Best of the Rest is a daily feature from Dancing Astronaut that recaps the most important posts of the day as well as the stuff we didn’t get to. With the rapidity that dance music news and releases come out it’s difficult for us to hit everything — we hope BOTR serves as a catch-all. Make sure to check it out at the end of each day to ensure you don’t miss anything!
During his 2012 The Mothership Tour Mexico, Skrillex performed 4 sold-out shows to legions of diehard fans, bringing a camera along for the ride. This 15-minute video of his experience documents the travels of Skrillex, 12th Planet, Zedd and Nadastrom as they travel throughout Mexico, encountering a whole host of characters along the way. Performing a show on December 21st, 2012 at the Mayan Temples in Puebla, Skrillex welcomed the Mayan Apocalypse with a wave of bass thrown forth from his monstrous mothership.
Watch the video above and grab a front row seat for all of the Mexican mayhem.
Ministry of Sound resident and eclectic production force Nathan C is back to further his penchant for high-profile remixes with a fresh remodel for Crystal Fighters. Initially premiered by Greg James on BBC 1 and dropping off the heels of a commendable effort from Gigamesh, the British producer hits a home run with signature peak time flare. Grinding chords and uplifting progressions in full swing, Nathan C’s take remains dignified yet promisingly divergent from the original, further emphasizing the sheer quality this understated talent continues to bring to the European skyline.
Grab the official remix package later this month on PIAS.
The Crystal Fighters album “Cave Rave” comes out on May 28th, catch them live on tour – dates after the break.
Nicole Moudaber’s debut artist LP Believe, released earlier this month on Drumcode, has placed her firmly in the techno dialogue. As one of genre’s brightest new stars, Nicole discusses her passion for creative expression – citing that her flow is best when her emotions are amplified. “To me [DJing] is more like a cathartic experience. – I go into another planet completely, if I could do that 24/7 maybe all my issues would be gone in my life.” Getting her start as a self-described “professional clubber,” the music grabbed her much the same way it has grabbed so many fans and artists in the past – ensnaring her in an indescribable groove. Watch the video above to learn more about Nicole’s creative process and her approach to the development of Believe and grab the album today on Beatport.
Nicole is performing at New York’s Cielo nightclub tonight, May 23rd.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Swappi and 1st Klase – Can’t Hold Us (Major Lazer Remix) [Free Download]
They may not be the first to remix Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s infectious “Can’t Hold Us,” but the Major Lazer crew might be the most courageous. Joined by Swappi and 1st Klase, the trio gave the track the trap treatment, with jacked up “jump ups” layered in with the original chorus and hi hats ricocheting off the piano melody. Adding some cred while keeping the elements that made the tune a hit in the first place, the remix blends SoCal vibes with a trap that goes down smooth. The Mad Decent team threw a cherry on top by giving the remix away as a free download, so click below to grab yours now.
Electronic music’s favorite emotional crooner, James Blake, has just released a stellar album, hit both weekends of Coachella, and played to audiences in intimate venues all over the country. If we didn’t know any better, we’d say this is James Blake’s moment in the sun in the US. NPR Music caught his 90 minute set at the 930 Club in DC’s U Street Corridor. The set is a healthy mix between material from Overgrown, his self-titled debut, and his earlier EPs like CMYK. Even better, for those who were unable to see the set in person, the HD quality of the video and reasonably good sound quality of the recording make this a viable means to relive the set in the comfort of your own home.
As the 13th annual Movement Electronic Music Festival approaches, with a global techno fan base poised to descend upon Detroit, the Dancing Astronaut editors prepare for their own stint of techno tourism. For followers of techno, house, and other deeper genres in dance music, Movement’s lineup is quite certainly a dizzying opportunity to take on the finest talent on the scene right now in arguably one of the most culturally significant cities in the music’s history. There are five stages in total that’ll be bumping the bass in downtown Detroit’s Hart Plaza this Saturday May 25th through Memorial Day Monday. We’ll be on the ground covering the event produced by the hometown favorite Paxahau (as well as several of its afterparties), but in case you’ll be joining us, read on to hear some of our must-listen picks for the festival itself.
Fresh off the release of “Out of Control” on Tiësto’s Musical Freedom imprint, young Swedish producer Mikael Weermets returns with his latest original production “Panorama.” Recently previewed on Musical Freedom Radio, Weermets latest is a relentless barrage of big room bliss – how’s that for alliteration? Using crunchy synthetic stabs and an amphetamine-laced drop to encase a section of bouncy melodies, Weermets has once again put together a high-energy, festival-friendly stunner.
“Panorama” will be released on May 30th via Sound of Now.
It’s always a pleasant surprise when Disclosure upload more new music to SoundCloud. Settle, their first studio effort, will be released on June 3rd on PMR Records and now they’ve previewed the full version of the fourth single off the album “When A Fire Starts to Burn.” Attendees of their set at Coachella Weekend 1 and 2 may recognize this from their live performance, but it’s sure sounding good on headphones too. The sample is still stumping us, but if you know it, leave your guesses in the comments.
After seeing its official release only two days ago, Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories” is steamrolling its competition and heading straight for a debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Predicted to sell over 300,000 copies by the end of the week (Sunday, May 26th) “Random Access Memories” will be the duo’s first #1 album on a Billboard chart and will be the second largest debut week in history following Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience.”
In only one week Daft Punk’s latest will have sold more copies than “Human After All” has since its release in 2005 – a staggering accomplishment for two of electronic music’s most iconic talents.