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ASTR – R U With Me

ASTR is a musical project that embodies the youth of America’s creative class.

Its name is semi-ambiguous. What (or who?) is an ASTR? Is it a reference to John Jacob and the rest of the infamous Astor clan? Or does it connote “astro,” the prefix meaning “pertaining to stars”?

Its creation story is rife with both authenticity and irony: “After meeting three years ago in a Manhattan yoga class, they discovered they shared a musical and artistic sensibility informed by cinema noire, Miami Vice and urban dreamscapes.”

Its bios are inspiring in a Wes Anderson-meets-Zoe Deschanel way (never mind that the lead singer is actually named Zoe):

Zoe, a New York native and a “former major label refugee,” met Adam, a “recovering vinyl addict with a penchant for 60s/70s cinema scores, after “a hiatus from music to explore the world via spirituality.”

Can’t make this stuff up folks.

Here we have two true artistes, denizens of Manhattan – that eternal font of creativity – who identify themselves publicly through their quirkiest attributes. Their Soundcloud features covers of Drake and Beck, two mononymous artists that hold significant cache in the salons of the urban artistic elite.

And yet, after all of this intrigue, their music sits comfortably at the radio-ready crossroads of hip-hop, indie electronica and pop.

Dear Zoe and Adam: Please make some music worthy of your bios. Zoe, you are a major label refugee who just “explored the world via spirituality.” Don’t rush back! Adam, where are the cinema score elements and vinyl hiss? Where is the concept album about the rise and fall of the Astor family, and the ironic insider album cover of Astor Place or the New York Public Library main branch?

As we await their reply, I’ll be working on the screenplay. Anyone have Michel Gondry’s phone number?

ASTR – R U With Me

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ASTR – Operate (The Chainsmokers Remix)

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Did some one say The Chainsmokers, and it’s Thursday?! Yup it’s Thursday and you know what that means, the weekend has officially started and what would the weekend be without a little Chainsmoker love.  Once again I open my email and out comes a this sexy track and it slaps me right on the ass, but you know what…I liked it! Alex and Drew definitely made some sweet love to this already stella track, and I mean isn’t that what Summer is all about, making sweet love over and over and over again.  Wow, sorry I think I lost myself there for a split second, so without further ado (before I get too off track), the dudes themselves have a little explaining to do:

Quick Rundown on its making:
ASTR shot us the stems and the song came together really fast. With amazing vocals and instrumentation like in the original, this song was sorta true to the expression dont try to teach an old dog new tricks…. the song was already so full, so we weren’t trying to revolutionize it, even stripped of its instrumental it had class, it was really just a matter of finding sounds that were simple. We see our remixes as always being these colorful emotional experiences and this whole song is this dark plush sponge of red, and once we found our sounds, within an hour the melody was set, and it was just a question of pouring sand into a bottle of rocks (PS way to many metaphors in that description).”
The NYC Dj/Production Duo, The Chainsmoker’s, Drew and Alex have recently headlined Marquee Dayclub in Vegas and BangON music Festival. There last three remixes went #1 on HypeMachine and have some big plans for upcoming material. But most importantly coming up they have a very special show at Marquee in NYC their hometown on JUNE 29th, for which they prepared this special production edit for the night MARQUEE SUNRISE EDIT and tickets can be pre purchased here: Marquee NYC Pre Sale.

Go check these guys out if you haven’t already, I am telling you from experience you won’t be disappointed and you will be coming back for more.  Ok ok, press play and get the weekend started, enjoy!

ASTR – Operate (The Chainsmokers Remix)