Illenium transcends genres; touches listeners to their core with sophomore album ‘Awake’ [ALBUM REVIEW]

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It has been eight long months of releases and teasers, but as of midnight EST on September 21, the wait for Illenium‘s sophomore album is finally over. Nick Miller, the man behind the productions, is undoubtedly known as one of the more prolific producers of our era, thanks to his consistent output and meteoric rise. While Miller has carved out the future bass genre and helped define its sound, this LP proves he has the ability to transcend genres and appeal to a wide variety of fan bases. This is no small feat that is becoming an increasingly difficult road to navigate as a producer in a day and age, where electronic music fan bases are becoming more fragmented as the industry continues to commercialized.

Awake will only further his prominence as a producer with its 13-tracks ranging from feel good music to intense bass laced drops. Miller even dabbles within the indie electronic genre, showcasing his ability to diversify his oeuvre while still maintaining his signature style.

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There is no stronger start to an album than “Needed You” featuring Dia Frampton. The song, which is opens to flowing vocals that melt into an incredible bass drop, resonates in the listener’s mind far past the song’s close. The track combines Illenium’s mastery of mystical elements and sounds as well as powerful bass juxtaposed with unique vocals. Should there be one song selected to describe the tone for the entire album, “Needed You” could certainly vie for this position.

Five singles from the album have been released this year including the second track “Crawl Outta Love,” whose subtle intro with Annika Wells’ vocals and piano deceivingly put the listener at ease. The track hits listeners in their core with its heightened tempo and all-consuming drop. “Fractures,” “Feel Good” — co-produced with Gryffin — “Sound of Walking Away” and most recently “Leaving” make up the rest of the tracks from Awake that were previously released. Representative of Illenium’s talent and engaged fanbase, these five tracks combined have already amassed nearly 83 million streams combined on Spotify alone.

The third track, “No Time Like Now,” although short, is where we see Illenium begin to swerve from his established style into a more indie electronic sound, with guitar forming the backbone of the song. It is a good segue into the fourth track “Free Fall,” which delves back into the resonating bass intercut with melodic vocals.

“Where’d U Go” showcases a collaboration between Miller and his roommate Said the Sky, otherwise known as Trevor Christensen. The upbeat track immediately draws the listener in with a catchy beat that falls almost immediately into an intense drop. As the track continues, vocal layers of a children’s choir lightens the track before submerging the listener back into the hard drop that would resonate with dubstep, future bass, and progressive fans alike. “Where’d U Go” is one of the more upbeat tracks of the album, so those looking for a workout anthem or night out tune should look no further.

Illenium Said the Sky

Illenium stars to venture into more commercial territory with the second half of the album, although this is far from sellout as the tracks still maintaining a distinct edge. “Lost” with Emilie Brandt veers into a progressive house vibe, with the catchy vocals carrying the track. As with all of Miller’s version of “commercial” music, “Lost” is still far different than anything one would hear on the radio.

“Taking Me Higher” wouldn’t be out of place on Passion Pit record. The track is an interesting juxtaposition of sounds, synths, and styles that melts into a perfect tune for a relaxing afternoon.

Prized vocalist MAX — who has recently collaborated with Rain Man, 3LAU, as well as Flux Pavilion — is featured on Awake‘s penultimate entry, titled “Beautiful Creatures.” Guitar once again is used as the foundation for this track and paves the way for MAX’s vocals to be the centerpiece of the song. It can only be described as melodic with a hint of mystical, and is likely to be a radio hit.

Illenium finishes the album on “Let You Go,” a collaboration with Ember Island. An orchestra compliments the vocals on this downtempo affair, and serves as a beautiful, fitting ending for a beautiful album.

While many call albums an outdated form of releasing music, we can only be thankful that Illenium ignores this and decided to create a masterful full-length in Awake. The producer has left another imprint that further solidifies his prominence in the electronic music community. It is no secret that Miller is a breath of fresh air within a genre that is receiving increased skepticism for turning pop, to say nothing of stale, and, indeed, his music has the unique ability to be played on a radio without compromising its integrity.

 

 

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Excision releases relentless remix pack for ‘Virus’ album

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Excision‘s powerful, slamming Virus album featured collaborations with heavyweights like Space Laces, Dion Timmer, Protohype, and Datsik on standout songs like “Throwin’ Elbows,” “Are You Ready,” and “Final Boss.” Like everything Exicision does, Virus was all-encompassing, showcasing the power the dubstep genius is able to harness.

The remix album is unforgiving to say the least. From start to finish, the impressive slew of remixers skillfully put their own heavy spins on the album’s biggest hits. The collection contains powerful remixes from Dillon Francis, FuntcaseCookie Monsta, 12th PlanetAntiserum, Kai Wachi, Wooli, Sullivan King, Wavedash, DubloadzSeven Lions and Dimibo

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It has been a busy year for the American Duo. Their latest progressive banger “Good Thing” has been pumping sound waves everywhere. The feel good track gets its vocals taken over by Laurell. Let me tell you, whoever locked up Laurell to hit the vocals on this is a genius. I don’t mean to blow

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Premiere: Dillon Francis puts a moombahton spin on Exicision and Dion Timmer’s ‘Final Boss’

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Dillon Francis returns to moombahton in his remix of Excision and Dion Timmer‘s collaborative effort “Final Boss.” The original track, an entry on Excision’s latest LP Virus from November 2016, features piercing drops and the expected dose high energy, crushing bass.

Francis layers multiple new percussion elements and vocal backdrops in his remix of “Final Boss,” all situated over a moombahton feel that helped launched his career. While Dillon’s remix is a large departure from Excision’s original, his still maintains the raucous vibe and propellant quality of Excision and Dion Timmer’s first take. Enticingly, this remix is just one of a remix album Excision is dropping of Virus — to include 18 remixes from the likes of Getter, Seven Lions, and more.

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Kill The Noise is working on new music with Seven Lions

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Kill The Noise seems to have his eye out for high-profile collaborations at the moment. Having recently dropped an absolute fire-breather of a track with Mat Zo, the bass maestro took to twitter, stating that a potential collaboration with internet sensation Seven Lions was in the works.

This exciting tidbit has since been confirmed by Seven Lions, much to the delight of their many fans. Expectations for their unique project are justifiably high, especially given Seven Lion’s diverse production repertoire and Kill The Noise’s flawless sound design.

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We just got an amazing little interaction on Twitter a few hours ago and we all need to stop and appreciate it real quick. Two of the most forward thinking and exciting producers in the game right now have just let slip that they will working in the studio together in the coming days. Seven

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Porter Robinson and Deadmau5 to headline Insomniac Countdown NYE 2017

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Insomniac has announced the headliners for Countdown NYE 2017. To the delight of many it is Porter Robinson on Saturday the 30th and Deadmau5 on Sunday the 31st! Early Bird tix go on sale Friday 8/25 at Noon PST HERE #CountdownNYE is ON! 🎉🎶 Ring in the New Year with @PorterRobinson & @deadmau5 as the

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Seven Lions, Tritonal and Kill The Noise embark on North American ?Horizon? Tour This Fall

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The moment you’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived EDC Orlando fans. The official 2017 lineup has finally been announced! Yesterday, Insomniac shared this wonderful news with a promise that this years event will be bigger than ever before. For the seventh year, EDC will be returning to Tinker Field with a lineup that

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EDC Orlando 2017 Lineup Has Finally Arrived And You Don’t Want To Miss It

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The moment you’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived EDC Orlando fans. The official 2017 lineup has finally been announced! Yesterday, Insomniac shared this wonderful news with a promise that this years event will be bigger than ever before. For the seventh year, EDC will be returning to Tinker Field with a lineup that

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