It seems absurd that this didn’t happen sooner, but now we finally have a proper collaboration between two of Australia’s most beloved electronic exports—Nina Las Vegas and Anna Lunoe. The longtime friends, who shared similar trajectories coming up as dance tastemakers down under before both finding global breakthroughs, had never actually done a joint track together. Though, that all changed with “One Thirty.” And as you’d imagine, it’s a certified club burner that wraps the two curatorial queens’ unmistakable energies into one complementary mix.
“One Thirty” lands as a dual release via Nina Las Vegas’ own NLV Records imprint and Lunoe’s longtime home base Mad Decent. Speaking on the track’s obvious chemistry, NLV explains,
“It only took 15 years of friendship and [collaborating] in every other aspect of our life to finally build the courage to work on a song together. With so much shared between us already, it might have been the easiest day in the studio for each of us.”
It took a decade and a half for the Beats 1 and Triple J selectors to link on a song, though, now we can say it was well worth the wait, and hopefully there’s a lot more from these two underway. Listen below.
Madeon has spent the past few years laying low, but 2019 has seen the producer return in full force. After releasing a surprise single, “All My Friends,” which received wide acclaim from fellow dance music producers and fans alike, he launched his own radio show on Beats 1 and a subsequent single, “Dream Dream Dream.” The surprises continue with the French producer now teasing a new music video that he thought of the idea for and spontaneously decided to shoot. He announced the video a day before its debut via Twitter.
The video made its debut on July 17, featuring a sea of bright colors, trippy lighting effects, and shots of the producer wandering through fields. Its over-saturated hues and psychedelic editing effects fit perfectly with the easygoing atmosphere created by the May 31 single.
The dance world had felt a noticeable void during Madeon‘s recent absence. Until he came back swinging at the end of May 2019 with a brand new single, a show on Beats 1, and an eponymous Good Faith tour announcement, the French talent hadn’t put out new music since “Shelter” with Porter Robinson. It’s safe to say he’s fully back on track now, with yet another new single debuted during his latest Good Faith episode.
“Dream Dream Dream” follows the path of “All My Friends;” it’s melodic, breezy, and high on sentimentality. Though, the similarities end there. This new single sees the prodigious producer ventures down a more soulful path instead, with a bassier foundation. Playful riffs of synth add an even cheerier touch to the finished product. Clearly, 2019 is the year of even deeper experimentation from an already forward-thinking artist.
Electronic music lost one of its pioneers on March 4 with the death of The Prodigy‘s Keith Flint. In the days since his passing, artists from around the world spanning all genres have shared how Flint inspired them and their music. Creatives from Jimmy Page to Skrillex shared their condolences and personal stories, showing how truly widespread The Prodigy’s influence has been in the decades since the group’s founding in 1989.
Elton John is one of the latest to share his feelings on Flint’s death, taking a few moments before the start of his Rocket Hour show on Apple Music‘s Beats 1 to recognize Flint’s talent. He also kicked off his show with the group’s iconic “Firestarter.”
“What a shame. What a seminal record, what a seminal group they are or were,” John said before launching into the track. “I don’t know if they’ll continue, but when I first heard that and saw the video I just thought, ‘wow, what is this?!’ Such a tragedy. My condolences to Keith’s family and the band. They are one of the most original groups to come out of England… ever.”
Anderson .Paak is on a roll, and he’s ready to continue his winning streak with the launch of his own aptly titled new Beats 1 show .Paak House Radio on Apple Music. Ahead of the ultra-anticipated release of his forthcoming Oxnard LP, the R&B star will grace the internet airwaves with four episodes of interviews, jam sessions, freestyle cyphers, and more — all with his stellar live band The Free Nationals riding shotgun.
The first episode landed, and the free-wheeling format of the show will continue to give .Paak an extra platform get fans in the groove ahead of his November 16 album drop. The album will be the first solo Anderson .Paak project since 2016’s critically lauded Malibu LP, and the hype is currently at an all time high with a fresh new single and music video for the Kendrick Lamar-assisted “Tints.” With a radio show on air, and album up his sleeve, and a steadily successful promotion junket in the rearview mirror, its safe to say Anderson .Paak is riding quite the wave right now.
The Chainsmokers‘ string of releases off of Sick Boy continues with a new sultry tune called “This Feeling.” The release is a stark contrast from the previous track they dropped from the album, which came by way of a style-departing dubstep effort alongside NGHTMRE titled “Save Yourself.”
Vocalist Kelsea Ballerini fuels the track, serving as the focal point of the release with The Chainsmokers’ subtle electronic undertones anchoring the backdrop. “This Feeling” is definitely another radio-ready product from the “Closer” duo, and adds an interesting dynamic to the collection of versatile releases on Sick Boy.
Alex Pall and Drew Taggart sat down with Zane Lowe on his Beats 1 slot for Apple Music to discuss the release, and had some interesting insight for fans wondering what the duo’s path forward looks like. Pall notes,
“The fact that we can just write a new song today, and it’s not like ‘Oh shit it doesn’t fit into the album, we have to wait like ten months to put this out or something.’ You know I mean, now we just swap something out swap it around, do whatever. I think what we’re doing right now, and where our music goes, is going be the most challenging part of our career. The world is changing so fast, and trying to find your identity and write something that connects with people, that you’re proud of is right now the most challenging thing.”
Despite playing 200 shows a year, the duo also spoke about a studio session they recently had with emerging emo rapper Juice WRLD, in which they wrote not one but three tracks. “This Feeling” is a dynamic addition to the duo’s collection of hit releases, but it seems that we should be expecting plenty more to come from Pall and Taggart in the near future.
Idris Elba spoke with Matt Wilkinson on Beats 1 on August 28 to discuss his directorial debut, Yardie, coming out August 31 in the UK. In addressing the film’s influences, Elba noted the soundtrack that features a Skip Marley cover of “Johnny Was.” He then mentioned wanting to collaborate with A$AP Rocky.
“Yeah, A$AP and I, we share a mutual friend, Hector Delgado, who is his engineer and producer.” Elba told Wilkinson. “I love A$AP. He’s a good soul. And every time we meet each other we’re like, ‘Let’s work.’ Not necessarily music. He wants to act, he does act, I want to do music. So we just collaborate and we nearly made it happen . . . It hasn’t happened. Skepta is a good friend also, and they connect. So we’re just in a circle where there’s a possibility.”
The proven DJ, actor, and now director continued to speak about cross-genre collaboration and its seemingly simple process of reaching out to inner circles. A collaboration of any type with A$AP will continue to push cross-genre collaboration.
At 2018’s Tomorrowland, Anna Lunoe sat down with Steve Aoki on Beats 1 to talk pizza, plans for the upcoming album, and more. During the interview, Aoki reveals that there’s going to be some “out-of-the-box collabs” on Neon Future III, which is set for a September 2018 release. He mentions Blink-182 and Nicki Minaj, explaining that “Twitter is still used” when trying to get through to artists of that caliber.
It’s common knowledge that Aoki’s keen on experimenting with “out-of-the-box” artists/genres, as he’s worked with everyone from Fall Out Boy to Lil Yachty and more recently, Daddy Yankee. He’s also been hanging out in the studio with Colombian Reggaeton singer Maluma, so the possibilities feel quite endless at the moment.
“Del is in hospital still in Roskilde. He’s got seven fractured ribs, and he punctured his lung on one side, lacerated it on the other.”
“He’s gonna be fine,” Albarn goes on to say. “It was just a stage fall, and I’ve fallen off stage several times, off stages way higher than that and I’ve been so fortunate. When he fell down, I was looking at him like, come on get up there’s 80,000 people out there and we need to finish. I thought I was going to able to carry the song on. I thought he was going to be okay…. But he really wasn’t.”
The Gorillaz performance was ultimately halted after the incident occurred. Albarn concludes, “It’s an awful, awful thing that I can’t quite believe. I keep playing it through my head.”
From runways to radio airwaves, Louis Vuitton’s Artistic Director has a new design in mind.
On June 18, Virgil Abloh will host the introductory episode of his very own Beats 1 radio show on Apple Music from Louis Vuitton’s atelier in Paris. Entitled “Televised Radio,” the channel will act as an “audio mood board,” fusing new releases with time honored classics, while peppering musical selections with surprise guests who will join Abloh to discuss not only music, but art, design, and fashion.
“Music has an amazing ability to bring people together, and I couldn’t think of a better format to catalog all the multidisciplinary work I do under one umbrella,” Abloh said of the venture. “I’m using the two hours every so often to discuss various design projects and the rationale around them . . . in an effort to highlight my friends that make up my creative world. Apple’s design legacy and consideration of fostering art and design made it a perfect partnership.”
Those interested can tune in at 10 AM PST to catch Abloh’s inaugural episode.