Ookay drops heavy beats again in new Jay Rock remix

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From trap-heavy beginnings, California-based Ookay has proven to be quite the versatile producer as of late with a more electronic, pop-leaning sound. This was most evident on his debut Wow! Cool Album! and continued on for a remix of Portugal. The Man‘s “Tidal Wave.” His latest single, “Bad Habits,” has received widespread approval and was accompanied by a fall tour announcement, putting him in a great position to round out 2018. Despite this streak, the multi-talented musician is taking no breaks in releasing a rework of Jay Rock‘s “Win.”

The Top Dawg Entertainment veteran climbed through the ranks this year with features on Kendrick Lamar‘s Black Panther soundtrack, causing Ookay to hop on the bandwagon. However, he’s decided to revert back to old ways for a second, complementing the bass-heavy hip-hop beat of the original with some pounding trap and dub hits on the remix. A live audience won’t know what hit them when the second drop comes to fruition, consisting of straight distortion and occasional robotic synths.

Ookay will embark on his “Bad Habits” fall/winter tour in November, with special guests Bonnie X Clyde, DNMO, and more.

Tom Morello enlists Whethan and Portugal. The Man to honor Chris Cornell in ‘Every Step That I Take’

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There comes a time when an artist must break out of their comfort zone and experiment in order to evolve artistically. That time has come for Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine fame, whose efforts adventuring into different musical realms has resulted in his upcoming, electronic-laced LP dubbed The Atlas Underground. It’s due for an October 12 release.

One of its singles comes from a melancholic place. “Every Step That I Take” sees him honoring his fallen Audioslave band mate and famed rocker Chris Cornell, who was reported to have taken his own life earlier in the year. Its lyrics subtly mention topics like depression, anxiety, and the struggle to “find the neon path.” Though it taps the expertise of bass sensation Whethan in producing its electro undertones, Morello and other collaborator Portugal. The Man ultimately exert a larger influence over the piece for a relatable, nuanced piece with a long guitar riff at the end that’s radio-friendly to its core. Of the record, the musician stated:

“‘Every Step That I Take’ is about how the dreams, and depression, and love and the lack of it on the emotional steps of the gallows are processed. It was a song written by myself and Matt Shultz from Cage the Elephant and Johnny [Gourley] from Portugal.The Man sings it and it’s just a beautiful song. One of my favorites on the record.”

Morello also joined with SAVE, an organization dedicated to suicide awareness and prevention. The Atlas Underground album will also include features by Steve Aoki, RZA, Pretty Lights, Knife Party, and more.

 

Eminem brings out 50 Cent, ODESZA has their crowning moment, Cardi B shows off baby bump: Everything that happened at Coachella Day 3

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The 19th annual edition of Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival is officially in the books. After Beyoncé handed over her empowering main stage performance on Saturday night, fans probably wondered if the final day of Coachella could ever be as iconic. Fortunately for all, Coachella is a festival that always seems to top itself. Marquee acts, such as Eminem, Miguel, and Cardi B, gave attendees a second wind in the sweltering Indio desert with their closing day performances, along with burgeoning electronic talents ODESZAIllenium, and San Holo.

Here is DA‘s guide to the key moments of day three at Coachella 2018.

Eminem brings out an all-star cast in Dr. Dre, 50 Cent, Skylar Grey, and more 

As Coachella’s closing headliner for an audience of nearly 100,000 people, Eminem knew he had a tough act to follow in Queen B’s landmark two-hour set (which made her the first ever woman of color to headline the festival). Marshall Mathers rounded up an all-star roster to join him on stage — including Dr. Dre50 Cent, Bebe Rexha, Skylar Grey, and Kehlani — to perform some of the biggest career hits.

While Mathers was sure to cover his golden-age hits “The Real Slim Shady” and “Lose Yourself,” his set list didn’t just focus on his own discography. The rap icon was joined by his mentor, Dr. Dre, onstage to perform “Still D.R.E.” and “Forgot About Dre.” The pair even nodded back to Snoop Dogg’s classic, “Nothin’ but a G Thang,” along with a cover of Tupac’s 1996 hit with Dre, “California Love” (which Snoop and Dre had previously resurrected a hologram of Tupac in the latter’s own 2012 headlining appearance).

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Eminem’s mentee 50 Cent then took to the stage for a medley of “In Da Club” and “My Life,” giving the set a nice bookend appeal as it showcased their own hip-hop family lineage. Finally, Eminem was joined by longtime collaborator Skylar Grey as they performed multiple tracks, including “Stan,” “Walk on Water,” and “Love the Way You Lie,” showing off their electric chemistry.

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ODESZA delivers a milestone performance with aerial drones, a live drum line, and many special guests 

Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight of ODESZA had a sparkling 2017 after releasing their critically-acclaimed studio album, A Moment Apart, which netted their first-ever Grammy nomination. What better way to cap a wildly successful year than a spring kick-off performance in one of the world’s most visible festivals.

Back in 2015, ODESZA made headlines at Coachella when they brought out USC’s full drum line for a stunning rendition of their track “Bloom,” along with a live remix of Alex Adair’s “Make Me Feel Better.” So the Seattle-based duo knew they had to one up themselves.

This year, Knight and Mills’ appearance was nothing short of cutting-edge as they filled the late night headlining slot on Coachella’s main stage. Time sped up and slowed down, hearts stopped and began racing all at once, and technological spectacle felt organic in ODESZA’s live performance at Coachella.

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With this year’s inclusion of the highly-disciplined ODESZA drum line — which the pair has been incorporating in their album-accompanying “A Moment Apart” tour — Knight and Mills took this element to its height by incorporating drum line members throughout the entire set. It’s clear that the coveted ODESZA drum line has become a permanent mainstay during the most commanding moments of their live act.

Along the way, ODESZA brought a number of vocalists onstage to perform their various tracks from the latest album. Naomi Wild was first to take front and center in her live performance of “Higher Ground.” Wild’s mic had issues at the start, for which the design team quickly solved as the young singer belted her soft tune to an awe-inspired audience. To cap it all off, Knight and Mills brought out high-powered soul artist Leon Bridges to perform their single, “Across The Room,” as hundreds of aerial drones floated up into the California night sky to erect ODESZA’s icosahedron logo.

ODESZA have been diligently perfecting their live act over the years, working to incorporate immersive visual elements and surprise guest appearances along the way. But never before has an EDM act integrated such a captivating array of LED drones in their act to bring visual production from the screen into the sky. In addition to pioneering their own new genre, the boys can now count themselves spearheads for the visual production side as well.

Illenium brings his full AWAKE live band to the Sahara tent

Illenium is one EDM act that is currently smashing every bar he’s set for himself artistically; and with incredible candor and humility, one might add. The talented and focused artist out of Denver has been selling out arenas, collaborating with everyone whose anyone, and incorporating a live element to his shows. Now Illenium’s AWAKE act has become a mainstay at festivals, including band members Dabin, Day, and Said The Sky.

While in Indio Valley, the artist covered a full spectrum of his own classics in the Annika Wells-assisted “Crawl Outta Love,” his remix of Flume and Tove Lo‘s “Say It,” and his track, “Rush Over Me,”with Seven Lions and Said the Sky. The melodic dub step producer then paid homage to Excision and Zomboy before ending with his track with MAX, “Beautiful Creatures.”

Perhaps the shinning moment of Illenium’s Coachella debut came in the form of a live VIP of his track with 1788-L and close friend, Said the Sky, “Where’d You Go.” Fans have certainly been going crazy over the live edit online.

Illenium x Said The Sky x 1788-L – Where’d You Go (VIP) from EDM

Migos is plagued by sound issues in the Sahara tent

After walking onto stage 30 minutes late, and having sound issues early on, people were apparently not happy with the Migos‘ performance. Yet, within a couple minutes, Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff easily earned the crowd’s forgiveness. The group began with “Higher We Go,” the opening track of Culture II, and by the time they slipped into their second song, “Slippery,” the crowd was in full-frenzy mode. Migos waited until the set’s final stretch to survey their biggest and most recent hits, which included the classic “Bando” for Offset (whose original was given to him by fiancée Cardi B).

“We thank God for making us the greatest group in the world,” Quavo proclaimed as a closing statement. It was the kind of humble arrogance that didn’t quite match the trio’s rather plagued live performance at Coachella.

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THEY.’s performance included a nod to Kurt Cobain 

As THEY. took to Coachella’s Mojave stage, the rap/R&B hybrid duo surprised attendees with an refreshing and intriguing rock-crossover by covering Nirvana‘s “Rather Die.” Intriguing, because of how odd it seems to take on such a disturbing song and refit the track with a hip-hop drop. Refreshing, because hip-hop acts rarely, if ever, sample rock ballads. THEY. were certainly keen to rework a song from Nirvana’s Nevermind album beyond the wildly overdone “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”

Perhaps Kurt Cobain might have appreciated the subversive move.

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Pregnant Cardi B brings out Chance The Rapper, Kehlani, and G-Easy 

Cardi B, who recently revealed her baby bump during an SNL performance, brought out a number of superstar friends during her afternoon Coachella performance, with live collaborations with Chance The Rapper on their single, “Best Life,” and G-Easy on “No Limit.”

The “Bodak Yellow” rapper also performed livcuts of “Bickenhead,” “Drip,” “Bariter Cardi” with 21 Savage, and her remix of Bruno Mars‘ “Finesse.”

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Portugal. The Man trolls ODESZA fans, delivers rock history lesson 

Portugal. The Man are known for their silly pre-set messages. Just last week, the band used amusing musings like “Having fun? Getting fucked up? Talking politics at family dinners?” and “Kevin’s got a boner” at a performance in Reno, Nevada. During closing night of Coachella 2018, as the sun began to set, the Alaskan rockers delivered a message to ODESZA campers in quirky fashion.

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Yet it wasn’t only fun and games for Portugal, as they spent the entirety of their set schooling attendees with a serious rock music history lesson. After kicking off with Metallica‘s “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” the alt-rock band then surveyed a broad range of classics from Pink Floyd, T. Rex, and Black Sabbath, before ending with a “Hey Jude” sing-a-long.

“To anybody who says that there’s a lack of rock bands at Coachella, it’s not about genre — it’s about music,” the group’s front man shouted. “But if you are gonna complain about the lack of rock bands at Coachella, this is the only band here you need to see.”

Photo credit: Scott Dudelso, Getty Images for Coachella 

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Live stream the closing day of Coachella 2018’s first weekend

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Streamed exclusively on YouTube for its past two days of production, Coachella will conclude the first of its two-weekend run this evening.

The music & arts festival’s U.S. streaming partnership with T-Mobile has brought live performances from an array of artists, including Beyoncé, Kygo, and Post Malone, from the stages at the Empire Polo Club to the homes of the thousands who have tuned into the live broadcast to enact ‘Couchella.’

Viewers will again be given the opportunity to exercise their listening preferences today during the live stream via of Coachella’s YouTube channel. As in the previous two-days of Coachella’s live stream, viewers remain able to tailor the live broadcast experience to their liking by setting web reminders and push notifications for upcoming ‘can’t miss’ performances, creating their own artist schedule, and selecting the appearances that they would most like to see from a total of three different live stream channels.

The final day of the first weekend of Coachella 2018 is marked by a series of momentous performances from industry juggernauts like Portugal. The Man, ODESZA, and Migos.

Sunday, April 15 Live Stream Schedule:
03:35 – Noname (3)
03:40 – Lion Babe (1)
03:40 – Magic Giant (2)
04:10 – San Holo (VR)
04:20 – THEY. (3)
04:25 – Nothing But Thieves (2)
04:40 – LANY (1)
04:40 – LANY (VR)
05:05 – San Holo (3)
05:10 – Dej Loaf (2)
05:45 – Vance Joy (1)
05:45 – Vance Joy (VR)
06:00 – Amine (2)
06:00 – Petit Biscuit (3)
06:30 – Jessie Ware (1)
06:30 – Petit Biscuit (VR)
06:50 – FIDLAR (2)
06:50 – French Montana (3)
06:50 – French Montana (VR)
07:35 – Aurora (2)
07:35 – Jacob Banks (3)
08:00 – Portugal. the Man (1)
08:00 – Portugal. the Man (VR)
08:20 – Kamasi Washington (2)
09:15 – Illenium (3)
09:25 – 6LACK (2)
09:55 – Odesza (1)
09:55 – Odesza (VR)
10:10 – Soulwax (2)
10:15 – Ibeyi (3)
11:05 – Migos (1)
11:05 – Migos (VR)
11:10 – Kamaiyah (2)

H/T: ALT 98.7 FM

Outside Lands reveals The Weeknd, ODESZA, DJ Snake, Jamie xx & more atop 2018 bill

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Outside Lands has revealed the 2018 lineup for its 11th installment in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park August 10-12.

Following a fervent 2017 edition of Gorillaz, The Who, and Metallica headlining, 2018 boasts a hefty onslaught of acts, and although the headliners see earlier appearances in the festival season  — The Weeknd at Coachella and Janet Jackson at both Panorama and FYF Fest  — the lineup remains rife with talent and excitement.

The Weeknd is set to perform, where he’s likely to play out his recent slew of new material which features the aid of Nicolas Jaar, Daft Punk‘s Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, and Gesaffelstein. Both Florence + The Machine and Janet Jackson front the bill with performances that will be nothing less than excellent and the lineup also promises a plethora of beloved dance acts. From ODESZA, Chromeo, and Claptone, to DJ Snake, Jamie xx, Tycho, CHVRCHES, James Blake, Gryffin, Lauv, and Whethan, Outside Lands is a music lover’s oeuvre in its late-summer installment.

More information and tickets, which are available starting at 10 a.m. PST April 5, can be found here.

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Lollapalooza announces 2018 edition with The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Vampire Weekend, ODESZA, more

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The Midwest’s premier music festival, Lollapalooza, returns to Chicago’s Grant Park August 2–5 with a newly announced lineup for the behemoth, 4-day affair. Topping the 2018 bill are The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Jack White, Arctic Monkeys, Travis Scott, Logic, and ODESZA, and, most notably, Vampire Weekend — the band’s first live performance in four years.

Other high-profile acts include Tyler, The Creater, CHVRCHES, LL Cool J, Portugal. the Man, and Brit superstar Dua Lipa. The festival’s electronic and dance music bookings are just as thrilling, with a comprehensive roster of veteran and rising acts: Zedd, ExcisionDillon Francis, Galantis, Illenium, REZZ, Chromeo, Hippie Sabotage, Tycho, Zomboy, WhatSoNot, Malaa, Valentino Kahn, Petit Biscuit, Ghastly, Chris Lake, Herobust, and Space Jesus.

Lollapalooza also boasts an impressive undercard with Gucci Mane, Lil Pump, St. Vincent, and Aussie one-woman band Tash Sultana, who rarely tours the US.

With over a hundred names set to appear over the weekend, Lollapalooza truly has become an American institution with something to satiate everyone’s musical tastes. GA and VIP passes to Lollapalooza can be found here.

Portugal. The Man – Feel It Still (Gryffin Remix)

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Gryffin is the latest to put his spin on “Feel It Still,” originally performed by Portugal. The Man. Gryffin’s decision to take on an unconventional remix target should come as now surprise as it was his highly regarded remixes of tracks by illustrious acts like Maroon 5 and Tove Lo in 2015 that broke him into the scene, before the release of his debut single “Heading Home,” in 2016.

Gryffin keeps his sound design bright and spirited, as usual, in his version of the smash-hit: a clear contrast to the Zhu‘s characteristically hazy, enigmatic rendition of the track. Gryffin’s dynamic, sped-up guitar pluck matched with the colorful future bass reverb is a fresh, rousing approach to the to the playfully infectious original.


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ZHU takes on Portugal. The Man’ with remix of ‘Feel It Still’

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ZHU has become the latest in top talents stepping up to re-work Portugal. The Man’s new single “Feel It Still” into their own. The mysterious producer adds a funky flair to the original, transforming it into an even breezier tune that strikes a colorful balance between mellow and energized. ZHU is certainly a master of making irresistibly catchy music, and this nostalgia-tinged remix he’s just fashioned shows why he continues to remain at the top of everyone’s radars.

“Feel It Still” is potentially Portugal. The Man’s most wide-appealing single, and has already inspired the likes of Lido and Medasin to make their own versions.

 

 

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Watch Ojivolta remix Portugal. The Man’s “Feel It Still” live

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LA-based electronic indie-pop duo ojivolta is making waves by mixing indie rock and future funk with tasty drops. Combining their previous experience with GOOD Music and The Neptunes, Oji and Volta have translated their studio savviness into consuming live performances.

For ojivolta’s latest release, the duo offers a rework of Portugal. The Man’s massive hit “Feel It Still,” with a live video performance included for good measure. Expertly programmed drums and heavy bass mix perfectly with slowed-down and sped-up vocal hits, making for an unpredictable ear candy remix.

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