The Chainsmokers brought their pop-forward Kelsea Ballerini collaboration “This Feeling” to The Ellen DeGeneres Show for its debut performance. Both The Chainsmokers and Ballerini brought their A-game to the live rendition, sticking the vocals and bringing some headliner energy to the morning show audience. The song is slated to appear on The Chainsmokers’ forthcoming Sick Boy LP.
Ballerini’s country-tinged vocals blend perfectly with drum, guitar, and vocal backing courtesy of The Chainsmokers’ Alex Pall and Andrew Taggert. The performance marks the first time the EDM crossover duo has appeared on Ellen, despite dominating top 40 charts with sinfully catchy singles for the past three years. For Ballerini, the collab has a precedent of sorts with Zedd & fellow country crooner Maren Morris striking crossover gold with “The Middle.” “This Feeling” has already accumulated over eight million Spotify streams and counting since its September 21 release.
Lido has been slowly releasing singles since mid-summer, stoking fans’ anticipation with the lavish “3 Million” and the sublime slow burn of “Corner Love” along with a handful of tracks for Chance The Rapper earlier this year. Now the Norwegian star is back with a third track in his new era called “Outstanding.” The song fits snugly into the creative headspace the producer has been revealing, sitting perfectly alongside the previous two releases. Lido graced fans with an limited capacity acoustic EP listening party in Los Angeles on Friday night, so it’s a safe bet to anticipate a full body of work soon.
For now, it’s more than enough to just get lost in Lido’s latest offering. “Outstanding” follows close in the footsteps of “Corner Love,” never once rushed or in the hurry. The track instead shifts into high gears through layer after layer of lush chords and vocals. The artist’s voice cascades in waves over the plodding beat, at once uplifting and bittersweet. “You will be outstanding all on your own girl,” croons Lido over the syrupy synths. The song is another more minimal R&B-influenced cut that promises a fresh direction from the artist’s forthcoming EP.
Teamarr is taking fake dudes to task with an infectious new single, “One Job.” The single is the first sip of the LA based artist’s upcoming full length project, Tea Turns to Wine. Crowd pleasing snaps and claps drive the beat over a jazzy bass line, providing the perfect platform for the singer to call some clowns out. Her voice bends and jumps with equal parts coolness and edge, her delivery smooth enough to require rewinds on the lyrics’ unapologetically raw takedowns.
The track arrives alongside an ultra-creative Tyren Red-directed lyric video, with Teamarr starring as a barbie doll version of herself in a twisted doll-house drama. Although the song holds up fiercely as a feminine vengeance anthem, the singer’s writing was rooted in deeper ground, as she explains:
“There’s an element of female empowerment to my music, and “One Job” kick starts everything. When I was writing it, my friend was going through some mental domestic abuse with her man at the time. He was so trash. I transferred that energy. At the same time, my one job is to prove myself as a songwriter and a singer, which I did here.”
Bob Moses have released a dreamy sonic landscape called “Enough To Believe,” coming as the latest single from their upcoming Battle Lines LP. The Canadian indie electronic duo have crafted a sound combining smokey rock attitude, soundtrack-worthy ambiance, and subtle dance floor sensibility. The style has earned them slots at major festivals from Coachella to Glastonbury, and “Enough To Believe” will certainly join their rare catalogue of records that can appeal to both indie rock and dance music crowds.
The downtempo meditation is a cloud of soft strings and glittering bells, with a deep kick keeping four-to-the-floor pace. The track wanders minimalist territory at points, but waves of echoes and ambient swells flood in quickly to fill the space. Gorgeous vocals and rattling percussion complete the single, which teases an engaging and fully matured vision from the duo coming on their sophomore LP. Bob Moses will head out on a 30-date North American tour this fall to support Battle Lines‘ September 14 release, so grab those tickets fast to get even deeper in the feels.
Loud Luxury keeps on cruising at high altitude with a ridiculously catchy new single, “Love No More,” via the mighty Armin Van Buuren‘s Armada imprint. The radio-ready track features perfectly in pocket vocals by Toronto based crooner, anders. “Love No More” is sure to continue the wave Loud Luxury made when they dropped their smash hit “Body” last fall. In the past year, the track has racked up hundred of millions of streams on Spotify alone. It remains to be seen if their latest release can match those numbers, but it’s got all the ingredients to make a similar run.
The groove sets in without a kick drum in sight, with a stuttering pluck melody pushing anders’ super smooth verse along. The chorus doubles as a build, with Loud Luxury’s trademark squelchy bass sounds powering the track forward. Savvy vocal chops and bombastic horn stabs complete a high-octane break. The short but sugary sweet single perfectly toes the line between club weapon and radio play.
Rising bass music star Krayysh is back with a unique new single called “Birds of Prey,” out now on Mat Zo‘s Mad Zoo imprint. The producer has been a mainstay on the label since its inception, maintaining a bracing, hard-edged style characterized by mind warping sound design. “Birds of Prey” double checks those boxes, but brings some seriously creative twists to the table. Krayysh’s signature bass sounds explode behind a crunchy beat that’s eons away from the breakneck pace of past releases like “Running From Death.” Squealing synths lazily ride the breakdowns, but ear slapping distortion is never far off.
Krayysh has been an absolute monster for the past year, and has received some well-earned support from industry heavyweights including Porter Robinson of of course Mat Zo’s firm co-sign. For those previously unfamiliar with the Mad Zoo member, jump into “Birds of Prey,” and strap in for the rest of Krayysh’s catalog.
speaking of shadient, @Mat_Zo is a fucking genius and his label @MAD_ZOO is absolutely deserving of people’s time and attention. @Krayysh and @counselpop are doing extremely interesting stuff as well
German producer DJ Koze is capable of playing with any genre or song structure he’s feeling. He proved just that with his recent album Knock Knock, a collection of fuzzy, guest-laden electronica. Despite his easily deployed drum beats, it’s easy to get the sense that Koze is always seconds from letting his sounds run rampant. That’s exactly what he’s done on “Hawaiian Soldier,” out now on Studio Barnhus Volym 1.
DJ Koze’s addition to the Studio Barnhus label compilation instantly veers into the strange — capped with a detuned bass line and punctuated by ear-tickling synth runs. The track expands into a mass of dreamy blips, bloops, distorted samples, and stuttering hi-hats. If Koze turned on everything in his studio and improv jam with every instrument, it may sound something like “Hawaiian Soldier.” Despite the dizzying sonic clouds, there’s a calm, dream-like soul to the song, which refuses to be tied to anything but the joy of noise.
For anyone still sleeping on Chace, it’s about time to wake up. The Shanghai-based pop/dance prodigy has exploded onto the scene on Yellow Claw‘s Barong Family imprint, and really hasn’t looked back. Since his 2017 breakout, the emerging wunderkind has already landed an EP on Mad Decent, guested for a bonafide Diplo & Friends mix, and even launched his own release imprint, HOWSHOOD. If that wasn’t impressive enough, Chace also became the first ever Chinese DJ to perform at Tomorrowland. Oh yeah, and he’s done it all before his 20th birthday.
The artist’s meteoric rise continues with a binge-worthy house cut titled “Never,” arriving via DJ Snake‘s own PREMIERE CLASSE label. Tight piano chords and pitchy vocal cuts are the main ingredients of a toe-tapping tour de force, with deep sub power and shuffling house percussion keeping pace. Chace does a top-notch job of letting only the most important sounds do the talking on this one, and the result on “Never” is a pop-injected house hit that sounds polished beyond the young up-and-comer’s years.
San Holo has teamed up with Bipolar Sunshine on his latest for some minimalist magic on “brighter days.” The track arrives via San Holo’s own Bitbird imprint, with airy vocal textures and wistful low-fi production that perfectly soundtracks that bittersweet late summer feeling. The single is one of just a handful of new originals from the “Light” producer since his 2017 EP The Trip, as he ramps up promotion for his impending new LP, album1.
The song sees San Holo exercise a deft and delicate touch from the opening notes. Bipolar Sunshine knows his way around an electronic track, with past features on releases from Lane 8 and DJ Snake. His voice is the perfect costar to San Holo’s vibrant, relaxed production. Unlike past hits from the producer, the track offers no blasting sub or trap-influenced drop in a welcomed stylistic switch up. Vocal chops and warm 808s pack weight, without edge or aggression. When the rounded and echoing melody gives way to a kick driven chorus, it’s easy to picture this one fitting in perfectly to a laid back, grassy mid-afternoon DJ set.
Lido has followed up his latest single “3 Million” with a spacious R&B slow burner called “Corner Love,” featuring fellow Norwegian Unge Ferrari. Like past songs by the multi-instrumentalist and producer, the track is a journey with multiple movements, beginning his own smoldering vocals that bring listeners into a mental lounge space. A bed of violins arrives out of nowhere for Ferrari to land for a raspy, auto-tuned verse. Lido returns for a soothing chorus before the strings explode into chaos, with a frantic vocal sample shouting above the fray.
The frenzy dies down for a final chapter with just Lido and a piano, which complete the song’s ethos with a tidy helping of lo-fi edits. “In a corner in the city there is someone like you,” sings the multi-talented artist, breaking the song’s ethos down to its purest and simplest form. As of yet, there’s no official news of on a second full length Lido album – but if this is the caliber of musical vision that fans can anticipate, it’s going to be more than worth the wait.