Chicago-based duo Win & Woo have had a stellar 2017. From an array of successful singles like “Chicago” with Bryce Fox to partnering with Blue Moon brewing for “Constellation” to their current tour with fellow Windy City natives Louis the Child, Nick Winholt and Austin Woo haven’t slowed down in the slightest as the year has progressed.
They’re heading into the holiday season with a catchy remix of JP Saxe’s “Anybody Else.” The remix takes a minimalist approach to the dark, sultry feel of the original track, stripping it down to JP Saxe’s vocals and a simple drum pattern for the verses. Their interpretation of “Anybody Else” is more lighthearted than the original, giving it more of a playful feel.
JP Saxe shared his thoughts on the origins of the track and Win & Woo’s rework of it.
“I’ve been a songwriter for a few years now, and going into sessions almost everyday, I noticed this overwhelming theme both in the studio and on the radio of what I call, ‘you hurt me, but I like it’ love songs. I think that’s getting a little played out. Yet there is obviously something very human about wanting something even more because you think you shouldn’t want it. I’d like to think ‘Anybody Else’ is a slightly more sophisticated twist on that concept…it’s leaning into the forbidden-ness in a self aware way, like you’re creating the barriers on purpose just so you can both enjoy breaking them. The original version plays into the sexy, mysterious tone of that feeling. Win and Woo’s remix plays into the fun of it, and the fun of it is very real.”
German producer WHTKD is bringing his sun-soaked melodies to the waves of DA with the premiere of his latest single, “Secrets” with KStewart.
The Cologne artist made a big splash nearly three years ago with the release of “Say To Me,” which has garnered more than 2 million streams on SoundCloud since it came out in April 2015. Since then, he’s released a series of singles like deep house tune “Memories” with Marylou Villegas, which came out earlier in this year.
WHTKD makes his autumnal debut with “Secrets,” a sunny, upbeat house tune that features the alluring vocals of KStewart. With a slight tropical house vibe, the track is perfect for warming up the chilly days ahead.
While he may still be on the rise, UK newcomer Codeko is certainly making strides to make 2018 his breakout year.
Last year was when the London-based producer made his first stir, earning the official Electric Zoo anthem for his song “Walking with Lions” after winning Mysteryland’s remix contest. Continuing his success into this year, Codeko has remixed Tritonal and NomBe before his remix of Marshmello’s “Silence” went rampant on the Internt and went on to be #1 at SiriusXM’s channel, BPM.
With 2017 coming to a close, the upward-headed talent ends the year off with a major release: his new single “Say Hi” featuring Austin Mahone. A jubilant, mood-boosting piece of dancepop, “Say Hi” maintains a high level of energy due to Codeko’s crisp yet punching production while Mahone’s smooth vocals give it the accessibility both commercial and dance fans will enjoy.
To kick the release of their collaboration, Codeko & Austin Mahone took on the task of playing 8 parties in 24 hours at various venues across the University of Arizona in Tucson. Watch their collegiate marathon recap above and stream “Say Hi” now below.
LA-based electronic/alternative duo The Federal Empire is comprised of multi-talented Chad Wolf and Grammy-nominated songwriter McKay Stevens. They’ve opened for A-list acts such as X Ambassadors and have collaborated with dance music masterminds Sam Feldt and Martin Garrix, with their latest release “Shot By My Own Gun,” featured on Feldt’s 2017 Sunrisealbum.
The duo creates a satisfying hybrid of alternative/dance music elements on “Perfect Strangers,” with acoustic guitar riffs and catchy vocal chants on the verses that lead into an electro-synth heavy drop. They’ve recently announced that they’ll be joining Deorro on his “Existence” Bus Tour, so listeners can expect to see a lot more of the duo to round off 2017.
Long-serving Canadian producer Adam K found his feet during a turning point for electronic music. Finding a sweet spot between the melodic finesse of progressive house, the uplifting properties of heyday trance and the vocal prowess that came to spell the genre’s footsteps into mainstream culture, the Toronto native called the likes of Kaskade and Funkagenda collaborative peers whilst consistently executing tracks crucial to the genre’s now widespread appeal. Back on track this month alongside recurring peer Soha, “Lost In Twilight” remains music to the ears of anyone who fell in love with the Adam K sound as early as 2008, building steadily and flowing seamlessly whilst never overstepping its punch or muddying its softer progressive stamina. You don’t come to Adam K for top 40 bangers, you come for intricately woven club music with an unparalleled sense of soul, and almost a decade since his inauguration the Canadian still delivers.
Lost Kings had been noticeably absent from the remix ring in recent months — until now. The duo continues to reign supreme when it comes to remixing, ironically breaking their own remix ‘silence’ with their recent revamp of Marshmello’s Khalid feature, “Silence.”
The reboot’s glowing pop-oriented melodic additions and faster tempo indicate that when it comes to remixes, just like the subject of Mello’s song, Lost Kings had “been silent for too long.”
Disco Fries quickly became known figures within the EDM scene after they partnered with Tiësto in 2013 for “iTrance.” Since then, the New York-based duo have honed their sound into a highly palatable one that walks the line between pop, commercial house, and to some extent, trance.
Lately, the outfit has been exploring their pop side to its fullest extent, returning to Enhanced to release their newest single “Side by Side.” The record follows in the footsteps of their previous pop-y jaunt “Moving On,” playing around with Big Band-level brass, soulful vocals, and of course, plenty of funk elements played out by guitar and bass. “Side By Side” evokes a sense of nostalgia, while remaining modern all the same — a nice change of pace from a pop market dominated by heavily synthesis.
Dance-pop duo Cheat Codes have scored a dream collaboration Demi Lovato, a rising star in her own right. “No Promises” has a fixture charts and was performed live on Good Morning America, a notable addition to the track’s popularity.
Cheat Codes have established themselves as one of the biggest acts in the electronic scene. They’re a fixture in the streaming charts and with back-to-back slam-dunk singles with collaboration partners Fetty Wap, Rita Ora, and MØ, the sky is the limit for the act.
Los Angeles-based producers Two Friends are well-known for their spunky and vibrantly wild revamps of originals. Their latest, a take on MGMT‘s anthem, “Kids,” is undeniably catchy.
Keeping the original lyrics from the electro-pop powerhouse, Two Friends successfully incorporate their own sound, highlighting the all-encompassing melody of the track in good measure. Adding additional emphasis to the beat, without aggressively altering the BPM, the track receives a whole new feel to the popular classic, transforming the song completely.
Two Friends currently are wrapping up their nationwide tour where they played more than 20 shows in cities like their hometown of LA and large universities such as University of Texas and more.
Those looking for an exotic fix without leaving the comfort of home should tune into 3LAU‘s new music video for the single “Star Crossed.” The Vegas native enlisted travel videographer Rob Strok to shoot and direct the video — a hire readily apparent in the breathtaking scenery of Kauai where the video was filmed. The music video takes the viewer on a journey of a male and female who travel along a similar path, but ultimately never overlap.
3LAU, real name Justin Blau, was inspired by a quotation from Henry David Thoreau when shaping the creative direction of the video-,”Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.”
Beyond his productions, Blau is known for his philanthropic efforts. He has his own record label, BLUME, that donates all profits to charity, and he has recently donated show and streaming profits to hurricane relief among other charitable initiatives. The music video for “Star Crossed” continues this trend, as all profits from the music video will be donated to Hurricane relief in Houston and Puerto Rico. Blau spoke on his goals for the music video:
“The video is meant to encourage others to explore and to enjoy the journey. It is important to recognize the beauty in feeling lost sometimes, in life or in love.”
“Star Crossed” is rumored to be a feature of an album Blau will be dropping in 2018 according to his social posts.