Exclusive: BRKLYN gallavant in spirited new visual for ‘Can’t Take My Money’ [Watch]

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The carefree spirit of summer proves evergreen in BRKLYN‘s visual for “Can’t Take My Money.” The duo’s first single of 2019, “Can’t Take My Money” flaunted the bold alternative-electronic flair of BRKLYN’s sound, showing BRKLYN’s approach to dance music to be that of a fresh, imaginative caliber distinct from the mainstream. A fun diversion from the familiar. “Can’t Take My Money” underscored BRKLYN’s trailblazing potential.

Now, with the official music video for “Can’t Take My Money,” the Armada Music label mates translate the vivid, feel-good energy of the cut into a visual that extends the animated personality of the tune.

We try not to take ourselves too seriously, and ‘Can’t Take My Money’ is a record that presents us with the perfect opportunity to convey our easygoing vibe on video

-BRKLYN

The video follows BRKLYN’s own Cory Nadeau and Cameron Alexander as they romp on the boardwalk, skateboard through streets, and take the wheel of a golf cart. Listeners can get a look at the visual before its September 21 debut exclusively on Dancing Astronaut.

Read Dancing Astronaut’s interview with BRKLYN on the making of “Can’t Take My Money,” here.

Feenixpawl and Marcus Santoro strike collaborative gold on new single, ‘Forever Young’ [Q&A]

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When Feenixpawl and Marcus Santoro take a stride around the electronic release ring together, they do so with a near palpable energy. It emanates on Feenixpawl and Santoro’s joint single, “Forever Young.” The trio’s creative synergy is audible, and the fruit of their collaborative labor lively: “Forever Young’s” beat races with a vigor that is matched by that of both its chords and its vocal. Two familiar elements of Feenixpawl’s toolbox guide “Forever Young” as it surges through streamers’ speakers with fluid ease: soaring ascents and sweeping melodies.

Although the Australian production pair aren’t exactly new to the electronic setting, the Armada Music signees have capitalized on 2019 as a year to further establish and assert their status as power players. Feenixpawl accordingly shared their MaRLo-assisted sensory arresting trance anthem, “Lighter Than Air,” in April. Gleaming progressive house gem, “Play With Fire,” followed in May.

Dancing Astronaut caught up with Aden Forte and Josh Soon of Feenixpawl and Marcus Santoro ahead of “Forever Young’s” release to learn more about the record’s inception.

DA: You’ve released two stunning singles in recent months, “Lighter Than Air,” for which you convened with MaRLo,  and “Play With Fire,” which featured Rico & Miella. How did the production process of this song differ from these past two records, and what specifically were you hoping to creatively achieve with “Forever Young”?

ADEN: I suppose the main difference between this track and our previous two was the fact we were able to all be in the studio together while making the track. MaRLo tours heavily, so we had to rely on uploading stems and ideas constantly in order to work on the track, which is similar to how we did “Play With Fire” with Rico & Miella, as we don’t all live in the same city. It was great to get in the studio with Marcus and throw ideas around and come up with something special.

DA: The brand new single is a collaboration produced alongside Marcus Santoro, can you say a little bit about how the three of you got together for this cut?

JOSH: We’ve known Marcus for years, and we’ve always been good friends. We’ve discussed working together for so long but it [was] simply about timing and also finding the right project. As soon as we heard the demo vocal [for] “Forever Young” we knew it was perfect to work on with Marcus. We were lucky that we were all in the same city at the same time and were able to get into the studio together to work on it, which is quite rare these days. It was a really fun process to get together and just have fun with it.

DA: Marcus, you’re certainly no stranger to the Armada family and have released music via Armada before. Can you describe your sonic style for listeners who may not be familiar with your sound, and can you also talk about how you wove your sound into this particular production?

MARCUS: It’s always great to release with Armada. I’ve been a part of the Armada family for a few years now and the fans are so welcoming and supportive! For those who aren’t familiar with my music, it generally revolves around melodies, uplifting feelings and emotion!

I always try to generate these 3 core things [in] my music and I feel ‘Forever Young’ is no exception. Lately, I’ve been experimenting with more deeper/progressive sounds but for this record I wanted to bring my signature trance/progressive vibes to the table and I feel it works well with Feenixpawl’s progressive house sound too. We’ve wanted to work together for a few years now and I’m glad this is the outcome we have to share with the world!

DA: As 2019 winds down, what’s next for both of you?

JOSH: We have at least one more original release scheduled for 2019, it’s another collaboration with our brother Harley Knox who we did a track called “Bones” with last year. We love working with Harley and we are super happy with this new record which is called “Colours.” We also have a bunch of shows coming in our native Australia that we’re really excited about and will be announcing soon!

ADEN: We’re always in the studio working on new stuff, and we’re super excited to share all the music we’ve been working on. The feedback on our last few singles has been incredible and we feel like the new music is even better!

MARCUS: For me, I have loads of new music still to be released…there’s close to 4 [or] 5 new singles and that’s not including some dope remixes! I have some other exciting collaborations and new solo material on the way including my very own radio-show, and I also will be playing some cool shows [which are] still to be announced. I’m very excited for what 2020 is going to bring,  I feel my music is as strong as ever and I can’t wait to show it to everyone!

Exclusive: Nora En Pure breathes her piano-driven prowess into Eelke Kleijn’s ‘Lost Souls’

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Exclusive: Nora En Pure breathes her piano-driven prowess into Eelke Kleijn’s ‘Lost Souls’NEP 4

South African-Swiss queen of melodic/deep house, Nora En Pure has materialized on the auspicious Armada landscape with another transcendent dancefloor delivery in hand. Over the years, En Pure has raked in accolades for both her DJ and production prowess , as well as ample acclaim for her radio show, Purified. Though she’s demonstrated affinity for both club-conscious and sweeter, melodic stylings, it’s in the piano-driven endeavors where En Pure shines with the most invariable splendor.

Arriving a day early exclusively through Dancing Astronaut, the iridescent Armada affront takes shape in a remix of Eelke Kleijn‘s “Lost Souls,” featuring Ost. En Pure elevates the original’s subtle piano musings and drapes them across the remix’s forefront. The vapory house offering solidifies another celestial notch in En Pure’s prolific sonic catalog.

Ben Gold Drops “The City Sleeps Tonight” On The Brink Of His Album Release

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UK trance legend Ben Gold warms up fans for his soon to be released “Sound Advice: Chapter Two” album with his latest release “The City Sleeps Tonight”. The track is loaded with a positive driving energy that features polished synth arpeggios, which anchor the soaring vocal. While slightly leaning towards the harder side of the

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Armin van Buuren celebrates Armind’s 1500th release with ‘Stickup’

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Armin van Buuren has been helping to shape electronic music into the commercial force it is today for over 20 years. In addition to releasing music that has pushed the boundaries of the genre’s sound, he started what is arguably one of the most successful independent music labels in the world with Armada Music.

Today marks a landmark for the veteran producer thanks to the release of the 1500th track on Armada’s sublabel, Armind. “Stickup” by van Buuren himself, is the track that has been chosen for this coveted release spot in honor of the label’s continued success.

The heightened BPM drives the track into trance territory from the outset, and a robotic vocal line tells listeners to ‘put their hands up’—giving them a brief respite from the speedy kicks driving the piece forward. The song’s energy ebbs and flows as it goes on, creating a rollercoaster ride reminiscent of his earlier work during his trance days.

“Stickup” has been a mainstay in van Buuren’s live sets long before the track’s release date. The song was first played at A State Of Trance 900 in Utrecht, and it is now featured prominently on van Buuren’s new A State Of Trance, Ibiza 2019 album.

Inside the making of Youngr’s ‘Nightcrawling’ music video [Q&A]

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Multi-instrumental UK artist, Youngr expands his sound via “Nightcrawling,” a pop-inflected electronic effort that marks Youngr’s return to Armada Music. Youngr’s collaboration with the Amsterdam-based imprint in 2018 led to the release of “Turn Around.” Flash forward to 2019, and Youngr not only has a record deal with Armada, but also a statement record, and an accompanying visual that jointly underscore Youngr to be a dynamic creative asset to the Armada family.

“Nightcrawling” is immersive in its sound. It steadily fills speakers as its piano chords, which take center sonic stage, rise in tandem with the track’s guiding vocal. The track’s music video focalizes Youngr’s musical acumen from its onset. The camera follows Youngr and his impassioned piano-playing, mist enveloping the producer, who’s stationed amid a thickly wooded, dimly lit forest. Natural light and the absence thereof are of equal symbolic weight in the cinematic context of the visual. Dancing Astronaut caught up with Younger to learn more about the making of the “Nightcrawling” music video.

You said that “Nightcrawling” was inspired by the feeling of “getting through a tough time and having someone there to help you through it.” It seems that this notion translates to the music video, which starts out in dim colors and gradually brightens. Can you speak on the production process for the visual?

[I devised this idea in collaboration] with my good friends Mikey and Chris Rosenfeldt. I had the simple idea of walking through the forest, playing instruments as they came into the song, and that developed into this whole idea, like you said, of starting [the video] with real dark, moody lighting and ending [it] in bright, natural daylight. So we actually all woke up around 3 AM to set up in the forest (trying to avoid being attacked by wild boar) and started filming around 5 AM. [We filmed] until the sun was fully up, wrapped up around 1 PM then had an epic nap, woke up, and edited it that night. 

You also noted that you wrote “Nightcrawling” with your friend and writing partner, Tim Woodcock. What was the songwriting process like for this record, did the lyrical pieces fall into place pretty quickly?

Yeah, the whole tune felt really natural, and me Tim have written tons of songs before. I actually woke up with that piano melody in my head, so I ran downstairs to record it, and the beat and vibe just fell out really effortlessly. Then Tim worked his magic with the words and melody; he sings the chorus. I took the demo back to my studio in London and [finished it]. 

Many listeners will know you from your Youngr bootleg of “Sweet Disposition.” That effort really foregrounded your multi-instrumental acumen. When it comes to writing a song and your general creative process, how do you merge the instrumental and electronic worlds?

It’s never really been [my] conscious thought to merge them. I usually start writing a song on the piano, so it has that raw feeling from the get go. It actually takes a lot of effort for me to start writing a beat and turn it into a song, I never find that to work for me. I also love the emotion you can get out of a guitar, and that raw low end you get from a bass guitar [specifically]. Don’t even get me started on live drums, I’ll be here all day.

To answer the question, I think I just fucking love the sound of real instruments, but I also love what electronic music makes you feel, especially house/dance; the euphoria it can bring. 

What’s next for you on Armada?

I believe there are going to be a few more singles, then hopefully an album towards the end of the year.

First Listen: Ruben de Ronde delivers lucid third studio album, ‘Different’

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The third chapter in Ruben de Ronde’s sonic story has arrived. Following 2017’s 12-track album, My Story, Different evidences de Ronde’s penchant for crafting an aural, full-bodied listening experience. Sitting at 14-songs, Different sees de Ronde delve deeper into the trance subgenre. The progressive and electro trappings that have long lent an unmistakable vivacity to de Ronde’s catalogue are audible on Different, and command an unsurprisingly potent presence.

The Armada Music signee begins the long-form outing with an ethereal opening number that calls on the vocal talents of HAILENE, “The Hardest Part.” The airy, soprano character of HAILENE’s vocal tonally contrasts with the deeper, undulating foundation of the introductory number. “The Hardest Part” is a precursor to the textural play that will follow as Different unfolds.

With each successive album inclusion, de Ronde juxtaposes lighter, atmospheric sonic elements with comparatively more grounded components. Take “Lucky Penny” as an example: synths stab with near palpable intensity at the track’s opening, but attenuate at the midway point. A more melodic structure subsumes the synth work to mellow out the tune.

I am mega proud to show my new album to the readers of Dancing Astronaut; thanking all for the amazing support of ‘Different’! I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I loved making it!

-R

Different sees de Ronde collaborate with a variety of artists, including FUTURECODE, Matt Fax, Roxanna Emery, and Estiva, among others. Estiva is the sole producer to have a hand in more than one album inclusion, and assists on “Horosho” and “Donnie.” Different is proof of de Ronde’s infallible ability to strike sonic gold with each production.

Borgeous And RUNAGROUND Break-Up Anthem “Better Anyway”

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Summer is right around the corner, and with all of the uplifting and party tracks that go with the season, also come the break-up anthems. Borgeous has teamed up once again with RUNAGROUND to release “Better Anyway”. The track gives hope for anyone at the end of a relationship by delivering uplifting chord progressions and

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Saturday Night Session 023: Morgan Page discusses drawing inspiration through collaboration and gives fans insight into his forthcoming release

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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.

Grammy Award nominated Morgan Page has kept the momentum high in his career for over ten years, and that’s almost certainly thanks to his ability to produce music that stands the test of time and appeals to listeners regardless of what the ‘popular’ sound is. Page is the first to admit that maintaining success for over a decade is a rarity, and it requires his production abilities to evolve and to continue to get better despite his success. A new focus of his has been diving into sound design, synthesis, and experimenting with distortion and treatments to create incredibly distinctive sounds. As he continues to push his creative boundaries, his fans reap the benefit of a diverse collection of work that is all tied together by Page’s ability to identify a polarizing vocal line and a sonic warmth that leaves a listener feeling good despite the genre of his production.

An important component to Page’s ability to stand the test of time has been his ability to read current musical trends and adapt. The producer elaborates on how the bar gets increasingly higher for those who want to thrive as a music producer in 2019, stating, “Records these days are so loud and punchy that the bar is set really high, and they really need to cut through in a live environment. Every element needs to shine.”

2019 has seen a continuation of Page’s dance-inducing creations thanks to his recent release of “Gone My Way” with Pex L, and he will be releasing a new track on Armada titled “Fire and Gold,” which includes Page himself playing guitar on the release. He discusses how this release will be different than what fans have heard from him in the past, stating, “The new single is ‘Fire & Gold’ with Vivid feat. Allé and Damon Sharpe. I really like the way this one turned out. We experimented with a lot of different frameworks, but felt we needed a dancefloor-focused mix that had some edge to it. It’s a very songwriter vibe kind of song, almost with an Of Monsters and Men sound, and I wanted that contrast to work well with a big room progressive sound. I even played the guitar on parts of the song to add some extra hooks. I’m a much better piano player, but writing melodies on a different instrument helps to create something special and original.”

In addition to producing music, Page has more recently taken to mentoring up and coming producers, which in part he is able to do through his own website that features quick tips in addition to his own interests. His quick tips have been such a success that he has even launched the top 20 quick tips into a card deck. Page elaborates, saying, “I’ve taken 20 of my best quick tips and turned them into a professionally illustrated and printed card deck that will be distributed with special orders from OWC.  They make amazing Thunderbolt drives, docks, and Mac upgrades.”

Page’s sets, just like his music, are notorious for keeping the energy high and the mood uplifting, and his Saturday Night Session doesn’t disappoint in this regard. He explains what listeners can expect from the mix, unsurprisingly noting that it will have “lots of energy, unique sound design, and vocals that stick in your head.” In addition to lots of energy, those who want a first listen of “Fire and Gold” will finally get one.

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In the past, you’ve explained that working with up and coming producers in the studio has been a good creative exercise for you. Is there anyone you’ve worked with as of late that has really made an impact on your creative process?

In the last year, there’s been a lot of great collaborations – some in the studio, some with strangers and now friends across the globe. I love how fluid the process can be. With “Gone My Way,” PEXL, a producer from the Canary Islands in Spain, sent me a song he had in progress with a Splice vocal sample, and I went in and added more progressive flavors and chopped up some more bassline samples to give it a hybrid future house / progressive house feel. It came together really quickly and naturally, which isn’t always the case! With songs that are more lead vocal focused, it can take months or back and forth production work. With this collab, it was just us swapping stems back and forth, which felt very natural.

Are you doing anything new as of late to continue to push the boundaries and creativity of your sound?

I’m really diving more into sound design, synthesis, and experimenting with more distortion and treatments to really dial indistinct sounds. Records these days are so loud and punchy that the bar is set really high, and they really need to cut through in a live environment. Every element needs to shine.

You do a lot outside of producing and making music. Can you tell our readers more about your different hobbies and interests outside of working in the studio?

Right now my #1 non-studio project is my baby. She’s almost a year old and it’s been the most insane, beautiful experience. It forces you to be more deliberate with your time because your life and schedule will never be the same again. I’ve also created a site for music producers and creative types called http://mpquicktips.com and @mpquicktips on Twitter. It features over 800-bit sized tips on creativity and workflow methods for the studio. In my spare time to stay sane, I do a lot of trail running here in LA, which is my form of meditation

You have a new single coming out on June 21st on Armada- can you tell us more about this release?

The new single is “Fire & Gold” with Vivid feat. Allé and Damon Sharpe. I really like the way this one turned out. We experimented with a lot of different frameworks, but felt we needed a dancefloor-focused mix that had some edge to it. It’s a very songwriter vibe kind of song, almost with an “Of Monsters and Men” sound, and I wanted that contrast to work well with a big room progressive sound. I even played the guitar on parts of the song to add some extra hooks. I’m a much better piano player, but writing melodies on a different instrument helps to create something special and original.

Do you have any other upcoming projects or singles in the near future you can tell us about?

We are about to launch a card deck for my http://mpquicktips.com project – which is exciting to finally see in physical form! I’ve taken 20 of my best quick tips and turned them into a professionally illustrated and printed card deck that will be distributed with special orders from OWC.  They make amazing Thunderbolt drives, docks, and Mac upgrades.

Can you tell us about your ideal Saturday Night if you aren’t playing a show?

A lot of high-end boutique wine with friends, a great dinner, then bed. I really like the inverted schedule of the DJ life though. I’ll go out mid-week, so Tuesday or Wednesday is Saturday night, then I work Friday through Sunday.

What kind of a Saturday Night is your Saturday Night Session going to get listeners ready for?

Lots of energy, unique sound design, and vocals that stick in your head.

First Listen: Sevenn returns with a rambunctious dance floor filler, ‘Loco Papi’

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First Listen: Sevenn returns with a rambunctious dance floor filler, ‘Loco Papi’IMG 71376068

When the question is to which producer to look for a club stomper sure to make listeners move, the answer is Sevenn. Case in point, Sevenn’s latest single, “Loco Papi.” The lively vocal verbalizes the “Loco Papi’s” multilingual lyrical content, creating a fiery, near palpable sense of energy that streamers will feel from the cut’s opening to closing second. The kicking quality of the vocal aside, however, it’s ultimately the animated construction of “Loco Papi” that takes center sonic stage on the Sevenn showing. The production’s unruly horn work contributes to the playfully boisterous personality of “Loco Papi,” as a kicking beat concurrently drives the song forward.

As just one singular stream of “Loco Papi” will indubitably indicate, when “Loco Papi” drops, rambunctious dancefloor activity is bound to follow. “Loco Papi” follows Sevenn’s December 2018 single, “Lollipop, which bridged elements of the bass and tech-house subgenres. The brand new single is out now on Armada Music.