Charli XCX and Galantis have teamed up on a new Super Mario-inspired collaboration titled “We Are Born to Play.” The track will be the theme song for the first-ever SUPER NINTENDO WORLD theme park, set to open in Universal Studios Japan this summer.
The track incorporates classic Super Mario sounds into a glittery, upbeat production carried by songstress Charli XCX’s vocals. The pop star makes an appearance in the music video as well, overlooking the colorful festivities in a pink tulle dress as people donning signature Mario hats traverse a cinematic Super Mario world with beloved characters like Mario himself, Peach, Toad, and more.
Since releasing her long-awaited third studio album Charli, Charli XCX has alluded to more new music on the way in 2020. Galantis recently closed out 2019 with two back-to-back NYE performances at Decadence AZ and Countdown. The Swedish hitmakers are currently on their Church of Galantis tour, and are also expected to deliver their own full length LP sometime this year.
Each week, New Music Friday sweeps through with torrential force, showering streaming platforms with immeasurable amounts of new tunes. Just like Dancing Astronaut rounds up 25 of the biggest songs of the week for the Hot 25 Spotify playlist each New Music Friday, Lunar Lunes serves as a landing pad for SoundCloud users who want a whole new dose of tunes to kick off the work week.
Galantis have canceled all their shows in the foreseeable future after one half of the Swedish duo sustained an injury. The electronic act made the announcement on Friday, Nov. 1 following Galantis member Christian Karlsson’s on-stage injury. Karlsson tore two ligaments during a festival performance at Escape Psycho Circus Korea in October. Galantis was set to play shows in Baltimore, Louisville, and Charlotte—all of which have since been listed as canceled. The tour will be on hold until Karlsson has fully recovered.
Galantis recently dropped off radiant one-off “Holy Water” and triple-threat collaboration with Mr. Probz and Dolly Parton, “Faith.” The duo celebrated the latter track’s one millionth stream on Spotify on Oct. 27. Galantis has commanded a distinct and steady momentum of releases this year, spanning pop territory with “Roots” and OneRepublic feature “Bones” as well as joint tracks with other prolific peers like Yellow Claw on “We Can Get High.”
Felix Cartal has released an impactful new video project in collaboration with Jacob Crawford titled “Right Now.” Within the visual, the Canadian DJ/producer tackles an issue that nearly all artists struggle with at some time or another, feeling stuck in a creative rut. To encourage his peers to prevail during creatively challenging times, Cartal took a trip to Los Angeles and recruited some industry friends for insight into what has helped them when they struggle with artistic vision.
The video opens to the text, “As an artist, I often feel insecure about my own work and look for ways to stay motivated. I love talking to friends in these moments… so I went to LA for one week, and asked some friends about their creative process. This is the result. Maybe it can help you too.”
The video shows clips of Cartal speaking with artists spanning Zedd to Anna Lunoe to Kaskade. He also speaks to songwriters Lights, K.Flay, Phoebe Ryan and many more. With such an expansive pool of participants, the visual is free to jaunt through a number of creative corridors. A number of notable artists, including Galantis and Steve Aoki, also opted to send in clips sharing the galvanizing message: “Don’t Wait, just do it right now.” The video itself concludes with Cartal sharing some reflective insight on his career thus far.
Cartal writes in an official release about his intentions for releasing the project, “I’ve always wanted to make a video to help inspire artists who are just getting started. Sometimes it feels like being stuck is something that only happens to you. It’s not true. Everyone feels that way sometimes. This video has been over a year in the making, and I’m so proud of it finally coming together. TO EVERY SINGLE ARTIST, CREATOR, OR HUMAN WHO’S EVER BEEN STUCK. THIS VIDEO IS FOR YOU!”
Dolly Parton is the latest star to enter the dance music side of the musical spectrum, and she’s chosen a strong partner in Swedish hitmakers Galantis. The finished product is a moodlifter, with Galantis employing a mélange of cheery chord progressions and rich basslines over a mid-tempo foundation. Flecks of woodwind and violin tie the atmosphere together, making for an ideal complement to the balanced tones of their A-list collaborator and Dutch vocal sensation Mr. Probz. “Faith” is tailor-made for the airwaves, and a fun step outside the norm for Parton.
Galantis have had a strong 2019, increasing their heightening their crossover profile through collaborations with OneRepublic and Passion Pit for “Bones” and “I Found U,” respectively. Meanwhile, after the release of “Faith,” Dolly Parton told Rolling Stone that she’d be open to future work with Galantis, pending the success of their first single together.
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.
ZHU and partywithray craft a sinister masterpiece on their new collaboration, “Came For The Low,” and Ekali and Kiiara are a dynamic duo when they come together for “Back To You.” Gareth Emery continues to bless the music world with his masterpieces with the installment of “Laserface 03 (Leaving You).” Nora En Pure has revealed her new EP, Homebound, and EDEN releases “projector.” The Knocks team up with Great Good Fine Ok for “Lucky Me,” and Audien brings some drum ‘n’ bass heat with “Reach.” Gryffin soars in his debut LP, Gravity, and Kaskade and Mr. Tape flex on “Come On.” Notaker crafts an otherworldly sonic journey on “From Dust & Ashes,” and Galantis unexpectedly team up with Dolly Parton and Mr. Probz on “Faith.” Moon Boots and Black Gatsby unwind for the weekend on “Whisper In The Wind.” Showtek and Gammer tell us how they really feel on their new collaboration, “EDM Sucks,” and Ryan Browne gives BIJOU and Tyler Graves’ “Crown” a rougher edge. Wilkinson shines on his new single, “Machina,” and Gramatik reveals Re:Coil, Pt. II, featuring tracks like “Don’t Give Up” with Ryan Shaw and ProbCause.
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.
Animated anthemic records are Galantis‘ sonic superpower—one that’s as apparent as ever on their latest track, “Holy Water.” The record touts all the trappings of a Galantis production: bright, piano-driven chords that ascend in upbeat fashion in line with the cut’s vocal, inescapably catchy vocal hooks, and buoyant breakdowns with deliberate dance floor appeal.
With its original lyrical concept, “Holy Water” has a freshness to it, despite its clear constructive similarity to past Galantis releases such as “No Money,” and evergreen electronic classic, “Runaway (U & I).” The radiant new addition to Galantis’ discography is an extension of the animated sound that first ensnared streamers when the Swedish production duo initially entered the scene.