Feel-good gurus, The Knocks and vocal gymnast, Gallant recently united for what can assuredly be described as a suave, self-indulgent record that plays to both parties’ strong suits. “Exit Sign” sources its refined vocals from the R&B artist, whose involvement with the single precedes the arrival of his sophomore album, Sweet Insomnia, due on October 25. The “Weight In Gold” singer is no stranger to the electronic ether either, raking in collaborations with the likes of ZHU, Big Wild, and more. The Knocks, meanwhile, have been riding the wave of their tenures writing score for the likes of The US Open and iPhone X—to name a few.
Distinctly danceable, “Exit Sign” is both light and mellow in its makeup. The mid-tempo tune is well within The Knocks’ nu-disco wheelhouse, and follows the production pair’s previous, Whethan-assisted “Summer Luv.”
It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.
Oliver Heldens and Riton link with Vula for their new groovy collaboration, “Turn Me On,” and No Mana takes on Kiiara’s “Bipolar.” Kaskade takes his Meghan Trainor collab to another level with the release of a “club mix,” and The Knocks tap R&B crooner Gallant for “Exit Sign.” 3LAU caters to a wide audience on “Miss Me More,” and M83 follows up “Temple of Sorrow” with “Lune de fiel.” Armin van Buuren and Tempo Giusto take things up a notch with “Mr. Navigator,” and Sub Focus and Wilkinson prove to be a formidable drum ‘n’ bass duo on “Illuminate.” AC Slater delivers some new Night Bass heat with “Laid Off,” and DROELOE and Kalulu keep it light on “Broken Bricks.” After debuting the tune on DA earlier this week, Nora En Pure releases her remix of “Lost Souls,” and Machinedrum reveals new possibilities for San Holo’s “Lost Lately.” In another DA-debuted piece this week, Eli Brown rocks steady on “Come Together,” and Morgan Page and HAILENE tug at listeners’ heartstrings on “Footprints.”
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.
In 1993, Minneapolis alt-rock veterans Soul Asylum scored the biggest hit of their career with the devastating acoustic anthem “Runaway Train.” Though originally written by frontman Dave Pirner about his own despair, the song took on a universal message through its Tony Kaye-directed music video, which featured footage of real-life missing children, in the hopes … More »
It’s been eight years since French electronic music producer SebastiAn has released original music under his production alias, but the wait for more music is finally over with new Gallant collaboration “Run For Me.” In addition to the release of this soulful new single, the venerated Ed Banger legend has announced he will be releasing a full-length album this fall. The album will be his second, following his 2011 hit compilation Total, and “Run For Me” is the first taste of what is to come from the forthcoming LP.
“Run For Me” shows once again that SebastiAn is undoubtedly a master in the art of suspense with his ability to juggle a balancing act from the intimate to the epic, which can be felt in the triumphant release. American R&B singer Gallant infuses sultry vocals that weave in and out of the cinematic production backdrop, making for an enamoring listen.
“We made it in one day, in one take without stopping. The melody evolved wherever it seemed to want to go all by itself. I tracked Gallant down for the vocals because he shared the same power and logic that the song aimed to have and I wasn’t disappointed. The song really came into its own when the vocals were laid down on the track,” notes SebastiAn.
While this is the first original work fans have heard from SebastiAn under his production moniker, the artist recently began a long-lasting collaboration with world-renowned fashion house Saint Laurent and luxury label’s creative director Anthony Vaccarello, producing for most of their catwalk shows among other projects. SebastiAn has released a music video alongside the debut single from his forthcoming album, which adds a visual flair to the compelling release.
Life is Beautiful returns to Las Vegas later this year, taking over 18 blocks of the city to host a multi-day festival of today’s biggest names. For its seventh edition, the festival boasts a multi-genre set of talent, with some of EDM’s hottest acts topping the bill.
Emerging hot a heavy from the independent Mind of Genius label comes Karnaval Blue’s new single, “Forget”. MOAG has brought us artists like ZHU, Gallant and THEY. and never fails to cultivate new and unique talent as showcased here with their latest release. Riding the wave of R&B and smooth vocals that has become the
Buzzing producer RYNX returns with a new official remix of R&B stunner Gallant’s standout single “Doesn’t Matter” that moves the track to a whole new vibe and energy. RYNX is no stranger to exciting flips as he’s previously taken on acts like Alison Wonderland’s “Cry” and THEY.’s “U-RITE”. With an extensive online following that’s quickly
Gallant‘s vocals are here to bless us all year long. The D.C. native has unleashed his newest single titled “TOOGOODTOBETRUE,” featuring Sufjan Stevens and Rebecca Sugar.
The four-minute track sees both artists flexing their harmonies and serenading that special someone. A tender guitar backs the artists’ lush introduction, leading into a smooth, subtle beat. On the hook, Gallant sings, “I’ll lay down the cards just like the way you fold your arms / Too good to be true,” before Stevens gifts fans with his own verse.
Following his last single “Doesn’t Matter” released in May of this year, “TOOGOODTOBETRUE” serves as the second single off Gallant’s sophomore album titled This Song Does Not Fit. The record also features Sugar — the creator of Steven Universe on the Cartoon Network — on the outro.
R&B singer Gallant first caught our attention when Sufjan Stevens brought him out to help cover Drake’s “Hotline Bling” on tour back when “Hotline Bling” was an inescapable hit, aka late 2015. Gallant kept the momentum going the next year with the release of his excellent full-length debut Ology, and he’s … More »