Professional gaming has exploded in popularity over the last year with games like Fortnite and PUBG becoming international sensations. No professional gamer has enjoyed an explosion in fame like Ninja. The pro gamer, who has played alongside marshmello and more at tournaments, has just created a truly surprising cross-promotion strategy in the form of a
American Twitch streamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins has unveiled Dillon Francis and Kaskade as the next releases off the compilation album, Ninjawerks Volume 1 — a project pushing electronic music and gaming closer towards collaboration. Ninja partnered with stalwart label Astralwerks to manifest this endeavor, which aims to soundtrack his gaming universe with top-notch electronic music.
Francis’ contribution, “LFDG,” features another twitch star and rising social media celebrity: Chris Melberger. The track falls in line with the aforementioned producer’s catchy moombahton aesthetic, coating the eardrums in eclectic rhythms and invigorating trap-inspired bits. Kaskade exported his house ambiance in “On Your Mind;” a slow burner with distant, emotive vocals that glide into bouncing stretched horns and grooving basslines. Both acts join an already powerhouse roster which includes Tycho, 3LAU, Alesso, and more recently, an experimental piece by NERO.
For those unable to escape the frigid winter winds Dec 22 to experience the Dominican Republic’s Electric Paradise in Punta Cana, The Knocks have organized a fierce consolation prize. For those fortunate enough to attend, DA’s latest Orbit playlist is the ideal vessel to prepare oneself for the idyllic weekend afoot.
The Knocks, consisting of Big Beat‘s Ben “DJ B-Roc” Ruttner and James “JPatt” Patterson, have curated the ideal means of winter escapism. Touting tracks from DJ Snake, Boston Bun, Kaskade, and more, the aggregation of effervescent offerings will segue listeners into breezy beachfront bliss–all they need do is press play.
This year, Electronic Paradise is living up to its name with illustrious bookings like Disclosure, Major Lazer, Foster The People, Seth Troxler, and more. Tickets and festival info are available here.
For dance revelers and hip-hop heads alike, one of the premier destinations for New Year’s celebrations is always Las Vegas. The Strip never sleeps and with Hakkasan Group‘s reliably stacked programming, the best of the best are lined up to be soundtracking the final club nights of the year. Party goers can expect to ring in 2019 with performances from ZEDD, Tyga, Tiësto Lil Jon, Calvin Harris, Kaskade, and more at some of the country’s most in-demand super clubs — OMNIA, JEWEL, Hakkasan Nightclub, and 1OAK.
Festivities begin at MGM Grand on Saturday, December 29 with Party Favor, rapper Tory Lanez at JEWEL, and ZEDD kicking off New Year’s Weekend at OMNIA. Hakkasan’s collective New Year’s roster rounds out a massive year of performances along the Strip this year, and points to an even bigger year of billings ready to get underway.
Visiting Kaskade‘s social pages, it’s clear he is ready for the holiday season. With his branding updated to include santa hats, snow, and red themes at every point possible, it’s time to hit play on the artist’s Kaskade Christmas album. But one year after its release, the album has gotten a fresh new look in a deluxe version with four new songs.
Featuring all of the work on the original Christmas album from 2017, the Kaskade Christmas 2018 release features some classics, including “Jingle Bells,” and “Auld Lang Syne.” While he’s given these favorites his own spin, he’s enlisted vocalists like Soran and Alicia Moffet to bring more emotion to the music. He’s also teamed up with his collaborative favorite Late Night Alumni on “Jesu Parvule.”
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.
Anti Up have left the pizza at home and returned for a three-track EP, Hey Pablo, thrilling listeners with searing house beats and ever-catchy vocals. Above & Beyond have released their first original collaboration in eight years: a stunning Anjunabeats tune called “Long Way From Home” with Spencer Brown. graves teams up with EZI for a piece that’s equally beautiful and heavy in “I’m Fine.” ODESZA have released the deluxe edition of their seminal A Moment Apart album, featuring a total of 25 songs — including a hefty VIP remix of “Memories That You Call” with Golden Features. Mr. Bill returns to mau5trap for an eerie original, “Apophenia.” Keys N Krates have revealed a Live in Toronto version of their Cura album, visibly demonstrating they hold nothing back in their live productions. Bringing the feels as usual, Illenium has remixed Halsey‘s emotive “Without You” in beautiful form. And as Christmas draws near, Kaskade continues to add to his sounds of the season catalog with a few new holiday tracks, including “Little Town.”
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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In 2017, when Kaskade said he was working on an EDM Christmas album, the world stopped and laughed a bit. Then, the world heard it and immediately fell in love. Kaskade took the heart and soul of countless, timeless tracks and breathed new life into them with the help of an impressive list of collaborators.
Earlier this year, we got the news that Lights All Night would be running for a ninth year. Now, the full line-up has been released. With all the different New Year’s events happening around the country, we’re wanting to celebrate for two weeks straight. This years line-up definitely has something for everyone. From heavy bass
No matter where you’re spending your All Hallow’s Eve this year, DA knows where you can let your freak flag fly. Whether you’re in Toronto, Caen, Los Angeles—hell, even Wisconsin—we’ve got you covered. With a beguiling mixture of both annually resurrected and new festivals on our radar, there’s a fiendish festivity for all this Halloween.
1. HARD Day of the Dead
HARD‘s once defunct Day of the Dead property is officially back, slated for November 3 at the event’s original home at LA Historic Park in downtown Los Angeles. Headlining DOTD’s comeback edition is Justice, breaking out their live stage rig for one final outing, exactly six years to the day after the Parisian legends headlined the inaugural Day of the Dead. South African rave-rap pioneers Die Antwoord and Knife Party also top this year’s lineup, along with a stacked cast of supporting acts.
The French superpower is slithering his way to both New York and LA for the freakiest week of the year. Snake is slated to headline New York City’s Avant Gardner on October 26 and Los Angeles’ legendary Shrine Expo Hall on October 31. The headlining shows will be Snake’s only territory headline appearances of the year, and each show is expected to feature state-of-the-art production.
Milwaukee’s Wisconsin Center is housing the Midwest’s quintessential Halloween festival this year: the very first double-day JAWBREAKER, specifically tailored for electronic lovers, October 27-28. With a fully-loaded lineup featuring the likes of GRiZ, ODESZA, Louis The Child, RL Grime, ZEDD, SLUMBERJACK, and more, the festival is sure to spawn a fierce following. Easily accessible to Chicagoans, the other electronic mecca of the Midwest, the venue is located just a few blocks from the Milwaukee Amtrak station.
Toronto’s recent drum ‘n’ bass fever has spawned its annual Freakout at 401 Mini Indy Go-Karts. With a brimming lineup featuring Andy C, Rusko, and Dirtyphonics, along with Hunter Siegel hosting a No Neon room, Freakout is slated for a ghastly good time going down Saturday, October 27.
Hakkasan Group is pulling out all the stops for Halloween 2018. The Las Vegas hospitality giant is extending Halloween to a full week, running holiday themed festivities at each of their properties across the strip, spanning from October 25 – October 31. As the month winds down, an eclectic cast of talent will descend upon Vegas — drawing the likes of Steve Aoki, Kaskade, ZEDD, NGHTMRE, Martin Garrix, Borgore, and Lil Uzi Vert to name a few, for one of the busiest party weeks of the year.
6. Wynwood Fear Factory’s Halloween Weekend in Miami
Summer festival season may be long gone, but the events circuit shows no signs of slowing as fall lineups begin to pour in. Thanks to the organizers at Diskolab, Miami just became a top contender for Halloween weekend destinations. Mana Wynwood Warehouse will host some of the most in-demand electronic acts in the country across October 26 – 27, with a roster topped by RL Grime and Galantis, along with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike billed as the weekend’s special guests.
The freaky Frenchman of Nördik Impakt are letting loose a cannon of across-the-board underground electronic acts this year in Caen, France for the Halloween season. With a lineup featuring the likes of Charlotte De Witte, Maceo Plex, and Nicole Moudaber, taking off October 24-27, Caen patrons will surely feel full-throttle Impakt of the most malicious variety.
SoCal’s Psycho Circus is the last place patrons will want to Escape this Halloween. With a lineup boasting headliners of a truly hellish caliber, the October 26-27 Insomniac affair is going rogue. Kaskade, Martin Garrix, Diplo, and Eric Prydz are just a slice of this deliciously pernicious pie, stocked with devilishly immersive experiential elements to boot.
9. Light & Life Halloween Warehouse with Dillon Francis
Light&Life have hosted some of the most prominent dance acts in the game — Axwell Λ Ingrosso, Steve Aoki, and Disclosure, to name a few — and are known for their cutting-edge production in the visual and sonic realms. They’ve booked Latin Grammy winner Dillon Francis to headline their Halloween show at a Brooklyn warehouse venue on October 26. Dillon’s highly anticipated WUT WUT album has just been released, which means he’ll be filling the venue with loads of fresh new music not yet heard live by fans. Francis will be joined by Valentino Khan, and up-and-coming bass talent Nitti Gritti.
10. Circoloco Halloween NYC – Hosted by Teksupport
Teksupport, a pillar of underground dance music events in New York City, has joined forces with the iconic Ibiza brand Circoloco to put together a memorable Halloween weekend gathering. Circoloco is has earned the reputation as one of the island’s top afterhours parties, taking place weekly at the superclub DC10. This year will be the third in a row where they bring the brand stateside to New York. Standout acts include Virgil Abloh (recently placed on TIME’s ‘Most Influential People of 2018 list), Peggy Gou, & house music legends, The Martinez Brothers.
11. Haunted Deep: Lee Burridge / Mr C / Jay Tripwire & more
Chicago is getting DEEP this Hallo-weekend, going back to its house roots with an array of the finest performers. Dive into the depths with Burning Man mainstays Lee Burridge, Mr. C, Jay Tripwire, and more, to be hosted at The Mine Music hall. Paradigm has recently began expanding beyond its talent agency wheelhouse and into event production, where it aims to expose fans to top-notch talent that isn’t completely dominating the mainstream media sphere.