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Loud Luxury are making like the lyrics of their pervasive single, “Body,” and giving fans “some verbs” with their next move: the release of their highly anticipated new single, “I’m Not Alright.” For their latest, Andrew Fedyk and Joe De Pace of Loud Luxury partner with fellow producer Bryce Vine on the tune. “I’m Not Alright” is a deviation from the electronic firepower that Loud Luxury unleashed on some of their most recognizable hits, and overall a gravitation towards a more pop-leaning, songwriter-centric format. Loud Luxury separate Vine’s guitar-assisted verses with spunky dance drops that offer a glimmer of the mellower side of Loud Luxury’s constructive ability.
“I’m Not Alright” is the musical brainchild of Loud Luxury’s chance encounter with Vine in Los Angeles. “We met [Vine] at a party…through a friend when we got back from our fall tour,” the duo said.
“The next day, he came over and showed us an idea he [had] that was just a guitar and chorus. During our winter tour we worked across North America in hotel rooms, studios, and even an Uber with our headphones to finish writing the song.”
The serendipitous sonic offering derives from the sentiment that making mistakes is a natural part of being human. “This song is about coming to terms with your flaws,” Loud Luxury added.
The Canadian dance dynamos will embark on their first-ever headlining North American tour alongside special guests, CID, MEDUZA, Bijou, Black Caviar, Dzeko, Midnight Kids, Frank Walker, and Justin Caruso, each of whom will provide city-specific support. Loud Luxury’s expansive live initiative will commence on August 29 in Salt Lake City, Utah. From there, the Armada heavyweights will work their way through no short number of US cities, including San Diego, Los Angeles, Portland, Orlando, Washington, Brooklyn, and many more. Tickets to the NIGHTS LIKE THIS tour are now available, and can be purchased here.
Grammy-winning producer and DJ CID has dropped his latest single ‘Night Service Only’, the maiden release on his freshly formed record label of the same name. The New York-born artist’s first musical release of 2019, ‘Night Service Only’ is a four-to-the-floor groover destined to make it onto countless dancefloors this summer. Blurring the lines between a rugged jackin’
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Ferry Corsten and BT kick off this week’s hottest songs with the release of their hefty new collaboration, “1997,” and Gorgon City take on Local Dialect in a slow-burning remix of “Poseidon.” Sub Focus thrills on a drum ‘n’ bass take on Bring Me The Horizon’s “mother tongue,” and Kaskade and Meghan Trainor join forces on “With You.” Luttrell returns to Anjunadeep for “Need You Now,” and Yellow Claw and Galantis keep things light and breezy on “We Can Get High.” Tiësto has remixed the late Avicii’s “Tough Love,” and Ducky makes a Deadbeats appearance with “Addicted to Your Distance.” Jason Ross brings an even more emotive atmosphere to Gryffin and SLANDER’s “All You Need To Know,” and Gareth Emery and Ashley Wallbridge follow their recent LP with “Never Before.” Kygo teams up with Store P and Lars Vaular on “Kem Kan Eg Ringe,” and Fox Stevenson continues his slew of 2019 releases with “Killjoy.” Gallant serenades smoothly on “Sharpest Edges,” and Matoma links with MNEK and Kiana Ledé on “Bruised Not Broken.”
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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With just two weeks away from Goldenvoice’s Splash House festival in the heart of Palm Springs, CA what better way to get ready for the festivities than with an exclusive curated Splash House playlist!? Except to hear some of the best and most popular tunes by some of the biggest artists in dance music including Grammy-winning
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Few moments are more sacred than the reprieve Saturday night provides from the daily grind of school and work. Its importance is meant to be emphasized, and thus, a feature dedicated to “doing the night right” was born. Saturday Night Sessions are set around energizing mixes meant to get the party started. New or old, each episode has one cornerstone thing in similarity: they serve as the perfect backdrop for the weekend pregame.
Toby Green has hit 100 million streams by the age of 22, and the Danish producer is only getting started. Many artists early on in their careers are evolving and trying to define a signature style. Green’s releases are united by their infectious energy and ability to lure everyone to the dance floor, and labels spanning from Dim Mak to Spinnin’ Records have taken notice. Influenced by acts like The Chemical Brothers and The Prodigy, Green describes his style as ‘Stadium Rave.’
According to him, this means, “The ‘stadium rave’ sound is really just me going back to making music for me, drawing inspiration from all the sounds that have made me go ‘Oh damn, that’s sick’ throughout my life.” He continues, “When I was a kid, my older brother introduced me to acts like The Prodigy, Chemical Brothers etc. but it wasn’t until recently that I realized how big of a role that sound has played in my life. I grew up on a mix of Euro dance (Special D is still the GOAT for me) and UK rave music. The ‘stadium rave’ sound is definitely a homage to my musical upbringing.”
In addition to his brother introducing some of his favorite musical influences to him, Green recalls his father as the one who really ignited his love of music. His 2018 release “Ready” is a collaboration with his father, and he considers the track a ‘coming of age’ for him musically. 2019 will be a year of filtering out the noise and external pressures that the industry can put on an up and coming producer while he focuses in on the music itself.
Green speaks about the challenges of being a full time producer, stating, “I think you can very easily get stuck in your own little echo chamber and forget what it’s all about.” He continues, “It’s easy to forget your physical as well as mental health and get hung up on superficial things that don’t matter. I think some kind of accountability is crucial to living this life; doing it with or for someone, with a purpose other than what’s measurable or countable is what keeps you going in the long run. But then again, I am only 22 – I might find a new truth as I age, but for now this will do.”
Green’s Saturday Night Session is the perfect hour long mix to get a hectic night started, and as he puts it, hopefully it is the kind of mix that gets fans ready for “hopefully the night where you fall in love with dance music all over again.” His Saturday Night Session does just this, so take a ride through his own releases and a high energy track list to keep the party going.
You recently dubbed your musical style, ‘stadium rave,’ and you said you have been inspired by the 90s rave scene. Can you tell us more about this?
I think the biggest mistake I made in the beginning of my career was trying too hard to be credible instead of just making music I thought was cool.
The ‘stadium rave’ sound is really just me going back to making music for me, drawing inspiration from all the sounds that have made me go “Oh damn, that’s sick” throughout my life. When I was a kid, my older brother introduced me to acts like The Prodigy, Chemical Brothers etc. but it wasn’t until recently that I realized how big of a role that sound has played in my life. I grew up on a mix of Euro dance (Special D is still the GOAT for me) and UK rave music. The ‘stadium rave’ sound is definitely a homage to my musical upbringing.
Is there a specific artist you are most eager to collaborate with?
I would love to do a record with CID. I think he is really one of the most interesting dance artists out there, and I love just about everything he puts out. Congrats on your Grammy nomination, man.
Do you have a specific release that is the favorite you have ever produced?
“Ready” is very special to me. It’s a collaboration with my father, who was the person to introduce me to music in the first place, and I feel like it encapsulates most of my musical upbringing in a single record. It is very much a full circle kind of thing to me. A “coming of age” record, if you will.
When you aren’t producing music, what are you normally up to?
If I am not in the studio, I am probably at the gym or drinking coffee while having deep existential discussions with my buddy Mike Hawkins. This guy drives me nuts on a daily basis, but I always leave more enlightened. Love you, dude.
Where do you draw your creative inspiration from? Other music? The outdoors? A night out?
While other music definitely sparks concrete ideas for new records, it’s usually the experiences unrelated to music that gives me the creative spark to create new material. I’ve found that a few days in the studio, a few days off usually yields better (and more) music than the typical 24/7 grind mentality. I am very fast in the studio, but the inspiration has to be there.
What is the best and worst thing about this career path and being a music producer?
I absolutely love creating, and much more than a few days without making music makes me absolutely crazy. I am super grateful for being able to make a living off music, but it’s not always as easy as it may seem.
As a full time producer, I think you can very easily get stuck in your own little echo chamber and forget what it’s all about. It’s easy to forget your physical as well as mental health and get hung up on superficial things that don’t matter. I think some kind of accountability is crucial to living this life; doing it with or for someone, with a purpose other than what’s measurable or countable is what keeps you going in the long run. But then again, I am only 22 – I might find a new truth as I age, but for now this will do.
What kind of a Saturday Night will your mix get us ready for?
Hopefully the night where you fall in love with dance music all over again.
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.
Panamanian Fito Blanko teams with Ryan Shepard for this drum-heavy Latin-inspired house track “Por Qué” packed with dynamic stop-and-go grooves.
Spencer Brown taps Roderick Demmings Jr. for “Airplane Tekno,” a blissed out piano-centric house track off Brown’s new Illusion of Perfection album.
Paris Blohm delivers another wild and driving big room track, “Silently,” with help from the prophetically-voiced ēnok.
Sam Smyers spins a romantic narrative with this warm weather dance track, “Want You.”
Canadian electro-funk duo Chromeo has been keeping fans on their toes with the announcement of their fifth studio album, Head Over Heels, on the horizon for this June. With lead singles like “Bedroom Calling” and “Must’ve Been,” it seems as if the guys are dipping even more into R&B by enlisting features like D.R.A.M. and The-Dream.
CID takes the funky original “Must’ve Been” and turns it into a high-energy deep house tune that dances with clean high hats and strategic vocal chops that will start your week in style.
CID is honestly one of my favorite producers at the moment. I initially heard about him through Kaskade, who was supporting his tracks for quite sometime. Over the past few years, CID’s unique approach to house and his now instantly recognizable staccato style helped him crawl out of the shadows and into the limelight. Talented
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