Matt Medved envisions Khalid’s ‘Love Lies’ through a house lens in new remix

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Khalid fans’ love will surely lie with Matt Medved‘s take on this Normani feature. “Love Lies” exuded a fierce sense of attraction for many artists, including Louis The Child, Snakehips, and Medasin, each of whom submitted revamps of the Khalid-catalogued favorite. Not one to be left standing outside of the remix ring, Medved strides in with a house-inflected flip that lends a velvety homogeneity to the raspy edge of Khalid and Normani’s original.

Seductively situated in deep-house territory, Medved’s version douses “Love Lies” in a noticeable, but unimposing underground groove. The remix relies on a mid-tempo supportive beat that, in characteristic house music fashion, keeps a steady, but unhurried pace. The viscous polish of Medved’s vision of the track seems only to amplify the harmonic refinement of Khalid and Normani’s duets, and much like Khalid and Normani’s vocals when joined, Medved’s effort is blissfully complementary to its predecessor.

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Calvin Harris will offer his vocals to Benny Blanco’s forthcoming single

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Calvin Harris will offer his vocals to Benny Blanco’s forthcoming singleCalvinharris Hero

The next production to bear the “Benny Blanco” stamp will feature Calvin Harris as both artists recently announced in respective social media posts that announced the collaboration to come. Although neither Blanco nor Harris shared the name of the forthcoming track, the new jam is slated for an imminent November 2 release.

“I was always attracted to how much soul and musicality he brought to the table,” Blanco said in praise of Harris’s style.

The collaboration will expectedly tap into Harris’s distinctive ear for feel-good grooves. Already confirmed is the yet-to-be-named track’s impending use of Harris’s talents not only as a beat layer, but as a vocalist–-the “One Kiss” producer seldom sings, even on his own tunes. The song will follow Blanco’s well received Halsey and Khalid feature, “Eastside,” and Harris’s recent work with Normani on her latest two releases, “Checklist” and “Slow Down.”


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Martin Garrix and Khalid discuss how a fan’s tweet helped spur their collaboration in ‘The Martin Garrix Show’ season 3, episode 6

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Martin Garrix and Khalid discuss how a fan’s tweet helped spur their collaboration in ‘The Martin Garrix Show’ season 3, episode 6Martin Garri Feat. Khalid Oceans Music Video

Watch Martin Garrix‘s team put together a six room music video shoot in an empty warehouse on a week’s notice in the latest episode of The Martin Garrix Show. The music video they are filming for is for Garrix’s hit collaboration with Khalid, and the shoot is not without it’s momentary downfalls given the short notice. This includes a moment where a swarm of bats descends on the set, however the staff and artist seemingly keep their cool, after all, Garrix knows a thing or two about “Animals” anyway. Zing!

Garrix and Khalid chat about the collaboration, noting that a tweet is what actually spurred the initial idea for the two to work together. A series of FaceTime calls later, and “Oceans” was in motion. The Dutch producer wrote the song initially on a boat with a guitar, and sent the idea to the “Young, Dumb, and Broke” crooner. Khalid responded with “I call dibs,” and Garrix reflects that it even made him upset — he thought Khalid called someone about the track, as he was not familiar with the American colloquialism. The producer speaks about how “Oceans” is an evolution of his sound thanks to its simplistic and instrumental nature. He notes that he will certainly produce more hard hitting electronic tracks in the future, but the variety and experimentation is what currently keeps him interested.

Don Diablo pumps up the energy in new remix of Martin Garrix and Khalid’s hit, ‘Oceans’

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Don Diablo pumps up the energy in new remix of Martin Garrix and Khalid’s hit, ‘Oceans’Don Diablo Rukes

Dutch super producer Don Diablo is the latest heavy hitter to try his hand at remixing Martin Garrix‘s hit collaboration with R&B crooner Khalid, “Oceans.” Adding his signature upbeat flair to the track, Don Diablo undoubtedly extends the shelf life of Garrix and Khalid’s infectious crossover cut, with a remix effort that stands head and shoulders above the rest.

Don Diablo slows down the tempo and enhances Khalid’s vocals to become the centerpiece of the track during the introduction. The track breaks with cutting, club-ready chords as Don Diablo injects a fresh energy into “Oceans.” Diablo’s ability to pick up the energy while maintaining the song’s original allure showcases the producer’s versatile hand behind the console. The new “Oceans” remix is out now on Garrix’s STMPD Records.

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Martin Garrix releases new single simultaneously with Tomorrowland debut

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Martin Garrix releases new single simultaneously with Tomorrowland debutHigh On Life

Tomorrowland Weekend 2 has officially come to a close, and this year Martin Garrix reined in the last mainstage set as the closing headliner for the festival. Garrix’s own label, STMPD Records, released a tweet letting fans know that the producer was set to debut a brand new track during his closing set, and the song would be released to the public right after his performance.

Titled “High on Life” and featuring vocalist Bonn, is out now that Garrix’s set has come to a close. The Dutch producer has released primarily commercial tracks after his career skyrocketed at just 17 years old. Fans have seen him release festival-geared house tracks dispersed between his radio-focused releases, but “High On Life” flutters between EDM and pop with Bonn’s pop-leaning vocals juxtaposed with euphoric electronic chords. It was certainly a heartwarming addition to Garrix’ set, and its crossover appeal will translate into a widely successful single.

This release comes after Garrix’s hit collaboration with Khalid, “Ocean,” and his steady output of catchy tracks is certainly keeping Garrix top of mind for pop and electronic fans throughout the world.

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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