In three separate instances since July of last year, Martin Garrix and Bonn have come together for a pairing that is not-so-subtly imbuing as one of the most authentic producer/vocalist combinations in modern dance music.
After crowd-testing the production during his lone Tomorrowland appearance of 2019 at his STMPD Records stage, Garrix has expediently readied his fifth original of the year, as he relinquishes “Home.” The release arrives under a month prior to “These Are the Times,” which the young gun curated as part of his AXE partnership, and serves as Garrix and Bonn’s third official union.
“Home,” while distinctly inspiriting in its own manner, mildly deviates from the lighthearted resolve that “High On Life” and “No Sleep” exude. Garrix promptly advertises his acoustic versatility as Bonn demonstrates for a third consecutive mark that his vocals could not be more suitable atop Garrix’s globally recognizable production. As directly embodied within the lyrics “Back to my roots / Yeah, it’s been so long,” the 23 year old evokes mementos of his masterful electro-house blend from releases such as “Oops” and “Forbidden Voices.”
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.
Feed Me has at last revealed the full extent of his High Street Creeps LP, which kicks off with otherworldly “Perfect Blue.” JOYRYDE returns after “AGEN WIDA” with his first tune of 2019, “IM GONE,” and San Holo picks up his guitar in his new single, “Lead Me Back.” Afrojack and Chasner have unveiled their energy-filled remix of David Guetta, Bebe Rexha and J Balvin‘s “Say My Name,” and Party Favor and graves transport listeners to a festival main stage on “Reach For Me.” Vincent‘s debut EP officially hits the airwaves today, featuring heartfelt tracks like “Can’t Help Myself” with Pauline Herr. Manila Killa returns with his seven-track 1993 EP on Moving Castle, and The Knocks celebrate the end of the week on their new “block party mix” of Blu DeTiger‘s “In My Head.” It’s been almost a year, but RAM Records king Andy C has resurfaced to bring the world “Till Dawn,” a drum & bass number that’s simultaneously funky and intense. Vicetone‘s four-track Elements EP has arrived on Monstercat, featuring songs like “Home.” David Guetta dons his Jack Back moniker for a new Toolroom Records release with Cevin Fisher, “2000 Freaks Come Out,” and Louis Futon reveals his full 14-track LP, Way Back When. In an interesting turn of events, NGHTMRE, Shaquille O’Neal, and Lil Jon share a byline on their new single, “BANG,” and Diplo flexes on a new body of work, Europa, on Mad Decent.
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.
The wait for Martin Garrix‘ second collaboration with Bonn is finally over, with “No Sleep” landing on streaming platforms promptly at midnight CET on February 21. Their last partnership bore an uplifting result in “High On Life,” which enamored the EDM community with its sentimental lyrics and euphoria-inducing big room drops. Thus, fans were overjoyed to hear just after Valentine’s day that these two powerhouses had entered the studio together once again.
They’ve dubbed their new work together, “No Sleep.” This tune is a bit on the calmer side compared to their last, with a heavier focus on its instrumental parts and Bonn’s warm voice. That said, the track is oozing with the mainstream appeal that Garrix has mastered, and has just enough energy to it to be adaptable to both the main stage and at home listening.
“High On Life” was a 2018 gem in Martin Garrix‘ ever-growing treasure trove of tracks. Created with singer Bonn, its big room appeal, ecstatic builds, and sing-along friendly lyrics made the tune an instant hit among global EDM fans and worked well in the pop world despite its dance floor arrangement. When something goes so well for an artist, they often feel inclined to repeat the magic, and it appears this was certainly the case with these two musical talents.
Garrix announced through his social platforms that another collaboration with Bonn is indeed on the way, specifically set for a February 22 arrival via his own label, STMPD. Not much is known other than the title being “No Sleep,” but given the two artists’ paired knack for catchy songwriting and their general versatility across different musical realms, the track will more than likely be another winter hit.
Even Martin Garrix gets sick apparently, which is what the producer tells his fans and tries to convince himself he will get over as he walks up to his Tomorrowland main stage set. The newest episode of The Martin Garrix Show shows the producer with a sore throat as he is fading quickly before his set approaches. Mentor David Guetta tops his sick day off by playing Garrix’s unreleased track “Yottabyte” before the producer goes on, which is what Garrix was planning on opening with.
Garrix fans know that he premiered the track “High on Life” featuring Bonn at the festival, and viewers get a behind the scenes view of how he flew the artist in last minute to showcase the track on the main stage. Dua Lipa also talks to viewers about her first Tomorrowland performance, rounding out the episode with high profile performances and, as always, a look into Garrix’s hectic world.
Tomorrowland Weekend 2 has officially come to a close, and this year Martin Garrix reined in the last mainstage set as the closing headliner for the festival. Garrix’s own label, STMPD Records, released a tweet letting fans know that the producer was set to debut a brand new track during his closing set, and the song would be released to the public right after his performance.
Titled “High on Life” and featuring vocalist Bonn, is out now that Garrix’s set has come to a close. The Dutch producer has released primarily commercial tracks after his career skyrocketed at just 17 years old. Fans have seen him release festival-geared house tracks dispersed between his radio-focused releases, but “High On Life” flutters between EDM and pop with Bonn’s pop-leaning vocals juxtaposed with euphoric electronic chords. It was certainly a heartwarming addition to Garrix’ set, and its crossover appeal will translate into a widely successful single.
This release comes after Garrix’s hit collaboration with Khalid, “Ocean,” and his steady output of catchy tracks is certainly keeping Garrix top of mind for pop and electronic fans throughout the world.