Sofi Tukker – Best Friend (Oliver Heldens Remix)

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Featuring NERVO, The Knocks, and Alisa Ueno, Sofi Tukker produced the hit single, “Best Friend” last year, which features melodic instrumentation of saxophone, bass guitar, and intriguing percussion. Oliver Heldens has put his own spin on the slow-burning track, taking the piece to new, exhilarating heights. With a revved-up tempo, harmonic builds of colorful notes, and the bruising, distinct Heldens signature sound, “Best Friend” receives a glamorous deep house makeover from the Dutch producer.

His remix of “Best Friend” marks his second production of the new year, as Heldens’ previous collaboration with Dada Life, “Live Vibrations,” was dropped earlier in January. Heldens has been grinding out new music over the past several months, and with a ton of rumored unreleased music on the horizon, we are eagerly waiting for what he has in store for this year.

Lightning in a Bottle drops off diverse 2018 lineup

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Bradley, California’s uniquely immersive festival, Lightning in a Bottle, has revealed the first phase of its 2018 musical line-up, set to take place May 23–28.

In an increasingly monotonous festival market, LiB defines itself in defying the norm. The festival’s forward-thinking curation has presently landed a diverse array of acts from Anderson.Paak & The Free Nationals, to Zhu, GriZ, Fever Ray, The Glitch Mob, Sofi Tukker, TOKiMONSTA, Modeselektor (DJ Set), Emancipator, Nicole Moudaber, The Black Madonna, and more.

Lightning in a Bottle’s strive for diversity in its programming can be best summed in music director and co-founder Jesse Flemming’s words:

“We’re definitely not trying to play the same game we are seeing with all the massive festivals these days when we book our music programming. Forget the big names you can see at 10 other festivals this year. For us the goal is to craft a musical playlist that will perfectly guide people along the experience we’re trying to create. We book each stage to be its own separate journey on any given day and we try to diversify it as much as possible so when you’re wandering around during the weekend you can always find something just right for you. This has been our goal since day one and it continues to shape how we book today.”

More information and tickets to Lightning in a Bottle, which go on-sale January 18 at 10 am PST, are available here.

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Sofi Tukker give their track ‘Best Friend’ some house vibes in new remix

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Grammy-nominated duo Sofi Tukker has returned with a new remix for their most recent collaboration, “Best Friend,” featuring Nervo, The Knocks and Alisa Ueno. The NYC-based producers, who experienced a career breakthrough with their 2016 album, Soft Animals, are currently supporting ODESZA on their “A Moment Apart” tour and had the original track featured on an iPhone X commercial. Now, they’ve created some new material for their opening sets as well as dance clubs around the globe.

Maintaining the high energy of the original, Sofi Tukker packs on some deep synths, conga samples and a more rapid bass-line, giving the track a dance-y, house music feel. It clearly resembles the type of music heard during Brazil’s annual Carnival party, hence the “Carnaval Remix.”

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 6

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA music editor and staff writer Robyn Dexter. With a taste that can only be described as eclectic — to say nothing of a name that lends itself to punnery — DA is happy to present a selection of tracks personally curated by Dexter for your listening pleasure.

What starts as a light, playful tune quickly turns into something much more formidable. Icehunt’s latest tune on Pantheon wastes no time dropping the listener into a vat of heavy, glitchy bass. The producer takes turns switching between lighthearted synths and filtered vocals to a darker, bass-centered sound. It’s completely unexpected and caught me off guard the first time I heard it — but in the best way. A SoundCloud user in the comments described it best: “Was not expecting that. Awesome!”

After seeing SOFI TUKKER open for M83 last summer (and admittedly having no idea who they were), I became transfixed with their unique tongue-in-cheek style. They’re sassy and their music is cheeky and they’re just all-around great. For “Best Friend,” which was recently featured in an iPhone X commercial, they’ve brought along talented friends The Knocks, NERVO and Alisa Ueno. “Best Friend” is probably one of their catchiest songs to date, with a grooving, downtempo bass line and funky filtered vocals.

Oh, Ember Island. The things you do to my emotions. This talented Swedish trio has been on the rise over the past few years with a slew of creative covers and thought-provoking originals. Lately, they’ve been releasing songs from their forthcoming EP through a set of beautiful videos. “Hide Me” is probably my favorite of theirs to date. Singer Alex’s vocals are soaring and flawless, and her strong harmonies give the song an incredibly sturdy backbone. The video for this track is incredible, too. Ember Island’s debut EP comes out in November, and if it’s anything like this, my little heart won’t be able to handle it.

I am so, so happy Arty‘s back to making music under his Alpha 9 moniker. He’s been releasing a lot of pop-oriented music lately as Arty, which is great, but I’ve really missed this kind of ethereal music from him. Earlier this week, the world caught a glimpse of “Lily,” which comes out on Flashover Recordings in early October. He started his journey with the label in 2009, and it’s so awesome seeing him go back to his roots. Though this is only a clip, it’s apparent trance is still deeply ingrained in Alpha 9 as an artist. Can’t wait to hear more like this.

Cheating a bit here because this isn’t a song — it’s a mix. When The Midnight’s “Kyra” randomly began playing on my stream earlier this year, I was hooked immediately. These guys have masterfully modernized ’80s music in the best way: with a combination of heartfelt lyrics, disco beats and groovy saxophone breaks. Being a total sucker for anything with a saxophone, I perused the rest of their music and was wholeheartedly impressed with everything from their Days of Thunder and Endless Summer albums. A few weeks ago, they took over Above & Beyond‘s Group Therapy show with an absolutely impeccable guest mix. I couldn’t not share it.

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Sofi Tukker link up with The Knocks, Nervo and Alisa Ueno in ‘Best Friend’

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Write down New York-based duo Sofi Tukker on the list of breakout artists for 2017. The duo has made huge strides this year, receiving a Grammy nomination before even releasing a full-length album. Clearly, they’re not stopping this run of ’90s house-inspired jungle pop music anytime soon, linking up with some of the best in the game for their latest single “Best Friend.”

“This song is a celebration of our favorite thing ever: friendship. It’s about the kind of friendship where you can talk forever without anything in particular to talk about. Old friends, new friends, all friends! In the spirit of friendship, we just wanted to have some of our friends hop on a verse!”

Their friends do indeed hop on a verse. They’ve teamed up with Broc and Jpatt from The Knocks and none other than praised Australian duo Nervo. The track itself sounds like a jam sesh, utilizing a sax, bass guitar, cowbell and other instruments over a steady drum beat. Sophie throws in her signature catchy chants and vocals, and gives Tokyo native Alisa Ueno a few bars.

The track was even featured on the recent iPhone X global TV commercial. Typically, any track or artist that lands in an Apple commercial turns to gold (Marian Hill‘s “Down”), so we expect this one to gain some considerable traction moving forward.

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Sofi Tukker – Déjà Vu Affair (Callie Reiff Remix)

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16-year-old bass music prodigy, Callie Reiff, has been making waves with her aggressive, 808-driven style — so much so that she’s already caught the attention of the likes of Skrillex and A-Trak. Although her previous outputs have been on the heavier side, the NYC-based sensation stepped forward recently to demonstrate her versatility with her melodic house flip on Sofi Tukker’s “Déjà Vu Affair.”

Still teeming with energy, Callie Reiff maintains Sofi Tukker’s exotic sound but injects impactful percussion, effervescent synths, and bright vocal chops to breathe new life into the single.

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