Nineteen-year-old wunderkind Whethan is the latest artist to be featured on electronic powerhouse Diplo‘s Diplo & Friends radio show, and he wastes no time debuting new music at the kickoff of his hour-long mix. The catchy ID features future pop chords, and fans are speculating that the track may be released later this week.
Whethan is known for his performance versatility thanks to his ability to weave hip-hop into dubstep and then switch gears to chilling future bass tunes. This mix showcases just that, and listeners are taken on a sonic journey through Whethan’s own original releases, hip-hop tunes, and of course, some new Disclosure to get the mix started right. Anyone looking for a smooth mix to get their day going, look no further — Whethan’s got this covered.
During the course of his hour-long slice of heaven, Emery shares exclusive content from his label, Garuda, along with some of his current favorite tunes. He kicks off with longtime collaborator Ashley Wallbridge‘s “Forget Life” and leads the listener into a dreamy, synth-filled realm.
France’s Habstrakt built himself a cult following based on thunderous bass productions that run the gamut — and tempo — from house to dubstep to trap and beyond. As though his prodigious production abilities weren’t enough, the artist is also a fiend behind the decks and his live performances only serve to galvanize his fanbase.
In an effort to satiate their desire, Habstrakt uploaded his mix for the seminal Diplo & Friends series to SoundCloud for fans to enjoy at their leisure. While for some mornings a proper wake up is a gentle rousing, others require a seismic drop of bass so as to attack the day with vigor. In that vein, few can do it better than Habstrakt himself.
Words by: Christina Hernandez, Katie Daubert, and Kanvar Koli
Today’s electronic music scene is a blessing and a curse. Accessing music across all genres and subgenres has never been easier; same goes for making it. However, with such abundance comes saturation; where to even begin seeking out new music that speaks to the soul?
Such daunting task is thankfully made much easier thanks to radio shows, many of which are generously bestowed upon the public by DJs who go the extra mile to bring their sounds to the masses. These regular occurrences not only shine a glimpse into the artist themselves, but also provide a more concise stream of neatly-organized music to look forward to, and fall in love with.
Given the importance of such shows in the electronic sphere, Dancing Astronaut has chosen 10 radio shows, in no particular order, that have particularly stood out in 2017.
Radio Wonderland (Alison Wonderland)
Alison Wonderland’s refreshing radio show started quite recently, with the first installment of Wonderland’s radio imprint airing on May 1, 2017. Having already featured guests like Slander and Valentino Khan, Radio Wonderland has already established itself as a platform for quality music.
Deadbeats Radio (Zeds Dead)
Deadbeats Radio was launched in summer of 2017, and has wasted no time in climbing to the top of ranks for its forward-thinking look on bass music and overall embodiment of the Zeds Dead aesthetic.
In addition to being a prime source for all things Deadbeats-related, the show also made waves with its nostalgia-ridden 17th episode, which featured a slew of tracks that inspired the influential and well-loved bass duo that we see today.
The Birdhouse (Claude VonStroke)
Claude Vonstroke maintains his reputation as a dance pioneer with his weekly radio show: THE BIRDHOUSE. This year, the show provided an extension of Vonstroke’s carefully-curated musical output where he continues to showcase some of the finest and latest independent house, techno and bass music producers and DJs. Not only did the show celebrate its two year anniversary in the 105th episode with a live mix from the host himself, but also featured a delectable range of legendary and up-and-coming artists like Tensnake, Sacha Robotti, MIJA, Claptone, and more.
Diplo & Friends
Diplo & Friends is easily one of the gold standards when it comes to radio shows. Even after half a decade, Diplo & Friends continues to impress, as it handed mix debuts to breakout stars Illenium and Ekali while also featuring some of Diplo’s best live sets— including his performance at Afrikaburn in South Africa.
AM Only & Sirius XM joined forces in 2016 to create The Cookout as a way to showcase the next generation of dance music icons. Since then, the weekly show has become a fixture within the electronic scene for its impeccable selection of talent joining on for mix duties. This year witnessed another bountiful slate of caliber music, curated by the likes of TOKiMONSTA, Malaa, Giraffage, and Whethan, to name a *very* few. It’s safe to say that this podcast is a “must-follow.”
Night Owl Radio (Insomniac)
Insomniac has stretched far beyond being simple promoters. The behemoth brand, ran by Pasquale Rotella, launched Night Owl Radio in 2015 alongside Sirius XM. It has since become a well-loved happenstance, known for its diversity in guest selection and consistency in quality. This tradition continued on relentlessly throughout the past year, inviting guests like Flosstradamus, Shiba San, and more, and also earning points for its Kaskade takeover.
Radio One residency – deadmau5
Another radio show inaugurated in 2017, deadmau5’s BBC radio one residency has been nothing short of spectacular. The Canadian legend made full use of the platform available to him, helping to break through new Mau5trap talent, reviving his dormant testpilot alter-ego, and consistently delivering some memorable techno/progressive/electronica sets. Though the residency has come to an end, fans were delighted at deadmau5′ announcement that in 2018 he’d be launching a brand new show on his own podcast.
Global Trance Grooves (John 00 Fleming)
John 00 Fleming’s Global Trance Grooves has become a stalwart in the underground trance scene throughout its decade-plus of existence, bringing the best and most underrated talent and songs into its fold each month.
What sets this series apart from others is Fleming’s unrelenting drive to remind the masses of trance’s true ethos, in a time where he feels it’s been diluted and mischaracterized. Everything under the sun is covered, from lush progressive, to Goa, to subtle hints of uplifting. Having amassed a powerful lineup of guest mixes over the past 12 months, including Hernan Cattaneo, Airwave, and Sean Tyas, 2017 has certainly been the year of Global Trance Grooves.
EPIC Radio (Eric Prydz)
This year saw the return of EPIC Radio on Beats 1, curated by the renowned Swedish icon Eric Prydz. A seasoned vet in pushing the boundaries of electronic music, Eric Prydz keeps things interesting in his highly-acclaimed mixes by featuring a medley of exclusive tracks, unreleased bootlegs, and private remixes. Only a few months ago, he used his radio show as a platform to debut eight new IDs in the eighteenth episode of his Beats 1, EPIC Radio, inciting excitement from fans and heightening the anticipation of new music to come.
Fool’s Gold Radio (A-Trak)
A-Trak‘s launched his Fool’s Gold Radio show six years ago, and has since stood as a revered platform of today’s biggest and brightest sounds in dance music – all curated by the famed turntablist himself. Earlier this year, the Fool’s Gold label celebrated its 10-year anniversary, followed by the producer’s return to the Beats 1 lineup on Apple Music with a brand new open format for his Fool’s Gold Radio show which now supports a rotation of news, interviews, and music from his label and music contemporaries.
Canadian beat-maker Ekali has given Tove Lo’s iconic “Habits” a bass-heavy remix. No stranger to bass music, the producer has been prominent in the limelight of late, receiving a feature on Diplo & Friendsand amassing a following of fans dedicated to his formidable, signature style.
The recognizable vocals and beat of Tove Lo’s original stay put in Ekali’s interpretation, but the producer builds upon these traits with heavy, thumping drop. Ekali’s crushing synths alongside and further melodic adjustments leave this remix feeling fresh, and ideal for the festival setting.
Canadian producer Ekali slows it down on the second installment of his Awakening Mix series. With a trap-heavy Diplo & Friends mix in his back pocket, the new hour-long offering shows a dreamier side to Ekali’s mixing abilities. He spins the likes of Louis Futon, Odesza, Louis The Child, Flume and DROELOE into this melodic mix, perfect for poolside lounging. Ekali revealed his secret formula for the Awakening Mix series on Twitter, commenting,
Awakening Mix.1 – Ekali in the streets Awakening Mix.2 – Ekali in the sheets
There are few radio shows better than Diplo & Friends. Not only does it bring together so many different styles of music but also provides a platform from which a lot of talented artists can jumpstart their careers. This past Saturday listeners received a very special treat. Ekali has been gaining huge traction over the
Diplo is incontestably one of the most tenacious producers in the game. Between frontman duties for Major Lazer, helming Mad Decent, solo releases with the most sought after pop stars of the moment like Lil Yachty and Justin Bieber, soccer teams, Vice programming, and production work on some of the biggest records of the last year, Diplo constantly keeps himself on the move. Somehow though, he still manages to hold down his spot as a major cultural tastemaker, largely behind his exceptionally well-rounded musical palate.
Diplo recently uploaded a two hour long house-leaning mix titled “Afrika Burn” on his SoundCloud. The mix was a recorded live from a performance in South Africa and comes as the latest installment of his weekly BBC radio slot, “Diplo and Friends.” Holding tight to a danceable club-ready motif, Diplo rotates through a fresh batch of house gems from Tiesto, Tchami, Justin Jay, Armand Van Velden and more.
The songs in the refreshing mix are not what most fans would associate Diplo’s usual fare with, serving as a reminder that the veteran performer really does have no sonic boundaries.
Tracklist: 01. KiNK – Diversion [RUNNING BACK] 02. Dennis Ferrer – Hey Hey (Dennis Ferrer Attention Vocal Mix) [OBJEKTIVITY] 03. Sante Sansone – Rising [MATERIALISM] 04. DJ Mujava – Township Funk (Ashley Beedle Africanz On Marz Re-edit) [WARP] 05. Fono – Real Joy (Duke Dumont Re-Edit) [RELENTLESS] 06. Jonas Rathsman – Tobago [FRENCH EXPRESS] 07. Armand Van Helden – Wings [SPINNIN’] 08. RÜFÜS – Innerbloom [SWEAT IT OUT!] 09. Zonderling – Be Free [HEXAGON] 10. Justin Jay – Hit It [DIRTYBIRD] 11. Cassian – Don’t Go 12. Tchami – Adieu [CONFESSION] 13. Chocolate Puma vs. Pep & Rash – The Stars Are Mine [SPINNIN’ DEEP] 14. Metroplane – Bahp [WEAPONS] 15. Zeds Dead & Diplo feat. Elliphant – Blame (Gorgon City Remix) [DEADBEATS] 16. MERCER – Opium (VIP Mix) [CONFESSION] 17. Karsten – Like To Know [FREE] 18. Born Dirty – Womp Bleep 19. Klingenberg – T! (Dave Darell Remix) 20. Riton feat. Kah-Lo – Rinse And Repeat (Ammo Bootleg) [RITONTIME] 21. Alex Adair – Make Me Feel Better (Don Diablo & CID Remix) [HEXAGON] 22. Tiësto & Sevenn – BOOM [MUSICAL FREEDOM] 23. Disclosure feat. Gregory Porter – Holding On (Armand Van Helden Remix) (Audio1 Edit) [ISLAND] 24. Little by Little – Bang The Box [DEFECTED] 25. MK feat. Millie Pye – Bring Me To Life (MK Dub Iv) [BIG ON BLUE/SONY] 26. BELLECOUR – Fonky Beat [CONFESSION] 27. Jace Mek – Hesitate 28. Storm Queen – Look Right Through (MK Dub III) [DEFECTED] 29. Yolanda Be Cool & Worthy – Pump The Rump 30. Lulo Cafe feat. Denny Dugg – Let Me Do Me 31. DJ Le Roi feat. Nicole Henry – So Astounded (Black Coffee Remix) 32. Distruction Boys – Shut Up & Groove 33. Maxim Sunbeat – Emotiva Sona 34. Babes Wodumo – Wololo 35. Scales & Major Lazer – Shake Body
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Everyones favorite Australian bass goddess, Anna Lunoe, has just blessed us with her latest Diplo & Friends mix. About an hour in length, the mix is jam packed with foot stomping house music, Anna’s own original tracks and remixes, Jersey Club, and even some old favorites we forgot about. For one of the few females in