Each week, New Music Friday sweeps through with torrential force, showering streaming platforms with immeasurable amounts of new tunes. Just like Dancing Astronaut rounds up 25 of the biggest songs of the week for the Hot 25 Spotify playlist each New Music Friday, Lunar Lunes serves as a landing pad for SoundCloud users who want a whole new dose of tunes to kick off the work week.
Loud Luxury are making like the lyrics of their pervasive single, “Body,” and giving fans “some verbs” with their next move: the release of their highly anticipated new single, “I’m Not Alright.” For their latest, Andrew Fedyk and Joe De Pace of Loud Luxury partner with fellow producer Bryce Vine on the tune. “I’m Not Alright” is a deviation from the electronic firepower that Loud Luxury unleashed on some of their most recognizable hits, and overall a gravitation towards a more pop-leaning, songwriter-centric format. Loud Luxury separate Vine’s guitar-assisted verses with spunky dance drops that offer a glimmer of the mellower side of Loud Luxury’s constructive ability.
“I’m Not Alright” is the musical brainchild of Loud Luxury’s chance encounter with Vine in Los Angeles. “We met [Vine] at a party…through a friend when we got back from our fall tour,” the duo said.
“The next day, he came over and showed us an idea he [had] that was just a guitar and chorus. During our winter tour we worked across North America in hotel rooms, studios, and even an Uber with our headphones to finish writing the song.”
The serendipitous sonic offering derives from the sentiment that making mistakes is a natural part of being human. “This song is about coming to terms with your flaws,” Loud Luxury added.
The Canadian dance dynamos will embark on their first-ever headlining North American tour alongside special guests, CID, MEDUZA, Bijou, Black Caviar, Dzeko, Midnight Kids, Frank Walker, and Justin Caruso, each of whom will provide city-specific support. Loud Luxury’s expansive live initiative will commence on August 29 in Salt Lake City, Utah. From there, the Armada heavyweights will work their way through no short number of US cities, including San Diego, Los Angeles, Portland, Orlando, Washington, Brooklyn, and many more. Tickets to the NIGHTS LIKE THIS tour are now available, and can be purchased here.
Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA managing editor Robyn Dexter. With a taste that can only be described as eclectic — to say nothing of a name that lends itself to punnery — DA is happy to present a selection of tracks personally curated by Dexter for your listening pleasure.
In mid-June, Liquicity Records continued the celebration of its 10th anniversary with the release of Reflections Pt. 2. One of the album’s eight tracks—Shock One’s remix of Ekko & Sidetrack‘s “Long Summer”—recently made its way to SoundCloud. It’s a gorgeous drum ‘n’ bass piece, featuring the heavenly vocals of songstress Reija Lee. She sets the mood for the emotive song with a silky introduction, paving the way for the pure, soulful energy that is to follow.
Black Caviar have gracefully morphed Bazzi‘s trap-infused “Paradise” into an upbeat house remix in their latest release. The Pennsylvania natives maintain the original’s smooth-flowing vocals and prep the instrumentals for the dance floor by adding a steady-grooving beat. They keep the mood light with a piano melody that reflects the easygoing simplicity of summer nights—which this tune seems to have been made for.
Fresh off a remix of Local Dialect’s “Poseidon,” Gorgon City have returned to deliver a brand new original, “Elizabeth Street.” The UK duo pay homage to the birthplace of house music, Chicago, in this new piece of work, luring listeners in with a somewhat dark atmosphere and an irresistible bassline. “Elizabeth Street” makes an excellent addition to the pair’s 2019 discography, which at only halfway through the year is already impressive.
I wrote about StayLoose and Fatherdude‘s “Illusions” in May, and my obsession with the tune carries into the remixes of it that’ve followed. One of the latest is from an Australian producer by the name of Dream Fiend. The artist takes a retro approach to his take on the track, bringing in elements of nu disco and synthwave to deliver listeners to the past. Bright synths elevate the song to new levels, and it’s addicting.
Pittsburgh synthwave duo Arcade High recently released their 10-track New Impressions LP, giving fans a taste of the ’80s over the course of the album. The last track before the digital bonus track is “Only Memories,” which harkens back to simpler times with a moody synth melody and a retro beat. It’s wistful and nostalgic, sprinkled with elements of a beloved decade that’s seeing a resurgence in recent years.
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.
Kygo kicks off this week’s NMF with a dancefloor-ready posthumous Whitney Houston collaboration, “Higher Love,” and Wave Racer returns after more than two years with “Auto.” RL Grimes comes in swinging with an edit of G Jones’ “In Your Head,” and Habstrakt brings his forceful brand of house music to Gud Vibrations with “De La Street.” Chris Lake and Lee Foss team up for “Lies, Deception, and Fantasy,” and Diplo releases a set of remixes for Higher Ground, including a rework by Solardo. Claude VonStroke joins forces with ZDS and KE for “Comments,” and Malaa takes things up a notch with a feisty remix of DJ Snake’s “Savage.” Madeaux links with Dances With White Girls for “Club Demons,” and “Worlds Collide” on Nervo’s latest. Goldroom continues a slew of releases with “I Can Feel It” with Love, Alexa. ShockOne and The Bloody Beetroots take to Monstercat for their new single, “Run,” and Laidback Luke and Mark Bale dance into the weekend with “Party Starter.” Klingande and Stevie Appleton craft an easygoing single in “Sinner,” and Moguai remixes Oliver Heldens’ “Summer Lover.”
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.
Black Caviar continues to bring the heat to dancefloors worldwide with their latest 2-track pressing on Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak Records. Joined by G.L.A.M., the duo craft an infectious and funky house cut on “Alright Alright, Okay.” Simple, scaled back percussion with an impossible to resist hook and plenty of attitude, the pair continues to infuse hip hop with house to deliver some of the hottest club tracks of the 2019.
The release has all the makings of a glorified crowd-pleaser, including a dance-heavy beat under the original’s catchy vocals and dropping into some pounding electronics. It’s easy to picture how the remix would play out live, providing the perfect backbone for some killer graphic visuals and light schemes.
His Heldeep imprint has been a driving force in summer 2018, taking over stages at some of the world’s most renowned festivals that saw Heldens as the headliner. In addition to a jam-packed Ibiza schedule, he’ll continue to move through the extensive tour schedule, hitting festivals such as Ultra Japan and Imagine Music Festival. Heldens will also continue to showcase the Heldeep brand, stopping in NYC for a massive Heldeep at Sea show featuring Black Caviar and more.