The most important day of every week: New Music Friday. 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.
Slander and Sullivan King team up for a mercilessly heavy-hitting dubstep collaboration, “Welcome to the Fire.”
The track, featuring dual vocals of Goulding and Conor Maynard, was an instant main stage hit, with fans clamoring for an official release. Yet, rumors began circulating that Goulding would no longer be the vocalist on the track for reasons unclear. The reason has recently been uncovered via Garrix and Goulding’s Twitter exchanges. Due to Garrix’s premature and seemingly innocent on-stage premier, Goulding’s record label made the executive move to pull her vocals from the track — despite Goulding’s insistence that she was enamored with the track herself.
It was only a matter of time until an impressive new artist crash-landed into the ears of millions by way of Martin Garrix’s record label, STMPD RCRDS.
As it just so happens, that moment has arrived. Garrix’s first signee, Crash Land, have released their second single “Time Warp,” following their self-titled debut.
In an amalgamation of sweet nostalgia and soft synths, rapper Crash Land achieves a celestial, melodic flow — one that surely takes its listener on a journey through the sonic time spectrum. “Time Warp” is a cohesive, fresh futuristic take on hip-hop, and yet, it’s one that finds its balance among infused elements of the past. It’s a number glimmering in originality, one that brings innovators like Flying Lotus to mind.
According to Crash Land, the track tells the story of an all-encompassing love and desire that knows no boundaries of time or place. As it begins, listeners are given a mere glimpse into the future, as a wave of euphoria washes over them. Subtle instrumentals are layered underneath the rappers wherein a sharp drum sequence takes its listeners forward in time.
For months, Martin Garrix fans have been waiting to get their hands on a fixture in his summer sets: “Forever,” a collaboration with Matisse & Sadko. “Forever” marks the fourth time Garrix has teamed up with Matisse & Sadko, following hits like “Dragon,” “Break Through The Silence,” and “Together.” Like its predecessors, “Forever” is a well-rounded festival anthem, complete with and a dramatic organ introduction and a nostalgia-inducing melody.
The melodic house collaboration comes just days after the release of Garrix’s track with Brooks, “Boomerang,” which he put out under his old alias Grx.
As Coachella continues to triumphantly expand year after year, official statistics released recently now show that it is the only reoccurring festival to gross over $100 million. The two-weekend event grossed $114.6 million in 2017 alone, falling short behind Goldenvoice’s other widely successful festival Desert Trip, which brought in over $160 million in 2016. Coachella draws in thousands of music lovers to Palm Spring’s doorstep annually, attracting crowds with large dance music headliners such as Dillon Francis and Martin Garrix.
According to an article in Billboard, “Revenue for the festival has jumped seven-fold from a decade ago, when the 2007 gross was reported at $16 million with 62,000 over one weekend,” proving the massive growth of the franchise within the past 10 years. Last year’s addition brought even a larger crowd after Goldenvoice was granted approval to increase the audience size by officials in Indio, California
While only Beyonce confirmed as a headliner for next year, expected year-over-year growth is looking promising for the weekends of April 13-15 and April 20-22 in which Coachella 2018 will officially take place.
Martin Garrix is back with new music under a long unused alias via his new single with Brooks titled “Boomerang.” The Dutch producer released the track under his original alias Grx — a fitting decision since this latest single is a classic upbeat Martin Garrix track that is sure to get any festival crowd going.
Brooks is a name that progressive house fans have been seeing a lot more lately thanks to his high energy tracks that are not dissimilar to Garrix’s signature style. This is not the first time the producers’ have collaborated, with their production “Byte” released this past April. The duo have mastered a powerful drop that resonates in the mind of the listener far after the last chord in “Boomerang.”
MTV’s European Music Awards is ringing its 23rd annual award ceremony on Nov. 12 and is set to be held at The SSE Arena in Wembley, London, UK. The award ceremony typically celebrates the career success of global pop-stars with European crossover appeal.
Clean Bandit, “Rockabye” f. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie DJ Khaled, “Wild Thoughts” f. Rihanna, Bryson Tiller Ed Sheeran, “Shape of You” Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee – “Despacito” (Remix) f. Justin Bieber Shawn Mendes, “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back”
Ariana Grande Ed Sheeran Kendrick Lamar Miley Cyrus Shawn Mendes Taylor Swift
Dua Lipa Harry Styles Rita Ora Taylor Swift Zayn
Dua Lipa Julia Michaels Khalid Kyle Rag’n’Bone Man
Camila Cabello Demi Lovato Miley Cyrus Shawn Mendes Taylor Swift
Foo Fighters, “Run” Katy Perry, “Bon Appetit” ft. Migos Kendrick Lamar, “Humble” Kyle, “iSpy” f. Lil Yachty Taylor Swift, “Look What You Made Me Do’”
Bruno Mars Coldplay Ed Sheeran Eminem U2
Calvin Harris David Guetta Major Lazer Martin Garrix The Chainsmokers
Coldplay Foo Fighters Royal Blood The Killers U2
Best Hip Hop
Drake Eminem Future Kendrick Lamar Post Malone
Imagine Dragons Lana Del Rey Lorde The xx Thirty Seconds to Mars
Ariana Grande Justin Bieber Katy Perry Shawn Mendes Taylor Swift
Hailee Steinfeld Jon Bellion Julia Michaels Kacy Hill Khalid Kyle Noah Cyrus Petite Meller Rag’n’Bone Man SZA The Head and The Heart
Photo courtesy of Vittorio Zunino Celotto, Getty Images for MTV
Matthew Danger and Uri Illuz are the musical prodigies behind the Disco Killerz alias. They’re no strangers to success, having their music continually played on SiriusXM’s hottest channels, featured in Spotify playlists, and garnering support from world-renowned DJs like Tiesto and The Chainsmokers.
Gary Nesta Pine, like Disco Killerz, is no stranger to success. Pine is best known for being the lead singer for Bob Marley‘s Wailers and for his success with European dance hits like “Love Generation” and “Sound of Freedom.” His rise to the European dance music scene occurred when Pine collaborated with French DJ and producer, Bob Sinclair back in 2006. He was featured on four tracks on Sinclair’s Western Dream album.
The perfect blend between reggae and dance music is this collaboration between Disco Killerz and Gary Nesta Pine. Deep plucks, bells, and Pine’s vocals combined with a warm, tropical vibe carves this song into the perfect tropical vacation tune.
Dutch DJ and Producer Julian Jordan started touring the world at the age of 15 and has not stopped since. Now 22 years old, Jordan has expanded beyond the DJ booth and started his own record label called GOLDKID Records in addition to launching a fashion line. It takes many artists a lifetime to achieve what Jordan has done in seven short years, however, the producer has an energetic and optimistic disposition despite an admittedly heavy workload.
We got to speak to Julian about growing up in the spotlight, his friendship with Martin Garrix, and his foray into fashion, among other things. While he is currently touring in Europe, he will be taking his #Playon tour to the US starting with a headlining show at Las Vegas’s Omnia Nightclub on September 26. We learned that one of Julian’s favorite things about touring is playing new music so that he can get a real time reaction to what fans think of the songs. Be sure to get your tickets to his upcoming show where he will be previewing multiple new IDs, and read our full interview with him below.
You started touring at 15. Do you ever feel like you missed out on being a normal teenager?
Yeah. It was crazy because when I started touring it was all international, so I was traveling all over really quickly. I definitely missed out on some of the time with friends most people have growing up. It’s funny now though because I am booking a lot more shows close to home, so I am actually getting to see friends more now and live more of that life that I missed out on earlier.
You once said that you like to think outside of the box, and that what inspires you are other artists who do that as well. Who are some of the artists who inspire you?
I would have to say Pharrell. I love his music and he is incredibly innovative. I really love his stuff, and he has always been a huge inspiration for me.
Of all of your collaborations, do you have a favorite person that you have worked with?
I would have to say Martin Garrix. We are just really on the same wave length as artists and kind of approach things the same way. A lot of the time you get in the studio with someone and they just want to do things their way, but with Martin we work really well together and bounce ideas off of each other.
You guys grew up friends right?
Yeah it’s funny– we met each other online as we were getting into music, and I would brag to him about this music school I was in. Then he eventually actually joined my class at school, and we went to school together for a few years. He’s one of my good friends
Is there someone you haven’t worked with yet that you would really like to?
I would say Tiesto. He was one of my biggest inspirations growing up and still is to this day. When I was 5,6, and 7 years old listening to music, he was already spinning, and he brought a lot of attention to our country in terms of the music scene. He is definitely a big inspiration for me.
If you weren’t a DJ, what would you be doing?
I don’t know… I mean I always wanted to be an entertainer and be in the spotlight. In school, I would rap on the playground and loved entertaining people. When I found music, that fell into place where I could do something that I love and entertain those around me. But I always like trying new things and I think musically I would like to do something unexpected moving forward, like work with a rock band or something different like that.
Is fashion something you have always been interested in? Or did you learn you were interested in it once you started working on your Chasin’ collaboration?
I have always been interested in it because fashion is an important part of being an entertainer. This isn’t a collaboration where we sat down and had a meeting and did the collaboration. I was just hanging out with them and we were throwing out ideas, and that is where the collaboration was born.
When you aren’t touring or in the studio, what are you doing with your time?
Well that’s hard to answer because I feel like touring and being in the studio is already a really hard thing to balance. I would say I’m usually on my couch and spending time with my family if I am not in the studio. It’s really hard being able to see them and spend time with them, so I use every moment I can get outside of work to be with friends and family.
We got a little sneak peak at some of the new music and remixes you have coming out. They are epic. Will fans at your upcoming Omnia show be lucky enough to get a sneak peak as well?
Of course! I always play new music at my shows, and I will definitely be previewing the tracks at Omnia. I always like to play what I have been working on the studio live in front of fans because that is the best way to gauge whether people will like the music or not. Everyone at Omnia is lucky because I am in the studio for a few days right now so I will have a bunch of new stuff to play for them.
Between Arty and Alpha 9, it’s hard to keep up with the onslaught of new music the Russian producer has been releasing as of late. His newest single is titled “Supposed to Be” and is out now on STMPD Records, Martin Garrix‘s label. Arty joins a small group of artists who have been carefully chosen to release music on Garrix’s emerging label.
The track itself is downtempo with a tropical pop flair, and it will likely appeal to a much broader audience with its catchy vocals combined with the unique style. Arty spoke about working on the song and its meaning to him as a producer.
“Working on this record was an unbelievable experience. The lyrics are so meaningful and powerful that I wanted to make sure that all of the instruments I was using were reflecting the overall significance of the song. We all go through the tough moments in our life when we lose purpose, get stuck in the past, and don’t see how to move on. At these points, we need to remember that God is smiling on us and we have so many reasons to live.”