Oftentimes, the festival outfit plays an integral role in one’s attendance of the festival itself. In many cases, the drip—if you will, is a crucial element to one’s festival experience, and perhaps none understand that notion better than ZHU, who dusted any potential competition with his EDC getup.
ZHU hit EDC Las Vegas this year sporting a custom jacket made entirely out of festival wristbands, for one of the more creative outfits spotted at this year’s event. The jacket, a living festival homage, features fan-donated wristbands from previous EDCs, Dreamscape, Lollapalooza, Coachella, Tyler, the Creator‘s Camp Flog Gnaw, and many more. See ZHU’s festival fit below—which other wristbands can you spot?
Those looking for an interactive, multi-dimensional, and thought-provoking music festival experience should look no further than the second summer of festival experience of Meow Wolf. Taking place in Kit Carson Park in Taos, New Mexico, the event is set to take place Aug. 16-18, offering music, art, dance, and interactive exploration.
The musical focal points of the event will happen on two stages: The Spire and The Glade. The Spire is toted as a citadel for the arts, inspiring awe and reverence; a stage created for performers. The Glade is a grassy meadow for people to hang out and be a part of the show, offering a casual and intimate refuge.
Other attractions of the festival will include Taos Vortex’s illuminated outdoor wonderland, centered around different neighborhoods and the creatures that inhabit them. Huts and homes scattered around the park invite everyone to step inside, find their ‘hood, and fully celebrate the multi-dimensional get-down of the summer.
Meow Wolf has released a diverse and heavy-hitting lineup for the event, including ZHU, Mija, Claude VonStroke, Flying Lotus, G Jones, and more. The early bird tickets for the festival sold out in just five hours, so those looking to attend the unique experience can go to the festival’s website to secure their spot at the festival.
ZHU recently stopped by Lollapalooza Argentina to spin his signature brand of dark sonic magic. A tantalizing blend of catalog staples and newer releases alike, ZHU’s set opens with the producer’s breathy live rendition of ZHU classic, “In The Morning.” ZHU glides from one track to the next, with an atmospheric fluidity aided offset by the texture of the live instrumentation that guides the performance. Rugged guitar riffs provide contrast to the smooth tone of a saxophone, while rhythmic synth work lends a punchy sultriness to the showing.
ZHU’s set indulges the electronic envelope pusher’s shadowy mystique in its early inclusion cuts from his Ringo’s Desertsaga, like “Desert Woman,” and “Save Me.” The idiosyncratic, crepuscular groove characteristic of ZHU’s sound grows increasingly potent as the set progresses, with Just A Gent‘s remix of ZHU’s own “Superfriends,” and a deep flip of “Working For It.” ZHU effortlessly interweaves sonic sleekness with more gritty trappings, the tail-end of the set a heavy hitting finale to the refined affair.
Shambhala Music Festival is recognized as the longest-running music festival in Canada. It is known for its eccentric art installations, educational workshops, and unique blissful experiences that soothe the soul. The wait for the 2019 lineup is over, and Shambhala has delivered a promising set of talent for their 22nd anniversary, returning to the Salmo River Ranch in British Columbia, Canada on Aug. 9-12.
Whether listeners will be basking in the Miami sun, or alternatively watching Miami Music Week and Ultra Music Festival unfold from a distance, Ultra Records ensures that electronic aficionados won’t need to shuffle incessantly to find the songs sure to keep the energy going, from dusk to dawn. Cue—or rather, queue—Ultra Records’ ULTRA Music Festival 2019, a diverse collection of 16 cuts from a selection of top-billed artists, all of which will take the decks at the festival’s 21st iteration, from March 29-31.
With appearances from ZHU, Black Coffee, Louis The Child, SNBRN, Flosstradamus, Hot Since 82, and a wealth of other respected acts, the compilation encompasses the range of genre and sound evident represented on this year’s lineup. In its engagement of an array of different sub-genres and sonic styles, ULTRA Music Festival 2019 is evidence of the electronic inclusivity that has long contributed to Ultra’s status as the world’s premiere electronic music festival.
Electronic artist WHIPPED CREAM has been defining her status as one of the top-tier talents to watch out for in 2019, and her most recent remix of ZHU‘s “Desert Woman” shows she has no sign of stopping. Drawing early inspiration from the likes of Boys Noize, Dog Blood, Eprom, Baauer and others, WHIPPED CREAM has been making major moves in the past few years including signing to Prodigy Artists —home to JOYRYDE, SLANDER, and NGHTMRE— and a string of music releases including her Persistence EP.
WHIPPED CREAM’s remix fleshes out a sinister revamp of ZHU’s track with a hard-hitting drop that gives it all. Building up with slowed-down vocals, intense reverb, and percussive shakers, the artist delivers a frenzied, multifaceted remix with a perfect balance of glitch and punchy bass that refuses to be anything close to formulaic. Transforming a track like “Desert Woman” into an unrecognizable listen is no piece of cake, but WHIPPED CREAM’s depth as a producer continues to prove no boundaries to her evolving trap sound.
ZHU and Tchami are both masters of their own domains of darkness. For ZHU, it’s his leadership of the team behind Mind of A Genius. For Tchami, it’s his brand of sound cultivated at his label, CONFESSION.
Those worlds have remained separate until an epic meeting of the minds took place on stage at Holy Ship! on its 13th voyage in 2019. The two producers and leaders in their industry paired their visions of the darker side of house music and electronica for a back-to-back set on the ship’s pool deck.
For more than an hour at dusk, the two created quite a an exhilarating atmosphere for ship attendees to enjoy — and one of them even captured the set so the internet, too, could enjoy.
Sunday Morning Medicine is a feature from Dancing Astronaut dedicated to the mellower side of electronic music. We bring you our favorite therapeutic selections—old and new—in attempts to alleviate the agonizing effects of a long weekend of partying.
Mat Zo is turning the key on our Sunday Morning Medicine ignition this week, with his funky, idealistic remix of a vintage Porter Robinson track, “Flicker.” Zo’s rendition, which Robinson himself dubbed one of the best remixes he’d ever heard in his life, is full of wispy percussion and swirling melodies, erecting a city of celestial sound perfect for playing hide and go seek with responsibility.
Remixing an artist as colorful and inventive as Tycho is no small undertaking. But Anjunadeep‘s Luttrell (formerly one half of The M Machine) recently struck some sonic gold with his brand new “Epoch” re-envision, lending the track one of his signature chugging beats and preserving Tycho’s reverberating synth strums. Have a dance—or maybe just an extended sit—under Luttrell’s gleaming “Epoch”-al sky.
Here we have ZHU‘s ode to every painfully cool girl with a bad habit from a club locale nearest you. She lives lavishly inside the track’s cultivated wobble and sensuous, breathy vocals.
Manatee Commune’s newest, “My Dearest Friend” is a well-warranted spoonful of quixotic chaos. Instrumental, optimistic, and bouncy in all the right places, “My Dearest Friend” is here to eviscerate the residual alcohol-induced ringing in your ears.
Nothing lasts “Forever.” But tomorrow never comes for just over three minutes as Majid Jordan pulses through your speakers. You might just levitate as the duo’s illusory vocals and R&B tenderness breathe life into your tired weekend brain.
Sofi Tukker is cruising full steam ahead in 2019, coming off a recent Grammy nomination to release a brand new single “Mi Rumba” alongside fellow Grammy-nominated producer ZHU. The NY-based duo was nominated for best Dance/Electronic Album with their debut album “Treehouse,” which is their second nomination following their viral 2017 hit “Drinkee.” By the sound of it, “Mi Rumba” is looking to be another notable masterpiece in both parties’ repertoires.
Released on Ultra Music, “Mi Rumba” contains a sound that perfectly evokes the what the title implies, utilizing house to get any party started. Both production styles can be heard here, with ZHU’s signature melodic synths providing the perfect backbone for some rhythmic Tukker vocals. ZHU’s full RINGO’s DESERTalbum is out now, and Sofi Tukker will kick off their 2019 world tour at C3 Stage Mexico. Tickets and more info can be found here.
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.
Skrillex and Hikaru Utada kick off some of the most prominent of NMF releases with the heavenly “Face My Fears” from Kingdom Hearts III. Also leading the charge are Zeds Dead and Delta Heavy with a powerful drum & bass collaboration, “Life You Up.” Sofi Tukker and ZHU have delivered the sultry “Mi Rumba,” and Gorgon City bring the heat with a feisty new original, “Lick Shot.” Sam Feldt and Kate Ryan dive into their feelings in “Gold,” and Slushii dreams of warmer days with the tropical “Never Let You Go.” 13 summons a storm on the formidable “Uppercut,” and Above & Beyond are “Flying By Candlelight” in their new collab with Marty Longstaff. Lost Kings continue their slew of releases with “FU4E,” and Xan Griffin delivers his first release since his September Self-Discovery album. Peking Duk sprinkle some sweetness in their new original with Jack River, “Sugar,” and Richard Durand puts his intense spin on Armin van Buuren‘s “Wild Wild Son.”
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.