Australian electronic sensation What So Not was met with a friendly welcome when he stopped by Louis The Child’s radio show for the 43rd edition of Playground Radio.
The longtime scene staple took the opportunity to flex his tastemaking tact. His selections range from whimsy Tame Impala to undiscovered experimentalists like Quiet Bison. Between offerings, the trio of tried-and-true electronic icons discuss inspiration, touring, and new what’s cooking in What So Not’s release cannon. The “Gemini” producer discloses he’s got some odd 60 demos on deck for imminent release.
Check out what’s on What So Not’s radar these days, in a very special hour of Playground Radio. And catch him live at Your Paradise festival next month or Holy Ship! Wrecked in January.
Tame Impala – It Might Be Time [WEEKEND TRACK] (0:45) Miguel – Funeral (6:35) Wafia – Flowers & Superpowers (8:45) Quiet Bison – Spectral Range (14:55) DROELOE – Only Be Me (Duskus Remix) (19:37) TSURUDA – FUBAR (30:44) Ngaiire – Once (36:34) A-Trak, Kimbra & Mark Foster – Warrior (What So Not Remix) (43:31) Les Sins – Grind (49:21) Louis The Child & Drew Love – Free [PLAYGROUND PICK] (56:44)
Swiftly ascending vocalist, Wafia, has momentarily put down the pen she’s been using to scribe her debut album in order to join Ekali for a poignant new production, “Be Fine.” In the past, the singer-songwriter has lent her vocals to other electronic efforts, such as Louis The Child‘s fan favorite, “Better Not.”
As in her previous features, Wafia’s voice bears a glossy purity, and in the case of this particular record, the refinement of her vocal creates a smooth contrast to the texture of Ekali’s fragmented arrangement. “Be Fine” opens with gentle, dissipating harp chords, which cascade into the drop’s ear-catching reverb.
Clean percussion, a strong undergirding beat, and the melodic shift of the song’s synth work collectively strike an exceedingly emotive string, as the lyrics tell a plaintive narrative of a romantic relationship that, once clear in its rightness for both lovers, has grown divisive. “Be Fine” follows Ekali’s previous single with Reo Cragun, “Runaway.”
It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.
Zedd and Kehlani kick things off this final Friday of September with their new collaboration, “Good Thing,” and Boys Noize links with Francis and the Lights for “Why Not?” Kaskade keeps it mellow on his new collaboration with TELYkast, “No One Else,” and Zeds Dead join forces with Funkin Matt an Fiora for “Feel So.” AC Slater’s new album includes tunes like “Bad Behavior” with Chris Lorenzo and Purple Velvet Curtains, and Mercer takes on DJ Snake and Majid Jordan’s “Recognize.” Golf Clap and MASTERIA deliver “Mystery Scene” on mau5trap/Insomniac, and Gareth Emery follows “Laserface 01 (Aperture)” with “Laserface 02 (Thoughts In Pieces).” Dimension remixes himself on “If You Want To,” and Gorgon City reveal “Warehouse Mix” and “Terrace Dub” iterations of “There For You.” Tritonal team up with Rosie Darling on “Never Be The Same,” and NGHTMRE remixes Saven Lions, SLANDER, Dabin, and Dylan Matthew’s “First Time.” Galantis bring their piano-filled joy to “Holy Water,” and Tinlicker reveal their new LP, This Is Not Our Universe. Anna Lunoe and Nina Las Vegas cook up a weekend heater, “One Thirty,” and YehMe2 remixes Matoma and Bryn Christopher’s “All Around The World.”
As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.
The track is led by Wafia’s vocals, which tell the story of heartbreak and needing space. Her singing is accented by delicate production techniques that fall into a catchy house drop.
“It’s a homie track,” Whethan said of the track in a press release. “It was an opportunity to be able to come together with friends and make music. Both Wafia and Louis The Child are like family, so this one means a lot to me.”
This is not the first time Louis the Child has worked with Wafia. The duo previously released “Better Not,” and “Hurts” is a worthy continuation of the artists’ successful collaboration.
Louis the Child release an extensive nine-track EP, Kids At Play, inviting listeners to their sonic playground filled with sultry harmonies, soulful wonderment, unique sounds, and youthful fervor. Colorful sounds ooze out of , from the tropical steel drums on “Better Not” featuring Wafia to the blue guitar twangs on “Save Me From Myself” with NoMBe and Big Gigantic. These two kids from Chicago showcase their electronic dance-pop crossover skills on what could have easily been a full-length.
Genre bending and intelligent synth design becomes apparent through each of the EP’s distinctive tracks. “Interstellar” features a dynamic and glitchy arrangement that feels fitting of its futuristic name. “Braking News,” featuring RAYE, implies a playful relationship between the collaborators with rolling synths and hi hats that create a bounce in their step.
The Wafia-assisted “Better Not” featuring Wafia was the first track released off the project, amassing to a total of 72.5 million plays on Spotify, the duo’s most listened to track on the platform to date. “Ohhh Baby” is quite the percussive piece, illustrating an organized chaos similar to an uplifting G Jones. “LOVE” featuring Elohim is the second collaboration between the two, the first being “Love is Alive.” The chorus features the West LA Children’s Choir, adding to the album’s childish delight.
“Dear Sense” features the soulful vocals of MAX and offers an LCD Soundsystem feel. “The City” featuring Quinn XCII offers bouncing melodies and punching percussions underneath a fervent voice. “Save Me From Myself” features EDM’s sax man, Big Gigantic, and the R&B clad, NoMBE. The acoustic guitar creates a campfire feel that drops into big, emotive synths, spaced out for effect. “Space Jam” contains a classic Louis The Child synth feel, sounding similar to an old-school 90s video game with frolicsome percussive elements. Listen to Kids At Play by Louis The Child below.
Earlier this year Louis The Child released the perfect summer song and perhaps one of their biggest hits to date in “Better Not,” featuring the wonderful Wafia. The track bounced with steel drums, clean percussion and vibrant synths that perfectly showcased Wafia’s every word while painting sunny mental images.
However, right when listeners thought the track couldn’t get any better, the guys now deliver a broken-down acoustic version that features Robby on the bass, Freddy on the piano, a string quartet, and of course Wafia on the mic. In doing so, they create an emotion-packed video that really allows the listener to connect with the artists as they perform the gentle ballad. It also shows their versatility and ability to create anything from fully electronic productions to delicate live performances.
Denver producer StayLoose, previously known as StéLouse, has been fine-tuning his pop-infused electronic productions since his initial debut in 2014. In the past couple of years, he has grown his following with stellar singles like “Sociopath” featuring Bryce Fox and his vibrant remix of Rozes‘ “R U Mine.”
He got connected with Louis the Child‘s Freddy in 2014, and they continued to stay friends as their careers progressed. After hearing the Chicago duo’s release of “Better Not” featuring Wafia, StayLoose immediately connected with it and decided to put his own spin on it.
In his rendition, StayLoose keeps the integrity of the track by introducing delicate guitar riffs, and Wafia’s whimsical voice, while subtly building with percussion which then guides in the synth-heavy and emotion-filled drop.
Producer duo Louis The Child are known over the years for their individual style that is readily evident across their excellent remixes and bouncy originals.
With their upbeat sound and foolproof productions, it’s no surprise that they release a beautiful 9-track remix package for their latest release. “Better Not,” featuring the ever so swaggy Wafia.
Hotel Garuda reimagines it by kicking the tempo up a notch and, adding a four on the floor beat. In doing so they deliver an excellently house tune that is sprinkled with groovy strumming bass.
Other remixers include Krane, who takes the remix and builds the track into a cinematic wonderland. Picture driving at hyper speed surrounded in emotional chords and following the sound of the heroic lead as it guides you through the bass ridden drop.
Montell2099 also comes in and delivers an uplifting funky soul tune that provokes dancing so be warned.
Power duo Louis The Child released an ideal summer track “Better Not” in April right before their performances at Coachella. Since then the song, which features Wafia, has had immense success, hitting No. 1 on the iTunes Electronic Chart and on HypeMachine while reaching nearly 11 million streams globally.
As if “Better Not” wasn’t catchy enough, the guys now release a colorful music video directed by Matty Peacock that fully captures the output’s lighthearted aesthetic. Steel drums swirl as Wafia’s delicate voice floats atop scenes of friends hanging out on the beach, skating, Robby and Freddy in Mario-inspired getups, syncopated choreography and other feel-good visuals.
This music video anchors around Louis The Child’s bubbly personalities along with Wafia’s effortless perfection, that makes the video a perfectly accenting accompaniment to a summer-scoring jam.
Louis the Child has long toed future bass territory as a site of creativity and exploration in their songs. The duo’s latest single, “Better Not,” materializes as an extension of the mastery of production techniques that the group has exemplified on prior tracks, while notably delving deeper into soul touching terrain.
“Better Not” centralizes the vocals of Wafia, admitting optimistically up tempo steel drum and xylophone accents that complement the tonal purity of Wafia’s contribution, while signaling the slightest shift in Louis the Child’s genre inclination. The single seems a thoughtful experimentation with future bass influenced sonics that remain malleable, and one not so easily defined.
The track harnesses an effervescent, happy-go-lucky spirit that is noticeably fresh in sound.