TOKiMONSTA is ready for 2020, releasing a brand new single ahead of the recently announced Oasis Nocturno album. As she gears up for the release of her fourth LP (her first full-length project since Lune Rouge in 2017), the LA-born DJ/producer teamed up with Grammy-nominated duo EarthGang on “Fried For The Night.”
Premiered by Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1, the track is driven by heavy bass, strategic drum beats, and effectively employs EarthGang’s Atlanta-inspired sound. TOKiMONSTA had some words on the release:
“Everyone has a moment where they feel fried and burnt, but what about those moments you feel fried and turnt? EARTHGANG brought their special magic to the studio and we made something other worldly. This song is dedicated to those psychedelic moments where our reality opens up a new point of view.”
The track comes packaged with an official video directed by Romain Laurent, which showcases a shared psychedelic experience between the collaborators.
In addition to a third official appearance at Coachella, TOKiMONSTA will hit the road for 16 dates this spring on The Oasis Nocturno Experience tour. Pre-sale kicks off Tuesday, January 21. Purchase tickets here.
Diplo resurfaced on BBC with a two-hour mix in hand, meditating on his favorite selections of the last decade.
If anyone is lined-up to slather their taste across the masses, it’s the eclectic, multi-genre, multi-project, label boss, A&R by association, tastemaker: Diplo. With a wildly successful and watershed decade himself from his reign as Major Lazer’s frontman, to his Grammy Award winning collaborative venture with Skrillex and beyond, crossing the one-billion stream mark on Spotify is becoming more and more habitual for the cross-generational tastemaker.
Not only does Diplo ever have his finger on the electronic music pulse, he’s also been part of developing pop super groups such as LSD with Sia and Labrinth, and Silk City with Mark Ronson which helped the two influential artists secure a Best Dance Recording Grammy for “Electricity” with Dua Lipa.
His Best of the Decade mix should arrive for many as cherished as gold, with enduring power tracks like David Guetta’s “Titanium,” Swedish House Mafia’s “One,” Avicii’s “Levels,” Rihanna and Calvin Harris’ “We Found Love,” Skrillex’s “Scary Monsters & Nice Sprites,” Flume’s remix of Disclosure’s “You and Me,” The Weeknd’s collaboration with Daft Punk, “I Feel It Coming,” his own work on behalf of his Major Lazer project alongside DJ Snake “Lean On,” and many more certified relics revered throughout the industry’s global soundscape.
Hudson Mohawke and Lunice continue to roll out new collaborative content under their TNGHT alias, six years after going radio silent at the height of their game. The “Blood On The Leaves” producers just released a long-awaited two-hour BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix that gives an inside snapshot of the two producer’s personal record crates.
Friendships born of techno are friendships that last. It’s a true statement that applies to casual listeners as well as two of the most prominent techno artists working today: Charlotte de Witte and Chris Liebing.
Ever since these two announced they were working on a track together at the end of 2018, they have never been apart for too long. The following March, the pair played back-to-back during Miami Music Week, and their set was broadcast as a BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix. Then a few months later, they were booked to play together again at an official Movement Detroit after party. Now, they will soon play as a duo again at Insomniac‘s upcoming Halloween festival, Escape: Psycho Circus.
All of these collaborative encounters indicate that these two share a specific chemistry as artists, catalyzed by their time in the studio. Now the fruit of their labor is finally available to the public in the form of their Liquid Slow EP, out now on de Witte’s KNTXT imprint.
For those who haven’t seen de Witte and Liebing on the decks together, this EP makes their chemistry immediately clear. De Witte is known for her ability to revolve a set around tinges of acid, and Liebing is a champion of all things deceptively heavy. This EP is the middle-ground between those two descriptors.
Earlier this summer, electronic music was collectively stunned by the sudden passing of Philippe “Zdar” Cerboneschi, following a fall in Paris. The veteran Ed Banger duo was set to release their Dreems LP just days after the shocking news, and while dozens of tributes from fellow musicians poured in, the world consumed what would likely be the final album from Cassius. Just before Philippe Zdar’s death, Cassius plugged into BBC Radio 1 for an Essential Mix to accompany the new record.
The two-hour bout features cuts from MK, Hot Natured, Robyn, and Cassius among others. The session, recorded in June, was the group’s fourth Essential Mix, following appearances in 2015, 2010, and 1999.
REZZ has been quite vocal about expanding her already prolific sonic catalog this year. She’s positioned to release her next EP, Beyond The Senses, by the end of this month, July 24, to be precise. In anticipation for the release, she’s cooking up a two-hour BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix chock-full of REZZ originals only, both old and new.
The weekly radio show has featured some of the most eminent envoys in the electronic macrocosm as guests throughout its vast tenure on the British airwaves, including offerings from Eric Prydz, Carl Cox, and Daft Punk, just to offer a fragmentary window into the series’ hallowed archives.
REZZ first appeared on the channel alongside mau5trap label boss, deadmau5, back in 2017, on behalf of his BBC Radio residency. However, the upcoming appearance will mark her debut Essential Mix effort.
Flashback to 2013, the year that Hot Since 82 would make his BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix debut. Pete Tong would go on to share the house music tastemaker’s two-hour effort over the BBC Radio 1 airwaves, to highlight Hot Since 82 as a standout electronic act. A benchmark in the budding career of any aspiring artist, a BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix conveys a clear message: The producer who lands one has what it takes to continue to rise in the intensely competitive modern music market.
That was then for Hot Since 82, who now returns to BBC Radio 1 to curate another Essential Mix for the reputed radio station. Hot Since 82’s 2019 Essential Mix expounds upon the producer’s refined underground sound, to package productions hailing from respected labels like Cocoon Records, Defected Records, and Proton into an undulating two-hours of easy-flowing house music.
It seems deadmau5 is perennially hard at work. From consistently live streaming his creation process for fans and overhauling his Cube rig for the third time, to scoring films and pulling double duty at Ultra this year, performing under both his deadmau5 and Testpilot monikers, it seems Joel Zimmerman rarely takes a moment to smell the roses, if ever. Luckily for fans, the Mau5trap head honcho keeps the pedal to the floor, and his latest offering comes by way of a rare Testpilot outing, on perhaps the most renown mix show in electronic music. That’s right—we’re getting a Testpilot Essential Mix.
The BBC Radio 1 mix, debuting on March 23, is actually billed as deadmau5/Testpilot, suggesting that Joel will be flipping between aliases, and a trove of new material is likely underway. The Essential Mix comes hot off the heels of the recent release of Testpilot’s full Electric Forest performance from 2018. Revisit the Electric Forest set below in preparation for one of the most anticipated Essential Mixes of the year.
Swedish powerhouse producer Eric Prydz has been in the game for years, but his never-ending oasis of talent just keeps on giving. In late 2018, he played a slew of shows under his techno alias Cirez D alongside Adam Beyer and kicked off 2019 with select Pryda shows. Later this year, he’ll be bringing his insane hologram setup to Creamfields for a visually stunning HOLO live performance. While Prydz’s dedication to innovating for the most advanced technology stands on a calibre of its own amongst the industry, Dancing Astronaut would like to recognize where his visionary projects stemmed from and look back on his greatest strength: mixing. Twelve years ago this month, Prydz took to the Radio 1 decks for his Essential Mix 2007, still one of his greatest mixes to date.
Prydz weaves progressive, electro, and techno into his Essential Mix, taking listeners on a two-hour journey. Featuring tracks from both his Pryda and covert Tonja Holma alias, his eclectic selection also incorporates several of his own edits on tracks from artists Arno Cost, Brett Johnson and D’Malicious. Dance-worthy, energy-ridden and, of course, mixed to perfection, this Essential Mix will forever go down in the books as testimony to Eric Prydz as one of this generation’s most timeless DJs.
The “Back to House” mix features 22 songs over the course of its brief five-minute span, kicking off with the V Classic House Edit of Glad Is The Night’s “Even Better.” From there, the Swedish producer mixes in everything from Rebuke‘s “The Pipe” to Dosem‘s “Unfolding” to Waze & Odessey’s “All Of Us.” Unreleased tunes include D.O.D‘s “According to Me,” which appears to be a forthcoming Axtone release, along with Eddie Thoneik’s “Fuego” and Chocolate Puma and Carta‘s “Zhong.” He wraps the mix with “Leave The World Behind,” which celebrates its 10th anniversary this spring.
The nearly two dozen songs are blended seamlessly to create a five-minute slice of heaven—one Axwell fans are bound to cherish for months to come.