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.
Skrillex and Hikaru Utada‘s “Face My Fears” has been met with warm critical reception since the track’s official release of January 18. Now, the Kingdom Hearts 3 theme is getting its own animated visual accompaniment, that perfectly narrates one of Skrillex’s most refreshing collaborations to date. The video splices clips of gameplay footage with nostalgic appearances from some of Disney’s most beloved characters with cameos from Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy, Buzz Lightyear, Mike Wazowski, and Captain Jack Sparrow.
The new visual is set to the Japanese version of “Face My Fears,” though it keeps the echoing English hook intact. The track, which lives on Utada’s Face My Fears EP, recently entered the Billboard Hot 100. Speaking to the publication recently, Skrillex explained the collaboration’s personal significance,
“For me, there’s something [Kingdom Hearts] that I immediately connect with my younger self, back when I was experiencing it for the first time. When you turn it on, it feels like you’re in that world, and when it comes to being a creator, everything you do, in a way, is a synthesis of the things you love in life. My goal for ‘Face My Fears’ was to hopefully continue the legacy of that feeling.”
You may not have heard of CALICA yet, though that’s likely all about to change. The Miami-native indie-pop vocalist is primed to deliver her debut album, Yes, It’s About You later this year, led by previously released single “Give & Take.” Now the record’s second teaser, “Bitch” is spicy and sweet all at once, offering a dainty, singalong-ready take on two people going their separate ways.
The light, tropical-inspired bop ropes together sun drenched steel drums, uplifting keys, and swaying pop rhythms, all wrapped up in CALICA’s irresistibly cheeky vocals. What’s more—”Bitch” comes complete with a perfectly matching video, featuring… you guessed it, female dogs. The retro-treated video adds another glossy layer of pop appeal to CALICA’s newest single, and by the spring, expect “Bitch” to be inescapable.
In recent days, many of us have learned about Nathan Phillips—the Native American elder who has found himself at the center of a viral encounter with a group of MAGA hat-touting high school students. On January 18, while visiting Washington D.C. for the Indigenous Peoples March, Phillips found himself in an escalating confrontation with a group of white, male teenagers attending the March for Life protest against abortion rights happening at the same time. Video footage of the activist drumming in the teens’ faces has captured the public’s attention and thrust Phillips into the limelight, though longtime Skrillex fans might recognize Phillips from another high-profile appearance.
OWSLA heads might know Phillips from his starring role in the music video for Skrillex’s 2012 dub classic “Make It Bun Dem,” featuring Damian Marley. The Tony Truand-directed visual features Phillips facing eminent domain eviction until his encounter with law enforcement takes a turn for the mystical. While his recent encounter with the students of Covington Catholic High School didn’t end in the same fashion as the “Make It Bun Dem” video, Phillips has turned his involvement in the situation as a means to opening meaningful public discourse. Revisit “Make It Bun Dem” below.
Still riding the ravaging momentum of her worldwide “thank u, next” success, Ariana Grande isn’t done flaunting her independence as an artist, and as a woman. The sweetener singer has just released a lavish visual for her most recent track, “7 rings,” a contemporary, hip-hop-indebted pastiche of the The Sound of Music classic, “My Favorite Things.”
The video, touting a pink monochromatic color scheme (down to the gleaming lip gloss), follows Grande through a decadent all-girl house party. Grande is dripping in diamonds as she rap-sings about what she can afford or manifest for herself, which is, well, pretty much anything. Between shattering a YouTube record for most plays within a 24-hour period with the video for “thank u, next,” securing a slot at Coachella as the youngest headliner in the festival’s history, and queuing up a new album, Grande has plenty to boast about.
Techies and programming junkies who follow deadmau5 on Twitch follow the legend as he plays video games and dives into various creation workstations are often given an in-depth peak into his thought process. Sometimes, the mau5trap head honcho reveals production releases, which is exactly the case with his most recent stream. A secret track he made with streamer dronehands, “The Horn Of Jericho,” was revealed, of which deadmau5 reported to have contributed to around half the project — namely, the melody and synth design.
The orchestral low-end bass creates a bed for the high end plucks to go wild, while the percussion offers a more consistent energy. It’s certainly a different side to Joel Zimmerman more percussive arrangements, experimenting with melody structure and patchwork elements.
In other deadmau5 news, he recently released the music video for “10.8” with Mr. Bill off his mau5ville: Level 2 project. It’s an animated, computerized video of organized chaos, contrasting sublimely alongside the complex percussion audio. A busy start to 2019 for sure in Zimmerman’s world, whose debut score is also set to hit Netflix on January 25 in the film, Polar.