Better than pumpkin spice lattes: Lane 8 shares new fall mixtape

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The enduring Lane 8 has nonchalantly as always dropped off this year’s fall arm of his seasonal mixtape series this afternoon. The California native is ahead of the game as per usual, setting September’s tonal score just before the leaves begin to change colors.

Over its three-hour playtime, the tour de force allows the seminal progressive house producer the chance to highlight unreleased material of his own, such as a potential Bon Iver remix to kick things off, as well as a litany of burgeoning talent from his label, This Never Happened.

What’s great about the chunkier length of these seasonal mixes though, is that it let fans hear Lane 8 in his soulful, melodic zone, as he spins weather-appropriate licks like Aiiso’s “Programmer” or Martin Roth‘s “Sugarbites,” while also giving them the chance to experience more eclectic sounds, like Solomun‘s remix of Jon Hopkin‘s “Emerald Rush” and Polo & Pan’s lucid and worldly “Gengis,” both of which fall towards the grittier, brisker (if you will) outer edges of Lane 8’s sonic spectrum.

îleSoniq commemorates sixth anniversary on Montréal’s île Sainte-Helene – photos by Susan Moss, Pat Beaudry, Pierre Bourgault

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HOLY SHIP! shares huge lineup for upcoming landlocked edition, HOLY SHIP! WRECKED

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HOLY SHIP! shares huge lineup for upcoming landlocked edition, HOLY SHIP! WRECKEDRukes III

While HOLY SHIP! won’t be setting sail in 2020, it’ll sure still be getting down. The revered HARD Events maritime festival will anchor itself in the Dominican Republic’s Punta Cana next year, January 22-26 with a whole new name: HOLY SHIP! WRECKED.

Casting a wide and prominent net, HOLY SHIP! WRECKED has secured Diplo, Lane 8, Claude VonStroke, and Madeon to top its astounding 2020 roster, while Chris Lake, NGHTMRE & Slander, and Jai Wolf comprise what one could hardly call an undercard. Distinguished names from across the house and bass-abundant spectrum speckle the robust roster, from 12th Planet to TOKiMONSTA, Whethan to What So Not, the agenda seems to extend something irrefutable for every electronic taste preference. Up-and-coming contenders like Dom Dolla, Sonny Fodera, and ODESZA-championed MEMBA offer the lineup a fresh-faced appeal as well.

Not only is the lineup set to be one of the most in-depth throughout the HOLY SHIP! timeline, but the shift in format will offer #Shipfam an event that is both excitingly new and refreshingly familiar. Cloud 9 Adventures,the lead company behind the ship experience, has been producing events in concert with the Punta Cana resort for many years already and will bring that expertise to HOLY SHIP! WRECKED .

Just as on HOLY SHIP!, the resort will only be open to attendees throughout the festival. Seasoned Shipfam will still receive their robes as well as their OG party as fans and artists live together for a weekend in paradise:

We are shipfam for life, so we couldn’t miss out on this! – Gorgon City

Time to start the search for buried treasure. We be shipwrecked this year me maties! – Claude VonStroke  

When it comes time for the artists to perform, there will be nine different areas for music spread throughout the resort. With the increased amount of space, the overall production will be at a much higher level and each area will maintain a specific sonic identity. From daily pool parties to a 1,000 person-capacity club to a sunrise set on the beach, artists will be spinning multiple sets in a variety of environments to satisfy the astute tastes of Shipfam.

Plus, the extensive amenities provided both on-site and in the immediate area will allow for a much broader range of artist involved activities which will be announced soon.

Attendees of HOLY SHIP! WRECKED will have 24-hour access to the resort’s private beach. Every room includes its own balcony, hot tub, free Wi-Fi, and is roughly three times the size of rooms on the boat. There are nine restaurants around the resort offering everything from sushi to pizza, and just like on ship, food and drinks (including alcohol) are all-inclusive.

In terms of recreation outside of music, there is mini-golf, a lazy river, a waterslide, and much more on property. For an extra charge, attendees can take their experience to the next level with a full 18-hole golf course, excursions on dune buggies and ATV’s, a 65,000 square-foot spa, scuba diving, and various other activities that only a world-class island resort can offer.

Pre-sale for HOLY SHIP! WRECKED starts next Monday, July 29, and tickets officially go on sale Wednesday, July 31 at 11 am PT, available here, along with general festival information.

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Splash House announces stacked August lineup

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On the heels of another successful June edition, Splash House just dropped a huge lineup for August. Across three days and three resorts, DJs from multiple facets of dance music will provide an exquisite summer soundtrack.

Topping the bill are Dirtybird boss Claude VonStroke, symphonic house maestro Lane 8, and a special DJ set from Toro y Moi, among others. Some standouts from the rest of the roster are the Eric Prydz prodigy Cristoph and Pat Lok who will surely deliver a set full of diverse vibes.

As always, the party continues into the night all three days at the Palm Springs Air Museum with Hot Since 82, Mark Knight, and Walker & Royce slated to headline throughout the weekend. Check the full August lineup for Splash House below.

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NMF Roundup: Skrillex and TroyBoi become ‘WARLORDZ,’ The Bloody Beetroots reveal new EP + more

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NMF Roundup: Skrillex and TroyBoi become ‘WARLORDZ,’ The Bloody Beetroots reveal new EP + moreSkrille Troyboi

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.

Skrillex has joined forces with TroyBoi to craft a hefty collaboration, “WARLORDZ,” and The Bloody Beetroots has finally revealed his full five-track Heavy EP. What So Not brings new material with “OOGAHDAM!” and Pryda delivers PRYDA 15 VOL I, containing tracks like “Warrior.” Seven Lions and Fiora take festival season by force with a festival mix of “Let Go,” and Kaskade puts his own spin on Jennifer Lopez’s “Medicine.” The Knocks recruit Nigerian singer Kah-Lo for “Awa Ni,” and The Black Madonna takes “About Work The Dancefloor” to new heights. Kove brings his shadowy style of drum ‘n’ bass to “Bearclaw,” and Lane 8 and Yotto have created a dreamy collaboration, “I / Y.” Armin van Buuren and Benno de Goeij make an appearance as GAIA, delivering the extensive Moons of Jupiter compilation. 3LAU and Bright Lights team up once again on “Down for Life,” and Matroda brings his signature thumping bass to “The One.” Darren Styles keeps happy hardcore alive with “Never Let Me Down,” and Vintage & Morelli is in “Bloom” on his newest release. Kraysh showcases his unique sound on “Void,” and Billy Kenny takes on Kyle Watson and Kylah Jasmine’s “You Boy.”

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.

Lane 8 and Yotto lift spirits on new collaboration, ‘I/Y’

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Anjunadeep label-mates Lane 8 and Yotto have joined forces for the first time on a blissfully progressive collaboration, “I/Y.”

Released on Lane 8’s This Never Happened, the new track follows a busy run for both deep house heavyweights, with Lane 8 recently dropping his seasonal summer mixtape series and Yotto coming off a massive Hyperfall tour and releasing a string of new music, including his Anjunadeep 10 track “Nothing Like You” with SØNIN and a Hyperfall remix package. Both will be at Anjunadeep presents: Explorations festival; Yotto is slated for Anjunadeep Open Air dates later this summer and Lane 8 will continue playing dates for his This Never Happened show.

The track opens with light orchestral strings, quickly introducing Lane 8’s distinctive plucky synths and a rhythmic bass that establishes energy before it shutters out to ambient strings again. Playing with careful layers and delicate textures, the track slowly crescendos into a momentous release, accompanied by a finally-realized drum-line before passing ephemerally and closing out with mellow chords.

By withholding certain track elements and simultaneously building and deconstructing layers, Lane 8 and Yotto showcase their ability to craft euphoria in a manner that only those with an innate understanding of progressive storytelling can.

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Good Morning Mix: Lane 8 kicks off sunnier times with Summer Mixtape

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Good Morning Mix: Lane 8 kicks off sunnier times with Summer MixtapeSummer Mitape 2019 Lane 8

June has officially arrived, which means it’s time for the next installment of Lane 8‘s seasonal Mixtape series. The progressive wizard’s latest seasonal offering delivers just the spot of summery bliss needed to start the day; clocking in at three hours, 40 minutes, listeners are taken on a journey through various new and unreleased cuts of the silky, melodic variety with plenty of peaks and valleys to maintain intrigue through the ride. It ends on a sensual note, with a brand new Yotto collaboration wrapping the mind in vibrant synths and alluring melodies.

The Summer Mixtape comes at the heels of Lane 8’s return to his old home of Anjunadeep, where he released a pleasant two-piece EP, Anthracite. Its title track was a particularly notable collaboration with Tinlicker. He also released a remix EP to his recent hit “Visions,” which included a remix by talented up-and-comer Rinzen.

NMF Roundup: Madeon returns, Dog Blood release four-track EP + more

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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.

At long last, Madeon makes a triumphant return with his first original in years, “All My Friends.” Dog Blood, too, impress with a new four-track EP, Turn Off the Lights. Slander, Said the Sky, and JT Roach concoct brilliant “Potions” in their new release, and Nicky Romero takes on Kygo and Rita Ora’s “Carry On” in a new remix. The Bloody Beetroots and Dr. Fresch prove to be a formidable combo as they deliver their new collaboration, “Fkn Face,” and Yotto puts his own spin on RÜFÜS DU SOL’s iconic “Underwater.” Rinzen brings a touch of magic to Lane 8’s “Visions,” and Deorro eases fans into summer with “Obvious.” Maceo Plex delivers a lengthy, soothing single, “When the Lights Are Out,” and Petit Biscuit and JP Cooper join forces for “We Were Young.” Will Clarke puts a shimmering spin on Phantoms’ “Designs for You,” and Arty brings the “Sunshine” to his newest release. The Chainsmokers and Bebe Rexha dip between pop and dance music on “Call You Mine,” and Sofi Tukker link with Colombian duo Bomba Estéreo for a tropical number, “Playa Grande.” The latest Chase & Status LP has finally arrived, bringing with it songs like “Shut Up,” and Figure teams up with Hi I’m Ghost for “Intergalactic.”

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

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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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