Who is Malaa? Conspiracies run rampant. But titles like purveyor of pernicious beats and mixer of maniacal melodies ring with resounding veracity nonetheless.
The French ski-masked menace just hit a noteworthy benchmark, the watershed 25th episode, in his longtime SoundCloud series, Who is Malaa. The mix collection has served as a vessel for Malaa to channel his multifarious musical proclivities, which range from minimal techno, to heady bass house, to his newfound affinity for on-brand nefarious mid-tempo (i.e., “Revolt“).
This latest installment exercises the length of the “Notorious” producer’s palette. From Eli Brown‘s whimsical, dancefloor-destined rework of up-and-coming Aussie powerhouse, Dom Dolla‘s recent “San Frandisco,” to Kage’s pandemic new “Virus,” to Martin Ikin’s soulful Beatport-topper, “Hooked,” the most in-demand house cuts of the moment are accounted for in the 30-minute milestone effort. The malevolent mix maestro’s mantra rings as apt prelude for this one: “You can listen to this shit at the club and go rob a bank afterwards.”
Don’t let Eelke Kleijn‘s affinity for DJ-ing in his socks distract from his dexterity, not only behind the decks, but in the studio. His voracious musical appetite as a multi-instrumentalist (i.e., guitar, piano, and bass) and composer have earned him tenures scoring for Hollywood films like Rush and This Means War alongside official remix sanctions for industry giants across the board—from John Legend to Pendulum.
The longtime Amsterdam Dance Event fixture is again this year rolling out his DAYS like NIGHTS party back to his home turf in the Netherlands. The synergistic party series is fashioned from his radio show, label, and podcast of the same name—which harkens back to Kleijn’s mission to equip his upbeat, “daytime” dance music with the same intrigue as an after-dark affair. In this vein, Kleijn has mixed 45-minutes of iridescent breakbeat and nu-disco to bolster his team’s October 19 showing at Transformatorhuis with Lost & Found, Rodriguez Jr., Guy J, Tensnake, and more.
“We have our own DAYS like NIGHTS x Lost & Found event again this year at Amsterdam Dance Event,” Kleijn tells Dancing Astronaut. “Like the previous years, it’s a daytime party on the Saturday and it’s the only event I’m playing this ADE. In that spirit, I wanted to create a mix that feels a bit different. Not your average night out banging club music, on the contrary, there are some more vocals, disco and breakbeat influences and the whole feels like something you would want to listen to chilling at home as much as going out partying. That’s something I always try to achieve, but I especially focused on it for this one. It’s a very fun and playful mix, and I hope you enjoy listening it as much as I did mixing it.”
01. Max Jones – Perisur (Cornelius Doctor Emotion Remix) [Duro] 02. Dino Lenny & Fiberroot – Suddenly [Correspondant] 03. VovaWave – When The Spell Is Broken [DAYS like NIGHTS] 04. Toni & Mash – Lone Wolf (Joyce Muniz Remix) [Black Diamond] 05. Eelke Kleijn feat. Ost – Lost Souls (Nicolas Masseyeff Remix) [DAYS like NIGHTS] 06. Deeparture ft. Rubenson – Rewrite [DAYS like NIGHTS] 07. Eelke Kleijn – De Orde Van De Nacht [DAYS like NIGHTS] 08. Emmanuel Jal & Nyaruach – Ti Chuong (Musumeci Supernatural Remix) [MoBlack] 09. Franz Matthews & Local Suicide – Tutan Jamon (Chaim Dub) [Eskimo] 10. Africanism produced by NaSSau – Talibé (DJ Angelo Extended Remix) [Yellow]
San Diego’s biannual waterfront who’s who of electronic hot topics, CRSSD festival, will return September 28-29 for its fall 2019 arm, featuring a both a plethora of its cornerstone house and techno talent, plus a number of avant-garde electronic—including Richie Hawtin, Moon Boots, Kaskade, Hot Chip, and Anna Lunoe.
Lunoe, a longtime CRSSD contender who’s played both the fall and spring editions of the painfully cool West Coast affair, is looking ahead to her Sunday slot at The Palms stage. To prepare, she’s looking back on this past summer, packing some of her fondest anthems of the bygone festival season into a half-hour mini mix. Lunoe uses the 30-minute display to prove she’s down for the get down, and she’ll be holding no sonic punches this weekend at Waterfront Park. Accenting the mix with both Lunoe originals (“303” and “Badass”) and crowd-corralling stompers like Damien N-Drix’s “Let It Ring,” the recent Mad Decent habitué gives listeners a tantalizing taste of her resounding DJ capabilities.
“This mix is representative of the sets I was playing at the beginning of summer at big festivals,” Lunoe says of the selects.”But I plan on bringing some new vibes to CRSSD. The crowd there is always so ready to go deeper. I have no idea where I’ll go with it yet. Time will tell.”
Since November 2012, Above & Beyond have blessed their fans with a weekly radio show to showcase the latest and greatest in trance and progressive music. Group Therapy has garnered a steadfast fan base over the years, and the trio has introduced countless new artists to the world via the two-hour program each week.
The latest to air is the 347th installment—a number that is near unfathomable for many just starting out in the weekly mix game. Tinlicker and Thomas Oliver lead off the new mix with “Need You,” and from there, Above & Beyond take the listener on a journey through some new Anjuna tunes and tantalizing remixes from artists like No Mana, Eelke Kleijn, and more.
The group tapped Joseph Ray as the featured artists on this new edition, and he takes the reins from the talented trio at the 90-minute mark to showcase some of his own music, including an ID around the 100-minute mark.
This 60-minute mix is filled to the brim with some of today’s hottest music, including selections from Anti Up, FISHER, Walker & Royce, and AC Slater, along with several selections from the Los Angeles producer himself. Fans will also find tunes like Dillon Francis‘ “Go Off (Nuthin’ 2 It),” Noizu‘s “Dance,” an ID from Wax Motif, and more.
The producer is currently in the midst of a tour supporting his new music and can be found in California, Mexico, South Korea, Indonesia, and more in the coming weeks. See the full list of shows here.
Since its inception, the Deathpact project has been shrouded in mystery, though there still hasn’t been any real indication as to the enigmatic sound designer’s identity. It’s been made clear that the masked mystery is a known, established producer in the industry, invoking a Bane-esque “no one cared who I was until I put on the mask” brand of anonymity. All this secrecy drew a large crowd at the artist’s debut live appearance at this year’s Shambhala, where the possible human donned an LED covering over the face, resembling the ever-changing ellipsoid used in all the project’s cover art.
So fans around the world could enjoy the project’s live debut, Deathpact released the recorded set on Soundcloud for continued listening pleasure. The hour-long performance jostles the senses with a type of synth play previously unheard of. It’s a must-listen for anyone who finds themselves leaning bass house.
Deathpact has collaborated with REZZ and 1788-L, guiding their sounds towards bass house with a heavy, glitched-out spin. Whoever is behind the Deathpact curtain, their identity is still unknown.
Unflinchingly danceable Frenchman, Dombresky recently shared his hour-and-a-half house set from HARD Summer, gracious grooves abound. Needless to say, it’s the ideal vessel to rock listeners into a carefree weekend. The Parisian producer has racked an impressive set of releases this year along with major festival play. His standout singles from recent memory include “Meli-Melo,” the free-flowing, four-on-the-floor wave with a thumping bassline and filtered melodies, as well as an official remix for Diplo‘s LSD supergroup, by way of their single “No New Friends.”
Within the recent HARD Summer sonic affront, the DJ crafts an infectious and well-timed web of house music, to no longtime listener’s surprise. Fans have been expressing their desire for a more permanent slice of their memory from LA’s premier electronic music festival; and Dombresky delivered.
Dombresky is currently on tour finishing up shows at France’s Amnesia Cap d’Agde and Ushuaïa in Ibiza. Soon, he’ll bring down the house at New York’s Electric Zoo on Aug. 31. Catch an extended glimpse below of what to expect from a four-on-the-floor maven.
A-Trak throws down with a hip-hop-heavy mix for BBC 1Xtra’s rap show with Tiffany Calver. The two-hour audio also features an interview with the Fool’s Gold label boss and a stop by from South Londoner A2, who recently released his All Spill album.
London grime dominates the beginning of the mix, throwing slowthai, Krept & Konan, Digga D, and Octavian in the first 20 minutes. J. Cole’s “Dreamville” flies by and the chart-topping “Suge” by DaBaby brings the commercial appeal early on. After A2’s showcase soon after, more popular names continue to douse the decks with Drake, DJ Snake, NAS, Chance The Rapper, Rick Ross, Wiz Khalifa, Notorious B.I.G., Wu-Tang Clan, and many more heavy hitters looking to amp a Saturday night pregame or prime-time Wednesday night alike. A-Trak’s single with Young Thug and Falcon featuring 24hrs, “Ride For Me,” also makes an opportune appearance towards the end.
Jack Beats is known for their hard-hitting basslines, big breakdowns, and unique vocal melodies within the electronic dance music scene. Beni G, one half of the Mixologists, and a standing mastermind behind Jack Beats, has not only won multiple DJ competitions alongside his partner Plus One, but has produced many, singles, compilations, mixtapes, and remixed popular tracks such as, Major Lazer and Flux Pavillion’s, “Jah No Partial,” “Little Secrets” by Passion Pit and Skrillex and Diplo’s “Dirty Vibe.” The project started in London and has been a chart staple since 2007.
Jack Beats performed at festivals including Coachella, EDC, and Sonar. This year, Jack Beats will make an appearance at Shambhala Music Festival in British Columbia. Dancing Astronaut has been gifted with an exclusive, hour-long, mix from the outfit, that will give all attendees a wondrous preview of what will be heard at the farm.
Shambhala is known as the largest and longest running electronic music festival in Canada and exhibits a strong sense of community and respect for all artistic expression. Shambhala is located on a family-owned farm in the West Kootenay mountains near Nelson, British Columbia. The festival is an all-around transformative experience that leaves you overly stimulated for 4 days and 3 nights. This year’s lineup includes other legendary acts such as Silk City (Diplo and Mark Ronson), Anti-Up (Chris Lake and Chris Lorenzo), and Zeds Dead. Every performer puts together a special set for Shambhala, so we can only imagine the type of production Jack Beats will bless the farm with.
REZZ put her transcontinental cult (and undoubtedly a few unsuspecting victims) in a beautifully bemused trance this past May at the annual Las Vegas installment of Electric Daisy Carnival.
This particular witching hour is full of unearthly surprises, like warped bludgeons of wonky, free-form bass, titillating transitions (see Linkin Park “One Step Closer” into “Alien,” near the midpoint) even a nasty dose of drumstep. And you can bet your bottom dollar it’s a real REZZ riot when you hear the crowd sing along to the lyric-less, diabolical bass rhythm of “Edge.”
REZZ also took the opportunity to invite Underoath drummer/vocalist Aaron Gillespie, whom she’s formerly expressed interest in working with, onstage to perform their forthcoming collaborative track, “Falling.” The unreleased song appears on the official tracklist for REZZ’s impending EP, Beyond The Senses.