i_o delivers driving techno EP, ‘House of God’

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i_o is the next notch in the long line of dance music prodigies curated by deadmau5 and his mau5trap domain. The smoldering techno producer’s latest EP on the label, entitled House of God, sees the burgeoning young talent perpetuate his driving, tongue-in-cheek niche in the exciting middle ground between fundamental genres.

As an imprint, mau5trap has never conformed to any preconceived standards of dance music. Following the lead of its founder, mau5trap releases live on either side of the line; alternating between everything from deep techno to upbeat house. With this latest EP, i_o proves he can toy with that line as easily as jumping rope.

The release begins with “Possession.” This track has been inflicting damage in clubs and festivals around the world all year long. It’s punchy kicks and deep grooves solidify its techno identity, but its boiler-plate voice work and accented drop make it an easily digestible fit for any crowd with a penchant for preternatural dancefloor activity.

“House of God” leans heavily on i_o’s darker inclinations, with an oscillating arpeggio sweeping across the duration of the track. A stark contrast from “Ghost in the Machine,” which borrows both its name and its inherent funkiness from the distinguished 1981 LP by The Police.

To close is “Come with Me,” i_o’s collaboration with mau5trap labelmate, Raito. This track defines all the best aspects of a techno track. Nothing happens immediately. New melodic and sonic ideas enter gradually, taking listeners on a journey which is fitting considering both producers involved are merely just beginning to embark on elevated aural adventures themselves.

Stream the full EP below

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Spencer Brown and Raito prove fierce and formidable ‘Star Allies’

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After making his mau5trap debut last year with “Windows 95 On Acid,” Spencer Brown has returned to the coveted label dwelling with the no-nonsense, Raito-assisted “Star Allies” in hand.

The equal parts foreboding and dreamy techno track melds Brown’s penchant for cosmic, crescendoing synth lines with Raito’s sweat-inducing, rave-redolent accents. Spanking percussion runs abound atop serrated synth emissions that reverberate well beyond the bounds of earth’s exosphere. “Star Allies,” therefore, is best suited for either anomalous dance floors or effective astral projection.

Brown solidified his proclivity for transcendent, progressive soundscapes with his Anjunabeats-bolstered Illusion Of Perfection album last spring. He has repeatedly attributed much of his success to working alongside the late Avicii, who signed Brown to his label, LE7ELS, when the San Francisco native was still just a teenager. Raito’s rise to wide electronic recognition has been similarly swift, aligning himself with the likes of REZZ and Boys Noize, just to name a few.

NMF Roundup: Arty returns with ‘Avalanche,’ Kygo and Rita Ora team up, Spencer Brown and Raito become ‘Star Allies’ + 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.

Russian producer Arty kicks off New Music Friday in fine fashion with a gorgeous new single called “Avalanche,” and Kygo and Rita Ora are a dream team on their new collaboration, “Carry On.” Spencer Brown and Raito deliver a dark and powerful mau5trap release, “Star Allies,” and R3HAB crafts a dreamy remix of Sofi Tukker‘s “Fantasy.” Rusko brings a classic dubstep feel to GRiZ and Boogie T‘s “Supa Fly,” and Dustycloud takes listeners deep into a shadowy nightclub on “The Way.” Peggy Gou has released her Moment EP, featuring songs like “Starry Night,” and David Guetta takes on Bebe Rexha‘s “Last Hurrah.” Two Friends hit the drive thru on “Dollar Menu,” and Sam Void brings groovy house beats to Nicky Romero and David Guetta’s “Ring the Alarm.” Culture Shock debuts a drum ‘n’ bass heater, “Renaissance,” and Steve Aoki and Alok “Do It Again” on their new collaboration. Blanke remixes Illenium and Kameron Alexander’s “Pray,” and Young Bombs release a four-track remix pack for “Starry Eyes.”

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.

Lunar Lunes: Oliverse releases ‘Somethin Good,’ Adventure Club take on Underoath, Shaun Frank creates ‘Shapes’ + 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.

RÜFÜS DU SOL lead off volume three of the Solace remixes with a gorgeously atmospheric take on “Lost in My Mind” from Icarus. Prince Fox continues his string of recent releases with “Rock Paper Scissors,” and Approaching Nirvana returns with the emotive and melodic “Lost The Signal” with Cara Leigh. Summer Was Fun brings Lil Dweeb aboard for “Simple,” and Oliverse returns to Disciple for a formidable dubstep track, “Somethin Good.” Adventure Club tackle Underoath‘s “Some Will Seek Forgiveness, Others Escape” in a new remix. Fytch takes on DROELOE‘s “Step By Step” in the duo’s new remix package for The Choices We Face. Shaun Frank wraps up 2018 with a groovy house tune on Spinnin’ Records, “Shapes.”

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 61

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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.

One wouldn’t think Varien‘s darker style would mix well with a group like The Chainsmokers. But the Florida-based producer is here to flex his versatility with a brilliant rework of “This Feeling.” He flips the song’s major key into a minor key and gives it a more shadowy edge, going the synthwave route and giving the song a fresh, new tone. “I think my remix brings a new way of looking at the song,” he says. “I believe it’s a much more emotional and deeper vibe, compared to the upbeat and cheerful vibe of the original.”

At the end of August, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs debuted a groovy, bass-fueled original by the name of “Body Move.” A few months later, he’s unleashed a remix pack for the song, featuring the talents of Bag Raiders and Raito. Raito, who often manufactures intense techno and house tracks like his Virtual Self flips, takes a smooth route on his TEED remix. Gliding percussion elements deliver a more relaxed vibe than the original, as Raito levels out the songs roots for a techno-oriented, dreamy flip.

It’s been a minute since we’ve seen new material from Mt. Eden. The dynamic powerhouse producer revealed a brief mixtape in February and a “Lion King” remix in August, but has since been quiet. Turns out he’s been cooking up a fiery house tune called “Momentum.” Backed by his usual top-notch production and a sizable amount of bass, this dancefloor-ready tune shows Mt. Eden truly hasn’t lost any “momentum” and knows no genre limits.

Becko‘s impeccable combination of beats, bass, and alternative/emo-inspired vocals have become a favorite of mine. Drawing inspiration from “Stranger Things,” he’s labeled his latest “Mindflayer” and released it via The Arcadium. His powerful vocals shine in this dramatic track, weaving in and out between heavy synth melodies and climactic choruses. Originally released as part of his DIGITAL HEAVEN EP a few months ago, he showcases striking pieces that thrill with each listen.

Rameses B has been busy this year. He’s released not one, but two Spacewalk albums, each taking listeners to new heights with their astral-inspired serene productions. Rameses B returns after July’s Spacewalk II release with “Portal” featuring GLaDOS. Glitchy vocals tell a story of life and death over a psytrance backing. Bittersweet violin melodies swim in and out of the production, interspersed seamlessly with elements for a range of genres. The producer again demonstrates why he’s caught so much attention over the past seven years with a piece that’s as intriguing as it is relaxing.

NMF Roundup: The Glitch Mob slows things down, Borgeous reups Marshmello, ATTLAS stuns, Daniel Avery delivers + more

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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.

Ashley Wallbridge‘s uplifting Gareth Emery rework and effervescent trance tune aligns itself with an era of Armada‘s finest amidst its formal release.

With the vocal help of Tima Dee, Fareoh asserts his versatile studio reign once more.

Midnight Kids consider Shaun Frank‘s “Addicted” in a compelling new ’80s-centric dance-heavy decorum.

Big Gigantic ushers everyone to the dancefloor with a groovy new take on The KnocksFoster The People collaboration.

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.

Virtual Self – Ghost Voices (Raito Remix)

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Virtual Self has made gargantuan waves in the global EDM sphere since the release of his self-titled, debut EP Virtual Self. After making his festival debut at Buku Music + Art Project last weekend, the elusive alias is set for a plethora of upcoming performances around the world at Ultra, EDC, Bonnaroo, Spring Awakening and Creamfields.

Listeners continue to dig up new remixes of the EP’s second single, “Ghost Voices,” with the latest coming from the illustrious French techno producer known as Raito. Raito injects his own driving backbeat to the track, stripping it down into its minimalist decor.

Raito’s effort is one of the most forthright remixes of Virtual Self to date. It’s engaging, simplistic, and the convergence of styles we’ve been waiting for.