Anyone who’s been to Burning Man over the last decade is well aware of the legendary art car Robot Heart, and its famed Funktion-One sound system. Over the last few years, the car has hosted sets by the likes of Above & Beyond, who played a sunrise yoga set in 2014, Bob Moses, Jamie Jones, Lee Burridge, Tale of Us, and Thievery Corporation, to name but a few.This year once again saw plenty of top tier talent grace the the car, including Major Lazer and Skrillex. The latter star, Sonny Moore, set the mood for a “Sunset Art Tour” set on Wednesday evening, as the Robot Heart art car perused the Playa, taking a tour of the art installations that seemingly grow out of the desert floor. Far removed from his usual DJ sets, Sonny lets the sunset vibes flow with deep, ethereal house that gives way to more classic house and tech house that fits right in with much of the music heard out on the Playa.This was a really special set because we had all of our friends with us. I brought a lot of first time burners out to the Playa this year. The whole Robot Heart crew took care of us all, and we got to see a lot of the art while I played. This year I collaborated with the team behind Embrace on the Space Whale project.Hope you enjoy the mix, I mess up a few times but it doesn’t really matter because the vibe was so awesome and so real.I want to thank Robot Heart and everyone at Burning Man. I especially want to thank all of the artists who put a whole year of work and funding into creating all of the magical art we get to enjoy on what’s probably the coolest canvas in the whole world aka the Playa.Wishing everyone a happy holiday and a great new year.-SkrillexRead More:Burning Man organizers announce theme for 2017 festivalListen to Major Lazer’s dancehall set from Burning ManTycho releases 2016 Burning Man sunrise set, entitled ‘Descent’
One of the defining factors that makes dance music culture so enthralling is the art of the remix. Reinterpretations and reimaginings proliferate dance music more than any other industry, and for good reason: the nature of electronic music production makes sampling — both legally and illegally — accessible to anyone with a DAW.To highlight the standout remixes from 2016, we’ve compiled over 50 of our favorite edits, flips, bootlegs, and remixes into one giant playlist. Featuring creative renditions from artists like Skrillex, Illenium, Feed Me, and more, the playlist covers the cream of the crop of EDM while also highlighting underground favorites like Enrico Sanguiliano, Bicep, Dense & Pika and more.Stream Dancing Astronaut’s Essential Remixes of 2016 below:
The end of 2016 is upon us, and with it, the arrival of one of our favorite traditions: end of year mixes. There is perhaps no better way to reflect on the year’s top highlights than through the format of a mixtape. Not only do these mixes serve to remind us of the standout tracks from the year, but they inevitably fill in the gaps for all the gems we may have missed.Fortunately for dance fans in 2016, the amount of end of year mixes that have surfaced thus far is tremendous. Highlights include Joris Voorn’s stunning annual mix, which navigates through 40 tracks in an hour, as well as Solomun’s ‘Christmas in Bed’ mix and Lane 8’s ‘Winter Mixtape.’ The legendary John Digweed has even thrown his hat into the ring, as well as Dutch veteran Laidback Luke who recorded his entire mix live, on camera.Joris VoornSolomunLane 8Laidback LukeAbove & BeyondGuy JThe MagicianKRNEArmin van BuurenAly & FilaJohn Digweed
Minimal Effort has set itself up as the premier New Year’s Eve destination for underground dance music fans in Los Angeles. Taking place at the Globe Theatre, three stages will host twelve hours of cutting-edge talent that includes Stephan Bodzin, Audion, Chrome Sparks, and more.California’s beloved Desert Hearts crew will be having their own bash at Minimal Effort, and ahead of the event, the group’s de facto leader Mikey Lion has compiled his favorite dancefloor weapons from the past year to guide us into 2017. Having spent the year throwing a variety of widely successful City Hearts showcases across the nation — in addition to Desert Hearts flagship festival in Southern California — Mikey Lion definitely knows how to get the party going.Mikey Lion said of the mix: “From Desert Hearts to Symbiosis, Brazil, & beyond, these were my favorite heaters that rocked 2016 for me. Can’t wait to finish the year off in Los Angeles at Minimal Effort NYE. House, Techno, & muthafuckin Love! We Are All Desert Hearts!”Tickets for Minimal Effort are available here.Read More:Contest: Win 2 VIP passes to Minimal Effort NYE in Los Angeles Minimal Effort Halloween turns LA Center Studios into a house and techno haven Event Review Desert Hearts Records releases ‘Family & Friends Vol. 1’ compilation
Nearly a week after his first live US performance in over 8 years, Aphex Twin has shared his newest original track, titled “tnodvood104.” The ambient single has been uploaded to his SoundCloud page with a “#voodoo” tag, foretelling its ominous nature.“tnodvood104” embodies a minimal sound with light percussions, breezy chimes, and a pulsating drum line. A humming chorus adds a menacing touch, pushing the song along the same tempo until it finishes quietly, like a faded whisper.Aphex Twin, who remerged in 2014 with Syro after a decade-long hiatus, has not yet announced additional US tour dates; however, fans can look forward to his upcoming performances at festivals like Barcelona’s Primavera Sound and its Portugal edition, as well as London’s Field Day.Read More:Watch Aphex Twin’s first US performance in 8 yearsPrimavera Sound announces The xx, Aphex Twin and more for 2017
Over the holiday weekend, Tiësto gifted electronic music fans with a brand new compilation album under his sub-label, AFTR:HRS. The fourteen-track collection, aptly named AFTR:HRS- Mixed by Tiësto, showcases artists from his deep house label, which debuted earlier this year. In an interview with Billboard, the superstar DJ stated the album is not meant to be The post Tiësto Drops Deep House Mix Under New Label AFTR:HRS appeared first on EDM Sauce.
Sunburn, the beloved year-end festival that takes place annually in Pune, India, has debuted its 2016 anthem just in time for opening festivities this Wednesday December 28. To honor Asia’s largest festival, KSHMR and Marnik have teamed up on “Mandala.”The breakout producer is known for his unique sound with world music influences and “Mandala” is no exception. The track, released today through Spinnin’, features colorful vocals from Mitika Kanwar and Indian inspired instrumentation. “It was a big honor to do the Sunburn Anthem,” said KSHR in a press release. “The festival means so much to me, and I worked hard with Marnik and Mitika Kanwar to make it special.”Sunburn will convene to celebrate its tenth anniversary with headlining performances from Afrojack, Axwell & Ingrosso, Armin van Buuren, and KSHMR himself. Tickets are still available here.Read More:India’s Sunburn festival facing serious local backlash as opening day nearsSunburn Festival releases early bird tickets for 10th year