RL Grime announces album release date and unveils new track, ‘Undo’

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RL Grime has announced his first new album in nearly four years. It will be titled NOVA, and the 15-track compilation is set to be released on July 27.  In addition to the album announcement, the producer has given fans an idea of what to expect with the release of the album’s second single, “Undo,” featuring Jeremih and Tory Lanez.

The track skews hip hop, but Grime manages to infuse his signature electronic style into the song’s drop. The producer commented in an official release about his inspiration for the new album.

NOVA came from obsessive ideation on growth, and on transition. The art, and stories, and the moments that inspired me through this record tend to explore this as well. The feeling of leaving behind what was, and of welcoming the foreign. Throughout the process I had this vision of a “nova”, or of a star no bigger than a person launching from earth into outer space and expanding endlessly until its light was all that we could see. That’s the feeling I get from these records, infinite light.” – RL GRIME

Other collaborators for the album will include Chief Keef, Ty Dolla $ign, and Miguel among others, which showcases the producers divergence into a more hip hop style for his upcoming album.

NOVA Tracklist:

1. Feel Free
2. Shrine (feat. Freya Ridings)
3. Light Me Up (feat. Miguel & Julia Michaels)
4. Undo (feat. Jeremih & Tory Lanez)
5. Take It Away (feat. Ty Dolla $ign & TK Kraviz)
6. OMG (feat. Joji & Chief Keef)
7. Shoulda
8. Reims
9. Pressure
10. Era
11. Run For Your Life (Interlude)
12. I Wanna Know (feat. Daya)
13. UCLA (feat. 24hrs)
14. Rainer
15. Atoms (feat. Jeremy Zucker)

North Coast boasts diverse 2018 lineup featuring Miguel, Axwell ^ Ingrosso, Jamiroquai & more

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Chicago’s North Coast Music Festival unveiled the diverse lineup for its ninth edition, returning to Union Park August 31–September 2.

This year’s headliners include Jamiroquai, Miguel, Axwell ^ Ingrosso, DJ Snake, The Revivalists, and Yellow Claw.

Additional artists performing at “Summer’s Last Stand” include Vulfpeck, Snails, RL Grime, Gramatik, and more. This year, North Coast will also debut all-new daily showcases curated by industry collectives, showing off the best sounds in hip-hop, house, rock, and beyond with sets from the likes of The Cool Kids, Lyrical Lemonade, and more.

Tickets and more information are available here.

Featured Photo Credit: Michele D’Amaro

Eminem brings out 50 Cent, ODESZA has their crowning moment, Cardi B shows off baby bump: Everything that happened at Coachella Day 3

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The 19th annual edition of Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival is officially in the books. After Beyoncé handed over her empowering main stage performance on Saturday night, fans probably wondered if the final day of Coachella could ever be as iconic. Fortunately for all, Coachella is a festival that always seems to top itself. Marquee acts, such as Eminem, Miguel, and Cardi B, gave attendees a second wind in the sweltering Indio desert with their closing day performances, along with burgeoning electronic talents ODESZAIllenium, and San Holo.

Here is DA‘s guide to the key moments of day three at Coachella 2018.

Eminem brings out an all-star cast in Dr. Dre, 50 Cent, Skylar Grey, and more 

As Coachella’s closing headliner for an audience of nearly 100,000 people, Eminem knew he had a tough act to follow in Queen B’s landmark two-hour set (which made her the first ever woman of color to headline the festival). Marshall Mathers rounded up an all-star roster to join him on stage — including Dr. Dre50 Cent, Bebe Rexha, Skylar Grey, and Kehlani — to perform some of the biggest career hits.

While Mathers was sure to cover his golden-age hits “The Real Slim Shady” and “Lose Yourself,” his set list didn’t just focus on his own discography. The rap icon was joined by his mentor, Dr. Dre, onstage to perform “Still D.R.E.” and “Forgot About Dre.” The pair even nodded back to Snoop Dogg’s classic, “Nothin’ but a G Thang,” along with a cover of Tupac’s 1996 hit with Dre, “California Love” (which Snoop and Dre had previously resurrected a hologram of Tupac in the latter’s own 2012 headlining appearance).

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Eminem’s mentee 50 Cent then took to the stage for a medley of “In Da Club” and “My Life,” giving the set a nice bookend appeal as it showcased their own hip-hop family lineage. Finally, Eminem was joined by longtime collaborator Skylar Grey as they performed multiple tracks, including “Stan,” “Walk on Water,” and “Love the Way You Lie,” showing off their electric chemistry.

Photo credit: Kevin Winter, Getty Images for Coachella

ODESZA delivers a milestone performance with aerial drones, a live drum line, and many special guests 

Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight of ODESZA had a sparkling 2017 after releasing their critically-acclaimed studio album, A Moment Apart, which netted their first-ever Grammy nomination. What better way to cap a wildly successful year than a spring kick-off performance in one of the world’s most visible festivals.

Back in 2015, ODESZA made headlines at Coachella when they brought out USC’s full drum line for a stunning rendition of their track “Bloom,” along with a live remix of Alex Adair’s “Make Me Feel Better.” So the Seattle-based duo knew they had to one up themselves.

This year, Knight and Mills’ appearance was nothing short of cutting-edge as they filled the late night headlining slot on Coachella’s main stage. Time sped up and slowed down, hearts stopped and began racing all at once, and technological spectacle felt organic in ODESZA’s live performance at Coachella.

Photo credit: Kevin Winter, Getty Images for Coachella

With this year’s inclusion of the highly-disciplined ODESZA drum line — which the pair has been incorporating in their album-accompanying “A Moment Apart” tour — Knight and Mills took this element to its height by incorporating drum line members throughout the entire set. It’s clear that the coveted ODESZA drum line has become a permanent mainstay during the most commanding moments of their live act.

Along the way, ODESZA brought a number of vocalists onstage to perform their various tracks from the latest album. Naomi Wild was first to take front and center in her live performance of “Higher Ground.” Wild’s mic had issues at the start, for which the design team quickly solved as the young singer belted her soft tune to an awe-inspired audience. To cap it all off, Knight and Mills brought out high-powered soul artist Leon Bridges to perform their single, “Across The Room,” as hundreds of aerial drones floated up into the California night sky to erect ODESZA’s icosahedron logo.

ODESZA have been diligently perfecting their live act over the years, working to incorporate immersive visual elements and surprise guest appearances along the way. But never before has an EDM act integrated such a captivating array of LED drones in their act to bring visual production from the screen into the sky. In addition to pioneering their own new genre, the boys can now count themselves spearheads for the visual production side as well.

Illenium brings his full AWAKE live band to the Sahara tent

Illenium is one EDM act that is currently smashing every bar he’s set for himself artistically; and with incredible candor and humility, one might add. The talented and focused artist out of Denver has been selling out arenas, collaborating with everyone whose anyone, and incorporating a live element to his shows. Now Illenium’s AWAKE act has become a mainstay at festivals, including band members Dabin, Day, and Said The Sky.

While in Indio Valley, the artist covered a full spectrum of his own classics in the Annika Wells-assisted “Crawl Outta Love,” his remix of Flume and Tove Lo‘s “Say It,” and his track, “Rush Over Me,”with Seven Lions and Said the Sky. The melodic dub step producer then paid homage to Excision and Zomboy before ending with his track with MAX, “Beautiful Creatures.”

Perhaps the shinning moment of Illenium’s Coachella debut came in the form of a live VIP of his track with 1788-L and close friend, Said the Sky, “Where’d You Go.” Fans have certainly been going crazy over the live edit online.

Illenium x Said The Sky x 1788-L – Where’d You Go (VIP) from EDM

Migos is plagued by sound issues in the Sahara tent

After walking onto stage 30 minutes late, and having sound issues early on, people were apparently not happy with the Migos‘ performance. Yet, within a couple minutes, Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff easily earned the crowd’s forgiveness. The group began with “Higher We Go,” the opening track of Culture II, and by the time they slipped into their second song, “Slippery,” the crowd was in full-frenzy mode. Migos waited until the set’s final stretch to survey their biggest and most recent hits, which included the classic “Bando” for Offset (whose original was given to him by fiancée Cardi B).

“We thank God for making us the greatest group in the world,” Quavo proclaimed as a closing statement. It was the kind of humble arrogance that didn’t quite match the trio’s rather plagued live performance at Coachella.

Photo credit: Scott Dudelson, Getty Images for Coachella

THEY.’s performance included a nod to Kurt Cobain 

As THEY. took to Coachella’s Mojave stage, the rap/R&B hybrid duo surprised attendees with an refreshing and intriguing rock-crossover by covering Nirvana‘s “Rather Die.” Intriguing, because of how odd it seems to take on such a disturbing song and refit the track with a hip-hop drop. Refreshing, because hip-hop acts rarely, if ever, sample rock ballads. THEY. were certainly keen to rework a song from Nirvana’s Nevermind album beyond the wildly overdone “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”

Perhaps Kurt Cobain might have appreciated the subversive move.

Photo credit: Scott Dudelson, Getty Images for Coachella

Pregnant Cardi B brings out Chance The Rapper, Kehlani, and G-Easy 

Cardi B, who recently revealed her baby bump during an SNL performance, brought out a number of superstar friends during her afternoon Coachella performance, with live collaborations with Chance The Rapper on their single, “Best Life,” and G-Easy on “No Limit.”

The “Bodak Yellow” rapper also performed livcuts of “Bickenhead,” “Drip,” “Bariter Cardi” with 21 Savage, and her remix of Bruno Mars‘ “Finesse.”

Photo credit: Christopher Polk, Getty Images for Coachella

Photo credit: Scott Dudelson, Getty Images for Coachella

Portugal. The Man trolls ODESZA fans, delivers rock history lesson 

Portugal. The Man are known for their silly pre-set messages. Just last week, the band used amusing musings like “Having fun? Getting fucked up? Talking politics at family dinners?” and “Kevin’s got a boner” at a performance in Reno, Nevada. During closing night of Coachella 2018, as the sun began to set, the Alaskan rockers delivered a message to ODESZA campers in quirky fashion.

Portugal. The Man – “If you’re here for Odesza, you’re a little early” from Coachella

Yet it wasn’t only fun and games for Portugal, as they spent the entirety of their set schooling attendees with a serious rock music history lesson. After kicking off with Metallica‘s “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” the alt-rock band then surveyed a broad range of classics from Pink Floyd, T. Rex, and Black Sabbath, before ending with a “Hey Jude” sing-a-long.

“To anybody who says that there’s a lack of rock bands at Coachella, it’s not about genre — it’s about music,” the group’s front man shouted. “But if you are gonna complain about the lack of rock bands at Coachella, this is the only band here you need to see.”

Photo credit: Scott Dudelso, Getty Images for Coachella 

Featured photo credit: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Coachella

Kygo and R&B star Miguel get together for ‘Remind Me To Forget’

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“Been a big fan of Miguel for a long time, so I’m very excited to share this track with you,” Kygo said in the caption of a recent Instagram post on releasing a new single featuring the A-list R&B singer Miguel.

The Norweigan DJ prepares for festival season with this new bubbly, trop-house track, sure to be heard at Miami Music Week 2018 and upcoming headline performances at Lollapalooza Chile, Argentina and Brazil. Kygo continues traveling the globe on his Kids in Love world tour, and readers can see a full list of dates here.

Surprise: Flying Lotus drops off seven new tracks

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Flying Lotus is exactly the type of artist to drop off seven new tracks just for the heck of it. When you have a gross film that amounts to massive walk-outs, you pretty much have the green light to do whatever you want after that, and so he has.

FlyLo has dropped off seven new tracks on his SoundCloud channel. Six soundtrack the animated short film, Blade Runner Black Out 2022, a short film that was released in conjunction with last year’s sci-fi reboot of Blade Runner 2049The seventh, “Choo Choo,” is a chilling collaboration with Miguel. “Choo Choo” is reportedly an “unused cue” from the upcoming Eddie Alcazar-directed sci-fi flick, Perfect, which is premiering at SXSW.

While all seven are cinematically inclined segments of atmospheric, neo-noir-tinged music, the greatest excitement these tracks allude to are the endless sonic possibilities FlyLo is so evidently capable of exploring in the future.

NMF Roundup: Slander’s fire collab, Garrix pulls double duty, new Miguel LP + more

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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.”

 

Lookas and Krewella light up New Music Friday with a stunning, emotion-packed collaboration on Monstercat.

 

Steve Aoki unleashed a huge remix of Oliver Heldens and Danny Shah’s future house jam “What the Funk.”

 

Martin Garrix pulls double duty with an official release for his anticipated David Guetta collab “So Far Away”…

 

… and as his Area 21 alias with “Glad You Came.”


RnB prohpet Miguel finally released his full length War & Leisure after months of teasing sexy singles.

 

Bret James laid down some low key vibes his RnB inspired jam “Thank You.”

 

Vice released his dance-floor ready smash “Piñata” with Vice, Kap G, and Justin Quiles.

 

Wiwek gets vicious on his latest installment of the Jungle Terror EP series, Vol. 3.

 

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Miguel steps one foot outside the bedroom in ‘War & Leisure’

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Erotic-funk singer/songwriter, Miguel‘s fourth studio album, War & Leisure, is likely his most conscious, inventive body of work to date. Miguel is most widely known for his massive R&B ballad “Adorn,” which won him a Grammy in 2013. The track was released on his 2012 Kaleidoscope Dream, the LP that signified Miguel’s leap towards a more overtly psychedelic variation of his Pop/R&B production style.

In addition to his emblematic crooning of celestial bedroom sagas, we hear Miguel fighting to remain positive amid the tempestuous political climate in War & Leisure — title befitting. The album sees these two tones merge most discernibly in “Banana Clip,” wherein underneath the overtly phallic overtures, Miguel references the looming prospect of nuclear war with North Korea: “M16 on my lap / We hear missiles in the sky.”

Miguel also takes moments, specifically in the funkadelic, “Told You So,” to channel one his most salient influences, Prince, with lush, throbbing vocals and enrapturing eroticism. The production itself affords War & Leisure an air of wavy psychedelia, brought on by abundant reverb within both vocals and instrumentals, breathy dissonance, and distortion pedals galore — most evident in “Criminal,” featuring Rick Ross.

 

 

 

 

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Miguel puts a fresh spin on ’80s R&B with new track, ‘Told You So’

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Miguel routinely outshines his contemporaries. He’s most comfortable as a musical shapeshifter. After all, his work has largely drawn from eclectic, complex masterminds like Marvin Gaye and Prince — both very much challengers of the status quo in their own right. Much like Gaye and Prince, Miguel packaged his traditionalist R&B hits with standout qualities and, in turn, furthered the stance of R&B as a whole. Just take a look at his phenomenal 2012 album Kaleidoscope Dream, with its hits like “Adorn” and “Do You…” or even his flirtatious rock n’ roll record Wildheart, his most recent work from 2015.

Undoubtedly, Wildheart had its moments, but for an audience that knew Miguel as a venerable R&B singer, he had pushed the envelope a bit far. Thankfully, Miguel possesses amorphous musical qualities, and since then has returned to his R&B roots with vivacious flair.

Miguel will be releasing a new album, War & Leisure, December 1 and so far he’s dropped off a pair of effervescent singles.

“Sky Walker,” the new album’s lead single featuring Travis Scott, was the first, which is a bright number, much akin to his beloved, “Adorn.” Now, Miguel drops off an ’80s-tinged — complete with synth stabs and electric guitar — track titled “Told You So.”

“I don’t want to control you/ I want to set you free,” the belts out. “Just come with me.” Miguel’s pairing of instruments — electric guitars on the upbeat parts and his seismic croons for the chorus — demonstrates just how balanced his music can be. These qualities were precisely what catapulted the singer to stardom and will surely give way to a prodigious assemblage of tracks on War & Leisure — an excellent name for an album whose artist’s very music exudes said multitudes.

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Watch RL Grime perform ‘Stay for It’ with Miguel at EDC

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RL Grime brought out Miguel to perform their new single, “Stay for It” at EDC Vegas last night, June 16. Though the track only surfaced weeks ago, the two artists have been finalizing the production for two years, and Grime has played it sporadically in his sets throughout this time period.

RL Grime posted a few words about the song finally being released via his YouTube channel:

“I had the pleasure of working with one of my favorite artists ever, Miguel. We were both raised in LA, and draw on a lot of the same feelings…as different as our music is. this song began on the back of a tour bus in 2015, and has taken on many lives over the last 2 years.. but as I’ve learned, patience has a magical effect … so thrilled to finally share this.”

RL Grime collaborates with Miguel on the emotive single, ‘Stay for It’

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Henry Steinway, more widely known as RL Grime, has been locked away in the studio pinning down the precise creative direction he sees his career taking. Yesterday, June 1, the LA-native announced his upcoming sophomore LP, Nova, using a self-published zine, which nods backs to the 1990s punk rock underground.

In this creative address, sent to 100 lucky fans around the world, Steinway describes the album as “more than just an album, or single narrative,” but an interactive journey with fans. “I want the Nova project to create spaces where you can feel part of the process,” writes Steinway. How the Grime Master plans to do this is quite unclear, but RL has already begun teasing out new pieces that make up the larger puzzle that is Nova.

Today, June 1, Australian radio station Triple J premiered a brand new RL Grime track titled, “Stay For It,” which features pop/R&B artist, Miguel. To accompany the premiere of the track, Stenway also took to his Facebook platform to give an in-depth look into the collaborative studio session between him and Miguel back in early April. Steinway even included a transcript of the conversation the two has during their studio session:

“I’ve been lucky enough to travel the world off the things I’ve made, and the realization I’ve come to is this: From the artwork, to the music videos, to the live show; hearing the music is just a part of a much greater whole. The thing that unites it isn’t just RL Grime, it’s your experiences. For this next chapter, just like you’ve been with me to share the results of the process, this time I want to share the journey with you as well.”

Arriving only one month after his his dark, cinematic “Reims,” “Stay For It (Feat. Miguel)” is an unexpected collaboration that Steinway intends to be “a marriage of both our sounds,” blending hard-hitting futuristic trap with intensely passionate, emotional lyrics.

View RL Grime’s behind-the-scenes process with Miguel inn the above video.

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