There’s been a lot of Afrojack buzz in 2020, beginning with the announcement that his imprint, Wall Recordings, will return to its original home at Spinnin’ Records. In 2019, the Grammy award winner wrote some of the label’s biggest releases, including Chico Rose‘s “Sad” (an XXXTentacion cover), and Yves V‘s “We Got That Cool” with Icona Pop. Thus, the decision to permanently seal Wall back into the Spinnin’ family felt like a natural next step.
On his latest Wall release, Afrojack enlisted multi-platinum singer Ally Brooke, whose track record spans across collaborations with A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Matoma, and Tyga. “All Night” sees Brooke exploring uplifting dance territory with the Dutch producer, with her shimmering vocals being accompanied by euphoric lead synths and a percussive structuring mirroring those used in EDM’s heyday. Afrojack had some words on the track:
“It’s great to be back home at Spinnin’ Records doing what I love the most, making new music, and connecting with fans. For my new track I wanted to work on something with an upbeat dance-pop feel to get people moving ready for the Spring and Summer. Ally is a phenomenal singer, her voice makes the track unique and really pop, it was cool to collaborate with her.”
In addition to the label move and single release, Afrojack also revealed that his techno alias, Kapuchon, will perform at Tomorrowland Winter in March. Ally Brooke also begins her “Time To Shine” tour in Chicago.
Ultra Music‘s annual electronic highlight reel has arrived, and with it, the esteemed imprint succinctly underscores 15 standout records that contributed to dance music’s robust year of production. The diversely bodied Ultra 2020 spans genres, spotlighting records from an array of subgenres.
Ultra 2020 touts house heaters such as MK‘s inescapable “Body 2 Body” and DVBBS and Bridge’s “GOMF.” The compilation album also caters to those with tastes for harder, grittier technics with 4B and Flosstradamus‘ “Blackout” and NGHTMRE and A$AP Ferg‘s “Redlight.”
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.
Above & Beyond kick off New Music Friday in fine fashion with their new single, “Distorted Truth.” Tommy Trash and i_o unleash their much-anticipated collaboration, “Let Me Go,” and Medasin returns with his first original of 2019, “Mr. Skitters.” Diplo and Octavian make an impeccable team on “New Shapes,” as do Feed Me and Rosie Doonan on “Feel Love.” Hardwell and Dannic unveil “Chase The Sun,” and Au5 rounds out his two-track Energize EP with “Activate.” The Chainsmokers bring another pop-inspired number via “Who Do You Love” with 5 Seconds of Summer, and David Guetta, Brooks, and Loote gear up for festival season with “Better When You’re Gone.” Quintino can’t be brought down in his new single, and Pixel Terror return to Monstercat with “Ultima.” Tisoki delivers a fresh remix of Party Favor‘s “Blame,” and Jay Hardway takes off into the atmosphere with “Aliens.” R3HAB joins forces with Icona Pop for “This Is How We Party,” and Darude and Sebastian Rejman craft a euphoric dance number in “Release Me.”
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.
The LA-based Filipino American producer Antonio Cuna, better known as Sweater Beats, carefully crafted his name with unique bubbly productions that channel electronic elements while still laying in the pop realm.
Now, Sweater Beats joins forces with the Swedish electropop duo, Icona Pop, to craft an uplifting treasure that will put that extra pep in your step. Sweater Beats creates a playful tune that feels youthful but grown up all at the same time. With plucky hits of chimes against a grinding bass, he leaves the perfect amount of space for Icona Pop to layer their signature sound, while melting messages of drinking away a pitiful relationship.