Martin Garrix is supporting War Child's efforts to assist struggling children in war-torn areas, who now face the added threat COVID-19.
The organization's new video aims to raise awareness of the plight children in war-torn areas continue to face, especially today considering the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The added pressures of COVID-19 have exacerbated shortages in food supplies, and basic healthcare essentials in a number of conflict zones. "Children in war zones are often displaced from home, separated from their families, struggling to overcome their experiences," said Garrix in the video.
The pandemic has posed a new set of challenges for the War Child organization itself, whose members have been unable to travel and mobilize on the ground to the extent they would like. The organization has been heavily focused on offering remote support in the interim in the form of enabling access to remote education and offering mental health support by phone.
War Child is seeking additional funding in order to focus on expanding operations to communities where they currently have low visibility, such as Yemen. Today, War Child's efforts support the people of Uganda, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
DEMUR broke his promise.
Two and a half years ago, DEMUR effectively tabled his music career, promising himself he was done releasing music for good.
This week DEMUR broke that promise, and he's back with a vengeance, releasing a new single "Fight No Longer" as if he sought to channel years of pent-up energy into one explosive offering.
The passage of time hasn't shaken DEMUR's stylistic affinity for grungy distortion, and perhaps it's even enhanced it. The genre-bending "Declaration" producer has effortlessly regained his stride and is up for new risk-taking, leaning into anthemic rock flavors more than ever as frenetic guitar riffs and persevering vocals fight to take center stage.
DEMUR's comeback single has reignited fans, building anticipation for what will be his boldest release yet, a forthcoming full EP. The producer has made his name on an unfiltered, no-holds-barred style approach, further intriguing fans as to how he'll approach his next move. Though not much is yet known regarding the upcoming project, one thing's for sure—DEMUR's vision will not be carried out quietly.FOLLOW DEMUR:
Now you can relive the madness of Gesaffelstein's comeback tour.
Gesaffelstein's Requiem Tour quickly became one of the hottest tickets in dance music last year after The Dark Prince of Techno lived up to his name by assembling the darkest stage setup ever seen on stage at Coachella.
Now the techno heavyweight producer has dropped a full recording of his sold out Los Angeles live set, which took hold of the Shrine Expo Hall late last year. Though the original set took place over six months ago, fans were immediately gripped by Gesaffelstein's announcement at the beginning of this month teasing the release of the live recording.
While you may not have the visual of the stunning Vantablack stage front and center as you listen, Gesaffelstein's set paints an image in its own right. Gesaffelstein leads listeners into the void as the producer's primal techno instincts take the driver's seat. While The Weeknd provides a brief break in the action as "Lost In the Fire" drops just ahead of the closing act, Gesaffelstein's set is an unrelenting ride from start to finish. In addition to his classics, the set tested the water with fresh cuts from his most recent EP, Novo Sonic System.
Gesaffelstein's Requiem Tour launched following the release of his 2019 comeback album, Hyperion.FOLLOW GESAFFELSTEIN:
HE.SHE.THEY. and Beatport joined forces to assemble a Pride 2020 livestream that features some of the many talented artists from the LGBTQIA+ community.
In honor of Pride 2020, Beatport has teamed up with international collective HE.SHE.THEY. for a full-day livestream celebration that will be spotlighting the rich trove of talent from the LGBTQIA+ community.
The artists featured in the Pride 2020 event represent some of dance music's many notable and diverse contributors from the community and its intersections. Today's streaming schedule in chronological order features SYREETA, TOM STEPHAN / SUPERCHUMBO, Jaguar, PAGANO, Sippin' T, Kiddy Smile, Catz 'N Dogz, DJ PAULETTE, Maya Jane Coles, Wax Wings, J. Worra, Karsten Sollors, Nina Flowers, Lauren Flax, and CALAGNA.
HE.SHE.THEY. is an inclusive collective with a mission focused on promoting diversity within the dance music community. The internationally-recognized platform includes a record label, fashion brand, and events organization under its umbrella. Globally, the collective has successfully organized shows in over a dozen different countries.
Throughout the Pride 2020 stream, Beatport will be providing track identification as songs are played in real time. The leading digital store for electronic music is making the on-the-spot music discovery process easier than ever, enabling viewers to quickly find, preview, and purchase songs as they watch from home.
The Pride 2020 livestream event kicked off at 7AM PST today, June 27th, and is running for fifteen hours on Beatport's Twitch channel. The event will be fundraising throughout the day for charitable organizations Black Lives Matter, Stonewall, Mermaids, and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project.FOLLOW BEATPORT:
"Kogarashi Tales" is a haunting piece that showcases the duo's undeniable talent.
Chilean artist Visonia and singer/songwriter Kika Stepa have been steadily releasing music under their 9ToEarth alias since early April this year. Just a few months later, the pair have unveiled their debut project Kogarashi Tales.
After a stint in Japan, Stepa found herself inspired by both the chaotic city life of Tokyo and the peaceful atmosphere of the shrines and monuments scattered throughout the country. This served as the catalyst for Kogarashi Tales. Kika details that they are "very inspired by Asian culture" and that she based many ideas for the lyrics "on the idea of contrast that [she] believe[s] is a strong part of the Japanese culture.”
"Kogarashi" is a Japanese word that means "winds that come before winter." The pair have masterfully captured that essence within their beautifully crafted 7-track project, as their industrial feel conjures a chilling soundscape from start to finish. The eerie, raw melodies compliment Kika's airy vocals, further highlighting their artistry.
Kika and Visonia further elaborate by stating, “We wanted to reflect some of our struggles in life but also delve into the human psyche and illustrate it in our own words.” Kogarashi Tales does just that, as it is a phenomenal first showing all around. The project includes their previously released singles "Petal of Ice," "Kintsugi," and "Nobody Around Us" as well as a handful of new tunes, including a shining moment in their song "Parasite." Combining ethereal techno elements with a darker twist on Kika's vocals, "Parasite" is without a doubt one of the most unique tracks featured.
With their debut project, 9ToEarth has given critics a reason to keep them in their sights. Stream Kogarashi Tales below.FOLLOW 9TOEARTH:
The vocalist revisits her breakout hit in a fresh new way.
In 2012, when Seven Lions remixed Tritonal and Cristina Soto's breakout track "Still With Me," it catapulted the single to what Spotify considers part of the Best Dance of the 2010s. Both the original and remix combined have raked in over 30 million plays. Soto's angelic vocals were the driving force of the track, creating an ethereal veil that allowed the production to shine through. She's now back to revisit the remix, delivering an acoustic mix of the global hit.
Soto channels the structure laid out by Seven Lions while still making it her own through wide-open soundscapes brought on by the lush guitar work of her brother, Rob Soto. They add even more emotion to the track by adding in strings by Haydn Vitera and bass from Omar Vallejo, two well-known Austin-based musicians. Her slow-burning acoustic performance truly captures the theme of the track, noting to pause and be present with the ones you love.
Tritonal and Cristina Soto are quickly approaching the 10-year anniversary of "Still With Me." Ahead of the monumental milestone, check out Soto's acoustic rendition below.FOLLOW CRISTINA SOTO:
Sometimes you have to live like you are just "Here For Now."
While it feels like Louis The Child have been here for some time now, they are finally debuting their first studio album, Here For Now. The Chicago-bred future-pop duo proves that perfecting your craft is worth the wait, delivering an impressive 14-track collection that exemplifies why they've developed such a devoted following. The album is chock full of uplifting, feel-good songs, which arrive during a time when we need positivity the most.
Here For Now features the previously released singles “Little Things” with Quinn XCII and Chelsea Cutler, “Free” with Drew Love, “Every Color” with Foster The People, “Don’t Mind,” and "Nobody Like You" with Vera Blue. The album opens with a radio sound-off titled "Scooter's Debut (Intro)," preparing the listener to enter a land where "the birds are chirping, [and] the kids are smiling." The intro seamlessly dissolves into "Big Love" with EARTHGANG, the perfect happy starting point to set the tone for the rest of the album.
Both "Bittersweet" and "We Are Here For Now" channel the similar message of "Big Love,"—that it's important to live in the present and be grateful for simply being alive. They feature playful productions of electric guitar chords and vocoders, with unique sound design. "What A World" with Bob Moses, and "La La La (Everything's Okay)" lyrically work beautifully together, presenting the theme that though we exist in a world with problems we didn't create, we have the power to change it and, in the end, everything will be okay.
The two tracks that channel a tinge of sadness, in both the production and the lyrics, are "Get Together" with Duckwrth, and "Free" with Drew Love. While the former speaks on self-sabotage in relationships and trying the mend the issues, the latter channels the feelings that arise post-breakup. Finally, Louis The Child "Fade Away" with the last track of the album, featuring a more experimental beat structure that showcases why they are going to be around much longer than just "now."FOLLOW LOUIS THE CHILD:
Buckle up, Denver EDM fans.
Buckle up, Denver EDM fans, because the city's first drive-in rave series has arrived. Lionshare Presents and Feyline have teamed up for "Dirty Drive In," a new drive-in rave series that will go down during consecutive weekends on July 9th, July 16th, July 23rd and July 30th at The Mile High Swap Meet Lot.
The promoters brought along some of bass music's best, including headliners Peekaboo, EPROM, Goldfish, and Colorado native Dirt Monkey. Joining them are fellow trap and dubstep aficionados Decadon, DMVU, G Space, Zeke Beats, Chee, Jinco, and Templo, with more to be announced in the coming weeks.
Drive-in raves do, of course, come with many caveats due to modern social distancing guidelines instated by local governments to ensure safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a press release issued to announce the series, Dirty Drive In employees will conduct temperature checks at the gate and will be declining entry to anyone who produces a fever of 100.4 or higher. Masks are also mandatory and must be worn at all times. Moreover, social distancing will be strictly enforced with 10-12 feet spaced between each vehicle, and revelers will be monitored to ensure safety when exiting their vehicles to dance.
Organizers also announced that a portion of the booking fees from each car will be donated to the George Floyd Fund as part of the event's effort to support the Black Lives Matter movement. They are also donating the net proceeds from merchandise sales to raise awareness for social equality and matching 100% of the sums donated by artists willing to contribute a part of their booking fee. Voting registration will also be available onsite.
Tickets to "Dirty Drive In" go on sale this Saturday, June 27th at 12PM MT and you can secure yours here.
"Heaven" is a show of strength for Cheat Codes.
LA-based trio Cheat Codes have spent their entire career bridging the gap between pop stardom and EDM fame. With their latest offering, they've built the perfect connection.
"Heaven" is a show of strength for Cheat Codes. The track flexes their prowess as producers, bolstering the pop-infused single with dance music elements they've cultivated from their numerous chart-topping hits. It tells the tale of blossoming love, with Cheat Codes elaborating that "too many times we search outside ourselves and ignore the little things that make life amazing."
While the production of this tune is superb, singer Trevor Dahl shines on his own with his immaculate vocal work. His powerful tenor tears through the bright guitar riff and subtle percussion, making him the star of this show. You can listen to "Heaven" below.FOLLOW CHEAT CODES:
After a brief hiatus, the iconic producer is back to creating electro house magic.
After a brief hiatus, Wolfgang Gartner is back to creating the electro house magic we've come to know and love. And he's stronger than ever.
Today he unveiled his new single "Supercars," which arrived via ALT:Vision. Gartner kicks off "Supercars" with a twangy guitar riff before introducing funky, vocoded vocals, which sound as if they were inspired by Daft Punk's Tron: Legacy score thanks in part to the track's title. Warm synths then serenade you into a funky bridge, which eventually culminates in a classic Wolfgang Gartner drop that crescendos with the gritty electro flair we've all been missing from the iconic producer.
"Supercars" is the first single off a forthcoming EP from Gartner, who took some time away from music to focus on his struggles with substance abuse. After a 30-day rehab stint his passion for music was reinvigorated, to the delight of his fans, who can look out for the EP's release in July 2020.
You can check out "Supercars" below and find it on your favorite streaming platform here.FOLLOW WOLFGANG GARTNER:
It's time to get to know Ninajirachi.
Taking on a single as well-constructed as "Pomegranate" is no easy feat, but Ninajirachi does it in a way that seems effortless. While the original was a funky, downtempo nu-disco production, the Australian producer cranks up the pace, completely reimagining the bassline. She chops up Pharrell Williams' vocals on the chorus and adds in hard-hitting bass punches that make it almost impossible not to move to. Once the clubs reopen, this track is sure to take over the dance floors.
Ninajirachi first began making waves down under, and then abroad after becoming a finalist in Triple J's Unearthed High competition back in 2016 and 2017. Her debut single "Pure Luck," featuring Freya Staer, topped Spotify Australia's Viral Charts and received support from Zane Lowe on Beats1. This month she released her EP Blumiere, featuring "Cut The Rope," the project's first single that showcased her own vocals, continuing her impressive genre-bending oeuvre.FOLLOW NINAJIRACHI:
Get swept away inside Bassnectar's immersive bass dreamscape.
Last month, word broke that Bassnectar would be shining his bass lord light upon us with his eleventh studio album All Colors. As the title describes, he really went and gave his fans a full spectrum of beaming productions across the extensive 15-track album. All Colors expresses the beautiful mission that Bassnectar champions, showcasing the ideal that the bass music community embraces all nations and all colors. The basshead community is all about inclusivity.
Bassnectar showcases this sense of inclusivity from start to finish, taking you on a sonic journey from his classic bass face-inducing hitters to more atmospheric tracks that sweep you away to dreamland.
The adventure begins with "Interpret the Future," a gentle introduction that steadily engulfs the senses, making you feel as if you are slowly being pushed through the eye of a kaleidoscope. The pace then shifts with "Open Your Mind," Nectar's collaboration with YOOKIE, catapulting us deeper into the immersive bass experience he's created. If you've been to The Antarctic at Coachella, this whole album feels as if it could be an epic soundtrack to the 360° geodesic projection.
As the tracklist moves forward, we get into the heavier songs, like the album's title track with Blakkamore and proceeding cuts like "Deep In the Jungle" with UFO!. Fans of his hip-hop crossovers will enjoy "Rewind the Track," featuring Ashel Seasunz, "Nice & Easy," featuring Rodney P, and "The Antidote," featuring longtime collaborator Zion I. He also delivers a standout remix of Apashe and Instasamka's “Uebok Gotta Run” and a special "Bassnectar Redux" of Michael Franti & Spearhead’s “Skin on the Drum.” He closes out with the euphoric "Optimism," ending the listeners' journey with a sense of hope and tranquility.FOLLOW BASSNECTAR:
Two of the nation's most beloved bass music festivals each bit the bullet in one fell swoop, thanks to COVID-19.
Since its inception back in 2018, Bass Canyon has emerged as a haven for trap and dubstep aficionados who wish to escape to the idyllic setting of The Gorge Amphitheatre for a weekend of bone-rattling bass. Back in March 2020, Bass Canyon announced a behemoth of a lineup featuring 12th Planet, Eptic, Subtronics, and a highly anticipated B2B set between Illenium and the festival's founder, Excision.
Excision's Lost Lands festival has hosted numerous livestreams throughout the course of the pandemic, aptly titled "Couch Lands." While his elite production team delivered an incredible virtual concert experience, the ineffable feeling of Lost Lands' uniquely immersive festival can only be experienced live.
Organizers of both events took to social media to share the solemn, if not unsurprising, news. You can read their full statements, which include information about refunds and ticket rollovers, below.FOLLOW BASS CANYON:
The prolific producer harnessed his experiences growing up on Chicago's South Side.
After creating and writing songs for many of the most prominent names in contemporary music, prolific producer Keith Harris is stepping out as a solo artist with his scintillating new EP, The Keith Harris Experience.
The project's first single "Get It," which features Chief Wakil and Church Boi, is akin to an audial trip down memory lane, seamlessly blending elements of R&B, breakbeat, and house reminiscent of the latter genre's early Chicago influences. Harnessing his experiences growing up on the Windy City's South Side, Harris manages to manifest the zeitgeist of Chicago's vibrant 1990s footwork scene to deliver an instant classic oozing with soul. He follows with the project's second and final track "Happy We Made It," a bubbly, moombah-inspired downtempo tune featuring Somalian sister duo Faarrow.
From his humble beginnings on the South Side of Chicago, where he began his career playing with the city's New Friendship Baptist Church gospel choir, Harris has worked tirelessly to build an illustrious career. He has penned hits for Black Eyed Peas, Madonna, John Legend, Usher, Fifth Harmony, Nicki Minaj, Mary J. Blige, Kelis, Macy Gray, and Mariah Carey, among many others from contemporary music's crème de la crème.
Harris also released an official music video for "Get It," which celebrates Black music culture with archival footage from 1930-1945. You can check out the video below and listen to The Keith Harris Experience in full via your go-to streaming service here.FOLLOW KEITH HARRIS:
The stream will also feature Ilan Bluestone, Gabriel & Dresden, Blastoyz, and Gem&Tauri.
OG Seven Lions fans should be whipping out their calendars and marking next Thursday down with a thick Sharpie because he just announced some big news. The electronic kingpin took to Twitter today to announce the third iteration of his biweekly "Visions" livestream series in which he will be performing a "classic trance set."
While he has strayed from his signature trance style in recent years, its influence in his current sound is unambiguous. Whether its a melodic dubstep jam courtesy of his Ophelia Records imprint or a rave-ready psy-trance behemoth from his Abraxis side project, he imbues each release with the euphoric sonic flair of the genre that initially inspired him.
Joining Seven Lions for "Visions #3" are fellow trance heavyweights Ilan Bluestone and Gabriel & Dresden as well as psy-trance fan favorite Blastoyz and rising house duo Gem&Tauri and it's all going down via Seven Lions' Twitch channel.
You can RSVP to the stream, which is going down on Thursday, July 2nd from 6PM to 11PM PDT (9PM - 2AM ET) here.FOLLOW SEVEN LIONS:
The environmentally-themed single serves as a cogent reminder that we need to take care of our planet.
Emerging as an unsung hero over the course of the pandemic with his breezy, buoyant livestreams, Destructo isn't hanging up his cape anytime soon.
The renowned producer and music entrepreneur today dropped the curtain on his new single "This Is Our Home," a sultry deep house number that moonlights as a cogent reminder that we need to take care of our planet. The environmentally-themed disco bop is a joint effort with Misingo, a new collaborative project between fellow house heavyweight Doorly and Australian multi–instrumentalist duo Colour Castle.
The production on "This Is Our Home" is unsurprisingly next-level considering the caliber of its creators. The track begins with acid house-inspired synths, which churn along to a slow-burning rhythm amplified by the track's hypnotic vocal refrain. They eventually culminate in a seductive deep house drop, which oozes the soul and moxie of a signature Destructo tune.
You can check out "This Is Our Home" below and find it on your favorite streaming platform here.View the original article to see embedded media.FOLLOW DESTRUCTO:
The single will appear on his forthcoming "Forgotten Memories" EP.
Rising bass producer Quackson has arrived with "Wake Up," a glitched out trap thumper that will have you yearning for the head-banging days of yesteryear.
Producing vicious dubstep elements and quirky trap synths, "Wake Up" blends elements of both genres to lethal effect. The single will appear on Quackson's forthcoming debut EP Forgotten Memories, which will represent the culmination of years worth of honing in on his artistic direction. The Seattle-born young gun, who draws inspiration from fellow bass music aficionados G Jones, Kraysh, and Shadient, is on a furious mission to push the envelope of experimental bass music. With his debut project on the horizon, "Wake Up" should serve as a serendipitous taste of honey to those who can't wait for the hive.
Fans can also look forward to an audiovisual journey through Forgotten Memories thanks to an immersive series of 3D art pieces that will accompany the project and manifest its mind-bending aesthetic.
Check out "Wake Up" below and stream the track via your go-to platform here.View the original article to see embedded media.FOLLOW QUACKSON:
This marks Mom N Dad's fifth release of the year.
Mom N Dad has stepped away from their deep, dark, and dirty midtempo sound to give fans a fresh remix of Iggy T and The Crazymakers' "Cake" to celebrate Pride Month.
"Cake" is lauded as a bisexual anthem and the Denver-based duo has done the track justice with their rendition. "While around the country, we are seeing Gay Prides being canceled left and right, the band still has hopes that digital prides and other LGBTQ+ organizations will find our song 'Cake' an uplifting and empowering bisexual anthem, since the B is generally left out of the conversation either due to erasure or misunderstanding of what it means to be bisexual,” said Iggy T and The Crazymakers lead singer Sarah Todd.
Mom N Dad have transformed the soulful original into an unpredictable house charmer. Enthralling listeners with deep house plucks in the first drop, the second drop may take most by surprise with its glitchy twist on the original vocals. While their remix of "Cake" differs greatly from the rest of their offerings this year, the tune will surely appeal to fans as it maintains elements of their unique, gritty sound.
To further celebrate Pride, Iggy T and The Crazymakers are allowing any digital pride event to use Mom N Dad's remix of "Cake" free of charge.FOLLOW MOM N DAD:
The bitbird mainstay is back with a forward-thinking gem.
One of the brightest young talents on San Holo’s bitbird roster, Duskus has made sure to keep himself as busy as possible over the past few years, solidifying his name as a rising star in the electronic music scene. The Manchester-based producer’s ability to craft emotional and forward-thinking anthems is unquestionable and something that he proves once again with his latest four-on-the-floor single, “Rising.”
“Rising” follows Duskus’ collaboration with fellow bitbird signee Taska Black, as well as his late-2019 EP In Retrospect, and makes up for one of his most experimental releases to date. Taken off of his upcoming EP Rising, the single undoubtedly showcases a developed sound from the artist as lighthearted hooks, pretty atmospheres, and catchy vocal chops introduce “Rising” before the drop switches into an infectious series of quirky sound design and groovy drum work.
"The inspiration behind this single for me was to try and create something unique, but still listenable," explained Duskus. "Something that people can enjoy and understand even though it's something new. When working on this EP, a lot of my focus was more into sound design which is something new to me. I realized that the sound of something can actually evoke emotion, and I wanted to focus as much attention on this as I could.”FOLLOW DUSKUS:
Their long-awaited collaboration is finally here.
Earlier this year, Sonny Fodera and Dom Dolla let us know they were cooking up their first collaboration. After wrapping up their wildly popular sold-out tour and having a few months to put in some work at home, they've finally dropped their gem "Moving Blind."
"Moving Blind" has us longing for the dancefloor, as this addictive tech house smash was made to fill a room. The pair expertly capture the listener's attention by playing into their areas of expertise. Quickly working in a minimalistic beat made up of subdued kicks, they then add two vocal samples that battle back and forth as well as crunchy synth stabs to keep things unpredictable.
This shining moment in their discography is comparable to Sonny's masterful collaboration with MK, "One Night (featuring Raphaella)," and Dom's instant classic "San Frandisco."
You can stream "Moving Blind" below.FOLLOW SONNY FODERA: