Last year’s roster included Bassnectar and ODESZA alongside GRiZ, Big Gigantic, RL Grime, and Illenium. Now building on that caliber of talent, this year’s cast of electronic heavy hitters look to close out the year with a rumbling wave of low end bass at the Pennsylvania Convention Center,
Tickets to this year’s festival are on sale starting Friday, September 13 at noon EST.
For Lorin Ashton, widely known as Bassnectar‘s wide and unwavering following, a destination festival headlined by Ashton himself (among a number of resounding guests) on a Cancun resort is nothing short of an earsplitting fantasy.
The four-day festival’s second charter will summon Sub Focus, GRiZ, Caspa, and Claude VonStroke to its sandy forefront. VonStroke will be bringing a highly potent dose of his Dirtybird crew to the beachfront endeavor’s new location, the Grand Oasis resort (a departure from last year’s touchdown in Riviera Maya), too, including longtime label habitues, Justin Jay, Christian Martin, and Worthy.
Per Bassnectar’s website, he and his team have rented out the entire Grand Oasis property for the occasion, likely in response to last year’s installment prompting a number of noise and behavioral complaints from various Rivera Maya non-Deja Voom vacation-goers staying near the festival.
Deja Voom is sold out, but those interested can join the festival’s waitlists for particular packages of interest here.
Ever since Electric Forest, the new collab between Subtronics and GRiZ has been highly anticipated. Little did we know, GRiZ had two more tracks prepared for us on his newest EP Bangers.Zip. And not only that but GRiZ also announced more tour dates for his Ride Waves tour. Griztronics perfectly combines Subtronics’ wonky sound and GRiZ’ soulful
GRiZ returns with a three-piece Bangers.Zip EP via Zeds Dead‘s Deadbeats imprint, which is a sequel to his Bangers.Zip from earlier this year. While the first edition had more of the electro-sax man’s funk and reggae leanings, this one runs in a heavier, more contemporary direction. The first track is a collaboration with up-and-coming bass standout Subtronics, cleverly named “Griztronics,”— it’s a trap brass construction with a drop that will move even the most stubborn of dance fans.
“Freak The Method” is the funkiest track on the project, with a unique heavy bass swing on the hook that rides along tantalizing synths and groovy verses. “Push The Vibe” is carries a complex percussive attitude with crescendoing synths and hyphy-inspired vocal play.
GRiZ is set for the second season of his Ride Waves tour run across 18 cities in the US this fall, touching down in DC, Nashville, LA, SF, Chicago, double nights in Atlanta and more. At the end of August he’ll be returning to the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheater for his fifth sold-out double-header, performing fan favorites from his 2010-2017 catalog on August 30 and a special Ride Waves / new music showcase on August 31.
Gary Richards (Destructo) is making good on his promise to bring top-tier selections from both the electronic and hip-hop spheres out to sea with him for the 2020 arm of his FriendShip festival cruise.
Atop the 2020 lineup sits titans of their trades, AC Slater, Destructo himself (duh), Malaa, Mija, Billy Kenny, and Boys Noize, as well as staunchly steepening newcomers like Phlegmatic Dogs, Masteria, and DUCKY. Hip-hop rears its head on the roster through veteran rappers Busy P and Destructo collaborator, Ty Dolla $ign, among others.
Richards has always been ardent about providing a platform for “the fresh and the new,” in dance music; and he’s endlessly uncovering unorthodox and synergistic means of doing so. Shipping out to Coco Cay from Miami this coming January, the FriendShip affair succeeds Richards’ previous tenure with his brainchild, HARD Events, the event brand behind the outrageously attended venture vessel, HOLY SHIP!.
FriendShip sets sail January 6-10. A limited number of cabins are still available here. General festival and ship information is available here.
More information on Gary Richards can be found here, while Dancing Astronaut‘s delve into FriendShip can be found here.
It’s been nearly three months since GRiZ released his sixth studio album, Ride Waves, which saw the producer branch out into new creative territory. The 14-track compilation featured collaborators such as Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg, blending GRiZ’s distinctive funk and bass style with high-profile artists. Now, just a few months after the full Ride Waves album release, the producer is back with a brand new EP.
The three-track EP is titled Bangers.Zip and showcases GRiZ’s sonic diversity at its finest. The compilation begins with “Voodoo,” which blends heavy dubstep drops with light reggae melodies. Fans may also recognize “Ice Cream,” a track from the EP he’s been previewing on season one of his tour.
In addition to the Bangers.Zip, GRiZ has announced 18 new tour dates for his Ride Waves tour. The next leg of the tour will see GRiZ take on massive venues like Boston’s Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion, Chicago’s Navy Pier at Festival Hall, Seattle’s Paramount Theatre, Los Angeles’ Hollywood Palladium, and Berkeley’s Greek Theatre. Find tickets and more information here.
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.
Luca Lush has put a groovy spin on MAX’s “Love Me Less,” and HeRobust delivers his first solo venture of 2019, “BRUH?!” Dr. Fresch and VOLAC take to Tchami’s CONFESSION to release “Filthy” with Dread MC, and Sullivan King and Grabbitz team up for a powerful Monstercat collaboration, “Crazy As You.” Keanu Silva puts a bouncy spin on Oliver Heldens’ “Summer Lover,” and Kraysh returns to Mad Zoo to unleash “Void” with fknsyd. TheFatRat, Slaydit and Anjulie make a formidable trio on “Stronger,” and Ryan Browne brings the heaviest of bass on “BEATDOWN.” Alexander Lewis appears to “Soar” on his new original, and KARRA joins Tisoki on “Don’t Lie.” Lee Burridge and Lost Desert link for “Mibale,” and Baaku shares a remix of Madeon’s “All My Friends.” Saint Punk gives Win and Woo’s “Right In Front of Me” a deep and glitchy vibe, and Excision and Dion Timmer prove to be “Breaking Through” on their new collaboration.
The festival features eight different stages to cater to fans of rock, indie, country, folk, electronic, and hip-hop, so regardless of one’s musical persuasion, this lineup features something for everyone.
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.
Russian producer Arty kicks off New Music Friday in fine fashion with a gorgeous new single called “Avalanche,” and Kygo and Rita Ora are a dream team on their new collaboration, “Carry On.” Spencer Brown and Raito deliver a dark and powerful mau5trap release, “Star Allies,” and R3HAB crafts a dreamy remix of Sofi Tukker‘s “Fantasy.” Rusko brings a classic dubstep feel to GRiZ and Boogie T‘s “Supa Fly,” and Dustycloud takes listeners deep into a shadowy nightclub on “The Way.” Peggy Gou has released her Moment EP, featuring songs like “Starry Night,” and David Guetta takes on Bebe Rexha‘s “Last Hurrah.” Two Friends hit the drive thru on “Dollar Menu,” and Sam Void brings groovy house beats to Nicky Romero and David Guetta’s “Ring the Alarm.” Culture Shock debuts a drum ‘n’ bass heater, “Renaissance,” and Steve Aoki and Alok “Do It Again” on their new collaboration. Blanke remixes Illenium and Kameron Alexander’s “Pray,” and Young Bombs release a four-track remix pack for “Starry Eyes.”
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.
Grant Kwiecinski, better known as Detroit-based DJ and producer GRiZ, has spent the last few years modestly making major career moves. Aside from his penchant for touring and festival performances, he released the second edition of his Chasing the Golden Hour mixtape series in 2017, and started quietly releasing singles towards the end of 2018. Now back in full force, GRiZ has released his sixth studio album, Ride Waves.
An album full of features, GRiZ maneuvers previously uncharted territories with high profile talent like Snoop Dogg, Bootsy Collins, and Wiz Khalifa, while bringing on some long-time favorites like Muzzy Bearr, Yoshi Flower (formerly of Gosh Pith), and Leo Napier. With funk and bass taking a front seat as always, Ride Waves expands on GRiZ’s classic sound over 14 tracks, which can all be streamed below.