In line with its title, Robotaki‘s latest bowed as a result of restlessness ahead of his upcoming EP. Either a “leak” or an “early unreleased demo,” “Restless” is an intriguing new original from the producer that is sure to work fans’ anticipation up.
A mellow opening that borders on glitchy with its sample work eases listeners into a palpable groove. Soon, however, the producer opens up his filters and calls upon streaking waves of synths to ramp up the energy in a bouncing drop.
His ability to meld the subdued with the energetic to form a style complete his own is what sets Robotaki apart in a crowded field. As if the early release weren’t enough to pique interest across electronic music, Robotaki made “Restless” available for a free download.
2017’s holiday season is a gift that keeps on giving. OWSLA announced on Twitter that Ekali and ZHU’s long awaited collaboration has not only been released, but it is available for free download.
The track, titled “Blame,” opens with characteristically ZHU vocals and pulsing synths as accents. An elaborate collection of chords roll into a delicate yet commanding drop taking the listener through a sonic journey. “Blame” is an interesting combination of low and high energy moments leaving the listener both soothed and energized after the tracks closing chord.
Ekali originally premiered the track at Life is Beautiful and later confirmed on Reddit that it was indeed a collaboration between him and ZHU. The track was released just as the Canadian producer’s Babylon tour has come to an end. Meanwhile, Zhu has been busy working on his collaboration with Adidas.
While remixes of the blockbuster collaboration pervaded 2016, “Shelter” has now received a refreshing facelift from multi-talented beatsmith JayKode. The LA-based producer lays down a charmingly sedative backdrop for the vocal anthem, transposing the vocals to give it an entirely new feel.
It’s a highly inventive spin on the track. As it happens, it was never meant to be a remix. “I had no plan to remix shelter since the original was perfect in every aspect,” JayKode writes. “I was actually working on a hip-hop instrumental and messing around with some guitars. Then I started plugging in different a capellas just for fun and when I plugged shelter in, it was complete magic.”
Listen to JayKode’s remix of “Shelter” below, and download it for free here.
Getter has surprised fans by releasing a new dubstep track, “Big Mouth” — available for free download. The nearly five minute long track has many different elements, with hard dubstep drops in the beginning that later on veer into a more trappy vibe.
“Big Mouth” even goes funk before slowing down the bpm for a softer segue back into heavy drops. Although the timing of the track’s drop was unannounced, the LA-based producer was bound to release it this fall as he is currently in the midst of his Big Mouth Tour.
Getter’s next show will be at EDC‘s epic Florida stop in Orlando on November 11.
In June, Maceo Plex veered away from the progressive and techno style which has defined his career with the release of Solar. Favoring narrative-driven, rock-inspired electronica to pounding club kicks, Erik Estornel’s sophomore album marked a significant artistic evolution and acted as the launchpad for his new Lone Romantic imprint.
For his first release since the LP, the artist has gifted his following with a beloved cut that celebrates both his left-field and club-leaning inspirations. Maceo Plex’s revision of The Smiths’ iconic “How Soon is Now” has long been a favorite in his DJ sets ― one which most fans had accepted would never see the light of day with an actual release.
Now, Estornel’s hectically soothing take on the ’80s hit is not only available, but has been published for free download. Featuring a stunning modulation of Morissey’s vocals alongside an energetic rhythmic reformatting of the original guitar riff, it’s scintillating to think that this already legendary edit has reset the clock on its extensive club half-life.
Attempting to capture a feeling that he experienced while watching Justice perform their new live show, PatrickReza delivers “Overdrive,” a track that hits hard on many different levels. Electro-house rhythms and basses layer flawlessly with sophisticated melodies that bring the track together and give it a solid sense of continuity throughout.
During Justice’s Sunday night set at Coachella, PatrickReza says he “saw everyone dancing, having a good time, present, and in the moment. No phones to block our view, just a crowd of people hungry for good times and good music.” With a track like “Overdrive,” the young producer makes it clear he is well on his way to delivering that very same feeling to his own crowds.
Keeping in line with his recent trend of politically-fueled topics, a new website, designed like a White House press document recently surfaced online. The satirical website offers details of Moby’s latest album, MORE FAST SONGS ABOUT THE APOCALYPSE, which he is offering as free download along with These Systems Are Failing.
The faux-briefing is written as fictional spokesperson John Miller. For those unaware, there’s hefty evidence of Donald Trump posing as a spokesperson for himself on numerous occasions dating back to the early 1990’s, often behind the pseudonym John Miller. In terms of political satire, Moby hits the nail on the head with this new freebie.
Take a look at the website and download Moby’s new record here.
KSHMR has fashioned an anthemic festival piece that draws inspiration from his ancestral roots. The former Cataracs proponent-turned-EDM titan drops off a brand new offering, titled “Strange Lands,” polished with Bollywood-esque sample selections and ethnocentric instrumentation. The most fascinating bit of KSHMR’s latest however, comes in the second half of the tune, where he masterfully experiments with psy-trance elements, utilizing traditional running bass-line and swift, impactful kicks. “Strange Lands” is indeed a bit of a departure for the “Back To Me” producer, yet perfect for the main stage nonetheless considering the track’s crafty play on big room sounds.
Things have been heating up for KSHMR as of late. In addition to a heavy tour schedule, he’s also due to drop his brand new and highly sought-after collaboration with Tiësto on June 16.
Listen to “Strange Lands” and download for free on SoundCloud:
Techno is increasingly stepping out of the underground confines it was once relegated to, thanks to artists like BlackGummy, Rezz, and LA’s Andre Haglund. Better known as Drezo, the 26-year-old producer has a knack for pulsing, ominous techno, though releases from his catalog frequently experiment with evident hip-hop and house inspiration.
For his latest offering, Haglund sticks to his warehouse roots with a dark new remix. Crafting an aggressive flip on Tchami and Malaa‘s “Prophecy,” the producer brands the once buoyant house tune with his sinister techno seal. Marking his first release of 2017, Haglund is offering up his remix free of charge.
Modifying the original with slight shifts in tempo and melody, the “Guap” producer swaps Tchami and Malaa’s playful bounce for a pummeling bassline. Chopping and layering the original’s sample selection with a heavy dose of reverb, Drezo adds another ace remix to an already impressive arsenal of inventive reworks.
Late in September, REZZ announced that she would be releasing a collaboration with rising producer k?d in 2017 – later noting that their forthcoming joint effort would likely be the first of many. The notion of the two artists joining forces makes sense, due to their stylistic authenticity and status as wunderkinds; however, their union is also somewhat unexpected, due to their stylistic differences. While REZZ is best known for her mid-tempo blends of techno and bass music, k?d’s reputation primarily revolves around his experimental spin on ethereal future bass.
However, the elusive young producer has proven his ability to channel the REZZ’s style in the past . “Mortem,” his Halloween release, seemed to be straight from the Alesia playbook – a major influence of Isabelle Rezazadeh herself. Now, k?d has released his followup to the aforementioned track, entitled “Vindicta.” For those who don’t speak Latin, its worth noting that “Mortem” and “Vindicta” translate into “Death” and “Vengeance,” which effectively applies to each track’s style. While there was a certain cold despair inherent in the musical essence of “Mortem,” its sequel is typified by pure, sonic rage. Catalyzed by quaking drums and strident synthesis, “Vindicta” will likely turn a totally new audience onto one of 2017’s most intriguing producers.