Instagram celebrity and singer Montana Tucker has opened for the likes of Pitbull, Flo Rida, and Lil Wayne, but her next booking takes a different turn as the star of Thomas Gold‘s music video for hit track “Begin Again.” Tucker dances the viewer through the video, first on a neighborhood street, and next in a pink wonderland of a bedroom. She also lip syncs the male vocals, giving the video an interesting twist.
Gold makes a cameo a minute in, handing off car keys to Tucker who dances the video away from there. Gold spoke with DA about “Begin Again,” as well as working with Tucker for the video.
“‘Begin Again’ marks kind of a milestone for me. I went back from the downtempo stuff (like ‘Magic’ and ‘Dreamer’) to a more uptempo vibe, but the production still has a crossover approach. To me, this kind of defines the 2018 summer sound, and I am super excited about the video we did – it features Montana Tucker all throughout, in different scenes and places. I met her when we shot the video, and apart from her super cool acting, it was a lot of fun to work with her!”
Gold released the track on Armada Music, and it showcases his diverse production abilities as he goes in a different direction with his sound. Gold is kicking off his summer with an Asia tour, and will certainly be dropping the catchy track throughout.
Trance fans have their newest fixation thanks to Kaion and Sam Valar’s newest collaboration, “Windseeker.”
“Windseeker” is reminiscent of the old school trance produced by Armin Van Buuren with its pulsing chords, uplifting vibe, and mystical vocal accents. Valar sent DA an exclusive quote about the track, talking about the process leading up to perfecting the final product.
“Kaion and I are really pleased with how the track turned out. It took a few months to get it just right, but that’s what allowed us to create something with such driving energy. The original idea was to spark the listener’s emotions by juxtaposing classical elements in the break (like bells and strings) with huge chords in the drop… and I think it does just that. We’re excited to release it, and we can’t wait for what’s to come on Nanostate Music.”
While Valar is relatively new to the scene, Kaion has had a multitude of releases on labels such as Armada, Black Hole Recordings, and Ride Recordings among others. He has since started his own record label named Nanostate Music, which “Windseeker” is being released on.
Arty continues on his progressive house streak with happy new tune “Rain.” The Russian producer is known for his dual production personas, Alpha9 and Arty, and he has released an impressive volume of music between the two monikers as of late.
“Rain” is a bouncy track that opens to ethereal vocals and falls into an upbeat drop. The track is perfect to build the energy of a crowd, and it is out now on Armada.
For many, the process by which a song goes from a producer’s bedroom to the top of the charts is a mysterious one. Luckily, the video accompaniment to ATFC & David Penn‘s “Hipcats” — released via Armada‘s house imprint Armada Subjekt — sheds some light on the procedure.
The video follows a puppet Hipcat as it progresses from bedroom producer to Armada signee to top-of-the-world DJ. A tongue-in-cheek look into the machinations of the music industry, “Hipcats” itself is a serious tune. It blends an old-school house vibe with an energetic, modern twist built on a foundation of a rumbling bass and catchy vocals.
Between the the quality of the production and the intriguing video, “Hipcats” stands poised to make a big mark on the summer festival season.
“Hipcats” is available for download on Beatport here.
Super8 & Tab are undergoing what is perhaps one of the biggest evolutions of their career. Having been iconic members of the Anjunabeats family for as long as most can remember, the Finnish duo have now moved onto new pastures that make up Armada Music.
Their move came from a desire to expand their sound with full creative freedom, and expanded they have. “Seconds Away” comes as one of the first revealed singles from their inaugural two-part album on the label — appropriately titled Reformation — and it is a veritable big room anthem made for the stadium.
Sarah De Courcy’s vocals complement the piece’s cavernous, robotic synthwork nicely, smoothing out its rough edges and making for a pleasant breakdown addition amid the surrounding chaos. Subtle piano chords and moving melodies complete the “Seconds Away,” giving it a more trancey feel.
“We first played Seconds Away live at ASOT 800 in Utrecht back in February 2017. Ever since it’s been hard to keep this track as an ID but finally now we can release it. We wanted to create something a bit different and had this baseline idea but it was Sarah deCourcy’s vocals that really took this track to a totally new level. She’s an amazing talented artist!” – Super8 & Tab
“Seconds Away” will be released as part of ‘Reformation’s’ first part, on February 23. Pre-order it here.
Whether he is releasing under the moniker of Alpha 9 or Arty, Russian producer Artem Stoliarov is on a roll with new releases. His newest single under Arty is titled “Sunrise,” and the feel-good track takes him back to his progressive house roots.
April Bender’s vocals serve as a focal point for the song until the drop, which is an upbeat chord progression fit for a night out. Arty commented on the release:
“It’s important for me to continue making the music I enjoy the most and ‘Sunrise’ definitely falls into that category. It’s both a milestone and an incredibly important track in my career as I get back to my Progressive House roots and I’m extremely excited to officially share it with my fans after successfully sneaking it into my live sets for the past few months.”
Dancefair, a conference that is often regarded as a hot spot for electronic music education, has announced its 2018 dates along with event details. A haven for industry entrepreneurs, Dancefair focuses on producers, DJs, modern musicians, and music professionals.
It’s essentially the electronic music conference for electronic musicians.
The Danish producer has previously released singles on major labels such as EMI, Parlophone, Ultra, and Size Records, amongst others. Hawkins’ newest single, released on Armada Music, is an extension of his artistic evolution over the past five years. While Hawkins originally got his start producing acclaimed big room tracks such as “Jump!” and “Hot Steppa,” one could argue that his body of work has shifted in conjunction with the evolution of future house in Europe and North America.
“M808” accompanies tracks such as “Klobber” and “Wombo” that characterize Hawkins’ more recent body of work, which is a testament to future house’s evolution, as well as Hawkins’ artistic ingenuity.
Eelke Kleijn deepens his bond with the Armada family as he brings his ethereal progressive sound into the label’s fold. This time, he lands on Bearded Man for a short, but sweet re-work of Shelter Point’s “Fuse.”
The veteran wraps a minimal, yet emotive canvas around the original’s vocals, enhancing its haunting feel through poignant piano chords and soaring synth melodies. That said, despite its more somber undertones, it listens as quite a euphoric piece as a whole — one that allows listeners to get lost in its hypnotic fold and put their hands in the air.
Shapov and the Singapore/America trio Trouze have officially released the piano-driven, emotive “The Way,” which made its stellar debut at Axwell / Ingrosso’s’s sold-out Heineken Music Hall show at ADE last year. Between the track’s stirring vocals and propelling melodies, Shapov and Trouze have once more solidified their stance in dance music.
After having begun 2017 with his Four Corners EP and subsequently bringing in 10 million streams on the work, Shapov toured tirelessly throughout the summer. He performed at Tomorrowland twice and also hit innumerable festivals along the way including Electrobeach, Los Alamos, Electric Love, and Parookaville, to name a few.
Meanwhile, Trouze has been steadily making strides into the electronic scene, appearing on Armada and Mixmash, and collaborating with venerable artists like Elephante.
If the two continue pumping out tunes as hauntingly beautiful as “The Way,” it’ll soon be impossible for the dance scene to look in any other direction.