k?d comes in hot with a remix of a hardstyle classic

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k?d comes in hot with a remix of a hardstyle classicKd Live

Though hardstyle music does not cross paths with the American dance music scene too frequently, k?d may be trying to change that. Taking on the classic hardstyle anthem, “HAHAHA” by SMF, k?d has put his mid-tempo spin on the track to make a truly unique offering.

Slowing hardstyle’s unrelenting bounce down a few notches, k?d pulls in comical vocals from the original, surrounding them with clean synths and an energetic build, before dropping into hard hitting groove that would make even REZZ blush. Paying homage to SMF’s track, k?d laces the breakdown with their iconic melody before doubling down on a truly devious finale for the song. It seems hardstyle fits quite well in a pitched-down format, when edited with the expertise that k?d brings to the table.

Lunar Lunes: Ekali remixes Alina Baraz, Rusko releases new EP, Modestep and Virtual Riot join forces + more

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Lunar Lunes: Ekali remixes Alina Baraz, Rusko releases new EP, Modestep and Virtual Riot join forces + moreEkali Leaving Owsla

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.

Just one week after the release of his massive “R U I N” collab with 1788-L, Ekali returns with an emotive remix of Alina Baraz and Khalid‘s “Floating.” Rusko brings a new body of work to Deadbeats in MEGARAD, and Hermitude links with Hoodlem for the slow-burning “Every Day.” K?d throws it back with a grinding remix of SMF’s 2011 “HAHAHA,” and Modestep and Virtual Riot make a formidable trio in their new Disciple release, “Nothing.” Brasstracks paint a soulful soundscape with a slew of smooth releases in their new R&B-oriented EP, Before We Go, and KDrew unleashes his first track of the year, “Sometimes.” Apashe takes no prisoners in his new The Good The Bad & The Fake EP, and KUURO take on 3LAU and HYO in a new remix of “Punk Right Now.” Two Friends put their own spin on Panic! At The Disco’s “High Hopes,” and Grabbitz turns The Japanese House’s “Lilo” into an upbeat wonder. Justice Skolnik throws it back more than a decade with a fresh take on Justice‘s “D.A.N.C.E,” and Phantoms tap Shaylen for “Are You Up.”

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

Photo credit: Brandon Artis Photography

Good Morning Mix: Take a bass-heavy journey with Notaker in his new Radar mix

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As a dance music taste-maker, producer Notaker demonstrated his skills in this exclusive mix for Dancing Astronaut‘s mix series, The Radar. Since early 2018, the St. Louis native has derived support from some of the most respected labels in the game, taking shelter at mau5trap for his debut EP Erebus I that peaked at No. 6 on the iTunes top electronic albums chart. In addition, he’s seen increased success with the Vancouver-based imprint Monstercat, a relationship he forged to release his latest single, ” Into The Light” featuring Karra.

This mix will guide listeners on a “sonic journey,” as he explores a diverse arrangement of sounds within the “electronic spectrum.” Kicking things off with “Into The Light,” Notaker maintains a balance between light and heavy bass music, including the REZZ remix of Porter Robinson‘s “Divinity,” the 2017 Flume hit “Hyperreal,” k?d‘s show edit of “Find Paradise,” a collaboration from up-and-comer 1788-L featuring Totto on “Full Burst,” and more.

Notaker’s latest single is out now on Monstercat.

Lunar Lunes: Vincent and Yetep get on the ‘Same Page,’ Will Clarke and Nick Monaco thrill with new original, Jai Wolf delivers two new tracks + more

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Lunar Lunes: Vincent and Yetep get on the ‘Same Page,’ Will Clarke and Nick Monaco thrill with new original, Jai Wolf delivers two new tracks + moreLunar Lunes E1540831560592

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.

In his latest, Vincent has teamed up with Yetep and Brooke Daye to deliver the lighthearted “Same Page.” Will Clarke and Nick Monaco concoct some techno madness with their new collaboration, “Like A Girl,” on Dirtybird. In a seven-minute Steyoyoke Recordings venture, Rinzen has created “Forms,” an ethereal techno odyssey. Jai Wolf released two tracks from his forthcoming debut album, The Cure To Loneliness, “Lose My Mind” and “Telepathy.” Those who’ve seen a k?d performance can finally enjoy his show edit of “Find Paradise,” which he released via SoundCloud. KUURO have covered Post Malone‘s “Better Now,” and Sam Void‘s released “Feel The Low” on Protocol Recordings. HERO has revealed a “VHS pop” Fool’s Gold EP, containing disco-influenced tracks like “Nightcrawler.” Rainer + Grimm deliver their rendition of R3HAB‘s “Radio Silence,” and Syn Cole puts his spin on Nina Nesbitt’s “Colder.”

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

k?d Releases Highly Demanded ‘Find Paradise (Show Edit)’

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If you were lucky enough to catch k?d on his Find Paradise headline tour, you may excitedly recognize this song. The fast-rising producer graces fans far and wide today with the release of his enigmatic set opener, “Find Paradise (Show Edit).” k?d – “Find Paradise (Show Edit)” After months of fans begging for the release

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The first round of remixes for RL Grime’s ‘Nova’ has arrived [Stream]

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The first round of remixes for RL Grime’s ‘Nova’ has arrived [Stream]RL Grime Nova Remi

RL Grime‘s Nova saw the trap maestro easily surpassing the sophomore slump and further cementing his stance in the world outside basic electronica with cutting-edge sound design and allstar collaborators that included the likes of Ty Dolla $ign, Jeremih, Torey Lanez, and beyond. The LP was well received by a wide spread of fans, quickly climbing to the top of multiple charts after its official release. Nova has since inspired a good deal of interpretations from other artists, eleven of which were selected by RL Grime and his team to appear on the first official remix compilation.

A notable addition to the group is k?d, who’s become a power player in recent years since his break in to the dance music scene. He provided quite a wild take on “Rainer,” peppering the original with ricocheting synthesizers and adding his unique sound design into the mix for a sinister remake. Up-and-coming talent 1788-L also contributed a remix to the pot, transforming “Era” into chaotic, dubstep piece designed to break necks on the dancefloor.

 

 

Order the ‘Nova’ remix compilation here

NMF Roundup: KOAN Sound return with debut LP, Dillon Francis unleashes ‘LFGD,’ SNBRN remixes Hotel Garuda + more

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NMF Roundup: KOAN Sound return with debut LP, Dillon Francis unleashes ‘LFGD,’ SNBRN remixes Hotel Garuda + moreKoan Sound

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.

The release of the NINJAWERKS Vol. 1 compilation album this week brings new tunes from some of dance music’s biggest names, including Dillon Francis and Kaskade. Andrew Bayer has joined forces with Ane Brun for the gorgeous “Love You More,” out on Anjunabeats. RL Grime has revealed a colossal set of remixes for NOVA, including a formidable rework of “Rainer” by k?d. KOAN Sound burst back onto the scene with the release their debut full-length, Polychrome. HEYZ works wonders in his new single with darkDARK, “Darkest Little Friend.” Hardwell delivers some sunshine in the form of “How You Love Me” with Conor Maynard and Snoop Dogg. Nicky Romero flips Jess Glynne‘s “Thursday” in his newest, and NGHTMRE and Big Gigantic make magic with “Like That.” Cloonee keeps the beat rocking with a feel-good take on Matoma‘s “Sunday Morning,” and Ekali strips “Leaving” down for a serene, acoustic rendition.

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.

Wolfgang Gartner revisits his old style on ‘Deja Vu’

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Wolfgang Gartner has had somewhat of a stylistic renaissance in 2018, collaborating with rising superstar k?d on “Banshee” and earning a feature on Microsoft’s newest edition of the Forza Horizon racing games with “Ching Chong.” Yet, while he’s achieved increased success using contemporary methods, the artist’s newest output sees a return to the good old days. The LA-based DJ broke his career on hits like “Illmerica” in 2011 and “Redline” in 2012, and fans who have continued to follow his antics are in for a treat, as his newest release “Deja Vu” brings back those production methods.

Steady followers will immediately recognize the sound when the track kicks into gear, as Gartner quickly fades in his beloved electronics, including harmonizing leads and melodic deep synths. Although retro in style, the track’s versatile sound is enough for the new and the old to groove to with equal fervor.

“Deja Vu” is the first single off his upcoming Medicine EP, which is slated for a  November 2 release.

SWARM Flips A Pink Floyd Classic In Terrifying Fashion

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SWARM, who has recently opened up for the enigma that is K?D and the dark overlord that goes by Varien, continues to turn heads with his frightening sounds and bone-chilling melodies. I have nothing but love for how original his sound has been. This time Swarm has taken his originality and applied it to an

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k?d discovers the storytelling power of extended plays with his eagerly awaited debut EP, ‘Find Paradise’ [Review]

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k?d discovers the storytelling power of extended plays with his eagerly awaited debut EP, ‘Find Paradise’ [Review]Find Paradise Kid Artwork

It’s hard to believe, but electronic music world has, up to this point, been without a release from k?d longer than one single track. Even in a landscape inundated with quick hit singles and two-track drops, the momentum the young producer has built on the strength of a deep arsenal of remixes, singles, and profile-raising collaborations has been incredibly impressive nonetheless. Moreover, k?d’s track record is polished with a consistency that could stir envy in even the most seasoned producers. The mysterious beatsmith’s list of accomplishments already reads like a career highlights reel with tens of millions of plays on high-profile remixed classics by artists like Porter Robinson and Daft Punk, and a grip of show-stealing collaborations with the likes of REZZ and Wolfgang Gartner. And still, never a unified body of work — until now. Finally, k?d’s eagerly awaited debut EP Find Paradise has arrived.

Seeing a full six tracks, marked by k?d’s characteristically gripping, anime-inspired artwork, Find Paradise demands immediate curiosity — after all, k?d generally refuses to be pinned down to one single genre. That said, k?d’s sound is distinct: gritty, digitally crackling bass meshed with video game-inspired lead lines and a taste for ear shattering mid tempo cadence. But there’s also a dizzying breadth of moods and feelings present in the artist’s brimming catalog of work. Find Paradise manages to capture them all, and much more. The journey begins with an epic and vocal-powered “Electronic Memories,” the sole collaboration on the EP, featuring Mickey Kojak. The track vaults the listener through anthemic grandeur that the Alt Vision recruit has showcased before, though this time he holds tight to a head-turning funk-drenched breakdown dripping in unabashed wah-wah pedal. From the onset, it’s clear k?d has brought his full bag of tricks out for the big occasion.

The surprises continue immediately as “Creator’s Flower” unleashes sizzling drum and bass, topped with screeching old school trance leads. Wasting now time, “Polluted Blood” keeps the venom flowing over a trademark mid-tempo beat, with apocalyptic drones and biting bass plucks. Finally, If the first half of Find Paradise is an act, its titular track arrives as a melodic intermission to the madness. A spacious piano line oozes effortlessly into a swelling chorus shining through between crunched-out 80s drums. The intensity ramps up, but the cool blasts of melancholic chords are a constant.

“Tokyo” interrupts the intermission with immediately insistent industrial discord, nailed down to a bass line that could sounds like it was yanked straight out of Boys Noize’s playbook. Still, there’s little that can prepare for the bombastic blast beat finale that is “Destroy The Universe.” The track’s onomatopoeic name delivers, bringing about a turbo-speed rave weapon that unapologetically drills in deep from start to finish. The EP’s finale wades through a sea of buzzing and ascending synth drones, eventually detonating again into a suped-up second drop that caps k?d debut off in a surge of digital adrenaline. k?d’s first collective project is a buffet of digital distortion and tranced-out top lines, unified under a relentlessly dystopian sonic framework. The common vein is a thrilling addition to the artist’s ever-unfolding story, as he begins wielding the storytelling power of well-composed extended releases.