DJ Snake has been hyping his sophomore album since last summer, and while he’s kept fans at bay with a handful of hits over the last year, anticipation for the upcoming LP is reaching a fever pitch. Now, as the record creeps closer, an official title and release date have surfaced, signaling to a massive summer blockbuster, now known as Carte Blanche, on the way.
Recently, a rumored tracklist surfaced online including contributions from ZHU, Burna Boy, Bryson Tiller, Majid Jordan, and more. The tracklist also includes a French Connection posse cut with Tchami,Mercer, and Malaa, along with the sweeping Cardi B and Selena Gomez-assisted hit “Taki Taki,” “Try Me,” and “Loco.” Carte Blanche is set to land on July 26 via Geffen Records, arriving nearly three years to the day after Snake’s debut LP, Encore.
DJ Snake has been hyping his sophomore album since last summer, and while he’s kept fans at bay with a handful of hits over the last year, anticipation for the upcoming LP is reaching a fever pitch. Now, as the record creeps closer, a rumored title, tracklist, and release date have all surfaced, signaling to a massive summer blockbuster on the way.
If the rumored tracklist is to be believed, ZHU, Burna Boy, Bryson Tiller, Majid Jordan, and more are set to feature on the record, now tentatively known as Carte Blanche. The tracklist also includes a French Connection posse cut with Tchami,Mercer, and Malaa, along with the sweeping Cardi B and Selena Gomez-assisted hit “Taki Taki,” “Try Me,” and “Loco.” Carte Blanche is set to land on July 26 via Geffen Records, arriving nearly three years to the day after Snake’s debut LP, Encore.
Tucked along the Romanian Black Sea shores, NEVERSEA Festival is bringing another four days of electronic music eminence to the Constanța coast.
NEVERSEA’s July 4-7 lineup is complete with upper-echelon radio-ready talent and underground emblems alike. From Afrojack to Andy C, DJ Snake to Dubfire, Steve Aoki to Sub Focus, there are plenty of aural avenues for electronic lovers to peruse throughout the extended weekend. House and techno heathens should trickle over to the Temple stage to find clandestine club space veterans like Hot Creations founder, Jamie Jones, Bucharest-based Arapu, and masked minimal techno enigma, Boris Brejcha. Meanwhile, dubstep/drum ‘n’ bass devotees will find their footing along the Ark stage, where Sub Focus, Andy C, Flux Pavilion, and Rudimental are more than likely to be inciting high-speed sonic riots.
The beachfront festival has the ingredients to satiate dance-pop and underground audiophiles all the same, while challenging them to step out of their sonic comfort zones in the process. Last year’s installment saw roughly 210,000 visitors across its four-day span, with performances from Armin van Buuren, Lost Frequencies, Nina Kraviz, Black Coffee, and more via its genre-traversing lineup.
The NEVERSEA team has proven adept on the Eastern Eurpoean event front, heading another even more voraciously attended festival, UNTOLD. The Transylvanian trove of electronic talent welcomed upwards of 350,000 visitors for its 2018 leg. UNTOLD will usher in its fifth installment this August, with the likes of NERO, Bastille, David Guetta, Pendulum, and dozens more. Find the lineup here.
Tickets to NEVERSEA, the full lineup, and general festival information are available here.
Flashing back to April of this year, DJ Snake extended his interminable archive of notable collaborations when he unleashed his hip-hop blockbuster, “Enzo.” The posse cut showcased A-listers including Offset, 21 Savage, Gucci Mane, and Sheck Wes, and now the track has received a boost from Snake’s masked affiliate and fellow Pardon My French teammate, Malaa.
Those attending EDC Las Vegas this summer received a fleeting introduction to Malaa’s bouncy rendition of “Enzo” making him a clear candidate to handle the first official remix. The Ferrari-denominated flip is a welcomed pivot for those craving a quicker tempo than DJ Snake’s original cut. This is far from Malaa’s first remix for Snake— it’s inevitable that the duo ready a proper collaboration, especially considering the two are rumored for back-to-back performances at this year’s Hard Summer and Electric Zoo.
Each week, New Music Friday sweeps through with torrential force, showering streaming platforms with immeasurable amounts of new tunes. Just like Dancing Astronaut rounds up 25 of the biggest songs of the week for the Hot 25 Spotify playlist each New Music Friday, Lunar Lunes serves as a landing pad for SoundCloud users who want a whole new dose of tunes to kick off the work week.
Alesso links with TINI for a mellow summer tune, “Sad Song,” and Botnek ramps up the intensity on “Jiffy.” Haywyre takes on Martin Garrix’s “Summer Days” in a delightful, piano-infused remix, and DJ Snake taps J. Balvin and Tyga for the feel-good “Loco Contigo.” Sonny Fodera’s crafted a remix of Dom Dolla’s “Take It,” and Merk & Kremont bring the heat on “KIDS.” Conro takes to Monstercat for a new original, “All I Want,” and Uproot Andy offers a spicy remix of Sofi Tukker and Bomba Estero’s “Playa Grande.” SYN brings the bass on “Danger,” and Pleasurekraft doesn’t hold back on a rework of Adam Beyer, Layton Giordani, and Green Velvet’s “Space Date.” Ephixa and Heartful have delivered some synthwave goodness on “Sundance,” and Justin Caruso continues his slew of edits with a new combo of Brohug vs. Valentino Khan, “DatDatDat.”
The commercial success of “Taki Taki” considered, DJ Snake’s choice to keep the Latin flair sauntering forth seems a tactful one. “Taki Taki,” the sizzling smash that recruited Ozuna, Selena Gomez, and hip-hop’s punchiest performer of late, Cardi B, for features, set up shop at the top of Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart for 14 weeks following its September 2018 debut. The multilingual Latin heater’s music video meanwhile managed to attract one-billion views in just 16 weeks.
If the question is whether DJ Snake will be able to keep the Latin-stylized musical momentum going moving forward, then “Loco Contigo” is the formidably affirmative answer. The bilingual slow burning number invites J. Balvin and Tyga for audacious auxiliary verses. J. Balvin smoothly delivers his lyrical sentiments in Spanish, while Tyga exerts the finesse of his fierce flow atop a languid background beat. So buckle up for a bit of brand new Snake-sponsored lunacy.
Orange County native DEVAULT has rapidly made a name for himself over the past two-years, thanks to enamoring original releases and high profile remixes for everyone from Alessia Cara and DJ Snake to Rihanna. The 22-year-old has demonstrated his prowess in house, deep house, and even bass-laced tunes, but he has been showcasing a new side of himself in 2019.
At the beginning of the year, DEVAULT teased upcoming four-track EP, JADE, and released the first track of the compilation, “RUNWAY,” earlier this month. The track was what the producer dubbed as his ‘most energetic record to date,’ and it was a worthy taste of what was to come on the EP as a whole.
DEVAULT spoke with Dancing Astronaut about the project, explaining, “The goal of Jade was to push the boundaries of my own sound, as I felt when it came to a live performance there was something missing. I wanted to create music that’s my own version of club music, almost like a haunting runway show where I’m the curator for the night.”
“After my first EP, I felt like I needed to expand and push myself into something less polished, more in your face and raw. Like the initial scene from my video of the group of men vandalizing the car, I wanted to let out this side to me and it feels liberating. It’s instrumental focused, and something where I plan on releasing more music in a similar fashion. A place where the music and visual experience goes hand in hand,” DEVAULT added.
JADE is comprised of four tracks: “MAFIA,” “BLADE,” “RUNWAY,” and “RAINSTORM.” Each tells its own story, but all are unified by a dark energy and instrumentally driven sound. The producer notes that the best way to truly appreciate JADE is for listeners to immerse themselves in the accompanying film for the EP. The film is meant to be an open-ended, engaging experience where viewers can watch the characters seamlessly transition from scene to scene, in sync with the music. JADE is out now via Geffen/Interscope.
DJ Snake has released an absolutely stacked hip-hop posse cut, “Enzo,” featuring Offset from Migos, 21 Savage, Sheck Wes, and Gucci Mane. The French beatsmith continues his international production streak, closely following his a loaded Latin lineup of Cardi B, Ozuna, and Selena Gomez on the chart-topping “Taki Taki,” with a star-studded cast of rap’s current wavemakers.
“Enzo,” is fueled by Wes’ hyped vocals on the hook contrasted with lazy, swinging synths and heavy percussion action. Every one of the track’s verses carries heavy automotive themes, driven by each individual rapper’s signature flow.
Snake recently told Zane Lowe on Beats 1 the track started two years ago, before “Mo Bamba” blew up. He revealed a music video is coming soon that promises to be every bit as dripped out as the single. Snake also revealed that he has an album coming out this summer, though he managed to keep pretty tight-lipped with the details. Fire up “Enzo” below.
It’s 24 hours into Coachella weekend one and DJ Snake could have already won the top spot for not only most, but highest profile guest appearances in one act. The French producer performed at the Outdoor Theatre on Friday night, and when he dropped hit single and recent release “Taki Taki,” the song was performed live by not one, but all four of the featured artists on the track.
Ozuna came out on stage to perform his opening vocals, and was subsequently joined by Cardi B and Selena Gomez who rounded out the performance. Suzy Exposito of Rolling Stone recorded the entire performance, so those who were unable to catch the spectacle live are at least able to watch the moment online.
The official music video for “Taki Taki” hit one billion views just 16 weeks after its release, and now that the four artists have come together to perform the track live at Coachella, the song will undoubtedly continue to make waves thanks to its star studded lineup of artists and its feel good Latin vibes.
DJ Snake has effortlessly scaled to the top of the charts throughout the course of his career. From the unforgettable hit that cemented his place among the greats—”Turn Down For What”—to the comparatively more recent bilingual sizzler, “Taki Taki,” DJ Snake’s catalogue bespeaks successive accomplishment. Not to mention “Lean On” being one of the most streamed songs in history. With his experience as a storied DJ and producer, and newly, the founder of his very own record label, Premiere Classe, DJ Snake brings a breadth of expertise with him each time that he steps up to the decks.
Whether weekend 1 or weekend 2 of Coachella, electronic aficionados and fledgling fans of the genre alike can count on DJ Snake to bring his unparalleled stage presence and adept ability to read the crowd to both of his performances at Coachella’s 2019 iteration. View Coachella’s Weekend 1 live stream schedule in its entirety, here.