What constitutes a one-hit wonder? It seems like it should be cut and dry, but the designation can be pretty arbitrary, with gut feelings often trumping objective data. The “one-hit wonder” label can sometimes befall an artist with a robust catalog, whose fans will inevitably insist their fave does not deserve to be categorized as … More »
“From doing records from sampling, I started learning the science about what happened to soul music,” the Alchemist told me 13 years ago. One evening, at New York’s Baseline Studios, I sat in a backroom full of ancient, dusty records, and I listened to the Alchemist and Just Blaze talk about disco. The … More »
If a track bears Dillon Francis‘s ubiquitous emblem, listeners can expect a record that’s a little bit bombastic, packed with a whole lot of flavor. For his latest Mad Decent development, Francis signed on with equally fervid producer, Boombox Cartel for a smoldering new single, “Drip.”
Bolstered by hip-hop hot topic, Desiigner, “Drip” does just that, flowing through styles spanning Francis’s buoyant moombahton muscle to Boombox Cartel’s fluttering future bass/trap finesse. The producers’ seminal, festival-friendly flairs are on full, twofold display, with neither entity’s style audibly smothered by the other, as often happens with high-profile collaborations.
The momentous tune is a guaranteed soon-be-fixture in both producers’ prolific summer festival bookings, which include HARD Summer and EDC Korea for Francis and Lollapalooza and Electric Zoo for Boombox Cartel.
With just a day’s notice, Skrillex has surprised-dropped a two-track EP on OWSLA, consisting of “Fuji Opener” and “Mumbai Power.” Knife Party came out of the woodwork, too, to reveal their first releases in four years in the form of the Lost Souls EP. Perhaps today’s biggest mega-collaboration comes in the form of Dillon Francis, Boombox Cartel and Desiigner’s “Drip,” and one of the biggest remixes is sure to be Gryffin’s remix of Shawn Mendes’ “If I Can’t Have You.” Golf Clap have cooked up a spicy remix of Madi and Robokid’s “White Horse,” and Far Out takes Zeds Dead and Delta Heavy’s “Lift You Up” to new heights. Madeaux takes listeners deep into a late-night club with “I Want You,” and Goldroom continues his string of new releases with “Nothing Matters.” DESERT STAR returns to Monstercat with “Carissa,” and Alesso remixes his own tune with TINI, “Sad Song.” Andrew Rayel and HAILENE prove to be a match made in heaven on “Take All of Me,” and Hardwell and Quintino take things up a notch with “Reckless” on Spinnin’. Ray Volpe and Aviella join forces for “Our World,” and Mark Knight’s remixed David Guetta and Raye’s “Stay (Don’t Go Away).”
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.
Steve Aoki has been on a roll this week. First he became the first modern dance music producer to be featured in the Smithsonian, and now, after teasing fans about a big announcement, he’s brought forth a full track list to accompany his Neon Future III album announcement–plus a new single.
The new Aoki heat, “Waste It On Me” is a collaboration with none other than Korean powerhouse group BTS. The track is a momentous one, in that it’s their first song to be released entirely in English. Aoki has been teasing this collaboration for some time now, beginning with him posting a slew of photos with the group this past May; and the release is certainly recompense for the wait.
Featuring bass valleys that ascend into crescendoing vocal highs, the track tells the story of young, capricious love. While definitely a commercial track, Aoki finds a way to organically infuse nuanced elements into the production.
BTS commented on the collaboration, saying, “We’re happy for this meaningful and heart-felt collaboration… We hope this would be a good present for our fans.”
BTS and Aoki began their musical relationship back in 2017, when the latter remixed BTS’s hit single, “MIC Drop” with Grammy-nominated rapper Desiigner. The release went on to eclipse the Billboard US World Digital Chart in 2017-2018, amass over 7 million streams on Spotify, and become the highest-charting song by a K-pop group in US history.
Aoki’s full track list of Neon Future III reveals additional scintillating collaborations, such as tracks with Bella Thorne, Mike Posner, and Bill Nye among others. “Waste It On Me” featuring BTS is out now via Ultra Music.
Steve Aoki – Neon Future III (Intro)
Steve Aoki & Louis Tomlinson – Just Hold On
Steve Aoki – Waste It On Me ft. BTS
Steve Aoki & Nicky Romero – Be Somebody ft. Kiiara
Steve Aoki – Pretender ft. Lil Yachty & AJR
Steve Aoki – A Lover And A Memory ft. Mike Posner
Steve Aoki – Why Are We So Broken ft. blink-182
Steve Aoki – Golden Days ft. Jim Adkins of Jimmy Eat World
Steve Aoki – Our Love Glows ft. Lady Antebellum
Steve Aoki – Anything More ft. Era Istrefi
Steve Aoki x Lauren Jauregui – All Night
Steve Aoki – Do Not Disturb ft. Bella Thorne
Steve Aoki – Lie To Me ft. Ina Wroldsen
Steve Aoki, Daddy Yankee, Play-N-Skillz & Elvis Crespo – Azukita
Steve Aoki & TWIIG – Hoovela
Steve Aoki & Don Diablo x Lush & Simon – What We Started ft. BullySongs
Steve Aoki – Noble Gas ft. Bill Nye
Mark Ronson and Diplo have released two songs as their super duo Silk City already, “Only Can Get Better,” which featured Daniel Merriweather, and “Feel About You,” which features Mapei. Today, they’re sharing their third single, “Loud,” which features Desiigner and GoldLink. It comes attached to a visual that has a … More »
Diplo and Mark Ronson have premiered their latest track “Loud”, from their collaborative project Silk City today as Zane Lowe’s World Record on Beats 1 on Apple Music. This latest single sees the duo team up with 2 of the hottest names in the rap industry GoldLink & Desiigner to hit the spot on a
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Last week, superstar DJ Diplo released his guest-heavy and surprisingly moody California EP. He’s already shared videos for a bunch of its songs: “Get It Right,” with MØ, “Look Back,” with DRAM, and “Worry No More,” with Santigold and Lil Yachty. Today, he’s also got a new video for the woozy, depressed … More »
Diplo has dropped off his first solo project since 2013’s Revolution, the new seven-track collection, California. Don’t let the title fool you — random white dude still be everywhere, though nowadays the Mad Decent head leans much more west coast than anything, and lately he’s enjoyed some time in the studio with a batch of rap’s most in-demand young up-and-comers. Recruiting work from Lil Yachty, Desiigner, DRAM, MØ, Goldlink, Trippie Redd, and controversial rhymer on the rise Lil Xan, the new EP sees Diplo reaffirm his status as one of today’s top A&Rs, all rolled up and tightly packed into a wrap fit for pop music’s most ambitious force behind the console.
The EP includes previously released material, including “Look Back, “Get It Right,” and “Worry No More.” Each track on the EP features Diplo’s chameleonic style wrapped around different lyrical deliveries, with each rapper and vocalist obviously inspired by their Californian surroundings in different creative ways. One listen through California highlights just how far the Major Lazer frontman has come since his 2004 debut, Florida — and it’s a lot further than just coast to coast. Florida was the beginning of Diplo’s grind, and California plays a lot more like the type of music one could sit back and watch a young man’s game unfold to. And 15 years after his studio debut landed, its safe to say Diplo has undoubtedly earned that right.
In late November, Steve Aoki, BTS, and Desiigner received RIAA’s Gold certification for Steve Aoki and Desiigner’s remix of “Mic Drop.” The award is granted after any song surpasses 500,000 units in sales which is also equivalent to 75 million streams on Spotify, Apple Music, and other streaming services. To date, the remix of “Mic
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