From the Beatles to Bowie to Madonna, metamorphosis has been an assumed component of pop stardom for decades, and the ability to transcend easy categorization has often been key to such artists’ success. So at a time when the speed of life is accelerating at an alarming rate, in a society where breaking down binaries … More »
DJ Snake‘s 2019 hit, “Loco Contigo,” has received a makeover with J Balvin, a killer intro from Ozuna, who had previously linked with the Pardon My French stalwart on “Taki Taki,” and features Nicky Jam, Natti Natasha, and Darell & Sech. The new remix adds a Latin flair to the original that featured Tyga.
Snake released his sophomore studio album earlier this year, Carte Blanche, which showcased the producer’s proficiency in hitting a wide variety of genres—from dubstep to house, hip-hop to Latin. DJ Snake has always been active in promoting his aversion to being pinned down by one genre, and his latest LP stamps that statement and proves his multi-cultural appeal. But before the year ends, why not drop off one more superstar-powered reminder?
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.
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A new addition to Saudi Arabia’s live event circuit, the inaugural MDL Beast Festival will be held from December 19 – 21 in Riyadh. The region’s largest music and culture festival, MDL Beast has curated a global selection of dance acts for its introductory event.
Headliners of the diverse, genre-fluid lineup include Afrojack, Black Coffee, David Guetta, FISHER, J. Balvin, Martin Garrix, Steve Aoki, and Sebastian Ingrosso, among others. Saudi artists such as the country’s first female DJ, Cosmicat, and production duo, Dish Dash, also top the MDL Beast ticket, exemplifying organizers’ commitment to programming that strikes a balance between local talent and international electronic heavyweights. Cosmicat and Dish Dash will be joined by 22 other regional talents.
In a statement, Steve Aoki expressed his excitement, “This summer I got to play in Saudi Arabia for the very first time; it was the most incredible experience that I’ll never forget. When I got the offer to play at the three-day MDL Beast Festival, I was thrilled to become part of it and be back in the region again.
In addition to singular live sets, MDL Beast will also host a series of noteworthy back-to-back performances. Martin Garrix will take the decks alongside Tiësto, CamelPhat will share the stage with FISHER. However, these are just two of the illustrious joint appearances that will unfold at MDL Beast.
“I’m so proud of the fact that we’re hosting this festival in Saudi; it’s a great reflection of the Saudi audience being able to experience the music they love, both local and international, right here in Riyadh.
As one of the first female EDM DJs here, I’m excited to be flying the flag and representing women on the scene. I can’t wait to share the stage with some phenomenal global talent and play for the MDL Beast crowd. This is going to be the set of my lifetime,” says Cosmicat.
The multi-sensory, multi-stage festival will pay homage to Saudi Arabia in its Saudi influenced stage design and production, which will be tailored to reflect the architecture of the region. Tickets to the first installment in the newly budding history of MDL Beast are available now, purchase here.
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The streaming services are starting to figure something out: People like music. People also like to throw on things to watch casually in the background. That means we’re now getting Netflix-funded projects like Paul Thomas Anderson and Thom Yorke’s Anima short film, or like Beyoncé’s Coachella concert movie Homecoming. That’s only beginning. We’re going to … More »
Last night, the Colombian reggaeton star J Balvin won the Best Urban Song Latin Grammy for “Con Altura,” his collaboration with Rosalía. He wasn’t there to collect it. Balvin, upset at how the Latin Grammys had shut him and his fellow urbano stars out of most of the major categories, boycotted the show. More »
When two hitmakers become one, the result is destined for radio wave domination. Such is the case with Major Lazer and J. Balvin, who teamed up with El Alfa for “Que Calor.” The Latin-infused production loosens up the dancefloor with titillating flute trills and fluid rhythms. Paired with spitfire verses from J Balvin and El Alfa, “Que Calor” becomes a song with global appeal.
The single already came alongside a vibrant video, but the frenzied response to it called for a new visual accompaniment. This time, Major Lazer, J Balvin, and El Alfa tapped their fans for the job, asking them to turn in videos of them dancing along with the song. A compilation of their movements has since materialized with a wide swath of talented dancers —including famous YouTuber Lele Pons—adding an even more personalized flair to the record.
When this decade began, MP3s still reigned supreme. Now, at the end of it, a song is no longer even a file — it’s ephemera, on every streaming service and available to hear in myriad ways. For better and worse, the song (and the single) have become the norm for the general public’s music consumption. More »
Because my car is not new or fancy enough to display song titles and artist names when I listen to the radio, I sometimes find myself Shazam-ing while driving. Most recently, while blaring my local Top 40 station, I encountered a minimalist electronic pop song accented with finger snaps, sighing background harmonies, occasional outbursts of … More »