Outta-nowhere, last year’s surprise ‘In Search Of Sunrise’ caught the trance scene at large with a classic ‘gotcha’. Cloaked throughout its production, “the greatest trance series of them all”, hailed by most, sprang back from the release wilderness. While it’d received a new triple DJ/mix reshape, what hadn’t changed (lest it needs saying!) was its greatest
Just a few days shy of the spookiest day of the year, Lane 8 has blessed the music world with a two-hour-and-19-minute Halloween mixtape, packed full of eerie goodies. While he didn’t reveal a track list for the lengthy offering, fans can rest assured that this new compilation will satisfy their sonic palates with its supernatural sounds of the season.
Passing the microphone to bounce master, Big Freedia (who previously worked alongside DJ Snake and Diplo to deliver “Drop”) for some on-brand lasciviousness, Francis and Dutch producer, TV Noise erect “Bawdy”‘s buoyant moombahton infrastructure. The lyrics arrive in tricky tandem with the track title: “Move your bawdy-awdy / Work your bawdy-awdy.” Another hip-shaker from the Francis camp in the books—for certain.
“Bawdy” is indeed just a fragment of what’s to come on the Francis front. His new mixtape, Magic Is Real, is due out in full November 15, through IDGAFOS and Mad Decent.
It has been an entire decade since we lost DJ AM. In that time, dance music has evolved ten times over into the global phenomenon it has become today—perhaps in ways AM might not even recognize if he were still here. Though when the legendary selector died on August 28, 2009 the genre was still gearing up to break into the mainstream and with AM’s tragic death, his crossover appeal shocked more than just electronic music.
In the spirit of DJ AM’s ubiquitous, genre-blurring influence, we’re revisiting his performance at Coachella 2009 alongside Blink-182‘s Travis Barker. The pair’s side-by-side performance still lives on as one of the festival’s most memorable to date, and gives an accurate, nostalgic snapshot of the state of dance and pop music a decade ago. In honor of DJ AM, revisit Fix Your Face Vol. 2 below.
Chance The Rapper has been teasing the long-awaited follow up to 2016’s Grammy Award-winning mixtapeColoring Bookfor the better part of the year, though he’s largely kept the LP’s details close to the vest. Without much more info than the fact that the collection is being marketed as Chance’s debut album (his first three releases were all mixtapes), and that it would be landing sometime in July, the Chicago-native emcee has kept the hip-hop world eagerly at the edge of its seat for most of 2019. Now, following an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon that aired on July 16, Chano has revealed the record’s name, artwork design, and official release date.
— Chance The Rapper Album in July (@chancetherapper) July 17, 2019
The Big Day will land on July 26, and the album is available for pre-order here. It is worth noting this is the first time Chance The Rapper has ever sold a project—his first three mixtapes were given away as freebies. Now, with The Big Day‘s release date officially revealed, the wait is nearly over for one of the most anticipated LP’s of the year.
John O’Callaghan’s Subculture label tips its cap to summer with a fittingly superheated dual-disc music compilation. For it, the mix-reins have been passed to two of the label’s most trusted operators, Craig Connelly & Factor B. As is evermore the series’ form, our protagonists have used the platform to bring a near album’s worth of their own
Chicago’s Chance the Rapper is giving the people what they want this summer. In addition to launching the pre-order for his impending LP, or as he recently referred to it, his “Owbum,” due this July, he’s brought two of his widely revered mixtapes, Acid Rap (2013) and 10 Day (2012) to major streaming services. The mixtapes were previously only available via SoundCloud.
Both bodies of work, in addition to his third mixtape, Coloring Book (2016), are also available for vinyl pre-order via his website. The “Cocoa Butter Kisses” rapper is also offering fans a chance to secure access to his world tour pre-sale. More information on how to enter is available here.
Between his Super Bowl televised, Doritos-sponsored sighting alongside the Backstreet Boys this past February, Chance has also appeared on tracks in recent memory with the likes of Ed Sheeran, 2 Chainz, and YBN Cordae.
After the craziness that was this weekend of Bassnectar’s Freestyle sessions, Bassnectar has officially released his mixtape “Tempo of Dreams“. Links to this mixtape have been floating around but now we have the full, high-quality version of the mixtape. Bassnectar dropped this mixtape to commemorate the 20-year anniversary of Dreamtempo and to appease bassheads after having to
Flume stopped the dance music news cycle in its tracks with the release of his Hi, This is Flume visual mixtape earlier this year. The 17-track project came with almost no notice, and as par for the course with a Flume release, turned out to a vibrant, interactive, strange, and compelling opus that reintroduced the Aussie beatsmith after his critically lauded sophomore LP, Skin from three years before. Now, less than three months later, he’s preparing his follow up.
The “Never Be Like You” producer announced on social media the arrival of a second mixtape, landing June 12, along with a tease of the characteristically mind-bending visuals that will accompany the upcoming release. Flume’s first mixtape is already regarded as one of the best electronic releases of the year—there’s no doubt he’s ready to outdo himself on his next one. Prepare with a revisiting of Hi, This is Flume below.
June has officially arrived, which means it’s time for the next installment of Lane 8‘s seasonal Mixtape series. The progressive wizard’s latest seasonal offering delivers just the spot of summery bliss needed to start the day; clocking in at three hours, 40 minutes, listeners are taken on a journey through various new and unreleased cuts of the silky, melodic variety with plenty of peaks and valleys to maintain intrigue through the ride. It ends on a sensual note, with a brand new Yotto collaboration wrapping the mind in vibrant synths and alluring melodies.
The Summer Mixtape comes at the heels of Lane 8’s return to his old home of Anjunadeep, where he released a pleasant two-piece EP, Anthracite. Its title track was a particularly notable collaboration with Tinlicker. He also released a remix EP to his recent hit “Visions,” which included a remix by talented up-and-comer Rinzen.