Slip into Silk City’s ‘Especially 4 U Vol 2’ mix [Stream]

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Listeners looking to let their ears slip into something silky can look no further than Diplo and Mark Ronson‘s second volume of Silk City‘s Especially 4 U mix series.

The Silk City constituents flaunt the finesse of their disco house domination in the one-hour mix,  a cool caboodle of Silk City edits of recent releases from Drake, Dua Lipa, and Post Malone–among others from DJ Koze and more–and retro, rhythmically indulgent disco flavored delights. Disco ball not included.

Dua Lipa discusses her forthcoming Silk City collaboration, here.

H/T: Billboard

Dua Lipa discusses forthcoming Silk City collaboration in new interview [Watch]

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Dua Lipa paused the production of her second album to speak with Rolling Stone about what is sure to be an album standout: a collaboration with Diplo and Mark Ronson crafted under the duo’s Silk City alias.

“It’s something different, but it does lead into some of the new music that I’m going to bring in my albums,” Dua Lipa said of the joint project, “It’s got some throwback elements to it, it’s dance-y, it’s still a pop song.”

An official music video will accompany the song’s impending release. Dua Lipa did not indicate whether the Silk City/Dua Lipa matchup would be released as a lead single ahead of the album’s arrival.

Photo Credit: movie 92.5

H/T: DJ Mag

Dua Lipa rumored to be the next ‘Bond’ theme vocalist

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Dua Lipa might just be the voice behind the new Bond theme.

UK synth-pop stars Years & Years followed the recent release of their sophomore album, Palo Santo, with a BBC Live 5 interview during which the band accidentally intimated that Dua Lipa would potentially lend her vocals to the latest theme track. “I thought they’d ask us to do the theme tune but I think Dua Lipa is doing it,” Years & Years’ Mikey Goldsworthy stated when asked to speculate who would follow in Sam Smith‘s footsteps to voice the latest theme. Smith won the 2016 Oscar for Best Original Song for his 2015 Bond theme, “Writing’s On The Wall.” Goldsworthy promptly asks if he wasn’t supposed to say that, then commented, “I don’t know, I feel bad now. I’ve ruined everything. Well, hopefully, and then we’ll do it.”

The “Scared To Be Lonely” vocalist previously stated that she would love to do the long running spy franchise’s titular track, though admitted she has not recorded anything for it, “…so far.” The next installment in the Bond series, rumored to be called Bond 25, will hit theaters on October 25, 2019.

Listen to Years & Years’ full BBC Live 5 interview, here.


NMF Roundup: Yellow Claw bring the heat, Elephante tugs at heartstrings, SLANDER remix Above & Beyond, and more

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The most important day of every week: New Music Friday. As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed.

Sydney producer JVLY teams up with the sultry SARAI to create a groovy atmospheric tune full of pulsing synths and clean high hats.

The production trio known as Brohug take the original “Too Good To Be True” and turn it into a vibrant house heater that entices dancing from beginning to end.

Blasterjaxx and Bassjackers perfectly execute a dynamic big room track, with a heavy kick and mesmerizing lead synth. Festival-goers will stand no chance.

If future house is on the agenda for the weekend, then Jay Hardway and Mesto are claiming their spot with a track that bounces with stuttering synths and a catchy repeating vocal, leaving some of us not wanting to be saved.

Building anticipation for their new album on June 22, the Yellow Claw duo release yet another silky tune featuring Rochelle, full of brassy horns and a fat snare.

Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa sound like a dream duo, until Valentino Khan comes along and puts his spin on “One Kiss,” turning it into a classic house beat riddled with alluring piano.

Elephante taps on the powerfully elegant Nevve to bring “Otherside” to life, that speaks about trying to remember a dream you had and the pursuit of getting back to it.

1788-L creates a literal “CYBERSPACE,” by building an epically cinematic and intricate track full of gritty synths that makes one feel as if they really are in the future.

SLANDER create their own emotional rendition of Above & Beyond‘s “ALWAYS,” that dramatically builds from minimal elements to an all encompassing drop.

Melbourne duo Two Can deliver a melodic beauty “Got Habits” in the form of one knocky wood block, a hypnotizing vocal, and strategic synths.

Delicate guitar riffs ring, as deep bass slowly take over on Tom Budin and Kopa’s splendid new track “Things Change.”

Australian multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Mickey Kojak, delivers a refreshingly unique tune full of retro vibes from the arpeggiating pluck to the funky bassline.

The mysterious In.Drip. project feels something like driving in the rain. With his crispy yet mellow beats, laden with his effortlessly gentle voice that delivers verse after verse, he makes any drive a pleasant one.

ZAXX pulls on the heartstrings in “Together” with playful xylophones and a huge synth drop, that leaves the listener in a world of their own.

Newcomer OTHER creates a catchy tune from his soulful voice reminiscent of Blackbear and Mike Posner, to the clean guitar and exciting electronic drop.

Oliver Heldens delivers a deep house remix of Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa’s ‘One Kiss’

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Calvin Harris dropped three remixes of his most recent Billboard success “One Kiss,” with Dua Lipa. Oliver Heldens, ZHU, and Jauz each had the pleasure of remixing the Scotsman’s production.

Heldens gives the original his signature deep house, murky melodies. The distorted bass creates a stark contrast between Lipa’s optimistic, top-end pop vocals and the body-trembling, low-ends of the hook. With a bed of organ synths, Lipa’s voice produces that giddy anticipation of attraction while the drop pulls the rug out from under the listener, falling deep in love on the dance floor.


MUST LISTEN: ZHU Remixes Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa’s ‘One Kiss’

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The high-powered remixes of Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa‘s smooth funk house jam, “One Kiss” are rolling in. After garnering more than 200 million Spotify plays since it’s initial release, bass house maestro Jauz put his dark and dangerous spin on the track, taking the pop/dance music crossover hit from the poolside club into the underground. Now ZHU catapults the track down into it’s deepest, darkest depths with pounding rhythms, sensual arpeggiated synths, and palpable house energy.

Fresh off the success of his Ringos Desert Pt. 1 EP release, Steven Zhu ups the ante with his official remix of “One Kiss,” likely  one of the year’s most impressive dance cuts. Steeped heavily in ZHU’s signature ominous house stylings, the cloaked LA-producer transforms the bright, retro-inspired original into a dark, steamy composition that is yet another show of his truly cinematic skill in the studio. After dimming the lights on Lipa’s bubbling vocals, adding in some whispering falsettos of his own, ZHU continues to prove he is truly a musical auteur.

Calvin & Dua Lipa’s ‘One Kiss’ gets an underground treatment from Jauz

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Jauz is one producer with a penchant for bending the rules and mastering his own genre of bass. The LA-based artist recently took on Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa‘s smooth funk house jam, “One Kiss,” and injected the bubbling crossover hit with a few of his own unique rhythms.

The Jauz treatment is a catchy club rendition marked by the artist’s signature deep, dark, and dangerous bass and an underground basement groove appeal. The track falls in line with Jauz’s recent turn from the harder styling of his bass house sound stamp and into a more vibe-driven deep house direction.

Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa deliver mesmerizing new video for their song of the summer, ‘One Kiss’

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Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa perform ‘One Kiss’ live on the BBC

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 33

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA music editor and staff writer Robyn Dexter. With a taste that can only be described as eclectic — to say nothing of a name that lends itself to punnery — DA is happy to present a selection of tracks personally curated by Dexter for your listening pleasure.

Fresh off his debut album in October, KRANE continues to wow. His latest is a stunning remix of Dua Lipa‘s “Be The One.” Backed by top-notch sound design throughout and a series of dramatic, fluttering synths in the chorus, KRANE’s crafted a beautiful rendition of an already tiptop song.

After months of waiting, dubstep fans finally have new Dodge & Fuski material. Turns out they’ve been working on an 13-track album, humbly titled The Greatest Album of All Time, and “Mistakes” with PhaseOne and The Arcturians is one of its latest singles. The Disciple track is one of pure energy. It’s packed with the heavy wubs we know and love from both bass acts, along with haunting vocals from The Arcturians that give the track a unique flavor.

Koven kick off the sophomore installment in the Monstercat x Rocket League collaborative album series with a drumstep original, “My Love.” Katie Boyle’s heartfelt vocals put a more lighthearted touch on the verses, but other parts of the song are a whole different animal. The duo have put together a track that exudes intensity in the best way, making it the perfect kick-off for the forthcoming compilation album.

Unlike Pluto has tapped into my nostalgia. Last Friday, he released an incredibly emotive cover of My Chemical Romance‘s 2004 hit, “Helena.” His vocal-centered rendition strips down the original track to a slower-paced ballad that oozes pure emotion and passion. Unlike Pluto’s voice is so well-suited for this track, and I’ve found myself re-obsessed with it 14 years later.

Seven years and countless remixes later, Porter Robinson‘s “Unison” remains one of the greatest hits of the early “EDM” era. It’s been reworked, revamped, reshaped, and re-imagined into genres across the board — and some are truly a treat. This latest one from SYN is a substantial contender. The mysterious producer ushers in the iconic melody before plunging listeners into a sea of glitchy bass. It’s raw and harsh, but in the best possible way.

H/T to DA managing editor M. Cooper for this one.