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Mathame answer ZHU’s ‘Never Give Up’ remix with rework of ‘Risky Business’

In July, ZHU executed a club-minded conversion of Mathame‘s “Never Give Up.” Now, Mathame return the favor with a remix of ZHU’s September single, “Risky Business.” A rework that brings ZHU’s recent revision of “Never Give Up” full circle, Mathame’s take retains the original’s cerebral command of the listener. The Italian production pair strip “Risky […]

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AYN concocts audio-visual experience for techno hell-raiser, ‘I Contact’ [Watch]

Two words spoken at the intro of AYN’s “I Contact” prove a defining addition to the track: “musical experience.” An apt declaration of what is to come, the verbal spoiler precedes several ensuing, spoken expansions of what streamers can expect to hear, as lulling vocals weave in and out of the sonic frame. The spoken […]

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AYN concocts audio-visual experience for techno hell-raiser, ‘I Contact’ [Watch]

Two words spoken at the intro of AYN’s “I Contact” prove a defining addition to the track: “musical experience.” An apt declaration of what is to come, the verbal spoiler precedes several ensuing, spoken expansions of what streamers can expect to hear, as lulling vocals weave in and out of the sonic frame. The spoken […]

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Honey Dijon, Jamie Jones, Dubfire, and more lead first phase of BPM Festival: Malta lineup

Come September 13 – 16, 2020, The BPM Festival: Malta will descend upon Uno Malta with a host of heavy hitters in tow. Festival organizers have spiked anticipation for the European event by revealing the phase one roster of talent, which includes more than 50 of the underground’s finest. Honey Dijon, Jamie Jones, Dubfire, Charlotte […]

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PAWSA samples J. Cole on groovy tech house tune, ‘SHUBZ’

PAWSA always knows how to flip a sample. The producer’s ability to work any type of sample into a speaker-rattling house heater is not only unparalleled, but also a central reason why PAWSA is at the forefront of the minimal tech house movement. In 2020 alone, PAWSA has flipped just about everything, from a swinging […]

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PAWSA samples J. Cole on groovy tech house tune, ‘SHUBZ’

PAWSA always knows how to flip a sample. The producer’s ability to work any type of sample into a speaker-rattling house heater is not only unparalleled, but also a central reason why PAWSA is at the forefront of the minimal tech house movement. In 2020 alone, PAWSA has flipped just about everything, from a swinging […]

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Good Morning Mix: Claude VonStroke provides Movement 2014’s finale

Count on Claude VonStroke to get the party started, and, equally important, to keep it going. Crowd transfixion is a part of VonStroke’s pedigree, and while examples of his ability to set a vibe are various and certainly more recent, Dancing Astronaut harkens back to the Dirtybird head honcho’s closing set from Movement 2014’s Beatport […]

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i_o appeals to the senses with ‘NRG 444’ [Stream]

Electronic stimulus hits its climax in, NRG 444, the second installment of i_o’s EP three-part EP series. The vocal loop that fervently cycles in “Another Level”—“I be on another level”—is an apt descriptor of i_o’s sonic approach on NRG 444. The industrial UK drive of the EP’s thumping techno pulse deviates from the acid techno […]

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Testpilot, Dixon, Damian Lazarus, Peggy Gou featured on Coachella’s Yuma tent lineup

Coachella started 2020 on a high note with the delivery of the festival’s full lineup for the year. Rage Against The Machine, Travis Scott, and Frank Ocean assume headlining duties, backed by an exceptionally well-rounded billing of today’s top hip-hop, electronic, and indie acts. Now, the festival has shared its Yuma tent lineup, which features […]

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Techno Tuesday: navigating the LA Underground, according to the stalwarts behind WORK & 6AM Group

Techno Tuesday is a feature on Dancing Astronaut documenting the culture of underground dance music. We’ll bring you exclusive interviews, tracks, and narratives from artists within the techno, tech house, and deep house world in an effort to shed light on some of the best talent outside the world of mainstream dance music. Throwing events in […]

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Meet the talent of Ocaso Festival: Lee Reynolds

Tamarindo, Costa Rica will ring in the new year with another dose of underground dance music with Ocaso‘s arrival on January 2 to the coastal town. The five-day festival has grown over the years into a veritable institution within the Central American house and techno scene, with curious travelers from around the globe visiting each year. […]

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Meet the talent of Ocaso Festival: Magdalena

Tamarindo, Costa Rica will ring in the new year with another dose of underground dance music with Ocaso‘s arrival on January 2 to the coastal town. The five-day festival has grown over the years into a veritable institution within the Central American house and techno scene, with curious travelers from around the globe visiting each […]

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Techno Tuesday: Diving into the world of improv techno with 999999999

Techno Tuesday is a feature on Dancing Astronaut documenting the culture of underground dance music. We’ll bring you exclusive interviews, tracks, and narratives from artists within the techno, tech house, and deep house world in an effort to shed light on some of the best talent outside the world of mainstream dance music. It’s hard to […]

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These are 10 filthy, yet underrated techno acts you should be listening to

A new era of dance music is settling into the United States — the commercialization of mainstream dance music known as the “EDM Boom” is slowly dying down, boutique and destination festivals have become the newest types of trendy gatherings, and moreover, we’re seeing tech house and live-infused electronica rise up as the new favored sounds […]

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In Anima – Void Observatory (Pisetzky Remix)

A melodic, trancier form of tech has been taking the dance world by storm as of late, with an outpouring of skilled artists made visible by the likes of Tale Of Us, Mind Against, Âme, Dixon, and more. In Anima are one such act operating below surface who are behind some destructive weapons in their […]

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Movement Afters? Dancing Astronaut is here with a comprehensive, yet well-curated guide

Memorial Day Weekend is fast approaching for the city of Detroit. Soon, thousands of house and techno fans will embark on their annual pilgrimage to Movement Festival in order to celebrate their music of choice in its very birthplace. The festival itself is going to be quite the thrill; talent from all over the house […]

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Get to know your Desert Hearts: Doc Martin & Lubelski

It’s hard to believe that Desert Hearts is already crossing into its fifth birthday. The Southern Californian transformational brand has grown from a humble, grassroots gathering into a veritable institution over its half-decade of existence, and only continues to thrive with its City Hearts offshoots. Now, Mikey, Lee, Marbs, and Pork Chop are celebrating their brainchild’s birthday […]

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Get to know your Desert Hearts: Lee Reynolds & Egyptian Lover

It’s hard to believe that Desert Hearts is already crossing into its fifth birthday. The Southern Californian transformational brand has grown from a humble, grassroots gathering into a veritable institution over its half-decade of existence, and only continues to thrive with its City Hearts offshoots. Now, Mikey, Lee, Marbs, and Pork Chop are celebrating their brainchild’s birthday […]

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Beyond The Booth 011: Kicking it with UMEK

Beyond the Booth is a feature dedicated to the hidden side of artists that exists outside electronic music— a side rarely discussed with those outside their immediate circle. We venture “beyond the booth,” so to speak, and dive into their deepest passions that tie into their unique personalities. After some self-introspection, each participant then returns to […]

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Post vs Pop: the growing divide within EDM

2017 marked a tumultuous year in EDM’s history. With artists like Kygo, Martin Garrix, DJ Snake, and The Chainsmokers all enjoying streaming counts ascending into the hundred millions — some even reaching one billion — the genre has never reached such ubiquitous popularity. But as it continues to evolve, it’s evident that growing factions within it have become increasingly entrenched, and […]

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