Kaskade has placed his re-imaginative stamp on “Stargazing,” the lead single off of Kygo‘s newest EP of the same name.
The original hails straight from Kygo’s wheelhouse, layering Justin Jesso’s melancholic vocals atop a piano assisted backdrop characteristic of the Norwegian producer’s sound. Kaskade maintains much of the single’s character in his rework, weaving subtle elements like an understated yet ambient guitar melody among the song’s opening chords. The remix maven localizes the majority of his sonic revision at the track’s first drop, trading Kygo’s signature mounting airy tones and piano drop for an echoing ascension that culminates in a drop defined by its piercing synth work.
The tropical house tastemaker will soon make his debut in India, scheduled to perform three consecutive shows in Hyderabad, New Delhi, and Mumbai from November 24–26, respectively.
While Kygo’s Hyderabad and Mumbai performances will proceed as planned, the Norwegian producer’s show in the country’s capital has been cancelled due to the “ongoing pollution levels in Delhi and the poor air quality in the area,” according to a statement released by event coordinator, Sunburn Festival. New Delhi air pollution levels currently rest 12-times above the World Health Organization’s recommended limit. Air quality concerns prompted United Airlines to suspend various flights destined for the capital last week.
For the week preceding the release of his album, Kids In Love, Kygo has dropped one track off the LP per day. Set to bow on November 3rd, the tracks released so far have covered a wide range of sounds and genres.
The last track before Kids In Love is released is “I See You” featuring Billy Raffoul, a production that continues the trend of diversity the album is set to debut. “I See You” can only be described as indie rock with its mellow guitar and slow tempo centered around Raffoul’s unique vocals.
The Norwegian producer also announced an accompanying world tour with the album release that is set to kick off in Helsinki, Finland in February of 2018. Pre-sale tickets for his tour are available here with the password “love.”
His latest release is the collaboration with JHart, “Permanent.” The track eschews Kygo’s classic tropical sound for a wholly pop production, with JHart’s wistful, emotional vocals ramping up the track’s broad appeal. Piano unsurprisingly forms the foundation of “Permanent,” with Kygo crafting a bittersweet and catchy new anthem.
Since his sonic domination began just a few short years ago, the Norwegian DJ has yet to slow things down. In an unexpected turn of events, the artist announced October 30 via Instagram that he’ll be heading on a “Kids In Love” tour early next year.
As it appears, Kygo’s even bringing along some friends, as Seeb, Gryffin and Blackbear are set to join him on this first phase of the tour.
The “Kids In Love Tour” hits the road early February 2018 and will likely take over some of the biggest venues in the world. Stay tuned to the artist’s socials as this is merely the first jaunt of dates announced on an expectedly enormous world tour. It looks like 2018 is shaping up to be Kygo’s year too.
Kygo‘s sophomore album Kids in Love is set for release on November 3, and for a week preceding, the Norwegian producer has been releasing one track a day from the LP. So far, the album is a combination of tropical house and pop with collaborations ranging from John Newman to OneRepublic.
The first three tracks from the album that have been released are the title track “Kids In Love,” “Never Let You Go,” and “Sunrise.” So far, each track has been incredibly different, and the Norwegian producer’s next two releases “Riding Shotgun” and “Stranger Things” continue this trend of diversity.
“Riding Shotgun” opens with Bonnie McKee’s high pitched vocals and then falls into a pop tropical drop. Many of the producer’s recent tracks have leaned pop over electronic, but “Riding Shotgun” has groovy chords and an extended electronic drop while McKee’s catchy vocals are the glue that will appeal to pop lovers.
For his next release titled “Stranger Things,” Kygo partnered with OneRepublic, and the high profile collaboration is almost certainly going to be a radio sensation. The production elements of this track are very subtle with piano and a steady drum beat serving as the backbone of the track while OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder vocals are the focal point.
John Newman and OneRepublic are not new to collaborating with electronic music producers, having previously worked with Calvin Harris and Alesso, respectively. As Kygo continues to roll out tracks ahead of Kids In Love‘s release, it will be interesting to see who else the producer is collaborating with.
Leading up to the release of his sophomore album, Kygo has been releasing a song every day. The song of choice for Oct. 28 is “Sunrise,” a collaboration with Jason Walker.
“Sunrise” is pure, classic Kygo: soothing tropical house vibes with gorgeous vocals. Walker’s refreshing voice perfectly complements a string- and piano-based melody for a vibe that’s instantly recognizable as the Norwegian producer’s.
Kygo might be fresh off his five-track StargazingEP, but in line with his well-established incessant work ethic, the artist’s already announced his next project. On Oct. 9, the tropical producer announced a new record is slated for release Oct. 20. The track’s titled “Kids In Love” and was teased out in a star-studded video on Instagram.
Between The Chainsmokers and YouTube star Logan Paul, to the “Mi Gente” creator J Balvin, each celebrity expands on the very first time they fell in love, portending an equally emotionally weighted track to come.
Kygo delivered a show-stopping performance at a festival in his hometown Norway earlier in August. During the event, he also unveiled a brand-new unreleased track dubbed “Stargazing.”
Now, at his weekend performance at the Surrender Labor Day weekend pool party in Las Vegas, the artist played out the track live with tantalizing vocals. Given its tropical vibe, one that Kygo has mastered in his years making music, the song is likely to become yet another instant hit to add to his repertoire.
Take a look at the videos of “Stargazing” from his Instagram story below.
Selena Gomez has an upcoming album and, after her hit collaboration “It Ain’t Me” with Kygo, it was only a matter of time before she chose to collaborate with another electronic music great. The singer recently confirmed that she has tapped Marshmello to produce one of the songs on her new album.
Gomez spoke with a radio station in San Diego about the track and described it as “beautiful” and “one of my favorite songs.” She went on to state that, “It’s really cool. It’s kind of in that world, his world, and I’m stepping into it and bringing my style too.”
Given the singer has described the song as being part of “Marshmello’s world,” there is no doubt that the song will be a chart topper like his recent string of releases including “Silence” featuring Khalid.
No release date has been announced for Gomez’s upcoming album.