Tchami is never far off with a fresh helping of top-shelf house tunes. The star’s latest work brings the heat from beat one with Aurra / Shades, a new two-track EP arriving on his own CONFESSION imprint.
The release is the first multi-song project from the producer since No Redemption: a collaborative EP with fellow house heavyweight, Malaa. The duo delivered a deliciously dark and slinky array of tunes. However, it’s clear Tchami was looking to lighten things up with his latest release.
“Aurra” leads it off with crisp piano stabs and an ultra-slick bass line. Pitch-switching vocals chop and splash over the driving groove, pushing the song’s energy in an expertly executed ebb and flow. “Shades” takes the EP deeper and warmer, maintaining peak-hour percussion intertwined with gooey synth chords and a surging vocal hook. Both tracks are bright and joyful, with “Shades” especially packing enough sunshine to make the listener wonder if Tchami is striving to soak up the last remnants of summer 2018.
Tchami is the latest to join Siriux XM’s The Cookoutfor over an hour’s worth of house music. Launched in 2016, the series has brought everyone from JAUZ to Luttrell for exclusive mixes, and their latest showcase is the Confession label head himself. Known for his groovy, futuristic, soulful take on underground house, Tchami tagged onto The Cookout’s decks with an impressive array in track choices. Starting out with jackin’ house from Wax Motif, the mix hits everything, traversing from tech house out of Chris Lake and Chris Lorenzo’s Anti Up project into to the rabbit hole blog haus era Chromeo remix from Carte Blanche. All in all this is an impressively strong showing for a radio show guest mix, demonstrating Tchami’s knowledge of his craft and his contemporaries in weaving uplifting beats and surprises together in one motion.
Malaa is back with new music, just ahead of the anonymous producer’s North American Illegal tour kickoff this fall. The masked beatmaker’s latest deliver comes by way of “Cash Money” building the anticipation for his forthcoming Illegal Mixtape Vol. 2. The new original work is the second single from the impending compilation, following the project’s first infectious teaser, “Bling Bling.” Pair both singles side by side, and the new mixtape’s aesthetic really begins to take shape.
Whirling, ominous tech house layers are juxtaposed with tightly wound kicks stringing together the track’s propelling warehouse-primed energy. Designed as an underground club cut, “Cash Money” pushes Malaa’s signature dark, G-house-inspired sound. The track is out now via Tchami‘s CONFESSION imprint, and is a worthy addition to Malaa’s continually-growing catalogue of dangerous, club-ready sonics.
Tomorrowland commenced its final opening day of production during the 2018 festival season on July 27, and a number of electronic heavyweights joined the Boom, Belgium crowds to kick off the event’s second and final weekend of the year. Full-length live sets from Tomorrowland’s second opening day have arrived, including performances from Adam Beyer, Slushii, Tiësto’s performance during the weekend’s lunar eclipse, Hardwell and more.
For fans still catching up on last weekend’s festivities, see highlight performances from Tchami x Malaa, Charlotte de Witte, Axwell ∧ Ingrosso, and more. For those ready to get into the festival’s final weekend of 2018, tune into all-day programming across four live streaming channels here.
Arguably the year’s most coveted dance music festival is currently underway in Belgium, bringing EDM’s finest to the first weekend of Tomorrowland. Ravers come from all over the world, and even more tune in to enjoy the festival’s programming remotely. Now, with day two of Tomorrowland in the books, one of the top highlights for at-home fans has been the plethora of live streams offered by the festival. Check out some of Saturday’s top sets from Armin van Buuren, Axwell, Yellow Claw, and more.
The infamous masked Parisian beatmaker Malaa is back with new music. This time, we have a new original work titled, “Bling Bling.” The track is the first release off of the “Kurupt” producer’s forthcoming Illegal Mixtape Vol. 2, slated for a fall release via Tchami‘s Confession imprint. The new cut comes hot off the heels of Malaa’s 21st “Who Is Malaa” mix installment.
The track leans on playful, energetic house features, driven by vocals that propel the tune into an intricate drop capped by a barrage of bouncing synth layers. Promoting the new mixtape project underway, Malaa will be kicking off a fall tour to accompany the release. See the dates below and expect to hear this one out on the road, its a shuffle-ready crowd pleaser from front to back.
MALAA ILLEGAL TOUR 2018 OCT 11 CODA TORONTO, ON
OCT 12 1896 STUDIOS & STAGES BROOKLYN, NY
OCT 13 ECHOSTAGE WASHINGTON DC
NOV 2 RUSSELL INDUSTRIAL CENTER DETROIT, MI
NOV 3 NEW CITY GAS MONTREAL, QC
NOV 8 TO BE ANNOUNCED
NOV 9 TO BE ANNOUNCED
NOV 15 CONCOURSE PHILADELPHIA, PA
NOV 16 IRONWOOD HALL AUSTIN, TX
NOV 17 CANTON HALL DALLAS, TX
DEC 7 TO BE ANNOUNCED
DEC 8 45 EAST PORTLAND, OR
DEC 14 TO BE ANNOUNCED
DEC 15 SHOWBOX SODO SEATTLE, WA
Malaa meticulously captures the groovy feels of Mercer’s original, complementing a deeper bassline with straight house vibes that seamlessly appear out of nowhere. This is guaranteed to turn some heads as he continues touring the globe, detouring at Club Space in Miami and Exchange LA before another No Redemption tour performance in Mykonos, Greece.
For years, BROHUG, the heavy house duo out of Sweden, have been a rambunctious motif on Tchami‘s internationally acclaimed Confession label. It seems inevitable that the two entities, who share a strong affinity for rowdy, bass-driving house music, would eventually join forces under their household imprint.
Now, Confession’s ripest release is indeed Tchami and BROHUG’s “My Place,” which the BROHUG boys have been weaving into their sets for months. Uncharacteristic of both parties, “My Place” features breathy, atmospheric trap interludes, accompanied by Reece’s fluttering, distorted vocals. Hints of Tchami’s signature melodicism follow soon thereafter. This delicate segment is quickly shattered by the drop, as it erupts into BROHUG’s classic whining, stop-and-go bass parade.
The French house maestros previously released a few tracks off the project — “The Sermon,” “Summer 99,” and “Kurupt“— along with a “No Redemption” tour remix pack. The new EP arrives one month before the pair head to San Francisco for a sold-out show at Bill Graham Civic Center, followed by another performance at Colorado’s legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater, and an EDC Las Vegas appearance on May 20th.
Through the audacious originality of Tchami’s Confession label, Tchami x Malaa have managed to amass an international congregation of house fanatics through their diversity and style, which utilizes mind-bending religious imagery over a unique blend of future house and bass music. Their sheer clout on the international stage has made their “No Redemption” project one of the top acts to see in 2018.