With the impending release of her sophomore album, hopeless fountain kingdom, Halsey flaunts her distinctive vocal talent in “Strangers” featuring Lauren Jurengui of Fifth Harmony. “Strangers” is a provoking piece that places an emphasis on the identity of both performing artists who are openly bi-sexual, enabling Halsey and Jurengui to communicate a story that’s entirely tenable without exploiting their respective individualities. Halsey said the following of her single “Strangers”:
“I just love that Lauren Jauegui and I are two women who have a mainstream pop presence doing a love song for the LGBTQ community. ‘Strangers’ is just a love song that happens to use same-sex pronouns”.
hopeless fountain kingdom will be available everywhere on June 2. Ahead of the release of Halsey’s highly-anticipated inbound LP, stream “Strangers” now.
Summer’s heating up quickly with a slow-burning new remix from Major Lazer.
The trio has just released their remix of French Montana‘s “Unforgettable” featuring Swae Lee, infusing the track with the group’s signature reggae-pop style. Major Lazer’s rework doesn’t stray too far from the original in maintaining Lee’s vocals, yet lending a catchy, dancehall beat.
Martin Garrix originally premiered his new single, “There For You,” during the second weekend of Coachella. Vocalist Troye Sivan, the Dutch producer’s high-profile collaborator, joined the Garrix live on stage for its live debut – marking one of the weekend’s most publicized moments.
One month – and, seemingly, an eternity of hype – later, the two young artists have released their momentous collaboration in conjunction with its official music video. Marked by the jauntily soothing future bass style which has pervaded Garrix’s recent output, “There For You” is primed to be yet another hit fro the Dutch wunderkind.
Shane 54 embarked on his solo career just around a year ago, and has since showed off his affinity for creating music that blends nostalgic progressive and contemporary trance elements together with catchy vocals. He follows up “Paradise,” his first post-Myon & Shane 54 release, with the summery “First Time.” Uplifting melodies curl around buoyant vocals, building a bright atmosphere which is irresistibly danceable.
“First Time” has already earned the support of Armin van Buuren, who tested the piece out to positive reviews on the most recent ASOT episode on May 18. The piece, which also comes with remixes by David Gravell, Kukuzenko, and Simon Alex, is available for purchase here.
MOUNT has edged into the deep house space with atmospheric productions such as “Something Good” with Nicolas Haelg and his infectious remix to Tom Odell’s “Here I Am.” Soon, he caught the attention of Ultra Music, who signed him on for his single “Bend Before We Break.”
The rising talent has returned to Ultra once again for his newest record “Melody,” featuring Bright Sparks. The track is brief, yet palatable as ever, trailing along breezy synth lines and fluttering piano accents that are pierced by Bright Spark’s crisp vocals. “Melody” is an adaptable tune, fitting just as well into an intimate, at home setting as it does on the main stage.
Alan Walker has captured the electronic world’s attention over his short time in it with his alluring brand of bass-driven music. His singles, “Alone,” “Faded,” and “Sing Me To Sleep” have gained substantial traction and support from multitudes of producers, thus allowing him to climb the ranks to A-list status by 2017.
For his newest release, the producer has paired with vocal powerhouse Gavin James to create a touching composition “Tired.” James offers reassuring verses with his usual emotive approach, while Walker provides moving underlay with pitched-up synth bursts and a simple, yet impactful top line that flows well over the track’s bass-line.
“Tired” has already amassed over four million views on YouTube, speaking to the reach and appeal of both artists involved.
Breathe Carolina and Dropgun have proven to be an idyllic pairing. Recruiting burgeoning vocalist Kaleena Zanders, the artists have forged an enthralling cover of Snap’s “Rhythm Is A Dancer,” which plays upon the original classic’s disco aesthetic while presenting an contemporary house clip fit for summer festival sets.
Kaleena’s vocals add warmth and depth to the otherwise airy concoction, which mixes retro-inspired piano stabs and guitar riffs with hard-hitting future house drops built for the main stage. Indeed, the overall sentiment matches the track’s title perfectly.
Accomplished production veteran Robin Schulz has been booking some prime collaborators for his upcoming Uncovered LP,which is set to release on September 8. “OK,” his newly-unveiled second single from the album, features James Blunt of “You’re Beautiful” fame.
In his usual fashion, Schulz takes listeners on a cheerful cruise through a mellow house soundscape, rife with pianos and bursts of synths that unfold nicely across its development. James Blunt adds a relatable, introspective twist to the piece with impassioned vocals that constantly question whether everything is truly going to be “OK” with the subject of his verses.
Prior to his newest release, Schulz joined forces with David Guetta and Cheat Codes for the energetic “Shed.” Given the impact of both singles thus far, it’s looking like Uncovered will be yet another well-received body of work from the producer.
MORTEN teams up with Norwegian singer Oda for his latest release on Warner Music Worldwide. “Keep Me From You” finds the talented producer back in the saddle for another soaring, vocally-driven production. After a string of successes on boutique labels Dim Mak, Armada, and PRMD, MORTEN worked tirelessly to find the perfect vocal for this major label release. For almost 2 years the production was in limbo, cycling through nine different vocals before he found Oda and her siren-like voice. The result? A finely tuned dance pop record that will charm listeners across the globe.
East Coast ensemble Smle were ahead of the curve where the recently rekindled enthusiasm for live dance acts is concerned. Debuting this month on indie heavyweights Lowly Place, the duo’s latest single continues to show an increasingly sharp coherence for the act’s commercially appetizing take on a niche sect of the electronic dance world. Heavy stepping but infectiously built around Helen Tess’s standout vocal chops, “Overflow” is a glitchy future bass offering of significantly high caliber. This isn’t one for the peak time crowds, but smle’s latest sophisticated and easy-stepping gem is an essential piece of listening for quarter one.