Somehow, it’s been a decade since Icona Pop and Charli XCX released their massive record, “I Love It (I Don’t Care).” Read that again, let the shock settle, and assuage it by streaming the commemorative remix of the time-honored original.
The electro-pop pioneers recently convened with fellow Swedish producers Osrin and Ellis to fashion a celebratory rework in honor of “I Love It (I Don’t Care)’s” 10-year anniversary.
“We are so proud of what we have achieved with ‘I Love It’ over these past 10 years. It’s always hard to beat that first vision you have for a song, but we wanted to take a fresh look at it together with some of our favorite new producers and bring it closer to the experience of Icona Pop live in 2022,” Icona Pop said.
“I Love It (I Don’t Care)” has received worldwide acclaim, garnering more than 1 billion streams and a five-time RIAA platinum certification since its release on June 19, 2012.
Southern California continues to be a site of interest in which emergent festivals are planting their flags, and from July 2 – 3, Loving Life Music & Arts Festival will do just that. The inaugural installment of Loving Life will take place at Los Angeles Center Studios to the tunes of Devault, Matoma, Snakehips, Klingande, and Vanic, among dozens of other acts slated to perform over the weekend.
Loving Life Festival seeks to promote a community of love through the art of music and dance and through a culture of inclusivity, safety, and creativity. The festival prides itself on giving back, and organizers have committed to donate a portion of the profits to mental health initiatives and environmentally conscious projects. Tickets to to the first-year event are available for purchase here; view the phase two lineup below.
After making it to the finals, which took place virtually late last month, Michelle has now shared her scratching and portablist skills for this year’s competition via Instagram. You can watch her entry below.
Before Michelle, who is from Dubai, first entered the DMC competition last year, the previous youngest entrant to the championships was Japan’s DJ Rena, who was 12 at the time of competing.
The DMC World DJ Championships started in 1985 with the competition established to test DJs’ scratching and turntablist talent across a variety of different categories.
KUČKA is coming off a live performance of “ESCAPE” with Flume at Coachella with a reverent display of her aptitude for sound design and lyrical virtuosity.
“‘Messed Up’ is the first release from a new record I’ve been working on… The new tracks have a bit of a different vibe to them from Wrestling—more fast and loose, and a bit more outwardly expressive,” KUČKA exclusively told Dancing Astronaut.
Her first release of 2022, “Messed Up” is a reverberating dance cut that features a dazzling array of textures, distortions, and a tinge of UK-garage. However, even amid these ear-catching elements, it’s the songstress-producer’s other-worldly octaves that ultimately captivate audiences. The track’s overarching narrative centers on “situations that we can get into that we know are bad for us, but it’s also the reason that we are drawn to them,” KUČKA said.
The accompanying visual for “Messed Up” is a psychedelic, lucid dream. Bodies crash into each other in hues of purple, pink, and blue as they mosh along a stage, clamoring in synchronization to an enchanting sound arrangement. Self-written and composed by the Aussie vocalist herself, “Messed Up” bolsters KUČKA’s status as an innovative creator by underscoring her poignant songwriting and bewitching, labyrinthine productions.
The new single follows her acclaimed debut album, Wrestling. KUČKA is currently touring Australia; listeners can come along for the ride by following the independent artist on Instagram. In the meantime, “Messed Up” can be streamed below.
Armin van Buuren has announced quite the ambitious musical undertaking—a trifecta of albums that he hopes “will inspire listeners to come together, seize the moment and, above all else, feel again.”
On May 30, the Global Oceans Ambassador cemented the series’ lead single. The trilogy’s title track, “Feel Again,” arrives via Armada Music and features vocals from American singer-songwriter Stephen Wrabel, mononymously known as Wrabel.
Although van Buuren has yet to confirm the release dates for the latter installations, he has announced that Feel Again, Part 1 will materialize on June 10. The Dutch DJ contextualized the Feel Again series in an official statement, remarking
“I’m really excited to announce my upcoming Feel Again album series. The past couple of years have been particularly trying for everyone, and I feel it’s time to not only bring my fans together on dance floors again, but also to show the lessons I’ve learned throughout my career and in the past two years in particular.”
After a headlining show in Manchester last month—his first performance in the city in half a decade—van Buuren took over Amsterdam’s Ziggo Dome for five “This Is Me – Feel Again” concerts between June 2 – 5. Looking ahead, the A State of Trance (ASOT) label boss is gearing up for six shows in Ibiza this summer, as well as an array of international tour dates, including an appearance at New York City’s Electric Zoo 3.0, that currently run through March 4, 2023. View the full list of dates here.
As Armin van Buuren prepares to launch Part 1 of this new musical journey, listeners can stream the album trilogy’s foundational single, “Feel Again,” below.
This Pride Month, Apple Music is presenting subscribers with a mix series featuring queer-identifying DJs around the world, including CloZee, DJ Minx, DJ Oshkosh, Doss, and more. Installments in the Pride Month mix series will roll out each Sunday of June. The individual mixes will come in tandem with artist interviews, as well as commentary that speaks to why the artists chose the specific songs that they did. CloZee, for instance, said she “selected songs that radiate positivity, love, and power,” when detailing the curative ethos behind her recent mix.
Her February collaboration with GRiZ, “Color Of Your Soul,” is the track she was “most excited to include” of the 19 that make up her mix, given “both [of us] being queer artists and the colorful message of the song.”
“When we play this live, it’s just a huge Pride moment, with rainbow lasers and visuals. It’s always super fun,” she explained.
In addition to Apple Music’s annual Pride Month mix series, the platform is also bringing forth Proud Radio with Hattie Collins, a serial that will include interviews from Princess Nokia, Orville Peck, FLETCHER, and more, as well as aneditorial feature (“Our Spaces”) that seeks to spotlight the music and history of pivotal spaces for the LGBTQ+ community.
Celebrate Pride Month with Dancing Astronaut and Apple Music by listening to the latest mix series.
The first artists for Isle of Malta MTV music week have been announced.
After previously hosting the likes of Steve Aoki, Martin Garrix and Calvin Harris, Isle of Malta MTV music week has announced first names performing at the event – which takes place from the 14th to the 24th July 2022.
On Tuesday 19th July, the Isle of MTV flagship concert will take place, with Marshmello and French Montana the first names revealed as headliners. Following the afterparty, there will be a hip-hop and reggaeton showcase from Mamacita resident DJs on the 20th, the IOMTV Day Boat Party on the 21st, and an MTV takeover at G7 Fridays featuring Ella Eyre on the 22nd July.
On Saturday the 23rd July, DJ Mag will present the official Isle of MTV Pool Party at the new Bora Bora Malta, venue featuring an unannounced special guest, before a closing party on the 24th at Café Del Mar with Joel Corry.
You can find out more about Isle of Malta MTV music week and book tickets here.
Gorillaz have taken to social media to tease a new single, called ‘Cracker Island’.
A brief clip, which features each cartoon member of the group, was shared online this week, alongside the caption “Cracker Island is coming…” and the hashtag #thelastcult. Watch the clip below.
After that, the group posted two images — one depicting the full group and the other featuring member 2D alone — alongside the caption “2D is the chosen one…”.
It’s not yet known when exactly the new track will drop, but a pre-save link has gone up online suggesting it will be sometime very soon. The track has also been a fixture of Gorillaz’s recent live shows, with the live version featuring guest vocals from Thundercat.
STAR SEED‘s rampant release run isn’t coming to a close anytime soon. The Dancing AstronautArtist to Watch in 2022 is now receiving an assist from Lexi Scatena, whose eloquent lyrics translate into an enchanting topline that sit on the duo’s newest original, “The Lines.”
The accompanying visualizer for “The Lines” helps to bring STAR SEED’s sonic story even more to life. Both the duo and Scatena elaborated on the creative process behind the video for their crossover, stating,
“We used a generative AI Google collab notebook called ‘Disco Diffusion’ in order to generate the animations via the cover art. We’ve been pretty deep into the AI space with audio and visual tools for the past few years, so being able to utilize it in our work is a lot of fun.” – STAR SEED
“Crafting this song was probably one of the most unique and experimental processes I’ve ever endured in a session, yet one of the most fun. Drew and Noah sent me the track and a synopsis of a book they wrote, so I took inspiration from it for my lyrics! Our track shares the perspective of the main character who decides to go on a treacherous journey in search for their older sibling, who ventured off during a storm into a forest to follow the lines.” – Lexi Scatena
Lane 8 had taken a well-deserved release pause after Reviver touched down in January, but he’s officially back with his first post-album release. While the days until his “Summer 2022 Mixtape” lands are undoubtedly numbered, the This Never Happened head is jumping over from his own label back to Anjunadeep. After appearing on the Anjunadeep 13 tracklist at the end of March, Lane 8 is now officially giving “No Fun” with Rae Morris is proper release.
“No Fun” follows the same path that “Is This Our Earth?” did following its Anjunadeep 12 unveiling more than a year earlier and also marks Lane 8’s first time on Above & Beyond’s imprint since then. And sonically speaking, it’s wholly contrasting to the style that Lane 8 touched upon through Reviver, with “No Fun” being the opposite of its title with an incredibly refreshing, distinctive vocal from Morris that journeys alongside a late-night avenue of melodic house. Lane 8 knew that while it wasn’t the right fit on the Reviver tracklist, he was still determined to free the fan-favorite Anjunadeep 13 cut one way or another, explaining,
“I’ve been a fan of Rae Morris’ voice since her collaboration with Icarus. She sent this song over to me whilst I was working on ‘Reviver’ and I instantly knew it was something I wanted to work on. As we went back and forth on the instrumental it became clear that however much we liked the track it wasn’t going to work on my album. Thankfully James and the rest of the Anjunadeep team heard it and wanted to include it on Anjunadeep 13. Happy to finally have this one out there.”
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