TOKiMONSTA proffers soothing mid-tempo jam, ‘Love That Never’

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No one has ever known, or will ever know what to expect from TOKiMONSTA.

But what has come to be anticipated from TOKi (born Jennifer Lee) output in the years surrounding her climb to notoriety has been continuously impressive, pronounced, even epic. Although she grew up in the humble suburb of Los Angeles known as Torrance, California, TOKiMONSTA’s ability to morph and manipulate her sound surpasses need for modesty.

Whether she’s journeying into house music with ZHU, hip-hop with Anderson .Paak, or venturing alone into soul, funk, or any number of other genres, her level of quality has reached universal reverence. Her latest solo production entitled “Love That Never” is no different.

This track demonstrates Lee’s affinity for restraint, using space and silence like the powerful tools that they are to emphasize the high points. With the cold winter months approaching, she seemed to want to provide a relaxing soundtrack for staying in as precarious weather coats the outside world. Yet the warm, overall feel of the track creates a sense of hope and subtle excitement for when the sun comes out again.

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NMF Roundup: Blond:ish remix Diplo and Born Dirty, ATTLAS previews forthcoming LP + more

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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.

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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HOLY SHIP! shares huge lineup for upcoming landlocked edition, HOLY SHIP! WRECKED

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HOLY SHIP! shares huge lineup for upcoming landlocked edition, HOLY SHIP! WRECKEDRukes III

While HOLY SHIP! won’t be setting sail in 2020, it’ll sure still be getting down. The revered HARD Events maritime festival will anchor itself in the Dominican Republic’s Punta Cana next year, January 22-26 with a whole new name: HOLY SHIP! WRECKED.

Casting a wide and prominent net, HOLY SHIP! WRECKED has secured Diplo, Lane 8, Claude VonStroke, and Madeon to top its astounding 2020 roster, while Chris Lake, NGHTMRE & Slander, and Jai Wolf comprise what one could hardly call an undercard. Distinguished names from across the house and bass-abundant spectrum speckle the robust roster, from 12th Planet to TOKiMONSTA, Whethan to What So Not, the agenda seems to extend something irrefutable for every electronic taste preference. Up-and-coming contenders like Dom Dolla, Sonny Fodera, and ODESZA-championed MEMBA offer the lineup a fresh-faced appeal as well.

Not only is the lineup set to be one of the most in-depth throughout the HOLY SHIP! timeline, but the shift in format will offer #Shipfam an event that is both excitingly new and refreshingly familiar. Cloud 9 Adventures,the lead company behind the ship experience, has been producing events in concert with the Punta Cana resort for many years already and will bring that expertise to HOLY SHIP! WRECKED .

Just as on HOLY SHIP!, the resort will only be open to attendees throughout the festival. Seasoned Shipfam will still receive their robes as well as their OG party as fans and artists live together for a weekend in paradise:

We are shipfam for life, so we couldn’t miss out on this! – Gorgon City

Time to start the search for buried treasure. We be shipwrecked this year me maties! – Claude VonStroke  

When it comes time for the artists to perform, there will be nine different areas for music spread throughout the resort. With the increased amount of space, the overall production will be at a much higher level and each area will maintain a specific sonic identity. From daily pool parties to a 1,000 person-capacity club to a sunrise set on the beach, artists will be spinning multiple sets in a variety of environments to satisfy the astute tastes of Shipfam.

Plus, the extensive amenities provided both on-site and in the immediate area will allow for a much broader range of artist involved activities which will be announced soon.

Attendees of HOLY SHIP! WRECKED will have 24-hour access to the resort’s private beach. Every room includes its own balcony, hot tub, free Wi-Fi, and is roughly three times the size of rooms on the boat. There are nine restaurants around the resort offering everything from sushi to pizza, and just like on ship, food and drinks (including alcohol) are all-inclusive.

In terms of recreation outside of music, there is mini-golf, a lazy river, a waterslide, and much more on property. For an extra charge, attendees can take their experience to the next level with a full 18-hole golf course, excursions on dune buggies and ATV’s, a 65,000 square-foot spa, scuba diving, and various other activities that only a world-class island resort can offer.

Pre-sale for HOLY SHIP! WRECKED starts next Monday, July 29, and tickets officially go on sale Wednesday, July 31 at 11 am PT, available here, along with general festival information.

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Sonic worlds collide as TOKiMONSTA remixes Ólafur Arnalds’ ‘they sink’

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Sonic worlds collide as TOKiMONSTA remixes Ólafur Arnalds’ ‘they sink’Tokimonsta Music Eplained

TOKiMONSTA‘s latest is a true sonic gem. The Los Angeles-based producer, known for her textural club beats, has surprised fans with a wonderfully jazzy spin on Icelandic neo-classical composer Ólafur Arnalds‘ “they sink.”

While the original represents an aural journey that ultimately feels unrealized, TOKiMONSTA’s rendition is all about the destination. Opening with the soft-spoken nature of its predecessor, TOKi’s remix slowly introduces a plethora of R&B drums before dropping a funky-smooth guitar into the mix. The track wanders into its defining build and culminating drop, where Arnalds’ eerie yet comforting undertones remain, but have been painted over with a fresh coat of good times.

TOKiMONSTA is playing Friday, July 26 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, before playing a duo of shows alongside Bonobo in Denver and San Francisco on Aug. 2 and 3.

Composer Ólafur Arnalds recently announced his takeover of the London Southbank Center for a show titled Opia, with accompanying talent including Grandbrothers, Rhye, Poppy Ackroyd and Josin.

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Revisit the cream of the crop from EDC Las Vegas 2019: Alison Wonderland, deadmau5, Diplo, + more

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Couldn’t make it out to Sin City this year for the most colorful festival in dance music? No problem.

As the sun has set on another ecstatic chapter of Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas, Dancing Astronaut rounded up the extended weekend’s most enticing displays from the May 17-19 festivities. From Alison Wonderland‘s trap-tainted main-stage return, to Tchami and Malaa‘s bombtastic joint takeover of cosmicMEADOW, to Skrillex‘s surprise Saturday guest appearance, there’s no shortage of memorable music to muse over for months to come. The bar for the imminent 2019 festival season has been set exceedingly high indeed.

Red Bull Music Academy and Red Bull Radio to fold later this year

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Legendary music platforms Red Bull Music Academy and Red Bull Radio will shutter in October 2019. Red Bull Music Academy, founded in 1998, just recently celebrated its 20th anniversary in Berlin in 2018. Both platforms fall under the ubiquitous energy drink’s wide umbrella of brands, with RBMA and Red Bull Radio both being joint projects with consulting firm Yadastar overseeing the creative and curatorial duties on both projects. With Yadarstar and Red Bull’s partnership coming to an end, the two brands in the middle will now dissolve their current formats as a result.

From Flying Lotus to TOKiMONSTA, Ekali to Salva, with Black Coffee, Nina Kraviz, and hundreds in between, RBMA has made a global impact with concerts, lectures, panels, and studio sessions with some of the worlds top electronic creators.

Red Bull maintains it is still committed to supporting innovative music and up-and-coming talent, and that while the current structures of these two brands are being overhauled, new programming and formats will soon be introduced as a supplement. Red Bull Music and Red Bull Music Festival both remain intact—the latter of which has two iterations planned for 2019 in Tokyo and New York respectively.

Gavin Turek – “Elevator” Video

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Singer-songwriter Gavin Turek is making a name for herself. She’s known for performing playful, confident pop bolstered by her buoyant vocals. So far, she has two EPs under her belt: 2016’s Good Look For You and 2015’s You’re Invited, the latter a collaborative project with TOKiMONSTA. Turek’s debut album is finally on its way this … More »

NMF Roundup: Audien remixes Calvin Harris, Armin van Buuren and Above & Beyond team up + more

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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.

Gesaffelstein and Pharrell Williams top this week’s Hot 25 with their new collaboration, “Blast Off.” Audien layers on the nostalgia with a gorgeous remix of Calvin Harris and Rag’n’Bone Man, “Giant.” Above & Beyond and Armin van Buuren‘s mega-collab, “Show Me Love,” has finally hit the Armada airwaves, and Midnight Kids unveil a melody-packed remix of Gryffin‘s “Bye Bye.” Yellow Claw follow up their 2018 LP, New Blood, with a new single, “Give It To Me,” with Nonsens, and KSHMR joins forces with Krewella and Yves V for “No Regrets.” TOKiMONSTA releases a mellow new single with Ambré, “Strange Froot,” and W&W bring hardcore back with “The Light.” Sullivan King thanks fans for raging with a metal and dubstep-infused cover of Swedish House Mafia‘s iconic “Save The World,” and Fedde Le Grand puts his own spin on Loud Luxury‘s “Love No More.” 3LAU and Justin Caruso tap vocalist Iselin for a sugar-sweet new single, “Better With You,” and Varien covers Bring Me The Horizon’s “Can You Feel My Heart” with Andrew Zink. Fox Stevenson and Feint link on a new remix of Fox’s own “Out My Head,” and Steff da Campo reworks Galantis and OneRepublic‘s “Bones.”

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.

NMF Roundup: Seven Lions, Wooli, Trivecta, and Nevve kick off 2019 with a mega collab, Lost Kings deliver fresh EP, Hardwell teams up with JGUAR + more

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It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With a refreshing amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today on the first NMF of 2019, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

Perhaps one of the biggest releases of today is a mega collaboration from Seven Lions, Wooli, Trivecta, and Nevve called “Island,” which is packed with cascading melodies and powerfully emotive beats. Lost Kings have also arrived in full force, releasing their Paper Crowns EP, which is headed up by “Don’t Kill My High” with Wiz Khalifa and Social House. mau5trap has released their We Are Friends, Vol. 8 compilation, which features 35 tracks from some of the label’s best rising acts, including i_o, ATTLAS, No Mana, and more. Hardwell kicks off his 2019 releases with “Being Alive” with JGUAR, and Sofi Tukker delivers four remixes for “Benadryl,” including a breezy take from TOKiMONSTA. Ghastly and G-Rex have joined forces on the formidable “Heretic,” and Tom Staar puts a grooving twist on Oliver Heldens‘ “Fire In My Soul.” 3LAU taps the talents of vocalist Carly Paige on his newest, “Would You Understand,” and Galantis‘ “Emoji” gets a rework from BEAUZ in their new remix pack.

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.

Ross From Friends, TOKiMONSTA, Mr. Oizo, Flying Lotus and more celebrate ‘Brainfeeder X’

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LA’s Brainfeeder has celebrated its tenth anniversary in the best way for any label to mark a milestone: releasing a wonderful amount of new music. Started in 2008 by iconic electronic resident of the future Flying Lotus, Brainfeeder has since attracted some of the best out-of-the-box talents of the last decade, many of which are showcased on the imprint’s culminating compilation Brainfeeder X. The 36-track offering — with 22 new tracks in total — has been teased in the weeks leading up to its release, with artists like Ross From Friends,  Thundercat, and FlyLo himself building hype with new singles that now have been released amongst a slew of other work.

The Brainfeeder X compilation will be flanked by a four LP box set and a coordinating live show to take place on December 15 in London. The compilation features highlights from Mr. Oizo, TOKiMONSTA, Daedelus, BADBADNOTGOOD, and more. Stream Brainfeeder X below.