NMF Roundup: Laidback Luke remixes Knife Party, Jason Ross and Dabin team up + more

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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.

After the release of their Lost Souls EP earlier this year, Knife Party have tapped Laidback Luke for a groovy remix of “Death & Desire,” and Jason Ross, Dabin, and Dylan Matthew team up for “One That Got Away.” Wave Racer has released a new single, “This N That” with LunchMoney Lewis, and Martin Garrix links with Dean Lewis for “Used to Love.” Walker & Royce tackle Dom Dolla’s “San Frandisco,” and Hot Since 82 takes it one deeper on “Tilted.” Arty lends his spirited hand to Gorgon City and MK’s “There For You,” and Axwell remixes Halsey’s “Graveyard.” Four Tet’s dingbat-riddled moniker unveils new content, and Nicky Romero, Mike Williams, and Amba Shepherd collaborate on “Dynamite.” REZZ and Malaa take no prisoners on “Criminals,” and Golf Clap deliver their iteration of “Let It Go” by Hood Rich and BRUX. NGHTMRE flexes on an interpretation of Habstrakt’s “The One,” and Herobust cranks up the intensity on “Smoke.” Chime keeps the Halloween spirit alive with “Haunted,” and Modestep sound the “Alarm” on their new single.

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.

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Gryffin solidifies two years of preparation with his 16-track debut LP, ‘Gravity’

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It’s been more than a two-year odyssey for Gryffin since the groundwork for his freshman full-length effort, Gravity, was initially set into motion during the fall of 2017. The project’s aggregate roll-out, which constituted a formal five-track EP release last December, as well as close to a dozen official singles, has decisively come full circle following its lead single introduction with “Nobody Compares To You.”

From bubbling beneath the charts with unofficial SoundCloud remixes to formally producing music in tandem with an abundance of Grammy-nominated acts, Gryffin has navigated a meticulous avenue to his current feat: Gravity out in its entirety, containing a track list that spans 16 sublime titles.

While there are more than a modest number of never-before-heard Gryffin productions to briskly dive into, the 11 previous singles from Gravity cannot be forgotten, including hits like “Remember” with Zohara, “Tie Me Down” with Elley Duhé, “All You Need To Know” with Slander, “OMG” with Carly Rae Jepsen in addition to a myriad of others.

In preparation for the album’s forthcoming release just over the past month, Gryffin unwrapped two final gifts as he continued to exemplify that there would not be a single mediocre listing on Gravity with “Baggage” alongside Gorgon City and AlunaGeorge, and most recently, “Body Back.” In terms of brand new music from Gryffin, perhaps the most enticing listen from the unbeknownst album designations is his long-awaited union alongside Seven Lions, which was debuted during the very first GRAVITY II LIVE spectacle in Brooklyn this past August.

Comprehensively, Gravity is engulfed with transcendent productions that encompass further collaborations with DROELOE, a reunion alongside Zohara, and a duet between MARINA and Model Child. For those fortuitous enough to be in attendance for any of Gryffin’s live performances this past summer, he treated fans to his ethereal drumline-induced introductory piece as the project’s commencing piece that provides the cherry on top to one of the year’s most remarkable dance music bodies of work.

Stream Gravity in full below, and purchase tickets to any of Gryffin’s forthcoming GRAVITY II LIVE shows during the remainder of this fall and winter.

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Flight Facilities go indie pop in new single with Aloe Blacc, ‘Better Than Ever’

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Flight Facilities are out with their newest single “Better Than Ever” featuring Aloe Blacc, and the song marks the duo’s continued experimentation with genres as they stray away from electronic and into soulful pop.

“Better Than Ever” is a feel-good tune that fuses vocoded sound effects, encouraging claps, and stimulating guitar riffs into a cathcy, radio friendly base. Blacc’s mesmerizing vocals captivate from the track’s outset, proving why he has been a highly coveted collaborator with electronic music acts. Flight Facilities allow Blacc’s voice to remain the highlight of the release, foregoing an electronic drop and choosing to use choir-esque elements as a complement to the track’s key elements.

The Flight Facilities duo comment on “Better Than Ever” in an official release, stating, “We try to explore all genres with our music, and ‘Better Than Ever’ may be as close to pop as we’ve ever been.”

Along with the new single, the artists have put out an eccentric music video featuring an itchy man on a bus. His itch can seemingly never be scratched, until a woman with long nails comes to scratch him as well. Then the entire bus joins in before the video plummets into a darker fantasy of ways the man’s itch can be scratched. “Better Than Ever” is out via Future Classic / Glassnote Records.

NMF Roundup: Valentino Khan remixes Tchami, Gryffin teams up with Maia Wright + more

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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.

Valentino Khan tackles Tchami’s “Rainforest” in his latest remix, and Gryffin teams up with Maia Wright for “Body Back.” Lost Kings tap Marc E. Bassy for “Somebody Out There,” and Adventure Club unveil their Death or Glory Sessions. David Guetta remixes Idris Elba’s “On Life” as Jack Back, and Sullivan King reveals his debut album, including tracks like “If My Eyes Are Vampires (Your Body Is My Sunlight)” with TYNAN. Fox Stevenson, too, has a debut album out on Oct. 18, featuring songs like “All Night,” and Hardwell teams up with Deorro, MAKJ, and Fatman Scoop for “Left Right.” Henry Fong encourages listeners to “Jump Up” with his new single, and Flosstradamus and Megatone deliver “Bounce Back” after premiering the track with DA. Faux Tales has released his ethereal Hiraeth LP, and Madnap and Luma have collaborated on “Faces.” YehMe2 and Wuki “Throw It” on their new collaboration, and vowl. and Brock Wilson jointly release “recluse.” Justin Jay puts his own spin on NGHTMRE and A$AP Ferg’s “REDLIGHT,” and Boombox Cartel and Griff Clawson reveal “All I Want.”

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.

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 112

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA managing editor Robyn Dexter. With a taste that can only be described as eclectic — to say nothing of a name that lends itself to punnery — DA is happy to present a selection of tracks personally curated by Dexter for your listening pleasure.

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Netsky and Aloe Blacc‘s “Snitch” came out swinging in July, thrilling listeners with wobbling synths, powerful bass, and forceful lyrics. Since it’s Netsky, it was only a matter of time before a drum ‘n’ bass iteration made its debut, and the world is treated to just that via Toronto Is Broken‘s remix. This “Snitch” remix is packed with energy from start to finish.

Matrix & Futurebound are slowly unraveling sets of remixes for Mystery Machine on Viper Records. In the latest set, Flite, T & Sugah, and Glitch City lend their production talents to the April LP. Flite takes on “Believe,” which was initially released last October. He gives the dreamy drum ‘n’ bass track a rougher edge, introducing a drop and following rhythm that are more vigorous than the initial track they’re derived from.

The release of Fox Stevenson‘s debut album, Killjoy, is only a week away. He’s been steadily drumming up excitement by revealing some of its components, including the latest, “Headlights.” Stevenson’s songwriting and production shines in this tune, as his vocals soar over a delicate introduction before he kicks it up a notch in the chorus.

Who doesn’t love “Million Voices” by Otto Knows? The tune is nearly at 30 million YouTube plays and has soundtracked countless parties since its release in 2012. Win & Woo have put their signature slow-burning-yet-groovy take on this beloved song after it was well-received by festival crowds over the summer. “We made it for our Lollapalooza set & loved it so much we knew we had to put it out,” the duo said in the song’s description.

A R I Z O N A‘s ASYLUM album has been two years in the making, and it finally made its full debut on Oct. 11 via Atlantic. The nine-track LP includes tunes like the previously released “Nostalgic” and “Freaking Out,” along with several new cuts like “Where You Are.” The New Jersey trio have a special knack for tapping into listeners’ emotions, and their retro instrumentals complement lead singer Zach Hannah’s vocals impeccably.

NMF Roundup: Dillon Francis remixes Saweetie, Mat Zo unveils ‘Emotion Sickness’ + more

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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.

Dillon Francis pumps his fans up this NMF with a remix of Saweetie’s “My Type,” and Mat Zo reveals his long-anticipated “Emotion Sickness.” Lane 8 showcases another brilliant single in “Sunday Song,” and Lost Kings, Sevyn Streeter and Luh Kel get the party started with “LA & The Parties.” Matt Lange and Kerry Leva reveal their blissful collaboration, “Every Word,” and Vincent and Naderi waste no time on their new powerful single, “Wasted Time.” Spooky dubstep returns for October in Figure and Dubscribe’s “The Phantom of the Opera,” and Chris Lorenzo tries his hand at drum ‘n’ bass production in “Take Me as I Am.” MitiS and RUNN craft a gorgeous soundscape on “Shattered,” and Chrome Sparks remixes Whethan and The Knocks’ “Summer Luv.” Dash Berlin shines on a new remix of Myon and ICON’s “Cold Summer,” and Morgan Page, Matt Fax, and Lissie take “The Longest Road To The Ground.” TroyBoi gets intense on his new single, “The Truth,” and Armin van Buuren and Cimo Frankel offer a dreamy trance collaboration, “All Comes Down.”

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.

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Aloe Blacc dedicates song to Avicii on collaborator’s 30th birthday

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Since the untimely passing of Swedish superstar Avicii, the flood of tributes to the late DJ continue to pervade the electronic landscape in all forms and from all individuals. Now, in dedication to what would have been Avicii’s 30th birthday, Aloe Blacc has announced the release of his new song “Things You Left Behind.”

Blacc took to Instagram to post a clip of the new track and an emotional excerpt in remembrance of his co-star. The singer most notably lent his voice to one of Avicii’s biggest hits ,”Wake Me Up.” They reunited on Avicii’s first posthumous track “SOS” from the producer’s posthumous album TIM.

The “Wake Me Up” vocalist imparted heartfelt advice he learned from his close collaborator in regards to art and taking risks.

“As an artist, if ever you feel nervous about something, it’s better to take the risk than to regret it. When we created “Wake Me Up” there was no blueprint for the combination of sounds and no example of success to rely on.”

The Avicii Tribute Concert for Mental Health Awareness will take place on December 5th and feature performances from Avicii’s artist friends including David Guetta, Kygo, Nicky Romero, and many more. Find more information here.

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Today would have been Tim Bergling’s 30th birthday. The news of his passing stunned me as it did all who were moved by his music and I am terribly sad that he is no longer with us. When I heard he was gone my heart immediately went out to his family and the words to this song came to me. I had only spent moments on stage and in the studio with him, but his family had spent years watching him grow. As a father of two young children myself I couldn’t imagine the tragedy of living beyond them and having to gather the things they have left behind. I thought I would take today, Tim’s birthday, to remember and to share what I learned about art from him. Take the risk. As an artist, if ever you feel nervous about something, it’s better to take the risk than to regret it. When we created “Wake Me Up” there was no blueprint for the combination of sounds and no example of success to rely on. Lead rather than follow. Mavericks don’t follow trends, they create them. Tim reminded me of what I learned so well in my experience during the golden era of Hip Hop, which is to create your own style. When others begin to use your style, just keep it fresh and switch it up. Be brave and bold. I know Tim was way more comfortable in the studio than in most other places that music took him. But he learned to step out and embrace millions of fans with his live performances. I imagine the most fearful performance would have been the debut of the music from TRUE at Ultra. He was nervous, but he did it anyway. While other performers had the usual lasers, pyro and girls in bikinis, Tim shared the stage with musicians and singers that helped him craft a groundbreaking album. Ignore outside opinions. Criticisms are everywhere and they are increasingly negative rather than constructive. It’s important to listen to your inner voice and have confidence in the art you create. The few trusted voices in your inner circle can be helpful, but when it comes to art, always trust your gut over others. Ultimately, the integrity in a work of art lies with the creator and no one else. The most important thing I think I learned from working with Tim was to embrace collaboration. Rest in peace, Tim

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The Highwomen Are The Country Supergroup This Moment Demands

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THE HIGHWOMENA widely publicized study this year confirmed what anyone paying attention to the industry has long known: Country music is a boys’ club. Back in April, USC’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative published its study No Country For Female Artists: Artist & Songwriter Gender On Popular Country Charts From 2014 To 2018, which found that … More »

Kygo, David Guetta, and more slated for Avicii tribute concert

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As the gargantuan hole in the electronic bedrock that is Avicii‘s death remains audibly agape, plans to honor him on behalf of his most ardent artist friends and collaborators are underway.

On December 5, 19 Avicii collaborators, a 30-part band, and some of the Swedish superstar’s most auspicious companions, like David Guetta, Nicky Romero, and Kygo, will coalesce at Stockholm’s Friends Arena to honor their fallen friend in performing a two-hour orison of his greatest hits. Organizers of the affair, which is to be sponsored by the recently established Tim Bergling Foundation, will be distributing the entirety of the net profits to a number of organizations that direct efforts towards mental health and suicide prevention. The eminent menagerie of vocal collaborators already locked in to perform include Aloe Blacc, Adam Lambert, and Rita Ora, just to name a few. More artists will be added to the lineup in coming months.

“Tim had plans for his music to be performed together with a large live band, and now we are realizing his dream and giving fans a chance to experience his music in this unique way,” said Klas Bergling, Avicii’s father, via a recent press release.

Tickets to the Avicii Tribute Concert for Mental Health Awareness go on sale September 5, at 10:00 am CET.  For more information about artists added to the lineup, check here. Ticket sales will go live here.

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Gryffin readies his Lollapalooza performance with ‘OMG,’ alongside a warm-weather Orbit Playlist

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Gryffin’s mellifluous presentation beneath the seminal Coachella fixture, the Sahara Tent, this past April reverberated through the livestream and well beyond. Aside from being joined onstage by omnipresent vocalist, Aloe Blacc for both an Avicii memorial and the unveiling of a brand new collaboration, Gryffin teased a second unreleased union alongside pop sensation Carly Rae Jepsen.

Not even two weeks removed from a glistening rendition of Shawn Mendes’ “If I Can’t Have You,” Gryffin is seeking assistance from another Grammy-nominated moniker, as he and the “Call Me Maybe” superstar have officially delivered “OMG.” The collaboration serves as the third offering from the second portion of his debut LP, Gravity, currently slated for release later this fall.

By now, listeners know to never expect a Gryffin production to arrive without a downpour of acoustic components. “OMG” promptly convenes as deepening strums mingle alongside Carly Rae Jepsen’s temperate vocals before breaking off into a sensual lyrical harmony and some unsurprisingly arresting guitar riffs from Gryffin himself.

As “OMG” swiftly starts to tower the dance pop charts over the next few days, Gryffin’s timing could not be more exact, as the release stands to erect an astounding level of anticipation for his Saturday performance at Lollapalooza’s Perry’s Stage. In addition to the collaboration’s official release, Gryffin took the time to craft an exclusive Orbit Playlist on Dancing Astronaut‘s Spotify channel, featuring 15 of his fondest tracks of the moment, including, of course, “OMG,” as well as music from Jai Wolf, Flume, RÜFÜS DU SOL and Kygo among others.

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