XIE and dance music heavyweight JSTJR join forces for ‘$AVAGE’ a sonically pleasing glitchy videogame-esque banger with jungle and electro influences. The track immediately kicks off with glitchy, entrancing synths complimented by XIE’s hypnotic vocals. Serenading synths quickly lull the listeners into a trance only to be followed by a jolting groove as heavy sub basses enter the sonic space.
Electro and jungle influences are fused together throughout the entirety of the record creating a lively combination of anthemic energy. ‘$AVAGE’ is as groovy as it is emotionally and melodically enthralling. XIE has received cosigns from Illenium, RL Grime and is quickly paving her own sound into electronic music. Check out what XIE had to say about making ‘$AVAGE’ – “$AVAGE is a self empowering high octane ride about unleashing your inner power through all of life’s madness.”
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: XIE Blissfuly Intertwines The Best Of Electro and Jungle On ‘$AVAGE’ With JSTJR
San Diego has become a mecca for house and techno in the USA over the past several years. Quickly rising in the scene is SD-native Burko who dropped a monster-of-a-track “Infrared” ahead of his debut EP. On the track, Burko tells us: “The very first single, “Infrared,” off my upcoming EP, is out today featuring the lovely Mary Helen laying down some hypnotic vocals. This song has been one of the staples in my sets the past year and I’m excited to be able to finally share it. This release marks the first of four tracks on the Infrared EP.”
Falling in love with the electronic music scene in Amsterdam, Burko got his start DJ’ing abroad in Amsterdam where he thrived in the Dutch underground circuit. He returned stateside with a fresh admiration for the scene, bringing with him a uniquely dark-yet-melodic sound that launched him to the forefront of the California ware-house scene in a very short order.
In 2021 Burko released a string of remixes on SoundCloud, giving popular tracks by ACRAZE, Billie Eilish, Flume, Muse, Hans Zimmer and The Temper Trap his signature Medieval House spin.
Listen to “Infrared” at the links below and be sure to stay on the lookout for more!
Friz of Soul is an artist who has been gaining attention in the music and NFT crossover space. He is one of thirty-three featured artists on the blockchain streaming platform Audius alongside notable names such as Skrillex, Rezz, Kayzo, Zeds Dead, RAC, Mr. Carmack and Zedd to name a few. He has grown his following on the Audius platform to over 13k making him one of the most followed artists on any blockchain streaming platform currently.
Friz of Soul’s journey didn’t start in the NFT space. For the past several years this LA-based artist has been gaining traction through playing at notable clubs in Southern California such as Avalon, The Globe Theatre, and Exchange LA. Friz of Soul recently released his debut album, ‘Wide Awake’ coining house and techno-focused productions with dreamy layered vocals as his signature sound.
What is next for this artist on the rise? After selling his first NFT for $10,000 Friz of Soul is launching the Wide Awake project which will be the first NFT project to ever fully fund a music tour. The sale will be a collection of 777 NFTs centered around the art and music from his album Wide Awake. Through a self-funded tour, Friz of Soul promises consistent tour video content giving supporters an inside look at what their funding is creating. “I want to show how supportive the NFT community is and show upcoming artists that there is this new technology emerging allowing independent artists to become self-sustainable and fund ambitious projects,” says Friz of Soul. Holders of the Wide Awake NFT will also gain access to an exclusive community, airdrops, early access to his future projects, and have their names displayed on his tour visuals.
Be on the lookout for the Wide Awake public sale coming January 22nd. To gain early access and insight into the project you can join Friz of Soul’s Discord.
I JUST SOLD MY FIRST NFT OF MY MUSIC AND IT WENT FOR 2.3 ETH!!!
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This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Friz of Soul Launches the First NFT Project to Fund A Music Tour
BADVOID’s talent is remarkable. His sounds are always fascinating and his ear for utilizing specific sounds to bring out certain emotions is impeccable. He’s constantly pushing his sound, keeping us on our toes, excited to hear what’s next.
He’s back with a booming single titled “Poison“, featuring vocalist OLSO, signed to none other than KAYZO’s Welcome Records. It’s a big signing and rightfully deserved. The track packs a lot of punch with thundering bass wubs and a tight beat. He pairs this perfectly with OLSO’s enticing vocal along with a distorted guitar that really drives each verse and buildup. Whether you’re on drop 1 or 2, it’s impossible not to feel energy coursing through your veins as BADVOID delivers electrifying arrangements on both.
Listen to “Poison” below!
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: BADVOID Drops Booming Single, “Poison”, Signed To KAYZO’s Welcome Records
Festival season is right around the corner (finally!) and today Disco Donnie Presents announced the full lineup for Ubbi Dubbi 2022 along with some exciting new additions that is sure to have attendees buzzing with excitement.
Ubbi Dubbi was the first festival back in 2021. Through a lot of hard work and innovation (like being the first to source COVID-sniffing dogs at a large-scale event) from DDP, their partners, and local healthcare officials, Ubbi Dubbi was a beaming success. This year, Ubbi Dubbi is returning to the Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Texas on April 23 & 24 for their biggest year yet.
The lineup is already stacked, featuring the some of the biggest artists around like Alison Wonderland, Tiësto, Excision, and Diplo, who will be performing a special sunset set. Joining them now are tech house titans Dom Dolla and John Summit, along with bass music powerhouse, PEEKABOO.
This year, DDP is aiming to highlight some of the best up and coming artists at their festivals through collaborations with independent record labels and the launch of their very own talent search program, Disco Spotlight.
Cue Ubbi Dubbi’s exclusive Camping Area Stage, hosted by Gravitas Recordings. As Disco Donnie put it, “the Gravitas Stage was initially on our 2020 lineup, but we unfortunately had to cancel the event. I’ve been really excited about this stage concept and couldn’t wait to bring it back for this year!”
The Gravitas Stage will be making its Ubbi Dubbi debut, featuring what is sure to be an electrifying pre-party hosted by Blunts & Blondes. A few standout up and coming acts also featured on this stage are Black Carl!, who creates some of the most forward thinking bass music around, and Megan Hamilton, whose music blends hip-hop influences with gritty funk and house elements.
Along with the Gravitas Stage, Ubbi Dubbi will offer its first ever glamping option, sure to have even the boujeest festival-goers considering camping. It includes luxury bathrooms, complimentary daily continental breakfast, a free massage, and plenty more.
Grab your ticket to Ubbi Dubbi 2022 below!
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Ubbi Dubbi 2022 Drops Full Lineup + Exclusive Camping Stage Hosted By Gravitas Recordings
After over one year of production, the biggest Subtronics project to date has finally arrived on his own Cyclops Recordings: the debut full-length Subtronics album FRACTALS spans 16 one-of-a-kind tracks ranging from face-melting bass anthems to electro pop-adjacent cuts to leftfield experiments in sound.
“I’ve wanted to talk about this album for so long,” Subtronics said. “I’m overly transparent about my creative process, so not being able to share it with everyone has been an adjustment. I will say, I have poured so much emotional, mental, and sentimental weight into it. Putting such a huge project out there, something that I’ve been working on for well over a year, is kind of terrifying. I’ve reworked every detail of every track, made improvements, and built a universe around all of it. I have definitely evolved and grown with my sound design and I am beyond excited to share FRACTALS with everyone.”
FRACTALS opens with the epic “O.P.U.S.” to set the stage, a track that Subtronics said quite literally exploded out of him while he made it in one sitting. “I have no idea what happened,” he said. “I was at my desk, hitting keys aimlessly, while exploring Kontakt libraries and it brought me so much joy. Very meditative. I hope it feels as powerful emotionally for everyone else as it does for me when I hear it. Closing my eyes and turning the intro up full volume always teleports me back to where I was when I started to aimlessly play with chords during the lockdown in 2020.”
The album brings back singles “Spacetime” with NEVVE, “Gassed Up” with Zeds Dead and Flowdan, as well as fan-favorite “Griztronics II” with Griz. Other standouts on the album include “Take Flight VIP” with Sullivan King and “Into Pieces” with Grabbitz, whose vocals and contributions never seem to miss the mark. There’s also “FUNcKED” which lets Subtronics explore a bouncier side of bass music.
Check out the full album below. In addition to the release of FRACTALS, Subtronics embarks on his massive 53-date tour across North America beginning January 14 in Seattle — full dates and tickets here.
Photo via Rukes.com
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Subtronics Unleashes Massive Debut Album ‘FRACTALS’
We thought it was coming out last week, we thought it was coming Monday, then Tuesday… the Coachella 2022 lineup is finally here.
Harry Styles, Billie Eilish, and Ye (fka Kanye West) are set to headline, with Swedish House Mafia getting their own line at the bottom of the lineup, touted as “returning to the desert.”
Representing dance music will be the likes of Louis The Child, Flume, Disclosure, Madeon, Jamie xx, Slander, Fred again.., Tchami, Duck Sauce, and more. See the whole lineup below and sign up for weekend 2 pre-sale here.View this post on Instagram
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Coachella Releases 2022 Lineup: Harry Styles, Billie Eilish, Ye To Headline; SHM Return To The Desert
Aura Blaze is a dream pop/shoegaze/psych pop project started by producer and instrumentalist Rhode Rachel with his Zappa-esque 2015 debut self-titled album. Clearly influenced by early psy-and-surf-rock like the Beach Boys, King Crimson and The Doors with a tinge of psychobilly a’la The Cramps, Aura Blaze’s style back then was big and bold and, energetically was sort of a retro-styled match to The Polyphonic Spree. This huge, orchestral sound only comes out of one person, however, so it’s not surprising that Rachel has made a name for himself in more than one indie genre.
While the debut album was almost all analog rock, it’s also not surprising with his cinematic, larger-than-life, Spector-esque wall of sound style that with subsequent releases, Aura Blaze would go on to incorporate electronic methods. 2019’s The Sparkling Black showed more obvious electronic play both in sound design in synths, as well as a healthy lashing of Jethro Tull-style prog rock. 2020 saw his next single “The Plight of the Soul Ablaze in the Face of Mortal Drudgery” – try to say that five times fast – continue this trajectory both with prog-style storytelling and psychedelic wisps of sound but adding even more synths and sound design.
A focus on esoteric and spiritual throwback vibes with psychedelic music seemed to be galvanizing as Aura Blaze’s style by the afore-mentioned super-long title, but it took a hard turn, or rather, an evolutionary step, with Rachel’s next track, “Trans-Dimensional Palm Tree.” Switching to a more 90s The Cure-style guitar, maudlin tones and loads more ambient sound design, Rachel’s vocals became softer and more drone-like to match, conjuring Ian-Curtis-on-his-meds (or just a baritone Ian Brown, maybe?) vibes. The music was much more shoegaze and dream pop than psych rock. Modernized but still getting his astral point across, “Trans-Dimensional Palm Tree” made an impact and is still among the most streamed tracks on Aura Blaze’s Spotify page.
Flash forward to Open-Mindedness, Aura Blaze’s latest EP offering which dropped last month on Christmas Eve, Rachel has kept that shoegaze vein but re-incorporated the psych rock and even more styles into the two original tracks. The title track is just as operatic and grand as Rachel’s earlier work but the cool post punk vocal tenor and chord progressions are still there in spades. There’s also progressive bass work, 80s style synths and even a bit of late-era disco tying the bigger, theatrical sounds to the soft vox. “The Summer Solstice,” meanwhile, pays homage to Aural Blaze’s 60s-psych roots with Doors-style organ synths and surf rock melodies, all while Rachel lyrically pays homage to the sun as a literal “Aura Blaze.”
The last track on Open-Mindedness, if any readers doubted this long-suffering shoegaze nerd author’s ability to pick out such influence from a modern artist’s work, is a cover of “The Only One I Know” by The Charlatans UK. Arguably an icon of 90s Brit Rock and shoegaze, The Charlatans were also heavily influenced by 60s mod-and-psych rock, so there. Rachel’s version of The Charlatans’ biggest hit could properly be called a remix, as he adds loads of even more spacey-sounding ambient sound design to the track’s original structure (possibly even the original stems) and more ornamentation around the synths, making it even more theatrical and wall-of-soundey than the original. It’s a grandiose update of the classic and he more than does it justice.
With all the styles and sounds Rachel as Aura Blaze incorporates into his work and all the different directions he’s already taken said work, one thing that hasn’t change and likely won’t is his message. While psych rock, shoegaze, dream pop et al. all have a sort of woo quality and are quite esoteric, Aura Blaze goes beyond just trippy musings. His lyrics and philosophy are entrenched in spirituality and high vibration expression, and he sees his music as simply a delivery system. A highly complex, varied and expertly- produced delivery system, but a delivery system nonetheless. With almost infinite avenues to create said system, there are also infinite possibilities on where he will go next with his sound, but it will be guaranteed to be lush, potent and heavy on the contextual Astral Blaze.
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: New Artist Spotlight: Aura Blaze Calls for ‘Open-Mindedness’ in the Rock/EDM Crossover World
GRL GANG has returned with Wreck The Halls, Vol. 2, a compilation made by women in dance music — intended to play out loudly this holiday season and beyond!
This year, the compilation series is stacked as ever with emerging talent: Kenzie Black, REMETI, Shmell, Dxstinie, AK Renny, ENTITY, and AIXI featuring STILLONIT. Wreck The Halls, Vol. 2 offers a mix of uplifting, melodic productions, as well as heavier selects and an assortment of house grooves.
JEANIE, Founder of GRL GANG, shares:
I’m so excited to be releasing our newest Wreck The Halls compilation showcasing some incredibly talented women in dance music. The release is so diverse and has something for just about everyone. I hope everyone enjoys these tracks as much as I do and finds a new favorite artist along the way.
GRL GANG is a label, collective and organization dedicated to supporting women in dance music.
Listen below and explore more artists, mixes, albums and compilations here.GRL GANG – Wreck The Halls, Vol. 2 GRL GANG · GRL GANG – Wreck The Halls, Vol. 2
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This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: GRL GANG Drops Second Annual Compilation ‘Wreck The Halls, Vol. 2’ [LISTEN]
Heading into 2022, SoundCloud is celebrating another successful year and welcoming its next generation of artists with a feature film, The Day Ones.
The first-ever film by SoundCloud includes music and live performances from 2021 breakout artists SoFaygo, Charmaine, Otis Kane, Pa Salieu, Lourdiz, Ela Minus, and more. Having came through the platform’s “First on SoundCloud” accelerator program, these are names to keep on your radar.
The Day Ones brings together the worlds of music, entertainment, and cinema to create a major career-first for the artists, providing a new, innovative way to showcase their talents and connect them with fans globally. It’s one of the many efforts SoundCloud provides for the artists they believe in.
About First on SoundCloud: First on SoundCloud is a culture-shifting program designed to amplify artists breaking on SoundCloud. Follow their journey as they reach new milestones, break creative barriers and define the future of music.
About The Day Ones: A film about two childhood best friends at a turning point in their lives. Before saying goodbye, they spend their last evening together at their favorite local party. Throughout the night, they experience musical performances from various artists from First on SoundCloud.THE DAY ONES Trailer | SoundCloud Original Film
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: SoundCloud Shines Light on Breakout Artists with Feature Film ‘The Day Ones’ [WATCH]
The latest from Alison Wonderland, “Fear of Dying,” is nothing short of a masterpiece.
Through the dizzying sounds of “Fear of Dying,” which Alison wrote and produced, she unpacks feelings of anxiety and crippling fear of losing someone close to you. The vulnerability AW exhibits is as present as ever in this new single, as she begins a new journey by confronting her past head on.
“Fear of Dying” comes on the heels of “Fuck U Love U,” a certified trap banger tinged with dark, relatable emotion that instinctively tugs at heart strings. These back-to-back releases showcase AW’s ability to keep her signature sound intact, while gracefully evolving and tackling especially painful subjects.
The “Fear of Dying” music video (directed by Brandon Dremer) brings the song’s concept to life, as Alison holds her former self captive and ultimately leaves the past behind, making for a nail-biting finish.
Watch below and go down the rabbit hole here.Alison Wonderland – Fear of Dying
Photo Credit: Jared Tinetti
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Alison Wonderland Unleashes Trademark Masterpiece “Fear of Dying” [WATCH]
Gisela Lindhorst aka OHMYGi makes her presence known with her debut single “I’m Danger,” out now.
This Chilean-born talent earned the inaugural Icon Collective Women’s Scholarship and Icon Ambassador Award, allowing her to hone in on her unique vision in Los Angeles in recent years. As a producer, singer, songwriter, and performing artist — OHMYGi’s self expression is on full display with her very first release.
The song is raw and unapologetic, setting the tone for OHMYGi’s upcoming album Danger in Pink. Described as a bilingual banger, “I’m Danger” is a blend of her native Spanish and improved English with heavy basslines and ripping lyrics. The OHMYGi project drips with originality and we already can’t wait to hear more.
On a deeper level, OHMYGi expresses her point of view on female oppression and holds space for awareness to have “each one [of] us play their active role” in the community while also awakening the feminine power.
Listen below and watch the music video here!OHMYGi – I’m Danger
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This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: OHMYGi Drops Unapologetic Debut Single “I’m Danger” [LISTEN]
Porter Robinson and his now-fiancée Rika Mikuriya are officially engaged! The two shared the news on Instagram today and we couldn’t be more excited for the couple.
Rika wrote, “thank you for accepting me and taking me in to be yours. i’m so shocked and at the same time so thankful that someone who is so kindhearted, supportive, and loving like you wants to continue to spend the rest of his life with me. i can’t wait to marry you, porter. you’re the love of my life.”
Porter offered his own thoughts, “i am engaged to the love of my life! i have never met someone so inspiring, so constantly sincere, so quietly strong and resilient, and so beautifully kind – to everyone, always, even when nobody is watching. none of this is hyperbole – rika is one in a trillion. rika, you are my soulmate and i cannot wait to marry you!”
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This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Porter Robinson & Rika Mikuriya Announce Their Engagement
Michael Baker is certainly not a new artist. He’s not even new to Your EDM, as we’ve featured his group Head Fake and their new wave style previously. Baker’s new solo project, Hasten Mercy, is new, however, and more EDM-focused. With the first EP, These Things laced with Happy Mondays-style rave pop, heavier, future bass/dubstep vibes and loads of ambient sound design and synth work, it sounds like Baker’s testing the waters for his breakout solo style.
With a clear love for early electronica as is evidenced by Head Fake, the first track on Baker’s first Hasten Mercy release it “Star You Are,” a 90s Brit poptronica-inspired romp whose main piano and synth work is such an homage to the Mondays’ “Step On” that one might even mistake Baker for a much more melodic and less psychedelic Shaun Ryder. The content contained in the lyrics is also quite a bit more uplifting and inclusive. It’s an interesting opener, but certainly bridges the gap well from Head Fake’s new wave to the more modern tracks on These Things.
Following “Star You Are” is “I Break Everything,” the much more introspective and self-deprecating but also more modern ballad-style pop track with lashings of drone and ambient synth work behind the soft digital organ driving the vocal melody. It becomes clear from “I Break Everything” that the tracks on These Things are thematically, if not musically connected. The lyrics of “Star You Are” being so expansive juxtaposed with those of “I Break Everything” coming back down to earth and expressing the difficulty with relationships and the fear of emotional intimacy despite that expansive philosophical ability. How does one reconcile macro and mirco? Very few of us are true masters. Baker’s vocals in these tracks doesn’t pretend to solve this problem; just hopes others can relate.
These Things closes with the title track also the most EDM-heavy track, and the relationship and theme of the EP becomes even more clear. The barely audible backing drone synth from “I Break Everything” carries into “These Things” and takes a more prominent role. Still pop in the sense that it’s composed with the lyrics being the driving force, “These Things” shows Baker’s mastery of synth and sound design, this track would fit right in at a rave as break music and is begging to be remixed. Also quite introspective and focused on the slings and arrows of social interaction, the difficulties of connecting with others and the need to connect despite anxiety and nervousness is something even the most extroverted of social butterflies can certainly relate to after two years of isolation.
Far from coming full circle, Baker’s lyrical observations in These Things have no answer despite the expansive tone of “Star You Are.” Rather, they’re a continuation of not just Hasten Mercy’s but the collective dialog about all the different facets of being human. As we roll into the new year and the possible third year of COVID, it’s good to remember everyone’s reconciling the expansive with the grounded, the sublime with the worldly. It’s a strange ride humankind is on, but it’s also somehow noble. These Things are everyone’s things, and the point might simply be the journey, so we might as well explore them.
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: New Artist Spotlight: Hasten Mercy Channels 90s Indie Pop With New EP ‘These Things’ [Global Heist] [Video]
Everyone loves a bit of Cockney rhyming slang: “up the apples and pears” for “up the stairs” or “what’s this box of toys” for “what’s this noise?” et al. are examples of the cheeky wordplay which, though most prevalent in Victorian East London, still snakes its way into the modern vernacular. As a nod to those cheeky UK cultural signposts also contained in its musical composition, Seattle duo The Nylon Admirals’ newest single could only be called “Butcher’s Hook,” the Cockney rhyme for “look.”
Extremely cheeky in their own stylistic right, The Nylon Admirals are already known to love a good homage, with their J-pop/kawai take on Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” (vocals by Hastune Miku) off last year’s debut LP Drama being one of their most-streamed on Spotify to-date. Indeed much of their work is a genre-melding spitfire of not-quite-experimental electronica that utilizes the amen break so liberally you’d think we were actually back in 1991 at the cusp of UK hardcore and jungle. That is, until the composition of The Nylon Admirals’ tracks comes into focus.
Also clearly fans of prog rock, classical composition, opera and early, Switched-on Bach-style electronica, The Nylon Admirals like to mash up literally all music eras and genres with their much-loved ameny breakbeat basslines. As an example, their most recent “Sono Binario” single combines operatic vocals, industrial beats and video game synths. From Drama again, “The Blind Watchmaker” brings in literal opera and analog classical piano to a standard breakbeat while “We Were Romans” samples 80s techno stings with classical choir, military battle calls and, um banjos? Did we just hear that right? It works, however, despite often sounding like the spaghettified random noise that may one day reach a distant star via a black hole. If Zappa had made electronic music, it would have been close to this. At the very least, he would have appreciated it.
“Butcher’s Hook” is mercifully more cohesive and less all over the place, but with no less mashup flare. Again mercifully grounded by an ameny breakbeat that sort of straddles 140 and 170, the main synth is sort of an old sea shanty-style melody that seems to be played on a zither or similar, also accompanied by a celestial vox-and-strings secondary melody that takes the track into The Nylon Admirals’ other important calling card: flawless ambient sound design. In “Butcher’s Hook,” perhaps because of it not being quite so chaotic, the sound design and theatrical background work – an element that is prevalent in all their tracks, mind you – is on full display and really sells the sound here. This is EDM crossover stuff; no wonder the duo named Hans Zimmer as one of their influences; they’re damn close with this track.
Accompanied by its cool, steampunk-styled video, “Butcher’s Hook” promises to be an actual hook for the larger EDM audience to experience the wonderful weirdness that is The Nylon Admirals. While their wacky, well-composed, we-didn’t-even-know-that-could-be-fusion fusion electronica may not be for everyone, it’s definitely, as the duo themselves say, “electronic music for thrill-seekers.”
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: New Artist Spotlight: Take a ‘Butcher’s Hook’ at Unconventional Breakbeat Act, The Nylon Admirals [Video]
So, here we are once again — the end of another year. While 2020 presented its own obvious challenges, 2021 (in general) fared much better for artists with the return of festivals and live events. Though, even that came with its own caveats with vaccine and testing requirements, and now omicron bumping up case loads across the world. COVID might just be something we have to deal with for the rest of our lives. Thankfully, we have music to fill our lives with joy and there are plenty of names you should be paying attention to heading into the new year.
We happy present our annual Your EDM’s Top 40 Artists To Watch list for 2022, with 40 fresh names, some you may have heard of, others maybe not. In particular this year, we have a few artists with less than 100 monthly listeners on Spotify (at time of publishing): DRFT (21), Sejo (28), and Tearsofmine (67). On the vast other side, we have ACRAZE with 21 million listeners, thanks to his breakout his “Do It, To It.” Typically we wouldn’t include someone with that many active listeners, but considering it was his first breakout hit, we need to see what more he has to offer next year.
Another point of pride in this year’s list is the diversity, with 37.5% of the names being women, and 25% of them people of color. Artists like Tsu Nami, SENZA, and HoneyLuv are putting in double work proving that POC women not only deserve a seat at the table, they are in some cases doing far more than their male counterparts.
Our featured artist this year is Justin Hawkes, who has been the most vocal proponent of drum & bass in America over the last year. Formerly known as Flite, Justin Hawkes has been a driving force in pushing the genre in the US and has the track record, both discography and shows, to show for it.
As we do every year, we’ve picked our 40 artists who we feel will have an incredible year in 2022, not just in their own personal careers, but also on the electronic music scene as a whole. As a reminder, we do our best not to repeat names year after year so as to give new artists the spotlight. So if you don’t see the name of an artist you feel has had a great year and is destined for more, it’s more than likely we featured them in the past five years.2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019 | 2020 | 2021
See Your EDM’s Artists To Watch in 2021 list below. Congratulations to all who are featured! We expect big things of you next year.
helloworld | Sejo | BRUER | qwaston | Dot | Tsu Nami | SENZA
Friendzone | Claymore | Saka | REVEL | Justin Hawkes | Pauline Herr | ACRAZE
Entel | Tearsofmine | DRFT | lupa | Poni | HELLBOUND! | LAYZ | Canabliss
Miane | HoneyLuv | FrostTop | Capozzi | NotLö | VEIL | Gelus
AIRGLO | PawS | Mport | Ranger Trucco | Joshwa | Nikademis
Redrum | KILL SCRIPT | Zingara | Gibson Parker | Allen Mock
Featured image via Jake West Photo
Dubstep pioneers and legends Skream and Benga haven’t worked together in years. Despite both being catalysts for the rise of a worldwide genre, both eventually went on other paths. Skream began producing house and disco around 2015, while Benga unfortunately dealt with mental health issues that took precedence over his musical career.
Benga released his Future Funk EP in 2016 and another single in 2018, but his releases since 2012 only number five. Skream has had a successful career performing since his transition. But the two haven’t appeared on a track together since 2010’s Magnetic Man with Artwork.
Skream announced the return of the duo yesterday promising new music in 2022 — in fact, he said they’ve already finished two collaborations. (He also mentioned two finished collabs with Friction, with whom he hasn’t put out a track since 2013.)
Keep an eye out next year for more news on this!
The boys are back in town….
Skream X @iambenga 2.0…..
2022 we’re having it.
— Oliver Jones (@I_Skream) December 27, 2021
— Oliver Jones (@I_Skream) December 27, 2021
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Dubstep Pioneers, Legends Skream x Benga Returning In 2022
Guest contribution from Christina Hayek
Today I join Your EDM as a guest contributor to share my experience attending the second MDLBeast Sandstorm Festival in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia which featured performances by Axwell & Ingrosso, Major Lazer, David Guetta, and Armin Van Buuren among many others. When initially invited, I felt compelled to see how music was continuously evolving in the region, especially in a predominantly Islamic state, so I decided to join the Your EDM team on this journey to witness it firsthand. What unfolded before my eyes was truly something I will be processing for a very long time. As an personally identifying Arab American female whose parent escaped a civil war in the Middle East by seeking refuge in America, seeing a young generation of Arabs in Saudi Arabia dancing freely in a large public space was nothing short of inspiring and truly moving.
Photo by Neville Hopwood/Getty Images for MDLBEAST SOUNDSTORM
There were some reservations about making the long journey and expedition to the Middle East, let alone to a country that historically did not pride itself in having a full spectrum of freedom of musical expression. It seemed daunting and a bit terrifying. But what we came to find there was nothing short of the exact opposite. The journey began with an invite to the inaugural XP Conference, a 3-day excursion full of panels, workshops, Q&As about topics such as feminism and the progress happening in the industry covering Talent, Scene, Policy, and Impact. The newer generation who were leading these discussions were proud of their heritage and progressive in their views. It was impressive and inspiring to witness, especially seeing it run by a team of strong women, which made the beginning of the adventure that much more reassuring.
As we started to get our bearings and recover from the jet lag, we really began to feel the true hospitality of the region and how welcoming the Saudis were to us foreigners; they showed nothing but kindness and hospitality, as well as shared their date fruits with us that tasted like pure melted caramel. We had the pleasure of sharing many conversations with locals that crossed a lot of geopolitical boundaries — we bonded over our love for EDM and our shared hatred of standardized school tests, we even sang along to Ariana Grande together. The Saudi Gen Zs and Millennials had fashion swag that would put the average New Yorker to shame.
As the first day of the festival arrived, we did observe and were affected by some logistical nuances that could be chalked up to new festival jitters in a region not familiar with throwing large scale events. Miscommunication between English and Arabic staff made for a bit of rough-around-the-edges entry into the grounds, but it was quickly made up for by the eight mind-blowing stages, design visuals, pyrotechnics, and the beautiful sculptured art scattered around the large grounds.Photo by Darren Arthur/Getty Images for MDLBEAST SOUNDSTORM
One of the most remarkable sights was the initiative called Respect & Reset. Teams of trained responders were available throughout the event grounds, dispatched as needed to intervene and take action to reports of harassment. Anyone violating the MDLBEAST Code of Conduct or Anti-Harassment Policy was faced with immediate removal from the event site and referred to legal authorities.
The most beautiful sight to see, outside of the massive stages and firework displays overnight, was the energy from the attendees. Many coming from the surrounding region, they were nothing short of exuberant in their ecstasy to be there. Even in a sober environment, the energy level was more infectious than most festivals I have attended around the world. They were there to purely just experience the full scale synesthetic immersion into music. I am honored I got to stand alongside them and share in their pure joy. Notably, seeing the attendees share a dance floor with females and cheer on the female DJs that were playing is something that will not only shape the next generation but inspire other countries to follow suit.Photo by Darren Arthur/Getty Images for MDLBEAST SOUNDSTORM
As the festival came to an end, and the team was able to reflect on the past week, we realized that the progress being made in the country is clearly showing and authentic, I left feeling rejuvenated and excited about the future. I will never forget the opportunity I had to witness this investment of music and progress in the Middle East alongside the foreign media staff. Saudi, you left a mark on my heart, I cannot wait to see what you are capable of contributing to the global dance music scene in the future.Photo by Neville Hopwood/Getty Images for MDLBEAST SOUNDSTORM
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This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: MDLBEAST SOUNDSTORM Ushers In A New Age Of Musical Freedom In Saudi Arabia [REVIEW]
Back when melodic dubstep was just becoming a thing, all the way back in the early 2010s, a few names stood out — Skrux, Seven Lions, Singularity, MitiS, and most elusive of all, Blackmill. Blackmill’s output was sparse but perfectly captured the essence of the genre, with brilliantly emotional melodies, crisp drums, and a bass that felt like it was wrapping you in a warm blanket.
Blackmill’s only albums, Reach For Glory and Miracle, both came out in 2011. Though he’s released a few singles here and there in the years since, it has been ten years since his last album … until this Saturday. The beloved artist has announced his first new album in a decade, Home, will be released on Christmas Day.
Excited and nervous. New album ‘Home’ will be releasing Xmas day! I’ll post links to the album when they are available and a video on my YouTube channel.
Hope you lovely people like it
Much love x
— Blackmill (@BlackmillMusic) December 23, 2021
If you’re a fan of Blackmill, you’ll recognize the album title is the same as a track he put out on YouTube all the way back in 2012. He confirmed on Twitter that it is the opening track of the album.
Photo by Adi Nayev
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Beloved Melodic Dubstep Artist Blackmill Announces First New Album In A Decade, Out On Christmas
After already selling out of Tier 1 tickets, ULTRA Europe has unveiled a stacked Phase 1 lineup of headliners performing at Park Mladeži in Split, Croatia from July 8 –10, 2022.
The eighth annual edition of the world’s premier destination music festival will feature headliners including Adam Beyer, Alesso, Afrojack, Armin van Buuren, Joseph Capriati, Martin Garrix, Nina Kraviz, Oliver Heldens, Richie Hawtin, Tiësto, Timmy Trumpet and Vini Vici.
Martin Garrix, who was ranked number one on DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs list for three consecutive years, will return to ULTRA Europe following his stadium-smashing performance at the festival in 2017. At every one of the high-energy performances, Garrix showcases his intrinsic capability to uplift and connect with his audience.
ULTRA Worldwide’s esteemed techno and house concept RESISTANCE will once again showcase the festival’s darker shades of underground sounds. Stockholm-based DJ Adam Beyer continues to pull on the heartstrings of modern techno like few others can. The internationally-renowned Siberian selector Nina Kraviz will also make her debut performance, and is sure to dole out her unmistakable, experimental soundscapes. Italian underground virtuoso and ULTRA Europe fan favorite Joseph Capriati will once again showcase his beautifully melodic sounds, and three-time DJ Awards winner Richie Hawtin is ready to bring back his unique landscape of minimal yet highly-danceable techno.
ULTRA Europe is ready to set the bar higher than ever before and treat fans to a once-in-a-lifetime travel experience, with numerous production surprises in store.
Tier 1 tickets are already sold out, and Tier 2 tickets can be purchased on the official website at price for €149 for three-day GA ticket. ULTRA Passport holders can purchase the Passport Pack and secure 6 tickets for the price of 5.
ULTRA Europe is also offering the ultimate seven-day Destination ULTRA ticket for €339, which will grant access to all events during the Destination ULTRA week – including an exclusive opportunity for the first 250 purchasers to attend the ULTRA Europe Sunset Family Dinner on Island of Vis before the Closing Party starts. Be sure to get your ULTRA Europe tickets today, and be a part of the world’s premier destination music festival.
Tickets on sale now at ultraeurope.com/tickets
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This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: ULTRA Europe Unveils Phase 1 Lineup: Martin Garrix, Tiësto, Alesso, Nina Kraviz & more