DA’s Supernatural Selections: A Halloween playlist [Best of 2019]

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Amid the season of spiders, ghosts, and demons (oh, my!) Dancing Astronaut presents some of the most delightfully decadent tracks released solely in 2019. The dastard design of the dark arts is never something to scoff at. Dampened tones, haunting harmonies, and menacing drums take the driver’s seat this year, of course, as our annual harrowing Halloween playlist rears its head yet again. In light of the recent mid-tempo Renaissance—and the formidable sounds that followed—this year’s compilation is fashioned from entirely up-to-the-minute offerings.

Highlights include cult leader, REZZ, in the form of two tracks from her most recent project, Beyond The Senses; a tantalizing taste from fiendish newcomer, Kim Petras‘s horror-themed TURN OFF THE LIGHT studio album; chilling sound design from G-Jones, Eprom, KOAN Sound, and Flume; eerie melodies from Gesaffelstein, deadmau5, NGHTMRE, ZHU, and Wolfgang Gartner; and many more ghoulishly heavy hitters.

Other notable mentions include i_o and Grimes new hit thriller, “Violence,” a remix from Knife Party‘s “Ghost Train” after their first EP in four years, and the monstrous “If My Eyes Are Vampires (Your Body Is My Sunlight)” featuring TYNAN, arriving from Sullivan King‘s debut long play. Play this at your next Halloween party or in your pumpkin-print pajamas. But proceed at your peril: these tracks are not for the feeble-hearted.

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SuperM, Summer Walker, And The Eternal Struggle To Measure Music’s Popularity

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SuperMSuperM are objectively a big deal. The seven-man ensemble brings together members of several prominent K-pop groups: EXO’s Baekhyun and Kai, NCT 127’s Taeyong and Mark, WayV’s Lucas and Ten, and SHINee’s Taemin. That makes them a supergroup, and they flexed their commercial superpowers this week by landing their debut EP SuperM: The 1st Mini … More »

Tones And I Is Turning The World Into “Dance Monkey” Junkies

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Tones And IThis year has already given us one Kevin Garnett “ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!” viral triumph by the name of Lil Nas X. You probably know that story by heart: A savvy young meme-maker who may or may not have built his online following by running a Nicki Minaj fan account heavily promotes his country-rap … More »

Kim Petras serves up dastardly dance-horror soundtrack with ‘TURN OFF THE LIGHT’

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Kim Petras serves up dastardly dance-horror soundtrack with ‘TURN OFF THE LIGHT’04 Kim Petras Press By Thom Kerr 2019 Billboard 1548

It’s October so that means mass media is seeing orange and black—and lots of it. Halloween candy is riddling the shelves and houses will soon be speckled with synthetic spider webs and lazily cut jack-o-lanterns.

But if anyone is sparking this spooky season off with devilishly delicious gumption, it’s Kim Petras. The German/Californian singer/songwriter-producer has delivered a sprawling Halloween-themed dance-horror album, second volume to the full-bodied elixir, TURN OFF THE LIGHT. Petras shared the LP’s first arm in October of last year.

Everything about this album is meant to frighten and seduce—all at once. The electro-pop/synth-wave amalgamation emulates Petras’ grueling electronic cohorts like Gesaffelstein and Justice, whose gut-wrenching synths have made them fond bookings at Halloween events around the globe. Her lyrics are precisely what a horror fan would want, with veracious titles like “Massacre,” “Bloody Valentine,” and “Knives” (the last of which loyally employs knife samples in beguiling fashion).

October may have just begun, but for those already reeling in Halloween spirit, this album will keep listeners fraught with witchy, danceable wonder.

Photo Credit: Thom Kerr

Mark Ronson’s New Breakup Album Is Really Good

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Madame X Is The Best Madonna Album In A Long Time

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Songland Is The Voice For Music Nerds

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SonglandHere is the genius of Songland: It’s every music reality show you’ve ever seen, but it’s also every makeover show you’ve ever seen. Like the best minds in the songwriting industry it spotlights, the NBC series — airing Tuesdays at 10PM ET — has managed to distill lots of familiar ingredients into something fresh. There’s … More »

Ciara Is Living Her Best Life But Not Making Her Best Music

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The Time Has Come To Discuss Yungblud

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Pink’s Party Is Still Going Strong, It’s Just Taken A Maudlin Turn

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PinkPink has never fit in — so much so that not fitting in has become part of her personal brand. Despite spending two decades operating from deep within the mainstream machine, Alicia Beth Moore can believably tout herself as a pop star for the outsiders and the rebels. It’s a weird thing to say about … More »