Best of the Rest is a daily feature from Dancing Astronaut that recaps the most important posts of the day as well as the stuff we didn’t get to. With the rapidity that dance music news and releases come out it’s difficult for us to hit everything — we hope BOTR serves as a catch-all. Make sure to check it out at the end of each day to ensure you don’t miss anything!
French electronic mainstay Alan Braxe is no stranger to melodic success. After emerging as one of the architects of Stardust’s seminal 1998 hit “Music Sounds Better With You” alongside Daft Punk‘s Thomas Bangalter, Braxe hit the remix circuit hard in the following decade, lending his emotive touch to tracks by artists as varied as Björk and Britney Spears. After a handful of releases on his own eclectic Vulture Music label over the past couple years, the versatile veteran has returned with a dreamy synth-pop EP that is a clear reminder of the full range of his production prowess.
On standout track “One More Chance,” the Spimes’ deliciously off-kilter vocals flit above a ponderous beat and distant ambient swells. “Time Machine” finds Braxe collaborating with the Spimes once more. The producer layers throwback synth progressions and organic drum rhythms behind an abstract yet strangely soothing vocal line before veering off into percolating arpeggiators in advance of the final chorus. The pleasant plodding of “Voices” yields to the stuttered synth flourishes of the ethereal closer “Daydreaming” to cap off a fitting return to form. Moments in Time is a lush analog listening experience in which yesterday’s sounds take on oddly refreshing tones within intricately restrained arrangements. Music simply does sound better with Alan Braxe, so don’t miss the free download of his EP and its seven associated remixes at Scion AV.
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Hot Since 82 is certainly living up to his name. Before the dust had begun to settle from last week’s rework of Thomas Schumacher’s “Every Little Piece,” the Leeds-based deep house sensation gave fans a preview of his forthcoming collaboration with Noir label member Habischman. “Leave Me” sports an edgy bass-laden groove churning beneath droning deep house chords with delayed vocal meanderings. Despite its brevity, the 54-second snippet manages to establish a foreboding tone while still enticing curiosity with its lilting synth stabs and varied singers. This track boasts all the trappings of an after-hours gem — keep an ear out for its upcoming release on Moda Black.
Danny Daze and Maceo Plex have banded together as Jupiter Jazz and in the release of their first EP Booty Jazz, they’re poised to corner the market for provocative house music. The best collaborations form from a true coalescence of strengths, and in many ways this EP arises from just that. Danny Daze has the rattling big booty Miami bass lines, and Maceo obviously brought along his vocoder and set of trippy top line tools.
The release is a simple one — three original tracks, “Shake It Mama,” “Technology,” and “Good Girl” with no word of remixes. “Shake It Mama” feels like the obvious strength from the EP — it’s a track that’s mature in production and elevated in sound. “Technology” is straightforward and skillfully constructed, but feels slightly out of place (albeit appropriate for a B side) on Jupiter Jazz’s quest for the meaning of booty jazz. “Good Girl” is important because it shows progress. It’s both minimal and deep, both warped and tight — it’s Jupiter Jazz.
The combination of Dada Life and Bingo Players feels like a match made in heaven. Both duos are notorious for their jubilant, carefree anthems and party-starting productions. Recently premiered on the Bingo Players’ own Hysteria Radio, Dada Life’s forthcoming remix of “Out of My Mind” is a potent spin on the Bingo Players’ November single. Building off the winding melody of “Out of My Mind,” Dada Life up the intensity with a hefty, amplified electro house drop in typical Dada fashion. Dada Life’s remix will be released on April 1st on Hysteria Records.
Ultra Music Festival will be streaming all six days live from the UMFTV YouTube channel, but if you lack the screening power to watch the festivities, Sirius XM will have you covered. Such streaming power would exceed the already established electronic stations, so Sirius XM is launching UMF Radio, previously an Electric Area segment, as its own channel dedicated to the non-stop musical mayhem of Miami Music Week. In its limited run, the station will kick off broadcast on March 15th before closing shop on March 22nd. Tune in for live sets from the biggest pool parties and artist interviews from the Sirius XM lounge; UMF Radio won’t let you miss a Miami moment.
Heading down to Miami but still not sure what to do? Well, Dancing Astronaut and Wavefront presents want to send you and a friend to Sasha’s Never Say Never party on March 23rd at the SLS Hotel. Featuring the legendary Sasha as well as, Adam Beyer, Guy Gerber, Lee Curtiss, Dusky, Thugfucker and Dino G, the Never Say Never party is poised to be one of the premiere pool parties of the weekend for those of you seeking refuge from the mainstream.
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After successfully inserting his uplifting progressive sound into The Bloody Beetroots’ “Chronicles Of A Fallen Love” earlier this year, Poland’s Tom Swoon is back with a track all his own. Swoon — formerly known as Pixel Cheese — teamed up with vocalist Amba Shepherd on “Not Too Late,” a tune that subtly builds the energy under Miss Shepherd’s dulcet tones. Due out on March 18th, the original will be flanked by unexpected remixes from Bassnectar & PatrickReza and Maor Levi that weigh the track down with bass and crank it up with builds.
Cedric Gervais last teamed up with Borgore for his remix of “Decisions,” bringing the dub-heavy “Bitches love cake” hook to the dance floor. The producers have now joined forces in the studio for an upcoming Spinnin’ Records release, “Deception,” and have previewed its radio edit for DA. Cedric is prominent throughout the build as Borgore looms with dub power and blasts off with the drop. “Deception” is slated to hit Beatport on March 18th while Cedric will hold down his hometown of Miami during the city’s biggest week.
Ludovika has been on the DA radar for a little under a year now, named as one our “artists to watch” and delivering a string a bombastic bootlegs and mixes along the way. The promising big room Dutch producer is jumping into production with the premiere of “Smash,” a full force, take no prisoners kind of Dutch house. It’s an electronic music march ready to overwhelm your senses.