Yellow Claw explore breadth of their sound ‘New Blood’ LP [Stream]

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Bass heavyweights Yellow Claw had an interesting concept in mind when announcing their third album, New Blood: “Rather than trying to make some grand statement,” they began, the duo instead are using the body of work as an expression of their life on the road. Doing so allows the Dutch outfit to venture out beyond their tougher, festival-geared sound and show a new dimension of themselves in the process.

New Blood has finally arrived, following a bevy of high-charged singles and a wave of controversy following their choice of EDC surprise cameos that thrust Yellow Claw squarely back into public view. The tracklist is brimming with A-list collaborations — per their usual fashion — making it even more appealing to the eye.

It certainly meets the expectation of not making a “grand statement;” though more diverse in scope than what one would usually experience at a Yellow Claw set, they more or less fall in line with their signature sound without stretching too far outside their comfort zone. That isn’t to say it’s a terrible listen; in fact, New Blood is more than entertaining, with its future bass valleys and rap-assisted, trap peaks.

“Public Enemy,” a DJ Snake collaboration, is a heady production with a fierce drop and choatic sirens that will more than likely cause a frenzy on festival dancefloors throughout the season. Meanwhile, its downtempo opener “Lost On You” is a warm, feelsy hit that evokes beachside imagery and carefree sentiments. Alongside A$AP Ferg and Creek Boyz, Yellow Claw forged quite the climax for the LP in the explosive “Fake Channel.”

Rising vocalist STORi also plays a prominent role in New Blood, appearing on two tracks. Ultimately, the album is an enjoyable collection of tunes that are good placeholders for a more ambitious album endeavor, if one occurs.

 

NMF Roundup: Yellow Claw bring the heat, Elephante tugs at heartstrings, SLANDER remix Above & Beyond, and more

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The most important day of every week: New Music Friday. 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.


Sydney producer JVLY teams up with the sultry SARAI to create a groovy atmospheric tune full of pulsing synths and clean high hats.

The production trio known as Brohug take the original “Too Good To Be True” and turn it into a vibrant house heater that entices dancing from beginning to end.

Blasterjaxx and Bassjackers perfectly execute a dynamic big room track, with a heavy kick and mesmerizing lead synth. Festival-goers will stand no chance.

If future house is on the agenda for the weekend, then Jay Hardway and Mesto are claiming their spot with a track that bounces with stuttering synths and a catchy repeating vocal, leaving some of us not wanting to be saved.

Building anticipation for their new album on June 22, the Yellow Claw duo release yet another silky tune featuring Rochelle, full of brassy horns and a fat snare.

Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa sound like a dream duo, until Valentino Khan comes along and puts his spin on “One Kiss,” turning it into a classic house beat riddled with alluring piano.

Elephante taps on the powerfully elegant Nevve to bring “Otherside” to life, that speaks about trying to remember a dream you had and the pursuit of getting back to it.

1788-L creates a literal “CYBERSPACE,” by building an epically cinematic and intricate track full of gritty synths that makes one feel as if they really are in the future.

SLANDER create their own emotional rendition of Above & Beyond‘s “ALWAYS,” that dramatically builds from minimal elements to an all encompassing drop.

Melbourne duo Two Can deliver a melodic beauty “Got Habits” in the form of one knocky wood block, a hypnotizing vocal, and strategic synths.

Delicate guitar riffs ring, as deep bass slowly take over on Tom Budin and Kopa’s splendid new track “Things Change.”

Australian multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Mickey Kojak, delivers a refreshingly unique tune full of retro vibes from the arpeggiating pluck to the funky bassline.

The mysterious In.Drip. project feels something like driving in the rain. With his crispy yet mellow beats, laden with his effortlessly gentle voice that delivers verse after verse, he makes any drive a pleasant one.

ZAXX pulls on the heartstrings in “Together” with playful xylophones and a huge synth drop, that leaves the listener in a world of their own.

Newcomer OTHER creates a catchy tune from his soulful voice reminiscent of Blackbear and Mike Posner, to the clean guitar and exciting electronic drop.

Yellow Claw teams up with A$AP Ferg and Creek Boyz on ‘Fake Chanel’

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Yellow Claw is cruising their way into a massive summer, setting up the season with the release of another party-primed collaboration, “Fake Chanel” featuring A$AP Ferg and Creek Boyz. The new drop comes hot off the heels of the Dutch duo’s recent joint effort, “BITTERSWEET” featuring Sofia Reyes.

The new tune packs a bumping dose of Yellow Claw’s signature heavy bass, laying down an aggressive trap beat as the backdrop for catchy bars from Ferg and the Boyz. Coming through with some high-octane set list ammunition, Yellow Claw is gearing up for the release of their upcoming album New Blood, available on June 22, and if “Fake Chanel” gives an accurate preview, we’re in for an exciting new LP from the Barong Family mainstays.

Yellow Claw brings out ‘Cash Me Outside’ girl at EDC – much to crowd’s dismay

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DJ, turn it down.

Amsterdam trap duo Yellow Claw has long been a crowd favorite when it comes to bass-boomin’ beats, but their recent performance at EDC Las Vegas flopped among attendees when the DJs brought the infamous “Cash Me Outside” girl, Danielle Bregoli, as their surprise special guest.

Although Bregoli has enjoyed success in rap circles under her stage name of Bhad Bhabie, EDC-goers clearly didn’t take the reality-personality-turned-rapper as an emblem of peace, love, unity, and respect, booing Bregoli off the stage.

Better luck next year, Yellow Claw.

H/T: EDM Sauce

North Coast boasts diverse 2018 lineup featuring Miguel, Axwell ^ Ingrosso, Jamiroquai & more

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Chicago’s North Coast Music Festival unveiled the diverse lineup for its ninth edition, returning to Union Park August 31–September 2.

This year’s headliners include Jamiroquai, Miguel, Axwell ^ Ingrosso, DJ Snake, The Revivalists, and Yellow Claw.

Additional artists performing at “Summer’s Last Stand” include Vulfpeck, Snails, RL Grime, Gramatik, and more. This year, North Coast will also debut all-new daily showcases curated by industry collectives, showing off the best sounds in hip-hop, house, rock, and beyond with sets from the likes of The Cool Kids, Lyrical Lemonade, and more.

Tickets and more information are available here.

Featured Photo Credit: Michele D’Amaro

Insomniac fills out robust 2018 EDC week with over 25 artists and 14 new shows

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Insomniac added over 25 new artists and 14 events to the fifth annual EDC week in Las Vegas, coinciding with the festival’s 22nd annual installment. 

In doing so, the festival welcomes 14 signature party experiences during the week of May 16–23, including the hardstyle focused Basscon Pool Party and two dubstep-fueled Bassrush parties, along with a variety of diverse headliners throughout the week. New programming includes a vast array of parties across the cities hottest nightclubs, including Elephante, Porter Robinson, NGHTMRE, Gryffin, Hot Since 82, Illenium, Yellow Claw, and many more.

Full programming details, more information, and tickets are available here.

Zedd, Yellow Claw, and KillaGraham produced songs on Thirty Seconds to Mars’ new album

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Five years after their last LP, Thirty Seconds to Mars have released their fifth studio album, America. The rock band has teamed up with a variety of big names to round out the album, and fans will find production credits from Zedd, Yellow Claw and KillaGraham on the LP.

At the beginning of 2018, Thirty Seconds to Mars released “Dangerous Night” — a track written by Jared Leto and Stevie Aiello and produced by Zedd. KillaGraham lends a production hand in the album’s third track,”Rescue Me,” and Yellow Claw worked with Leto on “Hail to the Victor.”

This isn’t the first time Thirty Seconds to Mars has stepped into the electronic music realm.

“We’ve been exploring electronic music from our very first album, so this isn’t something new for us,” Leto told USA Today. “But we break some rules as well for ourselves and tread upon new ground, which is exciting.”

The 12-track album also features collaborations with A$AP Rocky and Halsey and is out now on Interscope.

MOTi tells all about his collab with Tiësto, ‘Break The House Down’

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Tiësto and MOTi have teamed up to produce a wildly energetic big room original titled, “Break The House Down.” The track features heavenly choral vocals, an intriguing, harmonic melody, and unrelenting beats in each drop. Showcasing seamless production quality, MOTi and Tiesto engineered an anthem that will surely be played out across the world this festival season.

The two renowned DJ and producers are known for their eclectic takes on the house genre, and together the Dutch artists make up a lethal team. As two of the world’s most acclaimed leaders in house music, MOTi and Tiësto’s fierce collaboration, “Break The House Down,” will undoubtedly be a surefire hit.

MOTi sheds some light about working with Tiësto, since some of their last collaborations including their remix of Major Lazer & DJ Snake‘s “Lean On,” and their hit single, “Blow Your Mind.” “It was great to be working with Tiësto again after 2 years. We have done a lot of projects together in the past so it felt natural and it was a lot of fun again.” MOTi also shares that the to listen to this track, “you definitely have to be in party mood. It’s pretty heavy record even in my sets I save it for the last 15 minutes of my set. It’s a big room banger!”

He also selected the following tunes for Dancing Astronaut to depict where his sound is at currently:

Tiësto & MOTi – Break The House Down
“BIG ROOM ALERT”

Yellow Claw – Beastmode ft. Stoltenhoff
“Love this record, should listen from breakdown to drop, don’t skip ahead. Love the element of surprise in this one.”

Steve Aoki & Quintino – Mayhem
“This record is just built to break the house down!”

MOTi – Earthquake
“One of my more uptempo heavy drop records i gave away for free on my MOTi Massive Free Download Series!”

D-Block & S-te-Fan
“Huge psy inspired hard dance record!”

Sophie Simmons shares emotive debut solo track ‘Black Mirror’

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Daughter of KISS’s own Gene Simmons, Sophie Simmons has released her debut original track titled “Black Mirror.”

The emotive ballad lures the listener in with her enthralling vocals and a pulsing bassline. While this track is certainly a commercial house fixture, Simmons has worked with the likes of Yellow Claw and Cesqeaux in the past, indicating more electronic skewing releases may be in her future.

In an interview with Billboard, Simmons shared that she no longer lets her dad listen to her unfinished music because he continually shares her works in progress on his social media channels. Rumor has it that she will be releasing a full album later this year, but only time — or Gene Simmons’ Twitter account — will only tell when it comes to more 2018 releases.

 

Alesso, Alison Wonderland, Prydz among artists added to Tomorrowland 2018 line-up

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Tomorrowland

Crowned recently as the world’s most celebrated social media event, Tomorrowland is ramping up for it’s 14th iteration with a bevy of announcements this month. For this year’s duly themed edition, dubbed “The Story of Planaxis,” expect to see spectacle performances from headliners Armin van Buuren, Hardwell, Axwell / Ingrosso, Netsky, RL Grime, and a fresh new face in REZZ, along with specially-curated stages from Carl CoxJamie Jones, Tiësto, and Pryda.

The illustrious global gathering is known for showcasing the top talent in dance music, and 2018 is shaping up to be no different with the announcement of Alesso, Alison Wonderland, Ben Nicky, Coone, KAYZO, and Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano.

Tomorrowland returns to Boom, Belgium from July 20–July 22 for its first weekend, revisiting from July 27-July 29 for its second. Tickets and travel packages are still available here.

Full the full list of Tomorrowland 2018 artist additions:

Andhim

Alesso

Alison Wonderland

Ben Nicky

Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike

Recondite (live)

Mark with a K

Eric Prydz

Coone

Jamie Jones

Martin Solveig

Richie Hawtin

KAYZO

Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano

Tale Of Us

Vini Vici

French Montana

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