With the first weekend of Ultra Music Festival at a close, we count down some of its best moments. From Major Lazer stripping the crowd of their shirts to Zedd bearing some skin, there was no shortage of entertainment.
It’s finally here! With this year’s Miami Music Week hub, we wanted to provide an easy to navigate focal point centered around dance music’s biggest season. Dancing Astronaut‘s 2013 MMW hub is an event database, personal itinerary utility, and content center all wrapped into one convenient resource. The hub will house all of our Miami Music Week and Ultra Coverage (and there will be a ton), as well as giveaways, galleries and more.
Between dance music’s growth and Ultra picking up a second weekend, there are more parties in Miami this year than ever. You needed a way to plan and it’s better late than never to get rolling. Check out each day (and night)’s events, see what tickles your fancy, and start adding events to your own itinerary! All you need to do is register for an account through email or social media then you can view your personal calendar and easily share it with fellow travelers.
Summertime, all the time. Viceroy‘s rallying cry and “Jet Life” vibes aim to instill a feel good summer mentality even in the most frigid weather. With Montell Jordan’s new jack swing under his scalpel, the dog days surgeon gives “This Is How We Do It” a breath of fresh air. Uniting an orchestra of maracas, groovy basslines, and a marimba, I couldn’t help but imagine a Corona in my hand and sand between my toes. As the classic gentleman, the San Fran native is gifting the track for free.
Cranking the bpms to 140, Dillon Francis has gifted us another magical trap rebirth of a moombahton original. Supported by a chorus of heavyset, James Earl-Jones lookalikes bantering “what” and “aye,” the “Bootleg Fireworks” revival sounds like a cross between David Banner and, well.. Dillstradamus. Just in time for the Munson’s and Teleflora consumerist holiday, our favorite unnatural blonde is tossing the Hershey’s kiss our way for the price of an email. We’re burning up for you too, Dillon.
After an impressive Phase 1 announcement, Ultra Music Festival is pulling out all the stops for Phase 2, seemingly unloading its deep pockets for every relevant DJ on the planet. Eric Prydz, Fedde Le Grand, Benny Benassi, Alesso, Hardwell, Zedd, Nicky Romero, and Dog Blood are just several of the superstars we can expect to see in Miami this March. CEO, Russell Faibisch said on behalf of this year’s lineup:
“In celebration of Ultra Music Festival’s double weekend and 15 year anniversary, what we’ve achieved with this edition’s ocean of talent and stage production is we feel unprecedented. As the industry we work in continues to explode, with so much talent emerging and the taste of our consumer changing in the process, diversity was key.”
Power Glove - Everything else is child’s play! Reviving Nintendo’s peripheral controller from the 90s, the critical and commercial failure that was the Power Glove may still have a shot at success, over two decades later, as Knife Party‘s bedrock. Drawing in the largest Turntable.fm room to date, Gareth and Rob previewed the unfinished release for 1300 virtual fans on Tuesday. After hinting at the demo last month and now hearing the first play, we are ever so eager for Knife Party’s third EP – hopefully dropping sometime around Valentine’s Day. Needless to say, we love “Power Glove;” it’s soo bad.
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This chromatic Elysian Field of knobs, switches, and sliders before you is the new limited edition product line from Pioneer. The CDJ-2000nexus multiplayer, DJM-900nexus mixer and RMX-1000 remix station lead the pack in professional performance and will now handily double as a mirror. Platinum chrome panels reflect dazzling blue and white LEDs and a platinum chrome jog wheel completes the metallic look, encouraging even more scanty scratching from postulant DJs. With a price tag of $6999, we doubt too many beginners will be spinning from these decks. While this bedazzled set up may be reminiscent of Paris Hilton’s cellphone, it is still undeniably cool. Just bask in the bossness of James Zabiela showcasing the product below.
It’s safe to say we didn’t expect to see Borgore release big room house tracks any time soon. In rare form, the audacious dubstep veteran collaborates with trap prodigy, Carnage, to produce a dance floor trembler to rival “Epic.” “Incredible,” set to release on Spinnin’ Records, almost feels like the sequel to the Silva and Quintino original. In the same way Terminator 2 turned up the action, Borgore and Carnage’s sequel turns up the bass. We probably could have just condensed this track description by referring you to the title. Dropping February 4th, the day after the Super Bowl, “Incredible” will either console fans in Monday mourning or continue the celebration. (Let’s go 49ers.)Posted by
Apparently it’s possible for a trap production to be longer than three and a half minutes and still thwart my generational ADD. If a hip hop legend and trap vanguard collaborated, what would be the result? It would probably be combination of old school samples and new school trill. Dare I say, trap hop? Living up to my expectations, Just Blaze channels The Blueprint in his production treasure chest and renews Jay-Z’s vocals from ”U Don’t Know.” Mr. Carter also pays tribute to his longtime friend by providing a freshly recorded opening introduction. Baauer‘s contribution becomes clear as the bassline comes in, sprinkling reverb drums, nifty FX edits, and general badassery throughout. After previewing unintimidating house music from his forthcoming EP, “Higher” feels more indicative of Blaze’s style. Either way, we love his all-embracing approach to today’s dance music.Posted by
Six months ago, the original B⚠NNED mixtape drunkenly walked into the home of every EDM enthusiast, toppled on the couch, and professed it was there to stay. We don’t know how hospitable you were, but we know that beautiful tipsy mess of 1/32 hi-hats and 808s is still buzzing in your ears. Home invaders, Flosstradamus, can be thanked for spearheading a trend that has led us to confusing Beatport genres, festival trap, and the ubiquitous “Damn son, where’d you find this?“ sample. We aren’t complaining. The genre’s obnoxious and imprudent rise is endearing. Like the first, B⚠NNED 2 tosses aside any harbored disdain we had for hip hop and adds a bit of nostalgia to our bump and grind. For 34 minutes, Flosstradamus will burglarize your ears and steal your legs. All you have to do is unlock the door.
Free download (via The Pirate Bay) and tracklist after the break.