SLANDER and Said the Sky Combine Forces In Emotional New Track “Potions”

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SLANDER’s bass and Said the Sky’s melodic sound come together in their newest collab. This pairing has brought us what probably is the most beautiful track of the year so far. With incredibly emotional lyrics from JT Roach and melodic breaks, “Potions” is here to bring out the feels all summer long. This track has been

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SLANDER and Said the Sky end the wait for their impassioned collaboration ‘Potions’

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From the moment SLANDER had Said the Sky join them atop the stage at Insomniac’s Crush Arizona in February to premiere their then-unreleased collaboration, it has arguably remained the number one sought-after ID thus far in 2019. While it certainly did not come without good intentions, the two artists have not been able to get a mere syllable in without a bombardment of comments surrounding the release date of the trio’s melodic creation. That date has officially arrived, however, as SLANDER and Said the Sky cease all warrants for the long-awaited single with the delivery of a complete dosage of “Potions” featuring JT Roach.

SLANDER and Said the Sky are established gurus at generating tear-jerking productions and “Potions” admirably falls in harmony. The track appears with delicate acoustic strings on top of ethereal vocal layers from Roach as the artistic trio proceeds towards a graceful chill-step drop. While fans have grown accustomed to hearing the collaboration in solely live version form, the official version seems to somehow topple any expectations set in the months prior as “Potions” is an obvious frontrunner for one of the year’s strongest releases.

“Potions” is officially available now on Monstercat.

NMF Roundup: Madeon returns, Dog Blood release four-track EP + more

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NMF Roundup: Madeon returns, Dog Blood release four-track EP + moreMadeon Photo Cred Rukes

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.

At long last, Madeon makes a triumphant return with his first original in years, “All My Friends.” Dog Blood, too, impress with a new four-track EP, Turn Off the Lights. Slander, Said the Sky, and JT Roach concoct brilliant “Potions” in their new release, and Nicky Romero takes on Kygo and Rita Ora’s “Carry On” in a new remix. The Bloody Beetroots and Dr. Fresch prove to be a formidable combo as they deliver their new collaboration, “Fkn Face,” and Yotto puts his own spin on RÜFÜS DU SOL’s iconic “Underwater.” Rinzen brings a touch of magic to Lane 8’s “Visions,” and Deorro eases fans into summer with “Obvious.” Maceo Plex delivers a lengthy, soothing single, “When the Lights Are Out,” and Petit Biscuit and JP Cooper join forces for “We Were Young.” Will Clarke puts a shimmering spin on Phantoms’ “Designs for You,” and Arty brings the “Sunshine” to his newest release. The Chainsmokers and Bebe Rexha dip between pop and dance music on “Call You Mine,” and Sofi Tukker link with Colombian duo Bomba Estéreo for a tropical number, “Playa Grande.” The latest Chase & Status LP has finally arrived, bringing with it songs like “Shut Up,” and Figure teams up with Hi I’m Ghost for “Intergalactic.”

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.

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Trivecta Proves Not All Ghost Are Scary

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Trivecta has released Ghost of a Friend (feat. Koo). This release is a beautiful melody driven track that has an amazingly chill vibe. This is a perfect example of why I love Trivecta; not only can he break necks he can mend hearts. When he is not strumming his brains out on the acoustic, as

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Said The Sky defies the confines of electronic dance music with emotionally-liberating debut LP, ‘Wide-Eyed’

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Said The Sky defies the confines of electronic dance music with emotionally-liberating debut LP, ‘Wide-Eyed’Said The Sky

Various moments throughout Said The Sky‘s emotively-charged debut full-length Wide-Eyed provide their own enjoyable cliches that prove to be hard to resist, though in the most endearing way possible. Simply put, the Denver-based producer, real name Trevor Christensen, is his most awake on his introductory album, luring listeners in with a carefully-crafted musical vision of compelling classical refrains.

The 15-track offering is a testament to the four-year journey that has made Said The Sky a considerably unique force in the American electronic dance music sphere. Though Wide-Eyed is a long-awaited debut, it’s just the latest stop on a well-traveled journey of sonic accomplishments — he’s at the point in his career where the logical progression is to focus on the vivid depths and intricacies of creating a cohesive composition.

Accompanied by unmistakable vocal performances from the likes of Matthew Koma, Electra Mustaine, Vancouver Sleep Clinic and a plethora of rising talent on the LP, Christensen transcends the confines of what widely appealing electronic dance music can mean in the modern day. His challenging of genre and employment of classical elements is a refreshing defiance — full of newly-resplendent emotional capacity. It is the type of electronic music that invokes hot faces and teary eyes. Consider the writing and production credit from Timeflies, Andrew Goldstein/FRND, Kwesi (of Scooter Braun Projects), StayLoose and more, and it becomes clear that Wide-Eyed is not only a breakthrough work of matured candor, but an unmistakable ode to the beauty that lies in collaborative creativity and the responsibilities artists have to themselves, but also to a generation of fans that expect to be engaged both in the crowd and behind closed doors.

Reflecting on the release, Christensen explains:

“This LP turned out as the story of falling in and out of love. The first half of the album kind of portrays the feelings you have when you first meet somebody and are falling madly in love, while the second half represents the feelings you can go through after everything falls apart. This wasn’t a conscious decision from the beginning. I decided to create the whole album when I realized I was sitting on quite a few tunes that could live in the same world and could be part of the same story.”

Having played the piano and various instruments since the age of eight, Christensen has known this aforementioned feeling of fleeting love his entire life. For Said The Sky, there’s a moment of clarity that’s unique to Wide-Eyed. In pairing a refined ear for melodies and an early love for channeling the human condition into sonic arrangements, Christensen creates an emotive composition that is equally as beautiful and boundary-pushing as it is moving. Impressionable wonderment is what Christensen hopes to channel through his work — “an experience: a captivating blend of moving basslines and soaring melodies,” as his website so reads — and hopefully he never loses this sense of permanence that lies in belonging to a universal scale of emotional liberation.

Said The Sky – Wide-Eyed

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Trevor Christensen aka Said The Sky is a Denver based songwriter and producer who has made some major waves over the past year. He just unleashed his epic new 15-track-album that is a hybrid concoction of various gorgeous EDM sub-genres, whose end result is something spectacular. He is celebrating the project release right now by

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NMF Roundup: Gryffin pairs up with Iselin, Hardwell ‘shines a light,’ Two Friends ramp up for summer, and many more

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NMF Roundup: Gryffin pairs up with Iselin, Hardwell 'shines a light,' Two Friends ramp up for summer, and many more

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.


Gryffin pairs up with the lovely Iselin, and takes listeners on an emotional journey through “Just For A Moment.”

Hardwell combines moving piano, Wildstylez and hardstyle on his latest, “Shine A Light.”

Dutch producer Maurice West brings everyone to the dance floor with this big room heater.

Guitar riffs swirl as clocks tick, and then piano is introduced as powerful sweeps take you into Nicky Romero‘s epic synth-filled drop.

Bouncy synths, poppy percussion and catchy vocals dazzle Two Friends‘ track, “Bandaid.”

Said The Sky, Dabin and Linn pull on the heartstrings as they transcend listeners into a musical wonderland.

Mako makes magic in “Murder,” with powerful bass and elegant piano that entices from beginning to end.

Tom Budin gets grimy with his remix of JaySounds & Kwame’s “Legacy.”

White Panda and Loote make a song so effortlessly playful that replaying it just once won’t be enough.

Imad Royal shows his dark side with Elliphant on their intricate and interesting track full of gun sounds and chilling whispers.

MEMBA adds another chapter to their EP with the second release, “Keep It Up.”

LMBO creates a cinematic beauty by combining experimental elements along with chill trap ones in their Bronze Whale remix.

Eptic shows up in true Eptic fashion and drops a four-track EP that’s so not for the faint of heart.

High hats dance and Nicole Dash Jones sings as KC Lights builds a groovy house tune around them, perfectly complementing every note.

Squired releases a stutter-studded track engraved with hot rap verses and arrangement from the young artist himself.

Lloyd Macey delivers a late-night house tune with a kick that leaves you coming back for seconds.

Kidswaste releases an atmospheric and instrumental beauty under his alias Beauvois.

Liveliness radiates from Cazzette and Parson James through deep plucks and excellent melodies on “Missing You.”

If life is a highway, then hit the ground running with Conro on his latest jazzy summer tune, “Fired Up,” out now on Monstercat.

Love at first sight might not be a thing, but love at first Win & Woo and Cosmos and Creature sure could be on their horn-filled collaboration, “Beam Me Up.”

Hewan stuns from her compelling voice, to the captivating music that surrounds it on “Strip For Me.”

Aylen lets loose on “Jaws,” as he slings out energetic synths and percussion so groovy everybody will be moving.

Khalid received remixes for “Love Lies,” and Rad Hatter puts a dark spin on it with rolling bass and drops so fat, one might forget for good what the original once sounded like.

Moonrise Festival reveals final lineup additions

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Baltimore’s Moonrise Festival is known for it’s ability to bring together a diverse group of DJs and performers, new and old. Just two months out from the festival, Moonrise has announced another phase of performers who will be taking the stage this August.

The final phase brings in a slew of underground talent from a variety of scenes. Moonrise beefs up their hip-hop and R&B side with singer/producer NAV, while ramping up their selection of bass artists with Habstrakt, Dion Timmer, Born Dirty, Luca Lush, and Gammer. Other notable additions include Tritonal, Said the Sky, Ducky, and Maddy O’Neal. With all of these new artists supporting an already strong lineup featuring Excision, Kaskade, Vince Staples, and many more, Moonrise is shaping up to be one of the summer’s most exciting events.

Last Heroes Create Melodic Dubstep Gold in Dimensions

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Last Heroes have dropped Dimensions, a MONSTER melodic dubstep track. In a genre that was labeled dead, or at least dying, two young producers on the scene have breathed a bit of life. Surely I am joking, by no means has the genre ever been in any trouble, with artists around like Seven Lions, Said

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NMF Roundup: QUIX breaks down the barriers of bass with Matroda, Tourist channels massive ODESZA vibes, Ookay raps & 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.

Daktyl enlists MOONZz and lets his creativity run wild on “Weather.”

The Him keeps it simple. The Spinnin’ Records release, “Broken Love” delights with its simple loop and chord progression.

For the kids: Jonas Blue taps the former Vine stars, Jack & Jack, for the bright and bouncy “Rise.”

Said The Sky paints cinematic soundscapes with the Matthew Koma-featured “Over Getting Over You.”

Moodymann dives deep into Detroit funk with his bass-heavy Nightmares On Wax rework.

Just A Gent traverses the interplanetary realm at light speed with Thandi Phoenix on the rave-inspired floor filler, “Space Odyssey.”

Nitro Fun gets personal on “Time Goes By,” which he says was inspired by some personal realizations about time, love, and the universe.

Ashley Wallbridge releases a trance track fit for the Greek mythology pantheon it references.

QUIX switches it into high gear with Matroda as the two break down the barriers of bass with the burgeoning “LAMBO.”

Not for the faint-hearted: The quickly ascending Duckworthsound, who’s already got releases on Klash, Insomniac, and Tchami’s Confession label, drops off the secret weapon of the summer.

Tourist draws early-ODESZA comparisons with absolutely ethereal Rostam rework.

Space Laces is throwing massive elbows in sinister, cinematic track “Kaiju.”

MUST DIE! marries future bass and dubstep, carrying SLANDER and SAYMYNAME‘s heavy-hitter to unforeseen heights.

Ookay switches lanes, and releases his first rapping foray. There’s a hot summer of hip-hop on the horizon, and if “Desperado” is any indication of where Ookay is headed, he seems sure to corral some excellence.