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.
Released on Proximity, this talented group of musicians do Taking Back Sunday plenty justice. The vocals from Saint Slumber are impeccable, harmonizing perfectly for an aesthetically pleasing cover of the famed rock band’s original. When layered over some light piano and staccato leads, the perfect verse is born, building into a euphoric, synth-heavy drop.
Saint Slumber is on the rise and Modern Machines is coming off headline shows at Marquee NYC, E11EVEN Miami, and more, so expect this one to climb the ranks.
Illenium never falls short when it comes to a consistent output of singles and remixes. The latest remix to join his rolodex is his take on Angels & Airwaves’ “The Adventure.” The remix has been released via Proximity, and it racked up more than 50,000 plays in its first 24 hours on the YouTube channel.
Illenium’s choice to remix this particular track is an interesting one given “The Adventure” is a punk rock release at its core. Illenium has been known to remix pop tracks, including hit remix for Halsey’s “Without Me” that has been a crowd favorite during his live performances. His take on “The Adventure” has minimal additions to the nine-year old track, but he layers subtle electronic chords and an additional guitar line to the backdrop of the release. His remix gives “The Adventure” another dimension, and showcases his versatility as he applies his production skills to a new and unexpected genre.
YouTube powerhouses Proximity and Trap Nation have teamed up for a second release from mysterious new act SAMAHTA titled “Graffiti.” The budding labels have joined forces under a new force, “Proxnation,” which may signal the start of a more formal collaboration between the outlets. “Graffiti” features US indie pop vocalist Melody Federer, who has also collaborated with acts like Plastik Funk and Telykast.
Not much is known about SAMAHTA, other than that they are looking to make something of a cultural statement with their work. Their press release reads, “Dark times lead society to dark places and we are the light. SAMAHTA gives a voice to the voiceless, a face to the unknown, and arms the masses with change.”
How exactly the group seeks to ignite that change is yet to be seen, though the themes of the first two releases, “Secret Weapon” and “Graffiti” both conjure up associations with resistance and anti-establishment. The message is certainly a timely one; time will tell how effective the group can be in igniting a movement.
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Started in 2009, Proximity has become a staple channel for the EDM scene for both artists and fans. As one of the largest YouTube music channels, Proximity has racked up over 2 billion views and 5.6 million subscribers. From mashups to original premieres to the ZHU x Proximity exclusive, Proximity has listeners covered for all their dance music needs. Recent track postings from Proximity include Axwell Λ Ingrosso, Galantis, and Cash Cash, among others.
Trap and Bass
If you’re looking for your fill of bass music look no further. Created in 2012 as an outlet for up and coming talent, Trap and Bass has secured a cool 804,000 subscribers. On their channel you’ll find a mix of trap, hybrid, future bass, and bass house. Bringing the channel from irl to url, Trap and Bass has also hosted events and been a part of sponsorships worldwide. Recent track postings from trap and bass include DJ Snake, Oski, and UZ, among an up-and-coming roster of trap producers.
Run the Trap
With the intention of bringing 808 and trap music out of the shadows, Run The Trap was built in 2012 to create A New Order for Underground Culture. With 147,000 subscribers its obvious they know how to curate their music. From heavy trap to atmospheric future bass and with features like the newest Ekali x ZHU release, RTT has your deepest bass desires covered. With recent postings of tracks from Flosstradamus and Louis Futon, its no surprise that Run the Trap is one of YouTube’s most heralded channels for electronic releases.