Lush London lo-fi house producer Ross From Friends has officially signed to Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder label. Now, the bedroom artist has opened the door to his chilled out productions with a new track “John Cage,” ahead of his EP Aphelion out April 6.
Speaking on the track to Stereogum, the producer, born Felix Weatherall, said the song “originally began life as a tune for this goofy hip-hop project that me and my pal Guy from back home always do when he’s in London.”
“I’d be making the beat and he raps.,” continued Weatherall. “It’s always a refreshing approach making tracks in that atmosphere because we’re both always on such a spontaneous tip. When I’m making music alone, I’m obsessive and everything takes hours, whereas with Guy, we’d try and get as many tracks finished as possible in like a few hours.”
With a sound that lends itself perfectly to the FlyLo family, Ross From Friends’ feel good vibes wash over his listeners in a state of low-key euphoria and aptly-achieved bliss. It’s a sound that aligns itself immensely with the latest Washed Out album and the lo-fi house movement that’s sweeping the nation. Though this Ross From Friends may not actually have achieved the cultural ubiquity of David Schwimmer, “John Cage” ensures he’s a worthy name to keep an eye on and an ear open for.
Deep house extraordinaire Kevin Chapman, more commonly known as SNBRN, has managed to appeal to the mainstream throughout his ascension into production notoriety without dabbling fully in the commercial house realm. This is a near impossible feat in today’s electronic music scene, and it’s usually only a matter of time before a producer pivots to expand their fan base.
Chapman has remained steadfast in his house roots, and has just released his debut EP titled U Want It. The EP is everything SNBRN fans would hope for with commanding basslines and pulsing house chords. “Want it,” “Lovin’ Me,” and “Six Shooter” are the three tracks within U Want It, and the only true theme holding the three releases together is the fact that they have been perfectly crafted for live performance.
Chapman is gearing up for a rigorous run of shows across the U.S., and his live set will certainly be one to make given his captivating roster of recent releases.
The Glitch Mob have been priming their return to dance music for some time now and each passing day builds anticipation for their first album in four years, See Without Eyes. The LA-based trio made up of Boreta (Justin Boreta), edIT (Edward Ma), and Ooah (Joshua Mayer) are no strangers to teasing their fans nicely, either.
In addition to announcing their Blade 2.0 World Tour, as well as releasing the album’s leading single, “See Without Eyes,” The Glitch Mob has just released a cutting-edge music video for another single off their forthcoming album, titled “Take Me With You.” The new single, which features Arama’s deep and brooding vocals, is a testament to their highly original, spiritually influenced, desert tinged glitch hop sound.
With visual and aural themes that are at once ominous and hopeful, tribal and progressive, and organic and technologic, The Glitch Mob is proving they’re on the verge of their most inspired project to date.
Industry veteran Danny D’Brito has released his third single under new alias FANGS titled “Bones.” Compared to his previous releases as FANGS, “Bones” drops the ominous undertones and brings in lighter vocals by Emma Zander. D’Brito’s background producing everything from techno to commercial house is reflective in this track, as it combines elements from techno, house, and pop giving it a unique sound that doesn’t quite fit within a certain category.
For those who like to discover artists before they make their ‘big break,’ FANGS is the perfect opportunity to discover someone before their impending ascension. The producer had multiple agents vying to represent his new alias, and ultimately settled on Circle Talent Agency and a management team with a proven track record for taking acts to the forefront of the industry.
The producer releases elaborate videos to accompany each of his tracks, and “Bones” is no exception. The complex video seems as if it could fit within an intense light show or be part of a 3D video series. He is currently working on a live show that he reveals few details about, but we can expect to learn more about this and future releases in the coming months.
RL Grime isn’t a one-trick pony. He’s the undisputed king of trap music, and while the genre has changed considerably since Henry Steinway’s second moniker emerged — RL’s creative output has impressively adapted accordingly. Now he’s preparing to deliver his sophomore studio album, and address the differences between the state of trap music at the time of Void versus where it’s going in the era of Nova. Bridging that gap on his latest, RL has linked with Daya on “I Wanna Know,” dropping off a melodic piece of future bass that’s primed for heavy rotations into the summer months.
Daya, whose breakout came on The Chainsmokers‘ “Don’t Let Me Down,” delivers another anthemic performance, this time complementing one of the most sonically diverse RL Grime compositions in recent memory. It has been almost a year since RL Grime first began teasing his new Nova concept. Now, as it continues to materialize, “I Wanna Know” suggests we’ll find a lot more than just standard trap music when the LP finally drops.
Damian Lazarus is nothing short of extraordinary. From his groundbreaking Day Zero party series in Tulum’s jungles, to his Get Lost mini-festival in Miami, to globe-trotting DJ sets, or his genre-defying Crosstown Rebels label, it’s clear Lazarus possesses a distinctly distinguished drive.
Though it is perhaps his live band project, The Ancient Moons, that is his most adventurous and ambitious project to date. In 2015, he delivered the acclaimed album A Message From The Other Side and toured with Roisin Murphy, playing iconic stages around the world, where his electronic production, added live instrumentation, and vocals opened new sonic doorways he’s kept one foot in since. Now, Lazarus & The Ancient Moons have released their new single, “Five Moons,” featuring the Australian punk vocalist Chela.
Though it commences with minimum intricacy, “Five Moons” steadily progresses into a suspense-ridden, synth-layered bassline. As Chela’s vocals lead listeners down the rabbit hole, Lazarus coalesces her airy tone, and the spellbinding affect of “Five Moons” washes over its listeners, echoing sentiments of the ’70s and embodying dance music’s very own “White Rabbit” moment, if you will.
Berlin-based Korean DJ Peggy Gou wanted to the be the first female Korean DJ to play Berghain. Now, having more than exceeded her goal, Gou’s become the first female Korean DJ to play BBC Radio 1‘s Essential Mix, and she’s not showing any signs of stalling her meteoric rise to stardom anytime soon.
A dynamic testament to her compelling curation and outpouring love for music, Gou moves from Arthur Russel’s “See-Through,” South Korean composer Yoon Sang’s “The Dawn,” and J Dilla’s “U and Ur Smile” with ease. If possessing cool and collected poise were a contest, Gou would indisputably win every time, and her Essential Mix may as well serve as the perpetual soundtrack.
The second single to be released from Claptone’s second studio album, FANTAST— slated for a June 8 debut via Different Recordings and [PIAS] — “Stay The Night” is a tonal deviation from its predecessor, “In The Night.”
A plunge into sonic obscurity, “Stay The Night” couples the low-pitched, gravelly vocals of TENDER’s James Cullen with a pulsating baritone background beat. “Stay The Night” cultivates a drama distinct in its muted sound and its organ-inspired chords and provocative punches of synth work, both of which affect an eeriness that is duly titillating and engrossing.
“‘Stay The Night’ is a very honest song and TENDER tell a story which deeply resonates with me,” Claptone said of the production. “The last track I released was the uplifting ‘In The Night,’ but I need you to experience the other side of my night, and give you a deeper insight into my heart; the shadows that I cast as well as the shadows that haunt me.”
“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.
Trap producer extraordinaires Party Favor and Baauer have teamed up to produce a bruising single, “MDR.” The track begins with eerie samples of distorted vocals and slowly builds with an uptempo progression until the main melody kicks in. With weighty undertones permeating the sound, Party Favor and Baauer have engineered a vibrant and balanced style that is bound to captivate fans across the world.
Intriguing interludes of drum and bass percussion break up the piece, as the dynamic nature of “MDR” creates a suspenseful air of mystery with each breakdown and climax. With their latest collaboration, Party Favor and Baauer’s “MDR” is bound to be a surefire hit on the dance floor.