Australian electronic sensation What So Not was met with a friendly welcome when he stopped by Louis The Child’s radio show for the 43rd edition of Playground Radio.
The longtime scene staple took the opportunity to flex his tastemaking tact. His selections range from whimsy Tame Impala to undiscovered experimentalists like Quiet Bison. Between offerings, the trio of tried-and-true electronic icons discuss inspiration, touring, and new what’s cooking in What So Not’s release cannon. The “Gemini” producer discloses he’s got some odd 60 demos on deck for imminent release.
Check out what’s on What So Not’s radar these days, in a very special hour of Playground Radio. And catch him live at Your Paradise festival next month or Holy Ship! Wrecked in January.
Tame Impala – It Might Be Time [WEEKEND TRACK] (0:45) Miguel – Funeral (6:35) Wafia – Flowers & Superpowers (8:45) Quiet Bison – Spectral Range (14:55) DROELOE – Only Be Me (Duskus Remix) (19:37) TSURUDA – FUBAR (30:44) Ngaiire – Once (36:34) A-Trak, Kimbra & Mark Foster – Warrior (What So Not Remix) (43:31) Les Sins – Grind (49:21) Louis The Child & Drew Love – Free [PLAYGROUND PICK] (56:44)
The phrase “at least” almost always anticipates the speaker’s, or in this case the singer’s, acknowledgement of a silver lining, and that’s precisely the focus of Louis The Child‘s latest single, “Free.”
The romantic cut casts a lyrical glance back in time to reflect on a love that couldn’t sustain its circumstances. It’s a melancholy meditation on a relationship that once was. The story is propelled by the love’s unrequited orator, vocalist, Drew Love. For all of its aching rumination, “Free” is buoyed by the optimistic admission of the hook: “At least you’re free.”
Louis The Child spoke on lending their electronic production to the emotional intent behind driving its narrative.
“We tried about 20 million different drops for this song because we knew we had to have the production match that emotion,” Louis The Child said.
Shimmering melodies add a tonal lightness to the track that extends through the energetic stutter of the rhythm at “Free’s” breakdowns. The single follows Louis The Child’s lauded remix of Skrillex and Boys Noize‘s “Midnight Hour.”
Chicago’s headlining dance music duo, Louis The Child, have remixed Skrillex and Boys Noize’s latest act of valor, “Midnight Hour,” featuring Ty Dolla $ign. The remake ingests the Kids At Play EP producers’ playful cadence through juggling high-end synths and vocals while maintaining the house rhythm from the Dog Blood tandem’s original audio.
Other additions on the edit include a whispering saxophone ambiance underneath Dolla $ign’s lush singing to introduce the sultry rapper. On the second verse, the bed of cozy synths and dissident bells continue to lift the hip-hop artist’s voice.
Louis The Child’s previous project included singer, Wafia, from the duo’s most-streamed song on Spotify, recently marking her debut on Atlantic Records alongside Whethan, with “Hurts.”
SnowGlobe is one of the country’s premiere NYE festivals thanks to a mix of strong event production value, an unbeatable setting in South Lake Tahoe, and lineups stacked with top-caliber electronic and hip-hop talent each year. This year, the festival has upped the ante on an already stellar lineup with the addition of a headlining performance from dance music’s favorite enigma, ZHU.
In conjuction with the headlining announcement, ZHU is celebrating with a new visual feature alongside partywithray, “Came For The Low.” See Zhu’s latest below and prepare for what’s bound to be a flooring set at SnowGlobe.
As surely as the clock will tick one year into the next into the next on December 31, Decadence Colorado will just as reliably be raging through that incipient stroke of midnight, a guarantee on behalf of its formidable faction of artistry.
Decadence will descend upon the Colorado Convention Center from December 30-31 for its ninth annual year of production. General admission and VIP passes to the holiday affair will go on sale at 12 pm MT on September 27. Purchase tickets to Decadence NYE, here.
Each week, New Music Friday sweeps through with torrential force, showering streaming platforms with immeasurable amounts of new tunes. Just like Dancing Astronaut rounds up 25 of the biggest songs of the week for the Hot 25 Spotify playlist each New Music Friday, Lunar Lunes serves as a landing pad for SoundCloud users who want a whole new dose of tunes to kick off the work week.
The track is led by Wafia’s vocals, which tell the story of heartbreak and needing space. Her singing is accented by delicate production techniques that fall into a catchy house drop.
“It’s a homie track,” Whethan said of the track in a press release. “It was an opportunity to be able to come together with friends and make music. Both Wafia and Louis The Child are like family, so this one means a lot to me.”
This is not the first time Louis the Child has worked with Wafia. The duo previously released “Better Not,” and “Hurts” is a worthy continuation of the artists’ successful collaboration.
Breakaway Music Festival returns this summer with an extensive litany of hip-hop and electronic acts alike. Facilitated by Prime Social Group, one of North America’s rising festival promoters, the company has seen increasing success over the years, expanding Breakaway from its flagship event in Columbus, Ohio, to Nashville, Tennessee for the first time in 2018. Breakaway also recently branched into Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Charlotte, North Carolina, amassing some 65,000 attendees in 2018 alone.
The latest run of Breakaway shows kicks off in Columbus at MAPFRE Stadium August 23-24, and boasts an impressive bill including Future, Young Thug, Matoma, Louis The Child, Bassnectar, TroyBoi, Christian French, and more. The upcoming Columbus edition also promises an enticing Silent Disco experience, with a variety of DJs wiring tunes to headphones throughout the weekend. Breakaway’s Michigan edition in Grand Rapids takes place the same days, with Kaskade, Wiz Khalifa, and Big Gigantic as a few headliners. It hits Charlotte, North Carolina in October, and returns to Nashville the following week.
2019 has proven another promising year for Prime Social Group organizers, who have produced over 800 events around the globe. General on-sale tickets for each of the festivals are available here.
Dallas is prepping its premier end-of-year festival, Lights All Night, with plenty of firepower for its tenth installment, running December 27-28. The first phase of the New Year’s Eve weekend event has arrived, showcasing plenty of top-tier muscle.
Skrillex will continue his lauded 2019 event/release return with a headlining appearance on the affair’s first night alongside Virtual Self, while Bassnectar and Louis The Child take night two for ransom. The weekend-long effort will also receive ample support from the roster’s underside, which includes fervently in-demand acts like AC Slater, Elephante, Herobust, Kayzo, Zomboy, and more. Slater will be setting up shop with a Night Bass stage takeover, while GRVDNCR Records will host its own dubstep-directed stage.
Tickets to Lights All Night officially go on sale Thursday, August 22, but interested parties can register for pre-sale now, here.
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Since Louis The Child first captured the attention of the electronic scene with K.Flay featured single “It’s Strange,” the duo have continued to traverse new sound territory while perfecting their signature, effervescent production stylings. Now, the Chicago producers have joined forces with singer/songwriter, Wrabel, for the latest evolution of their beloved future-bass craft with new single, “Too Close.” Wrabel previously collaborated with Louis The Child to write “Better Not (featuring Wafia)” and has gathered credits on both pop and electronic peers, including Kesha, Galantis, Kygo, P!nk, Afrojack, and more.
Laden with bright brass tinges and punchy lines, “Too Close” balances soft ambiance with upbeat melodies, meticulously focusing on accentuating mid-to-high-range sonic elements. Playing with voice-pitching and layering vocal harmonies, Louis The Child inject rosy energy into a carefree, heart-racing track with their manipulation of bouncy synths, airy chimes, and pop-leaning structures. Careful isolations and diverse soundscapes carry and showcase Wrabel’s smooth vocals throughout. On “Too Close,” Louis The Child once again reaffirm their ability to deliver infectiously feel-good spirits.