The third wave of artists for this year’s Electric Zoo on Randall’s Island in New York has just been announced. In addition to a series of powerhouse labels like Dim Mak, Boysnoize Records, OWSLA, Fool’s Gold, and Drumcode making appearances on one of the three days, there will also be a number of important additions to the Main Stage(s). Deniz Koyu, Henrix, Dyro, Tritonal, and Walden are all joining the party and Sunday School Groove will welcome Joy Orbison, Scuba, Cassy, and a number of Dirtybird mainstays to the long list of DJs already scheduled to hit up New York for Labor Day Weekend this year. Check out the full lineup below and purchase single day or three day passes here.
In the midst of prepping for the release of her first full length LP Comfort, Maya Jane Coles has been relatively quiet with remixes. A MJC remix is almost always a guaranteed grand slam, and her work on The XX’s “Fiction” is really no different. The edit is restrained and refined — enfolding Oliver Sim’s vocals into her libidinous production techniques. No release information has been provided for the official remix, but enjoy a full stream below.Posted by
Over Memorial Day Weekend, residents of Joliet, Illinois were very disturbed by the celebration of the first Electric Daisy Carnival in Chicagoland — over 500 noise complaints were filed against the festival in the three day period. Although Joliet City manager was hopeful the festival would be welcome back in following years and Insomniac cited they immediately complied by turning down the sound on all of its stage by 33 percent, residents continued to voice their concern at Monday’s city council meeting in the Chicago suburb.
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!
Erkka is a Finnish producer and one half of the Komytea duo, but like many producers before him the bug has bit him to venture off on his own. “Excommunication” is one half of his debut solo EP Excommunication/Air Conditioner off Anjunabeats’ Anjunadeep label. Like much of the material coming out of the Anjunadeep camp in recent months, Erkka’s “Excommunication” is a quality example of the deeper end of dance music’s pool — incorporating not just a punchy bass line, but also thoughtful melodic elements and vocals.
Gorgon City have released two EPs, remixed Basement Jaxx, and appeared on Diplo & Friends — and this is all within the last six months or so. As singular forces, Gorgon City are producers Foamo and Rack ‘N Ruin but together they’re powering though the UK bass and garage scene at quite an impressive rate. Most recently, they’ve released a new track “Freeze” for a free download and true to form, it’s as crisp and bassy as ever.Posted by
Summer is just beginning — Ibiza had its opening fiestas last weekend, festivals in the UK are all gearing up for their rainy fates, and Pete Tong is prepping the dance music world for some of the season’s memorable anthems. This week’s Essential Selection kicks off in usual fashion, wasting no time delving into the freshest records from commercial artists. As expected, there was Axwell’s “Center of the Universe” (a former Essential New Tune), Tiësto’s first original of 2013 “Take Me” with Kyler England, a full version of the very new Bingo Players’ remix of Dada Life’s “Boing Clash Boom,” and the world premiere of Axwell & Sebastian Ingrosso’s new track “Roar” for Disney’s new Monsters University.
This mix from BBC’s Radio 6 is a telling peek inside the influences, past and present, of two of today’s well-respected young artists — Nicolas Jaar and the Azari & III group. In the duration of the two hour show, Nico and Azari & III are both able to talk through music on which they were raised and newer music that they admire. There are classical compositions, songwriters, indie bands, classic rock, techno, hip hop, and rap — a true fusion of tastes and styles. Listen along and enjoy this unique peek into the minds of these musicians in 2011.
Editors’ Selections is an opportunity for your favorite Dancing Astronaut contributors to talk about some of the music they’re listening to that we might not always get an opportunity to post about from week to week. Sometimes it’s out there, sometimes it’s obscure, but you’ll always get a peek into what we’re loving behind closed doors.
Last weekend, techno fans from around the world descended upon Detroit for three days of inspiring electronic music in the Motor City. There were over 100 artists playing over the course of the holiday weekend, and as always the Internet has birthed a number of these live sets for the enjoyment of everyone, even those unable to be there in person (or in our case, make every single set we wanted to see). If you want to know what it sounded like out there on Hart Plaza, or maybe even if you are thinking about going next year, take a listen below to eight of our favorite sets from the weekend that were caught on tape.