Deadmau5 meets Progressive House in Matt Fax’s recent release, which is also the first single off of his upcoming album. “Amnesiac.” At only 20 years old, the French producer has made a name for himself in the progressive house scene and has garnered support from the likes of Armin Van Buuren, Avicii, and Pete Tong among others. Fax blends piano and a slow building complex combination of chords that gives way to a powerful drop. If “Amnesiac” is a testament to the quality of production on his upcoming album, it certainly affirms that it will be an album worth listening to.
Nicky Romero and Cheat Codes have teamed up for a new collaboration dubbed ‘Sober.’ The track opens with Skyler Stonestreet’s vocals which propel the track into a progressive house drop. “Sober” is a slightly slower BPM than we usually hear with Romero’s releases, however the combination of Cheat Codes’ and Romero’s signature styles merge well for their melodic new track.
Coming off of their first hit “Taped Up Heart” Norwegian brothers and producer duo KREAM have released their next single “Drowning” with vocals by Clara Mae. The track will appeal to electronic and pop music lovers alike thanks to catchy vocals and an electronic core. Time will tell whether “Drowning” will have the capacity to garner over 80 million streams like their previous release “Taped Up Heart.” Regardless, KREAM has mastered the blend of pop and electronic music, and we can certainly expect to hear more from them in the future.
Dutch duo Deepend are known for the upbeat progressive house tracks which pervade their catalogue. For their latest release, “Waiting for the Summer,” the producers got particularly resourceful and formed the melody by using beer bottles as instruments.
Deepend posted a video to their Facebook page showing how they utilized the bottles and transformed the sounds into the track. “Waiting for the Summer,” which features vocalist Graham Candy, has more of a tropical tone than most of the duo’s recent productions, and has been released via the [PIAS] imprint.
Watch how “Waiting for the Summer” came to be above and listen to the final product below:
Qulinez’s latest release “Boy’s Don’t Cry” is carried by vocals and a smooth guitar melody—a tropical house-infuenced sound that may be a new direction for the duo, who recently signed to Armada. “Boy’s Don’t Cry” opens up to a steady drum beat that builds to a vocal and guitar infused drop that is perfect for a sunny Saturday afternoon. The simplicity of this track could be its best asset.
Listen via Armada’s YouTube channel below.
2017 has had Martin Garrix busier than ever, with the launch and management of his own record label STMPD RCRDS, as well as producing music under the alias Area 21. The Dutch wunderkind also maintains a never-ending touring itinerary that lands at some of the world’s largest dance festivals, in addition to releasing a steady stream of chart-topping hits, the most recent of which being “There for You” featuring Troye Sivan.
For his latest offering, Garrix drops off “We Did It” under the Area 21 moniker, an elusive ID that was previously crowd-tested at Ultra and Coachella earlier this year. Area 21 consists of Garrix alongside singer and producer Maejor. The duo’s latest release blends dance, pop, and hip-hop elements into a future-bass R&B hybrid product polished by Maejor’s vocals throughout. Switching gears on his new tune, Martin Garrix strikes a refreshing cross-genre appeal on “We Did It.”
Piano, violin, and deep-house synthesis blend together to form Nora En Pure’s latest single, “Tears In Your Eyes.” Released via Spinnin’ Deep, the song is demonstrative of the producer’s classic style, from which she departed with her recent funkier releases, “Wave” and “Convincing.”
The deep house track has been released right before Nora En Pure’s busy upcoming club and festival performance schedule, which includes her debut performance at Tomorrowland this July.
Armin van Buuren has managed to stay on top for over a decade in the electronic music scene, and his new release “Sunny Days” is sure to be another hit to add to his roster. The song features vocals by Josh Cumbee, and it is another example of van Buuren experimenting outside of his traditional trance roots.
“Sunny Days” opens with guitar chords and Cumbee’s vocals before transitioning into a house progression with guitar laced throughout. The song is sure to be a summer hit, and is a great laid back song to have in the background during a “sunny summer day.”
Long-time friends and B2B enthusiasts 3LAU and Audien have teamed up for their newest release, “Hot Water.” Victoria Zaro provides the vocals which are the central focus of the drop, complementing its catchy repetition and deep bass-line. The track has been teased via both of the producer’s social media accounts, and Audien commented on their collaboration saying, “There’s something about collaborating with a friend that encourages risk-taking, dares you to dig deeper sonically, and reminds you of why you make music for a living.”
3LAU also commented on their exploration of various genres in order to create the song:
“Audien & I wanted to make a song that stayed true to our euphoric roots, but that explored a mixture of genres. We wanted to create something that people wouldn’t expect; the result was this dark cathartic landscape of sound that I couldn’t be more proud of!”
EDC Vegas festival goers will have the opportunity to hear the first performance of the song during 3LAU x Audien’s B2B set tonight at the Circuit Grounds (Stage 3). Those who aren’t physically at EDC Vegas will be able to stream the performance via Red Bull TV.
Star-studded collaborations are a forte of Calvin Harris‘, but the cast of talent for his new song “Feels” may be the most packed yet. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, and Big Sean all came together to contribute vocals on the track. The song has a summery vibe, with Williams’ taking the first verse before transitioning to Perry singing an upbeat and catchy chorus.
The track is definitely erring on the side of commercial pop as opposed to commercial electronic music, and is sure to be a top 40 hit — all while building momentum for Harris’ upcoming album, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1.