Exactly a month after commemorating his 25th birthday with the dispersal of his EURO 2020 anthem alongside U2’s Bono and The Edge, Martin Garrix was also tasked by UEFA to open the gates to the historic football tournament, delivering a digital rendition of “We Are The People.”
Despite the introduction not actually being in person, both Garrix and U2 put on a performance worthy of preluding the long-awaited EURO 2020 tournament, which of course was planned for last year but was inevitably postponed due to COVID-19. Set inside a virtually rendered stadium, Garrix and The Edge stood atop a stage designed akin to the former’s logo while Bono appeared behind the both of them in hologram form. For those tuning into the tournament until its completion on July 11, Garrix will also be behind EURO 2020’s official walkout and broadcast music.
Watch Martin Garrix and U2’s full EURO 2020 anthem performance below.
Expressive E shared this video update on their upcoming Osmose expressive synthesizer.
The Osmose features a new keyboard design with ‘Augmented Keyboard Action’, which offers three continuous dimensions of control for each key: Initial Pressure, Aftertouch, and Note Bend. This means that you can control each individual note with a level of expression not possible with traditional keyboards.
These dimensions not only allow for a new level of control when playing live on the keybed, but also enable a new kind of arpeggiator, which Expressive E calls the MPE Arpeggiator.
Here’s what they have to say about it:
Our MPE Arpeggiator has the classic parameters that you would expect, but on top of that, your gestures can introduce a myriad of variations to your pattern just by modulating every single note independently with your fingertips, no matter if using the internal Haken Audio EaganMatrix sound engine, or playing with external instruments.
Indeed, Osmose’s Arpeggiator opens up exciting possibilities even for regular, mono-channel, non-MPE instruments.
Pricing and Availability
The Osmose is available to pre-order now, priced at $1,799 USD, and is expected to start shipping this fall.
KSHMR has released the deluxe edition of his sophomore studio album, Harmonica Andromeda, which features five brand new singles in addition to the album’s original 14 tracks. KSHMR recently spoke with Dancing Astronaut in his Saturday Night Session interview sharing that he believed the album to be, “the most ambitious thing” he had `ever done, and the five new releases match the original compilation’s zealous production value.
One of the new singles, “You Don’t Need To Ask” with vocalist TZAR was released two days before the full release of the Harmonica Andromeda Deluxe version. Another highlight is the sultry and melodic “Slow” featuring Turkish DJ and producer Mahmut Orhan and longtime KSHMR collaborator KARRA. “Dusty Fairytale,” “Tupinambá,” and “Come To Life” round out the batch of new releases found of the deluxe cut of the album.
KSHMR speaks about the experience of making a deluxe version of Harmonica Andromeda in an official release, sharing,
“It was important to me that making a ‘Deluxe’ meant more than microwaving the leftovers. The additional five tracks are songs I absolutely love and actually made for the original release—but it felt right to spread the music out a bit and give each song its chance to shine.”
The deluxe cut of Harmonica Andromeda is out now via Dharma Worldwide. Listen below.
Premiered and dubbed “tune of the week” during episode 1020 of A State Of Trance, “Jonson’s Play,” culminates after van Doorn first remixed his Dutch counterpart’s track “Control Freak” in 2006 as well as his Above & Beyond collaboration “Show Me Love” in 2019. The milestone single exerts the two venerated producers’ top-notch production capabilities, as “Jonson’s Play” features propulsive basslines, dominating melodies, and an intense flair between techno and uplifiting trance mastery.
The EP, as many great ones do, came to fruition during a late-night conversation between the two electronic purveyors. Relishing in the limitlessness that they could explore in a joint pursuit, VonStroke and Jay found themselves in the studio together in the ensuing months, allowing their imaginations to take charge. Marking the migration back onto the dance floor, Oh latches on to non-traditional club tropes, including everything from quirky, buoyant techno, to reverberating bass excursions, to airy synth work. The two Dirtybirds have never been ones to shy away from a challenge, consistently keeping fans on their toes with each new sonic oeuvre, and their latest EP is a testament to their perfectly harnessed innovation.
With Dirtybird Campout creeping closer to its October 15 – 17 run, there is much to get excited for from the unconventional house and techno connoisseurs. Grab your tickets here and stream Oh below.
In the time since its initial release in 1995, Faithless‘ “Insomnia” has attracted takes from a slew of electronic fixtures such as Avicii, Fedde Le Grand, Armand Van Helden. Its longevity not only as one of the most widely recognizable dance songs of all-time, but also as an original production that stands the test of time, is apparent in a 2021 supplied by Maceo Plex. The Cuban-American DJ’s rewiring of the timeless classic arrives via Ministry Of Sound and notably notches his second time officially remixing Faithless. Just last year, Maceo Plex reworked the electronica pioneers’ “Synthesizer,” from All Blessed.
Maceo Plex’s hair-raising techno alteration arrives in an “Epic” radio and extended form, both of which can be streamed below.
Developed within the confines of a college dorm at the University of Colorado Boulder, YOUR media has dispatched “Batch #1” of its official clothing line. Both sleek and purposeful, the novel brand eschews the conventions of mainstream media by highlighting the merited yet oft overlooked wonders of underground art and music. In their launch statement, founders Sean DeFaria and Liam Cavanaugh explained,
“We didn’t just want to settle as a clothing company. We wanted to create a platform where we could post and promote clothes and products that we make, as well as shoot content and tell stories of upcoming underground music and street artists who inspired us. The whole idea behind this name came from the idea that you can literally start a profession based around being who YOU ARE® (YOU R), or whoever you want to become.”
Inspired by streetwear artists Joy Divizn, Luke Wav, Father Steve, and Austin Babbitt, YOUR media is presently spreading like wildfire across American college campuses. “Batch 1” of the company’s merchandise arrived on June 10, and Dancing Astronaut readers can enjoy an exclusive discount code: “dancingastro.”
DeFaria and Cavanaugh are currently welcoming submissions from music producers and artists who may be interested in appearing in YOUR’s forthcoming artist series. All related inquiries can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the meantime, audiences can keep up with YOUR on Instagram and check out “Batch 1” on the official website.
Out now via Ministry of Sound, the two-part package — which features both an Epic and Dub mix of the club favourite — and can be purchased via Beatport. Speaking about the remix, Faithless’ Sister Bliss said: “Maceo delivers a brooding summer sizzler perfectly distilling the moody vibe of our original, ready to detonate every dance floor – in – waiting, and boy have we been waiting!”
Check out the Epic mix below.
Electronic music history is rich with unforgettable and timeless classics. In our ‘The Story Of’ series, DJ Mag explores the tales behind some of the world’s favourite tracks, told by the people who made them. You can watch the story of how Faithless made one of the most iconic dance music tracks of all time — ‘Insomnia’ — here.
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