In a refreshing change of pace, Illenium and Jon Bellion star in their music video for recent breakout single “Good Things Fall Apart.” The duo promoted the video in costume on Twitter earlier in the week, and the full video is out now.
The video begins with the world coming to an end, and the camera pans in on Illenium and Bellion standing within a ship that has catapulted them into the galaxy and away from the dying planet. Illenium showcases his guitar playing abilities juxtaposed with Bellion’s svocals as the flight takes a chaotic turn. The duo perform the song mid-flight in between action-packed vignettes of the ship’s crew attempting to regain order in the cockpit. The video ends with a heartfelt message, “To those who have the courage to change the course we are on.”
Both the track and the music video are out now via Astralwerks.
Illenium takes a step closer to commercial crossover territory with new song,”Good Things Fall Apart”—featuring pop vocalist Jon Bellion. It’s these artists’ first time collaborating, and the outcome is the perfect combination of Illenium’s signature style with Bellion’s enamoring vocals that take center stage in the release.
“Good Things Fall Apart” features a simple guitar backdrop laying the framework for Bellion’s vocals to shine through amidst percussion and a crossover friendly electronic note progression pumped with euphoria. Bellion writes on Twitter that the collaboration with Illenium is “one of his favorite things he has worked on.” He also writes “The 2003 me is mood boarding furiously.”
The track is an angsty break up ballad that showcases the best from both artists, and they will be speaking more about the track today at 3P EST on Instagram Live if fans want to learn more about how the track came to be. “Good Things Fall Apart” is out now via Astralwerks.
After a four-year break since their last full-length album, Born in the Echoes, The Chemical Brothers make their return with the release of their ninth studio album No Geography. Building up to the album release, the duo released four singles, “Free Yourself,” “MAH,” “Got To Keep On,” “We’ve Got To Try,” and their respective music videos.
The production behind the latest album draws inspiration from the concept of randomness and jagged edges. Channeling dance energy, experimental boundaries, and mind-bending visuals, No Geography offers up a psychedelic journey into the new soundscapes tread through by the powerhouses behind Born in the Echoes.
The Chemical Brothers will also embark on a coinciding tour for No Geography and have announced festival performances for Creamfields, Glastonbury, All Points, and Mad Cool. The album is out now via Astralwerks. Stream The Chemical Brothers’ latest album No Geography below.
Gorgon City released a music video alongside their new track, “Delicious,” off their Realm imprint in a partnership with Astralwerks. The track presents the duo’s familiar bass sound center stage, while house percussion elements flutter around sensual club vocals using sibilance to their advantage. The bassline plays both the main character in the verse and an amplified protagonist during the drop. In the video, a theme consistent with the title of the tack depicts a montage of fast-moving close-up shots acting more as a visualizer than a constructed narrative.
“Delicious” looks to rock the Miami Music Week clubs as the preceding track to the North London tag team’s weekend festivities, then again at Coachella a couple weeks later. 2019 has seen some deep releases from the house tandem, and with summer approaching, these first tastes might play a critical role in their coming sets.
Duke Dumont has released the sixth track from his For Club Play Only series. The British producer has teamed up with Shaun Ross for the release, which is titled “Red Light Green Light.” The club anthem follows Dumont’s 2018 hit, “Runway.”
Pulsing house synths set the foundation for a release that truly transports the listener to the underground. The commanding bassline is aided by blaring trumpets and a vocalist who narrates the club experience, describing everything from blaring strobe lights to how the listener should dance.
After kicking off For Club Play Only in 2012, the compilation was rumored to have ended in 2016 before Dumont’s sudden resurgence with “Runway.” “Red Light Green Light” is the perfect addition to the collection, and the song is out now via Astralwerks.
The Chemical Brothers continue gaining momentum as a result of their recent reemergence within public earshot.
Their return endures with, “Got To Keep On.” The duo has formally announced their ninth studio album, No Geography, which will be out April 12 on Astralwerks. “Got To Keep On” employs a menagerie of vintage synths, which the group combines with chanting and an array of noises that have a strategic way of fitting within the thematic of the track. The track is the idyllic representation of what’s in store for the trailblazing electronic outfit.
Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons of the group pushed the reset button when it came to crafting this newest album. They recorded the entire project in a tiny room that housed the kind of kit they had previously used to record the bulk of their first two albums. 20 years later, they revived the equipment to help spur creativity for the new compilation. An official release about the album states that the duo drew inspiration from the concepts of randomness and jagged edges, and that many of the songs were built around vocal samples. This has been apparent through the three tracks that have been released thus far from the album, “Got To Keep On,” “MAH,” and “Free Yourself.”
Track Listing – No Geography
1. Eve Of Destruction
3. No Geography
4. Got To Keep On
5. Gravity Drops
6. The Universe Sent Me
7. We’ve Got To Try
8. Free Yourself
10. Catch Me I’m Falling
In a strategic act of entertainment synergy, gamer extraordinaire, Ninja (real name, Tyler Blevins), has pulled back the entirety of the curtain on the heatedly anticipated Ninjawerks Vol. 1.
Partnering with EDM hotbed, Astralwerks—which has housed releases for Porter Robinson, Tommie Sunshine, and The Chemical Brothers (to simply name a few)—Ninja is narrowing the gap between the complementary realms of gaming and electronic music, similar to Skrillex‘s writing for the third installment of Disney and Square Enix’s Kingdom Hearts.
The full Ninjawerks projects spans a great deal of the electronic color wheel with cinematic grit. From Tiësto to Tycho, from Kaskade to GTA, the album is equipped to equally satiate niche and widespread listeners with gaming in their veins.
Fittingly, the album’s contributors are gamers themselves. The artists recently divulged to Billboard Dance over the profundity of this collision of two rather adjacent worlds. While Dillon Francis said he devised his offering, “LFGD,” with Chris Melberger, in reverence of a Fortnite win, Tycho emphasized his intent to recreate the sublime feeling of discovering a new world inside a game with his track, “Jetty.”
American Twitch streamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins has unveiled Dillon Francis and Kaskade as the next releases off the compilation album, Ninjawerks Volume 1 — a project pushing electronic music and gaming closer towards collaboration. Ninja partnered with stalwart label Astralwerks to manifest this endeavor, which aims to soundtrack his gaming universe with top-notch electronic music.
Francis’ contribution, “LFDG,” features another twitch star and rising social media celebrity: Chris Melberger. The track falls in line with the aforementioned producer’s catchy moombahton aesthetic, coating the eardrums in eclectic rhythms and invigorating trap-inspired bits. Kaskade exported his house ambiance in “On Your Mind;” a slow burner with distant, emotive vocals that glide into bouncing stretched horns and grooving basslines. Both acts join an already powerhouse roster which includes Tycho, 3LAU, Alesso, and more recently, an experimental piece by NERO.
World class gamer, Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, continues to flaunt the breadth of his influence on the electronic music community by summoning none other than NERO from the depths of their hiatus cavern.
Partnering with Astralwerks, Ninja has resolved to further fuse the attachments story-like, cinematic electronic music shares with gaming, arriving in the form of a compilation album, Ninjawerks Volume 1. Following tracks from Tycho, 3LAU, and Alesso, NERO has now signed on with “Lullaby.” The unforeseen offering comes after the trio divulged into their ardent need for a break from the weighty, blackened tone of NERO productions, with two-thirds of the group (Alana Watson and Dan Stephens) precipitously releasing music under a new, lighter moniker, the ironically named, The Night.
“Lullaby” showcases Watson’s raw, salient vocals over the trio’s characteristic abundance of wobble bass and larger-than-life experimental production. The song would fit as an exemplary intro or segue to a low-lit, foreboding video game landscape–as was the likely intention.
The Chemical Brothers spared no time or expense on newest music video for “Free Yourself,” which took a cool eight months to make. The video was directed by Dom&Nic, the creative duo who have worked with The Chemical Brothers over a period of more than 20 years. The new video feature’s storyline follows a security guard coming to work at a shipping facility for robots. As could be predicted, the robots break free of their shipping containers. They chant “Free Yourself,” and proceed to wake up and dance. Directors Dom&Nic commented on the video as well as working with The Chemical Brothers,
“The Chemical Brothers’ music allows people to get out of their box at a gig or listening to the record – it’s a moment of frenzied abandonment to the music. We wanted to capture that feeling in the idea of an oppressed robot workforce suddenly abandoning themselves to music and fun…It’s a black comedy and an observation or conversation about the possible future relationship between robots, artificial intelligence and humans.”
The video takes visual twists and turns as the robots peel their faces off or morph into giant fruit. It’s a psychedelic visual experience that screams the veteran duo’s aesthetic, rounding out their new Astralwerks offering with a top-notch visual complement.