French dance music megastar David Guetta has already compiled an impressive resume of accolades that include Grammy winner and DJ Mag’s #1 DJ in 2011. Add global humanitarian to the list.
The accomplished DJ/producer has teamed up with the United Nations to provide a sneak peek of his new music video for “One Voice” with Mikky Ekko to fans who share hash-tagged words related to the causes supported by World Humanitarian Day. Each social media share will unlock funds from brand sponsors to help victims of humanitarian crises across the world, so fire up your Facebook account and take to Twitter to support some good causes.
The video can be unlocked via the official World Humanitarian Day website here.
Combining reverb-laden throwback vocals from Sonya Kitchell with fresh hip-hop stylings, Brooklyn duo Break Science has released a true gem in “Breath of Space.” The soulful bass-heavy track marks Break Science’s second single from their forthcoming full-length album Seven Bridges, which is slated for an October 1st release on Pretty Lights Music. Fans of Pretty Lights need look no further for a dynamic and creative act that embodies the the same ethos as the label’s proprietor. Head to Pretty Lights Music’s website to snag the free download.
With the growing popularity of deep house in the United States, TomorrowWorld‘s organizers made sure not to leave fans high and dry. The Deep End Stage is chock full of top tier talent and promises to be a welcome haven from the snare rolls and electro lasers for those who like their music slower and soulful.
Welcome back to Dancing Astronaut Auditions! Between Burning Man and Electric Zoo, this second installment got a bit delayed, but we think it’s well worth the wait. The following five tracks were some of the best we received since our last edition. Please continue to send your unsigned original mixes to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Sidechaining is one of the first techniques that aspiring dance music producers discover, as it is one of the most vital to the genre’s signature pumping sound. Nicky Romero is now making it easier than ever to use.
The Dutch DJ/producer this week announced that he has developed a new plug-in called Kickstart, which could become the side-chain compression equivalent of Dada Life’s Sausage Fattener distortion for the everyman. While Kickstart is far from revolutionary, the plug-in does offer 16 easy-to-use modulation curves and a dry/wet mix control that beginning producers may find helpful to understanding the concept.
Test drive a free trial of Kickstart or purchase the plug-in for $15 here.
Welcome back to Dancing Astronaut Studios with Dubspot! I took some extra time to prepare this edition owing to the week I spent off the grid at Burning Man. While I didn’t make any progress in my Dubspot Online lessons over the course of that week, I did listen to a wide range of inspiring music and test drove many of my own Sicarii productions in my performances there. As always, hearing how my tracks stacked up against professional recordings struck home just how vital the mixing and mastering stages can be.
A little under a month after releasing the first 11 minutes of their forthcoming album Psychic to the public, Darkside has previewed yet another track off the record. “Paper Trails” is a moody blues-inspired number that showcases the project’s significantly more rock-oriented sound compared to Jaar’s solo material to date. Featuring the eclectic Chilean-American artist’s vocals alternating with Dave Harrington’s well-timed guitar licks above a brooding bass line, the song’s atmospheric passages have more in common with Pink Floyd than the Prodigy. Give it a listen below and get excited for Psychic‘s October 8th launch.
I never thought I’d be able to write something about Slayer for Dancing Astronaut. But with one unconventional (and surprisingly effective) remix, New Jersey producer Aylen has proven me wrong and taken me right back to my high school metal head days. “Raining Blood” is a hallowed track off a seminal album by the same name in those head-banging circles, and Aylen has somehow succeeded in doing the original justice while still producing a remix that could be dropped and enjoyed at any modern dubstep show. That takes skill, something that it is becoming abundantly clear Aylen has no shortage of. Kudos for doing something different.
In addition to ferrying around WMC-goers on star-studded party bus adventures, Los Angeles-based MOX has emerged as the new face of online dance music television. Now Roku device users will be able to join the fun, as MOX recently announced the beta version launch of its signature application for the platform. The app will allow Roku users free access to Mox’s 24/7 online stream, which spotlights dance music videos, news, interviews and events.
Check out more information on the roll-out in Mox’s official release here.
Bromance’s dark prince of techno has completed his first full-length album and he’s ready for the world to know it. This week, Gesaffelstein released a 40-second clip of menacing static over foreboding visuals of monochrome circuitry to announce the album’s title and release date. Aleph will be unleashed just in time for Halloween on October 28th, so mark your calendars and commence your countdowns.