Meet Forester, Xander Carlson and Davis Parris’s poolside melodic house project on Kygo’s Palm Tree Records. Singers, songwriters and producers, the duo tap indie, folk pop, tropical house and more on their latest output “The Flood.” A summer time special, the West Coasters play in the space that Kygo helped define. For fans of the label’s other melodic and sun-kissed productions, Forester is sure to please. A richly textured dance pop love letter, “The Flood” radiates with hope, strength and serenity, at a time when the world needs it most. Forester shares, “The Flood is about the importance of leaning on the people you trust in an overwhelming world.”
Damon Albarn isn’t one to stay still for long. Currently, the Blur frontman and Gorillaz mastermind is working on putting together his second solo album. The announcement came from Transgressive Records, who announced that Albarn had signed to the label for the release of his second album.
Albarn released his first solo endeavor, Everyday Robots, seven years ago, with another release from Blur and three Gorillaz albums in the time since. More details for his sophomore solo release, including an album title and release date, are expected to be revealed soon.
In October 2020, Gorillaz released their long-awaited project, Song Machine: Season One: Strange Timez. The nontraditional album featured a long list of collaborations from the likes of slowthai, Skepta, Beck, ScHoolboy Q, St. Vincent, JPEGMAFIA, Elton John, EARTHGANG, and more. Albarn also hinted at the possibility of a future Gorillaz collaboration with Sir Paul McCartney.
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Last December, Bob Dylan made headlines when he sold the entirety of his publishing catalog to Universal Music for an estimated $400 million. Many artists soon began following suit, with Hipgnosis acquiring the publishing and songwriting catalogs of Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac‘s Lindsey Buckingham, Jimmy Iovine, and Shakira. Companies such as Hipgnosis, Universal Music Group, and Primary Wave have made up the bulk of catalog purchases, buying artist’s music for millions of dollars. Even electronic music artists, such as Calvin Harris, have sold their publishing rights.
David Guetta now joins the ranks of artists who have sold their catalog, with the prolific French DJ selling his material to Warner Music Group for an estimated $100 million. In addition to selling his entire catalog, Warner will also own the rights to future releases from the producer. Guetta said of the purchase in a press statement,
“I’m super excited about the new music I’m working on. And even more excited that I have started to play all this new music live to my fans and they are loving it. This is the right time to renew my creative partnership with my trusted team at Warner Music. This deal is about having the best people around me to ensure I can keep innovating with exciting new projects, while also working my extensive catalogue and continuing to build my career.”
While his first several albums had been released and distributed by Universal Music Group’s subsidiary, Virgin Records, Guetta has been in partnership with Atlantic Records and Warner Music Group since the release of his 2014 album, Listen. Warner Recorded Music CEO, Max Lousada, added,
“It’s rare for an artist to not only define a genre, but transform it. David has been doing that for over two decades – igniting worldwide audiences and influencing whole generations of talent. He continues to have an extraordinary impact on the evolution of dance music, while innovating and collaborating with new voices in dynamic ways.”
Guetta’s catalog includes collaborations with iconic artists such as Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Justin Bieber, Sia, J Balvin, Bruno Mars, Martin Garrix, Jason Derulo, and more. Guetta’s business partner and manager, Jean-Charles Carré, said of the purchase,
“A lot of people approached us to express interest in David’s catalogue. We decided to continue our partnership with Warner because they have a knowledge of and passion for David’s music, with a global team that’s constantly working to place it in new contexts. We’re super-excited about some of the deals they’re striking with new partners and their expansion into new territories. This is about proactively working David’s catalogue and new music together.”
In the month of June, Guetta has already released two new tracks, “Impossible,” a collaboration with MORTEN and Dancing Astronaut‘s May Supernova, John Martin, and a remix of SHOUSE‘s “Love Tonight.” Guetta’s impressive catalog is only expected to grow, and certainly makes Warner’s $100 million purchase worthwhile.
Industry insiders have been theorizing as to what may be the motivator behind so many artists selling their ownership rights. Some theories include artists aiming for higher cash payouts that can combat low revenue from streaming services, or lower tax rates by receiving the money in a single lump sum. For older artists, some have theorized that having assets in cash would make it easier to divide their estate than by various royalty checks, while others may be selling their catalogs to help with financial woes.
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Kaskade is gearing up for the release of REDUX 005, and now he’s shared the upcoming EP’s second offering. “New James Dean” features vocals from Tishmal, and finds Kaskade experimenting with jazzier instrumentals that highlight Tishmal’s velvet vocal prowess. The track pays homage to the late film icon, James Dean, with a club-like atmosphere that could be set in a 1950s backdrop. The single follows the first release from the upcoming project, “Where Did You Go.”
The REDUX EP series has long been a favorite of Kaskade’s, and his fans, as he allows himself to more experimentation within his sounds. During a 2020 interview with Dancing Astronaut, the veteran producer explained that he creates the songs in the series for his own pleasure, and not for anyone else’s. Listen to “New James Dean” below.
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For many of us, the pandemic’s lockdowns meant being forced to shelter in place and work from home. For many others, it meant working on the front lines even under unprecedented uncertainties. For touring musicians however, the pandemic meant not being able to work—at all. Though now, as we inch back to normalcy, we’re likely headed for a creative boom, and an adjoining touring frenzy, unlike anything the global electronic music industry has ever seen before. Leading the charge is veteran force 12th Planet, announcing his brand new Supernova EP, dropping off the project’s lead installment, “Clairvoyant,” and laying out a 25-stop road stretch to boot. Ahead of the EP’s full delivery, 12th Planet told Dancing Astronaut,
“I am really excited for this 2021 tour. Last year my tour got cut right when we were about to start due to COVID-19. Since then, I have been at home working in the studio and waiting for this moment for over a year now. I can’t wait to play all my new music I have been working on, especially the songs from my upcoming ‘Supernova’ EP. I have also been working very closely with Team Immanent on creating a new visual show for the tour. On top of that I have some new merch about to drop for this summer and for the tour. I can’t wait for everyone to see it. Overall, I am absolutely ready to get back on the road again.”
The Supernova tour is due to kick off in Los Angeles on August 13 and run into November, hitting Chicago, Atlanta, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, and more in between. Support for the tour has yet to be announced publicly, however, look for the “Swamplex Terrestrial” producer to represent on the road with a talented cast of bass music’s best. See the full tour poster, and hear the lead single from Supernova below.
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A monthly custom is forming for AREA21’s outer space-led path to fall. June now tags the third successive month that Martin Garrix and Maejor have inflated the tracklist for their alias’ presently untitled full-length LP, with the duo once more rerouting its spaceship’s passage through both STMPD RCRDS and Disney’s Hollywood Records to deliver “Mona Lisa.”
Garrix and Maejor’s adventurous synergy has only tightened across their LP’s opening trilogy of singles, which comprises “La La La,” “Pogo,” and now, “Mona Lisa.” Suitably branded after the unmistakable Leonardo da Vinci portrait, AREA21’s newest journey decodes the aliens’ newfound indie-electronic angle, with “Mona Lisa” nodding back to Garrix and Maejor’s partnership origin, “Spaceships,” to wipe away any doubt that they “still don’t give a f*ck.” Staying the course set by AREA21’s prior album singles, “Mona Lisa” is fitted with yet another stellar Titmouse-produced animated short that picks right up where “Pogo” left off on AREA21’s space roams, where anything goes.
Watch AREA21’s visual for “Mona Lisa” below.
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Taking aim at subwoofers, ascendant Southern Californian act 2siik fires away, dropping “Drip Machine” on streaming platforms. After packing a punch in Dodger Stadium speakers the week of June 14, 2siik’s bass-brandishing one-off brings heady hits of the low-end in a three-minute and 21-second parcel that proves a strong addition to his burgeoning resume.
To date, 2siik’s name-making campaign consists of three originals, with 2020’s “Lemon Drop” and “Hands Up” providing initial introductions to a name that has already turned the heads and locked in the support of Black Tiger Sex Machine, Getter, and Hex Cougar, among other industry heavyweights. It’s never too early to take note of an artist whose productions could peak in the electronic context, and per Dancing Astronaut‘s recommendation, now is the time to buy in on 2siik.
There’s a first for everything, the adage goes. This, of course, includes the first official The Making of a Paracosm remix.
After taking the fourth position on Dancing Astronaut‘s record of the Top 20 Electronic Albums of 2020, Kasbo‘s answer to the widely lauded Places We Don’t Know gets a second wind with a Manila Killa-orchestrated spin of the Vancouver Sleep Clinic-assisted “Lune.” Over the past several years, the name “Manila Killa” has become synonymous with a gold standard of mid- and downtempo stylings with cerebral threading. Lucidly, he gilds “Lune” with a touch of the contemplative, a touch of the cinematic, fashioning a take that Kasbo professed himself to be “honored” to release, following his long-term Manila Killa fandom.
Manila Killa’s adaptation of The Making of a Paracosm tracklisting can be taken for a spin below and likely preludes further official remixes soon to follow.
So happy to say that my song “Lune (@manilakilla remix)” is out now everywhere!! I’ve been a fan of Manila killa for a long time so I’m super honored to release his incredible remix of my song “Lune”. Go listen to it now!! https://t.co/15zxBa9Y2u pic.twitter.com/Id7LAR7X6K— Kasbo (@KasboMusic) June 17, 2021
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After tasteful takes on which Malaa and The Brothers Macklovitch made Tchami‘s “Praise” and “Damaged Hearts” their own, respectively, the Year Zero conversion continues with pomp and circumstance. For the third consecutive week, the forthcoming remix LP takes shape with a spin on a Year Zero tracklisting, and this time, the revisionist reigns can be found resting firmly in Justin Martin‘s hands. The Dirtybird affiliate takes Tchami’s dressed-down “Shine On,” sonically stamping it with soulful, nearly spoken vocals from Chuck “The Voice” Roberts & George Banton. Tchami told Dancing Astronaut,
“Justin Martin’s take on ‘Shine On’ is really tasteful with his classic style of bending genres, structures, and sounds. The fact that he was able to get the legendary Chuck Roberts on it is definitely not to be overlooked. I truly hope that everybody enjoys this amazing piece.”
Martin spearheads an intensive edit of “Shine On” that, between its rumbling bassline and agile beat work, shows Martin’s finger to remain ever-planted on the pulse not only of what’s hot in house, but also what’s best suited to sweltering club settings. The nifty addition to Year Zero‘s trophy case of alternative takes can be streamed below. The companion to Year Zero, which was dubbed Dancing Astronaut‘s 2020 Album of the Year, will land on June 25.
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On June 17, Above & Beyond surprised fans with a two-disc tally of new meditation tools and ambient field recordings titled Flow State: Healing With Nature. The nine-track LP follows Flow State (2019), which merged their artistry and appreciation for yoga in a 49-minute transcendental escape. The project, now nearly two-years-old, has since earned looks from popular mental health and meditation app Calm, and brought together more than half-a-million people from across the globe for morning yoga routines with yogini and Flow State collaborator Elena Brower.
Flow State: Healing With Nature is a result of Above & Beyond founding member Paavo Siljamäki’s five-week bout with COVID-19 in 2020. The 43-year-old constituent attested to feeling constant anxiety and fear at the time, which forced him to isolate in his forest hideout in Finland, where he disconnected entirely from reality and found himself within nature and all its elegance. Speaking on what inspired a second adaptation of ambient compositions, Paavo explained,
“I began recording the sounds of nature at different times of the day and in different weather. I found these recordings healing, inspiring and calming. Taking them to the studio, I wanted to share this feeling with the world. So, we made these meditation tools to help others connect with nature, even those of us living a more urban lifestyle.”
The latest set of introspective and stress combative tools presented on Flow State: Healing With Nature is “designed to elicit a deep state of relaxation and calm,” as the LP includes a live half-hour piano-based improvisation featuring meditative discourse from Elena Brower as well as eight short and extended cuts of ambient soundscapes recorded in the forests of Finland. Paavo gave listeners an in-depth perspective on the album’s writing process as well as the trials and mental fatigue caused by the global pandemic in the Instagram post presented below.View this post on Instagram
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Long Beach producer RemK lets loose from his vault one of many unreleased IDs, heavy-hitting trap heater, “High Tide.” The one-off notably provided the opener to his “Detour Mix” in December, and RemK would later tease it once more during his “On The Coast” set at Boombox Cartel’s Cinco Mode livestream in May. Of the release, RemK said he “spent a lot of time trying to find [his] own unique sound that blends hard-hitting drops with melodic and catchy intros. I think this song portrays that vision of mine.”
The 20-year-old producer is a staple of the “SD Waterboys,” a dynamic group of forward-thinking artists in the San Diego trap and bass scene that also includes ISOxo, Knock2, Frosttop, and Aleko. “High Tide” comes on the heels of his previous 2021 releases including “Turning Point’ and his remix of The Neighbourhood’s “Sweater Weather.” Stream “High Tide” below.
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Hawaii-born and -bred artist KEPIK is back with “New Beginning,” a single that that “holds a very special place in [his] heart.” Now based out of the Bay Area, KEPIK explained,
“I wanted to dive into the past with this song and write about my battle with depression when I was younger. I just wanted to fit in and not be judged for looking differently and it became a constant struggle. It took me a long time to overcome my demons and start a new chapter of my life. ‘New Beginning’ is a reflection of that and I hope to bring more attention to mental health awareness and address the struggles we all endure.”
All proceeds from the first month of “New Beginning’s” streams will be donated to The Jed Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides emotional/mental health resources to teens and young adults in the United States in the interest of preventing suicide. The single, which features Gallie Fisher, follows a year that saw KEPIK land “New Horizon” with Luma on Ophelia Records’ Advent Volume 2 compilation album.
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No Mana has returned to mau5trap with Tommy Trash in tow for the new single “Can’t Say No.” The track precedes the pair’s upcoming compilation album, with “Can’t Say No” taking inspiration from MySpace’s Top 8. The mau5trap issue features vocals from Tommy Trash and takes listeners back to the height of the electro house era. Speaking in a press release, No Mana said of the track,
“Hold onto your hype machine reviews and pause your favorite MySpace emo band and look no further cuz this is your new source of new music promo!!!!111!1 Myself and Tommy Trash decided to collaborate and kick off this headache (excuse the vaccine) of a compilation album with our track ‘Can’t Say No.’
This four-minute baby right here features three ounces of music, a tub of drums, microwaved synthesis, and spicy vocals from, nope, you didn’t guess it, Tommy’s own vocals. The nostalgic ingredients of this track are the perfect recipe for a certified 2008 recession banger. If you need a track to match the pain of your house rapidly depreciating in value, then this is the track for you and your neighbors.”
No Mana released his debut album Secret Level in February 2020, followed by his Secret Secret Level EP that October. Meanwhile, Tommy Trash has been kept busy with a slew of collaborations of late, including “Emergency” with Yolanda Be Cool and “hiiigh” with Daisy Guttridge.
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Last year, Apashe showed his audience just how versatile he was with the release of his debut full-length LP, Renaissance. Blending his signature trap beats with classical instrumentals, Renaissance featured a full orchestra and later went on to receive a remix package in February, with Riot Ten and KAI WACHI surfacing among the artists tapped to provide their own spins on various tracklistings.
Now, more than one year later, Apashe is winding up Renaissance, readying it for the road. The Renaissance tour will take Apashe through Denver, Seattle, Portland, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and finally, New York, between September and October. Tickets to the initiative are currently on sale here, and are bolstered by a new James Bond-esque single “Time Warp,” featuring vocals from Sami Chaouki. Apashe’s meeting with the Montreal-based vocalist can be streamed below.
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For the third time in less than one full year, Last Heroes and Dancing Astronaut Supernova RUNN have joined in sonic unison for yet another melodic collaboration on Ophelia Records. Following last year’s “Love Like Us,” released as part of Last Heroes’ Finding Light rollout, and “Waiting For You,” a cooperative effort with another Ophelia staple, Trivecta, “Knowing How To Break” serves as another stitch in the melodic fabric that the Colorado-based duo and RUNN continue to weave.
Last Heroes have built upon the success of their sophomore EP in 2020 with multiple releases in 2021 including a remix of Gryffin‘s “Safe With Me,” “Getaway” featuring Lunis, and most recently, a remix of Woodlock’s “Feel It Coming.” Meanwhile, RUNN has continued to demonstrate why she was named a Supernova with “Knowing How To Break” and, most recently, “Make You Cry” with Au5.
Both Last Heroes and RUNN took to Instagram to highlight what “Knowing How To Break” means to them. Listen to the new single and see what they had to say below.View this post on Instagram
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It felt like a festival-friendly account of Martin Garrix’s EURO 2020 anthem with Bono and The Edge had been in the cards since the trio delivered the theme for the now-ongoing European tournament. With live entertainment finally walking back toward its pre-COVID status quo—in the U.S., at the very least—Martin Garrix has now green lit our prediction from mid-May, prompting something that he will eventually integrate in his planned performances later this year: a progressive house upgrade of “We Are The People,” his first solo remix (excluding “Someone You Loved”) since his 2015 version of The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face.”
“We Are The People” had already embodied all that UEFA was striving for when it commissioned Garrix, and following a digital performance to kindle the tournament’s opening ceremonies, the STMPD RCRDS operator also wanted to ensure that dance music purists wouldn’t exit empty handed. Re-engaging Bono’s stadium-ready vocals and The Edge’s masterful guitar work, Garrix piles on even more wholehearted euphoria to “We Are The People,” tastefully escalating the pace and fastening a progressive house summit that’s guaranteed to set off EDC Las Vegas‘ circuitGROUNDS stage this coming October.
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Aluna has been in a continuous flow of new music as of late. She released her debut full-length solo album in 2020, but that hasn’t stopped her from releasing a steady stream of singles beyond the LP’s tracklist, including her latest addition, “Don’t Hit My Line” alongside Tekno. The single follows her recent Spotify single, “Trouble,” and adds a new element to her already dynamic creative output.
“Don’t Hit My Line” is a playful track, framing Aluna’s captivating vocals front-and-center amid a stirring percussive arrangement. Tekno and Aluna feed off of one another, and their creative compatibility is apparent from the song’s outset. The artists’ have released the collaborative cut’s new accompanying music video as well. Watch the new visual for “Don’t Hit My Line” below, out now via Mad Decent.
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Following the release of her latest cut, “Downtown,” expected to land on her forthcoming sophomore album, Black Girl Magic, Honey Dijon marches forward in her continued musical activism with another brand new release. As a part of Apple Music’s Juneteenth: Freedom Songs playlist, Honey Dijon gifts fans with “Unleash“—a song inspired by the tragic loss of George Floyd.
Featuring the impassioned vocal styling of Cor.Ece, the track incorporates Dijon’s innate penchant for letting a track build and then flourish. The venerated house producer speaks on the track stating, “It’s a metaphor that there is still so much work to be done around the world to ensure that all black- and brown-skin people are free, and not just in the US,.” She continues,
“Slavery may have been abolished in one form, but we are still living in a country where the police have replaced plantation owners and our lives are still not valued in a place that was built on the bodies and souls of Black people.”
All month long Apple Music will celebrate the immense influence Black culture continues to have in the world, specifically in music, with “Black Music Month 2021,” a collection of playlists, DJ mixes, original content, and more. Listen to Honey Dijon’s powerful Juneteenth anthem, “Unleash” below.
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Lane 8 is celebrating This Never Happened‘s 100th release with a mesmerizing new work titled “Riptide” featuring AFI vocalist, Davey Havok. Debuted on his recently released four-hour Summer 2021 Mixtape rendition, Dancing Astronaut‘s 2020 Artist of the Year childhood dreams have come into fruition as both he and the hardcore punk vocalist convene for one of Lane 8’s most captivating releases to date. Sharing some sentiment about the new track, the San Francisco-born producer stated,
“Davey’s music with AFI has been a huge influence and inspiration since I was a teenager jamming along to ‘The Art of Drowning’ in my parents’ garage. It was incredible to connect with him recently and make a song together!”
“Riptide” not only rounds off Lane 8’s 100th label release but also reflects the origins of his artist project, dating back to when he and his siblings first experimented with garage rock as teenagers. As for the famed AFI frontman, Havok has only featured himself on one singular dance track since his 2015 collaboration with Seven Lions, “December.” The single magnifies Lane 8’s consistent progressive sound while offering a refreshing wave of uptempo grooves and lucid soundscapes that uniformly compliment Havok’s rapturing vocals.
Listen to “Riptide” below.
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As dance floors across the globe continue to reopen and event lineups quickly slide back into the collective line of sight, we’re abruptly reminded that the impacts of the pandemic are not completely in the rearview mirror just yet as Tomorrowland announces the cancellation of their 2021 run. Originally slated for a summer comeback in July, the event already took preventative measures by moving deeper into the summer, and pushing back to the weekends of August 27 – 29 and September 3 -5. Then, when the Belgian government gave the go-ahead of a 75,000-person gathering earlier this month, it seemed Tomorrowland’s comeback was all but ensured. Now, it appears 2021 simply was not in the cards, though, the cancellation news does come as a relative surprise.
The mayors of Boom and Rumst held a joint press conference wherein they described the reasoning behind the ban this year as being too great a public health and safety risk, citing police preparedness, and more specifically, the lack of a ministerial decree officially allowing such large-scale events to take place. Tomorrowland organizers accepted the blow, calling it a “giant disaster” in a statement given to Dutch newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws,
“Giant disaster! As Tomorrowland, we want to organize a safe festival first and foremost and we have stated several times that we will always continue to evaluate and anticipate the epidemiological situation. The mayor of Boom and his counsel have indicated to us that we can go to the Council of State against this decision.”
While an appeal is still possible, for the time being it appears Tomorrowland 2021 will not be allowed to go on as planned. Though, it seems the festival did hedge its bets earlier this year with the announcement of a second annual digital event, Around The World, which was named Dancing Astronaut‘s top virtual event of the year in 2020.