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.
Skrillex has joined forces with TroyBoi to craft a hefty collaboration, “WARLORDZ,” and The Bloody Beetroots has finally revealed his full five-track Heavy EP. What So Not brings new material with “OOGAHDAM!” and Pryda delivers PRYDA 15 VOL I, containing tracks like “Warrior.” Seven Lions and Fiora take festival season by force with a festival mix of “Let Go,” and Kaskade puts his own spin on Jennifer Lopez’s “Medicine.” The Knocks recruit Nigerian singer Kah-Lo for “Awa Ni,” and The Black Madonna takes “About Work The Dancefloor” to new heights. Kove brings his shadowy style of drum ‘n’ bass to “Bearclaw,” and Lane 8 and Yotto have created a dreamy collaboration, “I / Y.” Armin van Buuren and Benno de Goeij make an appearance as GAIA, delivering the extensive Moons of Jupiter compilation. 3LAU and Bright Lights team up once again on “Down for Life,” and Matroda brings his signature thumping bass to “The One.” Darren Styles keeps happy hardcore alive with “Never Let Me Down,” and Vintage & Morelli is in “Bloom” on his newest release. Kraysh showcases his unique sound on “Void,” and Billy Kenny takes on Kyle Watson and Kylah Jasmine’s “You Boy.”
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.
Skrillex has been back in electronic earshot in a big way this past year, vigorously venturing the festival front and continuously churning out high-caliber offerings both under his Boys Noize-assisted Dog Blood masthead, along with a recent Kelsey Lu remix. But he warned that the sun had only begin to rise on his release agenda for the year. Now he’s delivering on that promise.
He’s now taken up arms with worldly and ever-active torrential trap talent, TroyBoi. Their boisterous OWSLA-housed brainchild, “WARLORDZ,” is intuitively named for its audacious architects. The track exudes the complexity and dexterity of its creators, oscillating between throaty Asian vocals and tender piano-driven interludes.
After what has now become a full blown comeback, Skrillex is back in full force and dropping more music than we have seen in a while. After showcasing the new heater at Paradiso the other week, Moore has officially announced the release of his collab with Troyboi titled, “War Cry” this Friday June 20th. We
To say Ed Sheeran has become one of the most successful artists in the streaming era in an understatement. He is the number one most streamed artist on Spotify with over 61 million listeners a month, with the number one most streamed song, “Shape Of You,”—the only song with over 2 billion plays. Sheeran has four songs with over a billion plays, and from the looks of the roster on his upcoming No. 6 LP, he’s rearing for more.
Porter Robinson‘s Second Sky Festival has reached its conclusion, but the electronic music community is still reeling from the weekend’s performances, especially Skrillex‘s surprise set. The producer offered a little misdirection surrounding his involvement with the affair, tweeting that he wished he were at the festival. But sure enough, the OWSLA boss showed up disguised as a blow-up figure after Porter Robinson announced that an ominous special guest by the name of “DJ Potaro” was set to take the stage.
Fortunately, YouTube user, Myshonok, captured the entire set, allowing those who weren’t there (and those who were) to transport back to see the producer drop cornerstone selects from his catalog like “Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites,” along with a litany of his newer releases.
Other highlights of the weekend include Madeon playing a back-to-back set with Robinson, and Robinson playing a full Worlds throwback set dedicated to the revered 2014 album release.
On Sunday, June 16, Skrillex sent out a telling tweet: “I wish I was at Second Sky Fest.” It was followed up six hours later by a “;),” with the iconic bass/crossover producer taking the main stage at Porter Robinson‘s debut festival shortly afterward for a surprise guest appearance. He performed an array of heavy bass tunes, with plenty of OWSLA representation throughout.
Porter Robinson and Skrillex have a long history together, with the latter actually being one of the first to break Robinson into electronic’s top tier with his prolific Spitfire EP being released on OWSLA. The label owner stayed behind after his impromptu set, telling fans later on through Twitter that Porter & Madeon’s joint set brought him to tears.
Second Sky took place on June 15 & 16 in Oakland, California.
Recently, when JAY-Z was crowned hip-hop’s first billionaire, the estimated totals of his investments surfaced, revealing that the mogul has more than five times the amount of money invested in his alcohol ventures than he does in his own music catalog. If nothing else, it proves alcohol can be lucrative as hell, but it may also mean that the artists and business managers we revere for their passion and creativity have more to offer than just the next record or tour.
Enter Tim Smith and Pat Corcoran, two of the most respected artist managers in the game—the brawn behind Skrillex, Chance The Rapper, and others. The pair linked to create No Fine Print in February 2018 alongside Chicago sommelier Ryan Arnold, diversifying their respective portfolios by launching an unconventional wine brand that doesn’t take things too seriously. Now, they’re hitting the wave of canned spirits with Lil Fizz.
Lil Fizz (12% ABV) is a canned white wine, made from a blend of sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and pinot noir grapes, crisply carbonated and primed for the summer swelter.
Corcoran explains in a press statement,
“Summers in Chicago are short, so you gotta take advantage of every minute you can being outside and with friends. Whether it’s a concert or backyard BBQ, the last thing you want is a hot drink, which is why the can and the volume work so well.”
Ahead of Lil Fizz’ debut, the wine brand has carved out a reputation for procuring a libation that’s free of any pretentious connotations or ego. So while Smith and Corcoran may acknowledge the best parts of JAY-Z’s playbook, their product will never be the next Armand de Brignac champagne—and they’re more than fine with that.
Skrillex wasn’t yanking chains when he said he was going to release a stronghold of new music this year. It seems festival-goers at Ultra Korea got more than a taste of what’s to come.
The robust hour-and-a-half set features various IDs, an unreleased Dog Blood track with Ty Dolla $ign, “Midnight Hour,” an unreleased remix of Space Laces‘ “Slice n Dice,” his new collaboration with TroyBoi, “War Cry,” coming out this week, and a gargantuan grip of high-energy mashups of his own volition. Another highlight of the night was a heavy-handed edit of Avicii & Skrillex vs. SQUNTO, “Levels” versus “Sayim” (Slushii Edit) into a short and sweet “Sing it for Tim” tribute.
The entire track list can be found here in case the bass should have viewers so inclined, and avid Skrillex fans will find multiple gems to keep them on their toes for official releases this summer. The dubstep poster child continues to solidify himself in dance music majesty, and this set is simply another notch in his belt of highest-level execution.
Power duo Skrillex and Boys Noize, known together as Dog Blood, find themselves in the wake of their recently released, critically lauded Turn Off The Lights extended play. Following the project, and accompanying mixtape’s release, the duo are now launching a contest that’s by the fans, for the fans coined the “Dog Blood Collectible Figure Contest.”
The rules are simple: design something original, inspired by Dog Blood. Submit your artwork by June 16 11:59pm PST. The winning design will be made into a 3D toy, and best of all, the winner actually gets paid for their design.
The contest is run on Fan Forge, an open gallery for artists to submit their art to the world. Products are shared and rated by the community with opportunities to become official licensed merchandise. Skrillex has been known to be inventive with his promotion campaigns, but this one might be the most unique one of them all.