Yotto exercises poignancy on Faithless’ ‘I Need Someone’

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Faithlesshighly anticipated return last October was a surefire testament to their status as British electronica pioneers. With their first studio album in a decade, All Blessed, still circulating the airwaves, the continued campaign run has seen the legendary group recruit a slew of contemporary titans to assist them, with Cristoph, Maceo Plex, Alok, and more providing reworks to album tracks. The latest to step up: Yotto.

Taking on Nathan Ball and Caleb Femi-featured single “I Need Someone,” Yotto showcases his deep and melodic roots in their utmost poignancy, contrasting club-attuned drums with nostalgic synth layers. First dispersing the remix during his recent Finnish winter DJ set expedition, the Odd One Out spearhead solidifies his production stronghold on an update lauded by Faithless as “a masterclass in deep, brooding hypnotic grooves.”

Stream Yotto’s remix now.

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Grammys 2021 winners: here’s the full list

The winners at the 2021 Grammy awards have been revealed.

Last night (15th March), the 63rd annual Grammy Awards took place at the Los Angeles Convention Center for the first ever semi-virtual event in the awards’ history.

Among the award winners were Megan Thee Stallion, who took home the award for Best Rap Song for her track with Beyoncé, ‘Savage’, with the Texan rapper also taking home the award for Best New Artist.

Elsewhere, Nas took home the award for Best Rap Album, with Brainfeeder’s Thundercat scooping the gong for Best Progressive R&B Album.

In the Electronic categories, Canadian DJ/producer Kaytranada took home two awards: one for the Best Dance/Electronic Album for his LP ‘Bubba’ — making him the first Black artist to ever receive the award — and Best Dance Recording for his track “10%,” featuring Kali Uchis.

You can see the full list of winners below, and check out the acceptance speeches here.

In November last year, it was announced that The Best World Music Album category was being renamed to Best Global Music Album at the Grammy Awards going forward, to avoid, the Recording Academy says, “connotations of colonialism”. The change to the category’s name followed on from the Recording Academy’s decision to also remove the word “urban” from its award categories, with categories like Best Urban Contemporary Album becoming Best Progressive R&B Album.

Record of the year

Beyoncé – Black Parade

Black Pumas – Colors

DaBaby featuring Roddy Ricch– Rockstar

Doja Cat – Say So

Billie Eilish – Everything I Wanted – WINNER

Dua Lipa – Don’t Start Now

Post Malone – Circles

Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé – Savage


Album of the year

Jhené Aiko – Chilombo

Black Pumas – Black Pumas

Coldplay – Everyday Life

Jacob Collier – Djesse Vol 3

Haim – Women in Music Pt III

Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia

Post Malone – Hollywood’s Bleeding

Taylor Swift – Folklore – WINNER


Best R&B performance

Jhene Aiko featuring John Legend – Lightning & Thunder

Beyoncé – Black Parade – WINNER

Jacob Collier featuring Mahalia & Ty Dolla $ign – All I Need

Brittany Howard – Goat Head

Emily King – See Me


Best pop vocal album

Justin Bieber – Changes

Lady Gaga – Chromatica

Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia – WINNER

Harry Styles – Fine Line

Taylor Swift – Folklore


Best rap performance

Big Sean featuring Nipsey Hussle – Reverence

DaBaby – Bop

Jack Harlow – What’s Poppin

Lil Baby – The Bigger Picture

Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé – Savage – WINNER

Pop Smoke – Dior


Song of the year

Beyoncé – Black Parade

Roddy Ricch – The Box

Taylor Swift – Cardigan

Post Malone – Circles

Dua Lipa – Don’t Start Now

Billie Eilish – Everything I Wanted

HER – I Can’t Breathe – WINNER

JP Saxe featuring Julia Michaels – If the World Was Ending


Best Latin pop or urban album


Camilo — Por Primera Vez

Kany García — Mesa Para Dos

Ricky Martin — Pausa

Debi Nova — 3:33


Best melodic rap performance

DaBaby featuring Roddy Ricch – Rockstar

Drake featuring Lil Durk – Laugh Now, Cry Later

Anderson .Paak – Lockdown – WINNER

Roddy Ricch – The Box

Travis Scott – Highest in the Room


Best pop solo performance

Justin Bieber – Yummy

Doja Cat – Say So

Billie Eilish – Everything I Wanted

Dua Lipa – Don’t Start Now

Harry Styles – Watermelon Sugar – WINNER

Taylor Swift – cardigan


Best country album

Ingrid Andress – Lady Like

Brandy Clark – Your Life Is a Record

Miranda Lambert – Wildcard – WINNER

Little Big Town – Nightfall

Ashley McBryde – Never Will


Best new artist

Ingrid Andress

Phoebe Bridgers


Noah Cyrus

D Smoke

Doja Cat


Megan Thee Stallion – WINNER


Best pop duo/group performance

J Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny and Tainy – Un Dia (One Day)

Justin Bieber featuring Quavo – Intentions

BTS – Dynamite

Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande – Rain On Me – WINNER

Taylor Swift featuring Bon Iver – Exile


Best traditional pop vocal album

James Taylor – American Standard – WINNER

Burt Bacharach and Daniel Tashian – Blue Umbrella

Harry Connick Jr – True Love: A Celebration of Cole Porter

Rufus Wainwright – Unfollow the Rules

Renée Zellweger – Judy


Best dance/electronic album

Arca – Kick I

Baauer – Planet’s Mad

Disclosure – Energy

Kaytranada – Bubba – WINNER

Madeon – Good Faith


Best rock performance

Fiona Apple – Shameika – WINNER

Big Thief – Not

Phoebe Bridgers – Kyoto

Haim – The Steps

Brittany Howard – Stay High

Grace Potter – Daylight


Best metal performance

Body Count – Bum-Rush – WINNER

Code Orange – Underneath

In This Moment – The In-Between

Poppy – Bloodmoney

Power Trip – Executioner’s Tax (Swing of the Axe) – Live


Best rock song

Phoebe Bridgers – Kyoto

Tame Impala – Lost in Yesterday

Big Thief – Not

Fiona Apple – Shameika

Brittany Howard – Stay High – WINNER


Best rock album

Fontaines DC – A Hero’s Death,

Michael Kiwanuka – Kiwanuka

Grace Potter – Daylight

Sturgill Simpson – Sound & Fury

The Strokes – The New Abnormal – WINNER


Best alternative music album

Fiona Apple – Fetch the Bolt Cutters – WINNER

Beck – Hyperspace

Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher

Brittany Howard – Jaime

Tame Impala – The Slow Rush


Best progressive R&B album

Thundercat – It Is What It Is – WINNER

Jhené Aiko – Chilombo

Chloe x Halle – Ungodly Hour

Free Nationals – Free Nationals

Robert Glasper – F*** Yo Feelings


Best R&B song

Robert Glasper featuring H.E.R. & Meshell Ndegeocello – Better Than I Imagine – WINNER

Beyoncé – Black Parade

Tiana Major9 and EARTHGANG – Collide

Chloe x Halle – Do It

Skip Marley and HER – Slow Down


Best R&B album

Ant Clemons – Happy 2 Be Here

Giveon – Take Time

Luke James – To Feel Love/d

John Legend – Bigger Love – WINNER

Gregory Porter – All Rise


Best rap album

D Smoke – Black Habits

Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist – Alfredo

Jay Electronica – A Written Testimony

Nas – King’s Disease – WINNER

Royce Da 5’9” – The Allegory


Best rap performance

Big Sean featuring Nipsey Hussle – Reverence

DaBaby – Bop

Jack Harlow – What’s Poppin

Lil Baby – The Bigger Picture

Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé – Savage – WINNER

Pop Smoke – Dior


Best country solo performance

Eric Church – Stick That in Your Country Song

Brandy Clark – Who You Thought I Was

Vince Gill – When My Amy Prays – WINNER

Mickey Guyton – Black Like Me

Miranda Lambert – Bluebird


Best country duo / group performance

Brothers Osborne – All Night

Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber – 10,000 Hours – WINNER

Lady A – Ocean

Little Big Town – Sugar Coat

Old Dominion – Some People Do


Best country song

Miranda Lambert – Bluebird

Maren Morris – The Bones

The Highwomen – Crowded Table – WINNER

Ingrid Andress — More Hearts Than Mine

Old Dominion — Some People Do


Best jazz vocal album

Thana Alexa – Ona

Kurt Elling featuring Danilo Pérez – Secrets Are the Best Stories – WINNER

Carmen Lundy – Modern Ancestors

Somi with Frankfurt Radio Big Band – Holy Room: Live at Alte Oper

Kenny Washington – What’s the Hurry


Best Latin jazz album

Afro-Peruvian Jazz Orchestra – Tradiciones

Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra – Four Questions – WINNER

Chico Pinheiro – City of Dreams

Gonzalo Rubalcaba & Aymee Nuviola – Viento y Tiempo — Live at Blue Note Tokyo

Poncho Sanchez – Trane’s Delight


Best gospel album

Anthony Brown & group therAPy – 2econd Wind: Ready

Myron Butler – My Tribute

Ricky Dillard – Choirmaster

PJ Morton – Gospel According to PJ – WINNER

Kierra Sheard – Kierra


Best contemporary Christian album

Cody Carnes – Run to the Father

Hillsong Young & Free – All of My Best Friends

We the Kingdom – Holy Water

Tauren Wells – Citizen of Heaven

Kanye West – Jesus Is King – WINNER


Best Latin rock or alternative album

Bajofondo – Aura

Cami – Monstruo

Cultura Profética – Sobrevolando

Fito Paez – La Conquista del Espacio – WINNER

Lido Pimienta – Miss Colombia


Best tropical Latin album

José Alberto “El Ruisenor” – Mi Tumbao

Edwin Bonilla – Infinito

Jorge Celedon & Sergio Luis – Sigo Cantando al Almor (Deluxe)

Grupo Niche – 40 – WINNER

Víctor Manuelle – Memorias de Navidad


Best comedy album

Tiffany Haddish – Black Mitzvah – WINNER

Patton Oswalt – I Love Everything

Jim Gaffigan – The Pale Tourist

Bill Burr – Paper Tiger

Jerry Seinfeld – 23 Hours to Kill


Best music video

Beyoncé – Brown Skin Girl – WINNER

Future featuring Drake – Life Is Good

Anderson .Paak – Lockdown

Harry Styles – Adore You

Woodkid – Goliath


Producer of the year, non-classical

Jack Antonoff

Dan Auerbach

Dave Cobb

Flying Lotus

Andrew Watt – WINNER


Best folk album

Gillian Welch & David Rawlings – All the Good Times – WINNER

Bonny Light Horseman – Bonny Light Horseman

Leonard Cohen – Thanks for the Dance

Laura Marling – Song for Our Daughter

The Secret Sisters – Saturn Return


Best compilation soundtrack for visual media

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood – Various Artists

Bill & Ted Face the Music – Various Artists

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga – Various Artists

Frozen 2 – Various Artists

Jojo Rabbit – Various Artists – WINNER


Best song written for visual media

Taylor Swift – Beautiful Ghosts (from Cats)

Brandi Carlile – Carried Me With You (from Onward)

Idina Menzel and Aurora – Into the Unknown (from Frozen 2)

Billie Eilish – No Time to Die (from No Time to Die) – WINNER

Cynthia Erivo – Stand Up (from Harriet)

Audio Housing Compact One Music Production Desk Updated

Audio Housing let us know that they’ve introduced an updated version of their Compact One music production desk, a custom desk design tailored to the requirements of music and audio production.

The new version features a walnut brown varnish, paired with matte black finish on the visible screws. They told us that they’ve updated the hardware also, to make assembly even easier.

The Compact One is a three level, space-saving desk, featuring dual pull-out trays and integrated cable management.

It is inspired by Scandinavian mid-century design and is designed to accommodate a complete, compact music production setup. It can host most of the 61 keys controllers available, monitors, a computer and several sound modules or other electronic music devices within 115 x 62 x 92 cm (45 x 24,5 x 36 inches).

Pricing and Availability

The Audio Housing Compact One is available for pre-order now for 699€, with delivery expected in late April/early May.

Watch a new documentary on the power of dance music, titled Where Love Lives, this week

A new documentary on the power of dance music, Where Love Lives, is out this week.

Global party brand Glitterbox, founded by Defected boss Simon Dunmore in 2014, is set to release its debut documentary on Thursday (18th) this week, celebrating “music’s enduring power to manifest diverse and inclusive community, and the power of that community to accept and embrace, to liberate, even to save lives.”

Filmed over the course of 18 months in various New York, Ibiza, Paris and London locations, through the stories of Glitterbox’s artists, dancers and queer performers, Where Love Lives explores the importance of subculture spaces, the impact of the AIDs crisis on the queer clubbing community, how moving to London saved members of the LGBTQ+ community, and the importance of nightclubs serving as safe spaces and ‘homes’.

Speaking about the film, director Brilliams said: “I’ve always been fascinated by the positive effects of music and the communities that grow around it. Since the inception of dance music, dancefloors have been rich ground for community, and an incredible representation of cultural identity and self-expression. Everyone has their own journey to the dancefloor and their own voyage of self-expression to navigate. Through the stories of the kaleidoscopic family of performers that give Glitterbox its heart and soul, we set out to show why those journeys are so incredibly important.”

The film features contributions from American actor and performer Billy Porter, DJ/producer Honey Dijon, Kathy Sledge, dancer Lucy Fizz, Studio 54 and Paradise Garage icon, John ‘Jellybean’ Benitez, and many more. 

Where Love Lives will be premiered via YouTube on Thursday 18th March at 4PM GMT. Watch it here.

Free Sound Set For The Modal COBALT8, ‘Baltica’

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Modal Electronics has released Baltica, a new sound set for their COBALT8 line of synthesizers.

Baltica, created in collaboration with sound designer Soundsauca, is available now as a free download from both Soundsauca and Modal.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

“BALTICA includes one hundred synth patches. Music producers and synth performers can play and record with the massive array of warm basses, wide pads, energizing plucks, and soaring leads and new avant-garde synth textures that take full advantage of the unique Extended Virtual-Analogue synth engine with 34 sophisticated algorithms, the morphable 4-pole Ladder Filter and the comprehensive modulation matrix.”

The COBALT8 is available in three variants, with 37 or 61 keys and as rack module.

The Space Station Week 3: The Hood Internet Returns

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This week on The Space Station, we’re kicking things off with a classic blog format long forgotten — the mash up. Notably, the return of The Hood Internet — now with less DMCA takedowns. Dillon Francis continues his unofficial remix tear with a dub up of Dua Lipa’s “We’re Good” and Wuki flips Van Halen and The Weeknd into a top down summer anthem just in time for the sun to start shining.

Introducing The Space Station, our exclusive Audius playlist focused on exposing new and exciting music from independent artists.

Since 2009, Dancing Astronaut has been sharing music for the love of it. Like many electronic music fans, we grew up on Soundcloud. We got our start sharing mash-ups, bootlegs, and remixes from then unknown artists who were pioneering a new style of sound on the internet. Unfortunately, those days are far behind Soundcloud, but our crate-digging and music-sharing obsession is still going strong. And, if you’re anything like us, you’re sick and tired of seeing the same artists populating every EDM playlist on Spotify.

So where do you turn? The answer is simple; AUDIUS.

Finally, there is new platform that’s as exciting as Soundcloud felt during those early years.

Follow Dancing Astronaut on Audius

We’re looking for submissions from creators and producers to submit their music to us to be featured on the playlist. No matter the genre, let us hear what you’re making.

Head over to the /r/audius to submit your tracks.

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HI-LO assembles eclectic cast of ‘Athena’ remixers [Stream]

HI-LO assembles eclectic cast of ‘Athena’ remixers [Stream]Oliver Heldens

On the first Monday of the new year, 2021 met HI-LO a la “Athena.” A crisp, crepuscular flex of Oliver Heldens‘ underground capacities, “Athena” pervaded platforms with a dark finesse. A little over two months have lapsed since the single made its commanding first appearance, and in this time it’s gained—not lost—potency. Cue the Athena Remixes EP.

Issued via Octopus Recordings, the five-pronged pack of edits brims with elements of the unexpected. Take, for instance, Heldens’ own radio edit of his alias’ original, or Demon Noise and Tomas Otero’s respective spins, otherwise known as the two victors of HI-LO’s “Athena” remix contest. Noise and Otero’s triumph was announced on March 9 via a Twitch broadcast.

The packages finds completion with a rendition from Alex Stein and Octopus label head Ramon Tapia. Bubbling over with revisions that don’t just warrant but rather demand listeners’ attention, the Athena Remixes EP pronounces HI-LO present and ready to powerfully court 2021.

Featured image: Rukes

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ZHU’s new album is finished

ZHU’s new album is finishedZhu Jeffkravitz

Just two days into 2021, ZHU sent out a smoke signal on socials—he was working on a new album. Now, just a little over two months after this initial tip, ZHU’s anonymous project is complete.

Distinguished on Dancing Astronaut‘s roster of 17 of the most-anticipated albums of 2021, the successor to 2018’s Ringo’s Desert remains elusive; nothing more about the long-form is presently known, other than its status—”finished.” Though more details about the LP will assuredly soon spill forth in the acutely stylized fashion that’s long been part of ZHU’s marketing signature, listeners can expect a polished junior product from a producer whose capacity to fascinate seems never to falter.

As his fanbase awaits ZHU’s next candidate for heavy rotation, they can turn their attention to the Generationwhy album maker’s climactic back-to-back set alongside NGHTMRE at Digital Mirage Friendsgiving, a fond fixture of the recent rearview. That ZHU has all but cleared his Instagram page, presumably making room for album-related content, suggests that further context just might come sooner than expected.

Featured image: Jeff Kravitz

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Death Row Records to reissue classic albums from 2Pac, Snoop Dogg, more on cassette for 30th anniversary

Death Row Records will reissue classic albums from the likes of 2Pac and Snoop Dogg on cassette this year.

LA-based label Death Row Records, founded by Dr. Dre, Suge Knight, The D.O.C. and the late Dick Griffey, catapulted West Coast hip-hop in the spotlight throughout the early ’90s, releasing some of the most iconic rap albums of all time.

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Death Row Records, the label will reissue four classic albums via cassette from the imprint’s back catalogue, including 2Pac’s 1996 LP ‘All Eyez On Me’ and ‘The Don Killuminati (7 Day Theory)’, recorded under 2Pac’s Makaveli alias one month before his death.

As well as the 2Pac albums, Snoop Dogg’s breakthrough album ‘Doggystyle’ will be available on tape, alongside Dr. Dre’s 1992 debut album ‘The Chronic’.

You can pre-order the tapes, which will be available next month, here.

The tape format has seen a boost in recent years. While cassette sales have steadily increased in the UK, 2020’s final sales figures amounted to double those reported at the end of 2019, with 156,542 cassettes sold in the UK over the 12-month period of 2020. Albums from Dua Lipa, Kylie Minogue and The Streets featured among the year’s 10 best-selling cassette albums in the UK.

Last year, Snoop Dogg launched his own brand of gin, ‘INDOGGO’. 

Sega Genesis-ify all your sounds with this free decimator for any platform and OS

One tool gives you 8-bit retro digital sound effects (“bitcrush”/decimator) with loads of extras, for kind of every platform you can imagine – and it’s free.

Inphonik writes to let us know about their PCM2612 Retro Decimator Unit. It’s basically one component from their very, very deep RYM2612 FM synthesizer, which in turn fully emulates the classic Yamaha YM2612 sound chip as part of a complete modern instrument.

That Yamaha chip has a storied past, most notably as the heart of the Sega Genesis / Megadrive platform. (Also, it was apparently in something called the FM Towns PC from Fujitsu.)

The sound gives you some immediate retro sheen, with 32-step scalable 8-bit decimation – it both reduces bit depth and sample rate, with the latter giving you those ringing artifacts. There’s a legacy output filter, modeled after the original Segas Genesis’ output circuitry, and a pure-digital setting called “Crystal Clear.”

And wow does this support everything – native on Linux, and with Apple Silicon support. There’s also VST, AU, AAX, Rack Extension for Reason, and AUv3/IAA for iPad and iPhone.



And here’s their full (paid, $49) FM synth, which I assume will soon get Apple Silicon support soon, too. (Almost feels like the freebie was a little cross-compilation exercise, huh?)