As the gargantuan hole in the electronic bedrock that is Avicii‘s death remains audibly agape, plans to honor him on behalf of his most ardent artist friends and collaborators are underway.
On December 5, 19 Avicii collaborators, a 30-part band, and some of the Swedish superstar’s most auspicious companions, like David Guetta, Nicky Romero, and Kygo, will coalesce at Stockholm’s Friends Arena to honor their fallen friend in performing a two-hour orison of his greatest hits. Organizers of the affair, which is to be sponsored by the recently established Tim Bergling Foundation, will be distributing the entirety of the net profits to a number of organizations that direct efforts towards mental health and suicide prevention. The eminent menagerie of vocal collaborators already locked in to perform include Aloe Blacc, Adam Lambert, and Rita Ora, just to name a few. More artists will be added to the lineup in coming months.
“Tim had plans for his music to be performed together with a large live band, and now we are realizing his dream and giving fans a chance to experience his music in this unique way,” said Klas Bergling, Avicii’s father, via a recent press release.
Tickets to the Avicii Tribute Concert for Mental Health Awareness go on sale September 5, at 10:00 am CET. For more information about artists added to the lineup, check here. Ticket sales will go live here.
Kygo teams up with Riverdale star Vanessa Morgan for the official music video of their recent single together “Higher Love.” The track features vocals by Whitney Houston, who died in 2012. “Higher Love” served as a momentous release, considering it was the first record to feature Houston posthumously. The Houston estate reached out to the Norwegian producer, believing he was the right artisan to finish and release the track, a rework of Steve Winwood’s 1986 classic. The music video for the eminent rendition pays Houston homage by transporting viewers back to a vision of her golden era.
The visual follows a man as he breaks off from a group of friends as he instead eyes a group of dancers in ’80s hair, makeup, and clothing. Enamored, he walks into their practice studio only to find that he is now donning an epoch-appropriate outfit and ready to dance. He and Morgan tangle themselves in a surrounding group of dancers, who provide elaborate accents as the duo steals the show. Posters of ’80s-era Houston line the walls, as the camera traces them in a pan sequence. “Higher Love” is out now on RCA Records.
UK producers Charlie Lane and Ethan James push onward to make a stance to the public that their production career is not slowing down. With the release of their track ‘Your Lovin’ the duo explore new grounds, with the track featuring an upbeat tempo, summer vibes, and a smooth but addicting melody. Fans have high
Earlier this summer, Kygo made his highly anticipated return to NYC during Pride Month to share a new live concept called UTOPIA. The event benefitted a number of LGBTQ charities and organizations, and with performances by Kiiara, Cirque du Soleil, JHART, Danny Verde, and more, the show proved to be one of the electronic highlights of the summer. The Jacob Javits Center was buzzing with energy as Kygo and company raised more than $110,000 in donations.
Kygo also debuted his posthumous Whitney Houston hit, “Higher Love” featuring at NYC Pride 20 years after the musical icon performed at the same event. “It was an honor to be a part of it,” said Kygo, “Love is love.” See a clip from UTOPIA below.
Linus Eklöw and Christian Karlsson of Galantis have teamed up with previous Kygo collaborator, Valerie Broussard for a new high-energy dance pop release “Roots,” Galantis’ fourth release of the year.
Broussard’s commanding vocals carry the song from the outset with plucky guitar synth dancing between her lyrics. The song welcomes Galantis back to their pop-directed dance roots with a light melody and a drop that enlists piano and blaring trumpets. “Roots” is a change of pace for the duo, who are most well known for their ability to create uniquely synthesized vocals.
“I’ve always considered myself a bit of a wanderer, and so it surprised me greatly when I started missing Los Angeles while I was away on tour. This song is my love letter to LA, a place I had once considered nothing more than a temporary home, but it’s also about any person or place that makes a life-long traveler want to put down roots,” Broussard says of her songwriting inspiration for the song.
Galantis have released a very distinct collection of releases this year, spanning a OneRepublic collaboration “Bones,” which has gone on to be featured on mainstream radio stations around the world, all of the way to a Yellow Claw collaboration, “We Can Get High.” “Roots” is out now on RCA Records.
After selling out in five hours, Electric Forest 2019 was bound to be epic. I’ve only been going to music festivals for about a year, but after hearing so much about Electric Forest, I decided to dive in for the first time this year. The only thing I was going off of was what I
Kygo has paved the way for the tropical house genre, bringing it to the masses thanks to the genre’s wide commercial crossover appeal. The producer has taken another big step in his career after getting his hands on the vocals of none other than musical icon Whitney Houston for his latest, “Higher Love.” Houston died in 2012, and “Higher Love” is the first release featuring her vocals in over a decade. The Houston estate reached out to the Norwegian hit maker, believing he was the right producer to finish and release the track. “Higher Love” is a cover of the 1986 Steve Winwood classic, which celebrated its 33rd anniversary on June 20.
“I was honored when the Whitney Houston estate reached out and presented me with the opportunity to work with one of the greatest female vocalists of all time. I reworked the song from scratch and am really happy with how it turned out,” remarked Kygo on the new release.
Houston’s powerful vocals overtake the listener’s conscious from the onset, rightfully standing as the focal point of the release. In quintessential Kygo fashion, the producer finds a way to let the track maintain a strong production identity without compromising the spotlight on Houston’s coveted vocal work. “Higher Love” will give younger generations a chance to enjoy Houston’s vocals through Kygo’s impressive skills behind the console. “Higher Love” is out now on RCA Records, stream below.
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.
Kygo kicks off this week’s NMF with a dancefloor-ready posthumous Whitney Houston collaboration, “Higher Love,” and Wave Racer returns after more than two years with “Auto.” RL Grimes comes in swinging with an edit of G Jones’ “In Your Head,” and Habstrakt brings his forceful brand of house music to Gud Vibrations with “De La Street.” Chris Lake and Lee Foss team up for “Lies, Deception, and Fantasy,” and Diplo releases a set of remixes for Higher Ground, including a rework by Solardo. Claude VonStroke joins forces with ZDS and KE for “Comments,” and Malaa takes things up a notch with a feisty remix of DJ Snake’s “Savage.” Madeaux links with Dances With White Girls for “Club Demons,” and “Worlds Collide” on Nervo’s latest. Goldroom continues a slew of releases with “I Can Feel It” with Love, Alexa. ShockOne and The Bloody Beetroots take to Monstercat for their new single, “Run,” and Laidback Luke and Mark Bale dance into the weekend with “Party Starter.” Klingande and Stevie Appleton craft an easygoing single in “Sinner,” and Moguai remixes Oliver Heldens’ “Summer Lover.”
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.
Tonight, we hear Whitney Houston’s first posthumous song, a 1991 cover of Steve Winwood’s 1986 song “Higher Love” produced by Norwegian DJ Kygo. The song was first performed live by Houston at a Tokyo concert in 1990, then recorded in the studio the next year. It was intended for her third album, I’m Your Baby … More »