Romania’s NEVERSEA makes earnest third effort [Review/Watch]

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Romania’s NEVERSEA makes earnest third effort [Review/Watch]Neversea

The third iteration of Romania’s coastal, fun-in-the sun (and long thereafter) festival, NEVERSEA, proved a particularly impressive production this past year—considerably so for a young festival still trying to find its footing in a swarming European event market. 

With tens of thousands of attendees, primarily from Bucharest and surrounding Eastern European meccas pouring in to the relatively quiet, though densely populated beach town of Constanţa July 4-7 for NEVERSEA’s multi-national electronic, hip-hop, and pop roster, success was a tall order, made taller with one of the aural agenda’s top-sellers, DJ Snake, rescinding his lineup spot in a last-minute heartbreaker of an announcement. 

But NEVERSEA rose to the occasion, largely due to its audacious artist acumen, which spanned UK-bred Sub Focus’ whiplash-inducing drum breaks, to the mellow electronic/live instrumentation synergy of Bob Moses. Saturday, the four-day affair’s busiest night, drew over 60,000 festival-goers, NEVERSEA reports; and while by 7 pm there was little room to move about freely (particularly near the main stage), let alone secure an opportune spot, most of the all-ages attendees hardly seemed to mind. The remaining three days saw much of the same congestion near the main stage, though mostly confined to the riper hours of the evening during the most prominent performances, like that of Alesso and G-Eazy.

[Neversea 2019 Dancing Astronaut X Born Ready Recap from Born Ready Films on Vimeo.]

The Temple

The varied and immaculately decorated subsidiary stages offered ample refuge from the often-overflowing headlining performances. The kaleidoscopic Temple Stage, for example, with the elevated Constanţa strip as its beckoning, spotlit backdrop, hosted a lustrous litany of club-centric house and tech-leaning talent, including early-morning majesty from the likes of Jamie Jones, Boris Brejcha, and Dubfire. Faithful observers in the art of four by four, with penchants for surreptitious low-lit after-hour locales were sure to be found worshiping at the Temple.

The Ark

The Ark Stage offered dance digs of the most brash and unbridled variety. A walk past the vessel-themed stage could proffer either serrated drum ‘n’ bass displays from Andy C or Sub Focus and their razor-lipped MCs, or perhaps up-to-the-moment four on the floor from NERO‘s Dan Stephens. By all accounts, a rendezvous under The Ark is not for frightful ears.

‘Til the break of dawn

A stroll through the sandy grounds at daybreak proves NEVERSEA can hold an audience. Even at 5 am, as the orange glow of sunrise kissed the Black Sea coastline, and the delicious and delirious madness of Boris Brejcha’s “high-tech minimal,” an amalgamation of progressive, techno, and trance, began winding down, it was clear attendees were in it for the long hall—as hundreds remained camped around The Temple stage, wide-eyed and enthralled. The intensity of the Eastern European people is no myth, personified in hordes of young people dancing at 8 am with 8 pm vigor. They gathered restlessly, striking coquettish poses with the flowered festival foliage long after dawn stretched into day.

In just a few short years, NEVERSEA has solidified its spot as a must-attend on the Romanian festival front, really only contending with its Transylvanian sister soiree, UNTOLD. The robust beachside gathering is an impressive mid-sized mounting on the Eastern European festival mantle.

Video Work: Grant Stakenas via Born Ready Films

DJ Snake recruits J Balvin, Ozuna, Nicky Jam for official ‘Loco Contigo’ remix [Stream]

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DJ Snake recruits J Balvin, Ozuna, Nicky Jam for official ‘Loco Contigo’ remix [Stream]Dj Snake On Decks Swagger Rukes

DJ Snake‘s 2019 hit, “Loco Contigo,” has received a makeover with J Balvin, a killer intro from Ozuna, who had previously linked with the Pardon My French stalwart on “Taki Taki,” and features Nicky Jam, Natti Natasha, and Darell & Sech. The new remix adds a Latin flair to the original that featured Tyga.

Snake released his sophomore studio album earlier this year, Carte Blanche, which showcased the producer’s proficiency in hitting a wide variety of genres—from dubstep to house, hip-hop to Latin. DJ Snake has always been active in promoting his aversion to being pinned down by one genre, and his latest LP stamps that statement and proves his multi-cultural appeal. But before the year ends, why not drop off one more superstar-powered reminder?

NMF Roundup: Alan Walker introduces part two of ‘Alone,’ Martin Garrix and Matisse & Sadko link again + more

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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.

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.

Photo credit: Rikkard Häggbom

DJ Snake teams up with emerging Russian pop artist Vlade Kay for new single, ‘All This Lovin’

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DJ Snake teams up with emerging Russian pop artist Vlade Kay for new single, ‘All This Lovin’DJ Snake Vlade Kay Press Pic

DJ Snake has teamed up with Russian pop artist Vlade Kay for his newest single, “All This Lovin.” Kay has slowly started emerging in the United States music scene, and the artist is already quite well known in his home country of Russia.

Kay’s soulful vocals are enamoring from the outset, and the smooth melody is the perfect complement to the catchy backdrop. The production is versatile enough to yield a radio release, but it also has the capacity to result in an energetic drop in the midst of a club set. House undertones frame a synthesized vocal layer that DJ Snake turns into a progressive melody.

The collaboration initially came together after the artists met at a writing camp in Los Angeles, and the single follows Kay’s recent Interlude EP release earlier this year.

Ultra Europe’s swelling phase 1 lineup features DJ Snake, Pendulum Trinity, and more

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This year’s highly anticipated edition of Ultra Europe will see the event brand’s return to Split, Croatia July 10-12. They’ve just unveiled the first arm of their 2020 artist ticket, and it’s clear UMF Europe means business.

Featuring some familiar faces from Ultra’s debut Abu Dhabi edition that was recently released, the genre-diverse roster includes DJ Snake, Afrojack, and Marshmello. Also present on the lineup is a rare, ultra-coveted sighting of the three original drum n bass dons of Pendulum. Plus everyone’s favorite cake boss, Dim Mak’s Steve Aoki. Ultra Europe’s commitment to consistently executing lineups full of chart-topping superstars is illustrated indisputably in its history, which includes additions like Hardwell, Above & Beyond, and Avicii, for starters. Knowing this, high hopes for the festival’s second wave are well warranted.

For tickets and the full phase 1 lineup head here.

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And the most popular songs of the decade with the fewest lyrics are…

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And the most popular songs of the decade with the fewest lyrics are…Martin Garri Dryo

Dance music at its core is no better than the beat that drives the song, and a list compiled by Cloud Cover Music calls out the most popular dance music songs of the decade that have the least amount of unique lyrics.

Topping the list, unsurprisingly, is none other than Martin Garrix‘s “Animals,” which uses an average number of five unique lyrics throughout the track. Garrix makes the list twice, with his collaboration “Like I Do” with David Guetta and Brooks landing the No. 8 spot. “Harlem Shake” by Baauer takes the runner-up position, followed by “Turn Down For What” by DJ Snake and Lil Jon.

Frequenters on the compiled list are highly accomplished dance music artists, such as Calvin Harris and the beloved late Avicii. ZHU, Coldplay, San Holo, and Daft Punk also make the list.

And the most popular songs of the decade with the fewest lyrics are…EL7WDqyVUAA82sJ

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Ozuna and DJ Snake team up on classic R&B sample, recruit Diddy for guest verse

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Ozuna and DJ Snake team up on classic R&B sample, recruit Diddy for guest verseDj Snake On Decks Swagger Rukes

Ozuna released his third LP, Nibiru, featuring the likes of Snoop Dogg, Anuel AA, Swae Lee, Nicky Jam, and a track with Diddy produced by DJ Snake that samples Diddy’s 2002 smash hit, “I Need a Girl (Pt. 2).” Ozuna’s interpolation, dubbed “Eres Top” opens with that memorizing riff from Sean Combs “I Need A Girl” prequel and dives into the DJ Snake-produced soca beat with fluttering riffs and dissident vocals for effect.

The song is about a girl Ozuna met at the club, while on Diddy’s guest verse, he enters with a reference to the original track and sequel, “Gave her the game but she still left me with the pain / I guess I need a girl again.” In its heyday, “I Need a Girl (Pt. 2)” reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100, so it was quite an ambitious undertaking from the Carte Blanche producer.

Ozuna and DJ Snake have now collaborated several times this year, Ozuna was a feature on DJ Snake’s smash hit “Taki Taki” alongside Cardi B and Selena Gomez.

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Ultra South Africa announces Phase 1 headliners: Jamie Jones, Dash Berlin, and more

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Ultra Music Festival gears up to make its seventh trip to Africa as the global party brand announces its Phase 1 lineup of Ultra South Africa for next year. The two-day event first touches down in Cape Town, before heading to Johannesburg a day later. The dance brand gargantuan’s South African arm arrives with a lineup that, even in its first phase, offers something for everyone—supplementing the boisterous mainstage acts with talent that brings a bounty of techno and deep house nuance, too.

Ultra South Africa Phase 1 Lineup (in alphabetical order)

Ultra SA marks the return of Jeffrey Sutorius under his famed Dash Berlin masthead, alongside Hot Creations label head Jamie Jones’ first time playing in South Africa.

In its nascent operating years, Ultra has quickly become Africa’s largest music festival, this year amassing over 50,000 people across its two-day stretch. Ultra’s worldwide expansion now features over 20 global stops, including Bali, Singapore, and Chile, just to name a few.

Ultra South Africa takes place February 28- 29 of 2020 with tickets on sale now.

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NMF Roundup: Zedd and Kehlani create a ‘Good Thing,’ Boys Noize links with Francis and the Lights + more

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NMF Roundup: Zedd and Kehlani create a ‘Good Thing,’ Boys Noize links with Francis and the Lights + moreZedd Rukes

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.

Zedd and Kehlani kick things off this final Friday of September with their new collaboration, “Good Thing,” and Boys Noize links with Francis and the Lights for “Why Not?” Kaskade keeps it mellow on his new collaboration with TELYkast, “No One Else,” and Zeds Dead join forces with Funkin Matt an Fiora for “Feel So.” AC Slater’s new album includes tunes like “Bad Behavior” with Chris Lorenzo and Purple Velvet Curtains, and Mercer takes on DJ Snake and Majid Jordan’s “Recognize.” Golf Clap and MASTERIA deliver “Mystery Scene” on mau5trap/Insomniac, and Gareth Emery follows “Laserface 01 (Aperture)” with “Laserface 02 (Thoughts In Pieces).” Dimension remixes himself on “If You Want To,” and Gorgon City reveal “Warehouse Mix” and “Terrace Dub” iterations of “There For You.” Tritonal team up with Rosie Darling on “Never Be The Same,” and NGHTMRE remixes Saven Lions, SLANDER, Dabin, and Dylan Matthew’s “First Time.” Galantis bring their piano-filled joy to “Holy Water,” and Tinlicker reveal their new LP, This Is Not Our Universe. Anna Lunoe and Nina Las Vegas cook up a weekend heater, “One Thirty,” and YehMe2 remixes Matoma and Bryn Christopher’s “All Around The World.”

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

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Watch Malaa incite mayhem in crime-laced visuals for ‘Revolt’ [Watch]

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Watch Malaa incite mayhem in crime-laced visuals for ‘Revolt’ [Watch]Malaa Charly Chivteam

Malaa keeps the tone ominous in the newest visual accompaniment to recent single featuring Jacknife, “Revolt.” In Malaa’s typically noir-leaning fashion, the new video is shot in black and white, and depicts various characters wearing the enigmatic producer’s calling card black mask.

Malaa’s impersonating characters smash cars, tout guns, engaging in a variety of crime-laced stunts throughout the video, inciting total mayhem throughout. The video has an artistic edge, replete with dancers spinning in and out of flames, motorcycles, and more. Tune in below.

“Revolt” is out via DJ Snake‘s Premiere Class Records.

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