Just four days after the November 20 release of i_o‘s “Castles In The Sky” remix, the electronic dance music community was left reeling with the news of the 30-year-old producer’s untimely death. As the shock that i_o, born Garrett Lockhart, could so soon be gone permeated through the dance music industry, i_o’s friends and professional colleagues took to social media to mourn the ever-budding talent whom the scene had so ardently embraced. JAUZ, deadmau5, ATTLAS and other sonic comrades pay tribute to i_o, whose skill and creativity will leave an indelible mark on electronic music.
The electronic music industry was sent into an unwavering shock on November 24 when the news of i_o‘s sudden passing was disclosed on his social channels. While typing that sentence still feels all too surreal fewer than 24 hours later, Dancing Astronaut is taking a moment to not only reflect on i_o’s true musical genius but also honor his life by revisiting his unforgettable performance from EDC Las Vegas‘ circuitGROUNDS in 2019.
Based solely on social media’s reception of a video of i_o playing out his “Alchemy” remix for Above & Beyond from the desert, it’s clear that i_o’s sunset performance was one to remember. In just a few short years, i_o was single-handedly pushing the confines of electronic music, introducing an innumerable count of listeners to an unfamiliar world of techno by capturing empyreal emotion and blending it into the dark, pulsating energy of the genre’s pure state. i_o was tasked with formally opening circuitGROUNDS that weekend and made every single second count. Filling up the hour-long affair to the brim with a sweeping catalog of fan-favorite originals, sought-after IDs, and more, i_o wholly exemplified why he was viewed as one of the scene’s brightest talents and how his passing has now left an irreversible void moving forward.
Lastlings are the latest sibling duo to grace electronic airwaves, and their highly anticipated debut album, First Contact, has finally arrived. The multifaceted 12-track body of work weaves traces of darkness and energetic bursts of light in and out of its diverse track list, which find Lastlings tap into a variety of genres ranging from darker pop to pulsing alt and indie. Exploring the concept of “first experiences” and the accompanying emotions, First Contact is an exhibition of siblings Amy and Joshua Dowdle’s cutting-edge dynamic, with Amy’s wistful lyrics and ethereal vocals paired seamlessly with Josh’s electronic-driven production.
In addition to the full album release, the visual pairing for previously released single “Out Of Touch” has arrived as well. Shot on location at a series of stunning landscapes throughout South Australia and Queensland, and led by Sydney-based director and creative Dylan Duclos, the video sees Josh and Amy exploring an otherworldly realm.
The duo speak about the album in an official release, stating,
“First Contact is all the moments we experience for the first time, how special they are and how important they are in shaping us as people. It is about those beautiful moments when we feel love for the first time, a child taking its first steps or traveling to a new destination. It’s also about the somber moments in our life where we have lost something or someone for the first time and how we grow and change from these. We hope that this album sparks all the beautiful and important memories, feelings and emotions that you felt when you experienced something for the first time.”
A debut is a time to make an impression, and Emery ensures that his first outing on Ophelia asserts his presence. The larger-than-life aura of Emery’s “Train To Nowhere” twist derives from his tasteful accentuation of Fatum’s original, with bass and melodic breaks proving his adaptive aces. A guest sure to attract another Ophelia-issued invite, Emery follows his October LP, THE LASERS (Unplugged), with the spin; stream below.
It’s far from a well-kept secret that the East Coast’s live electronic music space has been severely lacking throughout the years. After acquiring Washington, DC event promotion entity Club Glow and its two renowned venues, Echostage and Soundcheck, earlier in November, Pasquale Rotella and his events powerhouse brand, Insomniac Events, are making a move to rewrite the East Coast’s status with the formal launch of their Insomniac East division.
While EDC Orlando has served as Insomniac Events’ flagship East Coast festival for quite some time now, in 2021, it will officially act as Insomniac East’s first festival offshoot, with its return to Tinker Field for its 10-year anniversary slated for November 12–14, 2021. What else Insomniac East has mapped out for the coming year and beyond remains to be seen, especially considering the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, Washington, DC alone can be expected to play host to a wealth of upcoming events given Insomniac’s recent purchase.
The November 20 installation of Insomniac East’s Twitter account, billed as the “new home” for “all new East Coast Insomniac shows, festivals + lineup” announcements, is perhaps the clearest signal that Rotella and company’s East Coast bid will expand beyond EDC Orlando—and perhaps even DC—at a minimum. The next location on which Insomniac East might set its sights could very well be New York, given EDC New York‘s ongoing erasure from Insomniac Events’ destination list, dating back to 2017. The Tri-State area’s harsh deficiency in the festival department seems only to validate this possibility.
For now, read Insomniac East’s full announcement below and find more details surrounding EDC Orlando’s 2021 installment here.
@EDC_Orlando returns Nov. 12+13+14, 2021 for 3 Days of magic in the Florida Sunshine! Join us as we Celebrate 25 Years of EDC & #kineticZEN at our most epic edition yet at Tinker Field.
The Glitch Mob continue to close in on the forthcoming deluxe reissue of their 2010 LP, Drink The Sea, sharing another rare remix from the group’s vault. Led by their remix of Nalepa’s “Monday,” the latest piece to arrive from the Los Angeles trio takes on STS9‘s “Beyond Right Now.” Originally released more than ten years ago, The Glitch Mob remix has now officially landed on Spotify for the first time ever.
The Glitch Mob’s transformative reimagining of “Beyond Right Now” delivers an electronic immersion of distinct glitch-hop and bass. Retaining the psychedelic elements of its predecessor, the remix warps the lead guitar and other instrumental aspects into a sound palette primed for distortion and synapse-firing construction. Its equally exquisite and dimension-transporting qualities come in congruence with The Glitch Mob’s attuned fusion of melodic and heavy-hitting production. Both nostalgic and modern, the resurfacing of the STS9 remix is the natural commemorative advancement towards the arrival of The Glitch Mob’s decade celebration of their breakthrough album.
Drink The Sea (10 Year Anniversary Edition) will be available on December 4.
Garrett Lockhart, professionally known as i_o has died. He was 30.
The news of Lockhart’s tragic, untimely passing landed on social media on Tuesday, November 24, announcing the artist had died the day prior. As of the article’s runtime, i_o’s cause of death remains unclear.
The beloved Washington D.C.-native, who had previously released under the moniker FAWKS, had just recently inked a deal with Armada, marking the new venture with “My Head,” having previously been a staple on mau5trap‘s roster. Lockhart, a graduate of LA’s ICON Collective, had also released work via Skrillex‘s Nest HQ imprint, Dim Mak, and more. Lockhart had been previously named one of Dancing Astronaut’s Ones to Watch in 2018.
The biggest night in music for artists and producers alike, the Grammy Awards‘ 63rd annual ceremony will air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on January 31, 2021. The Recording Academy formally released the nominations for the 2021 Grammy Awards ceremony on November 24, with Madeon, Diplo and SIDEPIECE, Disclosure, KAYTRANADA, Baauer, and other esteemed electronic acts garnering nods in the Dance/Electronic categories and beyond.
Diplo and SIDEPIECE, Disclosure, Flume, Jayda G, and KAYTRANADA will battle it out on the “Best Dance Recording” end for “On My Mind,” “My High,” “The Difference,” “Both Of Us,” and “10%,” respectively. Arca (KiCk i), Baauer (PLANET’S MAD), Disclosure (ENERGY), KAYTRANADA (BUBBA), and Madeon (Good Faith) will spar for the “Best Dance/Electronic Album” honors.
Outside of the dance-specific categories, KAYTRANADA will compete for the title of “Best New Artist,” where his opponents include Ingrid Andress, Phoebe Bridgers, Chika, Noah Cyrus, D Smoke, Doja Cat, and Megan Thee Stallion. Of note, Lady Gaga’s “Rain On Me,” from the Tchami-produced Chromaticais up for “Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.” The album is also up for “Best Pop Vocal Album.”
View the 2021 Grammy Award nominees below.
Best Dance Recording: “On My Mind” — Diplo and SIDEPIECE “My High” — Disclosure featuring Aminé and slowthai “The Difference” — Flume featuring Toro Y Moi “Both of Us” — Jayda G “10%” — KAYTRANADA featuring Kali Uchis
Best Dance/Electronic Album: KiCk i — Arca PLANET’S MAD — Baauer ENERGY — Disclosure BUBBA — KAYTRANADA Good Faith — Madeon
Record Of The Year: “Black Parade” — Beyoncé “Colors” — Black Pumas “Rockstar” — DaBaby Featuring Roddy Ricch “Say So” — Doja Cat “Everything I Wanted” — Billie Eilish “Don’t Start Now” — Dua Lipa “Circles” — Post Malone “Savage” — Megan Thee Stallion Featuring Beyoncé
Song Of The Year: “Black Parade” — Denisia Andrews, Beyoncé, Stephen Bray, Shawn Carter, Brittany Coney, Derek James Dixie, Akil King, Kim “Kaydence” Krysiuk & Rickie “Caso” Tice, songwriters (Beyoncé) “The Box” — Samuel Gloade & Rodrick Moore, songwriters (Roddy Ricch) “Cardigan” — Aaron Dessner & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift) “Circles” — Louis Bell, Adam Feeney, Kaan Gunesberk, Austin Post & Billy Walsh, songwriters (Post Malone) “Don’t Start Now” — Caroline Ailin, Ian Kirkpatrick, Dua Lipa & Emily Warren, songwriters (Dua Lipa) “Everything I Wanted” — Billie Eilish O’Connell & Finneas O’Connell, songwriters (Billie Eilish) “I Can’t Breathe” — Dernst Emile II, H.E.R. & Tiara Thomas, songwriters (H.E.R.) “If The World Was Ending” — Julia Michaels & JP Saxe, songwriters (JP Saxe Featuring Julia Michaels)
Album Of The Year: Chilombo — Jhené Aiko Black Pumas (Deluxe Edition) — Black Pumas Everyday Life — Coldplay Djesse Vol. 3 — Jacob Collier Women In Music Pt. III — Haim Future Nostalgia — Dua Lipa Hollywood’s Bleeding — Post Malone Folklore — Taylor Swift
Best New Artist: Ingrid Andress Phoebe Bridgers Chika Noah Cyrus D Smoke Doja Cat Kaytranada Megan Thee Stallion
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: “Un Dia (One Day)” — J Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny & Tainy “Intentions” — Justin Bieber Featuring Quavo “Dynamite” — BTS “Rain On Me” — Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande “Exile” — Taylor Swift Featuring Bon Iver
Best Pop Vocal Album: Changes — Justin Bieber Chromatica — Lady Gaga Future Nostalgia — Dua Lipa Fine Line — Harry Styles Folklore — Taylor Swift
Best Rock Performance: “Shameika” — Fiona Apple “Not” — Big Thief “Kyoto” — Phoebe Bridgers “The Steps” — HAIM “Stay High” — Brittany Howard “Daylight” — Grace Potter
Best Progressive R&B Album: Chilombo — Jhené Aiko Ungodly Hour — Chloe X Halle Free Nationals — Free Nationals F*** Yo Feelings — Robert Glasper It Is What It Is — Thundercat
Best Rap Performance: “Deep Reverence” — Big Sean Featuring Nipsey Hussle “Bop” — DaBaby “What’s Poppin” — Jack Harlow “The Bigger Picture” — Lil Baby “Savage” — Megan Thee Stallion Featuring Beyoncé “Dior” — Pop Smoke
Best Country Album: Lady Like — Ingrid Andress Your Life Is A Record — Brandy Clark Wildcard — Miranda Lambert Nightfall — Little Big Town Never Will — Ashley McBryde
Best Jazz Vocal Album: Ona — Thana Alexa Secrets Are The Best Stories — Kurt Elling Featuring Danilo Pérez Modern Ancestors — Carmen Lundy Holy Room: Live At Alte Oper — Somi With Frankfurt Radio Big Band What’s The Hurry — Kenny Washington
Best Latin Pop Or Urban Album: YHLQMDLG — Bad Bunny Por Primera Vez — Camilo Mesa Para Dos — Kany García Pausa — Ricky Martin 3:33 — Debi Nova
Best Americana Album: Old Flowers — Courtney Marie Andrews Terms Of Surrender — Hiss Golden Messenger World On The Ground — Sarah Jarosz El Dorado — Marcus King Good Souls Better Angels — Lucinda Williams
Best Contemporary Blues Album: Have You Lost Your Mind Yet? — Fantastic Negrito Live At The Paramount — Ruthie Foster Big Band The Juice — G. Love Blackbirds — Bettye LaVette Up And Rolling — North Mississippi Allstars
Best Global Music Album: FU Chronicles — Antibalas Twice As Tall — Burna Boy Agora — Bebel Gilberto Love Letters — Anoushka Shankar Amadjar — Tinariwen
Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling): Acid For The Children: A Memoir — Flea Alex Trebek – The Answer Is… — Ken Jennings Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, And The Richest, Most Destructive Industry On Earth — Rachel Maddow Catch And Kill — Ronan Farrow Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White) — Meryl Streep (& Full Cast)
Best Music Film: Beastie Boys Story — Beastie Boys Black Is King — Beyoncé We Are Freestyle Love Supreme — Freestyle Love Supreme Linda Ronstadt: The Sound Of My Voice — Linda Ronstadt That Little Ol’ Band From Texas — ZZ Top
DJ Scheme recently shared the album artwork and tracklist for his hotly anticipated debut album, FAMILY, revealing a forthcoming Skrillex feature. While Skrillex’s credit on the LP’s opening number “Homesick” will be a surprise to some, to others, it will be anything but, considering that FAMILY is not the first time that the two have worked together. Both Skrillex and Scheme lent production assistance to Lil Tecca‘s “Selection,” from the rapper’s September album, Virgo World.
“Homesick” not only features Skrillex but also Zacari, the singer-songwriter widely known for his vocal assist on “LOVE.,” one of the heaviest radio-circulated tracks from Kendrick Lamar‘s 2017 album, DAMN. A teaser of “Homesick” that was first shared via Zacari’s Instagram story and later surfaced on Reddit showed him rapping over what is presumed to be Skrillex’s production.
FAMILY‘s tracklist dives deep into the hip-hop realm to form an all-star lineup of guests including Joey Bada$$, Juice WRLD, Fenix Flexin, Ski Mask the Slump God, Lil Yachty, Ty Dolla $ign, Robb Bank$, Shakewell, Lil Keed, and many more. FAMILY is set to release on December 4.
An exclusive partnership between UK-based event and festival operations company Swallow Events and Roche will yield a rapid, full-scale COVID-19 testing strategy aimed at ensuring attendee safety at live events. Through the collaborative effort, the logistics entity will offer Roche’s MHRA-, CE-, and PHE-approved 15-minute COVID-19 test (96.52 percent sensitivity; 99.68 percent specificity) to event organizers around the world.
Swallow Events intends to furnish the COVID-19 testing service in a pop-up fashion, where health care professionals will administer the tests on the ground at events for which testing is sought. Alternatively, event organizers seeking Swallow Events’ rapid testing capabilities can also elect a “supply-only” option and have the COVID-19 tests delivered by mail, thanks to the company’s global shipping capacities.
Swallow Events’ strategic cooperative with Roche has been developed to help event organizers safely facilitate “large scale gatherings” in “a COVID-19 secure environment.” Learn more about Swallow Events’ COVID-19 testing service here.