Avicii’s ‘Levels’ wins Tomorrowland’s Top 1000 for second consecutive year

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Few artists manage to leave such mark on the world in such a short time the way Avicii did. Even still, three years after Tim Bergling‘s death, his work as Avicii still permeates throughout the culture of electronic music while fans continue to celebrate his lasting impact. Now, Tomorrowland has announced that Avicii’s iconic hit “Levels” has become the Tomorrowland Top 1000 hit for the second year running. Speaking on the honor, Avicii’s father, Klas Bergling said,

“This is fantastic and I feel very honored. It’s his piece, work and personality, so it’s amazing. I’m very grateful and it makes me very emotional. I want to give all the People of Tomorrow a big hug!”

In total, Avicii had 21 tracks listed on Tomorrowland’s Top 1000, with “Seek Bromance,” a track released under Avicii’s real name, Tim Bergling, sitting at number eight. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike‘s “Mammoth” sits at a close second on the list, with Swedish House Mafia and John Martin‘s “Don’t You Worry Child” landing third.

Martin Garrix‘s “High On Life,” Armin van Buuren‘s “Blah Blah Blah,” Sebastian Ingrosso, Tommy Trash, and John Martin‘s “Reload,” Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and Martin Garrix’s “Tremor,” Tim Bergling’s “Seek Bromance,” Afrojack and Martin Garrix’s “Turn Up The Speakers” and Steve Aoki‘s remix of Kid Cudi‘s “Pursuit Of Happiness” round out the Top 10.

Tomorrowland has hopes to return to its in-person event in August and September this year, while an online iteration of the festival will take place during the festival’s usual annual dates in July. The online festival, Tomorrowland Around the World, had been Dancing Astronaut‘s favorite online events of 2020, and will host six stages filled with many of Tomorrowland’s favorite artists.

Tomorrowland also honored Avicii on the anniversary of his passing with a day-long tribute showcasing videos from his most iconic performances. Meanwhile, Sweden continues to celebrate Avicii, and has recently renamed one of the county’s most-listed venues, Ericsson Globe, the Avicii Arena.

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OOTORO hits tech-house sweet spot on debut STMPD RCRDS solo cut, ‘Breaking Away’

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As 2021 makes its way through the midway milepost, OOTORO is taking the opportunity to pin yet another titanic win onto the board. No stranger to Dancing Astronaut as of late, the Indonesian producer has now been granted his first-ever unaccompanied round on Martin Garrix‘s STMPD RCRDS with “Breaking Away” after cashing in on his Bleu Clair partnership and one of our most-desired IDs coming into 2021, “Beat Like This.”

Spawning from his prior STMPD RCRDS counterpart’s fourth BLEUPRINT installment, “Breaking Away” sees OOTORO deservedly punch a third consecutive ticket on his label debut card, following releases with both Nightbass and Terminal Underground. OOTORO tasked himself with imbuing creativity from the UK’s underground house scene onto his newest original, twisting his disco-flavored tech-house craft into a space that places OOTORO in an exclusive club of house music’s brightest minds of the moment.

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Tom Morello, The Bloody Beetroots join forces for ‘The Catastrophists’ EP, enlist Pussy Riot and more on ‘Radium Girls’

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Tom Morello‘s influence and experience around the electronic space is well documented, and The Bloody Beetroots‘ seasoned, punk-powered aesthetic are so complementary, it is a wonder these two veteran forces didn’t team up sooner. Though now, the pair have linked for a joint EP called The Catastrophists, due in full on June 18, dropping off a blistering new single, “Radium Girls,” ahead of the project’s release with a stellar cast of collaborators.

Bringing “Radium Girls” to life is a stacked lineup of exceptional female talent, with Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova, The Interrupters’ Aimee Interrupter, White Lung’s Mish Way, and finally The Last Internationle’s Delila Paz all assisting on the anthemic electro-rock number. Dedicated to the real Radium Girls, female factory workers who contracted radiation poisoning from painting watch faces with glow-in-the-dark paint in the 1920’s, the song holds a special place in Morello’s heart. The Rage Against The Machine guitarist shared in an official release,

“I spent every summer as a kid near Ottawa, Illinois where these doomed girls used deadly radium laced paint to make glow in the dark watches. They were encouraged to lick the paintbrushes to a point to increase productivity and profit and in the end their bones literally fell apart from cancer and they were so toxic they had to be buried in lead lined coffins. The resulting court cases and publicity led to historic nationwide labor protection legislation.”

Giving the term “Radium Girls” new meaning with the powerful new joint effort, the track blends thrashing guitar licks with amped vocal contributions for a certified headbanger ahead of The Catastrophists‘ wide release. See the Morello-directed visual below.

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Spatial Audio Coming To Logic Pro

Spatial Audio Coming To Logic Pro

Apple recently announced that it is making their entire catalog of more than 75 million songs available in Lossless Audio, and also introduced Spatial Audio, with support for Dolby Atmos.

Spatial Audio is an immersive experience, designed to create the effect of sounds not just panned left to right, but placed in space all around you.

Now they’ve announced that they’re building immersive music-authoring tools directly into Logic Pro. With the update, set to be released ‘later this year,’ Logic Pro users will be able to create and mix songs in Spatial Audio for Apple Music.

“Of course, stereo will always exist — no one is coming in and canceling stereo, just like they didn’t cancel mono,” notes Apple Music’s Zane Lowe. “I’ve got a lot of mono records in my collection, and they sound great because they were designed to be heard in mono. Music that was designed to be heard in stereo will sound incredible in stereo like it always has. But now music will find its way to a Spatial environment. It’s not about the end of anything, it’s about the beginning of something new.”

Over the years, there have been multiple technologies designed to create enveloping musical experiences that go beyond stereo, ranging from Quadraphonic to Surround to Ambisonic. They’ve remained fairly niche technologies, though, because of the chicken-and-egg combination of a small audience of users and limited number of releases. Apple’s Spatial Audio could be a more interesting option for musicians to target, because it will be the default format for a huge number of devices, including the built-in speakers on current iPhones, iPads and Macs, their HomePod line, and AirPods and Beats headphones with an H1 or W1 chip.

“Dolby Atmos…is going to do for music what HD did for television,” states Apple’s Eddy Cue, senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “Today, where can you watch television that’s not in HD?”

“One of the advantages music has over television is you can’t take an old TV show and truly up-res it to HD, because it was shot on low-quality cameras. But in the case of audio, all these things were recorded on multiple tracks, and so it’s possible to go back to a lot of the songs and be able to do this,” he adds.

Are you interested in mixing for Spatial Audio? Share your thoughts in the comments!

BUKU launches one-time boutique Planet B excursion: Megan Thee Stallion, Illenium, Jamie xx, and more top ticket

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BUKU Music + Arts Project made a name for itself as one of the most colorful, diverse, and well-rounded landmarks on the spring festival circuit. Missing the 2020 iteration due to COVID-19’s forced lockdowns, BUKU organizers are chomping at the bit for their return, so they’re hosting a one-time holdover branded Planet B, which manages to pack all the appeal of the New Orleans festival hallmark into a two-day fall event running October 22 and 23 this year. In characteristic BUKU fashion, Planet B promises a balanced blend of top-tier hip-hop and electronic acts, bringing Megan Thee Stallion, Illenium, Zeds Dead, Jamie xx, Alison Wonderland, Earthgang, Chris Lake, Playboi Carti, slowthai, and more to the Big Easy for its singular run ahead of BUKU’s full fledged 2022 return.

Breakout Artist of 2020 Moore Kismet is slated to take the decks, Subtronics and SVDDEN DEATH’s VOYD performance are due to bring the low-end, with Lucii, VNSSA, Purple disco Machine, and more in the mix. Presale begins Thursday, June 10 at 11:00 a.m. ET (10:00 a.m. CT). Grab tickets and get the full rundown on Planet B’s programming here.

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Brian Eno Is Launching His Own Radio Station With 300 Unreleased Tracks

Brian Eno Is Launching His Own Radio Station With 300 Unreleased Tracks
Brian Eno is getting his own radio station.

Sonos has announced a collaboration with ambient pioneer, artist and super-producer Brian Eno to launch a new radio station, The Lighthouse, that will feature Eno’s extensive archive of unreleased work.

The Lighthouse is part of Sonos Radio HD, a paid tier of Sonos’ streaming service, Sonos Radio. At launch, the station will feature 300 unreleased tracks by Eno.

“The music that will be broadcast from The Lighthouse covers a pretty broad period,” notes Eno. “The earliest track we have at the moment is from 1990. We will be adding more pieces as time goes on. New pieces will be entering the mix and some of that will go back even further.”

“You will be listening to a sequence of tracks which will be randomly generated, chosen by chance,” adds Eno, “So there is the possibility of odd, I hope exciting collisions – things that are very slow next to things that are very fast next to things that have no tempo, no pulse at all.”

Over the coming months, Eno will also host a series of three programs related to The Lighthouse, starting with Program 1, where he discusses the unreleased material and why he’s finally decided to dig into the archive and share it with the world. Program 1 is available starting today on The Lighthouse on Sonos Radio HD and free to all Sonos customers through the in-app Sonos Sound System archive. Listeners everywhere can tune in on Mixcloud.

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Sonos Radio HD is available now as subscription service that costs $7.99/€7.99 per month.

Beatport launch new iOS app and rebrand

The long-running electronic music store unveils its new look

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Tuesday, June 8, 2021 – 16:12

Beatport has launched a new app for iOS as well as a full rebrand of the website and logo. The new app essentially allows LINK users to create and tweak playlists on the go, as well as being able to access and listen to Beatport charts, DJ charts, DJ sets as well as trending artists and the ability to search through the whole catalogue. 

Your Library will also feature anything you’ve bought from Beatport over the years as well as your playlists for syncing with Beatport LINK on software like VirtualDJ, rekordbox, Serato and Traktor and hardware like Denon DJ’s PRIME range. 

Playlists made and tweaked on the app will be reflected across any Beatport LINK compatible hardware and software, so you can prepare your sets on the go. New playlist and changes will also be reflected on BeatportDJ, their web-based DJ platform launched earlier this year. An Android version of the new app will come “later this year”. Download the iOS app here

Beatport has also rebranded, with a new logo and brand messaging designed by Swedish firm Kurppa Hosk. Watch Beatport’s launch video below. 

  

Enter for a chance to win two Season Passes to HYDEOUT The Prelude: Phase Two [Contest]

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In April, digital music platform HYDEOUT hosted The Prelude: Phase Two, a cross-genre showcase of artists including Zedd, Hardwell, Armin van Buuren, Fedde Le Grand, TOKiMONSTA, and Alison Wonderland, as well as a Monstercat-coordinated takeover complete with Pixel Terror, Habstrakt, Sullivan King, and Kill The Noise. The Prelude: Part Two also placed various non-electronic acts on the virtual stage including Charli XCX, G-Eazy, and Wiz Khalifa.

With Phase Two programming now complete, those who missed out on the live HYDEOUT action, or those who would simply like to re-experience choice performances from the initiative can now enjoy them on-demand with the HYDEOUT Season Pass. Offering an intuitive and user-friendly option that allows viewers to stream the phase two content on their own schedules, the season pass affords access to more than 40 episodes (and all platform features) for $49.90. Alternatively, HYDEOUT visitors hoping to enjoy just a handful of shows can spring for a pay-as-you-go pass. Both pass tiers are available here.

Dancing Astronaut has teamed up with HYDEOUT to give away a pair of season passes to The Prelude: Phase Two. Enter below for your chance to win.

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Avicii’s ‘Levels’ lands No. 1 in Tomorrowland’s Top 1000 festival tracks for second year running

Avicii’s ‘Levels’ has been ranked No. 1 in Tomorrowland’s Top 1000 festival tracks, for a second year running. 

Decided by worldwide public vote, the results have formed daily playlists of 100 tracks each, broadcast on the Belgian event’s own One World Radio. Launched in 2019, this edition of the Tomorrowland Top 1000 saw Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and Moguai’s ‘Mammoth’ rank at number two, for the third consecutive time. 

Swedish House Mafia’s ‘Don’t You Worry Child’ came in at number three. The Top 10 comprised five new additions, and is completed by Martin Garrix, Armin Van Buuren, Sebastian Ingrosso & Tommy Trash, Tim Berg, Afrojack, Kid Kuri and Steve Aoki. 

The Grand Finale countdown took place live on One World Radio, hosted by Adam K. Each Top 10 artist appeared on the show to talk about their track, while Avicii, real name Tim Bergling, was represented by his father. 

“This is fantastic and I feel very honored. It’s his piece, work and personality, so it’s amazing. I’m very grateful and it makes me very emotional. I want to give all the People of Tomorrow a big hug,” said Klas Bergling, co-founder of the Tim Bergling Foundation. 

Find out more about the organisation’s work here, check out details of next month’s Tomorrowland virtual festival here or read our report from the first. Then head to One World Radio for more on the Tomorrowland Top 1000. 

Tomorrowland Top 10

1. Avicii – Levels (=)
2. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Moguai – Mammoth (=)
3. Swedish House Mafia ft. John Martin – Don’t You Worry Child (+6)
4. Martin Garrix ft. Bonn – High On Life (+80)
5. Armin van Buuren – Blah Blah Blah (+24)
6. Sebastian Ingrosso & Tommy Trash ft. John Martin – Reload (+1)
7. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike ft. Martin Garrix – Tremor (+3)
8. Tim Berg – Seek Bromance (+10)
9. Afrojack ft. Martin Garrix – Turn Up The Speakers (-1)
10. Kid Cudi – Pursuit Of Happiness (Steve Aoki Remix) (+1)

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EXIT Festival adds Amelie Lens and Maceo Plex to already stellar 20th anniversary lineup

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Serbia’s EXIT Festival is officially locked and loaded, as the Eastern European event builds on its already must-see 20th anniversary lineup with the promising talents of Maceo Plex, Amelie Lens, and many, many more.

David Guetta, Boris Brejcha, Solomun, and Honey Dijon are chief among EXIT Festival’s return to glory, but the allure of the Eastern European mainstay event goes well beyond the beats. Found along the shimmering waters of The Danube river, and within the confines of the region’s illustrious Petrovaradin Fortress, it would be a disservice to the region’s lush history and culture to only celebrate EXIT’s diverse and talent-stacked lineup.

Alternatively, one of the EXIT Festival’s most noteworthy billings, a back-to-back set from Eric Prydz and Four Tet, has recently been postponed until next year. Thankfully, the event has such a juicy list of enticing back-to-back sets, including Dax J and Kobosil, as well as SPFDJ and VTSS, that there will be no absence of artistic synergy and intrigue.

EXIT Festival takes place in Novi Sad between July 8 and 11. For information about tickets, accommodations, travel, and of course, safety regulations, visit the event’s official website. Additionally, find the latest additions to the lineup in the video below.

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