French multi-instrumentalist and producer FKJ shared his collaboration with LA-based R&B vocalist and producer Col3trane appropriately titled “Perfect Timing” in the midst of his almost completely sold out North American tour. The project was sparked and the groundwork was laid after the two artists met in a studio in London after a year of trying this past October.
“It feels right getting to know each other rather than trying to make magic happen in such a small time,” FKJ shared in a press release, “At the end of our session, Col3 took some of my beats home with him. The next week ‘Perfecting Timing’ was one of the demos he sent back to me and my personal favorite.” FKJ continued, “I already had a melody in my head for it but what he came up with outdid what I had originally imaged… I haven’t produced for many voices yet, but I quickly realized that this is something that I love to do.”
“Perfect Timing” is a well-spaced and fluid dancehall beat that eloquently displays both artists’ unique abilities. Col3trane’s smooth vocals come in throughout the track with finesse, landing at all the right moments. The 19-year-old found his sound in FKJ’s work and leads it through a sonic dance. FKJ displays not only his ability to explore new ground with dancehall and working with vocals in his production, but also throws down an astounding, resonating, and above all, raw saxophone solo.
FKJ’s ability to create music live with seamless concentration and originality has caused a rapid rise in recognition since his debut. His “Live at La Fée Electricité, Paris” and more recently “FKJ live @ Salar de Uyuni for Cercle” videos shed perfect light on his ability to create soundscapes that are deeply human and completely out of this world while remaining perfectly in the moment.
FKJ’s North American tour has sold out shows in Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, Vancouver, Austin, Denver, Atlanta, two in New York and more. Col3trane recently announced that his upcoming EP Heroinewill be released this spring.
Gramatik teased a collaboration with Tom Morello in the spring of 2018, featuring Post Malone. Now a year later that track is out, except, instead of the rap-pop superstar the track features southern blues aficionado Gary Clark Jr.; and the result is nothing to turn one’s nose up at.
“Can’t Stop The Bleeding” is a wedding of masters and lovers of music. The track is a genuine Rock n’ Roll-EDM love child. Gramatik’s familiarity with producing bass-heavy backdrops for guitar riffs shines through. Morello, on the other side of this genre-bending track, is no stranger to head banging and rail riding and “Can’t Stop The Bleeding” allows the listener to do just that. While the union struts heavily underway, Clark Jr. provides a voice for the track that is guiding, soulful, and a very distinct type of loud. His words provide something for listeners to harmonize with and internalize. The guitar riffs and rhythm throughout the track blend and bleed together like brothers in arms, atop a groove that only comes from years of true experience.
From the opening measures of Medasin and Felly’s new collaboration, “At Fault,” it’s clear the pair make a complementary match. Felly and Medasin both exhibit the same chameleonic qualities in production style and aesthetic, effectively able to credibly cover hip-hop, jazz, surf rock, trap, electro-soul and more between the two of them. Coming together for “At Fault,” the pair craft a dreamy, downtempo hip-hop cut that’s primed for late-night-windows-down cruising.
The new collaboration signals a wave of upcoming material underway from the ALT:Vision producer, who was named Dancing Astronaut‘s Breakout Artist of the Year in 2018. On “At Fault,” Connecticut-native rapper Felly glides over Medasin’s tightly wound percussion sequences and hazy, atmospheric synth arrangements, rhyming around the constructs of Medasin’s calming beat for a perfect summer vibe that’s definitely worth repeated listens. Hear “At Fault” below.
Back in 2017, audio device manufacturer Sonos and Swedish home furniture giant IKEA announced a forthcoming collaborative project dubbed SYMFONISK. The new speaker concept was expected to blend Sonos‘ sleek tech with IKEA’s beloved design sensibilities for a functional smart speaker meant to compete with the Echo and Google Home devices. Now, as IKEA gives the world its first look at the new device, it seems both companies delivered in their respective areas of expertise on the new SYMFONISK.
While IKEA has yet to announce any official specifications for the new device, the official unveiling is expected to take place in Milan between April 9 – 14. Rumor has it the SYMFONISK could be used as a wall-mounted shelf and that it could even be equipped with Wi-Fi compatibility, as well as smart speaker functions compatible with light switches and dimmers. The SYMFONISK is expected to start shipping this summer, see the first images below.
“Feeling Good” has been making its way around the house and techno circuits for quite a few months now. The mellifluous stomper, which has been revealed as another BOT & Will Clarke, is almost too effective at getting stuck in the mind with its pitched-down vocal hook and creeping progressions. Paired with crackling analog elements, machine sampling, and acid blips at play below driving percussion, “Feeling Good” positions itself as a peak time jaunt capable of smashing the dance floor into bits. It’s this fierce personality that has led Claude VonStroke, Solardo, and other top tier talent have been giving the record a fair rinse in their sets throughout the festival season.
Tiger Stripes was also called into action for remixing duties—an act not seen much around the DIRTYBIRD nest, but one the label admires greatly. The Swedish producer adds a bit more of a melodic and spacey take to the original, adding consistency via distinctive synth stabs and even tougher percussion. Tiger Stripe’s version is equally adaptable to the peak time while standing completely on its own.
Prior to “Feeling Good,” BOT and Will Clarke enamored the dance world with “Techno (not techno).” They’ve made it clear that music with both their names in the credits is not to be missed.
Sometimes there are cultural icons so great, the media consuming public almost demands a collaboration of some sort—think Watch The Throne,Virgil Abloh and Louis Vuitton, or that time the Jetsons met the Flintstones. Now though, we might be coming up on one of those moments again as Shaquille O’neal confirms his latest venture as DJ Diesel—a collaboration with Diplo.
In a recent interview with Page Six promoting the third installment of his Fun House party concept, Shaq confirmed he’s in the lab with Diplo working on new music. The famed center even lit the beacon for a Skrillex collaboration, naming the two producers as figures to aspire to in the music space. Says Shaq,
“I really look up to Diplo and Skrillex. I’m working on some music with Diplo at the moment and would love to get in the studio with him and Skrillex soon,”
Outside of basketball, the 2016 NBA Hall of Fame inductee has enjoyed a colorful career in the arts—as a platinum selling rapper, a 5,000 year old genie, and most recently, a festival dominating DJ. However, if DJ Diesel can bring Jack Ü back together, that might be his greatest feat to date. For now though, we can at least expect to revel in another What a Time to Be Alive moment when Shaq and Diplo are unveil whatever it is they’re working on.
The wait for Martin Garrix‘ second collaboration with Bonn is finally over, with “No Sleep” landing on streaming platforms promptly at midnight CET on February 21. Their last partnership bore an uplifting result in “High On Life,” which enamored the EDM community with its sentimental lyrics and euphoria-inducing big room drops. Thus, fans were overjoyed to hear just after Valentine’s day that these two powerhouses had entered the studio together once again.
They’ve dubbed their new work together, “No Sleep.” This tune is a bit on the calmer side compared to their last, with a heavier focus on its instrumental parts and Bonn’s warm voice. That said, the track is oozing with the mainstream appeal that Garrix has mastered, and has just enough energy to it to be adaptable to both the main stage and at home listening.
Calvin Harris has what sounds like another chart-topper on his hands. A short, albeit sweet, preview for a new collaboration with English vocalist Rag’N’Bone Man has surfaced, signaling another hit is likely underway for the superstar Scottish producer.
Rag’N’Bone Man, Breakthrough British Act at the 2017 Brit Awards, is carving out success behind his rich, deep crooning. In the newly released preview clip for the forthcoming collaboration, dubbed “Giant,” the emerging singer’s smooth vocalwork is paired with Harris’ buoyant piano chords, in what sounds like a seamless follow up to last year’s sweeping Sam Smith-assisted hit, “Promises.” Preview “Giant” below ahead of its official release on Friday, January 11.
Idris Elba is already taking 2019 by the horns. He’s one of the most anticipated DJ acts on Coachella‘s recently released lineup, he’s launching a new comedy series on Netflix, Turn Up Charlie, this spring, and he’s leading the theatrical version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s famed musical, Cats. The UK DJ legend is co-starring in the film alongside Taylor Swift, and if he plays his cards right, he’s hoping to parlay joint work on the film into a collaborative studio effort with the Reputation megastar.
Elba and Swift co-presented at the Golden Globes on Sunday, January 6, and shortly after presenting at the awards show, Elba dished with Access‘ Scott Evans on his working relationship with the “Look What You Made Me Do” singer. Elba explains, “She’s got a really good heart and she works hard. I’m so excited to work with her in this film. Not only is she a musician but she’s an actress as well…she’s got chops.” Then, he further elaborates,
“This year’s been amazing because I get to play and make music a lot more and I’m hoping that…I might get Taylor and I to do a song. I mean, that would be great.”
The pair last linked on two tracks from The Weeknd’sMy Dear Melancholyin early 2018, and now the R&B star and French electronic visionary are priming fans for their next collaboration, arriving today in the form of a short teaser clip. Gesaffelstein’s LP debut, Aleph, first landed back in October of 2013, and he snapped a four year hiatus in December with the release of his sophomore album’s lead single, “Reset.” Currently, there’s no official release date for “Lost In Fire,” though with the newly surfaced teaser, expect the full single to follow closely.