“If you were shocked I’d play for Amazon, well that makes two of us. Please be patient and while I burn some bridges. Updates soon.” – The Black Madonna via Twitter.
Less than a week after Intersect Festival shared its final roster, The Black Madonna announced that she’s rescinded her slot among the lineup, subsequently disappearing from the website’s billing.
The esteemed house producer stormed to Twitter to voice her disgruntlement with the news that Intersect Festival is in fact backed by Amazon Web Services. The renowned DJ and prominent social justice advocate attributed her decision to the latter’s relations with both the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Homeland Security. After showing her discernible frustration with the situation, The Black Madonna, real name Marea Stamper, returned to the social media platform to thoroughly explain her position.
Clearly I was shocked and hurt when press and promotional materials appeared with my name on an event presented by AWS yesterday. Many of you expressed your disappointment too and you were right to do so. I share it completely and amplify it….
As a global ambassador for the Help Refugees organization, I raise awareness and donate 100% of merchandise sales to refugee assistance and personally provide grants to undocumented families fleeing persecution in their home countries.
Just last year, an investigation by the Project on Government Oversight discovered documents showing that Amazon had met with ICE regarding Amazon Rekognition, a technology used to identify people based on facial characteristics in real-time video feeds. Whether the technology was licensed to ICE or Homeland Security is currently unknown.
Amid the season of spiders, ghosts, and demons (oh, my!) Dancing Astronaut presents some of the most delightfully decadent tracks released solely in 2019. The dastard design of the dark arts is never something to scoff at. Dampened tones, haunting harmonies, and menacing drums take the driver’s seat this year, of course, as our annual harrowing Halloween playlist rears its head yet again. In light of the recent mid-tempo Renaissance—and the formidable sounds that followed—this year’s compilation is fashioned from entirely up-to-the-minute offerings.
Other notable mentions include i_o and Grimes new hit thriller, “Violence,” a remix from Knife Party‘s “Ghost Train” after their first EP in four years, and the monstrous “If My Eyes Are Vampires (Your Body Is My Sunlight)” featuring TYNAN, arriving from Sullivan King‘s debut long play. Play this at your next Halloween party or in your pumpkin-print pajamas. But proceed at your peril: these tracks are not for the feeble-hearted.
Gesaffelstein transports listeners to a dark super-sonic world with his new EP, “Novo Sonic System”. This EP is his second release for 2019 after ending his six-year hiatus. This EP came as a great surprise to fans. After not releasing music for some time, we’re suddenly getting an influx from the artist. “Novo Sonic System”
The days of half-decade gaps between Gesaffelstein drops are thankfully over. It has been a mere seven months since the Dark Prince of Techno’s highly anticipated comeback LP, Hyperion, and we already have a fresh new delivery from the French beat maker. This spring’s Columbia-backed sophomore LP signaled there was more to come from Gesaffelstein, which has now officially materialized as the NOVO SONIC SYSTEM EP.
The release is a six-track effort that incorporates the prolific producer’s most beloved sonic tropes—menacing, static instrumentals wrapped up into dystopian analog techno. Unlike the star-studded full length LP from earlier this spring, which featured the likes of Pharrell, The Weeknd, and HAIM, NOVO SONIC SYSTEM, finds Gesaffelstein alone in the void, offering near perfect additions to his catalog of brooding, warehouse-ready techno. Listen below.
Today is absolutely lousy with great new albums — more great new albums, I’d argue, than we got in the entire month of September. It’s a lot to process. A lot of really great records will probably be lost in the shuffle. But if you’ve got 17 minutes to spare in your busy listening session, … More »
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.
Gesaffelstein surprised the world once again by announcing on Oct. 3 that a new six-track EP would be released the following day. Also making this NMF particularly fiery is a new tune from JOYRYDE, “SELECTA 19,” and Pryda’s new 13-track collection. deadmau5’s here’s the drop remix LP has finally arrived, including remixes from artists like Rinzen, and NGHTMRE and Grabbitz have joined forces to deliver the irresistibly catchy “Bruises.” Kaskade’s new Redux compilation has arrived, featuring songs like “Lose Control” with Brohug, and Zeds Dead have remixed Oliver Tree’s “Miracle Man.” Arty brings weekend bliss with his new single, “Daydreams,” and G Jones drops off a new single, “Dark Artifact.” Armin van Buuren and Matluck keep the upbeat days of summer moving with “Don’t Let Me Go,” and Golf Clap reveal their spicy remix of Destructo’s “Bassface.” The Glitch Mob link with LICK for the dramatic “System Bleed,” and Pegboard Nerds and NERVO come together for “Crying Shame.” Goldroom continues to reveal tunes from his forthcoming LP, including “Just Like A Dream,” and Party Pupils, Louis Futon, MAX, and TOBi deliver a mega-collab, “One Two Things.”
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.
Gesaffelstein is blessing fans with six brand new tracks, per a surprise announcement on his social media pages. They comprise a brand new EP, NOVO SONIC SYSTEM, which appears to be an entirely solo endeavor.
NOVO SONIC SYSTEM arrives seven months after his March’s Hyperion, his second studio album packed with all-star collaborations with The Weeknd, Pharrell Williams, and Haim. He later took the album on tour, including a notable performance at 2019 Coachella where he became the first artist to use the color Vantablack in his live show. No previews have been posted yet from the upcoming project, which has led to widespread speculation as to which stylistic direction he’ll be taking. NOVO SONIC SYSTEM will also be released through Columbia.
It’s October so that means mass media is seeing orange and black—and lots of it. Halloween candy is riddling the shelves and houses will soon be speckled with synthetic spider webs and lazily cut jack-o-lanterns.
But if anyone is sparking this spooky season off with devilishly delicious gumption, it’s Kim Petras. The German/Californian singer/songwriter-producer has delivered a sprawling Halloween-themed dance-horror album, second volume to the full-bodied elixir, TURN OFF THE LIGHT. Petras shared the LP’s first arm in October of last year.
Everything about this album is meant to frighten and seduce—all at once. The electro-pop/synth-wave amalgamation emulates Petras’ grueling electronic cohorts like Gesaffelstein and Justice, whose gut-wrenching synths have made them fond bookings at Halloween events around the globe. Her lyrics are precisely what a horror fan would want, with veracious titles like “Massacre,” “Bloody Valentine,” and “Knives” (the last of which loyally employs knife samples in beguiling fashion).
October may have just begun, but for those already reeling in Halloween spirit, this album will keep listeners fraught with witchy, danceable wonder.
GESAFFELSTEIN is back and arguably better than ever folks. After the release of his most recent album and an astounding performance across both weekends at Coachella, the French industrial maestro is demonstrating that after a few years of silence, he still has mountains left to offer the electronic music scene. While his harsh, intense sound
Last night, April 21, Gesaffelstein played the second of his first two live sets in four years at Coachella, returning to the hallowed grounds where he began his extended hiatus in 2015. His ironclad return, while spectacular, left audiences still yearning for more than a mere hourlong set, leading to rampant, hopeful speculation regarding an impending tour.
Today, April 22, Michel Lévy has answered his fans’ calls in an uncharacteristically prompt fashion, with the announcement of a new US tour, “Requiem.” More characteristically, the French artist’s tour confirmation is laconically cryptic, stating only, “Against the night. Across the time. A truth, a sermon, a sacrifice.”
Due to the high-budget spectacle of his Coachella performance, it seems reasonable to assume that the forthcoming tour — which kicks off at New York’s Governors Ball in late May — will be an extension of the past two weekends’ sets. However, with Gesaffelstein, one must always expect the unexpected, so only time will tell.
Presale for the Requiem tour begins Wednesday, April 24 at 10:00 AM (PDT). General Onsale begins Friday, April 26 at 10:00 AM (PDT). Tickets will be available on Ticketmaster.
Featured image by Julian Bajsel for Coachella 2019.