As house music continues to permeate through 2018, Paul Oakenfold has delivered his exquisitely melodic dancefloor memento, “Only Us,” via Tiësto‘s Black Hole Recordings. Oakenfold fittingly debuted the track during his set for Moscow’s World Cup Fan Fest.
“Only Us” is dance pop done right. With help from fellow UK-native Little Nikki, whose magnetic vocals deliciously accent the track’s momentous, one-night-only theme – accompanied by lofty, atmospheric synth chords and walloping percussion.
Oakenfold, a three-time Grammy nominee, has been an integral figure in the worldwide trance and house arenas for decades, acquiring lucrative residencies all over the globe in dance music epicenters like Pacha of Ibiza, Ministry of Sound in London, and most instrumentally, Cream in Liverpool. Before his ascent to dance music’s short list, Oakenfold worked alongside hip-hop icons like the Beastie Boys and Run-D.M.C as an agent/manager in the ’80s, launching his Perfecto Fluoro imprint soon after.
Teamwork makes the dream work, and in the EDM arena, there’s no better all-star captain than the venerable Diplo. The “Get Lit” Will Smith has slowly been making his way into a musical comeback, and now, he’s on the starting lineup with Nicky Jam and Era Istrefi for Diplo’s FIFA 2018 World Cup anthem, “Live It Up.”
In previous years, World Cup anthems have beared some resemblance to their host countries — see Shakira’s “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” as just one notable example — but Diplo’s Latin-flavored EDM jam, on the other hand, oozes the pop troupes and preferences he’s come to align his production work with. “Live It Up” doesn’t even vaguely align itself with Mother Russia. Instead, it dabbles in the high-energy, horn-heavy, layered tendency of popular music that’s taken the world by storm on tracks from artists like J Balvin.
Though Smith has just two verses on the track, “One life/ One dream/ One moment/ One team/ One you” and another where he almost sings, “You wanted it/ You got it/ The whole world is watching/ So let’s get this popping,” he sounds fatigued. His singular points of reference echo the singular approach to this worldwide arena primer. And while the track’s general appeal lies in it’s relatively formulaic approach, “Live It Up” contains all the classic elements of a summertime highlight and will inevitably morph into a hit given the World Cup’s status as the most-watched television event in the world.
FIFA players might now consider themselves officially on ZHU‘s ‘Blacklizt.’
The beloved Electronic Arts video game franchise linked up with ZHU to bring his clothing line to a pixel perfect portrayal in the video game series, offering ZHU’s line as a wearable option for game players. Thanks to the fashion conscious collaboration, players can now sport a sleek black jersey emblazoned with ZHU’s logo, making for a perfect ‘play’ in an aesthetic league.
ZHU’s clothing line has proven itself emblematic of style not only on the electronic field, but in social circles as well. Gyasi Zardes of the Major League Soccer team, the LA Galaxy, accordingly donned the ZHU embossed jersey at FIFA 18’s launch event last night.