Tropical aficionado Sam Feldt and iconic singer Akon have teamed up for a playful original mix that keeps the summer vibes coming. “Yes,” out now on Spinnin’ Records, is a refreshing and fun collaboration between the two wildly talented artists.
The colorful music video features Akon playfully painting on a variety of dancing ladies with body paint. The video also features a smiling Feldt DJing behind the decks, along with a saxophone and trumpet player belting out catchy hooks. It’s simple, yet sweet, and perfectly showcases the vibe the song is exhibiting.
The music world hasn’t seen a Akon-featured song in a while, so hearing that legendary voice on a track is pleasant surprise. Those who grew up in the 2000s will be taken back to songs like “Right Now (Na Na Na)” and “Don’t Matter” just hearing the American-born Senegalese singer’s voice.
The song is the lead single from Feldt’s upcoming debut album Sunrise, out Oct. 6 on Spinnin’ Records.
[esq]ape’s newest track, “Time of the Season,” is a dreamy collection of slow beats and sleek vocals. “Time of the Season” curates swift, clean transitions that oscillate between a hypnotizing charm and a melodic, deep-disco feel.
“This classic tune fits well into the [esq]ape feel and message. The familiar words and moving pscyh tones of the original were refreshed with a driving bassey groove to make the bodies move, hoping this track gives us something to remember and something to forget with” -[esq]ape
“Time of The Season” is an otherworldly trance sensation, bringing a contemporary take on The Zombies’ 1968 release of “Time Of The Season.” While paying homage to the original track, “Time Of The Season” takes shape as a new futuristic and colorful language. [esq]ape’s latest radiates cosmic energy through every note and leaves listeners with exhilarating vibes in a mellow ending.
Fytch’s presence has been steadily growing, with many of his releases being featured on the label Heroic. Tracks like “Sirens Over Paris” and “In These Shadows” are real standouts in his discography.
Last week, he released a remix of San Holo and James Vincent McMorrow’s “The Future.” Though original played out well in the dance community, Fytch has given it a fresh twist which will also resonate but in a different way. Both the original and the remix are delicate, soothing soundscapes, but Fytch has smoothed the track out even more, honing in on the track’s vocals and adding synth blips and deep, pulsating bass.
Midas has garnered thousands of streams on his releases since he started putting out music at the beginning of the year. The Washington D.C.-based producer’s unique artwork pulls the listener in, and the quality of the music keeps them listening.
Midas takes Ember Island‘s cover of Rihanna‘s “Umbrella” and gives it a dual personality. The first half of the track exudes chill trap vibes, while the second drop gets downright dirty — the juxtaposition totally working with the flow. With a clear confidence in his music, Midas is sure to go far.
Following a tastefully produced album debuting a widespread mix of his production abilites, Alex Crossan has continued to wow fans with his remarkably distinctive touch on anything from future bass, to indie-pop. Better known by his stage name Mura Masa, the genre-breaking producer has flourished throughout 2017. From R&B and hip-hop laden collaborations with A$AP Rocky and Desiigner, to up-beat and glistening compositions alongside Charli XCX and Bonzai, the European producer has quickly garnered attention across the world with his vast library of effulgent works.
Ensuring that fans are constantly content with his compilation of music, Crossan has once again demonstrated sheer brilliance with his latest remix of Bonzai’s “I Feel Alright.” After the initial release of the exquisite ballad towards the beginning of July, the producer followed with an elegant addition to the song, adorning it with lush pulses and indulgent instrumental works.
Meandering listeners on a musical journey with this remix, Mura Masa without a doubt continues to prove his versatile production capabilities, undeniably affirming himself as one of 2017’s brightest standouts.
Launchpad is a playlist series showcasing music we love, hand selected by our staff. The tracks come from both emerging and mainstream artists; it’s all about the quality and the unexpected. If you’d like your music featured in Launchpad, submit it for consideration here. This week’s Launchpad is meant to take you somewhere else, out of this crazy world. Put it on, relax, and let your mind be transported.
DA Launchpad Selects: Kartell – “5 A.M.” This Paris-based producer earns our respect for the groovy bassline combined with the array of interjected samples and vocal chops. einarIndra – “Sweet Honey Flows” No surprise this one comes from Iceland; you can almost imagine this being recorded in the middle of winter, layered with some James Blake-esque vocals to fill you up with warmth.
Electronica-pop songstress Bella Mer made her debut in early June with her otherworldly single, “Loaded Gun,” introducing the world to her sound.
Her elegant yet impactful vocals have been paired with cosmic-like instrumentals to create a tranquil final product. Her sophomore single, “Bedroom Eyes,” shines a new light on her sound. Opening with a jaunty progression and echoing percussion rhythms, the songstress once again uses her alluring vocals to guide the track, while still allowing the production to amplify the overall mood and create another stand-up piece of dance-pop.
Mia Vaile and James Mercy have teamed up to produce a sultry, enthralling original titled “Wildfire.”
The production features Mia Vaile’s beautiful, airy vocals, smooth waves of melodic progressions over prominent horns, and a slow-moving, yet energy-infused beat. The finished product showcases a natural chemistry between producer and vocalist, and it comes to no surprise that the two work magic in the studio, with reputations as rising stars in each of their respective circles.
Mercy is a one of a kind producer, known for his smooth, dynamic creations, while Vaile possesses the raw tonal qualities that complete the piece. With a music video on the way and the summer is full swing, “Wildfire” will undoubtedly deliver uplifting vibes to carry us into the end of the season.
LA-based electronic indie-pop duo ojivolta is making waves by mixing indie rock and future funk with tasty drops. Combining their previous experience with GOOD Music and The Neptunes, Oji and Volta have translated their studio savviness into consuming live performances.
For ojivolta’s latest release, the duo offers a rework of Portugal. The Man’s massive hit “Feel It Still,” with a live video performance included for good measure. Expertly programmed drums and heavy bass mix perfectly with slowed-down and sped-up vocal hits, making for an unpredictable ear candy remix.
OWSLA recruit Mark Johns is back with a new original. Twenty-three-year-old Naomi Abergel, better known under her androgynous moniker Mark Johns, unveils “Same Girl” via her mentor Skrillex‘s label.
On “Same Girl,” Johns breaks out of the hazy heartbreak that enveloped her debut Molina EP. Produced by lophiile, MAG and Skrillex, the new chill trap song shows the world that her delicate yet arresting voice won’t be boxed into one genre. She comments on her new mindset, saying:
“I realized if I have my label and I have my friends and I have my people who are willing to support whatever the f— it is that I want to put out, then why am I stressing?”
Johns’ relatable lyricism about being out of phone data, having money on her mind and hot-boxing “somebody’s Toyota” are stylized in an accompanying lyric video.
The Los Angeles based artist will soon be releasing a string of singles while her full length album is in the works. Check back for more and listen to “Same Girl” now.