Sunset Music Festival is set to return to Tampa, Florida for its eighth iteration this Memorial Day weekend, and after releasing a heavy-hitting phase one lineup, festival organizer Disco Donnie is here with the phase two lineup.
Sunset Music Festival’s phase one lineup announcement included artists ranging from Kaskade and Audien all of the way to Chris Lake and Ilan Bluestone. Dog Blood‘s second show announcement after their lengthy hiatus was a spot among Sunset’s phase one announcement, and after their recent Ultra performance, fans certainly have something to be excited about.
Sunset Music Festival’s phase two announcement includes an equally diverse collection of artists, ranging from Zedd and Phantoms to Dion Timmer and Zeds Dead. Additional artists included in the phase two announcement are Illenium, Tchami, 4B, and DROELOE, among others. The event is slated to take place on May 25 and 26 at Raymond James Stadium, and tickets for the festival are available here.
Ultra Music Festival‘s second day of production was nothing short of explosive. Martin Garrix fans found an unexpected new Garrix single on major streaming platforms everywhere just minutes after Garrix took Ultra’s main stage. Sound familiar? It should have, for that single was none other than Matisse & Sadko and Alex Aris’ collaboration, “Mistaken,” which comprised the opening of Garrix’s Ultra set. Garrix’s swift progression from the live debut of an unreleased ID, to the formal release thereof, however, was but one of the many noteworthy electronic developments of Ultra’s second day.
From deadmau5‘s presentation of the cutting-edge technology that is Cube 3.0 for the very first time during his main stage closing set, to Zedd’s gritty remix of Swedish House Mafia‘s “Save to World,” not to mention Illenium‘s Ultra debut, day two of the Miami flagship kept live streamers and attendees alike engaged in their uncertainty of just what would happen next. Relive the festival’s momentous sequel to day one with sets from Zedd, Armin van Buuren, Illenium, NGHTMRE & Slander (Gud Vibrations), Tchami, deadmau5, and Martin Garrix.
From main stage marvels like Alesso and Tiësto, to collaborative heavy-hitters like Dog Blood, Ultra‘s opening day of production attracted choice electronic acts to the Miami flagship’s newfound home of Virginia Key. For dance music diversion, look no further than Dancing Astronaut’s live set roundup from day one of Ultra Music Festival.
Set highlights include Dog Blood playing out their latest single, “Turn Off The Lights,” and Alesso exerting the main stage strength of cuts from his recently released EP, Progresso Volume 1. Nora En Pure, Nicky Romero, and Fedde le Grand each follow suit, lighting up Virginia Key and streamers’ speakers with their masterful mixing techniques and energetic stage presences. A thunderous day two of Ultra Music Festival festivities awaits, with Zedd, Tchami, Martin Garrix, 3LAU, and more scheduled to appear.
Each week, New Music Friday sweeps through with torrential force, showering streaming platforms with immeasurable amounts of new tunes. Just like Dancing Astronaut rounds up 25 of the biggest songs of the week for the Hot 25 Spotify playlist each New Music Friday, Lunar Lunes serves as a landing pad for SoundCloud users who want a whole new dose of tunes to kick off the work week.
Perhaps March 25th’s biggest release is a fiery collaboration between CONFESSION‘s Tchami and Ibranovski by the name of “Omega.” DEVAULT puts his own mellow spin on Alessia Cara‘s “Out of Love,” and Oliverse cranks up the intensity on a remix of Emalkay’s “Fabrication.” Golf Clap keep things smooth and grooving with their new single, “Demo Tapes,” and Riggi & Piros join forces with MOTi for “Side 2 Side.” Delta Heavy reveal their 11-track Only In Dreams LP, featuring “Replicant” with KUURO, and CloZee puts her own worldly downtempo twist on Axel Thesleff’s “Eco.” Zack Martino takes on Armin van Buuren‘s “Lonely For You” with Bonnie McKee, and Sullivan King throws it back to 2005 with a hardcore remix of Green Day’s “Boulevard of Broken Dreams.” Grant returns to Monstercat for a contemplative new single, “Wishes,” and W&W and Maurice West link up on “Matrix.” MYRNE taps Sam Rui and Gentle Bones for “Call, Call Me,” and Amon Tobin previews his forthcoming studio album with the release of “Vipers Follow You.”
There’s a NuKid on the Tchami-led CONFESSION block. Subtle as a gun, the LA native’s latest lesson in G-House, “Sudden,” marks his official CONFESSION debut.
According to NuKid, he and Moeazy (“Sudden”‘s rhyme authority) took their time bringing the track to fruition.
“The mix between hip hop and house music is what I was really trying to accomplish when creating this record,” NuKid says. “With this single you really get the full spectrum of both genres in one.”
A club atmosphere’s prescribed dose of lasciviousness, “Sudden” is playful and pulsing. With a house beat dancing on hip-hop’s doorstep, “Sudden” fits swimmingly alongside CONFESSION’s forthright four-by-four catalog, while nudging the ever-influential imprint to its stylistic precipice.
Winter Music Conference, along with Miami Music Week, offers some of the industries most exclusive events from pool parties to yacht blowouts. One of these high-priority celebrations is the Scrxtch N Sniff & TechYes’ CONFESSION Label Closing Party at 3100 Wynwood in Miami on March 31.
From 11 p.m. to 7 a.m., the party will offer a sanctuary for those in need of house music after Ultra‘s final bell. After a bit of research, we’re suspecting this will be another installment of Tchami & Malaa‘s Confession Tour, given both will be in playing in Miami at Ultra and these dates are blacked out on their tour schedule.
Stay tuned for the full line-up announcement, and click here to grab early-bird tickets now.
Pardon My French is taking over Red Rocks on April 26. The French collective comprised of DJ Snake, Tchami, Malaa, and Mercer are reuniting for the first time since 2016 at the naturally acoustic megastructure that’s hosted many of music’s most iconic acts for the last 75 years plus. The collective was established in 2015 with the aim of bringing French electronic artists together.
Last year, Tchami and Malaa took their Confessions Tour to Red Rocks, a spectacle performance that played on the concept of heaven and hell. This year, the entire Pardon My French crew is rolling deep, and the four-man collective is promising Colorado a show fans won’t soon forget as the spring events circuit reaches full swing. Tickets for the Pardon My French takeover are available for AXS and AEG presale on Thursday, January 31 at 10:00 a.m. MT, and general sale on Friday, February 1 at 10:00 a.m. MT.
Click here to buy tickets (presale passcode: PMFRRX)
ZHU and Tchami are both masters of their own domains of darkness. For ZHU, it’s his leadership of the team behind Mind of A Genius. For Tchami, it’s his brand of sound cultivated at his label, CONFESSION.
Those worlds have remained separate until an epic meeting of the minds took place on stage at Holy Ship! on its 13th voyage in 2019. The two producers and leaders in their industry paired their visions of the darker side of house music and electronica for a back-to-back set on the ship’s pool deck.
For more than an hour at dusk, the two created quite a an exhilarating atmosphere for ship attendees to enjoy — and one of them even captured the set so the internet, too, could enjoy.
Sunday Morning Medicine is a feature from Dancing Astronaut dedicated to the mellower side of electronic music. We bring you our favorite therapeutic selections — old and new — in attempts to alleviate the agonizing effects of a long weekend of partying.
For nearly two decades, Bonobo has been cultivating an easygoing sound, one that’s lush with balmy beats and calming instrumentals. This sonic stunner, “Kiara,” makes an appearance on the UK musician’s 2010 album, Black Sands.
Tchami‘s “Zeal” instantly captured the hearts of fans with its merry melody and grooving beat upon its release in 2017. The song’s infectious ambiance made it a clear standout on the French producer’s Revelations EP.
As the bonus track on Big Gigantic‘s 2010 LP of the same name, “A Place Behind the Moon” saw Big Gigantic in their finest form. The Colorado group brought along members of STS9 for this alluring collaboration that perfectly summed up the 12-track album.
In August 2017, Moon Boots revealed his debut album, First Landing. Its title track is deeply rooted house in rhythm and undertones of bass, maintaining a mellow and almost sultry sonic atmosphere throughout.
In Nora En Pure‘s “Tears In Your Eyes,” gorgeous strings and a delicate piano melody usher in an otherworldly beat and memorable vocal hook. This catchy Spinnin’ release was met with praise from the South African producer’s fan base — and rightly so.
The English duo is sure to include some of their latest jams, including select “Terrace Dub” reworks from their recently released Escape album and a remix of Weiss’ 2018 hit, “Feel My Needs.” They maintain the house-heavy vibes with a Lane 8 remix, Karma Kid & Fono’s recent collaboration “Clap Your Hands,” Rampa’s two-year-old “Necessity,” and other prime selections.
Gorgon City is currently on their Escape Live tour, with stops in Chicago, Toronto, Brooklyn, and more, rolling the train through February 2019. Head here for tickets and more info.