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!
During CMJ’s massive week in New York, while many of the music events were spaced evenly across Manhattan, Brooklyn’s Output held a showcase of Nick Catchdubs’ and A-Trak’s project, the amazing Fool’s Gold record label. A perfect venue in the label’s own backyard, Output welcomed the a cozy crowd unlike the usual CMJ fare – underdressed non-industry types there to enjoy a good time for the artists’ music. With a brisk wind whistling from the East River, New Yorkers who were lucky enough to attend the show were treated to multiple eclectic sets that spanned several genres, each no more than 2 hours long. (more…)
DJ and production duo Oliver Goldstein and Vaughn Oliver — together, more simply Oliver — wrapped up duties on Zedd’s Moment of Clarity Tour and won’t miss the next beat with the release of their Mechanical Remixes EP. The EP showcases a remix of each of Oliver‘s original Mechanical tracks, with spins from some of the best in the dance music business. Dillon Francis’s remix of ”Night Is On My Mind“ features a moobahton bounce and heavy bass kick to the funky tune. Nom De Strip, Tchami, and Values transform the other three album tracks into a new glitch-step, tech house, and chillwave influenced EP.
From the outside Love To Love You Donna may sound like a remix album that could only be forced. After all, the most revered disco legend of Donna Summer is at hand, and the remixers ranging from Laidback Luke to Gigamesh are presently well established with a 21st century sound. But that’s not the case. Electronic heavyweights handle Donna Summer classics with care, rework with integrity, and pay homage to the icon through modern day channels. The remixes presented on Love To Love You Donna draw revelations, as some unite decades and prove how similar dance of the past is to dance of the present, while others prove that some of today’s producers have some talent that would’ve done over well on your parents dance floor. Delve into the decades with the four standout tracks below, but don’t stop there — the album is worth a listen in its entirety.
Dillon Francis decided to celebrate his 26th birthday yesterday by releasing a short preview of his upcoming remix of Oliver‘s “Night Is On My Mind,” and it is one monster of a remix. Combining Dillon’s signature funky moombahton bounce with a gargantuan bass-filled kick that sends tremors down your spine, this is one massive remix from the birthday boy that is sure to get your head bumping and your body grooving. It is deep, dark, and crushes speaker systems, guaranteed. As he appropriately calls it, it’s “Big-ROOM-bahton.” The king of IDGAFOS shows zero signs of slowing down, and we want more. The official release will be on October 14th through none other than Fool’s Gold Records.
If you believe Rolling Stone, disco died on July 12th, 1979, at Chicago’s infamous Disco Demolition Night. Apparently Oliver and Chromeo did not get the message. For their latest endeavor, the two production outfits hooked up to nu-disco-fy a 1982 track by the late Queen of Disco herself, Donna Summer. Though Summer’s “Love Is In Control (Finger On The Trigger)” was labeled R&B when it first hit shelves, the reworked version seeks to put it back in its rightful genre with vamped up vocoder vocals, an emphasized synth, and a much, much flashier music video. More of a blast from the past edit than a thorough remix, the tune honors its predecessor and reminds electronic music where it has come from: Disco is dead, long live disco.
Los Angeles-based duo Oliver have managed to encapsulate all of the dirty, sexy cool of LA’s dance music scene and bottle it for easy consumption. Creators of the pervasive “MYB” off their Mechanical EP, Oliver’s Fool’s Gold debut quickly established them as two of the tightest groove technicians in modern dance music. Whether creating mixes with a casual strut, or going full throttle into the French electro heyday, Oliver are as daring behind the decks as their catalog would suggest.
Oliver have held a well-deserved place in the sun since the release of their memorable Mechanical EP at the beginning of this year, and they’ve now offered up a taste of their visual aesthetics with the release of their music video for one of the tracks off the EP, “Night Is On My Mind.” The Fool’s Gold mainstays bring together an odd couple old man and young woman through light up shoes and disco beats.
After featuring Oliver’s newest work last week, I couldn’t resist revisiting their beautiful Mechanical EP for this week’s edition. While the whole EP is literally golden, the mellow 80′s vibes of “Mechanical” seem like the most fitting choice for an early morning revival.
This week’s edition of Sunday Morning Medicine is a celebration of indie dance music. While there aren’t any strict definitions as to what falls under the blanket category, it is generally recognized as the intersection between indie-alternative rock and electronica. Many of these selections may be considered more purely electronic, but hey, we’re an electronic music blog.
In the odd chance that Lemâitre’s “Cut to Black” eluded your music radar, your morning’s about to get a lot more spritely. This is one spring time anthem worth revisiting.
AMTRAC has been a long SMM favorite. His recent remix of Two Door Cinema’s “Those Days” is tastefully absorbing.
Click past the break to hear the rest of this week’s tracks, with remixes of Mayer Hawthorne, Empire of the Sun, and Olympic Ayres.