NMF Roundup: Anti Up return, Above & Beyond team up with Spencer Brown, Gryffin debuts new original + 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.

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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Keys N Krates share shimmering ‘Getaway’ single

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Toronto trio Keys N Krates have had a wildly successful 2018, kicking off with the release of their highly anticipated Cura album in February. Since its release, the group has shared a single called “My Soul Is Falling,” a set of remixes for the LP, and now, “Getaway” featuring Mickey Shiloh and Noah.

Keys N Krates tap into their soulful, hip-hop leaning side in this latest venture, bringing along vocalists Shiloh and Noah to add to the song’s easygoing allure. Shimmery, retro instrumentals serve as a glowing backdrop to the carefree vocals and lyrics. It’s not lacking in bass, though, and delivers the top-notch production the group has become known for.

The group is gearing up for their Closer We Get tour, set to kick off in Brooklyn on November 24. See the full set of dates and get tickets here.

“Getaway” is out now on Dim Mak.

Keys N Krates drop off full-body 10-track ‘Cura’ remix pack

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From disco inflections to trap orientations, hip-hop-bent inclusions, and out-of-the-box instrumentals, Keys N Krates‘ genre-bending debut album engaged a variety of electronic styles to ensure that there would be something for everyone on the trio’s first full-length outing. The eclectic and non-exclusionary character of Cura bears witness to a comparable kind of diversity in the nine-track LP’s newly released remix pack, Cura – The Remixes. The 10-track collection of different takes on Cura originals sees a variety of artists put forth reworks, including GANZ, Troyboi, and Danny Byrd, among others.

TroyBoi, Danny Byrd, and Falcons each take on “Music To My Ears,” while Hugo Massien and S-Type remix “My Night.” Massien notably brings two different versions of “My Night” to the remix pack, a “Maximized” and a “Minimized” edition. The Juan Maclean, GANZ, Electric Mantis, and Fabrikate drop off revamps of “Glitter,” “Flute Loop,” the eponymous “Cura,” and “Something Wonderful,” respectively.

NMF Roundup: Keys N Krates remix Diplo, Zedd releases ‘The Middle’ remix package, and many more

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The most important day of every week: New Music Friday. 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.


Kyle Watson adds a low-toned, mystery-filled house beat to ZHU and Tame Impala‘s seminal “My Life.”

Swedish producers Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman know festival season is in full force as they deliver anthemic-feeling “Phantom.”

The Aston Shuffle give ‘everything they’ve got’ on piano driven house heater, “Everything I Got.”

Inverted alien embellishments make for an eerie take on house, as Malaa returns with new single, “Bling Bling.”

Airy synth work leads to a saxophone climax on Spencer Brown‘s “waves.wav,” taken from Brown’s Illusion of Perfection EP pt. III.

Mandy Jiroux effects rhythmic bliss on vocal-centric new single, “Running Out Of You.”

Autograf add an electronic vibe to Family of the Year’s “Hold Me Down” with their laidback rendition of the original.

Bondax tap vocalist Andreya Triana for this soulful, groove-filled original.

Fabian Mazur leans into future bass-style production in this smooth offering, featuring Nevve on the vocals.

The remixers got the message, and now, on this New Music Friday, they’ve met Zedd, Grey, and Maren Morris in “The Middle.” The remix pack for “The Middle” sees revamps from Maliboux, Curbi, and more.

Spinnin’ Records heavyweights Merk & Kremont add a layer of infectious funk and a heightened bpm count to Addal’s original, “Lies,” making for a spirited rework.

Pucker up, Benny Benassi and Sofi Tukker fans: the two dance music dynamos link up on new single “Everybody Needs A Kiss.”

This Birdfeed Exclusive will have all streamers wondering “Who’s That?” The same-titled EP arrives courtesy of Floridian producer and long time Dirtybird fan, C.H.A.Y.

It’s a good week to be a progressive house fan as Grum and Fehrplay co-release “Spirit” on Anjunabeats, an atmospheric tune that melts from one second into the next.

Diplo, Lil Yachty, and Santigold‘s viscous collaboration “Worry No More” gets the Keys N Krates treatment as the Canadian electronic trio release a chilled-out take on Diplo’s original. Keys N Krates hit sonic sweet spots with a beat swap and the occasional yet effective percussive addition.

Stripped down sonic seduction materializes in mellifluous form on smle‘s debut EP, Love Notes, released on Lowly Palace.

House music fans will find J. Worra‘s Mark The Beast collaboration, “Hourglass” to be a tasty, groovy treat.

As part of Afterlife Recordings’ latest vinyl and digital offering, Italian trio Agents Of Time have crafted “Paradigm,” an ethereal techno original.

Re-envisioning a Markus Schulz production is a formidable feat, but Giuseppe Ottaviani rises to the challenge in his “Safe from Harm” remix, a take that plays the original’s soaring vocal off of the track’s quintessential trance beat.

Vulpey gets electronically experimental on “Recovery Quest,” a track defined by its disjointed construction and resulting edge.

Funky Craig puts forth a trippy take on psytrance in aptly titled new release, “WestPSYde.”

 

Ramon Tapia puts a dark, driving spin on Midmood’s “Sely Ho,” transforming the original into a certified techno thumper with rumbling percussive accents.


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Best Albums Of 2018…So Far

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It brings me an ample amount of joy to make the following statement; 2018 is the best year dance music has had in a long time. Since the EDM bubble blew up in the late 2000s and the commercial and mainstream takeover we’ve seen in the 2010s, there has been a noticeable decline in the

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Keys N Krates premiere funky new video for ‘Glitter’ via Nasty Gal

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Keys N Krates debuts long awaited, intoxicating LP, ‘Cura’

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After what seems like an eternity to fans, Canadian trio Keys N Krates — drummer Adam Tune, keyboardist David Matisse, and turntablist Jr. Flo —  released one of the most highly anticipated albums of the year. Titled Cura, the skillfully crafted collection has captivated fans from all over the world for its unique, otherworldly style and original cultivation of sounds.

The lead track on the LP, “Início,” is a glowing fury of intoxicating synths, mellow chops of intriguing vocal samples, and harmonic waves of bass. The piece features edgy beats and uplifting progressions.


Flo: I think it was about pivoting our music into a direction that we were all personally psyched about. Doing it in the form of an album or collection of music really felt right cause it allowed us to put all the different records in a broader context of our overall vibe which can be soundtrack-y, soulful, sample based (or sounding), and dramatic. It really feels like a bit of mission statement but also a new launch point for us.

“Glitter” is an infectious medley of groovy bass infused with compelling vocals by Ambrè Perkins and pretty flowing melodies. As this piece vastly strays from the typical sound of contemporary dance music, Keys N Krates illuminates their perspective on the scene as a whole, and how they move about in the realm where they do not fit the typical mold.


Tune: I think we learned that we just aren’t that passionate about a lot of the big EDM records happening right now, and that we are cool with distancing ourselves from all that. We always find ourselves personally gravitating to the musical, soulful and imaginative electronic stuff like Mura Masa, Kaytranada, Cashmere Cat, or stuff coming off the DirtyBird label, to a lot of rap music (both current and classic), and also to a lot of soul and soundtrack music from the 70’s like Isaac Hayes, or even jazz stuff like Dorothy Ashby. I think we were trying to take all the things we love and combine them with the skills we’ve learned to make a body of work that we felt stood a part from everything else; especially the big EDM stuff.

Another highlight of the album, “Something Wonderful,” is a testament to the trio’s production strength and eclectic technical ability. “Something Wonderful” is a statement piece, and the work of art can stand alone, yet fits in with audio aesthetic of the whole.


Matisse: I think for Tune and Greg it was about a cohesive sound. One of the things I was adamant about is that there was no fat on the album. That every song or track was interesting and could stand as interesting on it’s own, even if it was just a more instrumental song.

“Harpes At Night” showcases the evolution of sound that Keys N Krates has effortlessly mastered. With calming undertones contrasted with breezy notes and an absence of percussion, the trio has come full circle with their forward-thinking sound.

Flo: Probably just that we are growing and maturing and we are trying to start making stuff that we can all listen to years down the line hopefully.

Needless to say, with the birth of their first studio album, Keys N Krates has mastered their own signature innovative sound, and has set the bar high for what’s to come in the next chapter of their musical endeavors.

Tune: More music, more shows, and to just keep making everything better and better. We are just here to get better.

New Music Friday: Steve Aoki, Jennifer Lopez, Skrillex, Marshmello

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It’s Friday, February 2nd and that can only mean one thing… New Music Friday has arrived. This week, we have been gifted a handful of new singles, EPs, remix EPs, and full-length albums, all of the new music this week is overwhelming to say the least. With 182 new songs on this week’s playlist, you’ll

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Keys N Krates Drop Debut Album ‘Cura’ via Dim Mak Records

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Today, Keys N Krates have finally released their long awaited debut album ‘Cura’. ‘Cura’ is out now via Dim Mak Records and is some of the strongest work yet from Keys N Krates. On their debut album Keys N Krates effortlessly elevate modern electronic music by building upon their bass-centric, sample-driven sound to curate a nostalgia-inducing

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Tujamo Presents: The Single Man’s Playlist

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It is with great pleasure that we present a 15-track playlist from one of the Titan’s of EDM, Tujamo. When we recieved the playlist we knew this would be chalk full of certified bangers. The best part, there are some tracks in here you probably haven’t heard before. Looking back on life as an Electronic

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