Romania’s NEVERSEA makes earnest third effort [Review/Watch]

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Romania’s NEVERSEA makes earnest third effort [Review/Watch]Neversea

The third iteration of Romania’s coastal, fun-in-the sun (and long thereafter) festival, NEVERSEA, proved a particularly impressive production this past year—considerably so for a young festival still trying to find its footing in a swarming European event market. 

With tens of thousands of attendees, primarily from Bucharest and surrounding Eastern European meccas pouring in to the relatively quiet, though densely populated beach town of Constanţa July 4-7 for NEVERSEA’s multi-national electronic, hip-hop, and pop roster, success was a tall order, made taller with one of the aural agenda’s top-sellers, DJ Snake, rescinding his lineup spot in a last-minute heartbreaker of an announcement. 

But NEVERSEA rose to the occasion, largely due to its audacious artist acumen, which spanned UK-bred Sub Focus’ whiplash-inducing drum breaks, to the mellow electronic/live instrumentation synergy of Bob Moses. Saturday, the four-day affair’s busiest night, drew over 60,000 festival-goers, NEVERSEA reports; and while by 7 pm there was little room to move about freely (particularly near the main stage), let alone secure an opportune spot, most of the all-ages attendees hardly seemed to mind. The remaining three days saw much of the same congestion near the main stage, though mostly confined to the riper hours of the evening during the most prominent performances, like that of Alesso and G-Eazy.

[Neversea 2019 Dancing Astronaut X Born Ready Recap from Born Ready Films on Vimeo.]

The Temple

The varied and immaculately decorated subsidiary stages offered ample refuge from the often-overflowing headlining performances. The kaleidoscopic Temple Stage, for example, with the elevated Constanţa strip as its beckoning, spotlit backdrop, hosted a lustrous litany of club-centric house and tech-leaning talent, including early-morning majesty from the likes of Jamie Jones, Boris Brejcha, and Dubfire. Faithful observers in the art of four by four, with penchants for surreptitious low-lit after-hour locales were sure to be found worshiping at the Temple.

The Ark

The Ark Stage offered dance digs of the most brash and unbridled variety. A walk past the vessel-themed stage could proffer either serrated drum ‘n’ bass displays from Andy C or Sub Focus and their razor-lipped MCs, or perhaps up-to-the-moment four on the floor from NERO‘s Dan Stephens. By all accounts, a rendezvous under The Ark is not for frightful ears.

‘Til the break of dawn

A stroll through the sandy grounds at daybreak proves NEVERSEA can hold an audience. Even at 5 am, as the orange glow of sunrise kissed the Black Sea coastline, and the delicious and delirious madness of Boris Brejcha’s “high-tech minimal,” an amalgamation of progressive, techno, and trance, began winding down, it was clear attendees were in it for the long hall—as hundreds remained camped around The Temple stage, wide-eyed and enthralled. The intensity of the Eastern European people is no myth, personified in hordes of young people dancing at 8 am with 8 pm vigor. They gathered restlessly, striking coquettish poses with the flowered festival foliage long after dawn stretched into day.

In just a few short years, NEVERSEA has solidified its spot as a must-attend on the Romanian festival front, really only contending with its Transylvanian sister soiree, UNTOLD. The robust beachside gathering is an impressive mid-sized mounting on the Eastern European festival mantle.

Video Work: Grant Stakenas via Born Ready Films

Anabel Englund and Jamie Jones share soothing house feeler, ‘Messing With Magic’

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Anabel Englund and Jamie Jones share soothing house feeler, ‘Messing With Magic’Anabel Englund

LA-based Anabel Englund recently released a satiating dancefloor feeler, “Messing With Magic,” with Ibiza mainstay, Jamie Jones, through Ultra Records‘ Area 10 division. With a dark twist in the form of a brooding bass supporting Englund’s resonant vocals alongside heartbeat percussion, the track offers its due diligence with a sprinkle of light, uplifting piano chords. The verses dive back into a more menacing tone, as the hooks bring the piano house into play. An electro-techno synth line casually creeps in to add to the track’s nonchalant air.

“Messing With Magic” follows another Ultra release for Englund, “So Hot,” which received a remix from MK and Nightlapse. Her debut EP is set for release in 2020.

NMF Roundup: RÜFÜS DU SOL remix Foals, deadmau5 unleashes another single, ‘FALL’ + 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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Ultra South Africa announces Phase 1 headliners: Jamie Jones, Dash Berlin, and more

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Ultra Music Festival gears up to make its seventh trip to Africa as the global party brand announces its Phase 1 lineup of Ultra South Africa for next year. The two-day event first touches down in Cape Town, before heading to Johannesburg a day later. The dance brand gargantuan’s South African arm arrives with a lineup that, even in its first phase, offers something for everyone—supplementing the boisterous mainstage acts with talent that brings a bounty of techno and deep house nuance, too.

Ultra South Africa Phase 1 Lineup (in alphabetical order)

Ultra SA marks the return of Jeffrey Sutorius under his famed Dash Berlin masthead, alongside Hot Creations label head Jamie Jones’ first time playing in South Africa.

In its nascent operating years, Ultra has quickly become Africa’s largest music festival, this year amassing over 50,000 people across its two-day stretch. Ultra’s worldwide expansion now features over 20 global stops, including Bali, Singapore, and Chile, just to name a few.

Ultra South Africa takes place February 28- 29 of 2020 with tickets on sale now.

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The Paradise reveals two-day festival lineup featuring Bad Bunny, Martin Garrix, Madeon, Jamie Jones, and more

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The Paradise reveals two-day festival lineup featuring Bad Bunny, Martin Garrix, Madeon, Jamie Jones, and moreMartin Garri Roger Ho Coachella B009541

The Paradise Music & Arts festival will bring its roster of multi-genre talent to the Dominican Republic for two days of music, art, gastronomy, and local culture this December. The lineup features massive dance figures including Martin Garrix, Alesso, and Steve Aoki, reggaeton and Latin trap stars such as Bad Bunny, Maluma, and Anuel AA as well as additional electronic support from Madeon, Tchami, Bob Moses, and more. The Paradise will take place December 20-21 in Cap Cana, Dominican Republic.

Formerly known as Electric Paradise, the festival’s fifth edition will be its biggest yet with an expansion from a one-day event to two days. Since the its inception in 2014, the festival has sold out every year.

This year’s The Paradise will host three stages including a live stage headlined by Bad Bunny and a dance stage. Guy Gerber‘s “RUMORS” will also return to the festival for a two-day takeover on the Electronic Paradise stage. Taking place on the Juanillo Beach, the Electronic Paradise stage will showcase the best of underground house and techno with performances by Jamie Jones, Dubfire, Nic Fanciulli, and more.

GA and VIP tickets are currently on sale. Learn more about The Paradise and buy tickets here.

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NMF Roundup: Zedd and Kehlani create a ‘Good Thing,’ Boys Noize links with Francis and the Lights + more

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NMF Roundup: Zedd and Kehlani create a ‘Good Thing,’ Boys Noize links with Francis and the Lights + moreZedd 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.

Zedd and Kehlani kick things off this final Friday of September with their new collaboration, “Good Thing,” and Boys Noize links with Francis and the Lights for “Why Not?” Kaskade keeps it mellow on his new collaboration with TELYkast, “No One Else,” and Zeds Dead join forces with Funkin Matt an Fiora for “Feel So.” AC Slater’s new album includes tunes like “Bad Behavior” with Chris Lorenzo and Purple Velvet Curtains, and Mercer takes on DJ Snake and Majid Jordan’s “Recognize.” Golf Clap and MASTERIA deliver “Mystery Scene” on mau5trap/Insomniac, and Gareth Emery follows “Laserface 01 (Aperture)” with “Laserface 02 (Thoughts In Pieces).” Dimension remixes himself on “If You Want To,” and Gorgon City reveal “Warehouse Mix” and “Terrace Dub” iterations of “There For You.” Tritonal team up with Rosie Darling on “Never Be The Same,” and NGHTMRE remixes Saven Lions, SLANDER, Dabin, and Dylan Matthew’s “First Time.” Galantis bring their piano-filled joy to “Holy Water,” and Tinlicker reveal their new LP, This Is Not Our Universe. Anna Lunoe and Nina Las Vegas cook up a weekend heater, “One Thirty,” and YehMe2 remixes Matoma and Bryn Christopher’s “All Around The World.”

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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Adam Beyer’s Drumcode releases ‘A-Sides Vol. 8’ featuring the underground’s next all-stars

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Adam Beyer’s Drumcode releases ‘A-Sides Vol. 8’ featuring the underground’s next all-starsDrumcode A Sides Vol 8

Techno connoisseur and DJ Adam Beyer has fueled the underground with up-and-coming artists and hit tracks for 23 years with his renowned imprint, Drumcode. The label has been a fixture in underground electronic music, and it’s yielded some of Beyer and the industry’s best work.

Drumcode has released its annual A-Sides Vol. 8, and it continues to showcase the brand’s quality and pulse on modern house and techno. The 25-track strong compilation features standout cuts that Beyer has received over the last year that he has thus far been unable to find a home for in Drumcode’s regular release schedule.

In A-Sides Vol. 8, multiple artists make their Drumcode return after multi-year hiatus’s from the label. Highlights of the compilation are Jamie Jones & Darius Syrossian‘s buzzy label debut “Eyes of the Night,” Nicole Moudaber’s first Drumcode release in 5 years with the mesmerizing “This Is Us,” Will Clarke‘s bass-drenched re-work of Adam Beyer & Bart Skils “Your Mind,” and Joey Beltram’s first label release in 11 years with the retro-tinged “Can You Feel It.” 

Those looking to experience Drumcode live can see if the label is bringing their artists to an event near them here.

Epizode Vietnam shares prolific phase-two roster: Jamie Jones, Loco Dice, Luciano and more

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Epizode Vietnam shares prolific phase-two roster: Jamie Jones, Loco Dice, Luciano and moreEpizode 7

Southeast Asia’s premiere destination festival, Epizode Vietnam, just added another arm of artistry to their top-notch house and techno roster via their phase-two lineup. A who’s-who of tech and four-on-the-floor purveyors, including Red Axes, Ben UFO, Behrouz and more will join the ranks of Ricardo Villalobos, Trikk and the remainder of the fierce first wave of the ticket.

Epizode Vietnam is more than just a music festival. Lasting 11 days on Phu Quoc Island, this festival is set to offer something completely new for its fourth year running. Beginning December 27 of this year, through January 7, 2020, attendees will kick start the new year with an iridescent array of music on a remote island surrounded by fellow world travelers.

Multi-passes are on sale now, here. View the complete phase-two roster for Epizode Vietnam below:

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Bob Moses share ‘Battle Lines’ remix EP with selects from Cassian, Jamie Jones, Hayden James, and more [Stream]

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Bob Moses share ‘Battle Lines’ remix EP with selects from Cassian, Jamie Jones, Hayden James, and more [Stream]Bob Moses Press Photo Lucas MK

Capitalizing on the success of their 2018 studio album Battle Lines, Bob Moses have released a massive 16-track remix package for the LP. The release coincides with the premiere of a brand new remix of Bob Moses’ “Listen to Me” by Australian producer Cassian. The remix album revitalizes the electronica indie dreamscapes championed by the original album with a compilation of eclectic selections from various producers.

Cassian’s remix transforms “Listen to Me” from downtempo ambiance into dance-floor affections, embracing energizing high-hats and rich brass in its change of pace. Having received airplay from Diplo’s Revolution, Sirius BPM, and other US commercial dance stations, Battles Lines [Remixed] encompasses remixes and edits from Jamies Jones, Hayden James, DJ Tennis, Eagles & Butterflies, and more as well as an extended mix of “Heaven Only Knows.” Stream the EP below.

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NMF Roundup: Skrillex and friends release ‘Malokera,’ Alison Wonderland and QUIX team up + 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.

Skrillex kicks off the weekend with a stacked collaboration, “Malokera,” with MC Lan, TroyBoi, Ludmilla, and Ty Dolla $ign. Alison Wonderland and QUIX have teamed up for “TIME,” and Louis The Child and Wrabel deliver a bittersweet joint effort called “Too Close.” CRAY brings a retro tone to her latest, “idontwannatalkaboutlove,” and The Knocks continue their summer releases with “Colors.” Cashmere Cat is full of “EMOTIONS” on his newest, and Good Times Ahead (formerly GTA) get with Flosstradamus for “Waffle House.” Cedric Gervais remixes DJ Snake, J Balvin, and Tyga’s “Loco Contigo,” and Mazare and Essenger turn it up to 11 on their new Monstercat single, “Berzerker.” The Chrises got in the studio for a new Anti Up single, “Right Now,” and Alok and Zafrir bring “Vale Vale” to listeners’ ears. HEYZ previews his new Bite This! album with “Castaway King,” and Valentino Khan drops off his new EP, stacked with songs like “BRB.” Fedde Le Grand puts his own touch on Matoma, MNEK, and Kiana Lede’s “Bruised Not Broken,” and Herobust preps for the weekend with “Dumb Lit.”

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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