GoldLink is riding pretty high right now. His excellent, self-assured hit “Crew” landed him a 2018 Grammy nomination and a spot on our list of last year’s best rap albums. He was just featured on Christina Aguilera’s new single “Like I Do,” and his recent Tiny Desk concert was jazzy and … More »
“Boo’d Up” is blowing up. Ella Mai’s sumptuous ’90s R&B throwback, first released way back in February 2017 as the opening track of her Ready EP, is on its second week at #8 on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart. The slow-burn success story had its genesis in Spotify and Apple playlist placement but … More »
Outside Lands has revealed the 2018 lineup for its 11th installment in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park August 10-12.
Following a fervent 2017 edition of Gorillaz, The Who, and Metallica headlining, 2018 boasts a hefty onslaught of acts, and although the headliners see earlier appearances in the festival season — The Weeknd at Coachella and Janet Jackson at both Panorama and FYF Fest — the lineup remains rife with talent and excitement.
The Weeknd is set to perform, where he’s likely to play out his recent slew of new material which features the aid of Nicolas Jaar, Daft Punk‘s Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, and Gesaffelstein. Both Florence + The Machine and Janet Jackson front the bill with performances that will be nothing less than excellent and the lineup also promises a plethora of beloved dance acts. From ODESZA, Chromeo, and Claptone, to DJ Snake, Jamie xx, Tycho, CHVRCHES, James Blake, Gryffin, Lauv, and Whethan, Outside Lands is a music lover’s oeuvre in its late-summer installment.
More information and tickets, which are available starting at 10 a.m. PST April 5, can be found here.
From Montreal’s Igloofest, to the gone-but-never-forgotten Brrrrr Winter Music Festival in Toronto, Canadians are incredibly fortunate to host a plenitude of outdoor-winter events throughout the years. Though winter is close to being over and the inaugural start to festival season approaches, Snowbombing Canada is here to remind everyone that there’s never a wrong time to party in the snow.
Fusing the worlds of winter-sports and dance music into a winter-wonderland for four days and nights, Snowbombing Canada takes place from April 5–9 amidst Sun Peaks Valley; one of the hidden treasures of Canada’s West coast. With success in booking distinguished and complementary dance/hip-hop headliners, last year’s event saw Kaskade and Ludacris close out the event.
As the 2018 edition nears, fan-favorite duo ODESZA and hip-hop queen Cardi B are set to headline the “Forest Stage”, appropriately located in between the panoramic views of snow-capped mountains and towering trees. Boasting a plethora of additional acts like Black Tiger Sex Machine, Gorgon City and Troyboi, Snowbombing has curated a detailed lineup that suits the festival’s exuberant vibe.
Snowboarders and skiers are treated to the best of both worlds; shredding during the day and dancing at night. Activities like ‘Alpine Yoga’, ‘The Snowlympics’ and some cheeky ‘Chair Life Speed Dating’ add unique attributes that turn guests from attendees, into Snowbombing veterans.
Festival passes, accommodation and transportation are all available online.
In the midst of all the 2018 Grammy Awards blowback, mainly pertaining to Kendrick Lamar failing to win Album of the Year, LA-based producer Yung Bae puts an old-school funk spin on the beloved rapper’s track “DNA.” Along with edits of Rich Chigga and Goldlink, this continues the producer’s trend of remixing hip-hop tracks.
Hailing from Portland, Yung Bae’s diverse sound ranges from future funk to Japanese-inspired pop, adding a groovier beat-style to the original, including vintage horn samples, a toned-down drum beat and subtle bass.
Streaming changed things. 2017 was the year that rap once again reaffirmed its stranglehold on the collective imagination of America’s youth. Like the moment when Billboard first started using Soundscan and inadvertently proved the massive popularity of N.W.A, the streaming services of the world showed just how powerful this music remains. Rap dominated streaming charts. More »
The Norwegian producer released signed limited edition vinyl copies and sheet music from the album. He’s also revealed an unreleased version of his track, “Only One,” that features the vocals of GoldLink.
“Only One” features hypnotic melodies that give the song depth and beauty. GoldLink’s smooth vocals add a completely different element to the track. The concise yet personal verse paints a picture of a life-changing ex, with Lido’s production tying everything together for something powerful, yet spiritual.
“Only One” is another example of the producer’s smooth, consistent production.
The Norwegian virtuoso Lido has returned with yet another new rapturous reworking, this time hitting GoldLink’s even-keeled “Crew.”
Ripping apart the tune’s pace entirely, he eases into the track, showcasing his expansive musical repertoire in a piano introduction. Once GoldLink comes around with the first verse, Lido picks up the pace, and the track takes off. Similar to his reworking of GoldLink’s “Sober Thoughts” released just last year, the flip is filled with energy, and by the time the second round of verses rolls around, things are up to full speed.
Falcons, the LA-based producer responsible for collaborations with Goldlink, Chaz French, Ekali, and more, has returned with his first solo track of 2017. After recently teasing it in his sets, he has finally released the song on Fool’s Gold Records, along with a psychedelic animated video.
Falcons delved into his childhood influences to craft this song, and says he was inspired by his exposure the sounds of old school rave music at an early age:
“‘Want Your Body’ is an homage to the 2 types of music that had the biggest impact on my career. My mom introduced me to 90’s dance music as a kid. At the time it felt normal cause that’s my mom, but looking back I’m super thankful to have been introduced to acts like The Prodigy and Halcyon at a young age. It seeped into all my music and ‘WYB’ is an ode to that.”
Featuring pianos that could easily fit in a garage track and drum breaks that could invigorate any raver, the song is set alongside a colorful video with a 3-D animated figure who finds himself in an assortment of psychedelic environments. The video is directed by Amber Park, who has been commissioned for official work by Major Lazer, Katy Perry, Migos, and more. With the hype for this song only raised with the release of a video, it won’t be surprising to hear this track played through the entirety of the summer.
TDE’s Isaiah Rashad and GoldLink team up for a new record “Untitled” – exclusively premiered by Beats 1 Radio with Zane Lowe a few days back. No word if the release is a part of a forthcoming project, or just a stand-alone single by the duo.
It’s been a productive year for both artists, as GoldLink inked a deal with RCA back in July – and Isaiah recently releasing his well-received debut studio album “The Sun’s Tirade.”
Stream “Untitled” below.