Chicago’s newest venue, RADIUS secures Tchami, Dillon Francis, Carl Cox for first bookings

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Chicago’s newest venue, RADIUS secures Tchami, Dillon Francis, Carl Cox for first bookingsRadius

In light of the recent closing of Chicago-beloved electronic enclave, The MID, The Windy City could use a new spot to fill the void.

And that’s just what it’s getting. RADIUS is primed to become a Chicago music lover’s go-to. Opening its doors in 2020, organizers have shared plans to welcome Tchami, Dillon Francis, and Carl Cox to get the electronic lovers’ whistles wet. But its on-deck curatorial draw doesn’t stop in the dance domain. This coming spring, RADIUS will also host Lil Wayne, Alkaline Trio (featuring Matt Skiba, now of blink-182), and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard.

Setting up shop just south of The Loop, RADIUS finds its home in Chicago’s bustling Pilsen neighborhood, home to a longtime Chicago favorite for live music, Thalia Hall.

Bringing the announcement full-circle, prospective attendees may recognize RADIUS’s owner, Nick Karounos as former owner and operator of The MID. Karounos also owns Chicago’s PRYSM nightclub and Concord Music Hall, another all-encompassing electronic epicenter.

“This project has been 4 years in the making and we are beyond excited to show Chicago and the rest of the world what we have built for music lovers of all genres,” Karounos writes in a recent release.

RADIUS’s inaugural event is pegged for February 29, featuring off-the-wall EDM all-star, the Latin Grammy-nominated Dillon Francis. Tickets go on sale this Friday, December 13 at 12PM CST here. For more dates and information, visit RADIUS’ website.

Tchami and ZHU share back-to-back performance from HARD Summer

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Tchami and ZHU share back-to-back performance from HARD SummerZhu Tchami

The house music stars aligned over California this summer. Tchami and ZHU swept the decks, side by side, at the now Insomniac-owned HARD Summer for an hour of four-on-the-floor insanity amid the August heat.

Such a venerated pairing isn’t surprising in the least for those who’ve been following HARD’s iconoclastic narrative for the past decade (and change); and the titillating twosome certainly rose to the brand’s legacy. The dexterous duo treated the audience to standout renditions of each DJ’s eminent discography, like a “Guilty Love” remix and an Umek “Vibrancy”/”After Life” mashup.

The hour is chock-full of revered house cuts, alongside Tchami and ZHU staples. The performance is undoubtedly among the best sets of not only the bygone weekend, but the entire 2019 festival season.

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Valentino Khan remixes Tchami’s ‘Rainforest’

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Valentino Khan remixes Tchami’s ‘Rainforest’Valentino Khan 3 White Rabbit

Valentino Khan has delivered a heady take on Tchami‘s “Rainforest.” Maintaining the future house foundation of the original, Khan opts for a darker, heads-down take. The original’s vocals, which play a larger role in this rendition are doused in shadowy effects as they glide through layers of white noise and hollow synths that have replaced the 8-bit-inspired ones that comprised “Rainforest’s” central melody. These changes don’t veer too far off from the original, yet do enough to make a standout new single while showcasing Khan’s distinctive aesthetic.

Prior to remixing Tchami, the artist enjoyed an extended stint on Diplo’s Mad Decent imprint via his last EP House Party and the high-charged “Flip The Switch” alongside Chris Lorenzo. Meanwhile, Tchami made headlines for co-writing the soundtrack to Lady Gaga’s new makeup line.

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NMF Roundup: Valentino Khan remixes Tchami, Gryffin teams up with Maia Wright + more

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NMF Roundup: Valentino Khan remixes Tchami, Gryffin teams up with Maia Wright + moreValentino Khan 3 White Rabbit

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.

Valentino Khan tackles Tchami’s “Rainforest” in his latest remix, and Gryffin teams up with Maia Wright for “Body Back.” Lost Kings tap Marc E. Bassy for “Somebody Out There,” and Adventure Club unveil their Death or Glory Sessions. David Guetta remixes Idris Elba’s “On Life” as Jack Back, and Sullivan King reveals his debut album, including tracks like “If My Eyes Are Vampires (Your Body Is My Sunlight)” with TYNAN. Fox Stevenson, too, has a debut album out on Oct. 18, featuring songs like “All Night,” and Hardwell teams up with Deorro, MAKJ, and Fatman Scoop for “Left Right.” Henry Fong encourages listeners to “Jump Up” with his new single, and Flosstradamus and Megatone deliver “Bounce Back” after premiering the track with DA. Faux Tales has released his ethereal Hiraeth LP, and Madnap and Luma have collaborated on “Faces.” YehMe2 and Wuki “Throw It” on their new collaboration, and vowl. and Brock Wilson jointly release “recluse.” Justin Jay puts his own spin on NGHTMRE and A$AP Ferg’s “REDLIGHT,” and Boombox Cartel and Griff Clawson reveal “All I Want.”

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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Decadence Colorado taps Louis The Child, Bassnectar, REZZ, and more for phase one

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Decadence Colorado taps Louis The Child, Bassnectar, REZZ, and more for phase oneDecadence 2018 Rawhide Day1 JTD 181230 132

As surely as the clock will tick one year into the next into the next on December 31, Decadence Colorado will just as reliably be raging through that incipient stroke of midnight, a guarantee on behalf of its formidable faction of artistry.

A highlight of the winter electronic festival circuit each year, the nation’s largest New Year’s Eve event has named names for the first phase of its 2020 lineup. The genre-spanning collection of talent includes Bassnectar, DJ Diesel (Shaquille O’Neal), Louis The Child, Oliver Heldens, Feed Me, Jai Wolf, Tiësto, and a Tchami & Malaa No Redemption set, among a number of other persons of interest.

Decadence will descend upon the Colorado Convention Center from December 30-31 for its ninth annual year of production. General admission and VIP passes to the holiday affair will go on sale at 12 pm MT on September 27. Purchase tickets to Decadence NYE, here.

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Orbit Playlist: Matroda readies his ‘Red Tape’-themed repertoire ahead of AMF debut

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Orbit Playlist: Matroda readies his ‘Red Tape’-themed repertoire ahead of AMF debutMatroda 1

One of Dim Mak‘s newest dancefloor weapons, Matroda, recently rounded a number of his like-minded, heavy house/bass-affiliated counterparts for the deluxe arm of his double-sided The RED Tape EP. BIJOU, ANGELZ, and fellow Dim Mak habitue, JACKNIFE, were just a few to toss their high-voltage offering into the RED Tape remix cap.

Following a number of auspicious stops on the high-priority festival front this past season (Spring Awakening, Ubbi Dubbi, Das Energi), the Croatian DJ-producer was recently invited by Destructo (Gary Richards: ever one to bolster fresh, new talent in dance music via his events) to spin at the second edition of his downtown LA-housed All My Friends festival this year, on October 19.

Before that, though, Matroda cooked up Dancing Astronaut‘s dynamic-dancefloor-acquainted listeners a pre-festival playlist consisting of his favorite selects of the moment. The soundtrack arrives in a similar vein to his latest multi-track showing, spanning the summertime, effervescent energy of Tchami‘s new “Rainforest,” to the caustic, ear-searing bassline of Noizu‘s “Jungle.” Upping the ante, he offered insights as to why he deemed each track worthy of inclusion.

Find the playlist/Matroda’s comments below:

Matroda feat. Dances With White Girls – Bang This is a song I produced last year with the legend Dances With White Girls and is part of The RED Tape EP. It always works well at the festivals.

Matroda – Kulio
My newest track. I will play it live for the first time among with many other IDS.

Walker & Royce, VNSSA – Word
Word? Word? Woooord! I like what Walker & Royce are doing and this song goes off hard every time I play it. I did my own version of it. A festival version.

Valentino Khan – Pony
Valentino Khan’s latest EP House Party is dope. Pony is my fav’ track.

Sonny Fodera – Insane 

One of my fav’ house producers…cant go wrong. This is an insane track called “Insane.”

Tchami – Rainforest
Tchami always impress with something new and fresh. Dope track all around! 

Mike Vale – Music Is The Answer
A good friend of mine delivered big time. This song was number one on Beatport for few weeks. It’s a dope remake of a classic.

Ship Wrek – Need It
I like versatility in their production. They nailed this one. Need it!

FREAK ON – Juicy
This one is more for the after parties. Deep, but still very dope.

Noizu – Jungle
I’m a big fan of a drop here. Noizu is the man.

Wander through the jungle on Tchami’s latest, ‘Rainforest’

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Wander through the jungle on Tchami’s latest, ‘Rainforest’Tchami Aurra Shade Ep

Aside from his recent collaboration with DJ Snake, Malaa, and Mercer on Snake’s new album and “Omega” with Ibranovski in March, the world hasn’t heard much new material from CONFESSION head honcho Tchami this year.

That ended Aug. 8 with the release of a brand new solo venture, “Rainforest,” via his own imprint. The single comes at the listener swinging, introducing a bold arrangement of glittering synths in the first seconds of the song. Vocals filter in with a subtle beat, building to the full essence of a Tchami song when the beat drops.

The future house tune is effortlessly groovy, saturated with an infectious rhythm and contemplative interludes that give the listener a chance to marinate in the intriguing world Tchami’s created. Artwork depicting a decorated grail only adds to the spirit of adventure captured in this alluring single.

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Marten Hørger wreaks electro havoc with ‘GONNA BE ME’

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Marten Hørger wreaks electro havoc with ‘GONNA BE ME’HorgerGonnaBeMe

Electro upstart Marten Hørger returns to Tchami’s CONFESSION label with GONNA BE ME, a swanky two-track house excursion that’s refreshingly content with swapping the uplifting overtones so often associated with the genre for a few extra layers of grinding, German engineered bass.

The EP’s A-side puts Hørger’s production prowess on full display, with basslines that simultaneously sputter and swell on top of one another. A properly chosen and tuned sample doesn’t just give the club-thumping track its own identity, but acts as the cherry on top of two truly decadent electro drops.

Fellow German producer Karol Tip is featured on a B-side whose looming melodies, swagger doused grooves, and accompanying police sirens all scream “COME AT ME!” in a way that only late-night club-goers could love. With a title like “WILD”, however, those at home should have a decent idea of what they’re signing up for before hitting play.

Lady Gaga’s Tchami and Boys Noize-scored beauty brand HAUS LABS debuts on Amazon Prime Day

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Lady Gaga’s Tchami and Boys Noize-scored beauty brand HAUS LABS debuts on Amazon Prime DayPetrusich Gaga Super Bowl 1200

It was only a matter of time before international pop icon Lady Gaga made her foray into the beauty industry. Gaga introduced her new beauty brand HAUS LABORATORIES earlier this month on July 9 with the help of electronic producers Boys Noize, Blood Pop, and Tchami. The gender-neutral makeup line launched Monday, July 15 during Amazon‘s Prime Day event, which takes place over two days this year.

Prime members can pre-order the HAUS LABS collection during Prime Day and non-Prime shoppers will have the chance to purchase products later this month. The first units will ship in September. Amazon will be the exclusive global retailer for HAUS LABS. All products are certified-vegan and cruelty-free. Although Gaga teamed up with Amazon for the purposes of making her products as inclusive and accessible as possible, the partnership has seen some backlash by fans who expressed disappointment at Amazon’s working conditions for its employees.

Gaga has used HAUS LABS to send empowering messages to consumers, relaying her own experience with beauty through social media.

“I found the superhero within me by looking in the mirror and seeing who I wanted to be,” says Gaga. “Sometimes beauty doesn’t come naturally from within. But I’m so grateful that makeup inspired a bravery in me I didn’t know I had. I’ve come to accept that I discovered my beauty by having the ability to invent myself and transform. They said I was just weird, but really, I was just Born This Way.”

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When I was young, I never felt beautiful. And as I struggled to find a sense of both inner and outer beauty, I discovered the power of makeup. I remember watching my mother put her makeup on every morning, basking in the glow of her power to put on her bravest face as the hard working woman she was. I then began to experiment with makeup as a way to make my dreams of being as strong as my mother become true. It was then that I invented Lady Gaga. I found the superhero within me by looking in the mirror and seeing who I wanted to be. Sometimes beauty doesn’t come naturally from within. But I’m so grateful that makeup inspired a bravery in me I didn’t know I had. I’ve come to accept that I discovered my beauty by having the ability to invent myself and transform. They said I was just weird, but really, I was just Born This Way. Love, Lady Gaga

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Lady Gaga launches new beauty brand HAUS LABS with music from Boys Noize, Tchami, and Blood Pop

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Lady Gaga launches new beauty brand HAUS LABS with music from Boys Noize, Tchami, and Blood PopLady Gaga 2009 Live B 1548 Credit Ashley Laderer

Lady Gaga has been a creative tour de force since her emergence on the over a decade ago. She’s dominated the pop circuit, forayed into film, and now, she’s dipping into the beauty game with the launch of her new HAUS LABORATORIES brand. To introduce the new line of beauty products, available for pre-order on Amazon starting Monday, July 15, Gaga enlisted a number of high-profile electronic producers including Boys Noize, Tchami, and Blood Pop.

Gaga’s HAUS launch finds her reuniting with Blood Pop and Boys Noize—Blood Pop being the main architect behind 2016’s hit LP Joanne alongside Mark Ronson, and Boys Noize having previously pulled production duties on Gaga’s mind-bending ENIGMA residency in Las Vegas. Now the two, along with Confession label boss Tchami, are the credited producers behind HAUS sonics, featured in a new video released on social media platforms on July 9.

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