Ducky expounds on resilience with ‘Don’t Give Up Still’

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Everyone’s favorite cartoon girl in a made up world, the talented producer Ducky is again up to her genre-sporadic antics. With a slew of original releases ranging from dubstep to future bass on Steve Aoki‘s Dim Mak, Jauz‘s Bite This!, and her self-owned label Quackhouse, Ducky’s diverse discography has something to offer every ear. Kicking off her year of new releases, she’s materialized with an uplifting progressive single, “Don’t Give Up Still” just released courtesy of Spinnin’ Records. The track is a resplendent progressive track reminiscent of the 2012-2013 Spinnin’ sound.

“This song is a continuation of an idea from years ago,” Ducky writes in a recent press release. “I have an EP from 2016 called Don’t Give Up Yet that was about finally finding hope after a lifelong battle with undiagnosed bipolar and trauma and finally getting help and starting to find relief. This song is about finding myself back in that old place, battling the same demons, going ‘Oh my god, I can’t believe I’m here again’ – and finding the strength to keep going once more, recognizing that I’ve always got that capacity for hope, and that as dark as I go, the light never goes out.”

This emotional significance and positive message can be felt in every aspect of the song. From the galvanizing pitched-up lyrics topping the intro, to the more upbeat and energetic pulsing second drop, Ducky, once again, smashes it out of the park with poise and genre irreverence.

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NERVO team up with Plastik Funk and Tim Morrison for disco house cover of The Pointer Sisters’ ‘Dare Me’

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NERVO team up with Plastik Funk and Tim Morrison for disco house cover of The Pointer Sisters’ ‘Dare Me’Nervo Photo By Chloe Paul

The Australian twin sister DJ duo NERVO pow wow with Plastik Funk and Tim Morrison for a disco house version of The Pointer Sisters’ “Dare Me” to blast off the new decade. A filtered four-on-the-floor beat and guitar quickly come into the forefront as the leading rhythm and melody support for Marrison’s vocals are transported back to the ’80s. With a modern build, the hook comes with a bit more huff and a vocal chop section that keep with the funky style.

2019 was a special year for NERVO as both sisters gave birth, and they were named Tomorrowland Radio‘s first ever weekly hosts. They also released a well-received homage to ZHU‘s chart-topping “Faded” alongside Skazi. After a successful 2019, they teamed up with premier talent cover the chart-topping dance track.

Photo credit: Chloe Paul

Spinnin’ successfully appeals ruling in Martin Garrix lawsuit, overturning 2017 decision

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Spinnin’ successfully appeals ruling in Martin Garrix lawsuit, overturning 2017 decisionMartin Garri Mike WindleGetty Images For IHeartMedia

There’s a reason we’re starting to see artists shift away from major label endorsements. The story of artists getting the short end of the stick and a label lining their pockets isn’t a new one. It’s not easy to imagine that the younger the artist, the easier it is to lock in a label-favoring contract, which is exactly what Martin Garrix sued Spinnin’ Records and his former management for back in 2015. The hit producer won back the rights to his music in 2017, namely the inescapable “Animals” that made him a star. Though now, the Higher Court of Leeuwarden has overturned the 2017 ruling against MusicAllStars and Spinnin‘, meaning Garrix could be on the hook for revenue lost by the label during the period he owned the masters.

In 2017, the court ruled that Eelko van Kooten had a conflicting interest in Garrix, being both director of MAS Management and Spinnin’ concurrently. The new ruling states that both management and label acted within the boundaries of the law, and Garrix was not adequately proven to have been coerced into signing his first contract. It remains to be seen what costs Garrix will incur as a result of the overturned appeal.

Feed Me turns in ‘Nothing Hurts Like You’ featuring Sam Calver [Stream]

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After kicking off 2019 in style with the release of his new album, High Street Creeps on mau5trap, Feed Me is now closing out the year with another new high-energy electro production entitled ‘Nothing Hurts Like You’ (feat. Sam Calver).

Jon Gooch, better known as Feed Me, has always been known for his diversity and lack of restriction when it comes to making music. Those familiar with Feed Me have heard his use of numerous tempos and styles and that is just one of his projects after all. He also dons the title Spor when he produces jungle-leaning material and even had a brief melodic stint under the name Unicron.

Of late, however, Gooch has kept it in the realm of house, and ‘Nothing Hurts Like You’ continues this trend. Being released on Spinnin’ this track flaunts a more pop-infused aesthetic than many would expect from Gooch, but his undeniable talent and taste see him pull it off with precision and grace.

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Zeds Dead team up with Funkin Matt for driving Spinnin’ release

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Zeds Dead team up with Funkin Matt for driving Spinnin’ releaseZeds Dead Live Billboard Credit Scott Legato

Zeds Dead continue their collaboration streak, releasing a project alongside Funkin Matt, “Feel So,” featuring Fiora through Spinnin’ Records. The track showcases a different side to the Canadian duo’s illustrious catalog, taking advantage of Funkin Matt’s groovy electro play with a running synth and dissident vocals that bring a futuristic ’80s atmosphere also supported by the track artwork.  

While the Deadbeats duo normally drops music through their own imprint, this track takes a turn into an alternate space from their previous collaborations including DROELOE on “Stars Tonight,” highlighting their versatility while still maintaining that sound that made them Zeds Dead.  

The Deadbeats tour has been taking names and presenting some of the baddest names in bass music such as Rusko, G Jones, Lick, DROELOE, Peekaboo, 1788-L, Zeke Beats, and many more. 

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David Guetta and Tom Staar offer a little irony on new track, ‘This Ain’t Techno’

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David Guetta and Tom Staar offer a little irony on new track, ‘This Ain’t Techno’Unnamed

David Guetta continues to extend and experiment with his trademark sound with a new release, “This Ain’t Techno,” produced alongside England native, Tom Staar. The track marks Guetta’s return to Spinnin’ Records, which is fitting thanks to the song’s hectic notes and the upbeat tempo that characterizes many of the label’s sterling releases.

Blaring trumpets and energetic chants immediately submerge the listener into a club set along the apex of a night out. The result is a mesmerizing tune that leans heavily on hypnotizing bass chords, spirited vocals, and swirling sound effects. David Guetta has had a knack for taking inspiration from the deeper sounds of house and techno in both his sets and productions as of late. This notion was recently underlined by new music from his Jack Back alias; and “This Ain’t Techno” is a great addition to his ever-fluctuating sound.

Saturday Night Session 012: Toby Green talks tuning out of external pressures and tuning into his love for dance music

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Saturday Night Session 012: Toby Green talks tuning out of external pressures and tuning into his love for dance musicToby Green

Few moments are more sacred than the reprieve Saturday night provides from the daily grind of school and work. Its importance is meant to be emphasized, and thus, a feature dedicated to “doing the night right” was born. Saturday Night Sessions are set around energizing mixes meant to get the party started. New or old, each episode has one cornerstone thing in similarity: they serve as the perfect backdrop for the weekend pregame.

Toby Green has hit 100 million streams by the age of 22, and the Danish producer is only getting started. Many artists early on in their careers are evolving and trying to define a signature style. Green’s releases are united by their infectious energy and ability to lure everyone to the dance floor, and labels spanning from Dim Mak to Spinnin’ Records have taken notice. Influenced by acts like The Chemical Brothers and The Prodigy, Green describes his style as ‘Stadium Rave.’

According to him, this means, “The ‘stadium rave’ sound is really just me going back to making music for me, drawing inspiration from all the sounds that have made me go ‘Oh damn, that’s sick’ throughout my life.” He continues, “When I was a kid, my older brother introduced me to acts like The Prodigy, Chemical Brothers etc. but it wasn’t until recently that I realized how big of a role that sound has played in my life. I grew up on a mix of Euro dance (Special D is still the GOAT for me) and UK rave music. The ‘stadium rave’ sound is definitely a homage to my musical upbringing.”

In addition to his brother introducing some of his favorite musical influences to him, Green recalls his father as the one who really ignited his love of music. His 2018 release “Ready” is a collaboration with his father, and he considers the track a ‘coming of age’ for him musically. 2019 will be a year of filtering out the noise and external pressures that the industry can put on an up and coming producer while he focuses in on the music itself.

Green speaks about the challenges of being a full time producer, stating, “I think you can very easily get stuck in your own little echo chamber and forget what it’s all about.” He continues,  “It’s easy to forget your physical as well as mental health and get hung up on superficial things that don’t matter. I think some kind of accountability is crucial to living this life; doing it with or for someone, with a purpose other than what’s measurable or countable is what keeps you going in the long run. But then again, I am only 22 – I might find a new truth as I age, but for now this will do.”

Green’s Saturday Night Session is the perfect hour long mix to get a hectic night started, and as he puts it, hopefully it is the kind of mix that gets fans ready for “hopefully the night where you fall in love with dance music all over again.” His Saturday Night Session does just this, so take a ride through his own releases and a high energy track list to keep the party going.

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You recently dubbed your musical style, ‘stadium rave,’ and you said you have been inspired by the 90s rave scene. Can you tell us more about this?
I think the biggest mistake I made in the beginning of my career was trying too hard to be credible instead of just making music I thought was cool.

The ‘stadium rave’ sound is really just me going back to making music for me, drawing inspiration from all the sounds that have made me go “Oh damn, that’s sick” throughout my life. When I was a kid, my older brother introduced me to acts like The Prodigy, Chemical Brothers etc. but it wasn’t until recently that I realized how big of a role that sound has played in my life. I grew up on a mix of Euro dance (Special D is still the GOAT for me) and UK rave music. The ‘stadium rave’ sound is definitely a homage to my musical upbringing.

Is there a specific artist you are most eager to collaborate with?
I would love to do a record with CID. I think he is really one of the most interesting dance artists out there, and I love just about everything he puts out. Congrats on your Grammy nomination, man.

Do you have a specific release that is the favorite you have ever produced?
“Ready” is very special to me. It’s a collaboration with my father, who was the person to introduce me to music in the first place, and I feel like it encapsulates most of my musical upbringing in a single record. It is very much a full circle kind of thing to me. A “coming of age” record, if you will.

When you aren’t producing music, what are you normally up to?
If I am not in the studio, I am probably at the gym or drinking coffee while having deep existential discussions with my buddy Mike Hawkins. This guy drives me nuts on a daily basis, but I always leave more enlightened. Love you, dude.

Where do you draw your creative inspiration from? Other music? The outdoors? A night out?
While other music definitely sparks concrete ideas for new records, it’s usually the experiences unrelated to music that gives me the creative spark to create new material. I’ve found that a few days in the studio, a few days off usually yields better (and more) music than the typical 24/7 grind mentality. I am very fast in the studio, but the inspiration has to be there.

What is the best and worst thing about this career path and being a music producer?
I absolutely love creating, and much more than a few days without making music makes me absolutely crazy. I am super grateful for being able to make a living off music, but it’s not always as easy as it may seem.

As a full time producer, I think you can very easily get stuck in your own little echo chamber and forget what it’s all about. It’s easy to forget your physical as well as mental health and get hung up on superficial things that don’t matter. I think some kind of accountability is crucial to living this life; doing it with or for someone, with a purpose other than what’s measurable or countable is what keeps you going in the long run. But then again, I am only 22 – I might find a new truth as I age, but for now this will do.

What kind of a Saturday Night will your mix get us ready for?
Hopefully the night where you fall in love with dance music all over again.

Nora En Pure returns with upbeat ‘We Found Love’

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Nora En Pure returns with upbeat ‘We Found Love’Nora En Pure

Nora En Pure has teamed up with Danish-Egyptian DJ and singer Ashibah on a beautifully emotional new track entitled “We Found Love.” Inescapably soulful and infectious, the track is a reminder that Nora En Pure has a unique range, an ability she’s been able to turn into two signature brands of music. Departing from the notable organic deep house sounds of Polynesia, the EP she released in 2018, “We Found Love” strikes a chord in the second narrative told across her music—in radio friendly downtempo music.

This latest single for the South African-Swiss producer comes ahead of major performances at Ultra Music Festival and Coachella later in 2019, making this a perfect time for her to build up her repertoire.

Throttle proves he is a producer to watch with whimsically dance-worthy, ‘Wanderlust’

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Throttle proves he is a producer to watch with whimsically dance-worthy, ‘Wanderlust’Throttle Wanderlust

At 21 years old, Australia native, Throttle has given himself to a rapidly ascending production career, having already collaborated with modern house blue chips Oliver Heldens and Galantis. Most recently, Throttle has put out his second Spinnin’ Records release of the year with track “Wanderlust,” which has already gained the support from the likes of Morgan Page and Tiësto. Euphoric breakdowns and pulsing beats hold steady alongside a looping vocal cut that avalanches into a grin-inducing dance effort.

“I made the initial idea for ‘Wanderlust’ in my hotel room in Ibiza,” said the producer in an official release. “I came up with the vocal hook exploring the streets of Old Town that morning and built the track from there.”

 

Sam Feldt enlists ‘Avengers’ actor Jeremy Renner on new single ‘Heaven’

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Is Sam Feldt the newest member of The Avengers? Probably not…but people can dream, as the Dutch DJ just teamed up with Hawkeye on “Heaven (Don’t Have A Name).” Aside from being an Oscar-nominated actor, Jeremy Renner (best known for roles in Hurt Locker and, more recently, The Avengers franchise) is a multi-talented musician, making his dance music debut on this one.

The collaborators performed the track live in Las Vegas during Life Is Beautiful Festival, building hype for its release through various Instagram posts from Renner. Released on Spinnin’ Records, the track is emotional at its core, with orchestral strings and mellow piano chords on the verses, and picks up into a powerful, staccato synth-lead drop (all encompassed by dreamy vocals from Renner). Feldt demonstrates an innovative mindset here, veering closer toward a future-pop sound with his production.

The music video is set to drop on October 11, days before Feldt will play back to back shows at ADE 2018.