Steve Aoki continues to diversify his booming portfolio, this time alongside Melbourne bounce force Will Sparks on “Send It.” Aoki’s own vocals are featured on the track, and the duo blend their styles by tethering Sparks’ springy soundscapes to a floor-ready synthesized bassline. The artists’ collaboration brings a welcomed update to the Melbourne sound that Sparks helped popularize while taking the characteristically energetic elements from Aoki’s work.
In true Aoki fashion, the music video for the release features a variety of big names—this time in the form of several action sports stars “sending it,” including skateboard deity Tony Hawk, Olympic snowboarding gold medalist Chloe Kim, and big wave surfer Kai Lenny. The video follows recent music video for Aoki’s collaboration with BTS, “Waste It On Me,” which featured seemingly endless celebrity cameos including Ross Butler, his sister Devon Aoki, and Jamie Chung.
“Send It” is out now via Aoki’s own label, Dim Mak.
The visual for VASSY’s dance-pop driven “Trouble” has arrived, and as with all productions that bear the VASSY stamp, it radiates personality. The music video follows a female protagonist who encounters inconvenience at seemingly every turn, from running out of milk for her morning cereal to colliding with a passerby on the street.
“Trouble” nevertheless shapes up to be a colorful portrayal of events that go awry: the plaid pant clad star of the production animatedly dances from one unfavorable situation to the next, unphased by adversity.
“The video is meant to be open and playful, a universal feeling that everyone can relate to.
Trouble can be anything, it’s all about the adventures in our lives and the trouble we get into that keeps it fun and exciting! The journey we see in the video embodies the blessings in disguise that we can experience.”
Pops of bright hues that feature both in the landscape and in the outfits donned by the visual’s protagonist and by VASSY herself contribute to the lighthearted spirit of the video. The production whimsically suggests that viewers adopt the sprightly resilience of the protagonist, to meet strife with smiles on their faces.
The Los Angeles Rams have released a promotional video featuring EDM’s torrential trap titan, RL Grime’s track “Pressure” from his NOVA album of last year.
The grabbing sequence, dubbed “Bring the Pressure,” features a number of shots from across the LA area, the team’s recently reinstated home turf. As the intensity of the song builds, commentary from great Rams moments overlays the track. It’s the bleeding embodiment of a of a hype video—playing a swimming visual accompaniment to Grime’s explosive aural aesthetic.
Check out the video below; and with Halloween fast-approaching, keep an eye out for RL Grime’s eighth edition of his annual spooky mix series.
How to pique interest? Tease followers with the possibility of new Jack Ü music. It was a surefire formula for Diplo, who recently shared a cryptic video of himself dropping a remix of 2015 Jack Ü smash, “Where Are Ü Now,” on his Instagram account. “Comment if we should release some more Jack Ü,” he wrote. Needless to say, a flood of replies swiftly materialized in the comments section.
Diplo’s cryptic activity follows his admission to Rolling Stone that Jack Ü could return in 2020. “I think Skrillex has a lot of material he’s been gearing to release,” Diplo said in the October interview. “When that happens I think we might be able to do some new stuff, but I’ve worked on a to of ideas for the project. It’s all in due time. There’s not any rush for it or anything.” In the years since Jack Ü’s reign, both artists have since moved on from the joint project many times over. Though, a return to form in 2020 would bring two of music’s most globally in-demand producers together again, and Jack Ü 2.0 might be something entirely different the next time around.
Flume is one of the lucky ones. He’s been able to prove himself as a generational talent, building a momentous catalog of brilliantly experimental work, without ever having to compromise his creative direction or bend towards mainstream appeal. This year might be the culmination of that effort, with the Australian beatsmith delivering his most head-turning works to date and debuting a stirring, visceral live show, both to heavy critical acclaim.
Flume’s live show has taken on a life of its own, wherein the producer makes use of the full stage by demolishing various objects during his sensory stimulating performance. It has become one of the most in-demand live electronic shows of the year, and recently, Flume brought collaborator Vera Blue to Red Rocks Amphitheater for a live rendition of the pair’s single “Rushing Back.” The captivating performance spotlights the Skin producer at the peak moment of what has been a colossal year. Watch “Rushing Back” live below.
New wave electronic trailblazers of Depeche Mode will be releasing an Anton Corbijn-directed film titled SPIRITS in the Forest, which takes viewers on a journey through the group’s 2017-2018 Global Spirit Tour. Corbijn is a longtime collaborator with the group.
Depeche Mode performed a whopping 115 shows across the globe during the filming of the documentary. Although the film shows highlights of the group’s tour, the story is a fan-centric piece that follows six fans, in the time leading up to the band’s final stop on the tour in Berlin, at the famed Waldbühne (“Forest Stage”), interspersed with intimate documentary footage filmed in fans’ hometowns across the globe.
“I’m exceptionally proud to share this film and the powerful story that it tells,” said Depeche Mode’s Dave Gahan. “It’s amazing to see the very real ways that music has impacted the lives of our fans.”
Depeche Mode has released a 60-second trailer preceding the film. The documentary will be in cinemas worldwide for one night only on November 21. Fans can check here to see if the documentary is playing in a city nearby.
It seems absurd that this didn’t happen sooner, but now we finally have a proper collaboration between two of Australia’s most beloved electronic exports—Nina Las Vegas and Anna Lunoe. The longtime friends, who shared similar trajectories coming up as dance tastemakers down under before both finding global breakthroughs, had never actually done a joint track together. Though, that all changed with “One Thirty.” And as you’d imagine, it’s a certified club burner that wraps the two curatorial queens’ unmistakable energies into one complementary mix.
“One Thirty” lands as a dual release via Nina Las Vegas’ own NLV Records imprint and Lunoe’s longtime home base Mad Decent. Speaking on the track’s obvious chemistry, NLV explains,
“It only took 15 years of friendship and [collaborating] in every other aspect of our life to finally build the courage to work on a song together. With so much shared between us already, it might have been the easiest day in the studio for each of us.”
It took a decade and a half for the Beats 1 and Triple J selectors to link on a song, though, now we can say it was well worth the wait, and hopefully there’s a lot more from these two underway. Listen below.
It seems like it was only a matter of time before this one materialized.
From wedding crasher antics in Las Vegas earlier this year to a more recent social media “hack” that found Diplo in control of the Jonas Brothers‘ official Instagram account, the JoBros and Random White Dude have sparked an entertaining friendship amid the boy band’s highly successful comeback campaign this year. Now, the foursome are taking things to the next level, cementing their friendship on a new joint, “Lonely.”
The song is expected to be a single from an upcoming country music album from the Mad Decent head honcho. A quick preview reveals the collaboration’s pop-leaning sensibilities with a hint of twang, in line with much of Diplo’s newly emerging country catalog. “Lonely” is due to land at midnight EST on September 27.
Back in 2013, Hudson Mohawke and Lunice indefinitely went their separate creative ways at arguably the top of their joint game. The producers had joined forces back in 2011 and in no time, the duo were starting a trap movement that would largely consume electronic dance music for the next two years. In fact, they were largely considered to be the genre’s brightest torch bearers. TNGHT built a blistering catalog of rattling trap products, and even managed to grab production credits on Kanye West’s maximalist opus Yeezus, but as quickly as TNGHT came, the duo dissolved into indeterminate radio silence… until now.
Beyond the occasional Twitter rumblings over the years, each of which spark significant rumors of the TNGHT project’s revival, there have been no signs of Lunice/HudMo reunion, until the artwork for what we now know to be “Serpent” quietly appeared online. Days later, we have a pummeling, experimental cut that clinks and clatters over disjointed percussion patterns, broken up with banshee howling vocal cuts. Whatever it is—it marks the return of TNGHT. And signals to the idea there’s likely more material underway from the newly returned trap heroes. Enjoy.
The carefree spirit of summer proves evergreen in BRKLYN‘s visual for “Can’t Take My Money.” The duo’s first single of 2019, “Can’t Take My Money” flaunted the bold alternative-electronic flair of BRKLYN’s sound, showing BRKLYN’s approach to dance music to be that of a fresh, imaginative caliber distinct from the mainstream. A fun diversion from the familiar. “Can’t Take My Money” underscored BRKLYN’s trailblazing potential.
Now, with the official music video for “Can’t Take My Money,” the Armada Music label mates translate the vivid, feel-good energy of the cut into a visual that extends the animated personality of the tune.
We try not to take ourselves too seriously, and ‘Can’t Take My Money’ is a record that presents us with the perfect opportunity to convey our easygoing vibe on video
The video follows BRKLYN’s own Cory Nadeau and Cameron Alexander as they romp on the boardwalk, skateboard through streets, and take the wheel of a golf cart. Listeners can get a look at the visual before its September 21 debut exclusively on Dancing Astronaut.
Read Dancing Astronaut’s interview with BRKLYN on the making of “Can’t Take My Money,” here.