Since launching his Fantastic Voyage collective three years ago, Justin Jay has come into his own as a musician—not just with his extensive band project that taps into numerous genres across the musical spectrum, but rather in terms of his overall approach to music which is to simply have fun.
Justin came up DJing house parties with the friends he is is still performing with today. Now, he gets to make music that embodies that spirit, oftentimes just adding a cool twist on a great party track. That’s exactly what he has done to NGHTMRE and A$AP Ferg‘s ‘Redlight.’
Before Justin Jay remixed this track it was exactly what one would expect from the pair of artists who claim production credit. It’s heavy, reeling, and oh so fitting for a playlist with the term “turn up” in the title. Then Justin Jay shows up and with just a little tweaking, turns it into an uptempo stepper.
It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.
Valentino Khan tackles Tchami’s “Rainforest” in his latest remix, and Gryffin teams up with Maia Wright for “Body Back.” Lost Kings tap Marc E. Bassy for “Somebody Out There,” and Adventure Club unveil their Death or Glory Sessions. David Guetta remixes Idris Elba’s “On Life” as Jack Back, and Sullivan King reveals his debut album, including tracks like “If My Eyes Are Vampires (Your Body Is My Sunlight)” with TYNAN. Fox Stevenson, too, has a debut album out on Oct. 18, featuring songs like “All Night,” and Hardwell teams up with Deorro, MAKJ, and Fatman Scoop for “Left Right.” Henry Fong encourages listeners to “Jump Up” with his new single, and Flosstradamus and Megatone deliver “Bounce Back” after premiering the track with DA. Faux Tales has released his ethereal Hiraeth LP, and Madnap and Luma have collaborated on “Faces.” YehMe2 and Wuki “Throw It” on their new collaboration, and vowl. and Brock Wilson jointly release “recluse.” Justin Jay puts his own spin on NGHTMRE and A$AP Ferg’s “REDLIGHT,” and Boombox Cartel and Griff Clawson reveal “All I Want.”
As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.
OWSLA‘s newest signee TroyBoi has been putting out songs at a juggernaut pace. Fresh off the run of his V!BEZ trilogy on the aforementioned label, he’s just made a pit stop over at Area 25 to remix Party Favor, A$AP Ferg & Juicy J’s smash anthem, “Wait A Minute.” He opts for a stripped-down, yet heavier direction, replacing the melodic bits and overall fluidity of the original of the original with a chopped-up, trap arrangement set to a lower tempo. Doing so makes the vocal parts sound more cunning as well, ultimately making TroyBoi’s take on the tune a hugely destructive festival weapon.
Outside his busy release schedule, TroyBoi is also gearing up for an expansive Nostalgia tour, which kicks off in October and sees the artist travelling across the states all through the end of the year. More information and presale tickets can be found here.
Few producers could rethink Alison Wonderland and Dillon Francis‘ lethal collaboration “Lost My Mind” with the unbridled audacity of bass connoisseur NGHTMRE. The DJ/producer has risen to the upper echelons of the dance space for his improbably impactful bass cuts. His take on the high-profile original surely doesn’t spare listeners from the heavy drops they’ve grown accustomed to from the Gud Vibrations boss.
Juxtaposed with Wonderland’s light, emotion-filled vocal moments, not dissimilar to the original, NGHTMRE’s rendition is tender at times, though torrential at its core. The track is apt to become a seamless addition to his prolific festival repertoire for the remainder of the summer and thereafter.
NGHTMRE is fresh off a multi-pronged remix package for his A$AP Ferg collaboration, “Red Light,” featuring offerings by Holy Goof, Effin, and Crankdat. NGHTMRE’s remix is out now on Francis’ IDGAFOS.
A$AP Mob members A$AP Ferg and A$AP Rocky show off their continued creative chemistry in their latest collaboration, “Pups.” Its centerpiece is a sample of DMX’ iconic “Get At Me Dog,” which Ferg and Rocky build upon with refreshed takes on the classic adapted to the present. True to both of the collaborators’ talents in wordsmithing, “Pups” is as intelligent and clever as the original single and time frame in hip-hop that they’re paying homage to.
Of the single, A$AP Ferg explains, “The project is about being from the hood, but having an intellectual mindset and going out and getting elegant things and doing elegant projects. Me, Valentino deals, and doing Adidas deals and being a face for Tiffany’s. It’s showing the elevation of an African-American young man. And beyond that, it’s just more of a mindset of you could be from any hood, you could be from a trailer park and be down in the trap, but you could become the Lord of anything. So that’s where the whole Trap Lord juxtaposition Concrete Chandeliers, Hood Pope, that’s where all of those things. It’s the enlightenment after the darkness. – A$AP Ferg.”
“Pups” is another single off Ferg’s upcoming EP, Concrete Chandeliers. A$AP Rocky recently joined Billie Eilish, Sean Mendes, and other star musicians as faces of Calvin Klein’s latest ad campaign.
Flosstradamus gives NGHTMRE and A$AP Ferg‘s “REDLIGHT” a bass upgrade in his brand new remix of the recent collaboration. In the original, A$AP Ferg’s punching verses feed off the intensity of shrill horns, drum rolls, and deep-seated drops, all of which imbue “REDLIGHT” with an aggressive, cinematic sonic personality that renders the track yet another hype-inducing number to bear the NGHTMRE stamp. NGHTMRE followed the debut of the hip-hop electronic hybrid with a VIP rework of the original, where NGHTMRE sank the song’s defining bass synths to a graver, low-end position.
NGHTMRE’s submission of the throttling original and rework of the aforementioned has now caught the attention of trap aficionado, Flosstradamus, who comes through with a hard hitting “REDLIGHT” revamp. Flosstradamus’ re-imaginative effort is no less potent than either of NGHTMRE’s showings. Flosstradamus preserves the adrenaline spiking horn work and A$AP Ferg’s verses. Much of the producer’s revision is audible in the tune’s builds, where Flosstradamus swaps out the simmering ascent of NGHTMRE’s original for a rise that is noticeably quicker in pace. The ascents momentarily give way to drops derivative of Flosstradamus’ trap expertise. As the trap veteran’s remix so incontrovertibly conveys, there’s certainly nothing weak about Flosstradamus’ version of the NGHTMRE fan favorite.
Party Favor’s latest effort will have one rushing to stream it—contrary to the track’s title. “Wait A Minute” sees the DJ tapping into his bassier, hip-hop side and enlisting proven genre heavyweightsA$AP Ferg and Juicy J. Electronic constructions take a backseat in the context of “Wait A Minute,” but nevertheless remain audible. A trap-esque background beat, courtesy of Party Favor, provides the unimposing foundation upon which A$AP Ferg and Juicy J lay their respective verses.
A$AP Ferg and Juicy J’s contributions take center sonic stage on “Wait A Minute,” a keyed up expedition into hip-hop sound that offers a glimpse of the style that Party Favor fans can expect to hear in fuller form on the producer’s debut album, LAYERS, due April 26. LAYERS will feature cameos from rappers Lil Baby, Rich The Kid, KingJet, and more.
NGHTMRE is on pace for a career year in 2019. The LA-based producer is known for his terrorizing bass synths, but he has proven himself capable of producing punk rock, rap, and more, each time defined by his distinct production style.
This year, the producer has been teaming up with various hip-hop sensations including Lil Jon for “BANG” and now A$AP Ferg for “REDLIGHT.” As he did with his previous Chainsmokers collaboration “Save Yourself,” NGHTMRE has come out with a new solo VIP edit of “REDLIGHT.” The VIP edit leans on deafening, intense bass breaks, toning down the “Hungry Fam” rapper’s versework, juxtaposing Fergs bars against the heavy low end drops to create a second main stage-worthy version of the collaboration.
Both the dance and hip-hop worlds have been on edge since A$AP Ferg and NGHTMRE announced their pending collaboration. Naturally, they faced high expectations for what would be in store. “REDLIGHT” has officially arrived on airwaves, and many would agree that the blistering track meets the standards set for it.
A villainous video serves as a fitting backdrop for the bombastic track the two collaborators have whipped up. NGHTMRE chose a simple, yet sinister horn progression to complement drum rolls, heavy drops, and menacing siren wails. The track allows A$AP Ferg’s titillating lyrics to shine through, making for a well-balanced crossover weapon that spells radio and main stage success. In fact, it might be one of the biggest pieces to date in NGHTMRE’s catalog.