Lane 8’s ‘Little by Little’ LP sees a treasure chest of remixes from Dirty South, ATTLAS, and more

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Lane 8‘s albums have been more than just perfunctory collections of songs for the deep house star – they’ve been legitimate works of art, defining individual eras within his catalogue. The producer’s sophomore LP, Little by Little, has seen him embark on tour across the globe, while his tracks seep into the collective consciousness of his fans. In a fitting finale, the artist has opened the door for some of dance music’s most emotive names to reimagine the album on Little By Little Remixed. The 10-track pack is a stellar mix of mainstays and rising talents. Among cuts from established artists such as Dirty South, ATTLAS, and Tinlicker, the album has a wealth of up and comers to be heard including This Never Happened signee Anderholm and recent Anjunadeep artist Ben Böhmer.

Little By Little is an album flush with gorgeous vocals, and the remixers take on the challenge of reframing them fearlessly. ATTLAS spins the deep longing of “No Captain” into a symphony of bright synths, while Khåen takes “Stir Me Up” down an eerie side-street. Elsewhere, Fairchild injects Lane 8’s frequent set opener “Daya” with a brilliantly shuffled percussion groove that supercharges the synth-driven melody. Tinlicker’s rework of “Clarify” is a surefire standout, its hypnotic arps already having provided what Lane 8 himself described as an “amazing moment” in live sets this year. Though the meticulous album was surely a daunting task to complete, Lane 8 did so beautifully, yielding a range of ethereal takes fit to extend his latest artistic era further into the future.

Lane 8’s ‘Little By Little’ remixes continue with Tinlicker’s take on ‘Clarify’

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Lane 8’s ‘Little By Little’ remixes continue with Tinlicker’s take on ‘Clarify’Tinlicker Dancefair Masterclass

Tinlicker is the latest to get in on the extensive remixing of Lane 8‘s 2018 album, Little By Little. The Dutch duo whose futuristic progressive style has solidified them as creative, focused producers whose star is on the rise in their own right. Joining recent remixers Dirty South, Anderholm and Ben Böhmer, Tinlicker has brought their touch to Lane 8’s “Clarify,” a track that in its original form drew up a melancholy cinematic expanse, featuring moody vocals from Fractures. Set up nearly as a blank landscape with an opening for the addition of melody and complexity, Tinlicker took their opportunity seriously.

While Lane 8 might share some stylistic qualities in his music that complement Tinlicker’s own musical vision, the end result of this remix is stunning. It’s like they’ve taken centuries to build this piece brick by brick, constructing at a slow but “just right” pace. Eventually unveiling melodies that intertwine in a daydreamy, entrancing dance together, this remix poses big opportunities for Tinlicker in their future. It also continues the anticipation for the release of many more remixes from Little By Little.

Old and new Anjunadeepians, Lane 8 and Ben Böhmer, converge to create celestial sonic babies

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One of Anjunadeep‘s newest breadwinners, Ben Böhmer, has proved himself an austere presence within the Anjunabeats sub-label, melding his visceral, atmospheric sound to its most intimate foundations. His latest remix of Lane 8‘s “Hold On” further solidifies his vocation to that lofty, singularly Anjunadeepian deep house.

Though now running his own rapidly sprouting label, Lane 8 spent years nurturing his heavenly emblem on Anjunadeep soil, still regularly mixing for the imprint and even performing at their first-ever Open Air festival in London this year. Naturally, Böhmer adopted the particularly tranquilizing track as part of Lane 8’s official remix album for Little By Little

Böhmer leaves the polished patriarch’s creation still starkly recognizable, slightly pitching up and restructuring the lead synth line, and leaving Fracture’s exploratory vocals ringing true through the chorus. The remix, like the Lane 8 original, is the ideal soundtrack for flying over a sea of snowy mountain peaks, or a long rest atop a vapory mass of clouds.

The young German made his Anjunadeep debut last year with his miraculously mellow “Flug & Fall,” which appeared on the label’s fourth Explorations album installment. He soon followed up therein with the warming tones of his stirring Morning Falls EP.

Lane 8 announces ‘Little By Little Remixed’ LP featuring Dirty South, ATTLAS, Fairchild, and more

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Lane 8 announces ‘Little By Little Remixed’ LP featuring Dirty South, ATTLAS, Fairchild, and moreLane 8 Little By Little Remies

If Lane 8‘s sophomore long player Little By Little was a mixtape (and he’s definitely fond of those), it would be worn out and dinged up from binge-listens by now. The album was certified feels front to back, with Lane 8’s trademark analog warmth oozing from every track. Although the “Little Voices” producer hasn’t held back on the new music front since the LP’s release, that didn’t stop him plotting to give even more legs to Little By Little with a full 10 artists already named for the project. The list reads like a who’s who of melodic dance music, with stalwarts like ATTLAS, Dirty South, and Fairchild alongside fresh This Never Happened label mates Ʌ V O U R E  and KHAEN. The remix album promises a fresh dose of deep and emotive takes, all reaching for a very high bar set by the original album material.

The stack of reworks is set to drop October 4. Lane 8 will fittingly be in the midst of the Little By Little North American tour’s second leg. Can’t wait until release day to hear those juicy remixes? Catching them tucked into an upcoming Lane 8 set is your best bet.

Lane 8’s fall mixtape has arrived

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After such a steady 2018, listeners have become accustomed to Lane 8’s ability to catch and digest the feeling of the world around him. Sonically, the man is in tune with his fans and his environment. With Labor Day behind us and the crisp winds of fall on the horizon, Lane 8’s highly anticipated fall 2018 mixtape is here to show us how consistently with it he truly is.

Released on the toes of the second part of his Little By Little album tour, the mix accomplishes just that. Lane 8 has been pumping these melodic enduring mixtapes all year, and after this summer’s five-hour mix of sunny progressive tracks, one could rightly wonder how the Denver-based producer would take on the anticipation of this upcoming season.

The mix is a collage of sound that evokes the feeling of cleansing, reflection, and preparation. It asks very little of the listener other than to just close one’s eyes and allow the transitions to happen within. Hosting a variety of tracks and remixes from the likes of SevenDoors, Joseph Ashworth, Pink Floyd, Thomas Jack, and, of course, the producer himself, the mix uplifts the listener to great heights and allows them to drift down softly to the ground.

The fall mixtape is a testament to Lane 8’s unparalleled understanding of how at home house music can make listeners feel, no matter the weather.

Lane 8 serves up a double remix dose of George FitzGerald’s ‘Burns’

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Lane 8 serves up a double remix dose of George FitzGerald’s ‘Burns’Lane 8 George Fitzgerald Burns Remies

Lane 8 is back on Anjunadeep for the first time in 2018 with not one, but two new remixes of George FitzGerald‘s anthemic track, “Burns.” The “No Captain” producer has been rolling out nothing but gems on his own This Never Happened imprint, including the front-to-back brilliance of his latest full length, Little By Little. The deep house titan was sure to return to Anjunadeep in style with two different flavors of “Burns” remixes, dubbed “Club Mix” and “Morning Mix.” Body and soul euphoria on the dance floor? Slow-sipping a cup of coffee on the porch? There’s a Lane 8 remix for that.

The club mix shifts into gear from the jump, with staccato vocal hits holding serve over warm, rainy day chords. The track drives forward relentlessly with a thudding kick leading the way, as buttery synth drones swirl. Despite opening with frenetic plucks, it’s soon obvious that the morning mix isn’t in a hurry. Airy piano notes tell the story over a kick snugly nestled into the mix. Both mixes are vintage Lane 8, showcasing the artist’s uncanny ability to hone in on a feeling and bring it to bear through his music.

Photo credit: Jason Siegel

5 must-see sets at Toronto’s Electric Island season finale

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As the September long weekend has snuck up on our radar, the unfortunate and hard-to-digest reality is that summer’s on its way out. The pinnacle of this year’s festival season brought upon an abundance of notable moments such as the inaugural edition of the long-awaited All My Friends Festival and of course, the return of English duo Disclosure with five disco-esque singles.

For those seeking one last summer soirée before accepting the gradual transition into coat-check season, Electric Island has made its name within the Toronto community as the unmissable summer event series. With past editions bringing out an imposing selection of talent, attendees have flocked towards the Toronto Island for this seasonal experience, awaiting to groove on the piece of paradise. 

Set to host their two-day season finale over the course of September 2-3, the fourth edition hosts headliners like Loco Dice, Nicole Moudaber and Lane 8 to ring out each day. In preparation of the final event, Dancing Astronaut has assembled a list of our most-anticipated sets ahead of the upcoming weekend on the island. 

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Though his placement on the Anjunadeep label has created him a notable profile, Daniel Goldstein has procured his own reputation for his idyllic, dreamy house soundscape. A curveball booking thrown into the abundance of techno and tech-house, Lane 8 falls perfectly into the sunset scene of the islands.

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In creating a musical catalog that represents a vast undertaking of minimalist, yet intermingled melodies, Rodriguez Jr. has captured eyes across the nation over the past few years. From the softer cadences in his techno productions to iridescent synths that remain consistent throughout his work, he remains a staple selection in the Electric Island finale.

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Justin Martin

Coming to a city that fiends the Dirtybird vibe, Justin Martin will be welcomed with open arms over the September 2-3 weekend. As the label co-founder, Martin showcases an impressive selection of genres across the board from drum ‘n’ bass to tech-house that Torontonians have come to love.

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Loco Dice

Fresh off of his closing b2b set with The Martinez Brothers at Movement Festival, Loco Dice fits into a perfect fold of hip-hop-tinged, bouncing house music. The release of his latest album, Love Letters, brings an air of spontaneity to his latest work, and foreshadows a dynamic closing set on day one of Electric Island.

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Charlotte De Witte

With recent recognition making her one to watch in the game, Charlotte De Witte has heads turning with her high-intensity take to techno. Joining the Electric Island season lineup with other female power-players like Ellen Allien, Sydney Blu and Nicole Moudaber, De Witte’s set is not one to miss.

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GA and VIP passes are available for purchase here.

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Lane 8 releases final Clue to the mystery of ‘Disappearance Of Colonel Mustard’

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Lane 8‘s “The Disappearance Of Colonel Mustard” has been solved for good this time, on the artist’s This Never Happened imprint. The track first incited intrigue after Lane 8, real name Daniel Goldstein, weaved it into his BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix, back in April.

“The Disappearance Of Colonel Mustard” begins as many of Goldstein’s rich repertoire of deep house tracks do — halcyon, instrumental, and saccharinely melodic. However, the drop moves into an uncharacteristically dark display, that is not altogether sinister, but more shrouded in clandestine club fun, evocative of ZHU‘s shadowy allure. The track finds a surprisingly harmonious balance between light, atmospheric interludes and jolting basslines.

The new song perpetuates an already incredibly rich release year for the Goldstein, who, in succession to his wildly successful Little By Little album (accompanied by a world tour), has released a technicolor train of house singles as of late.

These are 10 hype-building songs to listen to ahead for Moonrise Festival 2018

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Moonrise Festival 2018 is shaping out to be one of Baltimore’s most exciting events of the year. The two-day festival — held at the Pimlico Race Course – is preparing for its 5th installment, which will feature a wide and diverse range of artists, catering toward fans of almost any dance music sub-genre. Performers include Kaskade, Zeds Dead, 3LAU, JOYRYDE, Ookay, GRiZ, Illenium, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Ekali, MK, and more.

In honor of the upcoming festivities, we’ve compiled a 10-track playlist that includes tunes from some of the weekend’s most anticipated acts — perfect for any pre-game or long road-trips to Baltimore.

1. Silk City (Diplo & Mark Ronson) – “Only Can Get Better”

The latest single from Diplo & Mark Ronson’s newest side project Silk City. This is definitely a collaboration attendees will hear during Diplo’s headline set at the Stellar Stage Saturday night. Ronson has since teased their second upcoming release, so maybe he’ll give fans a little taste at the festival?

2. DJ Snake & Mercer – “Let’s Get Ill”

One of DJ Snake’s hottest 2018 collaborations saw linking up with Mercer for a rapid, future house heater. Check out Snake headlining the Stellar Stage Saturday night alongside Kaskade, Diplo, Zeds Dead, and more.

3. Marshmello – “Rooftops”

Marshmello recently released his Joytime II album, which has been very well-received by the Mello Gang. “Rooftops” a groovy one from the album where the DJ/producer throws on his own 90’s punk rock-sounding vocals. He’ll take the Stellar Stage Sunday night and will likely close out the weekend.

4. SNRBN – “If I Can’t Have You” feat. Harloe

The LA-based DJ/producer, who will also be taking over the Stellar Stage on Sunday afternoon, where he will more than likely take his audience out of the racetrack an instead place them on a mental beach. His latest single “I Can’t Have You” accomplishes this feat in mere minutes.

5. Two Friends – “While We’re Dreaming” feat. Kevin Writer

We enjoy this 2017 throwback from the duo, who will be treating their guests to a heavy dose of their cheery brand of dance music.

6. Galantis – “Mama Look At Me Now”

“Mama Look At Me Now” is one of two tracks from Galantis’ latest EP release, and it gives us a taste of what’s in store for the mischevious Swedes’ infectiously raucous Sunday set.

7. Cashmere Cat, Major Lazer, Tory Lanez – “Miss You” (Akira Akira & Hikeii Remix)

This is one of the most poppin’ remixes of his hit collaboration “Miss You” with Major Lazer and Tory Lanez. Festival goers can expect to hear either the original or an assortment of remixes, yet knowing Cashmere Cat, he often has a strictly Jersey club section of the set, to which this fits perfectly. Check out his set at the Lunar Stage on Sunday.

8. Rezz & 1788-L – H E X

Rezz is blowing up the scene with dark synths and heavy beats that are nothing short of an innovative sound. Check out her latest release, which she’ll most likely use to destroy the Solar Tent atmosphere on Saturday.

9. Chris Lake, Chris Lorenzo, Anti-Up – “Pizza”

Anyone want pizza? No? How about after a few hours of constant movement and house beats at the Celestial Stage? Chris Lake will be headlining the house-geared stage Saturday night and will probably trap listeners into his set right as they’re deciding to leave for some pizza.

10. Eric Prydz – “Liberate” (Lane 8 Remix)

This remix for Eric Prydz’ “Liberate” is one of Lane 8’s hidden gems released back in 2014. He’s pushed out a lot of new music since then, but it doesn’t mean we have to stop showing this perfect blend of deep and melodic house some love. Check him out headlining the Celestial Stage Sunday night.

Purchase tickets via the Moonrise Festival website and if this song selection didn’t do justice, check out the festival’s 2018 Spotify playlists, which are curated by stage.


Seismic Dance Event announces house-heavy inaugural lineup

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Seismic Dance Event is a new festival hosted by local Austin, Texas promoter RealMusic Events. Known for their house-oriented electronic lineups, Seismic Dance Event seems to the pinnacle of their love for hard beats and dirty grooves.

The lineup features house music heavyweights and newcomers, with big name talent like Anna Lunoe, Green Velvet, and Duke Dumont alongside some smaller, but still reputable names such as Amtrac, Hotel Garuda, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, and more. Hosted at the scenic Carson Creek Ranch in Austin, this lineup and location pairing makes Seismic Dance Event one of fall’s most intriguing festivals.

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