After a steady stream of singles, the funkiest duo in electronic music finally release Free Your Mind in full. Big Gigantic‘s newest album hosts an abundance of featured artists, including the likes of Louis Futon, Nevve, Felly, and repeat-collaborator Pell. Big Gigantic cover a swath of genres across the record without ever sacrificing the funk, ranging from the tropical rap of “St. Lucia” to the moombahton-inspired “Higher” to the future bass stylings on the title track.
Although Free Your Mind is the Colorado group’s first LP since 2016’s Brighter Future, they’ve consistently remained relevant thanks, in large part, to their relentless touring schedule. Reloaded with new material, the duo hits the road again for the Free Your Mind tour beginning in late March, a 3D experience tour with support from Ookay and Droeloe.
Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA managing editor Robyn Dexter. With a taste that can only be described as eclectic—to say nothing of a name that lends itself to punnery—DA is happy to present a selection of tracks personally curated by Dexter for your listening pleasure.
Degs and Unglued have teamed up to bring a collaborative effort to Hospital Records: “Levitate Your Mind.” This fast-paced drum ‘n’ bass tune features soulful vocals and fun variation in rhythm over the course of the song’s four minutes. It has an funky retro atmosphere to it, drawing the listener in from the first rapid notes.
After releasing his debut solo album in 2019, M Machine member Luttrell burst into the new decade with guns blazing. He’s gearing up for the release of his sophomore effort, Lucky Ones, due out March 13, and has blessed the music world with the LP’s first single: “My Friend The Sun.” The song features an energetic vocal that propels it forward, making for a stunning debut from the upcoming album.
Speaking of upcoming albums, Jason Ross has a thing or two on his radar. The producer’s new album arrives Jan. 24 via Seven Lions‘ Ophelia Records. He’s tapped the vocal talents of Dia Frampton for new release “1000 Faces,” and the result is an emotive journey. “Dia has been one of my favorite people in this industry since the first time we talked, right after I remixed her track with Illenium,” Ross says in the track’s description. “The moment I heard this vocal, I was blown away and knew we had a big one on our hands.”
Though it appears to have been out for several months, Sofi Tukker‘s “Swing” just appeared as a new song at the top of my SoundCloud feed. As always, this creative duo has crafted something in a league of its own. “Swing” takes the listener on a venture (mainly in Portuguese) from orchestral elements to a chanted verse from Brazilian poet Chacal.
Lane 8‘s long-awaited Brightest Lights has finally arrived—its 13 tracks filled with luminous and relaxing energy. A clear standout is “The Flood” with Nevve. Featuring a gorgeous drifting melody, heart-wrenching vocals, and a mellow beat, this song serves as a shining example of some of Lane 8’s best work.
After a few days of hard-fought voting, Monstercat fans have selected their top 40 songs of 2019.
The Canadian label revealed that fans picked RIOT‘s “Blackwater” as their No. 1 song of 2019, followed by Bossfight‘s “Overdose” and Grant‘s “Wishes.” This is the second year in a row that RIOT has topped the Monstercat charts, with 2018’s “Overkill” making its mark last year. Other notable releases on the charts include Pegboard Nerds‘ “Gunslinga” and Pixel Terror‘s “Amnesia,” which follow Bossfight and Grant, respectively. Voting for the annual list opened Dec. 3 and closed Dec. 5, and fans were able to vote for up to 10 songs.
Audien is back with his newest release “Buzzing,” featuring Nevve. The esteemed DJ-producer has steadily provided fans with euphoric tunes for almost a decade, but his signature feel-good sound has fluctuated between commercial-crossover releases and uplifting trance tracks. Heading into 2019, it seemed Audien may have been reverting back to his trance roots thanks to his momentous single, “Higher,” and collaboration with ARTY, “Never Letting Go,” out on Anjunabeats. “Buzzing” leads listeners to believe, however, the glittery, radio-ready stylings of the artist may have been reinstated.
The single is the first from a yet-to-be-named multi-track offering in the works. The producer recently spoke on his intentions with the forthcoming release:
“Diversity. I want to show that I can make many different styles of music, but tie them together with a common theme. Ultimately, I want to make people feel stuff, with melodies, and lyrics. I’m not reinventing the wheel, but I’m accentuating the art I’ve created for almost a decade. It’s the best form of what I’m known for.”
The track evokes pure bliss thanks to dance-worthy synth lines that blend brilliantly with Nevve’s infectious vocals. For Audien fans, “Buzzing” expounds on his long and star-studded tenure in the art of felicitous feel-good sound design, no matter the genre. Audien will be embarking upon a U.S. ESCAPISM Tour, so fans looking to experience his forthcoming project live can see if the producer is coming to a city near them below.
Nov 15 – Concord Music Hall – Chicago, IL
Nov 16 – Believe Music Hall – Atlanta, GA
Nov 21 – Big Night Live – Boston, MA
Nov 22 – Danforth Music Hall – Toronto, ON
Nov 23 – The Showbox At The Market – Seattle, WA
Nov 29 – The NOVO – Los Angeles, CA
Dec 6 – Warfield Theatre – San Francisco, CA
Dec 13 – The Loft at Skyway Theatre – Minneapolis, MN
Dec 14 – Roseland Theater – Portland, OR
Dec 19 – Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
Dec 20 – Great Hall at Avant Gardner – Brooklyn, NY
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.
In perhaps one of the biggest collaborations to hit the airwaves on Sept. 6, The Bloody Beetroots and ZHU have teamed up for “Zoning.” RÜFÜS DU SOL have dropped off a new set of remixes for Solace, including an irresistibly groovy one by Hot Since 82. Grimes and i_o unexpectedly deliver “Violence,” and M83 returns with the dreamy “Temple of Sorrow.” Audien and Nevve bring blissful energy to “Buzzing,” and Cashmere Cat reveals “FOR YOUR EYES ONLY.” Arty is on a journey to “Find You” in his latest, and Walker & Royce team up with VNSSA for “Rave Grave.” KOAN Sound’s new EP lands pm Sept. 6, featuring sounds like “Vibrant,” and Claude VonStroke unleashes a new original, “Slink.” Sullivan King has released a two-track EP, and Armin van Buuren and David Hodges link for “Waking Up With You.” Fox Stevenson finally uncovers “Dreamland,” and 3LAU remixes San Holo’s “Lost Lately.”
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.
BEAUZ leave their mark on the highly-praised Armada imprint with the release of “Count The Hours.” Borrowing the vocal prowesses of Nevve and Kastilione, the artists team up to deliver a sultry and uplifting ballad. Following the success of ‘Sayonara’ ft. Maggie Szabo, BEAUZ does not appear to be slowing down any time soon. Gearing up
It’s been nearly three years since Big Gigantic‘s last solo endeavor. 2016 saw the emergence of the Brighter Future LP, but the world hasn’t had new Big G material since 2017’s set of remixes for Brighter Future. The wait is over, though, and the duo are back with a new single, “You’re The One,” with Nevve.
The talented songstress proves to be a perfect addition to the band’s horn-infused style, as her vocals lead up to an easygoing, trumpet-highlighted chorus. “You’re The One” will thrill longtime Big G fans, who can find comfort in the tune’s laid-back style and signature brassy elements.
“We’re so excited to start this next phase of Big Gigantic,” the duo stated in a press release. “We’re starting the process of looking directly inward with our song ‘You’re The One.’ The theme of the song is loving yourself, which in this day is something we could all do more of. We put so much pressure on ourselves to succeed, do the best we can, be the best we can & keep up with others around us. That pressure can easily turn from something positive and motivating, into something negative and uninspiring. It can lead to some dark places so it’s important to take a step back and remember to take time to love yourself.”