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.
Gesaffelstein surprised the world once again by announcing on Oct. 3 that a new six-track EP would be released the following day. Also making this NMF particularly fiery is a new tune from JOYRYDE, “SELECTA 19,” and Pryda’s new 13-track collection. deadmau5’s here’s the drop remix LP has finally arrived, including remixes from artists like Rinzen, and NGHTMRE and Grabbitz have joined forces to deliver the irresistibly catchy “Bruises.” Kaskade’s new Redux compilation has arrived, featuring songs like “Lose Control” with Brohug, and Zeds Dead have remixed Oliver Tree’s “Miracle Man.” Arty brings weekend bliss with his new single, “Daydreams,” and G Jones drops off a new single, “Dark Artifact.” Armin van Buuren and Matluck keep the upbeat days of summer moving with “Don’t Let Me Go,” and Golf Clap reveal their spicy remix of Destructo’s “Bassface.” The Glitch Mob link with LICK for the dramatic “System Bleed,” and Pegboard Nerds and NERVO come together for “Crying Shame.” Goldroom continues to reveal tunes from his forthcoming LP, including “Just Like A Dream,” and Party Pupils, Louis Futon, MAX, and TOBi deliver a mega-collab, “One Two Things.”
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.
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.
Luca Lush has put a groovy spin on MAX’s “Love Me Less,” and HeRobust delivers his first solo venture of 2019, “BRUH?!” Dr. Fresch and VOLAC take to Tchami’s CONFESSION to release “Filthy” with Dread MC, and Sullivan King and Grabbitz team up for a powerful Monstercat collaboration, “Crazy As You.” Keanu Silva puts a bouncy spin on Oliver Heldens’ “Summer Lover,” and Kraysh returns to Mad Zoo to unleash “Void” with fknsyd. TheFatRat, Slaydit and Anjulie make a formidable trio on “Stronger,” and Ryan Browne brings the heaviest of bass on “BEATDOWN.” Alexander Lewis appears to “Soar” on his new original, and KARRA joins Tisoki on “Don’t Lie.” Lee Burridge and Lost Desert link for “Mibale,” and Baaku shares a remix of Madeon’s “All My Friends.” Saint Punk gives Win and Woo’s “Right In Front of Me” a deep and glitchy vibe, and Excision and Dion Timmer prove to be “Breaking Through” on their new collaboration.
It’s safe to say that MAX has had a spectacular 2018. The New York native was featured in some of the biggest tracks this year from the likes of Louis The Child, Galantis and Party Pupils to name a few. He also had his own chart-climbing song, “Lights Down Low” earlier this year. MAX also
Louis the Child release an extensive nine-track EP, Kids At Play, inviting listeners to their sonic playground filled with sultry harmonies, soulful wonderment, unique sounds, and youthful fervor. Colorful sounds ooze out of , from the tropical steel drums on “Better Not” featuring Wafia to the blue guitar twangs on “Save Me From Myself” with NoMBe and Big Gigantic. These two kids from Chicago showcase their electronic dance-pop crossover skills on what could have easily been a full-length.
Genre bending and intelligent synth design becomes apparent through each of the EP’s distinctive tracks. “Interstellar” features a dynamic and glitchy arrangement that feels fitting of its futuristic name. “Braking News,” featuring RAYE, implies a playful relationship between the collaborators with rolling synths and hi hats that create a bounce in their step.
The Wafia-assisted “Better Not” featuring Wafia was the first track released off the project, amassing to a total of 72.5 million plays on Spotify, the duo’s most listened to track on the platform to date. “Ohhh Baby” is quite the percussive piece, illustrating an organized chaos similar to an uplifting G Jones. “LOVE” featuring Elohim is the second collaboration between the two, the first being “Love is Alive.” The chorus features the West LA Children’s Choir, adding to the album’s childish delight.
“Dear Sense” features the soulful vocals of MAX and offers an LCD Soundsystem feel. “The City” featuring Quinn XCII offers bouncing melodies and punching percussions underneath a fervent voice. “Save Me From Myself” features EDM’s sax man, Big Gigantic, and the R&B clad, NoMBE. The acoustic guitar creates a campfire feel that drops into big, emotive synths, spaced out for effect. “Space Jam” contains a classic Louis The Child synth feel, sounding similar to an old-school 90s video game with frolicsome percussive elements. Listen to Kids At Play by Louis The Child below.
Rhythmic pop and house duo Galantis have teamed up with rising singer and label mate MAX on a two-track EP via Big Beat Records.
After emerging in 2013 with a unique, thoughtfully uplifting take on progressive house, Galantis has remained part of the house music community attracting pop into its territory, bringing artists like Uffie and ROZES in on collaborative work to further blur the genre lines. This time it’s with New York City singer-songwriter MAX, famous for his track “Lights Down Low” and other electronic collaborations with artists like Flux Pavilion,3LAU and Illenium.
The EP’s lead single, “Satisfied,” is a tune primed for summer, accentuated by MAX’s agile vocals and a classic funky, house-influenced production appearance from the Galantis guys. The track was debuted with a coordinating music video that follows the duo through the summer antics of our dreams, further hitting the single home.
“Mama Look At Me Now” follows to close out the EP, again featuring uplifting subject matter, vocals, and Galantis’s again patented piano chord and children’s vocal sample production highlights.
What happens when you pair one of the most prominent sax players in the EDM world with a duo consisting of an amazing vocalist and producer? Party Pupils (aka MAX and RyanEXOE) with the help from Dominic Lalli from Big Gigantic have recently released the cleverly titled track “Sax On The Beach”. This Future Funk
Grandtheft wrapped up 2017 with a massive original called “Square One” with vocalist MAX. In the months since, it’s garnered hundreds of thousands of plays and even had a music video released earlier this year. The latest “Square One” news is a rework by Los Angeles producer Vincent.
Vincent’s remix is combative and wild, incorporating grinding synths and full-bodied bass to take the song up a notch.
“Once the original track came out I started playing it in my sets – it has so much character and the sound selection drew me in,” Vincent says of the song. “I wanted to give it a grittier and more aggressive sound while trying to incorporate the elements I loved most. Something harder for everyone that remembers XVII and before my new original music comes out.”
Grandtheft has released his latest single “Square One.” Based out of Toronto, Grandtheft is known for producing his own blend of eclectic club tunes, drawing on influence from trap, dubstep, future bass, and more.
On his newest track, which features singer/songwriter MAX, Grandtheft is adept at creating an infectious future bass pop ballad. Twanging synths and whistles are intertwined into MAX’s dauntless tenor and provides an engaging cap to Grandtheft’s strong 2017.
2018 is shaping up to be huge for Norwegian producer Matoma. The artist just announced a new tour and new album, to be paired together in an experience called “One in a Million.”
The tour, which kicks off Jan. 11 in Manchester, takes the producer across Europe and North America and ends in his home country of Norway. He explains in a Facebook post that concertgoers will be the first to hear the new album, leading up to its release on March 9. He plans to bring the experience full-circle by releasing the accompanying album and wrapping up the tour on the same day in Trondheim, where he got his start.
“I wanted to share the album with my fans first, playing all the new music at shows on this tour and then releasing it on the day of my last show in Trondheim, in the same venue where I played my first ever DJ set and the city I have lived in the last 6 years.”