Since its inception in 2015, 88Rising has carved out a special place in the music and arts space as the definitive voice of cutting-edge Asian culture and artistry. Championing artists from Rich Brian to Joji, Higher Brothers to Keith Ape, and more, 88Rising broke grounds when it launched the inaugural Head in the Clouds Music & Arts Festival in 2018. Now, the first Asian-centric music festival in the US returns again for its second year in the running, equipped with two times the capacity and talent.
Head in the Clouds 2019 will feature performances from 88Rising’s roster including Joji, Higher Brothers, NIKI, Rich Brian, August 08, and Dumbfoundead, as well as international acts like Jackson Wang, iKON, and DPR Live. This year’s edition of the event also welcomes an all-new stage dedicated to electronic music—hosting k?d, josh pan, Manila Killa, Y2K, Qrion, and more. Popular Asia-inspired night market 626 Market will curate food options on-site as well.
The single day, all ages event takes place August 17 in Los Angeles, California at the Los Angeles State Historic Park.
General admission tickets are available for purchase here. See the full lineup below.
Continuing it’s meteoric rise as a globally respected movement championing Asian culture and artistry, 88Rising is proud to reveal the full, diversified lineup for the second annual Head in the Clouds Festival taking place on August 17th. Sticking with their ethos, 88Rising’s HITC aims to give the representation for Asian music that isn’t seen on
When it comes to musical output, it’s clear that Hotel Garuda isn’t slowing down anytime soon. Initially comprised of Manila Killa and Candleweather, the duo first became renowned for their feel-good house tunes. Then in the summer of 2018, the duo parted ways, leaving Candleweather to continue on as the face of the brand while Manila Killa pursued a solo career.
Candleweather has since completed a headlining tour as the lone face of Hotel Garuda, and recently followed his string of live performances with the release of a new single, “One Reason.” Now, Candleweather re-enters the electronic release ring to drop his debut single as both producer and vocalist on “Head In The Trees.” His vocals leave the listener wondering why he didn’t share this side of his artistry earlier. The track uses subtle electronic production techniques that skillfully position his infectious vocals alongside strumming guitar chords.
“This is my most personal song to date. I’ve made a name for myself making dance music and I want to show a side of me that hasn’t been shown before. Writing, producing and singing on this track was a challenge that I took on nervously, as I wasn’t sure if people would take me seriously as an artist until I made something that was entirely mine. ‘Head In The Trees’ is a love song that marks an important change in my life that happened about two years ago, and only now do I feel comfortable with baring this part of me to everyone else,” Candleweather said in a press release.
Masked man of cosmic creations, Slow Magic has taken on a fan-favorite from Manila Killa‘s recent 1993 album, “Wake Up Call.”
Slow Magic’s vapory, chilled-out remix stands as an organic complement to the original’s subtle, thumping electronica. Both producers are more than adept in the tricky art of creating cerebral soundscapes which compel their consumers to listen as opposed to simply hear or move to—danceable, but not authoritatively so. Slow Magic’s take plays with vocal pitch, creating a rippling effect that emulates the track’s pensive, echoing keys. Where Manila Killa’s initial offering showcases a sobering groove, Slow Magic’s is one of escapism: a palliative proposition to drift inside a soft blue dream.
Slow Magic is currently on tour across the US. The full list of dates can be found here.
1993 found its home on Manila Killa’s Moving Castle imprint, a culture hub and artist collective formed by him, AObeats, and Robokid. The EP title, he divulged, serves as Manila Killa’s personal ode to dance music; the DJ behind the mix celebrates the ever-developing space properly.
Manila Killa has released a seven-track debut EP titled 1993, and each track is a distinctive part that makes for an intriguing whole. While the thematic of the EP is undoubtedly “feel-good” music, the compilation takes twists and turns through a diverse range of genres spanning from progressive house to electro to commercial crossover-type releases. The artist writes on his Twitter that the EP is a year in the making, and it certainly displays this pre-meditation thanks to the impressive collection of tracks.
“Wake Up Call” featuring Mansionair showcases another side of Manila Killa’s production abilities. Contrasting to his usual progressive house sound, the track retains faint drum & bass elements with a mellow and flowing vocal line that create a chilled-out track with a bit of a kick.
“Run Away” enlists electro house synths that create a retro sound and transports listeners to an earlier era in the beginning of the track. The song takes a surprising twist, jumping into a drum line with repetitive vocal cuts that build back into the electro chorus.
“Skin” featuring outsideOUTSIDE takes a bass backdrop and a bouncing chime melody creating an interesting juxtaposition between heavy sonic moments and lighter ones, leaving the ears wanting for more.
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.
Feed Me has at last revealed the full extent of his High Street Creeps LP, which kicks off with otherworldly “Perfect Blue.” JOYRYDE returns after “AGEN WIDA” with his first tune of 2019, “IM GONE,” and San Holo picks up his guitar in his new single, “Lead Me Back.” Afrojack and Chasner have unveiled their energy-filled remix of David Guetta, Bebe Rexha and J Balvin‘s “Say My Name,” and Party Favor and graves transport listeners to a festival main stage on “Reach For Me.” Vincent‘s debut EP officially hits the airwaves today, featuring heartfelt tracks like “Can’t Help Myself” with Pauline Herr. Manila Killa returns with his seven-track 1993 EP on Moving Castle, and The Knocks celebrate the end of the week on their new “block party mix” of Blu DeTiger‘s “In My Head.” It’s been almost a year, but RAM Records king Andy C has resurfaced to bring the world “Till Dawn,” a drum & bass number that’s simultaneously funky and intense. Vicetone‘s four-track Elements EP has arrived on Monstercat, featuring songs like “Home.” David Guetta dons his Jack Back moniker for a new Toolroom Records release with Cevin Fisher, “2000 Freaks Come Out,” and Louis Futon reveals his full 14-track LP, Way Back When. In an interesting turn of events, NGHTMRE, Shaquille O’Neal, and Lil Jon share a byline on their new single, “BANG,” and Diplo flexes on a new body of work, Europa, on Mad Decent.
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.
At the start of the SoundCloud’s future bass explosion, Moving Castle was putting forth some of the most intriguing takes on electronic music seen since the EDM explosion that preceded them. Created by Robokid, Manila Killa, and AOBeats, the three acts and their fellow producers built a name for themselves and have been working together for more than four years now. Starting out 2019 with a strong joint effort, the three producers have united for Robokid’s new track, “17.”
Featuring pitched-down vocals and an infectious swing, the track is a follow-up to “Survive,” Robokid’s late 2018 collab with Hotel Garuda. Confirming on Twitter that his next track was finished as well, fans can hopefully expect a year full of music from Robokid in 2019.
2018 was a year of big transitions for Chris Gavino, more popularly known by his DJ/producer alias, Manila Killa, with his decision to focus on his solo career after a successful bout as one half of Hotel Garuda.
In honor of his new focus as a one-man show, Gavino announced he would be dropping his debut EP as Manila Killa in early 2019. He has now delivered his third and final single from the EP before its full release. The track is an intricate blend of soul-warming synths and edgy vocals provided by Sara Skinner. Titled “All 2 U,” the track opens with pulsing electro notes that frame Skinner’s vocals, floating between breathy and punchy.
The radio-friendly release is not the only news the producer has, as he also just announced his first headlining tour as Manila Killa, entitled 1993. Gavino speaks about his 1993 tour in an official release:
“…I’ll be going on my first headlining tour, where I’ll be showcasing a lot of the music I’ve been working on for the past year,” he writes. “Thank you all for the support you’ve been showing me…”
The 1993 tour will span across major markets throughout the United States. Fans can check if he is coming to a city near them and purchase tickets here.
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 serves as a landing pad for SoundCloud users who want a whole new dose of tunes to kick off the work week.
As 2019 enters its second week, music releases have started to ramp back up. Whethan burst into the new year with the formidable “GOING UP,” and No Mana delivered the ethereal “Tell Me Most” in the new mau5trapWe Are Friends compilation. The Knocks cooked up a funky remix of Joe Janiak’s “The Best You Ever Had,” and Robokid teamed up with longtime collaborators AOBeats and Manila Killa for “17.” Monstercat dove into 2019 by cranking up the BPMs, following Stonebank‘s hardcore “The Government” with Feint‘s gorgeous drum & bass original, “Drifters.” Chrome Sparks released a new album on the first of the year, highlighting songs like “Be On Fire” on his SoundCloud. Brock Wilson leads off the 2019 Mad Zoo releases with “hollow shell,” and Adventure Club put a melodic dubstep spin on AOSOON’s “Under.”