KFC’s Colonel Sanders threw down a five-minute main stage set at Ultra, and artists weren’t happy about it

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KFC’s Colonel Sanders threw down a five-minute main stage set at Ultra, and artists weren’t happy about itUltra 2018 Mainstage ALIVE Coverage

Ultra Music Festival has grown to be one of the largest electronic music festivals in the world, making the city of Miami a temporary home for the thousands of individuals that come flocking into the city. After the first day of the festival at their brand new location on the Virginia Key, festival-goers weren’t the only ones that had a lot to say about their experience thus far. Upon the festival’s main stage was KFC’s mascot, Colonel Sanders, who held a five-minute slot amidst the afternoon. Though the festival was characterized by a number of memorable artist sets, the promotional tactic was criticized by a number of artists, including Louis The Child and Alison Wonderland.

Speaking on the issue, the artists note that Ultra holds one of the most impactful platforms in the electronic music scene, and their stages should support hardworking, talented artists that work for the opportunity to perform at these events. Between the chaotic transportation issues at the end of night one that left thousands of attendees to make the hour long trek to the mainland, it looks like Ultra is just getting started.

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NMF Roundup: Habstrakt fires up ‘All Night,’ GRiZ and Wiz Khalifa team up, Autograf deliver ‘Hold Me Back’ + more

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NMF Roundup: Habstrakt fires up ‘All Night,’ GRiZ and Wiz Khalifa team up, Autograf deliver ‘Hold Me Back’ + moreHABSTRAKT Press Photo

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.

DJ Snake and Plastic Toy have kick off New Music Friday with  a sleek new single, “Try Me,” on Snake’s Premiere Classe Records. Habstrakt makes a return with a forceful new single, “All Night,” and Tiësto, Dzeko, and Lena Leon team up for weekend-ready tune, “Halfway There.” Netsky‘s released a set of remixes for “I Don’t Even Know You Anymore,” including a “Powerlines Mix” of his own. GRiZ and Wiz Khalifa bring an easygoing atmosphere to their new single, “Find My Own Way,” and Autograf break their silence with a new groovy single, “Hold Me Back” with John Splithoff. After a many-month hiatus, Goldroom delivers a fresh new original, “Cocaine Girl,” and Jai Wolf taps into listeners’ nostalgia with “This Song Reminds Me Of You.” Duke & Jones have put their own twist on Louis the Child‘s “Breaking News,” and Shadient brings elements of intensity in “Numbers Station.” Diplo, Sia and Labrinth‘s LSD project has put out a new original, “No New Friends,” and Cedric Gervais crafts two versions of a new tune, “Good Things.” The Aston Shuffle realize it’s “Now Or Never” in their new single, and Headhunterz brings his classic hardstyle sound to the emotive “Oxygen.”

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.

Luca Lush releases flip of Skrillex and JOYRYDE’s ‘AGEN WIDA’

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Luca Lush is capping off the year by taking on Skrillex and JOYRYDE‘s massive collaboration, “AGEN WIDA.” He has been teasing the collaboration for weeks, and his flip of the track is finally out now exclusively on SoundCloud. After playing with the BPM, Luca Lush initially slows down the track and draws out the notes with an added bass layer behind them. In true Luca Lush style, he then adds cutting synths and takes the track in a new direction for the second half of the lift, which ends with an increased tempo and hectic drumlines.

The producer gave fans food for thought in the track description, where he wrote, “did u know that the time machine in doc’s delorean from back to the future was actually just the world’s first vape. happy holidays from ya boy.” He will be kicking off his Another Life tour beginning in January of 2019, and fans can purchase tickets here.

Luca Lush takes on Jimmy Eat World’s classic ‘The Middle’ for new remix

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Luca Lush takes on Jimmy Eat World’s classic ‘The Middle’ for new remixLuca Lush Mad Decent

When DJs get nostalgic, it tends to bring about these inventive recycling throwback remixes that often turn out to be great engagement tools in live sets. In this case, Brooklyn-based Luca Lush decided to bring back Jimmy Eat World‘s iconic track “The Middle” with one of his signature “flip” efforts. This clearly meant a lot to Lush, who put out some heart-warming remarks in its SoundCloud description:

“I remember the feeling I had when I first heard this on the radio when I was a kid riding the bus home from middle school. That rush that you get when you hear a song and know instantly it’s gonna be on repeat until you know every word by heart…I wanted to hit that sweet spot of nostalgia without simply re-hashing what was already there, as amazing as the original is.”

Lush is true to his word with the remix, maintaining the original’s renowned vocals and guitar lead while the background production amasses into a synth-heavy, euphoric drop. Unsurprisingly, he wasn’t the only one reminiscing in 2018, as Prince Fox also covered the early-2000’s hit back in March.

Introducing Lunar Lunes: DA’s new weekly SoundCloud playlist

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Each week, New Music Friday sweeps through with torrential force, showering streaming platforms with immeasurable amounts of new tunes. Just like Dancing Astronaut rounds up 25 of the biggest songs of the week for the Hot 25 Spotify playlist each New Music Friday, Lunar Lunes will be a landing pad for SoundCloud users who want a whole new dose of tunes to kick off the work week.

This week’s Lunar Lunes is highlighted by 25 new tunes from artists like Wolfgang Gartner, i_o and No Mana, CURBI, Luca Lush, and many more. Win and Woo channel warm summer days in their latest, “Satisfied.” Black Coffee and Aquatone have remixed AGORIA’s “Embrace” to craft a mellow, peaceful environment. Melodic dubstep aficionado Au5 tackles Celldweller’s “Eon” in an interesting turn of events. Justin Caruso taps Jake Miller for a pop-friendly original, “Don’t Know You” on Big Beat Records. Ephwurd teams up with ATRIP to sample Beastie Boys’ iconic “Ch-Check It Out” in a bass-laden house track. Jaenga melds dubstep and elements of drum & bass in his take on Zeds Dead and 1000 Volts’ “Kill Em.”

The selection will be updated every Lunes (Monday).

Luca Lush rereleases dual-threat trap psytrance heater, ‘Another Life,’ off Mad Decent

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Luca Lush rereleases dual-threat trap psytrance heater, ‘Another Life,’ off Mad DecentLuca Lush Mad Decent

Diplo has reaffirmed his taste for bass and trap with the release of “Another Life” by Luca Lush featuring Aviella on his Mad Decent imprint. The new single beguiles listeners with a euphoric, mostly uplifting anticipation with only a smattering of dark tones.

However, as the track progresses, body-trembling 808s and erratic, cascading synths dominate the piece, until Aviella’s sultry vocals provide a brief respite amongst a vail of arpeggiated, distorted synths. This time around, we’re introduced to quick change-up of double timed psytrance. Throughout the song, listeners get pulled from elated, to demonstrative, to calm, to ecstatic as listeners go on a genre-roller coaster no one asked for but then become pleasurably delighted at the diversity and originality.

In the Mad Decent label bosses remix EP of California, he enlisted the talents of QUIX and UNKWN for some heavy bass remixes, so this exploration towards the fringes while maintaining mass appeal continues to place Diplo at the upper echelon of tastemaking. Luca Lush was also recently called on for Diplo and Friends mix on Diplo’s BBC Radio 1 show.

NMF Roundup: Habstrakt comes in hot, Alpha 9 soothes with ‘Azzura,’ The Black Madonna remixes Silk City and Dua Lipa + more

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It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday.

We’ve truly been blessed this week, with some of electronic music’s hottest acts dropping insane new productions. Habstrakt drops it low in his fiery new single, “About You,” and Malaa, too, delivers a house anthem in “We Get Crunk.” We welcome the return of Manila Killa, who’s delivered the beautiful “Run Away,” his first single in eight months. Mat Zo‘s released his highly anticipated No Words EP, from which we’ve selected the unparalleled “Music Lost All Words.” It’s also a stellar day for remixes, including The Black Madonna‘s rework of Silk City and Dua Lipa‘s “Electricity” and Syn Cole‘s bouncing take on Matoma‘s “Losing It Over You.” NGHTMRE and SLANDER‘s Gud Vibrations label celebrates with its first release today, too: WAVEDASH and fknsyd‘s “Deathwish.”

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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Luca Lush and Kid Travis combine for ‘All Girls Are The Same’

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Luca Lush is back with an explosive new record for his fans. This time, he flips Juice WRLD’s “All Girls Are The Same” from his Goodbye & Good Riddance album. The record features Kid Travis, once again combining the worlds of dance music and hip-hop into a well-balanced mix.

Per his usual stylings when it comes to mashups, Lush crafts a feel-good, digestible piece of bass that gracefully balances festival-worthy builds with hip-hop sensibilities and a large helping of guitar riffs from Kid Travis that add to the overall euphoric effect. This skill is what’s made the young talent a highly-talked about one that continues to climb the ranks in his realm of expertise. This release comes as a follow-up to Luca Lush’s flip of “Sicko Mode,” released just last month.

 

Los Angeles’ Brownies & Lemonade announces inaugural tour

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Brownies & Lemonade has spent years making a name for itself on the Los Angeles party circuit. Now known for putting on shows with impeccably on-trend bass, trap and future artists, open aux cord nights, secret venues, even more secret lineups, B&L has become a stalwart in the LA electronic scene through grassroots measures.

But the spontaneous and secretive nature of the events they put on is now shifting. After weeks of teasing new party locations on Twitter, the group announced its first-ever Brownies & Lemonade tour. Featuring the party’s frequently featured artists like Alexander Lewis, CRAY, KRANE, Luca Lush and Vincent, the tour will kick off on September 29 in San Diego. With nine total dates culminating in a show on December 8 in Houston, Brownies & Lemonade will tour the western half of North America. More information is available on the B&L website, where tickets are on sale now.

Luca Lush comes at Travis Scott’s ‘Sicko Mode’ with menacing new remix

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Luca Lush comes at Travis Scott’s ‘Sicko Mode’ with menacing new remixTravis Scott Astroworld Billboard

Travis Scott and Drake‘s “Sicko Mode” is easily one of the most enticing hip-hop cuts of the year. The song, an obvious standout off of Scott’s dominating mid-summer LP, Astroworld, serves as the perfect groundwork for a loud Luca Lush flip that will satisfy both dance and hip-hop fans alike with a fitting homage to La Flame and Drake’s chart-topper.

Taking the original “Sicko Mode” and remixing it with his own signature bass-heavy style, Lush plays with pitched down vocal samples, tight hi-hat rolls, and thundering drum builds before a pair of halting, screeching bass breaks. Lush gives off a snarling remix effort, transforming “Sicko Mode” into a rail-rattling festival bulldozer. No doubt Travis Scott struck gold on “Sicko Mode,” but now with a menacing Luca Lush remix that’s bound to start circulating heavily through DJ sets, expect Scott and Drake to be coming through your club’s speakers well past the summer season.

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