As the energy of electronic dance music continues to spread across the world, Asia reminds the rest of the globe that this Eastern contender won’t be left behind. Returning in March of 2014, Future Music Festival Asia opens its doors in Mines Wonderland in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The 18+ three-day event invites attendees near and far to celebrate the ‘rumble in the jungle’ with both live and DJ sets from a wildly diverse set of headliners: Deadmau5, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Knife Party, Method Man, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon of Wu Tang Clan, Rudimental, Chase and Status, Naughty Boy, Porter Robinson, Baauer, Sub Focus, Tinie Tempah, Gesaffelstein, Paul Van Dyk, ATB, Adventure Club, Arty, Brodinski, Carnage, Deniz Koyu, Markus Schulz, Monsta, R3hab and more, along with a special spotlight for Eric Prydz‘s first music festival appearance in Asia and the return of Armin van Buuren‘s celebrated ‘A State of Trance 650: New Horizons.’ There’s a little something for every type of music lover at Future Music Festival Asia, from heavy bass-step and trance to hip-hop and pop 40.
Tickets are available here for this March 13th to 15th event.
Yesterday, the official Infinite Daps Tour documentary was released. Seeing as how Baauer and RL Grime spent most of July together on a bus, we’d been hoping that a new collaboration would eventually be released. Today, our prayers were answered. According to Baauer, “Infinite Daps” is “a state of mind an a state of soul…It means pounding your fists with another gentleman to prove your solidarity infinitely.” The emphatic trap anthem embodies everything that listeners would expect from the two powerhouses: echoing kick drums, 808 bass and head-spinning snares. For the next 48 hours, “Infinite Daps” is available for free download. Thereafter, it can be purchased on the Dance (Red) Save Lives 2 Compilation, which will be out on November 25th.
Following the chart-topping Dance (RED) Save Lives Compilation album, the cancer-fighting (RED) organization has once again put together an astounding lineup of features and tracks for the second part of their compilation series. As standouts from the track list, Avicii, Swedish House Mafia, and Deadmau5 will all own spots on the charitable project, and the yet unheard “Infinite Daps” from Baauer and RL Grime also makes an appearance to heighten expectations and increase the pain of anticipation even further. Dance (RED) Save Lives 2 is already available for preorder, and is expected to debut November 25th.
While the well-known festival circuit keeps electronic fans in Europe and North America busy during the summer months, it isn’t until winter that Australia sees its biggest celebrations of music, and Stereosonic Festival is amongst the few favorites in the land down under. This year, Thump, a Vice Network channel, has allied with (RED) to stream Stereosonic as a celebration of World AIDS Day on November 30th. Although specifics of who exactly will be streamed are so far unconfirmed, event headliners include dance music greats Armin Van Buuren, David Guetta, and Sebastian Ingrosso on top of many more.
Remember when Baauer announced he’d be throwing some unreleased songs at his fans last week? Well he kept to his promise, literally tossing USBs with never-before published content into the crowd at a couple of his recent shows. The hip-hop and EDM crossover artist encouraged lucky recipients of the silver stick to “share [the tracks] with friends,” or “upload to the internet,” and luckily for us, his loyal fan base listened. Offering up four songs for free, the “Harlem Shake” star brings us a healthy dose of his familiar hi-hat-heavy trap sounds. Some songs may sound familiar, while others are brand new, but each track guarantees stellar bass lines, bouncy beats and crisp sounds that’ll remind you why Baauer is currently dominating the trap scene.
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Becoming the proud owner of something that once belonged to Baauer is on everyone’s bucket list, but owning his original music before it’s released to the public is a completely different story. From now until the conclusion of his tour, the guy that made “Harlem Shake” one of the most-heard tracks of 2013, will be tossing out USB’s containing unreleased Baauer tunes. Be sure to stand in the front to secure your chances of grabbing ahold of the most legendary USB stick you’ll ever own.
Sunday Morning Medicine is a feature from Dancing Astronaut dedicated to the mellower side of electronic music. We bring you our favorite therapeutic selections — old and new — in an attempt to alleviate the agonizing effects of a long weekend of partying.
This week’s SMM touches on a wide range of genres – dubstep, house, deep house, and even trap. We begin your Sunday morning with Adventure Club‘s “Wonder,” a tearjerker of a song that is very unlike the Canadian dubstep duo. Slowly transitioning into Parra for Cuva’s deep house lullaby, “Wicked Games,” we also present to you TOKiMonsta, Baauer, and even Kaskade/Late Night Alumni. Although most of these tracks are on the older side, we felt this collection would suit your Sunday Funday well.
Yes, Halloween is here. Which means that the biggest event west of the Mississippi, HARD Event’s Day of the Dead, touches down in Los Angeles. This is no ordinary festival though with a lineup that many are hailing to be the best ever. Yes, the usual suspects of Prydz, Boys Noize, Pretty Lights, and more will all be participating, but we want to use this chance to get you costumed music lovers to go see something new and special. We tried our best picking five acts you shouldn’t miss, check them out after the break.
After performing alongside Skrillex on the BNR/OWSLA stage at first day of this year’s ill-fated Electric Zoo, Boys Noize went on to make a surprise appearance with A-Trak at Labor Day’s Fool’s Gold Day Off in Brooklyn. Making the most out of his time in New York, Alex Ridha announced via Twitter that he was taking some studio time with Philadelphia-born Baauer. His collaboration with the “Harlem Shake” producer comes as little surprise as he continues to evolve his trademark style.
The BNR labelhead and electro phenom has been experimenting and incorporating trap into his productions and performances since this year’s Go Hard EP.
Out to prove himself for more than a one hit wonder after the wild and viral success of “Harlem Shake,” Baauer has finally released his follow up production. The collaboration alongside Just Blaze hit Beatport today after circulating the expansive trap sphere for nearly one year. Jay Z’s vocals sampled from “U Don’t Know” (coincidentally produced by Just Blaze) give this animated track its “Higher” title, but the pairing of hip-hop influenced drums and a more tamed breed of trap support the braggadocios shouts, making for one provocative venue-shaker.
For Baauer, it will serve as the follow up effort to the global sensation known as “Harlem Shake.” For Just Blaze, it will be a legendary hip hop producer’s giant leap into uncharted territory. “Higher” surfaced in the earliest days of 2013, but now their collaboration featuring vocal loops from Jay Z is scheduled for an official release next week. The record will be released on the relaunched Priority Records and will simultaneously be debuted in the form of a music video from Nabil Elderkin, a director whose track record lists everyone from Bon Iver to Kanye West. Listen to a full-length preview and watch the video teaser below the break before both are unleashed on August 13th.