Galantis and Yellow Claw have teamed up to produce an uplifting, summer feeler, “We Can Get High,” that sparkles in the high register with bright piano, summertime melodies, and vocals that inspire hope. The double duo shines in curating a happy environment with a douse of thrill and euphoria, smashing heavier kicks and dancing vocal chops into a casual dance skeleton.
This year, Galantis has teamed up with Passion Pit and OneRepublic, expanding their songwriting repertoire beyond genre confines. The collaboration with Yellow Claw marks a partnership in the dance music space where the Swedish duo sprouted from.
Yellow Claw comes fresh off their Danger Days EP, a heavy exposition that touches on their old sound while exploring other avenues of rhythm.
Flume‘s frenzied return to electronic earshot continues with a new collaborative effort with London Grammar, “Let You Know.”
Skittering analog interference, like an intentional skipping of a record, texturize the track, while reverb phases in and out like the aural equivalent of oil on water, as seen on the track artwork. Flume first set this swirling, incandescent visual motif in motion via the visualizer for his now infamous mixtape, Hi This Is Flume of earlier this year. Hannah Reid’s voice carries a swift, almost spectral presence, bolstering the otherworldly, journey-oriented through line of Flume’s resounding revamp.
“Hannah Reid and I wrote ‘Let You Know’ last summer,” Flume writes in a recent press release. “I was on a writing trip to London, was actually the same trip where I first met slowthai. Had been wanting to make something with Hannah for a long time and this one just came together really naturally in the studio that day.”
Zedd‘s come quite a long way from his humble beginnings of dance music stardom. The producer has proven himself a favorite among the pop community, with a myriad of stars like Selena Gomez, Ke$ha, and various others approaching him for assistance in their next radio hits. The next up on this list is Katy Perry, and the two have whipped up a sentimental, earworm of an anthem in “Never Really Over.”
Perry’s full-bodied vocals sound good in the summery foundation Zedd has created, which unfolds at a pace friendly for singalongs. Though poignancy is present within the lyrics, as it deals with the topic of pining for lost love, Zedd does well in balancing it out with breezy instrumentation and big builds that feel built for blasting with the windows wide open. Expect to hear it in soundsystems all over the country as it moves up the charts.
Making his the third consecutive appearance in the first five months of 2019, tropical house sentinel Kygo is retaking the reins at the forefront of the tropical house subgenre on his latest offering, “Not Ok” with singer-songwriter Chelsea Cutler.
Graceful guitar plucks held in the undertone of Cutler’s calming words set the pace for a shimmering summer production that unravels into the Norwegian producer’s banner tropical identity. Kygo brings forth elegant piano chords and another compelling melodic lead that is stylistically reminiscent of his earlier output from his debut album, Cloud Nine. The pairing provides an empathetic message about relationships, and ultimately, their demise, as Cutler concedes to a feeling of dejection across the lyrics in ‘Not Ok’.
The sultry creation follows Kygo’s addition to the upcoming soundtrack of the highly-anticipated Pokémon: Detective Pikachu movie as he joined Rita Ora for, “Carry On.” As Kygo continues to blur dance-pop boundaries, fans can only fantasize of an upcoming LP that could hopefully be on the horizon.
Martin Garrix, Macklemore, and Fall Out Boy all recently launched the same thinly veiled message on social media, alluding to what appeared to be a collaboration between the polarizing pop-rapper, Chicago-native pop-punk champions, and the “Dreamer” producer. Fans quickly caught on to three images all tagged minutes apart with the same caption, “I got this feeling on a Summer day,” sending the internet abuzz with speculation, and now Martin Garrix has confirmed the forthcoming joint effort.
The caption invoked the opening line of Icona Pop’s inescapable “I Love It,” though now Garrix has provided more concrete context for the upcoming release. Officially titled “Summer Days,” the track features Fall Out Boy’s rhythm guitarist Patrick Stump and the “Thrift Shop” rapper, and is due to land on April 25 on Garrix’s STMPD RCRDS.
Garrix has an impressive track record when linking with other artists, and he appears ready to add what many are expecting to be a summer anthem to his already impressive rap sheet of high profile collaborations with “Summer Days.”
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.