San Holo releases paranormal music video for ‘Light’ (watch)

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Dutch DJ and producer San Holo released “Light” in July 2016, a bruising future bass masterpiece featuring glowing, explosive synths, a playful melody, and soothing, uplifting vocals. Now, San Holo has followed up and dropped an official music video for the track, which stars two rather odd young adults who are living together in isolation.

The music video shows clips of the two who seem to possess supernatural powers levitating in mid-air, running from police during the night, and climbing the sides of buildings. The paranormal video is fitting for the futuristic-sounding song, as the two try to overcome their weakness of burning when coming in contact with light. San Holo’s music video for “Light” will have you captivated through intriguing imagery and otherworldly themes.

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Ferry Corsten’s ‘Blueprint’ is innovative, gripping and a true game changer [Album Review]

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Ferry Corsten is undoubtedly one of the most prominent, catalyzing forces behind the trance genre. The veteran Dutch producer seems to have been around forever, with an illustrious career spanning almost three decades – a tenure which can feel like three lifetimes in dance music years. Over time, Corsten’s evolution as a producer has been evident and fluid, with each passing album serving as a landmark in his journey. However his latest LP, Blueprint, is perhaps his most ambitious undertaking to date, as it aims to transcend the barriers of traditional trance confines and deliver a more wholesome, well-rounded package to fans.

Beyond the concept and execution, what elevates Blueprint even further is the way in which the record serves as a portal into the seasoned producer’s psyche; a true labor of love that showcases his willingness to constantly innovate despite having no compulsion to consciously push himself to such lengths.

What instantly distinguishes Corsten’s latest LP is the album’s astute usage of voiceover intros/outros for most of the tracks. Not only does this serve as a major differentiating factor with concrete marketability, but also gives the album a definite story line, making the process of listening to Blueprint a significantly more immersive and enjoyable experience.

Another highlight within the album’s complexion is the theme chosen by Corsten. A sci-fi setting for the collection’s narrative allows the author to tether humanity’s collective fascination with the final frontier to get his subliminal message across in a sophisticated, and inventive manner.

In examining the actual music, an intriguing aspect of Blueprint is how each song is anchored to a mood. A feeling is cemented within the listener by use of expertly constructed audio dialogue, courtesy of acclaimed screenwriter David H Miller. The album’s introductory track, “Reception” is the perfect illustration of this. The mysterious cinematic music is capably matched by an equally enigmatic monologue, immediately invoking a motif of suspense.  This concept is a bit of a masterstroke in itself, sparking the listener’s imagination and curiosity and thus ensuring audience engagement as the album progresses.

Corsten has paid evidently close attention to nailing the album’s other-worldly sound design, perhaps best exemplified in the album’s titular track “Blueprint.” The meticulousness weaved into the drums and chord progressions is immediately apparent, making the tun supremely enjoyable and easily one of the record’s strongest offerings. Another high point across the 17-track collection is “Vee’s Theme.” Its uplifting undertones are capable of raising the energy levels of any dance floor; a sonic characteristic mirrored by “Trust” as well.

Blueprint also features its fair share of powerful, driving, instant-classics inspired by old-school sounds. A quintessential trance cut, “Wherever You Are” falls into this category, featuring a heavy bass line and  quintessentially Trance, high-pitched synths, perfectly suited for large, open venues due to its infectious energy and atmospheric bass. But the most energetic track on the album is “Drum’s A Weapon,” a hard-hitting tech-trance beast with a dark, warbling bass line, vigorous 138 bpm beats and unmistakably evil synths; a throwback to a forgotten time where such music was the norm in Trance festivals worldwide.

While majority of the tracks are Trance, Ferry Corsten has strategically placed a few tasteful future bass tracks in the mix as well namely, “Here We Are,” “Piece Of You,” and “Reanimate.” Intriguingly, Blueprint also features a progressive house single, “World Beyond,” that clearly takes a leaf out of the legendary Deadmau5’s production book in both its configuration and sound design, delivering nine minutes of pure tranquility.

After listening to Blueprint, it’s apparent that the LP has a rather beautiful split personality- on one hand it can be viewed as a perfectly well produced album with serene music and well thought out, interactive dialogue and lyrics. On the other, it is a message that highlights and attempts to solve the glaring problems faced by humanity. Ferry Corsten has managed to communicate ideals of tolerance, love and peace – ergonomically packaged in the form a serene love story between Lucas and Vee.

 

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Martin Garrix and Troye Sivan release highly anticipated ‘There For You’ [Video]

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From Ultra Music Festival to Coachella, Martin Garrix has been teasing fans with his latest collaboration with Troye Sivan, “There For You.” The two have released the track with an official music video that features charming shots of Garrix and Sivan performing at shows and walking through scenic locations.

“There For You” deviates from Martin Garrix’s traditional big room style, and instead shows off a brilliant future bass melody consisting of a relaxed, yet moving bass line, uplifting lyrics, gentle electric guitar riffs, and of course, Troye Sivan’s enthralling voice. With a different sound than the typical, Garrix continues to surprise us with his artistry.

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Martin Garrix & Troye Sivan release new single and music video, ‘There For You’

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Martin Garrix originally premiered his new single, “There For You,” during the second weekend of Coachella. Vocalist Troye Sivan, the Dutch producer’s high-profile collaborator, joined the Garrix live on stage for its live debut – marking one of the weekend’s most publicized moments.

One month – and, seemingly, an eternity of hype – later, the two young artists have released their momentous collaboration in conjunction with its official music video. Marked by the jauntily soothing future bass style which has pervaded Garrix’s recent output, “There For You” is primed to be yet another hit fro the Dutch wunderkind.

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The Kite String Tangle – The Prize (feat. Bridgette Amofah)

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Australia has regularly been a hub for delivering some of future and bass music’s most innovative talents with established names like Flume, Alison Wonderland, and Knife Party all stemming from the country. Leaning more in the indie-alternative end of the dance world, The Kite String Tangle is best known for his vocal appearance on Adventure Club’s “Wonder.”

However, his solo project has been budding since then with left-of-center fans and the Brisbane talent recently announced a forthcoming album, of which he just released the second single, “The Prize.” Accompanied by Bridgette Amofah for a vocal duet, The Kite String Tangle begins the track with a house-based drum pattern before breaking down into a half-time assortment of wavering synths and chaotic yet cheery percussion with a splash of summertime funk.

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Alan Walker – Tired (Feat. Gavin James)

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Alan Walker has captured the electronic world’s attention over his short time in it with his alluring brand of bass-driven music. His singles, “Alone,” “Faded,” and “Sing Me To Sleep” have gained substantial traction and support from multitudes of producers, thus allowing him to climb the ranks to A-list status by 2017.

For his newest release, the producer has paired with vocal powerhouse Gavin James to create a touching composition “Tired.” James offers reassuring verses with his usual emotive approach, while Walker provides moving underlay with pitched-up synth bursts and a simple, yet impactful top line that flows well over the track’s bass-line.

“Tired” has already amassed over four million views on YouTube, speaking to the reach and appeal of both artists involved.

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Breathe Carolina & Dropgun – Rhythm Is A Dancer (Feat. Kaleena Zanders)

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Breathe Carolina and Dropgun have proven to be an idyllic pairing. Recruiting burgeoning vocalist Kaleena Zanders, the artists have forged an enthralling cover of Snap’s “Rhythm Is A Dancer,” which plays upon the original classic’s disco aesthetic while presenting an contemporary house clip fit for summer festival sets.

Kaleena’s vocals add warmth and depth to the otherwise airy concoction, which mixes retro-inspired piano stabs and guitar riffs with hard-hitting future house drops built for the main stage. Indeed, the overall sentiment matches the track’s title perfectly.

“Rhythm Is A Dancer” is now available via Spinnin’ Records.

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Kaskade dives into future bass in his remix of Tinashe’s ‘Flame’

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The breadth of Kaskade’s production capabilities never ceases to amaze the electronic music community. Ryan Raddon been experimenting in the lower frequencies as of late, as seen in his haunting, left-field “Beneath With Me”  collaboration with deadmau5 and the eclectic, Flume-like “Let It Out.”

Keeping in this vein, Kaskade presents a powerful remix to Tinashe’s hit “Flame,” which he begins by enhancing the original’s sentimentality through adding touches of piano chords that play up Tinashe’s vocals. As the track progresses, Raddon drives the track into a more festival-friendly direction with hearty bass and danceable snare rolls. Kaskade’s revision aligns well with the original production’s aesthetic, and will likely draw a brand new wave of fans to his legion from an entirely different side of music.

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Conro – Lay Low (Original Mix)

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Canadian producer Conro has already had an exceptional 2017, and the year’s not even halfway over yet.

On May 17, the producer put out his latest single on Monstercat: a laid-back track called “Lay Low.” Unlike his previous release, a high-energy remix of Martin Garrix and Dua Lipa‘s “Scared to be Lonely,” “Lay Low” emits a much more relaxed downtempo vibe.

David Benjamin‘s smooth vocals glide perfectly over Conro’s mellow beats in the track. The producer is consistently pushing the boundaries of conventional electronic music, and the remainder of the year is sure to be a success for him.

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Jackal – Summer In Your Arms (feat. Josh Congress) [Original Mix]

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While his catalog may boast a hard exterior, Jackal looks to show off a softer side to artist project with his latest release. The LA-based producer has shown immense versatility throughout his developing career with past releases dabbling in anywhere from trap to grime to hip-hop. In his new single, “Summer in Your Arms,” Jackal utilizes Josh Congress’ glowing vocals as a reference point to build a soft set of introductory chords before erupting with a radiant blast of effervescent synths. In the end, the up-and-comer’s clean production shines through in even a more melodic space.

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