Quickly following up on the recently release of his eight-track compilation album, mau5ville: level 1, deadmau5 just teased more good news, announcing an upcoming collaboration with indie-pop phenomenon and fellow Canadian, Lights. The Skin & Earth vocalist has racked up hundreds of millions of plays over the course of a storied career, with a rap sheet that boasts LPs, comic books, acoustic work and more. Hot off the heels of some fan praise on the acclaimed Rob Swire collaboration “Monophobia,” deadmau5 had this to offer.
It is unclear if the new joint effort with Lights will come as a one-off, or a single from the mau5’s newly announced level 2 follow up, which he will begin teasing via his Twitch account. For now, the waiting game begins on the new Lights collaboration, though luckily, we have a full compilation of new work that still very much has our attention captured.
Another collaboration between Australia’s Wax Motif and Canada’s Hunter Siegel couldn’t come fast enough. After numerous teases of a new song — cropping up everywhere from club sets to Instagram posts — fans couldn’t wait to get their hands on this juicy new joint effort, and the pair follow up to 2016’s “All Night Man.” Now Waxy and his “No Neon” counterpart have finally delivered once again.
The guys finally come through with “Wassup,” landing by way of Tiësto’s legendary Musical Freedom imprint. The new setlist ignitor bubbles and fizzes with an energetic dance floor-ready groove anchored to a catch, quick vocal chop. “Wassap” perfectly blends both artists’ styles into a funky, bass-pumping house track with screeching, hunker-down-low breaks. Wax Motif and Hunter Siegel have a new burner that is undoubtedly headed for heavy club play all summer long.
Snails has teamed up with Kill The Noise, affectionately self-dubbed Kill The Snails, to create a heavy-handed metal/dubstep hybrid featuring Sullivan King and Jonah Kay. The new face melter, titled “Shake The Ground” finds Snails and Kill The Noise in the booth together ahead of their slated back-to-back performance at HARD Summer in August. Enlisting his OWSLA veteran contemporary on the new collaboration, Snails is officially launching his newly announced record label Slugz Music with his latest.
The track’s piercing, screaming vocals rattle over a pulsing bass backdrop. Screaming vocals pierce the listener to their core, and compliment the pulsing backdrop. “Shake The Ground” is exactly the type of assaulting output one would image would come from one of dubstep’s most venerated forces linking with bass music’s current reigning heavyweight. On the new release, Snails explains,
“We wanted to try something new and different on this one and bring our metal and rock n’ roll roots into the song. The energy of the crowds when we drop this song at festivals is what makes it all worth it. Really, really proud of this one!”
Two UK house stalwarts by the name of Chris have merged into what one might call a “supergroup” in the house arena. Anti Up’s members are largely celebrated figures in their own right; Chris Lake has forged some of the most infectious hits in his years on the circuit, from his 2011 electro hit “Sundown” to this year’s tech-based cut “Loose My Mind,” while Bristol’s Chris Lorenzo has carved his own niche in what some have labeled “bassline house.”
Together, they’ve upped the “Anti” in their raucous debut under their new project, “Pizza.” Both of their influences can be heard in the production, whose heavy basslines and chunky, low-frequency synth womps are ripped into by electro elements to command a wild reaction from those it touches. Vocal samples speaking of strong, alcohol-fueled pizza cravings make the piece even more appropriate for a party setting, or a keen trip down a hazy memory lane of one’s own similar nights.
It was only a matter of time before Lake and Lorenzo cemented their chemistry with a studio partnership. Their previous collaboration, “Nothing Better,” was an instant crowd pleaser that has amassed well over five million Spotify streams alone.
SOPHIE‘s recent album, OIL OF EVERY PEARL’s UN-INSIDES, provided the architectural blueprints for pop’s future. Experimental, vulnerable, and destructive in its reinterpretation of the pop’s most common themes; SOPHIE’s debut album was unapologetically avant-garde. The album’s message largely leans on the idea of paving the way for a whole new world, referenced both directly in the album’s track by the same name and in her contextualization of just what gender, radio-pop, and experimentation can mean. Having already worked with enormous acts like Madonna, Charli XCX, and Vince Staples, and even EDM mainstays like Cashmere Cat, Diplo, and Flume; SOPHIE is ushering in a new age of musical versatility.
Like SOPHIE, Lady Gaga too has come to define streaming era pop with her fearlessly experimental and ever-fluctuating artful pop brand. Recently, it’s become known that the two artists might be working together on new music and truthfully it seems like a union that might be long overdue.
While neither of the two has commented on matters yet, fellow mega producer BloodPop has suggested that the two could be working together. After he posted about SOPHIE’s recent debut album on Twitter, followers began asking him to get Mother Monster and SOPHIE together. In response, BloodPop simply liked the tweets and replied with a wink to one.
Following the release of his well-received sophomore album Joytime II, DJ/producer Marshmello fittingly linked up with Disney in a brand new music video for his hit single “Fly.”
The video— which debuted June 23 on Disney Channel during a showing of The Incredibles — is a brief revival of the classic animated series DuckTales, featuring fan favorites Donald Duck, Scrooge Mcduck, Huey, Dewey, Louie, and Webby up to their usual antics.
The part animated-part live action clip takes the gang crashing into an unknown planet in deep space where they encounter an interesting alien life-form…who can DJ?
Kanye West officially decreed we’re in for a G.O.O.D. summer, announcing via Twitter a slate of five albums that his camp would be delivering across the month of June, starting with Pusha T’s vicious Daytona, immediately followed by Kanye’s long-awaited eighth studio product, ye which debuted at a live listening party in Jackson Hole, Wyoming on June 1. Perhaps even more tantalizing was the confirmation of a joint album between Yeezy and fellow hip-hop trailblazer Kid Cudi. Keeping good on the schedule, Kanye and Cudi have delivered their first full-length collaboration, KIDS SEE GHOSTS.
As with Pusha and Kanye’s previous offerings, Cudi and Ye’s new LP follows the same seven-track design, all wrapped up in cover art by Japanese contemporary artist Takashi Murakami. The record, which continues tropes from West’s ye, features a large supporting cast with contributions spanning from André 3000 to Ty Dolla $ign, including Ratatat’s E*Vax, Mos Def, and posthumous credits from late New Orleans jazz figure Louis Prima, and Kurt Cobain.
The album’s initial upload mislabeled the track titles and order on all DSPs, though you can find the official track list and stream KIDS SEE GHOSTS below.
1. Feel the Love
3. Fourth Dimension [ft. Louis Prima]
4. Freeee (Ghost Town, Pt. 2)
6. Kids See Ghosts
7. Cudi Montage
It’s no secret that pronounced vocals are the crux of many a classic deadmau5 tune. Consider Greta Svabo Bech‘s feature on the indelible dance classic “Raise Your Weapon,” for example, or Knife Party and Pendulum‘s Rob Swire on “Ghosts N Stuff.”
Deadmau5 has searched far and wide for his vocalists, even going so far as famously enlisting “The Veldt” vocals from a casual Twitter submission. Now, it seems the mau5trap head honcho is headed back into his classic camp for a new collaboration with Rob Swire.
He’s teased the suspected new track with a short snippet on his Twitch stream, titled as “Monophobia” for the time being — which is defined as the specific phobia of isolation; a morbid fear of being egotistical, or a dread of being alone or isolated. Although it’s still in its early stages of production, it’s certainly got all the elements of anthemic production proportions.
Marshmello‘s new production, “You Can Cry,” is the quintessential collaboration the world has come to love and expect from the Buckethead producer since he gave us his Khalid collaboration “Silence” in the fall of last year.
His more recent pop-punk plunge aside, Marshmello has found comfort once again in transitioning between the hefty promises of his co-conspirator, Juicy J, and even sought to add another layer of emotional depth with James Arthurs vocal chops. He’s situated himself between catharsis and bubbling bass drops on “You Can Cry” in what might be the perfect hip-hop crossover fit for the radio — and ultimately, that’s anything but a hard place to be in.
God bless Twitter. It’s a lawless breeding ground for the Internet’s worst moments, but among many other uses, it has become a powerful vehicle for speedy, viral marketing grabs and not-so-subtle distribution channel for our favorite artists. Whatever Lady Gaga and Boys Noize are up to with the recent exchange of some very juicy tweets — we’re already salivating for more. In just three tantalizing sentences between them, the day’s reigning techno don and pop megastar respectively may have confirmed the collaboration we’re likely not yet worthy of.
Yes, of course it did, but what could this mean? Perhaps BNR‘s head honcho is writing a new track on Gaga’s next project? Is the “Perfect Illusion” vocalistlending her iconic vocals to a dark, industrial masterpiece? They each sound like a long shot, but the writing is on the Twitter wall for us to relentlessly pick apart. Who knows what came from Lady Gaga’s rather careless episode in Boys Noize’s studio? Whatever they’re up to, Lady Gaga and Boys Noize sound like a strange match made in electro heaven, and we’re already hooked.