Making his the third consecutive appearance in the first five months of 2019, tropical house sentinel Kygo is retaking the reins at the forefront of the tropical house subgenre on his latest offering, “Not Ok” with singer-songwriter Chelsea Cutler.
Graceful guitar plucks held in the undertone of Cutler’s calming words set the pace for a shimmering summer production that unravels into the Norwegian producer’s banner tropical identity. Kygo brings forth elegant piano chords and another compelling melodic lead that is stylistically reminiscent of his earlier output from his debut album, Cloud Nine. The pairing provides an empathetic message about relationships, and ultimately, their demise, as Cutler concedes to a feeling of dejection across the lyrics in ‘Not Ok’.
The sultry creation follows Kygo’s addition to the upcoming soundtrack of the highly-anticipated Pokémon: Detective Pikachu movie as he joined Rita Ora for, “Carry On.” As Kygo continues to blur dance-pop boundaries, fans can only fantasize of an upcoming LP that could hopefully be on the horizon.
Robin Schulz, the German producer widely recognized for his island-channeling guitar riffs, has delivered his warm-weather remix of David Guetta and Sia‘s “Flames.” Guetta and Sia recently reunited for the track to follow up the unearthly success of their 2011 single, “Titanium.”
Schulz offers “Flames” his signature tropical touch, further accentuating Sia’s sweltering vocals. With Guetta’s subtle percussion replaced by Schulz’s momentous drum beats and distorted voice synths, the remix transcends the pop-centric “Flames” into a more forthright dance track.
Schulz secured his consummate remixer status in 2014 after both his renditions of Lilly Wood and The Prick’s “Prayer In C” and Mr. Probz‘s “Waves” went gold and platinum, respectively, topping worldwide charts.
Palm Springs will undergo it’s semi-annual transformation into a dance-fueled desert oasis come June 8, as Splash House‘s first edition makes its rounds through its usual home resorts.
The Goldenvoice institution turns five this year, and to switch things up, lineups are staggered as well. June’s roster has just been unveiled, revealing a bevy of acts like What So Not, Duke Dumont, Dusky, and more that will take help guide festivities in the most raucous of fashions.
Australian duo Yolanda Be Cool will also be taking the decks over the weekend; however, they simply could not contain their excitement for the upcoming festivities. Appropriately, they’ve created a fresh new playlist for Dancing Astronaut that is pumped with tunes matching their musical aesthetic: mellow, grooving, and sunny. Within minutes, the vibe will be too infectious not to dance along to!
Wrapping up the year with a performance at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert, the artist will surely rip into 2018 with poise. On the heels of his album announcement forOne In A Million and a tour set to kick off Jan. 11, he’s released an energized tropical house rework of Clean Bandit and Julia Michaels’ collaboration “I Miss You.”
Enlivening the subdued number right off the bat with record scratches, a balmy bassline sees out the same lively elements that allowed for “All Night” and “Old Thing Back” to rise in the house reigns. Matoma is divulging perfect music for the wintertime blues, only begging for the release of new work to be in the ears of his eager listeners.
Fresh off of the success of his debut album, Sam Feldt has released an accompanying double project, Sunrise To Sunset. In October 2017, Sammy Renders, better known as Feldt, released a twelve track debut project titled Sunrise. The album appealed to a broad audience, encapsulating styles from deep house, tropical house, and commercial pop music.
Now, Feldt is back with more tropical sounds to satisfy his listeners insatiable desire to groove. The album acts as a double feature and includes twelve additional tracks to accompany the Sunrise project. The result: Sunrise To Sunset. On it, Feldt enlists a number of features from artists such as Sam Martin, Otis Parker, and Olivia Sebastianelli.
If listeners were content with the tropically influenced pop ballads on Sunrise, their joy will be doubled when they hear Sunrise To Sunset.
It may be the first day of December, but Schier is bringing warm summer vibes back into the winter months with his new remix for Sam Smyers and M. Maggie. For his rework of “Motion,” Schier has crafted a melodic tropical house song that beautifully plays off of M. Maggie’s smooth vocals. Where the original track had almost a wistful feel to it, Schier has flipped it into a sexy, beach-ready song that would feel right at home in the middle of a Kygo or Thomas Jack set. With an effortless flow, the young producer’s take on “Motion” is sure to transport the listener back to carefree summer festival days.
For the week preceding the release of his album, Kids In Love, Kygo has dropped one track off the LP per day. Set to bow on November 3rd, the tracks released so far have covered a wide range of sounds and genres.
The last track before Kids In Love is released is “I See You” featuring Billy Raffoul, a production that continues the trend of diversity the album is set to debut. “I See You” can only be described as indie rock with its mellow guitar and slow tempo centered around Raffoul’s unique vocals.
The Norwegian producer also announced an accompanying world tour with the album release that is set to kick off in Helsinki, Finland in February of 2018. Pre-sale tickets for his tour are available here with the password “love.”
Kygo‘s sophomore album Kids in Love is set for release on November 3, and for a week preceding, the Norwegian producer has been releasing one track a day from the LP. So far, the album is a combination of tropical house and pop with collaborations ranging from John Newman to OneRepublic.
The first three tracks from the album that have been released are the title track “Kids In Love,” “Never Let You Go,” and “Sunrise.” So far, each track has been incredibly different, and the Norwegian producer’s next two releases “Riding Shotgun” and “Stranger Things” continue this trend of diversity.
“Riding Shotgun” opens with Bonnie McKee’s high pitched vocals and then falls into a pop tropical drop. Many of the producer’s recent tracks have leaned pop over electronic, but “Riding Shotgun” has groovy chords and an extended electronic drop while McKee’s catchy vocals are the glue that will appeal to pop lovers.
For his next release titled “Stranger Things,” Kygo partnered with OneRepublic, and the high profile collaboration is almost certainly going to be a radio sensation. The production elements of this track are very subtle with piano and a steady drum beat serving as the backbone of the track while OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder vocals are the focal point.
John Newman and OneRepublic are not new to collaborating with electronic music producers, having previously worked with Calvin Harris and Alesso, respectively. As Kygo continues to roll out tracks ahead of Kids In Love‘s release, it will be interesting to see who else the producer is collaborating with.
When tropical house pioneer Kygo took to Twitter to announce the release of “Stargazing” this Friday, the world thought it would be just another single. This turned out to be wholly inaccurate. Not only did Kygo release “Stargazing” a day early, but, as it turns out, Stargazing is a brand new EP pack.
Luckily, the most provocative tracks on the Stargazing EP are the two newest additions. Vocalist Justin Jesso joins on the EP’s eponymous first track for an energetic production that builds beautifully with piano chords and chopped vocals. “This Town,” featuring the calming vocals of Sasha Sloan, is a more chilled out ballad with Kygo’s euphoric key-infused style and tiny hints of his sunset allure.
Many moons ago in October 2013, as one may recall, Kygo added his signature tropical house Midas touch to Henry Green‘s sultry cover of “Electric Feel.” Despite the remix being posted to both YouTube and SoundCloud, Kygo never received official clearance by the record labels in order for the song to end up on streaming platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music and Tidal.
The time has finally arrived four years later where Kygo’s take on “Electric Feel” can be added to any playlist, delivering endless summer vibes for listeners who want to groove to an easy beat, gentle guitar riffs, and soothing vocals. Kygo’s latest addition to Spotify follows the premiere of his documentary, “Stole The Show,” which debuted a couple of weeks ago at NYC’s Metrograph. With the warm remix of Henry Green’s “Electric Feel” resurfacing from the earlier stages of his career, we are reminded once again why we fell in love with Kygo from the start.