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.
Good Times Ahead (formerly known as GTA) join forces with Flosstradamus for Waffle House’, the second single off their forthcoming Good Times Bad Times At Hard Summer on HARD Recs. “Waffle House” is a brand new and entirely original sound that continues the sound heard in their recent “Milky Cabrera” which is their single off
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.
Skrillex kicks off the weekend with a stacked collaboration, “Malokera,” with MC Lan, TroyBoi, Ludmilla, and Ty Dolla $ign. Alison Wonderland and QUIX have teamed up for “TIME,” and Louis The Child and Wrabel deliver a bittersweet joint effort called “Too Close.” CRAY brings a retro tone to her latest, “idontwannatalkaboutlove,” and The Knocks continue their summer releases with “Colors.” Cashmere Cat is full of “EMOTIONS” on his newest, and Good Times Ahead (formerly GTA) get with Flosstradamus for “Waffle House.” Cedric Gervais remixes DJ Snake, J Balvin, and Tyga’s “Loco Contigo,” and Mazare and Essenger turn it up to 11 on their new Monstercat single, “Berzerker.” The Chrises got in the studio for a new Anti Up single, “Right Now,” and Alok and Zafrir bring “Vale Vale” to listeners’ ears. HEYZ previews his new Bite This! album with “Castaway King,” and Valentino Khan drops off his new EP, stacked with songs like “BRB.” Fedde Le Grand puts his own touch on Matoma, MNEK, and Kiana Lede’s “Bruised Not Broken,” and Herobust preps for the weekend with “Dumb Lit.”
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.
The explosive dance music duo formerly known as GTA have officially changed their name to the full version of their moniker, Good Times Ahead.
Alongside the makeover arrives their announcement of a new mixtape launched through Insomniac’s HARD Recs to celebrate their upcoming extended set at HARD Summer: entitled, Good Times Bad Times at HARD Summer. The first single from the project features a friendly face in the dance space, by the name of Diplo, ever heard of him? Their buoyant brainchild, “Milky Cabrera,” serves as a hyphy intro to the new veil.
Bolstered by a hefty kick right off the bat, Diplo’s vocal fodder takes center stage for a unique interlude to the aggressive pre-chorus. The drop hits home with that Bay Area-style bounce, accompanied by high-pitched vocal contortions.
Other collaborators on the impending project will include Flosstradamus, Black Caviar, TwoGangs, and more. It’s set to arrive in full August 16. The duo will also be launching their label namesake via Insomniac. Their extended two-hour set at HARD Summer this August will stand as a harbinger to the artistic revamp from the already-successful electronic/Latin crossover artists.
Firstly, you guys have so many diverse interests in music. You’re constantly talking about hip-hop, alt-rock, all these different things…. So we just wanna know, what artist or genre that you guys listen to would we be surprised to learn about?
Wow…. there’s honestly been so many different artists that we’ve been inspired by together. I guess for ME (Matthew) someone that’s really inspired me, Manchester Orchestra! I just saw them play like, a few days ago and…. woah, they’re incredible. [How bout you Julio?] Oooh, I’d have to say BADBADNOTGOOD, it’s like this Jazz, super-cool, funky music…. that’s a terrible description of them, but they’re amazing. [Great answer Julio!]
Who are some artists in electronic music who are doing some shit where you’re like “Wow, this is so cool”?
Some artists that we really fuck with right now, Party Favor, for sure. Wookie, also! [Julio grabs mic] Dombresky is super dope…. umm, Sofie, from the UK, SUPER FIRE. [Matthew speaking] Born Dirty, they have some really… weird shit… which I love. And of course…. Chris Lake, the legend. Tisoki! Some dubstep stuff…. killing the game right now! Oh an GTA! They do some pretty cool stuff I guess…. I wish we could be them…. One thing that we’ve noticed about you guys…. With everything so “sanitized” these days, you two seem to remain very raw and real about politics and your stances on social issues. Could you just speak on why it’s important to you guys to give a voice to these things?
As far as politics and stuff goes, to each their own… it’s kind of what politics are about. [Matthew speaking] Personally, I know both of us like to voice our opinions, and I feel like that’s part of your personality… it’s part of you and what you believe in should be a part of what you talk about. I don’t know… it’s better to say something than be quiet and standby doing nothing.
[Julio speaking] I mean honestly though, we’re Hispanic and I think one thing we all naturally gravitate towards is rights and our people. We want to represent properly and at the end of the day, we just want people to be happy and enjoy life… enjoy good times. [Matthew] YES! Good Times Ahead!
So what is your hope for your music? With your new album you just released, what are you trying to convey to your listeners and the world when they listen?
When we produce music, we really have just one goal: to put a smile on people’s faces. Just like it does for us when we make it…. When we’re in the studio, we really just make things that we are super excited about. It’s a regular occurrence for Julio and myself to just dance around the studio when we make music because we love it so much. If we can bring that feeling to you guys, then we’ll be happy.
Okay, we’d like you two to takeover the interview and ask each other one question to answer for your fans! (Check out above!)