All has been quiet on the Mako front ever since the duo of Alex Seaver and Logan Light saw Light depart. Seaver has now released his first single as a solo act, and the track, “Breathe,” is out now on Ultra Records.
The melodic track mixes rock, pop, and electronic elements to create a flowing track that can only be describes as pleasant. Seaver commented on his feelings that helped to shape the track.
The track is built around a pained style: a personal and soft voice telling an uplifting story…it’s ultimately something that’s powerful and moving, but it doesn’t come without a little bit of pain attached to it as well.
Upon the release of “Breathe”, Mako will head out on a 33-date North American tour in January of 2018 that envisions the project as a live four-piece featuring a guitarist, violinist, and drummer alongside Seaver on vocals and keys. See if Mako is coming to a city near you here.
One of Armin van Buuren’s biggest hits of 2017 was “Sunny Days” with vocals by Josh Cumbee. In light of the holidays, the Dutch electonic wizard did a refresh of the track, citing that someone told him he should try to put a Christmas spin on the song.
The outcome is “Christmas Days,” and van Buuren slows the BPM down considerably, placing the focus on the vocals as opposed to the production backdrop. The flowing song is the perfect soundtrack for those wanting to have a relaxing holiday.
DubVision and Afrojack have teamed up for “New Memories,” and the simple, yet catchy tune is set to be a radio hit. Progressive chords are the perfect backdrop for the folk-pop vocals, and the feel-good track has broad appeal to electronic and pop fans alike.
This release is coming off of a busy 2017 for Afrojack, who has released multiple heavy hitting collaborations inclusive of “Hands Up” with Hardwell and “Another Life” and “Dirty Sexy Money” with David Guetta. DubVision recently released “Paradise,” and the brothers show no signs of slowing down either. “New Memories” is a product of Dutch powerhouses coming together to make a hit track.
With a keen ear and earnest approval, Mad Decent packs together rich remixes of Calypso Rose’s “Leave Me Alone.” Electronica, house, and a healthy dose of bass all make an appearance, portrayed by producers Yaeji, Tony Quattro, Gregor Salto, Aquadrop, and Mina. As a label that prides itself on supporting new talent, Mad Decent is never short on releases and content. The imprint defined its sound in the latter half of the 2010s as somewhere between party/bass and pop, with its roster showcasing newer and older artists within this spectrum. Having just dropped Volume 5 of their Very Decent Christmascompilation, giving and generosity is an apparent ideal the label is latching on to this season as they bring more music to the masses.
Inukshuk has released his newest single titled “Moving On,” which features RAABERS. The Toronto-hailing producer and singer released a live instrumentation remix of Porter Robinson‘s “Language” back in June and has since been making strides with his own original work.
The Canadian producer’s newest single sees him incorporating the same virtuosic live samples used in his “Language” remix in order to supplement his already refined production methods. “Moving On” is a noteworthy glimpse into the current state of electro-pop. Complete with an infectious vocal sample, harmonious piano melodies, and rapidly shifting drum samples, Inukshuk creates ear candy for those that seek it.
The track further advances Inukshuk’s relatively green catalogue, joining the ranks of tracks like “The Long Road Home,” “We Were Infinite,” and “A World Away,” further solidifying Inukshuk on the electro-pop global sphere of influence.
Fresh off of the success of his debut album, Sam Feldt has released an accompanying double project, Sunrise To Sunset. In October 2017, Sammy Renders, better known as Feldt, released a twelve track debut project titled Sunrise. The album appealed to a broad audience, encapsulating styles from deep house, tropical house, and commercial pop music.
Now, Feldt is back with more tropical sounds to satisfy his listeners insatiable desire to groove. The album acts as a double feature and includes twelve additional tracks to accompany the Sunrise project. The result: Sunrise To Sunset. On it, Feldt enlists a number of features from artists such as Sam Martin, Otis Parker, and Olivia Sebastianelli.
If listeners were content with the tropically influenced pop ballads on Sunrise, their joy will be doubled when they hear Sunrise To Sunset.
Said The Sky and FRND have been teasing a new collaboration over the past few weeks, and the track,”Faded,” is now out on Seeking Blue Records.
“Faded” opens to a deceptively progressive backdrop and poppy vocals. While the intro leads the listener to believe the producers have ventured into strictly commercial pop territory, the intricate house drop adds a surprising layer to the track.
Still, “Faded” is a distinctly new direction for Denver-based Said the Sky, who is known for his forward thinking future bass productions. Little-know FRND is said to be the moniker of a platinum selling producer, but little is known about who that may be. The production quality of the track is certainly indicative of two high-level artists collaborating to create a well-done track.
Oslo-born producer Autolaser has unveiled his latest single, “Down,” a progressive pop tune featuring sugary vocals from Norwegian singer Sturla Larson. Out via San Holo‘s bitbird, the new track came together naturally in under a week for Autolaser and his longtime mentee. The artist explains that it was “kinda fated for [them] to have an official song together,” and it shows: Autolaser’s swooning production perfectly supports Larson’s yearning vocal chops.
“The song was recorded with a lot of live instruments (guitars, percussions, synths, vocals) from a small bedroom,” he says. “And if you picture that, I’m pretty sure you can hear the raw recordings really good. Which makes the track so warm and dynamic. I love that quality, it makes it so personal.”
In celebration of hitting the 10 million subscriber mark, Alan Walker performed his new single, “All Falls Down,” alongside Noah Cyrus and Juliander live from YouTube. This marked the first time that the trio has performed the track live together.
The performance featured Walker on a midi controller and pad and Juliander and Noah Cyrus singing, accompanied by a drummer and a keyboardist.
Julian Jordan has released another hit in the new release with TYMEN, “Light Years Away.” The Dutch producer, who started touring the world at the ripe age of 15, skews more pop with this release, showing his dynamic ability to produce mainstage festival tracks, progressive house, and pop. The song is out now on Jordan’s own label, GOLDKID Records.
TYMEN is an up and coming producer from Amsterdam, and “Light Years Away” flutters the line of progressive house and pop with catchy upbeat vocals with an interesting progressive drop. Jordan recently scored a residency at Omnia, and will be making US appearances in 2018 between the San Diego and Las Vegas locations.