Steve Angello Drops “Nothing Scares Me Anymore” Featuring Sam Martin and Announces Album

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I am going to take a step back from Miami Music Week for a moment to bring to you some music that is going to captivate you on a whole nother level. On the brink of MMW, we have been blessed with new music, new record labels and crazy news–some of which has left us

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Premiere: Steve Parry – 303 V (OC & Verde Remix)

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OC & Verde

Signs generally point to a new act’s credibility if they happen to be a recipient of early support from the likes of John Digweed, Adam Beyer, and Maceo Plex, among other established veterans. OC & Verde have accomplished such a feat, and their strong ethic only continues to land them critical acclaim with each carefully-crafted release.

The pair were recently tasked to remix Steve Parry’s “303 V,” and to say they made it their own would be an understatement. They’ve turned the original completely inside out, coaxing it out from its smooth, grooving foundation and transforming it  into to an absolute steamroller of a techno record. Where Parry adds light into “303 V,” OC & Verde replace it with darkness, pummeling the ears with thundering, shadowy kicks and a pitched-up synth progression that is cunning enough to raise hairs.

We’re left once more with another solid addition to their repertoire, and further backing of their “names to watch” title bestowed upon them by Pete Tong for the year of 2018.

“303 V (OC & Verde Remix)” is set for a March 23 release on Selador. Pre-order a copy here

Techno Tuesday: Yotto talks his sonic evolution, playing Miami, and using his air miles

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Techno Tuesday is a feature on Dancing Astronaut documenting the culture of underground dance music. We’ll bring you exclusive interviews, tracks, and narratives from artists within the techno, tech house, and deep house world in an effort to shed light on some of the best talent outside the world of mainstream dance music.

Yotto hardly needs an introduction in today’s dance sphere. Having risen seemingly out of nowhere, the Finnish talent caught the attention of Anjunadeep early on in his career and subsequently climbed the house ranks for his lush, melodic take on the genre.

He became much more than simply a wunderkind for Anjuna, however, forever keeping his blinders on and making music that brought him the most profound fulfillment. As a result, his forward-thinking approach to musicmaking cemented his credibility, and made him a well-respected member of the dance underground. Yotto’s name began appearing on prolific bills across the globe, with an increasing demand for his driving, hypnotic aesthetic. In 2018 alone he’s been tapped for his debut Essential Mix, while also releasing on an EP Joris Voorn‘s Green imprint.

As he prepares for his Miami Music Week appearances — which include a booking alongside progressive greats at the Rapture festival (tickets here), a gig at Do Not Sit On The Furniture, Ultra, and more — he graciously provided Dancing Astronaut with some insight on his artistic development, retaining balance among a chaotic tour schedule, and using his air miles for various things around the airport.

Tell us about your first Essential Mix – what was the story of your recruitment to make one, and how was the process for you of fashioning the mix?
Making an Essential Mix is one of those bucket list things that I’ve always wanted to do – BBC Radio 1 has been an invaluable supporter for my music so I think getting to do an Essential Mix came very naturally. For the mix I wanted to include a combination of stuff that I play right now and a lot of music that forms my musical DNA some in form of edits that I made just for the mix. In the end I just recorded the mix and added some intro and outro bits later.

What sorts of sounds, artists, and other factors have inspired your sonic evolution over the years?
Ahh many things! Most of my musical inspirations come from old, non-dancefloor electronic music like Boards Of Canada and Ulrich Schnauss. Listening to new, upcoming producers is also great for inspiration as they might have a less jaded view on producing and bring new, fresh ideas to the table. Dj-wise I was always a big fan of Sasha & Digweed, Desyn Masiello and Deep Dish.

It seems progressive has played a major role in your upbringing – from your days of influence from Sasha & Digweed, to falling in love with the classic progressive house sound, to now, where a lot of your music can be defined under the sub-genre. What is it about progressive that strikes a chord so deeply with you? Do you feel it’s having a moment again in the current dance sphere thanks to acts yourself (among many others) are helping to return its credibility to the mainstream?
I have never been a big fan of genres to start with, I’ve just always had a very passionate relationship with emotional, musically rich dance music. It can be disco, classic deep house, just a fat techy drum loop or the turn-of-the-century prog sound. I honestly don’t think that the more progressive sound ever went away. People just keep rebranding it – a lot of today’s “melodic techno” is 100% progressive house to me but sometimes people need to come up with new labels to form a new perspective on a sound. I think generally it’s a sound where people can find more to remember in a song, when the musical content is rich.

When did you realize the “music bug” had entirely bit you and that you needed to do music full time? Or did you fall into it unexpectedly? Tell us the story!
I did work for ages before actually giving in and working on music full time. It was always more or less a daydream but all good things have a way of coming if you work for it. It all happened quite organically after a few successful releases with Anjunadeep I was able to start touring and at that point there’s really no way to have a day job when you arrive home late every Monday and have to leave on the road again on Thursday.

Given your climb up the success ladder as of late, you must be finding yourself quite busy. How do you maintain balance and clarity among a chaotic work schedule? What is your self-care routine?
Good thing about being busy with music is having this hard-wired need to make music and listen to it all day long, so it does not feel like a burden. Chaos can be controlled, haha. Touring is tiring and sometimes very heavy, but it’s a small price to pay for being able to do it. Taking care of your health and family is essential. I try to do sports basically every day I’m not on the road, have recently been getting back into the swimming pool too so that should keep me going. Taking the dog out into the woods is also a perfect form of therapy. In all fairness I enjoy making music for a living so much that I think I’m cheating in life and should be taken in for questioning.

On that note, where do you see yourself taking your career in the future? Have you given any thoughts to running your own label? Are you planning a party series like Guy Gerber’s Rumors?
For sure, there’s no masterplan for it just yet but will definitely look into having my own label at some point. I get sent a lot of amazing music and would love to get that out there on my own too.

What is your philosophy toward making, and performing music?
I make and play music that I like, very simple. I believe that whatever music you make and play it should come organically and from a real place, otherwise there’s no point if you can’t enjoy it in a very honest way.

Where are your favorite places to play in the world, and why?
Everywhere! I must say I love South American crowds a lot, they have a great culture for dance music. Each city and every club has their own charm, so it’s hard to pick just a couple. Sometimes a festival stage feels amazing, sometimes a tiny basement in a small European town is exactly what gets you going.

Let’s switch gears to Rapture festival. It must have been an honor to be booked on the Soundgarden stage! How is it working with Nick Warren, and to know you were chosen to play alongside such heavyweights in your arena?
Nick is a legend, and the whole festival has a really good lineup from Luciano and Guy Gerber to a great combination of classic and modern progressive artists on the Soundgarden stage. I think that’s a great representation of where the sound is now and where it’s going in the future.

What excites you most about playing Rapture?
The lineup and the location, I’ve heard that it’s a beautiful part of Miami and feels great to jump out of the madness of South Beach and Wynwood for a bit during the Miami Music Week. Also a cold beer or two, hopefully a hot dog and maybe pancakes if they have any.

Now for your favorite question: what’s coming up for Yotto throughout the rest of the year?
More music! I’m excited about all the new music that I have ready to go. Will be going around all continents again over the rest of the year so I’m also looking forward to missing airplane meals and trying to figure out if I can buy candy with air miles.

Adriatique – Ray [EP Review]

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Ray is an embodiment of Adriatique‘s aural personality across two tracks. The first, “Voices Of The Dawn,” takes conjures gloomy imagery as cunningly-arranged analog synth progressions bounce around the ears. Tribal-inspired drum patterns accent these melodies in an oddly satisfying way, topped off by strategically-placed roars and growls that add to the overall darkness from the finished product.

The EP’s namesake production moves Ray into the light — as its name suggests. Even more melodic than “Voices Of The Dawn,” “Ray” captures a pleasant sentimentality that feels sunny while listening. Warm chords in harmony with one another create a calm atmosphere. That said, on the dancefloor it will surely cause collective hand-raising.



Ray is currently out on Afterlife. Purchase a copy here

Swedish House Mafia Update Facebook and Send Fans into Frenzy

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There has been ridiculous speculation on the return of Axwell, Ingrosso and Steve Angello since Swedish House Mafia ended their run in EDM at Ultra in 2013. Since the end of the era, Steve Angello has gone on to continue a successful solo career while Axwell and Ingrosso have gone on as single acts along

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Premiere: Rey & Kjavik – Saraswati (Armonica Remix)

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Armonica are a pair whose name has been steadily making its way around house and progressive circles. They’ve seemingly come out of nowhere, but have quickly made a name for themselves since being picked up by none other than Solomun and the Diynamic tribe.

Now, they’ve been tapped by  Rey & Kjavik to reinterpret “Saraswati,” a single from the German act’s new album. Armonica add an even groovier spin on the original, wrapping its tribal elements in a melodic overlay and, in the process, creating a deep trance within whoever is touched by its soundwaves. A tense breakdown leads gently into a culmination of the ethnocentric motifs set in motion before, making for an enduring and danceworthy tune for an outdoor setting.



“Saraswati (Armonica Remix)” officially releases on March 2. 


Let Darren Emerson, Danny Howells, & Dave Seaman shoot you to a different dimension as 3D [EXCLUSIVE MIX]

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Three legends have merged into one powerhouse that they’ve appropriately dubbed, ‘3D.’

Comprised of Darren Emerson, Dave Seaman, and Danny Howells — each of which are innovators and leaders in their own right — the new group is primed to showcase an immaculate melding of all three of their distinctive styles. Based off the mix they’ve just provided Dancing Astronaut, their followers are in for some aural treats as they set forth on an expansive tour in March.

Sixty minutes fly by as 3D immediately trap the mind in a hypnotic melange of intricate drum patterns and grooving basslines. It moves through jarring twists and turns, journeying across soundscapes that range from classically-inclined, to smooth progressive, to modern and techy. Of course, one would expect a mix of this caliber when the people involved in its craft are well-versed in the art of controlling a dancefloor.


Premiere: Yotto – Chemicals

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Yotto Press Shot

Yotto, real name Otto Yliperttula, continues to build on his impressive list of achievements.

He’s made a return to Joris Voorn’s Green imprint to release the double A-side Chemicals / Second Life EP.  Though the artist debuted on Green last year with “Marisa” — named an Essential New Tune on BBC Radio 1 by the emotive dance virtuoso Kölsch — he continues to demonstrate his bona fide ascension. As “Chemicals” traverses texturized soundscapes, its melodic expansiveness takes on a life of its own, where rousing oscillations flourish like the swelling ripples of the ocean’s morning tide.

Though listeners of Yotto’s Essential Mix may recognize the number from the mix, “Chemicals’” tenacious melodic riffs and propulsive grooves ultimately leave them with no choice but to press “repeat.”

Undeniably, “Chemicals’” intoxicating affect washes over listeners, but as Yotto’s discernable big room kick drums and billowing synths become a defining feature of his art, it’s tracks like these that’ll ensure Yotto leaves an impact throughout the new year and beyond.

Chemicals / Second Life is out via Green March 2. Pre-order a copy here.

Meet the underground talent of CRSSD Fest: Henry Saiz

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Henry Saiz

CRSSD‘s 7th edition is a special one —it marks the official third birthday of the festival. Hosted at its usual location at the picturesque Waterfront Park in San Diego, the semi-annual event certainly hasn’t faltered in its lineup curation, inviting the likes of Cirez DEmpire of the SunHenry Saiz, and Tchami onto its bill across March 3 & 4. Dancing Astronaut joins organizers in digging a little deeper into its roster to unearth its top underrated performers to find out their backstories thus far.

From ethereal, dark progressive to avant-garde electronica, Henry Saiz sits firmly on the cutting edge of dance music. Earning inspiration from natural places, his music is often a blend of profound melodic elements, comforting samples, and wistful progressions. His Natura Sonoris label additionally reflects this ethos, bringing caliber acts like Dosem, Clarian, Gab Rhome, and more into its fold.

Lately, however, Henry has drifted farther and farther away from the tropes of contemporary dance music, seeking reinvigoration once more to create music that he adored. His solution? An immersive revolutionary audiovisual album that took him all around the world to help spark ideas for what would soon become a veritable fable in sonic form. To boot, the project was entirely crowdfunded, demonstrating just how much trust his fans had in him to create something truly special.

The album is still a ways out from its official release; however, Saiz and his band will be providing fans a taste of what’s to come with a special live performance on CRSSD Fest‘s Ocean View stage. Dancing Astronaut was able to nab him for a quick discussion ahead of time to talk about his musical pathway, what excites him musically, and more.

CRSSD Fest is sold out, but you can still view further information about the fest here.

What catalyzed your love for dance music?
I´ve had a strong relationship with music since I was a child. My parents have great taste in music so they introduced me to such artists like Vangelis, Tangerine Dream or Mike Oldfield when I was very young and I was mesmerized by those synth tones and textures.

What was your first label release? Would you still play it?
That must´ve been ´You, The Living´ back in 2006. And no, I don’t play it anymore. My taste and music evolved from that kind of sound so it just wouldn’t work for me at this point. I have no regrets though, it was good for its time 🙂

Describe the moment or event that made you realize that you were meant to be a full-time DJ.
I don’t think there was specifically a moment like that, but probably when i got signed to the UK label Renaissance… Ever since I remember myself I knew that what i´m going to do in life would be related to music and for the majority of my existence i´ve actually been involved in music one way or another. Full-time djing just came naturally.

What’s your opinion of the dance scene in the US right now?
EDM hype seems to be almost gone and that´s all that matters haha. But yeah, people´s tastes are evolving into something better, they are moving to more authentic and true styles within dance music so I guess you guys are going in the right direction. But there´s also a good thing to it and it´s that it made electronic music more popular in general in the US so people who started with listening to mainstream EDM eventually became a techno or a house fan, and got to know me, for example.

What are you looking forward to most about CRSSD Fest?
I just love to play in California and I´ve heard many good things about CRSSD. Cant wait to play our new live show to such a crowd for the first time. My bandmates and I have been working on this audiovisual project for the past 1.5 years, and now the record is almost finished and so we changed our live show entirely to tour the new album with. So it´s very thrilling and exciting.

And also we´re looking forward to just playing such a cool festival, really. We love these, we love the atmosphere, we love the vibe and all the beautiful people.

Where are your favorite places to play in the world, and why?
Honestly, I can never choose one. Every place i´m playing has its own magical atmosphere, crowd and is just special in its own way. But if I had to choose a small few I’d say Crobar in Buenos Aires, Ministry Of Sound in London, Input in Barcelona, The Block Tel Aviv, Vent in Tokyo and Stereo Montreal. These would probably stand out.

What are the biggest things in your pipeline at the moment?
Finishing up this whole audiovisual album, you guys. Album is to be out in just a couple of weeks, so it´s a very stressful time haha. Other than that, working on some new stuff to release as Henry Saiz as well, so 2018 should be interesting.

If you could recommend three artists to catch from the lineup, who would you pick?
I´d probably be checking out Empire of The Sun and Little Dragon, and then Sasha and Cirez D too (Eric going techno is always a lot of fun).

Arty Announces New Release Set to Drop

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The Russian Trance and Progressive House producer has graced International Soundwaves and Stages as far back as many of us can remember. The DJ Producer as dominated with his unique sound and ability to manipulate sound at a top-class clip. With festival season on the horizon, we are starting to see producers dropping teasers to

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