A highlight of 2018’s electronically aligned release activity, Whethan‘s seminal EP gets an all encompassing edit on Life of a Wallflower Vol. 1(Remixes). Each of Whethan’s originals undergo revision on the remix album, with MELVV, SAINT WKND, Perto, TRAILS, Ramzoid, Chet Porter, and No Mana each breaking out their red pens.
Not one to be left on the sidelines, Whethan figures into the re-imaginative lineup, revamping Broods feature, “Be Like You.” Life of a Wallflower Vol. 1(Remixes) is further differentiated from the debut EP by its inclusion of Danny L Harle‘s rework of the 2017 Charli XCX-assisted “Love Gang.” The original EP itself saw release in November of 2018, through Big Beat Records.
Ultra Music‘s annual electronic highlight reel has arrived, and with it, the esteemed imprint succinctly underscores 15 standout records that contributed to dance music’s robust year of production. The diversely bodied Ultra 2020 spans genres, spotlighting records from an array of subgenres.
Ultra 2020 touts house heaters such as MK‘s inescapable “Body 2 Body” and DVBBS and Bridge’s “GOMF.” The compilation album also caters to those with tastes for harder, grittier technics with 4B and Flosstradamus‘ “Blackout” and NGHTMRE and A$AP Ferg‘s “Redlight.”
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.
Chet Porter is entering a comeback era with the release of his first single in three years, “Longest Day Ever.” The track is a worthy re-entrance into the music scene, and it begs the question of whether he is back for good.
“Longest Day Ever” induces euphoria through instrumentals, indie vocals, and an explosive combination of soprano synths. The musician’s style has long been described as a mixture of Animal Collective, M83, and Porter Robinson, and this newest release only furthers this as a worthy descriptor. Porter commented to the press “Longest Day Ever”:
‘The Longest Day Ever’ feels like a good launching point for the new music. I made it in a day just randomly in my bedroom when I was supposed to be finishing other music, and I knew right away it was gonna be the first song I put out. The whole thing is actually just a demo, really. The vocals are the rough idea I recorded into my phone, I hadn’t even written anything down yet. I tried re-tracking them for real but they just didn’t have the same vibe. The song is about not caring about anything, so sonically it’s actually kind of suiting. It’s not a ‘fun care-free’ type of not caring, though. it’s more melancholy”
Porter took a break from releasing music after facing significant mental health issues that stopped him from completing the San Holo tour and hindered his creative process. After a necessary step back from touring and producing, Chet is returning to the scene refreshed and inspired, and “Longest Day Ever” is a testament to his successful recovery.
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.
As part of ODESZA‘s newest set of A Moment Apart remixes, Chet Porter has put an ethereal spin on album standout, “Line of Sight.” Louis Futon flips James Blake’s “Retrograde” in his newest release, and YehMe2 takes on the Spice Girls’ iconic “Wannabe” in his freshest remix. BIJOU has released some new house heat on Insomniac Records, and Walker & Royce have done the same on HotBoi Records with “Word.” The Knocks reveal the latest to remix a New York Narcotic track: Wankelmut with a funky new take on “Retrograded.” DUCKY thrills with a new EP, and formidable Swarm puts a dark twist on Roniit’s “Visceral.” Dustycloud returns to Tchami‘s CONFESSION imprint with “Reckless,” and Braxton channels nighttime vibes with a new Anjuna release, “When The Sun Goes Down.” Sweekuh taps Love, Alexa and Faze on a new single, “Where Do We Let Go” and R3HAB turns the energy up on Mabel’s “Don’t Call Me Up.”
Reinvention fuses with original foundation on A Moment Apart Remixes, ODESZA‘s newly minted, six-track pack of album revamps. MEMBA, ford., Kodak To Graph, Mild Minds, Running Touch, and Chet Porter each have a re-imaginative “moment” with one A Moment Apart inclusion. Bearing no repeats, the collection of remixes is a diverse, full-bodied assortment of takes that enables ODESZA listeners to hear select A Moment Apart cuts anew. The featured artists respectively inflect “Corners Of The Earth,” “Thin Floors And Tall Ceilings,” “Divide,” “Just A Memory,” “Late Night,” and “Line Of Sight” with their own stylistics, to construct a different listening experience for the A Moment Apart Remixes streamer.
To listen to a remix pack is to discover new sonic perspectives, and in their time with the slew of remixes, ODESZA fans will do just that. MEMBA place a meticulously crafted, cinematic twist on “Corners Of The Earth,” while ford. dives into viscous, downtempo bliss on “Thin Floors And Tall Ceilings.” Kodak To Graph’s contribution surfaces as a similarly silky, slow offering, as does Mild Minds’. Running Touch makes tasteful revisions to “Late Night” that increase the euphoria-inducing ability of the original, and last but certainly not least, certified crowd-pleaser Chet Porter submits a stunning rendition of “Line Of Sight,” to provide a formidable finale to A Moment Apart Remixes.
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