Released on his HEXAGON imprint, Don Diablo collaborated with Hilda for a stunning single, “Wake Me When It’s Quiet.” The piece opens with tranquil piano riffs complimented by Hilda’s breathtaking, airy vocals. “Wake Me When It’s Quiet” begins as a goose-bump inducing ballad and slowly escalates into a gentle, electronic masterpiece.
At each climax, Don Diablo crafts an exquisite balance of bittersweet, melodic tones with emotive progressions of fluttery waves of bass and glittering synths. Hilda’s voice serves as the perfect, dynamic expression for the piece with her rich sound and impressive range. With his latest, Don Diablo has mastered his softer side by giving listeners yet another surprise from the renowned, versatile artist.
Ultra Miami is much like the ‘Coachella‘ of electronic music festivals in that its star performers often save a good deal of new material to debut throughout the weekend and the surrounding Miami Music Week. DJ Snake became one of the first wave of high profile DJs to show off his freshly-made wares when he took the stage on Friday night, sharing one particularly unexpected, and welcomed gem.
Taking on the working title of “When The Light’s Down,” the production presents itself as a lighter addition to the DJ Snake repertoire, inducing smiles with pitched-up vocal edits rearranged into a jubilant melody, a touching bassline that becomes the centerpiece of the ending, and steep future bass drops to maintain a high energy level. Hints of robotic sampling add just a bit of edge to the finished product.
Word remains as to where “When The Lights Down” is signed to — perhaps it’s his brand new imprint, Premiere Classe, which he also announced during Miami Music Week just days before his headlining Ultra slot. Other notable parts of his performance include bringing Tchami and Malaa onstage to debut their new collaboration, and J Balvin for their Latin-tinged single “Mi Gente.”
RL Grime isn’t a one-trick pony. He’s the undisputed king of trap music, and while the genre has changed considerably since Henry Steinway’s second moniker emerged — RL’s creative output has impressively adapted accordingly. Now he’s preparing to deliver his sophomore studio album, and address the differences between the state of trap music at the time of Void versus where it’s going in the era of Nova. Bridging that gap on his latest, RL has linked with Daya on “I Wanna Know,” dropping off a melodic piece of future bass that’s primed for heavy rotations into the summer months.
Daya, whose breakout came on The Chainsmokers‘ “Don’t Let Me Down,” delivers another anthemic performance, this time complementing one of the most sonically diverse RL Grime compositions in recent memory. It has been almost a year since RL Grime first began teasing his new Nova concept. Now, as it continues to materialize, “I Wanna Know” suggests we’ll find a lot more than just standard trap music when the LP finally drops.
Hot off of their collaboration with Dashboard Confessional, Cash Cash has a Valentines Day surprise for fans with new release “Jewel” featuring Nikki Vianna.
The track opens with an attention-grabbing vocal segment by Vianna with high pitched chords dancing around the backdrop. “Jewel” takes an unexpected turn when the drop hits with resonating future bass chords. While the production trio absolutely have their signature sound infused into the track, their experimentation outside of progressive house and commercial pop is a welcome divergence from their norm.
At only 22 years of age, Carl Garsbo is becoming one of Sweden’s most inimitable forces in the indietronica scene. Known to fans as Kasbo, he caught the early admiration of influential tastemakers ODESZA for his commitment to sweeping sound designs that are as organic as they are meticulously crafted.
After announcing his debut album last month, Kasbo returns to the gambit with a stunning new single, entitled “Your Tempo,” that he says helped him define what he wanted his forthcoming LP to be:
“‘Your Tempo’ is about expressing to the person you love there’s no need to stress. You have so much time to explore life and to explore each other, but the person is unable to enjoy the beauty of that since their mind is always at the next step.”
The track taps into Garsbo’s brand of soulful and evocative electronic music, featuring future bass elements that are as deep and organic as it’s soaring lyrics. “Your Tempo” is a refreshing ballad that stands out in an ever-increasing banal genre of dance music.
If the track is any indication of what is to come, one thing is certain: Kasbo’s first full-length album will be wildly intuitive and wise beyond its years. In support of his debut album, out March 23rd, Kasbo is also embarking on his first headlining North American tour this March, with the final stop appearances at both weekends of Electric Forest in late June.
Gustavo Rangel started producing music at age 14, thanks to an obsession with video gaming and his desire to incorporate gaming elements into music. One year later, the gamer turned music producer won a remix contest on Monstercat, and the rest is history. Rangel was the youngest artist signed to Monstercat at the time, and has been producing music ever since. The Mexican native now produces under the moniker Nitro Fun, and he is back with three new releases in the form of an EP Closure, which are out now on The Arcadium.
The Arcadium is a new label created for gamers looking for free music to incorporate into their content, thus being the perfect fit for Nitro Fun’s desire to incorporate gaming elements into his tracks. The three tracks each have a very distinctive style.
“Go 4 it” is upbeat and would arguably be the perfect backdrop for a Mario Kart game with its retro gaming vibe.
“Leaders” is reminiscent of old-school Porter Robinson with its elaborate combination of elements and commanding future bass framework until the song switches directions and leads into LoneMoon’s rapping and a harder trap drop.
“Keygen” has the capacity to get stuck in anyone’s head, and it is the hardest of the three tracks. Monstrous dubstep chords captivate the listener from the drop’s inception.
DJ/producer Jimmie returns with an official UK-style, dubbed remix of Two Friends‘ single “While We’re Dreaming” featuring Kevin Writer. This release follows the success of remixes for Portugal. The Man, Galantis, and more. The NYC-based producer is seeing millions of global streams and major buzz for his unique production style.
Jimmie takes the vocals and key signature from the original and adds his own melodic synths on the verses, taking it deeper on the drops with heavy bass rhythms under a catchy trumpet sample.
Julian Calor stands as one of Holland’s most talked about new producers, with a knack for producing technical, yet melodious EDM that far exceeds his years. Still only 24, the Dutchman has already dropped a full-length album on Hardwell‘s Revealed Recordings and headlined various festivals worldwide.
His latest track, “Run Away,” is another clear testament to his colorful and vibrant yet refined style. With hypnotic vocals courtesy of the ever-soulful Maggie Szabo, “Run Away” is an enticing mix of progressive builds and classic anthemic drops. Eminenlty captivating, “Run Away” combines a healthy dose of Calor’s dancefloor expertise with the power and drive of dance music’s newest frontiers.
Remember the days of combing your favorite music blogs for brand new tunes, years before the DSP arms race began, circa 2010? Perhaps not…that era seems like ancient history now. However, for those who do recall that time fondly, Hudson Mohawke is finally tossing out a long awaited piece of blog-era nostalgia with his elusive “Foxy Boxing,” which is now getting an official release after more than half a decade of online bootleg circulation. The Scottish beat maker is giving the rare tune away now, though fans have been salivating over this track’s release since 2011, when fellow LuckyMe labelmate Jacques Greene dropped an early, unreleased rendition of “Foxy Boxing” during a Boiler Room set.
The track, in its official, final version plays as an easily digestible instrumental with subtle vocalizing weaved into crisp multi-layered percussion arrangements. HudMo’s new, old giveaway is being released part of LuckyMe’s Advent Calendar series.
Illenium‘s breakout arguably career occurred when the Denver-based melodic producer was named winner of Kaskade‘s “Disarm You” remix competition. Fast forward three years, and Nick Miller continues to rise to domination on the festival circuit — most recently bringing his Awake Tour to Dallas’ Lights All Night and San Diego’s OMFG! New Year’s Eve Festival.
While in Southern California, Miller awed his NYE crowd as he unleashed quite the heavy-hitting surprise during his notable Kaskade remix. Armed with an ODESZA-influenced trap style drop, followed by 808 kicks in halftime, the live video edit (above) is being dubbed Illenium’s VIP remix. In so doing, Illenium further poises himself as an artist focused on taking a living approach to his live performance, all the while proving that he’s not just interested in pressing play, but pushing the boundaries of his sound and experimenting with evolving styles.