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Claude VonStroke presents The Birdhouse 105: Two Year Anniversary Episode – Dancing Astronaut

Two years ago,  head honcho  launched a weekly radio-show, dubbed “The Birdhouse,” as way familiarizing fans with a whole slew artists from across the international tech-house scene as well as within his own record label.

Since it’s inception, Dirtybird aficionados were treated to a brand new episode every Thursday morning, recorded straight from VonStroke’s studio in Venice Beach. To celebrate the show’s two year anniversary, however, VonStroke steps outside his California home for a live recording from his birthday set at Amnesia in Ibiza. The 105th episode, which aired Sept. 14, features a full hour upbeat techno and beguiling, romp-shaking deep house.

Claude VonStroke presents The Birdhouse 105: Two Year Anniversary Episode - Dancing Astronaut[hupso]
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TOKiMONSTA speaks up on losing her ability to make music after brain surgery – Dancing Astronaut

For Jennifer Lee, known by the public by her performer name , the uphill climb into finding her own forward-minded brand kaleidoscopic electronic music hasn’t exactly been an easy journey. The Los Angeles-based producer just revealed yesterday, Sept. 12, that she wasn’t able to make music after undergoing two brain surgeries in 2015. In fact, she couldn’t even comprehend it as music.

“All music just sounded like noise,” she tells Pitchfork in a very personal OP-ED. “I remember being like, ‘Ooh, this is weird! This is metallic, harsh nonsense to me.’” Lee, who was diagnosed with an extremely rare and fatal brain disease called Moyamoya, eventually regained her ability to produce music.

Though Lee’s mother was the only person to know about her illness during her treatment, she’s now opened up about her story publicly for the first time. Her forthcoming third album, Lune Rouge, out Oct. 6 her label , is filled exclusively with songs she composed and penned during her long road to recovery. The new album marks an evolutionary shift away from her aggressive, upbeat signature electronic sound into a more emotionally-inspired direction.

TOKiMONSTA shares her story now to not just speak about her personal struggles, but to shed light on Moyamoya since it is such a rare condition. To hear more about how her treatment and recovery inspired tracks on the new album, read the full Pitchfork OP-ED .

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Teen Rapper Tay-K Will Reportedly Be Tried As Adult In Murder Case

Mansfield, TX – Tay-K, the controversial teen behind the hit single “The Race,” will be tried as an adult on charges capital murder.

A judge made the ruling about Tay-K, whose real name is Taymor McIntyre, on Wednesday (August 30) at a pre-trial hearing. Additionally, the 17-year-old rapper’s court date has been pushed back due to lack evidence.

Despite this batch setbacks, Tay-K’s lawyer, James McMillan, is optimistic that Tay will be exonerated. McMillan provided the following statement to the New York Times’ Joe Coscarelli:

“We just concluded the ‘certification transfer’ hearing for Mr. McIntyre. The judge has ruled that his case should be] moved to the adult court based on his age (and the fact that the juvenile court will lack jurisdiction soon). The judge was very clear to tell Mr. McIntyre on the record that this decision has no bearing whatsoever his guilt/ innocence in this case. After a full day hearing with numerous ficers testifying under oath, ficers testified there was no evidence that Mr. McIntyre engaged in any the violent acts] or possessed any weapons. Mr McIntyre remains upbeat after this hearing. I believe once all the evidence is presented, Mr. McIntyre will be exonerated on all the charges. We look forward to moving ahead.”

Tay-K’s murder charge stems from the 2016 death 21-year-old Ethan Walker. Walker was killed during a home invasion in Mansfield, Texas. After being booked for the murder Walker and put on house arrest, Tay-K infamously became a fugitive by cutting f his ankle monitor and fleeing home.

During his time on the run, he became the suspect in another murder and was accused assaulting a 65-year-old man. He was eventually apprehended in Elizabeth, New Jersey on June 30.

After being detained, Tay-K’s “The Race” was released online and quickly blew up over the summer. The song has peaked at #48 on the Billboard Hot 100 in spite (or perhaps due to) his sordid backstory. For more on Tay-K, check out HipHopDX’s in-depth look at his legal issues and rise in popularity.

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The xx has plans to release their techno tunes

When  released — their first record in five years — this past January, the highly-anticipated release marked a major stylistic turning point from their previous bedroom-ridden indie sound.

Even in the record’s opening track “Dangerous,” a bright, club-ready track, is it clear The xx had its most pround sonic understanding to date. Of course, I See You and the group’s sonic thickening, owes its thanks in part to the efforts its percussionist and producer Jamie xx, whose 2015 solo record  turned heads in the dance community. That’s not to say the record’s success can be pinpointed on Jamie’s contributions alone, as it remains stylistically diverse in all three member’s contributions.

After recently sitting down with Australian publication Romy Madley Crt said the band has plans to further incorporate the dance-heavy sound fans became familiar with on the I See You tour, as she announced their plans to release “their techno tunes.” Contrary to popular belief, Romy also discussed how the decision came from herself and Oliver rather than just Jamie.

“We’ve got plans to release our techno tunes… We’ve loved having more upbeat music in our set. We’ve remixed ourselves, there’s some older songs that we now play at 120 bpm… People probably assume that Jamie brought the injection dance music to the last album but in a way it’s funny because Oliver and I were inspired by what he was doing and when he got back he was actually the one who wanted to come in and slow it down.” She continued, “It’s a nice change to be able to make people dance at The xx’s shows and to see that range emotions.”

The xx is currently in the midst an extensive world tour. Stay tuned in the coming months to see if this project sees the light day.


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Premiere: GRiZ – Before I Go (AC Slater Remix) – Dancing Astronaut

Future funk producer, sexy saxophonist, and all-around spreader good vibes, , has been having a monumentally fun-filled 2017. The   head is gearing up to kick f his with a sold-out two-day Red Rocks run, where he will be premiering his first live band experience, on Labor Day weekend.

As if all this weren’t keeping the artist busy enough, GRiZ has been slowly in anticipation for a remix pack his 13-track funk odyssey, . The timing couldn’t be better, either, as we approach the one year anniversary the album’s original release this September.

The latest GRiZ track to receive a high-prile remix, this time from NightBass pioneer, premieres on DA today, Aug. 14. Featuring the soulful vocals frequent collaborator Leo Napier, “Before I Go” encapsulated all the elements that have defined GRiZ’s saxophone wielding electro-soul aesthetic. Now, AC Slater has tamed the track’s meandering sax lines and whirling guitars and introduced upbeat percussive house elements and his signature rolling bass lines.

Premiere: GRiZ - Before I Go (AC Slater Remix) - Dancing Astronaut[hupso]
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Blockhead Gets Weird For 1st Single From Upcoming "Funeral Balloons" LP

Manhattan, NY – Veteran producer Blockhead — known for his work with Aesop Rock — has resurfaced with a taste  his forthcoming album, Funeral Balloons, the follow-up to 2014’s Bells and Whistles. Titled “UFOMG,” the song is a sample his more eccentric tastes, which he admits made it a bit harder to release as the lead single.

“I had a tough time picking what song to leak first, but I opted to go weird instead something that might seem more familiar to my fans,” Blockhead tells HipHopDX. “I’ve been playing songs from the new album at shows here and there for the last few months, and I always give the fans an option to pick an upbeat song or a weird one. Without fail, they choose weird. So, hey, gotta give the people what they want, right?

“This song, ‘UFOMG,’ is me trying to tap into more unusual sounds and trying to find melody in things that might not exude that feeling,” he adds. “In fact, I did that a lot on the new album. I’m trying to find a balance between something emotive and beautiful sounds that weren’t exactly intended to create such an atmosphere.”

Although “UFOMG” is bit a departure from albums like 2005’s Downtown Science or 2007’s Uncle Tony’s Coloring Book, Funeral Balloons doesn’t stray too far from the kind instrumental music Blockhead has been making since emerging with his 2004 debut, Music By Cavelight.

The New York native’s evolution as a producer is on full display as he weaves his way through different avenues and sounds, carving out his own lane between the worlds Hip Hop and electronic music.

Blockhead Gets Weird For 1st Single From Upcoming "Funeral Balloons" LP

Funeral Balloons drops September 8. Pre-order it here (or Bandcamp and get the song as an instant grat track) and check out the cover art and “UFOMG” above.

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EXCLUSIVE: Elephante releases 'Troubled' remix EP, extensive tour dates – Dancing Astronaut

released progressive hit “Troubled” this past May with vocals by Deb’s Daughter. The original version the track combines the best Elephante’s pop and electronic production abilities.  Now, Elephante has unveiled two new remixes the track from producers Haides and Fairlane.

The former track sees Haides twist the original into a textured, poppy number with a vocal forward arrangement and a layers percussive sound. The latter track features Fairlane’s signature sound and an enigmatic future bass infused hook. Though the flips take this track in different directions, they are both exciting re-works that breath new life into the breakout hit.

In addition to releasing the BRKLYN remix, Elephante is announcing his Animals Wanted North American Tour kicking f on August 4th. The festivities will make a pit stop at a number festival and college campuses along the way with notable stops at New York’s and ‘s Halloween fete. If is any indication, the parties will bring fans a taste the infectiously upbeat fun Elephante’s live show is known for.

EXCLUSIVE: Elephante releases 'Troubled' remix EP, extensive tour dates - Dancing Astronaut
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LISTEN: Avicii shares extended teaser for forthcoming single

Earlier in July, highly acclaimed producer Tim Bergling kept good on the promise he’d made to continue producing music after his sudden  Not only did the artist reveal he’s working on production for the It’s About Time — he’s also shared that he’s working on his fair share solo material as  — teasing his first new music in several years.

The video he shared earlier this month — featuring a backdrop Peru’s Machu Picchu — has now been followed by a second, more revealing installment new music, shot in the same lovely backdrop.

Contrary to the first track’s upbeat energy, it would seem the producer’s taken a liking to his serene surroundings, as he’s revealed a more slowed down topical house style in the latest teaser.

Judging by his social postings — it appears we may get the “” his career “very (very)” soon.


LISTEN: Avicii shares extended teaser for forthcoming single[hupso]
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Umii – 'This Time' EP – Dancing Astronaut

After releasing singles over the past few months, , a duo consisting rising vocalist and producer B. Bravo, have released their first EP. Titled This Time, the three-track project explores funk, disco, and more.

“Don’t Let Up” is an upbeat and lighthearted song with an infectious bounce. The next track, “Dangerous,” is a soulful disco tune, with DeVito’s voice floating over B. Bravo’s funky production. The final track, “Masquerade,” is a downtempo R&B jam that shows f Umii’s more serious side. The EP, released on Portland’s Fresh Selects imprint (home Mndsgn, SiR, and more), is Umii’s debut, although these two up-and-coming artists surely have more work to come.



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