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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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Don Diablo releases ‘Generation HEX 005’ compilation album

Hexagon label head Don Diablo has released the fifth edition of Generation HEX. The compilation series is a sought-after effort by the prodigious producer to uncover underground artists and provide them with an ample amount of well-deserved exposure. All of the contributions in the collection have been previously released on Diablo’s imprint, while previous compilation albums have consisted of artists like Sagan, Tom & Jame, […]

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The Warehouse Project releases heavy opening weekend lineup – Ben Klock, The Martinez Brothers, and more

The Warehouse Project has given music fans something to look forward to come its opening in September. Two LCD Soundsystem shows on September 16 and 17 have already sold out, already signaling a bountiful season for the Manchester promoters.House and techno fans are allowed their time to revel in The Warehouse Project’s opening glory the […]

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Dancing Astronaut’s 5 Under 5k: Vol. 21

5 Under 5k is a feature on Dancing Astronaut dedicated to spotlighting talented upcoming and undiscovered artists who we believe deserve more exposure. Each edition of 5 Under 5k will highlight five artists from a wide variety of genres with under 5,000 followers on SoundCloud (at the time of writing).Xie (4,314) is a woman of many […]

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Bassnectar releases tracks with G Jones and Dorfex Bos from ‘Reflective’ EP

There has always been the presence of a yin and yang in Lorin Ashton’s music. The very name, Bassnectar, reflects the duality of his work, towing the line between formidable and mellifluous bass-strewn sensibilities. These two sides of Ashton’s prophetic musical coin are apparent in his newest pair of productions, both of which will appear on […]

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