NMF Roundup: Laidback Luke remixes Knife Party, Jason Ross and Dabin 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 the release of their Lost Souls EP earlier this year, Knife Party have tapped Laidback Luke for a groovy remix of “Death & Desire,” and Jason Ross, Dabin, and Dylan Matthew team up for “One That Got Away.” Wave Racer has released a new single, “This N That” with LunchMoney Lewis, and Martin Garrix links with Dean Lewis for “Used to Love.” Walker & Royce tackle Dom Dolla’s “San Frandisco,” and Hot Since 82 takes it one deeper on “Tilted.” Arty lends his spirited hand to Gorgon City and MK’s “There For You,” and Axwell remixes Halsey’s “Graveyard.” Four Tet’s dingbat-riddled moniker unveils new content, and Nicky Romero, Mike Williams, and Amba Shepherd collaborate on “Dynamite.” REZZ and Malaa take no prisoners on “Criminals,” and Golf Clap deliver their iteration of “Let It Go” by Hood Rich and BRUX. NGHTMRE flexes on an interpretation of Habstrakt’s “The One,” and Herobust cranks up the intensity on “Smoke.” Chime keeps the Halloween spirit alive with “Haunted,” and Modestep sound the “Alarm” on their new single.

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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NMF Roundup: Diplo remixes Kaskade, Spencer Brown takes on deadmau5 + 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.

Diplo leads the charge this NMF with a sultry remix of Kaskade, Felix Cartal and Jenn Blosil’s “More,” and Spencer Brown previews deadmau5’s forthcoming here’s the drop! remix LP with his take on “fn pig (ov).” Cashmere Cat’s sophomore album makes its debut on Sept. 20, featuring song like the Christina Aguilera-sampled “WATERGIRL,” and Chris Lorenzo takes on Boombox Cartel and MadeinTYO’s “NEW WIP.” M83’s much-anticipated 15-song DSVII is out now, featuring songs like “Feelings,” and Kill Paris puts an even groovier spin on Haywyre’s already-funky “Storyteller.” Opiuo and Lafa Taylor shine in “Send It,” and Muzzy tackles Knife Party’s “Ghost Train” with a sinister rendition of his own. Billy Kenny and Huxley take to the dance floor on “SWEAT,” and Feenixpawl and Marcus Santoro bring the feels with “Forever Young.” Cristoph puts his own spin on The Temper Trap’s “Sweet Disposition,” and Dom Dolla plays with words on “San Frandisco.” David Guetta remixes himself as Jack Back in a new remix of “Thing For You,” and Luttrell paints a serene soundscape with his remix of Jai Wolf and Mr Gabriel’s “Lose My Mind.”

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.

NMF Roundup: Skrillex and TroyBoi become ‘WARLORDZ,’ The Bloody Beetroots reveal new EP + 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.

Skrillex has joined forces with TroyBoi to craft a hefty collaboration, “WARLORDZ,” and The Bloody Beetroots has finally revealed his full five-track Heavy EP. What So Not brings new material with “OOGAHDAM!” and Pryda delivers PRYDA 15 VOL I, containing tracks like “Warrior.” Seven Lions and Fiora take festival season by force with a festival mix of “Let Go,” and Kaskade puts his own spin on Jennifer Lopez’s “Medicine.” The Knocks recruit Nigerian singer Kah-Lo for “Awa Ni,” and The Black Madonna takes “About Work The Dancefloor” to new heights. Kove brings his shadowy style of drum ‘n’ bass to “Bearclaw,” and Lane 8 and Yotto have created a dreamy collaboration, “I / Y.” Armin van Buuren and Benno de Goeij make an appearance as GAIA, delivering the extensive Moons of Jupiter compilation. 3LAU and Bright Lights team up once again on “Down for Life,” and Matroda brings his signature thumping bass to “The One.” Darren Styles keeps happy hardcore alive with “Never Let Me Down,” and Vintage & Morelli is in “Bloom” on his newest release. Kraysh showcases his unique sound on “Void,” and Billy Kenny takes on Kyle Watson and Kylah Jasmine’s “You Boy.”

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.

NMF Roundup: Madeon returns, Dog Blood release four-track EP + 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.

At long last, Madeon makes a triumphant return with his first original in years, “All My Friends.” Dog Blood, too, impress with a new four-track EP, Turn Off the Lights. Slander, Said the Sky, and JT Roach concoct brilliant “Potions” in their new release, and Nicky Romero takes on Kygo and Rita Ora’s “Carry On” in a new remix. The Bloody Beetroots and Dr. Fresch prove to be a formidable combo as they deliver their new collaboration, “Fkn Face,” and Yotto puts his own spin on RÜFÜS DU SOL’s iconic “Underwater.” Rinzen brings a touch of magic to Lane 8’s “Visions,” and Deorro eases fans into summer with “Obvious.” Maceo Plex delivers a lengthy, soothing single, “When the Lights Are Out,” and Petit Biscuit and JP Cooper join forces for “We Were Young.” Will Clarke puts a shimmering spin on Phantoms’ “Designs for You,” and Arty brings the “Sunshine” to his newest release. The Chainsmokers and Bebe Rexha dip between pop and dance music on “Call You Mine,” and Sofi Tukker link with Colombian duo Bomba Estéreo for a tropical number, “Playa Grande.” The latest Chase & Status LP has finally arrived, bringing with it songs like “Shut Up,” and Figure teams up with Hi I’m Ghost for “Intergalactic.”

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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NMF Roundup: Habstrakt fires up ‘All Night,’ GRiZ and Wiz Khalifa team up, Autograf deliver ‘Hold Me Back’ + 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.

DJ Snake and Plastic Toy have kick off New Music Friday with  a sleek new single, “Try Me,” on Snake’s Premiere Classe Records. Habstrakt makes a return with a forceful new single, “All Night,” and Tiësto, Dzeko, and Lena Leon team up for weekend-ready tune, “Halfway There.” Netsky‘s released a set of remixes for “I Don’t Even Know You Anymore,” including a “Powerlines Mix” of his own. GRiZ and Wiz Khalifa bring an easygoing atmosphere to their new single, “Find My Own Way,” and Autograf break their silence with a new groovy single, “Hold Me Back” with John Splithoff. After a many-month hiatus, Goldroom delivers a fresh new original, “Cocaine Girl,” and Jai Wolf taps into listeners’ nostalgia with “This Song Reminds Me Of You.” Duke & Jones have put their own twist on Louis the Child‘s “Breaking News,” and Shadient brings elements of intensity in “Numbers Station.” Diplo, Sia and Labrinth‘s LSD project has put out a new original, “No New Friends,” and Cedric Gervais crafts two versions of a new tune, “Good Things.” The Aston Shuffle realize it’s “Now Or Never” in their new single, and Headhunterz brings his classic hardstyle sound to the emotive “Oxygen.”

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.

Billy Kenny makes a storied return to Canada’s annual “Electric Island” series

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It’s undoubtedly hard enough for producers and DJs to achieve a balance between performing and producing music, let alone take on the daunting task of co-owning their own label. Though it may be a seemingly rare occurrence in this day, Billy Kenny has shown admirable skill and talent in conquering this triad of musical prestige.

UK-born and raised, Billy Kenny has hurtled his way into recent headlines with his triple-threat status. With recent events leaving him unable to enter the USA, Kenny has taken this turn of events with an air of optimism and spent the last few months focusing on his European and Asian fans.

Kenny has been invited amongst other class-acts like The Martinez Brothers, Jackmaster, and ANNA to ring in Canada’s 151st birthday and celebrate the proceeding three-day weekend at Toronto’s Electric Island. Taking a twist on the typical commute to an event, attendees will embark on a quaint ferry ride over to their destination on the Toronto Island.

As his first show in the country since his abrupt deportation from the USA, we chatted with Billy to learn more about what he’s been doing to keep himself busy, his definition of weird, and his take on imprint Mija‘s “fk a genre” routine.

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With your recently released Billy Kenny & Friends 2 EP, you’ve gifted us with a few new tracks to look forward to this summer. Tell us about the influence(s) behind this release, and what has pushed you to produce a handful of collaborations.

There wasn’t any set goal with any of the individual tracks as I already knew each one would sound different with having a second artist involved. All of the artists are actually friends of mine and I wanted to work with them for some time and the sequel to Billy Kenny & Friends EP was born.

It’s said that when one door closes, another one opens. Since your (hopefully) temporary departure from the United States, what have you been keeping yourself busy with?

Naturally, when things started to blow up in North America, I turned down, or had to turn down a lot of European shows because they wouldn’t work logistically. I went from living in Europe and playing shows there whenever, to living in the States and having to pick and choose when to be in Europe and not being there as much as I could. Now that I’m based here, I’m playing in Europe way more than I ever have and it’s forced me to focus on other territories too. I played my debut shows in Asia a few weeks ago for example, the Resistance Stage at Ultra Korea was a career highlight for me; I’m still buzzing from it!

Give us a rundown on how the #FreeBilly shirts came to be.

After I made the public statement about the deportation, people started commenting with the hashtag and uploading pictures or videos of me at shows with it in the caption. Shortly after, we were seeing people with shirts they’d made themselves baring the hashtag and decided to stick it on a proper tee for everyone, big ups Mija, Fresch, LO’99 and all the other legends wearing them at festivals around the world too haha <3

We have an admirable appreciation for how deep and downwardly weird yours and Mija’s sets can get. What makes you decide to take the “fk a genre” route, and mix-up the style of songs you play?

Mija is awesome, she’s really a beautiful person and her ethos is brilliant. I think her “fk a genre” concept is what initially drew me towards her which later turned into me being a fan. With such an extensive genre background myself, under different alias’ and many different early influences, I’ve always played with the crowd and gone in unexpected directions during my sets. Especially towards the end of them. I believe that the beginning/intro and end/outro of any set people watch live are usually the most memorable parts, so I’ve always tried to do something more “out there” with both. It also shows the audience a little bit about my character and gives them a better understanding of the music I like.

Although our neighbour has been shifty, Canada will always welcome you with open arms. You’ve performed at Toronto’s beloved CODA Nightclub and are now back for a day on the Toronto Island for Electric Island – is there anything particular that sticks out to you/that you think of when visiting the country?

Shifty, haha! Hey, by complete mistake or not, I did break the rules! Man, I love Canada, just as much as I love the US. Toronto was actually the first city I played in Canada back in 2015! I’ve since played around five times and made such a great circle of friends there which I can’t wait to see this Sunday. I’m also staying an extra couple of days too! In answer to your question, maple syrup, good vibes, amazing views and incredible manners, ehhh.

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Mija and Billy Kenny suit up for far out ‘Afterparty Planet’

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Two esteemed members of the Dirtybird clan and known cohorts, Mija and Billy Kenny, have joined forces for “Afterparty Planet,” an intergalactic house expedition, this time through This Ain’t Bristol. The track serves as one fifth of Kenny’s Billy Kenny & Friends 2 compilation album, featuring a number of zany collaborations with the likes of Weiss, Bot, Wongo, and Anime Edge.

The vastly nuanced track features a number of eccentric tidbits, including whirling, siren-like synths and ricocheting samples, to complement a steadily bouncing beat. Following suit with nearly all of her other works, Mija lends the track her own alien-channeling vocal sample, that is equal parts outlandish and adorable.

Billy Kenny weeded out of TSA security line, deported back to UK on drug offense

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A new cautionary tale is currently making its way around the dance music industry. UK native and Dirtybird power player Billy Kenny has been forced back to his home country after making the fatal error of bringing marijuana across country borders.

“From the evening of March 30th – April 2nd, I carelessly left a small PAX pen containing under 100mg of marijuana in a pair of sweatpants, which were in my bag,” began Kenny when telling the tale of his unfortunate event. After having flown internationally multiple times, the TSA ended up discovering the illicit substance and its battery during a routine search.

Weed is legal in California, where Kenny had taken up temporary residence; however, in federal eyes it remains a Schedule 1 controlled substance. Therefore, his visa was immediately revoked upon discovery and he was sent on his not-so-merry way back to Britain. His upcoming shows in the states have all been cancelled, with plans in the works to perform as close to the states as possible instead.

The producer’s response is quite admirable; he held himself fully accountable for his wrongdoing in his status, and apologized profusely to fans. That said, disaster isn’t the only grim outcome of this event:
“During the last two weeks whilst working through this situation and trying to speed up my return, I’ve been writing new material. I can hand on heart say that I’ve consistently written what i believe to be the best records I’ve ever written and produced and i really can’t wait to share them with you,” he finished.

 

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Billy Kenny Addresses Recent Hiatus

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Everyone’s favorite producer with the tower of hair, Billy Kenny, addressed his fans earlier today about his recent hiatus. The This Ain’t Bristol member, who normally is wild and vocal in his socials, has been fairly quiet as of late. In addition, Billy randomly cancelled some of his April shows. In his post, he addresses

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Electric Island unveils official 2018 season lineup and dates

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With summer quickly approaching and the impending urge to go from coat-checking at indoor venues to dancing at outdoor stages, festival lineups have been dropping left and right with names to suit a liking for everyone.

With great anticipation for their 2018 reveal, Electric Island just released a lineup worth waiting for. As past years have marked the festival as not only a local fan-favorite but a nation-wide eye catcher, the 2018 edition precedes its legacy with a handful of coveted names like Billy Kenny, Jackmaster, and The Martinez Brothers.

Spread out over the span of four holiday weekends, Torontonians are lucky to host this unique event, aptly named for its location on the Toronto Islands. In addition to the immense variety of names, attendees will be treated to rare sets like Carlo Lio b2b Nathan Barato, and Detlef b2b Latmun.

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