GTA change name to Good Times Ahead, preview new mixtape through Diplo-assisted ‘Milky Cabrera’

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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.  

JOYRYDE enlists GOLD for another pre-album endeavor, ‘Yuck’ [Stream]

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A spoonful of a JOYRYDE record has proven potentially lethal in the years since he stormed the electronic threshold. With the help of Skrillex and former label partner, OWSLA, he’s scrawled his dance-primed, bass-driven insignia to the forefront of the scene in permanent ink.

Gearing up for his debut album, Brave, on Insomniac offshoot, HARD Recs (the auspiciously affiliated imprint’s first LP, too), JOYRYDE has unfolded the second single, “Yuck,” featuring Chicago rapper, GOLD, from the upcoming project. As the collaboration’s visual accompaniment illustrates, the track is among JOYRYDE’s most lurid releases to date. Searing trap chops replace his usual four-by-four time signature, while GOLD’s austere delivery solidifies the track’s shadow-dwelling lifeblood. But the message is not without tact: JOYRYDE and GOLD use the track to rendezvous within the notion of keeping one’s head down while remaining devoted to an artistic endeavor in order to foster and maintain a sense of individualism in the process.

“Yuck” follows the first single from the album, “I’m Gone,” another gumptious house offering which arrived this past February. The full-length studio album is poised to arrive this spring.

JOYRYDE releases personal tune, ‘IM GONE,’ announces LP signed to newly launched HARD Recs

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JOYRYDE releases personal tune, ‘IM GONE,’ announces LP signed to newly launched HARD RecsJOYRYDE IM GONE COVER

The wait for JOYRYDE‘s album has felt like an eternity. But, there’s finally a proverbial light at the end of the tunnel. He began teasing the first single off the upcoming LP just after President’s Day, also confirming that his album is still on its way. “IM GONE” has now been let out into the world to offer a taste of the musical journey in store for the burgeoning producer who took the EDM world by storm in 2016.

The track carries a heavy story behind it. “I started it while recovering from back surgery on maximum strength opioid pills,
explained JOYRYDE in a press release.  “Some parts I don’t remember writing. On those days, I realized what it was like to feel my mental health slipping.”

Indeed, it’s easy to hear these themes in the tune, whose aggressive words and violent bass house frame contrast with emotive piano progressions and bouts of orchestral strings for a tune that manages to depict his illustrate his inner turmoil in a club friendly way. The darker themes end happily: following the writing of “IM GONE” came the rest of the album. It title and release date remain a secret for now, but it seems we’re in for quite the ride.

HARD also has something to celebrate with this album, as it marks the official launch of their HARD Recs label. With a commitment toward preserving the brand’s ethos of curating artists on the cutting edge of hip-hop and electronica, the label is primed to house some top artists in its future. Says Insomniac boss Pasquale Rotella of the launch:

“Last year was massive for HARD and Insomniac Music Group, so it was a natural progression to get both teams working together to build a proper label experience. I’m excited for the roster of exceptional talent we’ll be curating for HARD Recs, and JOYRYDE is the perfect person to kick things off.”

 

 

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HARD Events Releases First Ever HARD Summer Compilation Mix

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We’re only a week away and excitement is building for fans of HARD Summer, one of Southern California’s most beloved music festivals. For those eager enthusiasts, that excitement continues today as HARD Events, one of electronic music’s biggest festival brands, released its first-ever compilation mix. The HARD Summer 2018 Compilation features some of the biggest

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First Listen: Ducky drops off a new heater ‘Down Low’ for HARD Summer’s 2018 compilation

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Just a week away from HARD Events’ bread and butter flagship event, HARD Summer Music Festival, the festival giant has announced the launch of its very own label, HARD Recs. In conjunction with the newly minted imprint’s launch, HARD has put together a meticulously curated HS18 compilation, consisting of the Aug. 4-5 festival’s familial faces, as well as some swiftly-rising newbies.

HARD has allowed Dancing Astronaut a first listen at Ducky‘s “Down Low,” off the compilation. DJing in various nightclubs since she was 13, Ducky is known for her eclectic style, oscillating between harrowing hardcore and lulling downtempo. “Down Low” is a menacing dubstep piece that pairs crashing synth layers with pitched up vocalizing for a rave-primed set list weapon that showcases Ducky’s head-turning style ahead of her upcoming HARD Summer outing.