Kygo's latest album is the perfect soundtrack for the summer.
Three years after the release of his sophomore album Kids In Love, Kygo has now released his third LP, Golden Hour.
Golden Hour is signature Kygo, structured heavily upon whimsical intros, vocal slices, and a tropical feel. The Norwegian super-producer taps loads of talent on his 18-track album, including Zac Brown, OneRepublic, Oh Wonder, and many more. "Broken Glass" with Kim Petras is easily one of the catchiest songs on the LP, perfectly crafted with crisp snaps and energizing lyrics. His previously released collaboration with Sasha Sloan, "I'll Wait," will surely be his latest anthem to take over airwaves in the coming weeks.
While Kygo's signature sound has become unmistakable since his meteoric rise and has helped to solidify his international fame, his tracks that move away from the norm are what set this LP apart from the rest of his discography. "Beautiful," featuring past collaborator Sandro Cavazza, retains similar musical elements to his previous works but enhances them by adding lush synths that transform the track into a dancefloor-filler. He also steps a little outside the box with "Like It Is" featuring Zara Larsson and Tyga, as Kygo has included a rare rap feature.
Longtime fans of Kygo will be over the moon with this collection of new summer jams. You can listen to Golden Hour in full below.FOLLOW KYGO:
Countless festivals are unable to take place this year as planned due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. However, one Amsterdam event has found a unique workaround.
The very first No Art Hotel experience is going down next month, featuring an entire lineup of music and art yet to be announced. Guests will remained socially distanced during the experience as they explore parts of the hotel in shifts.
Here’s how it works — rent a hotel room for a night at Sir Adam, party in your room, have dinner in one of the exclusive locations in the tower, and enjoy 24 hours of music and art in one of the most iconic buildings Amsterdam has to offer. An ongoing live stream hosted at A’Dam Toren will link to every room.
Of course, there are rules and safety guidelines outlined by the event:
Groups & Timeframes
– 120 capacity in the hotel
– 4 groups of 30 guests
– Early Dinnershow from 17.30-20.30 up to 60 guests
– Late Dinnershow from 21.00-00.00 up to 60 guests
– Check-in timetable will follow soon
– 1,5 meter distance if you’re not from the same household
– No more than 2 guests per lift
– No groups larger than 30 per location
– Temperature check at arrival
– When you have a cold, stay at home
– You are not allowed to switch rooms during this event
See packages here.
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Socially Distanced Music Festival ‘No Art Hotel’ Is Going Down In Amsterdam
Track after track, Gaga delivers a vulnerable and funky bedroom dance party.
The long-awaited debut of Lady Gaga's sixth studio album Chromatica is finally here. It's her first LP since 2016's Joanne, and first new-music release since the soundtrack to 2018's A Star Is Born. However, this new album feels to pick up where Born This Way left off, as a reboot to her deeply honest, unapologetically Gaga dance-pop ways. She masterfully crafted 16 tracks within 43 minutes with the help of some of dance music's most skilled producers, including BloodPop®, Tchami, BURNS, Axwell, Madeon, Skrillex, among others.
If you enter your Chromatica listening experience expecting merely dance-floor music, you are going to have a good time but will miss out on the true beauty Gaga has crafted for us. There's much more lying behind the four-on-the-floor beats and impressive collaborations. With this album, she delivers an emotional depth with nods to her vulnerability, letting her Little Monsters know that it's ok to feel sad as long as they "keep looking for Wonderland."
While each single falls under the dance-pop aesthetic built with a strong foundation with her longtime co-producer BloodPop®, they vary with the help of each of the EDM titans she enlisted as guest producers. Axwell delivers on the empowering tracks "Alice," "Free Woman," and "Sine From Above," which features the only male vocal feature on the entire album from the legendary Elton John. Madeon throws down a funky, disco new wave party on "911," featuring a classic, robotic Gaga vocal that references the 1980 hit "Funky Town."
Skrillex lends his talents to the Barbie-themed "Plastic Doll," featuring the perfect line, "I'm no toy for a real boy." The production is top-of-the-line and is definitely a track you can belt your heart out to during a bedroom dance party. Tchami and BURNS had their hands on more than a few of the record's 16 tracks, including the previously released "Stupid Love" and "Rain On Me," in addition to "1000 Doves" and the ode to the ballroom hit "Babylon."
Even with all these outside influencers adding to the productions, the album is 100% Gaga. She breaks up the tracklist with three orchestral interludes, showcasing it as a true thematic journey. It's the reboot we've been waiting for since she broke into acting, and she delivered tenfold. Though she ran into some bumps in the road with her release being pushed back because of the ongoing pandemic, Chromatica arrived just when we needed it. These will be anthems that we'll be escaping with all summer.FOLLOW LADY GAGA:
As a young and determined teen making music in his bedroom at age 15, Calvin Harris, real name Adam Wiles, sent CD demos to Defected boss Simon Dunmore, like many budding producers who dreamt of being discovered by the best in the business. He received in return first a handwritten note, which read: “I’m returning your CD but would like you to know that this is far superior to many of the demos we regularly receive.” Then came a merch package with a note saying, “Keep faith in yourself. I am sure we will do something together.” Finally came a personal phone call from the A&R man and label head. Simon remembers the phone call well, saying that he disturbed Calvin while he was watching Eastenders, eating his dinner in front of the TV. Simon explained that he wanted to thank him for the demos he’d been sending and offered him further encouragement.
Years later, when Calvin’s stardom had been realized on a global scale, he was introduced to Simon at Pacha nightclub in Ibiza, recalling the phone call to him and prompting a reconnection between the two. Since then the mutual respect blossomed, with Calvin occasionally reaching out to Simon for remixing advice, to share industry insights and to support Defected Records in DJ sets, radio shows or playlists. Fast-forward to 2020 during COVID-19 induced lockdowns around the world. Like many DJs, Calvin took to live streams to try out new music and the keen ears inside Defected’s A&R department picked up on an unreleased tune in one of his sets. That record was ‘Live Without Your Love.’ In turn, Calvin made a surprise appearance at Defected’s monumental Virtual Festival series in April, bringing the relationship full circle in an organic and suitably innovative way.
Simon Dunmore added: “Calvin Harris and I have long-standing mutual respect that goes back 20 years when he initially submitted some of his early demos to Defected. I heard ‘Live Without Your Love,’ reached out and our discussions led to our involvement on the project. I am all about long term relationships and the fact that Calvin remembers our first exchanges says so much to me, and clearly demonstrates that first impressions are lasting impressions.”
The record sees Calvin at his most intuitive and rave-inclined, with club ready, penetrating stabs softened by Steve Lacy’s drawl and plenty of acidic synth.
‘Live Without Your Love’ will be out on June 11th via Defected/Columbia Records, and is available for pre-order and pre-save now. Watch Calvin Harris’ live stream set from the Defected Virtual Festival here.
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Calvin Harris making his Defected Records debut with release of ‘Live Without Your Love’ on June 11
Galantis and Ship Wrek are here to conjure visions of blue tequila sunrises and sun-kissed days on the beach.
The tandem of electronic duos arrived on Big Beat Records today to drop the bubbly summer anthem, which features a scintillating vocal effort from prodigious R&B singer Pink Sweat$.
"Only a Fool" glides along to the signature house and pop hybrid sound of Galantis, who were smart to team up with Ship Wrek, one of the fastest-rising acts in electronic music. The track represents the latest in a string of high-profile collaborations for the nautical-themed house twofer, who previously teamed up with Valentino Khan for "Obsession" on Diplo's Mad Decent banner as well as Dillon Francis, who jumped on "It's My House" from the young duo's March 2020 Mirror Mirror EP.
Galantis have remained their prolific selves, recently appearing on the official soundtrack for Scoob!, the latest major motion picture in the grandiose Scooby Doo franchise. They have kept busy on the performance front as well, appearing on the first-ever Virtual DisDance Festival, a landmark radio livestreaming event produced by SiriusXM. In February, they also teamed up with WaveXR for a VR concert special where they mutated into custom avatars and performed live, amassing over one-million views.FOLLOW GALANTIS:
Lost Frequencies‘ prowess as one of melodic house’s most consistent trailblazers has been proven time and time again since the Belgian producer’s global hit, “Are You With Me.” Since the song’s release, he’s released two albums and a slew of one-off singles as well as remixes to cement his position as a force in crafting mellow yet catchy dance outputs. As for his latest, Lost Frequencies was tapped by Major Lazer to give their Marcus Mumford-assisted single “Lay Your Head On Me” a facelift.
This remix is not the first time Diplo has asked Lost Frequencies for his touch on a record as the producer has previously remixed Major Lazer’s Justin Bieber collaboration “Cold Water” as well as LSD‘s “Thunderclouds.” For his remix of “Lay Your Head On Me,” Lost Frequencies allows Mumford’s sultry vocals to guide the remix as he pads them with ringing synths and moving bassline taking the original in a progressive direction.
Episode 11 of Dancing Astronaut’s Lockdown Livestream Guide is here, and while everyone is pretty much used to quarantine by now, the livestream programming from some of the biggest artists in the world continues until things go back to (somewhat) normal. This week’s slate has a few heavy hitters in the dance space throwing events while some niche genres are also stepping up to the plate.
With his third album Golden Hour now out, Norwegian piano don Kygo is celebrating his LP’s release with his own festival including sets from an eclectic assortment of artists from Alan Walker to Jimmy Buffett to OneRepublic. Next, David Guetta is hosting his second “United From Home” set to support the city of NYC after a groundbreaking first event in Miami a few weeks ago.
Martin Garrix‘s STMPD RCRDS brand is back with another installment of their virtual festival and lineup of label staples including Norman Doray, Arno Cost, Loopers, and more. Big room fans will be able to go back-to-back leading into the STMPD RCRDS event with Spinnin’ Records x 1001Tracklists ID Sessions on Friday, May 29, that will feature sets with all new music from Kryder, Dannic, BROHUG, and more.
For trance fans, Dreamstate is back with a new concept, Sattelite Series, where Cosmic Gate, ilan Bluestone, Andrew Rayel, and more will soundtrack Trance Family’s Saturday night via Insomniac’s YouTube. Additionally, Insomniac is hosting the first weekend of a two-weekend series for Basscon featuring an assortment of hardstyle mainstays.
Finally, Desert Hearts is throwing a four-day, weekend-long festival once again with their City Hearts Digital Festival that will feature all day programming including sets from Blond:ish, LP Giobbi, Mikey Lion, Walker & Royce and more for the underground heads.
For re-watchable streams from last weekend, DoLab’s DGTL LIB full-day streams are available below along with Rinzen’s set. Also available are sets from TESTPILOT, Avicii (2011 Exclusive set for SiriusXM’s DisDance), Kygo, Major Lazer, MK, Idris Elba, Barely Alive!, and more.
Check out the schedule below for upcoming streams and a roundup of the other virtual events that you may have missed this past week.Coming Up
ford. is on his way to becoming a household name in the indie electronic scene. Since signing on to ODESZA‘s Foreign Family Collective imprint, he’s been steadily releasing originals and remixes, including his 2018 debut LP (The) Evening. Ahead of his sophomore album, due out this summer, ford. shares some of his finest work to date.
“Living, Breathing” is an instrumental cut, but provides more than enough depth to fill out the track. It’s powered by a rich chord progression highlighted with airy plucks and atmospheric elements. ford. recalls how the track came to life while on tour:
“I remember messing with a synth and laying down a bunch of random messy ideas, stretching sounds out, and trying a bunch of sample processing things I had never done before. After consistently being on the move, it felt so good to be able to wind down for a minute, take a step back from the shows, and just feel like I could sonically explore. That doodling eventually turned into what is ‘Living, Breathing’ today.”
Listen to “Living, Breathing” in full below.
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Ellie Goulding fans, hold strong, for the “Lights” are at the end of the tunnel. With five years in the rearview since her last LP, 2015’s Delirium, Goulding has disclosed that she will re-enter the release ring on July 17 with Brightest Blue. The album’s double-disc format allows Goulding to stylize the music that appears on each side differently: the first part has been developed to evince Goulding’s “vulnerability,” and the second, her “confident, brave, and fearless” characteristics, according to a press release. Says Goulding,
“[The first side] acknowledges a complex world where relationships still dictate our happiness and heartbreak and can still be the most painful thing in the world, no matter how enlightened you are. The tracks also symbolize growing up and becoming a woman.”–
Brightest Blue mainly comprises solo inclusions; only five of the album’s 17 total tracks solicit features. Artists slated to make sonic cameos on the forthcoming LP include serpentwithfeet, blackbear, Lauv, Swae Lee, and Juice WRLD.
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Just launched and ready to make a real stir in the bass scene is FUCKSHIT Records, which has been established by HE$H and Bommer. To mark the start of its journey, they are releasing ‘Caught Slippin’ from co-founder HE$H and rapper Project Pat.
The Dallas producer stirs up both bass and hip-hop elements into a frenzy – hitting you squarely in the jaw with its punchy bassline whilst the vocal skills of Project Pat ensure you are left reeling from their impact.
This one is out now – head below for an exclusive listen.
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Your EDM Premiere: HE$H – Caught Slippin’ ft. Project Pat
G-Buck wants to thank you for your moshing service.
Philadelphia is perhaps best known for its famous cheesesteaks (wiz wit, all day) and painfully disappointing sports teams, but it is also home to a slew of top-notch electronic music talent. Diplo, Subtronics, and Louis Futon are just three of those names, but the list goes on.
Enter Philly-based DJ and producer G-Buck, who has arrived on Welcome Records for a genre-shattering trap bomb, "Thank U 4 Moshing With Me," which moonlights as an ode to moshing.
G-Buck has been blurring the lines of bass music for years, with a bevy of releases on some of the top tastemakers in dance music, including Skrillex's OWSLA imprint, Diplo's Mad Decent banner, Steve Aoki's Dim Mak, and Flux Pavilion's Circus Records. He now arrives on the Kayzo-owned Welcome Records for yet another blistering dubstep dinger in the form of "Thank U 4 Moshing With Me," which is not for the faint of heart.
With rollicking, crunchy guitar riffs and relentless breaks, the rawk is in full force here, as G-Buck seamlessly blends elements of trap and rock music under one quaking roof. Think Wolfmother meets Jack Ü. The rock elements run roughshod through the track's verses before building and culminating in a screeching trap drop, which churns to a bouncy 87 BPM as opposed to the more popular 140-150 range of the genre.
You can stream "Thank U 4 Moshing With Me" via your favorite streaming platform here.FOLLOW G-BUCK:
TYNAN, by and large, is known for his heavy bass music. Even when he ventures into the world of house like with Jauz on “Bring Em Back” or “Diggid,” he still brings that hard edge. However, for his new remix of “Strangers” by Stereo Jane, he definitely went out of his comfort zone and ended up with something truly incredible.
The producer calls it a “production exercise,” but if that’s the case, then he’s already ready to go up a weight class, if we’re to continue the metaphor. The original is an emphatic vocal performance from Stereo Jane with an instrumental to back it; but at the end of the day, the song is really about her voice. TYNAN zeroes in her voice and transforms the slower, more melancholic original into a high-tier party anthem with a brighter progression, higher tempo, and more exciting synths.
Stereo Jane says of the remix, “It’s so awesome getting to hear Strangers in a whole different genre. Tynan did an amazing job and we’re so stoked about this remix!”
Check out the song below!
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: [PREMIERE] TYNAN Goes Outside His Comfort Zone For Super Anthem Remix
NGHTMRE, Subtronics, & Boogie T have teamed up for a collaboration of nuclear proportions, putting out their new song “Nuclear Bass Face” today. As we wrote when the trio previewed the song earlier this week, it has a little bit of everyone in it.
“Boogie T’s quasi-reggae style vocal and build, with Subtronics’ out of this world bass design and NGHTMRE’s hard hitting production all roll up into one brilliant package on this one.”
This will no doubt be a crowd favorite at festivals and shows once we get back to doing that sort of thing. Check out the new track below!
Photos via Rukes.com
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: NGHTMRE, Subtronics, & Boogie T Drop New Collaboration, “Nuclear Bass Face”
You might have missed your chance to win a free burrito from Chipotle last night, but you haven’t missed your chance to listen to Diplo’s new debut Country Album, Diplo Presents Thomas Wesley Chapter 1: Snake Oil. Today, under the moniker Thomas Wesley, Diplo has released 14 tracks that are much different than the Diplo many of us know.Diplo at the 2019 AMA’s Red Carpet
While this “new side” of Diplo shouldn’t come as a shock to many – being that Diplo has been producing country music since April 2019, this LP is very different than all of the others. Coming off the heels of Diplo’s wildly popular song, ‘On My Mind (ft: Sidepiece)‘, you can expect to hear more violins, guitars, and piano playing with a twist of country twang on this latest album.
For those of you who thought this was a joke, Diplo has went and proved us wrong. Not only by producing solid music, but by getting some of the biggest names in country music to join in. Some of the feature artists you can expect to hear are country music stars Thomas Rhett, Zac Brown, and Noah Cyrus. And of course, Lil Nas X. We certainly can’t forget Diplo’s Remix of the extremely popular song, ‘Old Town Road’.
What do you think of Diplo’s dive into the county music scene? Is this a fad or are these two worlds colliding and here to stay?
A collab crafted in bass music heaven.
"Nuclear Bass Face" is the perfect fusion of NGHTMRE's master craftsmanship, Subtronics' unpredictable synths, and Boogie T's psychedelic sound. The trio enters the fray with a chilled out, reggaeton-inspired intro that is quickly engulfed by a menacing build-up. The ensuing drop is complete and utter chaos, as bass stabs and wobbles unrelentingly assault the listener until the track mellows out once again. This collab was crafted in bass music heaven, and fans of any of the artists involved will certainly be pleased with the outcome.
NGHTMRE has become one of the most desirable acts in bass music, largely due to his consistently impressive production as well as his high energy performances. The prolific producer has found himself in collaboration with powerhouse duo SLANDER quite often, leading to some of their most popular projects, such as the single "GUD VIBRATIONS" as well as the formation of their record label under the same name.
Subtronics' heavy-hitting tracks have quickly made him a favorite in the bass music community. His collaboration with GRiZ, "Griztronics," went viral last year as it became the anthem for a trend on Tik Tok. Earlier this year, the Philadelphia-based producer released his Scream Saver EP, which received praise from fans and critics alike.
Boogie T's kendama and beard aren't his only signature traits, as his dancehall-inspired riddim has become unmistakable within the bass music scene. While this is his first release of 2020, he dominated 2019. He appeared alongside Ganja White Night on their 2019 collab "Up" as well as dropped "Supa Fly" with GRiZ.FOLLOW NGHTMRE:
Moore Kismet is one of the most promising young artists putting music out right now. At just 15 years old, they’ve already begun to leave their mark on the electronic music community, and with every release, we see more and more what they are capable of.
Ahead of their newest EP coming out on Never Say Die, today they’re out with his new song “Flair,” dedicated to and featuring their mother. As a writer, I’m often afforded unique perspectives on the artists I write about, and I’m honored to say that I’ve spent time with both Moore Kismet and their mother. The love they share for each other is entirely undeniable, and a song dedicated to her was really only a matter of time.
Different than many of Moore’s past, harder singles, “Flair” is beautifully restrained and more melody-focused. Momma Kismet, who now has her own Spotify artist page, provides the vocal chops that Moore utilizes in the track. It’s dreamy and subtle, while still being powerful and meaningful.
Check out “Flair” below, out now on Never Say Die.
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: [PREMIERE] Moore Kismet Releases New Single “Flair,” Dedicated To & Featuring Their Mother
The remix LP contains a total of 30 tracks.
Armin van Buuren has released a 30-track remix album that's filled to the brim with fan-favorite tunes.
Entitled Relax, the LP was crafted to help listeners feel just that way. Artists like Trinix, Martijn van Velden, Eelke Kleijn, and more have put their own spin on some of Armin's biggest tracks and whipped them into easy listening masterpieces. The album also includes acoustic versions of "All On Me" featuring Brennan Heart and Andreas Moe and "Going Wrong" featuring DJ Shah and Chris Jones, as well as an orchestral version of "This Light Between Us" with Christian Burns.
With a remix package of this caliber, there's bound to be standouts. Lost Frequencies rework of "In And Out Of Love" is an instant classic as he fuses Sharon Den Adel's mystical vocals with shimmering synths, giving the track a haunting feel. Pretty Pink has done an excellent job by shedding the bombastic synths of "Another You" and transforming the track into a laid-back, heartfelt charmer. IHF strips down "Heading Up High," substituting the all-encompassing guitar riffs for minimalistic plucks and a beautifully moving drop.
Overall, Armin van Buuren has offered up a carefully curated remix LP that'll surely keep his fans happy while they eagerly await the return of music festivals and shows as a whole.
Armin van Buuren is undeniably one of the biggest dance music acts in the world. Last year, he released his album Balance, which featured his international hit "Blah Blah Blah." Alongside his ever-popular tunes, Armin has kept fans busy with his A State of Trance radio show and turned heads with the abundance of releases on his Armada Music imprint.FOLLOW ARMIN VAN BUUREN:
3LAU surprised fans when he returned to label giant Anjunabeats for ethereal recent release “Tokyo.” The track has since garnered more than 4 million streams on Spotify alone, and the single is a colorful new addition to the producer’s catalog of music. Seven Lions is keeping excitement for the release alive after releasing his own remix of the single.
The remix intensifies the production backdrop, maintaining a delicate juxtaposition that still illuminates the vocals. The track transforms with a bass drop layered over the original crux. The final product is a remix that creates an otherworldly sonic experience.
In a recent post, Seven Lions mentions he has been working on his remix for “quite some time” and the time he has put in is apparent in the quality output of his rendition.
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