1788-L has released his second extended play, S Y N T H E T I K. Released via Deadbeats, S Y N T H E T I K is comprised of four collaboration sessions of synthesized orchestra, with an emphasis on sub-frequencies. After bursting onto the scene last year with his precise remix work, including an official Illenium rework, and a collaboration with REZZ to boot, the computerized persona is taking form in 2019 with a number of festival appearances, and inclusion in Zeds Dead‘s tour, where 1788-L is providing support. 1788-L jump-started 2019 with particular strength via the Ekali tag team effort, “R U I N.”
The longform project starts with the title track, “S Y N T H E T I K,” which features Slooze. And what a brick to your face this opening track is–it’s a fist-full of bass with dancing glitches. The second of the EP’s four total tracks, “M A L F U N K T” bears the musical markings of the enigmatic co-producer, Deathpact, who works alongside 1788-L’s thunder static on this take. The penultimate cut, “O R G A N I K” with totto is raw, while S Y N T H E T I K’s final song, “W I C K E D,” cuts like a knife. “W I C K E D” features producer, josh pan.
Ekali and 1788-L have been on quite the rise in 2018 and are getting bigger and bigger in 2019. With seemingly polar opposite sounds, I wasn’t sure how a collab between the two would turn out, but “R U I N” has proved that it’s a beautiful thing. 1788-L’s sound is more electric and “robot-esque”
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Recent collaborative counterparts, Ekali and 1788-L are among the most alluring names on the electronic agenda as of late. 1788-L, since his ascension through an auspicious feature on REZZ‘s “H E X,” has so far remained anonymous, at least by face. His off-kilter strain of glitchy electro is distinguishable to even the most untrained ear. Ekali’s fervent reception has landed him in some slightly larger arenas in the years since Skrillex remixed his “Babylon” original.
By way of their all-but-“R U I N”-ous brainchild, the pair succeed in scaffolding of one another’s diverging production styles for a complex and decadently maze-like sonic offspring. Drop one falls in 1788-L’s court, with its grinding, stop-and-go, mid-tempo electro, while Ekali ensconces the second breakdown with his invariably melodic DNA. Prophetic wind and piano synths join dizzying drum ‘n’ bass fills for a paradoxical delivery that melts monotony in its tracks.
The two have been teasing the track for some time, sprinkling it into their sets throughout Ekali’s Crystal Eyes Tour. Illenium offered up his edit of the track ahead of the release, bolstering anticipation for the original. “R U I N”‘s release comes with a Blade Runner/apocalypse-themed visual spearheaded by Quentin Deronzier.
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.
Star-studded collaborations rule this week’s NMF. Ekali and 1788-L have joined forces to craft a formidable, bass-heavy collaboration, “R U I N,” and Gareth Emery and Ashley Wallbridge continue their powerful slew of releases together with “Lionheart.” Netsky taps Lil Wayne and Bazzi for “I Don’t Even Know You Anymore,” and Zedd and Katy Perry deliver their radio-friendly “365.” Feed Me returns for the second Friday in a row with “Sleepless,” and Kygo releases his first single of the year with “Think About You.” GRiZ and Matisyahu take a stand on gun violence in “A New Day,” and Madeaux brings a sultry, dark atmosphere with “ADDICTED2.” Andrew Bayer delivers an “In My Next Life” mix of 2018’s “In My Last Life” on Anjunabeats. Goshfather puts his own disco-infused twist on Madonna‘s “Like a Prayer” in his new remix, and Liquid Stranger teams up with CloZee for the eerie “Ceremony.” Kill Paris debuted his new album for Valentine’s Day, touting collaborations with the likes of Fatherdude, Big Gigantic, and more, and Armin Van Buuren tugs at listeners’ heartstrings via “Lonely For You” with Bonnie McKee.
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.
As a dance music taste-maker, producer Notaker demonstrated his skills in this exclusive mix for Dancing Astronaut‘s mix series, The Radar. Since early 2018, the St. Louis native has derived support from some of the most respected labels in the game, taking shelter at mau5trap for his debut EP Erebus I that peaked at No. 6 on the iTunes top electronic albums chart. In addition, he’s seen increased success with the Vancouver-based imprint Monstercat, a relationship he forged to release his latest single, ” Into The Light” featuring Karra.
This mix will guide listeners on a “sonic journey,” as he explores a diverse arrangement of sounds within the “electronic spectrum.” Kicking things off with “Into The Light,” Notaker maintains a balance between light and heavy bass music, including the REZZ remix of Porter Robinson‘s “Divinity,” the 2017 Flume hit “Hyperreal,” k?d‘s show edit of “Find Paradise,” a collaboration from up-and-comer 1788-L featuring Totto on “Full Burst,” and more.
Everyone loves a good year end list. That being said, many media outlets (ours included) release lists that are based purely off of critic response. Why not give the power to the people and see who the public chooses as their favorite artists, songs, etc.? That is just what r/EDM did. The subreddit polled their
The new year is slowly approaching, and that means New Year’s Eve Festivals has surely begun. Many popular artists debut some of their unreleased music during these sets to show fans what is expected for the upcoming year. At this year’s music festival, Lights All Night, there was an unreleased collaboration in particular that had
This year saw countless artists break onto the scene. New minds have demonstrated that EDM is arguably more exciting than ever before. While countless artists have rocked the scene with new ideas and productions, one stands out more than anyone else. The mystery producer, 1788-L. 1788-L Lives Up The Hype First gaining notoriety with a