Bit by bit, Tycho is allowing peeks at his forthcoming Weather LP. After delivering “Easy” in April, he’s now released “Pink & Blue,” a satisfyingly low-key collaboration with Saint Sinner.
The sophomore release from Tycho’s fifth studio album is a smoldering, contemplative piece, aided by the Saint Sinner’s sultry vocals. He opens with them right away, introducing unobtrusive percussion elements in the background. As the song progresses, so do the track’s instrumentals, which perfectly complement Saint Sinner’s lush vocals.
“When setting out to record Weather I wanted to finally fulfill what had been a vision of mine since the beginning: to incorporate the most organic instrument of all, the human voice,” Tycho told Mom + Pop.
He’s also treated fans to an instrumental rendition of “Pink & Blue” for listeners who want to soak up the track’s instrumental components to the fullest.
Weather is due out July 12 on Mom + Pop/Ninja Tune. Pre-order it here.
In the days leading up to his Divinorum LP release, Colorado producer Au5 has been slowly unveiling singles from the compilation, showcasing his meticulous dubstep style in its finest form.
He follows up the releases of “Stargate,” “Divinorum,” and “Mesmerize” with the latest: “Dragonfly” with Evoke. The album’s fourth track leads in with a slow build and drifting vocals. Evoke asserts himself from the get-go, demonstrating the sheer power that’s to come from the remainder of the song. The bridge gives a false sense of calm before casting the listener into a deep sea of shimmering synths and bass at the drop. Over the course of the song’s seven minutes, Au5 takes his listeners on a tumultuous sonic roller coaster, soaring above the clouds and diving deep under the earth.
From the looks of “Dragonfly” and its predecessors, Divinorum will see Au5 illustrate his most detailed and intricate work yet, spanning 10 songs that’ve been three years in the making.
“Divinorum in this context translates to ‘[things] of the divine.’ The album is about a journey traversing through a series of different realms beyond reality,” the producer says of the compilation.
Divinorum will be the producer’s first solo LP since 2011’s Anchus Definy. Like Anchus Definy, Divinorum will be self-released and is out May 24.
Couldn’t make it out to Sin City this year for the most colorful festival in dance music? No problem.
As the sun has set on another ecstatic chapter of Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas, Dancing Astronaut rounded up the extended weekend’s most enticing displays from the May 17-19 festivities. From Alison Wonderland‘s trap-tainted main-stage return, to Tchami and Malaa‘s bombtastic joint takeover of cosmicMEADOW, to Skrillex‘s surprise Saturday guest appearance, there’s no shortage of memorable music to muse over for months to come. The bar for the imminent 2019 festival season has been set exceedingly high indeed.
While he may be best known as the Master of Ceremonies for Major Lazer, Walshy Fire is also a producer and DJ of his own accord, and now he’s ready to put forth his debut solo album, ABENG, along with the LP’s first single, “No Negative Vibes.”
The title of the album refers to an instrument crafted from an animal horn that was taken from Ghana to Jamaica. Slaves would use this instrument to communicate over long distances in a way only people within their community could understand.
This title is quite profound provided that Walshy’s presence in Major Lazer gives the group real authenticity. Diplo and Switch (two American DJs) started Major Lazer back in 2008, but Walshy was born in Kingston, Jamaica, a city where Major Lazer draws heavy musical influence. After the extreme success of “Lean On“, Walshy and Major Lazer began touring all over the world including Africa, which had an acute effect on him as a producer.
“The intention [of ABENG] is to make the Caribbean and Africa have a conversation that is louder, and in the same studio or the same stage, at the same time,” Walshy says.
Just as the abeng traveled from Africa to the Carribean, the music of those two regions have shared influence for decades, evolving into styles like dancehall, soca, and reggae. On “No Negative Vibes,” Walshy has included vocal work from fellow Jamaican artist Alkaline and Nigeria’s own Runtown for a pleasant, uplifting slow jam.
With the release of his next studio album, Flamagra, just days away, Steve Ellison—known commonly as Flying Lotus—has shared his next single before the drop: “Black Balloon Reprise” featuring Florida’s own Denzel Curry.
Curry announced on Twitter that this single will complete his “Black Balloon” song trilogy, with the first two (“BLACK BALLOONS” and “THE BLACKEST BALLOON”) being found on his 2018 album, TA13OO. Each of the three songs alludes to themes of fear and negativity, as Curry raps on the third in the series, “Lies are on the rise/increase to bigger size/Hard to victimize when evil’s idolized.”
Flying Lotus dedicated the beat for the single to Madlib and Egon, founder of Now-Again records, writing on Twitter, “When I was in college I heard [Quasimoto’s] ‘Come on Feet’ it re-lit my love for sampling and eventually changed my world. Love to you legends.”
Since beginning his career at the ripe age of 16, Curry has defined his reputation as a versatile rapper, lending his vocals to a myriad of different styles across his own releases as well as features in the realms of jazz, EDM, trap, and more. This latest single with Flying Lotus affirms Curry’s interest in the boom-bap sound, a style that is a cornerstone of Flying Lotus’ catalog.
Mija and Kill the Noise have released their long-anticipated collaboration “Salvation,” and the track takes the listener on a dark and twisted journey that can hardly be confined to a genre. The release is stylistically distinct from what fans have come to expect from both Mija and Kill The Noise, but the track is just as captivating as both of the producer’s previous bodies of work.
Mija lends her haunting vocals to the track, and her singing is layered over the top of booming synths that help create a multi dimensional bass backdrop that takes over listeners’ conciousness. The arrangement is overtly cinematic, with inspiring crescendos and prominent drops taking the listener on a sonic ride.
Mija revealed that the track was originally concepted amidst a group of releases Kill The Noise was creating for a movie soundtrack. She comments, “Jake (KTN) hit me up one day asking if I wanted to track some vocals over a song he was working on for movie soundtrack,” Mija explained. “I’d never done anything like that before, so it felt like an exciting new challenge. I wrote/sang the verse, added some vocal effects, and sent it back to him. We ended up loving it so much that we felt it needed a proper release.”
“Salvation” is out now via Proximity and Sony Masterworks.
WUKILEAKS is the (now-not-so-hidden) gem account for DJs across the Internet—a project that started approximately three years ago by Kris Berman—better known as Wuki. The Denver-based producer started off with mash-ups of Busta Rhymes, the Six Flags-famed “We Like To Party” theme, and more, all of which instantly exploded into DJ sets everywhere. One year ago, Berman fused Major Lazer‘s breakout hit “Pon De Floor” with Daft Punk classic “One More Time.”
Now, Wuki gives fans a new take on another masked-robot classic, teaming up with Ship Wrek on “Techno Logic.” The rising LA-based duo are making a ton of noise with their distinct brand of house, adding that flare to the grooved-out bass-line on this new collaborative homage to the French visionaries. Of course, listeners are also welcomed by utter craziness from Wuki under the beloved Daft Punk sample.
Avicii‘s first posthumous release, “SOS” saw featured vocalist, Aloe Blacc, lend his signature vocal tone to an Avicii production once again. The preceding Blacc-assisted anthem, “Wake Me Up,” and the comparatively more current “SOS” each explored themes of optimism and possibility through honest, bare-faced vocals, passionately delivered by Blacc. The undergirding drum work heard on “SOS,” accompanied by steadily climbing, plunky synths, creates an instrumental flair complementary not only to the single’s melody, but to Blacc’s vulnerably weighty contributions. “SOS” surfaced as a poignant reminder of Avicii’s inextricable talent, and now, fellow producer and longtime scene staple, Laidback Luke, has offered a tasteful take of the recent release.
Whereas Avicii’s original unfurls at an unhurried pace well-suited for radio play, Luke’s remix is perceptibly more festival oriented, in both its use of an accelerated bpm and emphasis on high-powered drops that would be of undeniable potency in a large-scale, outdoor setting. Luke drives the song’s distinguishing chords upwards, to sculpt progressive ascents that emanate an unbridled electronic energy.
Making her way to the Art Car for a secret strictly house set, the Run producer gave unsuspecting fans an encore performance glued together by floor-ready dance cuts. Best of all, the secret set was uploaded to Pornhub for everyone’s streaming pleasure. It had to live somewhere, right? The set comes as a highly recommended listen, though, you might want to hold off on clicking the link below while you’re at work or school. Enjoy.
The secret house set I played last night has now been uploaded onto @Pornhub
Each week, New Music Friday sweeps through with torrential force, showering streaming platforms with immeasurable amounts of new tunes. Just like Dancing Astronaut rounds up 25 of the biggest songs of the week for the Hot 25 Spotify playlist each New Music Friday, Lunar Lunes serves as a landing pad for SoundCloud users who want a whole new dose of tunes to kick off the work week.
Kill The Noise and Mija jump-start this post-EDC Monday with a formidable new collaboration, “Salvation,” and The Bloody Beetroots and Ephwurd deliver a powerful electro number in “Wildchild” from The Bloody Beetroots’ forthcoming Heavy EP. Honey & Badger and kramder return to Tchami’s CONFESSION for a groovy new track, “Da Pinte,” and Just a Gent makes “First Contact” in his new single. Wuki and Ship Wrek take on Daft Punk’s iconic “Technologic” in a new “Wukileak,” and Shaun Frank teams up with Lexy Panterra for “Where Do You Go.” Dombresky remixes LSD’s “No New Friends,” and the Nervo sisters are “Sober” in their new single. Summer Was Fun brings a fun summertime atmosphere in his new track, “Frozen in Time,” and BLEEP BLOOP flips Vince Staples’ “GTFOMD.” Joris Voorn delivers a radio edit of “RYO,” and Slow Magic takes on hit song “Old Town Road.”