These are 10 hype-building songs to listen to ahead for Moonrise Festival 2018

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Moonrise Festival 2018 is shaping out to be one of Baltimore’s most exciting events of the year. The two-day festival — held at the Pimlico Race Course – is preparing for its 5th installment, which will feature a wide and diverse range of artists, catering toward fans of almost any dance music sub-genre. Performers include Kaskade, Zeds Dead, 3LAU, JOYRYDE, Ookay, GRiZ, Illenium, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Ekali, MK, and more.

In honor of the upcoming festivities, we’ve compiled a 10-track playlist that includes tunes from some of the weekend’s most anticipated acts — perfect for any pre-game or long road-trips to Baltimore.

1. Silk City (Diplo & Mark Ronson) – “Only Can Get Better”

The latest single from Diplo & Mark Ronson’s newest side project Silk City. This is definitely a collaboration attendees will hear during Diplo’s headline set at the Stellar Stage Saturday night. Ronson has since teased their second upcoming release, so maybe he’ll give fans a little taste at the festival?

2. DJ Snake & Mercer – “Let’s Get Ill”

One of DJ Snake’s hottest 2018 collaborations saw linking up with Mercer for a rapid, future house heater. Check out Snake headlining the Stellar Stage Saturday night alongside Kaskade, Diplo, Zeds Dead, and more.

3. Marshmello – “Rooftops”

Marshmello recently released his Joytime II album, which has been very well-received by the Mello Gang. “Rooftops” a groovy one from the album where the DJ/producer throws on his own 90’s punk rock-sounding vocals. He’ll take the Stellar Stage Sunday night and will likely close out the weekend.

4. SNRBN – “If I Can’t Have You” feat. Harloe

The LA-based DJ/producer, who will also be taking over the Stellar Stage on Sunday afternoon, where he will more than likely take his audience out of the racetrack an instead place them on a mental beach. His latest single “I Can’t Have You” accomplishes this feat in mere minutes.

5. Two Friends – “While We’re Dreaming” feat. Kevin Writer

We enjoy this 2017 throwback from the duo, who will be treating their guests to a heavy dose of their cheery brand of dance music.

6. Galantis – “Mama Look At Me Now”

“Mama Look At Me Now” is one of two tracks from Galantis’ latest EP release, and it gives us a taste of what’s in store for the mischevious Swedes’ infectiously raucous Sunday set.

7. Cashmere Cat, Major Lazer, Tory Lanez – “Miss You” (Akira Akira & Hikeii Remix)

This is one of the most poppin’ remixes of his hit collaboration “Miss You” with Major Lazer and Tory Lanez. Festival goers can expect to hear either the original or an assortment of remixes, yet knowing Cashmere Cat, he often has a strictly Jersey club section of the set, to which this fits perfectly. Check out his set at the Lunar Stage on Sunday.

8. Rezz & 1788-L – H E X

Rezz is blowing up the scene with dark synths and heavy beats that are nothing short of an innovative sound. Check out her latest release, which she’ll most likely use to destroy the Solar Tent atmosphere on Saturday.

9. Chris Lake, Chris Lorenzo, Anti-Up – “Pizza”

Anyone want pizza? No? How about after a few hours of constant movement and house beats at the Celestial Stage? Chris Lake will be headlining the house-geared stage Saturday night and will probably trap listeners into his set right as they’re deciding to leave for some pizza.

10. Eric Prydz – “Liberate” (Lane 8 Remix)

This remix for Eric Prydz’ “Liberate” is one of Lane 8’s hidden gems released back in 2014. He’s pushed out a lot of new music since then, but it doesn’t mean we have to stop showing this perfect blend of deep and melodic house some love. Check him out headlining the Celestial Stage Sunday night.

Purchase tickets via the Moonrise Festival website and if this song selection didn’t do justice, check out the festival’s 2018 Spotify playlists, which are curated by stage.

 

Zeds Dead and Jauz release destructive ‘Lights Go Down’ remix EP

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Zeds Dead and Jauz release destructive ‘Lights Go Down’ remix EPZeds Dead Press Photo 2014

At the end of 2017, Zeds Dead and Jauz teamed up for the single, “Lights Go Down,” a drum and bass belter that may have helped launch the genre’s 2018 resurgence in the United States. Now, the producers have enlisted nine heavy hitters in the bass music scene, each giving a unique take on the intense track.

The Deadbeats duo reach to their own label for a few of the remixes, looking to LICK and Duke & Jones for two bass-heavy renditions of the track. Gentlemen’s Club and Subtronics each drop off solid dubstep remixes, while Sikdope and Sqwad turn the song into high-energy bass house thrillers. With nine solid remixes viable for almost any set, don’t be surprised to hear “Lights Go Down” in one form or another for the rest of the year.

Sikdope pumps up Zeds Dead and Jauz’s collaboration ‘Lights Go Down’

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Sikdope pumps up Zeds Dead and Jauz’s collaboration ‘Lights Go Down’Sikdope Jauz ZD Stitch 2

Polish DJ/producer Sikdope has caught major momentum here in 2018, which includes an exclusive Diplo & Friends mix in early June followed by a remix for Marshmello and Anne Marie‘s hit track “FRIENDS,” along with a handful of singles so far this year. Now, he’s decided to turn it back to 2017, reworking Zeds Dead & Jauz‘s drum & bass heater “Lights Go Down.”

The remix holds short ties with the original bassline house anthem, ensuring that the drum & bass percussion assets are still there, yet takes the tempo up a notch and drops some rapid synths, wobbling bass, and some buzzing modified distortion. The edit is the first of a nine-track remix package dropping in July, which will feature the likes of Gentlemens Club, LICK, and more.

Sikdope will hit the decks at numerous festivals this summer, including Stereo Sunday in the Netherlands and Moonrise in Baltimore come August.

 

Zeds Dead give Gorgon City’s ‘Go Deep’ a melodic rework

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Zeds Dead give Gorgon City's 'Go Deep' a melodic rework

Zeds Dead have spent the past two years exploring a variety of production styles, from their drum & bass collaboration with Jauz to their future bass work on “Blood Brothers” with Diskord & Reija Lee. The duo have now released a remix of Gorgon City‘s “Go Deep,” which reaches back to the melodic dubstep roots that hooked many of their original fans.

The Toronto-based duo’s take on the track comes as part of a four song remix EP, released today by Gorgon City. Zeds Dead pair the smooth, sultry vocals with an iconic wobbling bass line, keeping the track relaxed and atmospheric until the later half of the track, which breaks down into some classic Zeds Dead dub. Sure to please fans new and old, this remix is another solid addition to the duo’s ever-expanding catalog.

Crankdat spins some fresh IDs in new Diplo and Friends mix

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Crankdat spins some fresh IDs in new Diplo and Friends mix

Christian Smith, a.k.a. Crankdat became a breakout star through remixes for Zeds Dead, Jaden Smith, San Holo, and more. In addition, he’s added some equally successful originals to the portfolio, with his most recent being “Need Somebody.” Now, it seems this positive traction has caught Diplo‘s attention, as the rising producer has officially made his debut on BBC Radio 1’s Diplo & Friends.

Fans are in for a big treat here, as the bass-heavy mix features a wide array of fresh IDs from the Cleveland born DJ. He also blends famed remixes with throwbacks, hip-hop — including tracks by Kanye West and Lil Pump — and dance music anthems such as Galantis‘ “Runaway” and Calvin Harris‘ “Summer” (mashed up with some trap-y goodness). The hour long mix is ever-changing and will make listeners wonder where the time went.

Crankdat is currently on his “Outcast” tour, hitting stops all over the globe leading up to an Electric Zoo 2018 performance come Labor Day Weekend.

 

Featured Image taken from Crankdat’s Facebook

Zeds Dead drops off massive 1000Volts collaboration, “Kill ‘Em”

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Zeds Dead have made a career out of destroying crowds with their endless canon of haymakers. Adding to their catalog, the duo are back again with “Kill ‘Em,” a ground-shaking collaboration featuring 1000Volts, the production and vocal duo of Redman and Jayceeoh.

First previewed at EDC last month, DC and Hooks come through with the official release via Deadbeats to meet popular demand. The song begins with a Redman verse, with the veteran Wu-Tang Clan affiliate working the vicious hip-hop/bass hybrid sound that characterizes 1000Volts polarizing style. Zeds Dead and Jayceeoh take the reigns as the track drops into bass-heavy madness, dropping off a setlist ignitor made to turn dance floors into a full-on frenzies.

Holy Ship! releases stacked 2019 lineup including REZZ, Claude VonStroke, NGHTMRE, Zeds Dead & More

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Holy Ship! is notorious for selling out in a matter of minutes, and the Norwegian Cruise Lines’ ship turned floating EDM festival is set to do the same with the unveiling of the 2019 lineup.

The two-weekend festival is set to take place with a four night sailing January 5-9, 2019 for the festival’s 12th sailing. It is immediately followed by the three night trip January 9-12, 2019 for its 13th rendition.

Each of the Holy Ship! 2019 sailings will depart from Port Canaveral and chart a course to the Bahamas, with official pre-parties to be scheduled. The itinerary for 12.0 includes two days at Great Stirrup Cay, giving attendees two chances to experience the famed private island parties, followed by a day at sea, before heading home. 13.0 will feature a full day of sailing upon the open seas and a day long party stop at Great Stirrup Cay before heading home.

This year’s lineup is diverse with diverse acts ranging including heavy hitters like REZZBob MosesClaude VonStrokeZeds Dead and NGHTMRE. Fans who want to experience the action live can find more information and secure their cabin at www.holyship.com.

Photo Credit: Holy Ship!/Joseph Llanes

Omar LinX and Hunter Siegel connect once again on ‘Celebrate’

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For years, Toronto rapper, Omar LinX has been aligning himself with prominent faces in the EDM domain – most extensively with fellow Canadians and ubiquitous producer duo  Zeds Dead, most notably on their lauded 2012 Victor EP. LinX’s coarse, vigorous delivery of his feverishly conscious raps is the ideal accompaniment for a dubstep track.

Most recently, LinX has lent his ominous, provocative vocals to another distinguished Canadian electronic act and close associate of DC and Hooks, Hunter Siegel, for their collaborative track, “Celebrate.” Siegel’s dark, driving dubstep-influenced production flows flawlessly beneath LinX’s aggressively cerebral rapping. This isn’t the first time the two have linXed up either, in fact, the two have proven to be a formidable pairing in the past as LinX is heard spitting his hell-bent rhymes over Siegel’s production in both 2015’s “Back To You,” and 2016’s “621.”

Must listen: Zeds Dead deliver bass laden remix of 3LAU’s ‘Touch’

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Zeds Dead put their own “Touch” on the track of the same title from 3LAU’s debut album, Ultraviolet. As with all productions bearing the Zeds Dead stamp, the take is one of high caliber.

The emotive original gains a quicker bpm count and bass laden additions in Zeds Dead’s remix. Joined by tasteful percussive accents and some gritty, dubstep-esque sounds leading up to each drop point of the revamp, the elements that Zeds Dead add to the Carly Paige assisted original amplify the affective power of the tune, while preserving its poignance.

3LAU ramps up the energy with DnB remix of ‘Star Crossed’

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3LAU had a big year thanks to the release of his widely anticipated LP, Ultraviolet. The album amassed over 40 million streams so far, and the Las Vegas-based DJ and producer is also set to release a full remix album of Ultraviolet, with two remixes done from the producer himself. The first is now out, and it is his DnB take on track “Star Crossed” that ramps up the energy with a hectic drop playing off of the soothing vocals.

Ultraviolet Remixed contains another remix from 3LAU, as well as remixes from Zeds Dead, ZAXX and others. Stay tuned for the full album release coming on May 18th.