NMF Roundup: Gramatik is full of surprises, Feint’s melodic whirlwind of emotion, Afrojack is rowdy and irreverent as ever, Alex Metric gets retrospective, + MORE

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NMF Roundup: Gramatik is full of surprises, Feint’s melodic whirlwind of emotion, Afrojack is rowdy and irreverent as ever, Alex Metric gets retrospective, + MORENMF 3

The most important day of every week: New Music Friday. 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.


For their debut Diynamic release, Alex Metric and Ten Ven bring melodic, UK garage, and a dash of acid house to their nostalgia-laden three-track EP, Transmission 1. 

Chicago duo Danny Cancino and Grant Stakenas, aka Htbx, tout an equal parts menacing and cinematic sound design in their new experimental house track, “Dj Qualls.”


Longtime Liquicity talent, Feint, has taken his transcendent drum ‘n’ bass to Pilot Records with his newest jolting track, “Mirror Signal (Destinations).”

This week’s woes fall away as Nicky Romero, Stadiumx, and Matluck’s progressive-inspired new tune, “Rise,” bleeds into the consciousness.

Ahead of his new Press Play EP, Afrojack lets chaotic bass infiltrate his newest track, “Bringin It Back.”

Their latest on Insomniac, Jupe and Reach fuse wonky dub and pummeling trap for their unconventionally screechy new single, “10 Years Later.”

Drawing from the frisky French Touch brand of house, Samaran’s latest on Big Beat Records, “A New Beginning,” uses its stop-and-go rhythm to incite widespread dance fevers.

Samantha Harvey lends her smooth and saccharine voice to Alex Adair and the Delayers trio’s new up-tempo bass-pop track, “Dominos.”

The forever-funky Gramatik has teamed up with serial REZZ-collaborator, Kotek, for their free-form, instrumental frenzy, “Vitalik Buterin,” in tribute to the blockchain wizard of the same name.

Fairlane enlists Nevve, whose voice can be found on tracks of scene favorites like Boombox Cartel and 3LAU, for his latest track, “Wildfire,” an atmospheric chill-step odyssey.

EDM world power, KSHMR‘s latest, “Good Vibes Soldier,” featuring Head Quattaz, is a reggaeton-influenced anthem drawing forth images of a warm-weather utopia.

Jack Back’s newest independent release, “Overtone,” is a winding, astral-inspired journey through deep house accents of the highest order.

KSHMR is a master at infectious rhythms, and he conquers with his Head Quattaz collaboration, “Good Vibes Solider.” It listens like a wonderful blend of tropical, Eastern, and big room influences that hit the right spots on the main stage dancefloor.

“C.Y.M” pounds us into submission with pungent tech trance kicks set at BPMs high enough to transport listeners to space. A classic effect of Mr. Jordan Suckley…

John Dahlbäck caps off NMF with his high-strung dance cannon, “Deep Inside,” out on Armada Music.

 

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Take a Listen to Gramatik’s Latest Track Vitalik Buterin

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What’s better than exploring the crypto currency game? Well Gramatik will say making your own currency and then dropping a sexy track about it. For his latest track, the Gramatik teamed up with Kotek to bring you “Vitalik Buterin,” inspired by the mysterious world of crypto currency. Back in November 2017, Gramatik launched his own

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Gramatik releases emotional Aretha Franklin tribute off upcoming ‘SB5’ project

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Along with the rest of the world, the electronic music space is amiss about the passing of Aretha Franklin. Various electronic artists have used her sultry voice filled with pleasure and pain, suffering and endurance. Poet Nikki Giovanni said, “This is a voice that has not only sound but a smell and a depth. A taste. You hear Aretha, but you also lick your lips.”

From Zeds Dead sampling “I Say A Little Prayer” into “Coffee Break,” to Jauz borrowing “A Deeper Love” for “Deeper Love,” and Mura Masa using her voice in “People Get Ready” for “Day 23: Have Faith In Me;” those seductive vocals have graced DAWs and inspired cross-genre productions for decades.

Electro-funk and soul producer, Gramatik, was especially touched. Using Franklin’s “Young, Gifted and Black” for his funk, hip-hop crossover “In This Whole World” and in the similar vein with his single “I’m Free,” the talented artist had a old-school yet modern electronic funk sound that could support and jive with the weight and nature of her voice. In his fifth rendition of “Street Bangerz,” Gramatik sampled her voice on three tracks. He released one of those tracks on Aug. 16, “Let Me Know The Way (Aretha Franklin Tribute).” Another great example of his relationship with Franklin’s voice, combining elements of hip-hop, soul, funk, and R&B.

Gramatik posted thoughtful words on what The Queen of Soul meant to him: “Back when I was in 8th grade, I discovered sampling and found out it’s the basis of hip hop production and culture. I was captivated by this art form and she was one of the first artists I sampled in that same week. Over the last 15+ years, I’ve sampled her countless times and learned the craft through sampling her amazing discography. 2 of the most prominent beats of mine with samples of her are “In This Whole World” and “I’m Free”, and even to this day, coincidentally, I made 3 beats last month for SB5 with samples from her songs, this is one of them. She was a force of nature, a voice of a generation and an inspiration to us all. We will miss you dearly, my Queen. ♥

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Suwannee Hulaween unveils another cutting-edge boutique lineup for 2018: String Cheese, ODESZA, Tipper, STS9, Gramatik, REZZ, more

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Suwannee Hulaween is one annual boutique gathering that is developing a devout following with its expert curation and wildly magical grounds. The Halloween weekend festival, running from October 26-28, 2018, hosts an impressive talent roster that brings an exceptional mixture of jamtronica, emergent bass, and deep house to The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida.

Set in the midst of 800-acres of Spanish moss-draped oak and cypress along the black Suwannee River, and complete with the largest bat house in the southeast US, the storied festival grounds have earned a reputation of inexplicable imagination and exploration. 

Sitting atop this year’s festival billing is the longtime host band of the festival The String Cheese Incident, plus a top billing of Grammy award winners and nominees featuring live-electronic front runners ODESZA, a South-East exclusive by modern funk icons Jamiroquai, and very special showing by singer-songwriter Janelle Monae on the wake of her blowout Dirty Computer record.

The star-studded billing continues with the reigning king of west coast bass Tipper, five piece American funk band Vulfpeck, multiple sets by leaders of the post-rock dance movement STS9, the alternative radio chart topping wonder of The Revivalists, dark-electro wunderkind Rezz, plus the unique electronic stylings of Gramatik, NGHTMRE, Troyboi, Snakehips, Emancipator Ensemble, Manic Focus & the MF’n Band, Justin Martin, Kill Frenzy, Eats Everything and many more.

Tickets on sale now.

Years & Years introduce new cryptocurrency, YearCoin

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Cryptocurrency creation continues to grow more prevalent among producers active in the electronic sphere, as evidenced in Years & Years’ development of their very own currency. The British band’s gravitation towards digital currency mimics that of 3LAU, Don Diablo, and Gramatik, artists who’ve exhibited interest in crypto-currency. 3LAU notably wrote his own beginner’s guide to cryptocurrency, while Don Diablo and Gramatik devised their own currencies, HEXCOIN and GRMTK, respectively.

Years & Years are clearly in good crypto company as they introduce the ‘official cryptocurrency of Palo Santo,’ YearCoin. Participants in the group’s digital currency will have the ability to ‘mine’ YearCoins by performing tasks relative to Years & Years’ catalogue. Streaming the artists’ single, ‘Sanctify’ on Spotify, pre-ordering their forthcoming sophomore album, ‘Palo Santo,’ and sharing the cryptocurrency online, for instance, all count towards users’ YearCoin counts. Once a player garners 1,000 Year Coins, that user will earn a ‘Palo Santo’ ID card.

Those interested in learning more about YearCoin can visit the cryptocurrency’s official website, here.

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North Coast boasts diverse 2018 lineup featuring Miguel, Axwell ^ Ingrosso, Jamiroquai & more

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Chicago’s North Coast Music Festival unveiled the diverse lineup for its ninth edition, returning to Union Park August 31–September 2.

This year’s headliners include Jamiroquai, Miguel, Axwell ^ Ingrosso, DJ Snake, The Revivalists, and Yellow Claw.

Additional artists performing at “Summer’s Last Stand” include Vulfpeck, Snails, RL Grime, Gramatik, and more. This year, North Coast will also debut all-new daily showcases curated by industry collectives, showing off the best sounds in hip-hop, house, rock, and beyond with sets from the likes of The Cool Kids, Lyrical Lemonade, and more.

Tickets and more information are available here.

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Life is Beautiful returns in 2018 with a comprehensive, star-studded fifth anniversary line-up

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Life Is Beautiful Music & Arts Festival is set to return to downtown Las Vegas with another comprehensive line-up, September 21–23, 2018. Now in it’s fifth year, the festival boasts some of the music world’s most sought-after headliners in The Weeknd, Arcade Fire, Florence + The Machine, DJ Snake, ODESZA, N.E.R.D, Deathcab for Cutie, Tyler, The Creator, and Justice.

If this group of star-studded talent doesn’t somehow tickle the ear drums, there truly is something for every musical taste this year. Also gracing the bill in 2018 is Bastille, Cold War Kids, Foster The People, and Wolfmother for the rock-minded music seekers. As the music industry’s most rapidly growing genre, rap and hip-hop is also well represented on the bill in Miguel, A$AP FergT Pain, and more.

Of course, electronic artists continues to dominate the event with trap extraordinaires RL Grime, What So Not, DVBBS, tropical house saxophonist Sam Feldt, rising star Elohim, Galantis, CHVRCHES, Alison Wonderland, Cashmere Cat, Gramatik, Lane 8, Party Favor, and Chet Porter.

Tickets go on sale April 26th, with general admission passes starting at $295 + fees. All information can be found on the Life Is Beautiful website.

Premiere: Kotek releases official remix for Balkan Bump’s ‘Aymo’

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Coasting off a 2017 debut release, “Aymo,” the multi-instrumentalist Balkan Bump, known for his live trumpet playing, is set to release an accompanying four-track remix EP via Gramatik‘s Lowtemp label — including an intense offering from Lowtemp native, Kotek.

The Slovenian Gramatik not only collaborated on the original track but has been seeing the project to fruition, debuting Balkan Bump on his 2018 Re:Coil Tour.

In his remix of “Aymo,” Kotek, leaves some of the Balkan-influenced nuances intact, strips down much of the instrumentation. Instead, he infuses his own offbeat style, adding huge bass kicks between glitchy synth stabs and reforms the tune into a raucous, unique number.

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Shambhala announces initial 2018 lineup: Claude Von Stroke, Destructo, Feed Me, Gramatik, Christian Martin, Mr. Carmack, Opiuo, & more

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After celebrating a historic two decades last year, Shambhala Music Festival returns to the pristine Salmo River Ranch in British Columbia, Canada, on August 10–13, 2018. Organizers of the transformational event have already dangled some tantalizing teasers in REZZThe Glitch Mob, Kyle Watson, and DJ QBert. Today, the festival announces the first phase for its 21st annual edition. 

This year’s roster will boast the first-ever Canadian debut of UK hip-hop legend Dizzee Rascal!, Dirtybird founder Claude VonStroke and his hip-hop leaning project Barclay Crenshaw, legendary UK dubstep aficionado Feed Me, renowned bass renegade DESTRUCTO, crossover hip-hop/electronic producer Mr. Carmack, mysteriously masked Malaa, world-class producer Gramatik, British creator of the “purple sound” sub-genre Joker, French world-music producer Fakear, UK drum & bass duo Camo & Krooked, melodic dubstep duo Adventure Club, the electrifying 2¢ project from DJ CRAZE and Four Color Zack, Mad Decent’s Boombox Cartel, electro house trio Black Tiger Sex Machine, Montreal bass music phenomenon Snails, Grammy winning live duo Brasstracks, and the glitched out Australian act OPIUO, plus many more.

Arriving as the most intriguing act of the weekend, arguably so, is 29 Palms, a collaborative side-project between Ooah and Boreta of The Glitch Mob.

Shambhala’s full line-up will arrive April 9th. Tickets and travel packages are almost sold out, grab yours here

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Gramatik announces highly anticipated return to Red Rocks with Gryffin, Haywyre, and Ramzoid

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Gramatik has been situating himself as a cutting-edge headlining act over the past few years. When the former Pretty Lights Music signee isn’t busy pioneering the way in crypto-currency culture, Denis Jašarević has been hard at work with his new Re:Coil Part 1 EP project in addition to some monstrous collaborations with GRiZ on “As We Proceed” and Ramzoid on a remix of Flume’s track “Wall Fuck.”

Having just embarked on his album-supporting Re:Coil tour this past December, Gramatik has just announced he will be capping the year’s festival season with his annual return to the legendary Colorado venue Red Rocks Amphitheater. The Lowtemp Records boss will be joined by fellow NYC producer and multi-instrumentalist Gryffin, Monstercat favorite Haywyre, Canadian future bass beat- maker Ramzoid, and recent Lowtemp-signee Balkan Bump, who has just released his debut EP and will be joining Gramatik on stage during the main act. The live event is set to take place Sept. 1, 2018.

General on-sale begins Friday, March 16. More information can be found here.