StarRo, who is the first Japanese Grammy-nominated producer, has released a new single “Fantasy” and its accompanying music video. The introduction of “Fantasy” is deceptively pop compared to its groovy house drops. Bosco’s radio-centric, high-pitched vocals give the track pop appeal throughout, but starRo has created an eclectic mixture of house chords, upbeat synths, and different tempos to create an incredibly unique track despite what the listener may initially expect.
Today, the accompanying music video for the track has been released. Record label IHC 1NFINITY has created a music video series where each of their artists’ videos are linked to one another’s. Each of the music videos in this series follows the story of Alex Stone, a twenty-something creative living in Los Angeles. Full of absurd characters and musical moments, Alex’s journey leads her down a dark path told through the lens of pop culture. StarRo’s “chapter” in the record label’s cinematic world is the fifth video in the series.
A considerable amount of time has passed since the Oregon Eclipse Gathering, but exclusive sets continue to appear online as artists upload their live acts or, in some cases, even go as far as to re-record their sets.
Now former attendees and eclipse chasers from around the globe can now enjoy sets from the likes of Bassnectar, Minnesota, CloZee, and many more, organized into stage-by-stage playlists thanks to one SoundCloud user. From the deep, dark tech house of the Sky Stage, to the psytrance of the Earth Stage, to the festival’s bass head haven at The Moon Stage, over 50 live and re-recorded sets are available for stream from Oregon’s Global Eclipse Gathering, held Aug. 17-23, 2017.
Though international eclipse festivals are often based around trance and downtempo, make no mistake that the bass, jam, and house acts are actually considered guests in this awe-inspiring, transformative festival experience. Relive sets from the Global Eclipse Gathering’s Earth, Moon, Sun, and Sky stages below.
Idris Elba is a man of many talents. Between being an award-winning actor — starring in American Gangster, Thor, Prometheus, Pacific Rim, Beasts of No Nation, Star Trek: Beyond and more — and an all around extremely dapper gentleman, he’s also ever-rising as a taste making DJ.
Now, the vastly prolific Elba has stepped in to remix the legendary drum and bass and jungle producer Shy FX‘s new single “Chocolate.”
Utilizing his Driis alter ego for the project, Elba delves into two totally different directions for the remixes. In turn, he serves up two deeply different, dance-inducing numbers. The “Driis 7 Wallace Mix” is a pulsating piano chord laden deep house slow burner, while the “Driis Sugar Zaddy Mix” is a capacious dollop of bass-laden chocolaty goodness.
In this day and age of musical cross-pollination, the venerable Claude VonStroke oversees the nest of all that is funky, proper, and most importantly, fun.
Now, fresh off dropping massive underground records at his annual Dirtybird Campout festival, VonStroke takes a trip to the home studio.
VonStroke takes the underground house maestro Jesse Rose‘s disco-inspired classic house tune “Believe,” and gives it a funky, crispy synth riffed rework. As Rose puts it, “Just another quality joint from one of underground’s best.”
For his latest heater, Valentino Khan has teamed up with iconic Jamaican vocalist Sean Paul. With Khan’s stellar, crisp production and Paul’s signature reggae-infused vocals, the duo bring an endless summer vibe with “Gold,” out now on OWSLA.
For Khan, the moombahton beat of “Gold” takes him back to when he first started out in dance music.
“I wanted to make a really fun and danceable moombahton record,” Khan says of the track. “I had started out producing moombahton when I first entered the dance music scene, and it was cool to revisit my roots and make a great record with a really good vibe to it.”
“Gold” will be featured on the soundtrack of Major Lazer‘s forthcoming documentary, Give Me Future, out on Apple Music on Nov. 17.
It’s incredibly exciting, and yet, surprising almost that UK house maestro Nic Fanciulli is just now releasing his debut record — especially after playing such a pivotal role in the UK underground scene over the years. Fans of the virtuoso are ensured that it is with his prolific touring life and keen propensity for considerate curation that the phrase, “ Good things come to those who wait,” is quite applicable.
Surely, in an increasingly instantly-gratified, widespread age of musical connection that is oftentimes driven by the release of EPs and singles, a full-length album is hardly ever expected from those who frequent the circuits.
Fanciulli is one such act. After all, the artist has been busy cutting his teeth into the underground circuit for some time now. One may expect that the artist would not have the time to write and record an extended, cohesive body of work.
However, it is with his undeviating modus operandi and a refusal to remain sonically stagnant that allotted the creation of his first-ever LP, My Heart. It is also with his personal experiences in contextualization and a cultivated understanding of the impacts of dance music — both inwardly and outwardly — that Fanciulli shines on such an undertaking.
“This project actually started around ten years ago in 2007, right after I was nominated for a Grammy. I was surrounded by so many talented artists that I felt I really wanted to push myself and produce an album.” – Nic Fanciulli
On My Heart, Fanciulli delves into new experimental waters. The house don succeeds in an exploratory venture by way of a pleasantly employed variety of sonic landscapes, explored moods, and equivocal emotions over the course of 16 tracks. Through this, he presents an amalgamation of club-ready tracks and more downtempo numbers for the at-home listener.
My Heart, if the name hadn’t already served as a prior indication for its respective listener, comes from a considerably personal place.
“The music and touring aspect of my life was amazing but I didn’t feel I could channel the positivity I felt there into anything substantial at the time. The idea behind making an album was always to create something strong and meaningful, I wanted to make something that sounded as good at the afterparty as it does in the car, something that becomes relevant to every situation you listened in.”
Several thought-provoking numbers particularly stand out among an album filled with a blend of influences. One such tune, “Little L,” featuring Eagles & Butterflies, is a sound employment of all that Fanciulli set out to explore in his record.
Released prior to the full album, “Little L” offers a glimpse into the deeply emotive psyche of Fanciulli.
“The project name, MY HEART, came about when I realized I couldn’t switch off, or do this project part time – I had to totally immerse myself in it, and give my heart to it in order to finish it in a way I was proud of…”
Collaborations have certainly been a recurrent theme throughout Fanciulli’s career. He also teams up with the esteemed Guy Gerber on “The Perfect Crime.” The number, in turn, exudes immense melancholy and euphoria.
It’s clear from the deliverance that the collaborations were all really organic. However, perhaps, the best testament to organic collaborations on the piece is Fanciulli’s piece with Gorillaz‘ Damon Albarn.
He humbly describes the experience: “The craziest collab was having Damon Albarn on the vocals for ‘Saying.’ I had just finished a remix for the Gorillaz, and they really liked it; the next day I went into the studio and thought ‘I’m going to make a record for him and see if he likes it’. Luckily his management called, said he loved it, and within a week it was finished! It’s surreal for me; this is a guy who I used to listen to when I was doing my exams at school, I must have been a fan for 20+ years.”
Indeed, My Heart is an illustrious presentation of guest collaborators, delving into the waters of Fanciulli’s highly polished production skills and opening up fans to the newfound lush sonic beaconing of his soul.
“The album is called My Heart because I put my heart into it, Fanciulli asserts. “It’s a reflection of everyone I’ve ever met, everywhere I’ve ever been, and I hope everyone that listens can find something that resonates with their heart in the music. ”
Listeners looking for the next up-and-coming house music DJ can find that in DJ Rae with the release of her new euphoric, 90s-infused track “Surrender.”
DJ Rae is a multi-talented artist with top-notch vocals, production and DJ skills, which have allowed her to attain residencies at some of Ibiza’s most prominent nightclubs such as Pacha and Ushuaïa.
The London-based DJ fuses bass and acid house elements in “Surrender,” with cowbell hits and deep synths on the bass line that complement DJ Rae’s captivating vocals. Released off her own imprint, RATED, house lovers can expect to be groovin’ to this one on their next trip to the UK nightclubs.
Disco remains at the forefront of dance music four decades after its genesis, thanks in part to the genius and innovation of Dresden-born artist Purple Disco Machine (PDM). With his debut album Soulmatic, Purple Disco Machine — also known as Tino Piontek — challenges the notion that the aforementioned genre was laid to rest with the bell bottoms and tie dye of yesteryear.
“To me, disco is such a fantastic musical style [in] that it transcends nostalgia. A genre which has musicality and musicianship at its heart should be celebrated, and I think, like many others, that those values are still relevant in today’s electronic scene”
Soulmatic celebrates disco’s timelessness by blurring boundaries of genre, interpolating classic disco with funk and deep house elements in classic PDM form. This kaleidoscopic aspect of his new project both appeals to dance music fans from all corners, and allows the artist to stay true to his disco roots while keeping a foot in modern times.
“On Soulmatic, I tried to make it so that every track touches upon some aspect of the ‘Disco’ genre. From the classic stylings of the 1970’s & 80’s, through Soul, Boogie, Funk into classic House, Filter Disco and Nu Disco,” he explains.
Crucial to the pervasiveness of disco in today’s dance culture is the art of sampling, and Soulmatic‘s first single “Body Funk” is no exception. The track nods to disco legend Sylvester by sampling the drums and bass-line of his hit “Do You Wanna Funk” and combining them with vocal samples from Hot Streak’s “Body Funk” over a classic Moroder-esque Italo-disco beat.
Purple Disco Machine comments,“‘Body Funk’ has been a key track for me since I first recorded it back in early 2017. I play it every set and it is a proper crowd anthem every time. It is crazy to know that it has spread across many different types of DJs, from Black Madonna to Dimitri Vegas who both play it!”
Soulmatic‘s second single “Devil In Me” is equally as unifying as “Body Funk” in that it showcases a melting pot of decades subgenres and tastes. On “Devil In Me,” PDM reimagines his own 2013 hit “My House” with a new vocal top line, and the result is a euphoric nod to dance music of yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
Not only does “Devil In Me” thrive on a late night Ibiza dance floor, but its sensual vocal courtesy of Joe Killington introduces the track to a wider audience. Killington’s beckoning voice gives a modern flair to the track’s classic disco roots, laying nicely over the original sample from William Bell’s “Private Number.”
The producer shares, “I always felt that the sample in ‘My House’ was so strong [and] that the record could go a lot further than just the club. To do that, it would need a vocal top line. So when it got signed the record company hooked it up. I think it really works, and now I have two different yet complementary records in my catalog.”
“Devil In Me” is representative of Soulmatic at large, using Joe Killington’s intoxicating vocals to transform a classic soul groove into a modern club anthem. Immediately after “Devil In Me,” Soulmatic‘s fifth track “Pray For Me” calls on contemporary R&B talent CeeLo Green to bring PDM’s Daft Punk-esque beat from a soulful loop into a late night heater.
In the form of vocoded vocals and keyboard notes, Daft Punk flavors also pop up on the album’s opener “Music In You” featuring Lorenz Rhode. Additionally, Piontek pays homage to earlier musical eras on “Memphis Jam” by enlisting New York‘s Golden Age of rap icon Kool Keith for a luxurious overlapping of off kilter rap and soulful grooves.
From whichever decade, genre or taste he draws, Purple Disco Machine succeeds in shifting happiness and togetherness back into dance culture’s center focus with Soulmatic. His debut album upholds the integrity of traditional disco while reaching a mainstream dance audience, cementing it as one of today’s most innovative releases.
For months, Martin Garrix fans have been waiting to get their hands on a fixture in his summer sets: “Forever,” a collaboration with Matisse & Sadko. “Forever” marks the fourth time Garrix has teamed up with Matisse & Sadko, following hits like “Dragon,” “Break Through The Silence,” and “Together.” Like its predecessors, “Forever” is a well-rounded festival anthem, complete with and a dramatic organ introduction and a nostalgia-inducing melody.
The melodic house collaboration comes just days after the release of Garrix’s track with Brooks, “Boomerang,” which he put out under his old alias Grx.
Upcoming producer Carlyle has just released a banging new tune. The tune titled “Cut The Shapes” is an underground bass house record with deep g-house flare. Released via Uprise Music, an independent label based of New York that is exploding in popularity, you can get your own copy of “Cut Them Shapes” for free here.