Ross From Friends puts a minimalist touch on Flume’s ‘Let You Know’ [Stream]

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As Flume continues to release new music and his fans exhale the long-held sigh of relief they have contained for years, skilled producers are flocking to the well-timed opportunity to remix his latest work, Ross From Friends being the latest of these, with his spin on, “Let You Know.”

Having originally arrived June 12 of this year, “Let You Know” displays a lighter, dancier side of Flume’s taste. Plus, with London Grammar‘s vocals breathing a further accessible lifeblood into the production, the song satisfies both fans of Flume’s early work and excites them for what’s to come. Now Ross From Friends is in the fold, and he’s done what he does best: produce music that is equal parts brooding and funky.

On this remix, Ross From Friends condenses the sultry vocals of London Grammar into a minimalist soundscape; maintaining the melody while stripping it down to the essentials. A purveyor of rhythm, he then leans into the offbeat garage feel, letting drum hits circumvent the listening space around the fulcrum that is the kick.

NMF Roundup: NGHTMRE and ZHU link for new single, JOYRYDE reveals ‘MADDEN’ + 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.

NGHTMRE and ZHU have linked with Kidd Keem to deliver the delectable “Man’s First Inhibition,” and Seven Lions, MitiS, and RBBTS join forces on “Break The Silence.” JOYRYDE has revealed the third single from his forthcoming LP, “MADDEN,” and Adventure Club, Said the Sky, and Caly Bevier flex their skills on “Already Know.” Duke & Jones try their hand at remixing Party Favor and graves’ “Reach For Me,” and Gareth Emery continues his Laserface takeover with “Laserface 01 (Aperture).” Fox Stevenson announces his debut album with the release of “Hold Steady,” and David Guetta and MORTEN take on a remix of Avicii’s “Heaven.” Also in today’s remix game is Ross From Friends, who puts his own spin on Flume and London Grammar’s “Let You Know.” Mura Masa and Clairo thrill with their release of “I Don’t Think I Can Do This Again,” and Ilan Bluestone reworks Cosmic Gate and Emma Hewitt’s “Be Your Sound.”

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.

Photo credit: Tessa Paisan

Ross From Friends announces ‘Epiphany’ EP, shares ‘The Revolution’ [Stream]

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On August 16, Ross From Friends will be back on Brainfeeder with his newest EP, Epiphany. Ahead of the release, the trip-hop innovator – whose real name is Felix Clary Weatheral – has also shared a new single, “The Revolution.”

While Weatheral has made sparse, yet effective musical offerings over the past year or so, his proudest moment of 2018 was surely the release of his debut LP, Family Portrait, which also came out on Flying Lotus’ notorious imprint.

As the name suggests, the album was partially dedicated to his family. Epiphany will follow this trend as Weatheral claims the release is dedicated to his sister, whom he describes as one of his “most important role models.”

Weatheral has also cited his love of science fiction as a significant influence of the EP, specifically referencing movies like The Matrix, The Thirteenth Floor, and Fifth Element:

“I wanted the release to play on the idea of a desolate physical and social landscape becoming a utopia from a communal epiphany.”

Sonically, both of these distinct descriptors are apparent on ‘The Revolution.’ With the solid foundation of dance grooves Weatheral has constructed over the years, warm mid-range vocal samples drive the first half of the track until the breakdown which leaves the listener with a warehouse ready club beat. Stream ‘The Revolution’ in full below.

Ross From Friends readies Epiphany 12-inch, shares entrancing new track “Revolution”

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Eclectic house music producer Ross From Friends — real name Felix Clary Weatherall — has announced a new 12-inch EP and shared one of its three bouncy electronic tracks. Epiphany, Weatherall’s first physical release since his 2018 debut full-length album, is coming out on August 16 via Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder label.

If its predecessor Family Portrait was dedicated to the producer’s parents, Epiphany celebrates the EP’s namesake: Weatherall’s sister, and one of his biggest role models in life.

The EP’s three tracks, including soulful, hypnotizing “The Revolution”— which dropped yesterday — were also inspired by classic late-nineties science-fiction films The Thirteenth Floor, The Matrix, and Fifth Element. What sparked Weatherall’s interest was the movies’ portrayal of a “desolate physical and social landscape becoming a utopia from a communal epiphany – or revolution.”

Epiphany’s artwork was created by pro-skateboarding legend, artist, and entrepreneur Chad Muska. Pre-order the EP here, listen to “The Revolution” below, and check out Ross From Friends’ North-American tour dates after artwork and tracklisting.

Artwork: Chad Muska

Epiphany EP tracklisting:

01. Epiphany
02. The Revolution
03. Phantom Ratio
04. Epiphany (Edit)
05. The Revolution (Edit)

Ross From Friends tour dates:

9.19.19 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
9.20.19 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
9.21.19 – Brooklyn, NY – Elsewhere
9.24.19 – Austin, TX – Empire Control Room
9.25.19 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir
9.26.19 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
9.27.19 – San Francisco, CA – 1015 Folsom
9.28.19 – San Diego, CA – CRSSD

Ross From Friends – “The Revolution”

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Ross From Friends, aka London DJ and lo-fi house producer Felix Clary Weatherall, is back with new music. Next month, Weatherall will release a 12″ called Epiphany on Brainfeeder, following up his 2018 debut album with the famed label, Family Portrait. According to Weatherall, Epiphany is an homage to (and named after) his … More »

Sónar Festival 2019 will feature a 3D audiovisual experience

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As if more than 130 live performances wasn’t enough, Sónar Festival 2019 recently announced plans for an interactive, 3D experience for this year’s installment. Founded in 1994, the annual Barcelona-based festival is renowned for its unique displays of music, art, and technology. The three-day festival shakes things up with the additions of new features each year, with this go-around proving to be the most innovative edition of Sónar yet.

An enveloping 3D dome that is 19 meters in diameter is being built as part of the festival’s technology-based area known as Sónar+D. The dome will feature interstellar views and interactive audio experiences alike, curated by artists from all over the globe. Electronic artist Holly Herndon, having recently released her PROTO album, will be present alongside partner Mat Dryhurst with a piece called “Chain Opera,” which will combine AI and the human voice.

The full 3D experience is set to last throughout the festival’s entirety. Head here for more info on what Sónar+D has in store this year.

Sónar Festival 2019 will take place from July 18 – July 20, with a genre-blended lineup including  A$AP Rocky, Disclosure, Snakehips, Ross From Friends, and more. Check out their website for tickets.

H/T: DJ Mag

15 acts that define Coachella’s undercard in 2019

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The release of Coachella‘s lineup is a highly anticipated event every year, with fans attentively looking out for their favorite acts and fresh new talent amid the festival’s legendary annual billing. Aside from the drama surrounding Kanye West‘s departure from his headlining slot, the festival released their full lineup to considerable fanfare this year. Presenting one of the most diverse and electronic-heavy lineups in recent memory, Coachella has drawn both praise and criticism for their underground selections and electronic skew.

With such a deep pool of electronic acts, this list is a guide to the most crucial sets from the bottom portion of the Coachella lineup. From the debut of techno newcomers to emerging producers and vocalists, Dancing Astronaut has selected the fifteen undercard acts that you can’t miss at Coachella this year.

Rachel Narozniak, Christina Hernandez, and Alex Krinsky also contributed to this article.


Four Tet

Known for his truly inspiring live sets, Four Tet consistently amazes crowds with thoughtfully curated shows in intimate venues, while also adapting his invigorating performance for larger festival audiences. Striking a balance between analog and digital, between funky and rigid, crisp and distorted, Four Tet displays his mastery of sound and space with every set he plays. The highest billed artist on this list, this show will please everyone from casual house and techno fans to audio aficionados, without sacrificing creative ambitions and impulses.

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Rosalía

Singer, songwriter, and producer Rosalía released her sophomore album, El Mal Querer, at the tail end of 2018. Following up her mostly flamenco-leaning debut, Rosalía embraces textured electronic production behind her vocals, drawing comparisons to James Blake, Sampha, Blue Hawaii, and more. With her powerful voice, intensely executed choreography, and top notch production, Rosalía is a star on the rise, taking on what may be the largest performance of her career this April. 

SOPHIE

Few know their way around sound design like SOPHIE — a true master of eclectic electronica. Her groundbreaking album, Oil Of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides was a breathtaking evolution of her signature experimental sound, taking listeners on a wild ride across its nine tracks and eventually leading to her making Grammy history as the first transgender woman to be nominated for the honor. It was a true culmination of years spent exploring different soundscapes, and shows off a mature artist primed to continue leading the charge in her creative realm. Catch her on Friday for what’s set to be a hauntingly brilliant live performance.15 acts that define Coachella’s undercard in 2019SOPHIE

Jon Hopkins

While Grammy-nominated artist Jon Hopkins needs no introduction, the depth of talent on Coachella’s lineup makes it easy to miss even the most impressive of names. Infusing his live sets with synths and a variety of gear, Hopkins’ house and techno is filled with textures and subtleties that have gained global recognition. With an international superstar bringing an acclaimed live set to one of the largest stages in music, this set is guaranteed to bring entrancing vibes to the Polo Grounds.

Tara Brooks

With a career of performances spanning from Burning Man to Berlin, Tara Brooks is a perfect example of Coachella’s expanding body of house and techno artists. A Desert Hearts veteran with co-signs from Joseph Capriati, Sasha, and John Digweed, Brooks puts forth some of the best that deep and progressive house out there to date. Though an L.A. native, she will bring the experience of the world’s most coveted nightlife and festival scenes to Coachella this April.

Idris Elba

It’s a surefire fact that when people saw Idris Elba’s name on Coachella’s lineup most of them went straight for Google. Many articles were written up on the fact that the man who portrayed Stringer Bell, Luther, and Nelson Mandela was going to be spinning beats at California’s biggest festival. CNN actually put out the headline “Yes, Idris Elba is playing Coachella” no doubt to many clicks. The fact of the matter is DJ Big Driis has been spinning for a minute — since he was 14, actually. He told Dancing Astronaut not only about his strife balancing his image as an actor and sexiest man alive with his passion for dance music back in 2017. Though it may be unbeknownst to many, Elba has collaborated with Fatboy Slim, was remixed by Pete Tong, and remixed Skepta. Far from his first major appearance, the 007 prospect made his mark in Ibiza, Atlanta, played Glastonbury festival, and has his sets on YouTube. He’s got that English charm, major relevance across multiple fields, and the skills to back it all up. Besides, it’s Idris Elba — you don’t need us to tell you to go see him.

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Nora En Pure

Deep house and indie dance aesthetics intermingle with polished precision when Nora En Pure takes the decks. A melodic songstress, the South African phenom smoothly crafts live sensory experiences that invite attendees to delve into deeper house territory alongside the renowned producer. Nora En Pure’s catalog conveys her seemingly magnetic gravitation downwards to the lower boundaries of house music. It is with unparalleled finesse that the Don’t Look Back producer lifts her listeners from these deeper house stylings, to provide contrast in the form of airy, mellow sonic constructs that showcase Nora En Pure’s versatility, and the effortlessness with which she seamlessly bridges the ‘dark’ and ‘light’ tonalities of her music. Dulcet and fluid in the way that it unfurls, a Nora En Pure set is a Coachella must see.

Ross From Friends

Back in the 80’s Felix Clary Weatherall, better known as Ross From Friends, had a mobile sound system created by his dad, stationed in a van that bumped beats and toured around Europe, bringing a shared experience to music lovers wherever it wound up. Since his childhood, Ross From Friends wanted to create and connect like his father, through the use of music. However, one can follow in their father’s footsteps for only so long, eventually Ross From Friends carved his own path — one that led to a stage at Empire Polo Club. Only a few years ago Brainfeeder’s head honcho Flying Lotus casually recruited Ross From Friends and gave him the freedom to create with the advice, “make the album you want to make.”

In April of 2018, Ross From Friends released his Aphelion EP, displaying his sonic mobility while defining and fine-tuning his sound. Just four months later he put out his debut album on Brainfeeder, Family Portrait.

The Guardian deemed him “one to watch,” his sound has been compared to Jamie XX, Boards of Canada, and Four Tet. Fly-Lo gave him absolute freedom to astounding results, and that guy just knows. Whether the pull is musical curiosity or the desire to see an artist that is in the process of blooming, Ross From Friends’ performance at Coachella should not be missed.

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Burna Boy

In 2018, Burna Boy went from local Nigerian treasure to a global phenomenon. Dropping his major label debut, Outside, on Atlantic Records and nabbing a feature on Major Lazer‘s “All My Life,” Burna Boy has been exposed to a whole host of new audiences. The energetic 27-year-old rhymer is making sure his presence at Coachella is known, already taking to his Instagram to demand that his name be printed larger because he is an “AFRICAN KING.” Eccentric and talented, Burna Boy is slated to bring down the Polo Grounds with his distinctive Afrobeat style.

Polo & Pan

French indie-electronic duo Polo & Pan spent much of 2018 on the road, with two US tours and gigs around Europe and the Middle East allowing them to fine tune their live show. Coming hot off the deluxe re-release of their debut album, Caravelle, the pair now have a deep body of work to play out to the masses in Indio. With a fleshed out stage set-up coming in 2019, Coachella may be Polo & Pan’s biggest and most impressive show yet.

CloZee

The French up-and-comer has breathed fresh life into bass music. Her avant-garde sound draws from a multitude of influences and her own classical training, making for captivating original productions and even more infectious live sets. CloZee’s growth has been particularly impressive as of late, where she released her long-awaited debut LP, Evasion, in 2018 and quickly earned slots at a variety of high profile festivals including Bonnaroo, Lightning In A Bottle, and even Coachella. We suspect her return to the Southern California institution will be pumped full of brand new music, and special edits of deeper cuts in her discography.

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Stephan Bodzin

For house and techno lovers, Europe’s diverse club and festival circuit can leave American fans yearning for talent that often stays on the other side of the Atlantic. A prime example of this is esteemed German DJ Stephan Bodzin – though he tours relentlessly in Europe, playing his gripping techno tunes to engrossed crowds, a US appearance from Bodzin is a rare treat. With pounding bass, a melodic skew, and enough gear to fill an entire studio, Bodzin is set to tear down Indio with his old school style and boisterous swagger for one of his few US shows of 2019.

Rico Nasty

Since coming onto the scene in 2016, Rico Nasty has blossomed into one of the more colorful and abrasive characters in D.C.’s ever-growing hip-hop scene. Ranging from hard trap music to a punk take on rap, the 21-year-old and her rowdy personality are only boosted with production from Kenny Beats, one of hip-hop’s most in-demand producers of the moment, formerly of LOUDPVCK. With high energy music and a lively stage presence, Rico Nasty’s Coachella performance is a great opportunity to catch some of hip-hop’s finest rising talent.

Kölsch

Denmark-based DJ and producer Kölsch has built a path for himself by adding a melodic twist on four-to-the-floor techno production. Having graced the main stages of much of Europe’s techno festival scene and played a DJ set atop the Eiffel Tower, Kölsch has a deep catalog of work, most recently including his 2018 joint EP with Tiga. Bringing his anthemic sound to Indio, the Danish DJ’s set is sure to be one of many stellar techno performances headed to Indio this spring.

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Superorganism

Bridging the gap between electronic and indie music, Superorganism defy genre in a completely unique way. Using a mix of harmonic vocals, distinctive sampling techniques, and electronic instrumentation, the band is sure to make an impression on any audience. Whether it’s jamming out on a funky synth or blowing bubbles through a straw, every track will be packed to the brim with intriguing textures. Check out their Tiny Desk Concert to get a taste of the creativity to come at the band’s Coachella debut.

Ross From Friends, TOKiMONSTA, Mr. Oizo, Flying Lotus and more celebrate ‘Brainfeeder X’

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LA’s Brainfeeder has celebrated its tenth anniversary in the best way for any label to mark a milestone: releasing a wonderful amount of new music. Started in 2008 by iconic electronic resident of the future Flying Lotus, Brainfeeder has since attracted some of the best out-of-the-box talents of the last decade, many of which are showcased on the imprint’s culminating compilation Brainfeeder X. The 36-track offering — with 22 new tracks in total — has been teased in the weeks leading up to its release, with artists like Ross From Friends,  Thundercat, and FlyLo himself building hype with new singles that now have been released amongst a slew of other work.

The Brainfeeder X compilation will be flanked by a four LP box set and a coordinating live show to take place on December 15 in London. The compilation features highlights from Mr. Oizo, TOKiMONSTA, Daedelus, BADBADNOTGOOD, and more. Stream Brainfeeder X below.

NMF Roundup: Oliver Heldens remixes CHIC, SLANDER and Spag Heddy team up, Ray Volpe flips Ookay + more

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It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday.

This week’s releases are true stunners. After announcing a collaboration with Lights back in July, deadmau5 has finally unveiled “Drama Free” as part of his mau5ville: Level 2 EP. Oliver Heldens throws it back four decades by remixing CHIC‘s 1978 hit “Le Freak,” adding in a pounding bass to accentuate the original’s groovy beat. Bingo Players and Bali Bandits bring the funk with “Body Rock,” and SLANDER and Spag Heddy waste no time setting “Running to You” on fire. Ray Volpe puts his own spin on Ookay‘s “In My Mind,” while Party Favor taps Naïka for the hefty “Blame.” As part of What So Not‘s Not All The Beautiful Things remix package, AC Slater‘s put his signature bass-fueled house spin on the famous “Goh.” Kill Paris has put his own laid-back twist on Alison Wonderland‘s “Easy,” and Ross From Friends thrills with a take on Thundercat‘s “Friend Zone.”

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.

Photo credit: Pablo Murillo

Ross From Friends debuts ‘Squaz’ ahead of ‘Brainfeeder X’ compilation

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Ross From Friends has released his latest track, “Squaz,” as part of the lead-up to the Brainfeeder X compilation. The track showcases the UK artist’s distinctly unique flair of the deeper regions of house, funk, lo-fi and electronica following the launch of the countdown to the release from label head Flying Lotus. Celebrating the label’s 10th anniversary, the release will include extensive new offerings — 22 new tracks, in fact — from the label’s stars, with Ross From Friends making multiple appearances alongside artists like Thundercat and Georgia Anne Muldrow. Out November 16, the compilation will be flanked by a four LP box set and a landmark show marking the anniversary to take place on December 15 in London.

“Squaz” is the first single for Ross From Friends after he released his debut album Family Portrait via Brainfeeder earlier this year. He is heading on his first U.S. tour to celebrate.