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Getting in gear for the summer, DJs and producers across electronic music's subgenres pumped out both fun, radio-friendly dance pop singles and chill, laid-back collaborations last month. Most notably, deadmau5 teamed up with The Neptunes for his first release of 2020, "Pomegranate," exploring a nu-disco sound.
Marshmello and Halsey also dropped a summery, 80s-inspired collaboration of their own called "Be Kind." Although it touches on the struggles of being in a serious relationship, Halsey described it as "cute," "optimistic," and "heartfelt" in a tweet. She went on to say they thought everyone "could use the vibes right now."
This same sentiment can be found in Martin Garrix's latest progressive house collaboration with John Martin. "Higher Ground" is all about not giving up and pushing forward so that someday we’ll get to where we want to be, to that "higher ground."
At the end of the month, Kygo dropped his third studio album, Golden Hour. The 17-track LP includes the two singles he released earlier in the month, "Lose Somebody" with OneRepublic and "The Truth" with Valerie Broussard, as well as his radio hit, "Higher Love," with Whitney Houston and a previous release, "Freedom," with Zak Abel.
In May, Matoma also released his own tropical house EP, RYTME. With tracks like "The Bender," his twist on Earth, Wind & Fire's hit "September," and the feel-good Captain Cuts and Georgia Ku collaboration, "Beside You," the 6-track EP is a pre-summer staple. "Above all my inspiration will always be incredible voices that can move you and fill you with different emotions," Matoma said in a press release. "This EP allowed me to work with a really exciting and diverse range of vocalists and capture a different range of vibes."
Keeping up with the pre-summer vibrations, Galantis and Ship Wrek teamed up on a fun anthem featuring R&B singer Pink Sweat$. Filled with a bunch of catchy pianos, "Only A Fool" combines the right amount of house with its dance pop sound. Two Friends also brought some tropical flair with their high-energy song "Looking At You." Referencing the movie classic Casablanca and its iconic line, "Here's looking at you, kid," the duo showcases their mastery of combining pop and future bass.
For more awesome future house, house, progressive house, trap and electronic songs, be sure to check out the rest of our playlist below.
Following its debut at Burning Man 2019, The Fluffy Cloud is poised to shake up the live music industry with its subversive design and eye-popping visual components.
No, The Fluffy Cloud isn't the name of a fancy new weather app or a pillow you saw on Shark Tank. It is a futuristic art installation that doubles as a formidable concert stage, towering 30-feet high and flaunting a 60,000-watt circular sound system and a dazzling centrifuge of 33,000 polychromatic LEDs. The Fluffy Cloud is a structure like no other, and that's the point—its goal, Perdomo says, is to disrupt the live entertainment industry by creating something that blurs the lines of art and music to offer a truly immersive experience.
At its core, The Fluffy Cloud represents subversion through immersion.
Inspired by his own experiences at concerts and EDM festivals, where he found dancing with his friends in open-air spaces more conducive to a comfortable partying experience, Perdomo knew he could create something "fundamentally circular, with no discernible 'front' that would lead to a musical experience that encourages more of these face-to-face dancing environments." He wanted to foster an experience that was devoid of a congested crowd, who are typically packed in like sardines and whose only goal is to stampede their way to the front. "I'm not sure how it came to me, but I almost immediately knew that, to do this, it had to be a cloud because a cloud is one of the few objects which can be generally thought of as never having any natural 'front' to it," he said.
The Fluffy Cloud's distinctive UFO-like shape lends to its status as one of the world's only 360° live performance spaces. It is also engineered to subliminally encourage interpersonal connections during shows, which is a phenomenon revelers are yearning for as they trudge out of the murky shadows of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The darkness of those shadows were especially daunting for the Cloud and its creator, Perdomo, who had planned a barnstorming world tour that was effectively throttled when the virus stomped its way through our festivals, stadiums, and concert venues, decimating them like André the Giant at an all-you-can-eat buffet.
"The Fluffy Cloud was designed to be able to tour from day one," Perdomo told EDM.com. "As special as an art project might be conceptually, at the end of the day, the truth is that if you want to keep sharing your art with people, you need to make that art self-sustaining, which for better or for worse means it needs to be financially viable. Art costs money—that's the simple truth. We had a busy schedule of 2020 bookings in place with both music festivals and what I like to call 'city residencies' where we come in as a pop-up venue, but just like everyone else in the live production industry, the coronavirus tossed us quite the curveball."
The live production and concert industries were hit especially hard by the pandemic, biting the metaphorical curb as countless festival brands, clubs, and venerated concert venues crumbled due to forced closures dragooned by public safety ordinances. However, the music community proved its resilience by cultivating a bevy of trailblazing experiences to uphold its vibrant spirit while complying with social distancing guidelines, like virtual music festivals, charity tournaments, and even drive-in raves. The sharpest swords are forged in the hottest fires, and The Fluffy Cloud is no exception.
"I believe creativity flourishes most not during times of clear skies and open paths, but when you are faced with constraints," Perdomo continued. "I have to admit that as the coronavirus crisis started cancelling or postponing all our bookings, I was pretty dismayed. But since then, I've become pretty hopeful and optimistic because in the face of these challenges, I've been forced to try to get creative and to think of ways where I could bring The Fluffy Cloud back into the world safely and responsibly. What has come from this brainstorming is a series of concepts wherein the Cloud's unique attributes can be leveraged to create safe entertainment spaces while still maintaining social distancing measures."
Before the pandemic popped the Cloud and shattered its rose-colored glasses, the installation was primed for touring domination. The Fluffy Cloud made its debut at the 2019 edition of Burning Man and turned heads with its stupefying production quality and jellyfish-like iridescence in the cavernous desert night. The occasion was one of great pride for Perdomo, whose inspiration for The Cloud was initially inspired by his experiences at the beloved Black Rock City festival in 2018. He says he "left the desert a changed person" and was imbued with a sense of gratitude and a newfound appreciation for the electronic music world, which ignited a fervid desire to return the favor.
What followed was a relentless barrage of requests from promoters and venue operators who clamored at the opportunity to feature the Cloud at their events, which led to its grandiose reintroduction at the prestigious Art Basel show in Miami Beach. The Fluffy Cloud's monumental appearances in Nevada and Florida, respectively, are a microcosm of Perdomo's overarching goal of establishing it not as a mere club, but as a "touring pop-up venue."
"Although my first love is still music, I believe there are many beautiful forms of art and experiences that can be hosted and uniquely amplified by the Cloud," said Perdomo. "As we showcased at Art Basel, the Cloud works great for all sorts of productions. We've hosted yoga classes, meditations, and even family-friendly sound and lightscapes. With the ideas we have in the works now, the Cloud might even become a temporary restaurant. Who knows?"
The beauty of The Fluffy Cloud lies in its versatility. Yes—it is perfect for an EDM festival—but that doesn't mean it should be pigeonholed. With its ability to appear at "a beach in Ibiza, a rooftop in downtown Los Angeles, or an abandoned factory in Beirut," Perdomo is confident in the Cloud's ubiquitous potential. "Our imagination is really the only limit here, which is why I think the most exciting way to think of the future of The Fluffy Cloud is as a really unique paintbrush," he said. "It is a tool that doesn't only have to be wielded by my hand, but that can be placed in the hands of other artists and producers so that anyone can combine their art with mine to create really captivating and magical new experiences that appeal to a wide variety of interests."
After the tragic cancellation of Burning Man's 2020 iteration, Perdomo found himself dejected, telling himself, "Man, there's like nothing to look forward to now." However, upon realizing his Cloud's capability to moonlight as a "lightning rod" for the community, he committed to organizing a non-commercial, post-quarantine celebration that would inspire resilience by rooting it in the "10 Principles of Burning Man." And just like that, Flaming Bird was born.
"A completely non-commercial participatory arts event, Flaming Bird will have no bars, no merchandising, no ticket sales, nothing," Perdomo exults. "Just like Burning Man, we have solicited the community to submit concepts for art installations and themed, camp-like experiences, and the responses have been fantastic. We have proposals for giant tesla coils, interactive murals, multiple art cars, pop-up bars, juice stands, grilled cheese stands, kid zones, no-kid zones, and so much more—just like Burning Man itself. The only place cash might come into play is if people choose to optionally donate to the Burners Without Borders program, which we are supporting as well."
It's important to note that Flaming Bird is in its early stages, and the logistics and details are not available at this time. However, when the event does take place, it will comply with public safety ordinances while working towards Perdomo's goal to "give our community something to look forward to that, hopefully, isn't so bleakly far away as Burning Man 2021."
Flaming Bird is also just the tip of the iceberg for The Fluffy Cloud, which represents a glimmer of hope not only for Perdomo and his precious art installation, but also for the music community at large. "There is still a lot in the works for 2020," he said." Our discussions continue with both local production partners as well as government officials as we try to chart a responsible path ahead, but we are committed to finding a way to get entertainment back in action in a safe and socially responsible way as soon as it is safe and practical to do so."FOLLOW THE FLUFFY CLOUD:
Typically operating somewhere near liquid funk with jazz influences, KOAN Sound have paved their own lane in the modern electronic music sphere. The British duo’s last LP, 2018’s instrumental Polychrome, was perhaps KOAN’s most meticulously crafted work, with great attention put into the tracks and unique visualizers for each song at live performances. The Intervals Above EP came to follow Polychrome in 2019, and in 2020 KOAN return with another EP succeeding “Virtue” in March.
Silk Wave notably marks KOAN Sound’s efforts to venture into recently unfamiliar territory: featured vocalists. The last time KOAN utilized featured artists on a studio release was in 2013. Since then, their sound has evolved immensely, but they sound as comfortable as ever incorporating Javeon and Anna Lisa’s singing into their vast soundscapes. Silk Wave also features two instrumental cuts, the vibrant title track and the bombastic “Cosmic Tuba.”
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Swedish production duo Galantis have stayed busy during quarantine after releasing three new singles in the last month alone. The most recent of those singles is a new collaboration with LA-based Ship Wrek titled “Only A Fool” with vocals by Pink Sweat$.
“Only A Fool” opens with dancing piano notes and vocals by Pink Sweat$, who immediately captivates the listener with his smooth singing. “Only A Fool” is a pop single to its core, and its cheery melody is an uplifting tune that allows Pink Sweat$ to shine while interlacing small moments of surprising production elements in the backdrop that ultimately adds an interesting flair to the song.
“Only A Fool” marks the third new release from Galantis over the last month, following their introspective collaborative single “The Lake” with Wrabel and their soundtrack contribution to SCOOB! The Album, “I Fly” featuring Faouzia.
“Only A Fool” is out now via Big Beat Records.
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Despite the shortfall of live entertainment, there still remains a gold mine of unpublished work founded during last year’s festival circuit. A particular item of interest has remained NGHTMRE, Subtronics and Boogie T’s genre-busting effort, which was appropriately welcomed to an audience at Excision’s Lost Lands this past fall. “Nuclear Bass Face” now enters at a time to accordingly fill in that void as the three-headed alliance uncovers their collaborative effort.
The “Nuclear Bass Face” headline speaks for itself, holding a balance between each of NGHTMRE, Subtronics and Boogie T’s savvy as it clouds the borders between the classes of both dubstep and reggaeton. With both NGHTMRE and Subtronics tapped for respective slots on the looming Digital Mirage 2.0 bill, the bass-ravaged feat will continue to reappear into the depths of the lockdown summer.
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Although Las Vegas nightclubs remain closed, governor Steve Sisolak casinos has given casinos the greenlight to reopen at half capacity beginning June 4. Wynn Las Vegas, The Venetian and Palazzo, Treasure Island, The Cosmopolitan, Jerry’s Nugget, and MGM Resorts, among others, have announced details regarding their respective reactivations and the precautions that they will be taking to stymie disease spread.
Preemptive measures at The Cosmopolitan include sanitation improvements, non-invasive temperature screenings, and modifications to floor plans and furniture positioning to meet social distancing guidelines. Jerry’s Nugget staff will distribute masks to guests who do not have one, but advise casino goers to come prepared with a facial covering. Temperature checks will be performed prior to attendee admission and hand sanitizer will be available throughout the casino.
New reality for those visiting Las Vegas when the casinos reopen. These are pictures from the El Cortez and show blackjack tables that have been installed with plexiglass barriers two separate players and the dealer. Barriers also in between slot machines & markings on the floor. pic.twitter.com/84ahPnRGv6— Richard Southern (@richard680news) May 14, 2020
H/T: Fox 5 Las Vegas
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Ibiza Rocks is the first club on the White Isle to host events this summer
Sunset 2.0 Music Festival has been rescheduled, once again, due to coronavirus concerns. Expected to take place on the July 4th week, the new dates have been set to December 26th and 27th. According to a statement made by the festival, “We knew it was a longshot AND we really wanted us all to be
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2020 has been the year of COVID-19 – Until it Wasn’t. Queue the death of George Floyd, & the music industry “Black out“.
On May 25, 2020, George Floyd, an African-American man, was killed in Minneapolis, Minnesota, by a Minneapolis police officer. If you’ve paid attention to the news, or just the social climate in recent years, you’d know that this isn’t the first time an unarmed African American man has been killed by the police in the United States. The music industry is now calling for a Tuesday, June 2 blackout, in solidarity with the ongoing issue of police brutality.Black Out
This has sparked mass protests across the nation. The protests range from various cities like Minneapolis to New York City, and even as far as Los Angeles. If you’ve seen social media at all within the last few days, I’m sure you’re more than aware of everything going on. In response to the ongoing humanitarian crisis, the Music Industry has come together to take a united stand on Tuesday, June 2, by way of a Blackout.
A message circulated widely on Instagram and other social media platforms have called for “a day to disconnect from work and reconnect with our community”. As per the original post, this is being done as “an urgent step of action to provoke accountability and change.”. To this, I say bravo. It is a beautiful thing to see those with a platform, use it for good.
Columbia Records was the first of many, to publicly decry injustices towards “underserved populations”. Columbia Records chairman Ron Perry posted late on Thursday night (May 28):
“We stand together with the Black community against all forms of racism, bigotry, and violence. Now, more than ever we must use our voices to speak up and challenge the injustices all around us.”
You can find the original message in regards to the Tuesday, June 2 Blackout, below. If you are out protesting, be safe.
H/T – Variety
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Skrillex, Madeon, and Axwell all appeared on "Chromatica." Who do you think should be next?
With last weekend's release of her newest album Chromatica, one thing was very clear: Lady Gaga knows her EDM. For her sixth studio album, the eleven-time Grammy-winning pop star collaborated with an astonishing number of dance music artists. Joining executive producer BloodPop® were none other than Skrillex, Axwell, Tchami, and Madeon, among others more.
In honor of this monumental celebration of pop and dance music, we want to hear from you—which EDM artist should Lady Gaga should collaborate with next?View the original article to see embedded media.FOLLOW LADY GAGA:
Marshmello is fed up with the ongoing protests and racial injustice.
Although the DJ/producer rarely uses his platform to speak out, enough is enough. Marshmello says he’s reached his “tipping point” and gives a statement below in a series of tweets.
He writes, “black culture and influence play a big part in the music i make. the systematic racism and injustices that the black community face on a daily basis is something that no white person can relate to or begin to understand.”
“it is up to us to bring justice for George Floyd and the countless others who lost their lives and ultimately bring this hateful racist complex crumbling to the ground.”
Read on below.
black culture and influence play a big part in the music i make. the systematic racism and injustices that the black community face on a daily basis is something that no white person can relate to or begin to understand.
— marshmello (@marshmellomusic) May 31, 2020
it is up to us to bring justice for George Floyd and the countless others who lost their lives and ultimately bring this hateful racist complex crumbling to the ground.
— marshmello (@marshmellomusic) May 31, 2020
— marshmello (@marshmellomusic) May 31, 2020
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Marshmello Speaks Out In Rare Form In Support of Protests & Racial Injustice
The EDM heavyweight was featured alongside acts like 311, Hoobastank, and Insane Clown Posse.
In the most unexpected crossover of the year, Zedd was featured in the newest music video from 90s nu-metal band Alien Ant Farm. On the band's latest track, they covered Wham!'s 1984 classic "Everything She Wants." While they're certainly no stranger to providing rock spins to pop songs, they decided to take their music video in a different direction and feature tons of special guests.
Although many of the featured cameos were fans or bands from the same era as Alien Ant Farm, EDM lovers' ears perked up when they saw one of the biggest names in the genre appear. For those having trouble finding the electronic music easter egg, the brief shot of him smiling and playing air drums happens just after the 1:50 mark.
Surprising to some, Zedd superfans know the appearance isn't as random as it seems. Many often forget that before taking the dance music world by storm with hits like "Clarity" and 'The Middle," the Russian-German DJ/producer got his start playing drums in a heavy metal band named Dioramic.
"Everything She Wants" by Alien Ant Farm is out now. You can download or stream here.FOLLOW ZEDD:
The duo's latest collaboration is the follow-up to their 2018 track "Reverse" with Vic Mensa.
Ahead of the release of his upcoming album Everything’s Strange Here, G-Eazy has reunited with Marshmello for the poolside singalong, "Stan By Me." Released just one week after the debut single from the album, "Free Porn Cheap Drugs," G-Eazy's shift in style is very apparent. While his songs are traditionally rapped, his two newest releases see him show off his singing voice.
Despite being produced by one of EDM's biggest names, the track is not electronic in nature. The masked producer flaunts his production flexibility with a gentle, guitar-led groove intertwined with bubbly drums that can't help but make you think of the beach. "Stan By Me" is not the first time these two artists have collaborated. Back in 2018, the duo teamed up with Vic Mensa for their hip-hop heater "Reverse."
You can stream "Stan By Me" or download the summertime jam here.FOLLOW MARSHMELLO:
As the protests and riots rage on across America, Lane 8 is using his platform to take a stand.
Not only that, he’s putting his release schedule on pause during this especially dark time in our nation. “i have decided to postpone all upcoming lane 8 music releases indefinitely,” he opens up in the post below.
Though he’ll promises to return with new music at some point, “right now it’s time for other voices to be heard.”
He adds, “in the meantime i will be listening & working on ways to combat the racist system that i have benefitted so much from during my life.”
He signs off with the most important statement: “Black Lives Matter” and a donation for $500 to the NAACP.Lane 8 Speaks Out
sending lots of love out to you all. pic.twitter.com/y7dSPghp2l
— Lane 8 (@Lane8music) May 31, 2020
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Lane 8 Delays All Music Releases In Response To Ongoing Protests