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
Canadian label Monstercat is ending their year on a decidedly strong note. On Dec. 6, they announced voting was open for their Best of 2017 selection, allowing fans to vote on their top 10 Monstercat tracks of the year and support their favorite artists. Just two days later, voting closed and results were released, unveiling longtime Monstercat artist Pegboard Nerds at the No. 1 spot with their track “Heaven Let Us Down,” which came out at the end of October. Also claiming top spots are Grant with “Are We Still Young,” Tokyo Machine with “Spooky,” MYRNE with “Confessions,” and Kuuro with “Possession.” View the full list of winners below.
1. Pegboard Nerds – Heaven Let Us Down
2. Grant – Are We Still Young ft Jessi Mason
3. Tokyo Machine – Spooky
4. MYRNE – Confessions
5. KUURO – Possession
6. Stonebank – Ripped To Pieces ft EMEL
7. Unlike Pluto – Everything Black ft Mike Taylor
8. Aero Chord – Drop It
9. Dirtyphonics & Sullivan King – Sight of Your Soul
10. Conro – Close
11. Muzzy – Spectrum
12. Slips & Slurs – Moving Hectic ft Harry Shotta
13. Tristam – Bone Dry
14. DROELOE – JUMP ft Nevve
15. Darren Styles – Us Against the World
16. Puppet – Bigger Picture
17. Kayzo & Slander – Holy ft Micah Martin
18. Bad Computer – New Dawn
19. Infected Mushroom – Spitfire
20. Gammer – The Drop
21. Feint – Outbreak ft MYLK
22. Ephixa & Laura Brehm – Losing You
23. Notaker & Declan James – Who I Am ft Karra
24. WRLD – Everything ft Ashdown
25. Anevo – Waiting On Your Call ft Park Avenue
26. Rogue, Stonebank & Slips & Slurs – Unity
27. Bishu – Eyes Wide Open
28. Dirty Audio & Delta Heavy – Stay ft Holly
29. Duumu – Illuminate ft Slyleaf
30. Dion Timmer – Till I Make It ft Tima Dee
It has been some time since we heard from Sir Bob. It has been years in fact. The Bloody Beetroots appear so sporadically I don’t feel that it is a stretch to say that many of us forget that Sir Bob (and the gang) even exist in between releases. When Sir Bob speaks though, we
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Halfway through 2017 and it’s been nothing short of a fantastic for dance music. The greatness however lies not with the names that occupy billboards or Vegas LED walls, but rather side stages and underground events that always fly under the radar. Gorillaz long awaited Humanz was a dud, Deadmau5‘s lazy compilation of backcatalogued tunes
Despite copyright complications, advertisements, and couple other points of contention, SoundCloud remains a vital tool for producers and fans alike, both as a means of sharing and discovering new music.
Because the platform is used by nearly all artists in the electronic space, SoundCloud has access to loads of data, and we’re stoked they’ve decided to share some insight on 2016. The infographic below presents SoundClound’s findings in a simple, sleek depiction, showing everything from Top Album, Top Cities Driving Creativity, and the site’s collective Favorite Track amongst other categories.
Perhaps surprising to most of our readers who, we assume, use Soundcloud primarily to listen to and search for electronic music, the strongest genre on the platform is hip hop, securing top album with Chance The Rapper’s album Coloring Book, as well as most followed artist in 2016 with Lil Uzi Vert.
And the most favorited track in 2016? Desiigner’s “Panda.”
This article was first published on Your EDM.
Source: SoundCloud Reveals Its Biggest Music & Artists Of 2016
Kado, a website currently in beta dedicated to compiling and recommending tracks based on its users’ unique preferences, has just come out with a comprehensive list of the best and worst tracks, artists, sets, transitions and more for the 2016 calendar year. Dubbed the “Year On The Decks,” the list takes into account over 200,000 DJ sets from the site’s users and setlists found online, “to create a review of the DJ world.”
Out of the 201,300 sets analyzed, Kado found 1,330,772 total tracks played with 2,576,125 transitions made between them. The site looked at each of the most famous DJs in the roster, giving them an originality score based on how often they play the same tracks between sets and how many other DJs are playing those songs.
According to their results, the three most original DJs in 2016 were Hernan Cattaneo, Dave Clark and Noisia. On the other end of the spectrum, the three most “boring” DJs who played the same tracks the most amount of times were none other than DJ Snake, Yellow Claw and Galantis.
Kado calculated the setlists to find the artists whose original tracks were played out the most by DJs throughout the year, and found – unsurprisingly – that The Chainsmokers, Armin van Buuren, Calvin Harris, Rihanna and Major Lazer were at the top of the list. As far as remixers went, flips from Claptone, Don Diablo, Purple Disco Machine and Tiësto came out on top. Check out the two graphics below to see the rest of the most popular DJs in their respective categories.
Most Played Artists of 2016:
Most Played Remixers of 2016:
As the end-of-year charts have already shown in overwhelming numbers, the top three most played tracks of 2016 were Drake’s “One Dance,” The Chainsmokers and Halsey’s “Closer” and DJ Snake and Justin Bieber’s “Let Me Love You.” The most played remixes were Riva Star’s edit of Groove Armada’s “Superstylin’,” Seeb’s remix of Mike Posner’s “I Took A Pill In Ibiza,” and Julian Juweil’s remix of Dubfire and Oliver Huntemann’s “Fuego.”
Perhaps the most interesting finding by Kado was the most played transition of the year. According to data strictly found through published setlists of touring DJs, the transition between Chocolate Puma’s “Listen To The Talk” and Firebeatz and Schella’s “Dat Disco Swindle” was performed by the most DJs in 2016, specifically Benny Benassi, Hardwell, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and Pandaboyz.
Finally, Kado broke down the genres most played throughout the year. As a series of pie charts indicates, electro house and trance saw the biggest decline from 2015, with progressive house, deep house, hip hop and drum and bass seeing the most significant rises.
Check out the charts below, and head over to Kado’s “Year On The Decks” for more.
Source: Kado | Image: Rory Kramer
As the final weeks of the year come to a close, everyone’s “Best of 2016” lists are beginning to pour out in gallons. Diplo, being the host of internationally acclaimed BBC 1 radio program Diplo and Friends, is no different. This week, he decided to forego the “and Friends” part of his usual broadcast, instead creating a mix himself chock full of his favorite tracks from 2016.
During the two hours of energetic and unique beats, Diplo was sure to include work from his own side project Major Lazer as well as loads of material from his label mates at Mad Decent. From hip hop and reggaeton to electro and future bass, all corners of the dance music spectrum and beyond are represented in spades.
Listen to Diplo’s favorite songs of 2016 below, and check further down for the complete tracklist.
This article was first published on Your EDM.
Source: Listen To Diplo’s Picks For The Best Tracks Of 2016 [MIX]