San Holo officially shares two singles off upcoming ‘album1’

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Turn on any future bass playlist, and San Holo‘s name is likely to make an appearance. The Dutch producer quickly stole hearts in the low end of the dance spectrum with his breakthrough hit “Light,” and other supremely mellifluous singles like “I Still See Your Face,” and “Right Here, Right Now.” On top of his studio successes and busy tour schedule, he also runs a very successful bitbird label, which as of late has been signing on quite a lot of experimental talent that potentially points out a new chapter for the imprint.

Bitbird’s foray into the experimental side of bass, it turns out, could also be taken as an indicator that San Holo himself is going through a change. Per a recent interview with Billboard, he stated that he was “on the quest for new music.” He reaffirmed this assertion sonically, satisfying fans’ hunger for new music with two vastly different tracks titled “worthy,” and “lift me from the ground. These are the first from his highly-anticipated, album1.

“Wonder” shows off the producer’s softer side and harkens to a personal moment for the producer between himself and an old flame where the question of personal contentment came up. We hear the internal conversation in this song, which flirts with post rock and electronica as it trips over bittersweet guitar riffs and scenic orchestral accents. A vocoded voice repeating the lyrics, “tell me, ‘Am I worth it?’” leads into a blissful conclusion, where it feels the ultimate resolution is that yes, the subject is “worth it.”

San Holo goes harder in “lift me off the ground,” which is a collaborative number with Sofie Winterson. It evokes a soaring effect with celestial synthwork and Hammock-esque guitar accent, packing in dancefloor-appropriate drops that add an extra layer of catchiness to the finished product. Though closer to what one might expect to hear from San Holo, “lift me off the ground” is still quite distinguished from his previous works, and opens the door to more explorative performances in the future. We’re looking forward to hearing what else is in store for album1.

 

 

Photo credit: Facebook / San Holo 

Crankdat spins some fresh IDs in new Diplo and Friends mix

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Crankdat spins some fresh IDs in new Diplo and Friends mix

Christian Smith, a.k.a. Crankdat became a breakout star through remixes for Zeds Dead, Jaden Smith, San Holo, and more. In addition, he’s added some equally successful originals to the portfolio, with his most recent being “Need Somebody.” Now, it seems this positive traction has caught Diplo‘s attention, as the rising producer has officially made his debut on BBC Radio 1’s Diplo & Friends.

Fans are in for a big treat here, as the bass-heavy mix features a wide array of fresh IDs from the Cleveland born DJ. He also blends famed remixes with throwbacks, hip-hop — including tracks by Kanye West and Lil Pump — and dance music anthems such as Galantis‘ “Runaway” and Calvin Harris‘ “Summer” (mashed up with some trap-y goodness). The hour long mix is ever-changing and will make listeners wonder where the time went.

Crankdat is currently on his “Outcast” tour, hitting stops all over the globe leading up to an Electric Zoo 2018 performance come Labor Day Weekend.

 

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San Holo – Right Here, Right Now (Saint WKND Remix)

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Few can create future bass in the utterly euphoric manner that San Holo can. The now-iconic producer has a way with melodies that tugs at the heart strings without feeling too contrived or cheesy — such is the case once more with his summery Taska Black collaboration “Right Here, Right Now.”

Among those chosen to re-work the new single was Saint WKND, who’s been making waves in the deep sphere out of his homeland of Germany. He preserves the original’s sunny output, but does so in a way completely his own, pitching down the vocals and amping up the bass grooves to create a satisfying, funk-driven record. Though short in length, Saint WKND effectively creates an afterglow in his rendition that lasts well past the song’s ending.

 

San Holo reveals another album ID

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Sander van Dijck, aka San Holo, and his swiftly rising bitbird label hosted a private event in Dijck’s homeland of the Netherlands, during which, he took the opportunity to debut another ID from his unreleased album. The relatively short snippet, which Dijck uploaded to Instagram, attributing it to the new album, features a reverb-heavy drop centered around a colorful guitar riff.

The bitbird label head has been exceedingly transparent about his creative process with the album, even generating a new website, San Holo Beats, to which he uploads dozens of videos, helping fans to track his progress. From the looks of it, the album will be highly instrumental –not unordinary for Dijck.

Austin City Limits unveils staggering 2018 line-up with ODESZA, Childish Gambino, REZZ, and more

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Austin City Limits is one massive annual event that every devout festival goer ought to check off their festival bucket list at least once. The two weekend Texas throw-down wrangles a staggering herd of talent year after year that brings the best of electronic, pop/rock, and hip-hop to Zilker Park, ACL’s host venue on the banks of the Colorado River with scenic skyline views of downtown Austin. Sitting atop this year’s festival billing is the legendary Paul McCartney, Metallica, Childish Gambino, Arctic Monkeys, Travis Scott, ODESZA, and The National.

Running from October 5–7 and October 12–14, ACL’s expansive 2018 lineup features over 140 live acts, providing a truly cross-genre, mega-festival experience. From Khalid and Shawn Mendez, to Deftones and St. Vincent, and Lily Allen, Børns, and Sylvan Esso in between, the C3 Presents-produced event delivers the full sonic spectrum to satisfy a range of musical tastes. With live performances by Marian Hill, Sophie Tucker, and synth pop rockers CHVRCHES, along with key electronic acts in Justice, Illenium, Rezz, San Holo, and Gryffin, Austin City Limits continues to be at the pinnacle of festival curation.

Tickets are now on sale for both weekends here.

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Eminem brings out 50 Cent, ODESZA has their crowning moment, Cardi B shows off baby bump: Everything that happened at Coachella Day 3

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The 19th annual edition of Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival is officially in the books. After Beyoncé handed over her empowering main stage performance on Saturday night, fans probably wondered if the final day of Coachella could ever be as iconic. Fortunately for all, Coachella is a festival that always seems to top itself. Marquee acts, such as Eminem, Miguel, and Cardi B, gave attendees a second wind in the sweltering Indio desert with their closing day performances, along with burgeoning electronic talents ODESZAIllenium, and San Holo.

Here is DA‘s guide to the key moments of day three at Coachella 2018.

Eminem brings out an all-star cast in Dr. Dre, 50 Cent, Skylar Grey, and more 

As Coachella’s closing headliner for an audience of nearly 100,000 people, Eminem knew he had a tough act to follow in Queen B’s landmark two-hour set (which made her the first ever woman of color to headline the festival). Marshall Mathers rounded up an all-star roster to join him on stage — including Dr. Dre50 Cent, Bebe Rexha, Skylar Grey, and Kehlani — to perform some of the biggest career hits.

While Mathers was sure to cover his golden-age hits “The Real Slim Shady” and “Lose Yourself,” his set list didn’t just focus on his own discography. The rap icon was joined by his mentor, Dr. Dre, onstage to perform “Still D.R.E.” and “Forgot About Dre.” The pair even nodded back to Snoop Dogg’s classic, “Nothin’ but a G Thang,” along with a cover of Tupac’s 1996 hit with Dre, “California Love” (which Snoop and Dre had previously resurrected a hologram of Tupac in the latter’s own 2012 headlining appearance).

Photo credit: Kevin Mazur, Getty Images for Coachella

Eminem’s mentee 50 Cent then took to the stage for a medley of “In Da Club” and “My Life,” giving the set a nice bookend appeal as it showcased their own hip-hop family lineage. Finally, Eminem was joined by longtime collaborator Skylar Grey as they performed multiple tracks, including “Stan,” “Walk on Water,” and “Love the Way You Lie,” showing off their electric chemistry.

Photo credit: Kevin Winter, Getty Images for Coachella

ODESZA delivers a milestone performance with aerial drones, a live drum line, and many special guests 

Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight of ODESZA had a sparkling 2017 after releasing their critically-acclaimed studio album, A Moment Apart, which netted their first-ever Grammy nomination. What better way to cap a wildly successful year than a spring kick-off performance in one of the world’s most visible festivals.

Back in 2015, ODESZA made headlines at Coachella when they brought out USC’s full drum line for a stunning rendition of their track “Bloom,” along with a live remix of Alex Adair’s “Make Me Feel Better.” So the Seattle-based duo knew they had to one up themselves.

This year, Knight and Mills’ appearance was nothing short of cutting-edge as they filled the late night headlining slot on Coachella’s main stage. Time sped up and slowed down, hearts stopped and began racing all at once, and technological spectacle felt organic in ODESZA’s live performance at Coachella.

Photo credit: Kevin Winter, Getty Images for Coachella

With this year’s inclusion of the highly-disciplined ODESZA drum line — which the pair has been incorporating in their album-accompanying “A Moment Apart” tour — Knight and Mills took this element to its height by incorporating drum line members throughout the entire set. It’s clear that the coveted ODESZA drum line has become a permanent mainstay during the most commanding moments of their live act.

Along the way, ODESZA brought a number of vocalists onstage to perform their various tracks from the latest album. Naomi Wild was first to take front and center in her live performance of “Higher Ground.” Wild’s mic had issues at the start, for which the design team quickly solved as the young singer belted her soft tune to an awe-inspired audience. To cap it all off, Knight and Mills brought out high-powered soul artist Leon Bridges to perform their single, “Across The Room,” as hundreds of aerial drones floated up into the California night sky to erect ODESZA’s icosahedron logo.

ODESZA have been diligently perfecting their live act over the years, working to incorporate immersive visual elements and surprise guest appearances along the way. But never before has an EDM act integrated such a captivating array of LED drones in their act to bring visual production from the screen into the sky. In addition to pioneering their own new genre, the boys can now count themselves spearheads for the visual production side as well.

Illenium brings his full AWAKE live band to the Sahara tent

Illenium is one EDM act that is currently smashing every bar he’s set for himself artistically; and with incredible candor and humility, one might add. The talented and focused artist out of Denver has been selling out arenas, collaborating with everyone whose anyone, and incorporating a live element to his shows. Now Illenium’s AWAKE act has become a mainstay at festivals, including band members Dabin, Day, and Said The Sky.

While in Indio Valley, the artist covered a full spectrum of his own classics in the Annika Wells-assisted “Crawl Outta Love,” his remix of Flume and Tove Lo‘s “Say It,” and his track, “Rush Over Me,”with Seven Lions and Said the Sky. The melodic dub step producer then paid homage to Excision and Zomboy before ending with his track with MAX, “Beautiful Creatures.”

Perhaps the shinning moment of Illenium’s Coachella debut came in the form of a live VIP of his track with 1788-L and close friend, Said the Sky, “Where’d You Go.” Fans have certainly been going crazy over the live edit online.

Illenium x Said The Sky x 1788-L – Where’d You Go (VIP) from EDM

Migos is plagued by sound issues in the Sahara tent

After walking onto stage 30 minutes late, and having sound issues early on, people were apparently not happy with the Migos‘ performance. Yet, within a couple minutes, Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff easily earned the crowd’s forgiveness. The group began with “Higher We Go,” the opening track of Culture II, and by the time they slipped into their second song, “Slippery,” the crowd was in full-frenzy mode. Migos waited until the set’s final stretch to survey their biggest and most recent hits, which included the classic “Bando” for Offset (whose original was given to him by fiancée Cardi B).

“We thank God for making us the greatest group in the world,” Quavo proclaimed as a closing statement. It was the kind of humble arrogance that didn’t quite match the trio’s rather plagued live performance at Coachella.

Photo credit: Scott Dudelson, Getty Images for Coachella

THEY.’s performance included a nod to Kurt Cobain 

As THEY. took to Coachella’s Mojave stage, the rap/R&B hybrid duo surprised attendees with an refreshing and intriguing rock-crossover by covering Nirvana‘s “Rather Die.” Intriguing, because of how odd it seems to take on such a disturbing song and refit the track with a hip-hop drop. Refreshing, because hip-hop acts rarely, if ever, sample rock ballads. THEY. were certainly keen to rework a song from Nirvana’s Nevermind album beyond the wildly overdone “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”

Perhaps Kurt Cobain might have appreciated the subversive move.

Photo credit: Scott Dudelson, Getty Images for Coachella

Pregnant Cardi B brings out Chance The Rapper, Kehlani, and G-Easy 

Cardi B, who recently revealed her baby bump during an SNL performance, brought out a number of superstar friends during her afternoon Coachella performance, with live collaborations with Chance The Rapper on their single, “Best Life,” and G-Easy on “No Limit.”

The “Bodak Yellow” rapper also performed livcuts of “Bickenhead,” “Drip,” “Bariter Cardi” with 21 Savage, and her remix of Bruno Mars‘ “Finesse.”

Photo credit: Christopher Polk, Getty Images for Coachella

Photo credit: Scott Dudelson, Getty Images for Coachella

Portugal. The Man trolls ODESZA fans, delivers rock history lesson 

Portugal. The Man are known for their silly pre-set messages. Just last week, the band used amusing musings like “Having fun? Getting fucked up? Talking politics at family dinners?” and “Kevin’s got a boner” at a performance in Reno, Nevada. During closing night of Coachella 2018, as the sun began to set, the Alaskan rockers delivered a message to ODESZA campers in quirky fashion.

Portugal. The Man – “If you’re here for Odesza, you’re a little early” from Coachella

Yet it wasn’t only fun and games for Portugal, as they spent the entirety of their set schooling attendees with a serious rock music history lesson. After kicking off with Metallica‘s “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” the alt-rock band then surveyed a broad range of classics from Pink Floyd, T. Rex, and Black Sabbath, before ending with a “Hey Jude” sing-a-long.

“To anybody who says that there’s a lack of rock bands at Coachella, it’s not about genre — it’s about music,” the group’s front man shouted. “But if you are gonna complain about the lack of rock bands at Coachella, this is the only band here you need to see.”

Photo credit: Scott Dudelso, Getty Images for Coachella 

Featured photo credit: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Coachella

San Holo releases emotive original, ‘Right Here, Right Now’

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Dutch DJ and producer sensation, San Holo, has released an impassioned original titled “Right Here, Right Now,” with additional production courtesy of Taska Black. The playful track begins with uplifting vocals and alluring instrumentation. Acoustic guitar riffs compliment rumbling waves of bass, and as the song builds, a moving melody blends electronic elements and prominent, intriguing notes of electric guitar.

The bittersweet lyrics of “Right Here, Right Now” play up a touching vibe, as San Holo sings with a colorful tone, taking listeners on a dynamic ride full of rich harmonies and soft beats. San Holo has crafted a piece that is both relaxed, yet infused with rousing energy. With a genre bending style and innovative production technique, is a fine addition to San Holo’s catalog.

Dancing Astronaut’s Label hot picks: Bitbird, Lowly Palace and Nik Cooper

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The new age of media consumption has meant great overlap within the musical and video streaming realms. One of the most tangible examples of this crossover is the advent of both artists and music labels cultivating widespread recognition and acclaim through YouTube‘s platforming.

Dancing Astronaut has compiled a shortlist of forward-thinking labels who’ve done just that. Their owners have greatly expanded their empires with excellent music curation, and have now joined the ranks of the video streaming giant’s new power players.


Bitbird:

The label was founded by San Holo and Thorwald van den Akker. Since its emergence, Bitbird has fostered the careers of a diverse roster of artists such as DROELOE, Autolaser, and BeauDamian, to name only a few, giving rising producers space to emerge in the global electronic music sphere. Recent releases on the label include the two Gouldian Finch compilations, San Holo’s concept EP The Trip and Marcioz‘s How To Make Love $tay EP. Bitbird also umbrellas a clothing line that continues to expand.

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Lowly Palace:

Founded by Trap Nation founder Andre Benz, Lowly was formed in August 2016 as an avenue aimed towards bolstering unknown talents across a variety of genres. The label has since expanded into three sub-sects including Lowly Palace, Lowly House, and Lowly Music. Lowly Palace showcases a wide variety of underground names in future bass, trap and dance. The label has racked up more than 50 million streams via SoundCloud and continues to exert their influence within the electronic music sphere.

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Nik Cooper:

With virtually no prior experience, Nik Cooper launched his Youtube channel in 2010 and, propelled by his drive and consistency on the platform, went on to brand and develop his channel into one of the biggest and respected promotional channels on YouTube in 2013. Cooper’s vision for his channel quickly began to pay off, receiving accolades from top channels such as PewDiePie, Monstercat and more. Since then, Cooper established himself as a major player in the YouTube music scene and developed relationships with over 100 labels and artists such as Big Beat, Atlantic, Axtone, Flashover, Dim Mak, Anjunabeats and CR2.

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Sasha Sloan – Ready Yet (San Holo remix)

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San Holo has released a stunning remix of Sasha Sloan‘s “Ready Yet.” The downtempo, melodic piece features glowing melodies, a relaxed bass line, and breathtaking vocals. Engineering a colorful take on the original, San Holo’s remix is full of elegant sounds which give the track an airy feel.

With an impressive discography that includes several hit singles such as “Light,” “One Thing,” and “I Still See Your Face,” the Dutch DJ and producer is one of dance music’s favorites for his sweeping style categorized by eclectic, moving productions and intriguing remixes. Undoubtedly, San Holo’s latest spin on Sasha Sloan’s “Ready Yet” will captivate listeners across the world for its mesmerizing, mellow vibe.

Heldeep vs. Monstercat Releases Full Artist Lineup And Is A Must Attend For Anyone At MMW

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One of the most exciting concept events taking place this year during Miami Music Week just got exponentially better with the release of a full artist lineup! Oliver Heldens has been training with his squad to take on the heavy hitters over at Monstercat, and it is looking like it will be the brawl of

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