The early 2010s EDM boom hit while I was in high school. I grew up in a suburb outside of Washington, DC, where nights were spent driving around aimlessly, blasting dubstep on garbage speakers. On weekends, the road extended toward the 9:30 Club, Black Cat, and Merriweather Post Pavilion, historic venues that were opening their … More »
Benny Benassi taps Lil Yachty for a euphoric electro-pop crossover track “Lonely Nights,” highlighting the Italian veteran’s synth house ambiance and the Lil Boat’s inimitable autotune air. The music video, directed by Robby Starbuck, takes the viewer through a lifetime of memories from Lil Yachty and Benny Benassi—from kids soapbox racing to Lamborghini and Ferrari flexes from the rapper and producer pair, carried by a theme of friendship all the way through. The project’s lyrics hone in on mental health challenges, touching on the subject of true friends being an important factor in mental wellness.
Back in 2011, the “Satisfaction” producer collaborated with hip-hop icons Ying Yang Twins, T-Pain, and Chris Brown, on his Electroman project aiming for another genre crossover that fits nicely into the pop rhetoric.
Each week, New Music Friday sweeps through with torrential force, showering streaming platforms with immeasurable amounts of new tunes. Just like Dancing Astronaut rounds up 25 of the biggest songs of the week for the Hot 25 Spotify playlist each New Music Friday, Lunar Lunes serves as a landing pad for SoundCloud users who want a whole new dose of tunes to kick off the work week.
Flux Pavilion takes an emotive approach to his new collaboration with GLNNA, “Somebody Else,” and Gorgon City pay homage to Chicago in “Elizabeth Street.” Noisia deliver a unique time signature on their newest original, “The Hole Pt. 1,” and Com Truise remixes Gold Fields’ “Waterfall” to follow up his new album. As part of Mad Zoo’s new compilation, counsel pop lends his nontraditional sounds in the form of “jd sports,” and Tom Budin links with Tylah Winyard for “Hold On.” Monstercat continues its eighth birthday celebrations with the release of WRLD, Keepsake and Laszlo’s “Back to You,” and Vintage & Morelli delivers “Senshi” to Silk Music. Summer Was Fun puts his own spin on Madeon’s “All My Friends,” and Edu Imbernon releases “S.Y.L.” on Anjunadeep.
The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).
Benny Benassi is back and he hasn’t lost his step. The two time Grammy winner has had a quiet 2019. But that ends now. His first release of 2019 alongside Chris Nasty is a driven tech house bop that bounces through a layers of electro textures and a tripped out vocal hook. “Inside” is exactly where Benassi’s tech-electro pop house grabs you. It’s another club smash by the fifteen year veteran who’s still outshining the young guns with creativity and style.
The second-to-last NMF of May brings fresh material from Skrillex in the form of a Kelsey Lu remix. Drezo returns to drag his fans to the depths with a new original, “Afterlife,” and Spencer Brown delivers “Sapporo” as the title track for his new EP. Andrew Bayer brings two new tracks to Anjuna, including “Only You Boy,” and Kygo teams up with Chelsea Cutler for “Not Ok.” Chris Lake enters the summer months with a new groovy number, “Stay With Me,” and Nora En Pure fills her latest release with lush melodies and a breezy atmosphere. i_o takes on Above & Beyond in a formidable new extended mix, and Flux Pavilion joins forces with Nevve for “Lion’s Cage.” Borgeous links with RUNAGROUND for “Better Anyway,” and Chase & Status cook up some fast-paced drum ‘n’ bass on “Murder Music.” After debuting “Dragonfly” with DA earlier this week, Au5 releases his new LP, and Benny Benassi puts his own spin on Patrick Martin’s “Stranger Nights.” Curbi delivers some feisty new house music in “Flip It” and DVBBS rework Steve Aoki’s “Play It Cool.” Cedric Gervais returns with “Take You In,” and Don Diablo unveils a VIP mix of Jessie J’s “Brave.”
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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Now that Skrillex resumed playing shows, the dance music don has been teasing an abundance of unreleased material. One recent example was caught on New Year’s Eve at Contact Festival — an untitled edit of Skrillex’s infamous Benny Benassi “Cinema” remix — in Vancouver after first being played at Fuji Rock in Japan. While most are used to the hard hitting mayhem induced by his emo metal electronic upbringing, the unreleased tones seem to suggest a traverse towards the pop realm. With high-pitched vocal chops and and uplifting melody, the track turns the original from anger to pure bliss.
In 2018, Skrillex dove into the producer credit world, collaborating with big label superstars such as Camila Cabello, The Weeknd, Kimbra, Jennifer Lopez, and Lykke Li. He did an original remix for Travis Scott and Drake‘s “Sicko Mode,” worked with his original band, From First To Last, and collaborated with up and comer, Elohim, on more subdued OWSLA released tracks.
From the sounds of it, it seems Skrillex is in a happier, more comfortable place, making waves in some of the most distributed tracks on the planet.
H/T: DJ Mag
Crystalize is back with another remix of a Skrillex remix, following a successful flip of the aforementioned icon’s Kendrick Lamar “HUMBLE.” edit in 2017. This time, the Canadian re-doers went deep into Sonny Moore’s archives to add extra weight to a veritable classic: his re-work of Benny Benassi‘s “Cinema.” It’s safe to say this was quite the bold move from the pair.
Starting off with a distorted, electric guitar dancing around the original’s recognizable vocals, a strong drum arrangement is Crystalize signalling to their targets that something big is around the corner. A breakdown not too far from the original leads into heavy headbanging at the first drop, with booming bass adding an extra layer of grime and grit next to ear-smashing kick drums and snares. A second drop adds an exciting twist into the mix by its introduction of croaky vocals and high-pitched metallic adlibs, once again stirring a frenzy among those who the track touches.
The most important day of every week: New Music Friday. 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.
Swedish producers Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman know festival season is in full force as they deliver anthemic-feeling “Phantom.”
The Aston Shuffle give ‘everything they’ve got’ on piano driven house heater, “Everything I Got.”
Inverted alien embellishments make for an eerie take on house, as Malaa returns with new single, “Bling Bling.”
Airy synth work leads to a saxophone climax on Spencer Brown‘s “waves.wav,” taken from Brown’s Illusion of Perfection EP pt. III.
Mandy Jiroux effects rhythmic bliss on vocal-centric new single, “Running Out Of You.”
Autograf add an electronic vibe to Family of the Year’s “Hold Me Down” with their laidback rendition of the original.
Bondax tap vocalist Andreya Triana for this soulful, groove-filled original.
Fabian Mazur leans into future bass-style production in this smooth offering, featuring Nevve on the vocals.
This Birdfeed Exclusive will have all streamers wondering “Who’s That?” The same-titled EP arrives courtesy of Floridian producer and long time Dirtybird fan, C.H.A.Y.
Diplo, Lil Yachty, and Santigold‘s viscous collaboration “Worry No More” gets the Keys N Krates treatment as the Canadian electronic trio release a chilled-out take on Diplo’s original. Keys N Krates hit sonic sweet spots with a beat swap and the occasional yet effective percussive addition.
Stripped down sonic seduction materializes in mellifluous form on smle‘s debut EP, Love Notes, released on Lowly Palace.
House music fans will find J. Worra‘s Mark The Beast collaboration, “Hourglass” to be a tasty, groovy treat.
As part of Afterlife Recordings’ latest vinyl and digital offering, Italian trio Agents Of Time have crafted “Paradigm,” an ethereal techno original.
Re-envisioning a Markus Schulz production is a formidable feat, but Giuseppe Ottaviani rises to the challenge in his “Safe from Harm” remix, a take that plays the original’s soaring vocal off of the track’s quintessential trance beat.
Vulpey gets electronically experimental on “Recovery Quest,” a track defined by its disjointed construction and resulting edge.
Funky Craig puts forth a trippy take on psytrance in aptly titled new release, “WestPSYde.”
Ramon Tapia puts a dark, driving spin on Midmood’s “Sely Ho,” transforming the original into a certified techno thumper with rumbling percussive accents.
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Marking the fifteen year anniversary of the landmark festival, South West Four plans to commemorate with quite the celebration. Affectionately nicknamed SW4, the festival has been unveiling their extensive lineup over the past few months, and announcing some of the largest names in dance music. Held over the weekend of August 25–26 in London, England, SW4 has released their final phase of acts to round out the wide variety of international talent. Amongst the latest additions are Benny Benassi, Louis The Child and Sub Focus, an indication to the diversity of dance music that the festival showcases.
Headliners for this two-day festival include Armin Van Buuren, Dizzee Rascal, and Marshmello, marking a very special performance as it’s his only UK show for 2018. With ten genre-curated stages that bring together the best of UK house, drum n’ bass, and many others, the 15th anniversary is set to be their biggest year yet.
Single day, and weekend festival passes are available online.
Tomorrowland has announced another new wave of artists for its flagship Belguim event slated for two weekends in July.
Joining the collection of already astonishing talent includes Afrojack, Alan Walker, Benny Benassi, Blasterjaxx, Chuckie, Craig David (Presents TS5), Duke Dumont, Erick Morillo, Galantis, Gui Boratto, Idris Elba, Nicole Moudaber, Ookay, Quintino, Ricardo Villalobos, Salvatore Ganacci, Tujamo, and Ummet Ozcan.
While the festival has yet to deliver on its potential Swedish House Mafia booking, time shall tell whether the festival delivers on the “unexpected,” as it has confirmed plans to continue rolling out artists into the week.
Follow the announcement on Tomorrowland’s Twitter.