Ultra reveals phase three lineup, stage programming

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Ultra reveals phase three lineup, stage programmingUltra Music Festival Photo Credit Rukes

Ultra Music Festival‘s 22nd iteration is upon us, and the organizers have released the phase three lineup in addition to stage programming ahead of the March 20-22 event. New artists added to the lineup include Belgian hardstyle powerhouse Coone, Baauer, TOKiMONSTA, and CRAY, among others. David Guetta will have a remarkable year, with the producer playing his first North American festival show as underground alias Jack Back. After 13 consecutive years playing Ultra, Guetta will also be closing out the festival for the first time.

Both Revealed Recordings and A State Of Trance will be celebrating major decade milestones, with Revealed hitting its 10-year mark since the label launched, and A State Of Trance returning to the festival for its 10th consecutive Ultra showcase.

Ultra’s main stage will feature the usual array of heavy-hitting artists across a variety of electronic music genres. The Live Stage will play host to a plethora of dynamic performances that are unique attractions for attendees. These include Grammy-winning Flume, making his Ultra debut while he closes out the entire festival with an avant-garde showcase of drums, synths, and a myriad of other instruments. Gesaffelstein will close out the stage on Saturday, marking his first Miami performance since debuting his new live show this spring. Friday evening will be rounded out by Zedd presents The Orbit, which will see the producer preform on an LED-backed orbiting structure that revolves on all sides of the producer.

Another new addition to the festival will be a brand new RESISTANCE-presented stage called “The Cove” because of its unique waterfront positioning with Biscayne Bay. Featured artists include Solardo, CamelPhat, ARTBAT, and more.

Tickets to Ultra are currently on sale here, and the full stage lineup can be found here.

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Tom Staar & Jack Back produce a ‘Body Beat’

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Tom Staar & Jack Back produce a ‘Body Beat’David Guetta Jack Back

Whats the point of making house music if there’s no fun in the process? Tom Staar and Jack Back (a.k.a. David Guetta) certainly sound like they had a ball crafting their latest collaboration. “Body Beat” is a lively club track comprised of a bouyant house beat and Afro-inspired production elements, with a silly vocal sample sprinkled on top. It’s simple, it’s catchy, and it captures the essence of what makes house music so popular.

“Body Beat” is released via Toolroom Records, the omnipresent label headed up by Mark Knight. The release closely follows the news of Toolroom Academy’s launch, as well as Knight’s latest track Mona Lisa. It appears as though the imprint is pulling out all the stops for the new decade.

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NMF Roundup: Mat Zo drafts ‘The Next Chapter,’ Galantis release ‘Church’ LP + 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.

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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Idris Elba’s ‘On Life’ receives Jack Back remix

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Idris Elba’s ‘On Life’ receives Jack Back remixDavid Guetta

Idris Elba‘s latest single, “On Life” has received a fresh rinsing by David Guetta, via his tech house oriented Jack Back alias. Where Elba puts forth a deeper, heads-down mix, Guetta adds a bit more melody to the mix with twinkling synth arpeggios while maintaining the overall structural integrity. One might argue the French producer may be taking cues from artists aligning with the Diynamic/Afterlife sound in current days. Both renditions make for pleasurable additions to the dancefloor, and can be found on Elba’s 7Wallace imprint.

David Guetta’s had a notable year of releases; over the summer of 2019, he and MORTEN had been tapped as official remixers for Avcii’s “Heaven.” Prior to that, he and the aforementioned collaborator paired on their crossover, Aloe Bacc-assisted hit, “Heaven.” Meanwhile, Idris found himself headlining Coachella’s Yuma tent and increasing his DJ profile with gigs at various elrow stops, Creamfields, and beyond. He also took up a residency at David Guetta’s F*** ME I’M FAMOUS! night at Hï Ibiza, making their recent 7Wallace collaboration feel like a natural next step in their relationship.

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NMF Roundup: Valentino Khan remixes Tchami, Gryffin teams up with Maia Wright + more

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NMF Roundup: Valentino Khan remixes Tchami, Gryffin teams up with Maia Wright + moreValentino Khan 3 White Rabbit

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.

Valentino Khan tackles Tchami’s “Rainforest” in his latest remix, and Gryffin teams up with Maia Wright for “Body Back.” Lost Kings tap Marc E. Bassy for “Somebody Out There,” and Adventure Club unveil their Death or Glory Sessions. David Guetta remixes Idris Elba’s “On Life” as Jack Back, and Sullivan King reveals his debut album, including tracks like “If My Eyes Are Vampires (Your Body Is My Sunlight)” with TYNAN. Fox Stevenson, too, has a debut album out on Oct. 18, featuring songs like “All Night,” and Hardwell teams up with Deorro, MAKJ, and Fatman Scoop for “Left Right.” Henry Fong encourages listeners to “Jump Up” with his new single, and Flosstradamus and Megatone deliver “Bounce Back” after premiering the track with DA. Faux Tales has released his ethereal Hiraeth LP, and Madnap and Luma have collaborated on “Faces.” YehMe2 and Wuki “Throw It” on their new collaboration, and vowl. and Brock Wilson jointly release “recluse.” Justin Jay puts his own spin on NGHTMRE and A$AP Ferg’s “REDLIGHT,” and Boombox Cartel and Griff Clawson reveal “All I Want.”

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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NMF Roundup: Diplo remixes Kaskade, Spencer Brown takes on deadmau5 + 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.

Diplo leads the charge this NMF with a sultry remix of Kaskade, Felix Cartal and Jenn Blosil’s “More,” and Spencer Brown previews deadmau5’s forthcoming here’s the drop! remix LP with his take on “fn pig (ov).” Cashmere Cat’s sophomore album makes its debut on Sept. 20, featuring song like the Christina Aguilera-sampled “WATERGIRL,” and Chris Lorenzo takes on Boombox Cartel and MadeinTYO’s “NEW WIP.” M83’s much-anticipated 15-song DSVII is out now, featuring songs like “Feelings,” and Kill Paris puts an even groovier spin on Haywyre’s already-funky “Storyteller.” Opiuo and Lafa Taylor shine in “Send It,” and Muzzy tackles Knife Party’s “Ghost Train” with a sinister rendition of his own. Billy Kenny and Huxley take to the dance floor on “SWEAT,” and Feenixpawl and Marcus Santoro bring the feels with “Forever Young.” Cristoph puts his own spin on The Temper Trap’s “Sweet Disposition,” and Dom Dolla plays with words on “San Frandisco.” David Guetta remixes himself as Jack Back in a new remix of “Thing For You,” and Luttrell paints a serene soundscape with his remix of Jai Wolf and Mr Gabriel’s “Lose My Mind.”

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.

Carl Cox, Jamie Jones, Pete Tong, and David Guetta’s alter ego Jack Back all curating MMW events at Basement Miami

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Carl Cox, Jamie Jones, Pete Tong, and David Guetta’s alter ego Jack Back all curating MMW events at Basement MiamiCarl Co Space

Miami Music Week is so close we can taste it. The dance music world is preparing to descend on Miami for the annual week of revelry leading into Ultra Music Festival, and Basement Miami has put together a five-night lineup that simply should not be missed. Night by night from March 27 – 31, the programming duties at Basement will be helmed by some of electronic music’s most revered tastemakers, with Jamie Jones, Jack Back, Pete Tong, and Carl Cox all slated to perform at the Miami Beach club.

The Hot Creations night brings Jones, Erick Morillo, and David Berrie to the booth, while David Guetta‘s Jack Back alias has tapped MK, Claptone, and Amtrac. Carl Cox, Hot Since 82, and Clark Kent are also billed, making for one of the strongest collective lineups of the entire week.

See the full spread of talent performing at Basement for Miami Music Week and purchase tickets here.

NMF Roundup: San Holo reveals new single, JOYRYDE returns with ‘IM GONE,’ Vincent releases debut EP + more

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NMF Roundup: San Holo reveals new single, JOYRYDE returns with ‘IM GONE,’ Vincent releases debut EP + moreSan Holo Freddy Mercury Stance Goldrush Rukes

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.

Feed Me has at last revealed the full extent of his High Street Creeps LP, which kicks off with otherworldly “Perfect Blue.” JOYRYDE returns after “AGEN WIDA” with his first tune of 2019, “IM GONE,” and San Holo picks up his guitar in his new single, “Lead Me Back.” Afrojack and Chasner have unveiled their energy-filled remix of David Guetta, Bebe Rexha and J Balvin‘s “Say My Name,” and Party Favor and graves transport listeners to a festival main stage on “Reach For Me.” Vincent‘s debut EP officially hits the airwaves today, featuring heartfelt tracks like “Can’t Help Myself” with Pauline Herr. Manila Killa returns with his seven-track 1993 EP on Moving Castle, and The Knocks celebrate the end of the week on their new “block party mix” of Blu DeTiger‘s “In My Head.” It’s been almost a year, but RAM Records king Andy C has resurfaced to bring the world “Till Dawn,” a drum & bass number that’s simultaneously funky and intense. Vicetone‘s four-track Elements EP has arrived on Monstercat, featuring songs like “Home.” David Guetta dons his Jack Back moniker for a new Toolroom Records release with Cevin Fisher, “2000 Freaks Come Out,” and Louis Futon reveals his full 14-track LP, Way Back When. In an interesting turn of events, NGHTMRE, Shaquille O’Neal, and Lil Jon share a byline on their new single, “BANG,” and Diplo flexes on a new body of work, Europa, on Mad Decent.

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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David Guetta’s Jack Back alias connects with Mark Knight’s Toolroom for ‘Grenade’

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David Guetta’s Jack Back alias connects with Mark Knight’s Toolroom for ‘Grenade’David Guetta Jack Back

David Guetta returns to tech house via his new Jack Back moniker, teaming up with Mark Knight‘s Toolroom for a formulaic groover, “Grenade.” A classic house beat ride over a shy, filtered melody that echoes around the ears like wobbling metal. Vocals from Adam Freeland‘s “We Want Your Soul” come into play, setting up the arrangement for that swaying melody to come back with a vengeance, alongside an army of pounding kicks and percussion.

After disappearing for years, Guetta’s housier sounds made an appearance earlier in 2018 with the 12-track Jack Back Mixtape. A week later, he added onto his illustrious discography with the release of his highly-anticipated, double-sided album, adding to the the French producer’s illustrious 2018. While was a statement of pop-dominance overall, Guetta continues to remind listeners how he got there through house and techno releases.

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David Guetta’s double-sided ‘7’ is a timely portrait of dance music, spanning a voluminous 27 tracks [Review]

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David Guetta’s double-sided ‘7’ is a timely portrait of dance music, spanning a voluminous 27 tracks [Review]Cool Guy Guetta Photo Credit Ellen Von Unwerth

There often comes a time in great artists’ careers when they have acquired a certain level of devoutness from fans that allows them to truly feel free from the confines of an appealing facade or obligation to appease. Three decades into his into his artistic journey, David Guetta surpassed that milestone many musical epochs ago. Yet, with his Big Beat-housed, double-sided 7 album, Guetta endeavors to show the world there is uncharted sonic terrain worthy of the trek.

The two-disc album is certainly indicative of the different hats Guetta has worn over the years, most broadly as a ubiquitous dance-pop deity and more recently, the reveal of less radio-ready stylings from his alter-ego, Jack Back. Disc-one is Guetta as the world knows him — in all his prophesied pop eminence. Riddled with weighty collaboration, the first side of the venerated French powerhouse’s new studio work features a slew of larger-than-life joint efforts, including his previously released, immaculately sung “Flames” with Sia, a reunion preceded by their sublimely successful 2011 smash, “Titanium.” Guetta seems to cover all his streamability bases in this first portion, enlisting equally exalted dance pop sharks like Justin Bieber, Nicki MinajMartin Garrix on “Like I Do” and the Steve Aoki-assisted “Motto.” Guetta casts a wide net of appeal, following commercial counterparts like Major Lazer in sprinkling in some ever-so-timely Afro-pop, bolstered by the South African Black Coffee, on “Drive.”

Guetta’s recently unraveled side-project, Jack Back, drives home disc-two, which is comprised of groove-heavy, largely atmospheric tech-house. With winding, instrumental tracks like “Overtone” and “Afterglow,” it stands as an ambivalence-inducing paradox. On one hand, it represents the mainstream dance circuit’s acceptance of a more avant-garde product, of the scene’s most prominent figures’ willingness to deliver a raw, less-calculated extension of themselves. On the other — succeeding fellow icons like Calvin Harris, who recently announced he’d be receding back to his club-adept roots — this return to form can easily be construed as an overdue attempt to delineate oneself from the improbably saturated, monotonous sea of over-compressed bass drops. Tech-house, following progressive, future bass, and future house, takes its place among one of the most recent sub-genre crazes. The resurgence has been actualized by the likes of longtime devotees like Claude VonStroke, Carl Cox, and Green Velvet, who have been championing the jazzy, instrumental sound for decades. David Guetta plants his flag on side two. He’s earned the status to return to a less commercially viable aesthetic. What’s more, fans deserve something potentially more stimulating from such high-held superstars. Our palates are savvier than they were in 2010, and radio-ready blockbusters can only take an artist so far, and Guetta uses the back half of the gatefold to address that shift.

Yes, two years in the making, is Guetta’s seventh studio album. But the French DJ/producer wears the number as a badge of continuity.

7 is a magical number and represents a full cycle to me. When you’re just starting out as an artist you go step by step and it’s only positive energy; passion, love, challenges,” says Guetta. “…This is why ‘7’ is a perfect name to me, because I feel like I’m going back to my original energy which can be heard in this album.”

Existential turmoil aside, whether Guetta has been biding his time to showcase this doubtlessly more nuanced side of his artistic repertoire or he simply seized a timely opportunity to reinvent himself, performs as a spacious snapshot of contemporary dance music.