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.
After teasing it incessantly on social media, Dillon Francis and Alison Wonderland have finally revealed their heavy collaboration, “Lost My Mind.” Gareth Emery and Ashley Wallbridge bring a wave of emotion in “Kingdom United,” and Habstrakt drags listeners to shadowy depths with “Darkness.” Masters of funk Oliver Heldens and Lenno sample an old favorite in their new tune, “The Groove,” and Arty crafts another sparkling anthem in “Save Me Tonight.” Nicky Romero brings warm-weather vibes in his latest with Olivia Holt, “Distance.” Jason Ross‘ Rooms EP hits the airwaves today, bringing with it “Close Your Eyes” with Jonathan Mendelsohn. Chris Lorenzo brings the bass in his new two-track EP, Hallucinogen, as do Dr. Fresch and BIJOU in theirs, Gangsta Party. R3HAB brings “joy” in his new remix of for KING & COUNTRY, and LO’99 and Owl Eyes craft a smooth and enticing single in “Sometime.”
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.
Fans of Jeff Montalvo’s emotive line of dubstep certainly have no reason to fret as Seven Lions has been on the prowl lately. With a 42-stop Journey 2 tour ahead of him, along with the launch of his own record label, Ophelia, and several new releases under his belt this year, Montalvo has become a gentle predator and 2018 is his prey.
Earlier this year, Seven Lions released one of his newly minted cornerstone tracks, “Ocean,” with Jason Ross and Jonathan Mendelsohn. He now unveils a powerful remix package for the single, featuring reinterpretations of the track from Au5 and Grant. Colorado-based producer Au5 brings an electrifying twist to the original, resulting in a glitchy-bass rendition of the track. On the other side of the coin is the upbeat, refreshing jolt of color and pop sensibility that Grant brings to “Ocean,” resulting in a version sure to be a summertime fan favorite.
Seven Lions, Jason Ross, and Au5 will all be hitting the road together this fall on The Journey 2 tour, along with additional support from MitiS.
Seven Lions continues to fortify his newly founded Ophelia label via the release of “Ocean” and “The Sirens,” both of which succeed “Calling You Home,” the very first production to make its Ophelia debut. Fans of the producer will recognize “Ocean” as a staple of Seven Lions sets. “‘Ocean’ is one of the tracks that I’ve been playing out for awhile and people have been asking about,” Seven Lions says of the track. The artist touts “Ocean” as “the most talked about unreleased song [of his catalogue] in awhile.”
“Ocean” places Jonathan Mendelsohn on vocal duties, layering Mendelsohn’s vocal contribution atop a melody that rises and falls with both balance and precision, making for one of Seven Lions’ most polished releases yet.
Seven Lions and Jason Ross unite on “The Sirens,” a point of sonic contrast for “Ocean.” A collaboration that conveys the strength of Seven Lions and Ross’ co-productive effort,“The Sirens” dwells in an inherently darker mood space in its embodiment of sharly implemented, punching psy-step percussion and inverted vocal elements.
Appropriately titled, “We Are Legends” is the latest release coming from the works of Hardwell and KAAZE. This electrifying track exhibits the signature big room sound Hardwell is known for, meshing in a big build ups that are similar to those of the past from KAAZE.
The track begins with trumpeting horns, setting a mysterious medieval vibe. Harmonious vocals come in from Jonathan Mendelsohn, tying together the track. A thumping, extended build ups explodes into the big room glory that has been, and will continue to be a hit across the festival board.