Honey Dijon and The Black Madonna to debut new project Black Honey at Teksupport NYC

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Underground electronic event curators Teksupport have announced a slew of new performances to take place in New York City through the end of 2018. Among those event announcements are two projects to debut at each of their events, one of those being Âme || Âme, from the German production duo of the same name. The show, a hybrid between DJ set and live performance, has been on the circuit in Europe, but the Innervisions label heads will debut the show in America on December 14.

The entirely new project Teksupport is ushering into the NYC scene is in the form of a new duo from two leading artists in their field. The Black Madonna — a DJ who has become more and more respected across underground circles since her debut in 2014 — and Honey Dijon – a house and fashion icon in her own right – will partner up on a unique b2b performance. Under a new name Black Honey, the two will make house history for their first gig at The Black Madonna’s We Still Believe Party that will hit 99 Scott in Brooklyn on September 28.

 

Photo credit: The Teksupport team

The Black Madonna’s Grand Theft Auto DJ set is here

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Live in London, via radio airwaves through BBC Radio 1 and in the virtual world on Grand Theft Auto After Hours expansion; The Black Madonna has been crushing sets. Various live GTA sets have been streamed through Resident Advisor, and they finally released one that house heads have been holding out for: Chicago’s own The Black Madonna.

When the preliminary trailer dropped, it was made aware the popular video game was bringing in resident house DJs to its infamous Los Santos city capital. The DJs included were Solomun, Dixon, Black Madonna, and Tale of UsResident Advisor released live sets from Dixon and Tale of Us. Solomun released a music video for his single, “Customer is King,” and it was shot entirely within the game of Grand Theft Auto V. Now, The Black Madonna is put on center stage with her immaculate track selection and radiant presence.  Even she thought Rockstar Games did a stellar job in capturing her unique motions behind the decks.

Solomun, Dixon, The Black Madonna, and Tale Of Us tease a special collaboration

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Four legends have began teasing at a summer collaboration that is sure to cause a stir among the house and tech realm. Solomun, Dixon, The Black Madonna, and Tale Of Us all posted a mysterious promo poster on their respective social media pages, with not much information other than “summer 2018” and “Los Santos.” The background of the flyer is vivid and surreal.

As any video game fan might guess, “Los Santos” indeed appears to indicate the Grand Theft Auto town of the same name. The make-believe city was modeled after Los Angeles. One can easily deduce from here that each of the collaborators will be assisting with the newest GTA iteration’s soundtrack. Past electronic artists playing a cameo in the video game include FlyLo and Soulwax.

Fans of the DJs have also commented in hopes of confirmation that these four will perform, or collaborate together somehow in reality. with many nudging the group to play together in the city that inspired Los Santos.

H/T: Resident Advisor

Flying Lotus 3D show added last minute to FORM Arcosanti lineup, festival drops new compilation ahead of fifth installment

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As FORM Arcosanti nears its fifth annual installment, the festival is gearing up to host its largest edition yet with Skrillex, Charli XCX, Fleet Foxes, Hundred Waters and more heading to the Arizona desert over Mother’s Day weekend. Unfortunately, just ahead of the event, Chance The Rapper has been forced to cancel his FORM debut, which was slated to be his only North American booking of the year. Replacing the Chicago rhymer is a tough last-minute spot to fill, but luckily Friday night’s headlining duties have been picked up by Brainfeeder mastermind Flying Lotus, bringing his sensory overloading 3D live show to Arcosanti’s amphitheater.

While Chano won’t be making it to this year’s event, the rest of FORM’s lineup is comprised of impeccably curated talents including Blood Orange, Daniel Caesar, Mija, SOPHIE, Beach House, The Black Madonna, and more, all of whom are featured on a new 19-track compilation released by the festival. See the full track list and download the compilation below:

FORM ARCOSANTI COMPILATION TRACKLIST
Charli XCX – Dreamer feat. A .G Cook (Bibi Bourelly version)
Mija – Notice Me
Bombino- Deran Deran Alkheir (Well Wishes)
Courtney Barnett – City Looks Pretty
Dirty Projectors – Break Thru
(Sandy) Alex G – Rocket
Julie Byrne – I Live Now As a Singer
Kelsey Lu – Running Backwards
Half Waif – Salt Candy
CEP – Lilian’s Pavilion
Hundred Waters – Mushroom Cloud
A1 – Untitled 6 (Ebow) (Paul Corley Remix)
Beach House – Lemon Glow
Julie Byrne – Natural Blue
Lawrence Rothman – Wolves Still Cry
Show Me Love (Skrillex Remix) ft. Chance the Rapper, Moses Sumney, & Robin Hannibal
The Black Madonna – He is the Voice I Hear
Zola Jesus – Exhumed
Ho99o9- The Dope Dealerz
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Beyond the headliners: DA presents the top 10 must-see acts of Coachella 2018

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America’s cornerstone music festival is fast approaching its Empire Polo Club descent. As Coachella Music Valley Music & Arts Festival enters its 19th annual celebration, the festival reflects on music’s past, relishes in its present, and amplifies its future. It’s an exuberant apex promising the land of milk and honey for its frenzied fashion frolickers and music aficionados alike.

Those that secured passes this year conquered its fastest selling edition on record despite having endured a price hike. This year sees the Goldenvoice brainchild packing punches and taking names as per usual. Rock ‘n roll’s presence has dwindled, giving rise to rap, pop, and R&B. Beyoncé, The Weeknd, and Eminem are headlining. In the electronica arena, rising acts like Louis the Child, Alan Walker, AC Slater, Petit Biscuit, Whethan, Cash Cash, and San Holo are carrying the torch of a new era of radio-friendly, pop-centric dance music, which Coachella’s clearly noticing based on their booking choices. 

We here at Dancing Astronaut have taken to compile a complete list of acts we deem unmissable ahead of the gathering’s first weekend. By now the set times have dropped and there are inevitable conflicts, but these acts are among the most exciting debuts, performances, and compasses for where dance music has been and will shift in the years to come.

10) Ekali

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If a cosign from Skrillex doesn’t entice you, perhaps it’ll behoove you to know that the OWSLA signee Ekali sold out his Babylon tour through December of last year. Maybe you’d like to know that the trap maven moves through genres with ease, having collaborated already with TroyBoi, Denzel Curry, and KRANE. Last year, he released a huge collaboration with Zhu and dropped a wide range of mixes, including his three-hour-long Awakening mixes, a Diplo & Friends mix, and a Triple J mix. Ekali became a household name in the dance community in 2017, and accordingly, DA named him one of the producers of the year. This year, he’s moved from his 2016 DoLab performance slot to an afternoon slot in the Sahara tent and if that isn’t an impressive testament to his own, and a rising class of new dance acts’ versatility, growth, and impact in the modern dance realm we truly don’t know what is.

9) Petit Biscuit

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Nineteen-year-old Mehdi Benjelloun, known musically as Petit Biscuit, has already proven his music production talents are well beyond his years. Classically trained in the cello by the age of five, Benjelloun’s monumental remix of ODESZA‘s “Memories That You Call,” drew comparisons to the duo with a refreshing injection of poise. Not to mention, Petit Biscuit wrote, produced, and mixed his debut album Presence over the course of the last year, somehow finding a balance between high school exams and sold-out tours across the world. Petit Biscuit’s Coachella debut is a testament to a new class of classically trained electronic musicians. May there be plenty more to come.

8) Kölsch

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Just last year, Kölsch ran through a slew of high profile festivals, had a stellar BBC Radio 1, an Ibiza residency at one of the island’s most renowned new destinations, played the iconic DC 10, Berghain‘s Panorama bar, and performed on the Eiffel Tower for five million people around the world. With both ease and great comfort, Kölsch’s sets implement an articulate understanding of his surroundings, and though Coachella 2018 marks his debut at the festival, his ability to read the room will surely see that he delivers here and for the rest of the world in the months to follow.

7) Barclay Crenshaw

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Dirtybird head honcho Claude VonStroke, also known by his hip-hop alter ego and real name, Barclay Crenshaw, is elevating one of dance music’s mightiest messages. As the founder of the Dirtybird Campout, Crenshaw’s proven the Dirtybird flock is much more than a tantalizing tech house home base, but an embodiment of the true meaning of dance music. He’s bringing the tribe back to the dance floor and proving that love and passion, for music, but more importantly for one another, will see it all through.

6) Chromeo

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One could argue that a Chromeo set in 2018 is outdated. But, that would be to ignore the duo’s immense cultural permeability, not to mention their timelessness, and an ultimate ushering in of contemporary disco music. Chromeo’s releasing a new album in June. For now, they’ve released a new bop with D.R.A.M and renowned Prince and D’angelo collaborator Jesse Johnson for what appears to allude to their grooviest album yet. Their Coachella set will undoubtedly feature a plethora of classics and new material alike, and you’d have to be crazy to miss that.

5) Detroit Love (Carl Craig, Kyle Hall, Moodymann)

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Keeping current and experimental with underground techno bookings proves to be no easy task. This year, Coachella’s dance bookings cater to the techno heads — see Maceo Plex, Chris Liebing, Joseph Capriati, and more — while simultaneously paying respect to the birthplace of the genre with the booking of Detroit Love. Detroit Love is a trio comprised of dancefloor experimentalist and top Detroit techno producer Carl Craig, Kyle Hall, and Moodymann. Ultimately, it’s small wonder Goldenvoice looked to this crew. If any group were to lay siege on the compelling concoction that is Motown, jazz, and techno, there would be no better choice than these homies from the “D.”

4) The Black Madonna

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In the era of #MeToo, where women are speaking out against their oppressors, The Black Madonna uses her music as a means to amplify the voices of the fringe dance community. Her sets raise up the central voices of club history — ones that have been forced to the periphery or silenced entirely — through a provocative exudence of acid house, disco, and outright emotion.  Her music seeps groove and love that’s made to replenish the soul.

3) Peggy Gou

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Peggy Gou is going to be here for a long time. Having graduated from the underground circuit with the highest honors of club-polished sounds in 2018, Gou brings forth sets that are a dynamic testament to her compelling curation and outpouring love for the craft. She wanted to the be the first female Korean DJ to play Berghain, which she was, and along the way she also became the first female Korean DJ to play BBC Radio 1‘s Essential Mix. Now, her Coachella debut solidifies that her electrifying electro and disco will only perpetuate her meteoric rise to stardom.

2) Alison Wonderland

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Alison Wonderland is speaking her truth. She’s just released her exquisite sophomore album, AWAKE, which is a compelling collection of EDM and hip-hop crossovers. From rappers to Grammy-award winning songwriters, Alison Wonderland is successfully holding the attention of her listeners, while offering one of the most refreshing perspectives of women in the genre’s history. It’s rife with sarcasm, and yet, poppy in its deliverance. The album sees Wonderland wielding her moniker’s trope as a weapon with ease, and it’ll be no surprise if she’s a household name come the end of the year. Considering how much the EDM world is a man’s microcosm, at least onstage,  the very presence of Alison Wonderland’s perspective tends to come off as a revolutionary, dare we say, awakening.

1) REZZ

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Dancing Astronaut named REZZ 2017’s producer of the year, “The prodigy who exceeded all expectations,” we called her. And yet, to reduce REZZ to our expectations, in hindsight, feels wrong. She’s an artist. Mercurial and acting on her own unique vision. She’s promoting the consumption of water during her sets, like many, she’s working on the little things, improving her jumps during her sets, and she’s taking on the world. As the Coachella set times were looming we began to wonder if the outside world had caught up, whether it was ready to recognize Isabelle Rezazadeh’s global ascension. Having ripped into the scene three years ago with an unparalleled juxtaposition of industrial techno and pummeling bass,  REZZ carved an unforeseen niche in the mines of ominously-sinister, singular techno, and now, the world has taken notice. REZZ will close out the Sahara tent on Friday and the world will be watching. There are no doubts REZZ will continue her momentum into superstardom after this performance, and continue to exceed our expectations, but it’s probably time we let go of those and let the Space Mom do her thing.

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Creamfields announces unmissable 2018 lineup

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Creamfields announced their 2018 lineup and it’s looking to be behemoth year for the Cheshire-based extravaganza. Rich in both depth and considerable breadth, the festival will bring together 300 artists across 30 stages from August 23–26.

Techno don Carl Cox will be making his return to the festival for the first time in over a decade, where numerous other artists will be making an appearance, showcasing the festival’s keen ability to tap into the full spectrum of dance music. From artists like Skream, Kölsch, and The Black Madonna, to The Chainsmokers, Tiësto, and Above & Beyond, Creamfields 21 promises to be an unmissable installment for all dance aficionados.

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More information and tickets are available here.

FORM Arcosanti delivers impeccably curated lineup including Chance The Rapper, Skrillex, Charli XCX and more for fifth annual installment

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It has been half a decade since Hundred Waters began bringing their creative friends to Arizona’s high desert micro-city, Arocosanti. Now, the OWSLA-championed trio have curated their finest lineup yet ahead of the fifth installment of FORM Arcosanti. The model-challenging festival alternative is gearing up for its biggest edition in yet, with a bill topped by newcomers Chance The Rapper, Charli XCX, The Black Madonna, Fleet Foxes and Beach House. FORM participants experience intimate annual performances by Skrillex and Hundred Waters, along with slated appearances this year by Mija, SOPHIE, Tennyson, Daniel Caesar and more. Local Arizona legends, Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra are also scheduled to make their festival debut.

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The weekend-long event applies meticulous focus on creating an inclusive, inviting, and creative space not only for performances and visual showcases, but for education and social discourse as well. This year FORM has partnered with the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and Chance The Rapper’s youth-empowerment initiative SocialWorks.

The fifth iteration of FORM is scheduled to take place from May 11-13.

Groove & love are at a high in The Black Madonna’s second BBC Radio 1 residency installment

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The Black Madonna — or as many know her, “the riot girrrl” of dance music — has dropped by the BBC Radio 1 decks and served up her second residency installment.

In just over an hour Marea Stamper delights in a beautiful amalgamation of funk, disco, soul, electro, and Italo.

Stamper’s in excellent form behind the decks, hinting at an absolute airway domination till the month of June. She’s piquing the interest of listeners in the sublime worlds of disco, funk, and more with a sweet and subtle educational gospel of love and appreciation for each genre’s respective pioneers.

She delves right into the funk as she drops off Masterstroke’s “Speak the Truth” and then invites listeners to join her on the global express where she moves to the late and great Nigerian William Onyeabor’s African dance classic “Better Change Your Mind.”

Before Stamper leaves the mix, she leaves listeners with the latest selection of her “History of the World” installment, where she pays homage to MFSB, or Mother Father Sister Brother and their monumental work of art “Love Is The Message.” It’s a tune that “transcends every other dance record ever made,” Stamper says.

“This record has been a hymn, a rabbit hole, and the key which unlocked a lifelong love of disco and I’m not alone. Few records have been sliced and diced by as many sample warriors or have exerted as much influence as this next one.”

She continues, “Love Is the Message transcends not only the sound of Philadelphia, but for my money, virtually every other dance record ever made. Its towering movements, bringing strings, and keys, and more to the front defines and surpasses the word iconic.”

The Black Madonna will continue to grace the BBC Radio 1 airways with crate classics through the month of June.

Listen to The Black Madonna’s second BBC Radio 1 residency installment here

Tracklist:

Paul Woolford- Son
Masterstroke- Speak The Truth
William Onyeabor- Better Change Your Mind
Herbert- Something Isn’t Right
Arp Frique- Nos Magia
Mallek Mohamed- Rouhi Ya Hafida
Homegrown Syndrome- Confrontation
Sylvester- Dance (Disco Heat)
Superprince- Start Again
Hi-Voltage- Lets Get Horney (Joey Negro Remix)
Randy Muller- Beautiful Feelin’
Chewy Rubs- Disco Chicago
Skream- An Ode To Mr. Smith
MSFB- Love Is The Message

Primavera Sound drops spectacular 2018 lineup

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The vibrant affair Primavera Sound has announced a stunning 2018 lineup. Over 200 artists across a bevy of genres front the eighteenth edition set for May 28–June 3 in Barcelona.

Primavera Sound lends a glimpse into generational references with a pulse on contemporary music. The bill presents a push towards comprehensiveness, grrrl power, and once in a lifetime experiences in the live event sphere. With zero small print in the eminently danceable lineup, attendees can look forward to performances from Four Tet, French duo The Blaze, Chromeo, Jlin, Mount Kimbie, and Peggy Gou.

Hunee will go b2b with Antal. Both Seth Troxler and John Talabot have their own disco sets. Björk will perform her resplendent new album Utopia. Floating Points will perform both live and a six-hour DJ set. Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein from S U R V I V E will perform the entire soundtrack from Stranger Things. Discwoman‘s Umfang and Volvox will go b2b. Joe Goddard of Hot Chip, DJ Koze, Lindström, Dekmantel Soundsystem, Palms Trax, The Black Madonna, Daphni, the killer DJ Shanti Celeste, and many more will see that euphoria and sweat reign supreme on the dance floor.

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More information can be found via Primavera Sound’s website.

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Morocco’s 2018 Oasis Festival boasts Carl Cox, Derrick Carter, The Black Madonna & more

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Morocco’s exotic destination festival Oasis has announced the first wave of acts for 2018.Held September 14–16, 2018 on the outskirts of Marrakech, industry heavyweights like Carl Cox, The Black Madonna, Derrick Cater, and the underground head honcho Rødhåd front the bill are all set to make appearances. Oasis’ fourth edition will also see Lanza, Mount Kimbie, Nastia, Octo Octa (live), Paula Temple, Tim Sweeney, and William Djoko playing amongst its Atlas Mountains backdrop.

Festival-goers will also be presented the opportunity to immerse themselves in one of Northern Africa’s richest cultural destinations, relax amongst its lush tropical gardens, palms trees, and stunning views of the spectacular North African landscape.

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Tickets and more information are available here.

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