Martin Garrix and Khalid combine forces on ‘Oceans’

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Martin Garrix teams up with Khalid on a highly anticipated new single, “Oceans.” The pair deliver a laid back pop track blending electronic tropes with elements of rock and R&B into a soothing soundscape polished by calming harmonies. Khalid’s sultry vocal work has an emotional range that Garrix mimics on the hook with distant vocal chops, fluttering guitar chords, and soft percussion.

A slight departure in style from the “Forever” producer’s normal fare, having recently built his catalog in a more energetic electro-pop lane with singers including Dua Lipa, Bebe Rexha, and Troye Sivan. R&B crooner Khalid’s foray into EDM continues successfully, following his most streamed song on Spotify to date, the Marshmello- assisted “Silence,” and 2017’s “Rollin” alongside Calvin Harris.

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Breakaway Music Festival announces two feverous lineups for Columbus & Grand Rapids

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Prime Social Group is back with their biggest unveil to date. Now boasting nine festivals under the Breakaway, Prime, Haunted Fest, and #Fest brands, PSG’s elevating the supreme curation the brand’s been exploring at the intersection of hip-hop and electronic music. This year, Breakaway Music Festival serves as an outright testament to the booking that’s taking the industry by storm.

The festival will return to Grand Rapids’ Belknap Park on August 24 & 25 and Columbus’ Mapfre Stadium on August 24–26, expanding into a three-day festival installment for the first time ever.

Columbus’ Breakaway Music Festival Columbus welcomes the Grammy-nominated DJ and producer Kaskade, live electronic innovators ODESZA, the modern 4/4 master Chris Lake, OWSLA’s own bass champion Ekali, Phantoms, Kayzo, and more. Columbus will also invite some of contemporary music’s most in-demand acts including pop maverick Halsey, Khalid, and Quinn XCII.

Breakaway Music Festival Grand Rapids will also host ODESZA, as well as Borgeous, NGHTMRE, Migos, and many, many more.

As PSG’s booking outreach continues, Breakaway Music Festival will only continue to serve as an emblem of the brand’s coveted understanding of its young audience.

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Austin City Limits unveils staggering 2018 line-up with ODESZA, Childish Gambino, REZZ, and more

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Austin City Limits is one massive annual event that every devout festival goer ought to check off their festival bucket list at least once. The two weekend Texas throw-down wrangles a staggering herd of talent year after year that brings the best of electronic, pop/rock, and hip-hop to Zilker Park, ACL’s host venue on the banks of the Colorado River with scenic skyline views of downtown Austin. Sitting atop this year’s festival billing is the legendary Paul McCartney, Metallica, Childish Gambino, Arctic Monkeys, Travis Scott, ODESZA, and The National.

Running from October 5–7 and October 12–14, ACL’s expansive 2018 lineup features over 140 live acts, providing a truly cross-genre, mega-festival experience. From Khalid and Shawn Mendez, to Deftones and St. Vincent, and Lily Allen, Børns, and Sylvan Esso in between, the C3 Presents-produced event delivers the full sonic spectrum to satisfy a range of musical tastes. With live performances by Marian Hill, Sophie Tucker, and synth pop rockers CHVRCHES, along with key electronic acts in Justice, Illenium, Rezz, San Holo, and Gryffin, Austin City Limits continues to be at the pinnacle of festival curation.

Tickets are now on sale for both weekends here.

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Louis the Child debut unreleased remix of Khalid’s ‘Love Lies’ at Coachella [Watch]

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Louis the Child have followed the release of their new single, “Better Not” with a brand new and unreleased remix of Khalid’s Normani feature, “Love Lies.” The DJ duo debuted their future bass tinged take on the track during their Saturday evening Coachella set.

Louis the Child did not divulge any information regarding a drop off date for the remix, but as Dancing Astronaut‘s live video from the set very clearly suggests, the Louis the Child revamp is destined to become a summer staple pending its official release.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 22

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA music editor and staff writer Robyn Dexter. With a taste that can only be described as eclectic — to say nothing of a name that lends itself to punnery — DA is happy to present a selection of tracks personally curated by Dexter for your listening pleasure.


Over the past few weeks, the United States has been racked with harsh winter conditions. As cruel as winter can be, there are some songs make the perfect soundtrack for the more serene, peaceful side of the season. Ennja’s latest release, “Mirrors” is such a song. With glistening vocals and a minimalist, ambient pattern, the nearly 7-minute song is an ethereal journey that encompasses the sounds of the season in an impeccable manner.


StéLouse has been on a roll lately, releasing a fiery cover of Post Malone just last month and following it up with a fresh flip of Khalid‘s “Young Dumb & Broke.” He’s transformed the R&B track into an EDM-friendly future bass remix that’s more lighthearted than its foundation track. “[I] wanted to throw it back to some of that OG StéLouse sound I was doing back in ’14-’15,” the producer explains.


Crystalize promised his fans a big 2018, and he wasn’t kidding. Just four days into the new year, he unleashed a powerful remix of Knife Party‘s iconic “Rage Valley.” It kicks off with pure bass madness that’s rings true to the song’s name. Halfway through, Crystalize steps back, then builds to something even more intriguing: a shimmery, synth-laden, downtempo pattern that’s bursting with creativity and passion. The second half of the song is by far my favorite, and it makes me wish I had more than a minute and a half of it.


It’s been 14 years since ATB‘s “Ecstasy” came out, but passing time hasn’t stopped producers of all persuasions from modernizing the track in their own way. The latest such artists are “8-bit rogue” duo Pixel Terror. Their revival of “Ecstasy” uses the original’s vocals to draw the listener in before building into a formidable melodic drop. Its harmonized layers of synths lay the groundwork for a rework that’s glitchy and computerized, while still maintaining the emotive power of the root song.


BIJOU is in for a huge year. Just watch. The g-house guru has been cranking out a steady stream of top-notch songs for a few years now, making appearances on AC Slater‘s Night Bass imprint and kicking it into high gear the past few months with originals like “Warning” and “Assassin.” He tells of the work that went into his latest, “Count On Me,” on SoundCloud. “This song has been over a year in the making with over 10 different versions worked during that time. This final record is one that is a crossover record with Kaleena’s beautiful vocals, but a dark and driving drop that has the potential to be a dance floor killer.”


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YULTRON for the win on euphoric remix of Marshmello’s ‘Silence’ feat. Khalid

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The LA-based producer YULTRON proves he’s one to watch come 2018 in dropping an official remix of Marshmello’s hit single “Silence” feat. Khalid on vocals. YULTRON has shown listeners that when it comes to production style, he’s as diverse as they come, displaying a variety of sounds on official remixes for The Chainsmokers, KAYZO, Adventure Club and more.

Sometimes it’s dubstep or slowed-down future bass, butthis time he’s decided to put a happy hardcore-esque spin on Marshmello’s chart-topper. With some bouncy synths and off-beat kicks under Khalid’s verses, YULTRON brings the rework into a rapid assortment of pitch vocals and up-beat bass-line making for a euphoric drop.

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Electric Mantis – ‘Lying & Loving’ feat. Mothica

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Portland-based DJ/producer Electric Mantis is back with another intriguing original track titled “Lying & Loving,” featuring Mothica on vocals. Hailing from Alaska, Wyatt Pearson is certainly heating up some icy roots here in 2017, remixing tracks for Mija and Alina Baraz ( “Electric” featuring Khalid), as well as a few originals that have accumulated millions of streams.

Pearson proves why he is worthy of those numbers on this new release, with eclectic synth elements and an off-beat drum rhythm that somehow fits perfectly under Mothica’s echoing verses. Mantis ultimately chops up her verses for some pitch-vocals, and for leading into an even more dynamic drop.

 

 

 

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Marshmello ft Khalid – Silence (Lost Kings Remix)

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Lost Kings had been noticeably absent from the remix ring in recent months — until now. The duo continues to reign supreme when it comes to remixing, ironically breaking their own remix ‘silence’ with their recent revamp of Marshmello’s Khalid feature, “Silence.”

The reboot’s glowing pop-oriented melodic additions and faster tempo indicate that when it comes to remixes, just like the subject of Mello’s song, Lost Kings had “been silent for too long.”

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Marshmello ft Khalid – Silence (Ookay Remix)

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Fans were delighted with the remix package Marshmello put together for his hit single, “Silence,” a chart topping hit featuring Khalid‘s smooth, colorful vocals. Featuring the likes of Tiësto, Illenium, and Slushii, it seemed like asking for more would’ve been greedy.

Now, however, a new take on Marshmello’s original is in the mix. Ookay delivers a leap of faith with his remix of “Silence,” engineering a vastly deviant sound from Marshmello’s take, as an energetic array of stylistic elements have been infused to compose a track almost unrecognizable from the original. A playful, prominent bass line, dramatic samples of telephone dial tones, and uplifting, bouncy synths power Ookay’s reproduction in a vastly different direction. With his remix of “Silence,” Ookay proves to be a producer who throws caution to the wind, exercising his innovation by pioneering a style that will throw listeners off guard with its novelty.

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Marshmello releases stacked ‘Silence’ remix EP

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Following the success of “Silence,” Marshmello‘s melodic collaboration with Khalid, the masked producer has released a star-studded four-track remix compilation. The collection features an eclectic selection of renowned producers, each of whom has reworked the slick original track with their own unique and supremely popular style.

The first official remix comes courtesy of future bass master Illenium, fresh off the success of his album, Awake. The rework marks a departure from his normal style and an intriguing addition to the compilation This trend was followed by the legend Tiësto, who delivered a smooth, mellow “Big Room Mix.” Slushii, adheres his traditional melodic dubstep style, while newcomer SUMR CAMP steals the show with a funky, tropical house inspired remix.

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