As part of the monthlong Red Bull Music Academy series in New York City this month, the legendary Giorgio Moroder was billed to take on his first ever DJ set at Output in Brooklyn this past Monday. With the assistance of his “music director” Chris Cox (whom you will hear Moroder himself introduce through a vocoder at the beginning of this recording), the pioneering producer spent the extent of his set breezing through many of the highlights of his life’s work, including his work for Donna Summer, Three Degrees, Sparks, and Suzi Lane. He touched on his own work as Munich Machine, his Academy Award-winning soundtrack for Midnight Express, and his new track “Racer,” premiered by Google earlier this week. For a 73-year-old, we think he’s doing pretty well for himself these days.
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.
It’s been months since Eric Prydz has decided to grace the world with a new episode of Epic Radio, and this time he’s celebrating the return of Mouseville Recordings and the rise of Cirez D in recent weeks. Prydz rips through Cirez material new and old, celebrating his techno-focused alias first established in 2002. The majority of the mix is original material, but he also throws in his own remix of Dirty South’s “Champions” and a Deadmau5 remix of his own “Teaser” from back in 2011.
Federico Scavo definitely has a knack for club-ready tech house bombs, and “iRobot,” out this week on Beatport, is just the latest addition to his weaponry. The track is certainly more synth-driven and less disco than some of his other numbers, and even though his vocoded vocals aren’t quite the robots on everyone’s mind today it’ll still certainly play as a summertime anthem. This one is out now on Toolroom Records.
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Goldroom‘s latest big single “Only You Can Show Me” is back in the forefront on our minds with a precious music video featuring the song’s vocalist Mereki, who is also a part of Goldroom’s touring live production. If you imagined dancing around your living room with your friends to this song, that’s exactly what the video enacts. Real people, listening to some real tunes.Posted by
Heading to Detroit next weekend for Movement Electronic Music Festival? Get in the deep mindset with a promo mix from the very wonderful Laura Jones. 2012 was undoubtedly a break out year for the Leftroom devotee, but 2013 will certainly be her year to shine. She exploded into the public consciousness with “Love In Me,” and since then it’s rumored her DJ set at the opening party for Circoloco in Ibiza stunned an entire energetic main room. Although she’s relatively new to the scene, her depth of knowledge and maturity in production is respectable, almost head-scratchingly amazing at times. No tracklist on this yet, but you can catch her next Monday, on Memorial Day, at the Beatport Stage at Movement for a 1pm set time.Posted by
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!