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Draeden Unleashes Impassioned Heater "Crossfire" Featuring Garrett Raff

Wed, 09/16/2020 - 19:19

Draeden's Dim Mak debut is the perfect introduction to his sci-fi inspired sound.

Dim Mak's New Noise imprint is incredibly consistent when it comes to picking up releases that showcase new or quickly rising talents. After his stunning debut on Ophelia Records in May and shining on Kannibalen Records last year, Draeden has returned with "Crossfire" featuring Garrett Raff.

"Crossfire" is an impassioned dubstep slammer that expertly conveys its message through both its lyrics and thoughtful song structure. Opening simply with Garrett Raff's powerful vocals and subtle piano, the track quickly changes pace with the introduction of jarring bass elements. The orchestral build-up smoothly transitions into aggressive growls and an unrelenting barrage of synths, helping solidify the perfect blend of soothing moments and sprawling intensity. 

"Crossfire" is an excellent tune that'll please fans who are familiar with Draeden's discography and will attract new ones who enjoy the likes of ILLENIUM, Seven Lions, SLANDER, and more. 

Stream "Crossfire" below.

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Dirty Audio and G Fuel Join Forces for Livestream Event and Giveaway

Wed, 09/16/2020 - 17:15

Enter now to win a pack of G Fuel's wildly popular energy drinks.

Trap music maven Dirty Audio has joined forces with G Fuel for what promises to be a bass-fueled livestream event.

Fresh off the release of his Tucker Kreway-assisted dubstep bomb "Blue Steel," which arrived by way of Kayzo's Welcome Records, the Los Angeles-based producer and DJ is primed to throw down for his fanbase in collaboration with the wildly popular energy drink brand. Dirty Audio is also bringing along fellow bass music connoisseurs REAPER and Purge, who will bring their own flavors of heavy-hitting electronic music to the table for a can't miss stream.

One of the leading energy drink brands in the nation, G Fuel has also emerged as the most popular drink in the increasingly robust esports world. For the Dirty Audio stream, G Fuel will be giving away four-packs to 10 lucky winners.

You can enter the contest below and tune into the stream this Friday, September 18th via G Fuel's Twitch channel starting at 6:30PM PT (9:30PM ET).

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Martin Garrix, The Chemical Brothers, RÜFÜS DU SOL to Perform at 2021 Open'er Festival

Wed, 09/16/2020 - 16:07

They join headliner Kendrick Lamar.

Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, a number of large-scale music festivals are looking to the future through rose-colored glasses. One of those is Polish music fest Open'er, who have announced the first phase of performers for its 2021 event.

The event’s 2020 iteration was shelved back in April 2020 due to the impact of COVID-19 after initially being slated for July 1st through 4th this year. Scheduled to take place in Gdynia, Poland from June 30th to July 3rd, 2021, the 2021 edition of Open'er Festival has already confirmed iconic hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar as its headliner. Open'er also made sure to dip into the dance music talent pool to flesh out its lineup, recruiting young superstar Martin Garrix, Grammy Award-nominated electronica trio RÜFÜS DU SOL, and legendary electronic tandem The Chemical Brothers.

In addition to Lamar, the Open'er lineup features a bevy of high-profile artists across the genre spectrum. Also set to appear are Twenty One Pilots, A$AP Rocky, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, FKA twigs, and Yungblud, among others. You can check out a full list of confirmed acts below.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased here.

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Holly Drops Dark New Single "Just Enough" with Baauer

Wed, 09/16/2020 - 15:36

The fist single from Holly's forthcoming debut mixtape out October 16th.

Portuguese bass music titan Holly made waves back in 2017 when he released over 600 tracks and won the producer battle at the Goldie Awards. While his release schedule has slowed, his knack for creating wild tracks has not. His latest work comes in collaboration with Baauer on the song "Just Enough" from Holly's forthcoming debut mixtape on HARD Records titled Dark Skies and Holy Grail.

"Just Enough" is five minutes of eclectic grime, showcasing Holly's knack for delivering just about everything on the bass spectrum. While the production feels restless, it doesn't lose its sense of cohesion. They jump around between styles and sounds, never letting the listener get too comfortable. According to a press release, the single "exemplifies the collision between old worlds and new, and the contradictions and polarising sentiments that underpin Holly’s mixtape."

Holly and Baauer first joined forces earlier this year when the former co-produced eight tracks on the latter's Planet's Mad album. Now Holly is gearing up to debut Dark Skies and Holy Grail as a testament to his feelings while producing the record.

While his dreams were coming true, the rest of the world was becoming more dark and uncertain. Fans can expect to hear collaborations with the late Mac P Dawg of Shoreline Mafia, Uno The Activist, OG Maco, Ugly Duck, Sebastian Reynoso, and RahRah. His debut mixtape is due for release on October 16th via HARD Records. 

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Kasbo Drops Two New Album Singles, "Staying in Love" and "Skogsrå"

Wed, 09/16/2020 - 15:32

The talented producer's forthcoming album is shaping up nicely.

Having toured alongside renowned electronic acts such as ODESZA, headlined his own massive shows, as well as amassed 330 million collective streams on digital platforms, Kasbo has undoubtedly found his own lane within the electronic music scene. The Swedish producer’s nostalgic and ethereal sound holds a special place in the hearts of his legions of listeners, as he is now gearing up to release his sophomore album The Making of a Paracosm.

Set to come out via ODESZA’s Foreign Family Collective and Counter Records (Ninja Tune), The Making of a Paracosm will follow Kasbo’s debut Places We Don’t Know, which came out back in 2018. Two singles off the project have already been released, “Show You” and “Play Pretend” with Ourchives, and now Kasbo is giving fans another taste of The Making of a Paracosm by dropping “Skogsrå” and “Staying in Love” featuring vocals from singer-songwriter Nea.

“Staying in Love” is a stunning piece of electronica and pop, Kasbo and Nea’s second collaboration after 2017’s "Bleed It Out.” Anthemic climaxes and powerful songwriting drive the single, which is arguably one of Kasbo’s best to date. “Skogsrå” on the other hand, is a chaotic and forward-thinking piece, heavily influenced by Kasbo's Swedish roots with the title referring to a mythical forest spirit found in Scandinavian folklore. You can check out both singles below.

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GRiZ Announces New Mixtape Dropping Tomorrow

Wed, 09/16/2020 - 14:39

Fans of his "Bangers" series should be on close watch for IDs.

In just three succinct words, EDM's de facto funk-master general GRiZ has dropped a bomb of a Twitter announcement, revealing the news of a new mixtape dropping tomorrow.

GRiZ has remained his prolific self over the course of 2019, delivering an abundance of new music in his unwavering mission to blend electronic and soul. Staying true to his genre-traversing ways, he arrived on Night Bass back in February with the seductive house jam "Could U" before steamrolling into summer with the May release of "Solo," celebrating his 30th birthday in style alongside frequent collaborator ProbCause. He also went on to team up with Wreckno for the hip-hop and trap hybrid "Medusa" in June.

Fans of GRiZ's patented Bangers EP series should be on close watch here, as GRiZ has been known to drop the curtain on IDs in his mixes. With no ostensible end to the series in sight, he could very well be teasing its sixth edition with the forthcoming mixtape.

Check out GRiZ's announcement below and keep your eyes peeled on his socials tomorrow, September 17th, for the official drop.

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Tiësto Signs With Atlantic Records, Shares Preview of Kickoff Single "The Business"

Wed, 09/16/2020 - 13:44

Listen to a teaser of "The Business."

After teasing "something big" earlier in the week, dance music legend Tiësto has spilled the beans on his momentous signing to Atlantic Records. Along with the announcement came a preview of the first single to be released as a result of the newly minted partnership, the aptly-titled "The Business."

With his exclusive worldwide signing to Atlantic, Tiësto is "poised to once again lead the next evolution of electronic dance music," reads a press release. Fans of Tiësto can look forward to the Dutch icon "exploring uncharted terrain to create what may well be his biggest and boldest music thus far."

Check out a preview of the forthcoming single, which is officially releasing on Friday, September 25th, below.

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Bonnaroo Announces Lineup for Upcoming Digital Edition, "Virtual ROO-ALITY"

Wed, 09/16/2020 - 13:26

The streaming event will feature both archival sets from Bonnaroo's storied past as well as new performances.

After Bonnaroo organizers shelved the 2020 in-person event due to the impact of COVID-19, organizers have now announced the lineup for the event's first-ever foray into the virtual music festival space, "Virtual ROO-ALITY." The livestream event, which is free for viewers to broadcast via YouTube, will feature both archival sets from Bonnaroo's storied past as well as new performances.

The first (and hopefully last) "Virtual ROO-ALITY" event will span three days starting at 5:30PM ET (2:30PM PT) on Thursday, September 24th. Archival sets include Beastie Boys from 2009, The White Stripes from 2007, and Run The Jewels from 2015. The lineup also features a number of electronic music heavyweights, such as A-TrakSAYMYNAME, CloZee, Mindchatter, and LP Giobbi.

In addition to the musical performances, "Virtual ROO-ALITY" will also showcase a "Sanctuary of Self Love" program curated by Paramore's Hayley Williams, who will host discussions about mental health and diversity.

You can check out the lineup in full via Bonnaroo's social media announcement below.

Prior to Bonnaroo's initial postponement back in March, representatives of the beloved four-day Manchester, Tennessee music fest announced a stacked lineup. Originally scheduled to take place June 13th to 16th before a nudge up to September, the 2020 iteration of Bonnaroo was set to feature Flume, Seven LionsREZZWooli, SVDDEN DEATH, Ekali, and Subtronics, among other major artists in EDM.

The official schedule for "Virtual ROO-ALITY" will arrive in the coming days. For more information about the event, head here.

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Lil Tecca and Skrillex Announce New Single "Selection" Releasing on Friday

Wed, 09/16/2020 - 10:00

The collaboration will appear on the young hip-hop star's debut studio album, "Virgo World."

Blossoming hip-hop star Lil Tecca has shared the official tracklist for his upcoming debut studio album, Virgo World. Nestled in a sea of high-profile collaborators is none other than Skrillex, who features on a cut called "Selection" along with DJ Scheme of the red-hot "Members Only" hip-hop collective.

Skrillex was spotted in the studio with the viral "Ransom" rapper in early July shortly after the release of Ty Dolla $ign's "Ego Death," another major hip-hop collaboration that also features Kanye West and FKA twigs.

In addition to Skrillex, Virgo World features a slew of prominent collaborators, including Lil Uzi Vert, Polo G, Lil DurkInternet Money, Guwop Reign, and Grammy Award-nominated recording artist Nav.

Since sharing with fans that the first of multiple albums was almost finished back in March 2020, Skrillex, who mysteriously wiped his Instagram back in June, has remained tight-lipped on any further details. Considering his recent concerted foray into the world of hip-hop, his fans will have to tide themselves over with quick-bite singles like "Selection" until he provides some clarity on the recording process. He has also spent time in the studio with Incubus co-founder and guitarist Mike EinzigerTop Dawg Entertainment artist Zacari, and Mike D of iconic rap-rock group The Beastie Boys, among others.

Lil Tecca's Virgo World is set to drop in full by way of Republic Records this Friday, September 18th. You can check out the full tracklist below.

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Famed Techno Music Producer Derrick May Accused of Sexual Assault

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 20:10

A lawyer for May denied the allegations and is pursuing legal action.

Famed electronic music producer Derrick May has been accused of sexual assault by Michael James, a former Detroit-based colleague.

On September 8th, 2020, James shared a lengthy statement via Facebook that contains explicit allegations against May, who is prevalently considered to be a pioneering artist in techno music. "Now, you should understand why it's taking so long for all of you to learn that Derrick May has been raping and sexually assaulting women dating back to the 1980s," James wrote. "I've been telling people about it since November 2019, and at least 10 people have gone on record publicly with stories of him engaging in rape, exposing his penis to women without consent, threatening sexual attacks, groping women, etc."

Your EDM reported that a lawyer for May denied the allegations and was planning to pursue legal action. "The accusations by Mr. James are patently false," said the lawyer. "Derrick May is in the process of taking the appropriate legal measures against Mr. James."

"Here's what I can tell you guys for sure: every single venue Derrick May has been booked at, someone has a story about his sexual misbehavior," James continued. "...Derrick May developed a pattern that also involved using date rape drugs on women."

Following the proliferation of the accusations via social media, James confirmed in a follow-up post that May is moving forward with litigation. In a corresponding development, James announced that May has been dropped as a guest speaker at the 2020 edition of Paris Electronic Week, which is scheduled to begin on September 23rd.

UK Dubstep Artist Shiverz Set to Host 24-Hour Nonstop Livestream

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 18:41

The stream will take place on September 19th.

As the ongoing coronavirus pandemic continues to prevent live shows from taking place, performers are constantly searching for new ways to improve livestream experiences for the fans. In March, UK dubstep artist Shiverz tweeted that if he received 3000 likes, 2000 comments, and 1000 retweets, he'd perform a 24-hour livestream. With all criteria met, Shiverz is ready to take the challenge head-on and give fans what they've asked for. 

To hit all the right notes for his marathon livestream, the DJ and producer has teamed up with SoundShield and Subtle Sound to acquire full stage production as well as a venue for the event. The Dub Rebellion has also hopped on to help host the stream, which will be held exclusively on YouTube and kick off on September 19th at 9AM PT (12PM ET). While this may not be the longest DJ set ever performed, it's certainly no small feat.

As one could imagine, Shiverz is thrilled to show out in such a big way for fans. "NEXT SATURDAY 9/19 WE MAKE BASS MUSIC HISTORY," he wrote in a follow-up tweet

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The UFC Launches Music Streaming App to Connect Fighters With Fans

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 18:34

The UFC's unique venture is for all your walk-out, workout, and fight night needs.

The UFC is diving head-first into subscription-based music streaming with its new venture, UFC Ultimate Sound

In partnership with Norway's ACX Music, the new platform offers curated mixes, radio, music video content, and more through its mobile app. The venture seeks to create a medium where UFC fighters can connect directly with their fans through a musical lens. Chances are, your next favorite workout mix or pump-up playlist has been curated by a UFC fighter on the platform. 

"It’s all about bridging a gap between fans and their favorite sport," said Svein Sorgard, ACX Music's CEO. "With UFC Ultimate Sound, we can finally connect fans and fighters on a new level. Music brings people together and we’ve given them a place to meet."

ACX and UFC have enlisted Australian music-tech company Tuned Global to assist with the digital infrastructure and catalog licensing efforts. The organization has become a proven player in the area of building custom streaming platforms for brands.

The UFC Ultimate Sound app is available on the App Store and Google Play. Subscriptions to UFC Ultimate Sound will cost $9.99 per month following a two-week free trial.

Scottish Musician Launches Record Label for Prison Inmates

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 18:29

Criminal Records came about through the founder's decade of experience administering music workshops at a Scotland prison.

Over the last decade, singer-songwriter Jill Brown has spent time hosting songwriting workshops at HMP Barlinnie, Scotland's largest prison. Through her work, Brown took notice of the positive impact of music on the mental health and well-being of inmates in Scotland's correctional system. The experience has now led her to develop a record label of her own, specifically geared toward recording ex-convicts and the incarcerated. 

Aptly titled Criminal Records, the label was born out of Brown's desire to give inmates a voice. Brown posits that it's difficult to lock someone up and expect them to come out changed without having introduced something positive while they are still in prison. She ultimately believes music could be the answer to help steer inmates toward the path to rehabilitation. One inmate gave a glowing review of the music workshops, stating, "When I'm in my cell it [music] gives me something to look forward to—hopefully using it to keep me out of the jail when I'm outside."

Though Brown points to a history of iconic music being born out of the correctional system, she believes the endeavor will be met with mixed reviews. "We wouldn't work with anyone who is still considered to be a danger to society," she elaborated. "And obviously we do have to be sensitive in terms of there being victims." 

Fortunately, however, Brown is being joined by Sire Records veteran Eric McLellan, who was inspired to join the venture after reflecting on "All Eyez on Me," a Diamond-certified song written by Tupac Shakur during his incarceration.

Together, McLellan and Brown are out to make their first signing to the newly minted imprint.

Source: BBC

Watch Illenium's Haunting Official Music Video for "Nightlight"

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 18:15

Directed by Najeeb Tarazi, the video is nothing short of sublime.

Illenium has uncloaked the official music video for his latest single "Nightlight," sharing a visual that magnifies the mythos of his haunting original.

Directed by Najeeb Tarazi, the official "Nightlight" music video is nothing short of sublime. It follows a woman as she traverses through an eerie, cavernous forest armed with nothing but a bow and arsenal of arrows. Seeing Illenium's patented firebird soaring above, she prepares to shoot it down, but it transforms into an ember and gently flutters to the surface. It then serves as a nightlight, leading her through the dark to an incandescent lake where thousands of mini firebirds glide above the water.

"It’s a love song, and it’s a peaceful love song, where you’re in the dark going through shit, and you have someone that’s your light at the end of the tunnel, a way out," Illenium told EDM.com in a recent interview.

You can stream or download "Nightlight" via your go-to platform here and check out the music video in full below.

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New Song Co-Written by Avicii to Be Released by Country Artist Cam

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 16:56

"I got to co-write with Avicii before he passed away on this incredible song that I’m obsessed with."

Renowned country artist Cam has opened up about her experiences collaborating with Avicii, who co-wrote the titular track from her forthcoming album The Otherside.

"I got to co-write with Avicii before he passed away on this incredible song that I’m obsessed with," Cam told Katie Neal of RADIO.com live from the 2020 ACM Awards. Cam was working on the track with the late dance music icon prior to his tragic 2018 death, and his loss greatly affected her creative process. However, she was so enamored with what the two had worked on that she decided to posthumously release the song on her highly anticipated sophomore LP to honor Avicii's legacy.

Avicii's work ethic, Cam says, had a profound impact on her. "I felt I had to get this right for his tastes, for how much of a perfectionist he was, and also just for his family and his legacy," she exulted. "I’m so proud of how it came together."

The Otherside and its Avicii-assisted title track are slated for an October 30th, 2020 release. You can watch Cam's virtual interview from the ACM Awards below.

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GLD Unveil Infectious Future Bass Ballad "Mad, Cause I'm Right"

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 15:54

Break out the tissues for this dance-able tearjerker.

Let's be honest—no matter how much undying love you and your rave bae have for each other, you fight sometimes despite being closer than peanut butter and jelly. GLD's latest release, "Mad, Cause I'm Right," isn't for the couples that work things out, though. It's for those that are no longer lovebirds.

The track, which arrived by way of Flux Pavilion's Circus Records, has all the makings of a sad boy anthem with heartbreak-themed lyrics, aching future bass chord progressions, and an infectious hook. Mattie, one-half of GLD, vocalizes the all-too familiar-feeling of arguing in circles with your significant other and the heartbreak that ensues. The track's vocals have a unique feel akin to a Juice WRLD ballad, tugging at the heartstrings of listeners.

"Mad, Cause I'm Right" draws influence from a variety of genres, highlighting the versatility of Mattie and his GLD partner-in-crime, Jake. A rolling snare gives the impression that a nasty 808 is coming soon before quickly changing course, introducing atmospheric, fluttering chords that lean into pop sensibilities. The end result is a dance-able tearjerker, which you can listen to in full below. 

Insomniac Teases "Very Special Location" in Europe to Celebrate 25-Year Anniversary of EDC

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 15:41

EDC is celebrating a major milestone next summer.

To celebrate the momentous 25th anniversary of its illustrious EDC brand, Insomniac is returning to Europe to further expand the festival's horizons.

Insomniac representatives took to the company's EDC Las Vegas Twitter account, among other social media platforms, to tease a "VERY special location" in Europe to commemorate the landmark milestone. "It’s been an incredible 25 year journey with so many of YOU beautiful people from around the Globe. Let's celebrate as we come full circle for our return to Europe!" the post reads. It also features a promo video, soundtracked to Seven Lions' single "Another Way (with April Bender)," which reveals the return is scheduled for summer 2021.

EDC's empathic return to Europe represents somewhat of a watershed moment for Insomniac, who have experienced a tumultuous year thanks to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Founder Pasquale Rotella was forced to postpone a bevy of his most venerated festivals in the name of public safety, including Dreamstate SoCalNocturnal Wonderland, Escape Psycho Circus, and the Orlando edition of EDC. He did, however, announce a brand new oceanfront house music festival called Day Trip, which is scheduled for July 3rd, 2021 at Pier 46 at the LA Waterfront. Tickets sold out in rapid fashion.

At the time of this article's publishing, Insomniac have only teased the new European edition of EDC, refraining from divulging an explicit location. You can sign up to be among the first to find out here

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Nitti Gritti, Barely Alive, Drezo, More to Perform at Upcoming Nocturnal Wonderland Virtual Rave-A-Thon

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 14:47

Benny Benassi, GG Magree, and Borgore are also set to perform, among others.

Ahead of this weekend's "Nocturnal Wonderland Virtual Rave-A-Thon," Insomniac has unveiled a massive lineup to tide fans over until the festival's momentous in-person return in 2021.

True to Insomniac's genre-traversing ways, the lineup represents the best in both house and bass music. Repping the dubstep and trap scenes are Nitti Gritti, Barely AliveModestep, and Borgore. Set to grace the digital stage for the autumn livestream from the house music realm are Chris LorenzoDrezoGG MagreeJustin MartinVNSSA, and dance music legend Benny Benassi, among others.

The livestream event will kick off at 6PM PT (9PM ET) this Friday, September 18th and Saturday, September 19th on Insomniac’s YouTube and Twitch channels. You can check out Insomniac's announcement and full lineup below via Twitter.

Insomniac founder Pasquale Rotella also recently announced the return of the in-person version of Nocturnal Wonderland, which is scheduled for September 18th and 19th, 2021 at Glen Helen Regional Park in San Bernardino, California.

The announcement is, of course, predicated on the notion that the ongoing coronavirus pandemic will no longer adversely affect the festival circuit. Pre-sale tickets will become available on Thursday, September 17th at 12PM PT (3PM ET).

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Charlotte de Witte is Streaming a Techno Set from a Remote 1860 Montenegro Fortress

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 14:03

She also announced her new "Rave On Time" EP.

With no light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel, it seems that electronic music artists are closing their eyes and throwing a dart at a map when planning their next livestream. Enter Belgian techno maven Charlotte de Witte, who has announced a momentous stream from a remote Montenegro fortress built in 1860.

In partnership with Exit Festival’s new InfinitX project, which places major musical artists in the most beautiful locations around the world, de Witte has announced a can't-miss DJ set at the Mogren Fortress in Budva, Montenegro. The structure was built by the ruling Austro-Hungarians of 1860 to defend the western borders of Budva.

The broadcast marks yet another one-of-a-kind performance from KNTXT label founder de Witte, who has streamed from a medieval Gravensteen castle and her picturesque rooftop in Belgium, among other stunning locations. The livestream event also moonlights as a de facto reveal of her upcoming Rave On Time EP, which fans can pre-order exclusively on Beatport.

You can catch de Witte throwing down at the Mogren Fortress on Thursday, September 24th 20:20 CET (2:20PM ET, 11:20AM PT).

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Watch Kito and ZHU's New Music Video Featuring Dancers from Beyoncé's "Black Is King"

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 13:15

Throw in the fact that Jeremih is featured on the track, and you've got some serious starpower.

Almost one month later to the day, Kito and ZHU have followed the release of their collaborative track "Follow" with its accompanying official music video. The single, which arrived by way of Astralwerks, features R&B crooner Jeremih.

Directed by Danica Arias Kleinknecht, the video is a breezy, carefree jaunt through the one-of-a-kind topography of The City That Never Sleeps. Upbeat dancing videos like this are typically set against a summery backdrop, flanked by rays of sun, glittering pools, and other tinctures of tropical flair, but Kito and ZHU went in a refreshing direction. The dancers in the video merrily pirouette through New York City's dark tunnels and rainy streets, signifying that even in the darkest of times, humans have the extraordinary ability to find the light.

Adding to the alluring mystique of the "Follow" video is its featuring of Caleb Bonney and Stephen Ojo, who appeared in Beyoncé's acclaimed musical film Black Is King. Bonney, Ojo, and the other dancers do a fantastic job breathing life into the foot-tapping deep house and pop hybrid.

You can watch the video in full below. 

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