Pegboard Nerds re-join Knife Party for new collaboration

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Pegboard Nerds re-join Knife Party for new collaborationKnife Party Live 2015 Billboard Credit Tim Mosenfelder Getty

It’s looking like the next year is about to see a bountiful release harvest from illustrious Australian outfit Knife Party. They certainly know how to stir a frenzy among their fan base, slowly teasing out a variety of raucous new music through their Knifecast show and other platforms. It seems they’ve enlisted a tried-and-true partner for one of the upcoming releases: Pegboard Nerds. Following their “Harpoon” collaboration, released on Monstercat, the two acts have now forged a wild new tune that harkens back to both their electro stylings of old. A distinctly “Knife Party” drop ensues following encouraging vocals that command movement on the dance floor, bearing similarity to tracks like “EDM Death Machine,” or “Internet Friends.” Based off sources who were there to witness the track’s first unveiling in Amsterdam advise that the working title is “Jack;” only time will tell if this name sticks.

 

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Knife Party & Pegboard Nerds Have An Upcoming Collab That Is Electro House Heaven [LISTEN]

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Knife Party is building up some serious momentum in front of a major drop of new music that we are guessing will be dropping in early 2019. After debuting several new original tunes on their new podcast series, Knifecast, the guys are steadily teasing new music. Their latest unreleased track comes courtesy of Pegboard Nerds,

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Knife Party debut new ‘Ghost Town’ demo on ‘Knifecast’ podcast

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Knife Party debut new ‘Ghost Town’ demo on ‘Knifecast’ podcastKnife Party Live

Knife Party, kicked off their very first episode of their progressively developing “Knifecast” podcast with the debut of a brand new track that has yet to be titled. Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen described the concept as a format that rests “halfway between a podcast and playing music.” The pair were adamant that they didn’t want to just produce a weekly mix, but rather a dynamic and engaging show that would feature guests, and on-air Q&A sessions featuring fan-submitted questions. Knife Party provided a memorable finale to their inaugural installment of “Knifecast” with their inclusion of a lengthy ID at the episode’s end, pointing to additional new material underway.

As episode eight of the series affirms, the previously shared ID did in fact foreshadow more unreleased material to come. In their latest episode, the Abandon Ship producers treat listeners to a first taste of a current work in progress by the name of “Ghost Town.” At once a glance back at classic Knife Party sound, intertwined with more modern electronic sonic influence, “Ghost Town” foregrounds Swire’s distinctive vocals atop electro-charged synth arrangements. Knife Party’s plans for the release currently remain unclear, but will certainly come into sharper focus with the ensuing episodes of “Knifecast.”

Knife Party Teases Brilliant New Single That Is Unexpected In The Best Way Possible [LISTEN]

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Knife Party briefly returned in 2018 with a remix for Pendulum’s new remix compilation album. Unfortunately, almost across the board, the remix was a bit lackluster. While Knife Party was brutally vocal about not caring about the fan and critical reaction, they have stepped things up in a big way. In their latest episode of

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Resurrected: HARD Day of the Dead 2018 Review

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At the tender age of four, HARD Events said good-bye to one of its most popular festivals, Day of the Dead. Buried six-feet under the earth and grieved by many, the Southern California event was in its infancy, yet showed many signs of promise and many hoped for a long life ahead. Tragically, the festival

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i_o and No Mana join forces for a frenetic flip of Knife Party’s ‘Sleaze’

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i_o and No Mana join forces for a frenetic flip of Knife Party’s ‘Sleaze’I O No Mana Knife Party Sleaze Remi

Remixing Knife Party classics is a potentially daunting task for the faint of heart. Two of mau5trap’s most prominent agents of techno, i_o and No Mana, have stepped up to the plate and blasted the challenge out of the park with an ultra heavy remix of Knife Party‘s 2012 track, “Sleaze.”

The producers maintain the raw suspense of the original, but transform its rolling moombahton feel into a relentless monster packed with techno and electro elements. The familiar vocal samples hold serve over a noticeably more up-tempo build. As the madness reaches boiling point, the song arrives at a demonically relentless drop. The kick takes no prisoners on this one, as subtle risers keep the tension steadily rising. It’s borderline impossible to hit as hard as classic Knife Party, but with their collaborative take i_o and No Mana have managed just that.

Weekend Rewind: Revisit Knife Party’s Halloween-themed Diplo & Friends Mix from 2015

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Weekend Rewind: Revisit Knife Party’s Halloween-themed Diplo & Friends Mix from 2015Knife Party Halloween Mi

Halloween weekend is in full swing, and who better to celebrate this haunting time than with Australian electro/bass stalwarts Knife Party? Back in 2015, Diplo teamed up with Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen for a Halloween-themed Diplo and Friends mix as the pair were amid the lead up to their Trigger Warning EP which came shortly after. On the mix, the “Internet Friends” duo unveiled two new tracks: “Parliament Funk” and “Kraken.” The track list is weaved together with tunes from DallasK, Oliver Heldens, Tommy Trash and more.

Spanning the group’s entire catalog, from their almost-satiric Abandon Ship LP with “Begin Again,” to beloved Knife Party classics like “Rage Valley,” the hour long session is a highlight reel of Knife Party hits, including additional featured contributions from GTA, Yellow Claw, Skrillex, and JAUZ.

Tom Morello releases electronic-rock-focused ‘The Atlas Underground’ [Stream]

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Tom Morello releases electronic-rock-focused ‘The Atlas Underground’ [Stream]Tom TAU Main Press Image Credit Eitan Miskevich

Tom Morello has released his first-ever solo album under his own name, entitled The Atlas Underground. As an undisputed rock icon and top guitarist, Morello has led bands like Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave and now Prophets of Rage to success through making music that centers around raw, real emotion. Now, the Guitar Hero III boss has made it his mission to join together the energy behind rock music together with modern electronic dance music through a collaborative, focused album.

Enlisting artists from the electronic world that inspire him, Morello has created an album that bridges a gap between a generation of those who grew up when rock music was king, and those who have been raised at the height of electronic music’s success. For the latter, Morello explained in conversation with Zane Lowe at his Los Angeles stop of The Atlas Underground Experience that his intention with this album is to “inflict” the energy of guitars onto the next generation, inspiring future rockstars along the way. Working with stand-out artists like Knife Party, Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, Steve Aoki and K.Flay, Morello has created something true to himself in its motivations in social justice. Not only that, but the music succeeds at its intention to make us both rock out and dance.

DA Presents: ’30 Days of Fright’ featuring REZZ, Gesaffelstein, Noisia, Drezo, and more [Playlist]

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DA Presents: ’30 Days of Fright’ featuring REZZ, Gesaffelstein, Noisia, Drezo, and more [Playlist]SPOOKS PLAYLIST 1

Grab a mask, slam back some candy corn, and get primed to get spooky: it’s October and officially witching season. Electronic music fanatics might be creatures of the night all year round, but there’s something so undeniably righteous about the Halloween season that makes the rapturous roar of dance music even more spellbinding. Whether in the form of diabolic dubstep or demonically deviant techno, the advent of electronic music has given the world some of its most truly terrifying tunes. In that vein, the Dancing Astronaut terror squad is proud to present 30 Days of Fright, our most dastardly dance music favorites for the spookiest month of the year.

By Asher Norris and Bella Bagshaw 


Surrender your consciousness and step inside REZZ‘s world of swirling asphyxia with “Relax.”

Feel your blood begin to bubble and your pulse hectically hasten as BlackGummy and Brooks’s “Neverdeader” breathes a bit of electronic hellfire.

Stream if you dare, as this flame-throwing dubstep track from Kill The Noise, “Black Magic,” will leave your eardrums scorched, but entirely satiated.

Zeds Dead offers up the score for entertainment of the entirely un-dead variety with their timelessly terrifying, “Demons.”

Careful – Megan James’s delectably delicate voice may seem perfectly benevolent, but make no mistake: lofty pipes like hers are witchy by nature.

ZHU plays maestro for all things that boogie and bump in the night with “Nightcrawler.”

Taste the psychedelic strangeness of An-Ten-Nae and Alice D.’s “Raindrops On Roses,” and fall into their preternatural purgatory.

Ever wanted to dance with the devil himself? Habstrakt‘s harrowing house track, “She Goes,” is an opportunity to do just that.

Zomboy invites you to venture through his dubstep-riddled zombie apocalypse with “Ressurected.”

Crowned prince of menacing sound design, Drezo sprinkles a ghastly vocal cut and some unearthly growls in one of his most downright evil releases, “Dead.”

Ivy Lab puts a wickedly delicious spin on an already-crazed Noisia classic, “Tentacles.”

Bask in the eerie ecstasy of Eekkoo and Forrest’s pulsating house production, “Preach.”

NERO solidifies their title as masters of destruction and drum ‘n’ bass with “Doomsday.”

Slithering and psychotic, Noisia’s “Lilith’s Club” will summon spooky sentiments from listeners across the board.

Catch a case of the techno scaries with Gesaffelstein‘s devilishly danceable “Viol.”

Magic Sword wields triumphant electrowave, “In The Face Of Evil,” to fend off even the most nefarious of forces in the days leading up to this All Hallow’s Eve.

Phantogram‘s off-kilter ambiance from “Funeral Pyre,” is the ideal supernatural soundscape, topped with seductive static and levitation-inducing guitar chords.

An undoubtedly foreseen, but fundamental addition to the list, deadmau5‘s “Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff” keeps the freaky, phantasmic fun flying all season long.


Float through the ectoplasm of The Upside Down with this exquisitely melodic synthwave track direct from the second Stranger Things soundtrack.

We’re not really sure what Moody Good is investigating in the malignantly-sampled “This Is The Investigation,” but we’re pretty sure it’s not natural.

Step inside Pryda‘s low-lit techno tunnel and experience the roaring mania of “Rebel XX.”

Those with a predilection for the creepy crawly end of the electronic continuum need only submit themselves to Knife Party‘s iconic “Centipede.”

Street Fever’s winding techno musings inside “Dispose” may be simplistic, but they’ll leave listeners reeling with haunted rejoice.

Feed Me‘s two-headed trap/dubstep hybrid “Pink Lady” will have you seeing phantom strobes well into the afterlife.

It’s virtually impossible to overload on REZZ tracks during any month, but it’s especially tricky this time of year. Her immortal state of “Delusion” thrusts listeners below ground, where the most formidable forces can frolic freely.

Virtual Riot unleashes a bloodcurdling, cinematic ruckus with zombie-apocalypse-themed, “Haunted.”

Names are not at all deceiving as Shadient takes Wavedash and Quest‘s unnervingly vocalized “Devil Music” for ransom.

Coast the un-departed synth-pop streets of Dance With The Dead’s chillingly regal “Nightdrive.”

Spirits loom overhead, as Stephan Bodzin’s “Singularity” permeates shuddersome sounds of uncertainty.

The evil computers of the underworld unite on Knife Party’s riot-conjuring, “Internet Friends.”


There’s too many spooky dance cuts to round up all at once, alas, we’ve got you going with a pretty good start. Keep the spooks in rotation all month long, and don’t forget to mix in “Monster Mash” a few times to get into the spirit of things this season. Stream the full 30 Days of Fright collection below.

HARD Day of the Dead is Resurrected and the Lineup Has Dropped

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After their successful 2018 edition of HARD Summer (you can read my review HERE), HARD Events has been teasing at the return of its famed Halloween/Dia de los Muertos festival. Fans have been eagerly awaiting the “resurrection” of the L.A. event and today the ever important line up was revealed ahead of ticket sales. The

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