Each year the ARIA Awards represent the finest original acts to come from down under, often forecasting trends to come in the ever-evolving music industry. 2019 seems to be destined as the breakout year for Australian singer/songwriter, Tones and I, who managed to rake in eight nominations while riding the momentum of her inaugural release, The Kids Are Coming. ARIA is also thoroughly commending, RÜFÜS DU SOL who are nominated for Best Group of the Year, Album of the Year, and Dance Release of the Year for their latest LP, Solace.
RÜFÜS DU SOL – Solace (Rose Avenue Records/Sony Music Australia)
Other notable mentions include the folk-rock Teskey Brothers, as well as Julia Jacklin, whose recent album, Crushing, has been… well, crushing it. It earned her a laudable six nominations including Best Female Artist as well as Best Independent Release.
The 33rd annual ARIA Awards take place on Nov. 27 and will be hosted by Australian Idol winner, Guy Sebastian.
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.
Skrillex and Hikaru Utada kick off some of the most prominent of NMF releases with the heavenly “Face My Fears” from Kingdom Hearts III. Also leading the charge are Zeds Dead and Delta Heavy with a powerful drum & bass collaboration, “Life You Up.” Sofi Tukker and ZHU have delivered the sultry “Mi Rumba,” and Gorgon City bring the heat with a feisty new original, “Lick Shot.” Sam Feldt and Kate Ryan dive into their feelings in “Gold,” and Slushii dreams of warmer days with the tropical “Never Let You Go.” 13 summons a storm on the formidable “Uppercut,” and Above & Beyond are “Flying By Candlelight” in their new collab with Marty Longstaff. Lost Kings continue their slew of releases with “FU4E,” and Xan Griffin delivers his first release since his September Self-Discovery album. Peking Duk sprinkle some sweetness in their new original with Jack River, “Sugar,” and Richard Durand puts his intense spin on Armin van Buuren‘s “Wild Wild Son.”
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.
The most important day of every week: New Music Friday. 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.
Break out your Tigers Beat: The White Panda elevates the hottest rising boy band, save for Brockhampton, lifting Why Don’t We’s empowering hit single “Trust Fund Baby” to newfound heights with an injection of feel-good vibes and upbeat danceability that beckons innumerable repeats.
Raito digs into a bag of old-school garage tricks with a burgeoning breakbeat remix of Virtual Self‘s hyperactive, fantasy-themed electronic “Ghost Voices,” transforming the number into an even heavier, drum-sweltering beast.
Borgeous reupholsters Marshmello‘s “FRIENDS” with a most passionate swatch, ditching the track’s acoustics, and accentuating its passionate lyrics tenfold.
Though the track’s title and lyrical content is lacking sincere cerebral depth, SNBRN coalesces Peking Duk‘s “Wasted” into a digestible summertime tune, making the number’s monotone vocals and cringeworthy frat bro vibes a smaller, but bearable pill to swallow.
Marcel Dettman‘s burgeoning warehouse Mount Kimbie remix of “Four Years And One Day” meets streaming services as a meticulously crafted far cry from its shoegazey original.
The Glitch Mob slow things down with Elohim, showcasing their softer side, and highlighting their carefully calculated production capabilities.
Junior Sanchez embodies the essence that’s come to define him on “Forget” — always moving forward, without ever losing sight of where he’s been.
Sofi Tukker busts out a thrashing, ridiculously colorful new tune ahead of their debut album Treehouse out next Friday, April 13, elevating its anticipation to unforeseen heights.
ATTLAS is at home in the treetops and ensures listeners his glittery techno is a style which will only continue to define an era of mau5trap in years to come.
At long last Chris Lake has found his mind…. It seems this beat has taken it, and we’re glad to finally have it back, even if it was just for the sake of this one tantalizing tune.
Daniel Avery’s cavernous, contemplative techno album Song For Alpha has arrived. Perhaps best encapsulating the aforementioned, “Glitter” is a flurry from the club space, rife with atmosphere, and embedded influence of the greats that came before him.
Saving the best for last, Icelandic multi-instrumentalist and composer Ólafur Arnalds bestows his latest sonic gift “re:member.” Enough said.
Lido has had a banner 2017. He’s thrilled fans with bold remixes, fresh collaborations, and innovative originals — all while fine-tuning his futuristic sound.
He’s rounding out the year with a gripping remix of Peking Duk and Icona Pop‘s “Let You Down.” The Norwegian producer truly shines in this remix, letting a minimalist percussion-centered introduction build to a trippy chorus filled with swirling synth work and choppy vocals.
His take on “Let You Down” oozes classic Lido vibes and is guaranteed to catch the attention of both his longtime fans and new ones. With top-notch production and a sound that’s consistently raw and original, Lido continues to reinforce his status as a world-class musician.