Four months after Chris Lake‘s “I Want You” took OWSLA by force, a package of remixes is reigniting the hype around the track.
Among these remixes is a trippy trap track courtesy of QUIX. The New Zealand producer was thrilled at the chance to remix the house song.
“When OWSLA asked me to put my spin on this Chris Lake house anthem I was stoked,” he said.
In his rework, QUIX chops up the track’s vocals and staggers them over a grinding trap beat. The remix veers sharply from the original, taking it from a grooving, dance-ready house song to more of a festival-ready “banger.” Its nitty gritty, mechanical sounds give it a rough edge, breathing new life into what was already a strong production.
Ultra Europe began its milestone fifth edition in the picturesque Split, Croatia on July 13, bringing in thousands of global fans to enjoy a wide array of artists across the electronic spectrum. From main stage heroes such as David Guetta and DJ Snake, to the legendary pairing of Sasha & John Digweed at Carl Cox’s Resistance stage, the festival truly included something for everyone in its enviable bill.
Set recordings from the gathering have already started to emerge, allowing those unable to attend a chance to put themselves in the crowd with their imaginations. Thus far, sets by Armin van Buuren, Fedde Le Grand, Carl Cox, and Axwell / Ingrosso have gone up – keep watch on this post as more emerge.
For bass newcomers, Ray Volpe is certainly at the forefront. The North Carolina-based rising star has remixed the likes of GTA with Getter and Delta Heavy as well as released on OWSLA and Mad Decent.
For his next original work, Volpe teams up with fellow bass up-and-comer Krys Talk for a ferocious new single, “Spirit Squad.” Creatively surrounding the introduction’s muffled lead with bird and rainforest samples, the producers quickly ramp the track up after it’s cued by a ringing school bell, ultimately unleashing a clamoring assortment of jungle-tinged elements and barks.
Listen to “Spirit Squad” below, exclusively premiered on Dancing Astronaut.
The title “Say Less” appears an oxymoron when it comes to the release of the Dillon Francis‘ latest music video, a rowdy visual chronicle of an evening out that in turn leaves much to be said about the hilarity of the video’s production.
When the track was originally released in April — garnering 13 million streams in the time since its release — “Say Less” earned the distinction of being the first official release on Dillon Francis’ record label, “IDGAFOS.”
The release of the music video marks a mini milestone for Francis and video director, Tomas Whitmore, “This is my fifth video with Tomas and I feel like each one keeps getting better and better,” mused Francis.
G-Eazy noted the collaborators’ joint desire to create a music video for the track with a distinctly “cinematic feel” to it, a goal certainly achieved by the video, that in typical Francis style, involves an unforeseen concluding plot twist. That Australian actor, Luke Hemsworth, makes a guest appearance only augments the video’s cinematic quality.
It has been a busy year for Fractal Fantasy co-founders Sinjin Hawke and Zora Jones. With Sinjin Hawke’s album, First Opus, being released in May and a steady stream of singles, remixes, and collaborations coming from both artists, it is easy for some great content to slip through the cracks. A few months ago, the Spanish duo put on an unmissable bass-driven Boiler Room set.
The event, recorded live in Bengaluru, India, is full of surprises that only these DJs could have in their arsenal. With most tracks by either one or both artists, Sinjin Hawke and Zora Jones showed off the intense work that they put into their diverse live shows. Packed with unreleased bootlegs, edits, and more, the set spans many genres including footwork, jersey club, grime, trap, and hip hop. This eclectic mix of heavy beats and deep rhythms is a perfect example of what these two rising producers have to offer.
Zora Jones & Sinjin Hawke – Glass Chains Sinjin Hawke & Zora Jones – Source Of Conflict Busy Signal – Brave & Bold (Sinjin Hawke Edit) E40 – Choices (YUP) (Zora Jones Bootleg) Sinjin Hawke – Nailgun Famous Eno, Sinjin Hawke & Zora Jones ft. Trigganom & Serocee – Gunshotta 1180 – Lick It Brandy – Sittin Up In My Room (Xzavier Stone & Sinjin Hawke Bootleg) Fox – Big Man Ting (prod. by Famous Eno) Sinjin Hawke – Don’t Lose Yourself To This Sinjin Hawke & Dj Sliink – Raw Zora Jones – Too Many Tears VIP MikeQ & Sinjin Hawke – Thunderscan Bambounou – Any Other Service x Blaqstarr (FF Edit) Sinjin Hawke – ??? Dj Jayhood – Lights Down Low (Zora Jones Remix) Dj Na – MikeQ vs. Fingers Up (Boomclap Edit) Jammer – Feedback (FF Edit) Gangsta Boo & Sinjin Hawke – Yea Hoe (Vjuan Allure Remix) DVA, Killa P, Sinjin Hawke – Worst [Vocal Dub] Xzavier Stone – ??? Kid D – Set Fire Scratcha DVA & Wiley – Apocalypto (FF Edit) Low Deep – So Right Now Soulja Boy – Pow (Boomclap Edit) Zora Jones – First Light Ceeda – Zoom (FF Edit) Ciara – Go Girl (Zora Jones Edit) (Club Mix) Sinjin Hawke & Zora Jones – Lurk 101 Xzavier Stone – ??? Zora Jones – ??? Sinjin Hawke – Flood Gates VIP Dj Roc – Uh Huh (Boomclap Edit) v1984 & Zora Jones – The Zone Dj 2Tall x Dj YB – Sex With Me (Boomclap Edit) Assasin – Goodie Bye Bye (FF Edit) Dj Roc – Vybrant Vibez Sinjin Hawke – 321 [Vox Beatking] Tiara Goonie – All Out Of Time (Zora Jones Edit)
Jorge Medina and Americo Garcia, who make up Boombox Cartel, have breathed new life into this classic. They’ve melded parts of the song into melodic future bass heaven, while letting other parts bottom out into dramatic trap and bass beats. While the music styles throughout the remix vary greatly, this iconic duo finds a way to make it all work together.
Many will recognize the original song from the Comedy Central show Workaholics and an observant SoundCloud user offered the perfect analysis: “This is like if Workaholics went to EDC.”
Beginning with radiant vocals from Laci Kay singing bittersweet lyrics, “Hold On To Love” by Noah Neiman evokes sweeping nostalgic sentiments of young love and unforgettable connection. In addition to Laci Kay’s moving addition to the uplifting piece, “Hold On To Love” features energetic, oscillating synth and melodic progressions of trap infused bass.
“Bit of a departure from what ya’ll might be used to hearing from me, but I’ve been really inspired by all sorts of different genres outside of the progressive house and big room sounds.”
Released via Enhanced Music’s, Noah Neiman and Laci Kay deliver a complete and balanced production quality that sounds as if the track was effortlessly created. With a unique integration of trap elements with mellifluous riffs and calming bridges, “Hold On To Love” will captivate listeners from the start.
A collaboration from Zora Jones and Sinjin Hawke is always a cause for excitement. From back-to-back sets to starting their label, Fractal Fantasy, the duo always seem to be ready to share their creativity. Today, it comes in the form of a bootleg of rising hip-hop star Cardi B’s recent track, “Bodak Yellow.”
Retaining many elements of the original, the two producers fill out the track with some cerebral synths and hard-hitting trap drums. On Zora Jones’ SoundCloud, she states that the bootleg was originally just for use in their sets, but she wanted the listeners to have the track too. This amped up bootleg is just another great addition to Fractal Fantasy’s rapidly expanding catalogue.
Tchami‘s “Adieu” marked a surprising yet pleasant departure from the future house pioneer’s signature sound as the track was recently deemed one of the most played-out tracks of the 2017 festival season thus far. While the tracks structure lives in the house space, rising producer Heroless has stepped up to the plate to flip “Adieu” into a future trap version of his own.
Swapping the four-on-the-floor pattern for a bouncing ensemble of trap percussion, the Norwegian young gun successfully leaves the blissful atmosphere Tchami originally instilled while splashing his own style on to give a new way to consume the track.
Falcons, the LA-based producer responsible for collaborations with Goldlink, Chaz French, Ekali, and more, has returned with his first solo track of 2017. After recently teasing it in his sets, he has finally released the song on Fool’s Gold Records, along with a psychedelic animated video.
Falcons delved into his childhood influences to craft this song, and says he was inspired by his exposure the sounds of old school rave music at an early age:
“‘Want Your Body’ is an homage to the 2 types of music that had the biggest impact on my career. My mom introduced me to 90’s dance music as a kid. At the time it felt normal cause that’s my mom, but looking back I’m super thankful to have been introduced to acts like The Prodigy and Halcyon at a young age. It seeped into all my music and ‘WYB’ is an ode to that.”
Featuring pianos that could easily fit in a garage track and drum breaks that could invigorate any raver, the song is set alongside a colorful video with a 3-D animated figure who finds himself in an assortment of psychedelic environments. The video is directed by Amber Park, who has been commissioned for official work by Major Lazer, Katy Perry, Migos, and more. With the hype for this song only raised with the release of a video, it won’t be surprising to hear this track played through the entirety of the summer.