While the Internet has ushered in a new era of digital music collaboration that can transcend physical distance, the process remains far from easy. Missing samples, corrupted files and other technical snafoos still threaten each online exchange between music producers. In a content-driven profession in which ease and efficiency are vital to maximizing output, Splice offers a new beacon of hope.
Chase & Status’s forthcoming Brand New Machine was a top choice on Dancing Astronaut ‘Most Anticipated Fall Albums,’ and for good reason: the UK drum ‘n’ bass duo are two of the most revered figures in the bass music world. While they’ve already unveiled their stunning drum ‘n’ bass single “Lost & Not Found,” today the duo have teased “Machine Gun,” a heavy, trap-styled production featuring American hip-hop phenom Pusha T. It’s easy to write off tracks that fall in line with the generic conventions of the day (trap in this case), but when it’s Chase & Status at the helm, the production cannot be ignored. “Machine Gun” will be released as part of Brand New Machine on October 7th.Posted by
Jeremy Olander’s collaboration with Kent on “Petroleum” will be officially released on Monday, August 26th, but Dancing Astronaut has the exclusive full stream of the track. With his first Pryda Friends release since the majestic and uplifting “Let Me Feel,” Olander returns with a similarly enthralling progressive house gem. Bolstered by the emotive vocals of Swedish rock band Kent, Olander crafts a truly engaging experience from start to finish. There is a simple elegance to the melody and song structure: the kind of subtle refinement that distinguishes a subpar track from a superior one. We can’t get enough of it, and “Petroleum” will undoubtedly make a perfect edition to the growing Pryda Friends catalog.Posted by
Seven Lions‘ affinity for trance is well-known, and thus it’s seemingly quite natural that he’s collaborated with two of his self-confessed trance heroes, Myon & Shane 54. Montalvo and the Hungarian duo combine their imaginative forces for “Strangers,” a trance-dubstep fusion included on the official soundtrack to Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. Boasting thumping trance/progressive sections, glistening vocal-aided build ups, and a surprise halftime drop, “Strangers” is everything you’d expect from the versatile bass music producer and beloved progressive trance duo.
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It’s truly something special when Griz and Gramatik come together as Grizmatik. The two producers unite their affinities for funk, jazz and hip hop with their insatiable craving for deep, thunderous bass, creating some truly radical music in the process. After a very successful debut with “Digital Liberation is Mad Freedom,” Grizmatik returns with their much-anticipated follow-up release, “My People.” Constructing the track at a comfortable midtempo pace, Griz and Gramatik showcase brilliant instrumental work and sampling in tandem with a heavy, snaking drop.
Since being debuted back in March at Ultra Music Festival, “Legacy” has become a set staple for both Nicky Romero and Krewella. While the track began as a working instrumental in Romero’s growing catalog, the Dutch producer enlisted flourishing festival act Krewella for vocal duties. The track’s foundation works off affable melodies and sporadic instances of grungier bass elements. The Yousaf sisters breathe a human element into the track, injecting the break downs with catchy lyricism and impassioned harmonies. On the whole, “Legacy” features a clean progression of energy, refraining from the more chaotic tropes that have characterized the majority of main stage-oriented dance music.
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If Clarity was any evidence, Zedd is well primed for the intersection between pop music and electronic. After touring with Lady Gaga last spring, Zedd has formally hooked up with the megastar to help produce her forthcoming album ARTPOP. As dance music continues its rise into mainstream acceptance, Zedd’s collaboration with Gaga could represent the zenith of EDM’s advancement.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Zedd said of the studio collaboration: “I’m really, really excited for people to hear what we came up with. I just really can’t imagine they would not like it, to just say it straight up. I think the stuff we’ve made is pretty fucking cool.”
Skrillex and NYC clothing company Mishka have fused their creative energies to release a three piece capsule collection. The announcement was made midday Friday, when OWSLA posted a link to a cryptic, nonsensical, at times seizure inducing webpage on Skrillex’s website. The frenetic, 8-bit-stylized link is supplemented by a quirky soundtrack, just as psychedelic as the medley of mind-numbing visualizers.
The track, which has been essentially confirmed by Mishka as Skrillex’s own, is an odd and extraneous assemblage of different tonal voices over a slow midtempo beat. Two minutes in, the track changes direction, ditching the off-kilter voices for a wonky bass synth and chiming melody. Regardless of who made “DOOMPY POOMP,” it’s one of the oddest tracks you’ll hear all day (or all year for that matter).
Check out Skrillex and Mishka’s new clothing line here.
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Two of the finest Dutch talents in the industry, Hardwell and Laidback Luke have welded their big room-savvy abilities to craft “Dynamo,” a riot-inducing electro production complete with a palatable melody, marching drum percussion, and a fire alarm. With its semi-innocuous chord-laden buildup, the real fun in “Dynamo” starts with its teetering, brassy drop — a boisterous festival-pleaser brimming with Dutch house influence. Anyone who has seen Laidback Luke or Hardwell recently can attest, the live appeal of “Dynamo” is undeniable. The track is out today on LBL’s Mixmash Records.
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Every now and then, amid the vast sea of electronic releases, a song comes along that knocks you off your feet. Armin van Buuren and W&W’s latest effort, “D# Fat,” is one of those songs. While Armin’s collaboration with Arty, “Nehalennia,” was wonderful for its spiritual and revitalizing potency, “D# Fat” excels through sheer immensity. From the thumping kicks of its riveting intro, to the delicate-turned-exhilarating atmosphere of its breakdown and its ensuing devastating drop, “D# Fat” is dripping with a masterful prowess from start to finish. After the rampant success of W&W and Ummet Ozcan’s “The Code,” ”D# Fat” feels like a natural succession to the ubiquitous single, guided by the hands of trance’s beloved patriarch.
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