♫ Listen: UNIIQU3 – Phase 3 EP

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Maybe it’s a trite, daytime radio kind of question, but it’s one I’ve been mulling over all week, spurred by the completely elated magic of the ‘Too Late To Turn Back Now’ (holy shit, that song) club scene in Spike Lee’s Blackkklansman. Lee is a master of the dancefloor shot, often showing his protagonists singing along over the soundtrack: see the mass swimsuit gyrations of the college dance in School Daze, a film he says he created “so he could create a dance […] its called da butt!”

While UNIIQU3 – Newark’s finest, the #JerseyClubKween clearly aims to animate a similar area of our anatomy, drawing on images and experiences of black movement, body positivity, power and grace; she does so with a radical vision of women’s self-expression, and fast-cut pace that draws bodies into movement, aswell as drawing bodies in movement. No camera required. This is what I mean by cinematic, not in the predictable music journalist sense (yawn) of conveying a landscape or scene, but in somehow threading the images of dance, movement and joyous exclamation of the dancefloor it was created for within the arrangement of the song.

It seems odd that this is UNIIQU3’s debut EP, following scores of weaponised remixes and edits, along with a hardcore tour schedule, but yep, Phase 3 is UNIIQU3’s first full EP of original material. Released by Nina Las Vegas’ NLV Records the EP sees UNIIQU3 excel as both producer and vocalist, with a low-end weight that was sometimes missing from her regular free soundcloud and wetransfer drops, mastered for the club.


What’s your favourite cinematic dance scene?

UNIIQU3 announces ‘Phase 3’ EP on NLV via title track

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UNIIQU3 announces ‘Phase 3’ EP on NLV via title trackUNIIQU3 Phase 3

“Jersey Club is such a crucial part of today’s dance music world, and I’m incredibly honored to work with one of the most exciting women pushing the sound to the world,” stated Nina Las Vegas on rising talent UNIIQU3‘s upcoming EP, Phase 3. The EP will also be UNIIQU3’s first on Nina’s NLV imprint, and it is primed to serve up a fine menu of breaks, bass, and fiery verses to audience ears.

We’re given a taste of the action in Phase 3‘s title track, which is a veritable heater. Industrial-geared synths that bear an 80s resemblance are paired with equally nostalgic breakbeat rhythms, transporting the listener straight to a block party dance battle. However, “Phase 3” finds its footing in the modern world with crisp arrangement, and UNIIQU3’s free-flowing vocals encourage debauchery. When she declares, “If you ain’t sweatin’, you ain’t doin’ it right,” it becomes difficult not to rise to her challenge and join in on the madness. The high-charged single is much in the same vein as her previous single “TRUNK,” alongside Yungkiid.

Electric Zoo announces ferocious phase two line-up additions: Alesso, Tiësto, Chris Lorenzo, Destructo, and more

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Made Event‘s titanic New York-based festival, Electric Zoo, is celebrating its tenth birthday this Labor Day Weekend, August 31st–September 2nd. To mark the momentous double-digit occasion, the wildlife-themed event has added two more headlining artists in Alesso and Tiësto to join the star-studded cast of talent that already tops the 2018 bill: KaskadeMarshmelloMartin Garrix, and Virtual Self.

Other notable acts joining on phase two include: Alexander Lewis, Bonnie x Clyde, Boogie T, Chris Lorenzo, Chuurch, Crankdat, Destructo, DNMO, Dubfire, G Jones, Habstrakt, Jauz, Kayzo, Lost Frequencies, Luzcid, Medasin, Party Favor, Petey Clicks, Space Jesus, Spencer Brown, Squnto, Stööki Sound, Whipped Cream, and YehMe2.

Electric Zoo’s ‘Big 10’ birthday bash will feature additional stages curated by Anjunabeats, Deadbeats, Hyperhouse, and Sunday School.

Tickets to Electric Zoo are currently on sale to the general public, and can be purchased here.

Featured photo: aLIVE Coverage.

Bounce into your weekend with these 10 Jersey Club classics

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The Jersey Club movement originated in the ’90s as a style of music heard in, unsurprisingly, New Jersey nightclubs. More specifically, it arose in Newark, affectionately known as the Brick City, where the club scene was most prevalent.

Some may be familiar with Baltimore (Bmore) club of the same stature, as both have roots in ’80s Chicago house music. Early stars in the scene such as Tameil and Tim Dolla made their start DJing on turntables and making cassette tapes with house records. Both names are historically recognized as members of the “Brick Bandits Crew,” a group of Newark natives coined as the creators of Jersey Club. With connections just a few hours down south in Baltimore, they started a massive surge of Jersey/Bmore club music, which coalesced around a breakbeat style, with the signature motif a triplet of kick drums at the end of every measure and tracks that typically reside in the 130-145 BPM range.

Originally influenced by and heavily featuring hip-hop and R&B looped samples, the genre is now being incorporated into the modern dance music scene. Its even been used in bass-heavy concoctions, such as Dillon Francis and Kill The Noise‘s “Dolphin On Wheels.”

Looking at the genre’s massive growth over the past few years, Dancing Astronaut has compiled a list of standouts to get your weekend in the club off to a hot start.

1. Trippy Turtle – FoFo

Trippy Turtle is not only a talented producer and DJ to follow, but an all-around fun musician. What started with a lone turtle has expanded into a SoundCloud platform for animal-based accounts that all use the Jersey Club framework to remix popular songs, with artists Drippy Dolphin, Chacha Chimp, and Pretty Panda on the FoFoFadi Records roster.

Trippy is known for adding a rapid, breakbeat spin to famous R&B/hip-hop tracks, which he uses as a base for recycled samples on each rework. On “FoFo,” it’s obvious that it’s a remix of “CoCo” by O.T. Genasis, yet by listening closely, a variety of classics can be depicted, such as the guitar sample from P. Diddy’s “I Need a Girl Part 2,” TLC’s “No Scrubs,” Big Sean’s opening line from Drake’s “All Me” and a subtle “What?” from the 2007 Mad Decent release “Shake it to The Ground” by DJ Blaqstarr.

2. Zedd ft Alessia Cara – Stay (DJ Taj Remix)

DJ Taj is a great go-to for those looking for Jersey Club remixes of current, Top 40/rap hits. Over the past year, he’s remixed everything from Lil Uzi Vert’s “XO Tour Life” to The Chainsmokers’ “Closer.” The Jersey-born producer began making music at the age of 10, going on to DJ alongside Funkmaster Flex for New York’s Hot 97 as well as other radio stations around the country.

Taj reworked DJ Snake’s hit track “Let Me Love You” featuring Justin Bieber in 2016, bringing it up to a J-club appropriate tempo and throwing some other classic samples into the mix.

3. Ty Dolla $ign – Paranoid (DJ Hoodboi & Falcons Remix)

Here’s a track that, though released in 2014, is still not an official remix. However, even more reason to appreciate it as a hidden gem that is only used in live sets and mixes. LA native Hoodboi gained popularity through official remixes for the likes of Chromeo, Alison Wonderland and more. He’s toured the world with A-Trak and has since been snatched up by the mastermind’s Fools Gold imprint.

His euphoric rework of Ty Dolla $ign’s “Paranoid” featues fellow Fools Gold member Falcons, where the producers take the deep synths of the original to develop a poly-rhythm/pitch vocal combo.

4. UNIIQU3 & Saint – Yo (I’m Lit)

While DJ Sliink may be the “King,” it seems that Jersey Club has found its potential “Kween” in Cherise Gary, aka UNIIQU3. With roots in Newark, Gary began her music career as a vocalist in the club scene, eventually picking up DJing. Now, she’s taking the scene by storm with collaborations with A-list artists such as Baauer and Diplo. In addition, she’s playing festivals around the world, sharing the stage with Rae Sremmurd, Cashmere Cat, and more with featured mixes on BBC Radio 1 and a Boiler Room set.

Teaming up with producer Saint, this is probably UNIIQU3’s most notable track to date, using Jersey Club to describe the party culture in LA. The broken kick pattern starts at the 15-second mark, bringing in chopped up vocals for the drop. 

5. D.R.A.M. – Cha Cha (DJ Sliink Remix)

OWSLA‘s self-proclaimed “Jersey Club King,” DJ Sliink was featured on Big Beat’s Pop Remixed compilation in 2016 with a remix of D.R.A.M’s “Cha Cha.” The original saw major positive traction, breaking the vocalist’s career. DJ Sliink adds a more upbeat spin on it, using the high-pitched synths of the original in tangent with echoing, looped vocals over the classic Jersey Club bassline. Another breakbeat section can be heard around the 30-second mark that almost sounds beat-boxed with heavily distorted kicks.

6. DJ Snake ft Bipolar Sunshine – The Middle (4B Remix)

Staten Island native producer 4B did an official remix of DJ Snake’s global hit “The Middle” earlier in 2017. 4B is unique in fusing elements of trap, hardstyle and Jersey Club together with modern electronic production techniques. This remix is an example of using “pitch-vocal motifs” on the drop, chopping up the original vocals and pitching them up or down to different octaves. Listeners can hear a standard breakbeat with the snare and snap combo on the build-up.

7. fun. – We Are Young (Kyle Edwards and DJ Smallz 732 Jersey Club edit)

Remember when Vine was a thing? The app practically coined the term “going viral,” causing a random remix like this one to explode up out of the blue. Although, maybe not, since the energy provided by Jersey Club itself is so enticing that it’s hard to miss.

Kyle Edwards and DJ Smallz 732 decided to put an up-tempo, breakbeat spin on the hit pop rock single “We Are Young,” by fun. released back in 2012. Edwards and Smallz 732 made this one in 2015 and are still putting a Jersey spin on popular hits. Check out the “Now I’m Mad” Vine that had the internet hysterically laughing for a minute.

8. DJ Envy – Text Ur Number ft DJ Sliink & Fetty Wap

“Text Ur Number” is an example of Jersey Club being integrated into mainstream sounds, as producers DJ Envy and DJ Sliink join forces with hip-hop/R&B/pop chart-topping artist Fetty Wap on the track, released in the summer of 2017. Envy, most notable for hosting the Breakfast Club radio show and being a Global DJ Awards nominee, hauls in DJ Sliink to get some Jersey feels in on this one.

There are some pop elements in this track that accompany Fetty Wap’s vocals, climaxing into a future bass, synth-driven drop that changes gears into double Jersey time after the first eight bars.

9. Yeah Yeahs – Heads Will Roll (JVH-C Remix)

Listeners will probably recognize this one right away, as it went viral for the most hilarious reasons. A rapid and aggressive remix of the Project X famed party track “Heads Will Roll” by Yeah Yeahs, JVH-C’s rendition has been used for meme and compilation videos alike, posted all over Facebook and Instagram and features some of the craziest, most absurd dance moves/visual effects.

The triplet drum beats can blatantly be heard in this one, and — viral or not — it makes any dancefloor go nuts.

10. Cashmere Cat – Mirror Maru

Wrapping things up with a classic, literally the oldest track on the list. Norwegian-born, Grammy Award-winning DJ/producer Cashmere Cat released his debut EP Mirror Maru back in 2012, with the title track immediately making waves.

A feature on the soundtrack for Grand Theft Auto V the following year helped bring “Mirror Maru” to the masses, where its stayed ever since. Although one of the more downtempo/lighter uses of the breakbeat technique, it gives the track a dance-y vibe it wouldn’t otherwise have, and Cashmere is able to include what would become known as his signature style in the years to come, including harp arpeggios and the famous bed squeak sample.

Honorable mentions:

Rake It Up (Diplo & Party Favor Remix) [feat. Nicki Minaj]

DJ Big O – Pop That(Nadus Remix)


Slide (Mervin Mowlley Flip)

2 On (DjTray Remix)

DJ Taye announces 2018 LP on Hyperdub, shares first single “Get it Jukin,” because we deserve it, that’s why

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I’m not a very superstitious person, but I do believe in karma, based on the principle that every time I lose a lighter I seem to serendipitously steal someone else’s soon after. Ergo: given the crumbling hellscape of a world that we endured for the duration of 2017, I desperately believe that this coming year will be equally abundant in blessings. This is (presumably) why Hyperdub has announced that their first release of 2018 will be Still Trippin, the debut LP of Teklife’s DJ Taye; because we fucking deserve it, goddammit.

Not that the world of footwork music has been in desperate need of more talent, since the underground genre pioneered by Teklife founders DJ Rashad and DJ Spinn has grown out of Chicago into a global footwork movement in less than decade. After the untimely passing of the legendary DJ Rashard in 2014, however, many wondered what would hold for the boundless potential left within the genre. But Taye says the tragedy inspired him “to continue evolving the music that I loved so much coming up in this world” and pushed him to “make something brand new.”

The results are out March 2 on double LP, CD, and digital. And although Still Trippin’ certainly features its share of “classic” talent from around the Midwest, like The Cool Kids’ Chuck Inglish (on the project’s vivacious and electrically charged first single “Get it Jukin,” listenable down below), DJ PayPal, and DJ Manny of the Teklife crew; Taye is also notably expanding Teklife’s range and diversity (both musically and geographically) by featuring female talents such as Jersey’s club queen UNIIQU3, Canadian singer Odile Myrtil, and Fabi Reyna, bass player and editor of women’s guitar magazine She Shreds. “I took this as an opportunity to not have boundaries with footwork. Different approaches to our ‘underground’ sound to make it broader, Taye says. “It’s only underground until it crosses that threshold.”

Believe in karma or not, there’s something to be said for continuing to do good while wading through the shittiest of circumstances and finding the hope to advance your causes into the future. In fact, a good attitude can be even better than good karma. Try me, 2018.

Still Trippin’ tracklisting:

01. 2094
02. Trippin
03. Need It (Ft DJ Manny)
04. Smokeout (ft DJ Lucky)
05. Same Sound (Feat Odile Myrtil)
06. 9090
07. Another (Feat DJ Manny)
08. Bonfire (Feat DJ Paypal)
09. The Matrix (Feat DJ Manny)
10. Get It Jukin (Feat Chuck Inglish) 02:47
11. Pop Pop ( Feat DJ Paypal)
12. Gimme Some Mo (Feat Uniqu3)
13. Truu (Feat DJ Paypal)
14. Closer
15. I’m Trippin
16. I Don’t Know (feat Fabi Reyna)

Meet the underground talent of HARD Summer: UNiiQU3

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In the course of a decade, HARD has become one of dance music’s most globally recognized event producers. This August marks a major milestone for the brand: the 10-year anniversary of its flagship festival, HARD Summer. To celebrate the momentous occasion, Gary Richards and co. have pulled out all the stops for their LA institution with prestigious headliners such as Dog Blood, Justice, Bassnectar, and Snoop Dogg. However, the festival’s enviable lineup extends far beyond its closing slots. Delving further into the lineup, we’ve tapped some of our favorite acts on the bill for an interview series leading up to the festival.

Each year, HARD Summer builds a lineup that manages to strike a well-rounded balance of nostalgia and influenced tastemaking, forcing main stage EDM to rub shoulders with electronic splinter genres, hip-hop, disco, and more. Holding down this year’s due dose of Tri-state club fare, Newark-export UNiiQU3, is bringing her boisterous brand of house-inspired beats to southern California and she’s pulling out all the stops for her biggest billing to date.

UNiiQU3, characterized by her peers and supports as an unadulterated source of energy, is carving out her niche in the Jersey Club space with her name worn proudly on her sleeve. She’s already aligned with some of the most veritable production forces in the game, with heavy support by Skrillex, A-Trak, Anna Lunoe, and Nina Las Vegas.

Compared to many of the artists she shares the HARD Summer bill with, the Jersey up-and-comer is still fairly new to the scene. However, the achievements she’s racked up thus far and her finely-tuned tastes prove that UNiiQU3 is in no way a novice.

Read our interview with UNiiQU3 below.

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What was your first label release? Would you still play it in a show?

My first label release [was] my New Klassiks mixtape on one of my favorite UK labels, Lit City Trax. I had remixed all the classic Chicago Ghetto House, Jersey and Baltimore tracks with my friends. It was dope because was never done before plus I wanted to educate people about the classic tracks. I still play them out now and I often hear people ring them off. Timeless.

What has been the biggest breakthrough of your career?

Hmm that’s hard. I feel like I’ve made many strides that got overlooked, like curating a stage at AfroPunk’s festival 3 years ago after I used to volunteer the festival. I booked some Jersey Club Heavy Hitters like Tim Dolla, Mike Gip etc. That was a moment… Oh maybe it was when I flew to London for the first time for 72 hours to play Just Jam’s event at the Barbarian Theatre. That was the first time I got exposed to Grime and all that UK Bass. I had people dancing in a place where they have Shakespeare plays, Skepta performed, General Levy, Traxman it was nuts.

What are you looking forward to most about HARD Summer?

Honestly, performing. I love it and I haven’t really played that many big festivals in the states and Hard was literally on my bucket list this year and BOOM I’m outchea. Aside from djing I incorporate a sick ass live set. Every set is different too I freestyle everything based on the energy I get from the crowds. Plus I gotta rep for the ladies, my brown girls b/c Dj Heather and I are the only female djs of color. I wanna break some barriers, turn up, see some sick sets and meet some cool peeps.

What is different about your experience performing at festivals now as opposed to the beginning of your career?

Well I’m definitely not as nervous as I used to be, even though I get nervous before everything. I just know to really show my personality on stage because that’s what my fans love. I also know to wear proper shoes.

If you could be another artist for a day, who would you pick?

Hmmmm it would def be Prince. He was such a rock star, and so talented.

If you could recommend three artists to catch from the lineup, who would you pick?

Ohh man Madame X is a savage, you can def catch me at her set skankin okay ( that’s a uk term, if ya’ll ain’t hip.. go to her set )

Also Cashmere Cat, his show is always beautiful and I absolutely adore his light show. It takes it from a dj set to an experience.

I’m def going to see Mobb Deep, I was heartbroken when the news surfaced about Prodigy, I know that the performance will be a special one.

If you were recruited to provide an Essential Mix in 2017, what’s the one song you couldn’t leave out?

Bring in the Kats – Rod Lee & Porkchop.. Shit goes.

Prepare for UNiiQU3’s HARD Summer set with her own specially-curated, exclusive playlist for the festival.

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