The third session of Ekali‘s SiriusXM Insomniac Channel’s radio session called Awakening Radio has just landed, and this session is particularly unique. The Canadian producer states he hand selected most of the releases for the session from producers who have little to no SoundCloud following, yet are releasing fantastic music. For those who like discovering unknown and up and coming producers, this radio session is just the place.
The mix features a variety of ear-perking remixes and mashups of mainstream tracks with a side of enamoring originals. He of course sprinkles in releases of his own — aptly-timed, considering he’s currently on his Crystal Eyestour in honor of the release of his full album of the same name. The next stop of his tour will be in Denver, Colorado, where he has two back to back shows on the 23 and 24. Ekali has been dropping unreleased OWSLA ID’s on his tour, most recently dropped Skrillex‘s collaboration with JOYRIDE before its full release.
Ekali has released the second session of his Awakening Radio Series series on Sirius XM‘s Insomniac channel. He is currently setting off on a tour in celebration of the recent release of his Crystal Eyes EP, and fans wanting a taste of what’s in store for his live performance can dip into his radio shows and SoundCloud mixes.
The hour-long mix for Awakening Radio has calming aspects, along with an infusion of club-worthy tracks. The producer is known for his diversity in both original releases and his sets, and Awakening Radio Session 002 is certainly a tribute to this. House is predominant throughout, however electro, hip-hop, and bass make appearances, as well. For those wanting a smooth entrance into their day, look no further than Ekali’s newest radio session.
Dr. Fresch began his radio show The Prescription nearly three years ago. Since then, it’s boasted guests of all kinds, including Win and Woo, Cazztek, and AC Slater to ring in the show’s 50th episode. But Dr. Fresch doesn’t just use his platform to welcome successful contemporaries for good chat and a guest mix, as for his latest episode he’s welcomed up and coming act JVMPKICK to make their mark. Like Dr. Fresch himself, the LA-based duo’s music falls somewhere in between house and bass music, with gritty groove at their disposal. Following 30 minutes of IDs and new edits from Dr. Fresch, JVMPKICK make themselves known with a wide-ranging guest set that feels welcoming to just about any house fan.
The Prescription airs every other Monday at 3 p.m. PST/6 p.m. EST on Insomniac Radio on SiriusXM.
Tchami is the latest to join Siriux XM’s The Cookoutfor over an hour’s worth of house music. Launched in 2016, the series has brought everyone from JAUZ to Luttrell for exclusive mixes, and their latest showcase is the Confession label head himself. Known for his groovy, futuristic, soulful take on underground house, Tchami tagged onto The Cookout’s decks with an impressive array in track choices. Starting out with jackin’ house from Wax Motif, the mix hits everything, traversing from tech house out of Chris Lake and Chris Lorenzo’s Anti Up project into to the rabbit hole blog haus era Chromeo remix from Carte Blanche. All in all this is an impressively strong showing for a radio show guest mix, demonstrating Tchami’s knowledge of his craft and his contemporaries in weaving uplifting beats and surprises together in one motion.
Sirius XM has signed on to purchase Pandora for $3 billion, further diversifying its offerings to online music streaming. The deal comes just one year later after the Sirius XM Holdings took an initial 19 percent stake in Pandora by investing $480 million into the company.
With this move, Sirius stands to make a major transition from streaming done mostly in the car – where most of its users listen – to on-demand music streaming where most activity is done at home or via a mobile device. It will also benefit both companies’ negotiating power with labels and other music-rights holders. While speculation can only confirm the future scaling of benefits available to both companies’ users, with Pandora’s user base of 74.7 million and Sirius XM’s paid subscriptions boasting 36 million users, the buyout will create a user base to rival Spotify, which leads in paid subscriptions at 83 million users as of June.
Once the deal goes through, the newly formed audio entity will be worth $30 billion, well competing with Spotify’s valuation of $23 billion after the company went public earlier this year.
LA-based shallou has been tapped to give the first-ever Sirius XM “Chilled Live” performance for Sirius’s SXM Chill channel. Shallou and Riah recently stopped by the Sirius NYC studio to perform their song “Lie.” The video series seems to take inspiration from other successful radio station features, like BBC Radio 1‘s “Live Lounge” or Triple J’s “Like A Version,” which are all great avenues for exposing up-and-coming talents.
With SXM Chill being the first radio outlet to play Shallou, the “Chilled Live” session marks another first for the budding talent. Earlier this year, he sold out his solo headline tour and also earned his first billboard in Times Square. The release of his sophomore Souls EP and the announcement of a debut world tour show the makings of a special artist indeed, deserving of the selective opportunity to perform in the debut edition of Sirius XM’s newest video venture.
SiriusXM is also providing a free listen link for fans here
The news of Avicii‘s shocking death at age 28 continues to reverberate throughout the electronic music community. The superstar’s tragic passing left the entire music world reeling.
SiriusXM BPM quickly shifted their programming to celebrate Avicii’s incredible career, playing his tracks and taking calls from fans and fellow producers alike. Below are reactions from Tiësto, Steve Aoki, Kaskade, and Laidback Luke to Avicii’s stunning demise far too soon.
Diplo‘s Revolution is not a popular one: the producer’s takeover of Sirius XM‘s Electric Area was met with widespread derision.
A hub for electronically oriented live streams and podcasts like Above & Beyond‘s Group Therapy and Claude VonStroke‘s Birdhouse Radio, Sirius XM’s Electric Area channel (#52) was a favorite preset for listeners of electronic music. XM recently replaced the channel, replacing the radio favorite with Diplo’s Revolution on March 23. While the instatement of a Diplo devoted XM channel is good news for fans of the Major Lazer constituent, many are displeased with the disappearance of Electric Area, and have taken to social media to express their discontent.
Also: I haven’t had a radio show myself in any form for a year, so this ain’t some self interest bullshit, just the point of view of someone who listened to Area in the car pretty much daily.
Also, no issue with Diplo. I like Diplo. Just not as much as I like Electric Area.
What the hell Sirius?! You change the best EDM station, Electric Area, and replace it with “Diplo Revolution”? If I wanted to listen to the same 10-20 songs every hour on the hour I would’ve just put on BPM. #bringbackelectricarea
Words by: Christina Hernandez, Katie Daubert, and Kanvar Koli
Today’s electronic music scene is a blessing and a curse. Accessing music across all genres and subgenres has never been easier; same goes for making it. However, with such abundance comes saturation; where to even begin seeking out new music that speaks to the soul?
Such daunting task is thankfully made much easier thanks to radio shows, many of which are generously bestowed upon the public by DJs who go the extra mile to bring their sounds to the masses. These regular occurrences not only shine a glimpse into the artist themselves, but also provide a more concise stream of neatly-organized music to look forward to, and fall in love with.
Given the importance of such shows in the electronic sphere, Dancing Astronaut has chosen 10 radio shows, in no particular order, that have particularly stood out in 2017.
Radio Wonderland (Alison Wonderland)
Alison Wonderland’s refreshing radio show started quite recently, with the first installment of Wonderland’s radio imprint airing on May 1, 2017. Having already featured guests like Slander and Valentino Khan, Radio Wonderland has already established itself as a platform for quality music.
Deadbeats Radio (Zeds Dead)
Deadbeats Radio was launched in summer of 2017, and has wasted no time in climbing to the top of ranks for its forward-thinking look on bass music and overall embodiment of the Zeds Dead aesthetic.
In addition to being a prime source for all things Deadbeats-related, the show also made waves with its nostalgia-ridden 17th episode, which featured a slew of tracks that inspired the influential and well-loved bass duo that we see today.
The Birdhouse (Claude VonStroke)
Claude Vonstroke maintains his reputation as a dance pioneer with his weekly radio show: THE BIRDHOUSE. This year, the show provided an extension of Vonstroke’s carefully-curated musical output where he continues to showcase some of the finest and latest independent house, techno and bass music producers and DJs. Not only did the show celebrate its two year anniversary in the 105th episode with a live mix from the host himself, but also featured a delectable range of legendary and up-and-coming artists like Tensnake, Sacha Robotti, MIJA, Claptone, and more.
Diplo & Friends
Diplo & Friends is easily one of the gold standards when it comes to radio shows. Even after half a decade, Diplo & Friends continues to impress, as it handed mix debuts to breakout stars Illenium and Ekali while also featuring some of Diplo’s best live sets— including his performance at Afrikaburn in South Africa.
AM Only & Sirius XM joined forces in 2016 to create The Cookout as a way to showcase the next generation of dance music icons. Since then, the weekly show has become a fixture within the electronic scene for its impeccable selection of talent joining on for mix duties. This year witnessed another bountiful slate of caliber music, curated by the likes of TOKiMONSTA, Malaa, Giraffage, and Whethan, to name a *very* few. It’s safe to say that this podcast is a “must-follow.”
Night Owl Radio (Insomniac)
Insomniac has stretched far beyond being simple promoters. The behemoth brand, ran by Pasquale Rotella, launched Night Owl Radio in 2015 alongside Sirius XM. It has since become a well-loved happenstance, known for its diversity in guest selection and consistency in quality. This tradition continued on relentlessly throughout the past year, inviting guests like Flosstradamus, Shiba San, and more, and also earning points for its Kaskade takeover.
Radio One residency – deadmau5
Another radio show inaugurated in 2017, deadmau5’s BBC radio one residency has been nothing short of spectacular. The Canadian legend made full use of the platform available to him, helping to break through new Mau5trap talent, reviving his dormant testpilot alter-ego, and consistently delivering some memorable techno/progressive/electronica sets. Though the residency has come to an end, fans were delighted at deadmau5′ announcement that in 2018 he’d be launching a brand new show on his own podcast.
Global Trance Grooves (John 00 Fleming)
John 00 Fleming’s Global Trance Grooves has become a stalwart in the underground trance scene throughout its decade-plus of existence, bringing the best and most underrated talent and songs into its fold each month.
What sets this series apart from others is Fleming’s unrelenting drive to remind the masses of trance’s true ethos, in a time where he feels it’s been diluted and mischaracterized. Everything under the sun is covered, from lush progressive, to Goa, to subtle hints of uplifting. Having amassed a powerful lineup of guest mixes over the past 12 months, including Hernan Cattaneo, Airwave, and Sean Tyas, 2017 has certainly been the year of Global Trance Grooves.
EPIC Radio (Eric Prydz)
This year saw the return of EPIC Radio on Beats 1, curated by the renowned Swedish icon Eric Prydz. A seasoned vet in pushing the boundaries of electronic music, Eric Prydz keeps things interesting in his highly-acclaimed mixes by featuring a medley of exclusive tracks, unreleased bootlegs, and private remixes. Only a few months ago, he used his radio show as a platform to debut eight new IDs in the eighteenth episode of his Beats 1, EPIC Radio, inciting excitement from fans and heightening the anticipation of new music to come.
Fool’s Gold Radio (A-Trak)
A-Trak‘s launched his Fool’s Gold Radio show six years ago, and has since stood as a revered platform of today’s biggest and brightest sounds in dance music – all curated by the famed turntablist himself. Earlier this year, the Fool’s Gold label celebrated its 10-year anniversary, followed by the producer’s return to the Beats 1 lineup on Apple Music with a brand new open format for his Fool’s Gold Radio show which now supports a rotation of news, interviews, and music from his label and music contemporaries.
Dash Berlin has been teasing his remix of Ellie Goulding’s “Still Falling For You” since Ultra Miami. Ripped copies are already floating around online as well as festival setlists, but this week, the Dutch party starter has teased it once again during an exclusive mix on Sirius XM.
The clip is certainly worthy of the hype it’s received thus far; Goulding’s vocals float along an easily digestible big room base, making for a perfect radio hit. Fans are hoping that this newest reveal of the edit implies a release in the near future.
While the record itself, and Dash’s music as a whole is a far cry from his trance days, the enthusiastic producer has demonstrated a keen handle over tropes that make mass audiences tick over the past couple years.