While deadmau5 is most widely known and appreciated for his legendary progressive sounds in hits like “Strobe” and “Ghosts N Stuff,” it’s no secret that the producer possesses a strong command of other genres. His techno-leaning side project testpilot is evidence of this. Therefore, while his new single does not “FALL” completely in line with the styles of his historical discography, one cannot be surprised that it is still of the highest of quality, and is sure to excite his dedicated fanbase.
“FALL,” released via the mau5’s own mau5trap label, is a seven minute journey through the grittier side of electronica. Overflowing with afterhours energy, it’s en route to becoming the producer’s next anthem as he rinses it through his upcoming tour date. “FALL” is a fitting sequel to deadmau5’s recent originals “SATRN” and “COASTED,” and it will be interesting to see what the mastermind has lined up next. Catch him on his remaining Cube v3 tour dates here.
After a huge year of bringing hard-hitting techno sounds to a wider audience, i_o—real name Garret Lockhart—is closing out 2019 in fine style. He just released ACID 444, a four-tracker which will serve as the first part of his upcoming three-part album series entitled 444.
As the title suggests, all four of the tracks harbor the unmistakable wonky sound of the 303 that carved out an entire genre. Being a mau5trap release though, the symphonic influences of deadmau5 and i_o’s mix of throbbing and groovy sounds all fit together like a dance music jigsaw puzzle.
Details surrounding the other two parts of i_o’s three-part album have yet to surface but given his reputation for ambition and innovation, the smart money says to expect more trendsetting four-on-the-floor beats.
Deadmau5 continues his surprise release streak with his newest piece, “Coasted.” One week ago the producer put out “Satrn” without much notice, and now he’s followed up with a second loosie before the year winds to a close. “Coasted,” just like “Satrn,” are releases that are inspired by the mau5trap label head’s cubev3 tour. Those who have seen the producer perform live this year will have almost certainly heard these releases during his time on the road.
Ominous bass undertones build while light synths dance into an upbeat progression in the introduction of the track. “Coasted” then continues to build onto that sonic foundation, rounding out as a characteristically stellar deadmau5 product by the end. The Cube V3 venture ends in February of 2020, so hopefully more material inspired by deadmau5’s legendary stage rig lands before his current road stretch comes to an end early next year.
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.
At long last, Madeon’s sophomore LP, Good Faith, has arrived. Though it’s been long-anticipated, the electronic music community didn’t have time to anticipate new deadmau5, which dropped out of thin air on Nov. 15. Dillon Francis’ Magic Is Real makes a full appearance alongside these, tapping artists like Vera Hotsauce for “Barely Breathing.” MK and Sonny Fodera link with Raphaella for “One Night,” and Chris Lake and Solardo “Free Your Body” on their latest. GRiZ’s Bangers.Zip has arrived, featuring songs like “Tiger Kingdom Space Camp,” and MJ Cole’s remixed Flume and Vera Blue’s “Rushing Back.” Friction delivers some drum ‘n’ bass goodness on “Good To Me,” and Eli Brown puts his own spin on Dom Dolla’s “San Frandisco.” Snails, Kill The Noise, and Sullivan King team up for a new mega-collab, “Front 2 Back,” and NGHTMRE and Gunna bring the heat with “CASH COW.” Gammer returns to Monstercat for “Brostep Strikes Back,” and Klingande releases his long-awaited debut LP, The Album. Oliver Heldens links with Firebeatz, Schella, and Carla Monroe for “Lift Me Up,” and Dirty South and Marion Amira prove a formidable force on “All I Need.” Dillon Nathaniel goes deep on a new tech house heater, “Do It Again,” and R3HAB teams up with ZAYN and Jungleboi on “Flames.”
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.
It’s been nothing short of a revered year for deadmau5, since he pulled back the curtain on here’s the drop, the mau5trap overlord’s follow-up from his 2018 album, where’s the drop?. Alongside the recent release, he’s been on the road for his cube v3 tour. Those who’ve seen the artist perform live on the tour know how cemented it is in original music. But the ever-surreptitious producer has also been saturating his shows in unreleased singles.
One from the tour trove is the seven-minute “Satrn,” out today. “Satrn” has a cinematic opening that meticulously builds with synth-laden crescendos and cinematic fury. Steady beat and pulsing basslines carry the track forward. Each third of the track has its own distinct style, but, a master of his craft, the producer finds a way to subtly weave accents from previous thematics into a cohesive whole.
As the year comes to a close, the artist will expectedly continue to release his cube v3-inspired works. “Satrn” is cause for both celebration and anticipatory toil.
Headliners, EDC Orlando 2019 is officially less than a week away and that means it is time to officially prepare your setlist schedule. Set times were released a few days ago, so you can freely choose which artist you want to see and what times they are scheduled to perform. If you didn’t already know,
The cat’s out of the bag: mau5trap’s new day of the deadmau5 mix is here to slay.
Mixed by deadmau5 himself, the hour-long Halloween treat highlights some of the talent that’s fleshed out mau5trap’s menacing bass-forward sound over the past 16 months. Let’s be honest though—it wouldn’t be a deadmau5 Halloween mix without “Ghosts N’ Stuff,” but day of deadmau5 is largely a coming-out party for some of the label’s upcoming acts. The result is a mix that covers the majority of the current dance music spectrum, diving headfirst into the mosh pit with tracks from Callie Reiff and Getter, while sprinkling a bit of techno dust onto the mix with a handful of tracks from i_o, who is proving to be less a flavor of the week and more a flavor of the year with his constant stream of techno-infused heat.
day of the deadmau5 mix is now available now through Apple Music, for those daring to get their spook on.
Amid the season of spiders, ghosts, and demons (oh, my!) Dancing Astronaut presents some of the most delightfully decadent tracks released solely in 2019. The dastard design of the dark arts is never something to scoff at. Dampened tones, haunting harmonies, and menacing drums take the driver’s seat this year, of course, as our annual harrowing Halloween playlist rears its head yet again. In light of the recent mid-tempo Renaissance—and the formidable sounds that followed—this year’s compilation is fashioned from entirely up-to-the-minute offerings.
Other notable mentions include i_o and Grimes new hit thriller, “Violence,” a remix from Knife Party‘s “Ghost Train” after their first EP in four years, and the monstrous “If My Eyes Are Vampires (Your Body Is My Sunlight)” featuring TYNAN, arriving from Sullivan King‘s debut long play. Play this at your next Halloween party or in your pumpkin-print pajamas. But proceed at your peril: these tracks are not for the feeble-hearted.
Ink Events has announced the return of Solaris Music Festival to Toronto for the 2019 holiday season. Dubbed as “Toronto’s largest winter music festival,” the festival’s reincarnation came as a pleasant surprise to the to previous festival-goers after a brief one-year hiatus. Held over Dec. 26-27, Solaris locks in deadmau5 and Above & Beyond as headliners for the indoor event held at REBEL Nightclub.
In addition to the daily headliners, Solaris has announced a solidifying trail of support from routine visitors Seven Lions, i_o, and Borgore, and tops the bill with a mau5trap stage takeover in the nightclub’s NOIR room. Since its first iteration in 2012, the two-day festival has undergone a handful of changes to support the shifting music trends in Toronto.
After skipping his annual traditionary VELD Festival after party set due to touring commitments and a standalone performance in nearby city London, Ontario, deadmau5’s return to the leviathan nightclub is one of high anticipation across the city. In addition to his performance, he invites label mates No Mana, Qrion, Bentley Dean and Nofone for the party.
GA and VIP tickets are available for purchase; for more information and details about the event, head here.