nicky Romero flips Jess Glynne‘s “Thursday” in his newest, and NGHTMRE and Big Gigantic make magic with “Like That.” Cloonee keeps the beat rocking with a feel-good take on Matoma‘s “Sunday Morning,” and Ekali strips “Leaving” down for a serene, acoustic rendition.

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.

Ekali shares debut EP date, dazzles with immersive new single, ‘Leaving’

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Ekali shares debut EP date, dazzles with immersive new single, ‘Leaving’Ekali Leaving Owsla

Earlier this week, Ekali announced via social media that his debut Crystal Eyes EP had been finished. Well, fans didn’t have long to wait to hear where the OWSLA mainstay’s sonic sensibilities are at, with the producer sharing a gorgeous vocal track featuring Yuna called “Leaving.” The full EP is set to arrive in full on OWSLA/Big Beat records September 28.

Within seconds, the song opens its arms and invites listeners to immerse themselves in a melodic, radio-ready verse framed by tinkling bells, gentle piano chords, and sweeping strings. As the chorus hits, Ekali enters a laid back drum beat and deep bass line that lean in heavily to the track’s potent escapism. The result is a cut ideal for an emotional set closer that’s equally suited to soundtrack summer sunset drives. Clocking in under three minutes, the song is a short and sweet teaser for now – but bet on the rising producer to keep making noise this year as his latest tour kicks off in LA this October, just after Crystal Eyes is released.

Photo Credit: Brandon Artis Photography

Guy Gerber adds dreamy touch to TOKiMONSTA’s ‘Don’t Call Me’

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Fresh off the heels of an absolutely awe-inspiring RUMORS Coachella after-party, Guy Gerber‘s embedded his crystalline remix prowess on the saccharine vocal exudences of TOKiMONSTA.

Amplifying its textural affect and hypnotic bassline, Gerber molds TOKiMONSTA’s “Don’t Call Me” into a transfixing slow burn. By adding in layers of lo-fi guitar and a bellowing bassline, Gerber strips the track of its anguishing emotional detachment and plunges into a pool of emotional triumph and catharsis.

TOKiMONSTA’s Lune Rouge LP has been given several creative reworks from the likes of Felix Cartal, Justin Jay, Sofi Tukker, and more.

TOKiMONSTA – Don’t Call Me ft Yuna (Alexander Lewis Remix)

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Alexander Lewis has done it again, this time adding his smooth production touch to TOKiMONSTA‘s “Don’t Call Me” featuring Yuna.

The original, which came out in summer 2017, featured a sultry R&B vibe contrasted with choppy vocal elements that tucked it in comfortably with some of the EDM trends at the time. Lewis has taken the steamy atmosphere up a notch by adding mesmerizing layers of synths and a subtle trap beat. He builds his instrumentals around Yuna’s polished vocals, letting them take center stage and continue to drive the original message of the song.

Lewis’ remix is part of TOKiMONSTA’s Lune Rouge Remixed compilation, which also features reworks from Felix Cartal, Sofi Tukker, and more.