John O’Callaghan & Factor B Deliver The Trance Soundtrack Of The Summer

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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

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Chance the Rapper brings mixtapes to streaming services, launches vinyl/new album pre-order

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Chance the Rapper brings mixtapes to streaming services, launches vinyl/new album pre-orderChance The Rapper By Mike Lavin @thehomelesspimp

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.

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Bassnectar Officially Releases “Tempo of Dreams” Mixtape

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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

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Flume readies second mixtape of the year

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Flume readies second mixtape of the yearFlume Performing At Festival

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.

Good Morning Mix: Lane 8 kicks off sunnier times with Summer Mixtape

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Good Morning Mix: Lane 8 kicks off sunnier times with Summer MixtapeSummer Mitape 2019 Lane 8

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.

LISTEN: The Official EDC Las Vegas 2019 Compilation Is Here

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Get ready to have the best three days of your life at this years EDC Las Vegas. In true EDC fashion, Insomniac has gone above and beyond with a stacked line up. On top of that, the festival will be featuring its usual out-of-this-world art installations, carnivals rides and more. Prepare for the sounds you are

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Flume hints at second mixtape coming this summer

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Flume hints at second mixtape coming this summerFlume Michael Drummond

Flume shares another hint at new music on the way. In creative Flume-fashion, it’s hidden beneath a vail of a photograph with him and three goats. Each goat has an Instagram account and the Hi, This is Flume mixtape producer kindly asks his followers to follow his new four legged friends @totemgoats1, @cutegoatguyyy, and @hayfanatic69. The bio of @totemgoats1 read “Hi This Is Goat (Mixtape) out 6.21.19,” which was changed to simply read “6.21.19 • [2/7].” Maybe the 2/7 means 2nd mixtape and seven tracks?

Flume hints at second mixtape coming this summerFlume Goat

Further proof comes from r/Flume on reddit, from @totesmgoats1 answering questions on Insta Stories.

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Flume has hinted that more music is coming. His Hi, This is Flume mixtape came out on the first day of spring and the dates on his goat’s Instagram is the first day of summer.

In other Flume news, he released behind the scenes footage of his 40 plus minute music mixtape visualizer for his highly-anticipated and dutifully delivered project.

Ekali Releases Awakening Mix #7 Featuring Flume, San Holo And More

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Summertime is nearly here and Ekali has a ready with his new Awakening mix 7, “For Hot Summer Nights”. The 42-minute mix is full of downtempo tracks perfectly mixed to ensure total relaxation. Being the seventh mix in the series, Ekali still hasn’t failed in bringing a different tone to each one but still having

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Travis Scott, more mixtapes, and an eye on the copy cats: seven things we learned from Flume’s recent Reddit AMA

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Travis Scott, more mixtapes, and an eye on the copy cats: seven things we learned from Flume’s recent Reddit AMAFlume Performing At Festival

Recently Flume stopped by Reddit for an AMA (ask me anything) with fans. The Q&A couldn’t have come at a more opportune time, taking place shortly after the release of Hi, This is Flumea surprise visual mixtape that essentially halted electronic music in its tracks on March 20. The AMA also came after the Grammy Award-winning beatsmith, born Harley Streten, was announced as a headliner at this year’s iteration of Lollpalooza. After abruptly ending his production hiatus with a momentous new mixtape that seemingly came out of nowhere, fans’ questions were understandably stacking up, and luckily Flume was there to answer a handful of questions—hyping what should be a banner year for the Aussie experimentalist.

The AMA was even the release platform for an additional new surprise track, “Friends” featuring Reo Cragum. Though, with the loads of exciting information alluded to in the online Q&A, it’s nail down the best part. Here are Dancing Astronaut’s top seven highlights from Flume’s Reddit AMA:

A Travis Scott collaboration could materialize.

One of the most common questions in the AMA thread was about collaborators. Flume has always been a highly collaborative artist—hearing him wrap his effortlessly fluid production style round different artists is a major element of his appeal. But one fan specifically asked Streten about his thoughts on Travis Scott and if he thought a collaboration was viable. Flume’s answer reflected interest in collaborating with the “Sicko Mode” rapper, who also has a penchant for innovative sounds. Since the two are already connected on social media, Flume suggested a link could actually materialize.

More mixtapes like Hi, This is Flume are on the way

The day Hi, This is Flume landed, the overwhelming nature of music’s collective reaction made it hard to tell—was this actually another showstopper from a once-in-a-generation talent or were people just really starved for new Flume? As it turns out…both. But something about the mixtape’s surprise roll out suggested more was underway from the Skin producer, and during the AMA he confirmed he plans of delivering additional mixtapes and this spring’s project wasn’t just a one-off home run.

Expect Flume to strike a different balance going forward

Occasionally artists need to create for themselves, not their audiences. It seems counter-intuitive in some ways, but after two full length records and the never-ending press junkets and tours that ensue, Flume needed to take a break, then ultimately come back and make one for himself. When asked if he’ll continue to lean in this heavily experimental artistic direction, Streten suggested he’s going to cover, “Both ends of the spectrum baby.” Expect chart-toppers like “Never Be Like You” to rub shoulders with more unconventional cuts like “Daze 22.00” more often going forward.

Imitation is the highest form of flattery

Back to the notion of one for the fans, one for the artist. Flume’s self-titled debut LP, and his sophomore follow up, Skin are rife with fearless experimentation and avant-gardism, but his recent mixtape delivery was a decided departure in style from his first two long plays. When asked about the stylistic switch-up, Flume gave a succinct, yet telling answer. “I get bored, I can’t do the same thing over and over so [I’m] forced to change. Also people copy me,” replies the “Helix” producer. Flume is often credited by fans as the father of the future bass genre, essentially creating it and then allowing it to permeate into something relatively different from his own sound over time. Flume himself however doesn’t take much credit for pioneeringanything on his own, though here he gives a rare acknowledgement to the copy cats in his answer, suggesting he’s aware of the competition and he’s clearly still two steps ahead of them.

Flume and Arca would be a match made in heaven

The obligatory AMA question about dream collaborations inevitably had to come up, but in classic Flume fashion, the answer wasn’t some legendary songwriter or heavyweight vocalist. Flume reveals his dream collaborator to be Arca, which, when said out loud makes total sense. The pair would be two peas in the same experimental pod. Arca, known for credits on Kanye West‘s Yeezus and Björk‘s Utopia would be an obvious complement to Flume’s production style—hoping this one actually manifests in the future.

Ideas flowed easily on mixtape, but attention to detail made production more complicated

The caliber of detail packed into Hi, This Is Flume is staggering. From the mixtape’s teeming tracklist to the visualizer’s vibrant optical complements, the project was an exercise in free expression. While Streten admits the ideas flowed more easily on the recent mixtape, operating completely under one’s own creative direction means the attention to detail is magnified on a molecular level. Despite Hi, This is Flume being a liberating project to create, having the label at his back on his first two LP’s to provide creative direction and feedback, actually made the construction of Flume’s first two albums easier than making a mixtape solo.

Obligatory advice from one of electronic music’s current greats

Throughout the entire AMA, Flume maintains that his sound, his aesthetic, and ultimately his success has all been the product of relentless tinkering. Just boundless trail and error sessions that have, over time, molded one of electronic music’s brightest torch carriers. When asked to offer advice to an online forum full of fans and aspiring producers, Flume kept it simple and sweet. “Find your own production tricks/techniques. Download the most random plugins.” One size doesn’t fit all, according to Streten. The next Flume won’t come from someone trying to make the next “Holdin’ On”—rather, the next Flume should be the first of an entirely different species of producer.

Deadmau5 Returns To BBC Radio1’s Essential Mix For First Solo Mix In 11 Years [LISTEN]

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I know many years ago when I was in high school, Deadmau5’s first essential mix helped open my eyes to the brilliant world of dance music that existed just outside my knowledge. I still get goosebumps to this day, when I think of the closing line of the opening monologue – THE MAU5 SOUNDS LIKE

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