Canadian dance-pop wunderkind Grimes just added another rung in her sky-high ladder of talent: film directing. For her latest single, “Violence,” which she co-wrote with the steadily ascending techno whiz, i_o, Grimes directed the music video herself.
Opening on an image of her reading the legendary manuscript of Sun Tzu, The Art of War, Grimes expertly combines the themes of dance and violence with weapon-based choreography and a techno backdrop perfectly fit for the accompanying visuals. Her eye is clearly becoming equally adept compared to her ears and voice.
Grimes told Beats 1 that her next album is both finished and could be described as “techno-pop.” This will be her first album since 2015’s Art Angels. In that same interview, she also spoke about her collaboration with i_o on “Violence.”
“I hit i_o up and we made this song up in an hour,” she said in the interview. “And then I was just like, ‘This must go on the album because it just feels good.’ And, you know what, you know what? It’s just fresh. We just made this song a few months ago and I just needed to have something which felt fresh. It just felt… You know when you write a song so fast, it just feels perfect. It was like one of those. So I was like, ‘Let’s just throw it on.’ I want to shoot a music video for something that I haven’t listened to a thousand times. “
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.
In perhaps one of the biggest collaborations to hit the airwaves on Sept. 6, The Bloody Beetroots and ZHU have teamed up for “Zoning.” RÜFÜS DU SOL have dropped off a new set of remixes for Solace, including an irresistibly groovy one by Hot Since 82. Grimes and i_o unexpectedly deliver “Violence,” and M83 returns with the dreamy “Temple of Sorrow.” Audien and Nevve bring blissful energy to “Buzzing,” and Cashmere Cat reveals “FOR YOUR EYES ONLY.” Arty is on a journey to “Find You” in his latest, and Walker & Royce team up with VNSSA for “Rave Grave.” KOAN Sound’s new EP lands pm Sept. 6, featuring sounds like “Vibrant,” and Claude VonStroke unleashes a new original, “Slink.” Sullivan King has released a two-track EP, and Armin van Buuren and David Hodges link for “Waking Up With You.” Fox Stevenson finally uncovers “Dreamland,” and 3LAU remixes San Holo’s “Lost Lately.”
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.
Grimes is teasing a new song. She just posted an advertisement on her Instagram that’s part of her new campaign as the face of Stella McCartney’s Adidas line. The ad contains a snippet of new music. The post says that the first single from Miss_Anthropocene will be out on 9/13. If this is … More »
Back in 2016, Grimes appeared in dreamy commercials and editorials as the face of British designer Stella McCartney’s POP perfume. Now, she returns in the fall Adidas by Stella McCartney campaign. The forthcoming collection is centered around sustainability with eco-friendly fabrics. In a statement, McCartney says that Grimes is “the perfect … More »
The rush that comes with a perfect pop song is elusive but unmistakable. “Pop music” can mean many things, but there’s a certain kind of monster jam that scans as POP MUSIC in neon lights, the kind that sends euphoria coursing through your nervous system and launches your body onto the dance floor. More »
Less than a month before the would-be third edition of SunSoaked music festival, Kaskade has confirmed that his beachfront brainchild will not be returning to Long Beach for its scheduled two-day run mid-July.
“…At a little less than three weeks out, it’s become obvious to me that we are falling short, and I’ve been left with an impossible choice,” reads a Kaskade-signed announcement via the festival’s homepage.
Kaskade was expected to headline the July 13-14 2019 iteration of the festival, alongside Maryland-born rapper, Logic, who, with the backing of Live Nation, was helping champion the festival’s production this year. Canadian singer/songwriter Grimes and Detroit’s Quinn XCII also topped the 2019 ticket. SunSoaked began in 2017, nearly tripling in size for its sold-out follow-up in 2018.
Though Kaskade has yet to expound on the particulars hindering the event, ticket-holders are expected to be fully reimbursed with no action necessary on their parts, per the announcement. With the festival front, an invariably volatile market as it is, more saturated than ever, SunSoaked is one of many promising festivals in recent years to officially fold. But discernment and transparency have certainly proven far more favorable in the long run on organizers’ behalves.
Grimes is making a new album. It’s called Miss_Anthropocene. She announced it on Instagram last month. It’ll be her first since 2015’s Art Angels, which was a great album, even if Grimes herself doesn’t think so. But lately, Grimes has been doing a lot of things that don’t seem … More »
In an Instagram post yesterday promoting her new Cultured cover story — the one where she says her 2015 masterpiece Art Angels is a “piece of crap” — Grimes teased, “I hid an ambient psychedelic song somewhere on SoundCloud I doubt u can find it but if u can I dunno, … More »
Grimes has given another interview about her upcoming new album, Miss_Anthropocene. In this one, which was done with Cultured magazine, she has some harsh words for her last album, Art Angels. “The last album was a piece of crap,” she said. “I feel like people really misread it and … More »