On the hip-hop end, VELD so far is locked to see performances from Kodak Black, Jaden Smith, Rich the Kid, and Ski Mask the Slump God, among others. While the star power is evidently in no short supply from start to finish of the phase-one lineup, more remains, as VELD has promised to reveal succeeding phases over the next few months. The all-ages event will take place on August 3 and 4. Tickets to the festival are now available, here.
Known for a big sound and a dedicated fanbase, Alison Wonderland has been a festival favorite for years. Now, after headlining her own tours and playing shows with Dillon Francis, Alison Wonderland continues her monumental rise with her first ever headlining show at Red Rocks.
Bringing along, Medasin (Dancing Astronaut‘s Breakout Artist of 2018), Ekali, and Wuki, the event is sure to showcase the fusion of lush textures and heavy bass, perhaps with a side of live instrumentation. Deemed the ‘Temple of Wonderland,’ the show is set to take place on September 12, 2019. While tickets are not yet available, Wonderland has provided a sign-up link to receive a pre-sale code in the near future here.
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.
Just one week after the release of his massive “R U I N” collab with 1788-L, Ekali returns with an emotive remix of Alina Baraz and Khalid‘s “Floating.” Rusko brings a new body of work to Deadbeats in MEGARAD, and Hermitude links with Hoodlem for the slow-burning “Every Day.” K?d throws it back with a grinding remix of SMF’s 2011 “HAHAHA,” and Modestep and Virtual Riot make a formidable trio in their new Disciple release, “Nothing.” Brasstracks paint a soulful soundscape with a slew of smooth releases in their new R&B-oriented EP, Before We Go, and KDrew unleashes his first track of the year, “Sometimes.” Apashe takes no prisoners in his new The Good The Bad & The Fake EP, and KUURO take on 3LAU and HYO in a new remix of “Punk Right Now.” Two Friends put their own spin on Panic! At The Disco’s “High Hopes,” and Grabbitz turns The Japanese House’s “Lilo” into an upbeat wonder. Justice Skolnik throws it back more than a decade with a fresh take on Justice‘s “D.A.N.C.E,” and Phantoms tap Shaylen for “Are You Up.”
Ekali and 1788-L have been on quite the rise in 2018 and are getting bigger and bigger in 2019. With seemingly polar opposite sounds, I wasn’t sure how a collab between the two would turn out, but “R U I N” has proved that it’s a beautiful thing. 1788-L’s sound is more electric and “robot-esque”
Recent collaborative counterparts, Ekali and 1788-L are among the most alluring names on the electronic agenda as of late. 1788-L, since his ascension through an auspicious feature on REZZ‘s “H E X,” has so far remained anonymous, at least by face. His off-kilter strain of glitchy electro is distinguishable to even the most untrained ear. Ekali’s fervent reception has landed him in some slightly larger arenas in the years since Skrillex remixed his “Babylon” original.
By way of their all-but-“R U I N”-ous brainchild, the pair succeed in scaffolding of one another’s diverging production styles for a complex and decadently maze-like sonic offspring. Drop one falls in 1788-L’s court, with its grinding, stop-and-go, mid-tempo electro, while Ekali ensconces the second breakdown with his invariably melodic DNA. Prophetic wind and piano synths join dizzying drum ‘n’ bass fills for a paradoxical delivery that melts monotony in its tracks.
The two have been teasing the track for some time, sprinkling it into their sets throughout Ekali’s Crystal Eyes Tour. Illenium offered up his edit of the track ahead of the release, bolstering anticipation for the original. “R U I N”‘s release comes with a Blade Runner/apocalypse-themed visual spearheaded by Quentin Deronzier.
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.
Star-studded collaborations rule this week’s NMF. Ekali and 1788-L have joined forces to craft a formidable, bass-heavy collaboration, “R U I N,” and Gareth Emery and Ashley Wallbridge continue their powerful slew of releases together with “Lionheart.” Netsky taps Lil Wayne and Bazzi for “I Don’t Even Know You Anymore,” and Zedd and Katy Perry deliver their radio-friendly “365.” Feed Me returns for the second Friday in a row with “Sleepless,” and Kygo releases his first single of the year with “Think About You.” GRiZ and Matisyahu take a stand on gun violence in “A New Day,” and Madeaux brings a sultry, dark atmosphere with “ADDICTED2.” Andrew Bayer delivers an “In My Next Life” mix of 2018’s “In My Last Life” on Anjunabeats. Goshfather puts his own disco-infused twist on Madonna‘s “Like a Prayer” in his new remix, and Liquid Stranger teams up with CloZee for the eerie “Ceremony.” Kill Paris debuted his new album for Valentine’s Day, touting collaborations with the likes of Fatherdude, Big Gigantic, and more, and Armin Van Buuren tugs at listeners’ heartstrings via “Lonely For You” with Bonnie McKee.
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.
This past weekend, Orlando exploded at the Orlando Amphitheater during Rezz’s headlining show. Openers included Bleep Blop, Drezo, and Ekali. During his opening set, Ekali previewed a new collaboration with Skrillex that has us losing our minds. The lucky attendees of Rezz’s Orlando show got to hear this new track and all its glory for the
Ekali released a new music video for his single “Forgot How To Dream” featuring sultry vocals from K. Flay, a single from his debut EP, Crystal Eyes, released late last year. Through lush synths and lethargic drums, the track glides along with K. Flay’s reflective candor into bouts of saddened guitar melodies and harsh percussion.
Now, with a new accompanying video feature, we’re introduced to a young Ekali, daydreaming about seeing his name in lights. Beautiful views, beach parties, and international travel cast a vision of happiness, luxury, and life experiences he hoped to fulfill. Now that he’s there, the lyric and video contrast imply that he’s reached his wildest dreams when he was a kid and is perhaps a little lost on what else he can dream up next. The “Babylon” artist has spoken openly about issues with mental health before, using his new video to showcase a beautifully introspective, melancholy narrative that depicts a mindset of those who’ve achieved their seemingly wildest dreams.
Paring down an entire year’s worth of songs is no easy feat.
2018 saw the explosion of songs like ZEDD‘s “The Middle” and Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa‘s “One Kiss,” dominating both the dance music charts and the radio airwaves. Ear-catching tracks like these, along with fan favorites like FISHER‘s persuasive “Losing It” and Anti Up‘s entertaining “Pizza” wiggled their way into festival sets around the world and — love them or hate them — stood out as notable tracks that do their part in immortalizing this whirlwind of a year.
Ekali is full of holiday cheer and spreading it to aspiring musicians in his hometown of Vancouver.
Dropping a free pack of edits just before Christmas, the producer revealed that any donations made for the six tracks will be put back into the local music scene in the form of a studio space. In a December 23 tweet, he noted that he would be getting keys for the studio space in “just a few days” and would be “gearing it out” to give opportunities to an assortment of local musicians. Donations made for the six-track edit pack will be put directly into Ekali’s pro bono effort.
The songs include a “Mo Bamba” x ID edit, a “Divinity” x “Forever” edit, and much more. Download and donate here.
This is free by the way! Any $ you donate will go towards a studio space I am opening pro bono to mentor young musicians and provide them with a space to work in Vancouver.
Get the keys for the new studio space in a few days 🙂 Excited to start gearing it out and put a bunch of local musicians in there for free. I will be putting out another producer sample pack in the coming couple weeks by donation so you guys have a chance to contribute. <3