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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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Scene rising: Ocaso Music Festival is a testament to the searing underground potential of Costa Rica

Tamarindo, Costa Rica’s Ocaso Music Festival is already finding its sweet spot.Such a feat is not an easy one to accomplish — especially in an increasingly saturated festival market where success rides a fine line of talent booking, production, and risk-taking. Nailing a major festival production can take years, even with a strong team and a prime location. However, Ocaso […]

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DA Presents: 15 artists that rocked the underground in 2017

 1DA Presents: 15 artists that rocked the underground in 2017Dance music’s second wind persists at a seemingly endless rate. In fact, its current boom has resulted in a complete infusion of the genre and into the fabric of the mainstream; megastars like Calvin Harris, The Chainsmokers, and Kygo have helped shepherd in a new age […]

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Involve Records releases 5 year anniversary compilation CD

Involve Records has released a 5 year anniversary compilation to celebrate their genesis as a record label. The Madrid, Spain record label has chartered groundbreaking territory in the global techno-sphere since 2012. With releases from such artists as Jay Lumen, Alan Fitzpatrick, and Marco Bailey, Involve has planted themselves as an independent powerhouse in the […]

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DGTL unveils diverse lineup for its 2018 Amsterdam edition

DGTL will return to the NDSM Docklands Easter Weekend of 2018 to host the sixth iteration of its flagship Amsterdam edition. The three-day affair is slated for March 30–April 1. An expose of Amsterdam’s vibrant European dance scene, DGTL will once more refract underground warehouse culture through an eco-artistic lens, presenting nouveau art installations and […]

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Explore Destructo’s personal record crate with this new ‘OG Underground’ playlist

Before Destructo became the king of west coast dance events and G-house’s popular champion, Gary Richards resumé already boasted the legwork that galvanized the 1990’s rave scene, creating and operating his own label, as well as a co-sign from Rick Rubin to lead Def American’s early electronic A&R channel. Richards is effectively a living time capsule of […]

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Black Coffee speaks on nurturing new talent, the South African dance scene, and more [Interview]

The name “Black Coffee” has been one of high interest as of late on the house circuit. Cutting his teeth in the South African underground during his youth, the beloved icon — born Nkosinathi (Nathi) Maphumulo — initially broke into the scene in the early 2000s and worked his way into becoming a household name around just […]

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A day-by-day look at Sonus’ magic [Festival Review]

 1A day-by-day look at Sonus' magic (Festival Review)Sonus has become an underground jewel of sorts of the Croatian festival scene within just five years of operation. This notion was evidenced physically by the thousands of partygoers flooded into the surrounding town of Novalja as the festival commenced its milestone fifth anniversary celebrations at the nearby Zrce […]

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Beyond the Booth 001: Coyu goes to bat for the cat cause

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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DA Premiere: Mark Reeve – Don’t You Want My Love

Drumcode alumni Mark Reeve has found his way onto Pig&Dan‘s Elevate imprint for his latest release, a two-tracker by the name of Don’t You Want My Love.He opens the EP with an infectiously groovy and anthemic title track, whose nature is enhanced by soulful, classic-inspired vocal samples and a downward melodic progression played out by subtle […]

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