New meets old in Bonobo’s remix of Michael Kiwanuka’s ‘Final Days’

New meets old in Bonobo’s remix of Michael Kiwanuka’s ‘Final Days’Bonobo By Dan Medhurst

The elusive Bonobo returns with his first remix in three years, unexpectedly taking on the soulful and funky fresh source material of Michael Kiwanuka’s “Final Days.”

Those familiar with Kiwanuka’s raw, folk-rock style might pinpoint his style as a bit left field of Bonobo’s, but while the producers might fall on different ends of the spectrum, the resulting harmony in Bonobo’s spin simply speaks for itself. Bonobo’s remix is a bit of new meets old, with the seasoned producer complementing his more recent affinity for four-on-the-floor beat structures with his established ability to not only harness but also polish the vocal track at hand.

With a handful of singles arriving in the past year, and now, his first remix in several, rumors of Bonobo’s next full-length LP have begun circulating, but nothing has been confirmed as of yet. For now, listeners can stream his remix of Michael Kiwanuka’s “Final Days” below.

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Make no mistake—dance music is born from black culture. Without black creators, innovators, selectors, and communities, the electronic dance music we hold so dear would simply not exist. In short, dance music is deeply indebted to the global black community and we need to be doing more. Black artists and artists of color have played a profound role in shaping the sound and culture of dance music and now more than ever, it is necessary for everyone in the music community to stand up for the people that have given us so much. Dancing Astronaut pledges to make every effort to be a better ally, a stronger resource, and a more accountable member of the global dance music community. Black Lives Matter—get involved here:  

Black Lives Matter

My Block My Hood My City

National Lawyers Guild Mass Defense Program

Black Visions Collective

Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Legal Defense Initiative

The Bail Project

The Next Level Boys Academy

Color of Change

Committee to Protect Journalists

Stream Juice WRLD’s first posthumous album, ‘Legends Never Die,’ featuring Skrillex, Halsey, and more

Stream Juice WRLD’s first posthumous album, ‘Legends Never Die,’ featuring Skrillex, Halsey, and moreJuice WLRD Michael HurcombShutterstock

Juice WRLD‘s first posthumous album, Legends Never Die, has arrived. The late Chicago rapper’s newest project features a star ensemble of talent including Trippie Redd, Halsey, Polo G, and more, with multiple artists making sonic cameos across the LP’s 21 tracks. Of interest to electronic dance music fans is Skrillex‘s credit as a writer and producer of Legends Never Die inclusion, “Man of the Year.”

Following Juice WRLD’s untimely death in 2019, word of unreleased material from the “Lucid Dreams” hitmaker circulated before the news broke that there was indeed a posthumous album on the way and slated to arrive on July 10. In the time leading up to the LP’s release, four singles circled the release ring, including the Halsey-equipped “Life’s A Mess.” The highly-anticipated project is expected to earn Juice WRLD his second No. 1 debut after his 2019 LP, Death Race for Love.

Legends Never Dies is out via Grade A Productions and Interscope Records. Stream below.

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MK enamors with another remix, revamps Ant Saunders’ ‘MISCOMMUNICATIONS’

MK enamors with another remix, revamps Ant Saunders’ ‘MISCOMMUNICATIONS’MK

MK is continuing his stream of remixes with his revamp of Ant Saunders’ “MISCOMMUNICATIONS.” The latest edit follows the producer’s recent rework of Jackson Wang‘s “100 Ways,” and finds MK continuing to demonstrate that his remixes can be as polarizing as his original releases, thanks to the infectious layers that he adds on each re-imaginative endeavor.

On his take, MK implements a pulsing piano backdrop that attracts attention but allows the vocals to remain the focal point of the release. The song’s jazzy notes do enough to keep the energy alive, but subtle, energetic production flairs take the euphoria to the next level. The dance-worthy single is the perfect track to liven up a Saturday night; it’s MK at his finest. The remix is out now via Trash Bin LLC.

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Make no mistake—dance music is born from black culture. Without black creators, innovators, selectors, and communities, the electronic dance music we hold so dear would simply not exist. In short, dance music is deeply indebted to the global black community and we need to be doing more. Black artists and artists of color have played a profound role in shaping the sound and culture of dance music and now more than ever, it is necessary for everyone in the music community to stand up for the people that have given us so much. Dancing Astronaut pledges to make every effort to be a better ally, a stronger resource, and a more accountable member of the global dance music community. Black Lives Matter—get involved here:  

Black Lives Matter

My Block My Hood My City

National Lawyers Guild Mass Defense Program

Black Visions Collective

Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Legal Defense Initiative

The Bail Project

The Next Level Boys Academy

Committee to Protect Journalists

Matisse & Sadko’s old-school progressive ID, ‘Now or Never,’ gets full-fledged release

Matisse & Sadko’s old-school progressive ID, ‘Now or Never,’ gets full-fledged releaseD3O4WRksAAQsZH

The names that have sustained an abiding progressive identity as favorably as Matisse & Sadko are few and far in between. Although “Best Thing” and “Strings Again” are in their 2020 release rearview, the Russian brothers have remained quiet during the coronavirus pandemic, taking advantage of the ancillary time and translating it into musical yield. For their third product of the year, Matisse & Sadko have returned home yet again to submit their highly coveted ID, “Now or Never,” through Martin Garrix’s STMPD RCRDS.

Matisse & Sadko found a fitting pathway for building momentum for their next release when they initially trialed “Now or Never” during Martin Garrix’s Dutch waters boat stream. The then-ID garnered considerable attention, earning recognition as one of the most highly sought unreleased pieces played during Garrix’s set. Setting out to produce something suggestive of the early 2010’s progressive heart, Matisse & Sadko prevail in doing just that as the pair decisively captures that unmistakable generation with another crisply-made production.

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AXIS 210: Ship Wrek go ID crazy for 60 minutes [Stream]

AXIS 210: Ship Wrek go ID crazy for 60 minutes [Stream]IMG 3472

In the past year, Los Angeles-based duo Ship Wrek has stepped into the spotlight. The individual members of the production pair, Tripp Churchill and Collin Maguire, connected in 2019 and subsequently saw their originals and remixes played out in live sets by Skrillex, The Chainsmokers, and Chris Lake, shortly thereafter, invigorating the electronic circuit.

Ship Wrek’s sound is distinct and groovy. It’s house music that anyone can cruise to, and it’s been displayed on official remixes for DJ Snake and A R I Z O N A, as well as collaborations such as “Obsession” with Valentino Khan and “It’s My House” with Dillon Francis.

Their latest collaboration, “Only A Fool,” includes chart-topping Swedish duo, Galantis, and features vocals from R&B superstar Pink Sweat$. For the 210th episode of AXIS, Ship Wrek allow the uplifting new release to get some air time alongside deep dancing cuts such as the Bellecour remix of Wuki‘s “NYC 2 LA,” Chris Lake‘s “I Remember,” “Downstairs” by CID and Jaquell, and some own Ship Wrek’s own celebrated originals. The main attraction of the AXIS installment, however, is the high volume of IDs piled into the 60 minute showing, making for a large collection of unreleased gems.

Kaleena Zanders and VenessaMichaels lead forthcoming EP with sweet single, ‘Creme Brûlée’ [Q&A]

Kaleena Zanders and VenessaMichaels lead forthcoming EP with sweet single, ‘Creme Brûlée’ [Q&A]Kaleena Zanders Venessamichaels

Finding two ingredients that work together with seamless fluidity is a cause for celebration. Chocolate and peanut butter; strawberry and banana. These sweet examples aptly reflect the synergistic nature of Kaleena Zanders and VenessaMichaels‘ own pairing, which has yielded a new single demonstrative of the duo’s creative chemistry, “Creme Brûlée.”

Like many relationships in the 21st century, theirs began with a complimentary Twitter exchange back in 2017. Fast forward over three years and countless evenings at Saddle Ranch—Los Angeles’ resident honky-tonk—later, the two have become a powerhouse of musical exploration.

Both Zanders and VenessaMichaels immediately bonded over their shared extravagant, no-holds-barred senses of humor and unhindered passions for their craft. For Zanders, “craft” means her role as a dominant vocalist and multi-talent who’s previously worked with Moon Boots, AC Slater, SNBRN, and more. For VenessaMichaels, it signifies her status as an ace producer and DJ whose reputation has largely been defined by the diversity of sounds that her music engages.

Together, they have used their shared qualities to bring out the best in each other, a path to collaborative prowess that has culminated in the launch of their creative platform, Go Off Studios. Go Off is the living manifestation of why these two artists work so well together: their affinity for various forms of media and entertainment, coupled with a vibrancy of personality that flavors their inventive outputs.

Go Off Studios, however, is just the beginning. Zanders and VenessaMichaels are currently preparing to release their five-track EP, Sunset Situations, due later this year. The EP is led by “Creme Brûlée,” the first single from the project to gain a release.

Dancing Astronaut spoke to Zanders and VenessaMichaels about their new single as well as the shared niche they have carved and continue to chisel with their new creative co-venture.

You two have clearly come a long way since meeting on Twitter. At what point did you know this partnership had so much potential and how does it feel coming so far from that first interaction?

Zanders & VenessaMichaels: “Literally our first session together, we were cracking each other up over the lyrics and ideas that we had. We just kept throwing ideas back and forth and we would be like, ‘write it down.’ It was effortless because we are both uncensored and confident in our process. We really just made it an experience, and we knew it was only the beginning. During the process of making this EP, we’ve grown so much as producers, writers, and just creators in general.”

“Creme Brûlée is the first track off Sunset Situations, due later this year. Being that this song is already very diverse sound-wise, what sort of musical exploration can we expect from the full EP? Leading off of that, can you also please describe the shared workflow that leads to such eclectic music?

Zanders & VenessaMichaels: “You can expect a little bit of everything in Sunset Situations. Overall, it’s an electronic multiverse with a touch of ’90s, alternative r&b, hip-hop, club, and house. We wanted to showcase the variety of genres that we love and that inspire us. We wanted to tell a visual story that lives in 2090. 2090 is the world we can imagine being in if the ’90s was born in the future. It is an all-inclusive, vivid, [and] bright world, and there are no limits.”

“Creme Brûlée” marks the first release from Go Off Studios, your shared label and creative platform. You’ve put out one video in the past, which combined elements of music, animation, comedy, and eccentric visuals. How does that aesthetic, which draws from so many different art forms, represent you two as people and how does it represent your friendship?

Zanders & VenessaMichaels: “We both love every form of expression and believe we aren’t limited to just telling stories through music. We both have experience creating music for TV, films, and other artists, so naturally, we are thinking in 3D. We love to pull in other characters from our daily lives, and love to get our friends involved. We bounce ideas off of each other until they come to life, and that’s why we have such a strong connection as friends and collaborators.”

With Go Off Studios touching so many different art forms, what is your grand vision for this project? Where do you see it going in 3 years, 5 years, and even 10 years?

Zanders & VenessaMichaels: “We want to have everything! Short films, feature films, music videos, merch, episodic cartoons, events that GO OFF!, a record label, a spacecraft, and a sailboat. We are literally manifesting all of it and more.”

VenessaMichaels, you’ve described your own genre of music as “2090.” How would you explain 2090 to listeners, and how does that style come to life on “Creme Brûlée?”

VenessaMichaels: “2090 is a world where cultures align from past and future worlds to indulge in a vivid, new-age experience. The world is kind, bright, and bold. ‘Creme Brûlée’ is the perfect example of 2090; the song is nostalgic, but has its own identity. There are influences of the ’90s within the emotion of it, but it was born in a futuristic state of mind. It’s an original, unique, bold, and beautiful bop.”

Kaleena Zanders, you’re known all across this scene as a vocalist, with features on hits across genres. How does it feel to be stepping into a larger role as a curator and creative director with this new EP and Go Off?

Zanders: “It feels extremely significant, because I do desire for people to see me as more than just a singer/vocalist. There are quite a few creative passions I have. In fact, I started off majoring in Radio Television and Film, but music took over my life (in the best way). It has been an amazing platform to now showcase all that I am capable of.”

With the future of shows and events still very much uncertain, what are you two focusing on for the rest of 2020 and beyond?

Zanders & VenessaMichaels: “We are focusing on our music and dialing in the world that we are creating visually, and these will be experiences that live online. We hope to collaborate with other creators to expand our project, and also help others through this time that is uncertain. It’s going to take all creators on deck for everything.”


Make no mistake—dance music is born from black culture. Without black creators, innovators, selectors, and communities, the electronic dance music we hold so dear would simply not exist. In short, dance music is deeply indebted to the global black community and we need to be doing more. Black artists and artists of color have played a profound role in shaping the sound and culture of dance music and now more than ever, it is necessary for everyone in the music community to stand up for the people that have given us so much. Dancing Astronaut pledges to make every effort to be a better ally, a stronger resource, and a more accountable member of the global dance music community. Black Lives Matter—get involved here:  

Black Lives Matter

My Block My Hood My City

National Lawyers Guild Mass Defense Program

Black Visions Collective

Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Legal Defense Initiative

The Bail Project

The Next Level Boys Academy

Committee to Protect Journalists

Weekend Rewind: Madeon’s breakthrough ‘Pop Culture’ turns nine

Weekend Rewind: Madeon’s breakthrough ‘Pop Culture’ turns nineMadeon

Nowadays, Madeon is one of the biggest artists in electronic music. With two albums under his belt, each of which hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic chart, and his monumental Shelter tour with Porter Robinson, the French producer’s career has only continued to soar to new heights.

The beginning of his massive success can be traced back to “Pop Culture,” Madeon’s viral Launchpad mashup created when he was just 17 years old. In an interview with Dancing Astronaut in 2019, Madeon reminisced on the track, stating,

It changed my life and I still really enjoy it, listening back to it and performing it in sets. It was so spontaneous because it was literally the first thing I did when I got a launchpad. I just had that idea, I went to the store and then shot it that night. I just saved it and didn’t put it out right away because I wasn’t that secure about it I guess.

Then, I got more confident like, ‘You know what? This will probably do 10,000 or 100,000 views.’ So I put it up and went on vacation. It blew up and I didn’t even see it so my manager called me and was like ‘Hey, so here’s what’s going on.’ I was on vacation in somewhere with no internet so I could only go to the cafe every few days. Between the time I arrived and the first time I went to the cafe, it had several million views which was so cool.

Nine years later, “Pop Culture” remains a bright example of Madeon’s inherent sonic ability and his keen ear. Made all the brighter by the dazzling body of work that Madeon has gone on to release in the time since, his 39-song mashup will certainly be remembered as a landmark moment in electronic music history.

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FKA Twigs debuts new short film empowering women, ‘We are the Womxn’

FKA Twigs debuts new short film empowering women, ‘We are the Womxn’Fkatwigs Michael Zorn

English singer-songwriter FKA twigs released a new short film, We are the Womxn, on July 9. The three-minute video, created as part of WeTransfer’s WePresent series, documents the artist’s time in Atlanta during and after her 2019 performance at the Afropunk Festival. In addition to her closing set at the festival, twigs hosted a women-centered celebration featuring a moon dance led by spiritual leader, Queen Afua, and a gathering at Blue Flame, Atlanta’s first black strip club.

The film details these events, capturing twigs, her fans, and the dancers at Blue Flame dancing for one another in a celebration of their own femininity. The result is a stunning and empowering tapestry of female power and healing.

The reason for holding the event at Blue Flame is twofold. First, to pay homage to an essential landmark in the history of Atlanta hip-hop, and second, to turn the tables on a patriarchal, male-dominated space, celebrating pole dance as an art form as opposed to an object of male fantasy.

Speaking on the experience, twigs said,

“My experience at the Blue Flame solidified that, although historically [women] are often pitched against each other of their looks of their assets by the patriarchy, when left to our own devices we are incredibly nurturing and healing for each other.”

Featured image: Michael Zorn

Shadient drops eerie and celestial new EP, ‘Infinite Structure’

Shadient drops eerie and celestial new EP, ‘Infinite Structure’Shadient Ishashah

Shadient‘s new EP, Infinite Structure, is a revelation for fans of experimental bass music. The London-based producer’s third EP is full of twists, turns, and spirals that create an immersive sonic landscape in just three tracks. The dark, moody synths in “Fade” give way to whimsical melodies sung by vocalist fknsyd in “Miles of Mind.” “Erode” is the perfect contrast between the two, beginning with an uptempo, dance-worthy beat before spiraling into an eerie, bass-heavy drop.

Since the release of his 2017 debut EP, winter=reality, Shadient has been on the rise, capturing the attention of esteemed dance entities like REZZ, Porter Robinson, Madeon, and RL Grime. Infinite Structure, released July 10 on NGHTMRE and SLANDER‘s GUD VIBRATIONS, is surely just a taste of what is to come from Shadient.

All proceeds from Infinite Structure will be donated directly to Reclaim the Block, North Star Health Collective, and Louisville Community Bail Fund.

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Crank up the volume on Crankdat’s menacing new dubstep cut, ‘BADFUTURE’

Crank up the volume on Crankdat’s menacing new dubstep cut, ‘BADFUTURE’Crankdat Approved Live Shot

Crankdat has made his return to Kayzo‘s Welcome Records with a battering new dubset cut, “BADFUTURE.” 2020 has already been a landmark year for Crankdat, seeing the producer releasing EPs on Kannibalen Records and Disciple Records, as well as two standout singles with Monstercat. Whether he leans melodic or heavy, Crankdat always manages to deliver, and “BADFUTURE” firmly lands him another win.

“BADFUTURE,” certainly makes a compelling case for dubstep jam of the summer. The song opens with bright vocal chops cutting through a tantalizing arpeggio, followed by a quick buildup. The drops feature Crankdat’s signature gritty, metallic sound design and tight drums, packed with energy from core to perimeter. With his discography expanding increasingly quickly year-over-year, “BADFUTURE” continues extending Crankdat’s track record of making impressive low-end ammunition.