i_o previews his remix of Above & Beyond’s ‘Alchemy’

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Mysterious techno producer i_o uploaded a 45 second clip of his remix of classic Above & Beyond track ‘Alchemy’. The mau5trap artist has quickly gained recognition with his dark sound and versatile production, having sold out 5 of 6 opening tour shows and set to play Beyond Wonderland on March 22. He recently collaborated with Tommy Trash on progressive house single ‘Let Me Go’.

i_o’s “Alchemy” remix hits hard with its pulsating bass and hi-hats, putting a dark, techno-inspired twist on Above & Beyond’s beloved trance song. It feels like quite a fitting reimagining, given the original’s poignant themes. “Alchemy” has been previously remixed by Seven Lions and Jody Wisternoff. This particular re-work is i_o’s first stab at an Anjunadeep re-work.

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Tommy Trash links with i_o for progressive house heater, ‘Let Me Go’ featuring Daisy Guttridge

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i_o joins Tommy Trash, the “Reload” producer with Sebastian Ingrosso and John Martin, in his return to progressive house with their new single “Let Me Go” featuring Daisy Guttridge. In fact, one of the last songs Tommy Trash released was with i_o about a year ago: “Oxygen,” also featuring Guttridge. Whereas the former was released on Spinnin‘, this time around deadmau5 showcased the collaboration on his mau5trap imprint.

“Let Me Go” begins with Guttridge’s soothing vocals making their way to a bed of synths that lead into arpeggiated plucks a slow build. These plucks are maintained as the lead melody amidst a progressive house rhythm and vocal fills.

i_o represented on Dancing Astronaut’s Ones to Watch in 2019 list with a stellar 2018 from his debut EP, ANALOG//DDoS, all the way to his most recent bass-centric Low EP. Teaming up with Tommy Trash continues to add credibility to the rising star.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 77

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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.


After a slew of impressive originals in 2018, Mielo kicks off his 2019 with the first single from his debut EP, “ILY.” His contemplative style is beautifully exhibited here, ands he teams up with vocalist Sarah De Warren to bring an even more heavenly element to the tune. Gorgeous piano melodies and dreamy synths create a perfect backdrop for the vocals and subdued percussion in “ILY.” Mielo leaves listeners wanting more with this one, and it serves as an introspective precursor to the forthcoming EP.

Speaking of first singles from new EPs, Haywyre has returned to kick off his funky-fresh Panorama: Form EP with “Let Me Hear That.” This one, like much of his music, is irresistibly groovy. It’s packed full of lively piano and synth melodies that embody Haywyre’s sound in every way. He’s categorized this surefire hit as “maximum funk,” and rightly so. It’ll be tricky to get this one out of your head.

Camo & Krooked are putting themselves on the map with the release of “Atlas.” This one manages to contain the powerful, wall-busting energy their tracks tend to have, bottling it carefully with meticulous production. Its journey-like qualities truly make the title appropriate, and the prolonged introduction builds anticipation in a spectacular way. When the drop hits, the listener is taken on a wild ride of dramatic drum & bass rhythms and thrilling themes.

House heavy-hitter Dustycloud has returned to deliver yet another powerful number. The Parisian powerhouse looks to be asserting his dominance in 2019 with “Brave,” which pounds the listener with copious doses of bass right from the get-go. He gives a brief taste of what to expect in the beginning before diving into a deep canyon of bass. A restrained break in the middle of the song gives the listener a brief chance to catch their breath again before the bass again takes over. It’s pure intensity.

Fans of i_o know that he’s been teasing a massive collaboration with Tommy Trash for weeks. “Let Me Go” has finally arrived on mau5trap, much to the delight of those who’ve been waiting seemingly for ages (read: me). The dance floor-primed track reunites the two producers, who first collaborated on “Oxygen” in 2017. They’ve tapped the gorgeous vocals of songstress Daisy Guttridge to deliver this silky-smooth progressive track—and it’s well worth the wait.

NMF Roundup: Medasin returns with ‘Mr. Skitters,’ i_o teams up with Tommy Trash, Feed Me releases first single from new album + more

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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.

Above & Beyond kick off New Music Friday in fine fashion with their new single, “Distorted Truth.” Tommy Trash and i_o unleash their much-anticipated collaboration, “Let Me Go,” and Medasin returns with his first original of 2019, “Mr. Skitters.” Diplo and Octavian make an impeccable team on “New Shapes,” as do Feed Me and Rosie Doonan on “Feel Love.” Hardwell and Dannic unveil “Chase The Sun,” and Au5 rounds out his two-track Energize EP with “Activate.” The Chainsmokers bring another pop-inspired number via “Who Do You Love” with 5 Seconds of Summer, and David Guetta, Brooks, and Loote gear up for festival season with “Better When You’re Gone.” Quintino can’t be brought down in his new single, and Pixel Terror return to Monstercat with “Ultima.” Tisoki delivers a fresh remix of Party Favor‘s “Blame,” and Jay Hardway takes off into the atmosphere with “Aliens.” R3HAB joins forces with Icona Pop for “This Is How We Party,” and Darude and Sebastian Rejman craft a euphoric dance number in “Release Me.”

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.

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mau5trap delivers ‘We Are Friends Vol. 8’ compilation featuring i_o, No Mana, ATTLAS, and more

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deadmau5‘s mau5trap imprint has delivered its eighth rendition of the We Are Friends compilation series, comprised of 35 tracks from the label’s repeated repertoire, along with a variety of up-and-comers. The three-and-a-half-hour run time showcases familiar faces such as i_o, with a remix of deadmau5’s “Imaginary Friends” from the label boss’ orchestral Where’s the Drop? compilation albumOther notable producers on the project who demonstrated stellar growth in 2018 include No Mana, ATTLAS, and EDDIE.

A grip of newcomers dominate the audio engineer-themed soundscapes that span the collection of songs. Unique in arrangement and cinematic in nature, deadmau5 continues to push the limits of modern electronic music through sound design and collaboration. To mark the start of festival season, Joel Zimmerman is set to unleash a live performance with his cube 3.0 worldwide debut at Ultra Music Festival.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 72

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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.


The pure, vibrant energy of this Oliver Heldens remix from Tom Staar is what initially drew me to it. The original is also full of life, but Staar’s take gives it an extra kick in the chorus, priming it for festival stages around the world. I’m hooked on the anthemic kick of the bass and the added percussion elements that make it completely irresistible. Songstress Shungudzo’s vocals work impeccably with the groovy beat, too.

nanobii is a master at flipping iconic childhood songs into modernized EDM masterpieces. He’s done takes on “Part of Your World” from The Little Mermaid and “Go The Distance” from Hercules. His infectious happy hardcore elements somehow meld perfectly with these nostalgic tracks, and his latest is no different. He’s taken “I2I” from 1995 Disney classic A Goofy Movie and flipped into a powerful live edit. In its brief 1-minute-and-36-second length, nanobii weaves in elements of hardstyle and thumping bass… and it works. Don’t ask me how — it just does.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: any day with Feint in it is a good day. But any day with brand new Feint in it is an even better day. The Manchester artist has revealed his first release of 2019: “Drifters,” out now on Monstercat. In true Feint fashion, “Drifters” is comprised of lush melodies, emotive vocals, and pristine production. This one also contains a gorgeous guitar theme in the background that complements the drum & bass rhythm beautifully.

Also from 1995 is this original piece of music from Japanese film Ghost in the Shell. American drum & bass producer Flite has put his own spin on “Making of Cyborg” from the movie, calling the tune “truly exceptional and timeless” in his description. This five-minute remix is a true journey, as Flite meticulously works to preserve the cinematic atmosphere of the song while adding his own intense stamp on the number. It’s thrilling.

With the release of mau5trap‘s We Are Friends, Vol. 8 compilation on January 4 comes the arrival of two new i_o songs: a remix of deadmau5‘s “Imaginary Friends” and an original called “404 Anonymous.” The shadowy producer welcomes his listeners to hell in these two authoritative pieces that cement his standing in the music world after a strong 2018. “404 Anonymous,” in particular, shows off his dark and eerie style perfectly, dragging fans into the deepest depths of techno with sinister synths and pounding bass.

NMF Roundup: Seven Lions, Wooli, Trivecta, and Nevve kick off 2019 with a mega collab, Lost Kings deliver fresh EP, Hardwell teams up with JGUAR + more

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It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With a refreshing amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today on the first NMF of 2019, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

Perhaps one of the biggest releases of today is a mega collaboration from Seven Lions, Wooli, Trivecta, and Nevve called “Island,” which is packed with cascading melodies and powerfully emotive beats. Lost Kings have also arrived in full force, releasing their Paper Crowns EP, which is headed up by “Don’t Kill My High” with Wiz Khalifa and Social House. mau5trap has released their We Are Friends, Vol. 8 compilation, which features 35 tracks from some of the label’s best rising acts, including i_o, ATTLAS, No Mana, and more. Hardwell kicks off his 2019 releases with “Being Alive” with JGUAR, and Sofi Tukker delivers four remixes for “Benadryl,” including a breezy take from TOKiMONSTA. Ghastly and G-Rex have joined forces on the formidable “Heretic,” and Tom Staar puts a grooving twist on Oliver Heldens‘ “Fire In My Soul.” 3LAU taps the talents of vocalist Carly Paige on his newest, “Would You Understand,” and Galantis‘ “Emoji” gets a rework from BEAUZ in their new remix pack.

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.

Dancing Astronaut’s Top Tracks of 2018

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Paring down an entire year’s worth of songs is no easy feat.

2018 saw the explosion of songs like ZEDD‘s “The Middle” and Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa‘s “One Kiss,” dominating both the dance music charts and the radio airwaves. Ear-catching tracks like these, along with fan favorites like FISHER‘s persuasive “Losing It” and Anti Up‘s entertaining “Pizza” wiggled their way into festival sets around the world and — love them or hate them — stood out as notable tracks that do their part in immortalizing this whirlwind of a year.

We also saw a creative collective of remixes surface in 2018, including Rinzen‘s compelling take on deadmau5 and Rob Swire‘s hit “Monophobia” and Skrillex‘s intoxicating rendition of Travis Scott‘s “Sicko Mode.” We celebrated the return of Gesaffelstein with “Reset” and welcomed new projects from Diplo in LSD and Silk City. We welcomed collaborations from Ekali, Medasin, and Elohim in “Forever,” Tiësto, Dzeko, Post Malone, and Preme in platinum smash hit “Jackie Chan,” and ZHU and Tame Impala in “My Life.”

Ultimately, though, we’ve narrowed 2018 down to 30 tracks that stole our hearts and smashed streaming records.

Dancing Astronaut’s Ones to Watch in 2019

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The dance music landscape of 2018 is more varied than it’s ever been. Artists of today show no fear in breaking free from the styles for which they’re known, leading to some of the most innovative and intriguing productions we’ve ever seen. This time of year, we take time to reflect on artists who have really come into their own in 2018 — and who show unparalleled promise in the years to come. The following artists have shown unrivaled creativity and have steadily garnered a fan base that’s embraced their inventive spirit.

Without further ago, we present our Ones to Watch in 2019 compilation.


i_o

by Bella Bagshaw

Dancing Astronaut’s Ones to Watch in 2019I O E1545432899152The deadmau5-housed mau5trap has proven itself in recent years a breeding ground for fierce, albeit offbeat, talent. Its newest young gun, i_o, has spent 2018 serving up some of the most nuanced techno and dark electro in the electronic atmosphere, with his middle finger perpetually pointed at convention and genre elitists, most acutely by way of his internet sensation “Not Techno.”

The dark shadow and computer-hacker-esque persona the producer has cast over his alias has incited widespread intrigue. Abundantly inspired by the mau5 himself, i_o’s productions are liable to send tremors and a dose of madness through any dance floor. From his debut EP, ANALOG//DDoS, to his most recent hypnotic, low-end-wielding Low EP, i_o doesn’t ask for his listeners attention, he implores it. It’s not a glitch in the matrix; it’s i_o.


Fisher

by Will McCarthy

Dancing Astronaut’s Ones to Watch in 2019Fisher 2017 Billboard 1548 E1545432832654It’s difficult to fathom a more meteoric rise in dance music than Fisher had in 2018. Outside of the cadre of Cut Snake devotees, the brashly blithe Australian artist was virtually unknown prior to this year. Yet, as the year draws to a close, Fisher has become all but ubiquitous through befuddlingly basic, but expertly-produced tech house productions.

After “Stop It” and “Crowd Control” swiftly became festival favorites across an eclectic array of DJs’ decks, he solidified his legacy earlier this month with a Grammy nomination. Love him or hate him, anyone who doesn’t consider Fisher an artist to watch in 2019 is, unequivocally, “Losing It.”


Golf Clap

by Josh Hymowitz

Dancing Astronaut’s Ones to Watch in 2019Golf ClapHugh Cleal and Bryan Jones were born in the Detroit underground, throwing parties and building their credibility among local and international talent alike. However, it’s in 2018 when Golf Clap really started to break into the limelight as house music connoisseurs.

The duo is stellar behind the decks, receiving support from Sirius XM with a live broadcast of their AMF Music Festival set on Diplo’s Revolution (as well as an official Cookout mix premiered by DA). Their DJ skills also translates to seamless remixing ability, with groovy official remixes for Zeds Dead & Illenium on Deadbeats, Louis The Child on Interscope, rising indie-pop duo Broods on Atlantic, and more. They’ll head into 2019 with boundless forward momentum, ringing in the New Year at Spybar Chicago and gearing up to provide direct support for AMF curator Destructo at 45 East Portland.


Spencer Brown

by Bella Bagshaw

Dancing Astronaut’s Ones to Watch in 2019Spencer Brown Windows 95 On Acid E15454346534292018 is the year Spencer Brown‘s illusions became his truth. His debut album on the ever-influential AnjunadeepIllusion Of Perfection served as the invariably expedient vessel to his success this year. The album is nothing short of progressive house éclat, with its halcyon aesthetic and journey-like vigor. Unsurprisingly, the otherworldly project gave life to its name, permeating through respective charts.

The authentic and expectation-eclipsing nature of the young San Franciscan native’s sparkling productions have raved across EDM airways, amassing plays from Electric Area to Tommie Sunshine to Pete Tong. With support from the likes of industry excellence like Above & Beyond in his corner, Brown is poised for another outpour of greatness in 2019. 


Midnight Kids

by Farrell Sweeney

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Few artists amass more than 8 million streams on their very first single and follow up with a high-profile collaboration for their second. Ever fewer receive the support of artists such as The Chainsmokers, Don Diablo, and Gryffin within six months of starting in the industry. Dylan Lee and Kyle Girard have done just that within their first year as public-facing artists, producing music under the moniker Midnight Kids.

Debut single “Find Our Way” went onto become a BPM-breaker on SiriusXM, and follow-up single “Serious” featuring Matthew Koma hit 1 million streams in less than a month. The duo made their debut live performance opening for Alesso in Los Angeles, and as the year is coming to a close, they have had six releases signed to Proximity. Midnight Kids have achieved in one year what it takes many newcomers years to achieve. If 2018 is any indicator of what to expect in 2019, fans can prepare to be hearing a lot more of them.


1788-L

by Chris Stack

Dancing Astronaut’s Ones to Watch in 20191788 L Logo1788-L saw a major rise in prominence in 2018 through deliberate remix work of artists like Daft Punk, Virtual Self, Kraftwerk, and Skrillex. The glitched-out, cinematic, headbanging rhythms from the computer-focused hidden figure found their way on REZZ‘s Certain Kind of Magic album and Illenium‘s “Sound of Where’d You Go” Awake remix album. He also did official remixes for The Glitch Mob and RL Grime.

In addition to these massive collaborations, 1788-L released a debut EP, S E N T I E N C E, which showcased the artist’s unique, narrative style and precise sound design. The producer also supported REZZ and Ekali on tour, while playing as a surprise guest at Das Energi in Utah, and for the new year is a part of Texas’ Lights All Night lineup.


Swardy

by Robyn Dexter

Dancing Astronaut’s Ones to Watch in 2019Swardy Here On My OwnSince 2011, The M Machine‘s Ben Swardlick and Eric Luttrell have wowed fans with OWSLA releases and first-rate remixes for the likes of Bruno Mars, Madeon, Empire of the Sun, and more. In 2017, they made their first appearance on Mat Zo‘s Mad Zoo label, releasing their debut full-length, Glare.

In recent years, the duo have been trying their hands at solo projects, with Luttrell joining the Anjuna family and Swardlick striking out as Swardy. Following a debut release as Swardy for Robotaki‘s “Restless,” Swardlick unveiled his first original, “Here On My Own,” which caught the ears of fans across the music spectrum (and Porter Robinson!) with its calming vocals and minimalist instrumentals. It made the perfect opener to what would later become the full-fledged Here On My Own EP, which was released on Mad Zoo in July to much praise. Time will tell what Swardy has in his arsenal, but it’s guaranteed to be innovative and as refreshing as Here On My Own.


Nitti Gritti

by Robyn Dexter

Dancing Astronaut’s Ones to Watch in 2019IMG 1264 E1545494496571In a short amount of time, Nitti Gritti has become an EDM household name. The Miami-based producer polished off 2017 with a massive EP on Tchami‘s CONFESSION and dove headfirst in the new year with a well-received dubstep original, “Crack.” Flexing his versatility, Nitti Gritti teamed up with Wuki to produce Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull’s “Move To Miami” and followed it with an alternative rock-based EP in June.

Nitti Gritti’s final body of work of the year, Drive, was delivered via Mad Decent in October, but he didn’t slow there. His November remix of Dillon Francis‘ “White Boi” garnered attention for its use of heavy-hitting jungle terror drums, and he capped 2018 with the bass-filled “Forbidden Kingdom Anthem” for the Florida festival’s inaugural edition in February.


Whipped Cream

by Steph Evans

Dancing Astronaut’s Ones to Watch in 201914231291 1124202554335047 1508321124958206794 O E1545491183985The buzz around WHIPPED CREAM has been steadily gaining momentum since her debut in 2015, but 2018 has been the year she’s really started to make her mark. With her DJ skills as her backbone, WHIPPED CREAM has built a unique artist act born in bass music, but with hip-hop and melodic influences that have provided a signature all her own.

After making her first big statement in 2017 with a debut EP, this year brought WHIPPED CREAM to a new, more confident freedom in her music. Three singles, “Blood,” “Bad for Me,” and “LUV,” marked a new era of partnership and support from the dance legion at Big Beat Records. Now armed with sold-out shows and a solid footing in her musical style, WHIPPED CREAM is gearing up for big things in 2019.


Deathpact

by Chris Stack

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Deathpact rose from the ashes after “Life & Death,” a collaboration with REZZ, off her sophomore Certain Kind of Magic album. Since then, the mystery-shrouded has released two EPs, Cipher One and Cipher Two, collecting multiple New Music Friday releases off Spotify. The high-caliber bass house productions, immediate press exposure, and a reprise of ODESZA‘s “Loyal” supported by Harrison and Clayton themselves has caused the electronic community to ask questions about the talented and connected person behind the calculated brand.

Fans started a chat room on Discord to explore the mystery and bring hypothesis as to the producer’s identity. Through cryptic websites and encoded text messages, Deathpact reached the coding community enthralled in darkness, mystery, and complex identities. The enigma hasn’t even started touring yet and is already on the watch.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 67

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 67Deters 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.


Electronic music’s favorite bickering best friends are at it again. After teaming up for a powerful remix of Knife Party‘s “Sleaze” last month, contending colleagues No Mana and i_o have returned for a collaborative original, “Bad Things.” They’ve enlisted vocalist Fay to give their bass-pounding venture an even more sultry vibe and unleashed it to the world via mau5trap. In the track, they’ve managed to blend a variety of genres, making “Bad Things” pleasing to fans of techno, house, trance, and everything in between.

With Skrillex now releasing music on a more regular basis, his latest endeavors are, of course, being remixed into the ground. His mega-collab with JOYRYDE, “AGEN WIDA,” has been flipped, revamped and recycled countless times since its release in late October. One of the latest to take on the fiery track is FREAK ON, a Venice Beach producer whose catalog only contains this track and one other (a remix of Spice Girls). This intense tech house rework of “AGEN WIDA” provides an awesome new perspective on the track, leaning into its house elements for a groovy rendition.

After sitting on the track for a while, Monstercat‘s Grant found that “Castaway” made for a perfect addition to the label’s reoccurring partnership with video game phenomenon Rocket League. “It’s a song about starting over, and the desire to escape from your current life or whatever it is that’s holding you back,” he says of the track. He enlisted vocalist Jessi Mason as a complement to the serene, easygoing soundscape he’d created and built a song that’s simultaneously complex and smooth.

graves can do no wrong. Just weeks after contributing a massive rendition of “If Only You Knew” to What So Not‘s Not All The Beautiful Things Remixes album, he’s back with a new original piece of work. Tapping the talents of singer EZI, graves uses her breezy vocals to set the tone for the meticulously produced pop/trap synthesis he’s created. His versatile ways of production shine no matter what he’s making, and it’s such a refreshing thing to witness and hear.

“i was lost but i was amazed at what i had discovered,” reads dull machine’s description of “the beauty in the hatred.” I, too, am amazed at what I’ve discovered in this track. This carefully designed song ascends with a minute-long introduction, its delicate melody building up to a theme of full-bodied instrumentation and crashing percussion. There’s a unique, endearing quality here — one that’s hard to put a finger on. Fans of Porter Robinson: pay attention.