Festival season means more and more new music is coming to the surface. And with festival season gearing up, we have new previews to share. Recently at EDC Mexico, Whethan previewed his collaboration with RL Grime. The preview is only about 30 second long, but we do get to hear one drop of the upcoming
Insomniac‘s EDC franchise is coming to fruition with festival season on the horizon. Kicking off 2019 with a wildly successful EDC Mexico in February, the set of festivals is gaining more traction than ever with some rumors for this year’s Vegas installment, including appearances by Adam Beyer and Eric Prydz, as well as a now-confirmed host in Bill Nye The Science Guy.
Zedd‘s next headlining enterprise will take him to a one of a kind outdoor setting: Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The “365” collaborator will present Zedd on the Rocks on June 19. Hippie Sabotage, Snakehips, and dwilly will provide support at the all-ages event.
Zedd on the Rocks evidences a budding annual trend in the context of Zedd’s event calendar, specifically the DJ’s yearly presentation of a one-day mini-festival. Zedd notably headlined Insomniac-produced Zedd in the Park in 2018 at Los Angeles’ State Historic Park. Zedd in the Park enlisted Whethan, Medasin, and Oliver Tree as openers.
Pre-sale tickets to Zedd on the Rocks will go on sale at 10 a.m. MST on February 27. Those interested in purchasing pre-sale tickets can register for pre-sale ticket access, here. General tickets will become available for purchase at 10 a.m. MST on March 1.
In November of 2018, Whethan released his eight-track debut EP titled Life of a Wallflower Vol. 1, which included hit collaboration with vocalist Bipolar Sunshine, “Top Shelf.” Now the track is getting the visual it deserves with a vibrant, trippy new music video. The video, starring model Alina Lee, blends reality and the fantasy of hallucination as Lee sits in a field playing with the album’s symbolic star—a wallflower. She eventually eats part of the flower, submerging herself in a hallucinatory world where the wallflower comes to life.
The video builds on Whethan’s plant protagonist, this time with a visual love story. Whethan speaks about the video in an official release, saying,
“This music video is a continuation of the story about Wallflower and his journey through life. It’s one of my favorite songs to play in my sets, and it was extremely fun to experiment with house music. Working with Bipolar Sunshine was an absolute honor and he absolutely nailed it.”
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 2019 enters its second week, music releases have started to ramp back up. Whethan burst into the new year with the formidable “GOING UP,” and No Mana delivered the ethereal “Tell Me Most” in the new mau5trapWe Are Friends compilation. The Knocks cooked up a funky remix of Joe Janiak’s “The Best You Ever Had,” and Robokid teamed up with longtime collaborators AOBeats and Manila Killa for “17.” Monstercat dove into 2019 by cranking up the BPMs, following Stonebank‘s hardcore “The Government” with Feint‘s gorgeous drum & bass original, “Drifters.” Chrome Sparks released a new album on the first of the year, highlighting songs like “Be On Fire” on his SoundCloud. Brock Wilson leads off the 2019 Mad Zoo releases with “hollow shell,” and Adventure Club put a melodic dubstep spin on AOSOON’s “Under.”
Whethan ended 2018 with a bang, concluding his “Life of a Wallflower” tour in October and following it up with a debut EP of the same name. However, Ethan Snoreck wants no breaks, releasing his first original track since the EP (preceded by a trap rework of Travis Scott‘s “Sick Mode”) entitled “GOING UP.”
“For my oldschool heads in 2019,” the Chicago-based DJ writes in the SoundCloud description, likely indicating a detour through his earlier styles of future bass synth-bounces. The original work starts with a rapid assortment of melodies and harmonizing leads, accompanied by quick drum hits and ultimately building into a synth-heavy trap drop. Acting strictly as an instrumental, this track is the true essence of a future bass flip, a structure Whethan built his sound on.
On November 28, Skrillex dropped a spontaneous remix of Travis Scott‘s “Sicko Mode” featuring Drake — a track that’s shaping up to be the hottest feature from his 2018 album, ASTROWORLD, currently sitting at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Likely to climb another spot, Skrillex’s five-minute rework made a large dent in the dance music world, one large enough to cause Whethan to flip the track just two days later.
Fans haven’t heard much from the Chicago-based producer since the release of his debut EP Life of a Wallflower Vol. 1. He recently wrapped up a historic fall tour and has some dates lined up for December. However, he clearly couldn’t resist the temptation, creating what he refers to as a “turn” of the original masterpiece. This “turn” is shorter in length and gets crazier as it progresses (considering the drop doesn’t hit until 2:45 in Skrillex’s version, but well worth the wait), yet maintains the original’s dub-heavy bassline with added effects and overall flare.
The formal release of his debut EP, Life of a Wallflower Vol. 1, grew Whethan‘s blossoming career as an electronic wunderkind into full bloom. The 19-year-old emblem of sonic versatility has progressively attracted and engaged an audience through a steady stream of singles and remixes, but offers listeners a a more robust look at his sound through the eight-track EP.
Unsurprisingly kinetic, given the broader context of Whethan’s catalogue, Life of a Wallflower Vol. 1 exudes a lighthearted vibrancy that radiates with particular brilliance on selections like HONNE feature, “Radar.” The EP rounds up previous singles, “Good Nights,” the smash “Superlove,” and “Be Like You,” for a sonic bouquet that sees several other cuts, like “Top Shelf” and “Be Like You” join the bunch. Guest highlights include vocals from Bipolar Sunshine, and additional contributions from Broods, Oh Wonder, and Mascolo. That the EP’s title concludes with “Vol. 1” can, for fans, only fortuitously indicate an ensuing installment to come at a later date.
The English duo is sure to include some of their latest jams, including select “Terrace Dub” reworks from their recently released Escape album and a remix of Weiss’ 2018 hit, “Feel My Needs.” They maintain the house-heavy vibes with a Lane 8 remix, Karma Kid & Fono’s recent collaboration “Clap Your Hands,” Rampa’s two-year-old “Necessity,” and other prime selections.
Gorgon City is currently on their Escape Live tour, with stops in Chicago, Toronto, Brooklyn, and more, rolling the train through February 2019. Head here for tickets and more info.
There comes a time when an artist must break out of their comfort zone and experiment in order to evolve artistically. That time has come for Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine fame, whose efforts adventuring into different musical realms has resulted in his upcoming, electronic-laced LP dubbed The Atlas Underground. It’s due for an October 12 release.
One of its singles comes from a melancholic place. “Every Step That I Take” sees him honoring his fallen Audioslave band mate and famed rocker Chris Cornell, who was reported to have taken his own life earlier in the year. Its lyrics subtly mention topics like depression, anxiety, and the struggle to “find the neon path.” Though it taps the expertise of bass sensation Whethan in producing its electro undertones, Morello and other collaborator Portugal. The Man ultimately exert a larger influence over the piece for a relatable, nuanced piece with a long guitar riff at the end that’s radio-friendly to its core. Of the record, the musician stated:
“‘Every Step That I Take’ is about how the dreams, and depression, and love and the lack of it on the emotional steps of the gallows are processed. It was a song written by myself and Matt Shultz from Cage the Elephant and Johnny [Gourley] from Portugal.The Man sings it and it’s just a beautiful song. One of my favorites on the record.”
Morello also joined with SAVE, an organization dedicated to suicide awareness and prevention. The Atlas Underground album will also include features by Steve Aoki, RZA, Pretty Lights, Knife Party, and more.