[Exclusive Interview] SJ: The Future of EDM

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Nashville, Tennesee has the distinct honor of being nicknamed “Music City”. Since the 1950’s, the bustling southern city has held strong musical roots in different genres including R&B, Blues and of course, Country Music. However, one genre that rarely defines the capital city is EDM– but that’s changing now thanks to Seth Jones, better known

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Dustycloud crafts gripping original, ‘Ride’

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Known for his dark, entrancing beats and ominous progressions, Dustycloud has made a name for himself as one of house music’s cutting-edge newcomers. Dustycloud’s most recent release, “Ride,” is a testament to his developing signature style, as the striking original showcases a deep, rugged bass line, distorted samples of eerie vocals, and intriguing layers of percussion.

Dustycloud’s last piece was a shocking collaboration with none other than g-house guru, Drezo. Their track “House” garnered support for its grim, gritty undertones and prominent kicks, as the two producers created the single with unmatched chemistry. Dustycloud’s sound is comparable to dark house pioneers Malaa and Tchami, yet he adds his own flair into the mix, engineering unexpected, energetic flavor to his work. With his latest, “Ride,” the inventive French artist solidifies his potential as one of house music’s most promising up-and-coming acts.


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Jace Mek & ASDEK – Loose Mind

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By way of RL Grime‘s recent Halloween mix and on this brand new offering from Jace Mek & ASDEK, delicious Danny Brown samples are popping up in electronic music as of late. Where RL Grime’s version of “Blunt After Blunt” is trap-heavy, Jace Mek & ASDEK sample the rapper’s “I Will” on their dirty glitched-out house track “Loose Mind.”

Out on Tchami‘s imprint, CONFESSION, “Loose Mind” draws listeners in with its house production and illustrious sample. The two mesh together with low, rumbling bass and Parisian duo ASDEK imparting a classic French house sound on the tune.

As for the other half of the production efforts, this is hardly Jace Mek’s first run with CONFESSION. Back in 2016, the artist released “Whales” on the label, and more recently, collaborated with Habstrakt on their CONFESSION-distributed track, “I Wanna.” The Los Angeles-based artist also has releases out on Main Course Records, Mad Decent‘s sub-label Good Enuff, Dim Mak‘s imprint New Noise and Uprise Music.

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Let DA and The Wine & Cheese Party ignite your weekend pre-game fire [PLAYLIST]

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November 17 will bring a momentous occasion to Downtown LA: the arrival of Wine & Cheese‘s anniversary soirée.

When the brand originally started years ago as a mini-gathering on the dusty Desert Hearts dancefloor, its founders never imagined the cult popularity that would grow out of it. Eventually, Wine & Cheese expanded beyond its festival confines and into its own events brand, hosting parties that are known for being packed out with a loving crowd who enjoy pairing their wine and cheese with an equally classy slate of house, tech house, and techno.

Their coming anniversary celebration will be their biggest one yet, and features dual headliners of Dance Spirit and RYBO, along with a few other special guests and the Wine & Cheese creators themselves on the decks. Hosted once more in a discreet Downtown LA location, this all-night party will certainly be one for the books.

Ahead of the festivities, Dancing Astronaut joined forces with the folks over at Wine & Cheese to create a playlist that spans from mystical to gritty, while also introducing some key cuts by its star performers.

Grab your tickets to the event here




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Techno Tuesday: Josh Butler talks ORIGINS RCRDS, 90s influences and A&R

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Techno Tuesday is a feature on Dancing Astronaut documenting the culture of underground dance music. We’ll bring you exclusive interviews, tracks, and narratives from artists within the techno, tech house, and deep house world in an effort to shed light on some of the best talent outside the world of mainstream dance music.

House music stalwart Josh Butler continually delivers remarkable sounds at some of the industry’s most renowned festivals and fabled venues. With releases on Green Velvet’s Cajual Records, Kerri Chandler’s Madtech, Noir Music and more, Butler ascended to legend status with the formation of his own label ORIGINS RCRDS in 2016.

Before blossoming into his current widespread acclaim, Butler initially hit his mark with his jaw dropping debut “Got A Feeling” on Chase and StatusMTA imprint in 2013. A DJ Mag award for “Best Breakthrough Producer” for their annual Best of British roundup followed suit, before a B2B tour alongside Bontan and an opening slot on none other than Nile Rogers and Chic’s U.K. tour.

Later came numerous Ibiza residencies, with summer-long gigs at Sankeys, Ibiza Rocks and Defected @ Eden. Between appearances at these legendary venues, Butler spent his summer spreading top notch House grooves at festivals including Glastonbury, SW4, Defected Croatia, Parklife, Secret Garden Party and across numerous U.S. and U.K. tours.

Add to the mix collaborations with Kerri Chandler and Darius Syrossian, remixes for heavyweights Carl Cox and Joris Voorn, and Butler is poised to continue his reign. As a culmination of his talent, Butler launched ORIGINS RCRDS in 2016 and recently celebrated the label’s first birthday at Sound in Los Angeles alongside Huxley.

We caught up with Butler and chatted about his experiences traveling around the globe, from where he draws inspiration and more.


Your label just turned one – congratulations! What are some label highlights from the past year that you’re proud of? And what are some ORIGINS RCRDS goals for 2017 and beyond?
Thank you! A couple of the main highlights for me were working with some real US house heroes, especially Marshall Jefferson and Kerri Chandler. My goal now is to help build some new up-and-coming artists that I believe are staying true to the authentic house sound that I love.

Also, the next big step is Origins events. I have my first US showcase this weekend at Sound, LA where Huxley will be joining me. Huxley’s records have been in my collection for years, so I’m really pleased to have him involved and do a b2b special towards the end of the night.

What inspired you to create your own label in the first place?
A big part of starting it was because I was being sent so much great music from people around me. There were so many unsigned tracks that I was playing in my sets but I couldn’t do anything else with them… starting the label has given me platform to help newer artists that I believe in. Another driving force behind it was getting to know the originators Marshall, Todd and Kerri. Hearing their stories from Chicago and New York in the late 70s, 80s and 90s fascinated me, so I wanted to incorporate my passion for the history of our music in to the new project.

In the form of that luscious piano melody, Kerri Chandler infiltrates jazz and soul into your recent collaboration “Can’t Deny.” Is it important for you to listen to music outside the House realm for inspiration? Why/ why not?
I think it’s really important to listen to other genres. When I’m not in clubs I rarely listen to House or Techno music, and this is where most of my inspiration comes from. When I’m traveling or chilling, I listen to a lot of 60’s dub reggae, artists such as King Tubby and Lee Scratch Perry. I’ve been exploring some of the 60’s/70’s Motown records recently too. Anything with soul, groove and personality catches my ear.

You’re currently amid the North American leg of a worldwide tour. What’s the biggest difference between playing in America versus playing anywhere else in the world?
I just landed in Miami for the second weekend of the tour. I’ve missed this city so much, so I’m pretty gutted I’m only hear for 1 night actually!

You know what, recently there are becoming less and less differences between America and the rest of the world. At first, I admit, I was a little unsure the new generation of clubbers in the US really understood my music but the last 2 years have proved me wrong. EDM seems to be becoming a thing of the past and people are digging deeper for those underground sounds…

This was another factor for me starting Origins Rcrds, as it is a vehicle to help share music from the House music greats to my fans, the younger generation of clubbers.

Between your recent remix of Carl Cox’ “I Want You” and your Heroes of House series, 90s House music seems integral to your sound. What is it about the era that captivates you?
I guess the main thing is that I grew up during the 90s so I have a kind of nostalgic connection to those type of sounds. As well as this, and like I mentioned before, it’s partly the history side of things that captives me. The stories and the evolution of this form of music really excited me.

In a very saturated house market that teeters on the edge of monotony, where are some places you as a veteran artist seek out inspiration to stand out from the pack?
Honestly, it’s not something that can be formulated or forced. I find inspiration from all kinds of things; a style of music, a country I have traveled to, people I have met, parties I have been to etc. Don’t get me wrong, I have sat in the studio for days sometimes when I haven’t been feeling inspired but it ends up being counter productive. I find just letting things flow naturally and not over-thinking the process is always best!

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No Mana drops sinister remix of Feed Me & Kill The Noise’s ‘Crazy Maybe’

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No Mana has been a bit of a revelation in 2017. The mau5trap signee has been making waves in the underground community with his unique style of music, which saw featured on the label’s We Are Friends Vol. 6 compilation back in April. Since then, the mysterious producer has gone on to release a few engaging and dark tracks, that heavily feature a distinctive blend of house and techno elements.

Ending a three-month-long break, No Mana is back with a dark new remix of Feed Me & Kill The Noise‘s “Crazy Maybe.” The engrossing remix blends sinister synths, ethereal vocals, and a fantastic wobbling bassline with the structural simplicity and sound design of a modern big room track, and the result is an outstanding remix that is a testament to No Mana’s skill.

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EDX Delivers Vibed Out Deep Track “Runnin”

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On the brink of his 2-Decades Event on November 25th at The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles (TICKETS), EDX has hit us with some vibes with his latest single “Runnin”. Not really shocked. For the past 20-years, EDX has blessed Festival and Club stages alike with his unique sound and ability to manipulate crowds across

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JackLNDN – Start Over Again

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Out right now on Ultra Music is the Start Over Again EP from thriving producer and DJ JackLNDN. The UK born artist has shown real talent since he started working with the prestigious label, and this release cements that. The title track is an 80s inspired, synth-filled disco/house number that instantly gets you moving –

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The Magician unveils Slow Motion remix package

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Charismatic Belgian DJ and producer The Magician has unveiled the dynamic remix package for his smash single ‘Slow Motion’; a collaboration with UK producer TCTS, featuring the brilliant vocals of Sam Sure. Featuring reworkings from both Boston Bun and Punctual, the two acts opt for varied styles on their productions. Boston Bun kicks off his

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EMBRZ Releases Smooth New Single ‘Doubt House’

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Producer Jack Casey, known as EMBRZ, just released a very relaxed and yet captivating new single. Entitled ‘Doubt House’, the song takes you on a journey through catchy melodies and beautiful, dreamy chord progressions. This new single follows the release of his critically acclaimed debut EP ‘Progress’. The track itself combines picturesque retro synths and

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