Listen to the newest Lego music—composed by Dillon Francis and T-Pain

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Dillon Francis has rapidly expanded his production portfolio in his move to being an independent artist and dabbling in Latin music that ultimately led to a Latin Grammy nomination. T-Pain has actively expressed his desire to collaborate with more EDM producers on his social media channels.  The two have come together synchronously in the name of Lego, creating a track for the upcoming movie sequel due on February 8.

Aptly titled “Catchy Song,” the tune shows that the meta humor from the first LEGO Movie will still be highly present in the next edition. The A-list collaborators certainly created something infectious, mixing together T-Pain’s signature auto tune with Daft Punk-inspired funk elements and hilarious lyrics that advise “This song is catchy” and that it’s “gonna get stuck inside your head.” That Girl Lay Lay provides her own rich verse, making one wonder how deep the lyrics are actually meant to be.

It’s definitely looping indefinitely inside our heads.

 

 

Dillon Francis and Alison Wonderland’s Collab Is On Its Way

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Get ready! Dillon Francis has officially announced that his collaboration with Alison Wonderland is finished. The pair first debuted a sneak peek of “Lost My Mind” at EDC Orlando 2018. As expected, fans have been looking for a release date ever since. Francis went to Twitter last week to announce that the highly anticipated collab will

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Dancing Astronaut’s Top Artists of 2018

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2018 saw the dance world stepping its game up. In a scene that is rapidly diversifying itself and demanding more originality, artists in all corners of electronic music were seen stepping outside their comfort zones and kicking up experimentation within their sounds. The result was a breath of fresh air and imagination, where fans were invigorated by new takes on classic sounds, intriguing collaborations, groundbreaking new concept albums, and out-of-the-box style mashing that set the bar high for the coming year.

Careful deliberation has led to the following ten artists ranked as our top in 2018.


1. Dillon Francis

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Choosing a top artist of the year was an arduous task, for sure. Ultimately, however, we have to give Dillon Francis the number one spot. Francis had an unprecedented year in 2018. It was the year his artistic vision became fully actualized with the release of his warmly received WUT WUT LP — a wholehearted return to his moombahton beginnings, backed by a stellar cast of emerging Latin artists. The record resulted in a Latin Grammy nomination, Francis’ first, and ultimately cemented him as an independent artist fully in control of his own creative direction.

The album is the culmination of a lot of work, ultimately set into motion by Francis’ split from Columbia Records in early 2017. After signing a major record deal and releasing a palatable debut LP aimed at mass appeal, Francis split from Columbia and hit the ground running on his own terms, when going dark in the wake of losing an international distribution network was probably much easier, and at times, probably more appealing. Nonetheless, 2018 brought the album Francis’ day one fans had been waiting for, and it was done in well-thought and intentional fashion that intersected perfectly with Latin pop’s massive moment in the sun this year. Francis made good on his promise to return to moombahton, a genre he helped champion after Dave Nada coined the term more than a decade ago, but he also managed to do much more with his time in 2018.

This year Francis also managed the launch of his Like and Subscribe series, a feature on NBA 2K19’s soundtrack, co-production credits with Panic! at the Disco, a role on Comedy Central’s Taskmaster, along with a slew of remix efforts and a firm grip on the festival circuit’s most coveted events of the year. Putting up a marquee year in terms of output and creative diversification without compromising in either direction, Dillon Francis is Dancing Astronaut’s Artist of the Year in 2018.

Dillon Francis, we salute you.


2. Alison Wonderland

Dancing Astronaut’s Top Artists of 2018Alison Wonderland Easy 2018 Billboard 1548It’s been lovely to watch witness Alison Wonderland’s swift ascension to the top this year; it was truly a culmination of the sturdy groundwork she’s laid over the years, proving herself on the global scale as a well-trained musician who’s conquered the studio and honed her sound. The Australian talent is known for her openness and humility as well as her beatmaking, making for an organic connection with her audiences rarely exhibited among her peers. Awake showed off her vulnerability in sonic form as well as her versatility, unfolding across fourteen hugely distinctive tracks that skillfully blended together hip-hop, bass, EDM, and pop and eventually leading to her selling out gigantic venues across the globe, from the Shrine in LA for multiple nights, to Washington DC’s Echostage. Additionally, she played to her biggest crowd of over 20k as the highest billed female DJ on the festival’s bill — a deserved placement.


3. Illenium

Dancing Astronaut’s Top Artists of 2018Illenium Lost Lands Supplied By TeamOnce on our Breakout lists, Illenium has since blossomed into an icon over the past few years — and with good reason. Ever the evolutionist, the young artist unveiled two brand new live setups this year while deepening his bond with out-of-box instrumentation and arrangement. Illenium truly dominated the festival and club circuit as well, appearing at virtually every high-profile festival in the states like Lollapalooza, Coachella, Austin City Limits, and beyond, plus iconic venues like Red Rocks. Of course, we can’t forget about his vast output over the past year either, which has included a number of vast number of collaborations like his notable “Gold” alongside Excision, in addition to remixes and bootlegs for the likes Kaskade and Halsey. Having been taken under the Astralwerks wing this past summer, we expect Illenium is in for yet another big year in 2019.

 


4. REZZ

Dancing Astronaut’s Top Artists of 2018Rezz Porter Robinsin Divinity Remi Live DebutMeanwhile, REZZ continued to build upon the empire she started in 2018, becoming another one of the major standouts this year. There are hardly any venues she touched that didn’t completely sell out, including another round at Red Rocks, and appearances at other famed venues around North America. The young musician continued to captivate minds with her extraterrestrial electro sound, putting out a brand new LP in the process aptly-named, Certain Kind Of Magic. The album was carefully constructed with her usual expertise and won REZZ her first Juno Award, spotlighting her as a consistently remarkable talent while backing her placement as headliner for major events like Shambhala, Wobbleland, and more. Paired with her humble attitude and openness on social media, her rabid fan base has seen exponential growth. It won’t be long before she is a household name.


5. Diplo

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Every year feels like a big year for Diplo; the producer-turned-crossover legend has his hands in too many projects to count, and is easily one of the most well-known producers in the music scene at large. However, 2018 was a particularly innovative year for the producer that really saw him branching out his creativity. The main motif for him this year was collaboration, where this creative exploration truly manifested itself. We first saw this in the form of LSD, his collaborative project with Sia and Labrinth — by their first release, they’d poised themselves for radio domination. Then, weeks after debuting LSD, Silk City came to fruition: his disco-leaning Mark Ronson project. Both groups served to diversify Diplo’s growing repertoire, and further cast him as a universally-loved producer. Diplo also had his fair share of production credits this year: he worked on songs with John Mayer, Ellie Goulding, and more, contributed to the Fifa 19 soundtrack, and produced for YouTuber Poppy, to name a few.


6. Boys Noize

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Its difficult to think of a year in which Alex Ridha hasn’t been at the top of his game. In more than a decade of activity as Boys Noize, he has continuously improved upon his oeuvre, neither slowing his prolific output nor sacrificing quality for quantity. The German maverick began his year with the long-awaited sophomore installment of his Strictly Raw compilation series, expanding upon the signature brand of industrial techno and electro fusion which defined 2015’s Strictly Raw, Vol. 1 and his career at-large. In 2018, Boys Noize unsurprisingly made waves via a predictably large flurry of singles, remixes, and collaborations, including his anthemic joint effort with RL Grime, “Power.” However, even alongside Ridha’s exciting offerings from his main moniker, he arguably put forth his most scintillating contributions in the past year via his ancillary projects. Over the summer, he debuted his new Diynamic-backed alter-ego, ELAX, and in October, he reunited with Mr. Oizo to release the first Handbraekes EP in four years. And, with rumors of a Dog Blood renaissance brewing on the horizon, it seems likely that Herr Ridha will top himself once again in 2019.


7. Charlotte de Witte  Dancing Astronaut’s Top Artists of 2018Charlotte De Witte Boda Gabor

One could argue that Charlotte de Witte has become a bit of a new-gen figurehead in recent times. Like others on this list, it didn’t take her long to transform from an “artist to watch” to an all-out icon right away. The past twelve months have seen the Belgian mainstay express her love for classic rave sounds via pounding techno laced with acid, earning the adoration of older and younger fans alike. She’s climbed so far up the ranks, in fact, that she was even called to play Tomorrowland’s main stage for its 2018 edition, in addition to hosting her own at the festival. Her name also found its way onto the top of notable underground lineups, like Awakenings, DGTL, Movement, and many more. Meanwhile, choice releases like her Heart Of Mine EP on Suara and Healer on Novamute found their way into techno crates all over the world.


8. Martin Garrix

Dancing Astronaut’s Top Artists of 2018Martin Garri DryoMartin Garrix started off 2018 headlining the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, which few musicians (and even fewer electronic musicians) have been asked to do in their lifetime. Over the course of the year, the 22-year-old released 12 tracks, where he continued to successfully navigate putting out chart topping pop collaborations like “Ocean” featuring Khalid while also remaining true to the hard-hitting big room sound that brought him into the spotlight in the first place with “Breach (Walk Alone)” alongside Blinders, and more. Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) was a focal point of the producer’s year, where he released a 5-track electronic EP over the 5 days of ADE. His new live show ANIMA, which was also debuted at ADE, continues to push the boundaries of what is possible within an electronic music show.  Lastly, Garrix has not let global success keep him from innovating his sound and experimenting in a way that few producers of his stature have had the courage to do. His collaboration with New York subway singer Mike Yung titled “Dreamer” features a gospel choir and has a soulful sound that is hardly mainstream, but supremely authentic to Garrix’s ability to continue to produce music that is outside of the box.


9. Mat Zo

Dancing Astronaut’s Top Artists of 2018Mat Zo Two Hour Anjunabeats Best Of Mi 1While Mat Zo often acts as a behind the scenes player, his output in 2018 has been nothing short of spectacular. Growing his role as a tastemaker, his Mad Zoo roster now houses up and coming artists like Shadient, Wavedash, and Swardy, all of whom have had a massive year. However, the British DJ made major waves with his own music as well. 2018 marked Mat Zo’s return to Anjunadeep, with his textured and entrancing No Words EP and a two-hour “Best of” compilation. He also dabbled in drum & bass on his one-off single “Vice.” Showing a diversity of styles on a number of releases, Mat Zo kept his head down and put out some of 2018’s most exciting music.


10. RL Grime

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Many wondered how trap stalwart RL Grime would be able to follow up what many considered to be a masterpiece in 2014’s VOID; he certainly set the bar high for himself. With his initial singles ranging from the pop-leaning “I Wanna Know,” to the trap heater “Pressure,” it was hard to tell which direction the album would take. However, diversity of styles is part of what made RL Grime’s comeback so intriguing. Dropping NOVA in July, RL Grime carved out a lane for himself in a variety of genres. From recruiting Joji and Chief Keef for the enthralling “OMG” to leaning into his garage influences on “Shoulda,” RL Grime took 2018 as an opportunity to establish himself as a top tier producer in this post-EDM world.

10 songs to listen for during Diplo’s Belly Up Aspen extravaganza

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Belly Up Aspen is none of Colorado’s premier winter music festivals, showcasing a diverse range of genres and artists of every caliber. Their calendar was stacked high in 2018 with memorable performances by Keys N Krates, Nora En Pure, Lost Kings, and Cold War Kids taking the same stage as superstars like Marshmello, The Chainsmokers, deadmau5, and Stephen Marley.

To top off a historic year, Belly Up will bring the one and only Diplo to the stage on December 29. From side projects Silk City and LSD, to releasing his first solo EP in four years, Wesley Pentz has had immense success this year, which all the Aspen Mountain skiers can celebrate. Here’s a playlist of ten songs attendees should look out for during the set:

1.Silk City, Dua Lipa feat. Diplo & Mark Ronson – “Electricity”

One of Wesley Pentz Jr.’s greatest moves this year was teaming up with legendary producer Mark Ronson. Silk City instantly popped into the spotlight, bringing in one of 2018’s hottest artists in Dua Lipa for this one. The track was pushed further with an “electric” music video.

2. Ape Drums – “Me Solta”

Miami-based producer Ape Drums is no stranger to dancehall, a genre that Diplo has coined from his Jamaican influence in Major Lazer. Drums is also a friend of the Mad Decent imprint with several features on BBC Radio 1’s Diplo & Friends. Here’s his latest release “Me Solta,” earning a SoundCloud re-post from Diplo himself.

3. LSD feat. Sia, Diplo, Labrinth – “Thunderclouds” (MK Remix)

The famed trio LSD made a lot of noise this year, with four official releases and an innovative, unique sound. “Thunderclouds” marked Diplo, Sia, and Labrinth’s third work of art, receiving a groovy house edit from MK. The Miami-raised producer has a tendency to go deep in his sets, making this remix a prime candidate.

4. Wuki – DADADADA (Holiday VIP) [wukileak]

It’s always easy to throw Wuki in the mix. The New Jersey-born producer already performed a “wukipediamix” for Diplo and Friends and has been heard in a myriad of past Diplo/Skrillex sets (having released tracks on Mad Decent and OWSLA). His wild reworks brought him into the spotlight, most notably his edit of Busta Rhymes’ “Look At Me Now” verse. Although, this one comes with a holiday twist primed for a pre-NYE show.

5. Wuki – Pon De Time [wukileak]

Here’s another gem from Wuki’s endless list of goodies on his WUKILEAKS SoundCloud page. This one stems from one of Diplo’s earliest tracks “Pon De Floor.” Mashed with the fan favorite “One More Time” from Daft Punk, is there even a question of whether or not he’d throw this in?

6. Diplo feat. Lil Pump, Juicy J, Famous Dex, French Montana – “Welcome To The Party”

 

This track serves as a perfect bridge between and hip-hop, featuring rap goliaths like Famous Dex, and fresh-in-the-limelight rapper Lil Pump. This electrifying single is sure to show it not only connects genres, but also jump starts a vibe. “Welcome to the Party,” was featured in Deadpool 2, one of the highest grossing movies of 2018, and Diplo would start off his farewell to 2018 with his imprint on one of the most impactful soundtracks of the year.

7. Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch – “Sweet Nothing” (Diplo & Grandtheft Remix)

If Diplo is anything, it’s that hard to pin down, transcending expectation and genre. He’s an enigma that’s always working on some new project, but staying true to his nature. He’s also not one to forget the past.  Another classic Diplo remix from 2012, the year Calvin Harris’ “Sweet Nothing” with Florence Welch took hold. Diplo got together with Canadian producer Grandtheft for this one. 

8. Ellie Goulding feat. Diplo & Swae Lee  “Close To Me”

“Close To Me” features some of the industries best and brightest. Swae Lee’s vocals are starting to become familiar to fans across all genres, while Ellie Goulding has been riding with the scene from the start. This track is Diplo’s latest release and has major traction across streaming services sitting pretty at number one on Diplo’s Spotify under popular, with 73 million streams. Definitely keep your ears keen for this one.

9. 4B & Teez – Whistle (Nitti Gritti Remix)

Diplo re-posted this track on his secret SoundCloud account page “diplo approved,” and he’s been known to thread approved tracks into his sets. Additionally, Nitti gritti recently opened for Dillon Francis’ Brooklyn Halloween show and hosts multiple genre and drop changes. Diplo fans will surely recognize and get down to this track.

10. “Get It Right” feat. MØ

“Get It Right” is hot and fresh off the California EP. Diplo played this joint as recently as September 14 at the Brooklyn Mirage for Mad Decent Block Party and even brought out MØ to perform live. It’s flush with style and contemporary waves. One can only hope that Diplo drops it again for this New Years weekend set.

Dancing Astronaut’s Top 10 Albums of 2018

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Since the advent of recorded music, albums have reigned as the supreme vessel through which artists put forth their most hallowed creations and define their oeuvres. In the modern era of streaming, wherein declining royalty rates demand that musicians tour incessantly and the necessity of instant gratification demands a correlative, unending supply of singles and remixes, the process of producing a full-length record is perhaps more daunting than it’s ever been.

However, the LP is far from a dying art form, as legions of artists have duly proven in the past year. In the realm of dance music alone, 2018 saw an abundance of stellar, individualized efforts, providing our editorial team with quite a difficult feat in selecting a Top 10. Below, we’ve compiled ten innovative, stylistically diverse, and evocative albums that shook the scene and stirred us so resoundingly that they manage to stand out among a formidable pool of contenders.


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10. San Holo, album1

Since its founding in 2014, San Holo’s bitbird label has made monumental strides, helping propel his releases — along with those of artists like DROELOE and Taska Black — to notoriety. Perhaps the label’s biggest buzz this year was that of San Holo’s inaugural LP, appropriately titled album1, which made its debut in mid-September. After pouring months of passion into the record, San Holo wasted no time incorporating live instruments in album1, kicking off the compilation with a wistful guitar melody in “everything matters (when it comes to you).” This theme continues throughout the album’s 12 tracks, with each song exuding pure emotion and spirit. In its entirety, album1 is sonically pleasing and a fresh breath of air in an often monotonous EDM scene.

Words by Robyn Dexter

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9. Pleasurekraft, Friends, Lovers, and Other Constellations

It’s hard to believe that, prior to this year, Pleasurekraft had yet to release a full-length record. The transnational duo have been regarded as lodestars in the genres which they’ve graced for practically a decade, thanks to their acutely analytic approach to producing. The past few years have marked an evolution of sorts for the Kraftek label-heads, as they’ve shifted toward establishing their cinematically-infused brand of cosmic techno. And, their inaugural LP, Friends, Lovers, & Other Constellations, which kicked off the duo’s year in January, showcases their progress from its opening act (the genre-defying “Interiors”) until its closing bow (the similarly mellifluous “Last Transmission”).

Words by Will McCarthy

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8. Justice, Woman Worldwide

After a two-year gap following the release of Woman, French electro luminaries Justice returned in 2018 with Woman Worldwide, a “live” album — perhaps, more accurately an homage or counterpart — to the live production which accompanied their much-lauded third studio LP, rebuilt in the studio through what Xavier de Rosnay described to Dancing Astronaut as a “proper Justice record.”

De Rosnay and Gaspard Augé didn’t spend their lapse between albums by writing “new” music. Rather, they spent this time fine-tuning every minute of the their live performance, ultimately recreating the Justice concert experience in their studio. The final product speaks for itself: Woman Worldwide has yielded the duo’s third Grammy nomination, and showcases what wound up being one of the most in-demand touring electronic music performances of recent years.

Words by David Klemow

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7. RÜFÜS DU SOL, Solace

Weaving a follow-up to an acclaimed album is a formidable task for any artist to face. It has to be different enough from its predecessor to keep fans’ attention, but it also has to retain the signature sound that initially drew people in initially. After gaining major recognition from 2016’s Bloom, Rüfüs Du Sol were faced with that exact challenge.
On Solace, the Australian trio stepped up every part of their production process. Tyrone Lindqvist’s vocals are more emotional and over-stated than ever before, while the instrumentals are crisper and full of new textures. Though the vocal-house formula of Bloom and their debut album, Atlas, is still intact, what Rüfüs Du Sol have presented with their third record is a growth of their sound to the precipice of perfection.

Words by Anthony Manganiello

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6. REZZ, Certain Kind of Magic

Rezz’s Certain Kind of Magic solidified the mau5trap mainstay into the electronic music history books with her gritty synth-work, head-banging rhythms and uneasy melodies that juxtaposed uncertainty and confidence throughout the LP. Looking forward to 2019 with a grip of festival headlines, the Canadian artist took the rock tinged genre into a new realm with a cohesive haunting narrative centered around a carnival in hell. Rezz even took to an emo rock, acoustic track, “Toxin,” with the Berklee College of Music artist Fytch to showcase her versatility and early influences.

Isabelle Rezazadeh also used her album to shed a light on up and coming producers. Through promoting talents from the likes of 1788-L, 13, Deathpact, Kotek, and the aforementioned Fytch, the mau5trap favorite reaffirmed her dedication to highlighting industry newcomers in the face of her now-innumerable accolades.

Words by Chris Stack

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5. RL Grime, Nova

For the duration of trap music’s prominence as an EDM sub-genre, Henry Steinway has been a key figure, thanks to his unparalleled ability to weave simplistic, but devilishly effective pieces as RL Grime. Yet, some of the most evocative tracks of his career have resided in a more melodic realm. Such is the case with NOVA. In his sophomore album, Steinway looked beyond the dark melodies, aggressive, layered bass lines, and fast paced ascents characteristic of trap, to tinge traditional trap aesthetic with pop and hip-hop tints. His embedding of pop and hip-hop stylistics within the trap oriented inclusions of NOVA helped to further the appeal of thoughtful, trap-infused productions, marketing trap to listeners who might very well have written the sub-genre off as one simply “not for them.” For those who like pop, there was the digestible, vocal-centric single, “I Wanna Know” with Daya, which stood alongside hip-hop features such as the Ty Dolla $ign assisted “Take It Away” and the Chief Keef joint, “OMG.” Boasting a laundry list of highly demanded collaborators and the production deftness to warrant them, RL Grime’s sophomore showing effectively merged musical worlds, while expanding conceptions of what trap music might sound like, and to whom it might appeal.

Words by Rachel Narozniak

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4. Jon Hopkins, Singularity

Throughout dance music culture, accolades such as “seasoned” or “veteran” are often thrown around all too liberally. After all, when the pace of an industry moves a mile a minute, a producer with two years’ professional experience can arguably be considered a “long-time luminary.”
That said, when an artist truly is a master of the craft, the results speak for themselves. Jon Hopkins stood out in 2018 as a truly veteran artist, with the release of his fifth studio album (and first in five years), Singularity. From energetic, mesmerizingly erratic pieces such as “Neon Pattern Drum” and “Everything Connected,” to more subdued, mystifying pieces “C O S M” and “Recovery,” everything on Singularity is indeed connected via the English artist’s unparalleled aptitude for creating mellifluous, lo-fi opuses.

Words by Will McCarthy

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3. Dillon Francis, WUT WUT

Dillon Francis’ WUT WUT feels like the culmination of his entire career thus far. A call-back to his first big hit, “Que Que” alongside Diplo in 2011, WUT WUT is a full circle return to Francis’ moombahton roots which perfectly describes where Francis has been, and, ultimately, shows off where he’s going. The record also feels like a rite of passage of sorts for Francis, who moved from merely being a superstar DJ to a taste-making A&R that has helped boost lesser known Latin artists into the spotlight in 2018 — a year in which Latin music experienced a head-on collision with mainstream pop.

WUT WUT has earned Francis a well-deserved Latin Grammy nomination, and while Francis’ moombahton revival project didn’t bring home the hardware this year, it not only kept artistically true to Dave Nada’s beloved blend of genres, it helped progress his flagship style and introduce it to a much wider audience in 2018.

Words by David Klemow

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2. Medasin, Irene

Medasin’s Irene takes all the right risks. The glistening offspring of the producer’s climb out of a deep, former addiction, the eponymous album was inspired by Medasin’s outpatient counselor, the real-life Irene. Sounding at times like underwater elevator music from a far away realm (“Ramen” or “Slinky Man”), and others radiating smooth, saccharine R&B (“Tired”), the project seamlessly reconciles its differences floating through its duration with effortless cohesion. Irene oozes Medasin’s invariable experimentalism, with minimal vocal interruption—though the two vocal features do add an accessible flavor to the otherworldly recipe—letting his playful, quixotic production do the talking.

While Medasin’s blissed-out, slow-motion rendition of Portugal. The Man’s “Feel It Still” won his fellow artist’s respect (garnering him official remix opportunities from the likes of Martin Garrix, Khalid, and more) Irene spoke to listeners, ravaging Reddit threads and streaming services alike months after its release.

Words by Bella Bagshaw

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1. ZHU, Ringo’s Desert

ZHU has certainly come a long way since “Faded.” The producer’s sophomore album, Ringo’s Desert arrived as a sensuous, cross-genre scorcher that showed off ZHU’s signature, haunting vocals, while all the time seeking to evoke the landscape of the desert. The album’s environmental influence taken into account, and considered alongside the album’s overarching lyrical narrative of love that leaves one bereft, left to wander in search of the kind of solitude that satiates, much like the drink of water dreamt of by the eponymous desert nomad, Ringo’s Desert easily constituted one of the year’s finest, most meticulously woven concept albums. With its breadth of musical emotionality and mainstream appeal via collaborations with heavyweights such as Tame Impala, it stands out from the crowd in an inimitable fashion.

Words by Rachel Narozniak

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Honorable Mention: Steve Angello, Human

Steve Angello’s Human is a symphony of self-exploration. While the Swedish icon has proven himself a master craftsman of the album in the past, his newest album saw him pivot from the avant-garde take on dance pop crossover on his preceding record, Wild Youth, over to a personal journey fueled by electronica and rock inspirations. The 21-track Human is a tale of creating art out of therapy, as Angello explored his own relationship with spirituality and religion. The product is beautiful, moving and memorable — certainly something to be proud of as the remainder of 2018 shifted from a focus on Steve Angello to the triumphant return of his beginnings with Swedish House Mafia and their reunion in the next year.

Words by Steph Evans

Afrojack, Dillon Francis, and more set to air live NYE performances on Sirius XM

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The holidays often bring young partygoers to their families and away from musical hotspots they might normally enjoy. For those in this situation who might have to sit out the major festivities, Sirius XM has volunteered itself to be the top virtual destination to be on December 31. The satellite radio/streaming giant is slated to air live concerts from a wide selection of global superstars.

For subscribers only, DJ sets will live on Diplo’s Revolution, which will broadcast performances by Afrojack, Dillon Francis, and Tiësto. Additionally, BPM will air a Galantis performance from Aragon Ballroom in Chicago. Other genres will be represented by Post Malone on Hip-Hop Nation, Phish on Phish radio, Lynyrd Skynyrd on Classic Vinyl, and more.

Sirius XM has also announced the addition of a new station called New Year’s Eve Nation, set to launch December 28.

SiriusXM’s New Year’s Eve Lineup:

Galantis at Aragon Ballroom – BPM

Countdown NYE featuring Afrojack, Tiësto, Dillon Francis and more in San Bernardino, Calif. – Diplo’s Revolution

Post Malone at Barclays Center – Hip Hop Nation

Phish at Madison Square Garden – Phish Radio

Lynyrd Skynyrd at WinStar World Casino and Resort – Classic Vinyl

Willie Nelson at ACL Live at the Moody Theater – Willie’s Roadhouse

Nathaniel Rateliff at the Grand Ole Opry House – The Spectrum

Sevendust in Atlanta – Turbo

Margo Price at the Music Hall of Williamsburg – Outlaw Country

AJR at the Hammerstein Ballroom – Alt Nation

John Prine at the Grand Ole Opry House – Outlaw Country

Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes at the Count Basie Theatre – E Street Radio

Rick Springfield at the Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino – 80’s on 8

H/T: Billboard

The star-studded ‘Ninjawerks (Vol. 1)’ has arrived, flaunting tracks from Tiësto, Dillon Francis, and more [Stream]

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In a strategic act of entertainment synergy, gamer extraordinaire, Ninja (real name, Tyler Blevins), has pulled back the entirety of the curtain on the heatedly anticipated Ninjawerks Vol. 1. 

Partnering with EDM hotbed, Astralwerks—which has housed releases for Porter Robinson, Tommie Sunshine, and The Chemical Brothers (to simply name a few)—Ninja is narrowing the gap between the complementary realms of gaming and electronic music, similar to Skrillex‘s writing for the third installment of Disney and Square Enix’s Kingdom Hearts.

The full Ninjawerks projects spans a great deal of the electronic color wheel with cinematic grit. From Tiësto to Tycho, from Kaskade to GTA, the album is equipped to equally satiate niche and widespread listeners with gaming in their veins.

Fittingly, the album’s contributors are gamers themselves. The artists recently divulged to Billboard Dance over the profundity of this collision of two rather adjacent worlds. While Dillon Francis said he devised his offering, “LFGD,” with Chris Melberger, in reverence of a Fortnite win, Tycho emphasized his intent to recreate the sublime feeling of discovering a new world inside a game with his track, “Jetty.”

Dillon Francis and Kaskade release new tracks for ‘Ninjawerks Volume 1’ compilation album

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Dillon Francis and Kaskade release new tracks for ‘Ninjawerks Volume 1’ compilation albumDillon Francis Kaskade

American Twitch streamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins has unveiled Dillon Francis and Kaskade as the next releases off  the compilation album, Ninjawerks Volume 1 — a project pushing electronic music and gaming closer towards collaboration. Ninja partnered with stalwart label Astralwerks to manifest this endeavor, which aims to soundtrack his gaming universe with top-notch electronic music.

Francis’ contribution, “LFDG,” features another twitch star and rising social media celebrity: Chris Melberger. The track falls in line with the aforementioned producer’s catchy moombahton aesthetic, coating the eardrums in eclectic rhythms and invigorating trap-inspired bits. Kaskade exported his house ambiance in “On Your Mind;” a slow burner with distant, emotive vocals that glide into bouncing stretched horns and grooving basslines. Both acts join an already powerhouse roster which includes Tycho3LAUAlesso, and more recently, an experimental piece by NERO.

 

 

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NMF Roundup: KOAN Sound return with debut LP, Dillon Francis unleashes ‘LFGD,’ SNBRN remixes Hotel Garuda + more

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NMF Roundup: KOAN Sound return with debut LP, Dillon Francis unleashes ‘LFGD,’ SNBRN remixes Hotel Garuda + moreKoan Sound

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.

The release of the NINJAWERKS Vol. 1 compilation album this week brings new tunes from some of dance music’s biggest names, including Dillon Francis and Kaskade. Andrew Bayer has joined forces with Ane Brun for the gorgeous “Love You More,” out on Anjunabeats. RL Grime has revealed a colossal set of remixes for NOVA, including a formidable rework of “Rainer” by k?d. KOAN Sound burst back onto the scene with the release their debut full-length, Polychrome. HEYZ works wonders in his new single with darkDARK, “Darkest Little Friend.” Hardwell delivers some sunshine in the form of “How You Love Me” with Conor Maynard and Snoop Dogg. Nicky Romero flips Jess Glynne‘s “Thursday” in his newest, and NGHTMRE and Big Gigantic make magic with “Like That.” Cloonee keeps the beat rocking with a feel-good take on Matoma‘s “Sunday Morning,” and Ekali strips “Leaving” down for a serene, acoustic rendition.

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.

Alison Wonderland and Dillon Francis Take On New Joint Tour

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Just a couple of weeks after debuting their collab at EDC Orlando, Dillon Francis and Alison Wonderland have just announced a collaborative tour coming in 2019. The Lost My Mind tour will be going through 15 U.S. cities in early 2019. We’re hoping that some dates will be added because…who doesn’t want to see these

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