Kygo, David Guetta, and more slated for Avicii tribute concert

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As the gargantuan hole in the electronic bedrock that is Avicii‘s death remains audibly agape, plans to honor him on behalf of his most ardent artist friends and collaborators are underway.

On December 5, 19 Avicii collaborators, a 30-part band, and some of the Swedish superstar’s most auspicious companions, like David Guetta, Nicky Romero, and Kygo, will coalesce at Stockholm’s Friends Arena to honor their fallen friend in performing a two-hour orison of his greatest hits. Organizers of the affair, which is to be sponsored by the recently established Tim Bergling Foundation, will be distributing the entirety of the net profits to a number of organizations that direct efforts towards mental health and suicide prevention. The eminent menagerie of vocal collaborators already locked in to perform include Aloe Blacc, Adam Lambert, and Rita Ora, just to name a few. More artists will be added to the lineup in coming months.

“Tim had plans for his music to be performed together with a large live band, and now we are realizing his dream and giving fans a chance to experience his music in this unique way,” said Klas Bergling, Avicii’s father, via a recent press release.

Tickets to the Avicii Tribute Concert for Mental Health Awareness go on sale September 5, at 10:00 am CET.  For more information about artists added to the lineup, check here. Ticket sales will go live here.

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Kygo enlists Riverdale star Vanessa Morgan for Whitney Houston collaboration, ‘Higher Love’ music video [Watch]

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Kygo teams up with Riverdale star Vanessa Morgan for the official music video of their recent single together “Higher Love.” The track features vocals by Whitney Houston, who died in 2012. “Higher Love” served as a momentous release, considering it was the first record to feature Houston posthumously. The Houston estate reached out to the Norwegian producer, believing he was the right artisan to finish and release the track, a rework of Steve Winwood’s 1986 classic. The music video for the eminent rendition pays Houston homage by transporting viewers back to a vision of her golden era.

The visual follows a man as he breaks off from a group of friends as he instead eyes a group of dancers in ’80s hair, makeup, and clothing. Enamored, he walks into their practice studio only to find that he is now donning an epoch-appropriate outfit and ready to dance. He and Morgan tangle themselves in a surrounding group of dancers, who provide elaborate accents as the duo steals the show. Posters of ’80s-era Houston line the walls, as the camera traces them in a pan sequence. “Higher Love” is out now on RCA Records.

Kygo raises more than $110,000 for LGBTQ charities with UTOPIA live show

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Earlier this summer, Kygo made his highly anticipated return to NYC during Pride Month to share a new live concept called UTOPIA. The event benefitted a number of LGBTQ charities and organizations, and with performances by Kiiara, Cirque du Soleil, JHART, Danny Verde, and more, the show proved to be one of the electronic highlights of the summer. The Jacob Javits Center was buzzing with energy as Kygo and company raised more than $110,000 in donations.

Kygo also debuted his posthumous Whitney Houston hit, “Higher Love” featuring at NYC Pride 20 years after the musical icon performed at the same event. “It was an honor to be a part of it,” said Kygo, “Love is love.” See a clip from UTOPIA below.

Galantis purvey pop leanings on ‘Roots,’ with Valerie Broussard

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Linus Eklöw and Christian Karlsson of Galantis have teamed up with previous Kygo collaborator, Valerie Broussard for a new high-energy dance pop release “Roots,” Galantis’ fourth release of the year.

Broussard’s commanding vocals carry the song from the outset with plucky guitar synth dancing between her lyrics. The song welcomes Galantis back to their pop-directed dance roots with a light melody and a drop that enlists piano and blaring trumpets. “Roots” is a change of pace for the duo, who are most well known for their ability to create uniquely synthesized vocals.

“I’ve always considered myself a bit of a wanderer, and so it surprised me greatly when I started missing Los Angeles while I was away on tour. This song is my love letter to LA, a place I had once considered nothing more than a temporary home, but it’s also about any person or place that makes a life-long traveler want to put down roots,” Broussard says of her songwriting inspiration for the song.

Galantis have released a very distinct collection of releases this year, spanning a OneRepublic collaboration “Bones,” which has gone on to be featured on mainstream radio stations around the world, all of the way to a Yellow Claw collaboration, “We Can Get High.” “Roots” is out now on RCA Records.

Whitney Houston’s estate enlists Kygo to produce first release in a decade, ‘Higher Love’

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Kygo has paved the way for the tropical house genre, bringing it to the masses thanks to the genre’s wide commercial crossover appeal. The producer has taken another big step in his career after getting his hands on the vocals of none other than musical icon Whitney Houston for his latest, “Higher Love.” Houston died in 2012, and “Higher Love” is the first release featuring her vocals in over a decade. The Houston estate reached out to the Norwegian hit maker, believing he was the right producer to finish and release the track. “Higher Love” is a cover of the 1986 Steve Winwood classic, which celebrated its 33rd anniversary on June 20.

“I was honored when the Whitney Houston estate reached out and presented me with the opportunity to work with one of the greatest female vocalists of all time. I reworked the song from scratch and am really happy with how it turned out,” remarked Kygo on the new release.

Houston’s powerful vocals overtake the listener’s conscious from the onset, rightfully standing as the focal point of the release. In quintessential Kygo fashion, the producer finds a way to let the track maintain a strong production identity without compromising the spotlight on Houston’s coveted vocal work. “Higher Love” will give younger generations a chance to enjoy Houston’s vocals through Kygo’s impressive skills behind the console. “Higher Love” is out now on RCA Records, stream below.

NMF Roundup: Kygo puts spin on Whitney Houston’s ‘Higher Love’ vocals, Wave Racer returns + more

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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.

Kygo kicks off this week’s NMF with a dancefloor-ready posthumous Whitney Houston collaboration, “Higher Love,” and Wave Racer returns after more than two years with “Auto.” RL Grimes comes in swinging with an edit of G Jones’ “In Your Head,” and Habstrakt brings his forceful brand of house music to Gud Vibrations with “De La Street.” Chris Lake and Lee Foss team up for “Lies, Deception, and Fantasy,” and Diplo releases a set of remixes for Higher Ground, including a rework by Solardo. Claude VonStroke joins forces with ZDS and KE for “Comments,” and Malaa takes things up a notch with a feisty remix of DJ Snake’s “Savage.” Madeaux links with Dances With White Girls for “Club Demons,” and “Worlds Collide” on Nervo’s latest. Goldroom continues a slew of releases with “I Can Feel It” with Love, Alexa. ShockOne and The Bloody Beetroots take to Monstercat for their new single, “Run,” and Laidback Luke and Mark Bale dance into the weekend with “Party Starter.” Klingande and Stevie Appleton craft an easygoing single in “Sinner,” and Moguai remixes Oliver Heldens’ “Summer Lover.”

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.

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Kygo taps Norwegian rappers Store P and Lars Vaular for ‘Kem Kan Eg Ringe’

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Norway’s own Kygo—real name Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll— just released “Kem Kan Eg Ringe,” his first single sung in his native language of Norwegian. The song features two fellow Norwegian rappers, Store P and Lars Vaular, to give the track even more authenticity.

“Kem Kan Eg Ringe” represents both new and familiar sonic territory for Gørvell-Dahll. His signature sound is built around slower tempos, and this track shares that quality, but it also departs from the tropical-house flavor that gave him his notoriety for a pure, piano-driven feel. This more raw approach is the ideal backdrop for the vocals of Store P and Lars Vaular, whose sound is heartfelt and honest.

The first half of 2019 has been rather solid for Gørvell-Dahll. In addition to this latest single, his previous track, “Carry On,” was featured on the original soundtrack for the major motion picture “Pokémon Detective Pikachu.” Prior to that release was his single “Think About You” with Valerie Broussard and an official remix of last year’s hit “Happy Now” from R3hab.

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NMF Roundup: Skrillex remixes Kelsey Lu, Drezo returns with ‘Afterlife’ + more

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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.

The second-to-last NMF of May brings fresh material from Skrillex in the form of a Kelsey Lu remix. Drezo returns to drag his fans to the depths with a new original, “Afterlife,” and Spencer Brown delivers “Sapporo” as the title track for his new EP. Andrew Bayer brings two new tracks to Anjuna, including “Only You Boy,” and Kygo teams up with Chelsea Cutler for “Not Ok.” Chris Lake enters the summer months with a new groovy number, “Stay With Me,” and Nora En Pure fills her latest release with lush melodies and a breezy atmosphere. i_o takes on Above & Beyond in a formidable new extended mix, and Flux Pavilion joins forces with Nevve for “Lion’s Cage.” Borgeous links with RUNAGROUND for “Better Anyway,” and Chase & Status cook up some fast-paced drum ‘n’ bass on “Murder Music.” After debuting “Dragonfly” with DA earlier this week, Au5 releases his new LP, and Benny Benassi puts his own spin on Patrick Martin’s “Stranger Nights.” Curbi delivers some feisty new house music in “Flip It” and DVBBS rework Steve Aoki’s “Play It Cool.” Cedric Gervais returns with “Take You In,” and Don Diablo unveils a VIP mix of Jessie J’s “Brave.”

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.

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Kygo reinstates his tropical house prowess with the help of Chelsea Cutler on ‘Not Ok’

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Making his the third consecutive appearance in the first five months of 2019, tropical house sentinel Kygo is retaking the reins at the forefront of the tropical house subgenre on his latest offering, “Not Ok” with singer-songwriter Chelsea Cutler.

Graceful guitar plucks held in the undertone of Cutler’s calming words set the pace for a shimmering summer production that unravels into the Norwegian producer’s banner tropical identity. Kygo brings forth elegant piano chords and another compelling melodic lead that is stylistically reminiscent of his earlier output from his debut album, Cloud Nine. The pairing provides an empathetic message about relationships, and ultimately, their demise, as Cutler concedes to a feeling of dejection across the lyrics in ‘Not Ok’.

The sultry creation follows Kygo’s addition to the upcoming soundtrack of the highly-anticipated Pokémon: Detective Pikachu movie as he joined Rita Ora for, “Carry On.” As Kygo continues to blur dance-pop boundaries, fans can only fantasize of an upcoming LP that could hopefully be on the horizon.

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NMF Roundup: Arty returns with ‘Avalanche,’ Kygo and Rita Ora team up, Spencer Brown and Raito become ‘Star Allies’ + more

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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.

Russian producer Arty kicks off New Music Friday in fine fashion with a gorgeous new single called “Avalanche,” and Kygo and Rita Ora are a dream team on their new collaboration, “Carry On.” Spencer Brown and Raito deliver a dark and powerful mau5trap release, “Star Allies,” and R3HAB crafts a dreamy remix of Sofi Tukker‘s “Fantasy.” Rusko brings a classic dubstep feel to GRiZ and Boogie T‘s “Supa Fly,” and Dustycloud takes listeners deep into a shadowy nightclub on “The Way.” Peggy Gou has released her Moment EP, featuring songs like “Starry Night,” and David Guetta takes on Bebe Rexha‘s “Last Hurrah.” Two Friends hit the drive thru on “Dollar Menu,” and Sam Void brings groovy house beats to Nicky Romero and David Guetta’s “Ring the Alarm.” Culture Shock debuts a drum ‘n’ bass heater, “Renaissance,” and Steve Aoki and Alok “Do It Again” on their new collaboration. Blanke remixes Illenium and Kameron Alexander’s “Pray,” and Young Bombs release a four-track remix pack for “Starry Eyes.”

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.