It was refreshing to hear Chuckie make a proud retreat to his roots with his recent work aside Lupe Fiasco, Too $hort, and Snow Tha Product. Known for his hip-hop preferences and allowing them to emit through “Makin’ Papers,” Chuckie has now joined his collaborators in the track’s official music video. Depsite the song’s high pitched synths and Dirty Dutch laden groundwork, the visuals come in the vein of the rap community. As the hip-hop conterparts rap their verses in front of fancy cars, flaunting stacks of money and defying police, Chuckie finds himself joining the fun throughout and stands center screen as the video comes to an end with a “to be continued” teaser.
It would require fingers and toes to count the amount of times “Animals” was heard, and the same could be said for anthems such as “Cannonball,” “Clarity,” or “Play Hard.” Beneath the most played tracks at Tomorrowland, however, certain drops stood out with significance, truly making an impression on Tomorrowland and its crowd. These tracks influenced the festival on a level only comprehendible for those immersed within its sets, stages and, most importantly, the dreamworld experience in which they created.
Dancing Astronaut was on the ground to catch the moments where select records made an impact and became symbolic of dance music’s greatest weekend; here we proudly present our soundtrack to Tomorrowland 2013.
Revelers who returned for the second day of Tomorrowland were treated to a refreshed festival grounds and an entirely new musical experience. With Friday’s rain leaving areas of the festival muddy and unpassable, organizers re-mulched many of the walking paths and replaced the downtrodden floorboards from the day before. Replacing Carl Cox & Friends, Laidback Luke brought his own cast of characters for the Super You & Me stage while Axwell, Avicii and Armin gave fans little reason to leave the festival’s Main Stage.
As Dzeko & Torres gear up for their Dim Mak-hosted Tomorrowland appearance, they’ve got a little pre-festival surprise for fans. After releasing their own “Down To This” collab with Chuckie earlier this year, the pair has put their own spin on the Dirty Dutch DJ’s 2012 “Breaking Up” collab with Promise Land. Giving the track their signature dancefloor shine, the duo kept Amanda Wilson’s unapologetic scales but stripped the piano and built a new melody over the electro influences. The straight progressive makeover breathed a whole new energy into the tune, increasing its shelf-life in a scene with a notoriously short attention span. For a scene also notorious for googling “free download,” the pair saved you the trouble by releasing the tune for free. Grab your download here.
Known to throw hip-hop drops into live sets and take on rap remix duties, Chuckie finds himself further emerging himself into the genre he holds close to home. His latest offering has him producing hip-hop at full force while, of course, sticking to his dirty Dutch sound for his in-studio weapon of choice. Joined by Chicago’s Lupe Fiasco, veteran Too $hort, and recent Atlantic signee Snow Tha Product, Chuckie parallels his preferences of hip-hop and bleeps for the release of “Makin’ Papers.” The mind of Clyde Narain has opened up for a personal production that provides a proper vacancy for some of the game’s hottest acts to lay down verses.
Dance music’s Dirty Dutch ringleader is known to dig beyond his signature bleeps and explore the realms of hip-hop when delivering live sets. But this week, Chuckie has taken another leap into hip-hop incorporation, teaming up with some of the genre’s stars for his latest single. Calling upon Lupe Fiasco and Too $hort, Chuckie’s latest release embodies his personal preferences and production style, as “Makin’ Papers” leans towards the hip-hop spectrum while leaving traces of his customary antics. Refreshing on all aural facets, Chuckie shines the brightest with Lupe and Too $hort by his side and “Makin’ Papers” delivers more than a pleasurable listen, but insight into the mind of Clyde Sergio Narain. Out July 23rd on Big Beat Records.
Best of Instagram is a feature from Dancing Astronaut that showcases our favorite pictures from our favorite DJs on Instagram each week. This week, we feature gems from Seth Troxler, Chuckie, Dubfire, and more.
Dance music has found another destination to set its stages for festival domination. This time it’s not Europe, the United States, or even Canada, but an escape to Aruba. Simply titled Electric Festival Aruba, the Caribbean festival will be launched by the headlining acts of Chuckie and Hardwell and will span September 6th-8th. The heavyweights have been announced as phase one one of the lineup with supporting acts to follow, as Electric Festival Aruba has found another haven to plant EDM.
When they’re not spinning records and entertaining fans many DJs return home to their families to deliver a different kind of entertainment. They trade in their records for tutus and crowns, funny faces, cotton candy, and matching attire. In honor of Father’s Day we’ve decided to shift our focus from their DJ duties to their diaper daddy duties.
Chicago’s Spring Awakening Music Festival touched down on Soldier Field this Friday, kicking off the summer’s in-city festivals. We joined the neon hordes thronging Museum Campus Drive, ready to party on the 50 yard line. With two days and dozens of acts left to go, here’s what we learned from Spring Awakening Day One.