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It’s safe to attest that the techno community at-large, if not unanimously, would consider 2018 to be a banner year for Pleasurekraft. After years of honing their brand of cosmic techno, the transnational duo finally released their debut album, the momentous Friends, Lovers, & Other Constellations. Alongside this career milestone, Kaveh Soroush and Kalle Ronngardh backed a number of spectacular releases from artists with a similarly acute taste for the genre on their Kraftek imprint, ensuring that the sonic fountain never ran dry for their global audience.

As Soroush and Ronngardh calibrate their astral trajectory for 2019, they are revisiting the strategies — and the music — which ensured their success last year; On January 25, Kraftek will release a remix EP for their seminal album, featuring a smorgasbord of familiar Kraftek signees alongside likeminded heavyweights. Ahead of the EP’s official debut, Dancing Astronaut is proud to present two exceptional efforts from Noir and Spektre.

While this release will mark Noir’s virginal contribution to Kraftek, he is anything but a newcomer to the techno realm. Over the past 15 years, the veteran Danish producer has instrumental in advancing underground dance music through his umbral, often acidic productions. Fittingly, his remix takes on one of the original album’s more retro-inspired selections, “The Razor’s Edge.” Centering his interpretation around Pleasurekraft’s melodic elements and vocal samples, Noir reaffirms the veracity of his moniker via menacing bass-lines, haunting staccato synthesis, and ever-dominant percussion.

British techno bellwethers Spektre are no strangers to Kraftek. Indeed, Pleasurekraft selected the duo to provide their label’s final EP of 2018, Realm of Consciousness, the lead single of which still sits comfortably near the top of Beatport’s techno chart two months after its release. Rightfully, Spektre take the reins to transform one of the most remarkable tracks from Friends, Lovers, & Other Constellations. On the album, G.O.D. (Gospel of Doubt) is split across two parts — a mellifluous introduction and a chaotic club opus, each revolving around a TED talk of the same name by writer Casey Gerald. Channeling the dark exuberance of their recent Kraftek release, Spektre dispense with formalities and dive right into a raucous techno offering. Built on a foundation of quaking percussion and classic, overpowering rave synth-work, Spektre’s remix never falters in energy, and succeeds in the lofty task of doing justice to Pleasurekraft’s original.

Preorder the remix EP here, and revisit the original LP — one of our Top 10 albums of 2018 — below. 

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Just months after the release of LSD‘s stroke of “Genius,” the power trio has resurrected the track, this time with a twist. The group has enlisted another member of pop monarchy, the recently resurfaced Lil Wayne, to bump the track up a few more ancillary IQ points.

Diplo‘s string synths and bumping kicks provide a momentous pedestal for the rap icon’s flippant rhyming. Weezy’s contributing intro verse is a lesson in brevity. In under 25 seconds, the rapper spits his peace and ducks out, giving way to Sia and Labrinth’s prevailing, full-bodied croons. Tha Carter V creator also materializes in the new video accompaniment as a floating, dreadlocked wizard, complete with the trio’s signature breathing colors and off-the-wall animation.

Just four tracks into their auspicious union, LSD has seized the attention of both electronic and pop patrons. With Diplo’s soon-to-be-disbanded Major Lazer project on the backburner, there’s likely to be lots more LSD on the tips of our tongues in coming months.

LSD - Genius (Lil Wayne Remix) ft. Lil Wayne, Sia, Diplo, Labrinth - YouTube

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Drum & bass continues to assert its dominance worldwide, most recently with the genre’s first-ever Beatport No. 1, courtesy of Benny L.

The Hospital Records artist’s hefty remix of John Holt’s reggae classic, “Police In Helicopter,” shot to the top of the Beatport ranks, knocking chart-topping house artists like Rebuke and ARTBAT out of the way to claim the No. 1 spot. This is a drum & bass milestone for the Beatport Top 100, which is typically dominated by assorted genres of house music.

“To see it at the top of the multi-genre chart on Beatport is truly amazing,” Benny L says of the track. “I never thought it would get this far.”

The drum & bass community likely saw this achievement coming, though. Benny L was recently named “Best Newcomer” at the recent Drum&BassArena Awards and has been on the rise through labels like Metalheadz and Audioporn Records.

The chart-topping remix is part of Hospital Records’ Sick Music 2019 compilation and came out January 11.

John Holt - Police In Helicopter (Benny L Remix) - SoundCloud
(150 secs long, 18577 plays)Play in SoundCloud

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Holy Ship! 12.0 was truly one for the books. With an even mixture of new and old faces across DJs and attendees, the vibe felt particularly special this time around, with talent from Mikey Lion to The Black Madonna all gushing about the magic that transpired over the weekend. The programming was as on point as the open, jubilant crowd, with a myriad of hidden stages, activity areas, and well-planned DJ sets happening all across the ship’s decks to create an even, enduring flow for all four days. Ultimately, the vibrant energy output by all involved—from the #shipfam, to the crew—made for yet another unforgettable voyage to the Bahamas.

While picking top moments of the festival feels akin to being forced to pick a favorite child, we masochistically put ourselves to the task and selected five highlights of 12.0. Without further ado…

JAUZ, Slander, and more at Bite This for an epic B2B

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JAUZ went all out for his set at Bite This stage, playing more-or-less a producer’s set with mostly his own productions. While he’d already gotten off to a great start, onlookers got to witnessed something magical. Slander joined the bass house don on stage, followed by Holy Goof and Skepsis for what wound up being one of the most epic B2Bs of the weekend. We’re pretty sure people’s necks and feet still hurt from the chaos.

Claude VonStroke doing what he does best

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Claude VonStroke played multiple times throughout Holy Ship! 12.0. Two moments were especially memorable, however. At the DIRTYBIRD private beach party, the label boss worked some serious wizardry behind the decks. This same atmosphere was present, and even more amplified, as the voyage came to a close and he took over the Theater stage with boisterous ease.  The energy in the crowd almost created a full-on second wind.

 NGHTMRE doing some damage on the Pool Deck

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Ironically, NGHTMRE’s sailaway set was actually something out of a dream. Each tune he selected was an absolute knocker, be it his own original works, or numbers like Slander’s “Zombie,” which made the crowd completely lose it. Even more cerebral was that we got the chance to watch it from the 17th floor outside deck, which made the visuals completely surreal.

 JOYRYDE brings out the hidden gems

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Those in attendance of JOYRYDE’s two Holy Ship! performances were lucky enough to catch a special preview of his upcoming album, Brave. The swiftly-rising producer pulled out a ton of IDs in each, treating his onlookers to a fresh, unheard of aural feast. Pairing with the tunes was both of his crowds’ energies. There was no stopping of the wild dancing that night, and snatching snippets of the night to look back on afterward.

Heroic substitution by Habstrakt

Credit: Oh Dag Yo

Sadness could be felt across the Shipfam when news arose of Audien missing the cruise due to sickness. That being said, the Holy Ship! crew had an excellent substitute up its sleeve: Habstrakt. The classically-trained Frenchman read his crowd with ease, throwing down some three of the weekend’s most noteworthy sets that, while wildly varied stylistically and through track selection, remained connected in their wildness. One might even say him coming on board was a blessing in disguise.

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British DJ, SUAT welcomed Prime Minister Theresa May’s Commons defeat with a 30 minute, Facebook live streamed “Brexit DJ set.” After May’s Brexit proposal was rejected by 230 votes, she was cast to a no confidence vote, of which she survived today, keeping her in office.

As protesters gathered outside the Parliament buildings, SUAT took to his turntables and Facebook live for an impromptu house DJ set as members of parliament voted. The cleverly positioned set amassed 150,000 views in a short period of time as the world reacted to May’s Brexit proposal defeat. 10 minutes into the set, police arrive and SUAT doesn’t miss a beat, continuing to dance and have a casual conversation with the officers. They let him carry on, so his lighthearted explanation seemed to have quickly checked out. Also, the set is pretty damn good, so perhaps the fuzz was just looking to get down with SUAT during the landslide vote.

H/T: NME

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Lately Aphex Twin has been at the center of a whirlwind of activity that, to date, has included the release of two brand spanking new edits of “Avril 14th,” and an ensuing original single dubbed “Mangle 11.” To further fan the Aphex flames, the producer, born Richard David James, also announced a series of upcoming live performances, signaling his return to the festival circuit in 2019. Aphex Twin notably graces Coachella’s 2019 lineup, and will also handle headlining duties alongside Massive Attack at Mexico City’s Ceremonia Festival in April.

2019 is evidently shaping up to be a big year for Aphex Twin, with his recent nomination for a 2019 BRIT Award. Aphex will vie with fellow nominees Craig David, George Ezra, Giggs, and Sam Smith for the BRIT award for “Best Male Solo Artist.” The third time might just prove a charm for Aphex Twin, who previously received nods in the same category in 2002 and 2016. The 2019 BRIT Awards will take place on February 20 at The O2 in London.

The Collapse producer is also preparing to perform in New York City for the first time in 20 years. The acclaimed electronic entity will close the gap between his last live performance in New York during the 1990’s and 2019 at Avant Gardner in Brooklyn. Slated for April 11, the show will also mark Aphex Twin’s first appearance in the US since his set at Houston’s Day For Night festival in 2016. Tickets to Aphex Twin’s Avant Gardner show will go on sale January 18 at 10 AM EST, here.

H/T: Mixmag

Featured Image: Roger Ho

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The Chainsmokers don’t keep fans waiting for long when it comes to new music releases. They have managed to perpetually place music lovers on their toes thanks to a wide spectrum of genre-spanning releases, including country music, pop, and dubstep collaborations, in addition to their feel-good electronic crossover releases. Drew Taggart and Alex Pall seemingly have another new track loaded in the relase cannon, as they recently tweeted out that they had a studio session with blink-182 that proved exceptionally fruitful.

Just did a session with blink182 and wrote an amazing song. We can die happy now

— THE CHAINSMOKERS (@TheChainsmokers) January 17, 2019

The track would not be blink-182‘s first electronic music collaboration, as the “All The Small Things” creators released “Why Are We So Broken” from Steve Aoki‘s most recent album.

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ANNA has hit a huge milestone in her career. This week, the Brazilian-born, Barcelona-based techno artist has taken the reigns for the first time on BBC Radio 1 for an inaugural Essential Mix. She has put her unique knowledge of the global techno arena on display, incorporating the sounds of São Paolo, Berlin, and South Africa as well as her own music across the two-hour long mix. This accomplishment serves as another reminder that with ANNA on the decks, something new and transcendent is bound to be discovered. Of course, this includes her own remix of Jon Hopkins’ “Singularity,” but it only begins there. Other blistering records spun on the show include her atmospheric single “Hidden Beauties,” “Artha,” and her edit to Fairmont’s “Gazebo.”

Listen to ANNA’s Essential Mix here.

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Valentino Khan and Kayzo have given us a musical shot of “Novocaine.” It serves as their first release of the year. Both artists are known for their heavy-hitting releases, and this collaboration is no exception thanks to its intense drops and unrelenting energy. The track begins with hardstyle-influenced kicks that lead into jarring and distorted synths, effectively numbing the eardrums before drilling into the sonic cavity with a heavy dose of bass.

Khan and Kayzo have recently announced big tour plans, with Khan making his debut at the legendary Hollywood Palladium and Kayzo embarking upon an ‘Unleashed’ tour, which he’s advised will contain the biggest production he has had for a show yet. “Novocaine” will be a fitting addition to the artist’s respective sets, and the track is out now via Diplo‘s Mad Decent.

Photo Credit: Terry Beeman

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