Happy Birthday, Skrill! A playlist dedicated to a modern dance pioneer

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On this day in 1988, a dance music prophet was born. His name was Sonny Moore, and he would eventually grow into a living legend by the name of Skrillex. By 2010, he had a new subgenre of bass on his hands with groundbreaking records like 2010’s “Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites.” It wouldn’t be long before he parted the proverbial Red Sea of the music industry and lead electronica into the promised land of the mainstream with his consistent innovation and ear for the cutting-edge. Now, Skrillex is partially responsible for ingraining dance music deeper into pop, with countless production credits to his name.

It’s only natural that we celebrate this icon’s birth with an homage to his craft: a 31-track-strong playlist of entirely his own productions, representing the years he’s lived on this Earth. Few tables were left unturned in our efforts, featuring everything from the classic “Cinema” remix, to more modern cuts like “Would You Ever.”

Happy Birthday, legend – we’re looking forward to continued greatness.

 

 

Photo Credit:  by Santiago Felipe/Getty Images

Sunday Morning Medicine Vol 161, featuring Big Wild, Lucian, MELVV, + more

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Sunday Morning Medicine is a feature from Dancing Astronaut dedicated to the mellower side of electronic music. We bring you our favorite therapeutic selections—old and new—in attempts to alleviate the agonizing effects of a long weekend of partying.


Alina Baraz enlists the help of Danish producer, Galimatias, for “Unfold,” from her Urban Flora album. Dripping in sensuous escapism, this track aids in actualizing those halfhearted midday musings of whomever the heart sings out for.

Lucian‘s “Trndsttr” remix, with its swelling reverb and strutting breakbeat, will instill confidence in listeners this Sunday morning in places perhaps its been previously exhausted from extended weekend vexation.

From his brand new EP, Be On Fire, comes Chrome Sparks‘s cosmic “Ultraviolet Rainbow,” soaring into the depths of our subconscious with every analog arpeggio.

“Maker,” off Big Wild‘s brand new City of Sound project, is indie electronica dipped in nostalgia and laced with ’80s undertones. Its subtle riffs and winding, perrenial lead synth, blossoming, only to disappear once again, are a whimsical means of Sunday idealism and thoughts of “if only…”

MELVV’s twinkling, childlike production quirks serve as potent subterfuge, shrouding “Not Me”‘s poignant center. We’re leaving the track here, in the case any listeners are in need of a dose of Sunday refuge.

Sunday Morning Medicine Vol 159, with Point Point, Blackmill, Casilofi, + more

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Point Point certainly executes their eponymous goal in “A Piece of Sun,” from their 2016 Family Portrait EP. The ultimate mood remedy, “A Piece of Sun”‘s thumping percussion, mallet insertions, funky breakdown, and invariably catchy beep-boop melody is the perfect dose of eccentric escape.

All is well inside Washed Out’s hallucinogenic wonderland, “It All Feels Right.” The song’s floating strings and melting, vocoder vocals are best suited to pristinely preserve and replenish depleted serotonin.

San Holo is kickin’ it old school this week, with the release of his Create Create Create EP under his nascent Casilofi alias. Taken from the EP, “Little Treasure” is a paragon of slow-motion splendor, with its tender synth plucks and airy percussion. Dancing Astronaut has just deemed the song the only known phenomenon to move slower than a Sunday morning.

The master of majestic chill-step, Blackmill narrows the gap between violence and delicacy with his anesthetizing dose of “Evil Beauty.” The track’s jarring snares and winding, transcendent piano progressions arrive as an emotional emblem of end-of-weekend paradox.

Place your dreams inside Catching Flies’s remix of Mt. Wolf’s “Life Size Ghosts,” and watch them furrow and expand atop your eardrums. The remix’s twinkling bell synths, rattling harp strums, and syrupy saxophone light up this week’s playlist—as rare and radiant as Northern Lights.

Chromeo share blog haus edition of ‘Funklordz Radio’

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Chromeo have released a special “MySpace Days” edition of their Funklordz Radio. Originating as a show debuted on YouTube, the offering has evolved into a playlist format that they upload to Spotify, and this round is robust to say the least. The duo behind “Night By Night” is known for their funky taste in music, with retro elements like those noted in this nostalgic playlist constantly serving as inspiration for their own original music.

The playlist clocks in at nearly 70 tracks, checking off many of the artists who came to prominence in indie and electronic’s original digital heyday. Artists like La Roux, Fred Falke, Phoenix, Hot Chip, Justice and Soulwax are featured on this playlist, with their history marked with appearances on the internet’s first music blogs and Hype Machine charts.

DA Presents: ’30 Days of Fright’ featuring REZZ, Gesaffelstein, Noisia, Drezo, and more [Playlist]

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Grab a mask, slam back some candy corn, and get primed to get spooky: it’s October and officially witching season. Electronic music fanatics might be creatures of the night all year round, but there’s something so undeniably righteous about the Halloween season that makes the rapturous roar of dance music even more spellbinding. Whether in the form of diabolic dubstep or demonically deviant techno, the advent of electronic music has given the world some of its most truly terrifying tunes. In that vein, the Dancing Astronaut terror squad is proud to present 30 Days of Fright, our most dastardly dance music favorites for the spookiest month of the year.

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Surrender your consciousness and step inside REZZ‘s world of swirling asphyxia with “Relax.”

Feel your blood begin to bubble and your pulse hectically hasten as BlackGummy and Brooks’s “Neverdeader” breathes a bit of electronic hellfire.

Stream if you dare, as this flame-throwing dubstep track from Kill The Noise, “Black Magic,” will leave your eardrums scorched, but entirely satiated.

Zeds Dead offers up the score for entertainment of the entirely un-dead variety with their timelessly terrifying, “Demons.”

Careful – Megan James’s delectably delicate voice may seem perfectly benevolent, but make no mistake: lofty pipes like hers are witchy by nature.

ZHU plays maestro for all things that boogie and bump in the night with “Nightcrawler.”

Taste the psychedelic strangeness of An-Ten-Nae and Alice D.’s “Raindrops On Roses,” and fall into their preternatural purgatory.

Ever wanted to dance with the devil himself? Habstrakt‘s harrowing house track, “She Goes,” is an opportunity to do just that.

Zomboy invites you to venture through his dubstep-riddled zombie apocalypse with “Ressurected.”

Crowned prince of menacing sound design, Drezo sprinkles a ghastly vocal cut and some unearthly growls in one of his most downright evil releases, “Dead.”

Ivy Lab puts a wickedly delicious spin on an already-crazed Noisia classic, “Tentacles.”

Bask in the eerie ecstasy of Eekkoo and Forrest’s pulsating house production, “Preach.”

NERO solidifies their title as masters of destruction and drum ‘n’ bass with “Doomsday.”

Slithering and psychotic, Noisia’s “Lilith’s Club” will summon spooky sentiments from listeners across the board.

Catch a case of the techno scaries with Gesaffelstein‘s devilishly danceable “Viol.”

Magic Sword wields triumphant electrowave, “In The Face Of Evil,” to fend off even the most nefarious of forces in the days leading up to this All Hallow’s Eve.

Phantogram‘s off-kilter ambiance from “Funeral Pyre,” is the ideal supernatural soundscape, topped with seductive static and levitation-inducing guitar chords.

An undoubtedly foreseen, but fundamental addition to the list, deadmau5‘s “Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff” keeps the freaky, phantasmic fun flying all season long.


Float through the ectoplasm of The Upside Down with this exquisitely melodic synthwave track direct from the second Stranger Things soundtrack.

We’re not really sure what Moody Good is investigating in the malignantly-sampled “This Is The Investigation,” but we’re pretty sure it’s not natural.

Step inside Pryda‘s low-lit techno tunnel and experience the roaring mania of “Rebel XX.”

Those with a predilection for the creepy crawly end of the electronic continuum need only submit themselves to Knife Party‘s iconic “Centipede.”

Street Fever’s winding techno musings inside “Dispose” may be simplistic, but they’ll leave listeners reeling with haunted rejoice.

Feed Me‘s two-headed trap/dubstep hybrid “Pink Lady” will have you seeing phantom strobes well into the afterlife.

It’s virtually impossible to overload on REZZ tracks during any month, but it’s especially tricky this time of year. Her immortal state of “Delusion” thrusts listeners below ground, where the most formidable forces can frolic freely.

Virtual Riot unleashes a bloodcurdling, cinematic ruckus with zombie-apocalypse-themed, “Haunted.”

Names are not at all deceiving as Shadient takes Wavedash and Quest‘s unnervingly vocalized “Devil Music” for ransom.

Coast the un-departed synth-pop streets of Dance With The Dead’s chillingly regal “Nightdrive.”

Spirits loom overhead, as Stephan Bodzin’s “Singularity” permeates shuddersome sounds of uncertainty.

The evil computers of the underworld unite on Knife Party’s riot-conjuring, “Internet Friends.”


There’s too many spooky dance cuts to round up all at once, alas, we’ve got you going with a pretty good start. Keep the spooks in rotation all month long, and don’t forget to mix in “Monster Mash” a few times to get into the spirit of things this season. Stream the full 30 Days of Fright collection below.

Celebrate seven years of OWSLA with this new playlist stocked full of label highlights [Stream]

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This month, Skrillex‘s LA-based artist collective, OWSLA, celebrates seven years in business. In those seven years, Skrillex went from promising mau5trap recruit, to burgeoning label head, to one of the most ubiquitous talents in electronic music history — and in turn, one of the most renown A&Rs in the game. Skrillex has achieved icon status as one of the most popular producers on the planet. His catalog speaks for itself. But perhaps more a testament to Sonny Moore’s abilities, and possibly what could wind up making a larger impact on his legacy than his own music, is the body of work he’s curated since OWSLA opened its doors seven years ago.

As the story goes, the label, named for the rabbit army in Richard Adams’ Watership Down, came into existence in 2011, shortly after Skrillex connected online with an emerging Porter Robinson. The young wunderkind instantly gripped Skrillex’s attention, and it wasn’t long before he was making plans to launch his own publishing imprint in order to host some of Robinson’s earliest, and most prolific works. Seven years later and here we are. Dancing Astronaut rounded up some of our favorite highlights from OWSLA’s first seven years, including work from Zedd, Anna Lunoe, Kill The Noise, Louis The Child, and many many more. Good people, good times.

1788-L’s New Single + EP Is Coming

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1788-L has taken the EDM world by storm. For only being on the scene a couple of months, 1788-L has been consistent with the heavy-hitting, bass blasting beats. Now, we will be getting an EP sooner than we thought. In just the last two months, 1788-L has released collabs with REZZ, Illenium and more. Now,

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#FBF: 10 iconic Lost&Found releases ahead of the label’s Detroit showcase

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2012 marked the year that Guy J left the Bedrock nest to form his own label, Lost&Found. It’s since become one of the top labels within the progressive arena, with its owner and his colleagues showing impressive curation skills through their choice of artists to work with. The label only continues to grow in this regard thanks to its keen tap on forward-thinking music and its fervent fan base that grows by the day.

Lost&Found is nearing its sixth birthday, and Guy J is currently on a brief jaunt to North America. He’ll be stopping my Detroit during Movement Weekend to host an afterparty of his own: a label showcase. He’s brought his friends Khen, Eagles&Butterflies, and more in tow, making for a night of quality and highly melodic music.

As he kicks off his North American adventure and prepares for his label’s historic day, we thought it a perfect time to share some of our favorite releases on Lost&Found. It’s all things ethereal, sentimental, and hypnotic.

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1. AMbaassador – The Fade (Guy J Remix)

2. Redwood – Brian Cid

3. Guardian – Cid Inc.

4. Ego Tripping – Pedro Aguilar

5. Modular Memories (Guy Mantzur Remix) – Blusol

6. Indian Stories – Visnadi & Matteo Bruscagin

7. Sahar Z & Navar Temporary Sanity (Guy J Remix)

8. Khen & Guy Mantzur Ft Kamila – Children With No Name

9. Airborne – Guy J

10. Helena – Roy Rosenfeld

Sian prepares for Movement weekend with a tasty techno playlist

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Detroit’s Techno Week is in full motion, and the city is finalizing preparation for one of its biggest annual affairs: Movement. Thousands from all over the world are trickling into the genre’s birthplace for a Memorial Day Weekend filled with quality music and equally good energy. Outside the festival, set in Hart Plaza, Detroit’s venues will also play host to the finest house and techno from across the world in celebration of the dance underground.

One particularly special event will take place on Saturday night: the world debut of Marsian, a collaborative moniker between stalwarts Sian and Marc Houle. Together, the two will be putting on a grueling live set that explores the more sinister aspects of their respective techno and house sounds.

Their appearance is just a portion of the rest of the night in store; in fact, Sian has organized an entire showcase around his Octopus imprint. Other guests joining in on the festivities include Carlo Lio, Lee K, JUHEUN, Shelley Johansson, and Michelle Sparks.

Sian has since prepped a high-charged playlist for those curious of what to expect for the night, pumping it full of fresh Marsian, Raito, Wehbba, and more. It’s deep, driving, percussive, and slightly acidicserving as an excellent pregame listen, or one simply to increase excitement around the Saturday night affair.

 

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Kim Ann Foxman preps for Movement with a high-energy Orbit playlist

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Play and make music that makes you happy, and people will naturally feel that honesty,” proclaims the New York-based DJ Kim Ann Foxman. If there were ever a DJ who’s an embodiment of that notion, not to mention adheres to a commendable free-flowing expression, it would be Foxman. Virtually unfazed by outside trends and one with her deep love for the craft, Foxman is a rare specimen.

The Hawaii-born artist quickly ascended into the musical sphere for her role in the neo-disco outfit Hercules and Love Affair, a vibrant-live disco troupe and glittery amour. Since then, she’s become one of New York’s finest DJs, possessing an unparalleled dynamic air to her performances.  Foxman’s tapped into the same affectionately off-kilter vibes of her former entourage in a manner all her own having launched her Firehouse Recordings label in 2014, she’s been able to coalesce euphoric house flavors and New York house sensibilities with a chameleon-like aptitude towards virtually any live environment she’s thrown into.

From playing shows at Berghain‘s revered Panorama Bar in Berlin to Tel Aviv’s The Block— Foxman’s a continually exuberant act, playing to the room, and staying true to herself, and her love for music along the way.

Dancing Astronaut had the chance to touch base with Foxman ahead of her highly anticipated performance at Ghostly International‘s Movement pre-party, where she’ll be playing alongside Matthew Dear, Tadd Mullinix as X-Altera, Shigeto, and more. She’s even managed to drop off an infectious, exclusive playlist, or if you’d prefer her own words — “a bunch of nice jammers.”

“The latest one on Firehouse Recordings I’m honored to put out as its a 1994 rave jam that I’ve always love,” Foxman told us.

“The release has both original mixes and two new remixes by Deetron and myself! New Beats The House is an instant party when you play it. New Beat / House vibes! Objekt is a definite YES. I’m really excited to have him play at my next Firehouse residency at Good Room on May 24th! I also really dig the DJ Normal 4 mix of Persian “Morning Sun” on Mysticims, a pretty old school breakbeat done fresh. I love what Bézier has been doing musically for a long time, his whole new album is great, so melodic and pretty.”

Tracklist:

Keep On Climbin’ – Mix 1 – Psychedelic Research Lab
Underground – Jace Syntax
New Beats The House – Grey House
Galactic Devotion – Nick Anthony Simoncino
House Of 1,000 Organs – Jozef F, Winter Son Original Mix
Atmospherica – Mind Lotion
Theme From Q – Objekt
Morning Sun – Persian DJ Normal 4 Remix
Organisation Maritime – Bézier

Tickets and more information for the Ghostly International Movement pre-party can be found here.

Photo Credit: Tim Sweeney