NMF Roundup: Diplo and Tove Lo team up, i_o reveals fiery ‘Death By Techno’ EP + more

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It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

Diplo continues to flood the music world with new tunes of all genres—the latest of which is a sultry house collaboration with Tove Lo. A-Trak, too, has been releasing a slew of new tunes, including a groovy remix of Axwell‘s “Nobody Else.” Fans of the deepest depths of bass will rejoice at the release of i_o‘s Death by Techno EP on mau5trap, and Ephwurd and Shapes join forces on “Desires.” Flava D puts her own scintillating spin on Anna Lunoe‘s “303,” and TOKiMONSTA casts a soothing spell on “Dream Chorus.” Nitti Gritti and Gammer release their highly anticipated “Underdogs,” a day after the tune premiered on Dancing Astronaut, and The Him tap Maria Hazell for melodic masterpiece “Found Me.” The Midnight bring the early ’90s back with “America Online,” and Wolfgang Gartner kicks up the intensity on “28 Grams.” Sick Individuals‘ new tune, “We Got It,” leads perfectly into the weekend, and Sullivan King and Kai Wachi take no prisoners on the formidable “Between the Lines.” Dimension returns with another drum ‘n’ bass masterpiece in “Devotion,” and STANDERWICK combines elements of rock and trance in “Never Gonna Step Down.”

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

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Diplo unveils dance floor-ready ‘Higher Ground’ EP – with Blond:ish collaboration

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It’s only May, and Diplo has already had a ridiculously busy year. Kicking off 2019 with his Europa EP, the Mad Decent heavyweight has also released a full album as LSD with Labyrinth and Sia. Just weeks after releasing his “Old Town Road” remix and his country track as Thomas Wesley, Diplo has pulled a complete 180 with the unveiling of his dance-floor ready Higher Ground EP.

Spanning four tracks, the EP includes vocal performances from Tove Lo and Kah-Lo, as well as additional production from Blond:ish. Leaning into the world of tech-house, all four tracks have a deep, driven sound to them. While “Hold You Tight” focuses on a chunkier low-end bounce, “Give Dem” is a pristine, peak-hours club heater, with a grooving bassline and whistles bringing some serious energy to the track. With Tove Lo laying her approachable vocals to a textured, techy backdrop, Diplo has put forth a solid collection of house tracks that are sure to be rinsed during his shows, as well as many others.

Diplo has been dipping heavily into the house worlds as of late. The icon was surprise performer at Damian Lazarus’ Get Lost Miami, and was additionally spotted at parties like Rumors and Rhonda during Coachella Weekend 1. That same weekend he also shocked his crowds with a full house set.

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Backstreet’s Back, But It’s Not Alright

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Backstreet BoysIn the Backstreet Boys’ video for 1998 mega-hit “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back),” the group’s tour bus breaks down outside what turns out to be a haunted house. Reluctantly, they decide to stay the night, after which “Thriller”-style horror hijinks ensue. The boys in the band appear in costume as various kinds of ghoulish creatures. If you … More »

Are Calvin Harris, Dua Lipa, and Tove Lo making some tunes?

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It’s 2019 and Calvin Harris is already making noise. The Scottish producer was recently documented in the studio with singers Tove Lo and Dua Lipa. Harris and Lipa created a spring anthem in “One Kiss,” so another collaboration between the two is unsurprising. Caught via Twitter from a Dua Lipa fan account, the collaborators were also hanging out with Swedish singer/songwriter Tove Lo.

Harris appears to be the missing piece in the Tove Lo/Dua Lipa puzzle. The latter took to her Instagram page to notify fans of the pairs two-day songwriting session, and now it seems they’ve found a top talent to produce the underlying track. Harris also teased an upcoming collaboration with English vocalist Rag’N’Bone Man, proving that great things are in the horizon.

 

Travis Scott’s Dual #1s And The Storied History Of Chart Chicanery

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Travis ScottEverything’s coming up Travis Scott. This week, four months after it came out, Scott’s album Astroworld returned to the top of the Billboard 200 for a third week. Meanwhile Astroworld’s big hit, the Drake collab “Sicko Mode,” completed a 17-week climb to #1 on the Hot 100 singles chart. Scott, the … More »

Watch Tove Lo’s New Short Film Blue Lips

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Last year, Swedish pop star Tove Lo released Blue Lips [Lady Wood Phase II], the follow-up album to 2016’s Lady Wood. The album traverses from the toils of heartbreak to raunchy sexual awakenings and back again. Today, she revisits those themes in her new Blue Lips film. The 25-minute short was … More »

Major Lazer and Tove Lo exhale their latest, ‘Blow That Smoke’

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Major Lazer and Tove Lo invite listeners to kick back and burn one, as they’ve materialized their latest track, “Blow That Smoke,” in what seems like record time after teasing a preview of the new track on Twitter earlier this week.

“Blow That Smoke” has been released at peak momentum for both parties, as each gears up for new forthcoming ventures. For Swedish pop singer Tove Lo, it’s her new film, Blue Lips, due Friday, October 19. For Major Lazer, “Blow That Smoke” sees the trio take a break from their Afrobeat onslaught of releases to return to an infectious, dancehall-crossover design that has enough legs to hold its own alongside the super group’s historic “Lean On.” The single also serves as the latest single off their impending farewell album.

Paired with a lyric video in classical Rasta-style animation, “Blow That Smoke” poses to be an anthem in the dance-pop domain through 2018’s end and beyond.

Major Lazer – “Blow That Smoke” (Feat. Tove Lo)

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Major Lazer - "Blow That Smoke" (Feat. Tove Lo)Major Lazer have recruited Sweden’s unfiltered pop princess Tove Lo to bring to life their hyper-mellow new single “Blow That Smoke.” … More »

Major Lazer and Tove Lo preview new dancehall joint, ‘Blow That Smoke’

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Tove Lo recently teased her new feature single with Major Lazer, “Blow That Smoke,” dropping October 17. With a sultry island beat, the Swedish singer/songwriter glides along a caressing acoustic guitar. The dancehall-inspired pop tease sounds like signature Major Lazer fashion.

She posted a snippet of the song on Twitter, hyping up fans with a sweet surprise. Tove Lo plans to release her new Blue Lips film on Friday, October 19.

Major Lazer has released four music videos in four weeks, celebrating their Afrobeat roots. The trio also recently announced their final album, set to be released next year.

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Ella Mai & Jorja Smith, New Queens Of UK R&B

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Ella Mai“Boo’d Up” is blowing up. Ella Mai’s sumptuous ’90s R&B throwback, first released way back in February 2017 as the opening track of her Ready EP, is on its second week at #8 on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart. The slow-burn success story had its genesis in Spotify and Apple playlist placement but … More »