RL Grime‘s impending sophomore album, Nova, has had fans anxiously on the edge of their seats, awaiting the follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2014 debut LP, Void. An exceedingly promising glimpse from Nova finds Henry Steinway connecting with heavyweight pop vocalist Daya on “I Wanna Know,” landing unequivocally as RL’s most commercially successful offering to date. Marking the WeDidIt producer’s first top 10 US dance record with over 14 million plays to date, as well as grabbing the top slot on iTunes Electronic charts in the US, Australia, and New Zealand, “I Wanna Know” has been one of the most in-demand tunes of the year — and now the remixing effort is officially in fans’ hands.
Dancing Astronaut, in conjunction with WAVO.me and RL Grime, are lighting the beacon for producers to try their hands at remixing “I Wanna Know,” offering the chance to lay down an inventive new take on RL’s sweeping summer hit. The remix competition will run through July 9, and the winning remix will receive a worldwide premiere on Dancing Astronaut. The grand prize also includes a lifetime WAVO Pro membership and an exclusive Nova merch capsule.
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.
Shortly after releasing a soulful new rendition of “I Wanna Know” with Taiwanese singer Jolin Tsai, Alesso has introduced another remake to his catalogue. Once again tapping into Asia’s burgeoning electronic music market, the Swedish producer has teamed up with Chen, the lead singer of South Korean K-Pop group EXO. Alesso’s newest transcontinental partnership has materialized in a new rendition of his hit “Years,” which was released on SM Entertainment’s EDM label, ScreaM Records, on October 7.
Alesso and Chen’s collaboration does Matthew Koma’s original version of “Years” justice as the South Korean’s vocals glide perfectly over the song’s gentle chord progressions. Moreover, Chen’s soft, yet powerful voice fits well with the intense emotionality of the track. As the lyrics seamlessly vacillate between English and Korean, this new take on “Years” is another example of Asia’s growing influence on dance music.
Swedish superstar Alesso has an uncanny ability to teeter between soulful melodies and big room synth work in his productions. Last April, the artist released the crowd-pleasing track “I Wanna Know,” which dramatically leaned towards the former of these two styles. Teaming up with Nico & Vinz for the melodic single, the guitar and piano-laden collaboration demonstrates Alesso’s wide range of production skills.
The song is now receiving a new rendition from Alesso himself. The newest version of “I Wanna Know” features the vocals of female Taiwanese singer Jolin Tsai, whose international influence has earned her the nickname, the “Asian Madonna.”
Alesso and Tsai’s collaboration for the “I Wanna Know” remake seamlessly combines the singer’s vocal talents with Alesso’s dreamy melodies. The artist composed the song and lyrics entirely himself for both versions of the track, adding to the allure of the project for fans.