Drai’s Beachclub returns in 2018 with a massive flock of resident DJs

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Las Vegas’ Drai’s Beachclub has unveiled an enormous schedule of programming for 2018 featuring such notable residents as A-Trak, Destructo and Zeds Dead, to name only a few. The rooftop club’s doors open on March 2nd and will feature seven sparkling pools in addition to the high energy sets it’s offering.

With 30,000 square-feet of slip-proof pool deck acting as a festival grounds of sorts, attendees can relish in extensive guest service and luxury offerings, including complimentary towel service, 30 luxury cabanas and bungalows, 40 plush day beds, two full-service bars, 10 towering palm trees, a full-service gourmet café, and more. The club will also play host to a full menu of bottle packages.

Full Lineup Below:

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A-TRAK

ANNA LUNOE

APE DRUMS

AUDIEN

BENZI

CLAUDE VONSTROKE

DADA LIFE

DESTRUCTO

DEUX

DJ PAULY D

FELIX CARTAL

GTA

HENRY FONG

JAYKODE

JSTJR

KITTENS

MK

QUIX

SAK NOEL

SAVI

SHELCO GARCIA X TEEN WOLF

SHOWTEK

STOOKI SOUND

TROYBOI

TWRK

WALSHY FIRE

ZEDS DEAD

ZEISHA

Weekend Rewind: Zeds Dead’s Deadbeats Radio 029 surveys the full spectrum of Drum n’ Bass

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Zeds Dead has never sacrificed quality in their weekly radio show output. Following an announcement they’d be taking time away from touring to focus on their Deadbeats radio show, the Toronto duo has delivered another robust mix. Every few weeks or so, the boys keep their mixes fresh by introducing special guests or special themed mixes, such as their dubstep throwback episode.

Zeds Dead have taken on a “Drum n’ Bass Special” for the 29th episode of their Deadbeats radio show. The entire hour-long mix is an ode to their personal inspirations in the genre over the span of twenty years. Featuring nods to Noisia‘s “Could This Be” to Adam F‘s “Circles,” Zeds Dead are vocal about the DnB artists who’ve had an influence on their own sound design as they began crossing over from hip-hop into electronic music.

“Coming from making hip-hop, drum n’ bass is double the speed of hip-hop and it was the first sort of gateway drug for us into electronic music, and it was cool because a lot of drum n’ bass people were remixing hip-hop songs and it had kind of the same attitude, back then at least. So it was sort of the natural progression and it was the sound designs and textures and insane production quality that really attracted us to it, and we wanted to use those sound in different ways, it inspired us to up our production game, and I think anyone who listens to drum n’ bass has a really high standard for beat making.”

The mix also features Zeds Dead’s monstrous collaboration with Jauz, “Lights Go Down,” and their special DnB flip of Drake‘s “No Tellin’.” The boys also reveal that they are going to start doing many more themed episodes in the future.

Tracklist:

Zeds Dead x Jauz – Lights Go Down
Commix – Be True
Capleton, Chase & Status – Duppy Man feat. Capleton
Keeno & Whitney – Hold Ya (VIP)
Noisia – Could This Be
Memtrix – Numb Eye
Calyx And Teebee – Make Your Choice
Annix – Kilamanjaro (feat. Profile)
Break – Crunchy
Culture Shock – Low Frequency
Dimension (UK) – Maschinen
Hamilton – Bounce That
John B – Numbers (Camo & Krooked Remix)
Manikin – Berlin
Sub Zero – Inside the Beast
DJ Hazard – All I Can Say
June Miller & Teddy Killerz – Wildlife
1991 – VHS
Taxman – Evasion (VIP)
Mind Vortex – The Day After
Adam F – Circles
Konichi – Visions
Sub Zero & Dub Motion – Oh Girl
I Got U feat. Jax Jones (High Contrast Remix)
Maduk – Don’t Forget
MK – Always feat. Alana (Friction Remix)
Legion & Logam – When Stars Fall
DJ Fresh ft. Pendulum and Fats – Babylon Rising
Drake – No Tellin’ (Zeds Dead dnb Flip)
June Miller – Ups & Downs Feat. T & Sugah & Anouk Visée

Zeds Dead x Ganja White Night – Samurai

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Bass maestros Zeds Dead and Ganja White Night teamed up for a smashing single titled “Samurai.” The track is haunting in essence, and breathes an air of suspense onto listeners’ necks before thrusting into chaos.

“Samurai is what happens when you bring Hans Zimmer to a rave,” described the two groups.

Zimmer would likely have a panic attack, though, if he witnessed the breakdown in “Samurai,” as the collaborators at hand have generated a palpable tenacity in the track’s high energy catharsis. Zeds Dead’s metallic tinged synths are drawn out by the dub-influenced nature of Ganja White Night’s undertones in what is best described as a head over heels trek into dubstep chaos.

Zeds Dead – DeadBeats Radio Episode #031 ft Hunter Siegel

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Christened with the same name as the bass behemoth’s continually evolving imprint, Zeds Dead’s DeadBeats Radio show routinely curates the latest releases from DeadBeats labelmates and guests alike. Episode #031 of the weekly radio series sees Canadian DJ and “no neon” aesthetician Hunter Siegel hop in the DeadBeats cut as the featured guest mixer for the show’s 31st installment. While Big Wild drives temps on the sonic thermometers upwards, receiving the “DeadHeat” designation of the week for “When I Get There,” Siegel’s personality as a producer shines through in both his manipulation of track pacing and bass punctuation. Siegel seamlessly shifts BPM speeds, surprising listeners with pops of bass at unexpected junctures as the mix progresses.

Zeds Dead announce touring hiatus

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2018 will see many artists announce tours, but Zeds Dead will not be one of them.

The Canadian duo recently took to Facebook to notify fans that the year will bring a touring schedule significantly less rigorous than their 2017.

“This year we’ve decided to do things a bit differently than usual,” Zeds Dead writes. “We won’t be on the road as much, very little actually. We’re going to be focusing on creating new Zeds Dead music, growing our label Deadbeats, our radio show, working to make our live shows even better, and possibly stopping to smell the roses once in a while.”

The Northern Lights producers assure fans that the year will still yield “tons of new music” originating not only from the Zeds Dead brand, but from their Deadbeats imprint as well.

While the hiatus will temporarily remove the bass aficionados from the touring track, fans will have the ability to catch Zeds Dead at a number of summer festivals, including Okeechobee Music Festival.

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Jauz and Zeds Dead are both respectively wrapping up on career years as 2017 draws to a close. To celebrate two independently successful campaigns, Hooks and DC are linking with Jauz to cap off the year with a bang, teaming up for three back-to-back NYE performances and officially solidifying the union with some new joint music. Linking up for “Lights Go Down” the trio offer up a heavy-handed drum n’ bass-inspired setlist weapon that seamlessly complements both of their distinct production styles.

The three-man outfit show off their shared penchant for pitch-bending vocals and cinematic builds, as “Lights Go Down” spirals into a thunderous uptempo glitch-hop rhythm polished with head spinning, percussive assaults for the breaks. Charging into 2018, the Sharksquad factotum and his veteran Canadian counterparts have now both entered the A&R game, each founding imprints to begin to groom the next generation of up-and-coming DJs and producers with Deadbeats and Bite This. The new offering is being dually released via the two labels, and could hopefully usher in a more cross-label collaborations between these two acts in the future.

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Dancing Astronaut’s top radio series of 2017 are…

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Dancing Astronaut’s top radio shows of 2017 are…

Words by: Christina Hernandez, Katie Daubert, and Kanvar Koli

Today’s electronic music scene is a blessing and a curse. Accessing music across all genres and subgenres has never been easier; same goes for making it. However, with such abundance comes saturation; where to even begin seeking out new music that speaks to the soul?

Such daunting task is thankfully made much easier thanks to radio shows, many of which are generously bestowed upon the public by DJs who go the extra mile to bring their sounds to the masses. These regular occurrences not only shine a glimpse into the artist themselves, but also provide a more concise stream of neatly-organized music to look forward to, and fall in love with.

Given the importance of such shows in the electronic sphere, Dancing Astronaut has chosen 10 radio shows, in no particular order,  that have particularly stood out in 2017.

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Radio Wonderland (Alison Wonderland)

Alison Wonderland’s refreshing radio show started quite recently, with the first installment of Wonderland’s radio imprint airing on May 1, 2017. Having already featured guests like Slander and Valentino Khan, Radio Wonderland has already established itself as a platform for quality music.

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Deadbeats Radio (Zeds Dead)

Deadbeats Radio was launched in summer of 2017, and has wasted no time in climbing to the top of ranks for its forward-thinking look on bass music and overall embodiment of the Zeds Dead aesthetic.

In addition to being a prime source for all things Deadbeats-related, the show also made waves with its nostalgia-ridden 17th episode, which featured a slew of tracks that inspired the influential and well-loved bass duo that we see today.

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The Birdhouse (Claude VonStroke)

Claude Vonstroke maintains his reputation as a dance pioneer with his weekly radio show: THE BIRDHOUSE. This year, the show provided an extension of Vonstroke’s carefully-curated musical output where he continues to showcase some of the finest and latest independent house, techno and bass music producers and DJs. Not only did the show celebrate its two year anniversary in the 105th episode with a live mix from the host himself, but also featured a delectable range of legendary and up-and-coming artists like Tensnake, Sacha Robotti, MIJA, Claptone, and more.

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Diplo & Friends

Diplo & Friends is easily one of the gold standards when it comes to radio shows. Even after half a decade, Diplo & Friends continues to impress, as it handed mix debuts to breakout stars Illenium and Ekali while also featuring some of Diplo’s best live sets— including his performance at Afrikaburn in South Africa.

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The Cookout

AM Only & Sirius XM joined forces in 2016 to create The Cookout as a way to showcase the next generation of dance music icons. Since then, the weekly show has become a fixture within the electronic scene for its impeccable selection of talent joining on for mix duties. This year witnessed another bountiful slate of caliber music, curated by the likes of TOKiMONSTA, Malaa, Giraffage, and Whethan, to name a *very* few. It’s safe to say that this podcast is a “must-follow.”

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Night Owl Radio (Insomniac)

Insomniac has stretched far beyond being simple promoters. The behemoth brand, ran by Pasquale Rotella, launched Night Owl Radio in 2015 alongside Sirius XM. It has since become a well-loved happenstance, known for its diversity in guest selection and consistency in quality. This tradition continued on relentlessly throughout the past year, inviting guests like Flosstradamus, Shiba San, and more, and also earning points for its Kaskade takeover.

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Radio One residency – deadmau5

Another radio show inaugurated in 2017, deadmau5’s BBC radio one residency has been nothing short of spectacular. The Canadian legend made full use of the platform available to him, helping to break through new Mau5trap talent, reviving his dormant testpilot alter-ego, and consistently delivering some memorable techno/progressive/electronica sets. Though the residency has come to an end, fans were delighted at deadmau5′ announcement that in 2018 he’d be launching a brand new show on his own podcast.

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Global Trance Grooves (John 00 Fleming)

John 00 Fleming’s Global Trance Grooves has become a stalwart in the underground trance scene throughout its decade-plus of existence, bringing the best and most underrated talent and songs into its fold each month.

What sets this series apart from others is Fleming’s unrelenting drive to remind the masses of trance’s true ethos, in a time where he feels it’s been diluted and mischaracterized. Everything under the sun is covered, from lush progressive, to Goa, to subtle hints of uplifting. Having amassed a powerful lineup of guest mixes over the past 12 months, including Hernan Cattaneo, Airwave, and Sean Tyas, 2017 has certainly been the year of Global Trance Grooves.

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EPIC Radio (Eric Prydz)

This year saw the return of EPIC Radio on Beats 1, curated by the renowned Swedish icon Eric Prydz. A seasoned vet in pushing the boundaries of electronic music, Eric Prydz keeps things interesting in his highly-acclaimed mixes by featuring a medley of exclusive tracks, unreleased bootlegs, and private remixes. Only a few months ago, he used his radio show as a platform to debut eight new IDs in the eighteenth episode of his Beats 1, EPIC Radio, inciting excitement from fans and heightening the anticipation of new music to come.

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Fool’s Gold Radio (A-Trak)

A-Trak‘s launched his Fool’s Gold Radio show six years ago, and has since stood as a revered platform of today’s biggest and brightest sounds in dance music – all curated by the famed turntablist himself. Earlier this year, the Fool’s Gold label celebrated its 10-year anniversary, followed by the producer’s return to the Beats 1 lineup on Apple Music with a brand new open format for his Fool’s Gold Radio show which now supports a rotation of news, interviews, and music from his label and music contemporaries.

Zeds Dead and Jauz announce new track, back-to-back NYE tour

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Rounding off a hugely successful year on both accounts, Zeds Dead and Jauz are sending off 2017 with a huge announcement.

On Dec. 27, the trio will be releasing a heavy collaboration called “Lights Go Down,” which will be out on both Deadbeats and Bite This. Paired with the song’s release, they will be throwing three back-to-back New Year’s Eve weekend sets in New York, Arizona and California. The mini tour will launch at the New York Expo Center in NYC on Dec. 29, followed by the Rawhide Event Center in Chandler, Arizona and the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, California, both on Dec. 30.

Pre-save “Lights Go Down” here.

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Foreign Family Collective

by Katie Daubert

There is no doubt that Grammy-nominated duo ODESZA claimed their status as some of the more cutting-edge producers in the dance music realm over the years. Following the release of their sophomore album, In Return, the team launched their own musical outlet, Foreign Family Collectivein 2015 in an effort to showcase a myriad of musicians and visual artists across a variety of genres. By creating the label, the two producers aimed to curate a platform that “doesn’t adhere to any one genre or style but rather focuses on originality and genuine expression.” Most notably, a number of the label’s output stood as the breakout releases for some of today’s top electronic acts such as Big Wild’s “Aftergold,” Jai Wolf’s “Indian Summer,” and RÜFÜS DU SOL’s sophomore album, Bloom.

With a full year of new releases on the books, Foreign Family continues to ascend as one of dance music’s leading innovatory labels in 2017. This year, the label procured a total of six releases ranging from Big Wild’s debut Invincible EP in January to Kasbo’s recent single, “Snow in Gothenburg,” while introducing only one new artist to the label this year with Yahtzel’s “Someone Else.” Foreign Family also landed it’s first-ever curated stage at Electric Forest featuring Tycho, Troyboi, Jai Wolf, Big Wild, Faker, Chet Porter, further reinforcing its tastemaker status within an established, avant-garde musical community.

Quality, not quantity, is Foreign Family’s principle virtue, giving every release the proper platform to resonate with the label’s core audience and grow holistically. And with every sonic output there lies a resonating reminder that the collective is not just curating a label but a community of music lovers and artists alike, all while maintaining a seemingly personal, yet shared compassion for the intuitive and celestial sounds of tomorrow.


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mau5trap

by Robyn Dexter

deadmau5-spearheaded label mau5trap has been a force to be reckoned with in 2017. The Canadian label celebrated its 10th birthday in 2017, highlighting the milestone with a 33-track anniversary compilation in July that featured tracks by ATTLAS, Matt Lange, Monstergetdown, Feed Me and many more. Joel Zimmerman himself hosted a birthday party for the label in Toronto, with a stacked roster of artist performances to commemorate the occasion.

One such artist was REZZ, who had another banner year with mau5trap. Her much-anticipated Mass Manipulation album dropped August and was closely follows by a world tour and even a comic book release. The album’s four singles were released every Friday leading up to the album’s release date, drumming up continued excitement for the unique artist’s debut album, which peaked at number 16 on the US Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums chart on release.

Artists like No Mana, ATTLAS, Rinzen and Feed Me wowed in 2017 with multiple releases, including successful EPs and singles. The label consistently cranked out a top-notch unique music over the course of the year, gathering new fans and exciting old ones along the way.

They pooled many of the year’s best songs into two We Are Friends compilations, which came out in March and early December. Other notable compilations included two more additions to the Foar Moar series and mau5trap X1’17 and X3’17.

With the momentum it’s built over the past 10 years, mau5trap shows no signs of slowing down in the next 10.


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DeadBeats

by Jabari LeGendre

Headed by maverick duo Zeds Dead, Deadbeats has been one of the standout labels of 2017. This past year, the dynamic imprint has cultivated some of the freshest new names in bass music like Shlump, DNMO, Champagne Drip, Chuurch, YOOKiE, and Rickyxsan. With an ever-expanding roster of innovative artists, Deadbeats is making its presence felt.

In the past year, DeadBeats has etched out some serious real estate for themselves in the dance music landscape. With the success of its first massive North American tour, which stretched from Miami to Calgary and featured the triumphant return of DeadRocks in July, the Toronto-based label has greatly expanded its sphere influence. Couple that with the release of the label’s two critically acclaimed compilation EPs and the launch of the new Deadbeats Radio show on Sirius XM’s Electric Area, it’s easy to see why this collective from the Great White North are on an inexorable march forward.

2018 is shaping up to be yet another huge year for this budding brand. DeadRocks, the label’s biggest annual event will return to the Denver hills, expanding to two full nights of madness from July 2-3. Zeds Dead are proven tastemakers in the world of electronic music. Their spine-tingling performances have helped them garner a massive global following. However, creating a palpable culture and style is perhaps the most important aspect of developing a label that can stand the test of time. With the growth this groundbreaking label has seen in the nearly two years since its inception, Zeds Dead are on a continuous march to take their vision and style to the next level.


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Anjunadeep

by Bella Bagshaw

In 2017, London-based label Anjunadeep has continued to produce and expound upon its unparalleled brand of deep and tech-house. Starting off in 2005 as a mere sidecar to Above & Beyond’s trance-leaning parent label and one of electronic music’s paragons of success, Anjunabeats, Anjunadeep has become an international staple in the lush, ethereal realms of house and techno. The label’s ascent coincides with the US’s gradual embrace of electronic music that is crafted for concentrated listening—migrating beyond its affinity for commercialized dance music.

American Anjunadeepian Lane 8 seems to continuously elaborate on his indelible variety of emotive, melodic deep-house, intermittently releasing tracks from his highly anticipated Little By Little album set to be released in January, accompanied by a world tour.

The label also capitalized on an opportunity to showcase some of its freshest faces, like UK duo Fluida, “The Light In You” artist, Fairchild, and Mat Zo-discovered, Luttrell, in the ninth installment of its veteran-crafted annual compilation series. Fluida made their Anjunadeep debut this year with their blissfully ambient Branches EP, which enigmatically floats between electronica and deep-house elements. Additionally, rapidly emerging artist, Luttrell, who also graced the compilation with dream-state-inducing “Wake Me Up Tomorrow,” has scaffolded off his 2016 breakthrough on the label, pushing the envelope with his otherworldly techno tracks.

Moving forward, the label recently announced it will be hosting its own debut festival, Anjunadeep Open Air: London in August of 2018, as well as hosting its own sea-faring, Anjunadeep Takeover during Holy Ship! 10.0 featuring sets from Lane 8, Yotto, and more.


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Winner – Monstercat

by Robyn Dexter

Breaking barriers and pushing the dance music envelope since its inception in 2011, Canadian independent label Monstercat is Dancing Astronaut’s Label of the Year. For the past six years, Monstercat has paved the way for listeners to discover dozens of new artists, garnering a massive following along the way. Led by a boundary-pushing team, 2017 proved to be the label’s best year yet. They brought on more than a dozen new artists, including Modestep, Kill The Noise, Bassnectar, Ragga Twins, Dirtyphonics, Gammer, Kayzo, Lookas, Ookay, Fox Stevenson, Slander, Sullivan King, and Gareth Emery.

Monstercat started 2017 strong with the launch of a massive anti-bullying campaign in accordance with the release of Gareth Emery and Standerwick’s “Saving Light,” raising thousands of dollars for an anti-bullying foundation called Ditch The Label.

February brought the label’s first-ever platinum record recognition for marshmello’s 2016 release, “Alone,” which has garnered millions of streams across platforms to date.

As festival season approached, the Monstercat team ramped up their efforts for shows at Amsterdam Music Event, EDC Las Vegas, Tomorrowland, E3, PAX East and Miami Music Week.

In the midst of festival season, Monstercat announced a partnership with Rocket League that resulted in the label releasing an album for the video game. The 18-song compilation featured songs from Slushii, Notaker, Tristam, WRLD, and more, and was released in accordance with the game’s two-year anniversary.

They capped off a successful summer by opening their headquarter doors in Vancouver for a Monstercat Compound event. The street party served as an opportunity for the label to recognize the community that has supported them over the years with free performances by Robotaki, Conro, Going Quantum and Grant.

In November, the team continued their worldwide reach with multiple shows in China, including a residency at Asgard Nightclub in Beijing that featured performances by JOYRYDE, Delta Heavy, Pegboard Nerds and Lookas.

As 2017 draws to a close, recognition for the label is coming in from all sides of the music industry. SoundCloud recognized Unlike Pluto‘s “Everything Black” as their Top Electronic Track of 2017, and the track was also Monstercat’s most-streamed on Spotify, amassing more than 10 million streams on the platform. Two weeks ago, the label turned the power over to the fans and asked them to vote on their top Monstercat tracks of the year. After a short voting period, listeners selected label OGs Pegboard Nerds’ track “Heaven Let Us Down” as their favorite release of 2017.

As years go by and music trends shift faster than most can keep up with, the Canadian label proves time and time again that they have finger on the pulse of the next best thing in electronic and dance music. By exposing their listeners to an unimaginable range of music from some of the industry’s most talented innovators, the Monstercat team has established themselves as fearless trailblazers in an unpredictable industry.

To celebrate their incredible year, Monstercat called on Dan Scarcelli, Head of Programming for the label’s weekly Call of The Wild show, to whip up this vicious mix packed with some of their hottest releases to date. Appropriately, the mix serves as the 200th edition of our long-standing AXIS mix series.

WARNING: Dancing Astronaut is not responsible for damage caused by spontaneous speaker combustion or reckless headbanging. Listen at your own risk.

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Habstrakt & Dombresky – Antigone

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Habstrakt & Dombresky have released a new collaborative single, “Antigone.” The track, released on Mad Decent, sees two of France’s most innovative bass-house producers collaborate for the first time ever.

French producer and DJ Habstrakt has been chartering new territory by amalgamating bass music with traditional house influence, synthesizing his own blend of aggressive yet groovy melodies. With a massive collaboration with Skrillex on “Chicken Soup” under his belt and remixes for DJ Snake, Zeds Dead, and Zomboy, Habstrakt has built a proven track record in the EDM community. The producer is set to accompany Destructo next year on his Let’s Be Friends tour alongside Walker & Royce, Fisher, Will Clarke, Deux, Dillon Nathaniel, Gerry Gonza and Golf Clap.

In 2015, Dombresky was discovered by A-Trak, allowing him to produce an official remix of “We All Fall Down.” With new found recognition under his belt, Dombresky released both his first track “Wait” and his second “Utopia” on Tchami’s Confession label; the latter reaching over one million streams on Spotify.

The coalescence of two hard hitting players on “Antigone” results in a saturated dance floor ballad. Thick bass samples roll over hard hitting kicks and moody synth lines. The middle of the track alludes to UK rave, with ominous synths leading into the tracks second breakdown. The collaboration is sure to be played all across the festival circuit in 2018.

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