Blanke leans into drum ‘n’ bass on first of two ÆON:MODE EPs

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When Blanke sat down with Dancing Astronaut in September 2021 to outline his ÆON:MODE project on Deadbeats, he said, “there’s room in people’s libraries for drum ‘n’ bass to live.” Fast forward to June 2022, and the first of three cuts in this category are ready to nestle into listeners’ playlists.

ÆON:ONE is the first of Blanke’s two drum ‘n’ bass EPs set to release this year on Zeds Dead‘s imprint. The three-track EP includes lead single “Breathe,” which notably features his own vocals. “Polaris,” ÆON:ONE‘s second tracklisting, debuted on Australia’s Triple J radio station before the EP released in full on June 25.

Blanke’s two ÆON:MODE EPs will be his second and third of the year, respectively, following his March EP, Land of the Wayferer, released via Ophelia Records. Before the second ÆON:MODE EP hits digital streaming platforms, Blanke will take the alias live, playing in support of Zeds Dead this coming Fourth of July weekend with a special ÆON:MODE set at Red Rocks.

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Romania’s Neversea festival returns with Alesso, Madeon, Amelie Lens, and more

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The choice destination for your next summer getaway just might be the sandy beaches of Romania, where Neversea music festival will take place from July 7 – 10 in Constanta. The largest beach-side music festival in Europe, Neversea’s last rendition in 2019 attracted 240,000-plus festival-goers across its four days of music programming.

2022 has the potential to be Neversea’s most compelling iteration yet, with headliners such as Alesso, Nicky Romero, Madeon, ZHU, and more to grace the main stage. Neversea will also host invited acts on its bass stage, as well as on three different stages curated for underground house and techno music. Jamie Jones, Amelie Lens, Claptone, and Malaa are a handful of the artists positioned to play either the festival’s bass or underground stages. Throughout the weekend, more than 150 artists from all over the world will have the opportunity to share their unique sounds with the Romanian crowd.

Beyond the sunset-to-sunrise festival’s five stages—all of which are located on the beach—one can experience vibrant colors and artwork, games, photo sessions, and even tattoo corners. Food vendors will bring different cuisines including pizza, noodles, sushi, seafood, and even vegan options.

More details on Neversea 2022, including ticket information, are available on the festival’s website. See the full lineup below.

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CID debuts on Insomniac Records—stream ‘La La La’

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After teasing the ID at EDC Las Vegas‘ stereoBLOOM stage in May, CID has unlocked a true tech-house weapon. The new single, “La La La,” brandishes the captivating vocal sample popularized by Naughty Boy and Sam Smith in 2013. The summer-ready house cut lands on the heels of CID’s official remix of Diplo and Miguel‘s “Don’t Forget My Love,” signifying the Night Service Only curator’s first release on Insomniac Records.

CID boasts quite the diverse tour schedule at the moment and is set to perform at venues ranging from Echostage in Washington, DC to Marmarela Mediterranean Cocktail Club in Alicante, Spain. The New York house stalwart will also tend the decks at Electric Zoo on his home turf in September. Browse CID’s full list of tour dates here and stream “La La La” below.

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LED Presents plans packed Fourth of July weekend in San Diego with Chris Lake, Louis The Child, Said The Sky and more

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San Diego is the place to be this Fourth of July weekend and LED Presents is playing host. Louis The Child, Chris Lake, and Said The Sky are set to headline four separate events over the holiday weekend in America’s Finest City.

The festivities start on July 1 with myLED USA at Petco Park’s Gallagher Square, featuring Louis The Child and Jai Wolf as headliners alongside supporting names that include Surf Mesa, Yetep, Dot, and Lione. On July 2, the party continues at Gallagher Square with a complete takeover from Chris Lake’s Black Book Records. Black Book In The Park features label favorites like Franklyn Watts, HoneyLuv, Cristoph, and Dusky, who will all play in support of the label boss’ whopping three-hour set that will close things out.

After two consecutive nights at the ballpark, the attention turns over to the rooftop of the Hard Rock Hotel in downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp District, where Said The Sky will be performing on back-to-back days. The rooftop pool party will feature Trivecta in support on Sunday, July 3rd and William Black in support on Monday, July 4th. Trivecta has also been called on to curate the vibes via LED Presents’ Summer Hype ’22 Vol. 1 playlist on Spotify.

Tickets for all of LED Presents’ Fourth of July shows can be purchased here.

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Student designs synthesiser inspired by the abacus, Abacusynth

“The spinning interaction takes advantage of physics to illustrate a sonic phenomenon. It’s what sets the interaction apart from any software, so it was the first thing I started developing,” he continued. “Most synths cater to the ‘Big C’ creator, the professional or virtuoso who requires granular control in order to achieve their goal, and who is either willing or required to learn complex interfaces in order to do so… My target user is a “little C” creator, someone who is being creative just for the fun of it, and is more interested in feeling good while creating, instead of being focused on the outcome.” 

Currently, just one Abacusynth exists, although Jarzombek has made it clear he would like to extend the project with the introduction of individual modules that could be made commercially available. However, an Abacusynth Ableton Live plugin is already available online, and can be downloaded free of charge.

Brooklyn Record Exchange opens new store in New York

Brooklyn Record Exchange has opened a new store in New York City.

The team opened their first shop three years ago, operating in the same Bushwick address as the Elsewhere nightclub alongside its partner label Mexican Summer. Now the operation is expanding, with a second site located beneath the Mexican Summer office in Greenpoint, Brooklyn with Gary’s Electric recording studio also sharing the building. 

A launch party was held on Friday 24th June, with sets from Lauren Murada, Alyssa Stowers, and Timo Lee. The premises will welcome customers from 12PM to 8PM Wednesday to Sunday. New and used music, merchandise, books, and movies will all be on sale. There will also be dedicated sections for both Mexican Summer and the label’s reissue arm, Anthology. 

Last year, vinyl sales in the US surpassed CD purchases for the first time in 30 years, with $467million worth of wax bought in the first half of 2021 alone. 

ARTY delivers progressive house ID with Annie Schindel from EDC Las Vegas, ‘Where Have You Been’

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At the very onset of Audien‘s EDC Las Vegas appearance came an ID, and anyone that had been following ARTY for any amount of time could’ve been able to immediately pinpoint him as its developer. And those same people that had been holding on for “Where Have You Been” in the weeks that followed EDC no longer have to do so, with ARTY giving the ID a relatively quick release turnaround and delivering it with Annie Schindel exactly a month later on Armada.

“Where Have You Been” completes a release trifecta for ARTY in the first half of this year—following “Who Do You Love” and “So Good To Me“—and it fit right in during Audien’s progressive house-soaked set at EDC. Almost coming as an indirect successor to his Avicii-dedicated 2018 original “TIM,” “Where Have You Been” is a front-row seat to ARTY doing just what he does best, lining up Schindel’s rapt lyricism with a plate of triumphant, nostalgia-induced production to reaffirm the “progressive house never died” tagline once more.

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Good Morning Mix: Le Youth celebrates ‘Reminders’ with sunset stream from Ross Park

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Two weeks removed from the delivery of his debut album, Le Youth decided to fittingly celebrate Reminders with a destination set alongside This Never Happened. With his coinciding album live run coming to a close just days after the release date and his next chance to play out Reminders to an in-person audience—a supporting slot for Lane 8’s Forest Hills show in New York—approaching quickly, Le Youth took to Ross Lake Park in California for an hour-long stream.

Standing atop a hill as the Californian sun made its way down behind him, Le Youth expectedly soundtracked the lakeside stream with a handful of Reminders cuts—including “Feel Around You” with Leyet, “Pattern” with Sultan + Shepard and Emily Falvey, and “If Only” with OCULA and Nathan Nicholson—and even tossed in a pair of fresh IDs—named “Hang On” and “New Love”—that we’ll hopefully see in Lane 8‘s incoming summer mixtape. Start the morning by watching Le Youth’s soothing 60-minute set from Ross Park below.

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Moore Kismet releases debut album, ‘UNIVERSE’: Listen

Moore Kismet has released their long-awaited debut album, ‘UNIVERSE’. Listen to it below. 

The producer, DJ and LGBTQIA+ rights activist’s 17-track debut features a wide range of collaborators, including TYGKO, liam ello, Chuck Sutton, Courtney Paige Nelson, Cookie, ARIA VEIL and Lunamatic.

Alongside previously unheard tracks, the singles ‘Parallel Heartbreak’, with Pauline Herr, and ‘Flourish’, made with long-term collaborator Laxcity, all feature on the record.

Speaking about the album, Moore Kismet said: “’UNIVERSE’ is a musical culmination of my life experiences, growth as a human being, and artist over the past 17 years of my life. For five years (2018-2022), I spent countless days and sleepless nights working on what I would consider to be the best Moore Kismet project to date.”

They continued: “It’s an album about acceptance, love, chaos, unity, and figuring out your life while trying to live it. If there was any project I’ve ever made for this project that serves as the best retelling of my life, ‘UNIVERSE’ is that album.” 

Next month, Kismet is set to become the youngest artist in the history of Belgian festival Tomorrowland. They will be 17 years old at the time of the performance.

Revisit DJ Mag North America’s 2021 cover interview with the artist here.

Stream ‘UNIVERSE’ here, or listen below. 

Terje Isungset makes musical instruments out of carved Arctic ice

Acoustic instruments we think of largely in wood, string, gut, metal. Terje Isungset has spent decades making music out of ice.

Here’s a great introduction from May 2019:

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A recording from May the 2nd 2019 at Spitsbergen/Svalbard.
All of the video and the sounds/music are recorded in 10 degrees below celsius, at location – under the friendly midnight sun of Spitsbergen. It has been an honor to collaborate with Greenpeace for giving focus to “our” oceans, and try to find a way of saving the unique life there.
Many people have worked on this project. Thanks a lot to master ice carver Bill Covitz, thanks to the musicians Andreas Hesselberg Hatzikiriakidis, Åshild Brunvoll and Maria Dahlin. Thanks to all of the team at the Greenpeace boat – the people who are trying to make a change. Respect.

Please do remember:
We do need Nature.
The Nature do not need us.

Terje Isungset: composer, ice music concept & idea.
Bill Covitz: ice carver.
Dale of Norway: clothes.
Broen studio/Anders Bjelland: mix.
Duper studio: mastering.
All Ice Records – Norway.

To listen to the song: go to iTunes/Spotify etc.
Also check out the annual Ice Music festival Norway!

And yes, this ensemble travels. Here’s more explanation:

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The composer is busy now, too, working on new glacier recordings:

For more of this sort of sound, you can also check out the album label he runs, All Ice Music.

The instruments to me are already stunning – and a sense of how transformative materiality can be in instruments generally, however you compose the results. (I’d be up for lots of experimental takes on this notion…)

Thanks to @antiquedigital today for the story suggestion.

Photo at top: Knut Bry