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.
In perhaps one of the biggest collaborations to hit the airwaves on Sept. 6, The Bloody Beetroots and ZHU have teamed up for “Zoning.” RÜFÜS DU SOL have dropped off a new set of remixes for Solace, including an irresistibly groovy one by Hot Since 82. Grimes and i_o unexpectedly deliver “Violence,” and M83 returns with the dreamy “Temple of Sorrow.” Audien and Nevve bring blissful energy to “Buzzing,” and Cashmere Cat reveals “FOR YOUR EYES ONLY.” Arty is on a journey to “Find You” in his latest, and Walker & Royce team up with VNSSA for “Rave Grave.” KOAN Sound’s new EP lands pm Sept. 6, featuring sounds like “Vibrant,” and Claude VonStroke unleashes a new original, “Slink.” Sullivan King has released a two-track EP, and Armin van Buuren and David Hodges link for “Waking Up With You.” Fox Stevenson finally uncovers “Dreamland,” and 3LAU remixes San Holo’s “Lost Lately.”
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.
“[House music] has always been incredibly important to me, and Higher Ground is our homage to the legends and opportunity to champion new sounds and artists from around the world pushing the genre forward,” Diplo writes in a recent press release.
The variety of the event’s roster embodies the sonic diversity that Diplo seeks to instill in the imprint, which will encompass releases spanning tech-house, deep/melodic house, and Afro-infused house, among other styles.
Dirtybird favorites Walker & Royce put forth the label’s inaugural release on Wednesday, with their four-part (two originals, two extended cuts) EP, Rave Grave. Higher Ground is also expected to house a number of Diplo’s own original productions.
Four on the floor enthusiasts can secure tickets to Higher Ground, here.
Who better to erect a record label to inspire house music artists while simultaneously providing them with a playful platform than one of the domain’s most prolific veterans, Diplo? When it comes to enlisting producers who embody the eternally amorphous identity of modern dance music, Diplo is ever one to flex his enduring curatorial foresight; and inviting the voraciously in-demand Walker & Royce to procure the seminal release on the new label solidifies that discernment.
The EP from New York natives Sam Walker and Gavin Royce, Rave Grave features two club detonators, the flippantly fun title track and the melodic tech-house weapon “The Biznes.” The duo’s distinct sound of highly accessible, energetic house music ties together the dancefloor origins of the genre, as well as the modernized, experimental sampling that renders each song in due duo’s distinct repertoire unmistakable. The EP also includes extended cuts of both tracks. Higher Ground’s introductory release has indeed established an elevated benchmark for future success from the young label.
The duo is set to appear later this month on their home court, as Higher Ground presents a Mad Decent-sponsored Brooklyn Mirage takeover, with a performance from Diplo himself in tow. Tickets are on sale now, here.
Mad Decent record label founder, Diplo, is adding a new record label to his collection in the form of a new deep house imprint. The label, Higher Ground, follows the naming convention of the artist’s recent EP, Higher Ground. The label will serve as a platform to showcase both established and up-and-coming talent in house music, and it will serve as a home for Diplo’s own house tracks and collaborations going forward.
“House is where it all came from,” Diplo says of the new endeavor in a press release. “Everything we know and love as dance music today started with the masters in Chicago and Detroit almost 40 years ago. The genre has always been incredibly important to me, and Higher Ground is our homage to the legends and opportunity to champion new sounds and artists from around the world pushing the genre forward.”
Higher Ground enlists Brooklyn-based house duo Walker & Royce for its first release. They will be putting out two singles, “Rave Grave” with VNSSA and “The Biznes” on Sept. 2. The label will also be doing a takeover at The Brooklyn Mirage on Sept. 22. The lineup is yet to be announced, and tickets are on sale here.
On the heels of another successful June edition, Splash House just dropped a huge lineup for August. Across three days and three resorts, DJs from multiple facets of dance music will provide an exquisite summer soundtrack.
As always, the party continues into the night all three days at the Palm Springs Air Museum with Hot Since 82, Mark Knight, and Walker & Royce slated to headline throughout the weekend. Check the full August lineup for Splash House below.
In 2017, Self Help became one of DIRTYBIRD‘s top LP releases while also establishing Walker & Royce as high caliber house talents with crossover appeal. It was a truly seminal output for the duo, who went on to tour internationally and further increase their global presence. They’ve officially returned to their Self Help home for their first solo release there in nearly two years—and what a grand homecoming it is.
Bodies Do The Talking is a heady two-tracker. In fact, both of its offerings pack in so much power that one could argue the EP is a double A-side. It starts off deceptively, with smoothed, lo-fi textures in its title track leading listeners to believe they’re in for a mellow ride. Suddenly, however, these pleasant textures give way to absolute destruction, as cunning synth progressions explode over powerful percussion. “Uh-Oh” is the groovier of the two, causing a strong impact on its own via creeping vocals and tense, buzzy hardware buildups that give way to a wild climax. This EP seems to have been made with big crowds in mind, and is certainly effective in its pulverizing mission based off reactions thus far.
An annual highlight at California’s Coachella Music & Arts Festival, Do LaB‘s carefully curated musical stage coalesces expert electronic acts, for a high caliber lineup within the festival’s larger billing. A cornerstone of the Coachella experience, Do LaB will present its themed stage at the 2019 edition of the multi-weekend affair for the 15th year. The longevity of the Do LaB stage at Coachella evidences Do LaB’s consistent ability to wow Coachella crowds with its collection of artists, and judging by the newly unveiled lineup, 2019 will be no exception.
While the 2019 lineup touts a wealth of stellar electronic entities, those familiar with Do LaB’s history of production know the expression “expect the unexpected” to be salient advice. Do LaB routinely surprises attendees with unannounced sets from dance favorites, in past years bringing the likes of Skrillex, Major Lazer, and Richie Hawtin to the stage without much advance notice.
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 serves as a landing pad for SoundCloud users who want a whole new dose of tunes to kick off the work week.
As part of ODESZA‘s newest set of A Moment Apart remixes, Chet Porter has put an ethereal spin on album standout, “Line of Sight.” Louis Futon flips James Blake’s “Retrograde” in his newest release, and YehMe2 takes on the Spice Girls’ iconic “Wannabe” in his freshest remix. BIJOU has released some new house heat on Insomniac Records, and Walker & Royce have done the same on HotBoi Records with “Word.” The Knocks reveal the latest to remix a New York Narcotic track: Wankelmut with a funky new take on “Retrograded.” DUCKY thrills with a new EP, and formidable Swarm puts a dark twist on Roniit’s “Visceral.” Dustycloud returns to Tchami‘s CONFESSION imprint with “Reckless,” and Braxton channels nighttime vibes with a new Anjuna release, “When The Sun Goes Down.” Sweekuh taps Love, Alexa and Faze on a new single, “Where Do We Let Go” and R3HAB turns the energy up on Mabel’s “Don’t Call Me Up.”
Paring down an entire year’s worth of songs is no easy feat.
2018 saw the explosion of songs like ZEDD‘s “The Middle” and Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa‘s “One Kiss,” dominating both the dance music charts and the radio airwaves. Ear-catching tracks like these, along with fan favorites like FISHER‘s persuasive “Losing It” and Anti Up‘s entertaining “Pizza” wiggled their way into festival sets around the world and — love them or hate them — stood out as notable tracks that do their part in immortalizing this whirlwind of a year.
A few months after the debut of The Knocks‘ latest albumNew York Narcotic, the album’s most successful single has gotten a re-up with the release of the Brazilian SoulRemixes EP. The new iterations of the song see it evolve from its original style as a funky and laid-back summery groove, into broader electronic territory.
Leading the way on the release is Brooklyn-based tech house outfit Walker & Royce, who have brought “Brazilian Soul” to the club for techno fans, followed by a big room remix from FTampa. The EP also includes an ’80s-influenced electronica take from Gilligan Moss as well as an “Acoustic Bossa Version” that features a gorgeous arrangement of ukuleles and vocals.