Xan Griffin swings heavy on new single, ‘Searching’ [Stream]

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Xan Griffin swings heavy on new single, ‘Searching’ [Stream]an Griffin

Since the beginning of his career, Xan Griffin has brought a deep mindset to his music. It’s not just about hearing with him. He wants listeners to walk away from his songs with perspective and meaning, and his latest single “Searching” is no different.

Adopting a fluid swinging beat that is all too rare in modern music (even outside of electronic), Griffin’s vocals coast along the oscillating waves of sound with ease. One thing that makes the song move so easily is the universality of the theme. Everyone feels lost at some point in their life, and Griffin captured this feeling in an effective fashion.

Griffin’s debut album, Zodiac, came out in May of 2018 and explored his interpretation of the twelve zodiac symbols. “Searching” is the second new single from Griffin in a relatively short span, so perhaps a new, longer release is on its way soon.

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NMF Roundup: Dillon Francis remixes Saweetie, Mat Zo unveils ‘Emotion Sickness’ + more

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NMF Roundup: Dillon Francis remixes Saweetie, Mat Zo unveils ‘Emotion Sickness’ + moreDillon Francis Gerald Rave Jungle

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.

Dillon Francis pumps his fans up this NMF with a remix of Saweetie’s “My Type,” and Mat Zo reveals his long-anticipated “Emotion Sickness.” Lane 8 showcases another brilliant single in “Sunday Song,” and Lost Kings, Sevyn Streeter and Luh Kel get the party started with “LA & The Parties.” Matt Lange and Kerry Leva reveal their blissful collaboration, “Every Word,” and Vincent and Naderi waste no time on their new powerful single, “Wasted Time.” Spooky dubstep returns for October in Figure and Dubscribe’s “The Phantom of the Opera,” and Chris Lorenzo tries his hand at drum ‘n’ bass production in “Take Me as I Am.” MitiS and RUNN craft a gorgeous soundscape on “Shattered,” and Chrome Sparks remixes Whethan and The Knocks’ “Summer Luv.” Dash Berlin shines on a new remix of Myon and ICON’s “Cold Summer,” and Morgan Page, Matt Fax, and Lissie take “The Longest Road To The Ground.” TroyBoi gets intense on his new single, “The Truth,” and Armin van Buuren and Cimo Frankel offer a dreamy trance collaboration, “All Comes Down.”

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.

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Lunar Lunes: Lemaitre reveal new single, NWYR and Andrew Rayel join forces, Mark Knight releases new Toolroom original + more

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Lunar Lunes: Lemaitre reveal new single, NWYR and Andrew Rayel join forces, Mark Knight releases new Toolroom original + moreLemaitre Rocket Girl Rac Mi

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.

Norwegian indie duo Lemaitre bring their breezy, easygoing style to “Fast Lovers,” and Andrew Rayel teams up with W&W under their NWYR alias for “The Melody.” The Disco Fries reveal a funky remix for “Blue” from Kaidro on Armada, and Rogue returns to Monstercat for the dreamy “Oceans.” Dirty Audio taps Shai Hicari for powerful “Run & Go,” and Maddix turns up the intensity on his noteworthy big room number, “Zero.” Toolroom head honcho Mark Knight delivers a new original, “The Mystery of Old Ma Clifton,” and Mako drops a remix of last summer’s “Murder” by Alex Ariete. MELVV takes on Katelyn Tarver‘s “Kool Aid” in his newest venture, and Steve Brian remixes Tritonal‘s “Gonna Be Alright.”

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

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NMF Roundup: Skrillex and Hikaru Utada take on Kingdom Hearts III, Zeds Dead and Delta Heavy team up, Gorgon City unveil ‘Lick Shot’ + more

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NMF Roundup: Skrillex and Hikaru Utada take on Kingdom Hearts III, Zeds Dead and Delta Heavy team up, Gorgon City unveil ‘Lick Shot’ + moreSkrille Superjam Bonarroo Live

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.

Skrillex and Hikaru Utada kick off some of the most prominent of NMF releases with the heavenly “Face My Fears” from Kingdom Hearts III. Also leading the charge are Zeds Dead and Delta Heavy with a powerful drum & bass collaboration, “Life You Up.” Sofi Tukker and ZHU have delivered the sultry “Mi Rumba,” and Gorgon City bring the heat with a feisty new original, “Lick Shot.” Sam Feldt and Kate Ryan dive into their feelings in “Gold,” and Slushii dreams of warmer days with the tropical “Never Let You Go.” 13 summons a storm on the formidable “Uppercut,” and Above & Beyond are “Flying By Candlelight” in their new collab with Marty Longstaff. Lost Kings continue their slew of releases with “FU4E,” and Xan Griffin delivers his first release since his September Self-Discovery album. Peking Duk sprinkle some sweetness in their new original with Jack River, “Sugar,” and Richard Durand puts his intense spin on Armin van Buuren‘s “Wild Wild Son.”

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.

Exclusive: Kongsted x Temmpo – Boomerang (Xan Griffin Remix)

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Fresh off the release of his debut Zodiac album, Los Angeles producer Xan Griffin is back with a remix of Kongsted and Temmpo’s “Boomerang.”

Xan Griffin taps into the lighthearted soul of the track and amplifies it, adding future bass production behind Tonino Speciale’s vocals. He primed the formerly low-key track for the dance floor with a soaring synth theme, backed by layers of atmospheric melodies. Xan Griffin lights a fire under “Boomerang,” preserving the heartfelt message of the original while adding his own spin to its memorable melodies.

The track is part of a remix package that also includes a rework by KRONO. The two tracks are out June 15 via Universal Music.

Xan Griffin unveils the story behind his conceptual ‘Zodiac’ album [Interview]

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Xan Griffin has been producing music for nine years — half of his life. 

When he was just 9 years old, the young music enthusiast being creating his own compositions. He loved the idea of concept-style arrangements and swore to himself that when he honed his craft, he’d work on a large-scale project based around a concept or theme. At the time, he was interested in Greek mythology and the 12 astrological zodiac signs, which led to a genius idea.

“When I was 10, I researched the zodiac signs and couldn’t find evidence that anyone had ever done an album based on the zodiac signs,” he recalls.

No one had tailored a song to each personality of each sign of the zodiac and released them at their corresponding time of the year. But Griffin didn’t want to try to put such a project together at such a young age. He decided to put the idea in his back pocket and revisit it when he thought his production skills were up to par with the concept itself.

“I told myself that when I became proficient to the point where I could create anything I can imagine, I would pick the idea back up,” he continues. 

Fast forward six years to early 2016. Griffin has begun to make waves in the electronic music sphere with a successful set of remixes for the likes of Just a Gent, Botnek & I See MONSTAS, Illenium, and Bright Lights. He wanted to work on a big original side project to keep the momentum of the remixes going.

Then, “I remembered the zodiac idea,” he says. “I said to myself, ‘I’m going to spend the next two years grinding and working on this and doing as much research as I can. I’m going to try to make the best music I can to represent each one of these signs.’”

Griffin felt he finally had the skill set to execute his vision, and he got to work.

His first release came in May of last year with its corresponding zodiac symbol, Gemini (his own zodiac sign). The collaboration with WILD has since garnered nearly half a million plays on SoundCloud and served as an exceptional launching point for his zodiac series. From there, he spent the next 12 months leading up to the full release of his Zodiac album by releasing the corresponding time period’s song.

The production process for each track was different, he says. Of the album’s 14 tracks, 10 of them feature collaborators, and each of them came about in a different way. “Capricorn,” for example, “was the most unexpected thing ever.” Griffin had been hanging out with WOLFE and practicing on his CDJs for his first show. When Griffin showed the producer the original instrumental for “Capricorn,” WOLFE revealed that he was a Capricorn and wanted to lend some vocals to the concept. This led to the track in its final form and has become a fan favorite.

Overall, Griffin says went into Zodiac without a specific direction. He he dove into each piece wanting to recreate a feeling rather than a sound — a theme that carried through the entirety of his two-year production process on the album.

“In ‘Scorpio,’ for example, I wanted it to be dark and inspirational and mysterious,” he says. “Instead of focusing on the sound, I focused on melodies and how certain things could harmonize to create the character I was going for.”

Gemini artwork by Peter Mohrbacher

As each one of the tracks was released, fans not only fell in love with the unique and varied qualities of each zodiac sign, but also the artwork that accompanied each one. Griffin had called upon the talents of Magic: The Gathering card game artist Peter Mohrbacher, who created the otherworldly designs that provided a visual representation of Griffin’s creation. 

“He loved the idea of collaborating,” Griffin says. “I sent him the songs, and he based every piece of artwork on the characters in the song, along with the knowledge he had of the zodiac signs.”

Zodiac was released on Seeking Blue on May 24, 2018 — Griffin’s 18th birthday. It features a track for each of the 12 signs of the zodiac, along with a title track called “Zodiac” and an extra called “Ophiuchus,” which draws its meaning from a large constellation located around the celestial equator.

As the embodiment of his sign — the Gemini — Griffin says he’s always going to be changing. “There are so many different genres in this album,” he says. “It’s diverse, and I want to prepare people for what’s going to come in the future.”

As for the future, Griffin just graduated high school a few weeks ago and is preparing for his next steps in life. He’s already working on a second album: another conceptual-type series, filled with “some pretty big curveballs.”

“Some of my favorite music I’ve ever produced is on that album,” he admits, excitement audible in his voice. “It’s going to be a visual-focused project… think music videos, 3-D and 2-D animation. I want this to be executed to its fullest ability.”

When asked to describe his music in three words to someone who’s never heard it, Griffin immediately fires off the first two: “emotional and unpredictable.” He takes his time to come up with the third, which seems to truly sum the thoughtfulness behind his projects: “metamorphic.”

“What I represent is the epitome of a Gemini,” he says. “I always want to be changing and never get in the comfort zone of making the same kind of music.”

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Last Heroes Create Melodic Dubstep Gold in Dimensions

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Last Heroes have dropped Dimensions, a MONSTER melodic dubstep track. In a genre that was labeled dead, or at least dying, two young producers on the scene have breathed a bit of life. Surely I am joking, by no means has the genre ever been in any trouble, with artists around like Seven Lions, Said

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NMF Roundup: Like Mike releases a solo track, Hardwell manufactures the next mainstage hit, and more

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Like Mike goes solo with new release “Rewind” with smooth vocals and pop chords. “Rewind” is the perfect smooth summer track that is sure to grace radio stations across the world.

Todd Heller brings pac man to music with gaming synths and interesting chord combinations with cutting drops in new release “Ride It.”

Melodic chords flow through Max Styler‘s latest commercial house release with Ella Boh’s captivating vocals.

Hardwell has created an absolutely tremendous production with newest track “Earthquake” with Harrison.

Oliver Tree combines house, rap, and a commanding electronic backdrop to create unique track “Movement.”

Madnap puts a future pop spin on Win and Woo’s “Chasing Tail.”

Duo Super8 & Tab team up for a new single “Burn” featuring Hero Baldwin, which will be a part of their upcoming album Reformation Part 2.

VIRTU remixed Mark Johns and Imad Royal’s “Heart Shaped Box,” which initially slows down the tempo but falls into a bass and dubstep infused crazy drop.

Xan Griffin is doing a Zodiac series where he releases a song based upon each sign. He has released “Taurus” featuring Tedy for the grounded and practical Taurus’s out there.

Gorgon City has created the next dance floor sensation with new release “Go Deep.”

Mike Williams tries his hand at Commercial House and succeeds in new track “Give It Up” with its catchy drop and compelling vocals.

Shaun Frank and Krewella make a formidable production trio given the quality of new release “Gold Wings.”

In an unlikely remix, Steve Aoki tries his hand at remixing Matoma‘s “Lonely.” His remix of the track adds a bouncy chord progression that is hard to get out of the listener’s head.

Ravell teams up with Jack Trades and BAER for house tune “Feelin’ You.”

Slushii proves his tracks will never lose their bounce in new song”Through the Night” featuring Hatsune Miku with its gaming synths and high pitched chords.

Dubstep fans can get their fix with KAI WACHI‘s new two track ICHOR EP.

Lost Kings go full on pop as they continue to experiment with genres in new song “When We Were Young.”

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NMF Roundup: Hardwell and Steve Aoki go hard, Cheat Codes reworks Tom Walker, Xan Griffin shreds + more

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The most important day of every week: New Music Friday. 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.


Take a serendipitous end-of-week drive with Youngr through his newest syrupy indie pop number, “Drive.”

Ulterior Motive lends the robustly voiced Thandi Phoenix’s formerly cheerful and heavily remixed “My Way” a foreboding, ominous drum & bass fervor.

EDM eminences, Hardwell and Steve Aoki, team up with Kris Kiss for, “Anthem,” a hype-heavy track that packs the punch of a high-speed bus.

Austin, Texas’ big-room virtuosos, Tritonal, have released a radiant club mix of their recent “Out Of My Mind,” featuring lustrously warm vocals from Riley Clemmons.

LA-based Paris Blohm says, “All aboard the big-room bus,” with his newest heart-pumping, fist-pump-preferred “Save Us,” featuring ENOK.

Cheat Codes breathes some progressive house heat into Tom Walker’s “Leave A Light On,” with simultaneously atmospheric and playful synths/guitar plucks and ample bass.

Nomad’s newest “The Machines” is, as the name implies, a highly tech-oriented, dizzying drum & bass depiction of “the war between machine and human.”

Xan Griffin has resolved to shred unworthy speakers to bits with his Asian-inspired, guitar-sampling trap tune, “Aries.”

The always-colorful Carmada duo has released another bounce-infused future bass beauty, featuring the velvety-voiced tribes.

Robby East wields melody and instrumentation galore in his whimsical new house track, “Burning In My Soul,” which is practically begging for a play just before a Friday night on the town.

Sullivan King pushes pedal to the metal with “Step Back,” a screeching, dubstep/electro hybrid that should be avoided by the delicately eared.

Faithful to its title, Seasoned Souls’ technicolor, piano piece, “Ripple,” flutters and flickers like an enchanted body of sweet-sounding water.

Sober rob unleashes some liquid trap for “Supermoon,” which features sweet soprano, Karra, and a heady serving of astral-themed sampling, fit to be heard under the Friday night sky.

Xan Griffin Adds Aries To The Zodiac Series

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Xan Griffin has dropped Aries, the latest in the Zodiac Series, on Seeking Blue Records. I was lucky enough to catch Xan’s 2017 EDC set as well as a more intimate set at the Roxy in Hollywood and I have to say, this young man is ready to take over the scene. At first, I

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