Zedd‘s come quite a long way from his humble beginnings of dance music stardom. The producer has proven himself a favorite among the pop community, with a myriad of stars like Selena Gomez, Ke$ha, and various others approaching him for assistance in their next radio hits. The next up on this list is Katy Perry, and the two have whipped up a sentimental, earworm of an anthem in “Never Really Over.”
Perry’s full-bodied vocals sound good in the summery foundation Zedd has created, which unfolds at a pace friendly for singalongs. Though poignancy is present within the lyrics, as it deals with the topic of pining for lost love, Zedd does well in balancing it out with breezy instrumentation and big builds that feel built for blasting with the windows wide open. Expect to hear it in soundsystems all over the country as it moves up the charts.
Zedd‘s latest dance floor filler, “365” is quickly—but not quietly—developing an electronic presence. The formidable four-on-the-floor number sources vocals from Katy Perry, in an extension of Zedd’s penchant for working with some of pop’s most preeminent female vocalists. Technically, the track took a detour from Zedd’s late series of primarily pop-leaning pop-electronic hybrids, to delve into the darker tonalities characteristic of deep house. Perhaps the most electronically oriented standalone release to come out of Zedd’s studio in awhile, “365” received revamps courtesy of Jonas Aden, Ellis, KUURO, and Zedd himself, all of which appeared on 365 (Remixes).
Zedd recently treated attendees of Coachella 2019’s opening weekend to a live rendition of the collaboration during his set on April 14. The producer surprised the crowd assembled at the Coachella Stage by bringing out Perry, who delivered an impassioned performance of the enthralling number.
There’s simply no denying Diplo‘s ability to craft a hit, but his remarkably chameleonic quality as a producer is what makes him such a dynamic talent. He can produce fizzy bass anthems with Skrillex as Jack Ü or switch to breezy pop anthems with Major Lazer on a dime. Now, he’s exploring psychedelic new avenues alongside Sia and Labrinth as LSD, with the trio officially releasing their debut full-length together, a self-titled Labrinth, Sia & Diplo Present… LSD.
A supergroup of certified hitmakers—with writing and production credits for Beyoncé, Rihanna, The Weeknd, Katy Perry and more among them—LSD manages to maintain an incredibly complementary blend, considering the outfit’s blockbuster talent. Following 2018’s “Genius,” the group has released a number of singles this year ahead of the album’s full release, including “No New Friends,” and the ubiquitous “Thunderclouds,” by far their most popular piece to date. Stream LSD’s debut album in full below.
Zedd‘s newly released collection of “365” remixes is proof that the producer is on a musical mission to draw his listeners to the dance floor. The four-track remix pack features takes from Jonas Aden, Ellis, KUURO, and of course, Zedd himself, as the established hit-maker submits a an electrifying rework of his original production. The group of remixes kicks off with Zedd’s revisionist effort, an extended revamp with considerable sonic horsepower.
Zedd’s alternative version of “365” departs from the radio-friendly construction of the original in many ways. The four-on-the-floor beat arrangement, the rousing build that Zedd develops at the beginning of the track, the bass grounded drop that ensues, and inverted, looping vocal cuts from the original all serve as examples. Long-term Zedd listeners will hear elements of Zedd’s early electronic style audible in this “365” remix, which materializes as Zedd’s refined return to his dance driven roots, with a deeper, house inspired twist.
The exhilarating character of Zedd’s opening endeavor extends to the remaining three inclusions of 365 (Remixes). Jonas Aden and Ellis’ remixes quicken the original’s BPM count, to amplify the affective power of “365.” The remix collection closer, KUURO provides a formidable finale to the four-cut showing.
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.
Star-studded collaborations rule this week’s NMF. Ekali and 1788-L have joined forces to craft a formidable, bass-heavy collaboration, “R U I N,” and Gareth Emery and Ashley Wallbridge continue their powerful slew of releases together with “Lionheart.” Netsky taps Lil Wayne and Bazzi for “I Don’t Even Know You Anymore,” and Zedd and Katy Perry deliver their radio-friendly “365.” Feed Me returns for the second Friday in a row with “Sleepless,” and Kygo releases his first single of the year with “Think About You.” GRiZ and Matisyahu take a stand on gun violence in “A New Day,” and Madeaux brings a sultry, dark atmosphere with “ADDICTED2.” Andrew Bayer delivers an “In My Next Life” mix of 2018’s “In My Last Life” on Anjunabeats. Goshfather puts his own disco-infused twist on Madonna‘s “Like a Prayer” in his new remix, and Liquid Stranger teams up with CloZee for the eerie “Ceremony.” Kill Paris debuted his new album for Valentine’s Day, touting collaborations with the likes of Fatherdude, Big Gigantic, and more, and Armin Van Buuren tugs at listeners’ heartstrings via “Lonely For You” with Bonnie McKee.
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.
Forget the chocolate, forget the flowers. Zedd sends his fans a valentine that won’t melt, won’t wilt this Valentine’s Day: his first production of 2019, “365.” The release of the Katy Perry-assisted single signifies months of suspense that have now come to fruition. Shortly after Zedd’s name appeared alongside Perry’s for some select stops on Perry’s 2018 WITNESS World Tour, Zedd disclosed that he and Perry had logged some studio hours in their off-stage time, when Australian radio host, Smallzy, asked if there was “any song happening” with Perry during an interview with “The Middle” hit-maker. Zedd quickly qualified his statement that he and Perry had been “working.” I always wanted to release a song with her, so if we all get lucky, then maybe we’ll finish the song and it will come out, and if not, then maybe another time,” Zedd said.
The uncertainty has dissipated, to leave a refined finished product in its wake. “365” evidences the sonic symbiosis of Zedd and Perry’s studio presence. Perry’s arresting vocal lends a sexy edge to the track, as she articulates the tune’s lyrics, co-written by both Zedd and Perry. No stranger to the cyclical captivation that a looping chorus exudes when coupled with an alluring beat, Zedd scripts an arrangement that is nothing short of irresistible in the rhythmics of its sound. The official music video for “365” presents a conceptual narrative that visually chronicles an alter-ego AI Katy Perry’s attempts to forge a human connection with Zedd.
With Katy Perry’s prowess in the pop sphere and Zedd’s penchant for the vocal-centric electronic/pop hybrid considered, a collaboration entailing the talents of both artist and producer feels a natural next step in the progressing course of Zedd’s musical career. Arriving on the heels of Zedd’s final showing of 2018, “Lost In Japan (Remix),” “365” is a single that conveys a specific message in its status as Zedd’s first of the year: the momentum that Zedd harnessed in 2018 certainly won’t falter.
Calvin Harris has long since proven his ability to produce a diverse array of genres. He has released hip-hop collaborations with the top names in Hollywood like Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams and has brought mega-stars like Rihanna and Sam Smith into the electronic music world. Now, he’s continuing to diversify as the producer for North London rapper Donae’o.
The track is titled “Chalice” and is out now on Universal‘s Island Records. “Chalice” melds Latin infusions with a pulsing beat that certainly skews from sounds we have previously heard from the producer. The production takes the listener back to the early 2000s rap era and will undoubtedly get stuck in the listener’s head with its catchy tune. “Chalice” would be at home in both a hip-hop club or on the radio and will likely see similar success to other Harris productions that seem to permeate the airwaves globally.
Releases like “Clarity,” “Stay The Night,” and comparatively more recent singles like “Stay” and “The Middle” represent a consistent stylistic trend among Zedd releases: the centrality of a powerhouse female vocal.
Match Zedd’s penchant for a strong female lyricists that acts as the songs’ centerpiece with Katy Perry’s prowess in the pop sphere, and a collaboration appears not to be a question of “if,” but rather one of “when.”
Zedd’s increased movement into pop territory over the years and his provision of direct support for Perry’s WITNESS World Tour seem only to further ensure that both artists will spend some time together in the studio, if they haven’t already. As Zedd’s recent recap video from the Australian leg of the tour suggests, the duo might have more than just a few performances together up their sleeves.
Can’t find an appropriate caption to sum up all the amazing things I’ve experienced in 2 weeks in AU / NZ!
Thanks for all the love and thanks to @katyperry. pic.twitter.com/B1fGMgw9pr
Zedd previously told Australian radio host Smallzy that he was “always relatively open about the fact that [he] make[s] a lot of music with people.” “It doesn’t always come out, but we’ve been working,” Zedd said when asked if there was “any song happening” with Perry. “I always wanted to release a song with her, so if we all get lucky, then maybe we’ll finish the song and it will come out, and if not, then maybe another time.”
Two of pop music’s most venerable forces are teaming up for a short run of shows, as Zedd joins Katy Perry‘s final shows on WITNESS: The Tour. Zedd, who’s commanded his own international touring itinerary, often times with multiple supporting acts billed beneath him, joins Perry as a special opening guest as her tour reaches Australia, capping nearly a year of consecutive touring for the “Chained to the Rhythm” singer. With Zedd’s high energy performance style warming the stage for Perry’s larger-than-life live production, fans in Australia are in for a treat.
Zedd is slated to open the Sydney and Brisbane stops, with Perry also roping in additional star power from vocalist Starley on a number of final tour stops as well. Zedd’s trip down under is hardly the first time major pop stars have employed the support of the world’s top DJs while out on tour though. Madonna’s 2012 MDNA tour included support from Laidback Luke, Martin Solveig, and of course Avicii among others. Martin Garrix and Justin Bieber have shared tour dates, and 2016 even found Skrillex opening stops for Guns N Roses.