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!
“When You Loved Me” is one of the many superb productions off Anjunabeats Volume 10, and now Anjunabeats fans have a chance to see the track reimagined into life, with the help of this beautiful music video directed by Myles Desenberg at Co-Op Productions. The visuals portray the raw emotion of the production, with a dark, romanticized tone that escalates into violence.Posted by
Empire of the Sun’s “Alive” is already shaping up to be one of summer’s biggest and brightest hits, but what happens, you may be asking when Mat Zo takes the reigns? Good things. This sounds like the Mat Zo of 2011 — using big room tricks in a savvy manner, sweeping builds, clean effects, and complete joy to the listener’s ear. Enjoy a listen below. The remix package will be out on May 28th. Empire of the Sun’s album will be released on June 18th, you can preorder on iTunes now.
MYNC, owner and CEO of Cr2 Records, is our lucky number 56 guest mixer for Axis. In 2012, his track “Stadium” was hotter than hot, and moving forward in 2013 he’s already revamped the track into the vocal version “Searching” and sponsored one of the big Miami anthems from this year in “Miami Back Again.” When he has a moment to breathe, he directs the weekly Cr2 Live & Direct Radio Show and next year will celebrate 10 years with his label. Please welcome MYNC to Axis and enjoy the mix!
Beyond Wonderland Bay Area returns for its second year, moves to Mountain View’s Shoreline Amphitheater
For the second year, Insomniac’s Beyond Wonderland brand will be returning to the Bay Area. This time, however, Pasquale has moved the festival from Oakland down to the peninsula’s Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View. The festival will also increase from a one to two day event on Saturday, September 28th and Sunday, September 29th. Shoreline has played host to a number of other dance-focused events, including Identity Fest and I Love This City. No official word on why this change occurred, but we think it may have something to do with the thousands of noise complaints Oakland area police received during 2012′s event at the Oakland Coliseum. Shoreline Amphitheater, surrounded only by public parks and office buildings, will present less of an issue. The event is 18+ and tickets start at a reasonable $80 for a 2-day pass.
LA’s own Bixel Boys have a knack for crafting some of the world’s favorite R&B tracks into down home club tracks. Like “Love Like This,” “P.Y.T,” and “Ride” before it, “Blurred Lines” fashions Robin Thicke’s risque crooner into a fresh booty-popping bootleg. With T.I. and Pharrell on the mix and the music video (NSFW) in the minds of millions of men around the country, the Bixels are harnessing the best of American pop culture for their own devises.Posted by
At the beginning of 2013, Radio 1 announced Jackmaster, Monki (now replaced by Simon Patterson), Salva, and Brodinski as the four choices for the In New DJs We Trust roster, replacing Julio Bashmore, B.Traits, Mosca, and Jordan Suckley from the year before. The show is an opportunity for up and comers like these to share, on a rotating monthly basis, a bit of their record collection with the world. Obviously Bromance head man Brodinski was an exciting addition to the group, and this morning we share with you his most recent one hour episode from the British airwaves. As he’s wont to do, the mix seesaws between funky house and hip-hop, between low-slung heavy hitters and radio friendly Weezy, Soulja Boy, and Busta Rhymes.
Alix Perez hit the Radio 1 decks last week with his debut Essential Mix, a careful alliance of tracks representing the core of his preferred sound. Perez is first and foremost a drum-and-bass producer, but in his 120 minutes with Radio 1, it’d be easy to not really know that. He’s experimental and “nu skool,” often associated with the more “liquid” side of drum and bass. With fewer samples and more layers, liquid is often defined as a calmer, more appropriate cousin to the breakneck 160-180 bpm pace of a traditional, rave-friendly drum-and-bass.
And now for his next trick, Moon Boots has released French Express’s 34th addition to the catalog, a treasured slice of the sound of 2013 entitled “Love Strong.” Supported by its mischievous melody, heavily filtered mid-ranges, and a jubilant series of piano riffs and claps, Moon Boots creates a song that is literally impossible not to enjoy. This one’s for the books.Posted by
Radio 6 is dedicating part of their May broadcasting to “pioneers,” and as Sasha explains himself in the introduction to this mix, he took his own two hours on air to play some “beautiful music.” This mix will make you feel like you’re curled up on a living room rug next to your favorite speakers or over at Sasha’s home for dinner listening to his choice tunes of the moment. Much like Involv3r, Sasha pays homage to quality indie music of this day and age, highlighting his own progressive spin or that of his army of protégés. There’s even unreleased Involv3r material in here (!) It’s also just inviting to have the man himself whispering quips about his selections into your headphones as time passes along.