Troyak and Chæ Team Up For “Escape”

Following a successful summer release last year with William James and Yetep, “Light Up The Way,” singer/songwriter, chæ, is kicking off 2019 with her latest track, “Escape,” in collaboration with emerging DJ/producer, Troyak.

“Escape” is truly a unique and a one-of-a-kind emotional song that’s hard to only categorize as an electronic track. It’s a mutt that crosses the line between R&B and orchestral psy-trance, featuring chæ’s angelic soulful vocals while telling the story of a person’s inner devious and lustful thoughts who wants to make someone theirs. Troyak and chæ are coming together for the first time for their independent release, which drops today. 

While talking about collaborating with Troyak on “Escape,” chæ said, I met Max while he was on tour with KSHMR. We got caught up in conversation, felt connected artistically and kept in touch. A couple of weeks later, he sent me a few links of rough ideas that he had lying around, and one file called ‘Pain’ had caught my attention, which was the beginnings of what became ‘Escape.’”

Best known for his last unofficial release of KSHMR & Tigerlily’s “Invisible Children,” Troyak’s success has started to snowball after the track was publicly supported by the well-known DJ on social media and live at Ultra Music Festival, which led to other big collaborations such as Mavjak.

After being introduced to Chrome Sparks’ track, “Send The Pain On,” Troyak was inspired by their cinematic upswings and spent hours creating what was only the beginning of “Escape.”

“I met chæ in Boston and exchange numbers after discovering we were both pursuing music. I sent her the little link to the draft for ‘Escape,’ and she comes back with a rough vocal on it and I go crazy. I got SOOOOO inspired after I heard her voice on that track. I thought it was going to be just a nice little idea I’d forget about, but then boom, and I was sooo fired up. I wrote more stuff and eventually we had a full song. A couple of edits later the song was pretty much finished. Today I hope it is unrecognizable when comparing it to the original track that inspired me to make Escape. But I think music fans will be able to see where I drew the influence from.” – Troyak.

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Above & Beyond reunite with Marty Longstaff for ‘Flying By Candlelight’

The first in a new triptych of future club classics from the prolific trio.

Above & Beyond are reunited with Sunderland-born singer and songwriter Marty Longstaff for ‘Flying By Candlelight’, the first in a new triptych of future club classics from the prolific trio.


Lifted from the upcoming ‘Common Ground Companion EP’ (which also includes ’There’s Only You’ featuring Zoë Johnston and ‘Distorted Truth’ – set for release on the band’s Anjunabeats imprint in March), fans can watch the official lyric video for ‘Flying By Candlelight’ on Above & Beyond’s YouTube channel or stream both the Original Mix and Above & Beyond Club Mix on their favourite streaming platform.


Debuted at Above & Beyond’s Group Therapy 300 celebration in Hong Kong last September, A&B share this ode to the elevating power of love in several flavours: Original and Club, each a delicious serving of the songwriting chops that recently swept Above & Beyond to their second GRAMMY nomination for Common Ground album cut ‘Northern Soul’.


Says Above & Beyond, “Flying By Candlelight is a love song about a saviour who rescues our protagonist from a dark, lonely place, taking him through a spectacular night sky. A bit like The Snowman by Raymond Briggs, but a bit longer lasting!”


Instantly recognisable, entirely unforgettable, ‘Flying By Candlelight’ is the second A&B vocal feature for Longstaff, who contributed the disarming vocal to Common Ground album cut ‘Tightrope’. More commonly found performing under the moniker The Lake Poets, Marty has risen to prominence in recent months with moving single ‘Shipyards’, penned for his home town of Sunderland, UK. The song accompanies the opening credits to the sleeper hit Netflix documentary, ’Sunderland ’Till I Die’.


Marking the 500th catalogue release on Anjunabeats, those who like their music in a tactile format will be able to get their hands on 1 of 500 limited vinyl pressings of the ‘Common Ground Companion’ EP, available for pre-order on the Anjuna Music Store at 5pm GMT on January 23rd. Above & Beyond’s bruising instrumental ‘Distorted Truth’ will be released on February 8th, with Zoë Johnston’s haunting ’There’s Only You’ completing the Companion EP release on March 29th.

Valentino Khan Teams Up With Kayzo for “Novocaine”

Valentino Khan and Kayzo‘s new track “Novocaine” should come with a warning label: not for the faint of heart (or hearing). Prepare for an assault to the senses from the start of the track, which begins with intense hardstyle-influenced percussion. Khan uses this as a warm up to deliver jarring, distorted synths and a heavy dose of bass, melding elements of trap and drum & bass to make “Novocaine” a hybrid of modern bass music. The track, which is out on Diplo‘s Mad Decentrecord label, follows a huge announcement from Khan: he will be playing his biggest live show to date at the Hollywood Palladium on March 9th, joining the ranks of legendary artists who have graced the iconic venue’s decks before him. Attendees can expect to hear new music like “Novocaine” as well as Khan‘s popular tracks from the last year, including “Feel Your Love” and “Lick It.”

The world was introduced to LA-based DJ and producer Valentino Khan in 2014, when he burst onto the scene with his debut EP “In Khan We Trust” on Skrillex‘s OWSLA label. Khan‘s sound possessed a unique versatility, incorporating elements of trap, bass, hardstyle, house and more into a driving, oftentimes heavy sound that found homes on labels such as Mad DecentSpinnin Records and Ultra. In 2015, Khan‘s original track “Deep Down Low” became an international sensation, earning the title of “Most Played Track Of The Year” and topping Sirius XM’s #1 Songof 2015 on Electric Area. Since then, he has earned a reputation as a remix master with official renditions of RL Grime‘s “Pressure,” Alison Wonderland‘s “Good Enough,” Calvin Harris‘s “One Kiss” and more. His recent original productions include “Pump,” which has over 17M streams on Spotify, “Gold” with Sean Paul, as well as production credits for the likes of 2 ChainzB.O.B.Dizzee RascalIggy AzaleaT.I. and more. Khan has set the stage for a strong 2019 with the release of “Novocaine,” so look out for more massive releases coming soon!

Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Armin van Buuren and W&W Release “Repeat After Me”

Armin van Buuren has released his highly-anticipated collaboration with Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike & W&W. For the first time in dance music history, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Armin van Buuren and W&W have joined forces for a huge new track. Showcasing the iconic signature sounds of everyone in this all-star link-up, ‘Repeat After Me’ is set to unite dance music fans from all over the world.

Easily one of the most epic collaborations of the year even though 2019 has only just begun, ‘Repeat After Me’ is an all-out mainstage anthem sure to cause some serious damage at the world’s biggest festivals, clubs and venues. Armed with the energetic signature sounds of Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Armin van Buuren and W&W, this high-impact live set highlight has set its sights on only one thing: dominating the global dance floor for decades to come.

 While this is the first three-way team-up of the staple artists ever, there have been a number of two-side collaborations between them that generated a huge amount of momentum. While Armin van Buuren and W&W only just collaborated on the iconic ‘Ready To Rave’ (after previously making waves with ‘If It Ain’t Dutch’ and ‘#D Fat’), Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and W&W teamed up on mainstage bangers such as ‘Crowd Control’, ‘Arcade’ and Tomorrowland anthem ‘Waves’. 

The release of ‘Repeat After Me’ is tied to the launch of a brand-new video. All in all, the blistering record and equally impressive music video make clear in no uncertain terms what you get when the #2, #4 and #14 DJs in the world decide to team up: a record so impactful you’ve got no choice but to hit repeat.

Tinlicker Starts Off 2019 With ‘About You’ EP Out On mau5trap!

Since their 2017 mau5trap release ‘Jalapeño’, the Utrecht-based electronic dance music duo Tinlicker now makes their triumphant return to the mau5trap family with a new EP entitled ‘About You’, out now

Showing off four dance floor ready tracks, ‘About You’ stands as an early, but memorable release that will undoubtedly be rinsed throughout the course of 2019 all over the world. Alongside the lead title track that released late December, this EP also calls attention to three major tunes “Less Than A Minute”, “Patchwork”, and “Gone Girl.”

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Based out of Utrecht, Jordi van Achthoven and Micha Heyboer make you the Tinlicker duo. Always honing their progressive sounds, continually shaping their destination, creating their new ideal in electronic music. Crafted by an expression of computerized soul, Tinlicker are the modern face of Dutch electronic dance music. Based out of Utrecht, the guys started their journey towards today in late 2012, honing their sound, continually shaping their destination, creating their new ideal in music. Initially self releasing music it wasn’t long before said sound was noticed by none other than Feed
Me, who was quick to sign a number of songs to his taste making Sotto Voce label.

From there the ears of Zerothree tuned in and the world was given an array of head turning singles, including the irrepressible ‘Maandag’. Fans of Above & Beyond and Deadmau5 will be no stranger to Tinlicker, who have supported their beats many timesacross their live shows, Group Therapy and BBC radio shows. It’s no surprise then that when the time came to find a home for the 2017 hit ‘Soon You’ll Be Gone’ Anjunadeep was quick to put their hand up. Recently followed by the smashing ‘Because You Move
Me’ on Armada and the 2017 ‘Jalapeño EP’ via mau5trap.

Destructo Brings “Lets Be Friends Again” Tour to Avant Gardner, Brooklyn

Los Angeles producer and DJ DESTRUCTO brings his “Let’s Be Friends Again” national North American tour in Brooklyn’s Lost Circusnext Saturday, January 12.   Joining him on the bill are new friends RedlightSirus Hood, and J. Worra.
Known for his unique style of production which melds house music and hip-hop (known as g-house), DESTRUCTO‘s set will feature special edits of cuts from his RENEGADE and WEST COAST EP’s along with his latest party tunes“Boom” featuring Problem “F**king S**T Up” featuring Busta Rhymes,“Y.O.D.O.” with Chris Lake and “Loaded” featuring Yo Gotti, just to name a few.
Redlight is a producer from London, best known for infectious house tracks like “Zum Zum” and “Get Out Of My Head”; Sirus Hood is a tech/deep house producer from Paris who has been a favorite amongst the Dirtybird Records’ artists; And J. Worra is a house/techno producer from Los Angeles.
A bona fide tastemaker in his own right, DESTRUCTO is no stranger to introducing fans to the newest in what’s cool in music, whether it’s through his own studio productions, as host to his own SIRIUS XM radio show“DESTRUCTO Presents AMFAMFAMF” or his personally curated music events like All My Friends and FRIENDSHIPwhich just completed its successful inaugural sail.  (Check out Billboard Dance’s coverage here).  When he goes out on tour it’s no different-in the past he introduced audiences to artists through support slots like RezzFisherSita AbellanCRAYAnna Lunoe and many more.


After dropping title track ‘Rave Culture’ as the very first release of their new label (Rave Culture), W&W have lined up a massive collaboration as its banging follow-up. Their next single, ‘Ready To Rave’, sees the current #14 DJs in the world link up with none other than five-time #1 DJ in the world Armin van Buuren, who recognized the duo’s potential at an early stage and got them to join Amsterdam-based record label Armada Music a whopping ten years back.

Released in the wake of other smashing collaborations such as ‘If It Ain’t Dutch’ and ‘#D Fat’, W&W and Armin van Buuren’s ‘Ready To Rave’ is yet another monster tune bound to crack main stages in half. Judging by its enormous impact and infectious hooks, it’s no wonder this track has been conquering major festivals across the globe all throughout this year’s summer. 

Observant fans may have already seen this collaboration coming. At the end of the music video of W&W’s ‘Rave Culture’, Armin van Buuren already played a small cameo role, which hinted toward a possible collaboration between the two globally acclaimed dance music acts in the near future. That moment has arrived today, accompanied by a music video bearing the same futuristic design as its predecessor.


Armin van Buuren: “It’s been such a pleasure to see W&W turn from two young, talented boys into one of the most successful dance music duos of our time. Each time we decide to collaborate, we hit it off instantly and get some amazing results in the studio, just like we did now with ‘Ready To Rave’. This track is definitely meant to get people to go nuts and rave relentlessly wherever in the world they are, so I hope everyone likes what we came up with this time.”


W&W: “When the idea of starting our Rave Culture label crossed our minds, we knew we wanted to center it around records that could really drive a crowd crazy. ‘Ready To Rave’ fits that bill completely, and it’s always nice to hit the studio with someone who has released many of these tunes. It’s been one of the biggest tracks from our live sets this summer, so we’re having high hopes for this one.”

MOOD Records Releases ‘Best of MOOD 2018’ Mixed by Carlo Ruetz

Revisiting some of the year’s biggest tracks in techno, Nicole Moudaber’s MOOD Records presents ‘Best of MOOD 2018,’ mixed by label favorite Carlo Ruetz. Available for digital download December 21 and featuring artwork from mixed media fine artist, Peter Max-Jakobsen, the release comes as only the second compilation from the MOOD Records imprint after surpassing a milestone 50 releases in 2017. Delivering the stomping four track ‘Stormer’ EP this past June — which saw plays from the likes of Adam Beyer and Anja Schneider — Nicole Moudaber taps fast rising star Carlo Ruetz for the label compilation. Highlighting MOOD Records original tracks from Fur Coat, POPOF, Stephan Hinz, and remixes for Moby, Nicole Moudaber and Carl Cox, the 12-track compilation represents the label’s leading take on dance music.


“Carlo Ruetz is a hard working talent from Germany that I’ve had my eyes on for many years; his releases can truly do no wrong. We welcomed him to the MOOD family with his ‘Stormer’ EP in June and he also joined me at MoodZONE at BPM Portugal earlier this year. So naturally I’ve selected him to help me compile and mix the ‘Best of MOOD 2018’ because I knew he would deliver an impressive mix showing his dedication to the craft,” said Nicole Moudaber.


Opening with Wigbert’s “Moonlight,” the nine minute acid saga builds until the rattling percussive beat of Stephan Hinz’s “Conspiracies” takes the lead. Teaming up for their MOOD Records debut, Italian techno maestros ANNA V & M.I.T.A., transport listeners to another dimension with the warping sounds of “Through The Wormhole” followed by the minimal, yet transforming motif from SUDO’s “Abstract.” As the first of his two tracks on the compilation, Carlo Ruetz’s “Surrender” sets the perfect stage for the Truncate peak-hour remix of Nicole Moudaber and Carl Cox’s classic number, “See You Next Tuesday.” Turning to a remix from the MOOD Records label boss herself, Nicole Moudaber crafts a spellbinding, ambient techno atmosphere with her innovative take on Moby’s “Like A Motherless Child” before the compilation goes into overdrive with Venezuelan duo Fur Coat’s “Spiral” and  “Alone In The Dark” from POPOF. The intensity continues with Stephan Hinz’s “Fearless” with its synth hook throughout fading into Sly Faux’s mesmerizing “This Made You.” Rounding out the mix with another of his tracks, Carlo Ruetz stays true to MOOD Records’ dark sound with “Silence.”


It has been another landmark year for the dance music brand Nicole Moudaber conceived nearly six years ago. Continually expanding its influence on today’s biggest names and tomorrow’s future stars, the imprint regularly stands tall in the vast techno-sphere. With her experience as a promoter, Nicole Moudaber’s brand has evolved into event concept takeovers with MoodRAW, which included an iteration at this year’s Official Movement Closing Party and a recent sold out night with Dubfire b3b Nicole Moudaber b3b Paco Osuna at Avant Gardner in Brooklyn. Also taking off on the international festival circuit, her MoodZONE stage takeovers have landed to the forefront of dance music with slots at EDC: Orlando and The BPM Festival: Portugal. After launching her award-winning Mixcloud radio show In The Mood in 2014, Nicole now commands an army of 20 million listeners weekly in 80 countries.


Never one to slow down, Moudaber, who fronts the cover of DJ Mag North America’s December issue, will close out the year in Los Angeles on December 28 at Avalon, MoodRAW in Miami on December 29, New Year’s Eve 2019 at Montréal’s Stereo before diving into 2019 on Holy Ship! January 5-9 with her Holy MOOD stage takeover.

Snails To Release A Comic Book “The Sluggernaut”

Here’s a first and unusual piece of news for the EDM scene, one of Bass’ big producers, Snails, is releasing the first issue in his The Shell comic book series in Marvel-like style, called “The Sluggernaut.” The comic book will provide a glimpse into the creative universe that fuels the Montreal-based artist’s music and live performances. The team includes Snails (co-writer), Maria Filippone (co-writer) and French artist Dr. Fanx (penciller, inker and colorist).


Just a few weeks after announcing his newest “Slimeageddon” EP, Snails has announced another massive milestone in his prolific career: the launch of his very own comic book series, The Shell, and its debut issue The Sluggernaut. Through its vivid imagery and captivating storylines, The Sluggernaut provides a glimpse into the creative universe that fuels the Vomitstep producer’s music and live event concepts. Snails teamed up with French artist Dr. Fanx and co-writer Maria Filipone to bring the Vomitsquad’s colorful world – including King Slugz, King Frogz, Sluggtopia and The Shell – to life in Marvel-like style. On the surface, The Sluggernaut’s plot may seem like it’s all about King Slugz’s intergalactic, worm-fighting battles, but Snails has a much deeper meaning behind the series. At its core, The Sluggernaut is the story of a flawed hero desperate to save his people, and its theme centered on perseverance in the face of tremendous obstacles.Through the engage plotlines and immersive art, Snails creatively conveys his believe that one has an obligation to fulfill one’s own destiny.


“My music and shows have always been attached to a story. Frogz, King Slugz, Sluggtopia and The Shell are all part of a bigger vision – one that hasn’t been fully explained … until now. Super proud to announce that The Sluggernaut comic book will be released on November 26th. Check out the first 11 pages and pre-order your physical copy for the full story!” Said Snails.


Snails has had a massive year by any means of measurement: he released a full length remix album of his cult favorite “The Shell,” launched his own record label Slugz Music, and rounded out 2018 with a massive North American tour featuring an awe-inspiring, mind-bending holographic stage dubbed “The Shell 2.0.” His “Vomitstep” sound first found a home on the praised label OWSLA and has led him to work alongside figures like Skrillex, Diplo and more. Then, Snails created Slugz Music as a home for his music and others’ that is as outrageous as they want it to be. Now with the launch of his own comic book series – a territory previously uncharted in the electronic scene – his accomplishments speak for themselves in demonstrating that Snails is truly an artist with no boundaries. The Sluggernaut is only the beginning of Snails’s The Shell comic book series, so stay tuned for the next chapter of the saga! 

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We’re “Running To You” With Slander and Spag Heddy’s Latest Track

After building a mint name for themselves through jaw-dropping original productions and massive collaboration with acts like Seven Lion and Asking Alexandria, Slander has recently added “label bosses” to their resume. They recently turned their popular Gun Vibrations brand into an official record label with NGHTMRE, but their “gud vibes” are only getting started.


The LA-based duo, teamed up with Spag Heddy on a brand new single featuring singer/songwriter Elle Vee called “Running To You,” which is out now on Monstercat. The 5-minute long single, which is filled with trap and dubstep beats, will be featured on Slander’s forthcoming The Headbangers Ball EP.


Slander are proven masters of fusing melodic and heavy-hitting elements to form divergent soundscapes, and they’re back with “Running To You” in collaborating with Spag Heddy, who is a fellow dubstep producer. The track showcases Vee’s ethereal vocals over a minimal piano melody during the song’s verses, lulling the listener int o a place of serenity; the commotion begins when Slander and Spag Heddy unleash the drop’s stabbing synths and grating mechanical bass lines. With its elements of light and dark, this track will ignite headbanging, thrashing dance floors around the globe.


“‘Running To You’ is finally here! We’ve wanted to work with Spag Heddy for a while now, and finally getting this one done with him was a truly amazing experience. For this song, we tried to blend our sounds together as seamlessly as possible by taking the listener from a deeply emotional moment straight into a heavy one!! We thought this duality of emotion really made the track feel special since it’s very two-faced and doesn’t sit in any traditional genre category. We hope you guys enjoy this rollercoaster! Also, be sure to check out the rest of Spag’s music! He is a mad man!” Said Slander.