LA-based DJ/producer duo Ship Wrek has been creating serious waves throughout the first half of 2019. Their Spinnin’ Deep release “Soul” hastily made the rounds in a number of DJ performances from the likes of Tiësto, Dillon Francis and Martin Garrix and in May, their Dog Blood edit of “Turn Off the Lights” began catching attention. During his surprise appearance at this year’s EDC Las Vegas, Skrillex teased the Ship Wrek version of the first Dog Blood release since 2013 and it quickly became a point of interest on the fan-curated 1001Tracklists.com. The duo is now treating their fans to not only the long-awaited bootleg after months of speculation and begging from the fans’ end, but also a complete five-track edit pack for DJs to employ this summer.
Each and every creation in the duo’s release is flooded with bouncy and enthralling four-on-the-floor house instrumentals. The pack launches with the aforementioned “Turn Off the Lights” bootleg and additionally includes takes on Mike Vale’s “Music Is the Answer,” a throwback version of “Smoke On The Water,” Dillon Francis & TV Noise’s “EDM O’CLOCK” and one extra flip of Dog Blood with “Break Law.”
Big K.R.I.T. is releasing a new album, K.R.I.T. Iz Here, in July — its name positions it as a spiritual successor his mixtape from nine years ago, 2010’s K.R.I.T.Z Wuz Here. A couple weeks back, he put out a new track, “K.R.I.T. HERE,” and today he’s sharing another one called “Addiction,” which features … More »
The history of Avicii’s “Heaven” has been extensively documented from the moment it surfaced in his DJ performances throughout 2015. Briefly before his passing, the late producer made the ultimate decision after working on numerous versions of the single that he would use the Chris Martin-featured version for its official release. Just weeks preceding the late producer’s posthumous LP ‘TIM’, it was revealed that “Heaven” would be featured as part of the album, which was fully available on June 6.
In a behind the scenes video for “Heaven”, never-before-viewed footage depicted intimate studio sessions in 2014 between Avicii and Martin, where they worked on Coldplay material including “A Sky Full Of Stars“. Filmmaker Levan Tsikurishvili, who previously worked alongside Avicii on a handful of video productions since 2013, helped create an official honorary video for one of the album’s most notorious offerings within a few weeks of its release. The five minute video includes unreleased footage from Avicii’s 2017 documentary ‘True Stories’, that meticulously followed the producer’s struggles during touring life.
“Tim and Chris Martin wrote and recorded “Heaven” in 2014, with Tim producing the final version in 2016. About the tribute video: My name is Levan Tsikurishvili and I have been working with Tim since about 2013. During these years, we made 8 music videos, 3 concert movies and 2 documentaries together. In 2016, right after his last show, Tim, Tim’s childhood friend Awat, and I spent 19 beautiful days in Madagascar, ll Saint Marie. We spoke about everything, laughed, played monopoly, hung out with lemurs, and explored the entire island together. Now, two-and-a-half years later, I returned to the island to remember Tim, to honor his legacy, and to recreate the memories that will stay with us forever.
Note: This video is a collection of my smartphone videos plus some parts of unused material from the documentary Avicii: True Stories and newly shot footage. I also did some 3D animations in order to recreate the moments that I did not have any video material from.”
Last month, A$AP Ferg returned with “Pups,” a new track featuring A$AP Rocky. It’s been a bit since the last proper Ferg album, 2017’s Still Striving, and it looks like the rapper is building up to something because he’s just put out another new song, which is also a hyped-up track built around … More »
Every Horse Jumper Of Love song sounds like it’s sagging under a heavy weight, wet newspaper drums and a trudging sense of resolve. The Boston trio got their start in 2013, fine-tuning their brand of slowcore over the course of the years leading up to their 2016 self-titled debut album. With So Divine, … More »
Scandinavia stayschurning out delectable pop music, so you KNOW this Robyn (of Sweden) joint pops off. Cue it up and watch the magic pan out before your eyes & ears.
It’s got like 200,000 views as I’m typing this, but I’m sure once you see this video and hear the song, you alone will make it do numbers. Or maybe add, like, three more views or something. But who’s counting? [Editor’s note: the count is currently 439,799]
It’s CATCHY it’s POPPY it’s EVERYTHING YOU WANT out of music in 2019. I think. Not much else to say. Hit that play button.
Taylor Vick has been making dreamy, country-twinged songs as Boy Scouts for a bit now. In August, she’ll release a new album called Free Company, her first for Anti- Records. It was co-produced by Stephen Steinbrink, who also plays on the album, and today Boy Scouts are sharing its lead single … More »
If I remember correctly, about a month ago we all learned together that tireless entrepreneur, hopeless romantic, and all-around spiffy glam cat Alex Cameron had just released a new single called “Miami Memory” in support of a fuck-ton of world-ish tour dates he’d be embarking upon (shiny shoes and all) this fall.
Well, guess what? Now we’ve got word that an entire album called Miami Memory is due to hit the ol’ shelves (as it were) on September 18 via Secretly Canadian. And that he’s offered-up another slice of glammed-up romance in the form of a new video for album track “Divorce.” AND that he’ll be touring EVEN MORE PLACES THAT AREN’T MIAMI, FLORIDA in the final quarter of 2019.
Per the album’s press release, Miami Memory is something of a lusty, bitchy, sexy, tense, boring, cheery, weepy “love letter” to his partner, with all the warts and vulnerability on display. “These are true stories, of actual events,” Cameron says, “specific but never esoteric[…] graphic but never offensive. Miami Memory is the story of a couple balancing sex with contemporary family values…it’s my gift to my girlfriend, a symbol to hoist on the totem of love.”
Speaking of romantic gifts: how does a new single called “Divorce” sound??? (Oh jeez, don’t worry: Cameron “consistently resists the obvious by juxtaposing his explorations of intimate tensions against cheery instrumentation”). Check out a video clip for the song down below…followed by the album art and full tracklist…followed by all those now-zillions of tour dates which STILL don’t go anywhere near Miami, Florida.
Oh yeah, and pre-order Miami Memory on basically any format you want over here.
Miami Memory tracklisting:
02. Miami Memory
03. Far From Born Again
05. Bad For The Boys
06. End is Nigh
07. PC With Me
09. Other Ladies
10. Too Far
New and improved world tour dates:
09.18.19 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
09.19.19 – Brussels, Belgium – AB Club
09.20.19 – Brighton, UK – The Haunt
09.21.19 – Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
09.22.19 – Dublin, Ireland – Button Factory
09.24.19 – Bristol, UK – The Fleece
09.25.19 – London, UK – Electric Brixton
09.26.19 – Manchester, UK – Gorilla
09.27.19 – Glasgow, UK – Art School
09.29.19 – Southampton, UK – Loft
10.01.19 – Lille, France – Aeronef Club
10.02.19 – Paris, France – Trianon
10.03.19 – Reims, France – La Cartonnerie
10.04.19 – Nantes, France – Lieu Unique
10.05.19 – Orléans, France – Astrolabe
10.07.19 – Zurich, Switzerland – Mascotte
10.08.19 – Dudingen, Switzerland – Bad Bonn
10.09.19 – Milan, Italy – Ohibo
10.10.19 – Bologna, Italy – Covo
10.12.19 – Salzburg, Austria – Rockhouse Birthday Party
10.13.19 – Vienna, Austria – Flex Cafe
10.14.19 – Munich, Germany – Strom
10.15.19 – Prague, Czech Republic – Meet Factory
10.16.19 – Berlin, Germany – Festsaal Kreuzberg
10.18.19 – Stockholm, Sweden – Vasateatern
10.19.19 – Oslo, Norway – Parkteatret
10.20.19 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Pustervik
10.21.19 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega
10.22.19- Hamburg, Germany – Uebel & Gefährlich
10.23.19 – Cologne, Germany – Artheater
11.01.19 – Richmond, VA – Richmond Music Hall
11.02.19 – Asheville, NC – Grey Eagle
11.05.19 – Atlanta, GA – Aisle 5
11.06.19 – Nashville, TN – Exit In
11.07.19 – St. Louis, MO – Ready Room
11.08.19 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
11.09.19 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line
11.12.19 – Bloomington, IN – Bishop Bar
11.13.19 – Columbus, OH – A&R Music Bar
11.14.19 – Detroit, MI – El Club
11.15.19 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
11.16.19 – Montreal, QC – Fairmount
11.20.19 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
11.21.19 – Boston, MA – Sinclair
11.22.19 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
11.23.19 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
12.06.19 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
12.07.19 – Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar
12.09.19 – Denver, CO – Bluebird
12.10.19 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
12.12.19 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
12.13.19 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
12.14.19 – Vancouver, BC – Hollywood Theatre
It’s been two years since Sam Shepherd’s last original release, but the UK-born musician, better known as Floating Points, is finally lifting off again with his new single, “LesAlpx.”
A departure from Shepherd’s freeform, jazz-garnished approach to electronic production that brought past releases Elaenia, and Reflections – Mojave Desert such widespread acclaim, “LesAlpx” is as club-centric as any Floating Points track yet. In a press release, Shepherd says that the new release came together “quite quickly, which helped to get rid of any desire to overthink the music – it’s essentially the sound of me having loads of fun with the machines in my studio and going back to basics.”
And while “LesAlpx” makes its return to the bottom line, it still holds tight the eccentricities that have defined Sam Shepherd as such a captivating producer. Unrelenting builds, shimmying percussion, and an utter playfulness on the knobs all add to the song’s signature Floating Points allure; but these same components become all the more spellbinding when woven into the latest single’s driving four-by-four beat and whirring bass.
Many producers have that one song that not only catapults them into notoriety, but shapes what will be an avid and unwavering fan base. For 3LAU, that song was a joint venture with Bright Lights: “How You Love Me.” The track left its mark on both of the artists’ careers, and still remains a relevant fixture in the dance-pop performative space.
Five years after the track’s eminent reception, 3LAU and Bright Lights have crossed paths once more for “Down For Life.” The track opens to bouncing synths that frame heavily pitched-down vocals. The vocals are idyllically rendered to complement to the track’s pulsing house beat, inducing dancing from the outset of the track.
3LAU took to social media to address the fact that Bright Lights was not the centerpiece of the release, writing, “I was super nervous to release this song today because it might be the complete opposite of what you’d expect. Pitching down @brightlights333 vocals was an experimental decision, and it kept us from releasing the song for years until we got it right. So today, I’m incredibly thrilled by all the positive feedback from you, especially when we tried something new & out of our comfort zone.”
“Down for Life” is out now via 3LAU’s label, Blume.