Exclusive: Elements Festival returns for fourth iteration, announces headliners Diplo, Bonobo, Four Tet

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Elements Music & Arts Festival returns to Lakewood, PA this Memorial Day weekend, dialing in the magic of an outdoor camping festival while saturating its 4 themed stages with tantalizing talent from top to bottom.

As in previous years, each of the festival’s four stages delineate a different element, with the Fire Stage truly living up to its name this time around. What at first might seem top-heavy, with acts like Bonobo and Diplo headlining, ends up fully fleshed out as you continue down the list to names like the ever-so-smooth Chris Lake, Golf Clap, and local dignitaries Walker & Royce. The other three stages (Earth, Air and Water) continue do their part in adding to Element’s pulpy, diverse lineup, hosting Four Tet, Claude VonStroke, Rusko, Emancipator, Yotto, and Bob Moses, just to give a taste.

Elements is about more than just the expansive lineup, however, as is the summer festival experience. In whatever downtime attendees find themselves with between sets, they’re encouraged to explore the festival’s sprawling scenery and multi-sensory installations and activities. 

Tickets for 2020’s Elements Music and Arts Festival are now available.

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Reminiscing with Holy Ship! Wrecked’s top-tier talent: Lane 8, Gorgon City, Big Wild, and Yotto

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Perennial cruise festival Holy Ship! is returning with new bearings in 2020. The flagship affair in the dance music macrocosm is docking at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic for its first iteration on land. Holy Ship! Wrecked has resolved to keep its resounding legacy on the high seas alive with the new amenities of Hard Rock’s prolific resort grounds and the benefit of offsite excursions into the Dominican Republic now in the picture.

Before the madness of Holy Ship! Wrecked descends, Dancing Astronaut asked some of headliners to share their happiest or wackiest memory from past iterations aboard Holy Ship! Yotto, Big Wild, Lane 8, and Gorgon City heeded our call, looking back on some of their most blissfully rowdy experiences.

Yotto: “I returned from my honeymoon and went straight to Holy Ship! I was shocked by the energy so I had to party even harder to keep up with everyone. Some dude gave me a bottle of whiskey after my b2b with Lane 8 because we looked too sober.”

Big Wild: “One memory I have is after watching Lane 8’s sunrise set and then heading back to my room and looking out over the balcony to an amazing sunrise with no music or talking, just silence. It was one of the most relaxing moments I’ve experienced.”

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Lane 8: “Although there have been a lot of funny moments on Holy Ship! over the years, I have to say my sunrise set in 2018 is far and away the craziest memory I have of the festival. Seeing a couple thousand people going completely bananas, deep into the morning, in the middle of the ocean really did feel like a life-altering experience. It was one of those rare moments where everything comes together perfectly—setting, people, music—to create magic, for lack of a better word. I had a big smile on my face for a long time after that one.”

Gorgon City: “A few years ago we had docked back in Miami at the end of ship and we were all supposed to get off the boat at 7am, but us and a couple of mates ended up in the VIP jacuzzi on the roof of the boat, still partying with a mini-rig and listening to techno until around 4pm. Finally we got thrown off but by that time the next group of customers had already come on board for some jazz cruise so we were coming down on the elevators and people were looking at us like we were completely crazy. Apparently that’s the latest anyone has ever stayed on the boat.”  

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Anjunadeep announces phase one of Explorations lineup, with Eli & Fur, Ben Böhmer, Yotto

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In November, the incomparable Anjunadeep imprint announced they’d be heading back to the Ionian shores of Albania for the second year in 2020. After much anticipation, the bulk of the lineup is here and, unsurprisingly, phase one is dripping in lush deep house, tech, and electronica muscle.

Deep house authority, Yotto, progressive duo Tinlicker, and melodic house up-and-comer 16BL are given this year’s honors of performing sunrise sets. Anjunadeep’s label manager Dom Donelly and founder James Grant snag the two five-hour sets. More multifarious label stalwarts like cinematic electronic twosome Eli & Fur and technicolor house titan, Ben Böhmer are also set to make maximum potency returns to the festival. This year’s edition is set to explore June 18-23 in scenic Dhërmi, Albania.

Early bird tickets to Explorations 2020 sold out, but more ticket packages will be available starting 1/17 at 11 am GMT (6 am EST). Get on the waitlist here.

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Yotto talks life as a label boss, fatherhood, and future release plans [Interview]

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Yotto began the year as one of the brightest acts on one of the electronic ether’s most revered label destinations, Anjunadeep. But by mid-2019, Yotto left his longtime label housing, taking the precarious plunge of setting up his own imprint, Odd One Out (OOO), which also serves as the title of one of his most popular Hyperfall singles from last year.

He got the OOO release train chugging this past August, with the pumping progressive delivery, “Nova,” which received a prompt remix treatment from Anjunadeep label mate, Cassian. The 32-year-old Finnish producer’s reputation as a multitalented performer has grown so steadily over the years, with his colorful catalog of original tracks swelling all the time.

It’s an audacious play to bid adieu to such a well-aligned organization, but one that’s also redolent of self-courage and earnest resolve. Since then, he’s released a steady stream of singles through OOO alongside the very first installment in the label’s new mix series, which he plans to use as an outlet for artists to test drive sounds outside their expected sonic spaces. Dancing Astronaut caught up with Yotto on the tail end of his Odd One Out world tour to talk about climbing the fierce learning curve he’s been managing in the last year, his life outside of music, and his plans to keep the label in front of convention.

You’ve spent most of the second half of 2019 on world tour, how has it been? Have there been any highlights or lowlights? What’s it been like?

I think it’s been a great tour. Obviously it’s a little tiring, but being able to play bigger and bigger venues, you know, moving from only club shows into doing a bunch of more theater-like venues as well has been a cool little change. Overall it’s been a really good tour so far. And then I’m just [finding myself] continuing to say, “Thank you, fans.” 

Are there any types of specific venues you enjoy playing more than others?

I think I’m still, at the core, I’m a club DJ, there’s something about that dark sweaty room with a lot of people in it, well not that many people in it. It’s pleasing. 

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Yotto at the Regency Ballroom (Odd One Out Tour), Photo Credit: Demian Beccerra

During that time, you’ve also been running Odd One Out. Are you enjoying being in charge?

Yeah, I’m enjoying it a lot, it’s a new experience, running a label, and being responsible for everything. I find it refreshing. And, you know, I have worked with Anjuna for a while and they’re such a great company to learn from and to see how they run things is a very good learning experience. Of course I’m not operating on the same scale as they do, as a label. But there’s always some takeaway from seeing them succeed and do a great job with everything. 

Is there anything in particular you learned from Anjuna that’s been helpful for you? 

I think schedules matter. I’m not very good at keeping up with deadlines and stuff usually, or I prefer very free-flowing, like “Oh I have a track let’s just put it out tomorrow and that will be fine.” kind of approach. But that doesn’t necessarily always work, so it’s good to have some sort of a plan so you know what’s gonna happen and when. 

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What else have you learned over the last few months running a label while touring the world?

It’s hard work, but it’s great to see that people have actually been engaging with the label and coming to the shows knowing that it’s part of the Odd One Out tour, which is basically a launch tour for the label, in a way. I learned that there’s so much you can probably say when it comes to data. We can see who our listeners are, where they are listening to music from, but it’s just kind of mind blowing that you pretty much know who’s listening to your music instead of just seeing numbers on paper. 

You recently released your first Odd One Out mixtape, what do you have planned for the series? 

I wanted to start the series with a mix that represents what I’m playing at my shows right now and the music that I’m relating to in a club environment. But also, as the name of the label kind of suggests, I want to do something a bit different every now and then so I’m gonna get guest mixes from some people, where they would play something else than what they normally play. So having like a house DJ play a set of whatever he’s into, whether it be instrumental hip-hop or anything… Give people a different look into their own personal taste. 

Are there any artists in particular you’re dying to work with on Odd One Out?

I will always work with Sasha, but that’s also a bit of a reach, but I don’t know. I did a remix for him on his label, so maybe one day I can gather some cash or bribe him or whatever to make a remix for me. That would be a good one, because I’ve always just felt love for what he does, and he always has a really cool catalog. He never does useless records. 

I heard that you ran a couple marathons this year, is that true?

Yeah I did, I did five of them. I used to run a lot more, I’ve done a few marathons before, they’ve always been very easy marathons, on concrete and in cities. But this time I did one on the Faroe Islands, which is between Iceland and UK in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, It’s part of Denmark. It’s just a small mountain, a small island, and there was a mountain trail marathon that I did that I really enjoyed. It was awful, it hurt. I’m not gonna do that one again, or maybe I will as long as my toenails grow back some from losing them during that one.

That sounds so hard, I could never.

Yea, it was really interesting, it ended up being so steep at most places that it was more like a very long, extreme hike instead of a running marathon. Most of the terrain was so difficult that you just could not run, just climb. But yeah it was cool, as part of that you kind of have a goal, or if I sign up for a race like that then I have to consistently train and force myself to hitting the treadmill when I’m on tour, so it kinda plays into that puzzle. When I started touring it was all about enjoying the free alcohol that was everywhere and partying, but it gets a bit tired. So I find that when I sign up for a race, I’m not doing anything stupid on tour, I’m just laying real low and training every day. It’s a good balance I think. 

Switching topics quick, DJ Carnage just tweeted out that “openers should always bang it out” and you responded, “impressively bad advice.” What advice do you have for openers?

Yeah, well I think it’s just a very bad generalization from someone that big to say something like that. You know, if it’s a party where it’s a bunch of people who are into very aggressive heavy bass music, that’s all they want to hear then sure I think you should play that. But I think the opener’s role is, you know, to open the night, set the mood for what’s to come. So I don’t think it necessarily always works to mash it out. I think the opener should always do their best, and that’s the way you can impress people. You play to the room, you play to the night, you play to the DJ who’s playing next. It doesn’t matter that much at a festival where people might move between stages, so the musical arc of the night isn’t as important as in a club, but when you’re just in one room all night it becomes quite important to have a flow to the night. 

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Yotto at Electric Zoo 2019, Photo Credit: Matt Enbar

Do you approach your club sets differently than your festival sets when you’re preparing? 

…Yeah (at a festival) you might only have 90 minutes to do the best you can, usually that means mixing a bit more frequently or faster or just trying to get more up-tempo from the beginning, where at a club show if you have four hours you can take your time, get into it.

[Voice in background] Sorry, that’s my son

How old is he? 

One-and-a-half years. Tiny little monster.

How do you have time to go on a world tour and start a label and raise a son? 

That’s a good question, I think my wife would be better at answering it [laughs]. Yeah, I fly home pretty much every week, even if I’m touring on the other side of the world just to get a few days of family time in. It’s not as fun to be away on the weekends anymore as it was before he was born. But you know, people have to travel for their jobs, so it’s not an unlikely scenario to fly sometimes, but sometimes I leave him for a while, so there’s that. But he has come with me, my wife and the baby we all went to LA for a couple months just now. When I was touring in the US it made it a lot easier because it didn’t take me twenty hours to get home, just more like two hours.

Can you tell at all if he has a knack for music like you?

He does dance a lot whenever I play something, so maybe. And he loves smashing the keys on the piano, but he also loves smashing whatever makes a sound, so, you know, maybe. 

2020 is around the corner, are you making any resolutions?

Release more music than 2019. And get another marathon in. 

Where do you see yourself and Odd One Out in five to 10 years? Do you have any long term goals right now? 

Yeah, definitely the goals that I have are more long term… In five years hopefully Odd One Out will be a label that actually has a published roster of artists under it and have put out a few… I’d like to start a compilation series where it’s not a million tracks just put together, just a few really cool tracks that fit each other. And then I would like find new artists that I could publish as part of the team. And then, some kinds of events so I could bring the guys from the labels do shows.

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Dancing Astronaut’s Top Tracks of 2019

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2019 has been a remarkable year for new music.

The past twelve months brought with them a collection of highly anticipated LPs: Madeon‘s Good Faith, Avicii‘s posthumous Tim, Gesaffelstein‘s Hyperion, Illenium‘s ASCEND, along with a Flume mixtape. Notable collaborations like REZZ and Malaa‘s “Criminals,” Seven Lions, Wooli, Trivecta, and Nevve‘s “Island,” and GRiZ and Subtronics‘ “Griztronics” hit the airwaves in blazes of glory. Supergroups like Dog Blood (Skrillex and Boys Noize) and Get Real (Claude VonStroke and Green Velvet) showcased the power of doubling up on brainpower. And, of course, countless singles had us hitting repeat more times than were calculable: Dillon Francis‘ “Still Not Butter,” i_o‘s “House of God,” Habstrakt‘s “De la Street,” Alesso‘s “Progresso,” and so many more.

In no particular order, we present a 30-track collection of our favorite songs of the year, chosen by DA writers and editors.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 120

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA managing editor Robyn Dexter. With a taste that can only be described as eclectic—to say nothing of a name that lends itself to punnery—DA is happy to present a selection of tracks personally curated by Dexter for your listening pleasure.

Listen in playlist format here

Feint’s “Vagrant” is a drum ‘n’ bass classic. The late 2015 release with Veela thrilled Liquicity listeners upon its original debut, and it’s remained near and dear to Feint fans since then. Slovenian producer Smooth has put his own spin on the beloved track, refreshing it and giving fans a new angle from which to appreciate it.

AWOLTALK is helping lead the US drum ‘n’ bass scene, and he’s doing it in a big way. His most recent creation is a remix of chart-topping Billie Eilish and her song “Everything I Wanted.” He takes Eilish’s moody vocals and backs them with a racing rhythm that somehow complements the sonic atmosphere of the tune. It’s addicting.

Hot Date’s new EP is an adventure in all things funk. The three-track Lonely Heart compilation arrived on Dec. 3, comprised of an assortment of groovy elements that make it completely irresistible. The second track “So Good,” catches the listener’s ear with its funky leading melody and introduces mighty vocals to make it even more endearing.

Gareth Emery returns to Monstercat to deliver a collaboration with Kovic, “Somebody.” A delicate guitar melody kicks off the tune, and the singer’s moving voice showcases the heartfelt emotion behind the lyrics. Emery’s production is subdued in the verses but shines in the gorgeously atmospheric chorus.

Spanish producer Dosem follows up his recent EP with a tantalizing remix of Yotto‘s “Hyperlude.” The Anjunadeep release clocks in at more than six minutes, giving fans a chance to dive deep into the world Dosem’s creating in his rendition. It’s both dark and uplifting—a fine line that Dosem walks with style.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 119

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA managing editor Robyn Dexter. With a taste that can only be described as eclectic—to say nothing of a name that lends itself to punnery—DA is happy to present a selection of tracks personally curated by Dexter for your listening pleasure.

Listen in playlist format here

Yotto revealed his dreamily deep techno tune, “Nova,” in August and was met with enthusiasm for its dramatic horns and otherworldly atmosphere. Now, Cassian has put his own spin on the tune, giving listeners a refreshing new way to absorb its recognizable melodies.

French producer Kramder has kept the hits coming in 2019, polishing off November with a spirited new original, “A Kiss From Stacy.” Leading in with a funky guitar melody and even some cowbell, the artist crafts a brilliant disco tune that further solidifies his place in today’s nu-disco/house scene.

On Nov. 29, UKF‘s long-anticipated UKF10 compilation finally debuts in full to the world. Tucked among its 37 tracks is Flite‘s “Tragedy, Humanity,” an introspective drum ‘n’ bass piece that shows the producer at his finest. “It takes a special amount of energy to convey how I’ve felt about life,” he says of the release. “I hope that you can experience and understand.”

Also making an appearance with the UKF10 compilation is Futurebound and Trei’s “Stars Will Fall,” a perfect demonstration of the intensity these two producers can harness when they collaborate. The four-minute tune is loaded with energy from start to finish and makes for a stellar addition to the collection.

Volant‘s name has bounced around the electronic music community for six-plus years, demonstrating time and time again his aptitude for just about every genre he sets his mind to. Many of his recent releases have an outer space feel to them, including his latest, “【 interloper 】,” a gorgeous and ethereal piece.

Cassian brightens Yotto’s ‘Nova’ with new remix [Stream]

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In 2019, the words “remix” and “Cassian” should go hand in hand. The Australian producer has reworked a number of tracks this year already, including RÜFÜS DU SOL’s Treat You Better,” The Aston Shuffle and Fabich‘s “Stay,” and Bob Moses‘ “Listen To Me.” Cassian even got the full remix treatment himself, receiving a trio of remixes for “Same Things.”

Now, his remix of Yotto’s brooding deep house track “Nova” has arrived. Cassian repurposes “Nova’s” sinister horns to set a more playful tone. While the core identity of “Nova” remains intact, Cassian’s take creates an entirely new atmosphere and feeling. This remix marks Yotto’s first collaborative effort under his recently-launched imprint Odd One Out. Cassian is slated to open for Yotto on his final two US tour stops in New York and Los Angeles.

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Good Morning Mix: Yotto releases first mixtape in Odd One Out series

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2019 has been quite the year for Finnish producer Yotto. The former Anjunadeep prodigy left the label in July to launch his own record label, Odd One Out. Midway through his world tour, his first mix under the new label has arrived.

“One One Out Mixtape 01” features 90 minutes of deep house and dance cuts, including several original IDs from Yotto himself.

“There’s a very bad episode of Friends where Chandler recycles an old mixtape from his former lover,” Yotto writes. “This is that mixtape. Music from me, my friends, my favourites and my enemies.”

If this stellar mix is a sign of what’s to come from the young label, Odd One Out should certainly top any deep house fan’s watch list.

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NMF Roundup: Zedd and Kehlani create a ‘Good Thing,’ Boys Noize links with Francis and the Lights + more

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NMF Roundup: Zedd and Kehlani create a ‘Good Thing,’ Boys Noize links with Francis and the Lights + moreZedd Rukes

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.

Zedd and Kehlani kick things off this final Friday of September with their new collaboration, “Good Thing,” and Boys Noize links with Francis and the Lights for “Why Not?” Kaskade keeps it mellow on his new collaboration with TELYkast, “No One Else,” and Zeds Dead join forces with Funkin Matt an Fiora for “Feel So.” AC Slater’s new album includes tunes like “Bad Behavior” with Chris Lorenzo and Purple Velvet Curtains, and Mercer takes on DJ Snake and Majid Jordan’s “Recognize.” Golf Clap and MASTERIA deliver “Mystery Scene” on mau5trap/Insomniac, and Gareth Emery follows “Laserface 01 (Aperture)” with “Laserface 02 (Thoughts In Pieces).” Dimension remixes himself on “If You Want To,” and Gorgon City reveal “Warehouse Mix” and “Terrace Dub” iterations of “There For You.” Tritonal team up with Rosie Darling on “Never Be The Same,” and NGHTMRE remixes Saven Lions, SLANDER, Dabin, and Dylan Matthew’s “First Time.” Galantis bring their piano-filled joy to “Holy Water,” and Tinlicker reveal their new LP, This Is Not Our Universe. Anna Lunoe and Nina Las Vegas cook up a weekend heater, “One Thirty,” and YehMe2 remixes Matoma and Bryn Christopher’s “All Around The World.”

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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