Forbidden Kingdom brings bass-laden lineup to Florida for inaugural President’s Day weekend installment

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Forbidden Kingdom brings bass-laden lineup to Florida for inaugural President’s Day weekend installmentForbidden Kingdom Festival Poster

There’s a newcomer to the southern Florida festival circuit. Forbidden Kingdom Music Festival beckons bass enthusiasts to venture out to Florida’s Sunset Cove Amphitheater in Boca Raton, to take part in the event’s inaugural iteration, slated for Feb. 16-17. The first-ever two-day affair will make the festival grounds shake, with sets from high-octane entities like Excision, Zomboy, Adventure Club, 12th Planet, Midnight Tyrannosaurus, and SQUNTO, among other top-notch electronic talent. The wubs will be in no short supply, what with Excision’s exclusive back-to-back performance alongside Dion Timmer.

Forbidden Kingdom Festival offers a booming bass reprieve from daily routine President’s Day weekend 2019. Two-day GA passes are available for those seeking to escape into the low end with the bass extraordinaries that top Forbidden Kingdom’s lineup. Those interested in attending Forbidden Kingdom’s very first installment can also purchase single day tickets.

Purchase two-day and single day tickets here.

Forbidden Kingdom brings bass-laden lineup to Florida for inaugural President’s Day weekend installmentForbidden Kingdom 2019

Zomboy sends listeners to bass heaven with new track, ‘Hide N’ Seek’

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Zomboy sends listeners to bass heaven with new track, ‘Hide N’ Seek’Zomboy Hide N Seek

Zomboy has resolved to end the year with valor, by way of a stream of releases before he takes off for his 2019 Rott N’ Roll Tour.

To cap off a lustrous 2018, Zomboy has locked and loaded “Hide N’ Seek,” via Never Say Die to send listeners into 2019 buzzing. The song combines punching bass blasts with an intense set of drops that are likely to boggle brains near and far on the tour. The monstrous synths take over the listener’s consciousness to create an all-encompassing burst of decadent bass heaven.

It’s highly likely “Hide N’ Seek” is indeed the track to which he is referring; and in that case, much to Zomboy fans’ relief. The German dubstep veteran’s newest track is proof that while fans can run, they can’t hid from Zomboy and his un-dead intensity

Florida’s Forbidden Kingdom delivers inaugural lineup riddled with bass superstars

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Florida’s Forbidden Kingdom delivers inaugural lineup riddled with bass superstarsEcision Hollywood Paladium 2017 Rukes

The festival circuit is kicking off early in 2019 with south Florida hosting one of the heaviest lineups currently out there. Forbidden Kingdom, a new event coming to Boca Raton on Presidents Day Weekend 2019, has debuted their inaugural lineup, topped by Excision‘s full Paradox production, Adventure Club, and Zomboy. Bass heavyweights 12th Planet, Dion Timmer, Funtcase and Sullivan King also round out the wub-heavy billing, though Forbidden Kingdom is bringing a lot more than rattling low end to Boca come February 16 – 17.

The event is aiming to create an immersive narrative for attendees to dive into, launching a full fantasy story line in a 60-page book written to complement the lineup announcement. More books and characters are expected to follow Forbidden Kingdom’s first installment. Tickets to the first Forbidden Kingdom are on sale now.

Florida’s Forbidden Kingdom delivers inaugural lineup riddled with bass superstarsForbidden Kingdom Lineup Flyer

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Lunar Lunes: KOAN Sound return, Zomboy showcases feisty ‘Lone Wolf,’ Doctor P gives listeners ‘something to believe in’ + more

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Lunar Lunes: KOAN Sound return, Zomboy showcases feisty ‘Lone Wolf,’ Doctor P gives listeners ‘something to believe in’ + moreLunar Lunes E1540831560592

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.

Three years in the making, KOAN Sound have unveiled a single from their forthcoming debut album, Polychrome. Also making a comeback is Haywyre, who’s released his first single in two years: the disco-infused “Tell Me.” Luttrell returns to Anjunadeep for “Out of Me,” a mystical venture that propels the listener deep into outer space. Dubstep powerhouses Teminite, Chime and PsoGnar have teamed up for a dynamic single, “Monster,” which showcases all three artists’ skillful wobble-crafting abilities, along with PsoGnar’s vocals. Also in the dubstep realm, Doctor P returns with his fourth release of the year, “Something To Believe In.” Xavi’s created a clever take on Porter Robinson‘s notable “Sea of Voices,” and Nitti Gritti molds his own bass-heavy version of Dillon Francis‘ “White Boi.”

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

11 things we learned from Wolfgang Gartner’s recent Reddit AMA

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11 things we learned from Wolfgang Gartner’s recent Reddit AMAWolfgang Gartner

Wolfgang Gartner rose from the ashes with his new Medicine EP that showcased his original, complex-electro style with modern day bass house elements. The veteran EDM producer stopped by Reddit to allow users to ask him whatever’s on their minds. A lot of users wondered about production techniques, collaborations/inspirations, and more intimate facts about the man behind the music. Below are 13 things learned from the event.

1) Wolfgang and Skrillex have had major impacts on each other’s sounds throughout their careers. He even got a sneak peek at the watershed Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites. Wolfgang would even follow up on “Devil’s Den” if the opportunity presented itself.


2) JOYRYDE is one of Gartner’s biggest inspirations as of late, which helped him rise from his musical slump.


3) Jaykode made appearances in the AMA, showing love to his friend and collaborator. Gartner describes why the two collaborate so well together, noting that they use a similar, unique chord structure in their productions.


4) He has a grip of new music in the works. While he has as many as 10 new tracks in the can, even after the release of his recent Medicine EP, another full-length album from Wolfgang in the future seems unlikely.


5) His current favorites are JOYRYDE, Habstrakt, and Zomboy, among others.


6) The complextro deity delves into his writing process, revealing that his method relies on the drums in his productions to guide his melodies. He also reveals his favorite hardware of the moment.



7) Wolfgang reveals his career’s biggest obstacle has been chasing balance. As a result, he works in imbalanced life cycles between family and music, spending six to eight months producing and the rest tending to family, loved ones, and health.


8) One of Wolfgang’s biggest musical inspirations is hip-hop icon Timbaland.


9) He sings on Medicine — the first time he’s used his own vocals in over 20 years.


10) It took Gartner 10 years of producing to sell his first song. And he sold it for $300.


11) The Wolf is a cat guy.


Zomboy does his part to keep bass music fresh with new release ‘Lone Wolf’

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Zomboy does his part to keep bass music fresh with new release ‘Lone Wolf’Lone Wolf Artwork

Bass producer Zomboy is inching closer to his 30-stop 2019 Rott N’ Roll Tour, steadily releasing a a full-fledged assortment of tracks to capture fans’ interest before the North American leg.

His latest is titled “Lone Wolf.” The track immediately introduces a catchy synth progression that lures the listener into its sonorous grasp. Instrumentals build over the top of the intro, ultimately falling into a heavy dubstep drop that would meld swimmingly in a high intensity live set. The heavy bassline is aptly able to maintain the melodic elements of the synth progression well into the production’s conclusion.

The producer spoke to Billboard about the state of bass music, and how he is trying to stay unique in a space that is slowly becoming oversaturated.

“The bass music scene, however wonderful and broad, can often get a little tired,” Zomboy says“This is only to be expected when something this popular attracts so many new and hungry producers. In the current climate a lot of the groove and energy has been substituted for a harder, simpler and more aggressive sound.”

DA Presents: ’30 Days of Fright’ featuring REZZ, Gesaffelstein, Noisia, Drezo, and more [Playlist]

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DA Presents: ’30 Days of Fright’ featuring REZZ, Gesaffelstein, Noisia, Drezo, and more [Playlist]SPOOKS PLAYLIST 1

Grab a mask, slam back some candy corn, and get primed to get spooky: it’s October and officially witching season. Electronic music fanatics might be creatures of the night all year round, but there’s something so undeniably righteous about the Halloween season that makes the rapturous roar of dance music even more spellbinding. Whether in the form of diabolic dubstep or demonically deviant techno, the advent of electronic music has given the world some of its most truly terrifying tunes. In that vein, the Dancing Astronaut terror squad is proud to present 30 Days of Fright, our most dastardly dance music favorites for the spookiest month of the year.

By Asher Norris and Bella Bagshaw 

Surrender your consciousness and step inside REZZ‘s world of swirling asphyxia with “Relax.”

Feel your blood begin to bubble and your pulse hectically hasten as BlackGummy and Brooks’s “Neverdeader” breathes a bit of electronic hellfire.

Stream if you dare, as this flame-throwing dubstep track from Kill The Noise, “Black Magic,” will leave your eardrums scorched, but entirely satiated.

Zeds Dead offers up the score for entertainment of the entirely un-dead variety with their timelessly terrifying, “Demons.”

Careful – Megan James’s delectably delicate voice may seem perfectly benevolent, but make no mistake: lofty pipes like hers are witchy by nature.

ZHU plays maestro for all things that boogie and bump in the night with “Nightcrawler.”

Taste the psychedelic strangeness of An-Ten-Nae and Alice D.’s “Raindrops On Roses,” and fall into their preternatural purgatory.

Ever wanted to dance with the devil himself? Habstrakt‘s harrowing house track, “She Goes,” is an opportunity to do just that.

Zomboy invites you to venture through his dubstep-riddled zombie apocalypse with “Ressurected.”

Crowned prince of menacing sound design, Drezo sprinkles a ghastly vocal cut and some unearthly growls in one of his most downright evil releases, “Dead.”

Ivy Lab puts a wickedly delicious spin on an already-crazed Noisia classic, “Tentacles.”

Bask in the eerie ecstasy of Eekkoo and Forrest’s pulsating house production, “Preach.”

NERO solidifies their title as masters of destruction and drum ‘n’ bass with “Doomsday.”

Slithering and psychotic, Noisia’s “Lilith’s Club” will summon spooky sentiments from listeners across the board.

Catch a case of the techno scaries with Gesaffelstein‘s devilishly danceable “Viol.”

Magic Sword wields triumphant electrowave, “In The Face Of Evil,” to fend off even the most nefarious of forces in the days leading up to this All Hallow’s Eve.

Phantogram‘s off-kilter ambiance from “Funeral Pyre,” is the ideal supernatural soundscape, topped with seductive static and levitation-inducing guitar chords.

An undoubtedly foreseen, but fundamental addition to the list, deadmau5‘s “Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff” keeps the freaky, phantasmic fun flying all season long.

Float through the ectoplasm of The Upside Down with this exquisitely melodic synthwave track direct from the second Stranger Things soundtrack.

We’re not really sure what Moody Good is investigating in the malignantly-sampled “This Is The Investigation,” but we’re pretty sure it’s not natural.

Step inside Pryda‘s low-lit techno tunnel and experience the roaring mania of “Rebel XX.”

Those with a predilection for the creepy crawly end of the electronic continuum need only submit themselves to Knife Party‘s iconic “Centipede.”

Street Fever’s winding techno musings inside “Dispose” may be simplistic, but they’ll leave listeners reeling with haunted rejoice.

Feed Me‘s two-headed trap/dubstep hybrid “Pink Lady” will have you seeing phantom strobes well into the afterlife.

It’s virtually impossible to overload on REZZ tracks during any month, but it’s especially tricky this time of year. Her immortal state of “Delusion” thrusts listeners below ground, where the most formidable forces can frolic freely.

Virtual Riot unleashes a bloodcurdling, cinematic ruckus with zombie-apocalypse-themed, “Haunted.”

Names are not at all deceiving as Shadient takes Wavedash and Quest‘s unnervingly vocalized “Devil Music” for ransom.

Coast the un-departed synth-pop streets of Dance With The Dead’s chillingly regal “Nightdrive.”

Spirits loom overhead, as Stephan Bodzin’s “Singularity” permeates shuddersome sounds of uncertainty.

The evil computers of the underworld unite on Knife Party’s riot-conjuring, “Internet Friends.”

There’s too many spooky dance cuts to round up all at once, alas, we’ve got you going with a pretty good start. Keep the spooks in rotation all month long, and don’t forget to mix in “Monster Mash” a few times to get into the spirit of things this season. Stream the full 30 Days of Fright collection below.

Zomboy fires off spine-tingling new single, ‘Rebel Bass’

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Zomboy fires off spine-tingling new single, ‘Rebel Bass’Zomboy Rebel Bass Single

It’s comforting to know that some things fans can always count on. Zomboy releasing neck-breaking, no-holds-barred dubstep unquestionably falls into that category. Bass music fans haven’t had new solo Zomboy to blast since 2017’s Rott & Roll Pt. 1 EP. That finally changes with a new single out via Never Say Records, aptly called “Rebel Bass.”

Buzzing pads opens things up as the stage is set for destruction, and a multi-part build evolves with pounding drums and the producer’s textbook vocal samples. As the chaos reaches its climax, a pitched-down voice heralds the track’s inevitable descent: “Rott n’ roll bitch, this is Armageddon.” The first drop detonates with sub-shattering bass and ear-piercing growls. For a brief moment, there’s a break from the madness – but the bass returns for another dose of classic Zomboy.

The ominous horror-movie pre-drop vocal could very well mean a Rott & Roll Pt. 2 is on its way soon. Either way, “Rebel Bass” is one of the purest dubstep releases we’ve heard from Zomboy since his massive 2016 hit “Like A Bitch.”

UK dubstep trio Gentlemens Club release hard-hitting Black Gold EP

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Having formed back in 2013, the UK-based trio Gentlemens Club has become an essential player in a sea of rising bass artists. In addition to a collaboration with Israeli star Borgore, the group has remixed tracks for Zomboy, MUST DIE! and more that have allowed them to reach new heights, which includes the release of their new Black Gold EP.

The 4-track EP is a wild assortment of UK-grime builds, hip-hop beats and heavy, bass-influenced drops. They’ll head to EDC Vegas 2018 in May as well as a few dates on the “Black Label” tour, accompanied by Skism and Trolley Snatcha.

Lollapalooza announces 2018 edition with The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Vampire Weekend, ODESZA, more

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The Midwest’s premier music festival, Lollapalooza, returns to Chicago’s Grant Park August 2–5 with a newly announced lineup for the behemoth, 4-day affair. Topping the 2018 bill are The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Jack White, Arctic Monkeys, Travis Scott, Logic, and ODESZA, and, most notably, Vampire Weekend — the band’s first live performance in four years.

Other high-profile acts include Tyler, The Creater, CHVRCHES, LL Cool J, Portugal. the Man, and Brit superstar Dua Lipa. The festival’s electronic and dance music bookings are just as thrilling, with a comprehensive roster of veteran and rising acts: Zedd, ExcisionDillon Francis, Galantis, Illenium, REZZ, Chromeo, Hippie Sabotage, Tycho, Zomboy, WhatSoNot, Malaa, Valentino Kahn, Petit Biscuit, Ghastly, Chris Lake, Herobust, and Space Jesus.

Lollapalooza also boasts an impressive undercard with Gucci Mane, Lil Pump, St. Vincent, and Aussie one-woman band Tash Sultana, who rarely tours the US.

With over a hundred names set to appear over the weekend, Lollapalooza truly has become an American institution with something to satiate everyone’s musical tastes. GA and VIP passes to Lollapalooza can be found here.