Lane 8 links with Arctic Lake for ‘Don’t Let Me Go’

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Lane 8 links with Arctic Lake for ‘Don’t Let Me Go’Lane 8 Crssd Fest Michael Drummond 1

As the autumn days begin to morph into the serene landscapes of winter months, Lane 8 has prepared his newest offering in the form of “Don’t Let Me Go.” On the new single, he links with British trio Arctic Lake. Arctic Lake member Emma Foster lends her graceful vocals to the peaceful sonic atmosphere Lane 8 has carefully crafted. Her voice serves as a perfect complement to Lane 8’s tranquil instrumentation, leading listeners calmly through snow-covered valleys.

The new single arrives less than a month after the artist’s dynamic Halloween mixtape, which provided more than two hours of spooky goodness just in time for October’s final day.

“Don’t Let Me Go” is the third single from Lane 8’s forthcoming album, Brightest Lights, out via This Never Happened on Jan. 10, 2020. Pre-order the vinyl and CD on his website.

Photo credit: Michael Drummond

Lane 8 delivers poised second single, ‘Sunday Song’ from impending LP

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Lane 8 delivers poised second single, ‘Sunday Song’ from impending LPLane 8 Crssd Fest Michael Drummond 1

The grace of a gradual sonic build has never been lost on Lane 8, as “Sunday Song” ethereally elucidates. The second single from the This Never Happened label head’s incoming LP, Brightest Lights, “Sunday Song” starts with a vocal chop weaved among an ambient collection of chords. The effortless harmony of these elements sharpens in its focus as they slowly rise in synchronicity, giving lift to the splendorous number.

Synths arch in a limber manner, maintaining a metallically toned presence in the fluid body of the production. The sequel to the POLIÇA-assisted title track that Lane 8 shared on September 24, “Sunday Song” ebbs and flows for a serene four and a half minutes.

As sure as Brightest Lights looms on the horizon, slices of the LP’s sound will follow in the titular fashion of Lane 8’s debut album: little by little. Brightest Lights will arrive via This Never Happened on January 10, 2020.

Photo Credit: Michael Drummond

Better than pumpkin spice lattes: Lane 8 shares new fall mixtape

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Better than pumpkin spice lattes: Lane 8 shares new fall mixtapeFall Mitape

The enduring Lane 8 has nonchalantly as always dropped off this year’s fall arm of his seasonal mixtape series this afternoon. The California native is ahead of the game as per usual, setting September’s tonal score just before the leaves begin to change colors.

Over its three-hour playtime, the tour de force allows the seminal progressive house producer the chance to highlight unreleased material of his own, such as a potential Bon Iver remix to kick things off, as well as a litany of burgeoning talent from his label, This Never Happened.

What’s great about the chunkier length of these seasonal mixes though, is that it let fans hear Lane 8 in his soulful, melodic zone, as he spins weather-appropriate licks like Aiiso’s “Programmer” or Martin Roth‘s “Sugarbites,” while also giving them the chance to experience more eclectic sounds, like Solomun‘s remix of Jon Hopkin‘s “Emerald Rush” and Polo & Pan’s lucid and worldly “Gengis,” both of which fall towards the grittier, brisker (if you will) outer edges of Lane 8’s sonic spectrum.

Lane 8 and Yotto lift spirits on new collaboration, ‘I/Y’

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Lane 8 and Yotto lift spirits on new collaboration, ‘I/Y’Lane 8 George Fitzgerald Burns Remies

Anjunadeep label-mates Lane 8 and Yotto have joined forces for the first time on a blissfully progressive collaboration, “I/Y.”

Released on Lane 8’s This Never Happened, the new track follows a busy run for both deep house heavyweights, with Lane 8 recently dropping his seasonal summer mixtape series and Yotto coming off a massive Hyperfall tour and releasing a string of new music, including his Anjunadeep 10 track “Nothing Like You” with SØNIN and a Hyperfall remix package. Both will be at Anjunadeep presents: Explorations festival; Yotto is slated for Anjunadeep Open Air dates later this summer and Lane 8 will continue playing dates for his This Never Happened show.

The track opens with light orchestral strings, quickly introducing Lane 8’s distinctive plucky synths and a rhythmic bass that establishes energy before it shutters out to ambient strings again. Playing with careful layers and delicate textures, the track slowly crescendos into a momentous release, accompanied by a finally-realized drum-line before passing ephemerally and closing out with mellow chords.

By withholding certain track elements and simultaneously building and deconstructing layers, Lane 8 and Yotto showcase their ability to craft euphoria in a manner that only those with an innate understanding of progressive storytelling can.

Photo credit: Jason Siegel

Lane 8 releases inspiriting ‘Root To Branch Vol. 4’

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Lane 8 releases inspiriting ‘Root To Branch Vol. 4’Root To Branch Vol.4

Fresh off Lane 8‘s own imprint, This Never Happened, Root To Branch Vol. 4 —like its preceding editions— taps into a careful curation of talent, hand-picked by none other than Lane 8 himself.

The six-track compilation highlights polished, progressive house selections from newcomers like Ocula, Hexlogic, and Artche. Uninterrupted quality shines through on Root To Branch Vol. 4 as each track distinctly offers up its own seamless deep house decadence. As a curator and listener, Lane 8 once again succeeds in providing a platform for rising producers.

The melodic mastermind has grown the Root To Branch collection swiftly, with the third arm of the series released just a few months prior, last December, and the second volume last May.  In addition to his compilation releases, Lane 8 has been busy releasing new music and announcing shows, likely with lots of innovation in store. He recently turned heads with the release of his remix of Virtual Self’s “Ghost” in early February.

Sunday Morning Medicine Vol 157, with Duskus, Boston Bun, ATTLAS, + more

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Sunday Morning Medicine Vol 157, with Duskus, Boston Bun, ATTLAS, + moreSmm@0.

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.


Lane 8/This Never Happened young gun, Anderholm, is first on the scene with his mellifluous chord progressions and clattering percussion to rouse the sleepiest listener from the worst alcohol-induced slumber. “Timecode”‘s subtle splendor is like a gentle reminder to reacquaint oneself with the universe.

The San Holo-housed, Duskus‘s most recent single, “Where To Go,” has the technicolor tenderness to make your Sunday morning neuroticism cower in its tracks. One rendezvous with the track’s minimal magic—led by simple, saccharine vocal intonations and a deliberate, ardent beat—counts as full weekend’s act of contrition.

Parisian house project, Boston Bun, knows how to not only pull, but full-on yank on the heart strings. “Missing You” exemplifies the Ed Banger producer’s ability to make poignancy feel like ecstasy—which is unanimously at least mildly applicable for some good-old-fashioned requiem for the weekend.


Anjunadeep duo, Eli & Fur, can leave any purposeful listener in utter awe, bringing emotive, cinematic tension to each and every record they let loose in the oh-so-saturated blogosphere. Rodriguez Jr. recently got his hands on “Night Blooming Jasmine,” and even Eli & Fur took a liking to the outcome, bolstering the rework in their sets as of late. The newfangled rendition offers fluttering synth-patterns and the original’s hazy, incantation-like vocalizing, in remembrance of that hazy, sublime figure from the club last night who scampered off just before you could catch her name.

ATTLAS‘s new mau5trap EP, Charcoal Halo, acts as a vessel for listener’s to reconnect with both themselves and the boundless latent energy around them. “Coldest Night,” with its slow-burn breakbeat and blissfully despondent vocals, is like a rhapsodic snapshot of listeners’ end-of-weekend contempt.

Avoure returns to Lane 8’s This Never Happened for some deep house delight, with his ‘U’ EP

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Avoure returns to Lane 8’s This Never Happened for some deep house delight, with his ‘U’ EPAvoure U 1

Ukrainian deep house dynamo, Avoure, has rendezvoused with This Never Happened for his three-pronged debut EP, U.

Avoure made his advantageous emergence earlier this year alongside the This Never Happened life-giver himself, Lane 8, for their effervescent collaborative single, “Let Me.” U, it appears, has been a long while in the making–seeing as Lane 8 has repeatedly spliced offerings from the project into his recent seasonal mixes, as he has done to bolster a sundry of other burgeoning label talent as of late, most notably, with Khåen.

succeeds in spanning the fluid, chugging waters of its lead single, as well as the precipitous ripples and skittering hi-hats of “Aura.” To traverse the EP is to allow its deep blue grooves and subtle instrumentals–like the moody guitar interlude mid-way through “Floyd”–to penetrate the pores and fill the earbuds with a languorous listen that happens so naturally, the listener must actively remind themselves to observe the unfettered atmosphere around them.

The temperately transcendent EP should be filed appreciatively under “Easy listening for house heads.”

Lane 8’s ‘Little by Little’ LP sees a treasure chest of remixes from Dirty South, ATTLAS, and more

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Lane 8’s ‘Little by Little’ LP sees a treasure chest of remixes from Dirty South, ATTLAS, and moreLane 8 Little By Little Remied

Lane 8‘s albums have been more than just perfunctory collections of songs for the deep house star – they’ve been legitimate works of art, defining individual eras within his catalogue. The producer’s sophomore LP, Little by Little, has seen him embark on tour across the globe, while his tracks seep into the collective consciousness of his fans. In a fitting finale, the artist has opened the door for some of dance music’s most emotive names to reimagine the album on Little By Little Remixed. The 10-track pack is a stellar mix of mainstays and rising talents. Among cuts from established artists such as Dirty South, ATTLAS, and Tinlicker, the album has a wealth of up and comers to be heard including This Never Happened signee Anderholm and recent Anjunadeep artist Ben Böhmer.

Little By Little is an album flush with gorgeous vocals, and the remixers take on the challenge of reframing them fearlessly. ATTLAS spins the deep longing of “No Captain” into a symphony of bright synths, while Khåen takes “Stir Me Up” down an eerie side-street. Elsewhere, Fairchild injects Lane 8’s frequent set opener “Daya” with a brilliantly shuffled percussion groove that supercharges the synth-driven melody. Tinlicker’s rework of “Clarify” is a surefire standout, its hypnotic arps already having provided what Lane 8 himself described as an “amazing moment” in live sets this year. Though the meticulous album was surely a daunting task to complete, Lane 8 did so beautifully, yielding a range of ethereal takes fit to extend his latest artistic era further into the future.

Lane 8’s ‘Little By Little’ remixes continue with Tinlicker’s take on ‘Clarify’

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Lane 8’s ‘Little By Little’ remixes continue with Tinlicker’s take on ‘Clarify’Tinlicker Dancefair Masterclass

Tinlicker is the latest to get in on the extensive remixing of Lane 8‘s 2018 album, Little By Little. The Dutch duo whose futuristic progressive style has solidified them as creative, focused producers whose star is on the rise in their own right. Joining recent remixers Dirty South, Anderholm and Ben Böhmer, Tinlicker has brought their touch to Lane 8’s “Clarify,” a track that in its original form drew up a melancholy cinematic expanse, featuring moody vocals from Fractures. Set up nearly as a blank landscape with an opening for the addition of melody and complexity, Tinlicker took their opportunity seriously.

While Lane 8 might share some stylistic qualities in his music that complement Tinlicker’s own musical vision, the end result of this remix is stunning. It’s like they’ve taken centuries to build this piece brick by brick, constructing at a slow but “just right” pace. Eventually unveiling melodies that intertwine in a daydreamy, entrancing dance together, this remix poses big opportunities for Tinlicker in their future. It also continues the anticipation for the release of many more remixes from Little By Little.

Lane 8 announces ‘Little By Little Remixed’ LP featuring Dirty South, ATTLAS, Fairchild, and more

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Lane 8 announces ‘Little By Little Remixed’ LP featuring Dirty South, ATTLAS, Fairchild, and moreLane 8 Little By Little Remies

If Lane 8‘s sophomore long player Little By Little was a mixtape (and he’s definitely fond of those), it would be worn out and dinged up from binge-listens by now. The album was certified feels front to back, with Lane 8’s trademark analog warmth oozing from every track. Although the “Little Voices” producer hasn’t held back on the new music front since the LP’s release, that didn’t stop him plotting to give even more legs to Little By Little with a full 10 artists already named for the project. The list reads like a who’s who of melodic dance music, with stalwarts like ATTLAS, Dirty South, and Fairchild alongside fresh This Never Happened label mates Ʌ V O U R E  and KHAEN. The remix album promises a fresh dose of deep and emotive takes, all reaching for a very high bar set by the original album material.

The stack of reworks is set to drop October 4. Lane 8 will fittingly be in the midst of the Little By Little North American tour’s second leg. Can’t wait until release day to hear those juicy remixes? Catching them tucked into an upcoming Lane 8 set is your best bet.