Pop music is a crazy industry, even more so in our fractured age. It’s crazy how many songs can be blowing up in some corner of the world, online or off, without ever spilling over into the mass consciousness. It’s crazy how many of those songs actually do spill over without some of us realizing … More »
Three years ago, the gentle grace of the piano instrumental positioned at the beginning of “Faded” would not only enthrall listeners, but would elicit the same continuous question: who is Alan Walker? The then-fledgling producer’s breakthrough offering, “Faded,” catalyzed Walker’s ascension into electronic notoriety. Tiësto‘s take on the well-received original only further amplified Walker’s meteoric rise. Walker has since engaged dance music enthusiasts with several singles in the time that has followed the 2015 release of “Faded,” with “Sing Me to Sleep” and “Alone” functioning as examples.
While the successive release of individual songs has provided repeated glimpses of Walker’s electronic mastery, it is ultimately Walker’s debut album that will extend the fullest portrait of his distinctive sound. Walker’s first longform outing, Different World is the answer to fans’ considerable anticipation and renders the wait for Walker’s first extended project worthwhile. The expansive and meticulously constructed production features 15 total tracks and sees appearances from Au/Ra, Steve Aoki, Digital Farm Animals, and Noah Cyrus, among other artists. Different World manifests the cinematic quality that has long distinguished Walker’s music in its inclusion of an atmospheric instrumental at the very beginning of the album, aptly entitled “Intro.” A “Faded (Interlude)” only further extends the cinematic nature of Different World. A tightly threaded collection of songs, Different World articulates Walker’s sonic artistry.
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This week’s slew of releases came in hot, kicking off with a formidable new collaboration between REZZ and Blanke. Gareth Emery again teams up with songstress Emma Hewitt for the gorgeous “Take Everything,” and Valentino Khan thrills on a new rework of RL Grime‘s “Pressure.” Martin Garrix and Julian Jordan bring the Friday feel-good vibes with their new collaboration, “Glitch.” Gryffin is back with a new one, bringing along Stanaj for the ride. Ferry Corsten and Ilan Bluestone refuse to leave the dance floor in “We’re Not Going Home,” and CAZZETTE keeps the dance floor rocking with “On My Mind.” Arty is one of the newest to release on Ninja’s NINJAWERKS compilation with silky “Velvet.” The Chainsmokers bring “Hope” with their newest, and Ookay drops off the five-track Nice! EP. In the dubstep realm, 12th Planet and PhaseOne deliver the heavy “Taco Bout It.” Over in the drum & bass realm, Culture Shock pull at listeners’ heartstrings with the emotive “There for You.”
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.
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I can see it now. Someone in the Pitchfork offices just finished listening to Alan Walker’s debut album. They are licking their lips, possibly even gently moaning as they plan how to systematically break down this album in the most brutal way possible. Seeing how they can produce the next viral sensation that was the
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Alan Walker is back with another hit record for his fans. This time, the British-bred, Norwegian producer recruits Sophia Somajo to assist on his latest single titled “Diamond Heart” — with a cinematic visual to match.The record comes laced with Walker’s signature bounce, encompassed by Somajo’s smooth and sultry standout vocals.
Exploding on the EDM scene with his 2015 hit single, “Faded,” Walker is here to consistently provide strength, resilience, and hope through his art. “Diamond Heart” comes as the closing chapter to the talent’s recent endeavor, World Of Walker, which is meant to be an aural demonstration of where he’s at musically. He stated upon its release, “Walkers! I really can´t believe this is happening. It’s finally time for me to share the third and final chapter of the World Of Walker trilogy with you all. «Diamond Heart» features the very talented Sophia Somajo.”
Notes on this week’s new releases:
- The shoddily Photoshopped image at the top of this page exists to commemorate the release of Alan Walker and Sophia Somajo‘s Diamond Heart. This is the big song she was talking about in our interview last week and it is, indeed, quite big. Alan Walker still sounds like an estate agent but this song is a belter.
- Honey by Robyn is pretty good.
- It’s quite funny listening through New Zealand band Openside‘s releases on Spotify — they started off in 2015 as a sort of Paramoreish rock band now three years later Character Flaws is a balls-out electropop beast. This definitely feels like they’re doing things the right way round — certainly a lot better than starting off doing electronic pop and ending up bogged down in outdated notions of authenticity.
- Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper‘s Shallow is out now!!
- Jaguar Dreams bill themselves as “a New York indie-rock band that you can dance to” but wait, come back — Behind Those Clothes is actually worth several listens.
- One By One is Rationale’s best song yet. Well done Rationale!
- St Vincent‘s Slow Disco got a Fast Slow Disco rework a few months ago; today we have Slow Slow Disco. Ordinarily there’s no space for Acoustic Versions on the Popjustice New Music Friday playlist but this sneaks in for reasons relating to the glory of the high concept single release. Perhaps this is what the ‘tringle’, a format attempted by JoJo a couple of years back, should have been?
- The Nile Rodgers/Chic album could have been lots of things. Sadly it’s the thing that’s been released today, a messily A&Rd album that struggles to ten tracks, two of which are the same song. The whole project should probably have been shelved the moment LunchMoney Lewis delivered Do You Wanna Party, a song to which the only is response is, sadly, “not like this”.
Alan Walker went from regular old streamer and score producer to worldwide phenomenon in the blink of an eye. While most fans are most familiar with his legendary, 1 billion + viewed single ‘Faded’, Alan has been working relentlessly in 2018 to expand his library past just his signature anthemic track. While I would say
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Alan Walker has had a relatively sparse 2018 in terms of releases. That being said when the masked producer has released a new record, it has made an impact. His inclusion on the highly renowned soundtrack to The Greatest Showman helped him chart as well as introduce a new population to electronic music. His single
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Alan Walker achieved one of the most impressive landmarks in all of music – crossing the one billion view mark on YouTube. Since the release of his iconic single ‘Faded’ Walker has been tirelessly touring and producing new hits. The clip which Alan teased today sounds like it could be his next industry-changing track. ‘Darkside’
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You are getting sleepy, very, very sleepy. You are getting Faded, very, very Faded. At this point, we are all familiar with Alan Walker’s smash hit ‘Faded’. It was actually the first electronic music song to cross the 1 billion view threshold on YouTube. An accomplishment that has only been replicated a few times since
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