MK Drops Deep House Heater With Support From Jonas Blue, Becky Hill

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After a whirlwind tour bringing him all over the globe, Michigan-born DJ and Producer Marc Kinchen, otherwise known as MK, is back with another single – this time with Brit Award nominee Jonas Blue and chart-topping vocalist Becky Hill. “Back & Forth” fits the mold of a UK Deep House track akin to a Rudimental

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Weekend standouts: 10 artists who showed up to show off at Moonrise Festival 2018

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Words by Rachel Narozniak, Josh Hymowitz, and Alexander Krinsky

As the ‘moon rose,’ the bass dropped across Moonrise Festival‘s four stages over the course of the Maryland’s event’s two-day occupancy at Pimlico Race Track. Diversely decorated with talent that spanned dance music’s many subgenres, Moonrise’s 2018 lineup drew a variety of acts ranging from MIJA to Timmy Trumpet to Zeds Dead, and a crowd comprised of fans with equally divergent tastes.

Dancing Astronaut went live on location for one of the final festivals of the 2018 season. What follows are ten artists who brought the Moonrise momentum, throwing down sets that made new fans out of attendees, and astonished longer term listeners.

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3LAU, Stellar Stage

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3LAU broke out of the 2018 release gate with a fervor that was anything but tempered on his debut full-length outing, Ultraviolet. The 11-track offering asserted that the producer’s 2016 “Into You” remix only nascently evinced 3LAU’s astute ear for electronic experimentation, one that gained extended exhibition on Ultraviolet.

A standout in the current context of EDM, given the album’s distinctive spin on commercial house, Ultraviolet’s edge derived from its confident re-imagination of what music branded as “EDM” could sound like. Fast forward to August 13 at Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Track, and 3LAU would translate the energy of Ultraviolet–but on a larger scale, of his career to date–to his live set at Moonrise Festival’s Stellar Stage. A robust showing rife with vivid bass, jumps into electro territory, and 3LAU classics–“How You Love Me,” for one–the set exemplified 3LAU’s maturity both as a producer in the studio, and as a performer behind the decks. 3LAU’s inclusion of Zeds Dead’s bass oriented flip of Touch” proved a highlight of the set.

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Diplo, Stellar Stage

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Unfortunately, festivals don’t always proceed as planned. Festival organizers paused the first day of Moonrise about 30-minutes before Diplo’s hour-long set at the Stellar stage due to inclement weather. With reports of lightning a few miles out, and with thousands of people on the open grass infield of Pimlico Race Course, the city of Baltimore was bound to take precautions.

Attendees were moved to the grandstand until further notice, but once Moonrise resumed just after what would have been the end of Diplo’s set, ticket holders still got a 25-minute set from Diplo. Despite the limited time frame, Mr. Wentz to give fans everything they’d would want. He played all the hits, including “Revolution,” Major Lazer’s “Lean On,” his latest collaboration with Get It Right,” and more. The highlight had to be this Benzi Mashup, which blends the Smookie Illson Boot of “Club Action” (a go-to during Skrillex and Jack Ü sets back in the day) with the classic “We Like To Party” by Vengaboys and 4B’s “WHISTLE.” Diplo dropped craziness right into the sunset to prep fans for Kaskade.

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Chris Lake, Celestial Stage

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Chris Lake’s beats leveled the ground at the Celestial Stage. What started as a grassy field was ready for the pouring of concrete after Moonrisers were done thumping. Lake’s unique and often deep darker tracks were a welcome reprieve from the headbanging dub-sets throughout the day for many, that tech house can sometimes just be home.

Chris Lake served up style with toppings of hilarity with his collab track with Chris Lorenzo‘s “Pizza,” while simultaneously extending solid nods to the homies out of the Dirtybird collective by incorporating several of the label mates’ releases in his set, including–among others–FISHER‘s “Losing It.”

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MK, Celestial Stage

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Give MK an hour behind the decks and a disco ball, and he’ll transform the grassy grounds of a race track into an open air house oasis. While Moonrise resides as one of the East Coast’s best festivals for big name bass performances, the event’s Celestial Stage effected the intimacy of an underground club in the middle of Baltimore.

When it comes to crowd captivation, there is indeed no better duo to initiate immersion than MK and Chris Lake. Lake joined MK at the decks for a surprise b2b that scaled the house to tech house continuum with each track of the set. Hearts palpitated to MK’s “17,” and all in attendance could unanimously agree that the b2b was one of the most serendipitous outcomes of August 11th’s rain related scheduling adjustments.

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Two Friends, Stellar Stage

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Although they had one of the earlier time slots at Stellar Stage, Two Friends crushed their set in front of a huge crowd turnout.

It’s always bound to be a great performance from the duo, considering they’ve remixed every song millennials would want to hear at a party. Two Friends’ revamps range anywhere from The Killers to Blink-182 to Kanye West. Their remix of West’s classic hit, “Touch The Sky,” can be hard to find on the web nowadays due to copyright reasons, so having the privilege of seeing it live is always a treat, an an undeniable high point of Two Friends’ Moonrise set, at that. Luckily for fans, there’s still a few links out there for the remix, and those who missed out on the exclusivity at Two Friends’ set can still get in on the action with this rip of the rework.

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Emancipator, Lunar Stage

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Douglas Appling has had an incredible talent for tying the flow of electronic production with live instruments since Emancipator‘s inception. Appling’s sound is eclectic yet grounded, provoking yet calming, and organic yet able to take the listener to a different planet. With his full live band, along with the heart of the Ensemble’s melodic flow violinist, Ilya Goldberg, Emancipator’s vibrations became one with the airwaves around Moonrise 2018. Rain would eventually begin to fall to the sounds of Emancipator’s ambient trip-hop on Sunday afternoon of the festival, and although the weather would briefly pause the party, there was a moment of pure stillness and near palpable peace at this set.

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JOYRYDE, Stellar Stage

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JOYRYDE proved impervious to the weekend rain as he resumed Sunday activity at the Stellar Stage following the final day’s brief pause. The Skrillex collaborator greeted the Moonrisers who traipsed back onto festival grounds from the grandstand area with potent, punching bass from the very first track of his set, driving energy and adrenaline with bass lines that traveled from the decks, to race track grass, and up through the soles of attendees’ shoes.

JOYRYDE’s characteristically eclectic, bass-inflected aesthetic behind the decks commanded a distinctive brand of live energy accented with UK grime tilts and grittier turns.

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Illenium, Stellar Stage

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The Denver based breakout producer had one of the most talked-about sets of the weekend, and rightfully so, as Illenium‘s music boasts an ethereal sentimentality that provides an entirely unique live experience while creating a positive atmosphere amongst the crowd.

That being said, Illenium slightly switched gears during his Moonrise 2018 set, incorporating some heavy bass drops that signaled a departure from Illenium’s wheelhouse, the typical slow feels trip that listeners are familiar with. Although he stepped into some grittier territory for the set, a DJ’s unexpected maneuvers never fail to engross crowd members, and as such, Illenium’s Moonrise showing was probably his most notable performance to date.

A particularly noteworthy moment of the set included Illenium’s dropping of “Gold,” his highly celebrated collaboration with Excision, featured on Excision’s latest album, Apex.

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REZZ, Solar Tent

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Hardly unexpected or surprising, Dancing Astronaut’s Break Out Artist of 2016 did not disappoint during her climactic Moonrise performance.

REZZ sent out heavy vibrations that transfixed the minds of those assembled in the crowd at the Solar Tent for the bass prodigy’s set. It was clear before Moonrise that REZZ wasn’t going to be playing around, and Space Mom indeed came strapped, loaded, and ready to break some backs with a ‘Certain Kind Of Magic,’ in the same titular fashion of her second studio album. Her dubbed out dark dance music absolutely slayed the Solar Tent, providing a proper finale for the festival’s opening night.

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Kaskade, Stellar Stage

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To evade mention of Kaskade’s ‘Stellar’ showing on August 11 would be to overlook a set that evinced the electronic veteran’s reliability and limitless energy with an especial, if not glaring, clarity.

After sharing a portion of his originally allotted set time with Diplo following Saturday’s rain induced pause, Kaskade took to the decks to ensure that Moonrise goers would have some “Fun.” In many ways a ‘greatest hits’ styled set, longtime Kaskade fans enjoyed classic productions like “Disarm You” and “Something Something Champs Remix” interwoven among comparatively more recent releases like the Phoebe Ryan assisted “Almost Back.” Rife with atmospheric electro and pumping, progressive house festival drops, the set underscored the  ethereal caliber of a Kaskade set, one that endured even with unexpected adjustments.

These are 10 hype-building songs to listen to ahead for Moonrise Festival 2018

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Moonrise Festival 2018 is shaping out to be one of Baltimore’s most exciting events of the year. The two-day festival — held at the Pimlico Race Course – is preparing for its 5th installment, which will feature a wide and diverse range of artists, catering toward fans of almost any dance music sub-genre. Performers include Kaskade, Zeds Dead, 3LAU, JOYRYDE, Ookay, GRiZ, Illenium, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Ekali, MK, and more.

In honor of the upcoming festivities, we’ve compiled a 10-track playlist that includes tunes from some of the weekend’s most anticipated acts — perfect for any pre-game or long road-trips to Baltimore.

1. Silk City (Diplo & Mark Ronson) – “Only Can Get Better”

The latest single from Diplo & Mark Ronson’s newest side project Silk City. This is definitely a collaboration attendees will hear during Diplo’s headline set at the Stellar Stage Saturday night. Ronson has since teased their second upcoming release, so maybe he’ll give fans a little taste at the festival?

2. DJ Snake & Mercer – “Let’s Get Ill”

One of DJ Snake’s hottest 2018 collaborations saw linking up with Mercer for a rapid, future house heater. Check out Snake headlining the Stellar Stage Saturday night alongside Kaskade, Diplo, Zeds Dead, and more.

3. Marshmello – “Rooftops”

Marshmello recently released his Joytime II album, which has been very well-received by the Mello Gang. “Rooftops” a groovy one from the album where the DJ/producer throws on his own 90’s punk rock-sounding vocals. He’ll take the Stellar Stage Sunday night and will likely close out the weekend.

4. SNRBN – “If I Can’t Have You” feat. Harloe

The LA-based DJ/producer, who will also be taking over the Stellar Stage on Sunday afternoon, where he will more than likely take his audience out of the racetrack an instead place them on a mental beach. His latest single “I Can’t Have You” accomplishes this feat in mere minutes.

5. Two Friends – “While We’re Dreaming” feat. Kevin Writer

We enjoy this 2017 throwback from the duo, who will be treating their guests to a heavy dose of their cheery brand of dance music.

6. Galantis – “Mama Look At Me Now”

“Mama Look At Me Now” is one of two tracks from Galantis’ latest EP release, and it gives us a taste of what’s in store for the mischevious Swedes’ infectiously raucous Sunday set.

7. Cashmere Cat, Major Lazer, Tory Lanez – “Miss You” (Akira Akira & Hikeii Remix)

This is one of the most poppin’ remixes of his hit collaboration “Miss You” with Major Lazer and Tory Lanez. Festival goers can expect to hear either the original or an assortment of remixes, yet knowing Cashmere Cat, he often has a strictly Jersey club section of the set, to which this fits perfectly. Check out his set at the Lunar Stage on Sunday.

8. Rezz & 1788-L – H E X

Rezz is blowing up the scene with dark synths and heavy beats that are nothing short of an innovative sound. Check out her latest release, which she’ll most likely use to destroy the Solar Tent atmosphere on Saturday.

9. Chris Lake, Chris Lorenzo, Anti-Up – “Pizza”

Anyone want pizza? No? How about after a few hours of constant movement and house beats at the Celestial Stage? Chris Lake will be headlining the house-geared stage Saturday night and will probably trap listeners into his set right as they’re deciding to leave for some pizza.

10. Eric Prydz – “Liberate” (Lane 8 Remix)

This remix for Eric Prydz’ “Liberate” is one of Lane 8’s hidden gems released back in 2014. He’s pushed out a lot of new music since then, but it doesn’t mean we have to stop showing this perfect blend of deep and melodic house some love. Check him out headlining the Celestial Stage Sunday night.

Purchase tickets via the Moonrise Festival website and if this song selection didn’t do justice, check out the festival’s 2018 Spotify playlists, which are curated by stage.

 

MK teams up with Chelsea FC, teases football-inspired track, ‘Beat Ball’

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MK is one of the rare producers who has made it big while staying in touch with the underground. Reaching this level of success, however, can afford an artist some special privileges. Pairing with David Luiz, Thibaut Courtois, and Antonio Rüdiger of England’s Chelsea Football Club, MK has put out a behind-the-scenes video of the creation of “Beat Ball,” a track sampling the sounds of the game of football.

Just in time for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the video shows MK discussing the ins and outs of music production with the footballers, as well as brainstorming the best ways to incorporate the sounds of the game into a forthcoming house track. From aiming shots at Courtois, the goalkeeper, to kicking the ball at a drum, MK’s creative sampling is shaping up to be a bouncy, beat-heavy house tune that sits at the perfect intersection of music and sport.

MØ’s ‘Nostalgia’ gets a house remix from Detroit’s own MK

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released two house remixes of her most recent single, “Nostalgia.” The Danish pop star enlists veteran talents MK and Claude VonStroke to transform the original, alternative pop vibe into upbeat house. MØ’s smokey vocals make her a perfect candidate for a house makeover. Both remixers keep the calypso rhythm, staying true to the original beat. High hats are a major, groovy player in each.

In the MK remix, MØ sounds like she’s talking at the listener, while the dissident vocal chops flutter in space. The contrast between the two vocals creates a present yet distracted ambiance.

Marc Kinchen aka MK is a known remixer from the birthplace of techno, Detroit. He’s recently done official remix work for major acts such as Armand Van Helden, London Grammar, Clean Bandit, and Rihanna.

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MK delivers house take of Sam Smith’s ‘Pray’ [Stream]

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Sam Smith’s smooth vocals settle in nicely on house tracks. Disclosure knew it and exemplified it on “Latch,” and now, MK proves that he too has noted the fluid electronic crossover potential inherent in Smith’s voice on his remix of Smith’s song, “Pray.”

MK doubles down minute wise on his house oriented take of the track that originally appeared on Smith’s 2017 album, The Thrill Of It All. Extending the length of his revamp, and situating it just past the six-minute mark, MK reworks “Pray” in his addition of reverberating—and at times, subtly trumpeting synths—and percussive elements that lend a sense of rhythm to MK’s vision. These same rhythmically constituting components resurface in the moments in which the remix builds, aiding the pulsating drop that elevates MK’s remix to the status of a bonafide club pleaser.

MK Delivers Near Perfect Remix Of Sam Smith’s Hit Record – ‘Pray’

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Sam Smith has been a mainstay in dance music ever since he was featured on Disclosure’s megahit ‘Latch’. The track was so iconic that many fans unfamiliar with the brothers thought that Sam Smith was, in fact, part of the group officially. Smith’s vocals are on a different level from just about anyone else in

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MK delivers an invigorating remix of Claptone’s ‘In The Night’

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MK takes on Claptone’s Ben Duffy-assisted single, “In The Night” for his latest release. The remix evidences MK’s ability to craft a revamp that simultaneously preserves the personality of a Claptone production, while evoking that of an MK offering.

MK’s rework is a rousing re-imaginative effort that that luxuriates in an elongated timeframe. A nearly seven-minute re-imaginative endeavor, MK’s remix makes each minute of the remix count. MK invests the first three minutes of his revamp to the development of a pulsating background beat that slowly mounts, channeling the viscous pace and commanding the stimulating character of a house number played to a dimly lit crowd in a European house club. The remix gradually involves Duffy’s vocals at the four-minute mark, the point at which the chords and soulful brand of jazz funk of Claptone’s original become perceptible. The interplay of a confident piano rhythm and round, gusting synths further amplify the remix’s invigorating quality.

Drai’s Beachclub March 2018: Full event calendar

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Drai’s Beachclub continues to be at the forefront of the Las Vegas day club circuit with its highly-anticipated lineup announcement and dates for the 2018 Drai’s Beachclub season. Rivaling any top-tier music festival, the club’s stacked roster features a host of household names like A-Trak, GTA, TroyBoi, Dada Life and Zeds Dead. Serving as the Strip’s only rooftop beach club, partygoers will be in for a treat each weekend this season with exclusive, power-packed sets from some of the world’s critically-acclaimed DJs and chart-topping recording artists.

2018 is set to be Drai’s Beachclub’s most important year yet as a top contender in the Las Vegas day and night club community. Boasting a round-the-clock calendar of events ranging from house to mainstream dance music to moombahton, there’s arguably a little something for everyone. View Drai’s Beachclub’s March 2018 calendar below.

March 2018 Calendar of Events:

March 9 – Deux

March 10 – MK

March 11 – Savi

March 16 – TWRK

March 17 – DJ Pauly D

March 18 – A-Trak 

March 23 – Kittens

March 24 – Troyboi

March 25 – Dada Life 

Lightning in a Bottle drops off diverse 2018 lineup

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Bradley, California’s uniquely immersive festival, Lightning in a Bottle, has revealed the first phase of its 2018 musical line-up, set to take place May 23–28.

In an increasingly monotonous festival market, LiB defines itself in defying the norm. The festival’s forward-thinking curation has presently landed a diverse array of acts from Anderson.Paak & The Free Nationals, to Zhu, GriZ, Fever Ray, The Glitch Mob, Sofi Tukker, TOKiMONSTA, Modeselektor (DJ Set), Emancipator, Nicole Moudaber, The Black Madonna, and more.

Lightning in a Bottle’s strive for diversity in its programming can be best summed in music director and co-founder Jesse Flemming’s words:

“We’re definitely not trying to play the same game we are seeing with all the massive festivals these days when we book our music programming. Forget the big names you can see at 10 other festivals this year. For us the goal is to craft a musical playlist that will perfectly guide people along the experience we’re trying to create. We book each stage to be its own separate journey on any given day and we try to diversify it as much as possible so when you’re wandering around during the weekend you can always find something just right for you. This has been our goal since day one and it continues to shape how we book today.”

More information and tickets to Lightning in a Bottle, which go on-sale January 18 at 10 am PST, are available here.

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