Virtual Self took shape a few months back and sent the entire Electronic Music scene into a frenzy. Over the past few years, Porter Robinson has become a staple in and Electronic Music conversation and the transition from the “Worlds” star into this new demention of music was something that many questioned. That questioning has
Ansel Elgort is a man of many talents. Beyond his film debut in the 2013 remake of Carrie, Elgort’s career has since flourished with numerous roles, most notably in The Fault In Our Stars and Baby Driver. In addition to this, he has also had reasonable success as a producer by the name of Ansolo and was a mainstage performer at Ultra Music Festival 2015.
Though his acting career has taken a turn towards superstardom, Elgort still releases music as Ansolo. The most recent addition to his musical portfolio is a hip-hop, trap hybrid track,”Supernova.” The track is pretty basic, combining auditory elements of hip-hop with trap percussion and Elgort’s melancholic vocals.
Julian Calor stands as one of Holland’s most talked about new producers, with a knack for producing technical, yet melodious EDM that far exceeds his years. Still only 24, the Dutchman has already dropped a full-length album on Hardwell‘s Revealed Recordings and headlined various festivals worldwide.
His latest track, “Run Away,” is another clear testament to his colorful and vibrant yet refined style. With hypnotic vocals courtesy of the ever-soulful Maggie Szabo, “Run Away” is an enticing mix of progressive builds and classic anthemic drops. Eminenlty captivating, “Run Away” combines a healthy dose of Calor’s dancefloor expertise with the power and drive of dance music’s newest frontiers.
After a rather tepid 2017, Dutch electro house group Showtek have seemingly hit the ground running in 2018, reinventing celebrated veteran musician Moby for what essentially seems like a rework of “Natural Blues.”
The synths and mellowed house-inspired style seem to be majorly Showtek’s handiwork, as the duo seem to be moving onto yet another new sound over the past couple of years. Moby’s influence over the track is a lot more subtle, as the seasoned artist’s work can be majorly heard in the background, especially with the soft, string-plucked chord progressions. In fact, their style plays such an instrumental role in defining the identity of this ‘new’ track, that it could almost be labelled as a Showtek remix.
This revamped, modern style has given “Natural Blues” a ton of character and makes it a track with certain danceability.
Undoubtedly one of the biggest bass music festivals in the world, Rampage is nothing short of a paradise for low-frequency lovers. While the festival boldly advertises itself as the “biggest drum & bass and dubstep party in the world,” it has lived up to these claims with some stacked lineups over the years, with 2018’s lineup featuring names like Andy C, Camo & Krooked, and Pendulum.
The upcoming edition’s title track comes courtesy of the perennial duo of Murdock and Doctrine. Aptly titled “On a Rampage,” the energetic single features long, flowing chord-progressions and a sawing bass drop, making it a perfect embodiment of the spirit and ethos of this unhinged festival.
Just a day after teasing fans with a remix of Virtual Self‘s “A.I.ngel” and a sneak preview of another upcoming track on Snapchat, REZZ has surprised fans with the latter, a collaboration with Isqa featuring her unmistakable dark soundscape and fantastic design.
The spine-tingling collaboration is as spectacular and chilling as the preview. The track starts off on a hair-raising note with creepy vocals and an unnerving music box sample. The drop itself would seem completely at home on a Noisia track, given its bass-heavy tone and a multitude of disorganized yet gripping elements that make for contagious listening.
Memtrix is one of the brightest talents to have emerged from the British drum & bass scene in recent years. Having been recently been recruited by The Upbeats for a remix of their single “Say Go,” the producer continues to intrigue listeners with his unique blend of melancholic yet energetic DnB.
Taken from his brand new label, Memtrix Recordings, “Teeth & Turn” is unhinged and raw. The track’s beauty and appeal lies in its simplicity as Memtrix has layered a few synths and aggressive drum samples on top of a flawless, smoldering bass line — that makes for a supremely explosive and enjoyable club-focused tune.
A duo that barely needs an introduction: The Upbeats are back and in epic fashion. The de-evolution virtuosos have been steadily releasing music in 2017, with a wide selection of fantastic drum & bass to choose from. To further add to their music-filled year, the New Zealanders are primed and ready to make their Critical Music debut with a thrilling EP titled Punks.
Taken from their upcoming EP, “Ethers” is a neurofunk lover’s dream. Starting off on a spine-tingling note, the track gurgles into existence, with The Upbeats enhancing the chilling tone of the track with some filthy drum samples and dystopian chord progressions. The darkness oozing out of the intro continues throughout the track, as evil, atmospheric bass lines captivate and enthrall listeners in a rather sinister fashion. “Ethers” might be a stark digression from The Upbeats’ general high-octane style, but does well to typify their versatility and production expertise.
Punks will be released November 24 and is available for preorder here.
No Mana has been a bit of a revelation in 2017. The mau5trap signee has been making waves in the underground community with his unique style of music, which saw featured on the label’s We Are Friends Vol. 6 compilation back in April. Since then, the mysterious producer has gone on to release a few engaging and dark tracks, that heavily feature a distinctive blend of house and techno elements.
Ending a three-month-long break, No Mana is back with a dark new remix of Feed Me & Kill The Noise‘s “Crazy Maybe.” The engrossing remix blends sinister synths, ethereal vocals, and a fantastic wobbling bassline with the structural simplicity and sound design of a modern big room track, and the result is an outstanding remix that is a testament to No Mana’s skill.
Last year, Stranger Things exploded into one of the top pop culture highlights of 2016 and the hype around the second season of Netflix’s 80s fetishizing smash hit has largely picked up and progressed from exactly where the show’s pilot season left off. The sci-fi sensation is an authentic examination and homage to the 1980’s matched with a dark, contemporary take on the decade’s immortalized synth rock and new wave sonics, scored by members of Austin-based synthesizer quartet S U R V I V E. Now, the second season’s soundtrack is getting a vinyl release that’s as quintessentially Stranger Things as it gets.
Multiple vinyl versions will be pressed and released, led by the “Upside Down Inter-dimensional Blue Vinyl,” available on December 22 via Lakeshore Records. Early 2018 will bring three additional versions, including a “Purple Crystal Vinyl,” a blue and white splattered “Crystal Clear Vinyl” and a standard 180 gram black vinyl on January 12, via Invada.
And, if you’re like us at DA, and shamelessly devour all Stranger Things content with little regard or self restraint, then enjoy everyone’s favorite freshman foursome in this cheeky Late Late Show appearance with James Corden where the boys play reuniting members of Motown supergroup The Upside Downs after television superstardom strikes.