Flight Facilities go indie pop in new single with Aloe Blacc, ‘Better Than Ever’

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Flight Facilities go indie pop in new single with Aloe Blacc, ‘Better Than Ever’Flight Facilities Aloe Blacc

Flight Facilities are out with their newest single “Better Than Ever” featuring Aloe Blacc, and the song marks the duo’s continued experimentation with genres as they stray away from electronic and into soulful pop.

“Better Than Ever” is a feel-good tune that fuses vocoded sound effects, encouraging claps, and stimulating guitar riffs into a cathcy, radio friendly base. Blacc’s mesmerizing vocals captivate from the track’s outset, proving why he has been a highly coveted collaborator with electronic music acts. Flight Facilities allow Blacc’s voice to remain the highlight of the release, foregoing an electronic drop and choosing to use choir-esque elements as a complement to the track’s key elements.

The Flight Facilities duo comment on “Better Than Ever” in an official release, stating, “We try to explore all genres with our music, and ‘Better Than Ever’ may be as close to pop as we’ve ever been.”

Along with the new single, the artists have put out an eccentric music video featuring an itchy man on a bus. His itch can seemingly never be scratched, until a woman with long nails comes to scratch him as well. Then the entire bus joins in before the video plummets into a darker fantasy of ways the man’s itch can be scratched. “Better Than Ever” is out via Future Classic / Glassnote Records.

NMF Roundup: Valentino Khan remixes Tchami, Gryffin teams up with Maia Wright + more

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NMF Roundup: Valentino Khan remixes Tchami, Gryffin teams up with Maia Wright + moreValentino Khan 3 White Rabbit

It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

Valentino Khan tackles Tchami’s “Rainforest” in his latest remix, and Gryffin teams up with Maia Wright for “Body Back.” Lost Kings tap Marc E. Bassy for “Somebody Out There,” and Adventure Club unveil their Death or Glory Sessions. David Guetta remixes Idris Elba’s “On Life” as Jack Back, and Sullivan King reveals his debut album, including tracks like “If My Eyes Are Vampires (Your Body Is My Sunlight)” with TYNAN. Fox Stevenson, too, has a debut album out on Oct. 18, featuring songs like “All Night,” and Hardwell teams up with Deorro, MAKJ, and Fatman Scoop for “Left Right.” Henry Fong encourages listeners to “Jump Up” with his new single, and Flosstradamus and Megatone deliver “Bounce Back” after premiering the track with DA. Faux Tales has released his ethereal Hiraeth LP, and Madnap and Luma have collaborated on “Faces.” YehMe2 and Wuki “Throw It” on their new collaboration, and vowl. and Brock Wilson jointly release “recluse.” Justin Jay puts his own spin on NGHTMRE and A$AP Ferg’s “REDLIGHT,” and Boombox Cartel and Griff Clawson reveal “All I Want.”

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 this NMF.

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Joakim and Morgan Page enlisted to remix Flight Facilities’ ‘All Your Love’

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Joakim and Morgan Page enlisted to remix Flight Facilities’ ‘All Your Love’Flight Facilities

After exploring acoustic territory on their latest release, Hugo Guzman and James Lyell of Flight Facilities have enlisted two of electronic music’s notable artists to create remixes of “All Your Love” across genres. The original features vocalist Dustin Tebbutt on a melancholy, subtly groovy track, that now with its latest re-up was a sleeper opportunity for some stellar remixing from progressive house and pop crossover artist Morgan Page and French multi-genre artist Joakim.

Jumping right in, Joakim immediately grabs attention with his scintillating “Paradise” mix, whose production is just so good it made it onto the EP in instrumental and vocal mix form. Playing off of the synth run during the original’s bridge, Joakim builds an inviting, hopeful soundscape. Morgan Page takes another element from “All Your Love” and brings it out in true commercial house form, letting arpeggios dominate the song’s new sound. Letting elements of the original shine through, Page emphasizes the emotion from the track’s original form to evolve to a dance floor ready remix.

Life is Beautiful returns in 2018 with a comprehensive, star-studded fifth anniversary line-up

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Life Is Beautiful Music & Arts Festival is set to return to downtown Las Vegas with another comprehensive line-up, September 21–23, 2018. Now in it’s fifth year, the festival boasts some of the music world’s most sought-after headliners in The Weeknd, Arcade Fire, Florence + The Machine, DJ Snake, ODESZA, N.E.R.D, Deathcab for Cutie, Tyler, The Creator, and Justice.

If this group of star-studded talent doesn’t somehow tickle the ear drums, there truly is something for every musical taste this year. Also gracing the bill in 2018 is Bastille, Cold War Kids, Foster The People, and Wolfmother for the rock-minded music seekers. As the music industry’s most rapidly growing genre, rap and hip-hop is also well represented on the bill in Miguel, A$AP FergT Pain, and more.

Of course, electronic artists continues to dominate the event with trap extraordinaires RL Grime, What So Not, DVBBS, tropical house saxophonist Sam Feldt, rising star Elohim, Galantis, CHVRCHES, Alison Wonderland, Cashmere Cat, Gramatik, Lane 8, Party Favor, and Chet Porter.

Tickets go on sale April 26th, with general admission passes starting at $295 + fees. All information can be found on the Life Is Beautiful website.

ODESZA releases 3-track remix pack for ‘Higher Ground’ ft. Naomi Wild

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After a three year long hiatus from releasing new music, ODESZA finally unleashed their third studio album, A Moment Apart, last fall, much to fans’ skirmish delight. The Seattle-based duo, made up of Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight, hunkered down in their home studio in a winter’s long search of inspiration for their next project of PNW-tinged sounds. They arose from their creative cocoons with a 16-track Grammy nominated LP, which also premiered at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Top Electronic/Dance Albums Chart.

“We kind of rediscovered [our] sound, in a sense, and reconnected to it,” said Knight of the album, “It has flavors of what was, but is also something new and progressive.”

Now that the indie-electronic superstars have just wrapped their sold-out album accompanying world tour, the pair has tapped three talented producers for an official “Higher Ground” remix EP. From Flight Facilities‘ bubbly, upbeat take on the single, to Reske’s slow tempo, soulful rendition, to pluko’s ethereal, echoing landscape, each re-imagined track injects a distinctive new energy into the single, with added sonic elements for evoking different tones and moods. The strongest element of the three remixes, when taken together, is how they spotlight the strength of Naomi Wild’s angelic vocals, for which the original was primarily built around.