Ed Banger is celebrating its fifteenth birthday in the most ethereal of fashions. Known for its leadership in French electro and its unique aesthetic, the label is taking things down a notch for its commemorative 15 Ans LP, which is entirely orchestral. The upcoming album — set for a November 23 release — is an explorative one, reimagining 27 of the label’s most iconic records in a cinematic, instrumental form.
Those who know the label know there’s no shortage of incredible music housed within the Busy P-owned imprint. In addition to groundbreaking albums from Daft Punk themselves (formerly managed by Busy P) as well as Justice, countless other major league acts like Mr. Oizo, Breakbot, SebAstian, and more have continued to make new waves in their field. The aforementioned artists are featured heavily in the album, in addition Uffie’s “Pop The Glock,” “Jacques In The Box” by Laurent Garnier, and other newer releases from the label family.
DJ Mehdi, who passed away in 2011, is another key featured talent on 15 Ans. His famed “Pocket Piano” happened to be chosen by Busy P as the announcement piece for the LP, whose celebration concert took place earlier in the year.
1. Breakbot ‘Star Tripper / Back For More’
2. Breakbot ‘Fantasy / By Your Side’
3. Breakbot ‘Baby I’m Yours’
4. Cassius ‘I <3 So’
5. Mr. Oizo ‘Intra / Tricycle Express’
6. Mr. Oizo ‘Hand In The Fire’
7. Busy P ‘To Protect And Entertain / Pedrophilia’
8. Busy P ‘Genie’
9. DJ Mehdi ‘Pocket Piano’
10. DJ Mehdi ‘Tragicomehdi / Signatune’
11. Vladimir Cauchemar ‘Aulos’
12. Uffie ‘Pop The Glock / Difficult’
13. Boston Bun / Borussia / Feadz ‘Paris Groove / Kinda Love / Metaman’
14. SebastiAn ‘Motor / Prime / Hudson River’
15. SebastiAn ‘Embody’
16. SebastiAn ‘Tetra’
17. Krazy Baldhead ‘My Soul Is Like A Tree’
18. Laurent Garnier ‘Jacques In The Box’
19. Mr Flash ‘Champions’
20. Para One / Myd ‘Elevation / The Sun’
21. Justice ‘Genesis / Phantom / Phantom Part. II’
22. Justice ‘On’n’On’
23. Justice ‘Safe And Sound’
24. Justice ‘D.A.N.C.E.’
25. Justice ‘Canon / Alakazam ! / Horsepower’
26. Justice ‘Stress’
27. Justice ‘Waters Of Nazareth / We Are Your Friends’
Even Martin Garrix gets sick apparently, which is what the producer tells his fans and tries to convince himself he will get over as he walks up to his Tomorrowland main stage set. The newest episode of The Martin Garrix Show shows the producer with a sore throat as he is fading quickly before his set approaches. Mentor David Guetta tops his sick day off by playing Garrix’s unreleased track “Yottabyte” before the producer goes on, which is what Garrix was planning on opening with.
Garrix fans know that he premiered the track “High on Life” featuring Bonn at the festival, and viewers get a behind the scenes view of how he flew the artist in last minute to showcase the track on the main stage. Dua Lipa also talks to viewers about her first Tomorrowland performance, rounding out the episode with high profile performances and, as always, a look into Garrix’s hectic world.
When producer SAVI and vocalist Bryan Ellis‘s pop perfect collaboration “Voices” dropped in June, it arrived just in time to soundtrack summer with its deft blend of radio ready instrumentals and personal lyrics. Now, the two artists have paired their co-written track with a claustrophobic new music video.
The song’s future pop sensibilities perfectly soundtrack Ellis in his tortured state, following him from a sunlit swanky apartment to dark street corners as he (sometimes literally) runs from demons of relationships past. The video bright and polished, with sharply contrasting horror movie moments highlighting the contrast between SAVI’s fizzing instrumental and Ellis’s lines. The music video is another triumph for the fast rising LA-based producer, perfectly illustrating an artist with a firm grasp on effortlessly palatable genre-blending creations.
While Chromeo‘s recorded catalog is impressive on its own, there is always something special about watching the Funk Lordz’s energetic live set. While stripping back their usually extravagant stage set-up, Montreal-natives Dave1 and P-Thugg have brought along a full band to NPR’s iconic Tiny Desk series.
Playing three songs from their new album, Head Over Heels, and tossing in their 2014 highlight, “Jealous,” Chromeo and their live ensemble unveil new, textured versions of their sleek originals. Their Philly-based backing band’s two percussionists energize the room, while the keyboardist brings the warm, analog layer that’s a characteristic hallmark of Chromeo’s work. As P-Thugg flexes his multi-instrumental skills on the bass guitar and his signature talkbox, rousing renditions of “Count Me Out,” “Must’ve Been,” and “Don’t Sleep,” prove once again why Chromeo’s 1980s-inspired body of work remains so timeless.
Dillon Francis releases a second music video for his WUT WUThit”White Boi,” featuring Lao Ra. The hilarious lyric music video consisting of numerous of white boy activities was made by PIZZASLIME. It’s a colorful, tongue-in-cheek video that features stereotypical “white boy favorites” — such as safari jungle hats, dad hats, Hawaiian t-shirts, unfashionable running sneakers, construction, khaki shorts, basic sandwiches made with wonder bread, Mountain Dew, pizza, LinkedIn, running on the beach, and more.
To make things fun, Francis hosted a naming contest on social media. Hayden Bradshaw won, naming the music video “WHITE BOI DOES WHAT!?!?!? (NOT CLICKBAIT)(GONE SEXUAL).”The Latin Grammy award winning artist doubled down on his initial music video filmed in the Dominican Republic, placing Lao Ra front and center. Picking a favorite version is certainly tough when Dillon Francis is involved!
Martin Garrix has released the third single and music video in his five-day release spree. On October 17, he dropped the highly anticipated track, “Latency” featuring Dyro, which premiered at Tomorrowland 2018.
With massive drum right off the bat, big synths are filtered in through anticipation risers and then fully introduced alongside everyone’s favorite instrument: the cowbell. The energy builds with notes of early electro house from acts like Dada Life and Deorro, and the drop doesn’t shy away from that theme. That big synth is back sounding louder than ever with a thumping kick pounding through the gritty, melodic notes. A second verse introduces a new, wind instrument-sounding synth that’s later accompanied by a vocal melody that congeals into the heavier original melody.
So far, all three music videos were directed by Damian Karsznia, and there’s no reason to think the next two aren’t similar. Glitchy, cool, quick-paced clips battle back and forth, showcasing different people. In the video for “Latency,” parkour clips complement the dangerous, big lead-synth on the track.
Major Lazer and Tove Lo invite listeners to kick back and burn one, as they’ve materialized their latest track, “Blow That Smoke,” in what seems like record time after teasing a preview of the new track on Twitter earlier this week.
“Blow That Smoke” has been released at peak momentum for both parties, as each gears up for new forthcoming ventures. For Swedish pop singer Tove Lo, it’s her new film, Blue Lips, due Friday, October 19. For Major Lazer, “Blow That Smoke” sees the trio take a break from their Afrobeat onslaught of releases to return to an infectious, dancehall-crossover design that has enough legs to hold its own alongside the super group’s historic “Lean On.” The single also serves as the latest single off their impending farewell album.
Paired with a lyric video in classical Rasta-style animation, “Blow That Smoke” poses to be an anthem in the dance-pop domain through 2018’s end and beyond.
Skrillex hype fever is in full swing, and the prescription is more Skrillex hype. Thankfully, OWSLA label mate Ekali came through by unleashing a rumored Skrillex ID during Sunday’s tour stop on his Crystal Eyes tour. The unreleased trap heater called to mind past trap anthems from the producer like the “Purple Lamborghini,” with signature growls and blaring horn stabs filling out a slapping drop.
Reddit user u/Samwise78 caught a quick clip of the track’s build and drop while Ekali’s crowd basked in the ID. The song is rumored to feature vocals from fast-rising vocalist Dounia, who Skrillex was pictured with this summer. Music fans have eagerly awaited teasers of what to expect from the bass legend’s much anticipated new album, and if this and his upcoming collab with JOYRYDE are any indicator, it’s going to pack some serious heat.
Martin Garrix has released the first single with a music video, “Breach (Walk Alone)” with Blinders, in what appears to be a five-songs-in-five-days strategy. Garrix has been playing this song out since Tomorrowland 2018.
The antsy intro falls upon orchestral violins into big room organized chaos. The second verse introduces smokey vocals that supplement an exuberant anticipation build into the high energy, glitchy mayhem from the previous drop. Doused in dark, vision-doubling, eerie visuals, the music video directed by Damian Karsznia complements the hauntingly fragmented production style to a tee.
DJ Mag‘s No. 1 DJ for the last two years expressed his dual disappointment and excitement about the situation on Twitter. The five single to come out are “Access,” “Yottabyte,” “Latency,” “Breach,” and “Waiting for Tomorrow.”
besides the fact that every single surprise upcoming week got leaked I’m still STOOOKED to share it with you guys ahah pic.twitter.com/LF2Bs4A1Nh
Aspiring producers hoping to create music sound like the producers who inspire them, look no further than Sounds.com‘s newest residency series Sounds Originals. The site launched in 2018 as a subscription-based platform for loops and samples created by Native Instruments. Through Sounds Originals, the site is partnering with industry veterans Diplo, Richie Hawtin, Junkie XL, Robot Koch, and Catnapp, giving subscribers access to their unique sonic identities through multiple downloadable sample packs. The Sounds Originals partners will also participate in a variety of user-centric activities. The launch of the series marks the next step in realizing the company’s vision of democratizing creative tools so anyone can freely express their musical ideas.
Diplo is the first artist to launch his Sounds Originals partnership, and the first of multiple Diplo packs, titled Diplo Drops are available October 12. The artist spoke about the partnership, saying “I’ve worked with many different artists, musicians, and talented people in my life and have learned that great music is born from great sound. I’m excited to hear what music makers will create with my original sounds. I hope to inspire them and give them some building blocks for making something new.”
Sounds.com subscribers now have exclusive access to a collection of Diplo’s one-shot samples, vocals, vocal stabs, and synth textures – all in a bass and dance style. Those looking to get involved can find more information on Sounds Originals here.