VonStroke’s first release on Dirtybird in 2019 was the motion-inducing “Getting Hot” with Italy’s Eddy M. The second was the eerie-groove machine, “Comments,” which the Bird-boss made with Zombie Disco Squad and Kid Enigma. Both of these tracks are primetime house cuts, ready for when the dance floor is at its highest.
In contrast, the two tracks on Slink represent the lighter, mellower side of VonStroke’s production preferences. Those who have seen him in action know that he can play for any mood at any time of day and give the crowd exactly what they need.
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In perhaps one of the biggest collaborations to hit the airwaves on Sept. 6, The Bloody Beetroots and ZHU have teamed up for “Zoning.” RÜFÜS DU SOL have dropped off a new set of remixes for Solace, including an irresistibly groovy one by Hot Since 82. Grimes and i_o unexpectedly deliver “Violence,” and M83 returns with the dreamy “Temple of Sorrow.” Audien and Nevve bring blissful energy to “Buzzing,” and Cashmere Cat reveals “FOR YOUR EYES ONLY.” Arty is on a journey to “Find You” in his latest, and Walker & Royce team up with VNSSA for “Rave Grave.” KOAN Sound’s new EP lands pm Sept. 6, featuring sounds like “Vibrant,” and Claude VonStroke unleashes a new original, “Slink.” Sullivan King has released a two-track EP, and Armin van Buuren and David Hodges link for “Waking Up With You.” Fox Stevenson finally uncovers “Dreamland,” and 3LAU remixes San Holo’s “Lost Lately.”
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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5 Under 15k is a feature on Dancing Astronaut dedicated to spotlighting talented upcoming and undiscovered artists who we believe deserve more exposure. Each edition of 5 Under 15k will highlight five artists from a wide variety of genres with under 15,000 followers on SoundCloud (at the time of writing).
If Claude VonStroke taps you to remix his undisputed classic, “Who’s Afraid of Detroit” then it means you have something special, and Wyatt Marshall (3,060) has something special indeed. Since the release of that remix last year he has delivered numerous house offerings that are as groovy as they are consistent. Whether it be on Dirtybird or his second sonic home of Percomaniacs, count on Wyatt Marshall for the funk going forward. Hop into his latest EP, My Temple, to get started.
It’s common to find that when one starts DJing before they start producing, their music typically invokes a sense of true freedom; as if the open format of DJing allows them to avoid being bound by traditional genre strictures. Nala‘s (1,197) debut EP, Sirens, does that and more. Beyond tapping four top-notch vocalists for pristine top-lines on the release, this EP is the launch of Unstructured, the collaborative imprint with LA’s Understated Recordings that Nala is curating herself.
Every artist has a defining release—that holy grail track on that one label that puts them into a newer, higher echelon of their craft. For Sueldo (399), that track is ‘OTS’ and the label is 40oz. Cult. Of late Sueldo has been supporting hardened dubstep artists like Gentlemen’s Club and playing well-known parties like Space Yacht. Now with the release of this single, he’s only going up from here.
Don’t let the humorous name fool you, Dadmom (2,323) makes some serious music. His latest EP, Infinity, is aptly named as it represents a very diverse musical palate executed with true poise. Each of the three tracks moves fluidly between different genre influences while demonstrating a flair for sound design.
The fact that Cooper Saver only has 4,965 followers on Soundcloud is a concrete example of why numbers like that are not at all indicative of an artist’s capabilities. Not only has he been booking artists like Four Tet and Floating Points at his Far Away parties for years, but he’s also been touring the world and remixing legends like Jacques Renault. Now he’s diving fully into solo productions and the results speak for themselves.
Toronto’s Electric Island series is characteristically known for their long-established home on the Toronto Islands. Known for their signature day-into-night outdoor parties on the island, the seasonal event series has faced an imminent challenge threatening their home base.
Leading into their final event of the season, Electric Island has announced their move to Ontario Place’s West Island, a convenient replacement for the long weekend festivities. Keeping in line with their trademark island atmosphere, the new venue offers an improved landscape for the festival infrastructure.
Throughout the summer, the Toronto Island has been affected by record high water levels, causing flooding in certain areas of the land and a temporary suspension of the ferry service to the island’s main beach area, Hanlan’s Point.
The 2019 season so far has seen stunning performances from artists like Bedouin, Hot Since 82 and Seth Troxler during their first three events throughout the summer. The season finale held over the August 31-September 1 weekend brings highly anticipated bookings to the city, including the debut of masked German headliner, Boris Brejcha and the return of Dirtybird kingpin Claude Vonstroke.
GA and VIP tickets are available for purchase here.
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Setting up shop again at Lakefront Green, but this time on an all-new grassy terrain overlooking Lake Michigan and the sublime Chicago skyline, on September 7, just before the sun begins to set on summer 2019, Dirtybird will welcome sets from Walker & Royce, Mason Maynard, and an extended set from VonStroke himself, in the city where housework began. The crew will also be bringing along a special, yet-to-be-announced guest in tow, whom VonStroke will be partaking in a highly anticipated back-to-back set with.
Last year’s seminal, sold-out installment of Birdhouse featured appearances from, of course, Dirtybird’s main man, VonStroke, as well as all different accents of the tech-fueled four-on-the-floor rainbow, like J.Phlip, Gene Farris, Will Clarke, and Christian Martin, to name a few.
The second arm will launch equipped with deliciously odd amenities, true to the offbeat Dirtybird emblem, spanning cotton candy to specialty branded prizes. Tickets to Birdhouse Chicago are on sale here.
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For Lorin Ashton, widely known as Bassnectar‘s wide and unwavering following, a destination festival headlined by Ashton himself (among a number of resounding guests) on a Cancun resort is nothing short of an earsplitting fantasy.
The four-day festival’s second charter will summon Sub Focus, GRiZ, Caspa, and Claude VonStroke to its sandy forefront. VonStroke will be bringing a highly potent dose of his Dirtybird crew to the beachfront endeavor’s new location, the Grand Oasis resort (a departure from last year’s touchdown in Riviera Maya), too, including longtime label habitues, Justin Jay, Christian Martin, and Worthy.
Per Bassnectar’s website, he and his team have rented out the entire Grand Oasis property for the occasion, likely in response to last year’s installment prompting a number of noise and behavioral complaints from various Rivera Maya non-Deja Voom vacation-goers staying near the festival.
Deja Voom is sold out, but those interested can join the festival’s waitlists for particular packages of interest here.
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“My name is Claude VonStroke. Welcome to THE BIRDHOUSE.”
Since 2015, Claude VonStroke has been dealing out fresh jams on his radio show, THE BIRDHOUSE, and last week he celebrated 200 episodes with two special surprises.
The first was a guest mix from Chicago house legend and second of half of Get Real with VonStroke: Green Velvet. Every episode of THE BIRDHOUSE includes a guest mix from a different artist, allowing an exemplary occasion for the Dirtybird Boss to host his dear friend.
The second surprise was the world premiere of the first new Get Real music in over three years, taking form as their upcoming single, “Jolene.” Velvet capitalizes on the high-in-the-sky opportunity to give the track a spin in the auspicious mix. The track officially comes out August 23.
Get Real first came to fruition with a mini-tour at the end of 2015, riding that momentum into early the following year, through their first EP, Mind Yo Bizness/Snuffaluffagus. Since then, the dynamic tech house duo has made sparse, but significant appearances around the world. With VonStroke representing Detroit and Velvet representing Chicago, each of their sets is like a history lesson in dance music.
Listen to episode 200 of THE BIRDHOUSE below. Every episode going back to 001 is also available on VonStroke’s Mixcloud.
While HOLY SHIP! won’t be setting sail in 2020, it’ll sure still be getting down. The revered HARD Events maritime festival will anchor itself in the Dominican Republic’s Punta Cana next year, January 22-26 with a whole new name: HOLY SHIP! WRECKED.
Casting a wide and prominent net, HOLY SHIP! WRECKED has secured Diplo, Lane 8, Claude VonStroke, and Madeon to top its astounding 2020 roster, while Chris Lake, NGHTMRE & Slander, and Jai Wolf comprise what one could hardly call an undercard. Distinguished names from across the house and bass-abundant spectrum speckle the robust roster, from 12th Planet to TOKiMONSTA, Whethan to What So Not, the agenda seems to extend something irrefutable for every electronic taste preference. Up-and-coming contenders like Dom Dolla, Sonny Fodera, and ODESZA-championed MEMBA offer the lineup a fresh-faced appeal as well.
Not only is the lineup set to be one of the most in-depth throughout the HOLY SHIP! timeline, but the shift in format will offer #Shipfam an event that is both excitingly new and refreshingly familiar. Cloud 9 Adventures,the lead company behind the ship experience, has been producing events in concert with the Punta Cana resort for many years already and will bring that expertise to HOLY SHIP! WRECKED .
Just as on HOLY SHIP!, the resort will only be open to attendees throughout the festival. Seasoned Shipfam will still receive their robes as well as their OG party as fans and artists live together for a weekend in paradise:
We are shipfam for life, so we couldn’t miss out on this! – Gorgon City
Time to start the search for buried treasure. We be shipwrecked this year me maties! – Claude VonStroke
When it comes time for the artists to perform, there will be nine different areas for music spread throughout the resort. With the increased amount of space, the overall production will be at a much higher level and each area will maintain a specific sonic identity. From daily pool parties to a 1,000 person-capacity club to a sunrise set on the beach, artists will be spinning multiple sets in a variety of environments to satisfy the astute tastes of Shipfam.
Plus, the extensive amenities provided both on-site and in the immediate area will allow for a much broader range of artist involved activities which will be announced soon.
Attendees of HOLY SHIP! WRECKED will have 24-hour access to the resort’s private beach. Every room includes its own balcony, hot tub, free Wi-Fi, and is roughly three times the size of rooms on the boat. There are nine restaurants around the resort offering everything from sushi to pizza, and just like on ship, food and drinks (including alcohol) are all-inclusive.
In terms of recreation outside of music, there is mini-golf, a lazy river, a waterslide, and much more on property. For an extra charge, attendees can take their experience to the next level with a full 18-hole golf course, excursions on dune buggies and ATV’s, a 65,000 square-foot spa, scuba diving, and various other activities that only a world-class island resort can offer.
Pre-sale for HOLY SHIP! WRECKED starts next Monday, July 29, and tickets officially go on sale Wednesday, July 31 at 11 am PT, available here, along with general festival information.
Let’s get #HolyShipWrecked! Token pre-sale begins July 29 at 1pm ET / 10am PT. General on sale begins July 31 at 2pm ET / 11am PT. Rally your crew and get ready to secure your all-inclusive suite.
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— Holy Ship! (@HOLY_SHIP) July 26, 2019
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Head Dirtybird, Claude VonStroke just released his latest single, “Comments.” The track is a combined effort with Dirtybird frequenter, Zombie Disco Squad (ZDS), including vocals from popular house music voice-over artist, KE.
This is VonStroke’s second single out on his own imprint this year, following the upbeat jam, “Getting Hot.” “Comments” is not the prime-time dancefloor delivery of its predecessor; though, it invokes the kind of quirky groove upon which Dirtybird built its name. With numerous artists including Justin Martin and Desert Hearts‘ Porky already showing support, this track will likely be a favorite on the four-by-four festival front through 2019.
The new track also comes along with a music video that continues the Boss Bird’s trend towards the wacky and weird, but with a darker twist. Adopting an aesthetic reminiscent of The Blair Witch Project, the visual sequence is full of smoke, blindfolds, rope knots, and hedge clippers. The tagline for the song is “People talk shit and that ain’t right.” The video seems to present the possible fates of those caught with malice in their mouths.