Subtronics has released his highly-anticipated collaboration with Ace Aura titled “Resist” along with his second official Cyclops Recordings label compilation, Planet Cyclops. In a similar fashion to last year’s 19-track compilation, Boot Camp which launched the label in December 2020, Planet Cyclops, is split up between three volumes: High Knees Headquarters, Psychedelic Division, and Heavy Artillery, featuring the likes of LEVEL UP, Dr. Lobster, Guppi, Al Ross, Ripple, Syzy, FLY, Stoned LeveL, TYNAN, Jkyl & Hyde and more.
Through its bulldozing combination of wonky basslines and distorted rhythms, Subtronics’ new single with Ace Aura “Resist” exuberantly leads the cutting-edge 20-track label compilation which candidly follows Subtronics’ gritty collaboration with Excision “Bunker Buster” which landed back in April. Each of the compilation’s three subsets are designed with a specific bass niche in mind. From psychedelic, genre-fluid sonic musings, to battering low-end breaks, ranging between the experimental and the festival-ready, Planet Cyclops incorporates a wide variety of sub-genres that roaringly touts a number of exemplary approaches to bass music. Stream “Resist” as well as Planet Cyclops in full below.
YehMe2 dabbles in hip-hop territory with Duke Deuce featured on his new single “Dog Eat Dog.” Since his departure from Flosstradamus, the Chicago-bred producer has put out releases that draw upon a variety of musical influences, though on his latest material, YehMe2 promises to user in, “a new era,” starting with a new forthcoming EP.
Certainly while the venerated producer has untouchable credits in the trap and bass spaces, “Dog Eat Dog” does prove to be a stylistic shift for YehMe2, featuring punchy versework from Deuce and, to the surprise of many, sidesteps the typical dance cut format running entirely free of big builds or drops. YehMe2’s diverse new catalog addition, “Dog Eat Dog” featuring Duke Deuce is out now via Ultra Records. Listen below.
Skrillex never technically went anywhere—but god damn is it good to have him back. The OWSLA head honcho returns with his first single since summer 2019 when he dropped off his Show Tracks twofer, closely followed by his Grammy-nominated Boys Noize and Ty Dolla $ign feature, “Midnight Hour.” Now, Sonny Moore is delivering fresh new Skrillex material, this time bringing frequent collaborators Four Tet and Starrah along for “Butterflies.”
The new joint effort lands after a flurry of tantalizing social media movements from the 33-year-old superstar producer, hyping his long awaited return. Always one to keep fans guessing, Skrillex keep his feet firmly planted in house territory on “Butterflies,” evoking a similarly uplifting atmospheric appeal to tracks like “Would You Ever” and “Chicken Soup.” Oscillating percussion patterns weave with gated, glitching vocal chops, and Starrah’s inimitable versework to make for a deeply layered dance cut that draws from the clear chemistry between the three collaborators.
Wrapped in Four Tet and Skrillex’s individually original house-leaning methodologies, “Butterflies” doesn’t exactly signal a new direction for Skrillex, but the track clearly reflects a more seasoned, perhaps a little quieter, and matured Sonny Moore. While his days of nosebleed-inducing low-end cuts may be somewhat behind him, Skrillex proves to be as sharp as ever, and “Butterflies” may signal an oncoming metamorphosis from bass music’s prodigal son as he comes out of his shell and creatively stretches his wings.
Massane is reaching into Lane 8’s mound of “Summer 2020 Mixtape” IDs for the next affiliate from his June 4-dated freshman LP. Not even a month removed from the news of his impending This Never Happened album, paired with the delivery of its Kinnship-backed title number, Massane has now locked in a second Another Dawn extension with “5am.”
One of the standout members of Lane 8’s four-hour seasonal showing—as well as “Cove,” which will eventually sit on the album’s 11-part tracklist—”5am” strikes the chord that its title signifies. Melodic house truly does not upgrade beyond “5am,” with Massane both deftly and serenely soundtracking the early hours of a midsummer morning, further corroborating that his full-length entry is about to be overflowing with world-class production, straight out of the heart of France.
Nicky Romero takes another lap around the electronic release ring with a three-track EP billed to his side project Monocule. Monocule (Volume 2) positions two new songs—”Find You” and “Silence”—alongside the previously released “You Don’t Know.”
The EP extends Monocule’s sonic identity as that which is comparatively sinister to Romero’s own releases, providing him a creative platform for darker melodies. Monocule (Volume 2) follows the inaugural installment in the EP series, released in fall 2020. The sophomore EP is out now via Romero’s own Protocol Recordings.
Beginning his artist project in 2019, Mindchatter has quickly climbed the ranks of the electronic hierarchy as a singer, songwriter, and producer. With early support from Pete Tong on BBC Radio 1 and taste-making playlists like Friday Cratediggers on Spotify, he’s earned a multitude of Hype Machine No. 1s and further cemented himself as a genre-defying musician on his 2020 debut album Imaginary Audience.
With initial remixes from Rome In Silver and Walker & Royce, the full project recently saw its very own remix package, which featured an array of groovy reworks from Dirtybird label signee Justin Jay, remix connoisseur Johannes Brecht, and more. Some of these aforementioned remixes can be heard on episode 141 of Dancing Astronaut’s The Radar mix series, which showcases Mindchatter’s presence as a live performer and his overall musical prowess in the nearly 60-minute masterpiece.
Kicking things off with just one of many of original IDs, Mindchatter graces listeners with a blend of house music and funk-infused beats alike including tracks from Fred again…, Claude VonStroke‘s collaboration with Steve Darko “How Many Times,” the famed Walker & Royce remix of his album track “Language,” and more.
Known for its tireless ability to put the next big name in bass music before listeners, the Sable Valley continues its curatorial efforts with “CCC” from Rohaan, a UK DJ/producer who’s shook up the scene over the past few years with releases across Jadu Dala, Moving Castle, Saturate, and more. “CCC” establishes itself as a nu wave drum ‘n’ bass output chock full of dynamic energy and well-honed sound.
After releasing his first full-length album BLEACH via MAD ZOO in 2021, the budding bass icon now achieves his long-time goal (according to Twitter) of finding a home for his high-powered sound on Sable Valley—and we surely haven’t seen the last of him.
Say goodbye to limited capacity concerts—in Morrison, Colorado, at least.
Red Rocks Amphitheater is reportedly preparing to return to hosting full capacity events by July. The momentous news broke at the hands of American folk-rock band The Avett Brothers, who allegedly received notice that the historic outdoor concert venue will return to 100% capacity by July 9, the date of the group’s first of three appearances at Red Rocks. The outfit shared the update surrounding Red Rocks’ reopening in a statement published on Twitter on May 6.
The New York Timespredicts that the United States will have achieved a 60% vaccination rate by July 2021 and Colorado is on pace with this projection, but it is important to note that a 60% vaccination rate does not guarantee an all-capacity reopening. Dancing Astronaut will provide further information on Red Rocks’ summer operating status as it becomes available.
Ray Volpe is back on Subsidia Records with a melodic dubstep anthem that he is proud to have written, performed, and produced entirely on his own. A single from his upcoming EP, “Feeling This Way” is a balanced blend of melodic and heavy elements that is accompanied by lyrics fit for a self-proclaimed “sad dubstep boy.” “Feeling This Way” starts slow and even incorporates an acoustic guitar in the initial buildup before breaking into melodic bass, at which point Volpe pulls out the rug from under listeners to provide the hard-hitting drops that fans of Volpe and Subsidia alike crave.
“Feeling This Way” is Ray Volpe’s third original release of 2021 and his second on Subsidia Records. With several full-length projects already released this year, Excision‘s groundbreaking new label continues to impress and will only get stronger with staples like Volpe on the roster.
Somewhere at the subterranean intersection of hip-hop and electronic stands emerging Estonian rapper Tommy Cash. Loosely toeing the lines between underground and mainstream appeal, Cash’s energetic, lyrical flow matches with rave-ready production work to make for an enticing union of sonics that’s tailor made for rattling festival speaker systems. On his new EP, Moneysutra, Cash doles out some of his finest work to date, drawing from a cutting edge blend of influences and collaborators on the new project. Diplo, Riff Raff, $uicideboy$, BONES, and Eldzhey all feature on the new five-track run, underscoring the rhymer’s eclectic, genre-fluid style, allowing Cash to wrap his boundary pushing methodology around a variety of low-end heavy sounds. Boisterous, brazen, and even cocky at times, Moneysutra exudes a certain type of no-shits-given energy in a way that doesn’t take itself seriously at all. In fact, according to Cash,
“[The EP] is about me enjoying my life and being in the moment. These tracks are to make you move. The idea was about me going back to my roots when my pants were all sagging.”
And while Moneysutra certainly carries its own lighthearted, party-primed attitude and sense of swagger that Cash has proven to be able to back up, the project clearly feels like Cash is just now really hitting his stride. The 29-year-old rapper agrees, noting, “Every day I understand more and more what I am doing.”
Tommy Cash has already aligned his brand of rave-inspired hip-hop with a number of electronic producers who occupy similarly atypical spaces. Diplo’s well-documented penchant for making the off-beat pop makes him a natural fit on Moneysutra‘s top standout, “Zuccenberg,” adding the Mad Decent helmer to the ranks of Salvatore Ganacci, 100 Gecs, Boys Noize, Modeselektor, and Borgore who’ve already netted credits alongside Cash in the last several years.
The ¥€$ rapper’s modus operandi has always been collaborative, though he specifically hones his synergistic chops on his latest, adding, “[The] ‘Moneysutra’ concept is all about [collaboration] and energy between personas.” To that end, Riff Raff appears as perhaps the most complementary contributor to the project, with the pair’s evident commonalities, and boldness, on full display on the aptly titled “Millionaire Mullet.” To evoke the intended atmosphere of the track, Cash describes his work with Riff Raff as,
“Like eating marshmallows while cruising on the passion fruit sunset in your neon green Lamborghini.”
Now, with Moneysutra officially out in the world, Cash is ramping up to what is primed to be a a year for the books. 2022 will see the artist embark on a year-long global tour that has planned stops everywhere from San Francisco to St. Petersburg, Russia, with Berlin, Brussels, Chicago, and Philadelphia in between. And the road isn’t the only thing in Tommy’s future—the rapper sees himself coming up on a watershed moment in his career. In fact, we could be heading for this rapper’s maximalist opus sooner rather than later.
“I think right now I’m not having a gospel album moment, but rather a gradual approach to my own, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” says Cash.
Even if a cursory listen to Moneysutra is one’s point of entry to Tommy Cash’s catalog, it is immediately evident from the jump that this rapper has fire in his belly and he’s going to continue actualizing his potential. That is ultimately what makes the EP such a fun listen. It is an elbow throwing, rowdy good time from front to back, and likely just the tip of the iceberg from one of hip-hop’s most bizarrely entertaining forces.