At this point One Direction have been broken up long enough that we’re beginning to see what each member of the once-dominant boy band is bringing to the table in his solo career. Zayn Malik fashioned himself as a mini-Weeknd of sorts, exploring 50 shades of sexy pop-R&B and coming away with some decent … More »
Last month, Sam Smith, the heir apparent to Rick Astley’s “sad and nonthreatening and vaguely sleepy British white-guy soul singer” throne, shared a new single called “Too Good At Goodbyes.” Today, he’s got another new song, and he’s also announced that he’ll release The Thrill Of It All, his sophomore album, next month. More »
Song of the week:
YAYA — ‘In My Body’
YAYA’s from Sweden (of course she is), she is brilliant (see also: ‘It’s Alright’), and ‘In My Body’ is a lightly idiosyncratic but refreshingly unambiguous 21st Century pop wonder.
Wrong of the week:
Sam Smith — ‘Pray’
THIS ISN’T WHAT WE WANTED FROM THE TIMBALAND SESSIONS SAM.
- Q4 ALERT: Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton have a Christmas song out today.
- Miss Li has this week’s best songtitle: ‘The Day I Die (I Want You To Celebrate)’.
- Like all Maroon 5 songs, the new Maroon 5 song (which features Julia Michaels) would be 10x more enjoyable with a different lead vocalist.
- Little Mix songwriter Camille Purcell‘s solo career has properly launched this week with ‘Body’, which feels like quite a good start. (She was also on the Ghosted/TMS song ‘Ghosted’ back in July.)
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Saturday Night Live is back, and so are its weekly promos. On Saturday, host Gal Gadot and musical guest Sam Smith will be live from New York, and today, they join cast member Kenan Thompson for a couple of skits in which Thompson basically ignores Gadot to talk about Smith. Watch below. More »
Galantis have hit a patch of good production form, having been buoyed by the commercial success of their second studio album, The Aviary, which peaked at a respectable fourth place on the Billboard Dance Music charts.
Aiming to conserve the momentum they’ve gathered over the past few weeks, the Swedish duo just dropped a slick new remix of Sam Smith‘s soulful track, “Too Good At Goodbyes.” While Galantis has left Smith’s crooning voice untouched for the most part, the duo has added instantly recognizable layers of their trademark piano samples and a decent helping of digital drum samples, resulting in a supremely groovy rework of the original.
Snakehips made a name for themselves for savvy, ebullient RnB originals and remixes that are both sexy and energetic. They also have a proven ear for selecting strong vocalists. It should be no surprise then, that the duo have been tabbed to remix Sam Smith’s “Too Good At Goodbyes.”
Intriguingly, the production duo lean into the melancholy of the track’s vocals, creating a rolling, enrapturing remix that is an outlier in their oeuvre. It is an indication of their production breadth and talent that they are able to so thoroughly move away from their normal style to create a mellow track that is as thoughtful and listenable as their take on Sam Smith’s original is.
The Hot 25 is the definitive playlist series running through dance music culture and hand-delivering you the essential tracks of the week. Whether it’s the hottest or quickest trending tracks, brand new music from your favorite artists, or songs from the unknown that should be landing on your radar, Dancing Astronaut brings you 25 carefully selected records that reflect what’s happening in our world.
We lead off this week with Skrillex’s rowdy remix of Kendrick Lamar’s “HUMBLE.” Plus a remix of Portugal the Man by the multi-talented Gryffin, and the remix of The Chainsmokers’ “Young” that is also featured in the dance pop duo’s recent commercial for Tommy Hilfiger. Tiesto makes an appearance on this week’s lineup, along with Galantis remixing Sam Smith’s latest single. For the beat freaks in the room, we’ve got great news — AC Slater, JAUZ, and Tchami and Malaa all dropped thunder this week. And don’t miss the legend Armand Van Helden’s remix of “I Need a Painkiller” for a house-focused refresher on why he’s one of the best in the business.
The Heat of the Week: CID – Creepin’
New York’s own Grammy winning producer, CID, takes TLC’s massive 90s hit “Creep” and transforms it into a funky dancefloor igniting pressing. The sample feels right at home in CID’s heavy handed house backbone, perfect for modern day creepin’ — just keep it on the down low.
The Breakout Select: Alina Baraz – Buzzin’
If you’re looking for something slow and sexy, look no further than Alina Baraz’s latest single “Buzzin’.” One of the most delightful vocalists on the scene, Alina blends her sinewy vocals over a backdrop that pulses and pumps with an impossibly catchy beat.