Big Gigantic brings the tropical vibes to, “St. Lucia” [Stream]

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Big Gigantic brings the tropical vibes to, “St. Lucia” [Stream]Big Gigantic Bokeh Media KC 2018

Continuing to blur genres in favor of crafting their own sound, funk-duo Big Gigantic has enlisted the help of psychedelic rapper Felly for “St. Lucia,” the latest single from their forthcoming album Free Your Mind.

In an effort to escape the dread of winter, the Colorado-based musicians bring tropical vibes to the track named after the Caribbean island. The Los Angeles rapper lays down harmonizing vocals and verses laced with relaxation over Big Gigantic’s trademark funk production.

In support of Free My Mind, due February 28, Big Gigantic is embarking on the Free Your Mind 3D tour, expanding on 3D live elements the duo previously experimented with in the past. The tour will end with four Rowdytown 3D sets, including Rowdytown IX at Red Rocks—a two-day event featuring their Gigantic NGHTMRE collaborative set. 

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Monstercat reveals ‘Best of 2019’ list, voted on by fans

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Monstercat reveals ‘Best of 2019’ list, voted on by fansMonstercat Best Of 2019

After a few days of hard-fought voting, Monstercat fans have selected their top 40 songs of 2019.

The Canadian label revealed that fans picked RIOT‘s “Blackwater” as their No. 1 song of 2019, followed by Bossfight‘s “Overdose” and Grant‘s “Wishes.” This is the second year in a row that RIOT has topped the Monstercat charts, with 2018’s “Overkill” making its mark last year. Other notable releases on the charts include Pegboard Nerds‘ “Gunslinga” and Pixel Terror‘s “Amnesia,” which follow Bossfight and Grant, respectively. Voting for the annual list opened Dec. 3 and closed Dec. 5, and fans were able to vote for up to 10 songs.

In addition to the label’s fan-voted Best of 2019 list, listeners can find Monstercat staff picks in the latest episode of Call of the Wild.

Rowdytown 2019: The tour stop that rocked Red Rocks’ world [Interview/Event Recap]

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Big Gigantic‘s Rowdytown triumph this year, to no one’s surprise (or chagrin) was weighty with saxophone, bass drops, 3D production, and more sax. Those who missed the venture, fear not: Dancing Astronaut had acute eyes on the Colorado undertaking, catching up with the group just ahead of their return to the hallowed Red Rocks holdings.

The titillating tour stop solidified just how Big G has been able to weather the exceedingly saturated dance music storm all these years. The crowd seemed to hum with an untethered enthusiasm that is so very characteristic of the group’s enduring following. The ensemble’s unflinchingly immersive and synergistic performance approach rendered the Red Rocks backdrop nothing short of transcendent. They employed a pristine blend of old-school, cornerstone Big G cuts alongside a wealth of new tracks from the past year: the ideal recipe to show fans where they’re going, but that they haven’t forgotten where they’ve been. Throughout the night, they brought backup instrumentalists on stage to help emphasize their jazz influence, an ideal accent to their crossover charisma.

The visual production itself deserves unanimous applause. Upon arrival, the staff handed each attendee a pair of white 3D glasses. Once Big G implored the crowd to put them on, each minute intricacy of the live setup (and life itself) seemed to swiftly fall into place. Guest vocalists, like Jennifer Hartswick, cranked up the intensity to 11. Dom and Jeremy jammed right alongside them in seamless tandem.

Dancing Astronaut had a chance to sit down with the two-pronged dance-funk prodigies to hear about how the 3D project came to life, the nitty gritty idiosyncrasies from the tour, and what’s next music wise.

Tell me about how you guys decided to go with a 3D experience for your new live tour set up and bring it specifically to Red Rocks

We basically wanted to just do something really different with our live show and after weighing our options we thought the 3D experience would be really sick [for the venue].

As a hybrid ensemble who’s been in the scene for so many years now, in what ways do you feel instrumental acts like yourself freshen up the electronic space?

I think we just add another dimension of possibilities to the studio and the live space in general. [We think] as a whole people have been catching on to that and it has been exciting for fans and artists alike.  

You guys have amassed a cult-status fanbase over the years, how do you feel you’ve been able to hold fans’ attention in such a frenetic time to be musicians? 

I guess from just really trying to be different, working hard to present fresh live shows and new music and also just connecting with our fans in tons of different ways whether it be at shows or doing community outreach. We’re always looking for ways to expand and grow and get new listeners. I think a lot of people know about us, but don’t ‘really’ know us or our live show and i think when we connect with those people on that level, something clicks.

You guys have released a number of singles this year. Is there a larger project in the works?

Yes very much so. Maybe even a couple projects. We have a ton of new music we’re sitting on and [will be] releasing something bigger in 2020. We’re so excited to announce everything, it’s coming up fast.

Red Rocks seems to hold a certain ineffable quality for fans. How would you describe performing at the space a whopping 16 times at this point in your career?  

Wow 16 times?? That’s incredible… We feel like two of the luckiest guys in the world, we can tell you that. We started out as a couple guys who would have given everything to sell out The Fox Theatre in Boulder and to hear that we’ve sold out Red Rocks 16 times is just crazy. Eternally grateful.

Are there things as far as the live show, your production or your music, that you are currently dreaming up? What’s next? 

Yeah we’re just about to roll out a concept with the music and live show very soon and we’re excited to bring a fresh take on everything we’ve been doing into the new year. 2020 is gonna be crazy.

Okeechobee’s 4th run promises RÜFÜS DU SOL, Tipper, Bassnectar, Kaskade, and more

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Okeechobee’s 4th run promises RÜFÜS DU SOL, Tipper, Bassnectar, Kaskade, and moreOkeechobee

Besides the in-demand event brand’s Orlando arm of Electric Daisy Carnival, Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival is Insomniac’s newly adopted Floridian music destination—in conjunction with original organizers, Soundslinger. After taking a brief hiatus in 2019, the four-day weekender will return to Sunshine Grove for its fourth installment in 2020, March 5-8, with ample electronic and multi-genre acts of mention in tow.

From the electronic ether, RÜFÜS DU SOL, Bassnectar, Kaskade, Alison Wonderland, Bob Moses, and Big Gigantic have all been secured for the 2020 Okee undertaking. Additionally, acts like Vampire Weekend, Mumford & Sons, Lotus, and more serve to shake up the weekend criterion, satiating even the most famished multi-interest festival-goer.

Okee 2020 kicks off Thursday, March 5, with the opening night pre-party. All ticket and camping passes go on sale Friday, October 18 at 10am ET, here, where general festival information is available, too.

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Big Gigantic release funk-doused EP, ‘Where I Wanna Be’

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Big Gigantic release funk-doused EP, ‘Where I Wanna Be’Big Gigantic Where I Wanna Be

Dance music’s sax man, Dominic Lalli, and his drumming partner, Jeremy Salken, have released their three-track Where I Wanna Be EP under their Big Gigantic stage name. The EP is named after the crowd favorite single, a piano-laden, soul-filled, oscillating synth groover with a blissfully serenading sax solo. This release comes days after a successful Red Rocks back-to-back performance, the eighth annual version of Big Gigantic’s Rowdytown.

This comes after the release of “Friends” featuring Ashe and “You’re The One” featuring Nevve, both featured on the extended play. These two singles are on the smoother, classic, pop-funk side, while “Where I Wanna Be” takes a heavier direction to the groups original electro-funk style. The Boulder duo has taken 2019 in stride, releasing new singles since three years ago and enough to fill an extended play.

Big Gigantic enlist Ashe for summertime funk on ‘Friends’

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Big Gigantic enlist Ashe for summertime funk on ‘Friends’Big Gigantic Press Pic June 2019

Big Gigantic is the latest act to ride on the last waves of summer with a compelling release, and they’re here to prove they’re still king of the game. After a period of silence, the Boulder duo returned with their first single in three years, “You’re the One” with Nevve in June. Now, Big G has followed up with another anthem—”Friends” with Ashe—delivering their beloved signature combination of breezy vocals, brass, and feel-good messages. According to Ashe, the group performed “Friends” at Coachella 2017, only to see its release to fruition a couple years later.

Beginning mellow with layers of plucky strings and soft shakers that build, Ashe sings about a breakup that won’t let go. The melancholy tone quickly shifts when horns crescendo into an uplifting blare and momentous beats. Big G lets the horn take the lead on a symphonic interlude that transforms the lyrical connotations into a carefree jazzy ensemble. Embracing the easy-living mindset of summer, “Friends” waxes summer poetic on its double meaning for both listeners and Big Gigantic.

“Through life’s ups, downs, makeups, breakups, and everything in-between, you always count on your friends,” the duo said in a tweet about the tune.

NMF Roundup: Illenium reveals anticipated ‘ASCEND’ LP, The Knocks and Whethan team up + more

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It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

After months of anticipation, Illenium’s ASCEND LP has finally arrived, bringing with it tunes like “Sad Songs” with Said the Sky and Annika Wells. The Knocks and Whethan have delivered an irresistibly groovy collaboration with Crystal Fighters, “Summer Luv,” and Gorgon City and MK do the same on “There For You.” Diplo and Morgan Wallen reveal “Heartless,” and Madeaux unleashes his Club Demons EP on Fool’s Gold. Don Diablo puts his own spin on David Guetta and Martin Solveig’s “Thing For You,” and Martin Garrix links with Bonn for “Home.” Cristoph puts his signature stamp on CamelPhat and Jake Bugg’s “Be Someone,” and Deorro reveals “Retumba” with MAKJ after premiering it on Dancing Astronaut. Boston Bun flexes his remixing prowess on Leftwing : Kody’s “I Feel It,” and Hardwell returns with “Retrograde.” Flux Pavilion, Next to Neon, and A:M unveil their new collaboration, “Surrender,” and KRANE links with Malika for “Tell Me Why.”

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 this NMF.

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Big Gigantic return with first single in three years, ‘You’re The One’

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Big Gigantic return with first single in three years, ‘You’re The One’Big Gigantic Press Pic June 2019

It’s been nearly three years since Big Gigantic‘s last solo endeavor. 2016 saw the emergence of the Brighter Future LP, but the world hasn’t had new Big G material since 2017’s set of remixes for Brighter Future. The wait is over, though, and the duo are back with a new single, “You’re The One,” with Nevve.

The talented songstress proves to be a perfect addition to the band’s horn-infused style, as her vocals lead up to an easygoing, trumpet-highlighted chorus. “You’re The One” will thrill longtime Big G fans, who can find comfort in the tune’s laid-back style and signature brassy elements.

“We’re so excited to start this next phase of Big Gigantic,” the duo stated in a press release. “We’re starting the process of looking directly inward with our song ‘You’re The One.’ The theme of the song is loving yourself, which in this day is something we could all do more of. We put so much pressure on ourselves to succeed, do the best we can, be the best we can & keep up with others around us. That pressure can easily turn from something positive and motivating, into something negative and uninspiring. It can lead to some dark places so it’s important to take a step back and remember to take time to love yourself.”

Lightning In A Bottle 2019 Festival Recap

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Last week started off with a bang as Lightning In A Bottle presented by The Do LaB kicked off their 2019 5-day music and arts festival in Central California. While, festival goers were initially apprehensive of this year’s Lightning In A Bottle due to the festival’s venue change to Bakersfield, California and date change; Lightning

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Orbit Playlist: Opiuo lays it the funk down before heading back to Lightning In A Bottle

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Orbit Playlist: Opiuo lays it the funk down before heading back to Lightning In A BottleOpiuo Press Shot 1 1 1

Bass breeder of a most funk-infused variety, Opiuo has cooked up a special playlist for Dancing Astronaut ahead of his performance at central California’s next round of Lightning In A Bottle festival, on May 8.

The New Zealand-born, Australian resident, Opiuo takes listeners through the chromatic length of his aural crates, with tracks spanning tender, melodic house (Lane 8‘s “Atlas”) to foreboding mid-tempo electro (1788-L‘s “Cyberspace”). Like-minded funk and experimental bass producers run abound, with additional offerings from CloZee, G Jones, Big Gigantic, and of course, some innovative firepower from Opiuo himself to adequately ready Lightning In A Bottle attendees for a splendidly strange DJ set.

I’m so excited to be back at Lightning In A Bottle, one of my favourite festivals in North America,” says Opiuo. “Here are a bunch of songs I love from a bunch of friends and legends playing on the weekend. You can expect a tonne of brand new music from me on the night as we dance away into the bass heavy funkadelicoblivion.

Tickets to Lightning In A Bottle, held at Buena Vista Lake, as well as general festival information, can be found here.