Gryffin announces sophomore album ‘Alive,’ reunites with Calle Lehmann for title track

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The Gravity successor is officially locked in for 2022. There’s no exact timetable for Gryffin‘s sophomore album just yet outside of it arriving “later this year,” but the confirmation of existence is all the information anyone needed after he wiped his Instagram clean ahead of its presumed lead single, “You Were Loved” with Ryan Tedder. And a month later, Gryffin is primed to introduce Alive to the world, reuniting with a familiar face in Calle Lehmann for its second preview and album title track.

Gryffin and Calle Lehmann had already graciously jelled twice before, having linked up on a pair of picture-perfect meetings, “All You Need To Know” with SLANDER and “After You” with Jason Ross. Preserving their A-named collaborative trend as well as christening a laudable single trilogy, Alive‘s eponymous cut harkens back to a time when Gryffin was solely known as a remixer, ramping up the summer-leaning house persona that he raised through the album’s tracklist predecessor and gradually hinting that it may very well give Gravity a run for its money. And if there’s any indication as to what else may end up making the Alive cut, Gryffin shared a TikTok on his Instagram story of Olivia O’Brien potentially hinting at a tie-up, captioning it “song of the summer?” While we now wait to find out more details about Alive in the coming months, streams its glorious title number with Calle Lehmann below.

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Trinijty’s ‘Rebirth’ begins

Trinijty’s ‘Rebirth’ beginsTrinijty 2022 Press Shot

Sometimes, a creative spark must stall so it can fly with renewed power. So goes the story behind “Rebirth,” Trinijty’s first release since 2020’s All About That House EP.

2020-2021 brought with it a creative disconnect that temporarily sidelined Trinijty, but with “Rebirth,” the New York DJ/producer draws it and its sonic drought to a close. Aptly titled, Trinijty’s calendar-opening number embraces the motif of renewal in an inspiriting progressive house framework. And fittingly, “Rebirth”—which hits digital streaming platforms in both a standard and extended format—arrives during a period of modern resurgence for progressive house, adding a duality to the theme of his reinstating single. 

Trinijty has cultivated a reputation for his chord progressions since he established the artist project in 2017 and on “Rebirth,” this element steals the show. Chords remain centerstage throughout the cut, even as drums, claps, and cymbals play in its anthemic builds. An exemplar of the euphoria at the heart of a progressive house production, “Rebirth” scripts Trinijty’s compelling return to the dance space. 

Sonically, for both Trinijty and Everything That Moves (ETM) Records, “Rebirth” is a bit of an anomaly. Veteran Trinijty streamers will note that the track diverges from the sultry “sunken house” style that won him praise from the Groove Cartel as the “king of sunken house,” not to mention the club-centric aesthetic of some of his earlier efforts. Though Trinijty charts his comeback with a progressive house flourish, the immediate future will see him re-engage with his club-facing style, in which everything, from the kicks to the bass, is big. 

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longstoryshort restocks streamers’ queues ahead of EDC Las Vegas set—spin ‘gone’ featuring Constance

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“There’s a new wave of dance music coming,” longstoryshort stated in a May 4 tweet.

Indeed, it’s a sentiment that those in the electronic sector of the music industry and listeners alike have felt coming, and as this wave scales, the New York talent will be a key figure in its surge. For the past three years, longstoryshort has taken an innovative approach to bass house production; creative use of samples and inventive sound design have been cornerstones of his idiosyncratic style that, in recent months, has increasingly blurred the boundaries between bass and house. Such is true of his latest, “gone.” The producer’s last outing, “On The Low” with Wax Motif, ran circles around the dance music events circuit prior to its official release via Divided Souls in April. Such a sought-after ID-turned-single required a formidable follow-up, and “gone” rises to the occasion. Featuring vocals from Constance that sit atop slick house production, the JustUs Records-supported cut sees longstoryshort tap into his softer, more mid-tempo production side.

“gone” arrives just ahead of Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas 2022, where longstoryshort can be found tending the decks at the festival’s NIGHTMODE stage. Take Dancing Astronaut‘s recommendation: add longstoryshort’s set to your EDC schedule and stream “gone” below.

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Avicii, Honey Dijon, more pack sprawling new LP celebrating Madonna’s 40 years of club influence

Avicii, Honey Dijon, more pack sprawling new LP celebrating Madonna’s 40 years of club influenceMadonna Avicii Ultra Credit Tim Mosenfelder Getty

The Queen of Pop is dancing down memory lane with a new retrospective album celebrating Madonna‘s 40 years of undeniable club influence. Finally Enough Love both celebrates Madonna’s record 50 Billboard dance chart-toppers, while also coinciding with the anniversary of the pop superstar’s debut, when she signed with Sire Records in 1982.

The new album, curated by Madonna herself and remastered in full by Mike Dean, will arrive on streamers with a 16-track edition on June 24, followed by a 50-track deluxe edition which will land in physical and digital formats on August 19. Populating the album’s sprawling tracklist is a hefty list of Madonna’s top-tier collaborators, including Avicii, Honey Dijon, Axwell, Sasha, Sander Kleinenberg, Benny Benassi, Above & Beyond, and many more, laced together with sweeping hits like “Music,” “Like A Virgin,” and “Into The Groove.”

Celebrating her matchless dominance over the last four decades, Finally Enough Love looks to paint a vibrant tapestry of Madonna’s impact on dance music later this summer. See the full tracklist below.

1. “Holiday” (7” Version) +
2. “Like A Virgin” (7” Version)
3. “Material Girl” (7” Version)
4. “Into The Groove” (You Can Dance Remix Edit) +#
5. “Open Your Heart” (Video Version) +
6. “Physical Attraction” (You Can Dance Remix Edit) +#
7. “Everybody” (You Can Dance Remix Edit) +#
8. “Like A Prayer” (Remix/Edit)
9. “Express Yourself” (Remix/Edit)
10. “Keep It Together” (Alternate Single Remix) *+
11. “Vogue” (Single Version) +
12. “Justify My Love” (Orbit Edit)
13. “Erotica” (Underground Club Mix)
14. “Deeper And Deeper” (David’s Radio Edit) +#
15. “Fever” (Radio Edit) +
16. “Secret” (Junior’s Luscious Single Mix)
17. “Bedtime Story” (Junior’s Single Mix)
18. “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina” (Miami Mix Edit)
19. “Frozen” (Extended Club Mix Edit)
20. “Ray Of Light” (Sasha Ultra Violet Mix Edit) +#
21. “Nothing Really Matters” (Club 69 Radio Mix) +
22. “Beautiful Stranger” (Calderone Radio Mix)
23. “American Pie” (Richard ‘Humpty’ Vission Radio Mix)
24. “Music” (Deep Dish Dot Com Radio Edit)
25. “Don’t Tell Me” (Thunderpuss Video Remix) +#
26. “What It Feels Like For A Girl” (Above And Beyond Club Radio Edit)
27. “Impressive Instant” (Peter Rauhofer’s Universal Radio Mixshow Mix) +#
28. “Die Another Day” (Deepsky Radio Edit) +#
29. “American Life” (Felix Da Housecat’s Devin Dazzle Edit) *+
30. “Hollywood” (Calderone & Quayle Edit) +#
31. “Me Against The Music” (Peter Rauhofer Radio Mix) + – Britney Spears featuring Madonna
32. “Nothing Fails” (Tracy Young’s Underground Radio Edit) *+
33. “Love Profusion” (Ralphi Rosario House Vocal Edit) +#
34. “Hung Up” (SDP Extended Vocal Edit)
35. “Sorry” (PSB Maxi Mix Edit) +#
36. “Get Together” (Jacques Lu Cont Vocal Edit) +
37. “Jump” (Axwell Remix Edit)
38. “4 Minutes” (Bob Sinclar Space Funk Edit) + – featuring Justin Timberlake & Timbaland
39. “Give It 2 Me” (Eddie Amador Club 5 Edit) +#
40. “Celebration” (Benny Benassi Remix Edit)
41. “Give Me All Your Luvin’” (Party Rock Remix) – featuring LMFAO & Nicki Minaj
42. “Girl Gone Wild” (Avicii’s UMF Mix)
43. “Turn Up The Radio” (Offer Nissim Remix Edit) *+#
44. “Living For Love” (Offer Nissim Promo Mix) *+
45. “Ghosttown” (Dirty Pop Intro Remix)
46. “Bitch I’m Madonna” (Sander Kleinenberg Video Edit) +# – featuring Nicki Minaj
47. “Medellín” (Offer Nissim Madame X In The Sphinx Mix) – Madonna & Maluma
48. “I Rise” (Tracy Young’s Pride Intro Radio Remix)
49. “Crave” (Tracy Young Dangerous Remix) – with Swae Lee
50. “I Don’t Search I Find” (Honey Dijon Radio Mix)

* previously unreleased
+ available digitally for the first time
# available commercially for the first time

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Charlotte de Witte unveils ‘Universal Consciousness’ EP

Charlotte de Witte unveils ‘Universal Consciousness’ EPCharlotte Marie Wynants

Dexterously talented Belgian selector Charlotte de Witte has unveiled her latest bass-thumping techno EP Universal Consciousness. Out via her own KNTXT record label, de Witte provides four distinct acid-riddled techno tunes in her latest venture. Universal Consciousness is Charlotte de Witte’s latest EP since 2021’s Asura.

The opening track to Universal Consciousness, “Satori” quickly starts kicks into high-energy mode before introducing de Witte’s signature acid-filled synthwork. The next two tracks “Kali” and the titular “Universal Consciousness” continue to bolster the EP’s energetic framework with up-tempo drums and rapid melodies. The closing track, “Ahimsa” represents the producer’s stripped-back take on minimalist techno and encompasses a dark atmosphere, making for an entrancing listen from core to perimeter.

Stream Universal Consciousness below.

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Dark, dreamy dub techno and ambient music: Ukraine’s Danny Skripp needs your support

Proper dub and experimental production will transport you to eerie otherworldly states of mind in this music from Kharkiv, Ukraine. And now the artist urgently needs our support, as he faces both urgent medical bills and Russian invasion.

I’m really grateful to Mike of Wunderblock Records for introducing me to Danny’s music – deep underground productions from this Ukrainian artist and composer, music that hasn’t gotten nearly the attention it deserves. Each composition is a dense, complex narrative, hypnotic and shadowy.

Late last year, we also became aware that Danny was facing an urgent health situation, which he describes below.

And that was before the invasion. I’ve checked in with Danny regularly – Mike more so as he speaks Russian and I don’t – and Danny is somehow weathering the war going on around him. (He’s outside of Kharkiv proper, but that still places him very much in danger – even beyond the extent to which nowhere in Ukraine is particularly safe right now.)

Since it’s Bandcamp Friday, you can simply pay whatever you wish for the music and 100% Mike and I can then send on to Danny. I think it’s important to support humans and not only music abstractly, but this music has also moved me and helped me to communicate on a level that our distinct languages might not allow. I hope you feel the same.

Hello, my name is Denis and I am 29 years old. I am from Ukraine, Kharkov.
We really need money for treatment. I have hypoplasia of the right vertebral artery, poor venous outflow, a problem with blood circulation and blood vessels.
She was also recently diagnosed with anxiety and depression.
You need $2,000 for treatment, the amount is not very large, but I can’t collect it myself (I applied to foundations, charity, etc. result – 0)
I would be glad for any help🙏
Guys, the state of the f*** is dangerous, I lie almost all the time, I only get up to eat and go to the toilet …

I hope we can help and get Danny over the line so he and his partner can get treated. Kharkiv has absolutely been on my mind lately, too, as our friend Artemiy of Sinevibes has fled his native city and home with his family. I hope to see them both in Kharkiv when we can, and that we can give support to rebuilding the free city.

Here’s the gorgeous score for his debut on Wunderblock, The Origin:

Geometry entered hard-hitting, trippy industrial techno out of our dreams, with support from Dave Tarrida, Patrick DSP, Mary Velo, and others. It’s really a sonic combination unlike any I’ve heard before. (Danny tells me he’s a heavy FL Studio and plug-in user, even though the results sound like stacks of hardware.)

And what he did with his remix of my Celestial Inbetween to me was simply cosmic – almost like instead of getting a remix back, getting a sonic fragment you remember from a past lifetime.

Please join us in helping Danny. (For after Bandcamp Friday, I’ll look at whether we can set up a more lasting donation link…)

Premiere: Workforce ‘Reintegration feat. Leroy Horns’

UK drum & bass artist Workforce will release his debut solo album, ‘Set & Setting’, via Must Make Music this month. Listen to the closing track, ‘Reintegration feat. Leroy Horns’, below. 

Set for release on 20th May, the 12-track LP comes on the back of three prolific years from the ex-Spectrasouler. After over 16 years on the scene, he has earned a reputation for richly produced d&b, blending everything from roughneck breaks to liquid rollers with a knack for melody and atmosphere. Having demonstrated the evolution of his sound as a solo artist across his ‘Late Night Soundtrack’ EP series, as well as on his ‘Moods’ EP on Critical Music, ‘Set & Setting’ is a landmark moment. Alongside collaborations with Shady Novelle, Madi Lane and Leroy Horns, the album features some of the most accomplished music of Workforce’s career, produced with a deft hand and a devotion to the craft. 

Speaking about the album, Workforce said: “I’m intrigued by the interplay of the variables that can affect our lived experiences – particularly music and visual art. By extension, I’ve also become slightly obsessed with the idea that there is no objective reality. Rather, our sense observations are edited by the brain into a reanimation that we call a ‘Reality’. It’s subjective and not objective.  

“Without wanting to be overly existential or aggrandising, with this project I wanted to incorporate the essence of these concepts – to be aware of the influence both my mindset and my setting have upon the creative process and the outcomes, and for those outcomes to circle back and encourage both emotional and physical responses in both the listener and myself.”

Pre-order ‘Set & Setting’ here

The Haçienda to host 40th anniversary rave in car park on original club site

The Haçienda is set to host a 40th-anniversary rave in the car park of the original club’s site.

Located in the basement car park of the Hacienda apartments on Manchester’s Whitworth Street West, the party is slated to take place on 21st May and marks 40 years to the day that the legendary Manchester nightspot first opened to the public.

According to The Manchester Evening News, a letter has been sent to residents by the event’s organisers – Peter Hook, Paul Fletcher, James Masters and Aaron Mellor – who have been invited to join in the celebrations.

“As you might be aware, FAC51 The Hacienda celebrates its 40th anniversary in May 2022, having opened its doors in May 1982 to create the legacy which has given the apartments their unique heritage and history,” reads the letter.

“Some might remember or may even have attended the event which we did for the 30th anniversary in 2012 which was much praised and this event will be generally similar to our previous event in the car park. All proceeds from the event are to be donated directly to charities.”

The Haçienda and Manchester’s Factory Records label are set to form part of the focus of a new British pop culture exhibition, which will launch on 19th May at Manchester’s John Rylands Research Institute and Library. The exhibition forms part of an overall project which the organisation says is “dedicated to the preservation and research of popular culture”.

Earlier this year, DJ Paulette, a former resident at the Haçienda, announced a new book about her life.

Diplo, Duke Dumont, Channel Tres, and more to headline Splash House’s first of three weekends

Diplo, Duke Dumont, Channel Tres, and more to headline Splash House’s first of three weekendsSplash House 1

From June 10 – 12, Splash House will bring the heat back to the Palm Springs desert. Diplo, Channel Tres, Dombresky back-to-back Noizu, and more will headline Splash House’s June pool parties, while Duke Dumont and Yotto will headline the after-hours shows at the Palm Springs Air Museum.

For its ninth iteration, Splash House will expand to three weekends for the first time in festival history. In addition to its June 10 – 12 run, Splash House will return to Palm Springs with a reloaded array of artists for August 12 – 14 and August 19 – 21 stints.

Splash House is a festival like no other, offering three stages, each of which is hosted at a different Palm Springs resort. Details on Splash House accommodations packages at the Renaissance, Margaritaville, and Saguaro hotels are available here, in addition to other ticketing information for the 21-and-up event.

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Point Blank Tutorial: How to Create Dark Techno Atmospheres Using Reverb

In this tutorial, Point Blank’s Course Content Developer, Chris Martin, demonstrates how to create dark techno atmospheres using reverb in Ableton Live as well as the DAW’s effects chain.

This technique can be used across a range of genres when creating hard hitting tracks with atmospheric elements. Taking inspiration from Maya Jane Coles’ track, ‘Burning Bright‘, Chris shows how you can create interesting reverb tails to add that bit extra to your synth lines. This video was taken from Point Blank’s Music Production and Sound Engineering Intro to Production (Ableton) modules. To find out more about their music production and sound engineering courses, head here.

To kick off the tutorial Chris loads up a simple loop in Ableton Live, consisting of a kick, hats and an FM synth part. To make the synth part “wetter” and less sharp, Chris adds Ableton’s Reverb plugin as an insert on the channel. He alters the reverb to taste, so there’s a nice fading tail on the sound, before trialling some changes in the reverbs high and low frequencies. He then furthers his experimentation by tweaking other parameters to get the desired effect.

Want to learn more about Music Production and Sound Engineering, DJing, the music business and more? Then be sure to check out Point Blank’s courses in LondonLA, and Online. Plus, they’re currently offering 30% off their Ibiza DJ/production course which starts on 23rd May. Head here to grab your discount code.