Kaskade’s boutique electronic roadshow — Identity Festival — has been a huge success this summer. Touring the US with forty different artists over the course of twenty different cities has given the electronic music scene the ability to redefine it’s potential. (Check out some of our favorites from Jones Beach like Chuckie, Manufactured Superstars, and Nero if you don’t believe us.) Looking a few years back, no one would have ever thought that a touring EDM festival like this could actually work. Yet, when you have star power like Kaskade and Steve Aoki, it can. Simply put, “It needed to happen,” says Steve Aoki. And what the Identity Festival seems to represent is the new generation of ideas for electronic music in America. The tour stopped on Sept 3rd to hit Mountain View, California for a show at the Shoreline Amphitheater. Naturally, Dancing Astronaut was there to catch some of our favorite artists to give you the scoop on what went down that beautiful day.
One of Moombahton’s brightest stars at the moment, Dillon Francis, had a 25 minute mix featured on Flux Pavilion’s BBC Radio 1 takeover on Saturday and he’s giving it to all of his fans for free. The mix features several original productions from Dillon along with remixes he did for artists such as Chase and Status, Toddla T, and CCS. He also had a world premiere of his newest track, “IDGAFOS,” forthcoming on Mad Decent. We’ve seen Dillon a few times now and it was a solid short mix with a bunch of tracks you would expect in a Dillon Francis set, along with some unreleased bangers you can expect to hear more of in the near future. Check out the tracklist after the break.
We heard almost too much music at Electric Zoo festival. But, there were a few clear favorites that had their fair share of airplay. We won’t waste any time with flowery introductions or unnecessary prose. Just check out our top tracks of Electric Zoo 2011 after the break.
This track has been floating around on the internet for a while under the guise of an unreleased Tim Berg effort. Thanks to our friends at Whomping Stereo however, we know better. With its driving chord progression, “Milky Way” definitely has a Tim Berg feel to it but is actually the brainchild of a much lesser known Polish producer named Cherry Coke. If this is the kind of production we can expect to come from Cherry Coke, we might all come to know him better sooner than we think.
Cherry Coke – Milky Way
The EDM community has lost a truly incredible talent today.
Mehdi Favéris-Essadi, the 34-year-old French producer better known as DJ Mehdi has reportedly died this morning.
According to various sources his death has been reported as “an accident” rumored to be a fall from his roof late last night/early morning.
We had the pleasure of seeing him perform last week at Electric Zoo alongside Riton as one half of the DJ/producer duo, Carte Blanche. His creativity, energy and good spirit was unparalleled behind the decks.
Our prayers and sympathy go out to his friends and family.
RIP DJ Mehdi (1977 – 2011)
We’ve been super excited about teaming up with NV Concepts and MASS EDMC for a few Avicii shows in the Northeast, and the first one is tonight at the Armory in Albany. Luckily for the procrastinators out there, there are still tickets available — though you should probably act fast. We’re also going to give away a pair of tickets to one reader who Tweets us the best reason of why they deserve the goods. So, set your tweets to @dancingastro and we’ll choose someone later today.
Creamfields Essential Mix downloads: Eric Prydz, Eddie Halliwell, Judge Jules, A Trak and Jack Beats
In case you aren’t familiar with Creamfields, it is a large dance music festival held yearly in Daresbury Park in Cheshire (England), right outside of Liverpool over the August Bank Holiday weekend. This is the festival’s fourth year as a camping event, and it was a huge success. Other Creamfields festivals have been held in wide variety of other countries such as United Arab Emirates, Argentina, Spain, Malta, Ireland, Mexico,Czech, Peru, Brazil, and Poland. Pete Tong and BBC Radio 1 decided to choose individual sets to record and broadcast live for a special 6-hour Essential Mix selection. Last Friday, BBC Radio 1 broadcasted its special extended Essential Mix show showcasing sets from Eric Prydz, Eddie Halliwell, A Trak, Jack Beats and Radio 1′s own Judge Jules recorded at Creamfields. Over 50,000 people were in attendance to see over 200 DJs and live acts play over three full on days and nights. We were lucky enough to find the download links and have full tracklistings for you with a bunch of exclusive and unreleased tracks yet to come.
Via: Mix Deluxe
It’s not every day we get to see Max and AN21 take to the stage, even in light of their primetime touring schedule. At this year’s Electric Zoo Festival in New York, they did exactly that. DA asked Max a few questions as well – check it all out only on Dancing Astronaut.
It’s a lazy Sunday and we’re kind of bored, so lets turn things back to Swedish House Mafia and their upcoming announcement. If you don’t remember, the trio is taking over Pete Tong’s show on September 16th and they have been teasing some “big news” on the 23rd. A new jumble of spotlights with numbers and letters appeared at Creamfields last week, and some of our commenters have been working on the code ever since. Might they have cracked it? Click past the break for the theories.
David Guetta has been at the forefront of house music for a reason. He releases huge tracks every year and has been one of the few transcendent DJs of the last decade or so. Nothing But The Beat was released on August 26th and features two discs, one being a vocal mix and the other an instrumental disc. Does this album have what it takes to topple the success of Guetta’s previous album One Love? Read our ‘transcript’ of each disc (and grades for each song) below as we go through one of the biggest album releases of the year.