Solaris Music Festival resurrects for 2019, announces headliners deadmau5 and Above & Beyond

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Ink Events has announced the return of Solaris Music Festival to Toronto for the 2019 holiday season. Dubbed as “Toronto’s largest winter music festival,” the festival’s reincarnation came as a pleasant surprise to the to previous festival-goers after a brief one-year hiatus. Held over Dec. 26-27, Solaris locks in deadmau5 and Above & Beyond as headliners for the indoor event held at REBEL Nightclub.

In addition to the daily headliners, Solaris has announced a solidifying trail of support from routine visitors Seven Lions, i_o, and Borgore, and tops the bill with a mau5trap stage takeover in the nightclub’s NOIR room. Since its first iteration in 2012, the two-day festival has undergone a handful of changes to support the shifting music trends in Toronto.

After skipping his annual traditionary VELD Festival after party set due to touring commitments and a standalone performance in nearby city London, Ontario, deadmau5’s return to the leviathan nightclub is one of high anticipation across the city. In addition to his performance, he invites label mates No Mana, Qrion, Bentley Dean and Nofone for the party.

GA and VIP tickets are available for purchase; for more information and details about the event, head here.

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Above & Beyond release a powerful remix pack featuring No Mana and Crystal Skies

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Live from Hong Kong, Above & Beyond marked their Group Therapy 300 edition with a special set. Featured within the performance was the celestial “There’s Only You,” featuring Zoë Johnston. The club mix and extended club mix were released earlier this year off their Common Ground Companion EP, and now, a remix project has also been revealed with reworks from No Mana and Crystal Skies.

No Mana also shared an extended version of his club thumper for those mesmerized by the gritty synth that sparks between arpeggiated high ends and contrasting harmonies strung together in lower octaves. The No Mana play runs with tech-house and techno appeal, plastering the four-on-the-floor rhythm with the aforementioned melodies.

Crystal Skies keeps in the trance lane during the introduction with an extra focus on chord progressions and varying melodies. The slow build creates this immense energy that when released produces a strong future bass melody with a dubstep backing.

NMF Roundup: Oliver Heldens and Riton team up, No Mana remixes Kiiara + more

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It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

Oliver Heldens and Riton link with Vula for their new groovy collaboration, “Turn Me On,” and No Mana takes on Kiiara’s “Bipolar.” Kaskade takes his Meghan Trainor collab to another level with the release of a “club mix,” and The Knocks tap R&B crooner Gallant for “Exit Sign.” 3LAU caters to a wide audience on “Miss Me More,” and M83 follows up “Temple of Sorrow” with “Lune de fiel.” Armin van Buuren and Tempo Giusto take things up a notch with “Mr. Navigator,” and Sub Focus and Wilkinson prove to be a formidable drum ‘n’ bass duo on “Illuminate.” AC Slater delivers some new Night Bass heat with “Laid Off,” and DROELOE and Kalulu keep it light on “Broken Bricks.” After debuting the tune on DA earlier this week, Nora En Pure releases her remix of “Lost Souls,” and Machinedrum reveals new possibilities for San Holo’s “Lost Lately.” In another DA-debuted piece this week, Eli Brown rocks steady on “Come Together,” and Morgan Page and HAILENE tug at listeners’ heartstrings on “Footprints.”

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

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Exclusive: No Mana and EDDIE unleash ‘Untitled Forever’ on mau5trap

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Allow No Mana and EDDIE to lead you through the dark and shadowy corridors of their new collaboration, “Untitled Forever.”

The two mau5trap frequenters have returned to the famed label to unleash this latest offering, which proves to be a true amalgamation of their styles. Sinister in its beat and daunting in its melodies, “Untitled Forever” is an impressive showing from both artists, who’ve found the perfect haunting vocal to accompany their production.

With the release of the song, they’ve also put together an animated music video that shows the two producers working on the song and bickering about what to name it, finally settling on “Untitled Forever” after chucking hot Cheetos at each other.

The tune marks EDDIE’s second of the year on the label, following “Zombie Mannequin” in January and Spiritual Contraband EP in October. No Mana comes to “Untitled Forever” from his April Skin release with Electrocado and Julian Gray.

“Untitled Forever” is out June 21 via mau5trap. Pre-save it here.

Lunar Lunes: Anti Up deliver ‘Concentrate,’ Destructo, DARKO, and Ice-T create ‘Hustler’ + more

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Each week, New Music Friday sweeps through with torrential force, showering streaming platforms with immeasurable amounts of new tunes. Just like Dancing Astronaut rounds up 25 of the biggest songs of the week for the Hot 25 Spotify playlist each New Music Friday, Lunar Lunes serves as a landing pad for SoundCloud users who want a whole new dose of tunes to kick off the work week.

Chris Lake and Chris Lorenzo have delivered some fresh heat via their first Anti Up release of the year, “Concentrate.” Destructo, DARKO, and Ice-T have cooked up a sultry new single, “Hustler,” and RAC has released his remix of Elohim and Whethan‘s “Sleepy Eyes.” Diplo flexes his house music muscles on “Hold You Tight,” and No Mana unveils his new mau5trap single with Winnie Ford, “House of Cards.” The Knocks bring the party to Blu DeTiger‘s “Mad Love,” and Bishu reveals his full Monstercat EP, Hali 2 Cali. The latest release on Tchami‘s CONFESSION comes from Andrea Marino in the form of “The Plug,” and Freak On takes to The Prescription Records for the Feel Like This EP. Khåen brings two new tracks to Lane 8‘s This Never Happened, and Zomboy and MUST DIE! make a formidable team on “Revival.” JayKode teams up with The Zealots vocalist Micah Martin on an intense new single, “Apocalypse.” Doctor P packs plenty of bass into “Death Anxiety,” and Codeko shows off a new remix of Two Friends‘ “Take It Off.” Don Diablo and CID bring “Fever” to the former’s own Hexagon, and Tropix and LAV8 drop their debut original song, “Fallin’.”

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

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deadmau5 unveils third installment of mau5ville series

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After releasing his self-produced score to the Netflix original film, Polar, earlier this week, deadmau5 has given fans yet another project full of mau5trap talent. The third installment in his mau5ville series, the Canadian producer has released mau5ville: Level 3, with features from No Mana, C.O.Z., and more.

Following a similar format to the previous projects, deadmau5 sources a variety of originals, remixes, and collaborations from his label roster. deadmau5 starts the album off with three tracks from himself, including a dark hip hop collaboration with SHOTTY HORROH, titled “Are You Not Afraid.” C.O.Z. and J. Worra F-No each provide dancefloor ready remixes of the track before the project breaks into a softer side with “Hurricane.” Closing out the project with solo tracks from No Mana and C.O.Z., deadmau5 has once again shown his prowess for giving young talent a home on mau5trap.

Lunar Lunes: Whethan’s ‘GOING UP’ in new release, Robokid taps longtime collaborators Manila Killa and AOBeats for ’17’ + more

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Each week, New Music Friday sweeps through with torrential force, showering streaming platforms with immeasurable amounts of new tunes. Just like Dancing Astronaut rounds up 25 of the biggest songs of the week for the Hot 25 Spotify playlist each New Music Friday, Lunar Lunes serves as a landing pad for SoundCloud users who want a whole new dose of tunes to kick off the work week.

As 2019 enters its second week, music releases have started to ramp back up. Whethan burst into the new year with the formidable “GOING UP,” and No Mana delivered the ethereal “Tell Me Most” in the new mau5trap We Are Friends compilation. The Knocks cooked up a funky remix of Joe Janiak’s “The Best You Ever Had,” and Robokid teamed up with longtime collaborators AOBeats and Manila Killa for “17.” Monstercat dove into 2019 by cranking up the BPMs, following Stonebank‘s hardcore “The Government” with Feint‘s gorgeous drum & bass original, “Drifters.” Chrome Sparks released a new album on the first of the year, highlighting songs like “Be On Fire” on his SoundCloud. Brock Wilson leads off the 2019 Mad Zoo releases with “hollow shell,” and Adventure Club put a melodic dubstep spin on AOSOON’s “Under.”

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).


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mau5trap delivers ‘We Are Friends Vol. 8’ compilation featuring i_o, No Mana, ATTLAS, and more

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deadmau5‘s mau5trap imprint has delivered its eighth rendition of the We Are Friends compilation series, comprised of 35 tracks from the label’s repeated repertoire, along with a variety of up-and-comers. The three-and-a-half-hour run time showcases familiar faces such as i_o, with a remix of deadmau5’s “Imaginary Friends” from the label boss’ orchestral Where’s the Drop? compilation albumOther notable producers on the project who demonstrated stellar growth in 2018 include No Mana, ATTLAS, and EDDIE.

A grip of newcomers dominate the audio engineer-themed soundscapes that span the collection of songs. Unique in arrangement and cinematic in nature, deadmau5 continues to push the limits of modern electronic music through sound design and collaboration. To mark the start of festival season, Joel Zimmerman is set to unleash a live performance with his cube 3.0 worldwide debut at Ultra Music Festival.

No Mana drops the beautifully complex ‘Melted Candy’ LP

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No Mana has released his second album of the year, Melted Candy. Following the release of Assorted Repetitions released earlier in 2018, this release sees the LA artist explore new territory in sound to round out the year.

While the release opens with “In My Mind,” which starts out with a new, intricate and melancholic take on the acidic synths from the complextro of yesteryear, the song – and the rest of the EP – develops into something exploratory, canvassing a range of dance music sounds. There’s elements of gritty, bass-heavy house as well as familiar progressive basics sprinkled throughout the project. This creates beautifully layered music that at first glance might seem one way, but with each twist and turn tells a beautiful story all its own. No Mana’s talent and focus are clear – and tactfully executed – across the duration of Melted Candy.

This 6-track release is yet another we’ve seen this year that cements 2018 as the year of the short long form release, with Melted Candy dubbed as an LP.

Melted Candy is out now via mau5trap.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 67

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA managing editor Robyn Dexter. With a taste that can only be described as eclectic — to say nothing of a name that lends itself to punnery — DA is happy to present a selection of tracks personally curated by Dexter for your listening pleasure.

Listen in playlist format here.


Electronic music’s favorite bickering best friends are at it again. After teaming up for a powerful remix of Knife Party‘s “Sleaze” last month, contending colleagues No Mana and i_o have returned for a collaborative original, “Bad Things.” They’ve enlisted vocalist Fay to give their bass-pounding venture an even more sultry vibe and unleashed it to the world via mau5trap. In the track, they’ve managed to blend a variety of genres, making “Bad Things” pleasing to fans of techno, house, trance, and everything in between.

With Skrillex now releasing music on a more regular basis, his latest endeavors are, of course, being remixed into the ground. His mega-collab with JOYRYDE, “AGEN WIDA,” has been flipped, revamped and recycled countless times since its release in late October. One of the latest to take on the fiery track is FREAK ON, a Venice Beach producer whose catalog only contains this track and one other (a remix of Spice Girls). This intense tech house rework of “AGEN WIDA” provides an awesome new perspective on the track, leaning into its house elements for a groovy rendition.

After sitting on the track for a while, Monstercat‘s Grant found that “Castaway” made for a perfect addition to the label’s reoccurring partnership with video game phenomenon Rocket League. “It’s a song about starting over, and the desire to escape from your current life or whatever it is that’s holding you back,” he says of the track. He enlisted vocalist Jessi Mason as a complement to the serene, easygoing soundscape he’d created and built a song that’s simultaneously complex and smooth.

graves can do no wrong. Just weeks after contributing a massive rendition of “If Only You Knew” to What So Not‘s Not All The Beautiful Things Remixes album, he’s back with a new original piece of work. Tapping the talents of singer EZI, graves uses her breezy vocals to set the tone for the meticulously produced pop/trap synthesis he’s created. His versatile ways of production shine no matter what he’s making, and it’s such a refreshing thing to witness and hear.

“i was lost but i was amazed at what i had discovered,” reads dull machine’s description of “the beauty in the hatred.” I, too, am amazed at what I’ve discovered in this track. This carefully designed song ascends with a minute-long introduction, its delicate melody building up to a theme of full-bodied instrumentation and crashing percussion. There’s a unique, endearing quality here — one that’s hard to put a finger on. Fans of Porter Robinson: pay attention.