NMF Roundup: Valentino Khan remixes Tchami, Gryffin teams up with Maia Wright + more

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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.

Valentino Khan tackles Tchami’s “Rainforest” in his latest remix, and Gryffin teams up with Maia Wright for “Body Back.” Lost Kings tap Marc E. Bassy for “Somebody Out There,” and Adventure Club unveil their Death or Glory Sessions. David Guetta remixes Idris Elba’s “On Life” as Jack Back, and Sullivan King reveals his debut album, including tracks like “If My Eyes Are Vampires (Your Body Is My Sunlight)” with TYNAN. Fox Stevenson, too, has a debut album out on Oct. 18, featuring songs like “All Night,” and Hardwell teams up with Deorro, MAKJ, and Fatman Scoop for “Left Right.” Henry Fong encourages listeners to “Jump Up” with his new single, and Flosstradamus and Megatone deliver “Bounce Back” after premiering the track with DA. Faux Tales has released his ethereal Hiraeth LP, and Madnap and Luma have collaborated on “Faces.” YehMe2 and Wuki “Throw It” on their new collaboration, and vowl. and Brock Wilson jointly release “recluse.” Justin Jay puts his own spin on NGHTMRE and A$AP Ferg’s “REDLIGHT,” and Boombox Cartel and Griff Clawson reveal “All I Want.”

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.

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Gryffin taps Gorgon City and AlunaGeorge for final album single, ‘Baggage,’ shares ‘Gravity, Pt. 2’ release date

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2019 has served as an intensive campaign for Gryffin, with the artist’s announcement that he’s finalized the latter half of his long-awaited debut LP, Gravity. Having released the first arm of the project towards the end of last year, Gryffin wasted minimal time in the months thereafter, attributing a handful of additional album singles to his name, including “All You Need To Know” with SLANDER, “Hurt People” with Aloe Blacc, and most recently a high-profile union, featuring pop icon, Carly Rae Jepsen.

After exclusively revealing to Dancing Astronaut at Lollapalooza that the balance of his freshman album would arrive sometime before his reinvented live show kicks off this October, Gryffin officially announced earlier this week that Gravity, Pt. 2 is slated for an October 10 due date. The information arrived in tandem with the news that the album’s final single, “Baggage,” officially out today, would feature the likes of both Gorgon City and AlunaGeorge.

The “Baggage” arrival has proven an all but covert landing, as it hastily garnered ample anticipation after Gryffin test drove the track during his Perry’s Stage slot at this year’s Lollapalooza showing. Laced with AlunaGeorge’s sensuous, breathy vocals, “Baggage” sees Gryffin appoint UK-based duo Gorgon City for production backing. The quartet’s first-ever collaboration materializes as a perfectly poignant and danceable requiem to the summer season.

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îleSoniq commemorates sixth anniversary on Montréal’s île Sainte-Helene – photos by Susan Moss, Pat Beaudry, Pierre Bourgault

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Gryffin details ‘Gravity, Pt. 2,’ securing Carly Rae Jepsen for ‘OMG,’ and reinstating his remix roots

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In just a handful of years, San Francisco native Gryffin has asserted himself into headliner-status prestige, aside some of dance music’s most critically acclaimed acts. To formally discover himself atop the electronic apex, Gryffin shaped out a formerly untrodden pathway early on in his career by establishing an exhaustive record of hungrily streamed indie SoundCloud-hosted reworks, for Grammy-associated talents such as Ellie Goulding, Tove Lo and the late Whitney Houston. After formally anchoring down with a batch of original productions, including his debut release “Heading Home” in addition to “Whole Heart” featuring Bipolar Sunshine, Gryffin was properly equipped to roll out the first segment of his freshman effort, Gravity beginning in late 2017.

Meticulously stamped with Gryffin’s rhapsodic acoustic arrangements, Gravity, Pt. 1 surfaced nearly one year thereafter, having spawned six imaginative productions including “Nobody Compares to You,” “Remember,” “Just For A Moment,” and perhaps Gryffin’s most famed original thus far, “Tie Me Down.” After a mild interlude following the album series’ first arm of releases, the producer sought to conclude what he started with another scattering of singles during 2019’s first half. Four tracks have been credited to Gryffin’s name since the year commenced, including numerous high-profile collaborations alongside Slander, Aloe Blacc, and most recently, Carly Rae Jepsen. Surprisingly enough, the fourth output from Gryffin in 2019 was something that his core audience had been longing for as he re-entered the aural avenue that helped jump-start his career with an official remix for Shawn Mendes’ hit single, “If I Can’t Have You” this past July.

As Gryffin set his eyes on the premiere of “OMG” just days before he was bound to appear at Chicago’s Lollapalooza, he noted to his fans that the album was still slated for an early fall release, though he was still fine-tuning the project’s final tracklist. During the Saturday afternoon preceding Gryffin’s sensational GRAVITY LIVE spectacle during Lollapalooza Perry’s Stage sunset slot, Dancing Astronaut took the chance to down with him to learn more about his plans for Gravity, Pt. 2, readying its coinciding GRAVITY II LIVE show at The Brooklyn Mirage, honoring Avicii alongside Aloe Blacc at Coachella, and more.

During your Coachella set this past April, you treated fans to not just one, but two unreleased originals, including an early version of your ‪Carly Rae Jepsen collaboration, which is officially out now. How did “OMG” actually come together?

I basically had been working on that one for a while and the end of last year was when I really started finishing it. Ali Tamposi was the vocalist. She’s an incredible writer along with Andrew Wyatt, who are a lethal team that’s made so many smashes together. She was an amazing part of the song and she wrote an amazing record so once I finished the production on it, I was just sitting on it for a while. I was just trying to figure out what was missing in terms of who could cut it and some of the production elements weren’t quite there. I then played it at Coachella and as a Hail Mary. I messaged Carly’s team and said “You know what would be sick for this record is if Carly Rae Jepsen sung it.” Through some channels we got to her management and they were like “Hey so we actually really do like it and we’re going to play it for her. She’s super selective on this stuff.” Within the next day, they said that Carly loved it and wanted to cut it next week in LA. The next week I met her in the studio for the first time and we were cutting it and within the first five minutes of her singing the hook, I just had crazy chills. It felt really strong and I was so excited about it so it took me a couple weeks to finish it all up.

Towards the end of 2018, you released the former half of your debut album, Gravity and now you’re officially three singles deep for the latter portion of it with “All You Need To Know,” “Hurt People,” and now “OMG.” What can we expect from the remainder of the project and can you disclose any other collaborations you have in the works?

I’m basically finishing it up right now but I honestly can’t say anything about who’s on it. There’s some big things coming though and I’m trying to put it out in September because my tour starts in October. It’s just a matter of how fast I can finish up these records in the next few weeks.

This is set to be your first Lollapalooza appearance since 2017 and it wasn’t explicitly labeled on the lineup poster, so are we experiencing a ‘GRAVITY LIVE’ show or a Gryffin DJ set? Either way, what do you have in store for it? Any surprises we can prepare for?

So it’s going to be the live Gravity show. I’m going to have Quinn XCII for an edit of “Winnebago” and Elley Duhé is coming out for “Tie Me Down” so I’m really excited for that. For these multi-genre festivals, I try to always do it live and even though I’m on the Perry’s Stage, I felt it’s a better representation of my music.

Earlier this summer, you re-entered the remix game with your very first since 2017 with a spin of ‪Shawn Mendes‬’ “If I Can’t Have You.” What was the driving force behind the decision to release another remix and do you have a particular preference between doing those versus creating original music?

Nowadays I’m definitely a lot more focused on my originals with the album. I always like to do a remix because it’s fun and that’s how everything got started for me anyway… but I just haven’t prioritized it for a while. Shawn hit me up, asked me to remix it and we were communicating back and forth on feedback. It was a cool process working with him that closely and I just felt like it was a cool opportunity because I really liked the original. I immediately had an idea of what I wanted to do with it so it just worked out that way and I’m going to do remixes again for sure but right now it’s just total album mode.

Throughout the length of your career, you’ve obviously worked alongside a list of some impressive names. If you could narrow it down to just one, who was your favorite artist you’ve worked with?

That’s so tough because they’re all so different and awesome in their own ways. For a producer collab, working with Illenium was really cool because we just vibe on a personal level really well. We’re both from the Bay Area and we’re both chill people so it was a really fun process working on that record. On the vocal side, probably one of my best friends out of all them was Bipolar Sunshine. He’s one of my favorite human beings and he’s one of the coolest dudes ever. The Carly track was honestly really cool too because I had never really worked with an artist that was that big in the pop level so that was a cool experience. Even working with Aloe Blacc too.

That Avicii tribute at Coachella on the first anniversary of his passing was seriously nothing short of unbelievable...

Thanks man and it was Aloe’s idea too. I didn’t even put that on him at all. We were just planning to do “Hurt People” and he said to me “Hey, what do you think about this tribute?” So he was the one who pitched the idea and I had thought of it but I definitely wasn’t going to make Aloe do that. If he wanted to do it, I was down.

If you could pick just one release that you’re most proud of between all of your remixes, originals and collaborations, which would it be?

My personal favorite is “Nobody Compares To You.” That’s one of my favorite tracks that I’ve ever done because that was just a really meaningful record to me personally and I was really proud of that production. On the songwriter side, “Feel Good” and “Whole Heart” were both really fun to do. Honestly some of these upcoming ones too are big ones for me so I just really feel fortunate because lately I’ve been able to work with a lot of really cool artists on both the production side and singer/songwriter side so it’s been a good ride and I’m excited for the new music.

You’re set to premiere the official first performance of your GRAVITY II LIVE show at The Brooklyn Mirage just a couple of weeks following Lollapalooza. What do you have in store that we may not be able to experience here in Chicago?

It’s basically going to be the most Gravity II show of the tour. I’m not going to play the full album because it won’t be out by then but I am going to sneak in three or four new records that people haven’t heard yet so I’m really hyped about that. I haven’t even been able to go there yet but my team wanted me to play there so I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve got a lot a prep to do before then but everyone tells me that it’s the spot to watch music in the summer.

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Gryffin readies his Lollapalooza performance with ‘OMG,’ alongside a warm-weather Orbit Playlist

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Gryffin’s mellifluous presentation beneath the seminal Coachella fixture, the Sahara Tent, this past April reverberated through the livestream and well beyond. Aside from being joined onstage by omnipresent vocalist, Aloe Blacc for both an Avicii memorial and the unveiling of a brand new collaboration, Gryffin teased a second unreleased union alongside pop sensation Carly Rae Jepsen.

Not even two weeks removed from a glistening rendition of Shawn Mendes’ “If I Can’t Have You,” Gryffin is seeking assistance from another Grammy-nominated moniker, as he and the “Call Me Maybe” superstar have officially delivered “OMG.” The collaboration serves as the third offering from the second portion of his debut LP, Gravity, currently slated for release later this fall.

By now, listeners know to never expect a Gryffin production to arrive without a downpour of acoustic components. “OMG” promptly convenes as deepening strums mingle alongside Carly Rae Jepsen’s temperate vocals before breaking off into a sensual lyrical harmony and some unsurprisingly arresting guitar riffs from Gryffin himself.

As “OMG” swiftly starts to tower the dance pop charts over the next few days, Gryffin’s timing could not be more exact, as the release stands to erect an astounding level of anticipation for his Saturday performance at Lollapalooza’s Perry’s Stage. In addition to the collaboration’s official release, Gryffin took the time to craft an exclusive Orbit Playlist on Dancing Astronaut‘s Spotify channel, featuring 15 of his fondest tracks of the moment, including, of course, “OMG,” as well as music from Jai Wolf, Flume, RÜFÜS DU SOL and Kygo among others.

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Gryffin reclaims the remix throne with his first take in two years for Shawn Mendes’ ‘If I Can’t Have You’

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In the primordial stages of Gryffin’s come up, he crafted a discography drenched in spellbinding remixed renderings for a collection of chart-topping artists like Ellie Goulding, CHVRCHES, and Troye Sivan. After taking a brief pause to shift focus on his original productions as well as his upcoming two-part freshman LP, Gravity, Gryffin is turning back the clock for his first remix since his 2017 take on Portugal. The Man’s inescapable “Feel It Still.” For his latest, the “Tie Me Down” producer has been tasked by Grammy-nominated superstar Shawn Mendes to channel his endlessly summery aurora for an official rework of Mendes’ smash hit, “If I Can’t Have You”.

Gryffin has repeatedly had an eye for an applicable set of vocals to lay his polished production abilities behind and his Shawn Mendes take follows that tendency. Having previously teased that the remix would be reminiscent of those “OG Gryffin remix vibes,” Gryffin manages to evoke just that, transforming the sensual ballad into an imposing dance record with his notorious acoustic plucks and warm summer harmonies.

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NMF Roundup: Skrillex drops new EP, Knife Party return + more

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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.

With just a day’s notice, Skrillex has surprised-dropped a two-track EP on OWSLA, consisting of “Fuji Opener” and “Mumbai Power.” Knife Party came out of the woodwork, too, to reveal their first releases in four years in the form of the Lost Souls EP. Perhaps today’s biggest mega-collaboration comes in the form of Dillon Francis, Boombox Cartel and Desiigner’s “Drip,” and one of the biggest remixes is sure to be Gryffin’s remix of Shawn Mendes’ “If I Can’t Have You.” Golf Clap have cooked up a spicy remix of Madi and Robokid’s “White Horse,” and Far Out takes Zeds Dead and Delta Heavy’s “Lift You Up” to new heights. Madeaux takes listeners deep into a late-night club with “I Want You,” and Goldroom continues his string of new releases with “Nothing Matters.” DESERT STAR returns to Monstercat with “Carissa,” and Alesso remixes his own tune with TINI, “Sad Song.” Andrew Rayel and HAILENE prove to be a match made in heaven on “Take All of Me,” and Hardwell and Quintino take things up a notch with “Reckless” on Spinnin’. Ray Volpe and Aviella join forces for “Our World,” and Mark Knight’s remixed David Guetta and Raye’s “Stay (Don’t Go Away).”

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.

Gryffin is impassioned as ever for his second album single, ‘Hurt People’ with Aloe Blacc

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After introducing the world to his Aloe Blacc collaboration atop the cultural cathedral that is the Coachella Sahara Tent this past April, Gryffin has just officially disclosed the pair’s highly anticipated single, “Hurt People.” The duo soon rendezvoused to helped pay tribute on the anniversary of Avicii’s passing with a heartrending live rendition of the late producer’s iconic track “Wake Me Up.” The renowned vocalist in the electronic space stuck around to debut the emotionally charged new collaboration.

With lyrical support from Bastille frontman, Dan Smith, Gryffin and Aloe Blacc are primed for a cosmic blend of glossy future bass production and impassioned vocals. Gryffin flaunts his trademark guitar plucks over Blacc’s poignant message for an overall feel-good flavor that serves as a preeminent summer backdrop, despite its mournful themes. “Hurt People” marks the second offering from the latter half of the producer’s forthcoming debut LP, Gravity, which is slated for release later this summer following the Slander-assisted “All You Need to Know.”

Gryffin is scheduled to bring the entirety of his freshman album for a one-of-a-kind sold-out spectacle at the stunning Brooklyn Mirage this August with his Gravity II Live show.

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Gryffin and SLANDER captivate with future bass release ‘All You Need To Know’

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Gryffin has soared to some of the highest peaks in the electronic terrain. His latest release alongside SLANDER is no exception. Their latest collaboration is entitled “All You Need To Know,” with Swedish singer/songwriter Calle Lehmann is the featured vocalist.

The lofty expectations for the song were definitively met thanks to its melodic allure blended with an underlying drum combination that crescendos alongside Lehmann’s vocals into a euphoric future bass release. SLANDER is known for a diverse output including grimy dubstep releases that are appropriately paired with light commercial crossover tracks. “All You Need To Know” falls into the latter category: the perfect song to carry listeners into spring thanks to its cheerful energy and polarizing vocal layers.

Cardi B, Skrillex, Kygo, Tiësto, and more top phase one of 2019 VELD lineup

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A veteran of Toronto’s electronic events circuit, VELD Music Festival will bring a balance of dance and hip-hop acts to Downsview Park for the the festival’s 2019 iteration. The first phase of the two-day affair’s lineup features headliners Cardi B, Skrillex, Kygo, and Tiësto. Alesso, Loud Luxury, Zeds Dead, 3LAU, Ekali, FISHER, Shiba San, and Gryffin comprise just another handful of VELD’s additional electronic talent.

On the hip-hop end, VELD so far is locked to see performances from Kodak Black, Jaden Smith, Rich the Kid, and Ski Mask the Slump God, among others. While the star power is evidently in no short supply from start to finish of the phase-one lineup, more remains, as VELD has promised to reveal succeeding phases over the next few months. The all-ages event will take place on August 3 and 4. Tickets to the festival are now available, here.

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