You might know Salvatore Ganacci from his creative and infectious dance moves behind the decks, most notably at Tomorrowland. The Swedish producer released an equally funny music video for his new single, “Horse,” released off Skrillex‘s OWLSA label.
The visuals for “Horse” continue off the enigmatic DJ’s performance energy with the animal-whispering Salvatore rushing to save his friends from the abrasive humans.
The song is a tribute to raving in the ’90s with the throbbing kick and riding high hat. Going back to Ganacci’s youth was vital for capturing his one-of-a-kind persona, which also included hiring his childhood friend as the director, who runs the production company Business Club Royale.
This May, Ganacci’s will make his EDC Las Vegas debut along with a hefty tour schedule in Europe this summer. He also recently released the high-energy bass house track “Cake” with Megatone off Big Beat’s Ignition Compilation series.
Released as a single from the late Hyperion, Gesaffelstein‘s first album since 2014, “Blast Off” is a testament to the sleek, high profile nature of the project. Featuring Pharrell Williams, the track’s clean bassline and airy synths drum up images of an oddly familiar, though far off futuristic world–and now there’s a music video to match.
The video jumps back and forth between close-up shots of Pharrell’s emotive singing and Gesaffelstein’s light-laced outfit. Fitting the track’s dark but effortlessly glossy style, the video takes a sudden turn, with Matrix-like sceneries growing more frightful and intense with every frame.
Never one to shy away from poignant notions within her music, Wonderland makes her listeners acutely aware of the emotions at war within her: “Right now I’m barely off my knees / But some day I’ll find peace.” The track breathes a vigor and an honesty into stereotypical dance pop, with its inspiriting vocal chants and nuanced, jouncing bass. See the new visual for “Peace” below.
Adding another music video into the mix of those accompanying tracks off upcoming album, No Geography, The Chemical Brothers have unveiled a zany visual appendage for “We’ve Got to Try,” joining “Got to Keep On,” “MAH,” and “Free Yourself” among No Geography tracks to receive music video treatments. The album is set for release April 12.
The video follows the journey of a stray dog who gets taken in by a science lab and trained to use robotic arms that eventually lead it to drive a race car, pilot a rocket ship, and garner the attention of the high-science community. Directed by Ninian Doff —who showed no signs of slacking with the preposterous and uncanny elements juiced up in both plot, acting expressions, and visuals— “We’ve Got to Try” is a strange delight that works incredibly well with the track’s dark techno undertones, rapid-fire synths, and some sweet vocals for juxtaposition.
In the context of the video, the lyrics, “Yes I know we can make it girl / If we just try / We’ve got to try,” take on an eery meaning with respect to the dog and experimentation. However, through a mostly exaggerated and somewhat sardonic depiction of science and discovery, there are glimmers of redemption in the unorthodox relationship between the stray and the female trainer.
The English electronic music veterans also released a record-breaking three-second remix of “We’ve Got to Try.” Named “WGTT 15000BPM F1 NEEEUM MIX,” the remix clocks in at 15,000 BPM; the cut was made for Formula 1 with the purpose of having the remix match the revolutions per minute that a modern F1 car could produce.
Dillon Francis and Cuco have dropped off the new music video for their bilingual collaboration, “Fix Me.” The track’s new video features hilarious superimposed visuals of painful crashes that might hurt worse than heartbreak. From parkour fails to snowboarding accidents to firework misfires, this video is chock full of ways to fall—fans of Chive TV will feel right at home with this one. Emerging producer Cuco’s first offering in 2019 finds him teamed up Francis, amid the Latin Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum selling DJ/producer’s busy itinerary on the “Lost My Mind Tour” tour with Alison Wonderland.
Cuco recently finished up his headlining California tour for the month of February that included two special Valentines Day shows at The Fonda in Los Angeles. In comic fashion, the collaboration also spawned the release of a “Fix Me” candle available for purchase on Francis’ IDGAFOS label website. See the full video below.
Armin van Buuren has released a new track that is nearly unrecognizable coming from the venerate trance and progressive producer. Titled “Lonely For You,” the song taps into an elaborate drum line with a faint drum n’ bass-inspired vibe that adds a unique compliment to poppy vocals, delivered by Bonnie McKee.
The producer speaks about his newest track in an official release, stating,
“’Lonely For You’ was written with the lovely Bonnie McKee. For me, it resembles the struggles we all face with and in relationships, ups and downs. I think it was appropriate to release it around Valentine’s Day!”
The track tells the story of getting over a relationship that has ended, and the moments of feeling alone even though the breakup was the right decision. “Lonely For You” has fittingly been released in conjunction with Valentine’s Day, and the accompanying music video features both Armin van Buuren and McKee dispersed throughout the visual narrative of a break up. “Lonely For You” is a worthy complement to the “Wild Wild Son” producer’s growing list of increasingly diverse releases, and if the Armada figurehead is actually on a mission to prove that he can produce a hit in every genre, he is certainly checking off new boxes with his work on “Lonely For You.”
San Holo offers a heart-wrenching depiction of grief in his new music video for “Always On My Mind,” featuring James Vincent McMorrow and Yvette Young.
The video tells the story of a poignantly profound romance, depicting a woman during her moments of deep sorrow juxtaposed with nonlinear snippets of a relationship. Happy moments the couple share fade to the background, as viewers watch as he discovers her in their room, no longer breathing. The four-minute narrative lends the track’s subtle future bass notes and the sullen vocals a paradoxical appendage.
Sharing the video to Twitter, San Holo wrote, “This video goes out to anybody who’s ever felt hopeless watching somebody they loved suffer without knowing how to help.”
“Undefeated” and its lively, optimistic atmosphere is already built to stay stuck in its audience’s head. Off Josh Pan‘s latest EP, the world within, the lyrical tune shows off his true musicality while serving up an encouraging message of finding inner peace. Its video has finally arrived following a confusing social media campaign, and its plot is certainly as attention-grabbing as the song itself.
We see the protagonist, Pan, just getting into a good space following a breakup, after which he catches a strange ailment that causes him to turn reptilian. Certainly a bizarre plotline, but one that speaks to the song’s overall motif of learning to accept and be happy in the present, no matter what sorts of “lemons” life might present. The video thus far has earned rave reviews from Skrillex and others in the OWSLA camp and beyond.
Coachella‘s soon-to-be youngest headliner ever, Ariana Grande has delivered an expedient succession to her Sweetener album, released August of 2018.
The 12-track Thank u next, which includes the album’s wall-to-wall eponymous lead single and equally sensational “7 rings,” is out now on Republic Records. The album is a stylistic departure for Grande, as she continues her delve into more pronounced hip-hop accents, with trap beats galore and Grande’s rap-singing on a number of tracks. Her most emotionally charged work to date, the listener gets a front seat as Grande mourns, forgives (but doesn’t forget), and reflects on her circuitous relationship history, most recently her breakup with Saturday Night Live comic, Pete Davidson.
The release is accompanied by the official music video for “break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored,” the album’s concluding track. So far, two of the tracks from thank u, next have eclipsed the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100: “7 rings” and “thank u, next.” While Grande may be flaunting her newfound onto-the-next-one attitude, her thickly layered latest album demands full engrossment from its listeners throughout its duration.
Skrillex knows a star when he sees one, and his recent backing of emerging Danish vocalist Elohim should be a telling signal. We’re watching a breakout moment unfold for the young OWSLA recruit, behind the recent success of two Skrillex co-signs, “Connect,” and the ensuing “Buckets.” The latter is a buzzing anthem of unrest, and now we have an equally angsty video to round out the pair’s collaboration.
The new Jonas Risvig-directed video for “Buckets,” takes a deep dive into Denmark’s teen spirit, delving into the anxiousness of European youth culture, evoking distant visual remnants of Skrillex’s Lost Boys narrative from 2011’s “Bangarang” video. Elohim’s shrill vocals ride a gritty trap-influenced foundation as the track’s aesthetically dark video feature perfectly complements the Skrillex-produced beat. See the video for “Buckets” below, and keep an eye on Elohim, 2019 is primed to be her year.