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.
After months of anticipation, Audien’s debut album, ESCAPISM, is finally here, bringing with it tunes like “Escape” with Nomra. G Jones kicks off the weekend in style with an acid mix of “Drift,” and Diplo adds a groovy backbone to Niall Horan’s “Nice To Meet Ya.” CamelPhat and Jem Cooke whip up “Rabbit Hole,” and drum ‘n’ bass powerhouse DJ Fresh taps Doctrine for “Control.” SNBRN brings the bass with “DMs” featuring Lucati and 1993, and Blasterjaxx links with Junior Funke for “Monster.” Grabbitz delivers another dynamic single on Ultra Music, “Roam With You,” and Nora En Pure continues her tour de force with “Fibonacci.” The Glitch Mob and 1788-L drag listeners to the depths on “Momentary Lapse,” and Tritonal and Henry Dark deliver “Shivohum.” The Chainsmokers release “Push My Luck,” and Dada Life take no prisoners on “Table Flipping Machine.” Friend Within can “Feel It” on his latest, and MUST DIE! unleashes some formidable dubstep on “FUNERAL ZONE.”
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.
Crossover darlings Camelphat rejoin vocalist Jem Cooke for a brand new earworm on Sony RCA. “Rabbit Hole” is just what its name implies, sucking listeners into a throbbing landscape filled with buzzing synths and vibrant grooves. Naturally, Jem Cooke’s warm vocal tones remain the track’s centerpiece; the melody she’s chosen for her lyrics is mysterious and hypnotic. From there, the rest of the tune falls into place, with harmonic peaks and valleys complimenting the sonic adventure Cooke takes consumers on through her verses. Cool but catchy, expect this latest addition to their collective discography to become their next joint hit.
Last time Jem Cooke and Camelphat joined, it was alongside Cristoph for “Breathe” on Pryda Presents. The record earned silver certification in the UK, and would place itself amond Billboard’s top 25 club tunes. More recently, Camelphat have continued their choice release selections through co-producing Duke Dumont’s latest record, and collaborating with Jake Bugg for “Be Someone.”
For the past two-years, 8-track has been at the center of Hot Since 82’s artistic focus, awaiting its eventual release. And as each of the grains of sand in the hourglass gently fall from top to bottom, time has run out, and 8-track has at last arrived.
In what is no numerical match with its title, 8-track puts forth 13 new songs, three of which preceded the LP, “Buggin’,” “Bloodlines,” and “You Are The Light.”
The meticulous sonic stitching of 8-track allows one album inclusion to seamlessly and imperceptibly transition into the next. Technically, 8-track is temperate and minimalistic, contained yet affective. This is Hot Since 82’s stylistic signature, and he presses it upon 8-track with expert ease.
Hot Since 82 strikes a clean balance between instrumental songs and vocal utilizing numbers. Numerically, Jem Cooke is the most noteworthy of the artists featured on 8-track, with not two, not three, but five respective cameos. The sole other vocalist to get an 8-track invite is Alex Mills, whose talents extend to three of the 13 total cuts.
Eric Prydz is back in action. The multi-alias entity has remained a particularly active agent in electronic circles, where he’s released a wealth of new material under his three flanking aliases, TONJA HOLMA, Cirez D, and Pryda. Each of Prydz’s three additional sonic identities have enjoyed further musical development of late. Cirez D dropped a new EP by the name of Dare Uin 2018, the same year that Prydz would release another EP, Elements, as Pryda. Prior, Prydz conceived TONJA HOLMA in 2017 via the debut of an EP that bore the same name as Prydz’s then newly minted alias.
While TONJA HOLMA, Cirez D, and Pryda spiked highs in terms of activity over the past two years, Eric Prydz has seldom debuted new music under his own name in this same timeframe. Now, Prydz’s period of silence comes to a close with the debut of an official remix of CamelPhat and Cristoph‘s entrancing Jem Cooke feature, “Breathe.” Staticky atmospheric tones comprise the opening seconds of Prydz’s take. Cooke’s vocal echoes with the same eerie potency evident on the original, to create a tantalizing effect. The melodic progressive tech house layers that Prydz adds in his remix comprise Prydz’s most intensive revisionary work, in the constructional context of the hypnotic original.
The melancholy that tinges featured vocalist, Jem Cooke‘s contribution on the original remains intact on CamelPhat’s alternate version of the titillating collaboration. The pace of “Breathe” lends a sense of urgency to Cooke’s pleading of the track’s lyrical hook, which CamelPhat temper in their latest mix. The comparatively slow, honeyed bpm of CamelPhat’s re-imagination of “Breathe” augments the haunting, ethereal quality of Cooke’s voice, as she languidly verbalizes the song’s lyrical narrative.
The downtempo orientation of CamelPhat’s “Just Chill Mix” foregrounds Cooke’s vocals, to focalize their soothing tone, without sacrificing any of the potency. An unimposing beat progression undergirds the number, to instill the namesake “chill” of the tune’s title.
Delta Heavy‘s newest addition to the stream of singles from their upcoming album is called “Take Me Home,” featuring previous vocal collaborator Jem Cooke. Blaring trumpet-like notes combine with the punching vocals to fall into an energetic and uplifting chorus, giving the release the capacity to appeal on the radio or within a live performance.
The Delta Heavy duo spoke with Dancing Astronaut on the new release, stating, “‘Take Me Home’ is one of our personal favourites from our new album, and the second collaboration with our good friend Jem Cooke, who is a wonderfully talented singer.” They continue, “It’s a record we’re all really proud of- when we played the first demo in the studio we all got goosebumps. Musically it represents a lot of the different sounds and influences that we were inspired by while writing the album, such as the combination of both trap and DnB in the rhythmic feel. The song tells a simple, hopeful message; it’s essentially a love song that tales the tale of a bond between two souls. We’re all really proud of it.”
Their sophomore album will be titled Only In Dreams, and if “Take Me Home” is any indicator of what fans can expect from the compilation, the album will almost certainly be a hit amongst Delta Heavy fans. “Take Me Home” is out now on Ram Records.
As if to the mounting majesty of one of his progressive house tracks, in the past year Newcastle’s Cristoph has blossomed into a worldwide reckoning under mentor, Eric Prydz‘s watchful eye. Both Cristoph and CamelPhat, the Grammy nominees and creators of deific dance track, “Cola,” spent the better part of the summer showing love for Prydz as supporting acts at his often sold-out Hï Ibiza performances. Now, the two supporters are taking their talents center stage for what is a natural progression of their time in close Ibizan quarters. The result: an epic dance music lovechild, “Breathe,” through Pryda Presents, fittingly enough.
“Breathe” begins under the guise of plaintive instrumentals and ethereal, desirous female vocals from resplendent dance floor songstress, Jem Cooke. The track then employs the sonic equivalent of ripping the floor from underneath the listener with its bellowing bass line and unfettered chord progressions. Like a spectral presence with the best of intentions, the track leaves listeners hard-pressed to resist reporting to the nearest dance-friendly surface once “Breathe” gets hold.
One of Britain’s most decorated producers, Hot Since 82, has just shared a collaborative track, “Buggin’” with London-based Jem Cooke, foreshadowing his new album, 8-track, with gusto.
While the HS82 project officially hatched in 2011, the artist was formerly known in smaller circles by his real name, Daley Padley, playing 10+–hour DJ sets around Leeds and London since he was just a teenager. HS82 drove his way to deep house stardom with chart-topping releases like “Knee Deep In Louise” and his remix of Green Velvet‘s “Bigger Than Prince.” Since 2014, the producer has been releasing his music via his own label, Knee Deep In Sound—his newest album notwithstanding.
“Buggin’” explores the early 2000s “noughty” house Padley was initially enamored of: atmospheric, sensuous, and downright intoxicating. Cooke’s desirous, rippling vocals float over the track like an incantation, followed closely by its ambient melody and stuttering hi-hats.
The full club-inspired 8-track album is set for release in late 2018.