NMF Roundup: KOAN Sound return with debut LP, Dillon Francis unleashes ‘LFGD,’ SNBRN remixes Hotel Garuda + more

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NMF Roundup: KOAN Sound return with debut LP, Dillon Francis unleashes ‘LFGD,’ SNBRN remixes Hotel Garuda + moreKoan Sound

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.

The release of the NINJAWERKS Vol. 1 compilation album this week brings new tunes from some of dance music’s biggest names, including Dillon Francis and Kaskade. Andrew Bayer has joined forces with Ane Brun for the gorgeous “Love You More,” out on Anjunabeats. RL Grime has revealed a colossal set of remixes for NOVA, including a formidable rework of “Rainer” by k?d. KOAN Sound burst back onto the scene with the release their debut full-length, Polychrome. HEYZ works wonders in his new single with darkDARK, “Darkest Little Friend.” Hardwell delivers some sunshine in the form of “How You Love Me” with Conor Maynard and Snoop Dogg. Nicky Romero flips Jess Glynne‘s “Thursday” in his newest, and NGHTMRE and Big Gigantic make magic with “Like That.” Cloonee keeps the beat rocking with a feel-good take on Matoma‘s “Sunday Morning,” and Ekali strips “Leaving” down for a serene, acoustic rendition.

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.

China’s Electric Jungle festival co-founder, Boyi Zhou, talks dance music culture, obstacles, and the wild time yet to come [Q&A]

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For the past few years, Boyi Zhou and his Jungle Events team have been toiling away, trying to carve out a vivacious, unfettered space in the Chinese event circuit for electronic dance music. While Zhou, the event brand’s marketing manager, and his team have tried to emulate a lot of the underground dance music culture they were indoctrinated into while studying abroad in LA, there is much about their nook of the EDM continuum that is inherently Chinese.

This month (Dec 8-9), Zhou and the Jungle Events team will return with another installment of what is now the largest dance music festival in all of China, Electric Jungle, projected to attract over 60,000 attendees. The team is combining its Goliath headliners, Skrillex and Martin Garrix, with a sundry of international, nuanced talent, like REZZ, Drezo, TroyBoi, and Illenium–just to name a few.

Like many electronic fests in the US, the Foshan Chuanlord Tourism & Leisure EXPO resort-residing Electric Jungle will be broken off into meticulously curated stages, including a Berlin-nightclub-themed techno stage, a bass stage, which will receive a one-day Monstercat makeover, and of course, a main stage. Zhou says, that while the nature of the festival may be unorthodox, especially within its respective culture, organizers want to preserve authentic Chinese tradition while on their home turf, wielding ancient Chinese monsters as a motif throughout festival grounds.

Also quite like in the US, festival organizers must fiercely delegate with local authorities to gain the privileges necessary for throwing an event of this scale–though, for Zhou and co., this is a much weightier burden. Standing on the precipice of, what is for the Chinese, still such an underground culture, the local government still doesn’t fully fathom Jungle Events and their counterparts’ intentions; though, Zhou says, that’s beginning to change. Zhou sat down with Dancing Astronaut to talk about not only how he’s mediating these profound obstacles, but also his initial infatuation with the LA “rave” scene, launching one of the first Chinese-language dance music blogs, and his observations of the Chinese electronic festival circuit at large.

Tickets to Electric Jungle as well as additional festival info can be found here.

How did the idea for the festival come about?

I was attending college in the US living in LA for six years and I went to a lot of raves. So I started a blog, Jungle EDM, one of the first all-Chinese electronic music blogs. Soon I had over 10,000 followers. Back then there were no blogs about electronic dance music in China. And there were no Chinese materials for translation. So I was the first one to translate all of the English dance music materials to Chinese. When I graduated, I came back to China and started my own festivals.

Can you compare the underground dance music scene you were indoctrinated into in LA to that of China?

I wouldn’t say it’s the same at all, but it’s growing really fast. In America basically, dance culture is the pop culture. But in China it’s a sub-genre or subculture of all other music genres.

Who are some of the biggest influencers in growing China’s dance music scene?

I would say the newer festivals, and the nightclubs. The nightclubs are doing really well. They’re hosting a lot of foreign artists bringing the culture to China.

Tell me about your Jungle team?

So the original founders are all from California. We all went to the same school. We met there. We all went to the community college first in Santa Monica and we transferred to different schools, but when we all came back to China, we decided to make the festival.

What do you predict your greatest challenge to be in executing a successful Electric Jungle this year?

Probably getting certain permits. It’s really strict in China. You can not go ’til after 10 pm, the curfew time. And the production is limited. You can not use certain effects like fireworks, or any variation of fire. Also, the audience capacity limits are very strict.

How are you guys working to mediate those issues?

Well, when we first came here to do this in China, the government didn’t really understand us. It’s getting better now. We are taking special precautions and working with the government to try to clear up the discord. They are trying to work with us and are working on giving us a little more room, so that we can ensure the production and safety are up to our standards.

Can you tell me about what your intentions were with lineup curation?

A lot of them fit the marketing needs. We selected a lot of the artists from the data analysis, from the stream players. In addition to them and the artists the founders selected for personal preference, there is also a lot of local talent. We are trying very hard to promote them. Those artists have a great advantage with the local demographic because of the language. A lot of the local artists are using Chinese language to make their songs, and they have their own fans.

Can you tell me about the theme and location of the festival?

It’s right next to Guangzhou. It’s the center of the Guangdong area: just one province in China. The benefits would be that it’s not the biggest city, so the restrictions are less. It’s close to the two biggest cities in China. Transportation and hospitality are a disadvantage, less hotels and trains, etc. It’s a small city to us, but would be relatively big in the US. I would say it’s something like Seattle. The festival will be held at a resort, complete with a theme park, mini zoo, and a hotel with a restaurant. We’re doing the festival in the parking, given its considerable size.

*This interview has been edited for clarity and readability.

Lunar Lunes: Hermitude brings blissful beats, Protostar and Muzzy captivate in new collab, DROELOE and Sem ‘face the sea’ together + more

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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 will be a landing pad for SoundCloud users who want a whole new dose of tunes to kick off the work week.

This week’s selection of tunes includes new releases from Nora En Pure to TroyBoi to Morgan Page. Kicking off, Aussie duo Hermitude return for a blissful collaboration with Bibi Bourelly. Nora En Pure launches her Polynesia EP with a gorgeous song of the same name, and fellow beats queen WHIPPED CREAM goes from zero to 60 in “Bad For Me.” In “Facing the Sea,” DROELOE and Sem find themselves and “[acknowledge] that it’s going to be hard and that you’re going to struggle and that you should face those problems head-on.” Protostar and Muzzy hold nothing back on their new Monstercat drum & bass heater, “MELTDOWN.” Darude taps JVMIE for “Timeless,” a powerful trance number on Gareth Emery‘s Garuda.

The selection will be updated every Lunes (Monday).

Odesza releases “Falls” remixes by Troyboi, TOKiMONSTA, Kaskade and more

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Who needs new music when you can have six totally different remixes. That’s the beauty of any collaboration or remix – you get to keep enjoying your favorite song but also six new songs at the same time. Today, Odesza released six new mixes of one of their most popular songs, “Falls”. Troyboi’s remix takes us

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TroyBoi releases ‘Frustrated’ ahead of his forthcoming Mad Decent EP

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TroyBoi has released the first single off his V!BEZ Vol 2 EP, “Frustrated.” The new track, which R&B vocals from Destiny, comes just weeks ahead of the record’s forthcoming November 2 arrival on Diplo‘s Mad Decent imprint.

In “Frustrated,” the trap kingpin weaves sultry instrumentation with dissident, emotive vocals and popping ad-libbed samples. Almost every element bounces after the song’s climax, from its rumbling 808s, to its melodic violins. TroyBoi’s versatility and forward-thinking within the industry is as apparent as always in this new release, as he commingles elements of his signature, modern trap with old-school R&B.

TroyBoi also recently released a remix of “Do One,” from grime grandpas Pete & Bas. The elders’ catchy flow carries a heavy weight that TroyBoi builds nicely and drops into similarly hilarious trap sounds that could certainly rock a festival stage.

Photo Credit: Jatin Gandhi Photography

Troyboi Releases New Track ‘Frustrated’

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It’s been a little while since we’ve heard new music from Troyboi. Earlier this year he released his EP V!BEZ and today, he finally graced us with a new track titled ‘Frustrated’. The track features American vocalist Destiny who gives the bouncy track an R&B feel along with Troyboi’s signature bouncy sound. Troyboi’s sound can

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TroyBoi teases new Destructo remix at a college pool rave

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It was a wild college party in Tucson, Arizona, and TroyBoi was behind the decks. The crowd probably knew what was coming from the English producer, but they couldn’t have expected this. He not only premiered a brand new Destructo remix live, but the #MyStyle producer also uploaded a teaser video to his socials for the world to see.

It’s a remix of Destructo’s recent hip-hop collaboration with Busta Rhymes, and the video is a perfect indication of how hard the track drops. Although it’s only a short snippet, viewers can clearly see an extremely mobile crowd at the pool rave and hear a TroyBoi synth-infused trap drop. Bless the kids who were lucky enough to see it.

Catch TroyBoi on his “Vibez Tour” this fall, kicking off at The Novo in Los Angeles November 16.

TroyBoi Teases New Destructo Remix And This Crowd Absolutely Lost It’s Mind

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TroyBoi is an artist who knows what is important. He is not a producer who is regularly jumping into Twitter feuds or commenting on things that are not his business. Instead, he is busy in the studio and taking over the world one stage at a time. In 2018 TroyBoi saw a series of high

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Suwannee Hulaween unveils another cutting-edge boutique lineup for 2018: String Cheese, ODESZA, Tipper, STS9, Gramatik, REZZ, more

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Suwannee Hulaween is one annual boutique gathering that is developing a devout following with its expert curation and wildly magical grounds. The Halloween weekend festival, running from October 26-28, 2018, hosts an impressive talent roster that brings an exceptional mixture of jamtronica, emergent bass, and deep house to The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida.

Set in the midst of 800-acres of Spanish moss-draped oak and cypress along the black Suwannee River, and complete with the largest bat house in the southeast US, the storied festival grounds have earned a reputation of inexplicable imagination and exploration. 

Sitting atop this year’s festival billing is the longtime host band of the festival The String Cheese Incident, plus a top billing of Grammy award winners and nominees featuring live-electronic front runners ODESZA, a South-East exclusive by modern funk icons Jamiroquai, and very special showing by singer-songwriter Janelle Monae on the wake of her blowout Dirty Computer record.

The star-studded billing continues with the reigning king of west coast bass Tipper, five piece American funk band Vulfpeck, multiple sets by leaders of the post-rock dance movement STS9, the alternative radio chart topping wonder of The Revivalists, dark-electro wunderkind Rezz, plus the unique electronic stylings of Gramatik, NGHTMRE, Troyboi, Snakehips, Emancipator Ensemble, Manic Focus & the MF’n Band, Justin Martin, Kill Frenzy, Eats Everything and many more.

Tickets on sale now.

Snowbombing Canada returns for second year as winter sports and dance music wonderland (photography by Justine Trickett & Giles Smith)

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