The Djakarta Warehouse Project has unveiled the second phase of their 2018 lineup, bringing on a selection of artists to round out this destination festival. This edition is set to take place in Bali’s GWK Cultural Park, a serene and celestial sphere in the heart of Indonesia’s tourist hot spot over the December 7-9 weekend. With the first phase introducing a vast array of world-famous headliners like Armin Van Buuren, DJ Snake and Major Lazer, Asia’s top festival shows no sign of stopping.
The second wave of additions brought along almost a dozen new acts, with highlights including Afrojack, trance favorites MarLo and Ørjan Nilsen, and Slushii, bringing a wide medley of musical production to the bill. From the growth of the initial one-day event formerly known as the Blowfish Warehouse Project, to the upcoming 10th anniversary of the DWP, festival organizers Ismaya Live have aided in pushing Indonesia’s dance music scene to the larger-than-life community it is today.
French producers Khamsin and Kidswaste linked up for a new jam, “Plastic Dreams.” Both multi-talented musicians are former members of Slow Hours Collective and have been crushing the solo game. Khamsin’s been recruited for remixes by ZHU and Mura Masa, to name a few. The latter, since releasing a debut album in early 2017, has received increased attention with a Manila Killa collaboration and peak Spotify playlist placement. Needless to say, they’ve built quite the listener base for this release.
The track is unique in its own right, with a smooth melody that builds into a pleasing combination of guitar riffs, electro-synths, and captivating vocals. Khamsin said he started on the track a few months ago and then fired it off to Kidswaste.
“He really liked it and told me he wanted to try some guitars & vocals stuff on it… I’m more than happy with the final result on this song, and I think it blends perfectly our mutual universes.”
This is just the start of some new content from the producers, as Khamsin will be releasing a series of singles in the coming months called Reminiscence, and Kidswaste is working on a sophomore album.
It’s been 9,705 days since the last body of work from Nile Rodgers & Chic. But the 26-year wait is over, and It’s About Time is here.
The seasoned disco group have been working for years on their latest album and began teasing singles from it earlier this year. They wowed the world with the release of “Till The World Falls” in June, teaming up with Mura Masa, Vic Mensa, and Cosha for a spirited collaboration on Jools Holland’s show on BBC Two. The remainder of the summer months went by without any additional releases, but early September brought a teaser of what was to come just a few weeks later with “Sober.”
It’s About Time saw its full debut on September 28, featuring an arsenal of star-studded collaborations. Over the course of its 10 tracks, the album sees the group tap artists like Lady Gaga, Elton John, Emeli Sandé, and many more.
After Rodgers revealed that Anderson .Paak and Bruno Mars would also be involved in the album, It’s About Time may leave fans wondering where their songs are. Fortunately, only a few months remain until the group’s next album, coming February 2019, where the collaborations will hopefully see the light of day. There’s also a possibility Rodgers’ work with Avicii may be released at some point in the future, as the two were reportedly working on 10 tracks before Avicii‘s death in April.
“Complicated” has proven to be one of Mura Masa‘s most brilliant productions to date, and the producer continues to expand on the song with an acoustic rendition. The collaboration with Skrillex has already received an emotionally moving music video, but now, Mura Masa gets together with frequent collaborator NAO (who not only provided the vocals for the track, but also sang on hit singles such as “Firefly“) for an acoustic rendition of “Complicated” performed live.
The performance not only showcases NAO’s powerful vocal ability, but also puts Mura Masa in an entirely new setting, playing some smooth electric guitar riffs over a subtle bassline. Prior to the jam session, viewers get a behind-the-scenes look of Crossan and the British singer/songwriter discussing the track and their past discography.
It’s not a breakup song, but it’s not a love song, either.
Mura Masa‘s latest single, “Complicated” emerged as a hybrid that lyrically bemoaned the difficulties of love, but when it came to sonic arrangement, Mura Masa took the road less traveled, opting not for a slow paced, piano driven tear jerker, but a spunky, tropical tinged summer staple that sounds less like a complaint concerning romantic woes, and more like a celebration thereof.
Now, an official music video follows the release of the Skrillex co-produced single to visually expound upon the song’s critical yet playful nature. Featured vocalist Nao breathes lyrical life into the video as the lens twists and turns, transitioning from scenes of dancers donning scarlet dresses, to shots that betray the dissonance between the video’s lovers. The music video arrives as a fun depiction of the highs and lows of love, as reflected in the production’s constant scene shifts.
What happens when Mura Masa and Skrillex pair up? The result one might expect from two established talents who refuse to stick themselves in a creative box.
Titled “Complicated,” it is indeed a tangle of tropical-tinged synths, a reggae-inspired bassline, and futuristic vocals courtesy of Nao — dressed with subtle guitar riffs that add depth to the finished product. It’s an irresistibly infectious record that isn’t just a palatable radio listen, but one capable of providing mental solace and blissful imagery amidst a chaotic real world.
Mura Masa’s influence in “Complicated” is overwhelmingly evident — the single is in a similar vein to its predecessor “Move Me,” which has been a summer anthem for the stalwart. Meanwhile, it’d been quite some time since the dance world had heard from Skrillex, likely due to diving back into his band of old, From First to Last. Josh Pan caused a stir on July 31, however, stating the OWSLA owner would be releasing new music soon; therefore, “Complicated” may just the first of many new things we’re set to hear from the iconic producer.
Disco funk legend Nile Rodgers announced mid-June that he and his storied band Chic had a new album on the way, the band’s first effort in 26 years. Modern day maestros of the genre — and a few unassuming additions — were enlisted for the making of the record, including Anderson .Paak, Vic Mensa ,Stefflon Don, and Craig David and now, we’re getting a taste of the madness that’ll ensue with the LP’s first single, “Till The World Falls.”
A tantalizing and glitzy new disco track with a Vic Mensa verse and Mura Masa guest appearance; “Till the World Falls” is a meeting of glorious past and present funk extravagance. Anderson .Paak, NAO, and anaïs each had a hand in the track’s songwriting.
Nile Rodgers & Chic’s record is fittingly titled It’s About Time and will arrive September 7.
Mura Masa releases his first track, “Move Me,” since his critically acclaimed 2017 self-titled debut album. The groovy new tune comes together with contributions from emerging London-based rhymer, Octavian, proctoring a sexy casual vibe blurring grime, dancehall, and R&B. The swinging, soca rhythm mixed with the driving bass line and twinkling melodies create a perfect bed for Octavian’s sprawled vocals. Mura Masa builds another characteristically unique combination of a snares and reverbed piano, continuing to show off his increasingly inventive sound designs.
Undoubtedly gunning for lofty chart placement on “Move Me,” Mura Masa continues to explore the boundaries and intersections of a range of different genres, while still managing to concept widely appealing pop hits. Reach for this one at a pool party, on the dance floor, or really anywhere all summer long.
Nile Rodgers has proven his knack for writing hit songs over the past five decades, with collabs from Duran Duran to Daft Punk under his belt. Keeping up with the newest names in funky pop music, Rodgers and Chic have taken to the Jools Holland show on BBC Two with Mura Masa and NAO to premiere their funky new track, “Boogie All Night.”
NAO acts as the main vocalist on the track, pairing her breathy, high-energy vocals with Rodgers’ classic guitar riffs. Mura Masa also takes the stage wielding a guitar, holding his own against the funk and disco legend. With a new album from Nile Rodgers and Chic set to arrive later this year, there is no telling what kind of groovy collaborations will be seen.