EDC Las Vegas can easily be described as the biggest party ever. EDC takes over 90% of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for three days and doesn’t stop all night long. It’s truly its own world. EDC 2019 brought some surprises – such as low temperatures, fierce winds, and some stage closures – but it was
Summertime is nearly here and Ekali has a ready with his new Awakening mix 7, “For Hot Summer Nights”. The 42-minute mix is full of downtempo tracks perfectly mixed to ensure total relaxation. Being the seventh mix in the series, Ekali still hasn’t failed in bringing a different tone to each one but still having
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Ekali has returned to his beloved Awakening mix series to release its seventh installment. A few hours after announcing that a new Awakening mix would be dropping on April 16, the producer shared the mix’s track list, which features new Flume songs “Jewel” and “Friends,” along with remixes from DROELOE, Medasin, and Just A Gent, and fan favorites from Louis the Child, Juice WRLD, and What So Not. This is his first Awakening mix of 2019, following December’s Awakening 6 mix.
“This one is all about the vibe,” the Canadian producer said on Twitter.
The producer also just released his much-anticipated collaboration with YOOKiE via Big Beat Records and was recently announced to play Diplo‘s Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party Festival, taking place July 20 and 21 at Foxborough, Massachusetts’ Gillette Stadium.
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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.
After teasing a set of IDs, Big Beat Records has unveiled a brand new compilation, topped off by a major collaboration between Ekali and YOOKiE called “Jundo.” To celebrate last night’s Game of Thrones kickoff, Party Ghost has delivered a powerful edit of the show’s theme song, and A-Trak continues his bootleg series with “Trizzy Says.” NGHTMRE and A$AP Ferg roll out the red carpet for their “REDLIGHT” VIP edit, and Crankdat unleashes a new single, “Do You Mind.” LSDREAM and Varien team up on an epic new track, “Phoenix,” and Duumu returns to Monstercat with Pauline Herr for “You Say.” PhaseOne and Modestep deliver “Mayday” on Disciple, and Enamour brings “Run Away” to Lane 8‘s This Never Happened. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and Bassjackers team up for “You’re Next.” Slow Magic brings his magic touch to PLS&TY‘s “Motives.” Figure and Dakota bring the drum ‘n’ bass to “Cosmic Ray Drum,” and GANZ taps Jantine for “Carry Me.” ZAXX creates an anthemic new single with “Stay Here,” and Low Steppa brings blissful house vibes to “Lift Me Up.”
The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).
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What Diplo wants, Diplo gets, specifically the first-ever Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party Festival. If the length of the name tells us anything, it’s that the seminal Mad Decent festival is sure to be one hell of a doozy, as the newly minted event’s lineup confirms. Billie Eilish, G-Eazy, Major Lazer, and Miguel head the festival, which will manifest as a fine balance of highly sought electronic acts and equally illustrious hip-hop artists alike.
A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Kodak Black, Pusha T, and J.I.D. round out the festival’s hip-hop inclusions, while Dillon Francis, RL Grime, Zeds Dead, REZZ, Ekali, Troyboi, Baauer, and Whethan comprise some of Diplo’s dance picks. The Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party Festival also casts glances at talent from genres beyond the electronic and hip-hop spheres, to draw the stylistically malleable Quinn XCII, R&B’s Pink Sweat$ and Jesse Reyez, and Finneas out.
Needless to say, the inaugural Mad Decent Block Party branded affair is a must attend for many reasons, primary of which—at least, for dance music fans—is Major Lazer’s occupancy of a headlining slot. Diplo previously intimated that Major Lazer will likely dissolve after delivering their fourth—and probably final—album together, in a January interview with Complex. As such, The Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party Festival might well be one of Major Lazer’s last large-scale performances.
The unveiling of The Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party Festival’s lineup comes just after Mad Decent Block Party Festival tweeted out a video with a particularly suggestive caption on April 5: “IT’S HAPPENING.” While the far from subtle warning altered past attendees of Diplo’s multi-city Mad Decent Block Party party series to be ready for a followup announcement regarding the fate of a MDBP festival, Diplo’s presentation of a full-fledged lineup has presumably taken many by surprise, given how quickly it succeeded the preliminary Twitter hint that a MDBP festival was in the works.
The Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party will descend upon Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts for two days of fun, come July 20-21. Tickets to the festival will go on sale at 10 a.m. EST April 12.
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Legendary music platforms Red Bull Music Academy and Red Bull Radio will shutter in October 2019. Red Bull Music Academy, founded in 1998, just recently celebrated its 20th anniversary in Berlin in 2018. Both platforms fall under the ubiquitous energy drink’s wide umbrella of brands, with RBMA and Red Bull Radio both being joint projects with consulting firm Yadastar overseeing the creative and curatorial duties on both projects. With Yadarstar and Red Bull’s partnership coming to an end, the two brands in the middle will now dissolve their current formats as a result.
From Flying Lotus to TOKiMONSTA, Ekali to Salva, with Black Coffee, Nina Kraviz, and hundreds in between, RBMA has made a global impact with concerts, lectures, panels, and studio sessions with some of the worlds top electronic creators.
Red Bull maintains it is still committed to supporting innovative music and up-and-coming talent, and that while the current structures of these two brands are being overhauled, new programming and formats will soon be introduced as a supplement. Red Bull Music and Red Bull Music Festival both remain intact—the latter of which has two iterations planned for 2019 in Tokyo and New York respectively.
For those who have witnessed one of Bosnian-born/Swedish Salvatore Ganacci‘s off-the-wall live sets, it turns out the DJ-producer brings the same energy to the studio as he does booty poppin’ behind the decks.
His latest single, the ferociously tempo-ed “Cake,” with Anjunadeep veteran, Megatone, arrives on the back of a larger animal and source of fervent anticipation: the mysterious compilation Big Beat uploaded to its SoundCloud page earlier this week. The song’s thunderous beat, squelching bass, and pitched-up vocal cuts are redolent of the omnipresent excitement sweeping across the electronic scene for Miami Music Week.
Now, to coincide with “Cake”‘s arrival, Big Beat is unraveling the track list behind the formerly anonymous compilation, surfacing some of the most sought-after names in the game from Ekali to Valentino Khan, Dillon Nathaniel to Deathpact. The compilation as a whole succeeds in mirroring the new single’s energy and pummeling electro fervor. Fans can find Ganacci ringing in the release on Ultra’s main stage this Saturday, March 30.
Big Beat Ignition is available for presale here, and for full download April 12.
Big Beat Ignition: Los Angeles track list:
Deathpact – Koolaid
Fabian Mazur – Ready For The Show
Ekali & YOOKiE – Jundo
Gentlemens Club – Let U Go
Bro Safari & Tank Parade – Blitz
Salvatore Ganacci & Megatone – Cake
Snavs – Ghetto
GTA & Valentino Khan – Break Your Neck (Pt. 2 VIP)
Kontra – Guilt Trip
Nonsens – Come On
BLVK JVCK – Show ID
WATEVA – Haters
Dillon Nathaniel – Consciousness
Vampa – The Cave
Frost & ill-Esha – What I Feel
Big Beat Records has something interesting under the hood, though what exactly the label is rolling out, as of now, remains a mystery. The imprint, which hosts artists like Skrillex, Ekali, Whethan, Knife Party, and more, posted 15 short, enigmatic snippets to SoundCloud on March 25, captioned simply with a release date of April 11. Without much more to go on, a quick dive into the audio teasers reveals that the impending release is likely a compilation from a group of artists—a fact that Big Beat confirmed in a statement to Dancing Astronaut.
The tracklist spans a wide variety of genres, all with a heavy bass theme, from pumping bass house to echoing big room trap. The mysterious, yet-to-be-revealed compilation sounds like it could include contributions from OWSLA labelmates—in fact, the third track teased already appears in Ekali’s Awakening Mix Vol. 6. Though largely unsubstantiated and merely speculation as of now, the EP’s first official release is due on March 29, and a full tracklist is expected to land soon as well. The nameless compilation definitely packs some heavy handed punches, and it’ll likely be well worth the wait come April 11. In the meantime, listen below, guess for yourself, and let us know what you come up with.
A veteran of Toronto’s electronic events circuit, VELD Music Festival will bring a balance of dance and hip-hop acts to Downsview Park for the the festival’s 2019 iteration. The first phase of the two-day affair’s lineup features headliners Cardi B, Skrillex, Kygo, and Tiësto. Alesso, Loud Luxury, Zeds Dead, 3LAU, Ekali, FISHER, Shiba San, and Gryffin comprise just another handful of VELD’s additional electronic talent.
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.
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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.
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I can’t believe this is happening. Announcing my first ever headlining show at Red Rocks. Temple of Wonderland. This is a dream come true for me. I will be premiering alot of new things here & will be joined by @ekalimusic @medasin & @wuki . Sign up to the link in my bio for the presale code as presale tickets go on sale tomorrow.
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