Midnight Pool Party live up to their ‘POTENTIAL’ on third single of 2021

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In late 2020, Morilla and Oliver of Midnight Pool Party took a weekend trip away to buckle down and churn out some new tunes. A byproduct of their productive holiday, the Aussie duo’s latest single, “POTENTIAL,” has landed. The funky dance offering arrives on the heels of “CREAM” and “NO NAMES,” both of which were born during the same weekend. Midnight Pool Party expressed how their weekend away resulted in “some FUN songs” in a recent statement, explaining,

“‘POTENTIAL’ is about ‘shooting your shot; with someone and just taking a risk, but it’s also about having fun, being free and having the confidence to be someone’s fantasy.”

Stream Midnight Pool Party’s newest single below.

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Astro Arcade: ZHU, J Balvin, and Katy Perry partner with Pokémon to celebrate 25th anniversary with exclusive merch

Astro Arcade: ZHU, J Balvin, and Katy Perry partner with Pokémon to celebrate 25th anniversary with exclusive merchPokemon Zhu

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.

The Pokémon Company International knows how to stay relevant in pop culture, and the brand is more alive today than ever. Pokémon is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and has partnered with Universal Music Group for Pokémon 25: The Album consisting of 11 tracks from artists including Katy Perry, J Balvin, Mabel, Jax Jones, Lil Yachty, Post Malone, and more. Exclusive merchandise from the artists Pokémon 25: The Album is the latest addition to The Pokémon Company’s celebratory efforts, not to mention multiple remixes of original tracklistings.

ZHU has since remixed three of the album’s singles, “Take It Home” by Mabel, “Wonderful” by Cyn, and “Got ‘Em” by Vince Staples and Trombone Shorty. In addition to releasing songs in honor of the game’s 25th anniversary, Perry, J Balvin, and ZHU worked with the brand to launch exclusive merchandise capsules. Housed within an immersive digital pop-up shop that gives each artist their own section, the merchandise designed by the three artists is available here

ZHU’s collection features several items including a denim jacket, a crew neck, and multiple shirt designs. ZHU featured some of his favorite Pokémon: The Legendary Birds—Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres—as well as Gengar in his capsule. ZHU remains true to form stylistically, keeping the collection black and blending his high-fashion taste with the Pokémon brand.

J Balvin’s collection is comparatively brighter in nature, fusing his signature smiley face logo with Pikachu. The game character even made a star appearance in the music video for his song on the album, “Ten Cuidado.”

Perry’s collection is perhaps the most vibrant, channeling positivity and electricity through the bright colors of its diverse offerings including bucket hats, shirts, a bag, and a vinyl disc. Her music video for “Electric” is on theme, infusing Pokémon throughout.

Stream Pokémon 25: The Album below.

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Snakehips discuss ‘Never Worry Tour,’ new music at High Ground Festival [Interview]

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Nearing the end of the Never Worry Tour, Ollie and James of Snakehips spared some time to sit down with Dancing Astronaut for an exclusive interview prior to their headlining set at Denver’s newest mainstay, High Ground Music Festival. The co-producers shared their sentiments on being back on the road, remarking,It feels good man. It’s quite humbling isn’t it? You didn’t realize [live performing] could go and suddenly it was all gone. It’s been great getting back out there.”

Facilitated by Levitate Events, the first installment of High Ground Music and Arts Festival featured performances from Snakehips, Kasbo, Louis Futon, and Chet Porter, among others. “We love Denver,” Snakehips said. “Everyone’s fucking chill. [High Ground Festival] just seemed like a good vibe [with] a bunch of sick artists that formed a really cool lineup.”

Thus far in 2021, Snakehips have dispatched two collaborative singles, “Run It Up” and “Freedom,” as well as a pair of remixes, their most recent being a recasting of MAX and Alix Gatie’s recent single, “Butterflies.” Might there be unreleased music in the duo’s current setlist?

“Yes, there is,” Snakehips said. “We don’t know just how soon it will drop, but there is one with our good friend Promnite that goes off and is a good vibe. So we’ll definitely be getting that one out soon.”

The Never Worry Tour’s name derives from the DJ duo’s signature imprint, Never Worry Records. What’s more, Ollie and James co-facilitate a long-form DJ mix series, “Never Worry Radio,” which showcases unreleased tunes and spotlights an exclusive guest DJ on each episode. Snakehips clarified,

“We always did kind of a mix series, like DJ mixes. We thought it would be cool to do a more long-form thing that we can talk in and do more like a radio show. It’s been really cool doing it around the record label as well. Just starting this whole new thing up and showcasing shit that we like.”

Snakehips have been active for more than a decade now. With an ever-evolving creative output, the veteran producers touched on their updated musical direction, remarking, “[Lately] we’ve been doing some more producer collaborations. We started off working with a lot of singers and rappers, and so we’re now trying to do some more ‘dancier’ stuff because that’s what gets us excited. People like Tony Romera, or Tchami. We want to get more into the dance music world.”

As Ollie and James gear up for their EDC Las Vegas set on October 24, followed by a performance at Audiotistic Festival in San Diego in November, listeners can soundtrack the wait for more Snakehips material with their latest remix, available to stream below.

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Zeds Dead, MKLA convene for ‘Alive’ visual

Zeds Dead, MKLA convene for ‘Alive’ visualZeds Dead Deadrocks 2021

Zeds Dead and MKLA have released a new music video for their single, “Alive.” Finding MKLA dancing in a neon haze as the single’s cover comes to life, the music video explores virtual realit as it comments on wanting physical connection within digital spaces.

The release of the “Alive” visual precedes a forthcoming remix package. Released ahead of their annual Deadrocks event, “Alive” saw Zeds Dead delve into more house-oriented territory. The track also followed their Catching Z’s mixtape, released in March.

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Numark announce new standalone DJ unit MixStream Pro

Numark has announced a new DJ hardware unit, the MixStream Pro. It’s designed to be used without a computer and can stream music from multiple sources including Beatport LINK, Beatsource LINK, TIDAL and SoundCloud Go+. Tracks are buffered to an internal memory system so they won’t drop out if you lose connection. You can even use Dropbox to store your music and access it straight from the device without a computer. 

There’s also two USB ports and an SD card slot to load your own tracks from your collection. You can also connect the device to a computer to control Denon DJ’s own PRIME DJ software. 

The unit is made up of two six-inch jogs, a seven-inch touch screen, three-band EQ, two channel faders, eight performance pads to cover looping, hot cueing and more. There’s four built-in FX and even built-in speakers for on-the-go performance. The usual cue, play and sync controls and LFP per channel are also present. 

There’s balanced XLR and RCA outputs and dual size headphone ports around the front. There’s even a quarter-inch microphone input. 

The MixStream Pro will cost £499 – a pretty amazing price for all the features. Find out more in the video below and on the Numark website.

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EDC Las Vegas partners with ALDA to host infamous circuitGROUNDS stage

EDC Las Vegas partners with ALDA to host infamous circuitGROUNDS stageEDC Las Vegas

Insomniac is teaming up with ALDA, Europe’s premiere event promoters, to bring the infamous circuitGROUNDS stage back to this year’s EDC Las Vegas. The freshly announced partnership will see the Amsterdam based ALDA injecting its decades of concept building experience into one of EDC’s namesake stages, further raising the bar for the leading stateside festival.

As fans have come to expect, EDC Vegas’ lineup is brimming with global talent, However, it’s hard not to argue that circuitGROUNDS is leading the charge. All meat and no potatoes, the lineup packs the industry’s finest from across the board, including heavy hitters like deadmau5, Eric Prydz, and Martin Garrix. Those looking to mix things up over the weekend will also be treated to Tchami, REZZ, Claptone, Slander, and Malaa, who will each be gracing the stage with their forward thinking sounds . With stunning production and a simply bombastic lineup, this year’s circuitGROUNDS is simply one not to miss.

Discussing the new partnership with ALDA, Pasquale Rotella, Founder of Insomniac comments,

“ALDA have joined us as European partners ahead of EDC Las Vegas 2021. Working with ALDA, we have integrated and involved their team in developing ground-breaking concepts for the circuitGROUNDS stage this year. Combining the years of events experience between us, we aim to bring ravers a more unique experience than ever seen before in celebration of a magical 25 years of the festival”

After an extended hiatus in 2021, EDC Las Vegas is set to return between October 22 and 24. Find more information and a full lineup at EDC’s official site.

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Burning Man unveils theme for 2022 festival, Waking Dreams

Burning Man has confirmed the theme for its 2022 edition, Waking Dreams.

Organisers have said the theme will “explore the transformative power of dreams, both literal and figurative, and celebrate the dreamers who channel this potent energy in eye-opening, often surrealistic, sometimes life-changing ways”.

Next year’s edition of the Black Rock City event will mark the first since 2019, after the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of the 2020 and 2021 festivals. Exact dates for the 2022 event have not yet been confirmed. 

Plans for the 2022 event were laid out in a journal post shared by Stuart Magnum, who is director of the Philosophical Centre of Burning Man Project. The post looks at the history of dreaming, as well as the notion of surrealism.

Magnum wrote: “That reintegration of dreaming and waking consciousness that fuels surrealism also sounds a lot like how many people describe their Burning Man experience, as a sort of waking dream.”

He continued: “It is a signature aspect of Burning Man culture that we transform our dreams into actions in the world. Not just an inner transformation but an externalization of that vision, bending the arc of reality toward the fantastic and bringing the world along for the ride.”

Read the full post here.

Burning Man’s organisers recently partnered with Sotheby’s auction house to sell art, sculptures and more related to the festival, in order to raise money for the event amid two years of cancellations.

BLEASS Intros Dragonfly Tremolo Effect For iOS, Mac & Windows

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BLEASS has introduced Dragonfly, described as “a completely new approach to tremolo effect”.

Dragonfly is designed to let you make your synths, voices or melody “vibrate” in correspondence with its own frequencies. Or – as with sidechain compression – you can have the effect synced to your bass or other track.

Dragonfly automatically syncs the tremolo effect applied on a track using various triggers:

  • First, you can use the pitch tracking module on either the input audio track (“self mode”) or a sidechained audio track (“sidechain mode”).
  • You also can use the MIDI input to trigger Dragonfly with accuracy: the tremolo will automatically sync with the notes’ frequencies.
  • Finally, a manual mode allows you to set a fixed frequency. Then you can finetune your settings by adjusting the fine, factor, smoothness, stereo, attack & release.
  • The “Wild” mode applies a waveshaper to the signal to produce a subtle saturation. The final tremolo effect rate is mirrored by the flapping wings of the Dragonfly.

Audio Demo:

Pricing and Availability

Dragonfly is available starting October 20 with intro through November 1, 2021:

  • Windows & Mac: 15€ / $19
  • iOS: 5,49€ / $4,99

Normal price: Windows & Mac: 29€ / 35$ , iOS: 9,99€ / $8,99.

Ushuaïa Ibiza’s Palmarama announces residency at White Beach Dubai

Ushuaïa Ibiza’s Palmarama has announced a new residency at White Beach Dubai, running for 11 dates at the luxurious venue, kicking off on Friday 22nd October with a headline set from Crosstown Rebels boss, Damian Lazarus. 

Launched this year as means to bring music events back to the White Island while still adhering to social distancing and other COVID-19 restrictions, the Palmarama concept transformed Ushuaïa Ibiza into an oasis of Mediterranean greenery, filling the space with trees, plants, and natural furnishings. This idea is now being transported to the Emirates, with a sizeable lineup confirmed for the parties. 

Following the opening event, attendees can expect to catch Jamie Jones at the second installment on Friday 29th October. Other names confirmed for the series include Andrea Oliva, ARTBAT, Nicole Moudaber, Tale of Us, Joseph Capriati, Black Coffee, and Maceo Plex. Meanwhile, fire-breathers, contortionists, and dancers will also be present and correct. All sessions will comply with current coronavirus regulations. 

White Beach Dubai ranked 20th in DJ Mag’s Top 100 Clubs 2021 Poll, and Ushuaïa Ibiza held its place as the fourth-best dance venue on the planet, as voted by readers. You can see the full results here