Warm melodies and breezy percussion arrangements complement singalong-primed vocal work and an infectious hook that’s destined for near immediate air wave domination this spring. Cashmere Cat and company navigate their way through a relatively formulaic surefire hit without sounding like there are too many cooks in the kitchen.
Paired with a serene lyric video to accompany the release, Major Lazer, Tory Lanez, and Cashmere Cat find mass appeal harmony on “Miss You.”
Twenty-two-year-old French producer Khamsin has been called upon by everyone from Zhu to Mura Masa with Charli XCX to do remixes. Now, he has released an original of his own, “Second Guess,” featuring Anuka. It’s out now on Lowly Palace.
Anuka’s vocals draw the listener in, and her singing leads to a commanding drop that doesn’t fit into a single genre. Khamsin commented on the track.
“The song is a hybrid between my electronic and rock influences. I tried to keep all the sounds as organic as possible within an electronic structure, leading to a new and more personal sound. Anuka clearly emphasizes the mood and adds the energy with her vocals. I’m happy we finally did a song together.”
“Second Guess” is polarizing and sure to garner the up-and-coming producer some new fans.
Electronica producer Chrome Sparks, born Jeremy Malvin, has released his latest synth-pop track, “What’s It Gonna Take,” via Counter Records to coincide with the announcement of his upcoming North American tour with Machinedrum.
The release comes after a bit of a hiatus, as Sparks has released just two singles in 2016 & 2017 combined. Sparks rose to eminence in 2013 after the independent release and wild acclaim of his decisively-named tune “Marijuana.” Sparks’ distinctive sound lies in his ability to incorporate his admiration for dance music, vintage synthesizers, and breezy beats, lending his production keen chromatic tendencies.
Interwoven in the fabric of “What’s It Gonna Take” is the intricate, echoing percussion so characteristic of Sparks, here delivering a 90’s-oriented impression — especially when paired with the sulky pop vocals of Angelica Bess. The track thrives in its oscillating, retro synth work, and atmospheric reverb, which roar the track to life in the intro.
Out of the Dutch dance music hub of Amsterdam, Palm Trees has been stealthily producing and releasing records over the past two years that have amassed millions of streams on Spotify. With a summer-tinged sound and an ear for clean arrangements, the rising producer looks to make a splash once again in 2018 with another paradisical tune titled “Outside.”
Recruiting fellow rising producer MdL as well as UK singer/songwriter Abi F Jones, Palm Trees maintains the mellow mood listeners have grown accustomed to with his work while Jones’ lyrics lay a strong emotional layer to the entire tracks. Complete with crisp percussion and airy vocal chops, “Outside” is the type of track primed for the upcoming spring and summer months.
Future bass visionary William Black joins forces with electronic duo Rico & Miella on “Here At Last,” the latest release in Black’s “emotional dance music” catalog. A lively platform for Rico & Miella to show off their vocal chops, “Here At Last” couples the pair’s fluid vocal contributions with a lively beat that derives much of its vivacity from its exuberant synth work. William Black and Rico & Miella’s collab is indeed “Here At Last,” an ebullient single worth the wait.
3LAU fans can expect the producer-philanthropist to debut his latest re-imaginative undertaking on his North American Ultraviolet tour: a remix of Alesso and Anitta’s recent release, “Is That For Me.”
3LAU’s take amplifies the sonic sexual appeal of the original through a sultry, low toned bass line that pulsates throughout the duration of the song. The “Is It Love” hit maker layers metallic synths over the bass line at the drop’s build, effectively deepening the track’s pitch while tempering Anitta’s soaring vocal. 3LAU’s remix is an alluring flirtation with an edgier sound than that exhibited by the original.
Alesso moves deeper into the pop territory that he toed on cross genre single, “Let Me Go,” on his latest release, “Is That For Me,” a sultry product that further evinces Alesso’s shift from Swedish commercial house to a more mainstream, pop-oriented sound.
He enlists fellow Shots label mate, Anitta for the fluid vocal number, making use of an ear catching pop hook that enables the Brazilian phenom to exhibit her expansive vocal range. “Is That For Me” materializes as the track that could very well prove to be Anitta’s first international hit, the release a part of the singer’s “Checkmate” campaign, which will see Anitta release a new song each month in English, Spanish, or Portugese as a part of her labor to bring her music to many different markets.
Maor Levi is back with his first, and long-awaited, solo track release of 2017. Levi has a rich history of releasing uplifting and melodic trance tracks, which ascended him into notoriety within the electronic music scene. Recently, the Anjunabeats protégé’s releases have been put on hold due to Levi joining producer/DJ group Bad Royale.
This fall it was announced that Maor Levi was leaving Bad Royale to pursue his solo career again, and “Aurora” is definitely worthy re-entry song for the producer’s re-induction into his solo career. A mellow intro builds into upbeat progressive chords with trance synths dancing around the propelling chords. “Aurora” is an uplifting melody that is sure to heighten any listener’s mood, and it is out now via Trice Records.