Monstercat Announces Kill The Noise x Seven Lions Collab Out On 10/25

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Monstercat has become one of the most acclaimed labels in dance music, constantly putting out stellar releases since it first started in 2011. Over the course of this year, they have had some tremendous releases from everyone including Bassnectar to Marshmello. This week they have announced another major release from Kill The Noise and Seven Lions titled

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Lookas Drops 1st Single ‘Eclipse’, Off Of Upcoming Monstercat EP

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As a self-taught producer, Lookas made his first impression in 2013, remixing the DVBBS and Borgeous track “Tsunami”, which was released as an official remix the next year. Recognized as a Top 10 Act to Watch by Rolling Stone and a Top 10 Rising Artist by Billboard, Lookas has taken his sound to some of

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Book Notes – Hernan Diaz "In the Distance"

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In the Distance

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book.

Previous contributors include Bret Easton Ellis, Kate Christensen, Lauren Groff, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Jesmyn Ward, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others.

Hernan Diaz’s engaging and thought-provoking literary Western has earned him comparisons to Cormac McCarthy and Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

Kirkus wrote of the book:

“As Diaz, who delights in playful language, lists, and stream-of-consciousness prose, reconstructs [Hawk’s] adventures, he evokes the multicultural nature of westward expansion, in which immigrants did the bulk of the hard labor and suffered the gravest dangers…an ambitious and thoroughly realized work of revisionist historical fiction.”

In his own words, here is Hernan Diaz’s Book Notes music playlist for his novel In the Distance:

In the Distance is the story of Håkan, a young Swedish boy traveling on foot from San Francisco to New York in the second half of the nineteenth century. He walks east in a sort of reverse Manifest Destiny, against the wave of pioneers, trappers, religious exiles, and prospectors without having a clear idea of the size and nature of this country. After being forced to commit an act of violence, he spends most of his life alone in what, at the time, was known as the unorganized territories.

Almost the entire novel was written in cafés and libraries, and since I can’t stand noise (or baristas with a playlist) I would always wear noise-cancelling headphones. Often, this whole list would be playing on repeat. If there is an emphasis on American composers, from Charles Ives to James Murphy, it is for the obvious reason that I was trying to inhabit and feel an American space. Most of these pieces have to do with openness, repetition, and variation, which are crucial elements in my book. Some of this music was more influential than any of the books I read during the writing process.

Here are some notes on a few of the pieces in the list:

John Cage: “Wheeler’s Point”

Early on, I knew that I wanted several sections of the novel to feel like this piece. It sounds like a broken popular song from a half-forgotten culture. The music, with its hesitant pauses, seems to be trying to remember something about itself. John Cage is the genius of silence, and I learned a lot from the blanks in this particular piece.

John Adams: Shaker Loops, “Hymning Slews”
Repetition is quite important in my book, and here John Adams manages the impossible: reiteration without a real motive, without a clear theme—only that half step glissando. The rich instrumental color he draws from the strings is remarkable: those whistling violins are heartbreaking. With very limited materials, this piece manages to show us how boundless solitude can be.

Brian Eno: Discreet Music: “Three Variations on the Canon in D Major by Johann Pachelbel: 1. Fullness of Wind”

I found many aspects of this piece immensely inspiring. As a musical form, the canon is, of course, about finding harmonic depth and change through the repetition and superimposition of a melodic line. This change through repetition—and this sort of vertical horizontality—was something I very consciously strove for. But because it is a variation on a seventeenth-century piece, this almost feels like a canon through history—Eno picks up the theme 300 years later, adding another layer to the canon. In a similar way, building something new on a tradition by manipulating its legacy is a crucial part of In the Distance.

What initially drew me to this piece is the intense feeling of longing it conveys—dangerously close to that kind of near-kitsch, morbid sadness that sometimes makes us proud of how intense our emotions can be. I also love that vertigo-inducing pedal note, zooming back and forth from left to right. It makes you experience this music with your whole body. I sometimes imagined that Håkan’s perception of the void would feel a bit like that.

Anton Webern: 5 Pieces for Orchestra: 4. Langsame Viertel

Webern is the master of subatomic music. Most of his pieces are under three minutes long, and yet they contain a universe, by which I mean not only that they are incredibly vast and spacious, but also that they are ruled by the strictest laws imaginable.

I was extremely interested in writing about the relationship between confinement and vastness in this book. And I also set pretty strict constraints for myself—nothing compared to Webern, of course, but his discipline and humanity were something I aspired to at all times.

Bela Bartók: Sonata for Violin Solo Sz. 117 in G minor: 3. Melodia

Bartók is at an intersection between Romanticism and Modernism that I find fascinating. He traveled the Hungarian countryside collecting and recording folk songs. But he wasn’t just an ethnomusicologist: eventually, all this material was rearticulated in a language all of his own—an imaginary folklore.

This movement of his Sonata for Violin Solo is a lovely, poignant monologue. In this version by the amazing Isabelle Faust, the wood of the instrument is so audible that you are reminded of nature and the elements at all times—which only stresses the loneliness of this lost voice.

Christopher Tye: In Nomine à 5: “Free from All”

Born around 1505, Cristopher Tye seems to have been somewhat successful in life, despite being largely forgotten today. More than his choral music he is mostly known for, I am drawn to his polyphonic pieces for strings—consorts of viols, early forms of chamber ensembles. In a strange, personal, and surely mistaken way, I see a line going from Tye to Feldman. Their music doesn’t seem to go in any direction; it doesn’t seem to have an exit or a resolution. This speaks to what I was trying to do in my book. Also, in both cases, there is a mild feeling of suffocation, as if air were slowly liquefying into a new, viscous element.

Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring: 1. Very Slowly

Aaron Copland is, of course, unavoidable in a list like this. Copland gave us the soundtrack for the American vastness and the frontier experience—from his Billy the Kid to the obvious influence he had over so many scores for Western films. Håkan seldom experiences the sort of generous peace one senses in the first movement of Appalachian Spring, but I imagine his few moments of joy had this texture.

Morton Feldman: Piano and String Quintet

Without question, this was the single most important piece of music for the book. Morton Feldman is the composer of the present, of duration— his music remains in a drawn-out “now” that challenges the very idea of development, crucial in music history. Oddly enough, Feldman’s slowness resembles light. As we perceive it, light doesn’t really travel. It is here or it is not. We never see its journey. Feldman’s music achieves the same effect but in reverse. His music can be so slow that it renders movement imperceptible—we don’t hear the harmony changing or the patterns transforming. Suddenly, we just notice a change of state. We have been displaced. This does not mean “now we are here; then we are there” (that, in fact, would be the very definition of development). It means, rather, “now we are here; now we are here”—different nows, with no then in between. I tried to convey this kind of temporal disorientation in my prose.

Charles Ives: The Unanswered Question

This could very well be an aural synopsis of the book. The strings play a limitless, desertic chorale over which the trumpet, like a lost wanderer, keeps asking the same question that the woodwinds only paraphrase, disfigure, and ultimately mock. Over and over again. And through it all, in the background, the vast inorganic expanse of the chorale remains unperturbed.

Like two of my favorite writers, Franz Kafka and Wallace Stevens, Charles Ives worked in insurance. I find this both meaningless and remarkable.

LCD Soundsystem: LCD Soundsystem: “The Great Release”

I always hoped the book would feel like this after the final sentence, once the reader put it down. I won’t try to paraphrase or gloss this song, but its epic intimacy is overwhelming. You feel space and someone—loving, lonely, longing—breathing in it. It is simultaneously an ending and a beginning, an arrival and a departure.

Hernan Diaz and In the Distance links:

Foreword review
Kirkus review
Paste review
Publishers Weekly review

Fiction Advocate essay by the author
Paris Review interview with the author

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Kanye West Previews New Zine

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In conjunction with his latest fashion collection and new sneakers

♫ Listen: Yung Lean – “Skimask”

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The experiences of Yung Lean as an artist have built an intriguing and somewhat low-key story in music. Leandoer has evolved from the cloud rap, Arizona Tea tongue-in-cheek memetic appeal his earlier work engendered without disavowing his roots there (“Sad Boys” shout-outs still abound). That is not to say tracks like the slushed-up “Hurt” or “Kyoto” aren’t excellent tracks for rolling, but “Skimask” bangs in its own right. Gone is the holographic haze of Yung Lean’s earlier production and instead, a newfound swagger and punchier vibe has taken root. There’s no meandering, melancholy, melodic beat or flow of monotone rapping here. In fact, you might be surprised it’s him by the jarring key interpolation, or to even hear this refreshing confidence from Yung Lean, more distinct and boastful than ever. Then again, he’s never lacked for the kind of instinctive clout found on “Skimask”; that’s always been Leandoer’s territory and his latest effort shows it’s still on lock.

Launchpad: Start the week with this Monday Mood playlist on Soundcloud

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Launchpad is a playlist series showcasing music we love, hand selected by our staff. The tracks come from both emerging and mainstream artists; it’s all about the quality and the unexpected. If you’d like your music featured in Launchpad, submit it for consideration here

You might have figured this out already, but it’s not the weekend anymore. Since that’s the case, you might want a playlist of music to listen to that’s different than the pre-game one you created on Friday. Well don’t worry, Dancing Astronaut has you covered, as always. Here are five songs to vibe to on a Monday, that’ll get your week started off right.

DA Launchpad Selects:
Cassidy Shooster (CA.SS) – Waste
Sultry vibes all over this one. And nothing’s better than a beautiful female voice layered over some slow tempo electronic production, complete with backing vocals. Think BANKS, Jessie Ware, Ella Eyre on this one.
A-Trak, Quavo, Lil Yachty – Believe (Borlini Remix)
Ok, so this one sounds closer to what you might here at a club on the weekend, but the deep, driving bassline also makes this song a great candidate to put on and zone out. The steady beat will turn your focus up to the maximum, despite the catchy vocals of Lil Yachty.
CA.SS – “Waste”
Joel Corry – “Sunlight”
Silly Nova – “Kiburi”
A-Trak, Quavo, Lil Yachty – “Believe (Borlini Remix)”
La+ch – “Lady”

Borgore releases energetic new single ‘Blasphemy,’ announces world tour

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Dubstep front-liner Borgore is gearing up for a massive 60+ city headlining tour and releases a brand new thrilling track to kick things off.

In true Borgore fashion, “Blasphemy’” is a hard-hitting, yet somewhat melodic, production that brings the energy up front and lasts for the track’s entirety. The thrilling drop, mid-song, brings the undeniable heat that powerfully intensifies the track and will surely be well received by fans across the globe.

The Israeli-born producer has accumulated one of the largest fan-bases in the business, popularly drawing large crowds to his live shows. Borgore makes his way to the following cities, kicking off this month in Madison:


October 26 – Madison, WI – Liquid<

October 27 – Tacoma, WA – Freaknight

October 28 – San Francisco, CA – BOO!

October 29 – San Antonio, TX – Mala Luna

October 31 – Miami, FL – E11even

November 2 – Columbia, MO – The Blue Note

November 3 – Memphis, TN – New Daisy Theatre

November 4 – Charlotte, NC – NC Music Factory

November 10 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz

November 11 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection<

November 16 Tallahassee, FL – Bajas

November 17 – Tampa, FL – Ritz Ybor

November 18 – Miami, FL – E11even

November 22 – San Diego, CA – Omnia

November 24 – Boston, MA – Royale

November 25 – Hamilton, Ontario CAN  – Club 77

November 30 – Virginia Beach, VA – Peabody’s

December 1 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore

December 2 – Baltimore, MD – Ram’s Head Live

December 3 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom

Catch Borgore on his Blasphemy tour, tickets available here.

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Madison Mars unleashes powerful new single ‘Raw’

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Fresh off three performances in two days at ADE, Amsterdam’s must-attend event of the year, Madison Mars has unleashed a powerful future house track “Raw.”

On “Raw,” the Estonian mainstay returns with his in-demand sound to the Enhanced label in a fiendishly funky fashion. Following his Enhanced debut — a remix of Tritonal & Steph Jones’ “Blackout” — Marss “Raw” is set to solidify another round of chart and streaming success.

Full of fruitful claps, building melodies, and plentiful bass, “Raw” lives up to its Enhanced predecessor and delivers yet another anthem-leaning, club-primed deliverance from one of future house’s rising dons.

Read More:

Madison Mars – Atom [Free Download]

Lemaitre (feat. Maty Noyes) – Higher (Remixes)

Marshmello goes pop punk on ‘You & Me’



Queens Of The Stone Age Hide Free Tickets In NYC Subway

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Queens Of The Stone Age are playing Madison Square Garden tomorrow night in support of their new album, Villains. Tickets are, of course, still available to purchase, but if you can’t or don’t want to pay for one you can try your luck on the New York City subway system. The band … More »

EDM Artists React To The DJ Mag Top 100 Results

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Ever since some of the world’s best DJs began to lose to the most popular producers, EDM artists around the world have began to question the DJ Mag Top 100 poll as a whole. While some strive to be this year’s top DJ, others such as Diplo show how much he wants off the list altogether.

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