Orbit Playlist: Opiuo lays it the funk down before heading back to Lightning In A Bottle

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Orbit Playlist: Opiuo lays it the funk down before heading back to Lightning In A BottleOpiuo Press Shot 1 1 1

Bass breeder of a most funk-infused variety, Opiuo has cooked up a special playlist for Dancing Astronaut ahead of his performance at central California’s next round of Lightning In A Bottle festival, on May 8.

The New Zealand-born, Australian resident, Opiuo takes listeners through the chromatic length of his aural crates, with tracks spanning tender, melodic house (Lane 8‘s “Atlas”) to foreboding mid-tempo electro (1788-L‘s “Cyberspace”). Like-minded funk and experimental bass producers run abound, with additional offerings from CloZee, G Jones, Big Gigantic, and of course, some innovative firepower from Opiuo himself to adequately ready Lightning In A Bottle attendees for a splendidly strange DJ set.

I’m so excited to be back at Lightning In A Bottle, one of my favourite festivals in North America,” says Opiuo. “Here are a bunch of songs I love from a bunch of friends and legends playing on the weekend. You can expect a tonne of brand new music from me on the night as we dance away into the bass heavy funkadelicoblivion.

Tickets to Lightning In A Bottle, held at Buena Vista Lake, as well as general festival information, can be found here.

Lane 8 slips into spring with new Anjunadeep EP

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Lane 8 slips into spring with new Anjunadeep EPLane 8 George Fitzgerald Burns Remies

Lane 8 prepared his fans for the kickoff of the 2019 vernal months in early March with the release of his three-hour spring mixtape, and he has now followed it up with his first release of the season: a six-track Anjunadeep EP.

The Feld / Anthracite EP made its debut on the label on April 30, featuring an original solo track, a collaboration with Tinlicker, a Ryan Davis remix, and three extended mixes. The EP gives listeners a variety of ways to digest “Feld” and “Anthracite,” spanning dynamic and mellow house atmospheres in shorter and extended-cut formats.

“Feld” in its original format opens with a merry melody, leading the listener on an introspective journey over the course of its four minutes. “Anthracite” with Tinlicker takes a more contemplative approach, opening with calming vocals and adding on layers of meditative synth melodies as it progresses. Davis lends both a remix and an extended mix of “Feld” to the EP, bringing a minimalist, otherworldly glow to Lane 8’s original vision.

The Feld / Anthracite EP is out now via Anjunadeep.

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The Chainsmokers, Flume, RL Grime, RÜFÜS DU SOL join Lollapalooza’s 2019 roster

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The Chainsmokers, Flume, RL Grime, RÜFÜS DU SOL join Lollapalooza’s 2019 rosterLollapalooza 1

Chicago’s Lollapalooza provided fans an early morning gift in the form of its 2019 lineup. Returning to its home of Grant Park from August 1-4, the four-day affair boasts yet another all-star roster with everything from hip-hop to EDM. Perhaps the biggest indication of electronic’s influence over the modern music sphere is the festival’s headliner list. The Chainsmokers and Flume are both listed as headliners, joining a list that includes heavy hitters like Ariana Grande, J Balvin, and The Strokes. Other dance music acts making the lengthy list are RÜFÜS DU SOL, RL Grime, Whethan, Alesso, Boombox Cartel, and Lane 8, to name a few. Similar to Coachella, it seems that the many shades of dance music are playing an increasingly larger role in the festival’s lineup year upon year.

 

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Defrost with Lane 8’s sumptuous ‘Spring 2019 Mixtape’ [Stream]

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Defrost with Lane 8’s sumptuous ‘Spring 2019 Mixtape’ [Stream]Lane 8 George Fitzgerald Burns Remies

Each individual season bears witness to the release of a new Lane 8 mixtape, which concurrently arrives just as one season gracefully begins to fade into the next. Lane 8 imitates the gradual, seamless nature of seasonal transition through the fluidity of his mixing of his “Spring 2019 Mixtape.” The three-hour offering is an extended soundscape that unfurls with the poise of a spring flower newly beginning to bud. The mix melds melodic cuts with percussively driven tech house and house inclusions, for a balanced amalgamation of the viscous and the vigorous.

Serial testaments to Lane 8’s curative finesse, the seasonally inspired mixtapes consistently merge Lane 8 originals with remixes from some of electronic music’s most savvy producers. Case in point, the “Spring 2019 Mixtape” corrals Solomun‘s re-imagination of “You’re Not Alone” with Luke Alessi’s take on “Deja Vu,” and Patrice Bäumel‘s polished reboot of Claptone‘s “La Esperanza.” These remixes are but the tip of the sonic iceberg, as Bonobo, Luttrell, Jeremy Olander, and a slew of other artists receive nods from Lane 8 in the mixtape. Lane 8 defrosts streamers’ winter hearts, to stir their spring souls with his “Spring 2019 Mixtape.”

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Sunday Morning Medicine Vol 167, with Lane 8, Vincent, RAC, + more

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Sunday Morning Medicine Vol 167, with Lane 8, Vincent, RAC, + moreSMM 2400

Sunday Morning Medicine is a feature from Dancing Astronaut dedicated to the mellower side of electronic music. We bring you our favorite therapeutic selections—old and new—in attempts to alleviate the agonizing effects of a long weekend of partying.


Like a lucid dream, Robotaki‘s latest, “Meant To Be,” swirls and struts through the consciousness with its Tame Impala/Daft Punk-esque psychedelia/synth-wave. Start your Sunday on the right side of Robotaki’s ultraviolet fantasy.

Lane 8 introduces some pensive splendor to Virtual Self‘s sweeping smash, “Ghost Voices,” and the result is a rousing, subtly danceable sonic sonnet.

RAC lends furrowing keys and blooming builds to an already-idyllic Giraffage offering. “Maybes” stands for sweet, swimming possibility this Sunday.

From his latest EP, Vincent‘s “I’m No Magician” is the sensual savor we all crave for end-of-weekend dopamine replenishment. Love, Alexa’s pulsing vocal chops and Vincent’s throbbing bass hit like a beckoning Sunday strobe light.

Arriving from Lee Burridge‘s All Day I Dream imprint, Sébastien Léger’s “Rocket To Lee’s Little Cloud” is the quixotic vessel you ordered to deliver from intrusive thoughts of the upcoming work week. With its chugging beat wistful, reverberating synth line, swift escape is imminent.

Lane 8 releases inspiriting ‘Root To Branch Vol. 4’

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Lane 8 releases inspiriting ‘Root To Branch Vol. 4’Root To Branch Vol.4

Fresh off Lane 8‘s own imprint, This Never Happened, Root To Branch Vol. 4 —like its preceding editions— taps into a careful curation of talent, hand-picked by none other than Lane 8 himself.

The six-track compilation highlights polished, progressive house selections from newcomers like Ocula, Hexlogic, and Artche. Uninterrupted quality shines through on Root To Branch Vol. 4 as each track distinctly offers up its own seamless deep house decadence. As a curator and listener, Lane 8 once again succeeds in providing a platform for rising producers.

The melodic mastermind has grown the Root To Branch collection swiftly, with the third arm of the series released just a few months prior, last December, and the second volume last May.  In addition to his compilation releases, Lane 8 has been busy releasing new music and announcing shows, likely with lots of innovation in store. He recently turned heads with the release of his remix of Virtual Self’s “Ghost” in early February.

îleSoniq reveals phase one lineup for Aug. 9-10 takeover: Above & Beyond, Marshmello, Kaskade, and more

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îleSoniq reveals phase one lineup for Aug. 9-10 takeover: Above & Beyond, Marshmello, Kaskade, and more062 Ile Soniq Day 1 Photo Susan Moss

îleSoniq has commemorated their sixth anniversary with the anticipated reveal of their phase one lineup, giving festival-goers an idea of the explosion of artists in store. As previous years have found success in fusing the hip-hop and electronic music spheres together, the 2019 edition returns to parc Jean-Drapeau over Aug. 9-10 for the return of the annual event. 

Headliners Above & Beyond and Marshmello are scheduled to close out festivities throughout the weekend, and will be accompanied by main stage selects Alesso and Kaskade to light up the weekend, in addition to by sets from fan-favorites across the electronic spectrum. For the first time in îleSoniq history, attendees can expect to be immersed with the sounds of its inaugural underground house and techno stage, complete with sets by Nicole Moudaber, Lane 8, Yotto and Claptone.

In addition to the influx of house and techno artists, bass fans will witness the return of head-banging dignitary Excision, along with the likes of Mastadon, Peekaboo, Midnight T, G. Jones and Montréal native, Snails amidst the weekend.

Two-day festival passes available for purchase here.

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Lane 8 flips Virtual Self’s ‘Ghost Voices’ on its head with enamoring new remix

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Lane 8 flips Virtual Self’s ‘Ghost Voices’ on its head with enamoring new remixLane 8 Crssd Fest

Fresh from the Grammys Red Carpet, Virtual Self has gifted fans with Lane 8‘s remix of “Ghost Voices.” More popularly known as Porter Robinson, the producer was this year nominated for the Best Dance Recording category as Virtual Self for his wall-to-wall sensation, “Ghost Voices.” Though he did not win, the track has still not only had a tremendous impact on the electronic sphere, but has also reverberated through the music industry at large.

Lane 8’s take on the release flips the track inside out, pulling the piano to the forefront and shrinking the electronic elements out of focus in the introduction. Crescendoing notes eb and flow through the forefront of the track, while the vocal dances around the new sound structure. While the remix evokes an entirely different, more pensive set of emotions and energy than the original, it still soothes and sonically pleases the listener. The remix has been released on Robinson’s own YouTube channel.

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Sunday Morning Medicine Vol 164, featuring Disclosure, Lane 8, Bonobo, + more

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Sunday Morning Medicine Vol 164, featuring Disclosure, Lane 8, Bonobo, + moreSMM 2400

Sunday Morning Medicine is a feature from Dancing Astronaut dedicated to the mellower side of electronic music. We bring you our favorite therapeutic selections—old and new—in attempts to alleviate the agonizing effects of a long weekend of partying.


If Disclosure can successfully introduce a house beat to the lyrics of “Fools Rush In,” you can thwart the end-of-weekend demons. “Where Angels Fear To Tread,” off the duo’s forthcoming project, offers a litany of lush strings, jazz acapella vocal samples, and a highly medicinal bass line.

Head to British songstress Litany’s ’80s-inspired “Bedroom” for a full-bodied breath of electronic-pop therapy. Her wistful vocals float over softly jubilant production infused with an island effect, complements of the track’s wavering marimba synth.

Lane 8‘s latest and first of 2019, “Visions” is just as it sounds. “Visions” is benevolently scheduled under DA’s “highly potent hallucinogens,” with its deliberate, rousing beat and a fluttering, euphoria-procuring synth line, like fractals dancing in the night.

Like so many of Bonobo‘s creations, “Second Sun” exudes a subtle, twinkling majesty. Its melancholy-hopeful instrumentals set the tone for the week ahead.

Louis Futon‘s most recent offering leading up to his new album, “Supposed To Be” caps this week’s Sunday Morning Medicine on a soothing note. DUCKWRTH and BAEGOD’s feel-good rhymes remind listeners of better weather and easy living.

NMF Roundup: deadmau5 delivers ‘mau5ville: Level 3,’ Lane 8 returns with ‘Visions,’ Galantis and OneRepublic team up + more

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NMF Roundup: deadmau5 delivers ‘mau5ville: Level 3,’ Lane 8 returns with ‘Visions,’ Galantis and OneRepublic team up + moreDeadmau5 Mr Bill

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.

deadmau5 has returned to deliver the third installation in his thrilling mau5ville series, bringing with it a seven-minute opener called “Polyphobia.” Galantis and OneRepublic team up for the easygoing “Bones,” and SNBRN drops off slow-burning “Never Let You Go.” Lane 8 and Rbbts pump their latest, “Visions,” with emotions, as does Dabin with his brand new “Alive.” DROELOE deliver their first original of the year, “Only Be Me,” and Ephwurd cranks up the heat with his new “Hectic” collaboration with SWAGE. Alok and Timmy Trumpet bring their talents to Spinnin’ Records with “Metaphor,” and CAZZETTE take on Midnight Kids‘ “Serious” with Matthew Koma. Win & Woo tap the enticing vocals of Kaleena Zanders for their new single, and Crystal Skies exhibit their flawless melodic dubstep style in “Never Change.” Snakehips bring Rivers Cuomo aboard for their new “Gucci Rock N Rolla” with KYLE, and R3HAB tries his hand at remixing Kygo for the second time with a grooving take on “Happy Now.”

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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