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.
Lady Gaga‘s new Las Vegas residency has been one of the most anticipated entertainment events in the country since its announcement over the summer. The show, known as Enigma, is a high-tech production launching at MGM’s Park Theater on Friday December 28. Earlier this year, rumors broke that Boys Noize and the Joanne vocalist were collaborating, and now with Enigma’s debut, Berlin’s favorite son took to Twitter to tease his involvement in the show’s production.
In the tantalizing Enigma teaser posted on Instagram, an animated female figure is whisked through a celestial transformation, ending with a chill-inducing “Hello, Gaga” at the end of the short clip. Boys Noize posted the video as well, suggesting that he’s adding to his already spectacular rap sheet in 2018 as his presumed collaboration with Lady Gaga is likely starting to reach the surface. Gaga will perform for the first time at the Park MGM a decade after the New Yorker skyrocketed into super stardom with her debut album, The Fame.
While Skrillex‘s “SICKO MODE” remix is still hot off the press, it appears the OWSLA boss and La Flame are already plotting additional co-ventures together. Travis Scott‘s smash hit is a strong contender for Song of the Year, and with Skrillex stepping in to extend the original’s shelf life with one of his most refreshing remix efforts in years, the chemistry between the two powerhouse artists is undeniable — and the pair are primed to capitalize on it.
In a recent interview with Billboard, Skrillex and Scott both reveal that during the process of finalizing the remix together new beats were inevitably shared, and the idea of future original collaborations seemed to develop organically before the “SICKO MODE” remix even landed. Says Skrillex,
“We were kind of hanging out in the studio and I ended up playing him a ton more beats. I like taking in everything organic and making everything natural. Doing something together in the future is definitely on the horizon, you know? It’s a vibe for sure.”
Diplo and John Mayer are reportedly working on new music together. At first thought it might seem like an oil and water combination, but the more one repeats it in their head, the more sense it actually starts to make. It’s one of the world’s foremost pop producers and EDM’s designated stepdad matched with one of the most prolific musicians of a generation, who both seem to have a genuine knack for not taking themselves too seriously while also dominating their respective crafts.
The “Close To Me” producer revealed the upcoming collaboration in quintessential Diplo fashion, remarking on the collaboration with a photo posted to Instagram… not a photo of him and Mayer — but it still gets the message across. There aren’t any concrete details yet on when John Mayer and the Mad Decent head honcho are set to debut their impending new music, or how much of it exists. Between his work with Major Lazer, Silk City, LSD and the former Jack Ü, perhaps a joint effort with Mayer could even turn out to be Diplo’s next super group. Who knows?
When Wavedash and QUEST collaborate, magical things happen – dark, twisted, bass-music-from-another-dimension magic to be exact. Whether co-crafting classic dubstep fare or linking for a full EPs, the group of producers always bring their A-game when creating together. Their latest single “BSTRD” unquestionably that continues that streak, with the added distinction of being among the first releases from NGHTMRE and SLANDER‘s recently minted Gud Vibrations imprint.
The track’s halting, glitchy intro sets the stage for head-banging euphoria, before detonating into an onslaught of squelching synths and relentless bass. “BSTRD” masterfully employs moments of silence to bring added impact to each section. The breakdown is less breather and more of an excuse for the artists to stretch flex their rhythmic chops, before once again priming a drop for impact. Wavedash and QUEST’s latest collaboration results in a certified setlist weapon that fuses technical brilliance with downright menacing execution.
THEY. dropped the music video for their Wiz Khalifa-assisted single “What I Know Now,” closely followed by a brand new collaboration with Jessie Reyez, “Broken.” The new visual is sure to set the tone for the duo’s highly anticipated upcoming Fireside EP, set to land on November 9. The impending project will reportedly feature contributions from Jeremih, Gallant, Vic Mensa, and Ty Dolla $ign.
The “What I Know Now” visual, directed by Amber Park, succeeds in bringing an array of concentrated elements from an entire era of music to the here and now. The horizontal grain from the handheld digital camcorders of yesteryear show a dark, grungy, visceral, live set reminiscent of the 90s — the compression effect on the guitar and chains hanging from the stage add to this end. The editing on the video, however, is something digital artists of that time could only dream of.
Sonically, “What I Know Now” remains contemporary. The LA-duo sing catchy hooks through subtle autotune and the presence of Wiz Khalifa’s high energy, status, and experience bring the message of the performance to light — they’re rock stars, they’re high profile, and they’re clearly confident about what they’re about to release.
The pace changes considerably on the EP’s second offering, “Broken” featuring emerging pop force Jessie Reyez. The smooth, heartbreak-inspired collaboration points to a well-rounded collection underway on Fireside, and certainly highlights the complements between Reyez’ infectious vocals and THEY.’s sleek R&B-influenced sound.
The next production to bear the “Benny Blanco” stamp will feature Calvin Harris as both artists recently announced in respective social media posts that announced the collaboration to come. Although neither Blanco nor Harris shared the name of the forthcoming track, the new jam is slated for an imminent November 2 release.
“I was always attracted to how much soul and musicality he brought to the table,” Blanco said in praise of Harris’s style.
The collaboration will expectedly tap into Harris’s distinctive ear for feel-good grooves. Already confirmed is the yet-to-be-named track’s impending use of Harris’s talents not only as a beat layer, but as a vocalist–-the “One Kiss” producer seldom sings, even on his own tunes. The song will follow Blanco’s well received Halsey and Khalid feature, “Eastside,” and Harris’s recent work with Normani on her latest two releases, “Checklist” and “Slow Down.”