NMF Roundup: Dog Blood make a triumphant return, Dillon Francis teams up with lovelytheband, Whethan looks to ‘Win You Over’ + more

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It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

It’s been more than five years since the music world has seen new music from Skrillex and Boys Noize‘s supergroup, Dog Blood, but that wait is finally over with “Turn Off The Lights.” Dillon Francis joins forces with lovelytheband for a, well, lovely collaboration called “Change Your Mind.” Armin van Buuren, Lucas & Steve, and Josh Cumbee deliver a feel-good number by the name of “Don’t Give Up On Me,” and Nicky Romero, DallasK, and XYLØ create a contemplative, low-key collaboration, “Sometimes.” Whethan and Bearson have crafted an effortlessly groovy “Win You Over” with SOAK, and Seven Lions and Kill The Noise take things up a notch with the formidable “The Blood.” Bassnectar reveals his Reflective Part Four EP is on its way with “Illusion,” and Kove keeps his brand of drum & bass subtle and smooth with “Echoes.” Jai Wolf and Dresage come together in “Better Apart,” and NGHTMRE and A$AP Ferg make a powerful pair in “REDLIGHT.” Sam Feldt brings summer a few months early with “One Day” with ROZES and Yves V, and Zomboy brings “The Beast” with his new single. The Chainsmokers prep for their new album with “Kills You Slowly,” and Mielo releases his Anywhere But Here EP, featuring a closing song of the same title.

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.

Exclusive: Kove delivers subtle and smooth ‘Echoes’ as first 2019 offering

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In his first release of 2019, British producer Kove offers a powerful liquid drum & bass number on Drum&BassArena.

“Echoes” looks to kick off Kove’s year in fine fashion, measuring out a subtle and smooth track with vocalist Ben Duffy. Duffy’s vocals cast an almost mysterious spell on the track’s swift-moving beat, giving the entirety of “Echoes” a enigmatic aura. Kove’s production is better than ever on this newest offering, leaving listeners wanting more and wondering what’s in store for the remainder of the year.

The track marks Kove’s return to Drum&BassArena for the first time since late 2017, where he unleashed his four-track In From the Cold EP. The style he returns with is similar, too, though “Echoes” delivers a more subdued sonic experience than energetic tracks like “Valkyrie.”

He told DA in 2017 that the drum & bass scene “seems super healthy at the moment” and shows continued support for the ever-evolving genre through its ups and down across the globe.

Claptone and Ben Duffy collaborate once more on latest single from ‘FANTAST’ album, ‘Stronger’

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With each successive single released off of his forthcoming FANTAST album, Claptone‘s musical prowess grows “Stronger.”

As the days leading up to the June 8 arrival of the masked marvel’s sophomore outing dwindle, Claptone deepens the intrigue that envelops FANTAST with the fifth single from the project, “Stronger.”

“Stronger” reacquaints listeners with the tonal purity of “Stay The Night” singer Ben Duffy‘s vocals, but signals a shift from the clear house orientation of the earlier single. Distinct from previous FANTAST releases, including “In The Night,” “Under the Moon,” and “Birdsong,” “Stronger” couples Duffy’s vocals with punctuating pop-esque synth work that fluidly ebbs and flow in pace with Duffy’s verses. “Stronger,” however, can be likened to “Birdsong” in that both tracks mark a departure from the piano-driven aesthetic that has remained prominent on “Stay The Night,” “In The Night,” and “Under the Moon.”

Photo Credit: Andreas Waldschütz

MK delivers an invigorating remix of Claptone’s ‘In The Night’

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MK takes on Claptone’s Ben Duffy-assisted single, “In The Night” for his latest release. The remix evidences MK’s ability to craft a revamp that simultaneously preserves the personality of a Claptone production, while evoking that of an MK offering.

MK’s rework is a rousing re-imaginative effort that that luxuriates in an elongated timeframe. A nearly seven-minute re-imaginative endeavor, MK’s remix makes each minute of the remix count. MK invests the first three minutes of his revamp to the development of a pulsating background beat that slowly mounts, channeling the viscous pace and commanding the stimulating character of a house number played to a dimly lit crowd in a European house club. The remix gradually involves Duffy’s vocals at the four-minute mark, the point at which the chords and soulful brand of jazz funk of Claptone’s original become perceptible. The interplay of a confident piano rhythm and round, gusting synths further amplify the remix’s invigorating quality.