New York City’s iconic nightclub Webster Hall closed in the summer of 2017, ending a historic 130-year run after being purchased from former principal owner Lon Ballinger by AEG and Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment. The venue closure was a major blow for New York City’s electronic music fans with the loss of Webster Hall’s beloved Club Nights, which hosted the biggest names in electronic music every Saturday night.
Fans were surprised to learn that the venue would be reopening under the same name and resume hosting live music events after rumors circulated that it was the end of the venue’s concert hosting days. After fans eagerly questioned whether the Club Nights series would return, the venue has now officially announced on Twitter that Saturday nights are coming back and “coming soon.”
Those who follow the venue closely won’t be surprised by the announcement. Multiple electronic music acts have been booked for upcoming “late night” shows that happen to fall on Saturdays, including DVBBS, Habstrakt + Moksi, Lost Kings, Rudimental, and more. Skrillex headlined the last official Club Night before the venue shuttered, so it remains to be seen whether the venue enlists an equally notable act for the return of their beloved late night series. Those looking to make their club night return to Webster Hall can track upcoming shows and purchase tickets here.
Rudimental has teamed up with Grammy-nominated UK singer-songwriter Elderbrook to develop a music video with a dance routine for their new single, “Something About You.” The single is included in Rudimental’s newly released Distinction EP, which features The Martinez Brothers, Preditah, Caitlyn Scarlett, and others.
“Something About You” comes with a special music video directed by Luke Davis and staring Michael Socha from HBO’s new Chernobyl series. It’s about the importance of mental health, showcasing an all-male group therapy session railing against the notions of traditional and toxic masculinity, illustrating the beauty in expressing emotions.
The track soothes with lush synths dancing alongside Elderbrook’s sultry vocals. Horns are presented in the hook for a cozy, warm house feel ideal for a group dance routine.
Rudimental and The Martinez Brothers are at it again, releasing their new collaborative single, “Sitigawanda,” a reunion of sound since their 2017 “No Fear” project. Their newest installment features a house backbone from the Bronx duo alongside fluttering instruments and leisurely melodies from the drum ‘n’ bass UK band. The Chichewa vocals are sung by Faith Mussa, a singer, songwriter, and guitarist from Malawi who stands out in his country as an electronic one-man band.
The single teases Rudimental’s forthcoming EP set to drop in July. Early in the year, the band dropped their Toast To Our Differences LP, which reached No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart with their track “These Days” featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore, and Dan Caplen.
Rudimental and Rita Ora converged to support the English drum ‘n’ bass act’s forthcoming album with their new, collaborative single, “Summer Love.”
Lush synths lay a bed for Ora’s sultry vocals to gleam and grow. Rapid drum ‘n’ bass percussion is teased in the first verse, making full descent in time for the hook, which combines elements of pop and breakbeat. The second verse maintains the complex drum arrangement alongside Ora’s full-bodied pipes.
“Summer Love” joins “These Days” featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore, and Dan Caplen, “Let Me Live” featuring Anne Marie and Mr. Eazi; and “Walk Alone” featuring Tom Walker on Rudimental’s Toast To Our Differences long play set to drop Jan 25. Ora herself recently released her second studio album, Phoenix, following her 2012, self-titled debut album.
It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. Even if you’re still in a turkey-induced coma — fret not. DA has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.
To kick things off, josh pan and AWAY have teamed up for a hefty sizzler called “Mask.” DubVision and Raider bring us warm rays of summer with “Yesterday,” and Tom & Collins deliver some house heat with “Swoon.” Bass veteran 12th Planet has unleashed his heavy Swamplex Terrestrial EP, featuring songs like its title track. After a two-year hiatus, Haywyre has released his second track in two weeks, the groovy “Storyteller.” FTampa thrills in a feel-good remix of Sofi Tukker‘s “Brazilian Soul,” and Nicky Romero delivers an acoustic rendition of “Rise” with Matluck and Stadiumx. Chime continues his tour de force with “Goldfinch,” and Tisoki opens up the dancefloor with “All Like That.”
As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.
Rudimental and Major Lazer have released their new music video for “Let Me Live.” The feel-good, inspirational single is about controlling destiny. With the help of Anne-Marie, Mr. Eazi, and a colorful dance team, the music video is just as uplifting as the audio. Throughout the video, vibrant colors are contrasted by industrial scenes that represent society, and the discussion of controlling destiny is shown through the colors donned by all individuals in the project.
The UK singer, who previously worked on Marshmello‘s “Friends,” is shown traveling from London to South Africa. Directed by South Africa’s Chris Saunders, the video features local dance troupes from Johannesburg with additional vocals from the five-time Grammy-winning South African group Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
Rudimental’s third album, TOAST TO OUR DIFFERENCES, comes out Sept. 7. “Let Me Live” is a featured single off their upcoming album. To celebrate, the English band invited Anne-Marie, J Hus, David Rodigan and more to join them on their weekly summer residency at Ibiza Rocks.
Major Lazer cemented themselves as the deliverers of chart-topping summer tracks with their 2015 track “Lean On,” which recently hit its 1 billionth stream on Spotify. On their latest, they’ve teamed up with UK group Rudimentalto deliver another summer heater, titled “Let Me Live.” Both parties have proved themselves collaborators extraordinaire — with Major Lazer working with every artist from Ariana Grande to Travis Scott to Ellie Goulding, and Rudimental with Ed Sheeran and Macklemore — and “Let Me Live” continues that legacy.
Enlisting vocals from Anne-Marie, an artist Rudimental helped launch into now full-on pop stardom, as well as Nigerian singer-songwriter Mr. Eazi, “Let Me Live” is a reggae-pop crossover track that isn’t trying to impress for radio play, but might accomplish just that with its laid-back demeanor. Also featuring vocals from the iconic South African band Ladysmith Black Mambazo, “Let Me Live” is world music on a true global stage.
Veteran English production outfit Rudimental have released the official video for track “Toast To Our Differences,” which is the first track off of their newly announced forthcoming album. The song features Protoje, Hak Baker, and Shungudzo, and merges jazzy instrumentals with subtle electronic undertones to create a relaxing new piece from the “Sun Comes Up” producers. In addition to releasing the video, new details about the album, also titled Toast To Our Differences have emerged.
The eight track compilation will include collaborations with the likes of Macklemore, James Arthur, and Maleek Berry among others. It is set to be released on September 7 on Asylum Records. Fans can pre-order the album here.
Toast To Our Differences track list:
1.Toast To Our Differences (ft Protoje, Hak Baker & Shungudzo)
2.Let Me Live
3.Dark Clouds ft Jess Glynne & Chronixx
6.These Days ft Macklemore, Jess Glynne & Dan Caplen