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.
Want an easy way to make sure you are up to date on all the latest, best music? Dancing Astronaut takes a look at the top 10 tracks officially released in October and ranks them based on a combination of reader feedback, track quality, editorial preference & critical reception.
Dancing Astronaut wraps up October for you with another edition of our top 10 tracks of the month. October’s list features massive tracks from reader favorites Alesso with Calvin Harris, Hardwell with MAKJ, Diplo, and more. Not to be missed are also fantastic efforts from Junior Sanchez, Chromeo with Oliver, and Gesaffelstein. Click past the break for our top 10 tracks of October!
French techno producer Gesaffelstein has made a bold and concise statement with the release of his new album Aleph: Gesaffelstein is taking over. Already boasting impressive production credits on albums like Yeezus, and showcasing his versatile sound by remixing the likes of Justice, Lana Del Rey and Depeche Mode, the name Gesaffelstein has been on everyone’s tongue for the past year. In its first day available, Gesaffelstein’s artful and compelling debut album reached the top spot on the iTunes dance chart. After listening to the album in its entirety, it is very clear why. The music is dark and powerful, and each track reflects a diverse blend of influences as they are seamlessly meshed into the producer’s raw, distinct, heavy techno sound. Read past the break for our review of Aleph.
Gesaffelstein is on a steady path to the release of his forthcoming album, Aleph, most recently revealing its tracklist as iTunes hosts its pre-order. The road to success for his upcoming studio effort dates back to June, when the French tech whiz released its lead single of “Pursuit” accompanied by an artistic music video. That production alone, backed by bubbling anticipation and revered live sets, has powered Gesaffelstein through the summer and brings him to drop the second single, this time with an even more cinematic video. With “Hate Or Glory,” thrilling and violent visuals combined with the record’s thematic sounds combine for a sensory experience for a top-tier music video directed by Fleur & Manu.
One piece of the Bromance puzzle is amping up for the release of his forthcoming EP, Aleph, with a series of snippets and teasers. In June, Gesaffelstein revealed the music video for Aleph track “Pursuit” — the only track off the album that has already seen a release. Earlier this month, fans saw a video teaser for the entire album. Today, the 14 song tracklist went live giving Gesaffelstein devotees another small glimpse at what to expect.
To preorder the highly anticipated album head here.
Bromance’s dark prince of techno has completed his first full-length album and he’s ready for the world to know it. This week, Gesaffelstein released a 40-second clip of menacing static over foreboding visuals of monochrome circuitry to announce the album’s title and release date. Aleph will be unleashed just in time for Halloween on October 28th, so mark your calendars and commence your countdowns.
Battle of the Beats is a feature from Dancing Astronaut that pits two tracks that share the same title against one another to determine which production represents the name better. With the dance music community continually growing, producers, mashup artists and DJs alike constantly create new music, often of the same name. Now we are opening it up to our readers to weigh in on whose rendition takes the proverbial cake. Meet The Competition
Techno’s dark knight continues to rise, building on a superlative 2013 campaign that has already seen him remix Justice and Depeche Mode and collaborate with Kanye West. Today Gesaffelstein released an arcane yet alluring music video for his twisted new single “Pursuit.” The track itself bears all the hallmarks of his signature sound, featuring a prominent distorted techno bass line and eerie pads and atmospheric elements. Replete with striking imagery that includes automaton soldiers and nude models wearing mysterious golden gloves and scientists studying amid floating guns, the video is a chilling realization of the French producer’s artistic vision, which has long gone beyond the mere sounds of the inspiring music he creates.
Over the past three years, My Life Every Day, or LED Presents, has grown into San Diego’s leading dance music purveyor. While their New Years’ Eve show is renowned on its own, LED took the opportunity to capitalize on Memorial Day Weekend, throwing an all-out two day festival featuring A-Trak, Feed Me, Brodinski, Gesaffelstein, Axwell, Diplo, Martin Solveig and more. Dancing Astronaut was there to capture all the action of Day 1, from Digitalism, to Baauer, to A-Trak, to special guest Feed Me and French standouts Brodinski and Gesaffelstein. Click past the break for a full Day 1 review.
Gesaffelstein has a way of taking dark songs and plunging them deeper into the shadows. On his latest remix release, the French producer strips Depeche Mode‘s latest single of its bluesy instrumentation and replaces it with a plodding industrial beat and minimal atmospheric flourishes. Gesaffelstein leaves his trademark in the thoughtful phased synthesizers that accentuate the impact of key vocal phrases. The overall effect transforms the track from a straightforward lament by singer Dave Gahan into something significantly more desperate and ominous in tone, perfectly complementing the desolate candor of the lyrics.