Astro Arcade is where the intersection of esports, gaming, and music comes alive. Few things go better together than electronic music and this digital universe, so whether it is a game soundtrack by our favorite artists or a virtual in-game concert series, Astro Arcade is here to keep players and listeners alike informed as these worlds continue to collide.
Monstercat has teamed up with Rocket League to celebrate its 10-year anniversary with an in-game Monstercat 10 YR Fan Pack. The Monstercat 10 YR Fan Pack will feature nine new Player Anthems of the label’s biggest hits including tracks from artists such as Slushii, Noisestorm, and for the first time within Rocket League, Marshmello.
The song list is available on Rocket League’s announcement page. Vicetone, SLANDER, Said The Sky, and Unlike Pluto are among the additional featured artists, songs from whom will be featured on Rocket League Radio. Rocket League game publisher Psyonix discussed its continued collaboration with Monstercat. Mike Ault, audio director at Psyonix, stated,
“Monstercat has become an intrinsic partner in the identity of Rocket League. We have grown as partners together and in their 10th year as a label, we are happy to celebrate all that they have become and what we have become together.”
The Monstercat 10 YR Fan Pack can be found in the item shop along with a free Player Anthem and Player Banner. The Fan Pack follows the label’s recently released 10-year anniversary compilation album.
A recent survey of public sentiments related to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions and reopening policies conducted by The Economist’s Ipsos MORI has revealed that a whopping 26% of Brits say that they are opposed to the July 19 reintroduction of nightclubs and venues in Britain and would prefer nightclubs to remain permanently closed.`
After asking whether respondents would be in favor of keeping nightclubs and casinos closed permanently, 46% were in favor of keeping the sites shutter “for a month after July 19,” 42% indicted that they would like nightclubs to remain dormant until “COVID was under control globally,” and 26% said they would prefer clubs to stay closed “permanently, regardless of COVID-19.” When The Economist surveyed participants about the curfew conditions that they felt to be ideal, results showed that 27% of respondents would prefer a 10:00 p.m. curfew to be enforced for a month after July 19. 19% stated that they would support a permanent curfew.
In England, 27,847 new COVID-19 cases were reported on July 8 with a weekly average of 23,664 cases.
After releasing one heater after another throughout 2021 to date, GRiZ is back once again with another vibrant output that positions him alongside hip-hop renaissance man ProbCause, as well as powerhouse singer Chrishira Perrier. Kicking off with an effervescent trap beat, “Rainbow Brain” rapidly escalates into one of GRiZ’s classic funky expressions, joined by fresh hip-hop verses. Evidence of the aim that the saxophone-yielding producer is taking at the festival circuit, “Rainbow Brain” finds GRiZ is building out his catalog of psychedelic home runs.
A new lawsuit filed against Diplo alleges that he intimidated a woman into performing oral sex on him and recorded the encounter without her consent, according to legal documents obtained by TMZ. In the lawsuit, the woman claims that she and her friends attended Diplo’s afterparty at The Wynn following one of his Las Vegas shows in 2019. At the afterparty, Diplo is said to have provided alcohol and marijuana to the already intoxicated group, and later asked the plaintiff to accompany him in his private room at the hotel, at which point Diplo’s security began to remove people from the party. This included one of the woman’s male friends, who was reportedly punched in the face because he refused to leave without her.
In the documents, the woman states that Diplo barred her from leaving the private room until she performed oral sex on him. The producer, real name Thomas Wesley, also filmed the act without her consent, the lawsuit alleges. The woman has filed the lawsuit to seek damages, TMZ reported.
Diplo’s attorney Bryan Freedman refuted the claims made in the lawsuit, calling the complaint “completely outrageous”:
“This complaint is completely outrageous, wildly untrue and yet also entirely predictable, given that it simply repeats the exact same claim already made by the plaintiff’s friend Shelly Auguste, an individual who has been harassing Mr. Pentz and his family for more than a year and already has repeatedly violated the restraining order issued against her.
We have irrefutable evidence that this is a completely meritless claim and we will be providing it to a court as quickly as we possibly can to put an end to this shakedown by Ms. Auguste and her accomplices once and for all.”
Freedman is notable for representing Diplo in a 2020 sexual battery lawsuit filed by Shelly Auguste, who accused the DJ of harassing her with revenge porn derived from one of their sexual encounters, said to be filmed without Auguste’s knowledge or approval. At the time, Freedman asserted that Auguste’s claim was a part of an “ongoing campaign of harassment” targeting Diplo. Both Diplo and Auguste filed for restraining orders against each other.
The new allegations have since led The Baltimore Orioles to cancel Diplo’s July 24 postgame performance at Camden Yards.
This is a developing story; Dancing Astronaut will report details as they become available.
A 10th anniversary repress of LCD Soundsystem‘s The Long Goodbye: LCD Soundsystem Live at Madison Square Garden, out-of-print for several years, is soon coming to vinyl, the outfit announced. The live recording of LCD Soundsystem’s MSG-hosted farewell stint comes from their April 2, 2011 show at The Garden, which featured an orchestral choir and sting and horn sections, as well as by special guests like Regine Chassagne of Arcade Fire, Planningtorock, Shit Robot, and more. To fans’ excitement, the returned to festivals just three years after this “final” performance and notably released another full-length album in 2017.
The vinyl five-LP boxset of the famed show is being repressed by DFA Records, Parlophone, and Warner Music and will include a 3CD press for the first time. The latest boxset will be released on August 6, 2021. Pre-order it here.
Kaskade‘s REDUX 005 EP can’t come soon enough for the vet’s fans, but fortunately, he’s kept the rollout alive with a steady stream of pre-project singles. After announcing the EP in June and sharing its first two previews, “Where Did You Go” and “New James Dean,” a third teaser of what can be expected of the full endeavor has arrived in the form of “Hot Wheels.” Featuring uplifting melodies and bouncing vocals, the track bridges the sounds of REDUX 005‘s prior two singles.
Although an official release date for the EP has yet to be set, Kaskade will head to Los Angele’s SoFi Stadium on July 17, making him the first DJ to ever perform at the venue and assuredly, those in attendance can expect to hear some of REDUX 005 live.
Like many promoter companies, FNGRS CRSSD is back on its feet, having recently dispatched the initial lineup for CRSSD Festival 2021. The highly praised event’s sixth installment did not take place last fall, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, but CRSSD 2021 is making its triumphant return to the urban oasis that is Waterfront Park in San Diego, California, from September 25 – 26.
With additional performers to be unveiled in the coming weeks, CRSSD has shared an official lineup featuring more than 30 artists including Grammy-award winning producer KAYTRANADA, who, like ZHU, will headline the Ocean View main stage. Other East Coast house-leaning artists will tend the decks at the Palms Stage while City Steps will welcome techno enthusiasts. Fellow acts to receive the CRSSD tap include CamelPhat, Hot Since 82, ANNA, and Kölsch, among others.
CRSSD Festival 2021 will take place after the brand’s DAY MVS XL event, scheduled for August 7 – 8. See the official lineup below and get your hands on tickets here.
In the midst of instability and uncertainty, 40,000 headliners headed to Southern California from July 3 –4 to take part in Insomniac Events sold-out, inaugural installation of its heady, house-centric Day Trip Festival.
After 18 months of prolonged, COVID-19-related festival and show shutdowns, venue restrictions, and the unexpected postponement of EDC Las Vegas, Insomniac founder and CEO Pasquale Rotella drew on the adaptability that he and his events brand—among others in the space—were repeatedly required to exercise during COVID-19’s evolution to steer Day Trip from its original location at the LA Waterfront in San Pedro to The Lot at Hollywood Park to the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino. As with all date, talent, and venue shifts of the past year-plus, the two-time site shift sparked concern among ticket holders, but Insomniac assuaged any trepidation with the caliber of the event’s production and its refund policy. Insomniac not only offered to refund all ticket holders who did not wish to attend the event after the announcement of its move to the NOS Events Center, not to mention reimbursing costs related to Airbnbs, flights, and other non-refundable accommodations. Later would come Insomniac’s extension of a free token to any of the brand’s 2021 festivals not yet sold-out.
The fan-friendly display embodied the “PLUR”-facing, experience-cognizant character of the Insomniac brand as Rotella ensured that all headliners had access to an option that best suited them while making sure that the show would go on for all able to attend. And, it did.
Transitioning from a daytime-themed pool party to an underground night club, Insomniac’s unfeigned faithfuls left it all on the dance floor throughout the celebratory weekend as both the Deep End and High Tide stages proportioned each artist’s production to the two stages’ alluring backdrops. With less than four days to prepare, Insomniac turned the NOS Events Center into its signature wonderland by decorating Day Trip’s festival grounds with eye-catching neon decor, glittering disco balls, giant giraffes, a ferris wheel, and pink air-filled flamingos that could be found throughout crowds.
But, perhaps the most memorable instance of the fun-filled weekend came when 200 automated drones lit up the night sky, displaying the phrase “WE’RE BACK, BABY” and “House Music All Day Long” in sync above the two stages. Against some odds and shrouded in the shadow of doubt, Insomniac seamlessly pulled Day Trip together, giving headliners a much-needed moment of solace after nearly a year and a half of inactivity. A sanguine preview of all the brand will continue to do in the coming future as Insomniac looks ahead to HARD Summer, Beyond Wonderland, Nocturnal Wonderland, EDC Las Vegas, Escape Halloween, and more, headliners can take Day Trip LA as assurance that Insomniac is back and firing on all cylinders more dexterously than ever before.
In this video, synthesist J3PO shares his first impression of the 2021 special edition reissue of the famed Oberheim Two Voice Pro.
The original Two Voice synthesizer (1975) was designer Tom Oberheim’s favorite synth from the original Oberheim era. Oberheim recently announced a limited edition reissue of the Two Voice Pro, with each unit now having the original “Oberheim” logo badge, plus Tom Oberheim’s personal signature. Unfortunately, demand was so high that the units sold out in one day. Oberheim is exploring if additional parts can be secured and production started again.
Topics covered in the video:
00:00 Introduction 00:15 Unboxing 01:36 Sound Examples 04:28 Voice Panning 06:48 Various Sounds 12:40 Sequencer 14:28 Conclusion 15:13 End Credits
Check out the video and share your thoughts on “Tom Oberheim’s favorite synth”!
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