Zane Lowe spoke with Flume and Reo Cragun for the premiere of the lead single from their upcoming EP, Quits.
Flume sent his fans into a frenzy with the announcement that his and Reo Cragun's collaborative EP Quits was on the way. Shortly before its full release, track #2 from the effort has been premiered as Zane Lowe's Beats 1 World Record.
"Levitate" showcases the dissonant direction characteristic of recent Flume (real name Harley Edward Streten) releases. Counterbalancing Cragun's soulful R&b vocals is a blend of atmospheric melody and ambient noise that pushes the envelope as Streten has since the beginnings of his career.
"We started that one, and then we're like, all right, there's something here, and it took us a long time to crack that," Streten told Lowe. "But yeah, we just kind of like put it on the shelf for a while and then came back to it, and we're really happy we put the time in and made it work."
Quits will arrive in full on Friday, August 2nd.FOLLOW FLUME:
Carnage's releases have been all over the place lately.
When Carnage returned to music after a four-month hiatus, it became clear that the time off influenced him creatively. "Letting People Go" featuring Prinze George and "Wait For Me" featuring G-Eazy and Wiz Khalifa showcased his softer side, whereas his NAZAAR collaboration, "Blitzkrieg," hinted at his signature blend of trap and hardstyle. Keeping his fans guessing, he's opted for midtempo bass in his latest single, "Slot Machine."
The entire first minute and a half of the single, on which Carnage (real name Diamanté Anthony Blackmon) teamed up once again with Prinze George, doesn't lead the listener to expect as much, however. The pop trio's vocalist, Naomi Almquist, delivered a classically poignant topline that soars over understated sound design elements. When the drop hits, though, it does so like a ton of bricks - and in doing so, it stays true to Blackmon's previous discography.
"Blitzkrieg" and "Slot Machine" are two of three tracks marking Blackmon's official return to EDM, according to a statement. At the time of writing, it remains to be seen what form the third may take.
In the meantime, German Carnage fans can look forward to his next performance at SonneMondStern Festival in Saalburg-ebersdorf on Saturday, August 10th.FOLLOW CARNAGE
Ultra Music Festival is wasting no time in planning their 2020 return to Bayfront Park.
Ultra's search for a 2020 home has been a very public one since the 2019 edition's conclusion on Virginia Key. Once it was announced the festival could not return to the island, the festival's future hung in the balance for months.
Nearly a week ago, however, the tide turned. Ultra's organizers announced its return to Bayfront Park. With a location locked in, organizers are wasting no time in ratcheting up anticipation. The 2020 edition will take place the third week of March - a week earlier than usual.
Adding to the anticipation is Ultra Music Festival's announcement that 2020 registration is open now. Registration via the festival's official website is the surest way to gain timely access to the lowest-priced tickets when they become available.FOLLOW ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL:
If you're interested in attending HARD Summer act fast - tickets are nearly sold out!
Just ahead of their 12th annual festivities this weekend, HARD Summer has released their set times. The Fontana, California festival is nearly sold out, and with its full programming now out attendees have decisions to make.View the original article to see embedded media.
The gathering will see Kid Cudi, Dillon Francis, Major Lazer, and many more take to the stage for a packed weekend of action. The festival has found a home at the Auto Club Speedway and will return to the location for its fourth consecutive year.View the original article to see embedded media.
Organizers have also released a full map of the festival grounds allowing attendees to start planning their days accordingly. General parking is also free.
Visit HARD Summer's website to snag last minute tickets for what's sure to be one of the most notable events of the summer.FOLLOW HARD EVENTS:
Markus Schulz and BT link for Coldharbour Recordings' 350th release.
Markus Schulz recently linked with another trance titan ATB on their collaborative single "Heartbeat." Now with "I Need Love" Schulz taps into the creative prowess of BT, another figurehead of the genre. With soaring melodies and angelic vocals, "I Need Love" is a trance anthem sure to please the genre's most loyal listeners.
BT (real name Brian Transeau) was notably part of another landmark release just a month ago. Transeau joined forces with Ferry Corsten to re-launch Corsten's charitable UNITY project. Now Transeau is joining one of the most successful dance music imprints, Coldharbour Recordings, alongside the label's head honcho himself. Transeau has been acclaimed as a multi-talented producer, songwriter, composer, and film score writer, and the framework for his latest offering remains testament to his many talents.
Stream Markus Schulz and BT's collaboration "I Need Love" out now.FOLLOW MARKUS SCHULZ:
From Electric Daisy Carnival to a legendary lineup of club residencies, Las Vegas is the crown jewel of EDM in North America.
Las Vegas has always attracted big-name music acts and a lot of over-the-top shows, with everyone from Frank Sinatra and Celine Dion to Jennifer Lopez having performed a series of shows (or even multi-year runs) there. In particular, though, it’s a city that has a special place in its heart for electronic dance music. While other trends in music have come and gone, EDM has maintained a consistent presence in the city, with recent years having seen superstar DJs like Calvin Harris, Skrillex and Diplo all settling in for residencies at various clubs.
You can point to a number of factors. One is that Las Vegas is simply such an iconic city to perform and party in – but you could say that about any music genre. The other is that, at a time when the nightlife of some cities is shrinking into smaller clubs and late-opening bars, Las Vegas still has some massive venues with the space to get huge crowds moving and showing what they’ve got. What it mostly comes down to, though, is the fact that the decadent style of EDM culture is a great match for the glitz, glamour and bright lights of this iconic desert city.Recent EDM Shows That Have Lit Up The City:
Vegas hosted Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) Las Vegas 2019 and lit up the desert with stunning neon lights, amazing performances, spectacular firework shows, and what basically amounts to the biggest party of the year in a city that’s known for throwing legendary parties.
The moment you walk into the venue the energy of the festival hits you, with incredible lights, carnival rides scattered across the grounds, and incredible vendors selling cool stuff. It’s the music that counts, though, and there are more stages than you can possibly spend a decent amount of time at across the festival’s three days.
The festival spans all corners of the EDM worlds and the 2019 line up included the likes of Excision, Illenium, Skrillex, Nitti Gritti, Bonnie X Clyde, Kayzo, Jamie Jones, Alison Wonderland, Deadmau5, Ghastly, NGHTMRE, Andrew Rayel, FISHER, Eats Everything, Green Velvet, Captain Hook, Paul Oakenfold and David Gravell. It was, in short, epic.Other Things To Do In Vegas:
Las Vegas is definitely worth a trip for any serious fan of EDM, and it's not going to disappoint during your "downtime" either. There are tons of sights to see in Sin City: from firework displays, shows where you’ll actually get to sit down, and, of course, the iconic Las Vegas casinos (if you have the energy).
One reason tourists flock to Vegas from all over the world is to play at the many great casinos. With quality casinos such as the Bellagio, the Venetian and the MGM Grand all across the famous Las Vegas Strip, there are many places to play classic casino games such as blackjack, poker, and roulette.
However, one of the reasons casino revenues are falling in the city is due to the emergence of online casinos, which are able to offer increasingly immersive and engaging versions of these games. If you’re visiting Vegas for an EDM show and don’t have time to spend hours in a land-based casino, play at a popular online casino and you’ll be able to to enjoy your favourite games from the comfort of your hotel room – or if you’re on the move, using your mobile device.More EDM Shows To Look Forward To In 2019:
The EDM calendar doesn't just stop when Electric Daisy Carnival draws to a close, these are some of the best acts that fans should look out for throughout the rest of the year.Calvin Harris at Hakkasan Nightclub:
Calvin Harris performs almost weekly at Hakkasan Nightclub at the MGM Grand, Omnia at Caesars Palace, or the Wet Republic Ultra Pool at MGM Grand.
Tracks like "We Found Love," "This Is What You Came For," "Summer," "Feel So Close," and "Feels" made and cemented Harris’s name, but a lot of fans are expecting the upcoming 2000s XL to be his biggest album yet.
If you want to see Harris, though, don’t wait around for too long. In August, he'll be heading over to Ibiza where he’ll hold down a residency at Ushuaia for two months. If you want to sneak in a visit before he heads off, keep in mind that wait times can be lengthy, even with tickets, so you'll want to be prepared for that and get a solid plan in place for getting through the doors at the Omnia.Tiësto at Hakkasan Nightclub & Wet Republic:
Another massive name in the world of EDM, the legendary Dutch artist recently turned 50, and has shown no sign of slowing down. He’s a constant presence on lists of the top EDM acts thanks to his blend of vocal trance, downtempo and electro house.
Tiësto is also a resident DJ at Hakkasan and Wet Republic, and has appearances booked all the way through the summer. You know the drill, though – book early!Skrillex at KAOS Nightclub & Dayclub:
Skrillex might not be in Vegas as regularly as some of the other names we’ve mentioned, but he certainly didn’t just show up for EDC and then disappear until next year. Skrillex maintains a semi-regular schedule at KAOS Nightclub and KAOS Dayclub, and he has shows planned through to the end of September. Bringing in elements of dubstep, electro house, trap and moombahton, his shows are intense and exciting whether the sun is up or down.Martin Garrix at Hakkasan, Omnia, Wet Republic:
Martin Garrix is another Dutchman regular in the Las Vegas scene. Garrix’s blend of big room house, progressive house, as well as Dutch and electro house brought him to the top of DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs list for three years straight, and he’s bringing that heat to Hakkasan, Omnia and Wet Republic in August.Lil Jon at Hakkasan, Omnia, Wet Republic:
Lil Jon regularly hits Hakkasan, Omnia and Wet Republic for lively, kinetic shows full of big beats and spectacle. He’s another veteran of the scene, having brought the club-oriented crunk genre to mainstream audiences (not to mention his collaboration with DJ Snake on the massive single "Turn Down for What").Other Las Vegas EDM Attractions:
There are more amazing venues and resident DJs than we could possibly get to here, so here are some of the best of the rest in handy list form.
Clubs: 1 Oak at Mirage, Drai’s Nightclub at the Cromwell, EBC at Night (Surrender), Jewel Nightclub at Aria, Kaos Nightclub at Palms, Lavo at Palazzo, Light at Mandalay Bay, Marquee at Cosmopolitan, Tao at Venetian, XS at Encore.
DJs: 4B, Above & Beyond, Deadmau5, Afrojack, R3hab, Alesso, Armin van Buuren, Benny Benassi, Boombox Cartel, Gryffin, Yellow Claw, Borgeous, Borgore, Burns, Cash Cash, Cheat Codes, Chuckie, Crankdat, Kygo, David Guetta.
Following six years at #1, Calvin Harris has been declared 2019's #3 highest-earning DJ in the world.
For a considerable length of the EDM boom, Calvin Harris claimed the #1 spot on Forbes' annual "Highest Paid DJs" list. His 2019 earnings of $38.5 million landed him at #3 on the most recent edition of the feature for the first time since its 2012 inception, however.
Beating him out were The Chainsmokers and Marshmello, whose respective income estimates totaled $46 million and $40 million. The latter artist vaulted six spots from last year's list - and concurrent with his manager, Moe Shalizi's prediction, his earnings now rival that of Harris. Notably, the three aforementioned acts also made the same publication's "100 Highest-Paid Entertainers" list.
Other notable entries included serial entrepreneur Steve Aoki at #4 with $30 million, and familiar names like Skrillex, Tiësto and David Guetta found their way onto the list as well. The top ten artists collectively brought in $272 million, an increase over last year's figure of $260 million.
Read Forbes' "The World's Highest-Paid DJs of 2019" list in full to find out who else made the list.FOLLOW THE CHAINSMOKERS:
Dillon Francis and Eptic have a track coming out this week.
A collaboration between Dillon Francis and Eptic will find its way to their fans at long last this Friday, August 2nd. The two DJ/producers premiered the as-yet-unnamed single at the 2019 edition of EDC Las Vegas, and it will finally arrive by way of Monstercat.
Eptic (real name Michaël Bella) teased the release in a tweet with both Francis and the record label tagged. More importantly, it included off-the-wall original artwork of a surrealistic scenario involving him and Francis.
Bella has been climbing the EDM ladder if his recent collaborations serve as any indicator. In March, he and DJ Snake released the bass-heavy dance floor destroyer "South Side" - which 1001Tracklists declared the most-played song of EDC weekend.
Francis will resume touring with a performance at HARD Summer in Fontana, California on August 3rd. Bella, on the other hand, will play next at New Horizons 2019 in Nürburg, Germany on August 21st.FOLLOW DILLON FRANCIS:
Linden Lab and Monstercat have joined forces to further explore the world of virtual reality festivals and events
We've all experienced the feeling of irritation when one of our favorite artists is only booked for shows hundreds of miles away, as well as the sense of disappointment that comes from not ever being able to see them perform live. If the digital entertainment company Linden Lab has its way, that disappointment might soon become a thing of the past. Thanks to a new digital platform they're launching, virtual reality and concerts are about to become connected in a way that could rock the music industry to it's core.
If you aren't yet familiar with the name Linden Lab, you may be familiar with their most famous product. The wildly successful open-world project Second Life saw massive success in the early 2000s. More than an online game, it offered fans an entire virtual world in which people could meet, fall in love, enjoy concerts, and even find jobs in a virtual reality setting. Miles ahead of its time on a conceptual level, Second Life welcomed millions of users every week, and even now it's far from dead.
While Linden Lab isn't abandoning the Second Life platform completely, they now believe they've created a worthy successor - and it has EDM at its heart. That successor is called Sansar, and their first major move was to forge a partnership with Canadian independent record label Monstercat with the goal of creating an engaging virtual experience aimed directly at fans of EDM.
Generally considered to be one of the more forward-thinking and innovative labels within the dance music space, it's no surprise that Monstercat has invested in developing greater visibility for their brand in the virtual reality space. What Sansar offers is a cutting-edge pursuit that will only increase the total visibility of music from their highly talented roster of artists.
For their first joint event, Sansar and Monstercat hosted a virtual reality festival that billed more than twelve Monstercat performers, and was appropriately named "Monstercat: Call of the Wild." Live. Music performances were just one aspect of the event, which also included interactive video game-like attractions for attendees, as well as virtual meet-and-greet and Q&A sessions with the artists who performed.
With a successful test run under their belt, Linden Lab is now looking to expand on their offering by allowing artists to charge people for "tickets" to their events on Sansar. It's hoped that Sansar will develop around music fans, becoming something between a virtual reality social network and a performance venue where fans can see performers play while also interacting with like-minded people from all over the world.
Although it's certainly likely that other genres of music will soon get involved in the push for virtual reality events, EDM acts, and the Monstercat roster in particular, are the only musicians involved in the project at this stage. Ebbe Altberg, the company's CEO, has gone as far as saying that Sansar "will become the future of live music," and has spoken about his excitement at having Monstercat onboard.
The concept of online concerts has seen increasing popularity over the last several years. For example, EDM icon Marshmello played a virtual gig in Fortnite last year which has gone down in history as the most attended virtual concert of all time. The resultant boost in Marshmello's profile is the sort of thing that performers around the world hope to achieve by playing virtual reality events, and we expect to see many more activations like this take place in the near future.
By including the interactivity of video games in its overall concept, Sansar is clearly taking notice of the recent rise in the use of EDM as the backing music of choice in many other online games (UK slots and other casino games being one of the most obvious examples). Hardwell already has a custom casino game of his own, and many more acts are already working on moving into the mobile slots market as a new source of revenue.
Whether Sansar turns out to be successful or not, the model they are developing is yet another example of the EDM industry paving the way in changing the methods through which listeners and musicians interact with each other.FOLLOW SANSAR
The single's title is "Big Time."
Earlier this year, EDM cool kid duo Robby Hauldren and Freddy Kennett graced the stage at the Winter X Games in Aspen. Performing since high school under their Louis the Child moniker, the pair have become representative of a generation of producers coming up in the post-Flume future bass world.
Now, they've made history as the first dance artist to pen an official theme song for the X Games. The track, titled "Big Time," was released just weeks before the traveling extreme sports event graces Minneapolis in August.
“Louis The Child’s concert in Aspen brought a fun, high-energy performance that was a great match for X Games fans,” said the company's president, Tim Reed. “We’re excited to be able to connect that same energy to our events, content and brand through the new X Games anthem.”
The track is characteristic of duo, featuring the group's classic dance-driven production style and future bass sound. Samples from iconic X Games moments are layered against funky synths for a high-energy feel.
The pair are heading home to Chicago later this year for a Lollapalooza performance and after show. This summer has brought a number of worldwide festival appearances for the artists, along with a summer residency at KAOS in Las Vegas. Earlier this year, Louis the Child held a headlining slot at Ultra Music Festival and received a Gold Record certification for "Better Not," a hit single from the group's 2018 Kids at Play EP.FOLLOW LOUIS THE CHILD:
EDC Guangdong will return to South China this November.
While Insomniac's Floridian expansion has been a recent topic of conversation, their efforts abroad can't be overlooked. As part of their East Asian conquest the SoCal promoter held the inaugural EDC Guangdong last year, and now they've announced the festival's 2019 return along with the first round of headliners.
On November 23rd and 24th, the electric sky will stretch over the grounds of Chimelong International Ocean Tourist Resort in Guangdong, China. Among the talent locked in for the festival's second edition are Alison Wonderland, Jauz, Marshmello, Tiësto and 2 is 1, the latter of which will comprise a B2B set between Timmy Trumpet and W&W.
Insomniac began as a weekly Los Angeles party series launched by the company's CEO and founder, Pasquale Rotella. The inaugural edition of Electric Daisy Carnival's flagship SoCal event took place in 1997, and in 2011 it relocated to its current home at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada.
For more information on EDC Guangdong visit the event website, and find the full 2019 phase one lineup announcement below.
2 is 1 (Timmy Trumpet b2b W&W)
DJ Daruma & Jommy
San Holo (DJ Set)
"Livin' Lovin' Life" sees HVNNIBVL at the top of his game.
If pop anthems with distinct EDM flair are the flavor you seek out, HVNNIBVL (real name John Jacob Hannibal V) is a rising talent you ought to know. The Buffalo, New York singer/songwriter/producer has delivered a single titled "Livin' Lovin' Life" by way of Hegemon Select that combines the best of both worlds to yield a whole greater than the sum of its parts.
Between its syncopated trap drum pattern and bright sound design elements, "Livin' Lovin' Life" has a lot working in its favor. Hannibal's own vocal topline steals the show, though. His crisp delivery and memorable verses elevate the song from a good release to a great one, tying the elements together as a cohesive musical statement.View the original article to see embedded media.
Hannibal inaugurated the HVNNIBVL project in 2014 and then catapulted it into the spotlight with 2016 singles like “Lose” and “No Cover.” Between then and now he has proven himself a permanent fixture of the music landscape with releases like “Will You I Will” and “Holding On” in 2017 and “The Day I Let You Go” and “More Than Enough” in 2018.
Stream or download "Livin' Lovin' Life" across platforms here.Follow HVNNIBVL:
Flume has revealed that a collaborative EP with Reo Cragun is out this week.
Thus far in 2019, Flume (real name Harley Edward Streten) has made up for lost time with a series of releases. He broke a nearly two-year hiatus with a March mixtape titled Hi This Is Flume and followed it up with "Friends" featuring Reo Cragun and "Let You Know" featuring London Grammar. By the looks of things, he's got a joint EP with the former artist on the way.
Streten recently took to Twitter to announce the effort, teasing that Quits would arrive on Wednesday, July 31st. The news falls in line with remarks he made following his mixtape release indicating that "more shows and more music" were on the way.
Streten played no small role in popularizing what would become the future bass genre during the height of the EDM boom. His self-titled debut album came out in 2012, and he followed it up with the Skin LP in 2017. The Australian DJ/producer has proven himself capable of pushing boundaries in electronic music through the present day; Hi This Is Flume comprised hard-to-categorize songs deriving influence from styles like R&B, hip-hop and lo-fi.
It remains to be seen whether "Let You Know" will appear on Quits as neither artist has publicly disclosed a tracklist for the EP as of this writing.FOLLOW FLUME:
Habstrakt and french producer duo Bellecour released an electrifying bass house banger on Monstercat.
Teaming up with up-and-coming French production duo Bellecour (real names Tony Romera and Alejandro Rodriguez), Habstrakt (real name Adam Jouneau) shifts gears and injects a massive burst of electrifying energy into his latest release. Aptly named "Lasagne," his latest offering layers thick, gritty, and explosive sound design within a delicious framework of fearsome, electro-infused bass house.
Tearing it's way out of your speakers, "Lasagne" is no standard Italian fare. On the contrary, the record is nothing if not a genuine fine dining experience. In an explosive dance floor heater with more energy and grit than a coal-burning power plant, Jouneau demonstrates once again why he's considered a world-class chef when it comes to cooking up the very best that bass house has to offer.
Out now on the cutting-edge Monstercat, "Lasagne" is Jouneau's sixth single and seventh release of 2019, and closely follows his record "De La Street," which was released last month on NGHTMRE and SLANDER's Gud Vibrations imprint. Bellecour, on the other hand, made their Monstercat debut with "Lasagne," a powerful follow-up to their massive breakout collaboration with EDM icon Marshmello on the track "Set Me Free" from his recently released Joytime III album.
Sit down, relax, and get ready for a heaping pile of "Lasagne" to sink your teeth into.
Stream or download Habstrakt and Bellecour's "Lasagne" today.
The Colorado producer kicked it up a notch with a surprisingly filthy new track from his forthcoming Demigod EP.
Unveiling the third track from his forthcoming Demigod EP, Unlimited Gravity's (real name Ronald "Ronnie" Weberg) bombastic new single "Peekaboom" closely follows the releases of the previous two singles, "Steeze Manifesto," and "Retro Dreams." While Peekaboom is undeniably the hardest-hitting of the three tracks, each song from Demigod offers listeners a crucial glimmer of insight into the inner workings of the highly musical, physics-defying producer.
Beholden to no style, genre, or label, Weberg dabbles in a wide variety of sounds, all of which ultimately contribute to his diverse and all-encompassing aesthetic. While "Steeze Manifesto" is a high-energy, uplifting track with a heavy smattering of glitchy accents and piercing, razor-sharp synth-work, "Retro Dreams" is an epic and deeply cinematic electronic anthem that will take listeners on an immersive audio-odyssey they'll never forget.
When it comes to "Peekaboom," Unlimited Gravity pulls no punches. Straight out of the gate, a haunting, atmospheric introduction rapidly builds tension to a critical mass before dropping the listener straight into a cannonade of hard-hitting bass and punchy, driving percussion. Rumbling roars are sharply contrasted by scintillating high-register melodies, creating an ambience of mystery and unmitigated power.
If there is a song from Weberg's forthcoming EP that illustrates the true fury of a Demigod, that song is "Peekaboom," and we highly encourage listeners to take all necessary precautions when queuing it up on their home sound system.
If you happen to live in Colorado, don't miss weberg's Demigod release party at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom where he'll be performing alongside Mom N Dad and several other great acts on August 9th. Tickets are still available here.FOLLOW UNLIMITED GRAVITY:
Chicago producers Win and Woo teamed up with vocalist Sara Skinner for the club-friendly original single "Here U R."
Joining forces with the alluring singer/songwriter Sara Skinner (who was recently featured on ATLien's Ghost Planet EP), Chicago production duo Win and Woo return to legendary Dutch record label Armada Music for the release of their all-new original single "Here U R."
"Here U R" represents the very best of what Win and Woo have to offer as they consistently churn out groovy, synth-pop-inspired house music of the highest caliber. A deep, down-and-dirty bass line is offset by the airy vocal serenade of Sara Skinner, creating a vibrant and diverse record meticulously crafted to fit seamlessly into a wide range of settings. From the thumping, club-friendly beat to the uplifting, catchy synths and topline, "Here U R" is a catchy summer jam sure to be heard at club nights and beach parties the world over.
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Dillon Nathaniel released a deep, techy track on Big Beat Records
Another prestigious alumni of the exalted Icon Collective music production school, Dillon Nathaniel has once again demonstrated his considerable technical mastery with the debut of “Obsessions.” It's the first single to be released from his forthcoming sophomore EP on Big Beat Records.
Striving to find a balance between upbeat electronic music and technical trance beats, “Obsessions” accelerates straight out of the gate, hitting the listener with a bubbly, heart-pumping launch that segues into a gritty and slightly ominous house beat. From beginning to end, the progression is constant and the energy continues to build. With his well-established roots in audio manipulation and a background as both a vocalist and guitarist, it's no wonder Nathaniel pushes the limits of engineering with his deliberate, bass-heavy approach to production.
As Nathaniel continues his journey towards reshaping the modern dance music landscape, we'll be keeping a close eye out for the release of his forthcoming Big Beat Records EP, due for release on August 16th.
Prismo revisited the classic grunge tune to bring it new life in 2019.
If you grew up anytime around the '90s, chances are you’ve heard “Black Hole Sun” by Soundgarden. Spending weeks dominating music charts at the time of its release, and having over 225 million streams on Spotify alone to date, the grunge single has been a defining track of '90s alternative rock. The classic single has now received a new modern, edgier swing from the ambitious and forward-thinking DJ/producer Prismo (real name Zach Burgett).
Burgett’s emotive rendition of “Black Hole Sun” is a captivating interpretation of the classic, somber track. The strong vocal presence of Burgett, (evident in many of his other songs) accompanied by sharper, more energetic production elements transforms this originally melancholic, heavy-hearted tune into an anthemic powerhouse single.
The 22-year-old producer says he was inspired by Chris Cornell’s deeply passionate songwriting. “It's one of those songs that could give you goosebumps on every listen,” he said. “I've always thought the lyrics felt sad, dreadful, and frustrated, and recently I've been able to relate to those emotions throughout the challenges I've faced as an artist.” Burgett says his purpose for writing this rendition was to transform the original song into something more personal, cynical and aggressive.
Drawing inspiration from all genres of music over the years, Burgett has since grown an impressive, eclectic discography. Given his unapologetically bold approach to taking on riskier projects and his distinct and sincere connection to his music, we can expect to see this innovative artist continue to mesmerize audiences around the world.
The Australian-born producer made his much-hyped debut with the label ahead of playing their inaugural festival in the fall.
As a member of Brillz’ Twonk Records, the Sydney-based act flourished making bass-ridden trap tunes. This latest four-track release finds Hydraulix (real name Damien Williams) exploring a more inventive and electric production scheme.View the original article to see embedded media.
“This EP was a real journey for me and a chance to experiment with new vibes and sounds,” said Williams in a statement. “I really enjoy the stuff that Wakaan is putting out at the moment and am stoked to be able to have them release this EP.”
The project opens with the atmospheric build of “Skanka,” which gives fans a first listen to Williams' intense and explosive bass lines. It's is immediately followed up with "Chopper," his much-hyped collaboration with Krischvn. The track opens with frenzied bass rhythms that seems to sonically morph from one drop to the next. The producer then epically switches things up, dropping a progressive bass house-style beat midway through.
“When Krischvn came out to Australia to support me on my last tour, we had some down time and produced ‘Chopper’ in a matter of days," said Williams. "It was one of those times things just clicked!”
If the EP plateaus in intensity with the trap tune, “Madman,” it immediately amps up for its closing track, “It’s Going Down.” The Leotrix collab opens with a chopped vocal sample, later accelerating into wonky and magnetic riffs that may deliver the project's most headbang-worthy moments.
As is per usual with Wakaan releases, this small offering represents a forward-thinking, fun take from the frontier of freeform bass. Stream or download the project here, and catch the Aussie play Wakaan Festival this fall.Follow Hydraulix:
The two new remixes are out on Pilot Records.
Last year, production wizard Fox Stevenson dropped his wild hit single "Bruises," an energetic and fun drum and bass anthem. Now, it's getting the remix treatment from rising star Curbi and jump-up king Macky Gee on Bruises Revisited.
Curbi brings the tempo down to deliver a groovy and bass-infused house remix. The breakdowns pitch Fox's vocals down to flow into a powerful buildup, and the payoff at the drop is extremely shuffle worthy. Elements of UK garage lend a great underground vibe to the tune, but Curbi's effort is very suitable for a mainstream bass house DJ set as well.View the original article to see embedded media.
Macky Gee's remix retains the drum and bass roots of the original, but brings a wicked jump-up vibe that pumps the energy of the tune up to eleven. This one will be a hit with the old school crowd and new heads alike, remaining extremely consistent with the signature Macky Gee sound while adding some festival flavor.
The Bruises Revisited remix package adds to a diverse catalog from Pilot Records, whose past releases include offerings from Bert H., Xilent & Chime, and Ownglow.
Bruises Revisited is out now and can be found here.FOLLOW CURBI: