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Star-studded collaborations rule this week’s NMF. Ekali and 1788-L have joined forces to craft a formidable, bass-heavy collaboration, “R U I N,” and Gareth Emery and Ashley Wallbridge continue their powerful slew of releases together with “Lionheart.” Netsky taps Lil Wayne and Bazzi for “I Don’t Even Know You Anymore,” and Zedd and Katy Perry deliver their radio-friendly “365.” Feed Me returns for the second Friday in a row with “Sleepless,” and Kygo releases his first single of the year with “Think About You.” GRiZ and Matisyahu take a stand on gun violence in “A New Day,” and Madeaux brings a sultry, dark atmosphere with “ADDICTED2.” Andrew Bayer delivers an “In My Next Life” mix of 2018’s “In My Last Life” on Anjunabeats. Goshfather puts his own disco-infused twist on Madonna‘s “Like a Prayer” in his new remix, and Liquid Stranger teams up with CloZee for the eerie “Ceremony.” Kill Paris debuted his new album for Valentine’s Day, touting collaborations with the likes of Fatherdude, Big Gigantic, and more, and Armin Van Buuren tugs at listeners’ heartstrings via “Lonely For You” with Bonnie McKee.
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.
Forget the chocolate, forget the flowers. Zedd sends his fans a valentine that won’t melt, won’t wilt this Valentine’s Day: his first production of 2019, “365.” The release of the Katy Perry-assisted single signifies months of suspense that have now come to fruition. Shortly after Zedd’s name appeared alongside Perry’s for some select stops on Perry’s 2018 WITNESS World Tour, Zedd disclosed that he and Perry had logged some studio hours in their off-stage time, when Australian radio host, Smallzy, asked if there was “any song happening” with Perry during an interview with “The Middle” hit-maker. Zedd quickly qualified his statement that he and Perry had been “working.” I always wanted to release a song with her, so if we all get lucky, then maybe we’ll finish the song and it will come out, and if not, then maybe another time,” Zedd said.
The uncertainty has dissipated, to leave a refined finished product in its wake. “365” evidences the sonic symbiosis of Zedd and Perry’s studio presence. Perry’s arresting vocal lends a sexy edge to the track, as she articulates the tune’s lyrics, co-written by both Zedd and Perry. No stranger to the cyclical captivation that a looping chorus exudes when coupled with an alluring beat, Zedd scripts an arrangement that is nothing short of irresistible in the rhythmics of its sound. The official music video for “365” presents a conceptual narrative that visually chronicles an alter-ego AI Katy Perry’s attempts to forge a human connection with Zedd.
With Katy Perry’s prowess in the pop sphere and Zedd’s penchant for the vocal-centric electronic/pop hybrid considered, a collaboration entailing the talents of both artist and producer feels a natural next step in the progressing course of Zedd’s musical career. Arriving on the heels of Zedd’s final showing of 2018, “Lost In Japan (Remix),” “365” is a single that conveys a specific message in its status as Zedd’s first of the year: the momentum that Zedd harnessed in 2018 certainly won’t falter.
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