The 200 Best Songs Of The 2010s

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When this decade began, MP3s still reigned supreme. Now, at the end of it, a song is no longer even a file — it’s ephemera, on every streaming service and available to hear in myriad ways. For better and worse, the song (and the single) have become the norm for the general public’s music consumption. More »

The 100 Best Albums Of The 2010s

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The 100 Best Albums Of The 2010sA decade is an arbitrary measurement. They seem confined, these neat little symmetrical 10-year runs, but it’s only in hindsight that we define them, that their signifiers and trends and shorthand become codified. In reality, there are bleeds, the timbre and events of one chunk of time sliding over the border into another. If you’re … More »

NMF Roundup: Diplo remixes Kaskade, Spencer Brown takes on deadmau5 + 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.

Diplo leads the charge this NMF with a sultry remix of Kaskade, Felix Cartal and Jenn Blosil’s “More,” and Spencer Brown previews deadmau5’s forthcoming here’s the drop! remix LP with his take on “fn pig (ov).” Cashmere Cat’s sophomore album makes its debut on Sept. 20, featuring song like the Christina Aguilera-sampled “WATERGIRL,” and Chris Lorenzo takes on Boombox Cartel and MadeinTYO’s “NEW WIP.” M83’s much-anticipated 15-song DSVII is out now, featuring songs like “Feelings,” and Kill Paris puts an even groovier spin on Haywyre’s already-funky “Storyteller.” Opiuo and Lafa Taylor shine in “Send It,” and Muzzy tackles Knife Party’s “Ghost Train” with a sinister rendition of his own. Billy Kenny and Huxley take to the dance floor on “SWEAT,” and Feenixpawl and Marcus Santoro bring the feels with “Forever Young.” Cristoph puts his own spin on The Temper Trap’s “Sweet Disposition,” and Dom Dolla plays with words on “San Frandisco.” David Guetta remixes himself as Jack Back in a new remix of “Thing For You,” and Luttrell paints a serene soundscape with his remix of Jai Wolf and Mr Gabriel’s “Lose My Mind.”

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.

Chet Porter has returned with his first new original release in three years

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Chet Porter has returned with his first new original release in three yearsChet Porter Moonrise Credit Josh Bernstein Copy 1

Chet Porter is entering a comeback era with the release of his first single in three years, “Longest Day Ever.” The track is a worthy re-entrance into the music scene, and it begs the question of whether he is back for good.

“Longest Day Ever” induces euphoria through instrumentals, indie vocals, and an explosive combination of soprano synths. The musician’s style has long been described as a mixture of Animal Collective, M83, and Porter Robinson, and this newest release only furthers this as a worthy descriptor. Porter commented to the press “Longest Day Ever”:

‘The Longest Day Ever’ feels like a good launching point for the new music. I made it in a day just randomly in my bedroom when I was supposed to be finishing other music, and I knew right away it was gonna be the first song I put out. The whole thing is actually just a demo, really. The vocals are the rough idea I recorded into my phone, I hadn’t even written anything down yet. I tried re-tracking them for real but they just didn’t have the same vibe. The song is about not caring about anything, so sonically it’s actually kind of suiting. It’s not a ‘fun care-free’ type of not caring, though. it’s more melancholy”

Porter took a break from releasing music after facing significant mental health issues that stopped him from completing the San Holo tour and hindered his creative process. After a necessary step back from touring and producing, Chet is returning to the scene refreshed and inspired, and “Longest Day Ever” is a testament to his successful recovery.

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M83 – “Feelings” Video (NSFW)

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M83-Feelings-videoFrench studio wizard Anthony Gonzalez does not seem to be in any hurry to follow up his last proper studio album, 2016’s Junk. But this week, M83 will release a new instrumental LP called DSVII. It serves as the sequel to the 2007 ambient album Digital Shades Vol. 1, and it showcases a … More »

M83 releases second single from upcoming LP, ‘Lune de Fiel’ [Watch]

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M83 releases second single from upcoming LP, ‘Lune de Fiel’ [Watch]M83 Live Credit Fally Afani

After the success of Digital Shades Vol 1., released in 2007, M83 looks to deliver a sequel installment over a decade later, gearing up for the release of the Digital Shades Vol 2. LP. The second single from the album, “Lune de Fiel,” lands hot off the heels of the project’s first preview, “Temple of Sorrow.” The album’s second offering is a continued ode to the cinematic sonic tropes of 80s sci-fi films, doused in analogue synth appeal, as the cornerstone of the record’s composition begins to take shape.

“Lune de Fiel” comes with a more robust synth arrangement than its predecessor, relying on arpeggiated melodies, complex percussion, and a walking bass line. The final leg of the track teases a glimpse of an operatic concerto arrangement making for a fully-fledged narrative form.

The track looks to accompany M83’s upcoming Extrazus film, helmed by French director Bertrand Mandico. “Lune de Fiel” represents one part of Extrazus‘ narrative with a jarring black-and-white visual. Digital Shades Vol 2. LP is out in full on September 20.

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NMF Roundup: Oliver Heldens and Riton team up, No Mana remixes Kiiara + more

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NMF Roundup: Oliver Heldens and Riton team up, No Mana remixes Kiiara + moreOlivierHeldens ByPatBeaudry 012 Resize

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.

Oliver Heldens and Riton link with Vula for their new groovy collaboration, “Turn Me On,” and No Mana takes on Kiiara’s “Bipolar.” Kaskade takes his Meghan Trainor collab to another level with the release of a “club mix,” and The Knocks tap R&B crooner Gallant for “Exit Sign.” 3LAU caters to a wide audience on “Miss Me More,” and M83 follows up “Temple of Sorrow” with “Lune de fiel.” Armin van Buuren and Tempo Giusto take things up a notch with “Mr. Navigator,” and Sub Focus and Wilkinson prove to be a formidable drum ‘n’ bass duo on “Illuminate.” AC Slater delivers some new Night Bass heat with “Laid Off,” and DROELOE and Kalulu keep it light on “Broken Bricks.” After debuting the tune on DA earlier this week, Nora En Pure releases her remix of “Lost Souls,” and Machinedrum reveals new possibilities for San Holo’s “Lost Lately.” In another DA-debuted piece this week, Eli Brown rocks steady on “Come Together,” and Morgan Page and HAILENE tug at listeners’ heartstrings on “Footprints.”

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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M83 releases chilling new single ‘Temple of Sorrow’ ahead of forthcoming album

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M83 releases chilling new single ‘Temple of Sorrow’ ahead of forthcoming albumM83

M83 is ringing in the fall season with some exciting new content, including his brand new single, “Temple of Sorrow.” In September 2007, the French producer released a full length studio album entitled Digital Shades Vol I. Since then, M83 (real name Anthony Gonzalez) saw increased success, most notably with his 2011 hit “Midnight City.”

Now, over a decade later, Gonzalez is ready for part two, with DSVII slated for a September 20 release. To kick things off, “Temple of Sorrow” is a spacey, cinematic tune that is clearly influenced by the cinematic trends of 80s sci-fi films, polished the era’s analog synth appeal. It includes old school electronics, slow percussion riffs, and vocal harmonies to launch listeners into a new dimension. This is nothing new for those familiar with M83’s output, as his most recent project was an original motion picture soundtrack for Knife & Heart.

The release comes packaged with the first part of M83’s upcoming film Extazus, spearheaded by French film director Bertrand Mandico. Based on the first installment, fans are in for a trippy adventure filled with bright colors and wild scenery. Watch it below.

NMF Roundup: ZHU and The Bloody Beetroots link for ‘Zoning,’ RÜFÜS DU SOL release new set of ‘Solace’ remixes + more

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NMF Roundup: ZHU and The Bloody Beetroots link for ‘Zoning,’ RÜFÜS DU SOL release new set of ‘Solace’ remixes + moreRUFUS PressShot LeFawnhawk 1

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.

In perhaps one of the biggest collaborations to hit the airwaves on Sept. 6, The Bloody Beetroots and ZHU have teamed up for “Zoning.” RÜFÜS DU SOL have dropped off a new set of remixes for Solace, including an irresistibly groovy one by Hot Since 82. Grimes and i_o unexpectedly deliver “Violence,” and M83 returns with the dreamy “Temple of Sorrow.” Audien and Nevve bring blissful energy to “Buzzing,” and Cashmere Cat reveals “FOR YOUR EYES ONLY.” Arty is on a journey to “Find You” in his latest, and Walker & Royce team up with VNSSA for “Rave Grave.” KOAN Sound’s new EP lands pm Sept. 6, featuring sounds like “Vibrant,” and Claude VonStroke unleashes a new original, “Slink.” Sullivan King has released a two-track EP, and Armin van Buuren and David Hodges link for “Waking Up With You.” Fox Stevenson finally uncovers “Dreamland,” and 3LAU remixes San Holo’s “Lost Lately.”

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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M83 – “Temple Of Sorrow” Video

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Later this month, M83 are releasing a new instrumental album, DSVII, the sequel to a similar ambient collection from 2007, Digital Shades Vol. 1. “DSVII is, in my opinion, far more advanced than Digital Shades Vol. 1,” the band’s Anthony Gonzalez said in a statement. “I wanted to come back with something stronger … More »