Warm melodies and breezy percussion arrangements complement singalong-primed vocal work and an infectious hook that’s destined for near immediate air wave domination this spring. Cashmere Cat and company navigate their way through a relatively formulaic surefire hit without sounding like there are too many cooks in the kitchen.
Paired with a serene lyric video to accompany the release, Major Lazer, Tory Lanez, and Cashmere Cat find mass appeal harmony on “Miss You.”
Tom Roy, aka Dustycloud, is sending wall-crumbling future house vibrations all the way across the pond to Insomniac headquarters. The Parisian DJ and producer has risen to prominence over the last year with guest mixes on NEST HQ and Dr. Fresch‘s Prescription podcast. Back in October, Roy added to his successes a bass-laden collaboration with Drezo called “House.”
Roy’s newest single, which Insomniac features as their track of the day, sees the producer further hone in on his ability to craft grungy bass lines with the structural components of a traditional house track. As future and G-house continue to infiltrate dance music, Dustycloud will be a name to keep on the radar.
“Love Vibrations,” an enrapturing collaboration by none other than house music’s heavy hitters Oliver Heldens, under the alias of HI-LO, and the enthralling duo, Dada Life, is out now on Heldeep Records.
Undoubtedly, when it comes to these artists, unpredictability dominates the production. Their mastery of deep house vibes contrasts with higher hitting synths makes for an irresistible combination of intense energy and melodic undertones.
“Love Vibrations” features unbridled, oscillating synths complimented by pulsating waves of dark bass progressions that is all tied together by intriguing vocal samples. HI-LO and Dada Life make for an incredible team, with each musician flaunting a different aspect of their artistry by contributing unmatched stylistic details. Although Dada Life has taken a hiatus from producing, their latest work will have listeners up and ready to go for what’s in store from the banana-tastic, champagne showering, beloved duo.
Bassiani, the biggest techno club in Tbilisi, Georgia, began hosting their acclaimed podcast two years ago. Since then, the club’s curation has featured such underground techno artists such as Joel Mull, Fabrizio Lapiana, Jeff Derringer, and JP Enfant, to name a few.
Back for their 35th episode, Bassiani invites CEM — resident and co-founder of gay club night series Herrensauna — to the show for an unforgettable hour of experimental techno. Known for his meticulous selection, charismatic sets, and diverse range of influences, CEM explores both “experimental and dance floor oriented tracks to reveal darker and harder side of his taste in music.”
Since last May, California producer Xan Griffin has been churning out a unique series of songs centered around the signs of the zodiac. His first release of 2018 is the eighth song in the series, “Capricorn,” the sign for those born between Dec. 21 and Jan. 19. The artist has teamed up with WOLFE for a song that’s as adventurous as the accompanying artwork. With a slightly ominous vibe, alluring vocals, and meticulously crafted progressions, “Capricorn” is another shining example of Xan Griffin’s top-notch production.
“Really hope all of you enjoy this song I made as it’s supposed to embody the personality of a Capricorn. Was so fun working with WOLFE especially since he is a Capricorn himself!”
The track could very well be the backdrop of a video game with its synthesized sounds and frantic nature. Pegboard Nerds lean progressive house with “Supersonic,” and the catchy tune is sure to get stuck in the listener’s head.
Supersonic will also be the name of their impending tour, set to begin on February 14th in Houston, Texas.
Ayub classifies his interpretation of trance as “combining the light and dark sides of the genre,” something the listener sees showcased in this remix for Corsten and Lumiere. In the nearly six-minute rework of “Something To Believe In,” Ayub takes the listener on a journey through a transcendent soundscape, led by Lumiere’s emotive vocals. Dancing synths carry the melody and solidify the track’s trance classification with a dance floor-ready bass line. It’s a mesmerizing interpretation of Corsten and Lumiere’s 2017 track.
Ansel Elgort is a man of many talents. Beyond his film debut in the 2013 remake of Carrie, Elgort’s career has since flourished with numerous roles, most notably in The Fault In Our Stars and Baby Driver. In addition to this, he has also had reasonable success as a producer by the name of Ansolo and was a mainstage performer at Ultra Music Festival 2015.
Though his acting career has taken a turn towards superstardom, Elgort still releases music as Ansolo. The most recent addition to his musical portfolio is a hip-hop, trap hybrid track,”Supernova.” The track is pretty basic, combining auditory elements of hip-hop with trap percussion and Elgort’s melancholic vocals.
Alpha 9 debuted his take on Axwell & Ingrosso‘s “Dreamer” at Volta Club in Russia, and his remix of the track has garnered arguably a warmer reception than Axwell & Ingrosso’s original take.
The producer has made the vocals a secondary layer in his rendition of the song, while retaining the futuristic vibe. His remix is the perfect feel-good club track with its upbeat nature and polarizing drop.
Alpha 9 is Arty‘s trance alias, and he’s already off to a hot start of 2018 through releasing “You and I” and debuting this remix.
Twenty-two-year-old French producer Khamsin has been called upon by everyone from Zhu to Mura Masa with Charli XCX to do remixes. Now, he has released an original of his own, “Second Guess,” featuring Anuka. It’s out now on Lowly Palace.
Anuka’s vocals draw the listener in, and her singing leads to a commanding drop that doesn’t fit into a single genre. Khamsin commented on the track.
“The song is a hybrid between my electronic and rock influences. I tried to keep all the sounds as organic as possible within an electronic structure, leading to a new and more personal sound. Anuka clearly emphasizes the mood and adds the energy with her vocals. I’m happy we finally did a song together.”
“Second Guess” is polarizing and sure to garner the up-and-coming producer some new fans.