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.
At long last, Madeon’s sophomore LP, Good Faith, has arrived. Though it’s been long-anticipated, the electronic music community didn’t have time to anticipate new deadmau5, which dropped out of thin air on Nov. 15. Dillon Francis’ Magic Is Real makes a full appearance alongside these, tapping artists like Vera Hotsauce for “Barely Breathing.” MK and Sonny Fodera link with Raphaella for “One Night,” and Chris Lake and Solardo “Free Your Body” on their latest. GRiZ’s Bangers.Zip has arrived, featuring songs like “Tiger Kingdom Space Camp,” and MJ Cole’s remixed Flume and Vera Blue’s “Rushing Back.” Friction delivers some drum ‘n’ bass goodness on “Good To Me,” and Eli Brown puts his own spin on Dom Dolla’s “San Frandisco.” Snails, Kill The Noise, and Sullivan King team up for a new mega-collab, “Front 2 Back,” and NGHTMRE and Gunna bring the heat with “CASH COW.” Gammer returns to Monstercat for “Brostep Strikes Back,” and Klingande releases his long-awaited debut LP, The Album. Oliver Heldens links with Firebeatz, Schella, and Carla Monroe for “Lift Me Up,” and Dirty South and Marion Amira prove a formidable force on “All I Need.” Dillon Nathaniel goes deep on a new tech house heater, “Do It Again,” and R3HAB teams up with ZAYN and Jungleboi on “Flames.”
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.
Just as this past September was winding down, Flume dropped a surprise single, arguably his biggest in years, “Rushing Back,” featuring vocalist Vera Blue. Alongside the release came news of Flume’s plans for a full-scale fall tour. Now, Flume’s returned to keep listeners satiated well into the new year; the Australian producer has released the music video for the single, which features himself seated alongside Blue.
The video serves as a visual appendage to the relationship reflection inherent in the lyrics. The camera traces circles around the two, each vantage point offering viewers insight into different times in the depicted relationship, which seems to lure and overwhelm each member into something of a revolving staircase of emotions—hence the title.
Incisive viewers will recognize the Nissan in the video as the same one featured in Flume’s visualizer for his explosive mixtape of this year, Hi This Is Flume.
The video is directed by longtime Flume collaborator, Jonathan Zawada. It’s available to stream now on Flume’s YouTube Channel.
At 15 years old, producer Petit Biscuit wrote “Sunset Lover,” his biggest single to date, spurring a quick rise to fame that lead to the release of his debut album, Presence, on his 18th birthday. In 2019, the Frenchman not only had the opportunity to collaborate with English singer/songwriter JP Cooper, but is also the latest to hop on a Flume remix.
As many Biscuit fans know, this is somewhat of a delicacy, being that he rarely hops on the remix train. However, he describes this as “a dream come true.”
For the Australian producer’s latest single “Rushing Back,” Petit Biscuit maintains a mellow tempo and is able to display Vera Blue’s participation in a whole new light. Drawing out her vocals on the opening verse, the remix quickly flips into a combination of deep synths, pitched vocals, and steady electronic drum hits. He’s is able to spin Flume’s catchy leads into some feel-good melodies for the late night drive.
In a recent Facebook post, Petit Biscuit announced that he’ll be “taking a break from social medias,” but eased fans in announcing that he’s finally finished his second studio album. This will likely feature his latest single “We Were Young” with a lot more in the works.
2019 has been the year of comebacks and especially so for Flume, whose surprise delivery of mixtapeHi, This is Flumebreathed fresh familiarity onto the electronic scene. After nearly three years since his sophomore LP Skin, the Grammy-winning producer has stopped at nothing to catalyze his return with marked artistic growth in the form of new releases, a forthcoming European tour, and astounding live performances. His iconic Skin single, “Never Be Like You” featuring Kai recently joined the 1 billion stream club in a momentous benchmark achievement. Now, Flume shares fellow Aussie-collaborator Vera Blue‘s live rendition of their track, “Rushing Back.”
In the video clip, Blue gives a stripped-down acoustic performance of the track alongside minimal piano accompaniment. The pair released “Rushing Back” in September, after Blue provided vocal features on Flume’s 2016 track, “My Boo.” Blue also performed a captivating live performance of the track at Flume’s Red Rocks show.
Watch Vera Blue’s stunning live rendition of “Rushing Back” below.
Flume is one of the lucky ones. He’s been able to prove himself as a generational talent, building a momentous catalog of brilliantly experimental work, without ever having to compromise his creative direction or bend towards mainstream appeal. This year might be the culmination of that effort, with the Australian beatsmith delivering his most head-turning works to date and debuting a stirring, visceral live show, both to heavy critical acclaim.
Flume’s live show has taken on a life of its own, wherein the producer makes use of the full stage by demolishing various objects during his sensory stimulating performance. It has become one of the most in-demand live electronic shows of the year, and recently, Flume brought collaborator Vera Blue to Red Rocks Amphitheater for a live rendition of the pair’s single “Rushing Back.” The captivating performance spotlights the Skin producer at the peak moment of what has been a colossal year. Watch “Rushing Back” live below.
Because my car is not new or fancy enough to display song titles and artist names when I listen to the radio, I sometimes find myself Shazam-ing while driving. Most recently, while blaring my local Top 40 station, I encountered a minimalist electronic pop song accented with finger snaps, sighing background harmonies, occasional outbursts of … More »
Flume has dropped a new single, “Rushing Back,” featuring Vera Blue along with an 11-stop tour European tour date for the end of October and November.
“Rushing Back” utilizes a favorite high-pitched vocal synth of his heard at the end of his “Friends” project featuring Reo Cragun and on his single “Jewel” from his big splash Hi This Is Flume mixtape released this year. That specific sound also seems to be distorted on other tracks, along with his most-streamed song this year, “Let You Know,” featuring London Grammar. This high-pitched envelope synth use demonstrates the Australian producer’s unique sound design prowess as the new track dips and dives between the more high-pitched vocals sound and a flute sound for a slight distinct tonal difference that evokes Flume’s attention to detail.
Vera Blue’s voice hovers alongside these high-end melodies and above the mid-range melodies that lay the foundation for the ultra-harmonic work. This is not the first time the two Australian artists have worked together. In 2016, they collaborated on “My Boo,” which also featured Vince Staples, Kučka, and Ngaiire.
In addition to the release of the new single, Flume is also prepping for his upcoming European tour. Click here for details.
Vera Blue is an artist that has been making some big strides recently, with the release of her latest single “Lady Powers” and now the remix EP, there’s no doubt that she is headed for a bright future. Not to mention the fact that she has also been featured on tracks with Slumberjack and Flume,
Australia singer/songwriter Vera Blue has seen tremendous success following the release of her 12-track album, Perennial. A standout selection from the LP, “Lady Powers” which also features up-and-comer Kodie Shane from Atlanta, is now slated for its very own remix EP, which includes a late night house interpretation of the track from the legendary Maya Jane Coles.
The award-winning UK producer gives the original a deeper bassline under distorted vocals, entrancing background leads, and steady club vibes. On the rework from Coles, Vera Blue said:
“Maya Jane Coles adds a more playful flavour to the song…I think it gives it more of a party vibe, which is really uplifting, but at the same time gives you an empowering feel.”
The Power Ladies Remix EP drops April 20, and is set to include additional remixes from TOKiMONSTA, Alice Ivy, and Maria Marcus. The remix EP is available for preorder here.
Vera Blue‘s Lady Powers seems to be out again, in as much as anything can ever really be out again in the streaming era. (It now has a guest spot from Kodie Shane.) We had this song at the top of the playlist when it first appeared last summer, put it in our Top 45 Singles Of 2017 list and are choosing it again as this week’s Song Of The Week partly because it means we can re-use last year’s header graphic, thus saving ourselves approximately four minutes. Great song though, right?
When we interviewed Troye Sivan recently there was some chat about how crap “I’m a parent isn’t that fascinating in and of itself” pop songs tend to be but Lily Allen‘s knocked it out of the park with Three because that’s just the sort of thing Lily Allen does.
Years & Years are back with an understated new song that’s accompanied by a not-exactly-understated new video.
The Dada Life single is sort of basic but it’s hard to argue with a load of gratuitously-thrown-in acid house squelches.
DONKEYBOY ARE BACK.
Hey you’ll never guess what, Sia‘s contributed a song to a film soundtrack!