Dancing Astronaut’s Top Tracks of 2018

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Dancing Astronaut’s Top Tracks of 2018Skrille 1

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.

We also saw a creative collective of remixes surface in 2018, including Rinzen‘s compelling take on deadmau5 and Rob Swire‘s hit “Monophobia” and Skrillex‘s intoxicating rendition of Travis Scott‘s “Sicko Mode.” We celebrated the return of Gesaffelstein with “Reset” and welcomed new projects from Diplo in LSD and Silk City. We welcomed collaborations from Ekali, Medasin, and Elohim in “Forever,” Tiësto, Dzeko, Post Malone, and Preme in platinum smash hit “Jackie Chan,” and ZHU and Tame Impala in “My Life.”

Ultimately, though, we’ve narrowed 2018 down to 30 tracks that stole our hearts and smashed streaming records.

Ekali opening Vancouver studio space to mentor aspiring musicians

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Ekali opening Vancouver studio space to mentor aspiring musiciansEkali Awakening Mi Vol 6

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.

Ekali Releases Edit Pack 5 Featuring “Loyal”, “Mo Bamba” and more

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Ekali has given us an early Christmas present with his Edit Pack 5. This 6 track edit pack includes remixes of popular tracks like “Loyal”, “Mo Bamba” and more. Most of these tracks have been in the DJs sets before, with a few new ones mixed in. It seems there might be a teaser of

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Ekali unleashes ‘Awakening Vol. 6,’ featuring unreleased collabs with 1788-L and YOOKiE

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Ekali unleashes ‘Awakening Vol. 6,’ featuring unreleased collabs with 1788-L and YOOKiEEkali Awakening Mi Vol 6

To finish the year, Ekali has released the sixth rendition to his Awakening mix series, cranking up the energy from his previously sentimental and emotional volume five. Included in this latest mix are two unreleased collaborations with 1788-L, “RUIN,” and an ID with YOOKiE. The mere announcement of these two artists shed a light on the heaviness through the string of songs.

Ekali recently came off touring with REZZ, which might account for the unadulterated energy coming from this mix. While the Canadian producer showcases his dual-threat nature in tossing blasting rhythms through distorted synths, he tempers this party fever with gorgeous synth melodies and soul-searching vocals for a full spectrum of emotions.  Other artists featured on the mix are RL Grime, San Holo, Adventure Club, QUIX, TYNAN, Slumberjack, Skrillex, and many more modern-day hits for a perfect party mix.

Ekali Delivers Show Stopping ‘Awakening 6’ Mix Featuring IDs From 1788-L And More [LISTEN]

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Ekali has had an incredible year in 2018. After quickly rising the ranks of EDM in 2017 as one of the fastest rising stars in the industry, the producer has solidified his spot among the most hallowed acts in bass and trap this past year. Today, Ekali has released the sixth edition of his ‘Awakening’

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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.

Ekali takes listeners through his early influences in new Awakening Radio Session

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Ekali takes listeners through his early influences in new Awakening Radio SessionEkali Leaving Owsla

Ekali‘s Crystal Eyes tour may have come to a close, but the producer is keeping busy with his very own Awakening Radio series. The most recent installment sees the swiftly-rising act hand selecting all of the tracks on Soundcloud that inspired him to start making music at the start of his career, showcasing his diverse range of influences in the process. It mix begins with a commanding rap track that falls into a delectable mix of hip-hop and other low-end music that culminated in Ekali’s artstic vision. Per the full tracklist he posted on Twitter, and it spans from Justin Bieber remixes to his own collaborations with Aywy.

Ekali’s Awakening Radio airs every other Monday on Sirius XM‘s Insomniac Radio at 9pm.

Nitti Gritti curates spooky Orbit playlist ahead of Halloween Warehouse show

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Nitti Gritti curates spooky Orbit playlist ahead of Halloween Warehouse showNitti Gritti Drive EP

Nitti Gritti is a force to be reckoned with in 2018. In August, he unveiled Bootlegs Vol. 2, a remix EP including edits of Earth, Wind, & Fire‘s “September,” Waka Flocka Flames‘ “Hard In Da Paint,” and other cult classics. More recently, he’s gifted fans with an original EP entitled Drive released on Diplo‘s Mad Decent imprint. With this string of EP releases (and a few remixes in between), the Miami-based producer is pushing boundaries and earning tour support for high-end artists such as NGHTMRE, Etc! Etc!, Party Favor, and more.

Now, on October 26, one of his most anticipated shows of the year has arrived, as Gritti will take the stage with Valentino Khan and Dillon Francis at Light & Life’s Halloween Warehouse 2018. To prime attendees for what should be a freaky night in the depths of Brooklyn, Gritti has curated an Orbit Spotify playlist exclusively for DA.

The selection includes hard-hitting tracks from his current rotation, including favorites from his Drive EP, the Boombox Cartel and Flosstradamus team-up “ID,” “Crystal Eyes” from Ekali‘s 2018 debut EP, and more.

Good Morning Mix: Ekali gives unknown Soundcloud producers a platform in newest episode of Awakening Radio

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Good Morning Mix: Ekali gives unknown Soundcloud producers a platform in newest episode of Awakening RadioEkali

The third session of Ekali‘s SiriusXM Insomniac Channel’s radio session called Awakening Radio has just landed, and this session is particularly unique. The Canadian producer states he hand selected most of the releases for the session from producers who have little to no SoundCloud following, yet are releasing fantastic music. For those who like discovering unknown and up and coming producers, this radio session is just the place.

The mix features a variety of ear-perking remixes and mashups of mainstream tracks with a side of enamoring originals. He of course sprinkles in releases of his own — aptly-timed, considering he’s currently on his Crystal Eyes tour in honor of the release of his full album of the same name. The next stop of his tour will be in Denver, Colorado, where he has two back to back shows on the 23 and 24. Ekali has been dropping unreleased OWSLA ID’s on his tour, most recently dropped Skrillex‘s collaboration with JOYRIDE before its full release.

Ekali road tests explosive Skrillex trap ID [Watch]

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Ekali road tests explosive Skrillex trap ID [Watch]Ekali Teases Skrille Trap Id

Skrillex hype fever is in full swing, and the prescription is more Skrillex hype. Thankfully, OWSLA label mate Ekali came through by unleashing a rumored Skrillex ID during Sunday’s tour stop on his Crystal Eyes tour. The unreleased trap heater called to mind past trap anthems from the producer like the “Purple Lamborghini,” with signature growls and blaring horn stabs filling out a slapping drop.

Reddit user u/Samwise78 caught a quick clip of the track’s build and drop while Ekali’s crowd basked in the ID. The song is rumored to feature vocals from fast-rising vocalist Dounia, who Skrillex was pictured with this summer. Music fans have eagerly awaited teasers of what to expect from the bass legend’s much anticipated new album, and if this and his upcoming collab with JOYRYDE are any indicator, it’s going to pack some serious heat.

 

Ekali playing new Skrillex heater last night from r/trap