David Guetta remixes Calvin Harris and Sam Smith’s all-star track ‘Promises’

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David Guetta remixes Calvin Harris and Sam Smith’s all-star track ‘Promises’David Guetta 2018 Credit Ellen Von Unwerth

Is it 2011? Because two of house music’s top guns have crossed paths on a new progressive house remix. Seemingly minutes after dropping his latest album, a tech house mixtape, and a new original with Netsky, David Guetta has stepped in to remix Calvin Harris‘s “Promises,” with the only telltale sign that it is indeed 2018 being that certified star and modern-day pop crooner Sam Smith is in on the momentous endeavor.

Leaning in to his recent creative exploration across genre and sound, Guetta has brought “Promises” from its 80s-leaning neo-pop to an energetic house style. With production that manages to maintain subtle melancholy with a simultaneous uplifting progression, this remix is precise, and a welcome reminder of the progressive house apex in the mid 2010s. Guetta’s rendition works in creating simple synth melodies in a manner that almost sounds (dare we say) Swedish, given the trio’s chord progressions tend to ring with resplendence with minimal production froth to weigh them down.

Calvin Harris and Sam Smith celebrate glamorous New York house culture in new ‘Promises’ video

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Calvin Harris and Sam Smith celebrate glamorous New York house culture in new ‘Promises’ videoCalvin Harris Sam Smith Promises Video Screenshot

Calvin Harris and Sam Smith have proved to be nothing short of a match made in heaven on their summer blockbuster, “Promises.”Calvin Harris has safely secured another chart-climbing hit alongside Smith, and now the pair’s collaboration gets an official music video release. The new “Promises” video is an ode to the underground house scene in New York City. The seductive house ballad’s video begins with testimonials from different New Yorkers expressing the energy and inclusion their community provides.

Smith’s sultry vocals shine through as clips of he and Harris in a dark, glamorous ballroom flash by. The Emil Nava-directed accompaniment juxtaposes homemade footage with carefree disco ball-clad clips from the club for a video feature that perfectly matches the track’s infectious aesthetic.

Calvin Harris announces forthcoming Sam Smith collaboration, due Friday

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Calvin Harris announces forthcoming Sam Smith collaboration, due FridayCalvin 600

The August 17 installment of New Music Friday will see Sam Smith re-enter the electronic release ring alongside dance floor dominator, Calvin Harris.

Harris notified fans of the forthcoming single via Twitter, sharing a salmon snapshot of the collaboration’s artwork.

Entitled “Promises,” the joint production signals Smith’s return to electronic features, sonic territory that Smith has not treaded since his work with Disclosure on the duo’s sophomore album, Caracal, released in 2015. Smith originally lent his vocals to Disclosure’s 2013 platinum certified house heater, “Latch.”

Harris remained mum on the specifics of the single’s sound, but listeners can nonetheless expect the song to potently embody the synergy of Harris and Smith’s musical mastery.

H/T: EDM Tunes

Step aside, men: Study of pop music finds rise in sadness, upward trend in female chart toppers

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I’m gunna let you finish, Kanye, but uh…

Female singers with upbeat dance songs are far more likely to top the music charts nowadays, according to new findings by researchers at the University of California, Irvine. The study also found a downward musical trend in happiness and an increase in sadness.

The study, published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, examined 500,000 popular songs released in the UK over a three decade period, from 1985 and 2015, and categorized them each based on their mood.

“‘Happiness’ is going down, ‘brightness’ is going down, ‘sadness’ is going up, and at the same time, the songs are becoming more ‘danceable’ and more ‘party-like,’” co-author Natalia L. Komarova told The Associated Press.

Of course, researchers emphasize that a gradual decrease in the average “happiness” index does not mean that all successful songs in 1985 were “happy” and all successful songs in 2015 were “sad.” They were looking for average trends in the acoustic properties of music and the moods describing the sounds.

The overall mood shifts in the songs’ musical elements fall in line with past studies that have examined lyrical content changes over the years. They have found that positive emotions, on the whole, have declined; while indicators of loneliness and social isolation have increased.

“So it looks like, while the overall mood is becoming less happy, people seem to want to forget it all and dance,” says Komarova, a mathematician and evolutionary biologist who led the study. She added, “The public seems to prefer happier songs, even though more and more unhappy songs are being released each year.”

Some songs with a low happiness index in 2014 include “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith, “Whispers” by Passenger and “Unmissable” by Gorgon City. Songs from 1985 with a high happiness index include “Glory Days” by Bruce Springsteen, “Would I Lie to You?” by the Eurythmics, and “Freedom” by Wham!

Additionally, researchers found the most successful musical genres of recent are dance and pop, with a “clear downward trend” in the success of rock, beginning in the early 2000s.

The researchers also found that the “maleness” of songs — or the frequency of male singers in popular music — has decreased over the last 30 years. “Interestingly, successful songs exhibit their own distinct behavior: They tend to be happier, more party-like, less relaxed and more likely to be sung by a woman than most.”

The same trends hold true for the US market, based on a preliminary review of data by researchers. A few 2014 hits that meet the study’s qualifications for successful pop music include Clean Bandit‘s “Rather Be,” Taylor Swift‘s “Shake It Off,” and Meghan Trainor‘s “All About That Bass.”

The findings arrive at a critical time when the music industry is grappling with issues of gender inequality, where men are overwhelmingly dominating the visible ranks of artists and songwriters, despite studies such as these, which show a strong cultural/consumer yearning for female dance/pop hits in the contemporary global music climate.

Read the fully study by UC Irvine here.

H/T: Stereogum

MK delivers house take of Sam Smith’s ‘Pray’ [Stream]

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Sam Smith’s smooth vocals settle in nicely on house tracks. Disclosure knew it and exemplified it on “Latch,” and now, MK proves that he too has noted the fluid electronic crossover potential inherent in Smith’s voice on his remix of Smith’s song, “Pray.”

MK doubles down minute wise on his house oriented take of the track that originally appeared on Smith’s 2017 album, The Thrill Of It All. Extending the length of his revamp, and situating it just past the six-minute mark, MK reworks “Pray” in his addition of reverberating—and at times, subtly trumpeting synths—and percussive elements that lend a sense of rhythm to MK’s vision. These same rhythmically constituting components resurface in the moments in which the remix builds, aiding the pulsating drop that elevates MK’s remix to the status of a bonafide club pleaser.

Grammys add Kendrick, Miley Cyrus and more to performers for 2018 ceremonies

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The 60th Annual Grammy Awards has added Kendrick Lamar, Sam Smith, Elton John, Miley Cyrus, and U2 to its list of performers for the Madison Square Garden event in New York City on January 28.

Lamar, who is also nominated for seven awards including album of the year, will reportedly open the show.

Previously announced Grammy performers for the James Corden hosted event include Alessia Cara, Cardi B, Childish Gambino, Daddy Yankee, Luis Fonsi, Kesha, Khalid, Lady Gaga, Little Big Town, Logic, Patti LuPone, Bruno Mars, P!nk, Ben Platt, and SZA.

The 60th Annual Grammy Awards airs live on CBS January 28 at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Source: Billboard

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Galantis provide silky smooth remix of Sam Smith’s ‘Too Good At Goodbyes’

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Galantis have hit a patch of good production form, having been buoyed by the commercial success of their second studio album, The Aviary, which peaked at a respectable fourth place on the Billboard Dance Music charts.

Aiming to conserve the momentum they’ve gathered over the past few weeks, the Swedish duo just dropped a slick new remix of Sam Smith‘s soulful track, “Too Good At Goodbyes.” While Galantis has left Smith’s crooning voice untouched for the most part, the duo has added instantly recognizable layers of their trademark piano samples and a decent helping of digital drum samples, resulting in a supremely groovy rework of the original.

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Sam Smith – Too Good At Goodbyes (Snakehips Remix)

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Snakehips made a name for themselves for savvy, ebullient RnB originals and remixes that are both sexy and energetic. They also have a proven ear for selecting strong vocalists. It should be no surprise then, that the duo have been tabbed to remix Sam Smith’s “Too Good At Goodbyes.”

Intriguingly, the production duo lean into the melancholy of the track’s vocals, creating a rolling, enrapturing remix that is an outlier in their oeuvre. It is an indication of their production breadth and talent that they are able to so thoroughly move away from their normal style to create a mellow track that is as thoughtful and listenable as their take on Sam Smith’s original is.

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The Hot 25: September 29, 2017

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The Hot 25 is the definitive playlist series running through dance music culture and hand­-delivering you the essential tracks of the week. Whether it’s the hottest or quickest trending tracks, brand new music from your favorite artists, or songs from the unknown that should be landing on your radar, Dancing Astronaut brings you 25 carefully selected records that reflect what’s happening in our world.

We lead off this week with Skrillex’s rowdy remix of Kendrick Lamar’s “HUMBLE.” Plus a remix of Portugal the Man by the multi-talented Gryffin, and the remix of The Chainsmokers’ “Young” that is also featured in the dance pop duo’s recent commercial for Tommy Hilfiger. Tiesto makes an appearance on this week’s lineup, along with Galantis remixing Sam Smith’s latest single.  For the beat freaks in the room, we’ve got great news — AC Slater, JAUZ, and Tchami and Malaa all dropped thunder this week.  And don’t miss the legend Armand Van Helden’s remix of “I Need a Painkiller” for a house-focused refresher on why he’s one of the best in the business.

The Heat of the Week: CID – Creepin’

New York’s own Grammy winning producer, CID, takes TLC’s massive 90s hit “Creep” and transforms it into a funky dancefloor igniting pressing. The sample feels right at home in CID’s heavy handed house backbone, perfect for modern day creepin’ — just keep it on the down low.

The Breakout Select: Alina Baraz – Buzzin’

If you’re looking for something slow and sexy, look no further than Alina Baraz’s latest single “Buzzin’.” One of the most delightful vocalists on the scene, Alina blends her sinewy vocals over a backdrop that pulses and pumps with an impossibly catchy beat.

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