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.
In perhaps one of the biggest collaborations to hit the airwaves on Sept. 6, The Bloody Beetroots and ZHU have teamed up for “Zoning.” RÜFÜS DU SOL have dropped off a new set of remixes for Solace, including an irresistibly groovy one by Hot Since 82. Grimes and i_o unexpectedly deliver “Violence,” and M83 returns with the dreamy “Temple of Sorrow.” Audien and Nevve bring blissful energy to “Buzzing,” and Cashmere Cat reveals “FOR YOUR EYES ONLY.” Arty is on a journey to “Find You” in his latest, and Walker & Royce team up with VNSSA for “Rave Grave.” KOAN Sound’s new EP lands pm Sept. 6, featuring sounds like “Vibrant,” and Claude VonStroke unleashes a new original, “Slink.” Sullivan King has released a two-track EP, and Armin van Buuren and David Hodges link for “Waking Up With You.” Fox Stevenson finally uncovers “Dreamland,” and 3LAU remixes San Holo’s “Lost Lately.”
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.
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.
Mija takes to Hot Haus Recs for her latest release, the groovy “Sweat It Out.” SG Lewis puts his own spin on a familiar tune, and Alexander Lewis closes his new EP with “Left U on Red.” Rinzen, Marbs, and Evan Casey have teamed up for “Helix,” and Borgore taps Abella Danger for “911.” Cassian gives his own take on Just Kiddin’s “There for You,” and Modestep reveal “Blood” on Disciple. 13 puts an eerie spin on Zeds Dead and Delta Heavy’s “Lift You Up,” and Cristoph and Jem Cooke unveil a clip of “Slowly Burning 2019.” Godlands, JEANIE, and Jelacee hold nothing back on “No Stress,” and Phantoms tap Kate Morgan for “5AM.” Lee Burridge and Lost Desert deliver “Melt,” and Party Favor and EZI strip down their collaboration, “Be Ok,” for an acoustic rendition.
Palm Springs will soon turn into a SoCal sonic playground as Splash House descends upon the Californian desert haven for the first of two 2019 installments this summer. The intimate poolside affair will offer attendees sets from a myriad of electronic artists, ranging from Jai Wolf to Shiba San, and the curator of an exclusive pre-Splash House playlist, Kidnap.
“Presenting a selection of my current favourites to get you warmed up for Splash House! See you 11pm at the Air Museum,”says Kidnap.
Boasting a cerebral catalog of original productions, Kidnap kicks off his Road to Splash House playlist with the first single to gain a release from his forthcoming debut album, “Grow.” “Grow” gently gives way to the electronic euphoria that characterizes Kidnap’s 2018 standalone, “Ursa Minor.” The seamless ease with which one inclusion fades into the next evinces Kidnap’s acute ear for mixing. Kidnap shuffles between showings from ATTLAS, Durante, Bruce Loko, and more, choosing tunes that collectively comprise an easy flowing, down-tempo Splash House prelude.
Since its humble beginnings as an Anjuna appendage in 2005 in London, Anjunadeep has become one of the top purveyors of deep, textured, and melodic house music. Known for their towering catalog currently spanning over 400 releases, Anjunadeep artists and fans have come to revere the label’s compilation series since Above & Beyond released the very first in 2009. Coming in scorching yet tender as always, Anjunadeep have put together a special offering for their 10th mix in 10 years.
Due out Feb 22, the compilation features the label’s top-tier talent, new and old, like Luttrell, Yotto, and Lane 8, while pulling out deeper cuts from newcomers like BAILE, Ocula, and GRAZZE. Seamlessly mixed by Anjunadeep co-founder, James Grant, and Bristol-based DJ Jody Wisternoff, the release has been a profound source of reflection for the esteemed and aptly suited pair.
In trying to maintain a fresh and all-encompassing tone for the compilation, the DJs note that, “It’s hard to believe we’ve reached the 10th volume in the Anjunadeep compilation series. Despite Anjunadeep 10 being a bit of a milestone, we’ve resisted any temptation to go down a nostalgic route. Instead we’ve tried to keep the mix as forward-looking as possible. Our amazing family of artists have been creating far too much exciting new music for us to contemplate any other approach.”
With such high precedents already in place, anticipation for the newest installment is imminent. Fans can find the trailer, tracklist, and dates for global release parties below.
Hiatus – Relic
Lycoriscoris – Belong
Ocula – Immunity
BAILE – Soft Light
Ole Biege – All The Time (Jody Wisternoff & James Grant Rework)
Nox Vahn feat. Mimi Page – There Is Peace Beyond (Jody Wisternoff & James Grant Rework)
Tomas Barfod – Things That Matter feat. Louise Foo & Sharin Foo (Jody Wisternoff & James Grant Remix)
Luttrell – Still Dreaming
16BL – You Are High
Virtual Self – Ghost Voices (Lane 8 Remix)
CRi – Initial
Modd & Hosini – Swallow’s Nest
Spencer Brown & Qrion – Sapporo
GRAZZE – Querencia
Nuage – H.A.L.O.
boerd – Someone (Jody Wisternoff & James Grant Remix)
Modd – Ruskeala
Ben Böhmer – Little Lights
Aiiso – City Lights
Nox Vahn & Marsh – Prospect
Jody Wisternoff & James Grant – Dapple
Jani R – Autumn’s Feathers (Jody Wisternoff & James Grant Remix)
Savvas – Peace Of Mind
Eli & Fur – Night Blooming Jasmine (Rodriguez Jr. Remix)
Aiiso – Programmer
Nox Vahn & Marsh – Serena’s Garden
Jazz Do It – For A Moment
Joseph Ashworth – Heavy
Dosem – Stay True
Jack Lost – Walls
SØNIN vs. Yotto – Nothing Like You
Fluida – A Self And A Mind
Luttrell – Out Of Me
Ben Böhmer – In Memoriam
Lane 8 – Feld (Jody Wisternoff & James Grant Edit)
Antic & i_cann – Jura
Kidnap – Tempest
Anjunadeep 10 Release Parties
Feb 08 – Sound, Los Angeles – James Grant, Marsh
Feb 17 – Phonox, London – James Grant & Jody Wisternoff (Open To Close)
Feb 22 – The Penthouse at FIVE Palm, Dubai – James Grant, 16BL, Dom Donnelly
“Skin” ushered in a new beginning for Kidnap, who finally felt as though he was stepping into his own as an artist and hitting his stride. He wielded his newfound power in this track, exploring profundity with moving, cinematic arrangement and dual vocalists.
A piece this special from Kidnap seemed primed to inspire others, and that it did. LA-based artist Rinzen was one of those who felt the effects of “Skin,” and was trusted with official remix duties for the tune. What resulted was a piece made for the dancefloor that maintained the emotive integrity of the original.
“I fell in love with Kidnap’s song ‘Skin’ when I first heard it. There was an honesty and fragility to the vocals that immediately had me hooked. I wanted to take that emotion and craft an anthemic club track around it.” – Rinzen
Echoes of “Skin’s” melodic structure remain in place, but are rinsed in the producer’s choice analog synthesizers to give off a Stephan Bodzin-esque effect. Despite a more livened and complex reinvisioning, one thing remains consistent: the vocals take center stage, and carry the sentimental weight of the piece. Rinzen once more demonstrates his keen empathy and respect for the projects he takes on in his “Skin” re-work — not to mention, his own growth in the process.
The end of 2017 saw the beginnings of a new chapter unfold for Kidnap — formerly Kidnap Kid. Aside from the obvious name change, which he attributed to a feeling of growth since entering the scene at just 21 years of age, his music also saw a change as well. Though the artist has always erred toward the melodic, he’s since exposed an even more sensitive side of himself through productions under his new moniker — one with more depth and nuance.
Thus, we’re brought to his most recent release, out on his Birds That Fly imprint. “Ursa Minor” is otherworldly in its aesthetic, much like the constellation it gets its title from. Kidnap walks listeners through a valley of sentimentality, making them feel comforted in the process with sparkling, bittersweet melodies and a touching breakdown. The track keeps the mind in this hypnotized state of bliss all the way through to the end, as the last note gently fades out. “Ursa Minor” is certainly filled with class — a standard Kidnap regularly meets with each production.
“Ursa Minor” will be released on July 27. Pre-order a copy here.
Many know UK native Matt Relton as electronic music producer Kidnap Kid thanks to hit releases like “Vehl” and “Aba” with Lane 8. Relton sat down with Mixmag during an episode of their On Rotation podcast, where he discussed that he would be changing his artist name because he was “ending this chapter and starting with refreshed intentions.”
The producer will be moving forward with the artist name “Kidnap” as opposed to “Kidnap Kid” to symbolize this change. Next time fans see a new track out by Kidnap, it’s not an artist ripping off of the UK heavy-hitter’s artist name, but a reinvention of the producer himself.
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.