Lunar Lunes: Luca Lush and Sadkey flip Flume, Bloodtone remixes deadmau5 and Kaskade + more

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Each week, New Music Friday sweeps through with torrential force, showering streaming platforms with immeasurable amounts of new tunes. Just like Dancing Astronaut rounds up 25 of the biggest songs of the week for the Hot 25 Spotify playlist each New Music Friday, Lunar Lunes serves as a landing pad for SoundCloud users who want a whole new dose of tunes to kick off the work week.

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

Good Morning Mix: Will Clarke deals out the slappers at his first Desert Hearts

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The Desert Hearts dance floor is the stuff of legends among the West Coast house and techno community. A festival with less than 3,000 attendees that draws some of the most impressive four-on-the-floor masters is the scene. There may not be another event like it left in the world.

To perform at Desert Hearts is to know a specific kind of harmonic experience. The DJ does not play for the crowd. The DJ plays with the crowd, and Will Clarke had his chance to play with the crowd at his first Desert Hearts back in April.

This particular eve of the event was prime for Clarke’s heady-beats. Toni Varga and De La Swing did the warming up and a surprise set from Clarke’s Dirtybird cohort, Justin Martin, came right after. Expect some serious, raw tech house.

Photo credit: Brian Ngo

Shambhala 2019, a Reunion

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For 9 years out of the past decade the pilgrimage to a Farm on the outskirts of Canada’s British Columbia has been an an arduous journey that myself and many like minded individuals find worth the effort. Every year roughly ten thousand ticket holders, event staff, and volunteers make their way to the annual Shambhala

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Discover your Moonrise Festival must-sees, based on your musical preferences

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With Baltimore’s annual electronic affair, Moonrise Festival, rapidly approaching, Dancing Astronaut canvasses the event’s expansive lineup to highlight an array of acts that correspond with attendees’ musical preferences. Ranging from hip-hop heavyweights like 21 Savage to esteemed icons like dance music pioneer, Tiësto, Moonrise’s 2019 roster of talent is vast and spans multiple sub-genres. Although there is no limitation to the number of adept artists who top the festival’s lineup, Dancing Astronaut isolates a handful of producers to underscore why these eye-catching electronic entities warrant “must-see” status for Moonrise’s 2019 installment.

You’re a bass head

Through its consistent curation of bass artists over the years, Moonrise Festival has distinguished itself as one of the most bass-laden events of the East Coast festival circuit. To date, the key to the Baltimore mainstay’s bass-leaning lineups has been variety. As in past years of the festival’s production, Moonrise’s 2019 lineup intermingles renowned bass authorities who’ve proven themselves subwoofer-worthy with experimental producers on the rise.

Who to see:

Yellow Claw: With their 2013 single “DJ Turn It Up,” Yellow Claw meshed booming bass with a vigorous vocal overlay. The production matured to become an early electronic classic. It’s arguably one of the most readily recognizable trap tunes of the last decade. In the time since, Yellow Claw followed the seminal song with multiple hard-hitting albums, like 2017’s Los Amsterdam, 2018’s New Blood, and 2019’s Danger Days. Yellow Claw’s catalog is expansive and intense, and their contributions to the bass and trap landscape: storied. The OGs’ upcoming set rests atop the helm of the bass-centric artist agenda, whether it’s the Moonrise attendee’s first live introduction to Yellow Claw, or a welcomed reunion.


Respected in the Colorado bass music scene, Decadon has mustered considerable momentum in recent years. The producer’s fusion of rock and roll elements with bass line grit distinguished his live format from those of fellow bass taste makers, as his successive series of ear-shaking singles ensnared listeners in search of fiery arrangements. Those unfamiliar with Decadon’s sound will find “Get Me High” and “Inception” to be alluring introductions.


“I feel like I haven’t released enough music in 2018 and I’m about to change that,” Habstrakt tweeted as 2018 wound to its inevitable close. True to his word, the French bass authority has released six singles since, his most recent being “Lasagne,” produced alongside Bellecour. However, “Lasagne” only scratches the surface of Habstrakt’s riotous release activity of late. Preceding singles like “Control” and “De la street” exhibit Habstrakt’s rugged approach to bass house style. For a bass-burgeoning showing sure to shut down the Moonrise scene, stop by Habstrakt’s set.

You’ve got an affinity for the underground

Who to see:

i_o: Known for his irreverent, tongue-in-cheek online persona mau5trap resident i_o has steadily amassed an audacious following through his release of entrancing techno productions that command a distinctive presence in their characteristically dark tones, pulsating bass lines, and generally hypnotic frameworks. Offering an intoxicating whirlwind of vocal loops and beats, i_o’s catalog will undoubtedly lend itself to a stimulating live experience.

Hotel Garuda: After Manila Killa left the two-producer project that was Hotel Garuda, remaining member, Candle Weather, elected to carry on the alias as a one-man show, and has left listeners wanting for nothing in the time that has followed. Hotel Garuda’s “Head In The Trees” arrived as a fluid, honey-like production that not only marked the first Hotel Garuda single since Manila Killa halved the duo, but also the inaugural track to feature Candle Weather’s own vocals. There’s a dreamy, sometimes downtempo style to Hotel Garuda’s aesthetic that, infused with indie and house elements, makes for an inventive amalgamation of styles that sets Hotel Garuda apart from fellow entities of the underground.

Justin Martin: A central figure of the Dirtybird Collective, Justin Martin boasts a bubbly brand of house music that merges Martin’s own musical idiosyncrasies with the glitchy, unusual effects specific to Dirtybird productions. Along with Martin’s status as a storied producer comes his acute ability to both read a crowd and galvanize it to dance, leading Martin’s sets to feel distinctly immersive. Martin captivates attendees gathered at his sets with his high-spirited style behind the decks and with his infectious energy. Innovative–and often delightfully wonky–beats animate Martin’s speakers, ensuring that there’s never a dull moment when Martin takes the stage. Come for the music, and stay for the welcoming character of Martin and his assembled following.

You’re more inclined to vocal-centric, mainstream dance sound

Who to see:

Cheat Codes: While nothing in life may be certain, odds are the production in question will emanate some serious mainstream appeal if it bears the Cheat Codes stamp. The electronic trio, comprised of Kevin Ford, Trevor Dahl, and Matthew Russell, have shown their fingers to be planted ever so firmly–and consistently–on the pulse of dynamic dance sound in their series of standalone singles, all of which collaboratively underscore the group’s sonic versatility. While Cheat Codes’ Afrojack feature, “Ferrari,” took the triple-threat entity into trap territory, the Demi Lovato-assisted “No Promises” flaunted Cheat Codes’ acute ear for a smoothly constructed pop-electronic hybrid well-suited for radio play. Attendees seeking boundless live energy and ample opportunity to sing along to catalog staples ought not to pass up their chance to see the three-man outfit live.

Gryffin: Intermixing live instrumentation in DJ sets is an approach that has gathered momentum in the dance context, and Gryffin is one producer who excels at the all-encompassing approach. The classically trained musician has been known to incorporate guitar and piano into his performances, while remaining consistent with the dance format. With an array of wall-to-wall hits under his belt such as “Feel Good,” “Tie Me Down,” and “All You Need To Know,” Gryffin offers Moonrise attendees the quintessential live electronic experience.

Moonrise Festival will return to Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Track from August 10-11. Passes to the festival are available for purchase, here.

Mamby On The Beach shares new location and lineup: ZHU, Virtual Self, Phantogram + more

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A wealth of new developments are in store for the fifth anniversary of Mamby On The Beach, a lakefront favorite festival for Chicago’s niche music lovers.

This year, the double-day alcove of electronic, indie, and hip-hop acts will move to Montrose Beach on Chicago’s North side August 23-24. Splashed across three stylized stages, the 2019 lineup boasts headliners ZHU, a 3D set from Flying Lotus, Virtual Self, and more.

From the festival’s abundant undercard, indie electronic crossover duo, Phantogram will make a stop at Mamby amid their summer tour with Bob Moses, who will precede their tour partners at the Beach Stage August 24. Fervent up-and-comers Eli & Fur, SOFI TUKKER, Robotaki, and Kasbo appear on this year’s installment alongside longtime electronic eminence like Justin Martin and Sylvan Esso. Several artists from the forthcoming installment have still yet to be announced. However, it’s clear Mamby-goers are in prime position for a pristine fifth pursuit of beach-friendly reverie this summer season.

Two-day, single-day, VIP, and GA passes to Mamby are available here.

2019 Lineup (more to be announced):

WAJATTA (Reggie Watts x John Tejada)

Photo Credit: Mamby On The Beach

Dirtybird BBQ Gang Release Newest Compilation “Get Roasted”

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House music? Barbecued meats? A nice Summer day? Hell yeah! It’s almost time for the annual run of Dirtybird BBQ tour stops, and with that we’ve found ourselves with a brand new compilation album in our midst. Comprised of 11 tracks spanning a variety of house flavors from artists old and new you’ll want to

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Outside Lands’ 2019 lineup features Childish Gambino, Flume, Kygo, Flying Lotus, and more

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In line with a lengthy track record of top-notch annual programming, Outside Lands‘ 2019 lineup is a mixed bag of musical talent that offers something for all types of music lover. The San Francisco affair’s collection of headliners is rife with artists who are in the midst of career hot streaks. Recent multiple Grammy Award-winning artist Kacey Musgraves tops the lineup with Anderson .Paak, Childish Gambino, and Flume. Attendees can presumably expect Flume to use his Outside Lands slot as a launchpad for new music, given his release of mixtape, Hi, This is Flume, and his ensuing announcement that more fresh material would soon follow. Paul Simon, Twenty One Pilots, The Lumineers, Blink-182, Kygo, Leon Bridges, and Lil Wayne round out the remaining headliners.

Outside Lands’ 2019 lineup represents the electronic genre in its broad scope. RL Grime, San Holo, Big Wild, DJ Koze, Justin Martin, Shallou, and Bob Moses appear among the many producers tapped to perform at the festival. Moreover, DJ Koze, Bay Area-natives Luttrell and Justin Martin, and Flying Lotus‘ lauded 3D show all appear on this year’s billing too. Outside Lands will descend upon San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park from August 9-11. GA and VIP passes to the event will go on-sale on March 28 at 10 AM PT, and can be purchased, here.

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Disclosure, Justin Martin, Shiba San, FISHER, and more top Elements Lakewood’s 2019 lineup

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As Elements Lakewood Music & Arts Festival looks ahead to its third iteration with the release of its 2019 lineup, the expression “the third time’s a charm” is particularly apt. Boasting a number of heavy hitters hailing from the house genre, Elements Lakewood’s lineup will bring Disclosure, FISHER, Shiba San, and Justin Martin to Elements’ Pennsylvania home, to script a bumping next chapter in the festival’s history of production. Spanning more than 100 artists in its totality, the festival’s 2019 lineup also sees Elements Lakewood organizers issue noteworthy nods to Big Gigantic, Sofi Tukker, Seth Troxler, Damian Lazarus, and Clozee, among other artists.

A favorite among camping enthusiasts, Elements Lakewood will once more blend talent from techno, bass, jam rock, funk, and other sub-genres on a sprawling 200-acre campground that offers attendees five different stages of musical diversion. Complete with wellness activities like aromatherapy and sunset yoga, not to mention a myriad of camp games including basketball and volleyball, Elements Lakewood ensures that attendees won’t spend a single second of their time at the event idle. In a credit to the diversity of Elements Lakewood’s offerings, event-goers will also have the opportunity to partake in kayak trips at sunset, water sports like canoeing and swimming, and post-dusk adventures like a stroll through a kaleidoscope light-decorated forest.

Back to offer the ultimate soul renewal experience in its seamless intermingling of outdoor fun and good music, Elements Lakewood is a bona fide must attend for 2019.

A limited number of early bird three-day GA and VIP passes to the festival’s 2019 edition are now available and can be purchased here.

Photo Credit: Julian Cassidy

ODESZA, Phantogram, Lane 8, and more top CRSSD festival’s spring 2019 lineup

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Organizers on behalf of San Diego’s house-and-techno-hailing CRSSD festival have released the Waterfront Park event’s phase-one lineup. The expansive artistry, including widely received electronic billings, like ODESZA (who will be returning after making their far humbler debut in 2015), Phantogram, and Whethan, exemplifies the once-modest festival’s continued growth in popularity and attendance.

The bi-annual soiree, of which this year’s spring installment is set for Mar 2-3, has seen idiosyncratic acts across the board–from Gesaffelstein to Empire Of The Sun–sweep through its stylistically sectioned stages, The Palms, City Steps, and Ocean View. With a mass of acts still to come, the brimming first batch includes additional support from Petit Biscuit, The Martinez Brothers, Jungle, and more. See the full lineup below.

Tickets to 2019 CRSSD go on sale Tuesday, Dec 11. They’ll be available here.

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Strafe x Justin Martin – Set It Off Remix review

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Back in the early ’80s, New York City cats were heating up the floor, moonwalking, and slick talking over the freshly laid pavement that was NYC garage. One of the most memorable anthems of the era was Strafe’s “Set It Off,” a joint every good DJ should have in their crate. Now, thanks to Justin Martin, “Set It Off” has risen to new heights and landed among the clouds.

Justin Martin’s remixes are always bold. When he makes a VIP mix of his own track he creates something completely new yet undeniably faithful. His remix of “Set It Off” is no exception to this brash approach to remixing. Despite the fact that the track is 35 years old and no doubt influenced Justin Martin, he has taken the reins to start the party all over again.

On all sides, left and right, Justin Martin has flipped this track and made it his. It’s dirtier, contemporary, and boisterous, and in true Martin remix fashion, there remains a balance between creativity and appreciation that can only come from a place of genuine familiarity. His remix of “Set It Off” climbs higher and higher, creates more space, all while maintaining the essence of the original track — to get it started and keep it going. The momentum Justin has created with this two-track EP is notable as the three-month-long Set It Off tour is picking up speed, hype, and isn’t going to stop anytime soon.      

‘Set If Off’ is now available through DIRTYBIRD. Order a copy here, and follow the label here