ACRAZE is harnessing his flair for house music on his new single “Funky Town,” distributed via Black Jack Records. The Floridian producer gives Lipps Inc.’s disco-funk classic “Funkytown” a modern electronic facelift by adding tech house basslines and explosive percussive club grooves. Of the release of “Funky Town” ACRAZE said,
“Growing up, my parents would always play classic records for me when I was a kid. ‘Funky Town’ was one of those songs where I would dance all over the living room, on the couch, and even around the kitchen. When I first got into producing, I had an idea of flipping ‘Funky Town’ in my own way but didn’t go as planned. I hope you guys enjoy this record as much as I did making it.”
Returning for his first original submission of the year, Eli Brown spares no mercy in his sweltering deployment of “Trouble” with Talk Show. The Bristol producer’s collaborative ventures have been strikingly impressive, from Solardo team-up, “My Life” to Green Velvet union, “Unapologetic Raver.” Having locked down a Love Regenerator EP in 2020, Brown hones further in on his expanding domain, as seen in his recruitment of new wave punk outfit Talk Show on the Polydor Records release.
Brown conceives an acidic universe from the unlikely combination of UK peers, with punkish vocal support materializing as an anarchic command among pounding kicks and unrelenting energy. The incisive cut’s squelching synth-work and gritty aura clock in a strong techno undertaking by Brown, placing itself alongside his burgeoning vault of high-octane productions. Leaving no question of compatibility, “Trouble” etches in a fruitful sonic piece and artistic relationship “that will yield further offerings in the near future,” according to a press statement.
Stream Eli Brown’s “Trouble” with Talk Show below.
Puma has partnered with DJ Snake to breathe new life into the PUMA Mirage, a shoe that has subsisted for 50 years after initially getting its start as a track and field shoe. Later in the course of the Mirage line, Puma converted the track and field shoe to a casual running shoe that, even today, adds flair to casual street fits.
The newest edition of the PUMA Mirage, for which DJ Snake has been named a brand ambassador, sees a bright, eye-catching red juxtaposed with a dull grey and black base—a design that has style without getting too busy. The new-issue Mirage is also available in other color schemes.
In a press release, DJ Snake said of his newfound brand ambassadorship,
“I am a fan of fashion and sneaker culture, being able to join the PUMA family is an exceptional achievement, and I know my closet will have some great new additions. As a sneakerhead, I’ve always followed what PUMA releases, featuring some of them in my videos and performances. With this new partnership, I will be supporting the Mirage franchise, bringing a new perspective to one of my favorites silhouettes.”
Exclusively to Apple Music comes Zane Lowe‘s Daft Punk tribute mix, through which the New Zealand-born DJ honors his personal connection to the iconic duo, who confirmed their split in an eight-minute video, “Epilogue,” published on February 22. In a public statement, Lowe poignantly commented on Daft Punk’s split, stating,
“28 years ago, the robots came to earth and…they tried to figure out a way to get through to us as humans, but they’re robots. And they figured out that the purest way to do it was through art. That is the only way that you can truly communicate and not have your message ruined by the system. That if you make music, it’s yours, purely yours, and no one can get in between you and the people who hear it. And that’s what they did. And through music and performance, they just tried to feed us the way. They tried to show us how to connect. Put us in fields, clubs, gave us songs, made us want to hug each other, dance together, relationships, marriages, families, deep friendships, all forged thanks to the robots and their music.
…thank you, Daft Punk. I’m going to take your lessons with me forever, and my kids will and their kids will, and maybe through art, we will find a way.”
KAYTRANADA and Madlib are the foci of Driven by Sound, a new two-part documentary series spearheaded by Pitchfork that will offer viewers a chance to delve deep into the minds of the producers. Driven by Sound will specifically span in-depth conversations about their relationship to vinyl records and the impact that the musical medium has had on their respective careers.
The short docuseries will also feature a behind the scenes glimpse at the Lexus IS Wax Edition, a custom car complete with a fully operational in-car turntable. As an added bonus, Madlib and KAYTRANADA’s talents will converge on a seven-inch record accessible in Vinyl Me, Please subscribers’ April member shipments. Watch the first four minutes of the series here. Part two is due March 15.
Good news for audiophiles: Daft Punk‘s debut album Homework and their first-ever live album Alive 1997 are both slated for vinyl reissue, with the physical formats to be distributed via EMI on February 25. The repress of Homework can be preordered here. Meanwhile, Alive 1997‘s repressing is available for preorder here.
The news of EMI’s plans to reissue the turntable treats follows the February 22 announcement of Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo‘s disbandment via “Epilogue,” an eight-minute video that formalized their retirement. Though artists across the industry have since lamented Daft Punk’s retreat from the dance setting, they have also celebrated their evergreen legacy and pioneering contributions to the electronic landscape and beyond. See Zedd, ODESZA, Disclosure, and more pay tribute to Daft Punk here.
The internet has reacted rather vehemently to the news of Daft Punk‘s split, first confirmed by Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo‘s publicist, Kathryn Frazier, on February 22. In the wake of an announcement that arrested the dance music community, streams of Daft Punk’s catalog spiked by nearly 500% on February 22 compared to February 21. Song sales rose by 1,335% and digital album sales, by 2,650%, according to analytics from Alpha Data.
Daft Punk’s sophomore LP, Discovery, dominated digital album sales and audio streams on February 22. The album’s streams were up 429% compared with the day before (1.5 million streams, February 22). Its digital album sales arched by more than 8,000%.
After Discovery, Random Access Memories (600% in streams), Homework (714%), Alive 2007 (294%), and TRON: Legacy (360%) were the next five most popular albums by streaming accounts on February 22, with each long-form project enjoying a substantial jump in on-demand streams. The duo’s most-streamed songs on February 22 were “Get Lucky” (180%), “One More Time” (368%), “Harder Better Faster Stronger” (418%), “Around the World” (381%), and “Instant Crush” (392%).
On February 22, an estimated 459,334 people streamed Daft Punk for the very first time on Spotify. Watch “Epilogue,” Daft Punk’s eight-minute video announcing their retirement, here.
No strangers to collaboration, Cheat Codes and Danny Quest join for a third original in their newest single, “That Feeling,” with Hayley May as they continue to validate their creative compatibility. The latest output also marks Cheat Codes’ third release of the year, as they gear up for their forthcoming debut LP, Hellraisers.
From the first note, the vocal hook transfixes listeners. The track then sets out on a dance-evoking mission, supported by a brilliant blend of piano lines and house notes that keep the tempo high and the euphoria even higher.
Danny Quest and Cheat Codes’ “That Feeling” featuring Hayley May is out now via Spinnin Records. Stream below.
There’s no sitting on the sidelines for SG Lewis‘ times rollout, which—now in its post-drop phase—has proven so robust as to warrant its classification as “The Big Dance” of its own kind. As the times disco ball continues to turn, much of listeners’ anticipation to return to the dance floor is indubitably owed to Lewis and his debut LP. And, with fire in his chest, he’s spiking it further. Cue the official music video for “One More.”
The last single to predate times, the Nile Rodgers-assisted “One More” was a highlight of times – The Live Experience on February 19, and at Lewis’ gracious call, the live performance of the inclusion landed on YouTube. “One More,” the very first song that Lewis conceived for times in Los Angeles, is now expanding its visual footprint with an Aidan Cullen-directed accompaniment that follows the split-screen proceedings of an evening out, experienced by Lewis himself and his costar, Bar Maldonado. The mannequins that accent the club setting can be read as a clever representation of the many nondescript strangers with whom one might brush shoulders during a jaunt out, giving depth to a visual that hooks eyes from the very first second.
Introducing The Space Station, our exclusive Audius playlist focused on exposing new and exciting music from independent artists.
Since 2009, Dancing Astronaut has been sharing music for the love of it. Like many electronic music fans, we grew up on Soundcloud. We got our start sharing mash-ups, bootlegs, and remixes from then unknown artists who were pioneering a new style of sound on the internet. Unfortunately, those days are far behind Soundcloud, but our crate-digging and music-sharing obsession is still going strong. And, if you’re anything like us, you’re sick and tired of seeing the same artists populating every EDM playlist on Spotify.
So where do you turn? The answer is simple; AUDIUS.
Finally, there is new platform that’s as exciting as Soundcloud felt during those early years.
Every week, we’ll be updating The Space Station. On it you’ll find some familiar faces and plenty you’ve never seen before — and that’s the point. No label plants. No walled gardens. No slotting fees. Just good music, updated every week.
We’re looking for submissions from creators and producers to submit their music to us to be featured on the playlist. No matter the genre, let us hear what you’re making.