In addition to his debut album announcement, Louis Futon dropped a new single, “Bad Habits” featuring sultry vocals from NoMBe. Through glittering guitar melodies, harmonized voices, jazzy percussion, a smooth bassline, and an array of FX passing by, Futon showcases his mastery of musical composition and combines electronic and live elements on an über digestible soul-pop canvas. Futon’s vocals and rhythms take influence from hip-hop and R&B, as his flip projects and videos have been widely popularized through social media.
“Bad Habits” joins “Surreal” featuring RKCB, “Restless Sea” featuring Opia, and “Fall On Me” featuring BXRBER as tracks on his first long play. With tens of million streams on Spotify, his most popular project thus far has been “Wasted On You,” released through ODESZA’s Foreign Family Collective. Judging from his past success traversing various genres, Futon’s debut project is something worth waiting on the edge of your seats for.
Futon co-directed the “Bad Habits” music video alongside Ryan Rash.
We’ve truly been blessed this week, with some of electronic music’s hottest acts dropping insane new productions. Habstrakt drops it low in his fiery new single, “About You,” and Malaa, too, delivers a house anthem in “We Get Crunk.” We welcome the return of Manila Killa, who’s delivered the beautiful “Run Away,” his first single in eight months. Mat Zo‘s released his highly anticipated No Words EP, from which we’ve selected the unparalleled “Music Lost All Words.” It’s also a stellar day for remixes, including The Black Madonna‘s rework of Silk City and Dua Lipa‘s “Electricity” and Syn Cole‘s bouncing take on Matoma‘s “Losing It Over You.” NGHTMRE and SLANDER‘s Gud Vibrations label celebrates with its first release today, too: WAVEDASH and fknsyd‘s “Deathwish.”
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.
Louis Futon‘s flips of fan-sourced track suggestions have been brightening days for a while – but when the producer teased a video of himself and Medasin working pure magic on Travis Scott‘s “Wake Up,” it was clear the take had the potential to be a standout. Future bass fans immediately clamored for a full release to smash the replay button on. Now the duo have granted that wish with a SoundCloud upload that’s pure sonic sunshine.
Futon and Medasin’s creative chemistry was on full display in the teaser video, with the soulful producers laying down layer after layer of live instrument grooves over the original’s vocals. Travis Scott’s auto-tuned verses and The Weeknd‘s NSFW choruses are transformed by the lush keyboard chords and slap bass, turning the sly R&B of the original into a playful upbeat bop that’d sound right at home on a Chance The Rapper mixtape. Amazingly, the two future bass stalwarts have yet to collaborate on an original – but if this lush rework is any indicator, the result would be nothing but certified heat.
Medasin and Louis Futon dropped a teaser video showing the smooth groove kings going certified bonkers on a flip of Travis Scott‘s “Wake Up.” The video shows the duo jamming on an a cappella of The Weeknd‘s featured vocals, after asking fans for song suggestions for an impromptu rework. The two producers start with the original’s raw vocals, and put it through a multi-step soul machine. The video shows Medasin laying down effortless keyboard stylings, while Louis Futon taps out drums on the fly and records a sliding bass guitar line. The creative chemistry in the studio is palpable, and whatever difficulties Medasin may have playing to thousands on tour clearly disappear when he’s just jamming and creating.
Oddly enough this is the first we’ve seen of the the two artists collaborating, despite dominating the same vein of electronic music. The duo needlessly asked if they should release the full version (the answer is undoubtedly hell yes), but fans can bask in the glory of Medasin’s dance moves while they wait for the rework to drop in full.
It’s been a few weeks, so its about time someone flipped Childish Gambino‘s “Summertime Magic,” and who else to do it better than Louis Futon? The certified flip-master celebrates his birthday by chopping up this new one from Gambino, off of the rapper’s recent surprise twofer Summer Pack. In the latest addition to his ever-so-popular video series, Futon allows viewers to follow his production process of cutting up the track’s melody, adding drums and bells, before getting a little weird on the second verse.
The Philadelphia-native beatmaker has been out on his Fall On Me tour this summer, following an infectious, jazzy single of the the same name featuring BXRBER. His last flip came by way of J. Cole‘s “Kevin’s Heart,” though recently Futon has had his eye on Childish, working on another Gambino heater, “Telegraph Ave,” earlier this year with Louis The Child. Gambino’s “Summertime Magic” has already been subject to heavy repeated listens, though now with a new take from Louis Futon, the track’s shelf life just extended well past the summer swelter.
The worlds of dance music and rap have started to blur together in the last year. While some artists have met this new development with open arms through genre-blurring collaborations, others have taken a more subtle approach. Case in point – Louis Futon. The artist has released a brilliant cover of J. Cole’s ‘Kevin’s Heart’
Who better to rework a famed J. Cole track than the multi-talented Louis Futon, who enlists some help from Armani White, BXRBER, and Bellah to compose this cover of “Kevin’s Heart.” The song is part of Cole’s latest album, KOD, a Billboard albums chart-topper.
“Days after J Cole dropped his new project, KOD, I was listening to ‘Kevin’s Heart’ and had a really cool idea to flip it so I called up Bellah, BXRBER, and Armani White,” Futon says in the track’s description. “The whole track came together in a couple of hours, and I loved it so much I decided to take out J. Cole’s parts all together and make it a cover!”
The LA-based producer puts a funky spin on the edit, adding in his signature high-pitched synths and harmonies, which bend perfectly under a killer rap verse from White and soulful vocals from Bellah and BXRBER. Futon is set to hit some major U.S. cities on his upcoming summer tour. Find a full list of dates and ticket info here.
Louis Futon masterfully blended soul, R&B, and a jazz vibe on the new uplifting track, “Fall On Me” featuring BXRBER. Futon has a history of experimenting in the R&B and hip hop realms, however soul is a new experimentation for the LA-based producer. The track showcases Futon’s production abilities are as diverse as they come, and BXRBER’s vocals enthrall the listener from the output.
“Fall On Me” is the title track of Futon’s tour, where he will be joined by Petit Biscuit during select stops.
5/29 – Miami, FL – The Ground *
5/30 – Orlando, FL – The Beacham Theatre *
6/15 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
6/21 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
6/22 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
6/23 – Vancouver, BC – Fortune Sound Club
6/28 – Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom
Louis Futon has released his latest Beat Challenge video, this time taking on SZA‘s single “Love Galore.” In the video series, the LA-based producer records himself building a flip from the ground up based of his cuts of the original. This time around, Futon flips bolsters his flip with sounds from his new sample pack, “Pretty Cool Sounds Vol. 1,” available now via Splice.
In the video, Louis Futon breaks down his sound design into its smaller selections as he adds in custom synths, drums, glitched out vocal chops c/o SZA, and, finally, some zany guitar riffs.
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Trap and Bass
If you’re looking for your fill of bass music look no further. Created in 2012 as an outlet for up and coming talent, Trap and Bass has secured a cool 804,000 subscribers. On their channel you’ll find a mix of trap, hybrid, future bass, and bass house. Bringing the channel from irl to url, Trap and Bass has also hosted events and been a part of sponsorships worldwide. Recent track postings from trap and bass include DJ Snake, Oski, and UZ, among an up-and-coming roster of trap producers.
Run the Trap
With the intention of bringing 808 and trap music out of the shadows, Run The Trap was built in 2012 to create A New Order for Underground Culture. With 147,000 subscribers its obvious they know how to curate their music. From heavy trap to atmospheric future bass and with features like the newest Ekali x ZHU release, RTT has your deepest bass desires covered. With recent postings of tracks from Flosstradamus and Louis Futon, its no surprise that Run the Trap is one of YouTube’s most heralded channels for electronic releases.