Matt Toth and Julio Mejia of GTA have a third release in store on Calvin Harris‘ Fly Eye Records. New single “Bola” is somewhat tribal in nature, but stays true to the duo’s bounce roots by showcasing scratchy electro synths and a hint of trap. Heavy percussion and sub bass infiltrate the Latin-inspired track, which also features vocals sampled from Brazilian tune “Salgueiro é o Caldeirão” The inclusion of the Portuguese lines adds a flavorful energy to the Miami duo’s record and further establishes their credibility as producers. “Bola” will be released on December 16th via iTunes.
San Diego’s LED Presents has announced the line up for their two-day New Year’s Eve event. The annual OMFG! celebration is 18+ and will take place from December 30th to 31st. Today, the event has released their official lineup and officially roots LED as a promoter to watch. The SoCal company has always placed a heavy emphasis on trap and trip hop style artists in their lineups, but there’s a new sense of variety coming from their holiday celebration roster. Boys Noize, Diplo, Madeon, Nervo, Laidback Luke, GTA, Nero, Feed Me, DJ Snake, Bro Safari, Henrix, Brazzabelle, Ookay, and Cole Plante will light up the San Diego arena and ring in 2014 with some of electronic music’s favorite tunes. With early bird tickets already sold out, pre-sale tickets are available here, so grab yours now before the next price hike.
Fool’s Gold Radio is back with their 23rd installment, mixed by Fool’s Gold co-founder Nick Catchdubs. One of many things that this “tastemaker label” excels in is its keen ability to create masterfully mixed sets with incredible assortments of innovative sounds. But what else would you expect from a business run by a couple of the best technical DJ’s out there? Nick starts this episode with the recently released “Radio Stereo” by Fool’s Gold’s own Duck Sauce. He quickly shifts gears into electro mode with various tunes by Nom De Strip, GTA and Crookers. Nick keeps the energy high at the halfway point with some hip-hop and twerk music with the help of Grandtheft & Smalltown DJ’s. Finishing off this saga, he dishes out a great selection of up beat dance club tunes, including those by Lxury and Feed Me & Crystal Fighters.
GTA V isn’t the only thing worth talking about this week. Out now on Calvin Harris’ Fly Eye Records is Miami duo GTA’s newest single, “The Crowd.” Marking their first outing on the label, the tune encapsulates its underground mission statement, folding trap elements into a grungy electro framework. The tune is their first solo Beatport release since “Alerta” made a cameo on T & A Records’ Moombahton Forever compilation and shows a similar refusal to be quickly classified. Varying in rhythm, trading off between vocal sample and beat and introducing a vibe-changing break, “The Crowd” may in fact stand alone in an ever more homogenous scene.
Kill the Noise unleashed Black Magic, his followup to Kill Kill Kill, in November of last year. Featuring such tracks as “Thumbs Up (For Rock N’ Roll)” alongside Feed Me and his own “Mosh It Up” and “Black Magic,” the OWSLA EP received a great deal of attention from both fans and DJs of the wilder perversions of dance music. Nearly a year later, a remix EP has surfaced with reworks from GTA, Henry Fong, Kill Paris, Brillz and more. With a total of nine official remixes (and plenty more NEST exclusives), Black Magic Remixes EP is brimming with festival-ready trap, electro, and house.
Listen to the nine official Black Magic remixes.
Tiesto and Calvin Harris have just announced the support for their short-run UK tour, Greater Than. In addition to two of the biggest names in dance music, the Greater Than tour will feature BBC Radio 1 DJ and undisputed voice of electronic music, Pete Tong, pioneers of the minimal drop, GTA, and dance music’s fastest rising star Danny Avila.
Tickets are still available.
View the tour dates.
Featured on the upcoming Black Magic Remix EP, Kill the Noise enlists the help of the minimal drop maestros, GTA, to remix his Brillz and Minxx collaboration “Saturn.” Running the original through a gauntlet of blaring Dutch bass lines and crispy synthwork, the only respite from GTA’s nearly relentless barrage are Minxx’s heaven sent vocals. Like all of GTA’s production efforts in the last year, their remix of “Saturn” is a full frontal assault on your ear holes and is surefire festival fodder for the tail end of the summer season.
The Black Magic Remix EP will be available via OWSLA on September 3rd 2013.
Tomorrowland will once again invade Belgium this weekend, marking its ninth chapter with an expected attendance of over 180,00 fans hailing from over 214 nations around the globe. With a lineup vast enough to boast over 400 artists, the pool of headliners alone trump rival events, no single dance music genre is left unacknowledged, and the odds of discovering new talent are in favor of the attendees. Before TomorrowWorld touches down in Atlanta this September, Boom offers a heavenly opportunity for festival-goers — but with endless options come difficult decisions.
Want to visit all 15 stages, see your favorite DJ, experiment with new sounds, all while taking the time to witness sets in full? Navigating Tomorrowland will be no easy task, but one all fans should be excited to attempt — and that’s where DA has you covered. In the midst of an endless sea of talent, here are ten moments you won’t want to miss…
GTA landed on Dancing Astronaut’s list of summer 2013 breakthrough artists after unleashing a monstrous love-step remix of Kaskade and Deadmau5′s “Move For Me.” Continuing their seasonal dominance, the duo have taken on another Kaskade production, “Atmopshere,” the lead single off his forthcoming album of the same name. Flirting with slow-tempo trap in May, GTA return to what they’re known for best with pounding drumlines and electrifying chord progressions.
Some call it summer, others call its festival season, but regardless of which way you cut it, the best time of the year for dance music has arrived. For EDM, summer means outdoor parties, more nightclub shows per week than days, and an indescribable feeling that becomes anchored to each emotion while experiencing the music and its artists. The year’s hottest season comes with its anthems and its superstars, allowing artists to jump tiers — either onto the scene from near obscurity, or to complete superstardom from any level of popularity. For summer 2013, Dancing Astronaut presents five artists that are bound to make their breakthrough.