For many, the process by which a song goes from a producer’s bedroom to the top of the charts is a mysterious one. Luckily, the video accompaniment to ATFC & David Penn‘s “Hipcats” — released via Armada‘s house imprint Armada Subjekt — sheds some light on the procedure.
The video follows a puppet Hipcat as it progresses from bedroom producer to Armada signee to top-of-the-world DJ. A tongue-in-cheek look into the machinations of the music industry, “Hipcats” itself is a serious tune. It blends an old-school house vibe with an energetic, modern twist built on a foundation of a rumbling bass and catchy vocals.
Between the the quality of the production and the intriguing video, “Hipcats” stands poised to make a big mark on the summer festival season.
“Hipcats” is available for download on Beatport here.
When Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey‘s “The Middle” came out at the beginning of the year, it quickly garnered millions of plays and views across platforms. The sugar-sweet dance/pop original featured Morris’ charming vocals over catchy production from Zedd and Grey, making for a surefire hit for all three artists.
Over the months since its release, countless remixes have surfaced on SoundCloud — but perhaps none as heavy as this latest one from drummer Ryan Browne. Browne has been making a name for himself by doing percussion-infused takes on songs like Krewella‘s classic “Alive” and Alison Wonderland‘s “Messiah.” With accompanying videos to demonstrate the hard work that goes into these remixes, Browne’s multi-instrumental skills shine. His remix of “The Middle” is backed by hefty guitar riffs and bass and is led by a fast-paced drum & bass rhythm. He’s taken the tidy pop elements of the original and worked them into a more rugged, passion-packed remix.
The rollout of Dillon Francis‘ impending mombahton LP has officially begun. January brought “Ven,” which found Francis joining with Puerto Rican songwriter Arcangel and Dominican rapper Quimico Ultra Mega for the record’s lead single. Now the “I.D.G.A.F.O.S.” producer has dropped off the track’s accompanying music video, taking us to the streets of NYC for the new feature. The “Ven” video includes performances from Francis’ Latin co-stars as they deliver slick Spanish bars over a dripping, syrupy moombah beat. However, unlike the majority of additions to Francis’ video catalog, the “We The Funk” producer takes a backseat this time, letting Quimico and Arcangel really own the feature’s spotlight.
Rapping in front of the city’s urban backdrops, accented by doodled animations, the Michael Garcia-directed video even comes complete with a few mentionable cameos from The Kid Mero and viral sensation Pioladitingancia — arguably two of the city’s biggest proponents of Dominican New Yorker culture. This is actually Mero’s second project with Francis, as some might remember him as Dillon’s broccoli nemesis in 2014’s “Exit Through The Donut Shop.” Man, how far we’ve all come.
Since its release, “Ven” just seems to get better with repeated listens and the visuals accurately complement the lead single’s swaggering aesthetic. Now with the release of his new video, the excitement for Dillon Francis’ hotly anticipated moombahton album is officially reaching an all time high.
In a new trailer released for the festival, EDC founder Pasquale Rotella promotes the theme of “all are welcome here.”
The three-minute video celebrates the upcoming 22nd annual event in an all-embracing way — with clips of festivalgoers of all walks of life as a voiceover by Rotella details the diversity of the fest’s attendees.
“No matter the color of your skin, no matter if you’re LGBTQIA or whoever you choose to be… Whether you’re a chief executive officer or a chief executive unicorn, everything you are is welcome here,” Rotella says in the video. “You are EDC. This is home.”
The video fits perfectly in line with the theme for this year’s festival, “kineticLOVE,” which will take place Mary 18-20 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Check the full lineup and learn more here.
Paul Kalkbrenner has announced his eighth studio album, Parts Of Life. The LP, set to be released May 18, comes a decade after Kalkbrenner’s astounding full-length Berlin Calling, and feels greatly akin to its definitively grand techno, particularly the celebrated track “Sky and Sound.”
Parts of Life also serves as the next installment in his Back To The Future trilogy, which chronicles the arrival of techno in Berlin in the late ’80s. Now, succinctly encapsulating the era’s raw ethos, Kalkbrenner’s shared its first single and video for “Part Three.” Minimal and with the potential to reign in an era of new club cornerstones for Kalkbrenner, “Part Three” is big and joyful, a seemingly timeless record marked by the inventive invigoration that’s come to define the artist and alludes to astonishing new material just down the road.
Anticipation continues to mount for the release of future bass powerhouse Alison Wonderland’s new AWAKE LP, following the respective releases of her first couple of singles, “No” and “Church.” Arriving as the third single off her forthcoming sophomore studio album comes the ambient single, “High,” featuring Ohio-based rapper Trippie Redd. The track is accompanied by a mood-enhancing video featuring Alison Wonderland and Trippie Redd at the center. It was self-directed by Alison Wonderland, with cinematography from Jeffrey Zoss.
“It was a real pleasure to work with Trippie,” Alison Wonderland says of the release. “It is important to vibe with an artist before we collaborate. When he heard this song, it was very organic, and he jumped in the booth and we walked out feeling that we had something special. I felt like this song had a certain spirit and wanted people to feel like they were going on a journey with us….just like when watching the music video.”
The visual aesthetic of the video perfectly encapsulates the chill, stoner mood set by the song’s lyrical content, with both producer and rapper swaying against a colorful floral background as glitchy jump cuts keep viewers on their toes. Quite unexpectedly, the video starkly transitions to an animated storyline (c/o Jayme Lemperle and Evan Red Borja) at Wonderland’s unusual and unique drop, pulling listeners into a completely different universe that is assuredly a snapshot of her mind.
Due out April 6 on Astralwerks, AWAKE is the follow-up to Alison Wonderland’s 2015 debut album, Run, which entered Billboard’s Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart at No. 1.
“Most of the DJs have some free time in January and February, and that results in new music,” Hardwell said when asked if he would debut unreleased material in Ultra tradition during his headlining set. “I made lots of new music and I’m going to play [it] on Friday,” Hardwell added.
And like many ticket holders, Hardwell is holding out for an SHM reunion. “I think it’s going to happen,” Hardwell stated in response to the question as to whether he believed the Swedish super group would indeed appear at Ultra 20. “There are a lot of rumors, the deciding factor for me was that Steve Angello, one of the three members of SHM, cancelled his Asia tour out of the blue, suddenly doesn’t have any shows planned, and is now in Miami. For me, this means that it has to happen.”
Those attending Miami Music Week can peruse the best parties of the biggest week in electronic music as curated by Dancing Astronaut, here.
Ultra Music Festival will blow out its birthday candles in just a few days, as Ultra 20 descends upon Bayfront Park, Miami to commemorate a landmark two decades from March 23-25. And if the festival were to figuratively wish for new IDs from its favorite figures in the electronic sphere upon extinguishing those candles, Ultra would find its wish fulfilled.
“Every promoter in the world is there, and they’re watching,” Afrojack notes in the fifth episode of the festival’s “20 Years of Ultra” documentary series, “A Global Phenomenon.” The final installment of the video initiative witnesses a number of prominent DJs testify to Ultra’s status as the first major festival of each ensuing festival season, and thus, the prestige of playing Ultra, and the according level of expectation associated with an Ultra booking.
As Fedde Le Grand observes, the strength of an artist’s appearance at Ultra precipitates that of one’s year. “Basically it comes down to if you want to have a good year, you want to showcase some good new stuff,” Le Grand states.
The advent of live streaming has long contributed to Ultra’s ability to reach unprecedented numbers of viewers, and has accordingly allowed DJs to not only debut unreleased music months prior to an official drop date to crowds, but to make a lasting impression on fans and new listeners alike in doing so, as discussed in episode four, “The Explosion of Electronic Music.”
A challenge to DJs to bring their best to Bayfront each year, those on the lineup for Ultra’s 2018 edition can only be expected to show up to show off.
Riding high of the release of their latest single, “Cruzin,” Snakehips have unveiled the first part in a trilogy of mini movies. The “Stay Home Tapes” trilogy will be released alongside singles from their forthcoming EP of the same name.
“The EP is a bunch of tunes that we made after a crazy few years of touring and travelling the world,” said the duo in a statement. “We called it ‘Stay Home’ as a kinda jokey way to express all the mad stuff you experience and the bizarre characters you meet along the way, and throughout that trying to stay true to yourself.”
According to the producers, the video goes along with the eclectic, chilled out track, too: “It’s a crazy narrative that we cooked up with director Can Evgin based on an Asian woman’s journey through some incredibly trippy shit!”