There are many superstars in the world of electronic music but only a handful are as universally praised as Eric Prydz. The Swedish born artist has been setting the bar for over a decade, with multiple different aliases reaching the top of its respective genre. Conquering the techno scene with Cirez D or uplifting entire
Paring down an entire year’s worth of songs is no easy feat.
2018 saw the explosion of songs like ZEDD‘s “The Middle” and Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa‘s “One Kiss,” dominating both the dance music charts and the radio airwaves. Ear-catching tracks like these, along with fan favorites like FISHER‘s persuasive “Losing It” and Anti Up‘s entertaining “Pizza” wiggled their way into festival sets around the world and — love them or hate them — stood out as notable tracks that do their part in immortalizing this whirlwind of a year.
We also saw a creative collective of remixes surface in 2018, including Rinzen‘s compelling take on deadmau5 and Rob Swire‘s hit “Monophobia” and Skrillex‘s intoxicating rendition of Travis Scott‘s “Sicko Mode.” We celebrated the return of Gesaffelstein with “Reset” and welcomed new projects from Diplo in LSD and Silk City. We welcomed collaborations from Ekali, Medasin, and Elohim in “Forever,” Tiësto, Dzeko, Post Malone, and Preme in platinum smash hit “Jackie Chan,” and ZHU and Tame Impala in “My Life.”
Ultimately, though, we’ve narrowed 2018 down to 30 tracks that stole our hearts and smashed streaming records.
Well, folks, it’s almost the end of 2018 and it’s time for us all to reflect back on the year that was. I’m a big future guy so I don’t like to look in the past, but for music, I feel you hear SOOO much new music that it’s easy to forget a track or
2018 was a great year for House music. With the genre gaining massive steam again, 2018 was loaded with a ton of MAJOR House tunes. Whether it was vocal, tech, progressive, funky, or just classic four on the floor, there was a resurrection of House music this year. Below I broke down and linked to what I
Out now under the NCS record label is a killer bass track. Spce CadeX is reaching out from their deep space mission to transmit some new frequencies. Collaborating with another masked duo, ‘Holding You’ by Spce CadeX x Unknown Brain (ft. Max Landry) is a perfectly woven tapestry of sound. Spce CadeX is fresh off
Dancing Astronaut’s Top Festival Vibes of 2017
Moogfest, the self-prescribed “synthesis of music, art, and technology” is the perfect destination for forward-thinking individuals looking to experience more than a mainstage set at their next festival. By day, the Durham, North Carolina event is a platform for conversation and experimentation. By night, fans can enjoy cutting-edge music in venues throughout the city. Themes range from techno-shamanism to Sci-Fi wishes and Utopian dreams with an eclectic roster of artists to match its unique themes.
7. Electric Forest
Electric Forest is a magical celebration of art, creativity, EDM, and jam bands all under one kaleidoscopic tree canopy. Each June, near 50,000 attendees flock to Sherwood Forest adorned in costumes as vibrant as the landscape for one of the most otherworldly festivals in recent memory. Boasting art installations, trading posts, wacky stages, and activities at every turn, Electric Forest made an immensely respectable decision in expanding from one to two weekends in 2017; preserving the integrity of the festival and keeping its beloved intimacy at an all-time high.
6. CRSSD Fest
CRSSD Festival’s unique programming is an intriguing intersection of both mainstream and underground talents, which continues to propel the San Diego waterfront festival to statewide and international stardom. With a bill that featured acclaimed underground acts like Palms Trax, Hito, and The Black Madonna, as well as the infectious pop melodies of RÜFÜS DU SOL and Chromeo, it’s no surprise that CRSSD Festival has become a favorite among southern-California partygoers and will surely continue to in the future.
by John Flynn
5. Dirtybird Campout
Year after year, Dirtybird’s west coast Campout bolsters an invigorating array of artistry amidst its beloved, intimate camp environment, fostering an unparalleled relationship between artist and attendee – or rather, camper and counselor. With the ever-increasing and deserved infatuation with the Dirtybird clan, it should come as no surprise that the campout is expanding to a bi-annual event, flying south to Florida this winter, and while it wouldn’t be entirely out of the ordinary for fans to expect a momentous 2018 from them too, 2017 will be pretty hard to beat. We have faith though.
4. Desert Hearts
“We are all Desert Hearts.”
The above mantra truly encapsulates Desert Heart’s ethos. Upon entering the intimate festival’s off-the-grid confines, a tangible feeling of connection and friendship immediately presents itself, carrying attendees all the way through 80+ hours of “house, techno, and love.”
Desert Hearts saw astronomical growth in 2017, with an expansive City Hearts tour across the U.S., record-breaking (and capped out) numbers at the festival, and of course, the debut City Hearts festival in LA. That said, the positivity that radiates from the festival’s founding crew remains undiluted — a trait that is increasingly hard to find in today’s festival sphere.
Held in Detroit’s historic Hart Plaza, Movement Festival is a physical manifestation of techno’s birth. The festival’s programming features an amalgamation of underground & globally recognized talent spanning a variety of genres and styles. Last year showcased acclaimed artists like Richie Hawtin, Carl Cox, and The Belleville Three, while simultaneously boasting an ever-expanding plethora of undercards like DVS1, Drumcell, and AX&P; Movement sums up a genre of diverse musical styles in its immensely in-tune booking.
by John Flynn
2. Oregon Eclipse
Centered around a rare heavenly phenomenon, Oregon Eclipse stands out from the pack due to its immensely global and collaborative nature. By combining the creative acumen of some of the world’s most innovative music festivals led by Symbiosis, Oregon Eclipse crafted an immersive environment with seemingly boundless opportunities. In a world where success is measured by the number of successful years that a festival can string together, Oregon Eclipse completely embraced its uniquely singular nature.
Sonus, organized by Time Warp, has become Croatia’s crown jewel of the underground. Thousands of party people from all over the world flood the picturesque island city of Novalja each August for five days and five nights to get their fill of house and techno by the beach, making for a wild week of debauchery and new friendships forged on a dancefloor.
2017 marked its milestone fifth anniversary, with the likes of Sven Väth, Ricardo Villalobos, Seth Troxler, and more joining in on the celebration. If the multitudes of ecstatic faces and caliber sets say anything at all, it’s that Sonus is a destination festival not to miss.
Yup, 2017 was the year of the underground….even though it kinda always is. While Rolling Stone Magazine decided to go full Resident Advisor and release a list of obscure, avant-garde, and borderline unlistenable albums as their annual top electronic albums, we have kept note of some of the best records that few seemed to notice. The