Just days after releasing the final single from his forthcoming EP, Shallou’s take on “Problems” hit the airwaves. In his remix, the producer toys with the vocals for a more playful take on the original. He maintains the initial melody, incorporating bouncing, glitchy elements for a spirited rendition of the song. While Shallou carefully preserves the authenticity of the original tune, he’s added his own peppy step to it.
April looks to be huge for the producer, as his seven-track Souls EP comes out April 27.
Skrillex has been relatively active in 2018 thus far assisting What So Not on his album with their collaboration as well as producing a track on The Weeknd‘s new album. While he has been teetering between the dance world and producing for other artists, Sonny Moore may have a couple power collaborations in tow as of tonight.
The OWSLA leader took to his Instagram story to share a brief window into his hang, and possible studio session, with fellow Grammy nominee Mura Masa, and previous collaborator, Lido. While the stories only features a short snippet of Mura Masa lip-syncing to American Football’s “Never Meant” and a boomerang of Lido bobbing his head, we can only hope the three production savants have something cooking behind closed doors.
You can watch the full story on Skrillex’s Instagram here for the next 24 hours.
Remember the first time a kid from Chicago really challenged hip-hop’s status quo? He showed us how swapping 808s for chopped soul samples might actually be cool and that skinny jeans and neon Polos could be just as hip-hop as football jerseys and Cartier. He ushered in a new era of hip-hop by allowing himself to be weird and detailing his journey through the come up across three coming-of-age themed albums that have since cemented their places in the hightest echelons of modern hip-hop history. That kid was Kanye West, and nearly two decades after his emergence, his influence has shaped three of the genre’s brightest new torch carriers: Chance The Rapper, Vic Mensa, and now undisputedly, Towkio.
Each of these three young forward-thinkers are now pushing hip-hop into the future on those same principles, and at times, experimental appeal — though now Towkio is officially planting his flag with his debut LP, WWW. One listen through the new album, and it becomes clear that Towkio’s definition of hip-hop not only sets him apart from most of his contemporaries’, but also that it doesn’t necessarily adhere to current hip-hop conventions either; he doesn’t seem phased in the slightest.
Conceived between the journey from an emerging Chicago rapper to lamping at Rick Rubin’s mythical Malibu recording sanctuary Shangri La, Towkiosets the narrative in WWW.‘s first bars on “Swim,”
“New chapter, new page, made some money off the first mixtape. Now I’m living, good chillin by a beach that’s not a lake. Said the earth controls the moon so we control the waves.”
Relying heavily on these ideas of perspective, frequency and resonant connectivity, the foundational motifs go beyond just the track titles and lyrics. They are weaved into the record’s eclectic complexion of genres, roping together dreamy psychedelic intros, footworking breaks, funk, trap, R&B, and a healthy dose of his throaty vocal hopskotch. Creating the album took the “Drift” rapper to pyramids in Mexico, winding Hawaiian hills, and ultimately 92,000 feet into the atmosphere to quite literally drop his album from a visual vantage point that only a microscoping group of humans in history have ever witnessed.
Sonically, the record plays upon hip-hop’s new wave versatility, with a welcomed serving of pop appeal on tracks like “Hot S**t,” the Teddy Jackson-assisted “Symphony,” and a cheeky breakbeat cut on “Disco.” Louis The Child‘s contribution to the album, “Loose,” opens like it’s the much needed mid-record breather, before quickly tightening down and breaking into a rambunctious collection of bombastic kicks and tenacious spits.
The real respite, however, comes as one of the album’s final additions — a sleepy R&B piece alongside Grammy-nominated SZA called “Morning View.” Throughout its 13-track span, celestial trains of thought play a key aesthetic role in WWW.‘s compilation, culminating on pieces like “Alone” and “2 Da Moon.” Such a theme is not unlike the early outputs of fellow unconventionals like Kanye and Kid Cudi.
photo credit: Lenny Gilmore
Towkio showcases his inextricable acceptance of weirdness, and unapologetically declares it cool in his own way as well. It isn’t cookie-cutter rap music, and it wouldn’t be true to Towkio if it was. If still not skeptical about the Yeezy coming-of-age parallels, listen to him and Vic Mensa go in with brilliant, youthful defiance on “Forever” and tell me it doesn’t sound like the logically matured progression to West’s seminal classic, “We Don’t Care.”
On paper, WWW. is built by a team of sharp industry power players, with Lido behind the console raking in substantial writing and producing credits with Knox Fortune and frequent SZA songwriter Carter Lang, all beneath the legendary Rick Rubin’s watchful eye. Together, a seemingly motley crew of differently-wired creators have come together to aid in the delivery of Towkio’s triumphant longform debut — a relatable narrative of introspection and simultaneous emergence, all wrapped up in the underlying concept of the “overview effect” and how we relate to the daily risks we all take living on this big blue rock with one another.
Nowadays, the burgeoning rapper keeps his head in the stars, his feet in the California sand, and he’s survived a plummet from space that would humble anyone. Towkio has officially staked his claim in his corner of the ever-growing hip-hop empire, and in two more decades from now, who knows how WWW. will inspire an entirely new generation of rappers?
Lido has broken through to the mainstream in recent times, garnering critical support for his releases of Portugal, The Man’s seminal pop track “Feel It Still” and a massive collaborative effort with THEY on “Not Enough.” These singles came after a slew of forward-thinking outputs over his years in music that had already made the burgeoning talent a must-watch.
Now, the Norwegian producer has released an official remix of Kris Wu’s sleek single “Deserve” featuring Travis Scott. Scott’s atmospheric vocals act as a heady backdrop to Lido’s saturated bass lines and spaced out synths; the track is a pointed example of why Lido’s artistic progression continues to fuel his global notoriety.
Former Flosstradamus member YehMe2 has also released a funk wave house remix of the track, which features popping synths and instrumental drums that play like an indie dance track.
Lido has had a banner 2017. He’s thrilled fans with bold remixes, fresh collaborations, and innovative originals — all while fine-tuning his futuristic sound.
He’s rounding out the year with a gripping remix of Peking Duk and Icona Pop‘s “Let You Down.” The Norwegian producer truly shines in this remix, letting a minimalist percussion-centered introduction build to a trippy chorus filled with swirling synth work and choppy vocals.
His take on “Let You Down” oozes classic Lido vibes and is guaranteed to catch the attention of both his longtime fans and new ones. With top-notch production and a sound that’s consistently raw and original, Lido continues to reinforce his status as a world-class musician.
Less than a year after re-surfacing from a nearly four-year hiatus and releasing his debut five-track EP, The Trippy, Trippy Turtle has revealed plans for his final tour set to take place in 2018.
Trippy Turtle has remained fairly active within the last six months, spanning a new EP, a tour and a bass-heavy Halloween remix compilation, which was released on his own FoFoFadi Records. While it may appear as though Trippy Turtle was only just getting started, parting ways with touring has been on the Jersey Club producer’s mind for quite some time. In an effort to raise awareness surrounding environmental protection and hearing health, the Last Leg tour has partnered with EarPeace, Dancing Astronaut and Electric Family.
Dancing Astronaut readers will gain special access to a pre-sale starting Friday, December 8 here with the password “DancingAstronaut”.
French DJ Petit Biscuit has teamed up with popular Norwegian musician Lido to produce a mellow, yet catchy, single titled, “Problems.”
Low tempo sounds offer a softer start to the track, as the energy builds up to the chorus where a thriving bass blends effortlessly into the soulful lyrics lent by Lido. With melodic synths shared by Petit Biscuit and powerful chords by the multi-talented Norwegian musician, the two work together to bring fresh, forward-thinking sounds to the composition. The single is a teaser in anticipation of Petit Biscuit’s debut album which is set to release this Friday.
Lido is celebrating the one-year anniversary of his debut album, Everything,by giving avid fans more than just his music.
The Norwegian producer released signed limited edition vinyl copies and sheet music from the album. He’s also revealed an unreleased version of his track, “Only One,” that features the vocals of GoldLink.
“Only One” features hypnotic melodies that give the song depth and beauty. GoldLink’s smooth vocals add a completely different element to the track. The concise yet personal verse paints a picture of a life-changing ex, with Lido’s production tying everything together for something powerful, yet spiritual.
“Only One” is another example of the producer’s smooth, consistent production.
The Norwegian virtuoso Lido has returned with yet another new rapturous reworking, this time hitting GoldLink’s even-keeled “Crew.”
Ripping apart the tune’s pace entirely, he eases into the track, showcasing his expansive musical repertoire in a piano introduction. Once GoldLink comes around with the first verse, Lido picks up the pace, and the track takes off. Similar to his reworking of GoldLink’s “Sober Thoughts” released just last year, the flip is filled with energy, and by the time the second round of verses rolls around, things are up to full speed.