Mall Grab, Loco Dice and Four Tet land on ‘Midnight Hour’ remix package

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A week after Four Tet‘s contribution, “Midnight Hour” has received an extended remix package. Underground house titan Mall Grab brings a unique flavor to the track, speeding it up to 140 BPM and adding a hefty kick. Tunisian veteran-producer Loco Dice doubles down on the house rhythms and patterns of the original to create a lengthened cut that should easily fit in sets. To round out the project, Skrillex and Boys Noize contribute their dub mix to join Four Tet’s remix.

This release is yet another chapter in the story of the Ty Dolla $ign-assisted track. From Grammy nominations to remix packages, the Dog Blood team’s latest won’t say die.

NMF Roundup: A-Trak and Friend Within link, Loco Dice remixes ‘Midnight Hour’ + 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.

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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Skrillex and Boys Noize drop rhythmic dub mix of ‘Midnight Hour’

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After releasing triple collaboration “Midnight Hour” alongside Ty Dolla $ign, Skrillex and Boys Noize have dropped off an exclusive two-tracker remix package via OWSLA. Containing the duo’s own alternate dub mix as well as one by Desolat label boss Loco Dice, the combination release is available to listen on Beatport here. Having employed the dub mix previously in their sets, the Dog Blood co-members put an energizing spin on their original track that perfects it for dance-floor mayhem.

With select isolation of Ty Dolla $ign’s main vocals, Skrillex and Boys Noize’s dub mix boosts the bass, emphasizes the speedy elements of hard-hitting percussions, and ramps up the four-on-the-floor intensity. Weaving in two vocal interludes that serve as pre-build up sections, the remix is a pure manifestation of a dub mix—stripped to the pure energy of bass and percussion. A true relishing of club movements, Skrillex and Boys Noize’s re-rendering of their track places vocal and melodic embellishments secondary to the core elements of rhythm and pace and cut through the noise to deliver an incisive dance beat.

Listen/download here.

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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Lane 8

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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AXIS 202: Loco Dice b2b The Martinez Brothers

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There’s an undeniable air of showmanship The Martinez Brothers put out with each gig. Born performers, the two are masters at filling the room with infectious, pumping house for hours on end. Their peer Loco Dice has an equal flair for expressing himself behind the decks, putting his head down and using his hip-hop influences to put forth spastic, yet carefully thought-out voyages through gritty soundscapes.

When these stalwarts come together, it becomes difficult not to get ensnared in their captivating rhythms. Take their b2b at Movement, for example, which Dancing Astronaut has successfully nabbed to become this edition of AXIS. Listeners who were there are immediately transported back to the packed mainstage that they dominated while closing down the festival on Sunday night, May 27. One need not have been in attendance to fully enjoy the pleasant melange of house and tech they’ve selected, however; the energy pouring out of the speakers is palpable, and it becomes easy to melt into the grooves and become part of the cheerful crowd while listening.


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2D meets 3D in Loco Dice’s ‘Selflove’ video featuring Serious Klein

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With the release of his fourth album still in recent view, Loco Dice continues to flesh out the LP’s offering with visual components released piece by piece. Love Letters debuted earlier this summer, with its 16 songs begging to be listened to as a collective unit. But now with the release of the video for “Selflove,” we see the pieces as available to be consumed separately or together.

The video for “Selflove” might appear as a simple storytelling journey at first, with monochromatic animation that breathes melancholy. But expectations quickly readjust as the track’s featured artist, rapper Serious Klein, is shown in the flesh. Throughout the video, viewers are taken further and further into introspection, with Dice’s seasoned minimalism as the soundtrack.

The video for “Selflove” follows another red-themed story in the video for “We’re Alive.”

Leftwing & Kody unveil ‘Snap Back’ EP

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Lefwing & Kody have released their ‘Snap Back’ EP to Loco Dice‘s Desolat imprint. The German label has previously charted releases for such tech-house majors as Huxley, Doc Martin and Jay Lumen.

The EP has received critical support from BBC Radio 1 icon Pete Tong, as well as live support from Loco Dice himself. Serving as a thunderous entry into tech-house for the rising duo. Whether its the deep drum resonation in “Snap Back,” the low swung synths of “The Hills,” or the infectiously snapping hi hats on “Want It,” Lefwing & Kody are meticulously plotting their rise in tech-house circles, and in brilliant fashion.

RESISTANCE Announces Lineup For Privilege Ibiza 2018 Campaign

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Ibiza, Spain—On the brink of their 2018 season, the White Isle has been all over the Electronic World News for their rift with banning Airbnb and renting out homes in certain areas of the island and the government goal of closing clubs at 2am. But we are staying positive knowing that the Electronic Music Capital

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Loco Dice leads forthcoming album with first single, ‘Roots’

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Despite a recent commitment to his FKD grime conglomerate, Desolat label boss Loco Dice remains an intersectional purveyor of robust house and techno. The producer just dropped off the aptly-named single named “Roots,” where he reflects on his deeply embedded connection to Dusseldorf, Detroit, and beyond.

Similar to his seminal material, the bristling “Roots” forcefully blurs the lines between house and techno. Skittish synths play across hurried drums as smooth chords add a layer of bona fide soul. The producer’s claps are rough and apprehensive, and as his own dark vocals usher in the atmospheric synapse, it’s clear “Roots” adds yet another set staple to his discography that will inevitably detonate any dance floor.

“Roots” leads the producer’s forthcoming album, Love Letters, to be released later in 2018 — and one which will hopefully be played out in part at his highly-anticipated headling slot b2b with the Martinez Brothers at Movement 2018.

Movement Festival releases unparalleled 2018 lineup

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Though the start of festival season is still some months away, lineups announcements have begun in earnest.. From the recent additions of Alesso and Alison Wonderland to this year’s Tomorrowland lineup, to the announcement of REZZ’s headliner status at Shambhala Festival, 2018 is easily rounding out to showcase the brightest acts within the music industry.

Adding onto the anticipated list of high-profile events, Movement Festival unveiled an unprecedentedly packed and diverse 2018 lineup. Following the pursuit of festivals utilizing a variety of genres to pique attendees’ interests, this year’s headliners include Dirtybird founder Claude Vonstroke, an exclusive b2b set between Loco Dice and The Martinez Brothers, and the venerable Wu-Tang Clan called upon to close out the event.

Not only marking a special 20th anniversary of Paxahau, the mastermind behind Detroit’s electronic music bookings, the landmark event has shown true to their techno roots by boasting acts like Dubfire, Seth Troxler and, Tiga amongst a handful of other performances.

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Taking place over May 26-28, weekend GA and VIP passes are available for purchase online.