Masked man of cosmic creations, Slow Magic has taken on a fan-favorite from Manila Killa‘s recent 1993 album, “Wake Up Call.”
Slow Magic’s vapory, chilled-out remix stands as an organic complement to the original’s subtle, thumping electronica. Both producers are more than adept in the tricky art of creating cerebral soundscapes which compel their consumers to listen as opposed to simply hear or move to—danceable, but not authoritatively so. Slow Magic’s take plays with vocal pitch, creating a rippling effect that emulates the track’s pensive, echoing keys. Where Manila Killa’s initial offering showcases a sobering groove, Slow Magic’s is one of escapism: a palliative proposition to drift inside a soft blue dream.
Slow Magic is currently on tour across the US. The full list of dates can be found here.
The first dates of All Day I Dream‘s world tour have been unveiled, kicking off yet another expansive year for the brand. Twenty-two dates have been announced across six countries so far, with more to be announced in the coming months. Lee Burridge‘s iconic day-into-night parties have become a global staple by now, enamoring international dance fans with dreamy house sounds and crafty décor. LA, London, Moscow, and San Francisco have been announced, in addition to the brand’s return to its residencies in Mykonos and Ibiza.
Just prior to the announcement, Burridge offered a preview of what to expect musically via a brand new Essential Mix; his first since 2016. Introspective, yet whimsical, the two-hour endeavor explores a myriad of new and unreleased records from in and out of the All Day I Dream catalog—including a new work from Lee himself. It epitomizes the sound he’s made into his own over the years.
Now, Flume’s latest body of work is available in full, and the three-year gap since his last full release proves to be well worth the wait. Capping out at 17 tracks with a accentuating visualizer, Hi, This is Flume showcases evident growth from the “Never Be Like You” producer while still managing to hold true to Flume’s beloved brand of off-kilter, genre-twisting appeal across the tape’s 38-minute run time.
Whether he’s collaborating with DJ Diesel and Lil Jon or the Chainsmokers, NGHTMRE seems to have something under the hood that manages to keep fans on their toes at all times. This time around, the ace up NGHTMRE’s sleeve comes by way of a new collaboration with none other than A$AP Ferg. The Gud Vibrations helmer announced the new track and music video on his social media channels. Ferg and NGHTMRE’s new track is dubbed “REDLIGHT,” and it will be released on March 28.
Given the new tune’s release proximity to Ultra Music Festival, it begs the question as to if fans can expect A$AP Ferg to make an appearance during NGHTMRE’s back-to-back set with SLANDER at the festival for what would surely be a raucous live debut of the new joint cut. From the brief teaser video that was posted online, the “Grave” producer seemingly returns to his menacingly hard-hitting form on “REDLIGHT,” and with the assistance of the Trap Lord himself, NGHTMRE might have one of his biggest tracks of the year on deck just in time for one of his biggest festival outings of 2019.
OWSLA‘s josh pan continues to prove himself as an unstoppable force bound by no musical limits. Establishing his initial sound in heavy-hitting bass production but quickly showcasing his shapeshifting artistry from trap to house to lofi-esque beats, pan’s latest production foray into the indie realm should come as no surprise, but still defies all expectation. Teaming up with Mad Decent artist and pop producer Dylan Brady on the collaborative full-length project This Car Needs Some Wheels, josh pan once again reinvents his brand and subtly flexes his versatility as an ever-growing artist.
This Car Needs Some Wheels has many faces, and the only semblance of each track to the next is their minimalist stripped-down foundation. The album’s overarching broodiness makes sense in the context of pan opening up about his vulnerability and his human loneliness in an exquisitely raw form permeate tracks like “Past Lives” and “Save the World.”
“I was self-medicating a lot during this time, really depressed, and towards the end of writing the album, I realized I could be happy, that I don’t just have to hide in myself, and that I could totally depend on and trust other people again,” pan told Nest HQ.
A true concept album, This Car Needs Some Wheels expresses complexity in both themes and musicality from electronic artists that lend increasing credibility to the industry’s growing crossover territory.
Flume‘s surprise mixtape, Hi, This is Flume, is set to land any minute now, and as fans eagerly await the Aussie beat guru’s highly anticipated return, the good news just keeps pouring in. The Skin producer was just announced as a headliner at Lollapalooza this summer, signaling a huge swell in momentum for the beloved electronic experimenter. To hype the Chicago iteration of the festival this summer, Lollapalooza has dropped off a short teaser announcing ticket sales, featuring a brand new, yet-to-be identified cut from Flume.
The “Summer is Coming” trailer, which might even succeed in plugging Flume’s return more than the actual festival, features clips of the iconic summer gathering at Grant Park, soundtracked by the delightfully off-kilter clinks and clicks that only Harley Streten can do so well. Chopped vocals and rubbery percussive breaks come together with a charming, cinematic appeal in the new ID, and if the nameless track is any indicator of the impending mixtape Flume has promised, everyone is in for quite the treat.
Netsky has released a remix pack from his single, “I Don’t Even Know You Anymore,” featuring up-and-coming R&B artist Bazzi and hip-hop icon Lil Wayne as part of his larger Palmtrees & Powerlines project. The four-track remix release showcases Andy C, Montell2099, Nitti Gritti, along with a specialty Netsky Powerlines remix. With an insurgence of energy, the enlisted artists add drum & bass, future bass, and heavier electronic backdrops to the pop, hip-hop, and R&B-leaning original.
RAM Records icon Andy C adds some speed to the original, throwing a drum & bass rhythm with fluttering high-hats, while Nitti Gritti throws cascading vocal chops between bouncing melodic percussion hits. Montell2099 shares a unique pop-oriented take, with a forward-facing bassline that dances alongside Bazzi’s soulful voice. Netsky’s own remix adds a video game flavor to the project, for a final touch in a remix series that adds to the electronic backdrop of the previous original.
Up and coming future bass producer, Tommy Leas, better known as PLS&TY, has been quickly ascending through the ranks of the bass scene with his own unique take on the sound. His latest single, a three way tag team with Dutch producer GANZ in the studio and Nevve in the booth, “Motives” is yet another notch on his future bass bed post. The cinematic tale of heartbreak and indifference driven by Nevve’s emotive top line is brought to life by PLS&TY’s molten bass lines and deeply ingrained groove. It’s danceable, but vulnerable, a song as appropriate for solo listens as it is for packed dance floors.
Autograf have released the debut single from their forthcoming Love and Retrograde EP, which is due to be released in full this summer. It is the group’s first EP release in three years, and the debut track is titled “Hold Me Back,” featuring stunning vocals by John Splithoff. The group has been teasing the track for quite some time now, and the track proves to be well worth the wait.
“Hold Me Back” is a groovy song exudes warmth, making it a perfect tune to carry listeners out of the cold winter into spring. Splithoff’s soulful vocals build the release into a mixture of eclectic and vintage synths paired with an upbeat drop. The track is out now on ALT:VISION.
No stranger to crafting genre-warping productions, visionary Mat Zo continues to stun with his newest Mad Zoo release, Tracing Steps. A master of both construction and exploration, the UK artist has traversed through trance, drum and bass, techno, dubstep, and funk—all while maintaining a sound that’s distinctly his. Fans of Damage Control will revel in Tracing Steps, which Zo notes as a return to his earlier work.
The four-track EP packs a heavy punch with each track clocking in around six minutes of listening goodness and featuring an extended version of “Deep Inside,” the single released earlier in March. Diverse yet saturated with classic Zo sounds, Tracing Steps channels a progressive structure overlaid by a complexity of futuristic synths, distortion, and nostalgic bells. From the awe-inspiring “Tracing Steps” to the dark groove funk of “Lust,” Zo exhibits an artful control of stylistic storytelling. In his work, Mat Zo delivers anything but the standard, once again championing a soundscape unlike any other.