Dabin Drops New Impassioned Ballad ‘Alive’ ft. RUNN

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Toronto-based producer Dabin unleashed a wholly blissful ‘Alive’ ft. Runn today, February 1, ahead of his second album Wild Youth. ‘Alive’ kicks off ‘Wild Youth’ on a euphoric note, celebrating love, light, and all the beauty life has to offer. The evolution of Dabin’s artistic prowess is evident in his upcoming 10 track LP as he

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King & Joker Drops Tropical Radio Hit ‘If You Really Want It’ (feat. Sam Marsey)

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Belgian dance producer & Spotify tastemaker King & Joker has dropped his 1st release of 2019 with “If You Really Want It”, a tropical, radio-friendly pop EDM tune featuring the pleasing vocals of Sam Marsey. Out on Loud Memory Records today, “If You Really Want It” started off as an instrumental according to King & Joker, and

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Jon Casey Adds Wonky Bass Flare to UZ’s ‘Castle’ feat. Nevve [EDM Sauce Premiere]

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Quality Goods Records came into 2019 swinging with a massive remix package of UZ’s ‘The Rebirth,’ which saw original release in the summer of 2018. ‘The Rebirth’ (Remixes) is the perfect way for bass lovers to enjoy the enigmatic album again, all with brand new flare. ‘Castle’ – UZ feat. Nevve (Jon Casey Remix) Rounding

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Gryffin teams up with Iselin on emotional ‘Just For A Moment’

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Producer and DJ Gryffin is known for his compelling take on dance-oriented pop music, with a slew of innovative originals and remixes under his belt. The “Love In Ruins” artist has now teamed up with Norwegian singer/songwriter Iselin for their emotional new collaboration, “Just For A Moment.” The new original work is the Gryffin’s second single of 2018, landing shortly after “Winnebago” which landed earlier this spring. On “Just For A Moment,” Gryffin forgoes a characterisitc hip-hop production for a softer, more sentimental melodic offering. Polished by Iselin’s smooth vocals, the full impact of Gryffin’s dynamic future bass synth arrangements come together as a vibrant collaborative piece that’s worth repeated listens this summer.

MitiS Releases Full Length Album Til The End

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Today is a special day for a humble man in Philadelphia. No, I am not talking about one of the Eagles I am talking about Joseph Torre, aka MitiS. You see, today MitiS released his first full-length album Til The End on tastemaker imprint Seeking Blue and Born Records as well. Now if you have

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Techno Tuesday: Yotto talks his sonic evolution, playing Miami, and using his air miles

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Techno Tuesday is a feature on Dancing Astronaut documenting the culture of underground dance music. We’ll bring you exclusive interviews, tracks, and narratives from artists within the techno, tech house, and deep house world in an effort to shed light on some of the best talent outside the world of mainstream dance music.

Yotto hardly needs an introduction in today’s dance sphere. Having risen seemingly out of nowhere, the Finnish talent caught the attention of Anjunadeep early on in his career and subsequently climbed the house ranks for his lush, melodic take on the genre.

He became much more than simply a wunderkind for Anjuna, however, forever keeping his blinders on and making music that brought him the most profound fulfillment. As a result, his forward-thinking approach to musicmaking cemented his credibility, and made him a well-respected member of the dance underground. Yotto’s name began appearing on prolific bills across the globe, with an increasing demand for his driving, hypnotic aesthetic. In 2018 alone he’s been tapped for his debut Essential Mix, while also releasing on an EP Joris Voorn‘s Green imprint.

As he prepares for his Miami Music Week appearances — which include a booking alongside progressive greats at the Rapture festival (tickets here), a gig at Do Not Sit On The Furniture, Ultra, and more — he graciously provided Dancing Astronaut with some insight on his artistic development, retaining balance among a chaotic tour schedule, and using his air miles for various things around the airport.

Tell us about your first Essential Mix – what was the story of your recruitment to make one, and how was the process for you of fashioning the mix?
Making an Essential Mix is one of those bucket list things that I’ve always wanted to do – BBC Radio 1 has been an invaluable supporter for my music so I think getting to do an Essential Mix came very naturally. For the mix I wanted to include a combination of stuff that I play right now and a lot of music that forms my musical DNA some in form of edits that I made just for the mix. In the end I just recorded the mix and added some intro and outro bits later.

What sorts of sounds, artists, and other factors have inspired your sonic evolution over the years?
Ahh many things! Most of my musical inspirations come from old, non-dancefloor electronic music like Boards Of Canada and Ulrich Schnauss. Listening to new, upcoming producers is also great for inspiration as they might have a less jaded view on producing and bring new, fresh ideas to the table. Dj-wise I was always a big fan of Sasha & Digweed, Desyn Masiello and Deep Dish.

It seems progressive has played a major role in your upbringing – from your days of influence from Sasha & Digweed, to falling in love with the classic progressive house sound, to now, where a lot of your music can be defined under the sub-genre. What is it about progressive that strikes a chord so deeply with you? Do you feel it’s having a moment again in the current dance sphere thanks to acts yourself (among many others) are helping to return its credibility to the mainstream?
I have never been a big fan of genres to start with, I’ve just always had a very passionate relationship with emotional, musically rich dance music. It can be disco, classic deep house, just a fat techy drum loop or the turn-of-the-century prog sound. I honestly don’t think that the more progressive sound ever went away. People just keep rebranding it – a lot of today’s “melodic techno” is 100% progressive house to me but sometimes people need to come up with new labels to form a new perspective on a sound. I think generally it’s a sound where people can find more to remember in a song, when the musical content is rich.

When did you realize the “music bug” had entirely bit you and that you needed to do music full time? Or did you fall into it unexpectedly? Tell us the story!
I did work for ages before actually giving in and working on music full time. It was always more or less a daydream but all good things have a way of coming if you work for it. It all happened quite organically after a few successful releases with Anjunadeep I was able to start touring and at that point there’s really no way to have a day job when you arrive home late every Monday and have to leave on the road again on Thursday.

Given your climb up the success ladder as of late, you must be finding yourself quite busy. How do you maintain balance and clarity among a chaotic work schedule? What is your self-care routine?
Good thing about being busy with music is having this hard-wired need to make music and listen to it all day long, so it does not feel like a burden. Chaos can be controlled, haha. Touring is tiring and sometimes very heavy, but it’s a small price to pay for being able to do it. Taking care of your health and family is essential. I try to do sports basically every day I’m not on the road, have recently been getting back into the swimming pool too so that should keep me going. Taking the dog out into the woods is also a perfect form of therapy. In all fairness I enjoy making music for a living so much that I think I’m cheating in life and should be taken in for questioning.

On that note, where do you see yourself taking your career in the future? Have you given any thoughts to running your own label? Are you planning a party series like Guy Gerber’s Rumors?
For sure, there’s no masterplan for it just yet but will definitely look into having my own label at some point. I get sent a lot of amazing music and would love to get that out there on my own too.

What is your philosophy toward making, and performing music?
I make and play music that I like, very simple. I believe that whatever music you make and play it should come organically and from a real place, otherwise there’s no point if you can’t enjoy it in a very honest way.

Where are your favorite places to play in the world, and why?
Everywhere! I must say I love South American crowds a lot, they have a great culture for dance music. Each city and every club has their own charm, so it’s hard to pick just a couple. Sometimes a festival stage feels amazing, sometimes a tiny basement in a small European town is exactly what gets you going.

Let’s switch gears to Rapture festival. It must have been an honor to be booked on the Soundgarden stage! How is it working with Nick Warren, and to know you were chosen to play alongside such heavyweights in your arena?
Nick is a legend, and the whole festival has a really good lineup from Luciano and Guy Gerber to a great combination of classic and modern progressive artists on the Soundgarden stage. I think that’s a great representation of where the sound is now and where it’s going in the future.

What excites you most about playing Rapture?
The lineup and the location, I’ve heard that it’s a beautiful part of Miami and feels great to jump out of the madness of South Beach and Wynwood for a bit during the Miami Music Week. Also a cold beer or two, hopefully a hot dog and maybe pancakes if they have any.

Now for your favorite question: what’s coming up for Yotto throughout the rest of the year?
More music! I’m excited about all the new music that I have ready to go. Will be going around all continents again over the rest of the year so I’m also looking forward to missing airplane meals and trying to figure out if I can buy candy with air miles.

Premiere: Rey & Kjavik – Saraswati (Armonica Remix)

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Armonica are a pair whose name has been steadily making its way around house and progressive circles. They’ve seemingly come out of nowhere, but have quickly made a name for themselves since being picked up by none other than Solomun and the Diynamic tribe.

Now, they’ve been tapped by  Rey & Kjavik to reinterpret “Saraswati,” a single from the German act’s new album. Armonica add an even groovier spin on the original, wrapping its tribal elements in a melodic overlay and, in the process, creating a deep trance within whoever is touched by its soundwaves. A tense breakdown leads gently into a culmination of the ethnocentric motifs set in motion before, making for an enduring and danceworthy tune for an outdoor setting.



“Saraswati (Armonica Remix)” officially releases on March 2. 


Premiere: BAILE – Spectrum Bias

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BAILE translates to “dance” in Spanish. Appropriately, the rising New York talent has proved his aptitude at making dancefloor-worthy hits not long into his tenure in the underground sphere, putting forth melodic and grooving remixes of a multitude of singles in addition to earning recognition for his solo work in both the ambient and deep realms.

Having impressed Sasha with his re-work to “Singularity,” BAILE was subsequently tapped to compose his very own EP on the legendary Last Night On Earth imprint. What resulted is an embodiment of what he does best — a two-tracker that summons immense sentimentality by way of skillful melodic manipulation.

The EP’s title opener “Spectrum Bias” is a haunting record, tugging at the heartstrings with ethereal vocal clips and wistful, yet poignant piano chords. Its introspective disposition is one that is easy to meditate to both on the dancefloor and at home, showcasing BAILE’s abilities at crafting versatile electronica. Furthemore, “Spectrum Bias” is a clear manifestation of the LNOE ethos as of late — emotive, grooving, and forward-thinking.



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Xan Griffin – Sagittarius (feat. Alexa Lusader)

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Xan Griffin has dropped Sagittarius feat. Alexa Lusader. This latest cinematic, emotional, edm track is the latest in the Zodiac series of songs that Xan has been putting out. Fresh off the heels of one of the best Seven Lions remixes I have ever heard in the Xan Griffin remix of Freesol, the young producer

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Meet the artists of Suwannee Hulaween 2017: Crywolf

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Suwannee Hulaween has become one of the most highly-anticipated gatherings over the past five years. Held annually at the picturesque Spirit of Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL, the festival has gained a veritable reputation as the South’s premier Halloween weekend festival. This year, BassnectarGRiZ, and The String Cheese Incident are among the top acts that will draw a sold-out jam and bass crowd into the festival. To take a closer look, we’ve highlighted some of our favorite acts on the bill from a broad range of genres for a playlist series leading up to the weekend.

The next artist in our series needs little introduction. Crywolf, real name Justin Taylor Phillips, is an electronic music producer, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist hailing from Los Angeles. Since he started producing music in his college dorm room, Phillips’ atmospheric, melodic take on indie-electronic music has garnered support from the likes of Adventure Club, 12th Planet, Skrillex, Minnesota, and more. He was recently signed with the Always Never label, where his debut Ghosts EP reached No. 18 on the iTunes Dance Charts on its the first day of release. Crywolf joins Hulaween to round the festival bill’s unique, forward-thinking house inclusions for 2017.

“I love Halloween because it gives everyone an excuse to be strange without being judged for it. People don’t express their bizarre sides enough. Hulaween will be the first festival premiere of my new conceptual live set, This Is Negative Space. It is catered to Halloween so well, so I can’t wait for you guys to see it.”

Crywolf has dreamt up a chilled-out playlist to match his personal approach to melodic electronic musical tastes. With a revealing title, “DYSPHORIA,” the playlist comes to DA with some of his personal favorite artists, complete with indie-dance offerings from Rainbow Kitten Surprise and Crystal Castles to tracks with more mainstream dance appeal, like Owen Westlake’s official remix of Tiësto‘s “Knock You Out” (ft. Emily Haines).

More Hulaween details and ticket info, here.

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