DA Premiere: REZZ hits the feels in cute new animated video for latest single, ‘Flying Octopus’ [Watch]

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REZZ has a new album on the way via Mau5trap, and since early this summer, the Canadian beat maker’s sophomore effort has been one of the most hotly anticipated projects of the year. Following recent singles from the record, “Witching Hour” and the 1788-L-assisted “H E X,” REZZ has come through with another new piece from her upcoming Certain Kind of Magic LP, offering “Flying Octopus,” and the track’s accompanying music video as her latest delivery.

“Flying Octopus” tells the story of a little animated octo-boi and a group of underwater pals plotting their ambitious escape from the depths. The cartoon critters find themselves jerry-rigging a submarine to fly them out of dodge, set to the score of REZZ’ tingling, syrupy techno cut. While the video is a step away from characteristically trippy REZZ visuals, the new feature heavily leans on a message of lighthearted camaraderie, which ultimately aligns perfectly with the Mass Manipulation producer’s cult fan base. See the video for “Flying Octopus” here ahead of Certain Kind of Magic’s August 3 release.

The Black Madonna knocks out cop in brand new ‘Grand Theft Auto’ trailer

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Although it was released nearly five years ago, Grand Theft Auto V keeps finding ways to make their game exciting and relevant via additions to the game’s to online play. In GTA‘s newest expansion, GTA Online: After Hours, Rockstar Games revives an old fan-favorite character, Tony Prince, the exuberant nightclub owner from Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony. In the trailer, the game’s newest digital resident, The Black Madonna, seems to be adopting to GTA life quite well, delivering a sweet sucker punch to a police officer who was probably just trying to shut down a rave. Either way, if The Black Madonna is laying down a hay maker, whoever is on the receiving end probably had it coming.

Bringing the gameplay back into Tony’s nightclubs, the update allows players to operate and develop the city’s hottest dance music locations, as well as a massive criminal enterprise. Grand Theft Auto V, a game already known for it’s stellar soundtrack featuring the likes of Flying Lotus and Tyler the Creator, brings in dance music icons like Solomun, Dixon, and Tale of Us. The GTA Online: After Hours expansion will be available to players online around the world on July 24.

Baauer, AJ Tracey, and Jae Stephens release laid back music video for ‘3AM’

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Baauer, AJ Tracey, and Jae Stephens have released the music video for their fresh new Caribbean grime-inspired single “3AM.” In the video, AJ Tracey and Jae Stephens take Baauer’s beat for a hazy night ride, cruising in a 1960’s yellow cab through a hazy blend of noir tropes and Baauer’s downtempo afrobeat product. With Stephens as the driver, and Tracey in the back, the video brings home the track’s after hours vibe as a New York plate that reads “Baauer” flashes after the hook. The new collaboration and accompanying Peter Marsden-directed video come by way of Baauer’s longtime home imprint, LuckyMe Records.

“3AM” is Baauer’s first single since his 2016 debut album, Aa. Those that have kept up with the Philadelphia-native turned globetrotting power producer know he’s well beyond the viral sensation that was “Harlem Shake.” He has steadily raised the bar, connecting with the likes of JAY-Z, A$AP Rocky, Future, and Pusha T. Now adding credits with AJ Tracey and Jae Stephens, Baauer to prove he’s a force to be reckoned with on the hip-hop front.

 

Tyler, the Creator serves up another spicy new freestyle, this time rapping over Drake & Lil Baby’s ‘Yes Indeed’

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Tyler, The Creator isn’t showing any signs of stopping the consistent stream of remixes he’s been dropping this summer.

He’s just shared “BRONCO,” which is his own smooth new take on Drake and Lil Baby’s Harder Than Ever single “Yes Indeed.” Tyler raps a mile minute on “BRONCO,” managing to fit in references to Ludacris, Busta Rhymes, Stevie Wonder and his cars in just 57 seconds.

“BRONCO” comes after Tyler’s recently shared remixes of songs from Prophet, Jacquees, and his own take on “Kids See Ghosts.”

Producer Sessions 004: Chad Hugo Sample Pack

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CLICK HERE TO TRY OUT THE LATEST SAMPLE PACK BY CHAD HUGO. 

Producer Sessions is a series from Dancing Astronaut meant to shine a brighter light on the producer community. Each volume will guide producers towards some of the freshest sample packs, plugins, FX, and presets out there. 

Chad Hugo, hitmaking producer of The Neptunes and N.E.R.D., translated his funky grooves into his first ever new sample pack from Splice. The pack contains melodic and drum sequences, his signature percussive hits, funky grooves, and more culminating to 64 loops and 84 one-shots.

Hugo’s a top-tier producer in the game, having collaborated with the likes of Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Nelly, Jay-ZSnoop Dogg, Clipse, Gwen Stefani, Madonna, and way too many more to list. Whoever listens to the radio on a consistent basis has most definitely heard a track produced by Hugo. Last year, Hugo and Pharrell released their first N.E.R.D. album in seven years, No_One Ever Really Dies.

Watch Hugo below creates hip hop grooves out of his sounds. Click HERE to start a 14-day free trial on Splice and start producing like the pros.

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A serious producer should have an extensive audio library, filled with a variety of organized samples and more companies like Splice are filling that need every year. These days, a subscription to Splice is a no-brainer for producers at any level. For $7.99 a month, Splice gives producers access to their entire library of high-quality samples, loops, FX, and presets, coming in at over 2 million sounds. At that price, producers get 100 credits per month to explore Splice’s massive library, save sounds they like, and download-to-own at a rate of 1 sample per credit.

Producers at the highest levels use Splice to find inspiration because it’s so easy with their massive library and quality partnerships. Some of the most popular sound designers have contributed to Splices’ library, including exclusive packs from KSHMR, Sonny Digital, deadmau5Amon Tobin, Zaytoven, KRANE, Lex Lugar and more.

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Zedd taps Elley Duhé for distinctive new single, ‘Happy Now’

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Originally debuted during Zedd‘s performance at his inaugural Zedd in the Park event at Los Angeles’ State Historic Park on July 3, “Happy Now” now gains a full-fledged release.

The latest single to emerge from Zedd’s studio, “Happy Now” represents yet another sonic step in a direction opposite the high-powered electro constructions of earlier foundational singles like “Clarity” and “Stay The Night.” Zedd further gravitates toward vocal-centric pop/electronic hybrid song stylization on “Happy Now,” a medium that worked particularly well for the crossover conceptualist on both “Stay” and “The Middle.”

A supportive yet subtle guitar melody underlies rising artist Elley Duhé’s alto range vocal contribution. Whimsical, multi-toned synths cascade in mid-tempo, mellifluous breakdowns that serve as the song’s working ‘drops,’ the descents noticeably more minimalist in their arrangement in “Happy Now” than in “Stay” or “The Middle.”

While the mass success of Zedd’s prior two singles render “Happy Now” prone to commercial comparison, when it comes to sonic organization, “Happy Now” is distinctively different in its sound, emblematizing the evolution of Zedd’s electronic artistry.

A-Trak flips Pusha T’s ‘The Games We Play’ in sharp new scratch routine

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A-Trak‘s got serious skills behind the decks.

At just 15, the child prodigy was a budding master craftsman, winning DJ championships against top talent and carrying the torch for borrowed turntablism techniques that made the ultimate difference — they made people want to dance — along the way. He’s a true auteur and through a continual showcase for his deep love for hip-hop and EDM, he’s provided one of the most unique stylistic coalescences EDM has ever had the pleasure to witness.

Most recently, A-Trak’s seemed to be feeling the GOOD Summer that Mr. Kanye West, Pusha T, and co. have been providing. He’s flipped Pusha T’s new “The Games We Play,” one of the hottest numbers off DAYTONA and even added a new touch to the track. Coyly, A-Trak’s mixed in Eve’s 2001 classic “Let Me Blow Ya Mind,” featuring Gwen Stefani, which was Eve’s highest-charting ever single on the US Billboard Hot 100 and an unbelievably smooth tune in its own right. Ultimately, it’s an incredibly appropriate subliminal mix-in, especially considering the DJ manages to continually blow our minds.

Ross From Friends channels major nostalgia in new family-infleunced ‘Pale Blue Dot’ video

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Make no mistake, Ross From Friends doesn’t want to be taken too seriously. Born Felix Clary Weatherall, Friends is known for his punny pseudonym and feel-good tunes which are as easy to get lost in on just the repeated listens as they are with the hour-long loops online. Weatherall has just shared a video for a new song “Pale Blue Dot,” from his upcoming album Family Portrait.

The accompanying video’s a grainy VHS video shot by Ross From Friends’ mother,  Jo Weatherall, who recorded Ross’ father, Jamie Clary, while the two were traveling through London and Europe right when they met in 1990. “Pale Blue Dot” is an appropriate lead for Ross’ new album, dedicated largely to his father, as it too nods to the influence of his parents on his music, particularly the sounds of hi-NRG dance, Italo disco, and proto-Techno.

Family Portrait album is out July 27 via Brainfeeder.


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Ellis & Laura Brehm share stripped-down acoustic version of ‘Start Over’

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Known for his viral Ed Sheeran remix and seamless knack for yielding free-flowing compositions, UK-based producer Ellis is beyond definition. In the midst of a rebranding, Ellis is stepping up his game; highlighting his newfound infatuation for instruments with NCS and Monstercat favorite, Laura Brehm.

The two recently got together for an official acoustic rendition of their June pop/future bass hit “Start Over,” in partnership with Gibson Guitars, and it’s a compelling highlight that creates a whimsical experience. Saccharine vocals and intricate instrumentals are the cornerstone of many strong dance tracks and together the two nail it down.

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RL Grime’s ‘Core’ is four years old: remembering its greatness

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RL Grime’s ‘Core’ is four years old: remembering its greatnessRL Grime Void Core

Quite a few trap aficionados point to the era of 2012-2015 as trap’s heyday. RL Grime dominated the scene as one of its prime pioneers at the time, and continues to do so today.

It’s difficult to be into bass music and not be aware of the song “Core.” Characterized by its wild horn samplings and thick, sludgy bass that whips audiences into submission, this masterful piece of trap history became one of the heaviest-rinsed tracks on the circuit for years after its release, and one of the most memorable singles of RL Grime’s already enormous collection of anthems. It also gave fans a solid taste of what was to come on the heavyweight’s groundbreaking VOID album.

As “Core” inspired quite a few young trap producers over the years, we’ve decided to look back on its goodness and honor its fourth birthday, which passed by on July 15. We’re reminded of the base it served for Grime’s most recent single off his upcoming sophomore album, “Pressure.”

 

 

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