Kicking off with deep and dark vocals, the tune soon progresses to an extraordinarily energetic buildup that unleashes havoc with melodies, slippery synths, and incredible chord progression. Bassjackers, Breathe Carolina, and APEK take things down a bit after the first chorus to emphasize a filtered pluck that leads us into the next drop. “The Fever” is all about buildups, synths, and festival vibes and is a head rush you’ll actually enjoy.
Bruno Carlo Oggioni, better known as Dr. Shiver, is the newest member of Protocol Recordings with his latest release of “Something,” featuring Kazi.
The Italian producer made his debut in the dance music scene with a remix of Candi Stanton’s 1986 track “You Got The Love.” Prior to kicking off his DJ career, he dabbled in the classical spectrum as a musician, specializing in piano and hammond and working with some of the biggest names in the industry such as Pharrell, BB King, and Little Louie Vega. Now, he’s got the attention of Nicky Romero, one of the biggest names in the game, as his latest track was released off the Dutch DJ’s imprint.
The track definitely gives off some old-school house vibes, with a bassline that consists of piano melodies and electronic key chords under Kazi’s catchy vocals that sound straight out of a blues club. Those melodies and vocals build up into an upbeat, rhythmic drop accompanied by funky guitar riffs.
Dr. Shiver is set to play at ADE in October at the Protocol showcase, so expect to see more out of the up-and-coming producer.
Alan Walker has had no shortage of tracks lately, his clean sound alongside a strong vocalist — whether it be in remix or original form — has been his craft for years now.
“The Spectre” is a single rooted in the sound on which Walker built his fan base. If the melody sounds similar, there’s a reason. Walker initially released “Spectre” in January 2015 and has re-released it with a fresh set of vocals for a new sound entirely. The 2017 rework is an energetic electro track that pounds the listener with major chords and overarching lead synths for a classic sound.
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Sometimes you just want to relax. Well, search no further for a soundtrack to such a mood, this week’s Launchpad playlist has you covered. Narrowing in on the indie electro and nudisco genres, you’ll find a varied collection of electronic productions under soothing, hypnotic vocals. We know it’s not always easy to relax, but hopefully this playlist will help make that happen.
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NEW ARTIST ALERT! Los Angeles’ BAER (by way of Taiwan) is one you should watch out for. The singer comes through with an incredibly groovy track on “What Does It Matter,” her first release in a year. BAER clearly has a very talented production team working with her, because every element of the song is top notch, from her vocals to the synth-heavy downtempo production.
Reminiscent of other male-female duos like Sofi Tukker or AlunaGeorge, DAVVN (pronounced “Dawn”) sticks with the proven formula of really strong production combined with haunting, siren-like vocals to round things out. The duo has just released their second single to the public, “Hold This Love” and they’re clearly on to something big.
BAER – “What Does It Matter” DAVVN – “Hold this Love” Lanna – “Nobody (feat. Jodi Valentin)” Chester Lockhart – “Kiss” Ruby Haunt – “Freeway Crush (Nutrition Remix)” ELKI – “Thunder” Mic Raygun – “Just Dream” Ansible – “Color Me Threatened” Jack Colwell – “Don’t Cry Those Tears (remake) [feat. Fennesz]” IVOURIES – “Regret It” Ani Glass – “Geiriau” Pho Queue – “Downtight” Betty Moon – “Life Is But A Dream (Birdee Remix)”
Hailing from Spain, Michael White is very quickly climbing the charts within the electronic music industry. He’s recently released his powerful and filthy “Angel’s Anthem.”
Michael White begins “Angel’s Anthem” by slamming the listener with trap samples and deep orchestral elements. The drop is uplifting and completely unexpected, but still has White’s signature filth and grime implemented. The four-on-the-floor rhythm makes “Angel’s Anthem” a club anthem as well.
New York City-based duo Disco Fries has been on a roll this summer, releasing new singles almost every month and collaborating with brilliant vocalists/producers such as Great Good Fine OK and Jared Lee. Their production style has definitely changed over the years, as Nick and Danny have taken their sound in a new direction with a more upbeat electronic, pop-y vibe.
However, they have gone right back to their roots with a remix of Rita Ora‘s hit 2017 single “Your Song.” It has been a while since they’ve released a remix (as they mentioned in their description of the track on SoundCloud) and being that their career kicked off by remixing hit, top 40 music, they definitely put a positive spin on the original. They add chord progressions/piano riffs to the verses to compliment the beauty of Rita Ora’s voice and build it up to the drop in a way that sounds effortless. The drop doesn’t hit too hard, but hits just enough to get the crowd moving, as the high-pitched lead synths and bass guitar combo give the song a funky, house vibe.
So far his hit “First Time” with Ellie Goulding has gone platinum, he’s released a documentary detailing his rise to fame on Apple Music, and hit a slew of the most reputable festivals around the world. Only continuing to build upon his wide range of successes, Kygo took to the stage and gave his fans a reminder that things are only looking up on the production front. In a show-stopping performance at his home in Norway, he unveiled a brand new track dubbed “Stargazing.”
Kygo later went on to upload the two brief, yet mighty clips to his Instagram story giving fans a tantalizing taste of what to expect on this gorgeous new track. Take a listen.
Progressive and electro house producer Define Light is back on Tasty a year after releasing his popular collaboration with Miles Dominic, “Elsewhere.” The new track, “Sky High,” is true to its name and was produced in a church bell tower. It’s along the same vein as “Elsewhere,” with soaring leads, progressive melodies and a solid house groove.
However, the progressive aspects of the track soon evolve into harder, more energetic elements in the drop: a driving bass line that gives power to the low-end and a lead providing the harmony. Overall, “Sky High” has a rich and full sound, fitting right in with Define Light’s discography.
Last year, Bingo Players’ Maarten Hoogstraten polished up a 10-year anniversary tour to honor his late partner Paul Baumer. Baumer passed away from cancer in 2013, and Hoogstraten has continued to produce music under the moniker, noting that Bingo Players will always be plural.
In addition to “Attention,” Bingo Players has also released “Bust This,” “No. 1 Disco” and “Tic Toc.” Hoogstraten follows these releases up with perfectly crafted “Beat The Drum.” The track is littered with snappy vocals, synthetic bass and a perfect four-on-the-floor beat for clubs. It’s a dance floor anthem and is also extremely infectious and funky in sound design, especially during the drop. “Beat The Drum” is a powerful tune to add to Bingo Players’ already stunning discography.
The 80s are back in Neon Tiger‘s debut album titled Paperback Sunset, as the album artfully combines Indie Rock with electronic music to create a unique blend of genres. Neon Tiger is an indie-electro hybrid spin off from Australian DJ/Producer Maarcos. Paperback Sunset brings lyrical emotion to the fore, with songs like “Neon Rose” and “We Can Run” telling stories of love. “Summer”, along with some other tracks on the album, also feature Neon Tiger as a vocalist. Other vocalists featured throughout the album include Coyle Girelli, Sunsun, CONWAY, Color Drive. Norman Doray, and Barbara Tucker.
Paperback Sunset features 14 tracks, and if you purchase the album on iTunes, you receive a free digital booklet as an extra.