The full Armajet soundtrack has landed through Noisia’s own Vision Recordings. The five-track project composed by Noisia is part of a new update from the real-time multiplayer shooter game available for PC, Android, and iOS. The game was initially released towards the end of 2018. Through thick layers of synth and syncopation, the drum ‘n’ bass torchbearers have curated a rich set of storytelling through their signature sound design. The Armajet soundtrack has been teased prior to its release via UKF‘s debut of “Decloak” on Jan. 21, and the arrival of “The Ascent” on Jan. 22 through an exclusive with Dancing Astronaut.
Since announcing their retirement, the Dutch trio still has gas in the tank, with a hefty world tour celebrating their evolution as artists over the past 20 years. The troupe is set to finish the year with shows from Hit & Run at the Concourse in Manchester through the Noisia Farewell Tour that passes through the UK, Italy, and the US. They will also be performing at Electric Forest and Lightning in a Bottle.
Nik Roos made a comment about the project: “Armajet is a game with its roots in ’90s twitch shooters. Hardcore, unforgiving, instant, inhuman. The match with our music was obvious. We didn’t have to work out much about what it needed to sound like. The music we made for it isn’t purely about Armajet itself, though. A lot of other elements come through: the frustration over our breaking up, my personal attachment to ’90/’00s twitch shooter genre (UT99 specifically), the ’90s trance sound of detuned saw arps, and the developing 3D game graphics of the time: futuristic, unnatural and new.”
Mija might best be described by her chameleonic quality as an artist. Constantly evolving and challenging her creative boundaries, she’s dipped into fashion and visual art while maintaining a successful career as a DJ and musician. She’s come a cosmically long way since her Bonnaroo sunrise set alongside Skrillex in 2014, and now she’s reaching another milestone with the announcement of her debut full-length studio album, Desert Trash.
Best known for her club/festival-primed electronic sound, Mija is ditching the decks for Desert Trash and the album’s ensuing tour. The record’s title track, steeped in 90’s inspiration, offers a raw, acoustic backdrop that features Mija’s writing, vocals, instrumentation, and production efforts. “Desert Trash,” sets a somber, vulnerable tone for the upcoming LP, accentuated by a new lyric video and imaginative art direction from Quasar Media. Introducing an exciting new chapter in Mija’s artistic development, her debut album should prove to be a deeply personal body of work when it lands in full.
Following his announcement of his Sixteen Oceansalbum earlier this week, Four Tet has unveiled the LP’s newest single, “Baby.” The track sees Ellie Goulding lend her vocals to a classically ambient Four Tet production. Preceded by his 2017 studio albumNew Energy, the 16-track Sixteen Oceans will join the English producer’s extensive discography as the 10th studio album under his alias.
Effortless vocal splices caress the effervescent textures crafted in “Baby,” with brisk percussion and downtempo chimes contrasting to create a serene, yet momentum-driving field. The rhythmic pace carries through almost the entirety of the track, before slowing down into an atmospheric interlude washed with calming nature sounds of bird song, river flow, and deep bells.
Previously released single, “Teenage Birdsong” will join “Baby” as one of the tracks on the upcoming album. Released in 2019, “Teenage Birdsong” has received two official remixes by Avalon Emerson and Overmono respectively.
Cinematic trap innovator Apashe has been working hard on his upcoming album Renaissance. Teasing fans with singles from the upcoming collection, Apashe has released the second track from the album, a follow up to his full orchestra collaboration “Distance.” This new release, titled “Uebok (Gotta Run),” taps female Russian rapper Instasamka for vocals, making for a fresh, edgy collaboration.
What’s more—Apashe has released an accompanying music video filmed during his recent Russia tour. Boasting an absurd amount of tanks, guns, soviet-era car drifting, bears, and a surprise appearance from Apashe’s mother herself, the music video is certainly an entertaining ride. Check out the full music video here, and keep an eye out for Apashe’s upcoming album Renaissance.
Ascendant Houston rap star Megan Thee Stallion had a huge2019 thanks to hits like “Big Ole Freak,” “Cash Shit,” and “Hot Girl Summer.” She’s positioned to continue her success streak in 2020, having already teased collaborations with Pharrell and SZA and announced her official debut album Suga. (Last year’s Fever … More »
Not every rough cut work-in-progress played on a tour bus actually sees the light of day. But when Sandro Cavazza played Avicii an early version of something that he was working while the two were en route to Bayfront Park for Ultra Music Festival in 2016, Avicii heard something special and converted Cavazza’s draft just before he took the main stage in Miami. Almost four years after the ID’s debut, “Forever Yours,” which was one of ten new productions that Avicii debuted that night, has now officially received its shining moment.
Shortly after Avicii’s death in 2018, Sandro Cavazza expressed that idea of completing the Avicii co-venture, but only if he found the proper producer to do so. He found that match in Kygo, whom he had previously worked with a few months following the loss of Avicii on “Happy Now.” Says Cavazza,
“This version of ‘Forever Yours’ is a tribute to Tim that me and Kygo have put together to honor what he has meant to both of us. The music we made together has changed my life and my perspective of music. He was Kygo’s biggest Idol and biggest inspiration and that’s what has made this tribute possible.”
In a behind the scenes video of how this tribute version exactly came about, Kygo explained that collaborating with Avicii was always a dream of his, so “Forever Yours” is an endearing compromise for famed tropical house producer. While this rendition may not have resulted in a note-for-note copy of the unfinished 2016 demo, Kygo and Cavazza manage to maintain the original’s genuine, sincere essence.
All proceeds from the release of “Forever Now” will be donated to the Tim Bergling Foundation in support of mental health awareness.
Believe it or not, Chromatics released a new album last year, Closer To Grey. It wasn’t their long-anticipated (and missing in action) Dear Tommy, but it was very good, and the Los Angeles group is back with another very good new track today. Their new single is called “Toy,” and it’s a characteristically … More »