It’s been three-years since Mark Ronson put out a solo album, and Ronson fans will remember the last individual longform Ronson production to be 2015’s Uptown Special. Now, Ronson fans need not look to the rearview when thinking of a Ronson only album, but can rather train their eyes on what remains ahead, a forthcoming extended offering rife with “sad bangers,” according to Ronson himself. Informally entitled “The Heartbreak Era,” the incoming project will feature a number of tunes that will expectedly tug at listeners’ heart strings. The melancholic tone of Ronson’s current work in progress stems from the prolific songwriter’s recent divorce from actress Joséphine de La Baum.
BBC described the album as a “futuristic, country-tinged” showing, shades of which figure in Ronson’s latest single, “Nothing Breaks Like A Heart.” Featuring Miley Cyrus, the debut song off the album ushers in the aesthetic that will unfold in fuller form as Ronson readies the effort for its impending arrival. An official music video accompanies “Nothing Breaks Like A Heart,” providing a gripping, heart palpitation inducing visual to the track. The as of yet untitled album will also see musical cameos from Lykke Li, Yebba, and King Princess.
Annie Mac has deemed Axwell‘s latest solo single, “Nobody Else,” her Hottest Record in the World on BBC Radio 1.
The track is distinctly Axwell, focusing on pounding melodies and a nostalgic vocal. In the interview with Mac, Axwell notes that the present simply “felt like the right time” to hop in the studio and release the record. Through the exchange, the pair pinpoint the familiarity of the track as it draws from his classic and uplifting, “I Found U.” After hearing Mac herself play the track a few times over the summer, both live and on the air, Axwell felt re-inspired by its vigor and sought to create a new version of the sound it embodied, along with a vocal sample that reminded him of “the good old times.”
It was time. Swedish House Mafia was this crazy machine that we just fell into, right. I don’t think that we really knew what we were doing, which is also beautiful… We had to spread our wings, do different things, and now after 5-6 years, the thought of being Swedish House Mafia again is like, ‘Yeah, this is exciting. Let’s see what we can come up with.’
He also confirmed new music from the trio is loaded in the pipeline–just without a definitive release date.
Composer, multi-instrumentalist, and Radiohead lead Thom Yorke has curated a new 90-minute mix for BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction. The mix opens with Radiohead’s “Burn the Witch” and showcases an expansive multi-generational span of experimental prowess from artists like Pierre Henry, Aphex Twin, and Mars89. All throughout, Yorke shares his love for experimental vocal techniques, even sprinkling in some classic Stockhausen, and the legendary krautrockers Faust. It’s a far cry from the recent atmospheric mix he curated for BBC Radio 6, but as equally demanding of a listen.
Calvin Harris was recently invited to perform some of his classic songs on BBC Radio 1 just a few days ago. Instead of showcasing some of his hits singles though, Nick Grimshaw decided to play a version of “The Lyrics Game” but instead made Calvin Harris remember some of the drops from his past songs.
Comprised of more than 16,000 samples collected over time, and profuse in foley and soundscape files, the audio archive is now free to download. The archive arrives under RemArc Licensing, meaning that the files can only be used for research, or educational and personal projects.
Those interested in downloading from the archive can do so here.
The two hour deep/melodic house mix is nothing short of a transcendent expedition through Lane 8’s past, present, and future. Despite his recent album release, Lane 8 showers the listener with unreleased tracks, starting with “Bluebird” a delicate, yet rousing collaboration with fellow This Never Happened artist, Anderholm. Lane 8’s Anjunadeep days seep into the folds via an acapella version of his 2014 “Diamonds” which he mashes with his own delicious rework of deadmau5‘s “Not Exactly.” Selections from his recent LP Little By Little not only makes frequent appearances, but are heavily remixed by the likes of Dirty South, Khaen, and Anjunadeep up-and-comer, Ben Böhmer.
Earlier this year, Goldstein released his Little By Little album via his very own, This Never Happened label. The imprint is predicated on its creator’s desire to deliver raw, authentic human experience and interaction. He is currently in the midst of his international Little By Little Tour, in which no cameras and/or phones are permitted to ensure fans “connect with each other and the music in the purest way possible.”
The electronic music world was blindsided April 20 upon learning that Tim Bergling, better known as Avicii, was found dead in Muscat, Oman at just 28-years-old. Winner of two MTV Music Awards and recipient of multiple Grammy nominations, the Swedish DJ and producer left an indelible mark on dance music.
In 2010, as a 21-year-old wunderkind, Avicii appeared on BBC‘s Radio 1 for a debut Essential Mix to remember. The poignantly nostalgic mix is highlighted by his then brand new, “Penguin,” a stunningly melodic, piano-centric house track, which chimes in at around the 32-minute mark. “Levels,” of course, makes an appearance, along with emotive offerings via Swedish House Mafia, Armin van Buuren, and Alesso. The 120 minute journey is downright inundated with tracks emblematic of the fallen legend and his cardinal legacy, and serves as the best way to honor his incredible legacy.
Berlin-based Korean DJ Peggy Gou wanted to the be the first female Korean DJ to play Berghain. Now, having more than exceeded her goal, Gou’s become the first female Korean DJ to play BBC Radio 1‘s Essential Mix, and she’s not showing any signs of stalling her meteoric rise to stardom anytime soon.
A dynamic testament to her compelling curation and outpouring love for music, Gou moves from Arthur Russel’s “See-Through,” South Korean composer Yoon Sang’s “The Dawn,” and J Dilla’s “U and Ur Smile” with ease. If possessing cool and collected poise were a contest, Gou would indisputably win every time, and her Essential Mix may as well serve as the perpetual soundtrack.
Yotto, real name Otto Yliperttula, continues to build on his impressive list of achievements.
He’s made a return to Joris Voorn’s Green imprint to release the double A-side Chemicals / Second Life EP. Though the artist debuted on Green last year with “Marisa” — named an Essential New Tune on BBC Radio 1 by the emotive dance virtuoso Kölsch — he continues to demonstrate his bona fide ascension. As “Chemicals” traverses texturized soundscapes, its melodic expansiveness takes on a life of its own, where rousing oscillations flourish like the swelling ripples of the ocean’s morning tide.
Though listeners of Yotto’s Essential Mix may recognize the number from the mix, “Chemicals’” tenacious melodic riffs and propulsive grooves ultimately leave them with no choice but to press “repeat.”
Undeniably, “Chemicals’” intoxicating affect washes over listeners, but as Yotto’s discernable big room kick drums and billowing synths become a defining feature of his art, it’s tracks like these that’ll ensure Yotto leaves an impact throughout the new year and beyond.