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.
While there aren’t any strict definitions as to what constitutes downtempo, it’s generally known as slower, ambient-driven electronic music. This week features an assortment of downtempo productions with two impeccable originals from Andrew Bayer, a rework of “Move For Me,” X3SR’s remix of “Breathe,” and an original from Kastle.
If you missed any of last week’s lighter selections, check out Mat Zo’s blissful remix of “Alive,” Jonas Rathman’s forthcoming remix of “Another Love, “ and Moon Boots’ new original “Love Strong.” For Sunday mornings, it doesn’t get much better than lush synth pads over an absorbing, sub-100 bpm broken beat. Click past the break for five downtempo tracks.
While most of the world slumbered last night, Deadmau5 popped up on SoundCloud with a new clip of a track he has been working on with Kat Von D called “Satellite.” This is not the first time his fiancée has appeared on his SoundCloud page — he posted a track she made for him with friend Danny Lohner back in February where she sang vocals over a rendition of “Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff” and Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game.” This is only the intro and first verse of ”Satellite,” but its classical orchestral sound sweeps up and down into a glitchy break with flavors of hip hop. It’s understated and smooth — can’t wait to hear the finished product.
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 Diplo, Deadmau5, and Seth Troxler.
Deadmau5 has been announced as the headliner for this summer’s Veld Music Festival in Toronto, joining an ensemble cast of production talents from a variety of genres. Over thirty acts including Danny Tenaglia, Pretty Lights, Above & Beyond, Steve Aoki, Kaskade and more are all scheduled to perform.
Tickets go on sale this Thursday, with passes providing access to the full two days. General admission ranges from $74.50 to $137.50 while VIP tickets will cost you between $199.50 and $299.50.
It’s tough being a Canadian sometimes. While bustling with fresh talent, our producers are frequently mistaken for our neighbours to the south. Of course, we are often too polite to cause a scene but it’s due time that we shine a light on our accomplished artists and let the world know we hamper more musical scope than just the Biebs. Canada has a vast EDM scene comparable, if not better, to metropolitans in the US, and we are mighty proud of it.
As opposed to beach or desert festivals, we have outdoor blizzard raves fit with ice sculptures and snow huts, like Igloofest in Montreal and Brrrrr! Winter Music Festival in Toronto. Frankly, if you’re not putting on neon snowpants and toques to go rave in the snow, you’re doing it wrong. We also enjoy getting lost in dense Canadian forests at Shambhala and celebrating our Nation’s birthday at Escapade. Our clubs like Flames Central in Calgary are named after hockey teams, and we are home to the one and only EDMonton. The Guvernment Toronto is constantly hailed by DJs for having the best crowds, while Celebrities Vancouver is in one of the best cities in the world. We grew up on MuchDance compilation albums and Rick Campanelli interviews. Last but not least, we have developed a fair amount of respected producers, the frontrunners listed below.
When Deadmau5 was revealed as a headliner for Ultra, the announcement had the quality of a Daft Punk rumor. Hadn’t he sworn to never again play the festival? Hadn’t he been wholly absent from the 2012 U.S. festival circuit? Hadn’t he called out “EDM” as “Event-driven marketing?” Well, he had. But yet, there was the lineup with his name on it. Oh you. Deadmau5. You’re so random.
Perhaps ironically, mau5 was billed with a live set for the two-weekend extravaganza, leaving David Guetta and Tiësto to the DJ sets and joining the ranks of Crystal Castles and Yeasayer. Whatever Ultra meant by “live,” it’s unlikely the crowd that amassed in front of the cube gave a second of thought to the distinction: they just wanted to get lost in those big black ears, play-pushing or not. Come weekend two, I wanted to be right there with them.
Beginning March 30th, Calvin Harris, deadmau5, Hardwell, Nervo, Steve Aoki and Tommy Trash will descend upon Wet Republic at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in sunny Las Vegas to launch pool season in high gear. The star-studded DJ line up has been scheduled through till April 28th (so far) and will provide non-stop, action-filled entertainment at Sin City’s hottest pool party destination. The news comes by way of highly-anticipated club Hakkasan Las Vegas finally opening its doors next month at MGM, which will share the same exclusive residencies. Dates and tickets below.
With weekend two of Ultra kicking off tomorrow we thought we would share our experience with the closers from weekend one. Swedish House Mafia and Deadmau5 are both scheduled to perform in the closing slot a second time around but Armin is not — although he’ll still be taking the stage, albeit a different one at a different time. Read on to find out whether you should close with one of these big names or if exploring will be your best bet.
Deadmau5 is back at Ultra Music Festival, eyeing the main stage of weekend two after his weekend one reunion. It wasn’t too long ago, however, that he last played Miami’s massive event — it was 2011, and Joel was fresh off the release of 4×4=12. Naturally, he came equipped with his headdress and a set packed with original productions. Deadmau5′s set from Ultra two years ago evokes a nostalgia through songs like “Some Chords,” “Cthulhu Sleeps,” “Raise Your Weapon,” and just about any of the below selections.
After a long residency stint at the Wynn properties, deadmau5 changes it up and joins the likes of Tiësto, Calvin Harris and Steve Aoki for this summer’s Vegas season. Beginning this April, deadmau5 will appear at both Hakkasan and the MGMGrand’s renowned WET REPUBLIC. “With all the projects I have going on right now, I’m so excited to be back in Vegas doing what I love to do best,” says Joel, who recently released a remix package and video for his collaboration with Imogen Heap, “Telemiscommunications.” The mau5′s move to Hakkasan further asserts the yet-to-be-unveiled superclub’s statement to the rest of Vegas nightlife – Hakkasan is coming.