Stephan Bodzin releases a breathtaking ‘Strand’ on Afterlife

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German synth wizard Stephan Bodzin has been quite the busy character. Since the release of his critically-acclaimed Powers Of Ten LP, immense hunger for his whimsical, yet driving productions has led to him undergoing an expansive and heavy tour schedule. The result has been an plethora of opportunities to see him live; however, this comes at the sacrifice of new music.

Luckily, 2017 didn’t go by in complete silence for Bodzin fans. He released a poignant re-work of Tale Of Us & Vaal’s “Monument” over the summer season on Afterlife. Now, he returns to the label once more for his first original work since Powers Of Ten as the year comes to a close.

Strand contains two highly sought-after tunes from the veteran composer, which have been objects of heavy praise on the underground circuit. The EP opens with its title track, which creates a sense of comforting bliss with warm, sentimental analog melodies and arpeggios that are accompanied by appealing white noise accents. Then, the Strand takes a turn for the shadows with “Catamaran,” whose airy percussion gives way into equally powerful synth accents that are ethereal as they are haunting. Like a catamaran, the EP’s closer sails through foggy channels of emotion and mysticism.



Order ‘Strand’ here


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GTA and Falcons connect on trapped out new collaboration ‘Buyaka’

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GTA have always kept to a strict “death to genres” code, and generally, they’ve been able to disguise their production style around a wide variety of different sonics. There’s no doubt however that the Miami exports have a strong penchant for trap music, and when they deliver, it tends to go hard –– case and point, their newest piece alongside Falcons and Stush, “Buyaka.” LA’s Falcons, UK-based rapper Stush, and GTA all found their first pairing on a remix of 2015’s “What We Tell Dem,” and now the group has rejoined on a brand new original product that weaves Stush’s dubby spits through a turbulent trap beat that impressively complements the three producers’ bombastic styles.

The new track, which found its debut earlier this year in Falcons’ Diplo & Friends mix, stacks up multi-layered percussion behind patois-laced versework before dropping into a knocking break with a punchy hook. Stush’s heavy rhyme format grinds over Falcons’ and GTA’s stomping beat, blurring the gaps between trap, dancehall and hip-hop. “Buyaka” comes with a fitting A-Trak cosign, landing by way of Falcons’ longtime home imprint, Fool’s Gold Records.

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Premiere: Shall Ocin – Cicada

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Maceo Plex protégé Shall Ocin entered the last half of 2017 swinging, with the foundation of his very own Clash Lion imprint whose first release was none other than Maceo himself under his long-lost Maetrik alias. Now, Ocin debuts his own work on his home label in an enticing fashion.

Bounty Hunter offers three mighty tracks that heavily embrace the dark qualities that can emanate from analog sounds. Its opener “Cicada,” which Dancing Astronaut has the pleasure of premiering, is a sinister embodiment of the EP’s aura. Creepy, twinkling samples set at a high octave create a sense of unease, as shaking kicks and deep, humming basslines continue to build this feeling into an explosion of grueling techno that wreaks havoc to all in its path.

“Cicada,” along with the rest of Bounty Hunter, is due for a December 15 release. Pre-order it here





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Ardency – Bloom

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Ardency has released their newest single “Bloom.” The mysterious group is self described as “a work in progress by Christian Gomez and Daniel Noguera – for as long as it takes.”

Alluring synths and haunting vocal tenors of the group sound like sonic liquid washing over a roof during a rainstorm: brooding, yet oddly satisfying. The release comes after the release of three subsequent EPs titled MechanismHoney Moon, and For You, Only, where Ardency’s peculiar personas directly reflect in each body of work. Their newest single continues this eclectic theme, and is melancholic ear candy for indie pop fans.



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Henry Saiz – The Golden Cage (Sebastien Léger remix)

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French producer Sebastien Léger is definitely an electronic music veteran in his own right, with almost 20 years of experience under his belt. interestingly, throughout the duration of his lasting career, Leger has stayed true to his experimental style— a trend that a worrying number veteran DJs tend to shun in modern times.

His latest remix of Henry Saiz‘s “The Golden Cage” is an eight-minute-long auditory voyage in continuity with his time-tested style. Using his abundance of experience, Leger is able to meticulously craft an intriguing soundscape, filled with an abundance of analog elements that give the remix character, a quality missing from a majority of songs in current circulation.




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Involve Records releases 5 year anniversary compilation CD

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Involve Records has released a 5 year anniversary compilation to celebrate their genesis as a record label. The Madrid, Spain record label has chartered groundbreaking territory in the global techno-sphere since 2012. With releases from such artists as Jay Lumen, Alan Fitzpatrick, and Marco Bailey, Involve has planted themselves as an independent powerhouse in the techno underground. The label has gained global notoriety and esteem in recent years as a result of their authenticity and consistent stream of quality releases.

The anniversary CD features tracks from Yotam Anvi, Alien Rain, FJAAK, Regal, Exilles, and a diverse roster of additional producers.

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Rinzen embarks on ‘The Return’ to the Forbidden City

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The Forbidden City beckons; for its mysterious nature is hard to shake from the psyche. In “The Return,” Rinzen brings us right back to the universe created in his debut mau5trap in the most avant-garde of fashions.

Where Forbidden City charts the adventure of a hero’s journey through a secret, hidden realm, “The Return” offers a deeper exploration of the saga that transpired beforehand. It takes on a more analog form, utilizing a heady breaks canvas that locks listeners into the record while catalyzing goosebumps with a powerful, cinematic breakdown that envelops themes visited in the first exploration of Forbidden City. If there’s one skill Rinzen has demonstrated tenfold, it’s his ability to transport the mind into completely different dimensions.

“The Return” lands on mau5trap’s We Are Friends, Vol. 7 — a full circle of sorts for the exploding LA talent. His debut on deadmau5‘ imprint, “Renegade,” was part of the 5th edition of the beloved compilation series.



Purchase “The Return” here 

Feature photo credit: Michael Drummond


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Taska Black x DROELOE – Running Away (feat. CUT_)

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Continuing their rich vein of form in 2017— which includes a refreshing EP back in August — DROELOE has teamed up with Belgian producer Taska Black on a new collaboration, “Running Away.”

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Eric Prydz – Call On Me (Crystalize Remix)

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Remixing a hit single can be a daunting task, even more so when the track in question is as legendary as Eric Prydz‘s 2004 house classic, “Call On Me.”  The most recent producer to take on such a formidable project is Crystalize, a talented producer who is no stranger to remixing big names, having already remixed the likes of SkrillexJauz, and Ookay in the past.

The refreshing track starts off with a euphoric intro that slowly builds up into an extremely intricate soundscape, before giving way to an emotive, future-bass inspired drop. Driven by polished production and a healthy dose of nostalgia, there is no denying the fact that Crystalize has indeed done justice to a truly iconic track.

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Howwler keeps the spirit of industrial electro alive with the second chapter of his dark and gritty electronic novella. Keeping up the same sonic style he debuted on Chapter One, the anonymous producer’s next two singles continue to chew up sound systems in a flurry of jagged toothed saws and hollow synths. An aggressive and Gesaffelstein inspired work, Howwler’s second chapter has us patiently waiting for the third act in this enigma’s stirring industrial opus.



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