NMF Roundup: Skrillex and friends release ‘Malokera,’ Alison Wonderland and QUIX 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.

Skrillex kicks off the weekend with a stacked collaboration, “Malokera,” with MC Lan, TroyBoi, Ludmilla, and Ty Dolla $ign. Alison Wonderland and QUIX have teamed up for “TIME,” and Louis The Child and Wrabel deliver a bittersweet joint effort called “Too Close.” CRAY brings a retro tone to her latest, “idontwannatalkaboutlove,” and The Knocks continue their summer releases with “Colors.” Cashmere Cat is full of “EMOTIONS” on his newest, and Good Times Ahead (formerly GTA) get with Flosstradamus for “Waffle House.” Cedric Gervais remixes DJ Snake, J Balvin, and Tyga’s “Loco Contigo,” and Mazare and Essenger turn it up to 11 on their new Monstercat single, “Berzerker.” The Chrises got in the studio for a new Anti Up single, “Right Now,” and Alok and Zafrir bring “Vale Vale” to listeners’ ears. HEYZ previews his new Bite This! album with “Castaway King,” and Valentino Khan drops off his new EP, stacked with songs like “BRB.” Fedde Le Grand puts his own touch on Matoma, MNEK, and Kiana Lede’s “Bruised Not Broken,” and Herobust preps for the weekend with “Dumb Lit.”

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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Lunar Lunes: Alok and Sevenn sample Pink Floyd, Kidswaste remixes Kidnap + more

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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.

In their new collaboration, Alok and Sevenn sample Pink Floyd’s iconic “The Wall,” and Kidswaste puts an emotive spin on Kidnap’s “Skin.” MOODY GOOD unveils “Bite Your Lip” on Deadbeats, and smle taps Seann Bowe for “Haunted.” Aquadrop takes his listeners straight to the beach in his new Armada Deep single, “Patu Patu,” and Goshfather tackles Eminem in his new remix of “The Way I Am.” Mielo has reimagined Crywolf’s “DRIP” in his latest, and Justice Skolnik brings vocalist Adam Gokcebay for “All I Wanted.” Olver Smith has delivered “Curiosity” on Anjunabeats, and Cheat Codes and Trixxie team up on “All Of My Life.” CARBIN brings along Mezzi Mae for “Numb,” and Elliot Berger and Laura Brehm make it “Back To You.” Ephixa and Going Quantum celebrate Monstercat’s eighth birthday with “Let’s Roll,” and Kwon has crafted a rendition of Manila Killa’s “Wake Up Call.”

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

Saturday Night Session 022: Alok reveals his own record label is coming and gives fans a look into growing up with DJs as parents

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Few moments are more sacred than the reprieve Saturday night provides from the daily grind of school and work. Its importance is meant to be emphasized, and thus, a feature dedicated to “doing the night right” was born. Saturday Night Sessions are set around energizing mixes meant to get the party started. New or old, each episode has one cornerstone thing in similarity: they serve as the perfect backdrop for the weekend pregame.

Many artists tout the cliché that ‘music is in their blood.’ Few artists can actually claim this as fact, and Brazilian DJ and producer Alok is among the few. Alok Achkar Peres Petrillo was born in Goiânia, Brazil to DJs, Ekanta and Swarup. His parents are pioneers of psytrance in the country, and creators of the Universo Paralello, an electronic music festival. As Petrillo puts it, ‘his video game was a pair of decks as an 11-year-old,’ and growing up with the music has made it only natural for he and his twin brother Bhaksar to pursue careers as DJs and music producers. For those who do not know, breakout hit “Fuego” is a collaboration between the Petrillo twins.

Petrillo is now a globally renowned act, and he is truly one of the first current global powerhouses in electronic music to come from Brazil. The country itself has a vibrant electronic music scene, and Petrillo explains that there are many artists from the market on the horizon who have the potential to be as widely recognized as he is in the years to come.

When asked what it is like to be a breakout artist from Brazil, Petrillo states, “It does feel like I am still coming to terms with the reality at times. Although I feel that there is still a lot to be done and achieved, many other Brazilian artists are also progressively gaining recognition and admiration around the globe.”

Petrillo teamed up with Quintino for his latest release titled “Party Never Ends,” and according to him, this is the first of many forthcoming collaborations fans will be able to expect from him for the remainder of the year. “Party Never Ends” is geared towards live performance with its bouncing synths and catchy whistling, which is infused with the production backdrop. The kicking beat takes the listener on an energetic journey with builds culminating in dance-inducing releases, keeping the production true to Petrillo’s signature style.

Petrillo describes his goal for the release, stating, “It’s the type of track that makes people want to let go of their worries and dance. Life should always be a never-ending party. Happiness is healthy, and partying makes people happy. The goal of this song is to put listeners in a party mood forever.”

One promise Petrillo makes about the year to come is, “There are a lot of amazing collabs and productions going on at the moment with very prominent artists and singers, but I can’t give much away. The secret is part of the surprise.”

He will also be launching his own record label, Controversia, and his first release on the imprint is set to come out at the end of June. Petrillo will be putting out the official remake of Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick In The Wall” called “The Wall.” While remixing Pink Floyd may seem surprising, few realize that the group has been one of Petrillo’s largest musical influences to date in addition to The Prodigy and The Chemical Brothers.

Petrillo’s Saturday Night Session is a good representation of what fan’s hear when they see the producer perform live, and it’s a great start to a big Saturday night. As Petrillo puts it, “Saturday night is always magic, so I prepared a set to let the party never end. I like to cross over styles and this is the kind of set I play during my shows. Fun, energetic, and exciting enough to fully charge your energy. Alone or with friends, at home or out, I hope you enjoy this Saturday Night Session prepared especially for you. Have fun!”

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You have really been a breakout artist from Brazil when it comes to being globally recognized. How does it feel?

It does feel like I am still
coming to terms with the reality at times. Although I feel that there is still a
lot to be done and achieved, many other Brazilian artists are also progressively
gaining recognition and admiration around the globe.

We know your entire family has been immersed in electronic music for
your entire life. What was this like growing up?

Let me put it this way: my video game
was a pair of decks when I was about 11 years old. Since then, my entire
existence – as well as my twin brother Bhaskar and both of my parents Ekanta
and Swarup who are DJs – has spun around music. It was quite natural, and I bet
it was much easier for me back then to get in touch with electronic music, CDJs,
mixers and parties as my whole family has always been deeply involved in this universe.

Who were some of your biggest influences growing up? Which artists are
currently inspiring you?

Without a doubt: Pink Floyd,
Prodigy and the Chemical Brothers with their unique style and electronic and
psychedelic influences that they have given the world.

What can we expect from you in the coming year – more new music? Tours?

We have crossed the 4 corners of
the planet in half a year. For the rest of this year and most of next, we are
looking pretty busy tour wise. Next month I’ll be playing in Los Angeles,
Mexico, Ibiza, and then at the end of July, I’ll fire up Tomorrowland in
Belgium. I’m so excited.

I’ve already made some truly
international collaborations this year, including Conor Maynard and Timmy
Trumpet, plus I teamed up with Felix Jaehn and The Vamps. There are a lot of
amazing collabs and productions going on at the moment with very prominent
artists and singers, but I can´t give much away. The secret is part of the
surprise.

What I can say is that I’m very happy to announce my new own label Controversia. It’ll be launching at the end of June and the first release on the label will be my official remake of Pink Floyd’s ‘Another Brick In The Wall’ called ‘The Wall’.

Can you tell us more about your song “Party Never Ends?”

It’s the type of track that makes
people want to let go of their worries and dance. Life should always be a
never-ending party. Happiness is healthy, and partying makes people happy. The
goal of this song is to put listeners in a party mood forever.

A lot of our readers are based in North America. What is the Brazilian
market like in terms of music, festival, and club scene compared to say, the
U.S.?

When it comes to electronic and
pop music in North America and Brazil, both markets have grown exponentially
over the last 3 years in my opinion. Even the more underground artists have
reached places that they never imagined before. I have seen a video of Fisher
playing for thousands and thousands of people at Coachella. For a tech house
artist, that is something so surreal to happen. The same thing is happening in
Brazil where we have artists getting to play their music at places that were
considered “impossible to play” before.

What are your hobbies when you aren’t producing music?

Most of the time when I’m not producing, I’m doing something related to music. I like to listen and search for new songs. It’s so important for me, as an artist, to be involved in different kinds of styles and genres. Besides that, my biggest hobbies are: working out, keeping a healthy lifestyle, reading, and spending time with my lovely wife and family.

What kind of a Saturday Night is your Saturday Night Session going to get listener’s ready for?

Saturday night is always magic, so I prepared a set to let the party never end. I like to cross over styles, and this is the kind of set I play during my shows. Fun, energetic, and exciting enough to fully charge your energy. Alone or with friends, at home or out, I hope you enjoy this Saturday Night Session prepared especially for you. Have fun!

Steve Aoki and Alok come together to recreate The Chemical Brothers 2009 original ‘Do It Again’

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Steve Aoki and Alok come together to recreate The Chemical Brothers 2009 original ‘Do It Again’Steve Aoki Alok Press Photo 2

Alok and Steve Aoki have surprised fans by not only joining to re-work
The Chemical Brothers‘ “Do It Again,” but also in selecting a piece of music that’s a far cry from what their respective followers might expect from such a collaboration. Both Aoki and Alok have a tendency to float between high BPM main stage electronic tracks and commercial-leaning hits. For Alok, his commercial side features poppy vocals and catchy note progressions, while Aoki has experimented with everything from rap to most recently rock.

The crossover artists’ iteration of the release keeps almost the same introduction, but the two adapt the original smoothly into their signature big room house sounds and highly emphasized low-end. “Do It Again” is out now via Dim Mak.

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NMF Roundup: Arty returns with ‘Avalanche,’ Kygo and Rita Ora team up, Spencer Brown and Raito become ‘Star Allies’ + 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.

Russian producer Arty kicks off New Music Friday in fine fashion with a gorgeous new single called “Avalanche,” and Kygo and Rita Ora are a dream team on their new collaboration, “Carry On.” Spencer Brown and Raito deliver a dark and powerful mau5trap release, “Star Allies,” and R3HAB crafts a dreamy remix of Sofi Tukker‘s “Fantasy.” Rusko brings a classic dubstep feel to GRiZ and Boogie T‘s “Supa Fly,” and Dustycloud takes listeners deep into a shadowy nightclub on “The Way.” Peggy Gou has released her Moment EP, featuring songs like “Starry Night,” and David Guetta takes on Bebe Rexha‘s “Last Hurrah.” Two Friends hit the drive thru on “Dollar Menu,” and Sam Void brings groovy house beats to Nicky Romero and David Guetta’s “Ring the Alarm.” Culture Shock debuts a drum ‘n’ bass heater, “Renaissance,” and Steve Aoki and Alok “Do It Again” on their new collaboration. Blanke remixes Illenium and Kameron Alexander’s “Pray,” and Young Bombs release a four-track remix pack for “Starry Eyes.”

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.

Steve Aoki and Alok Collaborate On The Wonderfully Weird Single – ‘Do It Again’

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Steve Aoki has always been known for pushing boundaries. From his early work which helped bridge EDM with the mainstream to his more previous efforts to merge electronic music with rap, Steve has never been afraid to try something new. While his latest collaboration with Alok might not be as groundbreaking as some of his

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Armin van Buuren releases full Tomorrowland set from A State of Trance stage

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Armin van Buuren has shared his entire Tomorrowland weekend two set from this year’s set at the A State of Trance stage. Those who missed, or daydreamers trying to relive that day in festival history can now listen through the 43 tracks, in order, of which he played. Van Buuren opened with a dedication to his son, Remy, who turned five, before dropping into his new song with Vini Vici and Alok featuring Zafrir, “United.” Powering through, the trance legend hits songs produced by himself and close collaborators in the genre space such as W&W, Vini Vici, Gareth Emery, Dash Berlin, Conrad Sewell, Shapov, Josh Cumbee, Maor Levi, Mark Sixma, Super8 & Tab, STANDERWICK, Emma Hewitt, Ben Gold, and many more.

Van Buuren’s nearly two-hour set was one of three sets he played at one of the biggest festivals in the world. The other two sets took place on Tomorrowland’s infamous main stage. If four hours from the trance radio behemoth isn’t enough, he played a seven hour trance set at Untold Festival in Romania earlier this month and shared the full stream.

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Armin van Buuren & Vini Vici bring Alok into the fold with ‘United’

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Dance music icon Armin van Buuren linked up with Israeli DJ and production duo Vini Vici on what would later become an instant festival classic, “Great Spirit.”  This was in 2016. Now nearly two years later, the team has connected again, this time with an artist who has come to prominence since their first collaboration together: Alok.

“United” has an impressive rolling cadence, calling us to attention as we listen through the energetic track. Clearly intended to follow in the footsteps of their last hit, “United” is primed for festival play. But it’s been done in a contemporary way, acknowledging the rise in higher BPM styles in both hard dance, which saw its first main stage set at this year’s Tomorrowland, and even van Buuren’s home in trance music. In the end, the track becomes more widely appealing with this faster beat that conveys an energy that some synths can’t achieve. Featuring the vocals of Zafrir in its fist pump-inducing chanting, “United” has legs to last through the rest of the season.

 

 

Armin Van Buuren Reunites With Vini Vici And Alok For The New Single – ‘United’

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Boy, have I been waiting for this tune to be released ever since I first heard it. All three artists featured on the track have played it out several times during the current festival season, and each time it seems to garner more attention. Armin and Vini Vici have worked together before on the single

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Alok involved in plane crash, emerges unscathed

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Fortune appears to have favored Alok when it mattered most. The Brazilian DJ emerged unharmed from a plane crash that occurred upon takeoff at Serrinha airport in Juiz de Fora. The plane was supposed to transport the producer to Belem, where he was originally scheduled to perform the evening of May 20, a performance that has since been moved, given the accident.

‘We are all fine, thank God,’ Alok can be heard saying in the video surveying the aftermath of the crash, uploaded to Alok’s Instagram story. The video offers a frightful vision of an incident that could have gone far worse, but thankfully Alok did not retain any injuries.

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