EDMSauce Exclusive Interview: Digital Farm Animals Talks New Music & Hidden Talents

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Digital Farm Animals a.k.a. Nicholas (Nick) Gale has been hot on the scene as one of the world’s leading DJ/Producer. His hits such as ‘Millionaire ft. Nelly’ and ‘Digital Love’ have joined the 1 million club with over 1M listens on Spotify. When DFA (Digital Farm Animals) is not making music, he keeps himself busy

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Music Review: Coldplay – Kaleidoscope [EP]

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Coldplay

Kaleidoscope [EP]

[Parlophone; 2017]

Rating: 0.5/5

“[Chris] Martin once presented a song to Beyoncé called “Hook Up” and played it in the studio for her and producer Stargate. She turned it down, he says, “in the sweetest possible way: She told me, ‘I really like you — but this is awful.’”

Chris Martin’s bullet-proof affectation as a man of few regrets has only grown more transparent with age. Not by any lack of labor on his part; what may have struck as an experience-affirming candor at 29 only drips with begrudged denial and nostalgic longing at midlife. “I have a very wonderful separation-divorce,” the lyricist and singer reflected in a 2016 Rolling Stone profile — pointedly prefixing his very real “divorce” with the word’s less enduring analogue. For any other artist, you’d expect this kind of unreliable narration to, just maybe, bleed into their output in a creative, interesting way. Unfortunately, this is Coldplay we’re talking about, and in Martin’s case, forthright denialism and his seemingly congenital myopia carry over in the crudest, most ad hoc fashion, motivating every predictable impulse on Kaleidoscope, his band’s latest album-cycle stopgap.

A supposed “companion piece” to 2015’s anodyne A Head Full of Dreams, Kaleidoscope boasts just five songs, a whopping four of which have already seen release as singles. Which begs the question, why does this particular record merit release? And how does a five-track EP deserve a drawn-out three-week physical release roll out? How many Coldplay fans even buy the band’s physical merchandise anymore? Why (money) Coldplay feel the need to put out EPs in the first place beats me; in any case, the release’s awkward format and patronizing presentation are among the least of its poor qualities: Even for the heads, Kaleidoscope offers very little not already heard elsewhere.

Scanning like a press release, the EP mostly revolves around and serves as an immediate vehicle for an unnecessary “Live at the Budokan” remix of the already omnipresent Snapchat single “Something Just Like This.” That EDM-tinged pop hit, co-billing resident jackasses The Chainsmokers, employs the latter group’s overproduced, under-wrought pop M.O. to create what is a deadly, parasitic ear-worm. On Coldplay’s part, it’s a rather smart move. It’s an undeniable cash-grab, a shameless, condescending burlesque that continues to play itself out in empty 24-hour Rite-Aids and depopulated Walmarts the country over. A self-styled summer soundtrack and apparent hymn to youthful indiscretion — in the vein of their 2008 hit “Viva la Vida” — “Something Just Like This” ditches the world-weary historicism of the former, sporting instead such laughable, sophomoric introspections as opening lyrics “I’ve been reading books of old / The legends and the myths /Achilles and his gold / Hercules and his gifts / Spiderman’s control /And Batman with his fists.” Like his prime “influence,” Bono, Martin has always claimed his talents come from God, or whatever, and so his shoe-horned, vicarious stabs at humility barely pass muster here, hardly masking the usual, obvious motivating delusions of grandeur: “I’m not looking for somebody / With some superhuman gifts / Some superhero / Some fairytale bliss.” Despite being practically unrelatable to anyone outside NME’s readership, Martin’s poetics have never exactly been topical or unique so much as they have been crassly universal. This particular release, however, in its means, motive, and opportunity, only renders the wide displacement between participant and performer more stark.

Yet time appears to be linear: Having hit the big four-oh this past March, Martin is getting older, and even he, judging by his responses in the aforementioned interview, knows it. Any attempts at corralling the fabled “millennial zeitgeist” — a phrase I really wish I didn’t have to use — prove chimeric, though. In addition to the previously mentioned Chainsmokers pair-up, there is the very ungainly Big Sean feature “Miracles (Something Special),” which, wearing more than a few embarrassing, auto-generated reverential name-drops, inappropriately and predictably functions as a quasi-ode to respectability: “My father said never give up son/ Just look how good Cassius become/ Muhammad, Mahatma, and Nelson/ Not scared to be strong.” Meanwhile, Big Sean spits, without apparent provocation, “I guess you either watch the show or you show ‘em proof/ Prove it to them, you prove it to yourself, but, honestly, it’s better if you do it for yourself.” It’s become dad-rock — or maybe mom-pop — at its finest, only striking with the audacity, personality, and hipness of a skateboard-toting, backwards-baseball-cap-wearing Steve Buscemi. And so Kaleidoscope isn’t exactly a midlife crisis, but it functions very much the same way. And let’s just stop for a moment to remark upon the sheer drop of a fall from grace that they have witnessed since their critical and commercial peak. They went from collaborating with the likes of billionaire dad Jay-Z — admittedly already well past his prime when he hopped on the remix of 2008’s mostly decent “Lost!” — to contracting with XXL’s most obnoxious, arguably most untalented 2010 Freshman. “Miracles,” among other aspects of Kaleidoscope, only highlights the band’s spent cultural cachet.

Their quaint domestic appeal notwithstanding, it goes without saying that Coldplay have never exactly been critical darlings. Regarding their reception, Martin says, “I had a couple of years in the mid-2000s where it was really confusing to me[.] I was like, ‘Why is our band sometimes a punch line?’” This given, it might seem all too easy to dismiss this particular, poorly-aging pop act, ripping their latest work to shreds, sending it up as if I’m some arbiter of an arbitrary cool. As far as Chris Martin is concerned, I’m Schmucky the Clown — and that is not what this review is intended to do. It is rather intended to give an honest look at musicians who, having effectively reached the top of the pops nearly a decade ago, seem unsure of, and insecure with, their immediate direction and long-term future. In an interview that I can’t seem to find, but swear once existed, Martin sagely quipped something along the lines of “It’s unwise for band members to continue past the age of 30.” He later clarified, when pressed, that Coldplay had to progress as if each release “were our last.” We can all hope and pray, but Coldplay still, in 2017, manage to shift millions of units and sell out ever-crowded stadiums.

Watch Liam Gallagher Perform Oasis’ “Live Forever” With Coldplay In Manchester

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Hometown hero Liam Gallagher made a surprise appearance at Ariana Grande’s One Love Manchester benefit concert today to raise money for victims of the recent terrorist attack. After Coldplay sang Oasis’ “Don’t Look Back In Anger” to Ariana Grande, Oasis singer Liam Gallagher himself came out to play Oasis’ “Live Forever” with Coldplay … More »

One Love Manchester Livestream: Watch Ariana Grande’s All-Star Benefit Concert

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Today, less than two weeks after the suicide bombing that killed 22 people and injured over 100 more outside her concert at Manchester Arena, Ariana Grande is hosting a benefit concert to raise money for the families of the victims. One Love Manchester, which will take place at Manchester’s Old Trafford Cricket Ground, … More »

Zedd and Alessia Cara Dethrone The Chainsmokers For #1 Song on US Pop Radio

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Congratulations to both Zedd and Alessia Cara. There incredible smash hit, ‘Stay’ has just dethroned The Chainsmokers and Coldplay for to become the #1 track in the US pop radio charts with an insane 18100 spins. This is a huge honor for the duo and is the first time the German producer since his smash

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The Chainsmokers Had Two Songs Go Platinum Today

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As The Chainsmokers are currently embarking on their Memories…Do Not Open tour, The Chainsmokers received some pretty surprising news today. On Twitter, The Chainsmokers wrote that two of their tracks just went platinum in the United States. The first song that went platinum was their single with Coldplay titled “Something Just Like This,” while their

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Coldplay Spills the Beans About The Chainsmokers Album on Twitter

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The Chainsmokers confirm rumors that they’re working on a debut album.

The Chainsmokers confirm the release of their debut album and a new tour in 2017

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Pop EDM duo The Chainsmokers have been on quite a roll lately. They have successfully managed to become one of the most dominant and well-liked commercial house duos around, with their last three singles, “All We Know,” “Setting Fires,” and “Paris” racking up more than 100 million hits on YouTube alone. And their impossible to escape hit “Closer” hitting quadruple platinum (with a fifth platinum nod on the way).

With their latest tweet, it seems that Alex and Drew are ready to embark on the next chapter of their rise to EDM superstardom — the full length album, In a recent tweet, they have finally confirmed their debut album as well as a new tour for 2017.

To add to the hype, Coldplay’s Chris Martin publicly praised their unreleased work. As a result of this, the tweet went absolutely nuclear with fans all over the world adding to the hype surrounding their much awaited debut LP.

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The Chainsmokers Officially Announce First Album + Tour Through…Coldplay?!

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Yes – you read that right. Last night we reportedly a bunch of activity from The Chainsmokers twitter account around them dropping pretty obvious hints about an album announcement. Today we are happy to report that the guys have made it official. In a twist of fate the official announcement came from a Coldplay retweet.

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Could Big-Shot Songwriter Julia Michaels Be A Pop Star In Her Own Right?

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Julia MichaelsChances are you’re already a Julia Michaels fan whether you know it or not. After breaking into professional songwriting as a teenager, the 23-year-old Iowa native has been an invisible yet inescapable presence on pop radio in recent years; along with songwriting partner Justin Tranter, she’s penned Justin Bieber’s “Sorry,” Selena Gomez’s “Hands To Myself,” … More »