With his latest track “Paradise,” Grammy-nominated British singer, songwriter, and producer MNEK has exhibited an impressive amount of versatility and artistry. “Paradise” is an infectious track that blends elements of R&B and future bass into a thought provoking and lyrically daring concoction. The track also features the iconic guitar riff from Ultra Nate’s iconic 1997 dance smash “Free.”
“Paradise” evokes visions of running away from the hectic and sometimes depressing nature of today’s society in order to find peace, solace, and catharsis. MNEK exhibits his prowess as a triple threat by providing scintillating vocals, stirring lyrics, and a sexy beat which features an ominous throbbing bassline that pulls the whole tune together.
The track’s gripping chorus inspires a sense of escape as MNEK’s heartbreaking falsetto takes center stage. “Paradise”, definitely embodies a sense of helplessness and cynicism that many of us feel at the moment. However, it is also a song about hope and the power of positive mindset. The hauntingly inspiring lyrics “Paradise is in the mind” speak to MNEK’s overall message. The 22-year-old also explains the musical inspiration for his latest track, saying:
“Around the time I wrote ‘Paradise’, so much dance music was coming out and doing well with literally any 90s R&B song as the main topline, of the whole song. It really bothered me!” he explains. “So, I decided to sample a dance song for an R&B track. I’ve always loved ‘Free’ by Ultra Nate, so it was such an honour to have the blessing of the writers of the song to sample it for ‘Paradise’.”
Fresh off the announcement of their first ever American tour, Russian house duo VOLAC have just dropped a heavy new tune. Teased in BIJOU’s EDC Las Vegas set, the track has now been released on past collaborator Destructo’s label, HITS HARD.
VOLAC truly bring the heat in this song, fading a hip hop vocal in and out before an explosive drop. Holding nothing back, the duo pump out aggressive and distorted bass growls to create a dark track perfect for the late night dance floor. It is fitting, then, that VOLAC plan to embark on their tour to Australia on July 15 and America on August 3, making appearances at HARD Summer and Elements Fest NYC.
U.S. Tour Dates:
August 3 – EOS Lounge, Santa Barbara CA August 4 – Maya Day & Nightclub, Scottsdale AZ August 5 – Bang Bang, San Diego CA August 6 – HARD Summer, Fontana CA August 8 – TBA August 9 – La Cave, Orange County CA August 10 – Ethics Music Lounge, Austin TX August 11 – The Mid, Chicago IL August 12 – Flash, Washington DC August 13 – Elements Festival, New York NY
Hexagon label head Don Diablo has released the fifth edition of Generation HEX. The compilation series is a sought-after effort by the prodigious producer to uncover underground artists and provide them with an ample amount of well-deserved exposure. All of the contributions in the collection have been previously released on Diablo’s imprint, while previous compilation albums have consisted of artists like Sagan, Tom & Jame, Corderoy, and Holl & Rush.
The compilation album contains four hard-hitting electro house tunes by Bougenvilla, Redondo & First Day, Louder, and J-Trick & Tom Budin.
Don Diablo says the following of Generation HEX 005:
“I have tried and test[ed] all four tracks in my sets, and every single one of them stands its ground in its own unique way. Embracing the future and supporting rising artists has never been easier with talent like this!”
During Independence Day weekend I had the opportunity to attend an all star event, and let me just say that it was an experience I won’t soon forget. Governors Island became home to not only an array of bursting fireworks and patriotism but also to the sweet and rhythmic sounds of some of the world’s
While Iraqi-born producer Motez continues to grow his dedicated, worldwide fanbase through his high-octane, four-on-the-floor compositions, the artist has decided to slow things down recently in an attempt to showcase a more personal direction in his craft. His newest delivery, “The Future” is what Motez describes as “the most honest & personal piece of music I’ve ever written”—and at first listen, it’s easy to grasp why. While the famed beat maker is capable of turning dance floors everywhere into complete mayhem, “The Future” offers an introspective and heartfelt twist on his typical future house output.
Vocalized by London-based duo Antony and Cleopatra alongside a 20-piece children’s choir, “The Future” is a sensational number fixed with low bass grooves, driving percussion, and moving synth arrangements. Additionally, the lyrics outline a poignant look into a dismal truth, narrating an estranged love that accepts that expectations have been altered and a new, unforeseen reality has come to life.
With all of the great new music released this year, it’s pretty hard to choose exactly what the best songs of 2017 are. Luckily, 1001Tracklists has compiled a list of the most supported tracks for the first half of the year by other DJs. According to their report, Tchami ties Don Diablo’s edit of Zonderling’s
Last week I had the chance to sit down with MOTi to talk about what he’s been up to recently. What was originally intended to be a short conversation about his latest releases turned into a long and stimulating interview about all things music. Not only did we go into his recent work and production
About a year after releasing the hit future pop single, “Fragile” featuring stunning vocals from Hailee Steinfeld, LA-based producer Prince Fox is back in action with a vibrant, euphonious collaboration with rising pop sensation Bella Thorne. “Just Call” is an especially memorable piece for its relatable heart-breaking lyrics that are contrasted by an addicting bouncy melody with subtle, choppy breaks that add an intriguing texture to the track.
“I didn’t really know Bella, but we kept seeing each other around town. When we finally met, I told her I was working on a song and would love to have her on it. She was down and said, ‘We should make it a duet.’ The rest is history…”
Bella Thorne’s sweet, radiant voice mingles beautifully with Prince Fox’s own mellifluous vocal tone, creating a captivating dynamic for listeners — also marking Prince Fox’s very first time singing on his own track. The tune showcases the young producer’s artistry as Prince Fox stays true to his free-spirited, unique pop sound influenced by future elements. Needless to say, we’re elated to hear Prince Fox return from his short hiatus, with “Just Call,” indicated a new era of artistry is well underway for the bold singer songwriter.
Martin Solveig has been a key player in the electronic scene for quite some time, and for good reason. The Frenchman is adept at forging tunes that appeal to a wide swath of the population, as he reaffirms with his newest production, “All Stars,” a breezy audio experience that is keenly-suited for any summer playlist.
Short, yet satisfying, “All Stars” incorporates the cheery vocals of ALMA, who sings of unity and beauty over a highly danceable future house canvas. Naturally, it comes with compelling drops that ensure the piece isn’t too mellow and is adaptable into sets built for the dance-floor.
Happy New Music Friday! Future House DJ Andy Bianchini brings in some enticing sounds and captivating production with his brand new original ‘Gotta Know’. The Brazilian up-and-comer has already been rising in popularity with his fans due to his eccentric style in tracks like ‘Puzzles’ and ‘High Hopes’. ‘Gotta Know’ delivers some refreshing and crisp beats