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A stage jump took a wrong turn for Martin Garrix early Sunday morning, May 26, when the artist ended up injuring his ankle to the point of needing medical attention during his set at Omnia Las Vegas. He’d thought the injury wasn’t so bad at first, opting to hobble around throughout the rest of his performance, but eventually the pain and swelling grew bad enough for him to cut his show early. A video from his social media shows him leaving the club in an ambulance to take care of the injury. Word remains as to the exact severity, but it looks like he might have broken a bone.
Garrix currently has a residency at Omnia, among a few other festival performances throughout the summer season. He’s since updated fans saying he’s fine, so it appears gig cancellation has been avoided. In the meantime, fans can listen to his new single with Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump and Macklemore.
Back in 2012, Skrillex had just been crowned an EDM superstar. His unique brand of raucous dubstep was dominating the charts and social media alike. Of course, those familiar with how social media treats superstars will remember that the trolls had Skrillex in their crosshairs as well.
Success breeds contempt on the internet, and Twitter A&R was ready to typecast Skrillex—real name Sonny Moore—as nothing more than a dubstep producer who made his name on spectacle rather than substance. Moore, however, didn’t feed the fire with his own internet assault, as so many of his peers would have done. Instead, he threw everyone a curveball. Not only did he collaborate with Boys Noize, a bonafide legend on a new project called Dog Blood, but he also invented an entirely new genre entitled “electronic-core-rave-metal” with his new German cohort.
Naysayers would contend that this project and genre were equivalent to Moore’s previous work: eye- and ear-catching for no reason other than a claim to originality. Looking back though, it’s clear this project was born from a love of music and chemistry he shared with Boys Noize, aka Alexander Ridha. Dog Blood never embarked on a worldwide, 200-date tour, and to this day, they haven’t even put out five releases. This project demonstrates the best parts of music culture: mutual respect among talented artists leading to fresh, innovative music.
Now there is a new four-track EP from Dog Blood just around the corner. To honor the release from this dance music supergroup, Dancing Astronaut looks back at a sunrise set from the pair at Monegros in 2014. Adopting an entirely different vibe than Dog Blood sets are known for, these 90 minutes prove that Moore and Ridha shared undeniable chemistry as DJs and that their taste goes deeper than any naysayer would care to look.
DOG BLOOD 7AM dj-set @ MONEGROS 2014 - SoundCloud (5493 secs long, 222796 plays)Play in SoundCloud
When bigroom connoisseur KSHMR and progressive house veteran KAAZE join together in the same studio, the result is otherworldly. After taunting both fanbases for months on end about the impending collaboration, the two powerhouses have officially compounded alongside one of dance music’s most distinguished songstresses in Karra for “Devil Inside Me”.
The lead melody used throughout “Devil Inside Me” may become instantaneously recognizable for some as the trio samples elements of the traditional Jewish ballad, “Shalom Alechem”. Karra’s commanding as ever vocals bring forth a consoling atmosphere to the anthem as intricately composed synths are drenched throughout the track’s bigroom hybrid drop and a haunting breakdown creates a moment of serenity before progressing back into another earthquake-inducing chorus. “Devil Inside Me” decisively satiates fan’s expectations for a long-awaited collaboration between KSHMR and KAAZE as they skillfully merge their discernible production styles into one remarkable effort.
Marco Carola paid a brief visit to an Ibiza court on May 22 to deny recent accusations made against him by Amnesia Ibiza and It’s All About The Music SL of contract breach. The drama surfaced about a week prior to his meeting with judges, when the two entities joined in suing him for setting a residency up at rival club Pacha. His current contracts with the superclub and the promoter forbid him from performing anywhere else on the island aside from Amnesia, and had been backed by court orders earlier.
This case is particularly problematic, because Carola has over two dozen shows planned on the island throughout the season. Each time he plays outside his contractual confines, he risks fines upwards of €2.4 million. It’s All About The Music requested full seizure of Carola’s assets while the case goes to court, but the defendant’s lawyers have been able to block the motion thus far on account of him not qualifying for such drastic measures. At the low end of the monestary spectrum, should Marco lose the case, he’d owe at least €6.6 million in damages to both Amnesia and It’s All About The Music.
Both the plaintiffs and defendants have either denied or not returned media requests for further comment.
Little Black Mirror is a Black Mirror spin-off debuting on YouTube’s América Latina channel in partnership with Netflix. It stars a wide array of Latinx social media stars like Lele Pons and Juanpa Zurita. A more shocking guest star, however, seems to be Swedish hitmaker Alesso. The DJ is shown in a few clips during the trilogy’s preview, which has been tempoarily taken down, alluding to him playing a lifelike role in the series per his appearances behind the decks.
The spin-off series is scored and directed by Randy Mancuso, and follows arcs inspired by the original. It’s geared toward Spanish-speaking fans, but is ultimately accessible to everyone. Episodes are set to air on May 26, June 2, and June 6; right around when the fifth season of Black Mirror debuts on Netflix.
Ushered in by those four words, Drezo introduces his vision of life after death with a brand new single, “Afterlife.” With a searing bassline and intimidating vocals, Drezo’s shadowy and sinister style is exhibited brilliantly in “Afterlife.” The single follows his December 2018 remix of Gesaffelstein‘s “Aleph,” which quickly racked up thousands of plays across streaming platforms as Drezo paid homage via this “ode to the king.”
As the vocals tease in the latest single, “this is just the beginning.” “Afterlife” is the first single from his forthcoming five-track EP, Omens. Additionally, the EP will be the first in a series of volumes, so fans can celebrate new Drezo material is coming down the pipeline.
Memorial Day Weekend: the drinks are cold, the music loud, and your playlist? That’s covered. Babysitting the aux becomes a thing of holiday weekends’ past, as Adventure Club link with Dancing Astronaut to craft an exclusive Orbit Playlist packed with crowd pleasers. The electronic music duo sets the tone with the metallic grit of opening cut, Proxy‘s “Shake It.” From there, Adventure Club shuffle through a number of high powered original productions from Ekali, Illenium, Dabin, SG Lewis, A-Trak, while intermingling some of their own sonic efforts along the way.
Adventure Club’s Crankdat collaboration, “Next Life,” gets some sonic showtime, as does the pair’s joint project with Snails, “Follow Me,” which serves as the formidable finale to the 20-track playlist. The Florals remix of Adventure Club and Modern Machines‘ “MakeDamnSure” likewise surfaces, to round out the collection of Adventure Club catalog inclusions. Adventure Club’s Orbit Playlist is the pregame friendly precursor to the duo’s highly anticipated appearance at Atlantic City’s HQ2 Beachclub on May 26. Adventure Club’s set is a Memorial Day Weekend must-attend: grab tickets to the event, here.
“Birthright” made its widespread debut on May 24 via Enormous Tunes, featuring a moving piano melody and a subdued house beat. The ebbs and flows of the song are highlighted by scattered synth notes and percussion fading out into the background, allowing for the emotive elements of the track to shine through.
The South African-Swiss producer has released the single in two formats: a radio mix and an original club mix. Fans of longer-format dance music will delight in the seven-plus-minute length of the club mix, whereas those looking to a enjoy a more condensed form of the song can do so via the radio mix.
Three of hip-hop’s established stars just released what could be one of the most exciting singles of 2019. “The London” by Young Thug with stalwart guests J. Cole and Travis Scott on features is an upbeat club-rap anthem that displays the versatility of its credited artists.
Beginning with a hook using Scott’s cruising auto-tune, the verses from Cole and Thug that follow (in that order) represent the ability of both artists to adapt their vocal work. Fans of each would note that Cole and Thug’s respective flows are often the inverse of each other, with Cole known for his smooth and heartfelt lyricism, while Thug is harsher and choppier. For this track, however, the two have found a middle ground that complements their different styles and enhances the track overall.
Chris Lake continues to define and perfect tech house with his latest release “Stay With Me.” The producer is fresh off of his EDC Las Vegas set, and looks forward to a b2b set with FISHER in NYC, which sold out in less than a day.
The track initially follows the layout one might expect from Chris Lake, encapsulating the listener in a pulsing tech house backdrop with groovy basslines and soaring vocals. It builds and builds upon itself until climax, when it explodes into a robotic, melody-laced cacophony of synth riffs and heady percussion. It’s a piece built for live performance, and is expected to rile up dancefloors in NYC and across the world as Lake continues his joint tour.