XS Las Vegas is out with its New Year’s Eve Weekend lineup, and it does not disappoint. We already knew Eric Prydz would be headlining at neighboring Surrender, and XS has only raised the stakes for a dance music lover’s dream weekend in Vegas. In chronological order, XS will be featuring Tiesto, Steve Angello, Deadmau5 over the preceding weekend and finally Avicii on New Year’s Eve. Tickets will undoubtedly go fast, so if you’re debating, go ahead and bite the bullet! Purchase links after the break.
Dillon Francis and Diplo are well known for their antics but Francis may have just stolen the class clown top spot with this video. Are you a DJ? Do you need to steer clear of rabid fans? Kick serato chasers out of the booth? Protect yourself from an offensive Flo Rida request? If so, Francis’ “self-defense” moves might be for you. Press play to check out his spastic kicking, air humps, and self-provided sound effects — or better yet, buy tickets for the New York stop of his Wet and Reckless tour to see the ninja in action. Tickets available here.
Complete the puzzle and win VIP access to Danny Avila and Martin Solveig’s show this Saturday at Pacha NYC
Yesterday, we previewed Danny Avila’s “Breaking Your Fall”, and today, we’re happy to announce a joint contest with Big Beat/Atlantic Records and Pacha NYC.
The new cover for the single will be revealed one piece at a time so stayed tuned to Dancing Astronaut, Big Beat, and Pacha NYC, as well as Danny Avila over the next week. It’s up to you to piece the art together and tweet it to win VIP access and a bottle of champagne for you and three and your friends this Saturday at the Martin Solveig/Danny Avila show. The picture above is the first piece to the puzzle.
Be sure to read the full contest details after the break. Good luck, and happy hunting!
A distinctly island sound defines the new Leon Bolier and Alex Kenji track, “Trumpets.” The relaxed vibe is underpinned by a soulful clap beat, a deep guitar bassline and, of course, the lively trumpet overtone. The mid-track breakdown is truly reminiscent of summer beach parties, so much so, that we can almost taste the piña coladas.
This latest release isn’t exactly typical of either producer. Last we heard from Alex Kenji was the ultra-funky collaboration with Richard Dinsdale — “Stars in the Sky.” Meanwhile, Leon Bolier showed us his progressive chops in his “Beach Chords” dual effort with Marcus Schossow. Still, we’re thoroughly enjoying what this track has to offer and look forward to more collaborations that break producers’ molds.
After previewing the elusive track more than two months ago, Tommy Trash has finally released “Truffle Pig.” The bouncy, nu-disco tinged tune is one of his most unique productions to date. Trash’s signature scintillating build is layered with funky vocal samples and gleaming synths, while the minimal electro drop is a welcome change from the Aussie. While topping “Sunrise (Won’t Get Lost)” seemed a near unfathomable feat, “Truffle Pig” gives the track a run for its money. “Truffle Pig” is Trash’s first solo release on Fools Gold Records, and is available on Beatport today.
If you thought Zedd’s “Spectrum” was a storybook type of love song, think again. With Shreddie Mercury’s electrifying touch, it’s anything but. Released officially this week on Interscope Records, Shreddie’s version won the Spectrum Remix Contest earlier this year. The track begins unassumingly, prepping us with Matthew Koma’s familiar crooning. Before long, it progresses into a melange of hard-hitting sounds, not least of which is a heavy, grinding bass line that ceases only for a moment, a brief respite from the relentless low end. This is typical Shreddie Mercury, and if you like what you hear, hop over to Beatport and pick up the remix!
Slovenia’s most frequent flyer has landed back on Beatport.
Tech house titan Umek is revered for his rare combination of innovation and consistent quality in a genre saturated with the predictable and lackluster. His new release, ”You Get Used to All the Madness,” finds him teaming up with Italian producer Siwell on a hard-hitting house track, lending progressive builds to tribal drums and a gritty bass line. From unique synth textures to its unimpeachable groove, the track sports all the hallmarks we’ve come to expect from the dance music veteran.
This week, Kaskade indulges us in a hauntingly beautiful tune entitled “How Long Allein” as part of his weekly Kaskade Mash-Up Mondays. The track is a melding of his work with Inpetto and Late Night Alumni, “How Long” and Pryda’s “Allein.” Its vocals are reminiscent of Kaskade’s “4AM” days while the “Allein” chants take us back to summer 2012. And appropriately so: Kaskade played this creation throughout his Freaks of Nature tour. Everything about this week’s KMM selection flows perfectly, making us yearn for more of Kaskade’s easy, seamless mash-ups.
“Making Mondays Suck Less Since 1995″ – Kaskade
Today’s Good Morning Mix is last week’s episode of Arty‘s radio show on SiriusXM, Together We Are. Arty starts things off with the Shogun Remix of “Must Be The Love,” and continues to bounce back and forth between a wide spectrum of genres. He effortly switches from Skrillex & Nero’s remix of “Holdin On” by MONSTA, to Seven Lions, and Joris Voorn’s “Goodbye Fly.” It’s clear that Arty believes there should be no barriers between genres and as always delivers a flawless mix. Arty will also be performing this Thursday night at LAVO NYC – Purchase tickets here.
Jump past the break for full track list.
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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!