First Listen: Rising producer Ari delivers tropical house/pop crossover ‘All That I’ve Waited For’

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If rising producer Ari isn’t on your radar yet, that might be about to change with the drop of the up-and-coming beatmaker’s latest original work, “All That I’ve Waited For.” Linking with former lead singer of pop-punk outfit Sing It Loud, Pat Brown and tropical house producer Ryan Lofty, the mysterious Ari delivers a poolside-primed taste of his infectious pop that’s bound for heavy rotation throughout the summer.

The track opens with Brown’s nostalgic vocals over glimmering house synths and breezy percussion rhythms. Building with a singalong-ready hook and snapping into a soft, grooving tropical break, Ari drops off a sundrenched lyrical hit on “All I’ve Waited For,” that’ll undoubtedly pull listeners back for extended repeated listening. Inevitably, this one’s going to be a profile-raising step for the virtually unknown producer — we may have a new anonymous hitmaker on the scene as Ari shows what he’s made of on his latest.

Felix Jaehn releases highly anticipated 25-track LP, ‘I’

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Felix Jaehn

Tropical house overseer Felix Jaehn has released his 25-track debut album, I.

Having teased the project with an effervescent collaboration between Marc E. Bassy and Atlanta rapper Gucci Mane, Jaehn masterfully reels listeners in on “Cool” as he serves up a delectable bassline, jovial trumpet licks, and bouncy chords. There’s something remarkably simple about the lighthearted nature of “Cool,” as Jaehn cuts through the excess of the genre and continues to do so throughout the entirety of his new release.

As carries on, it becomes clear the record’s a compact reflection of Jaehn’s brisk ascension. After securing his status as a young producer in the global dance realm with his remix of OMI’s “Cheerleader,” Jaehn began to create a catalog of dance music for the radio, and yet, his music is equally tailored for club play.

Though the playlist-like track lists continue to run rampant through the industry, Jaehn’s effort remains genuine on I, and even sees that the artist’s working beyond his established style along the way.

Ultimately, I’s leading tracks demonstrate his versatility as a producer and pull from a wide range of vocalist talent. On “Don’t Say Love,” featuring Rothchild, Jaehn moves beyond his established brand and experiments with more club-friendly, deep house elements. “Better” employs gorgeous vocals by Swedish rising star Clara Mae and combines Jaehn’s signature synth stabs with a progressive, electro touch.

is divided into two sections: one with brand new music and the other a collection of Jaehn’s greatest hits, allowing fans to gain a complete understanding of one tropical’s most exciting new stalwarts.

Palm Trees, MdL & Abi F Jones – Outside

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Out of the Dutch dance music hub of Amsterdam, Palm Trees has been stealthily producing and releasing records over the past two years that have amassed millions of streams on Spotify. With a summer-tinged sound and an ear for clean arrangements, the rising producer looks to make a splash once again in 2018 with another paradisical tune titled “Outside.”

Recruiting fellow rising producer MdL as well as UK singer/songwriter Abi F Jones, Palm Trees maintains the mellow mood listeners have grown accustomed to with his work while Jones’ lyrics lay a strong emotional layer to the entire tracks. Complete with crisp percussion and airy vocal chops, “Outside” is the type of track primed for the upcoming spring and summer months.

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Matoma puts tropical twist on Clean Bandit and Julia Michaels’ ‘I Miss You’

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Matoma is preparing for an enormous 2018.

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 for One 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.

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Premiere: Sam Smyers – Motion ft M. Maggie (Schier Remix)

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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.

Download Schier’s “Motion” remix for free here.

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Matoma to perform at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert

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There are few higher honors than being a Nobel prize winner and, while Matoma isn’t up for an honor, he will be performing at this year’s Nobel Peace Prize concert. The tropical house producer has amassed over one billion streams on Spotify, and has collaborated with the likes of One Direction and Coldplay among others. He commented on his upcoming performance.

I’m incredibly proud and honored to announce that I will be performing at this year’s Nobel Peace Prize Concert, I’ll be coming to Telenor Arena in Oslo on December 11 bringing some special guests, some surprises, and as always, some good vibes and love! The Peace Prize is all about spreading the love, and as you know that’s always been my message so I’m humbled and honored to be asked to perform at this beautiful and incredible concert.

In addition to announcing his upcoming show, Matoma recently released a song off of his upcoming album titled “Slow” featuring Noah Cyrus. The December 11th concert will be the 24th iteration of the event.

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Kygo releases OneRepublic collaboration and pop-leaning ‘Riding Shotgun’ ahead of album release

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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.

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Rave Radio – Carry On ft Gamble & Burke

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Rave Radio has become an evolving experience with many shades in the six years since the project’s inception. Millions of streams and a swath of festival sets later, Rave Radio stay laser-focused on consistent content for their fans. They are currently touring in the UK and released a new single in early October. “Carry You” bursts with sun-kissed, squeaky-clean atmosphere paired with romantically inspired lyrics. Like “Turn Me Out” and “Rock It,” vocals are at the forefront and influence the cool momentum the duo are currently riding in 2017.


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Shaun Frank – Addicted ft Violet Days

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Canadian producer Shaun Frank has a track record of making music ranging from deep house to pop. His latest release, “Addicted” featuring Violet Days, fits into the latter, making it perfect for radio. Days’ catchy vocals carry the track into an upbeat pop drop with a tropical house flair.

Frank and Days co-wrote the track with the help of The Chainsmokers‘ Drew Taggart, who Frank was on tour with this past summer. He is now on tour with Krewella, and fans can see him on one of the remaining tour dates below.

Shaun Frank Fall Tour Dates:
Oct. 31 – Winnipeg, MB @ The Met
Nov. 3 – Boston, MA @ The Grand
Nov. 24 – Medan, Indonesia @ Retro
Nov. 25 – Jakarta, Indonesia @ Empirica
Dec. 1 – Bali, Indonesia @ Mirror
Dec. 2 – Jogja, Indonesia @ Liquid Cafe
Dec. 21- Calgary, AB @ Marquee
Dec. 22 – Vancouver, BC @ Venue Nightclub
Dec. 23 – Edmonton, BC @ Knoxville’s
Dec. 24 – Mississauga, ON @ City Hall


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Kygo continues daily release of songs with ‘Sunrise’

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Leading up to the release of his sophomore album, Kygo has been releasing a song every day. The song of choice for Oct. 28 is “Sunrise,” a collaboration with Jason Walker.

“Sunrise” is pure, classic Kygo: soothing tropical house vibes with gorgeous vocals. Walker’s refreshing voice perfectly complements a string- and piano-based melody for a vibe that’s instantly recognizable as the Norwegian producer’s.

Previous releases from the Kids in Love LP include “Never Let You Go” with John Newman and “Kids in Love.”

The album is out in full on Sony Music on Nov. 3.

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