Dancing Astronaut’s Top Tracks of 2018

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Paring down an entire year’s worth of songs is no easy feat.

2018 saw the explosion of songs like ZEDD‘s “The Middle” and Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa‘s “One Kiss,” dominating both the dance music charts and the radio airwaves. Ear-catching tracks like these, along with fan favorites like FISHER‘s persuasive “Losing It” and Anti Up‘s entertaining “Pizza” wiggled their way into festival sets around the world and — love them or hate them — stood out as notable tracks that do their part in immortalizing this whirlwind of a year.

We also saw a creative collective of remixes surface in 2018, including Rinzen‘s compelling take on deadmau5 and Rob Swire‘s hit “Monophobia” and Skrillex‘s intoxicating rendition of Travis Scott‘s “Sicko Mode.” We celebrated the return of Gesaffelstein with “Reset” and welcomed new projects from Diplo in LSD and Silk City. We welcomed collaborations from Ekali, Medasin, and Elohim in “Forever,” Tiësto, Dzeko, Post Malone, and Preme in platinum smash hit “Jackie Chan,” and ZHU and Tame Impala in “My Life.”

Ultimately, though, we’ve narrowed 2018 down to 30 tracks that stole our hearts and smashed streaming records.

NMF Roundup: REZZ & Blanke share ‘Mixed Signals,’ Gareth Emery provides a trance haven, Martin Garrix teams up with Julian Jordan + more

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NMF Roundup: REZZ & Blanke share ‘Mixed Signals,’ Gareth Emery provides a trance haven, Martin Garrix teams up with Julian Jordan + moreDA WM 89

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.

This week’s slew of releases came in hot, kicking off with a formidable new collaboration between REZZ and Blanke. Gareth Emery again teams up with songstress Emma Hewitt for the gorgeous “Take Everything,” and Valentino Khan thrills on a new rework of RL Grime‘s “Pressure.” Martin Garrix and Julian Jordan bring the Friday feel-good vibes with their new collaboration, “Glitch.” Gryffin is back with a new one, bringing along Stanaj for the ride. Ferry Corsten and Ilan Bluestone refuse to leave the dance floor in “We’re Not Going Home,” and CAZZETTE keeps the dance floor rocking with “On My Mind.” Arty is one of the newest to release on Ninja’s NINJAWERKS compilation with silky “Velvet.” The Chainsmokers bring “Hope” with their newest, and Ookay drops off the five-track Nice! EP. In the dubstep realm, 12th Planet and PhaseOne deliver the heavy “Taco Bout It.” Over in the drum & bass realm, Culture Shock pull at listeners’ heartstrings with the emotive “There for You.”

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.

Photo credit: Christian Miller

Chromeo go all out in new ‘Don’t Sleep’ music video

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It’s been a stellar year for Canadian funk lords Chromeo. The duo impressed with the debut of their fifth studio album in June and have been furthering the momentum of Head Over Heels‘ ever since.

For their latest piece of work — a music video for “Don’t Sleep” with French Montana and Stefflon Don — they’ve tapped actress and model Robin Givens to be the star of the show. The grandiose visual accompaniment to “Don’t Sleep” portrays scenes featuring a woman who’s living in the lap of luxury but is overall unsatisfied with her life.

Director Allie Avital told Billboard that the music video portrays how lonely it is at the top.

“‘Don’t Sleep’ is a 2018 satire for the age of dissatisfaction; the age of overstimulation and Tinder. Robin Givens plays a version of the ‘sad king,’ where the more pampered and entertained she is, the more disaffected she becomes. All the bulging biceps, sponge baths, and lap dances can’t cure her existential void.”

Chromeo share blog haus edition of ‘Funklordz Radio’

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Chromeo have released a special “MySpace Days” edition of their Funklordz Radio. Originating as a show debuted on YouTube, the offering has evolved into a playlist format that they upload to Spotify, and this round is robust to say the least. The duo behind “Night By Night” is known for their funky taste in music, with retro elements like those noted in this nostalgic playlist constantly serving as inspiration for their own original music.

The playlist clocks in at nearly 70 tracks, checking off many of the artists who came to prominence in indie and electronic’s original digital heyday. Artists like La Roux, Fred Falke, Phoenix, Hot Chip, Justice and Soulwax are featured on this playlist, with their history marked with appearances on the internet’s first music blogs and Hype Machine charts.

Chromeo Performs With A Band For The First Time On NPR’s “Tiny Desk”

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NPR has had some memorable “Tiny Desk” performances over the years.  This past week Chromeo squeezed onto the ‘stage’ and performed three tracks from their fifth album, “Head Over Heels”.  The duo, tag-teaming with a band for the first time, also added a twist of their smash hit “Jealous (I Ain’t With It)”.  The band

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Watch Chromeo bring the funk on their NPR Tiny Desk Concert

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While Chromeo‘s recorded catalog is impressive on its own, there is always something special about watching the Funk Lordz’s energetic live set. While stripping back their usually extravagant stage set-up, Montreal-natives Dave1 and P-Thugg have brought along a full band to NPR’s iconic Tiny Desk series.

Playing three songs from their new album, Head Over Heels, and tossing in their 2014 highlight, “Jealous,” Chromeo and their live ensemble unveil new, textured versions of their sleek originals. Their Philly-based backing band’s two percussionists energize the room, while the keyboardist brings the warm, analog layer that’s a characteristic hallmark of Chromeo’s work. As P-Thugg flexes his multi-instrumental skills on the bass guitar and his signature talkbox, rousing renditions of “Count Me Out,” “Must’ve Been,” and “Don’t Sleep,” prove once again why Chromeo’s 1980s-inspired body of work remains so timeless.

Chromeo confirmed for Halloween shakedown at NYC’s Dream Downtown

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The Funk Lords are headed to NYC for Halloween this year.

Chromeo have been tapped for Disco of the Dead at The Gallery Dream Downtown, just as they wrap on a nationwide tour in support of the their recent Head Over Heels LP. The plush hotel and nightlife spot, anchored in the Meatpacking District, will host the Big Beat duo on October 27, slated to headline the evening with a characteristically funky Chromeo DJ set.

Tully & Cam, Wizzy and Agua Sol are all lined up for supporting sets as well. The hotel features three rooms on three different levels, each characterized by their own unique experiential aesthetics. Dream Downtown is heading into their eighth annual Halloween celebration, and they are pulling out all the stops this year with Chromeo holding down Disco of the Dead 2018. Tickets are on sale now.

Grab tickets to Disco of the Dead here. 

THEY. pull off transformative remix of Chromeo & DRAM’s “Must’ve Been”

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Chromeo‘s DRAM-assisted “Must’ve Been” has been given a stunning overhaul by fast rising R&B duo THEY. The original track has been in rotation since April as an up-beat single from the Funklordz latest LP Head Over Heels, featuring an infectious hook courtesy of the Virginia-born rapper and an ultra-cheeky music video to match. The song previously received remix treatments from artists including CID, Mercer, and Yolanda Be Cool.

Mind of a Genius-championed production outfit THEY. take the original’s chorus and a slinky new verse from singer Drew Love, and lay them over a lush, retro-inspired R&B production from the duo’s producer Dante Jones. The result isn’t just a remix, but a unique reimagining of the original canvas.  Even Chromeo themselves admit THEY.’s take caught them by surprise, and could be even better than the original. Dave 1 elaborated to Complex

“Obviously we’ve been fans of THEY. for a minute (Dante’s a genius producer). We were initially expecting some sort of remix or rework but they’ve turned ‘Must’ve Been’ into an entire different song! Not gonna lie, it might be better than the original.”

Gear up for Lollapalooza with DA’s 12 most anticipated performances

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Lollapalooza is this weekend in Chicago, and Dancing Astronaut is hosting a live stream of the music festival.

With headliners such as The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Jack White, Arctic Monkeys, and Travis Scott, the festival’s 27th year in existence should be one for the ages. After changing to a four-day event in 2016, Lollapalooza is easily one of the top-attended music festivals in the United States.

Below are 12 of the most anticipated Lollapalooza performances from an electronic music perspective.


REZZ

“Space mom” is a must-see for any festival. She’s performing Thursday at 7:15 p.m. CDT, and her new album, Certain Kind Of Magic, comes out Friday on mau5trap. REZZ was just featured on the cover of DJ Mag‘s August issue.

ODESZA

After killer sets at Red Rocks and Panorama, ODESZA looks to bring their massive live-electronic show with their big synths, drum line, and stellar light show. The duo is the headliner of EDM at Lollapalooza, and there are rumors of a potential Foreign Family festival in 2019.

Rusko

After beating cancer, the British dubstep pioneer is back in action. He dropped his Has Made Five More Songs EP, this year, and the flag-bearer of contemporary dubstep knows how to throw down, recently coming off supporting Zeds Dead in London. Dubstep whomps at 6 p.m. CDT Friday? Yes, please.

Billie Eilish

The 16-year-old from California had her debut EP, Don’t Smile at Me, rank on Billboard‘s top 200 list. The distraught yet swagged-out teen recently had a tarantula emerge from her mouth for the new single, you should see me in a crown. Imagine what the eclectic and eccentric young trendsetter will bring to the stage.

Dillon Francis

The budding actor, director, and TV writer is also one of the most sought-after festival DJs. With six releases from his upcoming WUT WUT album on Francis’ new IDGAFOS imprint, working with Comedy Central on Living The Dream, his own show Like & Subscribe, and One Deeper Talks with DJ Hanzel; EDM’s funny man has been busy this summer.  Playing Friday at 8:30 p.m. CDT, Francis’ live set will be a perfect way to start the weekend shenanigans.

Tycho

Cool your jets to the easy-going electronic ambiance of Scott Hansen aka Tycho. The musician, composer, producer, songwriter, photographer, and designer is a true embodiment of an artist. With a variety of genre’s at Lollapalooza, Tycho will be a nice escape into the serene 9 p.m. CDT on Thursday.

Post Malone

With one of Billboard‘s top albums for the past two months, beerbongs & bentleys, Malone is a must-see. His happy-go-lucky attitude, infectious smile, and daydreaming vibe will create an ambiance of love, partying, and good harmony.

Illenium

Future bass maven, Nicholas D. Miller, will put on a beautiful set with big synths 7:15 p.m. CDT Saturday. He’s been diving into harder productions, recently teaming up with Excision on their new track, “Gold (Stupid Love)” featuring Shallows. Last month, Illenium released a massive 15-track remix package for his 2017 Awake album.

Chromeo

Having released their fifth studio album, Head Over Heals, this summer, the veteran FUNKLORDZ look towards filling the electro-funk void. After cancelling shows earlier in July due to mental health issues, the duo is back in action and will not disappoint fans of funk, dance & hip-hop.

Tyler, The Creator

He just released a new music video with A$AP Rocky for their single, “Potato Salad.” The Odd Future fashion, lifestyle, and content icon finally received critic recognition on his Flower Boy album last year. His set is sure to be one of a kind.

Galantis

The live electronic duo from Sweden will keep spirits uplifted with melodies and drops a-plenty. According to their Twitter, they’ve also got something special planned for Lollapalooza.

Zedd

Germany and pop music’s EDM headliner and Billboard chart-topper will not disappoint. He’s playing at 8:30 p.m. CDT on Saturday. His newest song is “Happy Now” featuring Elley Duhé.

Honorable mentions: Petit Biscuit, Malaa, Lykke Li, Goldlink, What So Not, Excision, Logic, The Weeknd, Khalid.


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Chromeo cancels Australia tour for health reasons

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It’s no secret that touring artists encounter numerous struggles that often weigh on the overall wellbeing of the artists themselves. Being on the road for days on end can lead to extreme exhaustion, poor diet, and pressure to continuously perform and plaster a smile on your face.

This just so happens to be the case with Chromeo on their current tour, where they just recently announced that they will not be doing their three Australia dates. In an open letter to fans they wrote:

“We are truly sorry to announce that our upcoming July shows in Sydney, Melbourne and Splendour In The Grass have been canceled. It’s been so long since we’ve visited you last and we were so excited to play for you. Unfortunately, the rigors of our touring schedule have caught up with us and we need to prioritize our health and well being. We’re being told that this period would be best served as a time to rest. This was not an easy call to make. We hope you understand. Please know that we’re doing everything we can to reschedule our time in Australia. We will see you all soon.”

This is also not the first time that the guys of Chromeo have spoken up about health. Recently, member David Macklovitch shared with the world his struggles with anxiety and depression, and did so to try and enlighten others that might be going through the same things as him. He mentions all the days he couldn’t get out of bed, and all the stigmas around treatment for these things that are very much a disease.

In recent years, the dance music world has seen an increase in artists speaking up and drawing awareness to the toll constant touring can take on the human body and mind. Artists like Chromeo, who openly talk about their struggle and gracefully take time for themselves when they need to, show that health should always come first in order to deliver the best versions of themselves as artists to an audience.

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