Two years after its initial release, Malaa’s wall-to-wall single, “Bling Bling,” has gotten a makeover, courtesy of the masked menace himself. The enigmatic producer revisits the dark pulse of the original, hastening the bpm, rising it and letting it recline at a characteristic tech house pace. The vocal remains intact, but loops at the ascent of Malaa’s 2020 revision. Gone is the glitchy breakdown that added idiosyncratic quirk to the 2018 take, and in its place is an undulating, house-centric swing that moves with agility. It’s deep and nefarious in tone, proof that Malaa’s stylistic signature remains deliciously unchanged, even years later.
Ultimately, you could still “rob a bank to this sh*t,” as the house galvanizer has so fervently asserted in the past, and after a spin of “Bling Bling (2020 Remix),” it’s clear that was an integral part of Malaa’s re-imaginative intent.
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.
After the release of their Lost Souls EP earlier this year, Knife Party have tapped Laidback Luke for a groovy remix of “Death & Desire,” and Jason Ross, Dabin, and Dylan Matthew team up for “One That Got Away.” Wave Racer has released a new single, “This N That” with LunchMoney Lewis, and Martin Garrix links with Dean Lewis for “Used to Love.” Walker & Royce tackle Dom Dolla’s “San Frandisco,” and Hot Since 82 takes it one deeper on “Tilted.” Arty lends his spirited hand to Gorgon City and MK’s “There For You,” and Axwell remixes Halsey’s “Graveyard.” Four Tet’s dingbat-riddled moniker unveils new content, and Nicky Romero, Mike Williams, and Amba Shepherd collaborate on “Dynamite.” REZZ and Malaa take no prisoners on “Criminals,” and Golf Clap deliver their iteration of “Let It Go” by Hood Rich and BRUX. NGHTMRE flexes on an interpretation of Habstrakt’s “The One,” and Herobust cranks up the intensity on “Smoke.” Chime keeps the Halloween spirit alive with “Haunted,” and Modestep sound the “Alarm” on their new single.
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.
REZZ and Malaa‘s long-awaited, two-headed aural animal of unearthly proportions has arrived. “Criminals” has been the source audacious anticipation from each artist’s fandom—who often and enthusiastically intersect—but have now directly collided for the occasion.
The track rings of the beguiling mid-tempo riddling REZZ’s catalog, but that has only just began to slither and writhe into Malaa’s repertoire, namely in the form of “Revolt.” Although, the transition has proved a seamless one for the anonymous but sonically marked masked phenomenon.
The track sizzles with the explosive nature of both its creative entities. However it’s rather difficult to discern who contributed to what production-wise, since the song arrives like a bare-bones version of a REZZ original. The grimacing vocal hook, however, harkens Malaa’s handiwork for certain.
Who is Malaa? Conspiracies run rampant. But titles like purveyor of pernicious beats and mixer of maniacal melodies ring with resounding veracity nonetheless.
The French ski-masked menace just hit a noteworthy benchmark, the watershed 25th episode, in his longtime SoundCloud series, Who is Malaa. The mix collection has served as a vessel for Malaa to channel his multifarious musical proclivities, which range from minimal techno, to heady bass house, to his newfound affinity for on-brand nefarious mid-tempo (i.e., “Revolt“).
This latest installment exercises the length of the “Notorious” producer’s palette. From Eli Brown‘s whimsical, dancefloor-destined rework of up-and-coming Aussie powerhouse, Dom Dolla‘s recent “San Frandisco,” to Kage’s pandemic new “Virus,” to Martin Ikin’s soulful Beatport-topper, “Hooked,” the most in-demand house cuts of the moment are accounted for in the 30-minute milestone effort. The malevolent mix maestro’s mantra rings as apt prelude for this one: “You can listen to this shit at the club and go rob a bank afterwards.”
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.
The summer festival circuit might be cooling down, but Halloween lineups are keeping things hot heading into the fall events season. Chief among them comes from the organizers at Diskolab, with Wynwood Fear Factory’s stacked 2019 lineup. Mana Wynwood Warehouse is the place to be on October 25, with Illenium, Knife Party, Gareth Emery, Malaa, and more all making their way to Miami for Halloween.
Additional support comes by way of performances from Matt Medved, EDX, and DROELOE. Wynwood Fear Factory passes and VIP packages are on sale now — purchase tickets here.
Malaa keeps the tone ominous in the newest visual accompaniment to recent single featuring Jacknife, “Revolt.” In Malaa’s typically noir-leaning fashion, the new video is shot in black and white, and depicts various characters wearing the enigmatic producer’s calling card black mask.
Malaa’s impersonating characters smash cars, tout guns, engaging in a variety of crime-laced stunts throughout the video, inciting total mayhem throughout. The video has an artistic edge, replete with dancers spinning in and out of flames, motorcycles, and more. Tune in below.
After more than eight months since its last iteration, a new WHO IS MALAA mix from house music’s masked avenger has materialized, no doubt to his fervent following’s maniacal merriment. Although it’s been a while, the mysterious Frenchman is still at the forefront of driving, propulsive beats. A significant departure from his previous mixes, though, this mix lends itself to the bouncier, Ibiza-friendly sound that’s enthralled the next phase of house music fanatics in recent months.
Stand out tracks from the mix come from a variety of house mavens including “Off” from Dale Howard, a notable Elrow release, in addition to Martin Ikin’s latest release on Toolroom, “How I Feel,” which does serious damage in the midst of this half-hour house-cursion. The world may not be any closer to knowing who Malaa really is, but his sonic identity remains crystal clear.
Their 72-minute set took attendees through an array of both artists’ tunes, sprinkling some IDs and songs from friends like Green Velvet, Valentino Khan, Wax Motif, and many more.
The iconic duo seamlessly wove one heater into the next, no doubt thrilling all who were fortunate enough to be in the crowd. Luckily for the rest of the world, the set has surfaced on DJ Snake’s SoundCloud and is now streamable for all.