There’s been a lot of Afrojack buzz in 2020, beginning with the announcement that his imprint, Wall Recordings, will return to its original home at Spinnin’ Records. In 2019, the Grammy award winner wrote some of the label’s biggest releases, including Chico Rose‘s “Sad” (an XXXTentacion cover), and Yves V‘s “We Got That Cool” with Icona Pop. Thus, the decision to permanently seal Wall back into the Spinnin’ family felt like a natural next step.
On his latest Wall release, Afrojack enlisted multi-platinum singer Ally Brooke, whose track record spans across collaborations with A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Matoma, and Tyga. “All Night” sees Brooke exploring uplifting dance territory with the Dutch producer, with her shimmering vocals being accompanied by euphoric lead synths and a percussive structuring mirroring those used in EDM’s heyday. Afrojack had some words on the track:
“It’s great to be back home at Spinnin’ Records doing what I love the most, making new music, and connecting with fans. For my new track I wanted to work on something with an upbeat dance-pop feel to get people moving ready for the Spring and Summer. Ally is a phenomenal singer, her voice makes the track unique and really pop, it was cool to collaborate with her.”
In addition to the label move and single release, Afrojack also revealed that his techno alias, Kapuchon, will perform at Tomorrowland Winter in March. Ally Brooke also begins her “Time To Shine” tour in Chicago.
Serbia’s exalted castle-bound music event, EXIT Festival, bolstered its diverse reputation with the release of phase two of its 2020 lineup. Now added to the already impressive roster are the open-format stalwart, DJ Snake, the indie-dance collective Metronomy, and NYC’s prodigious young rapper Sheck Wes, among a series of other impressive acts.
These varied inclusions join previously announced heavy-hitters like Fatboy Slim, Tyga, Boris Brejcha, ARTBAT and more to celebrated EXIT’s 20-year anniversary.
For two decades this festival has enthralled the worldwide music community. Beyond its extensive lineup that spans more than 40 music areas, EXIT takes place in Serbia’s Petrovaradin Fortress, a historic castle that sits right on the Danube River flowing through the nation’s capital of Novi Sad.
This new phase only brings the lineup to one-third of its full grandeur, so expect more announcements coming between now and July 9 when the festival opens its gates.
Carnage hits 2020 with a bumping hip-hop track, “Hella Neck,” featuring a grip of heavyweight collaborators: Tyga, Takeoff from Migos, and Shoreline Mafia. With a laid-back melody and tight percussion, the rap stars’ cadence takes center stage while the “Nah Nah” producer holds down the background with timely melodies and thumping sound design.
Known for tracks like “I Like Tuh” with ILOVEMAKONNEN and “Bricks” with Migos, the Carnage has racked up credits alongside some of the biggest names in hip-hop in conjunction with his big electronic bass offerings. Last year, he released the pop-leaning, “Wait For Me” with Wiz Khalifa and G-Eazy while unleashing mayhem with Timmy Trumpet on some hardstyle, linking with Terror Bass on some heavy dubstep, and with Diplo on a house cut. Now, Carnage heads back to hip-hop to extend his track record on “Hella Neck.”
Serbia’s EXIT Festival will be celebrating its 20 year anniversary this summer from July 9 – 12, and the first wave of the lineup has been released in anticipation of the event. A distinguishing factor of EXIT is its 2020 talent roster, which features artists from genres ranging from electronic, rock, and metal all of the way to hip-hop. The first wave of artists who will be playing in the 2020 iteration of the festival include David Guetta, Tyga, James Arthur, Fatboy Slim as headliners. Electronic artists included on the first lineup announcement includes ZHU, Boris Brejcha, and ARTBAT among others.
More artists are expected to be announced in the coming months ahead of the summer event, and the first wave of artists have been announced via the festival’s Youtube channel. EXIT festival is set to take place at the spectacular 18th century Petrovaradin fortress, overlooking the Danube to festival’s hometown Novi Sad. Tickets for EXIT are available here.
Aoki attendees will have the opportunity to see one year fall into the next, under The Hakkasan Grid, the self-reported largest kinetic light art installation in the US. Confetti drops will add much-warranted zeal to the momentous drops that Aoki is all too liable to be dishing out that evening. Meanwhile, guests present at Harris’ OMNIA show will have access to the nightclub’s terrace, where they can view Las Vegas’ renowned New Year’s Eve fireworks display. Hip-hop enthusiasts who opt to bid 2019 adieu in the company of Tyga can expect confetti balloon drops and an exhilarating countdown to the year ahead.
Those who aim to ring in the New Year Las Vegas style can snag tickets to each of the three events, here.
Local forest fires brought Croatia’s Fresh Island Festival to a halt Tuesday morning, as thousands of attendees were forced to evacuate. The cause of the fire is still unclear, though local officials have confirmed the blaze began in a pine forest just a few miles from the beachfront festival on Pag, a northern island along the Adriatic Sea. No injuries have been reported.
Three firefighting planes were dispatched to extinguish the fire, which temporarily consumed nearby roads. Ante Dabo, mayor of the nearby town Novalja, told national radio that nobody had been injured and that the fire was under control.
Each week, New Music Friday sweeps through with torrential force, showering streaming platforms with immeasurable amounts of new tunes. Just like Dancing Astronaut rounds up 25 of the biggest songs of the week for the Hot 25 Spotify playlist each New Music Friday, Lunar Lunes serves as a landing pad for SoundCloud users who want a whole new dose of tunes to kick off the work week.
Alesso links with TINI for a mellow summer tune, “Sad Song,” and Botnek ramps up the intensity on “Jiffy.” Haywyre takes on Martin Garrix’s “Summer Days” in a delightful, piano-infused remix, and DJ Snake taps J. Balvin and Tyga for the feel-good “Loco Contigo.” Sonny Fodera’s crafted a remix of Dom Dolla’s “Take It,” and Merk & Kremont bring the heat on “KIDS.” Conro takes to Monstercat for a new original, “All I Want,” and Uproot Andy offers a spicy remix of Sofi Tukker and Bomba Estero’s “Playa Grande.” SYN brings the bass on “Danger,” and Pleasurekraft doesn’t hold back on a rework of Adam Beyer, Layton Giordani, and Green Velvet’s “Space Date.” Ephixa and Heartful have delivered some synthwave goodness on “Sundance,” and Justin Caruso continues his slew of edits with a new combo of Brohug vs. Valentino Khan, “DatDatDat.”
The commercial success of “Taki Taki” considered, DJ Snake’s choice to keep the Latin flair sauntering forth seems a tactful one. “Taki Taki,” the sizzling smash that recruited Ozuna, Selena Gomez, and hip-hop’s punchiest performer of late, Cardi B, for features, set up shop at the top of Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart for 14 weeks following its September 2018 debut. The multilingual Latin heater’s music video meanwhile managed to attract one-billion views in just 16 weeks.
If the question is whether DJ Snake will be able to keep the Latin-stylized musical momentum going moving forward, then “Loco Contigo” is the formidably affirmative answer. The bilingual slow burning number invites J. Balvin and Tyga for audacious auxiliary verses. J. Balvin smoothly delivers his lyrical sentiments in Spanish, while Tyga exerts the finesse of his fierce flow atop a languid background beat. So buckle up for a bit of brand new Snake-sponsored lunacy.
DJ Snake hits his rap grind with Tyga on their new hip-hop leaner, “Girls Have Fun” featuring G-Eazy and Rich The Kid. Tyga’s vocals glide over a lazy xylophone melody amongst bustling 808s, thumping kicks, and skipping hi-hats further adding to the Parisian DJ’s versatile production cabinet. In typical Tyga fashion, the tantalizing beat yearns for the club as Rich The Kid and G-Eazy provide energy contrast towards the featured artist’s more relaxed style.
DJ Snake has flexed his hip-hop production work with the likes of Travis Scott, Cardi B, French Montana, and Migos in the past. As one of the most successful international producers in the industry, with two singles over the 1 billion mark on Spotify, it only make sense that Snake would continue to return to the rap game—it has definitely proven to be a fitting second home to the Grammy-nominated artist.