Doused in House: Splash House 2018 Review

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This past weekend, thousands of party-goers took over the resort desert city of Palm Springs to partake in the last Splash House of the summer. Held over two-days and spanning three different resort hotels, Splash House has grown to become one of the best pool party destinations in the country. The multi-venue pool party/music festival

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The Perfect Splash House August 2018 Playlists

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Headed to the desert this weekend for Splash House Palm Springs? Looking for that perfect playlist for your summer road trip? Look no further! EDM Sauce has scoured the web for those bumping house beats and thumping techno melodies that will be the soundtrack to your weekend. These immaculately curated Spotify playlists offer you a

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Splash House Palm Springs Set Times Are Here

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This weekend, the picturesque desert resort city of Palm Springs will be overtaken by the sights and sounds of some of the best house and techno in the world. Hosted across three resorts and one museum during after-hours, Splash House is slated to make its final summer 2018 appearance beginning this Friday night. The 21-and-over

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Yolanda Be Cool assemble breezy new playlist ahead of Splash House [EXCLUSIVE]

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Palm Springs will undergo it’s semi-annual transformation into a dance-fueled desert oasis come June 8, as Splash House‘s first edition makes its rounds through its usual home resorts.

The Goldenvoice institution turns five this year, and to switch things up, lineups are staggered as well. June’s roster has just been unveiled, revealing a bevy of acts like What So Not, Duke Dumont, Dusky, and more that will take help guide festivities in the most raucous of fashions.

Australian duo Yolanda Be Cool will also be taking the decks over the weekend; however, they simply could not contain their excitement for the upcoming festivities. Appropriately, they’ve created a fresh new playlist for Dancing Astronaut that is pumped with tunes matching their musical aesthetic: mellow, grooving, and sunny. Within minutes, the vibe will be too infectious not to dance along to!

 

[CONTEST] Win a VIP Bottle Service Package for 5 at Day Club Palm Springs / Coachella

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Day Club Palm Springs is back again this year with another round of pool parties, and Dancing Astronaut is excited to hook up one lucky winner with a VIP Bottle service package!

The event takes place over two weekends, April 13-15 [Weekend 1] and April 20-22 [Weekend 2].

This year features performances from AC Slater, Justin Martin, Deorro, Cash Cash, Space Yacht, ODESZA, Illenium, and more.

Daily tickets start at only $20, or get a full weekend pass for only $50! More information and tickets are available here.

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Exclusive: KITTENS gets candid ahead of her Coachella debut

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Dancing Astronaut recently spoke with Los Angeles based Lauren Abedini, aka KITTENS, about her career, her activism, and her favorite artists.

In addition to her performances at Coachella, KITTENS will also be performing during the Space Yacht takeover at Day Club Palm Springs on April 20th. To win a VIP Package for Day Club Palm Springs, enter the contest here.

We spoke with you in the summer of last year, ahead of your performance at Hard Summer Music Festival. What has changed for you since then?

SO MUCH. I literally feel like my life changed so quickly. Mentally I feel just like a more grounded balanced person. I went on my first bus tour with RL Grime and Gravez which was incredible. I’m playing Coachella. I’m playing EDC. I got a Vegas residency. I’ve got releases in the works with two of my favorite labels, Fool’s Gold and Insomniac. I’ve been able to focus on activism and charity work which is my deepest passion. I redecorated my house lol. I just feel GOOD. Like life is so good.

What’s your touring schedule looking like through the rest of the year?

Ima be everywhere.

What does the LA Club scene look like these days?

Honestly, I haven’t been going out in LA that much. I’ve kind of just been trying to stay home and work on music and my self growth. When I do go out it’s usually more of a party situation versus a club situation. So the music and vibe is a bit different but in a really refreshing way.

You made some great artist predictions when we asked last. Who are you co-signing the most these days?

I stan RL Grime so I’m super excited for his new album to come out. I really love this rapper Flipp Dinero who I actually have featured on one of my tracks. Gravez continues to just release fire. I’m super excited to see him get more and more recognition.

You are a self-described “Intersectional Feminist.” This is a highly evolved view on the matter, but can you spell out what that means for everyone?

Intersectionality is complicated but simple. It basically means you take into account all the other factors that might make someone’s life a bit more difficult. Like for example, ya, women face inequality, but a black woman who is living below the poverty line without access to resources is ABSOLUTELY going to deal with more inequality and struggles than say a rich white woman. So then when we want to talk about progress and how to move towards equality, we don’t just leave the conversation at “women need to be paid the same as men” for instance, we factor in ALL the different levels of oppression people face and address how to fix those too. It also means people with less struggles should check their privilege. Like my life isn’t as hard as a darker skinned butch woman for example. 

Another huge part about intersectional feminism is that we focus on issues outside of women. LGBT, race, poverty, gender…all these things can affect how difficult the lives of HUMANS are, so taking time to educate people on being compassionate to all of those bits will eventually lead us towards true equality. It helps men, it helps women, it helps people who don’t identify as either. In simple terms, intersectionality helps everyone be aware and compassionate of other peoples struggles in life.

Billboard recently featured you along with Krewella and Dani Deahl on “Dance Music’s Gender Gap in the Age of #TimesUp and #MeToo.” What’s been the reaction since that was published?

So far so good! I think it was an important conversation to have. I’m glad we were able to focus on progress and “how do we move forward” topics versus just how messed up things can be. Also it was just really amazing to connect with such dope women.

Are you seeing growth in your PWR series? What do you think is causing that change?

PWR is booming more of a social movement outside of just the charity DJ women’s workshops. This year I’m going to be launching PWR 2.0 basically which will really focus on those intersectional issues and focus on educating everyone in simple to understand ways. I’m really really excited. I feel like this is my main purpose in life so I can’t wait to share it.

What’s coming up from you on the music front?

STUFF COMING OUT lol 

Releasing a couple little projects that I’m excited about because I’ve literally been working on making stuff I like for YEARS and I finally feel like I’ve made stuff that I’m like “OK this is good this is ok enough to put out! I don’t hate it!” which is a big deal when you’re the most hyper critical person ever.

Anything else you want to impart to the DA fam?

2018 is a cool ass year.

Thanks KITTENS, keep doing you in 2018!

Martin Garrix Heads To Palm Springs In Latest Martin Garrix Show Episode

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During the latest episode of the Martin Garrix Show, Martin Garrix films his time spent in Palm Springs, California. During the episode, Martin Garrix shows his production of his hit single “In The Name Of Love” featuring Bebe Rexha, getting to relax with friends and family and the anticipation that goes into each and every

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Splash House embraces poolside desert revelry in June 2017 edition

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Since its inception five years ago, Splash House has been thriving in the heart of the southern California desert due to its high-class catalog of music and inexhaustible sun-soaked revelry. Fit with a more laid-back, intimate atmosphere compared to its Coachella counterpart, the booming Palm Springs affair has spent the last couple of years perfecting the venerable art of mixing top-of-the-line musical talent with resplendent poolside leisure.

From June 9-11, the bi-annual festival supplied a select palate of subgenres that catered to a consistently rowdy, yet high-spirited crowd. This year’s weekend one edition of Splash House returned to the Saguaro and Riviera with the addition of a new venue at The Renaissance, and featured a top-notch billing of talent consisting of Bonobo, Hot Chip, Thomas Jack, and Sam Gellaitry. Much like years past, a growing attendance and neighboring venues were cared for with non-stop shuttle services to each hotel, giving attendees the leisure of hitting up one party to the next with ease.

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J. Phlip rings in the weekend at Palm Springs’ Air Museum.

The weekend kicked off with a windy introduction at the Palm Springs Air Museum Friday night as the anticipation of the festival allowed the crowd to experience the magnetic energy of J. Phlip‘s delectable grooves and the beat-driven bedlam of Malaa. As the show drifted into the night, the After Hours party reached its prime level of debauched celebration and the jamboree of this year’s Splash House was in full swing.

Saturday experienced more celebratory vibes as festival-goers enjoyed balmy temperatures and the airy decadence of bouncy synths and boisterous beats across the Palm Springs locale. Los Angeles-based producer Bones heated up the day with a dirty house and techno set at the colorful Saguaro venue, later followed by an effervescent performance by Hayden James to a sprightly audience at The Renaissance. The day was further highlighted by Sam Gellaitry’s poolside production at the Riviera, where he dove into his signature experimental trap mastery with carefully selected features from his Escapism trilogy.

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Sam Gellaitry soaks up some rays at the Riviera.

Leading into Sunday, one would expect the heated revelry of the weekend would have taken its toll on its festival attendees; however, there was no stoppage of sun-dipped celebration and sonic divinity.  The bulk of the festival crowd wrapped up the festival with Lane 8‘s set at The Saguaro, where he played prime releases like “In My Arms,” “With Me,” and “Little Voices,” before Bonobo rounded out the weekend with an entrancing, organic performance that solidified another successful run of the enamored Palm Springs festival.

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Lane 8 mesmerizes The Saguaro.

In many respects, Splash House remains an exclusive oasis with much to offer.  The boutique festival takes advantage of its desert-encased environment and spring break-tinged atmosphere to create a provocatively good time, giving attendees the pleasure of experiencing the hottest acts in music while partying in the gaze of the summer sun.

Luckily for those who missed out or want to repeat the madness, Splash House will return on August 11-13 with a stacked billing featuring Big Gigantic, Bob Moses, Kaytranada, and more. In the months remaining until Splash House circles back at the end of summer, fans can tide themselves over with Splash House’s tailored “Splash House Guest List” Spotify playlist.

Photos courtesy of Goldenvoice.

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Dancing Astronaut’s Soundtrack to Splash House 2016

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Dancing Astronaut’s Soundtrack to Splash House 2016

Splash House has cemented its appeal as one of Southern California’s newest best-loved traditions, bookending the summer festival season with June and August editions in the pools of Palm Springs. The lineups, which seem to ramp up in quality and diverse appeal with each event, span the house spectrum from tropical to tech. With three stages across two days and two nights of stacked after-hours performances, enthusiasm for the biannual poolside affair shows no sign of slowing down.

Attendees of the August edition defied triple-digit temperatures and came out in full force for the end-of-summer event. To encapsulate the ebullient musical experience created by Splash House’s eighth edition, we’ve created a Soundtrack to Splash House 2016, highlighting some of the biggest and most unique tracks from the festival.

Photo courtesy of Anastasia Velicescu

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Gorgon City – All Four Walls feat. Vaults

English garage duo Gorgon City have rapidly transformed from underground darlings to a group commanding headlining slots in the four years since their first release in 2012. The producer pair, who had previously performed at the festival’s after-hours in August 2014, had the honor of closing out Splash House on Sunday evening this time around.

While energy was at a weekend high throughout their entire set, thanks in part to the setting sun and ensuing temperature drop, the Splash House crowd went off when the London-based artists dropped their recent original release “All Four Walls.” Groovy garage rhythms and Vaults’ warm vocal provided an apt conclusion to a delightfully raucous weekend.

Photo Credit: Jesse Fulton

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Justin Martin & Ardalan – Mr. Spock

Australian house producer Dom Dolla is a name to remember. Though he’s less well-known stateside than in his home country (for now), his crowd-friendly bass-centric sets, which call on unique (think 2009 Afrojack) selections from other producers in addition to his own music, are sure to change that perception sooner rather than later.

The irreverent Dirtybird crew was physically missing from Splash House this go-around, but Dom Dolla made sure that they were represented in spirit. After playing out his remix of Benny Benassi’s classic tune “Satisfaction,” Dom Dolla mixed in the inimitable operatic intro to Justin Martin & Ardalan’s 2010 collaboration “Mr. Spock.” The crowd response was expectedly ground-shaking.

Photo Credit: Quinn Tucket

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Aeroplane & Purple Disco Machine – Sambal

Splash House attendees who were expecting the supergroup Metroplane may have initially been disappointed that Alex Metric encountered visa issues and unexpectedly cancelled his performance. Belgian producer Aeroplane was up for the solo challenge, and more than compensated for the unexpected turn of events with a delectable nu-disco performance on Saturday afternoon.

Aeroplane is known for his inventive remix stylings, but one of the most memorable tracks of his set was “Sambal,” his collaboration with German producer Purple Disco Machine. The spicy slice of percussive deep house, aided by steel drums and smooth rhythmic breaks, was a catalyst for a tangible change in the poolside atmosphere.

Photo Credit: Anastasia Velicescu

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GRiZ – Before I Go

Dance music loves its prodigies, and Jeffrey Melvin, also known as Melvv, is the latest arrival to the table of rising talents. The rising University of Wisconsin sophomore has amassed a solid Soundcloud following from his pop-friendly flips and original earworms.

At Splash House as one of Saturday’s earlier acts, Melvv proved his DJ chops are up to snuff as well during one of his first festival plays. Reading the room (pool), Melvv crisscrossed genres and incorporated influences from Alison Wonderland and Flume to Louis the Child and Oh Wonder. His set took a funky turn with GRiZ’s “Before I Go,” a recent release from the Detroit producer featuring vocalist Leo Napier and of course his signature saxophone.

Photo Credit: Anastasia Velicescu

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Point Point – All This

French producer trio Point Point made their Splash House debut less than six months after joining the US touring circuit, but their stateside following has been growing steadily due to original releases and the continuation of their acclaimed Filet Mignon compilation series. Their Saturday evening performance was a stylish showcase of French house, and a display of the collective’s acumen as DJs and selectors as well as producers.

Point Point’s Splash House set was a slickly cool affair, featuring selections like “All This” and a deconstructed rework of Kanye West’s “Flashing Lights.” Stuttered synths and chopped vocals provided a glitchy respite from the tropical-tinged beats that dominated the rest of the weekend.

Photo Credit: Jesse Fulton

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Get Real – Mind Yo Bizness

Detroit-based house maestro MK took over the decks to close out the stage at the Saguaro on Splash House Day 1. The veteran producer’s set was full of homages to his own career influences, but one of the highlights was a nod to his fellow house contemporaries Get Real.

Get Real, the supergroup of Green Velvet and Claude VonStroke, has a somewhat limited catalogue at this point. Nevertheless, “Mind Yo Bizness,” one of two tracks off of the project’s debut Get Real EP, packs an instant punch with its chunky bassline and cheeky vocal samples.

Photo Credit: Jesse Fulton





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RÜFÜS – Desert Night

In terms of playtime across the weekend, RÜFÜS DU SOL was the inarguable leader among all artists. Even though the band only performed Friday night at After Hours, hits like “Innerbloom” and “Say A Prayer For Me” were ubiquitous during daytime sets of all genres.

For their own set, the Australian trio dug deep in the crate, emerging with selections from early in their career like the 2012 release “Desert Night.” Against the dramatic backdrop of Palm Springs’ Air Museum, the live instrumentation and elegant production of the performance set the tone for the rest of the weekend.

Photo Credit: Anastasia Velicescu





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SNBRN – California feat. Kaleena Zanders

LA-based producer SNBRN is a Splash House veteran, and for good reason: his self-described brand of ‘sunset’ house is perfectly suited to a poolside setting. His Sunday evening set at the festival’s signature Saguaro Hotel venue was full to bursting of tropical and deep house cuts, including his hit original tracks “Raindrops” and “Gangsta Walk” featuring previously unreleased vocals from the late Nate Dogg.

SNBRN’s August set included a remix of Tupac and Dr. Dre’s “California Love” with Kaleena Zanders providing sultry vocals in the stead of the original hook. The sun-drenched rework of the classic California anthem provided a fitting backdrop for the festival’s final hours.

Photo Credit: Anastasia Velicescu