Travis Scott and Drake‘s “Sicko Mode” is easily one of the most enticing hip-hop cuts of the year. The song, an obvious standout off of Scott’s dominating mid-summer LP, Astroworld, serves as the perfect groundwork for a loud Luca Lush flip that will satisfy both dance and hip-hop fans alike with a fitting homage to La Flame and Drake’s chart-topper.
Taking the original “Sicko Mode” and remixing it with his own signature bass-heavy style, Lush plays with pitched down vocal samples, tight hi-hat rolls, and thundering drum builds before a pair of halting, screeching bass breaks. Lush gives off a snarling remix effort, transforming “Sicko Mode” into a rail-rattling festival bulldozer. No doubt Travis Scott struck gold on “Sicko Mode,” but now with a menacing Luca Lush remix that’s bound to start circulating heavily through DJ sets, expect Scott and Drake to be coming through your club’s speakers well past the summer season.
Medasin and Louis Futon dropped a teaser video showing the smooth groove kings going certified bonkers on a flip of Travis Scott‘s “Wake Up.” The video shows the duo jamming on an a cappella of The Weeknd‘s featured vocals, after asking fans for song suggestions for an impromptu rework. The two producers start with the original’s raw vocals, and put it through a multi-step soul machine. The video shows Medasin laying down effortless keyboard stylings, while Louis Futon taps out drums on the fly and records a sliding bass guitar line. The creative chemistry in the studio is palpable, and whatever difficulties Medasin may have playing to thousands on tour clearly disappear when he’s just jamming and creating.
Oddly enough this is the first we’ve seen of the the two artists collaborating, despite dominating the same vein of electronic music. The duo needlessly asked if they should release the full version (the answer is undoubtedly hell yes), but fans can bask in the glory of Medasin’s dance moves while they wait for the rework to drop in full.
While The Weeknd assisted on two of the year’s most noteworthy releases in the rap ring–Nicki Minaj‘s Queen, and Travis Scott‘s Astroworld–the R&B vocalist certainly isn’t neglecting his own projects, as the second episode of The Weeknd’s Beats 1 radio show, “Memento Mori” evinced.
The Weeknd treated listeners to previews of two new tracks that currently remain unreleased, including a remix of My Dear Melancholy constituent, “Try Me,” that features hip hop heavyweights Quavo, Trouble, and Swae Lee.
Those who missed “Memento Mori’s” live broadcast can stream the newly debuted material, here.
Travis Scott‘s newest album, the long-anticipated, ASTROWORLD, has proven itself extraplanetary, indeed. After a little over a week since its release, the album has eclipsed the number one spot on the Billboard 200 chart — beating out Drake‘s multiple-record-breaking double-sided album, Scorpion, which held a fierce five-week streak at the top. Somewhat ironically, Drake is among the flood of high-profile acts to be featured on the album (appearing on “SICKO MODE”), also including Frank Ocean, James Blake, Kid Cudi, The Weeknd, and even Stevie Wonder.
ASTROWORLD is the “Goosebumps” rapper’s third studio album, following his 2015 breakthrough release Rodeo followed by the following year’s Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight. Scott also capped off 2017 with his collaborative project with Quavo of Migos, Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho.
Despite its astronomical success, ASTRO didn’t arrive without its abundant share of hiccups, including a slew of false release date announcements and a sundry of production delays. The carnival-themed album stands as Scott’s second chart-topper, garnering a whopping equivalent of 537,000 album units, with 270,000 of those in traditional album sales.
HARD Summer 2018 has come and gone — the festival’s first year without founder of the HARD brand Gary Richards (a.k.a. Destructo) at the helm — and all seemed to go as planned. Recruiting some of today’s top talent in house, future bass, dubstep, and hip-hop, the weekend featured some powerhouse back-to-back sets from Dillon Francis & Diplo, Zeds Dead & Jauz, and A-Trak & Baauer. Travis Scott celebrated the release of his new album, Astroworld, and Mija dropped another set that completely embodies her “Fk A Genre” mantra.
With more sets from Marshmello, Ghastly, Louis the Child, and others, this weekend marked the beginning of a new chapter for the HARD organization. Check out some of the top sets of the weekend below.
One might say it’s hip-hop’s world this year, and we’re just living in it. Consider Kanye‘s string of Good Music releases or Drake‘s record-breaking new album for just a moment, and it’s obvious the genre’s having an inconceivable moment in the limelight. Hip-hop’s punk as hell, and an appealing escape vessel in today’s socio-political environment that’s becoming increasingly difficult to navigate.
Travis Scott has become the latest to dominate streaming services, and soon airwaves, worldwide with the release of his new album Astroworld. It is the Houston-born rapper’s third full-length and his first solo release since 2016’s Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight. With the words of the record’s co-producer, Mike Dean, who announced the release on Twitter with the phrase, “You’re gonna shit your fucking pants,” in mind, it’s a heavy listen — an aptly thrilling ride for its theme park cover.
A long list of album credits includes Frank Ocean (on “Carousel”), Pharrell Williams, Tame Impala (on “Skeletons”), James Blake, John Mayer, Thundercat, Drake, more, and even an homage to the legendary DJ Screw thrown in the mix. It’s one of the summer’s most exciting releases yet, and definitely a must-listen for all.
The most happening musical celebration in Chicago, Lollapalooza, has announced that this year, those not attending the festival will have four different live channels for all things Lolla at their disposal, thanks to Red Bull TV.
While three of the channels will be reporter-led coverage, the fourth, through the Red Bull Music Youtube page, will offer live streams of the festival sets via virtual reality. The new streaming installment, compliments of C3 Presents, Live Nation, and Google‘s own AR/VR team will “virtually transport fans from anywhere, in real time to the front row at Lollapalooza.”
Coverage is set to begin on the Grant Park festival grounds the day of commencement, Thursday, Aug. 2, at 6 p.m. CST and roll on throughout the weekend until the fest’s conclusion Sunday. The four-day affair boasts an eclectic-as-ever lineup this year, headlined by categorical virtuosos like Jack White, Arctic Monkeys, Bruno Mars, Travis Scott, and The Weeknd, who will all be included in the live streams. The live broadcast will also include sets from top-tier electronic acts like Tycho, Rusko, ODESZA, Illenium, REZZ, and much more.
Apple Music/Beats1 host Matt Wilkinson had the chance to sit down with Tame Impala mastermind Kevin Parker in a recent interview. Chatting about recent collaborations, live performances, and the band’s upcoming album, Wilkinson dives in to give us a picture of the frontman’s post-Currents life.
Parker talks about the possibility of new music from Tame Impala. Without giving too much away, the Australian artist notes that he would be “very disappointed” if there was not a new Tame Impala album out by this time next year. While the details remain hazy, and the direction that the band will take its music unknown, recent collaborations with ZHU, Miguel, and Mark Ronson may suggest a continuation of the accessible yet psychedelic dance-pop sound explored on Currents.
While Kevin Parker’s part-introvert, part-socialite personality allows him to lock himself away in an oceanside cabin to complete a project, it also means he can be a fervent collaborator. He spent time in the studio with SZA recently, and while rumors swirl about a full length project from the pair, he notes that he “can’t really do anything more than hope” that the music will come out, though he suggests that at least one track, titled “Back Together,” would be the most likely to emerge. Parker also speaks on some brief studio time with Travis Scott, though no concrete material seemed to surface from that session. On the other side of the spectrum, the frontman said he would be happy to collaborate with the Arctic Monkey‘s frontman Alex Turner, a pairing that would surely set the indie world on fire. While we haven’t received any new music from Tame Impala today, Kevin Parker’s busy schedule and vast reach in the world of music should have fans of the band looking forward to the next few months.
Boombox Cartel reworked one of Travis Scott‘s most notable tracks with “Biebs in the Moon.” This edit follows up their Mad Decent single, “Moon Love,” as the Mexican-born duo continues to build quite an arsenal for festival season.
Formerly “biebs in the trap,” Cartel is sure to send the hit single high into the atmosphere, utilizing the “trap” aspect with hard-hitting drums and a potent bassline. However, it’ll only build suspense for when “biebs” finally reaches the moon.
The duo is currently on tour throughout the US and Canada, performing at Sunset Music Festival, Electric Forest and more. Check out a full list of dates here.
Austin City Limits is one massive annual event that every devout festival goer ought to check off their festival bucket list at least once. The two weekend Texas throw-down wrangles a staggering herd of talent year after year that brings the best of electronic, pop/rock, and hip-hop to Zilker Park, ACL’s host venue on the banks of the Colorado River with scenic skyline views of downtown Austin. Sitting atop this year’s festival billing is the legendary Paul McCartney, Metallica, Childish Gambino, Arctic Monkeys, Travis Scott, ODESZA, and The National.