NMF Roundup: The Knocks keep things groovy, Leftwing and Kody revive Kelis’ ‘Milkshake’ + more

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The most important day of every week: New Music Friday. 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.


Leftwing and Kody resurface 2003 hit “Milkshake” with a dynamic remix that layers in electronic synths while keeping Kelis’ vocals a focal point of the track.


Hardwell links up with Maddix for main stage anthem “Bella Ciao” with a big room chord progression that bounces into a forceful drop.


Matisse & Sadko return to STMPD Records with bouncy new release “Saga.”


Madison Mars teams up with Nevve for catchy pop-leaning release, “Like Far,” with Nevve‘s polarizing vocals carrying the track into a commercial drop.


Nyxen brings the chill vibes with her new tune, “Chains,” which features a smooth alt-electronic backdrop with soothing vocals.


“Coffee Shop” blends Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano‘s club-ready house chords and Kes Kross’ vocals with elements of tech house interlaced throughout.


Brazilian talent Illusionize releases immaculately layered track “We Go Together” with a combination of sounds and synths that make for a unique backdrop juxtaposed with alt-rock-skewing vocals.


Julia Thompson‘s vocals are seemingly the hook into “The One,” but the surprise main attraction of the track is the unexpected future bass drop from Dreweybear.


Laarsen takes the listener on a melodic journey, blending instrumentals with electronic production backdrops in new four-track Lavafields EP.


Don’t call it a comeback — Sidney Samson is at it again with another rocking electro house number, this time with G Wise in tow. “Soldier” marches on through the airwaves and onto the dancefloor, where it detonates among hungry ear drums craving a drop.


A deceptively airy opening tumbles into monsterous synths in Afrojack‘s newest release, “Bassride.”


Rolo Green and Dezza team up for Anjuna‘s latest release, “Sunburn,” with heady chants that merge with uplifting trance chords to create a unique whole.


Tough Love‘s latest will put the listener at ease with pleasant progressive chord progressions that lay the framework for energetic vocals.


Riggi & Piros have kicked up the energy a notch with their progressive house spin of “IDWK,” originally by DVBBS and Black Bear.


QUIX and Vincent team up for “Hero,” which is a hectic compilation of melodic moments, piercing synth drops, and a commanding bassline connecting the track together.


Ladytron has mastered the retro vibes with new alt-electronic “The Island,” which blends disco synths with airy chords to support the enamoring vocalist.


1788-L is back with a new original track. “NU/VER/KA” seemingly takes sounds out of horror movies and fuses them into a slow and steady beat. The track eventually gives way to a commanding chord progression that envelopes the listener until the song’s conclusion.


The Knocks are back with a groovy “Goodbyes” featuring Method Man, and this hip-hop electronic fusion bounces between blaring saxophone and hip-hop vocal segments.


An entrancing opening gives way to light future bass chords for the perfect chill tune to unwind to in Sj‘s latest “If We Could Stay High.”


Fancy being pummeled with fast tempos and pungent kicks, yet also given a moment of sweet, euphoric release? John Askew‘s got this mix down to a science in his sentimental new tune, “On The Rocks.”


Blanke has managed to add more energy to Carmada & Tribe’s “Ready For It.” He’s twisted the drop into a robotic cacophony of synths that pummels the ears in a war-like fashion.


House heads can get their fix with Del-30’s new two-track EP that flirts the line of tech house and is sure to keep the listener dancing.


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Andrew Bayer releases transformative ‘Your Eyes’ ahead of new album

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Andrew Bayer releases transformative ‘Your Eyes’ ahead of new albumAndrew Bayer NEW Copy

Anjunabeats powerhouse Above & Beyond’s “4th member,” Andrew Bayer has spent the better part of a decade carving an indelible foothold for himself at the peak the electronic music totem pole through trance, electronica, and progressive. Now, with the release of “Your Eyes,” featuring fellow Scandinavian, Ane Brun, of Norway, Bayer has clearly taken a turn back into If It Were You, We’d Never Leave territory with celestial synth pop. The release is the first dose of Bayer’s full-scale In My Last Life project, to be housed by his home label.

“Your Eyes” manages to salvage a walloping, 4/4 beat, while introducing modern synth-pop sensibility. The laser-like synth blasts drum up early images of Passion Pit or MGMT, while the otherworldly, folk-inspired vocals embody electronic pop innovators CHVRCHES. The ethereal video, with its swimming kaleidoscope of oil on water, is an exquisite representation of the transcendent nature of the song, as well as Bayer’s “reinvention,” as Anjunabeats referred to it in a recent release.

Bayer will be embarking on an end-of-year tour, to coincide with the album, making stops in Hong Kong, the US, and Canada.

 

Photo Credit: Allison May

 

Oliver Smith, Mat Zo, and Kyau & Albert drop new music on ‘Anjunabeats Worldwide 08’ compilation

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Above & Beyond and their Anjunabeats label are gearing up to wrap on a summer season for the history books. With label favorites Ilan Bluestone, Andrew Bayer and others churning out albums in 2018, the team has called upon a stalwart imprint mainstay to usher in its latest compilation from and for the Anjuna family, the annual Anjunabeats Worldwide 08.

Since joining the team in 2000, Oliver Smith has made a name for himself with tracks like “Lovingly,” among one of the many singles he’s released over his almost two decades of involvement with the label. He’s also shared his deeper alter ego, Meramek’s music with its deeper offshoot label. And now, he’s following in the steps of Grum, Jason Ross, and ARTY by mixing Anjunabeats Worldwide. On the compilation, we find an extensive showing of Smith’s expansive, lush music. As each compilation in this series promises, there are also exclusive new tracks from artists like Mat Zo, who returns to his home at Anjunabeats and to a trance sound on “Meaning Lost All Words.”

Good Morning Mix: Cosmic Gate bring the heat in latest Anjunabeats mix

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Gearing up for their performance at Montreal’s îleSoniq in August, German trance legends Cosmic Gate have unleashed a gorgeous hour-long Anjunabeats Worldwide mix.

Over the course of the mix’s 60 minutes, the duo take their listeners on a journey through some of their own hits, like their remixes of Gabriel & Dresden and Rank1, along with new Anjuna releases like Kyau & Albert‘s “Tube Hearts.” They also support fellow Germans like Melih Kor by opening their mix with his rendition of Three Drives’ “Greece 2000.” From start to finish, the mix is packed with serene progressive productions and dreamy trance tracks that demonstrate why these two have been considered some of the best in the dance music industry for nearly two decades.

Cosmic Gate will perform at the Canadian festival on Friday, Aug. 10. More information is available here.

Audien returns to Anjunabeats with ‘Higher’

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Audien made waves early on in his career with his grandiose style of progressive house that took the Connecticut native from his bedroom to the main stage. After experimenting with a number of styles, the producer returns to the label where his career began to take off, Anjunabeats, and his nostalgic sound with “Higher” featuring Cecila Gaut.

Gaut’s angelic vocals are accompanied by airy synths and shimmering percussion in the opening bars before Audien injects his notoriously crashing yet uplifting chords to welcome a full throttle, synth-heavy drop. For long-time fans of the producer, it is clear that Audien is making moves to bring festiva;-level progressive house back.

Above & Beyond Cancel All Inclusive Anjunabeach Festival Less Than 1 Month After Announcement

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In some pretty shocking news, Above & Beyond have announced their upcoming all inclusive Anjunabeach event in Mexico. The event was to take place in Riviera Maya, with packages ranging from a minimum of $1,600 per person up to over $5,000 a person for the max VIP setup. News of the cancellation was posted on

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Andrew Bayer gives fans a peek at new album with ‘Your Eyes’

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Andrew Bayer has given fans a taste of what they can expect from his forthcoming album with new single release titled “Your Eyes,” featuring Norwegian vocalist Ane Brun. “Your Eyes” is one of three releases on his new album that will feature the vocalist.

Brun’s ethereal vocals fall into an energetic chord progression. The track can be characterized as mystical trance meets indie-electronic music, which makes for a unique sound. The single is out via Anjunabeats, and Bayer has released both a radio edit and extended version of the track. His full album, which will be titled In My Last Life, is set to be released in full on Aug. 24.

Eli & Fur Return To Their Roots In Latest EP “Night Blooming Jasmine”

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Last week the Anjunadeep’s Eli & Fur dropped their highly anticipated four-track EP, “Night Blooming Jasmine”. As promised in a recent interview, Eli & Fur returned to their songwriting roots for this EP. The EP, especially the title track “Night Blooming Jasmine”, shines a spotlight on the duos vocal talent. “We wrote most of the

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Another destination festival meets its demise, as Above & Beyond cancel ‘Anjunabeach Riviera Maya’

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A destination festival, when well-executed, is a dreamy experience indeed. Those lucky enough to make it to one often find themselves surrounded by natural beauty they rarely, if ever, get to see, and equally inspiring sets by artists on the bill.

However, as proven by Fyre Festival and the multitudes of other failed attempts at organizing an Instagram-worthy event in recent years, planning them is quite a difficult feat. Sometimes, poor enough planning even leads to them being labeled as fraud, like the recently-failed XO.

Above & Beyond‘s destination festival has become the latest casualty in the game; although, the difference here is that luckily the trio and their Anjunabeats colleagues realized it was failed before proceedings truly began. Much like how they first announced this concept gathering — to take place on the picturesque Riviera Maya — they also announced its demise through their artist subreddit. They’d taken in a ton of negative feedback from fans regarding price, accessibility, and beyond, and ultimately decided to can the idea before trying (and failing) to go through with it.

Their statement:

“We heard from some that the price point felt too much of a stretch, or that this event felt too exclusive, and were disappointed that this amazing experience wasn’t accessible for more people. All this feedback we have taken to heart. We can only do what we do when we have your support, and you’ve told us loud and clear that we got this one wrong.”

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[Exclusive Interview] Spencer Brown: Illusions of Perfection

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It’s known by many names—The City by the Bay, The Paris of the West, Fog City, and even The City That Knows How. Whatever name it’s given, the city of San Francisco (and the surrounding Bay Area) has long been a site for inspiration; from its early Gold Rush days to the hippie counterculture, the

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