Discover your Moonrise Festival must-sees, based on your musical preferences

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With Baltimore’s annual electronic affair, Moonrise Festival, rapidly approaching, Dancing Astronaut canvasses the event’s expansive lineup to highlight an array of acts that correspond with attendees’ musical preferences. Ranging from hip-hop heavyweights like 21 Savage to esteemed icons like dance music pioneer, Tiësto, Moonrise’s 2019 roster of talent is vast and spans multiple sub-genres. Although there is no limitation to the number of adept artists who top the festival’s lineup, Dancing Astronaut isolates a handful of producers to underscore why these eye-catching electronic entities warrant “must-see” status for Moonrise’s 2019 installment.

You’re a bass head

Through its consistent curation of bass artists over the years, Moonrise Festival has distinguished itself as one of the most bass-laden events of the East Coast festival circuit. To date, the key to the Baltimore mainstay’s bass-leaning lineups has been variety. As in past years of the festival’s production, Moonrise’s 2019 lineup intermingles renowned bass authorities who’ve proven themselves subwoofer-worthy with experimental producers on the rise.

Who to see:

Yellow Claw: With their 2013 single “DJ Turn It Up,” Yellow Claw meshed booming bass with a vigorous vocal overlay. The production matured to become an early electronic classic. It’s arguably one of the most readily recognizable trap tunes of the last decade. In the time since, Yellow Claw followed the seminal song with multiple hard-hitting albums, like 2017’s Los Amsterdam, 2018’s New Blood, and 2019’s Danger Days. Yellow Claw’s catalog is expansive and intense, and their contributions to the bass and trap landscape: storied. The OGs’ upcoming set rests atop the helm of the bass-centric artist agenda, whether it’s the Moonrise attendee’s first live introduction to Yellow Claw, or a welcomed reunion.

Decadon:

Respected in the Colorado bass music scene, Decadon has mustered considerable momentum in recent years. The producer’s fusion of rock and roll elements with bass line grit distinguished his live format from those of fellow bass taste makers, as his successive series of ear-shaking singles ensnared listeners in search of fiery arrangements. Those unfamiliar with Decadon’s sound will find “Get Me High” and “Inception” to be alluring introductions.

Habstrakt:

“I feel like I haven’t released enough music in 2018 and I’m about to change that,” Habstrakt tweeted as 2018 wound to its inevitable close. True to his word, the French bass authority has released six singles since, his most recent being “Lasagne,” produced alongside Bellecour. However, “Lasagne” only scratches the surface of Habstrakt’s riotous release activity of late. Preceding singles like “Control” and “De la street” exhibit Habstrakt’s rugged approach to bass house style. For a bass-burgeoning showing sure to shut down the Moonrise scene, stop by Habstrakt’s set.

You’ve got an affinity for the underground

Who to see:

i_o: Known for his irreverent, tongue-in-cheek online persona mau5trap resident i_o has steadily amassed an audacious following through his release of entrancing techno productions that command a distinctive presence in their characteristically dark tones, pulsating bass lines, and generally hypnotic frameworks. Offering an intoxicating whirlwind of vocal loops and beats, i_o’s catalog will undoubtedly lend itself to a stimulating live experience.

Hotel Garuda: After Manila Killa left the two-producer project that was Hotel Garuda, remaining member, Candle Weather, elected to carry on the alias as a one-man show, and has left listeners wanting for nothing in the time that has followed. Hotel Garuda’s “Head In The Trees” arrived as a fluid, honey-like production that not only marked the first Hotel Garuda single since Manila Killa halved the duo, but also the inaugural track to feature Candle Weather’s own vocals. There’s a dreamy, sometimes downtempo style to Hotel Garuda’s aesthetic that, infused with indie and house elements, makes for an inventive amalgamation of styles that sets Hotel Garuda apart from fellow entities of the underground.

Justin Martin: A central figure of the Dirtybird Collective, Justin Martin boasts a bubbly brand of house music that merges Martin’s own musical idiosyncrasies with the glitchy, unusual effects specific to Dirtybird productions. Along with Martin’s status as a storied producer comes his acute ability to both read a crowd and galvanize it to dance, leading Martin’s sets to feel distinctly immersive. Martin captivates attendees gathered at his sets with his high-spirited style behind the decks and with his infectious energy. Innovative–and often delightfully wonky–beats animate Martin’s speakers, ensuring that there’s never a dull moment when Martin takes the stage. Come for the music, and stay for the welcoming character of Martin and his assembled following.

You’re more inclined to vocal-centric, mainstream dance sound

Who to see:

Cheat Codes: While nothing in life may be certain, odds are the production in question will emanate some serious mainstream appeal if it bears the Cheat Codes stamp. The electronic trio, comprised of Kevin Ford, Trevor Dahl, and Matthew Russell, have shown their fingers to be planted ever so firmly–and consistently–on the pulse of dynamic dance sound in their series of standalone singles, all of which collaboratively underscore the group’s sonic versatility. While Cheat Codes’ Afrojack feature, “Ferrari,” took the triple-threat entity into trap territory, the Demi Lovato-assisted “No Promises” flaunted Cheat Codes’ acute ear for a smoothly constructed pop-electronic hybrid well-suited for radio play. Attendees seeking boundless live energy and ample opportunity to sing along to catalog staples ought not to pass up their chance to see the three-man outfit live.

Gryffin: Intermixing live instrumentation in DJ sets is an approach that has gathered momentum in the dance context, and Gryffin is one producer who excels at the all-encompassing approach. The classically trained musician has been known to incorporate guitar and piano into his performances, while remaining consistent with the dance format. With an array of wall-to-wall hits under his belt such as “Feel Good,” “Tie Me Down,” and “All You Need To Know,” Gryffin offers Moonrise attendees the quintessential live electronic experience.

Moonrise Festival will return to Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Track from August 10-11. Passes to the festival are available for purchase, here.

Habstrakt makes storied return to Monstercat for an off-the-wall serving of ‘Lasagne’

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Habstrakt makes storied return to Monstercat for an off-the-wall serving of ‘Lasagne’EAEuGvWkAECC

Towards the closing mark of 2018, Habstrakt fired out an exceedingly ambitious resolution.

“I feel like I haven’t released enough music in 2018 and I’m about to change that,” he vowed.

While some artists may have playfully toyed with a similar notion in sole aspiration of appeasing their fan base, the French bass-house authority has remained true to his commitment thus far in 2019 with a horde of releases already to his credit. Nearly one month to the day following his debut appearance on NGHTMRE & SLANDER’s Gud Vibrations, Habstrakt is boosting the release counter for the sixth time in seven months with a spirited return to Monstercat for “Lasagne” alongside fellow Frenchmen, Bellecour.

With a thunderous denomination like “Lasagne,” expectations of a favorable future output are inevitably paired alongside it. The appetizing plateful of a collaboration promptly indulges listeners’ cravings, as Habstrakt and Bellecour combine their notable bass-house tendencies for a grungy synth-drowned creation. While the age-old aphorism harps, “quality over quantity,” Habstrakt has shown a producer shouldn’t necessarily have to choose one or the other.

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Habstrakt Releases Hard Hitting House Banger “De la street”

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Habstrakt is not halting his momentum anytime soon. The French producer has been constantly releasing new music and also touring like a madman. It’s no wonder he’s had a continuous reign over the EDM landscape, and now he is back yet again with a brand new heart stopping track. Entitled “De la street” and released

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NMF Roundup: Kygo puts spin on Whitney Houston’s ‘Higher Love’ vocals, Wave Racer returns + more

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NMF Roundup: Kygo puts spin on Whitney Houston’s ‘Higher Love’ vocals, Wave Racer returns + moreKygo Cannes Photo Johanneslovund 2892

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.

Kygo kicks off this week’s NMF with a dancefloor-ready posthumous Whitney Houston collaboration, “Higher Love,” and Wave Racer returns after more than two years with “Auto.” RL Grimes comes in swinging with an edit of G Jones’ “In Your Head,” and Habstrakt brings his forceful brand of house music to Gud Vibrations with “De La Street.” Chris Lake and Lee Foss team up for “Lies, Deception, and Fantasy,” and Diplo releases a set of remixes for Higher Ground, including a rework by Solardo. Claude VonStroke joins forces with ZDS and KE for “Comments,” and Malaa takes things up a notch with a feisty remix of DJ Snake’s “Savage.” Madeaux links with Dances With White Girls for “Club Demons,” and “Worlds Collide” on Nervo’s latest. Goldroom continues a slew of releases with “I Can Feel It” with Love, Alexa. ShockOne and The Bloody Beetroots take to Monstercat for their new single, “Run,” and Laidback Luke and Mark Bale dance into the weekend with “Party Starter.” Klingande and Stevie Appleton craft an easygoing single in “Sinner,” and Moguai remixes Oliver Heldens’ “Summer Lover.”

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.

Photo credit: Johannes Lovund

First Listen: Habstrakt makes Gud Vibrations debut with ‘De La Street’

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First Listen: Habstrakt makes Gud Vibrations debut with ‘De La Street’HABSTRAKT Press Photo

French producer Habstrakt has crafted his sinister brand of house music for a variety of labels, but on June 28, he makes his debut on a brand new one: Gud Vibrations.

His first showing on NGHTMRE and SLANDER‘s label finds the artist cooking up a whirlwind of bass and beats by the name of “De La Street.” The producer asserts his dominant style from the get-go, slamming listeners’ ears with the forceful style of house music he’s become known for. While the beat moves the song along, Habstrakt has concocted an overall tone that’s moody and grinding. Its gritty qualities make it an exceptional follow-up to “Infinite,” which came out on Monstercat earlier this month.

At the year’s halfway point, Habstrakt has made a impressive mark, thrilling fans around the world with hits like “Control,” “All Night,” and “Darkness.” With the attention songs like these are receiving, it’s unlikely the world will see him slow down in the latter portion of 2019.

NMF Roundup: A-Trak remixes The Magician, Lost Kings unveil new original + more

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NMF Roundup: A-Trak remixes The Magician, Lost Kings unveil new original + moreA Trak

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.

A-Trak brings the heat this Friday with a tantalizing remix of The Magician’s “Ready To Love,” and Lost Kings tap Anna Clendening for their new original, “Too Far Gone.” Habstrakt makes his Monstercat debut with “Infinite,” and Claptone takes on MARINA’s “Orange Trees” in a spicy new remix. Space Laces reveals a remix package for Overdrive, featuring tunes like Gammer’s remix of “Torque,” and GTA release a formidable trap number, “FK IT.” Maduk has remixed Fox Stevenson’s “Take You Down,” and Afrojack bursts into June with “It Goes Like.” CloudNone, Direct, and Matt Van team up for “Lost and Found,” and R3HAB remixes NOTD’s “I Miss Myself.” Kaivon has put a new spin on Alison Wonderland’s “Peace,” and Duke & Jones flex their remix skills on Yellow Claw’s “Break of Dawn.” Julian Jordan keeps things grooving on “To The Wire,” and tyDi and Matt Fax have collaborated on “It’s Always Now.”

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.

Photo credit: Shane O’Neal

Habstrakt toes rugged sonic territory on riotous new single, ‘Control’

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Habstrakt toes rugged sonic territory on riotous new single, ‘Control’HABSTRAKT Press Photo

When it comes to musical molds, leave the shattering to Habstrakt. Hardly one to shy from sonic experimentation, Habstrakt returns to the electronic release ring with “All Night” successor, “Control” in tow. As the reverberating, low-seated bass that “Control” wields suggests, “Control” is what Habstrakt defines as his “grungiest and dirtiest” production yet. The track is host to a gritty house aesthetic that derives much of its sharp edge from the chopped vocals and metallic synths that work together in a rugged fashion.

“Control” is the product of Habstrakt’s warlike vision of the cut: The artist cites “the smell of burnt cars and tear gas” as the track’s two central sensory inspirations in a press release. “Control” straddles drum ‘n’ bass and UK house, to merge sub-genres with decided flippancy on the single, which Habstrakt proclaims to be “a middle finger to anything predictable and repetitive.”

“Control” is out now via CONFESSION.

NMF Roundup: FISHER delivers new single, Gareth Emery & Ashley Wallbridge unveil LP, Whethan links with Jeremih + more

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NMF Roundup: FISHER delivers new single, Gareth Emery & Ashley Wallbridge unveil LP, Whethan links with Jeremih + moreFisher Photo Credit NAFT Photography For Insomniac

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.

This week brings with it the arrival of a fiery new FISHER single—one fans have been eagerly anticipating—along with the next track from Avicii‘s posthumous album, TIM, called “Tough Love.” Gareth Emery and Ashley Wallbridge have delivered a 14-track LP called Kingdom United, featuring euphoric trance numbers like “Vesper.” Whethan‘s tapped Jeremih for his new single, “Let me Take You,” and Alpha 9 and Kameron Alexander arrive at Anjunabeats “Before The Dawn.” Boombox Cartel and MadeinTYO create a trappy party atmosphere in “NEW WIP,” and Habstrakt keeps the bass slapping in “Control.” Kill Paris once again uses plants to create music in “Venus Fly Trap,” and RL Grime unveils instrumental versions of his NOVA tracks, including “Shoulda.” Gorgon City and Kaskade lead us into the weekend with “Go Slow,” and Hannah Wants unleashes a retro house number with “Love Somebody.” Ellie Goulding taps Don Diablo for a remix of “Sixteen,” and Kölsch takes on Jam & Spoon’s “Stella.” David Guetta and RAYE join forces on “Stay (Don’t Go Away),” and Medasin crafts a breezy piece with Kathleen, “Always Afternoon.”

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.

Photo credit: NAFT Photography for Insomniac

HARD Summer drops 2019 roster, featuring Alison Wonderland, Tchami, Kid Cudi, RL Grime, and more

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HARD Summer drops 2019 roster, featuring Alison Wonderland, Tchami, Kid Cudi, RL Grime, and moreHard Summer Mainstage Dusk

HARD Events’ hallmark, HARD Summer will return to Fontana Speedway this August for its 12th year of multifarious musical mayhem.

The SoCal staple’s 2019 lineup is colorful and cold-blooded as ever, bringing major players primarily from electronic and bolstered by hip-hop. From the former of these realms comes Alison Wonderland, Major Lazer, Dillon Francis, and a seemingly interminable length of others. And from the crest of HARD Summer’s rap/hip-hop current brings Kid Cudi, Juice WRLD, Sheck Wes, and more.

This year running the weekend of August 3-4, HARD Summer has long lived as a source of sonic foreshadowing of talent, particularly in the electronic space, showcasing acts like Skrillex and Diplo ahead of their rises to super stardom. Tickets to HARD Summer go on sale Friday, April 26 at 9 am PST. Additional festival information can be found here.

HARD Summer Music Festival 2019 Lineup:

12th Planet

Alison Wonderland

AMOK (Will Clarke + Sian)

Andre Power

Anna Lunoe

Anti Up

Armani White

A-trak b2b YehMe2

BAYNK

Benda

Black Caviar

Blanke

Blesst

Cam Girl

Candy Rain

Claude VonStroke

Dack Janiels

Dateless b2b Lucati

Diablo

Diesel (Shaquille O’Neal)

Dillon Francis

DJDS

Dom Dolla

Dombresky

Dreamdoll

Droeloe

Duke Dumont

Excision b2b NGHTMRE

Flux Pavilion b2b Netsky

Flosstradamus b2b 4B

G Herbo

G-Rex

Gammer

Ghastly

Graves

GRAVEDGR

Habstrakt

Hekler

Herobust

Hucci

Jessie Reyez

JPEGMAFIA

Juice WRLD

Justin Martin

KAIVON

Kasbo

Kayzo

Kid Cudi

Kill the Noise

Kyle Watson

Lauren Lane

LICK
Lil Mosey

Lil TJay

Loco Dice

LP GIOBBI

MadeinTYO

Major Lazer

Monki

Moon Boots

Ms. Mada

Mustard

Noizu

OMNOM

OOKAY (Live)

Rick Trainor

RL Grime

Robotaki

Sheck Wes

Shlohmo

SOSUPERSAM

Soulja Boy

Space Jesus

Subset

Subtronics b2b Dirt Monkey

Tommy Genesis

VNSSA

What So Not

Whethan

Young Franco

Yultron

ZHU b2b Tchami

Zia

?? ????? b2b ?????

Photo Credit: Rukes

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 82

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 82Deters Beat Lab@0.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA managing editor Robyn Dexter. With a taste that can only be described as eclectic — to say nothing of a name that lends itself to punnery — DA is happy to present a selection of tracks personally curated by Dexter for your listening pleasure.

Listen in playlist format here.


Nora En Pure kicked off her year with the release of a beautiful new Spinnin’ single with Ashibah, “We Found Love.” A few months later, she’s released a small set of remixes for the track, including one she put together with Passenger 10. The pair have opted for a more understated take on the song, ditching the original’s bright melodies and piano for a more subtle atmosphere—one that would seem more appropriate pulsing through a hazy club than its radio-friendly predecessor. This version creates a dreamier environment and paints Ashibah’s vocals in a whole new light.

It’s been many months coming, but the wait for new Goldroom music has finally ended with the release of “Cocaine Girl.” Fans may recognize the intro to the track from his June “Saguaro” mix, which kicked off with what would later become his first release of 2019. “Cocaine Girl” features the blissful, sunshine-soaked melodies and beats we’ve come to know and love from Goldroom. It seems like this track might be the first release of many this year, as the artist wrote on his social media accounts: “Thank you for being so patient with me while I found myself. Shall we go on a journey together this year? There’s a lot of new music to share…”

2019 sees the return of Habstrakt in his finest house music form. He first burst into the new year with the moody “Darkness” on Spinnin’ in January and now returns with a mighty new house heater, “All Night.” Out via Musical Freedom Records, the track is Habstrakt in his classic form: cranking out a bassline that’s irresistible matched with catchy vocals. Prior to these two tracks, the last offering listeners received from Uncle Habby was the trap-centered “All Night” in October, so fans of his infectious house stylings likely rejoiced with his return to the moody pulsing beats.

CRi debuted on Anjunadeep last year with “Remember You” and makes a splendid return with his new EP, Initial. I gravitated toward the EP’s last track, “Hidden Places,” right off the bat because it’s different from the first two tracks. Instead of a house beat as a backbone, “Hidden Places” features an alluring and gradual build that seems to take place over the entire length of the song, giving the entire piece an introspective feel. The song seems to leave space in between the breakbeats and the contemplative melodies for the listener to truly dig deep into their emotions.

Bakermat follows February’s pop-oriented “Trouble” with a spirited rework of Beatchild and Justin Nozuka’s “The Only Difference.” The Amsterdam-based artist backs the soulful R&B track with a spirited dance floor-ready beat and plays up the lively piano melodies. The song works beautifully in both formats, never losing its passionate core. Bakermat continues to bring the party to whatever he’s producing, putting his unique stamp on songs of all shapes and genres.