Lunar Lunes: Tchami and Ibranovski unleash ‘Omega,’ Delta Heavy and KUURO team up on ‘Replicant’ + more

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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.

Perhaps March 25th’s biggest release is a fiery collaboration between CONFESSION‘s Tchami and Ibranovski by the name of “Omega.” DEVAULT puts his own mellow spin on Alessia Cara‘s “Out of Love,” and Oliverse cranks up the intensity on a remix of Emalkay’s “Fabrication.” Golf Clap keep things smooth and grooving with their new single, “Demo Tapes,” and Riggi & Piros join forces with MOTi for “Side 2 Side.” Delta Heavy reveal their 11-track Only In Dreams LP, featuring “Replicant” with KUURO, and CloZee puts her own worldly downtempo twist on Axel Thesleff’s “Eco.” Zack Martino takes on Armin van Buuren‘s “Lonely For You” with Bonnie McKee, and Sullivan King throws it back to 2005 with a hardcore remix of Green Day’s “Boulevard of Broken Dreams.” Grant returns to Monstercat for a contemplative new single, “Wishes,” and W&W and Maurice West link up on “Matrix.” MYRNE taps Sam Rui and Gentle Bones for “Call, Call Me,” and Amon Tobin previews his forthcoming studio album with the release of “Vipers Follow You.”

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

Photo credit: Maria Boyadgis

Producer Sessions 009: Liquid Stranger reveals how his eclectic 30-track ‘INFINITY’ LP came to be [Interview]

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Producer Sessions is a series from Dancing Astronaut meant to shine a brighter light on the producer community. Each volume will guide producers toward professionals in their field.


Liquid Stranger‘s immersive INFINITY LP off his Wakaan imprint is a 30-track project that spans themes from serene introspection to savage madness. The esteemed “freeform bass” producer, DJ, and label boss commenced 2019 with its first single, “Burn Like The Sun” featuring Leah Culver, with a variety of other strong cameos from the likes of CloZee, Dion Timmer, and Chee; and features from Christian Acamo, CoJaxx, Hard Knock, KJ Sawka, Laura Brehm, Malin Staaf, MC Shells, Pistol, SoDown, Spear, Vern Knows and Warrior Queen also making the cut. This LP offers a myriad of styles the versatile transnational bass artist (real name Martin Stääf) has worked with over his years in the genre.

In a press release, Liquid Stranger expresses,

Creativity stems from powerful life experiences, and my inner processes have been very intense during the writing of this record for the past year and half. This journey urged me to learn how to self love, and unleashed some of the strongest emotional peaks I’ve ever experienced. INFINITY is a result of this process, which I’m extremely honored to share with you.

Toward the end of 2018, Liquid Stranger unveiled plans for the inaugural Wakaan music festival, with a save the date for Oct. 3–6, a next step for the freeform bass veteran and his collective of talented expressionist producers. Read the full Liquid Stranger interview below about the album’s production and journey to completion.


What made you decide on a 30-song album?

It wasn’t really a conscious decision per se. I make a lot of songs, and am working on something new most every day. Somewhere along the process, the INFINITY project took on a life of its own and formed into a much bigger body of work than I expected. It wasn’t very difficult to make a lot of songs, but I was very challenged by my own emotional processes throughout the journey. The general themes are outer space—the expanding consciousness of the human mind, and the vision quest we undertake in order to discover ourselves, and conflict—the obstacles we encounter along the way toward becoming a balanced human of power.

Why did you call the album INFINITY?

It represents the soul’s journey as infinity awareness. Musically, it encompasses so many different styles that it can be applied (at least in part) to most situations.

You showcase a lot of variety on the LP, is there a specific reason harder songs are at the beginning and while the end shifts the energy down a bit?

The tunes can be listened to in any order, or extracted and put into playlists based on the listeners’ preferences. The order I decided on starts off very soft, melodic, and uplifting. Then it ramps up in intensity for the middle portion, and expands toward the end into more trippy and freeform material… and concludes on a darker note, reflecting on the current state of our collective consciousness.

Do you have a typical production process? If so, what is it? 

I don’t have a process. I kill my ego and let inspiration lead me. Nowadays, inspiration is a force I can call on at will. It’s always there for me as long as I trust in its guidance. My songs tend to start by developing a strong theme, usually a vocal hook or a lead melody.

You have a massive amount of collaborators on this project. What is your collaboration process like?

There are only three bonafide collaborations on the album: “Zero Frontier” with Chee, “Ceremony” with CloZee, and “Spastic Elastic” with Dion Timmer. The rest are vocal/instrumental features. The process is always different. Most of it was done remotely, meaning we sent stems back and forth.

What is your go-to synth these days?

I use a lot of vintage, analogue equipment and acoustic instruments. I try to avoid sitting in front of a computer screen too much, since it’s kind of boring. I have a pretty good collection of equipment, so my favorite depends on what I’m trying to accomplish.

For a full list of credits, lyrics and the equipment I used, please click here and check out this website we built for INFINITY.

What was your go-to MIDI controller and why?

I’m a pianist, so I like using a keyboard for most of the work. It’s really just a way to interface with the music, and varies depending on the situation. Sometimes I use a launchpad for drums. On stage, I use CDJs.

Any special VST that really took the production home?

Not really, I’d say my vintage hardware synths, the drum set, my voice, and flutes/kazoo were the dominant sound sources on this album. I used Native Instruments Massive and Xfer Records Serum quite a bit too.

Which song took the longest work on and why?

Probably “Murder on the Freeway,” due to all the lyrics/vocals, and acoustic instrumentation.

How would you define your sound?

Music is an emotional language. The style, and vibe will vary depending on my mood. I’m all across the board. This album is a good example of that. Personally, I have no interest in fitting my art into a genre, or trend. I just create with an open mind—trying to be as honest as possible with my expression.

What DAW do you use and why?

I use Cubase. It’s stable, and has all functionality I need. I’ve worked with this software since I was 16 years old, so I know it like the palm of my hand and can work fast without any hesitation.

What was the most difficult sound to conquer on the project?

To me, the human voice is by far the most challenging instrument to record and process.

Do you have any unique studio habits?

I see my studio as a sacred sanctuary. It’s filled with little things of beauty that I love and help put me in the right frame of mind. I kind of view my machines as “friends” (for a lack of a better word), and arguably spend more time with them than I do with humans.

What was your most memorable in-studio moment while producing the album?

Working with my house mate and best friend Spear. We had some wonderful sessions where we just went in on the microphone without too much thinking, and I’m very happy with the result.

Another darker, but very memorable aspect, is how depressed I’ve felt throughout parts of the journey—battling with existential thoughts and quandaries. I’ve come to a point in my life where I don’t want to lean on anyone, or use anything as a crutch. I’d rather face the enemy within full on. I’ve spent a lot of time in solitude, and was celibate during the making of INFINITY, which gave me a lot of free time to work. More importantly, it helped me get clarity on the state of my mental/emotional self reliance.

I’m convinced creativity stems from powerful life experiences, and my inner processes has been very intense this year. The inability to find comfort and healing in intimacy from a significant other has forced me to learn how to self love on a much deeper level.

What is your favorite in-studio snack?

I normally fast while making music. I usually go in for 1-2 day sessions without any food or sleep. I do drink coffee, and a remedy I make from fresh lemon, honey, and ginger.

What is next for Liquid Stranger?

God knows 🙂

The ultimate getaway packing list: Dancing Astronaut’s guide to Costa Rica’s Envision Festival

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Envision Festival 2019 is just a few short weeks away, and as the festival gears up for it’s ninth edition—expected to be its largest to date—festival goers should be finalizing the logistics of making it to Uvita, Costa Rica, for what is widely considered to be one of the most unique, and refreshing festival experiences on the planet. This year promises a stellar slate of programming across the four-day event, running from February 28 – March 4. GRiZ, Tycho, Lee Burridge, CloZee, The Floozies, and Trevor Hall top this year’s musical billing, while the rest of the festival is weaved together by countless workshops, yoga classes, nature excursions, and performance art pieces. But above any of the programming or the unwavering sense of community that the festival has curated over the last decade, the festival’s location may serve as the centerpiece of the entire experience. Envision is hosted at Rancho la Merced, returning in 2019 for a fifth year at the venue. Rancho la Merced perches festival goers right where Costa Rica’s breathtakingly beautiful forest terrain meets the warm tropical waters of Playa Hermosisima—a setting unrivaled by most other festival experiences (real ones, at least).

Though what a tropical paradise like Uvita offers to festival goers is obvious on the surface, packing for the adventure, traveling to the festival safely and efficiently, and then maximizing one’s time at Envision Festival requires a lot of energy and focus, and for many, the journey is just as much a part of the experience as the destination winds up being. So for those who are prepping for their first Envision Festival, or even for seasoned pros making their returns to Rancho la Merced for this year’s event, Dancing Astronaut put together a list of packing essentials for this year’s Envision Festival.


A Bird’s Eye View

Packing for Uvita begins well before the suitcase is even broken out. Once attendees reach Envision Festival, the sheer volume of programming and the numerous experiences that await can be overwhelming if not thoughtfully considered beforehand. Plan out your festival experience, but leave room for adjustments. Planning out each day, from traveling logistics to festival activities, should serve as more of an outline than anything else. There’s a necessary fluidity that attending any festival requires of course, especially in a place as special as Rancho la Merced. Simply put—things are going to pop up. Moments of adventure waiting to unfold are sewn into the festival’s fabric, so allowing oneself to be flexible is important, but organizing a plan of attack each day can help make sense of all that Enivision as to offer from a programming perspective. Look at the festival from a bird’s eye view before packing for Costa Rica. Look at what each day at the event has to offer, the Envision website does a phenomenal job of offering scheduling information to attendees that cover the diverse array of workshops and movement sessions. Does the day start with yoga or a hike? When is the optimal time to head to the beach? With talks, and performance art, food, music, and so much more to consider, we recommend taking at least a methodical skim of each day’s offerings and making a mental note of points A, B, and C, and what gets you from each one to the next. If something interests you even a little, go check it out.

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Water Bottle

Your best friend on your trip to Envision Festival—we are eradicating dehydration in 2019. Bring a good, reliable reusable water bottle with you for two primary reasons. While the event’s lush rain forest and sun drenched beach venue are the perfect setting for crisp, cold tequila, March is typically the onset of Costa Rica’s dry season, and keeping oneself hydrated throughout the day is crucial. Since Envision Festival offers numerous watering stations across the festival grounds, the opportunity to fill up should never be passed up. The second reason a study, reusable water receptacle is necessary is largely related to the Envision ethos. One of the festival’s eight pillars is Eco Building—the tenet that attendees and organizers are committed to practices of sustainability and minimal impact, if any at all where possible. So bring a good water bottle, or Camelbak if that’s how you roll, and make sure your friends drink enough water. A hydrated festival weekend is a happy festival weekend.

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Gotta Get The Gear

Here’s the issue: packing for the beach, the jungle, a music festival, and a yoga retreat all at once.

An incredibly simple solution: pack light, pack for comfort, and be intentional.

Envision Festival, and, more broadly Costa Rica, offer such an amazing multitude of things to do, but from Tycho’s sunrise set to a spontaneous trek through the jungle with fellow revelers, one thing is key—comfort. Closed toed shoes for traversing through the jungle are recommended, but flip flops for the beach are a must-have. Plan out packing space accordingly. Seasoned Envision attendees also recommend headlamps, small locks for personal items, and sturdy sandals as additional simple lifesavers that first timers typically overlook. Also, despite it being the early part of Costa Rica’s dry season, consider rain-proofing ahead of time; after all, you’re in jungle. Pack Ziplock bags or a small dry bag, bring a light water resistant coat, or even a plastic poncho, but remember—pack in, pack out.

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Leave Extra Space

Envision Festival offers the attendee the chance to really steep themselves in Costa Rican culture, just take it from the festival’s founders, who have enveloped themselves in the Envision way of life. While festival goers are at Rancho la Merced, the opportunity to interact with locals, curators, vendors, and artists are frequent. Sure, a festival t-shirt or a lineup poster is cool, however when packing for Uvita, consider leaving a little extra space in the luggage to bring a small piece of Costa Rica home with you.

Cash

Experienced Envision attendees would advise first-time festival goers to bring more cash than they think they’ll need. ATM’s are few and far between, and having cash will come in handy—just plan ahead and have more than you might need. First timers may also look the opportunity to purchase local keepsakes and food, so having the proper amount of cash on hand is key.

An Open Mind

Back to the idea of looking at every piece of musical and cultural programming individually so as to not be overwhelmed by the collective mountain of it, first time attendees should aim to try and distill the Envision experience down as such: it’s an opportunity to try new things. Rancho la Merced offers the boundless adventure of sprawling rainforest to hike through and gorgeous beaches to wade in, the festival talent is perhaps one of the most diverse billings of the year so far, and Envision’s cultural appeals are some of the most sustainable and progressive offerings across the international events circuit. Opening oneself up to new opportunities is critical to the full Envision experience, from cleaning beaches and planting trees in Costa Rica, to intentionally making time for moments of meditative silence with a group of fellow festival goers. Make time to check out this year’s talks and workshops, covering everything from coastal regeneration to the medicinal benefits of mushrooms. Definitely head to Tycho’s sunrise DJ set, but also make time to check out the regional Latin talent that is gracing Envision’s stages with an applied emphasis this year. An open mind is key to maximizing days and nights at Envision Festival—there’s no telling where one could end up and what one might learn along the way.

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Lightning in a Bottle releases stacked lineup featuring Disclosure, Gramatik, Big Gigantic, Santigold, and more

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Do LaB festival producers present a stacked lineup for this year’s Lightning in a Bottle music festival, featuring Disclosure, Santigold, Gramatik, Toro y Moi, Big Gigantic, Elohim, and Flying Lotus‘ 3D concert experience. Artists taking over the beloved Woogie stage include Lane 8, DJ Koze, Damian LazarusLutrell, Shiba San, Recondite live, and more. Bass heads will reunite at the low end-heavy thunder stage with sub-booming performances from G Jones, 1788-LCloZee, EPROM and Alix Perez’s SHADES project, the funk bass stylings of OPIUO, and more.

For the past five years, the festival took place at San Antonio Reservoir Recreation Area in Bradley, California; and the last two years were met tragically with the death of a festival attendee at each. Now, the festival has moved to a new venue at Buena Vista Lake in Central California, with lush, green pastures, a shaded tree line, and accessible shoreline that’s sure to bring festival-goers in full force.

Tickets are currently on sale for Lightning in a Bottle 2019. Purchase them here.

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Exclusive Interview: CloZee Returns “World Bass” to Envision Fest

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French producer, CloZee, makes waves in the scene returning her unique “World Bass” to Envision. Progressive, organic, and tribal are only the tip of the iceberg when describing Chloé Herry’s distinct and mesmerizing sound. Drawing musical inspiration from exploring cultures and traveling, CloZee’s sophisticated productions are enjoyed by international fans from Denver to India. And there’s

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Disclosure, Justin Martin, Shiba San, FISHER, and more top Elements Lakewood’s 2019 lineup

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As Elements Lakewood Music & Arts Festival looks ahead to its third iteration with the release of its 2019 lineup, the expression “the third time’s a charm” is particularly apt. Boasting a number of heavy hitters hailing from the house genre, Elements Lakewood’s lineup will bring Disclosure, FISHER, Shiba San, and Justin Martin to Elements’ Pennsylvania home, to script a bumping next chapter in the festival’s history of production. Spanning more than 100 artists in its totality, the festival’s 2019 lineup also sees Elements Lakewood organizers issue noteworthy nods to Big Gigantic, Sofi Tukker, Seth Troxler, Damian Lazarus, and Clozee, among other artists.

A favorite among camping enthusiasts, Elements Lakewood will once more blend talent from techno, bass, jam rock, funk, and other sub-genres on a sprawling 200-acre campground that offers attendees five different stages of musical diversion. Complete with wellness activities like aromatherapy and sunset yoga, not to mention a myriad of camp games including basketball and volleyball, Elements Lakewood ensures that attendees won’t spend a single second of their time at the event idle. In a credit to the diversity of Elements Lakewood’s offerings, event-goers will also have the opportunity to partake in kayak trips at sunset, water sports like canoeing and swimming, and post-dusk adventures like a stroll through a kaleidoscope light-decorated forest.

Back to offer the ultimate soul renewal experience in its seamless intermingling of outdoor fun and good music, Elements Lakewood is a bona fide must attend for 2019.

A limited number of early bird three-day GA and VIP passes to the festival’s 2019 edition are now available and can be purchased here.

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15 acts that define Coachella’s undercard in 2019

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The release of Coachella‘s lineup is a highly anticipated event every year, with fans attentively looking out for their favorite acts and fresh new talent amid the festival’s legendary annual billing. Aside from the drama surrounding Kanye West‘s departure from his headlining slot, the festival released their full lineup to considerable fanfare this year. Presenting one of the most diverse and electronic-heavy lineups in recent memory, Coachella has drawn both praise and criticism for their underground selections and electronic skew.

With such a deep pool of electronic acts, this list is a guide to the most crucial sets from the bottom portion of the Coachella lineup. From the debut of techno newcomers to emerging producers and vocalists, Dancing Astronaut has selected the fifteen undercard acts that you can’t miss at Coachella this year.

Rachel Narozniak, Christina Hernandez, and Alex Krinsky also contributed to this article.


Four Tet

Known for his truly inspiring live sets, Four Tet consistently amazes crowds with thoughtfully curated shows in intimate venues, while also adapting his invigorating performance for larger festival audiences. Striking a balance between analog and digital, between funky and rigid, crisp and distorted, Four Tet displays his mastery of sound and space with every set he plays. The highest billed artist on this list, this show will please everyone from casual house and techno fans to audio aficionados, without sacrificing creative ambitions and impulses.

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Rosalía

Singer, songwriter, and producer Rosalía released her sophomore album, El Mal Querer, at the tail end of 2018. Following up her mostly flamenco-leaning debut, Rosalía embraces textured electronic production behind her vocals, drawing comparisons to James Blake, Sampha, Blue Hawaii, and more. With her powerful voice, intensely executed choreography, and top notch production, Rosalía is a star on the rise, taking on what may be the largest performance of her career this April. 

SOPHIE

Few know their way around sound design like SOPHIE — a true master of eclectic electronica. Her groundbreaking album, Oil Of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides was a breathtaking evolution of her signature experimental sound, taking listeners on a wild ride across its nine tracks and eventually leading to her making Grammy history as the first transgender woman to be nominated for the honor. It was a true culmination of years spent exploring different soundscapes, and shows off a mature artist primed to continue leading the charge in her creative realm. Catch her on Friday for what’s set to be a hauntingly brilliant live performance.15 acts that define Coachella’s undercard in 2019SOPHIE

Jon Hopkins

While Grammy-nominated artist Jon Hopkins needs no introduction, the depth of talent on Coachella’s lineup makes it easy to miss even the most impressive of names. Infusing his live sets with synths and a variety of gear, Hopkins’ house and techno is filled with textures and subtleties that have gained global recognition. With an international superstar bringing an acclaimed live set to one of the largest stages in music, this set is guaranteed to bring entrancing vibes to the Polo Grounds.

Tara Brooks

With a career of performances spanning from Burning Man to Berlin, Tara Brooks is a perfect example of Coachella’s expanding body of house and techno artists. A Desert Hearts veteran with co-signs from Joseph Capriati, Sasha, and John Digweed, Brooks puts forth some of the best that deep and progressive house out there to date. Though an L.A. native, she will bring the experience of the world’s most coveted nightlife and festival scenes to Coachella this April.

Idris Elba

It’s a surefire fact that when people saw Idris Elba’s name on Coachella’s lineup most of them went straight for Google. Many articles were written up on the fact that the man who portrayed Stringer Bell, Luther, and Nelson Mandela was going to be spinning beats at California’s biggest festival. CNN actually put out the headline “Yes, Idris Elba is playing Coachella” no doubt to many clicks. The fact of the matter is DJ Big Driis has been spinning for a minute — since he was 14, actually. He told Dancing Astronaut not only about his strife balancing his image as an actor and sexiest man alive with his passion for dance music back in 2017. Though it may be unbeknownst to many, Elba has collaborated with Fatboy Slim, was remixed by Pete Tong, and remixed Skepta. Far from his first major appearance, the 007 prospect made his mark in Ibiza, Atlanta, played Glastonbury festival, and has his sets on YouTube. He’s got that English charm, major relevance across multiple fields, and the skills to back it all up. Besides, it’s Idris Elba — you don’t need us to tell you to go see him.

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Nora En Pure

Deep house and indie dance aesthetics intermingle with polished precision when Nora En Pure takes the decks. A melodic songstress, the South African phenom smoothly crafts live sensory experiences that invite attendees to delve into deeper house territory alongside the renowned producer. Nora En Pure’s catalog conveys her seemingly magnetic gravitation downwards to the lower boundaries of house music. It is with unparalleled finesse that the Don’t Look Back producer lifts her listeners from these deeper house stylings, to provide contrast in the form of airy, mellow sonic constructs that showcase Nora En Pure’s versatility, and the effortlessness with which she seamlessly bridges the ‘dark’ and ‘light’ tonalities of her music. Dulcet and fluid in the way that it unfurls, a Nora En Pure set is a Coachella must see.

Ross From Friends

Back in the 80’s Felix Clary Weatherall, better known as Ross From Friends, had a mobile sound system created by his dad, stationed in a van that bumped beats and toured around Europe, bringing a shared experience to music lovers wherever it wound up. Since his childhood, Ross From Friends wanted to create and connect like his father, through the use of music. However, one can follow in their father’s footsteps for only so long, eventually Ross From Friends carved his own path — one that led to a stage at Empire Polo Club. Only a few years ago Brainfeeder’s head honcho Flying Lotus casually recruited Ross From Friends and gave him the freedom to create with the advice, “make the album you want to make.”

In April of 2018, Ross From Friends released his Aphelion EP, displaying his sonic mobility while defining and fine-tuning his sound. Just four months later he put out his debut album on Brainfeeder, Family Portrait.

The Guardian deemed him “one to watch,” his sound has been compared to Jamie XX, Boards of Canada, and Four Tet. Fly-Lo gave him absolute freedom to astounding results, and that guy just knows. Whether the pull is musical curiosity or the desire to see an artist that is in the process of blooming, Ross From Friends’ performance at Coachella should not be missed.

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Burna Boy

In 2018, Burna Boy went from local Nigerian treasure to a global phenomenon. Dropping his major label debut, Outside, on Atlantic Records and nabbing a feature on Major Lazer‘s “All My Life,” Burna Boy has been exposed to a whole host of new audiences. The energetic 27-year-old rhymer is making sure his presence at Coachella is known, already taking to his Instagram to demand that his name be printed larger because he is an “AFRICAN KING.” Eccentric and talented, Burna Boy is slated to bring down the Polo Grounds with his distinctive Afrobeat style.

Polo & Pan

French indie-electronic duo Polo & Pan spent much of 2018 on the road, with two US tours and gigs around Europe and the Middle East allowing them to fine tune their live show. Coming hot off the deluxe re-release of their debut album, Caravelle, the pair now have a deep body of work to play out to the masses in Indio. With a fleshed out stage set-up coming in 2019, Coachella may be Polo & Pan’s biggest and most impressive show yet.

CloZee

The French up-and-comer has breathed fresh life into bass music. Her avant-garde sound draws from a multitude of influences and her own classical training, making for captivating original productions and even more infectious live sets. CloZee’s growth has been particularly impressive as of late, where she released her long-awaited debut LP, Evasion, in 2018 and quickly earned slots at a variety of high profile festivals including Bonnaroo, Lightning In A Bottle, and even Coachella. We suspect her return to the Southern California institution will be pumped full of brand new music, and special edits of deeper cuts in her discography.

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Stephan Bodzin

For house and techno lovers, Europe’s diverse club and festival circuit can leave American fans yearning for talent that often stays on the other side of the Atlantic. A prime example of this is esteemed German DJ Stephan Bodzin – though he tours relentlessly in Europe, playing his gripping techno tunes to engrossed crowds, a US appearance from Bodzin is a rare treat. With pounding bass, a melodic skew, and enough gear to fill an entire studio, Bodzin is set to tear down Indio with his old school style and boisterous swagger for one of his few US shows of 2019.

Rico Nasty

Since coming onto the scene in 2016, Rico Nasty has blossomed into one of the more colorful and abrasive characters in D.C.’s ever-growing hip-hop scene. Ranging from hard trap music to a punk take on rap, the 21-year-old and her rowdy personality are only boosted with production from Kenny Beats, one of hip-hop’s most in-demand producers of the moment, formerly of LOUDPVCK. With high energy music and a lively stage presence, Rico Nasty’s Coachella performance is a great opportunity to catch some of hip-hop’s finest rising talent.

Kölsch

Denmark-based DJ and producer Kölsch has built a path for himself by adding a melodic twist on four-to-the-floor techno production. Having graced the main stages of much of Europe’s techno festival scene and played a DJ set atop the Eiffel Tower, Kölsch has a deep catalog of work, most recently including his 2018 joint EP with Tiga. Bringing his anthemic sound to Indio, the Danish DJ’s set is sure to be one of many stellar techno performances headed to Indio this spring.

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Superorganism

Bridging the gap between electronic and indie music, Superorganism defy genre in a completely unique way. Using a mix of harmonic vocals, distinctive sampling techniques, and electronic instrumentation, the band is sure to make an impression on any audience. Whether it’s jamming out on a funky synth or blowing bubbles through a straw, every track will be packed to the brim with intriguing textures. Check out their Tiny Desk Concert to get a taste of the creativity to come at the band’s Coachella debut.

CloZee releases purposeful video to accompany ‘Spiral’

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French experimentalist, CloZee, recently released her worldly sophomore album, Evasion, which takes listeners on a sonic journey inspired by the artist’s extensive travel, interlaced with soul-baring reflection that comes to life through the intricate arrangement of sounds and songs. One of the most intricate and widely received tracks off the album is “Spiral,” which CloZee has released a captivating music video to accompany.

The music video follows the story lines of two women. Viewers watch as an athletic woman goes boxing, delivering hit after hit to a punching bag. Another woman then takes the spotlight as she does her makeup and heads out to go dancing at a club. The story lines intersect as the woman who was boxing ultimately washes off and heads to the club, where the two women meet and leave together. The story is testimony of dance music’s inexorable ability to bring people together–even in the most unlikely of circumstances.

CloZee releases purposeful video to accompany ‘Spiral’

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French experimentalist, CloZee, recently released her worldly sophomore album, Evasion, which takes listeners on a sonic journey inspired by the artist’s extensive travel, interlaced with soul-baring reflection that comes to life through the intricate arrangement of sounds and songs. One of the most intricate and widely received tracks off the album is “Spiral,” which CloZee has released a captivating music video to accompany.

The music video follows the story lines of two women. Viewers watch as an athletic woman goes boxing, delivering hit after hit to a punching bag. Another woman then takes the spotlight as she does her makeup and heads out to go dancing at a club. The story lines intersect as the woman who was boxing ultimately washes off and heads to the club, where the two women meet and leave together. The story is testimony of dance music’s inexorable ability to bring people together–even in the most unlikely of circumstances.

Costa Rica’s Envision Festival delivers impeccably curated full 2019 music lineup

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The world’s most eco-friendly festival is returning to Costa Rica, and for their 2019 edition, Envision Festival has programmed one of their finest lineups yet. While the event is branded as a music festival, Envision would be more appropriately described as a permaculture and yoga retreat, offering attendees a tropical jungle getaway, accented with music, art, exploration, spirituality, and education.

Now in their ninth year, Envision is bringing saxophone-wielding electro-soul factotum GRiZ to the festival’s shores, along with Tycho, each for headlining duties, as well as additional sets slated through the four-day event. Lee Burridge will bring All Day I Dream to Uvita, Random Rab will return for his ninth edition of the festival, along with French wave maker CloZee, The Floozies, reggae star Trevor Hall, and more.

This year’s Envision lineup also places a special emphasis on Latin American sounds, representing the festival’s hosting region in with a blend of bass, techno, electro, and more. The festival’s three stages, Sol, Luna, and Lapa, will host a massive crop of talent from February 28 – March 3, with a few planned surprises baked into this year’s roster. Envision founder Josh Wendel expressed,

“This year, we went bigger with our top headliners, and took more risks on up and coming artists. We also intentionally plan to throw a few curveballs into the schedule to keep guests on their toes not knowing when their next favorite artists might be playing.”

See the full music lineup for Envision 2019 below, and grab your tickets to the festival here.

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