Dillon Francis‘s new remix of the Maroon 5 classic, “Memories,” is not only the best kind of catchy, but it is also a profoundly important track for him.
Earlier this year, one of Francis’ close friends, Noel, passed away after battling cancer for the second time. He made this remix in her honor, along with an official lyric video featuring heartfelt moments from his childhood with Noel.
Read Francis’ statement on the remix and its connection to Noel below.
“We were inseparable as young children. Our families spent literally every weekend together it felt like up until we were teenagers. She was one of the few people that believed me when I said ‘in 1 year I’ll be playing Coachella I promise’ (it took 2 but who’s counting she believed me). She was one of my most cherished well wishers in my life. It pains me so much that I will not be able to do with her what our parents did with us. All the family trips, summer camps, holiday parties. You name it we were always together doing it. My family, your family, Rob’s family, and your plethora of many friends love you so much Noel…rest in peace my soul sister. I’ll see you when the time is right… we will go get taco bell and head to wherever telluride is in heaven.”
Aquarius season is right around the corner; get ready with a wavy new single from Dutch superstar Oliver Heldens. Titled after Heldens’ horoscope, “Aquarius” is a club-ready house track full of bounce and energy. Regardless of your stars’ alignments, expect to hear this effervescent beat mixed into sets everywhere.
As 2019 comes to a close, many producers look to the new year for new beginnings and—if fans are lucky—a whole slew of new tunes. This looks to be true for AMTRAC, who’s revealed the debut single from his forthcoming sophomore album, landing in early 2020.
“Between The Lines” is a heavenly preview of what’s been nearly nine years in the making. AMTRAC recorded his own vocals for this one and opens the track with a dramatic piano melody, thrumming bassline, and infectious lyrics. A sparkling synth theme leads the listener into the more dance music-oriented segment of the song, demonstrating the artist’s production range.
“It’s been a lot of trial and error, things coming together and falling apart, not really feeling comfortable with it,” the producer told Billboard about the forthcoming album. “I finally got to a place where it feels like it needs to get out there, because I can’t just keep working on it forever.”
Taylor Swift is taking on a significantly lighter touring load in support of her new album, Lover. She’s only performing a pair of stateside shows — two in Massachusetts and two in Los Angeles — for what’s being dubbed Lover Fest and West. More »
Just announced: Taylor Swift will be the headliner on Sunday at this year’s Glastonbury Festival. She’ll be joining Paul McCartney and Diana Ross who have already been announced. holy shit — jackantonoff (@jackantonoff) December 15, 2019
On the release end of Higher Ground, Diplo has been an elusive force. In the time that’s followed his first release on his imprint, Diplo has deferred the spotlight to tastemakers such as Walker & Royce and Born Dirty. Yet, with the flicker of a shadow, a silhouette, Diplo steps back into it, fully illuminated as he bestows a sultry house heater upon his listeners. Welcome back; we’re listening.
Christened “On My Mind,” the track commands a sonic sex appeal that not-so-subtly beckons dancers to inch just the slightest bit closer on the crowded floor, under the reflecting silver of a disco ball. From the allure of its looping vocal hook, which samples 702’s Missy Elliot-assisted “Steelo,” to the refined climaxes of its chords and slicing break downs, “On My Mind” won’t soon be off streamers’.
The torrid thrill that is “On My Mind” is not unheard material for those who’ve followed Diplo’s evolving sound over the past year as it’s dipped progressively deeper into underground territory. In Diplo’s live sets, the single has been an omnipresent staple, spiking temperatures across national and international stages alike. Diplo’s second Higher Ground outing is made in tandem with SIDEPIECE, the two-piece outfit of Party Favor and Nitti Gritti.
Back with an end-of-the-year original to tide their hungry fans over into the new year, dynamic duo Louis The Child just released a fluttery new single, titled “Here Comes a Feeling.”
The LA-based producers have had a massive year jam-packed with shows and original releases. Their Here For Now headline tour incited cross-US travel for the past two months, and still to come are festival gigs at both Lights All Night and MTV’s SnowGlobe. This past year they also became the first EDM act to collaborate with X-Games on an official theme song, “Big Time.”
“Here Comes a Feeling” with ODESZA collaborator, Naomi Wild and Couros is a pristine soundtrack to ring in 2020. Featuring Louis the Child’s signature airy, free-flowing energy and intricate drumkits, the song is a testament to the sound fans have fallen in love with. Mixed with Wild’s resplendent vocals, the song is a pop-inspired masterpiece.
Last night at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City, a group got together to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Clash’s London Calling, which came out on 12/14/79. Musicians on the bill included Gogol Bordello’s Euguene Hutz, Blondie’s Debbie Harry, Jesse Malin, Fred Armisen, Low Cut Connie’s Adam Weiner, Sunflower Bean’s Julia … More »
SOFI TUKKER have released the music video for “Purple Hat,” a smoldering, slow crawling track from the group’s recent EP, DANCING ON THE PEOPLE. The music video for the release was shot at Brooklyn’s Avant Gardner during the group’s homecoming show in fall of 2019.
The video is directed by Charles Todd, who may be recognized from filming the videos for their tracks “Fantasy” and “Swing.” The music video for “Purple Hat” is for the fans and of the fans. It shows concert attendees arriving in their best cheetah print and purple hat gear, intermixed with performance and crowd shots from all around the iconic venue housing.
SOFI TUKKER comments on the video in an official release, saying, “It’s always so special playing back in New York, where everything started for us and we thought it would be the perfect show to film the video at. We didn’t want to get actors and have a fake party to recreate the energy — we wanted to do it in real life with real people, like we do most nights of the year. Really happy to relive that night over and over again.”
The music video for “Purple Hat” is out now via Ultra Music.
Formerly a two-day affair, Lovebox will expand to three days in 2020. The event will be hosted from June 12-14 in Gunnersbury Park. Additional waves of Lovebox’s 2020 lineup will be released in the time leading up to the festival’s return in spring. Former iterations welcomed the likes of Chance The Rapper, Green Velvet, FKJ, Jamie Jones, and Andy C.