Ever After Music Festival returns to Canada in June with sixth anniversary lineup

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For six consecutive summers dating back to 2015, Ever After Music Festival has been ensuring that the nation of Canada has gotten a healthy intertwining of the bass and house music worlds. Making its three-day reappearance in its hometown of Kitchener, Ontario from June 12-14, Ever After Music Festival did not repress in curating an alluring team for its 2020 edition.

Hosted in the heart of an ethereal Canadian woodlands, Ever After has doubled down on its native roots for two of the three lead acts with REZZ, who is following up her 2016 appearance, as well as the Zeds Dead duo.

If the past few months were any indication, the unforeseen yet intriguing back-to-back direction is becoming a lineup fixture as SLANDER and Subtronics will be taking the stage simultaneously for a never-before-seen performance. For those who are not particularly akin to the heavier dance music sounds, Ever After additionally hosts a secondary house-curated stage on both Friday and Saturday, including the likes of Habstrakt, Walker & Royce, Nora En Pure and one yet-to-be announced headliner.

Considering how lucrative official pre-party festivities were in 2019, Ever After has added the extra night of music once again for Thursday, which saw the likes of Yellow Claw this past June.

Purchase tickets for Ever After’s 2020 iteration here.

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Ever After Festival Announces Heavy-Hitting 6th Annual Lineup

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Ever After Music Festival has officially released the long-awaited lineup for its highly anticipated 2020 edition. The colossal roster packs in a wide array of talent from all over the globe, while still maintaining a heavy Canadian influence. The festival spans across three days and will feature multiple stages over June 12, 13, & 14th, 2020. For the first time, the

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Good Morning Mix: Subtronics delivers a heavy-handed ‘NOW THATS WHAT I CALL RIDDIM VOL. 5’

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The fifth installment in SubtronicsNOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL RIDDIM series has arrived, and well, this one just hits different. Textured with shrill synth work and the metallic grit of Subtronics’ well-known bass lines, “VOLUME 5” occupies a raucous 30-minute time slot that packs a deafening one-two punch.

Each minute forcefully exemplifies what Subtronics asserts in the description of the mix: “it’s seriously just dubstep, it’s always been dubstep.” The dub-indulgent outing is part of Subtronics’ larger project of stylistic self-definition. Despite the tongue-in-cheek titling, he clearly doesn’t mind being defined by one single genre.

If the wholly capitalized format of the mix’s title tells streamers anything, it’s that, as in previous segments of the series, Subtronics will punctuate NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL RIDDIM VOLUME 5 with his bombastic brand of ear-splitting bass. VOLUME 5 is no exception, no matter what you choose to call the genre.

Bonnaroo Releases 2020 Lineup You Don’t Want to Miss

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Just months before its annual event, Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival has officially released its 2020 lineup. Popular artists, such as Miley Cyrus, the 1975, Vampire Weekend, and Lana Del Rey are scheduled to perform at this incredible event. Additionally, some of our favorite dance music artists are also featured on the lineup, such as

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HiJinx Festival Selects: Bump cuts from artists slated to play the event’s second edition [Playlist]

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With its inaugural year in the rearview, HiJinx Festival will return once more to the Pennsylvania Convention Center for a second year of unmediated momentum. From December 27-28, HiJinx’s bass itinerary will position headliners Bassnectar, Excision, Slander, Skrillex, Zeds Dead, Porter Robinson, and GRiZ before the crowd assembled in Philadelphia.

A wonderland of low end artistry, HiJinx’s 2019 lineup additionally includes DROELOE, who recently wrapped their past, present, future EP series with the release of A Promise Is Made, CloZee, Big Wild, and dual riddim and dubstep experimenter, Subtronics, who partnered with GRiZ on the floor shaking “Griztronics.” Zion I, Kittens, SoDown, and The Underachievers will also cater to bass enthusiasts with resounding sets over the course of HiJinx’s two-day 2019 run.

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To ready attendees for what will be, for some, the final festival of the decade, Dancing Astronaut has coalesced original productions from all of the artists slated to play HiJinx in one sprawling pre-event playlist. More information on the sold out event can be found, here.

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Snails drops new collaboration-stacked EP, ‘World of Slime’

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Self-proclaimed founder of grimy dubstep genre “vomitstep,” Snails is back with an eight-track EP packed to the brim with powerhouse collaborations courtesy of his own label Slugz Music. Snails is already an extremely accomplished bass music producer by himself, but combining his signature sound with the likes of Barely Alive, Kill the Noise, Sullivan King, Wooli, Subtronics, Carbin, and more has created a truly one-of-a-kind EP filled with dubstep anthems.

Snails’ career rose to new heights in 2019 with massive performances at EDC Las Vegas, as well as Kill the Noise collaborative project Kill the Snails taking over Red Rocks Amphitheater. Now, this eclectic escargot is wrapping up the tail-end of his World of Slime headline tour that features his one-of-a-kind holographic Shell stage production. See his remaining tour dates here.

Subtronics and Zeds Dead Finally Release “Bumpy Teeth”

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Popular music producers, Zeds Dead and Subtronics have officially released their exciting new collaboration “Bumpy Teeth.” Fans have been waiting for a collaboration like this for quite some time, especially because of Subtronics’ sudden breakout this year. Thankfully, the waiting has finally ended and now we all have the chance to listen to the new

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Zeds Dead recruit Subtronics for forceful unveil of ‘Bumpy Teeth’ [Stream]

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Zeds Dead has released their latest offering from their forthcoming We Are Deadbeats Vol. 4 label compilation. Entitled “Bumpy Teeth,” the joint Subtronics track clocks in as the Canadian duo’s last release of another fruitful year.

Following their Urbandawn collaboration “Sound of the Underground,” the newest single diverges from the former’s drum n’ bass tinges, but parallels on levels of bass intensity with Subtronics lending a hand to its riddim-redolent nuances. The fourth edition of the Deadbeats compilation will see highly anticipated features from the likes of Ganja White Night, Dion Timmer, Delta Heavy, and more. We Are Deadbeats Vol. 4 is out January 14th, 2020 via Deadbeats.

“Bumpy Teeth” brings the respective stylistic aspects of both Zeds Dead and Subtronics to the table—honing in detailed melodies while constructing dastardly destructive bass sounds. The track fades in with a chiming piano line caressed by laser-like synths and cosmic undertones before laying down thrashing sound design and skin-crawling instrumentals. Playing with rhythmic structures and off-beat chord embellishments, “Bumpy Teeth” and its reggaestep-inspired productions trade off with heavy bass—ultimately, proving a rollercoaster for the listener’s senses.

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Dancing Astronaut’s Top Tracks of 2019

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2019 has been a remarkable year for new music.

The past twelve months brought with them a collection of highly anticipated LPs: Madeon‘s Good Faith, Avicii‘s posthumous Tim, Gesaffelstein‘s Hyperion, Illenium‘s ASCEND, along with a Flume mixtape. Notable collaborations like REZZ and Malaa‘s “Criminals,” Seven Lions, Wooli, Trivecta, and Nevve‘s “Island,” and GRiZ and Subtronics‘ “Griztronics” hit the airwaves in blazes of glory. Supergroups like Dog Blood (Skrillex and Boys Noize) and Get Real (Claude VonStroke and Green Velvet) showcased the power of doubling up on brainpower. And, of course, countless singles had us hitting repeat more times than were calculable: Dillon Francis‘ “Still Not Butter,” i_o‘s “House of God,” Habstrakt‘s “De la Street,” Alesso‘s “Progresso,” and so many more.

In no particular order, we present a 30-track collection of our favorite songs of the year, chosen by DA writers and editors.

Kayzo and Subtronics team up on surprising bass-heavy collaboration

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Hardstyle and bass music specialist Kayzo has teamed up with riddim cyclops Subtronics for a truly unforgettable collaboration: “Braincase.” Both of these talented producers have had massive years full of performances and original releases.

Welcome Records labelhead Kayzo, known for his intertwining of rock elements with bass anthems, embarked on headline tours and took over festival main stages around the world, including Excision‘s own Lost Lands, and released full length album Unleashed.

Subtronics, known for his riddim roots and dubstep hits, released chart-topping Griz collaboration “Griztronics,” as well as Wakaan-esque experimental and wobbly EP Wooked on Tronics. Fans have been anxiously awaiting the release of this collaboration since Subtronics first began teasing it on social media months ago.

The unique styles of both artists are felt throughout “Braincase,” starting with the powerful electric guitar shreds in the intro that create the perfect tension leading up to the drop. The drop comes in two parts. Initially, and somewhat surprisingly, “Braincase” pulls listeners in with a lighthearted, bouncy psytrance drop, before shifting into a massive headbanger-friendly dubstep anthem courtesy of Subtronics. This powerful single is certain to make its rounds in next year’s DJ sets, so keep a lookout.

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