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Stream Juice WRLD’s first posthumous album, ‘Legends Never Die,’ featuring Skrillex, Halsey, and more

Latest from Dancing Astronaut - 7 hours 31 min ago
Stream Juice WRLD’s first posthumous album, ‘Legends Never Die,’ featuring Skrillex, Halsey, and moreJuice WLRD Michael HurcombShutterstock

Juice WRLD‘s first posthumous album, Legends Never Die, has arrived. The late Chicago rapper’s newest project features a star ensemble of talent including Trippie Redd, Halsey, Polo G, and more, with multiple artists making sonic cameos across the LP’s 21 tracks. Of interest to electronic dance music fans is Skrillex‘s credit as a writer and producer of Legends Never Die inclusion, “Man of the Year.”

Following Juice WRLD’s untimely death in 2019, word of unreleased material from the “Lucid Dreams” hitmaker circulated before the news broke that there was indeed a posthumous album on the way and slated to arrive on July 10. In the time leading up to the LP’s release, four singles circled the release ring, including the Halsey-equipped “Life’s A Mess.” The highly-anticipated project is expected to earn Juice WRLD his second No. 1 debut after his 2019 LP, Death Race for Love.

Legends Never Dies is out via Grade A Productions and Interscope Records. Stream below.

Featured image: Michael Hurcomb/Shutterstock

MK enamors with another remix, revamps Ant Saunders’ ‘MISCOMMUNICATIONS’

Latest from Dancing Astronaut - 7 hours 46 min ago
MK enamors with another remix, revamps Ant Saunders’ ‘MISCOMMUNICATIONS’MK

MK is continuing his stream of remixes with his revamp of Ant Saunders’ “MISCOMMUNICATIONS.” The latest edit follows the producer’s recent rework of Jackson Wang‘s “100 Ways,” and finds MK continuing to demonstrate that his remixes can be as polarizing as his original releases, thanks to the infectious layers that he adds on each re-imaginative endeavor.

On his take, MK implements a pulsing piano backdrop that attracts attention but allows the vocals to remain the focal point of the release. The song’s jazzy notes do enough to keep the energy alive, but subtle, energetic production flairs take the euphoria to the next level. The dance-worthy single is the perfect track to liven up a Saturday night; it’s MK at his finest. The remix is out now via Trash Bin LLC.

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Make no mistake—dance music is born from black culture. Without black creators, innovators, selectors, and communities, the electronic dance music we hold so dear would simply not exist. In short, dance music is deeply indebted to the global black community and we need to be doing more. Black artists and artists of color have played a profound role in shaping the sound and culture of dance music and now more than ever, it is necessary for everyone in the music community to stand up for the people that have given us so much. Dancing Astronaut pledges to make every effort to be a better ally, a stronger resource, and a more accountable member of the global dance music community. Black Lives Matter—get involved here:  

Black Lives Matter

My Block My Hood My City

National Lawyers Guild Mass Defense Program

Black Visions Collective

Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Legal Defense Initiative

The Bail Project

The Next Level Boys Academy

Committee to Protect Journalists

Matisse & Sadko’s old-school progressive ID, ‘Now or Never,’ gets full-fledged release

Latest from Dancing Astronaut - 8 hours 31 min ago
Matisse & Sadko’s old-school progressive ID, ‘Now or Never,’ gets full-fledged releaseD3O4WRksAAQsZH

The names that have sustained an abiding progressive identity as favorably as Matisse & Sadko are few and far in between. Although “Best Thing” and “Strings Again” are in their 2020 release rearview, the Russian brothers have remained quiet during the coronavirus pandemic, taking advantage of the ancillary time and translating it into musical yield. For their third product of the year, Matisse & Sadko have returned home yet again to submit their highly coveted ID, “Now or Never,” through Martin Garrix’s STMPD RCRDS.

Matisse & Sadko found a fitting pathway for building momentum for their next release when they initially trialed “Now or Never” during Martin Garrix’s Dutch waters boat stream. The then-ID garnered considerable attention, earning recognition as one of the most highly sought unreleased pieces played during Garrix’s set. Setting out to produce something suggestive of the early 2010’s progressive heart, Matisse & Sadko prevail in doing just that as the pair decisively captures that unmistakable generation with another crisply-made production.

Featured image: STMPD RCRDS

The RADAR 127: Mixed by Matt Fax

Latest from Dancing Astronaut - 9 hours 1 min ago
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Matt Fax is on the front lines of progressive house music with the release his second studio album, Progressions. Released in April via Colorize, a sub-label of the Tritonal-led imprint, Enhanced Music, the 17-track project encapsulates refined bass, melodic soundscapes, and ambient leads alike. The LP arrived on the heels of Fax’s provision of support for Jason Ross‘s 2019 United States tour and his headlining endeavors for global events such as ASOT 900 in the Netherlands.

Now, the French prodigy joins Dancing Astronaut for an exclusive RADAR mix, which will take listeners on a euphoric journey punctuated by the sounds of his latest extended body of work. Kicking off with smooth bass from Progressions‘ “Abenaki,” Fax’s mix includes some of the LP’s standout tracks, including a collaboration with trance legend, BT. Fax also weaves in the Space Motion remix of BT’s 1997 classic, “Remember.”

Check out Dancing Astronaut’s interview with Matt Fax, where he breaks down the ins and outs of the project.

Dancing Astronaut Mixes · The Radar 127: Mixed by Matt Fax

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Rony Seikaly's the DJ and producer making outright infectious house music

Latest from MixMag - 9 hours 31 min ago

Rony’s next release with Black Circle is due out at the end of July

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French City Will Now Require Face Masks After 5,000-Person Event

Latest from Your EDM - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 20:40

A 5,000-person event in Nice, France has caught the attention of the local government who are now requiring masks at all major events, even outdoors.

The event last night was headlined by The Avener, who is from Nice. It’s unclear how long the event was scheduled for, but gathering 5,000 people out of nowhere isn’t something that generally happens, especially in a city of nearly 1 million people.

VIDEO – Une foule immense à Nice pour voir le Dj The Avener et des gestes "barrière" peu respectés. Notre article => https://t.co/T9D2cKLtfD pic.twitter.com/ciE882x4HO

— France 3 Côte d'Azur (@F3cotedazur) July 12, 2020

The mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, released a statement about the city’s policy moving forward. The tweets (below) seem contradictory, but something was likely lost in translation.

Yesterday’s event at #Nice06 complied with government guidelines as indicated by the prefecture: counting for compliance with the 5000 capacity, distance guidelines communicated via audio and signs and masks highly recommended.

We regret that these instructions have not been sufficiently respected and ask the State to review the decree which governs major events in order to impose the wearing of masks, even outside. At #Nice06, it will now be mandatory for all our events.

Nous regrettons que ces consignes n’aient pas été suffisamment respectées et demandons à l’Etat de revoir le décret qui régit les grands événements afin d’imposer le port du masque, même à l’extérieur. A #Nice06, il sera désormais obligatoire pour tous nos événements.

— Christian Estrosi (@cestrosi) July 12, 2020

At time of writing, daily COVID-19 cases in France are well below 1,000, though that’s still no reason to throw an event of this size. Always practice social distancing and wear a mask whenever appropriate, as in the case of being surrounded by 4,999 strangers.

 

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Top 100 DJs Goes Virtual in 2020

DJ Mag - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 20:00
All sets in aid of UNICEF’s Emergency Coronavirus Response Fund

As Expected, Rave Family Block Fest Was a Clusterf**k

Latest from EDMTunes - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 18:02

The massive festival Rave Family Block Fest had a huge line-up with over 850 artists and 65 stages. The whole theme bordered on being a meme, and alas, so it was. Although the aspiration was admirable, the poor communication between attendees and organization along with the major technical problems forced the event to “postpone” once more.

Rave Family Block Fest was a very ambitious project, and many labels and artists put a bet on its success. During these difficult times, this kind of event offers a good opportunity to enjoy your favorite artist’s music and a different experience, but it often does not go as planned. Amongst the principal issues, people experienced poor internet connection, licensing issues, or problems with the platform, which can be tricky to navigate.

Now, Rave Family Block Fest, formerly known as Electric Blockaloo, released an announcement stating that they’re postponing the rest of the show. Again, as this fist change of dates arrived due to an update to Minecraft.

We can’t say we didn’t see this coming. The event has been dropping red flags since the day it was announced, leading us to predict it would end up being a virtual Fyre Fest. Sure there was no human tragedy on an island, but pretty much the same amount of music and enjoyment resulted from both events. In both cases, they never even got started.

Main Issues

It did not take too long for the first problems to appear. Within a matter of hours when “attendees” and those in the orbit of the event had a bunch of doubts. Allegedly, some ticket holders received no information about how to access the festival. Moreover, other attendees did hear any music in-game. Unplanned server maintenance by Mixcloud completely ruined the uncoordinated experience. For those unaware, there is no native music playing within Minecraft so this was never going to be a traditional experience to begin with.

Rave Family Block Fest

The inability to access the festival on a console due to the virtual festival being hosted on private servers and a split between Java and Bedrock versions made it even worse. Also, Minecraft newbies had no idea how to navigate the map to find stages, and nobody knew which stages were located where. Rave Family Block Fest released a statement putting the s**tstorm out of its misery.

“We have decided to postpone the event, while still leaving our festival and camping open for the people who have been enjoying them for the last few days,” the statement from Rave Family reads. “Many artists indicated that they still want to Have their music in-game, and with more time – and hopefully sleep – we will be in a better place to fully deliver the festival everyone deserves.”

Rave Family Block Fest Rave Family Block Fest: Refunds

Those who would like to receive a refund can request one and Rave Family will issue them within 48 hours. The servers will remain up for those who choose to continue to dance the weekend away in Minecraft. There is not any final date for the new edition of Rave Family Block Fest yet. Stay tuned for updates and more details as they surface in Rave Family’s Discord Server and on Facebook

Although a big amount of artists and labels will keep trying to succeed with this event, Dim Mak has had enough and will not participate on the event. More labels and artists will probably follow

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DIM MAK DOJO @ RAVE FAMILY BLOCK FEST UPDATE. If you have specific questions please email [support@rave.family]

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You can read Rave Family’s full statement below

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AXIS 210: Ship Wrek go ID crazy for 60 minutes [Stream]

Latest from Dancing Astronaut - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 17:27
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In the past year, Los Angeles-based duo Ship Wrek has stepped into the spotlight. The individual members of the production pair, Tripp Churchill and Collin Maguire, connected in 2019 and subsequently saw their originals and remixes played out in live sets by Skrillex, The Chainsmokers, and Chris Lake, shortly thereafter, invigorating the electronic circuit.

Ship Wrek’s sound is distinct and groovy. It’s house music that anyone can cruise to, and it’s been displayed on official remixes for DJ Snake and A R I Z O N A, as well as collaborations such as “Obsession” with Valentino Khan and “It’s My House” with Dillon Francis.

Their latest collaboration, “Only A Fool,” includes chart-topping Swedish duo, Galantis, and features vocals from R&B superstar Pink Sweat$. For the 210th episode of AXIS, Ship Wrek allow the uplifting new release to get some air time alongside deep dancing cuts such as the Bellecour remix of Wuki‘s “NYC 2 LA,” Chris Lake‘s “I Remember,” “Downstairs” by CID and Jaquell, and some own Ship Wrek’s own celebrated originals. The main attraction of the AXIS installment, however, is the high volume of IDs piled into the 60 minute showing, making for a large collection of unreleased gems.

Shadient Stuns with His Innovative ‘Infinite Structure’ EP [LISTEN]

Latest from Your EDM - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 17:24

Shadient is coming in hot with his brand new, refreshingly innovative Infinite Structure EP.

The producer wows us once again with this three-track EP, featuring captivating melodies and bass heavy synths, tied together by a “different state of mind.” With each release, we hear the producer’s ambitious leaps and bounds as Shadient hones in on his expert craft.

Through the immaculate, industrial soundscapes of “Fade,” “Erode,” and “Miles of Mind” with fknsyd, we experience something dark and ravey, but also something that feels authentic, tangible and real. This journey through freeform, heavy-hitting, and four on the floor bass with much tension and cohesion is truly astounding.

Shadient shares:

the response to my new project is seriously overwhelming. i truly thought no one would care. it feels as though for the first time i’m truly making music that i used my heart to make and seeing how people can distinguish the difference immediately is so touching.

Listen here to the Infinite Structure EP and let us know if you’re loving it!

Shadient – Infinite Structure EP

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Ollie Crowe Release Extravagant Festival Style Banger with Memories

Latest from EDM Sauce - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 17:23

Ollie Crowe is coming on strong with his dance music. This talented music producer & DJ had an early start in the business, producing and DJing at the early age of fifteen. He’s very much in his element, producing records that are quickly becoming anthems in clubs everywhere. Ollie’s latest track titled Memories was released on 10 July 2020

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Social Distancing Ignored in 5,000-Person Electronic Concert in Nice, France Over the Weekend

EDM.com - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 17:20

After a large outdoor performance from local DJ The Avener, the mayor of Nice, France will be reviewing how the city handles large events.

Ignoring many of the social distancing guidelines shared by the world's medical community, a large group of people in France gathered for an outdoor concert over the weekend.

While some underground events have been broken up for hosting around 100 people, the concert in the city of Nice attracted over 5,000 people, who gathered to see a performance from hometown artist The Avener. French news station France 3 Provence-Alpes obtained footage of the party, which displayed a packed crowd with few people wearing masks or practicing social distancing.

The mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, released a statement on Twitter addressing the event and shared his regrets that mask guidelines were not upheld by attendees.

Yesterday’s event at #Nice06 complied with government guidelines as indicated by the prefecture: counting for compliance with the 5000 gauge, distance guidelines reminded via audio and signage messages and masks highly recommended.

We regret that these instructions have not been sufficiently respected and ask the State to review the decree which governs major events in order to impose the wearing of masks, even outside. At #Nice06, it will now be mandatory for all our events. (Translated from French) 

At the time of writing, the results of the aforementioned review on large-scale events have not yet been released, leaving many to wonder what the future of concerts in Nice looks like.

Credit: Daily Mail, France 3 Provence-Alpes

Kaleena Zanders and VenessaMichaels lead forthcoming EP with sweet single, ‘Creme Brûlée’ [Q&A]

Latest from Dancing Astronaut - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 17:16
Kaleena Zanders and VenessaMichaels lead forthcoming EP with sweet single, ‘Creme Brûlée’ [Q&A]Kaleena Zanders Venessamichaels

Finding two ingredients that work together with seamless fluidity is a cause for celebration. Chocolate and peanut butter; strawberry and banana. These sweet examples aptly reflect the synergistic nature of Kaleena Zanders and VenessaMichaels‘ own pairing, which has yielded a new single demonstrative of the duo’s creative chemistry, “Creme Brûlée.”

Like many relationships in the 21st century, theirs began with a complimentary Twitter exchange back in 2017. Fast forward over three years and countless evenings at Saddle Ranch—Los Angeles’ resident honky-tonk—later, the two have become a powerhouse of musical exploration.

Both Zanders and VenessaMichaels immediately bonded over their shared extravagant, no-holds-barred senses of humor and unhindered passions for their craft. For Zanders, “craft” means her role as a dominant vocalist and multi-talent who’s previously worked with Moon Boots, AC Slater, SNBRN, and more. For VenessaMichaels, it signifies her status as an ace producer and DJ whose reputation has largely been defined by the diversity of sounds that her music engages.

Together, they have used their shared qualities to bring out the best in each other, a path to collaborative prowess that has culminated in the launch of their creative platform, Go Off Studios. Go Off is the living manifestation of why these two artists work so well together: their affinity for various forms of media and entertainment, coupled with a vibrancy of personality that flavors their inventive outputs.

Go Off Studios, however, is just the beginning. Zanders and VenessaMichaels are currently preparing to release their five-track EP, Sunset Situations, due later this year. The EP is led by “Creme Brûlée,” the first single from the project to gain a release.

Dancing Astronaut spoke to Zanders and VenessaMichaels about their new single as well as the shared niche they have carved and continue to chisel with their new creative co-venture.

You two have clearly come a long way since meeting on Twitter. At what point did you know this partnership had so much potential and how does it feel coming so far from that first interaction?

Zanders & VenessaMichaels: “Literally our first session together, we were cracking each other up over the lyrics and ideas that we had. We just kept throwing ideas back and forth and we would be like, ‘write it down.’ It was effortless because we are both uncensored and confident in our process. We really just made it an experience, and we knew it was only the beginning. During the process of making this EP, we’ve grown so much as producers, writers, and just creators in general.”

“Creme Brûlée is the first track off Sunset Situations, due later this year. Being that this song is already very diverse sound-wise, what sort of musical exploration can we expect from the full EP? Leading off of that, can you also please describe the shared workflow that leads to such eclectic music?

Zanders & VenessaMichaels: “You can expect a little bit of everything in Sunset Situations. Overall, it’s an electronic multiverse with a touch of ’90s, alternative r&b, hip-hop, club, and house. We wanted to showcase the variety of genres that we love and that inspire us. We wanted to tell a visual story that lives in 2090. 2090 is the world we can imagine being in if the ’90s was born in the future. It is an all-inclusive, vivid, [and] bright world, and there are no limits.”

“Creme Brûlée” marks the first release from Go Off Studios, your shared label and creative platform. You’ve put out one video in the past, which combined elements of music, animation, comedy, and eccentric visuals. How does that aesthetic, which draws from so many different art forms, represent you two as people and how does it represent your friendship?

Zanders & VenessaMichaels: “We both love every form of expression and believe we aren’t limited to just telling stories through music. We both have experience creating music for TV, films, and other artists, so naturally, we are thinking in 3D. We love to pull in other characters from our daily lives, and love to get our friends involved. We bounce ideas off of each other until they come to life, and that’s why we have such a strong connection as friends and collaborators.”

With Go Off Studios touching so many different art forms, what is your grand vision for this project? Where do you see it going in 3 years, 5 years, and even 10 years?

Zanders & VenessaMichaels: “We want to have everything! Short films, feature films, music videos, merch, episodic cartoons, events that GO OFF!, a record label, a spacecraft, and a sailboat. We are literally manifesting all of it and more.”

VenessaMichaels, you’ve described your own genre of music as “2090.” How would you explain 2090 to listeners, and how does that style come to life on “Creme Brûlée?”

VenessaMichaels: “2090 is a world where cultures align from past and future worlds to indulge in a vivid, new-age experience. The world is kind, bright, and bold. ‘Creme Brûlée’ is the perfect example of 2090; the song is nostalgic, but has its own identity. There are influences of the ’90s within the emotion of it, but it was born in a futuristic state of mind. It’s an original, unique, bold, and beautiful bop.”

Kaleena Zanders, you’re known all across this scene as a vocalist, with features on hits across genres. How does it feel to be stepping into a larger role as a curator and creative director with this new EP and Go Off?

Zanders: “It feels extremely significant, because I do desire for people to see me as more than just a singer/vocalist. There are quite a few creative passions I have. In fact, I started off majoring in Radio Television and Film, but music took over my life (in the best way). It has been an amazing platform to now showcase all that I am capable of.”

With the future of shows and events still very much uncertain, what are you two focusing on for the rest of 2020 and beyond?

Zanders & VenessaMichaels: “We are focusing on our music and dialing in the world that we are creating visually, and these will be experiences that live online. We hope to collaborate with other creators to expand our project, and also help others through this time that is uncertain. It’s going to take all creators on deck for everything.”

Make no mistake—dance music is born from black culture. Without black creators, innovators, selectors, and communities, the electronic dance music we hold so dear would simply not exist. In short, dance music is deeply indebted to the global black community and we need to be doing more. Black artists and artists of color have played a profound role in shaping the sound and culture of dance music and now more than ever, it is necessary for everyone in the music community to stand up for the people that have given us so much. Dancing Astronaut pledges to make every effort to be a better ally, a stronger resource, and a more accountable member of the global dance music community. Black Lives Matter—get involved here:  

Black Lives Matter

My Block My Hood My City

National Lawyers Guild Mass Defense Program

Black Visions Collective

Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Legal Defense Initiative

The Bail Project

The Next Level Boys Academy

Committee to Protect Journalists

Wooli Debuts New Excision and HALIENE Collaboration at Couch Lands "Virtual Stage" Stream

EDM.com - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 16:31

During the second episode of the prehistoric-themed livestream, Wooli premiered the follow-up to his Excision collaboration "Evolution."

During the second episode of the Couch Lands livestream series, Wooli dropped a brand new collaboration with HALIENE and the event brand's owner himself, Excision. Following its initial tease all the way back in May, fans have been impatiently waiting for the moment they get to hear the new tune. 

Taking advantage of the fact that most of the world's headbangers were tuned into last night's stream, the track underwent its world premiere at the digital event. Thankfully, a viewer clipped a segment of the broadcast that featured the new song before sharing it for those who might have missed out. 

Fans of Excision and Wooli's 2019 collaborative EP Evolution will feel right at home with the new song. While the video is only about a minute-and-a-half long, the inclusion of ethereal vocals from HALIENE makes the track seem more akin to the duo's "Another Me" with Seven Lions and Dylan Matthew or "Oxygen" with Trivecta and Julianne Hope rather than their bone-crunching bops "Lockdown" or "Evolution" with Sam King

At the time of writing, neither Wooli, Excision, nor HALIENE have announced a release date or title for their upcoming song. 

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Facebook: facebook.com/haliene
Twitter: twitter.com/haliene
Instagram: instagram.com/haliene/
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/38VF72h

This Nomadic Cowboy Creates EDM from Tumbleweed, Rattlesnakes, and Red Rock Canyons

EDM.com - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 16:25

Drawing soundscapes from red rock canyons, open roads, ghost towns, and more, Tone Ranger is redefining the dance floor.

For producer and multimedia artist Tone Ranger, the dance floor is a connection point between awe-inspiring landscapes and human expression. Drawing soundscapes from red rock canyons, open roads, ghost towns, and ancient archeological sites, his hybrid practice is somewhere between an archeologist, entomologist, and astrologer, amplifying the songs of the land. Working from his "Rolling Studio"—an old camper van—this semi-nomadic maker traverses high altitude deserts, salt flats, and valleys, using EDM as a vehicle to encompass vast sound palettes, ritual, isolated journeying, and community action.

With a background in classical music theory and film scoring and a love of orchestral work, Tone Ranger is as influenced by an expansive global music history (from Aaron Copland, Charles Ives, and Ennio Morricone to Ali Farka Touré) as he is by immersing himself in landscapes, local traditions, and dance floors across the US. Using field recordings to construct beats and build complex, interweaving soundscapes, he developed the practice during a research trip to the Amazon jungle, where he abandoned his camera and sought to map out the topographies of the jungle basin through sound. Listening through the recorder to the amplified jungle and its symphonic cacophony of organized chaos, he sought to make music that channelled the sound design he heard in nature. His Amazon recordings feature on recent releases like "Flow," which samples crickets.

Tone Ranger field-recording

California born, Tone Ranger's obsession with the American Southwest stemmed from childhood trips to New Mexico and mystical portrayals in old movies. Returning from the Amazon, he left California to immerse himself in lands sacred to indigenous North American communities, which were also known for UFO sightings and supernatural encounters in addition to nuclear testing, weapon development, and for luring artists like Georgia O’Keeffe. Acutely aware of the sensitivity around the land and wanting to pay respect to its elders, he first lived in the Navajo Nation and worked on a family farm, learning about indigenous history and contemporary Native life.

Tone Ranger in his "Rolling Studio"

In 2016, Tone Ranger joined the Standing Rock protests to halt the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, living in the camps for months—including time spent in jail—and working with the media team as a sound engineer. He quickly saw the necessity for sharing his skills and equipment, and with collaborator Alex Piechowski-Begay, started a programme for Indigenous Nations called "Sovereign Sounds," teaching how to engineer and produce, and providing equipment in order to facilitate the recording of stories and music. Tone Ranger regularly features Native artists in his music, including violinist Sage Cornelius and flautist Shelley Morningsong, referencing a range of traditions. Above anything, he seeks to have a direct conversation with the land, looking for the essence of the "American Soundscape."

Standing Rock, Sovereign Sounds

After a year of living amongst communities, Tone Ranger began an intense journey of isolated immersion into the epic landscapes of the Four Corners region, traveling between Monument Valley, Moab, Durango, and Mojave Desert. He compiled a vast archive of field recordings, from minute insects scurrying over rocks to wild storms. In a field of Saguaro cacti in Tohono O’odham, he recorded a rattlesnake that became the beat for his single "Saguaro," which also features a recording of the Gila River that is used as white noise throughout the track. A horse called Mágico, who he met during an artist residency on a farm in Northern New Mexico, also features on multiple tracks.

"Rolling Studio," Valley of the Gods

Using Santa Fe as a satellite to pivot from, Tone Ranger found himself surrounded by likeminded artists drawn to the Southwest for its feeling of creative possibility. Here a community of EDM producers are channeling a spirit of optimism catalyzed by Meow Wolf, a large-scale immersive installation in Santa Fe that attracts over a million annual visitors and is home to one of the most exciting music venues in the US.

Started by a group of expats from major cities and Santa Fe locals, Meow Wolf began as an anarchistic artist collective taking over empty buildings and putting on multi-sensory exhibitions and music events. Over the course of a decade, Meow Wolf’s "House of Eternal Return" has become the main attraction of Sante Fe. Backed by Game of Thrones writer George R.R. Martin, the psychedelic, otherworldly music venue has hosted world-class acts like ZHU, Lykke Li, Claude VonStroke, Justin Martin, CocoRosie, and Flying Lotus' 3D show.

"House of Eternal Returns," Meow Wolf stage

Tone Ranger quickly emerged as a regular on the Meow Wolf stage and rapidly became one of the most in-demand EDM acts in the region with a fast growing reputation for his lively performances and irresistible euphoric music—a fusion of Americana and classic house. Always seeking to push the boundaries, Tone Ranger has used time in lockdown to dive further into the visual side of his work, performing to online audiences and livestreaming from old movie theatres framed by his films, which weave psychedelic imagery with contemporary dance and archival footage. He now kicks off a new series of live events at desert drive-ins in secret locations on the outskirts of Santa Fe.

Tone Ranger is also about to unveil a mammoth project titled Peaks & Valleys, a double-volume collection bringing together years of work, field recordings, and journeys into the wilderness. Peaks & Valleys manifests as performances, films, visual artworks, and recorded stories as well as EDM soon-to-be classics. He recently dropped two infectious new singles, "House Made of Sun" and "Don’t Let Go," the former of which channels a pulsing sun energy made with hand drums, whistling, and lap steel guitar while the latter is a swirling, mesmeric summer anthem for open air dancing and stargazing. His upcoming single features Americana singer Parker Ainsworth.

Tone Ranger rises from the landscape as one of the most exciting artists emerging out of the American Southwest, bringing a hypnotic and fresh sound that is guaranteed to entrance listeners. Pushing the boundaries of genre and presentation in his quest to awaken people to the importance of the land, his journey resonates with artists globally who are trying to shift humanity’s relationship to the natural world.

You can dive into the work of the extraordinary Tone Ranger on Spotify and follow his journey here.

Seven Lions Drops New Collab With Last Heroes & HALIENE, “Don’t Wanna Fall”

Latest from Your EDM - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 14:46

We just said how amazing HALIENE is in our coverage of her forthcoming collaboration with Excision and Wooli, but Seven Lions has known it for a long time. Teaming up with her again, as well as Last Heroes, on “Don’t Wanna Fall,” the new single is the follow up collaboration between Seven Lions and HALIENE to their track together on the Find Another Way EP, “What’s Done Is Done.”

While this isn’t my favorite work from Seven Lions, that isn’t saying a whole lot because the producer has set an impossibly high bar for himself already. Saying it’s not my favorite is in no way saying it’s not good, because he has so much good music already. “Don’t Wanna Fall” is beautifully composed and put more focus on HALIENE’s work than some of his more production-heavy singles.

The lead up to the drop is chill-inducing, listening to the rising arpeggio synths getting closer and closer to that final release. The drop itself is in a much higher register than a lot of Seven Lions’ other work, making use of shimmering synths and some of his iconic sounds, like that bass note at 1:48. It’s a different approach from him that doesn’t detract from the legitimacy of the track.

Last Heroes are no strangers to the genre either, with breakout tracks like “Eclipse” and their remix of “Long Way Home,” which coincidentally already features vocals from HALIENE.

You can check out “Don’t Wanna Fall” below, out now on Ophelia Records.

 

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This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Seven Lions Drops New Collab With Last Heroes & HALIENE, “Don’t Wanna Fall”

Madeon’s Iconic Breakout Hit “Pop Culture” Turns 9 [LISTEN AGAIN]

Latest from Your EDM - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 13:15

Madeon‘s always iconic “Pop Culture” mashup just turned 9.

The smash hit, live mega mashup from Madeon released on July 11, 2011, jumpstarted his career and the rest is history. Featuring hits from Justice, deadmau5, Nero, Ellie Goulding, Britney Spears, Ke$ha, Gwen StefaniThe Black Eyed Peas and so many more, “Pop Culture” is still a banger nearly a decade later.

“This is a little idea I’ve been playing around with to implement in my set, hope you like it,” the producer shared upon the track’s release. This little idea took on a life of its own and nearly a decade later, Madeon is one of the most recognizable names in dance music.

Take a trip down memory lane here with arguably the most insane mashup of all time. Listen to his new remix of “No Fear No More” with EARTHGANG here.

Madeon – Pop Culture (Live Mashup) MADEON “POP CULTURE” TRACKLIST

Alphabeat – Boyfriend
Alphabeat – Fascination
Bag Raiders – Shooting Stars
Black Eyed Peas – Gotta Feeling
Britney Spears – …Baby One More Time
Capsule – Can I Have A Word
Chromeo – Momma’s Boy
Coldplay – Viva La Vida
Daft Punk – Aerodynamic
Daft Punk – Around The World
Deadmau5 – Raise Your Weapon (Madeon Remix)
Deadmau5 – Right This Second
Ellie Goulding – Starry Eyed
ELO – Mr. Blue Sky
Girls Aloud – Biology
Gorillaz – Dare
Gossip – Heavy Cross (Fred Falke Remix)
Gwen Stefani – What You Waitin For (Jacques Lu Cont Mix)
Housse de Racket – Oh Yeah
Justice – DVNO
Justice – Phantom Part II
Katy Perry – One Of The Boys
Ke$ha – Take It Off
Kylie Minogue – Wow
Lady Gaga – Alejandro
Linkin Park – Crawling
Madonna – Hung Up
Martin Solveig ft. Dragonette – Boys and Girls
Michael Jackson – Billie Jean
Nero – Me and You
One Republic – All The Right Moves (Danger Remix)
One-T – Magic Key
Ratatat – Shempi
Solange – I Decided (Freemasons Remix)
Stardust – Music Sounds Better With You
The Buggles – Video Killed The Radio Star
The Killers – Losing Touch
The Who – Baba O’Riley (SebastiAn Remix)
Yelle – Que Veux Tu (Madeon Remix)

 

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This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Madeon’s Iconic Breakout Hit “Pop Culture” Turns 9 [LISTEN AGAIN]

Suniel Fox and Henry Strange Team Up for “Revolution”

Latest from One EDM - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 12:51

Suniel Fox and Henry Strange recently teamed up for the timely track titled “Revolution.” Suniel Fox, who garnered attention with his 2019 debut EP, “Everwide” developed the idea for an LCD Soundsystem vocal. Consequently, this evolved into a tasty chord progression on the bass while hanging out with his songwriter friend, Noah Lowman. Bringing his …

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Wooli Debuts New Collaboration With Excision & HALIENE On Couch Lands Live Stream

Latest from Your EDM - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 12:34

Last night’s Couch Lands Pt 2 live stream was exceptionally excellent, exceedingly extraordinary. As Wooli took the stage, we knew we’d be seeing some true expression, and we weren’t surprised by the explosiveness of his set. Truly, by the time he finally played out his new collaboration with Excision and HALIENE, we were exasperatingly externalizing all of our excitement.

Wooli was the penultimate artist on the lineup and he did not disappoint. One of the biggest moments through the course of his nearly-hour-long set was of course the debut of his new collab with Excision and HALIENE, his fifth with Excision in the past year.

HALIENE’s talents have always preceded her, and the inclusion of her vocals in this mix definitely take the collab to new heights. Check it out below!

New one w @Excision and @HALIENE

???? Briddim Boy ???? (@woolimusic) July 12, 2020

That new @woolimusic x @Excision x @HALIENE is absolutely beautiful ???? pic.twitter.com/1ScQypaEHi

— G ???? (@G_Rodriguez27) July 12, 2020

 

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This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Wooli Debuts New Collaboration With Excision & HALIENE On Couch Lands Live Stream

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