A couple months back, livetronica trio Savoy began releasing remixes of their latest EP, Tomorrow Today, Pt. 1, beginning with their own VIP of the track “The Wolf.” To the joy of their fans, they continued to release quality remix after quality remix on a weekly basis from artists such as 2ToneDisco, Light House, and Summer Was Fun.
Now the group has put the full pack forth, and it’s a hefty one – 12 remixes in total, all available for free. One of the standout tracks in the pack is the remix of “The Wolf” from Varien, who creates a uniquely heavy and groovy midtempo groove – dubbed “industrial pop” – that highlights the dark, eery side of Bright Lights’ catchy vocals to an even greater degree than Savoy’s own remix.
Darkness aside, the remix pack’s 12 tracks span many genres and will have something for just about everyone. From almost tropical easy-listening to weird and wonky bass; melodic house to dubstep and many genres in between. For those that missed them on their live tour, they are switching it up and playing a series of DJ sets across the States this summer. The full schedule for these shows can be found here.
Illustrious indie hip-hop producer Shlohmo has provided his followers with a gift to celebrate Summer’s arrival: a 30-minute minimix packed with brand new edits. He takes on a multitude of singles that have been all over the radio the past year, including Future’s “Mask Off” and “Black Beatles” by Rae Sremmurd, and transforms them into his smooth brand of bass.
Each piece flows perfectly into the next, creating a dreamy and well-crafted mix whose mellow nature indeed fits the season it was made for. Hopefully, the remixes played out during the mix will be seeing official releases in the near future.
Step into the dream world of Xan Griffin‘s newest offering…
The 17 year old producer’s smooth R&B crossover sound is exemplary on “Cancer,” featuring Emilia Ali. The Boston singer’s warm voice shines on the easy listening tune, which follows his last astrology-themed offering, “Gemini.” In line with the astrology reading, “Cancer” is moodier and more intimate than “Gemini,” with gentle production and sensual vocals. Both singles are lifted off of Griffin’s forthcoming, aptly named Zodiac project.
The artist comments on the release, explaining, “I based the song off of the character of a cancer of course. It is a water sign meaning very into their feelings and intimate. The song is so much different from others I have made because it is a major mood change from raging synths and huge build ups to an intimate sensual track that represents this water sign.”
While a young artist, Griffin is making major waves across numerous genres. The California native dabbles in everything from dubstep-leaning remixes of Marshmello and The Chainsmokers to the melodic future bass flavors of his original “U Remind Me” featuring Anuka.
Kris Trindl, known to many as Rain Man, has been mostly quiet on the music front for the first half of 2017. Aside from releasing a remix of Steve Aoki and Louis Tomlinson‘s “Just Hold On,” the Dim Mak-signed producer has been working on new music, like his latest single with MAX, “Do You Still Feel?”
“Do You Still Feel?” shows a lighter side of the artist’s production abilities. The track leans into the pop side of electronic music, with catchy vocals from MAX and flawless production from Rain Man.
The former Krewella front man had a successful 2016, with his track “Bring Back The Summer” racking up more than 3 million plays to date on SoundCloud. The track had a light summer feel to it, as “Do You Still Feel?” does. This latest release, having a similar feel, should be a hit for the duo, too.
“I’m excited to finally share ‘Do You Still Feel’ with the world,” Trindl told Billboard. “I first started the beat with an acoustic guitar and my laptop in an Airbnb during Miami Music Week 2016. The track reminds me of all of the incredible moments I’ve had over the last year touring, performing, and creating music with so many amazing people.”
Swedish duo Icona Pop has long been a fierce pop force to be reckoned with. They went light on the singles for the majority of 2017 in the wake of “Brightside,” but have returned for the summer armed with one of their catchiest to date.
Said to be co-written by Tove Lo, “GIRLS GIRLS” is a fun, fist-pump-friendly vocal track that puts issues of equality and womanhood into the spotlight without getting too serious. Playing with subtle future house influences whilst keeping things as hooky as one would expect from the TEN Music Group act, “GIRLS GIRLS” proves a single every bit worth the wait from an act always welcomed within the dance/pop remits.
Prok & Fitch have become household names in the house and tech scene as of late, having been picked up by labels such as Relief, Suara, and more in addition to numerous releases of theirs making it to the top of global dance charts. The duo have captivated their audience with infectious tech house sounds and raucous sets, making them among the most in-demand acts of the recent house circuit.
Despite an increasingly busy tour schedule, Prok & Fitch have maintained a number of releases just as heavy. Their latest output comes in the form of a re-work to Green Velvet’s classic cut, “La La Land.” They took on this iconic piece in stride, maintaining its standout vocal clips and generally eccentric aesthetic while injecting it with an even groovier, scintillating house foundation.
Prok & Fitch’s “Sweet Sixteen Remix” to “La La Land” will be released through Relief come June 30.
Major Lazer and WizKid have joined forced on “Naughty Ride,” a dancehall inspired heater. The track’s slow, groovy beat and chilled out auto-tuned vocals seem to flex in the space between distinct genres. Half moombah, half R&B, this jam is the perfect soundtrack to any sweaty summer kickback.
Qulinez’s latest release “Boy’s Don’t Cry” is carried by vocals and a smooth guitar melody—a tropical house-infuenced sound that may be a new direction for the duo, who recently signed to Armada. “Boy’s Don’t Cry” opens up to a steady drum beat that builds to a vocal and guitar infused drop that is perfect for a sunny Saturday afternoon. The simplicity of this track could be its best asset.
The Hot 25 is the definitive playlist series running through dance music culture and hand-delivering you the essential tracks of the week. Whether it’s the hottest or quickest trending tracks, brand new music from your favorite artists, or songs from the unknown that should be landing on your radar, Dancing Astronaut brings you 25 carefully selected records that reflect what’s happening in our world.
Additionally, we’ve provided our top picks from within The DA Hot 25, highlighting two standout tracks.
The Heat of the Week: Parcels – Overnight
It’s always a blessing when a piece of Daft Punk work sees the light of day. To many listeners’ surprise, the French robots paired up with Australian band, Parcels, to co-produce their new single “Overnight” that is branded from start to finish with Daft Punk’s signature funk licks.
The Breakout Select: AREA21 – We Did It
At Ultra 2016, Martin Garrix debuted a number of new songs leaning towards the future bass direction but with an unidentified rapper running verses atop. Now surfacing as a not-so-secret collaborative project of Garrix and Maejor, AREA21releases its third original “We Did It” which could be the duo’s strongest piece yet.
Diplo and Katy Perry‘s brief romantic involvement fizzled out some time ago, though the moment in pop history was recently revisited when Katy Perry ranked the Major Lazer frontman third in bed behind other famous former beaus to the world via live stream. Diplo responded a few days later on Twitter in iconic Diplo fashion with, “I won the bronze medal in the sex Olympics.” Now it appears the pair are actually ready to get back down to business, though this time its reportedly in a multi-million dollar deal with ABC to reboot the music television phenomenon American Idol.
Last month, the Perry reportedly inked a deal with ABC to judge a new singing competition television show which coincides with Diplo’s recent mention to Billboard that he was in discussions with the show’s producers. Wes commented, “I’ve also been talking to American Idol on the side to try to help them with the (ABC network reboot) with Katy.”
The bronze medalist’s involvement with the show is unclear, though it appears the two pop giants are working together in some capacity on the series’ second take.
American Idol’s original run on Fox lasted 15 seasons, essentially paving the way for televised music competitions. After years of steadily declining viewership ratings, American Idol called it a day in April of 2016. ABC soon acquired the rights and announced in May of this year that the show would return, on it’s new network, for a sixteenth season in 2018.