Hailing from France, one of house music’s most sonically versatile acts, Mercer, showed little to no mercy amidst his set at this year’s Hard Summer. Hitting the stage for his highly-anticipated deliverance was an equally satisfying spectacle filled with edgy, hard-hitting grooves.
If his recent works on Tchami’s label Confession served as no indication of his uncompromising abilities, his hip-hop grooved set at HARD will definitely do the trick. It’s in-your-face performances like these that launched Mercer in the electronic sphere in the first place. Listen below.
Prince Fox has had a busy summer after releasing hit “Just Call” alongside Bella Thorne, which hit 1 million Spotify streams in just two weeks. The LA-based producer is back for his second release on Dim Mak, which will undoubtedly garner the same success for him given its impressive experimentation into future pop alongside Quinn XCII’s unique vocals. Prince Fox has blended downtempo chords with upbeat vocals to create a track that transcends genres and will surely appeal to music lovers of all genres.
Future funk producer, sexy saxophonist, and all-around spreader of good vibes, GRiZ, has been having a monumentally fun-filled 2017. The All Good Records head is gearing up to kick off his Summer/Fall tour with a sold-out two-day Red Rocks run, where he will be premiering his first live band experience, on Labor Day weekend.
As if all of this weren’t keeping the artist busy enough, GRiZ has been slowly releasing remixes in anticipation for a remix pack of his 13-track funk odyssey, Good Will Prevail. The timing couldn’t be better, either, as we approach the one year anniversary of the album’s original release this September.
The latest GRiZ track to receive a high-profile remix, this time from NightBass pioneer, AC Slater, premieres on DA today, Aug. 14. Featuring the soulful vocals of frequent collaborator Leo Napier, “Before I Go” encapsulated all the elements that have defined GRiZ’s saxophone wielding electro-soul aesthetic. Now, AC Slater has tamed the track’s meandering sax lines and whirling guitars and introduced upbeat percussive house elements and his signature rolling bass lines.
Today marks the first time that global powerhouse player Avicii has released new music since 2015.
After eight exhausting years of intensive touring around the world, Avicii, real name Tim Bergling, announced he was stepping down from the stage. Rumors began to swirl. In hindsight, Berling was simply burnt out.
Shortly after Avicii announced his early and unexpected retirement, Tim went on a rejuvenating journey across the States with his closest friends. It was during this transformational journey that Bergling was driven back to the joy of doing what had always meant the most to him — musical composition.
Today, Avicii releases his highly-anticipated EP, AVĪCI. Berling comments on the new EP,
“I’m really excited to be back with music once again, it has been a long time since I released anything and a long time since I was this excited over new music! My focus on this first EP of the album was to get a mix of new and old songs, some that fans have been asking about/waiting for mixed with brand new songs that they haven’t heard before!”
The project is a totally refreshed and reenergized take on his happy, upbeat progressive style, featuring collaborations with Rita Ora, AlunaGeorge, Billy Raffoul, Vargas & Lagola and Sandro Cavazza.
In an unexpected turn of events, the two producers released an eccentric remix of Post Malone’s smash hit “Congratulations.” And it’s far from the original hip-hop version heard in bars around the world since its release in late 2016.
Goshfather and Aylen have taken the original track and flipped it completely. Though it starts of relatively the same as the original, it slowly builds into a whole different animal. The drop just after the minute mark is completely unexpected in the best way. The two talented producers have turned a slow-paced hip-hop track into disco gold. They play with Post Malone’s vocals over a fast-paced dance beat that wrings out the overplayed original and gives it a fresh new life.
AC Slater‘s Night Bass imprint has been unavoidable for the past few years. In addition to steady releases of top-tier house and U.K. garage music, they have brought live experiences to festivals and clubs around the world. Now, the Night Bass leader is back with U.K. heavyweight Chris Lorenzo with an impressive new song.
Titled “Dope Slinger,” the track starts with a lonely, creeping tick before bringing in some synths and a distorted hip hop vocal. The song builds to an energetic drop, with a bouncing bassline and a club-ready drive, perfect for Lorenzo and AC Slater on the Night Bass Summer Phases tour.
“Dope Slinger” is available to download for free here.
Tomorrowland is on the verge of wrapping up yet another year of successful festivities in its picturesque Boom, Belgium location. Quite a bit of growth took place this year, with the festival announcing its intent to be a two-weekend event moving forward, renewing its contract with the local government, and more recently, the announcement of a potential return of Tomorrowworld in the states come 2018.
Weekend 2 allowed artists another chance to bring their A-game to the table, and from the sets that are just beginning to trickle in thus far, it looks like they met the challenge. Those who missed out on this past weekend’s action can immerse themselves in an array of sets across all genres, from DJ Snake, to Kaskade, to Seth Troxler.
Keep watch on this post, as more sets will be added as they arrive.
Martin Bresso, better known by Tchami, has released the official music video of his “World To Me” (feat. Luke James). This release comes as a precursor to Tchami’s Revelations EP, slated for an August 25th, 2017 release.
The French producer is most certainly one of the many pioneers in the future house genre. Tchami began using the term “future house” as a tag on SoundCloud, and it was eventually picked up by the electronic music industry and its leaders. His unique sound has led to remixes and collaborations with iconic electronic music producers like DJ Snake, AlunaGeorge, Martin Garrix, and Jack Ü.
The “World To Me” music video takes a step back and looks at a wide range of the diversity and beauty in humanity. Everyone’s different in their own ways, and that’s why people mean the world to other people.
Jay Hardway has been making waves recently. His track “Golden Pineapple” hit No. 1 on Beatport‘s Future House chart. The Dutch electronic music producer has now released “Need It,” and it’ beginning to climb the charts — unsurprising given Hardway spent two years producing it.
“I’ve been working on this track on and off for about 2 years. After multiple versions, I decided to stick with this version with a retro feel to it. The melody has always been the main part of the project, but I needed something to build up to it. So, I decided to work with friends and songwriters Dennis Baffoe, Rupert Blackman and Tim Boomsma, who immediately felt the song and had a good idea about what energy the vocals should have. I’m really proud of the end result and the track is always a very special moment during my sets.” – Jay Hardway
The track really gives off a retro vibe. The vocals begin the song with a comforting and reassuring vibe that then quickly moves into the pluck arpeggio that drives the drop. Hardway’s ability to maneuver around a chord progression and key signature is truly remarkable. “Need It” is a tune that I didn’t know I needed.
LA-based house heavyweight Wax Motif has released music through a variety of labels, including Fool’s Gold, OWSLA, Mad Decent, and more. With his most recent Tokyo EP, the Australian DJ and producer adds Tchami’s Confession label to his impressive résumé of imprints.
The EP, while only consisting of two songs, gives a thorough taste of Wax Motif’s signature style. The title track, “Tokyo,” pairs an entrancing synth lead with a bouncing bass line, creating a classic bass house song. The producer then flexes his G-House stylings in the second track, “Make It Rain.” Using a pitched down hip-hop sample, Wax Motif seamlessly weaves together a song with deep growls and an upbeat groove ready for any dance floor.